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4Contents spring/summer 2011
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C H I E F O P E R AT I N G O F F I C E RKenneth S. Gikas
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V I C E P R E S I D E N T & G E N E R A L M A N A G E RM A L L O F L O U I S I A N A
C H I E F F I N A N C I A L O F F I C E RJane Harrington
A D V E R T I S I N G M A N A G E R Amy Graham
B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R SBrenda BergChad BergRyan BergScott Berg
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E D I T O R - I N - C H I E F Karen Alberg Grossman
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M A N A G I N G E D I T O RJillian Sprague
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FEATURES2 Welcome Letter
6 Events at Lee Michaels
10 Spring Trends at Lee Michaels
18 Corporate Gifts: Bringing Joy
24 Love Stories
26 Accent Advisor
28 Fashion: From the Runways
34 Trends: The Joy of Jewelry
38 Essay: The Family Pearls
54 Speed: Grand Sport
58 Travel: Into Africa
60 Fitness: Healthy Hedonism
62 Art: Mans Best Friend in theSpotlight
64 His Side: Romancing the Stone
WATCH SECTION42 Watch Advisor
46 Watches at Lee Michaels
48 First Person: Hand-Me-DownsWelcome
50 Interview: Larry Pettinelli ofPatek Philippe
52 Celebrity Ambassadors:Beautiful Women, BeautifulWatches
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IVE BEEN SEEING A LOTOF BLACK USED IN FINE
JEWELRY. WHAT ARE THE KEYSTONES AND METALS, AND HOW
CAN I WEAR THEM?
The trend started with designers adding a black rhodium
finish to white gold and mixing it with high karat yellow gold
for a richer look. As the darker metal began to sell and the
prices for gold went up, the next step was to use blackened or
highly oxidized silver. (Some designers still use black rhodium
plated 18K white gold, which can mean a slightly higher price
tag.) These metals look great with the of-the-moment
diamondsalso blackwhich are spectacular in rose, brilliant
and polished rough cuts. Black can be done in styles from
gothic to feminine, such as pav leaves and flowers with a
black diamond center. If you want to add color to your black
jewelry look, try a hint of rough cut fancy sapphires, the pretty
watercolor shades of moonstones and aquamarines, or the
more saturated orange hues of citrines.
HOW DO IMIX FINEANDFASHIONJEWELRY?Use a pretty black dress or asimple top as the backdrop formixing pieces. Wear a gold medallionpendant along with multiple chains inblackened and tonal antiqued base metal. Oryou can mix in real baroque pearls with alarge colored pendant in crystal rather than aprecious gem. A low-risk way to mix real andfaux is on the wrist; you have more room tobe playful as its further from your face. Here,mix leather or suede wrap styles with pavcharms, or Bakelite and wood with preciousstones. Throw in some high karat gold thinbangles to create a truly eclectic look. Thisseason, designers are even mixing thesematerials into one piece to offer a statementat an affordable price. But if you prefersimplicity, stick to a pair of cuffs in wood withcenter gemstones, and a mesh necklace withchains of matte gold. The combination will bedifferent and dramatic, and take you throughthe season in style.
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SUBSTANTIAL PENDANTSPROVIDE PERFECT CONTRAST
TO PRETTY PRINTS
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OF COLORS ON SPRING 2011
RUNWAYS ACROSSTHE GLOBE.
BY JILLIAN SPRAGUE
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This season, theres one simple rule on the road to great jewelrystyle: Dont get stuck in neutral! Get into gear and follow thedirection of spring 2011 fashion, which is all about color.Does this mean that neutrals like blackso strong these past few
yearsare no longer fashionable? Is it time to abandon your Little BlackDress? Absolutely not, says Meredith Smith, designer and cultural trendanalyst at The Doneger Group in New York City. Even though fashionsbiggest names flooded the spring runways with bright-colored clothes, youcan still wear your classic LBD. However, the perennial cocktail classic andother neutral-toned attire needs to be popped with colorful jewelry andaccessories. Right now, our culture is all about finding joy; adorningourselves in happy, escapist colors (like bright blues and greens) is one wayto do that.
THE GEMSAdam Graham, marketing director of The American Gem Trade Association(AGTA), agrees that bright blues and greens, as well as shades of purple,are leading trends in colored gemstone jewelry this year. Among the azures,he points to traditional blue sapphire, aquamarine and blue topaz, butemphasizes that lesser-known stones like labradorite, turquoise, bluemoonstone, chalcedony, tanzanite and blue shaded black onyx areextremely significant as well. With dramatically-sized jewelry in vogue, ithelps that many of the latter gemstones can be purchased in high qualityat affordable prices. IM
The Joyof Jewelry
COLORFUL GEMS FITFASHIONS BRIGHT OUTLOOK
BY LORRAINE DEPASQUE
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This year, youre also going to see moreengagement ring center stones in blues andgreens, notes Graham. Kate Middletons bluesapphire from Prince William has re-ignited thetrend that his mother, Princess Diana, started backin 1981, when she received the engagement ringfrom Prince Charles. Blue sapphire is a greatoption for women who dont want to be toobling, and at the same time, its a high-end gemof great color.
At the AGTAs annual Spectrum jewelry designawards for 2011, Graham tells us, One of thewinning pieces was a platinum ring with a neon-green tsavorite center stone. Our panel of judges,all in the fashion or jewelry industries, said itrepresents a definite style direction.
In fact, many of the best jewelry designers arealso premiering dazzling fashion collections withgreat green gems, especially green tourmalines,peridots, green diamonds, emeralds, green agates,green sapphires and tsavorites. And for the pastyear, says Graham, celebrity stylists have beenrequesting to borrow green gemstone jewelry fortheir A-list clients to wear to awards shows.
The green jewelry theyve been borrowing willcoordinate with many red carpet fashion stylesaccording to Leatrice Eiseman, executive directorof The Pantone Color Institute, which namedPeapod green as one of its top fashion colors forspring/summer. Weve learned that green reallyworks well as a neutral and we see people moreinclined to wear it on a regular basis, she says.
