All the watches and jewellery updates to know this September



By Benedict Unang

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All the watches and jewellery updates to know this September

Among the news to look out for this month are Swarovski’s major exhibition in Shanghai, Tudor as the official timekeeper for the Rugby World Cup, and Jaeger-LeCoultre’s latest addition to the Calibre 101 series.


Chaumet runs a pop-up boutique in the heart of Orchard Road


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In celebration of its beloved collections, such as the Liens, Joséphine, and Bee My Love lines, Chaumet runs an exclusive pop-up boutique at ION Orchard in Singapore. As soon as you enter the tiara-shaped store, you will be given insight into the world of Chaumet and its distinctive jewellery collection that illustrates the unmistakable Parisian art de vivre. To round off the immersive experience, you get to enjoy a drink and a French pastry at the Parisian-inspired lounge and select a book to read from the Chaumet library. To celebrate its opening, South Korean brand ambassador Song Hye Kyo and Friend of the Brand Cha Eun Woo graced the Lion City with their presence. And, no, it’s not too late to make a trip; the pop-up boutique will be open until Sunday, September 17, 2023. 

Address: ION Orchard, Level 1 Atrium, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801

Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM (Monday to Sunday) 


The Louis Vuitton Blossom jewellery collection expands


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If you’re fond of the Idylle Blossom and Colour Blossom series, you’ll be thrilled to know that Louis Vuitton recently released fresh additions to the emblematic collection, which are inspired by the star-shaped Flower on the Maison’s Monogram. The 11-piece collection comes in pink or white gold and features stackable rings and pendants along with an overlap hoop and diamond-studded earrings. With minimal yet undeniably bold silhouettes and sizes, each piece celebrates the magnificence of the imagination and empowers those who wear it. The white gold designs will only be available in October, but the good news is that the pink gold designs are already available in stores.


Piaget reveals its High Jewellery exhibition in Bangkok


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After the opening of its first in-house boutique at Siam Paragon, Piaget continues to strengthen its influence in the Land of White Elephants with a high jewellery exhibition at Nai Lert Park Heritage Home. The heritage complex will house more than 120 High Jewellery pieces, some of which have never been seen in Southeast Asia. Along with this, the Swiss jeweller will be showcasing some of its exclusive creations, such as the Celestial Ballet Necklace, the Generous Laces Necklaces, and the Exquisite Moments Watch. 

In addition to this news, Apo Nattawin has been named the first-ever Friend of Maison for the South Asia region. Of the appointment, Fatemeh Laleh, Piaget’s Global Director of Communications and Image, says: “It is an honour to have Apo to be a part of this new creative dynamism which the Maison is showing in Bangkok. Just like Andy Warhol or Salvador Dali in the past, he has this trailblazing attitude that inspires everyone around him and creates a new light. One that never fades.”


Habib’s HARTA is an ode to Malaysian heritage and artistic brilliance


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Just last month, the homegrown jeweller launched HARTA—Habib: Action for Revival of our Traditions Arts—which celebrates our cultural roots and art, from the past as well as the present. The brand-new public project conveniently takes up an 8,000 square-foot space above the Habib Ampang II Showroom and includes an art gallery, café, as well as the HARTA Heritage Jewellery Museum. Inside the museum, you will find the primary collection, which highlights the gilded traditions of the multi-ethnic Peranakan heritage, with over 800 unique pieces collected over 65 years. The art gallery, on the other hand, operates as an outlet to spotlight the works of local artists, while the café is where you can unwind and taste delicious treats while engaging in discussions about local culture.


Address: Habib Jewels Sdn Bhd, Lot 93-95, Ampang Point, Lorong Mamanda 2, 68000 Ampang, Selangor.

