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people of interest

joel semmens & mike wood present a magnificent modern residence offering historical grandeur

gregg ruth’s stunning blings a twinkle in a woman’s eye

changing the game

engel & volkers brings a fresh take to real estate exclusivity in calgary


uncovering the upside of down times


world class contemporary residence



architectural triumph

at shinta mani resort a conversation with architect bill bensley

a conversation with jim doucette

presented heather waddell

form & function in a magnificent estate home presented by ross pavl



















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PUB NOTE Welcome to the new, bigger, more spectacular, Dream Homes of Canada magazine. PUBLISHED BY

What an incredible journey this has been! Looking back at our humble beginnings in Calgary, we’ve come from just 32 precious pages to a breathtaking 100 page super sized coffee table book. I can't help but smile with a bit of pride and satisfaction, much as a parent does upon seeing their child perform well after years of hard work. Indeed this is a moment to savour. Dream Homes of Canada today is much more than a showcase for luxury properties. Over the years, it has grown into a luxurious and beautiful showcase of that luxury lifestyle we all aspire to. A dream home is an anchor of dream everything - the interior of a dream home draws in luxurious furnishings and decor, the kitchen inspires fine cuisine & fine wines, the dream garage inspires premium automobiles, a dream closet inspires style & luxurious attire including fine jewellery and watches. The experience of this luxury lifestyle further inspires luxurious pursuits, fine dining, luxury travel, exotic destinations - the list is endless, but it all begins with the purchase of a dream home of some sort. It is luxury real estate that drives the entire luxury lifestyle market. This issue, we take showcasing the luxury aspect of these properties and the luxury lifestyle to a whole new level by going to a much larger and more luxurious size. I just know you’ll be completely enthralled by it. But, don’t take my word for it - flip through and experience it for yourself. While all the people you find in the pages of this magazine are exemplary in what they do, I’d like to mention a few. I take great pleasure in congratulating Patrick Kirkwood in his new position as Assistant General Manager at RollsRoyce, Maserati and Ferrari in Calgary. Well done, Patrick! I’d also like to congratulate Mark Evernden in his success in bringing the unique and fabulous Engel & Volkers brand to Calgary, taking Calgary’s luxury properties marketplace to a whole new level of credibility and excitement. Abby Dickinson has taken the reigns as Marketing Director at Calgary Jewellery. Congratulations Abby - we’re looking forward to seeing your vision unfold at Bernard’s iconic Jewellery shop. We would also like to welcome Jim Doucette into the Dream Homes of Canada this issue. Jim’s experience in the luxury real estate market is extensive and formidable. Jim’s invaluable and shrewd insights on benefiting from the ups and downs in Calgary’s luxury real estate arena are captured in a two page article within this magazine - make sure you read it. We have a lot planned for our next issue. As always, we welcome your own ideas and comments. I can be reached at My best regards to you all.

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Changing The Game


Gregg Ruth’s Stunning Blings A Twinkle in a Woman’s Eye


Royal Oak Concept RD.1 The Sound Awakens


Ferrari Unveils The Fabulous 488 Gtb in Geneva


Historical Grandeur Meets Modern Magnificence

Engel & Völkers Calgary brings a fresh take to real estate exclusivity

Presented by Joel Semmens & Mike Wood


Sun-soaked Getaway Shinta Mani Resort A Conversation with Architect Bill Bensley


A Truly Exceptional World Class Contemporary Residence Presented by Heather Waddell


Modern Luxury Heesen Kometa Superyacht Elegant Performance in the Ocean


Uncovering the upside of down times Jim Doucette sees tremendous opportunity in Albertan housing market


Function and Form in This Magnificent Estate Home Presented by Ross Pavl

Absolute Best Knowledge of The Luxury Real Estate Market In The World

Kettle Lake -Henry Ford Family Property

Offered at $ 28,899,000

Rarely does such an historic, strikingly beautiful, property come to the open market. Rarely does such an historic, strikingly beautiful property come to the open market. Once owned by the infamous Ford family of Henry Ford heritage, this sprawling 242 Acre estate features 2 high-caliber houses, amazing mountain views(which is only a 45min drive), pristinely natural landscape, one of Alberta’s only covered bridges, horse barn, pasture, paddocks, storage & riding areas, outbuildings & several large lakes. Extremely well-built, over 5000 sqft walkout bungalow showcases exquisite pine hardwood, imported kitchen cabinetry from South Carolina, granite counters, high-end

appliances, opulent office/den, decadent dining room & more than $1-million spent on millwork alone. Exposed wood beams from Alberta Graineries, stone archways, sun room, & patio/deck with magnificent Rocky Mountain & west-facing views. Master Retreat with a beautiful 6-pc spabath with steam shower, soaker tub & walk-in closet. There’s also a large coachhouse blending modern accents with rustic woodwork & finishings.


35195 Springbank Road

Offered at $ 8,960,000

No other property says ‘Alberta’ stronger than this. No other property says ‘Alberta’ stronger than this. A unique opportunity has come along and is situated only 20 minutes from downtown Calgary and in the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains. 320 spectacular acres of raw land are being offered for sale for the first time. 2 amazing parcels of land, the landscape is very unique and diverse. With wide open turquoise skies and beautiful rolling hills to quiet dense forest, fresh water springs, streams and the Elbow River running through the property which supplies drinking water to all of south Calgary. Spectacular

Rocky Mountains can be captured from as far north to south as the eye can see. The wildlife are abundant, vast arrays of colorful wild flowers, and lush tall grassy blankets the land. Four distinct seasons perfectly frame this must see year round oasis, it is exquisite! This is a place where responsible nature and animal loving folks can further their dreams and become a part of the history. Enjoy the HD Video Link!!!!


202, 229 Aero Way N.E. Calgary, Alberta T2E 6K2 403.829.3776 |

Engel & VĂślkers international expertise and exclusive client exposure pairs perfectly with our collective 40 years of knowledge around the Alberta luxury home real estate market.

611 Sifton Boulevard SW

Offered at $ 6,999,000

Welcome to prestigious Elbow Park and experience this incomparable bungalow. This custom built energy efficient home by McKinley Master Custom Homes boasts over 6900 sq ft of luxury living and is handicap accessible. Welcome to prestigious Elbow Park and experience this incomparable bungalow. This custom built energy efficient home by McKinley Master Custom Homes boasts over 6900 sq ft of luxury living and is handicap accessible. This fully developed walkout borders the Elbow River providing unparalleled outdoor living & stunning views. The grand entry is complimented with barreled ceilings and in-lay floors. The main floor offers an open floor plan with extensive custom mill work featuring a Master suite with an impressive walk-in dressing room &

7 piece ensuite as well as formal dining room ideal for entertaining and a large, sunny breakfast nook. The lower level showcases a media area, poker room, wet bar, exercise area and 3 more bedrooms complete with ensuites, The massive 4-car garage will easily accommodate lifts and has elevator access. The yard is professionally landscaped with multiple patio ares and expansive decks with fireplaces to enjoy evenings by the river.


