Thursday, September 29, 2016

Kathryn Bigelow


Point Break

K-19: The Widowmaker

The Hurt Locker

Kathryn Ann Bigelow is an American film director, producer, and writer. Her films include the vampire Western horror film Near Dark, the action crime film Point Break, the science fiction action thriller Strange Days, the mystery thriller The Weight of Water, the submarine thriller K-19: The Widowmaker, the war film The Hurt Locker, the action thriller war film Zero Dark Thirty and the short film Last Days of Ivory. The Hurt Locker won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture and the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and was nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama. With The Hurt Locker, Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction, and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Director. She also became the first woman to win the Saturn Award for Best Director in 1995 for Strange Days. In April 2010, Bigelow was named to the Time 100 list of most influential people of the year.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A short Riva review


Corsaro (1946-55): Only one yacht is thought to survive from the 40-strong pack of the first range of classic Riva yachts. The two-seater Corsaro Riva series was designed by Carlo Riva, based on the AR Sport motor boat. Production started on 1950, and the series ranged in length from 4.8 to 5.65 metres LOA and she was fitted with various engines.

Super Tritone (1950-66): The first twin-engine classic range Riva yacht was the Tritone, in build from 1950-1966. While 221 of the standard Tritone version were delivered, far fewer of the far more desired Super Tritone came into being, with only 21 hitting the water. At nearly eight metres LOA, the Super Tritone was a long, powerful version of Riva’s Tritone, its biggest thus far.

Ribot III: Riva owners may commonly have been rich and famous, but it was rare to get special treatment; however, Carlo Riva broke his rule in the case of the Como industrialist, champion sailor and Riva patron, Achille Roncoroni. In 1960, Roncoroni persuaded the company to build him a one-off version of the Tritone Special model classic Riva yacht. He wanted the best, fastest and largest Riva ever. What he got was an 8.3m wood-clad wonder powered by two high-performance, marinised Cadillac Eldorado V8 engines, each producing 325hp to push the boat to a stunning 60mph. The unique interior had red, white and blue front seats that could be laid flat to let occupants sunbathe away from prying eyes. The dashboard featured sparkling, chrome bezel instruments befitting the Cadillac-powered Special. Roncoroni used the boat, Ribot III, mostly on Como, and kept her until 1970 before selling her to someone who has owned this beautiful classic Riva ever since. And, true to his word, Carlo Riva ensured Ribot III remained a one-off, even turning down a request for a similar craft from King Hussein of Jordan.

Ariston (1950-74): Perhaps the best-known by sight classic Riva yacht, and certainly one of the most popular, is the Ariston, which was built for nearly 25 years. The single-engine Ariston measures 6.7 metres and features a distinctive rounded stern and wooden sax board. There were 823 Riva Ariston yachts built and another 189 Super Aristons delivered.

Florida (1952-69): Featuring a large, sunken sun deck and often seen towing water-skiers, this sporty Riva classic yacht was equally well suited for a day of sunbathing or watersports. The Riva Florida is propelled by a single engine and ranged from 5.59 metres to 6.27 metres in her Super Florida size. Though she was built in Italy, like her brethren, her sun-loving demeanour earned her the moniker of the US “Sunshine State” and was named after Florida as at the time it was the place most closely linked with the sport of waterskiing. In her time in build, 426 Florida Rivas were delivered, including 711 of the bigger and more powerful Super Florida models.

Aquarama (1962-96): The original Riva Aquarama line was delivered from 1962 to 1972. This included first classic Riva Aquarama yacht, of which 288 were sold, and the Super Aquarama, with 203 splashing. The Aquarama Special then emerged, running from 1972 to 1996 with 278 boats built. The most expensive classic Riva ever built was probably an Aquarama, which crossed the block at Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, Florida, back in 2011, for an impressive $975,000. Bidders from around the world competed to own the boat, which was considered extra special, because it was the last of the original, wooden-hulled Rivas to be sold to the public. Hull No 774 was completed in 1996 and delivered new to the founding family of the giant Sony Corporation on 23 December 1998. Surely the ultimate Christmas present, it was one of six “End of the Era” commemorative editions produced. Its owners, however, clocked up fewer than 20 hours aboard her in 12 years, with their most ambitious voyage being a return trip across Lake Garda for lunch.

