Luxury gyms around the world

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Fitness lifestyle is a global trend. Many people have decided to take care about their physical health. There are different ways of doing it. However, it is in a luxury gym where we can experience release to the fullest.

Training has become something more than burning fat or working out our muscles. It’s is a ritual,  to the point that nowadays diets, treatments, cosmetics, surgery, beauty salons, spas or health tourism shape a new lifestyle in which gyms have an undisputed place. Everything is important when it comes to choosing a luxury gym.

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 We tell you which are the most expensive and luxurious gyms in the world:

Chelsea Health Club & Spa

Firstly, we find this luxury gym  with modern facilities and high technology like the Boditrax analysis system that allows users to know the most relevant statistics of their anatomy. It is located in London.

Also it offers activities such as Bootcamp, Power Aqua o Chelsanity… members can enjoy of exclusive services such as spa, restaurant, lounge or sauna.

Equinox Chain

Equinox’s luxury gyms, which are present worldwide, highlight their creativity to inspire its members.  Pure Strenght, Firestarter and The Puirsuit by Equinox are activities created born in these gyms. They can be accompanied by the motivational podcasts available on the site.

On the other hand, it is a spa whose speciality is massages and facial massages with exclusive Kiehl’s products couldn’t be absent. So, in 2019 the chain will combine luxury, travel and sport within an incredible wellness concept hotel.

The Houstionian Club

This resort is located in 125 square meters’ space, where users can enjoy holidays thanks to a hotel with deluxe rooms and luxury suites.

In Houston city, those who attend to this center are guaranteed high-quality care in all services.  Besides, it also has great gastronomic options and restaurants.

Caroli Health Club

It is one of the most special sport centres in Spain. You can find it in Valencia and Madrid. Its Turkish bath and the experience in its Finnish sauna are a must.

Clients are exposed to a Health Profilede, a three staged process that evaluate their physical condition, their skin health and their nutritional status to provide a highly customized service. Besides, this club is famous due to its services focused on beauty and grooming.

Madison Square Club.

We find it in the middle of a relaxed and private atmosphere, between fine oriental carpets. The club, located in New York, was created with the idea of offering customized services for each person. They said that they aren’t not only a health center but also a state of mind, so they offer trips to exclusive destinations such as the Capri Mountains or the Girardini di Augusto’s terraces, always with a healthy style.

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In Spain, we can find these luxury gyms:

Metropolitan

Being a member of any of these 19 clubs of this prestigious chain is a real luxury. Metropolitan clubs have the well-deserved fame of having the best urban spas, with water circuits, saunas and zen areas where you can relax.

Reebok Sports Club

Here you can train with celebrities and well-kown personalities. We love it. Jukari Fit to Fly is a group class developed by Reebok in cooperation with the Cirque du Soleil.

The Gym by Six Senses Spa

Located inside the Hotel Arts Barcelona, it is one of the most selected wellness clubs in our country. You can train with your own personal trainer to follow an exclusive exercises’ program designed to take care of your body and your mind.

Also its private gym placed in its Real and Presidencial suites, on the 42th floor of the hotel, are intended for the most sophisticated and demanding clients. 

Holmes Place

There are six centers in Spain of this English chain which was the first firm to include the concept ‘personal trainer’. Its facilities are aimed at finding the balance between body and mind. We absolutely love it. Besides, it has a big offer of yoga classes: Stretch, Hatha, Yin, Mengar, Power, Ashtang, Vinyasa or Yoga Mind.

 Cubo Spa & Sport

Finally, this is an awesome urban spa located outside of Pamplona. Here we can find seven different pools, showers’ temple, vertical jacuzzi and the last in aesthetics and wellness. It offers a wide range of guided activities and an impressive fitness room. It has a bonus: its spectacular spa with views, to enjoy after a training session.

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The highest valued things by clients when they stay in a luxury hotel are the luxury gym and the spa area. Exclusivity, comfort, good catering… these were the services that luxury establishments had to meet. But now, guests give more importance to the wellness offers and the fitness centre than any other hotel facility.

Even for luxury travelers, who have forgotten their sportswear, Trump and Fairmont Hotels have joined with Under Armour and Reebok to help guests look elegant during their training.

 What are you waiting for going to some of these luxury gym?

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Showrooms and fashion events in Marbella

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Marbella is one of the most chic places of Spain. If you don’t have a plan you can go to many fashion events and leisure events that we find there.

The city of Marbella became on October 5th and 6th an international fashion catwalk due to the celebration of the fashion event “Marbella Fashion Week 2018”. A score of designers, of whom fourteen were foreigners, participated in the parade.

Manuel Osorio Councilor of Treasury and Julio Bataglia, organizer of the event along with María Guerra, San Pedro’s Feasts’ consultant, were entrusted to make this date real.

Marbella Fashion Week is a parade included in the fashion circuit that starts in Milan and ends in Paris.

Summary of a few minutes of “Marbella Fashion Week” at Gran Meliá Don Pepe

For Halloween night, we recommend you to go to Tanino.

