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Oct 12th

14 Things Successful People Do On Weekends

By Skorpyo

Here are 14 things successful people do (or should be doing) on weekends:

1. Make time for family and friends. This is especially important for those who don’t spend much time with their loved ones during the week.

2. Exercise. Everyone needs to do it, and if you can’t work out 4 to 5 days during the workweek, you need to be active on weekends to make up for some of that time, Vanderkam says. It’s the perfect opportunity to clear your mind and create fresh ideas.

“I know an owner of a PR firm who takes walks in the park with his dog to spark ideas about how to pitch a new client, or what angle to take with the press for a story,” Kurow says.

Cohen suggests spin classes and outdoor cycling in the warmer months. “Both are energizing and can be organized among people with shared interests. For example, it is not uncommon for hedge fund folks and Wall Street professionals to ride together on weekends. It is a great way to establish and cultivate relationships based on membership in this elite professional community.”

3. Pursue a passion. “There’s a creative director of a greeting card company who went back to school to pursue an MFA because of her love of art,” Kurow says. “Pursuing this passion turned into a love of poetry that she now writes on weekends.”

“Successful people make time for what is important or fun,” Egan adds. “They make space for activities that add to their life balance.”

4. Vacation. Getting away for the weekend provides a great respite from the grind of an intense week at work, Cohen says.

5. Disconnect. The most successful people avoid e-mail for a period of time, Vanderkam says. “I’m not saying the whole weekend, but even just a walk without the phone can feel liberating. I advocate taking a ‘tech Sabbath.’ If you don’t have a specific religious obligation of no-work time, taking Saturday night to mid-day Sunday off is a nice, ecumenical time that works for many people.”

6. Volunteer. “I know a commercial real estate broker who volunteers to help with cook-off events whose proceeds are donated to the Food Bank,” Kurow says. “The volunteer work provides a balance to the heavy analytical work she does all week and fulfills her need to be creative — she designs the promotional material for the non-profit.”

Cohen says a lot of successful people participate in fundraising events. “This is a great way to network and to meet others with similar interests,” he says. “The visibility also helps in branding a successful person as philanthropic.”

7. Avoid chores. Every weekend has a few have-to-dos, but you want these to take the minimum amount of time possible, Vanderkam explains. Create a small window for chores and errands, and then banish them from your mind the rest of the time.

8. Plan. “Planning makes people more effective, and doing it before the week starts means you can hit Monday ready to go, and means you’ll give clear directions to the people who work for you, so they will be ready to go, too,” Vanderkam says.

Trunk agrees. She says successful people plan their month and year because “if you get stuck on short-term lists you don’t get anything big accomplished.”

9. Socialize. “Humans are social creatures, and studies of people’s experienced happiness through the day finds that socializing ranks right up there, not too far down below sex,” Vanderkam says.

Go out with friends and family, or get involved in the local community.

“It has been demonstrated that successful people find great satisfaction in giving back,” Cohen says. “Board membership, for example, also offers access to other successful folks.”

10. Gardening/crafts/games/sports/cooking/cultural activities. This is especially important for those cooped up in an office all week.

“For the pure joy, some folks find great satisfaction in creating beautiful gardens,” Cohen says.

Kurow knows an attorney who uses her weekends to garden and do mosaics and tile work to satisfy her creative side. “Filling her life this way enables her to be refreshed on Monday and ready to tackle the litigation and trial prep work. Artwork for her is fulfilling in a way that feeds her soul and her need to connect with her spiritual side.”

Bridge lessons and groups can also sharpen the mind and often create relationships among highly competitive smart professionals, Cohen says. “I once saw a printout of a bridge club’s membership list; its members were a who’s who of Wall Street.”

Theatre, opera and sporting events can also enrich one’s spirit, he adds.

11. Network. “Networking isn’t an event for a successful person, it’s a lifestyle,” Trunk says. Wherever they go and whatever they do, they manage to connect with new people.

12. Reflect. Egan says truly successful people make time on weekends to appreciate what they have and reflect on their happiness and accomplishments. As Rascoff said, “weekends are a great chance to reflect and be more introspective about bigger issues.”

