Cinthia Moura

Publicado: abril 24, 2011 en chikas

The Brazilian bombshell shows off suits that even her countrymen would find skimpy.

When she’s not at the pool:
She does gigs for Italian Vogue and Avon.

We ain’t saying he’s a gold digger.
“He took my money and never paid me back. I never talked to him again.”

Don’t worry. We know mouth-to-mouth:
“I almost drowned when I was seven. My parents thought I was joking, and they didn’t really pay attention until someone realized I was actually drowning. But they took me out in time.”

Don’t you know about shrinkage?
“A guy tried to take a dive in front of a group of girls. His trunks came off. We weren’t impressed.”

January 2006

Stolas Harbormaster Spinnaker Watch

Publicado: abril 24, 2011 en machina

This is the ‘Harbormaster Spinnaker’ from newcomer Stolas Watches. Actually their name has a couple of accented characters that I am having trouble typing in, so ‘Stolas’ it is; you can see the correct version on the dial.

The Harbormaster is their first watch, available in three models: Genoa, Spinnaker and Gennaker. Different colors, bands and dials, with all sharing the other details. In common are the 44mm, stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, lumed bezel, lightning seconds hand, 200m water resistance, screwdown crown and bezel. The more expensive Genoa model adds applied hour markers, silver embossed dial and ETA 2824 movement; the movements in the others are Shanghai (SMC) 2824 clones.

Looking at the Spinnaker you can see hints of both IWC (lumed bezel) and Ulysse Nardin (dial and hands), but overall it’s clearly it’s own thing. In the dial closeup you can see the deep texture of the carbon fiber dial, the well-printed text and applied ’6′. Pardon the dust!

Interestingly, the design skips some of the minute markers, there are only two every 5 minutes. It gives the impression of a relaxed attitude towards precise readings, also conveyed by the bezel with replaces minute markers with a stylized wave. This is a more of a lifestyle watch than a super-precise instrument.

At some angles the dial appears flat black or grey, depending on light source. However, the skeletonized black-on-black hour and minute hand tend to vanish against the dial. The Genoa version uses blue-on-white and seems more legible. Unlike the vivid seconds hand, they take a bit longer to spot and read and really the skeletonization isn’t needed as there are no subdials to block.

At night, however, the watch is superbly lumed:

Really really well done, and quite high quality – it remains legible for eight hours or more. The blue colors fade faster, but the hour, minute and dial markers are the longer-duration whitish green, well matched to the eye.

I don’t know how they prepared the bezel, it appears to be paint inset and filled, which is of unknown durability.

The case is extremely well finished, I’ve seen worse on watches costing more. Polished throughout, smoothly and evenly, with an etched designs on the caseback and next to the crown. There’s also an optional sapphire caseback, which would probably look great on this watch.

The signed crown has simple knurling and classic crown guards, and is well placed at four o’clock. Good thread, easy to operate and secure. The handwinding and hacking movement winds as smoothly as any ETA 2824 I’ve seen, and keeps excellent time.

The bezel is 60-click and a bit stiff for my fingers. The smoothed edge could use some surface roughening, as it’s slippery when wet.

The stainless steel bracelet and NATO strap are optional extras ($72 and free!), both are well-matched to the watch itself. The NATO colors accent the dial perfectly, though it’s a lot more noticeable with that much color. The bracelet is Oyster-style, with polished center links, solid links and end links, fliplock with pushbutton release, signed clasp and one micro-adjustment. Links are split-pin design, and with all links add 125g of weight for 225g total. The blue-stitched rubber band is 20g, and is my preferred way to wear the watch:

Functional, comfortable, understated. At 14.2mm thick, it’s medium thick and quite shirt-friendly due to the tapered bezel.The lug and caseback shape helps it sit solidly on your wrist:

If you look closely, you can see my hands, camera and shirt reflected. This is an indicator of how well made and finished the case is, it’s nearly mirror-flat and smooth.

The Spinnaker is a series of 125 watches, and at an introductory price of $571 ($651 with bracelet and NATO, $723 with all of the above plus sapphire caseback) I expect them to sell out quickly. That’s a very good value in my opinion. Not a watch made for the hardcore diver, it will nevertheless serve that as well as most other situations, and the colorful design seems to catch eyes and garner compliments from strangers.

Thanks to Stolas for the sample unit. Opinions are 100% independent.
Written by Paul Hubbard

2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Publicado: abril 24, 2011 en machina

The 5,500 units of the 2011 Shelby GT500 (pictured above) are already sold out, so Mustang lovers best just move on to the next offering from the American automaker; it’s time to start talking about the 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. We may not have any official details on it just yet, but the power of the Internet, and an untrustworthy auto employee, strike again with a leaked document revealing details on the 2012 model’s ordering guide. Guess that means the GT500’s heart will beat for at least one more year.

Nothing much is going to change for the 2012 model considering the Mustang was just given a little refresh for 2011. It will still see its usual coupe and convertible versions, with prices starting from $49,495 and $54,495 respectively. The list of new options only includes new Recaro leather sports seats, a glass roof, and two new packages.

