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WELCOME. As we once again begin to celebrate the holiday season, it is our privelage to give you this issue of Mountz Jewelers' LX Central PA Magazine, a showcase of exquisite jewelry, as well as 1160 Walnut Bottom Rd | Carlisle, PA 717.243.4936 3780 Trindle Rd | Camp Hill, PA 717.763.1199 4520 Jonestown Rd | Harrisburg, PA 717.545.7508

a wealth of marvelous ideas and experiences to enjoy within these pages. As we walk through the days of this season, know that you can count on us at Mountz Jewelers to help you choose the perfect gift. Whether you choose to create a custom piece with our in-house jewelers or select from the collections of our marvelously talented designers, we are here to serve you with all of the grace and joy of the holiday season. As a customer, you will be invited into our space and be treated with genuine respect and a welcoming spirit. Trust your special moments to Mountz! Warm wishes to you and yours, Ron Leitzel and Tonia Leitzel Ulsh

Limited Edition - Pure Platinum - signed & Numbered Designed and Handcrafted in New York

by Rafael




Community 10 Out and About in Central PA Jewelry 15 The Designs of

Hearts On Fire: Ilaria Lanzoni

Lifestyle 18 South America’s Top Ski Resorts

Out and About in Central PA


Nine New Buildings Defining Modern Architecture


27 Chandeliers:

Illuminated Modern Artistry

33 Coffee:

A Cup of Luxury

38 Trends: Metallics 43 Nine New Buildings Defining

Modern Architecture


A Year of Automotive Anniversaries

A Year of Automotive Anniversaries The Designs of Hearts On Fire: Ilaria Lanzoni


61 Rolex & Yachting

Libation 12 Wine For The Reception 56 The Salted Caramel Chocolate Martini

Cover Jewelry: Stephen Dweck

Ron Leitzel & Tonia Leitzel Ulsh {Publishers} Jon Roberts {Editor} Angie Halter {Creative Director} Courtney Drenth {Project Coordinator} Megan Jansick {Research Coordinator} Brinkers Jewelers - LX® Magazine is published by LX Publications, LLC, 524 North Main Avenue, Suite 211, Sioux Falls, SD 57104. Copyright © 2016 LX Publications LLC. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of LX Publications, LLC. Reproduction in whole or in part or storage in any data retrieval system or any transmission by any means therefrom without prior written permission is prohibited. LX® and LX® Magazine are trademarks™ of LX Publications, LLC. LX® accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts and or photographs and assumes no liability for products or services advertised herein. LX® reserves the right to edit, rewrite, refuse or reuse material, is not responsible for errors or omissions and may feature material in any media.



™ and A Diamond is Forever™ are Trade Marks used under license from The De Beers Group of Companies. ™, © Forevermark Limited 2014–2015. Forevermark™,

IT ’ S A LO N G J O U R N E Y TO B ECO M E TH E O N E . In our constant pursuit of absolute beauty, every Forevermark ® diamond undergoes a journey of rigorous selection. This is why less than one percent of the world’s diamonds are worthy of the Forevermark ® inscription – our promise of beauty, rarity and responsible sourcing.

Out and about in CENTRAL PA At Mountz Jewelers, we’re proud to be involved with our local community! Throughout the year, we participate in events which support healthcare and enhance the quality of life for our neighbors. Enjoy the 2016 ‘yearbook’ highlighting our favorite events this year and see our team pictures from community outings.

Best of Harrisburg Event

Mountz was proud to be named “Best of Harrisburg” in the jeweler category by the readers of Harrisburg Magazine!

Perfecting our Knowledge We take pride in offering one of the most comprehensive jewelry buying experiences in Central PA. To do this, our employees regularly participate in trainings and courses to provide up to date knowledge and expertise to our clients.

Mountz Jewelers Awards A.Jaffe MAPS Necklace to Three Lucky Moms Representing Each of Their Three Stores Mountz asked customers from each of their three stores to submit a letter or story as to why their Mom is extraordinary. Once all entries were received, the Mountz team selected one winner from each of their stores to receive a customized MAPS Necklace to present to their Mom for Mother’s Day. All submissions were fabulous, proving Mountz Moms truly are special!

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend Mountz hosted the 8th annual Mountz Diamond Dig at the Harrisburg Senator’s Metro Bank Park this August. Over 100 women competed to unearth the diamond pendant worth $2,500! Over the past 8 years, we’ve given away over $20,000 worth of diamonds!


Mountz hosts Miss Pennsylvania at Business & Industry Night Mountz hosted the newly crowned Miss PA, Samantha Lambert, at the West Shore Chamber of Commerce Business & Industry Expo. Samantha wore the official ‘Miss PA Crown’ courtesy of the Pennsylvania Jewelers’ Association. The custom crown is valued at $38,000. Mountz is always thrilled to support this annual event with a jewelry donation to give away to one lucky attendee!

Supporting Women Business Leaders in Our Community Mountz continued its sponsorship of the Business Women’s Forum which is hosted by our local chambers for the ongoing advancement of women in business. Mountz is always pleased to provide a watch as a grand prize for the event!

