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With his bare hands

Published April 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Beekeeper Yip Kihok, 62, blows bees off a honeycomb after removing their honey-filled nest on a hillside in Hong Kong./AFP
Beekeeper Yip Kihok, 62, blows bees off a honeycomb after removing their honey-filled nest on a hillside in Hong Kong./AFP

With his bare hands

lifestyle April 20, 2019 01:00

By Agence France-Presse

How a Hong Kong beekeeper harvests hives in the wild

HIGH UP in the hills above Hong Kong, Yip Ki-hok uses nothing but his bare hands to remove a honey-filled nest of swarming bees – a remarkable skill he learned after the hardship of China’s famine years.

While most new beekeepers buy insects from those with already established colonies, Yip prefers a more organic method, trekking into the hills and catching wild bees using skills he developed through trial and error from the age of seven.

Beekeeper Yip Kihok, 62, blows bees off a honeycomb after removing their honey-filled nest on a hillside in Hong Kong./AFP

The 62-year-old effortlessly moves through bush and dense thickets, far from the official hiking trails, and pauses at a hole in the hillside he knows will contain a bee colony.

Lighting five incense sticks to placate the bees, he waits for the smoke to take effect and then reaches into the hole, removing chunks of the hive along with handfuls of bees.

Remarkably he is only stung twice. The trick, he explains, is to remove as much of the hive as possible without killing or losing the vital queen.

“If you wear gloves, then you don’t know how much strength you’re using,” he explains. “If you use too much strength and accidentally kill the queen, it’s very troublesome, it’ll be very hard to take the hive back.”

Moving slowly and carefully, he blows on the hive to herd the bees into a wire cage covered with a white drawstring bag.

He searches for the queen as stragglers buzz around him – a crucial part of the operation as the other bees in the hive are fiercely attracted to her.

Bees and larvae, centre left, on honeycombs at Yip’s apiary in Hong Kong, after he removed the honey-filled nest from a hillside using his bare hands./AFP

“Without the queen, they will get angry and go looking for her everywhere. If they can’t find her they will fly right back out of the cage. They’ll fly around everywhere to find her and start stinging like crazy,” he said.

Although he was once stung more than 200 times when he lost the queen during an extraction, Yip says he has no need for gloves or other protective gear.

“Why would I need those things? I know their nature like I know my own hand. No matter how mean they are I still have a way to tame them,” he explained.

Back at his farm, Yip uses wire to attach the honeycomb to wooden frames, which are then slotted into wooden crates. Then he pulls out handfuls of bees from the drawstring bag and places them gently in their new home.

Yip generally collects honey three times a year from over 200 hives, extracting the golden liquid by spinning each frame in a metal drum.

It was on the Chinese mainland Yip learned his skills, in the wake of Mao’s famine when millions starved and people took whatever steps they could to survive.

Yip worked as a teacher in Guangdong province, supplementing his meagre income by trading honey for food coupons.

He switched to full-time beekeeping after economic reforms under Deng Xiaoping in the late 1970s allowed private businesses to flourish.

Yip pours freshly extracted honey from a honeycomb spinner drum as his son Hugo, right, filters it into a plastic jug at their apiary in Hong Kong./AFP

After his wife’s family successfully relocated to Hong Kong in 1983, Yip followed – although it took him some five years as he was caught each time he tried to smuggle himself across the border before eventually making it through legally.

He had to start his beekeeping from scratch, building boxes for the colonies out of scraps of discarded wood.

Within a year he had 150 healthy hives, laying the foundations of a business which has since grown into one of the city’s biggest local honey producers.

But as the global climate warms and fuels bigger storms, his livelihood – and Hong Kong’s bee population – face increasing challenges to their survival.

Ever expanding urban developments in the densely populated city already threaten wild bees and their food supply. And ever stronger tropical storms are exacerbating the damage.

Last year Typhoon Mangkhut – the most intense storm on record in Hong Kong – tore through the city, knocking down tens of thousands of trees and flattening huge swathes of pollinating flowers.

“Last year this hole was full to bursting, but it wasn’t like that this year,” he says, referencing the hillside where he had just plucked out the hive.

Another colony he visited earlier that day had also fared badly.

“That first hive I picked up has not recovered at all,” he laments. “Typhoon Mangkhut was too strong, it felled over half of the trees and flowers… without the plants, the bees naturally reproduced more slowly.”

Scientists warn rising temperatures will increase the frequency of more powerful storms like Mangkhut.

While Yip plans to continue trekking into the hills as long as he can, he hopes the typhoons of the future will give Hong Kong and his favourite bee colonies a miss.

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Moving to the beat

Published April 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Moving to the beat

lifestyle April 20, 2019 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

Bang & Olufsen’s upgraded ear buds allow you to listen to your favourite sounds no matter what you are doing

IDEAL FOR music-lovers who simply cannot bear to be away from their favourite sounds even when on the go, the Beoplay E8 2.0 guarantees a top-of-the-range listening experience.

Like its predecessor, the E8, the Beoplay E8 2.0 has Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound that can be easily adjusted and adapted to your activity via the Bang & Olufsen (B&O) app.

The major improvements to these second-generation earbuds lie in the wireless charging capacity and longer battery life.

