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Bugatti Reveals ƎB.03 Edition with Champagne Carbon, Inspired by Bolide

Bugatti Reveals ƎB.03 Edition with Champagne Carbon, Inspired by Bolide

The latest collaboration between Bugatti and Champagne Carbon – the ƎB.03 Edition – is tied inextricably to Bolide, the most extreme Bugatti creation ever. A bespoke dual-tone carbon fiber bottle, containing a powerful and expressive vintage Blanc de Blancs, is the perfect pairing to Bugatti’s latest hyper sports car.

The Bugatti Bolide1 is envisioned as the ultimate driving machine; the distillation of the brand into its purest and most authentic form. A track-only production car unlike anything else. Now, Champagne Carbon has revealed Bolide’s perfect pairing: the ƎB.03 Edition.

The new champagne is the latest result of a partnership between Bugatti and Champagne Carbon, first established in 2018. The debut creation, champagne ƎB.01, arrived as a celebration of Bugatti’s 110th anniversary, bringing a blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir in a bottle wrapped in blue-tinted carbon fiber. The ƎB.02 was the second development of the partnership, marking the anniversary of the Chiron Super Sport 300+2 breaking the magical 300 mph barrier. Contained within the carbon fiber wrapped bottle – finished in black and orange – was a 2006 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru.

Inspired by the Bolide’s unprecedented driving experience and design, the ƎB.03 Edition boasts a dual tone exterior, comprising of both blue and black carbon fiber – a first within the Champagne Carbon For Bugatti Collection. The Bolide’s striking ‘X’ design motif, which dominates both the front and rear of the car, is hallmarked on both the right and left side of the ƎB.03 bottle.

The contents of the bottle – a vintage 2013 Blanc de Blancs – is the result of a cold and wet winter in 2013, followed by a cool spring and a late grape harvest. Such conditions produce an intense and fresh wine, with good acidity and excellent ageing potential.

Alexandre Mea, CEO at Champagne Carbon, said: “This creation, Champagne Carbon ƎB.03, is a breathtaking technical accomplishment. For the first time we have managed to combine two colors of fiber in one bottle. A complete piece of art made by our master craftsmen. The black fiber base perfectly contrasts the main body of the bottle, an intense sky blue. On the champagne side, this 2013 vintage brings with it initial scents of citrus, followed by aromas of spring flowers. Then a growing intensity toward yellow citrus, toasty notes and aromatic herbs. On the palate it provides an initial intensity, followed by a creamier more velvety texture. The finish reveals hints of acidity. The ƎB.03 will enhance a delicate recipe such as a scallop ceviche, a red tuna sashimi or a filet of Saint-Pierre with citrus fruits.”

Wiebke Ståhl, Managing Director at Bugatti International, said: “The Bugatti Bolide is one of the most special creations to ever have been imagined by our designers and engineers in Molsheim, bringing new levels of innovation and performance to the world of production cars. Like any Bugatti, it is incomparable, and we challenged our partners at Champagne Carbon to create something equally unique in celebration. What they have delivered is a perfect pairing for Bolide; beautiful, rare and with an edgy intensity.”

The Bolide represents the ultimate incarnation of the Bugatti style philosophy of ‘Form follows performance’. It’s founded on an uncompromising approach to lightweight construction; everything is optimized and nothing is superfluous. It pays homage to Bugatti’s glorious motorsport past of the 1920s, which was built around lightweight agile cars at a time when most racing cars were enormous powerful brutes.

It sits low to the ground, with sharp edges, extended diffusers and a gaping roof-mounted intake critical for cooling. In combination with the striking rear diffuser, the dominant rear wing results in high downforce and therefore also optimum traction. As with other Bugatti vehicles, the design team opted for a for a dual-tone finish but the proportion of bare carbon fiber is greater than in other Bugatti cars to reflect Bolide’s purity of purpose.

With rarity, bespoke design and purity at the heart of both Bolide and the ƎB.03 Edition, each makes the perfect addition to any Bugatti enthusiast’s collection. The Champagne Carbon ƎB.03 for Bugatti is available to order now.

Exclusive edition for the Mercedes-AMG E-Class
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Exclusive edition for the Mercedes-AMG E-Class

Exclusive edition for the Mercedes-AMG E-Class

Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ Final Edition as Saloon and Estate

Affalterbach.  With the particularly extensively equipped special model E 63 S 4MATIC+ Final Edition as a Saloon (fuel consumption combined 12.3-11.9 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 281-270 g/km)and Estate (fuel consumption combined 12.6-12.1 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 286-276 g/km), Mercedes‑AMG bids farewell to the successful W/S 213 performance model series. It set new standards with its 450 kW (612 hp) 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine and fully variable all-wheel drive including Drift Mode. The refined appearance and extensive standard equipment make the Final Edition a unique combination of performance and luxury.

