TW Steel Grandeur Diver

TW Steel (The Watch in Steel) established itself in the realm of wrist watches in 2005 and is famous for its oversized watch designs. Starting off with only 4 high-quality models, these stylish and oversized time pieces became very popular very quickly, and now there are roughly 140 models to choose from.

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I own a this Grandeur Diver and i love it. The original strap is made of silicon but as you can see i have upgraded mine with a 22mm (black) ZULU strap. The numbers on the face and the hour/minute hands are clear to read, and the date window is a bonus. The chronograph is no different to any others that i have used, buts its the tachymeter which i love using the most. Who knew that you could measure how fast you are travelling just by using your watch??

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The rotating bezel is commonly found on divers watches (my favourite feature). It kinda works like a count down timer but for no more than an hour. Lets pretend its 12:30PM and you have 15 minutes of oxygen in your tank. To be safe we want to head back to the boat in 10 minutes so we turn the dial making the arrow point to 12:40PM. Rather than trying to tell the time under water, all we have to do now is glance at the watch to see the distance between the minute hand and the arrow on the bezel.

– Case size: 45mm diameter
– Black round dial with luminous hands and Arabic numerals
– Black PVD coated stainless steel case with steel case back
– Black rubber strap with pin buckle (max wrist size 20cm / 8 inches)
– Mineral crystal
– Date calendar function
– Undirectional rotating divers bezel
– 1/10th chronograph stopwatch with tachymeter scale
– Water resistant to 100m (with screw-in crown)

ES

The name is Blanc, Montblanc

Mont Blanc Fountain Pen

If James Bond was reincarnated as a pen it would be a fountain pen by Montblanc.

Nothing compares to perusing a stationary shop selling fine writing instruments and paper. Just the thought of this gives me a sheer pengasm, and who wouldn’t want a pengasm right? Exactly! Which is why I want to share my personal James Bond between my fingers.

Mont Blanc Fountain Pen

Meet Blanc, Montblanc, the James Bond of pens. Smooth, good-looking, luxurious and commands the attention of the writer to put this pen to paper.

Mont Blanc

Montblanc offers a variety of finishes to suit a variety of budgets. The fountain pen featured in this post is a 9 carat rose gold and black precious resin one and it’s mine! Hooray! It is a little heavier than your average pen, but that is expected from such a luxurious item. Coming from an age where writing isn’t conducted as often as it used to (as I am forever tapping away at my keyboard to communicate with those in my life) I find writing with this pen to be limited only to when I want to write a special message, I couldn’t use it continually (or perhaps I am just to afraid to ruin my James Bond) as my fingers start to hurt when writing (do you find that too?) however, having said all that, it is easy and pleasing to write my little special messages knowing that I write with such a fine writing instrument. I have had this pen now for less than six months, and to date have not had to service it, though I believe I would be in good hands with the Montblanc service when the day arrives when I will need my James Bond serviced. I’ll keep you posted of that day.

Mont Blanc Fountain Pen

I do recall a time when I conducted a business meeting and found myself eyeing off a CEO’s Montblanc pen. Well I can now say I am such a person – I now own my very own Montblanc pen and perhaps may one day find someone else eyeing off my fountain pen.

J

 

Range Rover Evoque

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Luxury, style, technology, comfort and elegance are just a few words that can be used to describe this coupe-crossover by Land Rover.

Everything about this car is pleasing to the eyes, from the exterior design, the leather stitching, down to the Evoque logo projected on the ground from the side mirrors… this car has the lot.

There are a number of variations you can choose from, but this review will be specifically about the Evoque DYNAMIC model.

Once you step into the drivers seat you never want to leave. The drive is comfortable, the gear changes are noticeably smooth and when you put your foot down it sure as hell goes. For fuel efficiency, I can only comment about the 2.2 litre, 4cyl Turbo-Diesel. The Evoque gets a drink every 2 weeks which is a massive improvement from the Kia Sportage (my girlfriend upgraded recently).

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On the technology side, the designers at Land Rover did not hold back. I could go through the whole list but you will end up with RSI on your scrolling finger, so here are a few of my favourites:

o Push Button Start
o 8 inch High Resolution Touch-screen entertainment system
o Bluetooth connectivity
o Interior mood lighting
o Reverse Camera
o Folding Mirrors
o Electric front seats with memory
o Active blind spot sensors
o Park Assist

If I had to mention something negative in this review it would have to be the creaky doors. I will have to get it checked out by Range Rover soon, but for now I highly recommend that you visit your nearest Range Rover dealership to book a test drive.

