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)

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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.

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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.

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