Hermes debuted a trio from its Arceau Pocket Promenade de Platon collection showcasing the beauty of Grand Feu enamel work; a silk scarf that takes its cue from the brand’s equestrian roots inspires each dial’s design. Longines likewise paid tribute to its horseracing history when it debuted the ultra-classic Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878. Seeking maximum versatility? Bovet’s Amadeo Fleurier collection and the Parmigiani Fleurier Transforma convert from pocket to wristwatch to table clock. All start in the mid-five figures and run into the high-six figures.
While Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin likewise are known for crafting exceptional pocket watches, the master maker is Breguet: Founder Abraham-Louis Breguet conceptualized one of the most complex examples ever, the No. 160, in 1783 as a commission for Marie Antoinette. The French queen was a fan of Breguet and owned several of his watches, though the 160 —intended to be the most beautiful watch ever designed, with many of its 823 parts crafted in gold — wouldn’t be completed until 34 years after her execution.
Rolex,Omega,Breitling and Cartier Replica Watches For Women
I don’t know how the custom came about, but for some reason or another, it’s not common for women to buy themselves watches. Like a lot of designer accessories, it is simply in existence for men to buy for women. That’s not to say that there aren’t women who do buy things like watches for themselves, it’s just that it’s more common for men to do so for them. Such is the prevalence of men buying watches for women that even watch companies have started marketing their watches this way, i.e. targeting men in their advertisements to persuade them to buy their watch for women.
The Best Replica Watches For Women
It’s not just one brand that’s caught on, all the big designer brands are joining the watch bandwagon to try and steal more customers from each other: Dolce & Gabbana, Omega and Cartier are some examples of these brands. While Cartier is a little bit different from the rest in the sense that it’s a brand dedicated to women, the idea is the same: men are buying watches for women. The extent to which this knowledge is known even pervades the replica watch marketplace with the aforementioned brands having replica versions, i.e. Dolce & Gabbana replica, omega replica and Cartier replica watches.
That’s what being a smart businessperson is all about: you’re not selling a product, you’re selling a solution, a result. There are more men looking for a gift for their special lady friend than there are women who want to know what time it is. Whatever the case, Biao.org.uk has a wide range of Women’s replica watches, everything you could ever choose from to help your special lady tell the time. If you think that there is a watch that you would like, don’t hesitate to contact our support staff and they will assist you immediately.
Whether your LV of choice is the classic Speedy, the practical Neverfull, or the daring graffiti-print monogram, no gal’s closet is complete without a Louis Vuitton handbag. No matter which one you choose, all Louis Vuitton bags age beautifully as they darken through their sought-after patina while holding their original shapes and high quality.
Louis Vuitton gives the Hermes Birkin a run for its money with an alligator skin handbag which at $55,000 costs more than a cruise around the world or a Mercedes Benz.
Just in time for holiday shopping – for an incredibly small selection of uber-wealthy customers – Louis Vuitton has unveiled its most expensive handbag of the moment: a $55,000 alligator skin purse.
More expensive than a new Mercedes and costlier than a cruise around the world, the City Steamer features genuine alligator skin, cowhide lining, an engraved padlock, a nametag, and a hot-stamped LV Circle.
The nude-colored number can be carried in hand, over the shoulder, or cross-body, and has ‘ample room for papers and files’ – and stacks and stacks of money, naturally.
Of course, the French design house is hardly the only one to offer exclusive accessories inaccessible to the masses – or even most of the upper class, for that matter.
Several other designers are also selling bags that cost five figures this season, though it’s unknown how many of the swanky satchels and totes they actually manage to sell.
Hermes’s Birkin bags have always been pricey, but their alligator and crocodile skin versions can cost upwards of $100,000.
Perhaps inspired by the French brand’s air of exclusivity, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen set jaws dropping in 2011 when they debuted their $39,000 crocodile backpack for The Row, which is still available for purchase.
The Italian-made splurge was the priciest item in an already extravagant line – and the twins managed to attach even heftier price tags after collaborating with artist Damien Hirst a year later.
Hirst decorated a series of 12 one-of-a-kind gator backpacks, adorning them with gold and mutilcolor spots, as well as brightly-hued pills. They went for $55,000 each and are sold out.
