Fashion & Design 10 Jun 2019

rolex day-date 36 vs porsche 2019 ;p

https://www.relojeriaalemana.com/es/brand_details/25/Rolex?cmpid=cpc_pfx_66_11562https://www.porsche-baleares.com/One of the things I love the most about my job is to research for personal shopping.Well, it actually is to go later with my beloved VIP super selected clients and take them shopping to those previously selected places. Just a few weeks ago I had to research some watches and cars.Are you more of a watch kinda man? Or a car kinda guy?    

Fashion & Design 07 Sep 2018

royal beast design | boho-cic handmade jewellery

ROYAL BEAST DESIGN comes from the inspiration of the designer travels, creative and artistic daily surroundings. Rich colors of metals, gemstones, crystals, shells, and wood are combined in one luxurious style? Boho-chic (bohemian style). Royal Beast Design | Swiss fashion jewelry brand that embraces amazing bohemian style, bringing all the colors in our everyday life. Unique majestic accessories handmade with love, environment-friendly, and anti-allergic. A perfect jewel that enhances your style wearable for any occasion! The main feature of Royal Beast Design is a combination of contrasting materials. It is a mysterious mixture of luxury and the natural world – precious metals and wood, gemstones and seashells from exotic locations like Australia’s Gold Coast, with its unique silky, colorful, wavy style, for example.Fashionable jewelry easily recognizable and loved among all fashionistas. Rock your social circles with the jewelry of Royal Beast Design Accessorize your style with ROYAL BEAST DESIGN jewelry,  sustainable and eco-friendly brand made in Switzerland. • Brand: ROYAL BEAST DESIGN @royal_beast_design • Showroom: JAANTE @jaante_showroom • For inquiries: http://www.jaante.com      

Fashion & Design 29 Aug 2018

likov | swiss eco-friendly sustainable womenswear

LIKOV – IT’S ALL ABOUT MODERN WOMEN NEEDS - SEASONLESS FASHION FOR MODERN WOMEN. Likov is an eco-friendly sustainable slow fashion brand designed in Switzerland and made in Italy. Womenswear blending minimal silhouettes with “Easy Care & Easy Wear” materials. • Brand: LIKOV @likovstyle  • Stockist & Showroom:  JAANTE @jaante_showroom • For info & wholesale inquiries: info@jaante.com | http://www.jaante.com and • E-shop

Fashion & Design 29 Aug 2018

reyrey scandinavian luxury footwear made in italy

The BRANDEstablished by the designer Rey Abadi after a lifelong passion for shoes, ReyRey is a Danish-based high-end exclusive luxury footwear brand manufactured in Italy by factories with a long legacy of shoe artisans.Rey’s mission behind the brand is more than creating beautiful and luxurious shoes.The brand aims to be a pioneer in the fashion industry with a strong purpose and “Why” culture and the importance of knowing why we do what we do. The CAPSULE COLLECTIONWHAT EVERY WOMAN SHOULD HAVE IN THEIR SHOE WARDROBE!A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items that go out of fashion, such as pumps, boots and stilettos, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. ReyRey’s capsule collection is a high end exclusive luxury brand for women who always want to look and feel stylish whatever the season.THE COLLECTION CONSIST OF SEVEN DIFFERENT STYLES AND ONE JOKER • Brand: REYREY   • Stockist & Showroom:  JAANTE @jaante_showroom • For info & wholesale inquiries: info@jaante.com | http://www.jaante.com

Fashion & Design 29 Aug 2018

madola the label | collection aw 18’ – new breed

MADOLA THE LABELMadola woman is sophisticated, elegant and classy. The label is all about statement shapes and intricate fabrics. The attention to detail is not limited to the extensive use of luxurious fabrics, bold use of colors and trimmings but further resonates within the inner construction of a garment, through the clever use of a corset and numerous shape enhancing technologies. The corset construction technique in selected designs gives the fit and the look of a show-stopping hourglass shape to the wearer.The ability to constantly transcend and envision for the future is what reflects through the dynamic style lines and elegant silhouettes. Collection AW 18’ – NEW BREED‘New Breed’ is all about mixing elements and we believe our garments represent who we are. “New Breed” is inspired by a confident and an empowered woman. This collection features luxe fabrication and elegant details by mixing textures, print patterns we have given this collection a sexy and a powerful feel. • Brand: MADOLA  @madolathelabel • Stockist & Showroom:  JAANTE @jaante_showroom • For info & wholesale inquiries: info@jaante.com | http://www.jaante.com

Fashion & Design 26 Apr 2018

royal oak offshore selfwinding chronograph

Royal Oak Offshore SELFWINDING CHRONOGRAPHHe who dares, wears … an iconic hero in this new 44 mm stainless-steel model with the first-time appearance of khaki ceramic bezel, pushpieces and screw-locked crown as well as camouflage strap option.The Royal Oak Offshore collection has defied established convention since 1993, giving an ever more sporty, masculine and powerful take on the iconic royal oak and its aesthetic codes. CaseStainless steel case, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, green ceramic bezel, pushpieces and screw-locked crown, stainless steel pushpiece guards.Case Size44 MMCase Thickness14.4 MMWater Resistance100 MDialBeige dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, brown counters, brown external zone, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands, beige inner bezel.Bracelet"Camouflage" rubber strap with stainless steel pin buckle. Additional khaki rubber strap. CalibreAudemars Piguet has been producing its renowned calibres right from the beginning in 1875, and continues to skilfully reinterpret the subtle balance between technical innovation and watchmaking tradition.Power reserve50 Hfrequency3,00 HzNumber of parts365Please contact your local deal for more information and details: https://www.audemarspiguet.com/en/boutiques/

Fashion & Design 25 Mar 2018

personal shopping - milan

PERSONAL SHOPPING - MILANITALY 'S Fashion At Best! GALVANO GROUP Gets u access to →to Unique & Exclusive Experiences. U name it we have it!…Close  ur eyes, choose, request→WE DELIVER!Selected personal shoppers & stylists approved by the consortium grouping the luxury boutiques of the shopping area of Milan.Half-Day(s) / Day(s)...Ur Choice..Senior personal stylists, catering to celebrities, teaching fashion courses, blogging & writing several international publications.Spoken Languages: English, Italian. Contact & Details:office@galvanogroup.comwww.galvanogroup.comwww.galvano-iridium.comFollow us on : https://www.miljonet.com/b/galvanogroup/viewhttps://www.facebook.com/galvanogroup/ Your Global Butler In Your Pocket!An Ace Up Your Sleeve &.....Much More!