This past fall, Pantone chose Purple Orchid asits number-one fashion color and, forspring/summer, the passion for purple continues,with Lavender in its top ten selection. Jewelrydesigners are showing violet gem creations ineverything from deep amethysts and fancy purplesapphires to pastel pinky-purple sugilites andquartzes.
FIVE TO BUYNow that you know what these post-winter pick-me-up colors and coordinating gemstones are,which jewelry pieces in particular should you beconsidering? Ultimately that depends on yourindividual style as well as what jewelry you alreadyown, but here are the five jewelry must-haves wehighly recommend:BIG BANGLES The number-one jewelry itemadorning spring runway models was the bigbangle, and they usually wore two or three perarm. The uber banglesnot slim stackables andnot ultra-wide cuffsalmost always featuredstones, beads, or some sort of brightembellishment.
LAYERING NECKLACES While models strutted downthe runways wearing mega-necklaces, in this case youhave another option. Instead of investing in onemassive neck piece, a more practical purchase might beto buy several long chains and links that can each bedoubled or tripled. With layering necklaces, you canexperiment and create many different looks, for bothdaywear and evening. Play with the necklaces,graduating the lengths differently to accommodate theneckline of whatever youre wearing. To complete thelook, add a 16-inch chain with a pendant or enhancer. Inthis season of bold color, choose one with a brightgemstone center.EPIC RINGS Typically, you ladies buy these super-sized and super stylish rings for yourself. (Well, whynotyou deserve it!) Theyre statement pieces thatreflect your personality and personal style, so be sure toselect gemstones you really likeplus, since its on yourhand, youll be looking at it all day. Should you invest alot of money in this epic ring? That depends, to somedegree, on whether youll be wearing it every day or ifyoull want to buy several and switchmuch like somepeople do with watches. Unlike the big cocktail rings oferas past, the epic ring is no longer a dress-up-onlyaccessory. GUMDROP EARRINGS And you thought gumdropswere just those chewy sugar-coated candies youshouldnt be eating! Think again: Its the seasonsstrongest earring silhouette. More medium-large thanultra-large in size, this drop-style earring focuses on oneprominent colored gem that hangs to about mid-neck.Its classic, yet, at the same time, fashion. Ask yourjeweler about the earrings stone shape and cut. Somegumdrops have slices of color with a flat bottom,allowing light to pass through the gemstone, much inthe way natural light shines through a stained glasswindow.MORE THAN ONE METAL COLOR No, you cantbe a yellow-only or white-only jewelry loveranymore. It just isnt fashionable. If mostor allofyour jewelry is still the same metal color that youvebeen wearing forever, this is the season to startcollecting pieces made in different surface colors. Ifyou want to stick to karat gold for your preciousmetal, thats okay, but there are many different goldcolors to choose from: rose, blackened andsometimes peach. Even the texture on a pieceslightly changes the look of the color. (For example,a high-polished blackened gold bracelet will appearto have a different hue than a satin-finished or matteblackened gold piece.) Once you begin to adddifferent colored pieces to your jewelry wardrobe,youll see how all the shades really do work together.And no need to worry if you dont have enough ofa certain color when you start. Part of the fun ofjewelry is collecting it over time.
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As the cathedral bells pealed, the new bride and her groom turnedto walk down the aisle. My mother and I were in Manila to celebrateher sisters golden wedding anniversary. The assembled crowd ofstylish men and women had spent months consulting their embroiderers,modistes and tailorsall to design traditional butterfly-sleeved ternos andbarongs tagalog that would comply with the Native Dress request engravedin gold on the invitation.
While the keen-eyed could distinguish between pia that had beenembroidered and tatted at one pet convent versus another, what really set thewomen apart were their pearls. My mother wore her prized princess length strandof golden 10 mm baroque natural (not cultured) pearls and her younger sisterwore her stunning choker length strand of blue 8 mm natural pearls. But the realshowstopper glowed on the bridea perfectly matched 10 foot strand of creamypink 6 mm natural pearls. As my aunt glided gracefully past us, she resembled mygrandmother in the formal wedding portrait that hangs in the gallery of our familyhome in Manila.
A few days earlier, upon arriving at the traditional Spanish-stylehacienda, my mother and her younger sister chatted about fittings withtheir modistes and donations to the convents while I lingered in the gallerystudying the family portraits. At the very end stood the lifesize (at 510 Istand taller than the frame) oil painting of my maternal grandparents ontheir wedding day almost 75 years ago. The diminutive figures in thepainting were resplendent in their native Filipino dress. I was struck by howrealistically and beautifully the artist had rendered each pearl in my
grandmothers necklace, which dramatically looped her tiny neck andgrazed the hem of her dress.
Upon my grandmothers death, she left each of her daughters the parure inher birthstoneemeralds for my mother, rubies for her elder sister and sapphiresfor her younger sisterbut she left the family pearls to all three of them. Afterconsulting our family jeweler, who had brokered the original acquisition of thisextraordinary single strand that had taken over 50 years to match, the sistersdecided to separate the necklace into three equal strands, each finished with anew platinum clasp adorned with a ruby, an emerald and a sapphire to representthe three sisters.
Over the years, as they dutifully had their pearls restrung annually, each onedivided her strand and had the clasp reproduced to create a single strand withjeweled stations that could also be worn as nested strands, a shorter strand anda bracelet, or a choker with several bracelets. The family pearls (as my motherand her sisters always called them) had made many appearances over the yearsat various family events including weddings, christenings, anniversaries and evenfunerals. Once, as mother of the bride, my elder aunt had even worn her setcombined with my younger aunts. But the entire original strand had never beenreunited until that golden wedding anniversary. Almost another decade will passbefore my own parents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversaryan event asrare and special as the pearls that will be worn to commemorate it.