When you are looking for a watch, you no doubt want to be on trend and also receive a high quality product that will be reliable. At Goldsmiths our watch shops and online store can offer a huge range of timepieces from a variety of brands. So whether you are a lady, gentlemen or are shopping for a child, we will be able to deliver a great watch to you that you will love. Browse through our collection to find a piece that you are sure to enjoy for years to come.
With Blue Monday (said to be the most depressing day of the year) over, we can start looking forward and making plans for a new year ahead. For many people that means having a clear out, and rethinking what items in their lives are worth holding onto and what can be sold on for some extra pocket money for the year ahead, when taking a look around your home thinking “Do I need this?” or “I wonder what this is worth” don’t forget to cast your eyes onto your own wrist and take a good look at your timepiece!
Here at www.pursevalley.uk we do three things, buy sell and part-exchange Swiss watches, so that unloved Breitling on your wrist or the Omega timepiece gathering dust in the cupboard, could be worth showing to us as we can pay cash or bank transfer for it same day! If you have an Omega, Rolex, Cartier, Breitling, Tag Heuer, IWC or any other Swiss brand watch it could be worth more than you think!
If your bored of the current timepiece that you have, maybe your wearing a Breitling but you are really hankering after a Rolex Submariner that you saw in a magazine, give us a call on 0208 9944 567 or email email@example.com and we can discuss your options, often it is easier than you think to upgrade your everyday watch to something a bit more special.
Finally, if you have something to sell and your not in hurry, we can offer ‘Sale or Return’ which gives us time to sell your watch to the right buyer through www.pursevalley.uk, this enables you to get the highest possible price for your watch. Commission rates start at 20% and falls to 15% if your watch is priced at over £6000.
More of an artist than a cobbler, Christian Louboutin makes iconic shoes women lust after. Known for his dramatic, unapologetic style, he loves to play with color and embellishment. And of course, every pair features the signature ruby sole. Louboutin believes the right heels affect a woman’s posture, attitude and sex appeal. Find out for yourself. Explore our collection below.
Louboutin was born and raised in Paris’s 12th arrondissement. He was the only son of Roger, an ébeniste,and Irene, a homemaker, both French, from Brittany. He has three sisters. Louboutin said in a 2012 interview that he was “much darker-skinned than everyone else in his family. You know, I felt I wasn’t French. My family was very French and so I decided they had probably adopted me. But instead of feeling it was terrible and that I was an outsider who had to go and find my real family, I invented my own history, full of characters from Egypt because I was very into the pharaohs.”He ironically discovered, following a revelation by one of his sisters in 2014 that his biological father was in fact an Egyptian, with whom his mother Irene had been having a secret affair.
Louboutin was expelled from school three times and then decided to run away from home at the age of 12, at which point his mother allowed him to move out to live at a friend’s house. He faced much opposition when he decided to drop out from school. However, he claims that what helped him make up his mind was an interview on TV with Sophia Loren, in which she introduced her sister, saying she had to leave school when she was only 12, but when she turned 50, she got her degree. He later remarked, “Everybody applauded! And I thought, ‘Well, at least if I regret it I’m going to be like the sister of Sophia Loren!'”
Louboutin began sketching shoes in his early teens, ignoring his academic studies. Going through a punk phase, he was in a few films, including 1979 cult classic Race d’ep and The Homosexual Century, which attracted an English-language audience. His first job was at the Folies Bergères, the cabaret where he assisted the entertainers backstage. He was also a fixture on the city’s party scene, clubbing his nights away alongside Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol.
His little formal training included drawing and the decorative arts at the Académie d’Art Roederer. Louboutin claims his fascination with shoes began in 1976, when he visited the Musée national des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie on the avenue Daumesnil. It was there that he saw a sign from Africa forbidding women wearing sharp stilettos from entering a building for fear of damage to the extensive wood flooring. This image stayed in his mind, and he later used this idea in his designs. “I wanted to defy that,” Louboutin said. “I wanted to create something that broke rules and made women feel confident and empowered.”
