Dissolving apparent contradictions drives HYT. The latest H4 watches shed even more light on this intrinsic fascination with making the paradoxical meaningful. These colorful new timepieces remain loyal to the brand's fil rouge of showcasing the power of the past and future to assign the present context and content. At the same time, they add a striking new dimension to the combined energy of two potentially polemic opposites – light and liquid – with the smallest dynamo ever invented, patent pending. There's an instant of tension when creativity succeeds in replacing an enigma with enlightenment. The new H4 watches were born of such a moment.Read More
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Cruising through the world of luxury and high end lifestyle, we found a brand less known to wide public but surely recognized by true connoisseurs all over the world. It is vodka with character, Tsar Ivan The Terrible©Read More
The latest H20 from HYT looks to this visual art that operates in three dimensions to shed light on the essence of time. Viewed from any aspect, the sculpted timepiece unveils new angles on time, while colored and clear liquids keep its essential flow permanently present. Second by second, further layers of time are revealed, witnessed and anticipated. The all-black color-scheme, right through to the coating of the movement's bridges, intensifies the visual drama between mystery and transparency. This intrinsic interplay of time and space brings to life the core HYT belief that time is defined by content and context.Read More
Christie’s International Director of Wine Tim Triptree MW enthuses over a hand-painted bottle of The Macallan that spent six decades in an ex-sherry oak cask, and which is expected to set a new world auction record in London in NovemberRead More
A bottle of Scotch whisky fetched £848,000, or $1.1 million USD, at an auction on Wednesday smashing the world record.
Distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986, The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60-year-old, referred to as “The Holy Grail of whisky,” was auctioned by Bonhams in Edinburgh.
What stands out with this bottle is the label’s artwork and the limited number produced. At the time, renowned pop artists Valerio Adami and Peter Blake were commissioned by Macallan to design labels for 24 bottles, with each artist contributing to 12 bottles. Adami, now 83, is an Italian painter best known for his bold and colorful imagery outlined by black lines.
It’s unclear how many of those Macallan bottles are still in existence, but they’ve made headlines at other auctions.
In May, a bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 sold for £814,081, or $1.05 million USD, which was the world record at the time. At that same auction, a bottle of The Macallan Peter Blake 1926 sold for £751,703, or about $976,000 USD.
“Its exceptional rarity and quality puts it in a league of its own, and the world’s most serious whisky collectors will wait patiently for many years for a bottle to come onto the market,” Bonhams Whisky specialist Martin Green said in a statement ahead of the auction.
High net-worth investors have earned returns on investing in collectibles. Wealthy investors make so-called “passion investments” in things like fine wine, classic cars, musical instruments, rare books, jewelry, collectible stamps, gold, silver, gemstones, and other treasure assets.
According to a recent report from Credit Suisse, ultra high net worth individuals on average have about 6% of their assets in these collectibles. And it turns out collectibles such as art, wine, and musical instruments have outperformed more traditional assets like cash and government bonds. The authors of the Credit Suisse report looked at collectibles with 118 years of data.
Of the collectibles that had 118 years of data, the report found that wine was the best performer, with an inflation-adjusted price appreciation of 3.7% per year.
Original Post: Yahoo Finance
Still life is never about life standing still. Just like an element of one of those beautifully haunting paintings, the HYT Skull 48.8 has carpe diem on its mind. This distinctive timepiece continually reminds of the importance of seizing every second. Highlighting time’s passage using liquids, it focuses on the power of the present, the very elixir of life.
The charismatic protagonist of this mesmerizing staging of time’s flow is a skull-shaped capillary. A patented fluidic module and exclusive mechanical calibre bring this to life. Colored liquid symbolizes reflection, while its transparent counterpart speculates reservedly on the future. Their meniscus meeting point precisely depicts the vital now. The broad eyes on the dial of the Skull 48.8 intimidate intentionally, prompting onlookers to take a closer look at how they themselves are spending their time. Behind the right eye is a rotating disc expressing the passing of each precious second as it fades from dark to pale. Placing time’s essential momentum center stage, the counting of the minutes moves backstage, eliminating the need for a minute hand.
