Rampley & Co introduces the BRITISH MUSEUM COLLECTION

The collaboration with the British Museum is made up of three stunning designs. Paintings from India is inspired by several magnificent paintings from India in the museum’s collection. Merian’s Drawings of Surinam Insects & Birds inspired by a number of drawings in an album by the German artist Maria Sibylla Merian and her two daughters. Japanese Scrolls completes the collection, this subtle but intriguing piece takes inspiration from the Museum’s hand painted Japanese Scrolls.

Rampley and Co was born out of a passion to create elegant men's accessories through innovative design, the best available fabrics and quality craftsmanship. We felt that by working with exquisite materials such as Harris Tweed or collaborating with partners such at the National Gallery, the British Museum and the V&A we could create men’s fashion accessories that were truly interesting and unique.

Our men’s silk pocket squares are printed in a factory with a rich history in Macclesfield, an area famous for English textiles for over 300 years, as we look to blend new ideas with the historical roots of British fashion. For more information turn to their website.

RUBIROSA announces the launch of the next level of Gentlemen’s Sneakers

Gentlemen’s Sneakers: An innovative brand to launch through a Worldwide Crowdfunding Kickstarter Campaign

Flavio Agosti, the co-founder of RUBIROSA just announced the launch of the next generation of gentlemen’s sneakers.; the most recent invention and creativity in men‘s shoes designed by hand using top-quality leather and maintaining the exclusive standards of Italian craftsmanship. It is the leading smart and creative men‘s shoe that helps the wearer relax and move better either at home or on-the-go by combining comfort and high quality in line with the ability to correctly secure the shoe with a simple well knitted showlace.

RUBIROSA is a Swiss based private firm established with the primary aim of ensuring that its esteemed customers get high quality and innovative products at great prices leveraging on years of experience in craftmanship, quality control and production management. The firm is focused on designing fascinating and innovative gentlemen’s shoes using the highest quality of leather materials as well as the experience of centuries of traditional Italian craftmanship.

Through a perfect blend of expertise, ancient Italian traditional craftsmanship, sophisticated leather materials and cutting edge technology, RUBIROSA has earned a standing reputation in the design and delivery of the most captivating and fashionable men’s shoes leading to the satisfaction of its valued customers as well as positive feedback and referral. RUBIROSA products are born out of the philosophy of the legendary Latin American gentleman Porfirio Rubirosa; a fashion icon who lived between 1909 and 1965.

RUBIROSA has announced its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for the production of the next generation of gentlemen’s sneakers and to finalizise the new packaging components so that the sneakers can arrive in homes across the world as soon as possible. Kickstarter; is an enormous global community built around creativity and creative projects established with the mission of bringing creative projects to life. It is the ideal platform to launch the next generation of gentlemen’s sneakers because RUBIROSA has an attractive and creative product which offers an exquisite way of bringing comfort and relaxation to the users.

Flavio Agosti says, “We believe people are going to fall in love with our new generation of gentlemen’s sneakers and the story of the brand. Our unique and high quality handcrafted gentlemen’s sneakers are made from the finest leather materials using the traditional standards of Italian craftmanship in the most experieced workshop in Italy. It delivers high-performance, unrivalled comfort and durable wearer experience to the users“.

The high-quality gentlemen’s sneakers are aimed at modern cosmopolitans of every age who value class and aesthetics. Men who have certain aspirations for themselves and those around them. Like the style icon Rubirosa, this young label represents an outlook on life: embracing beautiful things, fashion, style, pleasure, personality, authenticity and creativity. The unmistakable character of the handcrafted shoes is revealed primarily in its day-to-day wear and the quality of the materials shines through in their unbeatable wearer comfort.

For more information about the gentlemen’s sneakers visit www.rubirosa.com and to support the Kickstarter campaign visit

AHEAD OF TIME SINCE 1858

Nowadays, timepieces are usually evocative of ones we wear on our wrists but when we trace back the long-winded history of watches, there was and always has been of course the clock. Made in Britain, Thomas Mercer offer the world's finest chronometers. Their philosophy is truly quite straightforward to the point that it is a wonderfully simple testament of their finest hours:

We believe that our duty is to design and manufacture the world’s finest chronometers.
— Thomas Mercer

The master craftsmen behind each clock each in their own right bear the sealing stamp of what makes these pieces of art truly magnificent and unique. The best of British design and craftsmanship delivers an impeccable style and perfection in performance. With each tick of the hand, Thomas Mercer magically turns the accurate measurement of time into an enduring passion that has been ticking along unfalteringly since 1858.

