Volvo XC90- too big to drive? No.

I had the pleasure to testdrive this SUV-luxury car, Volvo XC90. You know, the first thoughts when you see the car: how to drive this tractor? Well, I was surprised in everything.

First, the design and engineering. Volvo XC90 (VOLVB:SS)  is a car for outdoors, gardening and sports lovers. It has pleanty of space to take your items with you. And most important: the car is so brilliant with safety and engineering & hybrid solutions that you are amazed. Wheter your journey is in the city or in the countryside, this car is taking all needed actions and informing you when needed. And the designers have done their best in the quality and design inside the car with luxury materials like crystal and leather.

The so called City Safety recognises other cars, pedestrians, bicycles and large animals like mooses in the dark, and brakes automatically if needed. Pilot Assist helps you to keep the car in the middle of the road during long-distance driving. And Driver Alert informs you when a coffee break is needed. All these functions are based on the Volvo´s target for 2020: no injuries in a Volvo car.

Second, energy. This test car was also a plug-in-hybrid, which allows you to drive with electric power for about 35-40 kilometres. I first thought that you notice this kind of switch, but no. The driving was easy with both and you do not even notice the change during the drive.

Otherwise the average consumption is less than in average in the same size of other cars due to the electric power. According to the Volvo´s technical information, the consumption would be in this kind of a car: 2,1 litres per 100 kilometres due to the integrated system and the Co2 would be 49 g per kilometer.

Third, solutions for Drivers. The central operating panel is a touch panel (like in Tesla´s cars) and it allows you to integrate your iPhone or Android-phone to the service desk. This allows you for example to use Apple CarPlay with your own music, messages, podcasts, audiobooks from your own mobile phone. It is working well, altough the panel is having quite a many fingerprints, so maybe in the next series, they might use some kind of new material in this?

Finally, yes, this car is not too big for ladies, this car is using hybrid efficiently and this car has high-tech solutions for safety.  The overall experience of driving is very good and the usability of functions is also very good.

Technical details:

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine AWD, plug-in-hybrid

Petrol/electric, automatic gear, four-wheel drive

Kilometres with electric power: 35-40 km

 

 

 

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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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Tag Heuer and 20th Century Fox collaborate in Kingsman

KingsmanTagOneShe_Ref103_2TAG Heuer, part of LVMH Group (MC:FP), has announced a global partnership with MARV films and 20th Century Fox in the upcoming new film from acclaimed director Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, in cinemas worldwide on September 22, 2017. TAG Heuer’s Connected Smart Watch is the Official Watch of The Kingsman.

In the new film, the Kingsman agents will all be fitted with TAG Heuer watches. According to the Tag Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver,  Kingsman means explosions, action, laughter, and, of course, elegance.

Director Matthew Vaughn added: “For Kingsman: The Golden Circle, we needed a smart watch for our agents. We looked at the different options available, but none of them were elegant enough for a Kingsman. Then I saw an interview on Bloomberg TV with Jean-Claude Biver about his connected watch, and it became immediately obvious; the Kingsman agents would wear the TAG Heuer Connected.”

See the trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle:

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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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Car journey in Europe with Tesla

This was my second time with a Tesla Model S after nearly a year and a half , but still something new. This time it was my first drive in Europe and in cities with no driving experience. Yes, I finally decided that now is the time to do something new and try to drive a Tesla in places I have no driving experience at all.

 I started the journey in Zurich City, Switzerland. First my drive almost ended while I was figuring out how to get the car from the parking place. After some try and error I finally found the right button and the journey could start:). Luckily the morning rush hour had passed.

 It is remarkable how driving a car can be similar to cycling. Once you have done it, you can remember it again. And so it was with my driving with the Model S. It was a pleasure to drive in the city with Google Maps, showing the real time traffic information and the navigation was made easy. No worries when to turn left or right, and when to go forward. And now it was time to set the destination.

I decided to visit Northern Switzerland with cities like Winterthur and St. Gallen and crossed the boarder to Germany also in Konstanz. Driving the highway with a luxury car is easy, while safety is one of the key functions in the car. Tech and car companies have done a lot to avoid different kind of traffic accidents, but there is of course a lot to do still. Autonomous cars or driverless cars can be common thing in the coming couple of years.