Light and color play accomplished supporting roles in the drama of the Skull 48.8. Three limited editions incorporate red, green and blue fluid respectively. As each shade flows around the skull to represent elapsed life, it extends its contrasting influence over the monochromatic backcloth of the galvanized dial and titanium case. This deliberate tension fascinates the eye, as does the effect of light on the differently treated, unmistakably modern grey surfaces. Confirming the force of color-coding are grey fabric straps within a structure that matches the influencing tone. The present requests our presence.
Two iconic names that join forces and together create a watch: it sounds like a match made in heaven, yet in the watch world there are plenty of examples where such a partnership resulted in watches that couldn’t even uphold their position among the regular collection of the brand. For Hublot, such partnerships have always been a way of life, and their approach towards it has always been organic. They know their own DNA, yet they also know what DNA of their partner makes it such a strong brand. That is why their partnership with Ferrari has over the years resulted in beautiful and innovative watches, with as current highlight the Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph.
What makes the Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph so special is first the occasion for which it is created: the 70th anniversary of the brand with the prancing horse. Secondly also the way that it was conceived is unique: Ferrari’s own Design Center, headed by its Head of Design Flavio Manzoni, developed the watch in the same way as that they do one of their sports cars, yet now also integrate Hublot’s watchmaking expertise.
The dial highlights all the technical treats that the watch has to offer. Of course, this includes a flying tourbillon, but also essentials parts of the chronograph are exposed. The chronograph itself is a mono-pusher and operated by a lever in Ferrari red anodized aluminum. This allows its owner to operate it with great ease and precision.
The back offers even more of an insight into the amazing movement that powers the Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph. Caliber HUB6311 is a manual wind movement that consists out of 253 components and has a generous power reserve of five days. Combined with its flying tourbillon and column wheel chronograph is this caliber complicated, yet Hublot also delivers an aesthetically very pleasing movement as is evident from the back.
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Dewar’s Legacy Collection 1893, of which only 1,000 bottles are available at a price of around $3,900, is described as being “skillfully blended from 20 rare and long-aged whiskies, many of which were used by Dewar’s founder” that were “sourced from rare and long-aged casks from Aberfeldy and Royal Brackla distilleries.” It is the first of three limited edition whiskies in a series celebrating key historical moments for the brand.
The packaging this special whisky comes in is rather mind blowing: “presented in the finest hand-blown crystal decanter with handcrafted silverware made by Scottish craftsmen, the design is inspired by the dirk, the Scottish ceremonial dagger. The dirk is decorated with a thistle motif with detailing in 22-carat gold, and has as its centerpiece nine sapphires inspired by the famous Stuart Sapphire, owned by many Scottish kings before it became part of Queen Victoria’s Imperial State Crown. The decanter is housed in a burr walnut and gold metal box, which displays some of the many prestigious awards won by Dewar’s.”
As for tasting notes, it is said that “the palate is rounded, creamy and sweet, with enticing flavors of vanilla, toffee and mature oak, balanced with complex-yet-delicate aromatic spices and coconut aromas. Each mouthful reveals dried fruit cloaked in a wisp of smoke.”
Full article: The Whisky Wash
Music producer and all-around multi-talent Swizz Beatz has also expanded the collection he made in collaboration with Zenith. Next to the diamond set titanium Defy El Primero 21, he now added a Defy El Primero 21 to his collection made from white ceramic, which looks particularly stunning in combination with the orange details. The same can be said for the Defy Zero G, featuring the unique complication which Zenith redevised from the original version.
acob & Co thought that the Twin Turbo, with two triple-axis tourbillons and a minute repeater which was introduced in 2006, could be made more complicated and the result is the Twin Turbo Furious. With redesigned tourbillons, the watch now also features a monopusher chronograph. While that alone would be too simple for the watchmakers at Jacob & Co, so they also included a clever device in which you can set a reference time, for example for your fastest lap on a race track, and race against this time. At the end, you can simply see how many seconds you went under or over.
Crafted from Fairmined gold, the Chopard All-in-One is sustainable in more than one way. This highly complicated watch combines a perpetual calendar, with a tourbillon, orbital moon-phase display, equation of time, sunrise- and sunset time. But perhaps most impressive is that despite all these complications, Chopard was still able to give it a seven day power reserve!
