HOW A MYSTERIOUS CHARACTER BECAME A CIGAR INDUSTRY ICON
It’s question that’s been posted countless times on message boards across the internet: What was Clint Eastwood smoking in the Fistful of Dollars trilogy? The image of the young Eastwood, his piercing eyes glaring out from underneath the shadow of his cowboy hat, lighting up his small, short cigar, has become iconic. Two things are ironic about that fact—one, noone seems to have agreed on what cigars he was actually smoking in the trilogy of films, and two, Eastwood has never been much of a smoker.
In terms of what the cigars are, the best answer we have comes third-hand, from James Leaverly, who authored a series of books called Sharing An Ashtray. In that series, Leaverly interviews Sir Christopher Frayling, the biographer for Sergio Leone, the director of A Fistful of Dollars.
According to Leaverly’s interview, Frayling said, “There’s a great debate as to what kind of cigars they were. Italians claim that they were cigars called Toscano, which are rather evil southern Italian cigars of very close-packed tobacco. Very dark.”
Unfortunately, no-one has verified this, but it’s said that the account could be accurate because, in the films, the cigars are often seen unlit. Indeed, much is made of the fact that Eastwood’s character, The Man With No Name, has to constantly relight them—and this was a trait that those Toscano cigars were known for.
That said, it could have been down to the fact that Eastwood didn’t like smoking the cigars, so he let them burn out whenever he could. And despite the man being such iconic figure in the world of cigars, the only reason this has happened is because Leone insisted that Eastwood smoked cigars in the film. According to the director, cigars added an essential ingredient for the mask that he was attempting to create for the loner character.
And it was so effective that Eastwood would again be called upon to smoke cigars later in his career. In 1970, he starred with Shirley Maclaine in the western Two Mules for Sister Sara, directed by Don Siegel. The film followed an American mercenary who gets mixed up with a lady of the night disguised as a nun—and eventually helps a group of rebels during the reign of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico. Eastwood’s character was once again a mysterious stranger— unshaven, wearing a serape-like vest and smoking a cigar.
Working on characters such of this eventually gave Eastwood the skills to create who is arguably most memorable character, loose-cannon cop Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry. Indeed, the film was credited by some as establishing the first true archetype of the action film genre—eastwood had become a master of creating an anti-hero, and that work stemmed directly from the Dollars trilogy which gave him his big break in the first place.
Eastwood may no longer need to smoke a cigar in order to portray the characters he plays, but there’s no doubting that those little cigars, of unknown origin, have played a large part in the making of his career, and by extension, of modern cinema.
Lacoste has unveiled its latest range of footwear for the Fall/winter season of 2015, with the headline pieces sitting in the Sailing North collection.
The brand has used its heritage to inspire a set of contemporary footwear designs. Carefully crafted in high-quality materials, classic winter styles are given a luxurious update, which Lacoste says will effortlessly take wearers through the cooler winter months.
The collection also features what Lacoste calls the Deep Winter Pack, naturally influenced by the world of hiking and outdoor sport. The pack is executed in high quality materials to form two robust, long-lasting boots. The high-collared Montbard Boot features outdoor hardwear and the more casual, contemporary Montbard Chukka feature key details including blind eyelets and round-waxed cotton laces. Combinations of high-quality materials and attention to detail ensure these two refined designs are fit for the season and perfect for city life.
Both styles are made from premium leather on the upper, accented by silky suede at the collar, and a warm winter lining to ensure comfort and durability. Paired with a lightweight midsole to give superb cushioning under the foot and an extra-deep tread on the durable lugged rubber outsole provides extra comfort to take wearers through any harsh weather.
Maui Jim, a premium polarised sunglasses maker, has made a splash in the Middle East with its latest range of products.
The brand says that it prides itself in its efforts to develop new technologies and go the extra mile. The sunglasses provide a perfect shield to protect eyes from harmful UV rays and the severe glare of the sun. The technology incorporated into the creation of each pair of Maui Jim sunglasses are sharply focused on the personal needs of the customer. Being a pioneer in the field of polarised sunglasses, Maui Jim is the quintessential double agent, offering high-performance protection and optimal vision, as well as a fashion accessory.
