Skins x Vilhelm and comfortable

Skins, a beauty and fragrance paradise in Amsterdam, Holland. Famous for the fine niche beauty labels they sell. Skins Cosmetics brought about a true revolution in the Dutch cosmetics retail in 2000. It was the very first store in the Netherlands where only niche brands were sold that were not previously available in the Netherlands.

The founders of Skins Cosmetics had a clear vision: only perfume, make-up and skin care brands that were not yet well known in the Netherlands, but had (and have) an iconic status abroad.

Skins Cosmetics is constantly looking for the most special, innovative and undiscovered beauty products. To the brands that have been developed with the greatest care and attention. By the makers who are pure and only strive for the best. They want to share these discoveries with anyone who likes to look further and who is looking for beauty brands that are slightly less known.

One of these brands is Vilhelm Perfumery. Founded in 2015 by Swedish New Yorker Jan Ahlgren, this luxurious contemporary perfume house is based in New York and has perfumes made in Paris. Vilhelm Perfumery currently has about 25 different scents. Vilhelm is a young perfume house, but has already built up a considerable fan base with original, luxury perfumes.

Now the American Vilhelm Parfumerie is joining forces with the Dutch Skins Cosmetics, resulting in an Eau de Parfum with delicious wood tones. A warm comfortable fragrance that smells very attractive to both men and women.

Top notes: bergamot, juniper berries, black tea
Heart: lavender, leather, violet
Base: Palo Santo, sandalwood, papyrus

Skins x Vilhelm, an Eau de Parfum with top notes of fresh bergamot, juniper black tea. Furthermore, Skins x Vilhelm is a fusion of the heart notes lavender and leather in combination with creamy sandalwood, burning palo santo and blooming yellow flowers.

Vilhelm founder Jan Ahlgren always builds his fragrances around a story. Stories inspired by memories and important moments in Ahlgren’s life. Every scent is, as it were, part of his biography, on a feeling and emotional level. A story that this time takes place in Amsterdam. Imagine a scene straight from David Lynch’s imagination….

You are in front of a very special hotel…. Night falls behind you through the canals, whispering the promises of the city’s many pleasures. The doors open…. A touch of sandalwood lures you in…. Painted eyes and a soft voice greet you like smoke from burning Palo Santo curls in the air…. You could swear that the yellow flowers sprayed on the wall bloom before your very eyes. Your phone, usually a lifeline, is forgotten in your hand as you awaken to this new reality. Welcome to a world unlike any other, where the only currency is the adrenaline rush of opportunity and curiosity.

Skins x Vilhelm Eau de Parfum is available exclusively at Skins Cosmetics, where other Vilhelms are also available, with intriguing names like Stockholm 1978 and Dirty Velvet.

Skins x Vilhelm Eau de Parfum is available in in as 100ml (210.-), and as a 10ml pursespray (€35.-). Skins is thé parfum destination with lots of exclusive fragrances with many exclusive scents that you cannot get anywhere else in the Netherlands. Come into the beautiful world of Skins.

Van Cleef & Arpels Launches Rose Gold Guilloche Sweet Alhambra Jewellery Watch

Introduced in 1968, the Alhambra motif, featuring a 4-leaf clover has been so integral to Van Cleef & Arpels that it has become part of its DNA. The Sweet Alhambra, a variation of the original Vintage Alhambra collection, comes with smaller, daintier motifs and dials on its timepieces. 

This year, the now iconic Alhambra collection of French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra collection welcomes a new jewelry watch, which reinterprets the emblematic lucky motif in materials teeming with life.

The Sweet Alhambra jewelry watch seems entirely consecrated to light. Around the guilloché dial, the bracelet alternates radiant motifs in guilloché rose gold and pink mother-of-pearl. Appearing for the first time in the Alhambra collection, the latter material has been chosen for its natural pink color with silky over tones.

The mother-of-pearl motifs have been carefully matched, before being delicately polished to create a shiny sur face. Guilloché rose gold is also making its debut in the Alhambra collection; the engraving gleams as it catches the light. The hours thus slip by with a sparkle on this jewel that tells the time.

In keeping with the Maison’s high standards, the hard stones that adorn the creations have been selected from among the finest materials. The chalcedony draws its charm from its soft gray-blue color, while the agate has been chosen for its deep and even shades, accentuated by careful polishing. The gray and pink mother-of-pearl reveal all the delicacy of their iridescent luster.

