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Hublot, Official Timekeeper of The 2019 Bocuse d’Or

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The quest for excellence, the desire for precision, innovation and passing on traditional savoir-faire are values inherent in Fine Watchmaking and Fine Cuisine. For several years, Hublot has welcomed into its family some of the most world-renowned chefs who highlight their Art. Therefore, it was natural for the Swiss watch manufacture to get involved in the finale of the Bocuse d’Or culinary competition, which brings together the most promising chefs of a generation.

Created in 1987 by the famous Lyons chef, Paul Bocuse, the Bocuse d’Or is much more than an international gastronomy competition, it is a veritable sporting event based on gastronomy and chefs. Just like high-level athletes, 24 chefs from 24 countries, selected in the Bocuse d’Or continental rounds, meet head to head in Lyons for the two-day grand finale.

In 12 kitchens set up in an arena hosting 6,235 enthusiastic supporters from the world over, the teams, comprising a Chef, President, Coach and Commis, have just five hours and thirty-five minutes in which to prepare a tray presentation and a plated dish based on two specific themes.

To be sure of success in this endurance event, the Chefs had to keep a very close eye on Hublot’s – the event’s Official Timekeeper – countdown timer.
Employing the same painstaking precision as in watchmaking, the Chefs demonstrated their talent, expertise, team spirit and incredible concentration throughout the two-day finale. Watchmakers and chefs alike share the same passion for traditional craftsmanship, savoir-faire and leaving their mark on time.

At the end of the competition, Hublot commended Chef Kenneth Toft-Hansen, the overall winner of the Bocuse d’Or 2019, for his outstanding dishes. Benoît Lecigne, the General Manager of Hublot France, Benelux, United Kingdom, Ireland, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, and Jean-Louis Maier, owner of the Watches and Jewellery store Maier in Lyon, rewarded the winning chef with one of the Swiss manufacture’s most iconic models – the Classic Fusion Chronograph.

Like watchmaking, gastronomy is an art passed down from one generation to another, from master to pupil or chef to commis. It is the story of humankind, which Hublot recounts through the values of innovation and its Ambassadors: Yannick Alléno, winner of the Bocuse d’Argent in 1999, twice three-starred French chef in the Michelin Guide, and founder of the Cuisine Moderne movement; Christian André Pettersen, winner of the Bocuse d’Or Europe 2018 and winner of gold medals in numerous culinary completions; and Andreas Caminada, a Swiss chef with three Michelin stars and 19 Gault & Millau points, as well as being voted n°1 in the highly rigorous Opinionated About Dining. Three ambitious chefs who constantly push the culinary boundaries between tradition and innovation.

Benoit Lecigne sums up: “The final of the Bocuse d’Or is to gastronomy what the FIFATM World Cup is to football. It is a real honour for Hublot to be selected as the official timekeeper of this competition along with Maier, our retailing partner in Lyons. The 17th edition showcased the values so dear to Hublot – passion, the love of challenge, total commitment and innovation coupled with respect for tradition. I would like to congratulate once again the very deserving winners; Chef Kenneth Toft-Hansen, and his team for their truly innovative culinary creations!”

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Top 5 techniques to design a modern home in 2023

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Now is the perfect time to start designing that dream home of yours! With innovative design trends on the rise in 2023, this guide will take you through all of the top techniques to make your modern home stand out. Let’s get started!

Incorporating natural elements into your home design

When designing a modern home in 2023, incorporating natural elements into the design scheme can add warmth and texture. Natural elements such as wood, stone, exposed brick walls, and plants will give your interior a tactile feel while adding visual interest to your space. Using wood and other natural materials can also serve an important purpose in creating a space with good acoustics. The use of furniture made from organic materials such as cane china, vintage Turkish rugs, rattan and jute will further accentuate the use of natural items within the room.

Incorporating plants into interiors is not only aesthetically pleasing but it has also been linked to numerous physical and mental health benefits. A zen garden in your living area or intermixing potted plants with eclectic decor creates a tropical ambiance that promotes relaxation. Consider using wall-climbing ivy to soften the edges of outdoor spaces as well as textured walls and staircases that offer aesthetic appeal through its undulating vines. Nature has much to offer when it comes to unique modern house plans and should be an essential element you include when updating or renovating your current space.

