Laurent Ferrier celebrates the return of travel with its Série Atelier ‘Classic Traveller’ in Magnetic-Green

Swiss Maison Laurent Ferrier has just debuted its No.3 from its ‘Série Atelier’ collection in the form of a Classic Traveller with dual time zones characterised by a polished titanium case framing a sunburst magnetic-green dial.

Manufactured in a limited edition of just 15 pieces, the new Classic Traveller Magnetic Green ‘Série Atelier’ is the third of this series produced in very limited quantities and sold exclusively on the brand’s website. It follows the Classic Origin Green, which was launched in 2020 and the blue and orange version of the École Annual Calendar of 2021. 

The watch comes in a 41 mm Grade 5 titanium case offering the softness, domes and curves typical of the ‘pebble-shaped’ cases created by Laurent Ferrier from the very beginning. Its sides, bezel and lugs are perfectly polished offering the same shine of white gold but with the advantage of being four times lighter.

The magnetic-green dial has multiple faces depending on how the light hits the surface thanks to its special finish with a central sunburst surrounded by a soft circular satin-finish. The bevelled dual time-zone aperture at 9 o’clock is visually balanced by the date window at 3 o’clock.

At 6 o’clock, the small seconds are set back from the thickness of the dial. The transferred Arabic numerals in slate grey are set inside an elaborate grid where the track and ten-second sections are marked on a barely perceptible snailed surface. The 18ct white gold drop-shaped applied hour-markers and the hour and minute hands, with their shape resembling the Assegai spears, complete the dial. 

The GMT function is very easy to use. The hour hand located in the centre represents the Local Time. It can be adjusted when travelling across time zones by means of the corrector push-buttons, which cause the hand to jump from hour to hour depending on the distance travelled, forwards or backwards. The time displayed in the window at 9 o’clock is the Home Time. It remains constant regardless of travel and is therefore controlled directly by the crown. 

The manufacture LF230.02 calibre can be appreciated through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback. Beating at a frequency of 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour), this self-winding movement featuring micro-rotor and natural escapement offers a power reserve of 80 hours. 

Its finishes are in line with the highest Haute Horlogerie standards and include the finely circular-grained mainplate, the hand-bevelled bridges decorated with a horizontal rhodium-plated satin finish, the mirror-polished openwork anchor bridge revealing hand-crafted interior angles, the mirror-polished and hand-bevelled rotor bridge, and the bevelled and guilloché rotor.

Matched to a forest-green nubuck strap with Grade 5 titanium buckle, the Laurent Ferrier ‘Série Atelier’ Classic Traveller Magnetic Green (ref. LCF007.T1.V8G) is listed at CHF 62,000 (excluding tax) and is produced in a limited edition of 15 pieces available exclusively at Laurent Ferrier. 

For more information, come into the beautiful and timeless world of Laurent Ferrier.

Week Of Luxury Auctions And Exhibitions At Doyle Begins June 18

Collectors, influencers and fans will converge at Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers for the upcoming week of luxury auctions and exhibitions beginning on June 18. This landmark series of events showcases a dazzling array of Louis Vuitton Luggage & Trunks, Jewelry & Fine Watches, Stage & Screen Memorabilia and Photographs.

Doyle is pleased to present this exciting auction showcasing over 100 lots of luxurious trunks, suitcases, bags and other items by the legendary firm Louis Vuitton. Explore the wide range of rare designs spanning the era of the grand trans-Atlantic liners to the modern jet age. And be sure to take a few ‘travel pics’ at the exhibition! 

Photographs | Auction June 21

Philip Glass and Robert Wilson by Robert Mapplethorpe. Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

Trace the history of the photographic genre through fine examples spanning early photography to contemporary works. Featured are an important large-scale print by Andreas Gursky and Edward Weston’s Fiftieth Anniversary Portfolio, as well as photographs by Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Bruce Davidson, Vivian Maier, Robert Mapplethorpe and Karl Struss.

