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GoDaddy Billionaire Founder Bob Parsons on His Passion for Golf and Motorcycles

Tim Pannell for Forbes. Parsons at Scottsdale National.

Tim Pannell for Forbes. Parsons at Scottsdale National.

Bob Parsons ambles up to the first tee of the 18-hole course at his lavish, multimillion-dollar Arizona golf club, Scottsdale National. The stocky 66-year-old is wearing a pea-green shirt, untucked, with "U.S. Marine Corps" over the left breast. In his left ear is a large black earring that's etched with the letters "PXG," the acronym for his golf equipment brand, Parsons Xtreme Golf. He tees up his ball and turns to his playing partner for the day, Ryann O'Toole, a 30-year-old LPGA pro who is sponsored by PXG.

"Ryann, sweetheart," he says in a gruff voice that booms across the desert. "I hope you brought your wallet." And with that, his curt but effective swing sends the ball straight down the fairway.

Parsons, the founder of the Internet domain-name registrar GoDaddy, did not reach his station in life by being subtle. He is, after all, the man who put GoDaddy on the map in the mid-2000s with racy Super Bowl ads, featuring Playboy model Candice Michelle and Nascar driver Danica Patrick. (When he first met Michelle years ago, Parsons asked, "Are they real?" Michelle, without missing a beat, answered, "Yes. Real expensive.")

Parsons has been called zany, outlandish and a renegade—none of which he disputes. But he is much more than that. Scratch below the surface and you'll find a self-made billionaire who is also outrageous in his generosity.

Except on the golf course.

Parsons and O'Toole are playing "Sweat" today, a skins-like game that he co-created. With $400 on the line, O'Toole has given Parsons, a 10-handicapper, 14 strokes—something he takes full advantage of on the front nine, building a solid lead. Hustling, as it turns out, is something Parsons has been doing from a young age.

He grew up poor in inner-city Baltimore. His mother was a homemaker, his father a furniture salesman for Montgomery Ward. Both parents were hard-core gamblers. "Cards, horses, bingo—you name it," Parsons says. "You don't have a lot of money if you're a gambler, particularly if you don't start with lots of it."

When Parsons needed something—a ball, a baseball glove—he had to figure out how to buy it. One of his most successful schemes involved selling newspapers in an unconventional way. At a popular bus stop, he would arrive early, pop a quarter into the newspaper vending machine and take all of the papers. When the bus arrived, he'd sell those papers—at a markup—to the passengers. Once he sold out, he'd pocket the profit and put the rest of the money back into the vending machine.

School was not exactly a refuge from his home life. So while failing 12th grade, Parsons enlisted in the Marines. He was sent to Vietnam in 1969 during the height of the war. On his first day there, at a treacherous spot called Hill 190, he sat on a wall and gazed at the valley below, certain he was going to die. "I made two decisions sitting there," he recalls. "I was going to do everything I could to do a good job, and I was going to do everything I could to make it to mail call the next day."

Parsons ended up with a Combat Action Ribbon, a Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and a Purple Heart. He credits his time in the Marines for all the success that followed. "It taught me to believe in myself and be responsible and disciplined," he says. "When you're in the middle of nowhere and you see something moving in the jungle, you're forced to become a creative problem solver."

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Tim Pannell for Forbes

After he returned, he worked briefly in a Bethlehem Steel plant and then enrolled at the University of Baltimore, where he majored in accounting and graduated magna cum laude. He eventually got his CPA license and joined the commercial credit unit of the computer firm Control Data. Shortly thereafter, he was writing code. "It was a hobby," he says, "but I got really good at it."

That led to the 1984 founding of Parsons Technology, which produced money-management software. By 1994 the company, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had 1,000 employees and $100 million in revenues. Then Parsons decided to walk away. "I didn't think there was much of a future in shrink-wrapped software," he says. He sold the company that year to Intuit for $64 million.

Parsons moved to Arizona with no real plans. "I played a lot of golf with guys in funny clothes," he says.

All those rounds seem to have paid off. By the 12th hole, Parsons has stretched his lead over O'Toole and he's in a celebratory mood. In the fairway, he taps the "lost club" tab on the interactive screen on his golf cart, which is code for "The boss needs a margarita." One stroke later, Parsons stands over a long birdie putt. "Ryann, I think I'm going to make this," he says, and then promptly drains the 20-footer.

Parsons grew restless in the desert. In 1997, he founded Jomax Technologies, whose main business was designing websites. "The problem with that is that it doesn't scale," he says. "I learned that if you want to make money, you've got to make it when you sleep."

Parsons changed the name of the company to GoDaddy and expanded its focus to selling domain names. GoDaddy sold its first name—ghettojustice.com—to a local Arizona man in 2000 but had trouble gaining traction. Then the dot-com bubble burst and tech companies began to go under. But not GoDaddy. "We happened to be the only guys paying our bills," Parsons says. "We didn't do anything different, but, baby, we were born."

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Tim Pannell for Forbes

GoDaddy's growth was slow but steady until 2005, when Parsons devised a marketing masterpiece. That year the company aired its first Super Bowl ad, starring Candice Michelle and spoofing the infamous Janet Jackson halftime "wardrobe malfunction" from the year before. The ad was supposed to run twice, but Fox, which was broadcasting the game, decided it was too racy and nixed the second airing. That only created more interest—GoDaddy's global share of the domain-name registry market went from 16% to 25% the following week.

And the renegade CEO image was created. Though Parsons says his company was not some alcohol-fueled Animal House, he does concede that his reputation wasn't entirely unearned. "We entered a business that was as exciting as sawdust and made it fun—and I turned it into $2 billion."

That money came starting in 2011, when he sold 72% of GoDaddy to several private equity firms (including KKR and Silver Lake Partners). His remaining 28% skyrocketed in value when the company went public in 2015. The wealth, he swears, hasn't changed him. He still cuts his own close-cropped gray hair and goatee. When a cap on his tooth fell out a few months ago, he temporarily fixed it himself with Super Glue. "I still see myself as that meathead kid in Baltimore, hustling," he says.

What the money has done, though, is allow Parsons to embark on an entirely new career path in 15 different businesses with 700 employees, all held under the banner of YAM Worldwide. (The YAM acronym stands for "You're a Mess," an old Baltimore term of endearment from his youth.)

Those businesses include a commercial real estate firm, an ad agency and a film studio. But Parsons' first post-GoDaddy venture focused on one of his passions: motorcycles. He now owns two Harley-Davidson dealerships (one in Scottsdale and one in Mississippi) and two more that sell nine other brands, which generate $90 million in annual revenue. The Scottsdale Harley dealership, at 150,000 square feet, is the largest in the world and displays examples of Parsons' showmanship: Inside the store, there is also a biker lingerie department, a tattoo and piercing parlor, a 55-seat theater and a wedding chapel (where Parsons, an internet-ordained minister, has officiated).

The next venture focused on his other love: golf. Parsons started playing the game seriously in his 30s in Cedar Rapids and obsessively tinkered with his equipment: He claims that in one year he spent $350,000 on golf-club technology without ever finding the perfect fit. PXG was the solution. Parsons poached two designers from Ping and gave them a simple mandate: Take as long as you want to create something truly special. In 2015, PXG released its first clubs and did $2.7 million in business. This year, it expects to have revenues approaching $80 million.

