Damiani

100 years of craftsmanship, creativity and passion
By Mariam Yasin

This year, Damiani pays tribute to its hundred-year history, a story of family, craftsmanship, creativity and passion: truly unique all-Italian values that the Damiani family has always safeguarded and preserved. A tribute to Italian excellence that Damiani embodies through its masterpieces of the goldsmith’s art, defined by a unique and distinctive style. For this Centenary, the Damiani family has chosen to exhibit a precious collection of rare stones – natural works of art with an extraordinary history that majestically come to life through a skillful act of creation by the master goldsmiths of Valenza, custodians of the goldsmith’s art since 1924.

Bell Époque

The Belle Époque collection is a splendid artistic manifestation of History which encapsulates the capacity to look to the past but with an eye on the future to become an interpretation of its own time. In celebration of the Maison’s centenary, the skilled goldsmiths of Valenza have created Belle Époque Frame, a white gold bracelet whose geometric perfection entwines with its extraordinarily impeccable aesthetics. The motif of the film reel is taken up in a sublimely precious and dynamic alternation of diamonds and fancy diamonds. Light reigns supreme in this work of High Jewelry art – the same light that brought cinema to life – is here enhanced by a pavé of diamonds embellishing the seventeen square frames that make up the jewel.

Fantasy Cut

The Fantasy Cut collection represents the Maison’s passion for its history, its savoir-faire and for the beauty of the raw materials that the goldsmiths of Valenza forge with their extraordinary skills. Among the creations designed to celebrate Damiani’s centenary is the striking and magnificent Fantasy Cut The Damiani Green Treasure of Muzo, an extraordinary jewelry piece that blends elegance with tradition. Enriched with emerald-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds, this luxurious white gold necklace features a pendant set which is a true wonder of nature: a majestic Muzo emerald of almost 64 carats whose intense green colour – a tribute to the lush rainforest – makes it truly extraordinary. Another peculiar aspect of this unique jewel is its versatility: the pendant can be removed and worn in a variety of ways.

Margherita

Conceived in the 1920s as a tribute to the Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy by the founder Enrico Grassi Damiani, the Margherita collection is a sublime expression of the Maison’s creativity. Among the creations designed to celebrate Damiani’s centenary is the extraordinary and striking Margherita Desert Garden, a necklace that pays tribute to the beauty of nature and the enchanting colours of a desert sunrise. Symbolizing the Maison’s creativity, a precious composition in yellow gold sprinkled with leaves and entwined with flowers is adorned by an extraordinary drop-cut fancy diamond. This ultra-rare gem stands out for its exceptional deep brown-yellow hue and its impressive carat weight of over 20 carats. The necklace is skillfully embellished with brown diamonds and emeralds, creating a sumptuous carpet on which daisies made from white diamonds and a central fancy yellow diamond are gracefully laid.

Mimosa

Damiani’s extraordinary artisan vocation reaches its highest expression in the iconic Mimosa collection. Encapsulated in the ‘apparent chaos’ of these refined creations, an innovative technique harmoniously combines stones of different sizes and cuts, expressing the Maison’s sublime genius through a design that comes to life three-dimensionally. The Mimosa line is at the heart of the celebratory collection that the Maison has created for its centenary. Highlighting the beauty of the Eternal Blue necklace is a majestic, 100-carat, cushion-cut sapphire that expresses Damiani’s craftsmanship excellence and historical tradition. A masterpiece of nature with its far-away origins draws the eye with its magnetic royal blue hue, enhanced in all its splendour by the diamonds that encircle it in an embrace of light.

A unique masterpiece whose strong, versatile personality allows it to be worn in a variety of ways: as a sumptuous necklace, as a more minimal pendant on a diamond-studded white gold chain, and finally as a luxurious brooch.

Rolex Novelties

6 new creations unveiled at Watches & Wonders
By Mariam Yasin

This Watches and Wonders 2024 in Geneva, Rolex unveils a stunning array of timepiece novelties, showcasing the brand’s unparalleled craftsmanship and innovation. Among the highlights are the latest additions to iconic collections such as the Perpetual 1908, Day-date, Deepsea and Daytona, each boasting refined designs and cutting-edge technology. Rolex continues to set the standard for luxury watchmaking with its unwavering commitment to precision, durability, and timeless elegance, cementing its status as a true horological powerhouse.

Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II


Rolex is introducing two new Oystersteel versions of the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II. Both feature a 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom bezel insert in grey and black ceramic – introduced last year – whose graduation is clearly visible thanks to its platinum coating, applied via PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition). The first watch is fitted with an Oyster bracelet, while the second sports a Jubilee bracelet. The black lacquer dial bears the inscription ‘GMT-Master II’ in green, echoing the colour of the triangle-tipped 24-hour hand – an element that features strongly in the model’s design. The GMT-Master II is driven by calibre 3285, a movement at the forefront of watchmaking technology, enabling it to display the date and an additional time zone in 24-hour format, as well as the hours, minutes and seconds

