What Jon Kortajarena is wearing: Bvlgari

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Since his 2009 debut in Tom Ford’s first movie, ‘The Single Man’ Jon Kortajarena’s ambition has been to act. He recently had a recurring role in the ABC drama ‘Quantico’ and now is filming ‘The Aspern Papers’ with Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

But Jon Kortajarena has started fiftheen years ago modeled for some of the biggest fashion names on the planet, including Armani, Versace, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Tom Ford. And they certainly helped shape his sense of style. When he considered watches to collect, that direction came from his greatest influence: his mother.

For my 21st birthday she said, ‘You are an adult now, you need a good watch.’ It was a rite of passage.

His mother, a hairdresser, had saved to buy her son what she considered the best: a Bvlgari. “Women wear jewelry, but a watch is the most elegant thing a man can wear”, he said.

Now Italian jeweler Bvlgari enlists Spanish supermodel Jon Kartajarena as their Gobal Watch Ambassador for their Octo Finissimo Automatic watch. Jon Kartajarena was captured for this campaign by fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth.

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The Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic is the slimmest ultra-thin self-winding watch on the market to date.

After introducing its Tourbillon in 2014 and the Minute Repeater in 2016, the Maison unveils its new creation featuring a total thickness of just 5.15mm, while its self-winding movement is just 2.23mm thick for a 40mm diameter.

 

 

 

 

Bvlgari Goldea The Roman Night

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Italian jeweller Bvlgari launches a new perfume for women Goldea The Roman Night advertised by famous sister models Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid.

It’s very masculine, but also feminine so it kind of reminds me of my dad’s cologne and my mother’s very feminine perfume put together. It’s a very sexy perfume.

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This jewel of mesmerizing black musk, is a fruity/floral fragrance composed by famous perfumer Alberto Morillas. Bvlgari Goldea The Roman Night is the flanker to last year’s Rose Goldea.

Top: Petitgrain, Pink pepper and Proseco
Heart: Cherry blossem, Cyclamen, Ivy, Magnolia
Base: Musk, Sandalwood, Tonka bean and Vanilla

Bvlgari Goldea The Roman Night is described as a truly luxurious and a stunningly versatile scent. It opens with sour/sweet notes of mulberry along with aromatic flowery accords of night blooming jasmine, tuberose, roses and black peony layered down on a musky base made of chypre, vetiver and patchouli.

Bvlgari Goldea The Roman Night is available as 25, 50 and 90ml Eau de Parfum.

 

 

Bvlgari Splendida Collection: Rose Rose, Iris d’Or, Jasmin Noir

Bvlgari Splendida Collection captures three new perfumes with a delightful spring aroma: Iris d’Or, Rose Rose and Jasmin Noir. These three perfumes describe a journey yet to be made, the memory of a moment yet to be lived. The Italian jeweler and watchmaker’s Splendida Collection is characterized by precious notes of iris, rose, and jasmine, and is a tribute to the timeless ingredient, rose, and to brand’s iconic Bvlgari Pour Femme – launched the early 1990s.

The new perfumes, which aim to reflect that period of history and the house’s glamorous heritage, are luxurious reworkings of Bulgari Pour Femme (1994), Rose Essentielle (2005) and Jasmin Noir (2008) by one perfumer, Sophie Labbé of IFF.

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1490368169720186-Rose-Rose-Packshot-HRBvlgari Splendida Rose Rose is a tribute to one of the most appreciated and used ingredient in the perfumery world, the rose. Rose Rose new perfume is the flanker to Rose Essentielle from 2006. It is a warm, sweet floral scent that opens with a vibrant fruity burst of white mulberry and tangerine notes, but ultimately settles into a soft floral rose and rose absolute. The base calms on a woody base made of sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, guaiac and musk notes. Bvlgari Rose Rose scent is sweet, but not cloying, floral, but not overly so.

Top notes: white mulberry and mandarin essence
Heart notes: essential oil of rose and absolute essence of rose
Bottom notes: sandalwood, coeur de vétiver, coeur de patchouli, gaiac wood essence and musk.

