Eternity from the Eternal City.

The ring is a classic symbol of forever. And Italian jeweler and watchmaker Bvlgari looks to its most intriguing emblem to create its bold take on the traditional keepsake.

Seemingly in motion, the pavé diamond scales of these Serpenti Viper rings say your wishes for a prosperous year ahead mean forever. And for a gift your loved one can treasure for this Lunar New Year and beyond, the alluring Serpenti Seduttori Watch makes an iconic keepsake of time.

Wanna see more? Come into the beautiful world of Bvlgari.

Introducing The New Panerai Platinumtech Luminor Marina Watch

Giovanni Panerai opens his watchmaker’s shop on Ponte alle Grazie in Florence: serving not only as a shop and workshop but also as the city’s first watchmaking school, Officine Panerai’s history begins here. The shop later moves to its current location in the Palazzo Arcivescovile in Piazza San Giovanni, changing its name to ‘Orologeria Svizzera’ at the beginning of the twentieth century.

To meet the military needs of the Royal Italian Navy, which it had already been supplying with high precision instruments for a number of years, Officine Panerai creates Radiomir, a radium-based powder that gives luminosity to the dials of sighting instruments and devices. Reference to the name ‘Radiomir’ is documented in the supplement to the patent filed in France on 23 March 1916. The substance’s high visibility and the paint’s excellent underwater adhesive qualities immediately make the radium paste a key element in Officine Panerai’s production. The Radiomir patent will be the first of the many patents filed to mark Panerai’s history of innovation.

The actual production of the Radiomir models with the 1936 features takes place two years later. In order to implement the functions of the prototype, Officine Panerai makes a number of changes and starts producing a new Radiomir model with the following features: the use of overlapping plates for the dial, the upper part having perforated indices and numerals so as to make the radium paint more readable and luminescent; the wire lugs are made more resistant, comprising a metal bar folded at both ends and welded to the case middle. A further innovation that improves underwater visibility relates to the numbering of the dial, which has just 4 large Arabic numerals at the cardinal points and a series of indices, hour and minute hands, but without a small seconds hand.

A new self-luminous substance, Luminor, supersedes the radium-based paste. Tritium (hydrogen isotope) based, this compound is protected by the patent filed on 11 January 1949 under the ‘Luminor’ trademark. Officine Panerai draws inspiration from the name of its newly patented substance for its other historical model that follows the Radiomir watch – the Luminor.

The evolution from Radiomir to Luminor is completed. The Second World War having drawn to a close, the Florentine company continues the technical research begun at the start of the war, culminating in the development of the Luminor, characterized by the crown-protecting bridge, with reinforced wire lugs created from the same block of steel as the case, the cushion-shaped case as in the Radiomir 1940 and the flat, wider bezel. Nowadays the models with this case are known as Luminor 1950.

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of its iconic Luminor collection the Italian watchmaker is offering a 70-year warranty, including all servicing costs, on its new Platinumtech Luminor Marina.

Not only does the price tag cover all running costs for what is essentially a lifetime of wear but Panerai has made its case from Platinumtech, an Platinum-based alloy created in the brand’s Swiss Laboratorio di Idee R&D centre for increased hardness and to better preserve the watch’s box fresh appearance over the years.

The watch has a date window at the three o’clock and a small seconds at the nine o’clock dictated by the three-day Calibre P.9010 automatic movement inside. and features an olive green sandwich dial finished with vibrant sunburst brushing, whilst a metallic ‘70 Year Warranty’ logo has been applied to the sapphire crystal caseback.

Panerai previously backed its 2017 Lab-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days with a 50-year warranty and servicing, clearly confident in the work it had undertaken to remove the need for liquid lubricants, the weak link in mechanical watchmaking and the reason watches need servicing like cars, from the movement of that watch.

That offer trounced all other warranties being offered in the watch industry (IWC offers the next longest warranty at eight years) so this new period only widens the gap. Of course with such a long period of warranty being offered (someone purchasing the Carbotech at launch will still have 46 years of warranty coverage) no-one has been able to test either the claimed longevity of the watch or the T&Cs of the warranty.

