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LS Hybrid

2019 LS Hybrid: The Rolls-Royce of Lexus

By Yuan Chen × Vaughn Lowery

If you are in the market for an elegant yet bespoke type of vehicle, you definitely should consider the 2019 Lexus LS 500h. As of late, we decided to take this extremely luxurious sedan on a drive around the NYC metropolitan area to rendezvous with our east coast counterparts. Unlike the 2019 Audi A8L, 2019 BMW 740e or 2018 Mercedes-Benz S650, 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a vehicle which is filled with passion, performance and a boat load of technology.

Design

The design team was inspired by traditional Japanese design and culture for the 2019 Lexus LS 500h, offering meticulous craftsmanship with an array of appointments and newly pronounced spindle grille. Outside – the silhouette is sleek and athletic. Inside – the art wood herringbone, ambient lighting and hand pleated trim (reminiscent of origami) makes everyone who enters the cabin feel like Japanese royalty.

“I want those who see the grille to appreciate the design and to wonder at its creation. I want them to be amazed at first glance.”– Lexus Takumi craftsman Yasuhiro Nakashima

It’s astonishing how the company’s master craftspeople were able to fabricate their idea from a single piece of mesh (interlocking L-shaped pieces) into a reality. The complex process of its mouth started with the designer’s pen, and then a computer rendering took it further. But most importantly, the fine-tuning of the final production mold utilized Lexus Takumi craftsman Yasuhiro Nakashima’s highly trained hand. He helped it become more evocative and daring.

Technology

LS Hybrid is loaded with a vast amount of features which are comparable to many top luxury manufacturers such as Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Lexus Enform Remote, Rear-seat Touchscreen Controls, Satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth capability and Remote Touchpad. Additionally, if you enjoy concert hall sound while driving, upgrade to the Mark Levinson Quantum Logic audio system. With this immersive 2400-watt audio package, the LS 500h provides an unprecedented listening experience for every person in the vehicle. This can be attributed to their 16 channels, 23-speaker injected surround system (four in the ceiling speakers and the largest subwoofer the manufacturer has ever used).

Performance

“The car hovers with both sophistication and poise unlike any other. One of the main reasons we fell back in love with Lexus” – Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

The LS 500 was built on the platform of the high-performance LC coupe, the LS 500 features Lexus’s first-ever twin-turbocharged engine. LS 500 has shared the same turbocharged V6 engine with the newest Audi A8L. However, LS 500h has 354hp with 257 lb-ft of torque (achieving 0 to 60 in just 5.1 secs in RWD or 5.2 secs in AWD). After six generations, the purveyors of this prestige hybrid sedan managed to maintain the industry’s leading benchmark in its class. It’s the first multi-stage hybrid luxury sedan and, contains the instinctive feel of a 10-speed automatic transmission, the most responsive and fastest LS Hybrid with a potent 354 valve Atkinson-cycle gas engine alongside of compact dual electric motors. Their lightest and most compact self battery. If you select different drive modes (from ECO to sport) you can transform from a town car into a spunky 4 seat space ship which rockets into action. With a 22.2 gallon tank, this 3.5L 6cyl gas/electric EVT flagship gets up to 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway.

Safety

LS 500h comes with anti-lock brakes and AWD which aids the vehicle’s ability to turn while braking, effortlessly gripping/stopping on most road conditions/terrains. Also, this model comes well-equipped with airbags: front, knee, overhead and seat side impact for the driver and their co-pilot. Another safety feature worth mentioning are the seat belt pretensioners which automatically tighten straps when abruptly coming to a halt.

Have you ever been on a road trip with traffic and consistently worrying about the sudden stops of the front car? There are no more worries when it comes to 2019 Lexus LS 500h. This model contains features like drivers assist, lane departure assist, park assist and the 360 backup camera which will assist you the best while driving on the highway as well as backing up on tiny roads. While driving in Manhattan in bumper to bumper traffic with pedestrians on all sides, tons of sensors and alerts warned us as people/vehicles (within our blind spots) approached the vehicle. The aforementioned came in handy as this vehicle has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor.

Ergonomics/Additional Features

Best of all, the driver’s seat (28-way adjustable) has 7-massage options for both you and the passenger. This is important for driver’s fatigue on long drives and helps circulate the blood in the lower/upper extremities. Even more, the model also has powered operated privacy screens in the back to block out the sun. Moreover, this model allows you to raise higher and lower by the press of a button so that you can avoid unnecessary scraping while driving up steep driveways.

Not to mention, with the executive package the backseats automatically recline when passengers enter (with ottoman). The climate concierge allows for massage features along with heated/cooling, ventilated seats for added comfort. Most of which can be controlled with the rear seat controls. If this doesn’t make you feel like an emperor/empress, we don’t know what will.

