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Auction Preview: Asian Art & Antiques at Altair Auctions, Norwood, Feb 6

What: Asian Art & AntiquesWhere: Altair Auctions; 151 Carnegie Row, Norwood, MA 02062, United StatesWhen: February 6; 11.30 pm GMTTop lots of the sale:- China, Sung dynasty, Junyao brush washer. Width 9  in., Height 2 7/8 in. Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 9
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Auction Preview: Asian Art & Antiques at Altair Auctions, Norwood, Feb 6

What: Asian Art & AntiquesWhere: Altair Auctions; 151 Carnegie Row, Norwood, MA 02062, United StatesWhen: February 6; 11.30 pm GMTTop lots of the sale:- China, Sung dynasty, Junyao brush washer. Width 9  in., Height 2 7/8 in. Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 90,000- China, Yuan Dynasty, blue and white Meiping vase,  small mouth with rounded lip, wide shoulders,  sides tapering to flat base, Phoenix and floral  border with scenes of figures together, with  repair. Height 17 in. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- China, Song dynasty, Cizhou Yao Meiping vase, small mouth, wide shoulders, sides tapering to flat base, decorated with mythical birds and flowers design against creamy ground. Height 18 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 40,000- China, Ming period, large blue and white dragon  Meiping vase, lipped small mouth, wide shoulders,  tapering sides to flat base, dense decoration of  blue dragons against white ground. Height 17 1/2 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 40,000- China, antique bronze cow, Height 7 in., Width 13 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- China, Yuan Dynasty, Lung Quan Yao Guanyin  Boulder. Height 15 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- Rome, antique stone mask, on stand. Height 5 in, Width 4 1/2 in. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- Cartier Gold Bracelet with Diamond, new design. Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000- China, gilt Buddha, free standing statue featuring eight armed Buddha, with halo of flames, high headdress and flowing robes, standing on lotus blossom base, mark stamped base. Height 42 in. Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 18,000- China, Ming period, blue and white charger, deep potted dish, flared rim, geometric design of floral patterns and swirls within center and exterior sides with unglazed base. Diameter 16 1/2 in. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 20,000- China, Qing dynasty, blue and white gourd vase,  small mouth, double gourd body, flat base, bright  blue floral designs throughout against white  ground, Qianlong mark and of period. Height 12 1/2 in. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 20,000- China, 19th C., Doucai Vase, low bulbous body on  footed and flared base, painted scene of wise man  seated  on the ground in a natural landscape with  Yongzheng mark on base. Height 4 3/4 in. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 20,000- China, Qing dynasty, Ge Yao moon flask vase with a  circular body, and the three necks protruding  from the top, with small decorations. Pale green  in color, with five Chinese characters on either  side. Yong Zhang mark on base. Height 2 1/4 in. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 20,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

Dorian Stefano Tarantini Collaborates with Swarovski for Autumn/Winter 2019 collection

Dorian Stefano Tarantini, the multidisciplinary artist and designer behind M1992, teamed up with Swarovski to inject signature sparkle into his Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, marking a third season of collaboration with the brand, as per the Swarovski website
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Dorian Stefano Tarantini Collaborates with Swarovski for Autumn/Winter 2019 collection

Dorian Stefano Tarantini, the multidisciplinary artist and designer behind M1992, teamed up with Swarovski to inject signature sparkle into his Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, marking a third season of collaboration with the brand, as per the Swarovski website.Over 466,000 crystals glitzed up five looks from the Nineties Britpop-inspired range, including a black suit and white leather separates, as well as various hoodies emblazoned with the Union Jack, and “Suburra” and “I’m Common” in crystals, according to the website.As per the website, Tarantini commented: “Using Swarovski crystals as a total surface for college-style menswear garments has been a way to reverse the rules and experiment through the sparkle and three-dimensional glare that only Swarovski radiates with such intensity.”Tarantini’s label M1992 presented its Italian style and quality collection. The use of fine fabric that draped the towering personalities of the models looked impressive. The sharply defined look was based on the 1990s fashion sensibilities and tailored styles.Not many know that Tarantini was once a DJ who later entered the world of fashion with his M1992 label. The 1990s Britpop culture highly influenced his Autumn/Winter 2019-20 collection.The perfectly shaped silhouettes and fine cuts did not fail to impress. A bit flared cropped trousers, monochromes, jersey suits, oversized jackets, white turtleneck sweaters and knitwear polos were some of the highlights of his collection.The designer picked clues from his own teens when he frequented London and picked up the British fashion prevalent in the 90s. He fondly relives those memories through the collection.M1992’s womenswear collection had a wider range this season. The '60s-style mini dresses, cool pop prints, and geometric patterns ruled the collection. Again the highlight included the white jacket-and-trousers studded with signature Swarovski crystals.For the uninitiated, Swarovski is an Austrian producer of lead glass (commonly called crystal) headquartered in Wattens, Austria. The company is split into three major industry areas: the Swarovski Crystal Business, that primarily produces lead glass jewelry (commonly called crystal jewelry) and accessories; Swarovski Optik, which produces optical instruments such as telescopes, telescopic sights for rifles, and binoculars; and Tyrolit, a manufacturer of grinding, sawing, drilling, and dressing tools, as well as a supplier of tools and machines, as per Wikipedia.According to the website, Swarovski Crystal Business is one of the highest grossing business units with a global reach of approximately 2,800 stores in around 170 countries, more than 27,000 employees, and a revenue of about 2.6 billion euros (in 2016).Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the collection.    https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Princess Cruises to Activate Three Additional Princess MedallionClass Ships in 2019

Princess Cruises announced, in an official release, the expansion of its Princess MedallionClass experience to three additional ships – Royal Princess, Crown Princess and Sky Princess – building on the enhanced and personalized cruise vacations guests ar
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Princess Cruises to Activate Three Additional Princess MedallionClass Ships in 2019

