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Time to Shine: Rado x Oskar Zieta True Face

The True Face is the fifth in a series of six watches where Rado collaborates with today’s up and coming modern designers across multiple genres. Today, we consider at the work of Polish architect Oskar Zieta.

Oskar Zieta is an architect and the founder and CEO of Zieta Prozessdesign. The graduate of Swiss Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule has received numerous design accolades, including the German Design Council Prize and the Red Dot Award: Accolades and kudos accrued by one fundamental discovery during his PHD studies – a unique method known as FiDU, a metal-inflating process conceived by Zieta during his time at ETH Zurich. In the latest design collaboration with Rado, the innovative Zieta creates the Rado True Face using his signature reflective metal technique, reinforcing the Swiss watchmaker’s modern philosophy for high-tech materials and construction techniques.

Time to Shine: Rado x Oskar Zieta True Face

Housed in matt grey high-tech ceramic case, the Rado True Face takes its name from the high gloss, highly reflective dial, courtesy of the FiDU technique pioneered by Zieta – satin finished neutral grey case and bracelet plays up the reflective metallic concave dial, each in harmonious synergy with the other – the matted surface appears more matt while the sheen of the glossy dial appears just that little more shiny.

The concave “Face” of the Rado True Face is made with a a disc of stainless steel that has been mirror polished, just as you would the bridge of a tourbillon, to achieve a mesmerizing reflective finish. The result is utterly mesmerising but the final coup de grace isn’t the face, it’s hidden in the most unexpected of places: the hands. Owners of the Rado True Face will be surprised to notice the underside of the matt grey hands with rose gold-coloured finish, allowing the dance of the minutes and hours to be reflected in an entirely different hue, glints of gold reflected back towards you as you gaze at the True Face.

Made to be noticed, the True Face is emblematic of Zieta’s other work with polished stainless steel: from the large sculptural pavilion designed for Wroclaw’s Dailowa Island in his native homeland to his polished Plopp furnishings and fittings, Zieta’s unique vision is distinctive in any shape, size and form.

“I am working in many parallel spheres: science, architecture, furniture design and art. I’m always experiencing a lack of time, yet still needing it to create, aiming for something unique and timeless.” – Oskar Zieta

Zieta’s passion and understanding for material science make him a natural partner for Rado, the Swiss watchmaker which has made a name for itself in modern watchmaking as the pioneering adopter of advanced ceramics. Zieta’s experiments and executions of stainless steel elevate that artistic and visual values of such a base material into the level of a precious one is particularly admirable and especially synonymous with a brand that has done the same for ceramics and in their hyperchrome series.

“I first got to know Oskar’s work when we featured his incredible blown-up metal mirrors and stools in our lightness-inspired pop-up gallery last year. I’m really pleased that we could work together to bring his vision into the Rado collection. The True Face is not only beautiful, but also a great design achievement.” – Rado CEO Matthias Breschan

Rado True Face Singapore Price and Availability

The Rado True Face designed by Oskar Zieta will be available at:
Rado Boutique, Marina Bay Sands, #B1-86
Price: 
SGD 3,100

Limited to 1001 pieces, the Rado True Shadow features Oskar Zieta’s signature style housed in one of Rado’s most sought-after watch designs. Check out the previous Rado timepiece, the True Blaze featuring Sam Amoia’s signature style., Big-Game’s True Phospho, Philippe Nigro’s True Cyclo and Kunihiko Morinaga’s True Shadow. Click to find to out more

 

Roger Dubuis x Lamborghini Squadra Corse: Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition

The Lamborghini Roger Dubuis Aventador S bearing the Lamborghini “Giallo Orion” yellow colourways comes in 88 limited editions

The Lamborghini Roger Dubuis Aventador S bearing the Lamborghini “Giallo Orion” yellow colourways comes in 88 limited editions

Between the cross-junctions of engineering and precision timing, motorsports (well, literally all competitions which involve speed) and watchmaking have long held a synergistic relationship; thus the collaboration between Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini Squadra Corse and the birth of the new 88 (+8) piece limited edition of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S is no mere happenstance.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition: Developed with Lamborghini

Super exclusive 8 piece orange-liveried Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition

Super exclusive 8 piece orange-liveried Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition

Stemming from a shared focus on aesthetics in their respective R&D driven approaches, Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini Squadra Corse Excalibur Aventador S combines the respective design skills of Manufacture Roger Dubuis and the legendary Centro Stile R&D department of Lamborghini into a limited edition Excalibur watch which combines high horology with high material technology including multi-layered carbon and C-SMC carbon, same technology as that used for
Lamborghini super cars.

“Like Lamborghini, we deliver ‘engines’ distinguished by their extreme quality and cutting edge performance. But like the owners of such exceptional Italian hypercars, our customers are above all interested in standout aesthetics that ensure instant recognition matched by ultra exclusivity and rarity. Combining our in-house talents to deliver exceptional timepieces and unique experiential value naturally implies shifting into high gear, our favourite mode of operation.” – Roger Dubuis CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué

In terms of styling, the challenge in creating a sophisticated, sporty aesthetic fell to Roger Dubuis engineers and designers to jointly create a power control display in the middle of the watch face and calibre, much like the central signature of your regular (if such a pedestrian term was appropriate) super sports car.

Excalibur Aventador S Wristshot

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S is indeed driven by an outstanding ‘engine’ in the shape of the specially developed Duotor calibre – this Lamborghini-exclusive Roger Dubuis movement embodies an ongoing evolution of the Maison’s expertise and budding relationship with super automobile manufacturer; tying the relational aesthetics of the Limited Edition Excalibur Aventador S with the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo beginning with the signature engine strut bars by revisiting the architecture of the iconic Roger Dubuis Astral Skeleton and incorporating the exposed “engine module” but essentially the power reserve indicator of the RD103SQ calibre with Skeleton double sprung balances in homage to the V10 5.2 litre naturally aspirated 620 hp of the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO.

