In celebration and commemoration of the 40th anniversary of NASA‚Äôs fourth mission to the moon, the highly successful Apollo 15, Omega watchmakers have brought out the limited-edition Speedmaster Moonwatch.
Apollo 15 was the fourth of six NASA missions to land on the moon in July 1971, and the adventure lasted for twelve days. This voyage displayed a greater emphasis on science when compared to earlier missions, and was the ﬁrst time that the Lunar Roving Vehicle was used.
The watch has been described as a classic, with its polished and brushed stainless steel case and bracelet, black aluminium ring featuring a tachymeter scale on the bezel, and a domed shatterproof hesalite crystal with ő© etched on the inside.
In the true style of the classic Speedmaster Professional, this timepiece also has three subdials; however, the main distinguishing feature between the two is that the Moonwatch edition‚Äôs rings on each subdial varies from blue, to white, to red. The minute track is also in blue, white and red‚ÄĒthe three colours of the Apollo 15 patch.
Another more personalized feature is on the screw-in caseback which is embossed with an image of the Lunar Rover and the words Apollo 15 and 40th Anniversary. The outer circle of the caseback is black chrome engraved with The ﬁrst watch worn on the Moon, July 30, 1971, and ﬁnished off with the limited edition number, out of a total of only 1,971 pieces created.‚ÄĒVicki Matias
So much for the globalized world and instant news: even though the French gossip machine has been talking about Spurs guard Tony Parker (former husband of Eva Longoria) and Miss Nationale Barbara Morel for about three weeks, news of it only hit an Anglosphere tipping-point in the last 24 hours.
Morel, as Lucire readers know, is the ﬁrst Miss Nationale, the winner of a Miss France-rivalling pageant set up by veteran Genevi√®ve de Fontenay after a falling-out with the older competition.
If de Fontenay was worried that her pageant wasn’t getting as much attention as the Berlusconi-owned Miss France contest, and its latest winner Laury Thilleman, then her concerns are over. Speculation over whether former Bouches du Rh√īne student Morel and basketballer Parker are an item‚ÄĒthanks in good part to the success of Desperate Housewives in France‚ÄĒhas helped fuel the press, in a country where beauty pageants are still big business.
If it were not for the Tony Parker effect, the tabloids and celebrity magazines would have just tried to outdo each other with party photos of the beauty queens.
De Fontenay, according to one gossip rag in France, has not objected to the relationship, even if Miss Nationale was set up on what was supposedly time-honoured traditional values. But, this is France, and a high-proﬁle romance surely counts as tradition?
The trailer for the fourth modern-era Mission: Impossible ﬁlm, subtitled Ghost Protocol, has been shown, starring Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner. The ﬁlm has been produced by Cruise, J. J. Abrams and others, ending the production relationship Cruise had with Paula Wagner, who had worked on the ﬁrst three.
The trailer looks spectacular with more locations (Bangalore, Mumbai, Dubai, Prague and Vancouver) and stunts, and Brad Bird (The Simpsons, The Incredibles) directs.
Simon Pegg (but not Ving Rhames) returns from the last outing, while L√©a Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) increases her Hollywood acting r√©sum√© with the new ﬁlm. Paula Patton (D√©j√† Vu, Swing Vote) is the female lead.
BMW is behind some of the product placement in the movie, which sees both 6-series and i8 models appear.
Fans of the late Peter Graves and the original series might want to look elsewhere for stories deemed canon (after all, the colon between the original title name has disappeared in the trailer), but it appears Cruise will, as before, pack in plenty of action into what may be his last Mission.
In other entertainment news, we have declined to report on Cheryl Cole’s changing hair colour. However, ITN has compiled a “the rise of Cheryl Cole” report below for all those who had no idea who she was, showing where the former Miss Tweedy got her start, her brief marriage to Ashley Cole, the recent media interest in the US version of The X Factor, and a potential Girls Aloud tour in ’12. Cole turns 28 on July 1.
ITN has footage below of Pippa Middleton‚ÄĒP-Middy, as the press has dubbed her‚ÄĒat Wimbledon, looking cheerful in a persimmon dress as she arrives at the All England Club with boyfriend Alex Loudon.
Since the Royal Wedding, the sister-in-law of Prince William has received plenty of paparazzi attention, and the appearance of her with Loudon should end recent media speculation that the couple have split.