Now, the charging cradle of the earbuds can be simply placed on the wireless charger that supports the open Qi interface standard without any need for a cable.

The power bank of the charging cradle has been improved to provide three full charges for the earbuds, compared to the two full charges offered by the previous model. And since the E8 2.0 earbuds have four hours of battery life, the power bank of the cradle extends the battery life of the new version to 16 hours.

The package also comes with a USB-C cable that can recharge the earbuds via the cradle as well as recharging the internal power bank of the cradle.

It takes about two hours to fully charge the earbuds and the cradle. When the power bank of the cradle is fully charged along with the earbuds, three LED lights on the cradle will appear.

The charging cradle has also gone through a complete redesign and now boasts a beautiful brushed aluminium insert. Four colours of earbuds and charging case are available: Black, Natural, Indigo Blue and Limestone. The E8 2.0 looks sleek as it is designed by Jakob Wagner, a well-known industry designer.

The earbuds are also designed for sportsmen and women with extra secure fit design and a SweatGuard membrane that prevents humidity and wax from entering the sound port.

Beoplay E8 2.0 has impressive sound quality. Although the earbuds are tiny in size, I found that when they were seated properly in my ear canals, the E8 2.0 reproduced big bass and the mids and highs were outstanding. I enjoyed listening to rock music for hours on end.

I found the earbuds light and comfortable to wear. Four sizes of silicone tips are provided for you to choose to fit your ears for optimised sounds. The four sizes are XS, S, M and L and users can also choose to add Comply foam (in M size only) ear tips.

The earbuds use 5.7mm electro-dynamic speakers, which are tuned by acclaimed Bang & Olufsen acoustic engineers. The drivers support frequency response from 20 to 20,000 Hz with 16 ohms of impedance and the earbuds have a high sensitivity of 107 dB.

Thanks to the built-in omnidirectional microphone, you can also use the E8 2.0 as your smartphone headset.

Connecting the E8 2.0 to your smartphone and operating it is easy. Using the first setting, when you remove the earbuds from the charging case, the two earbuds are turned on automatically. And for the first use, the E8 2.0 will be automatically ready for Bluetooth connection. You simply use your smartphone’s Bluetooth to find and connect to the earbuds.

The earbuds come with one multi-function button on each side, both touch sensitive. If the earbuds are not turned on when removed from the charging case, just tap on the right earphone.

If your smartphone has trouble pairing with the E8 2.0, you must keep a distance of less than 20 centimetres between the left and the right earphones and then touch and hold both multi-function buttons for five seconds to initiate Bluetooth pairing. When the E8 2.0 is ready for pairing, its LED indicator will start flashing blue and the sound prompt is heard.

While playing music, you can touch the right button once to play or pause the music. Touch the left button twice to go back to the previous track. To forward to the next track, do the same but with the right button. To decrease the volume, touch and hold the left button; increase volume with the right.

If a call comes in, touch either button to answer it or touch and hold briefly to reject the call. You can touch either button twice to hang up.

For your safety, the E8 2.0 allows you to hear ambient sounds or sounds in the environment when you are walking or outside. You can use the B&O app to select four transparency modes, which are Commute, Clear, Workout and Podcast. The app also provides a slide bar for adjusting the level of sounds of the surroundings from 0 to 100 per cent. At 0 per cent, you hear almost nothing of the surroundings while at the 100 per cent, you can’t hear the music at all. You can also use the left button to cycle through the transparency mode by tapping it once.

Beoplay E8 2.0 is distributed by RTB Technology for Bt14,500 and is available at Munkong Gadget, Dotlife, iStudio by Copperwire and Spvi, Studio7, Digital Lab Siam Discovery, Power Mall, Power Buy and King Power or online channels including Gadetthai.net, Lazada, Shopee, JD.com and Mercular.

Key spec

>> Frequency: 20 – 20,000 Hz

>> Microphone: Omnidirectional

>> Speakers: Electro-dynamic, 5.7 mm

>> Sensitivity: 107 dB SPL +/-3 dB, ref 1 mW @ 1 kHz

>> Impedance: 16 Ohm

>> Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2 AAC codecs

>> B&O App: Yes

>> Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries; Earphones: Right – 85 mAh, Left – 60 mAh; Up to 4 hours playtime at moderate volume

>> Charging case: 530 mAh – 3x charges for earphones; Charging time: approximately 2 hours

>> Dimensions: Earphones: 23 mm x 20 mm x 25 mm; Charger: 73 mm x 47 mm x 33 mm

>> Weight: Earphones: Right 7 g, Left 6 g; Charger: 45 g

Strictly for the girls

Published April 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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The exterior of Albida Hotel Aoyama in Minato Ward, Tokyo/ Photo courtesy of Abiste Co
The exterior of Albida Hotel Aoyama in Minato Ward, Tokyo/ Photo courtesy of Abiste Co

Strictly for the girls

lifestyle April 20, 2019 01:00

By Akira Miura
Special to the Japan News
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With the Tokyo Games coming up next year, an accessory firm opens a women-only capsule hotel in the Japanese capital

JAPANESE PEOPLE used to be mocked overseas for “living in rabbit hutches”. When the first capsule hotel opened in central Osaka in 1979, it caused ripples of surprise across the world.

