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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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5 things you should know before buying a vintage car

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Vintage cars belong in a class of their own, rivaling many modern vehiclesregarding style and attractiveness. But there’s more to owning a vintage car than just the aesthetics, as we’ll soon see. Here are five things to know before even consideringbuying a vintage model.

You may not be able to drive it in your state

Vintage cars are from a different era, and many things have changed since they were first manufactured. One significant difference is carbon emission laws. The clean air act, for example, aims to increase the air quality in the U.S. Since vehicle emissions make up most of the air pollution, there are restrictions on the use of certain kinds of cars.

Vintage cars tend to have older engines with more abundant carbon emissions. As a result, many states limit how much you can drive the car within a given year. It’s best to refer to your state’s regulations for guidelines.

It’s worth mentioning that car companies like Tesla have leaped into the limelight majorly because of their minimal carbon footprint. Carbon emissions have also forced manufacturers like Toyota, Audi, and BMW to manufacture electric cars. Even though vintage cars have greater appeal, they may also have more restrictions.

They are difficult to drive

It’s also important to remember that the technology for traction control, cruise control, and power steering wasn’t available when cars like the ford shelby gt350 were manufactured. Some owners even describe the experience as learning to drive all over again. The experience is more intense if you’re not used to driving cars with manual transmission.

Some collectors love the challenge of driving. The logic is that driving a classic car should feel like one. But if you prefer the aesthetics with none of the driving difficulty, you can easily add upgrades. For example, you could get an electronic dashboard, touch screen radio, or a whole new transmission if you can afford it.

One thing to keep in mind is that modernizing your vintage car can reduce its resale value. Collectors prefer to get the whole package, and upgrading it can make the car less appealing.

Classic cars aren’t like real estate

Some cars, like the ford mustang, are likely to stay valuable for the next few decades. However, this isn’t the case for many classic cars. Some vehicles generate a loyal fan base that grows as the years go by, while others become increasingly less appealing.

To gain some perspective on this matter, consider that not all vintage ford vehicles are desirable. For example, the Ford Edsel was a massive flop in its time and will probably stay that way. The lesson here is that vintage cars aren’t as easy to “flip” as real estate. They may increase or decrease in value over time depending on a host of factors.

Interestingly, the rarer a classic car, the harder it may be to sell. In this case, it’s so rare that only a few people are willing to go through the trouble of buying it. Since there’s no guarantee that your vintage car will be worth more tomorrow, it’s best to consider buying one simply for the pleasure of ownership. That way, you’ll always be proud of your purchase.

They have specific storage needs

This comes back to the fact that vintage cars were manufactured in a different era. With a regular Honda or BMW, you can park it in your driveway, regardless of the weather. Classic cars require a more delicate approach. They are highly prone to rust and weather damage, and should only be kept in a clean, dark, and dry space.

If you’re planning to store the vehicle for an extended period, the requirements also change. For example, you can’t park the car in a barn because the dirt floor and light exposure can rapidly age the vehicle. A home garage may not be such a great idea either because constant access can expose the car to the elements.

All vintage car owners know that they require a lot of attention and care. Everything from the soap you use to the tire pressure needs to be on-point to preserve the car’s value.

They are as great as people say

Vintage cars have a special place in people’s minds, whether they are car enthusiasts or regular folk. Owning one of these anachronisms will get you a few glances as you drive by.

And since most people don’t know much about vintage cars, the mere appearance is often enough to get you the street credibility. This is whether you’re driving a ‘66 Mustang GT convertible or something less iconic.

Classic cars are also incredibly fun to drive. They are more or less life-sized toys that thrill you every time you change gears, rev it up, or zoom past a group of people. The engine sounds combined with the attractive paint jobs and old-school interior are enough to make even the most mundane errands fun.

Tips for caring for your vintage car

By now, you realize that caring for a vintage car isn’t’ like any regular car. Here are some tips to help you take proper care of the vehicle.

Pay attention to oil changes

Unlike a regular vehicle, you should not overfill your vintage car. Topping the oil all the way could cause excess crankcase pressure, leading to oil leaks and eventually engine problems. Instead, fill as much oil as you need for the ride.

Vintage cars aren’t designed for long drives, so you often won’t have to worry about not having enough oil. A smart idea is to change your oil every month or so, keeping a close eye on the levels. Be sure to consult with your mechanic for more information.

Keep your gas tank full

Classic cars have metal tanks that are prone to corrosion. When empty, moisture can find a way into the tank, which isn’t something you want. Keeping a full gas tank can solve this problem.

It’s also a good idea to get premium gasoline and a gas stabilizer. Regular gas has ethanol which tends to attract moisture. This usually isn’t a problem for modern cars because the gas tanks are sealed. But vintage cars have vented tanks that are vulnerable to corrosion. A gas stabilizer is an easy fix to this issue.

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Tips for Renovating Your Bedroom

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When considering a home renovation, the bedroom often seems to be the last area that people take under consideration, even though it should be a place you enjoy spending time and in which you can relax and unwind.

There are a number of things that can be done to renovate a bedroom without having to break your budget to do it – it can be as simple as replacing your draw runners.

Lighting

Kitchen or bathroom lighting tend to be the main focus of home renovations, with little thought given to bedroom lighting, but the mood of the entire room can be changed and lifting by such alterations.

A mixture of different light sources is advisable when considering a change to bedroom lighting. Replace old ceiling light shades with one in a fun and attention-grabbing new shade, and or maybe put in a chandelier or a shade that is seriously oversized.

If the wall behind the bed is rewired during a renovation, this could be used for sconces that can not only save space but also be ideal for reading while in bed. Having bedroom scones operable with a dimmer switch can also help to get you in the right mood for undertaking such an activity.