Fashion & Design 03 Feb 2018

gg/ 2018-paris fashion week!

GG/ 2018-PARIS FASHION WEEK!February 27th 2018Fall/Winter 2018 GALVANO GROUP gets u access to →2018-Paris Fashion Week Shows & After Parties!Travel to Paris with us, Hospitality, Trendy Places, Experiences, Culture, Concerts …& Much More!We’ve Got It All!Your Global Butler In Your Pocket…  Contact, Details:office@galvanogroup.comwww.galvanogroup.comwww.galvano-iridium.comFollow us on : https://www.miljonet.com/b/galvanogroup/viewhttps://www.facebook.com/galvanogroup/

Fashion & Design 19 Jan 2018

sihh 2018 new watches

SIHH 2018: All tSIHH 2018Every year the high echelons of the watch industry gather in Geneva for a week to unveil their new watch collections for the year to come. Stories start to slip out from about November – we’re gathering up every new watch launch from SIHH 2018 here, from mainstream chronographs to esoteric jewellery creations. MontBlancAs Montblanc marks what would have been the 160th anniversary of Minerva, it looks to conquer the middle ground with some handsome complicationsIntroduced in 2015, Montblanc’s 1858 collection has been rightly cooed over by journalists ever since. At its core is a design that’s as vintage-inspired as any on the market, executed better than most (lack of date window; old-school logo) with enough personality running through the range for it to stand out – think the Dual Time automatic, for instance Jeager-LeCoultreA brand new range of stainless steel sports and travel-oriented watches brings back the Polaris name and aims to revitalise Jaeger-LeCoultre’s fortunesthe Polaris collection, and if that sounds familiar to you, it’s because the name is not a new one for the brand. It originally adorned a line of Memovox alarm watches in the 1960s, badged either as Jaeger-LeCoultre or LeCoultre, for the US market – and has been revived once before already, when Jaeger-LeCoultre released a limited edition 768-piece run of a Polaris Memovox tribute in 2008. Ten years later, Polaris is back, and this time it covers more than alarms. Audemars PiguetFor SIHH 2018, Audemars Piguet has created the world’s thinnest self-winding perpetual calendar.When we write about ultra-thin watchmaking, we tend to focus on the outright record-setters. The watches – predominantly from Piaget, Bulgari and Jaeger-LeCoultre – which stake a claim to new ground, albeit often by tiny margins, in the simplest expression of mechanical watchmaking: thinnest mechanical watch, or thinnest automatic watch.There’s something fitting about that; the quest for ever slimmer movements and watches is bound up with simplicity, with the reduction of things to their most essential, so it feels right to be talking about watches concerned only with hours, minutes and maybe seconds.Similarly, when we talk about Audemars Piguet concept watches, we have an image that comes readily to mind. The “stormtrooper” type of Royal Oak Offshore models.IWCIWC gets its 150th anniversary celebrations underway early with two new Portugieser tourbillons.IWC is going all out for its 150 anniversary celebrations in 2018, announcing no fewer than 27 limited edition novelties across the Portugieser, Portofino, Da Vinci and Pilot’s collection to be announced as well as the Tribute to Pallweber Edition.Two of the more haute horlogerie offerings to wear the Jubilee Collection’s ‘150 years’ 18ct gold medallion sit within the Portugieser line; a perpetual calendar tourbillon and a constant force tourbillon.The Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition ‘150 Years’ is a 46mm platinum watch (we’ll let you know just how heavy that is when we go hands on at SIHH in January) limited to just 15 pieces.IWC have employed a variation of its 94800 calibre (the 94805) which installs a second escapement between the escape wheel and the fourth wheel which winds a balance spring ensuring constant force is supplied. This movement has already graced IWC’s Ingenieur Constant Force Tourbillon and the Portugieser Siderale Scafusia, although this twin barrelled version boasts 96 hours of power reserve, double that of previous iterations. The tourbillon itself is visible through the dial beneath a very bold, open-worked, cross-shaped bridge.Complementing the platinum case is a white lacquered dial with blued hands, moon phase accurate to one day for 577.5 years.Each of the watches within the Jubilee Collection feature either white or blue dials, inspired not only by the look of the aforementioned Pallweber pocket watches but the imprinted dials and blued hands of the original 1939 Portugieser models. The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition ‘150 Years’ also comes down on the side of white lacquer with blued hands.

