The new Faunacrystopolis collection was designed by artist and designer Jaime Hayon. Classic Baccarat figurines, these crystal animals express the importance for humanity of living in harmony with nature.

“Crystal is a fascinating and surprising material! Cut, sculpted, illuminated thanks to the talent of the craftsmen of baccarat, it reveals all its secrets,” remarks Jaime Hayon. And the Spanish artist goes on to assert that it is by exploring the infinite potential of the material that the magic is released.

Carnival of animals The designer offers a unique take on wildlife through a tribe of six crystal animals. In the words of the manufacturer, “He revisits existing codes to invent new forms and recreate the personality of each species: the silhouettes, all in roundness, are adorned with electric shades, deep cuts and geometric patterns”. The line is made up of a rabbit with erect ears, a mischievous monkey, a joyful frog, a fox with a pointed muzzle, an owl with a mesmerizing look and an adorable koala. Each piece, which is handcrafted by Baccarat artisans, symbolises the manufacturer’s extraordinary expertise. Placed on a Carrara marble plinth, the creatures celebrate the beauty of nature. Moreover, between fantasy and emotion, they symbolise the importance of protecting the surrounding environment. Baccarat, boundless creativity Besides these special animals, Faunacrystopolis includes many other crystal treasures. Indeed, the collection also features a chandelier, glasses engraved with drawings, jewellery and small decorative objects.

Clever as a monkey Round face and big ears, this animal doubles as a candleholder. Light, playful, with one eye open and the other closed, Jaime Hayon’s little monkey is insanely cute.

The lucky cat A traditional Japanese lucky charm, the Maneki-Neko is the beckoning cat who brings good fortune. Revisited by Jaime Hayon, the small feline is adorned with hand-applied gilded flourishes and original motifs.

La nouvelle collection Faunacrystopolis a été imaginée par l’artiste et designer Jaime Hayon. Figurines classiques de Baccarat, ces animaux en cristal expriment l’importance pour l’humanité de vivre en harmonie avec la nature. « Le cristal est une matière fascinante et surprenante ! Taillée, sculptée, illuminée grâce au talent des artisans de Baccarat, elle révèle tous ses secrets.» explique Jaime Hayon. De plus, pour l’artiste espagnol, « c’est en explorant les possibilités infinies de la matière que la magie se libère ».

Le carnaval des animaux

Le designer offre une vision singulière de la faune sauvage à travers une tribu de six animaux de cristal. « Il revisite les codes existants pour inventer de nouvelles formes et recréer la personnalité de chaque espèce : les silhouettes toute en rondeur se parent de teintes électriques, de tailles profondes et de motifs géométriques ».

Cette ligne se compose d’un lapin aux oreilles dressées, d’un singe malicieux, d’une grenouille enjouée aux yeux dorés, d’un renard au museau pointu, d’un hibou au regard hypnotisant et d’un adorable koala. Entièrement réalisée à la main par les artisans de Baccarat, chaque pièce symbolise le savoir-faire exceptionnel de la manufacture. Posées sur un socle en marbre de Carrare, ces créatures célèbrent la beauté de la nature. Enfin, entre fantaisie et émotion, chacune symbolise l’importance de protéger l’environnement qui nous entoure.

Baccarat, un espace créatif sans limites

Outre ces pièces animalières, Faunacrystopolis dévoile de nombreux autres trésors de cristal.En effet, la collection présente aussi un lustre, des gobelets gravés de dessins, des bijoux et de petits objets de décoration.

Malin comme un singe

Visage rond et grandes oreilles, l’animal se transforme en bougeoir. Léger, ludique, avec un œil ouvert et l’autre fermé, le petit singe de Jaime Hayon est follement craquant.

Le chat porte-bonheur

Porte-bonheur traditionnel japonais, le Maneki-Neko est le « chat qui invite » et attire la fortune. Revisité par Jaime Hayon, le petit félin se pare de filets d’or et de motifs originaux, appliqués à la main.

Founded in 2001, the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève is an annual event that seeks to recognise the contemporary creativity and innovation of watchmakers around the world. The 2020 edition took place on Thursday 12 November at the Théâtre du Léman in Geneva. The ceremony, which was presented by French actor Edouard Baer, could also be viewed virtually.

The jury, made up of international professionals from a variety of sectors, including watchmakers, designers, journalist, photographers, etc., awarded 19 prizes to 84 timepieces divided into 14 categories, ranging from luxury watches for men and women to diving chronographs, as well as the Aiguille d’Or, the most prestigious distinction.

The Molitor jewellery shop shows you some of the winners.

Grand Prix de l’Aiguille d’Or

Piaget, Altiplano Ultimate Concept

At just two millimetres thick, the Altiplano Ultimate Concept is the thinnest mechanical watch in the world. The unique design, which includes the case being part of the movement, required four years of work and resulted in five patents.

Innovation Prize

Parmigiani Fleurier, Hijri

The new Hijri Perpetual Calendar by Parmigiani Fleurier is the quintessential expression of culture and haute horlogerie.This perpetual calendar wristwatch based on the Hijri or Islamic lunar calendar indicates hours and minutes, the date in Arabic numerals, and the name and length of the month in poetic Arabic calligraphy.The timepiece also indicates abundant and common years. Moreover, it features a moon phase display in an aventurine sky, a very on-trend material.

Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize

Vacheron Constantin, Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin skeleton

Highly regarded by collectors for its gold cladding and its reliability, this Overseas will take you on a journey into the intricacies of the perpetual calendar. This complication, which ensures extraordinary accuracy until 1 March 2100, is the manifestation of superior performance. The movement contains 276 components and is an outstanding achievement in design and miniaturisation.

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