If you want to go off the grid, travel to some of the most remote, ruggedly beautiful travel destinations on the planet. Continue reading “The Most Remote Travel Destinations on the Planet”
Any space you inhabit should feel like home, whether it’s a short-term rental or the deed has your name on it. While many lease agreements limit the number of heavy-duty changes that can be made to the property, landlords often allow renters to amp up their dwellings with a fresh coat of paint Continue reading “5 Lease-Friendly Painting Projects to Spruce Up Your Rental”
At Baselworld 2016, I had a sneak peak at this new limited-edition Zenith Heritage Cronometro Tipo CP-2 watch that is based on a set of 2,500 timepieces Zenith made for the Italian military in the 1960s. Continue reading “Zenith Heritage Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Watch”
The Tambour Blue Chronograph from Louis Vuitton features a rich design and incorporates a deep blue color that complements the black V on the dial. The watch has contrasting brushed and polished metal finishes as well.
Inside the watch is a Swiss-made ETA 2894.2 movement that has a 42-hour power reserve. All of this is placed on a black alligator and calf bi-material strap with blue seams.
On the dial, the date is viewed at between 4 and 5 o’clock with the chronograph on the right side of the dial. The watch is waterproof up to 100 meters and has sapphire glass with reflection proof coating. The watch is priced at $7,700 and will launch mid-end of April.
If you are like me, you have heard about TAG Heuer, but until now did not know about Nendo. Worry not, as we shall discover right now that over the last 18 years, this Tokyo, Japan-based design company has worked on everything from designing shoe stores through creating graphics and advertisements all, the way to a wide range of products – which happen to include watches.
As such, in one of its latest ventures, Nendo has collaborated with TAG Heuer to create a very cool TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Time Machine Nendo Japan Limited Edition, with a set of highly unusual red hands – not linked to, but strangely reminiscent of those unnecessarily large and yet strangely awesome swords flung around viciously by Japanese anime cartoon characters. Nendo explains its concept as “Giving people a small ‘!’ moment (…) which make our days so interesting, so rich.
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Thatʼs why we want to reconstitute the everyday by collecting and reshaping them into something thatʼs easy to understand. Weʼd like the people whoʼve encountered Nendoʼs designs to feel these small ‘!’ moments intuitively.”Well, for fans of the TAG Heuer Carrera, these bold, large, red hands are more than a “small ‘!’ moment,” as the dial and hence the overall appearance of this classic Carrera is changed considerably. Frankly, at first sight, I was expecting to learn about a rare tribute limited-edition watch to some Japanese manga comics or anime shows, but it turns out the concept behind the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Time Machine Nendo Japan Limited Edition is very different.
Nendo wanted to re-interpret the design of the Carrera through an image of “having gone to a local traditional watchmaker to get a chronograph watch repaired, only to find that the elderly proprietor has put on a pair of clock hands from a vintage watch by mistake.” Nicknamed the Time Machine, this edition of the Carrera is a bit like the Legacy Machines of MB&F (hands-on here), where there is a unique blend of modern and traditional design elements – clearly, the execution of MB&F’s dedicated Legacy Machine collection is much more thorough, but Nendo’s approach is surely also a lot of fun and a fascinating and unexpected take on a modern icon. Nendo takes this vintage theme further by making the watch box look like an old book, with space inside for a smaller TAG Heuer box for the watch, as well as a red bookmark and paper knife, both designed to closely replicate the design of the hands of the watch.
While the book-watch-box idea is something we have seen elsewhere before a number of times, having additional items that mimic particular design elements of the watch is a neat idea and one that would be nice to encounter more often. Last but not least, the watch also comes with a glass clock stand, individually handcrafted from an antique jar. With the old book, the red tools and this jar to cover the watch, you really can replicate the atmosphere of old workshops and laboratories – and yet, all this is linked to one of the more wearable and versatile, modern chronograph wrist watches of the 21st century.
Every other element other than the hour and minute hands of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Time Machine Nendo Japan Limited Edition remain unchanged, so the 43mm-wide steel case, black ceramic bezel, black dial, and also the steel bracelet are all standard ones from TAG Heuer. This means that you really do get a very extraordinary blend of unmistakeable TAG Heuer Carrera DNA as well as a unique twist thanks to a pair of hands that do seem to be an afterthought or a one-of-a-kind modification.
Nearly everyone has a favorite cruise ship. In this chart, we outline the key distinctions among the 10 most popular cruise ships in the industry. Look for highlights of onboard accommodations, dining and entertainment, as well as ship itineraries. Don’t have a favorite cruise just yet? Our picks just might inspire you to find the perfect vacation match.
Allure of the Seas
The 5,400-passenger Allure builds on the blueprint introduced by its sister, Oasis. Both ships feature attractions like ziplining and a handmade wooden carousel, but Allure has its own twists, including a Brazilian churascarria and the Broadway show “Mamma Mia!”.
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Norwegian Getaway, which debuted in 2014, is a Miami-inspired ship that sails year-round from that port. You’ll notice touches of South Beach throughout: the Tropicana room, designed as a 1940s Havana supper club; the Flamingo Grill, serving Cuban food; and Burn the Floor with a Havana nights theme and sultry Latin dancing.
Dedicated 24-hour butlers, villas with private pools, incredible views and pristine sandy beaches are some of the pictures that come to mind when thinking about the ultimate luxury vacation. Whether you are going on a honeymoon, planning a once-in-a-lifetime romantic marriage proposal or celebrating your anniversary, these spectacular suite and villa resorts are a great starting point for planning your dream getaway. Continue reading “7 Dream Luxury Vacations for Couples”
Iterally feel as though I am wearing a beautiful clock on my wrist while donning the Glashütte Original Senator Observer watch. New for 2015, this latest entrant in the Glashütte Original Senator family blends sporty sophistication with classical appeal.
This, in my opinion, makes it a win for many tastes. We liked the Glashütte Original Senator Observer so much that we included it in our list of The Top 10 Watches Of Baselworld 2015.
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