Omega Launches Stunning 60th Anniversary James Bond Watch
December 8, 2022
The Omega Seamaster Diver 300m 60th Anniversary Edition comes in two editions: Stainless Steel and Canopus Gold.
By Joseph Low
1962 was a special year for the cinematic world as it marked the debut of the James Bond series, which has since released 25 films starting with Dr. No and the most recent being No Time to Die. Throughout the illustrious history of 007, the British secret agent has transcended from being a fictitious character to a lifestyle where even the elements from the movies are as iconic as the man himself.
Of the numerous objects that have appeared in the movies, one would be remiss for not mentioning the Aston Martin DB5. The vehicle first appeared in Goldfinger and subsequently in seven more Bond films: Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Spectre and No Time to Die. However, out of the many movies, GoldenEye holds a special place for luxury watchmaker Omega.
Since becoming the archetypal Bond watch in 1995, the Omega Seamaster Diver Professional timepiece has appeared on the wrists of James Bond character played by Pierce Brosnan and later Daniel Craig, who has been an ambassador of the brand throughout his time in the role of 007. Besides the titular character, Moneypenny played by Naomie Harris also joined the Omega family and is described as “delivering both elegance and female empowerment on and screen”.
The choice of casting Omega the Bond watch came from Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming who said, “I was convinced that Commander Bond, a naval man, a diver, and a discreet gentleman of the world would wear this watch.” And the rest is history. More recently, the current US President Joe Biden has on several occasions been seen wearing an Omega.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, a brand new Seamaster has made its debut this week. Called the “Seamaster Diver 300m 60th Anniversary Edition”, the timepiece is a steel watch with no date display and comes with a mesh bracelet. What makes this watch so unique is its design style that calls to mind the first-ever Seamaster that appeared in GoldenEye. A blend of vintage with 90s stylistic codes, the new watch features an anodized aluminium blue bezel paired with an aluminium blue dial and the signature laser-engraved wave pattern. Reference to the 60th anniversary is apparent on the bezel as the traditional bezel pip or triangle at the 12’o clock shows the number “60”.
Available in two editions: Stainless Steel and Canopus Gold. The former is powered by the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806, while the latter is powered by the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8807. Crafted by the manufacture’s 18K Canopus Gold, the gold version’s dial is embedded with crystallites that pay tribute to the Jamaican flag — Ian Fleming’s estate in the country.
Lastly, on the caseback, the ultimate homage to the James Bond series is made. The movie’s iconic opening sequence with Bond in silhouette and a spinning gun barrel design takes centre stage, which is achieved by laser-engraving a single disk.
Winners at the 17th PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards
November 29, 2022
SC Asset wins Best Developer, one of five golden statuettes for the company, while several titles are presented for the first time including the Best Mega Mixed Use Development award for One Bangkok by Frasers Property Holdings.
SC Asset won Best Developer for the first time since 2015
A wide array of real estate developers and projects emerged triumphant from the gala dinner and presentation of the 17th Annual PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards at The Athenee Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok.
The 17th PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards, presented by Mitsubishi Elevator and supported by IHI and JLL, set the Gold Standard of real estate in 55 categories, giving recognition to diverse segments, niches, and locations across the nation.
SC Asset won Best Developer, a title the company had last won in 2015. SC Asset garnered a total of five wins, including titles for its projects Reference Sathorn – Wongwianyai, The Gentry Kasetnawamin, and Venue ID Motorway Rama 9.
Frasers Property Holdings (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (FPHT) won the never-before-presented title of Best Mega Mixed Use Development for the integrated district One Bangkok. The large project includes One Bangkok Office Tower 4, which won the Best Office Development title.
One Bangkok Office Tower 4 won Best Office Development
Frasers Property Industrial (Thailand) Company Limited won Best Industrial Development for the Havi Thailand Cold Chain and Food Distribution Center while the company itself was honoured with the Special Recognition in Sustainable Design and Construction.
Former Best Developer award winner Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited garnered two titles, including the coveted Best Condo Development (Thailand) award, for The Aspen Tree at The Forestias. Whizdom the Forestias by MQDC Town Royal Place Limited was honoured Best Pet-Friendly Residential Development.
The Best Housing Development (Thailand) title went to Aquella Lakeside Villas, one of three wins for Paradise Group. Fynn Development Co., Ltd also gained three wins, including the Best Boutique Developer award, plus titles for the project Fynn Asoke.
Other winners in the Developer categories include Comfort Max, the first recipient of the Best Mini Factory Developer title, and Aestima Asset Company Limited, recipient of this year’s Best Breakthrough Developer title.
Outstanding real estate companies from the countryside to the coast were honoured at the gala celebration. Tropical Life Real Estate was named Best Developer (Samui) while Pearl Island Property Co., Ltd. won the Best Developer (Phuket) title. The Riviera Group won the Best Developer (Eastern Seaboard) title.