In terms of functionality, the new Excalibur Aventador S is no mere three hand time-only timepiece. The latest Aventador S comes with not just the eye-catching power reserve indicator but also a nifty “jumping seconds” or dead seconds complication which served as a progenitor for chronographs in terms of “to-the-second” timing precision.

RD103 duotor calibre lamborghini

Recalling the performance-enhancing longitudinal placement of Lamborghini engines tailored to the design of the sleek, streamlined cars, the double balance wheel is inclined at a similar angle, supported and highlighted by holders shaped like triangular wheel suspension assemblies.

The mew Excalibur Aventador S is available in two limited edition interpretations epitomising the “Dare to be rare” concept: An 88 piece collection bearing the Lamborghini “Giallo Orion” yellow colourways while a remaining, super exclusive 8 piece orange-liveried Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition Price & Specs

Case 45mm Skeletonized Excalibur multi-layers carbon with titanium container overmolded with rubber, water resistant to 50m
Dial Skeleton dial with rhodium plated, black and yellow or orange flange, rhodium plated indexes filled with white luminous Superluminova
Movement RD103SQ Caliber: Skeleton double sprung balances
Strap Bi material strap with black rubber base and black rubber-tech inlay and matching stitching
Price For the 88 piece Aventador S EX613 with yellow accents US$185,000, and the 8 piece Aventador S EX624 with orange accents is priced US$205,000

 

First Hunter Caseback in 15 years: A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Dresden Limited Edition

In September 2007, the first A. Lange & Söhne Boutique opened next to the Dresden Frauenkirche, a landmark of the baroque city where Ferdinand Adolph Lange first worked before he moved to Glashütte to establish Lange & Sohne. 10 years on, new A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Dresden Limited Edition celebrates the boutique’s milestone birthday. Today, 10 years on, there are 17 A. Lange & Sohne boutiques around the world and a more importantly, a special limited edition model with the Saxony manufacture’s first hunter caseback feature in 15 years.

First Hunter Caseback in 15 years: A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Dresden Limited Edition

This new A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Dresden Limited Edition features a hinged cuvette (or hunter caseback) with a freehand engraving of the Dresden Frauenkirche, which itself had undergone slightly over 10 years worth of restoration from 1994. It’s important to note that the last time anyone had seen a hunter case back, it was 15 years years ago on the 1815 Walter Lange Up/Down Limited Edition.

The 38.5mm special model 1815 Dresden Limited Edition is so named for Adolph Lange’s birth year, 1815 and carries with it the aesthetic traditions of subsidiary seconds, blued steel hands and not forgetting the retro caseback with Dresden Frauenkirche rendering which harkens back to the age of pocket watches.

Other signature Lange artisanal details like polished gold chatons, blued screws, the distinctive ribbing on three quarter plate and iconic hand-engraved balance cock with classic screw balance hide beneath a sapphire caseback which itself is protected by the hunter caseback or dust cover traditionally found on historical watches since the movement required a key to manipulate winding of old mechanical watches. The special Lange & Sohne 1815 Dresden Limited Edition with curvette is limited to 10 pieces in white gold and 10 pieces in pink gold.

Lange & Sohne 1815 Dresden Limited Edition Price and Availability

Sold only in the Dresden Lange Boutique

Movement Manually wound Lange manufacture calibre L051.1 with a 55-hour power reserve.
Case 38.5mm white gold or pink gold with 30 metre water resistance
Strap black or red brown hand-stitched alligator leather strap with a rose or white gold buckle.
Price €29,900

Panerai Boutique Special: Limited Edition Green Dial Collection of Trio of Radiomir 8 Days, Radiomir 1940 3 Days and Luminor Chrono Monopulsante

Slightly over a year ago, Panerai, the world’s most widely known supplier of military-inspired watches released a slew of consumer friendly, gorgeously luxurious, slim Panerai Limited Edition Luminor watches with metallic blue dials. While the Limited Edition Panerai collection had featured four models of various complications, they each displayed a face of metallic blue with brushed sun-ray finishing matched with gilt hands and then accented with SuperLuminova.

Last Friday, 1 September 2017, Panerai announced a new trio of Boutique Special Limited Edition green dial Panerai watches encompassing new Radiomir 8 Days Titanio (PAM00735), Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio (PAM00736) and Panerai Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio (PAM00737). All different yet bearing the same signature sandwich dial construction with lower plate of SuperLuminova paint covered with an olive-green face with cut-outs for the hour markers.

Panerai Boutique Special: Limited Edition Green Dial Collection with a Trio of Radiomir 8 Days, Radiomir 1940 3 Days and Luminor Chrono Monopulsante

Presented in an original combination of colors, the trio of new Panerai Boutique Special Limited edition green dial watches share gilded hands which match the luminous beige hour numeral cut-outs, available in steel or titanium cases and paired with natural brown leather straps with contrast beige stitching.

PAM00735

Panerai Boutique Edition Green dial Radiomir 8 Days Titanio 45mm

The iconic 45mm brushed titanium cushion case returns, this time with a green dial, a new colour scheme which plays up the gilt hands and beige luminous hour numerals of the newest Radiomir 8 Days (PAM00735). The characteristic wire loop strap attachments and conical winding crown that have been attributes of the model since its debut in 1936. A polished bezel focuses attention upon the matt green sandwich construction dial with subsidiary seconds at 9 o’clock while the small round lens at 3 houses date information. Overall, the design of dial and this case is harmonious and minimalist.