While high-definition video has long replaced oil portraits, the idea of severalgenerations and one very beautiful necklace reuniting to celebrate a milestonewill never become outdated.
THE FAMILY PEARLSREUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD BY JOSEPH UNGOCO
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WATCHESACCENT MAGAZINE SPECIAL SECTION SPRING/SUMMER 2011
A T C H
I T SA B O U TT I M E
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WATCH ADVISORWHAT TO KNOW WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR TIMEPIECES
I HAVE MY GRANDFATHERS TIMEPIECE FROM THE 1950S;IS IT WORTH THE INVESTMENT TO RESTORE IT?
T H E D E C I S I O N T O R E S T O R E A V I N TA G E T I M E P I E C E is part rational (Will the restored timepiece be worth more?) and part emotional (This is mygrandfathers watch!). Bottom line: the joy of wearing an heirloom, especially one with family history, is unique and priceless.
That said, only you can decide if its worth the investment. Once youvemade the decision to restore your vintage timepiece, entrust it only to aqualified technician with proper training in assessing and working on oldertimepiece movements. Improper repair of an older watch can damage themovement irreparably. Incorrect replacement parts, finishing techniquesand lubrication are just some of the issues weve seen.
In general, older timepieces cannot be expected to function with thesame level of accuracy as new models. However, if properly restored, thewatch should be suitable for daily wear. One must allow ample time for thework to be completed, as parts might not be readily available, and thetechnician might have to search the marketplace for the proper part, or insome cases, make the part by hand.
Once the work is done, consider enhancing your newly restoredvintage watch with an interesting strapperhaps one in a bold color orwith contrast stitchingto make a unique statement.
IS IT OKAYTO WEAR A SPORTS WATCHAS AN EVERYDAY WATCH?
If you love it , why not? Unless youre talking about a tackyplastic watch, most of todays bettersports watches are thin enough towear as an everyday watch, and offerfeatures that most of us appreciateeven at home or in the office. Thesecan include water resistance, built-inchronographs, readable dials andvarious subdials, calendars and othercomplications.
That said, theres nothing classierthan a beautiful dress watch and forspring 2011, classical elegance is allthe rage. Our suggestion: build awatch wardrobe that includes bothsports and dress watches andalternate according to the occasion,and your mood.
WA T C H
I T SA B O U TT I M E
WATCHES AND WHYARE THEY SOEXPENSIVE?
As opposed to quartz watches that functionelectronically, a mechanical watch is driven by aspring which must be periodically wound. A series ofgears power the balance wheel, which oscillates backand forth at a constant rate. A device called anescapement releases the wheels with each swing ofthe balance wheel, moving the hands forward at aconstant rate and creating a ticking sound. Itstechnology dating back to 17th century Europe, and theexpense is the design, the old world craftsmanship, themaintenance and replacement parts, and of course theintrinsic value of precious metals and other finematerials.
But for those whose hearts beat to the pulse of amechanical timepiece, theres nothing else quite like it!
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WATCH ADVISORI'M ABOUT TO INVEST IN A WATCH AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW
MORE ABOUT ITS COMPLICATIONS. CAN YOU HELP?
WHAT TO KNOW WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR TIMEPIECES
Start/Stop for Chronograph
Hour Marker or Index
Reset for Chronograph
Crystal (Above the Hands)
Dial (Below the Hands)
12-Hour Registerfor Chronograph
Day of Week Indicator
Repeating Slide (Chimes Time Aloud
Second Counterfor Chronograph
30-Minute Registerfor Chronograph
Moon Phase Subdial
Understanding the parts and functions of a timepiece can help you select thestyle thats right for you. Its also helpful later, when your watch requires
service or repair. This particular model has both time-telling and time-keepingcapabilities. The chronograph, for time-keeping, is essentially an advanced stopwatch.
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With its soft lines and subtle alternating nishes, the Linea is a timeless icon of femininity that naturally becomes associa-ted with lifes most beautiful highlights. Each Linea is tted with an interchangeable strap.www.baume-et-mercier.com
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FOCUS: FIRST PERSON by Joseph Ungoco
As my plane touched down at LAX, thepilot cheerily reminded us to set ourwatches back three hours to the localtime. I glanced at my hand-me-down Rolex, myfathers stainless steel Air-King OysterPerpetual, bought for his swearing in as a U.S.citizen on July 4, 1965. This watch had kept himon time for more than a decade. I honestlycouldnt recall the last time I had worn thiswatch on a plane, but this would be its lasttranscontinental crossing on my wrist.
My father gave me The Air-King, his veryfirst Rolex, on my 11th birthday. Two monthsprior, to commemorate his own birthday, he hadinvested in an 18 karat yellow gold andstainless steel Datejust with Jubilee bracelet,pulling ahead of his stainless steel-clad siblingsin our family version of the Rolex Stakes. (TheBond films of the 60s and 70s introduced myfather and his three brothers to the Rolex brand,but the 80s brought my familys obsession to awhole new level.)
Later that year, my father took me withhim to the watchmakers shop, where we hadthe Air-King cleaned, the crystal polished, andthe luminous hour markers and hands repaintedan annual tradition.
Just as I thought we were ready to leave, the watchmaker came forwardwith a green leather box stamped with a gold coronet. Inside was the
matching womens version of my fathers newwatch. That summer, my mother handed herstainless steel Rolex with the Oyster braceletanengagement present from my fatherdown toher younger sister for her birthday.
Years later, before my 30th birthday, I calledmy watch dealer about buying myself a specialwatchperhaps a brand new Submariner. Butwhen I arrived at his shop, he had found theperfect tribute to my milestone birthday: a watchexactly as old as me. It was a mint condition 196918 karat yellow gold Rolex Date with graduatedOyster bracelet. Its South American seller sworeit had sat untouched in his fathers safety depositbox for at least 25 years! I was assured that aftera quick swipe of my credit card, a slightly longerFBI check (for the watch, not me) and a thoroughinspection (again for the watch), this gorgeoustimepiece would be mine. My new Rolexarrived just in time to accompany me to mybirthday party.
I lived happily with my Rolexes for severalyears, until the event that prompted this story: mygodsons birthday. The fourth of six boys, he waswell acquainted with the phrase hand-me-down,
but I think that my present to him that daya green leather box with a goldcoronet, the Air-King safely tucked insidemay have changed his opinion of thatphrase forever. At least I hope so
WA T C H
I T SA B O U TT I M E
HAND-ME-DOWNS WELCOMEA MILESTONE WATCH PASSED AMONG FAMILY
GIVES THE PHRASE NEW MEANING.
The Bond films of the 60s and 70s
introduced my fatherand his three brothers
to the Rolex brand.
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FOCUS: INTERVIEW by Roberta Naas
Patek Philippe has long been regarded as the epitome of watchmaking.This legendary family-owned, Geneva-based brand has been craftingsome of the finest watches in the world since 1839. Indeed, it has animpressive 70 patents to its credit and has won anamazing number of awards throughout itsexistence. Still, the brand continues to push thetechnological envelope, always on the cuttingedge of research and development in an effort tobring the best horological masterpieces to theforefront. This manufacture produces everythingin house according to the strictest standards ofexcellence.
For this and other reasons, the brand caneasily stand by its tagline: You never really owna Patek Philippe; you merely look after it for thenext generation. Indeed, perhaps more so than any other watch brand, PatekPhilippe timepieces hold their value from decade to decade, century tocentury. In fact, Patek Philippe holds a record for achieving 15 of the 16 highest
prices ever paid for a timepiece at auction. Whats more, at a Christies auctionthis past spring, a one-of-a-kind 1944 Ref. 1527 chronograph garnered $5.7million, breaking a record for any yellow gold watch ever sold at auction.
Naturally, the value of these watches lies intheir incredible workmanship and esteemedcomplexity. Patek Philippe makes about 42,000watches per year for worldwide consumptionand of the more complicated pieces, a verylimited number are built. Only the finest, hand-picked jewelers around the globe are selected tocarry this brand.
Here, in an exclusive interview, LarryPettinelli, president of Patek Philippe, USA,discusses the steadfast commitment of the brandto excellence and its belief that even the younger
generationone that flicks open its iPhones to check the timecan still
The value of thesewatches lies in the
incredible workmanshipand esteemed
WA T C H
I T SA B O U TT I M E
PATEK PHILIPPE IS ALWAYS LOOKING AHEAD.
THE NEXT GENERATION
Above: Mens Annual Calendar, Ladies Nautilus
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understand the affinity for a timepiecethat will long outlast them.
Pettinelli has been at the helm ofPatek Philippe in the U.S. for four yearsnow, but he has been with the companysince 1988, when he started as a traineecarrying watches for the son of thedistributor. It was two years beforePettinelli was even allowed to write anorder, and four years before he starteddiscussing actual sales with retailers.
Theres no reason to rush, Iremember the owners telling me, saysPettinelli, Because when we hiresomeone, we hire them to stay for a longtime.
And stay a longtime, he did.Today, 22 yearslater, Pettinellih e a d s t h ec o m p a n y in
America and admits that the time hasgone by in a heartbeat. As theawareness of Swiss watches rose,Patek Philippe reached iconic status.As vintage watch collecting grew andglobal auctions became more andmore prevalent, the value of PatekPhilippe timepieces became worldrenowned. The brand blossomed andthe challenges were met in the U.S. asthey were around the world: with a creed of exclusivity,perfection and innovation.
In the four years Pettinelli has been in charge in America,he has taken a tighter reign over the brands distribution:closing about 40 retail doors and making the product evenmore exclusive. Just about 100 retailers across America are nowauthorized to carry Patek Philippe timepieces. Those that doare superbly trained, and most travel to Switzerland to visit theworkshops and witness the revered watches being built. Intypical Patek Philippe style, the brand has also reorganized theway it services watches under warranty in America, and nowoffers faster turnaround by servicing most of their models in
New York (instead of Switzerland). We also work more closely than ever
with our retail jewelers to give them andtheir customers access to what they needin terms of fine products, says Pettinelli.We know that people have milestones intheir lives to celebrate, and that they wantto pick things with value, especially todaywhen they are scrutinizing every dollarthey spend. A Patek Philippe will haveinherent value from the minute theypurchase it to 20 years down the road, and100 years down the road.
According to Pettinelli, he has built ayounger, higher-energy-level team atPatek Philippe that understands todaysgeneration. We dont rest on our laurels,or take for granted that we are Patek andthats it, says Pettinelli. We keepdeveloping new products, strategies andrelationships. Our retailers are ourpartners, and we try to give them greattools for their customersfor generationsto come.
Among the most recent great toolsare Annual Calendar watches, especiallyRefs. 5205 and 5207, the Nautilustimepieces for women and men, and theexciting steel Twenty-4 for women.Additionally, Patek Philippe takes itsGenerations ad campaign to a differentlevel, based on the concept of Begin Your
Own Tradition. It is centered on the emotions inherent inrelationships (fathers and sons, mothers and daughters) andconveys the enduring value and beauty of something precious.The new campaign introduces the line Something trulyprecious holds its beauty forever.
Its important to emphasize that we are building watchesfor the next generation, not just for now, says Pettinelli. We arenot an old, stodgy, conservative company. We offer newness,innovation and excitement.
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Its important toemphasize
that we are buildingwatches for the next
generation, not just for now,says Pettinelli.
Larry Pettinelli, president, Patek Philippe, USA
Left: Ladies Twenty-4
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FOCUS: CELEBRITY AMBASSADORS by Jillian Sprague
DIANE KRUGER FOR JAEGER-LECOULTREKruger fell in love with Jaeger-LeCoultre when
she received a Reverso timepiece on her 18th
birthday. Little did she know that over a decade
later, the watch manufacturer would ask her to
represent their prestigious brand on red carpets
around the globe. Her elegant beauty, strong
personality and incredible talent made Kruger
the perfect muse for Jaeger-LeCoultres
designers, who strive to encompass a balance
between charm and strength of character in each
of their timepiece collections.
BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, BEAUTIFUL WATCHES
THE WORLDS FINEST TIMEPIECES MAKE THESE
SUPERSTARS SHINE (AND OF COURSE, VICE VERSA).
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GWYNETH PALTROW FOR BAUME & MERCIERWhen opportunity arose for Paltrow to partner with the
famed Swiss Maison dHorlogerie, she felt an instant
connection to the brands motto: Life is about moments.
That very much represents my personal philosophy on
life, she explains. For the actress and singer who
recently got her star on Hollywoods Walk of Fame, quiet
moments with her family are rare and precious. At a
seaside party in the Hamptons, she shared that many of
these moments have taken place at her home there,
where she enjoys relaxing, playing with her children and
grilling seafood in the garden. I feel at home in the place
between land and sea, she says.
MARIA SHARAPOVA FOR TAG HEUER TAG Heuer believes that women experience time
differently than men. Men cut it up into fractions in order
to visualize it, while women see it as a a poetic flow. For
men, time is linear. For women, it is cyclical.
The brand recently asked tennis superstar Maria
Sharapova to help design its new Formula 1 ceramic
watches because she is a woman endowed with the
systematic approach that comes with the territory. The
ceramic bracelet with butterfly clasp is ideal for delicate
wrists. The black edition is perfect for night on the town;
the white, for anytime and anyplace.
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KATE WINSLET FOR LONGINESWhat does time mean to you?In my 20s it meant doing as much as I could very quickly, and in my 30s Im
discovering that this needs to change.
What has been the highlight of your time as an actress? Whatfurther aspirations do you have?The highlight of my career was being cast in my very first film, Heavenly
Creatures, at 17. And the only aspiration I have is to remain as passionate
about my job as I always have been.
What do you consider your greatest strength?You should probably ask my friends and family, but I would say that loyalty
is up there on my list of moral priorities.
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NICOLE KIDMANFOR OMEGASince 2004, this Academy Award-
winning actress has been a champion of
Omegas graceful and timeless designs.
This year, shes wearing the Ladymatic,
a design first launched in 1955.
Who better than a strong woman
like Kidman to represent this product,
which Omegas president describes as a
tribute to how important our women
customers have been to us over the
years, and our idea of what a
mechanical watch for women should
be in the 21st century.
Says Kidman, These days, interest
in the quality of a watch movement
isnt gender specific; women have the
same interest in its performance as men
do. The Ladymatic addresses that
DANICA PATRICK FOR TISSOT What has been the most memorable time in your life?
I would have to say competing at the Indianapolis 500. Growing up, it was always a
goal of mine to one day race at the Brickyard, and to have gotten to that level in my
career is something that I hold very dear.
What would you do with more time?
I think Id spend it with my family and friends. As you can imagine, my life can be
hectic at times and it would be nice to be able to slow down and enjoy the company of
my loved ones more often.
What would you do differently if you could turn back time?
I wouldnt change a single thing in my life. Im very proud of my accomplishments on
the track and of where Im at in my career.
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FOCUS: SPEED by David A. Rose
It was a late afternoon in September when two young men were driving toSalinas, Calif., in a brand new 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder. The owner of the carplanned to compete in the Salinas Sports Car Race that weekend, but rather
than transport the car by trailerfrom Los Angeles as intended, hefelt he needed seat time in the newcar before he raced it. As theyapproached an intersection nearCholame, a 1950 Ford coming fromthe opposite direction suddenlycrossed lanes and the two carscollided head-on. The driver, JamesDean, was Hollywoods newestheartthrob. He died withinminutes of the crash, and a legendwas born.
Although only 90 Porsche 550 Spyders were made between 1953 and1956, many have survived. At the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion heldat Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2010, one of the 600 cars entered was aPorsche 550 Spyder identical to the one James Dean was to race 55 years ago.
Vintage racing has grown to become one of the most exciting forms ofmotorsports. It brings to life what most people will only see on the pages of
coffee table books, in museums or in movies.Rolex has sponsored motorsports since the 1930s. As the leading name in
luxury timepieces, its fitting that they are title sponsor for one of the worldsmost significant vintage race events.Motor racing has an enormousfollowing around the world. It appealsto those who appreciate the ultimate intechnology as well as extremecompetition, said Peter Nicholson, vicepresident and director ofcommunications, Rolex Watch U.S.A.Since split-second timing is so criticalfor drivers and crews, it is fitting thatRolex adds its reputation for precisiontimekeeping to these magnificentevents.
Participants at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion hail from 13countries and bring with them the most exotic cars on the planet to race at
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THE INTERSECTION OF HISTORY AND TECHNOLOGY
TOP: A full field of three-liter Formula 1 racecars, considered the pinnacle ofmotor racing from 1966 to 83. BOTTOM: A Rolex Oyster PerpetualCosmograph Daytona was presented to Graham Wallis.
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Laguna Secas challenging 11-turn circuit. Not long ago, one would have beenable to see a Type 35 Bugatti Grand Prix car only in a museum. Last year 90Bugattis were in Monterey, 35 of them racing in the Bugatti Grand Prix as partof the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. (They later toured the Californiacoastline as part of the Bugatti Rally 2010.)
At vintage races, the cars are not necessarily the only stars. PatrickDempsey, a passionate driver best known for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherdon TVs Greys Anatomy, raced a Mazda GTP Prototype at the event. Alwaysa crowd favorite, he was visibly thrilled with his racecarand his results. JayLeno and other celebrities are perennial attendees, but this year it was a trueAmerican legend who garnered the most attention. Dan Gurney, who washonored at the event, is widely considered to be the greatest American racecardriver of all time. As adriver he has won racesin Indy cars, Formula 1,NASCAR stock cars andthe 24 Hours of Le Mans.He was the onlyAmerican to win aFormula 1 Grand Prix ina car of his own designwhen, in 1967, he wonthe Belgian Grand Prix atCircuit Spa
Francorchamps in the beautiful Gurney Weslake Eagle F1. Despite all hiswins, Gurney is most well-known for his sportsmanship, which has won himthe respect and admiration of peers and race fans around the world.