1 Wolf Drive, Redwood Meadows, AB Offered at $529,000

22 Redwood Meadows Drive, Redwood Meadows, AB


Offered at $569,000

This home features 4000 sq ft of total living space in an open concept bungalow with bonus loft. Main floor showcases vaulted living room with floor to ceiling wood burning fireplace and plenty of windows. Foyer peaks into vaulted living and the loft staircase creating a great sense of arrival. Open kitchen to the dining and living areas which features an island, stainless steel appliances and easy access to the large back deck. The main floor has a bright master bedroom with walk in closet and ensuite and 2 additional bedrooms. The bright bonus room/loft has a deck and plenty of space for entertaining.

This beautifully upgraded bungalow in Redwood Meadows with 3334 sq ft of total living space features upgrades including a gorgeous new kitchen with custom cabinets, granite countertops, large island with breakfast bar, pot lights, and large windows. 4 bathrooms with custom tile work, new flooring throughout, new modern baseboards, doors and trim, updated lighting and paint all create a tremendous living atmosphere. With a cozy brick fireplace in the dining room, and the combinations of a main flooring living room & large family room with workout room in the basement, this property is worth a look.

Deborah Clark

Real Estate Advisor, RealtorÂŽ

403-835-3385 email:

List Local. Sell Global. Superior Real Estate Service with Local Expertise


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The Game Engel & Völkers Calgary brings a fresh take to real estate exclusivity

Mark D. Evernden

With an esteemed brand, a new office, and a fresh energy at their fingertips, Mark Evernden and Zak Miller have a lot to be excited about. The Calgary real estate team recently joined the exclusive brokerage Engel & Völkers, and they’re ready to pair their expertise with the exclusivity that the brand is known for—and revolutionize Calgary real estate in the process. “Engel & Völkers, and our venture in Calgary, are changing our industry’s perspective of innovative and cutting-edge real estate,” explains COO Miller. “We have out-of-the-box thinkers that provide insight into new market trends, opportunities within the industry, and collaborative environments where we work towards a common goal. Engel & Völkers prides


themselves on the new and innovative, and that is why we are constantly challenging ourselves to be fresh and exciting, while still providing a dependable level of service and expertise.” “Our clients are looking for exclusivity— they want a point of difference on the market, not to be like all of the others,” adds Evernden. The Engel & Völkers brand is indeed synonymous with exclusivity. Established in 1977, Engel & Völkers has grown into a global brand representing elite real estate in 39 countries.

Engel & Völkers Calgary’s new flagship location will be at 215 9th Ave SW in Calgary (complemented by a second location, Million Air FBO, offering private jet and helicopter services), and their vision is robust.

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“ Our clients are looking for exclusivity - they want a point of difference on the market, not to be like all of the others,”

“[The office] will be the first of its kind in the real estate industry and will provide an atmosphere unrivaled by any other brokerage in the city,” says Miller. “We are trying to create something so different, something so breathtaking and exciting that people will want to run to work everyday to be a part of what we are attempting to create…we have the history of success behind us to help propel this new venture to heights unimagined.” However, even as they grow, Evernden notes that Engel & Völkers Calgary will remain nimble—with good reason. “We will have no more than 25 advisors in Calgary and as we expand the team of advisors in the province, we will not be exceeding 35. This enables us to ensure unparalleled services in the industry.” Mark D. Evernden 403.829.3776

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The Spectacular



Rolls-Royce has crafted the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history, the Wraith. At its heart lie hallmark Rolls-Royce attributes of luxury, refinement and hand-craftsmanship, but the new model from the world’s pinnacle superluxury marque also presents a unique character defined by power, style and drama. With just a hint of the noir.

In profile, Wraith’s sweeping fastback design

cove in the South of France where Sir Henry

gives the car its unique character. Bold

Royce and his design and engineering teams

lines, tension in the panels and a raked rear

spent their winters, this contemporary and

screen evoke the image of a world class

tactile finish sweeps through the interior,

athlete poised in the starting blocks. Further

cosseting four occupants in a space bathed in

expression of dynamic intent can be seen in

light and warmth.

Wraith’s deeply recessed grille, wide rear track and dramatic two-tone presentation.






by Starlight Headliner, a Bespoke feature Coach doors open to reveal a sumptuous

available beyond Phantom family cars for

interior complete with softest Phantom-

the first time. 1,340 fibre optic lamps are

grade leathers and expanses of wood called

hand-woven into the roof lining to give the

Canadel Panelling. Named after the famous

impression of a glittering, starry night sky.

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1,340 fibre optic lamps are hand-woven into the roof lining to give the impression of a glittering, starry night sky.

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Performance delivers on the promise of Wraith’s styling. Power delivery is effortless, but dramatic, thanks to a V12 engine married to 8-speed automatic ZF transmission. 624 bhp / 465kW is available to the driver while the 0-60 mph sprint is achieved in 4.4 seconds, compared with 563 bhp / 420kW and 0-60 in 4.7 seconds for Ghost. A more polished, effortless driving experience and even better response brings a new, more dynamic dimension to the famous Rolls-Royce trait, waftability.

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Gregg Ruth’s

Blings! a Twinkle in a Woman’s Eye

From old-Hollywood glamour to the modern-day exotic, Gregg Ruth certainly knows how to put a twinkle in a woman’s eye.

A master of color and sparkle, Ruth’s high-profile

with the constraints of retail, and moved on to try his

reputation and skill with precious gemstones has

hand at wholesale with gold jewelry imported from

been amassing a global following for over three

Italy. “We started the line with nine pairs of earrings,

decades. The designer ’s introduction to the field of

six rings, two rings and an Armani suite - and an Audi

fine jewellery began early, with his parent ’s jewelry

that I drove past the speedometer breaking ”, says

store in Pennsylvania. Ruth joined his father in the


family business in the 70s when the two founded their own store. However, he soon became restless

In 1995, Ruth’s passion for the beauty of precious

on the use of fancy color diamonds and important color stones, which would then take center stage in his stunning, diamond-intensive pieces. In particular, the brand soon became

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stones has led him to turn his focus

acclaimed for its unparalleled yellow and pink diamonds, rare and unique center stones that would set the tone for the company ’s varied collections and lead the novel colored-diamond trend




accentuate their natural brilliance, Ruth








showed off the stones, ranging from 1.00 to 10.00 carats, to their best advantage.

Showcasing stunning hand-picked pink diamonds, one of the rarest and most valuable diamond colors, the latest newcomer to join the Gregg Ruth legacy is the Baby Pinks Collection.

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Gregg Ruth pieces are instantly recognizable by

diamonds, one of the rarest and most valuable

the vivid, richly saturated hues of these precious

diamond colors, the latest newcomer to join the

gemstones, which include sapphires, rubies, and

Gregg Ruth legacy is the Baby Pinks Collection. With

emeralds among others, and distinctive collections

surprisingly affordable price points starting at just

range from the classically elegant to the young

$9800, it makes for a great introduction to the world

and edgy. Showcasing stunning hand-picked pink

of colored diamonds. A beautiful alternative to

From old-Hollywood glamour to the modern-day exotic, Gregg Ruth certainly knows how to put a twinkle in a woman’s eye.


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A master of color and sparkle, Ruth’s highprofile reputation and skill with precious gemstones has been amassing a global following for over three decades.

traditional white diamond jewelry, each piece in the meticulously crafted suite of rings, pendants, and earrings is truly oneof-a-kind, with the design influenced by the stone’s unique characteristics. When the great Marilyn coined diamonds as girl’s best friend, she was clearly missing one word – pink.

