Sunday, January 30, 2011

BLANCPAIN CELEBRATES FIFTY FATHOMS WATCH














BLANCPAIN’S FIFTY FATHOMS EXHIBIT

781 Madison Avenue.
NYC

Opening Reception


---J. Ecochard---

Even the Big Apple’s slushy streets couldn’t deter a rather well-dressed crowd from turning out for the opening reception celebrating Blancpain’s collection of acclaimed Fifty Fathoms Watches.

This luxury brand--- that painstakingly crafts some of the most highly esteemed timepieces in the world---honored one of the original French military divers, Captain “Bob” Maloubier  ---who helped create the Les Nageurs de Combat diving unit for the French military---in 1952.

And so he required a battle tough watch that could withstand underwater challenges endured under the most trying circumstances.

Blancpain engineers and watchmakers accordingly complied- coming up with the original Fifty Fathoms (at a water resistant depth of 91.45 meters, FYI---the depth that divers could safely descend to-at that time- breathing compressed air)...

Encased in stainless steel, the original model, introduced to the public in 1954--- boasted the world’s first functioning undirectional rotating bezel that tracked dive times---with super luminous oversized Arabic numerals and markers---a necessity for this crème de la crème group.
from Blancpain's website

Impressed, the finest fighters around the world including the US Navy Seals, and esteemed scientists like Jacques Cousteau--- adopted subsequent models of this waterproof timepiece.

Now available in several limited editions--- the latest models---
the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Flyback Chronograph with complete calendar and moonphases…



Captain Maloubier and an admirer.







A Laboratory's worth of instruments and expertise required to service any Blancpain watch

----is powered by the Calibre 66BF8 self-winding movement with a power reserve of 40 hours and (patented) adjustable displays on demand via user-friendly correctors under the lugs. 

Technically complicated---and handsome too.





















INFO: BLANCPAIN

Exhibition at 781 Madison Avenue boutique (near 65th Street)---runs though Feb. 11th, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

MIZ MOOZ 2011 FOOTWEAR-FOR STYLISH GALS WHO CAN THROW A STRIKE...

OR ASPIRE TO...

 BOWLMOR LANES, WEST 44ST, NYC



How fun was this. We loved learning about the trend-on, adorable cool girl- playful footwear line .......




MIZ MOOZ while playing---

...at the glam, night club worthy Bowlmor Lanes---right near Times Square.

Though we probably embarrassed ourselves in the "Strike" competition (despite taking bowling as a phys-ed credit in college(!!!) )...we looked just fine, shoe-wise--- in an updated,  and comfy take on the retro saddle shoe that attendees were given.

Here---a picture with and without heels---very Janelle Monáe---the terrific singer/songwriter with an eccentric fun style---just like this brand.

Besides bowling which we LOVED---


we also took in the display of shoes for summery temps and for when the mercury dips...all made solidly of quality materials...


...with vintage ankle strap, Mary Jane styles in cute color combos...




... that ranged from adorable to the functional---included kickers with warm shearling cuffs/collars, lug soles, wedges, two or more buckles...













Pretty pumps oxfords including this menswear inspired lace-ups.























...and for soaring hot summer days...we liked the multi strap sandals that kinda reminded us of the classic fisherman's sandal---but here with cute wedges.


Lots of cut-outs  and detailed ankle wraps in platforms and booties that work in three seasons.












A few more of our favs...love the green and leather on the heel---and Victorian lace-up booties with bold zips



Spats---great with jeans


























Suede--- retro twists reminded us of Hush Puppies---but here more feminine.

INFO: Lots of places to buy online and 3D ---including Nordstrom's with prices typically ranging from $99-$259 (Boots)