Bulgari: SERPENTIform Singapore 2017 Exhibition

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Carnivorous, legless and slithery. Not exactly the best combination of words that’s deserving of any animal but that’s exactly how one would describe the snake, which happens to be the star of Bulgari’s blockbuster art exhibition SERPENTIform that will open to the public this Saturday (19 August 2017) at the ArtScience Museum.

And as much as it is commonly reviled, it is also an animal that has been celebrated by different cultures since the beginning of time, a symbol of rebirth and transformation, in some places worshipped as gods in their own right, in others believed to be endowed with magical powers and wisdom. With Bulgari, however, the snake or serpent has been a part of the Italian luxury jeweller’s collections since the 40s and over time has become its most emblematic icon yet.


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Fittingly, the large scale exhibition pays tribute to this icon, starting with precious Chinese and Roman antiques dating back as far as 4th century BC. Then there’s the serpent interpreted in modern and contemporary art by the world’s most famed artists the likes of Chagall, Miró and Haring, just to name a few. There are photographic works by Mapplethorpe and Newton, there are grand costumes from the cinema archives, it just goes on and on.

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There’s a room filled with imagery of celebrities rocking Bulgari pieces (the most Instagram-worthy room too) and another filled with brightly coloured pieces kids will enjoy. And after all that, you’ll come face to face with Bulgari’s Serpenti in all her glory, including intricate jewellery, watch bracelets and other serpent-themed curiosities that date back to the 50s all the way to present day, a veritable visual feast for the eyes.

To run till 15 October 2017 at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands before the exhibition moves on to Tokyo, Japan, you can get yourSERPENTIform tickets here via this link.

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Ulysse Nardin’s new Marine Torpilleur is an elegant timepiece

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Swiss luxury watchmaker Ulysse Nardin is historically best known for making highly accurate marine chronometers. The timepieces had to be extremely precise and accurate for the ship’s navigator to correctly determine longitude by means of celestial navigation. Ulysse Nardin earned a reputation for producing exceptional deck chronometers and at one point during the 1800s the brand supplied marine chronometers to over fifty of the world’s navies. Ulysse Nardin newest addition to its emblematic Marine collection is named ‘Torpilleur.’ The latest timepiece is a thinner, lighter version of its iconic Marine collection, aimed at younger and more modern buyers.

Torpilleur is French for torpedo boat – a smaller, lighter warship conceived to battle larger, slower vessels. The tasteful, yet slightly retro, facelift given to the watch makes it more elegant. The redesigned case measures 42mm in diameter and features a fixed, thin fluted bezel. The watch has sapphire crystals on both sides. The rear crystal shows off the UN-118, the in-house automatic movement that has a diamond-coated silicon escapement as well as a silicon hairspring. The crown is engraved with the brand’s logo. The Torpilleur case comes in steel or pink gold and two different versions of the dial are on offer: white lacquer with Roman numerals that’s most similar to vintage marine chronometers, as well as a dark metallic blue. The Marine Torpilleur is available at Ulysse Nardin retailers and boutiques with the retail prices starting at US$6900.

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Tiffany & Co. Paloma’s Groove Collection

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As if we needed another reason to love Tiffany & Co., what with their pretty robin egg blue boxes and delightfully enchanting jewellery pieces, here comes a new collection even the menfolk can surely appreciate. Simply known as Paloma’s Groove, it is designer Paloma Picasso’s ode to the men in our lives, graphic and handsome in a way that your man can appreciate, what with its well-placed grooves and tactile quality.

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Available in full selection of jewellery pieces from a cuff and cufflinks to pendants and even rings that come in 2 different widths, they come in 18K yellow and rose gold, along with sterling silver (for the more wallet-conscious, of course) and even brushed titanium for a finish that’s truly something that must have been created just for me.

Starting from SGD385 for the narrow ring in sterling silver, prices peak at SGD4900for a pair of 18K gold cufflinks, which thankfully for me, doesn’t matter because I’m almost never in a proper dress shirt.

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And here they are, the titanium rings that I love love love. Now if I can only get the mister to also wear a matching one as me, I’ll be as happy as a lark.

As if we needed another reason to love Tiffany & Co.

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Serpentine Jewels: The Year of the Snake

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Serpentine Jewels

According to the Chinese zodiac, next week marks the beginning of the Year of the Snake. You wouldn’t want to start off on the wrong foot (or with the wrong accessories!), so dress accordingly. Of course, the Bulgari Serpenti collection is the best way to celebrate the New Year. Whether you’ve always dreamed of trying out one of the sexy coiled bangles or some real snakeskin, Serpentis and these other dangerously designed pieces with slither their way onto you with pleasure. The only question is, what’s your poison?

Alexander McQueen Whip Snake Belt Bracelet with Skull Charm: Delicate white polka dots may be a surprising trend to juxtapose against black whip snake, but between that and the skull charm, this leather band is venomously good. 

Aurelie Bidermann Mamba Snake Ring: In Ancient Egyptian mythology, it was widely believed that a two-headed serpent deity guarded the underworld – now he guards your hand! 

Sara Weinstock Paraiba Tourmaline & Diamond Snake Earrings: Composed of one of the world’s most unique gems, paraiba tourmaline, these earrings are true reptilian rarities. 

Eric Lane Rattlesnake Cuff: The hardware heavy clasp on this thick 2-inch rattlesnake cuff screams motorcycle chic and lets people that you’re not to be toyed with. 

Tasha Critters Snake Brooch: Snakes are thought to represent both good and evil, which makes sense because this crystal creepy-crawly doesn’t look so mean, right?

Serpentine Jewels

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Celia de Flers Wishbone Collection: Good Luck Charms

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Celia de Flers Wishbone Collection

Normally, you’re trying to break a wishbone for good luck, but plated in rhodium, rose gold, and yellow gold, the pieces from Celia de Flers’ wishbone collection are virtually unbreakable. And it turns out an unbroken wishbone is the luckiest kind. It means that whatever you’re hoping for will come true soon! Whether you prefer your luck to come in the form of a petite ring or a bulky cuff (my favorite of the collection!), Celia has you covered. The Parisian designer is a born Jewel Snob with a grandmother who was friends with both the Cartier and Boucheronfamilies. She crafts jewels of all styles and prices, but this Frugal Snob collection won me over for its simple, lovely designs. Even the most unique piece, the three-finger ring, is elegantly understated. It artfully extends the legs of the wishbone out to create the second and third circles, almost obscuring the original inspiration. If you prefer to be more overt, the necklace and earrings are the best ways to show everyone just how lucky you are! 

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari Jewels: Cleopatra’s Collection

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari Jewels

When Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection went up for auction at Christie’s in late 2016, Bulgari bought up $20 million worth of their creations. Smart move – the value of pieces rapidly appreciated in the actress’ keeping. This summer they will exhibit several of these special gems in honor of the 50th anniversary of Taylor’s film Cleopatra (where she famously met Richard Burton, the gifter of many of these jewels).Jessica Chastain will host the Cannes Film Festival event wearing Taylor’s famous emerald and diamond necklace, so you can probably bet that the matching brooch  will also be on display. Cleopatra’s gold and turquoise mirror is of course on the roster, and I imagine so is Burton’s 40th birthday present to his love – the sapphire and diamond sautoir. One exciting surprise? A brand new Bulgari exclusive that’ll be auctioned off to benefit the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Sounds like an event fit for a queen!

Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari Jewels

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