The 150-foot Benetti Panthera was launched late last year and recently unveiled to the press.
Constructed at Benetti’s shipyard in Livorno, Italy, Panthera sports gracefully undulating lines that mirror the waves passing beneath it.
The yacht’s all-aluminum hull, the second in the builder’s 500 series, was designed by Benetti to minimize noise and vibrations during operation, ensuring maximum comfort for many as 10 guests.
The yacht owner’s designers worked closely with Benetti’s in-house team to fashion clean and contemporary interior spaces dressed in a palette that pairs gray hues with vivid splashes of color. Large fashion photographs hung throughout the yacht add a sense of glamour to Panthera’s uncluttered interiors. The main-deck saloon is outfitted with fabrics and lamps from Armani Casa, and long banks of windows flood the room with natural light. Two opposing sofas stretch most of the length of the space and encourage socializing, while a silver side table preserves the main deck’s open layout by separating the saloon from the ship’s dining area.
The full-beam owner’s suite, located forward on the main deck, is furnished with a king-size bed, and includes a personal office, walk-in closets, and a private exterior lounge at the bow. The suite’s bathroom features his and her white-onyx sinks, Bisazza tile mosaics, and a large shower with a one-way window that looks out from the yacht’s starboard side. Panthera’s lower deck is home to three additional double-bed-equipped cabins, including a full-beam VIP suite amidships. A second VIP cabin is found on the upper deck, along with a media room that can be converted into a disco, complete with strobe lights and a vintage turntable.
Outside, the yacht’s upper deck is particularly well suited for midday naps, with several chaise longues aft and a massive sun pad forward. Above the upper deck, the sundeck offers a more intimate setting that encourages indulgence with a hot tub, a large sun pad, and a bar. Astern, Panthera’s garage houses a tender and personal watercraft. When lowered, the garage door converts into a 108-square-foot swim platform equipped with an outdoor shower and a built-in trampoline.
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Starting a business involves financial risks as well as rewards. And running a business means balancing multiple priorities—from delivering products and services to building revenue to maintaining customer and employee relationships.
“As busy as they are running their company, business owners have to keep in mind they also are operating the financial engine for achieving long-term goals for themselves, their families and their employees,” says Martha Kendler, CLU®, ChFC®, director of business markets at Northwestern Mutual. “Making plans to protect and sustain the enterprise is critical to keeping the business on a positive, long-term course.”
When you plan for business success as well as your own financial security, you’ll stay on the right track.
Consider these eight steps to protect and grow your business today and for the future:
Tap key advisors. Assemble a trustworthy team you can count on for advice on personal and business matters important to your financial security.
Create a business plan. Your plan should guide your company’s success and present it positively to investors and lenders by outlining your vision and goals, products and services, target customers, marketing plans, operating procedures and financial strategies.
Focus on personal planning and business succession. Your personal and business finances are intertwined, and your overall plan should reflect that. Create a personal financial plan based on your specific goals, including individual life and disability insurance to protect yourself, your family and your assets. Work with an estate planning attorney who has experience in business succession planning to ensure you have a business continuation plan and the essential legal documents in place should anything happen to you.
Manage liability. Safeguards should be in place to secure the physical and human assets of your business. These include property and casualty insurance to cover accidental damage or destruction of property; workers compensation and liability insurance to cover personal injuries that occur while clients and vendors are on your property; and business or professional liability coverage suited to your industry and business needs.
Take good care of your employees. Your company’s success depends on the experience, knowledge and skills of its employees, and keeping them is critical to continued growth. A competitive employee benefit program and qualified retirement plan can help attract, retain and create incentives for people with the talent your business needs.
Protect and reward your key people. The loss of an owner or other key person can have severe financial implications—especially in the start-up stage—so it’s important to protect your business from those consequences. Business insurance helps offset the loss of cash flow, increase in costs and drop in profits that may occur if you or a key person is unable to work. And rewarding these employees with benefits that are not available to others demonstrates your understanding of how valuable they are to your company’s success. A nonqualified benefit plan allows you to offer attractive supplemental benefits only to the employees you select.
