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Vacheron Constantin Celebrates the Artworks of Four Great Civilizations With a Special Watch Collection With the Louvre

Vacheron Constantin Celebrates the Artworks of Four Great Civilizations With a Special Watch Collection With the Louvre

The Métiers d’Art series of watches pay tribute to great civilizations. Photo: Courtesy Vacheron Constantin
It was a night at the museum to go down in history. This week, special guests were delighted with a private tour of the Louvre in Paris. The occasion was the reveal of four Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art watches stemming from a partnership with the Louvre and inspired by great civilizations of Antiquity—Egypt, Persian, Greek, and Roman. Years in the making, the limited-edition timepieces (five per theme) featured a miniature interpretation of a historic artwork representative of one of the four eras on the dials. Created in the form of gold appliqués is the Great Sphynx of Tanis from the Ancient Egyptian Empire (2035—1680BC); the Lion of Darius from the Persian Empire of the Achaemenids (559—330BC); the Victory of Samothrace from Hellenistic Greece of the Antigonid dynasty (277—168BC); and the Bust of Augustus from the Roman Empire of the Julio-Claudians (27 BC—68AD).
Following an haute cuisine buffet lunch at the private men’s Automobile Club—open to all Vacheron Constantin invitees for the occasion, guests retired to their rooms at the Crillon hotel where, notably, Lebanese architect Aline Asmar d’Amman collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld to renovate its most exquisite suites. After changing into gowns and black tie, guests reconvened at the Louvre—again exceptionally void of people save for a quartet playing mystical music composed for the evening. After walking through the grand courtyard, past flag bearers, guests entered the I. M. Pei.-designed pyramid and descended for a dinner prepared by three-starred Michelin chef Frederic Anton.
Aligned with the theme, each of the four dishes was inspired by one of the aforementioned great civilizations. Green asparagus, poutargue, candied lemon, virgin olive oil with elder flower, and caviar was a nod to Egypt. Seabass, fennel salad, mariniere sauce, and truffle savings was inspired by Greece; Bresse rousted poultry, Roman style artichokes, curry powder and greasy juice pointed to the Roman empire; while honey, light mousse, crunchy sugar, grenade sherbet, and raspberry coulis was inspired by Persia. Adding heightened drama to the soirée, each dish was preceded by a musical highlight also touching on one of the four civilizations. After dinner was served, a curtain dropped, and a full orchestra revealed itself to the enchanted crowd. The Swiss maison offered a gala evening very much aligned with its ethos of niche and authenticity; undeniably, this night was one of not many.

A closer look at the inspiration and processes behind the four new timepieces:

The Buste d’ Auguste looks back at th Roman Empire of the Julio-Claudians (27 BC – 68 AD). Photo: Courtesy Vacheron Constantin
The Ancient Egyptian Empire (2035-1680 BC) is honored with a timepiece that depicts the Grand sphinx de Tanis. Photo: Courtesy Vacheron Constantin
The vibrant art of the Persian Empire of the Achaemenids (559 – 330 BC) comes to life via the Lion de Darius. ​Photo: Courtesy Vacheron Constantin
As a tribute to Hellenistic Greece of the Antigonid dynasty (277 – 168 BC), Vacheron Constantin presents the Victoire de Samothrace ​. Photo: Courtesy Vacheron Constantin

Exclusive: Adwoa Aboah is a “Fashionable Superwoman” in Fendi’s New Peekaboo Bag Film

Exclusive: Adwoa Aboah is a “Fashionable Superwoman” in Fendi’s New Peekaboo Bag Film

Photo: Courtesy of Fendi
In celebration of the new Peekaboo Petite and Micro handbags, Fendi has joined forces with Italian film director and friend of the house, Luca Guadagnino, to create a short film starring former Vogue Arabia cover star Adwoa Aboah. The campaign film created by the Call Me By Your Name director features the top model soaring through Rome over through its rooftops before eventually landing on Fendi’s Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana.
Photo: Courtesy of Fendi
“With the DNA of Fendi being Rome, we, of course, talked about Rome – but instead of being in Rome, being above Rome,” says Guadagnino of the film’s concept. “We had this idea of levity – of the Peekaboo bag, at the center of the movie, being the magical driver behind Adwoa flying over the ancient city.”
Photo: Courtesy of Fendi
Aboah was chosen by the Italian fashion house for their shared values around women empowerment and independence. The film sees her depicted as a “fashionable incarnation of superwoman” flying over Rome’s skies in a dreamlike fantasy before touching down on Earth to determine her fate, claiming her own autonomy. “I think that carrying a Peekaboo says something about a very strong, powerful, and empowered person who is not afraid to hide,” says Silvia Venturini Fendi, creative director of Fendi. “It has its two compartments — one you can keep close to you and closed, and the other where you can choose to reveal something of yourself to the world.”
Photo: Courtesy of Fendi
“I feel part of Fendi,” says Guadagnino of working with the fashion house. “I am very close friends with Fendi – as a brand for sure but, most importantly, as a friend of people who are pillars of the company. I feel a very deep connection with the brand – and my mother used to wear Fendi back in the 70s and 80s so the logo, the type of materials, the quality and the design of Fendi have always been part of my imagery.”
Photo: Courtesy of Fendi
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This Fine Jewelry House’s Creations Pay Tribute to Three Italian Cities—Rome, Venice and Verona