Bvlgari Splendida Iris d’Or

1490368169201655-Iris-d-Or-Packshot-HR.jpgBvlgari Splendida Iris d’Or is the juxtaposition of pure, opulent florality and extremely dry wood. Its green gardenia and sap top notes already reveal bright jasmine accents. A floral heart of Jasmine Sambac Absolute expresses opulence and deploys its hypnotic effect, amplified by sweet notes of milky almond satin. The intensity of patchouli, the vibration of cashmere wood and addictiveness of tonka bean impart a warm, powdery sillage. An elegant floral oriental scent that is sensual, addictive and boldly feminine.

Top notes: violet leaves, raspberry and heliotrope
Heart notes: mimosa and iris
Bottom notes: tonka bean, coeur de vétiver and essence of sandalwood.

Bvlgari Splendida Jasmin Noir

1490368169612637-Jasmin-Noir-Packshot-HRBvlgari Splendida Jasmin Noir is an embellished and ultra-feminine floral bouquet signature which captures all the uniqueness of the legendary Damask Rose. The fragrance opens on a deliciously fruity, melting accord of sparkling mandarin and white blackberry. The intense pink floral heart faithfully reproducing the quintessence of Damask Rose is softened and rendered powdery by the combined effect of woody patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver and musk. A fragrance evoking the soft, voluptuous, precious facets of the queen of flowers, the Rose.

Top notes: gardenia, green notes
Heart notes: jasmin-sambac-absolue, sandalwood, almond
Bottom notes: cashmeran, patchouli, tonka bean

The Bvlgari Splendida Eau de Parfum collection is available in 50 and 100ml starting from May 2017.

 

 

 

Bvlgari encapsulates Atlantic Ocean in the Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve

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Italian jewelry and luxury accessoiries house Bulgari has released the third and latest addition to its Aqva Pour Homme line. Inaugurated in 2005, the Aqva Pour Homme line has previously featured two popular fragrances by renowned perfumer Jacques Cavallier. This February, the Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve takes the Aqva Pour Homme line to the next level by imbuing the Atlantic Ocean into the fragrance stored in the famous signature pebble-shaped bottle.

It is a known fact that water covers nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface. The Aqua Pour Homme line, including this latest product, continues to attest to Bulgari’s dedication to developing products of substance, depth and relevance to modern man. The Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve man is confident, charismatic, sporty and mature; he is aware of his minuteness in the vastness of the ocean, yet he rides the waves assuredly and with ease. No wonder that the Italian house choose for Justin Joslin as the face for their new fragrance.

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In order to embody the character of the Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve man, Cavallier brings together and juxtaposes two accords — ‘Sea Amber’ and ‘Ocean Energy’. ‘Sea Amber’ draws from the molecular construct of the ambergris or grey amber, an organic treasure from the ocean, while incorporating the subtle, layered character of balms and woods such as sandalwood, vetiver roots and benzoin resin. ‘Ocean Energy’, true to its name, crosses a powerful aqueous note along with the gentle top notes of Sicilian lemon and Italian bergamot. The Eau de Toilette celebrates the ocean as a force of strength, a record of history, and a symbol of life and its constant flux.

Bulgari’s beautiful but simple design for the flacon of the fragrance recounts the shape of a stone or pebble by the seashore. These naturally produced fragments of the earth bring to mind both individual uniqueness and a connection with the macrocosm of nature. The sleek surface of the bottle recounts the seashore, while its body’s translucent deep blue colour suggest the apparent infinite depth of ocean waters when viewed from its surface, and the incessant beating of the waves on the shore.

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Predecessors of the fragrance drew on other distinctive characteristics of the ocean as muse. The first fragrance in the line, the Aqva Pour Homme, released in 2005, spoke of the sense of emancipation and the uncovering of mysteries, evoked by delving into the depths of the ocean. Unveiled three years later, the Aqva Pour Homme Marine relayed the profundity of the sea even in its calmness, recalling sea breezes and the gentle disruption of ripples on the water’s surface….

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Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve is available in 100ml, 50ml, and 30ml bottles at $143.00, $102.00 and $82.00 respectively.

