Sunday, January 31, 2021

精製足料魚湯 限量三款暖胃「真·本地鮮魚湯泡飯」

精製足料魚湯


在輾轉的疫情下,食肆禁令讓不少餐廳食肆的生意大受打擊。為配合食客對美食的堅持同時憂慮外出飲食的心態,以新鮮海鮮私房菜聞名的《燒邦海鮮私房菜》在疫情下,耗盡心思,務求為食客帶來疫情下仍能嘆一頓美味且充滿主理人邦老闆心血的菜式。

邦老闆將由即日起推出一道以足料魚湯為主的菜式─「真·本地鮮魚湯泡飯」,共設三款魚湯泡飯。 邦老闆一直堅持每天親自從香港仔漁市場嚴選生猛海鮮,令不少顧客一再回頭光顧,而這次推出的主打魚湯亦不例外,絕對是誠意以作。

精製足料魚湯

魚湯用上接近二十斤的鮮魚及配料,熬製達四小時的真材實料、屬於香港本地嘅魚湯,從一道看似簡單的魚湯更加突顯邦老闆對食物製作的追求,為求令出品均有私房菜的水準。 「對粵菜、熟客及煮食的一份堅持,不會受疫情阻擋。」 「生意難做,但絕對會堅持做,亦會堅持真材實料。」邦老闆在疫情下難免生意大受影響,但因自己的一份信念及熱誠,即使再艱難也會堅持落去。邦老闆自在00年後開始鑽研粵菜,亦擅於運用新鮮的海鮮食材製作頂級的料理,推出魚湯就是希望為香港人帶來高質粵菜,讓更多人懂得欣賞粵菜。

「這道魚湯是真正粵式、真材實料的私房菜,沒甚麼人會這樣做,實在太費功夫。」 邦老闆鮮魚湯泡飯6.jpg邦老闆鮮魚湯泡飯5.jpg 邦老闆一手一腳處理鮮魚到製作魚湯湯料多個工序,確保魚湯足料及充滿鮮味。 其中邦老闆感觸在生意大受影響下仍有熟客前來光顧,令他更堅持面對逆境,繼續帶來精製的粵菜「這種情況仍會繼續行,有客人特意過來找我,份外開心及感恩。」 邦老闆足料「真·本地鮮魚湯泡飯」 邦老闆會親身選購鮮魚製作魚湯,然後加入配料及藥材令魚湯味道溫和,去除腥味。

足料魚湯用料大約二十斤,加入四十斤水後,熬製約四小時,讓食材有足夠時間釋放精華,而每天精製的魚湯只有十餘斤。最後加入新鮮的海鮮料,製成美味的魚湯佳餚,絕對是冬日暖胃之選。 現共推出三款「真·本地鮮魚湯泡飯」(每日限量50碗): 1. 本灣海龍(鮮魷)魚湯泡飯 $ 108 2. 深海花尾龍躉魚湯泡飯 $ 138 3. 野生海班 魚湯泡飯 $ 168(超限量,敬請查詢) 目前只接受電話、facebook或whatsapp落單,若想確保能試到邦老闆的魚湯泡飯,最好提前一日預訂。我們暫時只能提供外賣自取或到付,不設堂食。

Discover Qatar Announces the Launch of its Very First Expedition Cruise

Discover Qatar

Discover Qatar
Discover Qatar

Discover Qatar, the destination management subsidiary of Qatar Airways, has announced the launch of its very first expedition cruise series, which will offer guests an awe-inspiring experience while travelling in luxury and comfort around Qatar's coastline. The cruises, which are designed for seasoned and adventurous travellers, provide a unique opportunity to observe the largest gathering of the world's largest living fish – the Whale Shark – in the Al Shaheen marine zone. 

 Whale Sharks, often referred to as 'gentle giants', are estimated to have existed for 60 million years. They can live up to 100 years and grow up to 12 metres in length – about the size of a large school bus. 

Between the summer months of April and September, during their annual migration to the region, Whale Sharks are found feeding in groups of hundreds in the Al Shaheen marine zone within the Arabian Gulf, which lies 80 kilometres off the northern coast of Qatar. 

