Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury

Thinking of how luxury relates to mystery brings to mind Jim Thompson, the former U.S. military intelligence officer who disappeared in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands in 1967.  As an accomplished businessman with substantial experience in the U.S., Thompson decided to permanently move to Thailand to revitalize the cottage silk industry. More a craft than an industry, […]


We are all familiar with the history and gravitas of the Fabergé house. When the Fabergé family fled from France to Russia in the late seventeenth century to escape religious persecution they had not imagined what success would ensue the opening of the first jewelry store in St. Petersburg in 1842. Even though they had […]

Audemars Piguet

Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet joined forces in 1875, while still at their Swiss village of Le Brassus. Together they would design and produce watches with complex mechanisms.  As with any start-up, and especially one in a highly competitive industry, years of determination, creativity and diligence brought considerable success. Within ten years, the two partners […]