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.

The Hermès H08 Returns in Deep Blue Titanium

Firmly embedded in the masculine universe of the French Maison, the Hermès H08 watch combines tension and fluidity, robustness and delicacy. This recent signature with its assertive style flaunts its pluralistic nature in an intense shade of blue.

Created in 2021 by Philippe Delhotal, Creative Director, Hermès Horloger, the Hermès H08 watch combines rigorous discipline with high standards. As sporty as it is elegant, it features a strong aesthetic dimension and plays with shapes and materials.

The Hermès H08 watch is a finely balanced object embodying the harmonious interaction of opposites and contrasts. Shaped by attention to detail and accurate skills, it is distinguished by a graphic connection between all its components that represents a true style signature. Its geometric lines reveal a bold style involving a circular dial with singular typography, framed by a case with softened edges.

Its deep blue titanium 39 mm case is topped by a black ceramic bezel and screw-down crown. A play of textures and finishes highlights the blue PVD-treated dial, punctuated by white Arabic numerals and orange accents, the signature colour of the Maison. The black hands indicating the hours, minutes and seconds, as well as the date between 4 and 5 o’clock. are driven by a mechanical self-winding movement.

Inside the blue titanium case is a movement of fine nature. The calibre H1837 inside the H08 is made at the Vaucher manufacture (In 2006, Hermès acquired a 25% stake in Vaucher, a sister company of Parmigiani). Operating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, this high-grade automatic movement can store up to 50 hours of power reserve. The rotor and bridges are decorated with the Maison’s signature H pattern.

A blue rubber strap with a black DLC titanium buckle underscores its sporty spirit and creates an urban and contemporary look echoing the world of Hermès men’s ready-to-wear.

The Hermès H08 Deep Blue Titanium watch is released now at Hermès boutiques and is priced at USD 8,250. For more details, come into the beautiful and timeless world of Hermès.

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.

Baume & Mercier Celebrates Modern Art Master Pierre Soulages With Limited Edition Hampton

Swiss watchmaker Baume & Mercier has paid tribute to the work of modern art master Pierre Soulages with a Hampton model inspired by his work.

The Baume & Mercier Hampton ‘Hommage à Pierre Soulages’ takes its inspiration from a series of paintings created by Soulages that later became known as ‘Outrenoir’. The paintings are coated in black paint in “various states, textured into low relief with tools and brushes” revealing its nature through a play of light.

With the support of the Musée Soulages – which houses an unrivalled collection of the painter’s works – and the Association des Amis du Musée, Baume & Mercier approached 102-year-old Soulages about the project.

Baume & Mercier chose the Hampton model for its transposition of an ‘Outrenoir’ work into a timepiece. The iconic Hampton asserts a rectangular dial and case evoking the proportions of a canvas. Since its launch in 1994, the Hampton has represented the ultimate non-round watch. It is distinctive for its design, inherited from one of the Maison’s models dating from the 1960s that was in turn inspired by the Art Deco of the 1920s.

The aesthetic approach to clean, curved lines and perfect proportion demonstrates the artistic sense that is so important to the House. Indeed, it is no coincidence that the model has taken the Greek letter Phi – a reference to the golden ratio – as its emblem. The formal minimalism and understatement of the Hampton ‘Hommage à Pierre Soulages’ helps to showcase this tribute to Pierre Soulages’ artwork, while the restraint of the refined timepiece echoes the purity that characterizes his paintings.

Even the exclusive case in which the watch is presented pays tribute to the contemporary architecture of Musée Soulages, designed by the Catalan RCR Arquitectes who won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2017. The cladding of the building is made up of Corten steel, which has an appearance of iridescent rust.

In the exciting, innovative interaction between art and watchmaking, technical achievement is the keystone of the Hampton ‘Hommage à Pierre Soulages’. The watch dial miniaturization is a fascinating interpretation of a large-scale painting.

Here, again, is the question of time and the patina that it creates. The timepiece will be accompanied by a leaflet telling details of the collaboration and a VIP pass for two for the Musée Soulages in Rodez. A book on the work of Pierre Soulages will also be sent to each owner of a Hampton ‘Hommage à Pierre Soulages’.

In the exciting, innovative interaction between art and watchmaking, technical achievement is the keystone of the Hampton ‘Hommage à Pierre Soulages’. A watch dial miniaturization is a fascinating interpretation of a large-scale painting. Shrinking meters down into millimeters is a thrilling transformation.

Baume & Mercier makes use of new 3D printing technologies for this achievement. The preparatory work was an adventure of great consideration, trial-and-error, and finally success. Through a meticulous topography, advanced research and 3D wax printing, the ideal procedure was finally found: one that would liberate the volumes, reveal the details and bring out the beauty of this work in a continual interaction between shade and light. For the dial, brass machined with a laser was found to suitably meet this challenge.

Candia stone is used to create a diffuse matte effect, and an electroplating process is then applied to coat it with color through electrolysis to a thickness of 0.2 microns. One last coat of sheer, semi-matte protective lacquer to a thickness of 10 microns, and the piece is finished: black yet wreathed in light, filled with masterful contrasts.

The faceted brass ‘glaive’ hands are diamond-ground, sand-blasted, and then coated with black PVD. A touch of gold is added to the end of each one on request by Pierre Soulages in order to elegantly emphasize the passage of time. The case, sculpted in a stainless steel block, is sand-blasted and then coated with hydrogenated amorphous carbon ions through plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) to a thickness of 2 microns, providing a hardness of 6,000 Vickers.

Each material and finish is more ingenious than the last, capturing and sculpting the light, borrowing from the artist’s strokes to bring movement to the shapes and rhythm to the material. The self-winding mechanical Swiss caliber (ETA 2892) features a black oscillating weight adorned with a ‘Côtes de Genève’ that can be seen through the transparent watch back.

The back bears a ‘Hommage à Mr Soulages’ engraving. ‘Baume & Mercier’ appears as a metallic engraving on the underside of the domed sapphire crystal. Both sides of the crystal feature an anti-glare treatment to ensure that the image of the painting remains perfectly intact.

To intensify the chromatic depth of the watch, it comes complete with a built-in interchangeable strap in black nubucked alligator leather with square scales and a nubuck finish that fastens with a pin buckle in DLC steel.

This unique timepiece, of an exceptional technical and aesthetic complexity, offers a harmonious play on contrasting blacks through subtle nuances of mattes, semi-mattes, shine and diffuse layers, in keeping with the spirit of Pierre Soulages’ work. The strength of black is majestically represented in this tribute to the paintings of one of the most fascinating artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Baume & Mercier will produce the ‘Hampton Hommage à Pierre Soulages’ on demand in an edition limited to 102 individually numbered pieces, reflecting Soulages age. Each owner will receive two VIP passes to Musée Soulages and a book on the work of Pierre Soulages.

The Baume & Mercier Hampton ‘Hommage à Pierre Soulages’ will be produced on demand in an edition limited to 102 (reflecting the age of the artist) individually numbered watches. It will be available exclusively upon pre-order from February 9th on the Maison’s website.

Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Baume & Mercier.