Look­ing East

L'officiel Singapore - - Contents - BY KENNY LOH

Thanks to its many fas­ci­nat­ing ties with In­dia, Boucheron has no lack of de­sign ideas for two new Re­flet models this year.

Un­likely as it may sound, Boucheron and In­dia go way back. In 1909, Louis Boucheron, son of the Parisian la­bel’s founder Frédéric, em­barked on his first ad­ven­ture to the South Asian coun­try to bring home the Kash­mir cabo­chon sap­phire, an op­u­lent gem which would be­come a hall­mark of the famed jeweller. Later in 1928, the Ma­hara­jah of Patiala would ar­rive in Paris es­corted by ser­vants car­ry­ing six boxes filled to the brim with pre­cious stones – in­clud­ing 7,571 di­a­monds and 1,432 emer­alds – and he would com­mis­sion Boucheron to cre­ate, us­ing these stones, 149 lav­ish sets of jew­ellery in a spe­cial or­der re­mem­bered as “the most ex­tra­or­di­nary ever seen at Place Vendôme”. The brand’s mag­nif­i­cent 105-piece high jew­ellery col­lec­tion, Bleu de Jodh­pur, which was un­veiled last year, also ze­roes in on In­dia as in­spi­ra­tion.

“In­dia has al­ways been an im­por­tant con­cept in Boucheron’s cre­ative his­tory with its rich and vi­brant her­itage, the ar­chi­tec­ture of its palaces and the colours of its towns and cities,” says cre­ative direc­tor Claire Choisne. “Over the years there have been other links be­tween Boucheron and In­dia. For ex­am­ple, the pea­cock feather is one of our em­blem­atic de­signs, while the pea­cock is the na­tional bird of In­dia,” she adds.

Con­tin­u­ing from where it left off last year, the la­bel now re­turns to de­liver a se­quel to the im­pres­sive Bleu de Jodh­pur col­lec­tion with new guises for the Re­flet watch. There are only two, but each is big on im­pact. One, in a deep, al­lur­ing shade of blue, em­braces the ubiq­ui­tous cerulean hue of the Blue City of Jodh­pur on an aven­turine glass dial; the other, in white, el­e­gantly cap­tures the grandeur of the Taj Ma­hal on a fine layer of mar­ble which forms the dial.

1. Boucheron’s new Re­flet watch takes in­spi­ra­tion from the rich cerulean hue found on the walls of houses in Jodh­pur. 2. Boucheron’s Re­flet Bleu de Jodh­pur is a seam­less con­tin­u­a­tion of the In­dia-in­spired high jew­ellery col­lec­tion it pre­sented last year. Jodh­pur white gold re­versible neck­lace with mar­ble, rock crys­tal and di­a­monds. 3. Boucheron’s new Re­flet Bleu de Jodh­pur is lim­ited to only 88 pieces for each style.

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