16 February 2017
This is how Victoire de Castellane named these secret watches whose dials are hidden under a cover of precious stones. They allow watchmakers to find a new way to develop business and jewelers to make jewelry more fun. If at the end of the eighteenth century they were fashioned by good etiquette where displaying the hour in society was not polite, they are today part of the family of transformable pieces which double the pleasure and go maybe even further.
Jewelry designer Alexandra Jefford created a series of gold rings with crafted knots of colored Smythson leather.
Like fashion designers before them, jewelers are developing whole creative worlds. Foundrae’s designer, Beth Bugdaycay, has dreamed up blown glass objects...
In a more striking incarnation, the Ukrainian vinok is now finding a new young audience and is perfectly in tune with the wave of patriotism.
In her Copenhagen workshop, Orit Elhanati plays tirelessly with the yellow gold, torturing, hammering, denting it.
Maiko Takeda concentrates mainly on head adornments inspired by science, mathematics and the repetitive, obsessive music of Philip Glass.
In 2019, after several years of stagnation, the price of an ounce of gold soared by 20%. And there seems to be no end in sight…