13. Meditate. Classes and private instruction offer a bespoke approach to insight and peace of mind, Cohen says. “How better to equip yourself for success in this very tough world?”

14. Recharge. We live in a competitive world, Vanderkam says. “Peak performance requires managing downtime, too–with the goal of really recharging your batteries.” That’s how the most successful people get so much done.

Successful people know that time is too precious to be totally leisurely about leisure, Vanderkam concludes. “You’re not going to waste that time by failing to think about what you’d like to do with it, and thus losing the weekend to TV, puttering, inefficient e-mail checking, and chores. If you don’t have a busy workweek, your weekend doesn’t matter so much. But if you’re going from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, it certainly does.”

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Oct 11th

World’s Most Expensive Wine goes on Sale

By Skorpyo

A 12-liter bottle of 2009 Chateau Margaux is being touted as one of the best vintages in the winery’s history to justify its $195,000 price tag and make it the most expensive bottle of wine to be retailed.

After a little number crunching, based on the assumption that a standard bottle of wine yields five five-ounce (150 ml) glasses of wine, that works out to be a jaw-dropping US$2,437 a glass.

This marks the first time that the French winery has bottled Balthazars (12-liter bottles). Only six have been produced, three of which will be offered for sale through luxury wine merchant Le Clos, whose flagship outlet is located at the Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3. Their virtual store is open 24/7.

The Balthazar is housed in an oak case which has been raised on steel legs and the bottle itself engraved in gold by a master craftsman.

Winemakers describe the wine as having “finesse, balance and freshness” with a flavorful finish of “astonishing” length which can be aged for a century.

In addition to claiming the landmark vintage, the owner will be flown first class to France to visit the estate in Bordeaux. They will also get a private tour of its cellars and vineyard before sitting down to dinner with chateau winemaker and managing director Paul Pontallier.

Oct 8th

Limited Edition Ray-Ban Aviator shades in solid 18K Gold

By Skorpyo

Ray-Ban‘s legendary Aviator sunglasses will soon be available in an exceptionally luxurious edition, with frames made from solid 18-karat gold.

Launched in 1937, Ray-Ban’s Aviator frames were initially designed for US Air Force pilots, who wore them for maximum protection from the sun’s rays on high altitude flights. Today, the brand’s Aviator model is an iconic accessory worn by men and women alike.

Ray-Ban has presented a number of variations on the original design over the years, using different materials and colors. This November the brand will launch Aviators with a solid 18-karat gold frame. The polarized G-15 crystal lenses are also of exceptionally high quality.

Only 1,200 pairs of these exclusive and luxurious sunglasses will be produced. The model will be available from November at the price of €2,800 (around $3800).

Oct 2nd

Bentley and Vintage Team up for $1200 James Bond Book

By Skorpyo

Bentley Motors and Vintage Classics are partnering for a 500-copy limited run of James Bond debut “Casino Royale,” pricing the leather-cased copies at £750 (about $1200) a piece.

The Bentley link is in reference to James Bond’s affinity for the performance cars, and Random House furnishes the limited edition accordingly.

Its hand-bound beluga leather case comes from the same tannery as Bentley’s interiors, the metal spine is reminiscent of Bentleys tread plates, and a secret compartment hides a set of playing cards.

The Bentley edition of “Casino Royale” is to go on sale from November 1, with orders being taken via telephone numbers available from Fleming’s official website.

Sep 30th

Seven Stars Luxury Train unveiled in Kyushu, Japan. See the Video

By Skorpyo

Seven Stars in Kyushu is the latest luxury train offering and the first in Japan that will take you cruising through the island of Kyushu.

The new super-luxury train offers its guests the luxury of a lounge car with a piano and a bar, top-end dining and 14 private suites. The train travels around the rural southern island of Kyushu, on a four-day, three-night itinerary costing up to 1.13 million yen ($11,400) per couple. The train which goes into service in October is already fully booked until June 2014.

