Sunday, January 24, 2021

全新徠卡 SL2-S:攝影與攝像兼備的全能相機

全新徠卡 SL2-S相機為無論在照片還是影片拍攝上都追求出色成像性能的用戶提供了一個完美解決方案。該相機配備了2400萬像素的全新BSI-CMOS 感光元件,同時具有照片與影片兩種單獨的拍攝模式,新款徠卡SL2-S 以其經久耐用的一體式金屬機身為兩種媒體模式提供最佳支持。

全新徠卡 SL2-S


徠卡 SL2-S 在多功能SL系統上繼續拓展,形成了一款可作為SL2相機替代選擇的全畫幅全能相機。對於喜歡快速拍攝多於喜歡徠卡SL2超高分辨率的客戶來說,SL2-S 則是最優選擇。SL2-S具有極高的運行速度(可在全分辨率下實現高達每秒25幀的連拍速率)和專業級的影片功能(可實現無長度限制的10bit 4K影片錄製),這些都為SL系統設定了全新基準。 高品質感光元件 徠卡 SL2-S 的核心元素便是全新開發的2400萬像素 BSI-CMOS 感光元件。

由感光元件所採集的數據通過相機的 Maestro-III 處理器在 4 GB 緩存下進行處理。徠卡SL2-S更是首次實現最高每秒9張DNG格式的連拍記錄,JPEG 格式的連拍張數僅受限於內置儲存卡的存儲量。 成像穩定性 懸浮的感光元件是徠卡 SL2-S 相機的特色,搭配任何徠卡鏡頭都可提供高效的、多軸成像穩定性。這種感光元件位移技術也在SL2-S上實現高像素多重拍攝功能 (multishot capturing),即8張照片疊加合成為1張四倍分辨率的圖像,達到9600萬像素。

徠卡 SL2-S 還擁有最高達 ISO 100,000 的感光度,搭配快速自動對焦功能及機內成像穩定性,幫助攝影師在幾乎任意光線下拍出優質圖像。 優化集成 徠卡 SL2-S 是首款能夠與 Capture One 21 直接進行連線拍攝的 SL 系列相機,用戶可選擇使用電腦來遙控相機。

此外,SL2-S 還能接駁到 Adob​​e Photoshop Lightroom Classic。購買相機時,亦會贈送 Adob​​e Creative Cloud 的限時體驗。 除了感光元件,徠卡 SL2-S 和 SL2 有著同樣的核心特質(例如獨特的操作理念與高分辨率的徠卡 EyeRes® 取景器),並與後者共享所有配件選擇。當然,全金屬機身本身也具備 IP54 級的防塵、防水濺性能,該相機以最高質量標準在德國製造。 

 創意影片攝影師的完美選擇 徠卡SL2-S 不僅為攝影師們,更是為影片攝影師、乃至電影攝影師們提供了無數創作傑出作品的可能性,隨著SL-系統固件的不斷更新,將會帶來更多可能性。徠卡 SL2-S 相機採用徠卡 L-LOG 伽馬曲線,可拍攝 10bit 4:2:2 規格、幀數高達60fps的影片。內部集成的可視化 LUT 能讓用戶完全掌控拍攝。另一個專業特點在於,該相機並未對影片設置拍攝時限,這意味著影片長度僅受(內部或外部)儲存容量的限制。 未來,該相機還將支持10bit、高達4K/60p錄製的高效 HEVC 視頻壓縮標準。

屆時,影片文件能夠被拆分為多個時長1分鐘的單元,將數據丟失的風險降至最低。其他優化的功能,例如內置波形顯示器和自動跟踪對焦,也將被加入下一批固件更新,進一步提升相機與專業攝影應用的適配性。 廣泛的兼容性 配備了 L-Mount (L-卡口) 的徠卡 SL2-S相機不僅能搭配SL-系列鏡頭組,還能與TL鏡頭搭配使用,在轉接環的幫助下,還能完全兼容徠卡M、R和S系列鏡頭。L-Mount ( L-卡口)聯盟為 SL2-S 的用戶提供了約 40 多種自動對焦鏡頭的選擇。此外,所有電影製作人都夢寐以求​​的徠茲Cine電影鏡頭也可以轉接用於徠卡 SL2-S 相機。 

 徠卡SL2-S相機即日起於各地徠卡門店及授權經銷網絡發售,建議零售價為港幣$38,800元正。徠卡相機(香港)歡迎攝影愛好者親臨銅鑼灣旗艦店及香港國際金融中心商埸專門店,親身試用並體驗徠卡SL2-S相機的魅力。如傳媒希望進行試機活動,請與Flare Communications聯絡,我們會再作相應安排。 

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

TOTAL TICKETING LIMITED transforms live video streaming across Asia and beyond with the launch of TotalStreaming

TOTAL TICKETING LIMITED

International event technology solutions company Total Ticketing today announces the launch of the world's first fully-featured hybrid ticketing and live streaming platform, TotalStreaming.

Designed to meet the Pay Per View video streaming needs of modern content owners, promoters and ticketing companies, TotalStreaming combines the very best of geofenced ticketing technology with state of the art video streaming technology.

TOTAL TICKETING LIMITED

Mike Hill, CEO, Total Ticketing explains more: “The problem with most Pay Per View platforms is they don’t combine the functionality needed to increase discovery, optimise sales, deliver world class customer experience, and connect with fans and followers.

TotalStreaming is the smart solution for all owners of video content. It packages, targets, sells and delivers content directly to multiple markets across Asia and the world."

What makes TotalStreaming unique?

It's where world-class live narrowcast capability meets best-in-class ticketing solutions!

TotalStreaming also boasts a range of combined features, benefits and proprietary functionality to make it the market’s best-in-class solution.

Martin Haigh, Sales Director, Total Ticketing Limited, explains: "We’re really excited about this launch – as TotalStreaming is the most flexible, multi-region ticketing and content distribution platform on the market.

