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Enjoy the Holidays – 4 Festive Christmas Markets in Germany

Germany comes to mind when people think of a traditional Christmas market. Many of the most beautiful Christmas markets are located in Germany. Hence, the holiday season in Germany is always enchanting with countless Christmas markets.

Germany has many beautiful cities to visit during the holiday season. Enjoy the rich culture and tradition of Germany, while visiting this amazing country during Christmas. Therefore, we want to share with our readers 4 festive Christmas markets: Baden-Baden, Trier, Lübeck and Görlitz.

Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg

Can’t get enough of Christmas? The market in Baden-Baden stays open until January 6th. It offers live performances for the whole family. Look forward to the great variety of market stalls, an enchanting fairy tale street, a carousel, extraordinary gourmet igloos, and much more!

Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate

From November 11, 2022, until December 22, 2022, the oldest city in Germany, Trier, is hosting one of the most spectacular Christmas markets. Visitors can experience different activities daily. For example, they range from historical puppet theater to star tenors or figureheads of the regional music scene.

Plus, in Trier’s Old City, visit its stunning cathedral. It is the perfect backdrop for the little village of Christmas booths. Also, Trier is where the “Mulled Wine Queen” resides and takes the throne yearly for the holiday season.

Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein

Breathe in clear winter air combined with the smell of roasted almonds and fried pastries. Next, drink popular mulled wine as you stroll through the stalls around Lübeck’s Town Hall. This Christmas market has a long tradition in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lübeck. First, it is mentioned in records dating back to 1648. Even today, the historic buildings form the perfect setting for the lively pre-Christmas festivities at the market.

Görlitz, Saxony

The Silesian Christmas Market in Görlitz features special church services reminding visitors of the meaning of Christmas. It invites visitors to sing traditional Christmas carols, and the local choirs frequently perform, contributing to the festive atmosphere. Between magnificent trading houses from Renaissance and Baroque, accompanied by the scents of spices, almonds, and incense, almost 100 merchants and artisans offer their goods.

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Are you ready to visit Germany and experience the many Christmas markets? Many of the most beautiful Christmas markets anywhere are located in Germany



Miami Art Week – Enjoy An Amazing Blend of Modern Art and Culture

Miami Art Week in Florida is just around the corner. Miami Art Week is an intriguing melting pot of art and culture where visitors, locals and international art enthusiasts meet to preview the upcoming hot collections. The art event hosts over 20 international art fairs, more than 1,200 galleries and thousands of talented artists. Miami Art Week offers guest as unique blend of art and culture. It is where visitors, locals and international art enthusiasts can come together and see upcoming, modern art collections.

The Miami Design District is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood that combines luxury shopping, galleries, museums, design stores, restaurants and major art and design installations. These are all within an architecturally significant context. The Miami Design District is owned and operated by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra and L Catterton Real Estate.

Below are the latest updates on fashion, hospitality, food, culture, and art initiatives set to debut in the Miami Design District.

Miami Art Week Pop-Ups

MARIO CARBONE’S OUR LADY OF ROCCO PART II | POP-UP
ABOUT: Following its hit 2021 debut, Our Lady of Rocco – the coveted collaboration between NYC-based womenswear brand La Ligne and famed chef and restaurateur Mario Carbone – is announcing the launch of Part II. Inspired by 1980s New York City and uniform dressing, the limited-edition collection offers streetwear pieces like a burgundy satin bomber, statement T-shirts, trousers and luxe wool cap, embroidered with the brand’s signature crown logo.

This year, the brand extends to a new category. Bespoke tailoring in the great Italian sartorial tradition. During Art Basel, the brand will host a pop-up offering one-of-a-kind vintage Nino Cerruti suits and blazers. They are reworked to include the brand’s signature lining and brass buttons. Plus, the Vintage Cerrutis will be available exclusively at the pop-up where customers can also get the suits further tailored.

Dates: November 29 – December 3
Hours: 12pm – 8pm
Location: ZZ’s Club | 151 NE 41st St.

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BASIC.SPACE | SELECT.MIAMI
ABOUT: On November 30th and December 1st, Basic.Space will host “Select.Miami.” This unique exhibition and shopping experience is curated by a select group of best-in-class creatives. For example, Juliet Johnstone, After That, RetroSuperFuture, and more. This 2-day event rooted in the concept of curation, community and discovery. It will showcase a blend of new items, limited editions and brand collaborations, all exclusive to Basic.Space.

In partnership with Secular Sabbath, this event will include an overnight ambient music experience from 12am – 7am on the 1st. Secular Sabbath is an ambient music centered event experience. Thus, attendees are invited to relax, restore, and get inspired together through their sensory body.

Dates: December 1
Hours: 12pm – 7pm
Location: 3930 NE 2nd Avenue

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RESY AND AMERICAN EXPRESS | DINNER SERIES FEAT. TOP CHEFS

ABOUT: Resy and American Express are creating a pop-up in the Miami Design District headlined by Michelin and James Beard Award winning chefs Massimo Bottura, Missy Robbins and Mashama Bailey. Artist Phillip K. Smith III – who showed at Art Basel Miami 2017 in the Faena Arts District – has created an immersive work for the space, Garden of Reflections.