The Final Edition is available exclusively in matt graphite grey magno paint. 20-inch AMG forged wheels in a cross-spoke design, aerodynamically optimised, high-sheen black with gloss-tinted clearcoat, emphasise the special status, as do the AMG emblem on the C-pillar and the foiling on the sides of the car.

Added to this is the AMG Night Package. It includes numerous exterior elements in high-gloss black: the front splitter of the AMG front apron, the inserts of the AMG side sill panels, the trim element in the front wings, the beltline trim strips and window surrounds, the outside mirror housings and the trim strip of the AMG rear apron. Also included in the package is heat-insulating dark tinted glass from the B-pillar. Two trapezoidal, black chrome twin tailpipe trims form the matching finish at the rear. Carbon Packages I and II can be ordered as options.

The ambient lighting projects the AMG brand logo in LED technology next to the open side doors. This not only appeals to the emotions, but also stages an attractive highlight in dark surroundings. In addition, getting in and out is also more comfortable and safer with the extra light.

The one-off character continues inside. The AMG Performance Seat Package High-End leaves nothing to be desired. With the AMG Performance seats, it offers perfect lateral support for dynamic driving manoeuvres – combined with aesthetics and comfort: all seat positions, including the seat cushions, can be electrically adjusted to perfectly suit the driver’s physique. The integrated seat heating ensures a comfortable driving experience as quickly as possible, even in cool temperatures. And the upholstery in fine AMG nappa leather titanium grey pearl/black with yellow contrasting stitching emphasises the sporty character. The instrument panel and beltline trim in high-quality nappa leather lend the interior even more exclusivity.

The AMG Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather/microfibre DINAMICA offers perfect grip for precise steering. The yellow contrasting stitching matches the colour of the upholstery. The flattened shape characteristic of AMG comes from motorsport and reinforces the sportiness of the cockpit. Ergonomically positioned touch control panels give intuitive operating comfort and promote focused driving. The standard AMG steering wheel buttons allow fast and unerring operation of specific dynamic driving functions such as the drive programs.

Collectors’ items limited to 999 copies

The AMG trim elements in carbon also include the centre console and lend the Final Edition the hallmark motorsport touch. The centre console also features the “AMG FINAL EDITION” badge with the designated “1 of 999” limitation. The black AMG brushed stainless steel door sill trims impress with exclusive yellow illuminated “AMG” lettering that enhances every entry and exit. The robust stainless steel panels are not only beautiful to look at, they also protect against damage to the door sills panels. The elegant black floor mats with AMG lettering and yellow contrasting stitching blend harmoniously with the interior design and effectively protect the footwell from dirt.

To protect the valuable vehicle from dust in the garage, every customer also receives a customised AMG Indoor Car Cover with “AMG E 63 S FINAL EDITION” lettering in the matching colour.

Further information about https://www.mercedes-amg.com/ is available at https://www.mercedes-amg.com/.

Mercedes-Benz AG at a glance
Mercedes‑Benz AG is responsible for the global business of Mercedes‑Benz Cars and Mercedes‑Benz Vans, with around 172,000 employees worldwide. Ola Källenius is Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes‑Benz AG. The company focuses on the development, production and sales of passenger cars, vans and vehicle-related services. Furthermore, the company aspires to be the leader in the fields of electric mobility and vehicle software. The product portfolio comprises the Mercedes‑Benz brand with the brands of Mercedes‑AMG, Mercedes‑Maybach, Mercedes‑EQ, G‑Class as well as products of the smart brand. The Mercedes me brand offers access to the digital services from Mercedes‑Benz. Mercedes‑Benz AG is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of luxury passenger cars. In 2021 it sold around 1.9 million passenger cars and nearly 386,200 vans. In its two business segments, Mercedes‑Benz AG is continually expanding its worldwide production network with around 35 production sites on four continents, while gearing itself to meet the requirements of electric mobility. At the same time, the company is constructing and extending its global battery production network on three continents. As sustainability is the guiding principle of the Mercedes‑Benz strategy and for the company itself, this means creating lasting value for all stakeholders: for customers, employees, investors, business partners and society as a whole. The basis for this is the sustainable business strategy of the Mercedes‑Benz Group. The company thus takes responsibility for the economic, ecological and social effects of its business activities and looks at the entire value chain.

