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Ginza Six Editors Vol.15 (Jewerly&Watch)
There is annual "jewelry D" held on the last day of Paris haute couture fashion week 2 times in year of January and July. Extremely luxury 1st that noble juera of VENDOME open space founds the gate all together and shows high jewelry of the world's highest mountain to journalist and buyer of all the countries of the world, VIP customer. We editors go from one coming and going, venue to another in VENDOME neighborhood and. In hearing when we can taste special elation similar to that jewelry D in Ginza in now returning home for a while from Germany which is base, and going to visit GINZA SIX.
At first we go directly to "Dior" pulling haute couture fashion week. First Japanese flagship shop, "hausuobudioruginza" which express view of the world of Dior. Collection of fine jewelry & watch of guide spreads through the depths on the first floor. We nail to window display full of imagination that sense of beauty of Victoire do kasuteranu of artistic director was reflected. In feeling that jewelry only looked at miniature palace of the leading role, and was drawn into the world of fairy tale.
Star motif which monsieur Dior always had in pocket as lucky charm of good luck. Feeling of NEXT lucky charm jewelry that you should love "rozudevan" designed by star-shaped wind rose Collection!
While consider when "rozudevan" where Ocycrius japonicus on of pink opal turns ring (all 185,000 yen or less + tax price) is for stack pickles, breathe to overwhelming aura of high jewelry ring; ki seraseteshimatta. The molding beauty that is engraved whenever it will depend on finger. To perfect KOLOR theory which this bold volume, noble emerald or Paraiba type tourmaline play adorably.
When create gaiety to heart by supreme kirameki effect at a stretch, to the fourth-floor "cafe Dior by Pierre Herme." Break that iza is special in space that is exclusive to be able to enjoy beautiful sweets by the Pierre Herme supervision with beautiful tableware of "Dior maison!" Full yellowtail that "putidejunesetto" of limitation (2,400 yen) can have pancake, bread Perdue, brioche, fruit, granola until from 10:30 to 13:30.
Without being able to fight against seasonally limited dessert which began in November although we had breakfast well deliciously, sweet temptation of "bashuranrozu, franc Boise, lychee" (2,700 yen). Beauty such as flower in full glory that sorbet of ice & franc Boise where rose was fragrant, fresh and young lychee were wrapped in meringue and objection SHANTii. Texture, different contrast of flavor blend with temperature on tongue and right admire with "science of taste" only by Pierre Herme!
Cafe space where sensitivity of two brands on behalf of France called haute couture and automatic patisserie sympathizes with. We understand that fasshonisuta gathers with epicure very much. Up-and-coming "Dior maison" where home collection of only Dior is available next to cafe in Japan. Tea set or colorful vase using in cafe seem to be pleased with as present to important person.
To noble manu F couture "Jaeger-LeCoultre" that we yearn for brightness of watch equal to jewelry, and the next destination sets up boutique in VENDOME open space.
While I who was the principle of design supremacy am concerned with shooting and writing of watch for a long time before, feel that watch which made full use of minute mechanism is sometimes more beautiful than diamond. Was wrapped up in Baccarat crystal as soon as you set foot in shop of Jaeger-LeCoultre and was attracted to unique table clock "atmos 568 by Mark Newson" who did semipermanent movement openly (2,900,000 yen). MASTERPIECE just like modern art that retained (supply operation energy for 2nd by only one temperature change), secret mechanism rolled up semipermanently automatically as power source by change of temperature.
In trying on "reberuso one korudone" of by KOLOR which own basic style reason, are deko-like are fragrant, and vintage X high style stands (815,000 yen) at the very beginning. It is just before KNOCKOUT in the orthodox school lady-like mood drifting from handsome geometric shape, small-sized case…….
The biggest subject of concern of today's Jaeger-LeCoultre visit returns to me suddenly when it was service that can personalize masterpiece "reberuso", "atoriereberuso". Thing which Bespoke can make color and material, strap of dial of the backside of inversion case into as for the custom-made service that started in 2016 taking the opportunity of the reberuso birth 85th anniversary freely. We set jewels such as lapis lazuli or aventurine to dial and receive explanation when we can give diamond for preference.
As we order in boutique of here GINZA SIX in iPad and cope, we try promptly. In feeling that expression changes round and round when we do, and suwaipu is FUN while blowing up pleasant delusion. Because it is said that the number of the combination of customization patterns is near endlessly, heart shakes in once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet reberuso which is one & only.
Isolated "jewelry D" is the final stage soon. The most last chapter of glitter to "vankurifu & aperu." Very large boutique which was constructed in 3 floors proud of the Japan's biggest sales floor 505.5 square meters in area. For the body like me who continue being attracted for the official and private matters by savoaferu (the skill of tradition) of craftsmen having view of the world full of poetic sentiment only in maison and golden hand, it is sanctuary of glitter here.