Winners of the 2022 PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards
Asst. Prof. Dr. Kessara Thanyalakpark, managing director of Sena Development Public Company Limited, received the Thailand Real Estate Personality of the Year award. The editors of Property Report by PropertyGuru, the official magazine of the Awards, selected her to receive the award for her innovations and initiatives in the space of renewable energy and carbon neutrality.
Accepting her award, Asst. Prof. Dr. Kessara Thanyalakpark encouraged peers to make climate action a priority in their endeavours. She said: “On behalf of Sena Development, we would like to thank you, PropertyGuru, the organiser of the Thailand Property Awards. This is the most respected and longest-running real estate awards programme in the industry. This prestigious award helps raise the bar for real estate to provide quality housing to consumers, ensuring quality of life and environmental protection. PropertyGuru is the leading resource for assisting home buyers in gaining insight and assisting domestic and international investors in making decisions. We are so honoured to receive this award and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the other companies that received awards as well.”
Hari V Krishnan, CEO and Managing Director of PropertyGuru Group, said: “PropertyGuru has deepened its commitment to the Thailand property market over the last year as part of the company’s journey towards becoming Southeast Asia’s Trust Platform. As we continue to explore the best proptech solutions for Thailand, the Awards remain the benchmarks of excellence for the country’s developers and projects. In this, the 17th year of the PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards, we congratulate all the companies that have created these dream homes and desirable developments.”
Jules Kay, GM of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards and Events
Jules Kay, General Manager of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards and Events, said: “As part of the region’s most established and respected real estate awards series, the PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards have recognised industry achievements through numerous market challenges, as well as during periods of impressive economic growth.
“After 17 years, the Awards still stand as a testament to Thai developers’ determination, and showcase their ability to face challenges head-on, putting the needs of property seekers first. As Thailand emerges from the global pandemic, we are proud to celebrate the strength and resilience of this year’s Winners and Highly Commended awardees.”
Suphin Mechuchep, Chairperson of the Awards in Thailand
The list of award recipients was decided by an independent panel of judges consisting of Suphin Mechuchep, chairperson of the Awards in Thailand and chairperson of JLL Thailand; Chaiyuth Pete Thirangoon, director, Akatan Company Limited; Chaivut Saengaram, Ph.D, managing director, Chuchawal–Royal Haskoning, Dutch Design & Engineers Consulting Firm; Leong Choong Peng, director, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, and advisor, Mentabuild Limited, Consultant Chartered Surveyor; Marciano Birjmohun, director, The Singapore-Thai Chambers of Commerce; Dr. Phongthon Tharachai, CEO, Project Planning Service Public Company Limited; Precha Suphapetiporn, president, Thai Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association; Sasivimol Sinthawanarong, design principal, Jarken Co., Ltd; and Professor Sonthya Vanichvatana, Ph.D, MRICS, associate architect, chairperson of the Department of Real Estate, MSME School of Management and Economics, Assumption University.
The regional panel judges consist of Alan Whitley, principal, Alan Whitley & Associates; Bobby Birt, managing director, Samui Island Realty; Bobby Brooks, founder, director, and advisor director, Bobby Brooks Property Advisor Co. Ltd.; Clayton Wade, managing director, Premier Homes Real Estate; George Willoughby, managing director, Form Realty Thailand; Mesa Wongsida, managing director, North Shore Property Co., Ltd.; Piti Suebwonglee, managing partner, Attorney Expat Pro Law; Robert Krupica, partner, Hughes Krupica; Russ Downing, managing director, Hot Hua Hin Co. Ltd.; and Sirikwan Tan, senior associate, Hughes Krupica Consulting Co., Ltd.
The selection process was made fair, transparent and credible under the supervision of Paul Ashburn, co-managing partner of HLB Thailand, member of HLB International Real Estate Group.
Established in 2005, the PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards is one of the longest-running real estate awards programmes in Asia. Major winners of the Awards in Thailand qualify for the 17th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final in Bangkok, Thailand on 9 December. The finale of the 2022 awards series takes place after the 2022 edition of the PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit, the thought leadership platform of PropertyGuru, on 8 December.
Organised by Southeast Asia’s leading property technology company, PropertyGuru Group (NYSE: PGRU), the 17th PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards programme is supported by platinum sponsor Mitsubishi Elevator; gold sponsors IHI and JLL; official portal partner DDproperty.com; official channel partner History; official magazine Property Report by PropertyGuru; official PR partner Infinity Communications; media partners Discover Pattaya, Hot Magazine, Luxuo, Palace, Pattaya Trader, REm, Think of Living, and Yacht Style; official ESG partner Baan Dek Foundation; supporting association Green Building Consulting & Engineering; and official supervisor HLB. www.AsiaPropertyAwards.com
LIST OF WINNERS AND HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARDEES 17th PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards
DEVELOPER AWARDS Best Developer WINNER: SC Asset
Best Developer (Phuket) WINNER: Pearl Island Property Co., Ltd.