The figures shown are the WLTP CO2 figures measured according to Article 2 No. 3 of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated on the basis of these figures.

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Girard-Perregaux – Tourbillon with three flying bridges Aston Martin Edition

Girard-Perregaux – Tourbillon with three flying bridges -Aston Martin Edition

  • New Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition celebrates the shared passions of the two luxury brands
  • This is the first timepiece to be offered after Girard-Perregaux was announced as Official Watch Partner of Aston Martin in February
  • World premiere – black calf leather strap featuring Girard-Perregaux’s exclusive Rubber Alloy
  • Just 18 Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition will be made

La Chaux-de-Fonds – Switzerland: The first timepiece borne of the recently announced partnership between Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin has been revealed today. The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition unites the watchmaking expertise of Girard-Perregaux with Aston Martin’s unique knowledge of luxury and performance.

Both brands demonstrate a passion for refined craftsmanship and have been working together, sharing their understanding of design, materials and technology. This latest model celebrates the iconic Three Bridges pocket watch from the 19th century in a decidedly contemporary way, down to the smallest details, including the strap. The latter is a world premiere, presented in black calf leather and featuring Rubber Alloy, an innovative rubber insert injected with white gold. The design of the strap is intended to evoke thoughts of Aston Martin racing cars of the past.

Upholding Girard-Perregaux tradition, this model skilfully plays with proportions and shapes much to the delight of aesthetes.The 44 millimetre case of the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition is formed of Grade 5 titanium, a strong, hypoallergenic alloy selected by Aston Martin for its
lightweight properties. It is suffused with black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon), bestowing the watch with a stealthy appearance. Interestingly, titanium ore was discovered in Great Britain, the home of Aston Martin, back in 1791 by an English clergyman, William Gregor, in the same year Girard-Perregaux was founded.

A sapphire crystal ‘box’ is positioned front of house, as well as to the rear, coaxing light to illuminate the case interior, thereby augmenting readability. The movement eschews a mainplate, sitting between both panes of sapphire crystal and seemingly floating in mid-air. Three bridges, an iconic signature of Girard-Perregaux, span the dial and are formed of titanium with black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) treatment and polished angles. The design endows the timepiece with an airy appearance, affording breathtaking views of movement components ordinarily hidden from view. While Girard-Perregaux has a long history of making the invisible visible, in this instance it has ventured off-piste, creating a watch whose movement appears to levitate within the case. This is achieved by paring back the movement, causing the mainplate to seemingly disappear, thereby creating the illusion of the movement flying within the case. It was this particular characteristic that led to the term ‘Flying Bridges’.


The cage of the tourbillon, positioned in the lower portion of the dial, is ‘lyre-shaped’, a characteristic found on all the company’s tourbillons dating back to the 19th century. A blued hand affixed to the cage imparts the running seconds. The tourbillon cage, measuring a mere 10mm in diameter, is composed of 79 components which collectively weigh only 0.25 grams. This remarkably low figure helps mitigate energy consumption.

The barrel, positioned at 12 o’clock, is openworked, affording partial views of the mainspring. A white gold micro-rotor, positioned beneath the barrel, energises the mainspring and, unlike most automatic watches, it grants unobstructed views of the movement. The car company’s name is engraved on the vertical flank of the micro-rotor and is filled with white luminescent treatment which appears blue in restricted light. Likewise, the indexes and hands are also treated with white luminescent treatment and, once again, emit a blue glow in dim light.

Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux, said, “We are delighted to partner with Aston Martin, entrusting their team with arguably our most iconic timepiece, delivering a fresh perspective on Haute Horlogerie. Rarely do we work with others to reinterpret the Three Bridges, however, on this occasion, we have made an exception, mindful of Aston Martin’s prowess for design.

“When viewing the design of an Aston Martin, you will note the firm’s distinctive front grille, first seen on the DB Mark III of the late 50s. Likewise, the scoops and side strakes found on the company’s modern-day models are functional elements, intended to improve airflow while enriching the overall appearance of each car.”

“At Girard-Perregaux we share a similar philosophy. For example, when the Maison released the now-legendary Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges in 1867, it transformed three functional elements into attractive aesthetic features and demonstrated an approach that we continue to employ today. Finally, this latest partnership provides a fascinating chapter in Girard-Perregaux’s 230-year history.”Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer adds: ‘The greatest of the challenges we faced with the design of this new timepiece were those of scale, as you can imagine. We had to consider lines and proportion on a far smaller scale than we are used to in the realm of automotive design. That said, good design is good design, whether it is a watch or a car, the principles remain the same. I’m delighted with the finished watch and congratulate everyone who worked on this project as this collaboration has produced a timepiece of great beauty.

The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition, a limited edition of 18 pieces, is immediately available worldwide in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers.

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IIRCADE BUNDLE – DRAGON’S LAIR EDITION

IIRCADE BUNDLE – DRAGON’S LAIR EDITION (128GB, SANWA JOYSTICKS)

With an arsenal of sleek, retro-inspired gaming cabinets, iiRcade is bringing the arcade experience to your living room. Their slim free-standing and tabletop cabinets are sized perfectly for residential interiors, allowing gamers to play their favorite vintage and indie titles at home.

Premium Arcade Gaming Experience Like No Other Play retro arcade games that you remember to the latest modern games that you love, the amazing arcade style. With cinematic gaming experiences powered by 19” high-density display, 100W of powerful stereo sound, premium 2-player arcade controllers and device optimized for the best..

Each cabinet is fitted with a 19-inch LCD display, premium Sanwa-style buttons and joysticks, and a 100-watt stereo system for authentic play. Equipped with wifi, it can access the online store and download hundreds of titles from the catalog, while also connecting with friends for online play. iiRcade is available with classic graphics or in limited edition bundles.

 

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VIRGIN GALACTIC Y LAND ROVER ANUNCIAN LA AMPLIACIÓN DE SU ASOCIACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL CON LA PRESENTACIÓN DE UN NUEVO VEHÍCULO ESPACIAL                                     

VIRGIN GALACTIC Y LAND ROVER ANUNCIAN LA AMPLIACIÓN DE SU ASOCIACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL CON LA PRESENTACIÓN DE UN NUEVO VEHÍCULO ESPACIAL                                     

El Range Rover Astronaut Edition apoya el lanzamiento del nuevo vehículo espacial VSS Imagine de Virgin Galactic

  • Land Rover amplía su asociación internacional con Virgin Galactic hasta 2024
  • El Range Rover Astronaut Edition apoya el lanzamiento del nuevo vehículo espacial
  • Esta extensión tendrá como resultado una asociación de diez años que supone la alianza de dos líderes mundiales en materia de aventura, innovación y exploración
  • Land Rover seguirá apoyando las operaciones del día a día de Virgin Galactic

Madrid, 30 de marzo de 2021: Land Rover ha anunciado una ampliación por tres años de duración de su asociación global con Virgin Galactic, la primera línea espacial comercial del mundo.

Hoy se ha presentado el nuevo vehículo espacial de Virgin Galactic junto con el Range Rover Astronaut Edition. Land Rover seguirá siendo una parte integral de las operaciones diarias de Virgin Galactic y la empresa participará en los vuelos de prueba del SpaceShipTwo y en los inicios de los servicios comerciales.

Los vehículos Land Rover forman parte de la vida diaria del equipo Virgin Galactic. Entre sus actividades destacan el remolque de vehículos espaciales, el transporte de equipos y la preparación de las pistas para el despegue. Desempeñaron un papel clave en los dos primeros vuelos espaciales de la empresa, en los que Virgin Galactic se convirtió en la primera empresa privada en llevar personas al espacio a bordo de un vehículo espacial con fines comerciales. Además, la flota de Land Rover asistió en la reubicación de las instalaciones de fabricación y pruebas de Virgin Galactic en Mojave, California, a Spaceport America en Nuevo México: el primer puerto espacial con fines comerciales del mundo.

Virgin Galactic ya ha recibido aproximadamente 600 inscripciones de clientes que desean ser los astronautas del futuro y que llegarán a los vuelos de Spaceport América en vehículos de Land Rover.

En 2019, el fundador de Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson, y el Chief Creative Officer de Jaguar Land Rover, el profesor Gerry McGovern, oficial de la Orden Británica, presentaron el Range Rover Astronaut Edition. Estos SUV de lujo, creados por el equipo SV Bespoke de Land Rover y ofrecidos en exclusiva a los futuros astronautas de Virgin Galactic, rinden homenaje a los valores compartidos de esta asociación y la contribución histórica de la comunidad de futuros astronautas a la democratización del espacio.

Virgin Galactic cuenta con un equipo de ocho pilotos altamente cualificados y está inmersa en los preparativos de su próximo vuelo propulsado por un cohete desde Nuevo México. Está previsto que Sir Richard Branson, fundador de la empresa, viaje al espacio a finales de 2021.