People say that Tanino is a place where things happen, a place to live stories. This restaurant is located just a few minutes from Puerto Banús (A7 km 168, next to the Hotel Crown Plaza). We can enjoy of its delicious dishes from noon until the early hours. Furthermore, we can’t forget to enjoy of its terrace when the sun goes down. Tanino has one of the comfiest spaces of Costa del Sol. We advise you to celebrate any event in this excellent place. If you come here for the first time, it will be a real surprise for you.

This is thanks to the features of the place, for example, the good value for money.

Consequently, as we said before, it has an exquisite and modern gastronomic offer. It is a very well- cared cuisine with a clear influence of international and Mediterranean style of cooking. Here we can find from homemade pasta to grilled pizzas and fish, or Argentinean meat. We find fusion cuisine too, with Rice woks and noodles with vegetables and seafood. Besides, it has a new concept of Indian plates and it has homemade desserts too, among them we should mention the delicious cheesecake.

Here you have links to Tanino restaurants in Estepona and San Pedro Alcántara. They organize a party for Halloween night.  Reservations in Estepona: 952 88 32 59 and Reservations in San Pedro: 952 60 48 48

Another event that you can’t miss is the tribute to Michael Jackston at the Palacio de Congresos.

King of pop is one of the best international premiere shows that remembers and honours a flawless musical and visual homage to the king of pop. A spectacle produced by Factoría Diversity Entertainments and co produced by Francisco Jackson. Francisco, the main artist, has a physical resemblance with Michael and he also has artistic similarities in their poses and dances.

The show has one of the most internationally recognized artists by Sony Music Spain, Francisco Jackson. Francisco is the only official double of Michael Jackson, endorsed by his own farther. As he said, “with his movements and gestures he reminds me of my son on the stage”. The date stated to don’t miss him, is the next November 24th from 9:30 pm. The place is the Auditorio del Palacio de Congresos Adolfo Suárez de Marbella.

You can buy tickets here

Another big new  strongly associated with fashion events is the oppening of the third boutique of Elisabetta Franchi in Puerto Banús. It is her third shop in the Spanish market.

Elisabetta Franchi has done another big step forward in Spain with the inauguration of its new boutique in Puerto Banús, in the Costa del Sol. The new opening has meant one more confirmation of this zone’s expansion.

Besides, we can say that the new Elisabetta Franchi collection involves not only Spanish clients who live in Marbella, but also tourists and lots of celebrities. All this celebrities choose using the creations of this Italian brand to go to many fashion events which are significant for the social media.

Ochre colour is the main player of its design and Elisabetta’s has selected the 70’s because of the power of the feminist movement of those years. On the other hand, this Italian firm designs don’t use materials of animal origin, and we know about the high respect of Elisabetta for the animals. A lot of celebrities have opted for its creations.  Everything started in an artisan workshop in Bolonia, in 1996. Its work has been recognized on all red carpets right across Spain. Nieves Álvarez, Malú, Marta Sánchez, Blanca Suárez, Adriana Lima o Eugenia Osborne are some of the faces that have been seduced by the powerful women’s lines of this prestigious Italian designer.

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Do you know where to buy the best diamonds?

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Diamond is the jewelry piece par excellence, a whim that only few are able to resist. How many times have you stared at its beauty in shop windows? But when you have to decide what diamonds you are going to buy, you can’t get along with just anything. These jewels are going to be with you forever and you shouldn’t purchase them hastily.

Before leaving you the list with the best places to buy diamonds, we can’t miss the opportunity to offer you a few tips that should be taken into account before make the decision.  Pay attention!

Diamond Cut: The diamond cut is the most important element to consider when buying a diamond. Depending on the size of the piece, its sparkle will be greater or lesser. Besides, a small diamond may appear dull, so we recommend you always to choose the biggest diamond cut for your budget allowance.

Diamond color: Maybe you have never thought about the importance of diamond color, because actually they are colorless. But this is exactly the key. The less noticeable a diamond is the more qualified they’ll be. If we notice a yellowish tone, it would be better to ask for a different piece.

Diamond Clarity: This refers to its purity, its imperfections on the surface and internally too. This is the least important factor when choosing a diamond, as usually, we don’t appreciate these superfluous and internal mistakes to the naked eye because they are microscopic. Albeit, we should take these mistakes into account too.

Diamond Carat Weight: This may be the best known feature of a diamond. Sometimes we confused it with its size but, actually, when we speak of carats we refer to its weight. In any case, both are related and we can’t buy a good diamond without keeping this in mind. For example, a larger carat diamond with a poor size may look smaller than a smaller diamond which weight is greater.

In addition to these characteristics that make up the 4 C of a diamond (cut, color, clarity and carat weight) it is necessary to keep also in mind the form and know if it has a certificate from a gemological institute.

Once we keep all these tips in mind, we can go to the best places to buy diamonds:

Graff Diamonds

This is, possibly, one of the most important diamond firms in the world.  The English Laurence Graff  founded it in 1960 and since that date it has never decreased in terms of quality and excellence. It’s especially famous for having rare and beautiful diamonds (and even new discoveries of great value). Among its diamonds stand out: the Wittelsbach-Graff, the Pink Graff, the Delaire Sunrise, the Lesotho Promise, the Graff Sweethearts, the Perfection and the Graff Constellation.

