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Solomillo con Foie gras

Solomillo con Foie gras

Solomillo con Foie gras

Hoy hemos recuperado uno de los platos clásicos más incondicionales de las cartas de la gran gastronomía mundial durante los años 70’s y 80’s Puede que no sea un plato vanguardista pero no deja de ser un icono, un plato de reyes. Hablamos ni más ni menos que del Tournedo Rossini creado por el gran Auguste Escoffier.

Llegado a este momento, nos levantamos todos, nos descubrimos si es que llevamos gorra o sombrero y hacemos una reverencia: la gastronomía sería otra cosa si no hubiera existido Monsieur ESCOFFIER (1846-1935).  Dicen que creó el plato para Gioachino Rossini, el gran compositor italiano de óperas pero puede ser que el auténtico creador del solomillo Rossini o originalmente Tournedo Rossini fuera Antoine CARÊME, precursor de la alta cocina y cocinero de reyes, emperadores y zares. Y de quien Escoffier se inspiró, simplificando y modernizando sus recetas.

Tournedo Rossini

La receta es muy sencilla y muy visual, así que he preferido grabarla en vídeo. Dos cosas: El solomillo se suele freír en la sartén con mantequilla, yo no lo he hecho. Y suele llevar un virutas de trufa por encima, yo tampoco he puesto trufa ¿Por qué? pues porqué la gracia de la trufa para este manjar está en que sea trufa de invierno, Melanosporum, y ahora mismo estamos con la Aestivum o trufa de verano que es mejor usarla en crudo para otras recetas más frescas.

La salsa demi-glace es muy difícil de hacer en casa pero podéis sustituirlo por una salsa reduciendo el oporto y ligándola con un fondo de carne tipo HP, incluso le podéis añadir un poco de Teriyaki. Naturalmente no será lo mismo que la demi-glace que utilizo yo en el vídeo, cocinada por el Chef Adría Álvarez pero también estará muy buena. Si tenéis dudas de cómo hacer la salsa en casa no dudéis en dejarme un comentario y os la explicaré paso a paso. Ah! la pimienta rosa al final es también cosa mía, Escoffier o Carême todavía no habían conocido la pimienta rosa, creo…¿?

Cómo cocinar el Foie gras a la plancha

Para un solomillo de 220g he utilizado una escalopa de 50g. La podéis conseguir en la tienda online, las enviamos en bolsas de 4 unidades al vacío. La cocción de la escalopa de foie gras a la plancha, es de entre 2 a 3 minutos por lado a fuego medio. Añadir un poco de sal y una vuelta de molinillo y reservar en papel absorbente antes de colocarla encima del filete.

Os dejo con el vídeo, me hubiese gustado poner de fondo la Gazza ladra de Rossini, como homenaje al maestro, pero no ha podido ser. Salud y hasta pronto!

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HUBLOT WELCOMES THREE MICHELIN STAR CHEF CLARE SMYTH AS FRIEND OF THE BRAND

HUBLOT WELCOMES THREE MICHELIN STAR CHEF CLARE SMYTH AS FRIEND OF THE BRAND

“At Hublot we work and think according to our motto ‘to be first, be unique, be different’, and we are proud to welcome Clare who so strongly embodies this ethos in her work in the UK and beyond. Cooking for and sharing meals with my loved ones is a source of great enjoyment, and I am delighted to celebrate a new Friend of the Brand from the world of gastronomy.” – Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot


London, UK Hublot is delighted to welcome Clare as a new Friend of the Brand, furthering our links with visionaries in the world of gastronomy.

Pioneering chef Clare Smyth has attracted world-renowned accolades and admiration for her ability to transform the finest local produce into globally acclaimed cuisine. Smyth’s restaurant, Core by Clare Smyth, which she opened in the heart of Notting Hill in August 2017, exemplifies the spirit of innovation and excellence championed by Hublot. While offering a relaxed dining experience, Core by Clare Smyth has attracted the most prestigious accolades in fine dining by reinventing the best British produce and delivering a new, world-renowned experience. Core by Clare Smyth was the first restaurant to enter the Good Food Guide with a perfect 10 score, and in just three years was awarded three Michelin stars, with Clare becoming only the fourth British chef ever to achieve this honour in 2021.

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The Art of Fusion
Hublot’s mastery of ‘The Art of Fusion’ is most evident in our tradition of innovation. From the first use of rubber in fine watchmaking, to creating new precious alloys such as scratch-proof Magic Gold. Hublot has consistently pioneered by discovering new purposes for materials and boldly combining them. In Clare’s reinvention of the British potato in her signature dish, ‘Potato and Roe’, she elevates a humble staple of British produce to the pinnacle of haute cuisine with imagination and ingenious care. In this bold reinvention we are proud to see an affinity with both ethos and approach to watchmaking tradition.


Meticulous expertise and a passion for fine artistry, blended together with time, are the ingredients of both gourmet cuisine and Haute Horlogerie. Precise timing is essential for chefs and patrons alike from the moment of ordering, plating up on the pass, and through to service. On entering the dining room, guests at Core by Clare Smyth will see proudly displayed in the centre of the kitchen a Hublot Classic Fusion wall clock; the heart of the restaurant beats to Hublot time.

“Having been a fan of Hublot for some time, I am delighted to join the family.  I admire the bold forward thinking and creativity underpinned with precision and expertise that makes Hublot so extraordinary.” – Clare Smyth MBE, Three Michelin-starred British chef

Clare joins Hublot’s growing family of culinary partners, with three Michelin star chefs Yannick Alléno, Andreas Caminada and Paul Pairet partnering with the Swiss luxury watchmaker. Clare Smyth was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2013 for services to the hospitality industry, and has been honoured to cook for some highly prestigious guests and at events including the Royal Wedding reception of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in 2018.

