Plus: Lvcea timepieces from Bulgari; and French brand Korloff comes to Abu Dhabi
Toys from Zegna and Gucci Bloom: what we're loving this month
In time for the festive season, Ermenegildo Zegna has launched Zegna’s Toyz – a line of contemporary gift ideas fashioned from Pelle Tessuta, a woven leather fabric made from extremely thin strips of nappa hide. The collection consists of gadgets, devices and home accessories “dedicated to the modern man for three different moments in his life”. The Essential line includes travel accessories and business-related items, such as a cardholder and sunglasses case; Toyz includes games, such as playing cards and a dominoes set; and Technological features multimedia items, such as speakers and headphones that have been created in collaboration with premium audio brand Master & Dynamic. The collection is available from Zegna stores and via its website.
Bulgari has unveiled two new handcrafted Lvcea timepieces composed of miniature gold tiles. The result, says Bulgari, is “an infinite variety of subtly shimmering light effects achieved by the meticulous placing of the tiny tiles in a long and patient process”. The wristwatches feature approximately 700 tiny squares of 18K gold plate, each measuring exactly 0.84mm. Each tile is individually applied to the dial, starting from the centre and working outward. Under each tile is a grain of sand, creating a slight obliqueness, which is responsible for the shimmering light reflections and for making each watch utterly unique. As if all this artistry weren’t enough, 78 brilliant-cut diamonds are applied to the face, making these pieces as valuable as they are special.
Abu Dhabi-based admirers and collectors of Korloff, the luxury French jewellery and watch brand, no longer need to travel to get their fix. The brand, which was founded in 1978, is renowned for its feminine, intricate designs and its signature women’s collections, which include Envolées Poétiques and Lumière, can now be found at Al Manara International Jewellery stores within The Galleria, Yas Mall, Al Ain Mall, Marina Mall and Abu Dhabi Mall.
The first Gucci fragrance to be developed under the expert nose of Alessandro Michele is now available in the UAE. Gucci Bloom was blended by master perfumer Alberto Morillas, in accordance with Michele’s wishes, which were to capture the richness of scent, as experienced in a thriving garden. “The garden is as beautiful as women are; colourful, wild, diverse, where there is everything,” Michele says. The ingredients used in its formula are nothing if not diverse: natural tuberose harvested in India, along with jasmine bud extract and Rangoon creeper – a unique flower that is used here for the first time in perfumery – combine to form a rich fragrance that, Gucci says, “transports the wearer to an imaginary garden”. As a final feminine touch, the lacquered bottle comes in a vintage powder pink. Gucci Bloom costs Dh545 for 100 millilitres.