But that watch, which used a host of high tech materials including tantalum-based ceramic and DLC-coated silicon, came with a $53,470 USD price tag, so it can be assumed that at least some of the predicted future servicing costs were built into the price.

This new watch, however, uses a stock P.9010 automatic movement and, at $36,900, offers a considerable saving over its predecessor. This would appear to suggest that Panerai is either confident that one of its in-house movements will need minimal attention over a 70-year period, which frankly I’d doubt of any movement being made today, or that the brand has one again priced the watch to take into account potential future costs.

Priced at $39,600 USD the Panerai Platinumtech Luminor Marina comes in limited edition of 70 pieces and is available exclusively through its network of boutiques. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Panerai.

Plastic Surgeon and Breast Reconstruction Specialist Dr. Constance Chen Offers Practical Tips about Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipples are a common and normal variation in nipple shape. Also called retracted nipples, inverted nipples turn inward toward the breast instead of protruding. They occur in either one or both breasts, in both men and women, and may be congenital – present from birth – or may develop later in life.

As many as 10% of women may have one or both nipples inverted. Inverted nipples are not generally a cause for concern and require treatment only if they interfere with breastfeeding, if there is an underlying medical condition that must be addressed, or to satisfy aesthetic preferences.

Dr. Constance M. Chen, Breast specialist and plastic surgeon

Nipple inversion may be permanent or temporary, with the nipples fluctuating between inverted and erect. Some women experience inversion during pregnancy even if their nipples weren’t inverted before. While nipple sensitivity varies from person to person, inverted nipples are not ordinarily less sensitive to stimulation than erect nipples.

There are different grades of nipple inversion that may help determine whether it will interfere with breastfeeding or if treatment is needed. At the lowest level of inversion, the nipple can be easily pulled out and may remain protruding for some time. At a moderate level, the nipple can be pulled out, but will retract when released. With the most severely inverted nipples, it may be difficult or impossible to pull the nipple out. The higher the level of inversion, the more likely breastfeeding is to be difficult or impossible.

Breastfeeding is often problem-free with inverted nipples by having the baby latch onto the entire areola. Also, inverted nipples sometimes protrude naturally during pregnancy and breastfeeding or can be made to protrude by stimulation. Devices such as a ‘nipple shield’ that helps the baby latch on or a ‘breast shield’ that helps the nipple protrude may be helpful.

There are several treatment options for inverted nipples, most of them temporary and all of which should be discussed with a doctor to determine the best solution for each individual. There are home exercises for drawing the nipple out as well as suction devices that achieve a similar result in some cases. Inverted nipples can also be surgically corrected.

“Surgical options try to preserve the milk ducts to enable breastfeeding, but sometimes the milk ducts will be divided. When the milk ducts are disrupted to correct an inverted nipple, future breastfeeding may be difficult or even impossible”, says Dr. Chen. In either case, the procedure, generally performed under local anesthesia, involves a very small incision under the nipple through which a fine instrument is used to detach the fibers and duct(s) that are holding the nipple in an inverted position. A suture placed beneath the nipple then keeps it in position.

While inverted nipples aren’t generally medically troublesome, particularly when present since birth or when occurring gradually, over several years, there are indications that require medical attention. Nipples that had been protruding but flatten or turn inward suddenly or in a short period of time should be brought to the attention of a doctor. Other symptoms that require medical examination include discharge, a lump or swelling of the nipple, dimpling or thickening of the skin, and redness or pain.

“Inverted nipples are one of the many normal variations in the breast”, says Dr. Chen. “Depending on the degree of inversion, they may be easily manipulated to enable breastfeeding and they may be made to protrude for some period of time. When they cause distress for any reason, surgical correction is usually minimally invasive. As with many such procedures, correction can have a positive effect on a woman’s physical and emotional well-being”.

