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Great Wines of the World Tasting Extravaganza Comes to Miami

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Acclaimed wine critic James Suckling brings Great Wines Of The World to Miami for the first time.
Great Wines Of The World Asia With James Suckling
Great Wines Of The World event – Asia 2019. Credit: James Suckling

Wine lovers of Miami, this event is for you.

Hosted by acclaimed wine critic James Suckling, Great Wines of the World is an interactive walk-around experience held at the Moore Building in the Design District, allowing guests to taste and experience outstanding wines from some of the world’s most renowned vineyards and boutique wineries.

This will be the first time this handpicked collection of wine has been brought to the United States (following sold out events in Asia) and features over 120 top producers from around the globe, including Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Opus and Antinori.

Guests in attendance can be guaranteed all wines on display have received a minimum score of 90 points by James Suckling himself (with most having a score of 95 and 16 with a perfect score of 100) and will also have the opportunity to hear directly from the owners and winemakers of these iconic wineries, who will be sharing industry insights and presenting top vintages for tasting.

“I hope that Great Wines of the World in Miami will become the iconic fine wine event for Latin America as well as the United States. Miami is the new center of the universe for fine wines and it is a portal for the fine wine world in Latin America, just like Hong Kong is for Asia.” said James Suckling, who has rated more than 25,000 wines from around the world with his small team of tasters and spends a month a year in South America tasting more than 2,000 wines.

Acclaimed wine critic James Suckling on stage
Wine expert James Suckling on stage at an event. Credit: James Suckling

The event will be held over two nights with a welcome gala dinner, show and after party held on January 23 and the Grand Tasting on January 24 2020.
 
Great Wines of the World USA – Winemakers’ Dinner and Afterparty
When: Thursday, January 23, 2020 – 6:30pm to 12am
Where: Moore Building, 191 NE 40th St, Miami

  • Gala Dinner with James Suckling and winemakers, followed by the ‘Happiness is Wine’ Show and Afterparty featuring award-winning singer & recording-artist Surahn Sidhu
  • To commence with a Champagne reception followed by a three-course dinner presented by the ambassador of Peruvian cuisine, Gastón Acurio
  • Includes a tasting of up to 100 top-scoring wines from the world’s most renowned wine regions
  • Tickets are available for $395 Dinner, Show and Afterparty ($125 Show & Afterparty only)

Great Wines of the World USA – Miami Grand Tasting
When: Friday, January 24, 2020 – 5 pm till 8 pm
Where: Moore Building, 191 NE 40th St, Miami

  • Taste a hand-picked selection of the world’s most important wine regions
  • Ticket includes a James Suckling x Lalique Glass
  • Complimentary Great Wines of the World guidebook
  • Live music from award-winning artist Surahn Sidhu
  • Tickets are available for $175

Guests seeking a full Great Wines of the World USA experience can purchase a two-day VIP Pass for $450 that includes the Winemakers’ Dinner and Afterparty on Jan. 23 and Grand Tasting on Jan. 24. 
 
Members of the wine trade are invited to register for a trade ticket, which applies to wine importers, distributors, retailers, restaurant owners, sommeliers and hotel F&B directors.

For more information and ticketing, visit the James Suckling website.

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New Limited Editions of Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Released

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Maxime Plescia Buchi in Los Angeles with Hublot Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II

The Hublot Sang Bleu II was first released in late 2019 and now in early 2020 we have new limited editions released.

  • 2016 Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu released
  • 2019 Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II released
  • 2020 New Sang Bleu II limited editions released

What and who is Sang Bleu?

In 2014, Swiss tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Büchi opened his London based tattoo studio, Sang Bleu. The direct translation of Sang Bleu is “blue blood” and Maxime chose this as a fitting name for a business that mixes blood, colour and ink.

Aside from the name’s subliminal hint to tattooing, Sang Bleu, “blue blood” refers to nobility—its origins based on the medieval belief that the blood of the noble class was indeed blue. While talking to a popular digital magazine, Maxime elaborated on the name choice, “I just wanted to show together all the things I thought were noble and beautiful with disregard for the usual cultural and social categories of what is glorified as fine or frowned upon as underground or marginal cultures.”

Maxime Plescia Buchi in Los Angeles with Hublot Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II
Maxime Plescia-Büchi founder of Sang Bleu Agency. Credit: Hublot

Hublot Sang Bleu history

Back In 2016, Maxime’s first collaboration with Hublot was to create the Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu.

