John Hardy Launches Tiga Classic Chain: A Vintage Reissue

John Hardy is pleased to introduce Tiga Classic Chain as an evolution to the iconic Classic Chain® collection. While revisiting the origins of John Hardy, Creative Director Hollie Bonneville Barden discovered this triangular iteration of our signature Classic Chain, originally developed in the 1980s by our master artisans in Bali. Tiga Classic Chain returns with a modern pyramidal form that adds height to you stack and locks with a reimagined doubled-faceted clasp for women and men. Translating into the Balinese word for “three”, Tiga references the harmony of self, soul and nature – when aligned, they ignite a powerful force.

Inspired by the signature weave of our Classic Chain, this technique is descended directly from traditional Balinese chain-weaving, where women weave offerings of flowers for the gods as well as cloth and baskets as a part of daily life. Traditionally, weaving was an art that took place in the home, empowering women to bring prosperity to their families. To this day, our Classic Chain collection is still woven 100% by women. Artisan handcrafted every step of the way, the process begins with the creation of the wire itself, pulled through metal draw plates, and ending with the final process involving the precise hammering to achieve the sharp angles and signature pyramid shape.

The collection reaches pinnacle expression in our Fall 2019 campaign where both muses Penélope Cruz and Adwoa Aboah show their magnetic yet grounded spirits while highlighting the various offerings of this soulful evolution to Chain. Cruz combines the designs, pairing a bold, graphic Tiga Classic Chain bracelet stack with dramatic hoop earrings, while Aboah remains true to her signature aesthetic highlighting the new Tiga Classic Chain necklace layered with fine, gold Classic Chain® and a myriad of earrings.

Melding the past with the present, Tiga offers an angular interpretation of the John hardy archive in styles for both men in bracelets and women in a variety of bracelets, necklaces and rings.  In Hong Kong, the collection will be exclusively available first at Sogo Department Store in Causeway Bay beginning August 1st,, and available from September onwards in Gateway Boutique and Lane Crawford.

Qeelin Press Release: Wang Wang – the most special bond

When being asked who might make for the ideal companion, many would point to a picture of their dog. Using the most precious gemstones, the Wang Wang collection is an ode to the special bond between humans and their companions, bringing familiar comfort to your life adventures. Through ingenious artisanship, various ‘breeds’ of Wang Wang come to life with nodding heads and wagging tails, pinned onto pendants, rings and bracelets imbued with stylish design and crafted with shining sapphires, pink sapphires and diamonds in rose gold or white gold. Since its introduction in 2015, the Wang Wang collection has welcomed ten adorable members, each with their own distinct personality, including Chihuahua, Toy Poodle, French Bulldog, Bulldog, Dachshund, Schnauzer, Golden Retriever and Labrador. With Wang Wang, invite friendship, companionship, good luck and good fortune into your life.

Handpicked Buccellati Jewellery

Let Your Love Blossom this Qixi Festival with Handpicked Buccellati Jewellery

Buccellati, the renowned Italian jewellery house, presents a handpicked selection of jewellery for you to express your love this Qixi Festival in bright Italian splendour. The Opera Color Limited Edition pendant, launched to mark the brand’s centennial celebrations, reflects the unique fragility and sincerity of true love. The heart-shaped pendant from the Ramage and Rombi collection and the Éternelle ring offer a demonstration of the passionate pursuit of exquisite craftmanship that is integral to the Buccellati brand, brewing a deep romance and long-lasting love between partners.

In celebration of the House’s 100th anniversary, Buccellati has launched a brand-new Opera Color Limited Edition pendant. Available in 14 different colours and materials, the collection highlights a diverse variety of beauty with pieces that come in unique hues and styles – symbolic of love that manifests in different forms, shapes and sizes. From bold wildness, and sweet elegance, the use of different gemstones in the collection exudes their individual artisanal value and emphasizes the Brand’s sophisticated detailing.

The Ramage collection pendant showcases the Brand’s signature openwork leaf pattern with the use of simple yet intricately drawn lines. These details introduce imagery of an eternal romance, perfectly complementing its heart-shaped frame. Another classic Buccellati piece is the Rombi pendant, which draws inspiration from the Renaissance period. The pendant is made up of a series of fine cut-outs and refined engravings that highlight the sharp geometric shapes incorporated into the design. With a touch of delicacy and skill that distinctly mark the Brand’s exquisite engraving techniques, this sophisticated pendant design is an embodiment of timeless intimacy and affection.

