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alexandre nicolas: vanité helvètique

April 11, 2019

Bold, Puzzling Sculpture 

Almost like performances, some of Alexandre Nicolas’ sculptures are large-scale, ephemeral works of art. Sculpting sand or ice, the artist cultivates his taste for dramatic presentation and his fascination for shaping raw materials. These experiences led him to the quest for new materials, such as the discovery of synthetic resin-like crystal, in which he embeds smaller pieces.
Intrigued by modern myths and symbols as a contemporary artist, Alexandre Nicolas provokes a dialogue on the notion of vanity and the creation of this emblematic work titled “Vanité Helvètique,” which is surprising to say the least. The symbol of death appears before your eyes, with a figural skull embedded in synthetic crystal. There is a sense of lightness, as if time was stopped instantaneously and the skull has been caught floating in a transparent housing. The exterior coldness of the resin is counterbalanced by the bright color of the sculpture inside. The form and red color of the cross evokes the look of the Swiss flag. 

Price: 16,000€

Characteristics: Sculpture, one-of-a-kind piece, embedded in synthetic crystal. Height: 12” / Width 12” 

Work by this artist can be seen at ventedart.com

Cédric Calmels: cedric@ventedart.com

SHOPPING

boucheron: serpent boheme

April 2, 2019

A Resolutely Precious Necklace

The Serpent Bohème collection, dedicated to the iconic Boucheron serpent, has revealed a new design, as delicate as it is sensual. One with 16 motifs, the other with six, this long necklace in yellow gold was redesigned with turquoise stones, a color full of vitality. The protective spirit of the serpent and a symbol of eternity are subtlety found as visual reference.  

The delicately twisted chain evokes the scales on a serpent. The effect of this serpent in gold, in which sensual undulations were chiseled, is more elegant than ever.

In addition, the pendant, set with diamonds and turquoise stones, symbolizes the head of the serpent. The new design, like a honeycomb, allows light to bathe the stones and make them even brighter.

Key points: A new piece from the emblematic Serpent Bohème collection is at once contemporary and timeless, highlighting the turquoise.

Plus: Be bold and creative as you combine two or three pieces from the Serpent Bohème collection to create your personal style. 

Prices: 

Necklace 16 motifs: 44,100€ 

Necklace 6 motifs: 7,200€ 

Characteristics: Necklace with 16 motifs set with turquoise and pavé diamonds; 8 turquoises for 47 carats, 128 round white diamonds totaling 5.04 carats; 33.2g of 18K yellow gold 

Points of sale >>

PARIS:

Boucheron, 32, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

Boucheron, 26 Place Vendôme

ST BARTH:

Diamond Genesis, Rue de la République

MONACO: Boucheron, One Monte Carlo

GENEVA: Boucheron, 13 rue du Rhône

ART

Tanc

 

March 26, 2019

Fascinating Street Art 

Strong color, linear variations, graffiti: elements that define paintings by Tanc, one of the most successful street artists of his generation. Influenced by the abstract expressionists, this visual artist/painter born in Paris grew up as a graffiti artist, be it on the street or on canvas.

Today, nuances of black, an accent on line and color, and the vitality of graffiti-style writing are at the heart of his work. Like a nod to the work of Henri Michaux, Tanc’s research is based on the synthesis of strokes, rhythm, color, and energy.

Painting on canvas, 135 x 120 cm, unique work of art, price on request

Several works by Tanc are available on ventedart.com

Cédric Calmels - cedric@ventedart.com

DESIGN

porsche: mission e taycan

March 18, 2019

The First Entirely Electric Sports Car

The Mission E concept study, the name currently used to describe Porsche’s complete electric offering, will be known as the Taycan. Two electric motors, one at the front and one at the back, will power the Taycan. The motors will produce 600 horsepower (440 kW), with acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and to 200 km/h in less than 12 seconds. 

Exterior Design 

This four-door model is inspired by the Mission E concept, with some similarities to the Porsche 918 Spyder. 

A Digital Interior

Calling on OLED technology, the Taycan offers innovations such as gesture control. For example, a responsive system identifies the instrument looked at by the driver, who can thus navigate through the menu by simply moving their eyes and validating their selection via a button on the steering wheel.

Key points: Porsche predicts an 80% charge in just 15 minutes, as the Taycan uses a new technology for a rapid recharge with 800 volt standard Combo CCS.