Under the hood there will be the same aluminum 5.4 Liter supercharged V8, derived from the unit inside the Ford GT super car, that produces 550 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque.

It may still be packing the same gear as the last model, but who really cares? The 2012 Ford Mustang GT500 will probably still sell out just as quickly as the 2011 model did.

Angelina Jolie

Publicado: abril 24, 2011 en chikas

I am always curious as to what the thought process is when admirable watch makers design watches after cars. They never seem to look too much like the cars they are modeled after. this might be a bit of an exception as at least the colors match. Do you think that cars are ever modeled after watches? Maybe. Well this is the Audemars Piguet Millenary MC12 Tourbillon Chronograph. Let me unravel that name for a moment. The “Millenary” title alludes to the stlye of the case and the “MC12″ name refers to the Maserati super car that the watch is based on. The MC12 is basically a race car, not even really sure if it is street legal. The MC12 is Masterati’s version of the Ferrari Enzo. Then you have the tourbillon complication and the 30 minute chronograph. Audemars Piguet also throws in a power reserve indicator for the Calibre 2884 manually wound movement.

The open work style of the watch is a good intersection between modern and classic. Branding on the dial has Audemars Piguet and Maserati sharing the same size, which is interesting. Audemars Piguet is shorted to just “AP” and you have the Masterati Trident logo. The chronograph has a large central seconds hand with an easy to use tachymeter. The chronograph is also an monopusher chronograph meaning it is operated via a single button. Although the face of the watch is oblong, the dial itself is actually perfectly round. The Audemars Piguet Millenary MC12 Tourbillon Chronograph originally was released in about 2006 in a limited edition of just 150 pieces. The movement utilizes carbon which is part of Audemars Piguet’s talents many other watch makers can’t seem to replicate too well. I personally think that carbon is a bit gimmicky, but it is apparently very difficult to work in small sizes. The blued metal in the movement to match the blue of the car is a nice touch. The case of the Millenary is made of 950 platinum which makes it hefty and expensive. If you ever hear that a super car uses platinum, walk the other direction, it is a damn heavy material the opposite of “weight saving.” Last of all you get a crocodile leather strap. Price? About $320,000. Lower than the original retail price though.

Written by Mr. Ariel Adams –, trusted independent watch media.
Two of the finest masters of machinery combine to form one super exotic watch. The Audemars Piguet Millenary MC12 Tourbillon is modeled after the Maserati supercar, bearing the same MC12 model name. The car is a powerful racing machine with 12 cylinders of raw power while the watch is an equally challenging piece of equipment with a mechanical winding movement and a tourbillon chronograph. For those who have their racing hearts beating from the sight of the watch, an easy-to-use tachymeter is also available, courtesy of the large seconds hand. Because of the complications in manufacturing such masterpiece, only 150 samples of this watch has been made, and one just turned up for sale. Like the Maserati, this Audemars Piguet speaks of exclusivity and premium quality, so having one in your collection is a very good investment. ~$322,000.
Desde su fundación, en 1875, la casa Audemars Piguet se ha convertido en una de las empresas de relojería más carismáticas y mejor consideradas del mundo. La relojera nació de la unión de Edward-Auguste Piguet y Jules-Louis Audemars. Piguet aportó el dinero (cuentan que 10.000 francos suizos) mientras que Audermars proporcionó los mecanismos relojeros. Desde entonces la empresa no deja de sorprendernos.

Como es el caso del extraordinario modelo que nos ocupa: el Audemars Piguet Millenary MC12.

Esta joya para coleccionistas (sólo se han fabricado 150 unidades) ha sido creada en homenaje a uno de los automóviles de carrera más bellos de todos los tiempos: el Maserati MC12.

El Audemars Piguet MC12 evoca al Maserati por su diseño, los materiales de alta tecnología utilizados; aluminio eloxado para los puentes y carbono ultraligero para la platina del mecanismo. El reloj reúne un tourbillon, un cronógrafo y un sistema de doble barrilete. ¿El resultado? Una máquina absolutamente excepcional.

Otros detalles técnicos:

Mecanismo: Calibre 2884 con sistema de remonte manual de doble barrilete con torbellino.
Caja y bisel: Platino 950; fondo de zafiro; estanco hasta 20 metros.
Esfera: Calada sobre el mecanismo, con contador 30 minutos de carbono a las 12 horas; tridente Maserati de oro.
Pulsera: Cocodrilo con hebilla desplegable AP de platino 950.
Funciones: Horas y minutos; cronógrafo; indicación de reserva de marcha.

The Perfect Home Gym

Publicado: abril 24, 2011 en dosis, machina

Get fit with this wall-mounted exercise system from architect and designer Antonio Citterio.
Crafted by the renowned Italian architect and designer Antonio Citterio, the Kinesis Personal embraces the concept that workouts should be based on natural human movement—and that exercise equipment need not resemble a Bowflex. Attractive enough to throw on a wall in your bedroom, the device has six cable handles that enable you to perform more than 200 exercises and engage entire muscle systems, instead of isolating individual muscles like standard gym machines.