Fashion & Design 04 Nov 2017

2017- fashion awards at the royal albert hall

2017- FASHION AWARDS AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALLMonday December 4th 2017London, UK.Join Us for one ot the most exclusive, star studded & glamourous evening in the fashion world.GALVANO GROUP gets u access to→The perfect evening out with friends, or an ideal gift for the fashionista in your life - this star-studded event does nothing in half-measures, and is one of the most popular events in the London social calendar!…. & Much More! Menu & PackageChampagne3 Course Dining at Michelin Starred-Gore Hotel (Step to the Royal Albert Hall)Pre-Awards BriefingRed CarpetPrivate Box for 8-12 pax & Individual TicketsFull Awards Ceremony Contact, Details & Reservations:office@galvanogroup.comwww.galvanogroup.comwww.galvano-iridium.comFollow us on : https://www.miljonet.com/b/galvanogroup/viewhttps://www.facebook.com/galvanogroup/

Fashion & Design 23 Oct 2017

the audemars piguet royal oak double balance wheel

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked Fully ExplainedAt the SIHH 2016, Audemars Piguet introduced a new version of its Royal Oak Openworked, and this time, it featured a Double Balance Wheel… Why replace this superb model? And why have two balances? We all know that images are better than words in order to understand, so let’s turn the floor over to the CEO of Audemars Piguet, François-Henry Bennahmias (and you’ll see, there’s a fun story behind the creation of this watch) and Gilles Pellet, Head of Product Quality Department at Audemars Piguet, to discover the superb and technically-advanced Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15407.One of the boldest models in the Royal Oak collection, alongside the classical 15400 and the ultra-thin 15202, has always been the Openworked Selfwinding version 15305 – so-to-say, a connoisseur’s watch, made for the collectors who care about watchmaking and who know how to recognize a true Haute-Horlogerie execution and decoration. This watch, in a 39mm case, features an evolution of the well-known calibre 3120, in a fully skeletonized version, finished in a superb way: anglages executed by hand, multiple inner and outer angles… Yet, in 2016, Audemars Piguet decided that this watch should be updated, by introducing the new Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked reference 15407. Why would they do that?First of all, this new Openworked version updates its case to a 41mm diameter, in line with the rest of the “automatique” collection (understand here the 15400). But that’s not the main evolution point. What impresses most is the addition of a second hairspring to the regulating organ of the calibre 3120. What could be the advantages of such a feature? There are different perspectives to take into account. The first one is about visual pleasure. Having a double balance wheel, one of them being placed on the dial side of the watch, allows the wearer to enjoy the view on the regulating organ’s ballet even when wearing his watch – and also when observing the movement…However, the main upgrade concerns the technical aspects, mainly the chronometrie. Placing this double balance wheel device on a classical calibre 3120 allows to properly measure its benefits, in comparison to a traditional “single balance”. The idea was to use the advantages of having two balance springs, without the issues that come with them. Having a double spring increases the precision. However, this construction (when you have two hairsprings on the same side of a single balance) is known to be difficult to adjust and does create extra friction on the balance staff. In an escapement with one spring, an error occurs due to the point where the spring is attached to the hairspring stud. One solution to solve it was the Breguet terminal curve (which already solves this issue quite well). Another effect is the error you have in the alloy of the spring itself. Taking 2 springs made of the same alloy and set them 180° apart cancels this completely, which benefits the overall chronometric performance of the watch.The idea of having not a dual-hairspring but a double balance, meaning a construction with a balance staff carrying one balance and one hairspring on each side, is to allow to regulate the watch from each side of the movement. Because there are two variable inertia balances placed oppositely (each of them being adjusted by 8 inertia-blocks/masselottes), it means that the weight is perfectly distributed around the balance staff and that watchmakers can extremely finely tune the watch, in all positions. Also, because the weight is equal on both sides of the balance staff, it means that frictions are reduced and also better distributed – explaining the advantage of a double-balance compared to a dual-hairspring on a single balance.Finally, there’s the look of this movement… With these superb decorations and the pink-gold coloured bridge, which contrasts in this anthracite environment. The entire calibre 3132 is opened and completely hand finished, with numerous inner and outer angles that we know can only be the product of the human hand and of hours of painstaking work.By Monochrome-watches.com

Fashion & Design 14 Oct 2017

gg/ vivienne westwood & friends - london diner

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD & FRIENDS - LONDON EXTRAVAGANZA DINERTuesday November 7thLondon (UK) GALVANO GROUP Gets u access to→once  in a life time opportunity to dine with Dame Vivienne Westwood, British renowned fashion designer & businesswoman.       Vivienne & Friends rendez vous will be at SUSHISAMBA-London.Along with ONLY 24 highly influencial guests, she personally invited to join for this unique private diner…..& Much More! Contact, Details & Reservations:office@galvanogroup.comwww.galvanogroup.comwww.galvano-iridium.comFollow us on : https://www.miljonet.com/b/galvanogroup/viewhttps://www.facebook.com/galvanogroup/

