Fashion & Design 09 Dec 2014

bulova’s most expensive watch ever made

Conceptualized by Bulova Corporation President Gregory Thumm, and hailing from the company’s Bulova Accu•Swiss brand, this 24-Karat Gold Watch marks the first edition in the company’s new Joseph Bulova Collection — which will all feature Bulova’s proprietary process (patent pending) for hardening of 999.9 pure 24-karat gold while maintaining exacting quality standards for finish and fit, and ensuring water resistance to 30 meters. Each Joseph Bulova Collection First Edition 24-Karat Gold Timepiece contains a 26-jewel automatic movement certified as a chronometer by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC). In addition, the cases have been certified by the Bureau Central du Contrôle des Métaux Précieux for fineness and purity of the gold, with every watch bearing the St. Bernhard dog’s head precious metal hallmark. Each timepiece has been constructed in a unique capsule form, with bezel, case and caseback anchored together with light and durable grade-5 titanium components to form an integral case. A separate sub-bezel, designed as part of the case, keeps the watch secure with a series of specially designed bumpers to deflect shocks and holds a sapphire crystal with five layers of anti-reflective coating. The strap design, a combination of an alligator strap and a 316L stainless steel mesh bracelet incorporating three microns of black titanium carbide, fixes together with a series of grade-5 titanium rivets designed to slip within the mesh, maximizing flexibility and comfort. Only 32 of these gorgeous timepieces are available and – with a suggested retail value of $42,000 – is the most expensive watch Bulova has ever produced.

Fashion & Design 09 Dec 2014

penthouse in miami

The following three Miami penthouses may not be move-in ready just yet because they aren't finished, but they are available to buy. With prices ranging from $29 to $50 million, these residences are found in the Jade Signature, One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects, and The Bath Club Estates buildings. They are definitely what people think of when they think luxury. For $29 million, the 11,660-square-foot penthouse at Jade Signature in Sunny Isles Beach was created by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and gives a 7,570-square-foot wrap-around balcony that offers 360-degree views. The penthouse spans the entire 56th floor and most of the 57th, featuring a large private pool on the oceanfront balcony, five bedrooms (which can be converted to seven bedrooms if need be), 9.5 baths, a private elevator, a gym room (or "man cave"), a lounge and spa, and 12-foot ceilings. The downtown Miami penthouse within One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects offers 16,000 square feet of living space and covers the 58th and 59th floors. Not only does it have direct access to the building's helipad, it has its own indoor pool and gym. Though it's priced at $45 million, the amount will change depending on whatever custom upgrades are chosen. Spanning the top three floors of the 18-story The Bath Club Estates in Miami Beach, the $50 million triplex penthouse was designed by Jennifer Post (a firm most known for their elegant minimalistic aesthetic). Once finished, it will have 9,200 square feet of indoor living space and around 9,000 of outdoor space. With a wrap-around terrace, all four sides of the home will offer fantastic views of the city, ocean, and Biscayne Bay. The penthouse promises 23-foot ceilings, its own elevator, and home theater. "There will also be a private rooftop terrace with an infinity-edge pool, outdoor shower, an enclosed summer kitchen and room for another theater." Though it will be listed as a five-bedroom home, with 7.2 baths, the developer is willing to work with any future buyers to customize the layout.

Gadgets & Trends 09 Dec 2014

mini's citysurf

If your MINI isn’t mini enough for you, you’re in luck. MINI introduced their newest concept in urban mobility, the all-electric MINI Citysurfer Concept to a crowd of journalists at the LA Auto Show today. An auxiliary transportation concept that is designed to help people navigate crowded urban environments, the Citysurfer makes it both easy and fun to get around town if you have a long way to travel between your parking space and your office or shopping destination. MINI Citysurfer promises to be safe, versatile and agile. Its large wheels and soft tires make it suitable for bumpy paths and rough pavement so often found in city centers. The low foot board and height-adjustable handlebars enhance stability and handling. The scooter has three brake systems. First, there’s recuperation braking via electric drive generator which recharges the battery while slowing you down. Then the hydraulic front and rear disc brakes operate independently. Because you ride it standing upright you’ll have no trouble seeing and being seen. Hit the thumb-operated accelerator and the Citysurfer can reach a top speed of 15 miles per hour. The lithium-ion battery has an electric range of 10 to 15 miles. You can charge the battery three ways: through conventional power outlet, a 12-volt power supply in an automobile and through brake energy recuperation. When the battery is completely discharged, the electric motor is automatically switched off and disconnected from the free-wheel hub in the rear wheel so you can ride it just like an old fashioned kick scooter. Weighing just 40 pounds, the Citysurfer folds to fit into small spaces, including (surprise, surprise) the trunk of a MINI Cooper. You can also carry it on to public transportation, to make the trip from your commuter rail station a little more fun.