About Dr. Constance M. Chen

Constance M. Chen, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City with special expertise in the use of innovative natural techniques to optimize medical and cosmetic outcomes for women undergoing breast reconstruction. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Weill Cornell Medical College and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr. Chen is frequently invited to lecture nationally and internationally on new advancements in breast reconstruction and the surgical treatment of lymphedema. She is the author of three books, five book chapters, and fifty journal articles. She has also won numerous awards for her work in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the local, regional, and national levels.

Dr. Chen has developed a reputation in the community for the personalized attention that she devotes to her patients. She is committed to aesthetic restoration of the breast and body, and enjoys helping her patients achieve overall well-being. At the end of the day, there is nothing more important to her than the joy she hopes to bring to her patients’ lives. Come into the beautiful world of Dr. Constance M. Chen.

Canadian Watchmaker Bradley Taylor Goes Solo With The Paragon

Canadian watchmaker Bradley Taylor’s passion for watchmaking was ignited in Le Locle, Switzerland where he attended Korpela & Hofs Watchmaking Competence Centre to study traditional watchmaking. He absorbed generations of knowledge learning under the venerable Henrik Korpela, attaining his watchmaking diploma in 2015 after successfully completing the demanding 4500-hour program.

Soon after graduating and working in after-sales service he was trained at Patek Philippe in Geneva, passing their challenging level II certification over the course of one month. Opportunity arose when his friend and fellow watchmaker Charles Birchall moved back to Toronto from the Isle of Man and the two started brainstorming. They started the first luxury Canadian watchmaking company Birchall & Taylor in Toronto, developing and making two watch models, the Reference 1 and 1R.

Sadly, Birchall & Taylor closed its doors for good in the face of COVID-19 despite showing great promise with its debut Reference 1 and 1R watches, of which 35 were sold around the world. Now, Bradley continues to follow his passion making watches to his own vision and standards from the beautiful west coast in Vancouver, Canada.

The Canadian watchmaker has revealed his first solo watch, the Paragon, a 39mm stainless steel 3Hz automatic, he produced in a spare bedroom during the pandemic. Taylor, who is based in Kitsilano, Vancouver, produced the watch to develop his own individual style, searching for a modern guilloché (the finely engraved repeating patterns on traditional dials) style as well as seeking to explore hand and numeral design. 

The quality of the Paragon’s dial is outstanding, both in detail and finish. Available in purple, light blue, or black – as well as custom colours on request – the dial is classical but striking its use of the spiral ‘La Tornade’ guilloché to frame the centre. 

In the spirit of traditional établissage (or division of labor) watchmaking, Bradley Taylor turned to perhaps the world’s most renowned dial-maker Kari Voutilainen and his Swiss dial-making company, Comblémine. The new La Tornade guilloché pattern can be seen running around the border of the dial and again on the small seconds sub dial, this time in reverse.

Bradley Taylor turned to Canadian typographer Ian Brignell to create a distinct set of numerals to serve as hour markers, which are machined before being finely polished and then individually applied, and the ‘Bradley Taylor’ word set which is printed on the dial. Each carbon steel hand is first laser cut to achieve the correct profile and then shaped and polished by hand, with each taking 20 hours to perfect before being heat treated to attain the correct color, which customers can specify.

Bradley Taylor selected the recently developed 5401/32 automatic movement from Vaucher SA (the movement manufacturer owned by Parmigiani Fleurier which has suppled movements to Richard Mille among others) to power the Paragon. The movement features hand-finished internal bevels, Cotes de Geneve striping and a 22k yellow gold winding rotor, which Comblémine finished with the same La Tornade guilloché pattern.

With a diameter of 39 mm and height of 9.8 mm, the Paragon is very much a gentleman’s dress watch. Though its form is simple, details like the flat, concave bevel and generously fluted lugs given it a bit of flair. A detail that is especially intriguing and illustrative of the attention to detail in its design are the screws for the case back.

Unable to obtain screws that met his aesthetic sensibilities, Mr Taylor developed his own, which he believes are the smallest square-slot screws ever made. Like the components of the dial, each screw is hand-finished. The unusual screw head is modelled on the square-drive Robertson screw invented by fellow Canadian P.L. Robertson in 1908, which was once used in Ford Model Ts assembled in Canada.

