CARTIER D’ART WATCH COLLECTION

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Cartier D’art Watch Collection

Cartier are one of the worlds most respected and admired brands, their jewellery and time pieces are revered across the globe. Amongst their vast creations, it is difficult to pin point just one item which stands out from the crowd, but their Cartier D’art watch collection has proven to rise above its brethren and showcase some truly amazing horological designs. Each piece is painstakingly crafted to perfection, offering some of the most stunning man made constructions to adorn your wrist.

Each individual piece has a rare and exotic creature from our beloved animal kingdom emblazoned upon its face, signifying the rarity of the watch. The faces of these watches are created by expert artisans in a 300 year old converted barn, ensuring they get the utmost privacy whilst practicing their craft. Each time piece has a very unique construction of its face, entwining traditional design techniques with modern technology to create something truly special. Each watch is only available in very limited numbers and due to the handmade skills needed to fabricate these mini masterpieces, you can be sure why. Some taking up to 2 weeks to finish just a portion of the final design. The Cartier D’art collection has 9 very unique styles available, below Fashion Runwayhas showcased each for your perusal.

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Rotonde De Cartier – Panther

Sporting a fantastic panther upon its face, crafted out of black enamel and 18 carat gold. The grisaille gold-paste technique is used to create the big cat, constructed using a combination of very fine brushes and needles.  No fewer than 67 brilliant cut diamonds are placed along the edge of the watch case, with a further 43 smaller diamonds on the buckle of the alligator strap. Extremely limited to just 80 pieces.

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Cartier D’art Ronde Louis

Featuring an 18K White Gold dial with grisaille horse decor, hand painted in striking blue and white. Outer edge of the case contains 61 diamonds and a further diamond taking the place of the watch crown. The hands are particularly beautiful in rhodiumized steel. Numbered and limited edition with just 80 created.

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Rotonde De Cartier – Panther

One of the older designs in the collection, first introduced in 2013, but still commanding attention as one of the most spectacular. The gold panther face is created using the granulation technique, a very lengthy task. Cartier themselves call it “Sowing seeds of gold” 3,800 gold beads are used to create the 22K carat face. Each is a tiny cut piece of wire, rolled in a charcoal dust, flame heated and then finally fused with gold plate to give that unmistakable colour. It takes an estimated 320 hours to piece together the beads upon the watch face, and a grand total of 3,500 firings altogether. Due to its arduous creation time, this piece is limited to a very few 20 pieces.

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Ronde Louis Cartier – Toucan

One of the more elaborate and colourful of the Cartier D’art collection, the Toucan designed piece from 2014 is created using the plique-à-jour enamel technique. The Toucan shape is traced and crafted using a tiny soldered gold thread. The vibrant colours are produced using a very specific method, taking enamel in its raw origin form, melted down at very high temperatures and then ground down into a powder named flux. Metallic oxides are added to the mix to create the wide variety of colourful tones. They can then be added to the toucan framework. Each of the individual 21 colours has to be fired at unique temperatures exceeding well over 800 degrees. Extremely limited to only 40 pieces.

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Cartier D’art Tortue Panther Decor Mosaic Watch

A particularly beautiful designed timepiece, its face styled in the shape of a panther in a mosaic pattern akin to ancient Greek artwork. Using a combination of precious stones and onyx stones, along with a 18K pink gold dial and a breathtaking 123 brilliant cut diamonds surrounding the casing. Each of the limited 30 pieces is individually numbered.

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Cartier D’art Ballon Bleu De Cartier Watch With Orchid Decor

A striking white alligator leather strap is used to hold this beautiful time piece to your wrist. 22K gold granulation laid across the 18K gold face, on top of which sits a mother of pearl design with orchid engraved decor, featuring yellow gold flower pistils coating in vibrant red enamel. Each of these flower inspired watches holds 124 diamonds upon its casing and 43 along the buckle. Only 40 of these amazing watches are available.

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Ballon Bleu De Cartier – Parrot

My personal favourite of this collection, mostly in part due to how the face is crafted. With one of the most beautiful creatures of the animal kingdom as a basis for its design, the parrot. Floral marquetry is the ancient craft used, rose petals are gathered, coloured and then cut into the desired shapes, each tiny piece is then applied using very steady hands to the gold dial. 2 weeks pass before the marquetry is finalised and a grand total of 3 weeks to create the whole dial. Black enamel is used for the parrots beak and an additional emerald for its eye. Its case is 18 carat rhodium white gold and a total of 118 brilliant cut diamonds. Very few of these are available, only 20 produced.

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Ronde Louis Cartier – Two Panthers

With their continuing obsession of using panthers, they have upped the ante by using 2 of the jungles big cats on this watch. Filigree craftsmanship is the special technique used in this instance. The blending of 950 platinum wire and 22k gold wire together which is shaped, styled and hammered in the shape of the two panthers and finally soldered together. This alone takes a minimum of 10 days. An application of lacquer and emeralds finish the beautiful face work. Setting off the design is a blue alligator strap containing 43 diamonds on the buckle, along with the 58 diamonds adorning the face. Very limited numbers, with just 20 due to be crafted.

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Cartier D’art Watch – Panther

Finally we have the last watch in the collection, a stunning finale to the line up of Cartier D’art time pieces. This stunning watch boasts a 22k gold dial, the face of which has been hand crafted using enamel and etruscan granulation mixed with spangled blue lacquer to create the panther design. The crown on this watch has the unique addition with its cabochon sapphire in a fluted shape. A shiny blue alligator strap finishes the beautiful design, again featuring the signature 43 diamonds on the buckle, alongside the 124 around the casing, totalling 1.80 Carats.