E

Keyport Slide All-In-One Keychain Alternative

Do you have a clunky set of keys that feel bulky in your pocket? If so then the Keyport Slide is the solution for you. This nifty gadget can consolidate all of your keys into one small compact solution. Not only can it store your domestic/car keys, you can also choose from a variety of handy inserts called “blades” such as a Flash Drive, LED Light, Barcode Insert and even a Bottle Opener!

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When it comes to design and practicality this gets a tick for form and function. It’s cool, it’s compact, it’s definitely unique and it’s no larger than a box of Tic-Tacs, so if your keychain is due for an upgrade, or thinking of ‘what cool thing can I get next?’ Head over to www.mykeyport.com and check out the different colours and inserts they have to offer.

ES

Beyonce’s Hamptons Home

Welcome to extreme luxury, Beyonce’s ex-rented daily luxury in the ultra rich Hamptons area.

Beyonce's Hamptons Home

Imagine waking up every day with a plethora of entertainment without having to leave your home, would you get bored? Or would you make full use of your very own tennis and basketball court, spa, two-lane bowling alley, virtual golf, skateboard half-pipe, full bar, a recording studio and a rock-climbing wall. No? Does an 8 car garage tickle your fancy?

A cool US $43.5 million (approximately) will get you this luxurious home.

JS

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Logitech Fabricskin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air

Last year I treated myself to a brand new iPad Air 32Gb. After owning the iPad 1 for about 3 years… what an improvement! If you’re an owner of the new iPad Air and thinking about buying a cover with a keyboard, then look no further than the Logitech Fabricskin Keyboard Folio. I waited 3 months for this cover because I live in Australia, and I can tell you it was worth the wait! Since popping the cover on, I can’t imagine ever using the iPad without it.

The tactile keyboard has very well spaced keys, it connects via bluetooth and to top it off, the surface is waterproof so say goodbye to sticky keys! The keyboard switches on automatically when you set the angle in typing mode, and on a single charge you can get 3 months of keyboard use (based on 2hrs of usage per day).

Let us take a look at the outside. This keyboard cover is available in 3 colour schemes (out/in); Red/White, Black/White, Black/Yellow. I went with Red/White option since my iPad is white and I wanted something bright to make it easier to find 🙂

One of the main features that I look for in a tablet cover is “will it be protected when dropped?” Although this cover does feel durable, the thing I like the most, is the border surrounding my iPad. Unlike some other keyboard covers, this one has a border abound the 3 exposed edges of the iPad which acts as a buffer if ever falls to the ground.

Overall I am very happy with this add-on and I hope you include this in your research if you’re in the market for an iPad Air cover.

ES

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For We Are Young and Free

Luxury Australian brand AESOP

Today marks the annual celebration day for Australia known as Australia Day which recognises the arrival of the first fleet in 1788 at Sydney Cove.

Being patriotic towards Australia, what better way to celebrate than to write about a must-know Australian luxury brand; AESOP (which also reminds me of  a line from the Australian National Anthem – “… for we are young and free” – helping me stay young looking)

AESOP, a hair and beauty company combines the use organic and laboratory products to create delightful and gentle products. I personally have been using several of their products with great results for a couple of years now, including the Parsley Facial Wash, B & Tea Balancing Toner and the Parsley Seed Antioxidant Serum to name a few. AESOP products are easy to apply, harsh-less and aromatic, leaving my skin feeling fresh.

aesop little brown bottlesThere is something about the little brown bottles that make me smile (I now have a collection of them), check out the range of AESOP products here.

JS

Duomo ‘Tuscany’ Leather Journal In Tan.

Duomo Leather Journal

I am a big fan of good quality stationary so I want to share with you this amazing journal that I currently use. It’s by Duomo, an Italian company who make beautiful writing instruments, nautical instruments and of course leather journals. This one is from the Tuscany range and is tan in colour and refillable. The super soft leather will wear over time, much like other leather goods, but a coat of conditioner every once in a while should bring it back to life again (personally I prefer the worn look).

Inside the journal you get blank pages, however upon request you can ask for lined pages or even a ‘day to a page’ diary insert. If you are in the market for a new luxury leather journal then this product is definitely one to add to your shopping list! Go to www.duomo.com.au 

ES.

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