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Scaling the Peak of Time

December 20, 2014
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Scaling the Peak of Time

Pictured is Petek Philippe’s Grandmaster Chime, indicating time both visually and vibrationally through sound.

Nick Foulkes of The Financial Times writes about the luxury brands and players in the complex watchmaking process incorporating technology and the old world heritage of craftsmanship.

Read full article here:

http://howtospendit.ft.com/mens-watches/72211-the-new-generation-of-chiming-watches

Ralph Lauren Timepieces

December 7, 2014
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Ralph Lauren Timepieces

As a connoisseur of excellence, Ralph Lauren sought out legendary Swiss craftsmen, artisans, and watchmakers for their expertise and passion in making products by hand.

See the Ralph Lauren watch collection and the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9-ZfbJqPjQ

http://www.ralphlaurenwatches.com/en-us/Pages/default.aspx

An Artist’s Tool: Custom Namiki Fountain Pen

November 24, 2014
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An Artist’s Tool: Custom Namiki Fountain Pen

A scribe choses his words and instruments selectively, applying the stroke that dispenses the right amount of ink, angled and applied in a fashion that gives style to his expression, penmanship, and emphasis on the message.

 

Watch now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRebkWHsHC0

How it’s Made: Leica M9-P – Hermes

November 14, 2014
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How it’s Made:  Leica M9-P – Hermes

A photograph conveys a rich language of it’s own, shedding light on the unique angle and expression of the composing artist and the subject.  Camera, lens choice, lighting, and location are contributing elements.

Watch this video to see how the luxurious leather of Hermes craftsmanship is married with the body of the Leica M9-P Camera.  What kind of images are possible with this honeymoon?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk82qrGclWo

 

Dandified Components of a Gentleman’s Wardrobe

November 10, 2014
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Dandified Components of a Gentleman’s Wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A gentleman’s wardrobe is a collective of several components conducted into an assembly of harmonized colors, textures, and patterns allowing it to emerge into a symphony that speaks its own language.

 

 

Attention: Adjust Your Focus

November 7, 2014
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Attention:  Adjust Your Focus

Making an impact involves skill and the ability to engage the senses to focus on a detail.  Capturing visual attention employs a zoom technology whereby focus is directed to a specific location:  Your socks!

Fashion editor Nic Screws, describes an example and the “power playing statement” socks can make.

Read more on Bloomberg News:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-06/a-guide-to-men-s-socks-global-edition-.html

Hands of a Dunhill Master

November 6, 2014
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Hands of a Dunhill Master

Watch the hands of this master craftsman create the Dunhill Double Document Leather Case.  Documents and accessories optional.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg8QWVgtUzc

Celebrating Artisans at Barneys New York

November 1, 2014
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Celebrating Artisans at Barneys New York

The topic is craftsmanship and inspiration:  At the Barneys flagship store in New York City, allocated as “Artisan Day” where designers bring attention to their craft.

Meet the designers:

http://www.luxurydaily.com/barneys-artisan-day-designers-push-for-traffic-through-email/

Characters and Charactersitics of Luxury

October 25, 2014
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A recent market survey concludes that 64% of urban Chinese people identified “craftsmanship” as the word that best described luxury, compared to 58% who said “expensive” and 53% who said “status”.

Read the full survey here:

http://www.warc.com/LatestNews/News/Craftsmanship_defines_luxury_in_China_.news?ID=32771#

 

Accessorize the Urban Rider

October 24, 2014
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Accessorize the Urban Rider

Today’s urban cyclists have a great array of options when it comes to styling their ride to reflect (literally and figuratively) a unique expression of their style.  Mirror, and mirrored lenses optional.

Read more from The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/fashion/for-the-bike-to-work-generation-a-move-to-fashionable-high-tech-clothing.html?rref=fashion&module=Ribbon&version=origin&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Fashion%20%26%20Style&pgtype=article

Maison Bonnet & The Art of Craftsmanship

October 23, 2014
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The term hand made is often loosely used to denote the quality and caliber of a product, and the artisans and craftsmen that invest their vocational passions to produce true luxury marvels also go unnoticed.  Not in this case however, as the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal describe the specialty of Maison Bonnet, a family business since 1930, committed to make bespoke spectacles using old world techniques that require numerous hours to complete one pair of eyeglasses.  Using natural tortoise shell and buffalo horn, frames are sculpted by hand, with skill and craftsmanship for the discerning few.

Read full article here:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/maison-bonnets-spec-tacular-glasses-1407449942

http://howtospendit.ft.com/personal-luxuries/63031-maison-bonnet

 

Let There Be A Craftsman – Luxury Was Born

October 22, 2014
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Let There Be A Craftsman – Luxury Was Born

Walpole British Luxury, a representative body of Britain’s finest luxury brands, attemps to detail the distinction between luxury and craftsmanship.  Are the two converging, diverging, or part in the same?  Read full article below:

http://www.thewalpole.co.uk/craftsmanship-in-luxury

Blue Shirt to Match

October 20, 2014
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An expert spokesperson of Cora International, the current owner of the Blue Moon Diamond talks about this rare gem in this Bloomberg interview, and demonstrates blue color coordination with this shirt selection.  Well done!  See video below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erkf7VNabrk

Blue Moon Diamond

October 16, 2014
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Blue Moon Diamond

The Blue Moon Diamond, featured in Forbes, and on display at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, is a 12 carat flawless beauty considered to be one of the rarest gems in the world.

 

 

Being fond of colors and their brilliance, coordinating this diamond with it’s sister accessory is no easy task.

 

 

Artisans of Eyewear

September 25, 2013
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Artisans of Eyewear

Highlighting the craft of designers and artisans of bespoke and luxury eyewear, this article in Eyecare Business talks about the passion behind the craft, the specialized focus, and the elite clientele “clamoring for something highly differentiated…fit for a king”, including this on Nader Zadi’s Bespoke Atelier:

http://www.eyecarebusiness.com/articleviewer.aspx?articleID=108852

One Optician’s Bespoke Atelier
Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Customeyes is a truly unique optical shop. Led by optician Nader Zadi, ABOC, Customeyes is an exclusive vintage and bespoke eyewear atelier. The focus here is to craft truly custom eyewear to fit clients perfectly.

The process begins with clients selecting colors and style directions from Zadi’s extensive collection of antique frames. He then creates a new interpretation that perfectly complements the client’s facial features, proportions, and complexion. Here, we check in with the designer/optician on his passion for a luxurious and uncommon craft.

WHAT IS YOUR PASSION? To create aesthetically supreme masterpieces that fit, function, and flatter my clients’ facial features, image, and lifestyle. The elements of art, old-world craftsmanship, and precision optical standards are harmonized to produce luxury, one-of-a-kind eyewear that is classic, timeless, and elegant.

WHY HAS THIS BECOME YOUR FOCUS? I’m an artist. There is no substitute for an authentic expression of excellence and artistry that is instantly recognized, identifiable, and inspiring. Extending these qualities and personalizing it for the client makes it that much more meaningful and valuable.

WHAT IS YOUR PRICE RANGE FOR BESPOKE EYEWEAR? Starting from $1,800 and up.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CRAFT ONE FRAME? The process takes from four to six weeks, depending on design variables, anomalies in facial symmetry, and work volume.

WHO IS THE CUSTOMER FOR YOUR BESPOKE FRAMES? Affluent, professional men between the ages of 45 and 70 who wish to distinguish their look to parallel their social and professional distinction. Mostly, they fly in from out of state and from other countries. They are connoisseurs of luxury and seek the highest caliber of personalization in their wardrobe and lifestyle.

 
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