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Secret d'Atelier

December 5, 2017

The result is dramatic, with a desire to touch the floor.

A new luxury division of the Compagnie Française du Parquet (CFP), Secret d’Atelier is the first French brand to create luxurious parquet floors. The brand combines its historic sense of excellence with today’s innovative technologies to create its custom products.

Three Collections 

Secret d’Atelier offers three prestigious, high-quality collections: 

For its first collection, launched in 2016, Secret d’Atelier dives into a universe rich in the colors of one of the world’s most celebrated historic architects, Le Corbusier, and his fascinating design guide “Architectural Polychromy.”

Secret d’Atelier presented a second, equally prestigious collection: Illusion. An illusion, as if there were an object placed on the floor. There are no limits to Secret d’Atelier’s ability to create the impression of a 3D object. This effect in relief, if successful, reveals the very meticulous work of a legendary photographer. The challenge is to take a photo of a real object and reproduce it on the wood before the parquet floor is installed. As a result, anything is possible: works of art, motifs, logos, trompe-l'œil... this new form of interior architectural expression allows for the creation of interesting compositions using the best natural materials on the market.

The third Secret d’Atelier collection has just been inaugurated: Charred Wood, as inspired by an ancient Japanese technique.

An ambitious new project is also underway with French street artist Jules L'Atlas.

Key points: The first French brand to create luxury parquet floors, Secret d’Atelier is open to evaluating and working on all original and innovative projects by professionals, as well as individuals who want to cover their floors with extremely high-quality products.

Plus: Secret d’Atelier participated in the “Holiday House” project in London, working with French architect Philippe Maidemberg and in partnership with Roche Bobois. To support this initiative in the fight against cancer, Secret d’Atelier donated parquet from its first collection, Le Corbusier. 

Price upon request

Contact

Cécilia Richard

Marketing director

+ 33 06 25 79 24 98

Showroom: 129 boulevard St Germain - 75006 Paris

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Rolex Sea-Dweller

November 3, 2017

The watch that conquered the deep

Rolex presents the newest generation of its Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller, a legendary watch for diving professionals that was created 50 years ago in 1967.

Like all the Rolex watches, the Sea-Dweller carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive guarantee attests that the watch successfully passed a series of tests in the Rolex laboratories to meet the most severe criteria. Superlative Chronometer status is  symbolizes by a green seal that accompanies each watch, along with a five-year international guarantee.

Characteristics: Cyclops lens to enhance reading the date, and the name Sea-Dweller in red on the dial. New 3235 caliber, ceramic bezel, and luminescent display, with a black Cerachrom disk patented and manufactured by Rolex made of extremely hard ceramic that is essentially indestructible. The case is crafted from a solid block of particularly corrosion-resistant 904L steel and sealed so that only a Rolex watchmaker with a special tool can access the movement. Power backup of 70 hours, Oyster bracelet with large links also made of 904L steel.

Key points: Waterproof to 1,220 meters, this high-tech watch was originally designed to take the pioneers of professional diving to great depths. It is equipped with one of the inventions that help create its reputation: the helium valve patented by Rolex in 1967.

Plus: La Sea-Dweller has been redesigned with a larger case measuring 43mm for its 50th anniversary.

Suggested retail price: 10,400 €

Rolex watches available at:

St Barth:

GOLDFINGER, Rue de la France, Gustavia 

Monaco: 

ZEGG & CERLATI - ROLEX, Place du Casino

ZEGG & CERLATI - ROLEX, 2 av des Spélugues

YACHT CLUB DE MONACO, Gallery, Quai Louis II

Geneva:

BUCHERER, Quai du Mont-Blanc 1

BUCHERER, Rue du Rhône 45

CHRONO-TIME, Rue de la Fontaine 3

 

©Rolex - Alain Costa

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The Longchamp madeleine

November 27, 2017 

The perfect companion for a cultivated woman with eclectic taste

For her brand new line of bags, the Longchamp Madeleine, Sophie Delafontaine wanted to evoke La Madeleine, the emblematic neighborhood in the 9th arrondissement of Paris with its theatres and chic brasseries, and where the first Longchamp boutique opened on Rue Saint-Honoré close to 30 years ago.

The Longchamp Madeleine is a bag that is contemporary as well as deliciously retro, and very feminine, with a sleek, practical shape. It is made with Longchamp’s traditional excellence in wonderful Taurillon leather that is supple and sensual.

This handbag abounds with elegant details: clean-cut edges in saddle-style leather, and a large flap on which the popular Roseau clasp serves as a signature. We also like this bag for its well thought-out interior organization, and a choice of timeless colors, from a chic black to a charming khaki, a voluptuous violet, or a hot red tomato.

