The Duchess of Windsor sure had an amazing sense of fashion jewelry. An exquisite Onyx and Diamond Panther bracelet, crafted by Cartier for Wallis Simpson along with 20 other pieces of jewelry were all brought under the hammer to create auction records of sorts. Sold by Sotheby’s for a staggering $7 million, the fine jewelry was initially touted to make only $4.6m. This diamond panther bracelet is now also the most expensive Cartier item to be sold at any auction. It was a part of a collection owned by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor which fetched a total of £7,975,550 ($12,417,369).
Another show stopper included a $2,679,712 worth Cartier flamingo clip crafted out of ruby, sapphire, emerald, citrine and diamond. This diamond studded Panther bracelet from Cartier toppled the previous holder of the most expensive bracelet which was sold at slightly less price of $6.9 million at Christie’s.
Chopard turns 150 (yes it’s really the great granddad of the horlogerie world). And to celebrate the occasion the watchmaker, as in tradition, has unveiled a limited edition, edifying the brand’s century old tradition. Behold Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon Esprit de Fleurier. A tribute to both founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard and to the unique and beautiful art of Fleurisanne engraving, a technique which can be appreciated through the open-worked dial and the sapphire crystal caseback, this piece is cased in gold. Encased in 18 carat white gold with a 18 carat gold dial, the USP of this timeless piece is the C.O.S.C. certified hand wound L.U.C. 4TT3NGM Calibre with 18 carat gold mainplate and bridges and a generous power reserve of 8 days, marked by an indicator at 2 o’clock.
A rich drama of precious metals and finishes, the real star of the show is the intricate tapestry of fine engraving that makes this piece truly special. With only 15 pieces in making, it has to be one gold memento worth clambering for! No word on pricing however.
“Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.”
Vestax has released the VAI-80 Tank, a petite USB DJ audio interface capable of multi channel playback. The Tank is Mac and PC compatible, and each input has GAIN & EQ (hi, low) control to enable adjustments.
If you’ve ever been to the Vestax website, you’ll know that you won’t find truly extensive information about a product. But this is what we can tell you: It features two XLR outputs, four RCA outputs, a selectable channel headphone monitor and a MIC input…and it’s expensive.
» XLR (x2) & RCA(mono x4) output
» 2 band EQ control (Hi / Low)
» LED input/output level indicator
» Selectable headphone monitor output (ch1-2 or ch3-4)
» Headphone output, MIC (Phono) input
» USB spec version 1.1 Lame!
» A/D Converter: Resolution : 16bit, Dynamic range : 103dB, Frequency response: 20~20kHz (@ fs=44.1kHz)
» D/A Converter: Resolution : 16bit, Dynamic range : 106dB, Frequency response: 20~20kHz (@ fs=44.1kHz)
Vestax’s The Tank costs a substantial $430 / €290 and is available worldwide, although you wouldn’t know that from their non-existant marketing materials. More information on the Vestax Tank.
Aston Martin has been a luxury motor brand that has managed to keep many in awe. Right from the Bond cars to the Radide with B& O speaker systems, they make sure that their loyal followers are never disappointed. After the Aston Martin Rapide, the British car giants have come out with the ultra-exclusive Rapide Luxe. With the Luxe version you can select trims in a range of specially crafted hue options which including Quantum Silver and Concours Blue. You also get custom-fitted leather luggage set that matches the interiors of your new ride.
A terrace gives way to a pool with just a push of a button
Imagine you have a stunning house but no place to house your pool in the back yard. You want one quite badly, but what can you possibly do? Get the Mutandor system from Extreme Exclusive BV. This system can help you convert your house front into a roof protected swimming pool! A simple push of a button and your house front panel rises to reveal a swimming pool with “window frames, special glass doors and heating and lighting”. Perfect for a pool party at any time of the day and any season of the year, don’t you think?
The Mutandor is a multifunctional terrace-to-building system boasting of more than ten functions. It is a complete terrace which can also play the role of a windscreen, party-hall, podium, pool cover or simply a pool with movable pool floor.
Captain America is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941), from Marvel Comics’ 1940s predecessor, Timely Comics, and was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Over the years, an estimated 210 million copies of “Captain America” comic books have been sold in a total of 75 countries. For nearly all of the character’s publication history, Captain America was the alter ego of Steve Rogers, a sickly young man who was enhanced to the peak of human perfection by an experimental serum in order to aid the United States war effort. Captain America wears a costume that bears an American flag motif, and is armed with an indestructible shield that can be thrown as a weapon.
An intentionally patriotic creation who was often depicted fighting the Axis powers of World War II, Captain America was Timely Comics’ most popular character during the wartime period. After the war ended, the character’s popularity waned and he disappeared by the 1950s aside from an ill-fated revival in 1953. Captain America was reintroduced during the Silver Age of comics when he was revived from suspended animation by the superhero team the Avengers in The Avengers #4 (March 1964). Since then, Captain America has often led the team, as well as starring in his own series.
Steve Rogers was purportedly assassinated in Captain America vol. 5, #25 (March 2007), although he was later revealed to be alive. The comic-book series Captain America continued to be published, with Rogers’ former sidekick, James “Bucky” Barnes, having taken up the mantle, and keeping it at the insistence of Rogers, who upon his return began operating as an intelligence agent in the series Steve Rogers: Super Soldier.
