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What’s Going on In the Luxury World – July 2021

Art Takes To Mayfair

Blue & White Infanta Margarita by Manolo Valdé

The world has slowly been getting ready for life post-pandemic with the arts and entertainment waking up after what feels like an extended period of hibernation. Opera Gallery has been preparing to embrace the public again by launching their Mayfair Sculpture Trail 2021, an outdoor display of sculptures by Manolo Valdés, Anthony James and Seo Young- Deok. While the sculptures are only a temporary addition to London’s streets, they join many permanent works of art that can be found around Mayfair, reminding us that even when the arts are in danger, there will always be beauty to look at.

More details at Opera Gallery.

Jacob & Co. Accept Crypto

Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon Baguette Black and Orange Sapphires

If you’ve been following the adventures of Elon Musk and his cryptocurrency shenanigans you’ll be aware that Tesla can’t make its mind up about whether it will accept crypto payments or not. However, one company that has said emphatically yes to crypto is Jacob & Co, the first luxury watchmaker to do so. In partnership with crypto exchange company (CEX.IO), Jacob & Co. will now let you use your Bitcoin, Ethereum and other verified coins to make purchases across the spectrum of their goods, including watches and jewellery. Watchmaking is a notoriously conservative industry so it’s little surprise that the digital charge is being led by a brand with such an exuberant style as Jacob & Co.

More details at Jacob & Co.

Blancpain Renews Commitment to Oceans

Blancpain Ocean Commitment

Diving is such an important part of watchmaking heritage and design that it’s little wonder that more and more brands are beginning to take an interest in the world’s oceans. One of the loudest voices in the area of aquatic conservation is Blancpain, who have recently renewed their commitment to Ocean Partnerships. As part of this endeavour, they became the official presenting partner for the United Nations World Oceans Day. The exclusive event, which took place last month, saw leading experts, celebrities and community voices come together to discuss sustainability and scientific discovery. Blancpain also supports the annual photo competition which results in some of the best underwater photography around.

More details at Blancpain Ocean Commitment.

Salon Privé Premiere Superleggera

Salon Privé Premiere Superleggera

Salon Privé is one of the most fabulous car shows on the international stage, but what makes it even more exciting is that it’s where many high-end automobiles make their UK debut. One such car scheduled to make it’s first appearance in England when the show begins in September is the new Arese RH95 from Italian bodywork and bespoke vehicle specialist Touring Superleggera. It’s a menacing looking vehicle in vivid green – a colour that wouldn’t be out of place on a watch in 2021. Touring Superleggera are no strangers to the concours with the Aero 3 making a splash last year. However, what makes the Arese RH95 extra special is that it celebrates the company’s 95th anniversary, a fact that is reflected in the supercar’s name.

More details at Salon Privé.

Watches and Wonders Announce Physical Show for 2022

Watches and Wonders - physical show 2022

Watches and Wonders 2021 has been the highlight of watchmaking so far this year, with dozens of releases from big name brands like Patek Philippe, Tudor and more. However, you’d be forgiven for missing out on all the hype because the event was held strictly online due to global circumstances. Fortunately, the team behind Watches and Wonders have announced that they will be returning to a large-scale physical show next year, with dates announced for 30 March to 5 April 2022. The event, which sees around 36 of the biggest watch brands from around the globe gather under the same roof, will be held in the Palexpo convention centre in Geneva.

More details at Watches and Wonders.

Rolls-Royce x Bovet Timepieces

Rolls-Royce X Bovet Timepieces

The clock on the dashboard of your car is one of the most underrated timepieces that you will encounter. One dashboard clock that demands your attention can be found in the new Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, and the details about it have recently been announced. The clock is actually a removable wristwatch that comes in a his and hers set of two timepieces created by Bovet 1822. They have large 44mm diameters to ensure their legibility as a dashboard piece and feature a bespoke manual tourbillon movement with a 120-hour power reserve. They also bear engravings of the night sky above their owner’s birthplace, because why not.

More details at Bovet.

Audemars Piguet Collaboration Celebration Exhibition

Audemars Piguet Extraordinary Friendships Exhibition

Audemars Piguet have opened a new exhibit at their atelier in Le Brassus as part of the guided tour, which celebrates the history of some of the watchmaker’s most exciting collaborations and partnerships. Entitled Extraordinary Friendships, the interactive gallery includes a T-800 Terminator, recipes from Emmanuel Renault and a display of Serena Williams’ belongings – each dedicated to a notable collaboration from the brand’s past. The experience culminates with their most recent partnership, that with Marvel and the release of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Black Panther. A replica of the hero can be observed standing in a Wakandan landscape made from paper as visitors learn about how the collaboration came to be.

The exhibition runs until 17 December 2021, more details at Musée Atelier – Audemars Piguet.

Monkey 47 and Henry Pool Throw Gin Party

Henry Poole & Co.

Gin and fine suits. Is there a better combination for a relaxing afternoon? Well, Monkey 47 and Henry Poole & Co. certainly don’t think so as they recently held an exclusive cocktails and consultation event in the Saville Row store. Billed as a Father’s Day treat, discerning gents were invited to explore the history of the tailor and receive bespoke consultation, all the while sipping on refreshing, premium Schwartzwald Dry Gin from Monkey 47. Accompanying the event was a limited edition Monkey 47 Jungle print suit lining and matching silk handkerchief that add a bit of fun to any outfit.

More details at Henry Poole.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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