Faithful to Van Cleef & Arpels’ tradition of excellence, the Alhambra collection reflects all the expertise of a High Jewelry Maison. Different crafts have come together for each piece, ranging from the lapidary to the jeweler, from the stone-setter to the polisher. In keeping with the Maison’s standards, the mother-of-pearl and hard stone motifs are intricately cut and polished, before being matched to create harmonious sets. Like the guilloché motifs, they take their places inside an elegantly beaded mount, as if within a precious case.

These golden contours have been carefully reworked by hand by master jewelers, before the prongs – rounded for a softer feel – are bent down to hold the motifs delicately in place. A final polish then illuminates the beauty of the ensemble. In all, about fifteen stages of selection, crafting and checking succeed one another, resulting in a unique piece that will stand the test of time.

The Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Collection is available at Van Cleef & Arpels Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Audemars Piguet Introduces Its First-Ever Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Royal Oak

Iconic Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet has just released its first-ever Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in the Royal Oak design. Originally designed as a time-and-date model when it was introduced in 1972, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has since been offered with countless complications, including the most complex of them all, a grand complication. 

The tourbillon, an Audemars Piguet speciality is, of course, no stranger to the Royal Oak and was first used in the iconic luxury sports watch in 1997 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this model. Today, the latest evolution is revealed, this time with an automatic flying tourbillon movement, first launched in Code 11.59. Available in three versions, including a surprising titanium edition, here’s the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41mm.

Looking at the current Royal Oak collection, you’ll notice that there is already a tourbillon model. Yet, this iteration of the Royal Oak is hand-wound, features an extra-thin movement and its tourbillon cage has a classic architecture, with bridges front and back.

Today, the brand introduces something more modern and with a movement that has never been used before on the brand’s luxury sports watch, the Calibre 2950 that was first used on Code 11.59. And while this isn’t the first automatic tourbillon movement used on the Royal Oak, this is the first to combine a self-winding mechanism and a flying architecture.

The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon will be available in three different references, but before we look at them in more detail, let’s look at common points. The case for these new models measures 41mm in diameter and is slightly thicker than the aforementioned extra-thin models – at about 11.5mm.

Other than that we find the same design as all other editions of the Royal Oak, with the signature octagonal bezel with 8 gold screws, the shaped case and the integrated metallic bracelet. All watches combine sporty brushed surfaces with beautifully polished accents.

Concerning the dial, two of the models (steel and gold) have a guilloché surface with the ‘Evolutive Tapisserie’ pattern that was introduced on the hand-wound tourbillon models in 2018 – with a focal point radiating from the centre of the tourbillon. The titanium model is, on the other hand, quite different and entirely new.

A detail worth noting is the applied 24k gold Audemars Piguet signature, a first in the Royal Oak. This specific applied logo was first created for Code 11.59 and is achieved through a chemical process akin to 3D printing known as galvanic growth. Each letter is connected with thin links almost invisible to the eye. The signature is then fixed on the dial by hand with minuscule legs.

The in-house calibre 2950, a movement that was first introduced in the Code 11.59 collection and that combines flying tourbillon – an architecture that was first used by Audemars Piguet in 2018, in the Royal Oak Concept – and automatic winding is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback.

The movement, entirely decorated with Haute Horlogerie techniques (the Geneva stripes are, however, different from Code 11.59, as here radiating), is large and modern. It beats at 3Hz and boasts a comfortable power reserve of 65 hours. Depending on the edition, the openworked oscillating weight is made from pink gold or rhodium-toned pink gold.

Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in Steel

The first of these three Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon models is offered in stainless steel with a blue dial (Ref. 26530ST.OO.1220ST.01), a classic combination for this watch that refers to the original 1972 model. Both the case and the bracelet are executed in the typical Royal Oak style, with brushed surfaces and polished bevels.

The dial of this steel edition, besides having the modern and striking ‘Evolutive Tapisserie’ pattern, is also executed with a gradient smoked effect, with a darker periphery than the centre of the dial. This gives depth to the flying tourbillon while also providing great contrast for the white gold hands and applied hour markers.

Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in Titanium

The second version of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41mm (Ref. 26530TI.OO.1220TI.01) is the most surprising and distinctive of the three. First of all, its case is made of grade 5 titanium, a material that is rarely used on the Royal Oak (except some limited editions, and often combined with platinum). The use of titanium results in a different colour (colder than steel) and mostly, in a watch that is more comfortable on the wrist, thanks to the lightness of this metal.

The second impact is the dial, which presents a sleek, monochromatic alternative to the Royal Oak’s trademark ‘Tapisserie’ pattern. This slate grey dial has an unprecedented sandblasted central surface and the chapter ring is executed with a snailed pattern. The signature hands and markers are, on the other hand, retained.

Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in 18k Pink Gold

Last but not least, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41mm will be offered in a warm and luxurious 18 pink gold edition (26530OR.OO.1220OR.01) with a matching integrated bracelet. On this edition, gold accents are also found on the dial hands and markers, on the tourbillon cage and finally on the oscillating weight.

Its dial also relies on the modern ‘Evolutive Tapisserie’ pattern radiating from the centre of the tourbillon. It has an appealing grey colour with gradient smoked effect, the periphery being darker than the centre.

These three new Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41mm are released in the permanent collection. If you ask for the price of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon, you probably can’t afford it. Currently listed on the watchmakers website with ‘Price available upon request’, head over to your nearest flagship to reserve one now.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon is available at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Audemars Piguet.

Can the color purple whiten your teeth?

miBrite, the brand that sparks confidence and smiles, is proud and excited to announce miBrite ClearPaste. Being the latest paradigm-shifting oral care technology developed by R&D powerhouse Smash Labs, LLC., miBrite ClearPaste instantly whitens teeth without the use of peroxide or bleach. Instead, miBrite ClearPaste uses the advanced color theory used by Hollywood makeup artists for decades.

The mechanism miBrite ClearPaste utilizes to whiten teeth involves specific deep purple pigments. The particular shade of purple used in ClearPaste makes teeth whiter because it is the opposite of the yellow color typically found on stained teeth. When you brush your teeth with miBrite ClearPaste, the advanced bioadhesive hydrogel disperses and coats your teeth – making them appear to be whiter (or less yellow).

What’s most exciting about miBrite ClearPaste is that this technology enables an entirely new demographic to whiten their teeth safely – those who have restorations such as crowns, veneers, or implants. Until now, the only whitening option for people with artificial teeth was to remove and replace their restoration. Replacing existing dental work is a very invasive and expensive solution for people who want to quickly and safely whiten their teeth.

Having worked on teeth whitening products since the late 1990’s, Dr. Martin Giniger, Ph.D., DMD, Chief Scientist at Smash Labs, made it his mission to develop a teeth whitening product that was safe and effective on crowns and veneers.

It is commonly known that teeth whitening products that contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are not recommended for composites, crowns, or veneers. Peroxides only work to whiten organic stains on natural teeth and do not change the colors of restorations, and our R&D team thought if we can’t change the color of the restoration, then why don’t we remove the yellow color wavelength of light that is reflected off the teeth? This is exactly what miBrite ClearPaste does.

Dr. Martin Giniger

miBrite ClearPaste will become the go-to teeth whitening product that the world has been searching for as it checks all the boxes of a tooth whitening product that is so desperately needed. Sold in beautiful, airless pump packaging that dispenses the correct amount, miBrite ClearPaste can safely be used in the morning to assure day long white teeth with no tooth sensitivity. It can be used alone or as a booster when combined with regular toothpaste.

For more information come into the beautiful world of miBrite.

Why Do My Breasts Hurt? Understanding Causes of Breast Pain

Most women suffer some form of breast pain at some point in their lives. It may be mild or severe, constant or intermittent. It may be in the form of soreness, sharp burning pangs, or tightness. “Breast pain, or mastalgia, is usually straightforward to diagnose and treat”, says plastic surgeon and breast specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. “While it is seldom a sign of something serious, pain that doesn’t go away after one or two menstrual cycles or that persists in women after menopause should be evaluated by a doctor”.

Most breast pain is cyclical – linked to hormonal fluctuation associated with the reproductive cycle. Women describe cyclical breast pain as the breasts feeling heavy, tender, swollen, and achy. It is caused by increases in estrogen and progesterone that occur before the menstrual period and cause the breasts to swell. Cyclical breast pain generally affects both breasts, intensifies in the week or two leading up to the menstrual period, then recedes. It most often affects women during their childbearing years and as they are approaching menopause. Breast tenderness can be eased with over-the-counter pain relievers and by reducing salt, fats, and caffeine in the diet. Birth control pills – or switching to a different formulation – can also help.

