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A New Icon 崭新标志

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GMT-Master II in Oystersteel

Rolex is introducing three new versions of the GMT-Master II with a brand new movement, the new-generation calibre 3285, and a new image. The new version, in Oystersteel, is equipped with a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic. The lugs and sides of its Oyster case have been redesigned, and the watch is fitted on a five-link Jubilee bracelet.

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GMT-Master II in 18 ct Everose gold.

Rolex has pioneered the development of special ceramics for monobloc bezels and bezel inserts that are exceptionally resistant to scratches and corrosion, and offer particularly intense colours that are unaffected by ultraviolet rays. The new GMT-Master II version has a red and blue ceramic insert which represents the most iconic of all GMT-Masters since it launched in 1955.

In addition to the conventional hour, minute and second hands, which display the local time at the wearer’s current location, the watch features arrow-tipped hand which circles the dial once every 24 hours. When the bezel is in the neutral position, that is with the triangle at 12 o’clock, the 24-hour hand displays the reference time, or home time.
The Oyster case represents a symbol of waterproofness to a depth of 100 metres, and the crystal Cyclops lens i/o crystal lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of virtually scratchproof i/o scratch-proof sapphire.

In function as well as in name, the GMT-Master II evokes intercontinental travel across time zones. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) marks mean solar time at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.

Originally designed to aid airline pilots in their navigation, the GMT-Master has become an unmistakable icon. Its emblematic bezel is a signature feature of its unique and instantly recognisable aesthetics.

劳力士宣布推出专业旗舰表 GMT-Master II 之三款新版本,搭配新一代的 calibre 3285 机芯以及全新外型。新版本的蚝式钢有双向可旋转的边框,还有24小时刻度,并锲入红蓝双色的 Cerachrom陶瓷表圈。蚝式外壳的凸耳和侧边历经重新设计,安置固定在五格链节纪念型 (Jubilee) 表带上。

至于劳力士率先开发的特殊陶瓷材质,适用于整体边框和镶板,具备抗划痕和腐蚀能力,并且确保色彩不受强烈紫外线影响。全新 GMT-Master II 版有红蓝双色 Cerachrom 陶质字圈,这是自1955年推出以来最具代表性的 GMT-Masters。

除了以传统的时、分和秒针显示佩戴者所在区域的当地时间,手表的特点是有箭头的指针,每24小时循着表盘转动一次,当表圈在中间段,即12点的三角形,24小时指针会指向参考时间或本土时间。

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GMT-Master II in Everose Rolesor.

蚝式表壳具备 100 公尺深度的防水特质,晶莹剔透的 Cyclops lens 水晶镜片在3点钟部位可以轻松读取日期,由坚硬的防刮蓝宝石水晶构成。

而在功能性名义方面,GMT-Master II 可唤起跨时区洲际旅行。格林威治标准时间(GMT)指的是伦敦格林威治皇家天文台的太阳时间。

从最初设计目的是协助飞行员进行导航,如今 GMT-Master 却成为一个明确的图标。深具创新性的边框是独一无二、识别力度高的美学特征。

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Corum returns to its Root 海军上将传奇Corum回到初心

“It was an obvious choice given the watches’ nautical inspiration. Mother-of-pearl is a natural material that is only produced at the bottom of the ocean. Meanwhile wood is the ultimate symbol of sailing.”

“作为出自航海的灵感绽现,这是最契合的选择。珍珠母是一种只能在深海生产的天然物质。与此同时,木料是航船的终极象征。”

– Jérôme Biard, CEO 首席执行官


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ADMIRAL LEGEND 32 AUTOMATIC
Colours: Blue/grey
Material: Mother-of-pearl
Dimension: 32 mm
Case material: Stainless steel
Crown material: Stainless steel
Back type: Screwed in open back cover in stainless steel with glare proof sapphire crystal

When it comes to Corum, the iconic Bubble and Golden Bridge would probably be the series most watch collectors would associate with. However this leading brand in luxury watch making since 1955 is returning to its roots by decorating the dials of its new Admiral Legend pieces in entirely natural materials with eight variations crafted from mother-of-pearl or wood, the brand is reconnecting with its original heritage of artistic crafts while building on the marine inspiration of its Admiral collection. Featuring three hands and date, a chronograph or small seconds, the eight new Legend pieces are expanding the horizons of the Admiral collection. These models come with a satin, steel or vulcanised rubber bracelet and are available in 32 mm, 38 mm or 42 mm sizes.