 The Discover Qatar expedition cruise will give passengers the privilege of accessing the Al Shaheen restricted marine zone – a diverse ecosystem of immense natural beauty – to witness the majesty of the Whale Shark gathering, as well as a unique coastal exploration adventure. 

From observing Whale Sharks, snorkelling in coral reefs, exploring mangroves to gliding through the turquoise waters of Khor Al Adaid channel, a team of expert guides, marine biologists, naturalists and ornithologists will lead guests to identify local wildlife, offer a cultural perspective on the sites explored and ensure a memorable expedition experience. 

 Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: "Qatar is a unique setting for expedition cruises and I am hugely excited to launch our first product in this area to show off our country's beauty to the world. Qatar, with its abundance of rugged, untouched nature, surrounded by crystal waters and a unique biodiverse ecosystem, offers exciting adventures that allow visitors to connect with nature and visit areas of Qatar that are only accessible by the sea. 

Also, our guests will have the unparalleled opportunity to observe the biggest gathering of the world's largest fish – the Whale Sharks." Discover Qatar offers customers an eight-night, nine-day expedition cruise package onboard a luxury expedition ship on full-board basis. 

Guests will enjoy five-star services, elegant accommodation, sight-seeing discoveries and exploration adventures while the highly trained crew will ensure safe travel in comfort and style. Customers will also have the opportunity to extend their travel to a ten-night, eleven-day package, including a three nights stay in Doha, to explore the city's cultural heritage and traditions, visit must-see attractions and landmarks, as well enjoy the colourful commerce and culinary offers within Souq Waqif's vibrant alleyways. 

Discover Qatar has partnered with PONANT, the world's leader in luxury expeditions cruising, to offer this cruise series. Guests will travel on board 'Le Champlain', one of PONANT's new explorer-class cruise ships, which boasts innovative features, stylish design and cutting-edge technology. 

This impressive ship takes elegance and class to the seas offering 92 luxurious staterooms and suites equipped with high-end amenities, a 24-hour butler service, two restaurants and a luxury-level spa. Customers will also enjoy an infinity pool and a multi-sensory futuristic underwater lounge with large observation windows below the waterline. 

A hydraulic platform will ease disembarking and embarking when guests participate in expeditions. Cruise season will start in March 2021 and will run seven consecutive weekly departures. Prices start from USD 5,295 per person. For more information visit https://www.discoverqatar.qa/whale-sharks-of-qatar.

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Celebrate Chinese New Year & Valentine's Day at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

Celebrate Chinese New Year & Valentine's Day

Spring into the Year of the Ox at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong with a myriad of exciting festive experiences including festive accommodation packagesThe Ritz-Carlton Classic CasseroleTin Lung Heen Chinese New Year Puddings & Hampers, and festive feasts.

Treat your beloved to a romantic getaway with our 520 I Love You Staycation, or indulge in the "Red is for Romance"Afternoon Tea in collaboration with Chinese fine jewelry brand Qeelinat Café 103 for a perfect Valentine's Day.

Celebrate Chinese New Year & Valentine's Day at The Ritz-Carlton

Following a successful collaboration back in 2017, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong and Chinese fine jewelry brand Qeelin join forces again to present Qeelin "Red is for Romance" Afternoon Tea in celebration of Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day.

Available beginning February 1 through March 31, 2021, Qeelin "Red is for Romance" Afternoon Tea at Café 103 of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is going to please the palates of gourmets and jewelry connoisseurs by merging contemporary Chinese flavors and fine craftsmanship with a whimsical touch, exemplifying the unique character of Qeelin.

Housed in either an exclusive gourd-shaped tea set stand paying homage to the jeweler's ever-popular Wulu Collection (Chinese symbol of blessing and positive energy), or a newly-designed longevity lock-shaped stand inspired by the brand's signature Yu Yi Collection (Chinese symbol of good luck and longevity), this afternoon tea collaboration promises to be a new luxury benchmark for this postmeridian tradition, as well as the perfect festivity to celebrate Spring Festival and Valentine's Day.

