Moon phases in watch-making: measuring life with time.

Moon phases in watch-making: measuring life with time.

Watchmaking is a beautiful blend of technical mastery and poetry. Watchmakers are often considered as artists and from their ingenuity comes marvelous creations that keep your time. Some of the watches can do much more. What we usually call complications, bring an added value to the measure of time. This month, our watch blog decided to talk about a very interesting and one of the oldest complications in watch-making: the Moon Phases. Moon Phases and the measurement of life The lunar phase or phase of the moon is the shape of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon as seen by an observer on Earth. The lunar phases change cyclically as the Moon orbits the Earth, according to the changing positions of the Moon and Sun relative to the Earth. The Moon’s rotation is tidally locked by the Earth’s gravity, therefore the same lunar surface always faces Earth. This face…

Everything You Wanted To Know About Mechanical Watches And Never Dared To Ask

Everything You Wanted To Know About Mechanical Watches And Never Dared To Ask

Since Quartz watches and lately Connected watches slammed the market, people got more and more interested in mechanical watches. They represent state of the art watchmaking and like a car, a mechanical watch would be worthless without its engine, called movement. Many people see how it looks like but do not have a clear understanding on how this works. The aim of this article is to provide you with a general understanding of the mechanical watch principles. So probably you will finally have the answers to your questions. Manual vs Automatic, What Does It Means? Very often you see the denomination of Manual or Automatic watch. This refers to how the watch gets its power to work. If it is a manual watch, it means you need to use the crown to wind it up, at least once a day or once every 2 days if you wish to maintain…

Most Valuable Artworks in the World

Most Valuable Artworks in the World

A Leonardo da Vinci is sold for $450 million at an auction house of New York “Christie’s auctions and private sales.” It is a record-breaking sale because the current record for the auction of artwork is $179.4 million in 2015 for a Picasso. The record-breaking painting is not only famous for its beauty but the sotheby’s rybolovlev case. Salvator Mundi: A Portrayal of Jesus The painting is sold for a sum of $10,000 almost 12 years ago. The painting is a portrayal of Jesus known as Salvator Mundi. Experts believed that a follower of Da Vinci had painted the portrait. Some critics still have doubts on the authorship of the work, but a majority of researchers trust its authenticity. The uncertainty didn’t affect the bidding period of 19 minutes. During this duration, the painting climbed from a pre-sale guaranteed bud of $100 million. Salvator Mundi is painted by old masters…

J’Adore The New Absolu by Christian Dior: An Ode To Sensuality And Beauty

J’Adore The New Absolu by Christian Dior: An Ode To Sensuality And Beauty

J’Adore New Absolu,  A Lush And Elegant Concept Christian Dior revealed a new film about J’Adore the new Absolu and it is a true ode to sensuality, beauty and to all women after all. A delightfully lush new composition sees Absolutes dance alongside an unprecedented freshness. The flowers here are as sweet as a delectable syrup, or a sublime, natural and sensual nectar. The icon Charlize Theron, more desirable than ever, is the divine incarnation of a free and triumphant femininity. Ode to women, to their audacity, the iconic floral bouquet is a beauty with multiple faces, a feat of balance where the most beautiful flowers express themselves with sensuality and freshness. In this film, Christian Dior brings the essential elements of J’Adore, exhibit at the service of a strong femininity. Charlize Theron is showcased as a modern amazon or goddess, allowing herself a true freedom of movement. Imperial and sublime, the actress is…

La Prairie A Tale of Luxury: Where Precious Materials Meet Infinite Beauty

La Prairie A Tale of Luxury: Where Precious Materials Meet Infinite Beauty

 From the chasms of earth and sea emerge the eternity of platinum, the opulence of gold, the indulgence of caviar and the luminosity of white caviar. Swiss luxury skincare brand La Prairie presents the next chapter of its unique story with a new film. The two-minute video highlights La Prairie’s four rare, precious ingredients used in its signature luxury collections. It underscores not only the Brand’s innovative, pioneering spirit in the world of skincare but also its place in the world of luxury. With this new film, La Prairie takes us into a journey of excellence and eternal beauty. From the indomitable nature of Swiss Alps and Sea, to the contemporary cutting edge technology, La Prairie pictures a dream of luxury, design and state of the art cosmetics. The film illustrates the rare ingredients used by La Prairie: Platinum Gold White Caviar Caviar We do not know if the action…