Princess Cruises announced, in an official release, the expansion of its Princess MedallionClass experience to three additional ships – Royal Princess, Crown Princess and Sky Princess – building on the enhanced and personalized cruise vacations guests are currently enjoying on its Caribbean Princess ship sailing the Caribbean, and with Regal Princess starting February 17, 2019. The OceanMedallion, included complimentary, is a wearable device that elevates the guest experience by delivering an enhanced level of personalization and innovative services resulting in high guest satisfaction scores, states the official release.According to the release, with the Princess MedallionClass experience coming to Crown Princess in July and Sky Princess in October, all guests sailing with the brand in the Caribbean will be able to enjoy an enhanced vacation through simplified, personalized and engaging experiences by the end of 2019. The addition of Royal Princess will also be the first time a Princess MedallionClass ship will be sailing in Alaska.Talking about the expansion, Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, said,  «Guests are finding their vacations enhanced with Princess MedallionClass on Caribbean Princess as a new and memorable experience, and we're ready to offer these experiences and personalized services to even more of our guests, including everyone who sails with us in the Caribbean in the fall and winter. Starting in April, we will continue the expansion to a total of five Princess Medallion Class ships expected this year, as we continue on our path to fleet-wide activation. And we look forward to bringing the experience to new groups for the first time, such as those sailing to visit exciting destinations in Alaska and Mexico.»Considered a breakthrough in the vacation industry and recently honored with a CES 2019 Innovation Award, the OceanMedallion features leading-edge technology that delivers personalized service through enhanced guest-crew interactions, eliminates friction points and enables interactive entertainment, describes the release.The release further states that  Princess MedallionClass vacations offer guests a portfolio of experiences specifically designed to enhance their cruise vacation. Some of the significant features of this experience include,From curbside to poolside in a breeze: Guests who arrive at the terminal with travel documents (i.e. passports) uploaded to their profile have a personalized check-in process that starts their vacation with ease.The best Wi-Fi at sea: MedallionNet is fast, reliable, affordable and unlimited. MedallionNet provides land-like speeds that allow guests to stay connected from anywhere on the ship including staterooms which are each equipped with a Wi-Fi access point.On-demand beverage delivery: Using smart devices, guests have the ability to order drinks using OceanNowTM and have them delivered directly to the ship and even in their stateroom.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at Princess Cruises  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Carnival Corporation's Cruise Line Brands, Leadership Earn Over 600 Awards in 2018

Carnival Corporation & plc, one of the world's largest leisure travel companies, continued its long history of achieving outside recognition for providing its over 12 million annual guests with extraordinary vacation experiences, earning over 600 awards a
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Carnival Corporation's Cruise Line Brands, Leadership Earn Over 600 Awards in 2018

Carnival Corporation & plc, one of the world's largest leisure travel companies, continued its long history of achieving outside recognition for providing its over 12 million annual guests with extraordinary vacation experiences, earning over 600 awards and honors in 2018 across its nine global cruise line brands, stated an official release by the luxury cruise brand.The release states that the corporation and its brands were recognized for excellence in vacation value, cruise ships, shore excursions, onboard entertainment, dining, itineraries, company leadership and more. Since 2016, Carnival Corporation has received over 1,500 industry awards, recognizing the world-class experiences provided by its nine cruise line brands.Carnival Corporation and its brands were consistently recognized in the industry's top awards programs in 2018, collecting over 145 Cruise Critic Awards, 25 USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, over 50 Travel Weekly awards, and over 20 Porthole Cruise awards, stated the release.Some of the noteworthy achievements include AIDA Cruises receiving the German Gas Industry Innovation Award and Cruise Guide 2018 Award for innovation for its newest ship, AIDAnova, the world's first ship powered by LNG at sea and in port. The brand also received the German Fairness Award from the German Institute for Service Quality for the fifth year in a row.Another significant achievement is Carnival Cruise Line’s being named America's Most Trusted Cruise Line by Reader's Digest for the fourth consecutive year, and receiving 10 USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice honors, including Best Ocean Cruise Line and Best Cruise Ship for Families.Costa Cruises recognition by Seatrade for Corporate Social Responsibility for its 4GOODFOOD program, which aims to cut food waste in half on board its ships by 2020, and being awarded the «Top Employers Italy» certification by the Top Employers Institute for the fifth consecutive year, mark another remarkable achievement by the corporation. The brand also received the WTM World Travel Leaders Award for Italy and set a Guinness World Record for the longest string of bunting ever at its Costa Zena Festival, which celebrated Costa Cruises' 70th anniversary.According to the release, Cunard was also recognized with several Porthole Cruise 2018 Readers' Choice Awards, including Best Onboard Enrichment and Best Service. It also received the No. 1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line award in Travel + Leisure's 2018 World's Best Awards readers' survey for the third consecutive year.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the Carnival Cruise Destinations    https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Global Wine Education Redefined with the Launch of Australian Wine Discovered

Wine Australia is taking global wine education to the next level with the launch of its comprehensive new education program — Australian Wine Discovered, as per an official release.The content-rich and globally accessible program features 22 education modul
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Global Wine Education Redefined with the Launch of Australian Wine Discovered

Wine Australia is taking global wine education to the next level with the launch of its comprehensive new education program — Australian Wine Discovered, as per an official release.The content-rich and globally accessible program features 22 education modules, detailed information guides, videos, maps, tasting tools and more, available online.Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark said, “This exciting new program is part of our bigger and bolder engagement with international markets. It is about amplifying the Australian wine message and raising awareness of the people, the grape varieties and the places that make Australian wine unique and special. And best of all, it is free!”“The material is available to all and goes well beyond the classroom — it's a training, sales and marketing tool for importers, educators, wineries, distributors, retailers and ultimately consumers,” he added.According to the release, the topics are suitable for beginner to advanced levels, offering an 'Introduction to wine' that covers the basics of how wine is made, how to taste wine and common questions such as how to identify wine faults, to more specific programs including 'Aged Australian wines' and 'Australia's old vines.'As per the release, the program harnesses visual storytelling, using illustrations, videos and imagery to break down complex information into something people can easily and quickly understand. All of the assets are flexible and editable with global access and unrestricted usage.The Australian Wine Discovered education program is supported by the Australian Government's $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package, which aims to amplify the promotion of Australian wine, capture market opportunities and drive export and tourism growth, as per the release.Wine Australia has also started a vintage of Australia’s grape and wine sector leadership development program — Future Leaders.Wine Australia supports a competitive wine sector by investing in research, development and extension (RD&E), growing domestic and international markets, protecting the reputation of Australian wine and administering the Export and Regional Wine Support Package, as per the release.According to the release, Wine Australia is an Australian Commonwealth Government statutory authority, established under the Wine Australia Act 2013, and funded by grape growers and winemakers through levies and user-pays charges and the Australian Government, which provides matching funding for RD&E investments.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at Wine Australia.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Auction Preview: Jewelry, Chinese Antiques Jade, Antiquities at Brownes Auctions, Sydney, Feb 1

What: Jewelry, Chinese Antiques Jade, AntiquitiesWhere: Brownes Auctions, Luxury District CBD, King Street, Sydney, 2000, AustraliaWhen: Feb 1, 12:00 AM GMTTop Lots of the Sale:- «Bird Pendant Jade» - Western Zhou Dynasty circa 12th century BC. Th
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Auction Preview: Jewelry, Chinese Antiques Jade, Antiquities at Brownes Auctions, Sydney, Feb 1