In this case, as always, Longchamp likes to tell us wonderful stories… once upon a time there was the Longchamp Madeleine, with a rare elegance and above all the perfect partner for the totally modern woman.

Key points: Taurillon leather with a contemporary allure that offers suppleness and sensuality in a clean, well-designed shape.

Plus: It’s large flap opens to reveal an ideal organization for all the object of your daily existence.

Price: 950€

Points of sale: 

MONACO: 27, avenue de la Costa

GENEVA: 8, Place du Molard

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HUBLOT: DRESSES UP WITH BERLUTI

The Classic Fusion is the marriage of Berluti’s iconic luxurious Venezia leather and the innovative watch-making expertise of Hublot. This fusion of excellence defines a limited-edition timepiece, giving it a bold, stylish character.

“Style or nothing. After using denim and lace, we wanted to explore different materials for dials and straps. Leather straps are a classic option for watches, but we wanted to go beyond the traditional approach and work with the absolute most iconic leather there is. Our collaboration with Berluti was a natural choice. One of the major difficulties was the dial. It is rather complicated to use a fabric such as leather in a waterproof case. In addition, it was a challenge to perfectly match the subtleties of the strap and the dial,” points out Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot

Hublot and Berluti are contemporary alchemists. Both of these respected brands wanted to create a timepiece that has a soul and a distinctive personality. To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Parisian shoe company in 2105, a series of straps and dials was created for the Classic Fusion model. This ingenious combination of the watch and matching shoes is a true symbol of elegance, embodying the spirit of a classic gentleman.

“After dressing the Berluti man from head to toe, our collaboration with Hublot inspired the creation of a watch that is the perfect final touch to the masculine wardrobe. Our two companies share the same level of expertise as well as a passion for excellence,” notes Antoine Arnault, CEO of Berluti

Berluti’s Venezia leather, developed by Olga Berluti, is tanned using an exclusive mineral process. This natural material is what Hublot has adopted for its dials, requiring a complex, delicate process to neutralize the organic elements of the leather, and make each dial unique. This limited edition is available in two models: their straps and dials reflect the outstanding savoir-faire of Berluti. This collaboration between Hublot and Berluti, the creator of the dial and strap, represents a new definition of excellence and a beautiful, recognizable style.

Available in:

St-Barth:

TIME, Rue de la République, Gustavia

CARAT, Rue de la République, Gustavia

Geneva: HUBLOT, 3 rue Robert-Céard

Monaco: ZEGG & CERLATI, Place du Casino

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oOumm

November 30, 2017

Light & Fragrance

oOumm is a French brand of interior perfume with a touch of olfactory elegance, blending exceptional fragrances with beautifully designed accents for the home.

Going beyond luxury, oOumm’s exclusivity comes in a patented system for its wax candles: a special refill that can be used in a series of design objects, adding light to fragrance. By associating art and aroma, Ooumm has revolutionized the use of interior perfume for a contemporary lifestyle. 

An alliance of art and design experts

With oOumm, Maria Bosoni took a gamble by adding her vision to a brand of interior fragrances and objects that venture further than any other brand has gone so far. A sense of luxury is created by a fundamental contemporary approach, strict criteria in terms of the quality of the raw materials, the quality of workmanship, and of course the artistic direction.

Savvy about design and interested in the art of perfume, Jérôme Aumon has been involved with the development of the brand since the project was born, accompanying Maria Bosoni in the artistic direction and development of every product.

Barnabé Fillion, trained as a botanist, has created four custom perfumes with refined scents, mixing innovation and tradition by using essences that are rare and very high quality.

Designer Dan Yeffet developed the exclusive system of refills (SoOumm) and designed an exclusive series of candle holders.

Characteristics: 

• A series of uniquely designed diffusers and candle holders in marble, brass, glass, and wood;

• SoOumm refills: elegant polished brass capsules for use in specifically designed diffusers

Key points: oOumm has reinvented the art of perfume by uniting excellent artists and artisans.

Plus: To transform the art of perfume into an unusual, elegant experience, oOumm has also created a series of exclusive objects designed by Dan Yeffet: trays, candle lighters, wick-cutting scissors, and candlesnuffers. 

Price of a designed diffuser from 288 €

Points of sale:

MONACO: Segretti, Metropole Shopping Center, 17, Avenue des Spélugues

www.ooumm.com 

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Ulysse Nardin: Executive Skeleton Tourbillon

Ulysse Nardin makes a strong statement with its new Executive Skeleton Tourbillon watch: a luxury timepiece that stands out for its high performance and bold lines. The sleek design has a transparent titanium case and skeleton dial that reveals the complex internal workings: large Roman numerals for 3, 9, and 12 o’clock, luminous gray hands, and a raised rectangular bridge that reinforces the modern architecture of the dial.

