Jewelry & Watches

Sparklers from Jewelry Shows

Photo Courtesy of Veschetti

The Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition [DJWE], Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and Baselworld 2017 this year saw the launch of some lovely designs.

This time, Italian brand Veschetti caught our eye at the Doha show. Helmed by siblings, Marco and Laura Veschetti, the brand was founded by their father, Mario, in 1949. Along with Laura, Marco creates stunning contemporary pieces set with colorful gems; many of which are inspired by the architectural marvels and history of Italy.

Spinning a web of creativity at Baselworld this year, Canada-based designer Reena Ahluwalia teamed up with Hong-Kong-based Aaron Shum to create Coronet – undeniably, one of the most talked about designs of the year. The first collection is titled Inner Brilliance and uses the patented Coronet setting that ensembles seven round brilliants with an elevated centre diamond set without prongs, creating the effect of a grand solitaire. With remarkable finesse and ingenuity, Reena breathes life and movement into jewelry that spin.

Another show-stealer at Baselworld was the Romeo and Juliet ring designed by Alessio Boschi. In this secret ring, he skillfully created the upper part of the ring as an ode to the beautiful balcony from which Juliet often spoke to Romeo. Flip open the ring, and it reveals Romeo, on his knees, with a rose in his hand – executed in miniature, while hidden inside the gemstone lid lies a miniature 19th century artwork, depicting the two romantic figures. 

High-Jewelry House Boghossian unleashed its creativity through Les Merveilles with an extraordinary mounting technique that allows precious stones to be set on all four sides, with a near invisible metal frame. And Picchiotti celebrated its 50th anniversary with unique pieces, including the precious L’Anfiteatro ring. Other creative pieces we liked were by Andre Marcha and Magerit, while Roberto Demeglio, Annamaria Cammilli Gioielli, Ilias Lalaounis, Dinh Van came up with some eye-catching jewelry.

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When Timeless Diamonds Adorn Fine Jewelry…

Cover Photo Courtesy of Instagram.com/chaumet_arabia

If jewelry could talk, we would fall in love even more with the beauty of diamonds. Nothing can make gold more glamorous than those little sparkling drops of heaven that take every woman’s look to new heights. No matter your taste and your style, diamonds are always here to enhance the beauty of your outfit and add to it an unparalleled touch of elegance.

Be it modern or classic, a diamond-set jewelry piece can do wonders. Yes, even a fine jewel can make a big difference in your look, especially if styled the right way! Necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets all join the party to celebrate femininity and glamour, even in the daylight and through the simplest pieces.

Such versatile pieces are a must-have in every elegant woman’s jewelry box. With this in mind, we have gathered a list of 15 creations that will surely pave their way to your collection of jewels. From Cartier to Van Cleef & Arpels, Dior, Boucheron, Piaget, Versace, Chaumet, Louis Vuitton and many more, the choices are endless yet we’ve picked the best ones for you. Join us to check them out and allow diamonds to take part of your daily life!

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Boucheron, Jack de Boucheron long necklace
 
Dior, Mimirose earring
 
Piaget, Possession bangle
 
Versace, Virya ring
 
Chaumet, Liens Evidence bracelet
 
Tiffany & Co., Paper Flowers necklace
Nada G, Power of Light ring
 
CHANEL, Pétales de Camélia collar
 
Gucci, GG Flora necklace
 
Van CLeef & Arpels, Perlée Couleurs bracelet
 
Louis Vuitton, B Blossom ring
 
Cartier, Clash earrings
 
Pomellato, Brera ring
 
Vhernier, Calla bracelet
 
Chopard, Happy Hearts earrings

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Time in Flowers

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Every watchmaking house has its own special way of interpreting a certain source of inspiration. Using its creativity and expertise, it comes up with marvels that soon become a feast for the eyes, as well as a must-have to accompany us in our daily adventures. Nature is one of those endless sources of inspiration that most houses use in order to create stunning time-tellers, breaking the boundaries of the conventional. One of Mother Nature’s offerings – the finest and most delicate, might we say – are flowers, which bloomed on many dials and cases, exuding a unique sense of femininity and elegance.

