All the watches and jewellery updates you need to know this January

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By Benedict Unang

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All the watches and jewellery updates you need to know this January

Among the news to look out for this month are the grand opening of Franck Muller’s largest Asian flagship store in Kuala Lumpur, Blue’s appointment as a Friend of Swarovski and the makeover of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s classic timepiece. 


Chaumet’s Joséphine collection is designed for those with sophisticated tastes


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The Joséphine collection takes inspiration from the irresistible charm of Empress Joséphine, celebrating the multifaceted and innovative spirit of women. Each piece is designed to effortlessly transition from day to night. This time, Chaumet plays with signature codes, reinterpreting the bangle, band ring and pendant with the aigrette V as well as trompe l’oeil pear with intricate openwork made from gold and diamonds. Another star in the range is the High Jewellery timepieces, presented in both steel and rose gold options for everyday use and wonderfully complemented by bright bracelets.


Cartier reveals the third chapter of Le Voyage Recommence


Cartier’s High Jewellery collection expands as it releases the new instalment of Le Voyage Recommence collection. One of the centrepieces of the series is the Yfalos necklace, boasting two turquoise cabochons with an azure blue accent at the heart of it. The eye-catching necklace is further elevated by the inclusion of ribbed coral beads, turquoise beads, and emeralds.

Another remarkable creation is the Panthére Confiante necklace, intricately designed to capture every detail of the animal, from its eyes and ears to its nose and paws. The necklace is adorned with a 26.52-carat cabochon peridot encircled by four octagonal peridots. Meanwhile, the Pileo ring features rose-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds, while the Spina necklace stands out with two 4.56-carat cushion-cut diamonds and an impressive 29.16-carat Ceylon sapphire. Lastly, the Lerro necklace showcases three octagonal Colombian emeralds totalling 5.62 carats. 


Blue Pongtiwat is the latest Friend of Swarovski

Blue Pongtiwat Tangwancharoen has been named the new Friend of Swarovski in Thailand. To celebrate the announcement, the charming actor appears in a series of stills, adorned in the label’s jewellery pieces, including the Dextera octagonal crystal ring, a heart-shaped crystalised Volta necklace, a heart-shaped Hyperbola bracelet and the elegant Hyperbola cuff. Prior to the recognition, Blue had already worked with the Austrian label, marking his presence at the opening of its pop-up store in the Emporium Department store in Bangkok. He also represented Swarovski Thailand at the Masters of Light exhibition in Shanghai and attended the grand opening of Swarovski’s largest flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Expressing his excitement about the appointment, the Thai heartthrob says: “Being chosen as the Friend of Swarovski for Thailand is an honour and a privilege. I want everyone to wait and see what we have in store for all of you.”


Bakhache Jewellery makes its debut in Kuala Lumpur

Bakhache Jewellery has opened its first flagship boutique at The Exchange TRX. Located on the ground floor of the luxury department store Seibu, the new location features an array of fine jewellery from renowned brands such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and others. Founder Antoine Bakhache meticulously handpicked each of these exceptional pieces, ensuring a curated collection that exhibits unmatched craftsmanship and sophistication. Each gem has been verified and evaluated by the House’s skilled team, and it is supplied with a certificate of authenticity, pledging an enduring legacy of excellence. 

Find out more about Bakhache Jewellery here


Franck Muller opens its largest Asia flagship boutique in Kuala Lumpur


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Franck Muller recently unveiled its largest flagship boutique in the region at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, marking a significant re-entry into the Malaysian market. Spanning an impressive 1887 square feet, the freshly revamped store introduces a new interior concept that marries opulence with contemporary design through a neutral colour palette coupled with the House’s navy blue and champagne gold accents. The exterior facade is a work of art in itself, featuring a distinctive curved LED screen showcasing the latest collection. 

Stepping inside, clients are greeted by a display of timepieces housed in a capsule-like showcase, creating a museum-like atmosphere for a more immersive experience. Further, the boutique boasts a dedicated space to showcase the brand’s world’s premier timepieces, which include the Cintrée Curvex Crazy Hours, Vanguard Revolution 3 and Thunderbolt Tourbillon.


Jaeger-LeCoultre reinterprets the Master Ultra Thin Power Reserve

In its pursuit of precision in timekeeping, Jaeger-LeCoultre has reimagined the Master Ultra Thin Power Reserve. Encased in a subtly modernised and slimmer pink gold case, this timepiece boasts a gradient midnight blue sunray dial, accentuated by the elongated hour markers. What distinguishes the wristwatch is its substantially increased power reserve. Fueled by Calibre 938, the power reserve now extends to an impressive 70 hours—allowing it to rest over an entire weekend and be worn again without the need for manual winding or time resetting. On top of this, the power reserve indicator is located inside a triangle-shaped sub-dial, featuring a red and white indicator that harmonises with the date and small seconds display. The new Master Ultra Thin Power Reserve includes an interchangeable navy-blue alligator strap, which adds versatility to the modern timepiece. 





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