Her soaring reputation has also attracted many television appearances including MasterChef, Netflix’s The Final Table, BBC’s Great British Menu, and The Late Show. Clare was also awarded World’s Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, as well as the Chef of the Year Award at the National Restaurant Awards in 2019. In 2020, Clare announced her plans to open a new restaurant at a stunning location in Sydney in 2021. OnCore by Clare Smyth will overlook one of the most beautiful sites in the world, with a continued emphasis on sustainable food by harnessing the extraordinary local produce Australia has to offer.


Hublot continues to champion British excellence
Hublot is also delighted to form a connection with another leading light in the UK, joining Brand Ambassadors, Friends of the Brand and partners such as Dina Asher-Smith in the world of athletics, cricketer Kevin Pietersen, designer Samuel Ross and Chelsea Football Club.

Celebration of a new partnership
To mark the occasion, Clare hosted some of Hublot’s VIP clients and a selection of British press at Core by Clare Smyth in Notting Hill on Monday 21st June. Clare plated up a four-course menu consisting of consisting of Scottish langoustine, English wasabi and rose geranium, poached Cornish seabass, “Beef and Oyster” and a special golden Hublot edition of the Core-teser, while wearing the Hublot Classic Fusion King Gold Blue, which she recently chose at Hublot’s flagship boutique on New Bond Street.

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CHAUMET – THE ART OF CREATING A TIARA

CHAUMET  – THE ART OF CREATING A TIARA

Chaumet, which has made over 2,000 tiaras since 1780 for monarchies and aristocratic families, is constantly reinventing this head jewellery. In the art of the tiara, it all begins with a drawing.

Romanticism, Naturalism, Belle Époque and Art Déco styles have influenced Chaumet’s creations, as demonstrated by the 400,000 archive drawings held by the Maison. Fashion and contemporary collections are sources of inspiration for creating a unique piece of jewellery.

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The Salon des Diadèmes

The “Salon des Diadèmes”, showcase of Chaumet’s historic collections Chaumet’s historic collections decorate the walls of the Salon des Diadèmes, where hundreds of “maillechorts” illustrate Chaumet’s prestigious past.

The heritage of Chaumet is exceptional within the history of jewellery: several hundred thousand gouaches and drawings made by winners of the “Grand Prix de Rome”, almost 300,000 photographic prints, 35,000 glass plates, account books and correspondence.

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A unique and traditional craftsmanship

Making a tiara requires a special technique: a volume model in nickel silver with which the jeweller adjusts the design to the shape of the head and to the way it will be worn. Chaumet conserves around 700 nickel silver tiara models in its museum, all of which bear witness to the history of the Maison’s creative expertise.

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Tiaras and special orders

Today, a special order or unique item requires 500 to 1,500 hours of work, representing a timeframe of 2 to 6 months. Each tiara undergoes many different steps: shaping, dismantling, preparation of the setting, polishing, re-cutting diamonds, setting, applying hallmarks, Chaumet engraving, final assembly and final finishing.

This exclusive expertise belongs to the Chaumet High Jewellery workshop, located 12 place Vendôme.

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Hermès | Objects connect

Hermès | Objects connect

Hermès | Objects connect

Objects connect

The Hermès object continues its odyssey: it extends the body and unleashes the exaltation and energy that bind us together. Silhouettes emerge, all the better to blend together on contact.Graphic and energetic looks add vibrancy to winter. Welcome to the world of Hermès: In 1837 Thierry Hermes opened his workshop making the finest quality harnesses and saddles in the heart of Paris. Today Hermes is still a family company whose craftspeople make, often by hand and always with love , bags and belts, diaries and dishes, scarves and shoes, perfumes and purses, ties and travelling furniture, as well as gloves, hats, watches, jewellery and clothes.

With the insolence and power of sky and wind, the Hermès object continues its odyssey: it extends the body and unleashes the exaltation and energy that bind us together.

Touch

Contact triggers emotion. Intimate, fun or powerful, the gesture of hands or shoulders that touch brightens up autumn-winter.

Hermès | Objects connect

Hermès | Objects connectHermès | Objects connect

Discover the Women’s collection

Feel

The sensuality of the material, the grain of the leather and the detail of a zip reverberate from figure to figure. The palette of colours slowly unfurls, allowing light to glide over the materials.

Discover the Men’s collection

Silken envelope

Nestled in a silken embrace, tie your scarf fair and square.

Explore

Hermès wheeled luggage glides along with R.M.S. Colourful, customisable and functional, it extends an invitation to a dream world imbued with elegance.

Travel

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The Keepers Stash CBD Honey

The Keepers Stash CBD Honey

Honey and CBD are nature’s wellness all-stars. Keeper’s Stash Honey infuses them together to create pure liquid gold. The base of the product is California-sourced avocado honey — a rich, dark version that is full of antioxidants and vitamins. When blended with hemp oil, the mixture becomes a remedy for stress and irritability. Its THC levels are less than 0.3% so feel free to add it to your morning tea and smoothies or drizzle it over your toast for an instant mood booster to start off the day.

This liquid gold formula boosts mood and mental clarity, alleviates irritability, and reduces feelings of stress with two of Mother Nature’s power players – California sourced avocado honey + sun grown hemp extract, high in CBD and calming terpene, phytol.