What: Jewelry, Chinese Antiques Jade, AntiquitiesWhere: Brownes Auctions, Luxury District CBD, King Street, Sydney, 2000, AustraliaWhen: Feb 1, 12:00 AM GMTTop Lots of the Sale:- «Bird Pendant Jade» - Western Zhou Dynasty circa 12th century BC. These features are very special attributes and a delight for collectors of rare archaic jade artefacts. This amulet is in good condition consistent with its age and authenticity. It measures approximately 2 1/4« tall by 1 1/2» deep and is 1« wide (57mm x 38mm x 25mm). Estimated Price: $180,000 - $188,000- »Porcelain Pilgrim Flask Xuande« - Ming Dynasty. An exceptionally rare 15th Century Chinese Crescent Shaped Ewer Pilgrim Flask cobalt blue five claw imperial dragons design to both sides Xuande reign mark 1426 to 1435. Dimensions 21cm by 18cm by 11cm. Estimated Price: $120,000 - $128,000- »Chinese Antique White Nephrite Jade Lidded Vase« - Qing Dynasty. This one of a kind stunning double handled lidded vase was made circa 1750 in China and is carved from natural untreated white nephrite jade. Measured at 9 1/4» tall including the lid by 4 3/16« wide by 2 9/16» deep with the lid itself being 2 3/8« tall (235mm x 106mm x 65mm, 61mm). It weighs approximately 756 grams. Estimated Price: $95,000 - $98,000- »Ring Zigang« - A hand carved officials natural untreated nephrite jade archers ring (banzhi) dating to early Qing Dynasty. The ring has a poem carved into it and shows a man and child. The ring is a size 12 US. The ring is 1/4» thick all the way around. It measures approximately 1 3/16« wide. It weighs 49.18 grams. Estimated Price: $86,000 - $95,000- »Dragon Pendant« - This astonishing hand carved archaic jade nephrite dragon phoenix amulet was made in ancient China during the Eastern Zhou Dynasty Warring States Period circa 4th C BC. The dragon measures approximately 2 15/16» wide by 2 15/16« tall (75mm x 74mm). Weighing 50.6 grams. Estimated Price: $85,800 - $88,800- »Chinese Antique White Jade Pendant« - Antique Chinese Jade Pendant Translucent, Gemological testing including density (specific gravity) and refractive index confirm nephrite jade. This pendant is hand carved. It measures 3 3/4» long by 1 1/4« wide and on average is 3/16» thick across the sliced jade plaque (95mm x 32mm x 5mm). Estimated Price: $82,000 - $88,000- «Chinese Liao Vessel Flask Statue» - Tang Dynasty. Some remnants of painted glaze remain, crystalline encrustation including quartz drusy in one place and soil crystalline concretions, intact. Dimensions are 11cm wide by 11cm deep by 23cm tall approximately. Estimated Price: $82,000 - $88,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: Certified Jewelry & Watches at Estate Jewelry Auctioneers, Los Angeles, Feb 2

What: Certified Jewelry & WatchesWhere: Estate Jewelry Auctioneers, 650 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, United StatesWhen: Feb 2, 5:00 PM GMTTop Lots of the Sale:- «Authentic Patek Philippe Geneve Watch» - Stamped 750; Total Weight: 86.8 G
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Auction Preview: Certified Jewelry & Watches at Estate Jewelry Auctioneers, Los Angeles, Feb 2

What: Certified Jewelry & WatchesWhere: Estate Jewelry Auctioneers, 650 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, United StatesWhen: Feb 2, 5:00 PM GMTTop Lots of the Sale:- «Authentic Patek Philippe Geneve Watch» - Stamped 750; Total Weight: 86.8 Grams. Face Measures: 38.50 x 38.50 mm. SKU: [600925]. Estimated Price: US$ 58,000 - US$ 116,000- «Authentic Ultra-Thin Audemars Piguet Watch» - Stamped 750; Total Watch Weight: 67.5 Grams. Face Measures: 41.00 mm. SKU: [600928]. Estimated Price: US$ 46,000 - US$ 92,000- «Authentic Rolex Presidential Date Just Ladies Watch» - Stamped: 14K. Total Watch Weight: 71.3 Grams. Face Measures: 24.80x28.50 mm. SKU: [600467]. Estimated Price: US$ 20,000 - US$ 40,000- «Necklace» - 15.00 Carat Natural Diamond 18K Solid White Gold Necklace. Length: 17 Inches; Weight: 12.1 Grams; Stone Color: F-G; Stone Clarity: VS2 - SI1; SKU: 704952. Estimated Price: US$ 18,480 - US$ 36,960- «Bracelet» - 10.96 Carat Natural Diamond 18K Solid White Gold Bracelet. Length: 7 Inches; Width: 5.75 mm; Stone Color: F-G; Stone Clarity: VS2 - SI1. Total Metal Weight: 10.5 Grams. Face Measures: 5.75 mm; SKU: 704626. Estimated Price: US$ 16,900 - US$ 33,800- «Bracelet» - 10.22 Carat Natural Diamond 18K Solid White Gold Bracelet. Item Length: 7 Inches; Item Width: 6.95 mm; Stone Color: F-G; Stone Clarity: VS2 - SI1. Total Metal Weight: 23.6 Grams. Face Measures: 6.95 mm. SKU: 704565. Estimated Price: US$ 16,460 - US$ 32,920- «Bracelet» - 9.96 Carat Natural Diamond 18K Solid Yellow Gold Bracelet. Item Length: 7.5 Inches; Item Width: 6.85 mm; Stone Color: F-G; Stone Clarity: VS2 - SI1. Total Metal Weight: 20.3 Grams. Face Measures: 6.85 mm. SKU: 704405. Estimated Price: US$ 16,380 - US$ 32,760- «Necklace» - 22.92 Carat Natural Tanzanite 18K Solid Yellow Gold Diamond Necklace. Item Length: 16 Inches; Stone Color: Blue; Stone Dimensions: 13.40x11.65 mm; Stone Color: F-G; Stone Clarity: VS2 - SI1. Total Metal Weight: 20.4 Grams; Face Measures: 21.50x19.27 mm; SKU: 704828. Estimated Price: US$ 13,860 - US$ 27,720- «Bracelet» - 27.50 Carat Natural Sapphire 18K Solid White Gold Diamond Bracelet. Item Length: 6.9 Inches; Item Width: 15.77 mm; Stone Dimensions: 7.80x6.15 mm; Stone Color: F-G; Stone Clarity: VS2 - SI1. Total All Stones Weight: 21.97 Carat. Total Metal Weight: 30.5 Grams. Face Measures: 15.77 mm. SKU: 704779. Estimated Price: US$ 13,700 - US$ 27,400- «Necklace» - 14.10 Carat Natural Diamond 18K Solid Yellow Gold Necklace. Item Length: 16 Inches; Stone Color: F-G; Stone Clarity: VS2 - SI1. Total All Stones Weight: 14.10 Carat. Total Metal Weight: 19.3 Grams. SKU: 704836. Estimated Price: US$ 13,180 - US$ 26,360For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: Fine Chinese Works of Arts at Jumbo Auction House, San Gabriel, Feb 3