The breasts may remain tender during the first trimester of pregnancy in response to increased hormone levels and that continuing breast soreness often accompanies a missed menstrual period as an early sign of pregnancy.

Dr. Constance M. Chen

Fibrocystic breast disease, also triggered by hormones, is characterized by dense, lumpy breast tissue that may become painful in response to the monthly cycle. The lumps are fluid-filled cysts and can be clearly differentiated from more dangerous lumps composed of a solid mass of cells that may signify a benign or malignant tumor. Cysts may resolve on their own but any lump in the breast must be evaluated by a doctor via mammogram, ultrasound, or aspiration – drawing fluid from the cyst.

Non-cyclical breast pain — unrelated to reproductive hormones – most often occurs in one breast and in a localized area though the pain may spread throughout the breast. There are several causes:
Mastitis is most common in breast-feeding women (lactation mastitis) but can occur at any time. It is characterized by inflammation of the breast tissue that causes swelling, redness, pain, and warmth and sometimes fever and chills. During lactation, mastitis is usually caused by a blocked milk duct or by bacteria entering the breast through an opening in the skin or a cracked nipple. It is generally treated with antibiotics.

Injury to the breast can be from a previous surgery, from an accident, or from sports. There may be a sharp pain at the time of the trauma followed by tenderness for days or weeks. A doctor should be seen if pain doesn’t subside or if there is redness and warmth, which could indicate the presence of infection, if there is severe swelling, or if there is a bruise that doesn’t go away.

Support issues are most often experienced by women with large, heavy breasts but poor support can cause the ligaments to stretch and cause pain in breasts of any size, particularly after exercise. Pain may also affect the neck, back, and shoulders. A properly fitted, supportive bra should be worn at all times and a sports bra when exercising.

Medications can cause breast pain as a side effect. Hormonal therapies used in infertility treatment, birth control pills, and hormonal replacement after menopause can cause breast tenderness. Some psychiatric medications and those used for coronary disease can also have this effect.

Many women worry that breast pain might be a sign of breast cancer. While this is unusual, it’s not impossible. Inflammatory breast cancer, which accounts for 1%-5% of breast cancers does cause pain as well as redness, swelling, and thickened or dimpled skin. The important thing for women to know is that while most breast pain isn’t dangerous, any condition that doesn’t resolve over the course of the menstrual cycle or a week or two should be evaluated by a doctor. In the vast majority of cases, treatment will be rapid and effective.

About Dr. Constance M. Chen

Constance M. Chen, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City with special expertise in the use of innovative natural techniques to optimize medical and cosmetic outcomes for women undergoing breast reconstruction. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Weill Cornell Medical College and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr. Chen is frequently invited to lecture nationally and internationally on new advancements in breast reconstruction and the surgical treatment of lymphedema. She is the author of three books, five book chapters, and fifty journal articles. She has also won numerous awards for her work in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the local, regional, and national levels.

Dr. Chen has developed a reputation in the community for the personalized attention that she devotes to her patients. She is committed to aesthetic restoration of the breast and body, and enjoys helping her patients achieve overall well-being. At the end of the day, there is nothing more important to her than the joy she hopes to bring to her patients’ lives. Come into the beautiful world of Dr. Constance M. Chen.

Anagram Guess Bella Vita

Guess is an American clothing brand and retailer. In addition to clothing for both men and women, Guess markets other fashion accessories such as bags, shoes, jewelry, watches, and perfume. In 2005, Guess launched its first perfume Guess for Women in the spring of 2005. One year later, in the spring of 2006 Guess introduced the Guess for Men. Since then, many followed.

Now the American fashion brand presents a new pillar perfume for women, called Bella Vita (Beautiful Life). The novelty is announced as an elegant and luxurious scent for a glamorous Guess girl. It involves a return to Guess’s roots – the vibes of Southern California and the Mediterranean. 

Ensconce yourself in a fruity floral orient, it features top notes of black cherry, tuberose and tonka bean, an irresistible scent that awakens the hypnotic luscious heart.

