At the occasion of the charity event Only Watch 2015 that will take place on November 7th in Geneva, Vacheron Constantin renews its support with a unique Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées timepiece, beautified by an enamelled red ring. This creation links two worlds that evolved in similar ways in the late 19th century: architecture and watchmaking. Based on one of the stellar in-house movements, Calibre 4400, this sculptural work with its airy, transparent and finely arched construction exalting the art of openworking vividly evokes the large European railway stations symbolising the golden age of the industrial revolution. The engraver’s technique is reinvented to resemble that of the sculptor, revealing fascinating light effects conveyed through a three-dimensional architecture enhanced by another artistic craft: that of Grand Feu enamelling.
Openworking a movement is a demanding art, since it involves hollowing out the mechanical parts as much as possible, while being careful not to impair the smooth running of the watch. Watchmakers generally start with a solid existing calibre on which they undertake a lengthy process involving conceptualisation, design and modelling, in order to weave the magic of openworking.
This unique piece Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées is no exception to this rule, since it features the manually-wound openworked Calibre 4400SQ. It took several hundreds of hours to achieve the perfect balance between airy aesthetic appeal and optimal functionality. The watchmakers and artisans of the Manufacture compounded the already impressive feat of removing almost half the material compared with the solid Calibre 4400 by addressing another challenge: that of transforming the new movement into an authentic three-dimensional architectural work expressing striking light and shadow effects. To achieve this, they have laid new milestones in the age-old art of hand engraving. Rather than using a bocfil or tiny handsaw to cut out the smooth surface of the mainplate and bridges before drawing them out with a file and chamfering them, the engraving artisans have carefully chased the parts around their entire circumference so as to create a true sculpture with its own volume and depth.
I may be paranoid. Then again...
Let's ask the market about Puerto Rico. Oh wait, that's Greece. Then again...
What says you, Stocks? "You're paranoid."
"Thank you. Nothing like validation on a day like today, heh?"
I'm gonna go with it. We are in 2008 but don't get ahead of me. Especially me. I always see things early. Paying close attention to the near-term trend is really important but don't let the short-term get the best of you. So I urge you to click on the link below and enjoy a classic tune and ponder this article.
~The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn!
...a twisted form of a politically motivated drive-by shooting.
“What difference does it make?” ~ Hillary Clinton
The basis of this poster's logic is that two wrongs make a right?
Reagan never knew about the arms sales nor that those funds were being diverted to Nicaragua, so said the investigations. It was the wrong thing done for the right reasons. The goal was to not allow communists gain a foothold in the western hemisphere.
Even if these historical facts weren't twisted into a political form of a drive-by shooting, playing with nuclear proliferation is the same as playing with guns. Right?
If that is true then gun control has eliminated the murders in Chicago, Southern Democrats have never been on the wrong side of civil rights, higher education only teach people how to think and not what to think, and truth, justice and fairness are only liberal qualities.
If one was to throw common sense and the Constitution into the logic mix then the next thing I would expect to hear from the political activist who created this poster is , “What difference does it make?”.
I mean, after all, religious wars are won all the time by politicians and Obama isn't concerned about his legacy, just his country.
Obama's deal with Iran is just another Obama deal like ObamaCare. It's his. He owns it.
Stock Market to Doctor Copper:
"Doctor? I have hiccups in my China, heartburn in my Ukrain, a stabbing pain in my Middle East and a cough in my Greece, my bonds are sagging, I have a bit of inflation in my dollar, my oil's going no where fast and I've lost my appetite for retail. How bad is it?"
See Dr. Copper's reply below.
"Is that an echo I'm hearing?"
- Self Employedpresent
I have been immersed in the stock market since my early teens. While many of my peers viewed the market as a elite and mysterious force best suit for anyone else I have tenaciously clung to the belief that anyone could and should have a place at the financial dinner table.
I chose to be an lifetime entrepreneur and in the past was president and CEO of a company I took public but my first love has always been stock investing and trading. I've never ceased to learn as a common man might about every aspect the stock market has to offer. And in that common thread, I still believe that exposure and education is the key to expelling those fears of the financial world I astutely observed as a young man.
Remaining true to the ideal that prosperity should be earned rather than just an offshoot of breeding or position, I have always put the success of others above my own and that idea still compels me today.
Now, with the advent of the Internet, I have found a home passing on those little tidbits of profitable knowledge that before now must have been passed down through a Ivy-League education or through conversation at the dinner table; a conversation seldom had these days.Mi Casa, Su Casa
Welcome to the family and welcome to my home. Think of yourself as family. From one family member to another, feel free to ask questions, make comments, suggest a topic or concept might interest you, and generally engage in the dinner conversation as it is your own.
I request comments include no links to spam, be on target, and have some other redeeming value. To me redeeming value is presented in the form of engaging in civilised spirited discourse, a tip to further education, questions that, when answered, can advance one’s knowledge of any subject at hand, and/or friendly banter. Tolerance to other types of comments will be arbitrary.
My first real blog was/is Financial Widgets.
Financial Widgets is the home to my "Trading To A Million Virtual Portfolio (TTAM)". It is a casual, eclectic blog aimed at doing just what it’s tag line says. “Stock Market, Money, and Fun” isn’t just a tag line but a commitment to it’s readers to educate, entice, encourage and add a little wonderment to the oft-times day to day slog through the politics and pressures of financial life. Often, it is a walk to a wild side of the my sub-conscious covering anything from macro-economics,science, to the lightest,. most irrelevant and obscure humor (irony included). Currently Financial Widgets is on a mostly extended hiatus (since 2010) while I develop other projects and learn new skills that will make it even easier for me to pass along to others those things I have found to be of value. Financial Widgets has never been a commercial endevour. This was by choice so if you choose to visit please remember that there are no sponsored posts, no ads of any type, and no warranties of any kind. If you see something that should not be there please drop me a line and let me know.Trading To A Million Virtual Portfolio (TTAM)
If you choose to wander over to Financial Widgets, consider checking out the "Trading To A Million" virtual portfolio. It was started with a very simple concept. Patrick wanted to show anyone that might be interested in stock trading how it’s sister activity, option trading, could be profitable with very little money at the start. (Update 10/XX/2014: Current studies have improved the efficiencies of the trading style to allow for reliable market entries with a starting portfolio of only $200. Stay tuned.)
It’s inaugural balance on August 18th, 2008 was only $2000 but in not quite two years it’s value ballooned to over $272,205 as of August 13th, 2010. It’s simple concepts were ingrained in every trade ever posted. It deals with one stock (An ETF actually) and one way to trade the options on that stock. The trades are presented as they were made and the making of it helped make me a better day-trader. The method is uncomplicated and easy to learn. Studying it won’t make you a world-class trader but it might get you started. Please see Financial Widgets About page for the trading disclaimer.
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