Ulysse Nardin Classico Amerigo Vespucci Cloissoné Dial
by Kyle Stults on September 17, 2014

Ulysse Nardin Amerigo Vespucci cloissoine dials

This latest addition to Ulysse Nardin’s Classico collection: the Amerigo Vespucci.   Ulysse Nardin is one of the very few brands I can think of that actually have what could be called a “cloissoné collection.”  In fact Ulysse Nardin’s cloissoné collection of just ships includes the Pride of Baltimore, the HMS Caesar, and the Santa Maria.  Cloissoné of course a reference to the technique used to create the enamel dial.  Ulysse Nardin thrives in enameling and is one of the few watchmaking houses with in-house capabilities (i.e. very skilled enamel artisans).

Enamel dial-making is an art that has increasingly fascinated me, and I will have much more to tell you on the topic of enameling very soon in a special report I am working on.   Until then, enjoy a look at these fine cloissone dial Classico “Amerigo Vespucci” by Ulysse Nardin.
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Creative Academy Luxury Design Program Still Open for 2015
by Kyle Stults on September 17, 2014

Creative Academy Milan logo

Creative Academy, the corporate design school of Richemont Group, is now accepting applications for its 2015 program. Creative Academy was established in Milan in 2003 by Richemont, and the program accepts only twenty designers per year who go on to learn and achieve a Master of Arts in Design, with emphasis in the field of the luxury product design.  Specifically jewelry, watchmaking and luxury accessories.

It is a prestigious program, with an obvious opportunity to find a career with one of the Richemont Group luxury brands.  Famous designer Marc Newson (recently hired by a little company called Apple), among other luminaries, is on the steering academy.

The application process has been extended to September 30th, 2014.   Scholarships are available for the 10-month program (including 3 months internship).  I recognize this is a bit late but if any of you creative types are looking for an exciting path to venture along, check it out: www.creative-academy.com

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F.P. Journe Chronomètre Bleu Byblos Limited Edition
by Kyle Stults on September 16, 2014

FP Journe Chronomètre Bleu Byblos watch

The F.P. Journe Chronomètre Bleu “Byblos”  is a limited edition of 99 pieces to celebrate the opening of F.P. Journe’s 10th boutique, in Beirut, Lebanon.  Like the Journe name, Byblos is a city with a rich history and compelling story — the first city in to be built in ancient Phoenicia, Byblos is today believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller Cloisonné Enamel Dial for U.S.A.
by Kyle Stults on September 15, 2014

Exclusive first look…

Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller cloissone enamel dial detail

I have for you here the first look at a very — and I mean very — special Laurent Ferrier timepiece.  This unequivocally stunning watch is an exclusive edition of Laurent Ferrier’s Galet Traveller.  Made only in white gold, it is distinguished by its cloisonné enamel dial in the shape of North America, designed by Mr. Ferrier himself.   The watch is exclusive to the American market, and will have limited production of only 8 pieces.  That’s right folks, just eight of these superlative timepieces will be made (for this territory), and I can tell you that a handful of them are already sold.

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