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Boucheron’s Lierre de Paris Collection

The Luxury Yacht

Monaco-based Wally Yachts newest undertaking is the 93-foot Wally 93, a cruiser-racer that is being developed for an avid racing yachtsman. Designed as both a high-performance cruising yacht and a competitive racing vessel, the custom-made sailing yacht will fit right into the Wally Class racing circuit, one of the most advanced and competitive sailing circles in the world. The stunning model, which is being built by Italy’s Performance Boats, boasts a slew of first-rate amenities—and sailing-yacht fans are sure to be delighted by the final product. Overseen by Judel Vrolijk naval architecture firm with interior design accents by Sans Tabù, the yacht showcases a distinctive profile and plenty of outdoor space. Guests can sit or lounge on the sizeable teak deck as they enjoy a breezy day at sea and take in the gorgeous ocean views.

A midnight-black hull and gigantic sails give the yacht a swanky, sophisticated look that sets it apart from other vessels in its class. The posh interiors offer additional opportunities to relax. A secluded saloon promises privacy for everyone on board. A companionway leads to both the crew and guest cabins as well as the galley area. And in addition to an owner’s suite, the yacht features two guest cabins sure to provide rest and relaxation after a long day at sea.

Chopard’s Queen of Kalahari

Weighing a stunning 342 carats (about the size of a tennis ball), the Queen of Kalahari diamond was among the largest ever discovered when it was unearthed in 2015 at Botswana’s famous Karowe mine. Known for producing record-setting diamonds, the Karowe mine also bore the 813-carat Constellation diamond (which was purchased by Swiss jeweler de Grisogono for $63 million in 2016), and the world’s largest uncut diamond on record—the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona.

Certified as a D colour, Type IIA (a certification given to less than two percent of gem-quality diamonds), the massive Queen of Kalahari diamond was acquired by Chopard and cut into 23 pieces—five of which weigh more than 20 carats. The fruit of the 10-month process is the six-piece Garden of Kalahari collection, which launched in January 2017. The collection comprises a convertible necklace, earrings, a bracelet, two rings, and a watch (prices available upon request), each of which has an ornate, lacy, floral-inspired motif. The necklace is the crown jewel, boasting three stunning diamond drop pendants that are crafted in heart, pear, and brilliant cuts. The trendy mismatched earrings are another highlight, featuring one pear and one heart-shaped diamond.

The Celestial Spheres Collection

Vacheron Constantin‘s master artisans are famous for their incredible working examples of art, a bold statement that’s perfectly supported by the timepieces from the brand’s new Métiers d’Art Copernicus Celestial Spheres collection. The Swiss manufacture has chosen the formal simplicity of a white gold case to set the scene for the astronomical world, according to Nicolas Copernicus.

Showing off an original display and spectacular decorations, this new collection honors one of mankind’s greatest discoveries: heliocentrism. The Métiers d’Art Copernicus celestial spheres 2460 RT collection includes three pieces, with three dials featuring different interpretations of the same theme. Inspired by the graphic depictions of Andreas Cellarius, a 17th-century Dutch-German cartographer, these superb dials are well worth your attention right now.

A mechanical self-winding Manufacture-made movement, called calibre 2460 RT, powers everything up and has been designed, developed and created by Vacheron Constantin in a three-year process. The gold oscillating weight appearing on the back of the watch, and protected by a sapphire crystal, features an engraving matching the overall theme. Last but not least, a 36-hour power reserve is also part of this appealing package, while a black Mississippiensis alligator leather, with an alligator leather inner shell, that’s hand-stitched, and comes with a saddle-finish, tops everything off.

 

Boucheron’s Lierre de Paris Collection

Frédéric Boucheron was always fascinated with the wilder side of nature, which is what also inspired the brand’s new Lierre de Paris collection. Showing off white gold and diamonds, covering a necklace, rings, and two secret watches, this exquisite new collection exemplifies the untamed nature of life in the most stunning of ways.

There are seven new designs, which were displayed alongside some historical pieces, reminding us of Boucheron’s fascination for the nature and intrigue.  The Lierre de Paris necklace, the masterpiece of this collection, features nine ivy leaves sprouting from a realistic tendril encircle the neck as if it has stealthily crept up on the wearer. Each diamond-laden leaf allows the jewel to shiver with the slightest movement, just like real ivy moving in the breeze.

The collection also includes a smaller necklace, as well as a ring, a hand-spanning ring, a brooch pendant, and earrings, all showing off the very same luxurious vibe and attention to details as you’d expect.

There are also two secret watches in this wonderful line, the larger of them coiling three times around the wrist. A traditional white gold automatic wristwatch, the Epure Lierre de Paris, boasts diamond ivy details on either a black or white mother-of-pearl dial.