TAURUS – THE NEW STAR IN THE LUXURY SAFE UNIVERSE OF BUBEN&ZORWEG

The 58th edition of the Salone del Mobile, Milano, has just ended on a high note.  This year a record attendance of visitors was recorded many of whom were fortunate to discover a surprising new world – BUBEN&ZORWEG, a name that is fast becoming synonymous with luxury, exquisite design and top security.

Unveiled within the sophisticated ambience of its novel 140m² booth at the prestigious Salone del Mobile, BUBEN&ZORWEG debuted its new star, the outstanding designed TAURUS.  The TAURUS stands in luxurious line with its fellow stars the ORION and the GALAXY.

The newest member of the BUBEN&ZORWEG safe collection does not rely exclusively on its good looks to make a mark.  Indeed, with regard to security, it premieres an amazing BUBEN&ZORWEG patented armouring material “PROTECT-PRO” an essential technical revolution in the field of safes and safety.

PROTECT-PRO is a composite of resin and stone, combined into a special material used in the body of the safe and has two functions. Firstly, the PROTECT-PRO walls of the TAURUS can withstand sophisticated attacks.  Secondly, they can reduce the weight of the safe by 30 per cent when compared to conventional safes. Thus, giving outstanding technical performance while being attributed to a VdS security certification.

Internationally known as the Milan Furniture Fair, the Salone del Mobile, Milano is far more than a fair or a large-size exhibition. It is a reference point for professionals in the design and furniture sector to create and show their top-quality products.

This year, more than four hundred thousand people, including designers, architects, journalists, collectors and design enthusiasts, from over 160 countries, attended the Milan Design Week.

The Salone del Mobile is definitely THE creative environment for an upmarket brand like BUBEN&ZORWEG.  It excels among the most recognised names in the world and has established a presence there, and has become a real part of the exhibition itself.

Pricing: from 79.800 Euro

In a Minute: A. Lange & Sohne’s Lange Zeitwerk Date

WHAT IT IS:

It’s been 10 years since A. Lange & Sohne introduced the Zeitwerk. With the time displayed numerically, it was an unusual addition to the brand’s line-up. What’s more, a constant- force mechanism that “recharged” once per second was needed to regulate the flow of energy from the barrel, given that all three numerals jump at the start of every hour. This year, A. Lange & Sohne has added the Zeitwerk Date to the collection. The date complication, hitherto unseen in the Zeitwerk, has finally made its way to the family, naturally with a twist.

HOW IT LOOKS:

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A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Date

A. Lange & Sohne

A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Date back.

Visually, the new Zeitwerk Date has the same signatures as its siblings from the collection. The brand’s signature “time bridge” runs horizontally across the middle of the dial, with its two apertures displaying the time using three numeral wheels. Meanwhile, the power-reserve sector and running seconds subdial sit at 12 and six o’clock respectively. The addition is the date display: The date ring is made of glass and features numerals printed in negative, allowing the current date to be highlighted in red. It’s not a typical format, but it keeps the dial from looking overly crowded.

HOW IT WEARS:

The Zeitwerk Date wears large at 44.2mm across and 12.3mm thick, and feels appropriately hefty given its white-gold construction. Unfortunately, this precludes many potential wearers with smaller wrists, and there’s no going around it. To its credit, A. Lange & Sohne has already optimised the timepiece’s wearability with its relatively short lugs – there’s a limit to what can be done without upsetting the watch’s proportions. It is what it is.

MOVEMENT Manual-winding movement with 72-hour power reserve

CASE 44.2mm in white gold

PRICE $128,500

Argan Oil market overview and product tests

Argan Oil products and especially pure Argan Oil are emerging as THE “in” products in the cosmetic and beauty world. As there are countless products on the market it has become apparent that tests should be performed to verify what exactly is being sold. These we have carried out and the results have been really shocking!

Argan tree

Intensive research and tests have been carried out by us to verify the differences between Argan Oils being currently sold on the market.

In testing, it became surprisingly obvious that Argan Oil is being sold in very high percentages of mixtures (up to 80% Sunflower Oil or Corn Oil), which only very sophisticated laboratory analyses can prove.  Furthermore, even oils bought directly in Morocco have found to have varying cheap oils and this has been not only eye opening but shocking.

