The start of the Sailing Season

The start of the Sailing Season and the new Rolex.  Rolex Yacht-Master 40 is a new Oyster Perpetual with everose gold and black gloss finish dial. This nautical luxury watch has multicolour sapphires, green tsavorities and one diamond.

And because of its nature, it is waterproof to 100 metres. The co-operation with Rolex and Sailing stretch back to the 1950s.

The second model of the Yacht Master series is the Yacht-Master ii. This professional regatta watch was created in 2007. It features an exclusive function developed by Rolex: a programmable countdown with a mechanical memory that can be synchronized on the fly. A function that is required for precise timing during the crucial starting sequence of a regatta.

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Jewelleries for summer celebrations

Spring and summer time celebrations start with classic cherry blossom. Here we have listed some of the summer jewellery items for you and your loved ones. In the luxury watches, this is my favorite: Harry Winston and their classic view of this powerful blossom.

 

Chopard  “For You”, a fine watch and jewellery collection, introduces white gold jewellery set with delicate pear-shaped diamonds or emeralds blossoming in a sparkling corolla. Chopards “For You” was launched in the Baselworld 2017.

 

Faberge has desinged new “Three colors of Love collection” set with engagement and wedding rings including emeralds, rubies and sapphires. There are also matching rings for her and him, #sayyeswithcolors.

 

GraffDiamonds has got inspiration from butterflies and this time in red and blue.  These jewellery watches are called Princess Butterfly collection and they combine the beauty of diamonds and gemstones. Behind the Princess Butterfly’s show-stopping exterior is a jewelled timepiece.

 Päivi Härkönen

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Graff: The first automatic Lady Watch with 519 diamonds

The Swiss-UK luxury company Graff has launched its first automatic timepiece for ladies during the BaselWorld2016. It features a grand date complication and a dual time with day and night indicators. The luxury watch has also mother-of pearl dial with rose gold lugs and with with alligator strap.

This Icon Ceramic Watch is embedded with 519 finest diamonds making the diamond design and overall style very modern and chic.

Throughout its  history, Graff is said to have handled more diamonds of rarity and beauty than any other jeweller, perhaps most notably the House has cut and polished four of the five largest diamonds uncovered this century and remains the leader in the production and retail of exceptional diamonds and precious gemstones. Today, after more than five decades at the pinnacle of the luxury jewellery industry Graff continues to push the boundaries of evergreater innovation and excellence.

Founded in 1960 by Laurence Graff, the company remains a family business, with Francois Graff (son of Laurence) as the CEO and two other family members directing design, merchandising and production. 

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BaselWorld2016- trends in the jewellery and watch industry

Once again, BaselWorld was the premiun place for jewellery and watch industry to be present. All the major industry leaders were saying the same thing: Basel showed the optimism the luxury industry is having in spite of the economic slowdown for example in Asia.  Also recent studies from diverse research organizations indicate that the luxury markets are recovering this year in spite of the situation for example in Hong Kong.This was also the first time, when smartwatches were present.

The CEO of Tag Heuer Jean-Claude Biver, president of the LVMH Watch Division said that the BaselWorld has been one of the best years ever: the number of visitors was high and the sales figures were better than in recent years. Also the new smartwatch has gone so well that the company is sifthing the production from Asia to  Switzerland, Chevenez according to the press person in the fair.

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The Tag Heuer new smartwatches will be manufactured in the near future in Switzerland in the company production site in Chevenez. The Android-based smartwatch has been developed together with Intel and Google. Globally the smartwatch industry is expected to grow to 11,5 billion dollars in revenues according to Gartner with 50,4 million units sale.

The fashion and luxury industry leader Swarovski had again the largest pavilion  in Basel. According to the company the new spring and summer collection features  sleek and geometric lines. The company has launched “Chrystalline Hours”, the first automatic watch for women with sparkling 4000 crystals.

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The famous Russian jewellery company Faberge presented their Lady Faberge timepiece with enamel champagne dial and of course Easter eggs. Here you can see the four Easter eggs in the Faberge pavilion.

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The BaselWorld is also about the pavilions and design. Great masterpieces and craftmanship, nature as inspiration: flowers, butterflies  and water falls. It is no wonder why this event gathers over 140 000 attendees for inspiration, luxury and design.

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Dutch Innovation in Wind Energy – new design and architecture planned in Rotterdam

The Dutch have combined sustainable innovations, energy efficiency and high-class design in a new architecture modell called ” the Dutch Windwheel”. This model consists of steel, glass and the building itself produces the energy needed. The new design has got inspirations from the London Eye.

The building hub is planned to be build in the port of Rotterdam, Holland and for example parts of the building are underwater. This new modell is designed by a consortium by BLOCK, DoepelStrijkers and Meysters. The building would include panorama restaurant, sky lobby, hotel, apartments and commercials. Some of the “rollcoaster or cabins” are embedded with smart walls that is touch-screen glass panels for different kind of data and information.

It is estimated that this building would be visited by 1,5 million people per year and the consortium believes that the building would be break-even in 10 years. The construction is about to start in 2018 and end between 2020 and 2022.

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Smart Mazda CX-3 for safe driving

IMG_0019.JPGThe Mazda CX-3 is a new innovation from the Japanese manufacturer. According to the company, the new model was launched globally in June 2015. There are plenty of new elements embedded in the car for secure and safe driving. The car itself is a good example of the new wave of sport utility vehicle, which can offer you different new technology innovations. The aim is to lower the CO2 levels and increase the safety and comfortability in the car.

”Skyactive-technology” in the car

According to Mazda the ”Skyactive-technology” is a comprehensive design philosophy, which offers you economic and lower CO2 emissions, but still having the same driving experience and usability. After the test driving I can say the usability and steering of the car is good, reversing and parking are easy to handle because of the great view from mirrors.

This kind of easy driving but safety embedded is a good choice for weekend and city driving, but it also gives easy access to a cottage road, because of high ground clearance. We recommend the car would be equipped with four-wheel drive. The CO2 emissions are from 105 to 150 g/km according to the company information (different models) and the consumption is around 6 liters per 100 km.

Safety on the roads

Mazda has developed several different smart solutions for safety. For example the sensors in the car makes driving safer, because the system alarms you if there is another car next to you when you are about to change lanes or if you are near to exit your lane on the road accidentally.

Then there are small, but important things like automated wind stoppers during the rain, engine stops automatically when you are stopped on red lights, Bluetooth – integration for your own music like Spotify and automated braking in low speeds if there is possibility of an accident.

The new Mazda CX-3 is very easy to drive and the dashboard is well-organized, it is easy to access every button while driving. Navigation is a supplementary element, so it is not integrated.

Testcar used had 120hp, which accelerates the car from 0 to 100 km/h (0-60mph) in 9 seconds, so it manages well with different occasions on the road.

We liked the overall design of the car, it is sporty and modern, but still somehow unique. The safety software and low CO2 emissions are elements one can enjoy, when using this car during for example the weekend travels.

Päivi Härkönen

Technical details of the test car:
Mazda CX-3 Skyactive G (2,0) 2015
Fuel: Petrol
Consumption: 5,9 liters (Combined)
CO2 g/km: 137
Hp: 120
Front-wheel drive
Manual transmission

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#Spotify

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