Guest Blogger – Natasha Dury
Last week I went to the launch of the Nokia 8 at the Park Hyatt Dubai. In a few words, the Nokia 8 can be described as a fun, high performance, beautifully crafted smartphone, designed with us creative and adventurous teenagers in mind.
During the launch we had lots of fun on social media platforms with various experiences at the event and shared loads of pictures on our social media accounts. The best part about Nokia 8 is the fact that it xecels in both selfies and bothies.
While my mum had loads of fun with selfies which she is great at, I checked out the Nokia 8 for the new bothie option – it is a world-first in enabling Dual-Sight video to be livestreamed natively and in real-time to social feeds such as Facebook and YouTube.
Having the Dual-Sight feature means that simultaneously both the front and rear cameras are seen in a split screen visual for both photos and videos. With just one touch, this world-first livestream capability gives more immersive experiences and shows more of what is happening around the area.
At the event, we walked around the room and did various activities using the features but my favourite remains the vide option showing what is happening both at the front and behind the phone.
The other thing we teens are conscious about is looks – now I expected a normal Nokia design to be a bit bulky and plain but their smart phones now look absolutely fabulous and modern. Plus the phones come with a beautifully designed Nokia Active Wireless Headset – naturally the more cool kids would also go for portable speakers, in-car chargers, cases and screen protectors and these are all options one can have.
The new Nokia 8 is available in four colours: Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel and will be available in the UAE at an average retail price of 1699 AED starting September 21, 2017.
Natasha Dury – Teen Guest Blogger
Its that time of the year when we go shopping with our mums for back to school promotions all over town. It will be winter season soon and I personally can’t wait for the cooler temperatures. Winter 2017 is all about lightness and comfort with Geox.
Hence Geox have created a kids’ collection rich with details combined with the patented technology of breathable soles. There is a shoe for every occasion: playtime, back-to-school or party time. Taking care of children’s feet is on the top of our list and making sure that their feet are snug and dry inside contributes to healthy development whatever their age.
The shoes in the Geox junior collection are all characterised by a chrome-free, anti-allergy non-toxic, removable, breathable, flexible, anti-bacterial and anti-static inner sole with memory effect.
The super light soles with cushioning effect are characterised by their lightness, flexibility, grip and durability. The special Geox patented micro-porous membrane does not allow water in. This is found inside the sole of every Geox model, creating the perfect micro-climate for feet inside the shoe.
JR Kalispera “ METAL DOTS”
These sneakers are great for trendy girls. They are available both in high-top and low-top versions, in reversed leather and suede with irregular polka dots and printed laminates with special colour block effect on the upper and foxing included.
JR Fantasy “SUPERHEROIN”
Designed for super heroines that want a touch of magic. These sneakers are available both in high-top and low-top versions in leather with details in patent leather and glitter. The real magic, however, comes in the form of applied stars and little wings that no little girl can resist.
The interchangeable inner sole has a cushioning effect for maximum comfort. Breathability and high performance levels are the name of the game. Sturdiness, grip and flexibility come before everything else.
JR Thymar “METAL GOLD & CAMOUFLAGE GLITTER”
These sneakers are made from camouflage pattern python print leather, total black leather or metallic effect gold with contrasting heel and sole in ultralight EVA for maximum comfort. These sneakers are designed for girls that follow seasonal trends.
JR Alonisso “SPORTCASUAL”
These high-top sneakers feature a blend of leather and reversed leather with a glossy printed strip and contrasting colours from the upper to the foxing. These sneakers are designed for sporty boys that like a touch of glam.
The breathable sole with patented Geox technology guarantees the highest comfort levels for your kids’ feet.
JR sport “LIGHT AND STARS”
Designed for kids that want to be noticed, these sneakers are available both in high-top and low-top versions. They are made from mesh combined with technical fabric and printed textures with a glossy effect and a big star applied in relief.
The LEDs in the soles light up with each step to make running and playing even more fun!
