BVLGARI BERRIES @ The Non-Forbidden Fruit

BVLGARI BERRIES The Non-Forbidden Fruit Giving in to temptation is delicious. This is especially so when devotees of Bulgari’s fine watchmaking and lovers of its elegant high jewellery line never know what is in store for them. After springing a surprise in 2013 with two complex and sophisticated timepieces – the Berries Tourbillon Retrograde Hours and the Berries Jumping Hours and Retrograde Minutes models – Bulgari once again wows observers this year with brand new colour variations. The Berries Jumping Hours and Retrograde Minutes now comes dressed in emeralds, while the Berries Tourbillon appears clad in emeralds or rubies, with both versions retaining the delightful stones of the Berries collection. A highlight is the opulent coil of brilliant-cut diamonds that winds voluptuously over a white mother-of-pearl dial. Each of these rare watches embodies a refined association between the technically unrivalled watchmaking complications and exquisite gemstone craftsmanship. This creates a cocktail of creativity that is as much about watchmaking as it is about jewellery, the sum of the parts rendered possible by the rich legacy within Bulgari. The jeweller’s art lends colour to the watchmaker’s technique. Both the visually harmonious Berries Jumping Hours and Retrograde Minutes celebrate the marriage of mineral purity and mechanical sophistication. In particular, the emerald – whose Persian name, zamarat, means “heart of stone” – is truly fascinating. Its naturally green colour was an enduring symbol of luxury and power, of pageantry and distinction from the Middle Ages through to the Enlightenment. The colour of the Empire and Napoleon’s favourite shade, it was also one of the tokens of authority. Green is the colour of luck and daring. Whether on a game mat or in ornaments and jewellery, it indicates hope and joie de vivre. For a long time this shade was hard to reproduce and to stabilise, especially when used for tanning and fabrics. Often used in Bulgaris’s high jewellery creations, the gem is prized as much for its luminosity and gaiety as for its exoticism and exclusivity. So much so that in the Berries watches, emeralds appear seven times on the 40 mm case in 18K white gold: a 1.63-carat treasure flanked by 129 cut diamonds. The result is a colourful burst that lends a bright touch to the surprising architecture of the jumping hours movement. The spherical motif, the signature of the Berries collection, provides a display window for the Jumping Hours at 12 o’clock on the one, and embraces the Tourbillon at 6 o’clock on the other. This surprising system, invented by the French watchmaker Blondeau around 1830, does not display the hours with a hand. Instead, the watch dial features a small aperture through which the hour numeral appears. With each change of hour, the displayed number gives way to the following one. Jumping hours watches are often of a mixed time, with the hours being displayed by a numeral, while minutes and seconds are indicated by classic hands. Meanwhile, the precious Berries Tourbillon Retrograde Hours model, also adorned with emeralds, shifts colour palettes to vivid red.

Hermès New Fragrance @ Le Jardin de Monsieur Li

The world is Hermès’ field of exploration, the earth its garden. In 2003, Un Jardin en Méditerranée, guided by in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena and other garden-fragrances followed, from Un Jardin sur le Nil to Un Jardin sur le Toit. Each steeped in the theme of the year, they testify to an encounter between the spirit of Hermès, the soul of a place and the inspiration of their creator.

And what could be more irresistible to a wandering nose than flânerie, the theme chosen for 2015? What could be more appealing to Jean-Claude Ellena, admirer of the Oriental, disciple of harmony and travel, than the country where it is said that “life begins the day you start a garden”? So Jean-Claude Ellena travelled to China. He visited gardens. Many gardens. Each one was unique but they all spoke the same language of fluidity and precision. So he created his own garden. An imaginary place inspired by the symbolic power of all the gardens he had seen.

An earthly paradise in miniature, on a human scale. A retreat in which to converse with oneself and with others, and to honour one’s ancestors. A vantage point from which to observe the soul and creation, where different kinds of beauty never compete but rather complement and enhance one another. A place that can only be fully experienced if one takes a partial tour of it every day, humbly and eagerly, with an eye that is ever fresh and a heart that is ever pure. A walk that offers glimpsed surprises and chases away barren spirits at every turn.

