Famed German camera-maker Leica turned 100 this year. To celebrate, auction house Bonhams is hosting the Fine Leica Centenary Sale in Hong Kong this Saturday, November 29. No camera brand inspires the same sort of fanaticism among collectors. Even in an era when few people really want to take the trouble to shoot film (or even know where/how to develop it), vintage film Leica rangefinders are in high demand. This auction spans most of the brand's history, including cameras from the early 1930s through 2014.
An Unusual Sale
The Fine Leica Centenary Sale is a relatively tight sale, with only 84 lots total. Two of these are Leica ephemera (an advertisement and a display sign), seven are lenses, and the remaining 75 are camera bodies, bodies with lenses, or self-contained cameras. Because Leica has maintained the same lens mount since 1954, these cameras and lenses are still usable interchangeably with the most modern equipment. These are still tools, not tchotchkes.Read more »
When the hotly-anticipated Park Hyatt New York opened its doors in August, it joined the ranks of the Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental as one the spendiest hotels in the city (nightly rates start at $795 for an entry-level room and $1295 for a Park Studio Suite).
As one would imagine, the property pulls out all the stops to properly pamper the business and luxury-minded traveler. You’re checked in via iPad, by an attractive attendant clad in designer Narciso Rodriguez’s take on the little black dress. The generously sized rooms, especially by New York standards, sport Italian linens, stone flooring, marble baths, and Le Labo amenities. Stiff cocktails can be had at the Living Room lounge while massive aged ribeyes are on offer at The Back Room at One57.Read more »
Since the first watches left Shinola's factory in early 2013, the lifestyle brand has proudly stamped "Built in Detroit" on each one. But this label has always comes with a few not-insignificant asterisks. While the final assembly takes place in the Detroit workshop, many of the components are made by overseas manufacturers. Now, with the help of its Taiwanese supplier, Shinola is starting to make its dials under the same roof where final assembly takes place.
Going back to the seventeenth century cottage industry days, the watchmaking process has always involved specialized suppliers feeding components to final manufacturers. Shinola's not doing anything differently there. However, the brand pushes its Michigan-born-and-bred storyline pretty aggressively for a watchmaker whose cases, hands, and crystals are made across the Pacific -- while the movement components come from the other side of the Atlantic. The "built" on each caseback is a very carefully chosen word.Read more »
As "Tequila Sunrise" starts to play, you will naturally start to wonder where things went wrong. How did you end up listening to the Eagles at a sticky table, sipping your second margarita from a dinky plastic cup? Luckily at Minero, Sean Brock’s new Mexican restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, the pozole arrives quickly. There is no time to wallow.
The broth is deep red and hard-bodied, incandescent with chilis. Chicken comes in with the sweet, unmistakable perfume of meat that’s been fooling around with charcoal. Trimmed with pork cracklings and a single, darkly fried tortilla that stays crisp for ages, the pozole is delicious and life-affirming.
Inaki Aizpitarte, one of the most feted chefs in France, plans to open a restaurant in London’s Mayfair.
Aizpitarte, best-known for his Paris bistro Le Chateaubriand, is scheduled to open Le Chabanais on Mount Street in February or March. It will be an informal establishment, without tablecloths or carpets, serving a menu that will change each day, based on available ingredients.Read more »
Maserati’s primary focus next year: women.
This from Peter Grady, the president and CEO of the century-old Italian automaker, who sat for an interview this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Last year the brand sold 15,400 cars nationwide -- more than double what it had anticipated -- and execs say that number will double again for 2014. Grady says beyond that, increased sales in the U.S. will rely on reaching more women.Read more »
For two leading champions of the long-unloved sagrantino grape, turning it into a dry red with mouth-filling exotic flavors involved years of effort, a scientific study and a bitter, months-long family feud.
But both Gianpiero Bea and Marco Caprai think the resulting wines were well worth the struggle.Read more »