Project SHARE Donation Along with the generous contributions from local chamber members, Mountz Jewelers presented the Project SHARE food back with Thanksgiving meals. Mountz collected $73 and 230 cans of food for the organization during its fall Chamber Mixer, and Mountz met the generous community donation with 50 turkeys valued at $700.

Popular Jewelry Designer Visits Mountz Jewelers in Camp Hill Simon Ghanimian, founder of Simon G., joined Mountz Jewelers this year in welcoming their customers who have been fans of his jewelry brand for years. Simon has spent his life creating some of the most gorgeous jewelry and the team at Mountz Jewelers was so grateful for his visit.


We found the

perfect special occasion

wine pairing for your

First, you found the reception location. It had to be perfect, fulfilling your vision of a sunset in the courtyard at an old mansion. Next, you found the caterer of your dreams who fussed over every last detail. She had every answer and every detail thought out to perfection. Then you said, "Oh, and what about the wine?"

Selecting the perfect wine for your reception, and finding a great value, is oftentimes a conundrum. Few things are more personal than when you are planning a party or special occasion. Your event is very important to you; you want your guests to enjoy this special event, but you don't want to break the budget in the process. Many caterers cannot offer you the expert advice of a sommelier. What you need is your own personal wine curator. Enter Jonathan Newman and We first heard of Jonathan when he took over the helm of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). Jonathan is widely recognized as a leader in the wine industry, having received significant industry accolades during his career, including Wine Enthusiast Magazine "Man of the Year" and the highest honor from the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation for his contributions to the wine service industry — an honor offered only four times in the organization's rich history. As chairman of the PLCB, Jonathan was the nation’s largest wine buyer and brought a number of popular innovations to bear, including the renowned Chairman’s Selection Program, which, in time, would become the wine customer's version of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. This program soon became the envy of wine purveyors everywhere, with our hard-to-find, great varietals available at amazingly low prices. Jonathan sold tens of millions of dollars in quality wine and created lasting relationships throughout the world's finest wineries. Fortunately for you, these relationships can be cultivated today through Wine For The Reception, ensuring your budget is met, and the expectations of your guests exceeded. Wine For The Reception brings you the very bestquality wines, at steep discounts – most between 30-50 percent off regular prices — each hand-selected and curated by Jonathan Newman. Wine For The Reception gives you access to the tools you need to make all the right wine decisions. With your own personal wine curator, a calculator to determine quantities, varietals, highly rated wines at amazing prices, and shipping included in your purchase price, Jonathan Newman and Wine For The Reception just might be the perfect wine pairing for your next special occasion.



H E A R T S O N F I R E S T O R E S , A U T H O R I Z E D R E TA I L E R S , H E A R T S O N F I R E . C O M

The designs of

Hearts On Fire Ilaria Lanzoni


By Lydia Christianna With a personality as sparkling as the diamonds around which she creates, Hearts On Fire’s Director of Design, Ilaria Lanzoni’s enthusiasm is singularly captivating. Even the shortest conversations with her reveal the vibrancy her designs convey naturally. With a passion for beauty, life and the world around her, Lanzoni’s designs are a perfect reflection of who she is. Walking into her office, Lanzoni’s occupation is readily apparent. The walls of her brightly lit studio are literally papered over with sketches and renderings of her ideas. Lanzoni says, “My designs are on the wall because I like to surround myself with images. It’s amazing to see them and know I have total freedom to do what I love the most.” Indeed, Hearts On Fire founder and president, Glenn Rothman has given Lanzoni free rein. About her he says, “Hearts On Fire is recognized for leading paradigm shifts in the diamond industry. Ilaria’s fearless passion and exceptional talent were exactly what we needed for our new focus on fashion leading design. Her work wonderfully expresses the unique culture of Hearts On Fire, while infusing it with new zeal.” Born in San Daniele del Friuli, a small town in the providence of Udine in northeastern Italy, Lanzoni moved to Rome to study jewelry design when she was 18. In 2012, she joined Hearts On Fire—following a stint at the renowned house of Asprey and Garrard in London—with a specific charter to create theme-based collections of diamond jewelry. To this end, “Copley” and the eponymous “Illa” were Lanzoni’s first two projects for Hearts On Fire. Characterized by stars and constellations, “Illa” is inspired by Lonzoni’s love of the nighttime sky, as recalled from her childhood. It is also reflective of her dreams come true. “Copley” was inspired by Lonzoni’s impressions of the architecture of Boston as a new resident, following her move there to join Hearts On Fire.



Next, Lanzoni brought the “Lorelei” and “Atlantico” collections to life. Like “Illa” and “Copley”, both marry diamonds to current fashion trends. They also incorporate bold yellow and rose gold findings to add dimension. Lanzoni says, “While ‘Illa’ represents a dream come true, Atlantico ‘Atlantico’ represents the journey to achieve the dream. Inspired by the endless movement of the Atlantic Ocean, a line of infinite circles characterizes the collection’s look. It’s impossible to tell where the line begins, and where it ends. Meanwhile, the diamonds adorning the pieces represent the memories and achievements experienced during life’s journeys.”