While Thomas Mercer respects the past, they flawlessly continuously reinvent the future while remaining loyal to their heritage and particularities.

A UNIQUE MOMENT

Homage to the association of clocks and the world at sea, with over 31,000 marine chronometers produced since late 1890s, Thomas Mercer certainly understands what it is that makes sailors and horological collectors tick.

Mirroring the delights of the sea with their adventure-seeking clients, the Thomas Mercer marine chronometers have played a vital role in many a maritime expedition. Sir Ernest Shackleton relied on a Thomas Mercer instrument during his epic journey across the Weddell Sea in 1916 and the expert time makers even made the chronometer used by Sir Francis Chichester during the 1970 Atlantic Challenge.

THE ART OF SAILING GREETS THE ART OF TIME KEEPING 

A more recent link to the aficionado yachtsmen and women was the stellar collaboration with world renowned designer, Andrew Winch for the 'Classis' piece in 2012. The name Classis, from the Latin word for fleet, heralds the next dynasty of chronometers from Thomas Mercer.

'Classis' by Winch Design and Thomas Mercer

'Classis' by Winch Design and Thomas Mercer

Navigated by Thomas Mercer chronometers, Andrew Winch designs yachts that cruise and travel to the furthest coasts of the sea. For the two names to come together therefore, the partnership was natural, given the exclusivity, excellence and Britishness between the two. The result was a redefinition of the marine chronometer for yachtsmen and women of the 21st century. A combination of mechanical perfection and heritage matched with superb design and innovation.

Alessandro Quintavelle, CEO at Thomas Mercer beautifully encapsulated the idea: "Once the timepiece that enabled adventurers to explore and map the World, today the marine chronometer becomes an objet d'art of revolutionary design, desired and anticipated by the owners of the world's finest yachts.

Their masterpiece, produced in a limited series of 10 units and inspired by the shape of a winch, recounts the most important voyages of discovery in the history of navigation. The departure year, the coordinates of the most significant points reached during the trip and the image of each ship are engraved on the case, and the twelve names are made of satinwood inlaid on a fine ebony Macassar body. In addition to this, the dozen achievements are symbolically united in the Mercator Map standing out from the dial.

The unique style and beauty of the exterior of Classis is also found in the mechanism. The escapement, truly the beating heart of the mechanism, comes in its par excellence Spring Detent form, and, in a masterstroke of originality, is visible on the dial to thus display its extraordinary grace.

The movement marks the occasion with a stunning bi-colour selective finish: a beautiful combination of polished and grenel effects.

Another sine qua non of this chronometer is the gimbals' suspension that allows the movement to remain horizontal regardless of the motion of the ship - ideal for achieving maximum accuracy.

The design, while featuring the traditional elements of a pure chronometer, has in addition transformed the movement itself into an objet d'art, bearing witness to the revival of a sophisticated art form that today can be brought back to life only with great difficulty; only by Thomas Mercer.

THE COLLECTIONS

The science of timekeeping is encompassed by Thomas Mercer in a mechanical delight. Each one carefully crafted to deliver complete accuracy and rewarding aesthetics. Celebrating the beauty of engineering, the intricate mechanisms are often on show. It goes so far even to say that the instruments have since the Thomas Mercer inception succeeded in several Greenwich Trials, the ultimate test of chronometry, and have been acquired by the British Admiralty. They say that past glories should be matched by future achievements, of course, and thus they maintain to relish every opportunity to develop innovative instruments and new mechanisms.

A feast for the eye and certainly the epitome of classic matched with unparalleled expertise and precision.

www.thomasmercer.com

NIO EP9 - The fastest electric car in the world

On February 23, the NIO EP9 drove the fastest ever autonomous lap at the Circuit of the Americas Race Track in Austin, Texas. Driving autonomously without any interventions, recording a time of 2m 40.33s (two minutes, 40.33 seconds) at a top speed of 160 mph. The same day, the NIO EP9 also beat the fastest COTA lap time for a production car with a driver, achieving a lap time of 2m 11.30s (two minutes, 11.30 seconds) and reaching a top speed of 170 mph.

The technology and software which delivered the world’s fastest autonomous lap was developed by the engineers at NIO U.S. headquartered in Silicon Valley. This tremendous feat was accomplished from start to finish in just 4 months.

A few months ago, on October 12, 2016, the NIO EP9 set a record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe and lapped the 20.8km ‘Green Hell’ in 7m 05.12s, making it the fastest electric car in the world.