Set up a business succession plan. Whether you intend to transfer ownership of your business to a family member or sell it to other owners or an outside party, you need a plan. A written and properly funded succession plan can correctly transfer your business in a timely manner to the desired people with the least possible conflict, expense and delay.
Review and update your overall plan. Every successful business progresses at its own pace through the four stages of the life cycle—from startup to growth to maturity and eventually to the transfer of assets. Keep your plan updated to reflect your current needs and opportunities.
“Owning a business is an opportunity to build financial strength for your family, your employees and your local community,” says Kendler. “With your personal financial success closely tied to your business success, effective planning in both areas will prepare you for the inevitable challenges and changes ahead.”
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“Behind Closed Doors” Spring Summer sees the false Utopian world, synonymous with the suburban housewife of the 1950s, brought to life by globally renowned photographer Miles Aldridge.
The distorted perfection of the Stepford Wife is the inspiration behind the Agent Provocateur Spring Summer Campaign.
Creative Director Sarah Shotton describes the inspiration:
“The Campaign embodies my inspiration for Spring Summer 2014, the pristine and glossy 1950′s Housewife. I was interested in the irony behind the idea of the ‘Perfect’ woman, unfazed by the everyday pressures of life. Our campaign girl has it all, she’s a lady in the street and a wild cat in the bedroom and the collection mirrors her pretty perfection. It is a fantasy of silk and lace in the modern day world.”
Photographer Miles Aldridge described the experience:
“Shooting with Agent Provocateur was like a childhood dream come true where I drop by unannounced on a school friend to find his mother home hoovering the kitchen in just her lingerie. These sensations from early adolescence run through all my work like the pink sugar writing inside a piece of well sucked Brighton rock, except the endless word in my rock is woman, woman, woman, woman, woman.”
Shop the collection here.
Minute repeaters might have been invented out of sheer necessity back in the 17th century to help tell time in the dark or to visually impaired, but today after 400 years they are fashionably extremely desirable despite being superfluous.
And Audemars Piguet Millenary Minute Repeater dressed in rose gold is nothing short of sheer beauty. Audemars Piguet embraced the complicated mechanism of minute repeater ever since it was founded back in 1875 and the technology has played a significant part in the legacy of the watchmaker.
The new Millenary Minute Repeater model with AP escapement carries on the mechanical brilliance which has been a long standing tradition of the company.
The hand wound wrist watch has an oval casing in rose gold and an endearing three-dimensional structure that complements the complicated movement featuring Audemars Piguet’s proprietary escapement, double balance spring, striking mechanism and gongs. The repeater mechanism, which is the timepiece’s central feature, has been purpose built for this watch with its sliding trigger at 9 o’clock as usual but the striking barrel at 2 o’clock. The main dial of the minute repeater is enamel with black Romans and rail track which is cut into by the smaller subsidiary dial for the small seconds as well as the escapement. The Millenary Minute Repeater has been priced at $496,800.
The Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, Switzerland, tops TripAdvisor’s list of the top 10 hotels in the world for 2014.
In the site’s latest Travelers’ Choice Awards, Italy boasted the most unique hotel winners with 152 properties given top marks by TripAdvisor travelers.
The UK followed close behind with 145 accommodations listed, while the US and France tied with 144 award-winners.
More than 7,120 properties were given honors across seven categories spanning top hotels, bargain hotels, bed and breakfasts, family, luxury, romantic and small hotels.
The Grand Hotel Kronenhof is a five-star, ultra-luxurious property located 1,800 meters above sea level near the resort town of St. Moritz in Switzerland. The hotel received a 97 percent approval rating among guests.
“Few grand hotels seamlessly blend old-world charm and modern conveniences as well as the Kronenhof. The property is as impressive as the surrounding mountains,” wrote one enamored guest.