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Harry Winston:

The founder of this well-known New York firm is considered one of the most prestigious jewelers in the world and even he is called “the king of diamonds”. He started working at his father’s workshop until he finally opened his own jewelry store in 1932. His innovative, elegant and timeless designs always make these diamonds to be fashionable.

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Cartier:

Although we also know it to be a watch factory, their diamonds also possess great quality. Louis-François Cartier founded it in 1847, even before the previous ones. His pieces are characterized by having their own personality, being excellent, delicate and unique. It is one of the firms par excellence of celebrities and royalty and they are known as “the jewelers of the kings”. One of its most renowned jewels is the “Panther of Cartier”, which is usually a panther-shaped brooch covered with diamonds and others jewels and metals.

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Tiffany & Co:

Nowadays, everyone knows the name like this but it wasn’t the primitive one. This New York jewelry, opened for the first time in 1837 with the name of stationery and fancy goods emporium. Now with the name of Tiffany & Co. Currently it is, almost certainly, the most famous diamonds shop. In front of its shop windows Holly Golightly, the character of the legendary Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, used to have breakfast. This is because it’s worth to contemplate its jewels. During its history the firm has been concerned with diamonds as a main piece in its works and, as pioneers in Art Nouveau, they have always opted for avant-garde designs. Among their pieces, Diamonds for engagement rings are the most prominent.

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Amberes, the city of diamonds:

In addition to these luxury brands, if you are a true lover of diamonds, you should visit at least once, the biggest diamond shopping mall in the world. It is located in the Belgian city of Amberes. The diamond district has only four streets (Pelikaanstraat, Schupstraat, Hoveniers and Rijfstraat) but it brings together many merchants who even offer tours to show how their job works.

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Where and why you can taste the best wines of Andalusia

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For wine lovers, on this post we’d like to tell you dout the best wines in the region of Andalusia. We have already talked about those on previous posts, the most exclusive wines and wine tastings to enjoy in Spain.

National wines have a great worldwide recognition and those made in Andalusia, where one million hectoliters are produced per campaign, are increasingly gaining importance. Most of those Andalusian wines are backed with a Designation of Origin like Condado de Huelva, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry, Manzanilla de Sanlúcar, Málaga, Sierras de Málaga y Montilla-Moriles.

The Mediterranean climate of this region and its mild temperatures make of Andalusia an ideal place to grow and produce wine.

The guided tours, wine tasting and the shows in the wineries have been increasing in recent years.

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JEREZ-XÉRÈS-SHERRY DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN

First of all, we find This Designation of Origin. It has the oldest Council of Spain and probably those are the most well-known wines in the world.

The production is located at the provinces of Cádiz and Sevilla and they use the varieties of:

– Palomino grapes, Pedro Ximénez and Muscatel.

-Generous wines: Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso and Palo Cortado.

-Generous liquor: Pale Cream, Medium and Cream

-Natural sweet wines: Pedro Ximénez y Moscatel.

Palo cortado wines:

The winery Tradición is the only of the Jerez Designation of Origin dedicates exclusively to the oldest wines.

This is an unique and exclusive generous aged for more than 32 years. It combines the fineness of the Amontillado and the Olorosos’ body.

Lustao vors 30 Yo:

It is one of the best wineries and with worldwide prestige, since back in 2014 it received the Sherry Producer award. Its colour, the aroma of hardwood with saline touches and the immensely long taste that remains in the mouth make it perfect for pairing.

MANZANILLA DE SANLÚCAR DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN

We can find it only in Sanlúcar de Barrameda and also in Cádiz. This is because of its weather conditions. Besides, wines of Sanlúcar are made by crops of film yeast typical of the area. They make a veil of flor that turns the liquid into Manzanilla.

Manzanilla Solear, Barbadillo wineries:

Wine Spectator magazine included the products of this winery in the 100 top of the best wines of 2014 and it mentioned its wine as one of the Manzanilla’s with the longest aging process in the market.

It is an elegant and fine Manzanilla which has a pale yellow color with reflections. It is very bright and intense, dry on the palate but soft and harmonious to the taste.

Manzanilla San león, Herederos de Argüeso wineries:

Another of the most awarded wines is the San Leon Manzanilla from the Herederos de Argüeso winery. It has the Gold Medal of the Bruxelles Worldwide Contest or the Grand Prize of the Iberwine Wine Contest. This drink is dry and broad and it has a long and delicate taste. You can taste it with ham and cheeses. Its aging time: more than 60 months.

 MONTILLA-MORILES DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN

It is located in the southern countryside of Córdoba. Here, the climate and the Pedro Ximénez grapes result in the Montilla – Moriles Designation of Origin wines, which, same as Manzanilla wines, need aging processes under a veil of flor.

Those wines are: Generous (Fine, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado), Generous Liquor (Pale Dry, Pale Cream, Cream and Medium) and Natural Sweets (Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel).

Old Amontillado 1890.