Joe Eberhardt, presidente y CEO de Jaguar Land Rover North América, declaró:La nueva gran aventura es hacer de los viajes espaciales una realidad para los exploradores de todo el mundo. Land Rover está orgulloso de colaborar con el equipo de Virgin Galactic para ayudar a los astronautas del futuro a desafiar más si cabe los límites de la aventura personal“.

Michael Colglazier, Chief Executive Officer de Virgin Galactic, ha declarado:Los vehículos de Land Rover suponen una inestimable ayuda sobre el terreno en Mojava y en las instalaciones de Spaceport América en Nuevo México. Además, es maravilloso saber que los astronautas del futuro de todo el mundo disfrutan del exclusivo Range Rover Astronaut Edition. Estamos encantados de haber ampliado esta sólida asociación. Compartimos el mismo espíritu pionero, la búsqueda de aventuras y el deseo de ampliar los límites de los viajes, lo que hace de nuestra asociación la decisión natural entre dos empresas con el objetivo de llevar la exploración un paso más allá“.

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On the eve of the Reverso’s 90th anniversary, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveils a special Tribute edition in burgundy red

On the eve of the Reverso’s 90th anniversary, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveils a special Tribute edition in burgundy red

As the Reverso approaches its 90th anniversary in 2021, Jaeger-LeCoultre reinterprets one of its most admired models. Issued in a limited edition, with a burgundy-red dial and pink gold case, the Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano pays tribute to a design of rare longevity.

Created in 1931, at the height of Art Deco period, the Reverso was developed to meet the demands of the newly fashionable ‘sporting gentleman’ – specifically, the polo player. A masterful integration of form and function, with its clean lines and flip-over case, it has become one of the world’s most recognisable watches – an icon, in the true sense of the word.

Soon after its introduction, as the Reverso was adopted by tastemakers from all walks of life, new variations appeared. Even before the Reverso’s first anniversary, coloured dials were introduced, creating a vivid contrast with the case metal and adding a note of exuberance to its streamlined symmetry. This new limited edition recalls that early use of colour, to further enrich the Reverso story.

Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano

Marrying the dual-time zone complication of the Duoface with the purified aesthetic of the Tribute collection, the new timepiece is complemented by an original strap, specially designed and hand-crafted by Casa Fagliano, the world-famous Argentinian maker of polo boots.

Originally developed in 1994, the Duoface offers two contrasting dials, each displaying a different time zone, thanks to the hand-wound Calibre 854A/2. To maintain the perfect integrity of the case design, the second time zone is adjusted by a small slider set into the top case-band and completely invisible except when the case is released from the carriage to be flipped over. A deeply etched sunray pattern on the inner surface of the carriage adds to the visual enjoyment of turning the watch over.

On the front dial, in keeping with the original Reverso design, the hours are marked by straight indexes, doubled at 12. Their faceted shape adds visual depth to the rich burgundy-red of the lacquered surface and echoes the form of the Dauphine hands. The circular track of the small seconds display at six o’clock provides a counterpoint to the linear geometry of the dial and case.

The design of the reverse dial plays on the tension between circles and straight lines, anchored by contrasting decorative finishes. The stippled texture of Clous de Paris guillochage contrasts with the gleaming opaline finish of the central time display and the smaller circle that displays the day-night indication.

Both dial treatments are balanced by the warm tones of the pink gold case which, in turn, is complemented by the two-tone strap. Inspired by the canvas-and-leather boots that it makes for summer polo, Casa Fagliano combined cordovan leather and canvas for the new strap – as always, cutting and stitching every piece by hand.

The Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano is a limited edition of 190 pieces, boutique exclusivity.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

REVERSO TRIBUTE DUOFACE FAGLIANO

Dimensions: 47 x 28.3mm x 10.3mm

Calibre: Manually wound mechanical movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 854A/2; 21,600 vibrations per hour

Functions: Front: Hours, minutes, small seconds. Reverse: Second time zone, 24-hour day/night indicator

Power reserve: 42-hour

Case: 18-carat pink gold

Dial: Front: Burgundy-red lacquer, applied golden hour markers, Dauphine hands. Reverse: Silvered grey and velvety Clous de Paris guillochage, applied golden hour markers, Dauphine hands

Strap: Bi-material cordovan leather and canvas, designed and hand-crafted by Casa Fagliano, pin buckle in 18-carat pink gold

Water resistance: 3 bar

Reference: Q398256J

Sennheiser releases special Anniversary Edition of acclaimed HD 800 S headphones
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Sennheiser releases special Anniversary Edition of acclaimed HD 800 S headphones

Wedemark, September 2020 Since its formation in 1945, Sennheiser has shaped the future of audio. Its innovative products and audio solutions create outstanding sound experiences for customers the world over. A shining example is Sennheiser’s audiophile reference model HD 800 S, cherished by audio enthusiasts for its brilliant sound reproduction and impressive spatiality. To celebrate 75 years of audio history, Sennheiser releases a collector’s edition limited to 750 units worldwide. The HD 800 S Anniversary Edition comes in an exclusive matte gold colorway, each unit made truly unique by a laser engraving with the individual serial number on the headband.