Fashion & Design 09 Oct 2017

audemars piguet royal oak frosted gold

Introducing – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm & Redesigned Royal Oak CufflinksBy Brice GoulartBack in November 2016, as part of the pre-SIHH 2017 reveal, Audemars Piguet introduced a surprising and amazing version of its emblematic Royal Oak, the Frosted Gold version. This watch featured a superb surface finishing known as gold hammering or frosting. And even with its 37mm case, we told you why, as men, we also liked it. However that was without knowing that the brand had something even more masculine in mind, as that same surface treatment has now been applied in a men’s version, with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm… And that comes along with redesigned Royal Oak Cufflinks (and we all know how cool they are).While I always tend to say that the 37mm edition of the Royal Oak shouldn’t be seen as a ladies-only model, as clearly it looks perfect for a man with smaller wrists, what Audemars Piguet has today makes no doubt on why frosted gold isn’t just a feminine option. Because it is now featured on the robust 41mm Ref. 15400 version of the Royal Oak – and to make sure no confusion is possible, the hammered case is made of white gold, and paired with a deep blue dial – very like the look of the standard steel version for men. But the most important detail here is about this “frosted” surface. The technique used here is named frosting, gold hammering or Florentine technique. To test and try on prototypes, Audemars Piguet and Carolina Bucci (the jewellery designer behind this idea of a Royal Oak Frosted) started with the antique manual solution, with a diamond-topped tool (a technique frequently used in jewellery). While, at first, the surface was created by hand (by beating the gold with a diamond-tipped tool), in order to create the first prototypes (as seen in the official images of the 37mm version), the brand finally achieved the development of a more industrialized process in order to increase precision and to make sure this surface could be applied in a commercial watches. The main challenge was to create this frosted finish, only on flat surfaces (top of the bezel, top of the case, top of the bracelet) without altering the rest of the case and its sharp angles and polished or brushed surfaces.The result is a sparkling surface, with an uneven granularity and render, which feels both extremely delicate under the eye, and surprisingly rough when touched – something which in fact goes quite well with the Royal Oak; a delicate, brutal, sporty and haute-Horlogerie watch… Of course, the look is not the most discreet one and the style is slightly different from a regular Royal Oak 15400, but it is an interesting piece.The rest of this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm 15410BC is similar to a standard 15400, with the same dimensions, same overall design, it is crafted in 18K white gold, with blue-toned “Grande Tapisserie” dial and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, and the same calibre 3120, with automatic winding. This Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm 15410BC is a Limited Edition of 200 pieces. Considering that the 37mm is priced at EUR 56,100, you can expect this 41mm version to be north of EUR 60,000.Specifications: 41mm diameter x 9.8mm thickness – 18k hammered white gold – sapphire crystal on both sides – 50m water resistant – blue guilloche dial – Calibre 3120, 3Hz frequency, 60h power reserve, automatic, hours, minutes, seconds, 22K gold rotor – 18k white gold bracelet.In addition to this Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm, Audemars Piguet also introduces some new accessories to pair with your Royal Oak: some cufflinks. Without being a complete necessity, these might be some of the coolest accessories you can think of when wearing a Royal Oak. Audemars Piguet refreshes its collection with six new pairs of Royal Oak cufflinks:The collection comprises three versions in stainless steel with either a blue, black or silver “Tapisserie” pattern in the center. Also, two versions in pink gold with blue or black “Tapisserie” in the center will be available. And last but not least, one version in yellow gold with a blue “Tapisserie” pattern in the center will be offered. It means that for each Royal Oak (whether 15400 or 15202), there will be the dedicated pair of cufflinks. Of course, these cufflinks use two of the most emblematic characteristics of the watch: the octagonal shape (with vertical brushed flat surface, polished bevel and brushed flanks, just like the watch) and the hexagonal screws (always in white metal).

Fashion & Design 02 Oct 2017

whiskey honey diamonds - dreamy collection

Glamour Hunter invites you to discover the sophistication and exclusivity of your new collection Prêt-à-porter Whiskey Honey Diamonds.Femininity and delicacy combine in the form of dresses, blouses and skirts, made with the most refined and delicate fabrics, which you can buy through our ONLINE SHOP or in your Marbella SHOWROOM at exclusive prices, with Special Discounts in a wide selection of designs.The elegant creations of its Honey Diamonds Whiskey collection join the luxurious and exclusive jewellry Glamour Hunter, giving rise to the most sophisticated and feminine looks, which will dazzle you in any event.In its new collection is inspired by Scotland because it is a very special place where magic and legend seem to be confused with reality, with its incredible places and beautiful landscapes that envelop the ancestral mystery of its legends and myths. Reclining medieval places with lush vegetation that surrounds its centuries-old stone castles, its high mountains and the deepest lakes.Glamour Hunter has been inspired by this atmosphere that envelops this land full of history, legends and ruins reminiscent of glorious past.Sensations, emotions, colors and images that come out of a romantic story and have captured perfectly in this new collection of Glamour Hunter, a majestic collection created to dress powerful women, heroic ladies of fantastic stories in distant castles located in powerful kingdoms, typical of a fairy tale.

Fashion & Design 02 Oct 2017

top art lingerie by jenny shear

Jenny Shear 's lingerie is made from high-quality materials where each single product in her collection includes a magic blend of romantic and sensual inspiration with bohemian laces. If interested by discovering the LookBook Spring-Summer 2018, and/or wholesale & POS information in Europe, contact JAANTE GmbH W | http://www.jaante.com   

Fashion & Design 18 Sep 2017

london fashion week opens

London Fashion Week opens with the news that Chinese tourists are the biggest spenders in the UK luxury fashion marketLondon Fashion Week and the spring summer 2018 season kicked off on Friday, just as news came in that Chinese tourists collectively are the biggest spenders in the UK luxury fashion market, taking 23 per cent, and followed by the Americans. There’ll be plenty for them to pluck from the opening shows - especially with Burberry collection hitting stores and online as models finished on the runway.BurberryThe walls of social portraiture and the clothes on the Burberry catwalk were a celebration of the British at play. Christopher Bailey was rebooting the brand that has been languishing of late, revisiting signatures like the famous Burberry check that he made so iconic in his early days, now as rain blousons and jockey hats, and the trench coat and shearling jacket marked with tattoo prints.Tartan was also a big part of the story for skirts, military trews and coats that were slipped over embroidered tea dresses, as if heading to a party on a damp autumn evening. Burberry’s historical associations with the military were rekindled with red Guardsmen’s jacket re-imagined as skirts while there was a hint of humour about British weather with colourful plastic macs layered over knits and long woolly scarves worn with evening dresses. Will this refreshing sense of fun and dry wit restore Burberry’s fortunes?J.W.AndersonSimple silhouettes and the ease of the everyday symbolised J.W’s summer collection. He talked about “the sanctuary of calmness,” more in reference to the media frenzy around the catwalk shows, but given another terrorist attack in London and anti-fur protestors at venues, people are on edge, and so this collection was meant to be a soothing antidote. Anderson referenced his heritage with Irish linen dresses and sweet crop tops and gathered skirts that had a soft artisanal air. He spoke of “everything coming back around again,” so there was a recycling of ideas like his favourite asymmetric wrap skirts in leather stripes and silky fabrics, and the stitched bra cup style of cotton jersey tops. He even transformed the humble Irish tea towel into a fashion item as tunic tops: “the normality of something you touch every day.”Simone RochaThere is always an girlish air of enchantment about Simone Rocha’s collections, often rooted in Victoriana and a childlike playfulness or young models with wavy hair pinned back with pearl barrettes. Embroidered daisies and naive figures skipped across her black and white cotton and nude tulle smocks, while painted flowers decorated black silk dresses. The silhouette that reminisced the famous drawings of Alice in Wonderland and Victorian dolls is essentially full, but bunchy skirts were balanced with neatly tailored jackets in woven ticking stripes. The collection “Red Dolls” was both romantic and nostalgic and felt familiar but for a couple of bias cut 30s style gowns that shows signs of Rocha exploring new avenues. Ralph & RussoSeven years after launching their haute couture Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo are expanding their brand with a new ready-to-wear collection which owes much to the cut and polish of their couture line. Glossy and glamorous it is like their couture without all the embroidery, and presumably the big price tags. There were sportier looks such as the zipped blouson in a silk scuba fabric and the safari style dresses and jumpsuit. A trench coat and some studded black leather pieces, and a couple of shiny rose gold metallic dresses were simplified versions of the rose gold couture gowns on that feature in the haute couture. This is ready-to-wear at a luxury, elevated level.By: http://www.scmp.com 

