Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Picasso sets $179 million auction record in New York

The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents Picasso sets $179 million auction record in New York.

A Picasso masterpiece and a Giacometti statue smashed world records Monday for the most expensive art sold at auction, fetching more than $179 million and $141 million respectively in New York.

Picasso Femmes Algers

Pablo Picasso oil painting, “The Women of Algiers (Version 0),” sold for $179,365,000 after 11 minutes of furious bidding from four to five prospective buyers at Christie’s, where two auction rooms were packed.

It was the highest price for any work of art sold at auction, Christie’s said, but fell short of the $300 million reportedly paid privately by Qatar for Paul Gauguin’s painting “When Will You Marry?” in February.

Other world auction records were set for works by artists Cady Noland, Jean Dubuffet, Diane Arbus, Chaim Soutine and Peter Doig, Christie’s said.

Giacometti bronze

The auction house listed the buyers as anonymous but said clients from Asia, the Gulf, Russia, Europe and the United States had competed for the top 10 lots of the sale.

Exponential growth in the art market, particularly for modern and contemporary works, is attributed to a growing number of private investors around the world and burgeoning interest in Asia and the Gulf.

The previous world record for an artwork sold at auction was $142.4 million, set for British painter Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” which was sold by Christie’s in New York in 2013.

Three Studies of Lucian Freud

Giacometti had also held the previous record for the most expensive sculpture sold at auction, formerly occupied by his “Walking Man I” that fetched $104.3 million in London in 2010.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

La Prairie adds new face cream to luxury caviar range

The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents La Prairie adds new face cream to luxury caviar range.

 
La Prairie has added a new product to its Système Éclat Caviar Nacré beauty collection in the shape of Crème Hydratante Éclat Caviar Nacré.

Made using extracts of liquorice root and watercress with a dash of golden caviar, the new cream is aimed at mature skins and is designed to even out skin pigmentation and target discoloration for a younger appearance. In addition to lending the skin a firmer and plumper appearance, the product aims to delay any future signs of aging.

The cream promotes an even skintone by reducing the effects of tyrosinase, an enzyme which triggers discoloration deep in the skin. New technology also combats and controls the production of melatonin in the skin, while the hydrating formula claims to leave skin glowing and plump.

Crème Hydratante Éclat Caviar Nacré launches on May 11 and will be available for €423 for 50ml.


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Starwood Hotels introduces ‘Tribute Portfolio’

The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents Starwood Hotels introduces ‘Tribute Portfolio’.


Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has introduced Tribute Portfolio, the company’s 10th brand and second collection of independent hotels.

Tribute Portfolio will allow premium independent hotels to benefit from the prestige of the Starwood brand and give Starwood Hotel clients the ability to continue enjoying Starwood services and earn Starwood loyalty points in the world’s most popular destinations.

The first hotel to join the Starwood Tribute Portfolio is The Royal Palm South Beach Miami, a four-star hotel with 393 rooms and suites located on Collins Avenue, Miami’s “Millionaires Row”.

Hotels in Asheville, NC, Nashville, TN, Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC will join the brand in the next 12-24 months, followed by an expansion to Europe. The company aims to build up its portfolio to 100 four-star and upper-luxury hotels by the end of the decade.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tag Heuer teams up with Google and Intel

The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents Tag Heuer teams up with Google and Intel.

 
Swiss luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer is to launch an Android-powered smartwatch in partnership with Google and Intel.

The watch, which aims to combine Swiss watchmaking know-how with high-end technology, is expected to hit stores by the end of the year, Tag Heuer chief Jean-Claude Biver told the Baselworld watch fair.

“Silicon Valley and Switzerland are going to conquer the market of the connected watch,” he told a press conference at the world’s largest trade show for timepieces, in the northern Swiss city of Basel.

Biver did not reveal how much the watch would cost or which functions it would feature. ”We don’t want the competition to know what we are going to do,” he said. “We want them to be surprised.”

This partnership “signifies a new era of collaboration between Swiss watchmakers and Silicon Valley, bringing together each company’s respective expertise in luxury watchmaking, software and hardware.”

Guy Semon, TAG Heuer general manager, added that when renowned Swiss watchmaking “is allied with the creative technology and the global power of two companies like Intel and Google, using the Android Wear platform and based on Intel technology, we can see the launch of a technological revolution in our industry.”

David Singleton, head of engineering for Android Wear, said Google was “thrilled” with the project, telling the news conference the three companies were ready to “a better, beautiful, smarter watch.”

“The collaboration with TAG Heuer and Google brings us closer to realising the vision of wearable technology with a distinctive smartwatch that elevates the category,” said Intel’s Michael Bell.Swiss luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer is to launch an Android-powered smartwatch in partnership with Google and Intel.

The watch, which aims to combine Swiss watchmaking know-how with high-end technology, is expected to hit stores by the end of the year, Tag Heuer chief Jean-Claude Biver told the Baselworld watch fair.

“Silicon Valley and Switzerland are going to conquer the market of the connected watch,” he told a press conference at the world’s largest trade show for timepieces, in the northern Swiss city of Basel.

