Desires & Dreams

Dolce Gabbana Alta Moda. 2017. Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s “Il Gattopardo” Sicilian inspirations for Dolce Gabbana Alta Moda 2017 show on the baroque Piazza Pretoria Palermo, Sicily

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily,  2017.

In our web magazine www.eluxetv.com May 26th 2017 in a feature on Melania Trump wearing the Dolce Gabbana stand out Sicilian rose coat, we mentioned Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s cult novel “Il Gattopardo”, set in Palermo that Visconti made into an epic film, The Leopard, with a sensational performance by Burt Lancaster, and starring roles for French heart throb Alain Delon, and the beautiful Claudia Cardinale.

Dolce Gabbana’s Alta Moda collections are enthralling classic Sicilian inspired art. It brings back the perfume of the di Lampedusa story, opulence and Sicilian decadence, in D&G’s sexy low key,elaborate  “turn heads” casual style for today’s cool Jet setters. .

Sicily is famed too for its “Teatro dei Pupi” , costumed theatre……..

Palermo airport saw  150 private planes bringing in their top clients from around the World for a stunning show.

A Couture dress starts at £30.000, & by the next morning after the show most of the 116 outfits had, it seems, been sold. What a party those Girls must have had flashing the plastic, Dolce Gabbana have created an Event that overtakes “fashion”. It is participative “Art”.

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda  Palermo July 2017

 

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda  Palermo July 2017

Dolce Gabbana Alta Moda Palermo July 2017

Dolce Gabbana Palermo 2017

 

 

Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily

 

 

Caravaggio winning The Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot June 2017. Pete Mooney’s exclusive Pictures capture the moment

23 June 2017; CARAVAGGIO, Ryan Moore up, winning The Commonwealth Cup at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

23 June 2017; CARAVAGGIO, Ryan Moore up, winning The Commonwealth Cup at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

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Royal ASCOT 2017 Atmosphere caught by photographer Pete Mooney

Highland Reel exciting Royal Ascot finish. Exclusive photo Pete Mooney. June 2017

 

21 June 2017; Ryan Moore drives HIGHLAND REEL, left, to a decisive success over Decorated Knight, Andrea Atzeni up, second right, and Ulysses, Jim Crowley up, right, in The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

“Chrysler” inspired icon.La Comete sculpture by Guirard-Riviere, Etling Foundry. See reference to the Chrysler building in New York.

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La Comète is a magnificent Art Deco sculptural image of a female nude modelled as a streamlined comet, her long hair trailing behind her as she flies through the clouds. The silvered bronze sculpture is heightened with parcel gilding and raised on a breche griotte shaped marble base, signed Guirard-Riviere and inscribed with the foundry mark Etling Paris. The sculpture’s composition displays a great sense of dynamism and movement.
This iconic design was considered the height of modernity and an example of the model was placed in the reception of the famous Chrysler Building, New York from 1930 to 1942.
See example with a green/brown patina which was sold at Sothebys, New York in 2014 for $ 60,000 USD

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Lady Aurelia returns triumphantly to Royal Ascot, photo Pete Mooney. 21st June 2017

20 June 2017; LADY AURELIA and John Velazquez scorch to success in The King’s Stand Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

Lady Aurelia, trained by Wesley Ward,  winning Kings Stand Stakes Royal Ascot 2017. photo copyright Pete Mooney

Sicily. Piazza Armerina. Villa Romana del Casale. Sensational mosaics in a 4th Century Luxury Roman villa

 

Villa Romana del Casale.. Near the town of Piazza Armerina Sicily

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“These mosaics are unique in the Mediterranean,” says the Italian archaeologist Carmela Bonanno, gesturing towards the 3,500 square metres of mosaic pavements that fill the Roman Villa del Casale near the town of Piazza Armerina in central Sicily. “It’s a miracle that they’re intact.”

Sicily is blessed with several spectacular classical sites: the Greek Theatre at Syracuse, the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento, the ancient theatre overlooking Mount Etna at Taormina, to name three. But the Villa del Casale, which was protected by Unesco in 1997, offers something different. One of the best-preserved villas from anywhere in the Roman Empire, it still boasts much of its original decoration. The contents of, say, Hadrian’s villa at Tivoli outside Rome were long ago dispersed. But, against the odds, the mosaics of the Villa del Casale (named after an agricultural settlement known as casale, or farmhouse, that flourished there in the 15th century) remain in situ. 

The UNESCO World Heritage site  has seen the completion of most of an ongoing EU-funded reconstruction project that began in spring 2007 

 

Madrid. Norman Foster inaugurates his new Foundation in the Madrid Palace of the Duke of Plasencia, which will host the 75,000 documents from his archive.

Norman Foster, 82 years old, in the headquarters of his foundation, in the old palace of the Duke of Plasencia.  Madrid. José Manuel Ballester

Norman Foster inaugurates its headquarters in Madrid: “We build houses, but we do not create communities”
June 1st Norman Foster opens his long-awaited foundation in Madrid, in the old palace of the Duke of Plasencia, which will host the 75,000 documents from his archive.Travelling between London Madrid & Lausanne, This is his life after overcoming a bowel cancer and a heart attack: he travels continuously in his Falcon 900 (is an aircraft designer and a RAF pilot)  projects and building projects in fifty countries At the same time , he runs a team of more than a thousand people and never thinks to stop. 

“Lord” Foster, what are people without a past?
As I always say to the students, if you want to look far ahead, you will first have to look far back. There are many factors that are in the genesis of a design, but for me one of the most important is History. If you are fascinated by the future, you need to be passionate about the past, because you are absolutely connected. And the problem is that the educational system regards History as an isolated compartment.  I remember when I arrived at Yale University, Professor Vincent Scully taught History by linking it even to the cinema premieres in the city , And of course what the great architects of the time, like Louis Kahn or Saarinen, did. All human beings are products of the influence of the past, equal to what you dedicate.
One of the main tasks of its foundation will be to promote interdisciplinary thinking.

 

 

 

Old Spice viral ad. Smell like a man… Super cool concept…

Old Spice Viral Ads Campaigns.  Super cool….Brilliant concept Ad currently airing again on 5USA  SUPER COOL

Funny. Memorable. Manly. The minds behind the Old Spice Guy campaign reveal their keys for marketing success. Extracts:
By Dave Smith Business Insider@redletterdave

EXTRACT Full article too long for this feature Courtesy & with thanks Old Spice ad on YouTube

EXTRACT Courtesy & with thanks.
He was “the man your man could smell like.” We looked away from him and were suddenly transported onto a majestic ocean liner. An outstretched hand offered us “two tickets to that thing you love,” shortly before the tickets magically dissolved into diamonds. Then he was on a horse. Really.

This crazy-yet-crisp introduction to one of the most popular viral ad campaigns in history, which aired for the first time during 2010 Super Bowl showdown between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints, sparked an Internet phenomenon, reaching more people than Procter & Gamble (Old Spice’s parent company) could have possibly fathomed. The ad amassed 220,000 YouTube views in the few short hours after the Super Bowl, and the video continually gained about 100,000 views every few hours. Even comments on sites like 4Chan and YouTube were overwhelmingly positive. The video had gone officially viral.

Months later, when the campaign had seemingly hit its high point, marketing agency Wieden & Kennedy dreamt up one of the most memorable social media campaigns to-date: A two-day marathon of high-quality, personalized video responses to questions asked by fans on Twitter and YouTube—set up, shot, and published online in Mustafa’s own bathroom.

In the Old Spice Guy vs. New Old Spice Guy Fabio campaign, the creative team even let fans control the outcome of the most important part of the story: the ending.

Extract Dave Smith Business Insider. Courtesy & with thanks.

 

 

 

 

Wings of Eagles Derby winner 2017. Arqana Yearling sales in Deauville celebrates their 1st Epsom Derby winner, sold by the Haras de la Montaigu at the Arquana yearling sales in Deauville August 2015, and trained by Aidan O’Brien in Ireland. Owners Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor. Wings of Eagles, son of Pour Moi who won the Derby in 2011 trained by the great French Trainer Andre Fabre.

Wings of Eagles. Derby Epsom winner 2017. credit Reuters. Courtesy & with thanks The Telegraph Sports Epsom Investec Derby 2017 result: Rank outsider Wings Of Eagles pulls off shock victory

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Few people picked Wings of Eagles prior to the race  CREDIT: REUTERS

Marcus Armytage, racing correspondent, epsom Ben Bloom, (live updates) The Telegraph Sports
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Aidan O’Brien winning another Investec Derby should never come as a surprise but even he appeared genuinely astounded by the identity of his sixth winner when Wings Of Eagles, a 40-1 shot ridden by journeyman jockey Padraig Beggy, swooped past his better fancied stablemate, Cliffs Of Moher, in the closing stages to win the 238th running of the Classic at Epsom yesterday.

For a trainer whose horses generally win at short odds, it was the longest priced Derby winner since Snow Knight returned a 50-1 winner in 1974. Snow Knight made all, but Wings Of Eagles came from so far behind he was only picked up by the commentator deep inside the final furlong on his way to bagging the richest race ever run in Britain.

For the first mile of the race, Wings Of Eagles, nominally fifth or sixth in the Ballydoyle pecking order for this year’s race if you take jockey bookings as your guide, only had two runners behind him.

Up front, his stablemates, Douglas Macarthur and The Anvil, Ballydoyle’s pacemakers, had set a searching gallop and, while Douglas Macarthur hung on in there until the two-furlong marker, he was eventually caught and headed by the Frankie Dettori-ridden 7-2 favourite Cracksman.

However, Dettori’s dreams of a third Derby soon evaporated as the 5-1 shot Cliffs Of Moher, having made his way from a long way back, hit the front a furlong out. At that point it appeared for all the world that, from a choice of six, Ryan Moore, Ballydoyle’s first jockey, had picked the right colt.
But behind him still picking his way through traffic from the back was Beggy on Wings Of Eagles, a son of the 2011 Derby winner, Pour Moi.

He went through one gap so quickly, recalled the jockey afterwards, that he suddenly found himself on the heels of Dubai Thunder and a couple of times his run was interrupted by having to switch him round horses coming back at him.

When Wings Of Eagles saw daylight, though, it was as if he had just joined in. He flew up the outside, making up five lengths inside the final furlong, to catch Cliffs Of Moher 50 yards from the line before going on to win by three quarters of a length, with a neck back to Cracksman in third, and three-quarters of a length to the other Frankel colt in the field, Eminent, in fourth.

 

 

The Oaks 2017. Exciting Ladies Day at Epsom with stormy weather and the Favourite beaten for good measure by a determined Frankie Dettori.

Frankie Dettori on Enable (Photo:Getty)Exciting Ladies Day at Epsom with stormy weather and the Favourite beaten for good measure by a determined Frankie Dettori. One of the great events in the English Racing Calendar. Photo: Getty

Courtesy & with thanks Daily Mirror Sports. BYJACK RATHBORN

The Frankie Dettori-ridden Enable caused an upset (Photo: Getty)
Enable under Frankie Dettori upset Rhododendron to claim the Oaks at Epsom on a rain-drenched Ladies Day.

Ryan Moore could not push the odds-on favourite out and was beaten out by four lengths.
Conditions were difficult after torrential rain and thunder broke out ahead of the start with spectators forced to head for cover.

Pocket Full Of Dreams had led early as the pace setter before Rhododendron came on strong but Enable under Frankie Dettori was too strong.

Daddys Lil Darling had been pulled from the race after bolting to the start, unshipping jockey Olivier Peslier.

 

 

35th America’s Cup yacht race starts off in the blue waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound

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Oracle and Team France line each other up in the starting box in Bermuda.

The 35th America’s Cup is officially under way.

After organisers were forced to postpone the opening day due to high winds on Saturday (NZ time), the battle for the Auld Mug finally kicked off on Bermuda’s Great Sound with defenders Oracle Team USA easing to a comfortable victory over Team France.

With Team New Zealand meeting both syndicates later in the day (Team France at 6.06am and Oracle at 7.05am NZT), they would have been eagerly watching on as the Americans flexed some early muscle.

Team France take a dip after losing speed around a marker and coming off their foils in race one against Oracle.
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Team France take a dip after losing speed around a marker and coming off their foils in race one against Oracle.

While the French outfit are led by decorated skipper Franck Cammas, they are regarded as the weakest of the six teams and were always going to struggle against Jimmy Spithill’s finely-tuned outfit.
Team New Zealand open their America’s Cup campaign against Team France and Oracle Team USA.
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Team New Zealand open their America’s Cup campaign against Team France and Oracle Team USA.

Still, it was an impressive display from Oracle, who used an adaptation of Team New Zealand’s cycling grinding platform to win by 2mins 11secs.

After the teams crossed the startline virtually neck and neck, Oracle quickly showed their class, extending their lead at each of the six legs and safely navigating the course to move on to the grudge match against the Kiwis in the fifth race of the day.

The second race of the day was a much tighter affair as the Swedish challenge of Artemis Racing pulled off a stunning fightback to edge Dean Barker’s Team Japan.

Courtesy and with thanks Louis Vuitton 35th America’s Cup 2017

 

Salvador Dali, “Diners de Gala” Taschen republishes for the 1st time since 1973. Over 500 copies sold in a month…..glamourous fun Christmas present……for the man who has everything…the ultimate Surreal recipe book

Taschen republishes Salvador Dali's Diners de Gala. For the 1st time since 1973.

Taschen republishes Salvador Dali’s “Diners de Gala”. The ultimate Surreal recipe book, For the 1st time since 1973.

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Salvador Dali’s surreal art inspires haute  european cuisine. An extraordinary Recipe book. “Diners de Gala” is full of colour photos of beautifully presented dishes and recipes. Diners de Gala is a play on words in French, “Diners de Gala ” can mean a Celebration meal, New Year’s Eve, or a meal at a Folies Bergeres Spectacular show.   Views from the celebrissime Parisian restaurant, “La Tour d’Argent”, overlooking floodlit Cathedrale de Notre Dame looking magical.  However, Gala was the name of Salvador Dali’s wife. The book is decorated in surreal colour with pages of Salvador Dali’s inimitable Drawings & exotiques sketches .Photos of old Menus for official State dinners offered by previous French Presidents. Romantic  & elaborate European table settings with lots of gilded bronze candelabra, gilded Baccarat or Saint Louis wine glasses, and gilded porcelain & Sevres cups, and masses of rose bouquets. 

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Mara’naa Marina & luxury beach resort Panama.

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Mara’naa Marina and Luxury Beach Resort. One of several in Panama. Ideal from November to April.

Las Perlas Archipelago – to go there, you may have to arrange a ride in a ferry boat or by chartered plane, if you are not on your private yacht………

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Vicroria’s Secret Copacobana Spectacular in the Grand Palais on the Champs Elysees, Paris. 2016

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Photo with thanks courtesy Dimitrios Kambouris/GettyImages for Victoria’s Secret.

Victoria’s Secret the World’s most successful Lingeries House, came over from Sunny California to woo Europe in Paris the City of Love & Light. A fantastic Spectacular show worthy of the Folies Bergere in the famous glass domed Grand Palais, on the Champs Elysees.

 

 

Victoria’s Secret. Ipanema Beach beauties come to the Grand Palais in Paris. 2016.

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Two of Brazils most exciting exports stop the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show at the Grand Palais in Paris, city of light and Amour. Champagne Girls ! Angels Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima close  Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in uber daring lingerie
They’re two of the most popular Angels.

And on Wednesday Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima ensured a sensational finale for  the iconic 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show being held in Paris.

The Ipanema, long haired,  beach beauties flaunted  their smooth toned bodies as they strutted down the runway inside the famous glass domed Grand Palais in provocative sexy outfits straight out of science fiction celluloids.

With thanks Courtesy Daily Mail. Photos  with thanks Film magic  & C.Smith WENN.Com

 

 

Havana Hot and sultry

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Victoria’s Secret Angels enchanted Havana in sultry photo-shoots
Two ‘angels’ lit up Havana’s streets with their presence in smoking Cuban-inspired photo-shoots. Models Adriana Lima, from Brazil, and Joan Smalls, from Puerto Rico, posed in the island for W Magazine’s September issue.
Victoria’s Secret Angels enchanted Havana in sultry photo-shoots

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Havana’s popularity is growing all around the globe, as more and more artists and world-renowned professionals travel to Cuba’s capital city. This time, two Victoria’s Secret Angels visited the Caribbean nation for sassy and island-inspired photo-shoots that will feature in W Magazine’s September issue.

Brazilian Adriana Lima and Puerto Rican Joan Smalls enchanted the island with their exotic beauty and claimed to have a lot of fun working in this beautiful island setting.
With Old Havana’s cobblestone streets as a backdrop for various photos, the ‘angels’ wore stunning outfits and accessories from renowned designers, including Alexander McQueen, Missoni and Marchesa. Alasdair McLellan was in charge of shooting the girls’ photos which were then styled by Edward Enninful.

Wishing to reflect some of Cuba’s sass and charm, the girls posed in significant landmarks of the Cuban capital like the ‘Pabellon Cuba’ in Vedado’s 23rd street, as well as in random street corners of the old town for a spontaneous image.

It wasn’t, however, all work for these stunning models. Joan Smalls and Adriana Lima also took this chance to get to know a little bit about Cuban culture and interact with its people.

With thanks and courtesy Daniela Corona. Daily Mail. W Magazine.  & www.cubaholidays.co.uk

 

 

 

SwissBob ice Racer mono coque, 007’s Christmas present. Sauber,Swiss F.1. manufacturer.

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Zug/Zurich (RWH)The Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT) reached its decision in 2014: Consequently SwissBob AG took on on production of the standardised mono bob, which was used at the Youth Olympic Games 2016 in Lillehammer. The high-tech mono bob developed together with the Sauber F1 Team and other innovative partners in Switzerland.

A new, revolutionary bob concept – the monobob for a one-man crew – looks set to make bobsleigh more attractive for young people and the next generation of athletes.

Swiss engineering expertise for the future of the bobsleigh

After Germany, Italy, Latvia, the USA and Switzerland presented their projects in Königssee and Innsbruck, the FIBT chose to put the future of monobob bobsleigh in the hands of SwissBob. Ivo Ferriani, President of the FIBT: “We were impressed by the totality of the concept of the ‘Ice Racer’. We are convinced that with the monobob, we can inspire the next generation get more involved in bob sports.” The monobob from SwissBob combines Swiss technology in a new, totally unique sporting device. “We are extremely proud to have our monobob awarded the contract for series production,” says Peter Tinner of SwissBob. “Our goal is to bring a breath of fresh air to bob sport with a high-performance, safe and affordable monobob.”

Joining forces to create the standard bob

To perfect the success of Swiss Bob, it took the dedication of renowned Swiss companies. The elegant monobob was developed, tested and optimized by the Sauber F1 Team in Hinwil – Switzerland. The heart of the “Ice Racer” is a high-precision monocoque, which is produced using the same sandwich design as Formula 1 racing cars. As well as ensuring an extremely high level of safety, this also guarantees a construction that is absolutely uniform, which is important for fair competition with standardized sleds. Monisha Kaltenborn, CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG: “It was an exciting experience to transfer our expertise from motorsport to the ice track.” During development the highest priority was placed on safety and the design of sophisticated, efficient aerodynamics, which also give the monobob its attractive look.

This feature was inspired by Ben Oliver’s interesting & compelling  story”Mono Mania’  in the Omega Lifetime magazine, with an illustration by Yusuke Saitoh.

 

 

 

 

Jet to your next horse race

http://www.therichest.com/luxury/most-expensive/10-most-luxurious-private-jets-in-the-world/

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Cartier Art Deco necklace.

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At a recent PAD Exhibition in Berkeley Square London, on New Yorker, historic jewellery specialist, Lee Siegelson’s stand  we saw this outstanding Necklace.Created by Cartier.

Jacques Cartier had visited India for the Durbar in 1911. Overwhelmed by the beauty of the Indian jewellery he returned to Europe where he started to create with Charles Jacqueau, Cartier head designer, a new look jewellery mixing exotic stones and colours, very often mounted on Platinum rather than on gold which was more often the case for the Indian jewels. Since the 17th century the Indians had been importing the enormous Colombian emeralds which were then carved with floral patterns front and back, and incorporated into sumptuous pieces of impressive jewellery. Cartier exhibited his astonishing new collection of jewellery at the Seminal Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, in Paris in 1925 . The term ART DECO derives from this exhibition.

44 year old Lee Siegelson is a well known specialist in beautiful historic jewels, Siegelson comes from a family that can trace a century’s presence in the jewellery industry.He also lends his expertise to exhibitions and assists with museum loans of items from the most significant periods and makers in jewellery’s reference books.  Verdura’s 75th anniversary retrospective exhibition in late 2014, for example, featured the Verdura for Paul Flato, an aquamarine belt necklace that Siegelson owns and considers the best piece of American jewellery ever made in the 20th century. With thanks and courtesy Siegelsons

 

Louisa Guinness at Design Miami

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Louisa Guinness presents “The Museum of Artists’ Jewellery: PART II, Montebello and Beyond”, an immersive installation of a fictional museum and curator’s room, exclusively for Design Miami/ from Nov 30 – Dec 4 2016 at Stand G20.

Louisa Guinness will be exhibiting works by artists Pol Bury, Alexander Calder, Lucio Fontana, Man Ray, Jesús Rafael Soto, Niki de Saint Phalle, Ron Arad, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, Claude Lalanne, Mariko Mori, Ed Ruscha, Gavin Turk, Marc Quinn, Sophia Vari, Rob Wynne, Tim Noble & Sue Webster amongst others. Louisa Guinness looks forward to seeing you all in Miami.
 Need a Ticket?
If you would like to received a ticket email  tamara@louisaguinnessgallery.com, but remember it’s first come first serve!
Courtesy and with thanks Design Miami. Louisa Guinness

 

Mayfair Penthouse for Sale

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The central London penthouse owned by late fashion designer Alexander McQueen has gone on the market for a tidy £8.5m.
The spectacular Mayfair property has undergone a 16-month refurbishment, conceived by London designer Paul Davies as a homage to McQueen’s inimitable style.
These pictures are the first look inside the glamorous pad on Dunraven Street, where McQueen lived in the last year of his life before his suicide in 2010 at the age of 40.
Credits: Grant Frazer

 

 

BMW i3. Has been chosen as the Dow Jones Sustainability index automotive leader for eight years.

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Alexander Kotouc will take to the stage at next week’s Global Superyacht Forum in a keynote presentation entitled ‘Smart, Sustainable Mobility’. Kotouc currently oversees the current and future product portfolio of the BMW i brand, including the BMW i8 hybrid sports car and the all-electric BMW i3. Having been chosen as the Dow Jones Sustainability index automotive leader for eight years, it is no surprise that these vehicles are leaders in their field, pushing the boundaries of what is to be expected of an electric car.
With more technology now focused on sustainability and ‘green’ options, the luxury industry – yachting included – has at times been resistant to these changes. Kotouc believes, however, that BMW i are turning this impression around. “We strongly consider sustainability as a factor becoming more and more decisive for premium buyers,’ he notes, with buying patterns changing considerably in this luxury sector, “Around 85% of all BMW i3 customers are new to the BMW brand, meaning they hadn’t taken a traditional BMW into account.”

To Kotouc, there is no question of the future of sustainable technologies within the automotive industry, “We will see electric propulsion systems overtaking the traditional petrol and diesel engine within the next 25 to 30 years.” Indeed, BMW i’s latest concept is the iNext, is an “all-connected iconic vehicle with autonomous driving capabilities and an even higher level of sustainability throughout.”
For Kotouc, the future for ‘green’ transport shouldn’t be restricted to adaptions on original cars to curtail pollution, but re-evaluating the entire process of designing, engineering and using transport, “Sustainability for us means more than just cars without an exhaust pipe. Our target is to avoid emissions even in the production process and supply chain. We call this “Holistic Sustainability.”
BMW i are spearheading sustainable automotive development and the key to their success? Looking at the emotional side of driving, “Sustainability has traditionally lacked emotional appeal. Therefore, we put a strong focus at BMW i as progressive, an aspirational design and driving pleasure.” It is here where the automotive and yachting markets have strong ties, with many owners citing their pure love of the yachting world as their commitment to the industry. Perhaps it is in this vein that yachting must drive forward sustainability, or as Kotouc notes, “Sustainability sells when it appeals to your heart, not just your brain…”
Therefore, what can attendees expect from Kotouc’s session next week? “Inspiration for our world of tomorrow, and that sustainability does not mean sacrifice.”
Registration for the Global Superyacht Forum, held from 14 – 16 November is still open.
Images courtesy of BMW i and TEDXTaiPei & the Global Superyacht Forum Amsterdam November 2016

 

Prada Spring Summer 2017

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Fondazione Prada has an impressive list of previous exhibitions, and film collaborations. Currently in Milan, William Copley exhibition. Image Courtesy & with thanks Fondazione Prada

 

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Prada patent leather Hearts & Lips flatties for Spring Summer 2017

 

 

David Bowie’s Art Collection sells at Sothebys auction. Star oeuvre Basquiat painting sold for more than £7.ooo.ooo. 10th November 2016

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Agence France-Presse
11 NOVEMBER 2016 • 5:44AM
David Bowie’s art collection went under the hammer on Thursday with one item reaching more than £7 million at auction, as buyers’ enthusiasm for the late musician’s collection exceeded expectations in London.

The highest-selling item in Bowie’s collection, the graffiti-inspired “Air Power” canvas by Basquiat, sold for £7.09 million at Sotheby’s auction house.

The piece had been expected to fetch between £2.5 and £3.5 million.

Bowie bought “Air Power” and another painting by the artist, who died from an overdose in 1988 aged 27, shortly before the 1996 biopic “Basquiat,” in which the rocker played his early idol Andy Warhol.

With thanks Agence France Presse. With thanks courtesy Daily Telegraph. Culture Arts

 

 

Mert & Marcus. Phillips exhibition of a series of sensational & powerful photographs……..Paris.

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Paris
9 – 16 November 2016
Viewing: Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm

In association with Art Partner, Phillips presents the first major exhibition of the dynamic artist duo Mert & Marcus. Since landing their first cover with Dazed & Confused in 1997, Mert & Marcus have had their distinctive and powerful photographs featured in such established magazines as Vogue, Interview, Vanity Fair and W as well as in campaigns for Christian Dior, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and more. As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Mert & Marcus’ collaboration, 18 works – 9 black-and-white and 9 colour – will be made available for sale for the first time.

Courtesy & with thanks www.Phillips.com

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Van Cleef & Arpels legendary Alhambra necklace worn by lovely Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones. Courtesy & with thanks Van Cleef and Arpels.

Gstaad one of our favourite hotels in the mountains

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A magnificent hotel.Grand Hotel Park..Gstaad is known as one of Europe’s most luxurious ski resorts, offering challenging slopes, gourmet restaurants and designer shops, and since opening in 1910, the Park Gstaad has provided the home base for the city’s glamorous visitors. In 2010 the hotel underwent a ten-month renovation and modernization but lost nothing of its timeless elegance. Its four Penthouse Suites are exquisitely furnished, with sustainable woods and wool products, and one of them features private integrated spas with hammams and saunas, cozy fireplaces in the master bedrooms and fabulous views of the Bernese Alps.

Deauville. Benerville-sur-Mer. A la Recherche du Temps Perdu

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Deauville A la Recherche du Temps Perdu. A charming Anglo Normand  seaside town 2 hours from Paris. With long walks and long golden beaches. Plus 2 famous race courses where the racing is tip top in August.Author Marcel Proust stayed along the coast at Benerville-sur-Mer writing his cult French novel, A la Recherche du Temps Perdu. At the end of the 19th century, Marcel Proust was regularly invited to La Villa Mon Reve. Proust’s personages were inspired by the members of the Parisian High Society, writers & painters,  whom he met at the Villa Mon Reve, where the duc  & duchesse de Guiche used to come for the summer & hold their parties & musical soirees. Proust first met Gallimard, who became his Publisher, on the coast where Gallimard owned several beautiful Villas. Later The painter Bonnard was also a regular visitor. His painting Table sur Jardin was painted here in 1934,  this major work is now in the  Guggenheim Museum in New York

 

 

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Bonhams to auction rare limited series George Daniels wristwatch.

George Daniels

George Daniels

SalonQP.com features a George Daniels watch coming up for Auction at Bonhams.

Daniels, is widely regarded as one of the greatest watchmakers to have ever lived. Self-taught, he established the ‘Daniels Method’ by becoming the first person to have mastered 32 of the 34 skills necessary to craft a watch entirely by hand.

Not only did Daniels attain this zen-like mastery of his craft through trial and error, he also invented an entirely new type of escapement, the Co-axial, which Omega eventually purchased and placed at the heart of its watchmaking activities.

Coming to the craft late in life – Daniels completed his first watch in 1969 as he approached the age of 50 – he completed just 27 unique pocket and wrist watches, as well as the Millennium and Anniversary series runs of 58 and 35 pieces respectively.

The Millennium series celebrated the Swiss watch industry’s acceptance of the Co-axial movement. These watches Daniels crafted with his protégé, Roger W Smith, using the very first Omega Co-axial movements in 1998.

Bonhams New Bond Street London.W.1. 19th September 2016 LOT 563Y. Daniels anniversary edition. The Robert White Collection. 18K. LTD SERIES. No.24/35. Manual wind. Instantaneous calendar. power reserve indication. Co-Axial escapement & start crop mechanism.

Courtesy and with thanks MagazineQP. www.SalonQP.com and Bonhams Auctions.

 

 

Jerry Hall in Vogue in 1975.

Jerry

Jerry Hall 

Jerry Hall photographed for Vogue 1975 by Norman Parkinson courtesy art net Auctions.The Skinny is a series that explores artworks of note currently offered on artnet Auctions. Here, we take a look at a work in the “Style and Glamour” sale—by Norman Parkinson, —that offer a unique, intimate view of American style icons. All the photos were produced by photographers who had close friendships with their subjects, and thus, their lenses often caught these famous women in moments another photographer would otherwise not have been able to capture. Photo syled by Grace Coddington.

Who: Norman Parkinson

What: Jerry Hall, Russia, Vogue (diptych) (1975)

 

 

 

Courtesy & with thanks  ArtNetNews

MONTEREY CAR WEEK & CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE AUGUST 15 – 21, 2016. Pebble Beach

Monterey

Monterey Car Week 2016

MONTEREY CAR WEEK & CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
AUGUST 15 – 21, 2016
A tradition going back over half a century, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is where the world’s collector cars meet and compete. Only the 200 best collector cars in the world roll onto the legendary 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, and only a handful of those will receive official recognition for style, technical merit and historical accuracy.

But the Concours is only the final event in a packed week celebrating the classic automobile! All over Monterey County, classic cars take to streets, golf courses, parks and the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, surrounding visitors with automobiles from yesteryear.

 

Monterey Car Week August 2016 coming up

Monterey

Monterey. Audi PPi Razor GTR with California doors from SSCustoms of Redwood City, Calif

(PHOTO Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)
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EXTRACTS ARTICLE PUBLISHED AUGUST 2015. Courtesy and with thanks L.A.Times Extracts
Every August, more than 85,000 auto enthusiasts crowd onto the Monterey Peninsula to participate in the annual seven-day celebration of all things automotive known as Monterey Car Week.

As many as 20,000 attend its colorful Concours d’Elegance, where classic Bentleys and Bugattis pose fender to fender on the spectacular 18th green at Pebble Beach.

A more select 4,000 assemble on the fairways at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club for an intimate gathering of the most expensive auto brands and the connoisseurs who fancy them.

But only 3,000 of the car world’s creme de la creme are able to obtain the most coveted invitation of the week: to Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival, a combination auto-moto-aero event held at Monterey Airport’s Jet Center.

Men in bright pastel pants and women in dresses and heels sip Napa Valley sparking wine and slurped Morro Bay oysters while ogling million-dollar new cars from McLaren, Maserati, Pagani and Panoz and equally valuable vintage cars built by Shelby and Ferrari.

Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival at Pebble Beach
The annual Monterey Car Week attracts the world’s wealthiest car collectors. But the most exclusive event of the week isn’t the invitation-only Quail or Concours d’Elegance, but Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival. Started as a backyard barbecue, the once-informal gathering of automobile, airplane and motorcycle enthusiasts — underwritten by Gulfstream, Bentley, Bell Helicopters and the like — is now the peninsula’s most coveted ticket.

(Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)
Between the two hangars hosting the enthusiasts, vintage and very expensive aircraft were parked and artfully lighted on the tarmac — a sleek new Gulfstream alongside a 1930s Stinson tail-dragger and a 1920s Waco biplane.

The motoring faithful had come to the airport party, many at the personal invitation of event creator Gordon McCall, to kick off their Pebble experience. Extracts L.A.Times August 2015

 

AC Cobra were originally built by AC Cars in Surrey, England, in the 1960’s. A team of US modified Daytona Cobras, sheathed in aerodynamic coupe bodies, defeated the Ferrari team for the 1965 World Sportscar Championship, a 20-race series held at various venues in the United States and Europe.

