Cartier & Sofia Coppola

Cartier & Sofia Coppola:

beyond inspiration to creation.

Cartier, a Maison synonymous with style and femininity, has given carte blanche to Sofia Coppola to direct the film for the Panthère de Cartier collection.

For as long as we can remember, Sofia has stood out as an icon of style, taste and contemporary elegance. As a determined artist whose work transcends trends, she gives sensitive expression to what femininity is today.

While men do sometimes play roles central to the narrative of herfilms (Stephen Dorff in Somewhere or Bill Murray in Lost in Translation), her leading characters are almost exclusively women.
The female perspective is an element particularly relevant to Sofia, a point of view she conveys, time and again, so aptly on screen. With an abundance of talent and a distinctive artistic vision, she knows, better than anyone, how to reinvent the past with a rigorously contemporary touch.

Her vision of the 80s and of what it means to be a Panthère woman is the perfect match for this collection, which was born in 1983.

Sofia Coppola: a visionary femininity at work I’ve always loved Cartier, the archives, the history and the design

which is very unique. I am a fan.

When Cartier told me that they wanted to make a film for the relaunch of the Panthère de Cartier watch, I first thought: who is a Panthère woman? What would her environment be?
I love the Panthère watch, so I was happy to make a film which captured the chic and the glamour of what it says to me.

The Panthère watch is unique because it is a piece of jewelry that you can wear in the day as a glamour look as well as in the evening.

When the Panthère watch came out in 1983, there were so many
great movies, and I love the stars of that time. I remember the glamourous kind of women who wore a Panthère watch. It was just a stylish time to remember and to propose a modern interpretation of it.
The Panthère woman is elegant, sophisticated, chic and glamourous,
still sexy and fun. I think she is a European woman who travels, so we
set the story in that way. We just shot a couple of days in LA, in some
great locations as Union Station downtown, the Georgio’s night club,
a hotel in Hollywood and the “Fox Residence”. » I think we have a kind of glamour Panthère setting.

I remembered meeting Courtney Eaton at a casting for a film, she just has charm and naturalness. We thought about friends for her to be in a club. I met Amanda and her sister Brooklyn, that I first met in Paris and I was very happy that they could join us.

It was great to work in LA with such a talented crew. We created the mood that I had in mind.

Sofia Coppola:

The dazzling path of an icon of style.

Sofia Coppola is an Oscar-winning writer and Oscar-nominated producer and director. Coppola grew up in Northern California and studied Fine Art at California Institute of the Arts.

She wrote and directed the feature The Virgin Suicides adapted from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel of the same name. The movie starred Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods, and Kathleen Turner. With a world premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival, The Virgin Suicides subsequently earned her the MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker.

Coppola’s next film, Lost in Translation, was her first with Focus Features, and screened at the Toronto, Venice, and Telluride Film Festivals.
The movie brought her the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as well as Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Picture (in her capacity as producer).

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson won BAFTA Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively, among many other honors that the cast and crew received worldwide.

Her third feature as writer/director, Marie Antoinette, was based in part on Antonia Fraser’s biography Marie Antoinette:The Journey, and world-premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival.
The movie, which Coppola also produced, starred Kirsten Dunst in the title role. The film’s costume designer, Milena Canonero, won an Academy Award for her work on the picture.

Ms. Coppola’s fourth feature, Somewhere, was shot at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. She wrote, directed and produced the movie, which stars Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning. It premiered at the 67th Venice Film Festival, where it was honored with the top prize, The Golden Lion.

Her next film, The Bling Ring, based on true events, followed a group of teenagers on a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood Hills, with an ensemble cast starring Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga, and Katie Chang. Written and directed by Coppola, it was released in June 2013.

Most recently, Coppola wrote, produced and directed A Very Murray Christmas in which Bill Murray rounds up an all-star cast for an evening of music, comedy and good cheer and was released by Netflix in December 2015. In addition, Coppola made her opera debut with a production of Verdi’s classic, La Traviata. Coppola teamed up with fashion designer Valentino and production designer Nathan Crowley for the opera which opened at the Rome Opera House on May 24, 2016.