The GyroGraff Drive is Graff sharing its passion for cars through intricate miniature paintings on the dial, combined with exclusive complications. Cleverly integrated into the scene on the dial is not only a triple-axis tourbillon but also a three dimensional moon phase hand carved from 18 karat gold. But the work of art also extends to the bezel, where 7.73 carats of diamonds are expertly set, so that no metal shows. A masterpiece in every sense of the word!
Bulgari is also using carbon this year, for their Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon nonetheless! Not only the case of this ultra-thin minute repeater is crafted from this material, but also the dial, and even the bracelet. The result is a featherlight watch, yet a heavy weight horological piece of art. The minute repeater sounds actually even better in the new carbon case, which is quite an achievement, as it already sounded amazing in the titanium version that was introduced in 2016.
The Macallan Sherry Oak 40 Years Old - 2017 Release is a new limited edition single malt which marks the pinnacle of the Sherry Oak range. This is the third non-vintage release of a 40 years old expression from The Macallan.
This rare single malt was matured for 40 years in an intriguing combination of three different types of sherry-seasoned cask to create its distinctive style - complex, with a natural deep copper colour, and rich and intense character defined by dried fruits, ginger, wood spice and cinnamon.
This highly collectable release of only 465 bottles is available from December 2017 in select locations worldwide including the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa; as well as exclusive airport retail stores and The Macallan Distillery. A small number of bottles will also be available through The Macallan Online Shop in 2018 with delivery to selected countries.
With more than 75 new listings for sale and 30 more yachts to their global charter fleet Northrop and Johnson has definitely seen growth in 2017. They've also sold more than 112 yachts. Big sales included the 173-foot (52.7m) Swedeship superyacht PASSION by Sales Brokers Kevin Merrigan, Wes Sandford and Ann Avery as well as the sale of the 163-foot (49.69m) Christensen superyacht CASINO ROYALE by Sales Brokers Kevin Merrigan, Joe Foggia and Wes Sandford.
Northrop & Johnson also was recognized with a variety of accolades in 2017. CEO Kevin Merrigan was named International Yacht Broker Association (IYBA) Broker of the year for 2016. Cameron Bray, Managing Director of Australia was appointed Chairman for Superyacht Queensland and also was named the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur for the second your running. In addition, Northrop & Johnson attended 12 major yachting events as well as hosted numerous bespoke events.
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Held at the historic Angle Orensanz Center in New York City, the event saw the official unveiling of the groundbreaking Defy El Primero 21 and the Defy Lab. The two watches made waves in haute horlogerie earlier this year, and now their innovative performance and astounding craftsmanship were revealed to the guests, who got the chance to tinker with a Zenith movement.
Both the strap and the bezel carry an inspiration quote by Swizz Beats: “Never let people tell you what you can’t do, because sky’s not the limit, it’s just the view.”
The one-of-a-kind watch was raffled off with proceeds going to the Gathering for Justice, a non-profit organization founded in 2005 by Harry Belafonte to fight child incarceration and the racial inequalities in the justice system.
For those who did not get to own the statement watch, a slightly modified version – the Defy El Primero 21 Swizz Beatz Edition – was released in only five pieces.
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What’s the secret to keeping MB&F at the top?
Creativity is an addiction and, like all addictions, you need the dosage to continuously increase—or else you feel empty and in need. Once a piece has been launched, I more or less lose interest in it. It is always the next creation or creations [that] get my adrenaline [going].
How does MB&F stand out from its competitors in the watch world?
[Since] the beginning of MB&F, 12 years ago, we had a very different outlook on watchmaking. For us, it is art and, as such, we deconstruct traditional, very high-end watchmaking to reconstruct it into a piece of 3D kinetic art. I cannot sing, paint or write, but give me the components of a watch movement and I can come up with dozens of pretty unusual ideas.
One of our favorite pieces was the MB&F Legacy — it was a huge success! Why did you stop this line with your last edition over the summer?