“Lorelei” captures the beauty of flowers in bloom, along with the delicacy of lace. Its interlocking hearts and bows symbolize feelings of friendship and love. Readily identifiable as products of Hearts On Fire, exquisitely scalloped edges mark the signature appearance of the “Lorelei” collection.

On the heels of the successes of “Atlantico” and “Lorelei”, Lanzoni introduced the Hearts On Fire “Aerial” collection. Reflecting the strength, beauty, and charm of nature, “Aerial” is symbolic of the atmosphere. This includes snowflakes, butterflies, sunshine, and raindrops. Bold, yet delicate, “Aerial” is also quite aptly described as both fashionable and timeless. Of “Aerial”, Lanzoni says, “If you think about it, we must breathe to live, so air is life. Air is also freedom and happiness. What better subject is there around which to display the beauty of Hearts On Fire gemstones? ‘Aerial’ also includes teardrop shapes made by clustering two of our exceptionally brilliant stones. Because of the way Hearts On Fire diamonds are cut, we achieve a sparkle like no other teardrop shape in the world.” Wonderfully distinctive, all of Lanzoni’s collections have been well received. Further, they have elevated Hearts On Fire beyond being the purveyors of the world’s most perfectly cut diamond. Under Lanzoni’s creative direction, Hearts On Fire now offers some of the world’s most beautiful jewelry designs as well. Aerial






South America’s

Top Ski Resorts By Lyndon Conrad Bell

As surreal as it might seem, schussing fresh powder on the 4th of July is infinitely doable—in South America. If you adore steep terrain, breathtaking vertical drops, gorgeous side country and runs that go on for miles and miles, plan to fly south to spend a week in winter during summer. Of course, there’s more to a fantastic ski vacation than snowy peaks. Comfortable lodgings figure just as prominently. To find the best of both worlds, we asked our friends at the Latin American Travel Association to identify the best skiing on the South American continent, with the most luxurious accommodations.


Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa/Cerro Castor - Argentina

Los Cauquenes, the only luxury resort and spa on the Argentine side of the Beagle Channel, enjoys a backdrop of the snowcapped peaks of the Andes. Situated just over four miles south of the city of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, Los Cauquenes offers daily shuttles to Cerro Castor ski resort during the ski season. With runs peaking at 3,467 feet, Cerro Castor boasts a total of 26 trails of varying degrees of difficulty, as well as some 19 miles off-piste. Cerro Castor also offers quality powder along with one of the longest seasons in South America (typically running from June 17 to the second of October). The Los Cauquenes ski package includes breakfast, a welcome dinner and transfers to and from Ushuaia International Airport. Complimentary shuttle service to Cerro Castor and Ushuaia City is included—as is access to the resort’s spa, gym and Wi-Fi.

Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa 19

Llao Llao Hotel & Resort/Cerro Catedral - Argentina

Llao Llao Hotel & Resort features an exclusive offering for the ski season at the Cerro Catedral Resort, located just over 12 miles from the Patagonian town of San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina. The runs at Cerro Catedral, the largest ski resort in Argentina, peak at 3,380 feet above sea level. A magnet for ski and snowboard fiends, Cerro Catedral overlooks Lake Nahuel Huapi and stunning views of the Andes. During July and August, the Llao Llao offers guests complimentary breakfast, exclusive shuttle services to and from the base of Cerro Catedral, as well as access to the hotel’s private hospitality lounge at the resort. Specifically designed to meet the needs of its skiers, in the lounge, Llao Llao guests can purchase lift passes, book ski lessons and dine in the Kandahar restaurant.


Llao Llao Hotel & Resort


The Grand Hotel Portillo - Chile

The oldest ski resort in South America, Portillo is nestled on the shores of Laguna del Inca. Surrounded by jagged peaks high in the Chilean Andes, Portillo has attracted skiers and snowboarders from around the world for decades. The resort’s 35 runs peak at 10,860 feet above sea level. Its varying terrain accommodates all abilities, from challenging and steep, to easy slopes for beginners. The resort also boasts a golden history in the world of skiing. Jean-Claude Killy won his first gold medal competing in the Alpine World Ski Championships at Portillo in 1966. National ski teams from all over the world train there during the summer, and four Olympic gold medalists have served as instructors at Portillo’s Ski School. The Grand Hotel Portillo is set in the heart of the ski area. Featuring magnificent views of the Andes, the hotel offers 123 rooms, two lodges and eight chalets. Its All Ski Weeks package includes seven nights lodging, a seven-day lift pass and four meals a day. Guests can also take advantage of the pool, Jacuzzi, spa, yoga classes and activities for children.