As he was honored, Gurney reflected back on his prime, when cars werefast, drivers colorful and tragedy seemed always to be lurking around thenext corner. We were certainly driven by enormous passion for the sport, andwe had great respect for those who came before us...we werent thinkingabout future history at the time, said Gurney. He thanked his role model PhilWalters (better known as Ted Tappet), who could move through trafficgracefully without knocking anybody off the road.
Gurney is thrilled about the growth and popularity of vintage racing andenjoys seeing enthusiastic gentlemen drivers behind the wheel of the cars thathe and his peers made famous. Im sure these guys are as crazy as we were,
said Gurney. I dont know what it is about human beings...we all have anaffinity for the internal combustion engine and its sounds and smells, as wellas all the history. Its great to see decades touching each other and newgenerations appreciating similar things.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is part of Monterey AutoWeek, when sophisticated people, exotic cars, fine food and superb winescombine for a celebration that has become internationally recognized as ashowcase for luxury and glamour.
Automobile enthusiasts and connoisseurs of culture enjoy the
atmosphere of elegance while attending auto-related shows, auctions, cocktailparties and elaborate dinners. At the Pebble Beach Tour dElegance, grandtouring cars drive some of the most scenic portions of Montereys 17-MileDrive and then parade down Carmels Ocean Avenue for bystanders to enjoy.The festival of automobile culture culminates with the internationallyacclaimed Pebble Beach Concours dElegance, where the worlds mostextraordinary cars are judged for authenticity, function, history and style.
As the trailers and auto-transporters are reloaded with their valuablecargo and the participants catch their flights home, the quiet and lovelyMonterey peninsula returns to its normal tranquility. But plans are alreadyunderway for making the next event, from August 19th to the 21st, 2011, evenmore unforgettable.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Patrick Dempsey and Jay Leno; GrahamWallis in his 1929 Lagonda, for which he won The Spirit of MontereyTrophy for overall excellence.; some of the many cars raced or built by DanGurney.; Patrick Dempsey races the Jeremy Barnes Mazda RX-92 GTP.
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As we glided silently on the Zambezi River, we soaked in thestillness of the moment. To our right was Zimbabwe; to our left,Zambia. Above, the vast African sky enveloped us in its limitlesssupply of blue.
Then we saw the hippos.Our reverie was broken by the creatures, who bobbed slowly up and
down and grunted their displeasure at our having trespassed in their cornerof the Zambezi. Our path aheadand behindwas blocked by two pods ofthe roly poly beasts, among the deadliest in Africa. The promise of gettingclose to wildlife on a canoe trip was part of what had drawn us to ZambiasLower Zambezi National Park. But this was, perhaps, a bit too close.
We gave them as wide a berth as possible. After several minutes, ourguide, who was well versed in hippopotamus habits, dipped his oar into thewater. Lets go. Quickly now, he said, calmly but firmly.
It was one of the many reminders we had while on safari that despitethe gourmet food, plush beds and clawfoot bathtubs, we were very muchin the wild, in the home of often unpredictable animals engaged in a dailylife-and-death struggle. Its easy to forget while sipping afternoon tea andwatching the river float lazily by, until an elephant lumbers into campsearching for a snack.
Being able to get deep into the bush was part of the allure of Lower
Into AfricaIN ZAMBIA, SPOTTING WILDLIFE IS A WALK IN THE PARK.
BY CAROLINA BOLADO HALE
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Zambezi National Park, a 4,000-square kilometer piece ofriverfront land about a half-hours flight south of Lusaka.Though Zambia isnt at the top of most peoples safari lists, itshould be. Zambias guides are renowned beyond the countrysborders, and better park management and increased tourismrevenue have helped to greatly reduce poaching.
No roads lead to the park, so visitors must come viaboat or prop plane; the latter lands on one of threered-dirt airstrips inside the park that often have to becleared of zebras and warthogs. Formerly a private gamereserve for Zambian ex-President Kenneth Kaunda, the park isnow home to just six small camps, which means visitors aremore likely to see resident wildlife as opposed to safari truckconvoys.
And theres plenty of wildlife to see. Despite the parkssmall size, it boasts most of the big game that bring people toAfrica, plus more than 300 different bird species. After therainy season has passed and the watering holes have dried up,the animals all come to drink at the river, which means thosesix riverfront camps are perfectly positioned for wildlifeviewing.
My husband and I split our visit there between ChiawaCamp, the first one established after the national parkscreation in 1983, and Old Mondoro, a more rustic and intimatecamp a 45-minute boat ride downstream. The park has distinctregions, and the two camps are situated in completely differentterrain. Dense shrubs, behind which lions hide while eyeingtheir prey, characterize the area around Chiawa, while largeacacia trees with low-hanging, thick branchesperfect leopardperchesdominate the terrain downstream.
We were up before the sun each day (the animals dontsleep in, so we couldnt either) to explore the area by safaritruck, boat, canoe or even on foot. Zambia is, after all, the
birthplace of the walking safari.Listening to bird calls andexamining termite mounds, wesaw the bush in a way that wenever could have in a noisysafari vehicle.
Every day brought a newadventure, whether it washooking tigerfish in the river orfinding lion cubs playing in thetall grass. And each evening, wepaused to engage in anothersafari ritual: the sundowner. Nomatter what we were doing atthe time, as soon as the sunbegan to sink below the horizon,we would stop, prepare drinksand watch the sky turn variousshades of orange, pink andpurple as we discussed thelasting memories wed justmade.