We did not stop the whole line, but only the original Legacy Machine No.1, which had been launched in 2011. Even though we continue to craft and sell about 60 pieces per year, it was time to retire this crucial piece in our history. The main reason is to increase desirability of the preowned pieces so that the existing owners can maximize the price when reselling them. And we needed the LM1 to give way to the brand new Legacy Machine, which launched on October 10.
Tell us about your relationship with Westime?
Westime is one of the six worldwide retailers who, in 2005, believed enough in us— or [was] crazy enough—to pay in advance one-third of [its] first order two years before we delivered the first machine… based [only] on a drawing and a crude 3D printed piece of plastic, which was supposed to mimic the HM1. The word ‘friends’ in our name—the ‘F’ in MB&F—always had a real meaning. Without the Simonian family, owners of Westime, and five other retailers, I would not be standing in front of you today. Contrary to what happens in the corporate world, that has a real meaning for both of us.
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When a cognac pays homage to the nobility and loyalty of the French Empire generals, particularly the Marquis de Caulaincourt, “Grand Ecuyer” of Napoleon, French Ambassador to Russia and Major General in the Napoleonic Army you have to expect premium quality and taste. The D’aincourt Collection comprises of three Hors d'Age Cognacs aged from 20 to 70 years old. I finally got to sit down with their samples, neat as always because watering down this cognac would not be honoring the French Empire Generals at all. Before we get into our review...
What is Cognac Grand Champagne?
Cognac Grande Champagne is Cognac brandy made from the vineyards in the most respected of the six Cognac districts (crus) that surround Cognac town. Its name often leads to confusion, and assumptions that it is somehow connected with the sparkling wine region Champagne. This confusion is easily cleared up; the word champagne (from Latin campania) originally meant 'open country', with connotations of idyllic, pastoral landscapes. It features in at least a dozen place names dotted all over France, including both the Champagne wine region and the Grande Champagne brandy district.Grande Champagne is located just south of Cognac town, sandwiched between the Charente river and its tributary, the Né. The famous village of Segonzac, encircled by vines for miles in every direction, lies right at its heart.
History of D’aincourt Cognac
D’aincourt Cognac was established in 1848, the distillery is located in the heart of the Cognac region.The D’AINCOURT Cognacs are sourced exclusively from Grande Champagne: premier Cru of Cognac where the finest eaux-de-vie come from.
1st Up - D’aincourt Cognac Extra
Delightful, rich aroma, spicy and a bit smokey, it’s definitely a cognac for the cigar lounge. The taste lingers somewhat, heightening the tasting experience as you inhale it’s aroma.
Up Next - D’aincourt Cognac Rare XO
The aroma is not as smokey, I do get a citrus scent and something like cloves, the aroma hints that the taste would be smooth. The taste is a little more smokey than the aroma lets on but it delivered the smoothness I expected.
Finally - D’aincourt Limited Edition Premier Cru
Can a cognac have a premium aroma? This one made me check. L.E. Premier Cru is made from the rare blend of very mature eaux de vie, some aged over 70 years old. It is made entirely from Grande Champagne, the finest of the Cognac crus. Gents, inhale deeply as this embraces your palate.
All three have a rich golden hues and long “tears” along the inside of the glass, it’s what you would expect with mature cognacs. The L.E. Premier Cru has the lightest shade.
If I had to put in order of what I enjoyed most it would be the Premier Cru 1st, 2nd would be the Rare XO, followed by the Cognac Extra.
Grab a Davidoff cigar, Trinidad Short Robusto or whatever cigar you enjoy, these cognacs will go well with most.
To purchase we suggest you contact the good folks here: D’aincourt
There are things that draw us towards it even when we don’t know where it will lead. Often time we know we may not know exactly what we’re doing but yet we believe because unless we believe in ourselves and our abilities how can we expect others to believe in what we have to offer. As we continue our Gents Among Us interview series we speak with Mr. Justin Mckenzie, founder of playTIEm.
M.C. - If you had 5 words to describe you what would they be?
J.M. - Bold, Ambitious, Colorful, Creative, Radical
M.C. - Do you consider yourself a gentleman and if so what does being a gentleman mean to you?