Whether we’re talking about a big timepiece that redefines audacity or one with a small dial that offers a modern interpretation of the most classic watches of all times, the world of watchmaking is bursting with beautiful creations that cater to every style. Some houses chose to let their flowers bloom on the dial such as Jaeger-LeCoultre and Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron, while some others like Chaumet planted them on the case in the most delicate of ways. And for the woman who always seeks a modern style, Harry Winston offers two options that will certainly enhance her look.

The list goes on and on, but we made the task of helping you choose your favorite flowery timepiece much easier. Check out our 9-watch list!

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Van Cleef & Arpels, Sweet Alhambra watch
 
Harry Winston, Premier Lotus Automatic watch
 
Chaumet, Hortensia Eden watch
 
Jaeger-LeCoultre, Rendez-Vous Sonatina Purple Orchid watch
 
Girard-Perregaux, Cat's Eye Plum Blossom watch
 
Boucheron, Epure Fleur du Jour watch
 
Van Cleef & Arpels, Charms Extraordinaire Lotus watch
 
Harry Winston, Premier Precious Micromosaic watch
 
Chaumet, Hortensia Voie Lactée watch

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Exclusive Insight on Van Cleef and Arpels’ Exhibition “Delicate Dancers” 

Van Cleef & Arpels’ solid relationship with ballet and opera dates back to more than 70 years and that’s why they are celebrating this source of inspiration through “Delicate Dancers”. Like we said, ballet has and will always be so dear to the brand especially for Louis Arpels, one of the founding Arpels brothers, who made the first designs to express his passion for this kind of art.

The exhibition “Delicate Dancers” will take place from the 1st of August until the 15th of September at the newly opened “Les Salons Van Cleef & Arpels Dubai Opera”, in the Dubai Opera Plaza. In this magical place, visitors will be taken on a trip through time that starts in the 1940s, as they will get the chance to see both, the first and last, amazing ballerina brooches the House has made so far. This will allow them to see first-hand the tradition of feminine figures that the House admires.

Many clips are inspired by dancers who were remarkable throughout history like La Camargo from the 18th century. They are adorned with pleated gold, precious gems, and ornamental stones to perfectly mimic a ballerina on stage. Let’s take a look!

Ballerina clip, made in 1943

 
Dancer clip, made in 1943
 
Ballerina clip, made in 1944
 
Dancer clip, made in 1993
 
Ballerina clip, made in 1945
 
Dancer clip, made in 1947

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Revisiting the Most Iconic Watches for Men

Cover Photo Courtesy of Cartier

Revisiting iconic creations in the world of watchmaking is like honoring the past while creating a more promising future bursting with creativity and innovations. Why recreate an old timepiece when a watchmaking house has the ability to come up with a new, more modern design, might you ask. Well, the answer would definitely be cherishing the legacy and history that gave it the place it truly deserves in the industry. For watch connoisseurs, owning an icon is an achievement and adding it to their collection of time-tellers makes the latter even more valuable and treasurable.

Many houses that have gained an important place in the world of watchmaking resort to revisiting their icons, giving themselves the opportunity to keep their legacy alive, while offering men the features required in a watch born in the modern world. Below are some icons that were revisited in the past few years and worth highlighting.

