Perspectives de Chaumet

French Maison Chaumet is proud to unveil its new high jewellery collection, ‘Perspectives de Chaumet’. Born in 12 Vendôme’s workshop, the collection’s unique creations explore the theme of architecture from the Italian Renaissance to the Bauhaus movement. Majestic jewellery constructions that embody Chaumet’s virtuoso points of view, its perspectives on modernity, innovation, heritage and way more…

Dive into the new Perspectives de Chaumet High Jewellery collection’s universe, and come in the beautiful world of Chaumet.

Crown your love forever with Chaumet

Choose the diamond of your dreams and visualise your own engagement ring in 3D thanks to the Chaumet’s new unique solitaire Crown Your Love personalisation service.

The Maison’s new Crown Your Love personalisation service lets engaged couples experience what sets Chaumet apart by composing and visualising their own engagement ring in 3D. After choosing the style of solitaire and the cut of stone – pear, cushion, princess or brilliant – each couple can find the diamond that will crown their love forever.

Give free rein to your creativity and personalise your own engagement ring with Crown Your Love. Start your creation here. Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.

 

 

 

Chaumet’s treasures from elsewhere

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To celebrate the reopening of the 12 Vendôme, the Maison unveils a collection of extraordinary High Jewellery rings. The rings of the Trésors d’Ailleurs collection pay a virtuoso tribute to the richness of the cultures that have always inspired Chaumet. From Paris to China, Japan to the Middle East, these architectural jewels take you on a fantastic journey through the world and the Maison’s 240-year-old savoir-faire.

Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.

 

 

 

Chaumet’s maillechorts

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Nickel silver tiara models, or ‘maillechorts’ in French, are part of the creation process of tiaras. Made of an alloy of copper and tin, painted by hand by the Maison’s jewellers, nickel silver tiara models allow jewellers to adjust the design to the shape of the client’s head and to the way it will be worn. Once their High Jewellery workshop finishes the tiara, the Maison keeps the nickel silver model in its archive. Today, Maison Chaumet conserves about 500 historic nickel silver tiara models.

Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.

 

 

 

Maison Chaumet Celebrates The Art of The Twist

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French Maison Chaumet unveils a fresh facet of its jewellery culture with a new exhibition at 165 Boulevard Saint-Germain, from 1 October to 2 November 2019. Through a series of photographs by Julia Hetta, ‘Autrement’ explores the art of appropriating jewels by wearing them according to the whims of fashions and fantasy, with daring and creativity.

The art of the twist, an ancestral art

Whether forehead jewel or ferronnière, a necklace woven through the hair, or bracelets worn at the shoulder or ankle, from the Italian Renaissance to the fashion statements of today, jewellery lends itself to inventive adaptability.

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Freed from its primary function, it graces the body, clothes or hair, becoming a precious accessory of a new kind. Cultivating its Parisian spirit since 1780, constantly reinventing itself through fashion and the arts, over the course of its history Maison Chaumet has created jewels intended to be worn differently.

Witness the Maison’s archival drawings and photographs in which the jewels astonish and perplex. Necklace or tiara? Bracelet or bodice ornament? Brooch or pendant. Revisiting this age-old practice with modernity, the exhibition Autrement showcases an unprecedented dialogue between art and fashion, history and trends, the Maison’s heritage and its contemporary creations.

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Among the Chaumet archival elements and jewels of yesterday and today, the works of the great masters are digitalised, while photographs by Julia Hetta are presented inside 25 historical frames dating from the 15th to 19th century and loaned by Maison Lebrun.

Autrement, taking jewellery to new heights of artistic expression

The Swedish photographer produced a series of beautiful images inspired by the Dutch masters and Renaissance art. High Jewellery necklaces become headbands, Jeux de Liens and Liens Séduction sautoirs are worn as shoulder strap or anklets, Espiègleries brooches appear as precious hair pins, a Liens Évidence wedding band hugs a lock of hair, Joséphine Aigrette bracelets are worn like palm jewels, a Bee My Love cocktail ring transforms into a scarf ring…

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The result offers an abundance of suggestions to appropriate, a wealth of invitations to reinvent jewellery through how one wears it.

Autrement is the latest exhibition organised at 165 Boulevard Saint-Germain, the Maison’s temporary address and place where it has been sharing its history before its historic boutique and workshops at Place Vendôme reopen in January 2020. Throughout 2019 this private mansion in the heart of the iconic quarter of the Left Bank has been the backdrop to various exhibitions and events showcasing the connection between Chaumet’s heritage and the Arts.