Coppola’s upcoming film, The Beguiled, which she directed, wrote and produced, is adapted from Thomas Cullinan’s novel of the same name and stars Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell. Coppola was honored with the Best Director award at the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival, the first woman director in fifty-six years to receive the award. The Beguiled will be released through Focus Features in June 2017.

 

 

CHAUMET at the 70th Edition of Cannes International Film Festival

On this occasion, the world of Cinema was gathered for an exceptional evening. Among them, the actress Uma Thurman, radiant wearing earrings in white gold, set with two oval-cut pink spinels, oval-cut and round pink sapphires and diamonds from the La Nature de Chaumet collection.

Bérénice Béjo choose the elegancy of earrings in white gold and diamonds from the Liens collection and a ring in platinum and diamonds from the Joséphine collection by Chaumet.

The actress Izia Higelin, present for the film in competition “Rodin” directed by Jacques Doillon, illuminated the red carpet with a necklace in platinum, set with diamonds from the Lumières d’eau collection by Chaumet.

Ludivine Sagnier looked stunning with earrings and a ring in white gold, pink gold and diamonds from the new Insolence collection by Chaumet.

 

Embrace Life with NIRAV MODI A day of devotion and affection

During the year, there are special days dedicated to the appreciation of those who constantly convey and display their affection and care. Each day is often dedicated to one particular facet of love, be it the love of a spouse, or the love from friends and family. In spirit of this, on May 19th (Friday), renowned international jeweller NIRAV MODI introduced the ‘Embrace Life’ initiative at the NIRAV MODI Heritage 1881 international flagship store to welcome ‘520’ – a day of passion and romance. NIRAV MODI invited members of the media to experience the jeweller’s affection for all facets of love; from the love shared between lovers and familial love, to the love and appreciation of poetry and also nature – embracing life in both beauty and adoration.

NIRAV MODI’s craftsmanship extends beyond its timeless and innovative collections and creations, as its inimitable paper art friezes have become a signature aspect of its interior design and the entire NIRAV MODI experience. Members of the media were presented with NIRAV MODI’s numerous signature collections, along with the opportunity to see a selection of debuting NIRAV MODI jewels in Hong Kong. NIRAV MODI also invited its very own expert paper-art artist to the international flagship store, offering guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in NIRAV MODI’s philosophy of craftsmanship and constant creativity – an engaging and unique approach to allow them the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the jeweller and its values. As guests were mesmerized by the scintillating jewels from NIRAV MODI’s Jasmine, Lotus and Mughal collections, they were also presented with beautifully crafted floral inspired paper-art creations from the artist – a magnificent recreation of the beauty and allure of nature, embracing the beauty of a blossoming flower and the beauty of life.

NIRAV MODI’s Embrace collection is, as the name of the timeless collection suggests, a vivid reflection of the embrace of love and affection. Stemming from a singular moment in time, NIRAV MODI founder Mr. Nirav Modi was intrigued by his daughters’ elastic toy bangles, which lead to his desire to reproduce the fun and innocence of the stretching capabilities in jewels. Designed and artistically engineered with an ingenious innovative mechanism made to stretch, jewels from this collection are able to maintain its beauty and elegance as the wrist moves – lightly cuffing the wrist and resting on the skin, caressing its wearer. Both easy to wear and one-of-a-kind, each piece in the NIRAV MODI Embrace collection defies limits and traditions, creating an inimitable and matchless style. NIRAV MODI intends to celebrate the embrace of love and affection through this day of playfulness – a reflection of the beautiful spirit of the jewels in the timeless collection.

 

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CHANEL MADEMOISELLE J12

Panthere de CARTIER collection

The Panthère de Cartier watch is an icon of the 1980s, an unforgettable emblem of an era.

The watch wows with all the exuberant decadence of the decade. Its sensual bracelet and intuitive design impressively command the spotlight.

In this re-issue of the original Panthère de Cartier watch, the cult timepiece is looking edgier than ever, for any time of the day or night. It is made in the image of the woman of today: she has impeccable taste and knows exactly what she wants.

This gem of a watch slinks onto the skin in a rippling celebration of triumphant and carefree femininity.