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Audemars Piguet’s Spectacular

Royal Oak Concept RD.1 The Sound Awakens Chiming watches that strike the time were a much sought-after piece of personal technology in the 1800s.


today. The long steel strip that curves meticulously

of the vallée de Joux – created these luxurious

around the movement (the gong) is worked to super

personal mechanisms out of necessity – rather than

strength. It requires the time-honoured skill of an

having to rely on the city and pendulum clocks to

experienced watchmaker so that when the gong is

tell the hour, those privileged enough to own a

fully assembled, the sonic qualities of the steel are

minute repeater pocket watch – easily placed on a

primed to achieve a harmonious tone.

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The expert micro-engineers – the watchmakers

bedside table – could tell the time at night via a personal time-keeper.

So, what makes a beautiful sound? How do we define what we hear? How do you achieve pitch, tone and

Personal technology, key to life today, has always

harmony from a minute repeater gong system?

been at the heart of Audemars Piguet. This year, in

At the heart of any minute repeater sound is the

a passionate continuation of a complex technology

watchmaker ; he is the conductor, the producer, the

that Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste

human element whose skill and passion brings life

Piguet set out to master 140 years ago - Audemars

to a mechanical timepiece.

Piguet unveils a watch that is potentially the most sonically considered minute repeater of modern times : the Royal Oak Concept RD#1, developed according to the principles of stringed instrument making. Audemars Piguet significantly enhances the acoustic quality of horological chiming technology and that achieves an unprecedented volume of sound transmission in a water-resistant case.

The Concept RD#1 is inspired by the technological quality of minute repeaters created during the pinnacle of steel gong technology during the period from 1920-1930 – just before electricity became an everyday resource. At this time, the Le Brassus watchmakers were not only considering mechanical progression but also the acoustic quality and range of chiming watches. Hence, this era has long intrigued the company ’s in-house craftsmen, designers and archivists. In the process of ongoing research, they kept coming back to one piece in particular, a watch that begged the same question of each to ask : what made this 1924 minute repeater wristwatch sound so good?

The same steel gong system that Audemars Piguet used since the company was founded in 1875 is still at the heart of minute repeater technology

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On Creating

The Perfect


Dom Perignon ‘One must have a visionary spirit and an exceptional sense of daring to embody true ambition. This is the gift of Dom Pierre Pérignon.

In 1668, the young monk Pierre Pérignon takes office as the cellarer and procurator of the Benedictine abbey of Hautvillers on the northern slopes of the Marne, in the heart of Champagne. Under his watch, the abbey prospers, especially its vineyards.

Until his death in 1715, he makes no exception to his ambitions for perfection, to create “the best wine in the world” as said in his own words on September 29, 1694. Dom Pierre Pérignon invents, perfects, and passes on the enhanced techniques to create a wine whose reputation is second to none.

“Father Pérignon’s wine” acquired such a reputation for excellence that the wine merchants of His Majesty the Sun King soon brought word of it to the Royal Court at Versailles.


“ One must have a visionary spirit and an exceptional sense of daring to embody true ambition.”

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The Fabulous New

Vertu & Bentley Unveil Vertu Bentley Smart Phone

Bentley and Vertu have released an elite

scarce, it’s noted that unparalleled design

5-year partnership encompassing plans for

and elegance will be showcased.

a ‘Vertu Bentley phone.’ “The unique performance inherent in every Set to release this October, the ‘Vertu for

Bentley has now found further expression in

Bentley phone,’ will be the first of 5 smart

the world’s most desirable mobile phone,”

phones over the duration of the partnership.

Dürheimer says. He explains that the smart phone will offer cutting-edge technology,

While designs have not yet been released,

expanding the luxury range of Bentley


and a new communication experience for




content will appeal to drivers, travelers and


brand enthusiasts, through a partnership that delivers on both technology and touch,

Furthermore, the team at Bentley has

says Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and

engineered a custom application that will be

CEO of Bentley Motors.

composed and installed into a single App on the smart phone, with Bentley’s signature convenience at your

The British brands have geared sophistication with

fingertips. Expect to pay a pretty penny this October, as

high performance craftsmanship for the ultimate smart

the price has yet to be announced.

phone experience. Though further details seem to be

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Ferrari Unveils

The Fabulous 488 Gtb in Geneva Geneva, 3 March 2015 – On its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari 488 GTB sets a new benchmark for the sports car sector. Forty years on from the launch of Ferrari’s iconic first-ever mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta, the 308 GTB, the Ferrari 488 GTB opens a new chapter in the history of cars with this particular architecture.


Credit for this achievement must go to the Ferrari 488 GTB’s revolutionary proprietary solutions which deliver a car at the top of its class in terms of power output (670 cv) with engine and response times of just 0.8 and 0.06 seconds respectively. Sophisticated dynamic vehicle controls make this performance completely controllable even on the limit by drivers of all abilities, resulting in the unique driving pleasure that only a Ferrari can deliver. Ferrari drew extensively on its experience in both Formula One and endurance racing, bringing to the road the technology that delivered victory in two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the title in the WEC (World Endurance Championship).

Also pivotal was the XX

programme in which Ferrari’s technicians have developed a unique knowledge of the dynamic behaviour of extreme cars driven by non-professional drivers. The 488 in the car’s moniker indicates the engine’s unitary displacement, while the GTB stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta, a reference to its deep roots in Ferrari history. Extreme power was a requisite for the car and is delivered by the new 3902 cc turbo engine coupled to a seven-gear F1 dual-clutch gearbox featuring Variable Boost Management which optimally distributes torque (a maximum 760 Nm in seventh gear). The Ferrari 488 GTB guarantees exuberant performance that is absolutely exploitable to the fullest regardless of driving conditions and is accompanied by a deep, seductive soundtrack, the signature of all Ferrari engines. The






incorporate patented solutions, such as the blown rear spoiler, as well as innovative features like the 458 GTderived aerodynamic underbody with vortex generators. The result is a new efficiency record for a Ferrari (E=1.67). Downforce increases to 325 kg at 250 km/h, thanks in part to active aerodynamic devices which reduce drag whilst simultaneously generating downforce when required. The Ferrari 488 GTB’s dynamic vehicle controls have also been further evolved. It sports a new version

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of the Side Slip Control System (SSC2) which, aside from

lines typical of Ferrari’s legendary styling. The seamless

just integrating with the car’s F1-Trac and E-Diff, now also

interweaving of form and function is clear in every detail,

controls the active dampers. This renders the Ferrari 488

in fact. Certain design elements also draw on styling cues

GTB’s dynamic behaviour during complex manoeuvres even

from the past, not least the 308 GTB-inspired scalloped

flatter and more stable, so that less expert drivers can


enjoy its potential to the fullest, resulting in an extremely thrilling driving experience.

The Ferrari 488 GTB makes its debut in a new Rosso Corsa Met livery with black and red technical fabric cabin trim,

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the Ferrari 488 GTB’s

and in a Grigio Ferro Met livery with black and Beige

sculptural forms are completely new. They accentuate

Tradizione leather interior trim.

the car’s sportiness yet retain the classically clean, pure


materials which are homologated

performance, also featuring on the

for automotive use for the first time.




stand is the F12berlinetta which is the most powerful car in the Ferrari

Alongside the sports cars were the

range, courtesy of its 740 cv V12

GTs: the California T coupé-cabriolet

engine and transaxle architecture.


