Monthly Archives: October 2013

Jaeger Lecoultre Legendary Hybris Mechanica 55 mens wristwatch. A trilogy delivered with its custom made 1200 kgs safe. Price on application.

Jaeger Lecoultre

Jaeger Lecoultre  legendary Hybris Mechanicha 55. with 26 complications. Hybris Tourbillon has 10 complications. Hybris Mechanica Triptyque has 19 complications. Like gold dust so few are made of the Hybris Mechanica 55, one of the most complicated watches ever made. Only 2/3 are made each year, only 30 sets will be made. A trilogy sold together with a huge safe that weighs 1200 kgs.

 

American “Pin Up Girls” giant Calendars from the 1940’s & 1960’s. Waddingtons Canada Auction Nov 11-14.2013

Waddingtons

Christmas gift idea. Typically American  style & colours  of the period. “Pin Up Girls”, giant  Calendars from the 1940’s & 1960″s for sale by Waddingtons Auction House, Canada. Nov11-14 2013. Lot 24. & Lot 25.  The two erotic images we have selected, that are also to be auctioned, are by Hagime Sorayama the Japanese artist born in 1947. 49ins X 37inches. Estimate each @$US200.  c.Waddingtons.

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Bulgari Heritage Collection.Elizabeth Taylor wearing her Bulgari Jewellery. The Art of Bulgari exhibition.”La Dolce Vita & Beyond”. San Francisco de Young Fine Arts Museum. September 21st 2013 – 17th February 2014.

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Elizabeth Taylor wearing the famous Bulgari 1962 emerald and diamond necklace. Auctioned for over US$.6.500.000  by Christies New York in December 2011, & now part of the Bulgari Heritage collection. 8 Show stopping pieces, by Bulgari, once owned by Elizabeth Taylor, are currently on show, in the “The Art of Bulgari La Dolce Vita & Beyond” at the de Youngs Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco. Also shown Elizabeth Taylor, wearing the impressive sapphire sautoir.  The Burmese “Sugarloaf” cabochon sapphire sautoir was created in 1969, & given to Elizabeth Taylor to mark her 40th birthday in 1972. Sold at the Christies New York auction for US$.5.900.000.It has been reported that Bulgari invested over US$ 20.000.000. to acquire the historic Elizabeth Taylor  jewels, at the Christies 2011 Auction, & copyright to using the period photos of Elizabeth Taylor wearing the jewels was key to the deal. Images courtesy.copyright. Getty images. AP. & Antonio Barella Studio Orizzoni. Bulgari.

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Tattersalls Autumn “Horses in Training” Auction, Newmarket, 28-31 October 2013.

Tattersalls

Tattersalls Autumn Training Auction for race horses, Newmarket, 28-31 October 2013. Two wildcards have been selected for the sales, Henry de Bromhead trained “No Cash Flow”, No. 1066A. & the Paul Hickey trained “Mckinley”, No. 1066B. Image courtesy of Tattersalls,copyright. “Foreteller” one of 10 Group 1 winners from the sale since 2010

ART TORONTO FAIR 25-28th October 2013.

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Art Toronto Fair. 25-28th October 2013 Autumn Birds 195.5X160 cms by Ron Kingswood.  Photo courtesy Johnathan Cooper Gallery, Park Walk Gallery, London.

Immortal Verse. Group 1 winner at Royal Ascot Coronation Stakes, & at Deauville Prix le Marois. Tattersalls December 2013 Sale.

Tattersalls

Tattersalls. Outstanding Dual Group 1 winner, “Immortal Verse”, in foal to “DANSILI”, to sell at Tattersalls December 2013 sale. Immortal Verse trained by Robert Collet in Chantilly won at both Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Ascot, & the Prix Le Marois at Deauville. Daughter of “Pivotal”, carrying 1st foal on behalf of owners  Merriebelle Stables. She will be consigned from  Lillingstons County Limerick, Ireland, based Mount Coote Stud. A dynamic International world for  horse breeding  & Horse racing. Tattersalls Lot number 1830 Tuesday 3rd December 2013.Tattersalls image.

Tattersalls, Newmarket, excellent results for the Autumn Yearling race horse sales. 2013

Tattersalls

Tattersalls, Newmarket. Seal of Approval beats Belle de Crecy at Ascot. As the Tattersalls Autumn 2013 Yearling sales look good as the 3rd book posts a 38% increase over last year, with a 27% average increase per horse.  Belle de Crecy is due to be sold at Tattersalls December Mare Sale. Whilst promising  Royal Diamond heads for the Horses in Training sale. Tattersalls Image.

