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It’s Art Basel time!

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A one-of-a-kind ring from Pomellato's Pom Pom collection.

It’s Basel Week! Remember a time when the first week of December was just that? We can’t either, and we’re glad for it! Fashion has become an inextricable part of the art scene—and we’re not just talking about which Riccardo Tisci creation Marina Abramovic  wore to her latest opening. For our very special Bal Harbour Basel Edition, we’ve rounded up what our brands are up to this week, from in-store events to invite-only dinners.


The bauble bonanza continues at Pomellato where two of its unique, one-of-a-kind Pom Pom rings will be in store. Just try and decide which you like more—the 18k burnished white gold ring with oval and pear shaped faceted violet and pink spinels and sapphires or the 18k burnished white gold ring with cushion cut faceted violet tourmaline, brilliant cut red spinels and rubies with violet and pink sapphires.


Dolce & Gabbana will hold a special men’s event at their store on Monday night. The invitation-only affair celebrates “Gentlemen of Taste,” promising to be an event that satisfies sartorial and gustation senses alike. Beyond the Monday night event, make sure to visit the boutique, which has just undergone a major renovation and expansion, including the addition of a new VIP gown room, boating plenty of Basel-worthy frocks.

Audemars Piguet, a presenting sponsor of Art Basel, will have its booth in the coveted Art Basel Miami Beach Collector’s Lounge. While that space is reserved for those with a Collector’s Card, the public can enjoy “Curiosity,” a monumental artwork by the French artist duo Kolkoz, represented by Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin. The work—a massive chalet floating in the bay at the Miami Marine Stadium—will be open to the public on Saturday Dec 7 and Sunday Dec 8 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Neiman Marcus celebrates its grand reopening on December 6th with a major fete, co-hosted by StyleCaster. The art-inspired evening features personal appearances by Eddie Borgo, Robert Rodriguez, Rebecca Taylor, Mary Katrantzou, Edie Parker and many more!


Preview the Legendary Diamonds of Tiffany & Co., a special collection of jewels featuring rare diamonds and colored gemstones handcrafted by master designers and artisans in New York. To make sure you have ample time to enjoy these masterpieces, call ahead to make an appointment for a private viewing.


Valentino partners with Artsy to celebrate artist John Baldessari’s new studios at the Calarts School of Art with a private dinner at Soho House. If you didn’t score an invite to this special event, just make your way to the Valentino store at Bal Harbour from December 5 to 7th, where you can enjoy Champagne and macarons while you shop the Resort collection.

As part of Wallpaper's Handmade exhibition, Harry Winston was commissioned by the magazine to create a one-of-a-kind object. The Ultimate Jewelry Box is the result of a creative collaboration between Winston’s master artisans and American industrial artist Stephen Burks. Hand carved out of alabaster, the woven motif of this treasure trove gives equal prominence to the remarkable artistry of the exterior and the extraordinary brilliance of the glittering jewels housed within.

In celebration of Art Basel Miami, IWC Schaffhausen will be hosting an intimate dinner to celebrate the history of the Mercedes Silver Arrow to take place at a private residence in Bal Harbour. The limited edition tribute timepiece will be on display and available for purchase at IWC’s Bal Harbour store, so be sure to stop by and view the limited-edition timepiece.


If there’s one number you should already have on speed dial it’s Gee Beauty. This Toronto import has become the best friend of many a Bal Harbour visitor, and this week expect things to kick into super high gear, so book those appointments fast! New to Gee Beauty is Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion treatments and products, favored by celebrities for its brightening, firming and intensely hydrating treatments effects and is perfect for pre red-carpet and photo-ops. Plus, when you purchase a package of 6 Intraceuticals treatments—Rejuvenate (for hydration) or Opulence (for brightening)—receive a complimentary box set of treatments.

On Thursday, December 5th, Chopard’s President and CEO, Marc Hruschka, welcomes guests to Men’s Night, a celebration of exquisite timepieces, exclusive cigars, wine and scotch tastings. The dinner event will take place at Atlantico at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. This is one invite no watch enthusiast will want to miss!

Before heading to the beach, step into Vilebrequin for its latest collection inspired by Miami’s bright colors, sea life, sub tropic climate and art scene. Whether it’s swirling octopi, swaying palm trees, flashy flamingos or kaleidoscopic graffiti, Vilebrequin’s swimwear collection is inspired by the painterly prowess of Art Basel and Miami’s chic and edgy Wynwood district.


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