Notably, despite its genteel styling, the Paragon has been constructed to be surprisingly robust – allowing it to be an elegant, everyday watch – boasting an unusual water-resistance rating of 120 m.

Bradley Taylor will produce just 12 pieces of the Paragon with each priced $22,000 USD, please inquire about availability and purchasing. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Bradley Taylor for more information.

Dolce & Gabbana The One Luminous Night

Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana presents an olfactory journey to the Middle East with a new exclusive edition of their The One Collection. Following Royal Night, and Mysterious Night, Luminous Night it is the third exclusive edition for men ‘to fuse the richness of Italian tradition with the aromatic treasures of the Arabian world’.

An olfactory interpretation of starlit nights.

In this aromatic edition of the quintessentially Italian fragrance, Dolce & Gabanna’s The One for Men is transported to the Middle East. The One Luminous Night places its wearer under the stars, where fresh notes of bergamot, pepper and geranium are illuminated by the richness of sweet dates, sage, and incense, echoing the clash of cool night air with the glow of celestial bodies. This intensely evocative fragrance created by perfumer Jean-Christophe Herault conjures the magic and splendour of a star-studded Arabian night.

Dolce & Gabbana Luminous Night is a sophisticated, spicy oriental scent that explores the contrast between the chill of the cool night sky and the warmth of the golden stars. Jean Christophe Herault captures this contrast in olfactory form, setting smoky incense against sweet dates. This blend of hot and cold creates an enigmatic scent, reminiscent of a desert breeze beneath the celestial vault.

Top notes: basil, bergamot, black bepper
Heart: Dates, Geranium, Sage
Base: Sandalwood, Incense, Amber

The One Luminous Night opens with quintessentially Italian notes of basil and zesty bergamot, enlivened by spicy black pepper. At the heart, the delicate sweetness of dates, a classic Middle Eastern delicacy, is blended with aromatic sage and crisp geranium. The warm aspect of the dates is echoed by the creaminess of sandalwood in the base of the fragrance, meeting smoky accents of incense and a lingering trail of amber.

Mirroring the graphic architectural form and clean, geometric lines of the original The One for Men fragrance, the glass flacon is now reinvented in a rich deep blue, evoking the intensity of the Arabian night sky. The gold details of the cap and gilded Arabic script, set against the dark blue glass, reflect the radiance of the gleaming stars.

Dolce & Gabbana The One Luminous Night is available as 100 ml Eau de Parfum at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Dolce & Gabbana.

French Maison Chaumet celebrates Lunar New Year

Since its creation in 1780 in Paris, Chaumet’s history merges with the history of France, quickly becoming the official jeweler of Empress Josephine. The House’s Fine Jewelry know-how has been passed down for nearly 240 years from one generation to the next. Created in the heart of Place Vendôme, the jewellery and watchmaking creations, for women and men, reflect these exceptional know-how and bear witness to Parisian taste.

To celebrate Lunar New Year on February 12th, the French Maison has created colourful and elegant boutique windows. The refined decor pays tribute to this year’s Chinese zodiac sign by reinterpreting the Ox ideogram in the way of calligraphy. The windows can be admired in their Chaumet boutiques across Asia until the end of February.

Discover Chaumet’s iconic Joséphine, Liens, Jardins and Dandy collections – and much more – in their boutiques or order from their Distance Sales Service to receive your Chaumet piece at home.

Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.

Kim Jones made his Haute Couture debut for Fendi

Kim Jones made his Haute Couture debut for Fendi on January 27 at the Palais Brongniart in Paris. Named Artistic Director of Women’s collections of the Roman house last September, the British designer is also head of Dior Men. Inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf and timeless Italian codes, Kim Jones proposes a romantic vision of the Fendi woman.

The only surviving recording of writer Virginia Woolf is from a 1937 BBC radio broadcast series called ‘Words Fail Me’. Kim Jones chose her mysterious voice to open his first haute couture show for Fendi, setting the tone for the collection: “Words, English words, are full of echoes, of memories, of associations – naturally. They have been out and about, on people’s lips, in their houses, in the streets, in the fields, for so many centuries”.