The new Legend pieces stay true to the Admiral spirit with a dodecagonal bezel, dauphine hands, an automatics calibre, 12 pennant-shaped hour markers and an open screw-down case back. Every single one of the mother-of-pearl models (32 mm and 38 mm) presents a slightly different dial composition, as this natural material is unique by nature. Each piece is hand-assembled to form lively designs where the dial endlessly plays with the light, shifting from shades of blue to green and then to grey.

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ADMIRAL LEGEND 42 CHRONO
Colours: Blue
Material: Teak wood
Dimension: 42 mm
Case & Crown material: Stainless steel
Crown material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Blue rubber
Back type: Screwed in open back stainless steel cover sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment

说到昆仑手表 (Corum),其标志性的泡泡博彩 (Bubble) 和金桥 (Golden Bridge) 系列很可能是大多数手表收藏者会先联想到的。

然而,这个自1955年以来领先的奢侈手表品牌在高档手表制作上正在回归本行初心。全新的8款海军上将传奇作品的表盘装饰是采用天然材料珍珠母或木质制造,这品牌重新结合了传统艺术工艺,尤其是集合以航海概念打造的海军上将系列。这8件新的传奇作品以三重表扣和日期,计时码表或小秒钟为特色,拓展海军上将系列的收藏视野。它们将可搭配缎子、钢或硫化橡胶材质的表链,大小分别为32毫米,38毫米或42毫米。

全新 Admiral Legend 保持海军上将精神中真实质朴的一面。十二角形斜切面边框,太妃指针,自动上链机芯,12个盆形小时标记和螺旋把头的表壳底盖。每一个珍珠母材质的型号(32毫米和38毫米)表盘都将呈现略微不一致的形态,因为这种天然材料是独一无二的,每一件皆为手工组装而成的活力设计,表盘不断与光线形成互动,从深浅蓝渐变为绿色,然后再显现灰色。

 

EZ Top 5 Super SUVs

The super cars manufacturers are rolling out their Super Sports Utility Vehicles. A must have luxury lifestyle SSUV for super car lovers that dictates not only supremacy in speed, out of the world prices but with contemporary and outrageous designs that would catch anyone’s attention while cruising along any roads. Imagine 0 to 100km per hour within seconds in these monsters, it is a thrill for those rich and with taste. 

随着爱好超级跑车人们的品味升级,拥有SSUV的奢华越野超跑车,不仅要在速度上超越价格,而且具备现代、大胆的设计,在任何路上都能吸引目光。这也让超级汽车制造商纷纷推出各家的超级运动型多功能车,想象一下这些怪物几秒内时速0到100公里的飞驰,对于那些富裕有品味的人来说,这是一种撼动心灵的颤音。

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Lamborghini Urus

First to appear is the Lamborghini Urus. The 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 is probably a conceptual marriage between Huracan and Aventador. A new breed super fast and super stylish SSUV that is currently the benchmark for those to join the club.

首先登场的是兰博基尼 Urus,所搭载的 4.0 升双涡轮 V8 引擎可能是 Huracan Aventador 在概念上的结合。而这款新型的超快超时尚 SSUV,目前是加入俱乐部的标准。


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Roll-Royce SUV ‘Cullinan

Who in their wildest imagination will think that Roll-Royce will be rolling out a SUV? Details are scarce and yet to have an official name, Project Cullinan is the working title for this mysterious beast. ‘Cullinan’ is the name of the largest diamond ever found.

而无论大家想象力再丰富,谁会想到劳斯莱斯会推出一款 SUV?虽然细节欠缺,还没有正式的名字,Cullinan 计划是这个神秘野兽的标志。“Cullinan” 这个名字是至今最有价值的“钻石”。


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Bentley Bentayga W12

Meanwhile the Bentley Bentayga W12 still helms the fastest In this luxury turf. A 2.4-ton car with a top speed of 300km per hour, the W12 Bentayga has been on the throne of the four-wheel drive sector since it was launched in 2016 and still showing no sign of retirement.

与此同时,宾利 Bentayga W12 仍是这一豪华领域中速度最快的车款。一辆 2.4 吨的汽车,最高时速达到 300 公里,自 2016 年推出以来,一直占据越野跑车的宝座,至今仍未有退休的迹象


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Aston Martin’s DBX

On the other hand, Aston Martin’s DBX concept was revealed at the Geneva motor show in 2015 but production is only expected next year in 2019.  The concept and drawings suggested a svelte and more stylish assault on the crossover market than that offered so far. James Bond will probably have the first drive.

