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Founded in 1780, the Maison Chaumet has had a long, celebrated history having navigated the years of the French Revolution to become jeweler to the emperor Napoleon before entering in 1999 the stables of the luxury group LVMH. Given that heritage, it is surprising that the brand managed to traverse the centuries that saw the apogee of flowers in jewelry design without ever producing a floral collection. "There were flowers in Chaumet's past collections but never a complete floral collection," said Thierry Fritsch, the brand's chief executive in an interview in Chaumet's salons overlooking the Place Vend? me. "This is a turning point for us and a magical moment as we establish our new floral codes. Last fall, Chaumet plucked the hydrangea, known as the "Hortensia" in French, as the new muse to which it dedicated its latest collection of haute joaillerie and replica watches inspired by the delicately luscious flower. "The flower is an integral part of the imagination of the jeweler," Mr. Fritsch said. "We chose the hortensia for its subtle complexity. "Flowers have been an essential element of brand-building for number of jewelry and watchmaking brands. Chanel has it camellia, Dior its rose, and Cartier its orchid. Chaumet's challenge was to handpick a flower that was not identifiable with another brand yet afforded sufficient aesthetic texture to inspire an entire collection. "It was the hortensia's versatility that won us over in the end," Mr. Fritsch said. Growing in billowy blossoms, the hydrangea comes in different shapes known as mop head, lace cap or conical, blooming mostly in white but also in shades of blue, red, pink or purple depending on the pH of its soil. Its natural variety makes the hydrangea both a malleable and a challenging choice for Chaumet as a recognizable symbol. While it is too soon to tell if the "hortensia" will attain an iconic status at Chaumet, the seeds of its organic growth have been sown. "Haute joaillerie, like haute couture, is a laboratory of style," Mr. Fritsch said. "We have already created 24 pieces in the Hortensia Haute Joaillerie collection and will continue to explore this flower's possibilities. "Chaumet's Hortensia replica watch collection includes seven timepieces with motifs that explore the diversity of the flower in stylized, open-worked and sculpted variations. In the haute joaillerie replica watch collection, two limited edition automatic tourbillon replica watches celebrate the blue and white hydrangeas with a floral decor executed in sculpted and hand-engraved "grand feu" enamel. Hortensia High Jewelry automatic tourbillon complication - blue Chaumet The Hortensia Riviere watch, a one-of-a-kind piece, is set with a ruby bracelet while its 18 carat pink gold dial boasts sapphires, diamonds, rubies and rubellites. Hortensia High Jewelry "Riviere" replica watch Chaumet The Secret watch, also a one-of-a-kind model, features a bouquet of pink hydrangeas to conceal a white mother-of-pearl dial, revealed only as the flowers, paved with brilliant-cut diamonds and set with pink sapphires, sculpted cabochon-cut opals and tourmalines are moved aside. Hortensia High Jewelry "Secret" replica watch Chaumet The force behind the Hortensia collection is Chaumet's creative director, Claire Deve-Rakoff, a long-time independent designer of costume jewelry whose pedigree includes top brands like Chanel, Harry Winston and Swarovski. When Ms. Deve-Rakoff joined Chaumet in 2012, she was new to designing replica watches. "I was not told that I would be designing replica watches, so for research and inspiration, I searched the house archives and roamed through the Musee des Arts Decoratifs," Ms. Deve-Rakoff said. "For me, the main challenge was to bring modernity to the traditional theme of the flower," she said. Feminine and delicate, the pieces in the replica watch collection derive their modernity from their architectural asymmetry, the overlay of stones and colors and the geometric rhythm of the pieces that flows from their subtle gradation of color. Whether the "Hortensia" will become an iconic symbol of the Maison Chaumet, only time will tell. "We were not looking for a new symbol for Chaumet," Mr. Fritsch said. "Still, we wish our Hortensia line a long life. " Lots of replica watch brands have at the very least one particular skeleton enjoy inside their collection, but only a several have really released cranium replica watches timepieces with skulls on their own dials, some using a horological headbone really included to the motion itself. Listed here are 5 recent examples of these skull replica watches that we can't look to receive outside of our heads.
Romain Jerome's cranium observe was impressed through the operate of artist John M. Armleder. Romain Jerome and Armleder collaborated to develop a group of ten distinctive timepieces, all bearing the image of the cranium, a recurring motif in Armleder's perform. The cranium is often a lifted applique with a lacquered underside, the colour of which can only be witnessed within the reflective dial.
Romain Jerome John M. Armleder Look at
Richard Mille's RM 052 Cranium is actually a constrained edition of 21 replica watches, launched at SIHH 2012. The check out experienced a price of $500,000 when it had been very first declared. The watch's primary attribute will be the skull-shaped quality 5 titanium baseplate in the centre. The cranium can also be integrated in to the motion: the upper and lessen jaws keep the ruby from the tourbillon cage, as well as the back from the skull can also be the movement's heart bridge. The four bridges that hook up the motion into the case also a kind a skull-and-crossbones pattern.
Above and down below: Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Cranium
Perrelet also includes a cranium replica watch among its number of turbine replica watches, regarded for his or her spinning blades about the dials. The Turbine Poisonous Specific Version bears the image of a cranium and crossbones, visible once the 12-blade wheel spins, which is driven by Perrelet's automated P-331 Double Rotor movement. The men's version is set with 210 dia-monds along with the ladies' variation with one hundred fifty five dia-monds.
Perrelet Turbine Poisonous Particular Edition
A complete view from the skull and crossbones on the dial.