The concept of Seven Star in Kyushu came from the need to offer a cruise just for Japan. True to its name, Kyushu offers seven tourist attractions including nature, cuisine, hot springs, traditional culture, power spots, friendliness and Train travel. Combined with the finest onboard experience, the train is an experience beyond one’s imagination.

The cruise train is decorated with various woods and fabrics in a fusion that is reflective of both Japanese and Western cultures. During the day, the Lounge Car is your ideal compartment with a bar counter that opens in the evening while passengers relax, listening to live piano performances. From the Lounge Car to the Dining Car, where tables are adorned with gourmet delights from Kyushu, There will also be occasions for passengers to alight from the train for their meals and experience the local fare,

Once it’s time to retire, the train’s stately Guestrooms offering the ideal relaxing space, The fourteen guest rooms on the “Seven Stars in Kyushu” are all suite rooms. The spacious guest rooms include the “Deluxe Suites” with two suites per carriage, and the “Suites” with three suites per carriage. The wood-paneled bedrooms offer plush beds and a desk along with an ensuite bathroom with a shower and toilet, equipped with a heated seat.

This first inland cruise in Japan is sure to offer its passengers a completely new travel experience.

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Sep 27th

The largest pink diamond graded by the GIA go under the hammer at Sothebys Geneva in November

By Skorpyo

The most valuable diamond in the world to go under the hammer at Sothebys sale of Magnificent Jewels in Geneva this November

Sotheby's has already generated ripples of excitement within the auction world with the two extraordinary - and potentially record-breaking - diamonds that are set to be sold in Hong Kong this October (view our video of their visit to London here), but it has trumped that with today's announcement. Included in its sale of Magnificent Jewels in Geneva on 13 November 2013 is a pink diamond that, weighing nearly 60ct and expected to achieve in excess of US$60 million, is the most valuable diamond ever to be offered at auction.

Called The Pink Star, the one-of-a-kind 59.60ct oval-cut pink diamond is the largest internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond every graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). More than twice the size of the 24.78ct Graff Pink fancy intense pink diamond, which sold in Sotheby's Geneva in 2010 for US$46.2 million and currently holds the record for the most valuable gemstone or jewel sold at auction, it also exceeds in both size and richness of colour any pink diamond found in state, royal or private collections.

Remarkable in every way, The Pink Star is internally flawless and a beautifully saturated shade of pink known as Fancy Vivid - the highest possible colour grade for a pink diamond. It also falls into the rare Type IIa subgroup of diamonds, renowned for their flawless purity and exceptional optical transparency, which make up only 2% of all diamonds.

Unearthed by De Beers as a 132.5ct rough in 1999 in Africa, the stone was originally sold in 2007 under a different name, the Steinmetz Pink. Now renamed The Pink Star, this extraordinarily rare gemstone will be showcased on a worldwide tour of Sotheby's auction houses, including Hong Kong, New York, London, Zurich and Geneva.

"I have had the privilege of examining some of the greatest gemstones in the world over the past 35 years and I can say, without hesitation, that The Pink Star diamond is of immense importance," says David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby's Jewellery Division in Europe and the Middle East and Chairman of Sotheby's Switzerland. "It is difficult to exaggerate the rarity of vivid pink diamonds weighing only 5ct, so this 59.60ct stone is simply off any scale and passes, I believe, into the ranks of the earth's greatest natural treasures."

Sep 19th

Montblanc 4810 Westside Black Mystery Canvas

By Skorpyo

“Black Mystery”...the name itself sounds very intriguing and well…mysterious.

Inspired by the lights of Manhattan at night, the Black Mystery pattern first saw the light of day when it was first laser engraved on the iconic Montblanc Starwalker fountain pen. Since then it quickly became one of Montblanc’s most emblematic motifs for men and subsequently been embossed on calfskin for the 4810 Westside Black Mystery leather goods line.

We present the Montblanc 4810 Westside Black Mystery Canvas.

The Montblanc 4810 Westside Black Mystery Canvas range comprises five city bags. Among the highlights are the slim and streamlined document case and a spacious rectangular tote bag ideal for stashing any number of urban essentials.