The hotel's talented culinary team has meticulously created a total of five savory and five sweet items for this convivial collaboration. Highlights include Marinated Abalone & Mushroom Tartlet, Braised Pork Rib & Cheese Crepe Roll with Plum Gelée, Orange & Ginger Choux & Chili Chocolate & Red Bean Tart.

Guests who order Qeelin Festive Afternoon Tea for two will be entitled to one gift redemption card (available on a first-come, first-served basis while stock lasts).

An exclusive gift is redeemable at any Qeelin boutiques in Hong Kong until April 30, 2021.Terms and conditions apply. For reservations and inquiries, please call (852) 2263 2270 or email restaurantreservation.hk@ritzcarlton.com.

Date: February 1 to March 31, 2021 Time: 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm Price: HK$418 for one; HK$698 for two HK$428 for one; HK$728 for two (on February 12, 13 & 15, 2021) HK$438 for one; HK$808 for two (on February 14, 2021) Enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut, Yellow Label NV, Champagne at a supplement of HK$198 Venue: Café 103, Level 103, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong *All prices are subject to 10% service charge. Chinese New Year Program 2021 Full program: http://bit.ly/RCHKCNY2021ENG (English version); http://bit.ly/RCHKCNY2021CHI (Chinese version)

Highlights

1. The Ritz-Carlton Classic Winter Casserole (Order link: https://www.ritzcarltonhkshop.com/en/festive-promotions) Stay warm and cozy at home this Chinese New Year with the newly-launched Ritz-Carlton Classic Winter Casserole (Poon Choi).

The carefully prepared menu includes a total of 18 premium delicacies for each person. Highlights include 5-head whole abalone, fish maw, sea cucumber, conpoy, dried oysters, king prawns and more. Available in portions for one, two, six and eight persons, this winter warmer is perfect for an intimate dinner with your loved one, or a hearty feast with family and friends.

2. Tin Lung Heen Chinese New Year Puddings & Hampers (Order link: https://www.ritzcarltonhkshop.com/en/Puddings-hampers)

Michelin-starred Tin Lung Heen has meticulously prepared five pudding sets and two hampers in celebration of Chinese New Year. Enjoy 20% off on puddings and gift sets (except Premium Tin Lung Heen Red Dates and Bird's Nest Coconut Pudding Gift Set), as well as 15% off on hampers upon confirmation of payment by January 17, 2021.

Enjoy 30% off upon purchasing 50 or more puddings and gift sets (except Premium Tin Lung Heen Red Dates and Bird's Nest Coconut Pudding Gift Set), as well as 20% off upon purchasing 10 hampers or more.

3. "Bring It Ox" Chinese New Year Staycation (Booking link: http://bit.ly/RCHKFestiveRoomPackage)
Date: From February 11 to 15, 2021 inclusive
As the Year of the Ox signifies a time to rebuild and recharge, kick start New Year opportunities with "Bring It Ox" Chinese New Year staycation.

Celebrate with loved ones, family, or friends with themed amenities, champagne, Chinese New Year feast, and more.
Double your fortune by staying for two or more nights or more to enjoy exclusive benefits including a complimentary room upgrade, Qeelin "Red is for Romance" Afternoon Tea for Two, and The Ritz-Carlton picnic basket for two.

Package includes:
· One night accommodation in a Deluxe Room
·Daily breakfast at The Lounge & Bar for up to two guests
· One complimentary bottle of Ritz champagne and themed amenities
For bookings on February 11, 12, 13 & 15, 2021: Five-course Chinese New Year Dinner for two guests at The Lounge & Bar (once per stay)
· For bookings on February 14, 2021: Four-course Valentine's Day Dinner Menu to be served in guestroom (once per stay)
· Guests who book two nights or more will enjoy the following benefits:
· Room upgrade from Deluxe Room to Deluxe Victoria Harbour Room*
· Qeelin "Red is for Romance" Afternoon Tea for two guests at Café 103 (once per stay)
The Ritz-Carlton Picnic Basket for two guests to be served in the guestroom (once per stay) *Room upgrade is subject to availability

4. Sky High Staycation (Booking link: http://bit.ly/RCHKSkyHighStaycation)
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at the highest hotel in the world where you can feast, relax, and enjoy a limited time offer with breakfast for two with the breathtaking Victoria Harbour views.

