El ToroPatented Perpetual Calendar. Self-winding movement.Platinum case with ceramic bezel. Water-resistant to 100 m.Also available in rose gold 18 ct and/or leather strap.Limited to 500 pieces.The Fine Watch Room,Ground Floor
a raCiNG MaCHiNe ON THe WriST Caliber rM 021 “AERODYNE” Manual winding tourbillon movement Baseplate of honeycombed orthorhombic titanium aluminide / carbon nanofiber Power reserver: circa 70 hours Torque indicator Power reserve indicator Function selector Variable inertia, free sprung balance Fast rotating barrel (6 hours per revolution instead of 7.5 hours) Winding barrel teeth and third-wheel pinion with central involute profile Barrel pawl with progressive recoil Modular time setting mechanism fitted against the case back Free sprung balance with overcoil Wheel based time setting system (back of the movement) Closure of the barrel cover by excentric screws Ceramic endstone for the tourbillon cage Central bridge in rigidified ARCAP Spline screws in grade 5 titanium for the bridges and case bOUTiQUe riCHarD Mille The FIne WATCh ROOM, GROUnD FLOOR
Made by handto touch your heartFrédérique Conﬆant and Nina Badric share one passion: Supporting the International Children’s Heart Foundation.We will donate the coﬆ of a life-saving heart scan for eac Frédérique Conﬆant Double Heart Beat watc sold.The Fine Watc Room, Ground Floor
CONTENTS HARRODS MAGAZINE DEBORAH BEE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ART DIRECTOR BARNEY PICKARD DEPUTY EDITOR FLEUR FRUZZA SENIOR FASHION EDITOR SARAH WEBB CHIEF SUB-EDITORS LISA HILLMAN, NICOLETTE THOMPSON JUNIOR SUB-EDITOR NICOLA CORFIELD PRODUCER LISA BONNICI ART EDITOR SONJA BURRI SENIOR DESIGNER NATALIE MOSQUERA JUNIOR DESIGNER RACHEL ESCUDIER FASHION WRITER LAURA JORDAN STAFF WRITER AMY BROOMFIELD EDITORIAL ASSISTANT LOUISE FISH DEPUTY FASHION EDITOR POPPY ROCK 13 18 FASHION ASSISTANT BECKY BRANCH PICTURE RESEARCHER EMILY SELLERS MENSWEAR FASHION EDITOR MITCHELL BELK PUBLISHER BETH HODDER PUBLISHING COORDINATOR SUZY CHAPMAN PUBLISHING ASSISTANT ALETHEA QUARTEY PRODUCTION MANAGER HAYLEY ELLIS PRODUCTION ASSISTANT CAMILLA JOSEPHS HARRODS STORE IMAGE, MEDIA AND MARKETING DIRECTOR OF FINE JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES ABIGAIL RAINER IMAGE DIRECTOR MARK BRIGGSDIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT CHIARA VARESE HEAD OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS AMBER PEPPER MEDIA SALES DIRECTOR GUY CHESTON MEDIA MANAGER, FASHION ACCESSORIES VALENTINA TROTTA MEDIA SALES EXECUTIVES, FASHION ACCESSORIES SOPHIE MIDDLETON, LUCINDA ANDREWS GENERAL MERCHANDISING MANAGER, FINE JEWELLERY & LUXURY WATCHES 26 49 HUSSEIN PAREKH BUYER, LUXURY WATCHES WILLIAM BLAKE Fine watches TRAINEE BUYER, FINE JEWELLERY CAMILLA GYLLO ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES +44 (0)20 7225 5783/5996/5706 PRODUCTION 13 HIGH ROLLERS ZEBRA REPRODUCTION PRINT PRODUCTION WYNDEHAM [ROCHE] LIMITED The latest super-exclusive, highly collectible timepieces are the stuff of fantasy for serious watch connoisseurs HARRODS, 87—135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, 14 DIVING BELLES London SW1X 7XL The new generation of professional diving watches fuses technical prowess T: +44 (0)20 7730 1234 F: +44 (0)20 7225 6633 with the latest and cleverest design flourishes www.harrods.com 16 AHEAD OF HIS TIME Ferdinand A. Lange revolutionised the world of watchmaking; now All information and prices are correct at time of going to press. We hope you enjoy his great-grandson has paid tribute to him with a collection of threereading Harrods Magazine. As we are committed to providing the highest level of customer service possible, we would love to hear any comments that you may have. exquisite timepieces Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 18 MR & MRS Behind every great man’s watch stands a marginally smaller woman’s, matched perfectly in elegance and style 20 TECHNO-FILES The engineering of watchmaking is an art form all of its own, with boundaries continually pushed by the genius few 22 HAUTE HOROLOGY HOTBED The new Fine Watch Room at Harrods contains Europe’s largest collection of luxury timepieces, carefully curated to provide the perfect selection for both international and local clientele 25 FLYING THE FLAG Fine watchmaking used to be as Swiss as Emmental cheese and cuckoo clocks – until two British brothers challenged the established wisdom with their new line of timepieces 26 THE ULTIMATE SPORTS ACTION The latest creation from Parmigiani – the Bugatti Super Sport – is as sleek and revolutionary as you would expect. And it’s breaking records, too 49 LES DÉFILÉS DE MODE Cover animation Inspired by yesteryear’s haute couture houses, the ’50s silhouette is enhanced MAINFRAME by statement jewels and elegant fine timepieces Harrods Magazine • harrods.com 11
Over 300 Premier League, Champions League andInternational games, PFA Young Player of the Year2010 and FA Cup Winner 2011. ADMIRAL’S CUP DEEP DIVEFor James Milner and his Corum watch,each day is a fresh challenge.The Fine Watch Room, Ground Floor
MUST-HAVES High ROLLERS The latest super-exclusive, highly collectible timepieces are the stuff ofCredits TK Images CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Roger Dubuis Excalibur £190,900; Bulgari Gerald Genta fantasy for serious watch connoisseurs Grande Sonnerie £588,000; Hublot King Power Tourbillon £143,600; De Grisogono Occhio PHOTOGRAPHER ANDY BARTER Ripetizione Minuti £318,200; Ulysse Nardin DEPUTY FASHION EDITOR POPPY ROCK Freak Diavolo £114,000 Harrods Magazine • harrods.com 13
NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER TED HUMBLE-SMITH Breguet Richard Mille is, quite simply, the Horological thoroughbreds don’t watch aficionado’s watchmaker. come much more thorough than His are highly technical, highly Breguet. Founded in 1775, the brand covetable and innovatively designed had a fan in King Louis XVI and his timepieces. And the RM 028 Diver wife, Queen Marie Antoinette, and St Tropez demonstrates why. was chronometer maker to the Evolved from Mille’s original RM French Navy. Today, centuries of 025 Diver watch, the new RM 028 knowledge are fused with hi-tech has a smaller dial diameter of innovations to create Breguet’s 47mm. The intricate design of its FROM LEFT Panerai Marine collection. The new Marine skeleton movement belies the RM Submersible £6,200; Richard Mille RM 028 Chronograph 5827 in 18kt rose gold 028’s durability; the tough tripartite Saint-Tropez £63,500; is water resistant to 100 metres, and case makes the model water- Audemars Piguet Diver features a 12-hour totaliser and a resistant to 300 metres. £63,500 watch £13,530 subdial for seconds. £30,700 Diving belles The new generation of professional diving watches fuses technical prowess with the latest and cleverest design ﬂourishes BREITLING SUPEROCEAN 44 Corum Admiral The brand usually associated Since 1960, when Corum created with being 35,000 feet in the the first model in its now signature air has applied its expertise collection, the Admiral’s Cup, the brand has been synonymous with in extreme pressure ORIS PRO DIVER the high seas. As a watchmaking conditions to a line of Necessity is the mother of house actively involved in sailing, watches designed to invention, but Oris is not a brand Corum has amassed decades of withstand the deepest that waits for necessity. This Swiss expertise in nautical timepieces, watchmaker is on a constant quest the most recent of which is the waters. The newest to make new breakthroughs in Admiral’s Cup Seafender 48 Deep addition to Breitling’s technology. The most recent Dive. This model can withstand Superocean line – the of these is the Pro Diver. The 100-bar pressure, which means it Superocean 44 with Breitling’s innovations in this piece include a can be worn at depths of up to vulcanised rubber ring around the 1,000m, while a decompression 17 calibre movement – is water- bezel that offers double protection, valve vents any build-up of helium. resistant to a staggering 2,000 and a coated barrier at the side of The hands and hour markers carry metres, with a safety valve that the bezel, which protects the crown a luminescent coating for visibility and chronograph pushers. £2,750 even in the darkest waters. £8,800 balances out pressure both inside and outside the case. £4,940 Available from The Fine Watch Room, Ground Floor14 Harrods Magazine • harrods.com
EL PRIMERO by Zenith, inventor of the high-frequency self-winding chronograph EL PRIMERO CHRONOMASTER OPENZENITH, THE PIONEER SPIRIT SINCE 1865
SLUG company began making pocket watches, much of the traditional clockmaking mechanics did not work, so he developed methods of his own. Among his inventions was the three-quarter plate, a small nickel plate that enhances the stability of the watch’s movement. He was also responsible for replacing the old-fashioned Parisian lignes with the metric system and for introducing the millimetre as the primary unit of measurement in watchmaking. A typical A. Lange & Söhne watch features a mechanical movement in gold or platinum, rather than a quartz movement. Also, they are often made with highly distinctive Swiss features, such as “bridges” (back plates sometimes replaced with a series of plates and bars) and the “balance cock” (the bracket that holds the balance wheel, the equivalent of a pendulum in a clock). For 100 years, A. Lange & Söhne enjoyed great success with some of the finest clocks and pocket watches in history, but this success was interrupted by World War II. The factory was destroyed during a bombing raid and was forced into a 50-year hiatus. It was Walter Lange, Ferdinand’s great grandson, who brought the company back from the brink. He was conscripted, and he returned injured. But he was determined to rebuild his great-grandfather’s business – and he did, in just four years. Perhaps one of the most famous watches created by the brand after the war was the Lange 1. This model embodies all the skills and technical developments created across the entire dynasty of watchmakers, with traditional elements such as the three-quarter plate and the hand-engraved balance cock with the whiplash precision index adjuster. The manufacture of this watch represents not only the style and mechanics of the brand but also the company’s perseverance, as much of Lange’s discoveries were lost when the factory was destroyed. Last year, A. Lange & Söhne released a range of limited- edition watches as an homage to the brand’s founder. THIS PAGE, FROM TOP A. Lange The 165 Year Anniversary Edition is a collection of & Söhne founder Ferdinand A. Lange; A. Lange & Söhne three watches that adopt traditional mechanics, but Saxonia Thin in 18kt pink with the addition of a moon-phase indicator, a gold £14,700; Lange 1 in 18kt yellow gold £21,100 guilloché engraved dial and a gold finish. FerdinandCredits TK Images OPPOSITE PAGE Walter Lange, would’ve been proud. HMN who brought the company back to life after WWII; A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Available from The Fine Watch Room, Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” Ground Floor in 18kt yellow gold £130,500 Harrods Magazine • harrods.com 17
MUST-HAVES Behind every great man’s watch stands a marginally smaller woman’s, matched perfectly in elegance and style PHOTOGRAPHER CHRIS TURNER DEPUTY FASHION EDITOR POPPY ROCK Credits TK Images LEFT, FROM TOPAudemars Piguet Millenary £30,630; Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso £10,700; Cartier Ballon Bleu £24,000; Piaget Dancer £35,800; Blancpain Villeret £12,370 RIGHT, FROM TOP Audemars Piguet Millenary £11,980; Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso £5,500; Cartier Ballon Bleu £14,000; Piaget Dancer £25,600; Blancpain Villeret £10,230 Available from The Fine Watch Room, Ground Floor18 Harrods Magazine • harrods.com
A high-octane mechanical tribute to the automobile spirit L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon. High-end mechanical watchmaking and the best of motor sports meet and mingle in a handsome and powerful timepiece. This limited-edition model celebrating Chopard’s 150th anniversary vividly embodies the spirit of automobiles, a world with which the brand has enjoyed strong ties over several decades. It is driven by a hand-wound tourbillon movement machined – and signed – like an engine block and mounted on shock-absorbing silent-blocks. Beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and endowed with a 60-hour power reserve, this mechanical L.U.C Calibre 1TRM was designed, developed and produced by Chopard Manufacture and its impressive precision is chrono- meter-certiﬁed by the Swiss Ofﬁcial Chronometer Testing Institute. Other subtle nods to classic motor racing include the gleaming titanium “bodywork” of the case, curving lugs shaped like aerodynamic car wings, as well as four reinforced inserts on the strap reminiscent of historical car seats. L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon: available in a limited numbered series of 150 in titanium, in honour of Chopard’s 150th anniversary, ref. 168526-3001.Chopard Boutique, The Fine Jewellery Room, Ground Floor