How to achieve the perfect balance of contemporary and cozy

Achieving the perfect balance of contemporary and cozy is no easy feat, but with some knowledge and a bit of effort, you can easily create a modern home that you, your family, and all your guests will love. Here are a few top tips to help you design a dream house befitting of the 2023 era:

-Opt for natural materials like wood, stone, and metal: By combining materials like these into the overall design elements in your home you can both add texture and interest to each space while also allowing for customization.

-Utilize smart features: With many advances in technology, integrating automated features into each space will help make life easier and can even help save on energy costs.

-Maximize the use of natural light: Maximizing natural light within each room can help open up any cramped or narrow spaces while still maintaining a modern yet welcoming feel throughout the house.

– Incorporate nature into indoor spaces: Installing plants, trees or rock gardens indoors that reflect locally-occurring elements will bring life to any room both indoors and outdoors.

These are just a few ideas that should help put you on the path towards creating an aesthetically pleasing yet equally functional modern home by 2023. With plenty of design options out there it may seem overwhelming at first – but using these tips as your starting point will give your dream house exactly the aesthetic edge it needs!

Conclusion

In conclusion, when designing a modern home for 2023 and beyond, you must pay attention to key elements like natural lighting, energy efficiency, an open layout, multipurpose furniture and smart home technology. Additionally, you should focus on balancing both modern-day practicality and aesthetics in order to create a personalized home that caters to your individual needs and preferences. By creating a harmonious combination of style and functionality in the home design process, you will be able to enjoy all the conveniences that tomorrow’s technology can offer while still maintaining the luxurious and beautiful atmosphere of a modern house.

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Buying Guide for Custom-Made Backpacks

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With the evolution of our daily activities, there is a need to purchase a more versatile bag like a backpack. Custom-made backpacks are used as promotional products to promote various brands or products owned by people who want to look unique. The backpacks may feature a unique design, brand colours, and logos.

When looking for a customized backpack, it is vital to check various characteristics to boost the bag’s longevity. This article details everything you need to know about custom backpacks including their benefits and what to look for when purchasing one.

Below are some factors to consider when purchasing a custom-made backpack.

Budget

How much are you planning to spend on a bag? A relatively good budget will enable you to purchase a high-quality, long-lasting backpack. Check out various online shops such as Amazon to find a good customized bag that matches your needs.

Other than holding your stuff to keep your hands free, here are some other benefits of choosing one from Rocketbag’s custom-made backpacks.

Type of Material

The material used in making the customized backpack will determine its longevity. Based on expert advice, always settle on bags made from leather, canvas, or cotton. These materials are lightweight, meaning that you can carry them for a long time without getting tired.

They are also wear-resistant and waterproof, which guarantees durability. Nylon and polyester bags are cheaper but are not as durable as leather or canvas bags.

Capacity and Pockets

Choose a customized backpack that easily fits all your items whenever you need it. The good thing about these backpacks is that they come in various sizes from small to large. Small custom-made bags can carry between 5 to 10kgs whereas the largest can carry up to 50kgs.

A customized backpack with added features such as laptop sleeves and hydration packs can be amazing. You can also customize your bag to have anti-theft features to prevent theft or attach movable wheels to minimize strain when moving around.

They Are Fashionable

Custom-made backpacks come with different prints or patterns, which makes them look trendy, especially for young people. Moreover, their stylish nature makesthem suitable for various functions. With the emergence of technology, designers make unique backpacks to match their customers’ needs.

As opposed to carrying items in your hands, which is sometimes uncomfortable and not practical, backpacks provide extra protection for items. With anti-theft available in customized bags, you can safely keep valuable items.

Comfortable

If you carry a lot of stuff at once daily, it is much easier and more comfortable to carry them in a backpack. Furthermore, high-quality custom-made bags distribute the total weight evenly on your back and shoulders, which boosts comfort.

Though high-quality and durable customized backpacks are expensive, it is important to own one. A quality backpack should be trendy, comfortable, and made from durable material.