To celebrate Chinese New Year, guests who book "Sky High Staycation" package from February 1 to 15, 2021 inclusive are entitled to the following additional benefits:
· Special rate for reservations of two nights including daily breakfast for up to two guests at The Lounge & Bar
· Priority booking for Qeelin "Red is for Romance" Afternoon Tea for two persons during their stay (three days advance booking is required; available on a first-come-first-served basis)

5. Chinese New Year Dining Events - Highlights include:
Tin Lung Heen Chinese New Year 6-course Set Lunch Menu
Date: February 12-26, 2021
Time: 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Price: HK$728 per person
Ozone Ultimate Chinese New Year Brunch
Time: 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
Price: HK$788 per adult including semi-buffet with a choice of one main course
HK$498 per child including semi-buffet with a choice of one main course and free-flow of fruit-secco and soft drinks for two hours.

Optional beverage offerings:
+HK$198 for free-flow of fruit-secco and soft drinks for two hours
+HK$348 for free-flow of selected cocktails, Veuve Clicquot champagne, house wine and beer for two hours
+HK$888 for free-flow of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne for two hours
+HK$1,588 for free-flow of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008 champagne for two hours
*All prices are subject 10% service charge
Valentine's Day Program 2021
Full program: http://bit.ly/RCHKVDAY2021ENG (English version); http://bit.ly/RCHKVDAY2021CHI (Chinese version)
Highlights:
1. 520 I Love You Staycation (Booking link: http://bit.ly/RCHK520ILoveYou)
Enjoy a romantic getaway with your loved one with our "520 I Love You" staycation. In celebration of Valentine's Day, guests who enjoy "520 I Love You" package from February 11 to March 14, 2021 inclusive are entitled to the following additional benefits:
· Special rate for reservations of two nights including daily breakfast for up to two guests at The Lounge & Bar ·

First ten confirmed two-night stays overlapping February 14, 2021 can enjoy a complimentary photo shoot by a professional photographer at our most Instagrammable suite with a corner view (limited to two guests per booking).

2. Valentine's Day Dining Events on February 14, 2021 - Highlights include: Ozone Valentine's Day 5-Course Set Dinner
Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Price: HK$1,288 per person with a glass of Ruinart Rosé champagne
Ozone Ultimate Romance Dining Experience
Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Price: HK$15,000 per couple
Package includes:
·
Overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Victoria Harbour Room
· Exclusive use of private dining room O3
· Personalized 5-course dinner menu
· One bottle of Dom Pérignon Rosé Champagne
· One bouquet of 99 roses
· Guests may opt for room upgrade at a supplement:
-
Upgrade to Deluxe Victoria Harbour Suite at an additional HK$6,999
- Upgrade to Premier Executive Suite at an additional HK$16,999
- Upgrade to Carlton Suite at an additional HK$26,999
Tosca di Angelo Valentine's Day 6-course Dinner
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Price: HK$2,680 per person
HK$3,480 per person with caviar pairing
The Lounge & Bar Sky High Valentine's Day Dinner Buffet
Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Price: HK$1,310 per adult
HK$760 per child
*All prices are subject 10% service charge

3. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Hong Kong - Love in the Clouds Couple Experience
Date: Available from January 1 to February 28, 2021
Price: HK$6,180 for two (non-peak) | HK$6,580 for two (peak)
Specially designed for every loving couple this Valentine's Day, Love in the Clouds is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, exclusively offered in the sophisticated Jasper or Amber couple treatment suite.

Package includes: · Complimentary upgrade to couple treatment suite
· 30-minute nourishing milk and honey bath at the Harbour view couple's suite
· 60-minute personalized massage (excluding Lava Shell Massage and Cryotherapy Massage)
· 60-minute 111SKIN facial
· Light meal presentation at Club Lounge
· Access to swimming pool and fitness center on Level 118 on the day of the treatment
· Two glasses of champagne
· An exclusive gift
*All prices are subject to 10% service charge.

