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Spring Shoe Watch

The new Lisa for Donald J Pliner collection is a kick.

January 28, 2011


Lisa Pliner—Donald J Pliner’s wife, muse and creative director—has designed a sophisticated new collection as comfortable as it is stylish. Each shoe in her Lisa for Donald J Pliner collection features a signature bright-green sole, signifying life. Village of Merrick Park, 320 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables 


 

This Weekend: The 7th Annual JunTos Event

Catch game three of the Miami/Boston playoff series and do some good.

January 26, 2011


The JunTos Foundation presenting a check to the Jackson Memorial Foundation

Catch the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics squaring off in game three of the Miami/Boston playoff series at the 7th Annual JunTos Foundation Event at Villa (May 7, 8 PM). More than 500 young professionals and community leaders are expected to attend the annual gathering, where guests will watch the game and enjoy drinks, dinner, a silent art auction and live music by Havana Soul. Established in 2004, JunTos was created by the family and friends of two inspirational young men whose lives were cut short by cancer and cardiomyopathy. Funds raised will benefit organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Miami Children’s Hospital and the Jackson Memorial Foundation. 221 NE 17th St., Miami


 

Why We Love Miami

Life in Miami is pretty good. Here are 10 reasons why.

January 26, 2011


Beach Yoga

1.) The spicy Thai peanut chicken pie at Go-Go Fresh Food Café. gogomiamibeach.com

2.) Robert “The Raven” Kraft’s daily 4 pm Raven Runs from the Fifth Street lifeguard station—every day since 1975. ravenrun.net

3.) Sunset caipirinhas at Smith & Wollensky while watching the cruise ships sail through Government Cut. smithandwollensky.com

4.) The town’s best martinis and french fries at Joe Allen. joeallenrestaurant.com

5.) Free wi-fi on all of Miami Beach. miamibeachfl.gov/wifi

6.) The Key lime pie at Joe’s Stone Crab. joesstonecrab.com

7.) Beach Yoga for a $5 donation every day at 7 AM and 6 PM on the ocean at Third Street. yogasouthbeach.org

8.) Wednesday-night karaoke at The Club at Casa Tua. casatua-lifestyle.com

9.) The Airport Flyer, an express bus route that brings you from MIA to Collins Avenue and 16th Street for $2.35. miami-airport.com

10.) No coat checks in our town, anywhere, ever...


 

Standard Reading

The Standard hotel gets into the book business.

January 25, 2011

Painter, sculptor and photographer Andrew Kuo’s new book, What Me Worry, is the first published by The Standard hotel’s Standard Press. The cult hospitality company’s foray into publishing is a showcase of Kuo’s works, including many commissioned especially for the hotels. The brainchild of creative director Claire Darrow, the 200-page tome is available exclusively at The Standard shops in Miami, New York, Hollywood and Downtown LA. The Standard Spa, Miami Beach, 40 Island Ave.

By John Joseph Lin

 

Editor’s Pick

Trendy cork necklaces by Phillips Frankel.

January 25, 2011

Available in a variety of unique settings, these trendy cork necklaces by Phillips Frankel (from $190) were inspired by memories shared over a bottle wine. 1935 West Ave., Miami Beach


 

The Geneva Watch Shows Wind Down

Our timepiece editor caps off The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie with a limited-edition watch.

January 21, 2011


The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) closes its doors today, but not without great fanfare. Big-time (pardon the pun) watch brands continue to pour on the technical innovations. Case in point, A Lange & Söhne's Zeitwerk (pictured at right) with striking time, a jumping hours and jumping minutes piece that also strikes the quarter hours, and hours with two different tones. The movement has 528 pieces! Just 100 watches will be built in white gold or platinum. Keep an eye out for more watch updates this year—the offerings are endless!

Timepiece editor Roberta Naas will be reporting from this season's watch shows in Geneva and beyond.

—Roberta Naas

 

A Gala Watch Celebration

IWC hosts a star-studded Portofino-themed party.

January 21, 2011


Elle Macpherson; Kevin Spacey and Cate Blanchett

IWC celebrated its Portofino watch line—its most classic collection—with stunning new watches and a superb party to match. The brand invited international celebrities who had spent time in Portofino last year with legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh, who also shoots for IWC. (He had shot them all wearing IWC watches.) During the evening I spotted Kevin Spacey, Matthew Fox, Cate Blanchett and Elle Macpherson among others. Start-studded, indeed.

Timepiece editor Roberta Naas will be reporting from this season's watch shows in Geneva and beyond.

—Roberta Naas

 

Watches: A Real Collector's Item

Our timepiece editor discovers a very special Audemars Piguet watch.

January 20, 2011


Here’s one for the collectors! Audemars Piguet unveils the new Millenary 4101 (pictured at right) with a three-dimensional proprietary self-winding oval-shaped caliber. The watch has been reconstructed to provide a clear view of the balance, lever and escapement through the sapphire crystal. In 18k red gold, it retails for $33,900.

Timepiece editor Roberta Naas will be reporting from this season's watch shows in Geneva and beyond.

—Roberta Naas

 

Naturally Chic Watches

Our timepiece editor finds watches that bring nature to mind at the shows in Geneva.

January 19, 2011


FROM LEFT: Piaget's "Happy Bird"; Van Cleef & Arpels' "Five Weeks in a Balloon"

Women’s watches have taken a natural turn. Here at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), I've been seeing the most fabulous watches that emulate animal life, sea creatures and even birds in flight. Among the fauna found on watch dials: giraffes, elephants, antelopes, penguins, polar bears and whales. Piaget unveiled its "Happy Bird" line, which features just that. And Van Cleef & Arpels knows how to fly in style, debuting its Poetic Complication watch called "Five Weeks in a Balloon," based on the Jules Verne novel Les Voyages Extraordinaire. The watch has an enamel dial with mother of pearl inlay and retrograde hours indicated by a bird in flight. The balloon’s moving anchor shows the retrograde minutes. What a sight.


Timepiece editor Roberta Naas will be reporting from this season's watch shows in Geneva and beyond.

—Roberta Naas

 

Watch Trend: Thin Is In

Men's watches on display at the watch shows in Geneva take an elegant turn.

January 18, 2011


For men who love a classic, elegant look, one of the biggest trends this year in luxury watches is the refined ultra-thin watch. Even more prevalent than when they were first introduced in the 1940s, ultra-slim watches are sleek and offer a great look. Brands like Jaeger-LeCoultre and Piaget epitomize the style, but even Richard Mille and Parmigiani offer slim classics. Pictured here is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso UltraSlim Tribute to 1931.

Timepiece editor Roberta Naas will be reporting from this season's watch shows in Geneva and beyond.
 

—Roberta Naas

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