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Heritage Wonders: Lucky 13 & Polaris Memodate

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Throughout its history, Jaeger‑LeCoultre has been driven by the spirit of inventiveness, its expertise rewarded with more than 400 patents, and its watchmakers’ technical skills and creative imagination embodied in more than 1,200 different calibres.

As these two rare watches from the mid-20th Century demonstrate, every decade has brought fresh ideas and solutions, reflecting the spirit of the times. Among the many changes brought by the 1950s and 60s – represented by each of these watches – were, on one hand, tremendous advances in technology and aerospace, and on the other, the transformation of diving from a challenging pursuit to a widely practised leisure activity.

A rare LeCoultre Polaris Memodate (1967): to be sold at Phillips Geneva, November 2019:

In 1950, Jaeger‑LeCoultre introduced its first wristwatch featuring an alarm and called it the Memovox (‘voice of memory’). As the model become one of the most desirable and reliable on the market, the company introduced different variations, including a date display, a self-winding version and even an alarm designed to time parking meters.

In 1959, noting that diving had begun evolving from a specialist pursuit into a recreational sport enjoyed by thousands, Jaeger‑LeCoultre decided to adapt the Memovox to the sea. The company realised that it could offer both a visual timer (on the inner bezel) and an auditory alarm (which also caused vibration against the case) for ultimate diver safety.

To do so, Jaeger‑LeCoultre created a patented, multi-layer case-back that optimised the alarm’s sound transmission under water. The outer case, with its 16 holes, allowed for the alarm tone to be heard and also felt on the wrist, while the inner case sealed and protected the movement.

Known in the United States as the Polaris, and in Europe as the ‘Montre de plongeur E859’, the reference E859 featured three crowns, each with the cross-hatch pattern characteristic of SuperCompressor watches. The first crown is for time setting, the second rotates the inner bezel for dive timing, and the third rotates the central disc to align the arrow with the alarm time.

The example being offered by Phillips was made in 1967 for the American market and stands out from other models thanks to its very rare dial markings. While most of the dials were stamped Memovox or bore no inscription other than the LeCoultre name, this watch is stamped Memodate.

Perhaps the most fascinating thing about the Memodate Polaris is its combination of two apparently opposite aspects of watchmaking: the tradition of delicate aural complications and the needs of a practical sporting timepiece. In this respect, it epitomises the open-minded spirit of inventiveness that has created such a rich patrimony at Jaeger‑LeCoultre and continues to drive the Maison to this day.

The unique LeCoultre “Lucky 13” (1962): to be sold at Phillips New York, December 2019

The LeCoultre “Lucky 13” is a truly remarkable and unique watch presented by the Chicago Anti-Superstition Society alongside 13 U.S. Senators to an original Mercury Seven U.S. astronaut to commemorate his historic achievement of becoming the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth.

Featuring the number 13 at every hour marker, the watch celebrated the Friendship 7 spacecraft capsule used for the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission. Friendship 7 was the 13th space capsule produced by McDonnell Aircraft Corp, and the 13s on the dial were used to illustrate the society’s rejection of the number 13 as unlucky.

The ceremony, taking place on Friday, April 13th, 1962, was entered in the House Congressional Record on October 13th, 1962. The consignor intends to donate a portion of the proceeds of the sale of this watch to The John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

As well as demonstrating Jaeger‑LeCoultre’s technical expertise, the deep meaning and personal connections behind the story of these unique timepieces remind us that watches have always had social and emotional significance – which sometimes even overrides their practical purpose.

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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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Thoughts and Ideas for Exotic Interior

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When it comes to interior designing and furnishing, everyone has a different taste. The interior of your house generates a distinct vibe and says a lot about you. If you want an exotic look in your bedroom, you can achieve it even using just bohemian bedding and contrasting décor. And while for some people the traditional design is more familiar, we still advise you to try an exotic design that will spice up the environment you’re living in.

Everything from sofas, art, colors, furniture, and drapes tells about your choices and preferences. However, some people know what they want but cannot really express it.

Four Brilliant Ideas to make your interior Awe-inspiring

Therefore, this article is here to help you get an exotic interior for your home.

1.      Give Industrial touch

Industrial interiors are trending for their efficiency due to how they utilize the working parts of the building. They develop the décor around it using columns, pipes, beams, ducts, flanges, etc., in a way to blend in the room so gracefully that they appear to be parts of working machinery. While everyone is opting for an elegant and smooth interior, going for something that embraces the weight and ruggedness will be great.

2.      Go With Bohemian Style

The reason for the Bohemian style being so in trend is because of the variety that it offers. It opens up a whole new world to you. You can explore the artist and interior designer within you. A few baby steps to start are getting a fuzzy rug, some weaved chairs, and throwing in a lot of pillows.

There are not many rules here, and you are more than welcome to create a colorful and full of cheer interior. However, it is better to learn the basics of the boho style and culture and the textures and finishes that make it up.

3.      Try a little Traditional European Décor

Giving the hint of comfort and royalty, traditional European Décor uses classical elements, motifs, and necessities to match a modern lifestyle. Traditional interiors include claw feet, winged chairs, and other designs that have their origins in 18th century Europe.

The colors used for the background are sober, while the furniture is extravagant. It fills out space perfectly and gives a spacious look to the room. The furniture used is carved and lacquered dark wood that adds a royal appearance to the room.

4.      Tropical Style

When talking about exotic interiors, how can we leave Tropical style behind? Beaches are the most exotic places, and recreating the vibe in your room is an excellent choice. The tropical style uses natural colours and materials. Large areas flaunt shades of green, turquoise, or blue to give the room the cheerful appearance of a beach. The background is highlighted with decorative items in exotic shades of pink, orange or purple.

Summary

There are many ideas to spice up your interiors, and the only way to know which one suits you the most is by learning more about them. Browse and see if that is what you want to live with. If yes, better start working for it.

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