Biver did not reveal how much the watch would cost or which functions it would feature. ”We don’t want the competition to know what we are going to do,” he said. “We want them to be surprised.”

This partnership “signifies a new era of collaboration between Swiss watchmakers and Silicon Valley, bringing together each company’s respective expertise in luxury watchmaking, software and hardware.”

Guy Semon, TAG Heuer general manager, added that when renowned Swiss watchmaking “is allied with the creative technology and the global power of two companies like Intel and Google, using the Android Wear platform and based on Intel technology, we can see the launch of a technological revolution in our industry.”

David Singleton, head of engineering for Android Wear, said Google was “thrilled” with the project, telling the news conference the three companies were ready to “a better, beautiful, smarter watch.”

“The collaboration with TAG Heuer and Google brings us closer to realising the vision of wearable technology with a distinctive smartwatch that elevates the category,” said Intel’s Michael Bell.Swiss luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer is to launch an Android-powered smartwatch in partnership with Google and Intel.

The watch, which aims to combine Swiss watchmaking know-how with high-end technology, is expected to hit stores by the end of the year, Tag Heuer chief Jean-Claude Biver told the Baselworld watch fair.

“Silicon Valley and Switzerland are going to conquer the market of the connected watch,” he told a press conference at the world’s largest trade show for timepieces, in the northern Swiss city of Basel.

Biver did not reveal how much the watch would cost or which functions it would feature. ”We don’t want the competition to know what we are going to do,” he said. “We want them to be surprised.”

This partnership “signifies a new era of collaboration between Swiss watchmakers and Silicon Valley, bringing together each company’s respective expertise in luxury watchmaking, software and hardware.”

Guy Semon, TAG Heuer general manager, added that when renowned Swiss watchmaking “is allied with the creative technology and the global power of two companies like Intel and Google, using the Android Wear platform and based on Intel technology, we can see the launch of a technological revolution in our industry.”

David Singleton, head of engineering for Android Wear, said Google was “thrilled” with the project, telling the news conference the three companies were ready to “a better, beautiful, smarter watch.”

“The collaboration with TAG Heuer and Google brings us closer to realising the vision of wearable technology with a distinctive smartwatch that elevates the category,” said Intel’s Michael Bell.

From luxuo.com

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House going up for auction

The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House going up for auction.


The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota is home to the Frank Gehry-designed Winton Guest House, and it’s soon putting the house up for auction, with a slight catch: you buy it, you move it.

Commissioned by Mike & Penny Winton in 1982 for their Lake Minnetonka property, and completed in 1987, the house has already been moved once: the Wintons sold their property in 2002 and the buyer donated the house to the University in 2007, with the provision that it be moved.

It was divided into eight sections for its 110-mile move in 2008 and later renovated on the new spot, a 180-acre site at the university’s Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna, Minnesota.

The Owatonna land was purchased last year by a health services company, and while the university kept ownership of the house, it agreed to move it once again, with an August 2016 deadline.

The modern and contemporary design auction house Wright is set to handle the house’s auction on May 19.

According to the university, the 2,300-square-foot house comprises five geometrically shaped rooms that surround a pyramid-shaped living room.


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Friday, February 13, 2015

Luxurious Surrey mansion on sale for $24 million

The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents Luxurious Surrey mansion on sale for $24 million.



A house in St George’s Hill, an exclusive area in Surrey, England, has listed for about $24 million.

Built in 2012, it is one of the most expensive houses in the secluded area. St George’s Hill is a private, gated residential estate set on about 900 acres and includes about 430 houses.



Set in a plot of about 1.2 acres, the 12,508-square-foot house has six bedrooms. The master suite has his-and-hers bath/shower rooms, a dressing room and a private terrace.



There are also two self-contained staff apartments and a detached garage. Other features include an elevator with access to all floors and a leisure area with a bar, a swimming pool with sauna and a steam room.



A county in southeast England, Surrey is close to central London and international airports.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

David Yurman opens NYC flagship

David-Yurman-Soho-Boutique

Fine jewelry and watch brand David Yurman has opened a second New York Store in the city’s SoHo district.

Opening doors to customers Wednesday, the 2,000-square-foot space is located in the Cast Iron Historic district, inside a 19th century building featuring a trompe l’oeil mural by artist Richard Haas.

And the location is something of a nostalgia trip for Yurman:

“I cut my teeth as a sculptor and an artist in this neighborhood – it truly is home for Sybil and me,” explained the designer and CEO.

“What was the epicenter of gallery culture in New York has since evolved into a vibrant, international destination. We’re thrilled to be a part of this community’s past, present and future.”



Alongside the brand’s jewelry and watch lines the new store also contains two bronze angels crafted by Yurman himself (pictured above), which reference his other direct-welded sculptures.

The interior design touches include live-edge wood surfaces and metal finishes, as well as plenty of paintings by his wife Sybil. The store will also stock a selection of exclusive pieces created especially for the boutique.

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