The pop-up will host three nights of dinners, exclusively for American Express Card Members enrolled in Global Dining Access by Resy, as well as an art-focused gallery day showcasing Smith’s art with food and cocktails by Chef Michael Solomonov. More information at resy.com/miami-dining-series.

Dates: November 29 – December 2
Hours: November 29: 6pm; November 30: 11am – 6pm; December 1: 5:30pm & 9pm; December 2: 5:30pm & 9pm
Location: 151 NE 41st St., 3rd Floor

Fashion News

DOLCE & GABBANA CASA | GRAND OPENING (photo above)
ABOUT: To feel at home: the Dolce & Gabbana Casa Collection is dedicated to the universe of furnishing and furnishing accessories. It is a tribute to the excellence of craftsmanship, Italian design and the authentic codes of the brand’s DNA. The patterns of the Collection’s themes come to life on furniture and mise en place accessories. In addition, textiles and decorative objects that evoke a story of love and hospitality, passion and beauty, and the art of living one’s daily life.

From sofas in fine jacquard to lacquered oak tables, from accessorized bar cabinets to armchairs upholstered in petit point embroidery. Furniture pieces are realized in partnership with Luxury Living Group. They present both elements of harmony and contrasts, rendering a unique narrative that gives no limits to creativity.

Dates: November 28 – December 4
Hours: 10am – 10pm
Location: 50 NE 39th Street

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FENDI CASA | GRAND OPENING
ABOUT: FENDI Casa has chosen Miami for its first flagship store in the United States. It is in the heart of the Miami Design District. The opening of the boutique will coincide with the start of Design Miami.  There, FENDI presents a series of special projects over time, together with established and emerging designers. The boutique in Miami spans 591 square meters. All within a concrete building enhanced by large windows on two levels, whose architecture is inspired by the Modern Movement.

Date: Opening November 30
Hours: M – F 10am – 6pm; Saturday 11am – 3pm; Sunday Closed
Location: 4120 NE 2nd Ave.

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INSTALLATIONS & EXHIBITIONS

2022 MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT DESIGN COMMISSION: ROCK | ROLL BY GERMANE BARNES

ABOUT: The Miami Design District has awarded Miami-based architect and designer, Germane Barnes, the 2022 Miami Design District Annual Design Commission. Rock | Roll is a multifaceted installation that draws on the vibrancy of Miami Carnival to honor the BIPOC communities that contribute to Miami’s polyethnic culture. Barnes designed a series of massive, whimsical capsules that rock back-and-forth when activated by users and feature vibrant colors reminiscent of Carnival’s feathered costumes and the city’s water-friendly lifestyle.

With a nod to steel drums and Soca music, Barnes also designed wind chimes, hundreds of which will be hung in the neighborhood’s trees. Rock | Roll will also include a free-floating dome suspended overhead and animated by light and sound, which will serve as an anchor to a communal and lively commission. Soon to be installed in the Miami Design District as the annual Design Commission, Barnes’ creative — and massive– interactive installation is expected to draw visitors on a global scale.

Dates: Mid-November onward
Location: Miami Design District

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DANIEL ARSHAM | THE ARES HOUSE

ABOUT: In a collaborative effort between The Alexander Team and Everyrealm, comes the launch of ‘The Row,” an exclusive collection of metaverse real estate featuring architecture designed by a variety of talented artists. The 30-piece collection, made up of one-of-one NFTs, will live on the Mona platform. This piece (pictured above), from The Row collection and created by Daniel Arsham, is the inspiration for the exhibition concept.

It is called The Ares House. This exhibition concept offers guests a thoughtful journey from Miami into the boundless possibilities of the metaverse, where their curiosity to discover is the vehicle and Daniel’s artwork and expressions are the pulse and fuel.

Dates: December 1 – December 4
Location: Miami Design District

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GAGOSIAN & JEFFERY DEITCH | 100 YEARS

ABOUT: Gagosian is pleased to announce 100 Years, the seventh group exhibition—including an online incarnation in 2020—organized by Gagosian in collaboration with Jeffrey Deitch in Miami’s Design District during Miami Art Week. 100 Years—on view at the historic Buick Building—explores the interplay of past, present, and future through works by contemporary artists. They are in dialogue with the sweeping cultural and environmental changes of the past century—as well as those who anticipate future possibilities.

The contributors to 100 Years, who include Refik Anadol, Theaster Gates, Douglas Gordon, Urs Fischer, Tom Friedman, Austin Lee, Jamian Juliano Villani, Rick Lowe, Keiichi Tanaami, and Taryn Simon, among others, recognize the critical nature of the titular period, sloughing off a sense of weariness with time itself to consider past and future with new optimism.

Dates: November 28 – December 4
Hours: Monday 5pm – 8pm; Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 8pm; Sunday 10am – 6pm
Location: Buick Building NE 2nd Ave

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CRAIG ROBINS COLLECTION: TWO OF THE SAME KIND
ABOUT: The Craig Robins Collection consists of contemporary art and innovative design. It displays within the Miami Design District headquarters of DACRA and rotating on a bi-annual basis. This year, “Two of The Same Kind” highlights the work of Marlene Dumas and Jana Euler, two artists whose painting and drawing practices are broadly represented in the Collection holdings.