Argan nuts in shell

It is very difficult for consumers to filter real Argan Oil from mixtures, but the difference becomes evident when you try a Pure Argan Oil.

The Oil from Moroccangold, Josie Maran and AlQima has been taken direct from their factory’s.  We also purchased there oils presently on the UK market to double check the quality – still the same as promised!

A major problem has been that manufacturers do not sell direct on the market and they buy their oil from different small suppliers, therefore it has been impossible for us to verify who is actually mixing the oil.

The general result has been astonishing and has proved once again that profit is the main motivator for resellers.  The issue that needs to be addressed is that the consumer needs to be aware what is a pure product and fair to buy.

Products sold at cheaper prices are almost always mixed and diluted with cheap oils to improve the margins.

Finally, we can say that Oils sold at prices below GBP 20.00 (Euro 16,50) 100ml cannot be pure. A kg of organic Argan nuts are purchased at 85 MHD (7.00 GBP / Euro 5,75) and to make 1 Liter of pure Argan Oil 2.2 – 2.4 kg are needed. In Morocco pure Argan Oil is sold for 80.00 – 120.00 GBP (Euro 65,00 – 100,00) and so it is not possible to sell the oil cheaper to consumers in Europe as it is sold direct from factories (cooperatives) in Morocco. 1 Litre of Sunflower or Corn oil costs 1.00 GBP (Euro 1,20).

After months of testing and research on the actual skin and in special laboratories, we now have a much clearer picture and outcome that there is only a few products which satisfied all the results.

The Josie Maran Argan Oil is an high quality pure Argan Oil and 15ml are sold for 65.00 GBP (Euro 70,00).

The MoroccanGold Ozinised Argan Oil is a pure Argan Oil and is also unique because it has added Ozone (O3) 250ppm (parts per million) to disinfect the skin. The Ozone is not very present but can be realized on the skin. Ozone has a very effective quality and has brought big advancements also in Olive Oil, in the cosmetics world and medical field.

The MoroccanGold Oil is sold in 50 and 100ml bottles with pipette dropper at 22.00 and 34.00 GPB and comes highly recommended. The AlQima with a much higher Ozone concentration 1.500ppm at 39.00 GBP 50ml.

Consumers can verify the quality based on the colour. The darker the oil, the better the quality is. This is just a rough indicator which can be used to check the quality and pureness.

More information about our testing can be requested. Please feel free and contact us.

Four Seasons Hotel Megève launches Helicopter Ski Safaris to give guests the ultimate luxury skiing experience

Have you ever visited a ski resort and wished you could see some of the other nearby slopes while you’re there? After all, if you go to the trouble of packing your attire and assembling your gear, it only makes sense that you make the most of your mountaintop experience.

Until recently, this idealistic concept was simply a pipe dream. Now, France’s Four Seasons Hotel Megève is changing the game.

Starting December 15, 2018, guests can take part in luxurious Helicopter Ski Safaris that allow them access not only to the gorgeous slopes that frame the new resort, but also to nearby ones at the Chamonix, Courchevel and Val d’Isère resorts among others.

The result? An all-inclusive tour of the Alps from the vantage point of a soaring eagle high above the summits.

While this is an incredible package deal, it’s far from standardized. Rather, staff at the Megève’s Ski Concierge will tailor the trip every day according to the weather and snow conditions, so guests are always guaranteed a safe, exciting and rewarding skiing experience.

As you glide above Mont Blanc and its neighboring pikes, be sure to bring your camera along. The views are nothing short of breathtaking, even if you’re more comfortable on the bunny slope than a black diamond.

Rates for the Ski Safari begin at EUR 1,310 per night, which equates to around $1,500 USD, for two guests staying in a Megève Deluxe Room. If you book a weeklong trip, you’ll get the privilege of going on three helicopter excursions. Five nights gets you two trips, and three-night visitors are treated to one.

Flying not your thing? No problem.

You can convert the value of the helicopter journey into an equally invigorating adventure on the ground. From dog-sled rides to snowshoeing, you’ll have your pick from multiple exhilarating treks, all of which allow you to see the same terrain as your thrill-seeking buddies high above you. As a sweet trade-off, you’ll even get to enjoy a picnic lunch in a top-scale mountain refuge to refuel before you hit the slopes.