Jake Michaels for the Intl New York Times

AC COBRA. Courtesy & with Thanks International New York Times. by Robert C Yeager. Extract article dated 31/07/2016.              PHOTO Credit Jake Michaels for The New York Times

At Pebble Beach, Where Rare is Common a Shelby Cobra stands out

Wheels.         

By ROBERT C. YEAGER JULY 28, 2016.  International New York Times.

Extracts courtesy and with thanks

Lynn Park, a Los Angeles area Cobra specialist, in his garage with the car owned by Evan Metropoulos. Mr. Park prepared the car for the Pebble Beach concours.  Photo Credit Jake Michaels for The New York Times
HE had hired five vintage auto inspectors to pore over every inch of the gleaming red roadster. But Evan Metropoulos, a collector, had never actually laid eyes on the car until this moment. Now, as the garage door swung open in Beverly Hills, Calif., he held his breath.

“I couldn’t believe it was real,” Mr. Metropoulos recalls of that day in 2009 when he first saw the Shelby Cobra he had bought from its third owner for $1.3 million.

“There was a slight patina to the paint, but over all the car was just so much nicer than I expected,’’ he said. “It was like a time machine.”

Indeed, except for long-ago viewings at some Ford dealers, and brief glimpses on the road when it was new, the car has remained mostly unseen since it was first bought in Laurinburg, N.C., in 1968. The Cobra, a 427 model, will make a rare appearance when it joins a “postwar preservation” class next month at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, in Carmel, Calif.

“With less than 3,000 miles on the clock, and in this condition, I’m not aware of any Cobra that’s more original than CSX3346,” said Ned Scudder, official Shelby American Automobile Club registrar, referring to the car’s chassis number. “It’s really quite extraordinary.”

Conceived by Carroll Hall Shelby, a former Texas chicken farmer who became a prominent international race driver of the 1950s, Cobras were based on the British-built AC Ace Roadster. While retaining that car’s widely admired overall design, Mr. Shelby modified the vehicle to accept Ford Motor’s new V8 engines, which offered greater reliability and a significant step-up in power from AC’s straight sixes.

 

With an aluminum body and Ford’s thin-walled engine, the car had higher horsepower-to-weight ratios than rivals from Ferrari, Aston Martin and the Chevrolet Corvette. Contemporary automotive journals reported Cobra’s 0-to-60 test times at just over four seconds — “figures still at the sharp end of very quick 50 years later,” Brian Laban wrote in “Shelby and AC Cobra.” “In 1962, for a road car, they must have been almost unbelievable.”

The Cobras were built by AC Cars in Surrey, England, then shipped to Mr. Shelby’s shop in Southern California for final assembly.

Besides victorious campaigns on racing circuits in the United States, a team of Daytona Cobras, sheathed in aerodynamic coupe bodies, defeated the Ferrari team for the 1965 World Sportscar Championship, a 20-race series held at various venues in the United States and Europe.

Mr. Metropoulos says his car, assembled in 1967, was among the last 50 of the fewer than 1,000 Cobras produced in the 1960s. Production stopped in 1968, but the Cobra went on to become one of the most replicated cars, with copies of varying quality made by numerous manufacturers. Until his death in 2012, Mr. Shelby periodically issued “continuation” and commemorative Cobras.

But it was Mr. Shelby’s Cobra that may well have had a greater influence on mass-market automaking and design. “It really became a prototype for the muscle cars of that period,” Mr. Scudder said. “Think of it: small car, big engine — what an American idea!”

 

 

 

 

Superyachts Port Denarau Marine and Yacht Club, Fiji Open Day. August 5th 2016. Courtesy SuperyachtNews.com

Fiji

Fiji  Port Denarau Marine and Yacht Club, Fiji

New Zealand and Fiji jointly promote the superyacht industry
By Rory Jackson. Courtesy and with thanks. SuperyachtNews.Com

On 5 August the Fijian yachting industry and a collection of New Zealand’s marine companies will jointly host an open day at Port Denarau Marine and Yacht Club, Fiji, to engage with super yachts and their crew.

“Working cooperatively with the Fijian yacht industry makes sense to us,” comments Peter Busfield, executive director of NZMarine.

Presentations will focus on New Zealand’s well established refit and maintenance sectors, as well as showcasing its destinations and marinas. Superyachts and their crew will have the opportunity to engage with representatives from 25 of New Zealand’s marine companies.

With superyachts requiring periodic refits, New Zealand provides the ideal location for yachts cruising the Pacific Isles to escape the Pacific cyclone season, tend to maintenance works and cruise New Zealand and Australia before returning to Fiji, Tahiti and other Pacific Isles. The open day will feature seminars on passage planning between Fiji and New Zealand, weather patterns, customs clearance and biosecurity requirements.

The New Zealand customs authority has recently introduced a 24-month temporary import entry (TIE) for visiting vessels. This legislative addition enables superyachts to stay in New Zealand for a period of up two years and undertake a mixture of private use, charter work and maintenance, most of which will be exempt from the local 15 per cent Goods and Services tax.

 

Palazzo Pitti special exhibition 2016. Karl Lagerfeld Photos.

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Karl Lagerfeld at the Palazzo Pitti

Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery presents

KARL LAGERFELD-VISIONS OF FASHION
A through-the-lens view of a great Master Celebrating the return of fashion to Palazzo Pitti and the opening of the three-year program dedicated to the culture of contemporary fashion

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On the occasion of Pitti Immagine Uomo 90, on June 14 in Florence, Palazzo Pitti  hosted “KARL LAGERFELD – Visions of Fashion”, a photography exhibition curated by Eric Pfrunder and Gerhard Steidl, which represents Karl Lagerfeld’s entire photographic oeuvre and includes many unpublished works.

The exhibition – that will be on show until October 23rd – is made possible thanks to the recent agreement of collaboration with the Gallerie degli Uffizi signed by the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery, with the support of Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana and Pitti Immagine.

As to the Sala Bianca, where Italian fashion was born in 1951, the curators have selected fashion photos by Karl Lagerfeld printed on lightweight paper that will flutter from the ceiling, recalling the lithe movements of models on the runway.In the 1960s/1970s Italy’s emerging ready to wear was shown at the Pitti Palace Fashion shows, with dinner afterwards at Sabatinos…….
Courtesy and with thanks.
“KARL LAGERFELD – Visions of Fashion” is part of the “Special Program for the 2016 Pitti Immagine Fairs”, promoted by the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana with a grant from the Ministero dell Sviluppo Economico – Ministry for Economic Development and Agenzia ICE – in support of Italian trade fairs and Made in Italy. Courtesy and with thanks.

Italy as a Panorama in Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, New York City. Courtesy of Fondazione Altagamma & its participating companies.

Panorama

Panorama

AN IMMERSION INTO ITALIAN BEAUTY. “MADE IN ITALY” PANORAMA INSTALLATION CAME TO NYC’S GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL
More than 16.000 New Yorkers and tourists alike have had the opportunity to experience Italy and immerse themselves in Italian beauty without ever leaving the U.S, from June 25th through July 27th.
The Ministry of Economic Development, the Italian Trade Agency, and the Altagamma Foundation brought Italy to New York City’s iconic Grand Central Terminal with an extraordinary 360° panoramic video installation – PANORAMA – that takes guests on a journey through Italy’s culture, landscapes, and craftsmanship. Panorama was brought to life by a pool of public institutions and private associations including also SIMEST, the National Chamber for Italian Fashion, Salone del Mobile.Milano, the Chamber of Commerce of Milan, and the Municipality of Milan.
The Opening Cocktail was held on June 27th, with the participation of Mr. Ivan Scalfarotto, Undersecretary of Economic Development, Michele Scannavini, Chairman of ITA – Italian Trade Agency, Salvatore Rebecchini, Chairman of SIMEST and Andrea Illy, Chairman of Altagamma, representing all the partners of the initiative. During the Cocktail 62 Altagamma companies donated items to a silent auction open through July 20 at www.panoramaforcharity.org. Courtesy and with thanks Fondazione Altagamma.  Schermata

Rimini on the Adriatic Riviera. Fellini’s favourite Rimini Grand Hotel……..made famous by his films I Vitelloni & Amarcord, amongst others.

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Federico Fellini’s favourite hotel in Rimini. Rimini Grand Hotel

Federico Fellini grew up in Rimini, Adriatic Riviera, which featured in several of his magical films. notably the ultra charming I Vitelloni (1953) and Amarcord (1973)  the Grand Hotel became internationally celebrated due to featuring in  several scenes filmed by Fellini. Fellini even had his favourite suite at The Grand Hotel.  Rimini had many memories for Fellini, where he  grew up.  Paolo Somazzi  the South American architect designed Rimini Grand Hotel, which opened in 1908.  Some 17th century decor adds personality…over the top as Fellini liked it……. Now a National Monument.  It is the only 5 star Hotel in Rimini and is popular having its own private golden beach going down to the beautiful Adriatic.

A company took over founded  by the Chiacig  Family from Udine. Janotta Family from Castione della Presolana Bergamo & the Bernardi Family from Rimini. The Rimini Grand hotel is now managed by the new Brand, Exclusive Hotels of Italy. 14-minute walk from Rimini train station and 8 km from Italia in miniature amusement park.

ART & CULTURE  ITALIA.it

Ancient Ariminum was founded in 268 BC and the arch of Augustus, built in 27 BC as a homage to the emperor, and the Tiberius Bridge on the Marecchia, a construction consisting of five Istria stone arches begun under Emperor Augustus and which Tiberius completed in 21, still pay testimony to its importance during Roman times.
Rimini became a municipality whilst under Byzantine domination during the XII century when new walls and monuments such as the Basilica of St. Agostino were erected. The enlightened lord Sigismondo Malatesta transformed the city into one of the most vibrant cultural centres of the peninsula by calling the greatest artists of the time to his court; some of these contributed to the most famous landmarks: the castle – a turreted fifteenth century fortress – and the temple. This latter masterpiece of Renaissance architecture houses extraordinary works, such as a fresco by Piero della Francesca in the cell of the Relics, a crucifix painted by Giotto and Vasari’s painting depicting St. Francis. With the fall of the Malatesta (XVI century), the town declined to a marginal role and remained under the influence of the Papal States until the unification of Italy.ART & CULTURE Courtesy ITALIA.it

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Simon de Pury auctions Peter Lindbergh great black & white photo portraits. 23rd Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction on Saturday July 30 2016

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FROM SIMON de PURY.

I am delighted to be conducting the 23rd Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction on Saturday July 30 2016

The sale includes three amazing commissioned portraits by Peter Lindbergh, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin and Nan Goldin: Auctioned TODAY
For tickets and more information, please visit: www.watermillcenter.org/benefit
or email: benefit@watermillcenter.org

For any additional help or information on the auction lots please contact
Harmony Hambly-Smith: harmony@de-pury.com / +447881312880
Simon de Pury Michaela de Pury
simon@de-pury.com michaela@de-pury.com

Courtesy and with thanks Simon de Pury

 

Feria de Jerez, Feria del Caballo, an important celebration in the Spanish municipality of Jerez de la Frontera, only comparable to Easter religious celebrations.

Feria del Caballo

Feria del Caballo

Feria de Jerez, also known as Feria del Caballo is one of the most important celebrations in the Spanish municipality Jerez de la Frontera, only comparable to Easter religious celebrations.

XERES

XERES

A Spanish Affair to remember

30 April – 7th May 2016.

Feria de Jerez, also known as Feria del Caballo is one of the most important celebrations in the Spanish municipality Jerez de la Frontera, only comparable to Easter religious celebrations.

Feria del Caballo

Feria del Caballo

Feria de Jerez,  Feria del Caballo, is one of the most important celebrations in the Spanish municipality Jerez de la Frontera, only comparable to Easter religious celebrations.

 

 

Castellucio di Norcia. Italy. Gentianella, daffodils, violets, poppies, buttercups, clovers, sorrels. Our thanks to Fabiani Filippi & Gian Marco Tosti

Castellucio di Norcia

Castellucio di Norcia

Castellucio di Norcia . Italy. Gentianella, daffodils, violets, poppies, buttercups, clovers, sorrels.

The setting for natural magic every year between the months of June and July. An enormous plateau set at 1,500 metres above sea level, which is usually barren, becomes an explosion of colours. As the profusion of wild flowers bloom. Gentianella, daffodils, violets, poppies, buttercups, clovers, sorrels.
We are in Castelluccio di Norcia, at the foot of the Sibillini Mountains, in a completely unspoilt area.
Our thanks to  and courtesy Fabiani Filippi. & Gian Marco Tosti

 

 

 

Stephanie Hoppen Gallery Chelsea.

James Holdsworth

James Holdsworth

JAMES HOLDSWORTH | SUMMER 2016
Because I’m Worth It, 2016, Mixed media on canvas, 61 x 76 cm
For full list of available works and prices please email info@stephaniehoppen.com

Courtesy and with thanks to Copyright © 2016 Stephanie Hoppen Gallery,
Stephanie Hoppen Gallery
17 Walton Street,
London, SW3 2HX

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Siena Estate Musicale Chigiana. 2016

Siena

Siena

Siena Estate Musicale Chigiana

This classical music festival is put on by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and features renowned musicians as well as talented young players who are attending the academy’s summer school courses. Concerts take place all over Siena, in atmospheric venues including churches, palazzos, abbeys and historic theatres. Tickets are reasonably priced and can be bought via the academy’s website. Courtesy and with thanks Laura Weeden in Inspiration.& with thanks Ciao Citalia

Ravello Summer Music Festivals. From Villa Rufolo stunning views over the blue Mediterranean sea….

Ravello

Ravello

Ravello, stunning  hilltop town  is famous for its stunning views and beautiful gardens, and is a popular day trip for those staying in Sorrento or on the Amalfi Coast. During the summer months, however, people often stick around until the evening, when the concerts of the Ravello Festival begin. Most performances take place at the beautiful Villa Rufolo, often with those famous views as a backdrop. You can buy tickets online or at the box office in Piazza Duomo. With thanks and courtesy Ciao Citalia. Laura Weeden in Inspiration

Paris Apt Investment opportunity in the chic 7th Arrondissement.

Paris Apt

Paris Apt Susie Vingt

Unique Pied-à-Terre or Investment Opportunity
Property for Sale in the 7th Arrondissement
Saint Germain des Près Penthouse Terrasse
Property Overview

Size: 38 m2 (with 50m2 terrace) 7th Arrondissement

Property Type:  Apartment.  Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1.  Floor: 5th (6th US)

Reduced! Penthouse Apartment with Large Terrasse
A unique penthouse apartment with a large terrasse right in the heart of the chic 7th arrondissement, five minute walk from Musée Rodin and Le Bon Marché. On the 5th floor with a elevator of a well maintained building, the apartment offers a large open living space, open kitchen, dressing room, shower room and a spectacular 50m2 terrace. Bathed in sunlight with unobstructed views over parks (facing south) this property makes a luxurious pied a terre or a high income rental investment (estimated rental value 3900 euros per month) after a light decoration.  Courtesy & with thanks Susie VingtParis

GIOVANNI SOLDINI AND THE MASERATI TRIMARAN. SIGHTS SET ON THE ROLEX MIDDLE SEA RACE, CO SPONSOR UnipolSai Assicurazioni.

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The Italian yachtsman aboard the trimaran Maserati Multi70 for the 2016 season. With sights set on Rolex Middle Sea Race and RORC Transatlantic Race.
The 2016 season is getting underway on something of a high note for Giovanni Soldini and his partners with the move from their previous monohull to the new Maserati Multi70 trimaran. This faster, more modern craft will allow Soldini and his crew to tackle new records and compete in prestige competitions of the likes of the Rolex Middle Sea Race in October and the RORC Transatlantic Race in November.
Flanking Giovanni Soldini this new season are Maserati, returning as main sponsor for the fifth consecutive year, and UnipolSai Assicurazioni which will be playing a more prominent sponsorship role in the project than last season. Also renewing their support as official challenge suppliers are: Ermenegildo Zegna for clothing and Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A. which supplies hull paint and enamels.
After an extremely busy and satisfying three years that saw them clock up an impressive number of nautical miles with the monohull Maserati VOR70, Soldini and his team will henceforth be sailing aboard Maserati Multi70, a cutting-edge, very high performance trimaran capable of making extremely fast speeds. Stretching 21.2 metres in length and 16.8 in the beam with a 29-metre mast, Maserati Multi70 can rise up off the water on her rudders and foils, significantly reducing her wetted surface area to the benefit of performance. The trimaran was originally penned by the VPLP (Van Peteghem Lauriot-Prévost) studio and optimised by Team Gitana in collaboration with Guillaume Verdier.
“We are just starting to discover Maserati Multi70’s potential. The passage from Lorient gave us our first taste: it was a positive and very enlightening experience,” commented Giovanni Soldini.
“This craft’s innovative character is all down to her appendages. Team Gitana transformed the starboard side with an L-foil and got her flying but always in sheltered waters.
We are now trying to find out if and how it is possible to do the same in a moderate swell. Clearly that will involve a lot of research and development work that we’ve only just begun but what we’ve seen so far is really enthusing us already”.
Three challenges are scheduled for this season: a Monaco-Porto Cervo record attempt, the Rolex Middle Sea Race and RORC Transatlantic Race.
In September, Maserati Multi70 will be on stand-by in Monte Carlo for the perfect weather window for an attempt to set a new multi reference time between Monaco and Porto Cervo, a 195-nautical mile route. The current record is held by the monohull Esimit Europa 2 which covered the distance in 10 hours, 13 minutes and 42 seconds in 2012, making an average speed of 19 knots.
The second challenge of the season is also the most important as the Rolex Middle Sea Race is one of the great classic offshore races. Launched in 1968 and now on its 37th outing, it has attracted some of the leading names in international sailing over the years. The 608-nautical mile route starts and finishes from Malta and involves an anticlockwise circumnavigation of Sicily with the Aeolian Islands, the Egadi Islands, Pantelleria and Lampedusa to port of the fleet. The current race record was set by Rambler (USA) in 2007: she covered the 608 nautical miles in 47 hours, 55 minutes and 3 seconds.
Maserati Multi70’s third and final challenge of the year is the RORC Transatlantic Race, which starts from Lanzarote in the Canaries on November 26 and also marks her ocean debut. The fleet will cross the finish-line at Grenada in the Caribbean after around 3,000 nautical miles of sailing.

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COURTESY AND WITH THANKS MASERATI. COPYRIGHT MASERATI SpA

ASCOT. TIP TOP HORSE RACING. KING GEORGE V1 WEEK END JULY 2016.

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JULY 10: James McDonald rides Rouleau (R) to win The Commercial Property Law By Darbys Solicitors Nursery Handicap Stakes at Ascot racecourse on July 10, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images) Competitive racing is at the heart of the Friday of the King George VI Weekend, with a six-race card featuring the John Guest Brown Jack Stakes that commemorates the racing legend who won at no less than seven different Royal Meetings.

ASCOT, ENGLAND –  (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

– JULY 10: James McDonald rides Rouleau (R) to win The Commercial Property Law By Darbys Solicitors Nursery Handicap Stakes at Ascot racecourse on July 10, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images) COURTESY AND WITH THANKS CHARLIE CROWHURST/Getty Images AND ASCOT RACE COURSE
Competitive racing is at the heart of the Friday of the King George VI Weekend, 2016, with a six-race card featuring the John Guest Brown Jack Stakes that commemorates the racing legend who won at no less than seven different Royal Meetings.

 

Complicated wristwatch Roger Dubuis. Featured by SalonQP Magazine. Courtesy and with thanks.

he Hommage Millesime 2 is one of last year’s most complicated watches – but it never showed its face until now Followers of Roger Dubuis could well have been forgiven for writing 2016 off as an unremarkable year. The brand’s showing at SIHH focussed almost excusively on ladies’ watches, and the attention seemed to be on glamorous new iterations of existing (albeit impressive in their own right) skeletonised calibres. And now this: the Hommage Millesime 2. It combines – deep breath – a split-seconds chronograph, a perpetual calendar with bi-retrograde date displays and a minute repeater. The combination of chronograph, calendar and chiming functions makes it a bona fide grande complication. Roger-Dubuis-Millesime-Hommage-2-2 And… you will never see it. Very few people will. It is a unique piece, made for the American market, and it has already been sold to a New York collector. The watch was shown at the opening of Roger Dubuis’ first New York boutique last year, in fact, but wasn’t publicised any wider. Why so rare? Quite apart from the intensely demanding nature of producing such a watch (even non-limited grande complications tend to be counted in the single digits), the Hommage Millesime 2 is a piece unique because only one movement exists. Roger-Dubuis-Hommage-Millesime-Unique-Pocket-Watch-1 The Millesime project is a restoration project at heart; complicated calibres from the late 19th and early 20th century have been sourced, re-built and re-designed in a style in-keeping with the brand (and in-keeping with the fact that Roger Dubuis himself began life as a restorer of pocket watches). The project was announced with the release of a pocket watch, mid-way through 2015. This also combined minute repeater, perpetual calendar and chronograph functions with retrograde displays, and clearly follows the same aesthetic approach. Every Millesime watch has also been finished to Poincon de Geneve standards (in line with everything else the brand produces).

The Hommage Millesime 2 is one of last year’s most complicated watches – but it never showed its face until now
Followers of Roger Dubuis could well have been forgiven for writing 2016 off as an unremarkable year. The brand’s showing at SIHH focussed almost excusively on ladies’ watches, and the attention seemed to be on glamorous new iterations of existing (albeit impressive in their own right) skeletonised calibres.
And now this: the Hommage Millesime 2. It combines – deep breath – a split-seconds chronograph, a perpetual calendar with bi-retrograde date displays and a minute repeater. The combination of chronograph, calendar and chiming functions makes it a bona fide grande complication.
Roger-Dubuis-Millesime-Hommage-2-2
And… you will never see it. Very few people will. It is a unique piece, made for the American market, and it has already been sold to a New York collector. The watch was shown at the opening of Roger Dubuis’ first New York boutique last year, in fact, but wasn’t publicised any wider.
Why so rare? Quite apart from the intensely demanding nature of producing such a watch (even non-limited grande complications tend to be counted in the single digits), the Hommage Millesime 2 is a piece unique because only one movement exists.
Roger-Dubuis-Hommage-Millesime-Unique-Pocket-Watch-1
The Millesime project is a restoration project at heart; complicated calibres from the late 19th and early 20th century have been sourced, re-built and re-designed in a style in-keeping with the brand (and in-keeping with the fact that Roger Dubuis himself began life as a restorer of pocket watches). The project was announced with the release of a pocket watch, mid-way through 2015. This also combined minute repeater, perpetual calendar and chronograph functions with retrograde displays, and clearly follows the same aesthetic approach. Every Millesime watch has also been finished to Poincon de Geneve standards (in line with everything else the brand produces). Courtesy and with thanks QPSalon

 The Hommage Millesime 2 is one of last year’s most complicated watches – but it never showed its face until now Followers of Roger Dubuis could well have been forgiven for writing 2016 off as an unremarkable year. The brand’s showing at SIHH focussed almost excusively on ladies’ watches, and the attention seemed to be on glamorous new iterations of existing (albeit impressive in their own right) skeletonised calibres. And now this: the Hommage Millesime 2. It combines – deep breath – a split-seconds chronograph, a perpetual calendar with bi-retrograde date displays and a minute repeater. The combination of chronograph, calendar and chiming functions makes it a bona fide grande complication. Roger-Dubuis-Millesime-Hommage-2-2 And… you will never see it. Very few people will. It is a unique piece, made for the American market, and it has already been sold to a New York collector. The watch was shown at the opening of Roger Dubuis’ first New York boutique last year, in fact, but wasn’t publicised any wider. Why so rare? Quite apart from the intensely demanding nature of producing such a watch (even non-limited grande complications tend to be counted in the single digits), the Hommage Millesime 2 is a piece unique because only one movement exists. Roger-Dubuis-Hommage-Millesime-Unique-Pocket-Watch-1 The Millesime project is a restoration project at heart; complicated calibres from the late 19th and early 20th century have been sourced, re-built and re-designed in a style in-keeping with the brand (and in-keeping with the fact that Roger Dubuis himself began life as a restorer of pocket watches). The project was announced with the release of a pocket watch, mid-way through 2015. This also combined minute repeater, perpetual calendar and chronograph functions with retrograde displays, and clearly follows the same aesthetic approach. Every Millesime watch has also been finished to Poincon de Geneve standards (in line with everything else the brand produces). ROGER_DUBUIS_HOMMAGE_MILLESIME_movement Take a look at the movement here – a thing of beauty that reminds us of the sensational hand-wound chronographs we photographed last year. Most visible is the chronograph mechanism, with the pincer-shaped split-seconds levers in the centre of the movement. Two column wheels are used, both capped with a top plate and large screw (Patek Philippe is one other brand to cap off its column wheels; most other brands like to leave them open). To the right of the split-seconds column wheel (near where it says “Roger” on the case) is a hammer for the minute repeater; we would expect there to be a second hammer nearby but it’s not clear where. Also notable is the large balance wheel with several fine adjustment points. When possible, we will update this piece with more information from Roger Dubuis about the movement chosen for this watch. The movement is signed in various places, reading “1/1”, “Forty Jewels”, “RD 180” (the new designation for the restored movement) and at least one further inscription we’re not clear on.


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ROGER_DUBUIS_HOMMAGE_MILLESIME_movement
Take a look at the movement here – a thing of beauty that reminds us of the sensational hand-wound chronographs we photographed last year. Most visible is the chronograph mechanism, with the pincer-shaped split-seconds levers in the centre of the movement. Two column wheels are used, both capped with a top plate and large screw (Patek Philippe is one other brand to cap off its column wheels; most other brands like to leave them open).
To the right of the split-seconds column wheel (near where it says “Roger” on the case) is a hammer for the minute repeater; we would expect there to be a second hammer nearby but it’s not clear where. Also notable is the large balance wheel with several fine adjustment points. When possible, we will update this piece with more information from Roger Dubuis about the movement chosen for this watch.
The movement is signed in various places, reading “1/1”, “Forty Jewels”, “RD 180” (the new designation for the restored movement) and at least one further inscription we’re not clear on.

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Thaddeus Ropac Galerie to open at Ely House, Mayfair, London 2017. With thanks and courtesy ArtNetNews

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is planning to open its newest space at Ely House in Mayfair, London in the Spring of 2017. This would mark the opening of a fifth location for the gallery, which also has two spaces in Paris and two is Salzberg. While the announcement follows a time of political uncertainty in London, Thaddaeus Ropac’s intentions, as stated in the press release issued by the gallery, are in recognizing London’s permanence as a vibrant center for art and culture. The new location will not only create opportunities for exhibitions of gallery artists, but also for collaboration with local cultural institutions. Ely House in Mayfair is being remodeled with the help of New York-based architect Annabelle Selldorf, principal of Selldorf Architects. Built in 1772 by Sir Robert Taylor, the building has a rich history and has been utilized as a residence by Bishop Edmond Keene of Ely as well as a center for the respected Arts & Crafts architectural firm Smith and Brewer. Now under the direction of Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House is being re-purposed once again with a plan of restoration that looks to make the place fit for the exhibition and viewing of contemporary art, while remaining true to the historical architecture of the building. Ely House Dover Street courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Ely House Dover Street. Courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac not only exhibits its own artists but also serves as a curatorial aide to museums, advisor to private and corporate collections, and runs its own publishing house. The new London gallery will dedicate the five floors of Ely House at 37 Dover Street to the exhibition of established and emerging contemporary artists who do not yet have representation in London. Follow artnet News on Facebook. SHARE Article topics Contemporary Period Carol Civre Related Articles Frieze London 2016 Announces Participating Galleries Thaddaeus Ropac Plans to Open London Branch Thaddaeus Ropac to Donate Exhibition Proceeds to Refugee Charity

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is planning to open its newest space at Ely House in Mayfair, London in the Spring of 2017. This would mark the opening of a fifth location for the gallery, which also has two spaces in Paris and two is Salzberg. While the announcement follows a time of political uncertainty in London, Thaddaeus Ropac’s intentions, as stated in the press release issued by the gallery, are in recognizing London’s permanence as a vibrant center for art and culture.
The new location will not only create opportunities for exhibitions of gallery artists, but also for collaboration with local cultural institutions.
Ely House in Mayfair is being remodeled with the help of New York-based architect Annabelle Selldorf, principal of Selldorf Architects. Built in 1772 by Sir Robert Taylor, the building has a rich history and has been utilized as a residence by Bishop Edmond Keene of Ely as well as a center for the respected Arts & Crafts architectural firm Smith and Brewer.
Now under the direction of Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House is being re-purposed once again with a plan of restoration that looks to make the place fit for the exhibition and viewing of contemporary art, while remaining true to the historical architecture of the building.
Ely House Dover Street courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.
Ely House Dover Street. Courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac not only exhibits its own artists but also serves as a curatorial aide to museums, advisor to private and corporate collections, and runs its own publishing house. The new London gallery will dedicate the five floors of Ely House at 37 Dover Street to the exhibition of established and emerging contemporary artists who do not yet have representation in London.
Follow art net News on Facebook.
With thanks courtesy ArtNetNews
Carol Civre

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Apartment in Paris for sale Saint Germain des Pres. 2 bedrooms, 45 square metres, 595.000 euro. 19 july 2016.

ST GERMAIN DES PRES VAVIN Price: €595 000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Size: 45 m2 Floor: 1 Arrondissement: 6th Area: ST-GERMAIN-DES-PRES TAXES AND FEES Quarterly Building Fees: € Property Tax: € HISTORIC PROPERTY Learn more DESCRIPTION PROPERTY FOR SALE A beautiful 2-bedroom apartment located a few minutes from the iconic Jardins du Luxembourg. A perfect candidate for a Parisian pied-a-terre or a high-income rental investment, the property has windows facing west, air conditioning, a working fireplace, ceiling fan, fully equipped kitchen and two spacious bedrooms. The apartment is situated on the first floor of a classic end of 19th century building with an elevator and a basement. The building and the apartment offer complete silence and relaxation right in the heart of historic Paris. Rental estimate: 2900 € per month. • Full of light • Central heating • Air conditioning • No renovation needed • Building in great condition • Direct train to Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports and Gare du Nord train station • Perfect for pied-a-terre or high-income rental investment Please contact us today for your private viewing. Information and visits 7/7 at +33.6.17.40.82.04 with Susie HOLLANDS (Reference EMPSU503). Enquire about this property LOCATIONView larger map DISCOVER THE AREA 6th Arrondissement The 6th arrondissement is, above all things, inspiring. Saint Germain has been the muse of scholars, artists, existentialists, bohemians, and politicians. Its shaded avenues and quiet side streets centrifuge into the spinning café scene on the Boulevard Saint‐Germain. Intellectuals and the glitterati preen and mingle with scruffy expat writers at the Café de Flore and… read more SEARCH PROPERTY BY AREA

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Croatia Govt implements new regulations on super yachts over 45 metres, SuperYachtNewsCom reports, by Rory Jackson, courtesy & with thanks.

Appointed Croatian agent mandatory for vessels over 45m By Rory JacksonComments (0) Related News Changes afoot for charter in the Balearics More VAT clarity on APA in Italy More French charters avoid cabotage declaration More New brokerage firm: Superyacht Sales and Charter More Brexit: Resolute in the face of change More The Croatian government has implemented a new regulation that requires all superyachts over 45m to appoint a local agent, should they wish to cruise in Croatian territorial waters. This new regulation is an extension of the European Union’s Directive 2002/59/EC, a directive that previously only applied to commercial vessels in Croatia. Directive 2002/59/EC aims to improve maritime safety, port and maritime security, environmental protection and pollution preparedness by efficiently monitoring maritime traffic and transport. The implementation of Directive 2002/59/EC in Croatia requires vessels, now including yachts over 45m, to be monitored by the Croatian Maritime Information System (CIMIS), which can only be used by registered Croatian marine agents. This latest iteration of European maritime law could not come at a less opportune moment with the Mediterranean season in full swing. Had the change been implemented before the season began, headaches may well have been avoided. “As of now, if a superyacht over 45m arrives at any Croatian port without an agent, the customs office will not grant it clearance,” explains Dorijan Dujmic, a representative from BWA’s Croatian office. This small, and otherwise benign, change of regulation should, in theory, cause very little disruption to the Croatian superyacht market. However, this is dependent on charter brokers, yacht management teams and captains being informed in a timely and concise manner to ensure errors are avoided in Croatian waters and the necessary agencies are contacted in advance.