The theme of dualism threads through two portraits by pop icon Andy Warhol. Both commissioned decades ago by Craig Robin’s mother and Jackie Soffer’s mother. More than a hundred works on view present an expansive overview of figurative art from the last three decades. Plus, the multifaceted Collection also features design pieces by the recently acquired Sasha Gordon. Also by established favorites such as Zaha Hadid, Jean Prouvé, Marc Newson and Maarten Baas.

Dates: November 30 – onward
Hours: 10am – 12pm
Location: DACRA Headquarters, 3841 NE 2nd Ave.

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SAATCHI YATES | TESFAYE URGESSA

ABOUT: This November, Saatchi Yates Miami will temporarily open a solo exhibition of new work by Ethiopian Contemporary artist Tesfaye Urgessa. It coincides with his presentation at the Rubell Museum, opening December 2022. Saatchi Yates Miami is situated in the Miami Design District. Found next to the Institute of Contemporary Art and the de la Cruz Collection.

Born in 1983 in Ethiopia, Tesfaye studied under master Tadesse Mesfin at Staatlichen Akademie in Stuttgart. He later emigrated to work in Germany. Thus, through these experiences, Ugressa connected Ethiopian iconography and a deep fascination with traditional figurative painting. As a result, it creates a unique and striking language which portrays race and the politics of identity.

Dates: November 22 – December 20
Hours: 12pm – 6pm
Location: 35 NE 40 St.

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PRIZM ART FAIR | PRIZM 2022: CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART FAIR

ABOUT: This year, the neighborhood is thrilled to host its first-ever art fair aside from Design Miami/: Prizm 2022 Contemporary African Art Fair. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Prizm 2022 will present Vernacular À la Mode. Hence, there are presentations of select galleries and artists. They will explore how vernacular modes of artmaking originating in global African contexts have influenced the cultivation of fine art practice worldwide.

The program will include four sections: Prizm Panels, Prizm Perform, Prizm Film, Prizm Preview, and, of course, Prizm Art Fair at large. Also, exhibiting international artists from Africa and the global African Diaspora. Artists will represent global locales including, Angola, Barbados, South Africa and Kenya. In addition, Mozambique, Angola, Martinique, Norway, Portugal, Saint Martin, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and many more.

Dates: November 30 – December 4
Hours: 10am – 6pm
Location: 4220 N Miami Ave.

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THE OFFICE. & F2T GALLERY | I DON’T NEED IT, BUT I WANT IT

ABOUT: THE OFFICE. Gallery and F2T Gallery present I DONT NEED IT, BUT I WANT IT. This group exhibition features artists Callum Eaton, Eduardo Sarabia, Jonathan Casella, Kristopher Raos, Saj Issa, Sam Keller, Stephanie H. Shih, and Tim Irani. The selected artists will bring forth a collective body of work highlighting the global culture crisis of mass production and capitalism. There is an emphasis on cliche or kitschy elements of our cultures, through the use of irony and pop art elements.

THE OFFICE., founded by art patron and avid collector, Matthew Chevallard. It educates the public on art collecting and presents exceptionally curated and co-curated exhibitions, within the contemporary art world. Continuing, F2T Gallery from Milano, conceived in 2021 by acclaimed collectors Matteo Novarese and Francesco Bena, works with leading emerging artists, galleries and collectors in the contemporary art world.

Dates: Opening Night: November 27 from 5pm – 8pm (open to the public); November 28 – January 29
Hours: 11am – 7pm
Location: 3930 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 202

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WHERE TO DINE DURING ART BASEL

MAJOR FOOD GROUP’S CONTESSA NOW OPEN

ABOUT: Inspired by the old-world sophistication of Northern Italy’s iconic villas and estates, Contessa is a classic yet thoroughly contemporary dining destination by MFG Co-Founders Mario Carbone, Jeff Zalaznick and Rich Torrisi. This statement-making concept nods to centuries of Italian tradition and cuisine. Contessa, Miami Design District’s new neighborhood cornerstone, is a two-story crown-jewel situated at the intersection of art, culture & fashion.

Encouraging guests to stay beyond the confines of its lunch, Aperitivo and dinner, Contessa presents an intoxicatingly elegant ambience. Authentic to Northern Italian fare, the menu offers the finest meats, antipasti, signature pizzas–a first for Major Food Group–and an extensive in-house gelato program. ContessaRistorante.com

Location: 111 NE 41st St. – Miami Design District

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THE DREXEL

ABOUT: The Drexel is the latest culinary venture co-founded by beloved industry veterans, Anastasia Koutsioukis and Ahmet Erkaya of Mandolin Aegean Bistro, Mrs.Mandolin, and Mr.Mandolin. Nestled in the heart of Miami Beach, The Drexel is a Coastal Mediterranean restaurant offering elevated yet uncomplicated European-inspired dishes. LOcated on the corner of Miami’s historic Española Way and Drexel Avenue, The Drexel is a hidden gem. Hence, it elevates Miami Beach’s dining scene. It is characterized by both a chic European atmosphere along with fresh, innovative Mediterranean flavors. DrexelMiami.com

Location: 1436 Drexel Ave. – Miami Beach

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PURA VIDA MIAMI

ABOUT: Pura Vida is a Miami-based all-day cafe founded by husband-wife team, Omer and Jennifer Horev. The health-focused eatery provides an extensive menu. It features a range of raw, organic acai bowls, freshly squeezed juices and superfood smoothies. Also, fresh salads, wraps, bowls and more, making it the ideal grab-and-go eatery to enjoy between fairs this season.