It continues to enjoy such enormous

Stellato and Grigio Brunito livery

success worldwide that in certain

complemented by a Tortora cabin

countries the waiting list is over a

was joined by the four-seater, four-

year long.

wheel-drive FF in modern Bianco





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Italia with a Sterling interior. Both Two versions of the F12berlinetta

models feature CarPlay, the simplest,

were on show in Geneva: the first

safest and most entertaining way to

sports the now-traditional triple-

use your iPhone in the car. CarPlay

layer Rosso Maranello livery with

is incredibly intuitive and offers



phone, map, music and message

fibre trim, while the second is a

access by either voice control or a

Tailor Made homage to the Ecurie

tap of the central display. The system



is enjoying particular popularity on

the 250 GTO that won the 1964 Tour

the FF where it has been specified

de France. It is in the same Argento

by half of all clients ordering it.





Auteil colour as the latter with a triple-layer




Also on the stand was the Formula One single-seater which pays fitting

stripe on its bonnet.

testimony to Ferrari’s inextricable The




Ferrari’s exclusive personalisation

links to motorsport on the eve of the new season.

service, now boasts over 450 new

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Dream Homes Feature Story 52 | DREAMHOMESOFCANADA.COM

Richard Mille’s Sensational $250,000 Rm007

Diamond Watch

The caliber RM031 is equipped with an AP direct-impulse escapement.

Developed by APR&P for Audemars

The baseplate and bridges are machined



from ARCAP, a material used for the

represents a subtle combination of a

first time in watchmaking in the Richard

detent escapement and a Swiss anchor

Mille caliber RM002. ARCAP is renowned



for its physical characteristics, which

provides an improved chronometric

include corrosion-resistance and anti-

results thanks to the direct action of

magnetic properties. These qualities

the escapement wheel on the balance


wheel in contrast to a Swiss anchor

aerospace, automobile and advanced

escapement in which the anchor acts

electronics industries.










directly on the escape wheel. The new round case (50 mm x 13.90 The AP escapement beats at 36000

mm) is made in four parts according



to an exceptionally complex design,

with two Elinvar spirals that are set

and has been chamfered, polished and

in opposite directions. It delivers a

brushed for a unique finish. Lastly, in a

well improved efficiency. A dart is

perfect demonstration of the attention



devoted to every detail, the lugs are

of escapement, which prevents any

carefully designed to extend the lines

overbanking. The objective is achieved:

of the case while following the curve of


the strap.











reaches a chronometric variation of only 0 to 30 sec per month.

The RM 031 is available in a limited edition of 10 platinum pieces.

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Montblanc’s Innovative Approach To

Wearable Technology Bridges The Traditional With The New

Smart wearable technology is one of the most talked about

This collection extension contains three new models

topics in the watch world in the past months. In January

including a chronograph and a UTC.

2015, Montblanc has become the first luxury brand to combine wearable technology with fine watchmaking in

The e-Strap device offers a variety of functionality. Smart

the centuries old Swiss horological tradition.

notifications, signaled by vibrations provide an alert of incoming communication without the need to look at the

The Maison introduces the TimeWalker Urban Speed

smartphone. It enables the preview of e-mails by topic

e-Strap, marrying a highly functional e-Strap with

and sender, read text messages, see incoming calls and

contemporary TimeWalker timepieces. The e-Strap is an

status updates of social media feeds or reminders of

interchangeable strap, with an integrated technology

important upcoming meetings, all on the wrist.

device that offers an activity tracker, smart notifications,




Find-Me functions. It connects,

track of his personal daily

selected Android and iOS For

to monitor the wearer´s physical activity over time and keep

via Bluetooth Low Energy, to


The activity tracker is a simple tool

goals. To do so, it measures


first time, an owner

the number of steps taken

will be able to wear a

per day, calories burnt and

mechanical timepiece








digital functionalities.


accompanying application

enables the user to view Montblanc continues to

the progress per week and

underline the technicity,

month. The e-Strap will


remind the wearer to stay



active through unobtrusive

garde appeal of this watch line,





further highlighted by the use of contemporary material mixes featuring red design elements on a pure black background.


vibration alerts and show at a glance the daily progress. The remote controls are useful for controlling the smartphone with the e-Strap. The camera remote

enables the taking of pictures with the smartphone

Florence, perfectly matches with the timepiece:

by triggering the shutter with a tap on the e-Strap

markedly technical while retaining a sporty yet

thus allowing better and easier selfies or group shots.

elegant appearance.


Due to its innovative manufacturing process,







smartphone can be also remotely steered with the

the upper surface of the leather wristband has a

music control function of the e-Strap.

characteristic carbon appearance. In a long and meticulous process, the leather is textured and simultaneously impregnated with an

Additionally, the Find-Me function allows searching

innovative treatment that does

for the watch or phone

not only coat the surface of the

within a range of up to 30

wristband, but also bonds

meters, either by tapping

with it and increases

on the e-Strap to find

its structural

the smartphone or by using the

strength. This



application to find


the watch.

produces a highperformance and

The e-Strap device

innovative leather,


delivering abrasion



resistance, water

touch screen display,

repellence and heat

readable in daylight, to

wear-, water- and fire-

display the information and


navigate through the functionalities. The technical device is encapsulated in a stainless steel case with rubber protection and can be easily

The e-Strap device can be

fixed and adjusted with the pass-through strap.

easily fixed and adjusted with the pass-through to all strap

Depending on usage, the device needs to be recharged

sizes 20/22mm.

every 5 days using a standard micro-USB cable. The e-Strap is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S4, S5,

All Time Walker Urban

Note 3, Note 4, selected Android Devices running


Android 4.3 and upwards as well as Apple iPhone 4S,


5, 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 plus.

markets in June 2015






with or without the The TimeWalker collection e-Strap is equipped

e-strap device.

with a pass-through strap made of the innovative Montblanc Extreme Leather. The Extreme leather wristband created by the Montblanc Pelleteria in

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Historical Grandeur Meets

Modern Magnificence in Elbow Park In a city bursting with vibrancy and innovation, houses are easy to find. Finding an estate that can house a legacy, however, is rare—until you set your sights on this majestic Elbow Park estate.

928 38 Ave SW Calgary Listing by Joel Semmens & Mike Wood

Situated amidst the picturesque homes of Calgary’s prestigious Elbow Park neighbourhood, this remarkable 6,425-squarefoot residence exudes an effortless interplay of historical splendour and contemporary luxury. The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom estate is


a tribute to the best of Calgary design and architecture, combining elite modernday construction techniques with an impressive array of historical elements and sourced build materials. Together, the interplay of highend contemporary construction and the unique expressions of architectural history creates an immeasurable dimension of classic character to its majesty. Inside, the estate maintains a cohesive presence of historic appeal and artistic design while simultaneously offering the comforts of modern conveniences and fine materials.

The spacious kitchen features sleek stainless steel appliances, while 200-yearold wide plank hardwood catches each step made throughout the home. Light

streams through a number of mid-18th century leaded and stained glass windows, while three wood-burning fireplaces pay tribute to the romance and warmth

An impressive array of historical elements and sourced build materials.

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of yesteryear. A collection of rare antique 200-300-year-old doors further amplifies the character of the home, framing each room with historical luxury. An incredible


bonus room exemplifies the conscious reverence of the past; it is beautifully crafted from old growth pine and features traditional pegged construction.

