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In this week’s edition of Brand New, we’re sharing details on the latest from names like Piaget, LOEWE, and Hermès.
Piaget’s latest watch, the Limelight Gala Automatic, takes on dazzling new features for its classic model. For the first time, the 32 mm watch sees an automatic movement—a function fit in an array of new styles, including a model in white 18K gold with a textured white dial and a black alligator strap; a piece in 18K rose gold with a textured white dial and a black alligator strap; a style in 18K white gold with a snow-set dial with 289 diamonds; and one in 18K white gold with a textured white dial with a white gold Milanese mesh bracelet strap; and a model in 18K rose gold with a textured white dial with a rose gold Milanese mesh bracelet strap. Each has a sapphire case-back and features a bezel set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds.
LOEWE has recently revealed a “Home Scents” collection, centered around designer Jonathan Anderson’s love for curated ambiance and his passion for plants. While working with the brand’s in-house perfumier Nuria Cruelles, Anderson pulled an amalgamation of eleven plant essences—honeysuckle, beetroot, juniper berry, tomato leaves, coriander, licorice, marihuana, pea, oregano, cypress balls, and ivy—and express them as their own standalone scent within each candle, wax candle holder, home fragrance, and rattan diffuser. On our wish list is the cypress balls scented candle—a piece with a baby blue ribbed ceramic exterior that’s based on a 5th century BC Greek mug Anderson bought at an auction.
Earlier this year, Hermès launched its Beauty division as the sixteenth métier. First came a luxurious line of lipsticks, “Rouge Hermès,” and a promise that a new line of limited-edition colors would be released later, followed by accessories like cases and mirrors. This week, that held true, as the brand revealed its second line of limited-edition colors for Fall/Winter 2020. For the three new hues, we see variations of pink—Rose Ombrè, Rose Pommette, and Rose Nuit. Inspired by the change of seasons between fall and winter, the new colors also touch upon works by artists Charles Sheeler, John Register, Arduino Cantàfora, and Jean Hélion.
It’s been one year since Hublot inaugurated its Piazza di Spagna boutique in Rome, so the brand saw it fit to celebrate. As a tribute to the Eternal City, Hublot is introducing the Classic Fusion Chronograph Special Edition Boutique Roma—a style that’s limited to just 50 pieces, exclusively sold only in the boutique it honors. The 45 mm piece hold an automatic HUB1143 chronograph movement, characterized by a 42-hour power reserve, and held in colors that embrace the beauty of the sky during sunset.
Just in time for fall, John Lobb introduced Lane—a monochrome trainer shoe with a colorful sole. The fully-lined derby-style sneaker features heavy stitching, a mix of leather textures, a removable footbed, a cushioned collar and tongue, two-tone hiker-inspired laces, and techno fabric for added comfort. Underneath, it encompasses the classic diamond Rasp sole design, which has been unique to the brand since 2015.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s latest collection, L’Homme À la rose, pays homage to the house’s iconic fragrance from 2014. Originally inspiration from the famous portrait of Marie-Antoinette by Louise Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, the new fragrance (this time for men) calls gender norms into question and offers a dual look at feminine fragrances. Shaking up conventions and old habits, the house infuses a touch of freedom with woody notes to the fresh Bulgarian Damask rose scent.
Jennifer Meyer’s new 18K necklace reminds us of what we need to do—vote. From now through November 3, the simple, elegant piece is donating 20 percent of proceeds to I am a voter, a non-partisan movement that aims to create cultural shifts around voting and civic engagement. Leading up to the presidential election in the United States, Meyer said, “It is so important that we exercise our right and responsibility to vote, now more than ever. During this crucial time, we are proud to donate a portion of sales from our ‘vote’ necklace to I am a voter. We want this necklace to be a hopeful reminder to everyone around you: let your voice be heard and go out there and vote!”
B&B Italia has announced an updated version of a past iconic design—the Camaleonda designed by Mario Bellini. The new luxurious offering is a sustainable version of the bulbous sofa—a strong example of 1970s modular furniture that is held together and tufted by rings and carabiners. After first making headlines in an exhibition at MoMA in 1972, the design is back into production after 50 years, the couch remains an iconic piece for the home.