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The Croatian government has implemented a new regulation that requires all superyachts over 45m to appoint a local agent, should they wish to cruise in Croatian territorial waters. This new regulation is an extension of the European Union’s Directive 2002/59/EC, a directive that previously only applied to commercial vessels in Croatia.
Directive 2002/59/EC aims to improve maritime safety, port and maritime security, environmental protection and pollution preparedness by efficiently monitoring maritime traffic and transport. The implementation of Directive 2002/59/EC in Croatia requires vessels, now including yachts over 45m, to be monitored by the Croatian Maritime Information System (CIMIS), which can only be used by registered Croatian marine agents.
This latest iteration of European maritime law could not come at a less opportune moment with the Mediterranean season in full swing. Had the change been implemented before the season began, headaches may well have been avoided.
“As of now, if a superyacht over 45m arrives at any Croatian port without an agent, the customs office will not grant it clearance,” explains Dorijan Dujmic, a representative from BWA’s Croatian office.
This small, and otherwise benign, change of regulation should, in theory, cause very little disruption to the Croatian superyacht market. However, this is dependent on charter brokers, yacht management teams and captains being informed in a timely and concise manner to ensure errors are avoided in Croatian waters and the necessary agencies are contacted in advance. With thanks courtesy SuperYachtNewsCom Rory Jackson.

 

 

The Guardian’s Stephanie Kirchgaessner highlights problems with Monte dei Paschi Bank in Italy.

EU finance ministers get tough with Italian bank trying for third bailout EU rules forbid troubled Tuscan bank Monte dei Paschi from receiving state aid, but its collapse would cause a political crisis for prime minister Matteo Renzi Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank in Siena. Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank in Siena. Shares in the bank have fallen by 80% in the past year. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images Stephanie Kirchgaessner Friday 15 July 2016 00.03 BST Last modified on Friday 15 July 2016 07.19 BST Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Shares 66 Comments 174 Save for later The idea of modern banking was born in Siena in 1624, when the Medici Grand Duke decided to guarantee accounts held at Monte dei Paschi, the world’s oldest bank, with the proceeds of pasture he held in the Maremma in south-western Tuscany. Nearly 400 years later, the principle established by the Tuscan ruler – that account holders and investors are protected by the state – lies at the heart of a crisis at Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) that is worrying financial markets around the world. Analysis Quiet crisis: why battle to prop up Italy's banks is vital to EU stability Forget Brexit or Grexit, €360bn of bad loans within a fragmented Italian banking sector could be the biggest threat of all Read more The country’s third-largest lender has already been bailed out twice in modern Italian history but is likely to need a third multibillion-euro intervention by the Italian government – a move that would need Brussels to break new rules designed to prevent such taxpayer bailouts after the 2008 global financial crisis. So the question of who will pay for the inevitable rescue of MPS, whose share value has fallen 80% over the past year, has yet to be answered. Three weeks after the news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union shocked the markets, a debate over the fate of MPS and the economic and political repercussions of inaction is raging from Rome to Brussels and Paris to Berlin. The welfare of thousands of Italian households is at stake, as well as the political fortune of Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, who is facing the toughest political challenge of his career. It is also testing Italy’s credibility among foreign investors. “There is no way they will let the bank go and create a systemic effect,” said Wolfango Piccoli, co-president of Teneo Intelligence. “The mechanics are still unclear but there will be a third bailout of Monte dei Paschi.” The bank’s financial problems are neither new nor surprising. According to the IMF, Italian banks have €360bn (£300bn) of non-performing loans – loans that are likely to turn into bad debts – mostly taken out by small Italian businesses battered by years of recession. Italy returned to growth in 2015 but the improvements are only modest and this week the IMF said the country’s GDP was not likely to return to pre-crisis levels until the mid-2020s. Unlike the US, Spanish and Irish financial crises, the Italian banking crisis is not the result of a speculative property bubble. While other issues have exacerbated the turmoil at Monte dei Paschi’s – including a poorly judged €9bn acquisition – the primary reason the bank is in trouble is because it doled out billions of euros in loans to small businesses at a time when the scale of the recession facing Italy was gravely underestimated. From 2007 to 2013, Italy lost about a quarter of its industrial production and tens of thousands of companies collapsed. In 2013 more than 150 shops closed every day. Construction and home sales slumped and none of the sectors has recovered fast enough. “These are all problems that are well known and have existed for years. The government – not just this one but the previous one – should have acted earlier,” said Vincenzo Scarpetta, an analyst at Open Europe. Now the collapse of Monte dei Paschi’s shares, coupled with concern brought on by Brexit and fears that the Siena bank will fail a vital bank stress test on 29 July, has forced Italy’s hand: the banks need a bailout of about €45bn – a sum that most experts argue cannot be raised from investors. Italian banks under pressure as Popolare di Vicenza IPO fails Read more During years of inaction by successive Italian governments, the country’s banks missed a critical window of opportunity. They are now subject to European banking regulations that would force the bank’s bondholders to take a significant hit before the state can inject funds. About a third of those bondholders are ordinary Italians. Renzi’s government has already had a bitter taste of how badly the crisis could go if Italian pensioners were wiped out by the new rules. Last November the prime minister passed a decree in which four regional banks were saved. While depositors and senior bondholders were protected in the deal, thousands of junior bondholders were wiped out, leading one pensioner to commit suicide and a political backlash against Renzi. Advertisement But Brussels has so far shown little interest in the domestic economic risks and the potential for political backlash. Last month Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said that the EU would not veer from the new rules. Renzi retorted that he was in no mood to be “given a lesson by the schoolteacher”. Earlier this week Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister and the head of Eurogroup, the informal grouping of EU’s finance ministers, downplayed the extent of Italy’s banking woes. “There have always been and will always be bankers who say: ‘We need more public money to recapitalise our banks’ and I will resist that very strongly because it is, again and again, hitting the taxpayer,” he said. Dijsselbloem was partly responding to Deutsche Bank’s David Folkerts-Landau, who has argued that Brussels needs a €150bn bailout to begin a major recapitalisation of European banks. Analysts in Italy have raised questions about the huge UniCredit and local banks Rimini and Cesena. Renzi holds an important card in this fight. His Democratic party is the only major political party in Italy that has shown unwavering support for the euro and the EU. His biggest rival, the populist Five Star Movement, is gaining traction following two big wins in local elections in Rome and Turin and could displace Renzi if the prime minister fails to win a critical referendum in the autumn on his sweeping constitutional reforms. He has sworn to resign if the referendum fails. While the constitutional reforms and the banking crisis are not directly linked, Brussels is keenly aware that support for any Renzi initiative will be guided by voters’ view of the economy. “If Italians lose faith in the banking sector it is a huge problem because going after the banks has always been a big card of the Five Star Movement,” said Piccoli. “If something goes badly wrong with the banks – like a run – it would potentially bring down Renzi’s government because [it has] been saying the banks are solid.” More news Topics Banking Italy European Union Five Star Movement Europe Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Save for later Reuse this content Advertisement

EU finance ministers get tough with Italian bank trying for third bailout
EU rules forbid troubled Tuscan bank Monte dei Paschi from receiving state aid, but its collapse would cause a political crisis for prime minister Matteo Renzi
Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank in Siena. Shares in the bank have fallen by 80% in the past year. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images
Stephanie Kirchgaessner. With courtesy and with thanks
Friday 15 July 2016 00.03 BST Last modified on Friday 15 July 2016 07.19 BST

The Guardian Stephanie Kirchgaessner. 15/07/2016. With courtesy and with thanks

EU finance ministers get tough with Italian bank trying for third bailout
EU rules forbid troubled Tuscan bank Monte dei Paschi from receiving state aid, but its collapse would cause a political crisis for prime minister Matteo Renzi
Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank in Siena. Shares in the bank have fallen by 80% in the past year. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images
Stephanie Kirchgaessner. With courtesy and with thanks
Friday 15 July 2016 00.03 BST Last modified on Friday 15 July 2016 07.19 BST

The idea of modern banking was born in Siena in 1624, when the Medici Grand Duke decided to guarantee accounts held at Monte dei Paschi, the world’s oldest bank, with the proceeds of pasture he held in the Maremma in south-western Tuscany.
Nearly 400 years later, the principle established by the Tuscan ruler – that account holders and investors are protected by the state – lies at the heart of a crisis at Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) that is worrying financial markets around the world.
Analysis Quiet crisis: why battle to prop up Italy’s banks is vital to EU stability
Forget Brexit or Grexit, €360bn of bad loans within a fragmented Italian banking sector could be the biggest threat of all
Read more
The country’s third-largest lender has already been bailed out twice in modern Italian history but is likely to need a third multibillion-euro intervention by the Italian government – a move that would need Brussels to break new rules designed to prevent such taxpayer bailouts after the 2008 global financial crisis.
So the question of who will pay for the inevitable rescue of MPS, whose share value has fallen 80% over the past year, has yet to be answered.
Three weeks after the news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union shocked the markets, a debate over the fate of MPS and the economic and political repercussions of inaction is raging from Rome to Brussels and Paris to Berlin.
The welfare of thousands of Italian households is at stake, as well as the political fortune of Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, who is facing the toughest political challenge of his career. It is also testing Italy’s credibility among foreign investors.
“There is no way they will let the bank go and create a systemic effect,” said Wolfango Piccoli, co-president of Teneo Intelligence. “The mechanics are still unclear but there will be a third bailout of Monte dei Paschi.”
The bank’s financial problems are neither new nor surprising. According to the IMF, Italian banks have €360bn (£300bn) of non-performing loans – loans that are likely to turn into bad debts – mostly taken out by small Italian businesses battered by years of recession. Italy returned to growth in 2015 but the improvements are only modest and this week the IMF said the country’s GDP was not likely to return to pre-crisis levels until the mid-2020s.
Unlike the US, Spanish and Irish financial crises, the Italian banking crisis is not the result of a speculative property bubble. While other issues have exacerbated the turmoil at Monte dei Paschi’s – including a poorly judged €9bn acquisition – the primary reason the bank is in trouble is because it doled out billions of euros in loans to small businesses at a time when the scale of the recession facing Italy was gravely underestimated.
From 2007 to 2013, Italy lost about a quarter of its industrial production and tens of thousands of companies collapsed. In 2013 more than 150 shops closed every day. Construction and home sales slumped and none of the sectors has recovered fast enough.
“These are all problems that are well known and have existed for years. The government – not just this one but the previous one – should have acted earlier,” said Vincenzo Scarpetta, an analyst at Open Europe.
Now the collapse of Monte dei Paschi’s shares, coupled with concern brought on by Brexit and fears that the Siena bank will fail a vital bank stress test on 29 July, has forced Italy’s hand: the banks need a bailout of about €45bn – a sum that most experts argue cannot be raised from investors.
Italian banks under pressure as Popolare di Vicenza IPO fails
Read more
During years of inaction by successive Italian governments, the country’s banks missed a critical window of opportunity. They are now subject to European banking regulations that would force the bank’s bondholders to take a significant hit before the state can inject funds. About a third of those bondholders are ordinary Italians.
Renzi’s government has already had a bitter taste of how badly the crisis could go if Italian pensioners were wiped out by the new rules. Last November the prime minister passed a decree in which four regional banks were saved. While depositors and senior bondholders were protected in the deal, thousands of junior bondholders were wiped out, leading one pensioner to commit suicide and a political backlash against Renzi.
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But Brussels has so far shown little interest in the domestic economic risks and the potential for political backlash.
Last month Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said that the EU would not veer from the new rules. Renzi retorted that he was in no mood to be “given a lesson by the schoolteacher”.
Earlier this week Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister and the head of Eurogroup, the informal grouping of EU’s finance ministers, downplayed the extent of Italy’s banking woes. “There have always been and will always be bankers who say: ‘We need more public money to recapitalise our banks’ and I will resist that very strongly because it is, again and again, hitting the taxpayer,” he said.
Dijsselbloem was partly responding to Deutsche Bank’s David Folkerts-Landau, who has argued that Brussels needs a €150bn bailout to begin a major recapitalisation of European banks. Analysts in Italy have raised questions about the huge UniCredit and local banks Rimini and Cesena.
Renzi holds an important card in this fight. His Democratic party is the only major political party in Italy that has shown unwavering support for the euro and the EU. His biggest rival, the populist Five Star Movement, is gaining traction following two big wins in local elections in Rome and Turin and could displace Renzi if the prime minister fails to win a critical referendum in the autumn on his sweeping constitutional reforms. He has sworn to resign if the referendum fails.
While the constitutional reforms and the banking crisis are not directly linked, Brussels is keenly aware that support for any Renzi initiative will be guided by voters’ view of the economy.
“If Italians lose faith in the banking sector it is a huge problem because going after the banks has always been a big card of the Five Star Movement,” said Piccoli.
“If something goes badly wrong with the banks – like a run – it would potentially bring down Renzi’s government because [it has] been saying the banks are solid.”

The Guardian Stephanie Kirchgaessner. 15/07/2016. With courtesy and with thanks

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ARQANA prepares their catalogues for the Deauville race horse sales that take place in July & August each year.

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Enghien – 24/10/2015 – PRIX DE BESANCON (LR) – VICTOIRE DES BORDE, Philip A. Carberry Presented by Francois Marie Cottin. Arqana prepares the Deauville horse sales that take place in July & August in the pretty seaside town, 2 hours from Paris. With the 2 race courses Deauville is popular with the top European race horse trainers & their star jockeys. .Photo WITH THANKS courtesy ARQANA.

 

 

 

 

VICTOIRE DES BORDE, F.09 Antarctique x Miss Berry (lot 220 )Presented by Feancois Marie Cottin.
Présentée par François-Marie Cottin en tant que pouliche sortant de l’entraînement, Victoire des Borde a réalisé une carrière remarquable. Multiple lauréate et placée de Listed, elle a également remporté le Prix Jean Stern (Gr.2) et la troisième place du Prix Ferdinand Dufaure (Gr.1) à Auteuil. En plus de ses performances sur la piste, VICTOIRE DES BORDE possède une grande valeur résiduelle pour l’élevage puisqu’elle n’est autre que la propre sœur de la championne UTOPIE DES BORDES, lauréate du Prix Maurice Gillois (Gr.1).

Cannes Film Festival 2016, selected car, Renault Talisman.

The 69th Cannes Film Festival will start May 11, 2016 and to accompany the figures, the Renault Talisman will be honored. From 11 to 22 May 2016, the Cannes Festival will unroll the red carpet for the 33rd consecutive year in its official partner, Renault . And it is accompanied by its own star, the Talisman , he intends to seduce the jury members and people from the Croisette ... Spotlight on Talisman The fine, which will be dressed for the occasion in a black metallic paint and the Palme d'Or, will be part of a procession of more than 300 vehicles. To accompany it, she can count on the star of last year . The new Espace The official fleet of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, will be strengthened Mégane , Qajar and Twizy .  Finally, and for the second consecutive time, Renault will attend another appointment chic and glamor of the Croisette: the Gala amfAR, for the fight against AIDS. The Talisman will then put again under the spotlight.  Photo: Frédéric Diefenthal and Christian Vadim by Mireille Darc / Renault See related topics: Renault , Talisman , official car , Festival Cannes 2016 , Cinema .

Frederic Diefenthal & Christain Vadim, As quoted by Paris Match Road Movie between buddies  as they promote the  Renault Talisman on the Jean Pierre Beltoise car racing circuit at Trappes. En route for Cannes, the Cote d’Azur Sun, Sea and sex, cinema and fun. The 69th Cannes Film Festival  May 11, 2016 and to accompany the film stars, the Renault Talisman was selected .
From 11 to 22 May 2016, the Cannes Festival  unrolled the red carpet for the 33rd consecutive year with its official partner, Renault . And it is accompanied by its own star, the Talisman , that should  seduce the jury members and people from the Croisette …
Spotlight on Talisman
With 300 Renault vehicles. including The new Espace The official fleet of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, will be strengthened  with the Mégane , Qajar and Twizy .
Finally, and for the second consecutive year, Renault will attend another soiree  chic and glamour of the Croisette: the Gala amfAR, for the fight against AIDS. The Talisman will then be put once again under the spotlight.
Courtesy and with thanks  Photo: Frédéric Diefenthal and Christian Vadim by Mireille Darc / Renault

 

 

 

PARIS APT JUNE 2016 Susie Vingt Paris

Property Overview Size: 73 m2 Property Type: Apartment Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Floor: 2nd (3rd US) Area: 5th 2 Bed Apartment in the Heart of the Latin Quarter Beautiful position on rue Monge in the heart of the Latin Quarter close to La Sorbonne, the River Seine and with all Paris' gastronomic delights on your doorstep. On the third floor of a traditional stone building the property has a great layout - 2 bedrooms a double living room and a cute kitchen. Requires some renovation. Further Details & Photos Apartment for Sale (Agency Fees Included) €760 000 Please email us direct to discuss your requirements

Property Overview
Size: 73 m2
Property Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Floor: 2nd (3rd US)
Area: 5th
2 Bed Apartment in the Heart of the Latin Quarter
Beautiful position on rue Monge in the heart of the Latin Quarter close to La Sorbonne, the River Seine and with all Paris’ gastronomic delights on your doorstep. On the third floor of a traditional stone building the property has a great layout – 2 bedrooms a double living room and a cute kitchen. Requires some renovation.
Further Details & Photos
Apartment for Sale (Agency Fees Included)
€760 000
to discuss your requirements Copyright Susie Vingt Paris

 

Christies Auction online 3 – 13 June 2016

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Christie’s Jewels Online features a broad selection of vintage, retro and Art Deco jewelry, including designs by Buccellati, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels and David Webb. With over 190 lots on offer and bidding starting below $2,000, this online auction includes an exceptional range of jewels that would make the perfect addition to any collection. June 3-13 2016. courtesy Christies. copyright Christies. with thanks.

 

MEXICO //mexicoworldwide.blogspot.co.uk Morgane Bravo with thanks courtesy. copyright Morgane Bravo Think Tank Europa Mexico

Think Tank

Think Tank Europa Mexico held in Paris 6/7/8/ April 2016.

Madame Morgane Bravo is the President of this association, Think Tank Europa Mexico. Morgane’s blogspot is a fast moving blog of her contacts in French Diplomatic circles.

bloodspot  b//mexicoworldwide.blogspot.co.uk        copyright Think Tank Europa MexicoMorgane Bravo with thanks.

The OECD Forum on June 1st launched their important Latin American & Caribbean Regional Programme.

 

Parmigiani marks 20th birthday with stunning Tonda rattrapante chronograph January 19, 2016 Parmigiani-Tonda-chronograph-2016. Haute Horloger par excellence, Parmigiani Fleurier, including split-seconds chronograph, powered by a new, totally integrated movement.

Parmigiani marks 20th birthday with stunning Tonda rattrapante chronograph January 19, 2016 Parmigiani-Tonda-chronograph-2016-low We round up the notable novelties from haute horloger par excellence, Parmigiani Fleurier, including QP’s star of the show thus far: a super-smart (in all senses of the word) split-seconds chronograph, powered by a new, totally integrated movement

Parmigiani marks 20th birthday with stunning Tonda rattrapante chronograph
January 2016 Haute horlogerie
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Parmigiani Fleurier, split-seconds chronograph, powered by a new, totally integrated movement.

Images with thanks courtesy SalonQP

Parmigiani Tonda Chronograph caseback

Parmigiani Tonda Chronograph caseback

Parmigiani Tonda Chronograph caseback

Parmigiani Tonda Chronograph caseback

Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Wristwatch Tribute Gyrotourbillon, new version for 85th birthday.

SIHH 2016 – Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon for the 85th anniversary (live photos) 20/01/2016 /  0 responses /  in Jaeger-LeCoultre /  tagged: Dress Watches, High-end Watches, Novelty, SIHH, Tourbillon /  Peter Nievaart Jaeger-LeCoultre already proved that they are capable to house a Gyrotourbillon in a dress watch. But it was a big watch, measuring 55mm by 36mm. The platinum case added to the weight. At the 85th birthday of the Reverso they have taken the combination to the next level by trimming width and thickness by 30%. Here is the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon. The Reverso

SIHH 2016 – Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon for the 85th anniversary 
Jaeger-LeCoultre already proved that they are capable to house a Gyrotourbillon in a dress watch. But it was a big watch, measuring 55mm by 36mm. The platinum case added to the weight. At the 85th birthday of the Reverso they have taken the combination to the next level by trimming width and thickness by 30%. Here is the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon.

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Montmartre Paris studio, ideal for student, offered for sale by Vingt Paris Estate Agent. January 2016

Bedrooms: Studio Bathrooms: 1 Size: 12 m2 For sale: € 155 000 Agency Fee Included  Area: 18th  Absolute gem of an apartment - small but perfectly formed - overlooking one of Montmartre's most romantic streets. Second floor of a pristine building the studio comprises a little kitchen and shower room plus bedroom zone. Completely renovated to a high standard.

Bedrooms: Studio  Bathrooms: 1  Size: 12 m2 For sale: € 155 000 Agency Fee Included
Area: 18th Colourful Montmartre. Small studio ideal for student. 
Absolute gem of an apartment – small but perfectly formed – overlooking one of Montmartre’s most romantic streets. Second floor of a pristine building the studio comprises a little kitchen and shower room plus bedroom zone. Completely renovated to a high standard. Photo courtesy 20 Paris .

Paris Apt. Susie’s investment opportunity in the 11th arrondissement in Paris.

 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Size: 45 m2 For sale: POA Area: 11th Great opportunity for an investor seeking a well-priced buy to let Paris rental property in a gentrifying neighbourhood. This apartment will generate revenue after cosmetic renovation and updating.  VINGT Paris can handle the renovation and property management to turn this into an ideal rental property with a 2,000 euros per month net rent to owner.


Bedrooms: 2.  Bathrooms: 1    Size: 45 m2   For sale: POA   Area: 11th  Paris
Great opportunity for an investor seeking a well-priced buy to let Paris rental property in a gentrifying neighbourhood. This apartment will generate revenue after cosmetic renovation and updating.
 We can put you in touch with Susie Hollands  who can handle the renovation and property management to turn this into an ideal rental property with a 2,000 euros per month net rent to owner.

Objects to Desire in 2016

I have great plans for this year and I look forward to sharing my comments with you.  Watch this space!

Bentley Continental GT 2015

Bentley Continental GT 2015

Etreham haras, Embellishment, top Lot 177 sells for 900.000. euro. Arqana mares sales Deauville sat 5th December 2015

Deauville - 05/12/2015 - ARQANA - Vente d'Elevage de DÈcembre - Lot 177  - EMBELLISHMENT - Acheteur : BRIDLEWOOD FARM EnchËres : 900 000 euros -

Deauville – 05/12/2015 – ARQANA – Vente d’Elevage de DÈcembre – Lot 177 – EMBELLISHMENT – Acheteur : BRIDLEWOOD FARM
EnchËres : 900 000 euros –     Arqana Mares sales started off with the American buyer John Malone very active thru his Agent John Connor buying 5 mares for a total of 2.420.000. euro. Destined for Ballylinch Stud in Ireland, and Bridlewood Farm in America.They bought top Lot 177 Embellishment, in foal,  900.000 euro . Presented by the well known French stud farm Etreham. Embellishment is a daughter of Galileo & Sophisticat (winner of the Coronation Stakes.Gr.1), the stallion was Kingman.  Infos & photo courtesy & with thanks Arqana.

 

De Buck Gallery Toys for Boys featuring vintage mythique Porsches. Miami. 3/12/15.

We are pleased to invite you to De Buck Gallery's installation at the gallery space of Miami-based luxury magazine Toys for Boys. Artwork by Alberto Biasi, Joseph Cohen, Tahnee Lonsdale, Rashaad Newsome, Kelly Reemtsen, Shozo Shimamoto, Turi Simeti, Cindy Wright and Zevs will be on view at the space. Join us at Toys for Boys tomorrow night  for a special "meet and greet" happy hour with gallery artists Kelly Reemtsen and Joseph Cohen. If you haven't already done so, please RSVP below. Toys for Boys 1924 N. Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33136 Thursday, December 3, 2015 6-8 PM         DE BUCK GALLERY | NEW YORK  545 W 23RD STREET NEW YORK, NY 10011 212-255-5735

We are pleased to invite you to De Buck Gallery’s installation at the gallery space of Miami-based luxury magazine Toys for Boys. Artwork by Alberto Biasi, Joseph Cohen, Tahnee Lonsdale, Rashaad Newsome, Kelly Reemtsen, Shozo Shimamoto, Turi Simeti, Cindy Wright and Zevs will be on view at the space.
Join us at Toys for Boys tomorrow night for a special “meet and greet” happy hour with gallery artists Kelly Reemtsen and Joseph Cohen. If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP below.
Toys for Boys. Image & info with thanks courtesy De Buck Gallery
1924 N. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
Thursday, December 3, 2015
6-8 PM
DE BUCK GALLERY | NEW YORK
545 W 23RD STREET
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Meissen Group dated 1743, artist Johann Joachim Kaendler. Featured at Fischer Auktionhaus Trappensee Schlosschen

Auktionshaus Dr. Fischer   Artfinder SELLING Auction Calendar Selling Guide Highlights Artists Special Departments Experts Consignment Agreement Non EU Country CATALOGUES Online-Catalogues Catalogue Order Catalogue Subscription 2015 RESULTS & ARCHIVE Online-Catalogues Auction Results Auction Highlights Artists SERVICE Valuation ArtInvestor & Collection Management Artfinder Contact ABOUT US Experts Team Special Departments History Contact Opening hours How to find us MyFISCHER Login Forgot your password? No account yet? Register now! CATEGORIES » Porcelain » Art Nouveau » Faience » Jewellery » Clocks & Watches » Silver » Art Nouveau Silver » Stone & Ceramic » Pewter » Metal » Decorative Arts » Bronzes » Reverse Paintings on Glass » Sculptures & Bronzes CONTACT Dr. Fischer - Fine Art Auctions Trappensee-Schlösschen 74074 Heilbronn Germany Tel.: +49 7131 15557 - 0 Fax: +49 7131 15557 - 20   E-Mail: info@auctions-fischer.de Online: Kontaktformular   Dependance  Elbinger Str. 11 74078 Heilbronn Germany Tel.: +49 7131 88725 -0 Fax: +49 7131 88725 - 20 E-Mail: office@auctions-fischer.de Online: Contact form   Opening time Monday till Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Trappensee-Schlösschen) Monday till Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Dependance Elbinger Str.11)   Home > Catalogues > Online-Catalogues > 245: Art & Antiques Contact  Print Bedeutende Porzellangruppe ''Der stürmische Liebhaber'' « Previous article Next article »   301 - BEDEUTENDE PORZELLANGRUPPE ''DER STÜRMISCHE LIEBHABER'' Bedeutende Porzellangruppe "Der stürmische Liebhaber" Meissen, um 1743 - nach einem Modell von Johann Joachim Kaendler Catalogueprice: 25.000 - 35.000 €

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Ascot star Jane Taylor milliner, flattering elegant couture hats.

Ascot star Jane Taylor Milliner. Her stunning creations have been chosen by the Countess of Wessex. Duchess of Cambridge. Zara Tindall.

Ascot star Jane Taylor, Milliner. Flattering & elegant couture hats, in exquisite colours.  For recent official occasions Jane Taylor’s  stunning creations have been chosen by the Countess of Wessex. Duchess of Cambridge. Zara Tindall. A modern light  boutique has opened 253 Kings Road, London SW3.

Brueghel Pieter 11. Brussels 1564/1637. Antwerp. Christies evening sale December 8th 2015

Pieter Brueghel II (Brussels 1564/5-1637/8 Antwerp), The Birdtrap. Oil on oak panel. Estimate: £1,000,000–1,500,000. Conceived by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, The Birdtrap became one of the most enduringly popular compositions in Netherlandish landscape tradition, with no fewer than 127 versions having survived from the Brueghel family studio. Thought to have been inspired by one of his father’s works — Hunters in the Snow — The Birdtrap similarly depicts a winter scene, though in considerably less somber terms. Here, the purposeful group of men in Brueghel the Elder’s composition are replaced by figures that skate, curl and play skittles and hockey on a frozen river — flashes of red clothing bringing life to an otherwise muted winter palette.

Pieter Brueghel II (Brussels 1564/5-1637/8 Antwerp), The Birdtrap. Oil on oak panel. Estimate: £1,000,000–1,500,000.
Conceived by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, The Birdtrap became one of the most enduringly popular compositions in Netherlandish landscape tradition, with no fewer than 127 versions having survived from the Brueghel family studio.
Thought to have been inspired by one of his father’s works — Hunters in the Snow — The Birdtrap similarly depicts a winter scene, though in considerably less somber terms. Here, the purposeful group of men in Brueghel the Elder’s composition are replaced by figures that skate, curl and play skittles and hockey on a frozen river — flashes of red clothing bringing life to an otherwise muted winter palette.With thanks, courtesy Christies. Christies evening auction 8th December 2015. 

Via Egnatia. Ancient Roman route from Italy to Istanbul. Historian Bettany Hughes discusses how the Via Egnatia helped to shape Europe & the Middle east. A still fascinating tale…. Radio 4, commencing December 4th 2015.

Istanbul

Romantic Istanbul

Ancient Ways A new series on Radio 4 in which Bettany investigates the story of the Roman road that connected east to west and that ran from Italy to Istanbul - the Via Egnatia. Built as a means of military control this quickly became a vital artery spanning the Ancient, Byzantine,... Read More

Ancient Ways
A fascinating new series on Radio 4 in which Bettany investigates the story of the Roman road that connected east to west and that ran from Italy to Istanbul – the Via Egnatia.
Built as a means of military control this quickly became a vital artery spanning the Ancient, Byzantine,…
Read More. Radio 4 December 4th, 2015. Bettany Hughes follows the ancient Roman road to Istanbul. Tracing its route through Albania, Macedonia and Greece, she explores how the Egnatian Way helped to shape Europe and the Middle East.

 

 

Galileo mare Hanky Panky. Tattersalls December Mare sale, 4 top £1.000.000

Four Top Million at Tattersalls December Mare Sale HANKY PANKY was the star turn on the second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale, selling for 2,700,000 guineas on a day that also included the sale of Champion two-year-old TIGGY WIGGY for 2,100,000 guineas and the Oaks winner QUALIFY for 1,600,000 guineas. The second day of the sale saw a total of 162 lots sell for 27,657,000 guineas, at an average of 170,722 guineas and a median of 79,000 guineas. The GALILEO mare HANKY PANKY always looked one of the standout lots of the Tattersalls December Mare catalogue as the half-sister to Champion racehorse and sire GIANT’S CAUSEWAY as well as to YOU’RESOTHRILLING, the dam of the dual Guineas winner GLENEAGLES and Irish 1,000 Guineas winner MARVELLOUS. The daughter of MARIAH’S STORM was offered by Lady Carolyn Warren’s Highclere Stud, in foal to DUBAWI on behalf of John Sikura. The Group placed five-year-old mare caught the attention of US agent Justin Casse, Turkish owner/breeder Ibrahim Araci as well as Fernando Diaz Valdez and John Warren, but it was Darley’s John Ferguson who secured the mare with his bid of 2,700,000 guineas. "It is a huge privilege to sell a mare such as this," said Lady Carolyn Warren, "and we thank John Sikura for entrusting us with her. She is a beautiful mare and ticked every box. "There were a lot of different parties interested, and a lot of different people bidding. We are very pleased that Sheikh Mohammed bought her, he is such a huge supporter of the industry." Lot 2011: Hanky Panky (IRE) Lot 2011: Hanky Panky (IRE) Last year’s Joint European Champion two-year-old filly TIGGY WIGGY was the second highest price for the day when knocked down to MV Magnier for 2,100,000 guineas. The filly lit up the racecourse with her blinding speed, recording successes in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes and Group 2 Lowther Stakes amongst her six victories in her freshman year. The daughter of KODIAC out of the KHELEYF mare KHELEYF’S SISTER, was also placed in the Group 1 1,000 Guineas earlier this year for trainer Richard Hannon. "She was a great race filly, and she will go to Galileo," said MV Magnier. "She is a lovely mare and the Hannons have done a very good job with her." MV Magnier secured the filly after seeing off Anthony Stroud and John Ferguson as well as Mandore International’s Nicholas de Watrigant and Japan’s Northern Farm.

Four Top Million at Tattersalls December Mare Sale
HANKY PANKY was the star turn on the second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale, selling for 2,700,000 guineas on a day that also included the sale of Champion two-year-old TIGGY WIGGY for 2,100,000 guineas and the Oaks winner QUALIFY for 1,600,000 guineas. The second day of the sale saw a total of 162 lots sell for 27,657,000 guineas, at an average of 170,722 guineas and a median of 79,000 guineas.
The GALILEO mare HANKY PANKY always looked one of the standout lots of the Tattersalls December Mare catalogue as the half-sister to Champion racehorse and sire GIANT’S CAUSEWAY as well as to YOU’RESOTHRILLING, the dam of the dual Guineas winner GLENEAGLES and Irish 1,000 Guineas winner MARVELLOUS. The daughter of MARIAH’S STORM was offered by Lady Carolyn Warren’s Highclere Stud, in foal to DUBAWI on behalf of John Sikura. The Group placed five-year-old mare caught the attention of US agent Justin Casse, Turkish owner/breeder Ibrahim Araci as well as Fernando Diaz Valdez and John Warren, but it was Darley’s John Ferguson who secured the mare with his bid of 2,700,000 guineas.
“It is a huge privilege to sell a mare such as this,” said Lady Carolyn Warren, “and we thank John Sikura for entrusting us with her. She is a beautiful mare and ticked every box.
“There were a lot of different parties interested, and a lot of different people bidding. We are very pleased that Sheikh Mohammed bought her, he is such a huge supporter of the industry.”
Lot 2011: Hanky Panky (IRE)
Lot 2011: Hanky Panky (IRE)
Last year’s Joint European Champion two-year-old filly TIGGY WIGGY was the second highest price for the day when knocked down to MV Magnier for 2,100,000 guineas. The filly lit up the racecourse with her blinding speed, recording successes in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes and Group 2 Lowther Stakes amongst her six victories in her freshman year. The daughter of KODIAC out of the KHELEYF mare KHELEYF’S SISTER, was also placed in the Group 1 1,000 Guineas earlier this year for trainer Richard Hannon.
“She was a great race filly, and she will go to Galileo,” said MV Magnier. “She is a lovely mare and the Hannons have done a very good job with her.”
MV Magnier secured the filly after seeing off Anthony Stroud and John Ferguson as well as Mandore International’s Nicholas de Watrigant and Japan’s Northern Farm. Info & image with thanks & courtesy Tattersalls. copyright Tattersalls.

