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DC Inspired x Wonder Woman Tourbillon Watch by Kross Studio

The new Kross Studio x Wonder Woman tourbillon watch was created in collaboration with Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products and DC. DC’s Wonder Woman is a cinimatic icon. Her unique depth of character has inspired fans all around the world. As a fitting tribute to Wonder Woman’s global impact, Kross Studio has designed a complex and powerful watch. Hence, it underlines her icon status as an invincible fighter and seeker of justice.

The custom-commissioned, one-of-a-kind Kross Studio x Wonder Woman timepiece stands as a testament to Kross Studio’s daring creativity and manufacturing prowess. The Swiss luxury watch team has agile skill and creates custom designs for the most discerning collectors and enthusiasts.

Wonder Woman Movie Collection

Attractive actor Gal Gadot plays the role of Diana Prince in the Wonder Woman movie series. The first movie titled “Wonder Woman” hit theaters in May of 2017. Featuring an Amazon princess who confronts the forces of evil and bring an end to human conflict, during World War One. The second movie – 1984 came out in December of 2020. First, a botched store robbery puts Wonder Woman in a global battle against a powerful and mysterious ancient force. But that battle puts her special powers in jeopardy.

A Unique and Exceptional Superhero Watch

To produce this exceptional watch piece that embodies the superheroine, Kross Studio developed an ultra-complex new casing process. It unites the watch’s dial and movement. For example, Kross Studio engineers turned to the brand’s own central tourbillon manufacture movement to begin. Yes, the integration of the dial required a new design, inspiring a new version of the caliber KS’7000. As a result, the dial and the movement follow the curve of the sapphire crystal across its entire diameter.

Moreover, the Studio did not top the central tourbillon cage with a decorative element. Rather, it integrates Wonder Woman’s iconic emblem as an integral part of the dial. It is found above the tourbillon cage. For its part, the tourbillon cage benefits from a new design with an upper cage bridge symbolizing the Kross Studio cross.

One-of-a-kind Time Reading

Fittingly, the Kross Studio x Wonder Woman watch also presents a unique method of reading the hours and minutes. The hour hand, represents Wonder Woman’s sword. It attaches to the peripheral display mechanism in 360° orbit around the tourbillon. The superheroine’s tiara points to her shield. In turn, it reveals the disc displaying the minutes over a range of 15 minutes at 12 o’clock. Finally, the hour markers on the flange are in the shape of stars, a potent symbol of Wonder Woman.

A Stunning and Vibrant, Luxury Timepiece

The circular satin-brushed grade 5 titanium case has a design with depth and brilliance. For example, the flange and the minute disc are treated in blue pvd to the sandblasted and polished central applique in 3N gold color. The final touches go even further. Using 5-axis CNC machining techniques and hand-crafted finishes have enabled Kross Studio technicians and designers to render elements of the Wonder Woman central tourbillon watch in three dimensions.

The Kross Studio x Wonder Woman watch comes with three straps. They are easily interchangeable thanks to the ingenious quick-change strap system. One is crafted of blue calf leather strap and the second is red alligator. Lastly, the third strap comes in anthracite grey goat leather.

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Return of the Orient Express – The New Presidential Suite

For the past 140 years, the legendary and iconic Orient Express train has been synonymous with luxury travel. It will begin operating again in 2025. The luxury train – Simplon–Orient-Express, ran from Paris to Constantinople (Istanbul) for more than 80 years (1883–1977).

But beginning in 2025, the famous train will invite travelers to relive the legend aboard 17 original Orient Express cars. Amazingly, the heritage of this legendary train will be on display to a collection of luxury hotels around the world. The historic train cars date back to the 1920s and 1930s. They will be gorgeously adorned with exceptional decor.

Occupying an entire train car of the former Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express, the Presidential Suite features unprecedented dimensions. It measures 69 feet long and 9 feet wide. The 55 square meter space was beautifully designed to accommodate a theatrical “4 Column room.”  Plus, the suite is adorned with the most beautiful Lalique panels and a gas fireplace. Wrapped in embroidered velvet, the spacious bedroom offers a more subtle decor.  Thus, it includes custom-made furniture and is home to an elegant bathroom.

