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Filed under: Journeys, Wings

The Costa Verde hotel in Costa Rica has turned old Boeing 727 fuselage into one amazing suite. The hotel salvaged the airframe from the San Jose airport and put it on a 50-foot pedestal for optimum views. it has a hard wood deck built atop the plane's former right wing that offers ocean views and a long spiral staircase provides a private entrance. The two-bedroom suite has been paneled in Costa Rican teak and is furnished with teak furniture from Java, Indonesia. There are two air conditioned bedrooms, one with two queen sized beds and the other with one qu
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een sized bed and each has a private bath. The suite also includes a a flat screen TV, a kitchenette and a dining area foyer. The suite starts at $300 a night.[via DVice]

Gallery: Costa Verde 727 Suite

Costa Verde Resort Offers Fuselage Suite originally appeared on Luxist on Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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I've not always been kind to Greubel Forsey watches. I previously stated that some of their "new" "Invention" watches looked a bit too derivative. Well Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey have redeemed themselves with their latest creation, the Double Tourbillon Technique watch. An odd name, but the design feels just right for what the brand is all about. The watch emphasizes the mechanical inventiveness and triumph of the movement and its complications. The movement has been designed to look and function well being the centerpiece
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of the timepiece. The watch has no dial, it is simply the movement that you see with a watch dial included and the hour markers placed on a sapphire ring around the dial inside of the face. The Greubel Forsey manually wound Calibre GF 02s also features a subsidiary seconds dial and 120 hour power reserve indicator. The heart of the movement is the double tourbillon - which is one tourbillon literally placed inside of another. The inner tourbillon rotates each minute, while the outer tourbillon rotates each four minutes. 385 parts make up the hand built, decorated, and assembled movement. Looking at the watch in operation is likely a satisfying ballet of mechanical intrigue. I would find it hard to remember to check the time when looking at the watch. The Double Tourbillon Technique watch is available in red or white gold, and in platinum. The case is 47.5mm wide, while the movement itself is about 38mm wide. Overall the watch is phenomenal (with a price to match that I have a feeling is about $500,000), and everything that I think Greubel Forsey timepieces should aspire to be - virtually total focus on the mechanics and presentation of a beautiful movement. The details of the watch are written on the side near the crown as the rear of the watch is one large sapphire crystal viewing window.Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch review site aBlogtoRead.com.Filed under: Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon Technique Watch originally appeared on Luxist on Sat, 20 Jun 2009 16:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments



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Metallics aren't usually my favorite but something about this Metallic Fabric Tote by Stella McCartney really caught my eye. It's a pretty burnished brass color that acts as a neutral as far as pairing it with outfits goes, and it has a little bit of a "structure forced to go casual" vibe about it that I really like. A wide beige strap ties around the center,
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decorated with geometrical resin details on the ends. It comes with a small purse chain and one zip pocket on the inside, plus an adjustable shoulder strap. $608Filed under: Stella McCartney's Metallic Fabric Tote, Handbag of the Day originally appeared on Luxist on Sat, 13 Jun 2009 17:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments



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by Graham McKenzie
We would be in a huge amount of financial worries if insurance was not on our side. If you think about it; if you get in an accident, what happens? The first things people do that have insurance is call their insurance company; those who do not have a hard time coming to them. Face it; having insurance is an everyday occurrence. Car insurance keeps us level headed when we are in the car.
You do not fully appreciate what vehicle insurance offers you until it is too late and you are in a vehicular accident. In
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our lives, we will at least use insurance once. Many of us will use our car insurance for claims many times in our lives. It really is the luck of the draw; what are your odds? Even the smallest fender bender can leave you wondering how you will pay for the damage if not covered.
The most basic form of car insurance is Liability Insurance. This insurance covers all the basics when you get into an accident, big or small. When an accident occurs, someone will pull away from it being liable, or the cause of the accident. All structural, mental and physical damages are the responsibility of this person. When it all adds up, this is a very expensive and sticky situation to be in.
Liability Insurance is also called Third Party Cover. If you are deemed at fault for the accident, you will be able to avoid bankruptcy with liability insurance. You do not want to be stuck in court because you did not have insurance coverage. This would usually involve the person who was not at fault trying to get all the money they can out of you and then some more in court costs. This is their legal right. This process is long and drawn out often times taking years to come to a resolution. The resolution is usually you being wiped out of everything.
You should take out Third Party cover on all motor vehicles in your possession; including items like motor scooters. When you have cover, you will not be responsible to go to court and fight or negotiate terms and the like. This is what you pay the insurance company a premium for. Most of the time you will not use it; however, you will eventually and it will pay for itself. In the event of an accident, you will only be responsible for the excess. This is basically the amount that was predetermined during the signing of your policy. It is the money that you have to pay out of pocket before the insurance actually kicks in.
Consider other insurance options when you choose liability insurance. You want to make sure that in the event you have an accident, you will be fully covered for damages and more. Most people wait until it is too late; do not be that person. Ask your insurance agent today for more information that would best suit your needs.