What: Fine Chinese Works of ArtsWhere: Jumbo Auction House, 5091 Walnut Grove Ave, San Gabriel, CA 91776, United StatesWhen: Feb 3, 9:00 PM GMTPublic Viewing: Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2018 - Time: 12 - 5 pm PST (By Appointment Only)Top Lots of the Sale:- «Antiqu
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Auction Preview: Fine Chinese Works of Arts at Jumbo Auction House, San Gabriel, Feb 3

What: Fine Chinese Works of ArtsWhere: Jumbo Auction House, 5091 Walnut Grove Ave, San Gabriel, CA 91776, United StatesWhen: Feb 3, 9:00 PM GMTPublic Viewing: Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2018 - Time: 12 - 5 pm PST (By Appointment Only)Top Lots of the Sale:- «Antique Chinese Cloisonne Vase» - Measured at Height: 15.5«. Estimated Price: US$ 32,000 - US$ 48,000- »Chinese Jade Guanyin Statue« - Intricately carved jade statue, depicting a guanyin holding a vessel in standing position, with two deities standing on each side. Comes fitted with a wooden stand. Estimated Price: US$ 32,000 - US$ 48,000- »A pair of Antique Daoist sculptures of deities« - Qing; both seated with smile and serene expression, wearing adorned heavy crown. Measured at Height 14» Width 7.5«. Estimated Price: US$ 24,000 - US$ 36,000- »Antique Chinese Cloisonne Round Container« - Round body with fitted, dome shaped cover, decorated throughout with patterns and auspicious bats against blue ground. Measured at Diameter: 10.25». Estimated Price: US$ 19,200 - US$ 28,800- «Antique Chinese Tripod Censer» - The round body divided by a line border around exterior sides at the top rim, all supported on three paw-like feet. Comes fitted with a wooden base. Measured at Height: 4.75« Diameter: 7.75». Estimated Price: US$ 16,000 - US$ 24,000- «Chinese Gilt Bronze Guanyin Statue» - Measured at Height: 23.75«. Estimated Price: US$ 16,000 - US$ 24,000- »Chinese Jade Carved Ornament« - Depicting 'Fu Lu Shou'. Comes fitted with a wooden stand. Measured at Height: 14.25». Estimated Price: US$ 16,000 - US$ 24,000- «Chinese Soapstone Carved Ornament» - Depicting carved in relief of immortals surrounded by mountain landscape. Comes fitted with a wooden stand. Measured at Height: 2«. Estimated Price: US$ 16,000 - US$ 24,000- »A pair of Chinese Antique Famille Verte Porcelain Jars« - Of baluster form and flanked by two auspicious bats shaped handles, the porcelain jar is painted with bamboo trees, flower blossoms and Chinese calligraphy. The rim is decorated with key-fret design while the bottom with scrolling floral foliage. Measured at Height: 13 in. Estimated Price: US$ 14,400 - US$ 21,600- »Antique Chinese Bronze Square Shaped Seal« - Measured at Length: 0.75» Width: 0.75«. Estimated Price: US$ 14,400 - US$ 21,600- »Antique Chinese Cloisonne Censer & Parcel-Gilt 'Elephant'« - Supported by three tapering feet and flanked by two elephant trunk shaped handles. Measured at Height: 8.25». Estimated Price: US$ 14,400 - US$ 21,600- «Chinese 18th Century bronze Bodhisattva Statue» - Seated cross legged on a double tiered throne, wearing heavy robes and a high layered crown, surrounded by vines of fruit. Measured at Length 4.25 in Height 6 in. Estimated Price: US$ 14,400 - US$ 21,600For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Global Jewelry Market 2019-2023: Growing Demand for Smart Jewelry & Blockchain Tracking System for Diamonds

Global Jewelry Market: Size, Trends, and Forecast (2019-2023) provides an in-depth analysis of the jewelry market including detailed description of market sizing and growth. The report provides analysis of the jewelry market by value and by metals and stones
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Global Jewelry Market 2019-2023: Growing Demand for Smart Jewelry & Blockchain Tracking System for Diamonds

Global Jewelry Market: Size, Trends, and Forecast (2019-2023) provides an in-depth analysis of the jewelry market including detailed description of market sizing and growth. The report provides analysis of the jewelry market by value and by metals and stones. The report also provides detailed analysis of the gold, diamond, platinum and other gems and jewelry market, as per a PR Newswire press release.Moreover, the report also assesses the key opportunities in the market and outlines the factors that are and will be driving the growth of the industry. Growth of the overall global jewelry market has been forecasted for the period 2019-2023, taking into consideration the previous growth patterns, the growth drivers, and the current and future trends, according to the release.Jewelry refers to ornaments made from precious metals and stones. Various kinds of jewelry include necklaces, rings, earrings etc. Jewelry is mainly worn as an accessory to enhance the beauty of the human body. Jewelry is also regarded as a mark of status. People with higher incomes demand branded and luxury jewelry products such as diamond and platinum. On the other hand, the demand for gold and silver jewelry comes mainly from the middle class population, as per the release.Various steps involved in jewelry manufacturing include designing, casting, divestment, finishing, stone setting, and rhodium plating. Jewelry is mainly used as an ornament but also serves as a mode of investment, particularly gold jewellery. It also serves a devotional purpose and is used to reflect different cultures and feelings, according to the release.The jewelry market has been segmented on the basis of type, assortment, platform, branding, metals, and gender. The two main types of jewelry are fine jewelry and costume jewellery. On the basis of assortment, the market has been divided into rings, neckwear, earrings etc. Jewelry market can also be segmented on the basis of branding into branded and unbranded jewelry. Various kinds of metals included in jewelry market are gold, silver, diamond, platinum, gems etc. On the basis of platform, the market has been divided into online and offline jewelry market, as per the release.The market is expected to be driven by various growth enhancing factors such as the growing number of digital buyers, growing female workforce population, increasing middle class population, growing high net worth individuals (HNWI) population, growth of international tourism, etc. However, the market is not free from challenges that are hindering its growth. Some of the major challenges faced by the market are declining rough-diamond mine supply, e-commerce fraud and delayed marriages among the youth, as per the release.The major players dominating the jewelry market are Pandora, Tiffany & Co., Richemont (Cartier), Swarovski, Chow Tai Fook Jewelry Group Limited and Signet Jewelers Ltd. The six companies have been profiled in the report providing detailed analysis of their financial information and business strategies, according to the release.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the jewelry trends and jewelry brands.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Rare Rolls-Royces Steal Limelight at RM Sotheby’s Arizona Auction