True to its heritage, the Presidential Suite opens onto a unique collector’s item. An “LX” luxury cabin that dates back from 1929. The cabin has two beds and adorned with solid mahogany and Nelson and Prou marquetry. Interestingly, the beds were found aboard the Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express and fully restored. Lastly, the ultimate surprise is the Cabinet de l’Égoïste, a secret room dedicated to good vibes and epicurean festivities.

There will be a global event in Paris, France in late 2025. One month after the Parisian event, the train is heading to Miami, Florida. The dates will be from November 30 to December 4, during the 18th edition of the international Design Miami/ fair. In addition, event guests will discover the legendary train via an original immersive experience, complete with virtual reality.

Orient Express is bringing its virtual immersion concept to the United States for the first time ever at Design Miami. The event will invite visitors to a new space. Bathed in midnight blue, Orient Express’ signature color, and engraved with its iconic star. The journey will discover the future Bar-Car and Restaurant-Car, the Suites and corridors of the train. Plus, learn about the second chapter of the project: the Presidential Suite.

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World’s Tallest Wooden Hotel – Sustainability in Swedish Lapland

The world’s tallest wooden hotel is made almost exclusively from wood and is now open for guests everywhere. The Wood Hotel can be found at the birthplace of cross-country skiing, Skelleftea in Swedish Lapland. The new hotel is part of a five-day and four-night Wood Hotel Experience from Off the Map Travel adventure travel specialists. The VIP experience is a mix of sustainability and nature in a beautiful setting.

The world’s tallest wooden hotel is designed for enjoyment in the forested area of northern Sweden. Welcome are both couples and families. They will experience the hotel along with local adventure and gastronomy. Available from December to March, the Wood Hotel Experience begins with an overnight stay in Stockholm. Next, take a flight to Skelleftea. Once there, guests will be transferred by electric car to the Wood Hotel.

Alex Minnis from Off the Map Travel states, “This is an opportunity for sustainability-minded visitors who search out ‘neo luxury’ looking for culture and escapism all wrapped into one comfortable, climate-sensitive package. Being made out of wood contributes to the building’s being climate-positive as the structure absorbs more CO2 than it uses. It also contributes to comfort and personal well-being, reducing stress and improving sleep.”

The new Wood Hotel stands 75 meters tall. In addition, it has 20 stories and is made almost entirely from spruce and pine sourced from the neighboring forests. Also, it dominates the local skyline. But it seamlessly fits into the town’s natural beauty with its wood construction. The world’s tallest wooden hotel has 205 contemporary rooms. Each is filled with the rich, warm smell of the trees they are built from. In addition to a rooftop spa, the hotel has three stunning restaurants. For example, dine at an Italian café, an Asian restaurant and one with locally sourced, Sami-inspired food.

As part of the experience, guests will create their own gin at Skelleftea’s award-winning distillery. Thus, you will use locally foraged ingredients. Guests can also choose to go snowshoeing to take in the sights of this beautiful part of Swedish Lapland. Later, relax in the hotel’s Vana Spa with its saunas and outdoor pool. Enjoy panoramic views over Skelleftea and its forests. In winter, the new itinerary is perfect for guests to experience the Northern Lights. Take a self-guided walk with well-marked trails that depart directly from the hotel.

Full Itinerary:
1st Day – Arrive in Stockholm and stay overnight in the city
2nd Day – Fly from Stockholm to Skelleftea Airport for an electric car transfer to The Wood Hotel
3rd Day – Lunch at Gin Distillery followed by gin making
4th Day – Morning snowshoeing and afternoon at the hotel’s panoramic Spa
5th Day – Return to Stockholm

A luxury VIP stay at the world’s tallest wooden hotel is priced from £2045 per person (about $2500 USD. The five-day / four-night Wood Hotel Experience itinerary includes all accommodations, daily breakfast, one lunch and gin making, snowshoeing and the rooftop spa. Please note, both flights and travel insurance are additional. Plus, the package can be customized to include excursions such as cross-country skiing.

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Private Iceland Holiday – Sleep in a Glass Igloo in a Frozen Glacier!

