Empire State of Mind

Harry Win­ston re­minds us that there’s noth­ing quite as breath­tak­ing as the Big Ap­ple, says Ni­co­lette Wong

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There is just some­thing about New York—the en­ergy, the glam­our, the peo­ple, the places— that makes it like nowhere else on earth. It has been a source of in­spi­ra­tion for creatives the world over, who are drawn to its vi­tal­ity like moths to a flame. It is the birth­place of many trea­sures and icons, in­clud­ing the inim­itable house of Harry Win­ston. It should come as no sur­prise that the mar­que should choose to pay tribute to the in­de­fati­ga­ble city of its birth, in the form of its freshly minted New York Col­lec­tion. The col­lec­tion takes a per­sonal touch with the jew­eller’s jour­ney through the city, with many of its points of in­spi­ra­tion com­ing from the brand’s his­tory and founder Harry Win­ston’s own life. For in­stance, the City Lights pieces draw upon Win­ston and his wife’s love for Broad­way per­for­mances. The cou­ple was so en­am­oured that when Win­ston was pro­mot­ing the 1949 cross-coun­try ex­hi­bi­tion of his jew­els, it was Broad­way stars that he sought to front the official pro­gramme. The pieces them­selves do not take on the face of th­ese stars, but they reimag­ined the bright lights and bill­boards that il­lu­mi­nate the in­can­des­cent av­enue. When Harry Win­ston opened its first doors in 1932, it was lo­cated in mid­town, right across from New York’s fa­mous St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral. This ma­jes­tic build­ing, whose neo-gothic ar­chi­tec­ture stands out among New York’s art deco ed­i­fices, would have been Win­ston’s daily city view, a sight he would have seen just as much as his own pre­cious jew­ellery. To­day, the de­sign­ers at Harry Win­ston have used beau­ti­ful

pear-shaped emer­alds in the Cathe­dral pieces to echo the pointed spires of St Pa­trick’s. The Cathe­dral pieces are far from the only ones in the New York Col­lec­tion to draw in­spi­ra­tion from the city’s stun­ning ar­chi­tec­ture. Cen­tral Park, New York’s iconic green lungs, in­spired beau­ti­ful bracelets, ear­rings and rings that look much like the quin­tes­sen­tial top-down view of the park thanks to the strate­gic place­ment of di­a­monds, sap­phires, aqua­marines and emer­alds. The brown­stone build­ings of the Up­per East Side were turned into geo­met­ric Brown­stone pieces, com­pris­ing colour­ful square-cut di­a­monds, turquoise, and sap­phires in both blue and yel­low. The col­lec­tion also casts an eye on the cast-iron ea­gles that would have dot­ted much of the city in the early 20th cen­tury, in­clud­ing the Grand Cen­tral Ter­mi­nal of Win­ston’s time. Now, the wings of the Harry Win­ston ea­gles are cast in plat­inum and set with white and yel­low di­a­monds. The last source of in­spi­ra­tion lies on 718 Fifth Av­enue, where Win­ston moved his flag­ship salon in 1960. It was a time when the city’s ar­chi­tec­ture would have skewed to­wards min­i­mal­ism and clean lines, but it was at an 18th-cen­tury French-style build­ing that Win­ston wanted to wel­come his worldly clien­tele. The 718 Mar­ble Mar­quetry pieces, crafted from di­a­monds and sap­phires, re­call the black-and-white mar­ble tiling that dec­o­rates the in­te­ri­ors, while the 718 Chan­de­lier suite cap­tures the bril­liant gilded bronze chan­de­lier that il­lu­mi­nates the foyer. Fi­nally, the 718 Emer­ald Vitrine pieces echo the seven gold-plated dis­play win­dows that line the walls of the salon, each shaped like an emer­ald-cut gem—win­ston’s favourite. Th­ese have been minia­turised us­ing real emer­ald-cut emer­alds, sur­rounded by a bou­quet of baguette, mar­quise and round-cut di­a­monds. Crafted com­pletely in plat­inum, the New York Col­lec­tion com­prises a to­tal of 32 pieces, to be sold ex­clu­sively at the mar­que’s sa­lons world­wide. It is the per­fect sit­u­a­tion, con­sid­er­ing the re­cent re­open­ing of the Harry Win­ston salon here at Ion Or­chard. We know where we will be headed soon.

CITY SIGHTS All of the pieces in Harry Win­ston’s new col­lec­tion were in­spired by New York City. Clock­wise from above: Broad­way neck­lace with di­a­monds, sap­phires, emer­alds and ru­bies, Chan­de­lier ring with di­a­monds, 718 Mar­ble Mar­quetry ring with di­a­monds and sap­phires, 718 Emer­ald Vitrine ear­rings with di­a­monds and emer­alds, Cen­tral Park bracelet with aqua­marines, di­a­monds, emer­alds and sap­phires. On model: Brown­stone ear­rings and neck­lace with di­a­monds, sap­phires and turquoise

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