The hotel was designed by the late Kisho Kurokawa, one of the greatest architects Japan has ever produced. He had previously exhibited capsule houses during the 1970 Japan World Exposition in Osaka Prefecture and designed the famous Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo’s Ginza area in 1972.

The exterior of Albida Hotel Aoyama in Minato Ward, Tokyo/ Photo courtesy of Abiste Co

Fast forward to December 15 last year, when a new women-only capsule hotel opened in the Gaienmae district of Tokyo. Albida Hotel Aoyama is in an excellent location, close to the intersection of Aoyamadori and Gaien-Nishidori avenues, and a five-minute walk from Gaienmae Station on the Ginza subway line.

The hotel was opened by Abiste Corp, which imports and sells accessories and trinkets at its 170 wholly owned outlets in Japan, and about 20 overseas. Most of the Abiste outlets are located inside hotels. This is a quite unusual sales strategy, as department stores are the main marketing channel for other Japanese accessory companies, such as Yondoshi Holdings and Star Jewellery Boutiques.

Abiste opts for hotels because although department stores have the advantage in sales revenue and drawing a large number of customers, hotel outlets have a much higher profit rate. The company has thus established a one-of-a-kind status in the accessory industry.

The company is naturally familiar with hotels, and had waited a long time for a good opportunity to operate one itself.

Albida Hotel Aoyama is the long-awaited realisation of that dream. With five stories above ground and one storey below, the building has a reception desk and a cafe-restaurant on the first floor. Shower rooms, a laundry and a relaxation room are in the basement.

A deluxe cabin room 

The hotel’s 102 guestrooms are composed of three types, from capsule-type units to completely private rooms, on the second to fifth floors. The guestrooms are reasonably priced from 6,900 yen (Bt1,960) plus tax to 8,900 yen plus tax. The prices increase by 500 yen when breakfast is included and by 1,000 yen on Fridays, Saturdays and days before national holidays.

Albida Hotel Aoyama also has a meticulously designed interior, and the powder rooms on each floor are equipped with latest beauty devices, massagers and natural, hypoallergenic cosmetics.

“I hope people will stay at our hotel like they would visit an aesthetic salon or the cosmetics section of a department store,” an Abiste employee said.

The hotel is close to fashionable areas such as Aoyama and Harajuku, so it’s an excellent facility for people in the fashion business who come to Tokyo from other areas.

Ahead of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, new hotels are opening one after another in central Tokyo. Many feature unprecedented concepts or styles. Strictly speaking, Albida Hotel is categorised as an inexpensive lodging house, which means the guestrooms cannot be locked due to the Fire Service Law.

Considering the good location, it might have seemed more natural to open a fashionable boutique hotel. But this means more restrictions and enormous costs. The company therefore came up with the idea of opening a capsule hotel for women.

Guests seem to like the fact that the rooms cost less than 10,000 yen and they can stay there as casually as they would go to an aesthetic salon. It seems like a success story that only this unique company, with its expert knowledge of hotels and female customers’ preferences, could achieve.

The hotel reportedly aims to clear an occupancy rate of 75 per cent by the end of this year, and to shoot for 90 per cent next year, the year of the Tokyo Games.

A very ambitious property indeed!

Smart, speedy and easy on the wallet

Published April 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Smart, speedy and easy on the wallet

lifestyle April 20, 2019 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

The new Nokia 8.1 does everything a smartphone should do and more besides

A MID-RANGE smartphone with good performance and no sluggishness, the Nokia 8.1 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor running at 2.2 GHZ. It’s equipped with 4 gigabytes of working memory or RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, which is expandable with a microSD card by up to 400GB. It uses the Android 9 operating system without add-out user interface.

Released by HMD Global, the smartphone has a good quality main rear camera that uses Zeiss Optics and a dual camera system for bokeh effects. The main rear camera has 12-megapixel resolution using a sensor with a large pixel of 1.4 microns for capturing precise light conditions, as well as optical image stabilisation.

 

The second rear camera is 13-megapixels and provides depth data to achieve the bokeh effect. The Nokia 8.1 even comes with Live Bokeh mode that provides a slide bar for you to adjust the level of blurred background. You can see the results of your adjustment in real time.

The camera’s auto mode is called Photo and uses AI to recognise various scenes and adjusts shooting parameters for you automatically.

If you are an advanced photographer, you can use the Pro mode that allows you to adjust various shooting parameters on your own, such as white balance, shutter speed, focus mode and exposure compensation.

I tried shooting with the Photo mode and I found that Nokia 8.1 captured beautiful and clean shots in most lighting environments. The Live Bokeh mode allowed me to achieve the blurred background effect easily and made the subjects of my photos more prominent.

The phone also comes with 20MP front camera for selfie shooting.

Nokia 8.1 comes in a two-tone design with the second colour at the edges to add a unique look. The phone is strong with a metal frame and its back is covered with strong glass that doesn’t get smudged by fingerprints.

Its 6.18-inch Full HD+ edge-to-edge PureDisplay looks beautiful in 18.7:9 ratio. It’s bright too, with 500 nits of brightness and boasts 81-per-cent display-to-body area.

