A guide to headphones

While good sound is an important consideration when choosing a set of headphones, so too is aesthetic appeal. We sort through a plethora of listening devices to reveal those best suited to your needs.

1. The Urban Commuter: Normal Wireless Leather Earphones
Made of premium leather and precision-machined metal with an eight hour battery life, integrated USB charging and a microphone for taking calls, not only are Normal’s new release headphones completely unique, they also serve as a practical yet stylish solution for quality on-the-go sound.

2. The Exercise Junky: Monster iSport Victory
Working out or running is all too often interrupted by the replacing of slippery earbuds. Not the case here, these active headphones fit securely and comfortably as well as being sweat- resistant and fully washable. Also equipped with an Apple friendly in-line remote and microphone for added convenience. www.amazon.com

3. The Globetrotter: Bose QuietComfort 25
Noise cancelling is a priority when using your headphones in flight, but keep in mind that minimised ‘outside’ sound doesn’t always mean good ‘inside’ sound. Bose’s QuietComfort 25 strikes a great balance with a new and more compact folding design for ultimate portability. www.bose.com

4. The Purist: Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
A near perfect balance of aesthetics and function, Sennheiser is a well- respected brand that offers excellent sound packaged up in an appealing design. The Momentum On-Ear’s retro look means it might not be able to fold up flat but what it lacks in portability, it makes up for in cool factor.

5. The Muso: NAD Viso HP50
With fantastic balance and punchy bass, professional musicians will vouch for these superb sounding headphones. Created by acclaimed speaker designer Paul Barton of PSB, the appeal of this accurate and clean sounding headset is furthered by its ability to fold flat.

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So frenchy, so chic: How to celebrate Bastille Day

While we can’t claim we were present during the storming of Bastille, naturally we’re using any excuse to celebrate à la mode on July 14. Arguably the month of all things French, injecting a little joie de vivre into your life is all but essential on this proudest of French dates. Whether you’re partial to a freshly baked croissant, appreciate an authentically curated cheeseboard, consider yourself a wine connoisseur or wouldn’t mind a little Parisian preening; we’ve scoured the city for the best of the Bastille best, available right here on your doorstep.

1. To start the day:
For those looking to start the day with a warm croissant, nobody makes the quintessentially French delights quite like French patissier Guillaume Nicoli and partner Hiroe Nicoli at Ma Cherie. (282 Ponsonby Rd)

2.  For lunch:
For a light lunch you can’t surpass the delicious French fare on offer at our favourite Britomart stop, L’assiette(9 Britomart Place)

3. The bread:
For a freshly baked baguette, head to renowned boulangerie La Voie Francaise. May we suggest a macaron (or six) for later. (875 Dominion Rd)

4. The cheeseboard:
You needn’t be a cheese connoisseur to master the ultimate in French indulgences, the lovely staff at C’est Fromage have it covered. On hand to tailor-make a party-perfect cheeseboard; whether chèvre, bleu, Comté or camembert – if it’s French and it’s fromage, you’ll find it here. Boasting the most expansive range of French cheese and charcuterie in the city, you’ll leave one very happy customer indeed. (5 McColl Street, Newmarket)

5. The scent:
Coco Chanel once said “a woman who does not wear perfume has no future” and we just so happen to agree. Indulge in a little French finesse with a bottle of Chanel No.5. Alternatively, fill your space with a scent reminiscent of a stroll amidst the blooming sanctuary at the château in Rueil Malmaison.

6. For Dinner:
We’re spoilt for choice in this city, but for a truly delightful French meal, you can’t go past Paris Butter. This thriving new Herne Bay establishment has garnered a reputation for fresh and delicious French fare that’s bound to leave you singing ‘la vie en rose’ late into the night. (166 Jervois Rd)

7. To drink:
Whether you’re in the mood for an exclusive Bastille wine tasting that’s equal parts informative as it is indulgent, or simply after a delicious range of stellar vintages to enjoy by the fire at home; we suggest you get acquainted with Maison Vauron. For the more refined palate, Bordeaux’s finest Sturia Caviar is on offer here too. (5 McColl Street, Newmarket)

8. The outfit:
Typifying all things pared-back Parisian, Isabel Marant does it like nobody’s business. The collection is available locally at Workshop. (find a store here)

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Casa Cook Rhodes

Tapping into the superior union of Berlin-based design agency Lambs & Lions, interior designer Annabell Kutucu and architect Vana Pernari, the new hotel brand Casa Cook Rhodes — a series of 90 one- and two-storey pool villas in Kolymbia, a small seaside town on the eastern coastline of Rhodes — is a stunning sight to behold. Set against a backdrop of rugged rocky hills, the vibe is resolutely mid-century California louche, luring one in to stay a while with its exposed stone walls and timber decks strewn with woven straw poufs, throws and retro wire chairs.

