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The Story Behind the Favorite Watches of Designers and Executives

The Story Behind the Favorite Watches of Designers and Executives

Alessandro Sartori, creative director, Zegna

Alessandro Sartori

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Favorite watch: “My green Rolex Submariner, which is known as the Hulk. All three of my watches are Rolex. The first one I bought when I was 20, and it took all my savings to buy it.”

A green Rolex Submariner

Backstory: “I got it during a special, emotional birthday, and it was the present that made that birthday so special. I remember the birthday, the age and the watch, and this was when I turned 50.”

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The appeal of watches: “I really have a lot of feelings with the things I wear: my ring, my watch, my bracelet. They are part of my outfit. I don’t feel fully complete and myself if I don’t have my timepiece. It’s part of my style and part of my personality. Also, I have never in my life decided what I’m going to wear the day before. I like to put together pieces depending on my feeling. When I travel, I need my watches. I need two or three photos, and I need my music. Then it feels like home.”

Benoit Pagotto, cofounder, RTFKT Studios

Benoit Pagotto’s avatar.

Favorite watch: “My grail time piece is my Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked, Ceramic Black.”

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked in Ceramic Black.

Backstory: “The Openworked to me has always been a dream to get, as it shows all the inner work and wizardry the Audemars Piguet craftsmen put into the watches. When you look at your wrist for time on this watch, you truly are taken into their world and have the real impression to have a ‘time machine’ on your wrist. When you look at the dial, you really feel you are diving into years of expertise and engineering, almost like it’s a magical artifact. The black ceramic on the case and bracelet is also mesmerizing, with the polishing and hand-cut ceramic. It’s truly a material that makes you feel like you have a kind of majestic piece of master work with you.”

The appeal of watches: “I’ve always been fascinated by Audemars Piguet, and how they managed to keep incredible tradition and craftsmanship, while being such an influential force in the culture.”

Ryan Goldston, co-chief executive officer and cofounder of APL — Athletic Propulsion Labs

Ryan Goldston of APL — Athletic Propulsion Labs.

Favorite watch: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Tribute Nonantième.

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Backstory: “I’ve always loved Art Deco design, and this one celebrated the watch’s 90th anniversary. I actually received the watch the day my brother Adam and I launched our ‘Inspires Greatness’ campaign with Rolls-Royce so it takes on a special significance for me.”

The appeal of watches: “I already take so much time to create and it’s such artisans that create the movements, the components design and, again, like the way that we thought about designing shoes, there’s only so much headspace on the forefront of this watch. You had to be so creative and innovative with a small amount of space and I think with watching the same thing give us such a small amount of space to show your creativity and it’s just really cool to see something that is technical in nature, but yet so beautiful.

Samuel Ross, founder and creative director, A-Cold-Wall

Samuel Ross wearing the limited-edition timepiece he developed with Hublot.

Courtesy of Hublot

Favorite watch: “The one I developed with Hublot. It follows a lineage of luxury sporting watches that I’ve been quite obsessed with for some time. The Rolex rose gold Yacht-Master with an Oysterflex bracelet, which was released in 2018, was one of my first luxury watch purchases. And it was this idea of producing a watch with the language of an industrial designer and artists. It wasn’t about copious amounts of gold, it was about how materials can work together to produce a solution.”

The Big Bang Tourbillon that Samuel Ross designed for Hublot.

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The appeal of watches: “I appreciate most the craftsmanship and the idea of a functional tool. The idea of carrying a tool. For me, the wristwatch carries the same importance as the handbag. It offers that same level of signaling and security as a Birkin. I have around seven luxury watches at the moment. I’m looking at a new one at the moment, as well as vintage watches. I’m looking at a Cartier Tank on a leather strap. There’s just something quite discerning about having a watch for all scenarios.”

Ian Rogers, chief experience officer, Ledger

Ian Rogers

Courtesy of Ledger

Favorite watch: “I bought my first Tag Heuer Connected watch in the Madison Avenue Tag Heuer store the week it was released, seven years ago, just after I’d joined LVMH as chief digital officer. I’ve been updating the watch when the Tag Heuer team updates the product, which is often. The most recent update, announced last summer, comes with the ability to add NFTs you own to the watch face.”

NFTs are now available on Tag Heuer watches.

Backstory: “Back in the summer of 2021, I told Bernard Arnault, ‘You have a limited-edition watch. I am going to have a limited-edition watch face.’ This year we did it. Tag Heuer added the ability to add an NFT from your digital wallet. Since then I have been matching the face of my watch with an NFT that fits my mood, my day, and my outfit. I love it. Most of what I put on the watch face is a one of one, so it is not just a limited-edition watch, it’s a one-of-a-kind, the only one like it on the planet.”

The appeal of watches: “Let’s be honest, watches are jewelry for men. I love them. I love my Zenith, my Tag Heuers and my Hublot/Ledger collab watch for both the craft as well as the style. But my Tag Heuer Connected is a great combination of style and functionality. It looks great, is personalized by me, and I rely on it for notifications (so I can look at my phone less, in fact), weather, running, etc.”