The display supports HDR10 technology so watching movies on Nokia 8.1 is enjoyable. I caught HD movies streamed via TrueID TV and iflix on the phone during the test.

The phone can play High-Resolution Audio music files in FLAC 24bit/192kHz format. I tried using the phone to play Hi-Res files and I found that the large music files played smoothly with good quality sound in details and strong bass. I also tested the phone with Sony’s MDR-1ABT Hi-Res Audio headphones.

Nokia 8.1 has fast Internet connection, scoring a data connection speed on the Ookla Speedtest app of 64 Mbps for downloads and 38.2 Mbps for uploads.

The smartphone has a fingerprint sensor at its back below the camera’s lens for securely unlocking it. I found the fingerprint worked effectively.

The Nokia 8.1 has a 3,500 mAh battery which supports fast charging. I could survive a day with one charge.

The Nokia 8.1 is available at Shopee for Bt9,900.

 

Key specs:

Networks: 4G: LTE CAT6, 3G: HSPA, 2G: GSM

OS: Android 9 Pie

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 2.2GHz

Memory: 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM

Storage: 64GB, expandable with microSD by up to 400GB

Display: 6.18inch Full HD+ PureDisplay in 18.7:9 view ratio

Cameras: Main rear: 12MP 1.4micron sensor with Zeiss lens; second rear: 13MP depth camera; Front: 20MP

Wireless connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac; Bluetooth 5.0

Location: GPS/AGPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer (Gsensor), Ecompass, Gyroscope, Fingerprint sensor (rear), NFC

Battery: 3,500 mAh, 18W fast charging

Dimensions: 154.8 x 75.76 x 7.97 mm

Weight: 189g

Colour options: Blue/Silver, Steel/Copper, Iron/Steel

Uniqlo partners with Alexander Wang

Published April 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Uniqlo partners with Alexander Wang

lifestyle April 19, 2019 13:51

By The Nation

Uniqlo is launching a Spring/Summer 2019 collaboration collection with the Alexander Wang brand.

This second partnership with the top New York brand builds on the LifeWear commitment to bring together the exceptional functionality of Uniqlo’s innovative AIRism fabric with the designer’s sleek styling.

“Working with Uniqlo on the second season of the collaboration, it felt like there was a mutual understanding of not only aesthetics but of each other’s work ethic. It was easier coming together this time around to accomplish a similar goal from various touch-points. Innovation has always been at the forefront of our design and creative process, and functionality serves a huge purpose in the way I and our customers dress. Therefore, through the influence of innovation, technology and functionality, the special AIRism collection was born,” Wang said.

The collection adds new value to LifeWear by combining the year-round comfort of functional AIRism apparel with the signature Alexander Wang look. Five of the 10 women’s items employ the sheerest-ever AIRism fabric, developed to feel like a “second skin”. During summer, women can enjoy camisoles and slips featuring a fabric so smooth, light and comfortable that they almost forget they are wearing them. Another fabric used in the women’s collection is a proprietary, new, seamless type of AIRism that is designed for both indoor and outdoor use. This new AIRism fabric is supportive but not constrictive, and is a perfect material for bras and even shorts to maintain comfort.

 Men’s items include T-shirts and tank tops that incorporate a new fabric comprising a premium cotton finish and an AIRism interior. The fabric feels smooth and comfortable and is sufficiently thick to allow these innerwear items can also serve as regular outerwear. The men’s boxer briefs and briefs also employ this fabric to enhance comfort on hot summer days. As in the previous season, the waistband is adorned with a logo that wearers will want to casually show.

Learn more at http://www.Uniqlo.com/alexanderwang

Bohemian rhapsodies

Published April 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Loewe
Loewe

Bohemian rhapsodies

lifestyle April 17, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

Jonathan Anderson, creative director of Loewe, introduces a new collection that tells stories of bohemian life, where childhood memories blend with botanical and geometric motifs like sea urchins and stained glass, shells, bandanas and mythological lions.

In collaboration with Disney, the big-eared elephant Dumbo appears on everything from t-shirts to bags and jackets. Period pieces, meanwhile, are modernised – from a suede hussar jacket to sackcloth shorts – whilst raw, stone-washed denim, fouta towel cotton and corduroy evoke a weathered richness. Matching separates in relaxed shapes make up cool summer suits in watermelon-striped knit, glazed python, and ombre inkblot linen. The collection also includes two bags: a backpack and a tote in canvas featuring branded leather panelling and bonded jacquard patches by M/M Paris.

No more wrinkles

Known for its high-protection anti-ageing sun care, French brand Sisley introduces its new “Sunleya G.E. Age Minimizing Global Suncare SPF50+”.

Acting like an anti-ageing shield for the skin in the sun, it prevents wrinkles, dark spots, dehydration and loss of firmness, leaving the skin with a luminous and durable tan. This innovative anti-ageing action comes from a combination of powerful active ingredients including extracts of Einkorn wheat, dill soy peptide and white willow along with vitamin E acetate, shea butter, glycerin of plant origin, sage and marjoram, that help protect while also moisturising the skin, leaving it feeling silky and fresh.

