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Julia Roberts chooses the Happy Chopard Sport watch
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Julia Roberts chooses the Happy Chopard Sport watch

Watches Who better to embody Joie de Vivre than the Hollywood star with the world’s most radiant smile? In the 1990s, Julia Roberts became one of the most accomplished actress. Filmmakers and audiences around the world fell under the spell of her contagious laugh. After a series of movies that marked the decade, Julia Roberts was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2001. Equally acclaimed by critics for her roles in romantic comedies as well as in dramas, this true film legend was welcomed to the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 with a sense of honour and emotion. The first time she strode up the famous steps of the Palais de Festival in Cannes – barefoot and wearing an off-the-shoulder black dress highlighting a Chopard Haute Joaillerie emerald and diamond necklace – has become the most memorable red carpet staircase event in recent editions of the Festival thanks to Julia Robert’s naturally graceful demeanour. Since then, she has uniquely personified the ultimate free-spirited woman.     No wonder that passionate film-lover Caroline Scheufele asked Julia Roberts to embody the face of the Happy Sport woman when launching new versions of this watch that has also become an icon. Said Caroline: “It was her and nobody else! Julia Roberts was the only person I felt could convey the spirit that I see in Happy Sport."      Charmed by the boldness of the Happy Sport creations, Julia Roberts pointed out: "I am honored to be collaborating with Chopard on the Happy Sport watch, one of the most iconic and desirable models in the industry."     To orchestrate the encounter between Julia Roberts and Happy Sport, Caroline Scheufele entrusted the artistic direction of this new campaign to director Xavier Dolan. Renowned for the intensity with which he conveys his protagonists’ emotions through the camera, Xavier Dolan strove to show through a short film how Julia Roberts instinctively related to the Joie de Vivre inherent in Happy Sport watches. He also served as artistic director for a series of shots taken by photographer Shayne Laverdière.     The choice of Julia Roberts and Xavier Dolan also reflects Chopard's deep-felt attachment to the world of cinema. An official partner of the Cannes Film Festival since 1998, the Maison has been actively contributing to film production and the emergence of young talent, as evidenced by its Trophée Chopard, awarded each year to an up-and-coming actress and actor. In the person of Julia Roberts, Chopard has chosen to express a kindred spirit with an undisputed movie icon, a veritable legend and a unique actress. One of the most talented directors in the world of contemporary cinema, Xavier Dolan on the other hand has had most of his films selected to compete at the Cannes Film Festival and other major cinema events. Who better to embody Joie de Vivre than the Hollywood star with the world’s most radiant smile? In the 1990s, Julia Roberts became one of the most accomplished actress. Filmmakers and audiences around the world fell under the spell of her contagious laugh. After a series of movies that marked the decade, Julia Roberts was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2001. Equally acclaimed by critics for her roles in romantic comedies as well as in dramas, this true film legend was welcomed to the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 with a sense of honour and emotion. The first time she strode up the famous steps of the Palais de Festival in Cannes – barefoot and wearing an off-the-shoulder black dress highlighting a Chopard Haute Joaillerie emerald and diamond necklace – has become the most memorable red carpet staircase event in recent editions of the Festival thanks to Julia Robert’s naturally graceful demeanour. Since then, she has uniquely personified the ultimate free-spirited woman.     No wonder that passionate film-lover Caroline Scheufele asked Julia Roberts to embody the face of the Happy Sport woman when launching new versions of this watch that has also become an icon. Said Caroline: “It was her and nobody else! Julia Roberts was the only person I felt could convey the spirit that I see in Happy Sport."      Charmed by the boldness of the Happy Sport creations, Julia Roberts pointed out: "I am honored to be collaborating with Chopard on the Happy Sport watch, one of the most iconic and desirable models in the industry."     To orchestrate the encounter between Julia Roberts and Happy Sport, Caroline Scheufele entrusted the artistic direction of this new campaign to director Xavier Dolan. Renowned for the intensity with which he conveys his protagonists’ emotions through the camera, Xavier Dolan strove to show through a short film how Julia Roberts instinctively related to the Joie de Vivre inherent in Happy Sport watches. He also served as artistic director for a series of shots taken by photographer Shayne Laverdière.     The choice of Julia Roberts and Xavier Dolan also reflects Chopard's deep-felt attachment to the world of cinema. An official partner of the Cannes Film Festival since 1998, the Maison has been actively contributing to film production and the emergence of young talent, as evidenced by its Trophée Chopard, awarded each year to an up-and-coming actress and actor. In the person of Julia Roberts, Chopard has chosen to express a kindred spirit with an undisputed movie icon, a veritable legend and a unique actress. One of the most talented directors in the world of contemporary cinema, Xavier Dolan on the other hand has had most of his films selected to compete at the Cannes Film Festival and other major cinema events.

Cartier presents Libre
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Cartier presents Libre

Watches Every year, the Cartier Libre collection explores the Maison’s repertoire of signature-shaped watches. A candid look that revisits and shakes up codes, revealing the wealth of inspiration found in Cartier’s watchmaking repertoire of shapes through unique creations. “This collection, a balance between measure and excess, cannot be categorised. Hence its name: Cartier Libre.”Pierre Rainero, Director of Image, Style and HeritageatCartier.     For this third opus of the Cartier Libre collection, the Studio designers have chosen to combine signature shapes from the Cartier watchmaking repertoire with iconic animals from the Maison’s menagerie. Baignoire/Tortue, Tortue/Serpent: a duo of precious watches is thus born, unexpected and enhanced encounters are interpreted though extravagant and highly jewelled creations.     Behind the excessive shapes lies meticulous design. Purity of the line, precise proportions and precious details, Cartier’s unique vision of design is expressed through these watches, questioning the established order of things and making watchmaking and jewellery shine with the same radiance in a twist of madness and freedom. “Because Cartier is above all a jeweller, our creations transcend all categories. They are not just instruments for telling the time, nor are they simply jewellery. They are a third type of object with their own uniqueness. Cartier watches only resemble themselves.” Marie-Laure Cérède, Director of Design for Watchmaking at Cartier.     A strong creative dynamic based on the Maison’s founding values. Cartier has long been committed to continuous improvement, to guarantee responsible procurement and to taking steps to develop the best practices in the industry. Constantly pioneering, the Maison co-founded the Responsible Jewellery Council in 2005, which endeavours to abide by responsible practices, from the mines all the way to the point of sale. A decade on, Cartierrea rms this commitment by collaborating with the industry andrelevant countries’ governments, and by actively participating in the creation of the Coloured Gemstones Working Group, an international entity that seeks to improve the sourcing of coloured stones as well as guaranteeing their provenance and responsible production. Every year, the Cartier Libre collection explores the Maison’s repertoire of signature-shaped watches. A candid look that revisits and shakes up codes, revealing the wealth of inspiration found in Cartier’s watchmaking repertoire of shapes through unique creations. “This collection, a balance between measure and excess, cannot be categorised. Hence its name: Cartier Libre.”Pierre Rainero, Director of Image, Style and HeritageatCartier.     For this third opus of the Cartier Libre collection, the Studio designers have chosen to combine signature shapes from the Cartier watchmaking repertoire with iconic animals from the Maison’s menagerie. Baignoire/Tortue, Tortue/Serpent: a duo of precious watches is thus born, unexpected and enhanced encounters are interpreted though extravagant and highly jewelled creations.     Behind the excessive shapes lies meticulous design. Purity of the line, precise proportions and precious details, Cartier’s unique vision of design is expressed through these watches, questioning the established order of things and making watchmaking and jewellery shine with the same radiance in a twist of madness and freedom. “Because Cartier is above all a jeweller, our creations transcend all categories. They are not just instruments for telling the time, nor are they simply jewellery. They are a third type of object with their own uniqueness. Cartier watches only resemble themselves.” Marie-Laure Cérède, Director of Design for Watchmaking at Cartier.     A strong creative dynamic based on the Maison’s founding values. Cartier has long been committed to continuous improvement, to guarantee responsible procurement and to taking steps to develop the best practices in the industry. Constantly pioneering, the Maison co-founded the Responsible Jewellery Council in 2005, which endeavours to abide by responsible practices, from the mines all the way to the point of sale. A decade on, Cartierrea rms this commitment by collaborating with the industry andrelevant countries’ governments, and by actively participating in the creation of the Coloured Gemstones Working Group, an international entity that seeks to improve the sourcing of coloured stones as well as guaranteeing their provenance and responsible production.