JR Kommodor “LED LIGHT” – boy&girl
Designed for older kids that don’t want to go unnoticed, these leather sneakers feature a sole with contrasting LED lights. The colour and frequency of the lights can be modulated using a simple button concealed under the tongue. A USB socket is also provided for recharging, so you never get left in the dark.
The Geox patent applied to the Baby range ensures the most advanced technologies support the growth of little feet and provide maximum well-being and comfort. All shoes also feature easy entry, ergonomic forms and removable insoles in chrome-free leather.
Baby casual “SNAKE”
For the first steps of little girls, these sneakers in glitter mesh, reversed leather and python print metal follow all the latest trends.
Baby retrò “CASUAL”
For baby boys, lace-up or Velcro in reversed leather with a brushed “used” effect. Blues combined with browns and yellows are right on trend.
“Accept only perfection, only manufacture watches of the highest quality”. More than just a motto, this is a philosophy embedded in the DNA of Baume & Mercier since 1830. Profoundly attached to the Swiss Made label, the Maison produces all its watches in the Swiss Jura and adopts a deliberate historical approach – known as “établissage” – that has shaped its success. In contemporary language, this term refers to in-house mastery of the key stages of watch development, assembly, quality control and maintenance, and calls upon the finest watch specialists to produce its components. A pledge of quality, reliability and performance – and all at the fairest price. Close-up and personal with Baume & Mercier.
As one of the oldest Swiss watch Maisons, Baume & Mercier has been shining in the watch industry firmament for almost two centuries. Such longevity commands respect and the inevitable question comes to mind: what is the recipe behind this success? The key ingredient is undoubtedly expertise, continuously distilled with authentic passion. This perpetually enriched heritage features two other essential elements: rigorous discipline and carefully controlled movements. All enhanced with a timeless flavor.
B for Baume
The story begins in the mid-19th century in the Swiss Jura, with the creation of a family firm that developed rapidly. The two siblings Louis-Victor and Joseph-Célestin found themselves at the head of “Baume Frères” and set up a subsidiary company in London, before extending their watchmaking reach to encompass the entire British Empire. Their combined assets – notably commercial flair and rigorous industrial standards – helped spread the brand’s reputation across borders. Known for its classical watches, chronographs and grand complication models, it won a number of international prizes, particularly for the precision of its models. In the early 1920s, William Baume, representing the third generation of the watchmaking dynasty, associated with Paul Mercier in founding “Baume & Mercier” in Geneva, where the brand has its current headquarters. In this temple of luxury watchmaking, the Maison became one of the most active firms in the realm of wristwatches. Expressed through a blend of horological mastery and timeless elegance, the founders’ vision has lived on through a dedication to making high-quality watches incorporating the latest technological advances.
Epitomizing the very best
In almost 200 years, the watchword of the Baumes brothers has been scrupulously upheld and applied. One might almost imagine it echoing through the corridors of the Maison. This imperative demand for quality, matched by the fairest possible cost, is based on an historical artisan-style production method: établissage. The term carries echoes of the past, just as it should do! In the 19th century when the Baume family opened a watch dealership in the Swiss Jura, its watches were assembled from components made by specialized artisans, each dedicated to a specific part of the watch. Based on the établissage mode of operation, the Maison Baume handled the making of the finished product, and its subsequent sale. Much later, at the dawn of the 21st century, Baume & Mercier returned to its roots and set up its Ateliers Horlogers in Les Brenets, a village of its native Jura. Adopting a meticulously careful approach based on manual craftsmanship, the Maison thus revived the “Frères Baume” approach while incorporating all the assets of modern times. The “établissage 2.0” concept at Baume & Mercier – an original artisanal method applied to the modern era – is notably designed by in-house control of each stage involved in creating a watch: design, development, assembly and quality control. It also implies drawing on the know-how of the finest specialists when it comes to component production. The core of this organizational mode consists in scrupulous attention devoted to every detail, along with the patience and dexterity of passionately dedicated watchmakers with a sure, deft touch.