Since its inception in 2012, Pura Vida has evolved to include 12 outposts throughout South Florida. In addition, several locations are spread out across the region. Plus, Pura Vida is also gearing up to kick-off its international expansion with the debut of a new full-service restaurant in Doha, Qatar. PuraVidaMiami.com

Locations: Edgewater, Miami Design District, South Miami, Miracle Mile, Sunset Harbour, Brickell, Las Olas, Bay Harbor, West Avenue, South of Fifth, Aventura, West Palm Beach, and new Doha, Qatar

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Ulysse Nardin “One More Wave” Timepiece – Diver Chronometer 44mm

Luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin is known for its historic connection to the U.S. Navy. As a result, they are paying tribute to all Veterans with the second iteration of collaboration with nonprofit organization One More Wave. To commemorate the partnership, Ulysse Nardin and One More Wave are releasing a new limited-edition timepiece. The new watch is the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer 44mm One More Wave.

One More Wave

One More Wave was founded by U.S. Navy SEAL Alex West. The company is a certified non-profit 501(c)(3). This respected, San Diego based organization is devoted to helping disabled veterans, since 2015. They operate their own surfboard factory. Therefore, they can make custom surfboards to fit the needs of wounded and disabled veterans.

One More Wave helps veterans benefit from the unique therapeutic qualities of surfing. Plus, they provide community access to their four other chapters across the country. Their mission is to help veterans through ocean therapy. This goal resonates strongly with the Ulysse Nardin ethos, which has long-standing ties to the sea.

The newest Ulysse Nardin x One More Wave timepiece features a stunning, turquoise and black design. In addition, it showcases a black DLC titanium case and 300m water resistance. In addition, the case-back is engraved with the “One More Wave” logo. Thus, it signifies the mutual partnership.

Alex West is the One More Wave Founder and a former U.S. Navy Seal. He says, “We would not be the same organization we are today without the support from Ulysse Nardin.”

The new Diver Chronometer 44mm watch from Ulysse Nardin is limited to only 100 pieces.

The Diver Chronometer 44mm design is from members of One More Wave, so the watch withstands the highly variable pressures experienced while surfing. As a result, the new watch subtly reflects the founders’ background in amphibious warfare.

The stylish Diver Chronometer 44mm One More Wave watch is now available on the Ulysse Nardin website. The list price is $11,500 USD.

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Enjoy a Luxury Stay at the Spectacular Mayakoba Resort in Mexico

The spectacular Mayakoba Resort is located on 620 acres of pristine lagoons, jungles, and beaches along the shores of the famed Riviera Maya. The Riviera May is on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. The Mayakoba Resort is home to award-winning hotels such as the Fairmont Heritage Place, Banyan Tree Mayakoba and the Rosewood Mayakoba. In addition, restaurants, spas and a PGA-sanctioned golf course – El Camaleón> Each business preserves and enhances the native landscape.

With some 25 restaurants at Mayakoba Resort, there is something for everyone’s taste. Although the cuisines may be different, every meal is prepared to the highest standards. Choose from Mexican food at Aqui Me Qued, La Laguna and the Zapote Bar. For Asian, it’s Agave Azul or Saffron. Plus, international choices include Cocina Milagro and Oriente to name a few.

In addition, resort residents get priority access to the resort’s twenty-three restaurants and four spas. In addition, there is exclusive access to the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón golf course. El Camaleón blends through the diverse ecosystems of Mayakoba. Included are a tropical jungle, dense mangroves, freshwater canals and pristine Riviera Maya oceanfront. Thus, the 18-hole PGA TOUR course captures spectacular views in every direction.

Mayakoba Resort interior - Riviera Maya, Mexico

The residencies themselves at The Reserve at Mayakoba has a design in response to its unique location. Therefore, they offer a very rare opportunity to call a piece of this spectacular area home. This private community is thoughtfully crafted with the homeowner’s every last need in mind. Including, underground parking on-site. Also, the residences offer one to four-bedroom floor plans and 4-bedroom penthouses.

The goal is to conserve as much of the natural area as possible. Hence, the residences are extremely private, shaded, and boast large terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows. As a result, they bring the luxury of nature into the living space. The Reserve at Mayakoba offers independent entrances to the resort. Also, there is additional security booth access to the residences.

The Reserve at Mayakoba development is from leading asset management firm Sancus Capital Partners in partnership with Inmobilia. The Reserve at Mayakoba will offer exceptional privacy and enviable amenities across 66,408 square meters of landscaped grounds, footpaths, and canals. The design is by prestigious, international architecture studio L35 in association with Sepúlveda Arquitectos. The development will be completed in two phases and comprise eight towers of nine units, for a total of 144 residences.

