2016, the year proclaimed by Roger Dubuis as the Year of the Diva, sees the introduction of five gorgeous Velvet lines from the Manufacture, all vividly confirming its stature as the Jeweller of rare artistic masterpieces. The multiple aspects of this claim are embodied with particular strength in the World Premiere Black Velvet trilogy.
The Black Velvet woman is driven by an all-conquering spirit. The uncompromising standards of this liberated lady are conveyed through a deliberately unconventional approach to life and living. Her resolutely rebellious attitude means she may at times be regarded as extreme, but always as infinitely intriguing.
Each of the models composing the trilogy features the groundbreaking use of gemset carbon, which called for a newly evolved and duly patented technique. Given that diamonds are a crystalline form of carbon, this could in fact be seen as the association between two different gems.
These models contribute to altering the masculine perception of carbon, which is transformed here in a manner that propels it firmly into an unmistakable feminine mode. In terms of wearer comfort, this high-tech material ten times lighter than gold ensures an inimitably airy and pleasing feel on the wrist, while the multi-layered technique creates a mottled, wave-life effect that gives each watch a truly unique appearance.
The all-carbon fist in the Black Velvet glove packs a powerful aesthetic punch that is liable to prove a knockout – and is thus eminently suited to the all-conquering feminine facet it so evocatively channels.
In the dazzling version unveiled at the SIHH 2016, an approximately one-carat halo of 66 Paraiba tourmalines adorns the bezel and ‘third-lug’ décor. These ultra-rare stones glow with singular vibrancy that sets off the dusky carbon dial background to perfection. They are matched by the shimmering dove grey of the shiny satin-finish strap. The second interpretation is no less appealing, since it is graced with a white mother-of-pearl dial surrounded by 66 black spinels – another rare gemstone – totaling approximately 1.3 cts. This stylish model is fitted with a black strap in the same silkysoft fabric produced using state-of-the-art technologies.
The third and final variation on this worldpremière theme epitomises pristine purity with the nobility of white diamonds framing the mother-of-pearl dial, as well as an immaculate and alluring white strap. On each of these ultra-glamorous, stunningly sophisticated and supremely technical models, the prongs (claws) on the Black Velvet ‘paw’ holding the gems subtly accentuate the visual impact of the stones, and each version plays on contrasting accents such as the Roman numerals, gold appliques and the inscriptions.
So here’s it is…For women who expect more, who demand the best !!