Art & Culture 09 Dec 2014

the world’s best museum

The world’s favorite museum isn’t the Louvre. Or the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. According to TripAdvisor users, the highest rated museum is the Art Institute of Chicago, home to the iconic “American Gothic” painting by Grant Wood. After crunching the numbers in an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for museums worldwide over a 12-month period, the Art Institute of Chicago ranked the most popular among TripAdvisor users, with a five out of five bubble rating among its more than 6,510 reviews. A TripAdvisor member from Kansas posted of his visit over the weekend: “Clean institute and bigger than you could ever imagine. If you would like to see art from all over the world, this is your place.” The museum in the Windy City is home to more than 300,000 pieces of art from around the world, including the iconic Wood painting of a farmer holding a pitchfork beside his spinster daughter, Marc Chagall’s America Windows, as well as Claude Monet’s piece “Stack of Wheat.” Thematic collections include African-American pieces, children, portraits, mythology, and the Silk Road. After the Art Institute of Chicago, Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology ranked the second highest, followed by the State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. The list of top 10 museums around the world is split predominantly between American and European sites. Here are the top museums: 1. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA 2. National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), Mexico City, Mexico 3. State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia 4. The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California, USA 5. Galleria dell’Accademia/Statue of David, Florence, Italy 6. Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France 7. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, USA 8. The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece 9. Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain 10. Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Jerusalem, Israel

Body & Mind 09 Dec 2014

la quinta resort

La Quinta Resort & Club recently underwent a massive multi-million dollar restoration, which we were fortunate enough to check out right after the reveal. As the first luxury resort to open in the Palm Springs area in 1926, La Quinta has a pretty rich past, full of Hollywood glamour. It's pretty well known that Frank Capra wrote Lost Horizon (1937) while lounging by the pool, and that stars like Greta Garbo and Clark Gable often visited. What started out as a series of adobe bungalows now includes 620 casitas and suites, 98 villas, the 23,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta, 41 accent swimming pools, 53 hot spas, 23 tennis courts, PGA West championship golf courses and academy, and Chef Jimmy Schmidt's Morgan's in the Desert (plus a few other restaurants, of course). The Waldorf Astoria resort put a lot of money into updating the property without losing its classic look, nailing the restoration. As a guest, it feels like you stepped into 1940s film starring Bette Davis, only you have modern day amenities and gadgets all tucked away until you need them. Los Angeles-based firm Smith & Firestone was brought in for the residential-style design that features custom tile work and wrought iron elements, new Victorian-style furniture, floor coverings, two-toned blocked drapery panels, Wingback-style headboards, textured leather bed benches, upgraded lighting, and blue-sky bathroom accessories. Other amenities include 42- to 47-inch flat-screen high-definition televisions, Keurig coffee makers, charging stations with two USB ports, and photography inspired by the surrounding mountain landscape. The different casitas are clustered around 41 different showcase pools and hot tubs, creating a private neighborhood feeling. They are designed around a palette of ivory, terracotta, and rich chocolate brown. The second-floor Starlight Casitas (starting from $159 per night) are definite stand-outs, with their own patios offering great mountain views and an open area for al fresco dining and entertaining—featuring a fireplace and plush couches. Take it up another notch and stay in the highly coveted El Presidente suite, which starts at $1,329 a night and includes its own private pool and spa. Though the design is similar to the Starlight Casita, El Presidente has updated landscaping and patio furniture, and completely renovated decks. Let's talk about the Spa La Quinta for a moment, because we would be doing you a disservice if we didn't mention the 75-minute La Quinta Signature Citrus Smash ($230). The full body renewal massage uses a custom blended scrub made from Salt of the Earth, grapefruit, tangerine, and orange blossom essential oils with mineral components from the Great Salt Lake. After being scrubbed from neck to foot, the rain shower is turned on to relax you even further. Then the masseuse finishes the treatment by massaging a deeply hydrating Whipped Body Crème with Grapeseed Oil into your refreshed skin. Trust me, this scrub will make you feel reborn.

Art & Culture 06 Dec 2014

art basel miami strandbeest by theo jansen

This week I was visiting Art Basel Miami and was invited my by Audemars Piguet to see Theo Jansen's work....I must say it's impressive!!! In 2015, the Peabody Essex Museum kicks off the first U.S. tour featuring Theo Jansen's famed kinetic sculptures. Dynamic and interdisciplinary, Jansen's Strandbeests (beach animals) blur the lines between art and science, sculpture and performance. The exhibition will celebrate the thrill of the Strandbeests' unique locomotion as well as the processes that have driven their evolutionary development on the Dutch seacoast. The exhibition will premiere at PEM in Fall 2015, then travel to Chicago, San Francisco and New York City. This week he was showing his work at Art Basel Miami in association with Audemars Piguet..and I would like to thank them for the invite...

News, Media & Society 08 Oct 2014

study reveals lack of household smokealarm testing

In recognition of Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) recently commissioned a study to determine how often Americans test their household smoke alarms. The survey revealed that 90 percent of U.S adults don’t test them monthly. “According to the NFPA, roughly two out of every three fire-related deaths happen in homes where a smoke detector isn't present or working properly,” said John Amann, Vice President of Operations, Cintas Corporation. “Testing a smoke alarm is as easy as pushing a button, and yet, our survey findings suggest most of us still neglect to test these devices each month. This puts us and our families in danger.” The survey, which was conducted online by Harris Poll in September among 2,013 adults ages 18 and older, revealed that: Some adults (10 percent) test their smoke alarms at least once a month. Nearly half of adults (48 percent) only test their alarms once or twice a year. Almost a quarter of adults (23 percent) don’t have alarms present in their home, don’t test their alarms or don’t know how often their alarms are tested. These findings reinforce the importance of this year's FPW campaign and the fact that we still have a long way to go in educating the public about montly smoke alarm testing.