We have designed a robust set of features that will help any content owner drive new revenue online, including:

Multi-language and multi-currency ticket sales
Sales channel customisation (for your and/or partner brands)
Integrates with existing sales channels
Automates distribution of unique video stream URLs – can only be viewed by a single user at a time
Video stream geofencing
World class stream quality and scalability"

Mike continues: "For video content owners to increase revenue, enhance security and elevate the user experience, there really is no other platform on the market that comes close to TotalStreaming.

For more information on how TotalStreaming can support any event and experience, please send an enquiry to info@totalticketing.com

ELEMENTS Presents Flourishing New Year Shopping Rewards

ELEMENTS Presents Flourishing New Year Shopping Rewards - Red packet design features peonies, the "King of All Flowers", to signify the abundance of joy in the New Year

Located above MTR Kowloon Station, ELEMENTS is home to leading international luxe brands. As Chinese New Year approaches and flowers bloom in abundance, ELEMENTS proudly presents its "Flourishing New Year" Shopping Rewards.

From 4 January 2021 until 11 February 2021, customers can enjoy a total of HK$2,000 rewards and limited-edition "Flourishing New Year" red packets upon same-day single spending of HK$2,000 or above.

In addition, customers can enjoy up to HK$12,800 rewards and limited-edition "Flourishing New Year" premium red packet bag set upon designated spending.

ELEMENTS has specially incorporated chic features into the design of its "Flourishing New Year" red packets, showcasing a unique and fashionable fusion of Chinese and Western culture to welcome the arrival of a brand-new year.

Spend HK$2,000 to Redeem Limited-Edition "Flourishing New Year" Red Packets

ELEMENTS has selected the peony, an ancient symbol of fortune and prosperity, as this year's aesthetic theme. Representing an "anticipation of life", the emergence of the peony synchronises with springtime renewal, symbolising blessings of blossoming good fortune and abundance in the new year.

The design of ELEMENTS' red packets adopts elegant burgundy as the main tone to highlight the splendour of the peony, the "King of All Flowers".

Embossing is also employed to create a pronounced three-dimensional effect, making the vivid peonies appear to blossom on the paper, while the petals are decorated with golden accents to reveal the peonies' enchanting beauty and regal composure. These lavish red packets are also printed with a spot UV effect on the peonies, which further enhances the textural effect of the entire design.

From 4 January 2021 until 11 February 2021, customers with same-day single spending of HK$2,000 or above at ELEMENTS can redeem limited-edition "Flourishing New Year" red packets and a total of HK$2,000 rewards, including HK$1,000 ELEMENTS Dining Vouchers, and HK$1,000 Tenant Vouchers.

In addition, with spending of HK$10,000 or above, customers can redeem limited-edition "Flourishing New Year" red packets and a total of HK$3,800 ELEMENTS Gift Vouchers and Tenant Vouchers.

Spend HK$60,000 to Redeem HK$12,800 Rewards and Limited-Edition "Flourishing New Year" Premium Red Packet Bag Set

Furthermore, customers who spend HK$60,000 or above at ELEMENTS can also enjoy a total of HK$12,800 ELEMENTS Gift Vouchers and Tenant Vouchers, and the limited-edition "Flourishing New Year" premium red packet bag set.

The premium red packets are available in burgundy and gold versions, together with a fashionable two-way bag. Made of light and soft materials, this stylish handbag is fashioned in a chic golden colour to accentuate its elegant texture.

The length of the shoulder straps is adjustable for the perfect statement of fashion and elegance. This one-of-a-kind bag can also be used as either a side shoulder bag or a handbag with a detachable metal chain, enabling you to mix-and-match different looks anytime, anywhere!

Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Future of Wine: VIVANT® Presents The World’s First Live Streaming Wine Experience Platform

The Future of Wine

Aiming to accelerate the wine industry's transition to a sustainable future, VIVANT features responsible wine producers, transports members to wine regions around the world, and supports the industry through the 1% for Wine initiative.

The Future of Wine
The Future of Wine

VIVANT recently debuted the first interactive online platform to connect winemakers, consumers, and expert wine advisors in streaming Live Experiences™. The platform blends engaging interaction, personalized education, and lively entertainment, transporting members to iconic wine regions without leaving home. 

VIVANT is redefining how consumers learn about wine and supporting a more sustainable future for the industry, featuring the world's best tasting wines from responsible winemakers practicing sustainable, organic, and biodynamic viticulture. 

 "Our ambition is to recreate the magic of visiting a wine region without the carbon footprint of stepping on an airplane," said Michael Baum, CEO & Founder. "We've assembled a team of wine educators, product designers, software engineers, and media producers to immerse people in the world of wine like never before." 

On the platform, VIVANT's expert wine advisors connect members with the trailblazing winemakers who dedicate their lives to making sustainable wines for consumers to enjoy without damaging the environment. 

Through the platform's Experience Kits™, members can taste the wines featured in each session, and all VIVANT wines are available for subsequent purchase and shipment globally. VIVANT launches with three French wine regions: Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Loire, and new experiences from Alsace and Champagne will be available in December. In 2021, VIVANT will transport members to wine regions in Italy, Germany, Spain, and beyond. 

"VIVANT is a community of committed producers who want to change the approach to the wine world," said Claire Lurton, owner of Château Haut-Bages Libéral. "I am so proud to be part of VIVANT's beautiful mission." "One of the big forces of VIVANT is the selection of wines, sustainably produced", remarked Thiébault Huber, a former sommelier, and Domaine Huber-Verdereau's winemaker. "Another is the experience itself. No matter where you are in the world, you are transported to Burgundy and other amazing wine regions. VIVANT is fantastic." 

VIVANT's groundbreaking Interactive Tasting Method™ teaches members to taste like professionals, allowing consumers to enjoy wine better. Members get to assess wines interactively and compare their results to the expert's wine profiles. Wine IQ and Tasting Points let members test their knowledge and improve their skills while having fun competing with each other. 

VIVANT expert wine advisors are available anytime and anywhere to answer members' questions and share their wine recommendations. "Nothing compares to experiencing wine through the eyes of passionate winemakers and professional educators," said VIVANT Director of Education, Vanessa Guébels, DipWSET. "When I started my career as a wine educator, I dreamt about transmitting wine knowledge in an interactive and immersive format. With VIVANT, we are making the world of wine accessible for everyone." 

