1. Richard Mille presents Chantilly Arts & Elegance

    On the week end of the 6th september we had the pleasure to be invited to celebrate the first edition of the Chantilly Arts & Elegance sponsored by iconic timepiece manufacturer Richard Mille. The festivities started with a fabulous gala dinner in the Chantilly horse museum with the glamorous presence of Mr. Richard Mille’s friends, Natalie Portman and her husband Benjamin Millepied.

    On sunny sunday morning we drove to the Château de Chantilly to discover more than 500 exceptional cars divided into ten classes displayed in the gardens of the Chantilly domain. About 10000 people walked around the gardens to discover the stunning cars exposed by major collectors from all over the world and enjoyed different activities as a guided tour of the Chateau de Chantilly, an air balloon tour to admire the amazing gardens or touring aboard steamers on the canals. After lunch we where invited to the tribune to enjoy seeing the cars driven around that won the different prices adjudicated by a jury of around 40 renowned car experts. 

    The Richard Mille Concours d’Elegance prize was won by the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, a concept car designed by Touring and based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. The condition, restoration and historic interest of a hundred cars came under scrutiny in the Concours d’Etat. The Richard Mille Best of Show prize went to an extraordinary 1937 Delahaye 135M cabriolet, honoured for its ultra-sleek lines designed by Figoni et Falaschi, the celebrated pre-war bodywork manufacturers.

    On top we could discover eleven concept cars from international manufacturers, including three world premieres: the Aston Martin Zagato Shooting Brake 2014, the DS Divine and the Peugeot Exalt. McLaren also chose Chantilly Arts & Elegance as the setting for an exclusive European presentation of the McLaren P1 GTR, a 1000hp super-car reserved exclusively for the race track. 

    At the day we went back to the Château de Chantilly to enjoy a cocktail before heading back home. It was a marvellous event and we are already looking forward for the second edition which should take place on the first week end of september in 2015.

    To find out more about Richard Mille go to their webpage http://www.richardmille.com

     

  2. GnL Footwear a new way of walking

    As an avid runner, Swiss inventor Jürg Braunschweiger was not satisfied with the simple vertical cushioning offered by «normal» shoe soles. Thinking that cushioning should also be horizontal, he was able to design a sole that cushions the impact on the ground in all directions by means of hollow, retractable studs. These studs retract on full-impact, thus facilitating a quick and direct push-off across the entire sole. This makes for an optimal, gentle walking movement that reduces the burden upon joints, ligaments and the spine. Derived from the everyday experiences and observations of nature Jürg Braunschweiger invented the GnL technology (Glide’n Lock™) which provides the foot with 360° cushioning in all directions and adopted this sole into their new men’s collection which combines sporty and fresh designs with classic Italian style and craftsmanship.

    GnL has been able to engage Swiss endurance athlete Ronnie «I-Ron» Schildknecht as its brand ambassador. Schildknecht won the Swiss Ironman competition seven times in a row, and he holds the North-American Ironman course record. The Ironman winner wears GnL shoes after competitions to regenerate his muscles and joints more speedily. Combining a unique style with functional casualness, the GnL and its 3D cushioning helps me to recover, while still looking stylish. 

     You can order them online in their new online shop and by using the «Shoesizeme» calculator, customers can determine their exact shoe size without having tried on a GnL shoe beforehand. As well as in the online shop, the shoes are also available in several shops in Switzerland and neighbouring countries. All collections are designed and made in Italy optimally combining fashion and function in these comfortable shoes.

    Find out more about GnL on their website http://www.gnlfootwear.com/

     

  3. 10 YEARS OF HAUTLENCE

    We had the pleasure to be invited by bespoke watch manufacturer Hautlence to assist their 10 years celebration of the brand. Founded in 2004, and by breathing a new dynamic into the art of watchmaking, Hautlence is dedicated to paying tribute to the cradle of watchmaking, gaining recognition among watchmaking collectors and connoisseurs the world over. It has a portfolio of four calibres designed and developed in-house, while relying on external partners for the movements of certain collections. It launched the HL calibre in 2005, followed in 2009 by the HLQ calibre, with the brand’s third calibre, the HLC, hot on its heels. 2011 saw the introduction of the high-flying HL2.0 calibre in a variety of different versions.

    They kicked of the festivities with an exhibition of their above mentioned iconic timepieces in the magnificent setting of the “Maison Dürrenmatt” at Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The watches were surrounded by artworks form Eric Cantona’s private collection. Being the new testimonial for the brand he lend some street art inspired oeuvres to be shown with the watchmakers 10 year developments and of course a new watch a self-winding chronograph called “Invictus” from the Latin phrase meaning “unbeaten and unbeatable” and the butterfly of the same name. Following the Neuchâtel launch, the “Cross the Line” World Tour visits Singapore in November and Hong Kong in December. It will continue in 2015 and 2016 to an as yet unnamed number of destinations where Eric Cantona will present the fruits of his collaboration with Hautlence.


    After the exhibition we headed down to the Case à Chocs where the party took place. Fine Champagne and wines were served and a magnificent seafood buffet filled the many hungry stomaches. We had the pleasure to have a long chat with Eric Cantona and Guillaume Tetu, (CEO and Co-founder) where they elaborated more about the great timepiece they made. It’s a 250-piece limited edition, and nestled in a titanium case, the dial bears the colour and iridescent reflections of the large, magnificent blue butterfly for which it is named, while mother-of-pearl insets subtly illuminated with black decals emulate the markings on its wings. The case-back is numbered and engraved with the name “Invictus”, along with Eric Cantona’s signature and an engraving of his digital fingerprint - a kind of entrance pass to the Gentlemen Rebels Club of which he and every owner of a Hautlence timepiece are members.

    If you like to see more about Hautlence please visit their website at http://hautlence.com




     

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  5. THE FLORENTINE TOUCH - PART 3

    As for a gentleman’s shoes, it is the attention to details that makes the difference, as we have closely seen at Pitti Uomo 86.

    Photography: H2O

     

  6. THE FLORENTINE TOUCH - PART 2

    Our selection of smart accessories from Pitti Uomo 86

    Photography: H2O

     

  7. THE FLORENTINE TOUCH - PART 1

    Back from the 86th edition of Pitti Uomo, here is our selection of stylish outfits and pieces for Spring Summer 2015

    Photography: H2O (www.studio-h2o.it)

     

  8. THE FLORENTINE TOUCH - PART 1

    Back from the 86th Edition of Pitti Uomo, here is our selection of stylish outfits and pieces for Spring Summer 2015

    Photography: H2O (www.studio-h2o.it)

     

  9. MILAN DESIGN WEEK PICKS

    An early Summer weather welcomed the design public in Milan this week, coming from all over the world to attend the Salone del Mobile exhibition and the hundreds of related events. Have a look at some of our favourite items and installations seen during this astonishing week.

     

  10. POLYPHENOLS + VITAMIN C

    Introducing the innovative Polyphenol C 15 program by Caudalie, antioxidant and anti-wrinkle, hitting the Caudalie boutiques and e-store plus your local pharmacies on April 1st.


    www.caudalie.com