This month's brands and events of note including Parfumier Alexandra J's laytest creation and the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve watch exhibiton in Dubai.
Parfumier Alexandre J’s latest creation, Legacy, is now available at Bloomingdale’s and Harvey Nichols Dubai. The perfume is offered in White or Black versions; the more feminine Legacy White combines light and fruity notes with patchouli and base notes of amber, while the masculine Legacy Black (pictured) has top notes of raspberry, orange and peppercorn set on a spicy wooden base. The scent is stored in a striking enamel and mother-of-pearl bottle that takes skilled artisans some 200 hours to create, and retails at Dh1,950. “Legacy is my attempt to capture a moment of intense, natural bliss, and is my answer to whether art mimics nature exactly or, in fact, tries to interpret it. Legacy is my painstakingly crafted interpretation of a moment of pure, natural joy,” says the parfumier.
Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a watch connoisseur, you’re in for a treat when the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) exhibition comes to Dubai for the first time later this month. Dubbed the Oscars of the watch industry, the GPHG is the world’s only globally recognised awards programme for excellence in watchmaking. From Bulgari’s whimsical Comedia Dell’arte and Chanel’s spellbinding Camelia Brode to Hublot’s futuristic Antikythera SunMoon and Baume & Mercier’s sturdy Clifton 1830, some of the world’s most coveted watches will be on display at the Cuadro Fine Art Gallery in DIFC from October 22 to 24. Whether your tastes veer towards the classical, sporty, intricate or elaborate, there is guaranteed to be something here to catch your eye. The industry’s biggest names will all be represented, including Hermès, A Lange & Söhne, Chopard, Hublot, Zenith, Boucheron, Montblanc and Audemars Piguet. Presented by Ahmed Seddiqi and Sons, the event will offer watch fans the opportunity to view 70 of the world’s most innovative timepieces, free of charge, and will also include workshops by experts and collectors, offering a rare insight into the alluring world of precision timekeeping. Whittled down from over 200 nominees, the 70 finalists are vying for the top spot in 10 award categories, including the Grande Complication, Innovations, Artistic Crafts, Sports and Petite Aiguille. Abdul Hamied Seddiqi, vice chairman of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, served as a jury member at the 2011 GPHG awards and has been instrumental in bringing this event to the Middle East. “It is a source of great pride for the UAE that the GPHG will be exhibiting in Dubai – it attracts the crème de la crème of the watchmaking industry and is a coveted distinction that is sought after by the biggest names in the watchmaking industry.”
In addition to wowing fans in Dubai, the groundbreaking timepieces will tour destinations such as Beijing, Singapore and Geneva, before the winners are announced on November 15.www.gphg.org
Founded by supermodel Christy Turlington in 1999 and now available in the UAE for the first time, Sundari skincare aims to blend the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with modern science. All Sundari products are made using natural and organic ingredients that are traditional to Ayurveda; they are completely fragrance- and dye-free and do not contain any mineral oils or toxic substances.
The range includes nurturing, firming, healing and supplifying lines, which contain traditional Indian elements such as gotu kola and neem. The range is available from the spa at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
A new version of the Pattina bag is currently making its debut in select Prada stores across the UAE. The retro, 1940s-style bag is part of the brand’s autumn/winter 2013 collection and is defined by its quiet, understated elegance. Material options include Saffiano and ostrich, with a crocodile version on its way. There’s a choice of colours – in addition to the marble ostrich version seen here, the bag comes in cherry, emerald green and turquoise blue. This version retails at Dh22,340 and is available from Prada Mall of the Emirates, Prada The Galleria and Prada Level Shoe District, The Dubai Mall.
To coincide with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, of which it is a firm supporter, Jaeger-LeCoultre is unveiling the complete Hybris Mechanica collection – 10 inimitable timepieces launched by the company over the past 10 years – in the UAE. In celebration of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s 180th anniversary, the latest addition to the Hybris family, the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Jubilee, was introduced earlier this year and is defined by a flying tourbillion, a blued gold balance and a spherical-shaped balance spring. All of the pieces in the Hybris Mechanica collection are crafted in Vallée de Joux, Switzerland, in the same location that Antoine LeCoultre founded his watchmaking atelier nearly two centuries ago. Promoting watchmaking as an art form in its own right, Jaeger-LeCoultre has collaborated with film festivals in Shanghai and Venice, and became a major partner of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival three years ago. At this year’s event, taking place from October 24 to November 2, the watchmaker will be presenting a personalised, engraved Reverso watch to the winners of the Best Actress and Best Actor of the year in the Narrative Competition. www.jaeger-lecoultre.com