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November 23, 2015

Stolen Girlfriends’ Club creates limited-edition straps for Samsung Gear S2 Classic smartwatch

Lucire staff/10.50

Stolen Girlfriends’ Club has created a collection of four customized leather watch straps for the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, in an official collaboration with the Korean electronics’ giant.
   The limited-edition straps, in black and brown crocodile, and green and blue snake, will be made available as a gift to some Samsung customers. They are made in New Zealand.
   The retro styling is intentional. As Marc Moore, Stolen Girlfriends’ Club’s creative director, noted, ‘I was really inspired by vintage watch straps for this collaboration with Samsung on the new Gear S2 Classic. I’ll be honest, I haven’t been a huge fan of some of the smartwatches being launched by brands lately—just because they look so “techy”, it doesn’t leave much option for people that are into fashion. So I was pretty excited when I first saw the Gear S2 Classic, I knew instantly that a vintage-styled strap would work great. We had a bit of fun with the colours and textures of the leather we sourced whilst keeping it really wearable and quite classic.’
   By rotating the face bezel, the Gear S2 goes to different screens, or skips to another track or zooms in on a map, making navigation particularly simple. The watch features health and fitness apps, a two- to three-day battery life, Android Bluetooth pairing, and push notifications via mobile phones. The straps can be changed further and the watch face can be customized via the Samsung Gear app. Retail price in New Zealand for the basic S2 is NZ$549, and the S2 Classic is NZ$649, available both online and at offline retailers.

November 11, 2015

TAG Heuer launches Connected Watch with Intel and Google, based on classic Carrera design

Lucire staff/5.30

Rob Kim

While it might not be surprising to see Apple and Huawei introduce smart watches, Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has created its entry, revealed at the weekend at LVMH Tower in Manhattan at an event hosted by Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer, Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, and David Singleton, VP of engineering for Android at Google.
   The TAG Heuer Connected Watch with Intel Inside blends Android Wear technology with the quality and pedigree of the Swiss brand. TAG Heuer worked with Intel and Google to pack its watch with apps—including exclusive ones on lifestyle, golf, motor racing and trailing—as well as voice control, an Intel Atom Z34XX processor, 4 Gbyte of memory, all-day battery life, wifi, Bluetooth and audio streaming, all in a water-resistant 46 mm diameter grade 2 titanium case with a textured rubber strap. Of course there are also timer, alarm and stopwatch functions.
   There is a sapphire crystal touch-screen, and by default the watch retains its classic appearance, with the most pertinent information appearing inside the three chronograph counters at the 12, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. One can choose from one of three digital watch faces, inspired by the TAG Heuer Carrera range. When you want more, you touch the counter, and the app goes into full-screen mode. It will remain connected to the cloud as long as there is wifi. Its base applications remain running regardless of connectivity. The retail price is US$1,500, €1.350 or £1,100.
   For those who fall out of love with the digital world, TAG Heuer says customers can exchange it for a mechanical watch at the end of its two-year warranty period.

Rob Kim

November 10, 2015

Aston Martin premières film on its Spectre James Bond car, the DB10, at Blenheim Palace event

Lucire staff/8.44

Max Earey

If you’re going to go to the trouble of creating a bespoke car that’s never going to be sold to the public, but will be seen by most only in a film, then you should find a way to show off that effort to your VIPs.
   Aston Martin did just that in the baroque setting of the Great Court at Blenheim Place for the première of its film, DB10: Built for Bond, on Sunday.
   Guests were given a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of James Bond’s latest car, which is currently appearing in Spectre, the 24th official film in the Eon Productions series about Ian Fleming’s fictional secret agent.
   Examples of the classic DB5, which made its Bond screen début in 1964 in Goldfinger, and the DB10 were on display, flanking the screen, complementing the 50 Aston Martins, old and new, that were present at the Great Court.
   The DB10 is said to preview the next generation of Aston Martins, with its predatory looks and drooping rear, giving the brand’s adherents something to look forward to. Aston Martin has a hefty new-model programme for the second half of the decade, and the DB10 serves as a showcase of its design ideas, while keeping interest healthy in the range, which has a few ageing models.
   The one-hour documentary, created by FIN London, was filmed over 18 months, with 120 hours of material shot in 4K. It features interviews with producer Michael G. Wilson, director Sam Mendes, actor Daniel Craig, special effects’ supervisor Chris Corbould, stunt coordinator Gary Powell and stunt driver Mark Higgins. The 10 cars were built in-house by Aston Martin in six months.
   The reception took place at the Great Hall in Blenheim Palace, and Higgins gave a Q&A, discussing his experience with the DB10s.
   Spectre débuted on October 26 and is the 12th James Bond film to feature the Aston Martin brand.