另外,阿斯顿·马丁的 DBX 概念车曾于 2015年日内瓦车展上亮相,但预计 2019 年才会投产。概念和设计定稿显示,这是目前跨界市场上,最有全新时尚攻击力的车型,而 007 占士邦可能会是首个试驾司机。


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Land Rover – SVAutobiography Dynamic

Last but not least would be the SVAutobiography Dynamic. This is the most prestigious model in the Land Rover’s series that maintain its reputation of being smooth on roads and a pro when it ventures off roads with its supercharged 5.0-liter V8 producing 557bhp. With a big price tag, this model has a luxury interior that includes remote control four zone climate control and perforated leather seats.

最后重点推介SVAutobiography Dynamic。这是路虎系列中极负盛名的车款,保持了在公路上顺畅无阻的声誉,同时也是一款专业的车型,配备了马力5.0升的增压V8发动机,最大功率为557bhp。当然,这款车价格不菲,内饰豪华,包括遥控四区气候控制和穿孔皮革座椅。

The Perfect Home On Wheels 完美的轮上居家

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Hobby impressed visitors and potentials in Stuttgart CMT trade fair with its wide range of leisure vehicles. Hobby customers can now choose from a completely redesigned caravan series ONTOUR, the vans from the VANTANA programme, the semi-integrateds from the series OPTIMA DE LUXE and OPTIMA PREMIUM and the family-friendly SIESTA alcoves. Other trade fair highlights are the “50 Years Anniversary Edition” models, which Hobby is offering in both the motorhome and caravan segments.

The OPTIMA DE LUXE is graced with a smooth rear in flawless white, while the OPTIMA PREMIUM is a beauty on which the cab paintwork is coordinated with the two-tone rear section. There are other differences in the interior, with each having its own furniture decor. A very special in the family-friendly OPTIMA series is the T65 GQ, which comes in OPTIMA DE LUXE and OPTIMA PREMIUM trim. The T65 GQ primarily shows its luxury in the rear, where a comfortable Queen-size bed can be found. The sanitary rooms are in the centre section – between the bedroom and living/dining area. Two in number, because the shower and WC/washroom are separate units in the T65 GQ. The washroom is also accessible from two sides, from the bedroom and the living area. Design for living areas and the kitchen are very well thought off not only to provide a home in four wheels but also to ensure owners and families are comfortable when on board.

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斯图加特(Stuttgart) CMT 国际度假休闲和房车展览会,设计思维开拓广泛的休闲房车再次给参观者留下了深刻的印象。对于喜爱豪彼(Hobby) 房车的顾客可以选择重新设计的 ONTOUR 系列、由 VANTANA 计划延伸的厢型车、OPTIMA DE LUXE 系列和 OPTIMA PREMIUM 系列的半集成化车型及家庭友好型的 SIESTA 外凸式房车。至于展会其他的亮点是“50周年纪念版”的车型,豪彼在房车和旅行队段皆提供选择。

OPTIMA DE LUXE 系列有着光滑的尾部设计和完美的白色,而豪华的 OPTIMA PREMIUM 拥有协调优美的驾驶室漆层与尾部双色系。内部装潢设计也与众不同,每辆有独家的家具装饰。至于特别家庭型的OPTIMA 系列 T65 GQ,结合了 OPTIMA DE LUXE 和 OPTIMA PREMIUM 的优势。T65 GQ 主要是在后部展示奢华设计,拥有一个舒适的大号床。厕所在卧室和客厅,还有餐厅之间的中间部分。由于 T65 GQ 是采取厕所与浴室分开的设计,浴室也可从卧室与客厅的两侧进入。另外,起居区和厨房的设计也考虑周全,不仅是提供轮上居家,而且也确保主人或家庭在使用时感觉舒适。

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WATCH IN ACTION

The watch industry is undergoing a season of change and is seen through a shift in resources, material and commercialised used of industrious science. In enhancing the quality and durability of watches, brands have reached out to scientist and material researches to find the best material when it comes to designing its watches. Enjoy our selection below.