 

 

Melissa Launay. Nutcracker suite oil painting £800 @ the Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery London

 New Year, New Art Online Advent Calendar, 1st - 25th December 2015 The Nutcracker, oil on panel, 25.5 x 25.5cm, by Melissa Launay - £800 PRIVATE VIEW Wednesday 20th January 2016, 6 - 8.30pm EXHIBITION 21st - 30th January 2016 Jonathan Cooper will be beginning 2016 with a mixed exhibition of new, affordable artworks. Priced between £450 and £5,000, each painting, drawing, ceramic or sculpture has been specially produced for the exhibition. From 1st - 25th December we will be releasing one artwork from New Year, New Art at 12pm each day. You can follow the advent calendar on our website, and via our Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter accounts. Works are immediately available for purchase once released, making this the ideal opportunity to buy the perfect Christmas present! Today's artwork is The Nutcracker, oil on panel, 25.5 x 25.5cm, by Melissa Launay - £800. Melissa Launay's exhibition, Curious Tales, also opens in the gallery today. Other exhibiting artists will include Michael J Austin, Harriet Bane, Helen Beard, Jacqueline Leighton-Boyce, Tanya Brett, Rebecca Campbell, Camilla Clutterbuck, Roland Corbin, Camilla Dowse, David Filer, Adam Hargreaves, Peter Haslam-Fox, Tim Hayward, Tom Mabon, Rosie Sanders, Gary Stinton, Fiona Strickland, Nicholas Turner, Georgina Warne, Gavin Watson, Susan Angharad Williams, Jane Wormell, John Worthington, and Craig Wylie. More artworks will also be released as New Year, New Art opens in January 2016. To continue to receive our daily advent emails please sign up here. For enquiries or to purchase please contact the gallery: mail@jonathancooper.co.uk +44 (0)20 7351 0410


New Year, New Art
Online Advent Calendar, 1st – 25th December 2015
The Nutcracker, oil on panel, 25.5 x 25.5cm, by Melissa Launay – £800
PRIVATE VIEW
Wednesday 20th January 2016, 6 – 8.30pm
EXHIBITION
21st – 30th January 2016
Jonathan Cooper will be beginning 2016 with a mixed exhibition of new, affordable artworks. Priced between £450 and £5,000, each painting, drawing, ceramic or sculpture has been specially produced for the exhibition.
From 1st – 25th December we will be releasing one artwork from New Year, New Art at 12pm each day. You can follow the advent calendar on  website, and via our Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter accounts. Works are immediately available for purchase once released, making this the ideal opportunity to buy the perfect Christmas present!
Today’s artwork is The Nutcracker, oil on panel, 25.5 x 25.5cm, by Melissa Launay – £800. Melissa Launay’s exhibition, Curious Tales, also opens in the Park Walk  gallery today.
 copyright Melissa Launay. With thanks & courtesy Jonathan Cooper  Park Walk Gallery, London.

 

Salon QP ‘s briefing of their yearly watch salon features a brilliant 3D maquette of the 007 Omega.

 HOW DO YOU DESIGN A BOND WATCH? Omega's new video shows design sketches, blueprints and 3D schematics of 007's Spectre Seamaster. Indulge your inner Q here... READ MORE »


HOW DO YOU DESIGN A BOND WATCH?
Omega’s new video shows design sketches, blueprints and 3D schematics of 007’s Spectre Seamaster. Indulge your inner Q here… 
READ MORE » www.salonqp.com  with thanks  & Courtesy Salon QP. Omega  Salon QP, the show devoted to showing luxury watches, has just finished their yearly show at Duke of York’s square, Chelsea, London.

QP. And the name? It’s from the abbreviation for Quantième Perpétuel, the French term for “perpetual calendar”. QP is all about the long view and the highest standards.

 

 

Rebecca Hossack Gallery Fitzrovia London

Sherry Karver Sparkle Trees, 2015 mixed media 15 x 20 cm (SK041)

copyright Sherry Karver
Sparkle Trees, 2015    mixed media     15 x 20 cm        (SK041)                                                      Christmas postcard selection Exclusives. Courtesy and with thanks Rebecca Hossack Gallery London 

 

 

Frankel Painting To Be Sold For Charity At Tattersalls December Sale, Monday 30th November 2015

Frankel Painting To Be Sold For Charity At Tattersalls December Sale A painting by renowned equestrian artist Jacqueline Stanhope called ‘Brothers In Arms’ is to be sold for Charity on Monday 30th November at the Tattersalls December Sale. The painting, depicting the incomparable FRANKEL alongside his brothers NOBLE MISSION and BULLET TRAIN, both now standing at stud in America, is to be sold in aid of the ‘Friends of the Newmarket Day Centre’. The charity, whose President is Julie Cecil, has been established in Newmarket for 34 years and specialises in care for the elderly in Newmarket and the surrounding area. 'Brothers In Arms' by Jacqueline Stanhope 'Brothers In Arms' by Jacqueline Stanhope Chairman of the Charity Nigel Wright said; “Newmarket Day Centre provides an essential service to the local community and we are delighted to have this opportunity to raise valuable funds for the charity. FRANKEL and his brothers NOBLE MISSION and BULLET TRAIN are all out of the great Juddmonte mare KIND, and were all trained in Newmarket by Sir Henry Cecil and Lady Cecil, who won three Group 1 races with NOBLE MISSION. The Tattersalls December Sale will provide a great stage to sell Jacqueline Stanhope’s tribute to Prince Khalid Abdullah’s truly extraordinary FRANKEL and his illustrious brothers.” The painting will be offered immediately prior to lot 1603, NEW ORCHID, the first of the Juddmonte draft of broodmares selling on Monday 30th November, and can be viewed in the Juddmonte Tent at Park Paddocks prior to the sale. For further information please contact Nigel Wright, Tel: 07802 699145. Click here to go to the Tattersalls website Next Sale November 24th - 28th, 2015 December Foals Nov. 30th - Dec. 3rd, 2015 December Mare Sale February 4th - 5th, 2016 February Sale Follow Tattersalls1766 on Twitter Find Tattersalls on Facebook CONTACT DETAILS Jimmy George Marketing Director T +44 (0) 1638 665931 F +44 (0) 1638 660850 jimmy.george@tattersalls.com Jason Singh Marketing Manager Tel: +44 (0) 1638 665931 Fax: +44 (0) 1638 660850 jason.singh@tattersalls.com © 2015 Copyright Tattersalls Ltd. All rights reserved. Forward email

Frankel Painting To Be Sold For Charity At Tattersalls December Sale
A painting by renowned equestrian artist Jacqueline Stanhope called ‘Brothers In Arms’ is to be sold for Charity on Monday 30th November at the Tattersalls December Sale.
The painting, depicting the incomparable FRANKEL alongside his brothers NOBLE MISSION and BULLET TRAIN, both now standing at stud in America, is to be sold in aid of the ‘Friends of the Newmarket Day Centre’. The charity, whose President is Julie Cecil, has been established in Newmarket for 34 years and specialises in care for the elderly in Newmarket and the surrounding area.
‘Brothers In Arms’ by Jacqueline Stanhope
‘Brothers In Arms’ by Jacqueline Stanhope
Chairman of the Charity Nigel Wright said;
“Newmarket Day Centre provides an essential service to the local community and we are delighted to have this opportunity to raise valuable funds for the charity. FRANKEL and his brothers NOBLE MISSION and BULLET TRAIN are all out of the great Juddmonte mare KIND, and were all trained in Newmarket by Sir Henry Cecil and Lady Cecil, who won three Group 1 races with NOBLE MISSION. The Tattersalls December Sale will provide a great stage to sell Jacqueline Stanhope’s tribute to Prince Khalid Abdullah’s truly extraordinary FRANKEL and his illustrious brothers.”
The painting will be offered immediately prior to lot 1603, NEW ORCHID, the first of the Juddmonte draft of broodmares selling on Monday 30th November, and can be viewed in the Juddmonte Tent at Park Paddocks prior to the sale.
For further information please contact Nigel Wright, Tel: 07802 699145. Info & image with thanks and courtesy of Tattersalls.

 

 

Le Corsaire. The Nutcracker Suite. English National Ballet. Christmas 2015 New Year 2016

Le Corsaire (The Pirate) follows the escapades of a dashing pirate, Conrad, who journeys across the high seas to save his beautiful harem girl, Medora. It is a swashbuckling fantasy tale of captive maidens and cutthroats, love and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck which is one of the most breath-taking spectacles in ballet.  Full of action, passion and romance, this classic story ballet has been reinvented by English National Ballet, the only UK company to perform the complete work. This extravagant and exhilarating production enthralled audiences and received rave reviews when it premiered in 2013. Staged by Anna-Marie Holmes, with the breath-taking sets by Hollywood designer Bob Ringwood (Batman) and English National Ballet Philharmonic performing the sweeping, romantic score, Le Corsaire is an unmissable, entertaining adventure.  Watch Le Corsaire trailer 'A roaring success' ★★★★★ Financial Times 'Le Corsaire is all about dancing fireworks' ★★★★ The Times 'Fabulously entertaining… if you’ve never been to a ballet, trust me, this is the place to start' ★★★★ Observer 'ENB’s Corsaire delivers both exotic designs and rigorous dancing' ★★★★The Independent 'Stunning' ★★★★ Daily Telegraph Le Corsaire credits: Staged by Anna-Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa and Konstantin Sergeyev   Music by Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Leo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo, Prince Pyotr van Oldenburg, Ludwig Minkus, Yuly Gerber, Baron Boris Fitinhof-Schnell and Albert Zabel   Edited by Lars Payne and Gavin Sutherland  Libretto by Jules-Henri de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier in a version by Anna-Marie Holmes   Based on The Corsair (1814) by Lord Byron   Sets and Costumes by Bob Ringwood   Lighting by Neil Austin Image: dancers Fernanda Oliveira and Alejandro Virelles © Perry Curties. Art Direction and Design: Charlotte Wilkinson Studio.   YOU MAY ALSO LIKE 150731-lead Carlos Acosta - A Classical Selection 08 Dec 15 - 13 Dec 15 Nutcracker-2015 Nutcracker 16 Dec 15 - 10 Jan 16 Nutcracker Christmas Gala Nutcracker Christmas Gala 17 Dec 15 - 17 Dec 15

Le Corsaire (The Pirate) follows the escapades of a dashing pirate, Conrad, who journeys across the high seas to save his beautiful harem girl, Medora. It is a swashbuckling fantasy tale of captive maidens and cutthroats, love and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck which is one of the most breath-taking spectacles in ballet.This extravagant and exhilarating production enthralled audiences and received rave reviews when it premiered in 2013. Staged by Anna-Marie Holmes, with the breath-taking sets by Hollywood designer Bob Ringwood (Batman) and English National Ballet Philharmonic performing the sweeping, romantic score, Le Corsaire is an unmissable, entertaining adventure.
Watch Le Corsaire trailer
‘A roaring success’ ★★★★★ Financial Times
‘Le Corsaire is all about dancing fireworks’ ★★★★ The Times
‘Fabulously entertaining… if you’ve never been to a ballet, trust me, this is the place to start’ ★★★★ Observer
‘ENB’s Corsaire delivers both exotic designs and rigorous dancing’ ★★★★The Independent
‘Stunning’ ★★★★ Daily Telegraph
Le Corsaire credits:
Staged by Anna-Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa and Konstantin Sergeyev
Music by Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Leo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo, Prince Pyotr van Oldenburg, Ludwig Minkus, Yuly Gerber, Baron Boris Fitinhof-Schnell and Albert Zabel
Edited by Lars Payne and Gavin Sutherland
Libretto by Jules-Henri de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier in a version by Anna-Marie Holmes
Based on The Corsair (1814) by Lord Byron
Sets and Costumes by Bob Ringwood
Lighting by Neil Austin
Image: dancers Fernanda Oliveira and Alejandro Virelles © Perry Curties. Art Direction and Design: Charlotte Wilkinson Studio.
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Le Corsaire. English National Ballet.

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Chateau Napoleon 111 in Anjou.For sale. 3 hours from Paris.

Anjou Chateau Napoleon III with 14hectares Park, outbuildings and Mansion. Castle 400m², spread over 4 levels of 100m² each. On the ground floor overlooking the park: hunting room with fireplace, office, kitchen, laundry, boiler, fruit cellar, shoemaking, armory. In the raised ground floor: Reception, 3 lounges with adjacent park view, a study, a kitchen, toilets. 1st floor: 5 bedrooms, two with balcony, 2 bathrooms, a den with fireplace, closet space, toilet. On 2nd floor: 5 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, toilet, room to convert, attic with access to the bell tower. Outbuildings: A stable with 6 boxes, sellerie- attic above, a kennel, a henhouse, a shed and use dependence. Mansion on two levels: currently rented (750 € / month) Ground floor: Entrance hall, two lounges with fireplace, kitchen, boiler room, wc, cellar with attic. Upstairs: 3 bedrooms, a bathroom with toilet. Attached: an old bakery with bread oven. Pond. (20 minutes from Angers / 3 hours from Paris easy A11 access) Country : France Area : Tours Surface : 400m² Rooms : 20 Reference : 552 Prix : 1,190,000 €

Anjou Chateau Napoleon III with 14hectares Park, outbuildings and Mansion. Castle 400m², spread over 4 levels of 100m² each. On the ground floor overlooking the park: hunting room with fireplace, office, kitchen, laundry, boiler, fruit cellar, shoemaking, armory. In the raised ground floor: Reception, 3 lounges with adjacent park view, a study, a kitchen, toilets. 1st floor: 5 bedrooms, two with balcony, 2 bathrooms, a den with fireplace, closet space, toilet. On 2nd floor: 5 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, toilet, room to convert, attic with access to the bell tower. Outbuildings: A stable with 6 boxes, sellerie- attic above, a kennel, a henhouse, a shed and use dependence. Mansion on two levels: currently rented (750 € / month) Ground floor: Entrance hall, two lounges with fireplace, kitchen, boiler room, wc, cellar with attic. Upstairs: 3 bedrooms, a bathroom with toilet. Attached: an old bakery with bread oven. Pond.
(20 minutes from Angers / 3 hours from Paris easy A11 access)
Country :
France
Area :
Tours
Surface :
400m²
Rooms :
20
Reference :
552
Prix :
1,190,000 €

W.11 Stunning new built Freehold town house in London.

APPROACHED VIA ITS OWN PRIVATE DRIVEWAY, THIS STUNNING, NEWLY BUILT, DETACHED FREEHOLD HOUSE PROVIDES INCREDIBLE LATERAL SPACE.   Detailed floor plans View large floor plans Share +     Map Map data ©2015 Google Terms of Use View map View street view Share +     Accomodation 5 Bedrooms 5 Reception Rooms 4 Bathrooms 7725 sq ft

APPROACHED VIA ITS OWN PRIVATE DRIVEWAY, THIS STUNNING, NEWLY BUILT, DETACHED FREEHOLD HOUSE PROVIDES INCREDIBLE LATERAL SPACE.

Accomodation
5 Bedrooms
5 Reception Rooms
4 Bathrooms
7725 sq ft

AUDI R8 V10PLUS

The R8 V10 Spyder is the convertible version of Audi 's mid-engined, 10-cylinder R8 supercar. As with its fixed-roof sibling, the R8 V10 Spyder is based on the same platform as the Lamborghini Gallardo and features an excellent balance of extreme performance and docile around-town driving manners. For those seeking a more affordable everyday exotic, Audi offers coupe and drop-top versions of the R8 with a V8. Read more: http://www.leftlanenews.com/new-car-buying/audi/r8-v10-spyder/##ixzz3sCzRUBVR

The R8 V10 Plus. 

Model: Audi R8 V10 plus Photo
Price: £134,500
Engine: 5.2 litre, V10 petrol
Power: 601hp, 560Nm
Max speed: 205mph
0-62mph: 3.2s
MPG (combined): 23.0mpg
Emissions: 287g/km

Not shown. The R8 V10 Spyder is the convertible version of Audi ‘s mid-engined, 10-cylinder R8 super car. As with its fixed-roof sibling, the R8 V10 Spyder is based on the same platform as the Lamborghini Gallardo and features an excellent balance of extreme performance and docile around-town driving manners. For those seeking a more affordable everyday exotic, Audi offers coupe and drop-top versions of the R8 with a V8.

 

 

QP WATCH SALON at the SAATCHI GALLERY LONDON 13-14 NOVEMBER 2015

The Freelancer collection launched in 2007, and this special edition is actually a collaboration with Piper aircraft – not that you would know, as there’s a lack of any visible branding on the dial. The dial has central hours and minutes, with monochrome hands tipped with stripes, and a GMT hand inspired by a red compass. A tachometric bezel runs around the outside, whilst the inner circle displays GMT time. There’s a small seconds sub-dial resembling an altitude indicator at 9 o’clock, a date window at 4 o’clock, and 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively. raymond weil 3 The royal blue hands on the chronograph counters are shaped like the Piper’s rotor blades, and the chronograph is started, stopped and restarted by the 2 o’clock pusher, whilst the 4 o’clock pusher resets. Inside is the RW5020 chronograph movement on an ETA 7754 base caliber. Water-resistant to 100m, the Piper has a 46-hour power reserve and comes on an openwork black leather strap. The run is limited to 1,500 pieces and, sweetly, each watch comes with its own Raymond Weil-stamped model Piper.

The Freelancer collection launched in 2007, and this special edition is actually a collaboration with Piper aircraft – not that you would know, as there’s a lack of any visible branding on the dial.
The dial has central hours and minutes, with monochrome hands tipped with stripes, and a GMT hand inspired by a red compass. A tachometric bezel runs around the outside, whilst the inner circle displays GMT time.
There’s a small seconds sub-dial resembling an altitude indicator at 9 o’clock, a date window at 4 o’clock, and 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively.
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The royal blue hands on the chronograph counters are shaped like the Piper’s rotor blades, and the chronograph is started, stopped and restarted by the 2 o’clock pusher, whilst the 4 o’clock pusher resets.
Inside is the RW5020 chronograph movement on an ETA 7754 base caliber. Water-resistant to 100m, the Piper has a 46-hour power reserve and comes on an openwork black leather strap. The run is limited to 1,500 pieces and, sweetly, each watch comes with its own Raymond Weil-stamped model Piper. With Thanks & Courtesy QP. QP Salon Saatchi Gallery 12-14th November 2015. Best known for its music-inspired watches, Raymond Weil has now released its debut pilot’s watch. Whilst the company’s eponymous founder was well-known for his love of music, reflected in watches inspired by everything from Gibson guitars to Frank Sinatra, Raymond Weil’s passion for flying is somewhat less acknowledged. Now Raymond Weil has launched its first pilot watch, the 45mm Freelancer Piper made of titanium and stainless steel and priced at £2,895. In tribute to Mr Weil, the Freelancer Piper takes design cues from the dashboard of the Piper plane Weil flew around the Matterhorn and the mountains of Switzerland. With thanks and courtesy, Raymond Weil. With thanks and courtesy QP Watch Salon. Saatchi Gallery 13-14 November 2015.

 

 

Paris flat for sale near Parc Monceau.

Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Size: 105 m2 For sale: € 1 050 000 Agency Fee Included Area: 17th  For sale in the 17th arrondissement near the Parc de Monceau, one of Paris' most celebrated parks, on the first floor of a century-old cut-stone building with elevator, this 105 m2 (1,130 sq. ft.) apartment on avenue de Villiers is replete with classic features such as parquet floors, marble fireplaces with gilded mirrors above, high ceilings with plaster molding, a sitting room, and French doors that open onto a small balcony with wrought-iron railing. Features include a fully equipped separate kitchen with a dining area, laundry with washer and dryer, and a guest lavatory that opens off the commodious entry hall. Further details and photos

Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Size: 105 m2
For sale: € 1 050 000 Agency Fee Included
Area: 17th
For sale in the 17th arrondissement near the Parc de Monceau, one of Paris’ most celebrated parks, on the first floor of a century-old cut-stone building with elevator, this 105 m2 (1,130 sq. ft.) apartment on avenue de Villiers is replete with classic features such as parquet floors, marble fireplaces with gilded mirrors above, high ceilings with plaster molding, a sitting room, and French doors that open onto a small balcony with wrought-iron railing. Features include a fully equipped separate kitchen with a dining area, laundry with washer and dryer, and a guest lavatory that opens off the commodious entry hall.
Contact us for Further details and photos  REF. S.H. 20.P

Qatar L’Arc de Triomphe race exclusive video images, below, at Longchamps below. Paris famous LONGCHAMPS race course hosts one of the most glamorous days on the sporting calendar. After the 2015 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, work will start on a project that owner France Galop, the organisation that runs French horse racing, hopes will transform the appearance of the historic horse racing venue and secure its financial future. Architect Dominique Perrault’s futuristic new stand design incorporates “transparent shelves,” for better viewing. Longchamps in the Bois de Boulogne, an 850-hectare public park. The new building and overall redesign is costing €130 million ($145 million).

Goldenhorn winning the 2015 qatar l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamps Paris. Jockey Frankie Dettori.With thanks courtesy Photo Julian Herbert.PA WIRE.

Goldenhorn winning the 2015 Qatar l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamps Paris, in a brilliant finish. Trainer John Gosden.Owner Mr.Oppenheim. Jockey Frankie Dettori.With thanks courtesy Photo Julian Herbert.PA WIRE. Frankie Dettori had successfully ridden Goldenhorn to victory in the Derby at Epsom in May 2015. France Galop organises French horse racing. 

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What is Luxury ? Victoria & Albert museum, until 25th September 2015

The Second Space Travellers Watch is one of George Daniel’s most well-known pieces. Image taken by Frances Spiegel with permission of the V&A, all rights reserved.

The Second Space Travellers Watch is one of George Daniel’s most well-known pieces. Image taken by Frances Spiegel with permission of the V&A, all rights reserved. Courtesy V&A  Frances Spiegel , with thanks.

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V&A Exhibition  What is luxury ?The museum examines how perceptions have altered through the ages. Second Space Traveller Watch,  George Daniels. photo courtesy Apollo magazine

 

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V&A Exhibition What is luxury ? The museum examines how perceptions have altered through the ages.  Second Space Traveller Watch George Daniels. photo courtesy Apollo magazine

 

 

HILLARY CLINTON’s FUNDRAISER. “The deck is stacked” Exclusive Daily Mail Feature. Courtesy Daily Mail LAURA COLLINS FOR DAILY MAIL.COM article published 24th August 2015.

EXCLUSIVE: A Maserati, a Ferrari, a Bentley, a Porsche (and supermodel Christie Brinkley) - the VERY one per cent turn out to raise funds for Hillary Clinton's efforts to 'shuffle the pack' Exclusive Daily Mail Online pictures reveal how supermodel, 61, was guest at elite fundraiser in the Hamptons, NY Donors arrived in expensive cars including Maserati, Ferrari Spirder, Porsche, Jaguar XKR and Bentley convertibles  Before the fundraiser Clinton tweeted: 'When you see that you've got CEOs making 300x what the average worker is making, you know the deck is stacked' Democratic front runner is in $50,000 a week vacation rental but will campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, this week By LAURA COLLINS FOR DAILYMAIL.COM PUBLISHED: 21:43 GMT, 24 August 2015 | UPDATED: 01:02 GMT, 25 August 2015 Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3209466/Christie-Brinkley-Maserati-Ferrari-Bentley-Porsche-supermodel-one-cent-turnout-raise-funds-Hillary-Clinton-s-efforts-shuffle-pack.html#ixzz3k1CQnB69  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

EXCLUSIVE: A Maserati, a Ferrari, a Bentley, a Porsche (and supermodel Christie Brinkley) – the VERY one per cent turn out to raise funds for Hillary Clinton’s efforts to ‘shuffle the pack’
Exclusive Daily Mail Online pictures reveal how supermodel, 61, was guest at elite fundraiser in the Hamptons, NY
Donors arrived in expensive cars including Maserati, Ferrari Spirder, Porsche, Jaguar XKR and Bentley convertibles. Exclusive Daily Mail Online pics show guests arriving at the Water Mill, Long Island home of Selma & Artie Rabin who hosted a fundraiser for Mrs Clinton, on saturday evening.
Before the fundraiser Clinton tweeted: ‘When you see that you’ve got CEOs making 300x what the average worker is making, you know the deck is stacked’
Democratic front runner is in $50,000 a week vacation rental but will campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, this week Rabin is an apparel company magnate & the co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets basket ball team.
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PUBLISHED: 21:43 GMT, 24 August 2015 | UPDATED: 01:02 GMT, 25 August 2015
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Hillary Clinton has announced her intention to ‘shuffle the pack’ to help the beleaguered middle classes but when it comes to Hillary Clinton’s own fundraising efforts the deck seems pretty firmly stacked in favour of the rich and powerful.
These exclusive pictures taken by Daily Mail Online show guests arriving at the Water Mill, Long Island home of Selma and Artie Rabin who hosted a fundraiser for Mrs Clinton on Saturday evening. Rabin is an apparel company magnate and the co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets basketball team.
Mrs Clinton arrived first with her entourage in a blacked out SUV that turned out to be by far the most modest car of the day.
While some guests opted for a limousine drop off, a Maserati, a Bentley, a vintage Mercedes worth $150,000, a Jaguar and a Porsche were among the impressive array of luxury cars to roll up at the Rabins’ imposing home. Photo Macfarlanes for MailOnline.com
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PARIS ETOILE PARC MONCEAU PIED-A-TERRE FOR SALE

ETOILE MONCEAU Price: €1 050 000 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Size: 105 m2 Floor: 1 Arrondissement: 17th Area: ETOILE TAXES AND FEES Quarterly Building Fees: €788 Property Tax: €3 213 DESCRIPTION For sale in the 17th arrondissement near the Parc de Monceau, one of Paris’ most celebrated parks, on the first floor of a century-old cut-stone building with elevator, this 105 m2 (1,130 sq. ft.) apartment on avenue de Villiers is replete with classic features such as parquet floors, marble fireplaces with gilded mirrors above, high ceilings with plaster molding, a sitting room, and French doors that open onto a small balcony with wrought-iron railing. Features include a fully equipped separate kitchen with a dining area, laundry with washer and dryer, and a guest lavatory that opens off the commodious entry hall. The salon and master bedroom suite are especially spacious. The apartment was recently repainted and several appliances, including a gas heat and hot water system, were updated. Double-paned and metal shutters keep down heating costs and reduce exterior noise. Thanks to its northern and western exposure the apartment is filled with natural light. The lobby and elevator were recently updated, and the façade was cleaned in 2012. The location is especially convenient for daily needs, with a public garage across the street, the Villiers Métro station nearby, and rue de Levis, which has one of Paris’ best-known open-air markets, a brief walk. Furnishings may be acquired at extra cost for turnkey occupancy. Please contact us today for your private viewing. Information and visits 7/7 at +336.72.30.25.64 with Susie HOLLANDS (Reference EMPSU445).

ETOILE MONCEAU
Price: €1 050 000
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Size: 105 m2
Floor: 1
Arrondissement: 17th
Area: ETOILE
TAXES AND FEES
Quarterly Building Fees: €788
Property Tax: €3 213
DESCRIPTION
For sale in the 17th arrondissement near the Parc de Monceau, one of Paris’ most celebrated parks, on the first floor of a century-old cut-stone building with elevator, this 105 m2 (1,130 sq. ft.) apartment on avenue de Villiers is replete with classic features such as parquet floors, marble fireplaces with gilded mirrors above, high ceilings with plaster molding, a sitting room, and French doors that open onto a small balcony with wrought-iron railing. Features include a fully equipped separate kitchen with a dining area, laundry with washer and dryer, and a guest lavatory that opens off the commodious entry hall. The salon and master bedroom suite are especially spacious. The apartment was recently repainted and several appliances, including a gas heat and hot water system, were updated. Double-paned and metal shutters keep down heating costs and reduce exterior noise. Thanks to its northern and western exposure the apartment is filled with natural light. The lobby and elevator were recently updated, and the façade was cleaned in 2012. The location is especially convenient for daily needs, with a public garage across the street, the Villiers Métro station nearby, and rue de Levis, which has one of Paris’ best-known open-air markets, a brief walk. Furnishings may be acquired at extra cost for turnkey occupancy. Please contact us today for your private viewing. Information and visits 7/7 at +336.72.30.25.64 with Susie HOLLANDS (Reference EMPSU445). IMAGE AND INFO COURTESY SUSIE HOLLANDS VINGTPARIS

 

 

 

 

Irina Kolesnikova. St Petersburgh Ballet Theatre at the London Coliseum. August 2015.

The renowned St Petersburg Ballet Theatre continues its 2015 international tour with its London Coliseum season. Internationally acclaimed Irina Kolesnikova brings together guest artists of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Bolshoi Theatre and the Royal Ballet’s own Vadim Muntagirov in a spell-binding production of Swan Lake. Surely the most famous and beautiful of all classical ballets, Swan Lake is the classic love story between Prince Siegfried and the Swan Princess Odette. From the iconic lakeside 'white act' to the visually stunning palace ballroom, this is the story of lovers divided by the villainous sorcerer Rothbart and true love conquering all. Classical ballet at its best, wrapped in Tchaikovsky’s glorious and unforgettable music, this full-length ballet is accompanied by The St Petersburg Ballet Orchestra. With lavish costumes, beautiful sets and a company of 55, this magnificent production is not to be missed.

The renowned St Petersburg Ballet Theatre continues its 2015 international tour with its London Coliseum season.
Internationally acclaimed Irina Kolesnikova brings together guest artists of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Bolshoi Theatre and the Royal Ballet’s own Vadim Muntagirov in a spell-binding production of Swan Lake.
Surely the most famous and beautiful of all classical ballets, Swan Lake is the classic love story between Prince Siegfried and the Swan Princess Odette. From the iconic lakeside ‘white act’ to the visually stunning palace ballroom, this is the story of lovers divided by the villainous sorcerer Rothbart and true love conquering all.
Classical ballet at its best, wrapped in Tchaikovsky’s glorious and unforgettable music, this full-length ballet is accompanied by The St Petersburg Ballet Orchestra.
With lavish costumes, beautiful sets and a company of 55, this magnificent production is not to be missed. Courtesy The London Coliseum The Marinsky Theatre & the St Petersburgh Ballet

 

 

 

 

 

Paris flat with terrace for sale in the hip Republic Arrondissement.

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This luxuriously appointed 936 sq. ft. 4-room apartment on an upper floor in a Haussmannian building benefits from a superb 355 sa. ft. south-facing terrace overlooking a peaceful street. It includes an entry, a superb living room opening onto the terrace and with a top-quality Italian-manufactured kitchen (state-of-the-art-appliances), a wine cellar, 3 bedrooms, and a Carrara marble tiled bathroom and shower room. With walk-in closets and ample storage space. The property also benefits from a Bose sound system both inside and outside, a water softerner, underfloor heating and air conditioning. Sold with a maid’s bedroom and a cellar. Country : France Area : Ile-de-France Surface : 87m² Rooms : 4 Reference : 1072 Prix : 1,480,000 €

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Paris luxury apartment for sale. VingtParis

This 100m² (1076 ft²) 3 bedroom 2 bathroom Paris apartment in the heart of the Marais is the perfect luxury apartment. Renovated to high standards by the current owners to make their apartment the perfect "home away from home". The apartment has been lovingly renovated and decorated with comfort, luxury and charm in mind. It is up 2 flights of stairs on the French 2nd floor/American 3rd floor without an elevator. This lovely flat is just around the corner from the Picasso museum, Place des Vosges, the trendy rue Charlot and all of the hip shops and restaurants of the Marais neighbourhood. The fruit and vegetable market on rue de Bretagne, "Les Enfants Rouges," is a short walk, as are many wonderful boulangeries, patisseries and gourmet food shops. The flat is walking distance from the Place des Vosges, Picasso Museum, Seine River, Victor Hugo house, Jewish museum, Musee Carnavalet, Rue des Rosiers and all of the falafel restaurants and designer clothing boutiques, Ile St Louis, Left Bank, Bastille, Beaubourg modern art museum, and all of the gay friendly and Jewish restaurants and shops of the Marais.

