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Lexus: a new sport yacht concept

April 26, 2018

A high-performance premium yacht

The Lexus brand explores new areas of lifestyle and leisure with the introduction of high-performance premium yachts. The Lexus Sport Yacht concept is an exclusive, custom project not meant for mass production. Created by the Lexus Design Center in Toyota City, Japan, the goal was an “open” sport yacht, powered by twin Lexus V8 engines, with sophisticated design and excellent handling, designed for day cruises for six to eight passengers.

The design of the Lexus Sport Yacht features an upper deck and outer hull seamlessly bonded around the inner structure. Each of these elements is made from a single, massive hand-laid composite of two-part polyurethane epoxy resin reinforced with hand-laid woven carbon-fiber cloth, a composite material called carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, or CFRP (a polymer reinforced by carbon fiber also made by hand).

The yacht is powered by twin 5.0-litre V8 gasoline engines, which are based on the 2UR-GSE high-performance engines found in the Lexus RC F coupe, the GS F sport sedan, and the new LC 500 grand touring sedan. Each engine produces over 440 horsepower, which allows the yacht to reach speeds up to 49 miles per hour (43 knots) through a pair of hydraulically controlled inboard/outboard stern-drives. A bow-thruster with joystick control aids in docking.

From his position at the helm, the captain controls and monitors on-board systems from a color touch-screen panel.

The forward passenger cabin is tall enough to stand upright, inviting passengers into a luxurious setting that mixes Lexus leather with lovely wood and glass details. The boat also is equipped with a kitchen, and the fully fitted head includes a shower. An integrated audio-video entertainment system is fully networked, with 4G Wi-Fi & WAN.

Key points: Created by Lexus with advanced design and excellent handling, this “open” sport yacht for six to eight passengers is powered by twin V8 Lexus engines. 

Plus: Lexus has announced future production of a larger size luxury yacht.

Dimensions: Length: 42 feet; Width: 13 feet

DISCOVER

Le Papillon Ivre

May 16, 2018

Pure Pleasure For Gourmets

As one who loves good food and is a connoisseur of fine wines, Julie, the owner of this wine bar, is always happy to welcome you to her charming bistro. In a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful interior design by French Indies Design, Julie and her staff put a lot of love into a cuisine that is made with respect for culinary traditions and quality ingredients. 

Whether you stop by just for a drink or to have dinner, Le Papillon Ivre is the perfect place to enjoy French classics with delicious sauces, or simply be tempted by a selection of charcuterie and tapas. Take a seat on the terrace for a more private moment or at a table inside close to the stoves for a more convivial ambiance.

The enjoyment of good food goes hand-in-hand with the pleasure of a fine wine. With a hundred bottles of various French wines lining the wall, as well as a collection of beers, champagnes, and a few exclusive surprises. Next to each bottle you’ll find brief annotations made by your hosts: taste, temperature, aromatic notes... 

Key points: A lovely invitation to share in the tasting of fine wines and several specials from the kitchen each evening.

Plus: In addition to the bistro, you can also leave with the bottle of your choice, as if from a wine shop.

Open Tuesday-Saturday, from 6:30pm to 1am.

Price: 5 € to 14 € / small plates

Approximately 50 € for a full tasting menu

Discover the restaurant:

SAINT BARTH: Le Papillon Ivre, Les Amandiers, St Jean

DISCOVER

Heli Air Monaco

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Take To The Skies

For business, a helicopter is the best option to travel quickly and get as close as possible to your destination. Save time by taking the regularly scheduled Nice-Monaco itinerary, with daily flights every 30 minutes. An hour by car, but just seven minutes by helicopter! What could be better? 

For fun, Heli Air Monaco flies you along the Riviera, with departures from Monaco, Nice, or Cannes. Starting with 10-minute jaunts for up to six passengers in an Airbus Helicopter, these panoramic flights allow you to admire the magnificent facades and gardens overlooking the Mediterranean.

DISCOVER

Stratajet

April 25, 2018

Private Jets At Your Fingertips

How did you come up with this idea to revolutionize the reservation process for private jets, and develop this service?

After serving in the British armed forces, I spent some time as a freelance pilot. One day, I was flying from Nice to London, without passengers as the plane simply needed to be moved. Problems such as that, from inefficiency to wastefulness, cause prices to go up for passengers and prevent private planes from being considered a valid form of transportation.

My idea was to use technology to streamline the traditional reservation process for a private jet. I started by creating revolutionary software to help make these jets more accessible to the general public. 

How does the application work?

The major problem in reserving a private jet rests in the complexity of calculating the cost of a flight. There are millions of variables and as every flight has to be calculated from zero due to the customized nature of the industry, it takes even the most experienced professional about a half of an hour to provide an estimate.

To put this process online, we needed to assemble an enormous amount of data and code it using an extremely complex algorithm, in order to make the calculations in just a few seconds.

What are the advantages of this service compared to a traditional reservation service?

There are considerable differences between Stratajet and the more traditional private jet reservation services. 

Private jets, at first glance, are a hassle-free luxury, but the means to reserve them were not always so easy. Brokers are in charge of supervising all requests for a flight. They submit these requests to a network of operators who must manually calculate the cost of each flight, case by case. A certain number of companies claim that they have automated this process by offering a website that transmits the request for a flight, but these requests are still transmitted to the operators.

On the other hand, the Stratajet technology eliminates the need for a broker and does all of the calculations directly for the operators. As a result, clients are not subject to these intermediary steps and can retain total control of their own reservation.

What is the average time to reserve a flight?

Thanks to the technology running behind the scenes, the reservation process for a flight on this system is incredibly simple. Because we know the exact placement of all the planes in the system at any given moment, in just a few seconds clients can search and compare the exact prices for private jets and make immediate reservations with a credit card or even a digital imprint via Apple Pay. The entire process can be done in less than two minutes based on the connection to the site or the app.

For last-minute requests, it is also possible to reverse a plane as little as three hours before take-off.

What kinds of planes are available to your clients?

Two-seaters, turbo-props, every high-end, and long-range... There are 1,250 planes in the Stratajet system. For example, the Cessna Citation Mustang, a rather lightweight plane with a capacity for six passengers, is perfect for a group of friends! For onboard service, Stratajet maintains staff 24/7 to meet all supplemental requests made by travelers.

Key points: Stratajet is a reservation platform for private jets. Available on the web as well as a mobile app, for instant access to private jets with going through a broker and reserve your flight at attractive rates.

Plus: The beauty of Stratajet is that you can reserve a private jet to and from any airport. Stratajet is operation 44 countries across Europe and while there are but 500 airports available in these countries for commercial planes, private planes can use more than 1,200 airfields. This gives clients greater flexibility in terms of where they can travel and get closer to their final destination. 

Contact: 

charter@stratajet.com

Interview with Jonny Nicol, Founder and CEO of Stratajet

DISCOVER

Wine Palace Monte-Carlo

April 23, 2018

A boutique with wine tastings at the prow of the Yacht Club de Monaco 

Champagne: Boerl &Kroff, Macallan 1964... Red Bordeaux: Petrus, Liber Pater... Red Burgundy: Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Coche Dury... enjoy a selection of the world’s best wines and spirits. For wine lovers and connoisseurs, the Wine Palace Monte-Carlo is like a dream come true. 

Take a seat inside, or on the terrace to take full advantage of the panoramic views of the port and the “rocher.” In a chic environment, discover beautiful tableware by Sabrina Monte-Carlo and appreciate one or more glasses of wine, which go perfectly with your favorite meals.

Considered one of the largest and most beautiful wine cellars of Europe, the Wine Palace Monte-Carlo and its sommeliers are pleased to share their passion and knowledge about 2,300 different wines, champagnes, and spirits. The shop buys directly from the best vintners and perfectly controlled cellars in order to offer rare and unique vintages. 

Wine Palace Monte-Carlo

Yacht Club de Monaco

Quai Louis II – Monaco

Contacts

contact@winepalacemontecarlo.com

+377 97 77 05 05

SHOPPING

APM MONACO: Meteorites

April 10, 2018

Double Meteorites Bracelet, elegant and sparkling

Inspired by Monaco and the South of France, APM Monaco is a brand of contemporary jewelry with a touch of Monte Carlo chic. This bracelet from their signature Meteorites collection sports double stars designed with a trendy, modern touch, perfect to wear every day.

Key points: A slender bracelet with two sparking meteorite stars. 

Plus: Wear this bracelet with the Meteorites cuff for a totally elegant look!

Characteristics: Double Meteorites Bracelet (adjustable length to 24cm), sterling silver, sparkling zircons in a pavé setting.

Price: 95 €

Points of sale: 

ST-BARTH : Fabienne Miot, 12 Rue de la République, Gustavia

MONACO: APM, Le Métropole, 17 Avenue des Spélugues

GENEVA: APM, 8 Passage des Lions

SHOPPING

Diesel Black Gold: Lymbo

April 10, 2018

Street Cool

Embracing the new look of Techno-Grunge, the Diesel Black Gold 2018 Spring/Summer collection reveals the utilitarian spirit of the brand, and borrows a strong dose of street cool this season.

Shades of navy and turquoise inject a sensation of fresh, breezy air into this Lymbo leather jacket. Patches and rivets add to the look of street chic.

Characteristics: Cowhide, made in Italy

Key points: The contrasting seams and zipper add nuances to the colors.

Plus: The perfect jacket to pair with thick-soled shoes or hiking boots to accentuate its urban style 

Price: 1,895 euros

Points of sale: 

MONACO: Diesel, 15 Rue Grimaldi

GENEVA: 

Diesel, Rue Croix D'or 27

Diesel, c/o Centre Commercial Balexert, Avenue Louis-Casai 27

SHOPPING

Akris: Anouk

April 6, 2018

A new leather envelope clutch

Among the new arrivals in the 2018 Akris Cruise Collection, we have fallen in love with the new Anouk envelope clutch. The trapezoid design has a large flap adorned with a toggle lock. Inside contains several compartments. 

Key points: In deep red or lily pink, this small leather envelope has a detachable silver-tone strap and brightens up your favorite outfits.

Plus: The adjustable strap can be made shorter for a more elegant look.

Characteristics: 100% calfskin, Cervo Nappa leather, 7.5” X 4.5” X 1.5” 

Price: 973 €

Point of sale: 

MONACO: Akris, Pavillons de Monte Carlo, Place du Casino

DESIGN

Aston Martin: The new Vantage

April 4, 2018

The Successor To A True Sports Car Dynasty 

“A true sports car with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge, the new Vantage is the Aston Martin that pure driving-machine enthusiasts have been waiting for,” declares Dr Andy Palmer, president and CEO of Aston Martin.

With the complete integration of the engine, transmssion, electronic rear differential (E-Diff), dynamic torque vectoring, dynamic stability control, adaptive damping and the electric power-steering systems, each mode optimizes every area of the car as one. 

With each step the Vantage gains in agility and responsiveness, its character becoming progressively sharper, more vocal and more exciting. This is the essence of the Vantage driving experience - a car that’s never less than connected and engaging with the breadth of capability to revel in challenging roads and bare its teeth on the track. 

Exterior Design 

A spectacular new Aston Martin sports car demands a bold and distinctive design language. Pure, sculptural forms create an athletic, predatory stance, while the minimal front and rear overhangs, muscular flanks and broad haunches express the agility and dynamism inherent within the car. New head and tail lights form dramatic new signatures giving the Vantage unmistakable road presence and contribute to a strong and individual identity within the growing Aston Martin model range.

Interior Design

The incredible design story continues inside the Vantage, with a dynamic and focused sports car cockpit that rejects long, fluid curves in favour of sharp, focused lines denoting the more aggressive nature of the car. A high-waist interior theme and lower driving position creates a more immersive driving experience, and contributes to significant gains in occupant space and significant improvement in headroom compared with the outgoing Vantage. A combination of rotary and toggle style controls have been used for their tactile and intuitive functionality. Likewise, the PRND transmission buttons have been moved into a triangular formation so as to cluster major controls into clearly defined zones. The interior also offers generous stowage space, with useable room behind the seats and generous double-tier storage areas.

Price: 155 294 € 

Key points: With a bold new look, as well as a high-effiiency performance,  the brand new Vantage has an alloy 4-liter V8 twin-turbo engine that generates 503 horsepower and 505 lb/feet of torque; 8-speed automatic transmission. 

Plus: For the first time on an Aston Martin, the new Vantage has an electronic rear differential (E-Diff) (E-Diff). This differential not only makes the car more comfortable but also more composed in terms of straight-line stability and on curves.

Points of sale :

MONACO: Aston Martin, 23 Boulevard d'Italie

DESIGN

Sabrina Monte-Carlo

March 28, 2018

“Perfection Lies In The Details”

Experts for interior and exterior design for the past 20 years, Sabrina Monte-Carlo provides a large selection of furniture, lighting, fabric, linens for the home, tableware, and decorative objects from the world’s leading brands. Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino, principal designer at Sabrina Monte-Carlo, and her staff have completed numerous projects from conception to completion: homes, chalets, yachts, and private jets.

What is your primarily area of design?

Sabrina Monte-Carlo provides a solution for those who are seeking excellence and want to stand out in every sense. That is why we provide our clients with a selection of the best products from the world’s top luxury brands from interior and exterior furniture to fine tableware, and accessories. By collaborating with these brands, we are able to offer our exacting clients an absolute elegance, unexpected combinations, and personalized designs, and no matter where you are, luxury is universal. 

What is your source of inspiration? 

I start from a simple concept: every client is unique and the design and accessories selected should take that into account. Certain clients know exactly what they want, which helps facilitate our task. Others give us carte blanche. That’s very exciting and it’s also a real challenge for us to fully understand the needs of our clients. In every case, we always offer our expertise and provide advice in the choice of different materials available, colors, textures, the art of mixing styles, the latest trends, and finally, technical questions. For example, aboard yachts due to strict regulations and the salty humid environment, certain standard materials can absolutely not be used.

How different is one project from another?

There are as many clients as there are projects. We strive to provide that which best reflects the personal taste and needs of the client. The key is the ultimate satisfaction of the client. All of our projects are interesting but I have to admit that yachts are always my favorite. Everything aboard a yacht must be thought out in advance. For example, the furniture must remain immobile while the yacht navigates through all kinds of bad weather. Numerous other factors must also be taken into account during the design process. Numerous other factors should be account for at the conception stage as well. Fabrics must be flame retardant, there must be sufficient storage space, and the colors on the inside and outside must be coherent to create a sensation of prolonging the interior spaces…

How much time does it take to complete a project? 

The length of a project depends on the project itself. For a 90-meter yacht, it could take us several months. On the other hand, a two-room apartment could be finalized in just a few weeks.

What are the different steps of a project?

Every project starts with a face-to-face conversation with the client. It is very important to understand their tastes and their lifestyle. The most essential thing is to know who they plan to use their property. For example, is a yacht designed for private cruising or will there be business meetings, will it sail more in the summer or the winter, do the clients have small children…

Key points: The success of their work rests on the much quoted aphorism by Michelangelo, describing the inspiration that motivated his endless quest for excellence: “Perfection lies in the details.”

Plus: Having designed more than 90 yachts, Sabrina Monte-Carlo is renowned for their knowledge and expertise in the world of yachting. Every project includes close collaboration with the shipyard, the naval architects, and the best-known designers.

Showrooms: 

MONACO: 

Sabrina Monte-Carlo, 39 Avenue Princesse Grace 

Sabrina Monte-Carlo, 42 Boulevard des Moulins

Contacts: 

contact@sabrinamontecarlo.com

+377 97 97 57 60

+377 97 70 44 97

 

Interviewed - Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino, Sabrina Monte-Carlo

Photos ©Yvan GRUBSKI / courtesy Sabrina Monte-Carlo

SHOPPING

Dolce&Gabbana: All the lovers

March 19, 2018

Authentic, Non-Conventional Luxury

Dolce&Gabbana is a style that embraces new forms of elegance, with a sense of modern classicism, based on an excellence in clothing design and creativity. 

The strong identity of the Dolce&Gabbana brand has evolved over the years, without straying far from its roots. An incomparable style, which, season after season, blends   innovation with its original Mediterranean flavor. 

Dolce&Gabbana handbags mark an essential accessory in the wardrobe of all women.

The Collection: All the lovers

The new logo #DG can now be found on various styles in leather. The Graffiti print is featured in this brand new collection. Handbag, iPhone case, wallet, and credit card holder are all part of the collections! 

Casual and fun, with bright colors and contrasting accents, these new styles launched by the brand are filled with meaningful symbols. The date 1985 refers to the debut of the brand. The choice of bold colors is a nod to the enjoyment of life, one of the brand’s most important values.

From “Hey Baby” to “Ti Amo Tantissimo,” all the words signify love. The way women love this brand, love of live, of fashion, family or friends. Everyone has an interpretation.

Price on request

Points of sale:

SAINT BARTH: Dolce&Gabbana, 19 Rue de la République, Gustavia

MONACO:

Dolce&Gabbana, Boutique Man and Woman, 2 Boulevard des Moulins 

SHOPPING

Stella McCartney: Clare Paradise Top

March 19, 2018

Birds Of Paradise, A New Print

Stella McCartney has invented a new way to wear clothing, with loose, modern cuts that are de rigueur for an effortless feminine attitude. The elongated sleeves of the Clare Paradise Top accentuate this relaxed sense of style and fluidity.