Best Developer (Eastern Seaboard) WINNER: The Riviera Group
Best Developer (Samui) WINNER: Tropical Life Real Estate HIGHLY COMMENDED: PCC Property Co., Ltd.
Best Boutique Developer WINNER: Fynn Development Co., Ltd HIGHLY COMMENDED: Grace House and Property Co., Ltd
Best Breakthrough Developer WINNER: Aestima Asset Company Limited
Best Mini Factory Developer WINNER: Comfort Max
DEVELOPMENT AWARDS Best Mega Mixed Use Development WINNER: One Bangkok by Frasers Property Holdings (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (FPHT)
Best Urban Lifestyle Development WINNER: Origin Thonglor World by Origin Property
Best Industrial Development WINNER: Havi Thailand Cold Chain and Food Distribution Center by Frasers Property Industrial (Thailand) Company Limited
Best Office Development WINNER: One Bangkok Office Tower 4 by Frasers Property Holdings (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (FPHT)
Best Ultra Luxury Condo Development (Bangkok) WINNER: The Estelle Phrom Phong by Raimon Land
Best High End High Rise Condo Development (Bangkok) WINNER: One9Five Asoke-Rama9 by TC Development
Best High End Low Rise Condo Development (Bangkok) WINNER: Fynn Asoke by Fynn Development Co., Ltd
Best Affordable Condo Development (Bangkok) WINNER: Kave Ava by Assetwise
Best Health and Wellness Development WINNER: The Aspen Tree at The Forestias by Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited
Best Condo Development (Eastern Seaboard) WINNER: The Riviera Monaco by The Riviera Group
Best Condo Development (Hua Hin) WINNER: Vehha by Proud Real Estate Public Company Limited
Best Pet-Friendly Residential Development WINNER: Whizdom the Forestias by MQDC Town Royal Place Limited
Best Luxury Lifestyle Housing Development (Bangkok) WINNER: Providence Lane Ekkamai-Ramintra by Sammakorn Plus Company Limited
Best Luxury Housing Development (Bangkok) WINNER: The Gentry Kasetnawamin by SC Asset HIGHLY COMMENDED: Grand Bangkok Boulevard Ratchaphruek – Pinklao by SC Asset HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lake Legend Bangna-Suvarnabhumi by Hongkong Land and Property Perfect PCL HIGHLY COMMENDED: Monsane Exclusive Villa Ratchaphruek – Pinklao by Siamese Asset Public Company Limited HIGHLY COMMENDED: Park Heritage Pattanakarn by Sammakorn Plus Company Limited
Best Housing Development (Bangkok) WINNER: Aerie Srinakarin – Krungthepkreetha by The Nest Property Co., Ltd. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Baan Klang Muang Classe Sukhumvit 77 by AP (Thailand) Public Company Limited HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Pearl Residence by Modern House Property Ltd. HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Rux Ramkhamhaeng-Krungthep Kreetha by Zenex Property Company Limited
Best Smart Home Development WINNER: Premium Place Mix Nawamin by Premium Place Group HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Gentry Kasetnawamin by SC Asset
Best Waterfront Housing Development WINNER: Lake Legend Bangna-Suvarnabhumi by Hongkong Land and Property Perfect PCL HIGHLY COMMENDED: See by Tropical Life Residence by Tropical Life Real Estate
Best Residential Development (Phang-Nga and Krabi) WINNER: Aquella Lakeside Villas by Paradise Group
Best Housing Development (Phuket) WINNER: The Foresta by Botanica Luxury Villas HIGHLY COMMENDED: Anchan Tropicana by Pearl Island Property Co., Ltd.
Best Residential Development (Samui) WINNER: Pranee by Tropical Life Residence by Tropical Life Real Estate HIGHLY COMMENDED: S Cube Seaview Pool Villa by Probuild Samui Development Co., Ltd
Best Residential Development (Koh Phangan) WINNER: Boho Villas – Hin Kong, Koh Phangan by Boho Villas Co, Ltd.
Best Housing Development (Hua Hin) WINNER: Banyan Residences Suasana by Banyan Thailand
Best Residential Development (Chiang Mai) WINNER: Graceland Family Residences (Chiang Mai) by Grace House and Property Co., Ltd Best Residential Development (Northeast) WINNER: Jaytiya 2 Private Pool Villas Residence by Jaytiya Property Co., Ltd. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Arunhills by Arunhome by Coreasia Company Limited HIGHLY COMMENDED: City Home Grand BR3 by Waraman BR1 Estate Co.,Ltd.
Best Wellness Lifestyle Development WINNER: Amatara Residences Rayong by Grande Asset Hotels and Property Public Company Limited
Best Leisure Facilities Development WINNER: Aquella Lakeside Villas by Paradise Group
DESIGN AWARDS Best Luxury Condo Architectural Design (Bangkok) WINNER: Tait Sathorn 12 by Raimon Land
Best High End Condo Architectural Design (Bangkok) WINNER: One9Five Asoke-Rama9 by TC Development
Best Mid End Condo Architectural Design (Bangkok) WINNER: Reference Sathorn – Wongwianyai by SC Asset
Best Condo Architectural Design (Phuket) WINNER: Waterfall Heights, Patong Bay (Phuket) by PropertyStore Thailand Co., Ltd.