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Buoy

Our prayers have been answered, Westhaven's impressive new cafe is destined to win over both hearts and appetites.

Westhaven Marina is easily one of the most coveted waterfront spots in Auckland, especially with the increase in pedestrian access thanks to the recent construction of the Westhaven Promenade. Given as much, we’ve often wondered why such a desirable destination has lacked an enticing daytime dining destination — one to proffer passers-by with great coffee and delicious brunching options. Thankfully, it appears our prayers have been answered as on a recent stroll, we came face to face with bright new cafe, Buoy.

It’s reassuring to know that the proprietors are more than well-versed in the realm of hospitality. Some will know Ginnette Auld from the frequented Three Lamps cafe Salta, who has more than 30 years experience in the industry having worked at DeBretts in the 80s, owning her own restaurant up north, and for the last 14 years, helming the ever popular Salta. Her new baby ‘Buoy’, however, is clearly a labour of love. Inhabiting one the most pristine spots in the city, it’s a no-brainer that the eatery takes advantage of its position with sliding glass doors that allow for a breezy indoor/outdoor flow. There’s also seating outside, right on the water’s edge, shaded by big white umbrellas. Inside, it is just as warm and welcoming, with its seaside proximity echoed by pops of blue decor and pots of greenery suspended from the ceiling.

The menu at this early stage offers breakfast and lunch, but we’ve been informed that once their liquor licence is sorted, they will be offering a menu to suitably accompany afternoon cum evening drinks. If you find yourself popping in for breakfast, the wholemeal buttermilk crêpes with baked apples, vanilla crème, caramel sauce and toasted walnuts is a winner, as is the potato rosti with watercress, house smoked salmon (like nothing you’ve ever tasted) and fresh tomato salsa. For lunch, we’re opting for the hot roll of beef cheek, cheese, relish and slaw as well as the luscious seafood chowder that’s certainly appropriate for the colder days upon us.

It’s safe to say that we’re more than excited by Westhaven Marina latest resident. Whether dropping by for a coffee on your morning walk or staying a while to enjoy breakfast or lunch, Buoy will be the go-to destination for those who appreciate the ambience just as much as they do the food.

Open 7 days 6am — 6pm.

Buoy

Westhaven Drive
Westhaven
Auckland

(09) 378 6667

www.buoy.nz

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The all-new Jaguar F-PACE

Following a sell-out run of its First Edition in the UK and subsequent 12 month wait list, the Jaguar F-PACE has finally arrived on our shores. Last night, the company’s highly anticipated foray into the SUV market was celebrated with a launch event at the MOTAT aviation hangar, where Jaguar New Zealand guests gathered to capture a first glimpse of the attractive four wheel drive during a display of dramatic motoring showmanship, complete with dry ice and revving engines.

Touted as a ‘performance SUV’ bringing an unrivalled level of sportiness to the popular utility segment, Jaguar can easily stake this claim as they carry over the most successful elements from their existing line-up, including the revered car manufacturers’ highly acclaimed aluminium architecture and exhilarating rear-wheel-drive power as witnessed in the F-Type. Hence, the vehicle’s name which alludes to its flagship coupé counterpart, the key attribute of this brand new offering being that the F-PACE has all four wheels available for slippery terrain when required.

Hone these performance factors and apply a suite of family-friendly technology such as an additional water resistant Activity Key that you can wear on your wrist, 3D navigation and a full-width digital screen that has replaced the conventional speedo, and you have a product that is set to change consumers’ perceptions of what the ultimate, practical sports car really looks like.

Complete with undeniably good looks and a price tag that isn’t as scary as you expect, you can say hello to the new breed of vehicle that refuses to be caged into any one category.

To view the range of F-PACE models, visit the Jaguar New Zealand website here.

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Watches: The new classics

Time is of the essence. Destined to aid you in seizing the day, we’ve done the hard yards to bring you the new breed of classic specimens. Herewith a prestigious curation available locally via Partridge Jewellers:

Drive De Cartier
Unveiled for the first time at SIHH 2016 in Geneva, each design within the launch collection of this new French icon emphasises a different watchmaking mechanic.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso
In celebration of its 85th birthday, the legendary Reverso has been respectfully revisited to spotlight the wealth of talent behind each timepiece. The result? Three stunning stylistic expressions — the Reverso Classic, Tribute and One.

Hublot Classic Fusion Racing Grey King Gold
The Swiss show stopper is treated with Hublot’s King Gold — the 18K red gold alloy exclusive to Hublot  — perfectly matched with the brand’s durable yet opulent alligator strap.

Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days
A unique edition of 1000 units, the distinctive feature of the model is the brown dial – its colour inspired by that of the vintage watches that have faded with time.

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch
With their imposing diameters and classic appearance, this year’s arrival of the Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55 and 48 gives life to the historic original, Big Pilot’s Watch Calibre 52 T. S. C. of 1940.

Partridge Jewellers

112 Queen St
Auckland

(09) 309 8925

www.partridgejewellers.com

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Barcelona Loft by Serrat-Tor

Embodying the bright breezy interior sentiment the Spanish are renowned for, this amazing Barcelona loft boasts an open kitchen, whitewashed herringbone floors, vaulted ceilings and exposed brick. Complete with a fireplace, free-standing bathtub in the bedroom, oversized lanterns and the super long Linteloo sofa ‘Jans New Sofa’, Spanish architects Serrat-Tort have herein completed a gorgeous interior project.

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A design classic you need to know

A cult classic for over 40 years, the Togo sofa by French designer Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset is a radical, enduring design that will well and truly withstand the test of time. Typical of 1970s experimental design, the seat was dreamt up with afternoon siestas in mind as well as lazy evenings spent in the greatest of comfort, with its low profile lounge-style flaunting the epitome of laid-back luxury.

It’s no wonder that when it was first revealed at the Salon des Arts ménagers at the Palais de la Défense in Paris in 1973, that it was awarded the esteemed René-Gabriel prize, recognising it as the embodiment of ‘innovative and democratic furniture’. Just as attractive as a stand alone piece as it is a part of a modular configuration, other styles include loveseats, a two-seat sofa with arms, ottomans and the adorable mini kids version. Its plush and inviting aesthetic, along with its utterly unique character renders it a timeless piece that will continue to hold true for many years to come.

Ligne Roset

299 Great North Road
Grey Lynn
Auckland

www.ligne.nz

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Rialto Channel: July 16 Film Round-Up

Francesca Rudkin gives you three good reasons why Rialto Channel should be on your must-watch list in July.

Plenty of quality British entertainment awaits you this month on Rialto Channel, especially for those with a fondness for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. You also won’t want to miss the television premiere of A Royal Night Out, a delightful farce that follows Princess Elizabeth and her sister on a rare night out to celebrate VE Day. Plus, if you’re a SKY customer, this month you can upgrade to Rialto Channel and get 2 months for half price.

Mr. Holmes
Premiering: Saturday 16th July, 8.30pm
Sir Ian McKellan is absolutely fabulous in this original take on Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous detective. 93-years-old, long retired to the country and grappling with dementia, Holmes, assisted by his housekeeper’s young son, is determined to recall and record his final case that forced him into retirement in order to make sense of his life. Mr. Holmes doesn’t feature the normal Baker St suspense; instead, it’s a tender, intelligent film about an elderly man’s realisation that there’s more to life than logic.

Arthur & George
Premiering: Sunday 17th July, 8.30pm
Based on the novel by Julian Barnes, this three part British crime mini-series tells of the real life case that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Martin Clunes), creator of Sherlock Holmes, to put down his pen and become detective himself. Listless from grief following the death of his first wife, Doyle finds himself enlivened after a miscarriage of justice is brought to his attention by George Edalji (Arsher Ali), a young British-Indian solicitor convicted of brutally attacking farm animals, who asks Doyle to clear his name. With Doyle’s secretary Alfred Wood (Charles Edwards) along for the ride, plenty of wispy fog and strange occurrences, this handsome period piece plays out just like a Sherlock Holmes adventure – and no doubt that’s the idea.

A Royal Night Out
Premiering: Saturday 30th July, 8.30pm
Who knows what happened on May 8th, 1945 when Princess Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon), the future Queen, and sister Princess Margaret (Bel Powley) went on to the streets of London to celebrate VE day, but in director Julian Jarrold’s interpretation of events, they had a jolly old time! This is a light-hearted and charming film that captures the Princesses’ brief moment of freedom as they swirl champagne, chase each other around London, and mix with ordinary folk. It also captures the genuine feel of the dawning of a new era.

For more information on all the films screening on Rialto Channel 39, The Storyteller, check out www.rialtochannel.co.nz.

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Off Hotel Paris

Holding the title of Paris’ first hotel and bar on water, OFF is a contemporary and clever new destination moored at the foot of the Austerlitz station. With a stylish fitout, referencing wooden accents, glass and pops of colour, OFF offers 54 rooms, 4 suites, a plunge pool and a stunning bar that’s set to be known for its cocktails and tapas. This unique and exciting form of accommodation undoubtedly offers one of the best water views in the magical city.

OFF Hotel

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+33 1 44 06 62 65

www.offparisseine.com

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