Last Saturday evening photography and auction history was made at the famed Sotheby’s auction house in New York. The most expensive new digital camera the world has ever seen, the Leica M designed exclusively for the charity (RED), was purchased for $1.8 million. The bidder preferred to remain anonymous.
In collaboration with Leica Camera AG and commissioned by (RED), the designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson designed and constructed 561 models and over 1,000 prototype components for the Leica M for (RED) over a period of 85 working days. The body and lens were finished in a specially formulated alloy. The leather trim typical of Leica cameras was replaced by a laser-finished body in anodised aluminium with a finely textured structure. The more than 21,000 hemispheres of this structure lend the camera entirely new and very unusual aesthetics. The Leica M for (RED) features a full-format CMOS sensor, a high-performance image processor and a Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. lens.
This unique model was designed by Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson, both legends in the world of design. The Leica M for (RED) was up for auction together with more than 40 other items that were exclusively designed for the (RED) Auction, the proceeds of which were donated to a charity fund for the battle against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa.
Dr Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Leica Camera AG in Solms, said: “Jony Ive and Marc Newson are two exceptionally talented designers, and we were particularly happy to place the Leica M in their capable hands. Their equally exceptional design and the legend of the Leica brand came together in this unique camera and played a significant role in the achievement of this record sum for the battle against disease in Africa. We are truly proud to have made our contribution to this charity success. We hope that this auction can help to prolong the success of the campaign against AIDS and other diseases in Africa and that the public eye is now more intensely aware of the plight of the people in Africa.”
Black Tomato are the leading luxury travel website, with some of the finest destinations in the world on their books. Frequent winners of ‘Best Travel Website’ awards, it’s clear Black Tomato know what they are doing.
So much, in fact that it has led to the publication of new online luxury travel and lifestyle magazine, PINCH.
Seen more as an inspirational travel and lifestyle guide, PINCH immediately delivers.
The aesthetic of the PINCH site is heavily image led with a clean, design focused layout that celebrates the quality of imagery and editorial.
Importantly, It is easy to navigate, find associated articles with a common thread of inspiration and ultimately enjoy getting lost in and taking PINCH’s of inspiration for travel and wider lifestyle planning.
Black Tomato owner and co-founder Tom Marchant explains, “The crux of the magazine’s concept is summed up by the tag line, ‘this world, that pinch of inspiration’ and is a place for us to share our insider finds and enthusiasm about the world. Ultimately, we want it to be a place of inspiration.
“We have always been committed to writing a lot of editorial for Black Tomato’s website so launching PINCH magazine felt like a natural progression of what we do and a way for us to continue championing creative cutting edge experiences around the world through a different outlet.”
It’s like having a chat with a well connected and very cool travel agent. If you are asking where shall I go on holiday this year, you should invest some time in PINCH.
The only trouble is, you may get more inspiration than you anticipated…and you may decide to take more than one trip this year! Life’s tough choices….
Go check out PINCH, it’s a great read.
Posted by Patrick Woolmer on Mon 15th August 2011 at 04:34 AM, Filed in Luxury Blogs
Pursuitist is one of those blogs most bloggers aspire to want to create. Not only is it neatly laid out for the viewer to engage with, but it’s also always brimming with unique content that those who love the finer things in life will simply love.
But it’s not all luxury, really it’s all about what the editors deems as ‘the good things in life’and these can vary wildly. It aspires to be ahead of the curve in its thinking and writing, promoting only the latest buzz. This blog is definitely an RSS feed to follow or a Facebook page to ‘Like’, especially since Luxist.com has recently disappeared.
Pursuitist covers categories such as Arts, Auto, Epicurean, Family, Green, House, Style, Tech and Travel and has editors stationed all over the world.
If you’re looking for a site to fill the Luxist void, then Pursuitist may just be it!
Oh… and check out their current iPad 2 competition.
Posted by Bob Bulmer on Fri 12th August 2011 at 09:02 AM, Filed in Luxury Blogs
There’s an exciting new luxury blog on the scene. LuxuryRules.com is an informative blog that features a broad selection of luxury news items and offers an even broader selection of luxury concierge services such as personal shopping, yacht charter, private jets, limousines, private security, luxury resorts and technology. It’s certainly an interesting business model for a luxury news portal and one we can see taking off.
This one’s for the ladies who like the finer things in life… like Prada!
If you’re in need of a wardrobe makeover, looking for a luxury gift idea for a friend or simply want some help with the the seasons new styles and wearing them, then you must try a personal shopping experience with award winning personal stylist, Chantelle Znideric.
Chantelle has a natural gift when it comes to understanding your body shape, your most suitable colours and your lifestyle, and kitting you out with exactly what you need, whatever your budget. Dependent upon your requirements, Chantelle will ensure she meets your brief and doesn’t step too far out of your comfort zone when it comes to your personal style.
Chantelle has close ties with Westfield London personal shopping as well as a number of other large shopping outlets in the UK.
Prices start from £250 for a half day session.