A Close-Up Look at the Luxurious Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille and at the Richard Mille RM11-03

 |  September 28th, 2016

Recently, at the invitation of Richard Mille, I had the wonderful opportunity to experience Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille. Held annually in the lace and equestrian region of France – not too far outside of Paris – this event is billed as a luxurious pastoral day in the country. And, the French certainly do understand the meaning of luxury and pastoral. With the Domaine de Chantilly chateau – complete with moat, towers, gardens, fountains and gargoyles – as the backdrop, the event is all about vintage cars, art, fashion and history. Attending is almost like stepping back in time. People dress in wonderful attire, with hats and feathers as accessories. They open the trunks of their vintage cars and…

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Meet the First Pre-SIHH 2017 Watch: Vacheron Constantin Half-Million-Dollar Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon

 |  September 27th, 2016

It’s the first of many to come: official pre-SIHH watch unveilings. While the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) doesn’t take place until January 2017, we will begin seeing sneak peeks this fall. The first is the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon. A stunning example of haute horology, this new watch houses the brand’s original Manufacture movement, the Caliber 2755 TMR. Offered in rose gold ($490,000) and in platinum ($546,000) the half-million-dollar watch not only has an original hand-guilloche’ dial motif, but also carries the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva certification attesting to the high standards of craftsmanship and precision. Naturally the oldest watchmaker in the world had developed incredible prowess over the centuries, and so unveils only the…

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Meet this Year’s Rolex Explorer 39mm with Rolex Caliber 3132

 |  September 26th, 2016

The Explorer’s place in history is firmly entrenched. Once Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay summited Everest in 1953 while wearing the original Rolex Explorer on his wrist, the piece would forever be known as a watch that could handle the world’s most extreme of environments.   Rolex’s updated model of the iconic Explorer, unveiled at Baselworld and in stores now, stands up to its legacy with top-quality craftsmanship, a powerful precision movement and Rolex certification. The latest Explorer has been given an entirely luminescent display – where the hour and minute hands, the hour indices and the famous 3, 6, 9 numerals glow an incandescent blue in the dark. Called Chromalight, the feature offers increased legibility in any scenario. Around…

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Weekend Sojourn: On Safari in Lower Zambezi at Chongwe River Camp

 |  September 24th, 2016

Few things in life compare to a wide open safari — especially when one gets to experience great animals such as the elephant without leaving a carbon footprint. Animal conservation, as well as environmental conservation, is top on today’s “issues” of concern. Tens of thousands of elephants have disappeared in the fragile ecosystem over the past half a dozen years, and so elephants – and their protection – are top on the conservation list. These jumbo beasts are becoming scarce and the issue is a puzzle to African governments. Teams are being sent out on reconnaissance, poaching is being combatted by NGO’s and other organizations, and many safari sites are implementing sustainable tourism — allowing grand views of the elephants…

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Interview: Photographer Steve McCurry Talks About the Challenges of Capturing Vacheron Constantin Overseas Locations

 |  September 23rd, 2016

Recently, we announced the second set of six locations that famed photographer Steve McCurry shot for the Vacheron Constantin Overseas adventure. You can see some of those amazing images here. We also had the chance to talk with McCurry about the challenges he faced when selecting and shooting the locations.  Q: What was the biggest challenge you had in this project? SMC: “The entire project was a challenge, because it was all about human ingenuity and human architecture. As we went through the possible locations, I looked for how people were trying to solve problems with design – such as how to get water from the deep wells of India, or how to heard sheep across vast lands. So the…

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