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Tim Pannell for Forbes

Despite the growth, PXG was not designed to be a mass-market company. A set of clubs costs $5,000 and is entirely bespoke, sold only through custom fittings, including one known as "The Xperience," which is an elaborate session done at Scottsdale National and includes meals and drinks, lodging and 45 holes of golf (including 18 with the master fitter after you get your clubs). The Xperience starts at $17,500, and thus far, 122 people have opted for it.

The secret to the clubs is a patented thermoplastic elastomer designed by Parsons' engineers that's incorporated in all PXG clubheads, providing improved feel and extra distance.

Today the clubs appear to be working for Parsons, who has played flawlessly against O'Toole. With a deft up-and-down on the 16th hole, he matches O'Toole's par and effectively ends the match.

O'Toole seems at peace with the result. Granted, Parsons talks his share of smack, but in quieter moments he gives O'Toole a pep talk about her game and life. The pair likely would be playing the next day if Parsons weren't scheduled to get a tattoo with the winning bidder of a motorcycle he's auctioned off at a Make-a-Wish Foundation event (he added the new ink as an incentive).

That organization is only one of the beneficiaries of Parsons' philanthropy. In the past five years, he has given away $133 million through the foundation he runs with his wife, Renee. His biggest philanthropic gesture was a 2013 announcement that he would sign the Giving Pledge, vowing to donate at least half of his fortune, which Forbes estimates at $2.6 billion.

His other legacy, he hopes, is Scottsdale National. Parsons bought the troubled private club (then known as the Golf Club of Scottsdale) in 2013 for the relatively paltry price of $600,000 and immediately shook things up. He quickly realized that the members who played the most golf spent the least amount of money. In a letter that was leaked to the media, he lambasted these members and laid out his plans for the future. The club came with an 18-hole course, which he named Mineshaft. Parsons added a second 18-hole course (cheekily deemed The Other Course) and a brutal par-3 course known as The Bad Little Nine. He also did away with stuffy rules: Members could do pretty much whatever they wanted (wear denim, listen to music in their carts) as long as it didn't impinge on the fun of fellow members. And he offered a full refund of initiation fees, up to $110,000, to those who wanted out. Of the 176 members, 84 left. (A few who took the buyout subsequently tried to get back in. "That's not going to happen," he says.) Initiation fees are now $150,000 and annual dues are $36,000. Parsons says his goal is to create an exclusive place for "accomplished people" to play golf and relax. "I built this as a gift for my great-great-great-grandchildren," he says.

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Tim Pannell for Forbes

The club may eventually be for his descendants, but for now it's his, and it brings out the best in his game. By the 18th hole, with the match over, Parsons decides to bend the rules and give O'Toole one last chance to erase her debt. "If you make that," he says, pointing to her 30-foot putt for birdie, "we're even."

O'Toole hits the putt confidently. The speed and line are spot on ... until the very end, when the ball trickles to the right of the cup. She has shot a 70, two under par. Parsons has carded an 81. But because of the strokes—and the vagaries of the game of Sweat—he is now worth $2,600,000,400.

Source: Forbes.com     Photos: Tim Pannell for Forbes

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The Race-Car Derived Lotus Elise Cup 260 is a New Ultra-Rare Edition

The new Elise Cup 260 is the fastest Elise yet, and just 30 will leave the Lotus factory. The car is painted in Championship Gold to commemorate the forthcoming 70th Anniversary of Lotus.

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Not only is it the Elise Cup 260 the lightest-ever Elise Cup but it’s also the heaviest at speed. Race- derived and created from carbon fibre, the new rear-mounted wing flies the flag for the Lotus Lightweight Labratory and was developed from the Lotus 3-Eleven.

As befitting the marque which was first to build and run a carbon fibre F1 car. “Each and every one of the sports cars produced by Group Lotus today carries the true spirit of Lotus, laid down by my father nearly 70 years ago.” says Clive Chapman – Son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman and Director of Classic Team Lotus.

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Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “Our philosophy for producing extraordinary vehicles is world famous, but the new Elise Cup 260 goes beyond what many believed possible from our smallest car. It is directly developed from the Elise race cars that are competing in series around the world, giving the ultimate Elise experience on the road. More power, motorsport components and the introduction of aerodynamics unheard of in its class make driving this Elise an unrivalled experience.”

The Elise Cup 260 is 15 kg lighter than the Elise Cup 250, weighing in at just 902 kg (unladen) and 862 kgin the lightest possible dry configuration.

The all-alloy, chargecooled supercharged 1.8-litre engine has undergone development, with new inductioncomponents and revised calibration. Delivering 250 hp and 255 Nm of torque it’s mated to a six-speedmanual gearbox with sports ratios. The change to the induction system including a race derivedperformance air filter and the Elise’s tuned exhaust note means that the Elise Cup 260 retains the crownfor best-sounding forced-induction four-cylinder on the market. Overall, the fall in mass and rise in powerboosts acceleration, with 0-60 mph dispatched in 3.8 seconds and a power to weight ratio of 290 hp /tonne (dry). Emissions figures are also impressive, at 175 g / km CO2.

Centre of attention in the interior is the detailed, manual gearbox’s open gate mechanism, which is both technically and aesthetically appealing. Developed by Lotus, it provides precise and direct gear changes for quicker shifting.

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Source: 2Luxury2.com     Photos: 2Luxury2.com     Video: Fast RC Boats

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Studded with Diamonds and Gold Zips These are the Worlds Most Expensive Shoes at $15M

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Raffles Dubai has created quite a stir thanks to the announcement that they will be unveiling the world’s most expensive shoes this November. Created by British designer Debbie Wingham, the shoes are worth a staggering $15m (AED 55m) thanks to the liberal application of diamonds.


The shoes have been stitched together with 25 carat gold thread but trust us, nobody is looking at the stitching when there are a whopping 1000 diamonds set in platinum to be gawked at. That includes two three-carat pink diamonds worth $4.4m (AED 16.2m) each, two one carat blue diamonds valued at $1.9m (AED 7m) each.

“Diamonds are becoming the material of choice for my clients, only now we are looking at them in a more inventive way,” said designer Debbie Wingham. “Many of my clients have valuable pieces of jewelry that live in a safe and are only worn once or twice in a lifetime; by using their precious gems to design a bespoke piece of art, I can create something that can be admired on a daily basis.”

The shoes were actually commissioned by an unnamed client of the designer as a surprise 30th birthday gift. You can see them in person at Raffles Salon between 2pm and 7pm on November 2 and 3, as you enjoy the salon’s Fashion Afternoon Tea.

Source: LuxuryLaunches.com via Cntravellerme     Photo: LuxuryLaunches.com via Cntravellerme

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The Floating Venice Becomes the World's First Floating Five-Star Destination

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The unique culture and vibrancy of Venice can't be recreated—but that doesn't mean you can't try. The Floating Venice is the world's first floating resort destination, located over two miles off Dubai's coast. Inspired by the Mediterranean canal city, the underwater vessel will offer five-star dining and top-class luxury accommodations. 414 bespoke cabins will be on offer, 180 of which will be located below sea level, where guests can gaze upon multi-colored fish and gondolas passing overhead. The resort has the ability to accommodate up to 3,000 guests daily across four floating decks. 

Traditional Venezian festivals such as Carnivale di Venezia, Binnale di Venezia and Festa del Rendentore will be celebrated throughout the year to even further transport guests to the Mediterranean location. Guests will have the option to relax in one of 24 pools located across the property, each of which will include an acrylic base to view the coral nurseries below. Developers of the hotel intend to plant 400,000 square feet of coral along the ocean floor to encourage a thriving variety of sea life to grow. In addition to the 24 pools on property, 12 floating beaches will also be available for guests to access.

