Macron says Notre Dame will be rebuild in five years 

The French President Emmanuel Macron said today that the Paris cathedral Notre Dame will be rebuild within five years. He was speaking to the nation about the situation on Tuesday evening. On Monday vast part of the church was destroyed by a fire.

During the day there have been several annoucements about donations to the reconstruction of the cathedral. The sum is now more than 700 million euros. The first big donations were published by the leading luxury brands.

– Yes, we will build the cathedral of Notre Dame even more beautiful than it was. But this must be done in five years. We can do that, he said.

The fire lasted about 12 hours and according to Bloomberg, some of the major treasures were removed to City Hall, like the Crown of Thorns and Louis IX tunic and some others to Louvre. According to the Culture Minister Franck Riester it seems that the rose windows were not damaged. The cathedral is a 850 years old Gothic style Unesco heritage site.

The Paris stock markets closed up today, the CAC 40 up 0,36 % to 5528 points. The German DAX index closed also up, 0,67% to 12101 points. And London FTSE closed up 0,46% to 4092 points.

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The story of Danish Obaku – timeless watches

 

 

The modern and chic design is the trademark of the Danish Obaku timespieces. Obaku, which takes its heritage from the Asian Zen philosophy, is combining total balance in body and mind. This harmony is part of the design with minimalism and simplicity. The Obaku watches integrate Nordic and Asian cultures.

– All Obaku watches are timeless and will stand the test of time. The designs strives to offer affordable luxury using both luxurious materials and unique designs with attention to the details, and representing the sheer beauty of a great design.  It values the truth and calmness, the company says.

The founder of the company,  Danish-born Mr Johannes Arvin, has been taking part in the BaselWorld for a long time, nearly from the beginning.

– I started importing watches to Denmark in 1976 and moved to Hong Kong in 1982, where I already have opened the company Creon Enterprises Ltd in 1980.  The company changed to Comtech Watches Co. Ltd. In 1994 and we have been designing, developing and manufacturing for a great number of watch brands ever since. After losing the production of Skagen watches in 2007, our biggest customer, we decided to start our own designer brand, Obaku, based on the best experiences from the past 30 years, he says to ComteamPUB+.

He met a Chinese woman Catherine Y.L Chan and soon they noticed that they share same passion for watches, traditions and design. The Nordic and Chinese design and culture integrated.

Mr Arvin has seen the ups and downs in the luxury watch industry, but he believes that the BaselWorld will continue.

-It is quite clear to me that BaselWorld will continue. This is an extreamly important event for the industry and its stakeholders. This is rare event with exceptional products and people, he reminds.

Now the Obaku has grown to international brand with representative offices in 70 countries and it is operating internationally. Comtech Watches Co. Ltd. and Obaku Ltd. are selling more than 2 million watches per year. The design of the watches is done in Denmark, but the production is mainly in Asia with its head office based in Hong Kong.

One of the designers is the Danish Christian Mikkelsen, gradutated from the Danish School of Architecture in Aarhus.

-When I design a watch, I think of it as much more than a time keeper. For me a great watch should be a joy to look at, to touch and to wear. It should bring an emotion that speaks to people and brings out an expression of their personality, he says.

One of the new BaselWorld watches is also Kvadrat, which is a square watch with steel, gold or rose.

– Obaku already has a square watch in its collection, but we could not resist creating an entirely new series to see what can be done with this exciting yet traditional shape, he says.

The Kvadrat is a modern and slim watch, thickness is only 4,9 mm, fitted with a sapphire crystal, and according to Obaku this watch may enter the history books as one of the slimmest sqaure watches ever in its price category. The retail price is 169 euros.

 

Hygge- part of Danish life

Hygge is also part of the Danish life and also part of Obaku. It is about your feelings and emotions to warm and focusing in the smallest details in life. Details counts and this is also part of Obaku´s philosophy. It is also about the candles, fire place, family and friends.

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The car of the year: Jaguar i-pace

The car of the year, Jaquar i-pace, is an exciting new friendship. This electric SUV car is full of innovations and design. According to the company, it is the culmination of years of engineering and arts. And so it is.

My first testdrive ever with Jaguar was exciting. The batteries of the Jaguar i-pace are high energy density lithium-ion cells, which are located within the floor, between the axles. They offer low centre gravity which is a perfect touch for winter roads.

And yes, electric car is silent also inside the car. Jaguar will give you a comprehensive 8 year warranty or 160.000 kilometres for the batteries (90 kWh). In some cases, the warranties might be shorter ones, like 5 year or 100 000 kilometres, so this is a plus for Jaguar.

According to the company, the driving range for a single full charge, is about 480 km on the WLTP standards (worldwide light vehicle test procedure). This new process, which has been in force from 2017, measures closer the real-world driving behaviour. It is about more demanding test procedure than before. It is about emissions, range, fuel and energy consumption in passanger vehicles in Europe.

Jaguar sport electric car shows the very best craftmanship of the British car industry. This sporty, modern and stylish interior will balance the new and old, like the pre-cool or pre-heat functions in the cabin via the Jaguar application.