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The remarkable 6,425-square-foot residence exudes an effortless interplay of historical splendour and contemporary luxury.

Outside, the traditional architecture restores the grandeur of an era gone by, creating a regal experience almost out of a fairy tale. The home’s exterior is finished with 300-year-old lime stone blocks that create an instant image of stately elegance.

Showcasing innumerable thoughtful nods to Canadian heritage in its artistic architecture, this home offers a perfectly balanced combination of past and present that is unparalleled in the city.

Joel Semmens | 403-283-4700 | Mike Wood, Remax Real Estate (Central) o.403.283.4700 | c.403.708.6400

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Semrau & Associates

Cochrane, AB

26 Summit Pointe Drive

$1,849,000 Exclusive

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67 Sweet Water Place Elbow Valley




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113 Sierra Morena Green



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Lee Dicken Listing Specialist 403.909.5557

Kristine Semrau - CEO Luxury Specialist 403.542.8507


Gord and Kathy Ross 27 Years Experience 403.708.6080

James Jada Buyer Specialist 587-892-5232 E.&O.E.: This information is from sources which we deem reliable, but must be verified by prospective Purchasers and may be subject to change or withdrawal. Independently Owned And Operated.

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Airy, sleek, and clean-cut, the 39-room boutique hotel echoes the distinctive architecture of Angkor Wat with geometric columns, recessed entryways, and mesmerizing inlaid ceilings


Sun-soaked Getaway

Shinta Mani Resort

With a flair for the flamboyant, the

sun-soaked getaway spots under

kitsch, and the exotic, architect

his belt, Bensley has turned his

Bill Bensley may be many things,

sights on Cambodia, namely the

but ordinary he is definitely not.

colorful resort city of Siem Reap. Just steps off the bustling city hub

Beckoned by a taste for adventure,

and a tuk-tuk ride from history-rich

the Harvard-educated, Anaheim-

Angkor Wat sits Shinta Mani – a

born designer has brought his

one-of-a-kind destination steeped


in the designer’s unmistakable




Southeast Asia, setting up shop


in Bangkok and infusing his work with the richness and color of

Airy, sleek, and clean-cut, the 39-

local cultures.

room boutique hotel echoes the





Vietnam, Indonesia, and other

distinctive architecture of Angkor Wat with geometric columns,

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Water sets a focal theme with soothing aquatic elements throughout culminating in a dramatic infinity pool in the courtyard.

recessed entryways, and mesmerizing

native-grown herbs and spices punching

inlaid ceilings. Vivid Khmer artwork

up flavor on reinvented local specialties

and bold orange accents puncture the

at Kroya, Royal Khmer for ‘food’. And



long days of sightseeing call for a wind-


down with a scrub down of white clay

contrasting the ascetic hallways of

and Rattanakiri coffee beans, just one of

Angkor temples.

the traditional Khmer healing therapies








at the Spa. In true Bensley style, outdoor spaces are almost overindulgently verdant,

But the true Cambodian treatment here

spilling with the opulent greenery of

is in the service: everywhere you go,

the tropics and unexpected touches like

you are certain to be greeted with a

daybeds swung over the open-air dining

warm smile and the country’s genuine

terrace. Water sets a focal theme with

hospitality. And part of Shinta Mani’s

soothing aquatic elements throughout culminating in a

mission is to give back to the Khmer people: The hotel

dramatic infinity pool in the courtyard.

provides an opportunity for disadvantaged local youth to find gainful employment in the hospitality industry

No resort experience would be complete without fantastic eats and there’s plenty to be had at Shinta Mani, with


through training and working at the resort.

DH: What first sparked your interest in

to get right. I look at designing a hotel


like a producer making a movie.

B: Art. Gardens. I loved both. Always

there is no engaging story, it will flop on

have. And Landscape Architecture was

opening night. I strive to create classics.


the perfect choice that combined my loves into something professional and

DH: Tell us about the Shinta Mani


resort. What makes it unique? What

My interior and architectural

practices grew out of a curiosity to do

was your vision behind the design?

more than landscape architecture.


B: I wanted to create a fresh take on

knew if I could design all aspects of

something very, very old, but oh-so-

a hotel/resort I could perhaps make


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A Conversation with Architect Bill Bensley

something truly significant. I have not yet, but it is a goal!

As Shinta Mani is just a short jaunt away from one of the world wonders, Angkor

DH: Where do you draw inspiration

Wat, I think what makes it unique is

from? Do you have a design signature,

the contemporary interpretation of the

something that unites all of your

13th C complex in combination with


our wide-eyed, young, tireless staff

B: Fire. I love fire, and it’s in all my work.

that want nothing more than to learn

I’m inspired by travel and new lands. I

and to please.

love the quirk factor, the unexpected, and the strange. For example, at Shinta

DH: What would you say is the most

Mani’s Bangkok Studio, we took a series

important factor when designing a

of paintings of the Angkor plans and

world-class destination?

used them as a ceiling.

B: A good hotel cannot be trendy; it has to be able to stand the test of time,

DH: How do you approach your

and it has to be manageable as far as

projects? What do you focus on first?

maintenance. And, most importantly,

B: Gosh, that is a good question. The

it must be capable of capturing the

DNA that holds the hotel together, the

imagination of the world.

storyline, is the most important thing

Architect Bill Bensley

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Four Seasons

Private Jet Experiences The Four Seasons name has long

they also want to delve deeper





with now,

superb with


newly expanded range of exclusive Private






reach farther and more exotic destinations.


Seasons lives up to its reputation

With the hotel industry ’s first

of elite luxury—presenting fully


immersive travel experiences to

custom-designed and completely

the most coveted destinations in

retrofitted Boeing 757—charting

the world.

the course, coveted Four Seasons




Private Jet Experiences are groundbreaking in their Modern adventurers want more from their travel

ability to present totally immersive voyages ranging

than the conventional tour experience; premium

from culturally rich to serene to cosmopolitan in

care along the journey is of course essential, but

their carefully curated itineraries. In addition to


Private Jet Experiences are spectacular in themselves, ushering guests to experience the most exclusive, thrilling, and intoxicatingly beautiful corners of the world.

air travel, each Private Jet Experience includes ground




amenities, and exquisite Four Seasons hotel and resort accommodations. One particularly distinctive example of the standard






Seasons Private Jet Experiences is found in the Experiences’ newly announced partnership with Dom Pérignon. Dom Pérignon is the official Champagne allowing




Private to





adventure with the finest quality of celebratory toasts.

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While of




attention the

Timeless Discoveries, and Cultural Escapes and will


voyage to must-see, deep-cut travel destinations like


Bora Bora, Mauritius, the Serengeti, St. Petersburg,



Petra, the Maldives, and Dubai.

destinations planned for Private Jet Experiences

The world is full of splendor waiting to be seen - and



now it can be experienced with unprecedented depth,


ease, and indulgence from ground to air and back again



with Four Seasons’ spectacular range of culturally and



geographically rich travel experiences. Four Seasons


themselves, guests the thrilling,



Private Jet Experiences are priced started at USD

the world. For 2016, Four Seasons’ Around the

100,000. The comfort has always been there, but now

World Private Jet Experiences present themes like

adventure awaits with Four Seasons.









