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Today is obviously the day for exclusives. A. Lange & Söhne presented a special edition of the LANGE 1 TIME
ZONE honey gold today.

The date 25. october 2016 is no coincidence. It recalls the presentation of the first Lange collection 22 years ago in Dresden. Featuring a subtle detail on the rotating city ring, Central European Time is represented by Dresden.
The LANGE 1 TIME ZONE has ranked among the most popular models of the LANGE 1 watch family since 2005. The clearly organised dial delivers a single-glance reading of home time and the time in a second time zone. The time zone is set with a lateral pusher. It advances the rotating city ring with the 24 place names from west to east. On the ring, Dresden – instead of Berlin as in the standard version – represents Central European Time.

Lange 1 Time Zone honey

Additionally, the hour hand on the small subsidiary dial moves forward by one step with each actuation of the pusher. An ingenious synchronisation mechanism also makes it possible to transfer the zone time on the subsidiary dial to the main dial.
Subtle colour changes in the design of the city ring differentiate it from the standard version. The dots between the city names and GMT are blue instead of red. Now, the previously black peripheral ring of the second time zone has the same blue hue as well.
The case in 18-carat honey gold has a diameter of 41.9 millimetres. The exclusive material is harder than other gold alloys. The lavishly hand-finished manufacture calibre L031.1 is assembled twice and has a power reserve of three days.

Limited to 100 watches, the Dresden edition of the LANGE 1 TIME ZONE is available exclusively in the 17 A. Lange & Söhne boutiques.

Lange 1 Time Zone honey

After relaunching the new Pilot’s Watch collection at SIHH this year, IWC Schaffhausen has now decided to celebrate the collection’s 80th anniversary with something special for the Benelux and Scandinavian market. An exclusive Big Pilot Watch with a Perpetual Calendar. In a very limited edition.

The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “A Tribute to the 1st IWC Pilot’s Watch” comes in a solid red gold case with a diameter of 46mm and has a slate-grey dial. It is powered by the IWC-manufactured 52610 caliber movement with twin barrels and ceramic movement parts. For this edition, the movement was fitted with luxurious blued screws.

exclusive Big Pilot

Featuring the amazing IWC Perpetual Calendar mechanism, the watch displays the day, date, month, moon phase and year in four digits until 2499 with only a few manual adjustments needed. The efficient Pellaton automatic winding system provides a 7-day power reserve. It’s 18 carat rose gold rotor is engraved with “36” as a reference to how many pieces of this watch were manufactured.

exclusive Big Pilot

“Within the Benelux and the Nordic region, the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch is very popular because of its iconic design. For this reason, we are proud to launch a very special and unique watch which embodies the dream of flying and celebrates the 80th anniversary of this iconic timepiece”, explains Edwin de Vries, IWC Brand Director Benelux & Scandinavia.

With the solid red gold case, the slate-grey dial and the blue alligator leather strap, the watch features a timeless combination of colours and materials. Also, the single moon phase display is rarely seen on a Perpetual Calendar and the blue colour of the sky plays nicely with the blue alligator leather strap.

exclusive Big Pilot

Christian Knoop, Creative Director IWC Schaffhausen, was personally and closely involved in the development of the watch: “From a design perspective, my challenge is to balance our brand’s DNA and to stick to the design codes of IWC, while at the same time trying to create a limited-edition watch that is special, unique and tailored to the taste of a specific market”.

Retailing at € 47.000, – the watch is available at the IWC Boutique in Amsterdam and selected IWC partners within the Benelux and Scandinavia.

Technical Data

Reference:

IWC 5038

Movement:

52610 Manufactured by IWC

Mechanical, Pellaton automatic winding

7 days power reserve

4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour) 1

54 jewels

Indications:

Perpetual calendar and moon phase

Power reserve display

Hours, minutes and small hacking seconds

Case:

18K Red gold

46 mm, 15.5 mm thick

Sapphire crystal front and back

Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 6 bar

Dial:

Ardoise dial

Strap:

Blue alligator leather strap

Buckle:

18K red gold folding clasp

Limitation:

36 watches only for Benelux and Scandinavia

iwc calibre 52610

 

Oslo is a beautiful city. All year round. Whether you are a resident or just happen to visit Oslo from out of town you should go to the cocktail bar with the greatest view of the city – Summit Bar.