The Buccellati Éternelle rings pay tribute to the delicate nature of romantic love, with uninterrupted flows and shapes reflecting the quintessential craftsmanship of Buccellati. Inspired by culture and art from the Renaissance period, the Éternelle rings feature sparkling diamonds embedded in the lace-like metal ring frames. The Brand’s signature “modellato” engraving technique is used along the borders of the rings, completing the pieces’ elegantly light look. The Éternelle ring from the Ramage collection embraces the concept of eternity, while the Éternelle ring from the Rombi collection seamlessly radiates elegance and class with its iconic geometric shapes.

 

Be bold in your expression of love this coming Qixi Festival and let romance blossom in classic Buccellati style, with great Italian elegance, sophistication and beauty.

Two New OMEGA Timepieces for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Countdown

OMEGA celebrates the 1-year countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

with Two Limited Edition Watches

As the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, OMEGA has celebrated the 1-year countdown to Tokyo 2020 on the 24th of July, together with the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. To mark the special occasion, an official countdown clock was proudly unveiled in Marunouchi Central Square in downtown Tokyo. As the countdown continues and the anticipation builds, OMEGA is releasing two new Tokyo 2020 Limited Editions watches to celebrate the event.

Seamaster Planet Ocean Tokyo 2020 Limited Edition

OMEGA has crafted this patriotic Seamaster with a true Japanese touch. The 39.5 mm case is in stainless steel and includes a white ceramic bezel ring with its diving scale in OMEGA Liquidmetal™.  In tribute to the year of Tokyo 2020, the number 20 on the bezel is filled with red liquid ceramic. The polished white ceramic dial continues the Tokyo theme with a special lollipop central seconds hand! Beautifully representing the flag of Japan, its tip has been crafted with a varnished red dot.

Also limited to just 2,020 models, this timepiece is driven by the OMEGA Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 and features a sapphire crystal caseback with a transferred Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games emblem. It is delivered on a white leather strap and includes a stainless steel bracelet and additional NATO strap in its presentation box.

The retail price is HK$61,100

 

Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020 Limited Edition

For this sporty Tokyo 2020 model, OMEGA has introduced the collection’s first ceramic dial – crafted with a polished blue finish and a laser-engraved Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games emblem. Elsewhere, the symmetrical 41 mm case is built from stainless steel and includes a sapphire crystal caseback with a transferred Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games emblem.

Limited to just 2,020 pieces, the watch comes ready for action on a structured blue rubber strap and includes an additional stainless steel bracelet in its special presentation box. Inside, the timepiece is driven by the OMEGA Master Chronometer Calibre 8900.

The retail price is HK$51,400

Within its elegant 38 mm steel case, polished or set with 70 diamonds, the Arceau Petite Lune watch conceals various playful and singular details. The sparkling white dial sprinkled with pearl grey numerals features a mischievous Moon.

This impish heavenly body, escaped from a Hermès silk scarf, is freely inspired by Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Hovering between fanciful and rigorous facets, the Arceau Petite Lune watch is powered by the Manufacture Hermès H1837 self-winding movement complete with moon phase module.

BUCCELLATI 100th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN PARIS, DURING THE HAUTE COUTURE WEEK

To celebrate the centenary of the House, founded in 1919, Buccellati has planned a whole day of “open doors” at its new boutique in rue Saint-Honoré, Paris, to showcase the stunning new High Jewellery pieces. Andrea, Maria Cristina and Lucrezia Buccellati were there to describe the brand-new creations handcrafted for this big occasion.

Tiffany & Co

Tiffany & Co. announces a new exhibition opening in Shanghai, China, “Vision & Virtuosity,” celebrating the legendary jeweler’s greatest creative masterpieces. The first of its kind for Tiffany, “Vision & Virtuosity” was conceived as a journey through history, an exploration of Tiffany’s brand codes and a glimpse of what’s to come. It’s an immersive view into the acclaimed house that honors its past while revealing the importance of this unique history to the present. Shanghai, a global capital with a rich cultural heritage and international influence, is a fitting destination for an exhibition of this caliber.