Best Luxury Housing Architectural Design (Bangkok) WINNER: Lake Legend Bangna-Suvarnabhumi by Hongkong Land and Property Perfect PCL HIGHLY COMMENDED: Park Heritage Pattanakarn by Sammakorn Plus Company Limited HIGHLY COMMENDED: Providence Lane Ekkamai-Ramintra by Sammakorn Plus Company Limited
Best High End Housing Architectural Design (Bangkok) WINNER: The City Pinklao-Borom 3 by AP (Thailand) Public Company Limited HIGHLY COMMENDED: The City Charun-Pinklao by AP (Thailand) Public Company Limited
Best Mid End Housing Architectural Design (Bangkok) WINNER: Venue ID Motorway Rama 9 by SC Asset HIGHLY COMMENDED: Aerie Srinakarin – Krungthepkreetha by The Nest Property Co., Ltd. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Panara Thepharak by Fulcrum Ventures Asia Group
Best Housing Architectural Design (Bangkok) WINNER: Arkin Vibhavadi by Aestima Asset Company Limited HIGHLY COMMENDED: Centro Rama5 – Nakhon In by AP (Thailand) Public Company Limited HIGHLY COMMENDED: Moden Rama 2 by AP (Thailand) Public Company Limited
Best Luxury Housing Architectural Design (Upcountry) WINNER: The Valley by Botanica Luxury Villas HIGHLY COMMENDED: Maison Marina by Boat Pattana HIGHLY COMMENDED: Zenithy Luxe by Zenithy Development Co., Ltd.
Best Housing Architectural Design (Upcountry) WINNER: S Cube Seaview Pool Villa by Probuild Samui Development Co., Ltd HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jaytiya 2 Private Pool Villas Residence by Jaytiya Property Co., Ltd.
Best Villa Architectural Design (Chiang Mai) WINNER: Palm Villa, Chiangmai by Palm Villa
Best Condo Interior Design WINNER: 125 Sathorn by PMT Property Co., Ltd. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Waterfall Heights, Patong Bay (Phuket) by PropertyStore Thailand Co., Ltd.
Best Housing Interior Design WINNER: Aerie Srinakarin – Krungthepkreetha by The Nest Property Co., Ltd. HIGHLY COMMENDED: Baan Kon Sode (Venue Rama 9) by SC Asset
Best Luxury Condo Landscape Architectural Design WINNER: 125 Sathorn by PMT Property Co., Ltd.
Best High End Condo Landscape Architectural Design WINNER: Fynn Asoke by Fynn Development Co., Ltd HIGHLY COMMENDED: One9Five Asoke-Rama9 by TC Development
Best Condo Landscape Architectural Design (Phuket) WINNER: Waterfall Heights, Patong Bay (Phuket) by PropertyStore Thailand Co., Ltd.
Best Housing Landscape Architectural Design WINNER: Jaytiya 2 Private Pool Villas Residence by Jaytiya Property Co., Ltd.
BEST OF THAILAND AWARDS Best Condo Development (Thailand) WINNER: The Aspen Tree at The Forestias by Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited
Best Housing Development (Thailand) WINNER: Aquella Lakeside Villas by Paradise Group
SPECIAL AWARDS Special Recognition in ESG WINNER: SC Asset
Special Recognition in Sustainable Design and Construction WINNER: Frasers Property Industrial (Thailand) Company Limited
PUBLISHER’S CHOICE Thailand Real Estate Personality of the Year WINNER: Asst. Prof. Dr. Kessara Thanyalakpark, Managing Director, Sena Development Public Company Limited
Louis Vuitton Stars Football Icons Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in “Victory is a State of Mind” Campaign
November 23, 2022
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo posed for photographer Annie Leibovitz for a campaign that trumpets Vuitton’s sporting roots.
By Joseph Low
“Luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton has been a long time partner with the FIFA World Cup since 2010, when it was the trunk maker for the world’s most sought-after trophy: FIFA World Cup Trophy. The French maison’s affinity to the world of football culminated with its 2010 Core Values campaign featuring all-time greats like Pele, Maradona and Zinedine Zidane. These legends posed for photographer Annie Leibovitz and it spotlighted the brand’s monogram canvas bags.
“Following the 2010 World Cup season in South Africa, which also saw Shakira’s song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” shooting into international fame, the House of Vuitton has released a new brand campaign, “Victory is a State of Mind”. Coming in a full circle, the new campaign was photographed by Leibovitz again and stars football icons Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Instead of competing on the football pitch, the eternal rivals have switched up to face each other on a game of chess. In the most Louis Vuitton-esque way, the duo used the brand’s Damier attache case as their chessboard and the campaign image broke the internet ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
“With a combined following of about 870 million followers on Instagram, these two football stars regularly top the list of the most followed celebrities on the social media platform. Enlisting the help of athletes like Messi and Ronaldo is a no-brainer for luxury brands as luxury brands look to leverage the huge fan base that the sporting world has globally.