Cartier, Chaumet, Van Cleef & Arpels, Rene Boivin…..Christies Geneva. Magnificent Jewels Auction 12th November 2013

Christies

Christies  Geneva, Magnificent Jewels Auction November 12th 2013, Jewels from the great collections of Señor Simon Itturi Patino, the Bolivian Tin King, & Parisian Socialite, Madame Helene Rochas, of French Perfume fame. We feature in this posting 2 exceptional flawless diamond and emerald necklaces, the emerald & diamond necklace below by Cartier estimated at Swiss Francs 6.6 – 9.4 millions, and the witty  gold & diamond Tiger  designed by Rene Boivin. Images Christies.

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Lady Arpels Ballerina Enchantee, one of the ‘Poetry of Time” ™ diamond decorated ladies watch collection. Van Cleef & Arpels, Geneva store on 31 rue du Rhone refurbished, & Zurich store to open.

Van Cleef

Van Cleef and Arpels  “Poetry of Time” ™ watches featured at the  Swiss Watches&Wonders exhibition, Hong-Kong 25-28 September 2013. Here we have selected Van Cleef & Arpels ladies watches that are scattered with diamonds & romantic themes, from the “Poetry of Time”.  tm. collection.  The photo is of the  Lady Arpels Ballerina Enchantee watch. Van Cleef & Arpels has recently refurbished their store at 31 rue du Rhone,Geneva, & whilst distribution remains very exclusive, Van Cleef & Arpels plan to open shortly in Zurich, with another store which is in beautiful  Lucerne.                                    Van Cleef & Arpels is part of the Cie Financiere  Richemont S.A. Who have opened up 8 stores in mainland China since 2004. Asia has become Richemont’s biggest market with jewellery representing 50% of sales operating income, & watches making up most of the rest.           Richemont plans to concentrate on the jewellery/watch Brands of Cartier, & Lange Sohne, as well as Van Cleef & Arpels. It is reported that Richemont plan to sell off the Lancel handbag brand. It is proposed that a Van Cleef & Arpels watchmaking manufacturing pole will be installed  on the future Richemont campus, at Meyrin. Further Images featured include Pont des Amoureux, & Poetical Wish.

 

 

 

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Thomas Struth, German Photographer born 1954. Post-War & Contemporary Art Auction,Christies, King Street, London. 18th october 2013.

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Thomas Struth German photographer who has had many exhibitions World wide.  Born in 1954. San Zaccaria Venice. Chromogenic print face mounted to plexiglas. 1995. no 8/10. Auction Post-War & Contemporary Art, Christies, King Street, London 18th October 2013.                                    This art work sold for £580.000. hammer at the Auction last night, 18/10/13.                                           Mr Blake Byrne L.A. Art Collector reminisced about Marian’s Gallery on New York’s 57th Street.

A.Lange & Sohne. Limited Edition of 15 for this exquisite men’s perpetual calendar wrist watch. QP Watch Fair Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery at Duke of York Sq Chelsea London. 7-9 November 2013.

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Tourbillon, Perpetual Calendar . A Limited Edition of 15 Timepieces.  German Watchmaker based a Glashutte,  A.Lange & Sohne. Black crocodile strap. Image below shows a closeup of the exceptionally fine & detailed  work of the solid white gold face with engraved & “Tremblage” techniques & the various dials.  25 Handpainted blue numeral. A.Lange & Sohne will be showing at the QP Fair. Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery Duke of York Sq Chelsea London

 

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QP Watch Fair opening 7-9th November 2013, Duke of Yorks Square, Chelsea.

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Glashutte small town in former Eastern Germany famous for watchmaking. Re-emergence of German watchmaking industry centred around Glashutte. Due to the energy of the late Gunther Blumen, instrumental in the transformation of the industry.Very linked to the rebirth of  A.Lange & Sohne who are showing at the QP Watch Fair at the Saatchi Saatchi Gallery in Duke of Yorks Square, 7-9 November 2013. 

“Art of the Automobile” RM Auctions with Sothebys Manhattan New York. Classic Car Auction coming up 21st November 2013.

Lincoln

“ART OF THE AUTOMOBILE ” 21ST November 2013. RM Auctions in association with Sothebys, Manhattan, New York, will include this exceptional & unique bright orange lacquer Lincoln. This  1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Concept was designed  &  built on a V8 Ford chassis by the iconic  Carrozzeria Boano Torino, Italy. Dream car Creator of Italy, Felice Mario Boano  worked in Post War Italy as a car designer. Originally the car was presented as a one off at the 1955 Turin Motor Show, the place to show case new cars in the 1950’s. Subsequently car sent to Henry Ford 11, &  the legend goes that he offered this glamourous car to the Hollywood Film Star, Errol Flynn. After a many mishaps a new owner gave the  wreck of the Indianapolis to Jim Cox @ Sussex Motors  & Coachworks to restore.  Million $ pricing expected for this unique Classic car. Tom Burkart, Topspeed. & SportsCarMarket.