The Grand Hotel Portillo



Hotel Vira Vira

Hotel Vira Vira/ Ski Pucón - Chile

The graciously appointed Hotel Vira Vira, located at the “Entrance of the Cordillera” in Pucón, Chile, is the ideal starting point from which to enjoy the unique experience of skiing an active volcano. From the top of the Villarrica volcano, skiers admire limitless views of the entire region. Though Ski Pucón offers a mere 17 runs, the breathtakingly scenic volcanic peaks and surrounding lakes make it one of the most popular skiing and snowboarding destinations in Chile. Vira Vira offers luxuriously spacious guestrooms with views over the shores of the Liucura River. The hotel organizes a number of winter activities for its guests including trekking in the Huerquehue National Park, husky sledding and snowshoeing around the volcano.


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Il umin ated Modern Artistry Untraditionally Traditional Contemporary Chandeliers By Linda Rogers Photos provided by Chandi Lighting Studio, Currey & Co. and Michael McHale Designs

Sophistication, elegance and beauty, all uniquely personified in a practical work of art, a radiant chandelier is the inarguable crown jewel of any room over which it presides. With origins dating back to medieval times, the chandelier was the first ceiling-mounted form of interior lighting. Dependent upon candles at their inception, as times and technologies progressed, chandeliers evolved from candles to gas to electricity. Regardless of their light source however, chandeliers have always been associated with wealth and opulence. Key to their longevity was the incorporation of leaded glass for the refraction of their light. This enabled chandeliers to illuminate more evenly. While the English glassmaker, George Ravenscroft is credited with this development, Austrian glass cutter, Daniel Swarovski’s work with crystals elevated the chandelier to an art form. In fact, Swarovski’s work is responsible for the high esteem with which this most graceful of lighting instruments is held today. While the chandelier is typically thought of as a practical adornment for dining rooms and foyers, contemporary decorators are taking the bold statement they make and placing chandeliers in bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, closets and even outdoors. Further, diffusion materials have evolved beyond polished cut crystal to include media such as rock quartz, which delivers a softer, more romantic glow or colorful plexiglas for a delightfully surprising pop of whimsy.

CURREY & CO Tiara Chandelier

CHANDI LIGHTING STUDIO Isabella Chandelier 27

As one of the most creative designers working in chandeliers today, one of Michael McHale’s collections uses a framework of black steel pipes supporting a grid of galvanized steel cable. He says; “Industrial pipes and fittings possess a simple and recognizable geometry. We see them all around us, but our brains have been trained to ignore them. These chandeliers harness that simple geometry to create familiar and intuitive lighting fixtures, which are also utterly new.” So cutting edge is his approach, McHale’s chandeliers even work outdoors. Dwell magazine said; “To mix the great outdoors with a chandelier would seem to make an odd cocktail; but Michael McHale knows how to do it. His deconstructed chandeliers cast light with pomp and drama, maneuvering moonlight and sunlight as if they were sculptural elements.” These ideas are wholly reflective of a bold new aesthetic, one wherein traditional placements, styles, and materials are turned on their ears. Today, you’re just as likely to find an ornate vintage chandelier gracing a room decorated in a thoroughly contemporary fashion as you are to see bicycle gears adorned with Swarovski crystals.



Tribeca Beacon Chandelier


Tribeca Five Bulb Compact Chandelier Pendant


CURREY & CO Fen Chandelier

Another particularly creative designer, Robert Currey, of Currey & Company, renders traditional forms in unusual ways to give exceptionally striking effects. His Fen chandelier draws upon the allure of mossy wetlands and the mysterious unknown for its inspiration. To create the chandelier, Currey had Cupertino wrought iron spokes forged to stretch outward like gnarled branches, each one supporting a delicate chain adorned with a single crystal bead. When lit, the effect is evocative of illuminated drops of dew on a bramble bush. Similarly, Currey & Company’s stunning Havana Grande chandelier is a veritable explosion of color and charisma—but with an island flavor. This generously proportioned chandelier features five tiers of branching fronds, crafted from wrought iron and hand-finished in a lustrous contemporary gold leaf veneer. Housing 15 lights, the Havana Grande is a dazzling piece of functional artwork.


CURREY & CO Rainhill Rectangular Chandelier

CURREY & CO Havana Grande Chandelier



Meanwhile, Meredith Clark of Chandi Lighting was inspired by a find of rough English-cut crystals at an L.A. flea market to craft her first chandelier. While her reputation is built upon crystal chandeliers, her approach is anything but traditional. As an example, Clark once created an entire collection incorporating bicycle chains. Her Diamond chandelier has lines of delicate metal ball chain plus geometric crystals around the rims and vertical strands of chain to give this chandelier a sense of classic elegance. Her Aurora chandelier, from the classic collection, at first glance a conventional design, is enhanced with an embellishment of mixed champagne colored frame beads and amber teardrops. Rather than the customary glass bobesches, Clark adorns the work with metal flowers. Speaking about the classic collection, Meredith says, “I love the juxtaposition of a classically designed chandelier in a modern space, where the traditional becomes the unexpected, and the graceful curves of the chandelier are accentuated by the clean lines of its surroundings.”



