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08

Jan

Arnold Schwarzenegger wore an Audemar Piguet in the Terminator movies

Arnold Schwarzenegger wore an Audemar Piguet in the Terminator movies

Bond, James Bond - Sir Sean Connery

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1958, Sir Sean Connery uttered those unforgettable words “Bond,James Bond”. Skyrocketing to international fame as Ian Fleming’s suave, confident, British, fictional character, James Bond. Connery became an overnight success starring in six James Bond movies in one decade. Dr. No (1962), Goldfinger (1964), From Russia, With Love (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967), and Diamonds are Forever (1971). Later resurfaced as a wiser more mature Bond in Never Say Never Again (1983).

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Connery, as James Bond, is the epitome of a debonair gentleman. He took the fictional character of James Bond to a whole new level. The Breitling or Rolex watches paired with the stylish Brioni suits and tuxedos oozed a sophisticated sex appeal for young men to take notes on. James Bond, as portrayed by Connery, was selected as the third-greatest hero in cinema history by the American Film Institute. Sean Connery is one of the “coolest” actors of the 20th century. This Scottish actor was even knighted by Elizabeth II in July 2000.

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Sean Connery is my favorite Bond actor hands down. He had the gadgets, the very stylish wardrobe, mad game to pitch to beautiful women, and still defeated the villan without breaking a sweat. Ian Fleming had no faith in Connery, but Fleming’s wife couldn’t resist the charming demeanor, making sure Connery was the first James Bond. 

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I highly recommend every guy to have a James Bond marathon every once in awhile. Just to replenish your suave demeanor. I would watch the Sean Connery movies first, then if you have time watch the other ones.

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19

Dec

2014 Rolls Royce Wraith. Faster and more luxurious than anything on the road.

The Luxury Swiss Watch

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Every rapper talks about their watch in almost every song. It’s either my “Rollie”, my “Audermar” , or my “Hublot”. Those watches and many others come from one place, Switzerland.

The Swiss watch industry began in Geneva, Switzerland in the mid 16th century. In 1541, the country banned the wear of jewels which forced the goldsmiths and other jewellers to turn to a new craft; watchmaking.  

The end of World War I was around the time the wristwatch was introduced to the world, which soon became very popular. Swiss watchmakers designed the first self-winding wristwatch and electrical watch .Towards the 1970’s Swiss invented the first quartz wristwatch. After that, Swiss watchmakers invented the LED and LCD displays, Swatch, and quartz wristwatch without a battery.  For more than four centuries the innovation, tradition, and craftmanship have allowed the Swiss watchmaking industry to keep its leadership position in the global watch market.

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Today, the luxury Swiss watch market is relevant in pop culture, movies, music, and fashion. Celebrity endorsements for brands such as Audermars Piguet, Breitling, Omega, Rolex and Cartier have solidified the number one spot for global watchmaking.  

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Every man should own, or make in an investment in a watch made from Switzerland. It doesn’t even have to be a luxury Swiss brand. Buying a watch made in Switzerland is not like buying a watch made in Japan or China. These watches gain value because of their handcraftmanship and technology. I’ve had my Swiss watch for more than 6 years and it works just as well as the first year. These watches have a classic, timeless look about them. Everyone will notice your wristwatch; trust me. 

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Other Luxury and Top Swiss Watch Brands:

  • Zenith         
  • IWC
  • Patek Philippe
  • Chopard
  • Movado
  • Ulysse Nardin
  • Piaget
  • Jageger - LeCoultre
  • Tag Heuer
  • Rado

18

Dec

I’M BACK

12

Jul

Show up to every event like Bruce Wayne. 
The Dark Knight Rises. July 20, 2012

Show up to every event like Bruce Wayne. 

The Dark Knight Rises. July 20, 2012

Gianni Versace

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Versace is everything Armani is not. This legendary, Italian fashion designer was known for his bright colors, gold accents, silky fabric, and vulgar cuts. He designed plenty of clothes and stage costumes for people such as Madonna and Tina Turner. Versace was a favorite designer of the late Princess Diana as well. Versace was an innovator for fashion marketing. In 1994 he spent $25 billion on promotion. He also incorporated fine art as well as great photography in his fashion ads. 

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When you first look at a garment made by Versace, you notice the vibrant colors. The second glance will let your mind digest the high quality fabric. The last glance will make you see how sexy the cut of the material is against the person’s body. He was clever to make the Medusa the logo of the Versace fashion house. Versace was definitely ahead of the curve in the fashion industry. Before Versace, there were no supermodels, no celebrities at shows and in advertising, no screaming fans. Fashion was not entertainment, it was merely clothes. Versace understood the importance of marketing. He loved celebrities and knew that they not only attracted the attention of the press, but they also helped to set trends. His fashion empire acquired a net worth of $807 million in less then a decade. He had a vision of making fashion into a form of art. 

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Elizabeth Hurley in the “Greatest Dress Design of All Time” by Versace

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Besides clothes, Versace had a great vision of home decor. His love of gold made his decor extremely elegant and classy. After visiting his Miami Beach home, celebrities wanted to have the Versace touch in their own homes. With the Palazzo Versace Luxury Hotels, people can experience the exuberance of Versace’s soul. Also, the exclusive Versace Lamborghini Murceilago displays the same class and elegance. 

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29

Jun

Sonny and Rico rocking the Alpina M1 sunglasses engineered by BMW

Sonny and Rico rocking the Alpina M1 sunglasses engineered by BMW

MIAMI VICE

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This is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. The tag team duo that consisted of Sonny and Rico, played by, Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas. These two undercover Metro-Dade County police officers, were in my opinion, the epitome of “cool TV cops” . They had the cars, clothes, guns, boats, women, homes, oh and lets not forget about the tropical weather. With all those distractions, they still managed to fight crime and overthrow drug lords before dinner was served.  

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James “Sonny” Crockett was my favorite out of the two. He usually drove behind the wheel of either a white Ferrari Testarossa, or a black Ferrari Daytona 365 GTS/4. This show alone gave more popularity to Ferrari than any other Ferrari promotion in the 1980s. The boats that debuted on the show were just as dope. Crockett piloted a 39 foot Chris Craft Stinger 390 in the first season, and a Wellcraft 38 Scarab KV for the remainder of the show. The Scarab 38 KV was a 28-hued, twin 440-hp boat that sold for $130,000 in 1986. The popularity of the Scarab went through the roof when the show aired. The Scarab Company decided to design the “Don Johnson Series” because Johnson was an avid boat racer. Johnson’s signature series were designed with twin 650-hp Lamborghini V-12 engines. The boats retailed at about $300k.

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Besides the toys, these men pretty much invented the “T-Shirt under the Armani jacket” style. They also made the 5 o’clock shadow look cool. Their bright wardrobe consisted of designers such as Gianni Versace and Hugo Boss. The fashion style behind the show was a representation of the Art-Deco architecture you see around South Beach, Miami, Florida. With that sunny weather, Crockett boosted the popularity of Ray-Ban Wayfarers in 1980s, while Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs kept it cool in his Alpina aviators that are designed by BMW. These men were so popular that they had their own “Miami Vice” section in Macy’s that included, shiny, bright suits and Kenneth Cole loafers. Their fashion presence still lives on today, especially in the summer, in Miami. 

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13

Jun

This picture of my Swiss Legend watch made it to Forbes.com on 6/11/12. This watch is 5years old, and has never been fixed. Quality is key when purchasing a timepiece.

This picture of my Swiss Legend watch made it to Forbes.com on 6/11/12. This watch is 5years old, and has never been fixed. Quality is key when purchasing a timepiece.