The Birds of Paradise print, new for the 2018 spring season, brings a fantasy tropical mood to skirts and tops in fluid crêpe de Chine with a retro nod to the 50s and the classic Hawaiian shirt. 

Characteristics: 100% silk, buckle and button closure, standard sizes

Key points: Hand-painted tropical birds perch on leafy green vegetation to evoke the spirit of the islands.

Plus: With a play in the construction of this top, slices of white dissect the print for a bold effect.

Price: 695€

Points of sale: 

SAINT BARTH: Human Steps, Rue de la République, Gustavia 

GENEVA: 

Bongénie, 34 Rue du Marché

Drake Store, 13 Rue des Alpes

SHOPPING

Phenomen: Axiom

March 19, 2018

A New Brand Born Of Unified Ideas 

The heart of the matter for Alexandre Meyer, CEO and co-founder of Phenomen, is the intersection of design and technique, of styles and materials, of dreams and reality. “I come from the world of automobiles where the body design counts as much as the engine. I wanted to transpose this coherent vision and unification to the world of watchmaking, not without adding a personal touch, innovative, audacious, and based on aspects of French culture,” notes Meyer.

Next came the meeting of ingenuity and creation. When the paths of Alexandre Meyer and Sylvain Nourisson crossed, the result was the formation of a team determined to explore new opportunities. The former is an engineer and designer, the latter a watchmaker and creator. Maxime Colson, who designs watch prototypes, quickly joined the founding duo. 

From the first sketch to the final assembly, every step in creating a watch is made in Besanc, France. The fabrication of the watch movement is entrusted to independent specialists, with the “Swiss Made” label, in the same way as Atokalpa, La Joux Perret, or Mimotec.

Axiom

Phenomen, the first creation for the Axiom brand, is subtle yet strong, with two characteristics essential to a watch: showcasing the movement and an original design. 

With its rare complexity, the case allows the movement to be angled, with an amphitheatre layer, allowing for legible time readout. This architecture inspires special visual emotion with the spectacular arrangement of the emblematic elements of the movement such as the balance wheel or the escape wheel.

Evoking an aerodynamic silhouette, the trapezoid lines of the bezel and its truncated vertical termination recall the backs of certain iconic cars such as the Ferrari 365 GTB 4 Panther Shooting or the unmistakable lines of the Mustang Fastback.

The movement of a marine chronometer is not built flay, but on several levels. The PH-010 movement is the same, with a first layer housing the two barrels as well as the finishing gear train and the winding system. The two retrograde displays are located on a second level. And finally, a third level contains the escape wheel. Seen in profile, the movement has the shape of a semi-pyramid. 

In addition, the PH-010 movement comprises multiple original technical solutions, in tribute to golden age of horology. From the shape of the bridges to the utilization of pillars to support the third level, each aspect of this watch illustrates the extreme care put into every detail, and is a testament to the love of beautiful work.

Axiom stands out for its original and direct time readout, with a display of 100 degrees. This allows the human eye to immediately see the time without having to scan the 360 degrees of a traditional timepiece.

Key points: Phenomen, an independent luxury French watchmaker, combines strong horological design with a precision movement, both symbols of their bold and original “French Touch.”

Le plus: Axiom represents the ultimate French watch for those who are passionate about automobiles. This watch recalls the dials of a sports car, and has earned its place in the long tradition of driver’s watches, or timepieces created for racecar drivers. The ultimate goal: to put the time on the wrist of a driver so they don’t have to take their eyes off the road.

Characteristics: Double retrograde hour and minute readout on raised amphitheatre setting with integrated 3D hands; Independent correction for hour and minutes; Grade 5 titanium case; Upper and lower sapphire crystal with anti-reflection treatment; Two crowns; Waterproof to 30 meters; Twin-barrel mechanical movement with manual rewinding; Exclusive Phenomen variable inertia balance wheel; 100 hours of reserve power; Alligator strap; Exclusive grade 5 Titanium folding buckle.

Price: 69 600 €

Coming soon on Paris and Geneva

Contact: 

www.phenomen.fr 

contact@phenomen.fr 

+33 3 70 50 04 15

SHOPPING

Gucci: sylvie mini bag

March 19, 2018

It’s all in the details…

Eclectic, contemporary, and romantic, Gucci designs embrace the quintessence of Italian craftsmanship, and remain unequalled in terms of their quality and meticulous attention to detail. 

After a beautiful version with a wrist strap, the Sylvie bag is now available in a new mini style, designed with a 20-inch chain as a shoulder strap. Made of classic, smooth leather, this handbag is decorated with a gold-tone metallic chain and buckle on the front. 

Key points: A red and blue nylon ribbon bow with gold-tone tips adorned with stars adds to the charm of this design,

Plus: This bag is available in three colors: white, black, or red.

Characteristics: Leather, suede-like microfiber lining, nylon ribbon, made in Italy

Price: 1,590 €

Dimensions: Length 7.5” x Height 5.5” x Depth 3”

Points of sale: 

ST BARTH: Human Steps, Rue de la République, Gustavia

MONACO: Gucci, 1-3-5 Avenue de Monte Carlo

GENEVA: 

Gucci, 92 Rue du Rhône

Bongénie, 34 Rue du Marché

DESIGN

Sabrina Monte-Carlo: Galactica Super Nova

March 16, 2018

Designer Of More Than 90 Yachts 

Expert interior and exterior designers for the past 20 years, Sabrina Monte-Carlo provides a large selection of furniture, lighting, fabric, fine linens for the home, tableware, and decorative objects from the world’s leading brands. Sabrina Monteleone-Oeino, principal designer at Sabrina Monte-Carlo, and her staff have completed numerous projects from conception to completion: homes, chalets, yachts, and private jets.

Sabrina Monte-Carlo is especially renowned for their knowledge and expertise in the world of yachting. Every project includes close collaboration with the shipyard, the naval architects, and the best-known designers.

Galactica Super Nova

In collaboration with the leading Dutch shipyard, Heesen Yachts, and renowned naval architect Espen Oeino, Sabrina Monte-Carlo provided the luxurious interior and exterior furniture for the 70-meter Galactica Super Nova mega motor yacht. With a contemporary allure, combining teak and gray lacquer, the outdoor furniture is adorned with an impressive quantity of personalized cushions.

The brushed, highly polished stainless steel of the central staircase on the yacht has curved stairs protected by fine steel strips that appear to spin out of the central support post, hug the treads and then continue out to wrap the walls of the curved stair surround. The effect is striking, original, organic and reminiscent of a seashell.

Galactica Super Nova is aesthetically unified on all of the decks, interior and exterior: the yacht was conceived with a “beach-like” style that is modern, light, and pleasant. The look of every space is consistent, and the details are identical, from the captain’s bridge to the main deck and the beach club. There is diversity in the materials used and the ceiling styles that defines each space.

Over the period of a year, the team worked on selecting the tableware, stemmed glasses, and silverware in a refined, elegant style from some of the most prestigious European manufacturers. Works of art complete the sophistication of the interiors created by the renowned Dutch company, Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. The warm interiors feature three different kinds of wood: sycamore, two types of wenge, and teak. The woodworking and cabinetry has a contemporary, smooth style that allows the richness and grain of the wood to be seen.

In terms of consistent design, all of the artwork aboard Galactica Super Nova is framed in the same wood and the same style as the wood used in each cabin, and adds to the continuity of the style and ambiance found throughout the yacht. Sabrina Monte-Carlo also worked hard on researching high-quality materials, innovative design, and personalization of the bed and bath linens, accessories, and amenities.

Key points: Galactica Super Nova evokes the motto of the design firm: Perfection Lies In The Details.

Plus: Decorative objects in various shades of blue—the signature color of Sabrina Monte-Carlo—brighten the subtle gray color scheme on the yacht.

Showrooms: 

MONACO: 

Sabrina Monte-Carlo, 39 Avenue Princesse Grace 

Sabrina Monte-Carlo, 42 Boulevard des Moulins

Contacts: 

contact@sabrinamontecarlo.com

+377 97 97 57 60

+377 97 70 44 97

DESIGN

d-table

March 2, 2018

The First Interactive, Multi-Touch Table

Make online purchases, surf the internet, check out the latest news, run a conference call or corporate presentation, play virtual pool, or share photos… all of this is now possible thanks to a simple touch of the finger right on your tabletop, while seated comfortably drinking a cup of coffee.

Inspired by a large digital tablet, Danilo Cascella, the designer of D-Table, has forged digital technology and contemporary design into one stylish unit. Quite impressive in its dimensions and innovative options, the high-tech interactive D-Table was conceived to beautifully blend into prestigious luxury environments: villas, yachts, offices, or private airplanes... 

Characteristics: Interactive digital table hand-crafted by specialized Italian furniture-makers, with five different models: D-Zero, D-Time, D-Cosmo, D-Monster, and D-Square, with a tactile Samsung screen, a Windows 10 operating systems, and additional software. 

Key points: With its multi-touch interface and wireless connection, the D-Table is the perfect solution for interactive presentations conferences, meetings, conventions, museums, hotels, and fun, engagement home entertainment.

Plus: A design style perfect for prestigious interiors, this interactive table can be entirely personalized.

Screen size: 48” or 55” and up to 84” for custom orders

Table Dimensions: Length: 4.5 ft, Width: 2.5 ft, Depth of table top: 4”

Price: 14,800 € to 36,000 €

Showroom: 

ST BARTH: Style Concept, Upper level, Carré d'Or, Gustavia

Contact: 

D-TABLE SHOW ROOM JANET FABRE

20, rue du Louvre 

75001 Paris, France

janet@showroomfabre.com

Tel: +33 1 40 20 42 40 

SHOPPING

PATI DE ST-BARTH: PASTEL ESSENTIALS

February 26, 2018

You Asked For Watercolors, Here You Go!

Pati, the designer of the St Barth French West Indies brand, recently launched her newest collection. Women and kids will simply love these shirts that come in relaxed styles with delicate tones. Pati proposes elaborate designs as fresh as can be, based on her watercolors done in pastel colors. The theme is animals, and naturally with her love of St Barth, the designer focused on the favorite fauna of the island: sea turtles, hummingbirds, goats, flying fish…

Key points: A new light and trendy collection for women and kids!

Plus: Short-sleeve t-shirts or sweat shirts

Characteristics:  100% white or dusty pink fabric 

Sizes:

Kids 2 to 12 years

Women S, M, L

Prices:

Kids Collection : A-shirts: 42 €, Sweatshirt: 59 €

Women’s collection : A-Shirts: 49 €, Sweatshirt: 69 €

SHOPPING

MESSIKA: MY TWIN

February 26, 2018

Opposites Attract

In 2016, Valérie Messika presented a new interpretation of a grand classic in jewelry design, Toi et Moi (You and Me). The leading collection of the French diamond house, Messika, the Toi et Moi My Twin collection provides a new way to seal one’s love, through the unexpected juxtaposition of different size diamonds. Between opposition and balance, the ring wraps around the finger, where the two the stones mingle and mix without ever touching. These modern, elegant settings beautifully reflect light through their movement.

Key points: Messika celebrates the perfect union of pear-cut, emerald-cut, and oval-cut diamonds in the My Twin collection. 

Plus: To wear for all occasions, these rings can be combined for a dramatic look that is quite refined. 

The My Twin Ring In Its Duo Version 

This collection reinterprets the classic Toi & Moi in an architectural composition where the emerald and the pear are attracted to each other. Invisible when worn, the setting allows the purity of the diamonds to really shine.  

Characteristics: My Twin ring, Diamonds from 0.15 carats, in 18K white, yellow, or rose gold.

Prices start at 2,850 €

 

My Twin Cravat Necklace

This new, hand-made new cravat-necklace adds a touch of radiance to the most classic looks and adds sensuality to plunging necklines. The brilliance of the pear-cut diamond counterbalances the architectural spirit of the emerald-cut stone.

Characteristics: My Twin Necklace, Diamonds from 0.10 carats, in 18K white, yellow, or rose gold.

Prices start at 2,590 €

Points of sale: 

ST BARTH: Diamond Genesis, Rue de la République, Gustavia

GENEVA : 

Bongénie, 34 rue du marché

Benoit de Gorski, rue du Rhône 8

Bijouterie Zbinden, 4 rue Coutances

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MB&F: Horological Machine N° 7 Aquapod

February 20, 2018

Take a deep breath…

MB&F, the world’s leading conceptual horology laboratory, is celebrating more than 10 years of intensive creativity with 15 extraordinary calibers that animate their Horological Machines and Legacy Machines that are applauded in the press, and are the basis of the international renown of MB&F.

After having pushed the limits of horological mechanics with futuristic designs to be propelled into space (HM2, HM3, HM6), in the sky (HM4), on roads and racetracks (HM5, HMX, HM8), MB&F plunges into the deep with its aquatic Horological Machine N° 7, alias HM7 Aquapod.

The HM7 Aquapod, the watch inspired by a jellyfish

Maximilian Büsser, the founder of MB&F, had the idea to create an aquatic watch as a souvenir of a family vacation by the sea, and an encounter with a jellyfish in particular. More than just anecdotal, this event sowed the seeds for a three-dimensional watch with a tentacle-shaped winding rotor. 

The organic design of the HM7 Aquapod is counterbalanced by the mechanism lodged in the interior: a central tourbillion dominates the vertical, concentric construction of the movement and the hours and minutes float around, like waves on the ocean. 

The HM7 Aquapod was born in the shape of a horological jellyfish, with its carefully designed biomorphic motor. Jellyfish have radial symmetry, as does the Aquapod. So while a jellyfish eats food grasped by its tentacles, the HM7 gets its energy from the automatic tentacle-shaped winding rotor.

 

Key points: While the HM7 Aquapod is as modern as possible, the concept of the three-dimensional spherical construction is age-old. Its origins lie in the “onion” pocket watches popular in the 18th century. While most of the horology movements were developed horizontally, incredibly detailed research allowed the motor of the HM7 to be higher than it is wide, with elements mounted vertically.

Plus: Like many jellyfish, the HM7 glows at night. The numbers for the hours and minutes are illuminated, and there is illumination around the movement... The light reveals the flying tourbillion, as well as the tentacles of the winding rotor.

The HM7 Aquapod is a limited edition of 33 watches in grade-5 titanium with a blue bezel, and a second edition of 66 in 5N+rose gold with a black bezel. Both have luminescent blue details.

Characteristics: The architecture of the movement comprises three-dimensional verticality with automatic rewinding conceived and developed internally MB&F; 60-second central flying tourbillion; 72-hour reserve power; 35 rubies; Spherical case construction; First editions in grade-5 titanium or 5N+ 18K rose gold; waterproof to 50 meters; Sapphire crystal treated with antireflective coating; High-quality aero-nautical rubber strap.

Price on request

Points of sale: 

ST BARTH: Diamond Genesis, Rue de la République, Gustavia

GENEVA: M.A.D.Gallery, 11 rue Verdaine

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Sea Memory

February 19, 2018

So many things to see…

If you have never peered inside the door of a cabinet of curiosities, now is the time. Sea Memory is brimming with furniture and accessories for your home, all quite unique in a variety of eclectic and precious materlals.

Rhinoceros, horse, hippopotamus... 

At first glance, it seems as if these little animals, which are pretty impressive looking in the boutique, are decorative objects. In the 1930’s, it was common for well-to-do houses in Europe to have an animal made of leather, either as a decorative piece or for children. Today, more than just for decoration or a plaything, these animals are also stools.

Rhinoceros, house, hippopotamus... these stools in the form of animals catch everyone’s eye. Sea Memory has launched a new collection of leather animals and added modern functionality, such as interior reinforcement that allows adults to sit on them.

In terms of design, this original stool fits perfectly in your home, from the living room to the bedroom, or even the bar.

Certain of these pieces are made in galuchat, stingray leather. This leather is very resistant and perfect to use as veneer on wood. Scattered with sparkling pearls, the result is sumptuous.

Key points: Custom orders? Edouard Lacour, the resident expert, will advise you and help fulfill your dreams with custom, personalized orders, primarily for luxury furniture.

Plus: Something you can’t live without, or the perfect gift? Sea Memory ships internationally.

Characteristics: A classic combination of leather and pewter, or a combo even more elegant in stingray and sterling silver, with a wood base, and horsehair for certain parts such as the manes and tails of the animals, plus stones such as Onyx or Tiger Eye in the guise of pupils for their eyes. 

Dimensions and weight: Between 15” to 20” high, 11” to 15” wide, 20” to 35”long, 10 to 15 kilos

Price: From 4,900 € to 12,500 €

Point of sale:

ST BARTH: Rue du Roi Oscar II, Gustavia

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Pain de sucre: Capri

February 19, 2018

And if you wore a little “Capri?” 

For next summer, Pain de Sucre continues its world tour, drawing its colors from the lost paradise of Bali. A touch of kiwi, for an intense burst of sunlight... a brilliant mango… a powdery rose; the palette is gloriously perfumed…

Bikinis set with jewels, long silk dresses with mystical reflections, crocheted ponchos, embroidered tunics, fishnets, lace, cotton voiles; from morning to night, Pain de Sucre adds a sense of rhythm to your marvelous moments relaxation…

Surrender!

Capri, a one-piece black bathing suit with a structured shape, creates a pure, long-line silhouette. The plunging neckline is revealing and very elegant thanks to wide cups gathered under the breasts.

