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BOVET Unveils Virtuoso IX at SIHH

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When imagining a new timepiece, BOVET 1822 owner Pascal Raffy relentlessly weighs contemporary interpretation against the Maison’s historical heritage to ensure coherence and harmony.

Considering the watchmaking practice of the Bovet brothers at the dawn of the 19th century reveals how perfectly they mastered traditional watchmaking and the decorative arts of the Académie. At the same time, they expressed a very contemporary and innovative vision, both technically and stylistically.

If art and watchmaking experts recognize the work of the Bovet brothers in all its diversity, it is because the common denominator between academic tradition and innovation has always been uncompromising quality, in the service of reliability, chronometry, elegance, and good taste. Pascal Raffy has tasked himself with achieving this same subtle balance in the design of the Tourbillon Amadéo® Fleurier Virtuoso IX.

This all-new caliber is housed in a 46.30-mm diameter Fleurier Amadéo® convertible case. A true icon of the Maison, the Amadéo® system transforms the timepiece into a reversible wristwatch, a pocket watch, or a table clock without the use of any tools. Additionally, the Virtuoso IX case is equipped with a fascinating new mechanism, allowing the case back to be opened simply by applying pressure to the crown. The proven ergonomics of the Fleurier case make this timepiece suited for everyday wear. In the same vein, its features  and complications will always be of use to the collector, both over time and throughout their travels.

The dial is meticulously organized for clarity, yet exudes a unique style. Only the minute hand is centered on the dial. The hour hand is offset at 2 o’clock, and a second hour hand, the 24- hour hand, displays a second time zone at 10 o’clock. Both local time and the secondary time zone thus share the minute hand. A corresponding indication displays the second time zone’s city name. Two lateral correctors make adjusting and selecting a time zone easy, all while taking into account the differences between daylight savings time and standard time

Logically, a big date indication is included with these complications, positioned on the right side of the dial. Its aperture opens wide without separating the tens from the units. The ingenuity of the Maison’s watchmakers allows the date to be displayed as big as possible while minimizing the space required for its mechanism.

The power reserve indicator sits at 8 o’clock, balancing the big date indicator and notifying the wearer at a glance just how much of the 10-day power supply remains.

The timepiece boasts an entirely new face on the reverse side. Though no dial is present, the hours and minutes are centered directly over the complex movement, an unobstructed and view enclosed within sapphire crystal. The openwork bridges evoke the iconic architecture of 19th century BOVET movements, each surface engraved with a sparkling “bris de verre” motif. Once engraved, chamfered, and entirely decorated, the bridges are coated with a blue CVD treatment, which contrasts beautifully with the rhodium plated platinum. This color combination was a favorite of the Bovet brothers usually employed on high polished or finely engraved surfaces.

On this same face, those with a keen-eye for detail will notice a circular opening at 12 o’clock that reveals an uncommon mechanism. The twice-patented spherical differential winding system. generates 10 days of power reserve for the Virtuoso IX from a single barrel. This feature demonstrates how the technicians and watchmakers at Maison BOVET have completely mastered the art of power reserve. The drawback of such a feat would be the time required to wind this type of spring. The differential spherical system ingeniously solves  this issue by halving the number of turns of the crown required to fully wind the timepiece, without increasing the torque of the winding mechanism.

For optimal chronometry, the movement is regulated by the patented double face flying tourbillon. In this innovative construction, the tourbillon’s fixed point is at the center of its axis. Its distribution on either side of the balance-spring and escapement significantly reduces the lever arm effect and improves the chronometry. The variable-inertia balance-wheel is based on the traditional balance-spring made in the Manufacture BOVET 1822 workshops, a science that less than ten watchmakers in the world have mastered. By manufacturing balance springs in house, BOVET 1822 can achieve complete quality control and the best performance possible by perfectly pairing the balance-wheel and balance-spring. Between technical and aesthetic refinement, the bridge carriage alone requires two days of labor to decorate and to round the arms before the faceted sapphire is set.

The true face of the timepiece, the dial, is by definition the focal component. With the Virtuoso IX, the Maison’s dial craftsmen once again showcase the extent of their combined talent. The base of the dial is finely guilloched with a sumptuous fan motif. Eight layers of translucent lacquer are then applied before the surface of the dial is polished. The flinqué dial is bathed in blue tones and highlights, reminiscent of the richness of 19th century enamels. As much for readability as for elegance, the hour contours and second gradations display both a circular satin and rhodium finish. The Virtuoso IX is available in white gold, red gold, or platinum.

The Virtuoso IX represents the culmination of two centuries of uncompromising artisanal watchmaking history and art in its noblest form, its ingenuity underlined by four unique patents. In keeping with the technical achievements and classical elegance championd by the Bovet brothers, these innovations serve: comfort, reliability, precision, elegance and aesthetics. After all, at BOVET, innovation has been an tradition since 1822.

