HermÃ¨s looked to its background in harness- and saddle-making for the inspiration for one of its newest timepieces. The Faubourg Manchette Joaillerie, officially unveiled at Baselworld in March, includes a waterproof strap carved from a single piece of leather, and available in smooth blue, green, Etruscan brown and black alligator. Each strap has been designed using the same stitching technique that the brand applies to its riding saddles: three double stitches, placed at each end of the seam. The case, set in rose or white gold, features 36 baguette-cut gemstones – blue sapphires, brown sapphires, emeralds or diamonds – circling the watch’s dial. Depending on the colour of the strap, the dial is available in lapis lazuli, tiger’s eye, malachite or onyx. The brand also revealed several other novelties at Baselworld, including the Slim d’HermÃ¨s Émail, the Arceau Tigre and the Pocket Plein Cuir. Prices available upon request.
The first FabergÃ© Imperial Easter egg, known as the Hen Egg, was gifted to Empress Marie Feodorovna by Tsar Alexander III in 1885. The gifting of a FabergÃ© egg became an Imperial tradition that would last for 32 years, with each brightly coloured creation holding a surprise or two, within. Taking inspiration from these iconic pieces, FabergÃ© has designed a series of pendants featuring the iconic egg design. These range from a hollow spiral in the shape of an egg, set with emeralds or diamonds, to eggs created from a single stone, and versions entirely encrusted with gemstones. The Palais Tsarskoye Selo turquoise locket pendant, much like the egg given to the Empress, opens up to reveal a gold hen, while the ImpÃ©ratrice sapphire pendant displays dazzling blue sapphires set in 18-carat blackened white gold. Prices start from Dh50,000, and pendants are available from select Damas stores across the UAE.
Christian Dior spent much of his childhood in the colour-drenched garden of Les Rhumbs, his family’s villa in the town of Granville, on the northern coast of France. It seems apt, then, that Victoire de Castellane, creative director of Dior Joaillerie, should choose to draw inspiration from this stage of Dior’s life when designing the brand’s latest collection of fine jewellery and timepieces. The Granville collection includes 12 playfully designed high-jewellery pieces, including rings, earrings and a bracelet. Each piece features vividly coloured stones such as green beryl, peridot, aquamarine and tanzanite. Also included in the collection is a set of nine timepieces, dubbed the D de Dior Granville – also brightly coloured, and set in white, yellow or rose gold. Prices available upon request.
Van Cleef & Arpels
The butterfly motif has been used by Van Cleef & Arpels since the 1920s, and as the name suggests, is at the heart of the brand’s Two Butterfly collection. Fifteen years after the launch of the collection’s first piece, a between-the-finger ring with yellow sapphires, the maison has introduced three new designs to the family. These include a pair of earrings, a necklace and another between-the-finger ring (pictured), all set in pink gold and with white diamonds. Mother-of-pearl is also used throughout, while a single round diamond in a closed setting punctuates the chain of the necklace. Prices available upon request.
Read this and related stories in Luxury magazine’s Watches & Jewellery issue, out with The National on Thursday, April 14.
Source: art & life