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong - January Flash Sale

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong - January Flash Sale | Festive Takeaway & Delivery | Junior Aviator Program | Pastry Pop-up Shop

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong - January Flash Sale

January Flash Sale From January 22 to 28, 2021, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is rolling out an array of exciting, limited-time offers to satisfy all your luxurious accommodation, dining and wellness needs.

Qeelin "Red is for Romance" Afternoon Tea will also be available, making this special event not-to-be-missed.

Date: January 22, 2021 11:00 am – January 28, 2021 11:59 pm Link: http://bit.ly/RCHKJanFlashSale2021 (The link will be activated on January 22, 2021 at 11:00 am)

"Fly High Dream High" Junior Aviator Program

Being the first and only hotel in Hong Kong to partner up with Junior Aviator Academy (JAA), The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong presents "Fly High Dream High" Junior Aviator Program featuring flight simulator experience above the clouds, exclusively designed for hotel in-house guests and restaurant patrons.

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong - January Flash Sale

The one-hour program takes place in the comfort of the hotel's spacious suite, where students will have a fun-filled aviation adventure in the sky with hands-on flight simulator experience, aircraft model making session, as well as an interactive lecture led by aviation professionals.

Pilot uniforms are also available for young guests to try on during the program, where they may strike a pose for an Instagrammable shot with the stunning Hong Kong skyline as backdrop. Each student will receive a certificate upon completion of the program as memorabilia.

An exclusive price of HK$880 net per child per session is available for The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong's in-house guests and restaurant patrons only. Children above five years old are welcome. ·

Chinese New Year Takeaway & Delivery

Stay warm and cozy at home this Chinese New Year with the newly-launched Ritz-Carlton Classic Winter Casserole (Poon Choi), or a Tin Lung Heen Michelin Roast.

Order link: https://www.ritzcarltonhkshop.com/en/takeaway

Valentine's Day Gift Sets & Perfectly Romantic Roasts

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong has carefully prepared Romantic Gift Sets with choices of an ultimate luxury caviar cake or a delightful heart-shaped cake, each comes with a bouquet of eight roses and a bottle of Ritz Champagne, promising to win the heart of your valentine.

For those seeking a cozy and intimate celebration, order our Perfectly Romantic Roast brimming with love, romance and irresistible delicacies.

Order link: https://www.ritzcarltonhkshop.com/en/takeaway

"She Said Yes" Proposal Staycation Looking to pop the question?

Allow The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong to be part of this unforgettable moment and help curate a flawless and memorable proposal overlooking the spectacular Victoria Harbour.

Booking link: http://bit.ly/RCHKSheSaidYes

Pastry Pop-up Store

Pastry connoisseurs rejoice as The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong warms up its pop-up pastry shop on Level 9 Arrival Lobby, where Chief Baker Alan Or's newest creation Laminated Baguette, a hybrid of croissant and baguette, is going to make its debut.

His signature croissants, muffins, mini-cakes, and other artisanal delicacies are available alongside a wonderful coffee and tea selection.

These limited-time offerings make perfect for a tasty breakfast or a midday pick-me-up.

Available from January 18 to February 14, 2021 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm only.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Zuma Hong Kong 二月呈獻新春及情人節餐饗禮遇


踏入二月份,隨著農曆新年的來臨,亦意味著一年一度的情人節也即將到來。如果你正打算以佳餚與家人、朋友或摯愛一同度過喜氣和幸福時刻,高級時尚日式居酒屋Zuma Hong Kong絕對是你的最佳之選。 精緻日式意頭菜餚喜迎新春 為迎接農曆新年,Zuma Hong Kong嚴選頂級食材,呈獻多款滿載吉祥祝福的精緻日式料理,如喜氣洋洋的蒜香牛油烤龍蝦、寓意年年有餘的智利鱸魚配青辣椒薑汁及和風蒜味燒肉眼喜迎牛年。 
情人節限定的嚐味菜單 Zuma情人節限定的嚐味菜單(每位港幣1,480元)以一系列誘人的菜式驚艷味蕾,為你締造難忘的情人節。當中包括奢華而輕巧細膩的海膽魚子醬伴檸汁油甘魚,海螯蝦天婦羅及日本宮崎和牛西冷伴Périgord黑松露。Zuma甜品總廚Eddy Lee更特意設計別具心裁的朱古力軟心覆盆子蛋糕伴雲尼拿芝士(亦可以港幣220元單點),柔滑的朱古力配上酸甜的覆盆子,輕巧細膩與暖意細膩的質感相織交錯,將浪漫的滋味緊緊圍繞心弦。 