“In addition to being the chief trunk maker for the World Cup trophy, Louis Vuitton also launched a capsule collection of football-themed leather goods. Iconic products of the brand like the Keepall and backpack are reinterpreted in black Taurillon leather and references to the sport were also made like how the leather tag is shaped like a football league bag and others feature five protective bottom studs resembling football cleats.
“Happening from 20 November to 18 December 2022, the FIFA World Cup in Qatar is expected to draw an expected 5 billion people who will be tuning in.
What fragrance to wear on a yachting trip and the days after? Our choice here.
November 18, 2022
All fragrances exude something—the fresh squeeze of citrus, or spring in full bloom. One of the least obvious categories, however, is aquatic scents. Aren’t all fragrances water-based? Does water even have a smell?
“We’re not talking about a big whiff of tap water, of course. Think about what a powerful sensory experience the sea is—the saltiness of the air, the freshness of the breeze. But these colognes are not always oceanic: aquatic scents can centre on lake life, poolside, or even a downpour on a summer afternoon. But just as a perfumer can combine any number of ingredients to evoke the forested freshness or field-like splendour of green fragrances, so too can they combine notes for an overall watery feel. Have a swim through our favourite aquatic fragrances, all of which pair perfectly with spring and summer–and many work for year-round wear.
“Looking for such aquatic scents? That’s where Dossier comes in (https://dossier.co/collections/men). It’s an affordable, alternative fragrance line that prides itself on providing fragrance lovers with “premium-quality, ethical, affordable perfume for all.” And really, the brand is low-key providing the best of all worlds when it comes to fragrance: transparency, craftsmanship (with every bottle, you’re receiving the highest-quality perfume sourced from Grasse, France), clean formulas (fragrances are vegan, eco-friendly, and 100% nontoxic and cruelty-free), sustainable and green (Dossier even gives returned bottles to charity), and anti-snob access that allows more fragrance-lovers to enjoy more affordable iterations of some of the most loved scents in the business.“We create blends inspired by brand fragrances, upholding the same high-quality standards, in order to bring our customers an affordable alternative to their favourite designer perfumes,” Dossier explains on its website. That said, it is in no way affiliated with the mentioned brands, and Dossier is able to achieve said lower prices by eliminating unnecessary packaging and prestige pricing that designer brands are known for. Instead, it focuses on the quality of the fragrances it creates and delivers a virtually identical scent for a fraction of the price.“One perfume we recommend when going on a yachting trip: Aquatic Lime which features a splash of freshwater fruits, marine notes, and zesty lime, followed by sharpened and delicately assembled woodsy and moss notes. Fresh and full of zest, Aquatic Lime delivers lasting energy that feels like diving into the sea on a summer day, flooding the senses like a Mediterranean breeze. Who will resist the scent?And for the ladies, we recommend Floral Marshmallow (think Kilian love don’t be shy). This unique fragrance is made of an expressive combination of orange blossom and marshmallow, plus fresh notes of honeysuckle and neroli. Base scents of musk, amber, and vanilla add depth and complement the sweet marshmallow opening notes. Sensual, innocent, yet playful, Floral Marshmallow delivers an exquisite blend of vibrant florals and edible notes.https://dossier.co/products/floral-marshmallow
Dreaming in Color: Franck Muller Vanguard Skeleton Color Dreams
November 15, 2022
Franck Muller watches are certainly unique and striking, virtues that are fully on show with the Vanguard Skeleton Color Dreams.
By Andreas Arphan
Franck Muller design language, just like art, is open to one’s interpretation; a Franck Muller watch is a canvas on which the watchmaker expresses its joie de vivre and mastery of craft. Suffice to say, whenever the Swiss watchmaker announces a new design, the world of horology sits up and pays attention.
This design language is perfectly exemplified in the Vanguard Skeleton Color Dreams, now available as a Southeast Asia exclusive. Described as “putting colours on your wrist”, the eight colours of the famous Franck Muller Color Dreams collection are featured, available in a trio of different variants for this iteration. It’s like psychedelia came to life in a timepiece.
At first glance, the watch sports complicated good looks. The pop colours, the criss-cross bridges and the visible movement underneath convey a sense of complexity. But there is a simplicity that these complex elements achieve. These are classic Franck Muller aesthetic touches rebuilt from the ground up for this year’s iteration of the Color Dreams series. The Vanguard Skeleton Color Dreams, designed as a skeleton watch from the outset, puts the movement on show from both sides of the watch (via the exhibition caseback).
Dial-side, the satin-finished, anodised aluminium bridges of the movement are secured directly to the inner case, machined precisely to fit the curved case, revealing the manually wound mechanical movement inside.
