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Belvedere Cérémonie At Cannes 2011

In art., commerce., life., life.art.commerce. on April 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm

With Cannes 2011 approaching, Belvedere Vodka , one of the favorite vodka brands, is going to be present at the ceremony for the fifth consecutive year. The bottle has been intricately designed by Italian designer Roc Sine Labe Doli and will be presented in an amazing ceremonial way for Cannes colored in platinum and with a beautiful bow tie and silver sequins. The price for this special bottle will be around $800 approx.

The brand Belvedere has also launched a special edition (RED) ™ of vodka to raise funds to fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. And 50% of the profit from the sales will go to Global Fund™, the official partner who is taking this cause further.

The brand has earlier sponsored a Belvedere Intense Vodka birthday dinner for superstar Dwyane Wade that cost Belvedere around more than $100,000.

Via Bornrich.com

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Glenmorangie 1981

In art., commerce. on April 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm

The Making of Glenmorangie’s Pride

By Jack Bettridge 

via Cigaraficionado.com

Much in life is either attributed to science or art. Making great whisky is often an interplay between the two. At least, that is the case of Glenmorangie Pride 1981, the company’s new limited release that combines know-how and serendipity to create an exceptional spirit that seems destined to be enshrined as one of the great single malts of our age.

The 1,000 bottles of Pride 1981 come from an exceptional distillation of that year that was further enhanced by a finishing process developed comparatively recently in the annals of whisky-making. The result is something that is assuredly greater than the sum of the two.
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All I Can Say Is, Wow!

In art., life. on April 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Wise Words: Leo F. Buscaglia

In life. on April 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself — to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart.
Leo F. Buscaglia

Biggie On Fader Magazine Icon Issue Cover

In art., commerce., life. on April 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm

The Notorious B.I.G. covers Fader magazine’s next icon issue on newsstands  May 3rd. The full article can be read now at theFader.com.

Blackbox Wood Cases For Macbook And iPad 2

In art., commerce. on April 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I am a Mac devotee. I have used there products since the first system crash on my Sony Vaio laptop ten years ago. I’m always on the lookout for new accessories to go with their products. The guys over at Blackbox cases have created a uniquely beautiful set of cases for the Macbooks and iPad 2. I would like to thank Redjacksagency.com for introducing me to this product.

Via Uncrate.com – With its aluminum curves and sleek design, your MacBook Pro deserves a carrying case as stylish as it is. The Blackbox Case ($130) fits the bill, with solid oak construction made specifically for your 13- or 15-inch MBP, felt interior lining for added protection, and a simple strap closure. Even better, 15% of the purchase price goes to charity, which should help you to feel better when the case’s beauty draws looks of jealousy from PC users.

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Hommage Atelier NYC

In life., life.art.commerce. on April 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

By: Ariston Anderson via Luxist.com

When it comes to the ultimate in relaxing and unwinding for men, there’s little to be found in today’s fast-moving world. Even most airport executive lounges nowadays have little to offer besides a roomy chair and free wifi. But where can a man truly relax before a major business deal, or destress from a red eye flight? HOMMAGE, the brand that has redefined what luxury is for the modern man, has come up with just the spot, their first global atelier by Julien Farel.

The exclusive club, opened its doors April 4 in New York City. And don’t worry, this club is not for metrosexuals. It’s for the discerning jetsetters and dealmakers of the world, who deserve to have their own man time in the only way suitable: in a classic penthouse hideaway surrounded by the absolute best service and offerings.

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€2 Million Hublot Diamond Big Bang

In commerce. on April 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

It took 12 months to creat the two million euro Hublot Big Bang. The whole producing was kept the secret. In 2011 Basel Watch Fair, this precious treasure didn’t let us dowm and amazed everyone. This watch is studded with 637 square diamonds and a cutting diamonds in the crown. Equipped with Vendome tourbillon movement, it became the world-renowned master’s work of top jewelry.

The research and development of Hublot €2 Million Big Bang is a mysterious project. The design inspiration is from a piece of hand-painted design that Jean-Calaude Biver drew in the office of Basel Watch Fair last year.

This watch spent 12 months from framing up to finish. It took up to 13,000 hours to cut the diamonds and another 2,000 hours to set them. 45 craftsmen continued to work a month.

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Harry Winston Opus 11

In commerce. on April 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

Harry Winston has unveiled at Baselworld 2011 the Opus Eleven, created in partnership with Denis Giguet (MCT). Three overlapping cylinders on three levels are configured to deconstruct time – the main circle is the hour’s domain, flanked by two pavilions. One sub-circle shows the minutes on a jumping disk for the tens and a running disk for the units; the other shows off the beat of the big titanium balance-wheel. Every 60 minutes under the hours display falls into a frenzied anarchy, only to recover in a split second to display the current hour. There are no hands on the dial — instead there are 24 mobile “pallets” (6 per satellite in each quadrant) that form the figure of the time according to a complex gear mechanism mounted planetary gear train. Via luxuo.com Read the rest of this entry »

Folding Credit Card Knife

In art., life., life.art.commerce. on April 19, 2011 at 11:16 am

This certainly isn’t the first folding credit card-sized knife we’ve seen—my friend and colleague Brian Barrett just came across an affordable $25 model recently—though this decidedly intimidatingcarbon fiber blade is the one I’d rather be carrying around in my pocket (Barrett stood by his cheap-o cutter; we’re deciding the matter with a knife fight under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway).