Luxury feeling that totally visited simple and elegant apartment of Paris if we walked stairs without using elevator. Figure of flower which French craftsman gave by gold leaf and painting of freehand drawing on wall. Besides, many design images left to portrait and Archive of the duchess of Windsor displayed on wall catches eye.
Floor where the second floor keeps bridal collection in cathedral. In space that back section where high-end bridal rings form a line sits down on sofa, and is cozy. We are connected directly from GINZA SIX, and even male one seems to be able to drop in without overambitiousness because entrance door is always opened.
Fitting does the current admiration, earrings (3,175,000 yen) and ring (2,100,000 yen) of "butondoru" Collection. Ream of flowing elegant circle which was modern, and interpreted heritage motif "paietto" (spangles) of maison where we appeared in the 1930s again. We describe contrast of color that carnelian and mother of pearl, pink gold are elegant and circle motif is hand at the ear and wavers pleasantly. In mellow beautiful curve that cannot help stimulating woman's feelings, savoaferu breathes. We dream if it comes true when we want to fill own jewel box with this brightness.
Signature of vankurifu & aperu is flower jewelry filled with feeling of happinesses. Expression of flower which is geometric while being poetikku keeping good sense of distance from reality is style of maison immutability. Following "rotasuantoreredoaringu" which is Aiko Nic (3,700,000 yen), delicate mini-model appears, and "Lotus Development Corporation" which drew lotuses motif in full bloom Collection thinks (bracelet 545,000 yen, pendant 570,000 yen, pierced earrings 1,050,000 yen). It is wonderful that we give me who did my best for one year flower of diamond.
"Selection of jewelry & watch sharing the life should invest maximum amount in oneself even a little at a stretch", and lesson from Director senior fashion for - - 50 generations flashes across the mind. Let's provide whether we can bring in the body whether it becomes true partner jewelry & watch when absolute standard to ascertain imagined oneself in the 50s. Only as for the special article that thing which rotated today in GINZA SIX seems to fulfill such a standard. It wants to come slowly again to look for fellow brightening the future when we wanted to charge further glitter.
Text: Etsuko Aiko Photos: Tomoko Meguro Editor: Yuka Okada
Jewelry Day is customarily held on the last day of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, which takes place twice a year, in January and July. All the renowned jewelers of Place Vendôme open their doors and present the pinnacle in fine jewelry to journalists, buyers, and VIP customers from countries around the globe. It’s a day of notable luxury. We editors crisscross the Vendôme neighborhood, going from one venue to another. Back in Japan from my current home base in Germany, I heard Ginza offered a very special sense of luxury similar to how I feel in Paris on Jewelry Days. So, of course, I made my way to GINZA SIX.
I headed first to Dior, one of the leaders of Haute Couture Fashion Week. House of Dior Ginza is the brand’s first flagship store in Japan, and it’s a wonderful expression of the Dior world. On the first floor, toward the rear, I found an extensive collection of fine jewelry and watches. My eyes alighted on the highly imaginative window display—it reflects the aesthetic of artistic director Victoire de Castellane. I gazed at the miniature palace with jewelry in the lead role, a creation with the power to cast a fairy-tale spell over the admirer.
Monsieur Dior always kept a star-shaped good luck charm hidden away in his pocket. My guess is that the Rose de Vents collection, whose design is inspired by the star-shaped wind rose, will be the next charm you adore unreservedly.
As I found myself pondering whether the Rose de Vents Ring (185,000 yen; all prices before tax) with its rotating pink opal medallion might be right for layering, I was drawn into the overwhelming aura of fine jewelry. Every time I placed the ring on my finger, it exuded a sculptural beauty. I’m charmed by the volume it occupies in space, its elegance, its nobility, and the perfect blend of colors orchestrated from the Paraiba tourmaline gemstone and other elements.
My heart made instantly delighted by this supreme sparkle, I went next to Café Dior by Pierre Hermé on the fourth floor. I took a special break in this exquisite space, where visitors can enjoy lovely sweets created under the supervision of Pierre Hermé presented on beautiful Dior Maison tableware. The Petit Déjeuner Set (2,400 yen), offered from 10:30 to 13:30 only, includes pancakes, pain perdu, brioche, fruit, and granola, all making for a very satisfying meal.
Even after this hearty breakfast, I couldn’t resist the sweet temptation of the limited-time seasonal dessert (2,700 yen) first offered in November: Vacherin Rose, Framboise, Lychee. The rose-scented ice cream, framboise sorbet, and juicy lychee were surrounded by meringue and Chantilly cream, presenting the beauty of a flower in full bloom. The contrasting temperatures, textures, and flavors melted together on the tongue, reminding me once again of my great admiration for Pierre Hermé’s distinctive “science of taste.”
The café space harmoniously assembles the sensibilities of two of France’s leading brands—in haute couture and haute patisserie, respectively. I understand why both epicures and fashionistas gather here. Next to the café is the only place in Japan where you can find Dior’s home collection, Dior Maison, much mentioned of late. Given as gifts, the teaware, plates, and colorful vases used in the café are certain to delight an important person.
