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In a press statement, CEO of Embraer Michael Amalfitano said, “The Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 are the disruptive aircraft for the entrepreneur, pioneer and innovator.”Read More
With MB&F you sometimes wonder how they can move on to the next watch based on their past creations. As both their designs as well as their movements are cutting edge, it is hard to see the next logical step, at least when your name is not Maximilian Büsser and you founded the brand. The challenge is to not only offer a new watch with an incredible wow-factor but also to inject it with sufficient MB&F-DNA and have it as a natural extension of the current collection. With the introduction of the new MB&F HM9, we can say once again; mission accomplished!
The ‘pods’ on each side of the main body of the HM9 contain a balance wheel, which can be admired through a sapphire window. The rate of them is balanced out by a planetary differential, that is located in the central body of the watch, and displayed at the front of the watch. MB&F will launch the HM9 ‘Flow’ in two editions of 33 pieces each, that share the titanium case. The ‘Air’ edition features a dark finish on the movement and a dial in aviator-style. The ‘Road’ edition pays tribute to 1950’s cars with a speedometer inspired dial, and a rose gold plated movement.
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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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The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Christie’s Auction House are set to debut a first-of-its-kind auction lot fit for a true whisky connoisseur. The exclusive offerings will include The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 4, an eponymous collection of five rare whiskies from the world’s longest-serving Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE, a bespoke Morgan V8 Roadster, inspired by and hand-crafted with The Balvenie in mind, and a trip to Scotland.
To complete the experience, the buyer will be invited on a behind-the-scenes tour at The Balvenie distillery, where they will get a first-hand look at the five rare crafts that contribute to the whisky’s distinctive taste and personally experience the magic that goes into each and every drop. It is the only distillery in the world that still grows its own barley, uses traditional floor maltings, keeps both coppersmiths and coopers on site, and employs the longest serving malt master in the industry – making The Balvenie the most handcrafted of single malts.
The auction will be hosted on Christie’s online platform with bidding opening at 10 a.m. EST on September 25th, 2018 and closing at 10 a.m. EST on October 9, 2018. Featuring sought-after collector’s items and a unique experience at The Balvenie distillery, this iconic lot is a true testament to both brands’ dedication to quality and craftsmanship of the highest order.
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This fall, The Macallan, is launching a new immersive event series, The Macallan Manor, reinventing whisky tasting through a stunning, multi-sensorial experience. The event series embarks on a three-month tour across nine major U.S. cities starting in New York and concluding in Los Angeles in November.
Designed to surprise and delight, The Macallan Manor transforms historic, old-world manors into luxury, first-class tasting experiences, blending the sensorial with storytelling and converting new consumers to Scotch whisky fans.
Guests will journey through four immersive worlds, each a unique experience created around one of The Macallan’s whisky expressions, pairing set design with storytelling and multi-sensory experiments to delve into each of the five senses.
Attendees of The Macallan Manor can expect one-of-a-kind immersive tastings taking place in unexpected locations such as an oak forest with flavor-enhancing flowers imported from the Amazonian rainforest, or a cooperage in Spain. Additionally, guests can expect an innovative food menu, featuring edible clouds for starters – masterfully paired with The Macallan and designed to stimulate and intensify an already premium whisky-tasting experience.
September 20, September 21
The Algonquin Club
September 26, September 27
October 2, October 3
Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs
October 11, October 12
October 17, October 18
International Museum of Surgical Science
October 23, October 24
Arts Club of Washington
October 30, October 31
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
November 6, November 7, November 8
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Tune in to the Money Making Conversations with the founder of our aviation partners - Dream Flights International.
Get to know our aviation partners, Dream Flights International. Tune in to the interview with 2-Time Emmy Winning Mogul Rushion McDonald’s Money Making Conversations Radio Show! Monday, August 13th, 10:30am ET on Biz Radio 1190 WAFS Atlanta www.biz1190.com
The Manhattan is Embraer’s latest creation after hits such as the Japanese-inspired Kyoto Airship, the Brazil-meets-Texas Skyranch One and the celebrity-hailing Hollywood Airship. The concept aircraft is the brainchild of Embraer interior design head Jay Beever and former Disney Imagineer Eddie Sotto, who infused the fuselage with elements characteristic of Art Deco’s jewelry, buildings and furniture.
The result is a highly bespoke interior that comes with a price tag of $83 million, which includes $53 million for the Embraer’s iconic Lineage 1000E, the backbone and bearer of the Manhattan.