Caracteristics: Titanium case 1.75”, blue ceramic bezel, black leather strap with carbon structure, skeleton dial that reveals the UN-171 manufacture movement.

Key Points: Swiss-made flying tourbillon with spiral of silicium 

Extras: Seven-day power reserve or close to 170 hours, ultra-light contemporary design, waterproof to 30 meters

Price: 38 000 €

Available in:

Saint-BarthDIAMOND GENESIS, Rue de la République, Gustavia

Monaco : KRONOMETRY 1999, Le Régina, Boulevard des Moulins 13

Geneva : ULYSSE NARDIN, Quai des Bergues 29

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Tudor: born to dare

One of the most admired, gifted and successful football players of all time, a philanthropist, an entrepreneur and a global style icon, David Beckham’s life journey embodies the daring values that made Tudor what it is today.

 

Tudor is Born to Dare 

In 2017, Tudor launched a new campaign with the “Born To Dare” signature. It reflects both the history of the brand and what it stands for today. Daring individuals have long chosen Tudor while achieving the extraordinary on land, ice, in the air and underwater. It also refers to the vision of Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Tudor, who manufactured Tudor watches to withstand the most extreme conditions, watches made for the most daring lifestyle indeed. It finally tells of the singular approach Tudor is known for today, having pioneered now major trends within the watchmaking industry. 

The Tudor “Born To Dare” spirit is expressed in a campaign manifesto (below and extended version in annex) and supported globally by ambassadors whose life achievements directly result from a daring approach to life. David Beckham is one of them and Tudor is proud to welcome him to its family.

 

Devoted to the classic

David Beckham is a multi-faceted man with a taste for finer things. “Especially as an Englishman I think you really appreciate a nice suit and a nice watch. They go very well together” he says. A long-time wristwatch lover, he came to know Tudor through its sibling brand, Rolex, of which he owns several timepieces. “I was attracted to Tudor by the attention to detail I could see in their watches. I then learned about the history of the brand. One of adventure, pioneer diving and daring expeditions. I was instantly hooked”. 

David Beckham wears the Black Bay S&G, a vintage-inspired steel and gold diver’s watch as well as 

the Black Bay Chrono, a COSC-certified chronograph with column-wheel manufacture calibre drawing upon Tudor's diving and motorsports heritage.

 

Born for a purpose

As a child, David Beckham had a dream. Whenever asked about what he would want to be later in life he invariably answered “a football player”. This early drive led him to become one of the most acclaimed, loved and successful players in the history of the game. With three major clubs and 115 selections in the English football team, 59 as captain, he left his mark: 6 England Championship titles, 2 Major League Soccer cups, one time Champion of Spain and one time UEFA Champion. 

He might not have been the best scorer, nor the fastest player, but he had a unique style, both precise and spectacular. One of perfect passes, extraordinary kicks and supreme accuracy that proved decisive on the field. “Bend it like Beckham” says it all about his brand of game. By daring to go all the way, always, David Beckham made his childhood dream a reality.

Available in:

ST-BARTH:

Goldfinger, Rue de France, Gustavia

MONACO: 

Zegg & Cerlati, Place du Casino

GENEVA:

Bucherer, Quai du Mont-blanc 1

Bucherer, Rue du Rhône 45

Chrono-time, Rue de la fontaine 3

Kunz Sa, 23 Quai des Bergues

Kurd-Bader, 11 rue de la Confédération

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ERES: Revealing the best in lingerie

Sensual and feminine by design, beautiful lingerie adapts to the seasons and in keeping with your mood, whether it be romantic, sophisticated, or casual. The signature of elegant fashion, these bodysuits are created in the most refined fabrics, from satin and tulle to lace by Leavers and Jacquard.

Among all the possible combinations, one of the most outstanding is the couture touch of the Bisoux bodysuit—with its patterned lace and satin trimming, plus the look of denim. Can be worn by day or by night.

For a romantic rendezvous or a cocktail party, go for the fabulous look of Palazzo pants paired with the Plume bodysuit, whose Leavers lace is inspired by bird feathers. Add a rock accent with the Perfecto jacket in leather.

The Ultrachic bodysuit is sumptuous in silk crepe adorned with bands of lace on the length of its sleeves, at the wrists, neck, and around the thighs. It is worn bloused at the waist with the low-cut back closed by a single button, or left open for a dressier evening allure.

Key points: These chic undergarments, meticulously manufactured by Eres, have a multi-layered patterned look that creates a graphic effect on the skin.