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The visit lasts 45 minutes with reservation required to visit. Reserve using the module below. It’s a self-guided visit. Art appreciation representatives will be present for consultation.

Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet and reserve your visit: Chaumet. #Chaumet165

 

 

 

 

Les Pierres de Rêve de Chaumet

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The history of Chaumet has been entwined with the History of France ever since its founding in 1780, in Paris. Indeed, the Maison very quickly became the official jeweller to Empress Josephine. The High Jewellery savoir-faire of the Maison has been passed down through generations of jewellers for 235 years. Crafted at the very heart of the place Vendôme, the jewellery and watchmaking creations reflect these exceptional skills and pay tribute to the Parisian style.

For more than two hundred years, Chaumet has dedicated its jewellery excellence to the creation of exceptional timepieces. The Maison knows how to combine the best Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship, tradition and complex movements with the Parisian refinement it masters so well. Precise and precious, these timepiece creations have become true icons.Maison Chaumet are masters at creating jewellery watches and reinterpret the Asian tradition of dream stones through a new collection of jewellery watches. Each of Chaumet’s Les Pierres de Rêve (French for ‘the stones of dreams’) unique designs celebrates a decorative stone with motifs that are as unique as they are poetic.

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Dream stones are decorative pieces from Asia of the utmost elegance, representing an invitation to travel and to dream. Landscapes imbued with poetry are drawn on the surface of these unique minerals, as if painted by nature, and often accompanied by short poems. Chaumet reinvents this tradition through a collection of exquisite watches combining the skill and craftsmanship of the Maison with these fascinating treasures of nature.

The Pierres de Rêve collection comes with 12 new styles, each made with a different gemstone From Lapis Lazuli and opal to dendritic agate, each with its own unique beauty. Chaumet has researched and carefully sourced, selected, cut and polished with the precision that the Maison is known for. The stones are set off by a white or rose gold bezel with pavé set diamonds and a coloured alligator bracelet, making way for the most beautiful landscapes.

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Whether it’s a wilderness, a conifer forest under a thick blanket of snow or an azure blue lagoon… Everyone sees a different landscape in these timepiece creations, like a reflection of their personal history and travels.

Discover the Pierres de Rêve collection in all its beauty above and below:

Come into the beautiful world of Maison Chaumet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LVMH Group Supports LGBTQ Rights With UN Standards of Conduct for Business Signing

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LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE also known as LVMH, is a French Multinational corporation and coglomerate specializing in luxury goods, headquartered headquartered in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. The company was formed in 1987 under the merger of iconic fashion house Louis Vuitton (founded in 1854) with Moët Hennessy, a company formed after the 1971 merger between the champagne producer Moët & Chandon and cognac producer Hennessy.

The Group controls around 60 subsidiaries that each manage a small number of prestigious brands, 75 in total (like Bvlgari, Céline, Chaumet, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Loewe, Moynat, Jean Patou, to name just a few). The group currently employs more than 83,000 people. Thirty percent of LVMH’s staff work in France. LVMH operates over 2,400 stores worldwide.

Today the LVMH Group’s U.S. Maisons are joining its European members with the signing of the UN Standards of Conduct for Business today. The move will guarantee the human rights of LGBTQ people in all its subsidiaries. Another step towards incluivity.

 All of our employees should be able to be themselves and be considered for their contribution, irrespective of other considerations such as their race, gender or sexual orientation.

Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group executive vice president human resources and synergies

LVMH – which prefers the LGBTI acronym – has already put conducts into effects in companies such as Marc Jacobs, Sephora, Belvedere, Benefit, Fresh, Kendo and Starboard. Chantal Gaemperle, group executive vice president human resources and synergies for the group told WWD, “All of our employees should be able to be themselves and be considered for their contribution, irrespective of other considerations such as their race, gender or sexual orientation”.

By the end of 2019, the conglomerate will roll out its own initiative and worldwide training program discussing both unconscious bias and inclusive leadership. This move joins LVMH’s commitment to LGBTQ-community inclusion which has seen the company use the transgender model Krow Kian in Louis Vuitton womenswear shows and the transgender actor Indya Moore in the B-Blossom jewelry campaign.

The signing of the UN Standards of Conduct for Business will see the following actions be put into place:

Respect the human rights of LGBTQ workers, customers and community members.

Eliminate discrimination against LGBTQ employees.

Support LGBTQ staff at work.

Not discriminate against LGBTQ customers, suppliers and distributors while insisting business partners hold the same standard.

Stand up for human rights of LGBTQ people in the communities where they do business.

LVMH’s designers are already closely tied to the LGBTQ community, which often serves as a source of inspiration. Come into the beautiful world of LVMH.