Swiss made, for ever and ever
Ever since its origins, Baume & Mercier has made its watches in Switzerland. In the course of its history, the quality, innovation and precision of its creations have earned it numerous distinctions, of which some have been patented. These stringent standards were rewarded in the 1920s by the “Poinçon de Genève” quality hallmark, the highest certification of watchmaking craftsmanship. The demand for quality, a full-fledged corporate philosophy at Baume & Mercier, has been a constant characteristic right from the beginning. A fervent ambassador of the ‘Swiss made’ label, the Maison designs and develops its movements in its own design studio inside its Geneva headquarters. All of them are subsequently assembled and tested in its Ateliers Horlogers in Les Brenets, in the Swiss Jura. These light-filled, perfectly equipped workshops also handle after-sales service and restoration of vintage models.
A perfectly balanced identity
In the 1960s, Baume & Mercier adopted the Greek letter “Phi” as its visual identity. Now the brand logo, this “golden number” symbolizes finely balanced proportions. It lays the foundations of the archetypal aesthetic – the traditional round watch – as well as the ‘affordable luxury’ status of Baume & Mercier. Through its collections, the Maison offers both classically understated watches as well as chronographs with various useful functions. Women’s models enjoy a special place within this sphere of quality watchmaking at an affordable price. This close attention to their needs and wishes goes back a long way: in 1869, one of the Baume brothers gave his daughter a gold pocket watch; and between 1920 and 1940, the brand offered a number of modern and inventive feminine models, some of which are now legends. Today, two lines are exclusively dedicated to them: Promesse and Linea.
C for classic, and more besides…
Firmly rooted in the Baume & Mercier values, a mixed approach appealing to both men and women also characterizes the brand’s two flagship collections: Classima and Clifton. As its name implies, Classima – inspired by a 1965 ultra-thin automatic watch with a micro-rotor – comprises elegant and classical watches. Its range of sizes, materials, Swiss made mechanical and quartz movements, features a blend of understated elegance and technical refinement. Housing Swiss mechanical movements in both men’s and women’s timepieces, the Clifton range is intended for urbanites with a taste for Fine Watchmaking. Aesthetically speaking, the collection draws inspiration from a 1950s model, the epitome of traditional and artisanal watchmaking according to Baume & Mercier. In 2017, the new Clifton Club range marks a turning point in the history of Baume & Mercier, by reinterpreting the ultimate sports watch – one that accompanies urban, active and elegant men on every occasion.
Offering luxury watches embodying the full spectrum of Swiss expertise and featuring an excellent quality-price ratio: such is the enduring mission of Baume & Mercier, and a promise duly kept.
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The St. Regis Dubai, in collaboration with Sulty Events and Entertainment will open the third installation of the “Your Perspective: Art Exhibition” featuring numerous artists in the surrounding area of ‘Le Patio’ on the second floor of the hotel from July 12th, 2017 for two months.
The artists featured in the new exhibition include Elisabeth Krogull of Germany, Reta Richards of Canada and six artists from Korea – Nahyun Hwang, Hyojung Kim, Jiyoun Jeon, Eunyoung Heo, Hakman Hwang and Sunhee Kim.
Faiek El Saadani, Hotel Manager, The St. Regis Dubai, said, “Our third art exhibition reflects the diversity of artists we intend to showcase through the year as it adds a touch of International culture and heritage to the area around ‘Le Patio’. We are committed to bringing world art to the city and there is no better venue than Le Patio that combines a Parisian inspired Courtyard with a contemporary international look and feel.”
Vanessa de Caires, Owner of Sulty Events and Entertainment Dubai said, ”After the success and positive response to our last exhibition, we are excited to bring in a multicultural mix of artists set to enthrall art connoisseurs and collectors in the region. We hope the new installation deepens our understanding of the messages behind the new paintings in this collection.”
The art selected in this initiative are ideal as masterpieces in art galleries and private collector’s residences. Diplomats, Art Collectors, regional Business leaders and media will be attending the opening night of the exhibition.
The China International Development and Investment Corporation Limited, Red Orange Events Management, Gallery The Grace Seoul, Art Couture and Coral Coast PR will be supporting the Event.