The new line has been created for the contemporary urban man with an appreciation of hi-tech design. Black Mystery Canvas range further enhances its attraction by transferring the pattern to lightweight, durable canvas, whose deep black color and subtle sheen are complemented by refined Westside calfskin detailing and shiny ruthenium-coated stainless steel hardware.


Sep 10th

Giorgio Armani Stars in his own Campaign

By Skorpyo

The famous Italian designer has decided to cast and photograph himself in an advert for his bespoke tailoring line.

While he doesn’t seem too camera shy, like most designers, Giorgio Armani has in the past usually chosen someone else to model his clothes.

This time around though, the 79-year-old billionaire designer has chosen to steal the limelight for his new Made-to-Measure campaign, appearing in a black and white shot that he took himself.

“I like the idea of being its testimonial, wearing a jacket and a tie and presenting myself with a different image from the one people normally associate me with,” Armani told WWD.

Launched in 2006, the bespoke Made-to-Measure is focussed on what Armani calls “sartorial attention”. The campaign launches later this month alongside a new dedicated website which will allow customers to book tailoring appointments and explore the fabric, cut and finish options on the clothes.

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Sep 9th

Largest White Diamond of 118 carats for Sale at Auction in Sotheby's Hong Kong

By Skorpyo

For those who’s hearts hanker for the hammer, Hong Kong is about to be witness to a very special sale.

Auctioneer suprême, Sotheby’s is all set to sell the greatest white diamond at an auction ever. The 118.28 Carat diamond will be the dazzling star of the Magnificent Jewels and Jadite sale slated for October 7, 2013 and is expected to fetch a fabulous $28-35 million.

QUEK Chin Yeow, Chairman, Asia, Sotheby’s International Jewelry Division said of the wondrous gem, “apart from its stunning size of 118.28 carats, the stone is also absolutely faultless and unbelievably beautiful. It, therefore, is a fitting offering in celebration of Sotheby’s 40th anniversary in Asia.”

The remarkable oval stone is said to possess excellent shine and symmetry and be the largest D colored flawless diamond ever to make it to an auction. David Bennett, Chairman, Europe and the Middle East Sotheby’s International Jewelry Division said, “Sotheby’s experience with diamonds of this size and quality is unparalleled. Over the course of the last 25 years, I have had the privilege of selling three perfect D color stones weighing over 100 carats, each with its own distinct personality and presence. The present oval diamond is no exception; not only is it the largest and the grandest by a significant margin it also is the most regal and proud of this elite group.” Discovered deep within South African mines in 2011, the magnificent type II a gem is also the largest of its kind to ever be graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The ravishing rock was found 299 carats in the rough and meticulously polished and preened over months.

Aug 30th

New Ferrari 458 Speciale: Extreme technologies for an uncompromising new V8. See the Video

By Skorpyo

A Ferrari Speciale for special emotions.

It’s called the 458 Speciale: it’s Ferrari’s new sportscar, the fruits of the innovation and extreme technological research that have gone into a car as outstanding as the 458 Italia.

The aerodynamic efficiency (an E index of 1.5), a more powerful aspirated V8 engine (605 cv) and the highest power density (135 cv/l) in the history of Ferrari road cars, an extraordinary weight/power ratio (2.13 kg/cv), electronic control of the slip angle (SSC): these are some – but not all – of the characteristics that make this car truly Speciale and that are destined to become standard for the Ferraris of the future. The aptness of the car’s name is easily shown by its performance figures: accelerating from 0-100km/h in 3s (or 9.1s for 0-200km/h) and a best lap time round Fiorano of 1m 23.5s.

The new 8-cylinder mid-engine berlinetta, which will be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 10, was designed with the target of raising performance and driving emotion to the highest levels, while still guaranteeing ease of control in every situation.

The 458 Speciale is the latest product of Ferrari’s core philosophy of extreme technological innovation and research which, in this instance, has yielded powertrain, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics advances that transform the already exceptional 458 Italia into a car genuinely worthy of the “Speciale” moniker. The result is a completely new, uncompromising, streamlined sports car concept.

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