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Romain Gauthier – Insight Micro-Rotor Lady 

With its highly visible, intricately engineered, automatic movement featuring snow-set micro-rotor and its gently shimmering mother-of-pearl dial, Insight Micro-Rotor Lady is Romain Gauthier’s first ladies’ watch. The hour-minute subdial and small seconds are crafted from mother of pearl is made from 22k gold and decorated with spectacular diamonds of varying sizes. The sparkling micro-rotor turns fluidly and noiselessly between two bridges, each fitted with a friction-minimising, wear-resistant ruby bearing. However subtly and in whichever direction the micro-rotor swings,and when fully wound, provides a generous 80 hours of power.The golden bridges are decorated with hand-made, hand polished bevels and jewel countersinks and are fixed in place using Romain Gauthier’s signature screws with aesthetic S-slot. It is available in two 10-piece limited editions in red gold: with Tahitian black mother-of-pearl dial and anthracite strap, and with Australian extra white mother-of-pearl dial with white strap.


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Vacheron Constantin – Metiers d’Art Les Aerostiers

The Metiers d’Art Les Aerostiers collection by Vacheron Constantin pays tribute to the exhilarating chapter in history when the hot-air balloons were invented through the “aerostatic experiments”, in the attempt to defy gravity. Faithfully reproducing in miniature the historical depictions of five flights undertaken in France between 1783 and 1785, thus bore the splendid hand-engraved and micro-sculpted gold hot-air balloons hovering against a translucent enamel background. While it is good to know that each hot-air balloon called for up to 3 weeks of craftsmanship, its translucent background is reminiscent of cloisonne enamelling. Transparency effects provide glimpses of the gear trains and discs of Calibre 2460 G4/1 through the enamel. The gold oscillating weight, specially engraved and domed for this new collection, evokes the rounded shape of a hot-air balloon.


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Hautlence – Vortex Gamma Tron

 Building on the Tron influence, Hautlence also introduced the Vortex Gamma Tron. It uses the same HLLightColor as the Magma, but it highlights a different application of the material: phosphorescence. When the lights go out, the angular watch glows an intense bright blue, similar to lume. Both Gamma Magma and Gamma Tron use a retrograde minute complication to tell the time. Every 60 minutes, one of the 12 articulated links in the hour chain adjusts to show the next hour. The dial is made from almost entirely transparent sapphire, offering a view into the HL2.0 self- winding caliber. The movement has two barrels. The second barrel, dedicated exclusively to driving the complication, is continually reset by the main barrel so that the optimal level of energy is available each time the hour changes. This double barrel system ensures the complex mechanisms are supplied independently, without affecting the ability of the watch to keep accurate time.


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Romain Jerome – RJ x SPIDER-MAN

The latest addition to the “Generational Icon” collection by RJ Romain Jerome takes inspiration from yet another Marvel Comics character, certainly one of the most famous super-heroes ever created: Spider-Man. The intricacy of the model resides in the different perspectives on the dial and the elements that intertwine. The 75-piece limited edition is presented in RJ’s elegant Skylab case which follows the rule of a classic round-shaped case with 4 lugs. Enhanced with the 4 paws characteristic of the brand, the case reveals a skeleton movement offering endless transparency. RJ also designed the 3-layer movement that features straight bridges.The back of the watch follows the same style as the rest, with a metallized web on the sapphire crystal. The web is slightly visible when worn and enhances the “Spider-Man” theme pursued by the brand.


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Arceau Casaque

Looking to match that dress for your princess meet prince charming ball? Let the four-decade old design of Arceau Casaque be at the rescue and lead you to more appreciation of its undying charm. Designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978, this Swiss made watch stands the test of time with its outlined background of the Cavale motif. The dial is crafted using champleve, lacquer and transfer techniques. Hollows are first created in the dial base, then filled with lacquer. Eager to escape the confines of its classicism, he fitted it with asymmetrical lugs in a shape inspired by stirrups. The sapphire crystal is adorned with anti-glare treatment. A matt tone-on-tone transferred chevron motif lends the final touch to this colourful composition. Its tones resembles the horse-head pawns of a classic French children’s board game. Available also in yellow, green and blue, which will you choose to lead the game?


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MB&F + Sarpaneva – MoonMachine 2

The MoonMachine 2 is the brainchild of MB&F and Stepan Sarpaneva’s second collaboration – a horological creation and the world’s first projected moonphase display. Housed in the case of Horological Machine No.8, the first MB&F creation possess 2 design icons of the Horological Machine collection, of which its mechanism is also used by MoonMachine 2 to highlight the visual impact of a moon disc. Bask in the beauty of the case; its sapphire crystal pane metallised to draw attention to the brushed titanium rotor; the two Sarpaneva moon disc made of gold and finished by hand; and the Korona-framed gold plaque to commemorate the collaboration between Sarpaneva and MB&F. MoonMachine 2 is available in 3 limited editions of 12 – one in full titanium with white gold moons and a light-blue sky, one in blackened titanium with white gold moons and a dark-blue sky, and one in red gold and titanium with red gold moons and an anthracite sky. Why wait?

ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA VISUAL CONCEPT 奢华视觉概念

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Aston Martin is proud to present Lagonda Vision Concept – marking the beginning of a new range of state of the art, emission-free luxury vehicles. Production is planned to start in 2021.

Lagonda strives to be the world’s first zero emission luxury brand. It will confound traditional thinking and take advantage of the latest advances in electrification and autonomous driving technologies, which amount to the biggest revolution in land-bound transportation since the invention of the car.

Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Andy Palmer believes that people associate luxury in their cars with a certain traditional and even old-fashioned approach because, to date, that is all that has been available to them. According to him, “Lagonda exists to challenge that thinking and prove that being modern and luxurious are not mutually exclusive concepts.”

The Lagonda Vision Concept also forecasts a world with a high level of autonomy. Its design is equivalent with level four autonomous driving, meaning the car is capable of driving itself in all routine circumstances and on all recognizable roads. As a result, the steering wheel can not only move from left to right hand drive according to need, in autonomous mode, it can also retract entirely allowing front seat passengers to rotate through 180 degrees to engage in face to face conversation with those in the back. In the meantime, the car will not only have 360-degree awareness of the world around it, but also fully connected to it.

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阿斯顿.马丁 (Aston Martin) 自豪地展现 Lagonda 未来概念和标志着全新的艺术形态—启动零排放奢华概念车计划,车子生产预计将于 2021 年开始。

Lagonda 将是作为世界上第一个零排放的奢华车品牌。这将颠覆传统思维方式,并巧妙利用电气化和自动驾驶技术的最新进程,这是自汽车发明以来,陆路交通运输的最大革命性突破。

阿斯顿·马丁总裁兼首席执行员 Andy Palmer 博士认为,人们常将豪车与某种正统的甚至老式的观念联系在一起,因为到目前为止,这些都是感受到的状况。“Lagonda 的存在是为了挑战这种想法,并证明现代化和奢华感并非相互排斥。”

Lagonda 还预测了一个高度自治的状态,设计相当于 4 个自主驾驶的水平,这意味着车子可在所有常规情况下自动驾驶和识别道路。因此,方向盘不仅可依据需求,从左手到右手开车,在自动模式下,前排座椅可旋转 180 度以面向后方进行对谈,方向盘则可在自动驾驶过程中分开并折叠。同时,车子不仅可以 360 度的认知周边状况,也可以完全连接。

Flowers Without Spikes 退去尖刺的花朵

Cactus de Cartier is Cartier’s newest and free-spirited collection that indulges in non-spiky yet uncompromising sculptural pieces that may now be observed and touched up close. Seductive with a luscious blend of the sometimes gentle, sometimes cruel pleasure of duality, Cartier has again redefined jewellery: the geometry, cut-outs and proportions of this subliminal spiky collection revealing three unexpected designs. It is all about plant shapes dotted with zesty, succulent gemstone flowers in emerald, chrysoprase or carnelian; the generous volumes with geometric structures, gold domes illuminated by precious dewdrops, corollas of radiant and fresh faceted lapis or diamonds; and lastly the REBELLIOUS FLOWER – the audacious beauties adorned with unexpected curves, undulating with ripples and twists and unconfined movement. At the jeweller’s touch, the gold comes to life with twisting contours, open work and precious, pearly droplets.

 

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Cactus de Cartier necklace, 18-carat yellow gold, lapis lazuli, set with 61 brilliant-cut diamonds.
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Cactus de Cartier ring, 18-carat yellow gold, set with 6 brilliant-cut diamonds.

卡地亚全新的仙人掌系列以自由不羁的迷人魅力,诠释与与众不同的美态,妖媚与温和同存,充满双重乐趣。这一系列运用几何线条、细腻装饰和丰盈造型的设计手法,展现了3种别致的情怀,再次突显了工匠的珠宝工艺。以祖母绿、绿玉髓、红玉髓仿出植物的形态;或以几何结构用黄金、钻石和青金石打造花冠;最后的 REBELLIOUS FLOWER 系列,以意想不到的囊空形态和黄金装饰,大胆地以纽索和波纹塑造的线条充满了曲线美。

 

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Cactus de Cartier bracelet, 18-carat yellow gold, emeralds, set with 204 brilliant-cut diamonds.
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Cactus de Cartier earrings, 18-carat yellow gold, emeralds, carnelians, each set with 11 brilliant-cut diamonds.