Fine & Important Jewelry | Auction June 23

Tiffany & Co., Schlumberger Platinum, Gold, Diamond and Citrine ‘Bird on a Rock’ Brooch from the estate of Sandra Gusky Krakoff. Estimate: $15,000 – $20,000

Marvel at the glittering array of diamond and colored stone rings and stylish jewelry by such prestigious makers as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bvlgari, Oscar Heyman and Tiffany & Co. Among the fine watches for ladies and gentlemen are exceptional examples by Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Cartier and Rolex.

Stage & Screen | Auction June 24

Bert Lahr (1895-1967) Photograph inscribed To “Harold’/with much affection/Bert” to Harold Arlen as the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz. Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000

Join fans and collectors around the world vying for original drawings, stage and costume designs, photography, autographs and memorabilia celebrating Film, Theatre, Music and Dance. Highlights include Gershwin and Wizard of Oz memorabilia, original costume drawings by Edith Head, and property from the Estate of Academy Award-winning actress Celeste Holm.  

Exhibition & Catalogues

The public is invited to the exhibitions on view Saturday, June 18 through Monday, June 20 from Noon until 5pm. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in New York City. Interested bidders across the country and around the world can conveniently browse the interactive auction catalogues and place bids online at Doyle.com.

About Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers

Founded in 1962, Doyle is one of the world’s foremost auctioneers and appraisers of jewelry, art, furniture, decorations, Asian works of art, coins, stamps, rare books and other categories. Headquartered in New York City, Doyle offers auctions throughout the year that attract a broad base of buyers and consignors from around the world. Doyle operates a network of regional offices and advisors across the nation, including Palm Beach, Beverly Hills, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Washington DC.

Come into the beautiful world of Doyle.

UAE based Damac Group acquires luxury Swiss jewellery brand, de Grisogono

Dubai’s Damac Group has purchased celebrated Swiss jewellery brand, de Grisogono. The brand, which filed for bankruptcy early 2020, was identified by Hussain Sajwani, Founder and Chairman of the Damac Group, who became the top bidder amongst several others bidding for the acquisition.

Since its creation in 1993, de Grisogono has created an assertive and highly recognizable style that is expressed through its watch and jewellery collections.

de Grisogono New Retro Watch

De Grisogono has never ceased to produce pieces illustrating the excellence of the Jewellery Art. Technicity, noble materials, extreme attention to detail, use of the latest technologies, top-of-the-range finishes, all these conditions come together in the watchmaking workshops to give de Grisogono watches an exclusive character.

Each creation is unique, while at the same time bearing the distinctive signatures that reflect the spirit of the Swiss maison. Most known for its ‘Creation I’ necklace, which featured the largest D flawless diamond in the world and fetched a staggering $33.7 million at an auction in 2017, de Grisogono is a name synonymous with glamour. The jeweller has adorned many celebrities on the red-carpet including Hollywood actress Natalie Portman and supermodel Naomi Campbell.

de Grisogono Allegra Bracelet

“Keeping in line with our ambitions to expand our business into the luxury and high-end fashion realm, bidding for de Grisogono came to us naturally. A relatively young, but established brand it has immense potential that needs to be uncovered and leveraged. I believe that with Damac’s expertise and know-how, we will be able to bring the brand to a justifiable success, by strengthening its global development and network”, says Sajwani.

A Luxurious Undertaking

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, de Grisogono, was established in 1993 by Fawaz Gruosi. Over the past 30 years, the brand earned a reputation with its signature use of black diamonds.

Shortly after acquiring the Swiss brand, the Damac Group announced the launch of a twin-project featuring a design inspired by the well-known ‘Creation I’ design. Defining ‘The Nature of Luxury’, the project will bring to life the masterpiece that was created by founder, Grousi. 

Safa One by de Grisogono will feature exclusive attractions such as cascading waterfalls, hanging gardens, and a manmade-beach on the podium level, as well as tropical features spread across the length and breadth of the towers. The interiors will resonate with de Grisogono’s signature style and the essence of emerald across private and public spaces, all adding to the brand’s ubiquitous luxury factor. 