Price: 135 €

Key points: Deep plunging back with wide, sophisticated cross straps  

Plus: One-piece bating suit that sculpts the body with its flattering fabric

Characteristics: One-piece black bathing suit, 71% polyamide, 29% elastane

Points of sale: 

SAINT BARTH: Le Pelican, St Jean

GENEVA: 1 Rue Verdaine

MONACO: 21 Boulevard Des Moulins

 

 

DESIGN

BENTLEY: NEW CONTINENTAL GT

February 7, 2018

New Bentley Continental to view, listen to, admire, and appreciate 

With an enhanced version of the 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 TSI engine, cutting-edge technology, and surprisingly brilliant design and conception, the new Continental GT is unequalled in its category. This luxury car ushers in a new era of power, impressive savoir-faire, and the pinnacle in automotive technology.

With its clean lines, this new edition of the Bentley Continental GT fuses the classic Grand Tourer proportions with a new chassis and a more sculptural architecture. The car is slightly longer and lower, yet just as elegant.

Exterior Design 

The muscular, precise lines of the new Continental GT exhibit the influence of the original Bentley R-Type Continental, and exude a sense of refined power. The long wheelbase and short nose make the car seem much more dynamic, even when standing still. Under the hood, this design positions the motor further back to improve weight distribution, and provides a more agile performance.

The new headlights, inspired by the look of cut crystal with the latest LED technology, add to the new face of the Continental. The taillights are now shaped as ellipses, redesigned to reflect the silhouette of the tailpipes below them.

Interior Design 

For the interior of the new Continental GT, the Bentley design team had brought automobile artisanship to a whole new level. Stainless steel, aluminum, and other quality materials sit side by side with the finest woods and leathers to create a magnificently designed automobile.

Key points: The design team has delivered the Bentley of your dreams. Totally adapted to road trips, this coupe can seat four adults comfortably with enough space for luggage.

Plus: The new Continental GT offers the possibility of almost limitless customization. The wide range of options and technology available in the catalogue or custom-order means you will never see another car identical to yours.

Price on request 

Points of sale: 

MONACO:  Bentley, 14 rue du Gabian

GENEVA: Bentley, Route de Meyrin 122, Genève-Cointrin

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Zeades

February 6, 2018,

Pleasure and Improvisation 

Creating jewelry and leather goods in Monaco since 2004, Zeades has launched a wonderful collection of contemporary jewelry, watches, and accessories such as a new selection of cuff links. The men’s collection, with designs inspired by the Côte d’Azur, mixes unexpected colors and materials: a beautiful example of savoir-faire combining jewelry and leatherwork by designer Danielle Devreese. Bracelets, rings...treat yourself by collecting pieces that can be worn in perfect harmony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Railingue Bracelet

Characteristics: Braided black, high-quality Italian leather with metal beads, 316L stainless steel, magnetic clasp, leather size: 8x15

Price: 95 €

Surface Fleet Ring

Characteristics: Genuine, high-quality Italian black leather inlaid in a stainless steel and carbon ring, 316L stainless steel in natural metal color.

Price: 85 €

Points of sale:

MONACO: 

Automobile Club de Monaco, 46 Rue Grimaldi, 98000 Monaco

Drugstore Monte Carlo Bay, 40 Avenue Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco

Drugstore Café de Paris, Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco

 

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CHANEL: Coco Crush

January 19, 2018

Highly desirable jewelry 

An emblematic CHANEL motif, the quilted pattern lends its graphic shapes to this new jewelry collection. The Coco Crush designs have a contemporary allure, which adds elegance to every moment. 

Characteristics: 18K yellow gold ring, medium version 

Key points: Ring to wear alone or several stacked

Plus: Available in yellow, white, or beige gold

Price: 2,950 €

Points of sale:

ST BARTH: Diamond Genesis, Rue de la République, Gustavia

GENEVA: Chanel, 43 rue du Rhône

MONACO: 

Chanel, Pavillons des Boulingrins, Jardin du Casino - Pavillon n°1

Chanel, allée François Blanc

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CHANEL: Premiere Tourbillon Volant

January 19, 2018 

The dial of the Tourbillon Volant with a stylized camellia

To mark the 25th anniversary of its first horology collection, CHANEL has created a new timepiece that allows women to enter the world of complicated watch mechanisms. Inspired by the geometric octagonal shape of the CHANEL N°5 bottle and of the Place Vendôme, Chanel has created a feminine incursion into the complexity of horology that is as mysterious as it is beautiful and poetic.  

The diamond-covered case of this beautiful Première watch subtly marries the art and perfection of luxury horology with the couture spirit of the house of CHANEL.

The development of this exceptional watch is the fruit of a close collaboration between CHANEL and the artisans, engineers, and master Swiss watchmakers at Renaud & Papi (APRP SA)—the advanced research and development arm of Audemars Piguet—making a first for both of these companies. 

Characteristics: Case in 18K white gold with set with 47 baguette-cut rubies (~3,83 carats), bezel in 18K white gold set with 42 baguette-cut rubies (~2,96 carats) and 52 brilliant-cut diamonds (~1,48 carat), dial of high-tech black ceramic, crown in 18K white gold carats set with 16 baguette cut rubies (~0,32 carat) and 11 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0,16 carat), black alligator strap and double folding clasp in 18K white gold set with 30 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0,33 carat), self-winding mechanical watch, waterproof to 30 meters.

Key points: The dial of the Tourbillon Volant is decorated with a stylized camellia, Mademoiselle Chanel’s favorite flower. This subtly hides the tourbillion at the heart of the Première watch, which is supported by a bridge from the movement and not on the dial side. 

Plus: A combination of beauty and purity, power and femininity, the Tourbillon Volant with its stylized camellia is dressed in yellow, beige, or white gold with shimmering diamonds. Choice of bezel set sapphires, pink sapphires, rubies, or diamonds.

Limited edition.

Price: On request 

Points of sale:

ST BARTH: Diamond Genesis, Rue de la République, Gustavia

GENEVA: Chanel, 43 rue du Rhône

MONACO: 

Chanel, Pavillons des Boulingrins, Jardin du Casino - Pavillon n°1

Chanel, allée François Blanc

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HERMèS

January 19, 2018 

The Fouets et Badines Square

The popular silk square scarf is emblematic of the French fashion house Hermès. 

Virginie Jamin, an expert in creating skillfully arranged compositions, frequently draws her inspiration from the collection of Émile Hermès. On each of her visits, the designer finds intriguing objects that are transformed into motifs for her next square scarf design.

This time she fixed her eye on an album noted as “colportage” dating from the start of the 19th century, proposing riding crops, canes, and other pieces from the collection. Her imagination completed this ensemble, in which she includes braided leather, sculpted wood, and carved ivory. A supple network of intertwined leather straps contrasts with the strict diagonal array of whip handles, many embellished with dogs’ or horses’ heads.

Key points: A signature Hermès design, the silk square is a timeless, indispensable fashion accessory.

Plus: This square exists en several colors: red, blue, or gold. 

Characteristics: 100% silk twill scarf, hand rolled (90 x 90 cm), designed by Virginie Jamin

Price: 360 €

Points of sale:

ST BARTH: Hermès, Le Carré d'Or - Gustavia 

MONACO: Hermès, Allée François Blanc 

GENEVA: Hermès, 39, Rue du Rhône 

 

Photo credit: Studio des Fleurs

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RIVIERAS: THE REEF

January 18, 2018

NEW STYLE 100% waterproof!

They already exist in leather, cotton mesh, and woven styles, but now Rivieras has extended its collection with a new pair of casual loafers in perforated synthetic micro fabric with an innersole made of neoprene.

Completely waterproof, this style is just as classic and relaxed as its predecessors, becoming the perfect summer companion! You’ll definitely want them for going out on a boat or snorkeling!

Characteristics: Synthetic micro fabric perforated with a neoprene innersole.

Key points: French loafers 100% waterproof in a choice of six colors (pink, yellow, royal blue, orange, black, red)

Plus: Shoes for the entire family! This style is available for men, women and children in French sizes 24 to 46.

Price: 110 euros 

Point of sale:

ST BARTH: Rivieras, Rue du Roi Oscar II, Gustavia

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Seraphin

January 12, 2018

“It’s not what you are seeking, it’s what you are!”

Located in Paris, Séraphin is the last remaining French manufacturer of quality leather menswear to use traditional artisanal skills. Back in 1975, Henri Zaks and his wife Séraphina baptized their new adventure.

This French luxury goods company works with the finest skins for all of its collections. Every item is designed, cut, and sewn exclusively in Séraphin’s ateliers. Their label, Made in France, really means Made in France, without any subcontractors.  Without marketing, Séraphin has built its reputation thanks to the quality and style of its menswear.

* In Hebrew, the word seraphim comes from “saraph” or to burn, like angels that burn with a passion for God. 

The Leather

Crocodile from the Sudan, goat from the Hunza Valley, elk from Laponia, deer from Pennsylvania and the Kobe, region, lambskin from Eritrea and Ethiopia, yak from Mongolia, caribou from Canada, reindeer from Sami, metis from Sahel, eider down from Iceland… there are no frontiers for seeking the best natural skins, that are the most resistant and supple. Drum dyed, without any artificial finish in order to conserve the natural beauty and obtain the best possible feel, the work is done in a traditional manner. All patinas are added by hand.

 

 

 

Calfskin fighting jacket with hand-made crocodile boxing gloves on the sleeves.

Virile, luxurious, and sporty in style, with a suppleness and originality in how the skins are used, and close-fitting shapes Séraphin’s jackets are very seductive.

Not really made for fighting as its name indicates, this jacket is more likely to be worn for motorcycle riding or other outdoor activities. The leather is very resistant and thick, yet supple.

As the company founder was passionate about boxing, it seemed like a natural idea to add a pair of gloves as an accent to the jacket. Carefully designed and created, in the style of the best jewelry making, the gloves are confected using the best tannery practices. More than just a simple detail on a sleeve, this workmanship is the reflection of good taste, precision, and an illustration of the remarkable work, as if made by the fingers of fairies, in the Séraphin ateliers.

Materials: 

Leather: Calfskin jacket

Added in the style of gloves: Nubuck crocodile with small foam pads to accentuation the relief and hand-made perforations by an awl.

Key points: The very best of Made in France — all of the menswear is designed, cut, and created exclusively in the Séraphin ateliers in France.

Plus: Many styles in different kinds of leather and dyes with unique details such as playing cards added to the sleeves of a jacket for a casino look!

Price: 5,000€ - Other styles from 2,500€ to 50,000€

Point of sale: 

MONACO: Society Club, Centre Commercial Le Métropole, 17 avenue des Spélugues

Gastronomie

COLLET: ESPRIT COUTURE

January 3, 2018

Collet Champagne Prestige Vintages

The oldest French Champagne cooperative, Maison Collet is located in town of Ay and produces some of the best Premier and Grand vintages that reflect the diversity of the Champagne region. Collet Champagne is a high-quality wine destined for the world of gourmet cuisine and leading chefs. Every vintage can be paired with various moments of a great meal, from aperitif to dessert. 

The Best Years for Collet Champagnes: 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008

Esprit Couture 

Esprit Couture Champagne epitomizes the entire Collet philosophy of a company whose passionate artisans share a singular goal: to create the most authentic of Champagnes. Also, in homage to tradition, the wine is crafted entirely by hand, from the vine to the tasting (harvesting and riddling by hand as well).  

Esprit Couture is exclusively composed of the most prestigious Premier and Grand Cru Champagne grapes. Each hand-blown bottle is made in a glass mold custom-made for this champagne that is a blend of Pinot Noir (50%) for structure, Chardonnay (40%) for elegance and finesse, and Pinot Meunier (10%) for the fruitiness. Not overly sweet, with just 7.5 grams of sugar per liter, this champagne with its rather fine bubbles can be served as an aperitif just as easily as with poultry (chicken, pigeon, or turkey) or with fish.

Tasting notes:
Appearance: The foam is fine and regular, the color accents elegant, intense golden highlights.
Nose: Defined by a multitude of floral notes, with a slight fragrance of vanilla undertoneTaste: This champagne reveals a delicious exuberance of fruity flavors such as subtle notes of peach and yellow plum. 

The texture is silky, infinitely smooth, and the end result is a rare intensity. 

Serve chilled at 8-9°C.

Key points: Collet Esprit Couture Champagne is aged for seven years, carefully sheltered from light in hundred year-old cellars carved into the earth. Even though legislation imposes minimum aging of 15 months, these wines are intentionally aged longer to make sure they are sold at their perfect maturity. 

Plus: In 2017, Collet Esprit Couture Champagne won eight international awards.

Price: 145 euros at wine shops

Points of sale: 

MONACO: Les Grands Chais Monégasques, 11, rue Baron de Sainte Suzanne

Gastronomie

Reignac: Grand Vin de Reignac

December 30, 2017

A wine that has outclassed the best... 

Since 2009, Reignac wines have been gaining in reputation. During a blind taste test of the 2004 and 2001 vintages organized by the European Grand Jury, wine experts put the Grand Vin de Reignac in second place, ahead of many of the best wines from Bordeaux, such as Château Ausone, Pétrus, Château Cheval Blanc.

Château Reignac

Nestled in the country, at the confluence of the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, in the “Entre-Deux-Mers” region between Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion, one finds a rare pearl: Château Reignac.

Since 1990, Yves and Stéphanie Vatelot have carefully tended this beautiful 135-hectare estate, of which almost 80 hectares are planted with grapevines. Convinced that the region had great potential, legendary wine expert Michel Rolland has worked with the owners since their early days at the chateau.

Little by little, thanks to expertise organized in four steps (viticulture, harvesting, wine-making, growing of the grapes) and land that has particularly rich soil (chalky-clay and gravely-clay), these vintners learned to make wines as good as those with the appellation Bordeaux Supérieur. 

 

 

 

Four Vintages

The quality of these wines ranges from elegant and dense to an exquisite okay flavor. Château Reignac produces: Château de Reignac, Grand Vin de Reignac, Balthus, Reignac Blanc. Each equally appealing, the most prestigious of these wines, the Balthus, sells for approximately 60 euros.  

Prices starting at: 

Château de Reignac: 9.5 €, a good wine at a reasonable price

Grand Vin de Reignac: 21.5 €, intense bouquet, full and structured taste, this is a marvelous, well-balanced, rich wine 

Balthus: 60 €

Reignac Blanc: 29 €

Key points: Grand Vin de Reignac beat some of the best Bordeaux wines in a blind taste test

Plus: Château de Reignac won the 2018 International Best Of Wine Tourism Prize in Chile.

Follow the adventures of Reignyx, the mascot of Château Reignacx!

https://reignac.com/

ACTU

Chris Magic

December 28, 2017

Open-Format DJ

All is in place for a very special evening! A popular DJ for your private parties or in clubs, Chris Magic doesn’t miss a beat and transmits his energy by way of a great playlist, from the latest hits to the best oldies!

And to celebrate in style this last weekend of 2017, you’ll find Chris Magic on Saturday, December 30 with his show, "Crème de la Crème" at Modjo!

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Bagatelle Monte Carlo

December 18, 2017 

One of the best restaurants in Monaco 

Beautiful interior design;

Musical ambiance with DJ;

Elegant cuisine;

Discover—or rediscover—this luxurious, relaxed international experience.

Bagatelle Monte Carlo stands out for the quality of its signature dishes, and its festive, friendly ambiance. While paying homage to local culture, the chef creates a balanced, healthy cuisine in keeping with the seasons. A sommelier takes equal care in advising you on the perfect pairings of wines and food.

And the ambiance is always relaxed! With flair and “joie de vivre,” the staff of this chic brasserie chic enthusiastically welcomes the international clientele of Monaco.

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Les Grands Chais Monégasques

December 26, 2017

Exclusive limited edition Glenfiddich Doctor Bag

Leather reproduction of the Charles Gordon Doctor Bag,

1 bottle of 12 year-old Glenfiddich 70cl /40°,

1 bottle Glenfiddich Malt Master’s Edition 70cl / 43°,

1 bottle of Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage 70cl / 43°,

The oldest wine cellar in Monaco has the regional exclusivity for one of the six Glenfiddich Doctor Bags available in France.

In tribute to Charles Gordon, the founder of Glenfiddich, the famous whisky company has brought back the Charles Gordon Doctor Bag. Glenfiddich selected LaContrie, an exemplary leather artisan, to identically reproduce the legendary Doctor Bag. Created, sewn, stained, and finished entirely by hand in their atelier, each bag represents between 40 and 50 hours of work.

Characteristics: 3 bottles of Glenfiddich presented in a doctor bag created by LaContrie, in smooth calfskin on the outside and goatskin on the inside.

Key points: Enjoy three of the best Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whiskey in an exceptional leather bag.

Plus: In addition to the whiskies, Les Grands Chais Monégasques invite you to explore their impressive selection of wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy, champagnes, and spirits…

Price: 7,000 € 

Point of sale: 

MONACO: Les Grands Chais Monégasques, 11, rue baron de sainte Suzanne

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SenSais

December 4, 2017

Enliven The Senses By Way Of The Seasons

Stockfish, seafood platters, Bouillabaisse Royale with fish filets... all occasions are perfect for a good Mediterranean dish brimming with sun! For lunch or dinner, rendezvous at SenSais to discover creative cuisine made with only the best seasonal products.

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Ermanno scervino: the double-breasted coat

December 22, 2017

Soldier Of Love

The Ermanno Scervino advertising campaign for the 2017/2018 season pairs excellence with creativity. The Florentine designer chose Italian top model Mariacarla Boscono and male model Victor Norlander as the protagonists seen in images signed by the master of photography, Peter Lindbergh.