This 100m² (1076 ft²) 3 bedroom 2 bathroom Paris apartment in the heart of the Marais is the perfect luxury apartment. Renovated to high standards by the current owners to make their apartment the perfect “home away from home”. The apartment has been lovingly renovated and decorated with comfort, luxury and charm in mind. It is up 2 flights of stairs on the French 2nd floor/American 3rd floor without an elevator.
This lovely flat is just around the corner from the Picasso museum, Place des Vosges, the trendy rue Charlot and all of the hip shops and restaurants of the Marais neighbourhood. The fruit and vegetable market on rue de Bretagne, “Les Enfants Rouges,” is a short walk, as are many wonderful boulangeries, patisseries and gourmet food shops.
The flat is walking distance from the Place des Vosges, Picasso Museum, Seine River, Victor Hugo house, Jewish museum, Musee Carnavalet, Rue des Rosiers and all of the falafel restaurants and designer clothing boutiques, Ile St Louis, Left Bank, Bastille, Beaubourg modern art museum, and all of the gay friendly and Jewish restaurants and shops of the Marais. Image and text courtesy VingtParis. Susie Hollands.

Paris. Historic 17th century Marais building, duplex apartment for sale.

Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Size: 160 m2 For sale: € 2 115 000 Agency Fee Included Area: 4th A few steps from the Place des Vosges in a magnificent 17th Century residence in the light, sunny third floor without elevator with views onto historic Marais properties and the Paris skyline. A duplex apartment with two bedrooms and a bathroom on the 2nd level, a large living room, a kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and an office room in the top floor. Light renovation required. Further details and photos

A few steps from the Place des Vosges in a magnificent 17th Century residence in the light, sunny third floor without elevator with views onto historic Marais properties and the Paris skyline. A duplex apartment with two bedrooms and a bathroom on the 2nd level, a large living room, a kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and an office room in the top floor. Light renovation required.4 bedrooms.2 bathrooms. 160 sq.m2. 4th.arrondissement. For sale 2.115.000. Agency Fees incl. Courtesy Vingt Paris.Further details and photos VingtParis

 

 

Investment opportunities in French coastal resort 2 hours by train from Paris Saint Lazare station.

The Presqu'île de la Touques apartment collections, where distinction resides… PRESTIGIOUS APARTMENT COLLECTIONS To earn a 5-star (1) classification, excellence is the minimum requirement. The Presqu'île de la Touques apartment collections have been designed to satisfy the most demanding international criteria: spacious, bright, and so much more… img-07new pers_salon A REPOSITORY OF SERENITY, AND OF SOME THE BEST NAMES IN THE ART OF FRENCH LIVING: Exceptional architectural design, signed by Xavier Bohl Magnificent gardens created by Thierry Huau Chic and refined decoration, imagined by Sybille de Margerie Ask for complete information about all of the services offered by this exceptional residence (1) Subject to receiving a prefectoral order for the classification

The Presqu’île de la Touques apartment collections, where distinction resides…
PRESTIGIOUS APARTMENT COLLECTIONS
To earn a 5-star (1) classification, excellence is the minimum requirement. The Presqu’île de la Touques apartment collections have been designed to satisfy the most demanding international criteria: spacious, bright, and so much more…2 hours by train from Paris Saint. Lazare station   A REPOSITORY OF SERENITY, AND OF SOME THE BEST NAMES IN THE ART OF FRENCH LIVING:
Exceptional architectural design, signed by Xavier Bohl
Magnificent gardens created by Thierry Huau
Chic and refined decoration, imagined by Sybille de Margerie
Ask for complete information about all of the services offered by this exceptional residence
(1) Subject to receiving a prefectoral order for the classification With thanks Courtesy Jessica Enard Pierre et Vacances Deauville

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FERRARI LaFerrari

Ferrari LaFerrari is the ultimate expression of what defines the Italian company. The Enzo successor excels in terms of performance, technological innovation, style and thrill of driving. Being Ferrari’s first hybrid hyper-car, along with the high-revving V12 engine, the car is powered by an additional electric motor to provide extra power and increase the overall fuel-efficiency. Combining the outputs from the two powerhouses, the exotic car has a total of 963 hp and a peak torque of over 900 Nm (664 lb-ft). LaFerrari can sprint from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in under 3 seconds and reaches a top speed in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph). Also, the car is the beneficiary of F1 inspired aerodynamics, a 7-speed DCT transmission and a state-of-the-art brake and suspension systems. Only 499 will be build, making this a very desirable and rare car.

Ferrari LaFerrari is the ultimate expression of what defines the Italian company.
The Enzo successor excels in terms of performance, technological innovation, style and thrill of driving. Being Ferrari’s first hybrid hyper-car, along with the high-revving V12 engine, the car is powered by an additional electric motor to provide extra power and increase the overall fuel-efficiency. Combining the outputs from the two powerhouses, the exotic car has a total of 963 hp and a peak torque of over 900 Nm (664 lb-ft). LaFerrari can sprint from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in under 3 seconds and reaches a top speed in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph). Also, the car is the beneficiary of F1 inspired aerodynamics, a 7-speed DCT transmission and a state-of-the-art brake and suspension systems. Only 499 will be build, making this a very desirable and rare car. Courtesy & thanks AUTOEVOLUTION

Belgravia, London. Caroline Terrace, Grade 11 Listed House, Freehold, with garden.

 

ccomodation2 Bedrooms1 Reception Rooms2 Bathrooms1292 sq ftFeatures Reception roomKitchen/breakfast roomTwo double en-suite bedroomsGardenFreehold Tenure Freehold Description Laid out over 4 floors the accommodation, which would further benefit from some modernization, includes a first floor reception room, generous kitchen/breakfast room and two double bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms. In addition there is a good-sized garden. Caroline Terrace is a beautiful and quiet residential street located between Eaton Terrace and Bourne Street. Sloane Square and Elizabeth Street with their wealth of shops, restaurants and transport facilities are within easy walking distance. A copy of the planning permission can be obtained from the council or alternatively from our office in Belgravia.

London Belgravia Grade 11 Listed building Freehold.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Laid out over 4 floors the accommodation, which would further benefit from some modernization, includes a first floor reception room, generous kitchen/breakfast room and two double bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms. In addition there is a good-sized garden.
Caroline Terrace is a beautiful and quiet residential street located between Eaton Terrace and Bourne Street. Sloane Square and Elizabeth Street with their wealth of shops, restaurants and transport facilities are within easy walking distance.                                                              Property Ref: 5559E1792343C

Investment opportunity Belgravia Real Estate London

AN EXTREMELY WELL PRESENTED TWO DOUBLE BEDROOM FLAT LOCATED MOMENTS FROM MOTCOMB STREET. dir/img/properties/5412E5FD5877A/   Detailed floor plans View large floor plans Share +    Map Map Data Terms of Use Report a map error View map View street view Share +     Accomodation2 Bedrooms1 Reception Rooms2 Bathrooms830 sq ftFeatures Located in a charming cul-de-sacOwn front doorReception roomKitchenTwo double bedrooms,En-suite shower roomBathroomPrivate patio Tenure Leasehold Description Located in a private and quiet cul-de-sac on the west side of charming Kinnerton Street this property has been tastefully modernised with style and flair and would make an ideal pied-a-terre or investment. The flat is on the ground floor and is accessed through its own front door. It comprises of a reception room, separate kitchen, two double bedrooms, one bathroom and one shower room. The property also benefits from a private patio with room for a small table and chairs.

AN EXTREMELY WELL PRESENTED TWO DOUBLE BEDROOM FLAT.  LOCATED MOMENTS FROM MOTCOMB STREET.£2.250.000.
2 Bedrooms1 Reception Rooms2 Bathrooms.     830 sq ft
Located in a charming cul-de-sac.  Own front door.  Reception room.  Two double bedrooms,En-suite shower room, Bathroom.  Kitchen. Private patio
Leasehold
Located in a private and quiet cul-de-sac on the west side of charming Kinnerton Street this property has been  modernised and would make an ideal pied-a-terre or investment.
The flat is on the ground floor and is accessed through its own front door. . The property also benefits from a private patio with room for a small table and chairs.Property Ref: 5412E5FD5877A

London Belgravia property with a share in the Freehold.

An exceptionally renovated 2 double bedroom apartment that effortlessly blends traditional style with modern flair and technology. Features 2 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms2 Reception Rooms Share of freeholdContact details 020 7235 8861Belgravia officeRef: 53D104E73B613 See full details View floor plan Download brochure View map

An exceptionally renovated 2 double bedroom apartment that effortlessly blends traditional style with modern flair and technology.
Features
2 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms 2 Reception Rooms  Share of freehold  £2.750.000. Cadogan Gardens.
Ref: 53D104E73B613 

 

Apartment for sale Paris, 95.52.m2 for 900.000 euro, Agency fees included

Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Size: 95.52 m2  For sale: € 900 000 Agency Fee Included Area: 3rd Superb property in a Haussmannian building with a balcony. With a great floor plan and outstanding original features make the property an ideal buy for a pied a terre or rental investment. Elevator building in good condition. Two bedroom, Two bathroom and a large Dining room/ kitchen.  Further details and photos

Paris historic 3rd Arrondissement, Marais Meslay . Superb property in a Haussmannian building with a balcony. With a great floor plan and outstanding original features make the property an ideal buy for a pied a terre or rental investment. Elevator building in good condition.                                    Two bedroom, Two bathroom and a large Dining room/ kitchen. Size 95.52.m2                              FOR SALE EURO 900.000 AGENCY FEE Included Images & info with thanks courtesy Paris Agency Vingt Paris

 

 

 

Hamptons 30 acre Estate for sale, once owned by Andy Warhol.

Eothen, the Montauk estate once owned by Andy Warhol.  Photo courtesy TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. A 30-acre piece of Hamptons real estate once owned by Pop artist Andy Warhol can be yours for $85 million. Warhol and Paul Morrissey, who directed several of the artist's films, bought Eothen, the compound in Montauk, New York, for $225,000. The seller is J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler, who purchased it in 2007 for $27 million. The Church family, founders of the Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Company, developed the land as a fishing camp, according to Top Ten Real Estate Deals. Even corrected for inflation, the $85-million asking price reflects a 70-fold increase in value from when Warhol and Morrissey acquired it.

Eothen, the Montauk estate once owned by Andy Warhol.
Photo courtesy TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.
A 30-acre piece of Hamptons real estate once owned by Pop artist Andy Warhol can be yours for $85 million.
Warhol and Paul Morrissey, who directed several of the artist’s films, bought Eothen, the compound in Montauk, New York, for $225,000. The seller is J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler, who purchased it in 2007 for $27 million. The Church family, founders of the Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Company, developed the land as a fishing camp, according to Top Ten Real Estate Deals. Even corrected for inflation, the $85-million asking price reflects a 70-fold increase in value from when Warhol and Morrissey acquired it.

Masterpiece London June 24th 2015

June 2015 DISTINGUISHED CULTURAL PARTNERS ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF MASTERPIECE LONDON 2015 Masterpiece London is delighted to announce its official Cultural Partners ahead of the 2015 Fair, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Wallace Collection, the Sir John Soane's Museum and The Courtauld Institute of Art. These institutions represent the world’s most celebrated artists, display historically and culturally important works and house some of the most prized private collections known internationally. The diverse appeal of their collections makes them natural partners for Masterpiece London.      Above left: Louis XIV combination casket by Andre Charles Boulle exhibited by Kraemer Gallery (works by Boulle can also be seen at the Wallace Collection. Above right: ‘Portrait of Lady Nanne Schrader (Nee Wiborg) by Giovanni Boldini, exhibited by Bottegantica (works by Boldini can also be seen at the National Portrait Gallery)   The support of these renowned UK institutions confirms Masterpiece London’s position as an integral part of the capital’s cultural offering. The summer season in London is an important period in the annual arts calendar, when the national museums open blockbuster exhibitions, the auction houses hold their major annual and bi-annual sales in London, and art galleries across the West End host exhibitions for London Art Week and Master Paintings Week (3 – 10 July).

June 2015
DISTINGUISHED CULTURAL PARTNERS ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF MASTERPIECE LONDON 2015
Masterpiece London is delighted to announce its official Cultural Partners ahead of the 2015 Fair, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Wallace Collection, the Sir John Soane’s Museum and The Courtauld Institute of Art. These institutions represent the world’s most celebrated artists, display historically and culturally important works and house some of the most prized private collections known internationally. 
Above  Louis XIV combination casket by Andre Charles Boulle exhibited by Kraemer Gallery (works by Boulle can also be seen at the Wallace Collection. Below : ‘Portrait of Lady Nanne Schrader (Nee Wiborg) by Giovanni Boldini, exhibited by Bottegantica (works by Boldini can also be seen at the National Portrait Gallery)
The support of these renowned UK institutions confirms Masterpiece London’s position as an integral part of the capital’s cultural offering. The summer season in London is an important period in the annual arts calendar, when the national museums open blockbuster exhibitions, the auction houses hold their major annual and bi-annual sales in London, and art galleries across the West End host exhibitions for London Art Week and Master Paintings Week (3 – 10 July).Courtesy and with thanks Masterpiece.

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World Architecture Festival Awards, courtesy Caro Communications, London.

World Architecture Festival Awards: 2015 WAF and INSIDE Shortlists announced The Interlace residential development, Singapore, by OMA/Buro Ole Scheeren, shortlisted in the WAF 2015 Awards in the Housing – Completed Buildings category A staggering array of architecture and design practices from 46 countries are competing to win a coveted 2015 World Festival of Architecture Award following the announcement of the shortlist today. The eighth annual World Architecture Festival shortlist consists of 338 projects across 31 categories, ranging from small family homes to large commercial developments and landscape projects. A substantial rise in entry numbers mirrors the global economic upturn in development and construction. The country boasting the largest number of shortlisted projects is Australia, followed by the UK and then Turkey – all of which have seen significant social and economic resurgence in the last few years. Major world architects shortlisted include Foster & Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, OMA/Ole Scheeren, Rogers Stirk Harbour, Rafael Vinoly Architects, BIG, Grimshaw, Heatherwick Studio and Carlos Ott. As usual a host of small practices unknown outside their own countries will pitch against the big names, presenting the shortlisted work to a 50-strong global awards jury. From small projects making a local contribution, such as a school in Burkina Faso designed for the architectural charity Article 25, through to large scale Olympic stadia transformations by US sports giant Populous, all manner of architectural interventions are celebrated. Regardless of their practice size and reputation, all shortlisted entrants will this year gain double exposure, having their projects exhibited across two continents. The shortlist can first be seen this week at the new satellite WAF London 24-27 June, before arriving at the annual World Architecture Festival 2015 in Singapore this November. All shortlisted practices will be vying to win not only their individual categories, but the ultimate accolade of ‘World Building of the Year 2015’. Singapore will present an opportunity for shortlisted architects to network and discuss the big conversations affecting the industry, as well also providing a chance for professional critiques from this years WAF ‘super jurors’: Royal Gold Medallist Sir Peter Cook (UK), Sou Fujimoto (Japan), Benedetta Tagliabue (Spain), Charles Jencks (UK/US), Kerry Hill (Singapore) and Manuelle Gautrand (France). Running concurrently with WAF, INSIDE comprises of the most original and exciting interiors from the last 12 months. Nominations have poured in from 16 countries spanning four continents across the nine diverse categories that make up the awards. Among those competing are two dentistries, a music arena, two cinemas and a global TV studio. Shortlisted designers include Benoy, Hassell and Woods Bagot. Chinese practice One Plus Partnership cap off a successful year with three nominations and make up some of the 12 projects that have been shortlisted from China and Hong Kong. Host nation Singapore have eight projects nominated, Australia seven and the UK have five. Again all nominees will compete in the form of live presentations and debates to a distinguished jury during the festival in November. WAF programme director Paul Finch commented: “We are delighted with the diversity and exemplar quality of submissions this year. Our international juries are in for a tough time deliberating on the category winners. We look forward to another inspirational event in Singapore this November.” WAF and its sister event, INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, are supported by sponsors including Grohe and Akzo Nobel. Media partners include the Architectural Review, the Architects’ Journal, and Dezeen, the leading online design hub. For more information visit https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/ and https://www.insidefestival.com Images from our selection of 18 projects of the key shortlisted entries can also be downloaded via Dropbox here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ctgebg0hym0bby0/AAAQovEXk66uXA9YOPx5KpFua?dl=0 All images for the shortlist can be downloaded via Dropbox here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d61kovkktsgvwxx/AABUfVEEDle1xv0b2ktXpuF8a?dl=0 Ends Notes to Editors Press, image and interview requests:  Caro Communications: 020 7713 9388; @carocomms

World Architecture Festival Awards:
2015 WAF and INSIDE Shortlists announced
The Interlace residential development, Singapore, by OMA/Buro Ole Scheeren, shortlisted in the WAF 2015 Awards in the Housing – Completed Buildings category
A staggering array of architecture and design practices from 46 countries are competing to win a coveted 2015 World Festival of Architecture Award following the announcement of the shortlist today.
The eighth annual World Architecture Festival shortlist consists of 338 projects across 31 categories, ranging from small family homes to large commercial developments and landscape projects.
A substantial rise in entry numbers mirrors the global economic upturn in development and construction. The country boasting the largest number of shortlisted projects is Australia, followed by the UK and then Turkey – all of which have seen significant social and economic resurgence in the last few years.
Major world architects shortlisted include Foster & Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, OMA/Ole Scheeren, Rogers Stirk Harbour, Rafael Vinoly Architects, BIG, Grimshaw, Heatherwick Studio and Carlos Ott.
As usual a host of small practices unknown outside their own countries will pitch against the big names, presenting the shortlisted work to a 50-strong global awards jury. From small projects making a local contribution, such as a school in Burkina Faso designed for the architectural charity Article 25, through to large scale Olympic stadia transformations by US sports giant Populous, all manner of architectural interventions are celebrated.
Regardless of their practice size and reputation, all shortlisted entrants will this year gain double exposure, having their projects exhibited across two continents. The shortlist can first be seen this week at the new satellite WAF London 24-27 June, before arriving at the annual World Architecture Festival 2015 in Singapore this November. All shortlisted practices will be vying to win not only their individual categories, but the ultimate accolade of ‘World Building of the Year 2015’.
Singapore will present an opportunity for shortlisted architects to network and discuss the big conversations affecting the industry, as well also providing a chance for professional critiques from this years WAF ‘super jurors’: Royal Gold Medallist Sir Peter Cook (UK), Sou Fujimoto (Japan), Benedetta Tagliabue (Spain), Charles Jencks (UK/US), Kerry Hill (Singapore) and Manuelle Gautrand (France).
Running concurrently with WAF, INSIDE comprises of the most original and exciting interiors from the last 12 months. Nominations have poured in from 16 countries spanning four continents across the nine diverse categories that make up the awards. Among those competing are two dentistries, a music arena, two cinemas and a global TV studio.
Shortlisted designers include Benoy, Hassell and Woods Bagot. Chinese practice One Plus Partnership cap off a successful year with three nominations and make up some of the 12 projects that have been shortlisted from China and Hong Kong. Host nation Singapore have eight projects nominated, Australia seven and the UK have five. Again all nominees will compete in the form of live presentations and debates to a distinguished jury during the festival in November.
WAF programme director Paul Finch commented: “We are delighted with the diversity and exemplar quality of submissions this year. Our international juries are in for a tough time deliberating on the category winners. We look forward to another inspirational event in Singapore this November.”
WAF and its sister event, INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, are supported by sponsors including Grohe and Akzo Nobel. Media partners include the Architectural Review, the Architects’ Journal, and Dezeen, the leading online design hub.
For more information visit https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/ and https://www.insidefestival.com
Image and Info courtesy Caro Communications: 020 7713 9388; @carocomms

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Montorgueil. An intriguing central Paris property for sale.

Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Size: 81.06 m2 loi carrez / 90.66 m2 au sol For sale: € 1 420 000 Agency Fee Included Area: 2nd Seductive property in an 18th Century mansion house, with an elegant listed staircase and impressive entrance. The property has been remodelled to the highest standard and is sold entirely equipped.  Further details and photos

VingtParis. Paris estate agent Susie Hollands has this intriguing central Paris  property on offer. Great spaces light & airy  for modern living in an historic part of Paris.                                                              Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Size: 81.06 m2 loi carrez / 90.66 m2 au sol
For sale: € 1 420 000 Agency Fee Included
Area: 2nd
Seductive property in an 18th Century mansion house, with an elegant listed staircase and impressive entrance. The property has been remodelled to the highest standard and is sold entirely equipped.
Further details and photos elizabeth at email kommunalinvestfr@aol.com

 

 

Watts of Westminster, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Watts passementerie, superlative braids and tassels trim beautiful damasks, hand blocked wallpapers……..

'History Supreme - Haute couture Watts tailored to furnish Super Yacht luxury'  Watts of Westminster showroom Design Centre Chelsea Harbour  2pm Wednesday 24th of June Join Director Marie-Séverine de Caraman Chimay fifth generation of The Scott Family, Founders of Watts for an informal talk and glass of sparkly.    Luxurious haute couture classic fabrics, wallpapers and Passementerie since 1874 family business and archives, now tailored to modern Yacht requirements.

‘History Supreme – Haute couture Watts tailored to furnish Super Yacht luxury’
Watts of Westminster showroom
Design Centre Chelsea Harbour
2pm Wednesday 24th of June
Join Director Marie-Séverine de Caraman Chimay fifth generation of The Scott Family, Founders of Watts for an informal talk and glass of sparkly.
Luxurious haute couture classic fabrics, wallpapers and Passementerie since 1874 family business and archives, now tailored to modern Yacht requirements.

Paris Apt/ pied-à-terre for sale 395.000. euros in an 17th century building in a sought after historic part of Paris…….

edrooms: Studio Bathrooms: 1 Size: 27 m2 For sale: € 395 000 Agency Fee Included Area: 6th Credible location, steps from Pont Neuf in a 17th Century building, with an original staircase, this studio is perfectly set up and ready to rent. The high ceilings and large window make a charming investment property in the prime part of Paris. Steps away from the Seine.  Further details and photos

1 bedrooms: Studio
Bathrooms: 1
Size: 27 m2
For sale: € 395 000 Agency Fee Included
Area: 6th
Historic location, steps from the Pont Neuf bridge over the Seine river, in a 17th Century building, with an original staircase, this studio is perfectly set up and ready to rent. The high ceilings and large window make a charming investment property in the prime part of Paris. Close to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and lots of terraces and restaurants …..
Photo courtesy with thanks vingtparis. Further details and photos  www.vingtparis.com

 

Fortnum & Mason re-designed glamourous Perfume salon.

Perfume

Crystal chandeliers light up Fortnum & Masons glamourous redesigned  perfume  salon.  Showcasing   a  choice of exclusive perfumes & essences, in beautiful bottles. Including the most expensive @ £450 for 50ml from Clive Christian. Our photo shows the original crown perfume bottle inspired by Queen Victoria’s crown in 1872 in the Clive Christian selection.

Henry & James top London Estate Agents have an impressive choice of prime Belgravia real estate opportunities, however, we have selected this pied-à-terre off the Fulham Road asking price £450.000.

Ifield Road, Kensington, SW10  Asking price £450,000 Opportunity to acquire a bright one bedroom apartment on the raised ground floor of a period building just off the Fulham Road. Features Studio1 Bathroom1 Reception Room LeaseholdContact details 020 7581 5011Chelsea officeRef: 55758D4F0C6B9 See full details View floor plan Download brochure View map

Ifield Road, Kensington, SW10
Asking price £450,000
Opportunity to acquire a bright one bedroom apartment on the raised ground floor of a period building just off the Fulham Road.
Features
Studio1 Bathroom1 Reception Room LeaseholdContact details Henry & James 
020 7581 5011Chelsea officeRef: 55758D4F0C6B9
See full details
View floor plan
Download brochure
View map. Information courtesy Henry & James

Henry

Apt for sale, Paris, Romantic pied-à-terre off the Champs Elysees.

PARIS - Appartement - Rue du Colisée Paris 8th Franklin D. Roosevelt, a 2 room apartment in a 19th centry building., a room overlooking the courtyard, a living room with fireplace, a kitchen fitted with appliances and beautiful high ceilings. Double glazing, security door,... Country France Area Ile-de-France Surface 50m² Pièces 2 Prix 535,000 €

APT FOR SALE.PARIS – Appartement – Rue du Colisée. FOR SALE. In the centre of Paris, near the Champs Elysees. 15 minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower or the Place de la Concorde. Ideal for a romantic pied-à-terre, within easy walking distance of the memorable sites in Paris …………
Paris 8th district, Franklin D. Roosevelt,off the Etoile, a 2 room – a compact  50square metres, apartment in a classic 19th century building., a room overlooking the courtyard, a living room with fireplace, a kitchen fitted with appliances and beautiful high ceilings. Double glazing, security door,…535.000 euros.                             M.Laurent  Deleaval. Agency www.terimmo.com  

 

 

Peter Jones showcase LG’s Award winning Home Entertainment Televisions.

TV & HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCT SUPPORT Welcome to the world of LG’s award winning elegant televisions, audio and video equipment. Bring the cinema experience home with LG CINEMA 3D TV, experience the best of the web on the big screen with LG Smart TV and marvel at the breathtaking viewing experience provided by LG Blu-ray and home entertainment systems. Learn More

Peter Jones new windows showcase the latest televisions & Home Entertainment offers from LGTV & HOME ENTERTAINMENT
LG’s award winning elegant televisions, audio and video equipment. Bring the cinema experience home with LG CINEMA 3D TV, experience the best of the web on the big screen with LG Smart TV and marvel at the breathtaking viewing experience provided by LG Blu-ray and home entertainment systems. www.lg.com  images courtesy LG, with thanks. www.peterjones.com

LGTV

Elephant & Castle show home launch event 13th June 2015

SHOW HOME LAUNCH EVENT We are delighted to announce the opening of the Elephant Park Experience Suite, and invite you to our opening event for a tour of the suite and our brand new show flat.     Just a 5-minute walk from the Zone 1 Elephant & Castle tube station and excellent transport links across London, West Grove is the second phase of Elephant Park and offers convenience and first-class residents’ amenities including:

SHOW HOME LAUNCH EVENT
We are delighted to announce the opening of the Elephant Park Experience Suite, and invite you to our opening event for a tour of the suite and our brand new show flat.
Just a 5-minute walk from the Zone 1 Elephant & Castle tube station and excellent transport links across London, West Grove is the second phase of Elephant Park and offers convenience and first-class residents’ amenities

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R.A. Summer Show opens 8th June 2015, until 16TH August 2015. “Inspiring Blue Sky Cool Eclectics”

RA Summer

Royal Academy  Summer Show opens in London Monday June 8th 2015, & runs until August 16th.. With the opening of The R.A. Summer show whatever the weather,  we know the Summer has arrived, & the RA Show is a treat,.with Ascot, Henley & Wimbledon. The discussions as to whether the selection is “cool” or “rubbish” will animate newspaper columns et al……….We feature  here the RA Central Hall painted in grotto turquoise to highlight Mathew Darbyshires’s polycarbonate sculpture Doryphorus. Photo c. courtesy R.A.With thanks

RA Summer Exhibition 2015  royal academy of arts  **to promote exhibition only* ... View of the Lecture Room Photography: John Bodkin, DawkinsColour (c) Royal Academy of Arts

RA Summer Exhibition 2015. Here the Lecture room is painted heavenly blue to feature an eclectic mix of art. Photo Benjamin Norton. Courtesy R.A.
royal academy of arts
**to promote exhibition only* … View of the Lecture Room
Photography: John Bodkin, DawkinsColour
with thanks © Royal Academy of Arts

Venezie Venice Festival della Madonna della Salute. Popular Venetian Winter Festival 21 November 2014.

Where Church of Madonna della Salute. When 21 Nov. In 1630-31, Venice was ‘miraculously’ delivered from the plague, which claimed almost 100,000 lives – one in three Venetians. The Republic commissioned a church from Baldassare Longhena, and his Madonna della Salute (literally, ‘good health’) was completed in 1687. On this feast day, a pontoon bridge is strung across the Grand Canal from campo Santa Maria del Giglio to La Salute so that a procession led by the patriarch (archbishop) of Venice can make its way on foot from San Marco. Along the way, stalls sell cakes and candyfloss, and candles for pilgrims to light inside the church. Then everybody eats castradina – cabbage and mutton stew – which tastes nicer than it sounds.

FESTA DELLA SALUTE. Where Church of Madonna della Salute.
When 21 Nov.
In 1630-31, Venice was ‘miraculously’ delivered from the plague, which claimed almost 100,000 lives – one in three Venetians. The Republic commissioned a church from Baldassare Longhena, and his Madonna della Salute (literally, ‘good health’) was completed in 1687.
On this feast day, a pontoon bridge is strung across the Grand Canal from campo Santa Maria del Giglio to La Salute so that a procession led by the patriarch (archbishop) of Venice can make its way on foot from San Marco. Along the way, stalls sell cakes and candyfloss, and candles for pilgrims to light inside the church. Then everybody eats castradina – cabbage and mutton stew – which tastes nicer than it sounds.

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My Latin Lover. Luca Desiata in Roma. Brilliant idea of a crossword magazine in Latin. Boris eat your heart out….

Enthusiasts in Italy – the ancestral home of Latin – have launched “Hebdomada Aenigmatum”, which translates as "Weekly Puzzles" in English, a compendium of crosswords, word games, Sudoku and puzzles, all in the language of Caesar and Cicero. The magazine, which despite its title is published monthly, has been a surprise hit, with more than 3,000 subscribers signing up since it was launched in the summer. While the first edition was a relatively simple affair, the latest extends to 14 (XIV) pages. The simple crossword includes clues about Hercules’ weapon of choice (I down: “clava”, or club) and the acronym “SPQR” (III down: Senatus PopulusQue Romani, or the Senate and People of Rome). Related Articles Latin rebirth in schools 31 Aug 2012 Vatican gives new life to Latin with new journal 08 Nov 2013 Latin Lessons? Come for a class at the Dragon ... 17 Mar 2011 It even includes a comic strip featuring Incredibilis Snupius - or Snoopy to non-Latin speakers. “So far we have focussed just on Italy but we’re now hoping to attract interest around the world,” Luca Desiata, the editor, told The Telegraph. “We’ve had a couple of hundred subscriptions from France and about 100 from the UK.” The inspiration for the magazine came from Mr Desiata’s school days in the 1980s, when he used to make up puzzles and word games to learn Latin. “I was very passionate about Latin and I thought I’d revive the idea. It’s a fun way of learning the language. Some of our subscribers are teachers who use the magazine as a tool to teach their students – we even have one from the Faroe Islands. “But there are also doctors, lawyers and general Latin enthusiasts. And we’ve had interest from priests at the Vatican, where Latin is still the official language,” said Rome-based Mr Desiata, 43, whose day job is as an executive at the Italian energy company Enel. Giving himself the Latin appellation Lucas Cupidus, he runs an organisation called My Latin Lover, which promotes the modern-day use of Latin, more than 1,500 years after the collapse of the Roman Empire. The language of the legions is undergoing a modest revival, with Latin radio stations and contemporary best-sellers such as Harry Potter translated into Latin. The puzzle and crossword magazine is available for download, free of charge, at Mr Cupidus' website. It also features a round-up of world news, with the latest issue reporting on the World Health Organisation’s (“Societas Mundana Salutis”) operations against Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone (“Montis Leonini”) and last month’s synod, or meeting of Catholic archbishops and cardinals, at the Vatican. Crossword Answers Across: I Cassi , VI Lupus, VII Atque, VIII Versu, IX Am Down: I Clava II Autem III SPQR IV Suus V Iseum Italy News » World News » Europe » Nick Squires » In Italy George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin leave the city hall after their civil marriage ceremony in Venice, Italy. George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Saturday, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds.   In pics: George and Amal's Venice wedding  The Palio di Asti is the oldest recorded bareback horse race in Italy.  The race has been run each year since the 13th century with the earliest recorded race taking place in 1275.  The ancient contest sees 21 thoroughbred horses compete representing the different districts of the city, accompanied by a parade and flag throwing contest involving over 1200 people in medieval costume.   The drama of Italy's 'other' Palio The Costa Concordia cruise ship is towed away from Isola del Giglio.  After more than two years since it slammed into a reef along the coastline of the island the wreck has begun its last journey, to the Italian port of Genoa, where it will be dismantled and recycled. 32 people died in the incident.   Costa Concordia leaves Giglio The refloated Costa Concordia   Inside Costa Concordia Pope Francis visits the memorial monument commemorating victims of terrorist acts on Mount Herzl  Pope's visit to Israel

Enthusiasts in Italy – the ancestral home of Latin – have launched “Hebdomada Aenigmatum”, which translates as “Weekly Puzzles” in English, a compendium of crosswords, word games, Sudoku and puzzles, all in the language of Caesar and Cicero.
The magazine, which despite its title is published monthly, has been a surprise hit, with more than 3,000 subscribers signing up since it was launched in the summer.
While the first edition was a relatively simple affair, the latest extends to 14 (XIV) pages.
The simple crossword includes clues about Hercules’ weapon of choice (I down: “clava”, or club) and the acronym “SPQR” (III down: Senatus PopulusQue Romani, or the Senate and People of Rome).
It even includes a comic strip featuring Incredibilis Snupius – or Snoopy to non-Latin speakers.
“So far we have focussed just on Italy but we’re now hoping to attract interest around the world,” Luca Desiata, the editor, told The Telegraph. “We’ve had a couple of hundred subscriptions from France and about 100 from the UK.”
The inspiration for the magazine came from Mr Desiata’s school days in the 1980s, when he used to make up puzzles and word games to learn Latin.
“I was very passionate about Latin and I thought I’d revive the idea. It’s a fun way of learning the language. Some of our subscribers are teachers who use the magazine as a tool to teach their students – we even have one from the Faroe Islands.
“But there are also doctors, lawyers and general Latin enthusiasts. And we’ve had interest from priests at the Vatican, where Latin is still the official language,” said Rome-based Mr Desiata, 43, whose day job is as an executive at the Italian energy company Enel.
Giving himself the Latin appellation Lucas Cupidus, he runs an organisation called My Latin Lover, which promotes the modern-day use of Latin, more than 1,500 years after the collapse of the Roman Empire.
The language of the legions is undergoing a modest revival, with Latin radio stations and contemporary best-sellers such as Harry Potter translated into Latin.
The puzzle and crossword magazine is available for download, free of charge, at Mr Cupidus’ website. Is our famous Classicist Mayor, Boris,a subscriber ?                                  Crossword Answers Across: I Cassi , VI Lupus, VII Atque, VIII Versu, IX Am Down: I Clava II Autem III SPQR IV Suus V Iseum. Thanks courtesy the Daily Telegraph 

 

 

Rome at Night. Painting by Mitro

Rome at Night. Painting by Mitro

Patek Philippe created in 1932 the 24 Complications the super complication watch made for Henry Graves Jr. A New York banker. It cost $15.000 in 1932, auctioned by Sotheby’s Geneva Nov 2014. For Swiss Francs 20.000.000. What a gain in 82 years…..