 疫情下,如今年未能外出用餐過節,Zuma更推出情人節嚐味外賣套餐將浪漫氣氛帶到家中,特色菜式包括辣味柚子蟹肉湯、火炙薄切和牛、脆辣珍珠吞拿魚腩卷和銀鱈魚西京燒。

套餐價錢為港幣 1,800元(二人份),凡訂購情人節嚐味外賣套餐,客人更可以優惠價港幣 300 元加配Ruinart香檳一支。如打算為摯愛製作愛心甜品,Zuma精心準備了經典的巧克力流心蛋糕,並付上烹調指引,讓你在家也能完美複製餐廳美食。 人氣週末早午餐窩心過節 農曆新年和情人節期間,Zuma將供應人氣早午餐,讓你與摯愛、親人或朋友一同享用豐盛饗宴及源源不絕的Ruinart 香檳,舉杯迎接美好的新一年。 

 週末早午餐 日期: 2021年2月12至14日 時間: 由上午11時起 價錢: 經典套餐 – 每位港幣988元 豪華套餐 – 每位港幣1,388元 尊尚套餐 – 每位港幣2,130元 無酒精套餐 – 每位港幣738元 小童 – 每位港幣350元

Lyre's

Lyre's

Lyre's
Lyre's

Lyre's is known for its exquisite range of impossibly crafted non-alcoholic spirits that offers the freedom to drink your drink your way. Consumers are able to enjoy their favourite classic and contemporary cocktails with the same great appearance, aroma and taste, with the benefit of no or low alcohol - suitable for individuals who wish to opt for more mindful drinking and a healthier lifestyle without the need to sacrifice the social experience.

Lyre's Non-Alcoholic Spirits are great CNY gifts for loved ones to enjoy sophisticated alternatives to alcohol over the holiday, ideal for all kinds of gatherings and special occasions with family and friends.

Lyre's cocktails are non-alcoholic, ultra-low calorie, vegan, and gluten free, suitable for everyone and all types of dietary needs Lyre's can cater to everyone's drinking preference and no one will feel left out at the party Lyre's takes hosting to another level as families and friends can engage in a creative competition to see who makes the best healthy cocktail.

For Valentine's Day, set the mood of the evening and show your love and care with some romantic drinks.

Lyre's Non-Alcoholic Spirits makes everyone the perfect Valentine by offering the other half the choice to drink the way they like.

Featured Lyre's products and drinks ideas for lucky CNY and romantic Valentine's Day

Recommended Retail Price: HKD 380 per bottle

Lyre's Dry London Spirits

Firm flavours with juniper and citrus. Earthy notes fill the mid-palate which has lovely vinous qualities. The pepperberry adds warmth and delivers a generous, dry finish.

Lyre's American Malt

Generous flavours of vanilla and toasted nuts with herbal notes providing a complexity, offset by a long mellow finish. The gently spiced palate results in the flavours remaining well after finishing.

Lyre's Aperitif Rosso

Rich mouthful of flavours follows the bouquet with blood orange and vanilla taking the lead. Caramel, citrus pith and cacoa brings balance, adding to the mouth coating mid-palate.

Lyre's Italian Orange

Rich mouthful of flavours with blood orange and red citrus taking the lead. Maraschino brings balance, adding to the generosity on the mid-palate, giving length of flavour followed by a persistent, pithy dryness.