A sapphire caseback displays the finishing of the in-house manufacture hand-wound P.2002 calibre where three spring barrels connected in series provide a power reserve of eight days, the sort of useful, wind and forget functionality which seems to render the power reserve indicator on the reverse side superfluous but nevertheless still appreciated. The P.2002 calibre also has the device for zeroing the seconds hand to enable very precise synchronisation, and the mechanism for moving the hour hand forwards or backwards without affecting the movement of the minute hand. It is water- resistant to 10 bar (a depth of about 100 metres).

 

 

Panerai Boutique Edition Green dial Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio 47mm

The 47mm diameter of the new Boutique only edition of the new Radiomir 1940 3 Days (PAM00736) is reminiscent of the historical Panerai versions, a sweet tributary homage to the watches made especially for its commando frogmen of the Royal Italian Navy. Sensuous lines accentuate the integrated lugs on the cushion case formed from a solid block of AISI 316L stainless steel and the cylindrical winding crown carrying the OP logo in relief.

The handwound 161⁄2 lignes calibre P.3000 features a 3 day power reserve with distinctive three brushed-finished bridges and the iconic bridge with twin supports for the 3Hz balance wheel largish 13mm balance. The manufacture calibre on the new green dial Radiomir 1940 3 Days also enjoys functionality for quick adjustment of the hour hand. It’s water-resistant to 100 metres as well.

Panerai Boutique Edition Green dial Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio 44mm

Equipped with classic bridge lever device, patented by Panerai in the 1950s, to protect the winding crown and to help ensure 100m water-resistance, the new Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio (PAM00737) completes the rugged aesthetic with its brushed  44mm titanium case with polished bezel and the monopusher or monopulsante start-stop-reset push button for chronograph actuation at 8 o’clock.

The green face makes indications of the new Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT relatively easy to read with the manually wound chronograph P.2004 calibre capable of eight day run time thanks to its three spring barrels in series. Meanwhile, the linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock while the am and pm counter indicating the central second time zone hand is positioned at 9 o’clock. The minutes of the chronograph are measured by the small counter at 3 o’clock. As in the other models in of this trio of Panerai Boutique Edition watches, all the hands, apart from the GMT function, are gilded.

The Neuchâtel manufacture P.2004 calibre is a high end column wheel chronograph with vertical clutch, observable through sapphire caseback. The chronograph minute hand moves in jumps, making it easier to read, and the watch can be synchronised with great accuracy thanks to the zero-reset seconds hand which returns to 12 o’clock position for precise time adjustment when the winding crown is pulled out.

Like the other models of this series, the Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio is presented in a green cherry wood box. Inside the box are a replacement black rubber strap, the tool for replacing it and a screwdriver.

PAM00735

There’s a missed opportunity to do a green dial edition but perhaps in bronze. – Jonathan Ho, Associate Editor, World of Watches

Panerai Boutique Special: Limited Edition Green Dial Pricing and Availability

Exclusive Panerai Boutique Edition
2 Orchard Turn
#01-18 ION Orchard
Singapore 238801

  • PAM735 Radiomir 8 days Titanium in 45mm: SGD17,350 or EUR11,800
  • PAM736 Radiomir 1940 3 Days Stainless Steel in 47mm: SGD13,100 or EUR8,900 (limited to only 300 pieces)
  • PAM737 Luminor 1950 Chorono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanium in 44mm: SGD25,900 or EUR17,600

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Limited Edition

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic with black "Clous de Paris" decorated dial, subdial in black ceramic. 18kt red gold hands. 

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic with black “Clous de Paris” decorated dial, subdial in black ceramic. 18kt red gold hands.

French historians traditionally place the Age of Enlightenment between 1715, the year that Louis XIV died, and 1789, the beginning of the French Revolution. It was the start of a scientific and engineering revolution which paved the way for Jaquet Droz to develop a reputation for high horology much inline with mechanical curios and automata dating back to that enlightened age.

Automata might look like children’s toys, but they were actually groundbreaking feats of engineering, among the most famous of these mechanical marvels was the Queen Marie antoinette’s lady doll automaton with dulcimer stringed instrument. The Joueuse de Tympanon gave us a glimpse of the possibilities made possible by gears, pinions and pulleys to enrich our lives. At Jaquet Droz, it was a heritage of curiousity which not only gave us wonders like the Bird Minute Repeater but also exquisite timepieces like the Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic – bringing to fore the sweeping tick of the seconds hand, as if a statement on the philosophy of awareness of each fleeting moment and relegating the proletariat need to acknowledge each passing minute and hour at the cost of savouring every taken breath.

 

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Limited Edition

The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde is one of the maison’s signature models. The subdials of the off-center hours & minutes and small seconds overlap to form a poetic figure 8, a configuration based on historical pocket watches from the Jaquet Droz archives, an asymmetry of aesthetics also shared by the workshop’s famed Chiming Bird as well; Additionally, the unusual mix of Roman and Arabic numerals serve to highlight the muse inspired by these heritage pocket watches.

 

The case of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde limited edition in black ceramic, measures 44mm x 13.3mm. It has double sapphire crystals and it is water resistant to 30 meters.

The case of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde limited edition in black ceramic, measures 44mm x 13.3mm. It has double sapphire crystals and it is water resistant to 30 meters.