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A truly exceptional

World Class

Contemporary Residence A truly exceptional World Class contemporary residence boasting 6500 sq ft with extensive use of zebrano & quarter sawn rift cut hardwoods & imported stone highlighted by floor to ceiling windows.

215 Eagle Ridge Calgary Listing by Heather Waddell

Sensational kitchen featuring mitered granite, Zebrano Cabinetry, Dornbracht Plumbing, Meile Steam Oven, Coffee Maker & Sub Zero. Dining


room features clear storey heights, stonewalls & two wine fridges. Main floor show cases the master suite, walk-in closet & travertine

spa ensuite. Marble shower features six showerheads, bench & wet steam. Two bedrooms up, large open spaces with walk out terraces, built-ins, five piece ensuites & walk-in closets. Walk out lower level with heated flooring, welcomes exterior living. Full sized gym, theatre, bar, games room, storage rooms and a self contained guest suite & fourth bedroom with ensuite. Oversized triple garage, auto lift heights leads to the laundry & mudroom with wall-to-wall cabinetry and seasonal storage. A MUST SEE! Offered at $3,698,000 Heather Waddell, Realtor速 403-249-4322

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1320 Prospect Ave. Calgary Listing by Heather Waddell


Luxury Mansion In the Heart of Mount Royal Opulent Mount Royal mansion is luxury real estate at its best! This magnificent home was built by the owner/developer using unsurpassed attention to detail in quality and finishing.

Fabulous foyer with domed oval, copper leaf ceiling, imported Swarovski chandelier, two curved marble staircases, two custom copper and slate waterfalls welcomes you. So many beautiful touches in this home - 3 imported Swarovski chandeliers; fabulous custom ceilings; rich cherry


cabinetry and built-ins; marble and granite floors; fabulous baths with 24k gold-plated fixtures [luxurious his and her ensuite]; gentleman’s den with billiards room; huge formal dining room with custom builtins; great island kitchen with gas counter-top stove, built-in

freezer/refrigerator drawers, great nook that opens to BBQ patio; third level bonus room with view; separate spa/gazebo with direct access from the house;4-car garage. This stunning home, situated in the heart of Mount

Royal on a large, private lot is perfect for family and entertaining! Offered at $3,247,000 Heather Waddell, Realtor速 403-249-4322 |

Fabulous baths with 24k gold-plated fixtures, luxurious his and her ensuite!

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Fabulous Historical

Turn-of-the century home In the Heart of Mount Royal This fabulous turn-of-the century home [1912], referred historically as the Gilfoy residence, is situated on a gorgeous lot in the heart of Mount Royal.

The current owners have lovingly and painstakingly restored this home to its original grandeur, while including all the new, top-of-the-line finishes and amenities. The exterior is stately Tudorstyle; inside, a wonderful example of Arts & Craft finishing. Gracious centre hall plan with oversized living and dining rooms makes for wonderful large gatherings. Fabulous chef’s kitchen will fit all your family and entertaining needs.

715 Prospect Ave., Calgary Listing by Heather Waddell

Upstairs, the master suite features a sitting area, fireplace, large walk-in closet, stunning ensuite. This home has 4 bedrooms, 5 fireplaces and a third floor finished with a media and games room. The 18,576 sq ft lot could accommodate a separate carriage house with 6-car garage. The large front porch overlooks the immense front yard and offers outstanding city views. Truly a magnificent residence, reminiscent of times gone by. Offered at $3,250,000 Heather Waddell, RealtorÂŽ 403-249-4322 |


Fabulous chef’s kitchen will fit all your family and entertaining needs.

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Modern Luxury

Heesen Kometa Yacht

Elegant Performance in the Ocean The interplay between a yacht

and standing its largest to date at

and its owner is an eloquent

a colossal 70 metres.

one, and the opportunity to nurture that unique relationship

For a yacht of its size Kometa

through catering to a client ’s


one-of-a-kind needs was not


lost on Heesen Yachts. Since its


shipyard beginnings in 1978,

knots and a distance of over

the Oss-based Dutch builder


has delivered over 170 fully


an of





unlikely and 30


It ’s



customized yachts to its discerning customers, each

Heesen’s technological ingenuity and the numerous

with their particular vision. But none quite on the

engineering advances making this feat possible,

same scale, both figuratively and literally, as the

including the revolutionary fast

ambitious Kometa project – Heesen’s flagship vessel


As gracefully agile in its looks as in performance, the Kometa will be delivered to its owner in Spring 2016.

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displacement hull that works

the convenience of flexibility,

to reduce resistance by up to


20 percent, thus dramatically

sunbathing mecca by day to

reducing the power required to

an outdoor cinema by night,

achieve a given speed.








should the need arise. A vast Enrobing machine

this is


impressive boldly

entertaining space spreads over


the aft upper deck, showcasing

exterior that opens up to a

a twenty-person dining table

dizzying plethora of possibilities

under the starlight deck and a

for recreation and entertaining.

sky lounge saloon that includes

With 357 square metres of deck

a bar, games table, and plenty

space guests can indulge in


any activity imaginable, from

dinner socializing.





taking a dip in the 6-meter jet infinity pool, to relaxing on the

A dining room, semi-circular

shaded sun deck or enjoying

lounge and cinema, and glass-

the beach club, a waterside



make up the main saloon. Six




cocktail bar, plasma screens,


and mosaic-tiled steam room.


The expansive foredeck offers

master ’s





guests, suite








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on the main deck and featuring hisand-hers ensuite units connected by a walk-in rain shower. In keeping with the theme of elegant comfort, a contemporary monochromatic look is carried throughout the interior. Emphasizing a natural palette, soft browns, sands, and creams prevail, highlighted by rich textures and subtle patterns of decadent materials such as Italian marble, gloss wenge, handstitched leathers, and Persian silk. As gracefully agile in its looks as in performance, the Kometa will be delivered to its owner in Spring 2016.

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the upside of down times: Realtor Jim Doucette sees tremendous opportunity in today’s Albertan housing market

Jim Doucette


You’ve seen the headlines: after years of fiscal boom, dropping oil prices have left the Albertan economy in a downturn in recent months. But does a decelerating

economy signal devastation for the province’s housing market? Not if you assess the market correctly—and see it for its new potential— according to Calgary-based Realtor Jim Doucette. “Wealth is created in these downturns, and not just in the stock markets, but in real

While it’s natural for people to instantly bristle over changes to a market that has been consistently prosperous for the past few years, Doucette notes that there is abundant opportunity for those that remain calm, strategic, and trusting in the expertise of professionals.

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Doucette, who has been invested in the Calgary community for nearly forty years.

“As professional real estate agents, it’s our job to educate folks when they come out to look at homes,” says Doucette. “It’s our job to slow people down and show them that there is value in the marketplace as we speak. If the public is not informed of this, then they can overlook a good buy in the marketplace.” And there are indeed good buys in today’s marketplace. Specifically, many high-listprice in 2014 are adjusting their prices to the 2015 market—creating enticing deals for today’s buyers.

