Monday, May 12, 2014

50th Anniversary Limited Edition Bull Moccasin - Lamborghini x Car Shoe

When the strong automotive branding of Lamborghini, it is natural that the core of the brand expands into entities different from the original to cash in on their cult status with a range of branded accessories. Other than just great cars, Lamborghini’s name has been associated with haute couture creations like special edition Omas Pen and Tonino Lamborghini smart devices.

But along the last 50 years, which cummilates into the 50th anniversary celebrations this year, Lamborghini has been making super-cars but due to the special occasion this time around, they have tied up with luxury shoe makers, Car Shoe for a limited edition Moccasin collection of mens’ footwear. To remind wearers and those who see them, of the special pedigree of the shoes, they have been made in colors most favored among Lamborghinis i.e. red, black, and blue.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Italian super-car maker, there was a 745 mile road-trip, known as the 50th anniversary Grand Tour, where by participants from 29 countries took part to display 350 varied models from Lamborghini, in a convoy, which stretched 2.5 miles at most times. Some of the lucky participants were given the special shoes by Car Shoe, which gained it’s fame from bringing in the Moccasin design in 1963.

Since then, these shoes have been interpreted many times, but the first time was always special with the handcrafted calfskin leather construction. They have managed to keep the habit since then, even after being owned by the Prada Group since 2001. They style and bespoke fabrication are much coveted amongst fashion addicts, and those who have extra cash to spare.

However, if anyone else has to get them, they would have to shell out $460 each for these pairs. The shoes have been given special marquetry with the Lamborghini logo on the lace and the studded heels of these shoes. They are available at select stores of Car Shoe, and their online retail unit. Now that Lamborghini is having one of the grandest years since it’s inception, anyone who drives their special models could do well to buy these shoes.

Glenmorangie Unveils Limited Edition Pride 1981 - Everything is All About the Taste

For the whisky aficionado, Glenmorangie distillery in the Scottish Highlands has announce new limited release, the Pride 1981, which is its most rare and luxurious single malt offering to date. Only 1,000 bottles will be produced and each is to be sold at $3,600.

The exceptional whisky was matured in the finest oak casks for 18 years. Patience willed out and after another 10 years, 28 years, 9 months and 11 days in total, Glenmorangie Pride 1981 was born. The exact birth date of the whisky was the result of careful monitoring of the casks for flavor. Eventually, the samplings came as frequently as every three months in the last years before it was bottled. Everything is all about the taste, Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s master distiller and head of whisky creation, says. Age is only one part of the story. I’m sure the marketing people would have preferred I waited until it was 30 years old, but we pulled it in 2009.

Glenmorangie Pride 1981 has an intense, deep gold color. Its aromas include apple tart with Demerara sugar and nutmeg underpinned by musky oak tones. The addition of water releases a collection of exotic fruits and spices. There is also a backnote of oak tannins with hints of toast and mineral notes. The finish is long, succulent and sweet with hints of Sultanas, toasted almonds, lemon and coconut.

Renowned artist Laurence Brabant has designed the Baccarat crystal decanter for the malt. Each decanter comes individually numbered and personally signed by Dr. Lumsden. The decanter is housed in a beautifully crafted wooden case.

Bang & Olufsen Unveils BeoVision “Avant” Television

Anyone with paranoid tendencies (and those who care about specifications) might want to give Bang & Olufsen’s new 4K Ultra HD TV a miss. Dubbed “the one that moves”, the 55-inch BeoVision Avant comes with a rather creepy new feature – it literally ‘follows’ you around the room, thanks to the special stands and mounts that can alter its position. The display also lacks several key features you would expect from a cutting-edge ultra high-definition (UHD) television.

Still, Bang & Olufsen (B&O) is hoping that less insecure folks might actually enjoy ‘being watched’ by their television – so hopeful in fact that the company has priced its new ultra UHDTV at a whopping £5,995, and that price doesn’t include the fancy stand.

Even without the stand the BeoVision Avant is a pretty impressive telly in its own right. It sports a 55-inch LCD panel illuminated by edge LED backlight, and claims to offer lots of nice colors and a nice and wide viewing angle (for the paranoid, presumably). It looks very sexy too – framed by the skimpiest of bezels, whilst it packs a 3-channel audio system that comes with eight speakers and amplifiers, together with an in-built light sensor that can automatically adjust the display brightness according to how much sunlight there is.

But it’s the motorised stands that really set this product apart. There’s three options, namely a floor stand, a wall mount and one that’s designed to sit within your home entertainment centre, all of which can move around to give you a decent view, wherever in the room you happen to be. In total, the BeoVision Avant can manoeuvre itself into nine different positions activated by the remote control.

Speaking of which, the remote is pretty snazzy too. Called the BeoRemote, it’s been designed to consolidate all of your other remotes into one, which means you can use it to control your TV, Blu-ray player, set-top box or whatever else you have. It also looks the part, sporting a sleek unibody aluminium design, minimal interface and good ergonomics.

As we’ve already point out, the BeoVision Avant isn’t exactly cheap. The £5,995 price tag is way in excess of similar-sized models from the likes of Samsung and LG Electronics, and if you want the motorised stands as well that’ll cost you an extra £695 for the cheapest variant. The 4K Ultra HD set doesn’t even feature built-in HEVC decoder (so you can’t watch Netflix 4K off the TV) or HDMI 2.0 (though the Danish luxury brand has said it will update the onboard HDMI 1.4 ports to allow 4K@60p/50p playback at 8-bit, 4:2:0 in the future). Even so, we’d expect nothing less from B&O, whose products have always been aimed at those who have too much money want nothing but the very best.

Puma King Boots by Alexander McQueen Made Of Fish Skin

Just in time for this summer’s World Cup, Puma teamed up with Alexander McQueen to produce two reinterpretations of the iconic King football boot. Handcrafted from the highest quality materials and inspired by the original Puma King, new boots celebrate nearly 50 years of athletic excellence and constant evolution. The original Puma King boots were worn most famously by Eusebio in 1968, the year that the maestro scored 42 goals to collect the European Golden Boot award.

The two designs include a rarer (there are just 30 pairs) gold Fish Skin model, and a second design which reimagines the Puma King in a supple Italian leather in chestnut brown. A book showing the whole creation process will accompany each pair and will also feature a short history of the boot.

The boots unfortunately won’t be available to purchase and will instead be given to a handpicked selection of players ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.

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