Plus: Without impacting its performance, the car’s maximum autonomy is over 500 km.

Price: Starting at 90,000€

Available late 2019 

Points Of Sale >>

PARIS: Centre Porsche Paris 16, 17 Rue Gros, 75016

MONACO: Centre Porsche Monaco, 13, Boulevard Charles III, 98000

GENEVA: Impasse Colombelle 2, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex

SHOPPING

hublot: big bang unico red magic

March 13, 2019

The Power Of Red

Hublot has once again called on its limitless imagination to create a world-premiere watch design. This time, Hublot has dedicated its innovative approach to ceramic, adding vivid color. A triple tour de force, the colored ceramic invented by Hublot is groundbreaking both in terms of the material itself and the manufacturing process. 

The color is obtained through an innovative technique in which a fusion of pressure and heat sinters the ceramic without burning the pigments. Having mastered the basic hues with this method, Hublot is now ready to introduce a whole new world of colored ceramics to its watch collections. 

For this first, ceramic model with color, Hublot has chosen a bold red, which symbolizes power, passion, and glory. The Big Bang Unico Red Magic is undoubtedly an ultra-resilient ceramic watch full of fire. 

Key points: World’s first ceramic with a vibrant color

Plus: In addition to the bright color, the density of the material makes it harder than conventional ceramic.

Characteristics: Polished red ceramic case; 45 mm diameter; 15.45 thickness; polished red ceramic bezel, with black composite resin bezel lug; polished titanium black PVD “H” screws; sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment; skeleton matte red dial with red appliqués and black luminescence; Hublot HUB1242 - UNICO chronograph movement with automatic rewinding; water resistant 10 ATM (100m), 72 hour reserve power; Red and black structured rubber strap.

Edition limited to 500 pieces

Price: 25 900€

Points of Sale>>

ST BARTH:

Time, Rue de la République, Gustavia

Carat, Rue de la République, Gustavia

GENEVA:

Hublot, Rue du Rhône, 86

MONACO: 

Hublot, 2, Avenue de la Princesse Alice, Monte Carlo

PARIS:

Hublot, 10, Place Vendôme, 75001

Hublot, 271, rue Saint-Honoré, 75001

Hublot, 50, rue Pierre Charron, 75008

DESIGN

mercedes: the new eqc

March 13, 2019

Everyone Loves The First 100% Electric Mercedes SUV 

Mercedes-Benz has successfully transitioned to 100% electric vehicle. The Mercedes EQC, the first model in the EQ all-electric series, is a compact crossover with all-wheel drive.

The Mercedes EQC, the precursor of a revolutionary “electro” style, offers an exceptional degree of comfort, quality, and autonomy. The vehicle is striving for a 450 km autonomous range based on the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) with an average consumption of 22.2 kWh. With its two electric motors, the Mercedes EQC is expected to reach a maximum speed of 180 km/h and acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds.

The battery packs are between the axels on the Mercedes EQC, which can be recharged in two ways: with its own charger in a wall plug at home or at a charging station (10 to 12 hours for a complete charge) or with the Combo, for an ultra rapid charge (40 minutes for a charge from 10% to 80%).

Trailblazing Exterior Design

This car has a long, sporty silhouette. Adorned with a wide black panel, the front of the car has a stylish design, where the two LED headlights are integrated into the same design element with the radiator grille. There is also a singular lighting element on the back of the car to continue the modern look.

An Interior With Intelligence And Emotion

This crossover SUV has an avant-garde look on the interior. The large, high-tech dashboard combines a digital screen and touch screen in the same design element.

Key points: With its 80 kWh lithium ion battery, the Mercedes EQC hopes for an autonomous range of 450 km based on the NEDC, with average consumption of 22.2 kWh.

Plus: To optimize its range of autonomy, the EQC has included several features that limit energy consumption, such as a heat pump and a pre-air-conditioning unit that allows the driver to regulate the desired temperature remotely via a mobile app or the main touch screen.