Movement is the Swiss automatic Jaquet Droz in-house caliber 4063D-S with 30 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 68 hours. Done with ruthenium treatment, double barrel, heavy metal rotor with black PVD treatment. Functions are: off-centered hours and minutes, large seconds subdial, and power reserve indication at 9 o’clock. It comes on a rolled-edge hand-made black fabric strap with a black ceramic and black steel PVD folding clasp.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Price and Specs

Movement Jaquet Droz 4063D-S, self-winding mechanical movement with ruthenium finish and 68 hours power reserve
Case 44mm black ceramic; water resistant to 50m
Strap hand-made black fabric
Price S$ 27,000

New Luxury Watch: TAG Heuer Ayrton Senna Chronograph Limited Editions

Often been voted as the best, most influential Formula One driver of all time, Ayrton Senna won the legendary Monaco Grand Prix for the very first time in 1987 (the first of his record six victories at the Principality). To celebrate this momentous occasion from 30 years ago, TAG Heuer is honoured to welcome Bianca Senna to the inauguration of its new boutique in Monaco, for the exclusive preview of a pair of new luxury watches: TAG Heuer Ayrton Senna Chronograph Limited Editions.

Instruments for measuring split second increments of time, a worthy celebration for a career bookmarked with three world championship titles (1988, 1990 and 1991), 65 pole positions, and 41 Grand Prix victories, the new TAG Heuer Ayrton Senna Chronograph Limited Editions acknowledge Magic Senna’s lasting Formula 1 legacy as one of the greatest drivers of all time.

New Luxury Watch: TAG Heuer Ayrton Senna Chronograph Limited Editions

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of that historic victory in Monaco, TAG Heuer is releasing two Ayrton Senna limited edition chronographs and one time-only watch, which were unveiled at a special ceremony attended by Senna’s own niece, Bianca at the inauguration of TAG Heuer’s new boutique in Monaco.

TAG Heuer Ayrton Senna Carrera Heuer-01 Limited Edition Chronograph

The Carrera Heuer-01 was emblematic of the new direction in strategy for TAG Heuer under the leadership of Jean Claude Biver. Biver, a fan of skeletonised watches and a firm believer that “the movement is the most beautiful part of the watch” conceptualised of the Carrera Heuer-01 as a highly differentiated, instantly recognisable in-house creation.

The movement driving this TAG Heuer Limited Edition mechanical chronograph is a modified Calibre 1887 which the maison has been using since 2010. In terms of aesthetics, this is the first time, TAG Heuer’s most discussed Heuer-01 proprietary movement is paired with the Senna design codes. With an imposing 45 mm case, the Ayrton Senna Carrera Heuer-01 limited edition chronograph in black brushed steel with red design accents, the skeleton dial and sapphire case back, plays up the appearance and perception of the precision engineering of the Manufacture movement.

Formula 1 Limited Edition Quartz Chronograph

To be clear, while it is the first time we are witness to a Ayrton Senna Carrera Heuer-01 mechanical chronograph, this isn’t the first time there is a Ayrton Senna Formula 1 chronograph. The first time we saw one was in 2015 when the Senna foundation signed a licensing deal with TAG Heuer after an 11 year hiatus. Back then, Senna’s namesake Formula 1 Quartz Chronograph was also available in the Grand Carrera case with Link-style “legends” bracelet.

This time, the new 43, Ayrton Senna  Formula 1 limited edition quartz Chronograph come in DLC black colour-schemes highlighted with touches of red, a combination which is a homage of high speed racing colourways. The chronograph features a Ronda 5040D quartz chronograph capable of timing up to a vaunted tenth of a second (at least for the first 59 minutes, thereafter switching over to the hour counter) – an indispensable feature in a motor racing watch – powering the small counter at 6 o’clock, with the minute counter at 9 o’clock and the running seconds counter at 3 o’clock

Finally, we have the time only edition with dial featuring three red lines, hinting at the tracks left by a speeding race car.

All three watches in this limited edition proudly display the famous stylised red lacquer “S” – an exclusive Senna symbol, on the dial and bezel. The bezel also has a minute track, lending the pieces a racing feel. Of course, they are all available with the iconic bracelet with S-shaped “legend” links, as adopted by Ayrton at the height of his racing career. These watches reflect the ethos and #DontCrackUnderPressure drive of a racing legend who was featured in the original campaign with the same philosophy.

Aston Martin x Hogan: Luxury limited edition sneakers debut at London Men’s Fashion Week

Sneaker heads, this one’s for you! Men’s Fashion Week in London has shown us a number of collaborations between designers and brands, with this one being one of the most anticipated. Combining the ultimate street style cult favourite — the sneaker — with the sleek curves of a luxury car, the ‘Aston Martin x Hogan’ limited edition sneaker is stepping out this fall for Autumn Winter 2017/18.

Luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin is lauded for their contemporary and sophisticated aesthetic. Melding with Hogan’s quality craftsmanship, this pair of sneakers is one you’d need on your feet. Modelled after the iconic ‘Olympia’ sneaker by Hogan, these sneakers are made of full leather accompanied with nylon mesh to give it a sportier look. Details on the shoes are from Aston Martin’s artisan leather craft, reflecting the elegance of an Aston Martin sports car.

The tongue is decorated in Aston Martin’s classic kestrel tan leather with a pinched seam detailing, featuring a print of the iconic Aston Martin wings. Offered in four seasonal colours, the versatility of these sneakers gives you the free reign to dress them up, or down.

“Collaborating with brands that share our views on quality, style and elegance is important to us,” said Marek Reichman, EVP & Chief Creative Officer at Aston Martin. “Working with creative teams outside of the automotive industry helps to broaden our designers’ minds, and this is always a positive experience for both myself and my team at Gaydon. We take inspiration from all walks of life and our work with Hogan will help to shape and inspire many aspects of our future creations”.