Fashion & Design 16 Aug 2017

world’s second-largest diamond ‘too big’ to sell

The world’s second-largest diamond ever found, unearthed by Canada’s Lucara Diamond (TSX:LUC) in Botswana two years ago, will have to be cut after it failed to sell at a Sotheby’s auction last summer.Bidding for the now historic 1,109-carat “Lesedi La Rona,” which means “our light” in the Tswana language spoken in Botswana, stalled at around $61 million — short of the expected $70 million.And while Lucara is not in a rush to sell the unique rock, it may never get what it wants for it, as potential buyers now know what the market is willing to pay, Reuters reports.Lucara’s chief executive William Lamb said another challenge to fetch what the tennis ball-size diamond is worth, is the fact that the polishing itself is risky.The unsold diamond, he noted, still “weighs heavily” on the company’s shares, which are down more than 30% from late 2016.Some experts, such as Rare Diamond House managing director Oded Mansori, believe it would be a mistake for Lucara to hold onto the massive rough diamond, as several players including Gem Diamonds (LON:GEMD), Lucapa (ASX:LOM) and Petra  (LON:PDL) have recently found large precious rocks.Others believe it’s just too massive to sale. “When is a diamond too big? I think we have found that when you go above 1,000 carats, it is too big — certainly from the aspect of analyzing the stones with the technology available,” Panmure Gordon mining analyst Kieron Hodgson told Reuters.Lucara’s sales remain healthy. To date it has disposed of 145 diamonds at more than $1 million each, including a 373.7-carat rock that broke off from Lesedi la Rona, which sold for $17.5 million in May.

Fashion & Design 06 Aug 2017

unique cultural experience & luxury shopping

Combination of a unique cultural experience & luxury shopping in the downtown of Budapest, HungaryDorottya Diamond Palace opened in a UNESCO world heritage site in the city center, just a few minutes from the docks of River Danube, is the newest highlight of life style and a luxury site of Budapest.It combines:      The exhibition hall that was created under the supervision of the  Hungarian National Museum featuring the historical treasures of the Hungarian jewelry culture and artisanship of the Hungarian goldsmiths through the past 1000 years.       The showroom which is the largest jewelry & diamond center in Central Europe where our guests can enjoy luxurious collections e.g. the the ’Sissi’ collection inspired by Elisabeth, Queen of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  Exhibition Hall of the PalaceCultural experience: ·      Admire the impressive interior of a neoclassical palace of Budapest built in the 19th century –  enjoy the story of the building, which was named after Duchess Maria Dorothea, wife of Habsburg Archduke Joseph.·      Be welcomed by our multilingual guide at our exhibition presenting 1000 years of the treasures of Hungary featuring Golden Age of Hungary, Hungarian gold and silver mines, Maria Theresa.·      Enjoy multimedia presentations on Queen Sisi, the Hungarian gem: the Opal, the Holy Crown and the diamonds.·      Touch the Hungarian Holy Crown!  - Holographic version of the Hungarian Crown – with the help of the Holomachine -Hungarian invention.·      Corner of Maria Theresa: She founded the first Mining Academy in the world in Hungary as the mining industry played a very significant role in the economy of Hungary.                                                                                                                               Our palace was named after the wife (Dorothea) of her grandson (Archduke of Joseph, Palatine of Hungary).·      Medieval architectural remains: search for the piece of the medieval wall of Pest in the palace! (Built in the 15. century). Education ·      In the VIP diamond trade room equipped with special education tools on diamonds: Explore / discover the mysterious world of white and black diamonds and the rare beauty of fancy yellow diamonds with our gemologist of exceptional expertise. In the main hall of the neoclassical palaceShopping opportunity in the Showrooms: ·      A fabulous selection of white and yellow gold jewelry and watches set with diamonds and precious stones.·      Unique Masterpiece Collection on display especially for golf and car racing funs·      Sisi Collection - our designer was inspired by the beauty and style of Queen Elisabeth (Sisi) and her unique diamond stars to create our elegant collection, giving our clients individualized look, assuring and expressing the modernity of today’s self-confidant woman.VIP private diamond salon·      Loose diamonds directly from the International Diamond Exchange with international certificates at favorable prices.·      All diamonds are 100% conflict-free diamonds.·      Tailor made portfolios for investors available.In the „Lavender Garden Hall”One of a kind HUNGARICUMS – 100% Hungarian contemporary artistic creations:·      First time, introducing the combination of Herend porcelain and Caprice diamond blended in a unique jewelry – 100% Hungarian luxurious handmade collection.·      The Gödöll? HEREND: traditional collection of Queen Sisi.·      ZEMA porcelain (Hollóházi) jewelry painted by hand – trendy Hungarian brand - collections in different art styles & items decorated with traditional Hungarian motifs reinvented in a contemporary way.·      Historic pieces of Opal jewelry – created to honor the Hungarian Opal Mining History while expressing a modern sensibility with smooth contours.    - fresh stylish collections of vibrant jewelry are waiting for our guests -Our beautifully crafted and carefully designed jewelry collections celebrate rebirth and progress and were inspired by the atmosphere of our New Diamond Palace. They can be worn from casual to special occasions to the utmost satisfaction of our clients from all over the world.PM to make appointment. 