“‘Vision & Virtuosity’ is a tribute to Tiffany & Co., which has stood for masterful craftsmanship and innovative design since Charles Lewis Tiffany founded his company in New York City in 1837,” said Alessandro Bogliolo, chief executive officer, Tiffany & Co. “These two values—vision and virtuosity—lie at the heart of Tiffany & Co. and this exhibition represents the best of our brand.”

“Vision & Virtuosity” transports visitors to an imaginative world that showcases the most important objects from The Tiffany Archives. The exhibition’s installations contextualize the brand’s trailblazing moments, documenting the numerous “Tiffany firsts” such as the introduction of the modern engagement ring, the Tiffany® Setting.

“There are many incredible objects in The Tiffany Archives that we draw inspiration from and we are constantly finding ways to reinvent and reinterpret them for our designs today,” said Reed Krakoff, chief artistic officer, Tiffany & Co. “With this exhibition, we honor the past and show how beauty and masterful craftsmanship are timeless and always relevant.”

The thematic journey takes visitors through six chapters devoted to Tiffany & Co.’s longstanding history of excellence in design and craftsmanship

Blue Is the Color of Dreams

The robin’s-egg Tiffany Blue® takes center stage in this room, which highlights the iconic color used in Tiffany jewelry, branding and its important presence as a cultural icon. Paying tribute to Tiffany’s legacy of discovering and introducing colored gemstones, this room features stones such as Montana sapphires and tanzanites—a purplish-blue stone that Tiffany introduced to the world in 1968.

The World of Tiffany

A visual testament to the breadth of Tiffany’s representation in popular culture, The World of Tiffany installation showcases Tiffany’s iconic influence in film, television, music and literature. This space highlights the evolution of the Tiffany Blue Box®, the construction of the Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York City, influential figures who have donned Tiffany jewels and other definitive moments that have positioned Tiffany as a destination that creates joy through its inspiring designs.

The Tiffany Blue Book

Visitors will discover the innovation and artistry behind the high jewelry pieces that define the Blue Book collections. This room presents everything from the original 1845 Blue Book, the United States’ first mail-order catalogue, to the transcendent works of Jean Schlumberger and Elsa Peretti. This room tells the story of the design evolution and the craftsmanship that have informed Tiffany’s inventiveness for nearly two centuries, including pieces from current Tiffany & Co. chief artistic officer Reed Krakoff’s Blue Book collections.

Tiffany Love

Tiffany has always crafted designs that celebrate connections and the way people express their feelings through tokens of love. The objects in this room offer a glimpse into the important role that Tiffany has played in the world’s greatest love stories, including the design of the first modern engagement ring, the Tiffany® Setting and the newly introduced Tiffany True™ engagement ring.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

No other film has had such a profound role in cementing Tiffany’s allure in popular culture than Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This chapter takes visitors behind the scenes of the film with its curation of exclusive objects such as the original script with Audrey Hepburn®’s personal annotations and behind-the-scenes photos at the Fifth Avenue flagship store.

Diamonds: Miracles of Nature

In this room, visitors are invited to discover Tiffany’s most treasured and important diamonds. Diamonds: Miracles of Nature pays tribute to Tiffany’s diamond authority through the ages, from the Gilded Age and Art Deco periods to contemporary designs. The exhibition culminates with the crowning jewel of Tiffany—the Tiffany Diamond. This 128.54-carat fancy yellow diamond, which has long been a source of inspiration and a starting point for jewelry collections at Tiffany, is unequivocally one of the most important gemstones in the world.

Exhibition Name                   : Vision & Virtuosity

Exhibition Date                     : From 23rd September to 10th November, 2019

Exhibition Venue                  : Fosun Foundation Shanghai, China

JOHN HARDY – Fall 2019 Collection

John Hardy is pleased to present the newest collection from Creative Director Hollie Bonneville Barden. In admiration of the dramatic beauty of Bali, the mythical island where the brand’s story originates, the Fall 2019 collection is fueled by the transformative spirit of nature.

“Drawing from our heritage that’s rich with bold and iconic jewelry, the latest collection brings forth the untamed and elaborate side of John Hardy, made into talismans of power and self-expression,” explains Bonneville Barden.