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To further celebrate Venice's contribution to culture and the arts, guests will have the ability to choose from over 12 different bar and dining locations throughout the property. When not wining and dining, couples can stroll through the romantic canal streets sampling goods from artisan crafts shops and bespoke boutiques. Set in front of the backdrop of Dubai's stunning skyline, you're likely to have an experience you won't soon forget. Construction of The Floating Venice is set to begin in 2018 and be completed by the end of 2020.

Source: JustLuxe.com     Photos: JustLuxe.com

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Halloween Haunts: Six Spooky Sites For A Sinister Showbiz Stay

Booking.com, Timberline Lodge View in the Summer. The lodge was used for the exterior shots of the 1980 film “The Shining.”

Booking.com, Timberline Lodge View in the Summer. The lodge was used for the exterior shots of the 1980 film “The Shining.”

Most moviegoers silently or audibly urge the doomed protagonists and femme fatales in fright films to escape the horror headed their way in a haunted hotel or doomed domicile. If needed, the viewers temper the terror by reminding themselves “it’s only a movie.”

But according to Booking.com, the settings below are real and film fans can purposely put themselves in imaginary horrors’ way by visiting these infamous spooky sites:

The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado.

Successful suspense writer Stephen King came as a guest and left with the idea for a novel: “The Shining, which he penned in 1977. The Stanley was inspiration for the “Overlook Hotel,” in which the macabre story was set in both the bestseller and the subsequent 1980 film. A miniseries was also produced in 1997. Guests of The Stanley today are given tours featuring the history of the hotel including tales of paranormal activity.

Timberline Lodge, Timberline, Oregon.

The lodge was used for the exterior shots of the 1980 film “The Shining,” based on Stephen King’s disturbing book of ghosts, madness and murder. There is nothing disturbing about the luxurious lodge’s quiet location deep in the Mt. Hood National Forest, though.

Booking.com, The classic 1963 horror film “The Haunting” was shot here in what, with its’ 18th-century gothic mansion look.

Booking.com, The classic 1963 horror film “The Haunting” was shot here in what, with its’ 18th-century gothic mansion look.

Ettington Park Hotel, Alderminster, United Kingdom

The classic 1963 horror film “The Haunting” was shot here in what, with its’ 18th-century gothic mansion look, is a location directors dream for a nightmarish setting! While in the film only two women were invited to “Hill House” (by a scientist conducting paranormal research), many guests now enjoy the luxurious rooms and the 40-acres of lush parkland surrounding the manor.

Booking.com, The Headland Hotel, a stylish Victorian property, was used as the setting for “The Witches” and has a bewitching sea-view setting, spa, surf school and golf course.

Booking.com, The Headland Hotel, a stylish Victorian property, was used as the setting for “The Witches” and has a bewitching sea-view setting, spa, surf school and golf course.

The Headland Hotel and Spa, Cornwall, United Kingdon

Roald Dahl, who gave the world “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” also wrote “The Witches,” which, like his “Willie Wonka” movie, was turned into a big screen film. The 1990 production starred Anjelica Huston, who also starred in the creepy comedy “The Addams Family.) The Headland Hotel, a stylish Victorian property, was used as the setting for “The Witches” and has a bewitching sea-view setting, spa, surf school and golf course.

Salish Lodge and Spa, Snoqualmie, Washington

The opening sequence of the murder mystery show “Twin Peaks” featured a shot of Salish Lodge (then known as the Great Northern Hotel), which also serves as a prominent setting in the story and series since FBI agent Dale Cooper lived in the hotel.

Situated at the top of the 250-foot Snoqualmie Falls with views of the surrounding Pacific Northwest terrain, guests likely view the real mountains instead of television’s twin peaks.

A Cowboy’s Dream Bed and Breakfast, Alamo, Nevada

Aliens haunt the dreams of some, and the prospects of beings from outer space are a constant source of material for Hollywood movies and television shows, dating back to Orson Welles’ radio hoax “War of the Worlds” and TV’s “My Favorite Martian.” Stephen Spielberg made aliens friendly and harmless with his films “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “E.T.,” but the extra-terrestrials were menacing in “Independence Day,” as they were in the old “Twilight Zone” television episode: “To Serve Man.”

A Cowboy’s Dream may provoke nightmares given its dark sky proximity to Area 51, the top-secret military base in the desert where people nearby have claimed to have seen strange lights and UFOs. The mansion resort is 15-minutes from the Alien Research Center and Extra-terrestrial Highway.

Source: Forbes.com     Photos: Booking.com

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Caesars Palace Las Vegas Completes $100 million Renovation of the Palace Tower

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Caesars Palace Las Vegas has recently completed a $100 million renovation of the Palace Tower, the largest of the resort. Renovations to all 1,181 hotel rooms and suites have been completed in the Palace Tower. This is the largest of the various towers at Caesars Palace.

The Palace Tower’s new basic guest rooms mirror most of the recent Caesars Entertainment hotel room renovations. The tones are mute with pops of color to add interest. These rooms now feature grey tones accented by royal blue and champagne gold. Design highlights include pillow-top king and queen beds, stone bathrooms and LED flat-screen televisions.

Located on the 29th floor, the Palace Tower’s ten new villas were designed by L.A.-based KNA Design and feature imported stone and hand-distressed hardwood flooring, powder rooms with furniture-style cabinets and raised wood paneling and fabric upholstered walls. Bathroom detailing includes 24-karat gold-plated plumbing fixtures in the master bathrooms and powder rooms, steam showers, and whirlpool tubs.

“Caesars Palace is known worldwide for its collection of opulent villas, which have hosted some of the world’s most discriminating guests, including celebrities, dignitaries, and royalty,” says Gary Selesner, president of Caesars Palace. “The completely redesigned Palace Tower, including its luxurious new villas, further diversifies the lavish accommodations and elevated service that distinguish Caesars Palace as one of the Strip’s leading resorts.”

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Guests in the villas have their own private elevator and 24-hour butler service. Custom features in the villas include:

  • Powder rooms designed to look like jewel boxes with custom cabinets
  • Imported stone and hand-distressed hardwood flooring
  • A curated art program with hand-painted wall murals and art
  • Hand-tufted, custom-designed,100 percent wool area rugs and carpets imported from Thailand
  • 24K gold-plated plumbing fixtures
  • Steam showers in all bathrooms
  • Specialty 85-inch or 75-inch televisions with surround sound in living areas, which retail for $20,000
  • High-tech toilets
  • Fully integrated whirlpool tubs in all bathrooms

Pricing for Palace Tower villas begins at more than $3,000 per night. In addition to the luxurious living space, villa guests are have additional perks and amenities, including the following:

  • Private elevator entry to the 29th floor of the Palace Tower
  • Around the clock access to butler service
  • Limousine transportation to and from McCarran International Airport
  • VIP check-in and Total Rewards Diamond queuing at locations throughout all Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts

Caesars Entertainment has been renovating and upgrading their hotel rooms in Las Vegas non-stop for the past couple of years. During an investor presentation, they revealed that 90% of their Las Vegas hotel rooms will have been renovated by 2020. Caesars Palace alone has seen redesigns of the Octavius, Julius (formerly Roman) and Augustus Towers.