With four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes, the EP9 delivers 1-MegaWatt of power, equivalent to 1360PS (1342BHP). The EP9 accelerates from 0-124 mph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 194 miles per hour. With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 265 miles.

Padmasree Warrior, CEO of NIO U.S said, “At NIO, we are all about raising the bar for the entire automotive industry. Breaking records with the NIO EP9 demonstrates our automotive and technology expertise to be a leader in the global market. Our Silicon Valley team brings together the best talent from automotive and software domains, which helped us achieve this remarkable result in an incredibly short time. Our goal is to be the best next generation car company, by delivering autonomous vehicles with amazing experiences for people all over the world. We look forward to sharing our vision for the car of the future in Austin, Texas at SXSW in March.”

COTA COO, Katja Heims said: “We are honored to be a part of NIO’s amazing lap record and see performance and autonomy coexist. We all know that autonomous vehicles are part of the future and this new record is further proof.”

NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER - INTRODUCING AN 'OLD BASTARD'

It's not often you enter a prestigious venue such as Wine Palace Monte-Carlo for an evening of refined wine tasting thanks to host with the most, Bradley Mitton of Club Vivanova and you are greeted by a line-up of Shiraz bottles bearing the distinctive name of 'Old Bastard.'

While standing out like a 'sore thumb' amidst classic, elegant labels of some 3,200 other vinous delights on offer at one of Europe's largest wine cellars in Monaco, something about this particular eye-catching name and label made us guests take a second glance and implore to delve into the magic world of this fine Kaesler wine.

They say the book does not make a cover, well the same applies to wines. Old Bastard is indeed actually very highly ranked in the wine connoisseur's world despite its perhaps ambiguous name. Not to mention the artwork whose history is equally impressive and perhaps not as well known by amateurs of drawings and the golden era of cartoonists.

A little anecdote before delving back into the wine... Kaesler commissioned the wonderful Ralph Steadman to design the Old Bastard label, in late 2001. The first vintage to have his label was the 2002 Old Bastard Shiraz. Reid owns the Kaesler winery with a business partner called Ed Peter. It was Ed’s idea to approach Ralph Steadman in fact.

Still a little unclear as to the how and why, I was told that it is believed that it was because Ed was a big fan of the TV show “Yes, Minister” and had always admired the title card illustrations, with distorted and over-exaggerated caricature sketches of the main characters. Thinking them to be by Ralph Steadman (they were actually by Steadman’s contemporary, the cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe!), Ed had the idea to have a similarly distorted and grotesque caricature of an old bastard on the ‘Old Bastard’ label!

Cue to the extraordinary feat that the gnarly vines lovingly caressed by the stark sun of Australia and the old men's hands that year in year out, painstakingly plucked at to maintain a tradition so steeped that the lush swirl in my wine glass emanated while the heritage was humorously explained to the group by wine connoisseur extraordinaire and very own Kaesler guru, Sacha Timaeus.

After sharing another season with her soul mate, the sun, the Old Bastard Shiraz vines were pure and perfect. Old Bastard was first released in 1998 actually. The fruit was hand-picked and sourced from Shiraz vines planted back in 1893. Matured in 35% new and the remainder in 1 year old French oak. The wine making procedure is a closely guarded secret, with innovative techniques as yet revealed to new world wine. But what they can tell us is it was harvested by hand at the crack of dawn, when there was enough light shinning through the crystals looking like an amazing ranbow across the small vineyard.
— Kaesler

BEHIND A NAME

Now that we had been well and truly briefed while the dregs of the first tasting lingered lovingly on our palate, we immersed into the extraordinary history. 

The Kaesler vineyards were owned and run by the Kaesler family from 1893 to 1986, and who came from Silesia. I was thrilled to learn this as my husband is from Silesia (a nether region of Poland) and little do people know or understand about its coloured history marked by its borders and national affiliation that changed so very many times over the centuries.

Back to the roots - the Kaesler family were pioneers who settled in the Barossa Valley in the 1840s. In 1891 they bought a parcel of land and in 1893 planted their first vines. Today, Kaesler Wines are made from these ancient, dry grown vineyards by the third owners of this magnificent property. Barossa Valley Winery and Cellar Door is actually today home of The Old Bastard, Alte Reben Shiraz, The Bogan and other estate grown premium wines.

In 1999, winemaker Reid Bosward seized the opportunity to become the head of the new Kaesler family when he and his partners bought Kaesler, becoming the third owners of this property. At this time, the Kaesler vineyards consisted of over 70% red wine vines, all 40 years of age or more.