Fashion & Design 05 Aug 2017

gen z is becoming an important demographic

Consignment is attractive to Gen Zs, who prefer secondhand Chanel, Hermès, Louis VuittonOnline marketplace The RealReal’s fastest-growing market segment for the first half of 2017 is not millennials, but the coming-of-age Gen Z demographic who are outpacing their elder counterparts' sales by 35 percent. Marketers have been laser-focused on speaking to millennials, but Gen Z is quickly becoming an important demographic for high-end brands to cultivate a relationship with. the Gen Z consumer is an early adopter of consignment and the “lifecycle of luxury,” preferring secondhand Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton goods, making the resale market an opportunity for brand discovery.Secondhand news The RealReal’s “State of Luxury Resale” mid-year 2017 report charts marketplace trends, bestselling brands and emerging designers popular on its consignment platform.Among the best-selling brands on The RealReal, the marketplace found that interest in French fashion house Chloé continues to rise as its handbags are extremely popular.The trending popularities of luxury’s top brands on the secondhand market are tied to a label’s current successes as well.For example, Gucci has held The RealReal’s number four spot two years in a row and Saint Laurent moved up from 23 to 14, but Burberry and Lanvin, two houses with internal struggles, saw a dip in their popularity scores.Burberry is listed at number 15, and Lanvin dropped out of the top 20, going from 18 to 26 since The RealReal’s year-ago report.The RealReal’s mid-year report also found that women’s designer brands saw triple digit sales growth for the first half of 2017. For example, Vetements’ resale figures increased 548 percent and Aquazzura and J.W. Anderson’s sales grew by 188 and 143 percent, respectively. The unavoidable influence of streetwear is also making an impression of high-end consignment. Supreme, for example, saw a spike in consumer interest and demand. The streetwear label, fresh off the heels of its Louis Vuitton collaboration (see story), saw its year-over-year search rate on The RealReal increase 1,500 percent. The RealReal has also forecast a number of fashion trends based on what consignment consumers are buying from its marketplace.For instance, whimsical Gucci’s sell-through on The RealReal is 10 percent stronger than minimalistic Céline, as searches for graphic and print apparel grew by 37 percent year-over-year.Also, colorful knitwear brand Missoni saw searches jump 30 percent and its sales increase by double digits on The RealReal. Additional trends include backpacks, which saw searches increase by 70 percent, and investment footwear. The RealReal found that pairs priced more than $500 are selling 11 percent faster than handbags listed at the same price. Vintage is also an attractive category with one-off pieces having increased by 60 percent. Outside apparel and accessories, The RealReal reports home items on consignment increasing by 207 percent and engagement rings sales rose 150 percent year-over-year. As for the behavior of its consumers, The Real Real found that 85 percent of consignors use the commission of sale to shop on the full-price, primary market. Also, 70 percent of consumers research the resale value of a brand or product on The RealReal prior to making a full-priced purchase. Mobile is also a strong point for The RealReal even for “forever purchases” such as engagement rings. For the mid-year, The RealReal saw 33 percent of engagement rings being purchased via mobile devices, a rate 50 percent higher than average purchases. Delights in consignment The fashion market category that relies on consigning high-end apparel and accessories is witnessing a period of enormous growth, outpacing the full-price segment of its industry by 20 percent, according to a new report from Fung Global Retail & Technology. The entire resale industry is expected to grow from $18 billion in 2016 to $33 billion by 2021. This data comes from retail think tank Fung Global Retail & Technology, which released the "Fashion Re-Commerce Update" report to dig into exactly how and why this sector has been taking off. Interest in consignment has also heated up the competition for resale marketplaces. For example, online resale platform thredUP just recently entered the world of high-end consignment with the introduction of a luxury-specific marketplace  and also in Luxury community Miljonet.com it's marketplace becomes one of their most important features.  Also, resale platform TrueFacet recorded an 18 percent monthly increase for pieces priced at $25,000 or more. The jewelry resale site also saw 34 percent growth in the value of average orders.By Luxury Daily 

Fashion & Design 31 Jul 2017

the perfect summer luxury watch?