Cartier, Santos de Cartier Skeleton Noctambule watch
Ordered by aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1904 from Louis Cartier, the Santos de Cartier watch has a rich history in the world of modern wristwatches. It packs a statement through its square-shaped case supplied with intentionally visible screws and this year, the collection sees a new addition for the most modern of men: the new Santos de Cartier Skeleton Noctambule timepiece featuring bridges coated with Super-LumiNova pigments.
Jaeger-LeCoultre, Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon watch
Jaeger-LeCoultre cherishes its history in creating ultra plate watches through its Master collection. The house finds inspiration in its first ultra plate watch created in 1907 to reach new levels of minimalism, lightness and functionality to create a three-line collection with the newest timepiece being the Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon in pink gold.
Bvlgari, Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic watch
Although this Bvlgari timepiece hasn’t been around for more than 17 years, it has managed to make headlines by breaking five world records with its Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic edition – which makes it an icon in its own right. Featuring the thinnest ever mechanical Chronograph in watchmaking history, being an automatic watch with a GMT function and a record-setting 3.3mm thinness are some of the characteristics that gives it such an important place in the industry.
Girard-Perregaux, Laureato Absolute Carbon Glass watch
Girard-Perregaux’s Laureato watch has satisfied the requirements that every man seeks in a watch since its launch in 1975. Every edition speaks to the men of its time in a certain special way and this year, it’s time for the Laureato Absolute Carbon Glass watch to steal the light by introducing Carbon Glass in the world of high watchmaking for the very first time.
Zenith, 50th El Primero Anniversary El Primero A384 Revival watch
After 50 years of producing El Primero watches, Zenith celebrates this legacy with a special edition supplied with an original 1969 case of 37mm diameter and an automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph.
 
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Show-(Droppers)

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There is a certain kind of unbeatable charm in dangling earrings that turn your look upside down. These jewelry marvels come in many shapes and styles that it’s becoming more and more difficult to choose one favorite pair.

In fact, dangling earrings are show-stoppers in their own right. They are so versatile that every woman must invest in one pair at least. Want more reasons to treat yourself to a pair of these gorgeous pieces? Some days, you’re too lazy to wear necklaces, but worry not, as these marvels will adorn your ears without making your neck look bare. This is not all, as dangling earrings are also a way to express your audacious side, especially when paired with other styles on multi-pierced ears – quite a way to pack a statement, don’t you agree?

And for those who don’t like to wear a pair of dangling earrings, you can always unleash your creativity and wear one with a different style on the other ear. Well, some jewelry houses such as Messika Paris have made the task even easier on you by presenting a pair of mismatched earrings – just the way you like them!

Join us to take a look at our favorite picks…

Chopard, Happy Hearts earrings
 
Gemfields, Kayila earrings
 
Pomellato, Sabbia earrings
 
Louis Vuitton, B Blossom earrings
 
Boucheron, Serpent Bohème earrings
 
Dior, Rose des Vents single earring
 
Cartier, Cactus de Cartier earrings
 
Vhernier, Calla earrings
 
Messika Paris, My Twin mismatched earrings
 
Bvlgari, Fiorever earrings
 
Jacquie Aiche, Diamond Showers earrings
 
Nada G, Power of Light earrings
 
Chaumet, Liens Séduction earrings
 
Akillis, Puzzle earrings
 
Pomellato, Nudo earrings

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A New Chapter in Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alhambra Saga

After years of Alhambra creativity and beauty, comes a new chapter as swooning as its predecessors. It’s one that opens our eyes to a new feast, where the guilloché technique’s charm reigns supreme accompanied by the charming sparkle of diamonds and the gleam of gold mother-of-pearl.

This one-of-a-kind combination is the perfect embodiment of what could only be named as a sunny glow – which took over the collection’s new jewelry creations and timepieces. First used by the Maison in the 1910s to embellish watch dials, this traditional technique’s use was extended later on in the 1930s to cases and minaudieres – amongst other pieces – made in precious metal.

Used on yellow gold, the guilloché technique leaves evocative lines, rendering the pieces more radiant than ever by intensifying the flow of light on the surface of the metal. And it’s through a simple interplay between guilloché motifs and diamond-set ones that Van Cleef & Arpels reaches perfection in creativity and beauty. A long necklace and a bracelet bare witness of this glamour as they captivate the gaze with their shifting reflections.

Faithful to the Alhambra aesthetic, the Alhambra motif keeps its delicate beaded contour and its central gold bead for added shimmer and adorns all the novelties in all its grace and beauty. Join us to dive into the new chapter of the Alhambra saga.

Vintage Alhambra pendant
 
Alhambra bracelet
 
Sweet Alhambra watch
 

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