So what are you waiting for? Book your package today and set forth on one of the most luxurious skiing adventures in the world.

You can choose from the Mont Blanc Ski Safari, which centers on 15-minute rides to Chamonix, Flaine or Courmayeur resorts; or the slightly longer Alpine Ski Safari flight, which takes visitors on a 30-minute trip to Val d’Isère, Courchevel, Méribel or Val Thorens.

Available until April 15, 2019, there’s not much time left to pack in this trip of a lifetime. Make your reservation today and take your love of skiing to new heights!

Montblanc introduces three new watches in the Heritage Chronométrie Collection

Montblanc has added three new watches to the Heritage Chronométrie collection that introduces a fresher, more contemporary design code. The “Chronométrie” in the name of the collection is derived from the French word for “precision,” thus the new watches include solid horological credentials despite their affordable price tags. The latest additions to the collection includes two new interpretations of the patented ExoTourbillon Slim which was launched back in 2016. The first watch in this new collection is the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Perpetual Calendar Sapphire (ref. 118513), which features the same movement as the 2014 perpetual calendar. The 2018 edition comes with a new 40mm stainless steel case with slimmer lugs, a fully polished finishing and new dial design. The perpetual calendar indications are featured on transparent counters that are in a shade of dark-blue color. The watch is priced at EUR 12,700 (roughly $15,000).

Richard Mille has launched a new $161,000 Regatta Watch

Swiss luxury watchmaker Richard Mille released a new regatta watch to mark the start of the ninth annual edition of the Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille sailing competition. Called the RM 60-01 Les Voiles de St. Barth 2018 Limited Edition Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta, it is one of the most expensive non-gemstone-studded regatta watches to date and the watchmaker will only make 50 pieces of it. Available only in bright yellow, the regatta watch is powered by the RMAC2 automatic caliber, which is crafted in grade-5 titanium. It offers flyback chronograph functions for timing multiple events, annual calendar with oversize date, running seconds and coordinated universal time (UTC) function, making it an absolute powerhouse of a movement.

To offer is wearers the ability to make navigational calculations and determine current location, the watch features bi-directional rotating outer bezel, along with the inner rings and dial, which displays everything from indication of the four cardinal points and a graduated degree- and 24-hour scale. The RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta 2018 watch will only be sold in the Americas with a price tag of $161,000.

Review: Samenda Caldwell

Rolls Royce Cullinan the uber luxurious SUV is finally here

After months of teasers and spy shots of camouflaged mule flooding the internet, the hotly anticipated Rolls-Royce SUV is finally here. Meet the Roll-Royce Cullinan, the British luxury carmaker’s first ever SUV in its 112-year long history. With a starting price of $320,000, it is the most expensive and most lavishly appointed utility ever built. It was three years ago when CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos announced that Rolls-Royce was planning an SUV, following requests from buyers who asked for a high-bodied alternative to the Phantom with similar luxury quotient. “Our answer to history, to the visionaries, adventurers, explorers and those who believe in the supremacy of liberty is the Cullinan,” he said at the launch.

Named appropriately after the world’s largest raw diamond, which was found in South Africa over a century ago, The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the second model in the carmaker’s line-up to be built on it’s all-aluminum “architecture of luxury,” with the recently unveiled Phantom VIII being the first one. Designed from the ground up, it uses components reconfigured into a spaceframe, which should deliver “extraordinary car body stiffness for exceptional ‘best-in-class’ functional performance.” The new Phantom’s spaceframe is already 30% stiffer that its predecessor’s, and the Cullinan is even more stiffer.

The Cullinan comes fitted with an self-leveling, adapted version of the computer-controlled self-levelling air shocks Rolls-Royce uses on its other models. The system makes millions of calculations every second to adapt itself to the road. As compared to the new Phantom, it is shorter by over 400 mm and higher by nearly 200mm; yet, it’s quite large in comparison to Bentley Bentayga. It is powered by a 6.75-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 engine, which produces 562 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. The power is sent to all four wheels through a ZF automatic gearbox. The top speed of the Rolls-Royce SUV is electronically limited at 155 miles per hour. “Today we are setting a new standard by creating a new class of motoring and motor car for customers who are well-connected, highly mobile and have a global perspective,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, chair of Rolls-Royce and member of the board of BMW Group. “They want a new type of motor car that gives them unbounded access in ultimate luxury.” The Cullinan will arrive in the US at the beginning on next year.