Lineage 1000E’s Manhattan edition, which boasts a range of close to 5,300 miles, easily accommodates between 13 to 19 passengers, who, upon entry, step into an upscale lounge instead of a galley. Next to it is a Cloud Club, complete with fold-away bar stools.
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Gulfstream has created one of the most impressive business jets on the market by adding an Extended Range prefix to the end of its G650,
With its legendary G650, Gulfstream already had a world-class private jet on its books. However, as the business world becomes even more unified, the need for a luxury bird with transoceanic capabilities becomes all the more important, and so, the G650ER was born. The ER (Extended Range) is a real technological showcase; a flying apartment, that can get you from Hong Kong to New York, Los Angeles to Melbourne, or Dubai to Atlanta in complete luxury and very quickly.
Two huge Rolls-Royce BR725 make the most of the ER’s 27,442kg fuel load, enabling her to travel 7,500 nautical miles, at Mach 0.85, with eight passengers and four crew on board. To put this into perspective, Airbus’ giant, the A380 can travel only 1000 nautical miles more at the same speed with 361,000kg of fuel in her wings. This sort of range makes Sydney a viable business trip from Dallas, or Riyadh.
There is another bonus to that fuel capacity though. With a 46,992kg maximum takeoff weight, that extra fuel can be swapped for heavier payload for shorter trips, with a top speed of Mach 0.90 achieved during short haul, low-weight missions. It also has the ability to fly between 41,000 and 51,000 feet – much higher than the weather and the crowded 39,000 feet altitude inhabited by the world’s commercial airliners.
Inside the ER, that high altitude cruise speed goes completely unnoticed by its passengers. In fact, the pressure isn’t felt at all. The air in the cabin gets replenished with 100% fresh air every two minutes, with an overall cabin altitude (air pressure) of 4,060 feet at an altitude of 45,000 feet. For the layperson, the higher the cabin altitude, the less oxygen is taken up by the blood, and the more gases within the body expand. The ER has a cabin altitude almost two times lower than that of a conventional airliner, which means passengers touchdown feeling more refreshed and alert.
The G650’s cabin also plays a part with how chilled you are on landing. Available with a choice of 12 predefined floorplans, the ER has a layout to suite any need, from single businessperson, up to a 19-player football team. Customisation is also a large part of Gulfstream ownership with any request, from a private master suite to a large conference room, realised at the factory.
With the Gulfstream Cabin Management System (GCMS) taking care of the inflight entertainment, long distance flights on board the G650ER can be as relaxed as needs be. But, as time is money, the ER’s two multichannel satellite communications systems and a wireless local network means that travelers can stay as connected on board as they are on the ground.
The Gulfstream G650ER is a remarkable business jet and one that has been racking up record after record – the recent Singapore to Las Vegas, 8,010 nautical miles nonstop, in just over 14 hours is mind-blowing. The business world has suddenly become a very small place.
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Roger Dubuis releases it's third version of a new (limited) edition Excalibur Knights of the Round Table. Limited to 28 pieces
Roger Dubuis uses pink gold to craft the knights from, and despite their polygonal appearance it takes dedicated craftsmanship and a lot of patience to create each of them. All twelve of them are also finished to perfection before they take their place at the round table inside the 45mm Excalibur case. Each dial takes on average 45 hours to complete.
As is traditional with the ‘Knights of the Round Table’ editions of Roger Dubuis, it has the pledge engraved on it, along with a blue, transparent case back with below it Calibre RD 821. This self-winding movement is made in-house by Roger Dubuis, has a power reserve of 48 hours and comes with the prestigious Geneva Seal, testifying further for its exquisite make and finish.
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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.
Keeping a private plane on hand is a costly business that even the mega wealthy may not indulge in.
According to new research, the cost of owning and maintaining a private jet is so great that the estimated mean average wealth of such a person is calculated at around $1.5 billion. Much less than that and the numbers simply don't stack up.
For example, a long-range Falcon 2000DX is estimated to cost around $40 million, and that's only the upfront purchase price. This has led to the rise of alternative models such as a membership program, fractional ownership or buying by the hour.
But why even use a private jet? Could first class commercial travel not offer all the comfort needed, at a fraction of the cost?
It doesn't matter if you are seat 1A in first class, as you will still have to be processed through security. Ultra-High Net Worth individuals (those with more than $30 million in assets) are not comfortable to wait around, according to the survey, and appreciate that they can drive right up and fly at a moment's notice.
Other perceived savings come in the form of purchasing and booking time as well as the logic that private aviation can save time if the final destination is near a smaller airfield.
The rich can often be fastidious about controlling elements of their life and travel is a common concern. One VistaJet customer noted that if a meeting overran, it provided no stress as the jet would be there waiting.