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Air Force 1 Sneaker Speakers

In art. on April 19, 2011 at 11:09 am

For anybody who’s followed the work of British customizer NASHMONEY, he has done an admirable job of truly interjecting innovation into the world of sneaker redesign. Among the few customizers to make the jump into full production shoes with an established footwear brand, he flexes some more customization muscles with his Air Force 1 “Sneaker Speakers.” The fully functional speakers were created for theHavana Club design contest which challenged designers to reappropriate items into something suited for a different application. Full details of NASHMONEY’s approach can be seen here.

Via HypeBeast.com

Wise Words: Dailai Lama

In life. on April 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

I believe that the very purpose of life is to seek happiness.
Dalai Lama

First Taste: Scion Pre-Phylloxera Port

In art., commerce., life.art.commerce. on April 19, 2011 at 10:54 am
As the room of tasters, a veritable varsity squad of New York wine writers, took their respective places, the publicist for Portuguese port house,Taylor Fladgate, announced that this was a first: not a single invitation offered to the morning’s event had been declined. It wasn’t out of courtesy. The 17th-century port purveyor was here at Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park to taste through its line-up of vintage and tawny ports, culminating in a rare treat, an 1855 pre-Phylloxera port called Scion.

Korloff Voyageur Kalahari Edition

In commerce. on April 19, 2011 at 10:48 am

There is one thing really special about this watch and that is the five Swiss movements (quartz) on the inside. This is quite a monumental achievement in chronograph craftsmanship. This has been done using five different dials front to back. The artistry of the watch has been contrasted with the sporty exterior look. Now you can track five different time zones at the same time. The steel case is 42mm wide with a rippled texture on the side. It is polished on the formal side and brushed on the sporty side. You can see the crowns sticking out from all around it. The strap features the use of rubber on one side and alligator leather on the other side, which is quite cool. The dial has been crafted using mother of pearl and is available with or without diamonds. The price tag of this watch starts from $ 3, 175.

Via Newzy.com

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Auto Tour

In commerce. on April 19, 2011 at 10:43 am

AP TOUR AUTO – UNIQUE EDITION OF ONLY 100 PIECES

– Special Black Perforated Race Strap w/ Red Stitching

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto Chronograph (ref. 26184ST.00.D003CU.01) was released to mark the third year of AP’s partnership as “Official Timekeeper” of the Tour Auto Lissac. This model is a limited edition watch with only 100 pieces being released.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto Chronograph displays hours, minutes, small seconds, and a chrono, date, and also features a tachometric scale on the bezel.

Via Chrono24.com

Wise Words: Muhammad Ali

In life., life.art.commerce. on April 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them a desire, a dream, a vision.
Muhammad Ali

Harley Davidson Bell & Ross Bespoke Superbike

In commerce., life.art.commerce. on April 18, 2011 at 10:36 am

Bell & Ross watches and the UK’s leading Harley-Davidson customizer have teamed up on a bespoke superbike inspired by Bell & Ross’ beautiful timepieces. The Nascafe Racer modified by Shaw Harley-Davidson applies Bell & Ross’ principles of impeccable performance, precision and engineering. The way that the master watchmakers develop and assemble their timepieces was reflected by the Shaw Harley-Davidson master technicians when building the bike, which is based on the “long, low and naked” Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Nightrain.

Via allpurposis.com

Christian Louboutin Pampas Laser Cut Pumps

In art., commerce. on April 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

These are white leather open-toe pumps with lazer, cut-out floral panel on nude toned mesh. They have brown trim details and a wood optic heel and platform. They have a rounded cap, leather upper, in-sole, and signature red sole. The heel measures 6 inches with a 1.5 inch platform. Christian Louboutin shoes $1,149

Via Global14.com

Hublot Big Bang All Black Carbon Fiber watch

In commerce. on April 18, 2011 at 10:25 am


Now that Hublot has the internal ability to make carbon fiber you are going to start seeing more and more impressive pieces like this. The Big Bang All Black Carbon Fiber watch doesn’t just have carbon fiber inserts, but a case that is entirely make out of carbon fiber. The 44.5mm wide Big Bang case looks adept in Carbon fiber in the “All Black” guise – especially as the dial is also in carbon fiber.

While I tend to find carbon fiber gets stale as a design element quickly, it really looks good here. The fact that the case is light weight and entirely made out of carbon fiber is a big plus. Inside the watch is a Hublot HUB4100 automatic chronograph movement. Look for this Big Bang All Black Carbon Fiber watch soon – price is 18,900 Swiss Francs or 15,500 Euros.

Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com.

Via Luxist.com