Louis Vuitton presents the new Tambour Street Diver
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Louis Vuitton presents the new Tambour Street Diver

Watches The new Tambour Street Diver is everything that Louis Vuitton symbolises – high artisanal quality, multi-functionality, creative ingenuity and the freedom of expression. It continues the House’s horological journey into the unexpected, one that began in 2002 with the launch of the Louis Vuitton’s very first watch.     Crafted from a single block of metal and larger at the base than at the top, the unique shape of the Tambour was inspired by a drum. With applied horns that seamlessly integrate the case and strap, the position of the hours are indicated on the case- band by the 12 letters “L-O-U-I-S-V-U-I-T-T-O-N”. The Tambour has, in two short decades, become an iconic and instantly recognisable watch.     Like all great designs, the Tambour case is timeless and adaptable and, over the past 19 years, has taken on various forms from spectacular high jewellery masterpieces to the acclaimed Tambour Horizon connected watch, via models boasting the most complications such as 2020’s Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon Poinçon de Genève. The new Tambour Street Diver is everything that Louis Vuitton symbolises – high artisanal quality, multi-functionality, creative ingenuity and the freedom of expression. It continues the House’s horological journey into the unexpected, one that began in 2002 with the launch of the Louis Vuitton’s very first watch.     Crafted from a single block of metal and larger at the base than at the top, the unique shape of the Tambour was inspired by a drum. With applied horns that seamlessly integrate the case and strap, the position of the hours are indicated on the case- band by the 12 letters “L-O-U-I-S-V-U-I-T-T-O-N”. The Tambour has, in two short decades, become an iconic and instantly recognisable watch.     Like all great designs, the Tambour case is timeless and adaptable and, over the past 19 years, has taken on various forms from spectacular high jewellery masterpieces to the acclaimed Tambour Horizon connected watch, via models boasting the most complications such as 2020’s Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon Poinçon de Genève.

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AUDEMARS PIGUET UNVEILS A LIMITED-EDITION ROYAL OAK CONCEPT “BLACK PANTHER” FLYING TOURBILLON IN LOS ANGELES DURING A VIRTUAL LIVE SHOW
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AUDEMARS PIGUET UNVEILS A LIMITED-EDITION ROYAL OAK CONCEPT “BLACK PANTHER” FLYING TOURBILLON IN LOS ANGELES DURING A VIRTUAL LIVE SHOW

Watches Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is delighted to reveal the first iteration of its Marvel Super Hero watch series, the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon. This limited edition of 250 pieces was revealed on April 10 during the brand’s virtual event “Audemars Piguet & Friends, Live Show from Los Angeles” in celebration of its new long-term collaboration with Marvel Entertainment. The live event, which was publicly broadcast around the world, was hosted by stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Hart alongside Audemars Piguet’s Chief Executive Officer François-Henry Bennahmias, with LeBron James, Serena Williams, Ian Poulter, Anthony Joshua, Lu Han, Jon Gray and Mark Ronson in attendance.     The live show was accompanied by a dedicated auction to profit the long-term educational programme Audemars Piguet has established with non-profit organisations First Book and Ashoka, to support agents of change in low-income and historically excluded communities. The auction was introduced by Kyle Zimmer – founder and CEO of First Book as well as Ashoka Board Member and Senior Fellow—and led by Michael Friedman, Head of Complications at Audemars Piguet, who worked in the past with leading auction houses including Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Antiquorum. Bidders from multiple countries competed for a chance to own one of four distinct auction lots – including a unique version of the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon.     The show also encompassed live music performances by R&B band Free Nationals as well as Grammy Nominated R&B singer/songwriter Givēon and the event was followed by the reveal of the limited edition in key cities around the world.     THE ROYAL OAK CONCEPT "BLACK PANTHER" FLYING TOURBILLON   Rooted in ancestral craftsmanship and advanced technology, the limited-edition Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon celebrates the Manufacture’s long-held values of tradition, innovation and family embodied by Marvel’s Black Panther character. The futuristic design of this 42 mm watch, powered by Calibre 2965, recalls the cutting-edge suit of the Marvel Super Hero.   The dial brings together the pulsating flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock with a highly contemporary carved and hand-painted rendition of Marvel’s Black Panther, comprised of white gold.     A UNIQUE TIMEPIECE IN SUPPORT OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF CHANGEMAKERS   A unique version of the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon timepiece was auctioned off during the event to support the long-term educational programme Audemars Piguet has established with First Book and Ashoka.   This unique piece features an 18-carat white gold case and bezel entirely engraved by hand with a motif inspired by Marvel’s Black Panther character. The dial showcases a very detailed rendition of Black Panther, whose suit has been outlined with streaks of purple paint for a sharper contrast. The mention “Unique piece” is written on the purple inner bezel visible through the sapphire caseback.   For the occasion, Serena Williams, Ian Poulter and Anthony Joshua also auctioned off dedicated lots in profit of the educational programme developed by First Book, Ashoka and Audemars Piguet.   This joint programme seeks to support students from low-income families and historically excluded communities with tools to drive long-term impactful change in their communities and help them realise the power they have to do so. The inaugural donation from the auction will enable the programme to reach an initial group of 17,000 First Book educators and as many as 500,000 students, ages 10-18, across the United States – with the aim of extending internationally in the years to come. Through this programme students will learn and practice a critical set of skills to identify problems, work with their peers, educators and other adults to implement solutions for a more equitable and stable world in a way that prioritises their experiences and perspectives. Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is delighted to reveal the first iteration of its Marvel Super Hero watch series, the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon. This limited edition of 250 pieces was revealed on April 10 during the brand’s virtual event “Audemars Piguet & Friends, Live Show from Los Angeles” in celebration of its new long-term collaboration with Marvel Entertainment. The live event, which was publicly broadcast around the world, was hosted by stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Hart alongside Audemars Piguet’s Chief Executive Officer François-Henry Bennahmias, with LeBron James, Serena Williams, Ian Poulter, Anthony Joshua, Lu Han, Jon Gray and Mark Ronson in attendance.     The live show was accompanied by a dedicated auction to profit the long-term educational programme Audemars Piguet has established with non-profit organisations First Book and Ashoka, to support agents of change in low-income and historically excluded communities. The auction was introduced by Kyle Zimmer – founder and CEO of First Book as well as Ashoka Board Member and Senior Fellow—and led by Michael Friedman, Head of Complications at Audemars Piguet, who worked in the past with leading auction houses including Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Antiquorum. Bidders from multiple countries competed for a chance to own one of four distinct auction lots – including a unique version of the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon.     The show also encompassed live music performances by R&B band Free Nationals as well as Grammy Nominated R&B singer/songwriter Givēon and the event was followed by the reveal of the limited edition in key cities around the world.     THE ROYAL OAK CONCEPT "BLACK PANTHER" FLYING TOURBILLON   Rooted in ancestral craftsmanship and advanced technology, the limited-edition Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon celebrates the Manufacture’s long-held values of tradition, innovation and family embodied by Marvel’s Black Panther character. The futuristic design of this 42 mm watch, powered by Calibre 2965, recalls the cutting-edge suit of the Marvel Super Hero.   The dial brings together the pulsating flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock with a highly contemporary carved and hand-painted rendition of Marvel’s Black Panther, comprised of white gold.     A UNIQUE TIMEPIECE IN SUPPORT OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF CHANGEMAKERS   A unique version of the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon timepiece was auctioned off during the event to support the long-term educational programme Audemars Piguet has established with First Book and Ashoka.   This unique piece features an 18-carat white gold case and bezel entirely engraved by hand with a motif inspired by Marvel’s Black Panther character. The dial showcases a very detailed rendition of Black Panther, whose suit has been outlined with streaks of purple paint for a sharper contrast. The mention “Unique piece” is written on the purple inner bezel visible through the sapphire caseback.   For the occasion, Serena Williams, Ian Poulter and Anthony Joshua also auctioned off dedicated lots in profit of the educational programme developed by First Book, Ashoka and Audemars Piguet.   This joint programme seeks to support students from low-income families and historically excluded communities with tools to drive long-term impactful change in their communities and help them realise the power they have to do so. The inaugural donation from the auction will enable the programme to reach an initial group of 17,000 First Book educators and as many as 500,000 students, ages 10-18, across the United States – with the aim of extending internationally in the years to come. Through this programme students will learn and practice a critical set of skills to identify problems, work with their peers, educators and other adults to implement solutions for a more equitable and stable world in a way that prioritises their experiences and perspectives.