Guram Gvasalia, creative director, Vtmnts

Guram Gvasalia wearing his Patek Philippe 5970.

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The appeal of watches: “I fell in love with watches when I was 12 years old. I read an article about this guy, who was a big watch collector. I was so impressed by it, and said that one day I will become one as well. Being a refugee kid from Georgia, trying to find a way in Europe, it was a sweet dream. When I was 15, I worked the whole summer every day multiple shifts in a restaurant to buy my first vintage Rolex, an Airking model from 1972. I still have that watch. I still have every single watch I ever got, as they all define a certain period of my life. I keep and cherish them to one day pass them to my kids.”

A Patek Philippe with an extremely rare salmon dial, of which there are only four pieces in the world.

Favorite watch: “At a certain stage, I got obsessed with Patek Philippe watches. There is one particular reference 5970, that is for me one of the most beautiful watches Patek has ever created. I managed to get this watch in every metal it exists, I even managed to get this reference with an extremely rare salmon dial, of which there are only four pieces in the world, but the most important watch I have is the unique reference of 5970 made for Eric Clapton. The watch collector I read about, who inspired me back when I was 12, was Eric Clapton.

“Important is to say that another watchmaker, Audemars Piguet, plays an important role in my heart. I have many beautiful pieces from them, but there are a few one-of-a-kind references I‘m waiting for that might take that first place one day.”

Heron Preston, founder

Heron Preston

Jason Leiva

Favorite watch: “The Audemars Piguet Openworked ’50th Anniversary’ 16204ST in stainless steel, which is the original material and finish that AP started to release their watches in, goes back to history. My existing watches have been rose gold up to this point so it was time to give gold a break and look at the origin of the company. This model is one of the most beautiful releases from the 50th anniversary collection and I received it a few weeks ago from the AP team straight out of the boutique.”

Audemars Piguet Openworked “50th Anniversary” 16204ST in stainless steel.

Backstory: “I’ve always been fascinated with the Openworked series AP has done; it’s unique and special to their range of watches. Ever since I’ve set eyes on it, I knew I had to get one.”

The appeal of watches: “I appreciate the craftsmanship and how long it takes to make a single watch. There is only one dedicated watchmaker per watch, it’s not really passed to anyone else. The love and care combined with the level of detail and craftsmanship in watch collecting itself is something I appreciate. It’s like wearing a piece of art.”

Casey Cadwallader, creative director, Mugler

Mugler’s creative director Casey Cadwallader.

Zhong Lin

Favorite watch: “I’m really into more antique watches now, as in really old Audemars Piguet watches, which are gorgeous. And I really love the 1920s Patek Philippe, they’re my obsession at the moment, the really clean minimalist ones.”

A Patek Philippe early yellow gold Art Deco square tank watch from 1923.

Backstory: “It’s funny because I own one watch, but I’m very watch obsessed. I have a file on my phone of just watches because I look at a lot of auctions. I have an old Rolex because my parents bought it for me when I was graduating from college. They bought it used from the jewelry store that I used to work at when I was young and they dealt in vintage Rolexes. I like them, but I find them to be the Cadillac of watches, the stable, middle, good-quality thing.”

The appeal of watches: “I’m a psychopath for proportion and detail. So I don’t like big crazy watches that have all kinds of stuff on them. I like really pure proportions and so clean they look like a polished stone, where they’re so calm, that brings me peace to look at them. That’s what’s so cool about watches, it’s that everything is so refined and so tiny.”

Christopher Kane, founder and creative director

Christopher Kane

Favorite watch: “I love my Cartier Tank watch that was given to me recently from my partner for my 40th birthday. It’s such an iconic design classic that I have admired on many famous wrists like Muhammad Ali and Andy Warhol.”

A Cartier Tank with a black leather strap.

Backstory: “It’s so special to me because it’s from my partner, Massimiliano, and it highlights an important time in my life. Turning 40 is a milestone, and to receive something I will cherish forever and pass on to family is priceless.”

The appeal of watches: “When you think of Cartier, you instantly think of prestige. It’s a discerning and discreet item of jewelry that I love to wear.”

Giordano Calza, cofounder and chief executive officer, GCDS

Giordano Calza

Courtesy of GCDS

Favorite watch: “My favorite watch and the one I regularly use is the 1980 Cartier Santos Galbée. It is a timeless style, one for those who don’t want to show off too much but have a watch suitable for every occasion.”

Cartier Santos Galbée

Courtesy of GCDS

Backstory: “I bought it in a vintage shop in the Marais district in Paris. I love to negotiate and the negotiation for this watch lasted about 45 minutes, until the owner of the shop gave in smiling and telling me that my extreme interest and passion for that object was tangible and he was happy that I was the one to purchase it. I’m not very attached to objects, I don’t like the idea of ​​being a slave or dependent on them, but perhaps this watch is more of a good luck charm than just a timekeeper. Time for me is a precious asset: like a scale, it marks the weight I give to the people I share it with as well as to the projects I dedicate it to.”

