The other two feature relief engraving, an artisanal technique cherished by Jaquet Droz. This method is used to create an ox that literally seems to be coming out of the dial as it calmly saunters on to the pitch-black onyx face towards a gold plum tree with red ruby blossoms. The plum tree symbolizes the harmony between humans and nature, the earth and the sky. Rubies stand for bravery and victory, values close to the ox's heart. The stunning raised tableau is made possible by hand-engraved gold appliqué on these two 41 mm Petite Heure Minutes hour rings. One is crafted in red gold and the other in white gold with a gem-set bezel and lugs. Like on the dials, the Ateliers d’Art also engraved the oscillating weights with the head of an ox on an onyx background.
Blancpain sees women as both muses and captains. The Manufacture draws inspiration from their inherent delicacy to compose soft and sparkling creations, piloted by mechanisms reflecting the boldness of their nature. The very soul of this lyrical watch, housed in a 33.2 mm red gold case, resides in a self-winding Haute Horlogerie movement: Blancpain calibre 1151. Derived from the famous 1150, it is endowed with a silicon balance-spring and a four-day power reserve, as well as a date display. Because beauty is first and foremost an inner quality, a sapphire caseback reveals the finely decorated intricate workings that voluptuously mark off time. The magical ties between Blancpain and women have been faithfully woven since 1930, when the Maison created the first self-winding ladies' wristwatch. This fusional relationship was further consolidated three years later when a woman, Betty Fiechter, took the helm of the company, thus becoming the first to head a watchmaking Manufacture. The ensuing years saw a succession of feminine horological creations representing open declarations of Blancpain's love for women. The "Valentine's Day 2021" watch is a new token of eternity. The understated elegance of its design, reflecting the very essence of Blancpain style, ensures that this gem-set timepiece joins the ranks of truly ageless models. The temptation to offer such a priceless gift to the love of your life is all the greater in that this model comes in a limited edition of just 28.
To set the mood for the Chinese New Year, FURLA has unveiled a series of conceptual videos with festive challenges as the theme. From Italy, the origins of Furla, Super Cow sets out for an adventurous journey across multiple cities, before Super Cow brings Furla Chinese New Year Capsule Collection 2021, as well as her love and anticipation for the Year of the Ox, to other countries. At the end of this heart-warming, adventurous story, Super Cow takes the mascot of the capsule collection to the sky, sending good fortune and peace to the world.
The set up is a mix of picnic tables and benches and bean bags/cushions with mats on the lawn and plenty of umbrellas to shield you from the Dubai sun, should you need to, although some vitamin D is always good.
The concept is simple and straight forward and prior reservation is essential and preferred for proper flow control as well as to secure your preferred spot on the picnic lawn adorned with food carts, sandwiches, wraps, sushi and dessert pantry as well as barbeque and smoke grill station, kid’s corner and more….You can also opt for a picnic with soft drinks, or include the alcohol package with beers, wines and various summer cocktails (Gin Fizz would thirst your quench) from the well stocked outdoor bar. Refreshments were aplenty and while they were from the house pouring menu list, pleasing nonetheless.
You are set up with some starters that are brought to your table – fat chips, guacamole corn chips and breads with some homemade spreads – then you proceed to pick up/choose your food from the multiple food stations – ‘your pantry’ – and then have a picnic! The food presentation is beautifully packaged and convenient and then others cooked and plated in takeaway boxes in small portions and you can always go back for more. Sounds like Christmas brunches or celebrations had just been extended but with your spring outfit on.
To begin with you are not aware of how extensive the offerings are, as you get to choose from gulf prawns, Norwegian salmon, lamb kofta, chicken drumsticks, corn on the cob, cheese kasekrainer sausages, pork ribs, crispy pork belly, organic Cumberland sausages, braised red cabbage, beef brisket, king fish, rib eye and much more.
While the day was a bit windier than expected, the sun was shining and we felt like we were having a picnic with not a care in the world. The meats from the smoker were delicious, tender and juicy and packed with flavour. The live BBQ was spot on, the big smoker produced a great flavour in everything that came out of the big beast and the pork section had some sensational crispy pork belly and save some room for dessert. Regret not!
With more than 25 items to choose from, the larder fridge had so many choices and such a sensible way to ensure you tried many things by encapsulating a menu item in a seal tight jar that had a few mouthfuls, but not too much that you ran out of our room, so excellently thought through. It is packed with so many jars of tasty goodies: cheeses, pates, salads, sandwiches, assorted sushi, hummus, olives, muhamara, yogurts, fruit salad and then a selection of 10 desserts in a jar. Covering panna cotta, oreo cheesecake, chocolate mousse, lemon meringue tart, salted caramel rice and the list goes on. Absolutely bottomless!
We could go on, but it is well executed and we sampled just about everything in bite size portions to ensure we got a good cross section of all that was on offer. The service is friendly, spot on and cheerful, but of course the idea is that you avail yourself of all the stations and go to the stations when you are in need of more sustenance, but the staff are on hand to assist at any point in time. We left feeling very replete and could not possibly have eaten another mouthful. For a picnic culinary triumph and a weekend outdoor event to remember, this is a winner to everyone!
Design & Decor: 4/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
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Arnold & Son have installed their large moon in the night-sky that forms the dial of this exceptional time-piece. In a large aperture, a disc turns to show us the age of the heavenly body, the appearance of its crescent and its light. This moon is crafted in mother-of-pearl, its shadows are hand-painted and it is coated with Super-LumiNova. In the daylight, it is almost white. In the dark, it lights up from within and takes on a new aspect, with details emerging. Further along on this disc, the constellation has been created using the same methods.
Arnold & Son continue to make the most of the infinitely varying textures nature has to offer. After obsidian and aventurine quartz, it is specular haematite that has been selected for making the dial of this Perpetual Moon. This variety of haematite is in laminated form, with layers that are naturally smooth and shiny. As with all haematites, due to its iron composition there are silvery flakes in its totally black mass. These glittering specks have also been incorporated into the doublefaced alligator-skin strap, the outer face of which is black, flake-speckled and embellished with stitching in veritable platinum (Pt950) thread.
But the unique and exclusive signature of this limited series is the buffalo with immense horns standing, imposingly, at 6 o’clock. It is a miniature gold sculpture featuring the animal in a majestic posture. In the background is a scenery of multi-storey pagodas, hand-painted with gold powder. Their windows have also been painted with Super LumiNova. Thus at night-time, these temples are lit up from the interior and the Perpetual Moon takes on an inhabited aspect.
Like all the movements used by Arnold & Son, the calibre A&S1512 was entirely developed, produced, assembled, decorated, adjusted and cased up in the brand’s Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds. This calibre is based on a large barrel with an oscillation frequency of 3 Hz, giving a 90-hour power reserve. Last but not least, the moon-phase display of this movement will remain accurate for 122 years before deviating by one day from the actual appearance of the moon in the night-sky.
ROGER VIVIER Celebrates 2021 Chinese Lunar New Year by bringing in passion with a curated assortment from its SS2021 collection by Creative Director Gherardo Felloni. Red is a symbol for prosperity and success, and is also the signature color of Roger Vivier. To celebrate the new year of the Ox, Roger Vivier presents a special edition of Viv’ Skate sneakers, featuring a red and white colorway. The sneakers get an added touch of luxury with the Maison’s signature crystal buckle, composed of 32 sparkling red crystals, all assembled by hand. Matching this special motif is the Miss Vivier Pocket Phone Holder, hand crafted in a rich, red shade of leather, with the RV crystal logo and a miniature Broche buckle.