Retro track lighting looks particularly great when used in contemporary bedrooms, with the flexibility of such lights meaning that the fixtures can be slid down the track in addition to swivelling them into the best position.

Switching things up

Sometimes all it takes is changing the layout of the bedroom to make it seem fresh and new, a tactic that saves money as it does not actually cost anything other than time and energy. A space can be given an entirely new appearance by changing where furniture is placed or even removing some unnecessary pieces.

The removal of extraneous items of furniture also results in more space and an airier feel to the whole room, and even something as simple as just moving the bed so that it faces in a different direction can give the room a new orientation.

Drawer runners

Drawer runners help to ensure fluid motion when a drawer is being opened or closed. Installing or replacing drawer runners is important to ensure that drawers fit snugly into cabinets or wardrobes but are not too tight so that it becomes a major effort to open and close them.

The fitting area of a drawer may need to be expanded if a runner is being added for the first time, but it does make sure that the drawer will be able to be moved in a smooth manner.

Wooden drawer runners are particularly recommended during renovations, as they not only work wonderfully well but also require no extra financial investment besides effort.

Flooring

Feelings of cosiness, safety and warmth should be generated by bedroom flooring, with soft floors like carpeting or the use of rugs on laminate or wood flooring recommended. There are many bedroom flooring options to provide these feelings including engineered wood flooring with radiant heat coils beneath, cork flooring and wall-to-wall carpeting.

Bedroom renovations often require minimal invasive work or cost and bring a positive return on any investment.

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Contemporary style for your apartment

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Contemporary style is a mysterious novelty for some, for others, it is the most desirable interior style. The boundaries of the contemporary style are blurred, so we will try to outline them and explain what is it about.

Contemporary – why another style?

Contemporary is a modern style in the interior that does not have a clear definition and historical implications. That is, this style reflects precisely the interior trends of our days, our decade. It is a contemporary style that fully provides for all the laws of organizing comfortable and ergonomic housing.

What was the new style made of?

In terms of the general atmosphere, the style is similar to Hi-tec and minimalism, but unlike them, it is more comfortable and adapted to life. Instead of plastic in cold shades, eco-friendly materials in warm colors are selected. In other words, this is a luxurious minimalism that uses expensive materials – velvet, marble, wood.

Three style-forming whales of style are simplicity, functionality, and practicality. At the same time, the general atmosphere of such an interior is distinguished by the aristocracy, nobility, and refined flair. The walls are usually painted in calm warm shades, and the ceiling is covered with white plaster. The furnishings are selected with calm, regular forms, and pleasant materials. Floors and walls aren’t the only ways to create striking accents, why not hang original chandeliers and lighting fixtures. Chandeliers are still popular in living rooms, however, tangled tears, curls, and crystals are a thing of the past. Modern chandeliers are simpler, more laconic, and functional. More masculine and structured lighting will create an industrial aesthetic. And black accents create a dramatic impression throughout the room, providing an elegant and timeless appeal. The lighting is carefully thought out for a comfortable stay in the apartment at any time of the day.

Lighting should be suitable for each type of activity separately. For example, a separate illumination of the working area in the kitchen, comfortable warm lighting in the living room, dim floor lamps for evening comfort.

Contemporary is an urban style, and the principles of its organization are based on fashion trends and manufacturability. The apartment does not have abundant details, chic, luxury. The practicality and elegance of the style are captivating. Ergonomic principles are being implemented in all areas of the apartment. Space is organized to the smallest detail. In small studios, doors are replaced with partitions to save space and let more light in.

Non-functional decor elements are not welcome in contemporary interiors. Each item must perform a clearly defined function. Unobtrusive harmonious use of elements of other styles is allowed. Stylistic inclusions should be in harmony with the basis of the interior in color and atmosphere.

The apartment is dominated by neutral shades – white, black, gray, chocolate, coffee, beige, charcoal. Complementary colors are selected harmonious pastel, ambiguous. The choice of textiles is light, calm: you should not choose heavy, “rich” curtains with drapery and frills. Choosing prints in similar color palettes on cushions and table accessories creates a visually interesting solution. Or maybe create a more spacious living room with horizontal lines.

As another design idea, you can use charming lemon accents that will dilute the room from the boring and dreary scale. Keep the remaining decor subdued and neutral for the best effect.

What has been added in the new style?

Leather sofas and French sofas are being replaced by a more sensible and comfortable modular sofa. Popular colors include shades of white, black, gray, blue, and charcoal. Modern furniture of mass production is selected for interior decoration in the contemporary style. To find some spectacular furniture models you can go to nyfurnitureoutlets.com. Austere shapes and proportional lines are combined with noble classic textures. The furniture is simple, comfortable, and laconic. Kitchen and room cabinets are selected with smooth doors without handles and other decorative elements, matte surfaces of complex pastel shades are welcome. Multifunctional built-in wardrobes simulate a smooth wall. The impeccable organization of storage areas provides space and cleanliness in the apartment, it should not be cramped; get rid of the feeling of clutter.

The preferred option is a modular furniture that saves space. Convertible beds, folding sofas, built-in wardrobes. Convertible furniture is very functional and practical to use, more space is saved in the interior. Transforming elements allow you to use them for different purposes. The interchangeability of objects makes it possible to fit new forms into an already existing system.

Finishing materials for contemporary style can be natural and artificial. The main thing is that they are of high quality and environmentally friendly. Most often, the walls are covered with plaster and painted in light colors, or you can glue simple, plain wallpaper without a pattern.

Laminate or parquet is used to finish the floor. The ceiling can be simply painted white or light stretch ceilings can be made.

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