VIVANT's mission is to accelerate the wine world's transition to a sustainable future by amplifying responsible winemakers' voices, showing consumers naturally produced wines taste better, and building a global wine community committed to a better way. 

Annual membership starts at just $149.99 / €149.99 / £149.99 and is available online at www.vivant.eco. One percent of all membership fees and wine purchases help fund innovative new ideas and research positively impacting wine's future through VIVANT's 1% for Wine initiative.

徠卡香港展出紐約著名街頭攝影大師Jeff Mermelstein作品




若玩着手機的你抬起頭仔細察看,會發現Jeff Mermelstein 的街拍照片捕捉了現實生活中最怪誕的一刻。徠卡相機香港誠邀你到銅鑼灣旗艦店及國際金融中心商場專門店,觀賞Jeff Mermelstein那些記錄了紐約市最充滿奇幻色彩的街拍作品。 由即日起至3月尾,展覽會展出所有Jeff Mermelstein不可思議的作品,包括街知巷聞的「Sidewalk」,以街拍照片描繪出紐約市內幽默但令人不安的色彩。值得一提的是,「Sidewalk」同時是徠卡香港銅鑼灣旗艦店樓高 5 層的巨型幕牆上其中一幅壁畫,徠卡希望藉此結合香港本地文化,向攝影的藝術及歷史致敬 。作為以徠卡相機所拍攝的4張經典照片之一(它同時是2017年徠卡百年攝影展的展出作品),「Sidewalk」為徠卡歷史寫下重要一頁,可見他的創作靈感對自身和參展商帶來深遠影響。 

 Jeff Mermelstein在1957年生於新澤西州紐賓士域省,曾就讀於羅格斯大學及國際攝影中心。在他的職業生涯裡,個人攝影作品與出版刊物如《生活》(LIFE)、《紐約客》(The New Yorker)和《紐約時報雜誌》(The New York Times Magazine)的關係密不可分。一如Helen Levitt等攝影師的傳統,他亦在911事件及事件之後,於紐約街頭拍下了大量生活照片。他的個人作品由惠特尼美國藝術博物館,芝加哥藝術博物館、喬治·伊士曼博物館內的美國國際攝影博物館,以及紐約公共圖書館等機構所持有。

他亦曾獲季司金基金會獨立攝影師獎(Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship)和歐洲出版商攝影獎,自1988年起於國際攝影中心任教。 A pile of dirt Description automatically generated Merlmelstein恪守着3項攝影信念。第一,直覺比主題重要:「街拍時,不需要刻意設定拍攝主題。首先盡情捕捉某個瞬間,過一段時間後再回頭看自己的作品時,就會發現其中的關聯。對我來說,攝影就是發揮純粹的本能與直覺。」此外,他認為優秀的街拍作品能令人們感受到來自鏡頭另一端的興奮與敏銳,並使人發掘千萬次快門中迸發的驚喜故事。街頭攝影的關鍵之一:避免多餘的思考,依本能按下快門。不要猶豫,猶豫即意味著錯失。 第二,探索尋常中的瘋狂世界:「我認為從尋常中發現驚奇是令人興奮的。

我不是那種需要旅行才能拍照的攝影師。」就算是與家鄉僅一個小時車程的紐約市區,Jeff Mermelstein的攝影視角永遠像是帶觀眾到火星尋訪一般。自1980年代起,超過40年,他逡巡於紐約街頭,這片「火星樂土」永遠是他的攝影遊樂場。 最後,保持有趣:「只有有趣的人,才能拍出有趣的照片。」審美觀隨著時代變遷,但充滿生命力的古怪幽默卻貫穿了Jeff近50年的攝影生涯。這份值得反覆玩樂的趣味性,來自於攝影師本人對「當下」不懈的觀察與熱情參與。⠀ Jeff Mermelstein香港攝影展覽 日期:即日起至2021年3月31日 時間:11:00 am – 8:00 pm 地點: 徠卡香港銅鑼灣旗艦店 地址:銅鑼灣白沙道12號地舖 電話:2385 0118 徠卡香港國際金融中心專賣店 地址:香港中環港景街1號 國際金融中心商場2樓2026號舖 電話:2873 3230 如香港傳媒有意採訪,歡迎透過電郵查詢。 徠卡香港官方Facebook專頁:Leica Camera 徠卡香港官方Instagram專頁:leicacamerahk #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraHK #LeicaHK

January Happenings at Shangri-La Hotels

January Happenings at Shangri-La Hotels

Lobster Bar and Grill

Dry Jan

4 to 31 January 2021

Island Shangri-La Hong Kong's flagship bar would like to offer patrons a clean fresh start of the year with delicious #DryJanuary concoctions.

A healthier alternative to recharge and recover from all the festivities in December. A great chance to ditch the hangover when keeping guests drinking while not consuming alcohol.

January Happenings at Shangri-La Hotels

Lobby Lounge

New Year Afternoon Tea

1 January to 28 February 2021

January Happenings at Shangri-La Hotels

For an afternoon of sweet decadence, Lobby Lounge offers a delicious array of savouries and pastries that symbolise happiness and good luck for the year. Enhance the experience by adding a glass of bubbly or enjoying it with a cup of Single-Origin Premium Coffee.

The Red Afternoon Tea Set is priced at HKD 558 for 2 persons.

HK558/2 guests

cafe TOO

Create Your Own Buffet to Go

Till 28 February 2021

January Happenings at Shangri-La Hotels

Bring home a scrumptious international buffet spread. Guests can choose 2 starters, 2 soothing soups, 2 Western delicacies, 2 Asian specialties from the buffet menu, along with an assorted dessert sampler, priced at HKD 588 for 2 persons.

Available from 12 pm to 8 pm (Last order at 7 pm) daily.

A Vibrant Tribute to La Grande Dame

A Vibrant Tribute to La Grande Dame

A Vibrant Tribute to La Grande Dame

Veuve Clicquot and iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama are sending the world a cheerful message with a unique and colorful creation celebrating the House's new vintage, La Grande Dame 2012.

