The luxe list: Panerai, Chanel and Breitling at the Shoppes this season
Love is in the air
Spring is the season of love, and a plethora of gorgeous couples have been involved in promoting the Bulgari Bridal Campaign 2017. Among these are Shu Qi and director Stephen Fung, who delighted legions of fans when they tied the knot last September. Carrying on the theme of romantic purity, Bulgari says it only uses diamonds certified by the Kimberley Process, a series of ethical tests that ensure the stones are not sourced from businesses that support human rights abuses.
Swiss watchmaker Breitling has opened two new stores at Shoppes at Venetian and Shoppes at Parisian. The stores, designed to highlight Breitling’s aeronautical heritage, showcase the complete Breitling and “Breitling for Bentley” collections, and chronographs with manufactured Breitling movements and limited “Boutique Editions”.
As demonstrated at this year’s SIHH, Cartier has put out some intriguing offerings for 2017 – a highlight of which is the Ronde Louis Cartier XL. This timepiece is created with the flamed gold technique, which uses precise changes in heat, and repeated heating and cooling, to alter the colour of the metal. The hottest flames, for example, give a blue tinge, while cooler temperatures produce beige tones.
Juicy Couture has kicked off its Spring 2017 campaign with four fresh faces from the modelling world: Paige Reifler, Chiara Scelsi, Isabella Peschardt, Rubina Dyan and Sarah Snyder. The new collection continues to be inspired by the casual glam iconic LA lifestyle with classics such as the velour tracksuit being updated with new and fresh silhouettes.
Sportmax’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection takes its inspiration from Japanese ’80s photo book Shima no Ama (Women of the Sea). An ambitious show in Milan involved submerging the runway to resemble the world of Japan’s Ama pearl fishers. Fresh faced, airy and light fabrics are the focus of the collection.
Audemars Piguet’s new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is full of scream-worthy surprises for watch connoisseurs. The highly complicated timepiece - equipped with perpetual calendar function as well as an astronomical moon phase display, comes in an ultra-sleek matte brushed ceramic case. The matching bracelet too is rendered in black ceramic. Its slate grey dial features Audemars Piguet’s iconic Grande Tapisserie pattern to match the case design. The new material and its extra-thin calibre 5134 make this a much lighter variation than its many counterparts.
In January, Italian luxury menswear maker Stefano Ricci celebrated its 45th anniversary party in conjunction with the reopening of the Sala Bianca at the Palazzo Pitti – the iconic hall in Florence in which generations of fashion shows have taken place. Attendees included tenor Andrea Bocelli, who took to the runway with his two sons Amos and Matteo.
Multilabel Italian luxury fashion retailer Antonia has made its Asian debut with a 3,000-square-metre store at Shoppes at Parisian – the label’s first of 10 stores planned for the greater China region. Designed by architect Vincenzo de Cotiis, the store is the “twin” of Antonia’s Milan flagship and houses big-name brands such as Gucci, Rick Owens, Sacai, Saint Laurent, Valentino and Versace.
Inspired by the Parisian spirit of love and glamour, Swarovski’s latest collection, Crystal Wishes, is aimed at romantics. Pavé accents are blended with blush and golden metallic tones, and Swarovski cuts that dial up the glamour. Nathalie Colin, Swarovski’s creative director, says the collection is inspired by turbulent times and she wanted her jewellery to celebrate love and giving.
GIFT OF THE GAB
A star-studded advertising campaign devoted to Chanel’s Gabrielle bag will launch in April. Four big-name brand ambassadors – Kristen Stewart, Caroline de Maigret and Pharrell Williams – and the brand’s loyal friend Cara Delevingne will each show a different way to style and wear the bag, touted as “a mischievous wink to Gabrielle Chanel”.
German label Hugo Boss got in on the mobile web revolution recently, providing a virtual shopping experience on WeChat. The platform allowed users to take part in a “treasure hunt” around a virtual Hugo Boss store, searching for parts to make up its own mechanical mascot. Shoppers can expect to see more virtual promotions from the maison throughout the year.
Chaumet’s new high-jewellery collection, “Insolence”, has been featured in an exhibition by New York photographer Karen Collins at the Paris brand’s 12 Place Vendôme address.The collection was inspired by such elements as the ribbons loved by Marie-Antoinette and motifs of the Belle Epoque, rendered in white gold and pink gold with brilliant-cut diamonds, and Collins’ images frame them in a series of sensual, intimate close-ups.
NOD TO TRADITION
Traditionalist Panerai fans will be pleased with the brand’s re-creation of two vintage pieces that were unveiled at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2017 in January. From the case size to the colour of the dial, everything about the Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio – 47mm with either a black face (PAM00685) or a brown face (PAM00687) – was a nod to the original design codes of the 1930s models.