Raw avocado honey is a natural source of magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, and beneficial enzymes to support healthy overall digestion and immune system.

 

BENEFITS

  • Boost mood and mental clarity
  • Alleviate irritability
  • Stress rescue

HOW TO USE

Add half a teaspoon (10 mg CBD) to coffee, teas, smoothies, oatmeal, toast. For recovery mode: Mix one teaspoon (20 mg CBD) with hot water and lemon.

FLAVOR

Rich Buttery

FREE FROM

Parabens, sulphates, phthalates, silicones, artificial colors or fragrances, formaldehyde releasing preservatives

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RAY-BAN LIMITED AVIATOR SOLID GOLD

RAY-BAN LIMITED AVIATOR SOLID GOLD

Con esta edición limitada de gafas nunca volarás demasiado cerca del sol.

Con una montura de oro de 18 quilates combinada con cristales verdes polarizados, las Aviator Solid Gold son la inversión definitiva, aunando un aspecto imperecedero con el lujo puro.

Tan solo 84 unidades disponibles en todo el mundo.

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HAPPY DIAMOND: CHOPARD’S ADN,  JULIA ROBERTS  INTERPRET THE JOIE DE VIVRE

HAPPY DIAMOND: CHOPARD’S ADN,  JULIA ROBERTS  INTERPRET THE JOIE DE VIVRE

They whirl, they waltz, they twirl, they appear to float as if weightless and almost make one forget the passing of time. There is nothing more mesmerising than the exquisite motion of the diamonds at the heart of Happy Diamonds watches and jewellery. Free to move at will, they seem to be vibrantly alive.

They perform free variations and dance as if they will do so forever. Diamonds make light of all prevailing rules and norms, including the law of gravity. Protected between two sapphire crystals, they spin according to the movements of the woman who wears the creations of the Maison on her arm, in the hollow of her neck or adorning her ears. A graceful double ballet generated by the wearer’s movements with which the diamonds keep step – or decide to follow their own path.

Invented by the Chopard workshops in the 1970s, the idea came out during a stroll in the Black Forest of Chopard decorator and designer Ronald Kurowski marvelled at the sight of a waterfall: the drops of water bursting from it reflecting the sunlight and shimmered like the colours of the rainbow. This vision sparked his brilliant idea of enabling diamonds to shine more brightly by freeing them from their retaining claw settings and enabling them to move about freely. But above all, so that they can whirl freely on the watch face, the dancing diamonds are set in a domed cylinder culet. When she caught sight of them, Karin Scheufele spontaneously exclaimed “these diamonds are happier because they are set free”, everybody was agreed that the sentence was very appropriated, and they called them “Happy Diamonds”.

Since the Happy Diamonds, the history of Chopard has been punctuated by iconic collections that have made their mark on the development of both watchmaking and jewellery, no doubt that the most important was the creation of the Happy Sport watch.

Happy Sport is the stroke of genius of a young woman driven by boundless daring and creativity. First introduced by Caroline Scheufele in 1993, it bears within it the countless transformations of an era and embodies Joie de Vivre and the free-spirited attitude to which contemporary women aspire.

Having become a quintessential fashion and watchmaking icon, the Happy Sport collection has continued to stage the enchanting choreography of its dancing diamonds through a multitude of variations that have appealed to every generation, embodying a new way of contemplating time. A look back at this true watchmaking legend. As a young woman, she sparked Chopard’s first profound transformation by launching the family Maison into jewellery-making with her clown pendant design. Having entered the field of design through this masterstroke, Caroline Scheufele – now serving as Co-President and Artistic Director – was driven from the early 1990s by the idea of a versatile watch whose precious, casual appearance would make it equally easy to wear on a tennis court, at a business lunch or for an evening out on the town.

She picked up the concept of dancing diamonds, she decided to place them between two sapphire crystals above the dial. One of her workshop foremen told her it was impossible, before nonetheless promising: “Caroline! If you manage to sell these watches, I’ll give you one rose for each of them.” That only further strengthened the determination of the woman who has always considered that “no” is not an answer. She busied herself with transforming this idea into a viable project. The result presented in 1993 was a real surprise.

For the first time in watchmaking history, here was a watch mingling steel and diamonds, fitted with a soft, comfortable pebble-link bracelet, set with cabochon-cut sapphires on the lugs and on the crown echoing the understated blued hands; and finally, featuring a white dial enhanced by seven diamonds caught up in an animated dance recalling the whirlwind of life itself. The aptly named Happy Sport became a new casual chic fashion icon, acclaimed by the press and in strong demand in the markets. Over the years, Happy Sport has generated a magnificent array of interpretations equalled by very few other watches. This abundance has enabled the collection to become the first collector’s item ladies’ watch. Today, for the first time, the Happy Sport watch is appearing in an optimally comfortable 33 mm-diameter case inspired by the ‘golden ratio’ principles of aesthetic harmony. Seven new references are joining the collection in a rich variety of models: four two-tone featuring a Lucent Steel A223 case embellished with ethical 18-carat rose gold, and three entirely crafted from ethical 18-carat rose gold, available on a leather strap or metal bracelet. An eighth version in ethical 18-carat white gold is entirely set with diamonds. All of them beat to the rhythm of the Chopard Manufacture 09.01-C movement with automatic winding and each dial is graced with the legendary dancing diamonds.

And to pay homage to the first Happy Sport Watch, Chopard, now presents Happy Sport the First, adding major innovations: a new case in Lucent Steel A223 redesigned in a 33 mm diameter inspired by the principles of the golden ratio, as well as the Manufacture Chopard 09.01-C movement with automatic winding.