Source: TheTopTier.net Courtesy CPP-Luxury.com     Photos: TheTopTier.net Courtesy CPP-Luxury.com

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Discover Thirty Nine Monte Carlo, a Wellness Focused Private Members’ Club in the Heart of Monaco

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Monaco’s most exclusive private members’ sports and lifestyle club, Thirty Nine Monte Carlo, marked its first anniversary on 3 October 2017 with an all-day celebration held at the club’s modern premises and attended by its members and invited VIP guests.

39 Monte Carlo is a unique wellness-focused concept born out of the vision of Scottish ex-Rugby International and Monaco resident Ross Beattie. His elite professional sportsman history forms the backbone of 39, but the club is more than just a fitness venue. Ross’s philosophy for 39 was to create an ideal environment for its members to practice fitness and to nourish their bodies in a way that achieves optimum results and improves quality of life. Attention to detail runs throughout the club in order to achieve this balance. Clients can be confident in the knowledge that they are using high-tech sports equipment and have access to guidance and training from top sports professionals, but in the intimacy of a private-club setting that is designed to feel like an extension of your home.

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Monaco’s Own Stylish Sporting Space

On an aesthetic level, the interior design of 39 contributes greatly to creating this oasis of calm for those wishing to escape the bustle of Monte Carlo. Created by London high-end property designers Morpheus, the look is luxurious and welcoming, elegant without being ostentatious – a perfect harmony of tastes that cleverly combines the glamour and style associated with Monaco with a more contemporary international edge. The personal touch is evident as soon as you walk through the door of 39’s 1960s’ facade. The visitor’s pathway into the club is lit by the Grace Chandelier, created by exclusive glass couturier Lasvit. The elegant and striking glass installation spanning the entrance hallway is inspired by legendary Princess Grace of Monaco’s lily-of-the-valley wedding bouquet and is a gift from the club to Prince Albert of Monaco; this personal touch honours the past, present and future of Monaco and demonstrates the club’s loyalty to its founding home and host.

39 has welcomed many elite professional athletes amongst its members this year, including tennis pro Novak Djokovic and former Olympic UK athlete Paula Radcliffe(who is 39’s Run Club Ambassador.) Other professional athletes on the members list include professional tennis players Tomas Berdych and Alexander Zverev; pro football player Zlatan Ibrahimovic who worked on his comeback this year at 39; AS Monaco Pro footballers and professional boxers.

The sports floor at 39 is used by pro athlete members and 39’s amateur gym members alike. Members benefit from access to sophisticated high-tech training facilities, an own 39 mobile app and Technogym equipment including a high-altitude room (simulating 7,000 metres) and an Ozone sauna. Each member can make the space their own and work under the direction of 39’s team of experts to reach their fitness goals.

Personal training from expert coaches is available alongside intimate group classes. The latest timetable of 20–60 minute classes features boot-camp workouts, spinning, yoga and pilates. 39’s pilates studio also provides coaching by Stott trained teachers that can tailor training to members’ individual needs – including pre-/post-natal pilates or injury rehabilitation. Early opening hours and late closing (06h.30– 23h.00 Mon– Fri; 7h.00– 23h00 Sat/Sun) ensure that there is always time for members to organise their fitness around their busy VIP lives.

39 also manages three outdoor sports clubs which are open to non-members and are run by elite professionals in each sport: 39 Run Club with Paula Radcliffe; 39 Swim Club with Aqua Blue Sport; and 39 Fight Club with Jean-Marc Toesca.

39 promotes the learning of fitness at an early age and so welcomes membership applications from children aged 6–17, offering fun games and training programmes to teach youngsters correct body movements and body weight conditioning. Day passes and 30 day passes to the club are also available for those wishing to try out the club on a temporary basis, or for short-term visitors to the area.

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Thirty Nine Monte Carlo celebrated its first anniversary in a style that befits its elegant surroundings and chic clientele. Guests were treated to live cooking on the club’s generous terrace, and entertained by the popular live band, Eddie and the Robbers, in addition to a glamourous fashion show. To mark the anniversary, 39 presented a new tasty feature to its club menu – 39’s Biltong in association with Maison Lino. Guests were also given the opportunity to take part in challenges to win free personal training and pilates sessions and complimentary treatments in Spa 39.

39’s Membership Manager Christophe Bors looks back on the party and the year: “we’re excited to have recently celebrated 39’s first birthday. In its inaugural year 39 has quickly established itself amongst the discerning residents of Monaco as well as visitors from further afield who are looking for a private and exclusive space for fitness, beauty, nutrition with an urban twist. We are confident 39’s success will continue and look forward to welcoming new members in the year ahead!”

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Artistic Studio 39 and Award-Winning Spa

The hair salon at Studio 39 is directed by Kevin Smeenk, who brings to Studio 39 a wealth of expertise and creativity gained from working backstage at Amsterdam Fashion Week. A master colourist and artist in the studio, Kevin loves to give master classes to share his passion for the art of hairstyling. The studio offers innovative cutting, style, colour and intensive hair treatments using carefully selected brands such as Sacha Juan in addition to barber services for gentlemen.

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The Spa at 39 was chosen among over 100 other institutions to receive the Biologique Award of Excellence this year for their work promoting the use of Biologique Recherche products in all their treatments. Known as the “Hermes of Skincare”, Biologique Recherche is a French brand founded over 40 years ago in Paris by a trio of medical practitioners. This clinical approach to skincare makes it an attractive choice for clients of 39 who want to nourish their skin with products that are fragrance free and contain natural, concentrated and active raw ingredients, formulated to give powerful and effective results.

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Spa professionals carefully select products tailored to teach client’s skin type through a personal dermo-cosmetic diagnosis. The spa offers facials, anti-ageing treatments, body treatments and massages, in addition to the use of an Ozone sauna. Beauty treatments include manicures, pedicures, waxing and eyelash/brow tinting. The spa and salon are open every day and welcome non-member clients.

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Eat, Drink, Relax

39’s members and their guests can choose to eat, drink and relax in the club’s restaurant on the ground floor. Open from 06h.30–23h.00 (07h.00–23h.00 at weekends), the menu combines the delicious with the nutritious and is devised by David Knapp, a young and talented Chef from New Zealand. David trained at Auckland University of New Zealand Cooking School and has previously worked in the kitchens of Gordon Ramsay and Gary Rhodes in the UK. All dishes on the menu are made using the freshest seasonal ingredients and herbs grown onsite on the club’s terrace.

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Members can choose to start their day with protein pancakes or power muesli, or pick and mix their favourite cooked breakfast which is available all day long. There are high-protein snacks on offer, including 39’s homemade protein bars, in addition to a range of nutritious and balanced meals, such as quinoa and buckwheat salad and roast salmon with avocado salsa. Each item on the menu is itemised with its nutritional value including calorie, protein, carb and fat content to aid members in making appropriate choices according to their personal diet regime. The shakes and supplement drinks menu is designed with the sportsperson in mind – offering post-workout shakes to aid muscle recovery. All food and drink can be made to take away.

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39 promotes the intake of pure ionic water during and after exercise. The water is available throughout the club and is recommended by top sports scientists and elite sports clubs. It is proven to be the best water for sports performance due to its high mineral content which aids muscle growth and repair. Its higher oxygen content also helps to increase energy levels.

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For a more informal setting, members can choose to relax in the lounge/bar area on the top floor of the club, with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, and a private study room which can also be hired out for meetings, events or private dinners.