Carlos Orozco of the Reserve at Mayakoba states, “The Reserve at Mayakoba is the culmination of the vision of two leading luxury real estate developers in the region, Sancus Capital and Inmobilia. This partnership, it’s carefully planned architecture and Mayakoba’s unsurpassed natural beauty make it the most exciting project in the Mexican Caribbean. Douglas Elliman’s track record and experience in high end developments makes them the ideal marketing partner for such a unique property. We are very happy with this alliance and believe it is the right formula for success.”

In addition, this luxury resort provides residents with priority access to the resort’s twenty-three restaurants, there are four spas and the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón golf course. Plus, the Reserve at Mayakoba will offer independent entrances to the resort and additional security booth access to the residences.

Mr. Orozco continues, “The Reserve at Mayakoba exemplifies modern design in delicate balance with the natural environment. Featuring innovative architecture conceived in response to its unique setting, the exciting new development will offer residents a truly unparalleled experience of the Riviera Maya.”

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New Classics Carree Automatic Watches from Frederique Constant

Luxury watch brand Frederique Constant introduces three new variations of the Classics Carree Automatic watch collection.  Going back to its original era and the roaring twenties, the new watches emerge with a stylistic audacity.  Yes, the resulting imprint is still perceptible.

The new Classics Carree Automatic luxury watch collection is very refined.  The stunning rose gold-plated or steel timepieces rely on a minimalist style. They include baton indexes, dauphine hands and date. In addition, a dial with a subtle guilloché pattern gives the Classics Carrée Automatic a rare elegance for aesthete collectors.

Classics Carree Automatic

The new Classics Carree Automatic watches from Frederique Constant are available in three versions. Each is powered by the FC-303 caliber offering 38 hours of power reserve. The caliber is clearly visible through the sapphire caseback. Continuing, the most sober and classic come with a steel case, silver dial and black leather strap. The most modern comes in the same case with a blue dial on a matching bracelet in the same tone. It’s topstitched in blue. The most chic and precious prefers a pink gold-plated case with shared indexes and hands, on a brown strap.

First launched in 2003, the Classics Carree Automatic is evolving again and significantly. First, a major change is the Heart Beat opening closes. Plus, the housing is the well-kept secret of the Swiss Made mechanism of the timepiece. Hence, this is how the face of a new, much more streamlined dial emerges. For example, the large Roman numerals give way to applied indexes, doubled at noon. The style is timeless and much closer to the aesthetic canons of the 20s.

The date window at 6 o’clock reproduces the rectangular line of the case. Therefore, it is dressed in a frame of the same finish as the latter, also shared by the indexes.

Luxury watch brand Frederique Constant introduces three new variations of the Classics Carrée Automatic watch collection.

You will find in the center of the dial, the most refined finishes. First, a rectangle with the exact proportions of the 30.4 x 33.3 mm case. It’s closed by a “railway” type timer, typical of the 1920s and the Art Deco movement that ran through them. Next, a very fine grooving dresses it. As a result, it offers a sole gaze of its owner.

This subtlety makes it possible to offer a better contrast to the set of three hands. Of course, the hours and minutes are shaped in the Dauphine style. Thus, a geometry is also characteristic of the past century. This simple, refined shape allows the time to be read perfectly in all circumstances. This is due to two facets. Each is oriented at two divergent angles. Therefore, at least one of the two always captures the light. Brillant design!

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German Fairy Tale Route – Hanau, the Birthplace of the Brothers Grimm

Most people remember hearing about fairy tales while growing up. Now you can participate in real-life one in Germany. The German Fairy Tale Route begins in the city of Hanau, known for the birthplace of Brothers Grimm. To mark the official starting point, you will find an impressive monument honoring both Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The monument is located on the market square Neustädter Marktplatz.

Is traveling to Germany on your bucket list? You likely have dreams of enchanted castles, scenic, alpine views and a rich culture, but yet a dark and troubled history. Now you can enjoy a VIP experience and enjoy the best Germany has to offer by following the German Fairy Tale Route.

The German city of Hanau is world famous for being the birthplace of the famous Grimm brothers. The two publishers – Jacob and Wilhelm created many of the most popular and well-loved fairy tales. For example, they wrote Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel.

Hanau, Germany - Brothers Grimm statue

Therefore, the city of Hanau is also the start of the Deutsche Märchenstraße (German fairy-tale road). This scenic route leads a few hundred kilometers across Germany to Bremen in the north.
Hanau’s location on the junction of the rivers Main and Kinzig invites you to enjoy some beautiful river scenery. Plus, not far from the river junction, is the romantic castle Phillipsruhe and the picturesque suburb Kesselstadt.

From there, the unique route leads across five other stations in the lives of the famous brothers. For example, view more than fifty places that celebrate fairy tales and legends all the way to Bremen. There the sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians in front of the Ratskeller marks the end of the journey.