“The woman that I imagined for this collection is strong and independent. She chooses to wear masculine clothes and boots without heels with ultra-light dresses, creating a new expression of femininity,” confides Ermanno Scervino.

Creativity and modernity: these are the values that the Ermanno Scervino woman should possess. His constant contrasts add sophistication to pieces and textures with a military inspiration that exude absolute beauty and sensuality.

The outsized overcoats drape like furs, and are always made in delicate tones.

 

 

 

The Double-Breasted Coat

This oversized coat in thick virgin wool is cut for comfort with a look. A special piece of clothing that is distinguished by sleeves that feature an intarsia inset on the shoulders. The double-breasted buttons and stripes of fur on the cuffs add to the fashionable glamour of this design.

Key points: An ongoing dialogue between masculine and feminine dress codes.

Plus: The coat is paired with an ultra-feminine dress, which is adorned with embroidery, Valencia lace and fine stitching, thanks to innovative dressmaking techniques that create extremely sensual transparency that remains tasteful.

Price: 5,780€

Point of sale: 

MONACO: Your’s Monaco, 5 Bis Avenue Princesse Alice

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Casa, a select club

November 22, 2017 

CASA livens the nights of St Barth

Casa, a new club in the heart of Gustavia, opens its doors with a chic and festive ambiance. 

 

Every Sunday, the staff at Casa reserves a special welcome for all of the island’s seasonal workers and provides a free bottle for groups!

Casa is adjacent to the brand new restaurant, Ociela, located right upstairs

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Castelroc

December 21, 2017

A beautiful setting

Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine inspired by Monegasques traditions in this beautiful gourmet-style restaurant: Castelroc in Monaco. Take your seat for lunch or dinner on an elegant veranda facing the Prince’s Palace or on a terrace with an incredible view stretching to the horizon.

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A'trego

November 28, 2017 

A seaside cottage perched on the rocks

In a unique spot overlooking the sea, with surprising architecture by Philippe Stark, A’Trego is bound to seduce you by way of its delicious Mediterranean cuisine. The perfect place for a gourmet meal in a peaceful ambiance, where you can enjoy lunch or dinner infused with local flavors.

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Twiga

November 24, 2017

Attention Club-Goers!

In a warm and festival ambiance Twiga Monte Carlo reserves its spot at the top club in the heart the Principality.

Birthdays, bachelorette parties… or simply a night on the town, Twiga is the hip and trendy place to have a great time with your friends.

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Richard Mille: RM 033

December 18, 2017 

RM 033 Extra-Flat Automatic Watch

With an extra-flat movement, the goal of this watch is to be especially elegant and subtle. The entire virtuosity of a master watchmaker resides in the capacity to accomplish something that is almost invisible. As a result, all of the constraints of creation are made even more difficult due to the small size.

One of the characteristics of the extra-flat automatic RM 033 resides in the off-center disposition of the micro-rotor on the interior of the automatic caliber RMXP1. This construction gains several precious millimeters in the overall height of the watch, which has a 33mm movement with a thickness of just 2.60mm, making the case just 6.30mm deep. To ensure a perfect distribution of the parts and optimal functioning, the off-center mono-bloc micro rotor is made of platinum and is bidirectional. This allows for the barrel to be efficiently rewound, and helps create the compact global dimensions for this skeletal, extra-flat movement. The caliber RMXP1 comprises 29 rubies and a frequency of 3Hz. 

An Innovative And Elegant Watch

Various details constitute the signature of this simple, yet elegant watch, such as the variable inertia balance wheel, the 42-hour power reserve, the movement’s 16 spline screws in grade 5 titanium, the design of the case, its rigorous execution, the ceramic stem with double joint torque. 

Characteristics: Round case, available in titanium, or 18-carat white or red gold, caliber RMPX1. Skeletal dial, automatic rewinding, with hours and minutes, and off center mono-block micro-rotor, variable inertia balance wheel, grade 5 titanium with Titalyt® coating on platinum, and PVD treatment for the bridges, sapphire dial; waterproof up to 30 meters thanks to two torque joints in nitril; 42-hour power reserve.

Key points: One of the characteristics of the automatic extra-flat RM 033 resides in the off-center disposition of the micro-rotor on the interior of the automatic caliber RMXP1. This construction gains several precious millimeters in the overall size of the watch, which has a 33mm movement with a thickness of just 2.60mm. 

Le plus: The case is made using the unique construction of three parts and is assembled using 16 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and washers in highly abrasion-resistant 316L stainless steel. The design in completed by the integration of the lugs into the case. 

Price: 130,000 €

Points of sale:

ST BARTH: Cour Vendôme, Gustavia, St Barthélémy

MONACO: Allée François Blanc, Monaco

GENEVA: 78 rue du Rhône, Geneva, Switzerland

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Blancpain: The new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

December 15, 2017

Bathyscaphe, A New Member To The Family

With a vintage feel, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, presented for the first time in 2013, expands its collection with a timepiece in a smaller 38mm case. Both the dial and bezel are in Abyss Blue, a symbolic color for Blancpain as it recalls the depths of the sea.

History Of A Legend

Blancpain’s Bathyscaphe diver watches were first seen in the 1950s with models for men, and later for women. In 2013, for the 60th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms, the Bathyscaphe model took on a new look, inspired by the first versions. The contours were as stylish as their predecessors and the wide, rectangular hands recall classic watches.

Silicon Balance Spring 

An innovation for the watch-making industry over the past few decades, silicon has several advantages: hardness as well as lightness, as well as more shock resistant, and does not respond to magnetic fields. Thanks to these properties, the spring benefits from an almost perfect geometry that by consequence improves the isochronism of the movement and therefore the precision of the watch. 

Characteristics: Three hands in a 38mm case, stainless steel bezel with blue ceramic insert, with numerals and indices in Liquidmetal®, 100-hour power reserve, caliber 1150, waterproof 3 bars or up to 300 meters, silicon balance spring, sapphire back that allows you to see the solid gold rotor recovered with NAC (a platinum alloy).

Key points: The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is powered by Caliber 1150, which is distinguished by its robustness and chronometer characteristics.

Plus: Like all diving watches worthy of their name, each model is equipped with a unidirectional bezel that rotates counter-clockwise by small notches. True to the original version of the Bathyscaphe, the luminescent dot on the bezel serves as an index for divers, enabling accurate alignment with the minutes hand and thereby defining the start of a given dive time.

Price: 8,880€

Points of sale:

ST BARTH: Tourbillon, Rue de la République, Gustavia

GENEVA: Blancpain, Rue du Rhône 40

ACTU

Reopening of Bagatelle

December 14, 2017 

First round! 

First round at Bagatelle with an exclusive reopening just for the weekend!

 

Rendezvous as of this evening for the exceptional joie de vivre for which this chic bistro is so well known. Enjoy fine cuisine in a convivial, festive ambiance.

ACTU

Tradewind Aviation

December 14, 2017

USA | ST BARTS

Tradewind Aviation, a US-based airline, provides direct flights between Puerto Rico and St-Barth. There are daily flights from San Juan, both scheduled and charter, in the direction of the Caribbean aboard Tradewind Aviation’s Pilatus PC-12. 

Enjoy the crew’s great attention to detail and premium service as you fly to your favorite slice of paradise!

ART

L'atlas

December 15, 2017

A Major Street Art Figure

L’Atlas started as a graffiti artist in the 1990s. Fascinated by the art of symbols and writing, he set out to study Arabic calligraphy in Morocco, Egypt, and Syria. He was especially interested in “koufi,” the geometric writing that he used to transpose the codes in the Latin alphabet, creating his own style of typography.

After experimenting with photography, painting, and video, L’Atlas developed a pictorial universe in which every letter is considered as a form, and each form as a letter. Little by little, even the city appeared to him to be full of signs that he collected the almost abstract shapes with a system of imprints.

Eastern thought, according to which duality is the source of being complementary, occupies a preponderant place in his life and in his art. That is the source of his artistic explorations, where one observes a recurring dichotomy between black and white in the major part of his compositions.

His work with typefaces and calligraphy led him to other forms of art in the streets. He became, with urban artist Zevs, a leading figure in the post-graffiti movement and conceived a series of urban interventions. L’Atlas created the outline of urban compasses on one of the facades of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, with one of his frequent tools, extremely large and adhesive gaffer tape.

Over time, parallel to his presence in the streets, his artistic practice evolved toward the conception of works that are more timeless, presented in exhibition spaces adapted to his work. Yet without losing the controversial and subversive spirit that characterizes the artist.

Other work available upon request

Contact :

Cédric Calmels, ventedart.com

Founder - Art Dealer

cedric@ventedart.com / +33611083047

SHOPPING

Panerai: Luminor Due

December 1, 2017

Reinventing An Icon In The History Of Watchmaking 

Reinventing the lines of the Luminor 1950 watches with subtlety, the case of the Luminor Due is the thinnest and most polyvalent in the Panerai catalogue. Presented in 2016, this collection is the fruit of a challenge met by the designers and technicians at Panerai: to reinvent an icon in the history of watch-making in a delicate, faithful, and rigorous manner and underline the richness of a watch that incarnates the perfect syntheses of the spirit of sports, polyvalence, an original design, and sophisticated watchmaking technique.

Four New Models

Four new models have enhanced this collection with a wide assortment of materials, dimensions, colors, and technical solutions for watches that are adapted to every situation. 

Luminor Due 3 Days Titanio – 42mm 

A new model of the Luminor Due comes with a hand-wound movement and a three-day power reserve: this model is lighting and sportier, featuring a titanium case, blue dial, and choice of strap.

Very easy to read, even in low light levels, the dial of the new Luminor Due 3 Days has been redesigned with the small seconds marker at 9 o’clock, another element characteristic of many classic Panerai watches. The titanium model has a blue dial with sandwich construction and burnished finish.

Characteristics: MOVEMENT: Hand-wound mechanical, P.1000 caliber, executed entirely by Panerai. FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds, seconds reset. CASE: 42 mm, brushed titanium. DIAL: Sun-brushed blue with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers, small seconds at 9 o'clock. POWER RESERVE: 72 hours. WATER PROOF: 3 bar (-30 meters). Blue alligator strap.

Key points: Synonym of polyvalence and inherent elegance, this refined timepiece silhouette has not lost any of its original identity, or the proportions and distinctive traits of the legendary case, equipped with the trademarked device to protect the crown with a locking lever. 

Plus: A more elegant and sophisticated version in red gold, with an ivory dial punctuated with contrasting blue letters and the thinnest of movements. 

Prices starting at: 7,400 €

Points of sale:

ST BARTH: Carat, rue de la République, Gustavia

MONACO: Zegg & Cerlati, Place du casino 

GENEVA: 19 rue du Rhône

SHOPPING

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: Segraeti, Metropole Shopping Center, 17, Avenue des Spélugues

www.ooumm.com 

DESIGN

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

SHOPPING

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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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

DISCOVER

Sport & Fit

November 21, 2017

Did you say sports? 

Even with winter on the horizon, no excuses that it’s too cold in Saint Barth! Bikinis and bathing suits are fashionable all year round! 

With a “sport report” created at your very first session, Sport & Fit will help you define your plan of action for short or long term, depending on your goals, your availability, and your needs. Geoffrey, a coach with a French national diploma, and a true fan of St Barth, will be happy to work with you at your home or outside! Beginner or professional, solo or in a group to take advantage of reduced rates, get fit with weight lifting, cardio, or fitness classes… your choice!

ACTU

Opening: Ociela

November 22, 2017

New concept: Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar

Inauguration, Friday evening, November 24, for the new restaurant Ociela! Contemplate the sunset while sipping signature cocktails, share multiple small Mezze plates at the bar or enjoy the delicious Mediterranean menu in the restaurant: every occasion is the perfect moment to discover the multiple facets of this new eatery.

Right in the heart of Gustavia, with fabulous views of the port, Ociela serves delicious food in a hip ambiance with DJ from 6pm to 1am, with after-hours partying right below at the club, La Casa!

The start of a great new adventure for the staff at Ociela!

SHOPPING

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

 

SHOPPING

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

 

 

SHOPPING

Graff: The eternal twins

November 9, 2017

A magnificent pair of 50,23 carat d flawless emerald cut diamonds

Over the course of the last five decades Graff has passionately pursued the pinnacle of excellence in sourcing, cutting, polishing and setting the most fabulous jewels in the world. 

With unwavering dedication to the transformation of a rare diamond from its rough state, into a polished masterpiece, Graff has dominated the list of exceptional stones cut and polished this century. 

Two identical stones of beautiful proportions and quality have joined Graff’s roll call of exceptional diamonds. 

The opportunity to cut two stones of such magnitude from the same rough is not only exceptionally rare, but demonstrates the exemplary cutting and polishing expertise of the House. 

On the discovery of a stunning 269 carat rough diamond from the Lucara Karowe mine in Botswana, Graff’s elite team of gemmologists were tasked with carrying out the risky process of unleashing its true potential. 

Its natural internal flaws and nuances were mapped precisely into a specialised computer system to create an exact digital replica of the rough, which was then studied for many hours to determine the individual character of the stone and how best to transform it into a polished masterpiece. 

With careful planning, Graff’s senior cutters lasered the rough, separating and defining the emerald cuts which were then polished by hand by the House’s highly skilled team. Two rectangular emerald cuts emerged from the inner depths of the rough; identical in weight and perfect in proportion. 

An emerald cut is faceted differently to a round brilliant cut, with long clean lines; this means that the visibility of flaws is increased so the highest clarity is required. The cut also showcases a masterly play of light between the facets of the stone, perfected by Graff’s expert team. 

To cut and polish two stones to the exact same size and weight is incredibly challenging and a decision made from the beginning of the cutting and polishing process. Furthermore, to produce two D Flawless emerald cut diamonds from the same rough, and exceeding 50 carats each, is extremely rare and a true testament to Graff’s knowledge, skill and commitment to pushing the boundaries of diamond expertise. 

The Eternal Twins have been set in a pair of earrings incorporating a total of 132.53 carats of exceptional diamonds. Graff’s master craftsmen and design team have combined true artistry with breath-taking fire and scintillation in the creation of these beautiful jewels. 

Graff takes great pride and responsibility in knowing that these gems of everlasting beauty will pass from generation to generation, taking their place in history for eternity. 

Available in :

Saint-Barth : DIAMOND GENESIS, Rue de la République, Gustavia

Monaco : GRAFF, Casino de Monte Carlo, Place du Casino

Geneva : GRAFF, Rue du Rhône 29

DISCOVER

25 QUARTER

November 13, 2017

A Unique Gastro Pub Concept 

A homerun since it reopened, 25 Quarter features a unique Gastro Pub concept with a choice of tapas, updated tacos, ceviche, boa bun... and the staff awaits you in a relaxed ambiance right in the heart of Gustavia. 

Definitely worth stopping in for drinks, snacks, or dinner as of 6pm, and enjoying the creative menu.

SHOPPING

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, Rue du Rhône 45

BUCHERER, Quai du Mont-Blanc 1

CHRONO-TIME, Rue de la Fontaine 3

 

©Rolex - Alain Costa

SHOPPING

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

ACTU

La cuisine de Fred

November 1, 2017

Home-Delivery Catered Dishes at 20 € 

The meal is totally prepared and all you have to do is sit down and enjoy the company of your guests. Paella, curry, or couscous, Cuisine By Fred prepares gourmet dishes delivered directly to your home for 20 € per person.

Have something else on your mind? From breakfast to dinner by way of a barbeque or cocktail party with ample hors d’oeuvres, this private chef can meet all of your needs, and gets great pleasure from cooking at your house and serving you and your guests, while allowing you to enjoy a tranquil evening. 

 

ACTU

REOPENING OF LE TI ST BARTH

October 23, 2017

A drink or dinner, Le Ti is ready!

The opening date for Le Ti St Barth has been announced! Le Ti St Barth reopens this week, on Friday evening, with the kind of soirée you’ve been waiting for.

ACTU

Reopening of l'isola

October 20, 2017

Romantic, softly lit, a special moment…

A restaurant that hardly needs an introduction! L’Isola, the link between Italy and gourmet dining, is a special place to discover—or rediscover. Open as of Tuesday, October 24, L’Isola invites you to surrender to refined, elegant Italian cuisine that will make quite an impression on you.

ACTU

Reopening of Le Grain de Sel

October 17, 2017

Creole cuisine is back on the table!

Conch stew, Caribbean squash stuffed with codfish, grilled mahi-mahi… it’s about time! The Grain de Sel re-opens in two days for lunch and dinner. For dessert, our tropical favorites, coconut custard and “tourment d’amour” coconut cakes will be served.

ACTU

After Chefs XO, TO GO Chefs XO!

October 17, 2017

Catering at 10 €

Need an idea for lunch or dinner? Chefs XO to go now provides a take-out catering service.

A balanced menu with delicious cuisine for all tastes: prepared dishes, fresh salads, vegan plates... 

Chefs XO is open Monday noon through Saturday evening 

Click on more info to discover the menu of the week.

ACTU

Reopening of l’Isoletta

Octobre 13, 2017

Getting back to normal !

Margherita, Bufalina, Vegetarian, Parmigiana... L’Isoletta restaurant is now open again, with a large choice of fresh pizza and delicious Italian specialties to take out or enjoy at a low table right on our comfortable terrace.