Fascinated by world cultures, he ran away in his teens to Egypt and spent a year in India. Louboutin returned to Paris in 1981, where he assembled a portfolio of drawings of elaborate high heels. He brought it to the top couture houses. The effort resulted in employment with Charles Jourdan. Subsequently, Louboutin met Roger Vivier, who claims to have invented the stiletto, or spiked-heel shoe. Louboutin became an apprentice in Vivier’s atelier.
Going on to serve as a freelance designer, Louboutin designed women’s shoes for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Maud Frizon. In the late 1980s, he turned away from fashion to become a landscape gardener and to contribute to Vogue but missed working with shoes and set up his company in 1991.
With funds from two backers, he opened a Paris shoe salon in 1991 with Princess Caroline of Monaco as his first customer. She complimented the store one day when a fashion journalist was present, and the journalist’s subsequent publication of Princess’ comments helped greatly to increase Louboutin’s renown. Clients such as Diane von Fürstenberg and Catherine Deneuve followed. Later, those interested in his stiletto heels have included Christina Aguilera, Joan Collins, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Tina Turner, Marion Cotillard, Nicki Minaj, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Blake Lively. Sarah Jessica Parker wore a pair of shoes by Louboutin for her wedding. Britney Spears wears a pair of high-heeled Louboutins in her music video “If U Seek Amy” that were not available for sale until a month after the video was released.
Louboutin has topped the Luxury Institute’s annual Luxury Brand Status Index for three years; the brand’s offerings were declared the Most Prestigious Women’s Shoes in 2007, 2008, and 2009.By 2011, Louboutin became the most searched-for shoe brand online.
We noticed yesterday that Céline has given it’s Resort 2016 (which it calls Spring 2016) lookbook a huge expansion since we originally posted it in October–there are almost two dozen new bags, including a bunch of Trapeze Bags and Luggage Totes, which we know our our readers’ favorites. The brand also added prices for all the non-crocodile bags that were already in the lookbook, and we’ve added the new bags and new prices to our original post. You can browse the full collection below!
Even as luxury brands slowly-but-surely embrace the Internet around them, Céline continues to stick it out; it’s one of only a small handful of big brands left that won’t sell any of its bags online, and that means any glimpse we get at what’s coming is something to treasure. Today, we have the brand’s Resort 2016 lookbook.
This group of bags feels more wearable than the brand’s several most recent collections, with most of the shape additions being simple, classic, minimalist shoulder bags; there’s no attempted reinvention of the wheel here. In addition to those, there are also new versions of Céline favorites like the Luggage and Phantom Luggage Totes, Trapeze Bags and Belt Bags. Check them out below; these bags will be available in boutiques and department stores soon.
In my first years of watch collecting, I remember I was able to borrow this Rolex Day-Date 18238 from my friend Gerard – who’s also a contributor for Replica Watches – for a few days and it felt like magic. At that time I was a student and walking around with a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date on a President bracelet probably looked a bit ridiculous. However, during all these years, the idea of owning one at some point never let me go. Up to this day, I still don’t have a Rolex Day-Date with President (or Oyster) bracelet but the wish is still there and very alive.
The lack of Rolex Day-Date ownership can be explained though. The good ol’ Day-Date in 36mm is considered to be relatively small these days. Now I do think that you can pull it off with a Rolex Day-Date, but I notice that my 36mm Datejust only gets little wrist time these days. Although I love those Rolex Day-Date reference 1803 models, the 18038 and later references definitely have my preference for the simple reason that they seem to be larger on the wrist due to the dial. The Day-Date reference 1803 has a pie-pan shaped dial that makes it look a bit smaller. So actually a Rolex Day-Date 18238 in yellow gold with a tapestry dial would be one of my favourite combinations. On the other hand, a bit more toned down white gold version would perhaps suit me better. As you can see below, the Rolex Day-Date 18209 is an interesting white gold version with Oyster bracelet that has very classy looks.
Rolex Day-Date 118209 – Photo by pursevalley.uk
The Rolex Day-Date II – that has now been discontinued – had a diameter of 41mm. In my opinion, the watch was a bit too big and lacked the finesse and perfect design ratio of the 36mm versions. Somehow, this watch appeared to be bulkier on the wrist than the 41mm Datejust II.
