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de GRISOGONO was founded in 1993, by Fawaz Gruosi and two partners. Previously, Gruosi, who had grown up in Florence, had worked his way to the very top echelons of the fine jewellery world, but now decided to branch out on his own, to follow his own ideas, his personal vision for a new generation of precious jewellery. He loved and understood the jewellery world, so rich in tradition, yet bound by conventions, so often out of step with a fast-changing world.
de GRISOGONO — The Story
From the start, Gruosi explains, he took huge risks, embarking on a capital-intensive business on a shoe-string. What he did have, however, was a single-minded, driven passion for jewels and gemstones, an affinity with design, and a total dedication to perfection and innovation. He saw the potential of jewellery to be an exciting, relevant part of women’s lives. He saw too the creative possibilities of the gemstones that so captivated him, even, or especially those that had been neglected, or disregarded through rigid rules and classifications.
The first challenge for the new business was to find a name. He and his partners, he explains, were searching for the right name in Italian. ”Then one of my partners mentioned his mother had originally been the Marquise de GRISOGONO. It sounded powerful, mysterious and aristocratic, perfect for the luxury and exclusivity we were planning. Our first commission was a pair of earrings created for the Begun Salimah Aga Khan. The pearls and diamonds perfectly suited her face, and our name.”
This first creation was also the perfect introduction to the world of international celebrity, of glamour that was to shape the identity and help fuel the success of the young jewellery house. The tone was set when the first de GRISOGONO boutique was opened, in Geneva in 1993, alongside Sophia Loren. The business had been established in Geneva, and the first boutique was located in the city’s world-famous jewellery street, rue du Rhone. Geneva was the ideal base, with its long heritage of jewellery making and unrivalled crafts skills, dating back to the Renaissance. De GRISOGONO was to take full advantage of the highly skilled artisans of Geneva to create jewels of breath-taking finesse and superlative craftsmanship, using rare and extraordinary gemstones that found their way to this international jewellery hub. Fawaz Gruosi looks back on the early days: “It was simply another way to do things, and the success of de GRISOGONO is a miracle, in every sense. I was lucky, crazy, I worked like a madman, and still do. I simply try 100% to make my jewellery the best it can possibly be.”
Innovation and Inspiration
In 1995, Fawaz Gruosi took over sole control of the business, and soon afterwards an idea that became a fascination, even an obsession catapulted de GRISOGONO to worldwide renown, bringing dramatic success to the embryonic brand. Gruosi had been entranced by the story of the historic Black Orlov, a monumental black diamond. He began to research black diamonds, to explore these enigmatic, dark-hearted diamonds that were rejected by the industry, and extremely challenging to cut. He found them intriguing, captivating: darkly dangerous, glinting, mirror like, with a mesmerising mix of light and shadow, of absolutes and opposites. In 1996, Fawaz Gruosi launched a striking collection devoted to the black diamond. It was perfectly pitched at a moment of monochrome minimalism, sparking a massive global jewellery style-trend for black diamonds which continues unabated today.
The year 2000 saw the unveiling of “Icy Diamonds”, another inventive play on the inner light and translucencies of the divine diamond. Gruosi was drawn to the soft, misty iridescence of fluorescent diamonds, which like black diamonds, had been generally considered defective, not fitting the standard diamond classifications or criteria of quality. He played with their tone and texture, the glimmering, milky effect, their individual, off-beat beauty, creating his Icy Diamonds collection and once again challenging perceptions of preciousness.
These innovations were followed in 2005 by the launch of “Browny Brown gold”, the warm, glowing honey coloured gold, that Gruosi describes, “as voluptuous as tanned skin”. Since that time, de GRISOGONO has created panoply of new designs, including one collection dedicated to and inspired by one of his two daughters, Allegra. "Allegra" is a joyful ring composed of seven overlapping, high-energy bands, in different colours to express different moods and emotions, “just like my daughter.” The Allegra multi-strand wide band ring, instantly recognisable, and a best-seller has been extended into a collection of rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, one of de Grisogono’s most iconic designs.