Bella Vita Eau de Parfum is the new fragrance for Women, that plays in the sexy and time less qualities of the Guess woman. The press-release says: “Designed like a shot of adrenalin, this perfume instils confidence, elegance, sensuality and femininity at the same time”.

Guess Bella Vita is a floral-fruity composition made to emphasize ‘the allure of personality’ of the ones who wear it. It opens with vivid and fresh notes of Italian lemon, juicy black currant, and black cherry. The velvety white floral heart is made of jasmine, tuberose, and vanilla orchid. A warm blend of amberwood, tonka, praline, and musk creates the sweet base of the perfume.

Russian fashion model Julia Logacheva and Italian model, DJ and musical artist Andrea Damante are featured in the ad campaign, directed by Stefano Lari.

The Guess Bella Vita packaging design draws inspiration from the brand’s fashion heritage. The flacon and the carton bear the iconic brand’s peony medallion in the centre, while transparent glass reveals the warm, rich colour of the fragrance. But…..

I copied Gucci, now I copy Versace and Boadicea!

Who’s going to like Guess’s Bella Vita? La Vie est Belle, Dolce Vita, Voce Viva, Bella Vita…. All anagrams? With a flacon similar to Boadicea and the logo similar to the one on Versace Eros Pour Femme, this one looks like a dupe. Guess has always been brand of questionable taste and this looks like a downmarket attempt to imitate the Versace aesthetic. Not enough we recycle music from the 80’s and fashion from the 90’s. Now this! ‘Casually glances at calendar’, its about three decades too late.

Guess Bella Vita is available as 30, and 100ml Eau de Parfum at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Guess.

Makari De Suisse Debuts New Sandalwood Butter Body Lotion for Fall, Winter Seasons

Global beauty brand Makari De Suisse is ecstatic to announce the launch of its Sandalwood Butter Firming Body Lotion, a first-time product that addresses two key issues in customers – uneven and dull skin, stretch marks.

We are excited to deliver a product infused with nourishing botanical ingredients that will allow our consumers to focus on restoring their beautiful melanin skin and pamper it during these cozy months. We take great pride in the Sandalwood Body Butter Lotion, which addresses everyday skin concerns.

Ezra Aini, Makari COO

Makari Sandalwood Butter Ultimate Intense Firming Body Lotion is a blend of skin stimulators that repair and heal damaged skin diminishing the appearance of stretch marks. This botanically infused lotion improves skin’s elasticity, diminishes stretch marks, and evens complexion. The skin is left smoother, evenly toned, and healthier looking.

The newest product’s key ingredients include a rich concoction of sandalwood oil, turmeric, lemon, grapeseed, lavender and jojoba oils, and cocoa butter. They work together to moisturize, exfoliate, and tone skin; rejuvenate the skin, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks, scars and signs of aging such as wrinkles.

Makari, which means ‘beautiful’ in Swahili, aims to educate consumers to recommend the best products for all skin types and prides itself on producing solutions made for melanin.

Makari has been a trusted beauty brand for more than two decades with an ever-growing global distribution network of 20 retail flagship stores that span across 30 countries in North America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Come into the beautiful world of Makari.

Congenital Breast Deformities: Surgical Advances Offer Solutions

Breast development in adolescence and the teen years is an important marker in the transition to adulthood for young women. At an age typified by self-consciousness about body image, coming to terms with anomalies in breast development is particularly difficult. “Most congenital breast anomalies are not medically dangerous but can cause emotional distress”, says plastic surgeon and breast specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. Fortunately, these conditions can usually be corrected surgically preempting long-lasting effects on self-esteem.

Breast development begins before a baby is born and while some congenital anomalies may be evident at birth, others may not become apparent until later in childhood or at puberty. While genetic factors sometimes play a role, the cause of most of these disorders is unknown.

Dr. Chen points out that many differences that may be initially worrisome – like breast buds of different sizes or breasts that develop at different rates – are part of normal development and may resolve on their own. “In these cases”, she says, “surgical intervention is best delayed until development is complete. In all cases, treatment will depend on the severity of the deformity and its psycho-social effects”.

Hypoplastic breast is a condition in which one or both breasts don’t develop normally during puberty. The result may be severely asymmetrical breasts or, if both breasts are involved, very small breasts that are out of proportion with the woman’s body. While most women with hypoplastic breasts have normal hormone levels, hormone production or regulation sometimes play a role and can affect lactation.