CARTIER PRESENTS TANK MUST - NEW WATCHMAKING EDITION 2021
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CARTIER PRESENTS TANK MUST - NEW WATCHMAKING EDITION 2021

Watches Tank watch is Cartier elegance embodied, a pure and precise design, an uncompromising line. From its very creation in 1917, Louis Cartier made the distinct aesthetic choice of a rectangular shape, as opposed to the round watches of his generation. The Tank was already an avant-garde piece when launched and continues to be today. The two parallel brancards are its signature. Inspired by the design of a combat vehicle viewed from above, this watch follows one clear graphic principle: the brancards were the treads, the case was the turret. For the rst time with the Tank, the case attachments were aligned with the strap to maintain the rhythm of the design.     Wearing it becomes a statement. Vanguard Andy Warhol and his Tank were inseparable, he said about it: “I don’t wear a Tank watch to tell the time. Actually, I never even wind it. I wear a Tank because it is the watch to wear!” By refusing to wind his watch, the leader of pop art sancti es the elegance of the Tank.   Timeless, sure of itself and of the purity of its design, the Tank watch captures the zeitgeist in 2021. After more than a century, it has been reinvented with the Tank Must. Tank and Must, the fusion of two Maison icons: on one hand, Tank, essential and dandy, and on the other, Must, a name immortalised at Cartier in the 1970s that revisits the classic conventions of luxury. “The Must watches are part of the Maison’s heritage and legend (...). They have withstood the test of time thanks to their instantly recognisable style, but also their excellent craftsmanship, which Cartier applies to all its creations right down to the smallest detail.” Pierre Rainero, Director of Image, Style and Heritage at Cartier.     Tank Must is a chic watchmaking feat worn by many. A Maison signature whose design and movements are continuously evolving, driven by Cartier’s watchmak- ing commitment to constant progress. The Design Studio has reworked the design of these new Tank Must with monochrome versions and an original version based on a new photovoltaic movement.     Tank watch is Cartier elegance embodied, a pure and precise design, an uncompromising line. From its very creation in 1917, Louis Cartier made the distinct aesthetic choice of a rectangular shape, as opposed to the round watches of his generation. The Tank was already an avant-garde piece when launched and continues to be today. The two parallel brancards are its signature. Inspired by the design of a combat vehicle viewed from above, this watch follows one clear graphic principle: the brancards were the treads, the case was the turret. For the rst time with the Tank, the case attachments were aligned with the strap to maintain the rhythm of the design.     Wearing it becomes a statement. Vanguard Andy Warhol and his Tank were inseparable, he said about it: “I don’t wear a Tank watch to tell the time. Actually, I never even wind it. I wear a Tank because it is the watch to wear!” By refusing to wind his watch, the leader of pop art sancti es the elegance of the Tank.   Timeless, sure of itself and of the purity of its design, the Tank watch captures the zeitgeist in 2021. After more than a century, it has been reinvented with the Tank Must. Tank and Must, the fusion of two Maison icons: on one hand, Tank, essential and dandy, and on the other, Must, a name immortalised at Cartier in the 1970s that revisits the classic conventions of luxury. “The Must watches are part of the Maison’s heritage and legend (...). They have withstood the test of time thanks to their instantly recognisable style, but also their excellent craftsmanship, which Cartier applies to all its creations right down to the smallest detail.” Pierre Rainero, Director of Image, Style and Heritage at Cartier.     Tank Must is a chic watchmaking feat worn by many. A Maison signature whose design and movements are continuously evolving, driven by Cartier’s watchmak- ing commitment to constant progress. The Design Studio has reworked the design of these new Tank Must with monochrome versions and an original version based on a new photovoltaic movement.    

