At the 2011 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, Richard Mille presented the Tourbillon RM 026, symbolising a union between fine watchmaking and fine jewellery. In 2013, the RM 26-01, featuring a giant panda, is the latest addition to the RM family of jewellery watches.
The giant panda enjoys worldwide recognition and has incredible appeal, explained in part by its friendly appearance. The panda traditionally lived in the mountainous regions and plains of mid-west and south-west China. Now a protected species, they can be found in the mountainous regions of the provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu in central China.
The new RM26-01 tourbillon caliber is equipped with a baseplate machined from black Onyx, a variety of chalcedony composed of silicon dioxide (SiO2) from the cryptocrystalline quartz group.
Onyx varieties featuring rectilinear black and white parallel stripes are part of the agate family, whereas entirely black stones are commonly known as black Onyx.
This gem is said to absorb negative energy and bring great emotional stability to the wearer. Black Onyx is thus considered to protect against negative thoughts and incarnate balance and inspiration.
Sculpted in 18K white gold and integrated into the tourbillon, the panda is set entirely with diamonds and black sapphires. It sits in its natural habitat, a bamboo forest, featuring leaves and bark handsculpted from yellow gold and painted by hand.
The RM 26-01 tourbillon is a limited edition of 30 timepieces in 18K red gold and white gold.
Jimmy Choo has collaborated with U.S. artist Rob Pruitt to create the special 18 piece spring/summer 2013 capsule cruise collection.
The first images of footwear guru Jimmy Choo‘s team-up with contemporary artist Rob Pruitt have been revealed, with the eagerly anticipated collection comprising shoes and bags adorned with the artist’s trademark panda motifs.
Chinese entrepreneur An Yanshi is convinced he has found the key ingredient to produce the world’s most expensive tea — panda poo.
An has purchased 11 tonnes of excrement from a panda breeding centre to fertilise a tea crop in the mountains of Sichuan province, home to the black and white bears.
He will harvest the first batch of tea leaves this spring and it will be the “world’s most expensive tea” at almost 220,000 yuan ($35,000) for 500 grams (18 ounces).
MB&F returns to the Only Watch charity auction in 2011 with another emotionally charged piece – this time in collaboration with Chinese artist Huang Hankang.
HM4 Only Watch features a solid gold panda bear riding on top of the HM4 jet, which he controls with reins made of twisted gossamer filaments made of gold.
The panda was hand-carved and then cast in 18k white gold using the “lost wax” technique.
With pet ownership on the rise in an increasingly affluent China, savvy entrepreneurs are opening animal spas offering dogs a full makeover — even transformation into a panda.
Sun Ruowen opened her pet salon in central Beijing in May. Already, dozens of customers wanting to pamper their pets — mainly dogs — have bought pre-paid service cards which can cost more than 1,000 dollars.
“People are spending more money these days, and more and more people have dogs, so I decided to open a top-end pet store which offers luxury services such as spa and massage”.
Takashi Murakami has gotten back together with one of his long time collaboration partners, Louis Vuitton, to create this Louis Vuitton x Takashi Murakami Panda figure.
The figure comes in a LV bag, similar to the ones that hold all of their wallets and bags, only this bag comes with a few Murakami images screened onto it.
If you are a collector of Swarovski figurines, make sure that you add the Limited edition Pandas to your collection. Swarovski is offering the crystal series featuring endangered wildlife to spread the awareness among people and the first collection features pandas deigned by Heinz Tabertshofer.
The mother and cub panda set consists of two figurines in faceted crystal, created in clear and black diamond crystal with jet crystal eyes.
The mother panda holds a bamboo stalk while the cub seems to be playful. Swarovski will make a contribution to the companyâ€™s environmental projects with every purchase of a piece from the Swarovski Crystal Society Endangered Wildlife Trilogy.
Buy these limited edition crystal pandas for 380 Euros and do the world a favor.