Smooth as silk

Naos Thailand, distributor of French pioneering skincare brand Bioderma, celebrates its third anniversary by bringing the Sensibio cleansing and make-up removing water that respects the fragility of sensitive skin. The product targets skin that’s dehydrated, fragile and tight through a range of active ingredients that reinforce the tolerance threshold of all sensitive skin.

School’s out for summer

For her spring 2019 ready-to-wear collection, Rei Kawakubo travels back in time so her schooldays, offering a series of outfits based on the simple dark jacket and skirt.

The collection is subtle yet elegant, with a wide range of suit coats, collared shirtdresses, striped smocks and aprons, polka-dot shirt and, pleated skirts. A wool blazer and knee-length kilt recalls the Japanese school uniform of old, uplifted by the fineness of fabric and line. A little leather strap girds both shoulders, like a back harness with very slim pockets.

Another take on LUXURY

Published April 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Another take on LUXURY

lifestyle April 17, 2019 01:00

By KUPLUTHAI PUNGKANON
The Nation

Checking the time and writing a note have a completely new meaning when the tools used are from leading German houses A Lange & Sohne and Montblanc

THERE’S NOTHING that spells luxury better than a classic watch crafted from the finest materials or using a richly embellished fountain pen to sign your name.

A Lange & Sohne and Montblanc are among the biggest names crafting the world’s most coveted possessions and the top executives of these two German brands recently sat down with The Nation to talk about their technical innovations, intelligent movements and high artistic craftsmanship.

A Lange & Sohne

As with other top brands that have chosen to open their own boutiques in Bangkok, Wilhelm Schmid, chief executive officer of A Lange & Sohne, recently jetted into town to talk about the history of the brand and its first free-standing boutique at Siam Paragon.

                   Wilhelm Schmid, chief executive officer of A Lange & Sohne

“We have a rather unusual history but one that reflects the spirit of Germany. Our founder, Ferdinand Adolph Lange, set up the company on December 7, 1845. His vision was to bring watchmaking to Germany and so he started a school in Glashutter and recruited farmers and mine workers as apprentices, telling them they would be building the world’s best watches. It remained a family company until its main production building was destroyed by a bomb on the last night of the war in 1945. The brand disappeared after that only to be reborn after the reunification of Germany. The founder’s great grandson Walter Lange, who sadly passed away last year at the age of 92, formally reopened the company on December 7, 1990 and his motto ‘never stand still’ reflected his passion for watchmaking. In memory of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, all our boutiques are decorated with a stone from the Berlin Wall including this one in Bangkok. It took four years to develop our first homage movement models. Since 2000, we have been a subsidiary of the Richemont Group,” Schmid explains.

The new Bangkok boutique joins A. Lange & Sohne’s worldwide stable of 25 boutiques and 215 sales points at retailers and is the fourth store to adopt the concept of 360-degree visibility after Dresden, Shanghai and Chengdu.

“In explaining A Lange & Sohne, I really have to cover three areas. The first is the combination of German engineering and craftsmanship. Our watch’s dial is rather subtle and understated, never shiny or ostentatious. It’s always readable, functional, and of the highest quality but also understated. However, as I turn it around, it becomes very different. Its face has a timeless aesthetic appeal and the decoration is optimal, showing as much of the craftsmanship and label as possible. Our unique jumping movement is very precise. Performance and innovation are the second aspect of our company while the third is the crafting of the watches by real artisans not machines. The iconic timepiece, Lange 1, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a Jubilee edition, is a good example. If you know what you’re looking for, you’ll see there is the perfect triangle, that’s why it looks very organised.”

The award-winning watch’s 25th Anniversary edition in white gold is limited to 250 pieces. Its special features include a deep-blue printed argente dial with a recess, blue date numerals, a hinged cuvette with an engraving of Lange’s headquarters and a hand-engraved balance cock with blued lines. The asymmetric arrangement of its dial triggers discussions, and its technical facets – such as the outsize date and the twin mainspring barrel – have been enthusiastically received.

The series has been crafted with virtually no changes since 1994. Its movement is what reflects its technical evolution. The manually wound calibre L121.1 introduced in 2015 includes a precisely jumping outsize date display and a freely oscillating Lange balance spring. Paired with a large cam-poised balance, it assures superb rate accuracy. The opulently finished movement features a twin mainspring barrel with a power reserve of 72 hours as well as typical Lange quality hallmarks. Noteworthy elements are the three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver, eight screwed gold chatons, and the hand-engraved balance cock.

The Lange 1 “25th Anniversary”, has another prominent feature: the engraved hinged cuvette crafted from solid white gold. The engraving depicts the Lange headquarters that date back to 1873, the names of Walter Lange and Gunter Blumlein, and a relief engraving of the inscription “25 Years Lange 1”.

Montblanc

Known for their outstanding beauty and German precision, Montblanc’s watches and writing instruments are elaborate pieces that defy imagination. Daniel Kohler, head of Montblanc’s client relations and high artistry, spoke with us about the brand’s special focus of pairing technical virtuosity with boundless creativity.

He explains that the absolute mastery of the artisans at the Montblanc Atelier allows the brand to offer unparalleled pieces of craftsmanship, bringing together the finest precious stone cutting, gem-setting, engraving and gold crafting techniques.