For the launch of the new Happy Diamonds film starring Julia Roberts and directed by Xavier Dolan, we talked in an exclusive interview with Caroline Scheufele, Chopard Co-President and Artistic Director she gives an intimate perspective on the things that inspire her and her commitment to Chopard’s creative edge.

 

As a little girl, you made your first watch from aluminium foil as a present for your parents. How did they introduce you to the creative process?

The first thing my father taught me to do, before I learned the alphabet, was to read the time on a Mickey Mouse watch he brought me from America. This was my first contact with watches, so I looked for anything I could find – paper, aluminium and anything else – to make my own timepiece. The only mistake I made was that I got confused with my piano lessons and wrote Chopin on the dial instead of Chopard!

Chopard is one of the rare family Maisons in the watchmaking world and you are regularly seen with your family at major events. How does your family contribute to making you the woman you are?

One of the things I love most about Asia is that families are very close, with traditions such as having Sunday lunches together or the kids tending to spend time at home. Our family is very similar. In addition to living near each other we work very closely together and I have shared an office with my brother since forever. Chopard is a family-owned and independent Maison. This is one of our main strengths and a great blessing in many ways. We don’t always agree on things, but we like to make decisions together and work as a team with regard to business development, global strategy, production, distribution, new designs, and new products. We hope we will always be able to continue working this way.

How do you think one becomes a creator? Both you and your brother took drawing lessons during your childhood from a teacher who had a great influence on your training. How important was this to your creative process?

We are a very creative family. My brother draws and paints very well. I think our lessons were really the door that opened the way to what we are doing at Chopard today both in terms of what he does in the masculine environment and what I do with regard to jewellery and the ladies’ side of things. My brother is also very passionate about the mechanics of watches and complicated movements however and particularly excels when it comes to his other Maison, La Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud. It is there that he can truly express himself.

Even today, you never leave home without a sketchbook. As an artistic director, do you think that the need to express your ideas through design is inherent to the nature of creators or do you think that it is a talent that you have to work on?

I think it is a bit of both. On the one hand, being creative never stops and on the other, creators are always searching for something new. One cannot simply push a button and be creative. It is an ongoing process – often in the back of one’s mind. Due to that, I always have my sketchbook at hand, including next to my bed at night, because I might dream of something and not remember the next morning. I may just write down a word so that I remember what happened during the night in the morning. One might have an idea at any moment of the day, even during a dinner – I sometimes even sketch on napkins! To create is a wonderful thing but it’s also a responsibility as one always has to come up with something new.

In 1985, you created your first jewel for Chopard: the Happy Clown. Initially intended to be a one-of-a-kind creation, it soon became a success that marked the beginning of jewellery-making at Chopard. Did you have any idea of this little clown’s potential when you made this sketch?

Never! I was still at school when I designed that little clown. As a child, I loved to go to the circus. And apart from the acrobats and all the animation, my favourite act was the clowns, because although they’re sad, they make people laugh. As a result, I designed the little clown with diamonds in his tummy. And as a surprise, when my father saw the design, he produced it for me for Christmas. I thought it was a unique piece, but a bit later I went to the workshop and saw lots of them. That was the beginning of jewellery at Chopard.

The idea of dancing diamonds came from the vision of a waterfall and droplets gleaming under the sun’s rays. Can you tell us more about them?

Actually, the Happy Diamonds concept has existed for much longer than I have been involved in the Maison, but I’ve always been fascinated by seeing these little diamonds spin around and actually talk about dancing from their place within the pieces of jewellery or the watches.

My mum invented the name Happy Diamonds. When she saw the first prototype in our workshops, she said: “Diamonds are happier when they are free”. Just as a person who is free is happy. Everybody agreed that her comment was very accurate, and it became the name of the entire collection.

In the 1990s, you decided to create a new watch with dancing diamonds: the Happy Sport. When you presented the project, is it true that a workshop manager originally didn’t believe in it very much?

Actually, not just the workshop manager, but the whole watch development team, along with my parents…  They thought it was a crazy idea to put diamonds in a steel case when diamonds are normally hosted in white gold or in platinum. But there was nothing to prevent it. Steel isn’t a precious metal but it’s cool, young, and fun and you can wear it around the clock. It was a big battle, however. And when it came to producing it, it was another challenge because everybody thought I had definitely gone mad. But I’m a very persistent person who doesn’t take no for an answer. The more I hear no, the more determined I am.  Anyway, it did happen, and the results are clearly visible. I remember the workshop manager saying that for every watch sold, he would give me a rose. I ought to have a rose plantation by now!

Did he keep his promise?  

As we had this little bet, at the end of the day, he kept his promise. One Sunday morning, I received a beautiful rose tree for my garden!

What were the Happy Sport’s technical challenges?

Originally, in the classical Happy Diamonds watches, the dancing diamonds were just allowed to spin around the dial. In the Happy Sport, they’re totally free, because they’re floating over the watch. This was a technical challenge because we had to find the aesthetic balance between the case, the dial, the first sapphire crystal, the position of the dancing diamonds and the next sapphire crystal, which made it quite complicated. Then, of course, the watch had to be waterproof. That was another technical challenge.

For me, when you say Happy, it says it all. The diamonds inside are actually truly free. They’re not stuck in a setting where they can’t move. And when you see them dancing, you realize it was worth the challenges!