 

ACTU

REOPENING OF L’ESPRIT JEAN CLAUDE DUFOUR

October 13, 2017

New menu based on market availability

The perfect occasion to discover—or rediscover—one of the best restaurants on the island! Every evening, chef Jean-Claude Dufour, reinvents his creations based on market availability.  

L'Esprit is open Tuesday thru Saturday evening, and Saturday and Sunday for lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appetizers:

Mushroom ravioli, roasted prawns 20 €

Tuna tartar, apple yuzu sorbet 18 €

Pan-fried foie gras with litchi, rice vinegar 20 €

Seared sea scallops, Nippon bouillon 22 €

Main courses:

Côte de boeuf pour 2 people, fondant potatoes 75 €

Veal burger 24 €

Smoked tuna steak, arancini with piperade 24 €

Linguine with calamari, prawn juice 24 €

Desserts:

Apple tart, salted caramel butter 10 €

Molten chocolate cake 12 €

Poached pear, pistachio ginger 10 €

Assorted ice cream and sorbet 10 €

DISCOVER

Euro Gourmet

October 13, 2017

So difficult to resist the temptation!

Euro Gourmet is overflowing with Italian treasures, each more delicious that the next: wine, charcuterie, cheese, terrines, and olive oil. So difficult to resist the temptation! Those who do not yet know Euro Gourmet, the exclusive distributor of fine Italian products on the island for the past 10 years, will want to make it their favorite detour.

 

 

 

 

ACTU

Reopening of Jet Ski Tour

October 12, 2017

Jet Ski sessions this weekend!

Are you up for a tour of the island with your family, or a more athletic outing with friends? With Jet Ski Tour, there’s fun for everyone! It’s the perfect way to spend time together and check out how Saint Barth looks from the sea on a Jet Ski.

SHOPPING

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

ST BARTH APRÈS IRMA

St Barts Hurricane Damage: One Month After Irma

October 5, 2017

It has been one month since hurricane Irma hit our island. Everyone has exhibited great strength and solidarity in face of the damage caused by hurricane Irma in St Barts. The island has seen a huge flurry of post-Irma recovery activity in St Barts to welcome the first tourists of the season. 

 

GOOD NEWS!

Electricity and water have been restored in the majority of areas in St Barths after the damage caused by Irma. Professionals, volunteers, and residents alike have given generously of their time to make our beautiful island shine once again. After huge clean-up and post-Irma recovery efforts in St Barths, the island’s neighborhoods, beaches, and landscapes are looking good and St Barths is recovering nicely post-Irma.

 

TRAVEL USA | ST BARTS

The travel agency, Elan Voyages in St Barts, has provided us information about flights from the United States to St Barts. Several American airlines are already flying to Puerto Rico. There are also flights to St Barts via Antigua with Tradewind Aviation. Saint Martin’s Princess Juliana Airport is operational as of October 10.

 

AVAILABILITY OF RENTAL VILLAS

Our current priority is to provide a complete, up-to-date list of rental villas and hotels in St Barts that will be ready to welcome guests as of Thanksgiving 2017.

Many of the rental villas were spared by hurricane Irma in St Barts. You can find the best villas available on A C C E S S, in our villa listings. Take advantage of our personalized reservations service which works with the most important rental agencies in St Barts: Wimco, SiBarth, St Barth Properties, St Barth VIP, Barnes International, Missimmo...

 

REOPENING OF HOTELS POST-IRMA IN ST BARTS

Auberge de Terre Neuve, Baie des Anges, Le Nid D’Aigle, Sunset, Le Village St Barth, Les Ilets de la Plage, Les Ondines, Les Sucriers, Saline Garden, Le Ti Morne, Tom Beach, Villa Lodge 4 Epices, will be ready to welcome you as of late October.

The reopening of additional hotels in St Barth post Irma—Le Cheval Blanc, Eden Rock, Emeraude Plage, Le Barthélemy, Le Christopher, Le Toiny, Le Tropical, Villa Marie—is expected sometime during 2018. The staff at each of these luxury properties is investing all they can to get their doors open as soon as possible. As they make announcements, you will find their opening dates directly on our website.

 

REOPENING OF RESTAURANTS POST-IRMA IN ST BARTS

A large number of restaurants are ready to reopen in St Barths post-Irma:  

October: Black Ginger, Eddy’s, L’Esprit de Jean Claude Dufour, Isola, Isoletta, La Langouste, Yo Sushi Mania, L'Oubli, Le Select, 25 Quarter, Le Repaire, Galawa , Le Jardin, Le Vietnam, Saveurs Island, Au Regal, L'Ardoise, and Les Bananiers 

November: Le Ti St Barth, La Cantina, Tamarin, Orega, and Maya’s To Go

December: La Plage, Shellona, ​​La Guérite, Maya’s, Le Toiny, and Le Bagatelle

February: Nikki BeachBonito

March: Mango et Taïno (Restaurants of the hotel Le Christopher)

 

REAL-TIME INFORMATION

We have polled various professionals on the island to compile all of this important information for you. Please consider everything carefully as ongoing work or unexpected events might cause some places to reopen later than originally planned.

However, we will do all we can to continue to provide real-time updates as correctly as possible.

Stay connected with us for access to the latest news, in Le Mag, in our Saint Barths Post-Irma section.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Seasoned sailing fans and newcomers will be glad to know that The Bucket Regatta will take place as planned in March, Les Voiles de Saint-Barth in April, and the 14th edition of the Transat AG2R in May 2018.

In January 2018, music lovers can reserve their trips for the annual St Barts Music Festival.

ACCESS is your best source of current information for opening dates and photos of Saint Barth post-Irma!

See you soon!

ST BARTH APRÈS IRMA

St Barts after Irma

I.R.M.A

INDESTRUCTIBLE

In 1995, hurricane Luis ravaged Saint Barth. The very next day Saint Barth started to recover. Today, Saint Barth is distressed, yet far from being destroyed.

The legendary bar, Le Select, a popular meeting point, sets the tone with its reopening. Guided by force and willpower, Gustavia is coming back to life as the Bar de L’Oubli is also back in business.

“Living in a high-risk area, we are prepared for hurricanes, and have drawn conclusions from past years in order to protect ourselves as much as possible,” explains Hervé Brin, the owner of La Ligne Saint-Barth. “Our goal is to open this week to in order to ensure work for our staff, close to 25 families, and guarantee our exports,” he adds, with a sense of motivation.

As of Thanksgiving 2017, fans of St Barth will be able to vacation in the hotels and villas that are available, such as the Le Village Saint-Barth, a charming hotel that overlooks the bay of Bay of Saint Jean, which will be open.

Images of the damage are impressive, but once this hillside enclave is once again nestled in tropical vegetation, its panoramic views will be every bit as beautiful.

RECONSTRUCTION

The island is rebuilding day-by-day, thanks to the support of its residents, reinforced by professionals, and the deployment of major resources. The hotels, villas, restaurants, and luxury boutiques hit by hurricane Irma are working hand-in-hand to manage the situation and quickly establish a plan of action. The 2018 Saint Barth season is getting organized and you will be the first to be kept up to date.

MOBILIZATION

Solidarity, mutual assistance, and unity are the buzzwords after hurricane Irma hit Saint Barth. As if motivated by the same energy, the islanders are taking care of each other quite naturally as they participate in the planning of the 2018 Saint Barth tourist season.

AMOUR

Most residents of the island are staying after Irma. Why leave? Life is getting back to normal little by little and everyone is determined to advance in the same direction: rebuild everything to get back to an ordinary lifestyle.

To all of you who love the island, our loyal American and European visitors… in response to your messages of support, we can assure you that Saint Barth will be as ready as possible for the 2018 season. Keeping Saint Barth as your next vacation destination is the most since proof of your love for the island, and we thank you for this support.

 

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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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Jaquet Droz : Only Watch

In honor of the 7th edition of the Only Watch, Jaquet Droz presents an exceptional Grande Seconde Off-Centered model that raises money for the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

Time is generosity. It’s a credo that Jaquet Droz has always stood behind, joining forces with Only Watch, a biennial charity featuring unique watchmaking pieces sold to raise money for research in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a serious affliction of the muscles and cardiac system. Convinced that treatment is within reach, the brand known by its twin stars proudly shows its commitment through a unique edition of the Grande Seconde Off-Centered. 

This reinterpretation of the legendary Grande Seconde watch and its playful figure 8 - the symbol of infinity and completeness that has come to represent Jaquet Droz - features a cuprit background. Discovered in the mid 19th century, this copper-oxide-rich stone kindles celestial reverie of the planet Mars. Its fiery red color embodies all the passion dedicated to both the timepiece and the Only Watch project. 

The cut of the mineral dial requires the extreme, expert delicacy for which Jaquet Droz is known. Each inclusion, vein and detail of the dial makes for a singular masterpiece. But the Grande Seconde goes even further: the two counters traditionally aligned on the 12 o’clock / 6 o’clock axis are made off-center, adding an original, dynamic touch to this purest of canvases. The thinness of the circled gold flanges match that of the hands and the majestic direct-drive seconds hand, while the crown is shifted to 4 o’clock for a subtle aesthetic twist. 

A feast for the eyes, this Grande Seconde is equipped with an automatic mechanical movement whose balance-spring and pallet horns in silicon - a material resistant to shocks, temperature fluctuations, pressure and magnetic fields - add to the perfect reliability of the watch. Fitted with a power reserve of 68 hours, the Grande Seconde Off-Centered combines the purple of the cuprit with the glimmer of the 43 mm red gold case and the smooth black of the alligator strap. Hand engraved with the mentions “1/1” and “Only Watch 2017 Cuprite”, the Grande Seconde Off-Centered will be released at the end of September to coincide with the Monaco Yacht Show. It will then be a part of the traveling exhibition targeting an international public of committed watch lovers prior to going up for auction in Geneva on Saturday, November 11th.  

“Some watches tell time, some tell a story.”

Available in:

Monaco: 

Geneva: 

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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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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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Bohemia : new gypsy chic restaurant in St Jean

Bohemia was born in December 2016, in the heart of Saint Jean, through the desire to create a restaurant in harmony with the authenticity and beauty of the island. Avoiding mass press, promotion & PR, they wanted to offer an exclusive experience for their guests— fresh homemade food in a simple & chic atmosphere—creating an elevated, multi-sensory experience and not just ‘another meal.

Bohemia presents fresh food in a chic tropical atmosphere. The menu is under the direction of executive chef Matthieu Savariaud, executed daily by Nicolas Bisani. Savariaud has worked at the famous Connaught in London, in Helene Daroze’s Kitchen, and owns and runs his own restaurant, Es Terral in Ibiza, bringing to the island a fusion of French Mediterranean cuisine with strong influences from Spain & Ibiza.

Daily in the kitchen, the chef creates dishes that blend classic French techniques and local ingredients. Fresh cuisine and a ‘Gyspster’ chic atmosphere make you feel at home enjoying a good meal with friends & family. 

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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

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Spa Metropole by Givenchy, the luxury of taking time for yourself

November 25, 2017

A luxury hotel from another era

It’s one of the most prestigious addresses in Monaco. A sumptuous retreat away from the hustle and bustle in the heart of the Principality... Located in the Carré d’Or overlooking the Mediterranean, Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo has a unique atmosphere steeped in history and soul. From the 126 rooms and suites to the restaurants and pool, everything at Hotel Metropole is dedicated to the pleasures in life.

This is why Givenchy came to unveil a spa specifically designed for this exceptional hotel.

Clean lines and noble materials... Designed by architect Didier Gomez, Spa Metropole by Givenchy reflects the House’s sophistication and modernity down to every last detail. The entrance sets the tone with its marble finish and proportions accentuated by sleek, bold black lines. Contemporary materials can be found alongside a digital plant wall throughout the interior, for absolute serenity. The corridor leading to the treatment rooms offers an immersive experience in which an unexpected encounter with nature is heightened by a subtle play of light, creating a vibrant and intimate atmosphere.

All ten treatment rooms are decorated in nuanced shades of white, with embossed walls that evoke the lace of Haute Couture gowns. These include a double suite and a single suite equipped with a bath and private hammam. For a touch of luxury, guests may choose a fragrance to accompany them throughout their experience. This is sprayed on a tissue in the pocket of their bathrobe or on the massage table. All treatments and massages end with a refreshing ritual using cryotherapy technology, for a gentle way to prolong this moment of serenity.

“The secret to elegance is being yourself.” These words of wisdom from Hubert de Givenchy say everything, or almost everything, you need to know about the philosophy behind the Givenchy spas. Because beauty by Givenchy is much more than a simple treatment; it’s an experience – the key to elegance radiating from within. In an alchemy of advanced formulas, sumptuous textures and, of course, skilfully mastered rituals, the House’s products used in Givenchy spas unleash their full potential in the hands of experts trained to employ precisely choreographed protocols. All face and body care treatments are exclusively designed, personalised rituals that combine effectiveness and sensory delight. The promise of an absolutely unforgettable moment all to yourself.

Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo, 4 Avenue de la Madone, 98000 Monaco

+377 93 15 15 15

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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.

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, Rue du Rhône 45

BUCHERER, Quai du Mont-Blanc 1

CHRONO-TIME, Rue de la Fontaine 3

 

©Rolex - Alain Costa

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Ermenegildo Zegna: Second Skin Capsule Collection

Ermenegildo Zegna unveils an exclusive capsule collection of trans-seasonal, lightweight pieces that can be worn as effortlessly as a second skin. The complete and coordinated selection of clothing and outerwear has been designed to meet the needs of contemporary men all over the world, with a particular emphasis on travel-ready looks. The Second Skin Capsule Collection also represents the first commercially available wardrobe from the Ermenegildo Zegna Winter 2017 collection under the artistic direction of Alessandro Sartori.

The special capsule collection has been designed for a new generation of contemporary travelers who are successful, self-confident and value a style conscious approach to comfort. Two of its pillars are innovative, lightweight outerwear blousons: the first in wool and silk with a unique knitted varsity collar and cuffs, the second in extremely light, soft nubuck leather with elastic leather cuffs and bottom. To complete the look, different color combinations of jackets, polos, knitwear, shirts, trousers and denim – all characterized by a sophisticatedly relaxed form, authentic quality and distinctively precious details – seamlessly work together and can be kept in a man’s closet for 365 days a year. 

The smart and casual approach to contemporary fashion pays tribute to iconic Zegna colors with a rich palette ranging from vicuna colour and off-white to teal, brown, navy and light grey. In addition, the highly versatile travel wardrobe includes an elegant Asola Moccasin featuring a new designed band with the cut of the buttonhole.

Ermenegildo Zegna’s Second Skin Capsule Collection will be available at its worldwide boutiques and via Zegna.com starting from mid-April, 2017.

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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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pati de st-barth

St Barth French West Indies. A t-shirt that just about everyone owns. Pati, the designer of the Pati de St Barth brand, is part of that special generation of people who arrived in Saint Barthélemy in the 1980s. With no money, but plenty of good ideas… and it was love at first sight.

Her love affair with the island is mutual. In her two beautifully designed shops—one in Gustavia and one in St Jean—her signature clothing collections are at once elegant and relaxed, the symbol of a woman who has evolved in keeping with the island, while maintaining her authenticity.

Interview

You have lived in Saint Barthélemy for quite some time…

I arrived in 1983 with a small box of watercolors and a few sheets of drawing paper, after a three-year trip around the world. The first night, I camped at Grand Fond and two policemen woke me up very early in the morning. Camping is not allowed in Saint Barth and they wanted to put me on the first plane out of here. I was finally able to stay by promising them I would get a hotel room. I had just enough to pay for two nights at Tom Beach, and as soon as I got the room I started painting landscapes of the island. I put my watercolors in a few boutiques and two days later they were all sold, so I could stay longer on the island. That’s how it all got started.

Then you started creating t-shirts…

At first I painted them by hand. They were so popular that I couldn’t keep up with the demand. So I modernized and bought a silk-screen printing machine. I taught myself to use it, but it wasn’t easy and it took me a year to master the technique. At the same time, I was creating logos for my clients and one day, in 1989, I designed one for myself. I wanted something simple with a symbol that represented the island. The logo for St Barth French West Indies was born. It was immediately a big success.

 

How do you explain that success?

I can’t explain it. I understood that this t-shirt would only last if you could only find it in Saint Barthélemy and by making it a unique style with personalized accents. Then all of a sudden, black was all the rage. Since I couldn’t find black t-shirts in Saint Barth or in Saint Martin, I started to dye them myself. I was never able to really make black. I always got a dark gray and never the same gray twice! But that’s exactly what everybody liked. Each series of t-shirts was different. I printed them day and night and clients came at 4am to make sure they got one!

Since you launched that t-shirt, you have really grown…

Over the years, we concentrated on marketing this logo with different styles of lettering. I am also very concerned about the quality of the fabrics. In Saint Barth, we need fabrics that allow the skin to breathe, fabrics that are soft and easy to wear. For the past three years we have also gone in a new direction. We went to Peru to look for beautiful cottons and have since been developing our own collections in addition to t-shirts. The logo is always present on our clothes. We have become a ready-to-wear brand with its own identity. And a lifestyle both elegant and relaxed that corresponds to what I love in Saint Barthélemy.

What are your new projects?

My husband, François, and I always have a lot of ideas. And we are very proactive. In this business, you always have to be a step ahead. We will continue to develop the brand and present new styles. I also would like to have more time to paint and write. I would need a second life to do all I want to do, but for now, this one is pretty full.