This all-wheel-drive, two electric motors SUV is good to steer and park. The dimensions inside the car are within reach and the design allows you to optimize the steering.jipaceva04profile120918-resize-1221x814-crop-1140x814

Jaguar is also committed to reduce the dependency of fossil fuels, using fewer natural resources and creating less waste as part of the company approach to responsible and sustainable business development.

 

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Milan Fashion week started today

The Milan Fashion Week started today in Milan. The fairs will show the latest trends in the high-Italian fashion industry, but also young designers like Alex Liu (Alexstrom), Colin Wong (Zynggat) and Victor Zhu (Vmajor) from China. The Fashion week will end at the 25th February.

Today also the fashion icon, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld died at the age of 85. According to Bloomberg News, the Chanel, which is privately owned, could reach above 50 billion euros if listed. The estimate by the BNP Paribas would rate the company as big as Hermes International. The Chanel group sales were nearly 10 billion dollars in 2017.

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Ford Hybrid – economic driving with design

The Ford Mondeo Vignale is really surprising with the economic driving. This hybrid car is energy efficient with the 89 g/km  CO2-emissions and making the best of the electric and petrol combination. According to the company calculations, the combined consumption is 3,9 l/ 100 km.

And for this reason, I was test driving this Ford model again in the winter season. While this car is not plug in hybrid, I wanted to test again the first feelings: is this energy consumption as low as it seemed to be. And yes, it was amazing. Must say, this is perhaps the most energy efficient hybrid I have test drived so far.

It is also designed to last longer – the Ford Vignale Collection is perfect for the weekend travelling. Ford has designed for example Italian-style fashion collection with mobile phone holder and weekendbag. They represent the finest leather quality, as the car´s interior design.

With this car, the car is charging itself during the driving, so there is actually no need for plug-ins at all and the size of the petrol tank is 53 litres.

The hybrid Mondeo has several technologies that increase the safe driving but also they help with communications using Apple CarPlay or Android and having smart voice service to control the navigation.

In recent years Ford Motor (F:US) has transformed its models to meet better the new low carbon regulation and last weekend the company announced that they will invest 11 billion dollars by 2022 to 40 hybrid or fully electric vechiles. This is in line with other big car manufacturers as they are preparing for the new time after fossil fuel engines in 2030 or 2040.

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New BMW Hybrid 330e – high-quality design

 

A new BMW Hybrid 330e iPerformance Business Exclusive is offering something new and old. The car is very sporty and speedy one, but also hybrid. This car makes you feel comfortable while all the interior design is modern, but the functionality is also good.

This new  BMW Hybrid is having automatic transmission and for example the turning circle is about 11 meters, which makes it easy to handle in the city.  The interior design with leather seats and with blue lights make it also very special. The new lightning helps you for example to find your lost mobile phone in the car during the dark winter hours.

But something new to consider also. The fuel tank is about 40 liters, which is not so much one can expect. With the electric power, the driving range would be about 20 kilometers. So these are good to keep in mind when driving on the road and thinking about the next station – and not all the stations are having electric power as an option. The combined CO2 is about 44 g/km according to the company.

The trunk floor space is about 370 liters due to the battery position, but the car´s top speed is about 225 km per hour. So, very nice to work with in the city and outside.  This car is a good example of the new development with new technology, but still keeping the style and design as expected.

 

 

 

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Basel World – jewellery gallery

Inspiring Basel World – jewelleries like flora and fauna

Have you ever been in Basel World – an exhibition for luxury jewelry and watches?  Imagination and beauty are present here. It is also a place where the global  industry professionals meet and discuss the future trends.

In 2014 the message was clear: luxury goods show very good progress in terms of revenue growth and new markets. According to the exhibitors, growth is coming especially from the US and Arabian markets as well as from Asia. For example these global luxury brands were present in the fairs: Chopard,  Graff Diamonds,  Fabergé, Hermés, Hublot, Louis Erard and Swarovski.

One of the shining element was the Swarovski exhibition with their crystal Mini-car. This auto was designed for the Royal family Catherine and William for their wedding. It consists of thousands of Swarovski crystals.

Luxury watches are fabulous and the variety of brands, colors, diamonds, precious stones, art, fine craftsmanship and functions are really amazing. Some of them also take the sporting elements into account like for example the Movado (www.Movado.ch), which is ultra-light, high-tech and strong performance design watch. The case and bracelet are made from carbon fibre.

Another interesting example is from Doxa (www.Doxa.ch), which vintage watches for women and men really are sophisticated, elegant and fashionable. Vintage Fusion Ladies and Vintage Fusion Pilot´s are retro pieces for limited amount of 100.

One of the global mobile phones companies Vertu (www.vertu.com) was also present in the fairs. According to their sales director Chris Bedworth, Vertu expects growing sales especially from Asia and the company has presented new models with different assessories.

 

 

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Flora and fauna in the Basel fairs.

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