Maui Jim lenses block 99.9 per cent of glare from above, below and behind each lens. The sunglasses also use anti-reflective treatments that are specifically designed to eliminate eye fatigue. The products are distinguished from other competing brands by their patented nine-layer Polarizedplus2 lens technology, which has been the driving force beyond a number of industry awards given to the brand. The lens technology not only cuts glare, but is also the only company to use three rare earth elements and other compounds in the lenses to enhance colors, depth of field and definition.
Maui Jim also says that it puts a lot of effort into its after-sales service. The brand says that its employees will answer all phone calls within one minute, saying, “Aloha”. The brand also says that it will resolve any queries within 24 to 72 hours wherever the customer is in the world.
House of Sillage, a leading name in the world of haute parfumerie, is delighted to announce the much-anticipated release of its very first Men’s fragrance, DIGNIFIED by House of Sillage.
Created for the man who provokes envy and admiration, the fragrance is aimed at a new class of man who cares deeply to distinguish his life and the story behind it.
Nicole Mather, founder of House of Sillage, says that the fragrance is “a portrayal of the men of the world that take time to remember why they have everything. A true call of action to live for greatness.”
Mather founded House of Sillage following a career in finance, where she worked at Smith Barney, UBS and Goldman Sachs, among others. Having gleaned all the business knowledge she needed from this career, she put her skills towards her passion – cosmetics, and begun the brand.
Her goals have been achieved by delicately balancing the personal touch of the craftsman with cutting-edge technologies to create fragrances and packaging of elegance and distinction.
MTM Powersports, part of the Al Masaood Group, recently brought two new high-performance dune bashers to the UAE – the 2016 Can-am Maverick X rs 1000R Turbo and the 2016 Can-am Maverick X ds 1000R Turbo.
The two-seater Maverick X ds 1000R Turbo was the first side-by-side vehicle (SSV) to be fitted with a turbo-charged engine, and is still the only SSV proven in the harsh conditions of the UAE desert. Indeed, the maker of the buggy, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), emphasised the importance of the UAE market in the development of the ds 1000R Turbo, which was specially tested in the demanding conditions found in the Emirati desert.
The 2016 model of the SSV has been upgraded so that the engine now delivers 131hp – a 10hp increase over last year’s model. The vehicle also features a stronger roll cage, tougher suspension components, bead-lock wheels, supportive seats with real upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The race-inspired Maverick X rs 1000R Turbo, meanwhile, is a limited-edition unit, originally planned for release in North America only. However, strong customer demand led MTM Powersports to bringing the vehicle to the UAE. The SSV has all of the features of the X ds, as well as specially tuned rear shocks for fast dune driving, a Yoshimura slip-on exhaust, four-point safety harnesses and a tubular rear bumper.
“Every weekend during the off-roading season, thousands of Emiratis and expats descend on the wide, open spaces of the UAE desert to experience the excitement that comes with tackling this challenging environment on four wheels,” said Bassem Wazafi, commercial manager at MTM Powersports. “In terms of high-octane fun, these two new turbocharged Can-am Maverick models really provide the ultimate desert ride and a significant step up on rival offerings.”
Calvin Klein has released its latest fragrance, dubbed Euphoria Gold for Men, which the brand describes as vibrant, sleek and captivating.
Masculine and rich, the new scent is powerfully seductive with an intriguing sensuality. The fragrance opens with the invigorating freshness of spicy ginger, accented with a touch of primofiore lemon. The heart is compelling and sensual, blending the aromatic warmth of cinnamon bark, with intriguing notes of basil and honey.
The dry down exudes the sexiness of rich amber, heightened with patchouli and vanilla for an intense and lasting impression.
At the same time as launching this men’s scent, Calvin Cline also revealed a corresponding women’s fragrance, dubbed Euphoria Gold. This is a fruity ‘floriental’, with shimmering lightness and an air of sparkling sensuality.
The fragrance opens with sun-drenched apricot, illuminated by golden fruity notes of kumquat and juicy tangerine for an aura of luminous warmth. The heart blooms with vibrant daffodils and lush gardenias, lightly laced with a golden touch of honey. Warm and alluring, white patchouli is blended with sandalwood and musks for a smooth dry down.
Apple last month took the wraps off the much-awaited next generation of its iphone range, the 6S. Available as the regular 4.7inch version, or else the 5.5-inch 6S Plus version, the phones look almost identical to last year’s iphone 6 and 6 Plus. However, underneath, almost everything has changed.