The project will feature two towers featuring luxury, as well as the ‘Prestige Collection’ super-luxury floors.

Paving a Plan for the Future

The Damac Group has been taking interest in expanding their portfolio by adding distressed luxury assets, to turn them over to profit-making investments. The acquisition comes closely after the Dubai-based billionaire purchased Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli in Q4 2019, and most recently winning the $120 million bid to acquire land in the upscale Miami neighbourhood of Surfside where the developer plans an ultra-luxurious Cavalli branded condominium project.

These acquisitions are part of the Group’s vision to extend its global footprints across sectors and geographies. Currently, the brand portfolio covers high-end fashion, luxury real estate, hospitality, and data centres among more, with a presence in North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Come into the beautiful world of De Grisogono.

TAG Heuer Revives 1970s Fan-Favorite Monaco Dark Lord

Swiss Watchmaker TAG Heuer has announced a new Monaco chronograph, alongside Euphoria actor Jacob Elordi as its latest brand ambassador.

Europhia star Elordi joins the Swiss watchmaker to represent the Monaco collection, the instantly recognisable square chronograph that earned its motorsport reputation on the wrist of Steve McQueen in his 1971 passion project, Le Mans.

I’ve always been drawn to things that are both classic and timeless. So partnering with TAG Heuer was perfect for me. I’ve always admired Hollywood’s iconic leading men, so to wear the Monaco – a watch made famous by Steve McQueen – is something special.

Jacob Elordi

This new 39mm special edition takes its inspiration from the 1970s collector favorite, the Heuer Monaco Dark Lord, with its grade 2 titanium treated to a black DLC coating and paired with red chronograph hands and gold-plated hands and indices.

Jacob Elordi was first seen wearing a Monaco when he presented at the Academy Awards earlier this year, opting for a reverse panda model.

This new Monaco special edition is available now via TAG Heuer, priced $8,200 USD, while the brand has also recently started accepting cryptocurrency as payment.

Bvlgari returns to its Greek roots with a new Athens Boutique  

Bvlgari returns to its Greek roots with a new Athens Boutique. A little-known fact, the Roman jeweler actually has roots in Greece. And, this year, the Italian Maison unveils its new, two-level boutique at 20 Voukourestiou Street, Athens.

Bvlgari founder Sotirios Bvlgari (1857) was born in the Epirus village of Paramythia, the largest Vlachophone center for silversmithing in the Balkans. In 1881 Sotirios Bvlgari moved to Rome and in 1884 he opened his first shop at 85 Via Sistina.

In 1905, his grandson opened the Via Condotti boutique that would become the flagship of the family business. In the early years, Bvlgari was known for his special silver pieces that borrowed elements from Byzantine and Islamic art and combined them with floral designs. These are still available in the boutiques to this day. The iconic jewelery and watches now dominate the jeweler’s range.

In the 1970s, Bvlgari boutiques opened in Paris, Monte Carlo, Geneva and New York. More boutiques have been opened worldwide in the following decades. Now Bvlgari returns to its Greek roots with a new boutique in Athens.

This year, the Italian Maison unveils its new two-storey boutique at 20 Voukourestiou Street, Athens. The interior represents a carefully curated mix of shared cultural origins. As you tour the new temple, see Roman classicism merging with Mediterranean heritage.

Spectacular marbles from Pavonazzetto to Breccia di Seravezza meet expertly crafted walnut woods and immaculate brass details – with iconic Bvlgari creations displayed beneath a large chandelier.

Here you will find Bvlgari’s iconic jewelry designs such as the Parentesi, Sepenti, B.zero1, Divas’ Dream, Bvlgari Bvlgari, and a bridal collection, executed in 18 ct gold or platinum. Watches such as the Octo, Bvlgari Bvlgari, Diagono and Haute Horlogerie creations for men, and for women the LVCEA, Serpenti, Divas’ Dream, Bvlgari Bvlgari, B.zero1 and ‘Haute Joaillerie’ watches are available in the boutique. As well as Bvlgari’s silverware..