 

 

Bulgari Presents its First High Perfumery Collection for Men

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Haute Joallier Bulgari presents the new ‘Le Gemme’ collection dedicated to men. A new revolutionary chapter in the story of the Roman jeweller. It was written in the DNA of the master of coloured gemstones that Bulgari would one day travel the roads of the world to seek, in order to reveal them, the secret correspondences between gemstones and fragrances. And thus in 2014 the first ‘Le Gemme’ collection for women appeared, an olfactory tribute to six precious stones that are emblematic of the Roman jeweller.

Echoing these precious Eaux de Parfum this new high perfumery collection dedicated to men revisits an entire aspect of ancient history following the precious stones and perfume roads that the great conquerors and luxury nomads of Antiquity discovered during their travels and their conquests. This twin voyage through the worlds of gemstones and scent recreates a legendary world of adventures along famous roads and across fabled regions from the mediterranean Basin to the Far East. With ‘Le Gemme’ collection dedicated to  men, Bulgari draws a very contemporary and new map of masculinity of which 21st century man is the heir.

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Bulgari entrusted Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier with the task of transcribing the six gemstones of the collection in a radical palette. Like an olfactory ‘big- bang’, this new collection shakes up the codes of luxury perfumes for men. In the same way as stone cutters reveal the beauty of gemstones with their skill, Jacques Cavallier has worked exceptional raw materials to the limits of the possible so as to exalt their richness or reveal them in a new, unexpected register.

Between sacred and secular, wild and civilised, singularity and otherness, ‘Le Gemme’ collection for men reflects the pluralist personality of contemporary man. A combination of undisputed strength and magnetic character that since the dawn of time has never left the hear ts of powerful men in and around the Mediterranean, men that are both conquerors and seducers.

Bulgari Onekh

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To illustrate the ambivalence of black onyx the Perfumer chose the power of royal Oud. It has the balance between the different facets of this ingredient, a symbol of wealth and rank in Oriental countries where it has been used it for millennia. A product that is more expensive than gold, which is one of the most beautiful and loved natural notes in the world. For ‘Onekh’, Jacques Cavallier has used a sublime natural Oud: leathery and spicy wood, with notes of saffron and honey. The contrast between brittle, dry and smoked woods and the balmy, addictive and sensual notes serve to enhance this Oud of unprecedented quality.

Bulgari Garanat

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A symbol of the passion accompanying the deep red of the Garnet, but also of its light, the Perfumer has imagined a supremely elegant and virile Rose, translating the powerful energy of its colour which anchors this gemstone known since the dawn of times in the cradle of the greatest civilisations. A duality in which ancient mysteries and sophistication answer each other, transcribed in the dialogue between two symbolic ingredients: Rose and Incense. ‘Garanat’ is a perfume that is as rich and thick as velvet: curls of Roses and intoxicating incense chiaroscuro create a warm, surprising and fascinating fragrance with great masculine strength.

Bulgari Gyan

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Brightened by a generous dose of night Jasmine which envelops the scent with its sensuality, Patchouli illustrates the mysteries of the blue of the Sapphire in ‘Gyan’. This unique creation combines Patchouli with a flower, and delivers a very sophisticated particularly masculine perfume with an incomparable sillage: its trilogy of woods, dominated by its extraordinary heart of Indonesian Patchouli, illustrates the aristocratic grandeur and elegance of this stone of knowledge he pays tribute to. Jacques Cavallier has used Patchouli very generously, and reworked it in Grasse to highlight the most noble and beautiful aspects of its scent. Wisps of burned Incense intensify its aura and increase its mystery.

Bulgari Malakeos

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Bulgari ‘Malakeos’ pays tribute to a classical theme of masculine perfumery, Fougère, that the Perfumer has entirely revisited. In search of a powerful naturalness, an icy and nurturing green freshness, the fragrance resonates with the properties and the colours of malachite and captures the deep and aromatic greens of the forests of the Ural. The unique character of this creation in which Lavender and Oakmoss reign, with a very rare Bourbon Geranium, is resolutely modern on its base of Musk. Like the brush strokes of an artist, the herbs, the woods and the musk recall the palette of the multitude of shades of brilliant, masculine and sensual green of the Malachite.