A place of meditation where flânerie and thought go hand in hand, where every step liberates the imagination.And since a Chinese garden remains unfinished until every element, be it pond or pavilion, has been named, this new garden-fragrance is called Le Jardin de Monsieur Li. So that everyone can find in it a haven of peace, a place of their own where rest, work and life become one. Because whether we are learned or not, Chinese or not, gardeners or not, “we all have something in us of Mr Li”, a surname which, although commonplace in Creating a garden.

Said the sage,
Is like writing on a page.
upstrokes, downstrokes
black, white
clouds, rocks
ink, paper
moon, spot
water, horizon
things, ideas
plants, pavilion
lines, between the lines
void, solid
Create a garden
To be transported away from the world’s turmoil,
And far from its constraints.
Live in one’s garden
To be immersed in the beauty of the world,
And become one with its imprint.

Chinese contemporary artist Li Xin was born on the banks of the Yellow River, his home perched on the cliff that towers above it. His entire childhood was influenced by this immense and powerful watercourse – its visual presence, of course, but also its aromas and the constant murmur of its flow. He has created a series of paintings for Hermès, one of which was chosen to envelop, like gift-wrap, the bottle containing the garden- fragrance by Jean-Claude Ellena, inspired by the journey they undertook together. 

A river of ink, ultra-grey, undulates without beginning or end, on fine paper. A secret landscape emerges from the union of paper, ink and water. The elements that inspired the fragrance now come together to protect it. A circle closes, before opening again to reveal the mystery of a scent. Echoing nature and tradition, an imperial yellow shot through with a vibrant, acid, aniseed green crowns the box and illuminates the bottle.

“I remembered the scent of the pools, of the jasmine, the wet stones, the plum trees, the kumquats and the giant bamboo. It was all there, even the carp in their pond, taking the time to live to a hundred. The Sichuan pepper bushes were as thorny as roses and the leaves gave off a lemony scent. All that remained was to compose this new garden, one which contained all the others.” Said Jean-Claude Ellena.

Tom Hardy in Prada

Tom Hardy in Prada SS2015 collection at the <Child 44> premier in London recently.


CERUTTI 1881 @ SS2015 Ad Campaign

CERUTTI 1881 SS2015 Ad Campaign inspired by New city, new friends. European sensibility meets California cool. The result is an easy, yet refined, fresh look. Contemporary style, in which minimalism is at the same time complex and dynamic.

Distinctive traits of this collection include clean linear lines, micro patterns, mini jacquards, crepe textures and technical fabrics. Correlated concepts include shiny/ matte mixes, combo fabrics ranging from fresh cotton/linen, lux silk blends with ultra-fine wools, technical nylons, to clean refined denim indigos. The colour palette spans white, cool grey and stone khaki through dark navy, charcoal and black. Pop accents embellish in fuchsia, yellow and aqua.
Sartorially crafted, suits have deliberately softer shoulders and relaxed volumes, straighter fits and narrower lapels. Cream or grey or steel blue, the weightless color palettes are conveyed through wool and cotton-based blends. Poplin cotton blazers are unlined and deconstructed to offer ease and freedom. No matter how subtle or light, the Cerruti codes of European sensibility and tailored elegance are constants, never compromised.An array of modern jackets accentuates contemporary style by marrying innovative fabric combinations with thoughtful silhouettes and proportions. A fine example is the baseball bomber with a houndstooth mini jacquard pattern, technical nylon rib trim and slightly oversized shoulders. T-shirts in mélange jersey with colour block contrasts or exclusive prints highlight contemporary techniques that articulate life and energy. Shirts have soft collars and very clean details, expressed through checkerboard or gingham checks, graduated colours, denim effects, and geometric prints. 

New culture, new choices.  The Cerruti man confidently trusts his instincts and expresses his own personal style. He is not one to chase fashion and follow trends, but rather interprets and articulates fashion through his own deliberate choices. Always refined and elegant, the Cerruti man is not afraid to express himself and to create his own look.