Rare Rolls-Royces from the last century made an impactful sale at the RM Sotheby’s Arizona Auction that took place on January 17-18, 2019. The first in the list is 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Salamanca that was offered from the Calumet Collection, a
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Rare Rolls-Royces Steal Limelight at RM Sotheby’s Arizona Auction

Rare Rolls-Royces from the last century made an impactful sale at the RM Sotheby’s Arizona Auction that took place on January 17-18, 2019. The first in the list is 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Salamanca that was offered from the Calumet Collection, a Southern California auto museum, including a handful of noteworthy Rolls-Royce models that stand out as some of the marque’s best from the previous century. This unique car, “finished in dark red and garnet, with part of the aluminum coachwork left unpainted and polished to a beautiful mirror-like contrast, accentuated by a folding black leather top and hinged window frames, a signature of the Salamanca design,” as the RM Sotheby’s report says, was sold for $235,200. The 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saloon that was also offered from the Calumet Collection was sold for $103,600. It is “one of 27 examples of this handsome design built by James Young on the Silver Wraith chassis, of which 13 were fitted with a division window, Silver Wraith chassis no. WOF23 was exhibited on Young’s stand at the 1951 Earls Court Motor Show, as noted in Bernard L. King’s Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and Silver Wraith. It was subsequently delivered in July of that year to Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd., the well-known British contracting firm whose leaders were longstanding Rolls-Royce clients in good standing, as noted in period registration documents,” RM Sotheby’s stated. Another Rolls-Royce, the 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V State Landaulet by Mulliner Park Ward, from the Calumet Collection, was sold for a high price of $445,000. “With the exception of minor paint and bodywork, necessitated by a slight bump received in Pittsburgh traffic, the State Landaulet remains unrestored and in immaculate condition, with a rich patina and a remarkable 161,795 actual miles recorded at the time of cataloguing. All of its original accessories function beautifully, including the radio and the adjustable rear seat. Accompanying the car is a comprehensive file covering the  entire ownership and the maintenance work performed,” according to RM Sotheby’s. Next in line was the 1972 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine by Mulliner Park Ward that was sold for $291,000. “This Phantom VI, chassis number PRH4703, was commissioned by the well-known Rolls-Royce dealers Lex Mead of Maidenhead as a company ‘demonstrator,’ that would show every available luxury accoutrement that could be specified for one’s new limousine,” the auction house said. The 1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit I Emperor State Landaulet by Hooper & Co., the British coachbuilding firm that built specialty vehicles for Great Britain’s royal family, was yet another important sale for Rolls-Royce in the auction and the car was sold for $190,400. https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin 

RM Sotheby’s Makes $37 Million at the Arizona Sale

RM Sotheby’s first sale of the year turned out to be extremely successful as it saw standout prices and strong bidder amounting to $37 million. “RM Sotheby's kicked off its 2019 auction calendar with the company's 20th annual Arizona sale, 17–18 January
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RM Sotheby’s Makes $37 Million at the Arizona Sale

RM Sotheby’s first sale of the year turned out to be extremely successful as it saw standout prices and strong bidder amounting to $37 million. “RM Sotheby's kicked off its 2019 auction calendar with the company's 20th annual Arizona sale, 17–18 January, at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The two-evening auction totaled $37 million in sales, with 85 percent of all lots finding new homes. The top sale of the week was a fresh-to-market, 2,900-mile 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, which drew enthusiastic bidding from several parties on Thursday night before selling for a final $3,360,000 (Estimate: $3,200,000–$3,600,000),” states the auction house. Commenting on their top lots and the success of the first sale of 2019, RM Sotheby’s stated: “Additional top sale highlights from the auction cover the spectrum of the collector car market, from American Classics in high demand through high-performance modern collectibles, illustrating strong collector interest in several segments. Thursday evening also saw a Classiche-certified 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina offered from nearly 20 years of single ownership bring a strong $2,012,500 to become the second-highest sale of the auction. Adding to Ferrari highlights for Thursday night, a one-off 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona NART Spider with intriguing design by Michelotti sold for an above-estimate $670,500 (Estimate: $600,000–$650,000), while a highly optioned, 280-mile 2017 Ferrari F12tdf attractively finished in Grigio Titanio over a two-tone blue interior sold for $1,006,000 (Estimate: $950,000–$1,100,000). Modern collectibles also drew strong interest in the form of a one-of-50 2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package, which sold for a final $885,000 (Estimate: $850,000–$1,100,000).” Global Head of RM Sotheby’s Auctions, Gord Duff, shared his happiness on the success of the Arizona sale and said: “We were thrilled to bring an exceptional, high-quality offering of blue-chip collector cars to our 20th Arizona sale.” He further added, “We received fantastic feedback on the catalogue of cars, and while we certainly witnessed a continued shift in collecting interests, we saw strong prices achieved for fresh-to-market motor cars from several segments of the market, most notably for great American Classics and for late-model collectibles. There was an enthusiastic atmosphere throughout our preview hours, and high energy and a packed house inside the tented auction area on both sale evenings, with the strongest bidder turnout we've seen at Arizona in more than five years, signaling new interest in the hobby.” https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin 

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder at RM Sotheby’s Paris Auction

This car will be a part of lot 180 at the auction and its pre-auction value is estimated to be around €950,000 - €1,100,000. “Competing against the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder proved to be able to hold its own against t
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2015 Porsche 918 Spyder at RM Sotheby’s Paris Auction