In the Galuchat, he found a sensory inspiration that would later on become quintessentially
de GRISOGONO. Fawaz Gruosi started using it on its first watch collection launched in 2000 adorning the Instrumento N. UNO with a Galuchat strap, becoming one of the few to ever do so and by thus integrating the elite circle of luxury brands. Following the incredible success of this launch, the Galuchat jewellery collection was launched in 2003 creating the paroxysm of merging organic materials with gold and diamonds. de GRISOGONO offered a precious and funline fit for parties in town or by the seaside. With an array of playful motifs inspired by creatures of land and sea, the octopuses, elephants, dolphins, turtles and ladybirds are indispensable and absolute inescapable must- haves. Galuchat has since then become a trademark of de GRISOGONO's success. It is the ultimate statement of luxury and avant-gardism which solely defines the brand and is part of its DNA. Its use has transpired through time into different watch collections such as Instrumentino, Piccolina and Tondo Collection but also through jewellery with magnificent pieces such as bracelets, earrings and rings.
As his inspiration, Fawaz Gruosi says he is inspired by anything and everything; his audacious use of arresting blues and greens, for example, comes from the thousands of different blues in the sea; the browns and oranges from subtle warm nuances in nature, the earth, a sunset. A shape might come from a lamp he has seen. He works quickly, he explains, impetuously, intuitively, impatiently, making a quick initial sketch as an idea comes to him, which is then developed into a drawing by the team in his atelier. “I didn’t know I could design”, he says of those early days, “And I don’t work in a traditional way, I don’t spend time agonising over a design or idea.”
In 2000, as time took on new meaning, de GRISOGONO launched its first watch, Instrumento No. Uno, inspired by the television screen. Fawaz Gruosi, a complete novice when it came to timepieces, added two time zones, his signature black diamond and introduced galuchat straps, bringing back a trend long lost, stunning the established watch industry at the annual Baselworld watch and jewellery fair, and triggering a huge fashion for galuchat bracelets. Gruosi remembers, “The success of the watch exceeded my wildest expectations and contributed greatly to the company’s growth.”
Five years later, the Occhio Ripetizione Minuti, the company’s first complication watch, a minute repeater was launched in Geneva. The entertaining novelty of cathedral gong chimes was underpinned by serious technical ingenuity, inspired by a reflex camera split-second opening to reveal the movement while the chimes are ringing. It emerged as a technical innovation that brought new gravitas to de GRISOGONO’s reputation in the world of watchmaking, and was followed, in 2008 by the launch in Geneva of two revolutionary timepieces, the Meccanico dG and Otturatore. The following year, the Meccanico dG won the 2009 Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie award, for its inventive concept of a mechanical watch with digital display.
From the first modest boutique that opened its doors in 1993, specialising in high jewellery and objets d’art, de GRISOGONO moved first in 1996 to a larger boutique, still in the rue du Rhone, and then in 2001 to no 27, establishing the high-profile flagship salon. This two storey boutique looks out onto Lake Geneva, from behind its dramatic black façade, a tribute to the black diamonds that have contributed to de GRISOGONO success. Inside, as inside all the boutiques, is a universe of sumptuous, voluptuous modern baroque. More boutiques followed around the world, Paris, London, Moscow, Rome, New York, Gstaad, Geneva, and Porto Cervo in Sardinia. Today de GRISOGONO has 16 boutiques around the world, drawing an international clientele. Cities such as Abu Dhabi, Courchevel, Dubai, Geneva, Gstaad, Kuwait, London, Miami, Moscow, New York, Paris, Porto Cervo, Rome, St. Barthelemy, and St. Moritz have de GRISOGONO boutiques.