Miu Miu @ SS2015 Eyewear Collection

Miu Miu SS2015 eyewear collection interplay between experimentation and creativity and the creative spirit infuses the entire collection, highlighting an intriguing mix of ironic experimentalism and attention to detail. Each new model strikes the perfect balance between symmetric shapes and irregular profiles, an understated design and precious decorations, slim metal elements and colourful acetate details. Miu Miu reinterprets, with a glamorous flair, two iconic models of the celebrated Rasoir and Noir eyewear collections. The new glasses stay true to their identity yet evolve, combining the irregular shape for which they are renowned with dazzling crystal detailing. The colour palette reflects Miu Miu’s playful spirit with a variety of fresh, lively hues: Sap, Wisteria, Pink and Cornflower Blue, as well as colored versions of Tortoise.

<SMU 02Q Model>
Miu Miu revisits, with a precious note - a legendary model of the Rasoir collection. The iconic, clean-cut cat-eye front is embellished with a cascade of skillfully cut micro-crystals, while an array of asymmetrically-cut stones adorns the upper front corners, framing the lenses. Available in tones of Black and Ivory, perfectly matched with temples in nuances of Black, Marbleised Black and Tortoise. Miu Miu lettering logo.

<SMU 03Q Model> 
Miu Miu reinvents the classic teardrop-shaped sunglasses by creatively blending acetate with metal. The front is decorated with acetate circles framing the lenses, while the metal temples feature colourful tips in playful contrasting hues. The colour palette includes nuances of Black, Marbleised Black, Smoky Grey and Orchid- Also showcased in sophisticated matte versions. Miu Miu engraved logo.

<SMU 04Q Model>
The Noir model is showcased in a new, glamorous version. The emblematic front features a sinuous, irregular design on both sides of the lenses, representing a new take on the legendary pentagon-shaped acetate frame. A cascade of fine micro-crystals on the lower front profile, combined with an array of precious stones on the upper front corners, creates a dazzling interplay of light. Available in tones of Black, Tortoise, Marbleised Black and Opal Mink. Miu Miu lettering logo.

<VMU 06N Model>
A mischievous spirit for this rounded model of the Miu Miu collection of optical frames. Colourful acetate circles on the front are playfully combined with slim metal temples. The acetate comes in tones of Opal Grey, Tortoise, Smoky Grey and Pink. Also showcased in matte versions. Miu Miu engraved logo.

<VMU 08N Model> 
An optical frame with a feminine, precious flair. The sinuous, rounded front is perfectly matched with temples decorated with small, sparkling multifaceted crystals, thus creating a playful interplay of light. This model is available in opal nuances of Black, Smoky Grey, Blue and Red, while the crystals come in Black, Gold, Silver and Blue.

<SMU 5OQ Model>
Different shapes blend together, giving life to these unique sunglasses of the new Miu Miu collection. The rounded metal front harmoniously clashes with the pentagon-shaped lenses, framed by pentagon-shaped acetate circles. This model comes in Sap, Wisteria and Opal Grey. The slim metal temples feature tips in contrasting shades of Tortoise. Miu Miu engraved logo.

<SMU 51Q Model> 
These sunglasses flaunt a classic rounded silhouette, yet revisited with Miu Miu’s creative wit. The softly rounded metal front is embellished with an acetate upper front profile in nuances of Tortoise, Smoky Grey and Opal Sap. The slim metal temples feature tips in contrasting shades of Tortoise. Miu Miu engraved logo.

<VMU 52N Model> 
This new model of the Miu Miu collection of optical frames is characterised by a fine mix of contrasting shapes. The oval metal front contrasts with the irregularly-shaped lenses framed by acetate circles. Available in hues of Sap, Wisteria, Cornflower Blue and Opal Smoky Grey. The slim metal temples feature tips in contrasting shades of Tortoise. Miu Miu engraved logo.

Afternoon Tea by ELIE SAAB Parfums At Café Gray Deluxe

The Upper House presents an exclusive Afternoon Tea at Café Gray Deluxe, inspired by ELIE SAAB Parfums. ‘The Luxury of an Escapade’ set infuses ‘the taste of summers in The Mediterranean’ and brings you a selection of fresh spring flavours. A set that captures the essence of fig, orange blossom and cedar to match the flavours in the new fragrance. Highlights will include Foie Gras Crostini, Fig and Ricotta Filo Tartlette, Crab Salad Mini Croissant and Cedar Wood Smoked Salmon with Caviar. The specialities, such as Blueberry Macarons with Orange Blossom Water, Lemon Financier, Mandarin Cheesecake and Coupe of Jasmine and Long An are not to be missed for a relaxing afternoon with an impeccable view.