These plates and bridges are coloured in signature hues through the process of electrolytic anodisation, which requires the special manufacture of components in aluminium, instead of the traditionally used brass or nickel silver. It should be noted that each component needs to be treated separately to achieve the different colours here, which is remarkable. Skeletonisation has the effect in the Vanguard Skeleton Color Dreams of relegating the minute numerals to the flange, with the trademark oversized numerals entirely absent. Working double-time to ensure legibility here are the hour and minute hands, which are in different colours. Running seconds is likewise marked by a hand in a different colour, in a subdial with a yellow track at 6 o’clock.
This mechanical wonder is encased in the new, lightweight V 43 case made of CarboTech, a synthesised carbon fibre material. There is also the added benefit of no two Vanguard Skeleton Color Dreams being exactly the same. The striations on each piece, created by the compression of the carbon fibre, results in differing patterns on each watch. Notably here, each case is hand-buffed, adding a bit of traditional watchmaking charm.
To conclude here, the Vanguard Skeleton Color Dreams is the latest addition to a collection inextricably tied to Franck Muller. The first Color Dreams watches were born from the brand’s passions, rooted in the founder’s obsessions, colliding in a burst of creativity. The Color Dreams watch was a canvas for a rainbow display accentuated by iconic oversized hour markers, and gave rise to various creative executions. It was always about celebrating time, and the Vanguard Skeleton Color Dreams is perhaps the purest watchmaking expression of this spirit.
Artist Nicolas Lefeuvre’s “I Think I See It” Exhibition Chronicles 12 Years of Work
November 10, 2022
For this exhibition, the artist wishes to showcase his works spanning the themes: Land(e)scape, The State I Am In and Self-Archeology — a reflection of his journey in the arts.
By Joseph Low
“We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the shadow patterns, in the light and darkness that one thing against another creates.” This is a quote from Japanese writer Junichiro Tanizaki that artist Nicolas Lefeuvre’s latest exhibition “I Think I See It” is inspired from.
The exhibition, happening between 5 to 28 November, takes the visitors through Lefeuvre’s ink works from the last 12 years. Spanning over three themes: Land(e)scape, The State I Am In and Self-Archeology, it chronicles the artist’s journey in creating his body of works. Many of his artworks reflect his vast experience living in countries and cities around Asia like Hong Kong, Japan, Nepal and Singapore. Prior to his career switch as a full-fledged artist, Lefeuvre was involved in providing design and art direction for some of the world’s leading brands. Most notably, he was the creative director at Chanel Asia Pacific.
Lefeuvre’s style of painting involves ink, traditional calligraphy, gold powder, fabrics and a variety of tools. The resulting works are minimalistic yet complex and the graphic expression is a cross between Asian and European sensibilities. Explaining more about his style, the artist says he makes ink using indigo cobalt pigments and then creates different tones by diluting the mixture. Using different hues, the interplay between shadows and lights is telegraphed albeit abstractly.
“As with Pierre Soulages, where the light strikes the pictorial surface, or in the work of Rothko, where it emanates from the back of the canvas, the light in my paintings generates a contrast between colours and composition, [which overall] creates a magical effect,” says Lefeuvre.
The next step in his artwork is the use of gold powders. In many cultures, gold calls to mind the breaking of dawn, where light peeks through the depth of darkness and illuminates our cities — be it real or imagined. There are layered meanings to the use of ink, and Lefeuvre alludes it to the various places that he had lived before. “In a metaphor of balance, of the fragility of time, I try to mentally travel and bring back landscapes, moments hidden under the surface, making me dream of other worlds, other horizons, other lights.”
Lastly, Lefeuvre’s constant search for simplicity acts as fuel for him to create artworks. “I wonder about the natural tendency that one can have to accumulate objects or, on the contrary, to create more space around oneself, which I try to accomplish in my paintings.” From the thousands of images that fill his mind, the quest for aesthetic simplicity anchors Lefeuvre to produce stunning paintings that are highly nuanced. The goal: to find a certain inner peace. He invites us into a world of mystery, where visitors get to discover and learn more about the artist’s imagination through his impressionist creations.
The “I Think I See It” exhibition is organised by Clementine de Forton Gallery and Marina Design Works, as part of Voilah! Festival in partnership with the French Embassy.
On 7 November, a talk event will be conducted and French-American writer Marie-Diane Meissirel will share her inspiration about Nicolas Lefeuvre’s art.
Nicolas Lefeuvre “I Think I See It” Exhibition 5-28 November 2022
Opening hours: 11am to 7pm (Thursdays to Sundays) 63 Spottiswoode Park Rd, Singapore 088651
ArquitectonicaGEO transforms Continuum oceanfront residence in Miami Beach
November 9, 2022
The Award-winning ArquitectonicaGEO brings a lavish new revitalisation to the iconic South of Fifth property.