Junior (1967-72): The Riva Junion was the late 1960s replacement for the basic Riva Florida. At 5.6 metres, the classic Riva yacht model Junior found fame as the choice of the celebrity set such as Brigitte Bardot and Peter Sellers.

Olympic (1969-83): Named in honour of the Mexico Olympic Games of 1968 was the last wooden classic Riva yacht designed by Cantieri Riva. The Olympic Riva was introduced specifically to replace the Super Florida. Unlike other Riva models that evolved over time, the Olympic were introduced at 6.55 metres LOA and all were this length until production ceased in 1983, and nearly all carried the same 220hp or 270hp Riva-branded engines. Though 275 were built, the majority were delivered in the Olympic’s heyday, prior to 1975.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Latécoère Flying Boat


Latécoère Laté 302 

The Latécoère 300 series of aircraft were a group of civil and military flying boats. They were manufactured by French aircraft manufacturer Latécoère in the 1930s. Original Laté 302 aircraft had 930-hp engines, bow, beam, and engine nacelle machine gun ports, and a bomb load of 300 kilograms (660 lb). The aircraft supported a crew of four and included sleeping accommodations. Fuel and payload were stored inside the hull. The 302s and converted 301 were in service at the start of World War II, and continued in military service, flying patrols from Dakar until retired due to lack of spare parts, the last aircraft being grounded at the end of 1941.

Laté 523

The Laté 523 was the navalized variant of  The Latécoère 521, "Lieutenant de Vaisseau Paris", a French six-engined flying boat, and one of the first large trans-Atlantic passenger aircraft. The four inboard engines were mounted as tandem push-pull pairs.

 Latécoère 612

The Latécoère 612, which was to be powered by four Pratt & Whitney R-1830 radial engines was a new version of the Latécoère 611 Prototype - powered by four Gnome-Rhône 14N-30 / Gnome-Rhône 14N-31 engines, (left and right handed rotation), given the name Achernar. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tales of the Wild, Azkolari


By Clément Beauvais and Arthur de Kersauson

In the second episode of Dior’s series of web documentaries, Tales of the Wild, Arthur Van der Putten, leaving the concrete jungle behind, dedicates his life to preserving the ancestral traditions of “Basque Strongman”. Wood-chopping as a has been recorded as a profession since medieval times and has long been part of Basque Country’s tradition. The profession was important to the community’s shipbuilding and charcoal burning industry which later paved way for the metal-working industry. Driven by his desire of surpassing oneself, Van der Putten preserves the traditions.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor


Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor (26 November 1878 – 21 June 1932) was an American cyclist who won the world 1 mile (1.6 km) track cycling championship in 1899 after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial discrimination. Taylor was the first African-American cyclist to achieve the level of world champion and only the second black man to win a world championship in any sport, after Canadian boxer George Dixon. Taylor turned professional in 1896 at the age of 18 and soon emerged as the "most formidable racer in America." One of his biggest supporters was President Theodore Roosevelt who kept track of Taylor throughout his 17-year racing career.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Yamaha 250 Factory Bike


All pictures © Justyn Norek from Leonardo Bernecoli collection

Friday, September 2, 2016

Artic P


Built by German company Schichau Seebeckwerft back in 1970, the Arctic P can cover a maximum distance of 18,000 nautical miles at 20 knots speed. The vessel measures 287 feet and can comfortably accommodate 12 guests, a total of 25 people including crew members. Rumoured to be Packer’s most prized possession, the superyacht was inherited by the business tycoon from his father Kerry Packer. Refitted in 2014, the superyacht boasts of a new super-steel structure which makes the yacht strong enough to dribble through ice floes in the southern ocean. With white exteriors and an electric blue hull, the superyacht looks visually stunning, and stands out amidst the other white-dyed vessels.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tom Ford ranch by Tadao Ando


This is an outstanding house that the designer Tom Ford is now looking to sell. Designed by Japanese designer Tadao Ando and the Marmol Radziner agency based in Los Angeles the ranch is in New Mexico, a few kilometers from Santa Fe. Pictures via :