 

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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

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fred collection 8°0

FRED has added a new chapter to its creative history with the 8°0 collection. This new line of bracelets is infused with a message that resonates as strongly as a mantra: create and define your own vision of luck.

Because some things just seem to happen naturally, FRED gave the 8°0 bracelets a graphic look that is aesthetically pleasing and uncluttered: a knot with long curves that evoke a lucky charm, in yellow, pink, or white gold, partially or entirely covered with diamonds.

With no specific start or finish, the curves on the buckle can be interpreted differently by the imagination of each wearer: sinuous in the shape of an infinity symbol, or perhaps the symbol of an eternal love, or of good fortune as 8 is considered a lucky number in certain cultures... The interpretation is intentionally left open, as if the bracelet were a talisman given special virtues, forces, or images that have a personal meaning. Easily worn by men and women, the 8°0 bracelet stands out for its universal style, which looks as pretty on a feminine arm as it does powerful on a virile wrist.

The buckle is attached to a leather strap in black, brown, or navy blue. The leather has a softness that will gain a patina over time, retaining the personal touch of the wearer.

8°0: these two numbers with their pure, simple shapes, were not picked at random but represent 8 decades of design at FRED, as the company celebrates its 80 years. And the elegance of this new line is inspired by the philosophy of founder Fred Samuel, for whom jewels should be the ultimate symbol of liberty and free expression. Now it’s your turn to define your vision of luck by wearing this trendy bracelet as a good luck charm…

Available in:

Monaco: Pavillons Monte-Carlo, Place du Casino

Geneva: Rue du Rhône

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Harry Winston: Premier Moon

Harry Winston introduces the Premier Moon Phase 36mm – an enchanting timepiece that marries the beauty of mother-of-pearl with the sophistication of a moon phase complication. Honoring the Moon Phases The Premier Moon Phase 36mm captures the serene beauty of the celestial sky, with a mesmerizing moon that appears to travel across the horizon, before finding its way behind a white mother-of-pearl design, signifying the end of the lunar cycle. The lunar cycle, hours, minutes and date display are expertly powered by the HW5201 quartz movement, exclusive to Harry Winston. The migration of the moon is visible through a crescent-shaped opening, while the hour and minutes are indicated by elegant, beveled hands. At 6 o’clock, an open circle, adorned with a yellow gold border, reveals the date. Mother-of-Pearl, Contrasting Colors, and Intricate Design Motifs The impressive face of the Premier Moon Phase 36mm uses different artistic techniques and materials to achieve a three-dimensional aesthetic, including carefully selected mother-of-pearl, contrasting colors, and expertly placed design accents. In order to create a unique and graceful dial, two shades of mother-of-pearl were used. The first, a pure white, alludes to daylight, while the second, a pearl blue, recalls the deep blue of the evening sky. The contrasting colors are meant to guide the eye to the heart of the timepiece, where the moon phase is brilliantly displayed. Gold cabochons minute markers, bring the dial to life, while the iconic hallmark for the brand – the emerald-shaped logo – stands watch at 12 o’clock. 18 brilliant-cut diamonds rest at 6 o'clock, while 12 brilliant-cut diamonds line the perimeter, serving as hour markers. Together with those on the bezel, arches and buckle, the timepiece offers 2.58 carats of the world’s most magnificent diamonds, which are perfectly complemented by the 36mm 18K rose gold case and the iridescent accents on the white alligator strap. 

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Chanel: Do you have a boy friend?

Right from the moment I first saw him, it was obvious.

Handsome, chic, large and not at all pretentious. Discreet, yes discreet but not overly: it’s best it’s known that we’re together!

Perfect with jeans, great with a jacket, and just sublime with an evening outfit.

With him time never passes too quickly or too slowly. Just at the right tempo.

The others are not jealous... Well just a teeny bit.

I don’t have him UNDER my skin but ON it, just on
the surface, which makes me smile all the time. I feel strong and confident. It’s not that I feel more beautiful; I just have the impression that the whole world
is a more beautiful place.

I tell myself it’s simpler to wear something on my wrist to have more confidence in the future.

CHANEL presents the BOY.FRIEND watch, a masculine allure just for women. 

Available in:

Saint-Barth: DIAMOND GENESIS, Gustavia

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De bethune: Kind of Blue

The DB28 adopts a case in polished and blued titanium held by floating lugs for maximum comfort. Their springs indeed follow the shape of the wrist and its movements.

Its mechanical calibre with hand winding is equipped with a high frequency, ultra fast tourbillon, signed De Bethune. The lightest in the world with its minuscule 0.20 grammes for 63 parts, it beats at one-tenth of a second and makes a complete rotation in 30 seconds for superior chronometry. Its silicon balance wheel, just as its escape wheel, is encircled with a white gold ring. Its flat terminal curve, placed on the same level as the balance-spring, compensates for off-centering and facilitates its fastening. A self- regulating twin barrel developed in-house ensures constant torque in the movement. Entirely visible, the movement presents a curved delta motion work bridge in polished and blued titanium decorated with applied microsphere stars in white gold.

Decorated by hand, the parts present various types of high watchmaking finishes, with rose-work grinding on the barrel ratchets and on the back, a plate with “De Bethune” concentric graining. The hours are marked by arrow pointers in pink gold, and as an added touch of luxury, indicated by skeleton hands also fashioned in pink gold.

At once supreme and delicate, the Kind of Blue DB28T emits a singular radiance from the very material from which it is made. It truly advocates in favour of a colour that casts a magical spell.

Available in:

Saint-Barth: CARAT, Gustavia

Geneva:

DESIGN

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

ART

Maryam Eisler

Maryam Eisler is a London-based photographer, editor, and art patron. Born in Iran, she was raised in international schools first in Paris followed by the US. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from Columbia University. She has held editorial roles on several art publications such as: Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their studios; Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces; London Burning: Portraits From a Creative City all of which are co-published by TransGlobe Publishing and Thames and Hudson. She is currently holding her first solo exhibition in St Barth at Space SBH Gallery, following her debut show in London at the Tristan Hoare Gallery.

We were very lucky to meet with Eisler and ask her about her work and sources of inspiration.

Tell us the story and your artistic approach behind the series “Searching for Eve in the American West” which you are currently exhibiting.

“I’ve always been attracted to Native American land and spirituality. While working on the book Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces, I followed in the footsteps of Georgia O’Keeffe experiencing her journey in the New Mexico landscape and visited her home and studio near Abiquiu: I was awed by this hostile and baron nature and the light! What a light! I felt the timelessness of the place, echoing O’Keeffe’s art and words: ‘such a beautiful untouched lonely feeling place, such a fine part of what I call “the faraway”... It is a place I have painted before... even now I must do it again...’ I couldn’t resist the urge to go back by myself, as an artist, only this time with my camera, in order to express my feelings. This time, it was a journey of self-discovery, a spiritual journey of some sort. I spent days hiking in the arid and inhospitable New Mexico desert and canyons. Once again, I was taken by the power of nature and the special light that bathed the land. While shooting Maralah and Wakanda, my models, in this harsh environment I felt what the origin of the world could have looked and felt like! I saw Eve somewhere between the majestic heavens and Mother Earth, standing atop the rocky lines, as sensual and powerful as the monumental nature that had surrounded her. She became my muse, my inspiration, at one with nature and the land.”

Femininity is at the heart of your work. Would you say you’re a feminist?

“If you want to call me a feminist, you can. I celebrate Woman with a capital W in my work, and great female figures are timeless sources of inspiration to me. Last summer, while traveling in the South of France, I visited the “Carrières de Lumière” in Les Baux-de Provence where Jean Cocteau shot Testament of Orpheus in 1960. Wondrous colours, shapes and shades – a perfect setting for seeking mythic antecedents, and I shot my own vision of the nymph. The result of this journey is my second series: “Eurydice in Provence,” an ode to beauty and to the Divine Feminine.”

You were born in Iran, you studied in France and in the US. Which culture has influenced you the most?

“I was lucky to be born in a family open to the world and raised in international milieux. As such, I navigate between the three cultures very easily and feel equally nourished by each one."

Maryam Eisler is surely an inspiring woman... I’m not alone in thinking this as she was voted as one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Art" by Artnet in 2014.

Contact:

Space Contemporary Art Gallery: info@spacesbh.com

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Louis Moinet: 200 years of chronograph

In honour of the memory of its illustrious founder – and on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of its rebirth – Louis Moinet unveils a visionary creation, positioning the chronograph not simply as a complication – but as a central component of the watch.

“It’s probably the most important launch we’ve ever done.” Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO of Louis Moinet, gets straight to the point in presenting Memoris. The timepiece stands at a historic crossroads: the Ateliers’ tenth anniversary, and the bi-centenary of the chronograph invented by Louis Moinet.

The chronograph as the primary function – and time as the complication

The concept began to come into being almost three years ago now, with Louis Moinet starting again from scratch. “We couldn’t draw inspiration from what had gone before; everyone else worked from the premise that the chronograph was an additional complication on top of the time function,” explains Jean-Marie Schaller. “Our starting point was the opposite: sweeping away the past and making the chronograph the heart of our design; the central component to which we then added a time function, rather than the other way round.”

In short, Ateliers Louis Moinet did exactly what the eponymous inventor of the chronograph did in his day; taking a completely different approach to watchmaking rather than attempting merely to improve on an existing model.

As a result, the timepiece lives up to every possible expectation. Each aspect of the chronograph’s action can be admired in its entirety, as soon as the pusher is pressed. The column wheel orchestrates the graceful ballet of the mechanism of steel and gears, passing information to the hands. The chronograph reigns in splendid isolation on the dial, leaving the beholder in no doubt that it is neither a skeleton nor an additional component: the all-new movement has been designed for the chronograph alone, and places it centre stage. Louis Moinet has opted to place the traditional workings of the automatic mechanism on the back of the movement, beneath the plate.

A wholly new approach to the casing

To showcase the chronograph in the style it deserves, Louis Moinet has redeveloped practically every decorative item, with a new case, new hands, a new dial, a new oscillating weight, a new folding clasp, and more.

As a bonus, Louis Moinet has come up with a wholly exclusive use of synthetic gemstones. Usually destined to serve as good pivots and provide proper lubrication of the movement components, gemstones have now found a new purpose elsewhere. Black zircon, in a screwed setting, has been used decoratively – on the case horns.

The final result of all this is Memoris: a 46 mm timepiece, available in pink gold or white gold, in three limited editions of just 60 pieces each. Embodying the essence of true commemoration – all the life of the present, rooted in history – it links Louis Moinet’s heritage with the creative vision of the Ateliers that today honour his memory. 

Available in:

Saint-Barth: CARAT, Gustavia

Geneva:

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.

Other works available on request

Contact: 

Cédric Calmels, ventedart.com

Founder - Art Dealer

cedric@ventedart.com / +33611083047

Gastronomie

Leclerc-Briant

The Ultimate Organic Chic Champagne,

When Frédéric Zeimett took over the general management of Leclerc-Briant in 2012, the future of this centuries-old champagne company was being questioned by a fair number of observors.

The brand had to start up again, from almost rock bottom, following the death of Pascal Leclerc-Briant, the last in a dynasty of champagne producers, whose origins date back to the 19th century. The majority of the vineyards were sold to competitors, and the American couple that purchased the company inherited only the buildings, the bottles ageing in the wine cellars, and several acres of grapevines.

In four short years, Leclerc-Briant has become a favorite of amateurs and confirmed connoisseurs of champagne, who rave about its sense of innovation and the introduction of new flavors. The French Review of Wines and the Bettane Desseauve Guide have written glowing reviews of the Champagne Blanc de Meuniers premier cru, made exclusively with pinot meunier, the “poor cousin” of the best champagne grapes. This was a first for this region, where tradition is deeply rooted in the vineyards.

For a man with 30 years of experience in top management for such prestigious champagne companies as Moët et Chandon and Chapoutier, Frédéric Zeimett remains humble, and attributes his success to the talents of Hervé Jestin, his cellar master, an oenologist known for his love of biodynamic methods. “Hervé Jestin has a very original approach to his profession,” confides Frédéric Zeimett. “He’s like a wine whisperer. He pushes biodynamic methods to the extreme, both in the vineyards and in the wine cellar, which explains the true uniqueness of our wines.”

There is indeed a unique signature to the Leclerc-Briant brand, which is unique and easily recognizable in its champagnes, with their vibrant and precise character marked by a sense of fruitiness, delicious aromas, a distinct touch of salinity, and the almost total absence of sugar. This is champagne that presents itself without artifice, without pretense, and a wine with vegan certification that is presented in its most natural state.

Something happens during tastings,” adds Frédéric Zeimett. “There is a physiological reaction a very specific emotional response.”  

Their leading cru, Divine Solera, is a perfect example. This perpetual vintage combines a symphony of flavors with several generations of wine that blend in perfect harmony. This represents the exceptional sense of refinement that defines the entire range of Leclerc-Briant Champagne.

In Saint Barthélemy, Leclerc-Briant Champagne can be found at In Vino and at Le Barthélemy, the new 5-star hotel that recently open on the shore of the lagoon in Grand Cul-de-Sac.

Price: 35 euros

www.leclercbriant.fr/uk/

DESIGN

Amulette : against darkness

Amulette, the french word meaning; protection against darkness.

Expressed through the light and warmth provided by handwoven domestic designs, Amulette allows you to feel safe, warm and enveloped, in the most comforting way.

Just a little over two years ago, Annie Legault, the founder and creator of Amulette, received her BFA from the Fibres and Material Practices program at Concordia University.

Influenced by the 1960s and ‘70s, every piece for the Amulette collection is handmade by Annie. Jute, merino and alpaca wool are just some of the natural fibres that are used throughout Amulette’s collection. Hues range from the natural soft earth tones of ice and stone to a more woodsy palette of rustic greys and browns.

With her bold creations of inviting rugs, lamps, throws and hanging planters, Annie has captured a way, through her creations, to make people feel comfortable, safe, warm and beautifully enveloped in all that she makes.

An advocate for the process of “slow design”, Amulettes direction is to evoke a sense of cocooning, thus ensuring that every piece that has been created exudes a sense of comfort, warmth, quality and originality within your your home.

You can shop Annie Leagault’s creations at YUME, rout de Saline in St Jean.

Gastronomie

Eternelle favorite - A fine feminine wine

In Adeline de Barry’s family, wine is women’s work. Since it became the family business in the 18th century, when the Marquis de Villeneuve purchased the former monastery of Lérins, the Château de Saint-Martin has always been passed from mother to daughter. There was but one exception to this ancestral tradition, when Adeline’s grandfather, Count Edme de Rohan Chabot, ran the vineyard for forty years before passing the torch to his daughter, then to his granddaughter in 1984.

Adeline de Barry learned quite a bit from this important figure in the world of wine. Thanks to his expert advice, an apprenticeship in the fields, and her experience in the United States doing marketing for Moët Hennessy, she now successfully runs the family enterprise and its production of high quality wines.

Built in the town of Taradeau, in the department of Var, in the center of a property with over 100 hectares, and benefitting from the climatology of two distinct regions (schist and clay-limestone soil), the Château de Saint-Martin belongs to the very exclusive club of the 18 Côtes de Provence controlled vintages. This prestigious label and a gage of excellence are found in Eternelle Favorite, a delicious rosé with a pale peach robe and delicate fruity flavors.

Chatting with Adeline de Barry:

How did you come up with the idea for Eternelle Favorite?

“During my travels, especially in Asia, I noticed that women liked to get together after work for a drink, but not necessarily have dinner at the same time. They enjoyed being together to share a moment of friendship. I also thought of moments of relaxation when you just want to curl up on a comfortable sofa and listen to music while drinking a nice glass of rosé. That gave me the idea to create an a feminine rosé that is atypical and sophisticated.”

What are its principal qualities?

“It is like a woman’s perfume that reveals its unexpected nuances over the course of time. It is light in the spring with its fresh, citrus flavor. In the summer it evolves toward ripe fruit, then becomes stronger and warmer in the winter. Eternelle Favorite is a surprising and very elegant rosé, made primarily with a base of tibouren, a red variety typically Provencal, that I especially appreciate and that brings a lot of refinement when blended with other varieties.”

The Eternelle Favorite vintage has won several awards, including the Médaille d’Or at the Concours Général Agricole in 2016. It was listed among the top 50 best rosés in the world in the United States.

It is found on the wine lists of major hotels and restaurants around the world, particularly on the East Coast of the United States— New York and Connecticut—as well as Colombia, Singapore, Tahiti, and the French West Indies.

In Saint Barthélemy, Eternelle Favorite is available at Goût du Vin in Gustavia. Tel +590  590 27 88 02

Gastronomie

A delicious gourmet tour of st barth

St Barth stars as the top culinary destination of the Caribbean. More than 80 restaurants—and as many chefs—serve a successful blend of French cuisine with an international medley of flavors. Here’s our selection of some of the best eateries on the island.

What’s New?

Shellona is the new beach restaurant on magnificent Shell Beach in Gustavia, with a lunch menu reflecting the flavors of the Mediterranean, and a festive ambiance featuring DJ and live music.

At Aux Amis, the waterfront restaurant at the new Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa in Grand Cul de Sac, acclaimed French chef Guy Martin presents cuisine that is simple yet sophisticated. Grilled fish and meat on the rotisserie herald the promise of a memorable culinary voyage.

This year, all eyes are also turned toward François Plantation, the legendary restaurant of the 1990s. The elegance of the room, which has reopened at Villa Marie in Colombier, retains its Colonial style. The cuisine is just as refined as ever and rooted in traditional French gastronomy. 