The Old Amontillado 1890 from Herederos Torres Burgos came out as one of the best four wines of Spain in the International Wine Competition Bacchus in 2015. It won the jury with its amber color, sharpened and hazelnut aroma. In the mouth, it is attractive, broad and powerful.

Pedro Ximénez 1830 of Alvear winery:

This is one of the oldest wineries in Andalusia. An old sweet wine that comes from the oldest Pedro Ximenez’s winery solera, which started its activity in 1830. It has 98 points in the Peñín Guide 2015.wines

CONDADO DE HUELVA DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN

The Designation of Origin Condado de Huelva mainly uses the Zalema grape variety, which becomes to Generous white wines and Generous liquors.

S`Naranja- Saucí winery:

It’s an original wine from Sauci winery of Bollullos Par del Condado. Maybe, this is one of the first wineries that saw the orange as an ideal ingredient to bring new sensations to the typical Andalusian wines. It is good to pair with chocolates.

Mioro Grand Selecction:

It’s one of the greatest white wines of Andalusia and it’s recognized by awards like the Zarcillo de Bronce or the Medalla de Bronce at the Marbella International Exhibition.

Señorío de Broches, Antonio Muñoz Cabrera wineries:

This natural sweet wine of ‘Moscatel de Alejandria’ is from La Axarquía, Málaga. It shows a pale, clean and bright color and it’s intense on the wineglass.

SIERRAS DE MÁLAGA DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN

Besides, we find in Andalusia the designation of origin Sierras de Málaga. It is the only Andalusian designation of origin which produces Rosé and red wines within the varieties Romé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Tempranillo and white wines of the varieties Chardonnay, Macabeo and Sauvignon Blanc.

Chinchilla doble Doce:

Another wine to talk about is this red wine aged for more than twelve months in French oak barrels is strong and has intense aromas of ripe black fruits, which match it with others such as cedar and spices. In 2014 it received the Gold Medal at the Concours International des Cabernets celebrated in Paris.

Tinto Sedella:

Finally, we find Red wine Sedella which comes from La Axarquía, Malaga. It’s aged between 16 and 20 months in new French oak barrels.

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The top 10 most prestigious Spanish marinas

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Having your own mooring and enjoying the summer at a luxury marina it’s an unmisseable event for nautical world lovers.The feeling of wake up on holidays and know that you’re going to spend the day in your own boat on the high seas with your family and friends is an affordable for only some of us.

However, we also know that having a boat not only brings the cost of mooring and fuel. For low season it’s usual (and recommended, as a saving measure and in the case that your vessel bottom isn’t made of wood and derivative materials) to save your ship until the next summer period.

For these reasons, and because many navigators dont’t live near port areas it is common to rent yachts and sailboats, and so to avoid all the possible inconveniences that implies having them in property.

Spain has been for some time now a world class destination for the entire European and global jet set. So much that having a mooring in destinations like Ibiza or Marbella has become more a matter of power than a real love for the pirate life.

And the last report of Engel & Völkers Yachting of June 2018 about the most expensive marinas in Europe proves this. For boats of more than 55 meters in length, Ibiza Magna has placed this year in the first most expensive marina to moor your boat. The daily cost has gone from 3,025 € in 2017 to 4,000 € in 2018. Puerto Banús maintains its price in comparison with the previous year 2,068 € and keeps in the 6th position.

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Then, here you have a break down of each Spanish marina. This is our list of the 10 most prestigious marinas.

Ibiza Magna

The marina of Ibiza Magna offers unparalleled services for its users. From the exclusive atmosphere of the Port of Ibiza, the connection with the marinas of Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca is very close. A perfect location for what is probably the most wanted luxury holiday destination in our country.

Puerto Banús:

Few marinas are like this. If you go for a walk along Marbella promenade you will arrive at the most exclusive area of ​​the town. On the street that runs the port you can see the best luxury shops and high-quality cars in the world. Besides, you can find the most spectacular yachts of the Costa del Sol in its moorings.

Marina Port Vell:

It is located in the heart of Barcelona’s marina, ​​and is the most qualified place to receive super luxury yachts. From there you can enjoy of your boat, sail to the Islas Baleares and go back on the same day. For this reason, this is the best option to live the summer between Barcelona and Mallorca.

Marina Port Palma:

It is a private marina recently renovated in 2017. In its facilities you can feel the exclusivity that gives you a place with restricted access and surveillance for 24 hours. It has its own waste cleaning service and availability of any nautical service à la carte.

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Marina Puerto Portals:

Located in the Bahía de Palma, it is one of the most prestigious ports in the Mediterranean. Besides, It has an exclusive shopping area with a good leisure offer: restaurants, bars, fashion boutiques, nautical companies, jewelers, perfumeries and even real estate agencies.

Club Náutico Punta Lagoa:

In Vigo, we can find the Club Náutico Punta Lagoa with several luxury facilities and professional nautical services. The natural environment in which it is located makes the trips along the estuary even more special. It offers sailing lessons for all ages, participation in regattas, technical training and also night sailing.

Puerto Calero Lanzarote:

We find this marina surrounded by volcanic nature. It has modern and high level facilities and the possibilty of connecting to Internet, it counts on a travel lift of 100 tn too. Besides it offers an own weather report service.