Oyster Perpetual Day-Date


Rolex is enriching the Day-Date range with new versions of the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 and the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 showcasing finely worked dials. Ombré dials make their debut on the Day-Date 40. The version presented, in 18 ct Everose gold, introduces slate ombré – a completely new hue for such a dial, whose surface, coloured at the centre, progresses to a deep black around the edge. Also appearing for the first time on the ombré dial of this watch are faceted, deconstructed Roman numerals and faceted index hour markers in 18 ct pink gold. Until now, Rolex ombré dials were set with diamond hour markers and were reserved for the Day-Date 36.
Fashioned from 18 ct white gold, a second new version of the Day-Date 40 features a dial made of pearlized white mother-of-pearl. This natural material is used on the model for the very first time. Extracted from the oldest and noblest part of the oyster shell, pearlized mother-of-pearl has a subtle, rich structure whose irregular texture evokes tiny overlapping clouds and gives a sense of volume. Every disc of material used to create a mother-of-pearl dial is meticulously selected for the harmony of its patterns and finesse of its iridescent effects, and is positioned in a way that optimizes the dial’s shine. On the version presented, the shimmer of the mother-of-pearl is further enhanced by the ten baguette-cut diamonds set onto the dial as hour markers.

Perpetual 1908


Rolex is presenting a new version of the Perpetual 1908, which was launched last year. In 2024, the watch is decked in 950 platinum and graced with an ice blue dial featuring a guilloche rice-grain motif. This rosette-like design is distinctive for its three-dimensional, repeating geometric pattern that extends across the surface of the dial, starting from the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock. The minute track is surrounded by a filet sauté with a crimped pattern, which is also guilloché.
With the introduction of a dial created via guillochage, or engine turning – a technique that uses a turning tool to sculpt a pattern into a surface – Rolex is pursuing the course it has set for the Perpetual collection as a tribute to the classic art of watchmaking infused with the brand’s knowhow and creativity. This exclusive dial bears the same Arabic numerals 3, 9 and 12, the same faceted hour markers and the same hands as that of the 18 ct gold versions. The watch presented is mounted on a brown alligator leather strap fitted with a Dualclasp, a double folding clasp. The 1908 is equipped with calibre 7140, a movement at the forefront of watchmaking technology that features bridges decorated with Rolex Côtes de Genève and a cut-out oscillating weight. Calibre 7140 enables the 1908 to display the small seconds, as well as the hours and minutes.

Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea


Rolex is unveiling an original version of the Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea. This divers’ watch is presented in 18 ct yellow gold for the first time and sports a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom bezel insert in blue ceramic as well as a blue lacquer dial bearing the name ‘DEEPSEA’ in powdered yellow.

This new version also incorporates a technical innovation: the high-performance compression ring within the Ringlock system is crafted from ceramic. A marvel of precision engineering, this Cerachrom ring is the result of a pioneering manufacturing process. Coloured blue and embellished with a circular satin finish and inscriptions that are engraved then gilded, this component also marks a new way of integrating ceramic into a watch case: the compression resistance and anti-deformation properties of this high-tech material contribute to the waterproofness of the watch. The Rolex Deepsea is equipped with calibre 3235, a movement at the forefront of watchmaking technology, enabling it to display the date as well as the hours, minutes and seconds.

Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona


Rolex is unveiling two new precious and exclusive versions of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona distinctive for their contrasting dial made from natural mother-of-pearl and graced with eight diamonds and three Chromalight hour markers. Both watches are crafted in 18 ct white gold and crowned with a bezel set with 36 brilliant-cut diamonds.

The first version, fitted on an Oysterflex bracelet, features a dial in white mother-of-pearl with chronograph counters in black mother-of-pearl. The colour combination is reversed on the second watch, which has an Oyster bracelet and a black mother-of-pearl dial with white mother-of-pearl counters. The discs of material used for the dial and the counters are positioned to optimize the colour intensity of each variety of mother-of-pearl and further enhance the contrast between them. This design called for the creation of a specific and technically demanding manufacturing process. The Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with calibre 4131, a movement at the forefront of watchmaking technology that features bridges decorated with Rolex Côtes de Genève and a cut-out oscillating weight. Calibre 4131 enables the Cosmograph Daytona to measure intervals of time via the chronograph function, in addition to displaying the hours, minutes and seconds.

Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller


Rolex presents two new 18 ct gold versions of the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller, each sporting a Jubilee bracelet. It is the first time that this watch for world travellers has been fitted with a Jubilee bracelet in precious metal. The first version is crafted in 18 ct Everose gold and features a slate dial, while the second, fashioned from 18 ct yellow gold, displays an intense white dial.

The two Jubilee bracelets are equipped with an Oysterclasp, the clasp traditionally used on the Sky-Dweller. And, like the majority of Rolex bracelets made from precious materials, they include ceramic inserts inside their links. The Sky-Dweller is equipped with calibre 9002, a movement at the forefront of watchmaking technology that enables it to display the date and the month, as well as an additional time zone in 24-hour format, and the hours, minutes and seconds.

