Monday, March 28, 2011

Weekend Box Office Results

Box Office

1 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011) $24.4M $24.4M
2 Sucker Punch (2011) $19M $19M
3 Limitless (2011) $15.2M $41.3M
4 The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) $11M $29M
5 Rango (2011) $9.8M $106M
6 Battle: Los Angeles (2011) $7.6M $72.6M
7 Paul (2011) $7.51M $24.6M
8 Red Riding Hood (2011) $4.39M $32.5M
9 The Adjustment Bureau (2011) $4.24M $54.9M
10 Mars Needs Moms (2011) $2.19M $19.2M

Longio Mythos Tourbillon White Jade Watch

China based Longio is a watch brand and supplier. I have praised them in the past for imbuing their designs with some interesting Chinese character as opposed to just mimicking European designs. Longio's proudest model for 2011 is this Mythos watch with a tourbillon movement, 18k gold hand-engraved Phoenix on the dial, and a case and bracelet made out of white jade. The Mythos may not be a watch I would consider my style, but it is really interesting and attractive. Longio further claims that this is the first watch ever with a case and bracelet made out of white jade (the most valuable form of jade).

The Mythos is made as a one-of-a-kind timepiece and contains a Chinese-made tourbillon movement with an expose tourbillon carriage. The black dial contrasts well with the golden Phoenix bird. I wonder if we will start to see more jade cased watches, it could happen.

Aston Martin Concept Phone from Mobiado

Mobiado Aston Martin CPT022  
Canadian luxury phone maker Mobiado is in Switzerland this week for the BaselWorldAston Martin, the CPT002 is comprised of a fully transparent sapphire crystal capacitive touchscreen display suspended between two platinum bars that house all the electronics and battery. watch and jewelry show with the new CPT002 concept phone. Designed in collaboration with
Striking though it is, the CPT002 is more than just a pretty face. The tie-in with Aston Martin comes into play as the phone is designed to interface with the car's infotainment system, wirelessly interfacing with social media sites to help you locate the people you're meeting up with or updating them automatically on the progress of your road trip or day at the race track. The built-in accelerometer will also alert the car itself in case of an impending crash, preparing the car's safety systems for the imminent collision.

Impressive stuff, though strictly a concept for the time being.

The Classicist: VO Guns Debuts the Falcon, World's Most Expensive Rifle, for $820,000 [EXCLUSIVE]

VO Falcon Edition rifle

Swedish gun and rifle maker VO Vapen, founded in 1977 by master gunsmith Viggo Olsson, fashions the world's most exclusive handmade hunting rifles. Their newest creation, the VO Falcon Edition (above), is the world's most expensive priced at about $820,000. The VO Falcon Edition is a tribute to the deep rooted traditions of falconry in the Arabian world, covered by beautiful engravings of Peregrine and Saker falcons among other luxurious finishes.

Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6x6 Luxury Expedition Vehicle

Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6x6 Luxury Expedition Vehicle

If you were going on an expedition and wanted to take all your luxuries with you, what would you pick? A Range Rover? Maybe a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen? Neither of these nor any other vehicle can rival the sheer capabilities of the Zetros.

Made by Mercedes' truck division, the Zetros packs a 7.2-liter inline-six diesel engine with 326 horsepower and 960 lb-ft of torque driving all six wheels for a 16-ton cargo capacity and go-anywhere capabilities. But while these vehicles are used by militaries around the world to move cargo, a pair of Mongolian businessmen -- one runs a mining operation and the other a brewery -- have commissioned a pair for their hunting expeditions.

The specially-made models feature full bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom (complete with shower, marble tiles and under-floor heating), 46-inch flatscreen TV monitors, outdoor grilles, Bose sound systems, self-adjusting motorized satellite dishes, wireless internet... the works. Their new owners use them for hunting wolves in the Altai mountains with an eagle.

Hublot $3 Million Big Bang Watch

It actually costs only 2 million euros - but that is close enough to 3 Million dollars to call it that right? This year Hublot makes another big bang with this baguette diamond covered 18k white gold Big Bang tourbillon watch. This follows up the Million Dollar Bing Bang from a few years ago that used black diamonds. The $3 Million Big Bang has something like 142 carats of diamonds all over the case, dial, and bracelet. Most of them are large baguette-cut stones and they look marvelous.

The 18k white gold bracelet is stunning with all the diamonds. There is a blinding amount of bling, and that is just what Hublot was going for. The watch speaks as much to other brands as it does consumers about Hublot's market stance. Inside the watch is an in-house made caliber HUB 6003 manually wound tourbillon movement with off-centered time display. Pieces like this are made to order for the right type of people. This isn't the type of watch you can just walk around in. Though at the right social event, the guy wearing the diamond encrusted Hublot that sells for an obscene price might have his taste and sanity questioned, but certainly not his success.