The Piccadilly PrincessThe Fine Jewellery Room, Ground Floor
FINE WATCHES D esigning the world’s largest room dedicated to luxury timepieces can’t be that hard, can it? Eva Jiricna, the Czech Haute retail design expert charged with the task, doesn’t agree. Particularly as she needed it to sit easily next to the neighbouring and equally prestigious Fine Jewellery horology Room, which she also designed six years ago. “This is Europe’s largest watch collection,” says Jiricna, the elegant, silvery-bobbed principal of her own London-based architectural practice, whose glamour and good taste are demonstrated through a cool cream trench, beaten metal bangles and a hotbed minimal bracelet watch. “I wanted to extend the fine jewellery experience but watches have a different character. They are much more masculine, much more serious. So we needed a similar concept but aimed at a different kind of client.” Over the 128 years that Harrods has been in its current building, many architects and interior designers have wrestled with its size and the shape The new Fine Watch Room at Harrods contains of its rooms. The flat Brompton road frontage hides Europe’s largest collection of luxury timepieces, a curved, irregular pentagon-shaped building that sits on Hans Road, Hans Crescent and Basil Street. carefully curated to provide the perfect selection The new Fine Watch Room is a slice of the ground for both international and local clientele floor that at different times has housed an ice cream parlour and a pizza restaurant. BY ANN HAVERSHAM/ANIMATION MAINFRAME “The shape of the new room was something of22 Harrods Magazine • harrods.com
a challenge in its own right,” says Jiricna. “My jobas an architect is to create ‘wow’ – that’s differentthings for different people. There’s a ceiling in that WATCH BOUTIQUESroom that has been there for years and we wanted A. Lange & Söhneto make a feature of that although it’s not in thebest condition throughout the room. So we made Audemars Pigueta circular cutout in the lower ceiling to reveal the Breguetoriginal beams and cornicing. I think its important Chanelto keep Harrods in its own context – some peoplecome here hoping to see some heritage, and I try to Hublotenhance the history.” IWC The approaches to the new area replicate those Jaeger-LeCoultrethat existed already: dark tunnels that act as atransition from the Food Halls. Jiricna believes it’s Omegaimportant to have breathing space between the Panerairooms. “Then at the end of the tunnel you find a Richard Millesurprise – a little bit of magic,” she says. Meanwhile, the room itself has three circular Rolexcounters that sit beneath the original section of Vacheron Constantinceiling, which almost appears to hover above Vertuthe black carpeted and granite floor. Individualboutiques are spaced around the edge of the room. BRANDSThe doorways to each boutique are flanked by two Baume & Mercierclear glass columns that house display cabinets. Bell & Ross “We have used masculine materials like blackgranite, and a French glass that has a metallic 3D Blancpaintreatment, so it looks silvery and sculpted,” says BreitlingJiricna. “The black carpet joins the granite almost Bremontinvisibly so that the line of the room is unbrokenfor the entire length. The carpet is Swedish, Celsius X VI IIimprinted with vinyl and very luxurious and soft, Corumso if something is accidentally dropped it won’t get De Grisogonodamaged. You have to think about those thingswhen you are designing for a space like this. The Franck Mullerceiling outside of the cutaway section is black too, Frédérique Constantand there are sandblasted panels hanging from it,featuring a pattern made up of watch parts.” Girard-Perregaux The hardest part of the job for Jiricna, however, Hermèshas been getting the lighting right. In the olden John Isaacdays, watches were most often displayed flat, makingthe lighting relatively easy. Today, most watches are Longinesshown upright, with the face up, and the straps done Maurice Lacroixup behind them, which requires 3D lighting. Montblanc “Watches are small and you need to be able to seeevery single detail, so that means serious lighting,” Orisexplains Jiricna. “Also, the customers aren’t going Parmigianito have the sharpest eyes in the world (as you age, Philip Steinyou see less detail) – if we were designing a toydepartment, life would be a lot easier!” Rado “I never forget why I’m here. My purpose is to Roger Dubuissell products, and I need to create the best possible TAG Heuerconditions to display them. I love the contrast of thegranite with the glass and the sparkling light. People Ulysse Nardinneed to feel uplifted. They need to feel that the Zenithobject that they are buying is worth the investment, £3 2012so a luxurious atmosphere is required throughout.And the more sparkle you create, the more magicalit all becomes.” HMN FINEERY LL JEWE012 2 WATCHES 2012 Harrods Magazine • harrods.com 23
PROVENANCEFlying the ﬂagFine watchmaking used to be as Swiss asEmmental cheese and cuckoo clocks – untiltwo British brothers challenged the establishedwisdom with their new line of timepiecesA n obsession with aviation has led to both success and tragedy in the lives of Nick and Giles Explorer Bear Grylls English. The air crash that led to the death of their father and left Nick with 30 broken bones created a determination in the brothers to follow their dreams; both forwent careers in the city to take up aircraft restoration. A forced landing in a French field a year laterwas also turned into a positive; the owner of the land – a farmerand former WWII pilot – befriended the brothers and showedthem a wristwatch he had been given by his father as a boy. Thewatch mirrored the craftsmanship and quality that the brothershoped to emulate in a new brand of fine timepieces that they hadbeen considering setting up. The first British luxury watch brandwas thus launched and, inspired by the farmer – Monsieur AntoineBremont – the English brothers called their brand Bremont. Bad timing isn’t something that the brothers were prepared to accept Polar explorer andeither; the economic downturn has simply meant greater availability of long-distance skier Ben SaundersSwiss parts with which to construct their timepieces. After five years ofdevelopment, Bremont produced its first luxury watch in 2007. Aviation is a recurring theme in all