                               Daniel Kohler, head of Montblanc’s client relations and high artistry

“Back in the 1990s, we introduced the limited-edition concept, then four years ago we launched the High Artistry strategy, which takes it a step further by focusing on high value, high-end pricing and the use of precious stones in the writing instruments and complications for timepieces. Montblanc’s writing instruments are manufactured in Hamburg while the timepieces are produced in Switzerland, and leather goods is in Italy”

“It might come as a surprise but the most expensive pieces are usually those that sell the quickest. Some unique pieces are never seen in our stores and we show them off in road shows like this one in Bangkok, which is where the product is sold and become part of our clients’ collections,” Kohler adds.

He cites as an example the Emperor Kangxi Limited Edition 89, a pen that pays tribute to “the General” as he was known. The cap and barrel in Au750 yellow gold feature a special pattern reminiscent of the ceremonial suit of armour the emperor wore for parades. The birch used on the lower barrel is the wood associated with hunting bows in the Qing dynasty. Lotus plants are lasered onto the thin birch wood using ultraviolet technology to protect the surface. The barrel is embellished with an archer’s ring made of tiger’s eye, while the base of the cone features a yellow citrine cabochon. The top features the Montblanc emblem in mother-of-pearl.

“The clip is also very functional. It is engraved with head of the dragon. It’s a bit tricky to tell the Chinese their history but the way we put the piece together has been a success. They really love it a lot,” he says.

Less ostentatious but no less successful is the sophisticated James Dean Limited Edition 99. Limited to 99 pieces in reference to the year when the American Film Institute ranked James Dean one of the greatest male movie stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, the knife-shaped design of the writing instrument is a tribute to the knife fight from his second film “Rebel Without A Cause”. The writing instrument’s barrel is crafted from precious ebony with fittings made of Au 750 solid white gold. Giving it the appearance of a closed switchblade, a special mechanism hides the nib within the writing instrument when not in use. When opened with a simple flick, the nib automatically extends into position, ready for writing. The handcrafted rhodium-coated Au 750 gold nib is engraved with the racing flag design. The Montblanc emblem in white resin is set on the cap top, and a mother-of-pearl emblem embellishes the cone.

Because the nib is truly the heart of a fountain pen, many of the more than 200 individual steps it takes to create a Meisterstuck remain virtually unchanged since this most iconic of fountain pens was first produced in 1924. Most are still completed by hand – from the intricate engravings for the 18-carat gold nib, through the painstaking tasks of cutting the central slit through which the ink will flow, grinding the nib’s hard iridium point and polishing all its surfaces, to the testing of the finished writing instrument.

Your life on your wrist

Published April 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Your life on your wrist

lifestyle April 13, 2019 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

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The new Samsung Galaxy Active watch ensures you know all about your health from waking to sleeping

A SLEEK smart watch, the Samsung Galaxy Active will ensure you stay active with its fitness tracking functions and various exercise apps and its heart rate sensor.

It comes with a built-in GPS chip so that you can use Samsung Health app to do various exercises, like walking, running and cycling that uses the GPS to track the distance and speed of your exercise.

Other exercise modes include hiking, swimming (pool), swimming (outdoors), treadmill, exercise bike, circuit training, and weight machine.

The watch also serves as your fitness tracker, counting your steps, the number of floors you have walked up and burned calories as well as tracking your sleep.

As a smart watch, Galaxy Watch Active can alert you and display notifications and messages from your smartphone. This allows you to read SMS messages or emails on the watch. You can also use the watch to type text messages or record voice messages to be sent via the Bluetooth-connected smartphone or use the watch to answer or reject phone calls.

The watch is available in four choices of colours –Silver, Black, Rose, Gold, and Sea Green so you can choose the one that best matches what you wear. I got my hands on the Black option and was surprised at how sleek it looked.

The watch has a footprint of 39.5×39.5×10.5mm and it weighs about 25 grammes. I found it comfortable to wear during the test.

It comes with 1.1-inch Amoled display with 360×360 pixels that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The watch is powered by Samsung Exynos 9110 dual core processor running at 1.15 GHz.

It runs on Tizen-based Wearable OS 4.0 and it comes with 768 megabytes of working memory or RAM and 4 GB of internal storage.

During my test, Galaxy Watch Active was responsive when I interacted with its control buttons and touch screen.

To start using the watch, you will need to download and install the Galaxy Wearable app. The watch and app support Samsung Galaxy smartphones and other brands of smartphones that run on Android 5.0 or above as well as iOS devices.

For wireless connectivity, the Galaxy Watch Active supports Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi. It will take over the Wi-Fi setting from the connected smartphone for firmware update form using apps that need to be online, such as Spotify.

The watch is easy to navigate with its touch screen and two control buttons – the Home button and the Back button above it.

The home button lists the available apps. You select the one you want by tapping on it and you can return to the previous screen by pressing the Back button. The touch screen makes it convenient to use the watch. You simply lightly tap the screen to launch an app and select a menu item or press an on-screen button.

Lightly tap an image twice to zoom in and out. Or you can touch and hold items to access edit mode or view available options.

You can also swipe the screen by lightly dragging your finger vertically or horizontally across the screen to view panels. For example, you can swipe down the home screen to view battery status and other status or swipe right to see notifications.

