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The latest novelties from Omega have been unveiled in The Dubai Mall

The latest novelties from Omega have been unveiled in The Dubai Mall

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by Varun Godinho
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It’s safe to say when it comes to watch releases in 2022, the Omega x Swatch collaboration singlehandedly swept the watch world off its feet. There has beeen as spectacular, unexpected or downright ambitious in at least the few months preceding it (barring of course, and we’ll assume you’ve made your peace with it by now, the announcement of the 5711 being discontinued).
That Omega x Swatch collaboration is still lighting up backchannels within the watch industry where it is retailing second-hand for over 10 times its retail price – more in certain regions where demand is soaring.
Beyond that collaboration, Omega has released some outstanding novelties this year and the good news is that you can get your hands on them at the Dubai Mall.
It includes seven new models of the 45.5mm Seamaster Ultra Deep which is water-resistant up to 20,000 ft. Six of them are made from the proprietary O-MEGASTEEL material.
Omega Seamaster Ultra Deep
From tool watch to dress watch, the 2022 collection of the Seamaster Aqua Terra comes in two sizes (34mm and 38mm) and a range of dial shades including, blue, green, saffron and green, among others. The 34mm models have 18k white gold hands and indexes.
A 1952 launch, revamped for 2022 and now available at Dubai Mall, is the Constellation collection. The Constellation 41mm with ceramic bezel rings and dials in white, rhodium-grey, gradient-green and burgundy also have case options ranging from 18K yellow gold and stainless steel to 18K Sedna Gold.
Omega Constellation Aventurine
For smaller wrists, there are 12 new 29mm Constellation Aventurine pieces made from aventurine dials – each of them unique – and options for the bezels paved with diamonds. Omega chose the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8700 or 8701 treatment for the all-gold models.
The Speedmaster ’57 collection is back as well this year and is one that is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. It’s kitted with the manual-winding Omega caliber 9906, certified as a Master Chronometer by METAS. It has a co-axial escapement and boasts of a 60-hour power reserve.
The stainless steel case doesn’t feature crown guards and frames a sunray-brushed dial that is offered in variants of black, green, burgundy and blue. The tachymeter bezel meanwhile is laser engraved and coloured using laser technology too.
Omega Speedmaster ’57
One of the strongest releases from Omega this year though remains the Speedmaster Moonwatch Moonshine Gold, whose 2022 versions include one with a gold dial, black ceramic bezel ring and blackened subdials and indexes, and the other with a PVD green coated dial and a green ceramic bezel ring.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Moonshine Gold
If that hasn’t got your attention, then maybe the fact that it is now powered by a Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861 is really all you need to know to seal the deal.
This story was originally published on Business Traveller Middle East. 
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U.S., Europe Help Drive Resilience of Luxury Goods Market

U.S., Europe Help Drive Resilience of Luxury Goods Market

MILAN — The luxury goods market continues to show resilience and is expected to reach revenues of between 360 billion and 380 billion euros by 2025.Despite the challenges and disruptions that took place in early 2022, from the war in Ukraine to inflation and the zero-tolerance COVID-19 restrictions in China, the midterm direction of the luxury market remains unchanged, according to Bain & Company, which on Tuesday presented the spring update of its Luxury Goods Worldwide Market Study 2022, “Rerouting the Future” in collaboration with Fondazione Altagamma.
The study presents two scenarios. An optimistic one that sees the growth path experienced in the first half of 2022 continuing throughout the year, closing 2022 with revenues of around 320 billion to 330 billion euros, growing 10 to 15 percent over 2021. Another scenario forecasts a slower recovery of mainland China and challenged spending in mature markets caused by inflationary pressure and a macroeconomic slowdown, with sales reaching 305 billion to 320 billion euros by the end of 2022, growing 5 to 10 percent over 2021.