The original creation is Yayoi Kusama's vibrant tribute to "la grande dame" of Champagne, Madame Clicquot. This isn't the women's first encounter: in 2006 for a charity auction in Tokyo, Yayoi Kusama gave new life to an original portrait of Madame Clicquot by using her famous polka dots pattern.

Today, the dialogue continues between the House and the artist, reaching a new and inspiring milestone. Yayoi Kusama has designed the La Grande Dame 2012 case and bottle using her iconic symbols, flowers and polka dots. With Veuve Clicquot and Yayoi Kusama, a beautifully optimistic note is shared.

For Veuve Clicquot, it was essential to partner with an iconic and committed personality, much like the one who made Veuve Clicquot an emblematic Champagne house all those years ago. Despite being separated by 150 years and thousands of miles between their homelands, MadameClicquot and Yayoi Kusama share incredible similarities between their lives. It all begins with their well-to-do and strict childhoods. Both Nicole Barbe Ponsardin and Yayoi Kusama were well-born, and familiar with the rigidity that prevailed in the bourgeoisie of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Both women went on to counter that strictness throughout their lives, maintaining one goal: to gain independence and conquer the world.

Madame Clicquot acquired this independence when, as a 27-year-old widow, she took the reins of her late husband's Champagne house - all this at a time when women did not have the right to work or hold a bank account.

Yayoi Kusama gained hers when she left her native Japan to go to America at age 28. This emancipation helped define the bold character of these two extraordinary women, together with their creativity, daring and visionary spirit.

MadameClicquot then became one of the few women entrepreneurs in the world at this time. She revolutionized the champagne world with her major innovations, including the creation of the first known vintage in 1810, the creation of the first known blended rosé in 1818, and the design of the Maubeuge bottle which is still used today by most Champagne houses.

Yayoi Kusama boldly conquered the western art world, which was deeply masculine at the time. Yayoi Kusama also pioneered in her field to offer immersive experiences, notably with her Infinity Nets and Mirrored Rooms. She offered a new relationship with art, one where body and mind are integral parts of the work.

From Yayoi Kusama's work to Madame Clicquot's development of the House of Veuve Clicquot, these two daring figures demonstrate strong and flawless commitment. And today, their destinies converge in an unparalleled collaboration.

Finally, their shared dedication to their public makes the two women so close in spirit. MadameClicquot was driven by her customers' feedback with whom she exchanged thousands of letters, and Yayoi Kusama never ceases to imagine immersive creations that an audience can play with. And above all, both women went to great lengths to make those interactions relevant, beautiful and vibrant.

LA GRANDE DAME BY YAYOI KUSAMA: A MESSAGE OF HOPE & OPTIMISM

Yayoi Kusama's name for her creation, "My Heart That Blooms in The Darkness of The Night", is even more striking in the wake of the recent global crisis. The artist has applied her signature polka dots pattern as champagne bubbles that embody La Grande Dame 2012. Here, Yayoi Kusama and Veuve Clicquot's creative universes mix and mingle together in a sparkling, daring and optimistic collaboration.

TWO FASCINATING WOMEN TWO PARALLEL DESTINIES

For Veuve Clicquot, it was essential to partner with an iconic and committed personality, much like the one who made Veuve Clicquot an emblematic Champagne house all those years ago. Despite being separated by 150 years and thousands of miles between their homelands, MadameClicquot and Yayoi Kusama share incredible similarities between their lives. It all begins with their well-to-do and strict childhoods. Both Nicole Barbe Ponsardin and Yayoi Kusama were well-born, and familiar with the rigidity that prevailed in the bourgeoisie of the 19th and 20th centuries. Both women went on to counter that strictness throughout their lives, maintaining one goal: to gain independence and conquer the world.

Madame Clicquot acquired this independence when, as a 27-year-old widow, she took the reins of her late husband's Champagne house - all this at a time when women did not have the right to work or hold a bank account. Yayoi Kusama gained hers when she left her native Japan to go to America at age 28. This emancipation helped define the bold character of these two extraordinary women, together with their creativity, daring and visionary spirit.

MadameClicquot then became one of the few women entrepreneurs in the world at this time. She revolutionized the champagne world with her major innovations, including the creation of the first known vintage in 1810, the creation of the first known blended rosé in 1818, and the design of the Maubeuge bottle which is still used today by most Champagne houses.

Yayoi Kusama boldly conquered the western art world, which was deeply masculine at the time. Yayoi Kusama also pioneered in her field to offer immersive experiences, notably with her Infinity Nets and Mirrored Rooms. She offered a new relationship with art, one where body and mind are integral parts of the work.

From Yayoi Kusama's work to Madame Clicquot's development of the House of Veuve Clicquot, these two daring figures demonstrate strong and flawless commitment. And today, their destinies converge in an unparalleled collaboration.

Finally, their shared dedication to their public makes the two women so close in spirit. MadameClicquot was driven by her customers' feedback with whom she exchanged thousands of letters, and Yayoi Kusama never ceases to imagine immersive creations that an audience can play with. And above all, both women went to great lengths to make those interactions relevant, beautiful and vibrant.

Sunday, January 03, 2021

Four Royal Oak Grandes Complications and A Royal Oak Jumbo to Benefit One Drop and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundations

Four Royal Oak Grandes

Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is delighted to announce that four Royal Oak Grandes Complications Openworked, donated by Guy Laliberté, founder of One Drop, Cirque du Soleil and Lune Rouge, will be auctioned on December 12, 2020, as part of TIME COUNTS, organised by Phillips Auction House. 

Four Royal Oak Grandes Complications and A Royal Oak Jumbo to Benefit One Drop and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundations

This unprecedented lineup is complemented by a Royal Oak "Jumbo" Extra-Thin, signed by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. Net proceeds of this initiative will benefit the missions of the One Drop Foundation and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and support global water issues, environment preservation and communities in dire need. 