The appeal of watches: “I like the idea that an object can live over decades, acquire value with time, be handed down and remain a timeless design product.”

J.J. Martin, founder, La DoubleJ

J.J. Martin

Mariela Medina/Courtesy of La DoubleJ

Favorite watch: “I have this wonderful piece from the 1960s that a friend of mine, shoe designer Alvaro Gonzalez, found at a vintage flea market and gave me for my 40th birthday. What I love about it is that it looks like a piece of jewelry, like this magnificent Egyptian bracelet with lapis and emerald (but, of course it’s just made of crystal, there are no actual precious stones in it). So this over-the-top band makes the watch look like this ornate, gorgeous, luxurious, decorative object.”

J.J. Martin’s vintage watch.

Courtesy of J.J. Martin

Backstory: “I started La DoubleJ by selling my vintage collection of clothing and jewelry. I spent years going in and out of every vintage boutique, fair, church charity shop in America and Europe. In Italy, my partner in crime was Alvaro, so he knew my tastes back and forward. And of course, he gifted me with the most perfect wristwatch, it was really so sweet.”

The appeal of watches: “What’s so funny about wristwatches is that they’ve become such a rare commodity, nobody wears them anymore. So when you are wearing one it’s gotta have something special. I think banal, basic wristwatches are kind of pointless now that we all have an iPhone and a computer with a clock on it. We don’t technically need them anymore, so when I want to wear one it has to be a beautiful object in and of itself. And I love it when it has some sort of deeper connection, either to where you got it or to whomever gave it to you. It’s a very personal object, a wristwatch.”

Sarah Doukas, founder, Storm Model Management

Sarah Doukas

Courtesy of Jermaine Francis / Storm

Favorite watch: Gold Ballon Bleu de Cartier

A gold Ballon Bleu de Cartier

Backstory: “I bought it at the airport in Barbados. I was on route to Mustique with my husband Timothy. My daughter Genevieve’s gorgeous friend Sophie Caulcutt, the cofounder of the Voyager Club, says that ‘often the greatest luxury is time.’ She encouraged me to buy it and my husband was initially horrified, but I love it and wear it every day.”

The appeal of watches: “The Cartier Ballon Bleu is a beautiful and timeless piece; it’s very chic.”

Zach Moscot, chief design officer, Moscot

Zach Moscot

Favorite wristwatch: My Bremont Pilot’s Watch

The Bremont Pilot’s Watch

Backstory: “I was gifted it during a family trip to London. This watch, more than others, holds significant value to me as it represents a culmination of major milestones in my life. I’d definitely say it’s more than just a timepiece, but a piece to signify the time spent working with my dad and continuing to build the family business. My fascination with watches started from an early age and only continued to develop as I learned the importance of craftsmanship through my studies of product design.”

The appeal of watches: “I’ve spent much of my time focusing on the importance of craftsmanship, and watches are one of the other few accessories that represent timeless, quality design. I really appreciate the British heritage of my timepiece. I think the story is critical as oftentimes a watch is about what it means to you; it may be an heirloom — something that is generational. As a designer, I am quite into the timeless aesthetic of timepieces as well as their durability and reliability. I’ve always thought about time differently as the fifth generation of a 107-year family business, and looking down at my wristwatch reminds me of more than just the time of day, but also the importance of continuing a legacy that started long before me.”

Inside the Renovation of Cartier’s Fifth Avenue Mansion

Inside the Renovation of Cartier’s Fifth Avenue Mansion

Luxury brands are rethinking the role of the modern boutique, and legacy timepiece and jewelry maker Cartier is no exception.
The brand has renovated its legendary Fifth Avenue boutique — the 28,772-square-foot, Neo-Renaissance landmarked building that has been Cartier’s home in Manhattan for more than a century — to serve both a modern client and reaffirm the location as a place in New York City’s history.

“The project was certainly about modernizing it from a visual and technological perspective, but it was also about challenging traditional notions of the retail space and creating an environment that’s both welcoming and luxurious, both practical and inspiring,” explains Mercedes Abramo, president and chief executive officer of Cartier North America.

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It, of course, serves as a sales floor, but the CEO pointed out the motivation was to “firmly position the mansion as a cultural destination — more than just a transactional space — in the greater New York City landscape” and the balance of heritage and innovation is seen throughout the boutique.

Inside the Renovated Cartier Fifth Avenue mansion.

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The client’s journey begins on the ground floor, where windows were opened up to “bring more of the city’s energy into the space,” Abramo says, a first step in deepening the dialogue between the mansion and Manhattan. Previously, the entry floor housed core collections — Love, Ecru, Juste un Clou and others. Now it holds a wider breadth of the French brand’s assortments, including small leather goods, handbags, fragrance, eyewear and jewelry and watches.