So besides the Rolex Yachtmaster Everose (we talked about it here), Rolex decided to bring us a new version of their Day-Date in 40mm and a beautiful stainless steel Oyster Perpetual in 39mm. We will get back to you on the new 39mm Rolex Oyster Perpetual later on.
Rolex Day-Date reference 228235
The Rolex Day-Date in 40mm is basically a larger version of the classic 36mm Day-Date where the 41mm Day-Date II was just a different type of watch. Not only did Rolex put more effort into the design of the Day-Date, they also updated the movement. With more effort into the design of the new 40mm version, I mean that they respected the original Day-Date more than they did with the 41mm version.
The middle part of the case and lugs are more refined than its 41mm brother. The Rolex Day-Date 40mm is therefore [far] more elegant on the wrist and probably suits about every wrist size. Men with smaller wrist can still decide to go for the original 36mm version of the Rolex Day-Date of course.
Rolex Day-Date reference 228238
For now, Rolex introduced the Day-Date 40mm in 18 carat white gold, yellow gold, Everose gold and the cream of the crop is of course the platinum version. The gold versions have a fluted bezel where as the platinum edition was presented with a smooth bezel. There will also be diamond-set bezels for the Rolex Day-Date 40mm.
All Rolex Day-Date models shown have the famous President bracelet. At this point, it is unknown whether Rolex will also deliver the Day-Date on an Oyster bracelet.
Aside from the aesthetics, and I already love that part a lot about the new Rolex Day-Date, there is also something to say about the technical aspects of the watch. Rolex developed a new movement for this Day-Date, featuring – besides the day and date indicator – a power reserve of 70 hours, a new escapement (called Chronergy) and a high precision (-2 / +2 seconds per day).
Rolex Day-Date 228206
Interesting to note that the Chronergy escapement in this Rolex caliber 3255 movement is anti-magnetic. As you know, magnetism (measured in gauss) is one of the worst enemies to a mechanical watch. Also, the movement has a blue Parachrom hairspring, which is able to handle shocks in a better way than a traditional hairspring. Rolex caliber 3255 seems to be a very solid movement, able to withstand the abuse during daily wear. Rolex was also able to guarantee a -2 / +2 seconds per day deviation with this new movement, numbers that easily fall into the chronometer standards (-4/+6 seconds per day) according to the COSC. Rolex has no less than 14 patents for this new movement and claims that over 90% of the movement consists of new components.
So, that’s all cool of course, but I am convinced that most buyers of the new Rolex Day-Date 40mm are more worried about the perfect dial and material combination than technical specifications of the movement. They just rely on it, which is fine of course. In that respect, the Rolex Day-Date is to watches what a Mercedes Benz S-class is to cars. You know that the engine is fine and smooth as butter.
The new Rolex Day-Date 40 has been presented in a number of dial and colour combinations but I am sure this will be expanded in the future with more different configurations. Prices of the Rolex Day-Date 40 start at CHF 33.200,- Swiss Francs for the yellow gold versions, CHF 35.800,- Swiss Francs for the Everose and white gold version and CHF 59.600,- Swiss Francs for the platinum model.
In the end, I believe that with the Rolex Day-Date 40mm the classic ‘Presidential’ Rolex has returned and will find its way to those who love an elegant but very powerful ‘statement’ watch.
My lust for a Rolex Day-Date has been reignited again with the introduction of the 40mm models. Now, it is only a matter of raising funds and selecting the right configuration. This 40mm model will be probably in the collection for another 50 years again, with its classic lines and elegant appearance so I won’t have to hurry.
More information about the new Rolex Day-Date 40 on the official Rolex website.
More photos in the gallery below. All photos (c) Fratello Watches except the Rolex Day-Date 36mm reference 118209, by pursevalley.uk.
Most of you Speedmaster enthusiasts and collectors love a bit of NASA history as well. Now, you probably remember that when Omega introduced the Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” (we reviewed it here) in 2013, it was referring to the Apollo 8 mission in 1968. The second human space flight by NASA and the first where a spacecraft left Earth orbit to reach for the Moon and orbit it. Astronauts Borman, Lovell and Anders were the first to see that dark side of the Moon and perhaps even more important, to witness Earthrise.
