Cartier Icons: Écrou de Cartier

Categories:Jewelry & Watches

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When Aldo Cipullo declared his love for the humble hardware store back in the 70s, creating the groundbreaking LOVE and Juste un Clou jewellery collections, it was only time before Cartier revealed a new design featuring something hardware-related. And time it did take till they found the perfect accompaniment to the Juste en Clou, with the all new Écrou de Cartier collection that just made its debut in Singapore.

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Don’t be fooled by this seemingly simple bracelet, which at first glance just looks like a circle-shaped bolt adorned with 6 nuts. Give it a thought and try answering these questions? How is it completely seamless from end to end without a clasp showing? How would you open the bracelet to wear it on your wrist? Just how did they do it?

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Well, one of the nuts (one of two that’s affixed permanently to the bracelet’s body) actually holds the secret to opening the bracelet. There’s a small clasp near the nut that you can press to unlock the mechanism, allowing the bracelet to be pulled open. Next, just slip it onto your wrist, bring both ends together till you hear a ‘click’ and it’s secured.

Another feat that one can marvel over is the fact that the four nuts in the middle of the bracelet can be moved; you can twist them up or down the elongated bolt body that’s been curved into a perfectly round shape. Which can be truly therapeutic if you think about it, especially when that tedious meeting with the Boss never seems to end.

In other words, genius doesn’t come close to describing the Écrou de Cartier’s design that comes in 6 different sizes, ranging from 15 cm to 20 cm. The perfect blend of form meeting function, the bracelet has been exclusively launched in Cartier’s Ngee Ann City boutique, which also happens to be the first boutique in Southeast Asia and Australia to offer this collection. Priced at SGD9100 and SGD9750 for Pink Gold and White Gold bracelets respectively, they will also be the best thing to add onto your #wristparty because more is definitely more. With that said, however, do go nuts and bolt down to Cartier stat because they are only available in limited quantities.

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Louis Vuitton’s Escale Worldtime gets a new cool blue look

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Travel is in the very DNA of Louis Vuitton. So it was no surprise when they debuted their fabulous Escale Worldtime watch at Baselworld three years ago, a watch that lets you tell the time in 24 cities and countries around the world using a series of concentric rotating discs that bear the abbreviated names of timezones and feature a range of colorful flags to go with each location.


This year, the Escale Worldtime has been dipped in blue, with a blue background against which the colorful flags pop with brightness. 38 different colors have been applied to the dial by hand with a brush, a process that takes over 40 hours to complete. The blue of the background is echoed in the alligator strap.

The 41 mm case in brushed titanium and white gold holds the self-winding caliber LV106 movement which powers this watch. As always, all the discs that tell time can be adjusted through the watch’s lone crown. While the price and availability of this watch are as yet a mystery, we will keep you posted as and when more details emerge.

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Apple x Hermès Équateur Tatouage Band

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If you’re a Apple fan, or an Hermès fan for that matter, you would already know about the collaboration between both powerhouses on the Apple watch, and with the holiday season just around the corner, here’s something else you can consider for the loved one who already has such a timepiece.

Simply known as the Équateur Tatouage, it’s a new single tour band printed with a scarf motif designed by Robert Dallet on black calfskin. Look closely and you’ll see a leopard lurking amongst the lush jungle foliage, a print from the archives of the French luxury house that dates back to 1988.

Priced at SGD628 (just to be sure, it’s just the band with the watch sold separately), you will only be able to pick it up from Hermès’ newly-renovated boutique at Takashimaya Department Store.

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Cartier: It’s Time For A New LOVE

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It’s a situation most of us are familiar with. There’s something that we love and don’t really mind putting good money down for, but something about it holds us back. And in the case of Cartier’s LOVE bracelet, the more practical amongst you have lamented that because of the way it was designed, taking it off (and subsequently putting it back on) can be quite a hassle, especially when one is alone, and trying to do it all with the specially designed screwdriver is a pain. There, I said it.

With this premise in mind, I’ve got good news. Fans of the Cartier’sLOVE bracelet can now look forward to the newly redesigned LOVE 2.0(that’s what I’m calling it anyway). Instead of needing to unscrew both sides of the bracelet to open it, you now only need to do it to one side, with the other side supported by a new hinge-clasp that’s incorporated into the design.