Apart from the Samsung Health app, there are several preinstalled apps on the Galaxy Watch Active, among them Contacts, Bixby, Weather, Alarm, Calendar, Reminder, Email, Music App and Gallery.

Bixby is a voice service that helps you use your watch more conveniently. You can talk to Bixby to launch a function or provide with information.

The Email app lets you view emails received on your smartphone and reply to them.

The Music app is fun and adds a lot more value to Watch Active. You can Bluetooth-link the watch to a pair of Bluetooth headphones and use the Music app to play the music.

If you decide to do that, remember to first upload music files to your watch by using the Galaxy Wearable app to sync music files from your smartphone to the watch. If that doesn’t grab your fancy, them use the watch to play music files on your smartphone directly.

The Gallery app is used to view and manage images stored on the watch. You can use the Galaxy Wearable app on the smartphone to copy images to the watch for viewing and you can delete them later.

There is also Spotify app that lets you connect to your Spotify account and stream the music to your connected Bluetooth headphones.

Of course, the Samsung Health app makes most of this fitness watch. Apart from using various exercises, you can use Samsung Health to view a graph of your steps count records. The watch counts the number of steps you have taken and measures the distance travelled.

The Samsung Health also lets you view a graph of your floor count records after the watch tracks the number of floors you have walked up.

The watch also automatically monitors your sleep and you can use the Samsung Health app to review your sleep data.

The watch always monitors your heart rate and tracks it. You can also use the Samsung Health app to measure your heart rate at the moment.

The watch also monitors whether you are under stress and you can also use the Breathing exercise, which is part of Samsung Health app, to follow the on-screen guide for inhaling and exhaling to reduce stress.

I tested the Galaxy Watch Active by using it to record my 10-km walk. Its GPS was connected fast and it provided accurate location data of my neighbourhood.

The first screen of the Walk exercise displayed the elapsed time of my walk and the pace of my walk as well as my current heart rate. When I swiped to the second screen, I can see the distance I had walked and my speed.

At the end of my walk, I could use the app to review other details, such as the amount of calories I had burned, average heart beat, the max heart rate, max speed, average speed, max pace and average pace, the workout duration and distance.

On a single charge, the watch keeps track of your daily activities for some 45 hours. It comes with Wireless Power Share for you to recharge it by placing on the back of your Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone in case of emergency.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active has a suggested retail price of Bt8,900.

Key specs:

Colour: Silver, Black, Rose Gold, Sea Green

Display:  1.1 inch (28mm) 360 x 360 AMOLED, Full Colour Always On Display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Strap: 20mm (interchangeable)

Battery: 230mAh

Processor: Exynos 9110 Dual core 1.15 GHz

OS: Tizen-based Wearable OS 4.0

Memory: 768MB RAM + 4GB Internal Memory

Connectivity: Bluetooth4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, A-GPS/Glonass

Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Heart Rate Monitoring, Ambient Light

Charge: WPC-based wireless charging

Durability: 5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G

Compatibility: Samsung Galaxy, Android 5.0 or above with more than 1.5GB RAM; iPhone: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above

Dimensions: 40mm, 39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5mm

Weight: 25g

Fast, smooth and reliable

Published April 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Fast, smooth and reliable

lifestyle April 13, 2019 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

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Xiaomi releases an impressive new flagship phone but keeps the price low

IT COSTS less than Bt17,000 but the Xiaomi Mi 9 has the speed and quality of smartphone cameras going for double the price.

Particularly impressive is the latest flagship smartphone from the Chinese tech firm’s 48MP main camera, which captures terrific shots.

The Mi 9 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor, the Snapdragon 855 octa-core, featuring one 2.84GHz super large core, three 2.42GHz large cores and four 1.80GHz small cores.

The CPU is based on the all-new Kyro 485 architecture and this has seen its performance increase by 45 per cent compared to the previous model. It uses Adreno 640 graphics processing unit, itself bringing a performance improvement of 20 per cent.

The Mi 9 is equipped with 6 gigabytes of LPDDR4 RAM or working memory and 128 GB of UFS2.1 flash storage.

I was very impressed by its performance during my test. Games and applications as well as HD video clips ran fast and smoothly.

I used AnTuTu Benchmark app Version 7.1.7 to measure the Mi 9 and it got an impressive score of 373,375. As of March 31, the score topped the list of scores submitted by AnTuTu users on its ever-changing online database of Android devices.

The Mi 9 also has fast Internet connection and I was able to quickly download applications.

I used Ookla Speedtest app to measure the connection speed and here again the Mi 9 did well, getting a download speed of 80.8 Mbps and upload speed of 41.5 Mbps.

The Mi 9 comes with a beautiful 6.39-inch Samsung Amoled Full Screen Display with 2340 x 1080-pixels resolution that’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. The display has high brightness of 430 nits and high contrast ratio of 60000:1.

The display is readable under bright sunlight thanks to Sunshine mode 2.0 and comes with an anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating, which is useful as the display is integrated with in-screen fingerprint sensor. The Amoled display with 90.7 per cent screen-to-body ratio is really beautiful for viewing photos and for watching HD videos. During the test, I watched films on the TrueID TV and iflix apps.