The mission took from December 21st till December 27th, so exactly 47 years ago this week. The 24th of December was one of the greatest days in manned space flight history, as the astronauts witnessed Earthrise during their Lunar orbit. If you are an Omega Speedmaster fan of the first hour, you probably know that astronaut Bill Anders’s photo of the Earth rising was used by Omega for their caliber 861 Speedmaster manuals in the 1980s and partly 1990s.
Speedmaster enthusiast TLI Guy is one of those people who loves the history of space exploration and especially the one of the Gemini and Apollo era. About 6 months ago, in June, we showed you his caseback project in which he has Omega Speedmaster casebacks signed by astronauts from Gemini and Apollo missions. The result is a collection of caseback images that tell the story about the Gemini and Apollo missions between 1965 (Gemini IV) and 1972 (last Man on the Moon). The Moonwatch casebacks have been signed by the NASA astronauts who were happy to cooperate with this project.
Since this week is so important for manned space flight history, with the Apollo 8 mission between December 21st and 27th of 1968, he shows one more caseback that marks these days in history. We already showed you the caseback signed by James Lovell (also Apollo 13 astronaut), but now there’s also this Moonwatch caseback signed by Frank Borman.
There is an interesting video published by NASA Goddard about Earthrise. The historic event can now be relived using new technology and data, from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), that combines perfect lunar maps with the original photographs that the astronauts took during Apollo 8. It allows you to see what the astronauts saw through the window of their spacecraft when orbiting the Moon, Earthrise. The video is from 2013, but if you haven’t seen it yet, make sure to click it.
In case you are wondering: astronauts and cosmonauts today still use the Omega Speedmaster Professional. As can be seen below, cosmonaut Elena Serova, wearing both the Speedmaster Professional X-33 as well as the ‘standard’ Omega Speedmaster Professional, on the Soyuz TMA-14M (a flight to the International Space Station in 2014).
Another week and we’re back with the highlights from Highsnobiety’s own shopping channel, What Drops Now. Every day we trawl countless online stores to bring you a curated selection of the latest and best in streetwear, sneakers, fashion and lifestyle products, separating the best from the rest and saving you the hassle of checking 1,000 different webstores in the process. Below you’ll find the 10 best products to drop this week. However, for a daily updated stream of the latest gear, be sure to check out the What Drops Now platform direct.
As always, much of this product is limited so if you’ve missed out, make sure you’re quicker next time.
free next day shipping will be offered for Gucci shoes online orders placed between december 15th, 2015 and december 22nd, 2015 to metropolitan destinations within australia. orders placed by 4pm (aest) december 22nd are expected to arrive before christmas.
Gucci handbags will pay homage to the world’s most dynamic cities with special editions of the brand’s signature Dionysus bag.
Starting from January, the flagships located in Rome, New York, London, Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Dubai will carry a special version of the bag crafted from the GG Supreme canvas and featuring the metallic double tiger head.
Special decorations will differentiate the bags available in each city. For example, the style sold in London will be decorated with a snake and roses, while a starfish and dragonflies will appear on the Dubai versions.
Inside each bag, Gucci stitched an embroidered leather patch showing a bee motif, along with the name of the city to which the style is dedicated.
Leaving work earlier this week, a colleague and I passed a line of well-dressed women outside of a buzzy local restaurant. I assumed that they were waiting for an overzealous bouncer to check their IDs—until we got closer. It wasn’t a queue of would-be partiers passively waiting for entrée; they were actually very active, one shoe on, one shoe off, in a shaky Karate Kid Crane kick pose, teeter-tottering in a balancing act in an attempt to prevent their naked toes from touching the pavement. They were semi-barefoot grown women who were changing from their flat office Shoes into their party heels. Perhaps you’ve seen them?
After we’d passed by, my colleague laughed. “I wish I’d taken a photo,” she said, and in a way, so did I. But I also felt a little embarrassed, like I’d accidentally opened an occupied bathroom stall. And I’ve been guilty, too, having done the heel-switching act on numerous occasions, most memorably leaving spare sneakers hidden in some surrounding bushes outside of a job interview. Now, years later, after seeing the good ol’ switcheroo? I was mortified at how uncomfortable and high-maintenance it all looked.