This Fine Jewelry House’s Creations Pay Tribute to Three Italian Cities—Rome, Venice and Verona

Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Like painting on a canvas, Roberto Coin slabs brushstrokes of different colors, and aesthetics influenced by various cultures, nature, and people into his fine jewelry designs. Roberto Coin’s beginnings took place in the Italian city of Vicenza during 1996, when for the first time ever, a jewelry house was signed off by a small ruby that corners the inside of each piece in its Appassionata collection. Lovingly put together by Italian craftsmen, each of Coin’s jewelry creations narrates a unique story, and every story is a portal to a different world that comes to life through mastery and creativity. Defined by experimental designs and bold compositions, the jewelry house did not take long to embellish the bodies of celebrities with its creations and champion pages in renowned fashion magazines.
Photo: Courtesy Roberto Coin
Paying homage to three spots, Roberto Coin’s special collections—Love in Verona, Venetian Princess, and Roman Barocco—are all part of a thread that highlight the beauty of Italy’s most iconic cities and takes us on a tour while also solidifying their essence in the form of a timeless piece of jewelry. Take a closer look below.

Love in Verona
Love in Verona Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Love in Verona Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Love in Verona Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Verona is the Italian city of love, it is home to  the Juliet Club that has resided there since 1930, and the city that still stages the Shakespearean legacy, Romeo and Juliette. Made with three shades of gold that are worked on to create a highly glossy effect, the Love in Verona collection reintroduces the signature four-petal diamond flower that pays tribute to the architectural structure of the Arena of Verona. With each diamond individually added by hand, the collection is distinguished by its polished and satin finish, which complements its clean lines and silhouette. The collection is rich in symbols, and brightly glossed through a minimalist contemporary finish. 
Venetian Princess
Venetian Princess Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Venetian Princess Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Venetian Princess Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Recreating romance in a visual featuring motifs found in every corner of Venice, the Venetian Princess line by Roberto Coin is a mythical-inspired collection that belongs to Coin’s romantic family of Princess pieces. Polished in an intricate structure of twisted threads found in all the Princess jewels, and the Barocco collection, this woven look is produced in 3D to ensure solidity, and remains hidden only for the wearer to enjoy it. A special lining of black and white diamonds are carefully manipulated in size for this collection, and are placed by hand using a microscope, evoking the flickering lights of the street lamps in Venice as they beautifully reflect on the city’s waters.
Roman Barocco
Roman Barocco collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Roman Barocco collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Roman Barocco collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
The Roman Barocco collection is a member of the Coin’s Barocco family, which celebrates Rome as the Italian city that emperor Adrian declared as an incubator for all western culture. Distinguished by their woven gold wire technique, the pieces of this line were birthed out of the DNA of the Roman architecture. The creations come in two shapes, the first of which is inspired by theatre and Roman cupolas, and the second, which stages a light show inspired by the Baroque era, using diamonds. The collection champions an optical effect that is accentuated by sharp silhouettes and the artful play of shadows.
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For Everyday Elegance, Look No Further Than Bvlgari’s New Fiorever Jewelry Collection

For Everyday Elegance, Look No Further Than Bvlgari’s New Fiorever Jewelry Collection

Photo: Courtesy of Bvlgari
Bvlgari has launched its new 2021 Fiorever jewelry collection inspired by the Italian luxury jeweler’s favorite muse and birthplace, Rome. The range captures the magic and romance of the Eternal City in sparkling creations.
The flower has been revered by Romans as an emblem of joy, spontaneity, and passion for generations on end, blooming across the city’s cultural landmarks. With the name combining the words “forever” and “fiore,” meaning flower in Italian, the collection celebrates the timelessness of this natural symbol, taking shape from the striking volumes, bold lines, and spectacular diamonds characteristic of Bvlgari, and converging into a distinctive four-petalled corolla.
Photo: Courtesy of Bvlgari
Defined by the convenience and multi-functionality of convertible jewelry, the parure is sophisticated yet easy to wear. The pavé-set necklace, featuring more than six carats of diamonds, is finished with a tiny flower-shaped closure, while its pendant holding a brilliant-cut diamond can be styled into a brooch. The white gold earrings with single-row diamond cascades, falling from the iconic flower motif, can turn into versatile four-petal stud earrings by simply detaching the pendant elements.
Photo: Courtesy of Bvlgari
Also in the collection is a dazzling white gold and diamond bracelet, designed to offer comfort with its new, practical closure that disappears within the flower embellishing the piece. Single flower pendants in rose or white gold display a light openwork design while the ring features diamonds gathered into a breathtaking bloom and cut to fit the tilting petals. The unprecedented enveloping design includes a magnificent flower at one end, and a petal finishes the other side of the spiral ring as if blown away by the wind.
Photo: Courtesy of Bvlgari
There are also three new pendants which infuse the flower with colors from rare gemstones. The diamond petals contain a vibrant sapphire or emerald core in the white gold version and a central ruby in the rose gold version.
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