Best described as untraditionally traditional, today’s chandeliers—like the artists creating them—are all about the unexpected. Whether it’s in terms of their materials, their form or where they are ultimately placed, contemporary chandeliers hold the potential to both astound and enchant, while remaining an utterly refined adornment for the home. 32

Luxury A CUP OF

Elite Coffees For the Discerning Palate By Lyndon Conrad Bell


Luxury, true luxury, is more about the experience than the expense. And while it is true the two often go hand in hand, ultimately, the experience is what you always remember. This realization, in part, inspired Bryan-David Scott to create Cup of Luxury, the most extraordinary coffees offered anywhere in the world.

To get there, he had to elevate the selection process to new heights. From the choice of beans, to the roasting process, to delivery to the singularly fortunate souls who are blessed to partake; every possible effort is made to ensure only the absolute best of the best finds its way into the French presses of Scott’s highly discerning customers.

Soft-spoken, but deeply impassioned, Scott has undertaken a concerted effort to create the world’s first 100-point, five-star coffees. Working in conjunction with an independent panel of 34 world-class chefs, sommeliers and connoisseurs, Scott has created a line of handcrafted coffees specifically designed with the most discerning palates in mind.

“Each of our coffees, regardless of origin, are handpicked, hand-washed and hand inspected prior to exportation,” Scott says. “Only an estimated 20 percent of coffee harvested in the world qualifies as specialty grade. Our Cup of Luxury coffees are comprised of the top .1 of one percent of the specialty grade.”

“We are the only coffee company in North America, and quite probably the world, to offer handcrafted coffees for the elite coffee aficionado,” says Scott. “Each Cup of Luxury coffee— whether single origin or custom blend—is handcrafted, roasted on order in small batches, five-star rated and scores 100 points.”

Scouring Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Gayo region of Sumatra, Panama and other exceptionally noteworthy coffeegrowing areas, Scott has aligned himself with only the most discerning growers. Further, he only accepts shade-grown beans nurtured in pesticide-free groves. Operating within these exacting standards, he ensures the experience of the Cup of Luxury devotees always surpasses their lofty expectations.

Breathing in the wonderfully intense aromas; reveling in the richly beautiful colors and finally savoring the complexity of the flavors of Scott’s extraordinary creations is a singularly mind bending experience. Consistently outstanding, each Cup of Luxury blend delivers a full mouth feel, a specific velvetiness on the palate and a long lingering finish—utterly devoid of bitterness. In other words, Scott has unlocked the secret of the perfect cup of coffee.


“In diamond terms, our coffees would grade as FL, IF,” Scott enthuses. “In wine terms our coffees are most often compared to Screaming Eagle, Dom Perignon or Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair La Romanee Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France. In automotive terms, we are Rolls Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin.”

Bryan-David Scott

“Only an estimated 20 percent of coffee harvested in the world qualifies as specialty grade. Our Cup of Luxury coffees are comprised of the top .1 of one percent of the specialty grade.” The choice of beans is, of course, absolutely essential to the final product. However, the roasting process can make or break even the most carefully curated blend. While the exact Cup of Luxury process is a carefully guarded secret, Scott is a strong advocate of drum roasting in micro batches, using the renowned Probat roaster. Further, each order is custom blended and custom roasted—just before delivery—to ensure optimal freshness and maximum depth of flavor. “With drum roasting, each coffee bean is brought to perfection, beautifully caramelized and bursting with flavor,” Scott says. “Though roast profiles do change, the uniformity of excellence

in each roast remains consistent. We are masters at singleorigin and custom crafting our blends.” Coffees held to such exacting standards are, of course, offered in very limited quantities. As a result, Cup of Luxury coffees are offered exclusively at In addition to individual bags of the various blends, a variety of membership options are available. Cup of Luxury coffee club memberships include positively amazing benefits, including VIP experiences with coffee growers, private tasting events and access to exceptionally rare coffees, produced in quantities of less than 100 pounds worldwide.








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Whether it’s the main color or an accent, 2016 weddings will be all about metallic. Gold… silver… rose… you will see it all. From the dresses to the cake, be on the lookout for all the sparkle!

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Among the achievements of humankind, architecture stands as one of the most noteworthy. From the ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings, to the pyramids of Egypt and Mesopotamia, to the cathedrals and castles of medieval times, each civilization’s architecture stands as a testament to the technological prowess of its era.

Without question, one of the most significant developments in the world of architecture was steel frame construction. Structures employing this technology have long reigned as the world’s tallest edifices—one of which is first on our list of buildings defining modern architecture.


Vincent Callebaut Architectures



SHANGHAI TOWER SHANGHAI, CHINA At a jaw-dropping 2,073 feet (just under one half of a mile), Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world. With 121 floors, it offers 7.5 acres of enclosed space. The LEED Gold Energy Label certified tower’s double glass facade functions as insulation, while its distinctive twisting shape enables it to stand up to typhoonforce winds. Divided into nine zones, each comprising 12 to 15 floors, Shanghai Tower houses offices and a luxury hotel, along with entertainment, retail, and cultural venues. Its elevators are the fastest on earth, capable of traveling upwards at the rate of 1,640 feet per minute.