Plus: Treat yourself on a daily basis by adding pretty lingerie to your urban outfits, such as a lacy bustier under a kimono jacket, a cardigan, or a silk shirt. Another special detail: tone on tone for a feel of very subtle transparency.

Prices:

Body Ultrachic: 650 €

Body Bisoux: 690 €

Body Plume: 360 €

Lingerie available at:

St Barth: ERES, Cour Vendôme, Gustavia 

Monaco: ERES, 31 boulevard des Moulins

Geneva: ERES, 8 rue d'Italie 1204

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Tag heuer: CARRERA Heuer-02T

November 7, 2017

Two watch-making complications combined: the chronograph and the tourbillon to be aesthetically pleasing.

The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T symbolizes the continuity of investment in creativity that TAG Heuer has made since its origins in 1860 as a Swiss Avant-Garde company, and a position this luxury watchmaker maintains today.

The Carrera Heuer-02T is the symbol of high-tech quality, performance, manufacturing savoir-faire, a perfect mastery of the industrial process, and the cost of fabrication.

TAG Heuer also presents a sparkling, glamour version with 68 baguette diamonds on the bezel and strap to go with the brilliance of the mechanics of the watch, offering a perfect balance between luxury jewelry and timepieces. The Carrera Heuer-02T is also available with a full-grain calfskin strap. 

The characteristics comprise: 45-mm case, black ceramic bezel, Tag Heuer custom movement, 65 hours of power reserve, waterproof to 100 meters, automatic chronograph with the addition of a certified COSC tourbillon, highly polished baton-style hands, black alligator strap.

Key points: Each group is subject to a protocol of 21 days of testing. Each movement is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Agency, which the institute responsible for certifying the accuracy and precision of the best wristwatches made in Switzerland.

Plus: The movement is contained is a new generation case, with a completely modular construction comprising 12 elements (lugs, case, bezel, dial, crown, winding pin and its mounting, push buttons, joint between the case and the bezel, sapphire crystal). This concept opens an enormous field of possibilities for an infinite number of combinations of materials, colors, and finishes. 

Price: 15,250 €

Available in:

ST BARTH: Goldfinger, Rue de la France, Gustavia

MONACO: Tag Heuer, 17 Avenue des Spélugues

GENEVA: Tag Heuer, Rue Robert-Céard 9

 

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Breguet: MARINE EQUATION MARCHANTE 5887

An incredible new timepiece, Breguet’s Marine Équation Marchante is big news. It embraces different design concepts that give it an allure that is both modern and dynamic: the strap pins are highly polished, the fluting is more open, with visible sides, a crown mounted on a B with a sanded and polished base, decorated with beveled waves in tribute to the art of sailing

Characteristics: Platinum 950 case, fluted case band, sapphire case back, 43.9mm diameter, waterproof—10 bar, face in blue and gold, hand guilloched, individually number and signed by Breguet. Luminescent hours displayed with Roman numerals. Features include perpetual rotor automatic winding system, mechanical movement with running Equation of Time, perpetual calendar, 60-second tourbillon, a power reserve of 80 hours, 581DPE caliber, 57 rubies, escape wheel in silicon, and inversed anchor with silicon pins, alligator strap with adjustable buckle in gold.

Key points: Based on the automatic 581DR caliber, this watch has a 60-second tourbillon, whose titanium case houses a Breguet escape wheel with silicon balance spring. This innovation notably allows the escape wheel to reach a frequency of 4 Hz while maintaining a comfortable power reserve on an automatic timepiece.

Plus: On the back of the watch, the bridges, visible under a sapphire disk, are delicately chiseled to represent a ship in great detail, such the “Royal Louis,” a historic vessel in the French royal naval.

Price: 209,500 € (in rose gold) and 224,500 € (in platinum)

Available in:

ST BARTH: Tourbillon, Rue de la République, Gustavia

MONACO: Zegg & Cerlati, Place du Casino

GENEVA: Breguet, Rue du Rhône 40

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Palmer johnson: bugatti niniette 66

The makers of the world’s most powerful, fastest, most exclusive and luxurious production super sports car, Bugatti, and the world’s most innovative motor yacht builder, Palmer Johnson, announce the release of the Bugatti Niniette 66. This will be the first in a new series of yachts, starting from 50ft, up to 80ft.

The iconic companies have combined their pedigree in design, technology and performance into a fearless vision of the future of sport yachts. Inspired by the amazing Bugatti Chiron, the outcome of this powerful alchemy between Palmer Johnson and Bugatti is the limited edition Bugatti Niniette 66. The curving line that defines the sides of the Chiron is carried over to the 20-meter-long vessel that also inheritates the flagship blue of the car.