I can’t blame people who change their Shoes in the open—they’re not doing it out of a desire to flash their feet (I don’t think) but out of necessity. Elevating a look, sometimes literally, is an occasional necessity when it comes to certain events, and sometimes a flat or clunky, comfy shoe just won’t cut it. Plus, this is the season where people head straight from a sterile cubicle to a festive holiday party—and usually a fun shoe to match is in order. So where to perform the reversal? Like most things, a little prep work goes a long way. “It goes without saying that you should always change in your cab or Uber if you’re taking one,” says Pursevalley.uk Senior Producer Christina Liao. “I make sure my bag is big enough to hold either pair of Shoes.” And Liao also keeps on hand a dust bag to protect the Shoes and her bag. But here’s a hiccup: Evening bags are getting smaller and smaller, and what if you’re not driving? “If you’re going to an evening party, you probably don’t want to lug a massive bag around,” says Pursevalley.uk Fashion Assistant Olivia Goodman Shoes. And if you don’t have a private driver to store the shoe bag with? “Well, you’re going to have to deal.” And “dealing” means a lot of things: from walking around with a sack of extra Shoes to go with your cocktail dress to going to the party in your office loafers or trudging around, wobbly-limbed, in vertiginous sexy heels. Either way, there is plenty of baggage.
Those who argue in favor of the public shoe switch rather notably chose to stay anonymous: “If I’m walking somewhere, I’ll look for a deserted street close to my destination while I’m en route to do a quick swap,” says one. And when desperate times call for desperate measures, the same person recommends simply biting the bullet and going very public. “Go for a shameless subway change, because, let’s be honest, we’ve all seen stranger things on the train,” she continued. “Just make sure you’re not sitting between people when you do it.”
But the question remains: If people in the fashion industry can’t figure this out, who are party heels even for? “There has been no elegant or cool solution to this ever since sky-high heels were requisite party-wear. Performing the shoe-changing act in the street is humiliating, and then you have the baggage that goes with it,” says Pursevalley Contributing Editor Sarah Mower. “But lo! One good thing about 2015 is that it’s been the year of the mid-heel. My blissful no-change-needed solution is a pair of purple suede Nicholas Kirkwood pumps with ridiculous gold facet block heels. I love them because they look great with jeans for day and with tuxedo pants at night—with fishnet socks, both.” And for those who refuse to bow to trends? Take a page out of the book of Pursevalley.uk Fashion News Director Chioma Nnadi, who has only one footwear commandment, regardless of heel height: “If I can’t walk five blocks in a shoe, I’m not wearing it.” Now that’s a trend we can get behind.
A short time later, the victim says the woman took him for a ride by drugging him and stealing two watches worth more than $55,000.
“Never in 100 years did I think something like that could happen to me,” the victim told CBS4’s Carey Codd in an exclusive interview.
The victim told CBS4 about what happened after surveillance cameras at his Hallandale beach condo captured him and a woman arriving there around 4:40 Sunday morning. He says they went up to his condo and she asked for a drink then she gave him a drink from her glass.
“I said, ‘I don’t want nothing to drink,’” he said. “She said, ‘Nah, drink it. I’m drinking, you drink.’ After that, I was out.”
The victim believes the woman drugged him and he says that when he awoke hours later, his gold Rolex Replica was long gone. Police say surveillance cameras captured the woman leaving about 35 minutes after she arrived. The victim says that his recently deceased wife got the watch for him before she died.
“She bought that for me,” he said. “That’s what’s hard for me.”
The victim says the woman also made off with a Breitling watch worth thousands. And, in hindsight, the victim believes the suspect and a possible accomplice might have picked him out earlier in the evening.
“They must have been scoping me out all night,” he said.
He says people need to be careful and not be so trusting. He has little hope that he’ll see his watches again but he does hope someone will watch this video, recognize this woman and turn her in.
“She needs to be caught before she does this to somebody else,” he said.
Hallandale Beach Police told CBS4 News that they are comparing notes with other law enforcement agencies to try and figure out who this woman is and whether she’s done this to anyone else.