Montblanc 1858  presents "A New Gold is born"
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Montblanc 1858 presents "A New Gold is born"

Watches Montblanc unveils the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 crafted out of an exclusive and innovative 18 K gold alloy called Lime Gold, a true watch for connoisseurs who likes distinctive vintage timepieces.     Precise, legible, and robust for use in extreme conditions, the legendary professional Minerva watches from the 1920s and 1930s were conceived for military use. Inspired by these historical ones, the Montblanc 1858 product line pays tribute to the Minerva heritage. The Montblanc 1858 timepieces are designed and conceived as tool watches for mountain exploration and leaning into the global trend of enjoying the outdoors and nature.     Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18   Reinterpreting a 46 mm Minerva historical military chronograph from the 1930s equipped with the original calibre 19-09CH, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 features a case made of an innovative 18K gold alloy called Lime Gold, a distinctive gold-coloured dial with contrasting green elements and a matching vintage green nubuck calf strap – an harmony of colour making this timepiece unique.   It is the first time that a watch Maison unveils a model with this colour of gold fondly named Lime Gold thanks to its deep golden colour that veers towards a pale yellowy green. The Lime Gold colour is made of a special alloy composed of 18 K Gold (Au 750‰), Silver (Ag 238‰) and Iron (Fe 12‰) that provides the distinctive colour giving a true vintage aesthetics.   To match the colour of the new 44 mm 18 K Lime Gold case, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 features a distinctive gold-coloured dial with sunray finishes. Providing great readability and vintage style, the monochrome aesthetic is combined with contrasting green-coloured elements of different tones such as the luminescent cathedral-shaped hour- and minute-hands, the minuterie, the central split-second hand, the tachymeter and telemeter scales, as well as the historical Montblanc emblem at 12 o’clock. In order to give a three-dimensional look both at day/night, the Arabic numerals are fully made of Super-LumiNovawith a special patented process that encapsulates the luminescent material and create a ‘monobloc’ shape without  any outlines. Gold-coloured has been chosen for the central chronograph second hand as well as for the chronograph 30-minute- and small second-counters.   The glass above the dial has an anti-magnetized treatment on the inside top sapphire crystal to enable greater precision of the chronograph’s two second hands.   Like on the original timepiece, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 has a telemeter scale that runs around the dial. The telemeter was a common feature on the legendary Minerva chronographs and adds both function and a vintage touch to this new watch. A telemeter makes it possible to measure the distance of a phenomenon which is both visible and audible, like the lightning and thunder in a storm. The watch also has a tachymeter (base 1000) at the centre of the dial in a colimaçon (snail shape) which lets the user measure a length of time of up to three minutes instead of one minute as it is the case in traditional chronographs. The tachymeter indicates the speed of a moving object, such as a car, over a known distance.   The case back reveals the Manufacture monopusher chronograph calibre MB M16.31 taking its inspiration from the original Minerva calibres 19-09CH from 1909 and the evolution, the 17-29, developed in the 1930s, that were used for both pocket watches and wristwatches. The calibre MB M16.31 is particularly beautiful thanks to its handcrafted traditional finishings such as Côtes de Genève, inner angles, circular graining and bevelling – all performed at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret. The Split Second mechanism in the centre brings even more light to the entire movement.   For this limited edition, the plates and bridges are made in Maillechort (German-silver) plated in 18 K gold harmoniously matching the 18 K Lime Gold case and the dial. The calibre has two column wheels for the chronograph and the split complication, horizontal coupling and a power reserve of 50 hours. Like its predecessor, it is composed of the same V-shape bridge (whose design was protected in 1912) and a large balance wheel with 18 screws beating at the traditional frequency of 2.5 Hz / 18,000 A/H.     The Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 is completed with a new vintage green nubuck alligator leather strap that has been finished with beige stitching to reinforce the vintage look. The strap is also fitted with a matching 18 K Lime Gold buckle for the perfect finishing touch. Montblanc unveils the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 crafted out of an exclusive and innovative 18 K gold alloy called Lime Gold, a true watch for connoisseurs who likes distinctive vintage timepieces.     Precise, legible, and robust for use in extreme conditions, the legendary professional Minerva watches from the 1920s and 1930s were conceived for military use. Inspired by these historical ones, the Montblanc 1858 product line pays tribute to the Minerva heritage. The Montblanc 1858 timepieces are designed and conceived as tool watches for mountain exploration and leaning into the global trend of enjoying the outdoors and nature.     Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18   Reinterpreting a 46 mm Minerva historical military chronograph from the 1930s equipped with the original calibre 19-09CH, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 features a case made of an innovative 18K gold alloy called Lime Gold, a distinctive gold-coloured dial with contrasting green elements and a matching vintage green nubuck calf strap – an harmony of colour making this timepiece unique.   It is the first time that a watch Maison unveils a model with this colour of gold fondly named Lime Gold thanks to its deep golden colour that veers towards a pale yellowy green. The Lime Gold colour is made of a special alloy composed of 18 K Gold (Au 750‰), Silver (Ag 238‰) and Iron (Fe 12‰) that provides the distinctive colour giving a true vintage aesthetics.   To match the colour of the new 44 mm 18 K Lime Gold case, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 features a distinctive gold-coloured dial with sunray finishes. Providing great readability and vintage style, the monochrome aesthetic is combined with contrasting green-coloured elements of different tones such as the luminescent cathedral-shaped hour- and minute-hands, the minuterie, the central split-second hand, the tachymeter and telemeter scales, as well as the historical Montblanc emblem at 12 o’clock. In order to give a three-dimensional look both at day/night, the Arabic numerals are fully made of Super-LumiNovawith a special patented process that encapsulates the luminescent material and create a ‘monobloc’ shape without  any outlines. Gold-coloured has been chosen for the central chronograph second hand as well as for the chronograph 30-minute- and small second-counters.   The glass above the dial has an anti-magnetized treatment on the inside top sapphire crystal to enable greater precision of the chronograph’s two second hands.   Like on the original timepiece, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 has a telemeter scale that runs around the dial. The telemeter was a common feature on the legendary Minerva chronographs and adds both function and a vintage touch to this new watch. A telemeter makes it possible to measure the distance of a phenomenon which is both visible and audible, like the lightning and thunder in a storm. The watch also has a tachymeter (base 1000) at the centre of the dial in a colimaçon (snail shape) which lets the user measure a length of time of up to three minutes instead of one minute as it is the case in traditional chronographs. The tachymeter indicates the speed of a moving object, such as a car, over a known distance.   The case back reveals the Manufacture monopusher chronograph calibre MB M16.31 taking its inspiration from the original Minerva calibres 19-09CH from 1909 and the evolution, the 17-29, developed in the 1930s, that were used for both pocket watches and wristwatches. The calibre MB M16.31 is particularly beautiful thanks to its handcrafted traditional finishings such as Côtes de Genève, inner angles, circular graining and bevelling – all performed at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret. The Split Second mechanism in the centre brings even more light to the entire movement.   For this limited edition, the plates and bridges are made in Maillechort (German-silver) plated in 18 K gold harmoniously matching the 18 K Lime Gold case and the dial. The calibre has two column wheels for the chronograph and the split complication, horizontal coupling and a power reserve of 50 hours. Like its predecessor, it is composed of the same V-shape bridge (whose design was protected in 1912) and a large balance wheel with 18 screws beating at the traditional frequency of 2.5 Hz / 18,000 A/H.     The Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 is completed with a new vintage green nubuck alligator leather strap that has been finished with beige stitching to reinforce the vintage look. The strap is also fitted with a matching 18 K Lime Gold buckle for the perfect finishing touch.

