DETROIT — The ice that snapped utility poles and knocked out power to more than half a million people in the U.S. and Canada was stubbornly hanging on Wednesday as frigid temperatures cloaked a region from the Great Lakes to New England.Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada made progress getting the lights back on Wednesday and people were slowly trickling out of shelters to spend Christmas Day at their finally-warm homes. But the cold means ice isn’t melting off lines and limbs, while wind gusts of more than 20 mph could bring down more branches. Two to 6 inches of snow in places on Thursday will hamper line crews trying to get to remote spots.“We’ve had two beautiful, sunny days in Maine and the ice isn’t going anyplace,” said Lynette Miller, spokeswoman for the Maine Emergency Management Agency. “They’re very concerned about more weight coming down on trees that are already compromised by ice.”Ashley Walter was still hunkered down with her husband, Jacob, and their month-old daughter, Leah, at a shelter set up in a school in Litchfield, Maine, where the temperature dropped to 4 degrees overnight and wasn’t expected to get much higher than 15 on Wednesday.
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineAntiquorum Auctioneers is looking forward to its May 13 sale of Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces at the Grand Hotel Kempinski in Geneva. Included in the sale is a special collection of Audemars Piguet Royal Oaks in honor of the iconic model’s 40th anniversary. As Audemars Piguet has collaborated with Antiquorum on this sale, each timepiece in this section has been sent to the manufacture in Le Brassus to be checked for authenticity and will be delivered with an Audemars Piguet certificate of origin. This unique and exceptional selection as well as the entire collection offered will tour the globe making stops in New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Geneva.Highlights of the collection include the following:Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo “A Series”, No. 88. Produced in 1972, this example is a rare and octagonal, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with date and a stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet. Collectors will be interested to note that The Royal Oak A series is the earliest serial number ever to be offered at auction.Estimate: Sfr 15,000 – 20,000/ $ 16,000 – $ 20,000Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Skeleton. This fine skeletonized watch, produced in 1991, is a rare, water-resistant, tonneau shaped, 18K yellow gold self-winding wristwatch with 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet bracelet accompanied by the original warranty, instruction booklet and fitted box, and an Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin.Estimate: Sfr 20,000 – 30,000/ $ 22,000 – $ 33,000Audemars Piguet, Grand Complication, Piece Unique No. 1/1, 18K White Gold and Diamond. Produced as a unique piece in 1994 , this extraordinary timepiece is a large minute-repeating , water-resistant, self-winding, 18K white gold and diamond set wristwatch with co-axial round button split-seconds chronograph, register, perpetual calendar with indication of the weeks, moon phases, and an integrated 18K white gold and full diamond – set Audemars Piguet link bracelet. It is accompanied by an Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin.Estimate: Sfr 600,000 – 1,000,000/ $ 650,000 – $ 1,100,000Audemars Piguet “Royal Oak Offshore, Automatic – End of Days,” No. 343/500. Made in a limited edition of 500 examples in 1999 in collaboration with Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is a fine and rare, large, octagonal, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel with black pvd coating wristwatch with round button chronograph, registers, tachometer and date. This special watch is accompanied by an Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin,Estimate: Sfr 25,000 – 35,000/ $ 27,000 – $ 38,000Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph, Giorgio Armani, No. 001, White Gold. Produced in a limited edition of 10 pieces in collaboration with Giorgio Armani in 2010, this example is a rare, large, octagonal, self-winding water-resistant 18K white gold wristwatch with round button registers and date. It is accompanied by a fitted box and guarantee and an Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin.Estimate: Sfr 40,000 – 60,000/ $ 45,000 – $ 65,000Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo retailed by Bulgari, Former Property of President Venezuela Carlos Andres Perez. Sold in 1977, this is a fine and very rare, octagonal, self-winding, water-resistant, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with date and an 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet bracelet. It is accompanied by an Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin. Examples of Royal Oaks that are double signed with the retailer’s name are very rare. Unknown to the market until now, it is the first Royal Oak retailed by Bulgari to appear at auction.Estimate: Sfr 30,000 – 40,000/ $ 33,000 – $ 45,000Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Paris Boutique, Limited Edition of 50 pieces. Made in a special edition of 50 pieces for the Paris Boutique in 2005, it is a very fine and large, octagonal, self-winding, water-resistant, titanium gentleman’s wristwatch with round button chronograph, registers, date and an integrated titanium link bracelet. The watch is further accompanied by the original fitted box, certificate and instruction booklet and an Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin.Estimate: Sfr 25,000 – 35,000/ $ 27,000 – $ 38,000www.antiquorum.com