In short, the 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a perfect match for someone whom likes to drive and to be driven – a high profile executive, celebrity and/or a member of an elite dynasty. At approximately $107,000, this vehicle will provoke a certain level of importance. Instead of driving to meetings, most likely meetings will be held inside of it. It’s quiet, smooth suspension as well as hospitable yet intuitive tech make it one of the best in it’s class.

View on Lexus Website here

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

*Photos courtesy of Vaughn Lowery

How To Identify A Rolex Watch

The vast majority of people are unable to tell a genuine Rolex watch from a fake one. This is a critical feature whenever products with a significant market value are concerned.

A record was achieved in October of 2017, as the Rolex Daytona watch model that belonged to famous actor Paul Newman was auctioned off for 17.8 million at the Philips Auction House in New York. This extraordinary amount allowed this watch to become the most expensive Rolex watch ever auctioned.

Despite the celebrity and refinement of this watchmaking process, about 70% of the people are unable to notice the difference between a genuine Rolex model and a fake one. That is also important because Rolex watches are among the most forged items in the world, due to their worth and charm.

When it comes to identifying genuine Rolex watches, there are six elements that you should know to help identify these watches:

Magnifying A Rolex Watch

Many Rolex watches feature a calendar within the quadrant (usually near the 3). In order to warrant the optimal working of every element, this calendar is small and, in order to read it correct, genuine Rolex models feature a 2.5x magnifying glass (called a Cyclops). Fake Rolex models usually feature no lens, mount a smaller lens, or have a simple, non-magnifying, glass element.

Weight of a Rolex Watch

It often happens that fake Rolex models weigh less than the genuine ones. This is because genuine Rolex models are created with materials of the highest quality having a greater weight.

Water Test

Rolex watch models are watertight and fully hermetic. They can resist being immersed in water for a few seconds. Usually, fake Rolex models do not have this feature, and this allows water to seep in. Specific Rolex models, like the Submariner, have been specifically created for deeb scuba diving.

Engraving of a Rolex

Perfection lies in the details. That details allows those to identify and tell a genuine Rolex model from a copy of one. In the vast majority of cases, the engraving featured in fake Rolex models is imperfect and confirms the lack of percision by the producers of fake Rolex watch models.

Rear of a Rolex Watch Case

Besides some very rare models, many produced during the 1930s, the rear of a Rolex watch case is never made of glass, crystal, or plastics. Therefore, they are not see-through. Many producers of fake Rolex watch models usually make the rear of their watch case of transparent materials, in order to cheat buyers by showing them the “precision” of the inner gears.

Furthermore, genuine Rolex watch models feature engraving within its watch cases rather than in the rear.

Hands of Rolex Watches

The gears of Rolex watches have a fluid movement, and their hands do not spring nor move irregularly. Even the ticking of a Rolex watch is both fluid and constant, being very homogeneous in nature. This does not happen with fake Rolex models, as they have an evident and irregular ticking instead.

Rolex watches are a symbol of luxury and elegance. As a result, they are subject to significant faking and forgeries. The differences between genuine and fake models are not so evident. The presence of more shoddy elements may be detected by carefully examining a watch when it is a fake, but only acutal experts are able to ascertain the authenticity of any given Rolex watch model.

Kiyola 

MoMA Design Store to Debut Mid-Century-Styled Roland Piano


Roland Kiyola home piano collaboration with Japanese furniture designer 
Karimoku available in U.S. exclusively from MoMA Design Store through June 2018


Roland (LVCC Central Hall, Booth# 17544) is proud to announce that the Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store will debut Roland’s first mid-century-styled home piano in the U.S. as part of their Spring Summer 2018 catalog collection. Hand-crafted in Japan from all-natural wood, and available in U.S. exclusively from MoMA Design Store January 21 through June 30, 2018, the Kiyola is unlike any other piano on the market. Created in a collaboration with Roland and Japanese furniture designer Karimoku, Japan’s largest wood furniture-maker since 1940, the Kiyola is a slim, ergonomically contoured piano that complements living spaces like a piece of artisan furniture, with individual grain patterns unique to each piano, making each piano a work of art.

With its model name translating as “elegance and beauty,” the Kiyola is visually unique, drawing stylistically from mid-century modern furniture design aesthetics. Karimoku is also a noted exponent of environmentally friendly, low-formaldehyde timber, maintaining a socially responsible piano footprint with chic design. Roland will exhibit the Kiyola piano for the first time in the U.S. during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 9-12, 2018.

Emmanuel Plat, director of merchandising at MoMA Retail, said, “We are thrilled to debut Roland’s Mid-Century Piano in the United States at MoMA Design Store. Having worked with Karimoku in Japan, when we initially saw the product, we were in awe of its beauty and craftsmanship juxtaposed with the innovative technology, making this a unique addition to our offerings.”