On a final detour to Buxtehude, the route leads through various natural and cultural landscapes. Visit remote villages, cozy half-timbered towns and urban cultural centers. Plus, you will pass through the GrimmHeimat NordHessen. Legendary castles and fairytale palaces, enchanted forests await. See the famous Weser River, mystical places of legend and countless fairytale fountains line the German fairy tale route.

With a length of 477 kilometers, the scenic Weser River is the longest river in northwest Germany. It begins at the confluence of both the Fulda and Werra rivers in Hannoversch Münden. Also knows as Hann. Münden. The upper section of the Weser river runs through the Lower Saxony region of the Weser Hills. Continuing, the lower and tidal sections of the river below Bremen, flow through marshes, bogs and Geest. Geest describes the slightly raised landscape of sand and gravel soils, along with shrubby vegetation.

To view the Fairy Tale interactive map, please click here: https://www.deutsche-maerchenstrasse.com/en/route/our-route/map

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WatchTime New York Will Take Place in Midtown Manhattan

WatchTime New York is nearing as the luxury watch show’s seventh edition in Midtown Manhattan, takes place Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23, 2022. The popular luxury watch events will be under the famed rotunda of Gotham Hall. Anticipation runs high for the beloved collector show. It unites watch enthusiasts directly with some of the world’s leading watch brands.

Throughout the 3-day event, produced by WatchTime, attendees will get the opportunity to join the conversation and engage with prestigious wristwatch brands. In addition, they will hear from many of leading personalities of the watch world.

The luxury event’s hallmarks include dialogue, interaction and hands-on experiences. Also, the irresistible formula that historically attracts attendees from across the globe is to socialize and engage directly with the makers and movers. These experts definitely shape the luxury watch industry. For this year’s WatchTime New York show, 26 watch exhibitors are already confirmed. They include – A. Lange & Söhne, Blancpain, Bremont, Chopard, G-Shock, Grand Seiko, MB&F, Montblanc and Parmigiani. Of course, many additional brands will be announced soon.

WatchTime New York attendees can also expect a host of exciting on-site activations and live panel discussions. Select brands plan to launch new products to the world live, from the show floor during the event.

Since the first show in 2015, the attention generated by the WatchTime New York event amongst the world’s luxury and watch collecting communities is incredible. This popular luxury watch show has driven numerous related events and activations. WatchTime NewYork is now the prestige event anchoring the unofficial “WatchTime week.” Hence, the world’s leading watch collectors and key luxury influencers converge on New York City for a celebration of mechanical wristwatches.

WatchTime New York producers will again offer the extended 3-day event format introduced in 2021. Therefore, this encourages ample space for social distancing while offering broader activations and high-profile panel discussions. VIP tickets are still available and offer full 3-day admission. Plus, attendees can also build their itinerary of choice with single-day event tickets.

Roger Ruegger is the WatchTime Editor-in-Chief and states, “The industry has proven to be incredibly resilient over the last few years, defying expectations as interest in wristwatches continues to soar. It’s clear that collectors are more eager than ever to discover and engage with new watch brands and the people behind them, which is precisely what WatchTime New York was established to do.”

WatchTime Publisher Sara Orlando concurs. She notes that “As the show continues to grow in size and scope to meet demand, we look forward to announcing new brand exhibitors and activations in the weeks to come.”

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Arnold & Son Reveals the Luna Magna Ultimate II Luxury Watch

Luxury watch brand Arnold & Son introduces the Luna Magna Ultimate II luxury watch. This stunning, high jewelry moonphase timepiece features Lagoon-blue Paraiba Tourmaline and a diamond moon. The blue-green glow of the Paraíba tourmaline is the cornerstone of an exceptional new creation by Arnold & Son. The new watch was introduced to the world at last month’s Geneva Watch Days event.

Arnold & Son is named after John Arnold, an English watchmaker of the 18th century. Hence, the legendary watchmaker company was recognized for his ingenuity and work on marine chronometers. Arnold & Son continues his legacy by exploring contemporary ways to interpret traditional watch craftsmanship. All its watches are designed and manufactured in La Chaux-de-Fonds, located in the cradle of the Swiss watchmaking industry

Luna Magna Ultimate II

With this launch, Arnold & Son releases a new high-jewelry version of its beloved three-dimensional moon model. Above and beyond the technical prowess of including a 12 mm lunar sphere into a watch, the piece features superlative gem-setting. From pavé to invisible and channel setting, Arnold & Son draws on watchmaking savoir-faire of the highest level. Thus, the end result is the limited production of eight Luna Magna Ultimate II timepieces.

The Luna Magna Ultimate II is adorned with PVD-treated ruthenium crystals. The dial adopts the same shade as the Paraíba and is encircled by baguette-cut diamonds. As one of the rarest and most precious gemstones, the pavé-sets on the three-dimensional astronomical moon.

The 44 mm diameter case is crafted from 18K white gold and is studded with no fewer than 7.62 ct of exceptional-quality diamonds. Also, is the extraordinary color of the Paraíba tourmaline. It is a rare and much sought-after stone. Therefore, the finishing touch on this exotic and refined piece is the blue-green tones bordering on turquoise.

