CEO revealed: Timepieces and jewellery that will make you stand out this month
CEO Middle East presents some of the high-end pieces to look out for in March
From Chanel to Chopard To Vacheron Constantin and Girard-Perregaux’s new tourbillon, we present the finest in fashion for the month of March
Haute couture inspires haute horlogerie
Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest continuing watch manufacture, reveals a new collection dedicated exclusively to women. Looking to haute couture for inspiration, the watches that include a self-winding version, a moonphase and a diamond-paved moonphase, feature a beautiful pleated effect reminiscent of delicate fabric. An off-centred aesthetic on the dial and crown showcases the complications of the watches that are available in 35mm or 37mm versions.
An unusual material for MB&F, yellow gold makes an appearance in the Legacy Machine Perpetual in 2020, a model that is one of the company’s most popular watches. Most versions are sold out, so for frustrated fans of the Swiss watch brand, there’s now a chance to snap one up in yellow gold. The watch reimagined the perpetual calendar complication in an almost poetically simple way, but one that had eluded watchmakers for hundreds of years. Traditional perpetual calendars use a 31-day month as the default, skipping over superfluous dates; by using a 28-day calendar, the datekeeping function is simplified and streamlined. That’s the abridged version; head over to the company’s web site and discover more about how visionary indie watchmaker Stephen McDonnel joined hands with MB&F to create this incredible timepiece.
A touch of blue
Breguet’s Extra-Thin Self-Winding Tourbillon gets a blue mood thanks to grand feu enamelling, an age-old process that Breguet boasts exceptional savoir-faire in. Enamel is ground and cleaned, then applied to the gold dial with a brush and heated in a furnace at ultra-high temperatures; the process is repeated until the desired depth of colour is achieved. Breguet’s thinnest tourbillon is housed in a staggeringly slim case at just 7.45mm, a snug home for the movement that is just 3mm thick. Despite its diminutive proportions, the watch boasts an 80-hour power reserve, which is particularly impressive and comes courtesy of the silicon Breguet balance spring.
The light fantastic
Named after an ultra-luminous galactic phenomenon, Girard-Perregaux’s new tourbillon is certainly a bright new addition to the watchmaker’s collections. Encased in triple-polished sapphire, its iconic three bridges are also forged from this fiendishly challenging transparent material, while the movement is crafted from white gold and a ruthenium barrel. Ruthenium is a rare platinum that forms crystals that reflect light in all directions on the watch face. The tourbillon appears to float suspended inside the watch. There are just 18 editions of this technically brilliant watch available, a timepiece that brilliantly shows off the engineering
skill of Girard-Perregaux.
Bremont becomes official timekeeper of England Rugby
The ‘Rose’ chronograph by British watchmaker Bremont has been launched to coincide with the announcement that the company is the new official timekeeper of England Rugby. The brushed steel chrono features two sub-dials embossed with the England Rose, blued steel hands and a contrasting red chrono second hand, a nod to the St George’s Cross. Turning the watch over reveals the words ‘swing low’, in tribute to the Twickenham anthem, on the custom rotor underneath an engraving of the England Rose.
Chanel weaves a new chapter
Tweed is one of Chanel’s most enduring icons, and this spring, the handwoven Scottish woollen cloth makes the leap from haute couture garments to high jewellery, thanks to the incredibly complex articulation techniques of jewellers and artisans at the Parisian luxury house.
Gabrielle Chanel became enamoured of Scottish tweed during her love affair with the Duke of Westminster in the 1920s and it became an essential element of her work. She was the first fashion designer to take tweed, then a practical fabric for men, and introduce it into high fashion. In 2020, the delicate irregularity of tweed thread is recreated using tendrils of solid gold, with precious gemstones interwoven into each of the 45 exceptional pieces.
I spy sparkle
Chopard is joining hands with the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, with three specially created high jewellery pieces adorning actress Ana de Armas, who plays Paloma in the film.
A 43-carat pear-shaped diamonds necklace, 82-carat bracelet composed of pear and brilliant-cut diamonds and earrings with 14 carats of pear-shaped diamonds make their glittering debut in the 25th James Bond film. Each of the pieces is part of Chopard’s Green Carpet Collection, which is the first jewellery collection to have been made entirely from sustainably and ethically sourced materials, and as such, bearing the endorsement of the Responsible Jewellery Council.
In this respect, Chopard is an industry trailblazer – committed to crafting some of the world’s most exceptional jewellery collections alongside a demonstrable commitment to ensuring ethical practices in mining and production.
In the latest chapter of the James Bond story, the titular spy has left active service and is enjoying a peaceful life in Jamaica until his old friend from the CIA turns up asking for help in rescuing a kidnapped scientist, an endeavour that sees Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. The film releases globally in April, 2020; its glamorous female star will grace premieres wearing Chopard high jewellery.