By Joseph Low
The world renowned Continuum oceanfront residences in Miami Beach has unveiled a new environmental transformation and the first in its 22-year history. The original pioneer in contemporary luxury living has transformed its grounds into a model of architectural excellence with an underlying advancement in structural engineering innovation.
The Continuum on South Beach Master Association commissioned the award-winning landscape architectural design firm ArquitectonicaGEO to create an outdoor concept for the Continuum that would transform and modernise the pedestrian and vehicle entrance with the adjoining grounds of the property. The goal was to elevate the overall “Arrival Experience” as more attractive for residents and visitors. The firm’s creative designers specialising in resilient and beautiful landscape architecture, together with sister companies ARQUITECTONICAINTERIORS and ARQUITECTONICASTUDIO, developed a vision that would infuse a more lavish and tropical design aesthetic for the entryway and arrival areas, with improved livability and new building materials. As a result, the strategic “beautification” of the residential arrival experience has also brought new life and vitality to the surrounding South of Fifth neighbourhood in Miami Beach and its pedestrian precinct.
In addition to the functional landscaping and an enhanced entryway environment above ground, the core foundation of the property over the arrival areas was also refurbished to ensure structural integrity and long-term preventative maintenance beneath the surface. Some of the most essential work carried out for the duration of the redevelopment project was undertaken by Willcott Engineering and Baltimore-based Concrete Protection & Restoration (CP&R), a structural contractor specialising in concrete restoration. Paving on the roadway along the lower and upper entrance levels was replaced to allow for a brand-new drainage network to be installed above the vast underground parking garage.
“We are very excited to reveal our long-awaited redevelopment project that has fully transformed the arrival experience throughout the property,” says Rishi Idnani, Managing Director at the Continuum. “Not only have our grounds been elevated to a more modern-day and appealing design aesthetic, but the underlying bedrock of our community has been upgraded to a state-of-the-art level of safety following an extensive period of evaluation. We have taken vast measures to ensure the long-term structural integrity and resilience of our land and buildings, taking into account the aggressive nature of South Florida’s environment and corrosive beachfront elements that effect every oceanfront development. The work we have completed will protect the Continuum for future decades and embellish the natural beauty, tranquillity and biodiversity of our esteemed neighbourhood.”
The Roadway Entrance, Lower Rotunda, Security Gatehouse, Upper Rotunda and Valet areas have all undergone a revamped design ethos and landscaping architectural theme adopted by ArquitectonicaGEO, presented as “Infinite Wellbeing,” synonymous with the resort-style philosophy of the property. Pedestrians using the roadway entrance will now enjoy two wider parallel walkways into the property while passing alongside newly planted hedges, ferns and native tall Floridian grass that line the road on either side and down the centre, to separate the newly cobbled roads flowing in both directions. Additional trees have also been planted on either side of the entrance road among a number of Date Palms and Florida Thatch Palms. The Lower Rotunda introduces a new flow of traffic around a single Specimen Tree that replaces a former fountain fixture.
The Security Gatehouse sits at the end of a raised polished grey concrete plant fixture that runs parallel to the entrance ramp, containing various specimens of lavish shrubbery draped around two large Florida Thatch Palm trees that overlook several smaller palms. The front security gatehouse has been completely reimagined and is stationed at the top of the ramp, complete with tinted black glass and encased in black squared polished slabs of tile for a striking contract against the pale grey brickwork beneath.
The Upper Rotunda is a vast circular opening and an impressive centrepiece, that serves vehicles entering and exiting, while separating arrival areas for both Continuum North Tower and South Tower residents and their guests. Acting as the central island that governs the flow of traffic, is a newly installed circular Infinity Fountain fixture, encased in polished blue-grey granite stone, surrounded by semi-circular plant beds, adding a large embellishment of colour from a hand-picked selection of matching flowers, shrubs, foliage and vegetation.
Valet Arrival and Departure Areas have been extended and reinforced with Camaru wood, projecting from outside each entrance. Plant and tree species that line either side of the valet areas for both towers include the Autograph Tree, Pigeon Plum, Green Buttonwood and Gumbo Limbo, intermingled with Date Palms and Florida Thatch Palms. At both the roadway entrance and security gate entrances sits a brand new Continuum sign with bold black letters, fixed on a large stone plaque made from a unique metal finish known as Kynar.
Every layer of the roadways and drive lanes that formed the entry point to the Continuum were uplifted, restored and replaced. The initial phase started at the angled entry road into the property, leading from South Pointe Drive to the Lower Rotunda. The security entrance and adjacent roadway would subsequently be refurbished, followed by foundation work around the Upper Rotunda. Approximately 100,000 square feet of the Continuum’s entryway was completely renovated, whereby the deepest structural slabs were exposed and repaired, to reveal a waterproofing system that was removed, replaced and upgraded to a state-of-the-art system. Topping slabs were then replaced using a specialised repair mortar and 4,000 PSI quality concrete that allowed for a final layer of pavers to be positioned alongside new curbing.