Now having access to premium old vine material, Reid set out to produce bold estate wines representative of the Barossa Valley. The intensity of the old vine Shiraz inspired Reid to produce a special premium batch, the “Old Bastard.” Classified as “Outstanding” by Langtons with its rich and intense fruit style, the Old Bastard Shiraz paved the way for Kaesler. A string of highly celebrated wines followed suit, the generous Stonehorse range and premium Old Vine Shiraz, “The Bogan” and Alte Reben wines to name a few.

A 5 star James Halliday rated winery, Reid and winemaker Stephen Dew, with their distinct style and modest winemaking techniques, consistently produce wines rated over 90 points by industry peers and publications.

Adding to their growing family, Reid and his partners acquired vineyards in the prominent wine regions of the Clare Valley and McLaren Vale, establishing the Clare Wine Co. and Nashwauk brands. Applying the same winemaking techniques and philosophies as their Barossa Valley wines, they created a signature style that emanates across the all their regional brands.

Well if this wasn't a history lesson, then I don't know what could top it off! When humour marries fine heritage and an encyclopaedia of terminology and geography, you get a pretty nice swish of ingredients to sample on in a tall Baccarat glass - fantastic!

www.kaesler.com

www.winepalacemontecarlo.com

www.clubvivanova.com

 

MASTER THE MASS FIRST IMPRESSION AND YOU WILL MASTER YOUR DESTINY

Casual & Aimless. You enter to the promised land of First Impression with high hopes, only to find out that the other is stuck inside his own head, without ability to think beyond his own concerns and routines. The great majority of First Impressions you experience are utterly haphazard muddles of assemblies.

This narrow-mindedness of others represents immense possibility to anyone who seeks to succeed in life. You need to learn think beyond yourself. Plan ahead.

I am going to share a secret with you. You know this to be true, yet no one have told it to you. The finding has been published only in an obscure academic magazine called Journal of Consumer Research just few years ago. 

Imagine yourself meeting your idol, someone you respect, - in person. You are alone with him and you have a glimpse of him. The First Impression is created. Then, imagine you in a group of people, your friends, meeting the idol. You do this together, - take in the First Impression the idol creates for you. 

"Master the Mass First Impression and you will Master your Destiny." Roger Federer by Marc Gysin

"Master the Mass First Impression and you will Master your Destiny." Roger Federer by Marc Gysin

Now read carefully. This is important. The research that the Oxford researchers did, found out that the joint experience, the one where you get to meet your idol in a group, trigger “a more holistic (less analytic) processing style”. 

Interpretation: Joint experiences are more open for insinuation. You are more in charge of your First Impression when there is a group of people experiencing it.

The second finding: “…evaluations of later episodes assimilate to first impressions.” Interpretation: The first impressions experienced with others have even bigger impact than when experienced alone. The First Impression done in front of a group of people, overshadows the experiences afterwards.

Law of First Impression. People in groups are biased to be inattentive. Use this in your advantage. Strengthen your First Impression by making it public, more the people, bigger the snowball effect. Hone your skill to make a precise and favorable First Impression in front of a group of people. Make your public appearances to your masterpieces. When mastered you can be sure that it has magnified effect. You have planted a seed and it grows in the minds of others.

Final Note. If perfected, this skill of Mass First Impression can lead to unprecedented success in your life. People will fall under your spell and your life becomes smoother and grander. It is now up to you decide how your First Impression looks and feels. Master the Mass First Impression and you will Master your Destiny.

My name is Max Noble. I am an Adventurer, Cosmopolitan & Life Connoisseur, and I commit acts of nobleness around the world. I am authoring a book titled part of "The Laws of First Impression", which this article is part of.

How to make your Boring Mondays to Exciting Fridays

This is a trick. Yes. This advice is so easy that anyone can it pull it off. Any day. Anywhere. Regardless the resources or time. This trick is so easy that it can be explained in one word.

You have a boring life. Maybe not all the time, but most of us live predictable and routinely life and while it gives you the safety and comfort, it you will slowly degenerate you and if you are experiencing too much boredom, you will eventually become a bore.

Let’s say that part of your life recuires a specific dress-code. This is typically your work. All work places have a dress code. Suit, casual, semi-casual, uniform, you name it. You follow that and it becomes a routine. You dress the same way everyday. You have become a bore.

