Business

04 September 2015

Elie Top’s Celestial Mechanics

Known for the fashion jewelry he created at Lanvin, Elie Top has produced his first collection of jewelry that is ultra technical and with a hint of vintage charm.

Between figurative and abstract, poetry and scientific rigor, Elie Top’s “Les Mécaniques Célestes” stands out as the most remarkable collection of recent months. It is not just beautiful: it deciphers, hints and interprets. The journey never ends. The idea came from an exhibition catalogue from the Kugel Gallery in Paris. It continues with the semantics associated with the names of jewels: Pluto, Flying Saucer, Five planets. References mingle and juxtapose like a cabinet of curiosities. The planets, inspired by a metal sugar bowl open out on articulated armillary spheres set with diamonds, are interlinked around an axis. Strange stones with opalescent and iridescent reflections, like labradorites and moonstones are put into orbit.

The theme of cosmogony is not new in jewelry. However, the treatment Elie Top reserves for it is unique. Thanks to a 3D technique, “allowing a precision unattainable with the human hand“, the collection is characterized by the mathematical purity of it assembly. The suborbital micro parts are laser welded. With a watchmaker’s precision, each worked piece is set with microscopic diamonds and exudes an indescribable poetry amplified by the mix of gold and blackened silver or blued and then lightened. The magic of Elie Top, a Parisian-society bohemian artist, works… Each piece seems to have weathered with time, the earrings are similar to “dormeuses” from the twentieth century. With this collection of jewelry, Elie Top immediately anchors the grammar of his very personal style.

Most popular articles

The French watch and jewelry market in 2020

Francéclat publishes a study on the watch and jewelry market: it shows a market in shock, for in 2020, its turnover was down by 14%. But there are glimmers...

Cresus, the pre-owned watch pioneer

Cresus emerged as a trailblazer on the pre-owned watch market almost 30 years ago. We meet the company’s CEO, Maximilien Urso.

How the blockchain serves the luxury sector

Security, transparency, authentication… Blockchain technology seems to respond to the current fundamental challenges of luxury.

Brand new and pre-owned: the reconciliation?

The second-hand market now accounts for between 30 and 40 billion dollars (25 to 34 billion euros) or 2% of the total weight of the fashion and luxury...

Jean Cocteau x Atelier Paulin

“We need a new language to appeal to the 20-30-year-olds who often know nothing about this surrealist artist, writer, poet, philosopher, filmmaker, painter....

Digitalization: a user’s guide

Following a recent webinar I took part in on the subject of digitalization, I received a number of  questions. Here are a few thoughts from the TFJP team,...