“Hogan’s attention to detail and passion for beautiful products, and Aston Martin’s beautiful craftsmanship made this project a natural fit,” said Sergio Azzolari, General Manager from Hogan. “It was a pleasure for us to collaborate on a shoe that reflects the attention to detailing in Aston Martin sports cars.”

Each of these sneakers are crafted with the same exquisite craftsmanship seen in the British marque’s sports cars and the Italian master’s casual luxury shoes. Only 3,000 pairs of these lux kicks will be produced, so get them while they’re hot! The ‘Aston Martin x Hogan’ exclusive collection will be available at Hogan flagship stores worldwide, at Hogan and at the Aston Martin Dover Street brand centre from the end of June.

For more information, do visit Hogan and Aston Martin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timepieces and accessories for a good cause with the Montblanc for UNICEF collection

Watchmaking and brand-building are both about continuity, which is what makes partnerships such as the Montblanc-UNICEF initiative so special. Over the last 13 years, the Montblanc for UNICEF collection has helped raise more than US$10 million to benefit education programmes around the world. Montblanc, a brand built on the idea that writing — and consequently reading — is a “precious gift”, is the perfect partner for UNICEF in its mission to help children in need everywhere. Obviously, UNICEF’s mission is a tough one, given that some 59 million school-age children are not in school. Even where children receive some form of schooling, some 130 million will not achieve a basic standard of literacy and numeracy. Montblanc’s journey with UNICEF began in 2004 with the Sign Up for the Right to Write initiative, a campaign that used the exactly the right words — if you are lucky enough to read those words the reason should be clear.

In 2017, Montblanc has set the bar high for its Montblanc for UNICEF campaign, aiming to raise more than US$1 million. In service of this goal is the aforementioned Montblanc for UNICEF collection, consisting of limited edition writing instruments, timepieces, accessories and leather goods. Each item from the Writing Is a Gift Collection sold between April 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018, raises the amounts Montblanc will be contributing to towards helping more children gain access to improved standards of primary education.

“There is still much to be done to ensure that every child around the world has proper access to an education, a cause Montblanc has been proud to champion for the past 13 years,” explains Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO. “This new initiative gives individuals who are as passionate as we are about the written word the ability to own a Montblanc piece that carries true purpose, and by doing so, making a valuable contribution to the work of UNICEF in communities around the world where children are not always given the opportunity to learn to read and write. Writing is indeed a special gift that every child should enjoy.”

More than pretty words, Montblanc has released some specifics of how it intends to use the money it raises. In China, for example, it will be supporting child-friendly schools and the rights equal education. In Brazil, Montblanc’s contributions will help UNICEF achieve its goal of getting children aged four to 17 access to basic education; UNICEF is also helping teachers and school managers here to stymie the dropout rates of the most disadvantaged boys and girls. The mission continues in other places, of course.

Novelty watches for him: IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘Sharks’ released with book by photographer Michael Muller

The grey dial of IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” references the colour of the species it was named after

The grey dial of IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” references the colour of the species it was named after

New watches are often called novelties and the origin of this is from the French word “nouveauté” [this is disputed but not disproved – Editor] but translated as “novelty” due to the linguistic quirks peculiar to the watchmaking trade. Sometimes, new watches fit the novelty bill to a tee, as in the case of the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks”. Surely, offering a watch as part of a package with a book, all presented in a bite-proof metal shark cage, must count as novel!

Called Sharks, the book in question is by American photographer Michael Muller and it is one of those heavy-duty Taschen affairs. This limited-edition collector’s item comes with the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks”, and is a boutique exclusive for IWC. So don’t go looking for it in Kinokuniya, folks.

Obviously, the Chronograph Edition “Sharks” is the same Aquatimer we looked at a couple of years ago, with some tweaks. The watch is limited to 500 pieces and features a hammerhead shark engraving on the solid case back. We’ll revisit some of the other details in a bit. First, more about the photographer, his project, and why IWC was interested.

If the name Michael Muller sounds familiar, but you aren’t a devoted follower of the National Geographic Channel (NGC), don’t fret. Actually, his work was featured on the Travel Channel, not NGC. Banter aside, Muller photographs celebrities and works on advertising campaigns. You’ve probably seen his work and not even guessed it. Happily, he’s not just Insta-famous…

Anyway, sharks are Muller’s particular passion and he travelled the world documenting shark species for this book. IWC describes his work here as having “an unprecedented degree of technical perfection”, which probably explains why the Schaffhausen-based watchmaker was drawn to him.

Hammerhead sharks are featured on the back case of the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks”

Hammerhead sharks are featured on the back case of the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks”

Muller’s work in “Sharks” illustrates the plight of the fish species, of which an estimated 100 million are caught and killed every year. This unbelievably large-scale slaughter drew IWC to the project. Raising awareness is the name of the game here, so we’re happy to play our part too.

Protecting endangered species is one of the key themes in IWC’s commitment to environmental issues. That is why, since 2009, we have also been working intensively with the Charles Darwin Foundation as it campaigns for various causes such as the preservation of the shark populations in the Galapagos Marine Reserve,” explains Georges Kern, CEO of IWC.

So, what is different about the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” then? Aside from the engraving on the case back, the grey dial is meant to evoke the distinctive colouring of many shark species. In terms of hands, hour markers, numerals, functions, and movement, this edition is the same as the standard Aquatimer Chronograph.

It is also worth noting that the edition of Muller’s “Sharks”, which comes with the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks”, is signed by the photographer.

Specifications

Movement Self-winding Calibre 89365 with flyback chronograph
Power Reserve 68-hours
Case 44 millimetres in stainless steel
Water Resistance Up to 300 metres
Strap Black rubber with stainless steel pin buckle
Price S$17,400

This article was originally published in WOW.