 

 

 

 

Maison Chaumet Moves To The Left Bank Of Paris

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As of January 2019, visitors of Chaumet will be able to discover the French Maison’s contemporary creations in an ephemeral boutique, in hôtel particulier at 165 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris. While, the historic 12 Place Vendôme address is undergoing restoration.

The new address will see Chaumet share its history, its attachment to the arts and the most beautiful pieces from its heritage.

Chaumet, the Parisian jeweller and watchmaker – since 1780 – is already entwined throughout the right and left panks of Paris and the Maison will continue writing the tale that has linked it to Paris from the very beginning.

By selecting Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a legendary neighborhood positioned within the coronary heart of the long-lasting left financial institution district, the brand new location will host a series of exhibitions open to all. The Maison will share its historical past with Parisians through a series of exhibitions and events.

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From the beginning of February, there will be an exploration of the inspiring relationship between Chaumet and writers. As you enter into the ground floor, you are met with an aurora of connection to the many artists who have utilised the space. From Edith Wharton, Karen Blixen, Olga Picasso, Louise de Vilmorin and Marie-Laure de Noailles among its celebrated clientele.

Immediately, the personal mansion positioned at 165 St. Germain Boulevard in Paris, is the epicenter of class effortlessly, well-read elegance and properly learn. Making it a choice as bold as it is natural for Chaumet.

Maison Chaumet has lit up the Place Vendôme for more than two centuries, and intends to shine as brightly in its temporary address, on the left bank.

Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.

 

 

 

Chaumet releases two new books

 

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Chaumet, established in 1780, is one of the great treasures of Place Vendôme, the first fine jeweler on the square, and today Chaumet continues its legacy of fine technical craftsmanship and innovative, sophisticated design with ever more inspired high jewelry collections.

The Parisian Place Vendôme jewellery house continues to delight with its annual foray into literature with two newly released books.

The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale

Chaumet heads off the beaten track to explore innovative and fun pastures new: the world of childhood, a first for the Maison. The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale tells a story of transmission from one generation to the next, in an unending life cycle. Its circular carousel format echoes and symbolizes this perpetual movement. Here the tiara, the Maison’s signature piece, is a gift passed from mother to daughter, and represents the transformative journey from girl to woman and mother. A book with a universal message, for children and adults.

Brimming with Chaumet’s illustrious history, The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale is a carousel book published by Rizzoli that explores the idea of the circle of life ingrained in the brand’s DNA.

In six paper cut-out scenes, The Enchanted Tiara relates the journey of a young girl in a captivating Paris, from her first steps to her first love, to the day she gives birth to her own little girl. The illustrations by Hélène Druvert, paper designer and author of numerous best-selling books, describe happy scenes, accompanied by dreamy short poetic texts. The book is an ode to colour, characteristic of the French Maison. The Chaumet deep blue on the cover, then a dominant tone for each scene, are enhanced by the brilliance of warm gold. The jewellery virtuosity of Chaumet pulses through this exquisite tome.

 

Chaumet Crown JewelsLes Mondes de Chaumet

 

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This year Assouline introduces a third Chaumet slipcase set of Mémoire volumes on the themes of Figures of Style (distinguished clients), Crown Jewels, and Les Mondes de Chaumet (international influences). A thematic collection illustrating all aspects of the Maison’s culture.

A heavily illustrated box set published by Assouline features a trio of works delving into the Maison’s essential themes, including its connections to reigning families of Europe and the unique women who have helped inspired and supported it through the centuries.

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Crown Jewels by Sophie Motsch

Crown Jewels recounts the close connections Chaumet has always enjoyed with the reigning families of Europe and further afield, sealed by numerous orders of regalia and majestic adornments. These jewels still exist today, handed down from generation to generation, still worn on major official occasions, or preserved and exhibited in the greatest museums and collections around the world.

Les Mondes de Chaumet by Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter

Les Mondes de Chaumet lifts the veil on those ‘elsewheres’ that have been inexhaustible sources of inspiration for the Maison from the start, from the confines of Asia to the vast expanses of Africa and Russia. From archival documents at 12, Place Vendôme to the three chapters devoted to the Les Mondes de Chaumet High Jewellery collection, the Maison has always sought to look beyond its horizon, engaging with faraway and artistic cultures to constantly reinvent itself.

Figures of Style by Julie Verlaine

Figures of Style celebrates women of character who have long been faithful to the Maison, depicting the encounter between the jewellery virtuosity of Chaumet and the unique taste possessed by these personalities who marked their respective eras. Having been a part of their lives for over two centuries, the art of jewellery reflects the emancipation of Western women – their social enfranchisement, sartorial freedom and aesthetic expression.