Real Club Marítimo del Abra:

It is placed near Las Arenas, in Vizcaya. Here you can enjoy perfect social and sports facilities. It is not only possible to go to the sailing school but also it has a pool and a SPA, a games room, a gym, a sauna, some restaurants and an endless number of luxuries.

Marina Isla Canela:

Surrounded by exclusive hotels where you can stay, this marina is located in Ayamonte, Huelva. It has one of the most modern facilities designed to give a complete service to navigators and their boats.

Sotogrande:

It is placed in the heart of the Strait of Gibraltar, Cádiz. In this marina you can take a boat tour through its famous canals and participate in competitions. In addition, it has privileged facilities for naval enjoyment where it is possible to ride a watercraft, practice diving and go to the gym, among other activities.

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Tips to sell or buy artworks

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Have you ever thought about buying artworks or selling pieces that you already have in your collection? Before you start this adventure, it’s important that you know how to do it. For this reason, today we offer you several tips that will help you to not make any mistakes. If you keep in mind what we will tell you below, it will be easier that those works which you feel connection at first sight will be yours; if on the contrary you are thinking about to get rid of some creation, now you will know what are the steps you should follow:

1.- Know the places where you can buy and sell the artworks

Nowadays there are three different types of market for art trading. On one hand we have the galleries, the fairs and on the other hand we have the auctions. Besides you can buy or sell art online.

We have to recall that fairs are the most importat places to buy and sell art. However, we shouldn’t forget about the galleries, where the career of an artist is really promoted.

We have to have in mind that to attend an auction you must be registered as a participant. There are some of them which are open to the public and anyone can go and bid, but they are unusual.

  • Galleries and fairs:

Purchase: First of all, you have to find what you like and then you have to talk with the gallery team. When you decide, they give you the documentation to fill. These requirements consists of a certificate of authenticity —even if the work is signed, it is important—, catalogs or texts about the artist and the invoice, which works as a proof of ownership.

When we formalize the documentation, we pay for the work and the gallery organizes the framing, when necessary, and the delivery of the work at the buyer’s address.

Sale: for sale it’s different. We must know that each gallery is sorted by specialty. For example, some of them only sell abstract and modern art, and there are others which specialize in figurative art and great masters artworks. Thus, we have to consider what kind of work is what we want to sell and choose the most convenient gallery for us. Art galleries reach an agreement with the seller to receive an amount of money when he sells his work.

Famous fairs to mention:

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  • Auction:

Purchase: In order to buy at an auction one or several artworks you need the catalog to know that convenes you. There are three ways to participate at: in the room, physically; by phone, making an appointment with the auction house that organizes the bid previously; or in writing. You must set a maximum bid, a fixed price that you can’t exceed. Understandably, to buy the artworks you must make the highest offer.

Sale: In the auctions the works aren’t only sold by the market price: you can receive much more money, not only for pictures of some famous artist but also for any auctioned work there.

The Auction Houses makes the appraisal of the work and if you agree with the price, they proceed to auction it. If you finally sell the art piece , the auction house charges a percentage of the final sale price.

Famous Auction Houses: Sotheby’s/ Christie’s / Bonhams / Phillips de Pury & Company / Dorotheum

  • Buy on the Internet. 

Purchase: On the internet, we can participate in every singles market above described to buy artworks. In addition to allow participation in auctions, some websites offer the possibility of buying in galleries too.

For example, Artnet, Paddle8 or Artsy are the best known websites. The biggest problem of online shopping is that you can’t see physically the work. Thus, you can not appreciate what is its state.

Sale: In the case of artworks sales on the internet, there are many sites where art can be sold. The most important thing is to take a good pic to check the entire piece from all perspectives. Besides you should explain carefully the characteristics of the work. Thanks to that, potential customers can trust on the type of work that you offer to him. In general, Internet sites earn a percentage of the value of the sold work.

2.- Know the price of the work

To know the price of a work, it is essential to know:

Who is the author?

At best, the work has a  signed, the artist is known and your research is restricted only to verify that the work is authentic. The problem comes in when the work is not signed or, despite of being an original work, the signature of another artist has been added. In this case, you must investigate to figure out who the true author is or, if you can’t find it, at least being able to place the work in a particular time and specific school.

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What year does the work dates from?

Even if we don’t know who the author is, the painting can have a value for belonging to an artistic movement and be representative of it; or to a specific historical period or have value as an antiquity. We must also have this point in mind.

Finally you must prove that the work is good and check which is its legitimate origin and investigate how much similar works are being sold for .

You can also ask for advice from experts or, if we are lost we can learn much more by going to exhibitions, reading about art, etc.

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Find the most exclusive men’s fashion stores

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If you love the most exclusive fashion, we’re about to show you these men’s fashion shops in Spain, which will make of your outfit a trend. You can’t miss any of them, get ready because we are going for a walk and  you’ll be struggling home with bags of heavy shopping.