Peace Bridge, Calgary Designed by Santiago Calatrava

estate as well. People need to be aware of the good buys that are out there. Even if it takes the economy six months, or eight months, or even a year to turn around, rest assured that Calgary—and Alberta—will be coming back again. Prices will at that time start going up again too, and getting in at the downturn actually is smart business.” “There’s no doubt that caution is important, but history has shown us that there’s an upside to these types of markets,” explains

“For instance, one home that was listed last year at $1.995 million I now have listed at $1.699 million,” attests Doucette, who stresses the opportunity for buyers that is frequently overlooked by economic alarmists and naysayers. “The sky is not falling. I’ve lived through a number of these cycles, and the one thing that’s as sure as the sun rising is that oil will bounce back, and Calgary and Alberta come back stronger than ever.” Jim Doucette @ RE/MAX House of Real Estate M. 403-816-8383 | O. 403-532-1816

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Function and Form in This

Magnificent Estate Home This fabulous home is tucked unassumingly into a quiet cul-de-sac on the coveted south west side of Calgary.

80 Coulee Way SW Calgary Listing by Ross Pavl

While the architectural design and stone and stucco exterior of the home afford passersby a hint of its beauty, it’s not until you enter the home that you see what the more than 5,930 square feet of living space over three levels truly has to offer. Recently constructed, this five plus bedroom, four and a half bathroom estate has many opulent features throughout and amazing attention to detail has been given to the finishings


in each room. The main floor rooms feature an open concept floor plan with 10 foot ceilings and large windows in almost every room allowing for panoramic views of the valley and cityscape. The great room features a linear focal point fireplace surrounded by brick while the adjacent formal dining room has a simple yet tasteful elegance. The oversized gourmet kitchen with drop pendant and recessed pot

lights, exposed beams that match the custom cabinetry and large kitchen island with seating is spectacular. Quartz countertops, high-end appliances and an expansive butler’s pantry with built-in cabinetry are the finishing touches. Access to a large outdoor balcony area is off the kitchen making it convenient for entertaining. An office and laundry room are also located on the main level of the home. The magnificent master bedroom features an oversized walk-in closet with built-in shelving. The ensuite in the master is spa like, with double vanities, vessel sinks and a frameless glass shower

with body sprays and a Jacuzzi soaker tub. The other three bedrooms on the upper level are tastefully appointed as well. The walkout lower level of the home is the perfect place for sharing time with family and friends with everything you could ever want in that regard, an entertainment area with wet bar, a home theatre room and a fitness room. A generous sized bedroom is also located on this level. If you want quality and style then this is home for you. Ross Pavl, RealtorÂŽ Cell: 403-837-8100

Large windows in almost every room allowing for panoramic views of the valley and cityscape.

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Modern Styling

Family Loving Home in Calgary The first thing that grabs your attention when you enter the foyer of this sensational estate home is the feeling of spaciousness it exudes.

1654 Strathcona Drive S.W. Calgary Listing by Ross Pavl

The open concept floor plan is complemented by the rich hickory hardwood floors that add warmth to the space. As you continue past the foyer a formal dining room lit by recessed pot lights and a unique eyecatching chandelier is off to the right while an inviting two level great room complete with a floor to ceiling fireplace and a wall of windows captures your attention off to the left. Continuing on you’ll arrive at the gourmet kitchen that boosts top of the


line appliances, an expansive kitchen island, custom cabinetry, tons of counter space and an informal dining area. Access the large balcony/outdoor entertainment area from here. An office, a mudroom and a bathroom are the other rooms on the main level of the home. On the upper level of the 4395 square feet of living space that this house offers you’ll find a library alcove and four of the five

bedrooms including the amazing master bedroom. This master has plenty of space with custom sliding doors opening to a luxurious Zen like ensuite that features a designer soaker tub in addition to a fully tiled shower with body sprays and rain showerhead, his and her sinks, wall to wall counter space with built-in shelving and a skylight. The other bedrooms are bright and spacious with recessed ceiling accents. The lower level is a walkout that features another bedroom, bathroom, a recreation and entertainment area with games room and a wet bar. Outside you’ll find the property has professional landscaping and green space galore as the home backs onto a 10 acre park. This recently built, open and airy home with attached two car garage offers plenty of room to a growing family. Offered at $1,329,900 Ross Pavl, RealtorŽ Cell: 403-837-8100

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Montegrappa’s Exquisite Tribute to A Legend

Bruce Lee









representing balance. The cap and the barrel are

Montegrappa paid homage to the legendary Bruce

both embraced by exquisitely carved dragons in

Lee with a re-interpretation of one of its most

precious metal. The nib itself features the profile

coveted pens: The Dragon. The pen features a

of Bruce Lee in a famous move, foot and fist

body and cap made of “cinnamon” celluloid, red

extended, suspended in air.

with black veining. A total of 2010 pieces were produced, including Topping the cap is the immortal Yin-Yang symbol,

the ultra-rare, three-piece priced at $290,550.

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Introduction: Calgary’s Finest is a resource for consumers looking for the finest and most exclusive service providers in the city.

Inspiration: As publishers of Dream Homes of Canada and Dream Homes and Living magazines we have watched Calgary grow into a truly cosmopolitan city with affluent consumers demanding products and services equal to their distinctive tastes.

Mission Statement: To connect top tier businesses with high income households in the city, and high-income consumers with merchants and service providers equal to their taste. To provide a convenient, visually pleasing mechanism for both to reach the other.

Calgary’s Finest: Calgary’s Finest is a beautifully presented semi-annual print directory available at select quality-conscious business establishments, corporate airline lounges, and luxury hotels in the city, along with being mailed directly to top income households in the region. hosts an online version of the directory yearround with easy to use tools to help consumers find products and services matching their needs. Additionally, a selection of listings from Calgary’s Finest also appears in Dream Homes of Canada magazine on a monthly basis. | 604 560 5604 | 403 283 2004

Quality Time Machine

Aston Martin Calgary

Category: Automobiles

Power. Beauty. Soul. 150 Glendeer Circle S.E. CWalgary | 403 648 4755

Legacy Kitchens

Category: Kitchen and Bath

Legacy Kitchens is a premier designer and renovator of kitchens. We are an independent company in business for over 25 years. 2980 Sunridge Way N.E. Calgary | 403 291 6868

Maison Obelisque

Bentley Calgary

Category: Automobiles

150 Glendeer Circle S.E. Calgary | 403 208 6262

The Art Gallery of Calgary

Heartwood Kitchen & Bath Ltd.

Category: Home Furnishing and Decor

Category: Art Galleries

Category: Kitchen and Bath

Maison Obelisque’s Design Boutique, offers a stunning library of fabrics specializing in Drapery, Upholstery, Bedding and Transitional Wallpapers.

The Art Gallery of Calgary is recognized and valued locally, nationally and internationally for the exceptional quality of its contemporary art exhibitions.

Heartwood has been quietly renovating Canada’s finest homes for almost 30 years. Contact us today and make your kitchen, or en suite, all it can be.

1131 Kensington Road N.W. Calgary 403 452 3020

117 - 8 Avenue S.W. Calgary | 403 770 1350

6416 Elbow Drive SW Calgary | 403 229 2796

Panache for Living


At Kitchen & Patio we offer high quality indoor dining and outdoor furniture. Our trained staff works to transform your dream home into a reality.

At Panache we offer contemporary furnishing and design with a difference. Working with our Integrated Design Team to procuring that item to eluded you.

Fine Carpets - Furniture - Historic Architecture and Extraordinary finds for living beautifully. Come visit our showrooms in Calgary and Canmore.

