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The Art of Fashion

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The new Harry Winston Premier Precious Butterfly Automatic 36 mm.

Each December, Art Basel returns to Miami acting like a beacon for the cultured and fashionable. Likewise, luxury brands meet their clients on the sun-drenched shores of the city, with limited-edition pieces in hand and cultural collaborations planned for the discerning art-seekers. Here, we’ve captured some highlights from Bal Harbour’s finest brands.

At Harry Winston, the new Premier Precious Butterfly timepieces will be on display this week. Created using the fragile, yet extraordinary iridescent power found on butterfly wings, these watches are truly artistic creations.  Harry Winston’s designers successfully harvested and expertly place this delicate power on each of its dials, a technique that required three years of creative reflection and development.

 

Chopard is no excepetion to the incredible jewels gracing Bal Harbour Shops this week! The 80-carat green beryl necklace from the exclusive “Red Carpet Collection” is set in 18kt white gold and features an additional 13.39-carats of green beryls and 31.99-carats of diamonds.

 

At Bulgari, stumble upon coveted one-of-a-kind pieces from their High Jewelry collection such as the Serpenti Watch with 18kt gold case and bracelet, covered in diamonds.

 

At Oxygene, the fashion forward boutique has the Alexandre Vauthier for Mellerio dits Meller jewelry collection in store—marking this coveted collection’s U.S. debut. The collection—four high jewelry and three jewelry pieces—will only be in store for a few weeks before continuing a schedule of pop-up exhibitions. This collaboration marks an incredible pairing, bringing together the oldest fine jewelry house in the world, with the youngest member of the  Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.

 

To celebrate the opening of diptyque, the boutique will be hosting a private event, in partnership with Cultured Magazine, where a live art installation by Julien Colombier will be unveiled. The brand’s exclusive holiday candles will also make their debut—the perfect gift for the olfactory-minded.

 

Just in time for Art Basel, Graff flew in a limited-edition white diamond cocktail ring from the brand new Swirl Collection. It's the only one of its kind in the United States, and is available at Bal Harbour Shops now!

 

Hublot knows how to make a splash. This week, the watchmaker, in collaboration with Van Dutch, will launch a limited-edition timepiece—the Classic Fusion AeroFusion VanDutch—which will be unveiled at a private event on Thursday. Who could have come up with a better pairing?

 

Audemars Piguet has been a global Associate Partner of Art Basel since 2013, supporting all three fairs—Basel, Miami and Hong Kong. This week, the brand will announce its continued partnership with a private reception led by Olivier Audemars, Vice Chairman of the Board and great-grandson of one of the company founders. Art Basel VIP cardholders can visit the brand’s lounge at the fair, where the company’s history—and timepieces—are being celebrated this week.

 

At Design Miami, watchmaker Panerai is waving its flag as a main sponsor of the fair and presenter of the Visionary Award. It’s also introducing the Panerai Design Prize—a personalized version of the Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Ceramica watch—which will be given to this year’s Visionary Award recipient, Yves Behar.

 

Calypso St. Barth celebrates Art Basel Week by partnering with Cultured Magazine on an exclusive Basel-week supplement. The cover artist, Jen Stark, will be celebrated at a private brunch at Soho House this week, which will also celebrate the launch of the special edition magazine.

 

Bal Harbour’s own creative art space, Fashion Project, continues its series of exhibitions with the latest, Anniversary. In it, the show explores the deeply entwined relationship between fashion and nature, taking a look at a number of flora-inspired styles over the decades.

 

Earlier this year, Lalique introduced a new collection of crystal designed by Blue Chip-artist Damien Hirst. If you haven’t come in to view (and take home) your own butterfly-motif crystal, there’s no better time than Art Basel Week to do so!

 

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