The Perfect Summer Luxury Watch? The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Funky Colors ReviewedBy Brice Goulard The summer is here. That means our thoughts turn to the seaside, sunshine, heatwave, mojitos, yacht deck, beach parties… and of course, what watch to wear this summer? You probably don’t want to take your treasured extra-flat, gold perpetual calendar watch out there. So, you’d likely be leaning towards some kind of dive watch, as it would be the best option, both to look classy, and to be able to jump in the pool without having to think about your watch. You’re on the right direction. But do you want to be part of this growing group of Submariner wearers? Maybe not, and thus, Audemars Piguet might have a pleasant and bold option for you, with the new Royal Oak Offshore Diver Funky Colors.BackgroundFirst of all, to understand the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Funky Colors 2017 Collection, we have to reflect on some of the watches that compose the Royal Oak Offshore – or ROO – collection (a collection born in 1992, as a sportier and bolder evolution of the 1972-born Royal Oak). In 2015, Audemars slightly redesigned the Royal Oak Offshore Diver with the introduction of a new ref. 15710. No drama, no big move here, as the base recipe did not require much alteration. For this new reference, AP chose to only update the model, by giving it an extra color (white, in addition to the black dial version), and the addition of a sapphire caseback, to reveal the calibre 3120. Then, at the SIHH 2016, Audemars Piguet introduced new versions of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph(ref. 26703ST), with bold and bright colors. Yellow, orange, lime green or blue/yellow were available, with all of them on matching rubber straps. Colorful, very colorful, and popular too, as this new collection was more successful than we expected. Thus, for 2017, Audemars Piguet has decided to merge the ROO Diver and the colors of the Diver Chronograph, to create the 2017 Royal Oak Offshore Diver Funky Colors Collection. And it’s not 4 watches like the chronograph, but 5 that Audemars is presenting:White dial, blue indexes and hands, blue scale, blue rubber crowns, white rubber strap – ref. 15710ST.OO.A010CA.01Blue dial, white and yellow indexes and hands, yellow scale, blue rubber crowns, blue rubber strap – ref. 15710ST.OO.A027CA.01Yellow dial, white indexes and hands, blue scale, blue rubber crowns, yellow rubber strap – ref. 15710ST.OO.A051CA.01Orange dial, white indexes and hands, blue scale, blue rubber crowns, orange rubber strap – ref. 15710ST.OO.A070CA.01Lime Green dial, white indexes and hands, blue scale, blue rubber crowns, lime green rubber strap – ref. 15710ST.OO.A038CA.01 Just like the colorful collection of the Diver Chronograph, these watches are bold and loud… Very loud for some of the versions. Of course, this means that it won’t please all collectors, and that it will require a certain confidence to wear them (especially the yellow, orange and lime green versions). Yet, these colors do not feel out of context in the case of the ROO. It is the kind of watch that actually “accepts” to be bold and flashy, and as with the chronograph versions, the result is surprising at first, but ends up in being quite desirable. Let’s look at this watch more in details. Besides being priced over 20,000 Euro, besides its overall luxurious feel and besides the name that is printed on their dials, these new and colorful ROO Diver watches are still essentially what is indicated in their names: diving tools. Even if some owners will be quite reluctant to bring such expensive pieces underwater, and to treat them as recreational watches, that’s what they are designed to do. The overall construction of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver is extremely solid, and you can properly feel that quality when on the wrist. It’s a massive, rugged and sturdy block of stainless steel. Adjustments on the case are precise and the overall assembly is what you would expect from such a high-end watch.The case is also sporty and perfectly adapted to recreational diving sessions. The crown is well protected by a large piece on the side of the case, and is coated (as well as the second crown at 10) with rubber, to help using it, even with wet gloves. However, you’ll never forget that even if it’s a dive watch, even if it’s part of the Offshore collection, this watch is after all a Royal Oak, and thus its finishing is top-notch. The case alternates between polished and brushed surfaces, with clear distinction between these areas. Like all RO, it is precise, very well executed and offers this surprising combination of sturdiness and quality, with a delicate finishing. These Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver are built to withstand 30 bar of pressure (300m underwater), and benefits from all the required elements that a dive watch should have. Unsurprisingly there’s no external rotating bezel on this watch – in fact it would be quite odd to have an octagonal rotatable bezel, and one with a diving scale engraved would certainly ruin the signature design of the RO. Thus, the solution found by AP to calculate elapsed times is an internal rotating chapter ring, on the periphery of the dial. It is actuated by a second crown, positioned at 10. Admittedly it might be less practical than an external bezel, but it certainly does the job – and clearly, design-wise, this solution is certainly the best one. Thus, the Royal Oak Offshore Diver watches retains the octagonal bezel with 8 white gold screws on each corner. In terms of experience on the wrist, it has to be reminded that the ROO doesn’t wear like a standard watch. While on paper, the proportions feel rather restrained for a dive watch (let’s say that it’s on the average side), the 42mm diameter and 14.1mm height are not clear indications of the feeling you’ll get when wearing this watch. With its monobloc case, with integrated lugs, and its quite massive shape, the ROO Diver wears much larger than an equally sized Tudor Pelagos for instance. It has more presence on the wrist, yet it remains extremely comfortable and gently “hugs” the wrist. The main evolution for the 2017 collection is on the colors, as apart from this, the rest of the watch remains faithful to the previous black or white dial versions of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver. Thus, we have the classical squared texture, here with large “Méga Tapisserie” pattern (not hand-guilloche here but classically stamped). Indexes are crafted in white gold and applied onto the dial, and the hands use the classical, marginally oversized, RO design. Both are filled with enough luminous material to offer a good night-time legibility, and their shape and dimensions are generous enough to provide the required contrast during the day. Overall legibility is very good, whatever the color you choose. Same goes for the date, which is placed under a magnifier and thus easily readable. As said in the introduction, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Funky Colors Collection comprises 5 different options for the dial – all with a matching rubber strap. Two of them are rather classical and quite easy on the wrist – the white dial with blue indexes and hands certainly is the more understated. Three of them are, on the other hand, as bright as you can imagine. Yellow, Orange, Lime Green… All of them using white-filled indexes and hands, as well as blue tracks. However, as these ROO Diver are to be considered as weekend / summer watches, and not daily business-oriented timekeepers, a bit of color is not that of a bad option. Of course, the latter three will require some confidence, but the result actually befits the Royal Oak quite well.The movementHere, no surprises. Inside the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Funky Colors watches is the brand’s widely-used Calibre 3120 – as seen in the RO Automatic 15400, the ROO Chronograph and Diver Chrono (as a base calibre), and of course in the other ROO Diver watches. The 3120 is a self-winding movement, with a central rotor in gold, and has a classical, yet solid architecture. It ticks at a frequency of 21,600vph, it has a balance with variable inertia blocks, it features 40 jewels (which is quite high for a time-and-date movement), overall 280 parts and boasts a comfortable 60h power reserve. Finishing and decoration are as always carried out to  a very high standard, with diamond-polished bevels, Geneva stripes, polished countersinks and nicely engraved rotor. Yet this movement would be even more pleasant to look at if it were not for one issue: its small diameter. Indeed, and even if this has no influence on its efficiency, this calibre 3120 measures only 26.6mm in diameter (11¾ lignes), which considering the 42mm diameter of the case, leaves an impressive amount of steel around it. This can be explained by the relatively old conception of the Calibre 3120 (first designed in 1998, with a serial production started in 2003), when watches were smaller. This, however, doesn’t remove any of the beauty of this engine, considered as one of the best time-and-date automatic movement available. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Funky Colors Collection is, overall, no big surprise. With the exception of the colorful dials, it remains the sturdy and robust dive watch we’ve been used to now for a few years. Yet, it still pleases by this combination of robustness and luxury. Indeed, despite the delicate finishings and well-decorated movement, it is nonetheless a performance dive watch, which can comfortably withstand some recreational diving sessions (or a splash of Aperol Spritz…) I leave it to you to be the judges of these colorful dials, as clearly, the orange, yellow and lime green versions must be regarded as bold and personal choices. I’ll personally go for the blue or white versions, yet I’m sure some will have the assurance to go for the 3 others – and they will be right to do so. To conclude, if you are looking for a real luxury watch, with an iconic DNA, but which is equally at home during active sports and summer activities, consider this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver as a pretty good offer – even if not a cheap one, as priced at 19,300 Euro (white version) and 20,200 Euro (for the 4 other models). More details on www.audemarspiguet.com.ProsSuperb execution of the caseThe DNA of the Royal Oak, mixed with a sturdy dive watchLarge but comfortableLegibility is not impacted by the bright colorsNicely decorated and performing movement…Cons… but too small for the caseThese colors won’t be to everyone’s likingThe ease-of-use of the internal bezel is debatableSpecifications – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Funky ColorsCase: 42mm diameter x 14.1mm height – stainless steel, polished and brushed, 8 white gold screws on the bezel – sapphire crystal on both sides – internal rotatable diving scale – 300m / 30 bar water resistantMovement: Calibre 3120, in-house – self-winding – 3Hz frequency – 60h power reserve – 280 components – time and dateStrap: Rubber strap matching the dial of the watch, steel pin buckle – additional blue rubber strap includedReference: 15710ST.OOPrice: 19,300 Euro (white version) and 20,200 Euro (blue, green, yellow and orange models)Availability: Special Editions – White and Green versions being Boutique Exclusive

