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  • Moët & Chandon, But Impérial, 150 years of celebration!

    Moët & Chandon, But Impérial, 150 years of celebration!

    When you visit the wine cellars of Moët
    & Chandon in Épernay, 10 to 30
    metres below ground a shiver runs through us.
    Not only because of the cold, but also
    because of the rich history of this great
    champagne house created almost three
    centuries ago in 1743. When you roam around
    those vast limestone cellars that stretch out
    over 28 kilometres, you begin to think that
    one of the mazes might lead you to Napoleon
    Bonaparte sabering champagne with his friend
    Jean-Rémy Moët after having
    granted him the Legion of Honour. The emperor
    liked champagne, but he also liked the
    boldness and business acumen of the
    founder’s grandson, Claude Moët.
    Napoleon would often visit the estate after
    his campaigns, and the champagne Moët
    & Chandon Brut Impérial was
    created in his honour back in 1869. What can
    explain 150 years of such tremendous success?
    It’s all about the perfect balance
    between three grape varieties: Pinot
    Noir, Pinot Meunier, and local Chardonnay,
    along with a blend of 200 vintages. Cellar
    master Benoît Gouez takes on this huge
    challenge every year, and he always succeeds
    beautifully. The elegance of this brut
    sparkling champagne has been maintained
    thanks to the know-how of the artisans, and
    nobody can resist it to this day.Long live
    Moët & Chandon and the Emperor!

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  • Pascale Girardin, inpired by nature

    Pascale Girardin, inpired by nature

    In the world of art and design, ceramics have
    been looked down on for quite some time, but
    mural artist Pascale Girardin has been trying
    to change that mentality since the beginning
    of her career. Judging by her projects in a
    Shanghai hotel, in a Las Vegas restaurant,
    and in a mythical store in New York, she is
    now reaping the fruits of her labor. The
    language I used 20 years ago is now much more
    accepted. I said that 2019 was the year of
    handwork. People are starting to show
    interest in handwork, especially young
    people. They are starting to discover that
    they can do more with their fingers than
    sliding them across a screen. Meeting with
    interior designers is what allowed you to
    progress and to surpass yourself,
    correct? Yes, absolutely! Jean-Pierre Viau
    was the first one to trust me, and then I got
    the opportunity to work on small projects
    with large Toronto firm Yabu Pushelberg, and,
    eventually, bigger projects such as the China
    Grill in Chicago, and the Finn Restaurant in
    the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas. This is what
    really put me on the map – two hundred
    square feet of stacked tiles, so 600 square
    feet when they are spread out – a
    pretty interesting experience, to say the
    least. Thankfully, I have a project manager
    to assist me now. Which project has been the
    biggest challenge? I would say the Four
    Seasons Hotel in Montreal, especially because
    of the engineering aspect. The challenge was
    to fill a space within the building. It was
    an open-air atrium that lit up the pathways
    leading to the rooms, spread across 16
    floors. So, I decided to represent the
    seasons of Montreal with some flower petals.
    You haven’t lost your sense of
    wonder? It’s still there, probably
    because the firing of clay is always
    mysterious and surprising.

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  • A new look

    A new look

    The new Grands Ballets Canadiens season
    already looks promising, with its new
    location in the Wilder Espace Danse building,
    and with the arrival of a new artistic
    director: Ivan Cavallari. Originally from
    Italy, this former star Stuttgart ballet
    dancer, trained at the Scala de Milan and
    Moscow Bolchoï Ballet schools, lands in
    Montreal in the hopes of sharing his passion
    for ballet. Looking at your journey,
    you’ve studied in Moscow, worked in
    Stuttgart, as well as in Perth for the West
    Australian, and recently, in Mulhouse for the
    Rhin National Ballet. You seem to have never
    been scared of trying out new things or
    working in new places? I’ve always
    been very brave! I’ve never stepped
    down due to fear, that’s a blessing I
    have. For me, it was important to understand
    situations in order to better deal with them
    later. What worries me is deviating towards
    the unknown. I have never regretted leaving a
    city or a job, because I always followed my
    instincts — it was as if there was a
    little bell inside of me, telling me it was
    time to move onto a new chapter. I was always
    lucky to have such conscience. For example,
    in 2000, when I decided to pursue something
    other than dancing. I went to see my director
    and told him that I would stop dancing at the
    end of the year. It was a clear
    decision. What made you want to quit the
    Rhin National Ballet for the Grands Ballets
    Canadiens? To be really honest, I felt a
    certain frustration at the National Ballet,
    and I always felt like I had to fight for my
    ideas and for the dancers. The German
    choreographer, Stephan Thoss, one day came
    and told me that the Grands Ballets was
    looking for a new director. The following
    hour, my former Perth Ballet director sent me
    an email asking me if I wanted to get
    involved with the Grands Ballets board. I had
    one answer: Yes! Yes! Yes!

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  • Hamilton embarks upon an epic journey with “The Martian”

    Hamilton embarks upon an epic journey with “The Martian”

    The new motion picture from director Ridley
    Scott features four robust signature Hamilton
    Timepieces. Biel, September 2015 –
    Hamilton Watches, known for their leading
    role in the world of aviation and cinema, as
    well as their innovative and precise
    timekeeping expertise, return to the big
    screen this fall in 20th Century Fox’s
    epic adventure, The Martian.
    THEMARTIAN.HAMILTONWATCH.COM Reliable
    timekeeping is crucial not only for Hamilton
    watches but also for the leading character in
    the film, scientist Mark Watney. (Matt
    Damon). Every second counts and time means
    survival, so the obvious timepiece chosen to
    fit such a challenging role is the
    military-inspired Hamilton BeLOWZERO. This
    pitch black Hamilton timepiece is a helpful
    tool for Watney to pull off his mission in
    such extreme and dangerous circumstances. It
    features four octagonal bold screw tops
    around the watch case and a sporty black
    rubber strap with a double-holed buckle,
    ensuring a secure fit on the wrist. The
    Hamilton BeLOWZERO’s rugged and robust
    high-tech design strike a perfect balance to
    Watney’s pioneering spirit and need for
    precision. Belowzero by Hamilton is a
    watertight accomplice The BeLOWZERO Auto
    2826 is perfect for even the most daring of
    deep water adventures! It is water resistant
    to a depth of 1,000 meters and is equipped
    with a helium escape valve. With a thickness
    of 5.6 mm, the convex crystal reminiscent of
    a smooth bubble is also well prepared for any
    underwater exploration. The design of the
    watch reflects its performance capability,
    boasting such details as a fish symbol, which
    expresses the extent of the water resistance
    and a diving mask pictured on both the case
    back as well as on the special, rubber-feel
    presentation box. This
    ”starring” role in The Martian is
    the latest in over 450 movie placements for
    Hamilton. The first came more than 60 years
    ago when the brand’s watches first
    appeared in The Frogmen.

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