For one thing, there’s a new Multi-touch interface, which introduces what Apple calls 3D Touch. This senses force to enable intuitive new ways to access features and interact with content. What’s more, while the phones may look the same as last year’s models, the new Retina HD displays are made from the strongest glass on any smartphone and 7000 series aluminum, the same alloy used in the aerospace industry.
As is always the case with a new iphone, the underlying chip has also been updated, as has the camera.
“The only thing that has changed with iphone 6s and iphone 6s Plus is everything — 3D Touch lets users interact with iphone in entirely new and fun ways,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
The A9, Apple’s third-generation 64-bit chip, offers 70 per cent faster CPU and 90 per cent faster GPU performance than the A8, all with gains in energy efficiency for great battery life. The A9 chip and IOS 9, Apple’s latest mobile operating system, are architected together for optimal performance where it matters most, in real world usage. Meanwhile, the M9, Apple’s nextgeneration motion coprocessor, is embedded into the A9, allowing more features to run all the time at lower power.
The iphone 6S and iphone 6S Plus will be available in gold, silver, space gray and the new rose gold metallic finishes.
Sony has released a new line-up of highresolution audio products, including new headphones and Walkman with a distinct finish in a large array of colours.
By using its acoustic engineering technologies, Sony has expanded its range of high-resolution audio products so that they reproduce music just as the artists intended, beyond CD quality. This combination of quality and design elevates Sony’s new Hear On headband-type headphones, Hear In NC noise-cancelling in-ear headphones, Hear In in-ear heaphones and Walkman to become a true statement of musical style.
Sony’s Hear series and Walkman range are available in deep shades ranging from viridian blue, cinnabar red, charcoal black and lime yellow to pink for every type of personality. The headphones feature a single-shape design.
The Hear On headband-type foldable headphones include a 40mm HD driver that reproduces high-resolution audio quality of up to 60 khz. And the lightweight CCAW voice coils yield high-linearity responses to high-pitched sounds. There are titanium-coated diaphragms to minimise unwanted vibrations, and the foldable mechanism and a detachable, cross-talk reducing cable means that the headphones can be securely packed in the supplied carrying pouch.
The Hear In NC Noise-cancelling In-ear Headphones feature a compact 9mm high-sensitivity driver unit, producing frequencies of up to 40 khz, delivering the sweetest and clearest high-resolution audio qualities. The headphones also have battery-powered dual-noise sensor technology and automatic AI noise cancelling technologies that filter out any unwanted noise for up to 16 hours.
The new NW-A26HN High-resolution Audio Walkman, meanwhile, comes bundled with high-resolution audio compatible digital noise cancelling headphones. And thanks to advancements to Sony’s S-master HX full digital amplifier, music is played with more delicate and dynamic sound than ever before.
If you’re a fan of burpees, lunges, squats and planks and want the added motivation of individual coaching and your favourite music, you need to know about Jabra Sport Coach Wireless. This wireless workout solution uses personalised in-ear coaching and premium Dolby sound to let you get more out of your cross training workout.
With Sport Coach Wireless, Jabra extends its sport audio range of in-ear coaching solutions. Jabra pioneered this area with the award winning Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds that gave users in-ear heart rate monitoring for the very first time.
Developed to meet the needs of cross training enthusiasts, the Jabra Sport Coach Wireless can create customised workouts based on over 40 different exercises. By downloading the Sport Life app on a Smartphone, users can design their own personalized workouts with real-time audio coaching through the unique earbuds.
This Jabra-developed app lets you plan, track, and analyse your cross training. Choose exercises from beginner to advanced. Get in-the-moment, personalised in-ear au- dio coaching, with time or repetition-based training.
Creating the workout is only the start. To ensure you achieve optimal performance and your overall fitness goals, the integrated Trackfit motion sensor provides advanced tracking of pace, distance, step count, cadence and calories.
Eighty-one per cent of consumers report working out with music, and the Jabra Sport Coach makes it easy to get this extra motivation. By incorporating Dolby sound, users get their favourite tunes delivered in premium sound quality through the wireless earbuds. In other words, there’s no excuse for not staying focused on fitness.