Roland Corporation Vice President of Global Business Development Brian Alli said, “Roland is honored that MoMA Design Store selected our piano for their catalog and that MoMA Design Store will be debuting this instrument in the U.S. This piano is like nothing else ever offered by any instrument maker, and MoMA Design Store’s interest and support for the Kiyola is an inspiration to our entire Roland organization worldwide. We are very proud to be a part of this endeavor.”     

Legendary Roland digital sound technology meets artisan craftsmanship and tradition with the Kiyola piano, offering an all-natural handcrafted wood cabinet that complements living spaces with minimalist elegance and Roland’s innovative electronic music technology. The Kiyola delivers top-level performance with flagship features including SuperNATURAL Piano sound modelling, dynamic sensing technology via the new PHA-50 keyboard, wireless Bluetooth® connectivity and a dynamic array of speakers to fill homes with sound. Available exclusively from MoMA Design Store in a Pure Oak finish, the Kiyola comes with a foot pedal and an ergonomically designed piano bench.

To learn more about the Roland Kiyola, visit Roland.com.


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About Roland Corporation
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit Roland.com or see your local Roland dealer.

About MoMA Design Store
MoMA Design Store offers curator-approved products that bring quality, creativity, and design innovation to everyday living. Every purchase supports groundbreaking exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), a wide range of education programs, and the preservation of the Museum’s collection. In 1932, MoMA was the first art museum to establish a curatorial department dedicated to Architecture & Design, and by mid-century, it was playing a leading role in defining and promoting the values of “Good Design,” which MoMA Design Store continues to champion. Shop online at store.moma.org, or at locations in SoHo, on 53rd Street, and within The Museum.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

DOWNTON ABBEY: THE EXHIBITION” EXTENDS IN NEW YORK CITY THROUGH APRIL 2nd, 2018 DUE TO UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND

NBCUNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL STUDIOS CONTINUES TO WELCOME VISITORS INSIDE THE WORLD OF GLOBAL TV PHENOMENON, “DOWNTON ABBEY”

NBCUniversal International Studios today announced the extension of Downton Abbey: The Exhibition in New York City as a result of unprecedented interest and overwhelming attendance since the November 18th opening.  The first-ever fully immersive experience set inside the world of Carnival Films’ multi award-winning global television phenomenon, Downton Abbey, the exhibition connects fans with their favorite characters, costumes, locations and historic events of the era, and showcases never-before-seen footage.

Tickets are now available through April 2nd, 2018 at the New York city venue located at 218 W 57th Street (between Broadway and 7th Ave). Tickets and gift cards are available to purchase at www.downtonexhibition.com.

The exhibition has seen a record number of fans coming through its doors and received rave reviews of four and five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.  In addition, the experience attracted incredible critical acclaim from a variety of outlets including The New York Times saying it’s “…a kind of theme park for re-addiction, a cleverly immersive experience mounted with the same exacting care as the show itself. It gives “Abbey” addicts both the short-term injection they need, and the reassurance that nothing from their favorite show has ever been thrown away.” And the New York Post noted it was “Meticulously curated…” and “allows the visitor to travel back in time to the fantasy world created by Lord Julian Fellowes — an upstairs/downstairs milieu of custom, formality and grace.”

Upon entering the exhibition, visitors are transported on an incredible journey through the grand home of Downton Abbey allowing them to peer into the world of the Crawleys and those that served them below stairs.  From Mrs. Patmore’s hectic kitchen and the gossip-fuelled servants’ quarters, to the family’s glamorous dining room and Lady Mary’s bedroom, fans have the opportunity to walk through some of the series’ most recognizable and beloved sets.  Visitors will even come up-close to over 50 of the show’s official costumes worn by their favoriteactors including Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition provides a fascinating look at all aspects of the post-Edwardian period in which Carnival Films’ popular TV series is set and offers an in-depth insight into the remarkable historic events which would go on to shape the world. From World War I to the Roaring Twenties, visitors have the chance to learn about British society, culture and fashion.

The exhibition is open daily between 10am and 8pm, including holidays and ticket prices vary with adults starting at $30 and children from $15.  VIP packages and private hire options are also available. For further information, please visit: www.downtonexhibition.com.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is brought to you by NBCUniversal International Studios and Imagine Exhibitions. The exhibition is presented by Viking, the leader in river and small ship ocean cruising, also widely known for its national corporate sponsorship of PBS’ MASTERPIECE and Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey aired for six seasons on MASTERPIECE on PBS in the US and reached more than 26 million viewers in its final season, making it the highest-rated PBS drama series of all time. A Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE co-production, the series was written and created by Julian Fellowes and executive produced by Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, Liz Trubridge and Nigel Marchant. The MASTERPIECE Executive Producers were Rebecca Eaton and Susanne Simpson. Downton Abbey is one of the largest UK drama exports of all time, seen in over 250 territories worldwide. With 15 wins and 69 nominations, it is the most nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmys.  Also the winner of three Golden Globes, a special BAFTA and four Screen Actors Guild Awards, the series has captured an extensive fan-base worldwide.