Interior designer Laura Gonzalez linked the space to the organic parts of the city — its parks — by introducing lush green hues into the space, seen in the furnishings throughout and the carpeting that ascends the grand staircase. “I simply think that green represents vegetation, nature,” she explains. “Fifth Avenue is very close to Central Park, and I needed to include all these elements in the project to create an oasis, a peaceful beacon in between classicism and the building’s history.”

The second floor, known as the Grace Kelly Salon, houses the hidden world of high jewelry. Kelly is still a presence — the seal of Monaco can be seen on the walls, and pictures of her can be found in viewing salons — but the space has been updated through Gonzalez’s lens. “We wanted to pay tribute to Grace Kelly’s beauty and femininity but also to take it elsewhere, express the French Riviera, the sea, this art de vivre we can find in the South of France,” she explains of the subtle sea life details.

Emblematic of the brand, the Panther is seen in various salons throughout the mansion — on the second floor, it’s found in a striking piece in stone marquetry by artist Hervé Obligi.

Inside the Renovated Cartier Fifth Avenue mansion.

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The third floor is dedicated to love, “in its many permutations,” Abramo says, with the addition of the Engagement Salon and Wedding Bar. The third-floor landing provides several avenues for personalization and customization by way of innovation. The Set For You landing houses an interactive counter with educational content on Cartier’s diamond standards, plus a means for clients to experience the diamond selection process.

”I see it as a way of using technology for good,” Abramo says. “It establishes a very intimate way for clients to select their perfect stone and setting in a very high-tech format.”

Bold artworks throughout the space underscore the boutique’s continued conversation with the city and its history. For example, guests entering on 52nd Street are greeted with a striking large-scale ceramic wall sculpture in a white matte finish with golden touches by New York artist Peter Lane, inspired by the now legendary story of how Cartier came to own the landmark.

Inside the Renovated Cartier Fifth Avenue mansion.

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In 1912, Pierre Cartier — the grandson of Cartier’s founder — started searching for a flagship location in New York City. He searched for five years for a location that was on par with the brand’s Paris flagship on rue de la Paix. Legend has it that when the mansion became available, Pierre Cartier knew he had found the ideal place. In 1917, he proposed a trade with its owner, businessman Morton F. Plant. In exchange for the mansion, Pierre traded $100 and a Cartier necklace.

Today, the mansion’s fourth floor is dedicated to hospitality and service, with a space that includes a coffee area and bar, salons for care consultations, and hidden-away spaces for in-store events.

While the masion preferred to quietly debut, forgoing any large events, there are exclusive creations that mark the remodeling: a Tank Asymétrique; a Juste un Clou — the signature design by New York City-based Aldo Cipullo — and four stationery designs.

“Our treatment of the mansion is very similar to our overall approach as a maison — it’s a balance of remaining true to our heritage while embracing innovation,” Abramo says.

Rediscover Nature with Cartier’s Beautés Du Monde Jewelry Collection

Rediscover Nature with Cartier’s Beautés Du Monde Jewelry Collection

Kim wears Iwana earrings, necklace, and ring in platinum with emeralds and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Ashi Studio Couture; sandals, Aquazzura. Amina wears Panthère Heroique necklace and ring in white gold with emeralds, onyx, and diamonds, Cartier; jacket, skirt, Fendi Couture; pants, Saint Laurent; catsuit, hijab, It-Spain; shoes, Aquazzura. Elda wears Tutti Mikuti earrings, necklace, and ring in platinum with sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Ashi Studio Couture; shoes, Roger Vivier. Photo: Xavi Gordo
With its iconic creations, Cartier has stood the test of time, and its Beautés Du Monde jewelry collection serves as an emblem of prestige, timelessness and sheer elegance. The brand’s latest offering hopes to reincarnate elements of nature into pieces of high jewelry, from emerald rings to glittering diamond earrings and sapphire necklaces. The collection explores the elegance of animals, and the transcending beauty of the ocean, bringing aquatic miracles to life in pieces that redefine the bounds of jewelry.
Inspired by the unconventional green iguana, the Iwana necklace unveils its beauty in a set abundant with diamonds and emeralds, glittering in all their glory. Glowing in vibrant shades of green, three Colombian emeralds connected by metal rings open the doors for flexibility in a high jewelry Cartier necklace, a concept the brand has put forth for the convenience of the modern woman.
Rituel necklace in white gold with rubies, chalcedony beads, onyx, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Isabel Sanchis; catsuit, hijab, It-Spain. Photo: Xavi Gordo
Cartier’s Water Aspis Necklace, on the other hand, embodies the dreamy scene where the land meets the sea bed, a blue sanctuary where beautiful oceanic beasts reside. Sea snakes are often rendered as a terrifying myth, with few able to appreciate the beauty of the hypnotizing animal. This Cartier collection takes inspiration from the ocean’s menagerie, bringing brilliant blue sapphires and geometric cut diamonds together in a neat, emotive necklace.
Cartier’s capsule collection consists of seven radiant rings, each emphasizing a series of rare stones, depicting the depths of the sea and the heights of the sky. Blue-green emeralds bring that fantasy-like aquatic spark to life, while glistening crystals take you down the depths of the earth for an enlightening journey.
Following its age-old mission to express nature through abstract, geometric incarnations rather than imitating its innate state, Cartier has expanded its horizons, bringing obsolete elements of nature to life. The brand has been leaning towards geometric patterns for quite some time now, but the Beautés Du Monde jewelry collection may just mark the first time the brand has embodied such a wealth of meaning in its offerings.
Tepoz earrings, necklace, bracelet, wristwatch, and ring in white gold with rubies, emeralds, onyx, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Carolina Herrera. Photo: Xavi Gordo