the designs; many feature technicalcomplications, including automatic chronometers. But the USP of thebrand is its overwhelming air of Englishness. The brothers wanted tocreate a watch that would be as at home in the boardroom as it would bein extreme conditions – such as those endured by an impressive roster ofadventuring brand ambassadors. Mountaineer Jake Meyer, polar explorerand long-distance skier Ben Saunders, adventurer and motorcyclist CharleyBoorman, Olympic skier Graham Bell, explorer Bear Grylls and free diverSara Campbell have all worn their Bremonts in the field, reinforcing thebrand’s maxim: “tested beyond endurance”. The resulting watch collection is entirely handmade and ready for action. Cases are constructed from stainless steel that is seven times harder than the average; similarly, the convex sapphire crystal is toughened and has nine layers of anti-reflective coating; and the 15- day chronometer movement is accurate to between Free diver Sara Campbell -4 and +6 seconds per day. Further durability against extremes of temperature, shock, magnetic fields and water resistance (up to 1500m) allows for maximum usability. And in terms of design, limited editions have been created through collaborations with Jaguar and, continuing the aviation connection, the 1944 Mustang WWII aircraft. Such is the demand for Bremonts, the brand is now one of the world’s top 20 most prolific chrono producers. Since its launch, Bremont has scooped a clutch of awards, including two from the prestigious Walpole organisation, and Watch Brand of the Year 2011 at the UK Jewellery Awards. Its FROM LEFT Bremont P-51 innovative designs and construction, as well £7,450 and ALT1-P as its strong commercial appeal, have proved that £3,450. Available from the English brothers’ dreams have come true. For The Fine Watch Room, Mountaineer Jake Meyer Bremont, the sky is, apparently, not the limit. HMN Ground Floor Harrods Magazine • harrods.com 25
ULTIMATE The Ultimate Sports action The latest creation from Parmigiani – the Bugatti Super Sport – is as sleek and revolutionary as you would expect. And it’s breaking records, too PHOTOGRAPHER ANDY BARTER When the worlds of super cars and haute horlogerie collide, you know the onto a vertical axis, a fiendishly difficult feat that enables drivers to keep result is bound to get hearts racing, even more so when the brands in focus on the face. An open-worked dial reveals the mechanics of the question are Swiss watchmaker Parmigiani and French racing car designer 337 components, while the curves of the watch and the carbon fibre Bugatti. The Super Sport is the third collaboration between the two hour wheel echo the aerodynamic lines of the Veyron automobile. brands, the first of which – in 2004 –saw Parmigiani revolutionise the Parmigiani has forced us to rethink watch design. The Super Sport was watchmaking world by placing the entire movement of the Bugatti Type worn by Bugatti test driver Pierre-Henri Raphanel when he broke the world 370 on a transverse axis like a racing motor. land-speed record (for production sports cars) driving the Bugatti Veyron at This spirit of audacious design continues to Parmigiani’s latest sensation, 431 km/h. It’s no wonder they’re calling it the fastest watch in the world. the Bugatti Super Sport, an aesthetic and technical triumph. For the latest £218,000. Limited edition of 30 pieces. Available from The Fine Watch model, Parmigiani has achieved a world first by flipping the components Room, Ground Floor26 Harrods Magazine • harrods.com
FOLLOW YOUR CONVICTIONS “I DON‘T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU. I DON‘T WANT TO THINK LIKE YOU. I‘M GOING TO BE LIKE ME.“ From „Looking after number one“ – Bob Geldof 1976 From starting a band to receiving a knighthood, Sir Bob Geldof has stayed true to himself in everything he does. At Maurice Lacroix, we create our unique movements and award-winning designs by hand – because, like Sir Bob, we too follow our convictions. Masterpiece Double RétrogradeThe Fine Watch Room,GROUND FLOOR
GIRARD-PERREGAUX 1966 Small Second Pink gold case, sapphire case back, Girard-Perregaux automatic mechanical movement. Hour, minute and small second.The Fine Watch Room, Ground Floor.
CHANELCoco Chanel’s inimitable spirit remainsat the heart of the Chanel brand.In fashion, this translates simply,with a reinvention of her belovedpearls, tweed and diamonds for onegeneration after the next. In terms oftimepieces, the contemporary Chanelapproach is to match MademoiselleChanel’s audacious design ethos andquest for uncompromised quality.Each watch from the House of Chanelresembles a fine piece of jewellerymade in a chic Parisian style. The latestmodels in the J12 collection includethe J12 Marine, the J12 Chromaticand the J12 Calibre 3125. Still usingthe sea as a source of inspiration, themasculine nature of the J12 designis reinforced by high-performancematerials like flexible rubber, intenselyblack ceramic, black lacquered dialsand rhodium-plated yellow goldpolished to a mirror finish. Meanwhile,the J12 Rétrograde Mystérieusecontinues to fascinate technology fanswith its unique vertical crown – that,and the clever way it has of slidingtime backwards. Very mysterious.
FROM LEFT Chanel Rétrograde Mystèrieuse Tourbillon in pink gold £176,475; J12 Calibre 3125 42mm automatic in black ceramic and yellow gold £15,875; J12 Chromatic 41mm automatic £4,150; and J12 Marine 42mm automatic with blue bezel and rubber strap £3,325
TAG HEUERA need for speed was the design ethosdefined for TAG Heuer when SteveMcQueen wore the first Monacosquare-case, water-resistant watch inthe film Le Mans, back in the ’70s.The new-generation Monaco V4 isalso making revving noises in horologycircles, nominated for Design Watchof the Year at the appropriately named2010 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie deGenève. The 41mm rose gold case,newly angled planes of the bevelledcrystal and hand-stitched alligatorstrap are suitable companions forthe high-yield mechanical belt drivesand linear rewinding system foundwithin. Similarly, the Carrera HeritageCollection Calibre 6 Watch andCalibre 16 Chronograph reinterpreticonic timepieces of motor racing,with retro details that reinforce TAGHeuer’s reputation for precisiontimekeeping. Meanwhile, the newCarrera Mikrograph, the first evercolumn wheel integrated mechanicalchronograph with 1/100th of a seconddisplayed by a striking central hand,is the ultimate in accuracy, complexityof movement and, of course, speed.