More recently in September 2019, Maxime headed to Los Angeles to exhibit another new Hublot watch he had designed, the Big Bang Sang Bleu II. The new Big Bang Sang Bleu II was designed to be the horological expression of a tattoo, set in motion with timeless precision, unifying materials and crafts through geometry by Sang Bleu’s founder.

Touted as more ambitious than the original Big Bang Sang Bleu launched in 2016, the 2019 Big Bang Sang Bleu II features a case with more finely chiselled lines conveyed in three dimensions and molded onto the interchangeable bracelet. The hands – two elongated diamonds and an arrow – are stylized fragments of tattoos, set above a hypnotic chronographic movement. This edition saw the watch featured a matt black dial and black rubber strap.

The design of the original Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu
The first design or the original Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu. Credit: Hublot
The design of the newer Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II
The design of the newer Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II. Credit: Hublot
maxime plescia-buchi designs the hublot big bang sang bleu II watch
Maxime Plescia-Buchi designs the Sang Bleu II watch. Credit: Hublot

A couple of months later in November, Maxime headed to Russia where he launched a super exclusive new ladies version of Big Bang Sang Bleu. Limited to just 50 examples, the watch was produced to only be available for purchase in Russia and named the Big Bang One Click Sang Bleu Steel Turquoise.

Its turquoise blue dial is framed with a hexagonal bezel set with 48 diamonds while the interwoven geometric shapes extend from the dial and along the 39 mm diameter steel case. The watch is also paired with a turquoise blue calfskin leather strap from Schedoni, which also features lines traced by Maxime Plescia-Büchi. The strap features the One Click system, a patented attachment system that makes it easy to make bold style statements by simplifying strap changes.

The design of the exclusive Russia only Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu Steel Turquoise
The Russia only, ladies edition, Hublot Sang Bleu Steel Turquoise. Credit: Hublot

Latest limited editions

Now in 2020 a new limited edition of the Sang Bleu II has been released. These latest versions fully embrace the interpretation of “Blue Blood” and are predominantly blue, just like the ink used by Maxime’s tattoo studio. A new matt blue colour appears on the dials (previously black) with the option to pair the case with the traditional black or new blue strap, embellished by a web of geometric lines that also criss-cross the hands, bezel and case. The watch is available in titanium or King Gold, with or without stone setting and boasting a generous diameter of 45 mm. The case houses a Unico manufacture movement, the HUB1240 automatic chronograph, and offers a 72-hour power reserve.

The design of the Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu with blue dials
The latest limited editions feature a matt blue dial with optional blue strap. Credit: Hublot

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Audemars Piguet Titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar x @Horoloupe Collab Revealed

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Just in time for Chinese New Year, Audemars Piguet has revealed the limited edition Titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch.
Audemars Piguet Titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar x Horoloupe
Audemars Piguet Titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar x Horoloupe. Credit: AP
Audemars Piguet Titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Exhibition Case Back
The exhibition case back of the Audemars Piguet Titanium Royal Oak. Credit: AP

Limited to only 88 pieces, the Titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch is the latest country-specific edition and will only be available in China and Hong Kong boutiques.

Created in collaboration with the well respected watch collector @Horoloupe (Instagram) aka Austen Chu, an avid long time collector and supporter of the Audemars Piguet brand, it is the first fully titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar and features a 41mm case with titanium bracelet. It also comes with a red rubber strap and grey alligator strap so you have choices in case the full titanium look isn’t working for you.

The watch’s functions include a perpetual calendar with week indication, day, date, moonphase, month, leap year, hours and minutes, on a slate-grey Grande Tapisserie dial with black subdials.

The 3 Audemars Piguet Titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar wristband variations
The 3 wristband variations: Red Rubber, Grey Aligator and Titanium. Credit: AP

Understandably honored to work with Audemars Piguet on this edition, Chu states “this watch embodies both tradition and modernity, prospering in tandem with craftsmanship. We chose to contrast the gunmetal titanium with the dark-red week indicator with matching straps, incorporating my Chinese heritage into the piece. Being able to collaborate with AP is a truly fun and eye opening experience.”

Each limited edition is priced at approx. US$78,300, except for the first piece of the collection having already been auctioned for charity and raising CHF300,000 (approx USD $310,000) towards environmental relief in China.

Audemars Piguet Titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar x Horoloupe
Austen Chu aka Horoloupe on Instagram (pictured) collaborated with Audemars Piguet.
Audemars Piguet Titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar x Horoloupe on wrist
Looking great on the arm. Credit: Audemars Piguet

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