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“Luxury goods brands started this year showing especially strong growth while also playing a leading role in the world’s ongoing sustainable and digital transformation,” said Claudia D’Arpizio, a Bain & Company partner and lead author of the study.
After its worst dip in history, the personal luxury goods market in 2021 experienced a V-shaped rebound, reaching 288 billion euros in value and it registered “a remarkable performance” in the first quarter of 2022, growing by 17 to 19 percent at current exchange rates or 13 to 15 percent at constant exchange rates over the same period in 2021. The appreciation of currencies compared with the euro and a very strong Chinese New Year as well as a successful vaccination campaign also boosted the first quarter.
The U.S. and Europe led the growth in the first quarter of the year, with a surprising recovery of the latter, admitted D’Arpizio, underscoring the “enormous potential of local consumers,” which were likely neglected by luxury brands before the pandemic, and are now enticed by more marketing initiatives, events, promotions and communication.
The market benefited from a “flamboyant” 2021 holiday shopping season across the regions, said D’Arpizio, with a 7 percent increase over the same period in 2019. Additionally, China continued to see double-digit growth last year and the U.S. maintained momentum, even after the end of the federal stimulus. China’s local consumer appetite remains strong and will potentially lead the country to recover between late 2022 and early 2023, she offered.
The impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict has so far been restricted to local markets, showing limited consequences on global luxury customer sentiment and spending. The weight of Russian and Ukrainian spending is around 2 percent so it did not really impact business, and “compared to other crises, it’s as if consumers got used to turbulence,” said D’Arpizio, although “there’s been a lot of reaction to the war, but there’s also been a strong desire to return to life,” she said characterizing this trend as YOLO — the “you only live once” effect.

While she admitted there may be a recession in the second half of the year, Europe is accelerating its recovery, despite the war. The region is on the path to recover 2019 levels of sales one year before expectations, thanks to booming local demand driven by a fierce “back to normal” attitude and a rebound in intra-regional tourism.
The U.S. is “tapping into the power of diversity and inclusion” discovering an expanded American customer base and second-tier cities.
South Korea is undergoing a profound transformation, increasing its size and cultural relevance, defined as “the new Japan,” by the study, replacing in the last two years tourist spending with local demand.
In terms of categories, iconic bags are driving the accessories segment, and high jewelry is at its peak. A recovery of social life and a return to the office are pushing new formalwear.
The virtual world is offering new opportunities for luxury brands, including the metaverse, social media and gaming. By the end of 2030, the estimated weight of digital assets and the metaverse will account for between 5 and 10 percent of the luxury market. “There are 3 billion people involved in gaming and 300 million in luxury, and the potential connection for luxury brands is huge,” D’Arpizio said.
The growing relevance of direct-to-consumer channels and responding to the call of sustainability are also key, she said.
“In the last few months, luxury brands have been forced to reroute their futures,” said Federica Levato, a Bain & Company partner and coauthor of the report. “Winners will rapidly embrace the changes, ensuring they fully understand the implications of new geopolitical dynamics and cultural trends for all of their stakeholders: consumers, investors, employees and society at large. Those that come out ahead will take advantage of the opportunities presented by the virtual world, the sustainability transformation and preferences of younger generations.”
Matteo Lunelli, president of Altagamma, and Stefania Lazzaroni, general manager of the association, also presented an update of its Consensus 2022 study. The year 2021 saw a post-COVID-19 recovery, and 2022, despite the impact of the war and the lockdowns in China, began with a very positive first quarter, showing a 17 to 19 percent growth compared with the same period in 2021.

“The confidence of American and European consumers is solid,” Lazzaroni said. As per the update, Europe is seen growing 12 percent in the year compared with a Consensus forecast of 8 percent made in November. North America is expected to grow 10 percent compared with a 7 percent growth estimated in November. Asia was expected to grow 9 percent, but the update forecasts a 5 percent gain. The Middle East is expected to grow 10 percent compared with the 7 percent gain forecast in November. Hard luxury is the category seen growing the most, up 9 percent, driven by branded jewelry, while watches have slowed down, seen growing 6.5 percent.
Lunelli said the “long-term trends remain somewhat constant” and, while admitting the existence of “strong macroeconomic uncertainties,” he said that the Consensus estimates an average 9 percent growth in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for the companies in the segment, driven by a strong demand of the American consumer and an acceleration of Europe.