Opening hours:

HARTA Museum & Art Gallery: 10AM – 5PM (Monday – Sunday)

HARTA Café: 8.30AM – 5PM (Tuesday – Friday), 10AM – 5PM (Saturday – Sunday) 


Swarovski heads to Shanghai to stage an exhibition


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Calling all Swarovski fans! The Austrian brand will host a major exhibition in Shanghai this month to commemorate its illustrious legacy as Masters of Light in the fields of fashion, jewellery, and pop culture. Titled ‘Swarovski – Masters of Light from Vienna to Shanghai’, the exhibition will centre on three pillars: the House’s Austrian history; the savoir-faire at its headquarters in the Tyrolean Alps; plus its special relationship with fashion and pop culture. This means you get to see some never-before-seen Swarovski Heritage ensembles, witness its ground-breaking advancements in cut and colour and learn how the creator got the idea to construct his revolutionary electric crystal-cutting machine. 

The exhibition will take place from September 20 through October 9, 2023, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai. 


Tudor is the Official Timekeeper of the Rugby World Cup 2023


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As part of its ongoing partnership with World Rugby, Tudor has been appointed as the Official Timekeeper for this year’s Rugby World Cup, which is currently underway in France through October 28, 2023. If you haven’t heard, the Swiss matchmaker initially teamed up with the worldwide federation in 2017 as part of its #BornToDare campaign and has since worked together on the World Rugby Awards, which acknowledge the season’s best teams, players, and officials each year. The tenth season of the world championship will bring together twenty teams competing in 48 matches in nine cities.


Blancpain partners with Swatch to create a playful collection of its infamous Fifty Fathoms


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Blancpain has long been passionate about preserving and protecting the waters, thus reimagining the Fifty Fathoms with Swatch feels like a natural fit. The newly launched Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms collection features five watches, each honouring Blancpain’s favourite oceans. When looked at closely, the Blancpain x Swatch models are made out of bioceramic and sport the Fifty Fathoms signature unidirectional rotating bezel.

Additionally, there’s a nudibranch tribute on the rotor of the SISTEM51 mechanical movement. “These sea animals are pure marvels of nature. With their unlikely shapes and often shimmering colours, they are an immense pleasure to observe in their element during a dive,” explains Blancpain President and CEO Marc A. Hayek. On a separate note, the colour palette of these timepieces takes a turn for the better, with brighter hues used to complement the straps created from recycled fishing nets retrieved from the ocean floor.


Jaeger-LeCoultre updates the Calibre 101 collection with three new high-jewellery pieces


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With all the buzz surrounding the High Jewellery watches, Jaeger-LeCoultre keeps the trend going with three new models that blend remarkable gem-setting with the signature Calibre 101. The 101 Secrets, for instance, is embellished with nearly 27 carats of diamonds and boasts an inventive secret mechanism that enables the wearer to view the dial whenever she wishes. When the hidden ‘button’ is softly pressed, a little section of the bracelet opens to show the time on a glowing mother-of-pearl dial. Another one is the 101 Bangle, which has been revived in two separate pieces—one made of pink gold and the other of white gold. The first timepiece is equipped with a red lacquer dial that stands out against the white diamonds, while the latter sports a snow-white lacquer dial that complements the sweeping curves of a row of brilliant-cut sapphires.


Charlize Theron is the face of Breitling’s Navitimer 36 and 32


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Breitling elevates its Navitimer series with two new models meant for those who favour smaller-sized watches. The 36-mm Navitimer arrives in three chic metallic dial colours—mint green, silver, and anthracite—with baton indexes, or with a white mother-of-pearl dial adorned with traceable diamonds. Alternatively, the 32-mm Navitimer includes mother-of-pearl dials in powdered pink and light blue together with classic white. Meanwhile, Academy Award winner Charlize Theron has been picked as the next Navitimer muse, following the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Misty Copeland, and Bertrand Piccard. In the words of Breitling CEO Georges Kern, “Charlize Theron so wonderfully represents this line because she is an icon known the world over for her strength, beauty, talent, and powerful journey.”




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