Review sponsored by Rolls Royce Motors

Luxxrs Introduces BUBEN & ZORWEG UNIQUE STYLE & DESIGN

BUBEN & ZORWEG are the unique creators of style & design of inbuilt, multifunctional luxury safes, watch winders and clocks specialised in serving the world’s most discerning and demanding lovers of luxury, from royalty to captains of industry, heads of state and stars of sport and music. It was named in 2016 by Ernst & Young as one of the top 20 German global luxury brands alongside Montblanc, Porsche, A. Lange & Söhne and BMW.

BUBEN & ZORWEG Object of Time® masterpieces are a range of multifunctional luxury safes incorporating BUBEN&ZORWEG clocks and tourbillon clocks, constructed to house collections of up to several hundred watches, while also serving as humidors, bars, weather stations and music systems. They enable their owners to savour and safeguard their most prized possessions, from gold bars to historic cameras, heirloom jewellery, Swiss watches, priceless manuscripts, rare guns and in one case a $50m antiquity!

The carefully curated BUBEN&ZORWEG 2018 collection showcased at the Salone del Mobile in Milan this year and lured visitors with a number of unmissable highlights like the new Vision and Connoisseur 200. Available as a stand-alone model or as an inbuilt variation defined to fill the space of a dedicated wall recess, the new Vision is a remarkable creation with a multitude of interior options. The roomy, high security safe with many inner drawers and the presence of state of the art Time Mover® systems, ensure the Vision caters to every need and blends perfectly with its surroundings.

Another major highlight that made everyone’s head turn during the Milan exhibition was the presence of the superlative BUBEN&ZORWEG Safe Room. A remarkable concept conceived for the discerning aesthete and collector who wish their own private and secluded space to appreciate the rarest of treasures hunted over a lifetime. An exclusive room where safety is guaranteed through, among other state of the art security systems, an inbuilt private museum.

Private Museum

BUBEN&ZORWEG has more than 20 standalone and in-shop boutiques and is present in over 100 countries worldwide. Its most recently opened store is located in Shanghai.

More Info: Partner Website

Italian Taste and Lifestyle Redefined through Bags & Accessories by Officine 904

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Looking for something unique and ingenious from an Italian fashion house? Then Officine 904 is for you. Officine 904 is a modern style laboratory with a deep interest in promoting and solidifying a completely seamless mix between art, fashion, design, and architecture as only the Italians know how. This perfect blend has not only given rise to new ideas, visions, projects, and products but it has also gone a long way in portraying the rich history and experiences of the Italian lifestyle and taste in general.

Having been created in 2010 by Paolo Porcu Rodriguez and Silvia Pavanello, the young brand has carved a unique niche for itself in the fashion industry by holding a genuine “trade-mark” for introducing a continuous and unlimited balance between interior design and fashion. Apart from relentlessly pursuing an architect philosophy, “Less Is More” the Officine 904 brand has continuously showcased high-quality craftsmanship in their products. Right from its first project – the MARKET BAG, Officine 904 has maintained its stance in exploiting timeless and clean designs, using durable materials to achieve brilliant end products.

Officine 904
The Market Bag

Officine 904 have their beginnings deep-rooted in the Tuscany countryside, where skilled craft artisans are known to evolve from. Officine 904 bags and accessories are made by these craftsmen and all raw materials, especially the leathers, are acquired from such Italian locations as Tuscany and Veneto, where the culture of tanning and leather processing has very important and ancient historical roots.

It is safe to say “uniqueness” is in the DNA of Officine 904. This is shown through a rich identity concept, creation, and packaging of durable and trendy bags for diverse uses. Officine 904 designs are inspired by the day to day lives of their customers, and they are committed to making bags and accessories that can be used every day and that last a lifetime.

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When next you visit Italy, either for business or pleasure, check out Officine 904 in two of the most important Italian cities, Pienza and Venezia. You will be glad you did.

Got impressed? Please visit for further info the company website

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Caprice at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong — A magnifique feast for the senses

Dining at Caprice, the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong’s two-Michelin-starred French fine dining restaurant, is an experience that qualifies as eating of epic sensations.