The stars come out for de GRISOGONO. The glamour of the red carpet, the glitter of parties, celebratory extravaganzas, the launches, the private yachts, the elegant dinners, have become an integral part of the essence of de GRISOGONO, shaping its identity and reputation. From the time Sophie Loren opened the first Geneva boutique, celebrities, royalty and aristocracy have been drawn to Fawaz Gruosi and the excitement and high octane glamour of his unconventional jewels. Every opening of a new boutique has been celebrated with one of Gruosi’s famously fabulous parties; in London, in 1998, when de GRISOGONO opened in Burlington Arcade, he hired a disused bank, and held the cocktail party in a huge vault; guests included Camilla Parker Bowles (now the Duchess of Cornwall) and Princess Margaret; in Paris in 2003, when the rue Saint Honoré boutique opened, the party at a Hotel Particulier, with each floor themed to reflect his jewels, attracted the cream of the fashion world, including Kate Moss and Helena Christensen; it was one of Fawaz Gruosi’s favourite events of the last 20 years.
de GRISOGONO is a regular fixture at the Cannes Film Festival, where in 2013 the brand exhibited a collection of High Jewellery creations to celebrate the 20th Anniversary at the Terrasse Les Oliviers of the Hotel Martinez. In 2001 after Carole Bouquet wore his jewellery on the red carpet, Fawaz Gruosi hosted a party aboard the yacht Savarona with Carole Bouquet and Gerard Depardieu, and the following year, de GRISOGONO began a long standing tradition of a hot-ticket Film Festival party at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, over the years attracting stars
from Eva Mendes, Faye Dunaway, Sophie Marceau, Aishwarya Rai, to Antonio Banderas, Rob Lowe and Kylie Minogue. “The key”, explains Gruosi, “is to mix my faithful clients with celebrities, royalty and close friends, all on one very glamorous evening.”
Fawaz Gruosi — The creative Force and Force of Nature
Fawaz Gruosi, having grown up in Florence with his Italian mother, is a force of nature, a vivacious personality, with a well-known love of the finer things in life, a love of beauty, appreciation of aesthetics, and a restless spirit of adventure that permeates every layer of de GRISOGONO jewellery, from design, through craftsmanship, to presentation. He takes a hands-on approach to every aspect of the business, and admits to a distinctly “anti-commercial” attitude. He deals personally with the most loyal clients, bringing a humanity and intimacy to the de GRISOGONO experience. A natural host, mercurial, charming, Gruosi lives a fast-paced, non-stop lifestyle, spending winter weekends in Gstaad, summers in Sardinia, but always working; living, as he says from day to day, allowing the future to take care of itself.
Today, de GRISOGONO creates both High Jewellery, one of a kind jewels as well as more “boutique” , accessible and repeatable fine jewellery, along with watches. Each collection bears the inimitable de GRISOGONO hallmark of style, seriously playful, flirtatiously determined, in powerful shapes, and startling compositions of colour, form, material and craftsmanship. The choice of gem materials is inspired, intuitive, daring; at the heart of each design is one or several of the best, rarest, most spectacular and precious gemstones available on the market. It is this audacious combination of avant-garde design with the rarest, most valuable gems that sets de GRISOGONO apart. Equally, the workmanship on each and every de GRISOGONO creation shows the hand and sensibility of some of the world’s finest artisans, working at the highest levels of their art, dedicated to absolute perfection; no expense is spared, no compromises considered, to make each jewel the very best it can be. The sculptural goldwork turns each jewel into a work of art, the pave work is painstaking, exquisite, the details on the reverse and inside of each jewel continue the finest traditions of Haute Joaillerie, so rare in a jewel of verve and panache. It is a testament to Fawaz Gruosi’s character, his own dedication to perfection, which many of the team in his ateliers in Geneva have been with him since the day he started.
"La Belle" —
The Lady's Dream
Luxury Motor Yacht “La Belle”, designed by Lidia Bersani. The first Mega Yacht designed for
a Lady La Belle is a 80 meters long, Elegant and Feminine Super Yacht. The idea of creating
La Belle was to design a unique and luxurious yacht, which would be owned by a Lady.
