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

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.


 

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.

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."