I love the sparkle of watches as much as jewelry, so my next destination was Jaeger-LeCoultre, the renowned watchmaker, which also operates a boutique on Place Vendôme.
Once, long ago, I was a design supremacist. But during my long involvement in photographing and writing about watches, I’ve come to feel that watches with intricate movements are sometimes even lovelier than diamonds. The moment I entered the Jaeger-LeCoultre store, I found myself drawn to the Atmos 568 by Marc Newson (2,900,000 yen), a unique clock with a near-perpetual movement enclosed in a clear Baccarat crystal case. This masterpiece of modern art uses an inventive mechanism that attains nearly perpetual movement by converting thermal variations into power (a change of a single degree in temperature change provides enough energy to power the clock for two days).
Since my standard style is a cross between vintage and high fashion, I first tried on a bicolored Reverso One Cordonnet (815,000 yen), which radiates an Art Deco ethos. The noble geometrical shape and small case create a proper ladylike air that just about knocks me out.
Unexpectedly, the most interesting thing on my visit today to Jaeger-LeCoultre was Atelier Reverso, a service that lets you personalize one of the brand’s famous Reverso watches. Here, I came to my senses. Launched in 2016, Reverso’s 85th anniversary, this customization service lets you customize the strap, the color and material of the dial on the back of the reversible case. I’m told it’s possible to set lapis lazuli, aventurine, and other gemstones—even diamonds, if you’d prefer. They take orders using an iPad here at the GINZA SIX boutique, so I promptly gave it a whirl.
As you swipe the screen, coming up with more and more interesting ideas, the look of the watch changes over and over. It’s sheer delight. You can combine an unbounded number of patterns. This unparalleled opportunity to encounter a wholly unique Reverso compelled me to explore a swirl of possibilities.
We’re now coming to the end of this one-of-a-kind Jewelry Day. The last chapter of sparkle took me to Van Cleef & Arpels, a spacious boutique on three floors with a sales area of 505.5 m2, the largest in Japan. The poetic worldview of a maison combined with the savoir-faire (traditional craftsmanship) of artisans who hold gold in their own hands makes this a sanctuary of elegance and sparkle for someone like me, who continues to be captivated both personally and professionally by these qualities.
Taking the stairs instead of the elevator puts you in a luxurious mood, as if you’re visiting an elegant Paris apartment. The walls are adorned with gold leaf and hand-painted flowers courtesy of French craftspeople. My eyes stopped at a portrait of the Duchess of Windsor on the wall and various design drawings from the maison’s archive.
The second floor features the brand’s bridal collection. The area in the rear, a relaxing space where you can recline on a sofa, offers a selection of high-end bridal rings. The entrance directly connected to GINZA SIX is always open. Even men out on their own can confidently drop in.
The Bouton d’or collection is a recent longing of mine, so I tried on the earrings (3,175,000 yen) and ring (2,100,000 yen). The flowing, elegant layered circles are a modern reinterpretation of the heritage Paillette motif that first appeared for the maison in the 1930s. The carnelian, mother-of-pearl, and pink gold create a graceful contrast of colors. The circle motif on my ears and finger inspired a pleasant and heartening feeling. The beautiful, gently flowing curves stimulated my femininity to no end—the savoir-faire has an undeniable life force. I dream of filling my own jewelry box with its light.
Van Cleef & Arpels’ signature is its flower jewelry, which seems to fill the air with joy. The geometrical flowers cleverly create a sense of distance from reality while maintaining their poetry—this expression is the maison’s unchanging style. Based on the motif of a lotus flower in full bloom, the Lotus collection includes the iconic Lotus Between the Finger Ring (upper, 3,700,000 yen) as well as the delicate miniature models (bracelet 545,000 yen, pendant 570,000 yen, pierced earrings 1,050,000 yen) just recently introduced. You’ve worked hard this year. A flower made of diamonds may be just the emblem of your hard work you need.
“When selecting jewelry or a watch, something you’ll have for the rest your life, you should invest as much as possible in yourself, even if it stretches your limits.” This word of advice from a mentor, a fashion director in her fifties, crosses my mind. The absolute standard for considering whether a piece of jewelry or a watch will be a true partner, she said, is whether you can see yourself wearing it when you are in your fifties. Today, going from place to place in GINZA SIX, I found countless special items that meet this standard. The next time I have a thirst for sparkles in my life, I will revisit and take my time looking for that special partner that will make the future gleam.
Text：Etsuko Aiko Photos：Tomoko Meguro Editor：Yuka Okada
Etsuko AikoFashion jewelry and watch editor. Born in Tokyo in 1974. Moved to Germany in 2010 after stints in the editorial departments of MISS, Kateigaho, VOGUE NIPPON, and Harper’s BAZAAR Japan. Currently shuttles back and forth between Cologne, Germany, and Tokyo as a busy freelancer seeking beauty and sparkle. Contributes to high-fashion magazines, specialty watch and jewelry periodicals, online sites, catalogs, and other media.
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