Makers of the fastest car in the world today, Bugatti was once a boat builder too. Commissioned to create a one-of-a kind speedboat in 1930 by Prince Carlo Maurizio Ruspoldi, founder Ettore Bugatti named this low on the water beauty the Niniette, surname of his youngest daughter Lidia.

The challenge was to create an innovative sport yacht based on the proprietary strengths of the two companies, while echoing the unmistakable design DNA of Bugatti.

A common vision of the future has made this dream a reality. Palmer Johnson’s history of building the world’s most groundbreaking yachts has been combined with Bugatti’s signature engineering traits such as the accentuated centre line, perfect symmetry and a sweeping signature curve.

The purity of design and perfect proportions of the Niniette create and leave an impression of magical beauty.

https://www.bugattininiette.com

BUGATTI NINIETTE

57 Rue Grimaldi
Monaco, 98000
Tel: +33 6079 32424

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Rolex cosmograph daytona

October 20, 2017

A chronometer born to race, 

Rolex is introducing three new versions of its Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold. These versions are fitted on the innovative Oysterflex bracelet in elastomer reinforced with a metal blade, and are equipped with a monobloc Cerachrom bezel, patented by Rolex, in black ceramic. This latest evolution is a blend of high technology and sleek aesthetics, and pays tribute to the heritage of this legendary chronograph. The black bezel is reminiscent of the 1965 model that was fitted with a black Plexiglas bezel insert.

Like all Rolex watches, these new Cosmograph Daytona versions carry the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.

CERACHROM BEZEL AND MEASURING SPEED

Created by Rolex in 1963, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is a watch born to race. It has established an extraordinary track record in the world of motor sport thanks to its reliability and performance. Known simply as the “Daytona”, it has risen to the rank of an icon as one of the best known chronographs in the world.

A key part of the model’s identity is the bezel engraved with a tachymetric scale for measuring average speeds of up to 400 units of distance – miles or kilometres – per hour.

The monobloc Cerachrom bezel in high-tech ceramic offers a number of advantages: it is corrosion resistant, virtually scratchproof and the colour is unaffected by UV rays. This extremely durable bezel also offers an exceptionally legible tachymetric scale, thanks to the deposition of a thin layer of 18 ct gold or platinum in the numerals and graduations via a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) process. The monobloc Cerachrom bezel is made in a single piece and holds the crystal firmly in place on the middle case, ensuring waterproofness.

THE OYSTER CASE, SYMBOL OF WATERPROOFNESS

The Cosmograph Daytona’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness, proportion and elegance. Its characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of 18 ct gold. Its fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. The winding crown – fitted with the Triplock triple water- proofness system – as well as the chronograph pushers screw down securely against the case. Its crown guard is an integral part of the middle case. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. The water- proof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the Cosmograph Daytona’s high-precision movement.

PERPETUAL CALIBRE 4130

The Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Its architecture, a composite of Rolex technology, was completely re-engineered: the number of components for the chronograph function was reduced significantly, thereby enhancing the movement’s reliability.

The robust chronograph is engaged by a mechanism with a column wheel and vertical clutch, allowing an instant- aneous and extremely precise start. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue Parachrom hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the Parachrom hairspring offers great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. A Rolex overcoil ensures its regularity in any position. Calibre 4130 is equipped with a self-winding module featuring a Perpetual rotor and boasts a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.

OYSTERFLEX BRACELET AND SAFETY CLASP

The new Cosmograph Daytona versions are fitted on an Oysterflex bracelet, developed and patented by Rolex. This technical bracelet combines in a singular way the robustness and reliability of a metal bracelet with the flexibility, comfort and aesthetics of an elastomer strap. At its core lies a superelastic metal blade overmoulded with high-performance black elastomer, a material that is particularly resistant to environ- mental effects and very durable. The Oysterflex bracelet is also fitted with an 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening. It is equipped with the ingenious Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, for additional comfort in any circumstance.

SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER CERTIFICATION

Like all Rolex watches, the Cosmograph Daytona is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards. The certification applies to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing super- lative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer.

The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.

Find Rolex watches at:

St-Barth:
GOLDFINGER, ‪Rue de la France, Gustavia ‬

Monaco:
ZEGG & CERLATI - ROLEX, Place du Casino
ZEGG & CERLATI - ROLEX, 2 av des Spélugues
YACHT CLUB DE MONACO Gallery, Quai Louis II

Geneva:
BUCHERER, ‪Quai du Mont-Blanc 1‬
BUCHERER, ‪Rue du Rhône 45‬
CHRONO-TIME, ‪Rue de la Fontaine 3‬

 

©Rolex - Alain Costa

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van cleef & arpels: THE GRAND OPUS NECKLACE

November 21, 2017

Masterpiece of the ‘Emerald En Majesté’ Collection

The Grand Opus necklace showcases three carved “old mine” emeralds from Colombia, for a total of 127.88 carats. The finesse and regularity of the engraving, with fanciful motifs as seen on the jewels of the maharajas, give these stones an antique look. Set in elegant ribbons of diamonds, the emeralds match in perfect harmony, yet each one stands out for its proportions and unique character.