Music lovers who like high-resolution audio with wireless headphones should love the Mi 9 as it supports aptxHD and LDAC wireless Hi-Res audio streaming protocols.

I tested the Mi 9 with Sony’s MDR-1ABT and the Bluetooth connection was made with Sony’s LDAC protocol. The quality was impressive, with good details of instruments, clarity and a powerful bass.

But particularly impressive for the price is the quality of triple rear camera system. The main camera uses Sony IMX586 sensor with 48MP resolution and f/1.75 aperture lens. The second is a 2x telephoto camera with f/2.2 aperture lens and 12 MP resolution plus a 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. The third camera is a 16MP ultra wide angle lens with f/2.2 aperture.

You can select the cameras by tapping on the ultra wide angle, or 1x zoom or 2x zoom camera on the bottom of the viewfinder screen.

The 48MP resolution has its own mode that can be selected from the sliding list at the bottom of the viewfinder screen. Other shooting modes include Photo, Pro, Night and Portrait.

If you want to capture stunning portraits with blurred background, use the Portrait mode. This allows you to adjust aperture for the level of blurred background you want. You can also select the light effects and beauty effect to make your subject look even more stunning.

If you are a experienced photographer, you can also shoot in the Pro mode, which allows you to control various shooting parameters, including white balance shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, focus and lens types.

I found the Photo or full auto mode good for capturing beautiful shots in most environments as it uses AI to analyse scenes and objects and makes the necessary adjustments automatically.

The cameras captured clean and beautiful shots with good details and saturated colours in most lighting. The ultra wide camera was best for capturing beautiful scenery shots and group photos.

The rear main camera is also capable of shooting 4K video at frame rates of 60 and 30 frames per second. Best of all, the camera supports slow motion at 960fps for both 1080p and 720p video resolutions.

The 20MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture lens captures beautiful selfie shots in modes that include AI portrait mode, AI makeup mode, AI Beautify mode and AI scene detection mode.

The Mi 9 also comes with a useful infrared universal remote control that can be used with various brands of TVs, air-conditioner, set-top box, A/V receiver and other electric appliances.

And it’s an attractive beast too, with curved edges and in some colour options, it comes with holographic colour scheme, which displays a blend of metallic reflection and rainbow hues.

The Mi 9 comes with 3,300aAh battery that supports 20W wireless quick charging for fast wireless charging. This allows the Mi 9 to reach full

charge in 90 minutes with wireless charging– that’s even faster than traditional 18W wired charging. But a 20W wireless charger must be bought separately. The provided 18W wired charger supports QC4.0 quick charging protocol.

Xiaomi Mi 9 has a suggested retail price of Bt16,999.

Key specs:

Networks: 4G: LTE, 3G: WCDMA, 2G: GSM

OS: Android 9.0 with MI 9 user-interface on top

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor

Memory: 6GB LPDDR4, 2133MHz dual-channel

Storage: 128 UFS2.1 flash storage

Display: 6.39-inch Samsung AMOLED full screen display with 2340×1080 resolution

Rear cameras: 48MP primary camera with Sony IMX586 sensor and f/1.75 lens; 12MP telephoto 2x optical zoom camera with f/2.2 lens; 16MP ultra wide-angle lens camera with f/2.2 lens

Front camera: 20MP front camera with f/2.0 lens

Wireless connectivity: 802.11ac, supporting 2x2MIMO; Bluetooth 5.0

Security: In-screen fingerprint sensor

Location: Dual-frequency GPS; GPS:L1+L5, Galileo:E1+E5a, GLONASS:L1, Beidou:B1

Sensors: Ultrasonic proximity sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compass, Linear motor, IR remote control, Camera laser focusing sensor

Battery: 3,300mAh supporting 20W wireless charging, 27W wired fast charging, and QC4.0 quick charging protocol

Dimensions: 157.5×74.67×7.61mm

Weight: 173g

Dusit looks ahead

Published April 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Dusit looks ahead

lifestyle April 12, 2019 15:00

By The Nation

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Following the closure of its flagship hotel Dusit Thani Bangkok earlier this year, Dusit Thani has joined hands with CPN to introduce the new first-class mixed-use project called Dusit Central Park.

Standing on the corner of Silom and Rama IV Road, this Bt36.7 billion project occupies 440,000 square metres and will combine luxury residences, a state-of-the-art office tower, a high-end shopping mall, a large rooftop park, and the reimagined Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel under one roof.

Under the concept of “Here for Bangkok”, the project focuses on four key pillars – “Here for Heritage & Innovation” where cultural legacy is put into practice, “Here for Unrivalled Connectivity” that connects all important infrastructure, “Here for a Lush Quality of Life” where people will get close to nature at Lumpini Park and the vibrant city all day, and “Here for Meaningful Experiences” where modern living reconnects with local communities and green space.

The management recently hosted an exclusive party to introduce the new development. Dubbed “Dusit Central Park: Here for Bangkok”, it was attended by Chanin Donavanik, Suphajee Suthumpun, Narongchai Wongthanavimok, Siradej Donavanik, Suthichai Chirathivat, Tos Chirathivat, Wallaya Chirathivat, Preecha Ekkunagul and more than 100 A-list celebrities.

Find out more at http://www.DusitCentralPark.com.

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