Lower Zambezi NationalPark is open from mid-Apriluntil mid-November. Prices forChiawa Camp range from $595to $895 per person per day,depending on the time of year.Old Mondoros rates begin atapproximately $600 per personper day. Rates includetransportation within the park,all activities, food and drinks.
Dr. Livingstone, I PresumeNo visit to Zambia is completewithout a stop in Livingstone, nextdoor to Victoria Falls. The localname for the falls, Mosi oa Tunya,means the smoke that thunders.When water levels are high, thetowering clouds of mist can beseen clearly from downtownLivingstone, six miles away. Thefalls are at their mightiest in Mayand June, making the viewingexperience a very wet one. Theflow slows to a comparative trickleby the end of the year, whichmeans each individual waterfall isclearly visible, and activities likewhitewater rafting or taking a dipin the Devils Swimming Pool(literally inches from where thewater plummets 360 feet down)are available. The Royal LivingstoneHotel, situated on the banks of theZambezi River just upstream fromthe falls, offers luxurious rooms,and wildlife viewing right from yourwindowgiraffes and zebras freelyroam the grounds of the hotel.Rates start at $653 for doubleoccupancy, including breakfast andnational park fees.
Inside the canvas tent at Chiawa Camp
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T he thumping beats are so infectious that its impossible not toreact with a swish of the hips. Zumba, the fitnessdance craze everyone seems to be shaking their moneymakerto these days, elicits a whole lot more than a toe tap. And after an hourof sweaty dance party fun, youll find youve melted away up to1,000 calories, says Irena Meletiou (pictured at right), achoreographer and New York-based Zumba instructor.Imagine, turning exercise into a partyminus the cocktails andstilettos, of course!
So what is Zumba? Think 60 percent Latin dance using thebasic steps of samba, salsa, cumbia, mambo and cha-cha.Add 40 percent hip-hop, reggaeton, West Africanand belly dancing-inspired moves. Pump up theenergy with a fast pop music tempo and youvegot aerobic cardio that works just about everymuscle in your body. Classes are taught ingroups where everyone works itcollectively (not competitively). Noworrying about counting steps,judging technique, orscrutinizing yourself for formand precision. Zumba isabout freestyling at yourown pace and level.
In fairness, the first classyou take may not be yourFootloose moment. Unlessyoure an experienceddancer, it may take a fewtries to let go completely andfeel your sexiest. Zumba issomething everyone cando, says Meletiou. Only ifyou cant bend your knees thengive up because dancing is not for you.
You get quick, easy, effective results for all body types, shesays. Its about partying and one goal: having fun. The fitness andstrength are just a bonus.
Zumba instructors all add their own flavor to the universalformat. Meletiou teaches a master class with a half hour of
technical instruction followed by an hour of class, sopeople can really connect with the fun and sexychoreography.
The whole Zumba phenom started back in2001, thanks to the marketing magic and savvydance skills of two Albertos. Alberto Beto
Perez, a Colombian dancer and choreographer,accidentally started the craze when he forgothis aerobics tapes for a class. Instead he played
some salsa and meringue music. The class was ahit and he soon brought popular music fromaround the world to soundtrack his globalfootwork. Alberto #1 then met Alberto #2(Perlman), the CEO of Zumba Fitness. The twohave turned an impromptu exercising dance party
into a well-marketed global brand replete withclothing and retail products. (Zumba is a
Colombian word used to describe the buzz ofa bee.) Under the Zumba brand more
than 20,000 instructors have been trained across 35countries, and over 3 million DVDs have been purchased.
I was in Berlin and took a Zumba class. EvenGermans can dance like they are in Puerto Rico! saysAshlynn Vanessa Manning, a licensed Zumba instructor,who first learned of the program through her mother.It brings this exciting part of Latin American culture
to the rest of the world. Its moving with the musicand feeling the music, with a whole community of
people doing it right there beside you.For many trying to lose weight or get
toned, its a godsend to be so busy workinit that you forget youre actually working
out! Let loose with wild abandon; in thishealthy hedonism the only protection
youll need is a bottle of water tokeep you hydrated.
Healthy HedonismALLOW YOUR INNER ZUMBA STAR TO BREAK FREE. BY SHIRA LEVINE
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Animated Dogs Come to LifePaul Fierlingers parents were caught up in an international life of Czechpolitics, diplomacy and intrigue. They had little time for or interest in theiryoung child. When they were called back to Czechoslovakia from theStates, they left Paul with an American foster family theyd found througha newspaper ad. To cope with this benign neglect, Paul found solace in thecompany of loveable dogs.
At the tender age of 10, due to a regime change in Czechoslovakia, Paulwas abruptly yanked from the American home hed come to call his own andsent off to an elite boarding school in Prague (future playwright andpresident Vacel Havel and film director Milos Forman were his schoolmates).
Miserable, homesick for America, and unable to speak the language,Paul expressed himself through drawing. It turned out he had quite a talent.Art school followed, coupled with an intense desire to return to the U.S. (nomean feat during the Communist era).
Eventually, using his artistic talent to forge documents, Fierlingerescaped to America. Over time, as his acclaim as an animator grew, Paul andhis wife Sandra, a fine arts painter, began to create animated films together.Shown on PBS and at prestigious film festivals such as Sundance and theToronto Film Festival, their work received numerous Peabody Awards, anOscar nomination for Best Animated Short, and several other major filmfestival awards. Pauls lifelong love of dogs informed many of these projects.
Some favorites include the award-winning films Still Life with AnimatedDogs, starring dogs Paul had come to love over his lifetime, and DrawnFrom Memory, an autobiographical film featuring the canine companionsthat helped him survive those unhappy years in Czechoslovakia.
In their latest feature from New Yorker Films, My Dog Tulip (based on
Mans Best FriendIn The Spotlight
FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, FROM THE EARLIEST CAVE PAINTINGS TO CONTEMPORARYCANVASES, ARTISTS HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY DOGS. TODAY, THESE ARTISTS BRING A
UNIQUE VISION TO THEIR WORK. BY JACQUELIN CARNEGIE
Above: Painter Juan Torcoletti used his love of dogs to turn hislife around by painting their portraits.