“The fragrance is released in waves like a warm gentle breeze caressing the face of a woman who stands on the deck of her yacht wearing a stunning long dress in a shade of blue that is reminiscent of the sea,” said perfumer, Francis Kurkdjian. “It is a fleeting but intense moment filled with nothing but harmony.” Priced at HK$290 per person and HK$530 for two, Afternoon Tea will be served daily from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at Café Gray Deluxe. Promotion ends 26 April. For reservations, please contact (852) 3968 1106 or e-mail

MONTBLANC @ The Sensational Arrival of Montblanc 2015 Novelties in Hong Kong

Celebrating the success of the debut of its 2015 novelties launched at SIHH earlier this year, fine watchmaking Maison Montblanc is staging an exhibition from the 11th to the 26th of April 2015 at its boutique at 1881 Heritage in Tsim Sha Tsui, graced with a series of activities including watchmaking workshops hosted by master watchmaker Julien Miribel and a cocktail party held earlier.

MontBlanc introduced the two highlighted pieces – the Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama and the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Vasco Da Gama Limited Edition, have created a major sensation among the watch enthusiasts in town.

An exhibition saluting Vasco da Gama and his sailing adventures is held at the Montblanc boutique at 1881 Heritage as a tribute to the first seafarer who had voyaged to India around the southern tip of Africa. 

Complementing the product highlight  the Heritage Chronométrie collection are the Southern Cross used on the moonphase display of the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel Vasco da Gama, a Q&A area of the Heritage Chronométrie collection and a close-up of the Tourbillon Geosphère. Visitors are invited to appreciate Montblanc’s ceaseless pursuance on “Precision”, “Mastery”, “Performance” and “Exploration” that has helped to build the Maison as it is today one of the most well respected maisons in the watchmaking industry.            

An exclusive watchmaking workshop was held to join with master watchmaker Mr. Julien Miribel at the Montblanc boutique at 1881 Heritage. Under the guidance of Miribel, participants are offered the opportunity to dismantle and assemble a watch movement as well as to appreciate the unparalleled craftsmanship of the Villeret movement that Mr. Miribel had brought all the way from Switzerland as well as an exclusive cocktail celebrating the arrival of the 2015 novelties in Hong Kong and to unveil the Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geospheres Vasco da Gama and the Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Vasco Da Gama Limited Edition.

The Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama features an unprecedented combination of a cylindrical tourbillon and a unique triple time zone indication. Strictly limited to 18 pieces, it is a revolutionary wristwatch that pushes the boundaries of fine watchmaking with utmost performance and spectacular aesthetics. The Heritage Chronométrie Collection unites fundamental virtues of fine watchmaking, the best Swiss craftsmanship, and Montblanc’s own tradition. These are reflected in its refined cases and innovative mechanisms. Produced in a limited edition of 60, the Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Vasco Da Gama Limited Edition features a chronograph as well as a patented one-minute ExoTourbillon with stop-second mechanism at 6 o’clock, further enhancing Montblanc’s status among the watchmaking maisons.


PORTS 1961 SS2015 Ad Campaign

PORTS 1961 SS2015 ad campaign  celebrates the twin souls each woman embodies. Inspired by the complex spirit of the Greek goddess Artemis, the campaign is at once strong and warrior-like while exuding sensuality and femininity.

The sharp silhouettes and clean lines take centre stage on a monotone palette of black and white; while the dichotomy of mirrored yet opposing facets of a woman's energy is subtly emphasised by the energy of the model's hair, suggesting a vibrancy barely contained by her effortless and elegant posture.

Photographer: Craig McDean
Stylist: Edward Enninful
Art Director: Lele Del Fabbro
Makeup: Lucia Pieroni
Hair: Orlando Pita
Model: Sam Rollinson