All the watches and jewellery updates you missed this month

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By Benedict Unang

All the watches and jewellery updates you missed this month

Among the news to look out for this month are the announcement of V of BTS as the latest Cartier ambassador, Ulysse Nardin revealing its final release for the UFO, and Panerai expanding the Luna Rossa collection. 


Louis Vuitton reveals the first chapter of its fifth high jewellery collection


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Titled ‘Deep Time’, Louis Vuitton’s fifth high jewellery collection made its debut at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, one of the world’s oldest and greatest open-air theatres in Greece. This first volume presented 95 of the 170 unique pieces, each evoking the journey from the humble beginnings of the planet to the creation of life. According to the French house, the collection blends a singular, distinctive design character and high jewellery savoir-faire with the origins of geology and geological legacy. Along with the launch of the collection, Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas has been tapped to star in the campaign shot by Sølve Sundsbø.  


Cartier taps V of BTS as its latest ambassador


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The Cartier family expands with the addition of V, also known as Tae-hyung of BTS, as its newest ambassador. Following the announcement, the K-pop sensation is featured in the latest Panthère de Cartier campaign, passionately wearing the sculptural diamond ring, tête-à-tête panther bracelet, and Révélation d’une Panthère watch. According to the Maison, V has been selected due to his persistence, much like the panther, as well as how he has captivated an entire generation with his unique voice, performance and fashion. When coupled with his remarkable elegance, these attributes naturally tie him to the Panther community, a family of strong individuals united by similar instincts. V joins Rami Malek, Elle Fanning, and Deepika Padukone in representing Cartier.


Dior Les Jardins de La Couture collection nods to the garden of Christian Dior


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This season, the French house pays homage to Christian Dior’s profound passion for nature with the Les Jardins de La Couture jewellery collection. The high jewellery line is curated by acclaimed jeweller Victoire de Castellane and features 170 remarkable pieces with floral patterns, intricate craftsmanship, and brilliant colours. From the roses of Granville to the captivating femmes-fleurs of the ‘New Look’, each jewel conjures the beauty of flowers that bloom in an enchanted garden. To mark the launch of the collection, Dior hosted an exclusive show at Villa Erba on Lake Como alongside haute couture silhouettes by Maria Grazia Chiuri.


Fendi ushers in a new era of high jewellery with Triptych


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At the recent Haute Couture Week, Fendi revealed its latest high jewellery collection that mixes subtle grandeur and feminine grace with the rigour of Roman architecture. The comprehensive collection transforms infinite asymmetries, surprises and mirages of the world into three chapters—Roma Rosa, Gioiello Giallo, and Bianco Brillante. Inside the chromatic voyage, the colour palette evolves in powdery shades spotted on exceptional white and yellow diamonds, as well as Padparadscha sapphires and spinels. Additionally, other historic elements, such as the geometric FF motifs and baguette-cut stones, are infused into the collection to create new treasures of the House. This includes articulated chain necklaces, reimagined tennis bracelets, and cocktail rings. 


Ulysse Nardin UFO returns for its final editions with three retailers


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Ulysse Nardin launches the final iteration of the whimsical UFO with its partners, The Hour Glass, Yoshida and Bucherer, after two years of research by the House’s R&D teams and the watchmaking specialist Maison L’Épée in Delémont. Limited to 30 pieces per retailer, the fascinating oval clock comes in three shades—champagne for The Hour Glass in Southeast Asia, green for Yoshida in Japan, and ice blue for Bucherer. More importantly, the 7.2-kilogram table clock is made up of 675 components and boasts a power reserve that lasts a year. The Ulysse Nardin UFO retails for RM 292,500 and arrives with a limited-edition certificate, and a winding and setting key in an aged wooden box.


Panerai updates the Luna Rossa collection with novel timepieces


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Panerai and Luna Rossa’s partnership continues with fresh offerings inspired by the technical brilliance and timeless elegance of the yachting world. This time, the wristwatches are shaped by the materials and visual codes of the Luna Rossa boat, with a diverse appeal for all genders. One of the highlights is the Luminor Luna Rossa Chrono Carbotech™ PAM01519, which boasts a blue sun-brushed dial and the Speed Tachymeter Scale. Added to that, owners of the timepiece will have the opportunity to engage in an immersion experience with the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli sailing team in Cagliari. Other models include the Luminor Due Luna Rossa, which sports matte white sandwich dials and is powered by the P.900 calibre with a three-day power reserve. 


Parmigiani Fleurier launches the Tonda PF Sport collection

Outdoor enthusiasts are in for a treat as the latest Tonda PF Sport arrives in two variants, each featuring an integrated high-frequency manufacture movement and vertical clutch. While the design looks similar to the Tonda GT, what defines this collection is the textured hand-guilloché ‘triangular nail’ pattern with delta-shaped hands and the knurled bezel that delivers a stronger play of light and reflection that emphasise its sporty attitude. Moreover, both watches are equipped with a finely constructed and hand-stitched Cordura-treated rubber band with a seamless anchorage point between the lugs. On another note, the two models differ in terms of movement, with the Tonda PF Sport Chronograph powered by the PF070 calibre and the Tonda PF Sport Automatic fitted with the PF770 automatic winding manufacturing movement. 




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