October 10, 2015

Mellerio creates high jewellery for Lancôme’s exclusive 80th anniversary La vie est belle extrait de parfum

Lucire staff/5.01

The Lancôme brand started in perfumes before branching out into the wide range of skin care and cosmetics, but now Mellerio dits Meller has taken it as an inspiration to create high jewellery.
   The famed jeweller, founded in 1613, has created a design to adorn 80 flasks of the limited-edition La vie est belle extrait de parfum that celebrate Lancôme’s 80th anniversary.
   After designing the first, it now has to replicate it another 79 times, a task that it believes it is unlikely to have undertaken before.
   Mellerio explains that it paid special tribute to Lancôme founder Armand Petitjean, who personally created numerous beauty accessories between the 1920s and 1940s, including beauty boxes, lipsticks and powder cases. In the Lancôme archives are drawings featuring a rock crystal cream jar inlaid with precious stones, dating back to the 1850s.
   ‘Mellerio reinterpreted the wings of liberty, the organza bow draped around the neck of the bottle “La vie est belle”, to create a pink gold coated silver piece (vermeil). Several wings are pierced, others are chiselled, inspired from a motif found in Lancôme’s archives, and the final ones are polished with the “mirror” technique, one of the three traditional metal treatment processes, used in jewellery. This ornament highlights the sublime glass smile dreamt up by Armand Petitjean and created in 2012 for “La Vie est belle”, using the latest glass-making techniques,’ it noted in a release.
   The 80 flasks will be sold worldwide, with six bottles in France at the Printemps Haussmann from November 5.

September 29, 2015

Huawei, Vogue China and Fornasetti collaborate on custom smart watch, released at Milan Fashion Week

Alex Barrow/23.17

Vittorio Zunino Celotto

A collaboration between big names Huawei, Vogue China and Fornasetti sparked the creation of the Fornasetti smart watch, the unveiling of which was done at Vogue China’s 10-year anniversary celebrations. Celebrated at the closure of Milan Fashion Week, the introduction of the special edition watch has allowed for it to be seen in the limelight of the fashion world.
   Huawei, a global innovation company, works towards bettering and expanding on telecom networks. With a focus on consumer product, technical innovation and research and development, the company has expanded through Asia, Europe, the US and Russia. Huawei’s crowd-sourcing specialists have opened up a platform for outside artists and designers to contribute designs for appropriate accessories to complement the watch such as customized skins, or potential ideas for future technologies such as smart phones or smart watches.
   The watch itself is a product of Huawei Business Group, but the design was customized by Fornasetti, the celebrated interior design and fashion label. The watch has all the traditional makings of a high-quality, sophisticated watch such as the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal class and stainless steel frame, as well as the traditional 42 mm diameter of the watch face itself. What makes this accessory stand out is its technical capabilities, inclusive of playing music downloads offline, Bluetooth connections and a heart rate and motion sensor. These make it the ideal companion for monitored physical activity without the bulk of other smart technologies.
   Designer Barnaba Fornasetti said his design had a multi-dimensional inspiration to it which contributed to the final product. ‘The Fornasetti brand is built upon the revival and reinvention of its classic designs and objects, giving them a new purpose and always keeping its artisan approach. The Lina face is a part of my father’s legacy and to reinforce its timeless design, I paradoxically decided to apply it on a cutting edge product that keeps time.’ The image on the watch face is a vintage-style depiction of a woman’s face, namely inspired by that of Lina Cavalieri, an Italian opera singer. This image is an established symbol of Fornasetti and has been used in a similar fashion in the label’s past designs.
   The collaboration between the three large names has allowed space for future business endeavours, opening up each other’s company networks. Glory Zhang of Huawei said, ‘This collaboration with Fornasetti is the start of an exciting journey for Huawei, delivering connections between innovative technology and art, design and culture. This is the first of many exciting cultural collaborations as we move to become an innovator within the arts’.
   Notable attendees of the event included models Karlie Kloss and Sean O’Pry, AC Milan footballer Riccardo Montolivo and model Cristina de Pin, fashion photographer Mario Testino, Giorgio Armani, Vogue China editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung. Representing Huawei was Glory Zhang, its chief marketing officer. All attendees of the event were gifted with the smart watches and modelled them for the evening.—Alex Barrow

Vittorio Zunino Celotto

September 24, 2015

Brancott Estate launches new vintages for 2015 in limited-edition World of Wearable Art bottles

Lucire staff/23.11

Top Into the Blue and Rosebud with Patrick Materman, Brancott Estate chief winemaker. Above The two new limited-edition Brancott Estate bottles.