Drink ideas with the above selection:
Lyre's Negroni
Lyre's Boulevardier
Lyre's Manhattan
Lyer's Winter Spritz
Lyre's Festive Mimosa
Lyre's Americano

and many more at lyres.com.au/recipes

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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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Leica M10-P Reporter A homage to the great reportage photographers of our time

Leica M10-P Reporter

The Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH becomes part of Leica's Classic Range
Noctilux-M 50

As part of the celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Leica Camera AG presents a special design variant of the Leica M10-P: the M10-P "Reporter" is an uncompromising reportage camera, suitable for even the most challenging conditions. Many Leica cameras throughout the company's history have been developed with the needs of press and reportage photographers in mind. 

This is illustrated by exceptional models such as the Leica 250 of 1933, whose film cassette accommodated 250 exposures, or the Leica MP of 1956 – a Leica M3 variant which was equipped with the Leicavit rapid winder, following the suggestions of renowned photographers Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898–1995) and David Douglas Duncan (1916–2018). 

With its dark green, particularly scratch-resistant finish and Kevlar camera trim, the Leica M10-P "Reporter" brings to mind the extremely challenging conditions under which many of the most remarkable reportages of our time were created. Kevlar is a synthetic fibre frequently used in the production of ballistic protective clothing. Through exposure to natural UV rays, the camera's body armour will gradually turn the same colour as its top and base plate. 

The armour's diamond-weave texture makes the Leica M10-P "Reporter" especially grippy and comfortable to hold. All of the camera's engravings are inlaid in light green, resulting in a more discreet effect than the white inlays customarily used on black-finish cameras. In terms of its technical specifications, the M10-P "Reporter" is identical to the serially produced Leica M10-P. 

The Leica M10-P "Reporter" is available at specialist retailers as of now for HKD$67,900. A total of 450 units of the Leica M10-P "Reporter" will be available worldwide. 

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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

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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!

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EXCEPTIONAL WORKS ON PAPER COLLECTION TO BE OFFERED IN DEDICATED SALE 1 MARCH 2021

Christie's

Christie's will offer A Family Collection: Works on Paper, Van Gogh to Freud as a standalone sale dedicated to exceptional works on paper from a single collection, presented in New York preceding the Modern British Art Evening Sale in London on 1 March 2021. 

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The group is highlighted by Vincent van Gogh's La Mousmé (executed in Arles circa 31 July - 3 August 1888, estimate: $7,000,000-10,000,000), one of the finest works on paper of the artist's career, René Magritte's Journal intime (executed circa 1954, estimate: $2,500,000-3,500,000), a scene depicting two of Magritte's iconic bowler-hatted men turned to stone, and a rare Self-portrait by Lucian Freud (executed in 1974, estimate: $1,800,000-2,500,000), which was recently included in the Royal Academy's major exhibition Lucian Freud: Self Portraits (2019-20). 

A Family Collection: Works on Paper, Van Gogh to Freud also includes seminal pieces by Henry Moore, Georges Seurat, and Augustus John, all of which are a testament to an unerring eye whose passion for exquisite works on paper resulted in the pursuit of the best pieces across categories. A key focus was exceptional condition, which together with the rarity of the artworks discovered, came to define the founding ethos of this private family collection.

Giovanna Bertazzoni, Vice Chairman, 20th - 21st Century, Christie's: "Christie's is thrilled to launch the 20th Century season of Spring sales in London and New York with a collection of exquisite works on paper put together by an exceptional eye. 

The works offered in the dedicated sale on 1 March 2021 range from the masterfully executed La Mousmé by Vincent van Gogh to the intimate Self-portrait by Lucian Freud. Henry Moore's dramatically sculptural Two Sleepers in the Underground is presented alongside Seurat's rare and atmospheric landscape, conjured magically on paper by the artist's uniquely mastered Conté crayon. What unites all of these works on paper is the lifelong passion of this collector who strove to seek out these treasures - the intimate art form that represents the unfettered first idea of the genius. The rarity and condition of these works is incomparable and the auction will provide insight into the connoisseurship of this family collection.

For decades, at Christie's we have championed works on paper and dedicated specialised auctions to this vibrant and exciting segment of the market. It is with great pride that we offer A Family Collection: Works on Paper, Van Gogh to Freud as a key element of our 20th Century Spring season."

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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

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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.

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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
Four Royal Oak Grandes

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."