Bulgari ´s new gold and steel design

HD_Bulgari_LuceaTubogas_01Bulgari has redesigned new luxury watches for ladies. The tubogas bracelet, with its flexible links that coil around the wrist, is one of the brand’s signature looks, first used by Bulgari in the 1940s.

– Tubogas is so-called because of its similarity to a woven-metal gas pipe, an elegant expression of industrial-inspired design. It is formed by wrapping long bands of gold or steel around a steel core, interlocking to hide the core metal. It is combined for the first time this year with the case of the Lucea, Bulgari’s most modern ladies’ watch. The name Lucea comes from luce, Italian for “light,” and celebrates the essence of the sundial, with its light-reflecting mother-of-pearl and diamond dials, the company says in the press release.

Lucea Tubogas watches come in a two-tone combination of gold and steel. This watch has hours & minutes  and it is water-resistant to 50 meters. The dial is white mother-of-pearl and all dials are with 12 brilliant-cut-diamond hour markets.

 

 

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Citroen C3 Aircross – compact car

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Citroen is showing a new and clear designed car, the Citoren C3 Aircorss. This smart car is having plenty of different elements to choose and to personalize your car. The company has made it easy for owners to design the inrerior and exterior design with four different designmodels, ranging from Metropolitan Crey to Urban Red.

According to Citroen, its Pure-Tech engines are new technology and thus minimize the CO2 emissions of the car.  For example the Pure-Tech 130 Shine car is having 119 CO2 emissions per kilometer and the combined consumtion is 5,3.

The new screen related to the road information and navigation, is helping the driving  and thus enabling safer elements too.  During the test drive it was clear that the new functionalities were very well placed, so the maximal use and good contact was possible.

One of the new interesting functions was the Grip Control, which helps you drive down the hill. This Hill Assist will help you to drive down safely ans without a danger of slippery. This is very helpful if the road is having snow, mud or sand.

One of the good elements in the car is the vast space of the trunk – according to the company the car has space from 410 litres to 520 litres with the help of the back seats.

Citoren C3 Aircross is a smart and compact car with new technology. One can say that this car model is a good example of the new trend in the car industry: smart package with many well-designed fucntions.

 

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Basel2018 – LVMH pleased with the selling

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This year Baselworld 2018, the leading  global luxury watch and jewellery trade show,  was special for many reasons. First this was a show case for many companies after the lagging sales after a couple of years. Secondly, this was also a year with many new product launches and industry integrations.

The world´s leading luxury company, LVMH and its Watch Division are very pleased with the trade show. – This Baselworld has been the best ever – we were sold out after three days, says the President of the Watch Division and CEO of Tag Heuer Jean-Claude Biver.

This division of the LVMH Group consists of 6 different houses and its sales were 3,8 billion euros last year. They have also 405 own stores globally. Brands like Tag Heuer, Hublot, Bulgari and Dior are part of this division. The organic growth was 12 % last year and the profit in this division was 458 million euros, + 12 %.

This is also in line with other luxury company announcements lately.  For example Tiffany & Co, released its last year figures. The group´s sales was up 4 % to 4,2 billion dollars. The growth accelerated during the last quarter and global sales rose by 9 % to 1,3 billion dollars.

Some of the new highligths was also the Swarovski Atelier. In the below picture  the company is revealing its new elements with fine jewellery.

The two models are wearing moon stones and rose gold from the company collection called Pasqualebruni. It is an Italian family owned company.

And the last picture is about Porsche Design and its history of car integration. Acording to the company, Porsche Design follows a clear design philosophy: to optimize function. The company has launched a new Monobloc Actuator 24H – this titanium watch has got a new form and for example has the two-time-zone mechanism.

 

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Mini Countryman hybrid – one size for all

The Mini Countryman is amazing with size and design. This icnonic small size car is still very known for its design and the brand has been able to keep the loyal customers through the years.  The exterior and interior have the same feeling as years ago and the retro feeling is somehow very appealing.

This new hybrid Mini, Mini Countryman Cooper SE All4 Business, has a driving range for about 40 kilometers and the electric power consumption is 13,2-14 kWh/100 km combined. Fuel consumption combined is about 2,1-2,3 litres per 100 kilometers. Carbon emissions are between 49-52 g per one kilometer.

The lithium batteries are under the rear seats, and somehow you can still find good space for luggages in this plug-in-car. It is calculated that the space is between 405 – 1274 litres if you turn the seats down.

This could be a very good basic car for small families with not that much long-distance driving. You can easily have your weekend items with you and drive economically. And the electric driving range might be enough for the daily working distances.

 

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The BMW Group, which owns the Mini brand, has also announced that it is in talks to start a battery-electric-car Mini vehicles production in China with its co-operation partner Greal Wall Motor.

–  In addition to production of the first battery electric MINI at the main plant in Oxford starting in 2019, this signals a further clear commitment to the electrified future of the MINI brand, the company says in the press release.

Last year 2017, China was MINI’s fourth-largest market, with around 35,000 units delivered.

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Volvo V90 Cross Country Pro for professionals

 

Volvo V90 Cross Country Pro is for professionals when it comes to severe weather conditions. When I drove this car with terrible snow storm in Finland, I noticed the car acted as secure and reliable manner. Even nearly half a meter high soft snow mass was ok for it.

This Volvo has all the needed functions for safety driving – like the half automated pilot assist or driver alert control. Nowadays the car can alert you if you need a coffee brake and of course suggest you places to visit.

And during the winter time it is also good to notice that slippery road or big animals or cyclists are also informed to you. If needed the car can brake automatically.

Volvo V90 Cross Country is for active drivers with long distances, with sports equipments and for countryside. The structure and the design of the car inside will fullfill all expectations. The leather & led lights inside add the final touch of the high-quality car.

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Volvo (VLVLY)  is also known for its investments in environmental issues. During January  2018 the company reported that they have now the first climate neutral manufacturing plant in Skövde, Sweden.

This production site has switched to renewable heating and according to the company this is a major step towards the company´s vision of having climate-neutral global manufacturing operations by 2025.

This site is also one of the only few climate neutral automotive plants in Europe. The site uses different waste materials, biomass and recycled bio-fuels as renewable energy sources.

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Elon Musk: 1 million cars by 2020

 

Tesla Motors (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk said that he still believes the target of 1 million cars by 2020 is relevant. He confirmed his earlier estimate of the growth during the conference call this week.

The company announced last year figures, which stated that the company is
targeting a weekly Model 3 production rate of 2,500 by the end of Q1 and 5,000 by the end of Q2. Tesla is also focused on achieving its target of 25% gross margin for Model 3 after company´s production stabilizes at 5,000 cars per week.

In the company press release Tesla said it will be the best manufacturer of automotive industry. The Model 3 reservations remained stable during the last quarter of the 2017, but in recent weeks the growth has continued. Combined Model S and Model X deliveries increased by 10 % during the last quarter, which was also an 28 % increase from year earlier.

During the last quarter Tesla continued to open new stores and service locations and now there are 330 locations globally. There are 1128 Supercharger stations globally at the moment.

In the outlook statement Elon Musk expects  the company  quarterly operating income to turn sustainably positive at some point in 2018.

 

 

 

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