Geneva Auto Show 2017: Red Bull and Aston Martin give you the limited edition Vantage Red Bull Racing

 

Red Bull gives you wings. Well in this context, it sure does. We all know about the upcoming collaboration between the two brands for the AM-RB 001 hyper car due for 2018. To keep motoring junkies sated, Supercar manufacturers Aston Martin have recently revealed their special edition Red Bull Racing editions of their Vantage series V8 and V12 — just in time for the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. The new cars have been built to celebrate Aston Martin’s on-going partnership with Red Bull racing, as well as the start of the 2017 Formula 1 season on March 26. Despite having no additional changes to the power of the car, both present aesthetic changes.

The cars are finished in Red Bull-inspired Mariana Blue exterior paint. Gloss Tungsten Silver and satin Mariana Blue are also available as an option. Complementing this signature paint finish is a carbon fiber spoiler, splitter and front grille. The grille gets a Red Bull red finish and the brake calipers are a contrasting yellow, staying through to the brand’s colour scheme. No changes have been made to the powertrains of both models. The V8 model gets a 436hp 4.7 litre unit and the V12 a 573hp 5.9 litre engine

Inside, the vehicle is dressed in carbon fiber trim, with Red Bull Racing embroidery on the headrests, diamond quilted leather and an Alcantara wrapped steering wheel complete with 12 o’clock marker. Created by the brand’s in house customisation firm Q by Aston Martin, this Aston Martin has also offered the opportunity of an autograph from one of Red Bull’s current F1 drivers — Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen — on the vehicle’s sill and inspection plaque.

Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer commented: “Motorsport is and will always be a key part of Aston Martin’s DNA and both the V8 and V12 Vantage S Red Bull Racing Editions bring that ethos straight to our customers. With the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship® set to begin soon, I hope that the purchase of these models will bring the racing season that little bit closer for those lucky few customers who can’t wait for it to begin”.

 

Limited edition beauty collection: YSL Beauté will release Touche Éclat 25 Star Edition in 2017

For lovers of beauty, the Touche Éclat by YSL Beauté is a must have product in the daily arsenal. Housed in a slim gold pen, the makeup tool has garnered a healthy following from those who know the power it yields with just one click. After 25 years, it comes as no surprise that YSL Beauté is celebrating what is now an icon in the beauty world with a collectible Touche Éclat 25 Star Edition. The formula of the illuminator remains the same but it is the gold casing that makes it different and desirable.

This year, the brand covers the sleek pen in a blanket of a dozen stars. The reimagined design gives the Touche Éclat a rockstar edge, thanks to the motif, that provides us with a product that is a collectible objet d’art. Available in three shades such as the N°1 Luminous Radiance, N°2 Luminous Ivory and N°3 Luminous Peach, it serves more than one purpose. YSL Beauté calls the Touche Éclat as something that is more than a highlighter or concealer and we agree.

With the N°1 Luminous Radiance, one can count on it as a universal illuminator that is perfect for any skin tone. Those with fair to medium tones, the N°2 Luminous Ivory provides a super-bright beam of light while the N°3 Luminous Peach pairs well with those of medium to darker skin tones with its warm glow. Like a magic light that enhances features and eliminates fatigue and dark circles in a heartbeat, the Touche Éclat has been a necessary companion for those with who are strapped for time.

The Touche Éclat 25 Star Edition by YSL Beauté will available from March 2017.

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Limited edition fragrance: Eau du Soir by Sisley provides some Christmas cheer

The smell of Christmas is in the air and the stockings are all set to be filled with gifts from loved ones. One item that many turn to, is a fragrance. While I would personally love for the scent of freshly baked cookies all year round, it would be a shame to pass up an opportunity to own a limited edition “Eau de Soir” by Sisley.

The famous scent is set to twinkle under those magical fairy lights, with its uniquely designed bottle. The black petals give us just a preview of the floral accord that sits at the heart of the fragrance. The linear patterns on the bottle stand out thanks to the glossy white lacquer bottle.

Our favourite element of the bottle, is the cap, that happens to be a work of art on its own. The gold adds to the grandeur of the limited edition Eau du Soir for 2016. The floral chypre scent is limited to 14,000 units worldwide so you may want to grab it before its too late.

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3 Limited Edition Nespresso Variations For Christmas

Vienna is far from just the birthplace of Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The European nation is also known for its love of coffee, which explains why Nespresso has been inspired by Vienna to create its festive Nespresso Variations. Joining the permanent Variations range, are the limited edition Variations. Available in special gift packs, the three special creations make this a wonderful gift for a loved one who cherishes their daily dose morning Joe.

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Variations Sachertorte

Using three famous Venetian pastries, the brand has presents us with a taste of Vienna in a cup. The first of the three, Variations Sachertorte brings to life the popular Austrian Sachertorte with the help of the Livanto Grand Cru alongside notes of chocolate and apricot. We suggest you enjoy the cuppa with a slice of that glazed chocolate cake and thin layer of sweet apricot jam that it takes its name from.

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Variations Apfelstrudel

An apple a day keeps the doctor away and we hope that works in a pastry or in a cup. With the Variations Apfelstrudel, the classic puff pastry is best enjoyed in an Espresso that fills the senses with the rich aromas of the pastry, baked apples and just a hint of cinnamon. The final variation is the Variations Linzer Torte that rings the delicious red fruit tart with spiced dough notes in another Espresso.