THE EMBODIMENT OF 75 YEARS OF OUTSTANDING SOUND

Sennheiser releases special Anniversary Edition of acclaimed HD 800 S headphones

“Our 75-year history has not only been shaped by exceptional ideas and innovations, by taking on challenging projects and achieving numerous successes – above all, we are celebrating an enduring passion for great sound this year,” said Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO of Sennheiser, who alongside his brother Daniel Sennheiser is the third generation of the family to manage the company. “Our reference headphones HD 800 S are a testament to this passion that has been driving us for 75 years. They are cherished by audiophiles all over the world, so we wanted to celebrate our anniversary with a collector’s edition of this very special model,” added Daniel Sennheiser, co-CEO.

Hearing the difference in every detail

Brilliant trebles, precise bass reproduction and a particularly clear sound image combined with a frequency range of 4 to 51,000 Hz make the HD 800 S a firm favorite among the audiophile community. The diaphragm of the headphones’ 56-mm transducer is made of Sennheiser’s patented duofol-transducer material to ensure exact music reproduction and reduction of resonances, keeping total harmonic distortion to less than 0.02 percent. Additionally, Sennheiser’s innovative absorber technology reduces the so called “masking effect”, an acoustic phenomenon that arises as the human ear is unable to perceive higher-pitched sounds that have low-volumes, while significantly louder sounds in a lower frequency range occur. The patented technology neutralizes the energy of the resonances, thus preventing any unwanted peaks in the frequency response and ensuring that even the finest nuances of music remain audible across the entire frequency range. The circum-aural earcups were developed with meticulous attention to detail as well, as the design directs the sound waves to the ears at a slight angle, thus creating an impressively natural and spatial sound experience.

Sennheiser releases special Anniversary Edition of acclaimed HD 800 S headphones

Sennheiser releases special Anniversary Edition of acclaimed HD 800 S headphones

The HD 800 S Anniversary Edition delivers the same natural and spatial acoustics found in the acclaimed HD 800 S

Luxurious design for luxurious sound

The HD 800 S Anniversary Edition is handcrafted at the audio specialist’s headquarters in Wedemark, Germany. Sennheiser uses glass-fiber strengthened plastic, a material valued in the aerospace industry, for the headphones’ housing, making them particularly durable yet lightweight. The earpads are made from a soft vegan velour material for optimal wearing comfort, while the grid and grills have been crafted from a stainless-steel mesh. The matte gold yoke, decor ring and shell ring give the HD 800 S Anniversary Edition a uniquely elegant look that is every bit as exceptional as their sound. Each of the 750 units in the collector’s edition has its serial number laser-engraved on the headband.

The HD 800 S Anniversary Edition will be avaible from September 22 for 1,599 EUR at the Sennheiser webshop, Sennheiser stores and at selected retail partners.

About Sennheiser

Founded in 1945, Sennheiser is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Shaping the future of audio and creating unique sound experiences for customers – this aim unites Sennheiser employees and partners worldwide. The independent family company, which is managed in thehttps://en-us.sennheiser.com/hd-800-s-anniversary third generation by Dr. Andreas Sennheiser and Daniel Sennheiser, is today one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, loudspeakers, microphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2019, the Sennheiser Group generated turnover totaling €756.7 million. www.sennheiser.com

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GlenDronach Kingsman Edition 1989 Vintage

There’s nothing quite like a fancy freebie to hurry me to the keyboard. Indeed, there’s double – no, triple – the reason I’m excited about this whisky.

Let’s put aside the rather lovely gift set, which landed on the doormat of Malt Towers recently. This is a new GlenDronach, which is always rather lovely – a potent spirit in a punchy puncheon, to somewhat stretch the alliteration. Thirdly, and perhaps most splendidly, it is a tie-in to perhaps my most eagerly anticipated film of this year (well, it runs a close second to the new Bond), The King’s Man, the third in the Kingsman franchise, directed by Matthew Vaughn, and which is out… sometime soon. I forget when, this far into a pandemic. But soon. Ish.