Like Yves Saint Laurent, whose invention of luxury ready-to-wear enabled women to dress in designer clothes on a daily basis, your introduction of the Happy Sport took the mystique out of jewellery watches, meaning women could wear them 24/7. You invented the watch of the free-spirited 1990s woman. What does being a free-spirited woman mean today?

When I invented the Happy Sport, it was most of all because I was doing a lot of sport myself. That’s why the word “sport” is in there. At Chopard, we had a few summer watches, which were cool sporty pieces. But I really wanted something with a bit of sparkle that you could wear around the clock, suitable for going swimming, water-skiing, playing tennis, shopping, taking the kids to school, going to the office or going to a cocktail party. So if there was no time to change, you would already be somewhat dressed up with little diamonds dancing on your wrist. For me, that was what being a free spirit was all about, because today’s women are all active, whether it’s taking care of several kids or doing charitable work or travelling or working… And this watch is just perfect for all of it.

Women no longer simply look at the time, they take the time to contemplate the choreography of the diamonds. Were you aware that you would revolutionized our relationship with time this much?

I wasn’t really thinking of shaking up the watchmaking industry, I was just doing my job, which is also my passion, namely creating and designing. Maybe I did come up with something very unusual and unexpected, which is often the case with the best creations. But I had no idea that we would come that far with this watch.

How do you explain that the Happy Sport is still as contemporary today as it was when it was created in 1993? When young women come to your boutiques asking for the same Happy Sport that their mothers and grandmothers wore, what do you feel?

It’s a watch that somehow really crosses generations. I think this is how icons are born, when something is passed on from grandmother to mother to daughter. I had no idea when I first designed it that this would be the case.

How do you wear your own Happy Sport or think it should be styled?

I would mix and mismatch it. You could wear it alone, or with beautiful Happy Hearts bangles, or with some beautiful diamond bracelets that would also go well with it to dress it up. I also wear the iconic clown pendant with it, so it definitely lends itself to being dressed up or down. That is the beauty of the Happy Sport. You can easily pair the steel version with a diamond ring. There is no “no go”.

Since 2015, Happy Hearts has also become a jewellery icon. How did this idea come up?

It was during a very boring meeting! When I get bored, I start designing, so I doodled around. We already had these long chains with simple empty hearts, which I also design. And I thought about giving them some colour and started colouring the hearts. One often doesn’t see things that are glaringly obvious as was the case in this instance. Subsequently, the trend was for young girls and women to wear lots of chains and good luck charms and bangles. As a result, we came up with the bangle, which is beautiful as well as being lovely to wear because it’s very soft and easy to put on and take off.

You chose Julia Roberts to embody the Happy collections. Was she an obvious choice? Why this particular actress?

When we first talked about launching a Happy Diamonds film, the team said it would be nice to have an ambassador with an incredible smile. So I immediately suggested Julia Roberts! I said that to my mind she has the most radiant smile on the planet! Who doesn’t like Pretty Woman? Who wouldn’t want to be Pretty Woman? She is one of my all-time favourite actresses. She has made great movies including Erin Brockovich. She’s the kind of actress that shines from the inside out. She’s a happy person. She has this sunny energy fostering hope that everything will be reborn even more beautiful than before, as well as amazing magnetism and inextinguishable Joie de Vivre. Julia Roberts was the only person I felt could convey the free-spirited charisma of Happy Diamonds and that is exactly how I wanted the Happy Sport watch portrayed.

How did you come up with the idea of entrusting the film to Xavier Dolan? How did you meet him?

He is one of the darlings of the Cannes Film Festival, where I met him. As one of my favourite directors, I immediately thought I should ask him to collaborate on our project so he could capture the emotions I wanted to convey thanks to his sharp attention to detail, which is what makes the intensity of his movies. He was instantly enchanted with the idea of working with Chopard and Julia Roberts and has turned out to be a very good choice.

 

This brings us to your historical partnership with the Cannes Film Festival that reflects your love for cinema. When did this passion strike you? Tell us the story of your collaboration.

I have loved going to the cinema ever since I as a little girl, and I still do. The beauty of movies, whether they’re romantic, scary or educational is that they take you into another world completely for two hours. I think that’s what initially led me to Cannes.  I had always followed the festival from afar, however, and one day I suggested opening a boutique during the festival because of all the celebrities in town. I went to Paris to investigate the possibilities and met Pierre Viot, then president of the Festival. He was charming and he invited me to redesign the Palme d’or, for the 50th anniversary. I left Paris that afternoon with the old version Palme under my arm and stormed into my brother’s office in Geneva and told him I was going to redesign the Palme d’or. He looked at me as if I were completely mad but that was how it all began. Twenty-four years after the new Palme d’Or was unveiled in its current form, the love story continues. Since 2014, as part of our Journey to Sustainable Luxury, the trophy is made of Fairmined gold. We also created the Chopard Trophy in 2001, in order to reward young acting talents. Chopard belongs to Cannes and a bit of Cannes belongs to Chopard.

As one of these free-spirited women, you were at the origin of the Journey To Sustainable Luxury initiated in 2013 by Chopard. Today, sustainability is at the heart of the concerns of all the major maisons. Tell us how you came up with this visionary idea?

In 2012 at the Oscars, Livia Firth asked where our gold comes from. My immediate reply was “from the bank” but that wasn’t really the expected answer. There are millions of men and women digging up gold, often working in unsafe conditions and unfairly compensated for their work, or not at all. From that moment onwards, I was determined to embark on a mission to change not only Chopard as a company but also the entire industry. Sustainability is a Journey which never ends. And today, more than ever, our priority has to be to protect the people on the ground who make our business possible. Once we became aware of the situation, there was no going back. All of us at Chopard are convinced of the importance of putting ethical issues at the heart of our concerns. The sourcing of responsibly mined gold for our watch and jewellery production was one of the biggest milestones on our Journey to Sustainable Luxury.

