TURNING WEDDING DREAMS INTO REALITY, FROM THE FRENCH RIVIERA

MY RIVIERA WEDDINGS is a boutique Wedding Planning agency based on the French Riviera in the picturesque seaside town of Villefranche sur Mer, and was founded by the creative-driven, polyglot and extremely open-minded, Natalia Langsdale.

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BEHIND THE MIND OF AN ENFANT TERRIBLE IN YACHTING

Coined l'enfant terrible in the super yacht industry for his somewhat controversial and daring designs, it is time to delve into the mind of Alexander McDiarmid, whose creativity is constantly at the forefront to outdo the norm and whose 3 ½ year old son is his biggest critic. Is it a case of the good, the bad and the ugly, or simply genius? We let you decide.

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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.”

Drive de Cartier Moon Phases & Extra-Flat

Last year at SIHH Cartier presented the men's Drive de Cartier collection featuring an all new cushion shaped case which found quickly a lot of fans around the globe. This year, Cartier added two more models with the Cartier Drive de Cartier Moon Phases watch and the Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat. 

Drive de Cartier Moon Phases is fitted with the new Manufacture movement 1904-LU MC. A distinctive moonphase complication displayed at 6 o’clock tracks the cycle of new moons, half moons and full moons. This extraordinarily precise complication is known as “astronomic”, needing to be corrected by one day every 125 years. The Drive de Cartier Moon Phases watch stays true to the signature aesthetic of the Drive de Cartier collection: wearability. With a convex curved glass case and uncluttered white guilloché dial, it is available in pink gold or steel. This timepiece lends an unaffected touch of sophistication to everyday mechanics.

Less is more in the Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat watch, whose slender profile hugs the wrist, ensuring a suave, discreet accessory beneath the sleeve of a dinner jacket. Minimalism is the standout feature of this watch. At less than 7 mm thick, it is 40% slimmer than the original model. Clean lines are enhanced by the sunray satin-finish dial, flat sapphire crystal, and finely crafted alligator-skin strap, which stylishly showcase the cushion-shaped case of the watch. Understated design, an extra-flat profile and refined proportions make this a perfect choice for the first men’s evening watch in the collection. The Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat watch is fitted with a mechanical movement with manual winding 430 MC. Available in pink gold, or in a limited edition of 200 pieces in white gold.

Into DeLaneau's Romantic Time

The holiday season is the perfect time to fall in love. It's the time DeLaneau has chosen to bring to you a bouquet of roses, filled with our sincere thoughts and devotion.

The pink rose is a symbol of gentleness, loyalty and feminine beauty. The flower can express feelings of love, but in a more delicate sense than the red rose. It is with such delicacy that the DeLaneau Romantic Time pièce unique watch was created, capturing the sweetness of the feeling of love. This timepiece conveys an illusion of suspended time, an exchange between two people without the need for words, symbolized by a bouquet of pink roses. 

The design, the choice of colours and the gracefulness of the diamonds strengthen this idea of lightness and serenity. Looking at the dial, one could almost imagine a budding love affair or an adolescent romance. Everything in this timepiece is innocent and tender, just like a bouquet of pink roses given to a loved one to express feelings of affection. 

To capture this image, our artisan enamellist chose the grisaille method on a base of pink enamel. This technique presented the unique challenge of highlighting the contrasts on a very pale-coloured base. Our enamellist felt that she had to force them out of the pink enamel – something that seemed to be in total contradiction with the soul of the creation itself. The result is a delicate balance between the enamel and the fire, which reminds us of a relationship with a loved one – where acceptance and sharing are central to harmony.

This delightful timepiece is housed in a white gold Dôme case set with 297 diamonds and features a diamond-set crown. The timepiece also has an automatic movement and an alligator strap with a white gold deploying buckle set with 24 diamonds.

We invite you to discover the universe of DeLaneau on their website at www.delaneau.com. Find out more about their co-creation process and see how this timepiece came to life.

PURE DESIGN

The ‘La camicia bianca secondo me’ exhibition is opening in Milan tomorrow, so here is an updated version of our tribute to the unique style of Gianfranco Ferré, publidhed on Class of its Own issue 05.

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