AUDEMARS PIGUET RELEASES 180’S FOURTH EPISODE
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AUDEMARS PIGUET RELEASES 180’S FOURTH EPISODE

Video Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is delighted to announce the fourth episode of its inspiring music series 180. Composed of five episodes, each captured by a different film director, this miniseries retraces the unconventional challenge Audemars Piguet set to selected music artists. Their mission: go beyond their comfort zone and create an original collaborative soundtrack blending different creative universes. Entitled “Gold,”the new episode retraces the lively collaboration of emerging music artists Oklou and Crystal Murray, conveyed through the cinematographic lens of Swiss director and producer Adrien Wagner. The full episode and resulting soundtrack will be released on Audemars Piguet’s social networks on March 9 and on its website as of March 12.     At 21 years old, Adrien Wagner is already a preferred video clip producer among Francophone rappers. His career was launched when he was spotted at the 2015 Reflex Festival by a series of Swiss hip-hop artists such as Di-Meh, Makala, Slimka and DeWolph thanks to his documentary “Loin pour la paix” which was awarded the Prix du public. The saga continued in 2018 when Rilès commissioned him to immortalise his French tour. Since then, Adrien has collaborated with various music artists including Lefa, Damso, Orelsan and Eddy de Pretto. Adrien has recently extended the scope of his work to include movie trailers and advertisement campaigns with the release of his first commercial for Puma in 2020.     For this new episode of 180, Adrien offers a documentary approach to the creative encounter of Oklou and Crystal Murray who were given three days and complete carte blanche to create and record an original soundtrack together. The episode focuses on the spontaneous interactions and emotions of these two young women, moving from their introspections to the discovery of their respective background. The setting also comes to life as the composition unfolds, progressively evolving into a symbiotic whole.     French singer-songwriter, composer and musician Marylou Mayniel, aka Oklou, blends visceral production, electronic pop and atmospheric R&B in her emotionally charged music compositions. Her hybrid style and soft-spoken vocal lines are inspired by artists as diverse as Palmistry, Frank Ocean and Justin Bieber. After select collaborative works, notably with DJ collective TGAF, Oklou debuted her solo career in 2018 with the release of her first EP The Rite of May. Her mixtape Galore, which followed in 2020, represents Oklou’s bold artistic statement of self-reinterpretation and feminine emancipation.     Oklou’s electro beats merge with Paris-based Crystal Murray’s undulating soulful and jazz-inflected tones in this new collaborative challenge set by Audemars Piguet. This 19-year-old singer and songwriter refuses labels and categorisation in her life as in her music. Her first EP I Was Wrong, released in 2020, immerses the audience in her own music universe, influenced by her African American heritage as well as the hip-hop and house cultures she grew up in. With her inspiring voice and experimental style, this ambitious woman has already made a name for herself on the international stage despite her young age.     The encounter of Crystal’s vocals and Oklou’s electronic music seamlessly blend in a rhythmic electro-pop composition entitled “Taste [of] my Gold” which conveys the variegated influences and catching energy of the new generation. The episode also sheds light on the strong emotions governing the process of creation.     “The idea of a documentary following the artistic process oftwo artists was very interesting to me. I’m passionate about music and to be able to work on this project with a brand such as Audemars Piguet was an honour.” Adrien Wagner, Film director     Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is delighted to announce the fourth episode of its inspiring music series 180. Composed of five episodes, each captured by a different film director, this miniseries retraces the unconventional challenge Audemars Piguet set to selected music artists. Their mission: go beyond their comfort zone and create an original collaborative soundtrack blending different creative universes. Entitled “Gold,”the new episode retraces the lively collaboration of emerging music artists Oklou and Crystal Murray, conveyed through the cinematographic lens of Swiss director and producer Adrien Wagner. The full episode and resulting soundtrack will be released on Audemars Piguet’s social networks on March 9 and on its website as of March 12.     At 21 years old, Adrien Wagner is already a preferred video clip producer among Francophone rappers. His career was launched when he was spotted at the 2015 Reflex Festival by a series of Swiss hip-hop artists such as Di-Meh, Makala, Slimka and DeWolph thanks to his documentary “Loin pour la paix” which was awarded the Prix du public. The saga continued in 2018 when Rilès commissioned him to immortalise his French tour. Since then, Adrien has collaborated with various music artists including Lefa, Damso, Orelsan and Eddy de Pretto. Adrien has recently extended the scope of his work to include movie trailers and advertisement campaigns with the release of his first commercial for Puma in 2020.     For this new episode of 180, Adrien offers a documentary approach to the creative encounter of Oklou and Crystal Murray who were given three days and complete carte blanche to create and record an original soundtrack together. The episode focuses on the spontaneous interactions and emotions of these two young women, moving from their introspections to the discovery of their respective background. The setting also comes to life as the composition unfolds, progressively evolving into a symbiotic whole.     French singer-songwriter, composer and musician Marylou Mayniel, aka Oklou, blends visceral production, electronic pop and atmospheric R&B in her emotionally charged music compositions. Her hybrid style and soft-spoken vocal lines are inspired by artists as diverse as Palmistry, Frank Ocean and Justin Bieber. After select collaborative works, notably with DJ collective TGAF, Oklou debuted her solo career in 2018 with the release of her first EP The Rite of May. Her mixtape Galore, which followed in 2020, represents Oklou’s bold artistic statement of self-reinterpretation and feminine emancipation.     Oklou’s electro beats merge with Paris-based Crystal Murray’s undulating soulful and jazz-inflected tones in this new collaborative challenge set by Audemars Piguet. This 19-year-old singer and songwriter refuses labels and categorisation in her life as in her music. Her first EP I Was Wrong, released in 2020, immerses the audience in her own music universe, influenced by her African American heritage as well as the hip-hop and house cultures she grew up in. With her inspiring voice and experimental style, this ambitious woman has already made a name for herself on the international stage despite her young age.     The encounter of Crystal’s vocals and Oklou’s electronic music seamlessly blend in a rhythmic electro-pop composition entitled “Taste [of] my Gold” which conveys the variegated influences and catching energy of the new generation. The episode also sheds light on the strong emotions governing the process of creation.     “The idea of a documentary following the artistic process oftwo artists was very interesting to me. I’m passionate about music and to be able to work on this project with a brand such as Audemars Piguet was an honour.” Adrien Wagner, Film director    

BVLGARI announces Josh O'Connor as Brand Ambassador for Watches
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BVLGARI announces Josh O'Connor as Brand Ambassador for Watches

Watches Bvlgari is proud to announce a new partnership with the Golden Globe award-winning actor, Josh O'Connor. Josh represents the best and brightest of young British actors and Bvlgari have followed his career with great belief for many years. Josh's discerning eye for craftsmanship, detail and design is unrivalled and Bvlgari is delighted today to bring these values together and introduce him into the Bvlgari family as an ambassador for watches.     For his virtual attendance at this year's ceremony and his win in the Best Actor in a Drama Series category, Josh O'Connor opted for a BVLGARI Octo Finissimo S watch in steel with black dial.     Octo Finissimo Automatic watch with mechanical manufacture movement, automatic winding, platinum micro rotor, small seconds, extra-thin satin-polished stainless steel case and bracelet, transparent case back and black matte dial. Water-resistant up to 100 metres. Bvlgari is proud to announce a new partnership with the Golden Globe award-winning actor, Josh O'Connor. Josh represents the best and brightest of young British actors and Bvlgari have followed his career with great belief for many years. Josh's discerning eye for craftsmanship, detail and design is unrivalled and Bvlgari is delighted today to bring these values together and introduce him into the Bvlgari family as an ambassador for watches.     For his virtual attendance at this year's ceremony and his win in the Best Actor in a Drama Series category, Josh O'Connor opted for a BVLGARI Octo Finissimo S watch in steel with black dial.     Octo Finissimo Automatic watch with mechanical manufacture movement, automatic winding, platinum micro rotor, small seconds, extra-thin satin-polished stainless steel case and bracelet, transparent case back and black matte dial. Water-resistant up to 100 metres.

