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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Gear : Watches : TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom

Gear : Watches : TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom

In the brand's most recent in a series of horological U-turns, TAG Heuer has announced the Monaco V4 Phantom watch at Baselworld 2015, introducing a carbon matrix composite for the case and bridges. No to smartwatches, yes to smartwatches, refocus on entry-level luxury... The last year or so has seen a few oscillations at TAG Heuer, including this return to haute horology.

A year ago, Jean-Claude Biver, who heads LVMH’s watch brands, dismissed smart watches, saying that they would not stand the test of time, and that the brands under his watch would not make one. And now, the man just recently announced that TAG Heuer would release a smart watch to go up against the Apple Watch.

Last year, Biver also stated that TAG Heuer would focus on the entry-level market in the 1,500 to 3000 Swiss francs range, where it has historically been a leader. Accordingly, he canned the CH80 movement and therefore the Carrera CH80, the watch intended to house it that was eagerly anticipated by fans of the brand.

Imagine our surprise, then, when TAG Heuer unveiled the new TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom watch that Baselworld 2015. Don’t get us wrong, we are thrilled by this new release, because the Monaco V4 is a true horological icon and deserves to be updated with the latest tech available in watchmaking. First unveiled in 2004, the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 is a truly special watch. Not only did it feature a linear winding mass - a rarity in watches today - it was, most importantly, the first watch in the world to be driven by belts. Even now, more than a decade later, the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 is still regarded as a technical feat. And TAG Heuer celebrates the Monaco’s heritage by offering the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom in an all-new special carbon case.

Since the Monaco V4’s inception, the watch has been offered in a variety of cases including platinum, gold, and titanium, and to be sure, this is not the first time the Monaco V4 has been offered in a carbon case. In fact, last year we had the chance to get up close with the Monaco V4 Carbon (hands-on). That watch also had a carbon case but it also had rose gold trimmings.

So what’s so special about the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom? We are glad you asked. You see, the carbon fiber used in the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom is a special kind called Carbon Matrix Composite (CMC), and not only is the case made out of this new material, but the seven bridges of its movement are made using CMC too. CMC is formed using a special technique where carbon fibers are placed in a certain direction in the mould and micro-blasted to give it an orderly elegant look that TAG Heuer calls “matte black vertical brushed.” This is obvious if one looks closely at the movement bridges that form the dial. The choice of material is not just for looks; by using carbon fiber for all the main components, the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom is also light. Furthermore, the extensive use of carbon fiber also encapsulates the essence of this watch very nicely as it was inspired by motor-racing and engines.

To match, the hands are satin-finished with a titanium carbide coating and filled with anthracite grey SuperLuminova. The only color comes from the red of the exposed jewels. To complete the watch’s all black look, it is offered with a matte black alligator strap with a deployant buckle finished with black titanium carbide coating. If you like stealthy watches that fly under the radar, they don't get more "stealth" than this.

The 41mm TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom will be subject to an initial run of 50 pieces and will be priced at $45,000.

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Pearls : Jason Derulo

"If you think you've already made it, that's when you can fall short and go backwards. I'm constantly pushing forward and chasing the element of perfection."

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Cars : Morgan Aero 8

Cars : Morgan Aero 8

The 2015 Morgan Aero 8 makes its global debut at the 85th International Geneva Motor show, 15 years since the launch of the original Aero Eight. Significant visual and mechanical changes make the 5th generation of this iconic model the most refined Morgan Aero product to date.

Lightweight, powerful and effortlessly stylish, the new Aero 8 is a true British sports car. This, the most refined Aero product to date, is a fitting evolution of Morgan’s most technologically advanced range of vehicles.

The return to open top motoring is one that brings with it new opportunity; a chance to become part of your surroundings rather than an observer. Driving with the hood down amplifies the addictive V8 soundtrack. A dramatic rear opening clam shell boot is used to both tension and hide the mohair hood, whilst the lightweight hard top transforms the car into a coupé. A stiffer all-aluminium chassis and improved suspension are complimented by the improved aerodynamic performance of the hand sculpted body.

“Morgan cars are synonymous with open top motoring. We produce 2-seater sports cars that are lightweight and exhilarating to drive. The new Aero 8 signifies a return to this formula within our flagship range of vehicles. The Aero 8 offers the perfect marriage of fine craftsmanship and performance technology, one that we believe is so important in today’s increasingly autonomous world”, stated Morgan Managing Director, Steve Morris. Styling of the new Aero 8 was influenced by classic open cars from the 1960s, reflecting a trend of long, fast and low shoulder lines and cabin focused body work. From above, the view echoes that of a boat deck, enhancing the sense of adventure and escapism. A dramatic rear opening clam shell boot is used to both tension and hide the new double-lined mohair hood. Occupants are seated low in the vehicle, which in turn enables a sleek roof line and balanced vehicle proportions. The Aero 8 is available with an optional hardtop that transforms the car into a coupé with ease.