Patek Philippe New Launches

11 timepieces unveiled at Watches & Wonders
By Mariam Yasin

On the occasion of the Watches and Wonders Geneva 2024 Salon, Patek Philippe is innovating in technical terms by endowing its regular collection with the first World Time watch to feature a date display synchronized with local time. The manufacture also stands out by the elegance of the new models, as illustrated by the grand return of the chain-style bracelet in the Golden Ellipse line. In addition, the vast array of Patek Philippe collections has seen subtle new interpretations in the areas of the travel watches, the calendar watches and the elegantly sporty models, as well as in the Twenty~4 ladies’ collection, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Patek Philippe World Time, with a date display synchronized with local time

Launched as a limited edition at the Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition “Watch Art” Tokyo 2023, Reference 5330 is now entering the manufacture’s regular collection. This new-generation World Time is distinguished by a patented world first: a date display synchronized with local time. To offer this useful and user-friendly function, Patek Philippe developed a new movement, the self-winding caliber 240 HU C, featuring an innovative differential system indicating the date on the periphery of the dial by means of a center hand in transparent glass with a red hammer-head-style tip. The new World Time Reference 5330G-001 in white gold has a dial in blue-gray opaline, its center adorned with a “carbon” motif.

Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse

Instantly recognizable by the shape of its case, the Golden Ellipse, launched in 1968, has made its mark as a style icon in the Patek Philippe collections. Patek Philippe is now reviving that tradition by unveiling the new Golden Ellipse Reference 5738/1R-001 on an elegant chain style bracelet in rose gold that follows the contours of the wrist and offers superb comfort while complementing the finesse of the case. The product of 15 years’ development, this new bracelet, secured by an engraved clasp with three adjustment notches (and remarkably easy to shorten or lengthen), combines modern, patented construction –making it possible to recreate the style of the classic chain bracelets –with manual assembly and finishing, perpetuating the skills of the artisan chain-makers. This new chain-style bracelet is launched as an exclusive feature of the Golden Ellipse Reference 5738/1R- 001.

Patek Philippe Travel Watches

Ever since the globe was divided into 24 time zones at the end of the nineteenth century, Patek Philippe has accompanied the rapid growth in transcontinental travel, with models enabling the traveler to juggle all the planet’s different times. The 1930s saw the arrival of the famous World Time watch, now equipped with a date display synchronized with local time. At the end of the 1950s, the Travel Time system of dual time zones made its debut. It has since become available in a wide variety of watches in very different styles. Today three new versions are enriching the range.

The very essence of the travel watch with its sporty elegant Pilot style, the Alarm Travel Time (2019) claims the spotlight in a new version with a touch of two-tone: a case in rose gold and the tubes of the four pushers in white gold. This Alarm Travel Time Reference 5520RG-001 also stands out by its two- tone dial: gray sunburst and charcoal gray, and applied Arabic numerals and sword-shaped hands in charcoal-gray white gold with a luminescent coating. Powered by the caliber AL 30-660 S C FUS self- winding movement, leading to four patent applications for the alarm, this Grand Complication unites the exclusive Travel Time system for the display of a second time zone with a 24-hour alarm mechanism, with a hammer striking on a classic gong.

After steel and rose gold, the Aquanaut Travel Time with a self-winding movement now presents the first version in white gold, set off by a dial in blue-gray opaline and a matching integrated strap in a composite material. The harmonious color scheme accentuates the watch’s modern, casual chic. This new Aquanaut Travel Time Reference 5164G-001, equipped with the caliber 26-330 S C FUS self-winding movement, is distinguished by its system for the display of a second time zone, combining excellent legibility with ease of operation. Its owner has only to press on one of the two pushers set into the left flank of the case to advance or move back the local-hour hand (the solid hand) in one-hour steps, without any effect on the watch’s rate accuracy. The date indication by a hand on the subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock is coupled with the local time.

In 2021, Patek Philippe welcomed into its Aquanaut range a travel watch equipped with a new quartz movement incorporating the Travel Time function, combined with a practical, discreet setting system using the crown. This timepiece made its debut in a rose-gold case with a diamond-set bezel and a white dial and strap. The manufacture has now brought out a new version in rose gold without diamonds. This Aquanaut Travel Time Reference 5269R-001 also attracts the eye with its blue-gray opaline dial embossed with the Aquanaut motif, and its integrated strap in a matching composite material, the patented fold-over clasp secured by four independent catches. Contrasting polished and satin-brushed finishes accentuate the lines of the case, which measures 38.8 mm in diameter.

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar

Whether one considers the precious perpetual calendars – classic Grand Complications par excellence –or the ingenious Annual Calendar, which the manufacture patented in 1996, Patek Philippe offers a wide range of calendar watches distinguished by their exterior features and their particular display mode. And now the range has become even more extensive.

In 2021, Patek Philippe unveiled a new perpetual calendar with day, date and month indications in one large aperture at the 12 o’clock position. Equipped with its distinctive patented display mode, this timepiece was launched in a platinum case framing a blue dial with a black gradation to the periphery. The manufacture is now revisiting this platinum model, endowing it with a rose-gilt opaline dial of vintage inspiration presenting facetted baton-style applied hour markers and facetted baton-style hands, all in charcoal-gray white gold. The caliber 31-260 PS QL ultra-thin self-winding movement is notable for its additional module, awarded three patents, and its mini-rotor in platinum increasing the winding power. The new in-line perpetual calendar Reference 5236P-010 joins the platinum version, distinguished by its blue dial with a black-gradient rim, in the regular collection.