SWATCH AND MoMA COLLABORATE TO LAUNCH SPECIAL EDITION WATCHES
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SWATCH AND MoMA COLLABORATE TO LAUNCH SPECIAL EDITION WATCHES

Watches Swatch announces the launch of special edition designs with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as part of its Museum Journey series. The watches will be available at Swatch stores worldwide and swatch.com as well as global MoMA Design Stores and store.moma.org, starting on March 4, 2021.     The assortment features six unique creations inspired by artworks in MoMA’s Collection, including The Starry Night (1889) by Vincent van Gogh, Hope, II (1907-1908) by Gustav Klimt, The Dream (1910) by Henri Rousseau,Composition in Oval with Color Planes 1 (1914) by Piet Mondrian, The City and Design, The Wonders of Life on Earth, Isamu Kurita (1966) by Tadanori Yokoo, and New York (1968) by Tadanori Yokoo. These watches can be purchased individually or as a collector’s edition. Swatch and MoMA developed a special box for the collector’s edition inspired by the Blade Stair, a prominent architectural feature of MoMA.     Swatch has also collaborated with artist Beatriz Milhazes to include three of her works from MoMA’s collection— Suculentas Beringelas (Succulent Eggplants) (1996), O Espelho (The Mirror) (2000), and Meu Bem (2008)--on the Swatch X You platform. Swatch X You allows customers to create their own customized watch style on swatch.com, and in select Swatch stores. Additionally, a limited run of one design from each artwork by Milhazes will be available at the MoMA Design Stores in New York.     “We’re proud to continue MoMA’s ongoing relationship with Swatch through this new collection of watches inspired by artworks from MoMA’s collection. MoMA’s commitment to good design as a part of everyday life is exempli ed by Swatch watches,” said Robin Sayetta, Associate Director of Business Development for MoMA.     “We’re proud to continue MoMA’s ongoing relationship with Swatch through this new collection of watches inspired by artworks from MoMA’s collection. MoMA’s commitment to good design as a part of everyday life is exempli ed by Swatch watches,” said Robin Sayetta, Associate Director of Business Development for MoMA.     “Swatch is very happy to celebrate a new step in its rich history with MoMA, which includes several Swatch watches in the Museum’s permanent collection. It is a true honor to be able to reinterpret masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, and Piet Mondrian and highlights our dedication to art and artists of the 20th century,” said Carlo Giordanetti, CEO of the Swatch Art Peace Hotel. “We are also delighted to include watches designed around the works of highly acclaimed contemporary artists, Tadanori Yokoo and Beatriz Milhazes, the latter of whom is joining our special Swatch X You program.”     Swatch X MoMA will be available on March 4, 2021 at Swatch locations globally and MoMA Design Stores. Swatch announces the launch of special edition designs with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as part of its Museum Journey series. The watches will be available at Swatch stores worldwide and swatch.com as well as global MoMA Design Stores and store.moma.org, starting on March 4, 2021.     The assortment features six unique creations inspired by artworks in MoMA’s Collection, including The Starry Night (1889) by Vincent van Gogh, Hope, II (1907-1908) by Gustav Klimt, The Dream (1910) by Henri Rousseau,Composition in Oval with Color Planes 1 (1914) by Piet Mondrian, The City and Design, The Wonders of Life on Earth, Isamu Kurita (1966) by Tadanori Yokoo, and New York (1968) by Tadanori Yokoo. These watches can be purchased individually or as a collector’s edition. Swatch and MoMA developed a special box for the collector’s edition inspired by the Blade Stair, a prominent architectural feature of MoMA.     Swatch has also collaborated with artist Beatriz Milhazes to include three of her works from MoMA’s collection— Suculentas Beringelas (Succulent Eggplants) (1996), O Espelho (The Mirror) (2000), and Meu Bem (2008)--on the Swatch X You platform. Swatch X You allows customers to create their own customized watch style on swatch.com, and in select Swatch stores. Additionally, a limited run of one design from each artwork by Milhazes will be available at the MoMA Design Stores in New York.     “We’re proud to continue MoMA’s ongoing relationship with Swatch through this new collection of watches inspired by artworks from MoMA’s collection. MoMA’s commitment to good design as a part of everyday life is exempli ed by Swatch watches,” said Robin Sayetta, Associate Director of Business Development for MoMA.     “We’re proud to continue MoMA’s ongoing relationship with Swatch through this new collection of watches inspired by artworks from MoMA’s collection. MoMA’s commitment to good design as a part of everyday life is exempli ed by Swatch watches,” said Robin Sayetta, Associate Director of Business Development for MoMA.     “Swatch is very happy to celebrate a new step in its rich history with MoMA, which includes several Swatch watches in the Museum’s permanent collection. It is a true honor to be able to reinterpret masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, and Piet Mondrian and highlights our dedication to art and artists of the 20th century,” said Carlo Giordanetti, CEO of the Swatch Art Peace Hotel. “We are also delighted to include watches designed around the works of highly acclaimed contemporary artists, Tadanori Yokoo and Beatriz Milhazes, the latter of whom is joining our special Swatch X You program.”     Swatch X MoMA will be available on March 4, 2021 at Swatch locations globally and MoMA Design Stores.

ART DIALOGUES: LIVING HERITAGE AND INSPIRING FUTURE
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ART DIALOGUES: LIVING HERITAGE AND INSPIRING FUTURE