Here is what Ferrari showcased during the Zurich Auto Show 2018

Here is what Ferrari showcased during the Zurich Auto Show 2018

The Zurich Auto Show 2018 is currently taking place in Switzerland and Ferrari showcased the very best of new cars. With more than 225 exhibitors, 42 new models, an area of 30’000m2 and more than 60’000 visitors, the Zurich Auto show stands out as a main car event in Europe. Ferrari and Switzerland were made to get well together. With more than 6’000 cars in circulation in Switzerland last year, Ferrari is one of the most sold luxury cars in the country. Switzerland is the 5th biggest market for Ferrari, behind the US, UK, Germany and Japan. Switzerland is also the country with the highest number of Ferrari per inhabitant. So Switzerland loves Ferrari and it is not only because of the red color. Ferrari represents a certain idea of the perfect luxury car. From the precision of its engine, the important detail in design and the qualitative approach of…

How to Look Your Best All Year Round

How to Look Your Best All Year Round

Looking your absolute best all the time, there’s an art to it. To do it, not only do you have to resolve to take your beauty regime seriously, but you also have to act in a way that makes you seem more attractive. If you want to look good from January 1st right the way through to December 31st, these are things that you simply have to do. Here’s what you need to do specifically in order to look your absolute best all year round: Exert confidence When seeking to look your best all year round, it’s just as important to act in a certain way as it is to tend to your beauty regime. In fact, it’s probably more important to put on the right kind of act. Specifically, you should seek to exert confidence at all times and in everything that you do. This means throwing your shoulders back,…

Galerie Du Griffon – The New “Window” of Editions Du Griffon in Neuchâtel.

Galerie Du Griffon – The New “Window” of Editions Du Griffon in Neuchâtel.

Les Editions du Griffon is opening a new space within its historical location in Neuchâtel. The new “window” is called Galerie du Griffon and will be a versatile place for work, exhibitions and encounters. The official inauguration to the public will take place on November 8th at 6:30pm. For this special occasion, the visitors will be able to attend to the signature of Pierre Yves Gabus autobiographical work “L’homme en Noir ou le roman du renard” at Editions du Griffon. His story reveals little-known facets of his personality and presents his life course in the world of art and antiques from here and elsewhere. His unpublished cut-and-paste illustrations illustrate the work, complemented by an exhaustive list of his exhibitions and auctions. The location of Les Editions du Griffon and now this new gallery, has a great interest as it is placed in the historical building of the edition house. It has been 50…

How to Wear Boots the Right Way

How to Wear Boots the Right Way

Boots have been around for a very long time, and they have stayed popular for many centuries. They are useful and fashionable, and they are made of many different types of materials. Some are made of leather and others are made of suede. Some are waterproof such as rain boots, and others have been designed strictly for style. They were created to offer protection for the legs and feet and have been made of wool, cotton, silk, furs, and felt. For women, boots are a sexy way to accentuate the legs while still providing a practical shoe. They are easy to dress up or worn with and look great with a skirt or over a pair of jeans or leggings. There are many different ways to wear a stylish pair of boots, and they go with pretty much any outfit that you can create from the clothes in your closet….

Suívie: Healthy Energy For Your Life – The Power Of Erva Mate

Suívie: Healthy Energy For Your Life – The Power Of Erva Mate

Suívie is a Swiss-Brazilian venture that stands for a healthy, balanced lifestyle, combining the best of two worlds: the vibrancy and “joie de vivre” from Brazil with the quality and purity from Switzerland. This month LuxuryActivist tried 2 main products from Suívie: The Suívie Lemon and Hibiscus Ice Tea The Suívie Tea – Erva Mate, Cinnamon, Star Anise and dried apple Suívie, It all start with Erva Mate… Erva mate is used to make a tea beverage known as mate in Spanish and Portuguese. But the drink is called other names in Portuguese, such as chimarrão and tererê/tereré when served cold. In English, the tea is frequently just called yerba mate. It is traditionally consumed in central and southern regions of South America, primarily in Paraguay, as well as in Argentina, Uruguay, southern and central-western Brazil, the Chaco region of Bolivia and southern Chile. It is also popular in the Druze community in Syria and…