The most complicated handmade watch, the Henry Graves Supercomplication, has been sold at auction for 20.6m Swiss francs (£13.4m), writes Luke Jones. A "complication" is a technical term referring to any feature on a watch which is in addition to simply telling the time - and Henry Graves Jr wanted more than anyone else. The Supercomplication, made by Patek Philippe in 1932, has 24 of them including Westminster chimes, a perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset times, and a celestial map of New York as seen from Graves's apartment on Fifth Avenue.

Patek Philippe.  The most complicated handmade watch, the Henry Graves Supercomplication, has been sold at auction for 20.6m Swiss francs (£13.4m)
A “complication” is a technical term referring to any feature on a watch which is in addition to simply telling the time – and Henry Graves Jr the New York Banker wanted more than anyone else.
The Supercomplication, made by Patek Philippe in 1932, has 24 of them including Westminster chimes, a perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset times, and a celestial map of New York as seen from Graves’s apartment on Fifth Avenue. Patek Philippe took 7 years to craft this exceptional watch. In the 1920s & 1930s the watch makers were the star engineers of their day, before automobiles became so popular………….This watch was not surpassed until 1989 when Patek Philippe created a watch with 33 complications…….

Chateau for sale in France……………..

Superb castle from the 16th/17th centuries charged with history. This residence will shock you by the quality of its elegance and renovation as well as its timeless decoration. All the comforts of the XXI century are located in the heart of a magnificent park of 3,3 hectares. The property is composed of a caretaker's home, a workshop with an attic, an orangery with ancient tiles and 3 cellars, including one wine cellar.  Country : France Area : Surface : 550m² Rooms : 14 Reference : 544 Prix : 1,470,000 €

Chateau for sale in France. Superb castle from the 16th/17th centuries charged with history. This residence will shock you by the quality of its elegance and renovation as well as its timeless decoration. All the comforts of the XXI century are located in the heart of a magnificent park of 3,3 hectares. The property is composed of a caretaker’s home, a workshop with an attic, an orangery with ancient tiles and 3 cellars, including one wine cellar.  550 square metres. 14 rooms. France Price 1,470.000. euros. 

Paris. Picasso museum is close to this large 100 square metre Apartment to rent. Historic Paris, Marais, Hotel de Sully & Hotel de Thorigny – Picasso museum, Place des Vosges, & river Seine within walking distance.

Paris

Paris. Apartment to rent centre of  Paris. In historic Marais, Near the Hotel Sully & close to the newly re-opened Picasso Museum in the Hotel de Thorigny. Plenty of food shops, cafes & restaurants. Long Let apartment 100 square metres. 4200 euros per month, price includes a cleaner once a week. Contact Susie or Elizabeth ℅ kommunalinvestfr@aol.com

Paris Montmartre, charming 2 room pied-à-terre, for sale at a competitive price

Paris

Paris Montmartre, 18th arrondissement. Less than 10 minutes by Metro to Gare du Nord.For high speed trains to London, or Brussels & Amsterdam. In  Montmartre , close to the famous Sacre Coeur, & plenty of local cafes with views over Paris . This 66m square metre, light & airy, apartment has 2 bedrooms,fully refitted open plan kitchen sitting room and bathroom. 4th floor with lift. For more Details & selling price  send  email to Susie or Elizabeth ℅ kommunalinvestfr@aol.com

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Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition London, Saatchi Gallery May 27—June 7 2015.

Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe will be launching the Calatrava  Haute Joiallerie watch, gold & diamonds, at the Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition . Watches from 1839 will be  shown. There will be exclusive watchmaking ateliers & demonstrations Expo from 27th May —7th June 2015 at the Saatchi Gallery Duke of York’s Square, Chelsea, London. Image courtesy Patek Philippe.

Historic Paris. Functional apartment for sale.

Notredame

Notre Dame des Victoires. Functional apartment in a historic part of Paris near the Paris Bourse & the river Seine. 52 sq metres, for 2 rooms. 615.000.euro contact Laurent ℅ Elizabeth at kommunalinvestfr@aol.com

Paris Rentals

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Elegant Rental Montorgueil Rue du Jour – Available from January 2015

Montorgueil Rue du Jour
Montorgueil Rue du Jour
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Size: 46 m2
For long-term rental: € 2000/month
Area: 1st / 2nd Arrondissement
Centrally located between the Louvre and the Montorgueil market street, this is an elegant and delightful one bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor of a historic building. With high ceilings, parquet flooring throughout, and overlooking a quiet courtyard, this is a bright, fresh and spacious apartment. It has a well laid out equipped kitchen, including a stove, oven, fridge/freezer, coffee- maker and washer-dryer. With famous cooks shops and food markets in the rue Montorgueil Market street you’ll have all you need to prepare a fabulous meal. The elegant sitting room is the ideal place to relax or entertain in with a separate dining area to host the perfect dinner party…

More details and photos Susie ℅ Elizabeth @ kommunalinvestfr@aol.com

Greek Island Dream. Sivona. New hotel just opened.

Simpsom

Greek Island dream. Sivona. Simpson Exclusive travel have recently opened the White Orchid Hotel, for adults only. A light modern decor using  pale quarried stone & plenty of glass. Infinity pool. Sivona has a Beautiful harbour, and gorgeous views of the blue Mediterrean. Within easy reach of Corfu. Courtesy Simpson Exclusive Travel.

Deauville October 2014 buoyant start to the Yearling sales at Arqana.

Haras de la Perelle

Deauville October Yearling Sales. Very buoyant. Haras de la Perelle presented No.2 that was the highest selling horse for the 1st day, 20th October,  of the Arqana Deauville October sales 2014. The horse was acquired by the well known trainer Alain Royer du Pre for Italian clients. for 350.000 euros. Images courtesy Arqana Deauville.

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Zurich Galerie David Koetser at Frieze Masterpiece. 15-19 Oct 2014

Wolfgang Heimbach

Zurich Art Galerie David Koetser presents a collection of Old Masters at Frieze Masterpiece, Regents Park London. Possibly one of the shows most delightful paintings is by Wolfgang Heimbach 1613-1678. A German painter who spent much time in 17th century Denmark. Court painter to Count Oldenburg.  Heimbach also worked in Italy for the Aristocratic families of Doria Pamphli. He also served as Court painter to King Frederik 111 of Denmark -Norway. This rare winter scene is charming & well lit by  light skies.

Vienna Galerie Sanct Lucas. Presents stunning unpublished picture by Willem Van de Velde the Younger, at Regents Park London. Frieze Masters Art Exhibition 15-19 October 2014.

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Willem Van de Velde The Younger. Leiden 1633-1707. London. Presented by Galerie Sanct Lucas from the Austrian capital, Vienna. The English Royal Yacht Mary, about to fire a salute. The River Festival at Amsterdam 1660. 126X178 cms       A stunning, rare, large & unpublished painting from  a Private Swiss Collection. Presented at Frieze Masters. Regents Park, London. 15-19 October 2014.

Tattersalls Newmarket records tumble at the Autumn Yearlings Sales.

Tattersalls

Tattersalls announce records tumble as they hold Book 2 of their Autumn Yearling sales at New market. With 660 Lots over the three days of Auctions, realising over £42.500.000, a new record, plus 17%.  The  attractive colt Poets Voice being sold for  a new record at 525.000 guineas. Image courtesy Tattersalls.

Chelsea Embankment. Thames views across to Battersea Park, stunning 2 bedroom flat for sale.

£3.250.000

Chelsea Embankment.  Thames views & across to Battersea Park,  from this stunning Chelsea Embankment flat. Two bedrooms. High ceilings.  Parquet flooring in the large sitting room , & marble flooring in the hall,kitchen & 2 bathrooms.. Super design Hacker kitchen with a Miele hob & oven. 5 minutes walk from the Kings Road. £3.250.000. Henry & James Belgravia. Or Elizabeth at kommunalinvestfr@aol.com

Ferrari F.60 America launch. Limited edition series maintain that “Must Have Factor”…………

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Ferrari F.60 America. To be produced in a limited edition of only 10 models. 0–60 mph in 3.1 seconds. The new Roadster which celebrates 60 years since Enzo Ferrari delivered his first Ferraris to America.  The last 4 Ferrari models that have been launched were in Limited Editions. Ferrari hopes thereby to maintain a vibrant Collectors Market, for these rare models, with high prices, rumoured to be around $2.500.000 each. Courtesy The Telegraph. Michael Harvey.

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Sothebys Autumn Auction. Tiffany & Co. Paris, “Oiseau de Paradis”, fantastic jewelled brooch,designed by Jean Schlumberger. Photo courtesy Stern Vogue Conde Nast. Wings of love…

John Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.

John Schlumberger design for Tiffany & Co. Paris. Cascades & plumes  of coloured jewels on 18 carat  gold,  cabochon emeralds, rubies, sapphires, for a fantastic “Oiseau de Paradis”, brooch. Sothebys  Auction New York. Autumn 2014. Courtesy Sothebys. Photo Bert Stern featured in Vogue in November 1963. Photo Courtesy STERN VOGUE CONDE NAST. Wings of Love. Congratulations & Happy Days . Katie & Alex on yr engagement.

Belgravia London 2 bed flat to rent from Henry and James, Estate Agents.

Henry

Belgravia & Chelsea real estate specialists Henry & James , Estate Agents, proposes properties for sale or rent. We feature here a 2 bed 2 bath flat in elegant South Eaton Place, Belgravia, a few minutes walk from Hyde Park Corner. £1950 p/w. Contact Henry or James direct, or Elizabeth at kommunalinvestfr@aol.com

Paris Real Estate. Apartment for sale Paris close to the Champs Elysees, the Seine river & Eiffel Tower. Luxury home cinema installed.

Laurent Deleaval

Paris Real Estate. Laurent Deleaval, Estate Agent, has for sale an elegant 200 square metre apartment for sale in Paris. Near the Place des Etats Unis, within walking distance of the Carre d’Or, Champs Elysees, & the Seine river, with the Eiffel Tour just across the Seine.The 6 room apt has a luxury home cinema installed.Contact Laurent direct or Elizabeth at kommunalinvestfr@aol.com

 

Paris Real Estate rental. Splendid Mansion to rent in central Paris, the elegant 7th Arrondissement..

Vingt

Paris. Susie Hollands, Estate Agent, has a wide selection of real estate either to sell or to rent in Paris. Here we have selected images for  sumptuous Mansion to rent. Sleeps 8, with 4 bedrooms, and large reception rooms. Central Paris in the classy 7th Arrondissement, near the river  Seine & the Orsay museum. Lots of popular restaurants within walking distance. For more info contact Susie direct or Elizabeth at kommunalinvestfr@aol.com

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Cartier Panthere 100th Anniversary 2014. Cartier Haute Joaillerie create a new collection inspired by this timeless theme.

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Cartier Panthere 100th anniversary 2014. To celebrate  the 100th anniversary of Cartier’s gorgeous timeless  Panthere themed jewellery,  Cartier Haute Joaillerie has just created  the most extensive collection to date. To celebrate we bring you past images of favourite Cartier Panthere pieces. Thanks Courtesy Cartier. Harpers Bazaar, Jewels du Jour

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JAGUAR XE. Waiting to pounce. Jaguar’s exciting & innovative new car being launched tomorrow in London 8th September 2014, at a glitzy party in London.

Jaguar

Jaguar XE being launched tomorrow September 8th 2014, at a glitzy party in London.The XE will use supercharged 5.0-Litre V8 from the F Type 15Roadster. The most fuel efficient model from Jaguar,ever.Car should go on sale in 2015 at around £25.000 – £30.000.   This new Jaguar range will be offering a range of totally innovative features from dedicated APPS to mobile phone control. Light weight Aluminium chassis & steering wheel modernised. AutoExpress.co.uk/jaguar, it is announced,  are providing live feeds of the launch party at Earls Court & the Invitation only party. Where Emeli Sande, it is rumoured, will be singing “FeelXE”  @ the private Invitation only party. It should be fun

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Jaguar XE In Car Tech fiche. Courtesy AutoExpress

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Jaguar XE Word Cloud Sculpture at the London Design Museum, 7th September 2014.

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Jaguar XE Word Cloud Sculpture unveiled today, 7th September 2014, at the London Design Museum. GTSPIRIT. QUIPCO

Chateau near Tours in the historic chateau region of France. Modernised 12 beds & 12 bathrooms. 4.900.000 euro.

Chateau

Chateau set in a 100 hectares park of  rolling green meadows & hills,  offering seclusion, & beautiful views.  Near  the town of Tours, which has good shops & restaurants, in the historic Chateau region of France. Within easy access to Paris. A fairytale Chateau  with classical pointed turrets, 7oo square metres modernised  with 12 bedrooms & 12 bathrooms, & substantial reception areas. 4.900.000. euros

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Vacherin & Constantin. Bonhams watch auction 16th September 2014.

Vacheron & Constantin. An 18ct gold keyless wind open face pocket watch Case No.274737, Movement No.421437, Circa 1935 Nickel finish Swiss lever movement, cut and compensated bi-metallic balance, two-tone silvered dial with applied gilt Roman numerals, black outer minute divisions with five minute markers, gilt pointed baton hands, subsidiary dial at 6 for running seconds, polished case with snap on back, case, dial and movement signed  47mm.

Vacheron & Constantin. An 18ct gold keyless wind open face pocket watch
Case No.274737, Movement No.421437, Circa 1935
Nickel finish Swiss lever movement, cut and compensated bi-metallic balance, two-tone silvered dial with applied gilt Roman numerals, black outer minute divisions with five minute markers, gilt pointed baton hands, subsidiary dial at 6 for running seconds, polished case with snap on back, case, dial and movement signed
47mm. BOHAMS WATCH  AUCTION 16TH September 2014. Info & photo courtesy Bonhams Auctions.

Jaquet Droz Watch 2014.

Collection :Les Ateliers d'Art Gender :Unisex Style :	Elegant New price :	No official information was furnished by brand On sale since :	2014 Case Materials :	 Red gold Thickness :	11.48 Diameter :	43 Water resistance :	30M 18-carat red gold case. Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back. Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters). Height 11.48 mm. Diameter: 43 mm. Dial Glass :	Sapphire Color :	Blue Blue Grand Feu paillonné-enameled dial. 18-carat red gold ring. Blued steel hands. Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes, large seconds subdial. Movement Movement :	Self-winding Caliber :	Calibre Jaquet Droz 2663 Complications :	 Eccentric hours and minutes display Jaquet Droz 2663, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 22-carat white gold oscillating weight. Jewelling: 30 jewels. 68 hours power reserve. Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h. Strap Material :	 Alligator Clasp :	Buckle Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap. 18-carat red gold ardillon. Full description 18-carat red gold case. Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back. Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters). Height 11.48 mm. Diameter: 43 mm. Blue Grand Feu paillonné-enameled dial. 18-carat red gold ring. Blued steel hands. Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes, large seconds subdial. Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap. 18-carat red gold ardillon. Jaquet Droz 2663, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 22-carat white gold oscillating weight. Jewelling: 30 jewels. 68 hours power reserve. Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.

Collection : Les Ateliers d’Art
Gender : Unisex
Style : Elegant
New price : No official information was furnished by brand
On sale since : 2014
Case
Materials : Red gold
Thickness : 11.48
Diameter : 43
Water resistance : 30M
18-carat red gold case. Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back. Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters). Height 11.48 mm. Diameter: 43 mm.
Dial
Glass : Sapphire
Color : Blue
Blue Grand Feu paillonné-enameled dial. 18-carat red gold ring. Blued steel hands. Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes, large seconds subdial.
Movement
Movement : Self-winding
Caliber : Calibre Jaquet Droz 2663
Complications : Eccentric hours and minutes display
Jaquet Droz 2663, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 22-carat white gold oscillating weight. Jewelling: 30 jewels. 68 hours power reserve. Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.
Strap
Material : Alligator
Clasp : Buckle
Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap. 18-carat red gold ardillon.
Full description
18-carat red gold case. Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back. Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters). Height 11.48 mm. Diameter: 43 mm. Blue Grand Feu paillonné-enameled dial. 18-carat red gold ring. Blued steel hands. Indications: Off-centered hours and minutes, large seconds subdial. Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap. 18-carat red gold ardillon. Jaquet Droz 2663, self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel, 22-carat white gold oscillating weight. Jewelling: 30 jewels. 68 hours power reserve. Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.

Chopard Mille Miglia Man’s wristwatch. 2014.

  Collection :Mille Miglia Gender :	Men Style :	Luxury sport New price :	4 260 € Price 05/30/2014  Recorded list price in France On sale since :	2014 Case Materials :	 Steel Thickness :	12.30 Diameter :	42 Water resistance :	50M Steel case. Glareproofed sapphire crystal. Crown and pushers in steel. Open back with special Mille Miglia logo around the rim. Total diameter 42.00 mm. Thickness 12.31 mm. Water-resistant to 50 metres. Dial Glass :	Sapphire Color :	Beige Matt beige dial with red, green and black transfers. Metallised black baton-type hour and minute hands. Red central sweep-seconds hand. Hour, minute and seconds counters at 6, 9 and 3 o’clock. Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock. Movement Movement :	Self-winding Caliber :	N/C Complications :	 Chronograph, Date display Self-winding chronograph movement. 37 jewels. Approx. 42 hours power reserve. Frequency: 28,800 vph. Total diameter: 28.60 mm. Chronometer-certified (COSC). Strap Material :	 Calfskin leather Clasp :	Buckle Brown Barenia calfskin strap. Pin buckle in steel.


Collection : Mille Miglia
Gender : Men
Style : Luxury sport
New price : 4 260 €
Price 05/30/2014
Recorded list price in France
On sale since : 2014
Case
Materials : Steel
Thickness : 12.30
Diameter : 42
Water resistance : 50M
Steel case. Glareproofed sapphire crystal. Crown and pushers in steel. Open back with special Mille Miglia logo around the rim. Total diameter 42.00 mm. Thickness 12.31 mm. Water-resistant to 50 metres.
Dial
Glass : Sapphire
Color : Beige
Matt beige dial with red, green and black transfers. Metallised black baton-type hour and minute hands. Red central sweep-seconds hand. Hour, minute and seconds counters at 6, 9 and 3 o’clock. Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Movement
Movement : Self-winding
Caliber : N/C
Complications : Chronograph, Date display
Self-winding chronograph movement. 37 jewels. Approx. 42 hours power reserve. Frequency: 28,800 vph. Total diameter: 28.60 mm. Chronometer-certified (COSC).
Strap
Material : Calfskin leather
Clasp : Buckle
Brown Barenia calfskin strap. Pin buckle in steel.

Monte Carlo.Hotel de Paris. Christies, in association with the Russian Bank Zenit, host a Private Selling Exhibition 17th-24th August 2014.

PRIVATE SELLING EXHIBITION Christie's Jewellery Private Sales: 2014 Russian Tour SUMMER & FALL 2014 MONACO | MOSCOW | DUBAI | LONDON This year, Christie’s Jewellery Private Sales and ZENIT Banking Group are pleased to announce their collaboration in providing our Russian clients a truly unique experience in exclusive locations worldwide. From 17 – 24 August, Christie’s will hold a private selling event at the exquisite Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo, offering a stunning selection of jewels, watches and works of art to our dedicated clients, while hosting exclusive cocktail parties in Courchevel and Monaco in the summer, followed by Moscow London and Dubai in the fall. Through ZENIT Bank, one of the premier Russian leaders in private banking excellence, we are joining our resources and efforts to make your experience even more enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.

PRIVATE SELLING EXHIBITION
Christie’s Jewellery Private Sales: 2014 Russian Tour
SUMMER & FALL 2014 MONACO | MOSCOW | DUBAI | LONDON
This year, Christie’s Jewellery Private Sales and ZENIT Banking Group are pleased to announce their collaboration in providing our Russian clients a truly unique experience in exclusive locations worldwide.
From 17 – 24 August, Christie’s will hold a private selling event at the exquisite Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo, offering a stunning selection of jewels, watches and works of art to our dedicated clients, while hosting exclusive cocktail parties in Courchevel and Monaco in the summer, followed by Moscow London and Dubai in the fall.
Through ZENIT Bank, one of the premier Russian leaders in private banking excellence, we are joining our resources and efforts to make your experience even more enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events. Info & Photo of stunning emerald drop earrings.Courtesy Christies 

LARC. Latin American Racing Channel. Offers horse racing betting in Latin America & USA.

LARC

LARC. Latin American Racing Channel sponsored races at Deauville La Touques race course August 10th 2014. LARC follows horse racing in certain selected countries and streams them live. LARC has direct links to racing websites in Argentina,Brazil,Chile,France (via the PMU betting org), Peru, UK, USA,Uruguay. In USA there is live transmission in the USA of the races at the Laurel Park, Pimlico, Calder, & Gulfstream Park race courses. Jerome Lenfant, News Director of Equidia, an organisation that promotes the P[MU & betting in France,  is reported as mentioning that this link with LARC should increase the following of horse racing & betting as the traditional generation falls away. The PMU, the French betting organisation would dearly like to see turn over increase. LARC offers a membership service  for interested followers of intl horse racing.Image courtesy LARC.

TATTERSALL FAIRY TALE. BOUGHT FOR 800 GUINEAS AT TATTERSALLS BECOMES STAR RACE HORSE WINNING A GROUP 1 RACE AT ARLINGTON.

Euro Charline Winning the G1 Beverly D    The extraordinary rags to riches tale began when the filly by MYBOYCHARLIE out of the COMMON GROUNDS mare EUROLINK ARTEMIS was knocked down to Old Buckenham Stud for 800 guineas at the 2012 Tattersalls February Sale where she was consigned by Brookside Stud. She was subsequently resubmitted at Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale where she was knocked down to Scuderia Blueberry for 13,000 guineas. A wide margin winner of her first two starts for trainer Marco Botti and owners Scuderia Blueberry, EURO CHARLINE was then sold to Barry Irwin's Team Valor for whom she finished fifth in the 1000 Guineas, third in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes and won the Listed Valiant Stakes, before landing her first win at the highest level at Arlingto

Euro Charline Winning the G1 Beverly D
The extraordinary rags to riches tale began when the filly by MYBOYCHARLIE out of the COMMON GROUNDS mare EUROLINK ARTEMIS was knocked down to Old Buckenham Stud for 800 guineas at the 2012 Tattersalls February Sale where she was consigned by Brookside Stud. She was subsequently resubmitted at Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale where she was knocked down to Scuderia Blueberry for 13,000 guineas.
A wide margin winner of her first two starts for trainer Marco Botti and owners Scuderia Blueberry, EURO CHARLINE was then sold to Barry Irwin’s Team Valor for whom she finished fifth in the 1000 Guineas, third in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes and won the Listed Valiant Stakes, before landing her first win at the highest level at Arlington. Courtesy Tattersalls Press Release.

Deauville Arqana Yearling Auctions 2014. No.11 sells for 1.200.000. Presented by Ecuries Monceaux.

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Deauville Arqana Yearling auctions 2014. Last night no 11 sold for 1.200.000. euros, sold by Monceaux Ecuries. Bought by Tony Nerses for Saleh al Hamazai & Imad al Sagar.The yearling comes from top German horse breeding stock..Image courtesy APRH. Last nite 65 Yearlings sold, 82% of those presented, up % on the same nite last yr.AVERAGE PRICE 249.800.Euros. 8 lots went for 500.000. euros or more. 29 at 200.000 or more.Demonstrating a strong buyers market. Anne & Etienne Drion, Coulances Consignment presented a strong card of Yearlings. Lot 39 sold by La Reboursiere for 850.000 euro, issue of “Sea the Stars”. Lot 81 was bought by Anthony Stroud for 1.000.000 euro, sold by Haras La Reboursiere et de Montaigu. Lot 81 now belongs to Mayfair Speculators, South African investors with Marcus Jooste. Thru Peter Doyle Marcus Jooste also bought Lot 36 for 700.000.euro.Belonging to the Lagardere/Aga Khan team presented by Ecuries Monceaux. Ecuries Monceaux sold 9 Yearlings for 4.520.000 euro,with Lot 30,out of Invincible Spirit & Tonnara,  sold for 850.000 euro, to Coolmore.  Coolmore team were the top buyers last nite, investing in 4 Yearlings for 1.755.000 euro.  Mandore Intl.Agency bought 8 Yearlings for 1.715.000. euros. No.11 Image courtesy APRH. &  Image from the Yearling sales room courtesy Maybelline Tilkens.

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Ferrari 250 GTO smashes its way into the records, sold at auction for US$38.1 million. Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction.

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Ferrari smashes its way into the record books again. US$38.1 million,for this splendid red Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta built in 1962, one of only 36 built. The 250 GTO  was the last front engine coupe built by Ferrari for racing.                 A cult car of the swinging 1960’s…… Car auctioned at Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction. 14.08.2014. Images courtesy Bonhams.  Reports Christopher Loyd, The New York Times.   

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Legacy Investments in France. Fiscal advantages. Information & brochures available direct from the World class Constructor.

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Legacy Investments in France. Fiscal advantages. Infos direct from Chargée d’Affaires of the Constructor. Holiday property portfolios with guaranteed rents. One of Europe’s leading construction companies offers investment opportunities. Idyllic surroundings with splendid sea views. Request bona fide details & brochures  available thru Chargée d’Affaires Jessica.

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Rolex.Stunning Deep Sea Rolex with D-Blue dial that changes colour from blue to black.

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Rolex exciting new watch. Deep Sea Rolex with D-Blue dial that changes from blue to black. Rolex launches the Deep Sea in commemoration of Film maker James Cameron’s phenomenal  deep sea Challenge Expedition. 35787 feet below the surface of the oceans, in the submersible. UK£8250 RRP. Earlier this year at Baselworld Rolex released new versions of the GMT Master- Deep Sea 4000 & Daytona Cosmograph. At Basel World Rolex launched an  update to its Cellini line of Dress watches.                                                                      QP Magazine

Deauville. Arqana Auctions 16/18th August 2014. Ecuries Monceau.

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Photo Ecuries Monceau.   A successful Stud Farm set in the rolling hills of the  green Normandy, 2 hours from Paris and close to the English Channel. Perfect for breeding race horses.                                                   Arqana shareholder, His Highness the Prince Aga Khan, owner of a famous stud farm in Chantilly & in the great tradition of supporting horse breeding in France, has an investment in Arqana the Auction company, which will be auctioning future race horses at the popular Yearling Sales 16/18th August in Deauville.                                             Today we are featuring Ecuries Monceau  who consistently produce young horses that go on to be highly successful race horses.                                  We have selected 3 from this years crop presented by the Ecuries Monceau                                   :- INVINCIBLE  SPIRIT/PRUDENZA. Brother to the famous race horse Chiquita. KENDARGENT/ENJOLEUSE. sister  of Charm Spirit. and GALILEO/ ROYAL HIGHNESS. Sister of Freeport Lux. Arqana expect buyers & investors from around the World for their August 2014 Yearling sales for future race horses. Photos courtesy Ecuries Monceau.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Royal Ascot June 2014. Royal Ascot, 5 days of spectacular horse racing.

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Integral winning the Duke of Cambridge Stakes Royal Ascot June 2014. Trained by Michael Stoute. Images Sky Sports.

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Leading Light ridden by Joseph O’Brien winning the Ascot Gold Cup. Royal Ascot 20 14, trained by Aidan O’Brien. Photo Charlie Crowhurst. Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse.

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Elite Army wins the King George the V Stakes Royal Ascot. Ridden by jockey Kieren Fallon. Rex Features Images

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Royal Ascot Gold Cup runners June 2014. Image Courtesy Zimbio.

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Royal Ascot Gold Cup runners June 2014. Paul Gilham/ Getty Images.

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Catherine Deneuve French film star. 18th century Normandy Chateau up for sale. 45 kms west of Paris in the Eure.

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French Film star, & icon Catherine Deneuve has put her 18th century, Normandy chateau, Chateau de Primard, up for sale, 1200 square metres, in a lovely park with hedges designed by the gardener  who worked on the Elysees Palace gardens. Home Cinema, Sauna suite, 4.000.000. euros

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Catherine Deneuve’s 18th century Chateau de Primard, Normandy Chateau up for sale. 45 kms to the west of Paris. 4.000.000.euros Boasts a Home Cinema, a Sauna suite, & a fabulous enormous kitchen.

 

Knightsbridge. Chelsea Flower Show, a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, and the facades of Chelsea’s stores drip with exotic floral decorations

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London celebrates Chelsea Flower Show, & a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, London is in full Summer swing. Decorated Facades of Chelsea’s stores drip with exotic flowers & plants.  Judith Blacklocks flower school is in a discreet mews in Knightsbridge. Flower arranging for dinner tables, weddings, etc. Regular workshops & courses.

Ancient Greek Antiquities. Baron Bornemisza-Thyssen de Kaszon opens Kallos Gallery May 15th 2014 in London’s Mayfair.

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Corinthian bronze Helmet 6th century B.C.. Courtesy Kallos, Davies Street Mayfair.London W.1.  As interest in collecting ancient Greek Antiquities increases, notably with the Russian collectors, a new Antiquities Gallery opens, May 15th, on London’s Davies Street, Mayfair.  The idea of German/Swiss Collector Baron Lorne Bornemisza-de Kaszon. 4 generations of collectors. His late father Heinrich’s  famous Old Masters Collection is housed at the Palacio de Villahermosa, in Madrid. KALLOS will only show rare ancient Greek antiquities, starting with around 20 prime pieces. Baron Lorne runs a Family business involving venture capital, & oil exploration. Christies auction house has brought its Antiquities dept back from Sth Ken.to Christies King St. & Rupert Wace Ancient Art moves to a 5 storey Grade 11 listed Georgian town house at 19 Crown Passage, SW1. KALLOS means BEAUTIFUL in Greek.

 

Chanel in Saint Tropez.Chanel, for the 5th year running, launches its glamourous pop-up shop in the luxurious fin de siecle Villa La Mistralee.

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Chanel launches,for the 5th year running, its pop-up Saint Tropez Boutique in the luxurious fin de siecle Villa, La Mistralee. A light airy decor with colourful tissue paper panels hanging from the ceilings. An out door pool and Beauty Care products for a special outing.

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Chanel’s pop-up boutique at Villa La Mistralee, Saint Tropez, here the outside pool.

Watts Ravenna hand blocked wallpapers produced in England for glamourous Heritage Houses & Stately Homes.

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Ravenna by Watts. is a 17th Century design by H.H.Mott. This pattern was also discovered in a beautiful cut velvet fabric in London’s Ham House. The Ravenna Powder Rose colour way was especially developed for the English National Opera “Powder her Nose”.  Watts is pre eminent as a wall paper supplier to glamourous Heritage great Houses and Stately Parliament rooms. Famous for the prestigious and unique hand blocked wall papers, in wonderful understated colours of exquisite intensity & depth, Watts continue to produce in the UK.