Art On February 21st the State Hermitage Museum and Maison Cartier will hold an international online conference “Cartier Art Dialogues” to celebrate the opening of the exhibition “Cartier: Passing on heritage and savoir faire. Masterpieces from the Hermitage Museum and the Cartier Collection”. The conference is organized in collaboration with Cartier’s partneruniversities around the world and will take place in the General Staff Building of the State Hermitage Museum.     Cartier is especially proud to host this conference to encourage dialogues between generations, countries, different styles and forms of art.     In today’s context building and maintaining bridges between history and modernity, craftsmanship and innovative technologies is crucial more than ever. Both the State Hermitage Museum and Maison Cartier find it important to preserve heritage, expand it and explore new territories while staying true to its values and identity.     Renown professionals and international experts will gather offline and online to discuss the“living heritage” and the importance of cross-generational dialogues, to talk about trends and new formats of art with a special focus on the transformations in opera, theatre and ballet. Participants will also take a glance at the digital and technological facets of fashion, architecture, blockchain and the art market of tomorrow.     The lineup of speakers and moderators includes: Mikhail Piotrovsky - Director of The State Hermitage MuseumCyrille Vigneron - President & CEO, CartierHervé Chandès - General Director, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporainPierre Rainero - Image, Style and Heritage Director, CartierAlber Elbaz - Creative Director of AZ FactoryGolshifteh Farahani - Iranian actress of theatre and cinema and environmental activist Mélanie Laurent - French director and actress and environmental activist Junya Ishigami - Japanese architect, founder of junya.ishigami+associates Diana Vishneva – National artist of Russia, prima ballerina at the Mariinsky theatre, Founder and Artistic Director of the international contemporary dance festival Context. Diana Vishneva Stefano Boeri - Italian architect and urban planner, President of Fondazione Triennale Milano, architect of the Bosco Verticale in Milan Solano Benitez - Paraguayan architect, Golden Lion Award winner at Venice Biennial 2016 Jason Bailey - Founder of the art & tech platform Artnome.com Teodor Currentzis - Founder and Artistic Director of the musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir Nanne Dekking - Founder andCEO ofArtoryLLC, New York andArtory GmbH, Berlin. Member on the Board of the Hermitage Foundation in Amsterdam Anita Gigovskaya - President of Condé Nast Russia Ekaterina Inozemtseva -Chief curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Varvara Melnikova - CEO of the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design Dmitri Ozerkov - Director of Contemporary Art Department of the State Hermitage Museum,and Head of Hermitage 20/21 Project for Contemporary Art Laurent Salomé - Director of the National Museum of Versailles Palace Sarah Sze - American contemporary artist, sculptorNadia Taiga - Executive Director at Snark.art And other international personalities from art and culture.     Registration and more information about the program, timing and speakers are available on the website https://cartier-artdialogues.com On February 21st the State Hermitage Museum and Maison Cartier will hold an international online conference “Cartier Art Dialogues” to celebrate the opening of the exhibition “Cartier: Passing on heritage and savoir faire. Masterpieces from the Hermitage Museum and the Cartier Collection”. The conference is organized in collaboration with Cartier’s partneruniversities around the world and will take place in the General Staff Building of the State Hermitage Museum.     Cartier is especially proud to host this conference to encourage dialogues between generations, countries, different styles and forms of art.     In today’s context building and maintaining bridges between history and modernity, craftsmanship and innovative technologies is crucial more than ever. Both the State Hermitage Museum and Maison Cartier find it important to preserve heritage, expand it and explore new territories while staying true to its values and identity.     Renown professionals and international experts will gather offline and online to discuss the“living heritage” and the importance of cross-generational dialogues, to talk about trends and new formats of art with a special focus on the transformations in opera, theatre and ballet. Participants will also take a glance at the digital and technological facets of fashion, architecture, blockchain and the art market of tomorrow.     The lineup of speakers and moderators includes: Mikhail Piotrovsky - Director of The State Hermitage MuseumCyrille Vigneron - President & CEO, CartierHervé Chandès - General Director, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporainPierre Rainero - Image, Style and Heritage Director, CartierAlber Elbaz - Creative Director of AZ FactoryGolshifteh Farahani - Iranian actress of theatre and cinema and environmental activist Mélanie Laurent - French director and actress and environmental activist Junya Ishigami - Japanese architect, founder of junya.ishigami+associates Diana Vishneva – National artist of Russia, prima ballerina at the Mariinsky theatre, Founder and Artistic Director of the international contemporary dance festival Context. Diana Vishneva Stefano Boeri - Italian architect and urban planner, President of Fondazione Triennale Milano, architect of the Bosco Verticale in Milan Solano Benitez - Paraguayan architect, Golden Lion Award winner at Venice Biennial 2016 Jason Bailey - Founder of the art & tech platform Artnome.com Teodor Currentzis - Founder and Artistic Director of the musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir Nanne Dekking - Founder andCEO ofArtoryLLC, New York andArtory GmbH, Berlin. Member on the Board of the Hermitage Foundation in Amsterdam Anita Gigovskaya - President of Condé Nast Russia Ekaterina Inozemtseva -Chief curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Varvara Melnikova - CEO of the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design Dmitri Ozerkov - Director of Contemporary Art Department of the State Hermitage Museum,and Head of Hermitage 20/21 Project for Contemporary Art Laurent Salomé - Director of the National Museum of Versailles Palace Sarah Sze - American contemporary artist, sculptorNadia Taiga - Executive Director at Snark.art And other international personalities from art and culture.     Registration and more information about the program, timing and speakers are available on the website https://cartier-artdialogues.com

MONTBLANC APPOINTS MARCO TOMASETTA AS CREATIVE  DIRECTOR
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MONTBLANC APPOINTS MARCO TOMASETTA AS CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Design A graduate of Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Tomasetta has extensive experience in leather goods and accessories, having worked for numerous renowned fashion brands including Prada, Chloé and Louis Vuitton. Most recently, he was Creative Design Director Men’s and Women’s Leather Goods at Givenchy.     “We are thrilled to have Marco bring his creative leadership and vision to Montblanc to accelerate its evolution as the Maison of Luxury Business-Lifestyle. Marco is an agile and dynamic innovator who is also committed to the value of fine craftsmanship and timeless design that have always been central to Montblanc’s identity. He understands the importance of overarching brand themes across all Montblanc categories, and I am looking forward to him working with our team to refine them in a compelling way. Even though our iconic emblem will remain at the heart of everything we do, we are committed to further breaking boundaries when designing products that appeal to both existing and new clients, mirroring their shifting lifestyles and needs,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.     “I am excited to join Montblanc, a storied Maison known for its rich heritage and its uncompromising focus on substance through the design and functionality of its products. As a designer, writing and drawing are the starting points of any design process, which is why I was immediately drawn to Montblanc - fusing tradition with pioneering design. I am looking forward to collaborating with Nicolas and the team to chart a new creative vision for the brand that bridges icons like the Meisterstück with new design concepts across product categories that will appeal to this new Montblanc Luxury Business-Lifestyle mindset. Furthermore, there is something incredibly meaningful about being assigned the task of fulfilling the Maison’s goal of creating perfect companions that will grow with their owners and become part of their accomplishments,” explains Marco Tomasetta, Montblanc Creative Director. A graduate of Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Tomasetta has extensive experience in leather goods and accessories, having worked for numerous renowned fashion brands including Prada, Chloé and Louis Vuitton. Most recently, he was Creative Design Director Men’s and Women’s Leather Goods at Givenchy.     “We are thrilled to have Marco bring his creative leadership and vision to Montblanc to accelerate its evolution as the Maison of Luxury Business-Lifestyle. Marco is an agile and dynamic innovator who is also committed to the value of fine craftsmanship and timeless design that have always been central to Montblanc’s identity. He understands the importance of overarching brand themes across all Montblanc categories, and I am looking forward to him working with our team to refine them in a compelling way. Even though our iconic emblem will remain at the heart of everything we do, we are committed to further breaking boundaries when designing products that appeal to both existing and new clients, mirroring their shifting lifestyles and needs,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.     “I am excited to join Montblanc, a storied Maison known for its rich heritage and its uncompromising focus on substance through the design and functionality of its products. As a designer, writing and drawing are the starting points of any design process, which is why I was immediately drawn to Montblanc - fusing tradition with pioneering design. I am looking forward to collaborating with Nicolas and the team to chart a new creative vision for the brand that bridges icons like the Meisterstück with new design concepts across product categories that will appeal to this new Montblanc Luxury Business-Lifestyle mindset. Furthermore, there is something incredibly meaningful about being assigned the task of fulfilling the Maison’s goal of creating perfect companions that will grow with their owners and become part of their accomplishments,” explains Marco Tomasetta, Montblanc Creative Director.