Fashion & Design 30 Jul 2017

sponsorship opportunities available

Dear All,There is an opportunity to sponsor a fashion show that will be held in Brazil  in September 2018It will be covered by international press.Please let me know if interested,Many thanks,Timi

Fashion & Design 27 Jul 2017

the french firm fc illycit presents a sophisticate

FC ILLYCIT's new collection for next season is a collection inspired by the romantic, vintage, chic and modern style. FC ILLYCIT has designed a collection that blends travel, colors and times that bring a touch of originality and joy, thus achieving elegant dresses.The collection is characterized by the combination of cultures from different countries in which this collection is inspired, baptizing each dress with the place or country in which they have been inspired. Its exclusive design and patronage are extremely original, and at the same time extremely flattering and sophisticated. All the clothing and design is made in France.The main colors of the collection are white, pink, yellow, white and black, alone or combined in one garment with totally spectacular results. Long dresses, transparencies, lace, floral prints, a whole range of creations that surprise by their feminine silhouettes that a feminine woman, elegant and knowing, exalts. In short, FC ILLYCIT, has designed a sophisticated collection that is capturing the attention of select clientele who admire exclusive creations, with French savoir affaire and romantic style.

Fashion & Design 20 Jul 2017

galvano group - cbp/circle of beautiful people

GALVANO GROUP-CBP/CIRCLE OF BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Gets You Access → To Maggie Norris Couture Sample Show with… Champagne & Couture!New Yorkers Hurry! A Few Days Left! Contact, Details & Reservations:+ 212 239 3433mnc@maggienorriscouture.com@494 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10001 GALVANO GROUPoffice@galvanogroup.comwww.galvanogroup.comFollow us on : https://www.miljonet.com/b/galvanogroup/viewhttps://www.facebook.com/galvanogroup/ Maggie Norris is an American Fashion Designer. Her creations have been featured in publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, Elle & The NY Times among many... Maggie's custom-made creations have been worn by various celebrities and socialites, among whom are Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Beyonce Knowles, Diane Keaton, Anna Getty, Somers Farkas, Michelle Obama to name a few...

Fashion & Design 03 Jul 2017

balmain resort 2018

Much of today’s collection reflects a pride in the achievements—cultural and political, historical and contemporary—of my nation.A recent collaboration with the ballet of the Opera de Paris allowed me to spend long hours ensconced within Garnier’s magnificent palace, pouring through an extraordinary archive and collaborating with artists and craftsmen for whom nothing seems to be impossible. And, one doesn’t spend day after day surrounded by such beauty without being inspired—I soon found myself channeling the refined spirit of centuries of French classical ballet into my sketches. What you are seeing today, though, is not just another take on the pastels, tutus and surface fragility of a classical ballerina. While working with the company, what most impressed me was the talent, daring and power of its dancers—making clear the obvious connection between ballet’s strong women and the members of today’s Balmain Army. That inspired a playing of contrast, highlighting the pairing of traditional codes of femininity with the confident outlook of modern, powerful women, while adapting ballet’s classic signatures to the recognizable Balmain style and silhouette. At that same time that I was working on that collaboration, my country was making an historic choice, rejecting a fear of the other and choosing instead to embrace the core values of the great thinkers of our past and my generation’s hopes for the future. Today, there’s a palpable sense of pride and possibility in the air, helping to push me and my team toward an emphasis on Parisian fashion’s classic codes.Complementing the dual French inspirations is a strong injection of the signature look of the American West. Our preparations for the soon-to-open Balmain flagship in Los Angeles helped to remind all of us what we love about that unique, diverse culture, as well as the connections between Balmain’s love of adventure and exploration and the appeal of America’s beautiful open spaces. I’m looking forward to my next trip out there!Olivier RousteingParisJune 27