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British author J.R. Ackerleys book), an animated German Shepherd getstop billing alongside the voices of Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave andIsabella Rossellini.
Through a Photographers LensAward-wining photographer Rosanne Olson is mostly known for herstunning portraits of people. But as she photographed her KnowingPortraits clients, she noticed that their pets were intrigued by the process,often hovering at the edge of the proceedings.
Olson became intrigued with them in return and came up with theconcept of photographing dogs in the painterly style of the Old Masters.Her regal dog portraits la Thomas Gainsborough and John Singer Sargentlook as if lit by the natural light of a window.
When photographing dogsand childrenI am very patient, explainsOlson. Sometimes it works quickly and sometimes it takes a whiletheresno forcing anything. Animals (and kids) are so honest. They dont know howto fake it; thats something we learn as we grow up.
I simply try to make photographing them an enjoyable experience sothat the expressions I get reflect the genuine feelings of the subject.
Yes, you can almost see the dogs smiling.
Canine Creatures on CanvasArgentine painter Juan Torcolettis inspiration for painting dogs is best toldin his own words:
My history painting dogs was born in the streets of New York. I had justmoved to the city in 1993 and found a place in Soho. One morning, like anyother, I went for coffee at Dean & Deluca on Prince Street. I passed a lady
dressed in black leather with two black dogs, a Rottweiler and a GermanShepherd. In a stroke of bad luck, the Rottweiler bit me so badly that I hadto go to the hospital for stitches.
I wanted to sue the lady, but felt sorry for the dogs. Also, because I washere illegally, I feared being sent back to South America. I was happy and inlove with New York City, fully determined to fulfill my American dream.
At first, to heal myself from the frightening experience with thatRottweiler, I painted dogs with ferocious teeth, wild dogs and all black ones.I started selling my paintings on the street, at the corner of Prince andGreene. Luckily, many sales followed.
I had famous clients such as Giorgio Armani and many artists. Also,neighborhood residents and tourists bought my work. But, finally, I wasarrested for selling on the street and was almost deported. However,fortune smiled and I got my paintings backand my freedomas well asmy papers and a green card. So, I decided to change my life and stop sellingmy work on the street. I started doing dog portraits on request.
First, Id meet the dogs and their owners (the clients), do sketches,
make drawings and take photos. Afterwards, Id work on the paintings in mystudio (by then, Id moved to an old storage building in Tribeca with ahotplate and a bathroom down the hall). Thats where I lived until I becamedisillusioned with my beloved America. And, when I started paintingferocious dogs again, I knew it was time to move back to Buenos Aires.
Since 2004, Juan Torcoletti and his amazing dog portraits have beenrepresented by boltax.gallery on Shelter Island, New York.
These very different portraits by this group of talented artists paytribute to the long relationship people have had with dogsnot only ashunters, guardians and guides, but as loving companions.
Animator Paul Fierlingerand Mutts cartoonist Patrick
McDonnell teamed up to createcommercials for
The Shelter Pet Project(www.theshelterpetproject.org)
to encourage people to adopt a pet.
Other ways to help: Visit 4pawsforability.org, which
provides service dogs to people with disabilities;
www.humanesociety.org, thenations largest animal protectionorganization; or www.aspca.org,
which rescues and sheltersabused and neglected animals.
Left: Esther the Great Dane, as photographed by Rosanne Olson, has the regal look of Gainsboroughs The Blue Boy. Top Right: Artimitates life. In the award-winning Still Life with Animated Dogs, Paul Fierlinger gets his dog Spinnaker to do a barking voice over.Bottom Right: In the film, Paul Fierlinger also goes sailing with Spinnaker.
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Iwas 10 and at an Italian ski resort the first time I gave jewelry to a female.She was 18, beautiful, and to prove my love, I left a gift of shiny darkpurple beads by her door, a bold move I was sure would make up for oureight-year age difference. She sweetly accepted the gift but turned down myproposal of undying devotion. Heartbroken, I was not yet aware that thiswould be the last time Id give a gift of jewelry without trepidation.
While dating Jen, a professional dancer, I considered buying her a ringbut quickly decided it would represent a commitment I wasnt ready tomake. Instead, I chose an ornate crystal choker that ended up being so tightthat it cut off her air supply. Although she had left magazines open to pagesfeaturing her favorite jewelry designer, Id been oblivious to these not-so-subtle hints. We broke up six months later.
I soon met Arianna. For her birthday, I purchased a Turkishhandcrafted sterling silver necklace with a carved pendant. Upon carefulexamination, the carving revealed a well-endowed naked man with openarms. Aware of possible misinterpretations, I worried: Was I showingsexual insecurity? Was it in really bad taste? But when I gave it to Arianna,she was delighted and wore the piece close to her heart. Ultimately theguy in the carving would remain in her life a lot longer than I would.
Moving to New York from my native Milan, I started dating Bettina, a stylewriter who dragged me to esoteric jewelry exhibits at various museums. Idont want to see a bunch of jewelry, I protested in response to a Castellaniexhibit. But its as much your heritage as the Vatican and its frescoes,Bettina replied as I marveled at the intricate pieces behind the glass cases.
The word for jewel in Italian isrelated to joy and I wanted to giveBettina a sense of gioia di vivere.She loves rose cut diamonds, so Ipicked out a pair of stones andhad them made into dropearrings, one-of-a-kind, justlike her. Its the closest Ivecome to truly committing to awoman with a gift of jewelry.
And while Im now moreadept at taking hints, Im still hoping torecapture the courageous young boy who declared his feelings withunabashed audacity and an open heart.
Romancing the StoneMY ROCKY EXPERIENCES BUYINGJEWELRY FOR GIRLFRIENDS BY MICHAEL GIULIETTI
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