Registered as an historic landmark, the Kronenhof dates back to 1848 and rises spectacularly from within a forest of pine and larch trees.
In lavish, neo-baroque style, gold-gilded rooms at the palatial property offer panoramic views of the mountains as well as the Bernina and Roseg glaciers.
Top 10 Hotels in the World
1. Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina, Switzerland
2. The Upper House, Hong Kong, China
3. Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Lankanfushi, Maldives
4. Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
5. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
6. Casa Gangotena, Quito, Ecuador
7. Lindos Blu, Lindos, Greece
8. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta de Mita, Mexico
9. The Oberoi, Mumbai, Mumbai, India
10. Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, Toronto, Canada
AB Yachts, one of the shipyards of Italy’s Fipa Group, recently delivered a pair of sporty vessels that further solidify the company’s position as a leading builder of stylish, high-performance cruisers.
The yachts, christened Ecrider and Seafire, are the fourth launches in their respective hull series, the AB 116 and AB 140.
The AB 116 is the yard’s second-largest model, and Ecrider is a shining example. It accommodates nine guests in four cabins, and features an eclectic and minimalist interior from Fipa Group designers. The interior is replete with light-colored woods and fabrics with a variety of organic elements, such as tree-branch-like design accents on furnishings. Ecrider boasts a triple-engine arrangement capable of delivering a maximum speed of 50 knots.
Seafire has an overall length of nearly 140 feet, with a deep-V hull and superstructure made using fiberglass, carbon fiber, and Kevlar. The yacht reaches a staggering top speed of 46 knots under power of three 2,600 hp engines. And while Seafire is configured to sleep as many as 10 guests, the AB 140 model—the largest in the builder’s portfolio—can be configured to accommodate up to 12 guests, with virtually limitless options for interior design and amenities.
Recognised by its cordon rouge — the distinctive red sash, the history of the House has always been one of adventure driven by the shared passion and courage of its founders.
With its Champagne Protocoles, G.H.MUMM injects rituals with magic and infuses them with conviviality.
From opening the bottle to making a toast, G.H.Mumm seeks to intensify the champagne moment. Inspired by the victory and the celebration of Grand Prix champions, G.H.Mumm will be launching the Cordon Rouge in a special edition named No. 1 Night Edition, in limited quantities.
To celebrate the New Year and the launch of the limited No. 1 Night Edition, G.H.Mumm Brand Ambassadors will be on a lookout for winners at Zouk on every Wednesday, starting from 15th January 2014. If you are being identified as a winner, you will be handed a card with one of the following messages:
“You’re dressed in a winning combination.”
“You look like you win over friends easily.”
“You move like a winner.”
“Your winning smile shines through.”
The Champagne Of Champs No 1 Night Edition
With this trump card, you will be able to enjoy a complimentary glass of G.H.Mumm No. 1Night Edition champagne. With every bottle of champagne opened, the guest will then pop the confetti canon to release golden streamers into the air – partying like a true champion.
Now, instead of just showing up to a party in a Bugatti, you could actually be doing so while wearing Bugatti.
Yes, Bugatti Automobiles has expanded into the fashion world with their first Fall/Winter 2014-15 collection. To celebrate the luxury brand’s full menswear and accessories collection, they partnered with L’Uomo Vogue to create the exclusive “The Magic of La Vie en Bleu” event.
Held on Saturday, January 11, the presentation took place in the historic house museum of the 19th century author and poet Alessandro Manzoni. Paying homage to the brand’s distinctive color, the blue-themed night was filled with celebrities such as actor Stephen Dorff, Anna Dello Russo, Gaia Trussardi, Dean and Dan Caten, Moncler Chairman Remo Ruffini, the President of the Italian National Chamber of Fashion Mario Boselli, who walked down a uniquely blue carpet.
Welcoming the guests was L'Uomo Vogue Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani and Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. President Wolfgang Schreiber. Making its debut, the Ettore Bugatti line, showed guests its impressive tailoring on fine Italian fabrics from Biella. Also included in the night was the ultra-chic sportswear line, Bugatti Extreme Performance outdoor which combines high-tech treatments and processes with luxurious materials. Who said you can’t look good while working out?