With their sapphire-crystal back protected by a hinged dust cover, and their straight lugs, the “Officer’s”- style perpetual calendars with a retrograde date hand are among the models most sought after by devotees of rare timepieces –particularly when the case and the dial center are fully engraved by hand, as in Reference 5160/500G-001 in white gold, launched in 2016. Patek Philippe has now reinterpreted this exceptional model in rose gold with a silvery opaline gold dial presenting applied Breguet numerals in blackened white gold and pear-shaped hands in black-oxidized yellow gold. Equipped with the caliber 26-330 S QR self-winding movement, this new Rare Handcrafts Retrograde Perpetual Calendar Reference 5160/500R-001 replaces the previous version in white gold.

With its double day/month aperture at 12 o’clock and date aperture at 6 o’clock and its subsidiary 24- hour dial incorporating a moon-phase display, the men’s Annual Calendar Reference 5396, launched in 2006, has established itself as a firm favorite. Patek Philippe is now bringing out a new version in white gold featuring a blue sunburst dial with a black gradient at the rim lit discreetly by the radiance of twelve baguette-cut diamond hour markers (0.26 ct). This elegant contrast plays up the extreme restraint and legibility of the dial design, with its facetted dauphine-style hands in white gold and slender sweep seconds hand. This new Annual Calendar Reference 5396G-017 houses the caliber 26-330 S QA LU 24H self-winding movement.

Patek Philippe Ladies Watches

Launched in 1999 in a steel case set with diamonds, the Twenty~4 – the first Patek Philippe collection dedicated entirely to women –made its mark as a classic example of timeless elegance, suited to every occasion. In 2018, this line, built initially around the “manchette” (or “cuff-style”) model with a quartz movement, enriched its offer with a new Twenty~4 Automatic in a round case. To celebrate 25 years of feminine seduction and success, Patek Philippe is now bringing out a new version of the “manchette” model in rose gold. The extremely refined dial of this Twenty~4 Reference 4910/1201R-010 is embossed with a motif of concentric waves, before being coated with several dozen fine layers of translucent lacquer, the first layers tinted purple, the later layers colorless, creating delicate plays of light and depth.

The Nautilus self-winding flyback chronograph Reference 5980, launched in 2006, has offered the choice of versions in rose gold or in two-tone steel and rose gold since 2010. Patek Philippe now revisits this elegantly sporty model in a new version in white gold with a blue-gray opaline dial, on which the rounded- baton style hands and the baton-style applied hour markers stand out clearly in white gold with a white luminescent coating. The dial’s refined color continues through to the two straps delivered with the watch, one in blue-gray calfskin, its embossed “denim” motif edged with contrasting white hand-stitching; the other in a composite material presenting a fabric motif, in blue-gray with contrasting white stitching. Endowed with a slightly enlarged dial opening, this new Nautilus Flyback Chronograph Reference 5980/60G-001 houses a caliber CH 28-520 C self-winding movement grouping the chronograph indications in one large mono-counter at 6 o’clock.

After the launch of an Annual Calendar in the Aquanaut collection in March 2023 and an Haute Joaillerie minute repeater in November 2023, Patek Philippe continues to enrich the Aquanaut line, with a new Aquanaut Luce Haute Joaillerie Reference 5268/461G-001 in white gold adorned with diamonds and blue sapphires, showcasing the “snow” and “baguette” settings. A chequered setting of gems on the dial recalls the Aquanaut collection’s emblematic motif. On the rounded octagonal bezel, baguette-cut sapphires form a subtle gradation from light blue to dark blue. This delicate harmony of nuances continues through to the integrated composite strap, in a new shade of dark blue. This watch is endowed with a caliber 26-330 S self-winding movement, which may be admired through the sapphire-crystal back.

Watches & Wonders 2024 Novelties

Top 10 New Timepieces
By Mariam Yasin

Step into the world of horological innovation as we unveil the top 10 novelties from Watches and Wonders Geneva 2024. From groundbreaking complications to exquisite design, these prestigious unveilings redefine the boundaries of craftsmanship and sophistication. Explore the pinnacle of horological artistry as renowned brands showcase their latest creations, each one a testament to innovation, tradition, and timeless elegance. Get ready to be captivated by the most anticipated novelties of the year, as Watches and Wonders Geneva 2024 continues its legacy as the ultimate destination for horological excellence.

Cartier Santos-Dumont


Playing with the concept of time and defying gravity: the daring legacy of aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont soars over the new Santos collections, which exude the spirit, style and magic of a free-spirited pioneer. Coated with a thin layer of less than a thousandth of a millimetre of smoothed and hand-polished lacquer, everything hinges on the finesse of this translucent lacquer, which adds brilliance, contrast and depth to the dial’s colours. This stunning timepiece features rose gold case and bezel coated with peacock blue lacquer, crown set with a sapphire, satin-finish blue sunray-brushed dial with Arabic numerals, rose gold-finish steel sword-shaped hands along with a semi-matte blue alligator leather strap with rose gold ardillon buckle.