J.M. - Yes, I consider myself a gentleman who is learning everything I can about this lifestyle daily. I see a gentleman as being a modern day superhero. What do both have in common? People look up to them…people see what they can become. So for me, it’s about living and carrying myself in a way that will set a precedence of class and sophistication. A gentleman inspires others to see value in themselves. It’s rewarding and encouraging to see, especially on social media, little boys and young men emerging as gentlemen and raising a standard for themselves.
M.C. - What inspires you?
J.M. - More than anything, I am inspired by the concept of change and upgrade; coupled with a good success story. It’s motivating for me to see someone move from one state to the best version of themselves (some examples of this are spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, and to a great extent financial maturity). That’s why I look forward to #TBT to witness some sort of progress or positive transformation. When I look at my own growth I am also inspired, which fuels me to invoke change for myself and others.
M.C. - You have to be a busy gent, do you even have free time? How do you spend it?
J.M. - I am busy, and increasingly so but I do get to squeeze in some activities which may include going to the theater to watch plays, musicals, concerts, you name it. I also enjoy watching a good superhero movie. #BlackPantherFanatic. I’m the first to admit that food is my middle name. You’ll almost always find me at a good food truck, coffee house or restaurant. I do read at least 20 mins every night before bed, sometimes with a glass of wine.
M.C. - How did you get into the world of menswear accessories?
J.M. - Unique accessories were not accessible, and I was tired of wearing boring ties at work. Therefore, I decided that I would sort my own and out of that playTIEm came into existence.
M.C. - Was selling menswear accessories your first career choice?
J.M. - No actually. Five years ago I wanted to become a pilot because of my passion for travel but then I realized it must be more fun to be flown in first class. Additionally, some of my dreams and goals won’t happen in the confines of a job. I was scared to start a business (having no real clue about what I was doing) but I knew I had to do more with my life.
M.C. - What birthed playTIEm?
J.M. - This business underwent a long list of names…a lot of boring names. I wanted something fun, creative, a play on words, a conversation starter. Then when I was not trying to think of a name the word playTIEm flashed through my mind. I was like “Thanks God! Good looking out.” And I never looked back.
M.C. - How would you describe the menswear scene in Trinidad and Tobago?
J.M. - We are in a time now where more men are conscious of image and presentation. They enjoy the idea of dressing up. Men are now becoming empowered to make bolder statements in terms of colours, accessories, and footwear. Men are also getting into the idea of having “must have” pieces like blazers, funky socks, dress shoes, neck ties, and watches.
From an entrepreneurial standpoint, we have emerging local designers and fashion merchants. I hope to see the industry become more profitable; with more buyers and sellers, not just seers and touchers.
M.C. - What mark do you want to make on the industry?
J.M. - I hope to be a global authority. Being Caribbean allows me to bring a different experience not commonly witnessed on an international level. In whatever capacity I am privilege to serve this industry, there is a desire to make a valuable and lasting contribution. I say that because the world of plus size men is plentiful. When I first started my business, I was very discouraged by the amount of menswear stores that would not carry my size or larger and I do know that stops a lot of men from believing that they can dress better. Therefore, I want to be a sort of influencer for bigger men of all demographics to dress, speak and think more positively.
M.C. - You model a lot of your own accessories, what started that?
J.M. - I didn’t see myself as a model at first, but I believe you are your best customer so I wear playTIEm all the time. I wanted to show different options for people who are wondering “How do you wear a wooden bow tie? Or how do you wear a floral tie?” It demonstrates the products on an actual person.
M.C. - What’s next for you and playTIEm?
J.M. - I have a few projects in the pipeline, can’t say too much as yet. What I can say though is that the aim is to become a household name and to develop my brand as an unforgettable experience.
As for me, I’m looking at different opportunities. I’m also associating myself and building relationships with people who are where I aspire to be in the industry.
Be sure to follow playTIEM on Instagram
In a time where society makes us question if chivalry still exists and if gentlemen are now on the endangered species list, I decided to set out to show that it is the furthest from the truth. We present our Gents Among Us series and we we start with Mr. Guillaume Bo, founder of Men Need More Style. I had the privilege of interviewing this gent and found out that we shared the same enthusiasm for Hip Hop and Djing...yes you read correctly.
M.C. - If you had 5 words to describe you, what would they be?
