BACK TO SCHOOL !
News 1 – BREITLING BOUGHT UNIVERSAL GENÈVE
UG collectors grinning all over the world !
Breitling has acquired the brand, marking a transformative chapter for the renowned brand. Georges Kern, Bretling’s current CEO, acknowledges the responsibility of upholding Universal Genève’s profound heritage. The move aims to revive the prestige of universal Genève, known for its in-house movements and emblematic models. A dedicated team deployed for the upcoming journey will ensure that the two brands operate as separate entities.
Universal Genève – in case you didn’t know…
Universal Genève was founded in 1894 by Numa-Emile Descombes and Ulysse Perret in Le Locle, Switzerland. The company initially focused on the production of precision timepieces, including pocket watches.
Universal Genève gained recognition for its innovations in watchmaking, particularly in the development of complicated timepieces. The brand was known for creating watches with various complications such as chronographs, moon phases, and calendar functions. Like many Swiss watchmakers, Universal Genève faced challenges during the Quartz Crisis in the 1970s and 1980s when quartz watches gained popularity. The company underwent various ownership changes and faced financial difficulties.
NEWS 2 – A CURATED COLLECTOR SQUARE SELECTION HAS LANDED AT LES AIRELLES
The ultimate “Après-ski shopping”
Over the past 2 years, Collector Square has forged a unique partnership with the Airelles Group and has set up shop in such iconic locations such as Courchevel, Saint-Tropez, Val d’isère or a Bastide de Gordes. For this upcoming snowy season, the partnership has been extended to the 2 mountain resorts – and it’s worth checking-out a vintage selection of watches & jewelry but also some of the most sought-after Hermès bags references!
Collector Square is the first second-hand player to join forces with a prestigious hotel group such as Groupe Airelles, which brings together 5-star hotels, palaces and throughout France.
NEWS 3 – NADINE GHOSN IS EVERYWHERE THE COOL IS !
She collaborated another time with rap-singer Drake and took a cooking class with the famous pastry chef Cédric Grolet!
Nadine Ghosn x Drake :
The Lebanese jewelry designer, Nadine Ghosn, has recently posted on her Instagram account, a picture of her famous Pencil bracelet – But this time, this one is a bit different.. it was exclusively (as written on the box) designed for the Canadian rapper Drake – 1 of 1 of course! As you can see from the photo, it looks thicker than the pencil bracelets in his permanent collection.
Nadine Ghosn x Cédric Grolet :
To round off this Epiphany, Cédric Grolet and Nadine Ghosn have created an 18-carat gold pendant bank worth 8’800 euros ! Good news, it’s hidden inside one of our “Pain Chic” epiphany galettes. Available on the Cédric Grolet website. Watch the video of Nadine Ghosn & Cédric Grolet’s cooking class !
NEWS 4 – INTRODUCING THE CHICEST HAIR-PIN
The coolest collaboration between jewelry artist Suzanne Syz x hair-stylist David Mallet
The Swiss jeweler imagines a piece of hair jewelry for the Australian-born Parisian hairstylist star. This hairpin adds a touch of sophistication to any hairstyle. Its design makes it a creative and versatile object: wise and stylish to secure an elegant chignon, punk and edgy as a centerpiece for flowing locks. From 89€ to 129€ in different size and different material: silver or gold plated.
Available on David Mallet’s website and salon: 14, rue Notre-Dame des Victoires, Paris II.
NEWS 5 – INDULGING SOME SELF-GIFT TO COPE WITH COLD-SAD & DRY JAN
Last call to buy Yvonne Léon’s archive jewelry pieces up to 50%
Parisian brand Yvonne Léon offers an exclusive jewelry selection that she put on sale on her website. This is our team’s favorites!
NEWS 6 – TIFFANY & CO. UNVEILED A REEDITION OF AN ORIGINAL CLOCK
Inspired by a 1950s New York taxicab
The brand has just revealed the “Tiffany Taxi”: an interesting clock, in tribute to New-York cabs that plied the streets of New York in the 1950s. Its design celebrates the House’s heritage and captures the whimsical ethos that defines many of Tiffany’s creations. Tiffany cabins are not only functional as authentic decorative objects, but also playful
You can set up a shiny car interior clock using various elements from the automotive world
Handcrafted in aluminum with a Tiffany Blue® body and wheel accents.. The latter sold for $52,000 and features a blue and gold license plate that reads “NY-727” in homage to the iconic address, 727 Fifth Avenue.
*Tiffany Taxi will be available globally starting in December. An exclusive edition of the Tiffany Taxi will be available at TheLandmark.
NEWS 7 – ELE SERIES IS BACK !
Session with the former AP CEO François-Henry Bennahmias who stepped out a few days ago
After “ELE IN LA” Season 1, The Eye of Jewelry’s founder and Revolution’s magazine editor-at-large, Éléonor Picciotto is back. For this season, she’ll be doing an activity chosen by each CEO of the Watch Industry she interviewed: from skiing to karting or wake surfing, playing backgammon, learning how to play golf or cook like a Michelin Star chef – this upcoming season is going to rock!
In the first episode of the season 2, Eleonor spent a thrilling day on the golf field with François-Henry Bennahmias, the former and legendary CEO of Audemars Piguet. He shares his insights as holding the role of CEO, being responsible for overseeing the overall operations, strategic direction, and decision-making processes of Audemars Piguet, a company where he spent the last 29 years. His leadership and vision have played a crucial role in shaping the brand’s direction, ensuring its continued success especially in modern times, maintaining its position as a prominent player in the luxury watch industry. In an exclusive episode of The Ele Series, we delve into the significant transition happening at Audemars Piguet.
Watch the first episode here and see how Éléonor is perplex about Golf being considered a sport..
NEWS 8 – IF YOU WERE TO PICK ONE SIGNET RING..
Maison H Jewels is your way to go.
Let’s start the year putting colors on your fingers! We have always been genuinely obsessed with signet rings, yet, we have grown to be somehow picky on picking them.
During the last Precious Room jewelry showroom in Paris, we have met the family owned business founders of Maison H Jewels based in Dubai. Our eyes immediately fell on their sapphire signet rings because of the velvet touch setting where each stone is perfectly set with prongs we can’t even feel. They managed to color coat the gold of the mounting in order to make every millimeter of metal disappear.
Available in every color: blue, green, yellow, pink, violet.. have it your way.. and the best part is that they retail for less than 2’500 euros!
NEWS 9 – DID YOU KNOW THAT ELEONOR LAUNCHED A FATHER AND DAUGHTER TALK?
Check out their family duo
If you want to learn more about watches and probably about cool watches, from independents brands that you will find interesting to discover…just take a moment to check out the Chronopassion Youtube channel and listen Laurent Picciotto and Éléonor, key players in the watchmaking industry.
NEWS 10 – CHLOÉ LAUNCHED FESTIVE SEASON JEWELRY COLLECTION
And it looks like fine jewelry !
For this new collection, bold statement bracelets sit alongside delicate, romantic earrings and timeless pendant necklaces. Chloe jewelry ranges from timeless sophistication to striking modernity updated seasonally. The collection embodies the spirit of nature with details of baroque freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones and hand-blown glass, as well as hand-wrapped leather trims and vintage silk ribbons. The polished gold brass gives the piece a fine jewelry spirit that truly highlights the intricate craftsmanship.