FROM LEFT TAG Heuer Monaco V4 rose gold & ceramic limited edition £70,000; Carrera Heritage Calibre 16 Chronograph with rosegold dial £3,150; Carrera Mikrograph 1/100th Second Chronograph £35,000; and Carrera Heritage Calibre 6 Watch in rose gold £6,995
PIAGET In the world of watches and fine jewellery, a brand generally stands in the technology camp or the jewellery camp, then improvises. Brands that have equal footing in both, with a heritage in mechanical movement and haute joaillerie, are few and far between. Piaget is one such house. Although originally a specialist in watch movements, Piaget extended the scope of its expertise in the 1960s with the launch of a collection of jewelled watches. And while ultra- thin is central to Piaget’s ideology, the brand’s gift to watchmaking is its jewelled concoctions. Enter the Piaget Emperador Coussin. The gem-set dial bears the retrograde date and day as well as the months, leap years or double time zones, and a gem-set oscillating weight is visible through the sapphire crystal case back. In the same collection, the Emperador Coussin XL Large Moon focuses on the lunar cycle, exhibiting a moon outlined with diamond-set white gold and a dial in aventurine silvered crystal, also encircled in diamonds. Meanwhile, the Altiplano adopts Piaget’s distinctive ultra-thin aesthetic with a minimalist design edged in a single row of diamonds. The audacity and authenticity of the brand shine as brightly as ever.FROM LEFT Piaget Emperador Coussin XL LargeMoon £48,600; Piaget Emperador Coussin,price on application; and Piaget Altiplano £17,300
HERMÈS An imaginary journey through time – from a Parisian-based harness maker in 1837 to revered fashion house and fine watchmaker today – would have to be taken in a tangerine duc carriage with matching pony. Many icons of style are connected to this high-fashion house, yet the equestrian origins and the vibrant colour associated with the brand are never far from the surface. Through innovative collaborations and brave marketing decisions, the brand has continually reinvented itself for each new generation. Today, the leading edge of Hermès’ design strategy lies with its watch innovations. The Cape Cod Grandes Heures watch dips its design toes into saddlery hardware in a laid-back yet luxurious style – but that’s not the clever bit. The unevenly spaced hour markers create a need to speed up or slow down the skeleton hands to give the impression that you can orchestrate time. In a similar vein, the Arceau Le Temps Suspendu watch has a sophisticated mechanism for playing with time. At the touch of a button, the hour and minute hands stop at their own whim at around noon, and the retrodate date hand disappears from the dial, suspending time on the watch face, if not in reality. Meanwhile, standard time keeps running behind the scenes, allowing for a return to real time with ease. Protected by two patents, this mechanical self- winding movement is equipped with three retrograde functions, including two 360-degree retrograding ones, and has a 42-hour power reserve – a gentle reminder of pressing time.FROM LEFT Hermès Arceau Le TempsSuspendu in rose gold £27,100; Cape CodGrandes Heures £6,100; Arceau Le TempsSuspendu in steel £12,900; and Cape CodGrandes Heures £5,950
VACHERONCONSTANTINVacheron Constantin prides itself onrespecting tradition. Ever since FrançoisConstantin travelled the world in the18th century on a quest to discoverthe talents hidden within differentcultures, Vacheron Constantin hasstruck the perfect balance betweenage-old watchmaking techniquesand innovative artistic design. Eachyear, the Swiss manufacture launchesa series of timepieces named Métiersd’Art to celebrate this link; for 2011,a bridge between East and West hasbeen created with the La Symboliquedes Laques collection. Japaneselacquering techniques that date backto the 1600s have been used to createthree highly decorative timepieces:Turtle and Lotus, Frog and Hydrangea,and Carp and Waterfall. Inside eachis the 14kt gold manual-wind 1003SQ movement which, at 1.64mm, isthe thinnest hand-wound mechanicalmovement in the world.
VAN CLEEF & ARPELSParisian elegance has always beencentral to the Van Cleef & Arpelsaesthetic. The most refined translationof this is the eponymous PA49 watch.Created in 1949 by Pierre Arpels, it isa classic in watchmaking history thatstands the test of time with its ultra-slim, ultra-dignified design. Midnightin Paris is Van Cleef & Arpels’ mostsophisticated complication, replicatingthe daily changes in the night sky ofParis. The 365-day cycle of the starsmoves imperceptibly in the classicround pink gold case. Meanwhile,Monsieur Arpels Tourbillon is theshow-stopping timepiece of the group,with a tourbillon complication thatis as beautiful as it is technicallyadvanced. This is savoir-faire Frenchstyle, sought out by connoisseursthroughout the world.
FROM LEFT Van Cleef & Arpels PA49 £3,050; Monsieur Arpels Tourbillon £167,400; and Midnight in Paris £54,000
IWCThis year, the design focus for IWCis one of the manufacture’s signatureranges, the Portuguese collection.Launched in 1939, the original watcheswere oversized at the request of twoPortuguese businessmen, with pocketwatch movements very much in thetradition of nautical instruments.Over the years, IWC has revised thiscollection based around mechanicalprecision instruments. The PortugueseRegulateur Tourbillon, produced in alimited edition of 100 pieces, highlightsa wristwatch whose design is inspiredby traditional regulateur clocks.The Portuguese Perpetual Calendar,introduced this year in a revised44mm red gold case, remains theworld’s most user-friendly perpetualcalendar due to its single crownoperation. The epitome of precisionmechanical engineering is encapsulatedwithin IWC’s Portuguese GrandeComplication in red gold, in a limitedproduction of only 50 pieces per year.
FROM LEFT IWC PortuguesePerpetual Calendar in 18kt red gold £26,000; Portuguese Tourbillon Regulator in 18kt red gold £38,000; and Portuguese Grande Complication in 18kt red gold £165,000
MONTBLANCAccuracy has always been at theheart of Montblanc. Back in 1821,an inventor by the name of NicolasRieussec made history at a Parisianhorse race when he recorded the timesof all the horses as they crossed thefinish line, to an accuracy of a quarterof a second. His invention was thechronograph. And Montblanc’s NicolasRieussec collection pays tribute to himwith two chronograph movements: theMB R100 hand-wound calibre andthe MB R200 automatic. Meanwhileto mark Minerva’s 150th jubilee,Montblanc has created the CollectionVilleret 1858 Émail Grand Feu, arange that demonstrates the fine artof champlevé enamelling. The GrandChronographe Émail Grand Feu has a47mm case, 55 hours of power reserveand appears in red gold with an enameldial, limited to 58 pieces. FROM TOP Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph Automatic £6,800 and Les Chronographes Émail Grand Feu, price on application