Treatment for hypoplastic breast is generally breast augmentation of the underdeveloped breast(s) with implants or by using a woman’s own tissue (‘autologous reconstruction’), usually taken from the abdomen, to fashion a new breast. These techniques are similar to those used for cosmetic augmentation or for breast reconstruction when a woman has lost a breast to mastectomy. When only one breast is hypoplastic, another option is to achieve symmetry by reducing the fully developed breast (‘reduction mammoplasty’).

Poland syndrome, first described by a19th-century doctor, is a congenital syndrome that develops in the first six weeks after conception and typically involves missing or underdeveloped chest muscles on one side of the body. The characteristics of Poland syndrome can vary widely and may include, in addition to an underdeveloped breast, abnormalities of the chest wall, the ribs, the arm, and the hand. Treatment is generally via reconstructive surgery and depends on the severity of the condition.

Tuberous breast deformity (also known as constricted breast) results in one or both breasts failing to develop normally during puberty. In mild cases, the affected breast may just be smaller. In more severe cases, the base of the breast may appear constricted, with less skin and volume along the crease, the crease may be positioned too high on the chest wall, or there may be bulging (herniation) of breast tissue through the areola. Treatment may include expanding the constricted breast base, lowering the crease, adding volume and skin, and reconstructing the nipple-areola complex.

Supernumerary breast tissue may develop in the embryo and cause breast tissue to be found outside its normal location on the chest, anywhere from the abdomen to the armpit. The tissue may be just a small nipple or a large amount of tissue. Treatment isn’t always necessary but depending on its location and the discomfort it causes, the tissue can be surgically removed. Polymastia (an extra breast) and polythelia (an extra nipple) can similarly be treated with surgical removal.

Correcting congenital breast deformities is often driven as much by psychological and social motivation as by medical necessity. Consultation with a plastic surgeon can help every woman evaluate her options, set appropriate expectations, and make the decision that is right for her.

Dr. Constance M. Chen

About Dr. Constance M. Chen

Constance M. Chen, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City with special expertise in the use of innovative natural techniques to optimize medical and cosmetic outcomes for women undergoing breast reconstruction. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Weill Cornell Medical College and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr. Chen is frequently invited to lecture nationally and internationally on new advancements in breast reconstruction and the surgical treatment of lymphedema. She is the author of three books, five book chapters, and fifty journal articles. She has also won numerous awards for her work in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the local, regional, and national levels.

Dr. Chen has developed a reputation in the community for the personalized attention that she devotes to her patients. She is committed to aesthetic restoration of the breast and body, and enjoys helping her patients achieve overall well-being. At the end of the day, there is nothing more important to her than the joy she hopes to bring to her patients’ lives. Come into the beautiful world of Dr. Constance M. Chen.

James Bond Actor Sean Connery Dies at Age 90

Sir Thomas Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, according to his family. The Scottish actor was famed for his portrayal of James Bond, having originated the role of the British secret-agent 007 in ‘Dr. No’ in 1962. He went on to star in five subsequent James Bond films, ‘From Russia With Love’ (1963), ‘Goldfinger’ (1964), ‘Thunderball’ (1965), ‘You Only Live Twice’ (1967), and ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ (1971). Connery died at his home in the Bahamas.

We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words: “The name’s Bond… James Bond” — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.

Michael G. Wilson en Barbara Broccoli, producers

The actor was born to a working-class family in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1930. He became interested in acting in the 1950s after working backstage at a theater, and secured his first film role in 1957 in ‘No Road Back’. He was reluctant to star in the film adaptation of Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, but the movies proved to be one of the most iconic film franchises of all time.

When you think of Sean Connery, you automatically think of the most iconic movie car ever: the Aston Martin DB5 Touring. The DB5 was introduced in 1963 and made its star turn in Goldfinger the following year. Even though it ended its on-screen time with a crash, the DB5 forged a connection between Bond and Aston in the public consciousness. The car has appeared in six other 007 films since then.

After stepping away from the Bond series, Connery worked with directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg. At the peak of his career in 1988, Connery won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the movie ‘The Untouchables’ (1987). His repertoire also includes many other well-known films such as ‘Marnie’ (1964), ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ (1989), ‘The Hunt for Red October’ (1990), ‘The Rock’ (1996) and ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ (2003).