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GEN Z Creates Sustainable Fashion with Recycled Materials

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“Sustainability is somewhat of a trend among the new generation.  We care more about the planet as mass media pushes concerns of global warming,” says Namo Satjarattanachote, an 18-year-old student from King’s Ely School in the United Kingdom. He is one of the 11 finalists of the RECO Young Designer Competition 2020 organized by Indorama Ventures.  He further explains the inspiration behind his recycling design, “it actually originates from the movie – ‘2012’. After watching it, Igot a feeling that sometimes, humans do not realize the value of nature until it is destroyed. I felt like giving back to nature because it has given so much to the world. That’s why I came up with the idea that this project would not create any further waste.” 

Naweensuda Krabuanrat, Joint Vice President – Corporate Communications at Indorama Ventures PCL, one of the competition’s judges says, “From year to year, it is great to see new generations join RECO Young Designer Competition to create sustainable fashion designs uitilizing recycled materials such as polyester fiber, yarn and especially fabric made from recycled PET bottles.  In the ninth year of the competition, our key concept is ‘REVIVE: Start from the Street’, which is derived from the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – a key objective behind the whole competition.  It is about transforming what people may see as trash into creative designs. It allows a change of perspective, for the public to realize the value of materials which can be extended to other uses through practical innovations that can be used in daily life.”

“Recycling is no longer a distant part of our lives,” says Naweensuda. “Each year Indorama Ventures collects used PET plastic bottles for our recycling process. They are transformed into 3.3 tons of recycled plastic pellets and synthetic fibers for our clients who produce packaging and apparel in both domestic and overseas markets. We want to increase awareness among the public that used plastic bottles are not waste if you recognize the value of ‘recycling’ or reusing them in innovative and creative ways. This can in turn create income, reduce industrial waste and lower the amount of total waste, which is a major cause of environmental problems. This is the idea behind our sustainable fashion design project –RECO Young Designer Competition”

Outstanding designs that have made it through to the top 11 finalists include “Revive” by up-and-coming designer Worameth Monthanom and Silpakorn University student Thanakorn Srithong. They explain the concept behind their “Revive” design. “Like the revival of life, the concept makes us think of the continuous changes in nature. From the lifelessness of a severe cold winter, the world blossoms once again with life in the spring. It is a comparison of death and rebirth, so we decided to revive materials too. We selected used materials to create a piece of art. I applied a garbage print to convey a deeper meaning, using an ironing technique on the material to create creases as another layer of textures. There were some imperfections in the outfit, giving it an aesthetic quality and reminding us that these materials do not need to be disposed of. We adapted used x-ray films from an animal hospital for our embroidery. The polyester fabric made from recycled PET bottles was easy to dye, resulting the exact colors we wanted.  The outfits we have created can be 100%used in daily life and I also take into consideration how my work can be expanded commercially.”

Bangkok University student Sarin Saowapakprayun, one of the finalists says, “The concept behind my work is inspired by Nogaku– a form of traditional Japanese dance-drama which involves silence, serenity and a sense of humor. I drew inspiration from kimonos used in Nogaku and integrated them with modern designs. I took materials from used cars such as safety belts and car seat covers along with materials made from PET and experimented with cutting, stretching and transforming the materials. In another part, I used polyester fabric recycled from PET bottles by Indorama Ventures which was easy to print on. Of course, this design may not look like a normal outfit sold today but the most important thing is that it is made from recycled materials. Most people are unaware that recycled fibers are no different from regular polyester fiber,I want this to become a normal thing.”     

Finally, the piece of work entitled “Passionate” by young designer Sorawuth Pokang is presented. He says, “I worked with used camera films, an object with no particular use. I used it to play with light and shadows, adapting various visual techniques to create a ready-to-wear outfit. Once I started working on the project, I discovered that it was not difficult to work with discarded or recycled material to create clothes that everyone can wear.    

“Actually, when I saw the recycled fabric, I had no idea that PET could be transformed into new fabric like this.  However, after I started to work on it, gained knowledge from the workshop and got advice from the competition’s mentors, I found out that it is possible to create quality work from recycled materials. So, it is up to us, the designers, to find ways of adding value to sustainable fashion,” says Sorawuth.

Indorama Ventures hopes this competition will inspire, encourage and cultivate the concept of sustainable fashion. It aims to inspire the next generation of designers to create environmentally friendly designs and REVIVE recycled fashion to life and gain the acceptance it deserves. 

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4 Easy Men’s Grooming Tips You Should Definitely Know

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From https://www.billyjealousy.com/ to you, below are 4 practical tips about men’s grooming. And we promise you, they’re super easy to do.

1. Know Your Stuff (Hair Condition AND Hair Products)

Whether they’re products for the locks atop your head or for the follicles that make up your facial hair, it’s always best to know what they’re made of.