Salvatore Ferragamo

The first of these men’s fashion shops that we are going to talk about is Salvatore Ferragamo. There’s a new location for this brand in Madrid. At Serrano Streer, inside a two-storey building and 321m2. We’ll find the new collection created by its  French art director, Guillaume Mailland. It shares velvet and marble with the women area, so you can bring good company.

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Secondly, there is it’s a two-storey shop with attractive lighting. It’s a new Spanish design brand featured by minimalism, high quality and eco conciousness.

They sell natural fabric suits for 300 euros and there are t-shirts for 30 euros.

Komono

If you want to wear some of the most fashionable sunglasses, you have to walk by the new Komono shop in Barcelona and you’ll find the most exclusive and original designs of the market.

Carrer de Bonavista, 23 (Barcelona)

Loreak

It recently reopened one of the grooviest shops at Malasaña niehgbourhood. The Basque brand strenghten its image with this location at Santa Bárbara, close to Fuencarral, where you’ll discover it’s new polo shirts, shirts and t-shirts, apart from the mythical raincoats, or their bag-chutes to go to the beach.

Bottega Veneta

It’s placed at the capital and its art director, Tomas Maier, says: “This city is made of historical beauty and it radiates modernity and elegance at the same time.”  Bottega Venetta’s prêt-à-porter collections, bags, small leather items, shoes and accessories have a place in the new are of the city. It’s an Italian fashion house founded in 1966. It specialised inskins and leathers, jewelry, cosmetics, perfumes, and decoration accessories. Since September 2012, it has started to distribute a furniture business line.

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Dockers

We can find it at the most beaten street of Madrid, at the beginning of Fuencarral, where you’ll find their renowned khakhis, with new designs and colours. The indispensable of this season are the new Dockers Smart 360 Flex.

D’S Damat

They’re opening the first European flagship signature, which turns to be the operations centre of the Istanbul brand. You can find everything a man needs at any situation, a casual style for daily life and dress up for great events.

You can’t leave without trying on the Travel suits collection, which avoid creases, or Nanocare shirts which repel liquids.

Uniqlo

It’s arrived to Spain as the opening of the year, and it has settled in a modernist mansion in the heart of Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona. It’s a building at l’Eixample with more than 1800 squared metres. This is the new design home of the most famous Japanese brand at international level, bases of a high-qualified minimalist design. They’ve made great collaborations, as the autumn-winter collection by J.W. Anderson is, which has already been a success. They say it’s the Japanese Zara…

Oliver Peoples

From  West Hollywood arrives to Madrid the cinema stars’ sunglasses brand with a vintage aesthetic. It presents a very diverse collection of glasses and sunglasses for men and women. Besides, it collaborates  with exclusive companies such as The Row.

It was founded in Los Angeles in 1987, Oliver Peoples company is specialized in Premium glasses for both men and women. Although it counts on a settled presence at multi-brand channel, the signature has knitted a retail network focused on the United States.

Macson

The Catalonian brand has celebrated this year its 75th anniversary as one of the leaders in national fashion. It’s all started as a small shirts workshop but currently it has over 70 shops and they provide RCDE Espanyol with their football kit for this season. Macson is a family firm and its foundation was in 1942 in Barcelona. Its speciality, at the beginning, was the art of shirts’ manufacturing.

The brand has been evolving and it has positioned as leader in fashion to wear a man with everything he needs.

Carrer de les Parellades, 3 (Sitges)

Suitsupply

It was born in 2000 guided by Fokke de Jong, this label already has shops at the five continents and finally is arriving to Spain with it first shop in Madrid.

C/ Villanueva, 20 (Madrid)

Abanuc

For men who are looking for a different style, not only at the time of suiting up. In this ‘perfume library’ you’ll find exclusive brands as Diptyque, the Swedish Byredo or the Austrian Sa.al&Co. You’ll be able to find it in this address:

Plaza de las Salesas, 10
28004 Madrid

But, do you want to know which is the most expensive of all  men’s fashion shops in the world?

It’s located at the most exclusive area of Beverly Hills, in Los Angeles. Their customers spend on average 100.000 dollars everytime they visit it. They say that it the most luxurious men’s fashion shop in the world.

men’s fashion shops

The House of Bijan counts on marble floors, fine carpentry and a cristal chandelier to embellish the shop with excellence and exclusivity. The Iranian fashion and perfume designer Bijan Pakzad founded the store. Some pair of socks could be over 90€, and some of the suites are over 20.000€.

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The best rated watch brands

Watch brands
The use of watches started at the beginning of the 19th century. The watch brands began to work at Swiss manufacturing plants and they made the first wristwatches for female audience.For men’s world, the trend was set on pocket watches. And that’s why even today men’s shirts  still have a pocket on the left side at chest height.

The equal preference for watches from both genders began to settle during the I World War. Commanders started to expand its use due to the comfort that supposed just the simply gesture of looking at the wrist.

Nowadays, those times are far behind. Watches have been adding features beyond telling the time. These include working as a fashion and luxury complement. And watch brands know it.

If we think about it, it is more than likely that each of us has more than a watch in our stock. We use some of them for our daily routine, others only for practicing sport, others for a special event and others for significant dates.