Four Royal Oak Grandes Complications and A Royal Oak Jumbo to Benefit One Drop and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundations

Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet


These 44mm Royal Oak Openworked models, created between 2007 and 2010, bring together the three refined horological complications that have defined the Grande Complication since the Manufacture's inception: the minute repeater, the perpetual calendar and the split-seconds chronograph. Its movement, calibre 2885, contains 648 components, all decorated and assembled by a single watchmaker - a meticulous process stretching over 8 months. 

Four Royal Oak Grandes
Royal Oak Grande

Approximately 10 Grandes Complications are crafted at Audemars Piguet's workbenches per year, making them rare finds on the market today. "These four iconic models represent the very first Royal Oak Grande Complication Openworked wristwatches and are accordingly engraved "N°1" on each caseback. It was a pleasure and honour for the watchmakers to rediscover and service these timeless masterpieces."

Michael Friedman Head of Complications The complicated openworked mechanism is given pride of place and made visible through the sapphire dial and caseback. Openworking has been an Audemars Piguet speciality since the 1930s. Highly trained experts create the movement by starting with the end design and working backwards. 

It is an art that demands horological mastery and profound knowledge of materials and finishing techniques to balance aesthetics and function. These Grande Complication watches are each enriched with a different hand-finished case in stainless steel or in 18-carat yellow, pink or white gold. 

The refined alternation of satin-brushed and polished surfaces accentuates the architecture of the Royal Oak case. A hand-stitched large square-scale alligator strap in brown hues or black adds the final touch. 

 To complement these rare Grandes Complications, TIME COUNTS also presents a highly coveted stainless steel 39mm Royal Oak "Jumbo" Extra-Thin, reminiscent of the original Royal Oak model designed by Gérald Genta which overturned prevailing codes in 1972. The current watch has retained the main original features including the octagonal bezel brazenly secured to the case with eight visible hexagonal screws, the faceted integrated bracelet with links descending in size and the blue "Petite Tapisserie" guilloché dial. The watch's elegant body of hand-finished steel presents the Audemars Piguet's trademark alternation of polished and satin-brushed surfaces. 

The Royal Oak "Jumbo" Extra-Thin is powered by the iconic Manufacture movement, calibre 2121—the thinnest selfwinding movement with date indication of its time, released in 1970. However, contrary to the original model, this watch is endowed with a sapphire caseback that reveals part of the mechanism and the dedicated oscillating weight in 22-carat gold. The caseback is also engraved with the signature of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. 

"We are proud to see that four of our Royal Oak Grandes Complications and one of our Royal Oak "Jumbo" Extra-Thin will benefit the One Drop and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundations to help make a positive long-term impact worldwide. Access to safe water and environmental preservation are causes close to our heart and complementary to the work of the Audemars Piguet Foundation. It is important to take action together to assist the most vulnerable, even more so in this time of global crisis." François-Henry Bennahmias, Chief Executive Officer "Born in Le Brassus, raised around the world."

Sunday, December 27, 2020

VENCHI OPENS ITS 12TH HONG KONG STORE AT APM

VENCHI OPENS ITS 12TH HONG KONG STORE AT APM - Exclusive gelato desserts launch in late December

Venchi

With an Italian heritage spanning over 140 years, Venchi has gained a global reputation in more than 70 countries. This December, Venchi will launch its 12th store in Hong Kong at one of the hottest shopping spot, apm mall in Kwun Tong. Known for traditional craftmanship, the pleasure in sharing and joy derived from a perfect Italian lifestyle, the apm store will offer guests an immersive Venchi experience. 

Take a seat at the first Venchi lounge in the city, a comfortable lounge area where shoppers can enjoy the new Gelato desserts. Guests to the store will be greeted by a variety of pick-and-mix, assortments ready for gift-giving and an eye-catching chocolate feature wall of 24 different chocolate bars. Learn about the different recipes and ingredients of Venchi’s signature Chocolate collection. 

Venchi

Try the single-origin chocolate from South America, Ecuador and Venezuela; or be amazed by the novelties such as Cremino, lingering hazelnut goodness from the gianduja chocolate alternates with classic Venchi flavours like pistachio and dark chocolate. Venchi’s rich history of tradition celebrates the genuine, artisanal and convivial nature of one of the most beloved Italian excellence in the world. 

The new apm store will offer another first for Hong Kong - gelato made fresh daily using selected and natural ingredients in Venchi's very own Gelato Lab. With 16 flavours and new flavours every month, Venchi gelato is a simple moment of pleasure in perfect Italian style. 

New exclusive gelato desserts will be available in late December. Meet the man in the gelato lab churning fresh gelato every day, Venchi Gelatiere Davide Spagnuolo. Davide is from Milan and he has been making and experimenting with for over 6 years. These new decadent Venchi desserts are made with tried and tested Italian tradition, customers can enjoy these creative and original gelato desserts which is only available at Venchi's apm store. 

Fly to the United Kingdom Quarantine-free* with Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways

Passengers that have spent the last 14 days in Hong Kong can now travel to the United Kingdom quarantine-free* when they fly with Qatar Airways. As one of the countries on the United Kingdom COVID-19 travel corridors, passengers travelling via Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar are not required to undergo the mandatory 14-days self-isolation restriction. In conjunction with the quarantine-free measures, the airline is offering exclusive fares for travellers to the United Kingdom, happening from now to 13 December 2020.

Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways

As entry restrictions around the world gradually begin to ease and with more flights getting reinstated, travellers who are planning to visit their favourite places again or reunite with their loved ones can take advantage of the all-inclusive fares starting from HKD 2,400 for a one-way trip and HKD 4,770 for a return trip to destinations such as London, Manchester and Edinburgh. This promotion is valid for travel until 31 December 2021 (Economy Class) and 30 September 2021 (Premium Class).

For full details, please visit www.qatarairways.com/FlytoUK. Mr Thomas Scruby, Vice President, Pacific, Qatar Airways said: “Qatar Airways has continuously shown to be a reliable and responsible airline during this pandemic. Our continued operation has enabled us to gain the trust of our passengers and accumulated unrivalled experience of how to safely carry passengers during this time. 