The Chaumet Garden of Earthly Delights/Chaumet

Faithful to its naturalistic tradition, Chaumet celebrates a living and symbolic flora and fauna by enriching its collections with new creation: captivating brooches and cocktail rings to light up special occasions, and new Bee My Love pieces for everyday wear.

A bouquet of brooches

Les Espiègleries de Chaumet

Inspired by the antics of jungle animals, Chaumet sets out some playful gardening vignettes, inventing a jewellery world in which the natural is a source of spectacle and everyday objects are transformed into poetic subjects. Here, diamonds spill from a spade, wellington boots sprout flowers, a little hen pecks at a big scarecrow, the day’s harvest blooms in an exquisite basket like a jewel box, and a precious drop of water falls from a watering can.

Attrape-Moi

Chaumet’s emblematic collection Attrape-Moi incorporates new bee brooches, revisiting the Maison’s prized imperial emblem, to fasten to a lapel or alight on a dress. _e iconic High Jewellery design unveils unprecedented coloured stones combinations whilst new Precious Jewellery brooches provide a poetic revisiting of the symbolic insect’s stripes.

Broche OEillet

From the dandies of literature to the bright young things of our time, carnations have long bloomed in the buttonholes of men seeking to set themselves apart. Today, Chaumet reinvents this outward sign of refinement as a Precious Jewellery Broche OEillet in diamonds and white gold.

Cocktail rings in bloom

L’Épi de Blé de Chaumet

Sapphires and coloured stones extend the panoply of their joyful palette across High Jewellery rings that evoke the sight of wheat bending in the wind, writing a colourful new chapter in the history of the collection.

A pastoral profusion

Laurier

Celebrating a symbol of immortality and victory that held great importance for Josephine, one that has always been present in the Maison’s creations, Laurier Precious Jewellery is enriched with new diamond-set creations. Rose gold enters the collection in a delicately carved medallion pendant and a band ring that also comes in white gold, on which a branch encircles the finger in the manner of an architectural frieze.

 

L’Épi de blé de Chaumet

A contemporary echo of the wheat sheaf tiaras loved by Josephine, an example of which dating back to 1811 is held by the Maison, the L’Epi de Ble de Chaumet Precious Jewellery collection offers a fresh take on a symbol of fertility and fecundity particularly prized by the Maison. To the rings, bracelet, earrings and brooch are added two creations to complete this cluster of gold and diamond cereals. A necklace emphasises the neckline with its delicate grains and a new brooch, a marker of abundance, gracefully links two light ears of wheat.

World record dive for OMEGA Planet Ocean

At the British Museum in London, OMEGA reveals the watch that made the world’s deepest dive – and the groundbreaking technology behind its success.

 

When Victor Vescovo successfully piloted his deep submergence vehicle DSV Limiting Factor to the bottom of the Mariana Trench earlier this year, the 10,928m dive set a new world record and prompted loud applause from OMEGA’s project team. Along for the record-breaking ride was OMEGA’s Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional. Three of them in fact: two on the submersible’s robotic arms and another on a data-gathering unit dubbed a Lander. All three took the dive in their stride and surfaced completely unscathed.

 

Commenting on their flawless performance under extreme pressure, President and CEO of OMEGA Mr. Raynald Aeschlimann described the Ultra Deep watches as, “Extraordinary pieces of technology that represent OMEGA watchmaking at its most inventive.”

 

Joining the unveiling in London was adventurer Victor Vescovo, who praised OMEGA’s project team for their “ability to create a full ocean timepiece that’s not only super tough, but slim, light and stylish.”

 

OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional – Even tougher testing

 

All of the watches were pressure tested at Triton Sub’s facility in Barcelona with the attendance of a DNV-GL surveyor. The chosen maximum pressure is linked with tolerances required in the Mariana Trench, but to be extra sure and to comply with dive watch standards, OMEGA insisted on adding a 25% safety margin, which meant the watches had to perform perfectly at an astonishing 1500 bars / 15,000 meters.

 

Having passed the Triton tests, OMEGA’s Seamaster Ultra Deep watches were then subjected to the highest level of testing in the watch industry. Post-dive, all watches were put through the rigorous 8 tests over 10 days set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). Even after their extreme underwater journey, each watch achieved Master Chronometer certification.