2018 RANGE ROVER VELAR

LAND ROVER LAUNCHES NEW MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO CELEBRATE THE ARRIVAL OF THE ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER VELAR IN NORTH AMERICA



– Positioned between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar delivers new levels of refinement, elegance and technology to its segment
– New 30 second spot ‘Respect’ highlights the vehicle’s compelling design and unrivaled capability and can be viewed here
– Campaign includes a number of strategic lifestyle media partnerships with Condé Nast, Wall Street Journal, Cool Hunting and Robb Report
– Range Rover Velar to be integrated into the 18th annual New Yorker Festival, October 6–8 with a range of digital and on-site activations  
– Range Rover Velar is on sale now in U.S. retailers; priced from $49,900(1)

 
Land Rover North America has today announced its newest marketing campaign to introduce the new 2018 Range Rover Velar in North America. The fourth member of the Range Rover family, the Range Rover Velar is a mid-size luxury SUV that delivers new levels of refinement, elegance and technology to the segment.

 
The marketing campaign features strategic media partnerships with The Wall Street Journal, Cool Hunting and Robb Report, which aligns with the Range Rover Velar vehicle’s target audience’s passion points, such as technology, design, style and business. In addition, Land Rover has partnered with Condé Nast for an integrated partnership that will forge an authentic connection between the Range Rover Velar and the publisher’s audience. Architectural Digest, GQ, WIRED and Vogue will create custom content highlighting the Range Rover Velar and the design trends that influenced the vehicle.

 
As part of the Condé Nast partnership, the Range Rover Velar will also be integrated into the 18th annual New Yorker Festival, October 6–8. The Range Rover Velar will be on display throughout the festival weekend at the Land Rover Theatre at SIR Stage37 and incorporated into video content which will be shared across The New Yorker digital channels.

 
“We’re excited to expand the Range Rover family with the introduction of the new Range Rover Velar,” said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “The Range Rover Velar brings a new dimension of modernity, elegance and technology to the Range Rover line-up and this campaign reflects many of our target buyer’s passion points in unique and compelling ways.”

 
Already live on YouTube, the 30-second Range Rover Velar TVC will broadcast on major networks including Bloomberg, AMC, ESPN, Food Network and NFL Network, from mid-September. Both the 30-second TVC and a 60-second cut will air on Hulu as full episode player advertisements coinciding with fall season premieres.

 
Additional elements aim to bring mass reach to the campaign, including a placement on the CHASE Times Square Digital Board and mobile ad placements through Verve, a technology that uses first party location data to precisely target custom audiences.

 
Available now in the U.S. priced from $49,9001, the new 2018 Range Rover Velar delivers new levels of refinement, elegance and technology to the mid-size SUV segment, filling the white space between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport. For more information about the Range Rover Velar, visit http://media.landrover.com/en-us.

 

 

 
(1) All prices shown are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes $995 destination/handling charge, tax, title, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing, and optional equipment. Listed $49,990 base MSRP applies to 2018 Range Rover Velar model. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for details.

 
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About Land Rover


Founded in 1948, Land Rover designs, engineers, and manufactures its vehicles in the United Kingdom. For almost 70 years the brand has built a reputation for providing its clientele with some of the most luxurious and capable vehicles in the world; whether driving through the heart of the city or traversing the countryside on- and off-road. Today’s Land Rover lineup includes the Discovery and Discovery Sport; Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque. Land Rover is fully engaged with sustainability initiatives and social concerns with continuous involvement in environmental and community programs. For more information, visit the official Land Rover website at www.landroverusa.com.

 

 
About Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports sedan and sports car marques.


 

The company employs over 40,000 people globally, with 330 in the U.S. and supports around 275,000 more through our dealerships, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centered in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil, India and Slovakia.

 

At Jaguar Land Rover we are driven by a desire to create class-leading products that deliver great customer experiences. The largest investor in R&D in the UK manufacturing sector, we have invested £12 billion (USD$15.7 billion) in the last five years and in the current year alone will spend over £3.5 billion (USD$4.5 billion) on new product creation and capital expenditure. Last year Jaguar Land Rover sold over 583,000 vehicles in 136 countries, with nearly 80 percent of our vehicles produced in the UK being sold abroad.