With the inclusion of Hong Kong and Qatar into the United Kingdom COVID-19 travel corridors, Qatar Airways is rolling out these special fares to unite more family and friends, as well as provide flexible travel options to passengers who wish to start travelling again.” 

Additionally, students can also enjoy the latest offers and exclusive benefits such as fare discounts and extra baggage allowance as they travel for their studies, return to school or visit friends and family during the holidays when they join Qatar Airways' newly launched Student Club. For more information, please visit qatarairways.com/StudentClub. 

To ensure that passengers can plan their travels with peace of mind, Qatar Airways has extended its booking policies to offer even more choice and allowing passengers unlimited date changes. Passengers can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 500 miles of the original destination. 

The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply. All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance. For full terms and conditions, visit qatarairways.com/RelyOnUs. 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and 'Best Business Class Seat', in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. 

It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’ title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times. In addition to offering excellent service for passengers, Qatar Airways is also focused on the sustainability of its operations. The airline’s variety of modern, fuel-efficient aircraft - particularly its fleet of 52 Airbus A350s and 30 Boeing 787s – reduces its carbon dioxide emissions. 

Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel demand, the airline has grounded its fleet of Airbus A380s as it is not environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market. Qatar Airways has also recently launched a new programme that enables passengers to voluntarily offset the carbon emissions associated with their journey at the point of booking. 

*Passengers arriving into the United Kingdom are encouraged to check the latest information via https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november.

JOHNNIE WALKER LAUNCHES FOUR LIMITED EDITIONS CELEBRATING ITS 200TH ANNIVERSARY

JOHNNIE WALKER

JOHNNIE WALKER
Johnnie Walker

2020 marks 200 years since John Walker first threw open the doors to a small grocery store in rural Scotland, beginning a journey that would take Johnnie Walker to the four corners of the world, making it the world’s leading Scotch Whisky today1. 200 years later we're celebrating the journey we’ve been on and opening the doors to the next 200 years. To celebrate this milestone, Johnnie Walker announces a series of four limited editions, just in time for the holiday gifting season. 

The four limited-edition releases are all about celebration: the celebration of the 200-year journey, celebration of 200 years of craft, celebration of the 1 IWSR 2018 the entrepreneurial spirit of Johnnie Walker and the celebration of the restless pursuit of flavour. 

Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design Celebrate Our 200 Year Journey Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design is the perfect gift for the whisky enthusiast in your life. This exclusive release celebrates 200 years since John Walker taking the first steps on the Johnnie Walker journey, when he first threw open the doors to a small grocery store in Kilmarnock, Scotland. 

The founder, John Walker, started a journey of exploration into craft and quality which has led the label to push the boundaries of what’s possible for two centuries - taking Scotch from the four corners of Scotland to the four corners of the world. The bespoke illustration on the pack design pays homage to some of the great cities and countries that have been part of our story over the past 200 years. Just one in 10,000 casks from our unparalleled reserves of maturing Scotch whisky, carefully crafted and curated for generations, have the remarkable depth of character needed by our small team of whisky makers to craft Johnnie Walker Blue Label. 

Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a velvety smooth and vibrant Scotch, the result of every lesson that’s been learned since John Walker took the first steps on this 200-year journey. With a rolling wave of rich spices giving way to a deep surge of vanilla sweetness and honey. Caramel and hazelnuts course through dark chocolate before a luxuriously long smoky finish. This is where rare casks, rare craft and rare character come together in one whisky.  

Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design (40% abv, 750ml), suggested retail price of HK$1,465, will be available at all Hong Kong major retail stores in late December 2020. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight Celebrate 200 Years of Craft Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight is a rare jewel crafted from only eight legendary distilleries, that existed when John Walker made the first steps on our journey 200 years ago. This exceptional release is a smooth, mellow Scotch made using some of the rarest whiskies from across the untamed wilds of Scotland, including exceptionally rare whiskies from “ghost” distilleries. 

The eight selected expressions are from Oban, Blair Athol, Lagavulin, Teaninich, Brora, Cambus, Port Dundas and Carsebridge, these distilleries are an inspiration to Johnnie Walker’s whisky makers today. At the first sip, a wonderful sweetness envelops the taste buds, through which notes of stone fruits, stewing apples and cocoa emerge, followed by an embrace of sweet toffee and a soft caress of brown sugar and vanilla notes before a wave of fresh orchard fruits are enveloped by a wisp of smoke in this mellow whisky. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight (43.8% abv, 750ml), suggested retail price of HK$2,800, will be available at all Hong Kong major retail stores in late December 2020.  

John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend Celebrate the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Johnnie Walker Two hundred years ago, whiskies were frequently inconsistent in quality due to their single malt origins. Being a forward thinker with unique ideas, John Walker came up with the idea of boldly blending the whiskeys to overcome the issue caused by the uneven quality, thus creating a new chapter in the era of Scottish blended whisky. 

John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend honours a breakthrough moment for John Walker & Sons, the release of Old Highland Whisky in the 1860s, the first commercial blend to be exported from Scotland to the four corners of the world. This exclusive release marks the inspirational moment in Johnnie Walker history that sparked iconic entrepreneurial innovations such as our slanted label and square bottle. The special edition box opens up to reveal a rare photo of John Walker’s grocery store in Kilmarnock of Scotland, from 200 years ago. 

Crafted using only whiskies from distilleries that were open before or during the 1860s, this blend is bottled at 51% ABV, reflective of many Scotch whiskies prior to the early 1900s. On the nose, this whisky has notes of sweet dried raisins, subtle spice and marzipan. The palate develops into hints of roasted nuts, icing sugar sweetness and gentle peat, with a soft pepper finish. This is an exceptional edition with bold, robust flavours that captures the essence of Johnnie Walker whisky. 

A Johnnie Walker whisky for all Johnnie Walker lovers. John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend (51% abv, 700ml), suggested retail price of HK$640, will be available at all Hong Kong major retail stores in late December 2020.  John Walker & Sons Bicentenary Blend Celebrate our Restless Pursuit of Flavour John Walker & Sons Bicentenary Blend is an exclusive whisky which takes you on a sensorial journey through the fragrant aisles of John Walker’s original grocery store, in 1820. 