The drive for control also extended to the on-board experience. Many flyers said they want the experience to be an extension of their normal lifestyle. They don't view private jet travel as a luxury experience and rarely drink champagne.
Report co-author Winston Chesterfield noted that one private jet flyer liked to know that if he wanted a burger and fries, it was not going to be a problem.
Perception of safety
Managing risk is a common skill for the wealthy and often a high-end traveller will consider private travel to be safer than a commercial offering. The report claimed that the two dominant factors are the age of the plane and the visual condition of both its exterior and cabin.
The report said that many wealthy individuals don't like to travel on older aircraft and that commercial airlines cannot guarantee a newer plane.
One person quoted in the survey said that the presentation of the plane and staff was important because it suggested a high level of care was also being placed on operation and maintenance.
A private jet allows individuals to fly without being recognized. Many clients are operating under a corporate banner and business trips involving well-known executives can be conducted in relative secrecy.
Jet owners also said they feel more secure as they have full control over the pilot and other staff on the aircraft. This of course is less obvious on a membership or fractional ownership basis but can be achieved to a degree.
There is one big downside, however, as full ownership of a plane means that as it flies around, others will know who is likely on board and where they are going.
There is no comparison between private jet travel and commercial airlines when it comes to cost. And the survey found that, even if affordable, a private flight was not always preferred.
The report suggested many private flyers see the benefit of private aviation for domestic flights within the U.S. or across Europe.
But when it comes to longer flights, however, often commercial is winning out among those surveyed. Many noted that loyalty rewards for first class travel can be very generous and can be used to offset future costs.
So who flies private?
Private jet flyers are separated into three groups in the report. Owners, who own all or part of an aircraft; members who are part of a private-flying program; and the rest who may use a variety of methods to fly — including using first class commercial.
The report found that a typical traveler in all three segments would be overwhelmingly male (around 90 percent) and has about a one-in-five likelihood of working within the finance world.
Other well represented industries included real estate, industrial conglomerates and technology.
The mean average age ranged from 65 for full owners, 61 for members and 60 for the rest.
Three out of four jet owners have self-made wealth, while the figure falls to around two-in-three for the other segments.
The mean average wealth for a jet owner was $1.5 billion, £1.1 billion for members and $670 million for those who mix between charter and commercial first class.
As tree-to-bar chocolate makers, To'ak draws heavily from the techniques and tradition of both winemakers and whisky distilleries. As with wine, the flavor characteristics of dark chocolate vary according to the soil and climate in which the cacao was grown. At To’ak, they make their chocolate to express the land and weather idiosyncrasies of each specific year.
To’ak was born from a rainforest conservation project that co-founder Jerry Toth started in Ecuador in 2007. Through his nonprofit foundation Third Millennium Alliance (TMA), he helped create the Jama-Coaque Ecological Reserve, which currently protects over 560 hectares (1,400 acres) of tropical forest along the coastal mountain range. It was here that he began cultivating cacao trees and making chocolate by hand in a thatched bamboo house secluded in the middle of the forest.
Part of their technique is the matter of applying barrels or other aging vessels in combination with Time. As they've learned from whisky makers, about 70% of the flavor of a well-aged whisky is derived from the barrel in which it was aged. Extractable flavor compounds in the barrel are what give the whisky its defining features. To’ak is the first tree-to-bar chocolate maker that comprehensively applies this principle to chocolate.
In the middle of each To’ak chocolate bar is a single roasted cacao bean, which co-founders Carl and Jerry hand-select themselves. "We recognize there is a tendency to forget that chocolate is ultimately derived from the fruit of a tree. It is our wish to share with connoisseurs the opportunity to taste the true source of chocolate and its most fundamental element—the cacao bean itself. Although the bean inevitably expresses some of its inherent bitterness, it also reveals the more robust, unprocessed elements of its essential flavor, with a rich nutty undertone. We believe that tasting the actual cacao bean is a crucial step toward the understanding of chocolate from a deeper perspective."
Amanera was designed by architect John Head to blend with its natural surroundings. Hidden amongst more than 2,170 acres of dense jungle, Amanera is also situated against the stretch of golden sands that make up Playa Grande, one of the most scenic beaches in the Dominican Republic. A small operation with just 25 accommodations, the resort stays true to Aman’s central theme of minimalistic luxury. Dine on dishes inspired by local ingredients at The Restaurant, which overlooks the mile-long crescent beach, book a sábila aloe vera body wrap at the Amanera Wellness Casa, or reserve a tee time at the meticulously-kept Ree Jones golf course above the coastline.
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