The Swanson Late Bloomers: A Late Harvest Wine Trend in Napa Valley

Swanson Winery
Swanson Winery Entrance

Napa Valley is an environment committed to preservation, populated with those who perfect the essence of multi-layered taste -- be it food, wine or both.

French Laundry and Bouchon are in Yountville, also known as nirvana for Thomas Keller pilgrims. Exceptional wineries are tucked away, often from highway view, in Rutherford, Saint Helena, Oakville, and Calistoga. Resorts are also hidden: The Inn at Carneros (up a side road, behind a garden wall), Calistoga Ranch (in a private canyon), Meadowood (at the end of Meadowood Lane and near the base of Howell Mountain) all removed from plain sight, all worthy of joyous discovery.

Those who retreat to Napa that often engage in wine tastings also discover trends. On a recent journey, I uncovered the emergence of late harvest wines that are becoming increasingly well-known and more appreciated than ever before. Swanson Vineyards makes three exceptional late harvest wines, and has evolved into one of the leaders in this field.

Quotes To Live By....

There is nothing more beautiful than believing in yourself. It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes. It's time to start living the life you've imagined. Love Your Life & Yourselves & Have A GOLDEN Day Lovers!!!!

Friday, March 25, 2011


By JD 

Here is how it works:
In the revolution of miniature computers, scientists have made great developments with
Bluetooth technology…
This is the forthcoming computer you can carry in your pocket.
This ‘pen-like instrument’ produces both the monitor
as well as the keyboard on
any flat surfaces from where
you can carry out functions you would normally do
on your desktop computer.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Jack Daniel's Launches Tennessee Honey: First New Whiskey in a Generation

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
Jack Daniel's is about to roll out its first new expression in a generation: Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey.

The new libation starts with Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 and mingles it with a special honey liqueur. The result is a smoother, sweeter version of Jack that is just 70-proof. It is a clear and understandable attempt to pull more women into drinking Jack. There is even a cute honeybee on the label. Older drinkers might take a shine to it, as well. I can see my late Aunt Letitia or even my North Carolina Gram sipping Jack's Honey.

The addition of liqueur does give the finish a vaguely medicinal, cough-syrup taste in the background of other flavors like butterscotch, pear and honey.

Bartenders are just getting samples to play with, but I can see Old Fashions being made with Jack Honey, as well as Mint Juleps that are made with Old No. 7 instead of Kentucky Bourbon. The Derby is right around the corner, too.

Price: About $22.00 for a 750 ml bottle.

Vacations: Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos

Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos

We recently reported on JetBlue's great new direct service to the island paradise of the Turks & Caicos. To help you plan your glamorous getaway, Luxist is featuring the best of the Caribbean hotspot's luxury resorts, beginning with our top pick, Parrot Cay, situated on a private island.

On 1,000 pristine acres including a mile-long powdered beach, the resort is an elegant combination of glorious nature, understated luxury and unparalleled privacy. The first private island property from COMO Hotels and Resorts, it features an award-winning holistic spa, healthy gourmet cuisine and beach houses with private pools.

Parrot Cay's rooms are designed to maximize light, facing the sea or the island's natural landscaping, and awash in ocean breezes. Balinese day-beds, four-posters and private pools encourage relaxed lounging outdoors, while interiors come in whitewash and teak, with many of the Hamptons-style houses offering direct beach access.

There are also luxe villas belonging to private owners who make their properties available to rent. The spa, COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay, overlooks mangroves and wetlands rich with birdlife. Situated just behind the beach is one of the world's most beautiful swimming pools.

We'll see you there.

PORSCHE 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder

At the Geneva Motor Show last year, Porsche wowed the crowds with the 918 Spyder. A conceptual successor to the Carrera GT, the 918 Spyder showed what a hybrid could be in the extreme. Greeted by positive reactions, Porsche approved the model for production, and has now announced that it is accepting early orders.

The production version packs a 4.0-liter V8 engine and a pair of electric motors, working in unison to deliver 718 horsepower for a 3.1-second sprint to sixty and an impressive 78 miles per gallon. Only 918 examples will be offered, each fetching $845,000.

It will take Porsche a few years to build and deliver the supercar to its buyers around the world, and to keep buyers satisfied in the meantime, the German automaker is offering a special edition of its current performance flagship. The 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder (available in coupe or convertible) is essentially the same as the existing model -- right down to the $160k starting price -- but features some unique touches inspired by the new Spyder.

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LADIES!!! Z Spoke Zac Posen Top Handle Satchel

Zac Posen Satchel
The Z Spoke Zac Posen Top Handle Leather Satchel is a basic black that's perfect for any time of year at any time of day and for almost any occasion. It comes in other colors but I prefer the black by a long shot. It's simple, it's classic, and it's a little chunky-cute. It has a single top handle, fold-over front with push-lock closure, and a fully lined interior divided into three compartments with zip and snap pockets. A nice investment piece or for buying as your go-to staple bag for this spring and summer. $525.