This is why the style of La Belle is different from the other luxury superyachts of today. La Belle is opulently decorated, recognizable from far. La Belle is a beautiful Super Boat, Mega Luxury in each part. She is like a jewel, full of gold, full of precious stones, pearls, crystals, everything that a ladies likes best. The style is really feminine, warm, cozy and romantic, it is like a boudoir for women. Oasis of privacy and peace. And the same time La Belle is focusing on entertainment, sports and tastes of women. Everything what do you need to feel like in paradise. La Belle is ready to hosting 12 people. The tour into La Belle When you go into the La Belle, the first you can see, is the swim platform clad with flowers mosaic. You can immediately start to feel the atmosphere which is everywhere on this boat. The stairs, with golden and crystals balustrade welcome you to the main deck. The main deck is the real palace. Outside and inside we have luxury lounge places with very comfortable, wide round sofas. Two bars with golden and crystals columns, and a dining division, with a unique oval table, ready to accommodate all 12 guests with a Cristal chandelier over the table. Place for live music, piano and harp, which can accompany during dinner or cocktail time. You can find there enough place for a dance if only you like. The main deck is surrounded by large windows, which give a fantastic, unobstructed view.
All the furniture, the table, chairs, sofas and even the piano, come from one collection, “La Belle & Rose” which production is very limited, with a finishing of silk upholstery with golden and ivory glossy wooden parts and crystals. To add more chic, we have ivory colored silk curtains, natural fur carpets, and the mother of pearl inserts on the floor and ceiling. Crystals as diamonds decorate the yacht all over.
In the center of the yacht we have a glass round lift, surrounded by circular stairs with a crystals balustrade. On the background silk wallpaper with ivory and-golden pattern with crystals, and golden roses, so characteristic for La Belle. We have two golden statues — pretty young ladies in evening dresses. They accompany us on all decks. And of course they are designed to make one feel most comfortable when moving from one deck to the other.
On the front part of main deck of La Belle is The Spa center, with swimming pool and suntan terrace outside. The swimming pool is clad with floras and golden mosaic in characteristic ivory, off-white and creamy colors. The outside swimming pool is fitted with an automatic sophisticated cover and water saving system. Inside the spa area is a pool full of different hydromassages, sauna, hammam, infrared sauna, snow room, ice fountains, warm mosaic beds, and some place for relaxing around music and special aroma. The second deck is the most quiet place.
At the front we have the large master bedroom, for the owners. In the middle of the room is a king-size round double bed surrounded by baldachins. The room is fitted with huge windows all around which ensure fantastic, panoramic, infinite views from the bed. At the same time the windows are fitted with automatic system to change their transparency, to ensure the owners intimacy as well. The uniqueness of the master bedroom is its round shape, the crystals columns and the finishing in ivory silk and fur carpets, the golden wall with roses behind the bed, the ivory colored silk curtains and the decorations; golden vases with ivory flowers. Equipment includes a quality top Hi-Fi system and TV — hidden in the ceiling and moving exactly in front of the bed. A private terrace gives direct access from the bedroom.
On this deck we have 2 large suites for guests. All of them are in romantic style, in bright colors with round beds with baldachins. All the bathrooms are different and all of them are with top quality onyx and floral mosaic, to keep the same warm and romantic atmosphere everywhere. The second deck provides a quiet haven for relaxing both outside and inside. But outside we can find as well a big open place with round table for feasts in the open air. The upper deck not only provides the bridge, captain quarters en suite, but here is the next place for spending nice time. We find here a beauty salon, where the ladies can do all sort of body treatments and pampering, massage, hairdresser, etc. Inside there is a library with fireplace and bar. Comfortable lounge chairs, and armchairs around flowers and music, quiet and warm, great place for reading, relaxing and contemplation. On this deck we also have a small fitness room, and sauna both with large windows and outstanding views around, connected to an outsize big mosaic Jacuzzi, and tanning area. Outside deck is connected by wide impressive stairs to the upper sundeck, from where one has a fantastic unlimited view. A lot of place for sun tanning, and organizing a sun party as well. The style even here is the same. La Belle has more attractions. The lower deck has a special cinema room, which is equipped with a scene and can be transformed into a theater for private performances. Top sound system and an extendable scene can also be used as an aerobic or samba dance room.