Steve Rogers’ physical transformation, from a reprint of Captain America Comics #1 (May 1941). Art by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.
Captain America has no superhuman powers, although as a result of the Super-Soldier Serum and “Vita-Ray” treatment, he is transformed from a frail young man into a “perfect” specimen of human development and conditioning. Captain America’s strength, endurance, agility, speed, reflexes, durability, and healing are at the highest limits of natural human potential. Rogers’ body regularly replenishes the super-soldier serum; it does not wear off.
The formula enhances all of his metabolic functions and prevents the build-up of fatigue poisons in his muscles, giving him endurance far in excess of an ordinary human being. This accounts for many of his extraordinary feats, including bench pressing 1100 pounds (500 kg) and running a mile (1.6 km) in little more than a minute. Furthermore, his enhancements are the reason why he was able to survive being frozen in suspended animation for decades. Rogers cannot become intoxicated by alcohol, drugs, or impurities in the air and is immune to terrestrial diseases. He is also highly resistant to hypnosis or gases that could limit his focus. There have been many attempts to recreate this formula but after the death of its creator the secrets of creating a super-soldier died with him.
Rogers’ battle experience and training make him an expert tactician and an excellent field commander, with his teammates frequently deferring to his orders in battle. Rogers’ reflexes and senses are also extraordinarily keen. He has blended judo, western boxing, kickboxing, and gymnastics into his own unique fighting style and is a master of multiple martial arts. Years of practice with his indestructible shield make him able to aim and throw it with almost unerring accuracy. His skill with his shield is such that he can attack multiple targets in succession with a single throw or even cause a boomerang-like return from a throw to attack an enemy from behind. In canon, he is regarded by other skilled fighters as one of the best hand-to-hand combatants in the Marvel Universe. Although the super-soldier serum is an important part of his strength, Rogers has shown himself still capable in sufficient ways against stronger opponents even when the serum has been deactivated and he has reverted to his pre-Captain America physique.
Rogers has vast U.S. military knowledge and is often shown to be familiar with ongoing, classified Defense Department operations. He is an expert in combat strategy, survival, acrobatics, military strategy, piloting, and demolitions. Despite his high profile as one of the world’s most popular and recognizable superheroes, Rogers also has a broad understanding of the espionage community, largely through his ongoing relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. He occasionally makes forays into mundane career fields, including commercial arts, comic book artistry, education (high school history), and law enforcement.
Captain America uses several shields throughout his history, the most prevalent of which, introduced in 1980s comics, is a nigh-indestructible disc-shaped shield made from an experimental alloy of steel and the fictional vibranium. The shield was cast by American metallurgist Dr. Myron MacLain, who was contracted by the U.S. government, from orders of PresidentFranklin Delano Roosevelt, to create an impenetrable substance to use for tanks during World War II. This alloy was created by accident and never duplicated, although efforts to reverse-engineer it resulted in the creation of adamantium.
Captain America often uses his shield as an offensive throwing weapon. The first instance of Captain America’s trademark ricocheting shield-toss occurs in Stan Lee‘s first comics writing, the two-page text story “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge” in Captain America Comics #3 (May 1941).
The legacy of the shield among other comics characters includes the time-traveling mutant superhero Cable telling Captain America that his shield still exists in one of the possible futures; Cable carries it into battle and brandishes it as a symbol.
When without his trademark shield, Captain America sometimes uses other shields made from less durable metals such as steel,[volume & issue needed] or even a photonic energy shield designed to mimic a vibranium matrix.[volume & issue needed] Rogers, having relinquished his regular shield to Barnes, carries a variant of the energy shield which can be used with either arm, and used to either block attacks or as an improvised offensive weapon able to cut through metal with relative ease.
Captain America’s uniform is made of a fire-retardant material, and he wears a lightweight, bulletproof “duralumin” scale armor beneath his uniform for added protection. Originally, Rogers’ mask was a separate piece of material, but an early engagement had it dislodged, thus almost exposing his identity. To prevent a recurrence of the situation, Rogers modified the mask with connecting material to his uniform, an added benefit of which was extending his armor to cover his previously exposed neck. Since then, events have forced him to reveal his identity to the world. As a member of the Avengers, Rogers has an Avengers priority card, which serves as a communications device.
Captain America has also used a custom special Harley Davidson motorcycle, modified by the S.H.I.E.L.D. weapons laboratory, as well as a custom-built battle van, constructed by the Wakanda Design Group with the ability to change its color for disguise purposes, and fitted to store and conceal the custom motorcycle in its rear section.
Create up to four individual-sized pies full of your favorite fillings with this simple-to-operate pie maker. Whether its savory meat pies, vegetable pies, quiches or sweet fruit pies or tarts, most pies take just 8 minutes to cook.
Cook up to four individually sized pies simultaneously.
Locking latch and crimper seal ensures pie edges are completely sealed.
Included pastry cutter ensures perfectly round pie bases and tops.
Ready light indicates when the unit has reached optimal temperature and is ready to use.
Cool-touch handles stays cool throughout cooking process.
Nonstick cooking plates can be easily wiped clean.
Non-skid, non-marking feet on base provide a stable platform.
Not the most topical, but certainly cool as all hell… Oobject, one of my favorite blogs, recently ran a list of some of their favorite concealed guns. From the traditional cane gun to the modern cell-phone shooter, they found a sample of just about everything.