This car will be a part of lot 180 at the auction and its pre-auction value is estimated to be around €950,000 - €1,100,000. “Competing against the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder proved to be able to hold its own against the very best that the automotive industry could muster. Utilizing the very best materials, components and technology, Porsche created a car that was not only stunning in its performance, but one that was equally stunning in its looks and sheer attention to detail,” states the auction house. This 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder has covered less than 4,100 km from new and it is finished in desirable Liquid Metal Chrome Blue amongst other desirable options. Commenting on the details of the car, the auction house stated: “Utilizing a chassis constructed almost entirely of carbon fibre reinforced plastic composite, at the 918’s heart is a 90-degree V-8 based upon that found in Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 Le Mans prototypes. Thanks to its flat-plane crankshaft, titanium connection rod, four valves per cylinder and dry-sump lubrication, it can rev to an ear-piercing 9,000 rpm. As a result, it puts out a 608 bhp, which equates to an incredible 133 bhp per litre of displacement. In addition to this, the 918 Spyder’s combustion engine is supported by a pair of electric motors, with one being mated to the engine itself and another providing drive to the front axle. These electric motors produce an additional 284 bhp, bringing the 918 Spyder’s total output to 887 bhp and 994 foot-pounds of torque. All this horsepower is managed through Porsche’s tried and true PDK seven-speed transmission, and its delivery can be further refined through five driving modes, ranging from full electric to ‘Hot Lap,’ which utilizes every ounce of available performance from the powertrain.” It is argued that this car is the most practical and user-friendly of the trio of hybrid hypercars and is also considered truly a marvel of 21st century engineering. “The 394th 918 Spyder built, this example has been beautifully outfitted from the factory with a number of desirable options. Finished in Liquid Metal Chrome Blue and boasting the optional 918 Spyder Magnesium wheels and the Weissach package rear spoiler, these options combined would have cost the owner over $100,000. Inside, the interior is trimmed in Agate Grey leather with Garnet Red accents throughout, making for a very tasteful color combination,” mentioned RM Sotheby’s in their press release. https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin 

Ex-Trintignant 1931 Bugatti Type 51 to headline Artcurial’s Paris Auction

Artcurial Motorcars returns with its highly anticipated collectors’ car sales of the year, Rétromobile 2019, by Artcurial Motorcars, to be held on February 8, 2019, in Paris. Recently, the auction house has revealed the ex-Trintignant 1931 Bugatti Type 5
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Ex-Trintignant 1931 Bugatti Type 51 to headline Artcurial’s Paris Auction

Artcurial Motorcars returns with its highly anticipated collectors’ car sales of the year, Rétromobile 2019, by Artcurial Motorcars, to be held on February 8, 2019, in Paris. Recently, the auction house has revealed the ex-Trintignant 1931 Bugatti Type 51 châssis #51128 as the star of their upcoming auction. Some of the major highlights of this car are that it was in the hands of Jean-Claude Miloe for 27 years. It was this car with which Maurice Trintignant won his first Grand Prix race and it is considered one of the most desirable Bugatti Grand Prix. The managing director of Artcurial Motors, Matthieu Lamoure, said, “Few Grand Prix Bugatti can claim to be as original as this 51. Coming from a major collection, this rare and sought-after model, with transparent history, will be one of the indisputable stars of Rétromobile 2019.” While talking about the origins and the history of this car, Artcurial states, “After delivering a first Bugatti Type 51 in France, at the end of April 1931 to Count Stanislas Czaykowski, the Factory is preparing in May for two new cars for the French market. They are intended for the two most titled and experienced amateur Bugatti drivers in the country: Jean Gaupillat and Marcel Lehoux. The Bugatti Type 51 with engine number 9 is assembled for Gaupillat, while Lehoux is assigned the motor car 10. The latter receives, in the chronological order list, the chassis number 51128. It is built at the request of the client and is not taken among the factory cars prepared for the 1931 season. It is therefore void of any participation in the race, when it is delivered in Paris, on June 1, 1931, to Marcel Lehoux, a native of Algiers who has a large general mechanics workshop, at 13 rue Auber in Algiers. The Bugatti is sold to him at the price of 140000 Frs.” This 1931 Bugatti Type 51 had passed through the hands of several owners, including Marcel Lehoux, Louis Trintignant, Jules Rolland, Maurice Trintignant, Jacques Lefranc, and Pierre-Yves Laugier. The pre-auction value of this ex-Trintignant 1931 Bugatti Type 51 at the Artcurial Paris Auction is estimated to be around €4,000,000 -€4,500,000. https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Christie’s Education Launches New Podcast

Christie’s Education has launched a new podcast “Think Like an Art World Expert” today. This series will cater to the needs of all those who are willing to form their career in the art world and are interested in exploring the different types of jobs av
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Christie’s Education Launches New Podcast

Christie’s Education has launched a new podcast “Think Like an Art World Expert” today. This series will cater to the needs of all those who are willing to form their career in the art world and are interested in exploring the different types of jobs available in this field. “The first series will run for six weeks. Every Wednesday we will release an interview with an art world expert who has established a career in the industry. The discussion will center on what their role entails, how they reached that position, and what skills they have collected along the way, while offering tips on how to get the art world career of your dreams,” states Christie’s Education. According to the release, this podcast will serve as the first step toward making potential connections with people who are working in this field and who could guide students in making their next career move. This education series is for all those who are graduates or thinking to change their career. Christie’s states, “Christie’s Education offers graduate degree programs in both London and New York, a Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market, as well as pioneering the Master’s degree in Art, Law, and Business. A wide range of short courses, for experts and as introductions to the art world, is offered in London, New York, Hong Kong, and Dubai. Online courses at Christie’s Education make the study of art history and the art world more accessible around the world, exploring topics such as 20th-century jewelry, the global Contemporary art world, the great masters of European art, and art economics.” Christie’s Education also offers several online courses, which gives the candidates the flexibility “to participate in courses about the art world, wherever you are based. Led by art market professionals, our courses give you exclusive insight into art history, design, and the art market, all from within an easy-to-use online learning platform. Courses are offered in English and Chinese,” states the Christie’s press release. It would be interesting to know how many candidates will take up the new podcast that is being launched today. https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin 

Catherine Deneuve’s Wardrobe to be Auctioned at Christie’s

Christie’s France has announced the sale of Catherine Deneuve’s wardrobe at their upcoming auction “Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint-Laurent,” on January 24, 2019, in Paris. The clothes, including dresses, suits, and accessories are a moving testimon
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Catherine Deneuve’s Wardrobe to be Auctioned at Christie’s