While there’s Transformers 3 buzz around the world, star Shia LaBŇďuf has admitted to having had a ﬂing with his lead actress, Megan Fox, during the ﬁlming of the ﬁrst outing.
Finally, singer‚Äďsongwriter Alicia Keys has met her Doppelg√§nger at Madame Tussaud’s New York. Keys unveiled her waxwork likeness while there’s a lot of buzz around her: she celebrates 10 years since her d√©but, and she will produce a Broadway revival of Stick Fly, opening in November.
On July 2, there will be another Jennifer L√≥pez fragrance, called Love & Light. The announcement will be made on HSN.
Love & Light is still being made by Coty, which has a long-standing contract with Lopez to license her name for fragrances and beauty products. The ﬁrst was Glo by JLo in 2002.
It is meant to accompany the existing Love & Glamour but be a more sensual offering.
The fragrance features top notes of mandarin, pomegranate and red currant, mid-notes of rose crystal absolute, velvety apricot and jasmine petals, and basenotes of patchouli, sensual musk, and praline.
The 30 ml eau de parfum, body lotion and shower gel retail for $32 each. The 75 ml eau de parfum retails for $58.
The smaller eau de parfum goes on sale August 15.
Lady Gaga has been accused of skimming a portion of the proceeds raised for victims of the M9 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, according to a class action lawsuit ﬁled in the US.
The plaintiffs allege that Gaga and others took part of the ﬁrst $5 of each donation made for the purchase of wristbands (which she dubbed prayer bracelets) she introduced for charity in the wake of the M9 disaster on March 11.
Only a portion of the funds went to the relief effort, according to the plaintiffs, although Gaga had allegedly stated that ‚Äėall proceeds’ would go to tsunami relief.
The lead plaintiff Caitlin Demetsenare claims, ‘Not only did defendants retain a portion of the ﬁrst ﬁve dollars of the donation as set forth above, they also added additional “shipping charges” in excess of the amount required to ship the wristbands based on their weight, and retained a portion of the shipping charges.’
It is understood that in the US, tax would not normally be levied on a charitable donation, but it is alleged that tax was collected on the wristbands, and that it was not properly ﬁled.
Lady Gaga had claimed that $1¬∑5 million had been raised, but the plaintiffs argue that that was false.
The class seeks $5 million excluding interests and costs.
No comment had been made by the defendants at the time of press.
As part of Gucci’s 90th anniversary, the company announced a special edition Fiat 500 earlier this month, with the trade-mark green and green stripe. It’s a suitable subject for the retro treatment‚ÄĒthe 500 is meant to ape an Italian car from 50 years ago, while Gucci is happy to remind us of its heritage. It’s one of the birthday events that Gucci has in store, including a Gucci museum opening in Firenze this September.
Of course, in a globalized world, the Gucci brand is owned by the French and the Fiat 500 is built by Poles, but no one’s really mentioning that.
The car has been customized by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini.
Pictured in London for its launch, among other celebs and VIPs, were Amanda Shepard, Florence Brudenell-Bruce, Tomo Kurata, Leah Weller, Tom Chambers, Serena Mattar, Lohralee Astor and the Hon Will Astor.
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Beyonc√© Knowles, wearing a gold sequinned jacket and black hot pants, closed the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, with husband Jay-Z watching in the crowd. The singer went through her hits, opening with ‘Crazy in Love’, with ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) and ‘Run the World (Girls)’, and ﬁnishing with ‘Halo’.
She also performed a medley from her Destiny’s Child days, as well as Prince’s ‘The Beautiful Ones’, Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire’ and the Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’.
Knowles was the ﬁrst female solo act to headline at Glastonbury for some 25 years.
Meanwhile, Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon has had a further premi√®re in Berlin, and a VIP screening in London, with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looking more the glamorous Hollywood star with each event. In Berlin, the 24-year-old actress wore a backless metallic dress; in London, she donned two separate Burberry outﬁts.
She was joined in Berlin by stars Shia LaBŇďuf, Patrick Dempsey and Tyrese Gibson, and director Michael Bay.
At the London premi√®re were Calum Best, Dakota Blue, Joey Essex, Sam Faiers and Ben Adams.
But in each case, it was Huntington-Whiteley who stole the show, and has emerged as the must-watch star.
Transformers 3 Berlin premi√®re
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Transformers 3 London screening
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