SONY MASTERWORKS RELEASES THE DEFINITIVE VERSION OF CLASSICAL BARBRA AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 5, 2013

NEWLY REMASTERED EDITION OF MUSIC ICON BARBRA STREISAND’S GROUNDBREAKING CLASSICAL CROSSOVER ALBUM FROM 1976

INCLUDES TWO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED BONUS TRACKS TAKEN FROM THE ORIGINAL RECORDING SESSIONS

Though best known as one of the preeminent pop singers of our time, BARBRA STREISAND made a powerful statement in the classical music realm when she recorded CLASSICAL BARBRA in 1973.  Originally released in 1976, the album gained Streisand a raft of admirers in the classical music world. Glenn Gould called her voice “one of the natural wonders of the age, an instrument of infinite diversity and timbral resource.”  CLASSICAL BARBRA was one of the first and is still one of the greatest records in the category we know today as “classical crossover” and is available February 5th, 2013 from SONY MASTERWORKS.

BARBRA STREISAND - Classical Barbra LP

BARBRA STREISAND – Classical Barbra LP

Of the reissue, Ms. Streisand says, “I have always had a special affection for Classical Barbra. I loved the process of developing and making the recording, and I was gratified by the success it had when it was originally released and, what a thrill it was to receive a Grammy nomination in the Classical division…Now it is back in a new expanded edition, beautifully remastered and sounding better than it has since the LP release. I’m also pleased that we could include two bonus tracks that have never before been available. They remind me again how rewarding this whole project was.” Continue reading

BAUME & MERCIER ANNOUNCES PREMIERE OF MEN’S WATCH COLLECTION AND CELEBRITY DESIGN COLLABORATION TO BE UNVEILED AT SIHH 2013

This month marks an important moment for Swiss watch brand, BAUME & MERCIER, as they plan to premiere a new men’s collection, CLIFTON, at the highly anticipated SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE (SIHH) show in Geneva, January 21-25, 2013.

The Clifton 10055 by Baume and Mercier. An urban timepiece from the 1950's, revisited. Complete calendar display and moon phases; black alligator strap; powered by a Swiss-made automatic mechanical movement.  (PRNewsFoto/Baume & Mercier)

The Clifton 10055 by Baume and Mercier. An urban timepiece from the 1950’s, revisited. Complete calendar display and moon phases; black alligator strap; powered by a Swiss-made automatic mechanical movement. (PRNewsFoto/Baume & Mercier)

Since 1830, the Swiss MAISON D’HORLOGERIE BAUME & MERCIER has made it a point to create watches that are appreciated for their balanced design, the quality of their movements and representing a glimpse of luxury that is both beautiful and accessible. Never has this been more apparent than with the introduction of the Clifton collection.  Powered by Swiss-made mechanical movements, this predominantly automatic collection is inspired by a museum timepiece from the 1950’s. This decade is widely considered the golden age for wristwatches and is marked by the creation of elegantly designed timepieces.  Continue reading

MONTBLANC NICOLAS RIEUSSEC RISING HOURS: A CHRONOGRAPH FOR DAY AND NIGHT

On Monday, 21st January 2013, at the SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA HAUTE HORLOGERIE (SIHH) in Geneva, the MONTBLANC NICOLAS RIEUSSEC RISING HOURS Timepiece was unveiled to the public and the international press.

With its launch of the NICOLAS RIEUSSEC CHRONOGRAPHS, MONTBLANC enriched the world of watches with an entirely new design inspired by watches for measuring brief intervals that were first created by NICOLAS RIEUSSEC (1781 – 1866), an ingenious watchmaker and the inventor of the chronograph. Rieussec’s chronographe encreur (i.e. ink chronograph) passed its test in 1821 and received patent protection in 1822. This innovative “ink chronograph” measured elapsed seconds and minutes by means of rotating white enamel dials under motionless pointers culminating in inkfilled reservoirs below moveable nibs. When the user pressed a button, these nibs quickly passed through the reservoir and pecked at the dials to leave little ink markings. In this way, several short intervals could be measured one after the other. The elapsed times were literally written in ink on white enamel, so Rieussec’s coinage of the neologism “chronograph” was perfectly appropriate because in Ancient Greek, chronos means “time” and graphein means “to write”. After the user had read the individual times, he wiped the dials clean and was ready to measure the next intervals. To commemorate the creative watchmaker Nicolas Rieussec and his trailblazing invention, which numbers among the most popular horological complications nowadays, Montblanc in 2008 launched the Nicolas Rieussec chronographs, which have rotating discs rather than chronograph’s hands. These discs on which time was literally written build the bridge that connects the Montblanc watch manufacture with the Montblanc writing implement manufacture.