The aluminium chassis benefits from improved torsional stiffness, a revised front end, all new suspension, anti-roll bars and a new BMW limited slip differential. The driver benefits from a more responsive and better handling sports car. ABS (with EBD), power steering, cruise control and airbags add further passenger convenience and safety.

This, the most refined Aero product to date, is a fitting evolution of Morgan’s most technologically advanced range of vehicles. The Aero 8 will enter production in Q4 2015 with limited production numbers available. Morgan tailors every car to align with the customer’s personal vision. With infinite combinations of paint, leather and a vast array of detail choices, every Aero built will be a one-off.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Clubs : USA : Denver : Colorado : Chlóe Discotheque

Clubs : USA : Denver : Colorado : Chlóe Discotheque

About Chlóe Discotheque
Chloe’s discothéque was designed to be more European in feel with rich design textures from floor to ceiling. The discotheque boasts a custom-made sound system, never-before-seen 22 foot LED wall, and 20 coveted tables reserved for Denver’s elite. The music is a combination of Top 40, mash ups, and vocal house that will be mixed nightly by the country’s top DJ’s and celebrity hosts. Because of the limited capacity, bottle service reservations are required or guests need to be on the High-Profile guest list.

Chloe is the place where Denver’s celebrities, scenesters, business professionals, and trendsetters alike can come together in one place.

Chlóe Discotheque Review By Carol N: Honolulu, HI
"The highlight of this place has to be the patio. The main dance floor is a bit crowded and although I loved the music inside..the music outside was just as good..With more room to dance.

The patio is what grabbed our attention. The security was super nice to us...and the drinks were nice and balanced. Meaning...they were strong enough to taste the alcohol. .but not overpowering and still yummy!

I'm here for another month..possibly and my girlfriends will definitely be back!"

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News : A$AP Rocky Speaks On Yams' Death

News : A$AP Rocky Speaks On Yams' Death

A$AP Rocky has discussed the cause of death of his friend and colleague, A$AP Yams.

A$AP Yams' death was caused by an acute mixed drug intoxication, it was recently confirmed. Yams, whose real name was Steven Rodriguez, was the founding member of A$AP Mob. He died aged 26 in January of this year.

Speaking to the New York Times, Rocky commented: "He always had a struggle with drugs. That was his thing."

In the new interview Rocky recalls the night of Yams' death, when he was at A$AP Lou and Yams' Brooklyn apartment. At 3am, they found Yams unconscious on his bed, which was covered in vomit. "I just look at his face. I look at [A$AP] Lou. You could just tell. We knew," commented Rocky. "I was scared. I was wilding on everybody, like, 'Who let him do drugs?,' even though you can't blame nobody."

Yams' body was then taken to Woodhull Medical Center and Rocky's ex-girlfriend, model Chanel Iman, came to the hospital. "They were tight," said Rocky. "She really took it hard, man. She was crying more than me."

The hip-hop executive behind the careers of A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg and the rest of the A$AP Mob, is ruled to have died accidentally from the drugs which included opiates and benzodiazepine. He was instrumental in the formation of A$AP Mob in 2007 and the group went on to release the 2012 mixtape 'Lords Never Worry'. He is also credited as being a key figure in Rocky's solo success, telling The New York Times in 2013 that "Rocky's like Luke Skywalker, and I'm Yoda".

A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg both posted tributes to their friend following his death in January. They were then followed by a large number of rappers and artists including Drake, Rihanna, Danny Brown, The Weeknd, Mark Ronson and Azealia Banks among others.

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Videos : Jennifer Lopez : Feel The Light ("Home" Animation)

Videos : Jennifer Lopez : Feel The Light ("Home" Animation)

Although Rihanna is the main act behind the soundtrack for the upcoming animated film Home, Jennifer Lopez is also a contributor to both the movie (as the voice of the mother to Rihanna's character) and the soundtrack. With veteran director Hype Williams behind the lens, J. Lo's song on the soundtrack, "Feel The Light," gets the visual treatment.

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Singles : Jhene Aiko : Living Room Flow

Singles : Jhene Aiko : Living Room Flow

Listen To : Jhene Aiko : Living Room Flow

Even though her own birthday just passed, Jhene Aiko is the one doing the gift-giving. Before her schedule gets tied up with touring—she’s joining J.Cole on the European leg of his 2014 Forest Hills Drive tour—the Piscean singer freed up some new music.

(Mar. 19), she released a freebie song to her fans, “Living Room Flow.” Listen to the airy, feel-good song below and let us know if you’re feeling it as much as we are.

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