sz-magazin "stil leben"

the king of the pearls

2013

helicopter, south seas, speed boats, beautiful women. jacques branellec lives an exciting life. as a secret agent? no, as a pearl farmer.
he achieved what none even dared to dream about: the invention of the giant golden south sea pearl. in series
 

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arrival at pearl harbor
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pictadae maximae
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branellecs archipelago is one of more than 7000 islands on the philippines
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the exact location? top secret
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plankton breed
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baby oysters under the microscope
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doris, the chief biologist, checking the condition of the oysters
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once a week the oysters need to be cleaned
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boat patrols along the buoy rows
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x-ray reveals the exact size of the pearl
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after four years the pearls are ready to harvest
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20g pearls; market price 30.000 euro
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pearl farmer, pilot, multimillionaire: monsieur branellec
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this is how to lift a treasure: workers pulling up the oyster cages...
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...from a depth of twelve meters
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storm hoods protect against the tropical sun
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after-hours on the private beach
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