“When we auction a piece by Cartier, you can at least double the value compared to an equivalent unnamed piece,” says Graeme Thompson, Director of Jewellery for the Asia division of British auction house, Bonhams.
Next week Bonhams is holding a 177-lot Fine Jewellery and Jadeite auction in Hong Kong, including nine vintage Cartier pieces. One of the lots, an articulated 1960’s emerald and diamond bracelet, could go for US$100,000 to US$150,000. Another, a fine art deco 21-carat diamond cuff with five emerald cabochons, has an estimated price tag of US$130,000 to US$190,000.
“Fine Cartier pieces are very rare today and that is a reflection of how desired they are,” says Thompson. “Antique and vintage jewellery are the new coveted collectibles.”
American actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has reached a settlement with American multinational discounted departmental chain Walmart, led by billionaire Sam Walton, regarding a 2014 Walmart truck crash which left him seriously injured and killed his friend, comedian and writer James McNair, according to the BBC.
The Arrinera Hussarya has been in the works since 2011 and a running version was unveiled last month at the Poznan Auto Show. The manufacturer has received some criticism due to extended development of the project but we may be seeing the model out on the streets by the end of next year.
In 40 years, BMW has turned itself into the premiere luxury auto brand, dwarfing competitors. The secret to its success? Variety.
In 1975, when Bayerische Motoren Werke AG opened its first dealership in the U.S., the German maker of sporty cars and motorcycles was barely known to American motorists. Now, 40 years later, BMW is the country’s top seller of luxury automobiles and the 11th most valuable brand worldwide, according to Interbrand’s 2014 survey.
How did it manage it?
Nine miles from the town of Nantucket, this inn has “hands down the best location,” with views of Nantucket Bay and the Atlantic. Rooms in this “beautiful, classic New England” three-story gray-shingled cottage are done in antique pine with hand-stenciled finishes and warm tones. For “an extraordinary dining experience,” visit perfect-scoring Topper’s, where the modern American menu includes Hudson Valley foie gras.
Since regulations prohibiting travel to Cuba were relaxed in January, U.S. travelers have been clamoring to visit—though trip planning takes some determination. Senior digital editor Laura Dannen Redman went step by step through the process with Traveler aviation correspondent Barbara Peterson, answering all the questions she—and you—might have.
LR: I want to go to Cuba to cover the Havana Biennial, running May 22–June 22. I’m a journalist, so I fall under one of the 12 categories of U.S. traveler allowed to visit now. My dates are flexible. So…what should I do first?
That’s Dr. Magic Johnson to you!
Indeed, the NBA legend received an honorary doctor of business degree from Xavier University of Louisiana on Saturday while participating in the school’s commencement ceremonies.
Porsche Cars North America has called Atlanta, Georgia home since 1998, but it’s gone and made that arrangement even more permanent. The German sports car manufacturer has just opened a new headquarters and experience center on a 27-acre site adjacent to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
The “talented black cook” stereotype is a stale one — leftover from a long history of slavery and servitude in white kitchens — and tightly bound to the notion of “black food.”So let’s set the record straight. Blacks can cook. And preparation and serving is not the only black contribution to food culture. In fact, the tantalizing world of black chefs is a sweet and salty medley of kitchen savvy educators, restaurateurs, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, authors, activists and celebrity personalities. There’s a new generation of black foodies in town, and they’re breaking down barriers like butchers breaking bones.
Have an amenity that’s critical to your stay? According to our ombudsman, you should get written confirmation whenever you book a vacation rental.
Q: My husband has difficulty with stairs, so when we reserved an apartment in Amsterdam through Hotels.com, we booked one with an elevator. (I even called to confirm that there was one.) Upon arrival, however, we learned that the only way to reach the apartment was by climbing five flights of stairs. When we confronted Hotels.com about this, they offered us a $150 voucher as compensation. Isn’t the mistake theirs, and shouldn’t we get back the $1,348 we paid for the apartment? –JoAnn H., Naples, Fla.