Born in 1975, Bulgari Roma has sailed through four decades with its key values: contemporaneousness and modernity. The new models presented this year – the commemorative edition Bulgari Roma Finissimo, Bulgari Roma Tourbillon Finissimo, Bulgari Bulgari Solotempo, and Bulgari Roma Tubogas – are celebrating the 40th anniversary of a legend which incarnates a large piece of watchmaking history.
Bulgari Roma is designed as a very limited series for the great jewellery House founded in Rome in 1884 by Sotirio Boulgaris and as a gift for his hundred best clients, as well as in tribute to the beauty and influence of Rome.
This year marks the first in which Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen debuted as an official partner of the festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême, which was held in Angoulême, France, from 25 to 30 August. IWC CEO Georges Kern presented Emmanuel Finkiel from France with the “Valois IWC du Réalisateur” for his film “Je ne suis pas un salaud”. At a gala dinner hosted under the motto “Pour l’amour du cinéma” approximately 100 VIP guests and global stars such as Christopher Lambert and Vincent Lindon celebrated the creativity and diversity of French-speaking cinema. To date, IWC Schaffhausen has supported well-known festivals from as far afield as Beijing, New York, Zurich, London and Dubai.
Louis Vuitton is opening its second private museum La Galerie in Paris in less than a year. The inauguration was celebrated in style with a garden party attended by Vuitton face Michelle Williams, the invitation-only exhibit was curated by Judith Clark, a professor of fashion and museology. The 6,500-square-foot exhibition space is located on the historic Louis Vuitton grounds in the northern suburb of Asnières-sur-Seine, which also houses the former family home and the workshops where the luxury brand still produces its most exclusive made-to-order items. Spread over two floors are around 400 objects and documents from the house’s archive of 26,000 objects and 165,000 documents. They range from couturier Paul Poiret’s trunk to items from the Vuitton family’s personal collection, including a pair of 17th-century Venetian women’s platform shoes.
Gurney Paragon Mall opened its doors on 23rd July 2013 and since then, it has been filled with exciting events and activities. The mall offers a mix of retail, food and entertainment outlets so that shoppers can visit their favourite stores or catch a movie all within the same mall.
In conjunction with the 2nd anniversary celebrations, Gurney Paragon launched their new loyalty programme – The Gurney Paragon Card. Speaking at the launch of the Gurney Paragon Card on 8th August 2015, Hunza’s Group Executive Director, Khor Tze Ming, said, “Gurney Paragon Mall has always stood for value and quality and the Gurney Paragon Card is a manifestation of our promise to our customers. Most importantly, it symbolises our commitment to treat our customers as individuals by offering a loyalty programme that caters to various needs and lifestyles.”
Penang’s state EXCO for Tourism Development, YB Danny Law commended Hunza for introducing a programme to benefit its customers during his speech at the anniversary celebration. “It is a bold and smart move from a sizeable, local ‘born and bred’ company like Hunza to introduce this loyalty programme to its shoppers. A loyalty programme is the ultimate resource for the retailers to stay in direct contact with their customers,” he said.
The upscale mall, located between the busy Kelawei Road and Gurney Drive, aims to become a favourite spot for shoppers and to turn an ordinary shopping trip into a wonderful experience at the mall.
A cake-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the mall and Hunza’s Group Managing Director, Khor Siang Gin, presented the Gurney Paragon Card to YB Danny Law and YB Yap Soo Huey, who attended the event.
It was a night of celebration at the Grand Ballroom of Cititel Penang when the Penang Art Society marked its 62nd year since its establishment. A total of 250 guests from near and far attended the event and also witnessed the launch of the “Penang Art Society@62” book. It was a night of entertainment as guests sang the birthday song to celebrate the society’s anniversary and later, the Penang Art Society president Ch’ng Huck Theng paid tribute to the 7 senior members who had contributed to the success of the oldest registered art society in Malaysia. They are none other than Dato’ Tay Mor Leong, Dato’ Soon Ah Leng, David Goh, Lim Soo Mun JP, Tan Chiang Kiong, Liew Chock Yoon as well as Song Jin Tek who unfortunately passed away two days before the dinner. Among the VIPS were Abdul Rashid Razak, Tai Keik Hock, Ooi Kok Chuen, Foo Yong Kong and Choo Eng Hin.
For fans of plasma ceramic who prefer a more pared-down model, Rado presents the Rado HyperChrome Automatic. Polished plasma ceramic meets rose gold coloured elements, which add to the deep warm metallic shine of the plasma, achieved without the use of any metal. Undercover, this metallic-looking watch has all the benefits of ceramic. It is the timepiece that will not only stand by you as you are put through your paces on the court, track or field, but will be equally at home on your wrist at a black tie event. In short the lightness of this high-tech ceramic watch makes it a pleasant companion, while its hardness ensures that it will come out without a scratch.
To commemorate its 20th anniversary, the 100% Poinçon-de-Genève-certified watchmaking Manufacture Roger Dubuis incorporates the remaining antique movement blanks and re-launches a unique restoration project – Millésime – entirely dedicated to its Hommage collection.
Millésime is a demonstration of admiration for generations of watchmakers while highlighting the traditional watchmaking arts, whilst embodying an audacious combination of traditional and modern craftsmanships. Exclusively available in Roger Dubuis boutiques, one of these restoration Millésime models will be produced annually.