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The News

In life. on May 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I love to read the news, watch the news, even listen to the news. What news is delivered has always interested me. The fragmented reality that is presented by various organizations has shown me the importance of being able to process the information without the subjectiveness of the deliverer. Lately the news has been all over the place with various channels highlighting various topics. And I have wondered are these topics really important to those that receive them or are the deliverers just trying to sell their product? I imagine its the latter but I remain hopeful it is the former.

I write this to say, be careful what you believe to be true when delivered to you third hand or fourth in some instances. Never forget to question the motives of the person(s) delivering it to you. And remain inquisitive about what is important to you. Don’t let the noise cloud your focus. News will always be entertaining but not always the truth.

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Breguet Marine Tourbillon Ref. 5839 High Jewellery Chronograph Watch

In art., commerce. on May 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm

In the watch world diamonds seem to make just about everything better. This Ref. 5839 Marine Tourbillon High Jewellery watch is a diamond encrusted version of the Ref. 5937 from a few years ago. Breguet outfitted the watch case and dial with an impressive amount of diamonds, but still was able to retain that signature Breguet Marine watch look.

The 43mm wide 18k white gold case as about 11.77 carats of stones on it. One of the neatest parts is how Breguet was able to maintain the coined edge of the case using specially cut diamonds. Also not the unique pattern the diamonds create for the bezel. On the dial smaller diamonds are set in the middle of the dial and don’t overshadow the hands. The dial itself is silvered 18k gold. Overall Breguet did a great job giving a men’s jewelry watch a functional face.

Inside the watch is a Breguet caliber 554.4 manually wound tourbillon movement with the time and a chronograph complication. The watch has 50 hours of power reserve with special features that include a silicium balance spring and escapement wheel.

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

Via Luxist.com

Blackberry

In commerce. on May 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm

At one time I was an avid Blackberry supporter and then came the birth of the iPhone. While surfing for new subjects to blog about I came upon an interview on LifeandTimes.com with Todd Wood, RIM’s VP of Industrial Design, that brought my attention back to the RIM family of products and how they feel superior but remain inferior in my opinion. I’ve always kept an eye on their progression in todays new world of smartphones and tablets. Like others they lag behind Apple in development, design, and delivery. Yet they still maintain a core following that will always support them. So today I wanted to post some information on an old friend.

Here are some articles on their current products I think you should check out.

For fans of Blackberry reviews from Crackberry.com:

Blacberry Torch 9800 Review

Blackberry Bold 9780 Review

Blackberry Playbook Review

For an objective opinion reviews from Engadget.com and CNET.com:

Blackberry Torch 9800 Review

Blackberry Bold 9780 Review

Blackberry Playbook Review

Love Of Sneakers.

In life.art.commerce. on May 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I’m a sneaker lover. I have appreciated the art of the sneaker since childhood. I stumbled upon the site of another such sneaker lover and wanted to share it with you. Check it out.

The Sneaker Champ

Breitling Navitimer Super Constellation Limited Edition

In commerce. on May 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm

by Ariel Adams 

Breitling is in to new and old aviation experiences. Going along with their current retro-kick, this new limited edition watch celebrates their restoration of a truly remarkable plane – the Super Constellation. There are only three remaining Lockheed Super Constellation planes around. Originally from the 1950s, the iconic looking dolphin style fuselage along with “triple tail” was designed for long-haul flights over the Atlantic ocean. It reminds of us a more romantic era when flight was for the few and jets were for the military.

The watch is based on the Navitimer with special branding, red and blue trim coloring, as well as a specially engraved caseback. The watch is truly about the plane itself, having an assortment of technical details about the plane on the case back. Limited to 1,049 pieces, the Breitling Navitimer Super Constellation is 42mm wide in polished steel and includes a Breitling Caliber 23 automatic chronograph COSC Chronometer certified movement. It sould be available soon and comes on a range of strap and bracelet options. Really one of the nicer looking limited edition retro style watches from Breitling that we have seen in the last year.

Via Luxist.com

Wise Words: Confucius

In life. on May 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Confucius

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
Confucius

Olde World Collectibles And Creations Bullet Chess Set

In art. on May 11, 2011 at 11:30 am

Designed to perfection with every minute detail thrown in to add to the excitement of the game, the Caliber .223 chess set from “Olde World Collectibles and Creations” is made from steel and bullet shell casings. The pieces are made using .223 caliber bullet shell casings, and further decorated with cuts, slashes, curls and bends. The kings and queens are the only four pieces with an actual bullet reset in place. While the light squares are polished natural steel, the dark squares are hand-painted black. Read the rest of this entry »

Jaguar C-X75 To Be Put Into Production

In art., commerce. on May 11, 2011 at 11:17 am

This morning a gigantic cat jumped out of a secret little bag when Jaguar announced it has teamed with Williams F1 to build a production version of the C-X75 supercar. The 2010 Paris Motor Show-stopper in concept form was powered by two mid-mounted turbines, but the four-wheel-drive production model will swap those for a low displacement, highly boosted four-cylinder engine mated to “two powerful electric motors,” one at each axle.