Source: EatLoveSavor.com     Photos: EatLoveSavor.com

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Champagne Armand de Brignac & Arnaud Lallement Debut New Luxury Tasting Menu

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Three Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Lallement and Champagne Armand de Brignac debut a new luxury tasting menu, exclusively available at the five-star, Relais & Châteaux hotel L’Assiette Champenoise.

A historic first, this is the only culinary experience in the world to offer each of the Champagne’s five prestige cuvées in one place.

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French Delicacies Paired With Champagne

Tucked away in the hills of Champagne, France, the ultra-luxurious L’Assiette Champenoise’s new five-course tasting menu pairs French delicacies such as Langoustine Royale and Pigeonneau Fermier with Champagne Armand de Brignac’s handcrafted Gold Brut, Rosé, Blanc de Blancs, Demi Sec and the incredibly rare Blanc de Noirs, whose inaugural blend was named Best Blanc de Noirs in the World by FINE Champagne Magazine and of which only 2,333 bottles exist.

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An Inspired Menu Deeply Personal and Representational, Standalone or in a Package

Inspired by the longstanding friendship between 13th-generation winemaker Alexandre Cattier and Gault et Millau guide’s 2014 Chef of the Year Arnaud Lallement, the menu is a deeply personal representation of their shared passion for exemplary French cooking and the art of winemaking. The special tasting menu can be booked as a standalone experience (500EU per person), or as part of a luxury package including one night accommodation in a Terrace Suite, breakfast, luxury car transfers from Paris or Reims TGV station and an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Champagne Armand de Brignac’s family-owned winery and historic chalk cellars, which are closed to the public year-round (2,500EU for two). At the restaurant, guests may now also indulge in Champagne Armand de Brignac by the glass, for the very first time.

Source: EatLoveSavor.com     Photos: EatLoveSavor.com

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5 of the Best Patisseries in Monaco

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Monaco is famous for its glamorous waterfront location and prestigious events. However, those who own real estate in Monaco also have access to a range of tasty treats in the numerous patisseries that fill the Principality.

Monaco is blessed with an idyllic location on the Cote d’Azur and this French influence is apparent in the range of pastries available. Combined with a Mediterranean cafe culture and beautiful scenery, Monaco has first-class patisseries that impress some very discerning palates. Aside from superyacht and property for sale in Monaco, artisanal pastries are the hottest commodity to come out of the Principality. We’ve selected five of the best patisseries in Monaco to exemplify the allure of these traditional institutions.

Emilie’s

Address: Les Jardins d’Apolline, Prom. Honoré II, 98000 Monaco.

With a fantastic selection of coffee and outside seating, the cookies almost come as an afterthought here. That’s not to say you shouldn’t try them, since Emilie’s home-baked cookies, cupcakes and muffins are delicious. They also have a good gluten free menu, salads and sandwiches so there is no excuse for missing out. The homely and cosy interior is invitingly laid-back and a great place for a rest during a shopping spree while in the centre on Monte-Carlo.

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Patisserie Riviera

Address: 27 Boulevard des Moulins, 98000 Monaco.

Patisserie Riviera is one of Monaco’s oldest bakeries and dates from 1955. It’s a more traditional patisserie with wonderful speciality pastries like Tresse, a brioche stuffed with almond cream. The chef Alexander Seleznev is somewhat of a celebrity chef in Russia and has brought over tempting Russian cake recipes such as the Medovik cake made with honey and sour cream and the Russe (almond biscuit and praline cream). Enjoy a great selection of drinks from tea and coffee to fresh juices and sorbets, which you can enjoy inside or on the terrace in summer. The shop’s own choco­lates are also worth a diversion and come in a range of shapes and sizes. It has a central location on 27 Boulevard des Moulins.

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Leonidas

Address: 2 Rue Imberty, 98000 Monaco.

Leonidas has 60 years of experience in creating heavenly chocolate, so look no further than 2 Rue Imberty for a one-stop-shop for all your chocolate needs. Leonidas is both a shop and a café, and it has a selection of coffee to perfectly complement your choice of chocolate. And the range of chocolate is what makes it so incredible in the first place; choose from handmade truffles and filled chocolates in dark, milk and white varieties. It’s definitely the best patisserie in Monaco for chocolate, but the cafe also has fresh high-quality savoury snacks and salads.

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Princess Pirate Café

Address: 7 Avenue de l’Hermitage, 98000 Monaco.

This two-in-one cafe and boutique is a stylish stop off for brunch and lunch while you’re in Monte-Carlo. Besides its fabulous fashions, Princess Pirate Cafe is known for two things, it’s delectable assortment of cakes and adorable resident Cocker Spaniel, Lola. They have a great range of different flavoured cupcakes as well as other sweet treats like macaroons, brownies and cookies. It’s a delightful venue for afternoon tea, but you can also get a snack to take away with that chic designer scarf you purchased from the boutique if you’re in a hurry.

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Fougassette Monegasque

Pâtisserie Helena

Address: 2 Boulevard d’Italie, 98000 Monaco.

Pâtisserie Helena is a simple traditional bakery that sells French pastries, fruit tarts and popular favourites like eclairs. This is the place to get “Fougassette Monegasque” a local favourite that is widely available in old bakeries but not so much in the trendy new places. This regional speciality is unique to Monaco and comprises a round flat piece of sablée dough topped with anise grains and almonds. The colourful pastry comes in different sizes and is an essential snack to try if you’re new to the area. Boulangerie Patisserie Helena can be found on 2 Boulevard d’Italie, situated behind Larvotto Beach and the Grimaldi Forum.

Source: EatLoveSavor.com     Photos: EatLoveSavor.com

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Perfect Snow Causes Million-Dollar Impulse Buys Among the Super Rich

Last year’s perfect ski conditions in the American West have led to a big increase in second home sales.

370 Exhibition, a $19.9 million house in Aspen, Colo., listed by Douglas Elliman Real Estate.Photographer: Brandon Huttenlocher Visuals

370 Exhibition, a $19.9 million house in Aspen, Colo., listed by Douglas Elliman Real Estate.Photographer: Brandon Huttenlocher Visuals

Last winter, the stars aligned for skiers across the western half of the United States. Resorts such as Aspen in Colorado, Park City in Utah, and Sugar Bowl in California saw record or near-record snowfall. 

Now, as home sales in those resorts enter this year’s fourth quarter, traditionally their peak sales season, multiple brokers are saying that they’re seeing a direct relationship between last year’s conditions and this year’s sales.

“Historically, we sell more real estate in September and October than any other month,” says Breck Overall, a Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty broker based in California near Lake Tahoe. “But lines have been a little blurred because it was such a good ski season. This year we’ve seen sales start in June.” 

The third quarter of 2017, he says, “was the strongest quarter in our history.”

In a certain respect, this makes intuitive sense: A miserable ski vacation isn't going to seal a $10 million deal. “Without a doubt, the snow conditions greatly influence a buyer’s perception of the market,” says David McHugh, a LIV Sotheby’s International Broker based in Beaver Creek, Colo. “That’s what gets them to buy here. If there aren’t good conditions, it’s like going to Disney World when it’s raining.”

But the spike in sales following last year's season had led to a phenomenon that goes beyond mere common sense. Vail has seen a 13 percent year-to-year increase in sales volume during the first half of 2017, according to a Douglas Elliman/Knight Frank ski property report (PDF). In the first eight months of 2017, the report says, Aspen has seen 26 sales priced above $2,000 per square foot; in contrast, in 2015, that price point saw a total of 13 sales for the whole year.

