Cartier has created beautiful wearable art inspired by the most complex of plants

SINGAPORE (June 4): The cactus is a very hardy plant: it can thrive in harsh conditions such as the unforgiving desert. Cartier has been inspired by this characteristic as well as the plant’s beauty to launch the Cactus de Cartier collection. The skilled craftsmen at Cartier have fashioned it into pieces that cap­ture the spirit of the independent woman. The collection comes in both soft and intense colours. Blues and greens are used along with yellow gold and diamonds to highlight the lushness of the plant. One design focuses on the geometric shape and uses only yellow gold and diamonds.

Caviar for your skin

Instead of on top of a blini, La Prairie has put caviar in its skincare range. Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation is the first compact foundation infused with caviar water. Caviar science is brought together with colour artistry in a formula that perfects and enhances the natural beauty of the skin.

100 reasons

Sincere Fine Watches, Asia’s premier watch specialist, collaborates with Breguet for the next instalment of the 100 Masterpieces exhibition series. One of the key highlights will be Breguet’s 2018 novelties, which will be in Singapore for the very first time. By gathering some of the world’s finest pieces by a single brand in one location, Sincere Fine Watches hopes to make excellent craftsmanship accessible to the public, and inspire and cultivate an appreciation for watchmaking. Breguet is recognised as a pioneer of numerous technologies and complications such as the tourbillon, invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1801. The 100 Masterpieces exhibition is from now to June 13 at Sincere Fine Watches’ flagship boutique, Takashimaya Shopping Centre #01-12 from 10.30am to 9pm daily.

Cool sandals for summer

Cole Haan has created a range of footwear for summer. With summer all year round here, the sandals are perfect to beat the heat. The ultimate in beach chic is the Pinch Lobster Thong Sandal, which has a padded footbed for extra comfort. Fresh colours of gold, orange and coral up the glam factor.

Cosmic wonder

Parmigiani Fleurier presents the Tonda Annual Calendar timepiece. The manufacture has developed the calibre PF339, which features a retrograde annual calendar and a precision moon phase. These two complications ensure that the new Tonda Annual Calendar is devoted to astronomy, as it transcribes the rotation of the Earth in relation to the sun and the moon. The moon counter and solid rose-gold moon discs stand out on an aventurine glass sky while its retrograde date indication allows the wearer to re-establish contact with its subtle mechanism by setting the date manually three times every four years, at the end of February. The Tonda Annual Calendar is available in two versions: a rose-gold case with a white grained dial and a white-gold case with a black opaline dial.

Whimsical joy

Anya Hindmarch has launched the spring/summer 2018 Chubby Collection — a whimsical symphony to suburbia. New techniques and materials have been used to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, including modern interpretations of 1970s housecoats, prints inspired by Anaglypta wallpaper and luxurious reinterpretations of a takeaway box. The Chubby Collection is made from soft quilted Nappa leather with hand-stitching and oversized piping. These squashy, lightweight bags, shoes and accessories will add an irreverent finish to serious outfits. Check out this Cat Chubby Cube Cross-Body with its feline kitsch.

This article appeared in Issue 833 (June 4) of The Edge Singapore.

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