“THE COUCH” TENNIS CLUB IJBURG AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS Capable of seating up to 200 people, the roof of the Tennis Club IJburg sweeps upward to form a spectator platform offering outstanding views of the club’s center court. In so doing, it allowed the architects to create a very narrow building for the clubhouse to free up as much space as possible for tennis courts. Inside the building, the “couch” is accommodated by a gracefully sweeping ceiling backed by large windows offering soothing views of the waters of the IJMeer. Situated so the largest windows face north, the building is bathed in natural light during the day, while staying cooler in summer.

THE COUCH © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee

THE COUCH © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee




HARBIN OPERA HOUSE HARBIN, CHINA Situated in an area of wetlands, the Harbin Opera House’s fluidic form seems to have emerged from its surrounding waters and acquiesced to the prevailing winds. Comprising some 850,000 square feet, the curvilinear structure houses two theaters, as well as a large public plaza. Crystalline glass curtain walls made up of transparent pyramids draw attention to its smooth white aluminum exterior panels. These permit interior lighting to accentuate the building at night. Inside, the organic forms continue with Manchurian Ash formed to resemble gently eroding timber. The grand theater seats 1600 patrons while the more intimate space accommodates 400.





4 THE LEARNING HUB SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA For its Learning Hub, the board of NTU Singapore (Nanyang Technological University) wanted a building reflective of contemporary human interaction. Social and learning spaces are interwoven within the 12 rounded towers. Rooms are corner-free and devoid of an apparent front or back. This permits professors to engage with students more easily. It also encourages students to collaborate. Open spaces and garden terraces offer areas for lingering and conversing, with the overall goal of bringing people and differing ideas together.



“OCULUS”: THE WORLD TRADE CENTER TRANSPORTATION HUB NEW YORK CITY Soaring articulated ribs of white marble punctuate the 800,000 square foot structure, which serves as a point of convergence for more than 200,000 New York City commuters daily. Sized some two and half times larger than New York’s famed Grand Central Station, the Oculus anchors the four World Trade Center towers, the WTC Memorial, the World Financial Center and the Winter Garden. The grand public space is also made available for events. A sliding 5,700-pound glass panel, 355 feet in length, crowns the structure to admit natural light. Plans are to open it once annually for 102 minutes each September 11th to commemorate the 2001 World Trade Center attacks.



MESSNER MOUNTAIN MUSEUM CORONES SOUTH TYROL, ITALY The Messner Mountain Museum Corones is literally embedded within the peak of Mount Kronplatz, some 7,464 feet above sea level. One of a set of six museums established by renowned climber Reinhold Messner (the first person to climb Everest without tanked oxygen), MMM Corones celebrates the traditions, history and discipline of mountaineering. Buried within the summit, the structure is insulated by the mountain itself. The exposed portals are constructed of concrete colored to reflect the tones of the surrounding limestone peaks. Meanwhile, the interior exhibition spaces are connected by a series of staircases designed to mimic cascading waterfalls.



LOUVRE ABU DHABI ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Its primary exterior feature, a white dome some 590 feet in diameter, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is meant to reflect the architecture of the mosques, mausoleums and madrasas central to Arabian culture. While the patterns within the dome appear random, they are actually a carefully arranged set of geometric openings designed to be evocative of interlaced palm leaves—a traditional Arabian roofing material—casting shadows. Lending a delicate laciness, the design also reduces the dome’s apparent mass. A haven of cool in the desert city, the Louvre Abu Dhabi provides shade during the day as well as an oasis of light at night.

LOUVRE ABU DHABI © TDIC, Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel


TAO ZHU YIN YUAN TOWER © Vincent Callebaut Architectures


TAO ZHU YIN YUAN TOWER TAIPEI, TAIWAN Also known as the Agora Tower, this twisting foliage adorned edifice forges a symbiotic relationship between its inhabitants and nature. The helical design optimizes the potential of each floor’s plantings to receive sunlight, while mimicking the basic structure of DNA, the foundation of all life. Another nice benefit of the design; each apartment is afforded virtually unobstructed views, while maintaining privacy. In keeping with its eco-friendly theme, the building employs a rainwater capture system for the plants, and a solar roof provides energy. Meanwhile, low emissivity glass mitigates solar gain, while simultaneously arresting thermal loss.


CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY CHINATOWN BRANCH CHICAGO, ILLINOIS A total of 118 vertical aluminum fins of varying heights serve as embellishment while providing a louver effect to reduce heat gain within the library. The fins also permit expansive outward views for people inside the rounded triangular building. While the shape was partly dictated by the layout of the bordering streets, the building’s Feng Shui, (the ancient Chinese philosophical system of spatial arrangements and their consequence upon the flow of energy), was considered as well. Conducive to extensive landscaping as well as the fluid movement of pedestrians around and within the structure, function heavily influences the Chicago Public Library Chinatown Branch’s form. Native grasses cover the roof to provide both insulation and a visual highlight.