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Also, LOVE 2.0 is more sleek, with bracelets and rings made thinner than the current ones. What does that mean? Well, besides being able to stack more on the same wrist (because who doesn’t love a Cartier #wristparty, right?), it’s also priced much lower. So instead of paying SGD8650 for your regular entry-level models, you’ll only be paying SGD5600 for the new LOVE 2.0 bracelet, with only a slight difference to the way they both look when put side by side. In other words, two-thirds of the price but still looking like a million bucks, which is win-win if you ask me.

To be made available in Singapore at Cartier Ngee Ann City from early December 2016 (and the rest of the Cartier boutiques in Singapore from January 2017), you’ll really have no reason not to anymore. Really.

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Tiffany & Co: A Tiffany Holiday Collection

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RETURN TO TIFFANY LOVE RING IN STERLING SILVER

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ELSA PERETTI DIAMONDS BY THE YARD NECKLACE IN 18K GOLD

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TIFFANY KEYS DIAMOND PENDANT IN PLATINUM

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PALOMA’S GROOVE WIDE CUFF IN 18K GOLD

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TIFFANY T BRACELETS

Think Tiffany & Co. and their shade of signature robin egg blue comes to mind, on a box that’s then lovingly swathed with a lush white ribbon. And come Christmas Day, I can confidently say most (if not all) women wouldn’t mind finding one or more of these boxes under the tree.

And because Tiffany & Co. has a selection of fancy and fine jewellery so immense that it would take me at least a full year to list every single item here, I’ve gone ahead and picked my personal favourites to make your decision-making process that much easier. See something you like? Send a link to your menfolk and they’ll probably get the hint. They’d better anyway, or else…

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UOB: JSK x G-Shock Limited Edition Watches

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If you’ve been following the blog (and my Instagram account) closely, you’ll be no stranger to celebrated Seoul-born artist Jae Suk Kim, who’s perhaps most famous for his ethereally beautiful illustrations featuring the Susu girl, his playful short-haired muse that’s often depicted wearing the season’s best couture and runway collections. No stranger to big-name brand collaborations either, his well-loved Susu girl has graced digital and social content campaigns for the likes of Bulgari, Cartier and Chanel, just to name a few, as well as international print editions of titles including ELLE, GQ, Harpers Bazaar and Vogue.

For the first time ever (and a treat for those located in Singapore), UOB Cards is proud to announce their close collaboration with Jae Suk Kim to present this pair of limited edition of Casio G-Shock timepieces. Featuring his distinct illustrations in water colours, the first is an all-whiteG-Shock featuring Susu in a beautiful pink gown, while the second features a black/blue camouflage pattern on an all-black G-Shock timepiece. And these aren’t any normal watches either; both resin timepieces feature all the additional bells and whistles you’d expect from a G-Shock, from water resistance (up to 200 m) to mineral glass faces and world time, along with up to 5 alarm pre-sets.

But that’s not all. If you’re familiar with contactless payment, UOB Cardshas taken it a step further by combining it with these designer timepieces. Just SMS the bank and a ‘credit card’ with a contactless chip will be mailed to you. Remove the chip, pop it into the specially designed loop on the timepiece’s wristband and you’re literally good to go. All you’ll have to do? When you want to pay, just wave your watch (or in this case, your wrist) at the contactless payment terminal and you’re all set.

And the best news? They’re free. Yes, free. If you’re a UOB Cardscardmember, all you’ll have to do is spend SGD2500 on your card in Singapore (or overseas) on up to 6 charge slips. That’s it. Once that’s done, simply head down to Mojito Redemption at Plaza Singapore Extension with your card, charge slips and proof of identity to complete the redemption. Limited to one timepiece per cardmember, you can start redeeming these beauties from today till 10 January 2017, or whilst stocks last. For more T&Cs, just follow this link.

Now excuse me while I go figure out who’s been naughty or nice, and start spending on my UOB Card for the holidays. And do act soon, because such a beautifully designed redemption gift will most definitely run out very, very fast.

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