In addition, delicate pompons of white cultured pearls add to the beauty of the necklace. Marrying ‘Pierres de Caractère’ and the art of metamorphosis, this creation is a perfect example of the excellence and style that represents Van Cleef & Arpels.

Characteristics: White gold, round, baguette, and princess diamonds, buff-topped square-cut emeralds, white cultured pearls, three carved emeralds for 127.88 carats total (Colombia). Transformable necklace, earrings, and clip with detachable pendants.

Key points: With matching earrings, clip, and detachable pendants, this piece can be worn in a multitude of ways

Plus: Depending on your mood, the three emeralds can be worn on the necklace, the clip, or earrings

Price upon request

Points of sale:

Monaco: Van Cleef & Arpels, Place du Casino

Geneva: Van Cleef & Arpels, 31 Rue du Rhône

 

 

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Geophysic®: A new collection by Jaeger-LeCoultr

Jaeger-LeCoultre reveals a new collection with pure, clean lines energized with a new caliber of Haute Horlogerie that reflects the innovative spirit of the brand.

This major watchmaker has opted to revive the legendary name in two models that perfectly blend design, technique, and ease of utilization for the XXI century: Geophysic® True Second® and Geophysic® Universal Time.

Geophysic® Universal Time, the world at your fingertips

A map of the world is outlined in silhouette, as if an invitation to travel. The sea is represented by subtle shades of blue lacquer, while the engraved continents provide perfect finishing to the dial.

Characteristics: Diameter 41.6 mm, available in stainless steel or pink gold, automatic self-winding movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 772, 40-hour reserve, 36 rubies, waterproof: 5 bar, alligator leather band 

Key points: Fascinating, the Geophysic® Universal Time allows the user to immediately see the time in all 24 major time zones on a special mobile disk. 

Plus: The time is set by means of the crown, rather than a push-button. Once the universal time is set, there is no need to readjust it while traveling the world. While traveling, all the wearer needs to do is change to the local time by moving the hour hand forward or backward, independently of the minutes and seconds to prevent loss of precision

Price: 12 800€

Available in:

St Barth: DIAMOND GENESIS, Rue de la République, Gustavia

Monaco: ZEGG & CERLATI, Place du Casino

Geneva: JAEGER-LECOULTRE, Rue du Rhône 56, 1204

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Vacheron Constantin: ENRICHES ITS OVERSEAS COLLECTION

Created in a spirit of casual elegance and practicality, the new Overseas watches equipped with Manufacture movements – including three new calibres – embody the new generation of self-winding timepieces inspired by the spirit of travel. The models world time, chronograph and automatic/date and small model are now offered with brown dials.

Like the other references from the Overseas collection, these new watches in steel bear the Hallmark of Geneva and are fitted with easily interchangeable bracelets/straps, a guarantee of comfort anywhere in the world.

Une signature

Flowing, ergonomic lines, subtle light effects and delicate finishes place the new Overseas models firmly within a timeless yet distinctly contemporary aesthetic universe. The curves of the case ensure seamless integration with the bracelet or strap, a feature that is both technically sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing. The six-sided bezel and the fluted crown with its grooves evoke the Maison design codes. Coated with a translucent brown lacquer that intensifies the depth effect, the dials alternate between sunburst, snailed and velvety finishes. The screwed-down caseback fitted with a sapphire crystal reveals the 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with sandblasted, polished and finely grained finishes, and with a wind rose, a universal symbol indicating the cardinal points for travelers.

Overseas heures du monde Calibre 2460 WT

The brown dial of the Overseas world time displays no less than 37 time zones, including those that are off-set by a half-hour or quarter-hour in relation to UTC time. The display comprises three parts. The centre features a “Lambert” projection map depicting the continents (enhanced by a sunburst satin-brushed finish) and the oceans (in a velvet finish), along with a translucent lacquered disc bearing the city names. A third sapphire disc laid over the map provides day/night indications by means of subtly graded smoky tints, synchronised with the 24-hour disc. Finally, a translucent lacquered velvet-finished outer ring serves to indicate the hours and minutes.