The pulleys can move in every direction, which means you can replicate the motions of sports like tennis or snowboarding to bring your game—and your physique—to the next level. ($10,000;
Kinesis Personal is the ultimate in designer furnishing for home fitness or wellness spaces.
It returns you to the origins of human movement, freeing you to re-discover the four fundamental physical abilities: endurance, balance, strength and flexibility.

Kinesis provides a unique workout that restores the right balance between mind and body, thereby helping to improve your quality of life.

The revolutionary feature is the patented “Fullgravity” design, inspired by nature and science to allow unrestricted, enjoyable movement and to attract more and more people to Wellness.

Using the three handgrips in the ALPHA, BETA and GAMMA positions, more than 200 different exercises are possible without having to make any adjustments.
Specific muscles (chest, back, abs, glutes and quadriceps) are exercised in the standard movements whereas the combined movements work several different muscles synergistically at the same time (front and back kinetic chains, core and multi-chain).

The resistance applied is regulated by a sophisticated, technological and patented innovation whereby a revolutionary system of forces gradually increases the resistance quietly, smoothly and in total safety.

The fine polished aluminium alloy arms supporting the cables are the product of Technogym’s technological expertise. Each arm has three rotating systems, referred to as “pivots”, that the cable slides through during outward and return movements. Not only are the pivots a highly attractive feature, they also absorb sound. The comfortable clear handgrip is magnetic and, in the rest position, can be attached to the pivots on the arms.

Movement now knows no limits thanks to Technogym’s international patented technology. The pivoting pulley system provides smooth movement in all dimensions.

The workload can be selected with one simple touch on the easy-to-use and appealingly understated interface. In fact, all you have to do is turn the setting in the middle of the wall to see the resistance level, from 0 to 20, on the Soft Touch Digital Display.

The most all-round piece of equipment for home fitness or for use in dedicated personal wellbeing areas.
Kinesis combines design and biomechanics with a special attention to its surroundings.
The result is the first ever piece of designer furnishing providing more than 200 exercises in only one square metre (* 10,76 sq. feet).
When Kinesis is not in use, it occupies very little space so it can be fitted almost anywhere.

by Kyle on November 05, 2009

As I said…these previews are most certainly one of my favorite times of the year. And here we have a very striking and bold looking watch from Audemars Piguet that will be officially unveiled at SIHH 2010.

At first glance, the watch dial looks to busy, too difficult to read. But then again it has some cool materials that give the watch a very nice sporty and tough look to it – forged carbon case – bezel, crown and pushers in cerarmic – and also some blackened steel on this watch – the caseback and the buckle. Wow – what a combination of materials! Even so, I’m not quite sure what to think of this watch….it kinda-sorta-just-a-little-tiny-bit reminds of Audemars Piguet’s Survivor (maybe it is the carbon), but at the same time it is very much a different watch. In fact it belongs to a completely different collection (Millenary collection rather than Royal Oak Offshore). I will say that the look of the movement through the caseback is pretty cool.

Anyhow, got lots of great pics on this one, and also the full spec set at the bottom, just for fun :-) Last but not least – a hat tip to my watch blogger friend Jason over at Professional Watches – seems he saw this one coming many many months ago (!

The watch has an Audemars Piguet Caliber 2884 in it – as described by AP:

Audemars Piguet Calibre 2884 is an oval hand-wound movement entirely developed and crafted by AP. It is a complex movement equipped with a tourbillon, an ultra-efficient column-wheel chronograph mechanism and twin barrels. Each movement is first assembled on a trial basis in order to set it into motion. This stage alone calls for ten full days of painstaking adjustments. Once the watchmaker is sure that it runs completely smoothly, he takes it apart and scrupulously cleans the parts before final assembly and casing up. It takes about 15 days to create a finished movement that then undergoes various tests.

Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph

Forged carbon case, black crocodile leather strap
Limited edition of 120

Calibre : 2884 hand-wound with twin barrel and tourbillon
Carbon mainplate
Bridges in eloxed aluminium and blackened steel
Total diameter: 38.40 x 33.40 mm
Casing diameter: 37.40 x 32.40 mm
Thickness: 9.7 mm
30 jewels
336 parts
Up to 240-hour power reserve
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vibrations per hour
Finishing: all parts decorated by hand.

Forged carbon with black ceramic bezel, crown and push-buttons
Dimensions: 47 x 42 mm
Cambered glareproofed sapphire crystal
Blackened titanium back fitted with sapphire crystal
Water resistant to 20 metres

Openworked to reveal the movement
White hour-markers with luminescent coating
Blackened luminescent hands

Hand-sewn “large square scale” crocodile leather with AP folding clasp in blackened titanium

Hours and minutes
Power-reserve indicator