GlenDronach Kingsman Edition 1989 Vintage

The first two films, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle were marvellous. And indeed, the tie-ins were rather stylish. Swan across to the Mr Porter website and you can still see the tie-in clothing by ridiculously high profile craft manufacturers – Turnbull & Asser shirts, George Cleverley shoes, Drake’s accessories. This isn’t some cheap knock-off stuff, as you might imagine with tie-in goods; it’s all incredibly well put together.

But the eagle-eyed drinks geek would have noticed that a chunk of the second film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, was filmed in the amazing Napoleon Cellar in the bowels of the world-famous wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd. There Eggsy and Merlin drink, of all things, some Bourbon, which sees them whisked away to hijinks in the US, where there are plenty more whisky – and whiskey – references, notably at the Statesman Distillery headquarters. Berry Bros. & Rudd now have a dedicated Kingsman Room, which I have seen with my own eyes and is most splendid (as is all of the insides of Berry Bros.).

GlenDronach, one of my top Scotch distilleries, has managed to score bragging rights – and film rights – for the whisky. In a funny sort of way, you don’t get to see whisky on the big screen quite like you used to. Whisky was used to represent status, a little elitism, that perhaps someone has obtained a certain level of gravitas in their life. Suntory time.

I mean sure, in Bond the villain shot some (probably fake anyway) Macallan off the head of a young lady – whose sole existence in the film seemed to be to reveal how out of touch the scriptwriters could be with a modern on-screen representation of women in film – but aside from that? I’ve not seen a great deal. I can’t say I’ve watched a great deal of Netflix shows to know whether or not the same ideal of whisky is presented there. (And yes I know that Bond reference is old but I have a child and haven’t been to the cinema in ages.)

Or perhaps whisky has been democratised – it is a more egalitarian drink, and no longer useful as a shorthand character summary on the big screen? Whisky on a table no longer says slick-wise-old-businessman, but rather it can mean mother, father, young man, young woman, rich or not all that rich. Whisky can be marketed to suggest you want to slum it with Proper Twelve to stash expensive bottles for a pension fund.  Is whisky no longer useful, in that respect, to filmmakers? Utter speculation based on nothing more than hunches, but that’ll do for the pages of Malt.

In fact, back to the Kingsman series: GlenDronach was meant to have something to do with the last film, though I can’t actually remember seeing the brand in the film, just what I think was a GlenDronach bottle from a distance though had a “Kingsman” label on it. (I tried to screenshot it but Apple TV is clever and won’t let me, but suffice to say that I’d be very pissed off if I forked out tens of thousands for a movie tie-in bottle and the bloody name never even appeared on screen.)

Anyway, back to this particular GlenDronach whisky, which is a 1989 vintage (in whisky, of course, the vintage doesn’t have anything to do with the vintage of the raw material – barley – bur rather distillation year), and 29 years old at that. The PR gumpf suggests it was inspired by a 29-year-old whisky at GlenDronach that was bottled in 1913, a year before the First World War; useful, given the film – The King’s Man – was set during the First World War.

The expression is meant to pay “homage to fallen friends who bravely fought during WW1” (though, split infinitive aside, I have not seen if the distillery will be making any donations to any military-related charities with this release). There are 3,052 bottles of this, which was matured in oloroso Sherry casks “followed by a final maturation” (finished or double matured?) in Pedro Ximénez casks. It’s bottled at 50.1% ABV, and each will cost… US$1,299. I’ll get to that, but first some notes.

GlenDronach Kingsman Edition 1989 Vintage – Review

 

Colour: old oak.

On the nose: very GlenDronach. The style is there even after 29 years in wood. But it’s right at the heady end of things: sticky figs, hoisin sauce, damson chutney. Both intense sweetness yet balanced by umami, a slightly meaty note: pan-fried grouse in some gooey autumnal sauce. Drifts into sandalwood perfume, wood polish, Mince Pies. I must admit this has one of the more impressive GlenDronach noses.

In the mouth: not at all too tannic or bitter; the wood has been gentle in its old age. Very silky. There’s a good amount of those dark, dried fruits: figs, raisins sure, but very rich. Damson chutney again – muscovado sugar, bitter 80% dark chocolate, a touch of coffee perhaps with morello cherries. I wouldn’t say it’s particularly spicey. Mince pies. Drifts into cola on the mid pallet somewhat; I never know if that’s a good thing or not – certainly speaks of intensity. Yet the wood never becomes too much, the age never overwhelming as it can be for these old sherry monsters (though I tend to think GlenDronach hits the sweet spot around 20 years).

