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This is What Happened When Balqees Fathi Met Her Mentee

This is What Happened When Balqees Fathi Met Her Mentee

Piaget’s Extraordinary Encounters campaign explores the meaning of mentorship, as Balqees Fathi, Clémence Poésy, Wendy Yu, Katharine Pooley, Noella Coursaris Musunka, Momoko Ando, and Yeol Eum Son discuss women empowering women. Showcasing a global cast that embodies femininity and strength, the film sees mentor and mentee speak on their connection and mutual support.
Balqees Fathi. Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
An extraordinary encounter can occur at any time. For Piaget’s global cast of extraordinary women, meeting with like-minded, inspiring individuals is integral to the fabric of their day-to-day lives. From these meetings, a meaningful mentorship grows. In intimate films, Piaget’s latest campaign sees mentor and mentee in conversation, unpacking what being an extraordinary woman truly means.

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For Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees Fathi, bringing her mentee, Hend Mohammed Farea, into the fold of the Piaget family has been critical to her own growth. Fathi, who headlined Saudi Arabia’s first-ever female-only concert in 2017, wears Piaget’s Sunlight rose gold set and the Limelight gala watch as she speaks on a specific mentoring skill – teaching Farea to write down her goals and consider them carefully. Sometimes it is the small moments that make the most extraordinary encounters.
Balqees Fathi. Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
Another mentor, actor Clémence Poésy, muses, “I don’t believe in ordinary. I think every woman is extraordinary.” Known for her intimate exploration of female characters, the actor contemplates an encounter with her childhood friend Ava Verden, during which she saw her in a new light. Poésy wears a crisp button-down and loafers, accented with playful diamond earrings and matching Piaget pendant as she recalls watching her friend on stage. “All of a sudden, I discovered a whole new part of you,” she tells the performer.
Clémence Poésy. Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
Uncovering a new side of a woman one knows intimately is shared by the Ando sisters, who wear Piaget’s Limelight Gala watches in elegant mother-of-pearl and 18ct white gold. Having featured in director Momoko Ando’s 2015 film 0.5 mm, Sakura Ando understands the symbiotic ebb and flow of sisterhood. “It’s like breathing,” she offers. Model and activist Noella Coursaris Musunka’s connection to her mentee, Marceline Ngoy Kilolo, also borders the familial. “I am your mama, your sister, your mentor,” she laughs, speaking remotely to the student of Malaika School in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, founded by Musunka in 2007.
Momoko Ando and Sakura Ando. Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
Empowerment shines through mutual encouragement both in personal life and professional fields. British interior designer of the decade Katharine Pooley and her former intern turned right-hand woman April Hudson embody this, comparing samples while chatting about their supportive relationship.
Katharine Pooley. Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
Similarly, Susan Fang tells of her first encounter with Wendy Yu, learning that the entrepreneur and philanthropist had bought a bag from her first collection. Smiling bashfully at her mentor, the young designer tells of Yu’s willingness to help creatives in China and beyond. Yu, in turn, speaks of her pride in awarding Fang the Yu Prize, her smile as radiant as the Sunlight pendant and fluid earrings she wears. This global cast of women shares their experiences and their loves because, as South Korean-born classical pianist Yeol Eum Son says, “An extraordinary woman shares her passions with others.” Inspired by the piano playing of her mentee, Juhee Lim, she is moved by sharing music. As Son is enraptured in her own playing, the white gold Limelight Gala Piaget watch keeps time on her delicate wrist.
Yeol Eum Son. Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
We all have people who shape our lives, who inspire us, and drive us to do more. For Piaget’s extraordinary women, encouraging and responding to the women close to them is intrinsic – it’s what makes them exceptional mentors.
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How Piaget is Supporting the Artisanal Talent of Saudi Arabia’s Future Generations

How Piaget is Supporting the Artisanal Talent of Saudi Arabia’s Future Generations

Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
In celebration of Ramadan, Swiss jeweler Piaget has released a new campaign in the form of a short film. Titled Turn for the Extraordinary the film in collaboration with the Royal Commission For Al Ula unveils Piaget’s Possessions collection in Saudi Arabia’s first Unesco world heritage site. The collaboration also marks the opening of Piaget’s two new boutiques in Saudi Arabia, Faisaliah Mall in Riyadh and Khayyat Mall in Jeddah.
Captured in the historic land of Al Ula, the campaign’s story unfolds as the protagonist travels back and forth from her own reality and the heritage site, all the while brushing on notions of self-reflection, inspiration, and love. The Possessions collections seen in the video features an array of precious stones from malachite, carnelian, to turquoise stones, each telling their tale of the concept of time as they are deeply rooted in the history and culture of Piaget.
Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
What’s more, Piaget is putting itself at the forefront of championing the artisans’ talent of Saudi Arabia’s future generations. Highlighting the importance of mentorship and sustainability, Piaget has launched the Craftsmanship Scholarship Program and the Piaget competition in partnership with Geneva University of Arts and Design and Turquoise Mountain.
“In making a turn for the extraordinary, Piaget has partnered with the Royal Commission for AlUla to demonstrate the brand’s mission to preserve heritage by developing the artisanal talent of Saudi Arabia’s future generation and sustainability through the craftsmanship scholarship program,” shares Piaget’s CEO Chabi Nouri with Vogue Arabia. She adds, “The Piaget competition is in partnership with Geneva University of Art and Design to mentor Turquoise mountain school in AlUla in supporting the local community by mentoring 12 girls in creating an inspirational piece from the region’s rich history.”
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Saudi Sisters Aseel Al Hamad and Noura Sulaiman Dazzle in Piaget’s Latest Creations

Saudi Sisters Aseel Al Hamad and Noura Sulaiman Dazzle in Piaget’s Latest Creations

Noura wears Sunlight Earrings, Sunlight Pendant, Piaget; Aseel wears Sunlight Earrings, Limelight Gala Watch, Piaget; all clothing, Noura Sulaiman. Photographed by Taha Bagel
Piaget opens a new chapter by introducing automatic movement for the first time in its history in the Limelight Gala collection. It is made for all women all over the world, including courageous, powerful, successful, independent creatives and inspirators. Here, two sisters, Aseel Al Hamad and Noura Sulaiman, dazzle in the latest creations of Piaget’s Limelight Gala and Sunlight collections.