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

Gucci Celebrates 50 Years of Timekeeping With Second High Watchmaking Collection

Gucci Celebrates 50 Years of Timekeeping With Second High Watchmaking Collection

GENEVA — For Gucci, let the good times roll — again.After celebrating its centennial with its first high watchmaking collection, the Florentine fashion house is marking 50 years of Swiss-made timepieces with a second iteration, presented this week as the Gucci Wonderland, a fun fair of horological creations.
“Half a century ago, in 1972, Gucci Timepieces presented the world with a new horological design proposition — watches combining unparalleled Swiss technical know-how with the best in Italian design,” wrote president and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri in an email to WWD.
In keeping with the idea that “the world of Alessandro Michele is a world of wonders,” a fun fair theme runs through this “kaleidoscopic universe where refined complications shine alongside rainbow-like gems and celestial wonders” in which “each watch is as thrilling as a roller coaster ride,” according to the executive.

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Among the highlights of this anniversary lineup are the Gucci 25H Skeleton Tourbillon, a fully recycled-gold piece with a slimline 8mm case and see-through dial, which reveals a new flying tourbillon caliber; the G-Timeless Planetarium, featuring a rotating halo of 12 princess-cut gem stones; two variations of the transparent cushion-shaped jumping hour Grip Sapphire timepiece, and the G-Timeless Moonlight, with a natural meteorite dial and the “Dancing Hours” movement that follows the 29.5 day moon cycle and will only need adjusting every 360 years.

The Gucci high watchmaking timepieces.
Courtesy of Gucci

But as technically complex as they are, it’s a sense of delight that the brand intends with these colorful designs. “When you have three kids, like I do, you end up reading to them ‘Alice in Wonderland’ quite a lot: in the beautiful confusion of the book, time is always magic,” Bizzarri continued.
To extend the journey for those in need of a fresher course on the past five decades, an exhibition highlights some of the house’s memorable pieces, from watch diaries from the 1950s and handbag timekeepers from the 1960s, to semiprecious stone bangle watches from the 1970s and futuristic-looking steel models from the 1990s.
Other highlights will include fine jewelry designs, including the Link to Love series of rings set with baguette-cut green tourmalines and rubellites; the Gucci Flora rose gold necklace, set with white diamonds, and the Interlocking G design, this time featuring princess-cut blue topazes.

15 New Timepieces That Combine Meticulous Craftsmanship with Style

15 New Timepieces That Combine Meticulous Craftsmanship with Style

In the world of luxury watches, there’s plenty to get excited about. The new novelties from houses like Chaumet, Chanel, Cartier, and Boucheron combine meticulous craftsmanship and impeccable style for pieces that are a cut above the rest. From Chopard’s Happy Sport The First to Gem Dior, the watches feature brilliant diamonds and iridescent mother of pearl.
From left: Chanel, Valentino, Giorgio Armani
A beautifully crafted timepiece pairs particularly well with SS21’s exquisitely tailored haute couture offerings – think chic suiting and dresses courtesy of Chanel and Giorgio Armani.
Click through the gallery above for our edit of some of the best new luxury timepieces.
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Holding image: Federal Studio/Courtesy of Chopard

You Will Want to Treasure These Jacob & Co. Jewelry Pieces and Watches Forever

You Will Want to Treasure These Jacob & Co. Jewelry Pieces and Watches Forever

Photo: Courtesy of Jacob & Co.
Captivating the world of jewelry and watchmaking for more than 30 years, Jacob & Co. continues to demonstrate exquisite craftsmanship with every new collection. Starting off exclusively in high jewelry, the New York-based brand has built an empire that thrives on innovative design. The brand is known for its collaboration with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry like Virgil Abloh, brands like Supreme and Bugatti, as well as professional footballer Leon Messi. Jacob & Co. is also one of the few luxury brands that creates a special line of jewelry for Ramadan.

For its latest collection, Jacob & Co. offers timepieces meticulously set with gems. Mastering the flying tourbillon mechanism, the Caviar Flying Tourbillon Collection combines high jewelry design with sophisticated watchmaking. The timepieces feature dials set with gemstones, the vibrant colors behind each case inspired by the rich translucence of caviar. The Brilliant Flying Tourbillon Arlequino also features gem-setting artistry and high horology, while the Brilliant Deco is an elegant watch in 18ct gold and diamonds.