Arnold & Son introduces the Luna Magna Ultimate II Luxury Watch

A Precious Lagoon

A fine ring surrounds the new Luna Magna Ultimate II watch. It is formed of 112 baguette-cut diamonds totaling 5.90 ct. They overhang the flat surface of the bezel, appearing as if simply placed upon it, floating over its edge. Thus, it allows light to pass through them like an open prism. This is known as an “invisible” setting, generating unique sparkle. Continuing, its glittering appearance is due to millions of pure ruthenium crystals.

The extremely hard metal is found in platinum mines. This is due to being present in the same ore. However, ruthenium is much rarer than platinum. Hence, for the Luna Magna Ultimate II, the ruthenium is reformed into crystals and dyed using complex processes. As a result, it is regularly found on Arnold & Son’s timepieces and is unique in the watchmaking world.

A Tourmaline Night

A traditional dial is located at 12 o’clock. It is marked with 12 signature Arnold & Son Roman numerals. For example, this off-center sub-dial owes its pristine, slight milky white hue to opal. Underneath the time display, Luna Magna’s three-dimensional moon takes on a new appearance. Therefore, the white gold globe is entirely pavé-set. It is split into 161 brilliant-cut diamonds. This represents the illuminated side of the moon. Lastly, it’s the same number of Paraíba tourmalines for the portion in shadow.

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Enjoy The Rich Diversity of Mexico at Cala de Mar Resort & Spa

Mexico is a luxury travel destination that offers numerous destinations that provide sun-seekers with summer all year long. The Cala de Mar Resort & Spa in Ixtapa is the ideal luxury resort to enjoy all that Mexico offers.

While many popular destinations draw the attention of travelers for winter escapes, many smaller Mexican towns are continuing to make “Best Of” lists. They offer extraordinary quality of life, delicious food and drink, and exciting art scenes. For those who have visited the bigger name destinations on previous trips, the experts at Cala de Mar (a luxurious 59-room hotel perched on the dramatic cliffs of Ixtapa) have created a unique multi-city itinerary. Plus, it showcases the best of under-the-radar Mexican towns via a road trip that sensibly fits into the most popular airline routes.

Are you searching for a dream getaway? Are you culture lover, culinary enthusiast or a nature lover? Then consider the award-winning Cala de Mar Resort & Spa for your luxury Mexican vacation. For example, Mexico is continuing to evolve into one of the most exciting countries to visit. The country features many gorgeous cities that are recognized as some of the finest on the planet.

Cala de Mar Resort & Spa

Cala de Mar Resort & Spa is an award-winning, intimate oceanfront resort and spa. The luxury property provides 59 private suites. Each cascade down the steep cliffside of Ixtapa, Guerrero, Mexico into the azure Pacific below. Thus, it is an ideal venue for a relaxing wind down after seeing some of the world-class destinations throughout the country.

Luxury Cala de Mar Resort & Spa in Mexico

Cala de Mar Resort & Spa is a romantic escape that resides on the lush Sierra Madre cliff. As a result, the resort offers dramatic panoramic ocean views from the well-appointed suites’ spacious terraces. Each suite fitted with a private heated plunge pool. Continuing, the resort’s luxurious accommodations are open year-round. Enjoy world-class service and immersive culinary programming that reflects the vibrant Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo culture and spirit.

This exclusive property features a spa with Aztec healing treatments and three restaurants. Plus, a tequila and mezcal bar, yoga and meditation deck and private cove. Also, personal assistants, chef-led culinary excursions, and an array of complimentary daily amenities await. This gorgeous hotel was re-branded in 2018 and resides only minutes from Zihuatanejo.

The quiet fisherman’s village is known for its surfing, seafood, and famous for the sandy bays that line the town. In addition, shop at the authentic markets and walk the quaint streets. All the while, the more modernized Ixtapa is home to a large marina, an upscale culinary scene, and picturesque golf courses.

Amazing Mexico Cities to Visit

Cities like Mexico City, Morelia, Patzcuaro, Troncones, and Ixtapa all garner copious accolades and acknowledgements. From their contributions to global culture, culinary excellence, and quality of life, its clear that Mexico is making gigantic cultural leaps forward. The Cala de Mar Resort & Spa’s management team consists of avid travel enthusiasts. Hence, they are based between Ixtapa on the coast and Mexico City inland. They carefully develop a proposed itinerary that encapsulates some of the best that the country has to offer.

Your Trip to Mexico City

Get ready to enjoy the capital city’s culture, history and cuisine. Begin with a visit to the capital of culture, Mexico City. We recommend staying at least 3-4 days. The metropolis of almost 9 million people includes the historic neighborhoods of Roma, Condesa, and Polanco. Cosmopolitan visitors can discover an array of art galleries, innovative shops and crafts, and delicious cuisine.

Also, find world-class amenities that complement a vibrant creative scene that features some of the most exciting progressive ideas. Alongside historic attractions like Parque Chapultepec and Templo Mayor, the combination of activities on offer help showcase some of the best that Mexico has to offer.