Rare 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus sports racing car that won at Silverstone in 1954, driven by Argentinian racing Legend Jose Gonzalez. 375-Plus to be auctioned by Bonhams. Auction Collector Motor Cars 27th June 2014. During Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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Rarissime Ferrari 375-Plus  sports racing car to be auctioned by Bonhams, during the Goodwood Festival of Speed 27 June 2014. The Scuderia only entrusted this model to its top stars. Including, here Argentinian Racing legend Jose Gonzalez, seen winning @ Silverstone in 1954. Ace drivers included Umberto Magioli.. The 375-Plus was an outright winner at Le Mans, Silverstone, & the astonishing 5 day Carrera PanAmericana road race thru Mexico. Photo Gonzalez winning Silverstone 1954. Photo courtesy c. SPITZLEY collection.

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1954 Ferrari 375 Plus Sports Racing Spider. Chassis number 0384 AM. To be auctioned by Bonhams 27th June 2014. During Goodwood Speed Festival. Image c. Bonhams.

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4.9- Liter V12 engine developing 330 brake horsepower, & clothed in spectacular lightweight Pinin Farina designed all alloy open bodywork. Ferrari 375-Plus sports racing car to be auctioned @ Bonhams Collector Motor Cars, during Goodwood Festival of Speed. 27th June 2014. Philip Kantor,Specialist, Head of Motor cars for Mainland Europe, Bonhams. Image c. Bonhams.

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Images of Formula One today. Sergio Perez at the Bahrain Grand Prix 6th April 2014. Getty Images.

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Images of Formula One today. Bahrain Grand Prix. 6th April 2014.  Hamilton beats Rosberg. Getty Images.

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Formula One today. Bahrain Grand Prix 6th April 2014. Ferrari nowhere, with Alonso in 9th place. Getty Images.

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Ferrari 375-Plus Sports racing car to be auctioned @ Bonhams Collector Motor Cars,auction, during Goodwood Speed Festival, June 27th 2014. Image c. Bonhams.

 

Faberge. From Russia with Love. Rediscovered lost Faberge egg. A gift from Tsar Alexander 111 to Empress Maria Feodorovna Easter 1887. On show at Court Jewellers Wartski, 14 Grafton Street, Mayfair, 14-17th April 2014.

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Bought by a Collector, not Russian & Seen in public for the first time in 112 years a sensational rediscovered Faberge egg.  This particular Faberge egg was given by Alexander the 111 Autocrat & Emperor of all the Russias to Empress Marie Feodorovna for Easter 1887. In gold, bejewelled, and hiding a surprise inside, a Vacherin & Constantin gold watch. Faberge started creating the Easter eggs for Tsar Alexander the 111. It is both a sacred & an intimate object. Only 50 of these lavish works of art were ever made, each one unique. After the Revolution the Bolsheviks seized these precious objects & sold them to the West. Eight  of them,however, are missing, of which only 3 of them are believed to have survived the Russian Revolution. This 3rd Faberge Easter egg was last exhibited in St. Petersburg in March 1902.This lost Faberge Easter egg was bought by an American scrap metal merchant, who lives in a small town in the MidWest, who had planned to melt it down to recuperate the gold………Faberge expert WartSki Director Kieran McCarthy’s visit to the scrap metal merchant confirmed that dreams can come true……. .The new owner has generously agreed that Court Jewellers Wartskis, 14, Grafton Street, off Bond Street,will be showing the egg to the public from 14-17th April 2014. Wartski are the leading Faberge experts.

 

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Moira. Jewellers on Bond Street London.Beautiful Vintage pieces selected with care.

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Moira the jewellers on London’s Bond Street. A gorgeous selection of beautiful vintage pieces, carefully selected. Would suggest that this is the place to head for looking for that special gift.

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Moira the jewellers on London’s Bond Street. Simon Cohen selects beautiful pieces of vintage jewellery.  

Christies Rockefeller Plaza, New York. Magnificent Jewels sale, 16th April 2014. Rene Boivin. Cartier. Tiffany & Co.Van Cleef & Arpels. Harry Winston.

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Christies Magnificent Jewels Auction. Rockefeller Plaza, New York, 16th April 2014. Christies Magnificent Jewels sale leads the Spring wave of jewellery auctions. With sumptuous  jewels by Rene Boivin. Cartier. Graff. Tiffany & Co.Van Cleef & Arpels. Harry Winston. A clutch of the 20th century’s outstanding creators of Haute Joiallerie.

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Cartier Art Deco shimmering diamond bracelet. Estimate. $300.000.-$500.000. Christies Magnificent Jewels Auction, Rockefeller Plaza, New York. 16th April 2014.

FOR SALE. FAMOUS STUD FARM IN FRANCE. TAX BENEFITS. GOOD PRIZE MONEY & PREMIUMS. STUD FARM WITH SUPERB MODERN AMENITIES. SET IN ROLLING GREEN COUNTRYSIDE NOT FAR FROM PARIS.

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Foal 2014. TAX BENEFITS. GOOD PRIZE MONEY & PREMIUMS.    EXCELLENT RETURN ON INVESTMENT.                                  FOR SALE  a famous  Stud Farm, in France.Superb modern amenities. Within easy reach of Paris.     Actually owned & run by one of France’s foremost Race Horse breeders & trainers, with a string of Grade 1 previous Winners. France is particularly welcoming to horse breeders. With Tax Benefits.  Good Prize Money & Premiums.. Bloodstock investment & Race Horse Breeding can be a successful enterprise.                                Arqana, in France & Tattersalls, in the UK, are amongst the most successful bloodstock  auctioneers in Europe, with significant % increases in unit prices & turnover currently being registered. The European bloodstock industry is recognised as producing excellent runners that win  Prestigious races. The Irish  are dynamic key players in the bloodstock & race horse Industry, investing in French bred bloodstock. It has been announced that Coolmore in Ireland has been chosen as a partner in a £2 billion National Equine Centre in China. The Arabs are famous for their love of horses & their interest  & exceptional investment in bloodstock & racecourses in Dubai & Qatar are generating great enthusiasm in the industry.                                            We are seeing a return to bloodstock  by the Libyans who are re-establishing their race horse industry. The Indians are investing again. Turkey is  investing in European bloodstock.Ukraine had returned to Equestrianism.Interest at the French & UK auctions come from Kazakstan,Russia,Japan, Latin America, & South Africa. Horse racing is a big industry in Australia & America, this wonderful Leisure industry is expected to increase in turnover substantially. This famous Franch Stud Farm offers a good investment opportunity.            Details & POA..    C&S “Login”                    Images courtesy, TheTelegraph.Sporting Life.HKJC. Alan Crowhurst. Getty Images.

 

 

 

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Australian Investment in French Horse Racing to increase with new syndicate. Under the care of M. Alain Royer du Pre, trainer to Prince Aga Khan, since 1984.

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Melbourne Cup winner 2010.  Gerald Mosse on Americain. Winning at Flemington. Ist French jockey & French Trainer to win the mythique £4.000.000. Emirates Melbourne Cup 2010. Americain, French race horse trainer Alain Royer Dupre has trained horses for HRH Prince Aga Khan, at Chantilly, since 1984. International broadcasting from European races to Australia has encouraged the Australian horse breeding industry players to look more to Europe for heavier investment in the European blood stock & horse racing industry.  This new Syndicate is to be  under the care of M.Alain Royer du Pre. Under the banner of  the Arqana  Racing Club, with the co-operation of the French Bloodstock Agent, Laurent Benoit, of the Broadhurst Agency, whose idea this is, & who will be responsible for buying the selected race horses, for the new Syndicate. “Aussies in France” . His Highness the Prince Aga Khan is himself a lead investor in many aspects of horse breeding & horse racing in France, including being a substantial investor in the dynamic Arqana  (responsible for the successful Deauville horse sales) & the Arqana Racing Club Team. This new Syndicate it is thought will give a tremdous boost to the European bloodstock market. The passion for horse breeding & racing of the Prince Aga Khan is surely a dynamic factor in this Venture. Getty Images. Courtesy. The Telegraph.

 

1 bedroom flat for sale, Chelsea Embankment. In a prestigious, landmark red brick building, chic 1 bedroom garden apartment. Close to Chelsea & the river Thames, with Battersea Park just across Albert bridge.

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Flat for sale Chelsea Embankment. Chic & well presented 1 bedroom garden floor flat. A landmark red brick building. A prestigious Chelsea location, on the Embankment of the river Thames. Overlooking the  delightful garden patio.  Low service charges in this well managed block of apartments. Just across the river Thames from Battersea Park,  & the site of the future American Embassy.

House in Knightsbridge. Harrods, Harvey Nichols within easy walking distance. Reconstructed period house for sale. 2 large receptions, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Hyde Park within 5 minutes walk.

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House for sale. Knightsbridge. Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Belgravia & Kings road within easy walking distance. A charming house in a very sought after street in Knightsbridge that has been completely reconstructed & redesigned, inside. FREEHOLD.  2 double reception rooms, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms,kitchen, 1528 sq feet.                        Hyde Park close by

Butchoff Antiques celebrates its 50th Anniversary & for the 1st time opens at the prestigious Palm Beach, Florida, Jewelry, Art & Antiques Fair. 14-18 February 2014.

Butchoff Antiques.

Butchoff Antiques celebrates its 50th Anniversary and for the first time opens at the prestigious Palm Beach, Florida Jewelry, Art & Antiques Fair, 14-18 February 2014.

Butchoff, one of London’s most well known Antiques dealers located on Kensington Church Street, is presenting a selection of outstanding pieces of Decorative European furniture, that could grace a Royal Palace or a famous museum, such as the Wallace Collection.                                                                                                                        Shown here is an outstanding Morel and Seddon table made for Windsor castle.         Made in unusual Amboyna, an exotic hardwood sourced from an island in the South East pacific. With ormolu gilt bronze mounts, rising from ormolu scroll feet cast with lotus ornaments.                                                                                                                       There is an excellent Royal provenance for this rare table. The table was ordered in King George 1V’s reign (1762-1830) King George 1V, as the flamboyant Prince of Wales,  would probably have known Nicolas Morel who made furniture for the Prince’s glittering & gilded Brighton Pavilion. Morel joined forces with George Seddon (London Cabinet Maker) in 1827. The famous Windsor Commission, a large collection of bespoke furniture,  of which this rare table was a part, was ordered in 1828. Archive Documents show that the Windsor Commission was worth a phenomenal £200.000.

 

 

145.000. Guineas paid for Sovereign Debt (IRE). Top price ever paid for a colt or a gelding @ Tattersalls February Sale 2014. Buoyant Market for future champion race horses

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Tattersalls. 145.000. guineas for Sovereign Debt (IRE) Son of Dark Angel, Last years Group 1 Lockhinge Stakes runner up. Sovereign Debt topped a buoyant Tattersallls February sale 2014, for future champion racehorses, that saw rises across the board. Sovereign Debt bought by Trainer Dandy Nicholls, who paid the highest price ever paid for a Colt to Gelding @ the Tattersalls Newmarket February sales. The well attended sales with a cross section of buyers due to a significant choice of offers from the World’s leading Breeders & Trainers. Next Tattersalls, Newmarket  Horse sales April 15-17 2014. Courtesy Tattersalls.

Ritz. Romantic Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly, London. St Valentines dinner dance package.

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Ritz hotel London, close to London’s Green Park, Buckingham Palace, & Bond Street luxury shopping.. RITZ ST.VALENTINE PACKAGE.     The Ritz offers you the opportunity to “Put on the Ritz’. Dine & dance at the Ritz, mirrored ballroom showed above.. The Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly London,proposes a Ritz Valentine package for £1035 for 2 people. Arriving on 14th or 15th February, one nite’s accommodation, a complementary bottle of Ritz pink champagne, a romantic dinner dance in the ballroom, & a scrumptious English breakfast the next morning.

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Ritz Hotel London, ballroom,view with statues.

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Ritz Hotel London, exterior floodlit

 

Mayfair. £163.461.500 realised at the Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Auction Sothebys London 5th February 2014.

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Henri MATISSE Fille au Bolero violet painted in 1937. sold for £9.154.600. at Sothebys London Impressionist auction 5th February 2014

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Henri Matisse Fille en Blanc et Bouquet, painted in 1919. Sold for £3.500.000. Sothebys London Impressionist Auction 5th February 2014.

DEGAS. Exquisite Deux Etudes pour Danseuses sold for £1.426.500. Sothebys London Impressionist auction 5th February 2014.

Degas. 1873 Exquisite Deux Etudes pour Danseuses, sold for £1.426.500. Sothebys Impressionist AuctionLondon 5th February 2014.

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Manet. Very evocative Femme au Tub, painted in 1878. Sold for £1.420.500. Sothebys Impressionist Auction London 5th February 2014.

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Eugene Delacroix. Splendid movement in the Cavalier Arabe Galopant, painted circa 1850. Sold for £386.000. Sothebys Impressionist London 5th February 2014.

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GIACOMETTI, sculpture in bronze Homme Traversant one Place.Circa 1950.1951. 1 of 6 cast. Sold for an amazing £8.482.500. Sothebys Impressionist Auction 5th February 2014.

Italian Pop Artist exhibits in Oxford. Chiara Spagnoli.

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Talented Italian pop artist, from Milan, Chiara Spagnoli has been invited to participate at the International Art Fair at Oxfoed Town Hall. 7-9February 2014. Chiara who has a Masters in Film Script writing is currently working in New York.

American artist Dale Chihuly, glass sculptor. Halcyon Gallery opens February 8th 2014.

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American artist Dale Chihuly,  glorious modern glass sculpture.  The famous Chihuly Glass works are based in Seattle, drawing on the historic techniques of the Murano glassworks in Venice. Fantastic,  colourful exotic glass chandeliers Exhibition. From 8th February 2014. At the Halcyon Gallery in Bond Street, London. Getty Images.

 

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Dale Chihuly’s phenomenal 27X12X12 Rotunda chandelier from his 2001 Chandelier series, hangs prominently in the main entrance hall of London’s Victoria & Albert museum. In 2005 the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew put on a show of fantastic exotic glass flowers in the gardens.

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London Auction house, Christies, King Street. £34.802.500. for a Juan Gris painting. 4th February 2014.

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London Auction house, Christies. Impressionist & Modern Art evening sale realised £176.986.000.. Juan Gris “Nature Morte a la Nappe a Carreaux” was sold for World record, £34.802.500.  43 paintings were sold for over a $1 million dollars. 4th February 2014. Juan Gris 1887-1927, born in Madrid. Studied mechanical drawing at the Madrid school, Escuela de Artes y Manufacturas. In 1906 Juan Gris moved to Paris, being part of the Cubism movement,  & first exhibiting at the 1912 Salon des Independents.

Eurostar & Thalys. APT for sale Paris 8th, central location, easy access to hi-speed train links to Europe, & minutes walk away from Gare St Lazare & trains to Deauville. Investment opportunity. Quartier de l’Europe. Within walking distance, Opera Garnier, La Bourse & Fbg St Honore. renovation required.

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PARIS centre 8th Arrondissement. APT FOR SALE 120 square metres.. Eurostar & Thalys station easy access., with High Speed train links to Europe. Also,  5 minutes walk to Gare St Lazare trains to Normandie & Deauville & Belle Epoque  Trouville, on the seaside & Opale coast, 2 hrs train journey.  Property/Real Estate investment opportunity. Central location 8th arrondissement,  Quartier de l’Europe. Not far from the Eurostar station, & close to the new Cite Judiciaire being constructed.  Faubourg St Honore, Opera Garnier, finance centre La Bourse, & Parc Monceau, all within walking distance. Classic 19th century Haussmann 120 square metres apartment, total renovation required. Very quiet overlooking 2 tree filled courtyards. High ceilings & original features, parquet  “point d’Hongrie” wood flooring throughout, and 2 colour tommettes flooring in kitchen. Several Metro lines & bus routes close by. Schools within walking distance. Info contact  email;  affortit@immobilierdesign.fr

 

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Giselle @ Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Russian Ballerina Natalia Osipova……..magical in the lead role alongside Carlos Acosta, Giselle live performance will be streamed in 1300 cinemas across the World monday 27th January 2014

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Giselle. Royal Opera House,  Covent Garden, London.  Natalia Osipova, Russian Ballerina magical in the lead role, alongside Carlos Acosta.. Sir Peter Wrights production, with John Macfarlane’s designs, live performance  will be streamed  to 1300 cinemas around the World on monday January 27th 2014. Adolphe Adams 19th century ballet. Photo Alastair Muir. Courtesy Royal Opera House. The Times

DETROIT 2014 MOTOR SHOW. SRT VIPER STRYKER GREEN 2015 GRAND TOURING

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SRT VIPER 2015 GRAND TOURING. Stryker green. Detroit Motor Show 2014. From a selection of top American cars presented at Detroit 2014. SRTVIPER GRAND TOURING 8.4 litre V10 produces 640 bhp allowing for 0-60 mph in less than 4.0 sec & claimed top speed of 205 mph.2 Mode Bulstein(regt ™)  Damp Tronic select suspension. The new GT model benefits from five-mode stability control system, electrically adjustable suspension and upgraded interior trim.

Porsche 211 Targa, 1960’s cult sports car relaunched Detroit Motor Show 2014.

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Porsche 911 Targa. 1960’s Cult car Originally launched in 1965 – maintains its signature silver bar on the roof. US$102.595. start price. Targa 4  350 Horsepower. 3.4 Liter flat-6 cylinder engine. Choice 7 speed manual, or Porsche’s highly acclaimed PDK  dual-clutch transmission. Images courtesy Scott Olson/Getty Images Detroit Motor Show 2014.

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Porsche 911 Targa. Images Porsche. Detroit Motor Show 2014 feature

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Porsche 911 Targa. Images Porsche. Detroit Motor Show 2014 Feature.

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Porsche 911 Targa. Image Nick Kurczewski, Detroit Motor Show 2014 feature.

Detroit Motor Show 2014. NAIAS. Falcon F7, Luxury Sports car, $US 229.000……

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NAIAS, January 2014.   Detroit Motor Show.  2014.                                   Falcon F7 Michigan made exclusive luxury, carbon body, sports car. 427 Cubic inch LS-7 engine, with Lingenfelter high performance components. The North American Intl Auto Show is the Premier event for luxury car sales in the USA. Falcon F7 ticket price   $US 229.000.

 

 

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Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, Just under  $400.000.  LP700–4.   It is reported,  recently, Damac Maison a  Dubai building Constructor  offered a complementary  gift of a Lamborghini roadster when a luxury Penthouse apartment  in Dubai, was bought.   Last year an Audi was offered, when a Penthouse apartment was bought, it is rumoured.                                                             Lamborghinis are so so popular in Dubai that the Police force  drive Lamborghinis.  A model Lamborghini in gold was auctioned with   a contribution %  given to  Charity Organisations.

China’s latest shimmering city…..in time for Chinese New Year celebrations….

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China’s shimmering, ephemeral, city. Annual Harbin Ice & Snow Festival.  This year’s extraordinary ice sculpture,carved from huge blocks of  the Songhua river, lit by millions of LED fairy lights, the centrepiece  inspired by Iceland’s famous, romantic Gothic Hallgrimskirkja church in Reykjavik. 150 feet high. 2014 Tourist trips taking in the Chinese New Year are available. Photo Wang Kai/ Rex Features.                          The Dutch town of Zwolle hosts the largest ice festival in Europe. Canary Wharf puts on an ice sculpting weekend in London.10/12 January 2014.

Horse racing 2nd most popular spectator sport in UK. The Orient Lucky City Complex & Horse Racing prospects in Mainland China ………….

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Cue Card won the Ryanair Steeplechase at Cheltenham Festival in March 2013, the expected excitement for race goers at the Boxing Day Kempton Park was not disappointed. Cue Card was narrowly beaten in an exciting finish in the King George 1V Chase, by Silviniaco Conti.        Paul Nicholls winning trainer now has his  sights on the Cheltenham Gold Cup, 2014. Images Alan Crowhurst Getty Images. Hugh Routledge /REX with thanks. Horse racing is Britain’s 2nd most popular spectator sport, with over 6 million racegoers each year. Generating £3.7 billion.£325.million tax revenues..With Bookmakers generating gross wins in excess of £1bn profit. British Horse Racing Confederation.                    The World’s horse racing industry hopes that horse racing will develop in mainland China. For the interest of many investors. With deserted race courses as at Dongxihu  District, north of Yangtze River. The Orient Lucky City, a vast entertainment & commercial complex, that had its grand opening in 2003, is also home to the Wuhan Jockey Club’s 5300 feet track, despite the racetrack opening rarely. Although backed by Hong Kong business man Jacky Wu. Plans are afoot as Mainland China Authorities are reportedly considering  the re-introduction of horse racing with legal betting. It is also reported that China has chosen Ireland as a partner to help establish a £2bn National Equine Centre. 

 

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SKI Avoriaz.Popular French ski resort Real Estate investment opportunities offered by www.crownandstone.com Excellent location with views over Switzerland.

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SKI Avoriaz with views over Switzerland.               Avoriaz a popular French ski resort with views over towards Switzerland. Good skiing, excellent hotel accommodation, & plenty of restaurants.  www.CrownandStone.com  offers  Real Estate investment opportunities in partnership with one of Europe’s foremost construction companies in Avoriaz.

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Bruxelles. Hotel Amigo.

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Bruxelles Hotel Amigo is situated round the corner from the Grande Place.  Definitely a hotel that can be recommended.

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Courchevel. Le Jardin Alpin, new luxury hotel “L’Apogee Courchevel” has just opened 13th December 2013. Courchevel situated in the heart of the popular 600 kms 3 Vallees skiing domaine in the French Alps.

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Courchevel “Le Jardin Alpin”, 5 star Luxury Hotel, the L’Apogee Courchevel  opened its doors 13th Dec.2013. With beautiful views over the snow covered peaks, from 900 euros a night for a double room. Operated by the Oetker Group, who also operate President Sarkozy’s favourite breakfast joint in Paris, ;Le Bristol. Oetker also operate the legendary Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Hollywood stars’s  favourite place during the Cannes Film Festival. Courchevel 1850 & 2000 has become popular with the Russian visitors.  Hotel L’Apogee Courchevel  In the heart of the glorious 3 Vallees skiing domaine, the World’s largest skiing area of 600 kms, 200 ski lifts,   in the French Alps. 2 hours drive from Geneva. 8 hours from Paris by hi speed train & coach.

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Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The Nutcracker Suite. Music by Tchaikovsky.

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Royal Opera House, Covent Garden . We know Christmas is here when the Nutcracker is on.     The opulent Peter Wright production of the Nutcracker Suite ballet is always popular. In Tristram Kenton’s photo here with Lauren Cuthbertson & Cory Stearns. Until January 16th 2014. This production is currently sold out for this season. Photos courtesy Royal Opera House.Nutcrackerimages NUTCRACKERSNOFLAKES

 

Knightsbridge, Sloane Street.London. Dolce & Gabbana

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Dolce & Gabbana colourful & festive table decor in their  Sloane Street store.Shimmering gold brocade & lace evening dress from the Spring 2014 collection. Dolce & Gabbana Brocade evening handbag & sandals. Bouquet of exquisite Pink roses for Darling Marc. A perfect day Cheri.

 

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New York. Christies & Sothebys “American Art” Auctions draw in Buyers from around the World Dec 2013.

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Edward Hopper;s bleak New Jersey street scape was sold  for 40.5 $ million, at Christies 5th December 2013. Part of the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. for over 60 years, & acquired directly from Hopper’s Agent. Below the Norman Rockwell “Saying Grace” was sold for 46.$.US. at Sothebys, 4th Dec. 2013. 10 of Rockwells paintings, mostly from the collection of Kenneth Stuart, former Art Editor of the Saturday Evening Post, that used to feature the Rockwell images on their cover, synonymous with an epic period of American history.                                   The Modern American art auctions are standing up well, as they pull in buyers from all over the World, with strong demand from the Emerging Markets, as the Art Market draws in Buyers from a wide geographical spread. The rich are getting richer & look to place their spare funds. 

 

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Deauville. France. Buyers from Australia, America, Japan, Qatar,& Chile attend Arqana race horse breeding stock sales. December 2013.

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Arqana France Deauville. Prince Aga Khan ‘s stud offered Darysina which sold for 800.000. euro at the December 2013 Breeding Stock Sales. Bought by Mc Keever. It has been reported that the mare will be sent to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Watershipdown Stud, for a possible 2014 cover.    A large contingent of Foreign buyers came to the Deauville future race horse sales, including Qataris, Australian, American, Japanese and Chilean buyers. The turnover for the Breed stock sales topped 26.000.000 euros, up by 32%. 81% of the horses sold at an average of 38.532.euros, up by 18%. It was possible to acquire future race horse from 4000 & 5000 euros.                           Image courtesy Arqana

 

Ford Mustang, exciting new version to be manufactured for the UK market. Read on for when……

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The Ford Mustang will be 50 next April 2014.  And Ford has announced that a totally revamped, super sexy version of America’s emblematic sports car will finally be made with right hand drive as of 2015.With a 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, fuel efficient 300bhp. There will also be a 420bhp 5-litre V8 version. European  performance & fuel efficiency requirements will be met for this new car. With coupe & convertible versions. The Ford Mustang will continue to be made at its Flat Rock Michigan plant. Bullitt, the 1968 film that became a cult memory with a car chase that blew us away at the time, with tough guy super star Steve McQueen.

Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Notting Hill. Prime London property locations for Kering chief, Francois Henri Pinault & his film star wife Salma Hayek. Reports The Sunday Times.

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Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Notting Hill, prime London property locations. The Sunday Times has reported that film star Salma Hayek & her French billionaire husband, Francois-Henri Pinault, are searching to rent a family home in London. Pinault recently changed his co name from PPR to Kering. Kering owns several fashion Brands, including Gucci & Saint Laurent. The Pinault Family’s Investment Fund, Groupe Artemis, also owns Auction house Christies, Chateau Latour.

 

Tattersalls December Brood Mare Auctions. At an astounding 4.7 million guineas Foreign Buyers set records in investing in future race horses.

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Foreign buyers have been out in force at the Tattersalls December Mare Sales. The Qatari lead the pack, however Turkey(Ibrahim Iraci), India & the Ukraine have been investing heavily. Turkey made 11 acquisitions during the wk. India recently lifted a 19 yr import ban.Ukraine returned to Equestrianism in 2008. Even Libya is investing large amounts so as to encourage a horse breeding and horse racing industry that they are establishing. The average price was up this season by as much as 39%. Excellent news for the English & Irish Breeders. Brood Mare, Dancing Rain, winner of the Oaks,  in foal to Champion race horse Frankel,  sold for 4 million guineas, bought by Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum. Brood Mare  Immortal Verse, a Deauville winner,  sold for 4.7 million guineas, to Coolmore, the Irish stud, establishing a record. Tattersalls. 

 

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New York photographer, Richard Silver has captured a stunning series of breathtaking “Vertical Churches”.

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New York photographer, Richard Silver has captured a stunning series of “Vertical Churches”. Here in Cracow, Poland, breathtaking      St Mary’s Basilica. Consecrated in 1320, after being rebuilt on old ruins. Towers took on their iconic form  in the 15th century. Famous 15th century carved wood altar piece by the German sculptor   Veit Stoss.

 

 

Jennifer Aniston wears Faraone Mennella hoop earrings.As worn in Sex & the City American cult TV show.

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Jennifer Aniston & a clutch of celebrities photographed wearing Faraone Mennella hoop earrings. Designed in their chic New York studio this duo from Capri are designing uber cool jewellery for the Jet Set. Launched by their association with Sex & the City, American cult TV show, & a 5 years association with American Couture designer Caroline Herrera. Latest opening Harrods November 2013.

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Patek Philippe 5130, superb mens wristwatch.

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Patek Philippe 5130. Superb World Time watch. Looks contemporary however, virtually identical to the “Heures Universelles” model of the 1940’s. A unique platinum version from the era fetched £2.500.000. at auction in 2002. Todays 5130 from £30.520.

Avoriaz. Popular French ski resort, just over 5 hours by TGV Hi speed train from Paris Gare de Lyon train station.

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Avoriaz French ski resort. Les Bains du Val d’Illies. Open air swimming pool for the sporting tourists.        Popular ski resort with plenty of investment opportunities. Geneva Airport to Avoriaz by road approx 80/120 minutes, regular services. Hi speed TGV Trains from Paris Gare de Lyon to Thonon les Bains station, 5 hours train journey. Coach or Taxi from Thonon up to Avoriaz.

 

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Stephen Webster Jewellery.

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Stephen Webster English jewellery designer, attracts the entertainment industry’s most alluring stars. This is a ring from Stephen Webster’s “Murder she Wrote” 2011 collection. Married to a Russian lady, the stores in Moscou, Kiev & St Petersbourg are tremendously successful. A glamourous new store is about to open in February 2014 in Baku, Azerbaijan.  Stephen Webster’s success is due to his quite unique talent for using the most unusual stones & mixes for his jewellery, from the Worlds most distant mines. The search for rare stones is continuous as the exclusive look of Stephen Webster’s jewellery depends on the wonderful & unique colours of the  stones themselves. Africa,Columbia,Zambia,Brazil, Madagascar, Tanzania,Pakistan,Burma, South Africa,Mozambique,Congo………………A Magical Mystery Tour…………………

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Saint Moritz, exciting “White Turf” horse race February 9/16/23 February 2014.

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Saint Moritz exciting White Turf horse race. 9/16/23 FEBRUARY 2014. Also featured Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan Al  Nahyan Listed Cup.Saint Moritz Badrutts Hotel a special appeal. City of Berne under winter snow & the jolly,sturdy red train climbing the white snow clad  mountains, between the green pines. A fairy tale image…….

 

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Faberge Russian jeweller to the Czars, flower study sells for £350.500. Sothebys, London.

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Faberge Russian jeweller to the Czars. Faberge jewelled  flower study. Sold for £350.500 at Sothebys this week. Faberge jewelled bunch of cherries study was sold by MacDougalls for £226.200. Faberge gold elephant mounted on purpurine mini egg pendant sold  by Sothebys for £20.000. Faberge silver elephant bell push sold by Macdougalls for £22.000 hammer. London’s Russian  Auction week was a jolly affair with lots of Russians bidding cheerfully as they   enjoyed hidden swigs of Vodka. Faberge was founded in St. Petersbourg Imperial Russia  by Gustave Faberge in 1842.

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Russian Art Auctions at McDougalls, London St James. 27 November 2013.

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Russian art auctions at McDougalls St James London, 27 November 2013. Shown view of the Kremlin by Pavel Sokolov-Skkalya circa 1925. Below Bathers on the Lido, 1909, by Leon Bakst renowned costume designer for the Ballets Russes, in the Paris of the 1920’s.

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Tuscany.14th century Tuscan Villa & Chianti vineyards, & olive groves, reportedly for sale,50 million euros price tag is mentioned. 160 acres Chianti wine estate, & olive groves.

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Tuscan Villa & Chianti Vineyards. For Sale, it is reported, for 50 million euros. Tuscan villa dating from the 14th century, & its 160 acre Chianti  vineyards, & olive groves, Villa di Vignamaggio. Home of the family of Lisa Gherardini. Historically the birth place of of the young woman who was the presumed model  for Leonardo da Vinci’s La Mona Lisa, painting commissioned after Lisa married the silk merchant, Francesco del Giocondo. Vignamaggio has accomodation to rent. Contact us for legendary properties to buy, off Market.

 

MASERATI baby Quattro porte sedan, first 10.000 off the production line in new Turin plant. 12th November 2013.

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Turin 12th November 2013. Lawyer Giovanni Agnelli Grugliasco (Turin) at the  1st 10.ooo Maserati luxury Sedans off the production line . Factory opened January 30th 2013 in the Turin plant alongside the historic Modena plant for the 2 new Luxury Maserati Sedans. The Baby Quattro Porte & the Ghibli. Producing around 140 vehicles a day. Copyright ANSA & Image below CarandDriver.

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Basel World 2013 star watch,Meccaniche Veloci,”Chrono Driver”, ultra sleek men’s wrist watch.

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Basel World 2013 star, the new, sleek, Chrono Driver, from Meccaniche Veloci.  The exclusive Meccaniche Veloci watches will now be available from the prestigious Harrods Fine Watch room, December 2013. Chrono Driver, a watch inspired by the precision watches worn by Formula One racing drivers. Image below of the Ferrari F430-GT Cup Car of the Scuderia 27 – Baldini Mode Racing Team.  QP Magazine. 

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Audemars Piguet’s ladies watch “Tourbillon”, as Audemars launches their AD campaign aimed at their ladies clientele.

Audemars

Audemars Piguet launches their advertising campaign aimed at their ladies clientele.Belgian top model, Anouck Lepore is the selected face for the campaign. Here we have selected the handwound “Tourbillon” wristwatch. 18 carat pink gold case,white mother of pearl dial, white strap. 84 brilliant cut diamonds, 1.4 carats. Jasmine Audemars, Chairwoman of the board of Directors, is the only woman heading a major watch manufacturer.

