The Good Life: Hublot and Louis Vuitton

Gold Crystal Hublot

Hublot has mastered a unique technique allowing natural crystallization to be reproduced almost exactly. By heating the purest 24-carat gold to its melting point of 1064.18 degrees Celsius, its atoms are vaporized into a gaseous mixture before interlocking, as the temperature is lowered, forming an open angular structure. Thousands of small crystals join to create an architecture that is random, unique and impossible to reproduce. The most perfect of these crystals are then carefully selected, with no more than 20% of the crystals produced making the grade. Hublot’s tonneau-shaped watch adopts all the design codes of the iconic Big Bang: the six H-shaped screws on the bezel, the lugs on either side of the case, the over-molded rubber screw-down crown decorated with the iconic H and sandwich type construction. To provide a perfect contrast with the gold of the crystals, the Spirit of Big Bang Cristal d’Or’s case is covered in black ceramic and paired with a black alligator strap, stitched onto rubber. Available in 39mm ($28,400) and 42 mm ($29,500), it will display the time for 50 hours without any winding of its Caliber HUB1710 automatic mechanical movement. hublot.com.

Louis Vuitton 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Louis Vuitton has released its 2021 holiday gift selections. The house’s holiday gift guide is curated with luxurious leather goods to sunglasses, timepieces, fashion jewelry, home goods and much more. louisvuitton.com.

Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades cocoon, by Fernando and Humberto Campana, $96,000. Louis Vuitton and Fornasetti pyramid trunk, $28,500. Capucines BB in crocodilian birllant alligator, $39,000. 

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