COLLECTING
Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Hublot’s movement “Homage to the Machine of Anticythera,” has been installed at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens next to the vestiges of the original treasure, the Anticythera mechanism that was retrieved from the sea in 1901. The Anticythera mechanism (a proto-computer) has been dated to the Second century BC. It was meant to describe […]

Tiffany & Co. Vintage Minaudière. Courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

For the last ten years, auction houses have been steadily increasing their presence in the field of vintage fashion and accessories. Increased consumption of luxury goods has paralleled the ups and downs of the market and, as a result, it has generated an entire new category of product placement at auctions. While the major auction […]

Rotende de Cartier. Courtesy of Cartier.

Granulation, an advanced technique of working with gold, involves the careful manufacture, sorting and soldering of a dizzying number of miniscule grains of gold on to an object’s surface. (Oxford Dictionary of Art) Most people associate granulation with Etruscan jewelry even though the technique is known to have been applied by Mesopotamians and Greeks as […]

Cartier's Tutti Fruti watch. Courtesy of Cartier.

Cartier’s “Mille et Une Heures” collection holds as many surprises as its name reveals. The Tutti Fruti watch, which perhaps takes its name after the variety of colored precious stones that adorn it, is certainly “crafty.” A revived version of the “secret watch” type that was very popular at the turn of the twentieth century, […]

Audemars Piguet watch, back

It takes time to build a luxury brand. It also takes expertise, patience, imagination and great attention to detail. It is no wonder then that Royal Oak, a luxury line of a sports watch launched 40 years ago by Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet, reaches ever-higher status among collectors as time goes by. The concept, design, […]

Napoleon's watch by Chaumet

Paris offers plenty of opportunities to all of us who like looking at art, or simply, at beautiful things. Place Vendôme, even if a little old-fashioned today, remains the center of Haute Joaillerie and occasionally offers illuminating, off-the-beaten-path exhibits on the history of jewelry and watch making. A tradition of about 200 years distinguishes La […]

Courtesy of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Organizing the exhibition “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels,” (February 18- July 4, 2011) must have been a delight for Sarah D. Coffin, Head of the Product Design and Decorative Arts Department at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Who would not want to have to select among hundreds of precious objects (jewelry, […]

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 […]