AUDEMARS PIGUET RELEASES 180’S THIRD EPISODE
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AUDEMARS PIGUET RELEASES 180’S THIRD EPISODE

Watches For the third episode of 180, entitled “Paradise”, Paris-based film directors Original Kids offer an immersive cinematographic rendering of the two-fold artistic encounter of Tschegue, Jeanne Added and Les Twins. This duo of young producers, specialised in music videos, has collaborated with a variety of artists including Orelsan, Oxmo Puccino, PLK, Georgio and Therapie Taxi.     Shot on film, the episode brings together analogue technology with cutting-edge virtual stageproduction in an echo to Audemars Piguet’s blend of tradition and modernity. By interweaving the artists’ creative steps shot in real-time with 3D digital environments interactively played on LED walls, Original Kids creates a dreamlike atmosphere brimming with emotions as the artists share their respective universe and create together. The episode’s immersive sound design reinforces the creative process as bits of music and lyrics progressively merge into a harmonious whole.   “This project immediately spoke to us because it gave us thespace to express ourselves artistically. This project is reallyoutside the box.” Original Kids Film Directors     The episode first follows the musical encounter of Jeanne Added and artist duo Tschegue. Songwriter, singer and bass player, Jeanne Added made her international debut in 2015 with the release of her first Album Be Sensational – where her voice seamlessly blends with electro-rock and post-punk music. Her second Album Radiate (2018) was nominated at the Victoires de la musique in the categories of “Feminine Artists” and “Rock Album”. Her latest EP Air (2020) continues her artistic experimentation as melodies mix with poetry in a powerful gust of self-expression.     For its part, Paris-based music duo Tschegue, composed of Nicolas Dacunha and Faty Sy Savanet, finds roots in African tribal music and garage rock. Their first EP Survivor released in 2017 refuses categorisation. Bringing together epileptic rhythms, jerky percussions and punchlines in frenetic loops, their compositions represent the embrace of ambiguity and the marriage of cultures. Fuelled with energy, their music touches body, heart and soul.     Jeanne Added and Tschegue, who had never collaborated before, were given three days and complete carte blanche to create and record an original soundtrack together. The result? An intriguing encounter of two universes where electro beats, percussions and soft music, poetic lyrics and punchlines, English and Lingala come together in perfect synchrony.     Taking creation a step further, the episode also captures how this new composition comes alivethrough Les Twins’ spontaneous freestyle as they are propelled into this eclectic universe. Laurent and Larry Bourgeois, AKA Les Twins, are French dancers, choreographers, actors, models, and producers who have most recently added a music career to their résumé. Their new style hip-hop dancing has drawn the attention of numerous artists and brands across the world.     Finalists of the French show Incroyable Talent in 2008, Les Twins quickly made a name for themselves at the international level and successively won varied competitions around the world, including the American reality competition World of Dance in 2017. They have appeared in the video clips of renowned music artists, such as Missy Elliott, David Guetta and Beyoncé, with whom they have toured and collaborated since 2011. Their stature, style and personalities have also attracted attention in the fashion world. Les Twins have notably worked with some iconic brands including Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Prada, Moncler, Diesel, Armani, Longchamp and Jordan, to name a few. They also recently broke into the film industry, with their first major roles in Steven Spielberg’s Men in Black: International (2019), directed by F. Gary Gray, and Tom Hooper’s Cats (2019).     Taking full possession of Original Kids’ virtual stage, Les Twins give a new dimension to JeanneAdded and Tschegue’s musical composition for an immersive experience guaranteed. Will you be able to resist dancing along?     “Music is the question. The body is the answer.” Les Twins, Dancers, choreographers and producers       Join the discussion @AudemarsPiguet For the third episode of 180, entitled “Paradise”, Paris-based film directors Original Kids offer an immersive cinematographic rendering of the two-fold artistic encounter of Tschegue, Jeanne Added and Les Twins. This duo of young producers, specialised in music videos, has collaborated with a variety of artists including Orelsan, Oxmo Puccino, PLK, Georgio and Therapie Taxi.     Shot on film, the episode brings together analogue technology with cutting-edge virtual stageproduction in an echo to Audemars Piguet’s blend of tradition and modernity. By interweaving the artists’ creative steps shot in real-time with 3D digital environments interactively played on LED walls, Original Kids creates a dreamlike atmosphere brimming with emotions as the artists share their respective universe and create together. The episode’s immersive sound design reinforces the creative process as bits of music and lyrics progressively merge into a harmonious whole.   “This project immediately spoke to us because it gave us thespace to express ourselves artistically. This project is reallyoutside the box.” Original Kids Film Directors     The episode first follows the musical encounter of Jeanne Added and artist duo Tschegue. Songwriter, singer and bass player, Jeanne Added made her international debut in 2015 with the release of her first Album Be Sensational – where her voice seamlessly blends with electro-rock and post-punk music. Her second Album Radiate (2018) was nominated at the Victoires de la musique in the categories of “Feminine Artists” and “Rock Album”. Her latest EP Air (2020) continues her artistic experimentation as melodies mix with poetry in a powerful gust of self-expression.     For its part, Paris-based music duo Tschegue, composed of Nicolas Dacunha and Faty Sy Savanet, finds roots in African tribal music and garage rock. Their first EP Survivor released in 2017 refuses categorisation. Bringing together epileptic rhythms, jerky percussions and punchlines in frenetic loops, their compositions represent the embrace of ambiguity and the marriage of cultures. Fuelled with energy, their music touches body, heart and soul.     Jeanne Added and Tschegue, who had never collaborated before, were given three days and complete carte blanche to create and record an original soundtrack together. The result? An intriguing encounter of two universes where electro beats, percussions and soft music, poetic lyrics and punchlines, English and Lingala come together in perfect synchrony.     Taking creation a step further, the episode also captures how this new composition comes alivethrough Les Twins’ spontaneous freestyle as they are propelled into this eclectic universe. Laurent and Larry Bourgeois, AKA Les Twins, are French dancers, choreographers, actors, models, and producers who have most recently added a music career to their résumé. Their new style hip-hop dancing has drawn the attention of numerous artists and brands across the world.     Finalists of the French show Incroyable Talent in 2008, Les Twins quickly made a name for themselves at the international level and successively won varied competitions around the world, including the American reality competition World of Dance in 2017. They have appeared in the video clips of renowned music artists, such as Missy Elliott, David Guetta and Beyoncé, with whom they have toured and collaborated since 2011. Their stature, style and personalities have also attracted attention in the fashion world. Les Twins have notably worked with some iconic brands including Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Prada, Moncler, Diesel, Armani, Longchamp and Jordan, to name a few. They also recently broke into the film industry, with their first major roles in Steven Spielberg’s Men in Black: International (2019), directed by F. Gary Gray, and Tom Hooper’s Cats (2019).     Taking full possession of Original Kids’ virtual stage, Les Twins give a new dimension to JeanneAdded and Tschegue’s musical composition for an immersive experience guaranteed. Will you be able to resist dancing along?     “Music is the question. The body is the answer.” Les Twins, Dancers, choreographers and producers       Join the discussion @AudemarsPiguet

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