MONTBLANC NICOLAS RIEUSSEC RISING HOURS

MONTBLANC NICOLAS RIEUSSEC RISING HOURS

After observing the evolution of MONTBLANC’s NICOLAS RIEUSSEC CHRONOGRAPHS, one might be tempted to conclude that time is a disc. Montblanc first used rotating discs to replace the hands on the chronograph’s counters for sixty elapsed seconds and thirty elapsed minutes. A rotating disc was afterwards installed to indicate the hour in a second time zone. And now the Montblanc manufacture debuts its NICOLAS RIEUSSEC RISING HOURS, which relies on two discs, one atop the other, to show not only the twelve hours, but to also indicate whether each of the dozen is a daytime or night-time hour. Continue reading

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE LAUNCHES FOREVER STAMP CELEBRATING THE CENTENNIAL OF ROSA PARKS

The new U.S. POSTAL SERVICE 2013 ROSA PARKS FOREVER® STAMP honors the life of this extraordinary American activist who became an iconic figure in the civil rights movement. In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, ROSA PARKS courageously refused to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man, defying the discriminatory laws of the time.

Rosa Parks Forever Stamp

Rosa Parks Forever StampThe stamp honoring ROSA PARKS is one of three stamps in the civil rights set celebrating freedom, courage, and equality being issued in 2013. It is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. 

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TIMELESS BEAUTY: STELLA ARTOIS UNVEILS NEW CAMPAIGN SHOT BY LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER ANNIE LEIBOVITZ

STELLA ARTOIS announced that photographer ANNIE LEIBOVITZ has shot a new campaign for Stella Artois which was formally unveiled at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The campaign is set to run across the Belgian beer brand’s digital channels in the UK, and around the world in both digital and print.

Stella Artois "Timeless Beauty" Campaign Shot by ANNIE LEIBOVITZ (Courtesy: Stella Artois)

Stella Artois “Timeless Beauty” Campaign Shot by ANNIE LEIBOVITZ (Courtesy: Stella Artois)

Stella Artois "Timeless Beauty" Campaign Shot by ANNIE LEIBOVITZ (Courtesy: Stella Artois)

Stella Artois “Timeless Beauty” Campaign Shot by ANNIE LEIBOVITZ (Courtesy: Stella Artois)

STELLA ARTOIS® is part of a Belgian brewing tradition dating back to 1366, the number one Belgian beer in the world and present in over 80 countries. It is a bottom filtered, blonde pilsner with a malty middle and crisp finish delivering a full flavor and a hint of bitterness. (Stella Artois® is best enjoyed served between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius and should be served in the unique Stella Artois® Chalice according to the 9-Step Pouring Ritual to guarantee a perfect experience of this gold standard lager.)  Continue reading

TOD’S SPRING-SUMMER 2013 STYLES ARRIVES IN STORES

Italian label TOD’S once again fuses its signature luxury with contemporary design for its SPRING-SUMMER 2013 COLLECTION. The new season introduces a new design of the “Milky Bag” featuring an elegant buckle and soft material in shades of blue, white and yellow leather. For shoes, the Ballerina is a key style of the upcoming season, re-imagined as a modern wedge. A new suede trench available in red, beige and blue for spring. Tod’s spring-summer collection is presently available online and in stores.

TOD’S SPRING-SUMMER 2013 STYLES

TOD’S SPRING-SUMMER 2013 STYLES (www.fashiongonerogue)

TOD’S SPRING-SUMMER 2013 STYLES

TOD’S SPRING-SUMMER 2013 STYLES (www.fashiongonerogue.com)

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TOD’S SPRING-SUMMER 2013 STYLES

TOD’S SPRING-SUMMER 2013 STYLES (www.fashiongonerogue.com)

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CASADEI OFFERS CLASSIC STYLE FOR ITS PRE-FALL 2013 COLLECTION

For its pre-fall 2013 collection, Italian shoe label Casadei finds inspiration in “timeless muses, icons of allure and elegance”. Made of steel, the “Blade” heel has become the main influence for the transitional season. Dreamed up by Cesare Casadei, who joined the luxury shoe trade his father started in 1958, the label’s stilettos are handmade in Italy from top-notch materials. The collection of colorful selection of styles offers a balance between femininity and sensuality with exclusive shades of “Giada” green, “Klio” beige and “Rodio” grey made of suede and leather materials.

Casadei Pre-Fall 2013 Collection

Casadei Pre-Fall 2013 Collection

Casadei Pre-Fall 2013 Collection

Casadei Pre-Fall 2013 Collection

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Casadei Pre-Fall 2013 Collection

Casadei Pre-Fall 2013 Collection

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