Prices starting at 85,000€

Available as of summer 2019

Points of sale >>

PARIS: 

Mercedes-Benz Longchamp, 80 Rue de Longchamp

Mercedes-Benz Porte d'Orléans, 15-17 Rue Barbès

Mercedes-Benz Boulogne Reine, 32 Route de la Reine

MONACO:

SAMGF Mercedes-Benz & Smart, 7 Avenue Princesse Grâce

GENEVA:

Automobiles Caveng SA. Mercedes-Benz Rive Gauche - Lac, Genève, Route de Chêne 135, 1224 Chêne-Bougeries

SHOPPING

fendi: peekaboo mini pocket

March 7, 2019

New Version Of Iconic Bag

Fendi has once again reinvented its Peekaboo handbag, this time with pockets. The bag is decorated with two exterior pockets of different dimensions, making this the most versatile version of this bag, yet always as feminine and elegant. The twist lock on the top opens delicately to reveal two compartments separated by a stiff divider.

Points forts: This timeless handbag can be used for all occasions and in every season!

Plus: Exists in various sizes and colors to please all women

Characteristics: Handbag in orange calfskin; gold-finished metal accents; lining with zipped pocket; adjustable handle and strap. Made in Italy.

Prices:

Peekaboo Mini: 2,800€

Peekaboo Regular: 3,800€

Points of sale >> 

GENEVA:

Fendi, Rue du Rhône 62

PARIS:

Fendi, 51 Avenue Montaigne, 75008

Fendi, 265 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001

Fendi, 9 Rue des Archives, 75004 

Printemps, Fendi, 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 

Galeries Lafayette, Fendi, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 

Le Bon Marché, Fendi, 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 

DISCOVER

electric loading

February 21, 2019

Ultra-Rapid Charging For Your Electric Car!

Charge your electric vehicle in just ten minutes thanks to Electric Loading. This French start-up offers ultra-rapid systems, with charging stations adapted to all types of vehicles currently on the market. And the more recent your car, the faster the charge!

Quick examples for 2019 models with the HYPER LOAD option on a public charging station:

Renault Zoé 2: Charge in 10 minutes rather than 2 hours at 22kw/h

Nissan Leaf: Charge in 12 minutes rather than 6 hours at 22kw/h 

Tesla Model 3: Charge in 15 minutes rather than 3 hours at 22kw/h

Porsche Taycan: Charge in 8 minutes rather than 4 hours at 22kw/h

Two solutions, modular and innovative products 

- HOME LOAD solution, a simple system of quick charging at your house, accessible to everyone. One-hour average charging time based on vehicle model.

- When you need an even quicker charging solution, opt for Pour HYPER LOAD. This ultra-rapid charging station offers a charge up to 360kW in less than 10 minutes with the possibility to charge up to 12 cars simultaneously.

Key points: Electric Loading is the newest solution for easy, fast charging of all kinds of electric vehicles.

Plus: Electric Loading develops and installs turnkey solutions adapted to the needs of their clients, from individuals to businesses.

Starting at 1,100€ HT 

International delivery

More info here >>

www.electric-loading.com/

01 85 51 03 95 - info@electric-loading.com

ART , SHOPPING

mb&f & l’epee 1839: medusa

February 4, 2019

A Captivating Expression Of Time

One thing is for certain: once you have plunged into the depths of Medusa, it’s hard to look away. For its tenth collaboration with L’Epée 1839, Switzerland’s leading clockmaker, MB&F, the top designer of timepieces in the world, takes a dive into the warm ocean waters where intriguing and ancient jellyfish abound.

Medusa is double configuration clock, housed in a hand-blown dome of Murano glass. It can be ceiling mounted or placed on a desk. Medusa’s central section of hand-blown Murano glass calls to mind the bell-shaped body of a jellyfish. Two rotating rings—one for the hours and the other for minutes—are visible through the glass dome, and the time can be read from a single indicator that extends over the rings. A movement beating at 2.5 Hz (18’000 A/h) located below the time indicator, is like the pulsating heart of this mechanical creature.

Double configuration

Medusa can sit on a desk, or another other flat surface, thanks to a specific support with curved legs. This is designed to hold the base of the movement and allow easy access to the mechanism for winding and setting the time.

When the clock is suspended from the ceiling, Medusa changes its supporting legs for hand-blown Murano glass tentacles. Attached to the mechanism, the tentacles move softly with the slightest motion of the clock—recalling the movement of a jellyfish in the ocean currents.

Key points: Designed to evoke one of the most eloquent, yet mysterious creatures of the sea, Medusa blends exceptional artistic technique with Swiss clock-making precision, once again pushing the envelope of possibility.