The supple chain-link bracelet curls up to the wrist, flowing and feline. A gleaming statement piece to mix and match, the Panthère de Cartier watch never fails to turn heads.

OMEGA SPEEDMASTER

Few watches have the power to inspire like the Omega Speedmaster. The first watch ever worn on the moon, it has become an enduring symbol of the ingenuity and skill that took us into space. On the sixtieth anniversary of the Speedmaster’s release, we look back with space-enthusiast and brand ambassador, George Clooney, at the heady days of the Apollo program and reflect on why the Speedmaster was able to go where it did.

 While he’s played an astronaut more than once, few people know about George Clooney’s love affair with space exploration. Clooney grew up in the sixties and was eight years old when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the moon. Like most children of his generation, astronauts were his heroes and going into space was his dream.

Thinking back to that moment in his life, Clooney says, “It was the most exciting time to be a kid. We knew all the astronaut’s names. We even ate the food that the astronauts ate… During one of our vacations, we drove through Neil Armstrong’s hometown, simply because we wanted to drive through his hometown. The astronauts were that big a deal to us.”

In 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy set a bold challenge for the American people. He stated, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.”

According to Clooney, this challenge felt almost impossible at the time, but it did create a new level of optimism that reflected itself in everything that was happening around him.

“In just 60 years, we’d gone from inventing cars to [talking about] landing a man on the moon,” says Clooney, “It felt like the ultimate in optimism, the ultimate in forward thinking. It made us feel like anything could be done.”

When Apollo 11 touched down on the moon on July 20th, 1969, and Kennedy’s challenge was answered, the young Clooney watched from his suburban backyard. Standing with his father, looking up at the moon, he felt a special connection with his heroes as they took their first steps into a new world. Like the astronauts they were straining to see, Clooney’s father also wore an Omega.

In fact, Clooney still has the same watch today. When Clooney Senior heard that his son was working with Omega, he presented him with his old Omega as a gift.

“He brought it down from the attic, after putting it away for 20 years,” says Clooney, “and he wound it and it started running again. It was a special moment. I grew up with that watch on his arm.”

According to Clooney, all the kids knew that the astronauts were wearing Omega watches. He remembers that “Omega was absolutely part of the space program when I was growing up. Omega was about precision time… and it seemed like the space program was a natural progression.”

What Clooney didn’t know then, however, was that the Speedmaster was originally envisioned for a completely different purpose. As the name suggests, it was built for speed, and when first released 60 years ago, it was intended not for rocket ships, but for racing cars.

Upon release, the Speedmaster was an instant hit with professional drivers. Its rugged construction meant that it could withstand intense vibrations and shocks while keeping perfect time. And thanks to the tachymetric scale on its bezel, drivers could time their laps more easily than ever before. It was the first watch with these features, and at the time, revolutionized the design, durability and functionality of wristwatches.

Ultimately, it was these two features that would make the Speedmaster so suitable for space exploration, and would lead to its place on the wrist of every astronaut in the Apollo program from 1965 onwards.

It was in 1964 that NASA began hunting for a chronograph to use on its manned space missions. They chose watches from a number of different brands and put them through the same series of tests that were used for every piece of hardware that was intended for space. Only one watch survived the extreme temperatures, vibrations, hard shocks, and unforgiving vacuums of the testing process – the Omega Speedmaster.

Today, six decades on, the Speedmaster is still qualified for all manned space missions and is a permanent piece of equipment on the International Space Station. In testament to the forward-thinking design of the original, the Moonwatch made now is essentially the same as the one released by Omega in the pre-space age.

For Clooney, this makes the Speedmaster a true classic, like a vintage wine. He explains it like this, “Some things are classic, and when they’re classic, you will always want them. You’d be really upset if they changed. We want modern technology – like our cell phones – but there is something about having certain classic things, that if they changed, it would break your heart.”

On the inside, the calibre is also unmodified and manufacturing the Moonwatch remains a complex exercise, as it has always been. It takes a staggering 14 months to prepare all the separate component parts prior to assembly, and 80 manual operations are needed to assemble the base plate alone. Like when it was first released, the human hand is an essential part of the process.

It is ironic that the Omega Speedmaster has required no modification, considering that the NASA space program can be credited with technical innovations spanning from mobile telecommunications to SMS messaging, and from solar panels to water purification. As Clooney says, the Speedmaster may well be the true definition of a classic: a design that need never be altered.

Further proof of the enduring quality of the Speedmaster’s design can be found closer to home, as a navigational tool for terrestrial explorers. In 1968, Ralph Plaisted used his Speedmaster and sextant to determine the exact location of the geographical North Pole for the first time. Likewise in 1985, explorer Wong How Man used his Speedmaster to help discover and map the elusive source of the mighty Yangtze River.

When asked about the legacy of the Speedmaster and the space program that it was a part of, Clooney responds, “[They are symbols] …of a time that our world was looking forward to challenges. When we thought we could do better, and when we thought that we could reach for the stars and actually get to them. It was without question, us at our finest and our bravest, and the astronauts were in the lead.”

Looking back on that fertile period of discovery and exploration, it is clear that Kennedy’s challenge was essential to the achievements that followed. For Clooney, now is a moment when we need more great challenges to lead us into a new period of optimism and technical progress.

“I don’t worry that it won’t happen again,” he says, “I only hope that next time it’s as productive and exciting as it was then.”

While it is impossible to know which frontier we will cross next, we can be sure, as is Clooney, that we will continue reaching for the stars. And if there is one thing that we can take from the 60th anniversary of the Omega Speedmaster, it is that with the right tools, achieving any challenge is possible.

Omega is proud to have played a role in one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century – the moon landing – and looks forward to the many great accomplishments humans will make in the next 60 years and beyond.

“It felt like the ultimate in optimism, the ultimate in forward thinking.”

“…we thought that we could reach for the stars and actually get to them.”

“It was without question, us at our finest and our bravest…”

 

 

Tiffany Annual Gala Celebrates the 2017 Blue Book Collection

A showcase of the world’s most magnificent high jewelry
From Left to Right:Claire Danes, Jennifer Hudson, Ruth Negga, ReeseWitherspoon, Haley Bennett

Tiffany & Co. hosted its annual gala to celebrate the 2017 Blue Book Collection with a special performance by Jennifer Hudson. The star-studded event was held at the historic St. Ann’s Warehouse, which was transformed to reflect this year’s Blue Book theme celebrating the natural wonders of wild. Hosted by Michael J. Kowalski, chairman and interim chief executive officer at Tiffany & Co., the evening featured Hollywood luminaries and fashion influencers including Imaan Hammam and Doutzen Kroes.

Actresses Reese Witherspoon, Ni Ni, Ruth Negga, Haley Bennett and Claire Danes were the epitome of elegance wearing Blue Book Collection jewels. Actor Dominic West wore a Tiffany CT60® Chronograph 42 mm watch at the gala event. The evening culminated when guests moved to the dance floor to the sounds of DJ Kiss.

On Nini:

Tiffany Victoria® alternating graduated necklace in platinum with diamonds. HKD 663,000

Tiffany & Co.  mixed cut diamond bracelet. HKD 1,066,000

Tiffany & Co. Drop earrings in platinum with diamonds. HKD 1,662,000

On Reese Witherspoon:

Tiffany & Co. Earrings in platinum with tourmalines, yellow diamonds and white diamonds.

HKD 353,000

Tiffany & Co. Bracelet in platinum with tourmaline and diamonds. HKD  2,131,000

Tiffany Jazz™ Three-Row Diamond Ring. HKD 86,000

On Jennifer Hudson:

Tiffany & Co. Pave Diamond Cuff. HKD 2,344,000

Tiffany Victoria® alternating bracelet in platinum with diamonds. HKD  353,000

Tiffany & Co.  8.05 carat Solitaire diamond earrings in platinum. HKD 4,817,000

On Ruth Negga:

Tiffany & Co. Mixed Cut diamond necklace. HKD 9,591,000

On Hikari Mori:

Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger flame diamond earclips in platinum and 18k gold. HKD 102,000

On Claire Danes:

Necklace in platinum and rose gold with pink and white diamonds. Price info upon reques

On Haley Bennett:

Tiffany & Co. Mixed Cut Diamond Bracelet.  HKD 3,410,000

Tiffany & Co.  Mixed Diamond Earrings. Price info upon request

On Dominic West:

Tiffany & Co. CT60™ Chronograph in 18K Rose Gold. HKD 128,000

 

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre is pleased to present two exquisite ladies’ watches on this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, why not take this opportunity to express your sincere gratitude to your mother and/or wife?

On this special occasion, Jaeger-LeCoultre is pleased to present two exquisite ladies’ watches – Rendez-Vous Moon Medium and Rendez-Vous Moon


Rendez-Vous Moon Medium

 

An iconic timekeeping function, interpreted for women

Available in steel or rose gold, the Rendez-Vous Moon Medium includes a moon phase,

with its finely worked elliptical guilloché appearing both on the dial and on the disk that bears the moon phase itself.

With a time lag of only one day every 972 years, the moon phase function boasts the ultimate precision.

The glistening moon has a sandy finish, lending it a surprising sense of depth.

An inspired way for the Manufacture’s craftspeople to faithfully reproduce the varying faces of the moon with its reflections and changing colours as the hours pass.

Rendez-Vous Moon

A dramatic entrance for rose gold

The first appearance of rose gold in this exceptional 36mm timepiece is enhanced with one of the signatures of the Métiers Rares™ of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture – the gem setting.

Its golden dial, burning with the brightness of a thousand fires, is the backdrop for a tender pearl moon and a watch that is feminine in the extreme,

its hue reminiscent of a dawning day, as the sun rises in a cloudless sky.

On this elaborate timepiece, the ultimate in femininity down to every last detail, both the bezel and the rim of the case are entirely set with brilliant cut diamonds.

With only a one day time lag every 972 years, the moon phase is a timekeeping function of rare precision.

On the edge of the dial, the star, a signature of the Rendez-Vous line, offers a discreet reminder of the time of a future rendez-vous.

 

LES ÉTERNELLES DE CHANEL

For the third consecutive year, CHANEL presents new models for its collection of Fine Jewellery watches, Les Éternelles de CHANEL.

Conceived as a capsule collection, these secret watches, which embody all the creativity and savoir-faire of CHANEL Fine Jewellery and Watches, are enriched year by year.

In 2017, the Fine Jewellery Studio of Creation at CHANEL reinterprets the lace and ribbons so dear to Mademoiselle Chanel with three unique pieces.


The Ruban watch evolves with absolute liberty, wrapping around the wrist like a jewel- encrusted ribbon. This delicate, 18-carat white gold lace with 1,369 diamonds – including 7 Fancy-cut diamonds – hides on one side a secret watch, and, on the other, a 5-carat pear- cut diamond.

The Médaillon Watch:
On the back of this engraved rock-crystal medallion, pearls and diamonds – including a pear-cut Fancy Light Yellow 5.32-carat diamond – hide a watch paved with diamonds. The medallion is set on an 18-carat white-gold chain, set with 587 diamonds.

The Camélia Watch:
At the heart of a pearl necklace, which can be transformed into a bracelet, a watch is concealed by a bouquet of 18-carat white-gold camellias and 503 diamonds, including a 10- carat Fancy Brown Yellow diamond.

Les Éternelles de CHANEL are inspired by the fundamentals of CHANEL style and reflect the ever-renewing creative spirit at the heart of CHANEL Fine Jewellery.

Cartier’s New Additions of Juste un Clou and Ecrou de Cartier Collection

The JUSTE UN CLOU gold torque, set close to the neck for maximum impact, flaunts its radical credentials with a powerful statement of allegiance to a bold attitude.


The first nail bracelet was created by ALDO CIPULLO for CARTIER NEW YORK in the 1970s. His radical appropriation of a utilitarian object as a jewelry echoed the anti-conformist state of mind of the era.


A humble piece of hardware! A basic nail re-purposed today by Cartier into a necklace of palpable energy and sheer, unadulterated chic.


The JUSTE UN CLOU torque brings the finishing touch to a well-rounded collection that features the necklace in a choice of 18K yellow gold, 18K pink gold, 18K white gold or paved with diamonds, as well as an oversized bracelet. The pieces magnify the precious qualities of everyday objects in a sublime take on the ordinary.