An ideal travel companion, the Overseas world time model features a 43.5 mm-diameter case housing Caliber 2460 WT. This self-winding movement patented, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin operates at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations) per hour and enjoys a 40-hour power reserve. Its 22K gold oscillating weight bears a wind rose – a universal symbol indicating the cardinal points for travellers – adorned with sandblasted, polished and finely grained finishing. All the indications powered by this mechanism are smoothly and easily adjusted via the crown.

Overseas chronograph Calibre 5200

The Overseas Chronograph watch bearing the Hallmark of Geneva is equipped with Calibre 5200, the new self-winding chronograph movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. The result of a five-year development process, this 263-component calibre is fitted with a column wheel coordinating the chronograph start, stop and reset functions, whereas a vertical coupling clutch prevents any jerking of the hand when the chronograph starts. The column wheel is adorned with a screw shaped like the Manufacture’s signature Maltese cross emblem. This movement is equipped with a twin barrel enhancing its torque and its reliability while ensuring over 50 hours of power reserve. Protected from magnetic fields by a soft iron ring, it powers the hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and date indications. These functions are all displayed on a brown dial adorned with sunburst, snailed and velvety finishes. The gold facetted hands and hour-markers hands are coated with a luminescent material ensuring optimal readability.

The Overseas Chronograph comes in a stainless steel 42.5 mm-diameter case. Its screwed-down pushpieces, crown and caseback guarantee water-resistance to 150 metres, while its transparent back reveals a 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose. Like the other references from the Overseas collection with blue and silver-toned dials, this new stainless steel model is delivered with three interchangeable bracelet/straps: a steel bracelet with an easy-fit system, along with rubber and leather straps. The two latter are fitted with an equally interchangeable stainless steel folding clasp.

Overseas Calibre 5100

Hours, minutes, seconds, date: this Overseas model displays essential functions with an aura of natural distinction. Nestled in a 41 mm-diameter case in stainless steel, the new Calibre 5100 entirely designed, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin is composed of 172 parts. It beats at the rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and is endowed with a comfortable more than 60- hour power reserve guaranteed by its twin barrels (ensuring the constancy of the torque delivered to the regulating organ). The transparent screwed-down caseback reveals the precious 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose. This timepiece certified by the Hallmark of Geneva adopts a sunburst brown dial, swept over by gold luminescent hands and hour-markers. Anti-magnetic thanks to the soft iron ring surrounding its movement and water-resistant to 150 metres, this model lends itself to all occasions with its three interchangeable bracelet/straps: a stainless steel bracelet with an easy-fit sizing system; as well as two straps in rubber and leather respectively. The latter are supplied with an equally adjustable stainless steel folding clasp.

Overseas petit modèle Calibre 5300

The Overseas Small Model is adorned with 84 round-cut diamonds totalling over one carat and daintily set on its six-sided bezel. At the heart of its stainless steel 37 mm-diameter case beats the new Calibre 5300 developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin. This 128-part self-winding movement powers the hours, minutes and small seconds at 9 o’clock, while ensuring an approximately two-day power reserve. The Overseas small model comes with a brown dial. A pair of gold luminescent hands sweep around the matching hour-markers punctuating this perfectly legible dial face. The back of the watch provides an equally enchanting sight by revealing the 22K gold oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose. Proudly bearing the prestigious Hallmark of

Geneva, the Overseas small model in steel comes with three interchangeable bracelet/straps and an interchangeable folding clasp.

Available in:

ST-BARTH : Carat, Rue de la République, Gustavia

MONACO : Zegg & Cerlati, Place de Casino

GENÈVE : Vacheron Constantin, 1, Place de Longemalle

ART

Philippe Pasqua

December 12, 2017

A singular style

Born in 1965, Philippe Pasqua is considered one of the major talents of his generation. Self-taught, he started in a small photography studio in Paris to make a living. But he is a portraitist above all, and in the vein of such modern artists as Bacon, Freud, or Jenny Saville, he chose painting to express the vulnerability and intimacy of the faces and bodies he presents.

The human being is the primary source of inspiration for his paintings.

His canvases are violent, powerful, imposing. His main motivation is not aestheticism but expressivity: “I live painting physically and freely.” The representation of his models is not based in realism but impression. The colors are allegorical and the paintings have an unfinished quality that transmits emotion: “I like the unfinished aspect, yet very constructed at the same time, even if there is a very free gesture in my work, accidents, to break with the academic side of things. The design gives form to the human beings and the color gives them life.”

In most cases, his work tends to be oversized and can reach six meters in height. The amplitude of this artist’s gestures and his subjects command the monumental format of his canvases.