Bvlgari Boutique

20 Voukourestiou Str.
106 71 Athens 
Greece

Come into the beautiful world of Bvlgari.

Jaeger LeCoultre’s timeless elegance

Distinguished by deep-blue dials with a sunray-brushed finish, Jaeger-LeCoultre enriches its emblematic Master Control collection introducing two new models: the Master Control Calendar and Master Control Date, limited to 800 pieces each.

Inspired by elegance and purity, Jaeger LeCoultre’s Master Control collection has been enriched with two new models made in blue, limited to 800 pieces each: the Master Control Calendar and the Master Control Date, featuring some of the latest innovations from the Manufacture. Both equipped with emblematic calibres of the Maison, the Calibre 866 and Calibre 899 respectively, these timepieces offer a 70-hour power reserve, bringing close to three days of running autonomy without having to be worn. A combination contemporary elegance and high technical performance.

Discover the new interpretations of the Master Control: come into the beautiful and timeless world of Jaeger LeCoultre.

Encapsulating History and Innovation: The Jean Bugatti Timepiece

One of the most complex and innovative chronographs ever created, befitting the Bugatti legacy: the Jacob & Co. x Jean Bugatti timepiece.

The Jean Bugatti timepiece is perhaps the most demanding watchmaking project ever undertaken by Jacob & Co, named after a visionary pioneer. Jean was the eldest son of company founder Ettore Bugatti, born in 1909 – the same year Ettore set up his new company in Molsheim, Alsace.

As a child, Jean loved to watch Bugatti’s craftsmen passionately designing and building cars – every single component a work of art. Later, Jean would visit his grandfather, Carlo, in Paris, as often as he could, where he was inspired by his furniture creations that mixed styles, cultures and materials.

Jean would one day lead Bugatti, designing such masterpieces as the duotone Type 50 series, the Type 41 Royale with the longest wheelbase ever created, and the Type 57SC Atlantic. Its signature design feature was its raised seam running vertically from the hinge in the split bonnet to the tail – proportions unknown in the automotive world at the time.

Limited to just 57 units, the Jean Bugatti timepiece is a tribute to this extraordinary innovator, representing his avant-garde and artistic automotive interpretations. Just as Jean Bugatti’s automotive designs defied established trends, so does this eponymous timepiece. It is one of the most sophisticated timepieces to be released in recent years and enters a territory that Jacob & Co. has never explored. The Jean Bugatti may just be Jacob & Co.’s most demanding watchmaking project ever.

The development and manufacturing of the Jean Bugatti presented a series of intense challenges. Made of a total of 470 components, the delicate, wafer-thin design of many parts is extraordinary, considering the immense pressures and forces they are subjected to. The management of forces and energy within the movement is highly complex, and immediately apparent when the caseback is revealed. The movement’s architecture is three-dimensional and a sight to behold in and of itself.

It has a round case, a round bezel, short and elaborate lugs, mushroom pushers, a full-polished rose gold, or white gold case. With its elegant cursive numerals, blued hands, blue or cream-white dial, the 46-mm Jean Bugatti would almost look tame if it weren’t for its unique layout.

The two openings on the dial harbor a pair of one-minute flying tourbillons. Their cage design is topped by the iconic Bugatti ‘EB’ logo, manufactured in polished steel. The Jean Bugatti tells the hours and minutes thanks to a pair of red, inward-pointing hands located on the dial’s rim. The pair of short, blued hands anchored in the middle of the dial are the chronograph hands.

Capturing Jean Bugatti’s style and creative flair within a single timepiece is a challenging task, yet Jacob & Co. is the perfect brand partner to achieve this. Jean’s spirit remains strong within the walls of Molsheim, as our designers and engineers continue to draw inspiration from his near century-old creations. With this latest timepiece, wearers can enjoy an entirely new standard of sophistication and meticulous attention to detail – the very same step-change Bugatti makes with each of its new hyper sports cars.