Two Luxury Home Updates to Enhance Your Life

Two Luxury Home Updates to Enhance Your Life

Your home is the place that your whole life revolves around; it is the place where you can relax, entertain friends and family, live with someone you love, and maybe even raise a family. Aside from the basic functions of your house, it should also be a place where you get to feel like your best self and truly make the most out of the time you have away from the busy rat-race of the working week. To help you to recapture some of the luxury your home has the potential to have, this handy guide will walk you through two essential ways that you can add the glamour back into your home. When your house is looking its best, you will feel like the greatest version of yourself and ready to face anything, which is why it is so vital that you take on board the advice of this guide…

Three Luxury Ways to Enhance Your Next Vacation

Three Luxury Ways to Enhance Your Next Vacation

Vacations are already a luxury that more and more of us around the world are starting to enjoy. Add on top of these lowered travel costs with increase choice in accommodation and even destinations, and your vacation can be anything you want it to be. You can have a truly luxurious getaway, and that definition of luxury can be entirely yours at nearly every budget. All you need is a bit of prep, a touch of creativity, and to follow this guide: 1.    Choose a Unique and Luxurious Home-Away-From-Home There is so much more to travel than hotels. Today, you can rent out a vacation home or luxury apartment just as easily and in many cases for less than you would a luxury hotel. Though there are often no amenities like a continental breakfast or room service, you don’t really need them. Order in and enjoy takeout, or go out…

Creating a Luxury Christmas Break

Creating a Luxury Christmas Break

Everyone has different ideas and expectations when it comes to Christmas. While some see it as a magical time of the year, for others it may be about bonding with family. Another thing that Christmas can be is luxury if you want it to be. There are many activities you can do in this respect whether it be fine dining or indulging in high-end self-care. It’s also possible that you do so without having to put a dent in your pockets if you plan ahead and think about it. See how you can create a luxury Christmas break below. Go to a Warm Destination While some people are inclined to stay in their city during Christmas holidays, others are open to traveling out. For those who are amongst the latter, think about going somewhere with sunshine during the Christmas break. A nice destination to consider is Orlando, Florida. It’s a…

BYREDO Is Taking Over London And Paris – Stores Opening

BYREDO Is Taking Over London And Paris – Stores Opening

BYREDO is deploying its worldwide strategy by getting a strong footprint into the luxury retail. This fall the Swedish, Parisian based brand is opening a store in London and in Paris. A beautiful brand for beautiful people in beautiful places. BYREDO London – 42 Lexington Street The London flagship store is an important milestone for the brand retail deployment. The 200m2 store has 2 floors that allow to showcase all BYREDO products Fragrances Beauty Leather goods Eyewear The place itself is a beautiful address. Lexington street is originally a fashionable district for the aristocracy, it has been one of the main entertainment districts in the London capital since the 19th century. The building where BYREDO is placed, is a beautiful historic post-Georgian building erected in 1885 and was completely remodeled by Ben Gorham and Swedish architectural design studio Halleröd. The interior design of the store reminds us the original design already…

Vacheron Constantin Pre-SIHH 2019: Les Cabinotiers

Vacheron Constantin Pre-SIHH 2019: Les Cabinotiers

Creativity never sleeps. This fall, Vacheron Constantin is revealing 2 amazing novelties that will be presented during the 2019 SIHH in Geneva. The two following timepieces are a beautiful tribute to Geneva watchmakers who used to work in the roof tops of buildings. Their workshops were called “Cabinets” and the watchmakers working there were named “Cabinotiers”.  Here are the full details for these two intriguing watches. Pre-SIHH 2019: Les Cabinotiers Grand Complication Phoenix Vacheron Constantin has a long tradition in perpetuating the “Cabinotiers”. This is how prestigious watchmakers were named when they used to work on the top floors of Geneva’s buildings. These artists used to get inspiration in nature as well as in science and the whole creative universe would bath in the light of the Enlightenment century. They dare to craft exceptional timepieces of rare technical and aesthetic complexity: a beautiful blend of science and art. Vacheron Constantin…

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