Contact: 

Cédric Calmels, ventedart.com

Founder - Art Dealer

cedric@ventedart.com / +33611083047

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Jaquet Droz: grande seconde quantieme satinee soleil

November 28, 2017

“Some watches tell time, some tell a story”

What creates beauty? Sometimes it is based on a story. For almost three hundred years, Jaquet Droz has created a multi-faceted story. A virtuoso in decorative arts as well as in mechanical watch movements, the brand known by its two stars retains only what is most essential: a true simplicity. Subscribing to the “less is more” contemporary design philosophy, this sophisticated sobriety is one of the signatures and essential creative principles for Jaquet Droz.

As streamlined as it is elegant, there are two new versions of this iconic model that celebrates the savoir-faire and excellence of Jaquet Droz. With exceptional refinement, the Grande Seconde Quantième Satinée Soleil timepieces are outstanding examples of watch making. In this case, a needle on the dial at six o’clock displays the date complication.

Characteristics: Satin sun dial, two colors—anthracite and gray –with hands in rhodium-plated steel or blue steel respectively, available in 39 and 43 millimeter diameters, white gold index, light brown alligator or slate gray watchband, hand-finished, steel case.

Key points: This watch is immediately recognizable by connoisseurs thanks to its two off-centered dials, its majestic second hand, and its date needle accented with a touch of bright red.

Plus: To ensure even more reliability, the spiral and anchor horns of the self-winding movement are made of silicon. With unmatched flexibility, as well as insensitive to shocks, temperature, pressure, and magnetic fields, silicon is a perfectly stable material over time. 

Price: 9,700€

Points of sale:

ST BARTH: Tourbillon, Rue de la République, Gustavia

GENEVA: Jaquet Droz, Rue du Rhône 40

 

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Frederique Constant: Runabout

Frederique Constant launches two new Runabouts, paying homage to the graceful Riva boats of the 1920s where elegance and style ruled the social scene. 

A Longstanding Partnership 

In 2009, Frederique Constant debuted its collaboration with the Riva Historical Society alongside Piero Mario Gibellini and Carlos Riva whose sole purpose is to preserve the remaining Riva boats worldwide, and helping their owners safeguard their prized possessions in the best way possible. With the launching of these two new watches, Frederique Constant honors their commitment to preserving the Riva name and what it stands for. 

From Sea to Land 

In that same year, Frederique Constant launched its first Runabout timepiece named after the legendary Runabout yachts of the 1920s. Considered the European elite of Runabouts, the Riva Runabouts were originally small, fast and powerful and could welcome four to eight people; they were perfect for pleasure activities such as fishing, water sports or just cruising. Riva Runabouts are the ideal muse to draw inspiration from and design an elegant and stylish, Italian-inspired watch.  

Refined Elegance 

Both new versions of the Frederique Constant Runabout embody a classic, sophisticated watch featuring hours, minutes, seconds, date and a 24h GMT with a guilloché-decorated dial and applied luminous indexes. The whole is completed by a 44mm polished stainless steel 3-parts case, a see-through case back, which displays the inner workings of the FC-350 movement featuring an in-house GMT module. The first option features a silver-colored dial with a blue GMT hand with a matching navy blue leather strap. While the second option offers a dark grey dial contrasting with a white GMT hand with a light brown leather strap. Both versions are a Limited Edition of 2’888 pieces each, and are delivered in a luxurious wooden gift box including a detailed-wooden Runabout boat miniature. 

The partnership between Frederique Constant and the Riva Historical Society carries on with these two new additions to the Runabout Collection, making the 1920s elegance and style live on through them. 

About Frederique Constant 

Frederique Constant is a watch manufacturer based in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland. The company is involved in all stages of watch production, from initial design, to final assembly and quality control. Frederique Constant develops, manufactures, and assembles in-house calibers, 24 different versions since 2004. In 2015 Frederique Constant introduced the first Swiss made Horological Smartwatch, powered by MMT SwissConnect and entirely displayed with an analog dial, thereby creating an entirely new watch category in the Swiss watch industry. Frederique Constant watches are defined by their high quality and differentiation and precision in design and manufacturing. Their perceived value, through quality of design, materials, and manufacture, is a key component of their success. Each watch is assembled by hand, with the latest equipment and extensive controls, to ensure maximum quality and durability. The company embraces innovation to offer creativity and exceptional value. Its 32,000 square foot facility in Geneva is ultra-modern and offers the best environment for its passionate watchmakers. 

Available in:

St-Barth : CARAT, Rue de la République, Guastvaia

Geneva : FREDERIQUE CONSTANT, Chemin du Champs des Filles 32

Monaco : TEMPS & PASSIONS, 31 Bd des Moulins

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