Plus: Like a luminescent jellyfish in the depths of the sea, Medusa glows in the dark thanks to Super-LumiNova.

Characteristics: Total components: 231; Approximately 6kg; Dome and tentacles in hand-blown Murano glass; Movement and standing base in stainless steel and brass; Indexes with Super-LumiNova; L’Epée 1839 suspended movement, designed and manufactured in-house: Dimensions for the hanging version: 286 mm tall x 250 mm diameter, and for the standing version: 323 mm x 250 mm

Three limited editions of 50 pieces, each in a different color: blue, green, or pink

Price: 25,500 Swiss Francs / 22,400€ 

Points of sale>>

ST BARTH: Diamond Genesis, Rue de la République, Gustavia

GENEVA: M.A.D.Gallery, 11 Rue Verdaine

PARIS: Chronopassion, 271 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 

DESIGN

audi: pb18 e-tron

January 29, 2019

An Audi 100% Electric Supercar

During the most recent Pebble Beach Automotive Week in Monterey, California, Audi revealed its new concept car, the PB18 e-tron; "PB" for Pebble Beach, "18" in tribute to the R18 e-tron, four-time winner of 24 Hours of Le Mans. This super sporty 775HP electric vehicle presents a radical vision of the high-performance sports car of tomorrow.

The Audi PB18 e-tron design was inspired by the traditional architecture of a mid-engine sports car with a cab that is positioned far forward. The center of gravity for this car is located behind the seats and in front of the real axle, which benefits the driving dynamics.

Front and Back Exterior Design

A flat red band of lights extends across the entire width of the rear and accents the horizontal orientation of the vehicle body.

The familiar hexagonal shape of the Singleframe grille, wide and horizontal, dominates the front of the car. The Audi logo runs across the front of the hood, in its signature sports car style. Large vents to the right and left of the front grille take in necessary air to cool the brakes and front electric motor. Wide and flat light units with integrated digital matrix technology and laser high-beam headlights complete the face of the PB18 e-tron. 

Three Electric Motors and Quattro Drive

This concept car uses three powerful electric motors— one up front and two in the rear. The latter are centrally located between the steering knuckles, each directly driving one wheel via half-shafts. They deliver power output of up to 150 kW to the front axle and 350 kW to the rear—making the Audi PB18 e-tron a true quattro, of course.

Maximum output is 500 kW, with boosting, so the driver can temporarily mobilize up to 570 kW. The combined torque of up to 830 Newton meters (612.2 lb-ft) allows acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in scarcely more than 2 seconds. The driver can limit the speed to maximize range between charges.

The liquid-cooled solid-state battery has an energy capacity of 95 kWh. A full charge provides for a range of over 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) in the WLTP cycle. The Audi PB18 e-tron is already designed for charging with a voltage of 800 volts. This means the battery can be fully recharged in about 15 minutes. The Audi can also be charged wirelessly via Audi Wireless Charging (AWC).

Key points: The creators of this high-performance sports car designed it as a machine to drive on a racetrack as on the road. Dynamic Dynamic and exciting, this car excels with such parameters as powerful electric propulsion, lateral acceleration, and perfect ergonomics that determine every detail.

Plus: For driving solo, the entire cockpit can be positioned in the center of the interior as in a single-seat racecar— the perfect location for the racetrack. The idea is to provide the pilot an experience that is only available in a racecar such as the Audi R18. However, the PB18 e-tron also provides an exceptional everyday driving experience, not only for the driver, but also for a potential passenger.

Characteristics: 4.53m (14.5’) long x 2m (6.4’) wide x 1.15m (4.6’) tall; size of trunk 16.6 cubic feet; maximum output 670 hp (765 hp maximum in boost mode); 0 à 100 km/h in just about two seconds,; Range 500 km in WLTP cycle; tires 275/35 in front and 315/30 in the back; body in a mix of aluminum, carbon, and multi-material composites.

Points Of Sale>>

GENEVA:

Garage Chatelanat SA, Rue Eugène-Marziano 18, Acacias

MONACO:

Samda S.A.M., Boulevard Charles III 15

PARIS:

Audi City Paris 75, 48 Place du Marché Saint-Honoré

Audi Paris 16 - Premium Automobiles, 105 Boulevard Murat

Audi Paris 12, 88 Cours de Vincennes

Audi Bauer Paris Wagram, 21 rue Cardinet

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