Next is the disco room. Both with special acoustic insulation. On this deck we can find 3 gorgeous guests suites, all of them with double beds with baldachins, large bathroom and wardrobes. Everything is kept consequently in the same style. At the aft of the yacht we have a big room for the water toys, with an easy access, like waterscooters, motor boats, small submarine, etc… We have a Helicopter Landing Pad on the top, and as a part of La Belle, the gold helicopter, is standby for the owners and their guests.
"Clos du Moulin Brut Rosé Multi Vintage Premier Cru"
Experience the Cattier Clos du Moulin Brut Rosé Multi Vintage Premier Cru! It derives from the 2.2 hectares vineyard Clos du Moulin that is located in the village of Ludes near Chigny les Roses.
In order to create this champagne, three fine vintages were selected on the basis of 60% Pinot noir and 40% Chardonnay.
The production of this cuvee is about 4000 bottles all numbered.
You will certainly admire its salmon colour.
Soft light, aerial, very fresh, long finish, very fine bubbles. Tender nose, delicately fruity. Aromas of red fruits (raspberry, strawberry and currant), notes of cranberry. Serving suggestions: As an aperitif or with a meal: lobster, risotto, scallop, salmon tartare, roasted lamb. Goat cheese. Dessert with fruits. Serving temperature: 8 to 10 °C. Conservation: Outstanding ageing potential. Size: Bottles only.
Charity fundraising the ‘Natalia Vodianova way’ has never been anything short of extraordinary and The Backstage Gala which took place at the home of the English National Opera’s London Coliseum Theatre was no exception.
Guests who joined host Natalia Vodianova, together with Antoine Arnault were delighted to discover on arrival that they would be dining on stage, where they were treated to a rare glimpse of the acclaimed theatre, and backstage otherwise reserved for performers.
Natalia Vodianova joined forces with one of today’s greatest dancers Diana Vishneva to host this unforgettable evening which saw some of the world’s greatest Ballet, and Opera talents perform a once in a lifetime show for just 200 privileged guests.
Distinguished faces from the art world; Harry Blain, Gary Hume, Georgie Hopton and Sotheby’s Lord Dalmany were accompanied by young British talent; James Norton, Dynamo, and Lily Donaldson in their enjoyment of extraordinary, and intimate performances from world renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov, and Marcelino Sambe, as well as the world premiere of Zeitgeist by The Royal Ballet’s principal dancers Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson choreographed by Alastair Marriott of the Royal Ballet. Guests also had the opportunity to take part in a very special charity auction with all proceeds going to the Naked Heart Foundation, and Diana Vishneva’s Foundation, which supports emerging dance professionals. The 11 money-can’t-buy lots included; Original Diana Vishneva black and white prints by Patrick Demarchelier, A personalised Louis Vuitton case accompanied containing Diana’s own ballet slippers, Original Annie Leibovitz print of Natalia Vodianova, A Couture experience, and made to measure dress by Valentino, and Afternoon Tea, and a ballet class with Diana Vishneva. The pinnacle of the auction and the evening was the opportunity to take to the stage with Diana Vishneva with guests instead nominating Natalia, and donating generously to see her on stage with her co-host.
The Naked Heart Foundation is fortunate to have been supported by some of the world’s most acclaimed artists, musicians and fashion designers, who have lent their time and talent to over the past 10 years to the invaluable work they do with children with special needs. Naked Heart Foundation events have become renowned for their unique and unexpected fundraising style uniting luxury, with giving. The efforts and support of all who attended the Backstage Gala raised £ 435,000 towards the Naked Heart Foundation’s as well as Diana Vishneva’s Foundation’s programmes.
