The Chanel J12 collection contains time pieces whose modernity goes far beyond the standards of their time with two models being particularly mesmerizing – the J12-365 and the J12 Moonphase watches. Statutory and luminous, both models are made of ceramic material with satin-finished dials that are the epitome of timeless elegance. Since its introduction 14 years ago, the J12 range has become a best seller and its newer revamped models do a fine job in continuing the legacy.
The Chanel J12-365 watch has been given a subtle facelift, which resulted in a larger case, a more delicate and refined look. It comes with a white or black case, respectively for the female and male version of the model and can be enhanced with steel or beige gold – an 18k gold alloy developed exclusively for Chanel. Its diameter is 35mm and has a self-winding mechanical movement with a 42- hour power reserve. It is water-resistant to 100 meters and comes in eight exclusive versions: black ceramic with steel or beige gold and a choice of diamonds, or white ceramic with steel or beige gold and a choice of diamonds. The watch starts retailing at €6,900.
Chanel’s fascination with the stars shines through in the J12 Moonphase watch – a spectacular piece with inimitable charm. It is a perfect combination of modernity, elegance and mystery with its refined design and technical superiority. The complex mechanism tracks the moon phases, displaying them in a small circle on the front dial: new moon, first quarter, full moon and the last quarter. The deepblue aventurine dial features the four main phases of the moon and is adorned with a serpentine hand in polished steel. The watch’s bezel can be set with diamonds or in high-tech ceramic, is considerably thinner with a wider dial featuring satin and “guilloché” finishes in the finest watchmaking tradition. The J12 Moonphase’s listed price is €6,900.
The Hawker Horizon 4000, developed by Hawker Beechcraft, is a super-midsize airplane that seats eight passengers and is preferred for its elegant and luxurious stand-up cabin.
It possesses a range of nearly 3,200 nm, and can perform well against any headwind at better than airline speeds. It is a remarkable short-field performer, remarkably sophisticated and technologically superior to other aircrafts in its range. Unlike the Hawker 2000, the asking price for this model is $22 million. Innovation, comfort and reliability are the three words that come to mind on examining the new model, comprising of mechanically wound carbon-fibre fuselage, metal wings, cutting-edge avionics, flawless automation and highly integrated systems.
Both the airfoil and flight control boast an optimized design. The clean, high-performance wings are an excellent fit for the plane’s purpose and aesthetic. Its airframe is made of around 60% composites. The airplane flies smoothly with the added advantages of having fly-by-wire on the secondary flight control systems. There is also a brake-by-wire, which works superbly. In fact, one of the best features of the model is simplifying the fly-by operation, eliminating complex fight control systems.
Autothrottles is a standard feature that can’t be found as factory equipment on any existing airplane at this price point, apart from the 4000. The auto thrust is a remarkable innovation that enhances safety and in this model it is programmable to hold certain indicated airspeeds at a given flap setting. The avionics comprise a highly integrated suite with a five-panel system with two of PFDs, two MFDs and a shared electronic instrumentation crew alerting system display.
It is fitted with standard dual GPS with vertical navigation, TCAS II, Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System and excellent, user-friendly systems synoptics pages. The system allows autopilot-coupled Category II approaches with increased efficiency for complete peace of mind. The cabin has seating for eight passengers in a double-club configuration with a side-facing divan option. The renewed design allows for more interior room in every dimension for the same external cabin dimensions.
The gross floor area of the property is 415 square metres, of which 150 are allocated to the ground floor which features a garage and a cellar. There is also a spacious living room and open-plan kitchen with the 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms located on the upper floor. The outdoor space features the impressive 330 square metres of private garden with a centuries-old olive tree; a large terrace of 70 square metres situated on the first floor and two additional terraces that are accessible from two of the bedrooms on the second floor.
Treviso and its airport are approximately 45 minutes away by car, and Venice and Padua can be reached in about an hour. The villa’s central position gives it access to all important tourist destinations in Northern Italy: Lignano Sabbiadoro (126 km), Cortina d’Ampezzo (160 km) and Riva del Garda (155 km).
Villa Orizzonte comprises three level connected internally. It has been complete renovated recently with high-quality materials and finishes.
The ground floor contains two large garages, a cellar and a heating plant. The first floor is where the living room, dining room and kitchen are located. It is also accessible from a terrace and there is a den and a bathroom in addition to the other rooms. Sleeping areas are on the second floor with all three bedrooms having the advantage of private bathrooms and two of them – private terraces. All rooms are decorated to a superb finish – with Venetian-style floors, ceiling with exposed beams and wood floorboards.
Ford unveiled an all-new GT supercar at the Detroit show that sets new standards of innovation, engineering and performance. The sleek model is set to become Ferrari’s most serious competitor for peak performance.
