The year is already coming to a close, and it’s been an interesting one, without a doubt. We’ve seen jaw-dropping auction highlights, discussed the topic of custom jewelry and footwear, and kept tabs on the best new watch releases unveiled in 2016. While we’d love to give you a full digest of all the great things to roll across our desks, that’d burn a few too many pages in a hurry. Instead, we present three favorite items we covered this past year.
Bvlgari Parentesi Cocktail Necklace
Big and loud statement jewelry remains a hot ticket item this year, making that tried-and-true “less is more” mantra a thing of the past. When a particular situation calls for a statement piece, Bvlgari is more than happy to oblige. The Parentesi cocktail necklace is by no means over-the-top; however, the pairing of 18k pink gold with amethyst, citrine, quartz and diamonds makes it an absolute standout piece of hardware on any occasion. $43,600.
To find proper bespoke footwear entirely “made in the U.S.A.” was a real treat this past spring. Modern Vice keeps its headquarters and flagship store in Manhattan’s Garment District and offers a full line of both off-the-rack and bespoke footwear options for men and women. Pricing for bespoke starts at an exceptionally moderate $500, but depending on how wild you get with customization, obviously the sky’s the limit. The brand doesn’t like to name-drop too often, but it can boast Cyndi Lauper and Questlove as clients, among many others. Depending on how long you stay in the city, you can be as heavily or lightly involved in the process as you see fit, but one way or another the end product is yours and yours alone.
Seiko Presage Chronograph
This still may surprise some of the watch collectors in the room, but the new Seiko Presage ranks as one of the best buys in watchmaking this year. Seiko continues to make exceptional headway into the realm of haute horlogerie with the majority of its Grand Seiko offerings, and this Presage chronograph is nearly impossible to beat in terms of a value-per-dollar proposition. Available in either a traditional white enamel dial or a remarkably deep black, handworked urushi lacquer, this sleek 42mm chronograph wears brilliantly on the wrist. With the market saturated with plain mass-produced chronographs in the $4,000–5,000 range, this thing truly is a breath of fresh air. White enamel, $2,300; black lacquer, $2,600.
Over the last three–four weeks, Portugal made significant strides in slowly, but surely, reopening the country for travel. As of May 18, Portugal further loosened restrictions by ending the country’s COVID-19 State of Emergency status while continuing social distancing.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
United Airlines introduces United CleanPlus, a partnership with Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic. The company is committed to putting health and safety at the forefront of the entire customer experience, and hopes to deliver an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. This partnership brings together Clorox and some of the country’s top medical experts from the Cleveland Clinic to help guide United Airlines’ new cleaning, safety and social distancing protocols.
At FXExpress Publications, Inc., we can’t wait to #ComeBacktoTravel, and we can’t wait for the travel industry and others to #ComeBacktoGT. Join us over the next several weeks as we entice you with photos from some of the places we’re most excited to visit. Take a visual journey through some of the Florida Keys’ most breathtaking sights with us, just in time for the June 1 reopening.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
A first of its kind in the region, The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi launched a safe and clean certification program. The program seeks to uplift and standardize cleanliness and hygiene levels across all businesses and organizations in the tourism sector, including hotels, malls and other attractions. DCT Abu Dhabi will offer certifications that ensure compliance of standardized hygiene levels, and the program will roll out in phases, with the first dedicated to hotels.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is celebrating the heroes. Travelers can nominate the unsung heroes in their lives for a chance to be selected for one of 25 complimentary, seven-night European river cruises for two through July 31.