About the Author:
Graham McKenzie is the content syndication coordinator for Carinsurancesa.co.za. South Arica?s leading car insurance portal, which provides cover for all car insurance types.
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Filed under: Luxist reader David K. led us to today's home in the seaside village of Stonington Borough, Connecticut. He reports that this home was used in the 1980s movie "Mystic Pizza" and was on the market for $9 million a couple of years back. It's back up for sale and for a reduced price. The waterfront property is on 1.2 acres and adjoins a three acre parcel of waterfront conservation land for added privacy. The land includes two gazebos,
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a deepwater dock and landscaped gardens. The home itself has a classic wraparound porch with water views. The home was built in 1886 and remodeled in 1926 into a 7,500-square-foot residences which includes 10 fireplaces. Rooms include a paneled library, a living room with two fireplaces and built-in cabinetry, a sunroom, and in the newer wing of the house added in 1995, a gourmet kitchen and a great room. The second floor is home to a master bedroom suite with a private deck, office area and his and hers baths. There are four additional bedrooms on this floor. The pictures on this one aren't great but they offer at least a glimpse of this classic New England beauty. This home is now listed at $7.8 million.

Experience more lush living in luxury homes and mansions or see the stars living large with celebrity homes galleries at AOL Real Estate. Gallery: Stonington, Connecticut'Stonington, Connecticut, Estate of the Day originally appeared on Luxist on Sat, 16 May 2009 13:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feedsRead | Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments



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Filed under: , Contemporary art may not have done much for Sotheby's this spring but a day of tribal art sales brought some good news. "The Sculptor's Eye: African and Oceanic Art from the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation" brought in $4,888,316 against an estimate of $3 million to $4.4 million with most of the lots selling. The sales proceeds benefit the
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foundation and Mimi Gross, the daughter of the sculptor and current head of the foundation said that she was pleased with the results.The same afternoon the house's sale of African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian art brought in $5.7 million against expectations of $4.3 million to $6.4 million. The session included pieces from the collection of John Friede, whose 4,000-piece collection of Oceanic art is supposed to head to the de Young Museum in San Francisco, but has been delayed by a lawsuit and a debt of $25 million he owes to Sotheby's. Sotheby's has taken possession of 54 objects and sold six of them in the sale for a total of $2,393,500. More details are available at ArtInfo.The piece shown above, a Fang-Betsi reliquary head from Gabon had an estimate of $200,000-$300,000 but sold for $506,500.Tribal Art Shines At Sotheby's originally appeared on Luxist on Tue, 19 May 2009 22:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feedsRead | Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments



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by Tom Martens
If you have purchased or planned to purchase an imported car, getting the vehicle insured is a priority. However, insuring an imported vehicle can be difficult, frustrating and expensive. But, it?s not impossible. Just be prepared to work hard, ask questions and possibly contact several insurance providers.
Keep in mind, while you can get a deal on importing a car, you may lose whatever money you save when you purchase insurance for the car. That is why it?s important to get an
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o.uk/insurance/">insurance quote before you import the car. Shop around and get several insurance quotes in order to get a competitive rate. If your imported vehicle is a sports car, expect to pay more for insurance. That?s because sports cars traditionally cost more to insure simply because they are more prone to accidents.
Most insurance companies will insure an imported car as long as they can locate the car?s registration number. If they cannot locate the registration number, then see if the insurance company can find the exact vehicle model in the company look up table. If that does not work, then see another insurance provider.
Some companies will only offer policies for the most popular models, and then only for market value. Other companies will write policies for modified imported vehicles as long as the modifications are not “substantial.” If the modifications are deemed “substantial,” then you probably need to find a carrier specializing in substantially modified imported cars. One carrier may rate your modifications are “substantial,” while another may not. That’s why it can be very important to do you research.
Also, some companies will not insure imported vehicles that are European versions of a UK car, with a left-hand drive, the idea being that if you wanted that model, you should have bought it with a right-hand drive to drive in the UK. That is another thing to keep in mind as you import your vehicle and get your insurance.
Don’t forget to check your car’s security fittings. These are very important for determining whether your vehicle can be insured at all, and also have considerable impact on cost. Not having the proper security fittings
While insuring your import may be time-consuming and expensive, it’s not impossible. Do your research. Ask Questions. Call your importer and ask for their advice for obtaining insurance. And if you are importing a sports car, you can often get insurance at a discounted rate simply by joining a car club. Clubs often make deals with insurance companies for their members?ask about the benefits available to you. Finally, make sure you get comprehensive coverage for your imported vehicle. You imported car is an expensive investment, and it needs thorough insurance protection.

About the Author:
Tom Martens is the content syndication coordinator for Carinsurancesa.co.za. South Arica?s leading car insurance portal.
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ThoughtWorks Studios, a software development startup, is launching a new version of its project management tool, Mingle, and is rolling out integration with Google Wave.

Mingle has been upgraded to feature a communications platform within the application, called “Murmurs.” A mix of an IM and Twitter-like microblogging format, Murmurs allows anyone involved in a software project to have online conversations that are associated with a specific Mingle project.
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Email. Twitter. Instant Messaging. Facebook. Those are just four of the most popular ways to communicate online. And actually, the average 23-year-old has 6 different accounts that they check for messages each day. Maintaining and keeping up with that is either basically impossible, or flat-out impossible. That's where Threadsy comes in.

Launching its large beta today at TechCrunch50 as a free web app, Threadsy wants to take all of your online communication and shove it into a single service. All of the me
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ssages directed at you (email and Twitter @replies, for exmaple) will be put into a single stream of message, called the "inbound" column. Meanwhile, all of the activity streams that you simply follow (Twitter, Facebook, etc), will be put into a single activity stream, the "unbound" stream. The result is one service to rule them all.
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This is a good deal from Israeli luxury watch maker Itay Noy, in celebration of the Pope's pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Israel, or course) that will take place this year from May 8th through the 15th. During this time, you can get one of five Itay Noy City Square Collection
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ki/Saint_Peter%27s_Square">Piazza di San Pietro (Saint Peter's Square) watches for $2,500 down from the standard price of $3,300. This is a significant discount, and apt for the occasion. I'll be the first to say that it is ironic that an Israeli brand is celebrating a Catholic event, but that event will take place in Israel - so it's all good. The Itay Noy City Square Collection of watches is pretty cool. They take an aerial view map of an area, and turn it into a Google Maps like image for the dial of the watch. Looking at the dial, you are reminded of the region all the time. Saint Peter's square in the Vatican City within Rome, is one of the most famous landmarks in the world, and makes a great center for a watch face given its relative radial symmetry. The watch itself is 42.4mm wide in stainless steel all hand assembled with a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic mechanical movement inside. The Itay Noy City Square Piazza di San Pietro is part of a limited edition of just 99 watches, so this special offer is made even better by that fact. The $2,500 price is available only during May 8 - 15, 2009. To learn more or get your watch visit Itay Noy here. Ariel Adams publishes the popular watch review site aBlogtoRead.com.Deal On Limited Edition Itay Noy City Square Piazza di San Pietro Watch Collection, May 8 - 15 Only originally appeared on Luxist on Fri, 08 May 2009 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feedsPermalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments