Vacheron Constantin – M谷tiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Pig

Vacheron Constantin is pursuing its dialogue with collectors and passionate devotees of Haute Horlogerie by enriching its Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac with the sign of the pig. Honest, generous, epicurean, it will take over from the dog at the Chinese New Year on February 5th 2019. These two new creations, realised in twelve models each, combine the technical excellence of Caliber 2460 G4 with the beauty of artistic crafts.

Zodiac Chinese Year of the Pig 2019

Paper-cutting, at the crossroads between Eastern and Western cultures

China, a nation with which Vacheron Constantin has been cultivating special ties since 1845, first introduce the paper-cutting technique known as Jianzhi, a popular art echoed in Swiss culture through its famous Scherenschnitt paper-cutting. This artistic approach, highlighted in the Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac, has been given a fresh interpretation thanks to the expertise of the master engravers and enamellers.

Allied artistic crafts

The foliage motif appearing on the dial and based on classic Chinese iconography is etched directly in the metal. The pattern remains semi-embedded and stands out from its gold base by a subtle stage-setting of variously accentuating reliefs creating a depth effect. This makes the vegetation appear to be floating over the dial.

Then comes the stage of Grand Feu enamelling, an ancestral technique that remains the preserve of a very few particularly skilled artisans. By applying the enamel in successive layers, the enamel specialist enhances the intensity of the blue or bronze-toned dial. Achieving the necessary mastery of colour and of reactions to firing at temperatures between 800 and 900 degrees Celsius calls for an expertise that can only be acquired over long years of experience. The pig, made of platinum or pink gold, is hand engraved and delicately applied to the dial centre.

A movement that leaves plenty of space for artistic expression

Calibre 2460 G4 makes it possible to create a distinctive and ideal stage-setting for the decorative arts, by giving the central dial motif a starring role. The hands-free time display is achieved through four apertures showing the hours, minutes, days and dates. These indications – the first two of the dragging variety and the last two of the jumping type – proudly embody the longstanding savoir-faire of the Maison in designing and developing original displays. Clearly visible through the sapphire crystal back of the platinum or pink gold case, the 22-carat oscillating weight is adorned with a recurrent Maltese cross-inspired pattern testifying to finishes performed in keeping with the finest watchmaking traditions. All movement components are indeed finely finished in accordance with the criteria of the Hallmark of Geneva, a quality label of which Vacheron Constantin is the most faithful representative.

Chaumet – Winter Spirit

To celebrate the end-of-year festivities, the euphoria of the preparations and the joy of reunions, Chaumet turns its focus to nature as transfigured by the winter. Imbued with light, whiteness and brilliance, it invites us to rediscover the Maison’s most emblematic pieces in unexpected ways. Here, delicate frost motifs echo the curves of the Joséphine Aigrette rings. There, a ray of sunlight upon the ice highlights the purity of the diamonds adorning the Liens jewels.

Throughout its history, Chaumet has consistently drawn inspiration from nature, exploring it in all its delicacy, capturing it in its ever-changing forms. This dialogue between and the elements continues today, magnifying the beauty of winter and the ambiance of the holiday season.

 

CHANEL’s QUILTING EXPRESSED IN JEWELLERY OBSESSION

STRONG MODERN LINES

In the inventive universe of Gabrielle Chanel an array of distinctive shapes and motifs stand out, from her favourite flower, the camellia, to the powerful comet and the playful ribbon. Ever the innovator, Chanel seized upon familiar items in her remarkable life, transforming them into graphic statements to adorn clothes and accessories that caught the imagination of women throughout the decades, creating design icons that have stood the test of time.

One of the patterns and textures she loved and elevated to the realm of couture was quilting. She first become enamoured with the tactile design in the early 1900s when she visited the stables of her friend Etienne Balsan, a horse owner and breeder. Mademoiselle would ride – chicly attired, of course, in jodphurs, a white shirt, jaunty tie and wide-brimmed hat – making note of the comfortable, padded quilting commonly used in the equestrian world for saddle cloths, horse blankets and grooms’ jackets.

Quilting debuted on the CHANEL runway in the 1920s. The famed couturier employed it initially as a textural contrast for linings, collars and cuffs, and then designed matelassé dresses and robes. In November 1924 Vogue magazine highlighted “one of Chanel’s flights of fancy: dress fronts in shiny quilted silk.” The diamond checquerboard print also popped up in collections in the 1930s.

There are even Chanel quilted cushions, though they are not for sale. These were custom-stitched to complement the large beige suede sofa Mademoiselle ordered in the 1930s for her Paris apartment; they remain there to this day.

Once Gabrielle Chanel had given specific instructions to the craftsman she entrusted with the task, Mr Monnot, “Stitch it all over so that it stays.” She did not refer to her fabric as ‘quilted’. Fitted with a chain strap, the material was turned into the forerunner of the famed 2.55, coveted by fashionable ladies since its launch in February 1955.

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Quilting has become an integral part of the CHANEL style, the tweed jacket, shoes, the frames of sunglasses, even in eyeshadow palettes and is the inspiration for the Matelassé watch launched in 1993. Later, it also entered the world of CHANEL Fine Jewellery featuring lines of twinkling pavé stones in the place of the stitches on a golden framework, or set with another house icon, pearls.

In 2015, another quilt-inspired Fine Jewellery collection is launched, COCO CRUSH. Simplicity itself, the collection is born from the spirit of modernity and refinement that Gabrielle Chanel, as she went horseback riding in the bloom of her youth, would instil in high fashion, changing the way women have adorned and carried themselves for more than a century.

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In 2018, the quilted motif is expressed into a series of pendant with generous and feminine lines that are made to be worn every day.

 

 

DFS launches 10th anniversary edition of Masters of Time

MILESTONE EDITION SHOWCASES CRAFTSMANSHIP, DESIGN AND INNOVATION AND FEATURES OVER 450 FINE WATCHES AND JEWELRY MASTERPIECES FROM 30 WORLD-RENOWNED BRANDS

DFS Group (DFS), the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, is launching the tenth edition of its world-leading Masters of Time exhibition this December, with a special anniversary collection that highlights craftsmanship, design and innovation. This year’s exhibition, titled “Masters of Time X”, will be unveiled during a two-day gala weekend at T Galleria by DFS, Macau, Shoppes at Four Seasons, featuring the finest watches and jewelry from some of the world’s most renowned brands including several pieces created especially in celebration of the event.

Masters of Time is recognized as the world’s premier retail exhibition of luxury timepieces and jewelry, and is a signature event in DFS’ Masters Series, which showcases DFS’ leadership and innovation in curating and creating exceptional experiences across its five pillars of luxury: Wines and Spirits, Beauty and Fragrances, Watches and Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories, and Food and Gifts. Created by DFS in 2008 to bring the very best brands in the world of watchmaking, and their ambassadors, together with enthusiasts and collectors alike, the event is traditionally hosted each year in the exciting shopping enclave of Macau.

The anniversary Masters of Time X collection represents the most exclusive selection of watches and jewelry that DFS has ever presented to its customers, with each piece chosen by its expert merchant teams after more than a year of meticulous searching. Masters of Time X showcases the height of craftsmanship as well as the best of design and innovation for both men and women, featuring over 450 exceptional, rare watches and exclusive jewelry masterpieces from 30 world-famous brands including Bulgari, Franck Muller, Hublot, IWC, Jaquet Droz, Piaget, Roger Dubuis, Tag Heuer, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith. This year, in commemoration of the milestone tenth edition, several pieces have been created especially for DFS and Masters of Time.

A curated selection of fine jewelry will also be featured as part of the Masters of Time X collection. Highlights include Bulgari’s “Diva’s Dream” set, Tiffany “Paper Flowers” necklace, Piaget’s “Sunny Side of Life Golden Spirit” cuff bracelet, Boucheron’s “Plume de Paon & Hopi” set and Tasaki’s “Ritz Paris Par Tasaki ‘Elégance’” necklace.

The Masters of Time X collection will be unveiled during a two-day gala weekend at T Galleria by DFS, Macau, Shoppes at Four Seasons from December 7-9. The collection will be available for viewing and purchase in Macau from December 7, 2018 until end-February 2019.

Chopard celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its iconic Happy Sport collection

 with a new digital campaign ‘Your Happy Moments’

Chopard’s iconic Happy Sport collection, designed by Chopard Co-president and Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele, celebrates its 25thanniversary this year with a digital campaign “Your Happy Moments” to capture the spirit of Chopard for the digital age.  Reinvented each and every season, the signature twinkling diamonds bring out the key concept of Happy Diamonds – “Diamonds are happpier when they are free”. The Happy Sport watches are adorned with lively spinning, moving diamonds, helping to etch moments of happiness in one’s mind and evoke the joyful memories. The collection embodies the incredible craftsmanship, boundless creativity, and the individuality that is the spirit of Chopard.

In celebration of this 25th anniversary, Chopard invited well-known photographer and stylist in Hong Kong, Olivia Tsang, to style and capture the beauty of three inspirational young ladies: Ashley Lam, dream-chasing songwriter, singer and artist; Hedwig Tam, talented rising actress; and Cecilia Yeung, ambitious Hong Kong high jumper. Together, they represent three facets of the Happy Sport collection – happiness, playfulness and freedom. These three extraordinary ladies embrace three incredibly different lifestyles and portray the vibrancy of life at its fullest and in all its forms – eager to seize the moment and to chase their dreams.

“Your Happy Moments” is the theme of the digital campaign, which captures the spirit of a moment when one radiates with joy, uplifted and refreshed – like Chopard’s Happy Diamonds. Diamonds represent the playfulness of the soul, which rejoices in its freedom and revels in difference and experience. Far more than simply a jewellery concept, Happy Sport watches allow brilliant diamonds to dance, spin and shine. Understanding these timeless objects as a synonym for the precious moments of life, the Happy Sport watches can bring out the character of today’s free-spirited woman. At home with either a simple white top or at a formal gala in an elegant dress, Happy Sport watches accompany and inspire women to live their lives to the fullest, and to embrace their unique individuality.

During the shoot, the talented trio was invited to share their own precious moments and personal stories – each adorned with exquisite Happy Sport watches and styled in different outfits to express their unique experiences and characters. For Ashley, a pink Happy Sport watch was chosen to bring out her girlish vibrancy and femininity in one outfit, while another look with the moving snowflakes of a Happy Snowflake watch to represent her energetic optimism. Similarly, the watches paired with Hedwig play on her cool and unique character; an oval Happy Sport watch playing on her stylishness and chic look, and a Happy Palm paying tribute to the Cannes Film Festival that best suits her identity as an actress. For Cecilia, the Happy Sport watches chosen brings out her inner femininity in contrast to the tough and sporty image she projects; a classic white Happy Sport watch to create a suave and casual look, while an elegant timepiece with a satin strap and a diamond bezel emphasizes the lady within.

Happy Sport Collection expresses a unique visual identity, not only symbolising the Maison’s one-of-a-kind craftsmanship and its sophisticated approach to horological design. It is a collection for women of character, free-spirited and headstrong, who radiate with happiness anywhere and anytime – Like the women who wear it, Happy Sport exudes the glow of happy days.

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Vestiaire Collective | Anna Dello Russo

Vestiaire Collective is pleased to announce a collaboration with Anna Dello Russo to mark the fourth instalment of The Archive Series. Fashion Icon, Creative Consultant and Vogue Editor, Anna has selected 38 unique pieces from her personal jewellery archive to sell on vestiairecollective.com, the leading global marketplace for premium and luxury pre-owned fashion.

Currently Editor At Large for Vogue Japan, Anna’s fashion career spans over 30 years including 18 years at Conde Nast Italia where she worked as a fashion stylist for Vogue Italia and Creative Director for L’Uomo Vogue. Describing herself as an avid collector and a passionate fashionista Anna has been collecting jewellery for over 30 years; “Accessories allow you to play with fashion and to give new life to what you already have in your wardrobe. Wear a necklace, a bracelet, and earrings, hold a clutch and top it all off with a hat, and everything becomes new”. Anna’s values perfectly mirror the ethos of Vestiaire Collective, encouraging consumers to breathe new life into pre-owned fashion through re-use and resale. Christmas is a particularly wasteful time of the year as shoppers head to the high-street to purchase gifts for loved ones. The collaboration is ideally timed for shoppers looking for a sustainable option to finish their Christmas party look or for a special unique gift.

   Shop Anna Dello Russo’s exclusive jewellery archive edit from 15th November 2018 at  vestiairecollective.com.

The Holidays Made by Tiffany Seasonal Surprises with Tiffany’s Brilliant Gifts

 

In celebration of this special season, Tiffany & Co. invited the award-winning photographer, Philippe Jarrigeon, to bring the jewelry house’s legendary figures to life. The Holidays Made by Tiffany tells the lively story of the CLT robot, being named after Tiffany’s founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany (CLT in short) who is created of Tiffany’s signature blue boxes, and his two friends, Man Silver, and Karl, a mouse made of Nymphenburg porcelain. Together, these characters explore their love of the holidays by building the perfect present – a vivid story that is encapsulated in The Holidays Made by Tiffany gifts. Whimsical and glamourous, elegant and playful, the gifts presented by Tiffany this Christmas capture the spirit of the season with delightful vividness.

Tiffany special ribboning for the festive season

Make your wrapping as special as the gift itself, Tiffany presents special ribboning for the season to commemorate The Holidays Made by Tiffany. Available in selected Tiffany stores only at The Landmark, Time Square and 1881 Heritage, this holiday season, the house presents a unique twist on their signature blue boxes, with ribbons coming in bright shades of orange, yellow and pink, in addition to the classic white ribbon of the house.

Vacheron Constantin launches the FIFTYSIX Tourbillon

FIFTYSIX® TOURBILLON

Vacheron Constantin unveiled its Fiftysix® collection in the form of three new models (Self-winding, Day-Date and Complete Calendar), representing the first notes of a new musical score. The cadence is now picking up with a new reference: Fiftysix®  Tourbillon.

Its September 11th 2018 launch at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios is an opportunity for the Maison to announce an exclusive partnership with this legendary location in music history, where English song-artist Benjamin Clementine, one of the faces of the Maison’s new advertising campaign, is giving a private concert to mark this occasion.

CRESCENDO APPASSIONATO – FIFTYSIX® TOURBILLON

Beautifully slender at less than 6 mm thick and equipped with a 22-carat gold peripheral rotor, the calibre of this model may be observed through a transparent caseback revealing all the beauty of the mechanism with its refined ornamentation. The tourbillon alone called for over a dozen hours of chamfering and other hand-crafted finishing operations. Like a metronome, its 2.5 Hz frequency provides a chance to follow its steady beat, framed by a 41 mm-diameter case. On the two-tone opaline-sunburst dial, decoration plays an equally exceptional tune.

Fiftysix Tourbillon 6000E-000R-B488
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6000E 000R B488

Fiftysix Tourbillon 6000E-000R-B488
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6000E 000R B488

THE TEMPO OF THE FIFTYSIX® COLLECTION

The style of the Fiftysix® is a direct tribute to a watch created in 1956: reference 6073. The distinctive design of this iconic model embodies the creativity of the Maison during the 1950s – a period representing the golden age of watchmaking refinement, as well as the heyday of musical creativity. Round, slim and effortlessly elegant, reference 6073 is distinguished by its four lugs each representing a branch of the Maltese cross.

With its classic dial, daring case and avant-garde technical characteristics (it was at the time one of the first watches from the Manufacture to be equipped with a self-winding movement and a waterresistant case), this 1956 watch wove ties between respect for tradition and a taste for innovation. Ties deeply cherished by Vacheron Constantin and now expressed in the Fiftysix® collection picking up several features of the original model: lugs respectively forming one portion of the Maltese cross, a box-type crystal, as well as self-winding movements.

Vacheron Constantin – One Of Not Many Campaign

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Vacheron Constantin unveils its new communications campaig

 “One of not many”. The signature of the new Vacheron Constantin communications campaign defines the exceptional universe it has embodied for more than 260 years. In the prestigious realm of Fine Watchmaking, this is a Maison for connoisseurs, profoundly attached to human values and enriched by expertise passed on across generations of master watchmakers and artisans.

Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the oldest watch manufacturer in continuous operation. For more than 260 years, it has been constantly reinventing itself in keeping with the purest Fine Watchmaking traditions. Its philosophy is grounded on knowledge rather than outward appearance. The constant innovation, the spirit of exploration, the passion and the uncompromisingly high standards of its watchmakers and artisans; the transmission of ancestral skills, the wealth of its heritage and its ability to adapt to its times: such are the values that earn it both recognition and respect within the exclusive circle of Fine Watchmaking connoisseurs.

Through their understated elegance, Vacheron Constantin watches carry within them this identity forged from a subtle balance between technical expertise and aesthetic refinement, between tradition and innovation. They are born of rigorous discipline, humility and a desire for self-surpassing. To embody this spirit, the Maison has chosen to cooperate with talented artists whose personality and work express a constant quest for excellence, openness to the world as well as a spirit of innovation and creativity characterizing Vacheron Constantin. Distinctive, visionary, passionate and acknowledged as experts in their respective fields, they also epitomise the concept of Connoisseurs.

Paving the way is the uniquely compelling artist BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE. Considered one of the most talented musicians of his generation, Clementine has established himself as a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, a contemporary poet and an outstanding vocalist. With a creative spirit that speaks to a generation searching for more, true to his craft, Benjamin Clementine personifies “One of Not Many”.

As for the artist JAMES BAY, creativity is never a given: it is an uncertain formula requiring a fine balance of time, focus and emotion. Far from resting on his laurels after the global success of his first album, he has opted to explore new musical territories and to reinvent himself with a daring and sophisticated second album mingling rock and soul sounds.

Both are associated with the modern and cosmopolitan elegance of the FiftysixR collection. An influential and multidisciplinary designer, ORA ITO adopts the refined lines of the Patrimony collection, a singular expression of the balance between mechanical excellence, aesthetic sobriety and his signature “Simplexity” concept.

CORY RICHARDS, a seasoned photographer and an intrepid explorer who has climbed Mount Everest without oxygen, travels the world to capture its most beautiful images. He shares with the Overseas line the spirit of discovery and openness to the world.

As Laurent Perves, Chief Marketing Officer of the Maison points out: “The worlds in which these talents are active – music, design, exploration and photography – are legitimate and relevant territories in which Vacheron Constantin has long since been present. What is most important in their work and in ours is transcending objects in order to generate emotion.”