With the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards’ Show back again for 2015, the famed winemaker and naming rights’ sponsor of the event has released two limited-edition bottles along with new vintages in celebration.
   The Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and South Island Pinot Noir 2014 will appear in bottles featuring two former World of Wearable Art entrants by New Zealand designers. The sauvignon blanc features Into the Blue: Māori Living in a Thermoplastic World, by Marie Gant Roxburgh, and the pinot noir features Rosebud, by Kate Hellyar.
   The new Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is described by the company as ‘fresh, crisp and lively’, with fruit flavours, while the South Island Pinot Noir 2014 is ‘vibrant and fruity with dark fruit and lovely textural interest.’
   ‘As winemakers, we are constantly creating new expressions of wine to enjoy and WOW is much the same through their celebration of innovative design. Together we are putting New Zealand wine and design on the world map,’ said chief winemaker Patrick Materman in a release.
   Dame Suzie Moncrieff, founder of WOW, notes, ‘The new limited-edition Brancott Estate WOW bottles are the perfect way to capture and share New Zealand wine and creativity. We’re excited to be able to bring our designers’ creations to life through these beautiful bottle designs.’
   The World of Wearable Art Awards’ Show season runs till October 11 in Wellington, New Zealand. The limited-edition WOW series for 2015 will be available for a limited time at NZ$17·29. The official hashtag for the event is #brancottestatewow.
   Lucire will have the 2015 WOW winners’ names later on Friday.

September 8, 2015

Rolls-Royce launches Dawn convertible, a car for the ‘most exclusive social hotspots’

Lucire staff/17.06

Rolls-Royce has unveiled the Dawn convertible, which the company says is the sexiest car it has built.
   While some Rolls-Royce cognoscenti might be able to think of some classic models that deserve that title, the Dawn is a well balanced, well designed convertible in the modern range.
   Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös​ tells model and TV host Jodie Kidd in the launch video below that the Dawn will appeal to a younger, more social customer than the Phantom Drophead, which it sees as the last word in glamorous, open-top motoring. Like the Phantom, it seats four properly.
   In a release, he said, ‘Our new Rolls-Royce Dawn promises a striking, seductive encounter like no other Rolls-Royce to date, and begins a new age of open-top, super-luxury motoring. Dawn is a beautiful new motor car that offers the most uncompromised open-top motoring experience in the world. It will be the most social of super-luxury drophead motor cars for those who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s most exclusive social hotspots.’
   Rolls-Royce design director Giles Taylor says the chrome line that rises from the A-pillar is meant to convey a sense of protection and a convivial atmosphere for its occupants.
   Rolls-Royce engineering director Philip Köhn insists that it is not simply a convertible version of the Wraith, but a model line in its own right, with its own character, with 80 per cent of the exterior body panels unique to it.
   However, mechanically, it shares a great deal with the Wraith, which itself is a highly engineered sports car, including the twin-turbo 6·6-litre V12. Where the Dawn differs under the skin is with its suspension and active roll bars, while the tyres are also not shared.
   The roof, which Köhn says is the engineering highlight of the Dawn, rises in 22 s and can be operated while the car is travelling up to 50 km/h.
   The new car takes its name from the Silver Dawn, a range which included a very rare convertible that the company made from 1949 to 1955. The earlier convertible served as inspiration.
   Rolls-Royce says the Dawn is the most torsionally rigid four-seater convertible available, and that it is the quietest one ever made.
   Retail price is expected to be over £250,000.

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September 5, 2015

Maison Mumm and David Guetta collaborate in advance of Melbourne Cup and Kentucky Derby

Lucire staff/1.12

Stephane Cardinale

Maison Mumm and David Guetta have announced their second collaboration, with the musician reimagining the classic Mumm bottle, and in November, launching a music video. Mumm says there will be a ‘digital activation’ for one of its marketing campaigns, to be released through its social networks at the beginning of October.
   Guetta’s redesigned Mumm Cordon Rouge bottle, launched at the reopening of Parisian nightclub Queen, is in platinum, intending to create a mirror effect under club lighting. The limited-edition bottle will be available in 750 ml and magnum sizes in France, Australia, UK, Italy, Spain and other markets.
   Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët chairman and CEO César Giron hosted the event on Thursday.
   The original collaboration saw Mumm and Guetta work on the music video for his number-one track, ‘Dangerous’. The next one sees the two collaborate before two major horse-racing events where Maison Mumm is an official partner: the Melbourne Cup and the Kentucky Derby.
   The new promotion is centred around the idea of an avant-garde ‘urban horse race’, with the music video, launching November 1, supporting this concept.
   To kick off Mumm’s participation in the Melbourne Cup, Guetta is performing at the Hisense Arena on November 2, the night before the famous horse race.

Stephane Cardinale

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