Williams’ contribution will be in the areas of aerodynamics – the production version will maintain the concept’s all-composite body, and the integration of the hybrid powertrain that will take from the lessons JLR is learning from its Jaguar Limo Green and Land Rover Range E. Horsepower numbers haven’t been revealed, but the hybrid master blaster is targeting CO2 emissions of less than 99 grams per kilometer and all-electric running possible for 31 miles, along with a sub-three-second 0-to-60 time and a top speed beyond 200 miles per hour.

Only 250 will be built and they’ll start at £700,000 ($1.149 million U.S. based on current exchange rates) “depending on local market and taxes.” However, Jaguar hasn’t said when they’ll be built, offering nothing more than “within the timescales of a conventional model programme.” That sounds like about four years to us, plenty of time to save enough to buy one of the door handles.

Via Autoblog.com

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Hublot Creates Third Special Edition Watch For ManU Football Club

In commerce. on May 11, 2011 at 11:05 am

Hublot has created a third watch for the legendary Manchester United Football Club from England. Here is a report from the ManU site.

A new King Power watch – the third edition arising from the committed partnership between Hublot and Manchester United – was unveiled at Old Trafford on 7 May 2011, the eve of the monumental win over Chelsea.

Featuring new technical details, and equipped with a new chronograph movement with two centre chrono hands providing better readability, the King Power Red Devil is a fine symbol of fusion and innovation, paying tribute to one of the world’s most famous football clubs.

The Manchester United squad joined Sir Alex Ferguson and Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot, on the hallowed Old Trafford turf to present the new King Power Red Devil to the international media. Read the rest of this entry »

Christian Louboutin Salsbourg Sandals

In commerce. on May 4, 2011 at 11:00 am

These are red caged suede leather sandals with a leopard print calfhair heel. They have gold toned skinny self-tie ankle straps with tassels on the ends. The heel measures 5 inches with a 1 inch taupe suede leather platform. They have a leather in-sole, and signature red sole.$939

Via Global14.com

Nixon RPM Headphones

In commerce. on May 4, 2011 at 10:53 am

Designed for DJs, the Nixon RPM Headphones ($200) blend hefty electronics with simple, oversized-looking aesthetics that wouldn’t look out of place in a cartoon — and we mean that in a good way. Highlights include custom 40mm drivers, articulating joints, gel-filled ear cushions, an interlocking coiled cable, and an additional iPhone-compatible cable with remote and mic for those times when you have to listen to something other than music.

Via Uncrate.com

New Stuart Hughes Gold iPad 2

In art., commerce. on May 4, 2011 at 10:49 am

Undoubtably the world’s most unique gadget is the Ipad 2 Gold History Edition. Encrusted with 12.5 cts of ‘I’F’ Flawless diamonds, a magnificent total of 53 individually set sparkling gems dwell beautifully in solid 24ct Apple logo with rear section formed again in 24ct gold weighing an immense 2,000 grams. The unrivalled imagination towards the craftmanship of the iapd is down to its main front frame which is made from the oldest rock the world has to offer in the form of Ammolite , sourced from Canada this stone is over 75 million years old. However to make this masterpiece even more individual, sections of a 65 million year old T-REX Dinosaur’s thigh bone was splintered and then shaved into the Ammolite , then finished off with ultimate jewel , as single cut 8.5ct flawless diamond inlaid in its own platinum surround with 12 outer flawless diamonds. A magnificent combination of top of the industry technology and unique thought were involved in creating this piece of History !. Material spec, 16.5 ct diamonds & 8.5ct single diamond, 57 grams of T-REX bone, 750 grams of Ammolite stone and 2000 grams of solid 24ct Gold. This item is of a limited edition of only 2 units to be made.

Via StuartHughes.com

Osama bin Laden March 10, 1957-May 2, 2011

In life. on May 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

The US Government has finally killed a man they have been chasing for close to two decades. He was this country’s face of terror. His killing will give some people a sense of peace after the terrible acts committed upon them by him. I hope it allows us all to move forward towards establishing a greater peace between all men and women.

There are many great articles scattered around the internet. You should check them out:

USAToday.com : How the U.S. Tracked Down and Killed bin Laden

USAToday.com : bin Laden: From Child of Privilege to 9/11 Mastermind

CNN.com : Clinton: bin Laden Death Shows ‘You Cannot Defeat Us’

HuffingtonPost.com : Osama bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces

In Theatres: Fast Five

In art., commerce. on May 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

Went to check this out this weekend with my oldest son. I enjoyed the action packed fifth installment to the Fast and Furious franchise. I congratulate them on capturing the number one spot for the weekend. Here’s some words from Ryan J. Downey Via MTV.com.

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Beats By Dre In Chrome

In art., commerce. on May 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

Make a statement of exclusivity via the new partnership between Beats by Dr. Dre and customizer ColorWare. Introducing the new Beats Chrome Headphones with shimmering chrome finishes. With patented X2 coating, a process invented by the Minnesota-base ColorWare, the metallic-like chrome finish isn’t just the usual electroplating of chromium, but a plastic resin that in actually more scratch resistant. Each numbered and engraved with a special ColorWare Collection emblem, only 50 pairs will be available through ColorWare at a price of $1000 each. Read the rest of this entry »