By Adam Jacot de Boinod
By Adam Jacot de Boinod
By Adam Jacot de Boinod
By Adam Jacot de Boinod
Hotel Tannenhof*****Superior, located on the sunniest spot in St. Anton am Arlberg in Austria, charms its guests with culinary and service excellence. Awarded as the hotel of the year 2018 by Gault&Millau and with only seven exquisite suites for a maximum of 16 guests, this exclusive Alpine retreat is Europe’s smallest and most prestigious five-star superior hotel. Each of the suites are furnished with the very best fabrics, stunning interior design and unique furniture. This hideaway exudes a warm, welcoming atmosphere, where traditional Tyrolean materials blend with contemporary design.
In the many times awarded Restaurant Chef & Gentleman James Baron combines products from local farmers and suppliers with skill and artistry to create perfection. Taste and savour the essence of Alpine cuisine when you dine at the Hotel Tannenhof*****Superior.
The SPA area, a haven of silence and relaxation for body and soul, completes the experience. Besides a fully equipped SPA facility with swimming pool, whirlpool and saunas the SPA team spoils its guests with therapeutic treatments, massages, facial and beauty treatments with natural based products.
The hotel offers an attractive blend of comfort and luxury with ski-in access from the slopes for experienced skiers, and a private on-call Maserati shuttle service for easy transport to the slopes or town. At 1,350 meters above sea level, the hotel sits within the biggest interconnected ski area in Austria with more than 340 kilometres of marked pistes on superbly prepared slopes for all ability levels utilising 94 cable cars and lifts and 200 km of off-piste.
The hotel provides a 24 member team who ensure individual service and quality that is second to none throughout Austria.
A-6580 St. Anton am Arlberg
Tel.: + 43 5446 30 311
Hotel Tannenhof*****Superior, located on the sunniest spot
In order for a Perpetual Calendar to accurately display months with 31, 30 and 28 days and allow for 29 days in February each leap year, the movement must have an incredible mechanical ‘memory’ of four years – or 1461 days. This requires a highly sophisticated mechanism, based on a complex system of levers and cams pivoting around axes.
Perpetual Calendars have been associated with Patek Philippe since the company earliest days. As far back as 1870, owning one of the manufacture’s perpetual calendar pocket watches was a status conferring possession. In 1889, company founder Jean Adrien Phillipe’s flair for mechanical invention was recognised, with Swiss patent No. 1018, which protected his design of a Perpetual Calendar movement.
However, by the beginning of the 20th century people began experimenting with a new type of watch, one worn on the wrist rather than in the waistcoat pocket. By the mid-1920s Patek Philippe could no longer ignore the forces of change and began to make wristwatches in regular numbers. By 1924 wristwatches accounted for 8% of their production. While pocket watches were aptly equipped to house a Perpetual Calendar’s extremely complex mechanism, it was a far greater challenge to consider its introduction in the wristwatch’s with a much smaller case, subject to far more wear and tear.
Ever the champions of innovation, Patek Philippe rose to the challenge and in 1925 introduced the world’s first perpetual calendar wristwatch, the Ref. 97 975. Remarkable, with a quartet of sub-dials symmetrically placed like the points of a compass and blue-steel ‘spade’ hands tracing the time around the elegant dial, the Ref. 97 975 established the foundations of Patek Philippe’s position as master of the complicated wristwatch.
Fast forward 93 years and the Perpetual Calendar remains as popular as ever and in the current collection there are two main ways of reading the dial. On the Royal-blue sunburst face of the Ref. 5327G, the day, date and month are perfectly legible on three subsidiary dials. Alternatively, the rose gold Ref. 5496R, displays the day and month in apertures at 9 and 3 o’clock, while a retrograde hand traces the date across the silvery opaline dial.
Another piece of particular interest is the Ref. 7140G, Patek Philippe’s answer to recent increased demand for Ladies mechanical watches, with Grand Complications. On the Ref. 7140G, or Ladies First Perpetual Calendar, three subsidiary dials display the date across a silvery, sunburst surface, outlined by the feminine touch of 68 exquisite diamonds. The shiny grey alligator strap can be exchanged for an eye-catching turquoise which perfectly accents the dial’s delicate glimmer.
At this year’s Baselworld, Patek Philippe launched the Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5740/1G, the first watch in the iconic Nautilus collection to house a Grand Complication. The correctors are ingeniously integrated into the Nautilus case design, the slender style of which lends itself perfectly to the famous ultra-thin calibre 240 Q, making the 7140/1G, at only 8,42mm in height, the thinnest Perpetual Calendar Patek Philippe have ever made. No recent development from the manufacture better demonstrates the Perpetual Calendar’s enduring appeal.
To view and try on these pieces, speak to in-house specialists and learn more about the unique history behind each design visit the Patek Philippe Salon at 16 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 3SU.
In order for a Perpetual Calendar to
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Development will unite the two-acre campus, creating a new route between Piccadilly and Mayfair
Art lovers have been out in force since the Royal Academy of Arts, the world’s foremost artist and architect-led institution, opened its new £56m campus in May as part of its 250th anniversary celebrations as the academy becomes a major cultural destination in central London, with year-round access to a significantly expanded public programme and with more space to make, debate and exhibit art and architecture than ever before.
One of the key features of the redevelopment is the new Weston Bridge between Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, uniting the two-acre campus and creating a new route between Piccadilly and Mayfair. The unified campus provides 70 per cent more public space than the RA’s original Burlington House footprint, enabling the RA to expand its exhibition and events programme, and to create new and free displays of art and architecture across the campus for visitors year-round.
Since 1768, the Royal Academy’s founding principle has been to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and architecture, which the RA has achieved through a programme of discussion and debate as well as exhibitions. The creation of the new 250-seat Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, the Clore Learning Centre and the restoration of the Wolfson British Academy Room, will give the RA permanent spaces for it to thrive as a hub of learning and debate well into the future.
A new public route through the campus will integrate the Royal Academy Schools, located at the very heart of the academy, into the visitors’ experience revealing the academy’s important role in arts education and its long tradition of training artists. The new Weston Studio, a public project space for students and alumni, and views of the Schools’ Corridor and the newly landscaped Lovelace Courtyard, will provide visitors with a greater insight into Britain’s longest established art school.
Christopher Le Brun, president, Royal Academy of Arts, said: “Royal Academicians are at the heart of everything we do – they govern the academy and, uniquely in the modern world for an organisation of this scale and significance, are responsible for its direction. British visual art and architecture has achieved outstanding international success in recent decades. The academy’s resurgence in the 21st century is demonstrated by the world-class quality of our current membership of painters, sculptors, architects and printmakers. The experience of the last few years would suggest the imminence of a golden age for the Royal Academy. Ultimately it will be for the public to judge, but I am confident they are about to experience a new, open and re-invigorated academy that matches our vision and will sustain our continuing contribution to the world of art and architecture for the next 250 years.”
Charles Saumarez Smith, secretary and chief executive, Royal Academy of Arts, said: “The physical transformation of the site will fundamentally change our almost 250-year old institution. We are, first and foremost, artist and architect-led, home to a community of the world’s greatest artists and architects, and a centre for training artists, with practitioners and an art school at our heart. This is not just a major building development; it is an undertaking which will transform the psychological, as well as the physical, nature of the academy. At long last, we will be able to open up the RA and share with the public more of our mission to promote the understanding, appreciation and practice of art and architecture.”
Development will unite the two-acre campus, creating