The NAKED HEART FOUNDATION is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 by Natalia Vodianova. The Foundation’s primary areas of work are creating a system of free services for vulnerable families raising children with special needs and building inclusive playgrounds. Currently, the Foundation has been involved in more than 130 play sites throughout Russia, dozens of Russian NPOs projects working with children with special needs, leading the Family Support Centre in Nizhny Novgorod, the training program for school teachers working with autistic children, and the annual International Forum —
"Every Child Deserves a Family".
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Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel
Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel is like a real Eastern fairy tale full of magic and surprising stuff. Ali Baba Cave is personified by the world’s largest chandelier. A shining white and gold column of 72000 lamps covers fifteen floors of the hotel and stretches almost 60 meters upward.
Удобства и сервис
Conveniences and services
There are 176 rooms in the hotel. Every room allows guests to admire panoramic seaside views. There are also 14 comfortable cottages with three bedrooms. Every room is equipped with a large flat-screen TV set, writing desk, electronic safe, bathroom with a separate shower cabin and bath, coffee maker and brew-up set, and minibar.
Every hall and hotel lobby has its own unique interior. Lighting fixtures, armchairs, tables and vases — everything is in a special style for the best rooms, the Presidential Suite and the Ambassador Suite.
Real Eastern luxury reigns supreme in the golden Presidential Suite and the silver Ambassador Suite, located on the top floor. The 176-meter-tall three-room Presidential Suite has a conference and meeting room with a large round table, comfortable armchairs and giant candelabra at the windows. There is a white piano that Elton John has played in a large central hall designed for relaxation. The envelope cutter and fruit bowl are made of gold. There are large white and gold four-posters, silk wallpaper and soft lighting.
The two-room Ambassador Suite is in silver tones and matches the Presidential Suite in its magnificence.
SPA and active rest
Talise Spa Center rooms are elegant and peaceful spaces where you can enjoy a wide range of massages and treatments for face and body, steeped in Turkish hamam traditions, in absolute privacy. There are two private Spa Suites with recreation areas, two thermobeds, treatment rooms, sauna, Turkish hamam and whirlpool bath in a far-off wing.
There are tennis courts, a football pitch, fitness hall, fitness center, 4-lane bowling alley, an aqua park with 11 kinds of waterslides and a complex of pools with fountains and lounge chairs, as well as a private beach with an abundance of amenities.
Restaurants and bars
Nine restaurants at Bilgah Beach Hotel will satisfy even the most sophisticated gourmet-lovers. An elegant rooftop restaurant with mirrors and gold decoration boasts excellent views of the Caspian Sea and Asian cuisine. There is a restaurant on the edge of a 110-meter wooden pier stretching out to the sea, where you can eat flash grilled steaks, fresh fish and seafood. Promenade Bar atop of the cliff above the Bilgah seacoast offers cocktails and tapas snacks. The same premium cuisine is on offer at the lobby-bar, bar-restaurant near the pool and the cafés at the aqua park, bowling alley and night club.
Promenade Lounge is an excellent place for an outdoor wedding ceremony. Guests are entertained in the gorgeous Mardakan Suite & Terrace with a breathtaking Caspian Sea view, with a gala dinner and the first dance in the Bilgah Ballroom grand banquet hall. Personnel at Bilgah Beach Hotel solve any organizational issues — from menus to flower decoration. The newly wedded couple and their parents are provided with rooms where they can prepare for this significant event. Guests can leave their children in a special zone under the care of experienced educators. A children’s menu is also provided.
Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel is also a modern business center with a banquet hall, two conference rooms and two private rooms for meetings. Beauty and comfort, magnificence and luxury, delicate cuisine and picturesque sea views make this hotel an ideal place for an idyllic rest.
HUBLOT POLO GOLD CUP —
This year Hublot Polo Gold Cup will be held in Gstaad from 13th to 16th August. This year is a jubilee — for 20 years Gstaad has been showcasing the highest level Polo.