Christie’s France has announced the sale of Catherine Deneuve’s wardrobe at their upcoming auction “Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint-Laurent,” on January 24, 2019, in Paris. The clothes, including dresses, suits, and accessories are a moving testimony of the close friendship that Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent shared for several decades, reports dailyhunt. “Christie’s Paris celebrates the most beloved star of French cinema, her enviable style, and enduring friendship with legendary couturier Yves Saint Laurent. More than 330 famous designs offered over a live auction and an online sale will showcase the 40-year cooperation with the actress and the designer epitomizing modern French elegance. On view will be the original Saint Laurent creations including the iconic leopard print dresses and more,” states the press release of the upcoming auction. Nearly 150 lots will be offered during an online live auction through January 30, 2019. “In 1965, I was invited to be presented to Queen Elizabeth II and my husband David Bailey, a fashion photographer, suggested that I ask Yves Saint Laurent for an evening dress. I arrived at Rue Spontini with a photo from the Russian Collection from the previous year, which he agreed to create for me. A long white crepe dress with a panel of red embroidery was the start of a long professional collaboration and friendship. His consummate gravitas during the fittings together with his shy charm outside the atelier made all the years we shared so enchanting — our silent complicity, our crazy laughter, and our melancholy brought us together. I was only 20-year-old and I had the privilege of being given access to this world of luxury, to train my eye, and my taste by his side. He dressed me several times in films and I think that ‘Belle de Jour’ in particular owes a great deal to him. Now, I am leaving my house in Normandy where I kept this wardrobe — not without a certain sadness — these are the creations of such a talented man who only designed clothes to beautify women,” said Catherine Deneuve, while describing the trajectory of her career. https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin 

2011 Ferrari SP30 Goes To Auction For First Time

2011 Ferrari SP30, which is a Ferrari Special Projects car, will be under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s upcoming auction, to be held on February 6, 2019, in Paris. This is for the first time that a car by Ferrari’s Special Projects division will be offered i
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2011 Ferrari SP30 Goes To Auction For First Time

2011 Ferrari SP30, which is a Ferrari Special Projects car, will be under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s upcoming auction, to be held on February 6, 2019, in Paris. This is for the first time that a car by Ferrari’s Special Projects division will be offered in a public sale instead of going to a customer who worked with Ferrari designers on the car. “This car, dubbed the SP30, received a bit of early attention in the automotive press, but has largely remained out of the spotlight since. During the initial design phases, the SP30 was announced as a project underway for a client based in the United Arab Emirates and preliminary design drawings were shown, showcasing the potential final product based on early conversations with the owner prior to production. After that, the project remained out of the public eye until only very recently. Based on a 599 GTO chassis and drivetrain, the bodywork is completely unique to this car, defined by the 599XX style rear winglets and speedster humps at the rear. Utilizing 458 Italia headlights and 599 tail lights, the car’s silhouette is clearly reminiscent of other front-engined, twelve-cylinder Ferraris. Boasting unique wheels, the scalloped bonnet most certainly inspired designers of the F12tdf,” states the auction press release. Some of the major highlights of this car are that it is a true one-off built by Ferrari’s Special Projects department and it has been in a single ownership. It has traveled less than 110 km from new, virtually as-new throughout and it is based on the Ferrari 599 GTO. While describing additional details of the car, RM Sotheby’s stated, “The interior switchgear and components are sourced from two different Ferraris. With gauges, steering wheel and seats sourced directly from the 599 GTO, the car’s switchgear and infotainment system appears to be from the 612 OTO, characterized by the large satellite navigation system in the center console. Trimmed in two-tone gray Alcantara, standard carbon fiber is seen on the dashboard, transmission tunnel, steering wheel and paddle shifters, but red carbon is utilized on the parking brake handle and passenger side grab-handle, and red paint on the rims of the air vents matches the red tachometer and seatbelts. Like the 599 GTO, the SP30’s interior is devoid of carpets, hinting at its sporty atmosphere. Behind the seats is a rear parcel shelf suitable for two small weekend bags.” https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Star Cars Failed to Sell at Bonhams’ Scottsdale Auction

Among the 120 lots that were offered at the Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction, several cars, whose pre-auction value was estimated considerably high, failed to stand up to the expectations. A number of classic cars were offered at the auction on January 17, 2019
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Star Cars Failed to Sell at Bonhams’ Scottsdale Auction

Among the 120 lots that were offered at the Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction, several cars, whose pre-auction value was estimated considerably high, failed to stand up to the expectations. A number of classic cars were offered at the auction on January 17, 2019, at the Westin Kierland Resort, in Arizona, Scottsdale. At this auction, Bonhams managed to earn $16.1 million from selling 107 of 120 lots on offer for a high 90 percent sell-through rate. The average sale price was calculated to be $144,762. One of the biggest disappointments of the action includes the 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial, which was considered one of the major highlights of the auction. The car gained popularity after it was famously photographed with actor James Dean behind the wheel. The pre-estimated worth of this classic was expected to be between $5 million and $6 million,while bids topped out at $4 million and it clearly failed to find a home. Next in this list of failures — which couldn’t even find a home — is the fiberglass-bodied ex-Robert Redford 1964 Porsche 904 GTS that was bid to $1.2 million, against an estimate of $1.4-$1.7 million. The 1959 Lister-Jaguar sports racer that was once driven by Stirling Moss fell flat at $1.4 million, far short of its wide-ranging $2.0-$2.6 million estimate. Other cars like 1993 Bugatti EB110, 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV, and 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing returned home with their consigners.  While a healthy trading was seen for the cheaper cars, buyers were hesitant to go near and above a million dollar, except for exceptional cars, which is why a number of cars either failed to find owners, or were sold at a price lower to their pre-estimated value. The 1951 Maserati A6G/2000 Spider went under the hammer at $2,755,000 against an estimateof $2.8 to $3.4 million. The 1991 BMW Z1 Alpina that had run just 12,000 km was also among those cars that were sold below the expectations. This BMW Z1 Alpina was sold for $106,400, against its pre-auction estimate of $140,000-$160,000. Volume-production Ferraris showed even lesser interest as compared to the less-common BMWs, for instance, a 1988 Ferrari Testarossa was sold for $86,800 against a $100,000-$125,000 estimate, and the 1987 Ferrari 328 GTB managed just $95,200, against the high estimate of$140,000-$180,000.https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin 

Hilton Expands Presence in Guangzhou with Third Flagship Opening

Hilton Hotels and Resorts recently announced the opening of Hilton Guangzhou Science City. The eight-story, 430-room full-service hotel is just minutes from downtown Guangzhou Science City and the world-class Baoneng International Sports Arena. With its exten
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Hilton Expands Presence in Guangzhou with Third Flagship Opening