3007 Deer Crest Estates Drive in Park City, Utah, which is listed with Sotheby’s International Realty for $7.49 Million. Source: Sotheby's International Realty

3007 Deer Crest Estates Drive in Park City, Utah, which is listed with Sotheby’s International Realty for $7.49 Million. Source: Sotheby's International Realty

Not Just Powder

Steven Shane, a Compass broker based near Aspen, cites such external factors as a booming U.S. economy and the siren song of the now world-famous Aspen lifestyle that have driven home sales up 56 percent vs. the same time frame last year. 

“There might be people who say, ‘I’m not going to miss another epic ski season like what took place last year,’” Shane says. “But do I think it’s the driving impetus for someone to buy a home in Aspen? No, I think it’s a longer-visioned approach.”

The view from 907 Tyner Way in Incline Village, Nev., listed for $3.595 million with Sotheby’s International Realty. Source: Sotheby's International Realty

The view from 907 Tyner Way in Incline Village, Nev., listed for $3.595 million with Sotheby’s International Realty. Source: Sotheby's International Realty

Christine Grenney, a Summit Sotheby’s International Realty broker in Park City, points to similar quality-of-life factors to explain the area’s booming sales. (In the area’s Old Town, sales are up 48 percent in dollar volume from last year). “For years, I sold homes to locals who were upsizing or downsizing,” she says. “Now I’m seeing a lot of people pick up their kids and move from places like Greenwich, Conn.”

Even so, she says, the area’s spectacular snowfall might have had an outsize impact on 2017 sales: “Twenty-five percent of the properties I’ve sold this year have been to people who were making a decision based on their vacation,” she says.

458 Vail Valley Road in Vail Village, Colo., listed for $9.75 million with Sotheby’s International Realty. Source: Sotheby's International Realty

458 Vail Valley Road in Vail Village, Colo., listed for $9.75 million with Sotheby’s International Realty. Source: Sotheby's International Realty

Raifie Bass, a broker for Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Aspen, says the effect of conditions on the slopes pales in comparison to conditions in the energy market: “We look at the stock market and oil prices,” he says. “We have a lot of Texas buyers, and however the oil market is doing is a great indicator as to how our market will go.”

Aspen, he says, “is the 1 percent of the 1 percent,” and the .01 percent, from Bass’s perspective, is doing great. “People who have money in equities have more money than they’ve ever had.”

What They’re Paying and Who’s Buying

In Vail, Colo., broker McHugh says he’s seeing the biggest turnover in homes priced from $5 million to $10 million. In nearby Beaver Creek, he says, the number is slightly lower.

Eleven percent of McHugh’s buyers are international, “but the hard part is that a lot of our clients will set up a U.S. corporation to handle that asset,” he says. “So I really think it’s actually as high as 20 percent on the international spectrum.” Buyers from Texas, he continues, represent nearly 22 percent of his domestic market.

4275 Quarry Mountain, a six-bedroom house in Park City, listed by Sotheby's for $5.25 million. Source: Sotheby's International Realty

4275 Quarry Mountain, a six-bedroom house in Park City, listed by Sotheby's for $5.25 million. Source: Sotheby's International Realty

In Park City, the $2 million to $4 million range has experienced immense activity, Grenney says. “You’ve got a median single-family-home price of $1.9 million.” 

In Tahoe, $5 million to $8 million sales are regularly seen along the shore of Lake Tahoe and in Martis Camp, a 2,177-acre  development that features a private chairlift connecting to Lookout Mountain. Prices in the area, says Sierra Sotheby’s broker Overall, can exceed $10 million.

Aspen sales are higher. “I think we’ve seen something like 50 sales north of $7 million,” says Bass, the Elliman broker. “It’s a healthy market here.” 

Only when you get to Sun Valley, Idaho, do prices seem to sink to something the merely upper-middle class can hope to afford. “Most of our volume is in the $1 million to $3 million range, says Tom Drougas, a broker for Christie’s International Real Estate. “Things start to thin out above $3 million.”

He acknowledges that good conditions certainly help rather than hurt his sales (“I don’t think there’s any question that deep-powder skiing is something people love”), but he emphasizes that his area benefits from its resort owners’ intensive investment in man-made snow machines. “We’re in an era where people are worried about climate change, and ski resorts everywhere are trying to deal with that,” he says. “It goes to show you never know from one year to the next.”

Source: Bloomberg.com     Photos: Brandon Huttenlocher Visuals; Sotheby's International Realty

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A “Must-See” Luxury Residence: Automaker Aston Martin goes from Convertibles to Condominiums

The iconic real-estate Aston Martin’s Residences Miami is another extension to the marque’s portfolio inclusive of cars, luxury yachts and a submarine as well as other interior and exterior design projects.

A rendering of Aston Martin and G and G Business Developments’ luxury residences in Miami

A rendering of Aston Martin and G and G Business Developments’ luxury residences in Miami

The 66-story luxury condominium in Miami, Florida which is slated to complete in 2021 is British Luxury sportscar company Aston Martin’s first venture into the property line in collaboration with G and G Business Developments. The new residential tower will also mark Aston’s first foray into architecture design and construction.

The future residence tower will sit on 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way enclave, designed by Revuelta Architecture and Bodas Miani Anger to highlight the scarcity of the waterfront land available for development in downtown Miami.

Soon to be one of the most “extremely well received” property, said German Coto, CEO of G and G Business Developments, “I am confident we will deliver on our promise to create the ultimate residential tower and I’m looking forward to admiring the view from the top of this special building when it is complete.”

Miami’s Beachfront Luxury Homes

Miami’s Beachfront Luxury Homes

Once Aston Martin Residences Miami is ready for occupancy, the luxury residence comprising of 391 standard units will boast aerial views overseeing Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic. But the seven penthouses and one duplex penthouse will be beautifully framed with each having their own private pool and secluded terrace.

And Aston Martin says it is doing more than just personifying its corporate branding as what their Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman explains. The iconic real-estate is another extension to the marque’s portfolio inclusive of cars, luxury yachts and a submarine as well as other interior and exterior design projects driven by the Aston’s department Q bespoke service.

The Q Bespoke Service department at Aston’s exists to provide consultation and craft homes and furnishings that brings alive the latest designs from the pieces to the living spaces as seen from the automotive showroom.

The design team at Aston will oversee the entire design process from the building’s interior to the reception desk constructed with carbon fibre material (notable for its durability, light-weight and is corrosion resistance) and doors; inspired by Aston Martin custom-built handles and the ample use of special leather hides usually reserved for the hand-build GT cars.

“Aston Martin is on a growth trajectory globally and across the United States. Our partnership with G&G Business Developments to create Aston Martin Residences Miami, forms an important part of that growth story and of our desire to bring our brand to new audiences across the world.” – Simon Sproule, Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Source: Luxuo.com     Photos: Luxuo.com

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Elon Musk Posted New Pictures of the Tunnel That Could Save L.A. From Traffic Hell

The Boring Company hopes to dig tunnels faster, to help untangle messes like the 405.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared new images of a tunnel being drilled under Los Angeles by one of his smaller projects, The Boring Company. The photos are the most compelling proof yet that yet another of Musk’s wild daydreams has turned into a likely multimillion-dollar endeavor – this one with the potential to remake Lost Angeles’ nightmarish traffic.