Chopard L.U.C. XPS Forest Green


The L.U.C XPS Forest Green celebrates the three core values of the L.U.C collection: technical performance, aesthetic refinement and a commitment to certified watchmaking. The all-new Forest Green sector-type dial boasts a fusion of vintage charm and modern watchmaking excellence. The 40-mm Lucent Steel™ case is both responsibly produced and well-proportioned for a wide variety of wrist sizes. The dial is enchanting, with traditional touches of Chopard design, from the case and lugs to the signature rhodium-plated Dauphine hands. The “Chronometer” inscription is visual recognition that the L.U.C 96.12-L calibre housed in the L.U.C XPS Forest Green meets the most stringent accuracy tests as performed by COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute).

Hublot – Big Bang MP 11, 14 Day Power Reserve Water Blue Sapphire


The MP-11 has been the power behind the most daring aesthetic interpretations: ceramic, SAXEM, Magic Gold, 3D carbon. But sapphire remains Hublot’s material of choice. The Manufacture is the undisputed expert in its use, with probably the widest range of shades in the watch industry. The 2024 edition of the MP-11 is no exception to the long tradition of innovation at the heart of Hublot’s DNA. For the first time, it will be available in “Water Blue” sapphire.
To allow their 336 hours of power reserve to reach the movement, Hublot had to design a tailor-made device: a 90° transmission which uses a helical worm gear, following the principle of an endless screw. The Hublot HUB9011 calibre, with 270 components, is also distinguished by its patented index-assembly system and silicon escapement which protects the movement from any electromagnetic or thermal interference.
The Big Bang MP-11 can be wound manually using the large fluted crown with a worm screw type relief that echoes the helical gear, or an electric Torx stylus. This sculptural construction is truly worthy of the name “Manufacture Piece”, earning its place in the MP collection.

Panerai – Submersible Tourbillon GMT Luna Rossa Experience Edition


Panerai, the proud partner of the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli sailing team, dedicates one of the highest expressions of watchmaking expertise, the Tourbillon, to pay homage to the team in their quest for the America’s Cup. Limited to just 20 pieces, the Submersible Tourbillon GMT Luna Rossa Experience Edition PAM01405 is set to debut in July 2024 in the lead-up to the America’s Cup finals.
The PAM01405 Experience Edition is the first Submersible in 45mm to feature the tourbillon complication and also the first of its kind to marry the complexity of a tourbillon with the futuristic appeal of CarbotechTM, a composite material based on carbon fiber. Indeed, the watch’s case in CarbotechTM purposely echoes one of the materials most represented into the composition of Luna Rossa’s boat hull, made almost entirely of carbon fiber. PAM01405 features a 45mm case, scaling down from previous Submersible Tourbillons, yet maximizing wearability without compromising its impressive presence. At its core, the hand-wound P.2015/T mechanical caliber results from three years of dedicated development, with the assembly of the movement and tourbillon cage demanding eight painstaking hours of craftsmanship.

Parmigiani Fleurier – Tonda PF Micro-Rotor No Date


The collection’s latest addition, the Tonda PF Micro-Rotor No Date continues in the same clean, minimalist aesthetic. Reflecting the House’s functional and chromatic style, combining high-end finishes with exceptional watchmaking work, it is an object strongly in demand by watch purists. To meet the expectations of true purists of watchmaking design, Parmigiani Fleurier chose to give the “Golden Siena” dial time indications but no date window. In its quest for distinctiveness, Parmigiani Fleurier created a shade with moiré effects directly inspired by the rich “sienna” palette, thus celebrating the subtle nuances and naturalness of the earth. Long a favorite of elite brands, this refined and elegant hue goes perfectly with the masculine wardrobe.

The 3.07mm-thick PF703 caliber with automatic winding by micro-rotor is decorated in accordance with the rules of watchmaking excellence for the utmost in elegant finesse. The Tonda PF Micro-Rotor Golden Siena measures just 7.8mm on the wrist for maximum comfort and elegance. Much of the finishing is done by hand, following the intangible rules of high-level watchmaking craftsmanship.

Piaget – Altiplano Ultimate Concept Tourbillon 150th Anniversary


To mark this special anniversary, Maison Piaget has performed an outstanding feat, a first in watchmaking history. 150 years after the Maison was first founded, 67 years after it invented its first ultra-thin calibre – the 9P – and 6 years after it revealed the thinnest watch in the world, the Altiplano Ultimate Concept, in 2018, Piaget has once again pushed the boundaries of horological ingenuity.

Shaped by a quest for elegance and driven by inventiveness, this unrivalled timepiece boasts 2 mm, the same thinness as its predecessor. All the while, it shelters the beating heart of a tourbillon. A natural next step in the Maison’s journey, this invention is both a technical and emotional milestone. With a diameter of 41.5 mm, a guaranteed water resistance to a depth of 20 meters and a blue PVD-treated cobalt alloy case, the Altiplano Ultimate Concept Tourbillon appears to possess all the features of an everyday watch, however, its 2 mm thickness and its tourbillon take it to a different plane: that of the extraordinary.