From here you get to see the Oslo fjord and the whole city. And enjoy a great cocktail as well. The locals visit the lounge bar for a romantic date or business meeting and the ambience is relaxed.

A couple of weeks back I visited the bar that was famous back in the 80’s as Oslos premium skybar. I had shied this bar for years but now rumors were going that the bar had been heavily refurbished and had modernised every square centimeter. So finally I went.

Summit Oslo

Summit Oslo

You cannot avoid the first impression of the spectacular view. It hits you straight in the face when you exit the escalator on the 21st floor of the Radisson Blu Scandinavia. Unfolding before your eyes, the view of the city and the fjord is magnificent. Once inside the bar you will see the lounges designed by the respected architects at Snøhetta.

Snøhetta have created an intimate yet open atmosphere through contrasting the view with the interior. Interior design choices evidently tie the fjord in the front to the mountains in the back. The colour palette and use of materials is striking and consequently create a modern look and feel.

On a side note I do recommend a visit to the mens room. You better not be shy.

Summit Oslo

Bartenders are well educated and friendly. They make really, really good cocktails with a modern and Scandinavian twist. I like that they are exploring contemporary tastes and styles rather than going safe and boring.

Summit Bar is all in all a nice place for an after-shopping or pre-dinner cocktail. For now still undetected by most locals.

Find your way.

Summit Oslo

 

 

Testing the Bose QC35 for a couple of weeks reminded me of the title from Kings of Convenience‘s debut album Quiet is the new loud.

I am an established user of noise cancelling headphones already. I bought the first generation headphones from Bose many years ago and I was kinda curious about how these new and wireless headphones would turn out. Had they improved the noise cancelling system? How was the overall sound quality? And are they still comfortable? Are they worth a premium?

Currently I can not even handle a short flight without my old Bose headphones. They are superb at cancelling out aircraft noise, the person next to me and the flight attendants trying to serve me coffee. There is only one problem. Slight pressure occurs inside the ear cups. And that can be a little uncomfortable at times.

Well, another drawback is that my wife totally banned the use of these after a situation on a flight to Malaysia when I fell asleep while my wife tended to our crying baby. The noise cancelling system was too good.

Bose sent me a pair of the new Bose QC35 to test for 14 days.

Bose QC35

Bose QC35

First of all the new ones look better than the old ones. Other than that the feel of quality and build is the same old Bose. They both feel sturdy and luxurious. On the new Bose QC35 the soft cushion on the ear cups and alcantara headband give that impression of luxury. There is no play in joints, and I guess the new ones are built as good as the old ones, so they’ll hold for years.

So where is the difference, and why would I spend another chunk of cash on the new ones?

 

Bose QC35

Let me start with the most obvious improvement. They’re wireless. And they have battery life lasting a full day of use. They connect easily to my iPhone via Bluetooth. The Bose Connect App helps in pairing devices. Other than that the app brings no added value. It is simply put quite uninteresting and unneeded. I hope Bose will work on it some more or just drop the whole thing.

To connect to my computer I need the mini-jack cable that is in the box. An airline standard dual-jack prong is also in the box.

On the old headphones there are two sound settings where I can turn noise cancellation on or off. On the new ones noise cancelling is always on. That made me sceptical at first, but in fact the noise cancelling system have clearly improved over the years.

Sound quality is good, and better than before. But these are obviously not hifi headphones. They have another mission. Mid-tones are a bit too flat, and in general they are very conservative. On the positive side they sound really good in low volume situations with enough bass to enhance a good sound image.

To test the noise cancelling system I took my family to the local playground.

Bose QC35

Noise cancellation is still really good. In fact also quieter in a way and with almost unnoticeable vacuum pressure inside the cups. The improvement is that the system block out all background noise but I can still hear what people are trying to tell me. As clear as without headphones. It is remarkable actually that kids shouting and playing is quiet, but what my wife tells me about me looking great with headphones on (no not really) is loud.

So quiet is actually the new loud.

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