Hilton Hotels and Resorts recently announced the opening of Hilton Guangzhou Science City. The eight-story, 430-room full-service hotel is just minutes from downtown Guangzhou Science City and the world-class Baoneng International Sports Arena. With its extensive meeting facilities, the hotel is primed to be the preferred choice for business travel and gatherings. The property is owned by Guangzhou Tianma Group and managed by Hilton, as per the Hilton website.“This new opening is Hilton’s first in Guangzhou Science City, a growing Research and Development and IT center that is key to the development of Pearl River Delta as China’s central hub for high-tech innovation,” said Qian Jin, area president for Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton. “By delivering Hilton’s exceptional service, we look forward to playing an integral role in defining the hospitality landscape as we enhance experiences for guests in Guangzhou Science City.”As per the website, ideally located in downtown Guangzhou Science City, the property is within five kilometers of the technology campuses of leading Fortune Global 500 companies and is only four kilometers away from Baoneng International Sports Arena, the most popular venue for sports and entertainment events in South China. For a spot of retail therapy, guests can visit UTOPA shopping mall, which is just steps away from the hotel or enjoy nature in the parks surrounding around the hotel.According to the website, the modern hotel is thoughtfully designed to maximize energy efficiency, featuring an expansive skylight that fills the open lobby with natural light and exterior road lamps that are solar-powered. Contemporary touches can be found throughout the hotel’s interiors, imparting minimalist, comfortable style across the four dining establishments and spacious guest rooms.“With memorable experiences to be had at the property, this newest addition to the Hilton portfolio celebrates our commitment to offer guests moments that matter around the world,” said Sean Wooden, vice president of brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton, as per the website.According to the website, guests can indulge in luxurious comfort in each of the 430 well-appointed guest rooms, including 49 suites and apartments. Each room is complete with a private balcony with scenic views, floor-to-ceiling windows and a bathroom with separate bathtub and rain shower. Business travelers have the added convenience of a large workspace, complimentary Wi-Fi and an ergonomic desk chair.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the Hilton hotels and resorts.   https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

A Legend Returns: 2020 Toyota Supra Makes World Debut

In January 2019, the fifth-generation GR Supra, the first global Toyota GAZOO Racing model, makes its undisguised world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, ending years of anticipation and speculation among sports car enthusiasts a
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A Legend Returns: 2020 Toyota Supra Makes World Debut

In January 2019, the fifth-generation GR Supra, the first global Toyota GAZOO Racing model, makes its undisguised world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, ending years of anticipation and speculation among sports car enthusiasts around the world. Behind the new Supra is a 50+ year lineage of unique Toyota sports and GT cars. Ahead of it awaits the world’s great driving roads, some of which were used to develop this all-new expression of Toyota pure sports car performance, as per an official release.According to the release, the 2020 Supra goes on sale in summer of 2019 and will be available in two grades — 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, as well as a Launch Edition which will be based on the 3.0 Premium grade. Driving enthusiasts can look forward to an exhilarating blend of power, precision and agility, thanks to a rear-wheel drive design that honors Toyota sports car heritage with its low center of gravity and optimal weight balance. There is a strong connection to Toyota’s 1967 2000 GT and 1993-2002 Supra in both design and mechanical configuration.Yet, the 2020 Supra is a fully forward-looking sports car, brimming with a cutting-edge powertrain, chassis and multimedia technology. Like the pinnacle of the previous Supra series, the 2020 model will be powered by a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. The new Supra’s 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo six will produce 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque and will be teamed with a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Toyota projects 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.1 seconds, which makes this the quickest toyota-branded production vehicle to date, according to the release.By defining specific performance and handling targets early in development, Toyota GAZOO Racing in Japan, with much input from Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Motor Europe, imbued the Supra with its own driving characteristics. While posting the kind of performance numbers that excite enthusiasts, the 2020 Supra will reward drivers of all skill levels with a thrilling sports car feel, even in everyday driving, as per the release.Toyota President and Master Driver Akio Toyoda tested the Supra on the Nurburgring and other racing venues to give his personal feedback as a Master Driver to ensure this new model would exceed the expectations of Supra fans across the globe.Supra devotees have waited a long time for the next-generation model. They will find the 2020 Supra worth the wait, according to the release.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at 2020 Toyota Supra.   https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Richard Malone’s “Rinse, Repeat” at NOW Gallery, London

“Rinse, Repeat” by Richard Malone is on view at NOW Gallery, London through February 3, 2019.NOW Gallery recently announced acclaimed fashion designer, Richard Malone, as its winter collaborator. Inspired by the constant fluidity of the changing landscap
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Richard Malone’s “Rinse, Repeat” at NOW Gallery, London

“Rinse, Repeat” by Richard Malone is on view at NOW Gallery, London through February 3, 2019.NOW Gallery recently announced acclaimed fashion designer, Richard Malone, as its winter collaborator. Inspired by the constant fluidity of the changing landscape of Greenwich Peninsula — the newly evolving cultural hub of London — and the nearby cyclical motion of the River Thames, “Rinse, Repeat” is an interactive multi-disciplinary installation made up of three elements, creating a conversation around fashion, movement, and art, as per the NOW Gallery website.Available for visitors to view for free, the exhibition offers an insight into Malone’s processes and passions: resourcefulness, hyper-construction, and atypical elegance. Celebrated for his detailed, sensitive study of the woman’s form and creation of a rare sustainable fashion practice, focal points include large soft hanging interactive sculptures and intimate vitrines that will display Richard Malone’s creative process of clothing design through toiles, samples, sketches, textures and video, according to the website.As part of the installation, a series of large moving images display performers repeating hypnotic movements designed to invite the public to examine the reality of making and building around the human form, creating a conversation that circles between the creator, performer and viewer and back again — the “rinse and repeat,” as per the website.According to the website, Malone’s unique style takes great inspiration from sculpture. Nearly all of his research is conducted primarily by engaging in his surroundings, a similar technique that he has applied to the creation of the exhibition. On the installation, Malone comments: “The future of London is uncertain, and slowly being built in front of us. The aim of this installation is to literally light up the Peninsula with a body of work that is human, joyful, bold, creative and inclusive, as well as forward looking. The exhibition will involve and confront viewers from outside in hypnotic and repetitive movements, as well as improvised, bold moments of motion that stem from the dialogue between maker and performer. A big aim of mine is to highlight Greenwich Peninsula’s ever-changing functionality and potential.”Visitors are invited to interact with all the elements within; discovering insider tips and techniques from Malone’s own sketchbooks; listening to transcripts of his private appointments to understand his applauded understanding of the female shape and the technical and architectural structure his clothing entails; as well as trying the clothes themselves. Hanging fabric structures offer the chance to literally ‘step into’ Malone’s designs to fully understand what constitutes each of his iconic pieces, as per the website.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

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