A Year of Automotive Anniversaries Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini And Porsche Share A Milestone Year By Lyndon Conrad Bell The 130th anniversary of the invention of the automobile was marked this past January 29th. On that day, back in 1886, Karl Benz filed for German patent number 37435 for his three-wheeled Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Meanwhile, working nearby, Gottlieb Daimler was putting the finishing touches on the first four-wheeled motorized carriage around the same time. While the two worked independently of one another, their companies were eventually joined to create Mercedes-Benz, one of the most storied automotive brands extant.

Benz Patent-Motorwagen


Today’s Mercedes-Benz is easily one of the world’s most technologically advanced marques. For proof, one need only examine its rangetopping S-Class Coupe. Integrating 47 Swarovski crystals, the S-Class Coupe’s headlights are among the most brilliant on the road. Further, the S-Class Coupe’s Active Curve Tilting technology leans the car into a curve, reducing the effect of G-forces upon the coupe’s passengers while simultaneously enhancing the driver’s sense of control.

The next best thing to a self-driving car, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe is capable of stopping itself when it senses an imminent collision if the driver does not intervene. It can maintain its position in a lane on the highway—even around curves— and it can parallel park on its own. Furthermore, the model’s exceptional engines range in output from 455 horsepower to 621. Clearly, Mercedes has not squandered the head start Benz and Daimler afforded the company.


Some 80 years later, yet another automotive icon introduced one of the most exciting automotive concepts the world has ever known. Ferrucio Lamborghini was an Italian industrialist whose eponymous company’s original claim to fame was manufacturing tractors. Being a wealthy Italian, of course he owned a Ferrari. Because of his mechanical inclinations, he noted a few (shall we say) opportunities for improvement in his car. When Lamborghini suggested them to Enzo Ferrari, he was told (and we’re putting it politely here) to stick to making tractors. In response, Lamborghini designed a lovely GT car, which he unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1963. An instant sensation, Lamborghini’s 350 GT did quite well. As a follow-up, his engineering staff created the Lamborghini Miura. Debuting at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show, Miura was the world’s first 12-cylinder mid-engine exotic sports car. Leap-frogging Ferrari, the Miura established the template for nearly every supercar offered today, as well as the entire range of contemporary Lamborghini sports cars—including the extraordinary Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV. Here, we’re talking about a car with the aerodynamics of a cruise missile, motivated by a 740-horsepower V-12 engine. By the way, “SV” is an initialism for superveloce, which translates from Italian to mean superfast in English. And yes, we assure you the Aventador LP750-4 SV absolutely lives up to the appellation. Leveraging technological developments more commonly applied to racing cars, the Aventador SV is made primarily of carbon fiber—including the shells of its seats. Magnetic shock absorbers, carbon ceramic brakes and an advanced variable ratio steering system also figure highly in the Lamborghini’s arsenal of go-fast armaments. Some five decades on, the promise of Miura solidly lives on in the 2016 Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV.


Among the automotive cognoscenti, the name Ferdinand Porsche carries considerable street cred. Designer of the Volkswagen Type 1 (AKA the Beetle), Porsche’s was also the mind behind some of the most successful racing cars of his era. Further, his name graces one of the most valuable car companies in the world. The Porsche brand is best known for the iconic 911 sports car. However, its Boxster, introduced 20 years ago in 1996, is credited with reversing the fortunes of the company, which were in decline at the time. While Boxster was the second Porsche mid-engine car built strictly for the street (the first was the 914 of 1970), it was the first to be designed and built purely as a Porsche. The Porsche 914, a joint project between Porsche and Volkswagen, used a VW engine, suffered from subpar performance, and experienced a lukewarm reception. While the Boxster was also something of a joint project, it was developed in conjunction with a revised version of the 911. It also shared many components with the brand’s flagship sports car—including a smaller-displacement version of the 911’s venerable horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. The Boxster was also the first Porsche model produced based upon lessons learned from Toyota to improve the efficiency of its production processes. Over the ensuing 20 years, there have been three generations of the car, with a fourth-generation model slated to debut later this year—just in time for the Boxster’s 20th anniversary. This new iteration of the car, christened the Porsche 718 Boxster, will eschew the traditional flat-six engine in favor of a turbocharged four-cylinder, making it the first mid-engine four-cylinder Porsche road car since the 914. Unlike the 914 though, the 718 will have more than adequate performance. The standard model will feature 300 horsepower, while the more capable 718 Boxster S will flaunt 350 horsepower.


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1 cup ice ½ cup Godiva Chocolate Liqueur ¼ cup creme de cocoa ½ cup caramel flavored vodka ½ cup whole milk (2% also works well for less fat) Garnishments: Caramel syrup (for rim of martini glass) ¼ cup crushed pretzels Optional Garnishments: 4 caramel candies dipped in coarse-ground sea salt Milk chocolate bar (to make chocolate curls for top of drink) DIRECTIONS: Prepare martini glasses by placing a layer of caramel sauce and crushed pretzels on separate plates. Dip and turn rims of martini glasses into caramel sauce until evenly coated. Dip caramel-coated glass rims into pretzel crumbs until evenly coated. Place ice in a martini shaker. Add Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, creme de cocoa, caramel vodka and milk. Shake vigorously for around 30 seconds. Strain martini into prepared glasses. Optional Garnishments: Add desired amount of shaved milk chocolate curls (using a vegetable peeler; shave chocolate bar across the long edge of the candy bar). Dip fronts and backs of caramel candies into a small bowl of coarsely ground sea-salt until coated. Place two caramels on a cocktail pick and place in martini (adds a great touch of salt flavor). Enjoy!