 

People who know you say that your optimism and positivity are contagious. What are your tips for happiness?

First of all, I think you have to be happy in yourself. Otherwise, you can’t make others happy. It doesn’t cost much to smile. I always see the glass half full, not half empty, and I think waking up in a good mood, going to work in a good mood, and sharing your good mood with your team is essential.

What is your favourite motto?

Be happy!

And dance with your Happy Diamonds, of course.

Happy Talk

with Julia Roberts

  1. Something that makes you happy instantly? 

The sunrise. Instantly is very specific…

  1. A movie that makes you happy?

The Philadelphia Story is a movie that makes me happy, to think about or to watch.

  1. Your happiness tips?

-1- be kind to others;

-2 -surround yourself with loving, kind, compassionate people;

-3- kissing, followed by dancing as a close second.

  1. Your favourite qualities in a woman?

Depth, soulfulness and just a real personal strength.

  1. Your greatest extravagance?

Travel.

  1. What makes you laugh?

Cleverness; not so much things that are funny, but things that are clever: a thoughtful thread to humour.

  1. What do dancing diamonds evoke to you?

Perhaps the idea that something is going to happen!

  1. How does your Happy Sport watch make you feel?

There is something about having a watch and every time you look at it seeing all these sparkling diamonds whirling around; it’s pretty awesome and truly good stuff.

  1. What does being a free-spirited woman mean today?

Being comfortable in your convictions and sharing your convictions with those around you. Not all women have those liberties and I am very grateful that I have them.

  1. How important to you is responsible luxury?

I would say that the idea of responsible luxury is something that not enough brands pay attention to. The thing with a Maison like Chopard is that it has really pioneered the idea of having a conscience, leading the charge and setting an example for other brands to follow.

  1. What is so special about Chopard?

Chopard just represents this timeless idea of elegance and sparkle and being ladylike. You kind of think: “When I grow up I want to be having a great time and wearing watches and earrings by Chopard”… and now look at me, I’m all grown up!

  1. Your favourite motto? 

The motto that I repeat the most is “no way out but through”.

  1. What’s your present state of mind?

I am really happy right now; it’s been such a beautiful day and I have felt such a really great sense of kinship that I had not expected today, so I’m superhappy.

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Clé de Peau Beauté – LA CRÈME

Clé de Peau Beauté – LA CRÈME

Una intensiva crema de noche diseñada para amplificar la Skin Intelligence, que activa una fuente de profunda vitalidad y luminosidad de la piel. Con una alta concentración de Skin-Empowering Illuminator, que actúa sobre el innato potencial de autorregeneración de la piel.

A la mañana siguiente la piel estará visiblemente rejuvenecida, increíblemente suave y firme. Con el uso continuado, la piel alcanza considerable elasticidad y joven densidad.

Basada en años de estudio, Clé de Peau Beauté libera el poder de la Skin Intelligence – la innata habilidad para distinguir entre buenos y malos estímulos y así alcanzar y mantener la piel en su condición ideal. De este conocimiento y usando tecnología de vanguardia, nuestro exclusivo ingrediente, Skin-Empowering Illuminator, se desarrolló para realzar la innata habilidad de la piel de repararse y defenderse a si misma.

La Crème está enriquecida con una alta concentración de Skin Empowering Illuminator, liberando luminosidad que evoluciona hacia una apariencia más luminosa y joven.

Resultados exquisitos

  • La suntuosa fórmula de la crema aporta un “cocktail” de ingredientes que nutre la piel con un efecto hidratante de 24 horas de duración.
  • La piel resulta visiblemente rejuvenecida, con joven densidad, suavidad y firmeza, mientras que previene la aparición de arrugas.
  • La piel obtiene una novedosa luminosidad y uniformidad para un rostro repleto de energía y luminosidad.
  • Impregna la piel con increíble elasticidad.
  • Con el uso continuado, ayuda a mantener una joven y bella apariencia de la piel.

TECNOLOGÍA INTELIGENTE E INGREDIENTES

  • Basada en resultados críticos que revelan el mecanismo nocturno de la piel, incorpora rompedora tecnología que actúa sobre el innato potencial de la piel de autorregeneración, y una renovada sensación de firmeza y elasticidad la mañana siguiente.
  • Contiene Extracto de CeraFerment, un escaso bio-ingrediente que ayuda a la piel a mejorar su renovación natural para un rostro repleto y joven.
  • Infundida con más de 60 ingredientes metódicamente seleccionados, formulados con maestría por los científicos especializados de Clé de Peau Beauté, sin comprometer su exquisita y confortable textura.
  • Contiene Retinol ACE, un luminoso activo 4MSK (Potassium 4-methoxysalicylate), que previene frente a una excesiva producción de melanina y ayuda a prevenir la aparición de manchas.