 The bad thing with highways is that you only see a part of the country, so I decided to look for the local roads. Yes, here you can see the old buildings with jugend style, beautiful gardens, see scenery and take a break.

 During my way back to Zurich I went to a Supercharger place. It was easy to see from the panel that there were only 2 other cars in that station, so there was room for my test car as well. And charging was fast with the Supercharger, with the battery being nearly at full capacity in less than an hour.

 When taking a tour in Europe, it is rather easy with Superchargers, while there are plenty of stations to choose. But for example in the Nordic countries like Northern Sweden and Finland, it is better that you can calculate your route beforehand in the navigation in order to avoid power shortages.

 It is expected that the power station network is going to be the main thing when car companies & utilities are calculating the electric car demand and supply.  What is the standard, what will it cost for the car users and what are the governments doing on this topic?

 Tesla (TSLA:US), as the forerunner in electric cars and charging, has got a new international owner from China, the internet-operator Tencent. With 5 % ownership this investor might be looking for a new platform for their games..? At the moment although all videos and games are not allowed on the Tesla car’s screens due to safety reasons, but maybe during the charging..?

Anyway, my last kilometers to Zurich Airport were fine with Led-lights on and the parking inside the parking house was a piece of cake. Yes, driving should be fun, easy and safe!

Päivi Härkönen

Technical details of the Tesla Model S:
Power: 422 PS
Price: From 89.100 Euro in Finland (Model S 90D 114.100 Euro)
Transmission: 660 NM
Energy: 90kWh
Electric Autonomy: 557 km (NEDC)
Passengers: 5 regular seats + option for 2 rear-facing seats for children
Powertrain warranty: 8 years with unlimited kilometers

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Hublot to launch smartwatch-straps in October

 

The Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot, part of the global French luxury group LVMH (MC:FR), is planning to enter the smartwatch industry. According to its CEO Ricardo Guadalupe the company is developing the new fusion in Silicon Valley, California with a software company.

 

  • We are planning to launch it in October this year and the main idea is that we will keep the traditional watch as it is, but we will add the smart part of the watch in the strap. We will operate both with Apple and Android systems, Mr Guadalupe said to pubplus.club during the BaselWorld2017 in Basel, Switzerland.

 

Hublot is one of the few luxury watch companies that has survived the industry downturn with growth figures. According to the company information, Hublot´s revenue growth last year was 4 %, while in the industry the fall was nearly 10 percent.

 

  • The luxury watch industry has suffered from the Chinese economy, but for Hublot this has not been the case, while most of our watches has been bought by customers in Japan, US and Middle East. And our customers value our strategy of fusion, for example we use different kind of materials in our watches, he said.

 

Hublot has developed watches with different kind of material fusions like Carbon and Leather, Titanium and Ceramic and Gold with Textiles (like linen, jeans or also vintage fabric).

 

One of the innovations is also Magic Gold, which is a completely new type of gold developed by Hublot.  An expert fusion of ceramic and liquid gold, 18K Magic Gold must, like all other 18K alloys, be composed of 750 ppm pure gold; but the inclusion of ceramic has made it the world’s first scratch-resistant gold, unlike traditional 18K gold.

 

These innovations and the desire to be near customers through sports and arts have resulted for example the long partnership with Ferrari.

 

Ferrari is celebrating its 70 years this year and Hublot is also launching a new Ferrari watch to celebrate the milestone. This Big Bang Ferrari is one of the Ferrari watches Hublot is making every year. Techframe is a new timepieces presented during Baselworld to tribute to this anniversary and will stand alone next to the Big Bang Ferrari collection.

 

Hublot is based in Nyon, Switzerland and it has 70 boutiques globally. Last year the company opened its New York flagship boutique in the Fifth Avenue.

Päivi Härkönen

 

Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe

Ferrari watches by Hublot

Classic Fusion Italia Independent Watch

The Art of Fusion – Magic Gold by Hublot

The final testing of watches

 

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