Twitter: @elonmusk, "Picture of The Boring Company LA tunnel taken yesterday"

Twitter: @elonmusk, "Picture of The Boring Company LA tunnel taken yesterday"

Musk elaborated that the tunnel is currently 500 feet long, and that in about a year, it will “hopefully” extend from Los Angeles International Airport to U.S. Route 101 along Interstate 405. The 405 is perhaps the most notoriously congested highway in the United States, and has helped earn L.A. the distinction of having, by some measures, the worst traffic in the country.

Musk’s Boring Company, first conceived while Musk himself was stuck in traffic, aims to alleviate those problems by taking vehicles off the road and sending them down a tunnel on high-speed electric ‘skates.’ Musk wrote elsewhere that the skates will travel at up to 150 mph. Musk has also recently shared previews of the elevators that will take cars underground.

All this talk of tunnels and high speeds might remind you of another Musk side project: the Hyperloop. And in fact, The Boring Company’s focus on drilling tunnels more efficiently may converge with his 2013 proposal to send vehicles through low-pressure tubes at up to 600 miles per hour.

In early August, The Boring Company said that most of its tunnels it hopes to build would be “standard pressurized tunnels” — that is, without the vacuum that theoretically makes the Hyperloop’s ultra high speeds possible. But for longer routes on straight lines, such as a planned route between New York City and Washington, D.C., the company says building Hyperloop routes “will make sense.” Then, this month, Maryland’s governor announced that The Boring Company was building a Hyperloop route from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., though Musk has not entirely confirmed that.

Source: Fortune.com     Photo and video: Fortune.com; Elon Musk

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The Limited Edition Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Retraces Some of its Iconic Nuances from the 1930s

The limited edition Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter is inspired by the original Minerva calibre 17.29 in the 1930s

The limited edition Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter is inspired by the original Minerva calibre 17.29 in the 1930s

With its origins deeply rooted in the culture of handwriting, Montblanc continues to assert its cultural commitment and manufactures yet another striking timepiece, Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter, that continues to personify the brand’s ingenuity

The limited edition Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter is the latest to enter vintage watch segment. Available only in 100 pieces, the outstanding Chronograph timepiece with tasteful aesthetic is designed exclusively in mind for watch collectors who have a fondness for vintage style.

The Limited Edition Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter recalls 1930s nuances

This top-version of the vintage Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter has the honour of being selected as the watch model to pay tribute to its manufacture’s heritage and celebrate the success of the Minerva chronographs descendants that were constructed from the 1930s.

To understand Mont Blanc’s vigorous enthusiasm, strong regard of esprit de corp and devotion shown throughout the whole of its watchmaking history to how the marque has evolved with its generations of owners from 1906 till today, speaks testament of the iconic Montblanc Emblem, which has become the ultimate seal of performance, innovation, quality and expression of style.

Guided by the same pioneering spirit, the current generation master artisans still painstakingly ply the craft and portray the same spirit of their predecessors. And what reveals is another showcase of one-of-its-kind timepiece, encapsulating the pinnacle of luxury in its groundbreaking design with latest technology and the consistent use of genuine material to complete the masterpiece to charm even the world’s most discerning watch wearers.

Red gold-plated (4N) German silver with circular graining on both sides

Red gold-plated (4N) German silver with circular graining on both sides

Drawing eyes to the limited edition Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter, it is designed in a large “pocket watch” style, inspired by the original Minerva calibre 17.29, seen in pocket watches and wristwatches back in the 1930s.

This exotic marvel features a case made from bronze alloy that frames the salmon-coloured dial, complementing the hand-made Côtes de Genève stripes, circular graining and 18K red gold-plated luminescent hour-hand and minute-hand, and blued chronograph and second hands.

Adding to the sleek and realistic appeal is the beige Arabic numerals and historical Montblanc emblem at 12 o’clock, including the tachymetre scale on the external part of the dial. Completing the flawless look is the vintage cognac-aged alligator strap, which is handmade at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence and fitted with a satin-finish bronze plated buckle.

The vintage Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter is perhaps another range of impressive watches marrying the two styles of Mont Blanc’s Swiss artisanal watchmaking and brand heritage that truly reflect Mont Blanc’s ingenuity.

Source: Luxuo.com     Photos: Luxuo.com

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London Brings ‘Co-Living’ to Old Oak at North West

The Old Oak situated at north west offers a new way to live, work and play and make the most out of London’s life

o-living at The Collective Old Oak has been designed for those who want to make the most of London life.

o-living at The Collective Old Oak has been designed for those who want to make the most of London life.

The Old Oak is a 10-storey building situated on a canal bank in the North West of London. The development has an appeal to that of a hotel, but in fact, if you take a step inside, The Old Oak is a large-scale housing, consisting of 546 rooms with high-end facilities, offering upscale services to its tenants.

Strategically located near two of London’s Underground stations, The Old Oak is well-connected with about ten minutes’ walk to access the public transportation, serving the needs, particularly for working adults, making their daily travels easier.

Opened in the spring of 2016, London has caught on the concept of ‘co-living’ and brought the ideal accommodation to The Old Oak for the collective whole that re-defines modern living in the way people work, play, live and socialise.

As it was not known when the concept was first introduced but it was said to have started in the United States as there “was no niche market,” said Ryan Fix, consultant at The Collective. The concept of ‘Co-living’ is foreseeable in the future “to be a massive movement in the coming decades.”

The Old Oak is defined by its industrial-style architecture and its interior features a large common space filled with colourful armchairs and wooden furniture where the young at heart intersect and like-minded people share interests.

Inside The Old Oak, it boasts high-end facilities such as a spa, gym, library, work room, restaurant and even a cinema, which is packed for evening showings of the hit TV series “Game of Thrones”. Communal activities such as music evenings and yoga classes are offered as well.

The Ensuite Room (Premium) offers a private living space with shared kitchenette and breakfast bar, overseeing views of London

The Ensuite Room (Premium) offers a private living space with shared kitchenette and breakfast bar, overseeing views of London

Each room is designed to be spacious with large windows. Measuring at 12 sqm per room, the living space is well-equipped with modern facilities such as: a tiny ensuite bathroom, a small wash basin placed almost over the toilet, and a kitchenette. However, cooking and washroom areas in other rooms are shared.

According to Knight Frank, a typical room in shared accommodation costs £1,602 per month in central London and £954 in areas farther out. The Old Oak’s prices are largely in line with those of the local area. The majority of the rooms cost between £850 and £1,100 pounds per month, but that includes all bills (energy, internet, cleaning, taxes and common facilities). The largest are advertised at more than £1,400.

Source: Luxuo.com     Photos: Luxuo.com

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Brave the Cold with Moncler

Pampering your pet dog with one of the ultra-chic and comfortable pieces from the new Moncler jacket collection

Pieces from Poldo Dog Couture & Moncler are sure to give your pet dog a suave look

Pieces from Poldo Dog Couture & Moncler are sure to give your pet dog a suave look

Pet dog’s clothing just got fashionable when French-Italian luxury sportswear Moncler teamed up with Poldo Dog Couture, best known for its high-end dog apparel to bring refined Moncler jackets for pet dogs this Autumn-Winter 2017/2018.

Pieces from the new Moncler capsule collection come in two designs with distinctive features: a waistcoat in a lacquered nylon version with a logo showing a vision of the mountains and Moncler’s knit sweater.

The materials supplied by Poldo Dog Couture combine wool and nylon with high quality technical details. What results in the new Moncler capsule collection presents the cuts in classic and trendy styles, inspired by Italian sensibilities.