Aseel Al Hamad
Possession Earrings, Possession Pendant, Possession Ring, Possession Open Bangle Bracelet, Sunlight Ring, Winter Sun Watch, Piaget; all clothing, Noura Sulaiman. Photographed by Taha Bagel
Intelligent, passionate, and graceful is how one would describe Aseel Al Hamad. An inspiration in her own right, there’s nothing she cannot do. Since graduating from Prince Sultan University in 2009 with a degree in interior design engineering, Al Hamad embarked on her career as an interior designer and established her firm IDegree Design. Over the years, her firm has worked on major residential and commercial projects all over Saudi Arabia.
Art and science are where Al Hamad’s initial interest in interior design stemmed from. It’s also where her passion for cars came from. “The combination of design and technology” is what she calls it. When asked what inspired her to set up her own company, the designer says, “Entrepreneurship connects a lot with me because it’s all about creativity, and being open to opportunities. I was always driven by the idea of being independent and creating my own future.” Although Al Hamad makes being a business owner look easy, it is no unchallenging task. “The biggest challenge can be to be flexible to fail at any time because being a business owner is risky,” she says. “It needs constant motivation and courage to keep moving forward. People who do not have courage might easily quit, so you must have confidence in your knowledge.”
Sunlight Earrings, Sunlight Pendants, Limelight Gala Watch, Possession Open Bangle Bracelets, Sunlight Ring, Piaget; all clothing, Noura Sulaiman. Photographed by Taha Bagel
Like Piaget, Al Hamad references natural elements like sunlight in her designs. “The more we take advantage of daylight, the brighter a space is with natural light sources and less of artificial ones.” The designer also recalls one of her designs where she created a sunroom in the middle of a villa that complemented the daytime and the beautiful night sky. She says, “This sunroom made a big difference, by relying less on artificial lights during the day, and reducing energy consumption. At night, the space looked totally different.”
Besides elemental influences, Al Hamad cites the iconic architect Zaha Hadid as an inspiration. The Saudi interior designer learns from the challenges that Hadid faced in the industry. “Zaha not only designed remarkably beautiful buildings around the world, but, because of her artistic background, she also created a new architectural design school by thinking out of the box,” says Al Hamad.
When asked about the next steps in her design career, Al Hamad revealed that she is gradually moving towards hospitality design. “I am looking forward to specializing more and more into hospitality design and looking forward to designing iconic projects in Saudi Arabia and hopefully win international design awards,” she says.
The designer also feels a sense of joy in seeing her projects come to life. Further down the line, Al Hamad says that she hopes to accomplish many projects internationally and hopes to leave an artistic mark in this world.
Noura Sulaiman
Sunlight Earrings, Sunlight Pendant, Limelight Gala Watch, Possession Open Bangle Bracelets, Piaget; all clothing, Noura Sulaiman. Photographed by Taha Bagel
Noura Sulaiman is on a mission to bring Saudi style to the forefront of international fashion. The designer launched her eponymous label to represent her dedication to fashion design as it reflects on her reverence towards her rich culture. The Riyadh-based designer’s tryst with fashion design began at the age of 12 when she designed her first dress for a cousin’s wedding. Ever since then, it was no turning back for the trailblazing designer. In 2011, Sulaiman graduated from the Riyadh Art and Skills Institute’s fashion design program and embarked on her career, creating abayas and dresses for friends and family.
She saw the need to incorporate sustainability and practicality in her designs to meet the demands of modern life. When asked how her approach to design has shifted over the years, she says, “My approach to design used to be driven by the alluring messiness of creativity, but with experience, I have found a balance by adding organizational and productive skills to my creativity.” The next step for her label is to launch internationally. “I hope to take the Saudi fashion, such as farwas and sudairyas, to other countries and cultures,” she says. In addition to launching internationally, Sulaiman also hopes to create timeless pieces that appeal to the modern Saudi man.
Possession Pendant, Possession Open Bangle Bracelets, Possession Watch, Piaget; all clothing, Noura Sulaiman. Photographed by Taha Bagel
Sulaiman’s source of inspiration is a rather sentimental one, as she cites her daughter. She says, “I am inspired by my daughter in wanting to show her that she can follow whichever path that brings her joy, as fashion design does for me.” Confident, elegant, and unbothered by trends is how the designer views the Noura Sulaiman woman. An equally important inspiration for Sulaiman is the strong fashion sense and powerful sense of self Saudi men and women exude. She actively listens to feedback from clients on designs to inspire her future collections.
She also describes the international buzz around Saudi’s burgeoning design community as “exciting and humbling,” and commends the Saudi design community for their immense talent and creativity.
Noura wears Sunlight Earrings, Sunlight Pendant, Limelight Gala Watch, Possession Open Bangle Bracelets, Sunlight Rings, Piaget; Aseel wears Sunlight Earrings, Sunlight Pendant, Possession Ring, Limelight Gala Watch, Piaget; all clothing, Noura Sulaiman. Photographed by Taha Bagel
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Photography: Taha Baageel Hair: Tarek Akel Makeup: Tilda Production: Specter Productions Creative direction: Camilla Fitz-Patrick 

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