Heritage Towne Centre, 28 Heritage Gate S.E. Calgary | 403 259 5292

1210 11th Ave S.W. Calgary 403 263 2510

802 16 Ave S.W. Calgary | 101-802 Main Street, Canmore 403 398 9794 | 403 678 3766

Kitchen & Patio

Category: Kitchen and Bath

Category: Home Furnishing and Decor

Category: Home Furnishing and Decor

Spectacular Ideal-Cut Diamonds Exquisite Jewellery Custom Designs by Bernard Exclusive High Fashion | 403 283 2004

Extensive Collection of Fine Timepieces


Calgary Jewellery


Roche Bobois

Category: Jewellery

Category: Home Furnishing and Decor

Established in 1955, Calgary Jewellery offers world class style, selection and service in customer designs and unique name brand products.

Roche Bobois is a world renowned, exclusive furniture store that offers madeto-order pieces from France and Italy.

1201 – 17th Avenue S.W. Calgary | 403 245 3131

225 10th Avenue S.W. Calgary | 403 532 4401

Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals


Category: Auction House

Category: Wine Store

The mission of Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals is to provide a well catalogued art auction to it’s clients from across Canada and US.

We are a boutique style shop that carries great wines, spirits and ales with a 16 bottle tasting machine on site. Free samples all week long.

1739 10 Avenue SW Calgary | 403 541 9099


Beacon Hill Shopping Centre 11668 Sarcee Tr NW 403 730 8430

Hotel Arts


Category: Boutique Fashions

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Category: Fine Dining

La Chic is one of Calgary ’s most established boutiques and has provided the women of this city with elegant, timeless, European clothing for over 35 years.

The Hotel Arts offers a sumptuous blend of modern luxury and intuitive service in heart of the city’s emerging arts and entertainment district.

Housed in the Historic Dominion Bank building, Teatro has been the cornerstone of Calgary’s downtown dining scene for over 16 years.

Bankers Hall, +15 Level, 315 – 8th Avenue S.W. Calgary | 403 269 4775

119 - 12th Avenue S.W. Calgary | 403 266 4611

200-8th Ave S.E. Calgary | 403 290 1012


Inner Balance

Category: Art Galleries


Debut Clothing Ladies Fashion

Category: Spa

Newzones represents leading names in contemporary Canadian art. Working with painting, sculpture, and photo-based works.

Debut has always specialized in fashion for the modern, sophisticated women. We are offering a distinctive blend of top designers collection from around the globe.

Inner balance spa is a natural, alternative therapies spa focused on philosophies of holistic health to nurture and restore your inner balance.

730 11th Ave S.W. Calgary | 403 266 1972

521-1851 Sirocco Drive S.W. Calgary | 403 242 3227

101, 424 10th St N.W. Calgary | 403 670 6721 | 403 283 2004

Ellipses Design

the Art of Hardware

Category: Home Furnishing and Decor

Category: Home Furnishing and Decor

BEAUTY beyond BOUNDARIES - ellipses DESIGN carries modern European (Italian & German) furniture pieces mixed with Asian antiques and reclaimed wood benches, cabinets & tables.

The art of hardware offers you unique architectural hardware and distinctive plumbing products from around the world.

1213 9th Avenue S.E. Calgary | 403 266 4442

730 - 10 avenue S.W. Calgary | 403 244 4960

D ef ine your Space - D ef ine Your Home

Category: Jewellery

Alberta Diamond Exchange


Boutik Boutique on First Fashions


Alberta Diamond Exchange is Calgary’s personal wholesale jeweler. We buy direct from 280 diamond-cutting facilities.

Boutik on First is Calgary’s newest lifestyle store. They carry men’s and women’s fashions handpicked by Kim Stern from Los Angeles and other parts of the world.

Whether you are building a new home, or remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Classics has something for your home, for every home.

Suite 112 , 908 17th Avenue S.W. Calgary | 403 262 5212

1238 1st Street S.W. Calgary

6120-11th Street S.E. Calgary | 403 287 0297 6051 Centre Str. South Calgary | 403 250 7470

Kensington Riverside Inn

403 698 4987

HinchCliff & Lee

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Pathmark Pool Tables

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Category: Home Furnishing and Decor

Category: Pool Tables

Kensington Riverside Inn is Calgary’s premier luxury boutique inn located steps from Downtown Calgary along the banks of the picturesque Bow River.

A Mecca for Oriental Antique Furniture, Porcelain, Artifacts, Stone Statuary and More! It’s simply . . . Elegant!

Pathmark Pool Tables is a family owned business that has been offering quality pool tables and home leisure products since 1992.

1126 Memorial Drive N.W. Calgary | 403 228 4442

1217 A 9th Avenue S.E. Calgary | 403 263 0383

Bay3 7070-11th Street S.E. Calgary | 403 640 2752

Vue Café

Category: Café

A contemporary venue where food is art and art is food. Wine, cheese, and lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11-4. 816 - 11th Avenue S.W. Calgary 403 263 4346

Land Rover Calgary

Category: Automobiles

LUXURY, safety, OFF-ROAD. WORLD’S finest 4 X 4 • “GO BEYOND”. 175 Glendeer Circle S.E. Calgary | 403 255 1994 | 403 283 2004

Preventous Collaborative Health

Melrose Café & BAR

Category: Health Care

Category: Lounge

Preventous Collaborative Health is a health care clinic focusing on illness prevention. Our team consists of medical, fitness and nutrition experts.

Melrose Cafe & Bar is the perfect place to spend time with old friends, or make some new ones.

1635 17th Avenue S.W. Calgary | 403 229 0129

730 17 Avenue S.W. Calgary | 403 228 3566



Ladies Fashion

SHE is a boutique specializing in lingerie and swimwear. Our diverse collection boasts impeccable fit & elegant designs .


Category: Jewelry / Furnishing / Gifts

602 17 Avenue S.W. Calgary | 403 229 1743

From its inception in 1973, Rubaiyat has always sought out the best of fine craft locally, nationally and internationally. 722 17Avenue S.W. Calgary | 403 228 7192


Blush Lane Organic Market Organic Groceries

Category: Hotels and Resorts

We believe we can have a positive impact, locally and globally, by actively promoting sustainable agriculture.

Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire is an award-winning, 4-diamond all suite hotel located by Calgary’s vibrant Eau Claire Market and Prince’s Island Park.

3000 - 10 Aspen Stone Blvd. S.W. Calgary | 403 210 1247

255 Barclay Parade S.W. Calgary | 403 266 7200

Second to None Meats

Virginia Christopher Fine Art Established 1980

Category: Art Galleries

The gallery represents some of Western Canada’s finest professional contemporary artists in a wide variety of mediums and styles. 816 - 11th Avenue SW Calgary | 403 263 4346

Sheraton Suites

Il Sogno Restaurant

Open Range

Category: Premier Meats & Deli

Category: Fine Dining

Category: Fine Dining

Second To None Meats is a family and rancher owned boutique butcher shop specializing in naturally raised Alberta beef, chicken, pork, and lamb. #3 - 2100, 4th Street S.W. Calgary | 403 245 6662

The contemporary richness of the Il Sogno dining room, accents the pre existing fourteen feet pressed tin ceilings and hardwood floors.

A “come as you are” Calgary steakhouse and lounge featuring Alberta beef, lamb, and game in an easy going Southwest style. 1114 Edmonton Trail N.E. Calgary | 403 277 3408

24 4th Street N.E. Calgary | 403 232 8901

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