A VIP Experience

The resort guest experience starts with a conversation with their Personal Assistant. They will gather key information about your personal preferences. For example, from food to on-site amenities and local activities. Next, through WhatsApp, the Personal Assistant can arrange activities and ensure an amazing culinary experience. In addition, even cocktails can be brought poolside as guests lounge in the warm Ixtapan sun. Last, flexible check in and check out times ensure guests have flexibility within their travel. Thus, this allows for your VIP experience to and from the hotel to remain worry free.

Cala de Mar has been named the #1 Hotel Resort in Mexico by Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. After your luxurious visit, you will definitely understand why.

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New Luxury Timepieces by Frederique Constant Introduced at Geneva Watch Days

This year, luxury watch brand Frederique Constant introduces two new timepieces. The watch company is part of a range of associated brands that showcased their newest product launches. Geneva Watch Days 2022 took place from August 29th until September 1st in Geneva, Switzerland. After two successful editions, the multi-brand watch show is back for a third consecutive year.

Geneva Watch Days is a unique watchmaking fair. Therefore, Frederique Constant introduces two new pieces to their popular Manufacture and Classics collection. The new watch models are – the Classics Heart Beat Manufacture and the Classics Art Déco Carrée for ladies.

Featuring at 6 o’clock the famous Heart Beat aperture and a clearly stated classicism, the Classics Heart Beat Manufacture today reveals a brand new look. PLus there is a new dial, new indexes and a new 39 mm case. The watch is available in two limited editions. There is a 18K pink gold model (93 timepieces) and one in steel (930 timepieces).

The recast of a cult watch of the Maison, the timepiece that began the era of Manufacture movements at Frederique Constant. Also, the watches are fitted with the Manufacture FC-930-3 calibre. Thus, the proud descendent of the FC-910 calibre, the first movement developed in-house in 2004.

New Watch Models

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– The 39mm case includes an automatic Heart Beat movement at 6 o’clock. In addition, it comes with a stainless-steel case. The white lacquered dial has black printed Roman numerals. The watch has a black alligator leather strap. Price: 3.695€

Launched in 2007, the Classics Art Déco line is treating itself to harmonious growth in 2022. Its case is now slenderer. Therefore, it attains new, more streamlined, and precious proportions. Three new versions have been created. Each combines natural mother-of-pearl with diamonds. Hence, the watch is still a very classic manufacture. Plus, it’s engine-turned and decorated with a cabochon/ Lastly, the Classics Art Déco Carrée is cleverly designed for everyday use.

Frederique Constant Classics Art Deco Carree luxury watch

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– The watch includes 28mm x 20.7 mm, quartz movement and a stainless-steel case. Also, it comes with 72 months battery life. In addition, you will find 4 jewels, white mother-of-pearl dial with silver color guilloché and stainless steel mesh bracelet. Price: 850€

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Top Costa Rica Resorts for a Luxury Experience

Costa Rica in Central America is a haven for travelers who love nature and outdoor adventure. There are many, Costa Rica resorts to choose from when visiting. Approximately a quarter of this country’s territory is preserved as national parks or conservation areas. Travelers will find misting rainforests, smoking volcanoes, crashing waterfalls and pristine beaches here. In addition, hummingbirds hover at hibiscus flowers and howler monkeys bellow from the treetops. Plus, iguanas may lounge in the sun not far from your poolside chair.

The luxury Costa Rica resorts listed below from VacationsToGo are in the northwest Pacific coast province of Guanacaste. The upfront pricing at the best Costa Rica Resorts includes meals, snacks, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, entertainment and nonmotorized water sports.

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica (5 stars)

– Lodging options here include swimout suites with access to a river-like pool, that winds through the property. The Explorer’s Club for ages 3 to 12 provides supervised activities, including a weekly beach campout, while Core Zone for ages 13 to 17 hosts bonfires and dance mixers. Offsite excursions like ziplining and whitewater rafting can be arranged.

Riu Guanacaste (5 stars)

– Situated between deep-green hills and the beach, this resort has multiple dining venues and bars, a spa and a fitness center. For extra pampering, choose a Jacuzzi suite with an ocean-view hot tub on the terrace. The Guanacaste province has several national preserves; Riu’s staff can book an excursion to Rincon de la Vieja, home to hot springs, sloths and spider monkeys.

Riu Palace Costa Rica (5 stars)

– This tropical retreat offers four swimming pools, a swim-up bar, a gym, tennis, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkeling. Other perks include 24-hour room service and an in-room beverage station. The on-site dining scene includes specialty restaurants that focus on Italian, Japanese and other cuisines.

Occidental Papagayo (4 stars)

– The 163 rooms of this no-kids resort are spread across more than two dozen buildings tucked into a lush hillside overlooking the sparkling blue water. All have balconies or terraces. Guests can lounge by a pool surrounded by palms, indulge in a massage at the U-Spa, go kayaking and sample several restaurants and bars.

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica (5 stars)

– Escape to this luxury resort for a no-kids experience, where you can book an evening “moon and stars” spa treatment, play tennis, snorkel or join a cooking or yoga class. Dining options include the light and healthy cuisine of Aqua, Italian-inspired Portofino and more. Some suites have private plunge pools with views of Culebra Bay.

Costa Rica toucan bird

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We hope you enjoy reading about five of the top Costa Rica resorts. This tropical oasis offers so much for luxury travelers.

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