Over the past 10 years the average expenditure is three times higher than before. And on average, each person has at least 3 watches. Watch brands are actually selling personal branding. They give us their style and they lend us the values with which we are going to be indentified when someone sees our watch. Besides, they describe us with just looking at our wrist.

Watch brands

Before giving you the list with the best valued watch brands by horology lovers, we personally recommend two YouTube accounts.

With both of them you can be informed of the world of watches.

The first we have is NicolsTV. It belongs to a passionate jeweller about the world of watches. The contents of his channel are reviews of new watch models. He also shows in his videos tips for watches maintenance, events that he attends and trips around the world of watchmaking. He has almost 13.000 subscribers in his channel.

The second is Santiago Tejedor. Santiago is the creator and the person behind the blog that is the benchmark in Spanish watchmaking: ‘Horas y minutos’. He dedicates the channel almost fully to analyze the latest watches of the market weekly. And to the optimization of their features too. His videos are very well segmented: women’s watches, informal watches, submersible watches, suit up watches, chronographs, etc

Now, let’s give you the list of best rated watch brands by users:

Audemars Piguet

The story of Audemars Piguet begins in 1875 in the heart of the Vallée de Joux, north of the city of Geneva and the cradle of high-end Swiss watchmaking. The watchmakers of Audemars Piguet have gone beyond all the technical and theoretical limits of their trade to create more and more demanding mechanism. They are artistic excellence and technical expertise.

Breitling

Léon Breitling was a virtuous watchmaker who handcrafted not only watches but also incredible pieces in his workshop located in St. Imier. In a short time, his skills implementing innovative features for pocket watches made him earn a formidable reputation, from 1884 until today.

Rolex

Since 1905, Rolex watches have been the most well-known luxury watches of the world. They were created from the best raw materials and assembled with scrupulous attention to detail. Each part of them is designed, developed and made in their workshops.  They implemented the most stringent standards of quality and origin. Each Rolex has a story to tell.

Watch brands

Seiko

The story of Seiko started in 1881 when a 22-year-old young entrepreneur Kintaro Hattori opened a sales and reparations watches shop in Tokyo. Currently, and after more than 130 years of innovation, Hattori’s company is still focus on the perfection that its founder always tried to achieve.

 Panerai

Its founder Giovanni Panerai opened his own watchmaking workshop in the Ponte alle Grazie (Florence). In this local that now works as shop and workshop and it is the first watchmaking school of the city too, starts the story of Officine Panerai.

Panerai was the first company to request the patent of the Radiomir, a dust obtained from the Radio which brings luminescence to watch pieces. As a supplier of material to the Italian Navy, they used it for divers.

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Are you looking for stock market books?The best economists will get you back on track

stock market books

Most of those who start at stock exchange investment, usually learn by failing over and over again. So,  if you’d like to start at investing in the stock market, we recommend to read some of these stock market books.

They’ll lead you to understand properly the stock market functioning and acquire a global vision. The most important thing about these stock market books is that could save lots of money.

Firstly, recommended books to learn how to invest in stock market for dummies:

The Intelligent Investor

One Up on Wall Street

Most Important Thing Illuminated

El pequeño gran libro del Value Investing

  • Authors: Carlos Bellas Sánchez andVladyslav Marcos Nagay
  • Overview:  It’s about the reviews of some of the most important investors’ works and styles of the history. It’s originally written in Spanish, hence with a lots of examples of Spanish companies.
  • SpanishEl pequeño gran libro del Value Investing

Secondly, recommended books for intermediate and advanced investors:

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits

The Little Book That Builds Wealth

The Little Book That Still Beats the Market

stock market books

Beating the Street

  • Author: Peter Lynch
  • Overview: It’s recommended to understand how this investor made decisions. It isn’t translated yet.
  • English: Beating The Street

Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and beyond

Thirdly, recommended books about analysis and companies valuation:

 Security Analysis

  • Authors: Benjamin Graham and David Dodd
  • Overview:  Another book you must have in your library.
  • SpanishSecurity Analysis

Investment Valuation

  • Author: Aswath Damodaran
  • Overview: Investment Valuation is rather an international reference book for any financial asset valuation. Also it’s not recommended for amateurs.
  • SpanishInvestment Valuation

Competitive Strategy

  • Author: Michael Porter
  • Overview:  Certainly, it’s the international reference book about competitive analysis, written by Harvard’s professor Michael Porter. It helps to analyze if the company counts or not with competitive advantages.
  • SpanishEstrategia competitiva
  • English: Competitive Strategy

Competition Demystified

  • Author: Bruce Greenwald
  • Overview: Above all,  a book which gives a twist to competitive analysis and helps to understand which factors could be considered as competitive advantage and which could not. It’s a great complement to read after “Competitive Strategy” from Michael Porter. It isn’t available in Spanish yet.
  • English: Competition Demystified

Fourthly, recommended books for personal finances:

Alicia en Wall Street

  • Author: Luis Allue Bellosta
  • Overview:  A great book about personal finances which also contains basic education on value investing.
  • SpanishAlicia en Wall Street

The Millionaire Next Door

Fifthly, recommended economy books to learn how to invest in the market:

Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles

Irrational Exuberance

  • Author: Robert Shiller
  • Overview:  An historical book by this Nobel awarded professor in 2.013, in which he analyses and forescasts the stock bubble during dotcom era.
  • SpanishExuberancia Irracional
  • English: Irrational Exuberance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Finally, we hope these recommended stock market books may be helpful for you!