The car is designed by Scot Moray Callum, younger brother of Jaguar design director Ian, and features upwardly swinging scissor doors, 20’ alloy wheels and raised twin exhausts. It also boasts the most powerful EcoBoost production engine yet, which is a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 with more than 600 horsepower.
The all-new GT is an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for performance through EcoBoost®, advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and an ultra-efficient design. Ford will begin production of the model next year with the car hitting stores in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
With innovation being at the core of the company, the new GT is the ultimate execution of elite engineering and unmatched performance. Making extensive use of lightweight materials such as carbon fibre aend aluminium – the model boasts improved acceleration and handling with higher efficiency. In fact – the use of the lighter materials – has significantly improved all of the vehicle’s capabilities – from acceleration and handling to braking and safety all the while dramatically reducing weight.
Its form is just as impressive with the tear-drop shape to its aircraft-inspired fuselage and curved windshield – designed to minimize drag and optimize downforce. In addition all surfaces on the GT are functionally crafted to manage airflow and include fully active aerodynamic components to improve stability, handling and breaking. The F1-style wheel features all necessary driver controls, allowing for uncluttered access to the transmission paddle-shift controls.
A configurable digital display provides a wealth of driver-focuseddata. Base price for the model is announced at $400,000!
This Spring season has seen some dramatic suggestions from an array of renowned brans – showcased in this year’s edition of Baselworld – a surreal blend of Faberg’s technique, Jacob & Co.’s relentless quality and Hublot’s exuberance. 2015 saw the long-awaited comeback of worldwide famous brand Fabergé.
The brand introduced a spectacular time piece, conceived from e fleeting idea and a trip to the mystical Faraway East. Much like its signature creations – the watch is richly decorated with precious stones in an exuberant manner, but surprisingly manages to remain delicately feminine –a true work-of-art. The proud peacock, serving as the main element on the dial is intricately carved with the richly-adorned feathers falling down one at a time to indicate time.
Or as Jean-Marc eloquently put it “Women love complications, which is the reason behind the birth of a line that combines elements of Fabergé’s heritage with some interesting technical features.” Price for the stunning creation is available on request at any one of the brand’s boutiques.
Jacob Arabo has long had an undying passion for diamonds, which is the founding point behind Jacob & Co. The richly-adorned $18 million unique watch sports the spectacular number of over 20 diamonds of 3 carats encrusted on the bezel. It is as stylish as it is flamboyant, and its technical engineering is just as intricate and eye-catching as the exterior. For the 10th Anniversary of the Big Bang Hublot range, ten million limited editions of 10 paved pieces worth $1 million each will be released. Every piece is unique in colour variation.
There is no other piece that makes such a strong and bold statement as this one – every part of the watch is crafted in meticulous detail with an array of gems and precious metals used. Designed by none other than Pierre Salanitro himself – the piece is a true testament to the artist’s vision and ideal for timeless beauty.
The 2000 HAWKER 800XP is an attractive aircraft with a spacious eight passenger cabin, double four-place club arrangement with pull-out sidewall tables and private lavatory. It has everything to make even the longest journey pleasant and enjoyable.
Its interior is spacious and well-presented with high-quality materials displayed throughout – high gloss, wood veneer cabinets with Gold plate accessories as well as fine beige leather. It is fitted with an entertainment system that features Airshow 4000, DVD, CD player and two 15” monitors, on forward and aft bulkheads. The large galley includes microwave oven and cherry veneer woodwork with antique bronze fixtures complete the luxurious interior of the cabin.
The construction of the Hawker is carried out to extremely high standards of engineering and features modern composite graphite skin and bonded honeycomb core with bonded attachment fittings. TheTotal incremental installed weight of the Performance Enhancement System is less than 112 lbs. for the Hawker 800. Two vortilons on each wing improve low speed handling characteristics of the airplane. The new vortilons are small (2 in. high) and placed just under the edge of the wing to effectively control span-wise airflows as well as give the airplane a sleek, athletic look.
The blended winglets allow for additional 30 minutes of flying as well as 1,500lbs of extra luggage when departing from high-altitude airports in hot weather. The LED navigational lighting system allows for increased reliability, longer life and higher visibility. Thanks to the winglets the 200 Hawker can fly up to 18 knots faster at the same rate of fuel burn. It allows for an optimal cruising altitude of 2,000 feet higher, making it possible to escape traffic and weather for more direct ATC routing.
Priced around $1,850,000, the model sports Allied Signal TFE 731-5BR-1H Engines equipped with thrust reversers. The designer, double club four interior is exquisitely appointed in complementing leathers and fabrics with hand rubbed cherry woodwork.
It’s not hard to guess why the new time piece from Chanel – their visually captivating J12-365 model – is called ‘the watch for all occasions’. Its effortless elegance and simple, clean and alluring design make it a perfect horology specimen.