Roger Dubuis – Orbis in Machina


With only 88 editions, the new Orbis in Machina presents a dual perspective of Roger Dubuis’ iconic tourbillon craftsmanship. The name, Orbis in Machina, is a nod to the revolving nature of the tourbillon, and the circular orbit of the watch’s display. The manual-winding Calibre RD115 marks the Maison’s latest significant milestone and is housed inside the Orbis In Machina watch.
Built from 283 components and with 29 rubies, the Calibre RD115 is a Flying Tourbillon just like all Roger Dubuis tourbillons made since 2003. Innovation also comes in the use of materials: to increase resistance to magnetic fields and keep perfect control of the weight, the lower tourbillon cage is in anti- magnetic titanium – twice lighter than stainless steel – while the upper tourbillon cage is in mirror-polished Cobalt Chrome, which is also non-magnetic and enables the weight of the tourbillon to be reduced by 16%. The Orbis Machina is crafted in 18K pink gold case and bezel presented on a black leather strap.

Tag Heuer – Carrera Chronograph Skipper


Following a welcome return to the world of yachting with last year’s release of the Carrera Skipper chronograph in steel, TAG Heuer is delighted to announce a new version of the watch featuring a case made from 18K 5N rose gold. Like the steel model, the gold Skipper is based on the best-selling ‘glassbox’ design launched in early 2023 to mark the 60th anniversary of the celebrated Carrera chronograph and is powered by the Heuer 02 (Ref. TH20-06) in-house calibre – a version of the Heuer 02 movement especially adapted for regatta timing.
Creating the 39mm case in 18K 5N rose gold, which combines fine brushed and polished finishes, elevates the Skipper to a level of sophistication that is sure to appeal to high-end collectors – but its usefulness as a fully-functional sailing watch remains uncompromised.

Vacheron Constantin – Traditionnelle Tourbillon Chronograph


A collector’s timepiece, The Traditionnelle tourbillon chronograph 50-piece limited edition has joined the Collection Excellence Platine. Combining two noble complications with the latest technological advances, this model pays tribute to the grand watchmaking traditions with an aesthetic that is as functional as it is original in terms of its display. Attired in platinum throughout its 42.5 mm-diameter case, crown, dial, clasp and strap stitching, this watch powered by Calibre 3200. Developed to mark the brand’s 260th anniversary, this movement incorporates a monopusher chronograph with a tourbillon regulator.
The perfectly legible dial features a large tourbillon aperture at 12 o’clock, while the 45-minute chronograph counter is positioned at 3 o’clock and the power-reserve indicator at 6 o’clock. The movement’s mechanical characteristics can be admired through the sapphire caseback, including its column-wheel adorned with a Maltese cross, its lateral friction clutch, its two hammers for zero-resetting the chronograph hands, as well as the peripheral tourbillon drive. The meticulous finishing endows this Traditionnelle tourbillon chronograph with a special radiance stemming from a blend of mechanical complexity and aesthetic elegance.

Van Cleef & Arpels – Lady Arpels Jour Nuit 38 mm


Awed by the spectacle of the stars, Van Cleef & Arpels is reinventing the Lady Arpels Jour Nuit watch, introduced in 2008, with two new models 33 and 38- mm in diameter that required three years of development. The diamond-paved moon and stars perpetually pursue the sun, embellished with snow-set yellow sapphires, or alternatively guilloché yellow gold. Featuring a 24-hour rotating disc, the dial revolves almost imperceptibly. Thanks to the depth effect of the Murano aventurine glass, these pieces portray the immensity of the cosmos and the magic of a starry night. A veritable feat of technical design, the aventurine glass presents delicate openwork to hold the diamond-set white-gold stars.
The mother-of-pearl shrouds symbolize the horizon framing the poetry of space. White for the 38-mm case and painted blue for the 33-mm model, they both exhibit a guilloché effect. A sapphire crystal covers the rear of the case and the oscillating weight, adorned with a polished star-studded sky. Decorated using the enamel decal technique, they reveal a protective fairy admiring the winsome ballet of the planets.

Celebrate Ramadan with Tiffany & Co.

“With Love, We Fly” Starring Nancy Ajram
By Mariam Yasin

A tribute to the love that unites families at Ramadan, Tiffany & Co. unveils a new short film starring House Ambassador Nancy Ajram wearing the iconic Bird on a Rock jewelry design. “With Love, We Fly” celebrates the power of love to empower, encourage and support, highlighting the precious moments of togetherness during the Holy month.

The timeless Bird on a Rock design, first created by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. in 1965, becomes a metaphor for the stability that family provides and a symbol of optimism and joy.

“Bird on a Rock is more than a magnificent piece of jewelry for me, it serves as a connection to love,” shares Nancy Ajram. “Perched on its beautiful rock, the bird is a powerful symbol of freedom and stability. My loved ones, especially my family, are my rock. They at once ground me and give me wings, so that I am free to put my heart into everything I do.”