This whisky explores the flavours and scents of where the journey started. Master Blender Jim Beveridge and his small team of expert whisky makers have drawn inspiration from the thrilling flavours listed on an original stock inventory, 200 years ago, from John Walker’s store. Using this as a window into the world where John started, they have meticulously crafted a complex and richly layered whisky. 

This is a whisky crafted using rare and exceptional whiskies, all aged for at least 28 years, including whiskies from long-closed “ghost” distilleries including Pittyvaich, Cambus and the soon to be reopened Port Ellen. Experience walking the aisles of John Walker’s store, as layers of spice reveal themselves before mingling with sweet honey and rich molasses inspired by the rows of tempting jars. 

Waves of sultanas, cocoa beans and herbal notes are carried on wisps of soft smoke leading you further into the grocery store with every sip. A sweet spice lingers as the door closes behind you. John Walker & Sons Bicentenary Blend (46% abv, 750ml), suggested retail price of HK$7,800, is now available at selective retail stores in Hong Kong.  

Additionally, Johnnie Walker collaborates with the world’s favourite whisky glass, Glencairn Glass, with a new range of coloured glasses, available in black, blue, red, green, and shimmering gold alongside the original clear glass. Each glasses are engraved with Johnnie Walker bespoke logo. Looks great in hand and at the same time, they are ideal for those whisky enthusiasts who enjoy blind tasting. 

During a limited period, at selective retail stores including Aeon, APITA, City’Super, SOGO, Wai Shing, Watson’s Wine Cellar, Yata, shoppers who purchase Johnnie Walker whiskies valued over $5,000 will receive a complimentary set of Johnnie Walker x Glencairn glass set (6 pieces), valued at $990, while stocks last.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Qatar Airways Introduces Festive Touches to Surprise and Delight Passengers This Holiday Season

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Introduces Festive Touches
Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is delighted to welcome this festive season by creating special moments that will surprise and delight our passengers both on board and on the ground. Passengers departing to and from Qatar Airways’ destinations in the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and select destinations in Asia and Africa, will enjoy the airline’s festivities from 19 December until 26 December. 
From the moment Business Class passengers arrive on board, they will be greeted with a seasonal welcome drink and a specially designed bespoke holiday menu card, featuring a range of flavoursome holiday dishes including smoked salmon tartare with pink pepper seared scallops, beetroot and ikura roe, beef wellington with turmeric mashed potato, grilled sweet potato, pumpkin, oyster mushroom and beef jus, and a spicy raspberry chocolate dome for dessert. 

Premium customers will also be presented with quiet reminders of this holiday season, including a festive napkin band wrapped around the cutlery pack and a rich hot chocolate with marshmallows. Passengers can stay entertained with the extensive collection of festive movies on the Oryx One Inflight Entertainment system and enjoy the airline’s turndown service when it is time for rest, complete with the added comfort of the signature limited edition ‘Seasons Greetings’ message pillow. 

 The Economy cabin will be dressed with festive headrest covers and customers travelling in Economy Class will also enjoy a delightful seasonal menu that includes turkey chasseur, turmeric mashed potato with parsley as a main course, and Christmas pudding for dessert. Qatar Airways has also created festive touches throughout the Al Mourjan Business Lounge at Hamad International Airport (HIA) for the very first time. Passengers can delight in the seasonal décor reflected in the flower arrangements, and holiday gift-box displays and feast on an assortment of holiday delicacies from the buffet or select from the special digital à la carte menu. 

For those passengers wanting to embrace the spirit of the season, a large communal table with stunning decorations including holiday-inspired placemats, bread liners, napkin bands and table décor will bring people together to share a meal which amongst many choices can include Waldorf salad, stuffed turkey roulade, beef wellington, yule log, gourmet hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows, signature mocktails and more. 

 Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “This year has been incredibly challenging due to the ongoing pandemic. That is why this year we are investing more efforts than ever before into our festive activities on board and at HIA, to bring the joy back to flying. In the coming weeks, tens of thousands of passengers will travel with us for a vacation or to visit family and friends abroad and our aim is to continue to unite family and friends and make their journey even more memorable during this special time.” 

When travelling with Qatar Airways during the festive season, passengers can expect the highest levels of safety throughout their journey. The airline’s onboard safety measures include the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and a complimentary protective kit and disposable face shields for passengers. Business Class passengers on aircraft equipped with Qsuite can enjoy the enhanced privacy this award-winning business seat provides, including sliding privacy partitions and the option to use a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 30 destinations including Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, London and New York. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and at HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety. 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’ title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.

CHRISTIE’S PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR 2020

CHRISTIE’S PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR 2020

CHRISTIE’S PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR 2020



Global sales £3.4 billion / $4.4 billion

- Down 25% compared to 2019, driven by the drop in live auction sales
- Primarily due to the overall impact of the pandemic on supply
- Demand remained strong, with a high sell-through rate of 81% across all sales

Online-only sales and digital innovations as a major driver for future growth

- While live auction sales were largely suspended during Q2 due to COVID-19 precautions, Christie’s immediate acceleration of its digital strategy at the start of the pandemic ensured business continuity across the year and expanded the global reach of its sale activities exponentially - Online-only sales were up 262% in 2020 (£243 million / $311 million), marking a record total for the channel. -

With more than 200 sales in 2020, this channel contributed more than 10% of total auction sales - Registrants from 104 different countries participated in online-only sales by year-end
- More than 1 million combined viewers watched Christie’s live-streamed marquee week sales.

Private sales close to £1bn in 2020, a record total for this channel (projected £987 million / $1.3 billion) - Up 57% compared to 2019 - Christie’s sold more works above $25 million via private sales than at auction - Innovative formats were introduced such as Dream Big, an ambitious online exhibition of monumental sculpture with works sold entirely in-situ and through Christie’s digital platform · 

Buying trends show an influx of new clients and millennial collectors
- 36% of all buyers new to Christie’s in 2020, with strong input from online-only sales
- 32% of all new online-only sale buyers are millennials (23-38 years old)
- 34% of global spend in auction sales went to buyers in Asia, well-balanced by Americas (33%) and EMEA (33%)
- Of the top prices achieved at Christie’s this year for works by living artists under 45, 9 out of 10 were sold in our Hong Kong saleroom. 

