The OMEGA De Ville Prestige collection has attracted a large and loyal following with its classic, elegant design. These timepieces are characterised by pure styling with luxury finishes, and exude a timeless design. This model features an impressive two-zone champagne dial with diamond-set indexes and gold-fashioned Roman numerals at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions. The striking dial, with its date window at the 3 o’clock position, is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The 18K yellow gold bezel is mounted on a 39.5 mm stainless steel casebody, and is presented on a stainless steel and 18K yellow gold bracelet. At the heart of this timepiece is the Co-Axial calibre 2500.
It’s not everyday a luxury car manufacturer decides to introduce a premium OEM accessory for their originally designed exterior components. keeping it simple however, mercedes-benz has announced ‘the illuminated star’, an option that uses light conductor and LED technology to brighten up the three-pointed central star in the radiator grille of some of the current GL-class, M-class, E-class and CLS models. although the add-on doesn’t work when driving, it lights up when the car is unlocked, its engine is turned off or its doors or trunk are opened – remaining on for 15 seconds.
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FRANCE’s regulation authority, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), has recommended that LVMH be fined €10 million (£8.5 million), over its purchase of a major stake in Hermès – the maximum charge given the timing of the gains. The AMF enforcement committee will come to a decision by July 31.
The AMF accused the luxury conglomerate of concealing its gradual acquisition of Hermès holdings, which now stands at 22.3 per cent, through cash-settled equity swaps dating back to 2001. LVMH did not announce news that it had a stake in the brand until October 21, 2010.
“[This is about] the information given to the public as soon as the preparation of the conversion [of the cash-settled equity swaps into shares], as soon as it could have an influence on the market,” said AMF board representative Philippe Adhémar.
LVMH strongly denied investing via questionable means, arguing that the company did not slowly and secretively accrue shares. The luxury firm’s lawyer, Georges Terrier, and vice president Pierre Godé called for the case to be annulled, saying that it was impossible for the committee to come to an unbiased decision based on Hermès’ recent “damning media campaign” against the company.
“For more than two years, one of [Hermès'] executives has been waging a campaign of denigration and slander against LVMH that is extremely detrimental to LVMH’s image and reputation,” said Godé, WWD reports. Thanks to Ella Alexander, vogue and WWD for the news.
Ahead of Formula One‘s most historical racing event, the 71st running of Monaco Grand Prix, luxury watch maker TAG Heuer will be marking the occasion with the Monaco Calibre 12 Automatic Chronograph Automobile Club de Monaco Limited Edition Watch.
Powered by TAG Heuer’s Calibre 12 chronograph movement and housed within a titanium carbide coated case, the black dial timepiece includes an anti-scratch sapphire crystal upfront with a similar arrangement as the watch’s caseback so you can observe the Calibre 12 movement in action. Plated with rhodium and tipped with white luminescent, the hands and indexes present a striking contrast against the black backdrop. To truly “round-off” the racing design, the watch comes with a black perforated leather strap with orange “Sahara” lining, a nod to the classic driving gloves.
Similar to other TAG Heuer Monaco models in the past, the Monaco Calibre 12 Automatic Chronograph ACM Watch will be limited to a production run of 225 units, at a price of $8,200 USD for each.
AZL architects: CIPEA no.4 house, nanjing, chinaimage © yao li all images courtesy of AZL architects
Among the lush greenery of the laoshan forest in the eastern chinese city of nanjing is an architectural complex that brought together twenty-four designers to manifest ideas about built space. among those twenty small homes is the ‘no.4 block house’ by local firm AZL architecture, the five bedroom dwelling channels the formal spirit of the pagoda with four cubic floors tacked vertically. the spatial organization allows for minimal excavation of the valley site while making for optimal synthesis of the roofline with the horizons of the landscape.
With the bucolic environment swathes the home, the architecture simultaneously creates a visual break from the textured vegetation with curved concrete planes that lift and reveal open hallways and ample glazing. the understated facade geometry also helps reframe views more dynamic than simple horizontal breaks, while alluding to the chinese landscape scrolls through its curved apertures as well as the quiet contemplation inherent in a chinese garden. the roof itself is fitted with a dark wooden deck, thereby using program and sight-lines to invite the surrounding greenery and nearby stream into the home. Thanks to designboom and AZL architects for the news.
Project info: location: Nanjing, jiangsu province, china / Architect in charge: Zhang lei / Project team: Zhang lei, jeffrey cheng, wang wang, wang yi / Collaborator: Architectural design & planning institute, NJU / Project area: 500 sqm / Project year: 2008-2012
BMW pininfarina gran lusso coupe image courtesy BMW group
In this elaborately created one-off, renowned car manufacturers BMW and pininfarina have collaborated to create ‘the BMW pininfarina gran lusso coupé’, which made its debut at the 2013 concorso d’eleganza villa d’este in lago como. representing an exclusive interpretation of a luxurious BMW coupé as seen through the eyes of pininfarina, the V12 concept combines generous surfaces and contours to highlight hallmark bimmer proportions – a long wheelbase, stretched bonnet, short overhangs – which are then refined with italian finesse and flair.
”The appeal of this collaboration with pininfarina is that you get another, very different and special angle on facets like luxury and exclusivity,’ says karim habib, head of bmw design. ‘the italian company, after all, has always been a byword for these criteria in particular, demonstrating time and again its keen sensitivity and exceptional finesse in these areas. in pininfarina we have found the ideal partner to lend shape to this vehicle concept.”
A few days ago, you saw here, firsthand, the first images of the concept Friend-ME, and now here are the first official pictures of this beautiful car. This four passenger sedan is the result of the collaboration between Nissan Design China (NDC) and Nissan Global Design Center (NGDC).
The target audience of this sedan is well defined, and it’s the “Bālínghòu”. The term “Bālínghòu” is used to describe the 250 million Chinese who were born in the 80s, and Nissan aims to reach them, in particular, the male audience in their twenties.
Nothing was revealed about the engine that powers this concept, but we do know that the center console extends to the rear seats and allows the passengers in them to see the same information as the driver, but if they want, they can use their specific touchscreen for whatever they want.
Thanks to Nissan team for the news.
Stay gold! Adding to its lineup of bold and often metallic-driven aesthetics, Marc by Marc Jacobs introduces the Golden Foil Covered iPhone 5 Case. Perhaps inspired by Wonka’s Golden Ticket, the slimmed down case boasts a foiled gold pattern that mimics that of a crumpled foil wrapper. Priced at $38 USD, the Golden Foil Covered iPhone 5 Case is now offered through the Marc by Marc Jacobs online store.