AMDI CHATTI The watch and jew­ellery vice pres­i­dent of Louis Vuit­ton on luxe time­pieces and the Acte V fine jew­ellery col­lec­tion. By Cai Mei Khoo.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - THE JEWELS -

Em­prise ear­rings, Louis Vuit­ton Em­prise ring, Louis Vuit­ton Em­brac­ing t the spirit of travel, the new Em­prise col­lec­tion seems to

take in­spi­ra­tion from the iconic Louis Vuit­ton trunk. No doubt, the Em­prise watch is the quin­tes­sence of the col­lec­tion’s Parisian spirit in that it’s both gra graphic and del­i­cate. The struc­tural el­e­ments of the trunk, its strength and so­lid­ity, are trans­mut­ed­trans into the aes­thetic vo­cab­u­lary, dis­play­ing a dis­tinct fem­i­nin­ity and form­ing a strong sig­na­ture for a col­lec­tion deeply rooted in the his­tory of Louis Vuit­ton.

Are there many ref­er­ences to its Parisian her­itage? Yes, you see it in the se­vere out­lines and pre­cious stone as­sem­blies with myr­iad re­flec­tions that re­pro­duce theth mag­nif­i­cent per­spec­tives cre­ated in Paris by Baron Hauss­mann dur­ing the 19th Cent Cen­tury. Gold tas­sels re­call the haute cou­ture of Sec­ond Em­pire fes­tiv­i­ties.

Your favourite pieces from the col­lec­tion? Per­son Per­son­ally I love the pen­dant, a piece that women can wear ev­ery day. What w were some other key high­lights at Baselworld 2014? The Es­caleE World­time watch. It fea­tures cor­ner pieces rem­i­nis­cent of Louis Vuit­ton trunks, trans­formed into horns that pro­tect the case,

likeli a minia­ture round trunk con­tain­ing a pre­cious cal­i­bre. The Em­priseEmpr watch of­fers a com­pletely dif­fer­ent aes­thetic to the Tam­bour.Tam­bou Are there plans to fur­ther de­velop the col­lec­tion?

Yes, we plan to have the Em­prise with steel case next Oc­to­ber. It will also come out with a steel bracelet next year, paved with di­a­monds.

What makes the Tam­bour an en­dur­ing icon? It is unique. Cre­ated as a Monobloc, it is cast in one piece, strong and pure.

What is the Louis Vuit­ton dif­fer­ence? We de­sign time­pieces with in­no­va­tive func­tions in­spired by our travel her­itage.

Who is the Louis Vuit­ton woman? A James Bond girl … In ev­ery woman there is a James Bond girl! Tell us about the new high jew­ellery col­lec­tion, Acte V. It was pre­sented in July dur­ing Haute Cou­ture week in Paris. V as in the Ro­man nu­mer­all 5 to de­note the fifth high jew­ellery col­lec­tion pre­sented by the Mai­son. In this col­lec­tion, Louis Vuit­ton brings to­gether ex­tra­or­di­nary gems dis­cov­ered around the world. The most stun­ning piece of jew­ellery you’ve come across? The 87.92-carat tri­an­gu­lar Aus­tralian black opal, a pixel­lated gem

that is the cor­ner­stone of the Acte V col­lec­tion. Watches you per­son­ally own and wear? I am wear­ing a new, fresh and happy Es­cale World­time watch. With the rise of wear­able tech­nol­ogy, time­pieces are seen as a lux­ury.

How does Louis Vuit­ton stay rel­e­vant? We invest in cre­ativ­ity and we hope to sur­prise our cus­tomer. Em­prise watch, Louis Vuit­ton

Em­prise pen­dant, Louis Vuit­ton

Hamdi Chatti, watch and jew­ellery vice pres­i­dent of Louis Vuit­ton

Em­prise watch, Louis Vuit­ton Es­cale World­time watch, Louis Vuit­ton

Work­ing on the Acte V col­lec­tion at the Place Vendôme work­shop

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