Words infuse the collection, from love letters written by Virginia Woolf to her lover Vita Sackville-West, to her novel ‘Orlando’, inscribed on mother of pearl minaudières or leather boots. The set for the show also referenced the author in a glass labyrinth decorated with bookcases to create intimate ‘rooms of their own’.

For his first haute couture show, Kim Jones surrounded himself with longtime friends including Demi Moore, Kate Moss and her daughter Lila, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Cara Delevingne. They took to the runway alongside androgynous models with carmine lips wearing long flowing capes to the sound of Max Richter’s soundtrack.

Fendi represents artisanal quality of the highest order, and it is all about family. It is in its third generation with a Fendi at its helm, and I am guest starring while bringing in the fourth.

Kim Jones

In addition to literature, Kim Jones also found inspiration in the murals painted by Virginia Woolf’s sister Vanessa Bell at Charlheston Farmhouse, the regular meeting place of the Bloomsbury group to which they belonged. Her decorative motifs are embroidered on gowns. Another key theme of the collection is marble, mirrored on an imperial gown worn by Naomi Campbell. The marble palette is a tribute to the Galleria Borghese in Italy, a country adored by the Bloomsbury group, and above all the native land of the Fendi family.

The history of Fendi provided a final and equally central inspiration for Kim Jones’ maiden haute couture collection. He paid tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, who shared his love of literature and was his predecessor at Fendi for over 50 years. The final Fendi monograms designed by Karl are beaded onto boots. The history of Fendi is that of the family that founded the Maison in 1925. Silvia Venturini Fendi is today Artistic Director for menswear and accessories, while jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez Fendi also walked the runway. As Kim Jones noted, “Fendi represents artisanal quality of the highest order, and it is all about family. It is in its third generation with a Fendi at its helm, and I am guest starring while bringing in the fourth”.

Come into the beaautiful world of Fendi.

Managing Scleroderma Takes a Team – and Your Dermatologist is a Key Player

The nonprofit Scleroderma Foundation reports that about 300,000 people in the United States contend with this difficult and sometimes debilitating condition. Scleroderma typically involves the skin but can also affect a range of other body systems, including the muscles, joints, digestive tract, heart, lungs, and kidneys.

Scleroderma, presents as hardening of the skin. But skin changes are just one aspect. There are two main types of scleroderma: localized and systemic. Today, we know that a team of doctors and a range of treatments are needed to treat scleroderma, so patients can maximize their quality of life.

Dr. Allison Britt Kimmins

“With scleroderma,” explains Dr. Britt Kimmins, “the body’s collagen production goes into overdrive. On the skin, this extra collagen manifests as hard patches. However, if the condition is systemic, the overproduction also takes place internally, affecting organs, tightening them and limiting their function.”

Though affecting all ages, most cases start between the ages of 30 and 50. The exact cause is not known, but vascular alterations, autoimmune activity and defects in collagen synthesis may play a role. Genetics may play a role as well. Children with the condition are more likely to have a relative with the disease. Race may be a factor in the type of scleroderma seen: African Americans have higher rates of systemic scleroderma: Women are affected more than men. Finally, environment may play a role, as scleroderma has been linked to exposure to substances such as silica dust.

Dermatologists are often the first specialist to diagnosis the patient. And early diagnosis is key to limiting damage.

Dr. Allison Britt Kimmins

Left untreated, hardened patches of skin can result in restricted movement, and in some cases, skin patches will extend to underlying tissue. The more serious systemic scleroderma requires treatment to limit the involvement of internal organs. “There is no single test for scleroderma,” explains Dr. Britt Kimmins. “Diagnosis requires careful evaluation, including a thorough patient history, skin biopsy, blood tests, and imaging. Often dermatologists and rheumatologists work together to formulate a treatment plan”.