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Variations Linzer Torte

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Moncler Opens New York Flagship, Celebrates City with Art

French luxury outdoor apparel brand Moncler, after having imposed its signature down jackets around the world, opened its first American flagship in a city that will definitely enjoy the warmth, the comfort and the style of their products: New York City. Two locations have been announced: Madison Avenue (main venue) and Prince Street, Soho.
Celebrating this grand opening, Moncler wanted to pay tribute to the Big Apple and imagined two art projects that would both enlighten NYC creativity and the brand’s experimental style.

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The first part of the tribute has been handed to Thom Browne. The stylist conceived an installation, called “USA Flag”, consisting of 28 special limited editions of the brand’s iconic jackets – same model, different design – all having the American as common theme. The jackets, each of them being unique and numbered, will be assembled to create mosaic decorating the background of the boutique before being sold online to benefit NPO Robin Hood.

Thom Browne also designed a full Special Collection, featuring jackets, cashmere sweaters and other special items, only available at the Madison Avenue boutique – and yes, they will all be Stars and Stripes.

The second part of that Tribute is a unique realization by famous NYC Film Director Spike Lee. His contribution, is a Short Musical Film celebrates the Big Apple’s heat of life and magical atmosphere.

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Frame from Musical Film “Brave” by Spike Lee for Moncler

The Film, called “Brave” – reference to the lead song, begins with Spike Lee himself reciting The Sonnet “The New Colossus, inscribed on The Pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.  “Lady Liberty’s Flame,” concluded Spike Lee, “welcomed millions of people arriving in the United States of America. Their first step onto American soil was in New York City. I hear that in this song, “Brave Suffering Beautiful”, which holds the essence of what it means to be an American in this particular period in time.”

Through Moncler’s tribute to New York, all can see the brand’s love and respect for the Big Apple. Thom Browne and Spike Lee bring their own vision of the common theme, making the project and innovative and exciting demonstration of Moncler’s personality.

 

Watch the full film below:

Aston Martin Releases Limited Edition Badges

With a successful show at the 2016 World Endurance Championship (WEC), Aston Martin has marked the impressive achievement with 250 handmade jewel-like badges. The set of badges will contain nine Aston Martin emblems that were specifically designed to reflect the nine countries in which a race was held this year. For the race at Silverstone in the UK, the British sports car company has introduced red, white and blue detailing to the badges and red and green feathers for the round held in Mexico.

What makes the design so special is that it is an exact replica of the ones that have adorned Aston’s V8 Vantage GTE competition cars. Hand crafted from a copper base using enamelling techniques normally found with jewelry, each badge takes up to 20 hours to create. The badges are produced under the watchful eye of British jeweler, Vaughtons. To help fans understand and appreciate the process and effort that goes into crafting the badges, Aston Martin published a video of the badges being made.

Considering that these badges are in fact racing memorabilia, it comes with a hefty price tag of £3,750 (that’s €4316 or $4650). Of course, fans of the motoring company will see this as a good investment.

Should Aston Martin’s drivers win the upcoming November 19 competition in Bahrain, then the brand will be making a clean sweep of the GT titles. And, if that does happen, don’t be too surprised if the company decides to build a celebratory collector’s edition car to go with those badges.

To watch the process of crafting the badge, catch the video below:

Marni Blinky Holiday Collection

Marni Unveils Limited Edition Holiday Collection

Inspired by the German abstract art of the 1960s, the limited edition collection by Marni blends geometric patterns and high-voltage colors in three different repeated combinations, focusing on the primary hues of red, blue and yellow. The initial ‘M’ is also a recurring theme throughout the series, appearing on the pieces as a bold motif in various sizes.

The 11-piece collection includes a gilet, a woollen mini-skirt, a cotton t-shirt with a contrasting trim, a pair of patterned socks and a nylon anorak with rib-knit cuffs at the neck. Accessories include a silk scarf, a block-color wallet, resin and gold earrings and a brooch and charm in the form of the house’s signature letter ‘M’. A Marni Pocket Bag has also been revamped in the three colors of the collection.

This is not the first time Marni has taken inspiration from the art world — last year the Italian house chose to incorporate its Autumn/Winter 2015 collection into art shot by Boston-born, UK-raised photographer Jackie Nickerson. It also teamed up with Brazilian artist Véio on a sculptural project called “Becoming Marni” for the 56th edition of the Art Biennale in Venice.

The Marni Blinky Collection will be available from Marni.com until January 72017, priced from $90 – $1,760.

Lotus Evora Sport 410: Ludicrously Fast

Lotus Evora Sport 410: Ludicrously Fast

In developing the new flagship Lotus Evora Sport 410 coupé, Lotus wanted to create a proper icon, not just another quick fix for the weekend racing crowd. This turned out to be a job that took thousands of hours going over the existing model in microscopic detail looking for any way to boost road and track performance without adding weight. Lotus wanted to build a “pure” supercar that could be considered the successor to its last genuinely iconic model – the Esprit Sport 300.

In terms of vital statistics it does this with aplomb. With a 410hp, 3.5-liter supercharged V6 under its carbon fiber hood, it goes gangbusters. The Lotus Evora Sport 410 demolishes the race to 60mph in 3.9 seconds and climbs to a top speed of 190mph. The Esprit Sport 300 needed an extra 0.8 seconds to hit 60mph and reached its limits at 168mph.

However, what both cars have in common is that they are as light as technological advancements will allow and have been engineered to stick to a track or a back road as if the tarmac is made of steel and the car is magnetized.

Whether both cars will be thought of as iconic Lotus models will not ultimately be about the numbers game though or even how well the new car handles. This will be down to how the passionate Lotus clique of owners and enthusiasts comes to feel about the car. Nevertheless, Lotus clearly fancies its chances with the Evora Sport 410.

