By Charlotte Van den Broucque
What better way to spend an afternoon than a long lunch in the luxurious surroundings of the One&Only Palace hotel and being shown the latest, beautifully displayed, Versace and Salvatore Ferragamo watches? Fresh from Basel, both collections feature stunning updates and additions for the new season.
Timepieces from the Gancino Sparkling collection by Ferragamo boast encrusted bezels and coloured stones including topaz and garnets. Combined with a double wrap-around strap in traditional tan and white leather or t hot pink and bright orange, the effect is ideal for those who like to stand out. More sparkle comes with the Idillio range with sapphire-, ruby- and diamond-covered faces and a subtle ‘galaxy’ arrangement of diamonds across the dial.
For men, the F-80 collection provides an opportunity to own a sporty watch reinforced with carbon fibre. Pick from classic black or brighter options, where colourful second hands or hour markers match bright rubber straps in yellow, blue and orange. Alternatively, the ‘Colour on time’ project for men and women allows shoppers to choose different design specifications for their own F-80s using a special app in-store. Add gemstones for extra glitz and engrave the back of the case with a personal message.
From Versace comes a combination of class and glamour to cater to a wide spectrum of tastes. For men, the limited-edition Versace Character Automatic boasts classic good looks. Combining a stainless steel case with rose-gold details on the hands, indexes, buttons and crown makes for a sophisticated accessory. The Character Quartz is a sportier, more contemporary watch with a two-tone black and gun-metal dial that has three counters and a grooved rubber strap.
Taking its lead from the springtime hues seen on the Versace S/S ’12 runway and clothing collection, the Vanity watch range features sky blue, mauve, white and pistachio green straps and faces. Bezels are adorned with either diamonds or raised stud detailing and the famous Versace emblem (Medusa’s head) adorns the strap.
With many more besides, it’s well worth a trip to Paris Gallery to take a look at the superb timepieces that both Versace and Salvatore Ferragamo have to offer this season.