After the diagnosis, is made, depending on disease severity, a team of specialists can coordinate treatment. “There is no ‘cure’ for scleroderma,” says Dr. Britt Kimmins. “But prompt treatment can limit permanent damage and help maintain quality of life.”

With that in mind, Dr. Britt Kimmins offers the following suggestions.

5 Tips to Manage Scleroderma

1. Don’t wait to see your dermatologist: “The first signs,” explains Dr. Britt Kimmins, “may be hardened areas of skin and discoloration.” Seeing a dermatologist can lead to a diagnosis. Then, interventions can take place: skin treatment, physical and occupational therapy to support movement, and specialists in the case of systemic involvement, which may require immune treatments”.

2. Surface changes may go deeper: “Certain skin changes can provide clues that aid in the diagnosis,” advises Dr. Britt Kimmins. “With localized scleroderma, there are often dark and light tone changes. But a salt-and-pepper pattern may indicate that organs are affected. Similarly, onset of Raynaud’s syndrome – where extremities go numb and lose color due to cold or stress – can indicate organ involvement”.

3. Light therapy holds a spectrum of benefits: “Different kinds of phototherapy can benefit scleroderma,” notes Dr. Britt Kimmins. For changes in appearance, intense pulsed therapy can treat darkened skin, and laser therapy can address broken blood vessels and improve skin texture. Narrowband UVB therapy can treat surface skin patches, and UVA therapy can address deeper levels of involvement. PUVA treatment – psoralen medication and UVA therapy has been found to be effective in treating hardened skin. And extracorporeal photopheresis, which involves treating the patient’s white blood cells with PUVA, is an emerging treatment for systemic scleroderma.

4. Elevate your skin care routine: “Scleroderma can cause painful calcium deposits and sores, as well as skin dryness and fragility, ” emphasizes Dr. Britt Kimmins. “A gentle skin care routine can help prevent further damage and infection: Gentle cleansing, effective moisturizing and keeping the skin warm to support circulation, are important in slowing down disease progression. And patients should avoid any collagen-boosting or tightening beauty treatments”.

5. Research matters: “New treatments for scleroderma are emerging,” notes Dr. Britt Kimmins. “As stated above, a multi-specialty approach in the treatment of scleroderma provides the best chance for improvement and control”.

About: Dr. Allison Britt Kimmins

Dr. Allison Britt Kimmins, MD, MPH, is board-certified in dermatology.

Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York, New Jersey & PA) is one of the leading dermatology centers in the nation, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and state-of-the-art medical technologies. Come into the beautiful world of Advanced Dermatology P.C..

                                                                   

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Soleil Cristal

French Maison Lancôme has expanded its La Vie Et Belle Collection with a new edition that will surely attract the attention of many fans of this popular line. Although it comes as this year’s flanker of the original, it seems to me that this new creation will arouse the desire of many others who have not favored the La Vie Est Belle line so far. The composition is different, a little less sweet, and more exotic and subtly powdery.

The radiance of the sun has been captured within Lancôme’s newest launch of 2021. La Vie Est Belle Soleil Cristal truly welcomes in the Spring/Summer season; a dazzling, solar energy, illuminating happiness. 

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Soleil Cristal will offer juicy notes of mandarin oil and its solar sweetness mixed with bergamot and bright pink pepper in the opening. The goal is to emphasize the tropical flowers of ylang-ylang in the heart, which is embraced within white jasmine and orange blossoms, sprinkled with a delicate powdery veil. A flirtation  between fine elegance and mild exoticism is achieved by adding a blend of vanilla and coconut at the base, deepened by the warmth and earthy shade of patchouli.

Housed in the iconic La Vie Est Belle flacon, in you hand, the La Vie Est Belle Soleil Cristal perfume flacon reveals its infinite holographic shades, like a crystal enchanted by the light that passes through it. From its warm golden heart to the tip of its iridescent wings, light radiates from the perfume flacon like a halo of happiness. The flacon is a physical depiction of the name, Soleil Cristal.  

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Soleil Cristal is available as 50 and 100ml Eau de Parfum at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Lancôme.