“[The car] defines a period in which we are producing our best ever cars,” said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc. “Its ballistic pace means that, in the right hands, it’s unbeatable. We have achieved so much in the development of the Evora platform, and the Sport 410 is possibly the most accomplished car we have ever built.”

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At £82,000 (€108,500) it is also one of the most expensive series production models in Lotus history. That price point puts it head-to-head with the likes of the Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type Coupe and a host of M-powered BMWs and AMG Mercedes.

But the Lotus should still stand out in this crowd because it is built so that a keen driver can use all the car’s capabilities all of the time. Lotus promises that even when the car is at its 190mph limit, there is still traction on tap.

“[It] delivers the power and precision that Lotus cars are renowned for. We’ve taken the war on weight to a new level, demonstrating perfectly our principle of intelligent engineering,” said Gales.

Yet, the car should still be comfortable. There’s an Alcantara-trimmed cabin, a touch-screen infotainment system plus the option of complete bespoke detailing via Lotus’s recently launched Exclusive program.

The Evora Sport 410 will be limited to just 150 examples a year and a North America specific model will be rolling out next summer.

Chanel N°5 L’Eau Limited Edition Holiday Special

Chanel is ushering in the holiday season with a limited edition ‘N°5 L’Eau’ in a crystal bottle. The new interpretation is so exclusive that it will be made available by reservation only. The 900ml bottle that is set to be rolled out on November 4 is one that is set to catch the eyes of collectors and aficionados of luxury perfumes.

What sets this special edition apart from other versions of the iconic fragrance is the bottle that is made entirely out of crystal. Cut like a diamond, the bottle is sealed with a special skin to help preserve the fragrance. Retaining the clean, classic lines or the original bottle as well as the name, the bottle is completed with a faceted cap and is presented in a white lambskin box.

With only 15 numbered editions of the Holiday 2016 edition being made available, this is one gift that will make any holiday season feel special. All reservations must be made directly with Chanel.

Infiniti Q60: 50 Infinitely Collectable Models

Infiniti Q60: 50 Infinitely Collectable Models

A collaboration between luxury US department store Neiman Marcus and Nissan’s luxury imprint Infiniti will lead to 50 very special versions of the Infiniti Q60. Basically, Neiman Marcus has added a special version of the coupé to its 2016 Christmas Book.

Based on the Red Sport 400 edition Q60, this very limited edition model – just 50 examples are planned – will keep the glorious twin-turbocharged 3-liter V6 engine and its 400hp output.

However, it will be getting a number of Infiniti optional upgrades as standard. For instance, it will come with dynamic digital suspension, a Bose Performance Series sound system and the company’s range-topping infotainment system.

But the upgrades that will really make it stand out among other Infinitis and among other ideas in this year’s Christmas Book are unique touches such as the Solar Mica (think gold) external paint finish. Then there are the carbon fiber accents that dress the car’s fender vents plus the special wing mirror caps and rear spoiler.

As for its interior, the cabin is awash with Gallery white leather that covers the seats and that contrasts well with the Silver Optic Fibre trim that accents the dashboard and door panels.

Each model will have a plaque displaying its unique VIN number within the 50-model series as well as a letter of authenticity. The final elements of exclusivity are a special ivory leather weekender bag and a Neiman Marcus-branded car cover (for use indoors only).

“The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is an iconic part of the holiday season for luxury brands,” said Allyson Witherspoon, director, Marketing Communications and Media at Infiniti Americas. “We were very excited for this exclusive Q60 to be the Fantasy Gift and worked closely with Neiman Marcus to bring it to life.”

The car will retail for $63,000 and for each edition purchased, Infiniti will donate $1,000 to Neiman Marcus’s charity foundation.

Anyone interested can find the car on page 128 of this year’s Christmas Book and can start placing their orders from November 2.

BMW M4 DTM Championship Edition

BMW M4 DTM Championship Edition Unveiled

The BMW M4 DTM Championship Edition is yet another special model from the company in its centenary year, but one glance at the car’s vital statistics should have well-heeled keen drivers around the world rejoicing.

That’s because this model’s differences are more than skin deep. There’s the obligatory special exterior paint finish – Alpine White with BMW racing stripes. There’s also a large carbon fiber rear wing, side skirts and different front and rear aerodynamic elements. But lift that hood and the 3-liter six-cylinder engine that would normally output 431hp will give 200 lucky owners 500hp instead, plus an extra 50Nm of torque (600Nm).

What’s more, the car has the same ingenious water injection system that until now was only available on the equally collectable M4 GTS. This piece of technology sprays water into the chambers ahead of combustion to cool the engine before the fuel arrives. The fuel comes in colder and therefore denser, meaning it detonates with a bigger, more efficient bang, meaning more performance and less waste.

All of these powertrain enhancements mean the car can go from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds instead of the usual 4.3 seconds – seriously impressive considering the rear wing – and on to an electronically limited top speed of 305km/h.

Of course with that much power on tap, the suspension has been significantly altered too and fade-free ceramic brakes are standard equipment.

However, although this is a track car first and foremost, it hasn’t jettisoned all creature comforts. Ok, it’s a two seat rather than four-seat car in this configuration (the rear passenger seats have made way for a racing roll cage), but there’s still an infotainment system, air conditioning, satnav, parking sensors and the carbon fiber racing seats have been wrapped in Alcantara.

“Never before has one of our edition models been so closely linked to motor racing,” said Frank van Meel, President of BMW M GmbH. “Congratulations to Marco Wittmann, his team RMG and the entire crew from BMW Motorsport.”

The BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016 will cost from €148,500 (roughly $165,000) and will be limited to 200 examples, globally.