Due to the majority of the arrival area at the Continuum lying on top of the property’s underground parking garage, the new waterproofing system proved essential to replace and upgrade in order to protect the bones of the building and structural integrity of the parking space roofing. In addition to a newly installed hot rubberised asphalt waterproofing network, a state-of-the-art bi-level drainage system was placed on top, that would prevent water from setting on the structural slabbing, thus protecting the upper layers of concrete. This premium drainage system would also prevent decay, rusting and oxidisation of the conventional reinforcing bars and post tension cables within the concrete itself, preventing the steel to expand and cause cracking. The entire restoration work is estimated to protect the foundation of the Continuum for at least 20 years.
The highlight of this year’s Elephant Week is a Gala Dinner at Island Shangri-La on November 18.
Colin Dawson with Neville Kgaugelo and Daniel Ole Sambu in 2019
This year’s Elephant Week in Hong Kong will be held from November 8-19 and feature a special Gala Dinner at the Island Shangri-La hotel on Friday, November 18. Tickets for the dinner are HK$2,250 each, with a 10 per cent discount for table bookings for 8-12 people.
After the challenges of the last couple of years, the Gala Dinner evening promises to be an exciting one with a focus on lions, messages from the African bush and an auction plus a host of other ways in which to support,” said Colin Dawson, founder and Director of The Elephant Foundation, and one of Asia’s leading yacht insurance specialists (click for column).
Guests at the Elephant Week Gala Dinner in 2019
The guest of honour is Richard Turere, a young Maasai warrior from the outskirts of the Nairobi National Park. At the age of 13, he invented Lionlights and he will be talking about this, the difference it has made to farmers and lions, as well as his journey since the invention, where he has inspired people with his story and determination to protect wildlife (click for Facebook page).
Following his invention, Turere gained a scholarship to one of Nairobi’s top schools followed by a further scholarship to university in Kigali. He recently graduated with a Second Class Honours degree in Global Challenges, with money raised by earlier Elephant Week Gala Dinners funding the parts of his tertiary education that his scholarship didn’t.
The Elephant Week Gala Dinner at Island Shangri-La in 2019
During the extended Elephant Week, Turere and Dawson will also visit 15-20 schools in Hong Kong plus corporates and other groups.
Dawson added: “Like elephants, we don’t stand still and we need support for our future endeavours including education here and in Africa, providing for rangers in the field of duty, looking after orphaned elephants and support for Africa’s largest animal relocation programme.”
Elephant Week visit to Harbour School in 2019
The Elephant Foundation is a Hong Kong charity set up to educate people in Hong Kong about the poaching of endangered species and the illegal wildlife trade, much of which comes through Hong Kong.
It works to help those on the ground in Africa, both protecting the wildlife and living with it as well as education funding for youth there with a view to giving them a better future. Each year, it aims to hold an Elephant Week showcasing its work and bringing an inspirational person involved with conservation in Africa to Hong Kong to discuss their experiences.
Asia Property Awards (Singapore) honours city’s finest
November 3, 2022
UOL Group, Aurum Land, GuocoLand and Fairview Developments were among the big winners at Shangri-La Singapore.
UOL Group garnered the Best Developer award 12th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Singapore), which crowned the city’s leading real estate developers and projects across 42 categories (see full list at bottom) during a gala dinner at Shangri-La Singapore. It was UOL Group third win in the category after holding the coveted title in 2012 and 2019.
The company also won the Best Transnational Developer and Best Hospitality Developer awards, buoyed by its project Pan Pacific Orchard, which won the Best Hotel Development award. UOL Group won two Special Recognitions.
UOL Group, Singapore Land Group and Kheng Leong won three awards for their projects Amo Residence and The Watergardens at Canberra.
GuocoLand won the titles of Best Luxury Developer, Best Sustainable Developer, and Best Mixed Use Developer, in addition to two Special Recognitions. Meyer Mansion, a project by GuocoLand, won the highly competitive title of Best Condo Development (Singapore), plus two awards.
Belgravia Ace by Fairview Developments (a unit of Tong Eng Group) was named Best Housing Development (Singapore), another highly sought-after title, and Best Strata Housing Development. Fairview Developments was named Best Landed Developer.
Park Nova by Shun Tak Holdings won across three categories including Best Ultra Luxury Condo Development. Meanwhile, The Assembly Place was named Best Co-Living Operator and received the Best Heritage Co-Living Space award for 138-142 Jalan Besar.
Named Best Lifestyle Developer and Best Boutique Developer, Aurum Land won Best Lifestyle Development for The Hyde.
Michelle Yong, CEO of Aurum Land and CEO and founder of Core Collective, came to accept the golden statuette for Singapore Real Estate Personality of the Year, a title decided by the editorial team of Property Report by PropertyGuru, the official magazine of the Awards. Yong was honoured for modernising Aurum Land into a true space and business innovator and contributing to Singapore’s co-sharing economy.