The new Tropical Hotel also has a new restaurant, Bohemia, in Saint Jean. In a gypsy chic ambiance, the cuisine is both fresh and authentic with Mediterranean accents.

Bo Káo brings you the delicious nuances of Nikkei cuisine, a wonderful blend of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, set in the prestigious Carré d’Or with its redesigned terrace in the middle of the luxury boutiques in Gustavia.

In the hills of Lurin, Santa Fe is a convivial and relaxed restaurant with magnificent views, offering a varied international menu based on traditional French cuisine with an accent on local fresh fish.

Lunching In St Barth 

Strictly impossible to visit St Barth without visiting Eden Rock in St Jean. The spirit of this legendary iconic hotel is reflected at the Sand Bar, its upscale beach restaurant.

On the beach in Flamands, several lovely restaurants await you. At La Langouste or Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, you can enjoy lunch with breathtaking views of the ocean.

In Lurin, the terrace at Santa Fe overlooks the sea and the neighboring islands to the south.

In Pointe Milou, Mango, the beach restaurant at the Christopher Hotel, just steps from their large swimming pool, offers a delicious menu of fusion cuisine served with an exceptional view of Pointe Milou and the bay of Lorient.

A few beaches over, Le Guanahani Hotel is renowned for the wonderful cuisine at Indigo, the beachfront restaurant on the edge of the lagoon.

Close by you can enjoy great sushi at Yosushimania, located at Villa Lodge 4 Epices. You can also enjoy Mediterranean cuisine with an Italian accent at Le Sereno, where the restaurant is also right by the beach. At Le Toiny, you can enjoy grilled fish and salads at the beach club with your feet literally in the sand. 

For a fun and festive lunch right on the beach, head over to the bay of St Jean and grab your table at Nikki Beach or at La Plage. Or if in Gustavia, enjoy a meal at Shellona, right on Shell Beach. 

To Kick Off The Evening

In Gustavia, enjoy a drink at Le Select or at the Bar de l’Oubli. Or check out the extensive list of cocktails at Ko Báo where the ambiance is chic and relaxed. Bonito has killer views and masterful cocktails to enjoy at sunset.

The bar and lovely lighting on the ocean add a touch of elegance to the gourmet restaurant at Eden Rock

Impossible To Have A Bad Dinner in St Barth

Bonito is one of the best restaurants in Gustavia, boasting panoramic views of the port and the yachts in the harbor. 

Contemporary décor and delicious Thai cuisine define Black Ginger, one of the most interesting places in town.

Just up the street is L’Isola, the island’s Italian treasure, highly touted for the elegance of its cuisine. On the way out of town is L’Isoletta, the little sister of l’Isola, makes great pizza with a really thin crust to eat on their relaxed terrace or take home. 

Baz Bar combines a wide range of sushi with live music. At La Guérite on the Pointe, the menu revolves around delicious Mediterranean recipes served in a trendy ambiance with a new bar lounge and DJ. 

In Public, Maya’s is a legendary St Barth restaurant, not to be missed.

For a romantic dinner in elegant surroundings, we recommend the gourmet restaurant at Eden Rock, with lovely lighting on the rocks, or a special soirée at Le Toiny restaurant with its refined, contemporary French cuisine.

Saline has become a gourmet paradise. 

Not far from the beach, chef Jean-Claude Dufour is master of the kitchen at L’Esprit Jean Claude Dufour, whose reputation reaches far beyond the shores of this island. Reservations are at a must at this gourmet garden restaurant. 

Meat and Potatoes is the place to go for good red meat. The menu also includes fish and vegetarian options.

It’s impossible to leave the island without spending an evening at Ti Saint-Barth in Pointe Milou. An island institution, known for its fun, cabaret club ambiance, its delicious cuisine made on a wood grill, music, and DJs. And yes, you can really dance on the tables! 

Into The Wee Hours

Two new clubs are open in Gustavia this season. The VIP Room by Jean Roch is the place to dance the night away. And Mykonos meets St Barth at Moni (ex Casa Nikki) for unforgettable soirées. 

Don’t forget to stop into 25 Quarter and Bagatelle, two places with a festive touch for after dinner in Gustavia. In St Jean, Modjo is the place to see and be seen, with music by star DJ Jacques Dumas. And a party is always on tap at Ti Taverne, the hot bar scene at Ti St Barth in Pointe Milou.

A bit of advice: Reservations are highly recommended at all of these restaurants. For additional information and details about any of them, click on their page on the ACCESS website.

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Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa

As pretty as a postcard! 
Shimmering blues of a lagoon, a beach of soft white sand, a tableau of small, multi-colored boats bobbing at anchor. Farther out, the coral reef and the small island of Tortue, where the waves dance off the rocks in an impressive display of white foam.

Welcome to the world of natural beauty at Le Barthélemy, the magnificent 5-star hotel and spa that recently opened in Grand Cul de Sac.

This exceptional environment is reflected in the hotel’s beautiful guest rooms, where renowned interior designer Sybille de Margerie has created a stunning mix of modernity and authentic West Indian style. Elegant and refined, the décor is inspired by the traditions of the island. Headboards in woven straw, sculptures of coral and resin, bleached driftwood. The harmony of colors, turquoise and fuchsia, evoke the sea and local flowers. The rooms are luxurious, spacious, and luminous with magnificent views of the ocean, the garden, or nearby hillsides. The lovely, peaceful atmosphere of the hotel continues right out onto the terrace, and a pool deck that looks toward the horizon.

Le Barthélemy entrusted the creation of the menus for its restaurant to Guy Martin, the prestigious chef at Le Grand Véfour in Paris. For the clients of the hotel, as well as island residents, he crafted a very interesting menu with a blend of French, West Indian, and international flavors. The ambiance is both chic and relaxed. In the evening, soft light and the quiet presence of the ocean right outside add a note of magic to your meal. A lighter cuisine and rotisserie set the mood at lunch, while executive chef William Gérard elaborates a delicious Sunday brunch.

Imagined as a sanctuary of wellbeing, the spa is a cocoon of calm and relaxation. Equipped with a sauna, a shower with essential oils, and a fitness center with a staff of expert therapists and professional estheticians that use the restorative properties of seawater to optimize the quality and efficacy of their treatments. An extraordinary experience to enjoy with total serenity in the magical setting of this hotel paradise!
 

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Villa Marie saint-barth

It is a delicate business to take a legend from the past and bring it successfully into the present.

In the 90s, the Béret family dedicated itself to François Plantation, a boutique hotel in today’s terms. In reality, a large home with a dozen bungalows discretely scattered on a magnificent property in the hills of Colombier. Clients were received as if they were old friends, gathering in the evening, along with island residents, in the elegantly designed dining room that had a reputation for excellence.

One family’s story is now that of another, as in late 2016, François Plantation was replaced by Villa Marie Saint-Barth, named after the daughter of the new owners, Jean-Louis and Jocelyne Sibuet, French hoteliers who have properties in The Alps, Provence, and along the Mediterranean coast.

Villa Marie Saint-Barth is an exceptional property. A vibrant testimony to the success of maintaining its authenticity and a lovely blend of the timeless charm of Saint Barth’s past and the refined sophistication of the island today.

The setting is still every bit as gorgeous, in the heart of a tropical garden lush with bougainvilleas, traveler’s palms, and mango trees. The villas, now completely renovated, are naturally integrated into this private oasis. The terraces are designed as open-air living rooms, the views are beyond breathtaking, overlooking the bay of Flamands down below, with its long stretch of white sand and enchanting shades of blue, and the nearby and far-off hillsides reveal the sumptuous landscapes of Saint Barthélemy.

The rooms are beautifully decorated with soft and bold colors—sky blue, vibrant turquoise, bougainvillea pink, and luminous yellow. Colors that are bright, yet harmonious, reflecting a bohemian, tropical sprit. Jocelyne Sibuet traveled the world seeking small things that work well together in the larger picture. Fabrics from India, Pakistan, and Peru, lamps from Indonesia and North Africa, or fabulous chests of drawers from Syria—the interior design adds elegant ethnic touches to the Provencal style and Colonial charm of the rooms. The large leather armchairs were carefully restored and the soul of François Plantation was respectfully honored.

The restaurant has kept its legendary name and its sophisticated cuisine. The chef, Emmanuel Motte, has used his talent to create an elegant, modern menu that marries French gastronomy with traditional West Indies cuisine: house-made foie gras, Miéral poultry, spicy red tuna, or lobster flambéed with aged rum.

This magnificent gourmet experience transforms the nostalgia for the past to the pleasure of the present, while promising a brilliant future for this incomparable five-star hotel.

SHOPPING

Yume: Welcome to the universe of tina

The universe that Tina has created is made of simple, pure lines, sometime structured… But her choices are always harmonious and timeless.

In Japanese, “Yume” means dream. In her boutique, Tina invites us to live a slightly unreal experience… in 70 square meters this mistress of fine design has assembled a wide range of ready-to-wear clothing, accessories, and home decor. From local artisans to international designers, the space is filled with the finest natural fabrics: linen voile, hand-knotted fringe, cashmere, and silk... Because “elegance is also the naturalness of fabric so light you almost forget you are wearing it” explains Tina.

More than just a boutique, YUME Is also a lifestyle that Tina promotes in her beautifully designed universe, where handmade and artisanal fabrication are put on a pedestal… And her clientele, which comes from all over the world, adores the ambiance as much as the wonderful pieces on display. In creating her lovely shop, Tina opted for an extremely natural style featuring teak and bamboo on the exterior… as if an invitation to travel.

Always seeking out new designers, Tina has started to carry “Louve,” an independent line of jewelry from Montreal and a collection of pieces handmade by its designer Virginie Turcot-Lamarre, as well as work by Monique Ste-Marie, a textile designer who puts traditional techniques to the service of an aesthetic vision that is decidedly modern.

Stop in to YUME as soon as you can to recharge your imagination, and share Tina’s dream…  

YUME, route de Saline, St Jean.

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Saint-Barthélemy-Rémy de Haenen Airport

The island has paid homage to Rémy de Haenen, an illustrious character in the history of Saint Barth, by renaming the Gustav III Airport as the Saint-Barthélemy-Rémy de Haenen Airport, as of October 30, 2015.

 

Until 1945, the year when Rémy de Haenen landed the first airplane on the island, the residents of Saint Barth had only seen these “winged beasts” up in the sky. The rugged topography of the island did not make it easy to envision the construction of an airport, with the only possible site that could be used for such an infrastructure in Saint Barth being the savannah in Saint Jean. It was there that the future mayor of Saint Barth touched down, on a narrow strip of land bookended by a hillside on one end and the sea on the other.

 

Rémy de Haenen greatly advanced tourism and economic development in Saint Barth. A larger-than-life character, he arrived on the island by chance yet became an important political figure on the local scene. For 21 years he served as the island’s departmental representative, as well as mayor from 1962-1977. He was also the first to promote a special legal status for Saint Barth, a position which Bruno Magras, president of the Collectivity, mentioned in a public tribute to Remy de Haenen at his funeral in August 2008, recalling that this former mayor was the first to request—on behalf of his municipal council—a special status when French president Charles de Gaulle visited Guadeloupe in 1964.

 

The months following Remy de Haenen’s initial landing saw the clearing of this plain for an airstrip. The only tree standing in the middle of the future runway was cut down and the swamp along the beach was drained. Improvements were made little by little to this small strip of land that sat beside a small departmental road. First came the construction of a hangar, not far from the hillside that dominated the site called “the chateau,” where the two or three private planes that used the runway were parked in bad weather. Next, the grass landing strip, also popular with grazing sheep, was transformed into a paved runway about a half a mile long in the 70s. This runway is one of the shortest in the Caribbean, after that of Saba, and is why pilots who land here today need special certification to do so. 

 

In the early years, the landing strip was only used by those privileged few who had their own planes, but with the development of regional airlines, two aviation buffs formed Windward Islands Airways in the early 60s. This first airline in Saint Barth had regular flights to and from Saint Thomas, with passengers contentedly awaiting their planes by sitting in the shade of a large tree off the to the side. Not far from there, the first offices for Windward Islands Airways were built, followed by those of Air Guadeloupe and Virgin Air. The control tower did not exist until the construction of the terminal in 1984. Before that time, the control tower was a car that moved from place to place for landings and take-offs.

 

However, Jo Félix’s bar, currently upstairs at the airport, already existed, allowing passengers the opportunity to enjoy a cool drink, or even better a popular Ti-Punch, while waiting for their flights.

 

The new Gustav III Airport in Saint Barthélemy opened its doors on October 1, 1984. Worthy of its royal name, the facility comprised a terminal with updated arrival and departure halls. Little by little, the airport has since grown to what it is today: a modern, public space of 8,500 square feet, that has seen an increase in passengers for the past five years, with an increase of 29.5% since 2010. In 2015, for the first time since 2000, the number passed the threshold of 180,000 passengers, representing a 6.9% hike over 2014. 

The cause of this good news includes an increase on the international level (+7.4%) with 136,815 passengers, and nationally (+5.4%) with 43,282 passengers. 

Throughout 2015, in terms of connections, Juliana Airport represented 85% of international traffic and 65% of global traffic, or an increase of 5.8% in one year. Other international destinations on the upswing are San Juan (+21.8% in one year), St Thomas (+8.9%), Antigua (+8.8%), and Anguilla (+2.6%). 

As for national traffic, flights from St Barthélemy/Pointe-à-Pitre were strong (+9%) with 30,242 travelers. Only the connection St Barthélemy-St Martin Grand Case showed a light decrease of 1.9%. 

In 2015, there were 91,666 passengers departing, compared to 86,172 in 2014 (+6.4%). As for arrivals, there was an increase of 7.4%, with 88,431 passengers landing on the island.

By the end of 2015, there were 35,555 takeoffs and landings, for a spike of 3.2%, With maximum of 258 flights recorded on January 3, 2015, and the busiest time at the airport from 5pm-6pm on December 27, with 38 flights coming and going in just one hour.

The tonnage of freight reported is also on the rise with an augmentation of 13.7% for a total of 274 tons transported, primarily arriving on the island (176 tons), compared to just 98 tons listed as leaving St Barth. 

The only thing that has not changed is the thrill of excitement when coming in for the spectacular landing at the Saint-Barthélemy-Rémy de Haenen Airport.

© A c c e s s Keno Gauvrit Beblo

ART

Pierre carreau: liquid extasy

Art photographer Pierre Carreau focuses on images of waves, and this combination of art and artist is the stuff dreams are made of. He has been shooting waves over the past five years for his series AquaViva, and he remains intensely inspired by his subject matter.

Tell us about your career path.

“I came to St Barth 12 years ago, when my wife had a job opportunity here. I didn’t know the island at all, but surprisingly it gave me the desire and courage to restart my career from the ground up. I am originally from Paris, and I lived for a long time in Bordeaux then in Cap Ferret. I worked in management and finance as well as the organization of distribution networks. I represented every aspect of a business, but I did not feel at home in that commercial philosophy, I wanted to convey my own values! I was always interested in images. I made films about kite surfing, another one of my interests, when I was still in France, but once I was in Saint Barth I really focused on photography. That much is clear.”

How did you become a photographer—are you self-taught?

“Yes, I taught myself the fundamentals of the profession. First I specialized in architectural and interior design photography, for villas and luxury hotels. That gave me time to perfect my technique and allow my artistic project to ripen, as well as give free reign to my creativity and sensitivity. It took me several years to find the subject that I wanted to reveal through my lens. Five years ago, I started the series of AquaViva images and I knew that my muse was the waves. I always wanted to live close to the ocean and Saint Barth gives me the perfect place to take my photos in the most beautiful of open-air studios!

My MacroWave and WaterPower series met with immediate success and I was lucky to quickly work with a gallery that is both in Saint Barth and New York. That gave a young artist like myself a lot of visibility. I found sense through my images, and I found personal fulfillment in my life, and that’s what I was looking for.”  

What is your artistic process? How do you work?

“The originality of my work rests in the effects I give to the waves. It is important for me to try and give them a sculptural appearance and to give them volume. In addition to appearance, I like my work to make sense. I hope to transmit the positive energy of the elements to those who view my work. In advance of taking photographs, I continually look at the weather forecast. A certain number of factors must be favorable for me to take good images: the size of the swells, their orientation, and the period during which the wind meets certain criteria. In relation to these elements, I select the beach that is the most favorable and the equipment that is required (telephoto lens or waterproof case). However, even when the conditions are optimal, it is still unpredictable if I will take a photo that I like. That suits me perfectly, I would not thrive if I were able control everything. That’s the price I pay to get images that transcend reality. Because contrary to what a lot of people think, my photos are not retouched. I recently had the chance to come to the attention of an important collector of contemporary art, Charles Saatchi, who acquired an important number of my prints. He plans to show them in the museum at his Saatchi Gallery in London.”

His work is available at Space gallery in Gustavia.

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St Barts with Kids

Are you planning on coming to St Barth and wonder what to do on the island with your kids? Don’t worry! St Barth is a great place for a family vacation with lots of fun activities for old and young alike. Check out our insider info on the beaches kids like best, as well as playgrounds, hikes, and restaurants perfect for family meals.