"You are an individual. You are unique and you must express your personality. Otherwise you’ll disappear with the next wind to the land of non-existence. You don’t want this." -Max Noble

"You are an individual. You are unique and you must express your personality. Otherwise you’ll disappear with the next wind to the land of non-existence. You don’t want this." -Max Noble

Boredom is one of the biggest curses of modern life. To avoid this curse, there is an easy solution that you can implement immediately. When done correctly it will make your day pleasant and make you smile and more interesting in others eyes.

This advice is so important and easy that every parent should teach it to their children. Understand this: You are an individual. You are unique and you must express your personality. Otherwise you’ll disappear with the next wind to the land of non-existence. You don’t want this. You want to be remember. You want to be yourself.

Truth of First Impression. The quickest and easiest way to express your personality in non-threatening way is to add a small dash of ornamentation to your appearance. We all have stories with us. Show it in your image. Start small. If your work place is conservative one, add a pocket square to your outfit. Or if you are working outdoors, take the robust diving watch on. For women there are many options from ear rings to scarfs and nail designs. It is an endless land of opportunity to make your day more inspiring and to have maybe even a conversation with a new friend. Visuals work. The people who are in good mood and are social, are the ones who will not only notice the dash of your ornamentation, but will come and talk to you. In positive spirits.

Final Note. Ornamentation, not only it is easy to implement, but when mastered, it can also be the key for a successful first contact. Right kind of people, positive, bold, social are all the sudden interested in you and want to talk to you. There is no reason to not to do it. And the one word to remember? Ornamentation.

My name is Max Noble. I am an Adventurer, Cosmopolitan & Life Connoisseur, and I commit acts of nobleness around the world. This was my today's story about How a Dash of Ornamentation can Change Your Life to Better, part of my book "The Laws of First Impression".

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GREEN BECOMES PRECIOUS: THE VENTURER SMALL SECONDS XL PURITY FROM H. MOSER & CIE.

Cosmic green is the latest colour to be added to the H. Moser & Cie. collection. This audacious green, reminiscent of the jewel tones of the Northern Lights, continues in the spirit of the famed Funky Blue dial which has become both the brand's signature, and key to its reputation. This colourway is featured on the Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity, an elegant watch which, at 43 mm, has the largest diameter offered by H. Moser & Cie. With a distinctive character, it advocates a return to the essential, illustrating the minimalist philosophy that "Less is More" with a dial that has no logo and features only the 4 main indices. Once again, H. Moser & Cie. has proven that authenticity can provide a power and dynamism which is rarely achieved. 

Taking the best from the Concept Series and the other H. Moser watch families, the dial on the Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity features indices at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock. The logo is still absent, demonstrating the power of an iconic product: one glance at the fumé dial is enough to recognise the elegant yet sexy aesthetic of an H. Moser watch. The beauty of the fumé dial shines through, unimpeded, further enhanced by the domed sapphire crystal, the exquisite bezel and the 43 mm diameter. As custom in haute horlogerie, and a tradition for H. Moser & Cie. watches since 1828, the company signature and hallmark appear on the movement side, a subtle reminder of its heritage. 

H. Moser & Cie. enjoys combining design cues to create an unexpected effect. To subtly offset the classicism of the Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity, a raw kudu leather strap has been chosen to add a rugged touch to the watch. This shrewd choice by H. Moser & Cie. creates a classical model in the Haute Horlogerie style, but one designed for a modern audience, mavericks with their finger on the pulse of our times, looking for a compelling watch unlike any other. 

At the heart of the Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity, with the convex shapes typical of the 1960s and design inspired by historic H. Moser pocket watches, beats an HMC 327 hand-wound Manufacture calibre. Visible through the sapphire case-back, the movement has a power reserve of at least 3 days which is shown in an indicator on the reverse side of the watch. 

The Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity Cosmic Green is available in a limited edition of 50 pieces.

Case
18-carat white gold, three-part
Diameter: 43.0 mm, Height: 12.6 mm
Curved sapphire crystal
See-through sapphire crystal case-back
Crown adorned with an “M” 

Dial
Cosmic green fumé with sunburst pattern
Applique indices
Leaf-shaped hands

Movement
Hand-wound HMC 327 Manufacture calibre
Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 ¼ lignes
Height: 4.5 mm
Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h
29 jewels
Power reserve: minimum 3 days Hacking seconds
Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions
Movement and components hand-finished and decorated
Moser balance wheel and original Straumann Hairspring® with stabilised Breguet overcoil 

Functions
Hours and minutes
Small seconds
Power reserve indicator on movement side 

Strap
Hand-stitched beige kudu leather
18-carat white gold pin buckle engraved with the H. Moser logo 

For more information turn to their website where you can discover other marvels of their collection.