Over the course of ten centuries the land on which Gstaad stands has been part of the Kingdom of Burgundy, possessed by Count von Greyerz, flourished in the XV century before finally coming under the control of Bern. Today, Gstaad is a village permeated with modest charm in one of the Swiss cantons. And if you take into account that the first hotel in Gstaad was opened in 1577, it can even be affirmed that in this part of the world nothing has changed in terms of tourism: today the village is willingly visited by such VIPs as Prince Charles, Roman Polanski, Kofi Annan ... The mountains around Gstaad are not the highest ones in the world, but their panoramic view is beautiful, ensuring that the village is known as a world center of winter recreation with excellent ski slopes and trails for ski races. Music festivals and tennis tournaments are held there too. However, intellectual and bohemian people come here to enjoy the competition of attractive and muscular polo players in the Hublot Polo Gold Cup, because at this celebration Gstaad no longer quietly whispers its story but loudly draws attention to itself. Here’s a guide to the world of polo.
The Polo Club in Gstaad was founded in 1995, and within a year the first competition took place there. This year Hublot Polo Gold Cup will be held in Gstaad from 13th to 16th August. This year is a jubilee — for 20 years Gstaad has been showcasing the highest level Polo. Since Gstaad is located in a mountainous area of special and refreshing beauty, and it is not suitable for playing polo, the event will take place at Gstaad-Saanen airport. By the way, the grass is carefully preserved throughout the year to ensure that the best players in the world and their horses can enjoy it. And thanks to the perfectly thought-out date in the European sporting calendar, such famous players as Olavo Novaes and Eduardo Menendez are expected this year in Gstaad.
The programme for the anniversary celebrations will be very unusual. Pierre Genecand, who is the President of both the Polo Club and the Tournament, decided to add a special show to the programme, which will take place on Sunday, just before the final starts.
‘I have been at the forefront of this competition for the trophy since 2006 and I have been impressed by the natural beauty and vitality of this show every time,’ he said. ‘Of course, supporting sporting events at such a high level is difficult and expensive, but the prestige for Switzerland can hardly be overestimated. In addition, it is a great opportunity for the audience to discover a new sport. I can guarantee that this year visitors to the show will be surprised. We are grateful to our long-term sponsors and partners, without whom this celebration would not be possible.’
Among the sponsors of the competition are Hublot SA, Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA, Gstaad Palace, E.I. Sturdza Investment funds, Vicomte A., McLaren Geneva, Perrier Jouёt champagne and Dunhill to name but a few.
Each year competitions and parade, where participants traditionally pass through Gstaad in a colorful column on Friday afternoon, are followed by more than 6000 spectators. On Saturday and Sunday, guests can enjoy delicious meals in the VIP zone: they will be made by cooks from the prestigious local hotel ‘Gstaad Palace’. A giant kindergarten awaits little visitors, where they will be looked after by specially trained personnel. A highlight of the weekend will be a famous ‘gala evening’. It will be held on Saturday, August 15, and the big name there will be DJ GREENGO from the popular nightclub ‘Gstaad Palace’. He will entertain guests until late into the night.
Who will be the winner of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup this year? We will find out in Gstaad on August 16, 2015.
There is a good reason why CORUM draw together two of the most fascinating creatures in Chinese mythology: Dragon as a symbol of life and strength and Phoenix as a bearer of good omens — at the patented masterpiece watches Golden Bridge Dragon & Phoenix, as these mythical beasts will bring prosperity not only to their owner, but also to the place of their presentation — BASELWORLD.
From the first moments at Baselworld 2015 you are immersed into an incredible atmosphere of the world's largest event in the jewellery and watch industry, where there is always a celebration of life. The largest and most prestigious brands in the world, the best retailers and in-depth press coverage came together under the same roof to help customers understand all the nuances of this business and its possibilities. The steady growth of interest towards the show that successfully promotes fashion in this field has been confirmed by a record number of its participants.
Such a promising event for the entire industry just can't be missed, because the Baselworld show brings together the world's leading manufacturers of watches, jewellery, diamonds, gemstones and pearls. Of course, equipment and suppliers weren't neglected at Baselworld either.