Instead of framing the campaign using the traditional models, the brands decided to photograph the winter wear on bulldogs. As the weather in Northern Hemisphere is getting intensely cold, now your pet can have fun on paws by running through the city streets and brave the cold with a jacket from the specially-designed capsule collection.

The Autumn-Winter 2017/2018 jackets are available in four colours of red, orange and more muted tones such as navy blue and darker hue of green.

The Moncler capsule X Poldo Dog Couture is now available in Moncler boutiques from October 2017. For more details, please visit www.moncler.com.

Source: Luxuo.com     Photo: Luxuo.com

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5 Movies Similar to Stephen King's 'It,' Just in Time for Halloween

Photo by Brooke Palmer - © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Pennywise the dancing clown.

Photo by Brooke Palmer - © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Pennywise the dancing clown.

Perhaps it was the year of weirdos dressing as clowns to frighten strangers, or maybe it was just the fact that clowns are inherently terrifying, no matter what the World Clown Association says, but for whatever reason, this year’s reboot of Stephen King’s It really resonated with audiences, and blew away box office expectations.

Horror movies don’t traditionally have that kind of mass appeal. In fact, I’d argue that It wasn’t really a horror film, but a coming-of-age story with added jump scares; perhaps that was a factor that contributed to its success.

Really, the film was about a group of childhood friends vs. the cold, uncaring world. And an evil clown that personified their innermost fears, of course. It was a lot like Stand By Me, but with sinister, surreal imagery, and extreme violence.

If you’re looking for something similar this Halloween, I’ve got a few recommendations ...

Cult of Chucky

Universal Pictures. The wisecracking killer doll, Chucky.

Universal Pictures. The wisecracking killer doll, Chucky.

Chucky is one of the veteran horror movie monsters, and amazingly, has managed to survive the decades without being remade or rebooted once; he’s still played by Brad Dourif, still looks the same. Instead, Chucky has adapted to the changing times by becoming progressively funnier, and more self-aware with each installment of his franchise.

Like Pennywise, Chucky loves murder, mind games, and one-liners. Cult of Chucky sees the titular Chucky reunited with his surviving victims, who have been institutionalized in a mental hospital due to their crazy stories of a killer doll. Here, Chucky gets creative, possessing multiple dolls at once and running rampant in surreal dream sequences.

The institution is run by a group of corrupt, uncaring authority figures, much like the apathetic adults of It. The patients are almost as powerless as the children, and have to fight an evil that nobody else believes in.

The World’s End

Universal Pictures/Focus Features. The group of lads encounters the unexpected.

Universal Pictures/Focus Features. The group of lads encounters the unexpected.

The World’s End is the finale of Edgar Wright’s “Cornetto Trilogy,” a horror/comedy series with a strong focus on the comedy. The film follows a group of close-knit friends uniting against an otherworldly threat that seeks to break them apart.

This group is not struggling with the challenges of puberty, but trying to escape the mundanity of adulthood. In an attempt to recapture the unbridled joy of their teenage years, the friends reunite for the legendary pub crawl they failed to complete at the end of high school, and find that their quiet little hometown is festering with a dark, apocalyptic secret.

Like It, this film is about the strength of friendship, and persevering against a world that’s out to get you. It’s also a coming-of-age story, technically, except the protagonist came of age a long time ago, and just refused to accept it.

It’s also extremely funny, and the action sequences are insanely inventive, with the drunk, out-of-shape team of middle-aged men just as utterly inept at fist-fighting as you’d expect them to be.

Let Me In

Paramount Pictures. Secretly inhuman.

Paramount Pictures. Secretly inhuman.

There are two versions of this film, the original Swedish version, Let The Right One In (subtitled), and the American remake, Let Me In. I actually think both are equally good, so pick whichever you’re more comfortable with.

This is another coming-of-age story of friendship, this time between two children, a lonely, bullied boy, and the mysterious new girl in town. But in an intriguing twist, it’s the girl who is the supernatural threat, and when she loses self-control, she’s actually pretty frightening. Luckily, she happens to be on the boy’s side.

The two are isolated from society, the boy constantly under attack from the frighteningly aggressive bullies at school, and the girl struggling against her own dark urges. Like most of the films on this list, the parents are of little help, and it’s up to the children to uncover their own hidden strength.

Super 8

Paramount Pictures. The group of budding young filmmakers.

Paramount Pictures. The group of budding young filmmakers.

Not a horror story, but science fiction, Super 8 follows a group of children who capture evidence of a government conspiracy while shooting a low-budget zombie film.

Extremely similar to Stranger Things (which also has a pretty strong It vibe, now that I think of it) Super 8 is a love letter to eighties cinema, particularly the work of Steven Spielberg, featuring antagonistic government agents and a repulsive alien creature with mysterious intentions.

Like ItSuper 8 is all about the children, going up against something the adults don’t care to understand, and strengthening their relationship in the process.

It (1990 original)

Warner Bros. The original Pennywise

Warner Bros. The original Pennywise

If you really loved It, I’d actually recommend giving the original adaption a shot (and reading the novel, if you haven’t already). But just to warn you, the 90’s version of It hasn’t aged particularly well. Not only is it a product of its time, it’s also a television series edited together to form a lengthy movie. Frankly, it’s not nearly as polished as this year’s reboot. But it’s definitely worth watching, purely to see the original Pennywise, Tim Curry.

A very different take from Skarsgard's monstrous, otherworldly creature, Curry’s Pennywise is much more human. He’s clearly a middle-aged man wearing a cheap clown costume, who laughs uproariously at his own bad jokes, and somehow, he manages to be absolutely terrifying. This Pennywise seems more likely to molest the children than eat them, and the scene when he coaxes Georgie into the sewer is absolutely skin-crawling.

Without the big budget or the special effects, Curry relies purely on his unsettling charisma - if you’re not already scared of clowns, you certainly will be.

Source: Forbes.com     Photos: Brooke Palmer - © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc; Universal Pictures; Universal Pictures/Focus Features; Paramount Pictures; Warner Bros

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Take a Look Inside Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant to be Built in Norway

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There’s hardly anything one cannot do in Europe. From architectural bewilderment to modern charisma, the continent is capable of mesmerizing almost every soul. And soon enough, it will please water babies like never before with an underwater restaurant in Norway. The aesthetically built marvel will also act as an artificial reef that will enable researchers to protect the sea waters and conduct crucial marine studies.

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Aptly named as ‘Under’, the one-of-its-kind restaurant is designed to look like an empty vessel that has been casually dumped on shores. However, don’t be fooled by its unappealing outers as it will be home to a range of awe-inspiring experiences for its guests. It will make up a total of three levels – with a cloakroom on the first floor, a champagne bar on the next and the restaurant at the bottom. The deluxe serving room will be able to accommodate roughly 80 to 100 people at once, where guests can sample delicacies cooked up by none other than Danish chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pedersen.
 

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The entire restaurant will be covered with walls thick enough to withstand contingencies and acrylic windows that are 36-foot wide and 13 feet tall. It has been conceptualized by design firm Snohetta that states, “Through its architecture, menu and mission of informing the public about the biodiversity of the sea, ‘Under’ will provide an under-water experience inspiring a sense of awe and delight, activating all the senses – both physical and intellectual.’ The pristine underwater restaurant is slated to open doors in 2019.
 

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Source: LuxuryLaunches.com via Cntraveler     Photos: LuxuryLaunches.com via Cntraveler

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