 

Versace. Investment war hotting up for a reported 20% stake in Italian Couture Fashion house.

Versace

Versace Statement white dress with a bouncy full skirt, a trend for next Summer 2014.Versace catwalk photo for Spring  Summer 2014. The investment news is that shortlisted candidates are bidding separately for a stake in Versace of as much as a reported 20%. Include Blackstone Group, Permira Advisors Holdings UK, Italian Private Equity Fund Clessidra, Italian Fund FSI, & Qatar Holding FSI, & French Buyout firm Ardian, no longer part of AXA.

Versace. Can the Versace Family hold on to this iconic Italian Fashion Brand, valued at 1bn Euros.

Versace

Red is Red. Cara Delevingne models Versace. As rumours swirl   in Milan around fresh investment in the Brand. Versace is run by Gianni Versace’s  sister Donatella , brother Santo  & niece Allegra, since Gianni’s assassination in Miami.  The story is that Investcorp the Bahraini private equity giant is slugging it out with other investors trying to get a piece of the pie. However, those close to the Versace Family say that the Family want to retain control. The Milan based business is currently valued at 1bn euro, & is still controlled by the Family, Donatella has 20%, Santos holds 30%, & niece Allegra holds 50%, a delicate balance. (image Vittorio Zunino Celotto)

Boucheron celebrates 126 years in Place Vendome, Paris, with a sparkling new Haute Joaillerie Collection. Hotel Lumiere.

Boucheron

To celebrate 126 years in Place Vendome Boucheron launches new Haute Joaillerie collection, Hotel de Lumiere. Inspired by pieces from the Boucheron archives., re-interpreted in a modern style. This stunning piece named Radiance after Louis X1V. The Sun King. Louis X1V actually commissioned the design of the Place Vendome in Paris. Radiance, the sparkle of these pieces is enhanced by a variety of princess,baguette & round cuts,that are arranged to move with the body,when worn. A vernissage 14th October 2013 opens at the Place Vendome Boucheron Boutique with a selection of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s black & white seascapes.

Emilio Pucci new Palazzo Concept boutique opens on Avenue Montaigne, Paris. Boutiques to open before end 2014 in Shanghai, Pekin, Kiev & Bakou

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New Emilio Pucci boutique opens on Avenue Montaigne, Paris. Laudomia Pucci, Emilio Pucci daughter runs an impressive Pucci family empire. From 8US$ in 2000, to over 100 million euros for last year. 50 Boutiques around the World, with 10 more planned before end 2014, including Shanghai, Pekin, Kiev, & Bakou in Ouzbekistan. Pucci creative director, Peter Dundas,  has worked with architect Joseph Dirand on this new Palazzo Concept for the Pucci boutiques, inspired by the Family’s Florentine Palazzo. Stunning Murano chandelier from the Pucci Family’s  Florentine Palazzo, in the window,  stuns passers-by.

Sumptuous new Palazzo Pucci opens Avenue Montaigne, Paris. New Palazzo Concept Pucci boutiques planned for Shanghai & Pekin.

Pucci

Interior of the sumptuous Palazzo Pucci that has just opened on Avenue Montaigne in Paris. New concept by Pucci Artistic Director & Architect Joseph Dirand. A Florentine Palazzo inspired decor, with this stunning Murano Chandelier, and tables in veined Breccia dei Medicis marble, & two tone marble  terrazzo flooring. Pucci now has 50 boutiques around the World. 10 new stores are planned by end 2014 in Shanghai, Pekin, Kiev, & Bakou in Ouzbekistan. From 8US$ in 2000, Pucci had a turnover of 100 million euros last year.

 

Champion race horse Cirrus des Aigles wins for a third time the Qatar Prix Dollar, at the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Festival at Longchamp race course in Paris.

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92eme Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, famous Longchamp horse racing festival. Champion race horse Cirrus des Aigles ridden by jockey Christophe Soumillon, & trained by Madame Corine Barande-Barbe,winning for the 3rd time the Qatar Prix Dollar.                                                   Great supporter of race horse breeding and racing  in Chantilly the Aga Khan had 2 wins today with Valerian, & Ebiyza.                                                   The Maison Lafitte Centre was successful with Pollyanna who had a good win. Image APRH.

Alber Elbaz for Lanvin Spring Summer 2014. Paris Fashion Week.

Lanvin

Alber Elbaz collection for Lanvin Spring Summer  2014 presented in Paris was  “stop the traffic” breath taking and ground breaking. Couture meets sophisticated rock star, as the mix of lurex & metallic fabrics,taffetas & mousselines, lit up the runway, in vibrant colourful  harmonies. Images Getty.

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