15,000 brands were exhibiting their elegant and spectacular products, and that is an indisputable achievement of the exhibition. Even with some decrease in the number of buyers (3% less than the last year), Baselworld was attended by 150,000 visitors, including representatives from the exhibiting companies, buyers, journalists and other guests from over 100 countries. Feeling the pulse of the industry, they discovered many new things; collections purchased at the exhibition — both innovative and classic — defined styles and trends that will be in fashion in the coming year.
More than 4,300 media representatives from more than 70 countries participated in the show. This is a new record among all Baselworld shows, and just astrue genius lies in simplicity, its secret is simple as well: the exhibition is designed for respectable and very important guests. The unprecedented appeal of Baselworld is evidenced by a press conference that was attended by some 3000 journalists from around the globe.
An expensive pleasure
The show proved to be extremely successful for the watch and jewellery brands. They embody the luxury territory, which allows them to take the lead in attractiveness for potential buyers. Nowhere in the world will you find more innovations and magnificent collections and nothing forms the fashion for watches and jewellery better than Baselworld.
Reflecting on this, François Thiébaud, President of the Swiss Exhibitors Committee, was reminded of the rich history of the exhibition, its difficult path, which led to today's success, when Baselworld became the main and most exceptional event in the world of watches and jewellery by combining all the brands, large and small, and allowing them to present themselves in the most flattering light. Summing up his impressions of Baselworld 2015, Mr. Thiébaud said that the feedback from brands received over the eight days gives hope that the industry will receive consumer recognition this year, because the exhibited innovations are related not only to the creation of products conforming to the romantic and feminine mood that prevails in fashion, but also to strengthening contacts with the media along with potential buyers. Talking about the significance of the show, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President of Chopard, mentioned that the refined and pleasant atmosphere of Baselworld allows you to meet and globally cooperate with all major clients, as well as keep in touch with the media. This view is shared by Thierry Stern, President of Patek Philippe, for whom Baselworld is a key annual event where one can satisfy the demands of the partners in the shortest possible time. Mr. Stern called the current show a really successful event for its unique atmosphere and the interest of the participants and media.
Jean-Claude Biver, President of the LVMH Group's Watch Department, also gave enthusiastic feedback about the colourful and stylish exhibition and the success of LVMH Group, saying that results acquired by such brands as TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith exceeded all expectations.
Diamonds, precious stones and pearls as a criterion of good taste
Baselworld Show is a grand event, not only for the world industry of watches and jewellery, but also for diamond, precious stone and pearl dealers, because they can enter the elite just by participating in it. The best producers and dealers from all around the globe are rushing to come here because of the huge audience, which consists of the biggest clients from various markets.
Shanghai Kimberlite Diamond Co. Ltd. was participating in the exhibition for the first time and they highly praised its advantages. "We must admit that only Baselworld offers so many unique features. In eight days, we got maximum effect from our participation, met with the most important buyers from around the world and spoke with the most respected journalists. It was a very successful show, both for our brand and our business," said Dong Liusheng, Head of Shanghai Kimberlite.
Media sets new records at Baselworld
More than 4,300 (7.5% higher than in 2014) journalists of the world's financial press, daily newspapers, special press and largest TV channels and social media representatives from more than 70 countries took part in the show to be the first to highlight the different, new and unusual achievements presented at Baselworld. Every day bloggers were telling consumers in the most remote corners of the world about the latest trends and innovative projects. Thus, the media once again presented Baselworld as the ideal place to choose watches and jewellery.
Baselworld has unexpected ideas and exciting new solutions for the growing demands
Summing up the results of the successful and magnificent show of 2015, Sylvie Ritter, Managing Director of Baselworld, called the exhibition "the heart of the industry" and the event with its own atmosphere and outstanding philosophy, which cannot be missed. This statement becomes ever more topical with every year, because year after year the show strengthens its position as a leader promoting flawless works of art and the latest technology worldwide. But such a position requires continuous and diligent work to be done in order to align with the constantly changing demands and comply with them to the very best extent.