In the 40s and 50s many watch brands created iconic pieces. Boucheron’s Reflet model was born in 1947. It is geometric, rectangular yet the watch, with slightly rounded edges became an instant hit among ladies. In addition it was fitted with an invisible clasp that was not only comfortable, but made it very easy for the owner to switch the strap to fit their taste.
Boucheron revived this classic piece this year in small, medium and large sizes on several models: steel, gold, pink gold version with anthracite, silvered, golden or white dial, with or without diamond indexes or settings. There is a cabochon-cut blue sapphire on the crown of the watches.
Being a jewellery house they also created a high jewellery Reflet, the Pompon. The white gold rectangular shaped watch is covered by the round and baguette diamonds; the tassel featured on the clasp of the watch is detachable and can even be worn on a necklace.
One of the unique features of the Reflet is that if we are in a different town and feel a longing for Paris, we merely have to cast a breath on the glass of the watch, and the silhouette of a column of the Place Vendôme is revealed.
All new pieces of the Épure d’Art are the work of a master artisan and showcase amazing inlay work in a miniature space. The dial of the Épure Fleur du Jour has white and grey versions with a flower motif made entirely in mother of pearl marquetry. The blue-toned Épure d’Art Oursin is set with white diamonds, blue sapphires and cabochons in gold or lacquer, forming the shape and lines of a sea urchin.
Japanese culture and heritage is important for Boucheron. Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. His prints of waves are very famous and the Épure Vague de Lumière is inspired by his works. The delicate white gold, diamonds, and polished hematite show a moving wave pattern on the dial of the timepiece.
The high jewellery collection of the Maison from last year had the Paon de Lune necklace with a detachable “peacock feather”. This motif is reflected on the Épure Plume de Lumière timepiece; the feather is made of white gold and white engraved mother-of-pearl, set with diamonds and it lies on a very light blue mother-of-pearl dial.
Cristal de Lune
The timepiece in white gold, with rock crystal dome, baguette and round diamonds is also inspired by the haute joaillerie collection, the Goutte de Lumière (Drop of Light). Cristal de Lune has a removable pompon that can be worn on a chain. It is an extremely difficult technique to create the real three-dimensional landscape born inside a rock crystal dome.
New creations have also been added to the Ajourée collection. In these pieces a small, mother-of-pearl watch is encased in a bejewelled dial with different motifs. The light grey Aronda is decorated with a swallow and its shadow. The Nurí is an exotic bird and he is more colourful via the mix of diamonds, orange-pink sapphires, mother of pearl and the light pink brushed satin strap.
Serpent Bohème and Quatre
The Serpent has been a source of inspirational for the Maison since 1888 when Frederic Boucheron gave the gift of a necklace in the shape of a serpent to his wife. The series that has been rather diverse ever since, received several new pieces this year: earrings, a full diamond covered Toi et Moi bangle and ring, as well as long and slightly more casual necklaces. These small and delicate rings will be the favourite pieces of many young ladies, and can be worn together or on the finger digits.
The main novelties in the Quatre series are the cuffs; in yellow gold, rose gold or white gold, and optionally covered completely in diamonds. The bracelets, just like the Quatre rigs will probably be hugely popular.
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