A first for the automobile manufacturer, the collection represents their founder, Ettore Bugatti’s vision and the heritage of the brand that was established over 100 years ago in France. With a French savoir-vivre attitude, German engineering and Italian creativity, the apparel and accessories embody a collection that is both sophisticated and imaginatively avant-garde.
To get your new digs, you’ll have to stop into an exclusive Bugatti boutique, the first two being in Hong Kong and Beijing, or visit a flagship store and corner shops in fine departments stores around the world.
Along with coupe and convertible variants, the half-way-house Targa model has long been a staple of the Porsche 911 range--since 1965 in fact, when the first "safety cabriolet" made its debut at that year's Frankfurt Auto Show.
The 2014 Detroit Auto Show marks the debut of the latest variant, the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa. Visually, the new Targa models tread familiar ground--combining the traditional 911 shape we know and love with a unique B-pillar design and wrap-around rear screen, a format common to several generations of the 911 Targa. At the press of a button, the roof's center section slides back and stows itself behind the rear seats, keeping the car's sleek lines intact and maintaining the utility so appreciated by 911 owners.
A soft top and glass rear window form each part of the mechanism. When in action, the window flips open and tilts, allowing the soft top to slide past and furl itself into a compartment behind the rear seats, at which point the window closes once again. The whole process takes 19 seconds and can only be done while stationary. Lightweight fabric and a magnesium frame ensure the mechanism doesn't add a great deal to the 911's mass.
Two Targa models will be available at launch, the 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S. Those familiar with Porsche naming conventions will note that each is all-wheel drive only, and each features the wider track of the all-wheel-drive coupes and convertibles to accommodate the beefier drivetrain. Porsche Traction Management keeps the efforts of the two engines in check--the 350 horsepower, 3.4-liter Targa 4 and 400 horsepower, 3.8-liter 4S providing more than enough performance to trouble the tires.
The former reaches 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and tops out at a no-doubt blustery 175 mph, while the Targa 4S hits 60 in 4.2 seconds, on its way to 183 mph. Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission is also available on each, aiding acceleration but shaving an unnoticeable 1 mph from the top speed of each. Chassis tuning specific to the Targa helps the 911 keep its composure in the turns, while Porsche Torque Vectoring and the optional performance-orientated Sport Chrono package also feature.
Interior changes are minimal, and aside from the extra breeze inside--minimized with a manually-operated wind deflector mounted on the windshield frame--only the black fabric roof, Alcantara-lined Targa bar and airy curved rear screen should give the game away as you're driving.
The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 will have a starting price of $102,595, while the 2014 911 Targa 4S will set you back $117,195. Both prices include a destination charge of $995. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this summer.
Lensed by designer Domenico Dolce, supermodels Eva Herzigova and Bianca Balti Deeleuw pose for Dolce & Gabbana’s spring/summer 2014 campaign.
The campaign pays homage to Sicily, embodying the exuberance, gastronomy and local color of the Mediterranean’s largest island and playing with stereotypes for a tongue-in-cheek tone.
With their slender figures, the 40-year-old blonde and the 29-year-old brunette are hardly playing the part of stereotypical Italian mammas.
Along with models Catherine McNeil and Marine Deleeuw, they are all smiles as they pose nonchalantly in glamorous Dolce & Gabana fashions amidst bakers, shepherds and fishmongers.
In terms of the clothes, the campaign highlights the collection’s signature polka dots in multiple colors, as well as floral prints and prints with imagery inspired by Greco-Roman temples.
The models are perched atop tall platform sandals, next summer’s must-have footwear.
The menswear campaign, meanwhile, features Adam Senn, Tony Ward, Noah Mills and Evandro Soldati looking sharp in perfectly tailored suits. Both campaigns were shot by Domenico Dolce.