Paolo Sorrentino’s film “La Grande Bellazza”. Presented at the Cannes Film Festival, 2013, Italian film opens to acclaim in London.

Grande

Paolo Sorrentino’s film La Grande Bellazza has opened in London. Impressive critical acclaim after having been presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2013. Echoes the great period in the 1960’s of Italian film makers, Fellini & Antonioni. Sumptuous views of Rome and a bitter sweet story that captivates you. With Toni Servillo & Galatea Ranzi.

Hilton Istanbul Bomonte opens in February 2014. Hilton Worldwide has over 10.000 rooms in Turkey operational or under development.

Hilton

Hilton Worldwide will be opening the Hilton Istanbul Bomonte hotel in February 2014. In Sisli district, next to the former Bomonte glass factory, with sensational views of the Bosphorus from the 34th floor bar, and impressive lighting effects installed by the Czech crystal glass company, Preciosa. Hilton Worldwide recently announced further Hotel projects for Turkey, bringing Hilton to being the first Hotel operator with over 10.000 rooms operational or in development in Turkey.

34th Americas Cup.San Francisco Bay. Thrilling Regatta as Climax approaches.

Americas

34th Americas Cup 2013.  Glorious San Francisco Bay. Americas Cup Oracle Team USA narrow gap on Team New Zealand, as the exciting final race approaches. The latest round of the World Famous regatta is reported like a thriller by Liam Phelan in the Sydney Morning Herald.   With stories of pharaonic budgets,  State of the Art technology & over engineered at massive cost.. Reportedly American software billionaire, Larry Ellison has bankrolled the US Team to the tune of US$100. million. Whereas the Australian Government, funding the New Zealand Team, are reported to have spent a whopping US$150 million. It is suggested that it is no longer a sport,  as the 72feet Catamarans, devised by the Americans, are dangerously fast & cumbersome.Cameras on the yachts enable viewers to follow the race in palpitating real time. Terrific. Liam Phelan article in Sydney Morning Herald, & organiser Bonnie Vale Sailing Club in Australia. Photo AFP

 

5 Star Eden Hotel in Roma will become part of the Dorchester Collection. In a deal worth an estimated 105 million euros.

Eden

5 Star  120 room Eden Hotel in Roma is apparently set to become part of the Dorchester Collection, in a deal worth an estimated 105.million euros. The famous Hotel was a favourite  with King Alfonso X111 of Spain & legendary Italian Film maker  Federico Fellini. Dorchester Collection is owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, a Sovereign Fund reportedly  controlled by the Sultan of Brunei. The Eden hotel is currently owned by the  Starwood Capital Group & Lehman Brothers. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Group previously sold the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan to the Dorchester Group, 10 years ago.

Tom Ford Glam Punk for S/S 2014. London Fashion Week.

Tom

Tom Ford. Spring Summer 2014. Glam Punk Disco dress. Strong shoulders. Silvered Sixties inspired paillettes &  black cobwebs of lingerie lace. London Fashion Week. Photo Cordon Press. El Pais. Inagist.

Carine Roitfeld recently appointed Global Fashion Director of Harpers Bazaar. A reach of 11 million readers.

Carine

Carine Roitfeld former Editor of French Vogue was  recently appointed Global Fashion Director of Harpers Bazaar. Her magazine  “CR”  first published in July 13 sold out within 2 weeks.      During New York Fashion Week & now during London Fashion Week  the Fashion world is a buzz  all wanting to view “Mademoiselle C”,  Fabien Constant’s film on producing her magazine “CR”. Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford et al appear in the film, as does Stephen Gan Fashion Media,publisher of “CR”.  As Global Fashion Director of Harpers Bazaar Carine Roitfeld will have a reach of 11 million people. Carine is looking to bring out a scent next, all with a view to developing her own personal “Brand”. Astute. Photo Patrick Swirc for The Telegraph.

 

 

Gorgeous Cate Blanchette. Claridges Hotel, Mayfair, London, hosts exhibition, “Midnight@Noon”. Drawings of glamchic Claridges visitors. Fashion Artist in residence, David Downton.

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, drawn by the artist David Downton, fashion artist in residence. Discreetly, sitting in the Fumoir, at uber chic Claridges Hotel, drawing some of the beautiful, & interesting people who pass thru the Hotel. With New York Fashion week just over & Fashionistas crowding into London for Fashion Week, Claridges is hosting an exhibition of  David Downton’s drawings of glamourous Claridges visitors who epitomise “glamchic”. Exhibition Midnight @ Noon  from  14/18 Sept 2013,                    Claridges Hotel Brook St. Mayfair.London W1

 

Christian Lacroix Tribute collection for Schiaparelli A/W13

Schiaparelli

Christian Lacroix. Inspired  colour, shocking pink,crimson,lime green & brilliance & elegance, superb silks for the Schiaparelli Couture A/W 13  tribute shown at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, in Paris.. Diego Della Valle who acquired Schiapelli in 2006 had the  idea to invite Christian Lacroix to design a Schiaparelli tribute  for A/W 13.                                Photo AlessandroGarofalo/ InDigitalteam/Gorunway

Ralph Lauren. New York Fashion Week. S/S 14.

Ralp

Ralph Lauren New York Fashion Week, Spring Summer 2014.               Stand out  Fluo lime green 1960’s inspired skirt & coat & matching patent handbag. Photo Isidore Montag. Daily Telegraph.

Tom Ford.Glamour Chic Guru. London Fashion week show scheduled for Sept 16th London.

Tom

Tom Ford. Sunday Times Style Sept 8th 2013. A profile Sultan of Suave,by Claudia Croft. The clothes photographed are the epitome of LUXE. With Yves Saint Laurent gone, Christian Lacroix seemingly invisible, except for the  Schiaparelli tribute for A/W 13,  & John Galliano in the wilderness, Tom Ford is indefinable – glamourous chic guru. During London Fashion Week, the next show on Sept 16th is awaited with anticipation. A newly opened  flagship store, all silvered mirror and black marble,  has opened on “fashionista avenue”, London’s Sloane Street.

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Tom Ford. Glamour Chic’s Guru. London Fashion Week Show 16th September 2013.

Tom Ford

Tom Ford features on cover of the Sunday Times Style magazine, 8th Sept 2013. Sultan of Suave by Claudia Croft. With Yves Saint Laurent gone, Christian Lacroix barely visible, except for his  1 off Couture Schiaparelli A/W 13 Tribute at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.  & John Galliano in the wilderness, Tom Ford stands out as glamour chic ‘s guru. A man passionate about Contemporary Art to judge by his showroom. Now,  A silvered mirror & black marble store has recently opened on Sloane Street, London. Daniel Craig wore Tom Ford suits as James Bond.                   The menswear suits start @ £2500

“Drive Club”.Mercedes AMG new game developed by Evolution Studios.

Mercedes

Mercedes  AMG new game.                Gregor Wildermann features an interview with Paul Rustchynsky, Game Director at Evolution  Studios, the label’s new “Drive Club” game. Exciting Challenges faced during development & the key roles played by 2 striking Mercedes AMG models. photo Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Jaguar launch new concept C-X17 SUV, in aluminium. Frankfurt International Motor Show 10- 22 September 2013.

Jaguar

Jaguar revealed the C-X17 SUV at the International Frankfurt motor show. 10-22 September 2013. Advanced lightweight, but strong, aluminium, for a monocoque concept.  Ultra efficient engines. Styling of the 4 seater overseen by  Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Design Director. Officially incorporated since December 2012, as Jaguar Landrover Ltd.                                             Chris Knapman, Daily Telegraph.

Shocking pink Vespa decorated by Contemporary Artist Simon Periton. Lot 735 to be auctioned at Christies South Ken, Tues 10th September 2013.

Vespa

Jolly, shocking pink Vespa by Piaggi,styled by Contemporary artist Simon Periton. Simon Periton (born 1964)  was inspired by  a visit to Naples to decorate his Vespa, shocking pink, that he named Aardvark.  “The only way thru the traffic chaos in Naples was by scooter”……..Lot 735 To be auctioned at Christies Interiors Auction, Christies South Ken. Tuesday 10th September 2013. Estimate £2500-£3500

CARTIER. Cartier Style & History Exhibition to open at the Grand Palais in Paris 4th December 2013.

Cartier

Cartier Style and History exhibition will be opening in Paris at the Grand Palais 4th December 2013. Cartier Collection & Cartier Tradition, in Geneva, for years, have been searching out and acquiring sensational Vintage Cartier pieces. Such as the famous tutti-frutti flamingo made especially for the Duchess of Windsor. Bought back, by Cartier,at auction through Sothebys for £1.700.000. From exotic to classic  – For many years Jaeger Lecoultre supplied the fine watch mechanisms for the Cartier watches, which are also sought after by Cartier Tradition. Cartier Tradition were able to acquire most of the Jaeger Lecoultre ledgers for 1919-1972, most of the period that Jaeger Lecoultre were supplying Cartier, these docs are invaluable for checking authenticity,& ,in some cases, provenance of the vintage Cartier watches.

Lecce. Beautiful, white stone, sun bathed city, ornately decorated Baroque churches and palazzi in the Puglia region of southern Italy. Shakespeare come to Life.

Lecce

Lecce,beautiful, sun bathed, white stone city, in the Puglia region of southern Italy. Famous for its churches and ornately decorated palazzi. These Baroque buildings have led Lecce to be called “the Florence of the south”. Walk down the narrow, cobbled streets & you could imagine “Shakespeare come to Life”. Lecce has a long cultural history shared  with the ancient Greeks, The Messagii,  who founded the city & are said to have been ancient Cretans. Puglia is famous for its delicious, golden, sun drenched olive oil, its local pasta and stuffed vegetable dishes.  & its white stone typical Trulli………

Michael Douglas in Deauville for the Screening of Behind the Candelabra, that opened the Festival of Cinema Americain.C.I.D. 30/08/2013

Michael

Michael Douglas arriving at the C.I..D theatre, evening of friday 30 August for the opening of the 39th Festival of Cinema Americain. Steven Soderberg’s film Behind the Candleabra with Michael Douglas & Matt Damon was the opening screening. Amazing cameo performance from Rob Lowe, who plays  a coked out plastic surgeon.   American Film Festival ends Sept 8th 2013.                                    Michael Douglas looked well, joked about putting on weight, and was  applauded by a large glamourous crowd of well wishers.

“Perspectives”. John Pawson for Swarovski, Gilbert McCarragher. Event celebrating Palladio’s Glorious Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore. 55th Venice Biennale.

Basilica

Perspectives, by John Pawson for Swarovski, Gilbert McGarragher. Our Thanks for Image. Palladio’s stunning 16th century Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore. Wallpaper has done a feature on John Pawson focusing the large Swarovski crystal lens in the Basilica, “Perspectives” capturing the magnificent dome interior, during the opening of the 55th Venice Biennale.                                                  Swarovski is currently working to restore the statue of San Giorgio, that lies on top of the church.. This marks the inaugural donation of the newly created Swarovski Foundation.           Is this part of a Branding strategy for Swarovski as they plan to move into the luxury jewellery market ? 

1959 Dodge Coronet Lancer. Hard top coupe. Tail fins & Cassata ice cream colours. CLASSIC MOTOR CAR AUCTION. Beaulieu Collectors Motor Cars & Automobilia. September 7th 2013. UK. Organised by Bonhams Auction House.

Dodge

Lot 309. 1959 Dodge Coronet Lancer. Hard top Coupe.Tail fins & cassata ice cream colours for this amazing “Rock Around the Clock & bobby sox” reminder.  No Reserve. Beaulieu Sale Collectors Motor Cars & Automobilia.                                                  Organised by Bonhams 7 September 2013.                     Image Photo Simon Clay.

NO NAY NEVER. American bred. Potential future champion race horse ? Top Investor M.V Magnier may think so ?

No NAY Never

No Nay Never, may  be a future superchampion.  First American bred 2 year old horse to have won a Group 1 race in France, according to Racing Post, by winning the Darley Morny Stakes at Deauville 18/08/2013.                                                        Wesley Ward won the Group 2 Norfolk stakes at Royal Ascot 2013, with No Nay Never.            Wesley Ward has been a regular visitor to Royal Ascot since Strike The Tiger won the Windsor Castle Stakes, in 2009. & Jealous Again won the Queen Mary.                                                          From Keeneland Kentucky, No Nay Never has just flown the Atlantic again.                         Participating in the  Darley Morny Stakes in Deauville, 18/08/2013.Ridden by David Flores. Racing in the navy colours of M.V. Magnier . No Nay Never, by winning the Group One Darley Morny Stakes is the first American bred 2 year old horse to have won a Group  1 race in France. No Nay Never as of 15th August 2013, entirely owned by the Coolmore syndicate of, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, & Derrick Smith. No Nay Never looks like being a very promising 2 year old, still growing in musculature.                                                                     The Atlantic  may be crossed again soon,                        is Qatari Arc de Triomphe on the cards ?         Photo Ice Wine Stables face book page

 

 

 

 

34.682.000 euros. 34% cumulated increase for the Arqana Deauville Yearling sales 2013.

Lot 296

34% cumulated increase in sales for 2013. @ 34.682.000 euros. Arqana Yearling Sales Deauville                                         210.000 euros for Lot 296.Out of Makfi/Auenpearl  bought by Mandore Intl Agency.                         After a keen seance between Michel Zerolo (Oceanic Bloodstock) & Hubert Guy & David Redvers. On this 3rd day, 19/08/2013, of Arqana Deauville Intl Yearling sales, the statistics are better than last year.                                                     The overall top buyers are Peter & Ross Doyle who were buying for Sheik Joaan Al Thani, 7 Yearlings for 2.525.000. euros.                                                     2nd in the overall Buying stakes is John Ferguson acting for Sheik Mohammed Al Maktoum, investing 2.490.000 euros in 8 yearlings.                            Mandore Intl. Agency comes in at 3rd place with 9 Yearligs bought for 2.295.000. euros.           Followed by M.V.Magnier who bought 2 Yearlings, out of Galileo, for 1.000.000. euros apiece.          Top Buyers for the day,19/08/2013 are                              1/ Jean Claude Rouget.                                              2/ STE Entrainement Carlos & Yann Lerner.        3/. Alain Decrion                                                       4/. David Redvers Bloodstock.                                    5/. MAB Agency                                              Top Haras/ Stud farms of the Days sales, 19/08/2013. 1/ Haras du Cadran.                                                  2/ Haras du Mezeray.                                                3/ Haras d’Etreham.                                                  4/Hara de la Louviere.                                              5/ Coulonces Consignment                                    Images.c. APRH.Deauville 19/08/13.Vente Arqana

$.US. 27.500.000. Sensational Ferrari Spider. Designed by Sergio Scaglietti. 275 GTB/4. S.N.A.R.T. RM Auctions Monterey.

Ferrari

$.US. 27.500.000.  Record price bid at RM Auctions, downtown Monterey, California. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB / 4  Spider S.N.A.R.T.                  designed by Scaglietti.                                                                                                               1967 Ferrari Spider 275 GTB,  One of only 10 ever made .                                                                            A red one actually featured in the Steve Mcqueen cult film, “The Thomas Crown Affair”.                  3.2 liter. V12 with 6 Weber carburettors, making 300 horsepower.                                                  Sergio Scaglietti founded his design & coach building works in 1951, in Maranello, opposite Ferrari.                                                                           Carrozzeria Scaglietti is also famous for the Ferrari Testa Rossa  the uber sports car ever.                                                         The Scaglietti works are now owned by Ferrari.                                                       Mr Eddie Smith senior, a self made hosiery millionaire, bought the car for $US 14.500. when new, from Luigi Chinetti, legendary Ferrari importer.  Mr Smith Junior announced that proceeds from the auction of the car will go to charities in Lexington, North Carolina,  and the Smith Family Trust.                                                                     Image & Thanks to David Undercoffler @ The Los Angeles Times. RM Auctions.

 

 

 

 

1.500.000 euros for Lot 163 Deauville Vente Arqana. Presented by Coulonces Consignment bought by James Harron Bloodstock. 18/08/13

Lot 163

Lot 163. An exciting struggle for Australia based Irish Agent, James Harron  to acquire Lot 163, daughter of Dubawi, presented by Coulonces Consignment, for 1.500.000.   euros,           Mandore Intl Agency was the under bidder.                               The second  top price, of the evening, 1.000.000.euro, was attained by Ecuries Monceaux for Lot 99. Michael Magnier, of Coolmore’s, strategy was the winning one as he fought off strong competition from the Agent Davis Redvers. bidding on behalf of Sheik Fahad Al Thani, & who also selects for the Russian Owner, Rashit Shaykhutdinov.                                                            Pascal Bary the French trainer acquired lot 132 for 500.000. euros presented by the Haras de la Reboursiere et le Montaigu. Pascal Bary acquired from the v.successful Ecuries Monceaux Lot 101,for 400.000. euros.                                                          Sheikh Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s ,Equipe, Al Shania, were installed in the restaurant with the French Agent Thierry Delegue (YES)                               Arqana continued its succesful sales with a 73% of horses bought. Net progression on last year’s trends with a 35% increase on average prices.         Buyers from Dubai, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Kazakhstan, S.Africa, Australia, Japon, Ireland, UK, USA, Latin America.                                   18/08/13 TOP 5 BUYERS:-                                James Harron Bloodstock 1 Lot 1.500.000.euro Michale Vincent Magnier  1 Lot 1.000.000.euro Pascal Bary 2 Lots 900.000 euro                         John Ferguson Bloodstock 3 Lots. 840.000 euro Mandore Intl Agency 3 Lots 780.000 euro.      Cumulated figures for top 5 sales :-                  Ecuries des Monceaux 13 Lots. 4,320.000.euro Hara des Capucines 12 Lots. 3.210.000.euro   Coulonces Consignment 11 Lots 3.135.000. euro Haras du Mezeray 9 Lots 2.605.000. euro      Ballylinch Stud 4 Lots 1.560.000. euro             Image ARQANA Ventes Deauville. Yearlings 2013.  Dubawi / Hit the Sky. Presented by Coulonces Consignment. Bought by James Harron Bloodstock. Australia.

 

 

 

14.091.000. euros 50% increase on 2012 for the opening night of the Deauville Intl Yearling sales organised by Arqana. 2 future race horses selling for a million euros……..

Yearling

14.091.000. euros , a 50% rise on 2012 first evening auction figure,  at the Yearling sales 2013 opening. For the 1st evening of the Deauville Intl Yearling race horse auctions organised   by ARQANA 6 Lots went for 600.000 euros.11  Lots for 400.000, & 22 Lots over 200.000 euros. 75% of the Lots offered were sold. Amazingly, 2 yearlings realised 1 million euros. Lot 14 presented by the Irish Ballylinch Stud was bought by the Agents Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock. And after a tussle David Redvers was the highest bidder for Lot 33, presented by Ecuries Monceaux,  on behalf of  M.V Magnier & Coolmore. Lot 33 being the 3/4 sister of Chiquita.             The top 5 buyers were Peter & Ross Doyle 4 Lots, for 2.340.000 euros                     John Ferguson Bloodstock 5 Lots for 1.650.000. euros                                   Mandore Intl Agency 3 Lots for 1.210.000. euros                                   Michael Vincent Magnier 2 Lots for 1.150.000. euros                                    Oceanic Bloodstock INC 3 Lots for 780.000. euros.                                   The top sellers were                             Ecuries Monceaux 10 Lots for 2.710.000 euros                              Haras des Capucines 10 Lots for 2.610.000. euros.                                Ballylinch Stud 1 Lot 1.000.000.euro Haras du Mezeray 2 Lots for 940.000. euros.                                     Haras d’Etreham 6 Lots for 905.000. euros.                                                     We note that Badgers Bloodstock acquired Lot 93 from Oaks Farm Stables, paying 128.000. euros, on behalf of the Russian Owner, Alexander Nezhenets.                 Badgers Bloodstock bought Chiquita for 600.000 euros, @ Yearlings 2011 for Australian owner Paul Makin                                     Chiquita has just won the Irish Oaks & came second at the Prix de Diane. See previous postings.

Racing Post, Wetherbys & Hotel Royal Barriere host a swank buffet in Deauville.

Hotel

Racing Post, Wetherbys & the Deauville Hotel Royal Barriere hosted an anniversary lunch buffet for their Racing guests. A swank crowd for sushi, foie gras & delicious desserts. Afterwards everyone walked over to the race course for an afternoon’s racing, @ Touques racecourse, followed by the Yearling sales, within walking distance, just round the corner, on ave. Hocquart de Turtot.

Latin American BBQ & Polo party

POLO

A fun BBQ with a Latin American theme  & entertained by Polo match,  & music, was an event organised by Arqana, in association with Bentley motorcars, & Lucien Barriere Polo Cup. Laurent Dassault’s team were the winners. A cosmopolitan crowd of Breeders, Trainers, Owners mingled before the Yearling sales .commenced.

CHIQUITA. SINNAMARY ET AL ……….RACING LEGENDS IN THE MAKE….

Chiquita

Chiquita winning the emblematic race, the Darley Irish Oaks. With famous Irish jockey aboard, Johnny Murtagh, @ The Curragh. 20/07/13. Photo Patrick McCann. This result offers her owner  Australian,Paul Makin a magnificent win. Chiquita, daughter of Montjeu & Prudenzia, was bought by Badgers Bloodstock for 600.000. euros , from Ecuries Monceaux, at the Deauville Intl Yearling sales 2011, organised by Arqana.                   This win represents the 4 th Classic Race win by the Arqana Yearlings. As,Style Vendome & Flotilla, from Arqana  Yearling sales  were successful at Longchamps  race course, “Poules d’Essai”.      Treve bought at the October  2011 Yearling sales realised the immense exploit of winning the ultra chic Prix de Diane Longines.                                  The brothers & sisters of these young  Racing Champions feature in the Arqana catalogue for the Deauville Intl Yearling sales, 2013.                      LOT 33 HALF SISTER TO CHIQUITA par GALILEO, presented by Ecuries Monceaux is expected to sell for a record price.                        LOT 30, half brother  by KENDARGENT/STYLE VENDOME, presented by the Haras de Colleville. LOT 185 half sister de FLOTILLA by HIGH CHAPARRAL, presented by the Haras des Capucines. Related to Chiquita.           SINNAMARY, Ecurie Monceaux,  the sister of CHIQUITA, was sold in 2012 for 1.100.000 euros at the ARQANA Deauville Intl Yearling sales in 2012. The Marquise de Moratalla bought SINNAMARY, FOR THE 2ND TOP PRICE OF THE SALE.  & Before it was realised that CHIQUITA was a great,if unwieldy, racer.                    CHIQUITA has immense personality & potential.

CHIQUITA. Arqana organises the Deauville Intl. Yearlings sales. Arqana’s powerful shareholders.

Chiquita

Chiquita 2nd in the Prix de Diane Longines. 16/06/13. image copyright APRH Chantilly. Hamelin Antoine.  Chiquita bought by Badgers Bloodstock, on behalf of  Paul Makin, August 2011 at the Deauville Yearling sales,organised by ARQANA, & presented by the wealthy Ecuries Monceaux.                               Arqana is the leading race horse auction house in France, & the second player in Europe. Arqana formed in 2006, when Agence Francaise de Vente de Pur Sang  fusioned with Goffs.  Arqana was formed.                                                                      Son Altesse the Aga Khan, a noted race horse breeder, is a majority shareholder in Arqana,.     As is Artcurial, the auction house, amongst whose share holders are the powerful industrial group, Groupe Dassault.

Horses are paraded before the Deauville Intl Yearling sales, in a very well situated venue.

horse

A young future race horse, a Yearling being paraded in front of prospective buyers. The Deauville Intl Yearling Auctions are organised by Arqana.  The site is very well organised with stables for the Ecuries showing, & also for the prospective Buyers, with a comfortable Business centre with free WIFI access. All the horse events take place at venues  within a few minutes  walking of each other. The Horse Racing, the Polo, the Yearling Auctions. The race course was built, by the Duc de Morny, in the 1862 , in the centre of Deauville, it has remained a focal point of the town within walking distance of the main hotels, restaurants & beach.

Polo. All the excitement of the game…………

polo

Coupe d’Or Deauville Polo match.  A few minutes from the sea in Deauville.  Tuesday 13/08/13. Talandracas  / Body Minute. A sensationally exciting match.  Talandracas 2/3.  2/4.  6/5.  9/8.  11/10.  13/13.  14/13.  Lucien Barriere Deauville Polo Cup 2013. Images copyright R&B Presse. Pascal Renauldon.

Ecuries Monceaux showing to prospective buyers.

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Ecuries Monceaux very busy showing to prospective buyers of the  young future race horses, pre Intl Yearling auctions 17/18/19 August 2013. Deauville Yearling sales organised by Arqana.

Bentley motorcars new continental model “Flying Spur” are popular in Deauville, to judge by the car parks of the race courses.

Bentley

Bentley Motorcars may have only just introduced the fabulous new continental model Flying Spur, but the Owner’s car parks at the Deauville race courses are already familiar places to admire them.                                                                   Arqana who organises the Intl Yearling sales  are giving a party on friday evening, as joint hosts with Bentley.                                                         “Have cheque book “Vintage  Mulliner lovers ” will  drive”………………Used to own a Mulliner S3.             We would suggest  that the drive from Deauville to  the charming port Honfleur  is one of the prettiest in Normandy. & the drive to the Port of Le Havre takes you over the sensational, recently constructed Normandy Bridge.

Dreamkeeper’s sister will be presented by Monceaux Ecuries at the 2013 Deauville Intl Yearling sales.

Dream

Dreamkeeper.                                                             Bought at the 2012 Deauville Intl Yearling Sales for 350.000 euros by Badgers Blood Stock for Alexander Negenetz (Agrafirma Progress). Ecuries Monceau will be presenting his sister for auction on sat 17th August 2013, LOT No.18.  Dreamkeeper propulsed himself to the leading place for his generation of 2 yr olds in Russia, by winning the Krasnodar Region Stakes in Russia. Dreamkeeper out of Galileo & Naissance Royale. Also related to Men Dont Cry, & Giants Causeway. Our Thanks to Arqana for the images. Arqana organises the Deauville Intl Yearling sales

 

 

Dreamkeeper bought at Deauville Yearling sales 2012, for 350.000 euros, now winning races in Russia.

Dreamkeeper

DREAMKEEPER.                                                Bought for 350.000 euro at last year’s Yearling sales Dreamkeeper son of Galileo & Naissance Royale, never has a horse been so talked about in Russia. A certain race winner. By winning the Krasnodar Region Stakes he established he propulsed himself to the summit of his 2 yr old generation. Bought by Badgers Bloodstock for Alexander Negenetz (Agrofirma Progress) His sister, will be presented  by Monceaux Ecuries Lot no.18, to be auctionned on sat 17 August 2013. At the Intl Deauville Yearling Sales.  Dreamkeepr also related to Men Don’t Cry, & Giants Causeway.   Our thanks to Arqana for the images. Arqana organises the Deauville Intl Yearling sales for young race horses.

Polo Coupe d’Or Deauville. By the sea in Normandy, France

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Polo Coupe d’Or Deauville 13/08/13. Lucien Barriere Deauville Polo Cup.                    Talandracas playing against Body Minute.  TALANDRACAS 2/3. 2/4. 6/5. 9/8. 11/10. 13/13. 14/13.  Images copyright R&B Presse. Pascal Renauldon  Deauville is a delightful seaside resort 2hours by train from Paris Saint Lazare station.

63rd Gold Cup Polo Championship in Deauville a chic seaside resort in Normandy France. A 2 hour train journey from Paris Saint Lazare train station. Images copyright. R&B Presse. Pascal Renauldon

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63rd Coupe d’Or Deauville Polo Championships.11/08/13. Lucien Barriere Deauville Polo Cup.                                            Deauville a chic seaside resort in Normandy France, a 2 hour train journey from Paris Saint Lazare train station.Who can beat Murus Sanctus & Facunda Sola ? Murus Sanctus 2/2. 5/3. 7/5. 9/8. 14/10.  Images copyright/ R&B PRESSE. Pascal Renauldon

Deauville. Polo Championship. 63rd Gold Cup. Deauville, in Normandy, France, a chic seaside resort, a 2 hour train journey from Paris St Lazare train station. Images Copyright. R&B Presse. Pascal Renauldon.

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63rd Coupe d’Or Deauville Polo Championships 11th August 2013. Deauville, a chic seaside resort in Normandy France, a 2 hour train journey from Paris Saint Lazare train station. An extremely exciting match. Who can beat Murus Sanctus & Facunda Sola ? Murus Sanctus 2/2. 5/3. 7/5. 9/8. 14/10.  Images copyright/ R&B Presse. Pascal Renauldon

Horse Racing Ace Intl Form Analyst. Radio Tab correspondent Pete Ellis

Pete Ellis

Pete Ellis international Globetrotter follows horse racing across the World, & is recognised as one of horse racing’s foremost Intl Form Analysts. A chief Correspondent for TAB Radio, acclaimed as Australia’s greatest racing radio station. He covers the big races from Melbourne to Kentucky to Saratoga to Arlington to Ascot  to Paris Arc de Triomphe  to Dubai,  where ever. The racing and the race horses are international now. Pete Ellis mentioned that in last year’s  Melbourne Cup he reckons that  17 out of the 24 runners were  European bred.  For a population of 23 million the Australian horse racing prize money probably ranks 2 or 3 in World rankings.  Employment generated by the Australian  horse racing industry makes it the  3rd  largest employer. Pete Ellis told me that the money coming into the Racing prize money had increased substantially since the interest of the Maydan Corp in Dubai. The  prize money offered in the Dubai races had catapulted Dubai into the arena as a major player in the  horse racing industry. The Dubai World Cup being the World’s richest race. Consequently the World’s best & most expensive horses are racing in Dubai.  It would seem that the Chinese are studying the Dubai template to see if it would transfer successfully to China. The Chinese are also talking to the French Horse racing & betting industry, to see if there could be a model for China.  For the Chinese there is the question of having so many people re-united at a race course, with social media so prevalent, this could lead to unwanted consequences.  Pete Ellis discussed the technology issues that the Chinese would be considering. The hand held devices today mean that a punter can down load info on a horse race anywhere , & place a bet electronically with a debit card. As a trans-frontier sport even people outside China might be able to bet on races in China. There is a lot of gambling in Hong Kong where there are 2 famous race courses.   As a % of Sports betting the racing % is diminishing. Racing is in decline in Ireland & the UK. But in France there are incentives for French bred horses that win races……………..           Pete Ellis is  correspondent for Radio Tab Australia

 

 

Le Quesnay Haras, Normandy, one of France’s Premier Haras. Focus pre “Yearling Race Horse Auctions” feature. Fairytale, ancient parkland setting for the enchanted world of horse breeding & horse racing…..the Sport of Kings.

Le Quesnay

In the International world of top class horse racing the family dynasty of the HEADs is syonymous with elite. Famous for the top class  races won on the Turf. Exceptionally we have been been given a tour of their 300 hectare park, full of ancient trees & meadows for grazing. and met some of their 300 horses, stallions,mares, yearlings & foals, currently stabled. Horse racing & breeding is big business. 40 lads. From Conception to Sales Ring a Yearling will have cost about 15.000 euros, not counting the price of the saillie by the Stallion.  After the Yearling is bought, the horse goes for training to become a racehorse.  Cost approx 2500 per month, not including the Vet costs. The horses are as intl as their owners moving between different countries , UK, Ireland etc, as the new Yearlings are produced. French breeders are keen for the mares to give birth in France as there are substantial financial supplementary benefits to the Owners & Breeders when their horses win in France. A brief list of Le Quesnay Haras Yearlings going for Auction on the Posting that follows. Our very special thanks to the Director of the Haras who took time from his busy schedule to give us a tour of the Haras Le  Quesnay,owned by the Head Family since 1958, a magical  summer’s afternoon. As I would say to my husband, Marc,     “A PERFECT DAY cheri” copyright special feature Haras Le Quesnay, objects2desire.com

 

 

 

 

Le Quesnay Haras, Pays d’Auge, Normandy. Future race horses full of health & vitality being prepared for the Deauville International Yearling Auctions 17/18/19/ August 2013.

Treasure

Le Quesnay Haras, Pays d’Auge, Normandy. A young horse full of health & vitality, “Treasure”,  in front of the stables, cosseted & bathed. Preparing to be shown at the Deauville International Yearling Auctions, for future race horses. 17/18/19/ August 2013. Le Quesnay Haras Yearlings going for Auction include:- no 76. SEA THE STARS/SUDARYNYA. No.133. Mr Sidney/Dissertation. No.157. Dalakhani/Gadalka. No,168.Sea the Stars/Jakonda. No.224. Elusive City/Peach Melba. No.232. Azamour/Princess Roseburg. No.252. Tamayuz/Savoie.No.268.Rail link/Symba’s Dream. No.276.Mr Sidney/Treasure. No.227.Mr Siney/Treasure Queen. No.301.Rock of Gibraltar/Blanche. No.334.Mr Sidney/Funny Feerie