Positive outlook for 2021 - H2 2020 saw 25% growth compared to H2 2019, driven by strong global demand, indicating a positive market orientation for 2021
- Exceptional collection sales ahead - 

In January in New York: The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund, an unparalleled collection of fine and decorative art, jewels and books, to be offered in live and online sales. In March in London: The Collection of Claude Hersaint, one of the most comprehensive Surrealist collections in the world, with works by Ernst, Magritte and Miró to lead the Art of the Surreal Evening Sale with a collective pre-sale estimate of £21-32 million. 

Francis Bacon's Sand Dune will also be offered in March, a distinctive painting from 1981 that featured in recent exhibitions in Paris and Houston.

Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, commented: "In 2020,the global pandemic deeply impacted the art market, as it did for almost all industries. We are now looking forward to 2021 with optimism, for two major reasons: global demand for art and objects remains strong with an impressive influx of new clients, especially millennials; and Christie’s has introduced digital innovations that significantly strengthened our business model, providing clients with greater flexibility to transact with us through our live auction, online-only, and private sales platforms."

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong - Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day 2021

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
Ritz-Carlton


The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is delighted to present Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day on 
Sunday, January 10, 2021, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. Nearby on the same day, W Hong Kong is also hosting WED YOUR WAY Wedding Consultation Day, making West Kowloon a must-visit neighborhood for brides- and grooms-to-be. 

Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day In a time of such uncertainty due to the pandemic, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong still promises to curate personalized wedding ceremonies and banquets that leave indelible memories thanks to the luxury hotel’s legendary service and versatile event spaces. 

Unlike any previous wedding consultation days, Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day showcases the Hotel’s flexibility and adaptability under social distancing restrictions. The event shines a spotlight on the newly launched “Vows for Eternity” wedding ceremony packages through a live demonstration at our naturally-lighted open event space on Level 3. 

The mock ceremony showcases picture-perfect decorations by Free Concept; bridal dress by female-founded brand TH&TH based in Royal Leamington Spa, England; wedding suit by MODE Tuxedo; elegant makeup by Aiko Tsang Make Up; and photography service by Derek Photography. 

Guests may witness the ceremony right at the open event space, or watch the ceremony live-streamed by Journal Book on the LED wall inside Diamond Ballroom, to experience how to say “I do” with the love and blessings of their wedding guests even under social distancing restrictions. 

For guests who are not able to attend the event, stay tuned for the live-streaming session at 4:00 pm on The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong’s Facebook event page at https://fb.me/e/20mrvIQTI. Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day will be conducted by appointment only. For reservations and enquiries, please contact (852) 2263 2380 or hkweddings@ritzcarlton.com. “Vows for Eternity” Wedding Ceremony Packages For those looking to tie the knot with an intimate ceremony, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong has launched two special packages for up to 20 guests. 

“Vows for Eternity” wedding ceremony package features the sophisticated venue with high ceilings and natural daylight on Level 3 of the Hotel, while “Vows for Eternity in the Sky” features the remarkably spacious Carlton Suite located at Level 113 or higher, with 180-degree panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline. Both packages are priced at HK$22,888 with 10% service charge, and include exclusive usage of the venue for two hours as well as the following benefits: · Floral decoration and bouquet · Personalized butler for the bride and groom throughout the event ·

Complimentary 4-hour parking for up to two cars in the ICC parking lot · Preferential room rates for guests staying in the Hotel and overseas Ritz-Carlton properties · Bonus Marriott Bonvoy points and worldwide privileges · 15% savings on food items at Café 103, The Lounge & Bar, Tin Lung Heen, Tosca di Angelo and Ozone prior to the wedding day (subject to availability and blackout dates) · 

The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong Wedding Club membership, which includes exclusive dining, Spa and accommodation offers 

For reservations and enquiries, please contact (852) 2263 2380 or hkweddings@ritzcarlton.com. Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day Venue: Diamond Ballroom, Level 3, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Time: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm 

Price: Free admission; By appointment only. Call (852) 2263 2380 or email hkweddings@ritzcarlton.com WED YOUR WAY Wedding Consultation Day Venue: Great Room, Level 7, W Hong Kong Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Time: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm Price: Free admission; By appointment only. Call (852) 3717 2927 or email events.whk@whotels.com

Friday, December 25, 2020

CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART AUTUMN AUCTIONS

CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART AUTUMN AUCTIONS ACHIEVED HK$323,363,750 / US$41,922,755

On 30 November, Christie's held four themed live auctions for Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art: The Chang Wei-Hwa Collection of Archaic Jades - Xia, Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties, Inspiring the mind - Life a scholar-official, Imperial Glories from the Springfield Museums Collection, and Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 

CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART AUTUMN AUCTIONS
Art Auction

The combined sales realized a total of HK$323,363,750 / US$41,922,755, with the top lot of each sale all surpassing their pre-sale high estimates. 

Overall Sale Highlights 61% lots across all four sales sold above their high estimates The Chang Wei-Hwa Collection of Archaic Jades 100% sold, more than tripling its pre-sale low estimate, with 84% of lots sold surpassing their high estimates Imperial Glories from the Springfield Museums Collection was 100% sold, more than doubling its pre-sale low estimate, and with 75% of sold lots surpassing their high estimates. 

The selection of Chinese furniture including Zitan and Huanghuali objects achieved standout prices, totaling HK$90,112,500 / US$11,682,708, exceeding their high estimates Chi Fan Tsang, Deputy Chairman, Specialist Head of Department, commented, "We were privileged to once again offer several prominent private collections this season, most notably the Springfield Museums collection and the Chang Wei-Hwa Collection of Archaic Jades in dedicated single sales, which were enthusiastically received by collectors and were 100% sold at multiples of their low estimates. 

We witnessed healthy bidding across our top lots this season, most of which sold over their high estimates, reflecting strong demand for celebrated works of art of various categories, from throughout the course of Chinese history.