This connection is brought to life through a dynamic display of ever-changing perspectives to convey the feeling of spreading one’s wings. The captivating images of Nancy are overlayed with lush calligraphic brushstrokes in Tiffany Blue® ink by multidisciplinary artist Carla Salem, conveying the message “With Love, We Fly.”

Bird on a Rock is one of the House’s most iconic creations. Originally a brooch created by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. in 1965, the diamond-encrusted bird is a symbol of joy, optimism and wonder. Reinterpreted over the years to include the world’s most exceptional colored gemstones, most notably the Tiffany Diamond in 1995, Bird on a Rock is one of the 21st century’s most legendary jewelry designs.

In the film, Nancy wears a Bird on a Rock pendant in platinum and 18k gold with a 20.2-carat cushion-cut diamond. The pendant is matched with the Bird on a Rock ring with a fancy intense yellow diamond and white diamond, each over 4 carats.

Other notable creations from Jean Schlumberger by Tiffany throughout the film include the Flame earrings in platinum and yellow gold with diamonds, the Stitches bracelet in platinum and yellow gold with diamonds, and the iconic Sixteen Stone ring in platinum and yellow gold with diamonds. Additional portraits include Nancy wearing Jean Schlumberger by Tiffany enamel bangles and a limited-edition Tiffany HardWear watch in sterling silver with a green dial to commemorate the festive season.

Ramadan Kareem with Pomellato

Blending Milanese and Arabic Traditions
By Mariam Yasin

To celebrate the beauty of its international clientele with ornate new inspirations, Pomellato embraces the ethos of Ramadan’s devotion and ceremony, and upholds it with rich Milanese jewel tradition. Established in Milan in 1967 as the brand for independent women, Pomellato’s contemporary jewels are appreciated around the world for their colorful, unconventional designs, handcrafted in-house at Casa Pomellato.

Empowering women – #PomellatoForWomen – since 2017, Pomellato advocates for gender equality and inclusivity; the new Ramadan campaign features a strong and independent woman in an earthy desert setting that aligns with Pomellato’s values and elegance.

The Pomellato Ramadan campaign, shot amidst a captivating and beautiful arabesque-style setting, features the Maison’s signature collections: rainbow-gem Nudo, Pomellato’s most trademark design with its unconventional cut and shine; chain-inspired Catene, a harmonious expression of elegance and definition of the timeless jewel; bold Iconica, a testament to the expertise of the brand’s goldsmithing tradition; symbolic Pomellato Together, heralding the connections that bind us together and love in its many forms; and dazzling Sabbia, its shimmering diamonds capturing the light of Milanese sophistication.

Katia Jundi, Watch and Jewelry Connoisseur and Founder of Katsbling, chats with none other than Victoria Reynolds, Tiffany & Co’s very own Chief Gemologist and VP of Global Merchandising during the Bird on a Pearl event that took place in Dubai from February 21- 26 showcasing their exclusive pieces.

Victoria notes that the ultimate benchmark for all gemstones coming into the Maison is the stunning Tiffany Diamond – the ‘true north” for the brand. The current focus is The Bird on a Pearl Collection, featuring impeccable rare pearls from Mr. Hussein Al Fardan’s collection.  Did you know that only one out of every 10,000 oysters will produce a natural pearl?

As “true miracles of nature,” each piece in this collection has been built around the beauty of the pearl itself – with the most perfect 31 carat silver pearl being the most sought after piece and also happens to be the most expensive as well. The design of the birds have also been modernized in a way to accent the pearl; an elegant evolution of the iconic Jean Schlumberger Bird on A Rock designs.

Loyal Tiffany & Co clients and collectors in the region have been inspired and enthusiastic with this exquisite collection that is quickly setting the stage as a cultural icon.

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Top picks from our favorite brands
By Mariam Yasin

As Mother’s Day approaches, we embark on a heartfelt journey to honor and celebrate the extraordinary women who shape our lives. Mothers, grandmothers, and maternal figures stand as pillars of strength, love, and resilience. In expressing our gratitude, the quest for the perfect gift becomes a meaningful endeavor—a guide to encapsulate our appreciation for the countless sacrifices, unwavering support, and boundless affection bestowed upon us. Here’s our top picks to celebrate that special woman in your life.

Tiffany & Co – Knot Collection

The entwined ends of Tiffany Knot’s signature motif symbolize the power of connections between people. Balancing strength and elegance, each Tiffany Knot design is a complex feat of craftsmanship. This bangle is crafted with rose gold and pavé diamonds, then polished by hand for high shine. Each round brilliant diamond—specifically chosen to meet Tiffany’s high standards—is hand set at precise angles to maximize brilliance. Wear this bangle on its own or partnered with classic silhouettes for an unexpected pairing.