The unique style is a blend of modern minimalism, impeccable engineering and stunning craftsmanship – the three things that have carved Chanel’s legacy into what the brand stands for today. TheChanel J12-365 black high-tech ceramic watch consists of beige gold -an alloy exclusive to Chanel – as well as a Guilloché-finished black dial with diamonds in the inner bezel and small seconds. It come in gold, ceramic and diamonds and is priced at £12,500.
Its built is just as impressive as its design with a self-winding mechanical movement and a 42-hour power reserve. It is water-resistant up to 100 metres and is made of highly scratch-resistant material.
Though Chanel were not the first to popularise ceramic watches, it is quite evident they have taken these pieces to a new level of sophistication and class through the creative blending of materials, creating one of the most important timepieces of this era.
The new beige gold – an alloy exclusive to Chanel – goes along nicely with the facelift the J12 range has received. While it is an 18k gold alloy or 75% pure gold in content – its unmatched elegance and subtle class make it perfect for those who don’t wish to attract attention with image, but rather with quality and content.
Its case is slightly larger at 36.5 mm in diameter with the new guilloche dial featuring a sub-seconds at six. The refined design and choice of models has already made it one of the most coveted accessories. Apart from the six separate styles, the J12-365 is also available in a male and female version.
This year’s Geneva Motor Show saw the introduction of another iconic model that was the result of the cooperation between Italian luxury fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna and Maserati. The new limited edition Maserati Quattroporte will be produced in just 100 examples, and will be priced at £170,000 and available starting June.
The 530-horsepower, 185mph gentleman’s express bares the mark of Maserati’s detail to performance and Zegna’s unmistakable craftsmanship to provide the ultimate driving experience. Each vehicle is coated with a special Platinum Silk paint with aluminum pigments that give it a satin-like appearance and texture similar to Zegna cloth. This finish is also applied to the unique 20in wheels. An Ermenegildo Zegna plate is located on the side of the car and acts as a subtle statement of stature and elegance.
The interior is just as spectacular with the upholstery combining special chevron-weave Zegna silk with premium-grade leathers. The Maserati Quattroporte reaches a new level of on-road luxury with impeccable execution and attention to detail – roof lining, sunshades and door panels are all covered in grey jersey silk.
Based on the existing Gran Turismo MC Stradale chassis, the model sports the easily recognisable oval grille, imposing bonnet, and captivating modern design. Carbon-fibre body tub, electro-actuated gearbox and a technologically-advanced interior shape the Quattroporte as the luxurious ride that it claims to be. The driver’s experience is enhanced by the TFT (thin film transistor) liquid-crystal instrument display and a range-topping 15-speaker, 1,280-watt audio system designed by Bowers & Wilkins.
All buyers of the spectacular ride receive an owner’s collection kit that includes 19 “refined articles”, a 3.5m length of Zegna silk, leather items and a variety of personal accessories. These products have been designed in keeping with the Maserati’s innate elegance and reflect the Quattroporte signature style with its aesthetic touches that make it unique.
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New York’s iconic skyline is about to get a new staggering 96-storey addition that is the epitome of urban luxury and high-class innovation. Located on Park Avenue between 56th and 57th Street, 423 Avenue will be a new tallest residential building in the Western hemisphere and will feature every advantage of streamlined contemporary living.
Aside from being within a walking distance of the city’s best amenities and luxurious boutiques like Tiffany’s and Bergdorf Goodman, the new dwelling will offer one-of-a-kind views of Manhattan and beyond. A 25m swimming pool, spa, private dining and screening facilities, as well as 24-hour concierge and in-suite catering will complete the luxurious living experience of residents who are willing to spend anything from $16.95m to $95 million – the cost of the deluxe penthouse suits.
Designed by renowned architect Rafael Viñoly (whose creations include London’s signature Walkie-Talkie and the master plan for the Battersea Power Station) the tower will boast generous proportionate spaces with 10’x10’ windows for the grand experience of estate living.
All 104 luxury condominium complexes have private elevator landings, heated bathroom floors and an option to purchase a climate-controlled wine cellar for the modest price of $320,000. All apartments offer multiple exposures thanks to the large spaces and natural flooding light. Marble floors and walls, marble vanities with carved oval sinks, custom wood cabinets, spacious rooms and state-of-the-art kitchen appliances create a level of living excellence that is unprecedented even for New York.
The whole building emanates an ambiance of luxury with breathtakingly sensational views of New York City at a height, which no one has seen before. 12.5-foot ceilings, solid oak flooring and Italian marble countertops make this the ultimate urban dwelling for those that value the finer things in life.
The New York City landmark can be seen throughout all five boroughs and is an extraordinary accomplishment of architecture, design, engineering and craftsmanship.