Wiebke Ståhl, Managing Director of Bugatti International

The first, longer one stands for the chronograph’s seconds units. The shorter denotes the chronograph’s tens of seconds. When each one of those reaches the end of its course, it jumps backward, thus defining a double retrograde chronograph. The chronograph is powered and regulated autonomously with a separate barrel and a high-frequency regulating organ.

Benjamin Arabov, CEO of Jacob & Co., added: “Designing and developing the Jean Bugatti has been an exciting and rewarding experience. Our partnership with Bugatti is taking on this new shape, and even though it feels comfortably classic, the watch is really something else. This timepiece is a new design direction compared to our existing collections, but it goes to show that great figures make for great inspiration”.

Applying these historic design elements, coming from Bugatti’s glorious past, is a fascinating supplement to the contemporary hypercar inspiration. And we rose to the challenge with a groundbreaking movement that redefines how a chronograph operates. This is the way Jacob & Co. defies and exceeds expectations. Come into the beautiful worlds of Jacob & Co and Bugatti.

Piaget Opened Its New Boutique In Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles

The new Piaget boutique in Rodeo Drive, which opened few days ago, showcase a magnificent facade, a unique interior designed in collaboration with a Californian designer, a new space modularity and an artistic collaboration to revive the Piaget society spirit.

Step inside Piaget’s new Rodeo Drive Boutique. On the outsie, the façade is inspired by Milanese Mesh, their artisanal mastery of gold weaving. On the inside, an immersive experience mixing art convival experiences with exhibitions curated with exhibitions curated in partnership with RAD.

Vitit now to discover the first of their series, modern pop artist Alia Penner and immerse yourself in Piaget’s Rodeo Drive Boutique. Come into the beautiful world of Piaget.

Breitling Unveiled its Flagship Shop with a Cafe and Restaurant

Breitling boutiques are typically designed as chic industrial lofts that combine vintage and contemporary design elements to showcase their luxury pieces. The Swiss watchmaker’s latest space boasts 8,000 square feet, located in the fashionable Hannam district of Seoul, South Korea, and will become its flagship location.

In addition to the retail space, which showcases Breitling’s latest watch collection in an aviation-inspired atmosphere, the watchmaker opened its first Breitling Kitchen with a Breitling Cafe. The space moves beyond the typical design confines of retail to include a cafe and restaurant area under the same roof.

This hybrid design encourages customers to enjoy the flagship location through a unique dining experience. By combining retail and food, the shop will become a top destination in the area.

Come into the beautiful world of Breitling.

Exhibition: ‘A Journey Through The Poetry of Time’ with Van Cleef & Arpels

From February 12th to 20th, 2022, Van Cleef & Arpels celebrates some of its emblematic sources of inspiration in Singapore. Pieces from the Maison’s patrimonial collection and contemporary creations will be revealed in an immersive environment that recreates the charm of Paris.

Best known for its inventive, quirky mechanics and elaborate ornamentation, Van Cleef & Arpels has pulled out all the stops of the exhibition. The event encompasses most the Maison’s most lavish creations, ranging from its charming complicated watches to incredible high-jewellery sets.

Alongside the Jewelry and High Jewelry collections, the Maison’s watches take center stage in four of its cherished universes: love stories – notably with the ‘Pont des Amoureux’ collection –, ballerinas and fairies, ‘Poetic Astronomy’® and ‘Enchanting Nature’

Ever faithful to a poetic view of life, Van Cleef & Arpels instills a distinctive dimension into the art of watchmaking: that of dreams and emotions. A blend of inventiveness and fantasy, its creations interpret the measurement of time as an invitation to imagine, wander and revel in happiness.

Love Stories

Born out of the marriage of Alfred Van Cleef and Estelle Arpels, the Maison has been celebrating love stories since its earliest creations. Like a sign of destiny, the first piece listed in the sales book in 1906 was a heart set with diamonds. Today, this founding theme continues to suffuse the Maison’s creations with poetry and enchantment.