The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale and the Chaumet box set will be available in bookstores on October 9 and in November respectively.

 

 

 

Hidden time

For decades, secret watches have puzzled some, surprised many more and continuously teased the most curious minds. After all, what is more pleasurable for a woman than to keep a secret that no one else has access to?

A concept born in the 19th century and only explored occasionally since then, the ‘secret watch’ of the past stayed true to its name and completely disguised its horological intent. However, modern watch houses have taken a few liberties with the genre and adapted it to serve as a subset of high jewellery timepieces. After all, the original secret watches were able to use the larger ‘real estate’ of pocket watches or even small clocks and thus benefitted from a much broader palette. Today, instead of a watch masquerading as a walking stick handle, a crucifix, a small pistol or a miniature skull, the very nature of a wristwatch as something to wear has confined the designer to a smaller canvas.

Here, we share in the magic of rare and precious secret watches from some of the finest French watch and jewellery houses.

Boucheron Laïka the Husky Watch

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‘Breathtaking’ truly is the word that best describes the secret watch made as a cuff, where the Siberian husky is carved out of white gold studded with diamonds, sapphires and spinels and shown cuddling a piece of jade as if resting on a chunk of ice in the middle of Siberia. His blue eyes stare at the imaginary ice lake on which the time is reflected through rock crystal, carved out of a one solid block.

Creation featuring a husky in white gold paved with diamonds, sapphires and spinels resting on its jade pack ice. He maliciously watches the time fly through a rock crystal lake carved out of a block.

Creative Director Claire Choisne has proven once again the audacity of the brand in working with unusual materials, always using the most complicated techniques to create the finest aesthetics.

Cartier Résonance Necklace

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Thé Master in creating mystery clocks – and watches – Cartier knows how to suprise. Magic, secret, and mysterious, the Cartier Résonance is all that, comprising a white-gold pendant set with five lines of emerald beads mixed with diamonds. A mechanicalwatch is hidden in the V-shape of the necklace atop the carved crystal-clear emerald: if admirers can’t see it, it doesn’t matter – only its wearer can, and that’s the beauty of it.

Chaumet Hortensia Aube Rosée Brooch Watch

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In line with its flower blossom-inspired Hortensia collection, when it came to a secret watch, Chaumet was determined to go that extra mile: a paved brooch with 345 diamonds totalling 3.7cts set in rose gold, clips onto a classic Hortensia watch-case to subtly display the time behind a delicate floral composition. Four marquise-cut pink tourmalines form the petals of the top flower, contrasting with the lower diamond-paved flower, whose pistil is made of a pink sapphire surrounded by five carved pink opals.

A detachable dangling 5ct pink tourmaline, cut in a faceted pear-shape, matches the fuchsia pink satin strap of the watch. Once assembled, the mother-of-pearl dial with double bezel, combining 42 diamonds and a perlée line of gold with sparkling beads of the precious metal, completely disappears to display a statement piece albeit not everyone can pull off. But we say don’t be too proper, it’s boring – dare to wear what others won’t.

Christian Dior Versailles Côté Jardin Emerald South Parterre Watch

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Christian Dior’s private garden at his Granville home is where he spent most of his free time creating, thinking and drawing, surrounded by a multitude of flowers, plants and nature. Flowers were his thing and Victoire De Castellane has managed, over the past decade as Director of the Creative Studio, to make sure that most of the Dior Jewellery designs are faithful to the core values.

Last year, she introduced the Versailles High Jewellery collection, the very symbol of French art de vivre. This year, Versailles Côté Jardin marks Act II of her dazzling play. Focusing on the outside gardens, she cut stones in a way that reminds one of box trees, the serenity of lakes and the movement of the deep water. Studying the Parterre du Midi secret watch, you will notice a variety of flowers that even your florist would have a hard time naming and you’ll also note that each of them is set with a specific stone – 13 to be precise. All have been carefully set on three colours of gold.

Van Cleef & Arpels Secret Butterfly Watch

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Playful and poetic, the eye instinctively drawn to the 14.57-carat Colombian emerald set in the centre of the Secret Butterfly, as if the gem were the beating heart of the bejewelled insect. If pushed towards the top, the lower wing enables a subtle mother-of-pearl dial to divulge the time, powered by a mechanical movement with manual winding. It’s like penetrating the back doors of a secret garden where suddenly the dark hues of black spinels and deep green emeralds take life in a whirlwind of diamonds, enhanced by a discreet dial partially hidden by the insect’s lower wings. The piece is a standalone, bejewelled fairytale.