Bulgari Ambero

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The Vetiver root securely anchors ‘Ambero’ to the depths of the ear th and the shores of the Levant. Through spicy, rounded, unctuous and slightly ambery notes, the Perfumer presents a very different and contemporary interpretation of Vetiver with a warm, dense and voluptuous hear t which recalls that of Amber. It has a unique orientalism, to which Olibanum incense adds an extremely elegant character. Together it creates an ear thy, surprising and resolutely modern perfume.

Bulgari Tygar

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Bulgari ‘Tygar’ is a fragrance with incomparable brightness and a very strong personality. Around an explosive Grapefruit, an accord of deep woods and Ambrox captures the duality and the exceptional energies of the Tiger’s Eye. The first impression and impact is surprising. The base is dense, but still contains light and energy. The creation of this Ambery Citrus – the most Italian of the collection and a perfume with a strong identity – was a tremendous challenge for Jacques Cavallier: a new and dazzling contrast between Grapefruit with its freshness and light and the darker and more ear thy amber note of Ambrox, in a dosage which is unique on the market. ‘Tygar’ evokes sparkling and sophisticated virility.

 

 

 

 

Bulgari unveils the Zaha Hadid B.zero 1 collection

 

Two iconic names have come together to offer a new masterclass interpretation of a beloved jewellery line.

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Bvlgari has unveiled its new B.zero 1 ring, created in collaboration with the late starchitect Zaha Hadid. The latest addition to the iconic collection reflects both Hadid’s visionary stylings – geometric and fluid lines – and the maison’s unmistakable bold design elements. It features the quintessential BVLGARI engraving on two thick bands that are connected through a series of thinner strips that intersect and flow with one another, creating a sense of elegant fluidity.

Watch a video of the stunning new ring now…

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December Birthstones: Turquoise, Tanzanite and Zircon

The three birthstones associated with December are Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise

Turquoise

The name turquoise, from the French expression Pierre tourques or Turkish stone, originated in the thirteenth century and describes one of the oldest known gemstones. Turquoise varies in color from greenish blue, through robin’s egg-blue, to sky blue shades and its transparency ranges from translucent  to opaque. Turquoise is plentiful and is available in a wide range of sizes. It is most often used for beads, cabochons, carvings, and inlays.

14 Karat White Gold, Turquoise, Emerald, Sapphire and Diamond Necklace-Brooch

A vintage 14kt white gold, turquoise, emerald, blue sapphire and diamond necklace, the clasp of which can be worn as a brooch.

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Vintage Cartier turquoise and diamond ring, circa 1950’s

18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Turquoise and Diamond Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels, France

An 18kt white gold, platinum, turquoise and diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels

GE1305-284Fabulous vintage Cartier turquoise and diamond bracelet, circa 1960’s

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Tiffany & Co. Tassels necklace with turquoise stones and round diamonds set in yellow gold and platinum, inspired by an original design by Jean Schlumberger.

18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Turquoise, Ruby and Diamond Necklace, Bulgari

An 18 karat gold, platinum, turquoise, ruby and diamond necklace by Bulgari

Although its popularity fluctuates in fashion, it is a perennial favorite in the American Southwest.

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Tanzanite

Discovered in the late 1960s in Tanzania, and found exclusively in this tiny area of the world, tanzanite exhibits a rich violet-blue color for which the gemstone is treasured; often it is heat-treated to achieve this color.  Colors range from blue to purple, and tanzanites that are medium dark in tone, vivid in saturation, and slightly violet blue command premium prices.

As tanzanite can be less expensive than sapphire, it often was purchased as an alternative.  However, it has increased in popularity and now is valued more for its own beauty and brilliance than as a sapphire substitute

Zircon

Derived from the Arabic words zar and gun, meaning gold and color, zircon is found in a wide range of colors such as: blue, yellow, orange, brown, green, colorless, and red (the most prized color). For many years colorless zircon was used to imitate diamonds.  Folk wisdom grants zircon the power to relieve pain, whet the appetite, protect travelers from disease and injury, to ensure a warm welcome, and to prevent nightmares guaranteeing a deep, tranquil sleep.

 

Major sources of zircon are the Chanthaburi area of Thailand, the Palin area of Cambodia, and the southern part of Vietnam.

by Jean Amr