AUDEMARS PIGUET Since 1875, Audemars Piguet has been cradled in the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland. The brand has the distinction of being the oldest Swiss watch manufacture to be owned by the founding family ancestors. Today, some 136 years later, Audemars Piguet is still proud of its unique heritage. In 1972, the brand introduced the Royal Oak, with its distinctive octagonal bezel. Once again, the brand was at the forefront of design. The marque introduced the model as the first luxury stainless steel sports watch. Today the Royal Oak is an icon in the world of horology: masculine, refined and instantly recognisable. The two models featured are the 18kt Rose Gold Royal Oak automatic on a strap: a watch for all occasions, a watch for today’s man – distinctive, masculine and cool. The Royal Oak Offshore Bumble Bee illustrates the dynamics that most brand aficionados love, featuring a combination of materials to create a true cutting-edge sports watch.FROM TOP Audemars Piguet SelfwindingRoyal Oak £22,610 and Royal Oak OffshoreChronograph Bumble Bee £25,480
VERTU Redefining the very idea of smartphones, Vertu has unveiled its latest touchscreen model, the Constellation. The Constellation was created to enhance a discerning and demanding lifestyle, thanks to its state-of-the-art technology, unparalleled craftsmanship and exclusive services. As with all Vertu phones, Vertu Concierge lies at the heart of the Constellation, and is now paired with a range of carefully curated apps to ensure that Vertu exclusive services and information are at the customer’s fingertips. These include Club Access, a global network of private members’ lifestyle and business clubs created for Vertu customers’ complimentary use. Vertu Select and City Brief deliver tailored information to the handset, while vertu.me supports multiple email accounts and the secure backup of data. Each handset is built and signed by one technician, with casings of surgical stainless steel or, in one case, 18kt yellow gold and ceramic, with a sapphire crystal screen.Vertu Constellation £4,300
The Fusion between Ceramic, 18K Red Gold and Rubber.Hublot Boutique, The Fine Watch Room, Ground Floor
Les FASHIONdéfilés demodeInspired by yesteryear’s haute couture houses, the ’50s silhouette is enhancedPHOTOGRAPHER by statement jewels and elegant ﬁne timepieces JASON ELL/ SENIOR FASHION EDITOR SARAH WEBB/ MENSWEAR FASHION EDITOR MITCHELL BELK Harrods Magazine • harrods.com 49
FASHION LEFT De Beers “Enchanted Lotus” white gold and white diamond necklace, price on application; Cartier “Surya” brooch, price on application; Chopard diamond and tanzanite earrings, price on application, (on left hand ) diamond and tourmaline ring £48,930 and (on right hand ) high jewellery bracelet set in white and black diamonds £73,060; (on right hand ) Boucheron white gold and diamond “Ava Deco” ring £7,750; Dolce & Gabbana dress £1,155; Dents gloves £19.95; RIGHT Boodles “Honeysuckle” necklace £120,000 and (on left little finger) ring £45,000; Cartier “Musk” earrings, price on application; Chanel “Collerette” bracelet £29,650; (on right little finger) Theo Fennell 18kt yellow gold, white gold, diamond and green tourmaline “Ivy Tryst” ring £3,750 and (on left ring finger) 18kt yellow gold, white gold, brown diamond and diamond “Bombe” ring £25,850; Maria Grachvogel dress £1,475; Dents gloves £19.9550 Harrods Magazine • harrods.com
FASHIONLEFT Miu Miu dress from a selection; SECOND FROM LEFT Hackett jacket £499;Brioni shirt £299; Polo Ralph Lauren tie £85; THIRD FROM LEFT Boucheronwhite gold and diamond “Ava Deco” earrings £11,600 and necklace £20,800;Caroline Charles top £245 and skirt £325; THIRD FROM RIGHT BreitlingNavitimer 01 watch in red gold £15,780; Harrods Own Label coat £599; Rakejacket £979; Corneliani shirt £129; Mr Hare shoes £525; SECOND FROM RIGHTDe Beers “Swan Lake” pink gold and white diamond earrings, and “AdonisRose” white gold and white diamond cuff, both prices on application; Cartierpearl necklace, price on application; (on left hand) Theo Fennell 18kt yellowgold, diamond, garnet and beryl “Bombe” ring £16,700 and (on right hand) 18ktyellow gold, diamond and brown diamond “Bombe” ring £25,850; Burland furcape £10,250; Elie Saab dress £4,900; Philip Treacy hat £825; Tiffany & Co.sunglasses £238; Christian Louboutin clutch £895; KG by Kurt Geiger shoesfrom a selection; RIGHT Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea watch£8,350; Ralph Lauren Purple Label cardigan £1,810; Rake shirt £239; PoloRalph Lauren trousers £249; Turnbull & Asser cravat £95; Falke socks £11.95;Tom Ford shoes £2,535; ON PHOTOGRAPHER Chanel J12 Caliber 3125 watchwith alligator strap £14,275; E. Tautz jacket £800; Mr Start shirt £99.95 Harrods Magazine • harrods.com 51
FASHION THIS PAGE, LEFT Montblanc Star Retrograde Automatic watch £3,020; Mr Start jacket £450 and shirt £99.95; RIGHT Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Date Automatic watch in pink gold £17,670; Mr Start suit £695; Polo Ralph Lauren shirt £95; Harrods Own Label tie £49.95 OPPOSITE PAGE, ON HER Boodles “Vintage Lace” earrings £150,000, necklace £1,250,000 and ring £162,000; Dolce & Gabbana dress £1,155; Burland fur roll collar £535; Philip Treacy hat £1,799; Dents gloves £19.95; ON HIM Piaget Emperador watch £16,400; Ralph Lauren suit £990; Canali shirt £129 and tie £79.95; Turnbull & Asser pocket square £5052 Harrods Magazine • harrods.com
FASHION LEFT Hermès Cape Cod Grandes Heures watch £6,100; Richard James jacket £829; Mr Start shirt £110; CENTRE (on right hand) Chaumet “Frisson 3 Pampilles” bracelet, price on application; Van Cleef & Arpels white gold and diamond “Décolleté” ring £26,600; (rings on left hand, from left) Van Cleef & Arpels white gold, diamond and aquamarine “Décolleté” ring, price on application; Chaumet “Frisson 3 Pampilles” ring, price on application; (bracelets on left wrist, from top) Chaumet white gold and diamond “Joséphine” bracelet £18,800; Van Cleef & Arpels platinum and diamond “Snowflake” bracelet £158,800; Carolina Herrera dress £2,799; Burland fur roll collar £535; Nancy Gonzalez clutch £1,175; Christian Louboutin shoes £535; RIGHT IWC Portofino Chronograph in stainless steel £3,900; A. Sauvage jacket £1,200; Mr Start shirt £99.95; Canali trousers £229; ON MR WOO THE DOG Majestic Collars diamanté collar from £44.9554 Harrods Magazine • harrods.com
FASHION FROM LEFT Cartier “Surya” brooch, price on application; Boodles “Vintage Lace” necklace £1,250,000 and bracelet £445,000; Theo Fennell 18kt yellow and white gold, diamond, ruby and agate “Cameo” pendant £14,950 and (in foreground) “Bee” necklace in 18kt yellow and white gold with black jade £5,500; Boodles “Vintage Lace” ring £162,000 and earrings £150,000; IWC Portofino Automatic watch in stainless steel £3,750; Chopard high jewellery earrings with emeralds and yellow diamonds, price on application Hair KEIICHIRO HIRANO at DWM using Bumble and Bumble Make-up EMMA MILES using Chanel Models SOPHIE P at Select, DENISE SOMMERS and LYZA at Storm, MATTHEW HITT at FM, PATRICK RUKAI at Premier, and DALE TOOGOOD at Elite Fashion Stylist POPPY ROCK Fashion Assistant BECKY BRANCH Make-up Assistants DEBORAH LOTT, MEGU, and JULIA WILSON Photographer’s Assistants SCOTT ARCHIBALD, JAMES DAVEY and MICHAEL FURLONGER Available from Men’s Underwear & Nightwear and The Men’s Shoe Salon, Lower Ground Floor; The Fine Jewellery Room, The Fine Watch Room, Hosiery & Umbrellas, Men’s Tailoring and Sunglasses, Ground Floor; Eveningwear, International Designer Room, Millinery and The Shoe Salon, First Floor; and harrods.com Credits TK Images56 Harrods Magazine • harrods.com
“BOUCLE DE CAMÉLIA“ RING 18K WHITE GOLD AND DIAMONDSChanel Boutique, The Fine Jewellery Room, Ground Floor.
