Week in Luxury Launches: SIHH and More
Watches by Van Cleef & Arpels
It's been an exciting few days in Geneva, what with the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) hooking a global audience from 21-25 Jan. While this landmark event for the watch industry had its fair share of uber luxurious timepieces, the vote for one of the most glamorous debuts would have to go to Cartier. The brand released its Les Heures Fabuleuses deCartier range which features 41 authentic jewellery watch making pieces. With brilliant-cut diamonds set in 18k white gold, impressive pieces from the collection include the Cartier Panthère Divine watch, the Peacock motif watch and the Cartier Tortue Secret watch.
Standing out from the crowd was Van Cleef & Arpels’ collection for SIHH. Art-inspired, this unique line up is an explosion of colour, employing various techniques like engraving, sculpturing, miniature painting and enameling. Each piece is adorned with a triple row of diamonds and colored stones on the bezel, making this ticker a statement-making accessory to sport.
Vacheron Constantin took a more understated approach with its Métiers d’Art Florilège collection. A trilogy of watches—Queen watch, White Lily watch and China Limodoron—showcase dials that pay tribute to English botanical illustrations from the 19th century. A diamond-studded bezel encircling the dial and some sophisticated coloured leather straps provide the finishing touches.
Making headlines in the luxury drive sector is Aston Martin’s most powerful four-door sportscar—the Rapide S. Priced at approx $200,000, the car works up to 550 in horsepower and 620 Nm torque at 5,000 rpm. With a new adaptive suspension system and a slick carbon exterior pack for the exterior trim, the Rapide S is sure to make heads turn when it rolls out next month.
Christian Lacroix's tableware line
Other launches riding high on brand power are the Hermès and Christian Lacroix tableware collections. While Hermes’ ‘Sporting Life’ is inspired by the Chaine d’ancre link style of Hermès’ leather collection, the Rallye 24 collection draws upon a unique racing track design.
Christian Lacroix serves up his own take on tableware at Maison & Objet. The porcelain collection using butterfly motifs, and black and white stripe patterns is segregated into four distinct themes for the customers.
Valentino's Glam Lock hand-embellished shoulder bag, and calf skin leather patchwork clutch by Giorgio Armani.
Available Arm Candy
On the quest for more Valentine’s Day buys, we found an interesting line-up of handbags that we’d be more than happy to receive from anyone so generous (boys, take note). While we’re loving Valentino’s Rockstud leather clutch and Glam Lock hand-embellished shoulder bag, the calf skin leather patchwork clutch by Giorgio Armani also looks quite appealing from where we’re standing. Interestingly, both brands do some really chic iPad cases in gorgeous pop colours.