LISTA DE INGREDIENTES

WATER(AQUA/EAU)・PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE・GLYCERIN・BUTYLENE GLYCOL・TRIISOSTEARIN・SQUALANE・BEHENYL ALCOHOL・TREHALOSE・ISODECYL NEOPENTANOATE・PETROLATUM・DIMETHICONE・MALTITOL・POTASSIUM METHOXYSALICYLATE・HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE・STEARYL ALCOHOL・MYRISTYL MYRISTATE・BEHENETH-20・PHENOXYETHANOL・BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER・SILICA・THEANINE・DIMETHYLACRYLAMIDE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE CROSSPOLYMER・MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX(CERA MICROCRISTALLINA/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE)・CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE・PHYTOSTERYL MACADAMIATE・TRISODIUM EDTA・POLYVINYL ALCOHOL・PEG/PPG-14/7 DIMETHYL ETHER・PEG/PPG-17/4 DIMETHYL ETHER・TOCOPHERYL ACETATE・FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)・RETINYL ACETATE・SODIUM CITRATE・HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL・ALCOHOL・BHT・HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL・CITRIC ACID・SODIUM METABISULFITE・SODIUM METAPHOSPHATE・ECTOIN・DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE・IRON OXIDES (CI 77492)・ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE・CITRONELLOL・GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT・LINALOOL・LILIUM CANDIDUM BULB EXTRACT・GERANIOL・ANGELICA ACUTILOBA ROOT EXTRACT・BENZYL BENZOATE・HYDROLYZED SILK・LIMONENE・OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT・IRIS FLORENTINA ROOT EXTRACT・PAEONIA ALBIFLORA ROOT EXTRACT・SANGUISORBA OFFICINALIS ROOT EXTRACT・CRATAEGUS MONOGYNA FLOWER EXTRACT・FAGUS SYLVATICA BUD EXTRACT・PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT・GLYCINE・RUBUS SUAVISSIMUS (RASPBERRY) LEAF EXTRACT・INOSITOL・TOCOPHEROL・PINUS SYLVESTRIS CONE EXTRACT・CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT・ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT (ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS LEAF EXTRACT)・IRON OXIDES (CI 77491)・ROSA CANINA FRUIT EXTRACT・PERILLA OCYMOIDES LEAF EXTRACT・SERINE・ZINGIBER AROMATICUS EXTRACT・SODIUM ACETYLATED HYALURONATE・ISOSTEARIC ACID・HYDROLYZED YEAST・BENZOIC ACID・HYDROLYZED CONCHIOLIN PROTEIN・LAURYL BETAINE・POTENTILLA ERECTA ROOT EXTRACT・POLYSORBATE 20・UNCARIA GAMBIR EXTRACT・SODIUM CARBOXYMETHYL BETA-GLUCAN・CENTAUREA CYANUS FLOWER EXTRACT・BUPLEURUM FALCATUM ROOT EXTRACT・SODIUM BENZOATE

* Algunos de los ingredientes pueden resultar inconsistentes por la mejora o cambios en el método indicado. Por favor lea la etiqueta del producto para conocer la lista exacta.

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Exclusive Eyewear Collection from Mercedes-Benz and ic! berlin

Exclusive Eyewear Collection from Mercedes-Benz and ic! berlin

Exclusive Eyewear Collection from Mercedes-Benz and ic! berlin

Two German design icons sought and found each other: Berlin-based eyewear manufacturer ic! berlin and Mercedes-Benz are jointly launching a sunglass collection. The Designers of both brands have worked hand in hand to develop a design language that goes far beyond a pure logo cooperation. It combines the essential expressive features of both worlds. The result is five new exclusive eyewear models, which are based on design elements of Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG vehicles and are crafted in the ic! berlin manufactory in Berlin-Marzahn.

Exclusive Eyewear Collection from Mercedes-Benz and ic! berlin

Exclusive Eyewear Collection from Mercedes-Benz and ic! berlin

Dynamic shapes, exclusive materials, colour accents in lacquer and excellent wearing comfort characterize the new Capsule 2021. The Puristic design, typical of ic! berlin, meets the avantgarde spirit of Mercedes-Benz and interprets the vehicle design in each model in a special way. Stainless steel frames, high-performance ZEISS lenses, soft silicone nose pads and high-quality temple hinges ensure that every pair of eyewear remain an expression of individual lifestyle for a long time. In addition to the classic Mercedes-Benz logo, the new Mercedes-Benz pattern is lasered onto the temples as stylish branding.

The Mercedes-AMG model AMG 02 for men is a masculine and a sporty reinterpretation of the pilot shape design. They are available in four colour variations. The frame of the AMG 02 shows a powerful edge with its straight lines and underlines the extroverted appearance with accents in the three paint colours; red, yellow and blue. These colours were also developed in collaboration with the Mercedes-AMG designers. The hand-applied varnish adorns the thin-connecting brow arch over the bridge and the front upper sides of the temples.

The AMG 02 is available in the following colour variations:

  • Storm Grey and Gun Metal / Yellow – grey-blue frame, grey glass with colour gradient, yellow lacquer accents
  • Ultra Beam and Chrome / Blue – frame and temples in chrome, mirrored glass, blue colour accents
  • Nightfall and Black/ Red – black frame and temple, dark grey lenses, red accents
  • Black to Grey and Black – black frame and bracket, black glass with a gradient, no colour accents

The Mercedes-Benz variant, MB Shield 02, is a unisex model with a futuristic look. The simple mono disc is held in place by a stainless steel half frame, which is accentuated by a Plotic Clip in the area of the bridge. This is painted in the colour variant Ultra Beam and Fashion Silver as a contrast to the mirrored glasses and the silver frame in iconic Lemon Verbena. The Plotic Clip is black in the colour variant Night Shadow and Electric Light Blue with dark blue lenses with a colour gradient and light blue frame. In addition to the clean version, the Night Shadow glass is also available with a striking Mercedes-Benz pattern.