G.B. - Music/Hip Hop, Obstinate, Passion, Blessed, Misanthropic.
M.C. - Do you consider yourself a gentleman and if so what does being a gentleman mean to you?
G.B. - A man, that’s for sure. Gentle sometimes. A gentleman, I try...
M.C. - What inspires you?
G.B. - Women, readings, design, life.
M.C. - You have to be a busy gent, do you even have free time? How do you spend it?
G.B. - Sports, walking, politics/sciences/arts.
M.C. - How did you get into the world of menswear?
G.B. - Step by step. I’ve always loved to play with colors and to wear nice clothes though. Even when I was younger, even a kid, I wanted to match colors. Shoes with my polos for example or socks with my shirts. I also liked comics like Blake and Mortimer or movies from Hitchcock and I was a big fan of MJ. I watched his clip smooth criminal a...billion times! And of course James Bond or books of Himes, London, Harrison...
I worked with/for Phat Farm too in Europe because I was a dj/producer. It was casual/sport clothes, hip hop oriented but Russel Simmons wanted it sober and classic so I loved it, but at the same time, I could mix/dj sometimes with my suits as well. I’ve always wanted to prove, to show that "we hip hop guys" could have taste and I also wanted to prove that we weren’t only baggys and caps...
So cats/men/friends used to ask me to help them to do shopping. They want advice...etc.
I lived in France but when I moved to San Francisco or NY or Montreal it was the same. People used to come to me and to say "man, I love your style", "man, do u think I could wear this?", "Man could you help me...".
Then stores asked me to do the same. Then brands as well.
I created events dedicated to Elegance too. One in Montreal for example called Tux in the City. Bow ties for everybody. Gentlewomen and Gentlemen.
Like I say in Men Need more style, I’d like this world to be nicer to our eyes .
M.C. - Was menswear your first career choice?
G.B. - Nope. Never thought about it before... I played soccer and tennis and I wish I could have been a pro or I thought I could be into politics, ambassador. And after my whole life was dedicated to music.
M.C. - What birthed Men Need More Style?
G.B. - I lived in Montreal and I was taking a break. I had time. I felt like a real lack of sartorialism there, a real lack of clothes culture, so I decided to create a Facebook page called Montreal Needs More Style with tips, advice, ideas, good spots... I noticed that a lot of men read it but they weren’t... Canadian and they said to me "you know, in ... Berlin same state, in Chicago same thing... In Dakar... In ... So it became Men need more style.
M.C. - You once lived near Cannes, how is the menswear scene there?
G.B. - I use to live nearby Nice actually. Cannes is not that far (30 miles). Cannes is very BLING BLING oriented. A lot of new stores dedicated to fashionistas but not to Gentlemen. Nice is one of the biggest cities in France. Example, one store called Albert Arts, I’d say that you have nothing very interesting there. A cruel lack of elegance and style. It’s also available for Monaco. You can see a lot of fabulous cars, yachts. But no Gentlemen. I think I met 4 or 5 guys with taste.
M.C. - What do you want to be your affect on the industry?
G.B. - Firstly, i just want to share my passion and this culture. I try also to make understand and it’s like a mission that you don’t really need money to be elegant. It’s more a question of time, patience, culture and education since you can find basics and play with them. It’s like crate digging you know..? You just need to find the good spots, the good brands, the good tailors, the right people who know what they talk about. We can feel already that the industry, thanks to real good blogs/sites like The Bespoke Dudes or Parisian Gentleman or Milanese special selection or stores like The Armoury, B&T Tailors... Or mine Has been changing the game. Big brands feel that something huge is happening and they change the way they talk to men and the way they make suits, shirts and so on. They talk now to educated Gentlemen so they must make good clothes or they wont sell, and its a very good thing.
Moreover small companies do a very good job like Drakes for example or Shibumi or Lardini and they create sane emulation. Taste is back!
M.C. - What’s next for you and MNMS?
G.B. - I don’t really know yet. Maybe i should think about something outside of Facebook because you remember...? I decided my Page/blog to be only there. It was a challenge and it s not the easiest way to grow maybe but I wanted to be different. Maybe I should create and design my own line... Wait and see.