Elda wears Nitescence earrings, necklace, and ring in white gold with diamonds, Cartier; jacket, polo neck, pants, Max Mara. Kim wears Apatura earrings and necklace in platinum with opals, sapphires, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Isabel Sanchis; belt, Roger Vivier. Photo: Xavi Gordo
Recif earrings and necklace in platinum with emeralds, coral beads, amethysts, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Zuhair Murad. Photo: Xavi Gordo
Elda wears Poroca earrings and necklace in white gold with sapphires and diamonds, Cartier; jacket, skirt, sandals, Dolce & Gabbana. Amina wears Nouchali necklace with chalcedony and rubellite beads, and diamonds, Cartier; jacket, pants, sandals, Saint Laurent; catsuit, hijab, It-SpainPhoto: Xavi Gordo
Photography: Xavi GordoStyle:  Abraham GutiérrezHair and makeup: David CarreiroNails: Lucero HurtadoProduction: Danica ZivkovicLocal production: Raquel SueiroModels: Amina Adan, Elda Scarnecchia, Kim RiekenbergPhotography assistants: Mariana Maglio, Carlota DonatHair and makeup assistant: Felix TebarStyle assistant: Sharon PadrónOn-set producer: Montserrat Curiel 
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Dhafer L’Abidine Shares His Typical Day in Italy, and the Key to Red Carpet Style During the Venice Film Festival

Dhafer L’Abidine Shares His Typical Day in Italy, and the Key to Red Carpet Style During the Venice Film Festival

Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
Dhafer L’Abidine is among the many Arab stars taking the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival by storm. As a revered Tunisian actor and regional ambassador for Cartier, which is the main sponsor of the festival, L’Abidine walked the red carpet at the opening ceremony, attended by renowned names like Catherine Deneuve, and Julianne Moore. The star looked dapper in a classic black tuxedo paired with a bow tie, and a stunning Cartier timepiece to complete the outfit.

Vogue Arabia caught up with L’Abidine to find out more about his experience at the Venice Film Festival, the key to his red carpet style, and more.
Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
What are your essentials for traveling to Venice?
The essentials I would like to take with me are of course the excitement of being in such a great festival along with all the charm.
What are you looking forward to the most at the 79th edition of the festival?
What I’m looking forward to mainly is the amazing selection of films that comes from four corners of the world. They are completely different— from independent low budgets to big budgets, to new talent and seasoned stars. I think that the combination of films carries so many stories, that are exciting, different, and authentic. That’s what’s exciting about the festival.
Photo: Instagram.com/dhaferlabidine
What are the highlights of day one of the festival for you?
I think the highlight of day one is from the time you leave your hotel, getting to the boat or a taxi to the main event, arriving there, the arrival and just seeing everyone, and to seeing the public there, the enthusiasm. That energy is so amazing and positive. I think that’s really a special feeling, especially on day one, the first time everyone was there just waiting there for the festival to start, and that’s a really amazing energy that I think people will carry during the whole festival.
Photo: Instagram.com/dhaferlabidine
What according to you is the key to nailing red carpet style at the Venice Film Festival?
I think the main thing is to truly feel comfortable with whatever you choose to wear. That’s the main idea. If you are comfortable then you will look comfortable. That’s so important. The key is to be happy with whatever you choose and be confident about your choice, and it will look good on you.
Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
What do you love the most about walking the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival?
What’s great about the red carpet in Venice is the presence of the public that is around the red carpet, and their enthusiasm. The festival has to be honest with the fact that it’s really about the energy of the people who love cinema who were there to just watch films and to see what’s going on, and the latest works that have been selected for the Venice Film Festival.
Photo: Instagram.com/dhaferlabidine
What does a typical day during the Venice Film Festival look like for you?
I think a typical day will start with a lovely coffee because I’m in Italy, then I’ll have a nice trip on a boat and enjoy the amazing scenery. Later, I will watch films, and enjoy meeting people from the industry which is what the whole festival is about. It is about the workshops, the films, the meetings and just being aware of what’s happening around the world with all the new projects, the new ideas, discovering new talents and meeting new people.
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Le Bon Marché Turns 170 in a Burst of Orange

Le Bon Marché Turns 170 in a Burst of Orange

ORANGE YOU GLAD: Le Bon Marché is celebrating its 170th anniversary with a burst of color, unleashing its signature orange color throughout the store in playful pop-ups filled with exclusive limited-edition products.
Visitors entering the Paris department store are greeted by an orange Mini Moke electric car with black seats, although with a price tag of 29,900 euros, it can be customized in any color. Further along is a ping pong table by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek that will set you back just over 15,000 euros, though customers have been enjoying the odd game on it for free.

