Utopia: Trendy and modern pearls

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The Italian design-company Gemmindustria Gaia Srl has created comtemporary pearls jewelleries for ladies. This Italian design is manufactured with high-quality and best natural resources.

 

According to Anna Gaia, director in the family company, they have years of experience of the pearls and how to make the best of this natural gem that is unique and as natural as in the sea. The company imports the pearls from the South Sea, North Australian Coast and also from the French Polyneasea.

-It takes about two pears for the pearl to grow in the oyster. And for the Tahiti pearls the time is little less, about 1,5 years. You know, it is good to remember, that pearls are the only natural gem, that is not manufactured later one. We only wash them when we include them in the jewellery, she says.

The Italian company, now at its 3.generation, has about 20 employees in the Milan office and the turnover is about 8-10 million euros. The majority of its jewelleries are exported to Russia.

-Pearls are becomming trendy because of the fashion trends and pearls are also timeless. We are also expanding our business to China, while the Asian heritage is known for its jewelleries and pearls, she continues.

The company brand Utopia has several collections, some are more classical design and some more for comtemporary, daily use. One of the BaselWorld new designs is the collection called Miro, which includes also ancient & brilliant cut diamonds. It is part of the art deco and trendy collection.

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Carl F. Bucherer: New watches to Heritage collection

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Carl F. Bucherer has integrated the memories from the 1950´s to the modern time. The company has unveiled new watches for the Heritage collection, which was launched last year in New York. According to the company, the Heritage collection is not just a look back at the watchmaker’s own history, but also an ode to the zeitgeist of the 1950s .

It is about the classic design and modern mechanics together. It is also a tribute to both the tradition of the Swiss watchmaker and Carl F. Bucherer’s roots in Lucerne.

– The Heritage BiCompax Annual combines timeless design with contemporary sophistication – a watch born of more than 130 years of style and savoir faire. The Lucerne-based watchmaker has launched this chronograph – featuring a large date display, an annual calendar, and a distinctive BiCompax dial design – in two exclusive versions, each limited to 888 pieces, Bucherer says.

Facts and Figures :  stainless steel/rose gold 00.10803.08.12.01 stainless steel

Movement : Automatic, CFB 1972 caliber, diameter 30.0 mm, height 7.3 mm, 47 jewels, power reserve of 42 hours

Chronograph : minutes and seconds counters, annual calendar, large date, hour, minute, small seconds

Case : Stainless steel/18 k rose gold or stainless steel, double-domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, sapphire crystal case back, water- resistant to 30 m  ( 3 atm ), diameter 41 mm, height 14.05 mm

Dial : Rose-and-champagne or silver

Strap : Calfskin strap in cognac brown or embossed rubber in black, stainless steel folding pin buckle

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GraffDiamonds: New China models in tourbillons

 

The Swiss- UK  company GraffDiamonds unveiled several new designs in the BaselWorld 2019.  One of them is the GyroGraff watches that  feature remarkable double-axis tourbillon and an horological complication that ensures that the timepiece remains impeccably accurate.

For example this China GyroGraff (big picture) has these technical details:

  • Hand wound double axis tourbillon
  • Functions:Hours, minutes, moonphase indicator, power reserve indicator
  • Case:Rose gold set with diamonds, 48mm
  • Dial:Métiers d’art
  • Power Reserve:72 hours
  • Water Resistance:3 ATM
  • Buckle:Exclusive Graff deployment buckle
  • Strap:Black alligator
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Travelling in Basel: Sustainable hotel Gaia

 

 

Swiss boutique hotel Gaia was established in 1929 as a family-owned hotel in Basel. Nowadays the hotel is still private held and one of the focus areas is sustainability This 4-star-hotel  has a slogan, which means that people should come as a guest, but leave as  a friend.

I had the pleasure to discuss more about the hotel management and catering with one of the founders, with Mr  Luca  Trudu. According to him, the hotel in integrating the sustainability issues into the hotel management as soon as possible.

What does it make for a perfect meal?

One can of course start with the design, but if you think that you are in a restaurant the setting as a whole package, a picture is essential. The colors, structure and layout make the first impression. And after that the taste and ingredients matter.

When I entered the Gaia hotel with the popup  Restaurant in Basel, I first noticed the magnificent wood decorations on the wall. The old building could be telling its history.

The starter was fish. Must say that the packsge was very good with vegetables. Some new mexican  flavour was ln place and the taste was surprising but good.

The main course and the desert continued the same line.  The knowledge and knowhow were superb.The main course was hot chicken, naan-alike bread and rice and the desert was panacotta with chai tea flavor with fig purée and raspberry coulis.

– To make surprising food one need holistic approach with nature and environment. It is a question of different spices, regions and countries , says Jay Kumar  one of the master chefs in Basel.

He has been in the business over 30 years, for example in Hilton for years, and has  been trained by professionals. His specialty, is  progressive indian food  with European influences , he will be opening a new restaurant in New York, Brooklyn, this summer. It will focus on local, Indian inspired farm to table food.

Jay has been travelling all his life and this gives him also certainty to mix species and flavors. It is clear that his new restaurant will gather customers that enjoy with the same passion the mixed, local food.
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LVMH: Hublot´s sale 250 million watches during the fairs

Jean-Claude Biver, the President of the LVMH´s Watch Division, estimates that  Hublot will sell 250 million watches during the BaselWorld fairs. The event, which is seven days long started on the 21st and they will end next week Tuesday. Biver commented the fairs in the interview in the Basler Zeitung on Saturday.

The event is important for watch manufacturers for two reasons as Biver says: ” Naturally we would like to make turnover, but the direct contact with the customer is also important – and that is why the BaselWorld is a double win for us.”

There has been speculation about the future concept of the BaselWorld after the Swiss Group Swatch decided not to take part in the event. According to Biver, the LVMH Group, which includes watch brands Hublot, Tag Heuer  Bvlgari and Zenith,  has given time to the fairs and their decision to take part in the next year event will be decided next week.

He also critiseses the decision to integrate the Genf Salon de la Haute Horlogerie and Baselworld. According to the decision the two events would both be in April next year, when the Genf event has always been in January.  Biver says that he would like to see both events to take place in January in order to have the full potential of  a calendar year.

 

 

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