 

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Wine tasting to enjoy in Spain

wine tasting

If you are a wine tourism lover, you may discover some of the best wine tours in Spain and participate in a great wine tasting. There is nothing more pleasant than enjoying wine in its place of origin, surrounded by beautiful vineyards. They say that drinking wine is one of the most fulfilling experiences for our senses. It stimulates our eyesight, our sense of smell and we can also feel its temperature.

Wine tasting is a special activity. Today we suggest you six of the best routes to live the experience in Spain.

Our country is rich in natural landscapes and, of course, in wines. We can go to different tastings all over Spain from Galician Atlantic area, where it’s in vogue Albariño and later, throughout Jerez, La Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Penedés. Let’s start the trip:

Wine route in Ribera del Duero.

The first winery let us know red wines made, mainly, with a grape’s variety called Tempranillo. Its name is Pago de los Capellanes and it’s close to Pedrosa de Duero. The building has a contemporary architecture and 8 centenary walnut trees in its vineyards.

Another interesting place to go is Portia winery which was designed by Norman Foster. He created an architectural complex where you can find an art exhibition space. To continue, we suggest to visit Protos wine cellar. The building, with a century-old tradition, was designed by Richard Rogers. It is placed in Valladolid and it’s well-known because of its famous Crianza wines. Those are always fourteen month aging in oak barreld and twelve more months in a bottle. After all of this work, they acquire a red tone similar to cherry and grenade.  To finish this part of the trip in Ribera del Duero, we should go to Comenge wineries and know their innovative process of wine-making.

Price of tastings: from 35 to 55 €.

Rías Baixas

Rías Baixas Designation of Origin called Albariño is all the rage among foreigner consumers. Although it produces some red wines, we must focus on white wine from Albariño grape but also on Loureira and Treixadaura. Our wine tasting starts at Pazo Baló that has six centuries of history.  Here we will find the winery where the fist Albariño was produced: Palacio de Fefiñanes. Another precious point to try this kind of wine is Granbazán winery, located at a restored palace. It has world-class wines. Our path ends at Pazo Quintero da Cruz, a neoclassic house in Galicia which is home of a big camellia garden.

Price of tastings: from 39 to 44 €.

Tenerife

Volcanic lands and Canarian weather provide with a very special flavour to their products. The winery Valle de Güímar produces white, red, Rosé and sparkling wines. On the North coast of the island is worth visiting Monje winery, famous because of the underwater aging process. To keep on this route we’ll get into Valle de La Orotava. In this place we will find Tajinaste winery that make white, Rosé and red wine. The last one will be Viñátigo winery, recognized for their environment awareness.

Price of tastings: around 39€.

La Rioja, this is the safest bet.

The most well-know Designation in Spain is notable for wines which are fresh, aromatic, and balanced. Besides they have a fabulous bouquet.

Although it is known for their red wines (Tempranillo, Gamacha and Mazuelo) it is also stands out for their excellent white varieties like Viura or Malvasía. The wine tasting route starts this time in Haro, a perfect village for those who love these drinks. They will find the largest area of vineyard of Haro, the Bilbainas wineries. Here they are too the Marqués de Riscal winery, famous for their luxury hotel designed by Frank Gehry. The Ysios winery, located at the foot of Sierra de Cantabria also has a beautiful design. The end of this architectural and wine tour is the Viña Real wine cellar in Laguardia. Where they prepare amazing rosé, red and white wine here.

Price of tastings: 52 €.

Jerez, an essential place for tasting wines

Cádiz is the most distinguished wine zone due to their liqueur wines (finos and manzanillas), their sweet wine (Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel) and other types of liquor. They are all produced with white grapes like Palomino, Pedro Ximénez or Moscatel.

We must visit Lastau wineries in Jerez de la Frontera whose wine called Jerez was named the best Sherry in the world in 2013. Also in this city we find Tío Pepe wineries (Byass winery, award for best winery in the world). This visit allows us to know how the elaboration of their Brandya and their wines. From Jerez we will go to El Puerto de Santa María to discover Caballero winery and taste of up to 5 different wines. Finally, our route will guide us to the popular Sanlúcar de Barrameda where it is possible to visit the Manzanilla Museum and the Barbadillo wineries, experienced in Manzanilla.

Price of tastings: from 50 to 75 €.

Penedés.

Penedés offers you the opportunity of know fantastic sparkling Catalonian wines (cava). For this reason, let’s start near Barcelona and know the old village of Ca N’Estrella, a building constructed in the 19th century. We recommend you to visit the centenarian facilities of Codorníu and its modernist buildings by trying their delicious cavas. We can finish the last wine tasting in the province of Tarragona. The Avgvstvs Forvm winery, at El Vendrell, gives you the possibility of try international prestigious vinegars.

Price of tastings: 45 €.

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