Indeed, it seems the bright Pop Art-style sets, designed by street artists Toqué Frères, lifted spirits the moment the temporary space opened to the public on Saturday.

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“There was a great mood in the store. Customers were smiling and I think that everyone suddenly wanted to be around the color orange. That vitamin D connotation really gives everyone a lift,” Jennifer Cuvillier, style director at Le Bon Marché, said on a guided tour of the exhibition, which runs until Oct. 16.

Le Bon Marché’s 170th anniversary animation designed by Toqué Frères.

Courtesy of Le Bon Marché.

The retailer, owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has extended the spirit of celebration throughout the store, with a banquet table featuring colorful tableware designs by brands including Caroline de Benoist, Popolo, Willemien Bardawil and Fragonard.   

“The scene here after the opening on Saturday was nuts,” said Cuvillier. “We even heard a man telling his wife, ‘Honey, we’re going to have to move apartments because we need a bigger table.’”

Brands including Acne Studios, Roger Vivier, Cartier, Chloé and Moynat have designed orange ready-to-wear, bags and shoes especially for the event.

Animations include a La Fabrique a Popcorn stand and a coffee bar run by Le Café Nuances; a second-floor games space featuring a maze and a tombola; a Kure Bazaar nail art bar, a Kevin Murphy hairstyling station, and a makeup bar featuring a rotation of brands including La Bouche Rouge, By Terry and Bobbi Brown.  

But the highlight no doubt will be the weekly immersive theater performance staged across the store on Friday and Saturday nights from Sept. 2 through Dec. 30. Some 30 actors will recreate the story of founders Aristide and Marguerite Boucicaut, which famously helped to inspire French author Émile Zola’s 19th century novel “Au Bonheur des Dames.”

Tickets for the two-hour performance can be booked on lebonmarche.com and partner ticketing platforms.  

A cake shaped like Le Bon Marché’s signature shopping bag available at the Paris department store’s Primo Piano restaurant.

Courtesy of Le Bon Marché.

Yasmine Sabri Wore a Strapless Red Nicolas Jebran Gown for Her Afternoon With Deepika Padukone and Rami Malek in Madrid

Yasmine Sabri Wore a Strapless Red Nicolas Jebran Gown for Her Afternoon With Deepika Padukone and Rami Malek in Madrid

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Madrid is once again witnessing global star power as Cartier invites friends of the house over to celebrate its new high jewelry collection. Representing the region is Yasmine Sabri—the jeweler’s first Middle Eastern ambassador—with two stunning looks by an Arab designer in tow. The Egyptian actor’s first pick for the occasion was designed by Lebanese couturier Nicolas Jebran, whose form-flattering and dazzling pieces have long found a fan in Sabri.

Pictured mingling with fellow Cartier ambassadors and acclaimed actors Deepika Padukone, Rami Malek, and Annabelle Wallis, Sabri wore a bright red dress from the Beirut-based fashion house. The figure-hugging number came with a statement off-shoulder neckline in a zig-zag pattern, ruched detailing on the bodice, and a side slit. A sparkling ruby and diamond necklace, and earrings by Cartier were naturally the ideal choice of jewelry to go with her look.

During her Madrid trip, the former Vogue Arabia cover star was also seen arriving for lunch wearing another Nicolas Jebran creation, styled by Carole Bou Khaled. The couture gown came in a fuchsia pink hue, with full sleeves,and a floor-grazing hem, while Jebran’s signature silhouette and all-over pink studs elevated the piece. Her makeup for the day, courtesy of Lebanese artist Shariff Tanyous, featured a neutral glam with defined lashes and a nude lip. Overall, the perfect pick for a summer afternoon in Spain.
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Cartier Unveils Exhibition at Dallas Museum of Art

Cartier Unveils Exhibition at Dallas Museum of Art

DALLAS — The Dallas Museum of Art takes visitors through the creative process of jewelers inspired by Eastern art in its spectacular new show, “Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity.”The exhibition is somewhat different from a show by the same name that opened in October at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and reportedly attracted more than 100,000 visitors.
DMA director Augustín Arteaga said the idea for the Dallas show was born at a 2018 meeting where he discussed the idea with Cartier heritage, image and style director Pierre Rainero and DMA decorative arts and design curator Sarah Schleuning.
At a press conference, Arteaga said he had long been an admirer of Cartier jewelry as a form of artistic expression and had curated an exhibition for the house at the Palacios de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in 1999.