Bottom Line

Custom-made backpacks are designed for specific purposes such as corporate gifts, going to school, camping, or going to fitness centres. The tips shared in this guide will help you find the best custom-made backpack that meets your needs and is durable.

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Versatile Fall Outfits for Work and Play

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As the months begin to change and you feel that recognisable chill starting in the air, it clearly indicates that Autumn is on its way. As a transitional season, along with spring, finding very versatile wardrobe pieces is a sure way to extend your closest options without breaking the bank.

Mixing and matching midi dresses with cardigans and tailored trousers will graphic tees allow you to remain stylish and comfortable as you battle your way through interchanging hot and cold days before the winter chill fully settles in.

Something to Remember

When it comes to formal business attire, you have to go by the parameters provided to you by your company. They may have a strict dress code you must follow, which sadly doesn’t allow for much self-expression.

However, if you are given more freedom, don’t go too far with personal expression unless your office has clearly expressed its desire to embrace this way of dressing. Instead, stick to more neutral tones, solid colours, pastels and subtle patterns. Anything too bright or “busy” instantly looks more casual, which might not be what you are after.

Tailored Trousers

Tailored trousers should be a closet must-have for all women. They are incredibly chic and can be worn all year round in formal and casual settings. Again, you have a variety to choose from, including bootleg, cigarette cut, and cuffed.

The style that suits your body shape best is mainly up to personal preference. Selecting different patterns and colours will help you dress it up or down. For a work look, pair a cigarette cut with loafers, a white button-up and a smart blazer. For a more casual look, switch to a comfortable bootleg style paired with a graphic tee and sneakers. Throw a jersey overtop if needed.

T-Shirts

If you are still working in the traditional business office environment, this one may not be for you. But more and more, thanks to a global pandemic, the level of formality in offices has changed to a more relaxed and casual nature. So naturally, this opens up the outfit possibilities quite a lot, mainly giving you the ability to include things like graphic tees and neutral t-shirts into your work attire.

A stylish way to carry this item into autumn is pairing it with trousers or fitted jeans, a pair of heels or loafers and a cardigan for a more casual look or a fitted jacket for a more formal choice.

Blouses

Whether silk, satin, linen, or cotton, incorporating blouses into your clothing choices adds a feminine and flirty twist to the regular button-up shirt. Lighter, more breathable materials are ideal by themselves for the warmer autumn days and can easily be worn under any jacket option if there is a chill in the air.

Consider keeping away from any variations that have bright colours or significant patterns. These will make the blouse harder to pair with items you already have. Additionally, they might become less appropriate for the office.

Cardigans

Cardigans are a fantastic choice for Autumn due to their ability to keep you warm without making you overheat. Because of the various knit options available, including thick wool, thin wool and cotton, and knee-length or thigh-length hems, there is a cardigan out there to suit any day of autumn.

They can be worn over pants, dresses, skirts, and shorts, and you can wear them buttoned or open. Like most staple pieces, neutral colours will give you the most extensive range of wear, but if you find a cardigan that can insert a pop of colour into your outfit, don’t be scared to experiment.

Shorts

Shorts might seem a little out of place in autumn fashion, but it holds its own amongst transitional pieces. A standard piece of advice for days when you can’t quite figure out the temperature is to wear winter on top and summer on the bottom, or visa versa.

Cotton shorts can be effortlessly styled with a blouse, button-ups, graphic tees, and fashion sneakers for an edgy street-style inspired look. Alternately, leather or faux leather shorts can be paired with a silk blouse, heels and a smart jacket, taking you from a business meeting to evening drinks without an outfit change.

Shoes

Having footwear that you can turn to for both work and play is relatively vital as shoes can be an item that starts to add up moneywise. Investing in three or four good quality shoes that can be worn throughout the year, and more importantly, throughout the seasons, pays off in the long run.

A chic pair of heels is almost a given, but for many women, they are neither practical nor comfortable to wear. Thankfully, they are not the only option for the office so if you would rather avoid them, go ahead. Instead, look to purchase a pair of leather or faux leather loafers, traditional combat boots, and stylish sneakers.

Each of these options can be paired with pants, jeans, shorts, and dresses, giving you maximum versatility for your work wardrobe and personal life.

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