Capturing the essence of nature, the Papillon Collection blends the elegance of butterflies with an array of stones in the form of earrings. They dazzle with green topaz, tangerine citrine, and white diamonds. Emulating the deep greenery of nature, the Colombian emerald sapphire diamond ring coupled with emerald and diamond drop earrings create a breathtaking ensemble. Inspired by coastal villages in the South of France, the yellow diamond Riviera necklace and ring sparkle with brilliant-cut white diamonds set in 18ct yellow gold. Featuring more than 100ct of morganite, a stone symbolic of “divine love,” Jacob and Co.’s Morganite earrings are designed for every romantic.
Jacob & Co. jewelry and watches are available at the brand’s boutique at The Dubai Mall and on Ounass.com
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Exclusive: Cara Delevingne Models Dior Jewellery’s Latest Collection Made of Natural Minerals

Exclusive: Cara Delevingne Models Dior Jewellery’s Latest Collection Made of Natural Minerals

Cara Delevingne for Gem Dior. Courtesy of Dior Jewelry

Cara Delevingne is the star of Dior Jewellery’s latest campaign for its new Gem Dior collection. Designed by Victoire de Castellane, Gem Dior 2021 marks the first time for the creative director to create a collection of watches and jewelry together. The line is made up of seven watches and 11 pieces of jewelry featuring various gemstones and minerals in an abstract form. Delevingne, who is the face of Dior Jewellery, as well as its muse, models the stunning new pieces against clean, gem-toned backdrops.

In an amalgamation of nature and couture, the collection is inspired by natural minerals and the manner in which Christian Dior would pin fabric swatches for his haute couture creations on sheets of paper. The result? Pieces in yellow, rose, and white gold punctuated with malachite, lapis lazuli, carnelian, pink opal, and tiger’s eye in asymmetrical shapes. “I wanted to design a collection of watches and jewelry that wasn’t figurative,” shares de Castellane. “The spirit of this collection is modern, it’s a style I would describe as abstract organic, an organized commotion that proved a true technical challenge for our ateliers.”
Courtesy of Dior Jewelry

The design signature of the collection is stacked, offset links of varying lengths featuring on claspless watches, bracelets, rings, and earrings. Some links are swapped with ones adorned with brilliant diamonds while others are set with vibrant gemstones and minerals. All of the seven watches have octagonal faces reflecting the natural shape of rough tourmaline, while the dials are also set with a gemstone or mineral, including white mother-of-pearl, onyx, lapis lazuli or malachite.
Courtesy of Dior Jewelry

The maison has also released a film showcasing the exceptional craftsmanship behind the Gem Dior collection. The craftsmen can be seen bringing the delicate gouaches created by the studio to life by shaping the metals before meticulously placing the dazzling gemstones on them.
Courtesy of Dior Jewelry

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MadaLuxe Group Gets Into Licensing

MadaLuxe Group Gets Into Licensing

MadaLuxe Group, a distributor of luxury fashion and timepieces, has formed a unit focused on acquiring the worldwide exclusive licensing rights for all fashion categories from global luxury brands.
The licensing arm will be led by Steven Barbery, who has been promoted from senior vice president of timepieces to president of licensing and timepieces, a new position at MadaLuxe. The company plans to produce and distribute the licensed products, beginning with handbags and small leather goods, and will outsource the manufacturing.
“Steven Barbery has continually proven his skill and vision by building our timepieces business to its current position as the largest distributor of luxury fashion Swiss-made watches in North America,” said Adam Freede, chief executive officer of MadaLuxe. “He has been promoted to continue leading that growth and to oversee all operations of our MadaLuxe licensing arm in addition to MadaLuxeTime.com, our full-price e-commerce channel for timepieces, which will grow into a multicategory full-line business.”

MadaLuxe is a family-run, New York and Los Angeles-based company that distributes luxury goods to off-pricers, luxury timepieces to regular-priced retailers and operates its own high-end off-price stores and web sites. The launch of the licensing arm is MadaLuxe’s most recent expansion move. In September, the company launched SLS Journey, an investment arm led by the group’s cofounder, Sandy Sholl. The investment division focuses on emerging companies at the intersection of wellness, beauty, fashion and technology.
Barbery joined MadaLuxe in 2017 to establish a watch division when the company acquired the exclusive distribution rights for Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo and Versus Versace watches. He created a distribution strategy that paralleled the parent brands’ strategies and expanded distribution into Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and various fine and luxury watch stores. In 2019, MadaLuxe acquired the North America distribution rights for Fendi timepieces.
Barbery most recently served as vice president of luxury brands at Fossil Inc. Before that, he served as Fossil’s vice president of retail sales for North America.

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