The watches of the ‘Pont des Amoureux’ collection celebrate love and the intensity of longed-for reunions. United by tender feelings, a young woman and a young man decide to meet on a Paris bridge. Indicating the hours and minutes respectively thanks to a retrograde movement, they move towards each other to exchange a kiss at midday and midnight. To relive the poetry of that moment at any time, an animation-on-demand module enables the romantic scene to be replayed at will.

Fairies and Ballerinas

Symbols of joy and hope, fairies and ballerinas form an emblematic source of inspiration, which began in the early 1940s. Born out of Louis Arpels’ passion for the world of dance, the first dancer clips soon won over collectors with their elegant poses and beautiful costumes. Today, these feminine figures also adorn the Maison’s watches: like muses, they accompany the passage of time on creations that combine craft skills and watchmaking savoir-faire.

Poetic Astronomy

Since 1906, the wonders of the heavenly vault have inspired creations that elicit dreams and contemplation. After finding an echo throughout the years in the Maison’s Jewelry and High Jewelry pieces, the spectacle of the planets has been extended to Watchmaking with Poetic Astronomy. From the starry night to the constellations of the Zodiac, the trajectories of the Sun and Moon and the ballet of the planets, the timepieces combine the poetry of the celestial bodies and the measurement of time to evoke a unique emotion with every second.

Enchanting Nature

A cherished inspiration, nature breathes poetry and vitality into the creations. Enthralled by the constant metamorphoses of fauna and flora, the Maison transcribes spring in full bloom, the luxuriance of gardens or the beating of a butterfly’s wings. Closely linked to the passage of time, this theme is explored in Van Cleef & Arpels’ watchmaking collections through Enchanting Nature, a haven of beauty and harmony.

Couture Inspirations

As a tribute to the city where the Maison was born, Van Cleef & Arpels’ collections are inspired by the world of couture. Over the years, the Maison has reinterpreted the fluidity of fabric in gold and precious materials, giving rise to creations of timeless elegance.

An emblematic Van Cleef & Arpels piece since its creation in 1935, the Ludo™ model reflects the Couture inspiration that is ever so dear to the Maison. Its articulated gold ribbon is characterized by the flexibility of its mesh with the hexagon or briquette motifs.
Van Cleef & Arpels honors the Ludo bracelet, an emblematic piece of the Maison, with new watch creations. Ludo secret watches combine two traditions dear to the Maison: secret watch and transformability.

Revisiting the style of the Ludo bracelets or presenting unique long necklaces hiding secret dials, Van Cleef & Arpels blends flowing lines and refined materials to bring new delight to the art of telling the time.

Timeless elegance

Bold and timeless, the Van Cleef & Arpels Cadenas® watch is as contemporary today as it was when first created in 1935. Its distinctive design features an angled dial enabling the time to be read discretely, while the straight lines of its case combine harmoniously with the curves of the clasp.

Also on show is a selection of  historical items from the brand’s museum, including pocket watches, purse watches, as well as bracelet watches like the iconic Cadenas bangle.

But the exhibition is not merely about bling and baubles. One room is dedicated to an in-depth exploration of the brand’s technical achievements. Present to explain Van Cleef & Arpels’ proprietary complications is Rainer Bernard, the head of R&D for timepieces.

During your visit, immerse yourself in the romantic ambiance of Paris’ iconic landmarks and enjoy a cup of coffee and some pastry by the Seine.

Guided by their own taste and creativity, children aged from 4 to 10 will decorate and build their personal and exclusive city of Paris. Please remember to book your visit to enjoy this special moment.

Located at the Marina Bay Sands casino complex, the exhibition is open to the public from February 12-20, 10:00 am-9:45 pm daily. Visitors have to register in advance.

Sand Expo Hall B​
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Ave
Singapore 018956

Van Cleef & Arpels watches and jewelry are available at Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Van Cleef & Arpels.