 

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BMW X7 Dark Shadow Edition

El BMW X7 Dark Shadow es una edición especial y exclusiva que se producirá en la planta de BMW en Spartanburg (EE.UU.) desde este mes de agosto de 2020 en una edición limitada a 500 unidades de las cuales 10 llegaran a España, y se puede combinar con todos los motores ofrecidos para el BMW X7.

El nuevo BMW X7 Dark Shadow Edition.

La experiencia del placer de conducción ha alcanzado una nueva dimensión en el BMW X7. El primer Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) en el segmento de lujo combina un aspecto llamativo con un generoso confort interior combinado con el característico estilo deportivo de la marca, que con esta edición saca ahora a relucir la imponente presencia y el carisma exclusivo del BMW X7 en una forma particularmente concentrada. Con su diseño y equipamiento únicos el BMW X7 Edition Dark Shadow subraya tanto el aspecto deportivo como el ambiente de lujo del SAV más grande de la marca. La característica más llamativa del modelo de edición es el color exterior BMW Individual en metal Frozen Arctic Grey. Esta pintura tan exclusiva se utiliza ahora por primera vez en un modelo BMW X. Se añadirán a la gama de equipamientos opcionales para el BMW X7, BMW X6 y BMW X5 otras variantes seleccionadas del acabado especial de pintura BMW Individual para coincidir con el inicio de la producción del modelo de edición.

Los detalles coordinados con precisión del diseño y las características tanto exteriores como interiores dan al modelo de edición BMW X7 el estado del artículo del coleccionista. El BMW X7 Edition Dark Shadow se producirá en la planta de BMW en Spartanburg (EE.UU.) desde este mes de agosto de 2020 en una edición limitada a 500 unidades de las cuales 10 llegaran a España y se puede combinar con todos los motores ofrecidos para el BMW X7.

El acabado de pintura expresivo del BMW X7 Edition Dark Shadow se complementa con la línea BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, incluyendo características extendidas. Esto significa que además de las ventanas laterales, las cubiertas de las columnas B y C y las cubiertas de espejo exteriores, un acabado cromado negro también se presenta en el marco y las barras de la rejilla de riñón BMW, los air breathers y las cubiertas de los tubos del sistema de escape. Esto crea un sutil contraste con las superficies de cuerpo brillantes, también enfatizado por la línea de sombra de los rieles del techo y el acristalamiento de protección solar. El carácter dinámico del X7 destaca por los elementos de carrocería aerodinámicamente optimizados del paquete deportivo M, que también forma parte del paquete de equipamiento para el modelo de edición. Otra característica exclusiva del BMW X7 Edition Dark Shadow son las llantas de aleación ligera M de 22 pulgadas en diseño de radio en V con un acabado jet black mate y equipadas con neumáticos mixtos. El rendimiento del motor va acompañado del sonido emocionalmente potente del sistema de escape deportivo M.

Una impresionante combinación de estilo deportivo y ambiente lujoso también caracteriza el interior del modelo de edición, que está disponible con seis o siete asientos. El conductor y el acompañante disfrutan del estilo deportivo superior del lujoso SAV en asientos cómodos ajustables eléctricamente con función de memoria.

Un volante de cuero M y los detalles de los equipos BMW Individual especialmente desarrollados para el BMW X7 Edition Dark Shadow dan testimonio del más alto nivel de exclusividad. Un factor que contribuye aquí es la tapicería de cuero BMW Individual Merinofull en la variante específica de dos tonos NightBlue/Black con costuras en contraste, al igual que el forro de techo BMW Individual en Night Blue con acabado Alcantara. La parte superior del panel de instrumentos y los apoyabrazos de las puertas están cubiertos con piel de napa en Night Blue. El cuero merino negro se utiliza en la sección inferior del panel de instrumentos y en los respaldos delanteros. En el área central de la consola, el diseño único se subraya con el medio de los acabados de acabado interior BMW Individual en Piano Blackfinish con un logotipo de edición.

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Nuevo estudio virtual Lamborghini Ad Personam Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Xago Edition

Sant’Agata Bolognese, julio de 2020 – Automobili Lamborghini ha creado un nuevo estudio virtual de Ad Personam, que ofrece sesiones de consulta a clientes de todo el mundo que desean personalizar su nuevo Lamborghini sin tener que viajar al departamento de especialistas de Ad Personam en Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italia.