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EDITOR’S LETTERFine JewelleryA rainbow of precious gems has arrived this year in the collectionsof our favourite international jewellery brands. No less influentialthan trends in fashion, the key looks in jewellery design rely onfancy coloured stones to do the talking. Deceptively complicatedsettings are used to create maximum luminosity, and everyimaginable shade makes an appearance, from lemon yellow andtangerine to violet, pink and black. Meanwhile, classic white diamonds are a perennial favourite, inever more flamboyant creations from the haute joaillerie houses.And the mood for fine craftsmanship has led to a new interest inthe ancient art of enamelling. Together with the new Fine Watch Room, the selection ofprecious jewels and timepieces is now the most expansive inEurope. And the elegant surroundings of The Fine Jewellery Roomprovide the perfect setting for tiny gifts with massive significance. Take a trip to Harrods... for 24kt quality Harrods Magazine • harrods.com 11
TWO UNIQUE BROOCHES BY THEO FENNELLHAND MADE IN OUR WORKSHOPS BY 7 BRILLIANT CRAFTSMEN USING CARVED MAMMOTH BONE,MOTHER OF PEARL, CITRINE, DIAMONDS, SAPPHIRES, RUBIES, TURQUOISE AND CORAL BEADS AND SET IN 18CT GOLD WITH ENAMEL AND HAND ENGRAVED DETAILS. THE FINE JEWELLERY ROOM, GROUND FLOOR
Photo Jimmy Nelson Star of Sha mball a Medallion 18 K rhodium pl ated white gold & Bl ack dia monds The Fine Jewellery Room, Ground Floor
CONTENTS HARRODS MAGAZINE DEBORAH BEE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ART DIRECTOR BARNEY PICKARD DEPUTY EDITOR FLEUR FRUZZA SENIOR FASHION EDITOR SARAH WEBB CHIEF SUB-EDITORS LISA HILLMAN, NICOLETTE THOMPSON JUNIOR SUB-EDITOR NICOLA CORFIELD PRODUCER LISA BONNICI ART EDITOR SONJA BURRI SENIOR DESIGNER NATALIE MOSQUERA JUNIOR DESIGNER RACHEL ESCUDIER FASHION WRITER LAURA JORDAN STAFF WRITER AMY BROOMFIELD EDITORIAL ASSISTANT LOUISE FISH DEPUTY FASHION EDITOR POPPY ROCK FASHION ASSISTANT BECKY BRANCH 17 24 PICTURE RESEARCHER EMILY SELLERS MENSWEAR FASHION EDITOR MITCHELL BELK PUBLISHER BETH HODDER PUBLISHING COORDINATOR SUZY CHAPMAN PUBLISHING ASSISTANT ALETHEA QUARTEY PRODUCTION MANAGER HAYLEY ELLIS PRODUCTION ASSISTANT CAMILLA JOSEPHS HARRODS STORE IMAGE, MEDIA AND MARKETING DIRECTOR OF FINE JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES ABIGAIL RAINER IMAGE DIRECTOR MARK BRIGGSDIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT CHIARA VARESE HEAD OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS AMBER PEPPER MEDIA SALES DIRECTOR GUY CHESTON MEDIA MANAGER, FASHION ACCESSORIES VALENTINA TROTTA MEDIA SALES EXECUTIVES, FASHION ACCESSORIES SOPHIE MIDDLETON, LUCINDA ANDREWS GENERAL MERCHANDISING MANAGER, FINE JEWELLERY & LUXURY WATCHES HUSSEIN PAREKH BUYER, LUXURY WATCHES WILLIAM BLAKE TRAINEE BUYER, FINE JEWELLERY CAMILLA GYLLO 34 55 ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES +44 (0)20 7225 5783/5996/5706 Fine jewellery PRODUCTION ZEBRA REPRODUCTION PRINT PRODUCTION WYNDEHAM [ROCHE] LIMITED HARRODS, 87—135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL T: +44 (0)20 7730 1234 F: +44 (0)20 7225 6633 17 FANCY THAT www.harrods.com Cleverly cut to reveal the depth of their vibrant colours, the world’s most precious and unusual stones appear in the latest head-turning haute joaillerie All information and prices are correct at time of going to press. We hope you enjoy 18 ART OF GLASSreading Harrods Magazine. As we are committed to providing the highest level of customer The intricate art of enamelling has found its way from the ancient world to service possible, we would love to hear any comments that you may have. Please email email@example.com today’s fine jewellery and watches 20 LE CRAZY With a shared passion for creating dreams, Le Crazy Horse and Chopard celebrate feminine beauty and the art of seduction 24 DARK ARTS Fashion’s perennial favourite shade has crossed into fine jewellery, as diamonds, sapphires and pearls appear in any colour – so long as it’s black 26 THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN Showcasing exquisite designs from some of the world’s most prestigious brands, The Fine Jewellery Room is internationally renowned for its rare and beautiful gems 30 DESIGN FOR LIFE From Ottoman architecture to the Chinese zodiac, seven designers share the eclectic inspirations behind their fine jewellery creations 34 THE ULTIMATE NEST EGG Only Fabergé could magic up exquisite pendants in a breathtaking array of gems 55 LES DÉFILÉS DE MODE Cover animation Inspired by yesteryear’s haute couture houses, the ’50s silhouette is enhanced MAINFRAME by statement jewels and elegant fine timepieces Harrods Magazine • harrods.com 15
MUST-HAVES Fancy Cleverly cut to reveal the depth of their vibrant colours, the world’s most precious and unusual stones appear in the latest head-turning haute joaillerie PHOTOGRAPHER CHRIS TURNER DEPUTY FASHION EDITOR POPPY ROCK CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Amrapali “Navaratna” 18kt gold and nine gemstones necklace £31,000; Van Cleef & Arpels “Victoria” bracelet in white gold with diamonds, violet and pink sapphires, emeralds and pearls, price on application; Bulgari platinum, gold, diamond and sapphire necklace, price on application; Boodles “Summer Sunset” bracelet in 18kt white gold with diamonds and pink sapphires,Credits TK Images £65,000; Chopard High Jewellery Collection necklace with white diamonds and multicoloured sapphires, price on application Available from The Fine Jewellery Room, Ground Floor Harrods Magazine • harrods.com 17