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Cartier exhibitions, which draw heavily on jewelry, documents and other items from its own archive, are always curated by third-party professionals, Rainero noted.
The Dallas show was also inspired by the Keir Collection of Islamic Art, an esteemed assemblage of nearly 2,000 works that has been on long-term loan to the DMA since 2014.
“Since I joined the DMA in 2016, one of my goals has been to connect our museum with our diverse constituency and to provide our visitors the opportunity to see themselves represented here and learn about world cultures,” Artega said.
The dimly lit exhibit is as dazzling as it is dense, spotlighting more than 130 pieces of glittering Cartier jewelry, handbags, cigarette cases, compacts and other items that largely date to the first half of the 20th century.
The lavish baubles are explicated by artwork and decorative objects from the Middle East, India, North Africa and Asia that resemble their shape and form, including paintings, pottery, manuscripts, architectural illustrations and textiles.
Louis J. Cartier, grandson of house founder Jacques Cartier, became an admirer and collector of Islamic artworks after expositions in Paris in 1903 and 1912 and Munich in 1910 that introduced the genre to a European audience.
In addition, his brother Jacques traveled to India and Bahrain and brought inspirational objects back home.
“The discovery of Islamic art was so new,” Rainero said in an interview. “It was an enchantment of new shapes that were very decorative and very different from what was in the environment.”
Cartier had his designers spend hours studying and drawing the interlocking and interlacing forms, he noted.
“He asked the designers to go into the essence of new shapes, not only for the sake of their intrinsic beauty, but also for the possibility to build on those shapes and create something distinctive and appropriate for the new century,” Rainero explained.
The patterns and forms that Cartier began exploring in the early 20th century influenced the Art Deco style that matured in the 1920s and 1930s.
Because jewelry is small, lead exhibition designer Liz Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York deployed 10 super-high-resolution digital videos to magnify about 20 pieces to wall size, revealing structure and patterns that might otherwise be missed.

Each of the four galleries features a projection that animates the concept and construction of a Cartier “hero object” that is displayed alone with the video.
The analysis of a 1922 gold, coral and diamond bandeau tiara, for instance, begins with an architectural drawing of similar shape and animates the creation of the gold frame and stones dropping into their settings.
“People stop and look at the hero object and back at the video, and it helps them see the intricacy, the construction, the patterns that are super complex,” Diller said. “It took us a while to figure out how these things were constructed.”
Another unusual presentation is the “breathing necklace,” a lacy 1948 gold and diamond bib clasped around a mock neck and shoulders that moves slowly up and down, lifting the necklace from flat to contoured and back again.
It has been over seven years since the last North American Cartier exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, noted Mercedes Abramo, president and chief executive officer of Cartier North America.
“It’s wonderful to have an exhibition of this size and scale for Cartier,” Abramo said. “It’s about getting people excited about Cartier, both our existing clients and new clients.”
She declined to say how the four-month show in Paris may have affected sales, store or web traffic.
Cartier feted museum supporters and presenting sponsor PNC Bank on Tuesday evening and flew in about 150 to 200 important clients and about 20 members of the press for dinner at the museum on Wednesday and subsequent previews of the show, which runs until Sept. 18.
Schleuning curated the exhibition with DMA curator of Islamic and medieval art Heather Ecker, Musée des Arts Décoratifs chief curator of ancient and modern jewelry Évelyn Possémé and Musée du Louvre curator and deputy director of Islamic art Judith Hénon.
“What I hope people walk away with,” Schleuning said, “is this incredible idea of what it means to be inspired, to look at things from the past…and how they inspire new ideas.”

Eid al-Fitr 2022 Gift Guide: 11 Thoughtful Picks for Your Loved Ones

Eid al-Fitr 2022 Gift Guide: 11 Thoughtful Picks for Your Loved Ones

Vogue Arabia, January 2022. Photo: Paul Farnham
With Eid Al-Fitr 2022 coming up after a reflective month of Ramadan, it calls for the continued spirit of giving. Welcome your loved ones with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Forever Rose London or Flowers.ae, and a selection of delectable desserts from Brix. Nothing says Eid like an elegant outfit and what better way to complete that than with Dior’s blush-toned bag and Kurt Geiger’s matte pink heels, which come with a sparkling finish?
Diptyque embraces the Oud scent reminiscent of households on a refreshing Eid day, while Cartier keeps in mind those with a love for Arabic coffee with a collection of cups laced with gold and its signature motif, the panther. Semsem brings out its elegant pieces of clothing to satisfy your kaftan needs this Eid, especially with their olive green draped number, which can easily be paired with Miu Miu’s dazzling princess-like heels for an Eid night out with family.