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Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi



& Yachting

Rolex’s relationship with the maritime world dates back to the brand’s earliest days. In his endeavor to create an accurate and reliable wristwatch, Hans Wilsdorf, the company’s founder, used the marine chronometer’s renowned precision as the benchmark for his timepieces. Then, in 1926, to protect their high precision from dust and moisture, he devised the Rolex Oyster, the world’s first waterproof wristwatch. The reliability, accuracy, and waterproof nature of the Oyster immediately made it a natural partner for oceangoing events.

Rolex/Jean-Daniel Meyer


Some forty years later, Sir Francis Chichester set sail from the port of Plymouth in the UK aboard his yawl Gipsy Moth IV. On his wrist was an indispensable navigational tool, a 1966 Rolex Oyster Perpetual. After 226 days of sailing, Chichester arrived back in Plymouth to become the first person to singlehandedly circumnavigate the world from west to east using the clipper route (eschewing the Panama and Suez canals). Further, he had done so with but one stop (in Sydney, Australia). Today, Rolex remains at the heart of many of yachting’s toughest events. Chichester Archive/PPL



Rolex/Daniel Forster


Rolex Fastnet Race

The world’s largest open ocean race, the biennial Rolex Fastnet, is held off the coast of the British Isles. Regarded as a benchmark for offshore racing, it covers 603 nautical miles (694 miles). The course runs from Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, to a turnaround at Fastnet Rock off of the southern coast of Ireland, then finishes in Plymouth. In one of the most remarkable Fastnet victories ever recorded, a father and son team, Pascal and Alexis Loison, became the first two-man crew to win the race outright. Hosted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Rolex has been the Fastnet title sponsor since 2001. The club was formed after the first running of the race in 1925.


Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

The company has been the title sponsor of the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race since 2002. The 628 nautical mile course (723 miles) runs from Sydney, Australia to Hobart, Tasmania. While the fastest boats finish in about two days, most competitors face up to five days at sea in a wide variety of conditions. Hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the event began in 1945, when Captain John Illingsworth of the British Navy was asked to join the club’s annual Christmas cruise from Sydney to Hobart. He agreed, with the condition they make a race of it. They’ve done so ever since.

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship

The identical yachts of the Rolex Farr 40 ensure the skill of the crew is the defining factor. Each year, a series of eleven races is held over the course of four days. The team with the most wins during the event is declared the champion. Farr Yacht Design developed the 40-foot sailboat used in the competition in 1996. The first Farr 40 Championship was held in 1997. Since then, the Championship has been conducted in 10 different locations, in seven countries, and on three continents. Rolex has sponsored the Farr 40 World Championship since 2001. Rolex/Daniel Forster



Rolex/Kurt Arrigo


Rolex Middle Sea Race

Another 600+ nautical mile contest, the annual Rolex Middle Sea Race marks the end of each Mediterranean yachting season. A counter-clockwise circumnavigation of Sicily, the Middle Sea Race is unique in that it starts and finishes at the same place. Hosted by the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC), the Middle Sea was founded in 1968 as the Mediterranean version of the Fastnet. Beginning and ending on the island of Malta, the 608 nautical mile course (699 miles) uses the islands of Stromboli, Favignana, Pantelleria, and Lampedusa as waypoints. Rolex has been the title sponsor since 2002.


Rolex/Kurt Arrigo


Rolex China Sea Race

The premier Asian blue water competition runs 565 nautical miles (650 miles) from Hong Kong to Subic Bay in the Philippines. While the course is pretty much a straight line, the yachts must negotiate an abundance of sea traffic and widely disparate weather conditions. Rough seas and stiff breezes are typically encountered in the early stages of race. However, the final stages are characterized by gentle breezes, requiring skippers to call upon all of their skills and experience to maintain speed. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club instituted the China Sea Race in 1962, after one its members returned from a cruise to Manila and recounted the trip. Rolex has sponsored the biennial event since 2008.

Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

One of the fundamental elements of yacht racing is timekeeping. The accuracy and reliability of a skipper’s timepiece are as key to the success of a team as the skill of the crew. Introduced in 2007, the Oyster Perpetual YachtMaster II features programmable countdown with mechanical memory and on-the fly-synchronization to help skippers perfectly position their yachts for the most advantageous start.


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THE YACHT-MASTER The emblematic nautical watch embodies a yachting heritage that stretches back to the 1950s. It doesn’t just tell time. It tells history.



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Mountz Jewelers - The LX Magazine Fall/Winter 2016  

Mountz Jewelers - The LX Magazine Fall/Winter 2016