The Chinoiserie décor itself is in a league of its own. With three massive Czech crystal chandeliers framed by large views overlooking the harbour, leather armchairs and an underlit catwalk-like landing in Yayoi Kusama-yellow from one end of the space to the other, the ambience is vibrant, classy and impactful. The open kitchen even has a curtain of Swarovski crystals perched above the stoves, making you feel like you’re dining within a diamond.

Under the baton of Chef Guillaume Galliot — who was once the youngest sous chef at Singapore’s Raffles Hotel, and formerly at the helm of The Tasting Room by Galliot in Macau, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant — Caprice has maintained its two Michelin star rating since he joined the French institution in 2017. So it follows that when Chef Galliot stopped by our table to say hello and tell us a little bit about himself and his background, we happily gave him free rein over our meal.

“The open kitchen even has a curtain of Swarovski crystals perched above the stoves, making you feel like you’re dining within a diamond.”

The service standards were, of no surprise, exceptional. Each course arrived perfectly timed and accompanied by a phalanx of waiters who simultaneously flourished the cloches open with bright eyes and polite smiles. Throughout lunch, the staff moved swiftly around, brisk walking over at the slightest indication to tend to our every request, query or concern. My warm water cup, for one, never fell below the halfway mark, and we didn’t once lack the appropriate utensil or accoutrement at any point.

For our appetiser, we sampled one of the signatures: a ‘Land and Sea Tartare’ composed of Australian Wagyu beef and Gillardeau oyster, topped with Kristal caviar and a surprisingly large sheet of gold leaf for a visual oomph. Fresh snow peas lent a distinct crunch while a ring of egg confit and parsley drops presented an orange and green ring around the beef. Ooh la la.

“Each course arrived perfectly timed and accompanied by a phalanx of waiters who simultaneously flourished the cloches open with bright eyes and polite smiles.”

The next dish was one of the standouts of the meal. Named ‘L’Œuvre de Mon Voyage à Singapore Le Laksa au Crabe Royal, Œuf Confit et Citron Sudachi’, it roughly translates to ‘The Work of My Journey to Singapore: The Laksa with King Crab, Confit Egg and Sudachi Lime’. The creation was inspired by Chef Galliot’s time in Singapore and blended with classical French flavours — laksa being one of the most iconic local dishes of the city-state.

Served in a crustacean-shaped bowl, the yellow sauce — lighter than the typical orange laksa soup — bore the same, rich flavour. Within, fresh snow crab, lobster, leeks, coriander, chopped hazelnuts and a dusting of grated lime zest came together elegantly to enhance, as opposed to overpower, each ingredient.

The next three plates were equally noteworthy: a creamy Guilvinec turbot in new Caledonia prawn consommé with ginger; Racan pigeon cooked in a cocoa pod with pumpkin purée, salsify, and natural jus; and a glorious beef cheek Parmentier with potato espuma and parmesan cheese, topped off generously with black truffle.

The pigeon in particular, which hails from Chef Galliot’s home region of Loire Valley, was first shown to us in its cocoa pod before being carved up. The presentation was exquisite, the smell sublime. For the final finish, an outrageous topping of truffles went hand-in-hand with the juicy, full-bodied flesh.

All too soon, it was time for dessert but the culinary delights continued. Courtesy of esteemed pastry chef Nicolas Lambert, we enjoyed a pre-dessert yuzu parfait-meringue concoction with basil syphons and lime jelly drops on a crispy polenta that had the lightness of being. The combination of the different textures also contrasted beautifully at first bite, to the last.

Last but not least was a Joe-inspired treat featuring coffee ice cream, walnut tuiles, laddie fingers soaked in coffee syrup and caramel drops that looked too good too eat, but one that I practically inhaled during the conversation. By the time our teas and mignardises arrived, the restaurant had emptied out before we realised.

Judging from this experience, Chef Galliot truly flexes his classically trained French muscle while blending in his own influences from working around the world. His creations are evidently thought-out and intriguing, making the entire affair memorable. Though Caprice lost a Michelin star from three to two after a change in leadership in 2014 — with Chef Galliot maintaining the two-star ranking since he’s come onboard — we predict a triumphant return to its former status sooner than later.

Where: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 3196 8888

 

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