Van Cleef Arpels – Frivole

Every year, as nature blooms anew, Van Cleef & Arpels pays it a poetic tribute. This year, five radiant pieces join the Frivole jewelry collection, including a white gold 7-flower bracelet with close to three hundred diamonds, a Between the Finger ring in rose gold, and an 8-flower ring that presents a dialogue between rose and white gold.The Maison’s savoir-faire – from selecting and matching the diamonds to the mirror polishing – showcases these sparkling corollas, which illuminate the skin with their sunny glow.

Garrard – Wings Rising

Wings Rising takes on a fresh symbolism that represents attributes women value in themselves today. The designers at Garrard have updated the lifelike swoop of the original Wings jewels to trace an abstract, winged silhouette with clean lines and angular feathers. This set of Wings Rising is set in Pink Opal and Diamonds – with plenty of other stone color option to choose from.

David Webb – Streamer Earrings

If unique and colorful is on the checklist, then these breathtaking set of gemstone earrings by David Webb are a must have. The Streamer earrings feature faceted emeralds, pink, yellow and blue sapphires, peridot, citrine, pink tourmaline, and brilliant-cut diamonds set in 18K gold and platinum.

L’Atelier Nawbar – Cosmic Love

The Cosmic Love collection’s Mother and Daughter pendant by L’Atelier Nawbar is an ode to mother nature, as she forever embraces and protects us, her children. This pendant is handmade from 18 carat yellow gold, inlayed with 0.016 carat of white diamonds, and set on black and white Mother of Pearl and Lapis stones. It can be worn on its own or as part of a layered look.

Celebrating Women Day’s

Our top 3 bold yet feminine timepieces
By Mariam Yasin

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we delve into the world of exquisite timepieces meticulously crafted for strong, bold, and undeniably feminine women. Far beyond mere accessories, these watches embody the essence of empowerment, resilience, and timeless sophistication. As we honor the achievements and spirit of women around the world, these timepieces stand as both symbols of empowerment and reflections of the exceptional journey that defines each wearer.

Piaget – Limelight Gala by Shamsa Alabbar

A leading figure in the contemporary Arabic jewellery world, since 2013, Shamsa Alabbar has been transposing the ancient codes of the Arabian Peninsula into a series of graphic pieces in which calligraphy and typography take on a new dimension. Hemmed with gold and diamonds, this is the image that the designer is now applying to the dial of a limited-edition Limelight Gala watch.

While the mesh work, painstakingly completed by hand in Piaget’s workshops, and the lush, asymmetrical waltz of diamonds immediately bring to mind the codes of the Limelight Gala, the gaze is irresistibly drawn to this enchanting dial, which is utterly one of a kind. Inspired by the Token motif, the dial also pays homage to Arabic typography and the iconic mashrabiya.

Audemars Piguet – Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon

Audemars Piguet unveils a new Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon limited edition created in collaboration with Haute Couture designer Tamara Ralph. Inspired by her aesthetic merging bold femininity, boundless creativity and timeless elegance, the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon limited edition features an 18-carat pink gold case glittering with Frosted Gold.

Tiny indentations are created on the gold surface with a diamond-tipped tool, giving a sparkle effect similar to that of precious stones. Inspired by the textured details of Tamara Ralph’s Couture creations, the multi-layered dial in shades of brown, bronze and gold is finished with a continuous sunburst satin finish. The diamond-set flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock combines technical mastery with a sophisticated aesthetic, enhancing the timepiece’s powerful contrasts and play of light.

Vacheron Constantin – Égérie Moon Phase

This stunning timepiece is available in two versions – one with moon phases and one date variation- in a taupe colour that is a first in the collection. Similar to the watches from the Égérie collection, each have three interchangeable taupe-coloured straps, in alligator leather, satin and quilted lambskin, the latter being a leather proposed for the first time by Vacheron Constantin. Set in 18K pink gold, the ring features 36 round-cut diamonds and a crown set with moonstone. The dial features grey taupe-coloured opaline and “pleats” pattern made using the tapisserie technique as well as a circular “pearl” minute track.

Experience Time

Returns to Dubai for its second edition
By Mariam Yasin

Richemont Group and its Specialist Watchmakers Maisons proudly announce the return of Experience Time for its second edition. The unique cultural interactive experience is dedicated on showcasing the intricate world of watchmaking to the Middle East, making its second edition in Dubai from February 14th to 18th exclusively across the Maisons’ Flagship boutiques in Dubai Mall.

The experience aims to further engage invited clients, watch connoisseurs and enthusiasts into the captivating world of high watchmaking. Guests will have the opportunity to partake in live experiences, learn directly from the Maisons’ esteemed watchmaking artisans and most importantly delve into the rich history, innovations, and collective passion for fine watchmaking.

The distinguished Maisons under Richemont’s Specialist Watchmakers umbrella, including A. Lange & Söhne, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Panerai, Piaget, Roger Dubuis, and Vacheron Constantin, will once again invite watch enthusiasts to participate in their engaging and educational activations exclusively at their Dubai Mall flagship boutiques. Experience Time will offer a diverse array of experiences that seamlessly bring together historical craftsmanship with modern technology, while reflecting the unique identity and DNA of each Maison.

To schedule appointments and embark on unparalleled journeys through the Maisons, please visit the Experience Time website at www.experience-time.com.