Below, take a closer look at 11 Eid al-Fitr gifts that are ideal for your family and friends.
Capsule collection, Christian Dior
Photo: Courtesy of Dior
Penthère de Cartier cups, Cartier
Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
Flower of Eternity necklace, Mouawad
Photo: Courtesy of Mouawad
Capsule collection, Off-White
Photo: Courtesy of Off-white
Bouquet, Flowers.ae
Photo: Courtesy of Flowers.ae
Capsule collection, Kurt Geiger
Photo: Courtesy of Kurt Geiger
Floral centerpiece, Forever Rose London
Photo: Courtesy of Forever Rose London
Kaftan, Semsem
Photo: Courtesy of Semsem
Capsule collection, Miu Miu
Photo: Courtesy of Miu Miu
Oud candle, Diptyque
Photo: Courtesy of Ounass
Limited-edition three-tier gift box, Brix
Photo: Courtesy of Brix
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Everything to Know About Cartier’s First High Jewelry Exhibition Presented in Diriyah

Everything to Know About Cartier’s First High Jewelry Exhibition Presented in Diriyah

Cartier and Saudi Arabia have had a long-standing history of collaborations. For the newest chapter in the partnership, Cartier presents Al Thara wa Althuraya, its first-ever high jewelry collection, in the Unesco World Heritage Site of Diriyah. An homage to the deep-rooted relationship between Cartier and the Kingdom, the exhibition proudly showcased 40 breathtaking jewelry pieces, some for the first time ever in an exclusive showing from the Cartier Collection, and 200 signature and classic creations from the maison.
Boréale necklace and bracelet, Cartier. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Philipp Jelenska
Bleuets necklace in platinum with sapphire beads, sapphires, and diamonds, Cartier. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Philipp Jelenska
The presentation included the exquisite Essaouira collection comprising a 4.17ct white gold necklace, adorned with fluted emerald and chalcedony beads, cabochon-and princess-cut sapphires, square-shaped emerald, onyx, turquoise, and all set with 324 brilliant-cut diamonds. The piece was paired with a ring, bracelet, and earrings with similar gems for a beguiling look. Also part of the showcase was the Solenia collection with a necklace inspired by begonia—a delicate pink-hued flower known for its asymmetrical petals—featuring 18.57ct diamonds. It was coupled with a pair of pendant earrings with the same stunning gems and the stunning addition of purple spinels.
Essaouira earrings, necklace, bracelet, and ring in white gold with chalcedony beads, sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds, Cartier. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Philipp Jelenska
Solenia earrings and necklace in platinum with tourmaline, spinels, and pink and white diamonds, Cartier. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Philipp Jelenska
Other highlights include the Kalanchoe and Bleuet necklace, and the Boréale collection. The Kalanchoe necklace and earrings are both made of white gold, cabochon-cut light opal from Brazil, brilliant-cut diamonds, rectangular-shaped pink spinels, and green tourmaline beads for a perfect pairing. The floral palette of pink and green are reminiscent of a succulent plant, the main point of inspiration for the high jewelry collection. The Bleuet necklace is crafted using platinum, with brilliant-cut diamonds and sapphire beads and drops evoking a dark azure dream and can be worn past the décolletage for full-on extravagance or for a more subdued look to the collarbones that is just as elegant.
Yellow Emoi earrings and necklace in white gold with yellow sapphires and diamonds, Cartier. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Philipp Jelenska
Kalanchoe necklace and ring in white gold with opal, pink spinels, tourmalines beads, and diamonds, Cartier. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Philipp Jelenska
Like days of pale blue winter skies and white clouds, the Boréale collection evokes polar grandeur with its matching necklace and bracelet of light blue beads and diamonds. Honorable mention goes to the Yellow Emoi collection, which embodies sunshine and vitality in a white gold-curated necklace and matching pendant earrings embellished with bright yellow sapphires and brilliant-cut diamonds.
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Fatima AlBanawi and Friends of Cartier Celebrate the Spirit of Togetherness This Ramadan

Fatima AlBanawi and Friends of Cartier Celebrate the Spirit of Togetherness This Ramadan

Every year, with the onset of the Holy Month of Ramadan, we are reminded of the core beliefs that we often neglect. In a short poetic film titled ‘Togetherness is a Jewel’, Cartier is celebrating these very beliefs of togetherness, generosity, sharing, and spending cherished time with those nearest to our hearts.
The film features Saudi actor and filmmaker Fatima AlBanawi reciting the special poem she wrote for the campaign as a tribute to the occasion. To her captivating voice, other friends of the maison such as Abdulla Al Kaabi, Ramla Ali, and Moath Alofi are pictured walking solo in vast desert landscapes before uniting to celebrate together, “like stars around a crescent moon”—an allegory to coming from different pathways to spend time with loved ones in celebration of the spiritual month.
“As Fatima Al-Banawi says so beautifully, this is an important and precious time to come together, to celebrate, and to share treasured moments with loved ones,” says Sophie Doireau, chief executive officer of Cartier for the Middle East, India, and Africa. “Her poem, brought to life by our friends of the maison, serves as a reminder that we are better together, working as one, towards a shared commitment to communities.”
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