 

Beaches For Kids

Beaches such as St Jean, Lorient, and Grand Cul-de-Sac are the safest places to swim with kids. In St Jean, there are two beaches to visit; on the airport side, a windsurfing club rents boards for kids, and on the side referred to as “Pelican beach,” the calm, sheltered waters are perfect for families with young children, who can also play in the sand along the water’s edge. In Lorient, just a few minutes walk to the left of the surfing club, there are magnificent natural pools along the beach that allows youngsters to swim in shallow, clear warm water protected from the waves by the coral reef. By putting their heads under water for a second, they can see tiny, multi-colored reef fish. Older kids might want to try surfing or paddle boards, and can ask at the surf shack about classes taught by professional instructors. The whole family might enjoy snorkeling to observe the underwater flora and fauna seen close to the shore. In the late afternoon, it is very picturesque to watch the fisherman come in to unload the catch of the day.

At the lagoon in Grand Cul-de-Sac, kids as young as five or six can take a look at the sea turtles and fauna in the seabed thanks to the transparent bottom of the kayaks rented by the à Ouanaloa Dive club, while older kids can try kite-surfing. There are also the popular pedal boats that make for lots of family fun. Other beaches also have paddleboards and Seabobs to add to many hours of fun in the sun or on the waves.

The fiery sunsets are not to be missed at Shell Beach, where the sand is covered with small shells and the rocky cliffs are of great interest to kids, who like to scale them while their parents enjoy cocktails and tapas. A perfect beach for swimming in the winter when the water is calm, while the waves in St Jean and Lorient are too rough.

When spending a day on a boat, don’t forget to plan a stop in Colombier, where the bay is part of the marine park, and the small beach lends itself to games on the sand, swimming, and snorkeling. You are likely to meet a sea turtle and see plenty of starfish.

For a lovely walk in the late afternoon, the little beach in Grand Fond allows you to enjoy the most undeveloped side of the island. The beach is made of coral and a great place to visit, but it is also the beginning of a hike that takes those adventurous enough to the natural pools along the coastline. This hike should only be done during the day, with the proper shoes, sunglasses, a hat, suntan lotion, and a bottle of water. Please make sure your kids are old enough to walk for a half an hour along a narrow trail along the edge of a cliff.

The small village of Corossol has a little beach where the calm water lends itself to swimming as well as games for kids, and local families enjoy this beach at the end of the afternoon. It is also a good place to see the traditional handiwork that uses woven palm fronds that have been dried and braided, a craft that seems to be dying out but is kept alive by a few older women in the neighborhood who make lovely hats, baskets, and other items.

 

What Restaurants Are Kid Friendly?

Most hotel restaurants are set up to welcome kids with families staying at the hotel (kids’ menus, highchairs, beach games, babysitter…). Don’t hesitate to ask the concierges about special kids’ programs, and be sure to make reservations early enough to jive with your schedule.

On the beach in St Jean, Tom Beach and Eden Rock are among the hotels that welcome families for a memorable day at the beach, with lunch with feet practically in the sand, swimming, and relaxing on chaise lounges until sunset. The Cheval Blanc Isle de France on the beach in Flamands, like the Christopher Hotel in Pointe Milou and Le Guanahani and Le Barthélemy in Grand Cul-de-Sac, welcome families for lunch and the kids can alternate taking swims in the ocean or in the pool, as well as play on the beach.  

Many of the restaurants on the island have great menus for kids. We recommend La Gloriette in Grand Cul-de-Sac, which has delicious pizzas and cheeseburgers for dinner, which kids love, and a varied menu for lunch. The restaurant is along the beach, so while waiting for the meal the kids can play amongst the tables or in the sand. With an ambiance more on the chic side, yet still relaxed and welcoming, Le Tamarin in Saline with its playroom for kids with little cars, a fire station, children’s books, and coloring books. In the garden you might find a friendly cat or two brightly colored parrots, as well as small turtles that swim in the lily ponds. There is also a ping-pong table, foosball, and seating under the hundred year-old Tamarind tree, and you could easily spend an afternoon in this restaurant whose friendly staff pays great attention to the clientele.  A must on your island itinerary! Another spot not to miss is the beach restaurant for lunch at Le Toiny, where you will often see surfers riding the waves. Kids can play on the beach or in a coconut grove, but please note swimming is not allowed here due to strong, dangerous currents that only the surfers can safely navigate as they practice their sport.

 

Playgrounds and Arts & Crafts

In St Jean, close to the sports stadium, a playground is open for kids 3 to 10 years old, every day 9am-7pm, and it can get surprisingly crowded in the late afternoon. Popular with local families, it’s a great place for moms to meet each other while the kids play. Also in St Jean, the Blue Gecko is a studio for painting on ceramics and other arts and crafts for kids accompanied by an adult. In Flamands, Vicky’s Féérie is a fun spot for various activities including drawing, painting, collages, etc. Run by Vicky, the originality of things offered appeals to both boys and girls. Vicky is an adorable, capable young woman to whom you can safely entrust your children for these three-hour ateliers, and they won’t want to leave when you come to pick them up (as I found out myself with my 7 year-old son). In Lorient, there are films in the outdoor “cinema” at AJOE, which attract the teenagers on the island. Visitors are always welcome to watch a film under the stars and experience movies St Barth-style.

 

Hiking With The Family

From Flamands you can hike along the cliffs to get to the beach in Colombier, and it’s a great activity with kids who are old enough to walk a half an hour along a trail that is not too difficult. On the other hand, the walk starting in Colombier and leading down to the beach is too steep and difficult to attempt with young kids and their little legs. But you can drive out to the overlook in Colombier where there is an orientation table. There is also a pretty orientation table in front of the lighthouse that stands watch over the entrance to the harbor of Gustavia. It’s easy walk to the lighthouse for the family to take in the late afternoon to watch the sunset from a vantage point with a perfect view of the port. This walk also leads to Fort Gustav where you can admire the two historic canons given to the island by the Swedish Naval Museum in December 2012 in tribute to the links that remain strong between Sweden and Saint Barth, which was a possession of the Swedish crown from 1784 to 1878. On the other side of Gustavia, Fort Karl overlooks Shell Beach and its bay. A succession of wide steps allows access to the outlook point, where there is also an orientation table with the names of all the neighboring islands that are more or less visible depending on how clear or cloudy it is.  

A promenade along the docks is lovely and easy to do even with a small child in a stroller. You can walk all the way from the entry of Gustavia (near the fish market) as far as the Territorial Museum, where there are interesting exhibits of contemporary art and island heritage, plus upstairs at the territorial library you can borrow books for kids as well as adults. Kids will also have fun playing in front of the Hôtel de Ville, or town hall, where many families bring their children at the end of the afternoon with scooters, bicycles, or rollerblades. Halfway around the port, there is a huge ship’s anchor across from the Anglican Church, and both the anchor and the church are worth a visit. At the entry to town, the fish market is active early in the morning and quite interesting to see. And feeding on the fish guts in the water, large fish such as tarpon   gather near the fish market, which is also a hangout for young apprentice fishermen at the end of the day.

Starting from the ferry terminal in Gustavia, the Yellow Submarine takes you and your kids on an outing to see the underwater world, with colorful fish and shipwrecks in the harbor of Gustavia without having to get wet!

As this article points out, you can see there are lots of things for your kids to do and not be bored during your stay on the island. Have a great vacation!

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Running in St Barts

There are several options for running and jogging in St Barth.

First, the territorial stadium in St Jean, located not far from the firehouse behind the gas station in Saint Jean, is open daily as of 6:00am. It’s an ideal place to run or jog in perfect safety on a Tartan track.

For those who don’t like running in circles and prefer sweating on the island’s roads, try these spots to get started: the long, flat stretch from Grand Fond to Toiny, which provides a great way to enjoy the magnificent, unspoiled landscape on the “wild” coast and the fresh air of the ocean. Or try the Route de Saline, also rather flat, as far as the beach, in a beautiful natural environment. Be careful when running, as these roads don’t get a lot of traffic, but you are sharing them with cars and trucks that always present a danger, especially at dusk, when it is important to have a light or reflectors. If you have more experience, try running up and down the famous steep hills of St Barth, especially in the neighborhoods where there are sidewalks, such as the road that goes from Saline to Grand Fond. Without sidewalks, running and jogging are much more dangerous.

A word of advice: make sure to wear proper running shoes, as the concrete doesn’t make it any easier for your joints or your back.

For a softer surface, running on the sand may be more difficult but it has numerous benefits. The best beaches for running are Saline and Flamands, which are long, and wide enough not to bother anyone, especially early in the morning. You can also walk out to Colombier from Flamands and take advantage of the beautiful beach to get some exercise. The small beach in St Jean is also a nice place to run and the sand is harder close to the water.

There are other options such as hotel fitness rooms, Form Fitness, Ultimate Center, and Le Studio, where you can take advantage of the advice provided by a personal trainer. Or you can rent a treadmill at the Wellness Shop, which will deliver it directly to your villa. Once it is set up, all you have to do is run at your own speed while looking out at the ocean. This is a great option, as all you have to do after working up a sweat is take a refreshing dive into the swimming pool to cool off.    

SHOPPING

Audemars Piguet: Royal oak offshore diver

Following the success of the 2016 launch of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph in a range of fizzing bright and vibrant dial colours, Audemars Piguet now introduces the non-chronograph model in similarly exciting hues.

The sleek dark-blue Royal Oak Offshore Diver, with easy to switch out rubber straps in blue or yellow. An exceptional diving watch, water-resistant to 300m, with bright yellow diving scale and zone from 60 to 15 minutes on the rotating inner bezel.

This piece is equiped with a stainless steel case, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, blue rubber-clad screw-locked crowns.

Points of sale : 

ST-BARTH : Diamond Genesis, rue de la République, Gustavia

MONACO : Audemars Piguet, 2 avenue des Spélugues

GENEVA : 
Audemars Piguet, 12 place de la Fusterie
Audemars Piguet, Grand hotel kempinski, Quai du mont-blanc 19

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Tom's juice bar

Located in the center of Gustavia since December 2015, Tom’s Juice Bar serves delicious, energizing, and detoxifying beverages. Carole and Frédéric Pernelle have created their little oasis in a Creole cottage, renovated all in white with natural wood furniture. Their juice bar had already been open for a year in the corner of a restaurant, but today they have their own space with a terrace, much to the pleasure of their clients.

Here, one can enjoy food and beverages that are good for a healthy body! After traveling for two years in Australia, Carole and Fred discovered a new means of nutrition, and returned to the island with their heads full of new ideas. They each put their original career aside to jump into the fabrication of juices and other beverages made from fruits and vegetables. They use energizing, high-vitamin ingredients popular with Americans. And to all those involved in sports, from surfers to yogis, don’t wait another minute to try these drinks!

On the menu: smoothies (made with mangos, bananas, orange juice, and handmade vegetable milk), fruit juice, and green vegetable juice (cucumber, celery, spinach, ginger). These are all made without sugar, and perfect for detoxification! There are also salads, and snacks with dry fruit, but the real star is the acai bowl: a smoothie made with this fruit from Brazil with its antioxidant benefits, also found in fresh juice and granola. The perfect breakfast to give you a boost…for 12€!

Carole and Frédéric Pernelle will also sing you the praises of raw food. The use vegan recipes developed with chef Christophe Berg, and based on fruit, vegetables, sprouts, flowers, seeds, and oils.

For a snack or quick lunch, don’t look any further. Head right on over to Tom’s Juice Bar.

Monday-Saturday 8am–7pm

Passage de la Crémaillère, Gustavia

DESIGN , SHOPPING

Sea memory : cabinet of curiosities

Sea Memory resembles a luxurious flea market. There are as many objects as there are things to please every possible taste. Edouard Lacour and his parents run this cabinet of curiosities, the only boutique of its kind in Saint Barth.

How do you describe your boutique?

“When my parents were in Martinique, they ran a boutique with souvenirs, local crafts, and beachwear. In the late 80s, they fell in love with Saint Barth and decided 10 years later to open a furniture shop that quickly appealed to the island’s clientele. As for me, I was the manager of a luxury leather goods store for four years. Then I decided to work with my parents. Sea Memory opened in 1997. At first, the idea was to sell only objects inspired by the sea (model sailboats, naval-style furniture…). But my father was always interested in furniture and antiques so we developed a line of furniture and accessories for the home. The only thing we were sure of at the beginning was that we wanted to work only with luxury materials.”

Tell us about your style. How do you describe the Sea Memory furniture?

“Our boutique has our original designs, but there are also many objects by Italian, Belgian, French, and Asian artisans. These objects are very cosmopolitan as we cater to a clientele that travels a lot and they do not want to see the same things anyplace else. So we need to be unique and high quality. Of course you will also find the furniture created by my father. He is greatly inspired by Art Déco, while I prefer cleaner, more modern lines, which we infuse with such luxury materials as stingray skin, mother-of-pearl, parchment, bone, or horn. These materials give each object its own identity and unique style. They become objects of curiosity. We also make a lot of custom orders based on a specific size, material, or color. Today, for certain products, we offer as many as twelve colors. Our clients are given preferential treatment, as they expect a unique item.”

Another thing that is unique is the use of stingray skin in your designs. Tell us about that.

“The stingray skin (Dasyatis Sephen) comes from Indonesia and is like leather. The French name for it is “galuchat,” which comes from the name of a cabinetmaker for Louis XV in the 18th century, who was the first to use this exceptional material in France. When this skin is tanned, it becomes very resistant and is perfect as a veneer for wood. Along with parchment (goatskin), these are materials that have existed for a long time but are still rather unexploited. They require a special knowledge and they are expensive. But the result is magnificent. Many of our designs are made with stingray skin, and our clients can express their personal preference. From small boxes or cuff links to a large desk, we tailor our work to meet all of our clients’ needs. We also develop leather goods and jewelry with this skin, and like to work with it. Today, we would really like to maintain a spirit of curiosity in the boutique with both unusual accessories and more everyday objects. Their commonality is their originality. But in order to have more things, we’d have to expand the walls of boutique! Something to think about!”

SEA MEMORY

Rue du Roi Oscar II

Gustavia

97133 St Barthélémy

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Faby jaca: fashion designer

The story of two sisters is one of the true success stories in Saint Barth. Those sisters are Faby and Nanou, who decided to create their own brand of clothing. They started with next to nothing, except the spark of creativity and the determination of those who believe in their lucky star and their talent. Today, ten years after the launch of its signature kimono, Lolita Jaca is a major label on the fashion scene in Saint Barth. ACCESS chats with Faby Jaca, the stylist/designer for the brand. 

Please tell us about the launch of Lolita Jaca.

« We started out humbly. Before becoming a designer, I had a small boutique that carried multiple brands. I often adapted the styles we carried. I cut, resized, and redesigned based on my inspiration and what my clients requested. In fact, I didn’t know it yet, but I was learning my future profession. And then, one day, ten years ago, I took the plunge on the advice of my sister Nanou. I created my first design, a kimono, working with a seamstress here in Saint Barth. The fabric was burlap, and not very comfortable, but it was the best I could find. We put it in the window, and fifteen minutes later, it was sold. My new life as a designer had just started! »

What are your sources of inspiration?

« There are many, even if there is a sense of continuity in the Lolita Jaca style. My references are the 1920s-30s and 60s-70s. The 20s were the beginning of creativity and freedom in design. They were the Roaring Twenties with lots of fun, but also a lot of class and ultra feminine styles that are perpetually updated. The 60s saw Swinging London and the advent of short skirts that fit so nicely with the lifestyle in Saint Barth. I like 70s decade for its bohemian spirit, its arty side, and the beginning of a trend of traveling to India. »

Can you describe the Lolita Jaca style in just a few words?

« That’s hard, as I don’t like to be labeled. I am not limited to a single style. Compartmentalized, no thanks! On one side, there is the  “Belle de Jour” style, almost proper, with dresses in white lace with clean lines. Then on the other side—and one goes well with the other— the bohemian look with its Slavic and Indian influences, from long dresses to silk tops. Today, the trademark of Lolita Jaca is quality and exclusivity, with the creation of limited series and extraordinary one-of-a-kind pieces. We also do permanent research on how to improve the quality of the fabrics. »

Lolita Jaca and Saint Barth, it’s a beautiful story…

« I love Saint Barth. I need to travel in order to create. I need Saint Barth to recharge my energy. Here, I am inspired by nature, the colors of the sand, the minerals, the flowers, and of course, by the sea. The Dubai blue, one of the pieces from my last collection, is inspired by the blue of the sea in the bay of Saint Jean. »

Tell us about your new collection?

« First, there are the classics, the fabrics I have used since the beginning—silk, cotton, and crochet.  I reinvent them every year. And then there are the colors, warm and cool tones, such as a magnificent beige print inspired by art deco to wear in Saint Barth or elsewhere. This year, I spent two marvelous months Ibiza. While there, I had a desire to design longer cuts, dresses that are both bohemian and sumptuously chic. That’s the signature of the Lolita Jaca woman, elegant and sophisticated, while at the same time simple, flowing, and relaxed. »

LOLITA JACA

Les Hauts du Carré d’Or, Gustavia et
Rue Lubin Brin, Gustavia
97133 St Barthélémy

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ANDRÈS SARDA: sophisticated lingerie

Andrès Sarda has launched a lovely collection of sensual and sophisticated lingerie.

Well-designed with French lace from Calais and expert finishing, the new Danilo collection seduces even the most demanding women in their search for perfect and elegant lingerie.

With six bra styles (cups B to E) and four kinds of briefs, this Spanish designer has created a line of lingerie to flatter the shape of every woman.

Available in:

ST-BARTH : Iléna, Villa Créole, St Jean

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