OOOOOOOHHH MYYYYYYY GOD!!! Audi R8 GT Coming to America for $200K

Audi R8 GT

Exclusive. Fast. Stylish. Few cars are as eminently desirable as the Audi R8. More desirable still is the V10-powered R8 5.2 FSI. But at the top of the heap is the R8 GT. Unveiled at the Paris Auto Salon last year, the R8 GT packs the same V10 engine, but tuned to 560 horsepower and with 180 fewer pounds to drag around, it's that much faster.

Only 90 examples of this raw performance machine will be coming to the United States, each carrying a price tag of $196,800, making it the most expensive car Audi offers, and probably the most expensive it ever has.

THINK BIG! Dream World Villa on the French Riviera

villa french riviera
If you are willing to empty your wallet and bank account, the place to live is La Californie in Cannes. Dotted with exclusive Belle Epoque and contemporary villas, this is probably the most beautiful place to live in the balmy, tropical region.

Friday, March 18, 2011


Amazing balconies of Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower)

Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower, is a 108-story 1,450 feet (442 m) skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. This tallest skyscraper in the United States has four glass box viewing platforms. These balconies are suspended 1,353 feet (412 m) in the air on the 103rd floor. As per reports, the inspiration for The Ledge came from hundreds of forehead prints visitors left behind on Skydeck windows every week. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the architecture firm that designed the tower, also designed this balcony.
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sears tower balcony
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amazing sears tower
amazing sears tower balcony
The balconies are at 103rd floor of the building. Impressive and truly amazing!
willis tower
amazing balcony
amazing sears tower balcony
sears tower


Apple Store In Paris

Located in the Carrousel du Louvre, Apple’s first store in Paris was inaugurated after much anticipation. Mac enthusiasts waited days in advance to get a glimpse of their favorite brand opening close to them. Blame it on the products inside or the chic interiors, the buzz this store generated surpassed other store openings from around the world. Much like its products, Apple’s exquisite design taste shows through in its stores too.
The photographer, Roy Zipstein who has been with Apple for the last five years, photographed Apple stores from around the world. If the country has anything to do with this, we don’t know, but he says his most memorable Apple store shoot till date has been in Paris.
A complete treat for Mac and design enthusiasts alike, the store keeps us puzzled with the question, Will it feature in the next Dan Brown novel?
apple store in paris
The Apple Store
Apple store-interior view
Apple Store- products
Apple store at dusk


Burj Khalifa (Formerly Burj Dubai) Opens Officially

The building is complete and the height has been revealed. The tallest man made structure that has ever been built is 828 m (2,717 ft) tall and is now called the Burj Khalifa. The height of the tower, which was one of the most closely guarded secrets during construction, was flashed onto a giant screen during the inauguration before a 400,000 strong crowd. Estimated to cost around Rs.6900 crores (US $1.5 Billion) the building was officially inaugurated on January 4th amidst flashy fireworks and much fanfare.
burj khalifa
Wikipedia lists these as the records currently being held by Burj Khalifa:
Tallest skyscraper to top of spire: 828 m (2,717 ft) (previously Taipei 101 – 509.2 m (1,671 ft))
Tallest structure ever built: 828 m (2,717 ft) (previously Warsaw radio mast – 646.38 m (2,121 ft))
Tallest extant structure: 828 m (2,717 ft) (previously KVLY-TV mast – 628.8 m (2,063 ft))
Tallest freestanding structure: 828 m (2,717 ft) (previously CN Tower – 553.3 m (1,815 ft))
Building with most floors: 160 (previously Willis Tower – 108)
World’s highest elevator installation
World’s fastest elevators at speed of 64 km/h (40 mph) or 18 m/s (59 ft/s) (previously Taipei 101 – 16.83 m/s)
Highest vertical concrete pumping (for a building): 606 m (1,988 ft) (previously Taipei 101 – 449.2 m (1,474 ft))
Highest vertical concrete pumping (for any construction): 606 m (1,988 ft) (previously Riva del Garda Hydroelectric Power Plant – 532 m (1,745 ft) )
The first world’s tallest structure in history to include residential space
Highest outdoor observation deck in the world
World’s highest mosque (located on the 158th floor)
World’s highest installation of an aluminium and glass fa├žade, at a height of 512 m (1,680 ft)
World’s highest swimming pool (76th floor)
Architect for this engineering marvel was Skidmore, Owings and Merrill,
burj khalifa firework
burj khalifa fireworks
khalifa opening night
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khalifa interiors
burj shadow
burj dubai telescope
burj dubai telescope