Are you ready for an amazing private Iceland Holiday? Enjoy a VIP experience in Iceland and sleep in a glass igloo in a frozen glacier. Wow! The new fully guided five-night/six-day Private Glacier Lagoon Adventure program allows guests to overnight on the lagoon by the Vatnajokull glacier. Plus, this is the first time available.

This Iceland holiday program is designed to optimize the possibility of experiencing the Northern Lights. It is now available for booking with travel dates between mid-January through March 2023. This program is an exclusive one. As a result, it is designed for the utmost in luxury and adventure.

The two new glass igloos are frozen into a secluded lagoon. The are open to guests for their first winter. Thus, offering you the chance to sleep next to a glacier in Iceland. Be part of an exclusive, private tour from Northern Lights specialists Off the Map Travel. Safety is always a top priority. As a result, a tour guide is at your disposal at all times. Also, they can help with recommendations and excursions, including a private glacier hike and sightseeing.

These new igloos encourage connection with nature and the stunning snow-covered wilderness. Plus, they are hidden in dark part of the Fjallsarlon glacial lagoon. Located on the southern coast of Iceland, the transparent igloos sit in a unique position. You can watch the stars and Icelandic Northern Lights, making it the focus of the evening. Your Iceland holiday will be a once in a lifetime experience.

Vatnajokull glacier - Iceland

Alex Minnis, from Off the Map Travel states, “This is a magical way to experience the Northern Lights and the quiet beauty of the Scandinavian winter wilderness. It’s pretty amazing to sleep secluded in an igloo that’s been frozen into a lagoon of glacial meltwater. You get a true feeling of the imposing glacier framed by the vast star-filled arctic sky. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll see the dancing Aurora Borealis.”

Your Iceland experience takes full advantage of this dark setting. Hence, there is no light pollution and the igloos have panoramic glass walls for uninterrupted views north. Another point, the “igloo boats” are accessible only by boat or all-terrain vehicles. They actually float during the summer months and freeze into the ice as the temperatures fall. The igloos measure nine square meters. They come equipped with a cozy and generous double bed, bathroom and panoramic windows. Plus Wi-Fi and hot drinks. The igloos are warmed by central heating. Therefore, this ensures comfortable night sky viewing.

Your five-night, six-day Private Glacier Lagoon Adventure includes a night in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. Next, enjoy a guided road trip with driver to Myrdalsjokull. Take in breath-taking views of the southern coastline. Continuing, guests will then enjoy a privately guided scenic tour and dinner at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon. Following is spending a night beneath the sky in a private glass igloo overlooking the stunning Vatnajokull glacier.

Detailed itinerary – Private Glacial Lagoon Adventure

Day 1

Arrive into Reykjavik and meet your driver for your at the Hotel Borg in the city center and tour. Plus, with the guidance and recommendations of your guide, spend the evening at leisure exploring the city’s museums, restaurants and more.

Day 2

Join your driver once again for a scenic journey to Myrdalsjokull (approx 2.5 hours) along the southern coastline. The glacier in the south of the Icelandic highlands is the country’s fourth largest ice cap, covering nearly 232 square miles, with a highest peak of 1500 meters. It sits atop the notorious and explosive volcano Katla. After, head to Hotel Katla for the evening and overnight.

Day 3

In the morning you will join your guide once again for a tour to explore the most accessible location on the day — perhaps Hekla Volcano or Landmannalaugar. Upon returning back from your day trip, you will then journey to the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon. Next, check-in and have an early dinner before heading to Fjallsarlon for a unique overnight adventure staying in your “igloo boat” overlooking the stunning Vatnajokull glacier.

Day 4

This day is all about glaciers. The day begins with a drive to your private glacier hike along Skaftafell. In addition, this outlet glacier extends from Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe.

Day 5

Travel back along the coastal road stopping at the various viewpoints and natural wonders on the way to Hotel Ranga (approximately3 hours). Relax at the hotel before dinner in the restaurant.

Day 6

Your driver will return you to Reykjavik Airport (approximately 2 hours) for your return flight home. Option to extend your stay if you wish.

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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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