“The collection proves how our design philosophy of ‘sensual clarity’ can be expressed in different styles – from classic and elegant to sporty and futuristic – in the form of eyewear. For me, it was important to develop a wide range of formal interpretations, analogous to the range of our vehicles, in order to appeal to different customers. The high aesthetic standards, which include the continual reinterpretation of stylistic elements which create the identity of both partners, form a convincing product with the goal of maximum functionality. This goal is also inherent in both companies,” says Martin Bremer, Head of Creation Corporate Design at Mercedes-Benz.

The MB 04 is a unisex model with sporty elegance and a real flyweight at only 17 g. The trapezoidal glasses with bevelled sides are held by a discreet stainless steel frame. Here, too, the design highlight is the lacquer accent on the brow-bones and on the temples – in colour variants:

Black to Clear and Graphite / White in white
Night Fall and Black / Red versions in red
The MB 04 Blueberry Fade and Electric Light Blue, on the other hand, achieved their colour brilliance through the blue-violet glasses with a colour gradient in the light blue frame.

A reinterpretation of the iconic trapezoidal shape is the men’s MB 05 model. The sophistication of the MB 05 lies in its cool simplicity. It is offered in the colour combinations:
Storm Grey and Gun Metal / Yellow
Ultra Beam and Electric Light Blue / Off White
as well as Nightfall and Black / Red.
On this straight frame, the subtle lacquer application on the middle brow arch sets the colour accent.

The women’s model of the collection, MB 06, is a fashion statement. Oversized in the shape of a butterfly and with an accentuated frame on the side, these sunglasses combine trendy retro chic with luxurious style. The combination of ocean fade and rose gold is particularly striking. The colour gradient of the lenses change from dark blue to a delicate shade of purple, which the frame, with the widened side sections and the bridge in rose gold, take up again. The model in Sunset Boulevard and Aubergine with brownish-purple lens is a little less playful and yet very feminine. The classic colour combination Black to Grey and Black has a delicate mauve stripe along the upper edge as a design element.

“With our new Capsule Collection, we want to show that something very special can arise in the eyewear segment when two design-savvy brands as ic! berlin and Mercedes-Benz team up,” explains Harry Skinner, Lead Designer ic! berlin.

About ic! berlin

The eyewear manufacturer ic! berlin was founded in Berlin in 1996. It manufactures innovative eyewear made in Berlin by hand. ic! berlin models are extremely light, flexible and are characterized in particular by a screwless joint solution that is unique worldwide. Each collection line stands for its own unique form language and represents a part of the company’s own design identity. By now, eyewear from ic! berlin is sold in over 60 countries around the world. The company has its headquarters in Berlin and currently employs more than 180 people.  www.ic-berlin.de

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GUERLAIN – Exceptional Creations – The Bee Bottle by Begum Khan 2021

GUERLAIN - Exceptional Creations - The Bee Bottle by Begum Khan 2021

GUERLAIN – Exceptional Creations 

The Bee Bottle by Begum Khan 2021

This exceptional Guerlain perfume is priced at 10,000 euros

01 HEADING EAST

With the Bee Bottle, the young designer has cast a bridge between past and future; between East and West. An artistic encounter between two worlds. For Guerlain, Begüm Khan has created a work of art all in gold-plated bronze and encrusted with pavé gemstones; an encounter between East and West, as told by the designer:

“Since embarking on this collaboration, I have been constantly amazed by the synergies between myself, a young Turkish designer, and the centuries-old house of Guerlain.”

02 THE WORLD OF BEGÜM KHAN

Jewellery designer Begüm Kiroglu grew up in a family of Ottoman art collectors. Inspired by the East and by the opulence of Istanbul, she decided to create jewellery brand in 2012. With an abundantly whimsical imagination, she designs works of art that reinterpret nature, flora and fauna, forming a rich compendium of beasts and floral symbols.

03 THE BEE, SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

The theme of the bee is very dear to Guerlain, as a source of inspiration, a decorative motif and the hallmark of an ecological commitment. . A source of inspiration for Begüm Khan: ‘Bees have always intrigued me: they are a common sight, buzzing all around us, and yet their beauty is often overlooked. They are fragile yet strong, and there is something inspiring in this dichotomy. Bees are also synonymous with Guerlain, so they were a natural choice for our collaboration.” says the artist.

04METAMORPHOSIS OF THE BEE BOTTLE

Begüm Khan chose to create a jewel comprising elements that resonate with the West and the world of Guerlain. In the fantastical design, an imperial bee, the Guerlain symbol, escapes from its fanciful and luxurious universe to land for a fleeting moment on the bottle, fringed by four majestic flowers. Each piece is handmade by Turkish craftsmen in a historic workshop near the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, through a labour of love that imbues every bottle with its own personality and soul.

05 AN EXCEPTIONAL SAVOIR-FAIRE

Crafted in Istanbul workshop, the bronze-set decorative adornment is plated with 24-karat gold and paved with approximately 6,500 coloured gems. One by one, each stone is added by hand. Once placed on the bottle, the precious motif blots out the cartouche. This inimitable, meticulous feat of metalwork takes over fifty hours to complete.

06 LE SONGE DE LA REINE

The exclusives fragrance that comes with the creation, Le Songe de la Reine, brings us before the gateway into the East. This Eau de Parfum opens on a fresh and vibrant mix of mandarin and bergamot, revealing the freshness and the delight of fig notes in its heart, set upon a woody base of sandalwood and cedar notes. “This is a fragrance full of contrasts, wherein the woody notes, in their strength and sensuality, are confronted with the vegetal vitality of fig sap.” says Thierry Wasser, Guerlain House Perfumer.