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Chanel Soft Leather 2.55 Collection

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You should already be aware of Chanel’s new bag, a third one after the Boy and the Girlin recent years and simply called the Drawstring. If you’re an ardent reader of this blog,you would already have read the post that went up last week.

Besides the fact that it is going to be a completely new style for the French luxury house, the Drawstring also features what Chanel calls ‘ultra-soft leather’, so hard to come by (and therefore precious), it’s cut only from a certain portion of the entire skin, presumably the part where it’s the softest and also has the fewest imperfections for that almost flawless finish.

Given a light hand whilst treating the leather, it also promises to patina beautifully over time, which is something I would expect for a more naturally-hued leather, and it also promises to be smooth, as it is touted to be ‘as soft as peach skin’, which would be so enjoyably tactile in my opinion.

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Which brings us to the purpose of today’s post. Yes, that’s the 2.55 we all know and love, and come June 2016 you’ll be able to buy it in Singapore (and the rest of the world, of course) in soft leather as well. Gone is the signature quilting which we are familiar with on both Caviar and lambskin variations; this one is completely clean, and you could say, almost vintage-looking.

Available in at least 2 sizes and 4 colours (Black/Burgundy/Camel/Navy) for the first launch come June 2016 (or end-May if we’re really lucky), there should be another post on its exact sizes and prices in SGD. And as far as I can tell so far, only the one inCamel (shown above) comes with the 2 hanging charms; the rest are without, which works too.

So sit tight, drool and start saving. More updates will come, I promise. 

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THE NEW PRADA GALLERIA BAG IN CITY CALF

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Coach Clutch Wallet In Glovetanned Leather

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Truth be told, I’m fond of wallets. All wallets in fact. From card cases to compact billfolds for days when a card or two will do, to larger everything-also-can-put-aside wallets, like the WOC. Besides coming in really useful when it comes to flat lays (really, you can check out my Instagram feed to see all my wallet snapshots), wallets also fall into the category of ‘the more the merrier’ for me, because besides being able to rotate them even more regularly (and keep what you already have in better condition), you can get away with having a bag on any given day but you definitely can’t do without a wallet, right?

Wallets can cost anything from a couple of hundreds to a few thousands, but today’s post focuses on one that’s so affordable it’s literally a steal. Made completely of glovetanned leather, the new Coach Clutch Wallet is exactly as the name suggests, the almost 18.5 cm across by 10 cm also features tonal topstitching, a snap-button closure and a wrist strap which allows you to wear it as a wristlet. There’s also a tiny hangtag that’s adorably cute.

On the inside you’ll find one main compartment, one zip compartment and a pair of patch pockets with one coming with two additional card slots, a bonus for those obsessed about organisation. Available in 10 different colours (yes, 10!) from girly pinks/reds/yellows to the more masculine colours like Fog, Smoke and Tabac, it’s an everyday wallet that I feel both women and men can pull off quite easily.

Best thing? If you ask really nicely Coach will even monogram the wallet for you, and the way I see it, the best place is probably under the flap with up to 3 initials. All you really need to do is to decide on the actual letters and what colours to monogram the wallet in because there are also lots to choose from. How much you ask? The monogramming? Free. The wallet? Just SGD360.

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GIVENCHY GALUCHAT PANDORA BOX BAG

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Looking for a purse that spells femininity all over it but without going overboard? Well, look no further as Givenchy’s Galuchat Pandora Box is just the perfect bag accessory for that no-frills Saturday movie date with your special someone or Sunday wine and cheese moment with your city girl friends. One that perfectly complements your outfit without stealing your overall style, this bag just screams elegance and sophistication in all angles. Made from smooth leather with a chain link shoulder strap, who wouldn’t love to brag this bag as you stroll along the busy streets in your chic ensemble?

Okay, let me give you the most basic lowdown about this sleek bag: It has a fold-over flap top with push-lock closure that is ideal for easy access whenever you need to grab your car key or smartphone. It also has a dimension of 7”W x 6.25” H x 4”D, an ideal size to stow your essentials such as wallet, keys, phone, lipstick, and even your small-sized perfume. Oh, did we forget to mention that it comes in a lovable and delightful old rose tone? Yes, say hello to girly girl feelings whenever you use this compact bag! Priced at 4245 euro via Elyse Walker.

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DIOR PINK SATIN EMBROIDERED CD BOX CLUTCH BAG

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The new Dior CD Box is going to rock the fashion world. Last time we talked about the single colors in black and pink. Today we’re going to present a clutch that’s more sophisticated.

READ: Dior CD Box Clutch with Chain

If the evening is too important to fail, you will need a companion that is going to help you stand-out and steal the show. Obviously, your dress and shoes matters, but its always the bag that makes everything perfect – it’s the finishing touch.

Covered in the color we love – pink and satin, with sophisticated design, embroidered with sequins, its gorgeous, it’s beautiful, it’s to-die-for.

Every girl should own at least one of these bags in their wardrobe. These are weapons on standby-mode, always ready for special occasions.

The signature of Dior is put on the side-metal and it comes with a shoulder chain. Measuring 17 x 11.5 x 4.5 cm, price is unknown. Run to the nearest Dior boutique for more information.

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