NEWS Tiffany & Jackie SUPER When Jean Schlumberger first expressed an interest in design, his parents FLY With a team of artists were quick to discourage him and wouldn’t allow him using watch dials to do any formal training. Luckily for as their canvases, him – and us – he sought out DeLaneau has created another avenue, and trained the Amazone Miniature under fashion designer Elsa Papillon watch. The 18kt Schiaparelli, who commissioned him to design costume jewellery. dial features 59 diamonds Schlumberger’s “Jackie” bracelets and four lozenge-cut orange (so named after Jackie Kennedy sapphires. The large, vibrant was photographed wearing one) butterﬂy is hand-engraved are made using the 19th-century and painted with enamel, art of paillonné, a process of making translucent colours while the red gold case is by laying enamel over gold set with 472 brilliant-cut leaf. From £23,200. diamonds. £97,000. Available from The Available from The Fine Jewellery Fine Jewellery Room, Room, Ground Floor Ground Floor From Russia with love Art of glass The tradition of giving a Fabergé egg as a gift began in Russia in 1885. Tsar Alexander III commissioned Peter Carl Fabergé to make a jewelled Easter egg for his wife for their anniversary. She loved the gift so The intricate art of enamelling has much that Fabergé was appointed to make a new egg every year. Today they are a symbol of opulence. The found its way from the ancient world “Oeuf Olga” pendant is enamelled in brilliant green to today’s ﬁne jewellery and watches and cradled in an Art Nouveau-style 18kt basket set with diamonds. £8,850. Available from The Fine Jewellery Room, Ground Floor GOLD Cartier deco CALLING Influences from Art Deco and the Orient to the solar system and the ocean have inspired Cartier’s Évasions The latest limited-edition range Joaillières collection. Pink gold rings are decorated from Vertu has taken on a with a solar-style disc and covered in semiprecious feminine touch, with floral stones and black lacquer, while matching necklaces designs made with the Japanese are suspended on chains made from prehnites. Other lacquer technique of maki-e. pieces include pink sapphire and onyx necklaces and The four phones of the Kissho rings framed by diamonds. Ring £27,000. Available range – the word means “good from The Fine Jewellery Room, Ground Floor omen” – come in white or yellow gold and feature a different seasonal flower designed by maki-e Creature master Kazumi Murose. The patterns are applied feature by sprinkling tiny A picture drawn by her seven-year-old daughter particles of gold or silver inspired Solange Azagury-Partridge to create the and mother-of-pearl onto whimsical “Supernature” ring. The piece reflects the the lacquer. “Kikusui” innocent universe of childhood with playful-looking phone £152,000. Available creatures depicted in bright colours, each one from The Fine Watch Room, enamelled by hand. £7,400. Available from Ground Floor The Fine Jewellery Room, Ground Floor18 Harrods Magazine • harrods.com
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PROVENANCELe Crazy With a shared passion for creating dreams, the Crazy Horseand Chopard celebrate feminine beauty and the art of seduction BY DEBORAH BEE/PHOTOGRAPHER JANE HILTON Chopard white gold and diamond watch from the Imperiale Collection £31,810
U PROVENANCE nder a slate-grey sky the Parisian traffic is four lanes wide and stationary. The concierge states that the time of day and the weather will preclude a cab for at least two hours, so we take a bus to Avenue Montaigne and, jumping over a river of rainwater coursing down the side of the road, we head for Avenue George V. Not far from the junction at Pont de l’Alma is a small, rectangular sign with words There is a two- picked out in red neon. Smoked-glass doors reveal a plush scarlet interior, with gold-painted bannisters kilo margin leading the way down to a dark, heavily silent auditorium. With no daylight or sounds from the for each girl. street, it’s like stepping into another world – secretive and glamorous. The stage is dark and surprisingly If you are small; the red velvet booths are lit by small lamps. Backstage is a different story, with a maze of lighter or corridors leading to a sound booth, a sales office and a harshly lit TV room with white leather sofas littered heavier, you with magazines. At eight in the morning there are a few cleaners vacuuming, some sound engineers won’t ﬁt in with out back, and four or five bleary-eyed girls in black silk dressing gowns milling around, who scatter to the rest of a room of curtained cubicles as the photography team arrives. At one end, the corridor narrows to the group black, leading onto the stage. Here hangs a series of sequined scullcaps fringed with jet beads, and shiny nylon wigs in scarlet, black and white, cut into angular bobs. Within each cubicle is a light-ringed mirror, decorated with pictures of pink-cheeked children and awkward teenagers waving, friendship bracelets, dried flowers and Post-it messages of good ABOVE Zula Zazou wears luck. As each girl leans into her mirror, her fresh the Chopard 18kt yellow face becomes disguised under layers of foundation, gold and diamond “Happy Diamonds” individual characteristics blended away under false necklace £24,700; LEFT, lashes, flicks of eyeliner and a painted pout. These are RIGHT AND BELOW The Crazy Girls – Baby Light, the legendary Crazy Girls. This is the Crazy Horse. Zula Zazou, Fiamma In Paris, everyone knows of the Crazy Horse. The Rosa, Yasna Snigoura, most avant-garde of all the Parisian nightspots, it is Lumina Classika and Dita Novita – prepare a sublimely French concoction: the club’s dazzling backstage for the cabaret nightly cabaret shows celebrate the female form through racy burlesque performances. The show dates back to 1951, when Alain Bernardin conjured up the idea of a performance that focused on women, but that also included musical acts or witty interludes. During the ’60s, the show came into its own, becoming the go-to destination for an international clientele keen to experience authentically saucy French nightlife. By then the show had taken on its current form – a series of choreographed tableaux expressed through the supple, naked forms of the Crazy Girls. Often humorous, always teasing, Le Crazy was adored by men and women alike. Transferring to Vegas for a 50th anniversary show in 2001, Le Crazy met with triumphant success. A new team took over in 2005, and the company has since achieved worldwide acclaim. “I instantly fell in love when I first saw the Crazy Horse in Vegas,” says Managing Director Andrée Deissenberg. “The continuing allure of Le Crazy can be put down to the universal appeal of the female form. Since 1951, the Crazy Horse in Paris has been dedicated to capturing la femme in artistically captivating ways through the choreography of our substantially nude dancers.” For Baby Light, Zula Zazou, Fiamma Rosa, Yasna Snigoura, Lumina Classika and Dita Novita (not their real names), “substantially nude” means a few22 Harrods Magazine • harrods.com