Later in his career he was offered the role of Gandalf in the famous trilogy ‘Lord Of The Rings’ (2001 – 2003), but he ignored this offer. He admitted in an interview that he did not understand the script. Nor would he return in the fourth ‘Indiana Jones’ movie of 2008.

He retired from acting in 2003, Connery enjoyed himself very much with recording the James Bond film in 2005 and said he would like to do it again, but it never happened again. There were also rumors about a role in ‘Skyfall’ (2012), but this role eventually went to Albert Finney. A longtime supporter of Scottish independence, Connery was knighted in 2000.

Ares Design Pulls Back the Curtains on Roofless S1 Project Spyder

Improving and enhancing the automotive landscape with more luxury and personalisation is what Ares Design is all about. Revitalising and modernising classics cars, producing one-off supercars or carrying out customised fabrication is all part of Ares’s raison d’etre.

Ares Design has pulled back the curtains on its boutique supercar S1 Project Spyder. The new vehicle follows the company’s S1 Project Coupe, giving its Barchetta-style silhouette a roofless design this time around.

We wanted to create a model that is a true tribute to the pleasure of sport driving. This new [vehicle] adds more charm to the S1 Project design as it takes additional inspiration from the world of motorsport and the racing cars of the past.

Dany Bahar, Ares co-founder

Simply said, it is the homeless (as in no roof, no soft top or anything) version of the earlier S Project. Is that practical? No, not at all. Is it spectacular? Yes, very much – nothing that happens outside the car, in terms of smell, noise, wind and yes: rain will also escape you.

Did it once started with the Isdera Spider in the 1980’s! and the De Tomaso Guara Barchetta (1993), it’s a body style is somehow been quite popular with supercarmakers lately. Just think of cars like the Ferrari Monza, the McLaren Elva and the Aston Martin V12 Speedster.


Ares’ S1 Project Spyder adopts the style of its coupé twin, but at the same time rebuffs it in a new form that is even more extreme and uncompromising, with a design enriched by the absence of the roof and the windscreen. To assure the ultimate driving experience, Ares’ Centro Stile designed two wind deflectors that flawlessly emerge from the streamlined bodywork, redirecting the air flow over the passengers into the air intakes behind the headrests and creating a virtual canopy and a calm driving environment, to fully enjoy the unique dynamic experience.

Coming with two deflectors, its windscreen-less design pushes up air current over the driver and into air intakes behind the headrests to create a ‘virtual canopy’.

The S1 Project Spyder fully embodies all the values of the Ares design language, where form meets function to offer unique style, unparalleled dynamic performance and a pure, unfiltered driving experience.


Beneath its handmade carbon fibre bodywork, the S1 Project Spyder houses a centrally mounted, naturally aspirated Corvette C8 6.2L V8 engine. With a maximum of 8,800 rpm, the car’s powerful acceleration will deliver a 0-100 kph in 2.7 seconds.

Apart from its exterior body, the S1 Project Spyder does not differ greatly from the inner mechanics of its coupe twin. Under the hood, the car has a naturally aspirated V8 engine that can rev up to 8,800 rpm and put out 715 horsepower.

Ares Design has also created the bespoke exhaust system and revised the engine ECU to achieve a maximum power output of 522kw (715hp), delivered via the rear wheels and an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox and double wishbone suspensions, with forged aluminium axles and adaptive Magnetic Ride Control.


Without the windscreen, the sinuous carbon-fibre bodywork of the S1 Project Spyder takes on a unique, organic form, flowing through the interior to divide and envelop the passengers. Bespoke hand-crafted and richly finished with fine Napa leather and Alcantara, the S1 Project Spyder’s interior reveals elegant, minimalist lines, with the HMI positioned entirely on the centre console and dashboard.

The vehicle’s open cockpit offers a bold contrast between the silver-toned body and its delicately handcrafted Napa leather and Alcantra-covered interiors.

The wrapping shapes contrast with the absence of a roof and windscreen, emphasising the sensations experienced while behind the wheel.

No official release date for the S1 Project Spyder has been announced, but like its predecessor, the model will be limited to just 24 examples. Units will be built to order, with order books already open.

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