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


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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Portofino Nightclub “Carillon” on Paraggi beach . Liguria Italy. Uber Glam

Paraggi Beach

Portofino Paraggi Beach, dreamy place for  dreams to come true………

Portofino Le Carillon Nightclub on Paraggi beach and night club Liguria Italy. Uber glam discotheque suggested by Italian Food Industry superstar Mariano Delorenzo





Bonhams to auction rare limited series George Daniels wristwatch.

George Daniels

George Daniels 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. and Bonhams Auctions.



Jerry Hall in Vogue in 1975.


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

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung celebrates Rio Olympic Opening with exotic drawings by Thilo Rothacker Illustrator

Courtesy & with thanks Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung & Thilo

Courtesy & with thanks Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Sonntag & Thilo Rothacker.

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thilo rothacker illustration

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Monterey Car Week 2016

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

(PHOTO Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)
Charles Fleming Charles FlemingContact Reporter
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


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


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.


Karl Lagerfeld at the Palazzo Pitti

Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery presents

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

Palazzo Pitti 14.06.2016 Print
Photo Album Welcome to Karl Lagerfeld Karl Lagerfeld Private View Video
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.



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 Courtesy and with thanks Fondazione Altagamma.  Schermata

Tourbillon Skull complicated Richard Mille men’s wristwatch

Richard Mille

Richard Mille

Tourbillon Skull  by Richard Mille. Sensational and complicated men’s wristwatch, the RM 052


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


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.


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


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




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:
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For any additional help or information on the auction lots please contact
Harmony Hambly-Smith: / +447881312880
Simon de Pury Michaela de Pury

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.



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

Because I’m Worth It, 2016, Mixed media on canvas, 61 x 76 cm
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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 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

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