This isn’t as complicated as it sounds. All you have to do is draw your eyes towards the label of the products you come across.

There are those that target very specific types of hair damage as well as ones that have characteristics which offer up particular benefits.

Check out hair products for dryness and frizz, brittleness, split ends, and more. At the same time, you can go for items for hair strengthening, softness, easy-combing (tangles), shine, and the like.

Know what hair problems your locks are combating at the moment for you to understand what products to arm them with.

2. A Bit O’ Scrubbing

Face scrubbing, that is. Besides washing, keeping that moneymaker scrubbed is a way to ensure that dirt, grime, and oil are removed from the skin’s dermis. Doing so will lessen the risk of them accumulating, which may cause breakouts, irritation, redness, and even inflammation (hello, pimples).

Furthermore, a scrub-a-dub-dub on your face will serve as exfoliation to rid it of dead skin cells and make room for new ones. Here’s a practice that will ultimately rejuvenate your skin and activate pores to produce healthier hair follicles.

3. Ice It Up

Not cold water. Iced. Dermatologists recommend that you wash your face with lukewarm water, and with your favourite facial wash, of course. After lathering that baby up, wash the foam and soap residue off. Then, do another face-splash with ice-cold water.

And by “ice-cold”, we mean that you pour ice cubes into the H20 you’ll use.

Warm water opens up your pores. Alternately, cold water will close them up. The latter is crucial so as to prevent dirt from creeping in (as gross as this may sound).

Aside from this, grab a few ice cubes and wrap them in a towel. Gently pat this innovative ice-towel pouch all over your face. Or, if you’re resilient enough, hold a cube in between your fingers and do the same.

Ice reduces that “puffiness” caused by lack of sleep, oversleeping, sleeping late, and yes, hangovers. It’s also a natural remedy for reducing those nasty little incessant bags under your eyes. It can soothe rashes and sunburn, too.

4. Counting Sheep

We’ve already mentioned a couple of key-phrases with the word “sleep” in them and there’s a reason behind the repetition. Having a proper sleeping habit will allow your bodily systems to operate normally.

One of the advantages of this is that said body-recharging during sleep will boost blood circulation. And a stable blood circulation will always bring about skin health.

Sometimes, the results are immediate. They’re not necessarily drastic. But every now and then, you’ll get see the difference come morning. A good night’s snoozing will have you wake up to a fresher-feeling you, with facial skin that’s “full of life”!

Additionally, achieving proper sleep regularly— on time and in the correct number of hours— may contribute to moisturization. Accordingly, moisturized skin is less vulnerable to dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles.

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How to Care for Lilies During Spring and Summer

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As you know, lilies are among the most popular garden plants. However, growing lilies is not easy, and caring for them can be especially difficult since lilies are very fragile and sensitive plants. Therefore, it is important to care for them throughout the season with due attention, especially after flowering. However, with proper supervision, they will please you by becoming a wonderful decoration for your garden. How to care for lilies during the spring and summer? Let’s find the answers.

Four Tips for Looking After Lilies

There is no significant difference whether you choose Asiatic, Double-flowering or tree lilies from https://dutch-bulbs.com/goliath-and-tree-liliums/ because the key rules for their care are similar. The main rule in caring for these gorgeous flowers is doing everything on time, so there will be no difficulties and you will not have to suffer the consequences of failure. Here are our four treatment tips for lilies.

  1. How to Care for Lilies During Spring and Summer

An important tip for the excellent growth and development of large buds is the correct preparation of bulbs for planting. After the fading of petals, the process of bulb developing begins, and the next flowering depends on this. The largest and healthiest bulbs are obtained from those plants that have faded naturally and under the right conditions. In this regard, cutting hinders the development, but with proper care, the likelihood of growing a large bulb is quite high.

  1. Caring for Faded Lilies

So, the most important thing in the growing process is not to cut the flower even after the plant has faded and does not look neat enough. Do not be alarmed that the stems and leaves look sluggish – they continue to feed the bulb. We also advise not to touch the annual roots – they are also a good source of nutrition.

  1. Feeding Lilies After Flowering

These plants appreciate feeding, so they just need it both during and after flowering. The most successful fertilizer will be mixtures that contain potassium and phosphorus, while mineral mixtures, on the contrary, should be avoided – they are not suitable for lilies. Gardeners recommend feeding the lilies with wood ash during the summer at least four or even five times. Ash has a productive effect on the size of buds and their flowering and also increases the plant’s immunity.

4. Replanting After Flowering

People recommend to transplant lilies in early August. When a month after flowering has passed, the plant will be ready for replanting. It is not recommended to do it earlier, since the bulbs need to get enough nutrients. Early transplanting can affect the plant – at best it will be difficult to take root, at worst – the plant may die.

In the first year of life, lilies usually do not reach their full development and may bloom poorly, but in subsequent years they will delight you with their beautiful flowering. Good luck!

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