Snag these dazzlers before the creatures run off with them.
Bracelet, Cartier High Jewelry OPPOSITE: Necklace; rings, Bvlgari
Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. A Very, Very Tiffany Holiday cocktail rings, Tiffany & Co. OPPOSITE: Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels
PROPS (SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA & SHADOW THE HEDGEHOG): COURTESY OF SEGA AMERICA INC. AND ITS AFFILIATES
Photographed by Don Penny. Styled by Maiko Katoh
The latest and most talked-about collections
"B.zero1 ROCK rings, Bvlgari"
Unveiled 21 years ago, Bvlgari’s B.zero1 jewellery collection has undergone several updates in the ensuing years. Refreshed for 2020, the B.zero1 Rock series substitutes the original spiral coils with rows of studs. The youthful new style is set to appeal to both men and women with its pairing of dazzling diamonds with studs in yellow gold, and black ceramic with rose gold. The pendants have also been updated with geometric chains. The rings and bangles are ideal for stacking, and you can also mix and match them with previous iterations of the B.zero1 rings and bangles.
B.zero1 Rock earrings; rings; bangle, Bvlgari. The collection is priced from $2,650 to $20,400
The open-worked mechanical heart of the Hermès Arceau Squelette is subtly showcased with gradient-shaded sapphire crystal that darkens towards the edges, ensuring that the Arceau series’ signature sloping (or what Hermès terms “galloping”) Arabic numeral indices are clearly legible, something which is often a secondary consideration in skeleton watches. Continuing the equestrian theme are stirrup-shaped lugs on the 40mm stainless steel case, which is paired with a handstitched strap made from the soft skin of an alligator’s belly.
Clockwise from top: Heart bracelet. $3,270; rose bangle, $4,550; robot pendant, $2.640; logo pendant, $1,180; gold and baroque pearl earrings, $2,640, Prada
PLAYING FOR KEEPS
New members have been added to the line-up of Prada’s ethically sourced fine jewellery collection, which made its debut last year. The latest designs revisit the symbols and motifs that are close to the heart of the Italian fashion house—the robot, guitar, banana and bunny—but in white gold. A new heart motif and baroque pearls have also been added. Available exclusively at the ION Orchard store.
There’s a charming naivety to the Lucky Animals series by Van Cleef & Arpels, which combines the jeweller’s affection for fauna with its expertise in semi-precious stones. Five creatures—the turtle, horse, pig, panda and duck—have joined the menagerie, crafted from various hardstones, such as malachite, lapis lazuli and carnelian, bordered by gold beads. A few of these adorable clips fastened on a collar or lapel add whimsy to even the most sombre suit.
Lucky Animals clips, from $8,100 to $9,800, Van Cleef & Arpels
Breitling’s latest timepieces from the Navitimer, Superocean Heritage and Premier collections are showcased on its newly minted Southeast Asia Squad in its latest global campaign, #thetimeisnow, shot in Dubai. Representing land, air and water in the Breitling universe are three intrepid go-getters: Singaporean Cassandra Tan, competitive wakesurfer and founder of her own contact lens line byCaxs; Malaysian professional racing driver Jazeman Jaafar; and award-winning Indonesian TV host Marshall Sastra.
Clockwise from above: Wakesurfer Cassandra Tan. Professional racing driver Jazeman Jaafar. TV host Marshall Sastra
Four of our favourite timepieces at the inaugural LVMH Watch Week 2020 held in Dubai
GOOD AS GOLD
To create the gold-flecked dial of its Classic Fusion Gold Crystal watch ($27,600 for the 45mm & $26,300 for the 38mm), Hublot heats 24-karat gold to melting point, then lets it cool and crystallise. The resulting flakes of gold are arranged on the dial, then sealed with 20 meticulously applied layers of lacquer. As no two gold crystals form the same shape, each timepiece is one of a kind.
OVER THE MOON
The Zenith Elite collection welcomes a new member to the family: the Elite Moonphase. The subtle sunray dial provides the ideal foil for the moonphase display and adds texture to an otherwise minimal design. Its sleek styling will no doubt appeal to both men and women, although the latter will likely gravitate towards the smaller 36mm version ($22,700) with a diamond-set bezel.
Bvlgari has added a tourbillon complication to its Serpenti Seduttori timepiece (price upon request) that was launched last year. It currently holds the record for being the smallest women’s tourbillon watch on the market. If this doesn’t dazzle you, the diamonds will. The case and dial are tricked out in snowset round brilliant diamonds with approximately 7.89 carats of diamonds decorating the “scales” on the bracelet.
One of the most talked-about offerings of the fair was the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition ($9,100), inspired by the first generation of Carrera models launched in the 1960s. This reissue features a silver dial, which helps to maintain the clean, uncluttered aesthetic of this chronograph. This anniversary model is limited to 1,860 pieces, which is the year TAG Heuer was founded.
BACK IN STYLE
Gillian Anderson added a surprise element to her outfit by wearing a Tiffany & Co. diamond necklace backwards. She paired it with a pair of Tiffany & Co. Victoria drop earrings set with marquise diamonds.
LASH OF GENIUS
At the recent awards shows, these stars showed us how all-white diamonds are anything but boring
Adding a touch of ethereal beauty to her scintillating Zuhair Murad gown, Elizabeth Chambers opted for a pair of Precious Lace earrings from Chopard, shaped like a pair of angel’s wings.
BLING IT ON
Gwyneth Paltrow opted to wear not one, but two high jewellery diamond necklaces from Bvlgari’s Fiorever collection. She then proved more is more by adding on a pair of chandelier earrings and two rings from the Italian jeweller.
Rachel Weisz paired her monochromatic gown with Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue Crossover necklace, which is festooned with 211 fancy shaped and baguette-cut diamonds totalling 75.64 carats.
From left: OMEGA Constellation Co-axial Master Chronometer 39mm in steel and Sedna gold with a leather bracelet, $10,900; in steel and Sedna gold with a steel bracelet, $13,150, OMEGA
The OMEGA Constellation is one of the brand’s oldest watches and regularly gets an update with a slew of new models. If you’re looking for a sporty watch with an elegant profile, this is it. The latest features a slimmer bezel, redesigned hour markers and integrated bracelets that come with a comfort release function. The 39mm models have been kitted out with the in-house Master Chronometer movement, an upgrade that ensures precision.
This unprepossessing lump of carbon may look like a rock that fell from outer space, but beneath the gunmetal-silver surface is the world’s second-largest rough diamond. Approximately the size of a tennis ball and weighing 1,758 carats, it was discovered at the Karowe mine in Botswana and christened the Sewelô diamond. Louis Vuitton purchased the diamond and plans to cut it into smaller stones for its high jewellery collection. Apart from custom-cut stones, one of the possibilities for this raw diamond would be Made-to-order Louis Vuitton Cut gems cut in the shape of the House’s emblematic monograms. With Louis Vuitton closely involved in every aspect of the creative transformation of the Sewelô diamond, the end result is something jewellery lovers are eagerly anticipating.
BY ZHUAN LEE