One is never at a loss for things to do in Paris. This week you can embark on Noah’s Ark with an haute jewellery collection from Van Cleef & Arpels, delight in a photography exhibition from Jaquet Droz, and get lost in time with the 12th edition of the “Les Montres” – the annual watch show in France that opens its doors to the public from September 22 – 24, 2016.
Named after three specialized boutiques dedicated to luxury watches in Paris, « Les Montres » (“Watches” in English) has become “the” annual watch show of France. Launched in 2003, the show has grown over the years to include watchmaking animations and workshops that complement the timepieces presented by participating brands. This year, Baume & Mercier, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breitling, BRM, Chanel, Hublot, Panerai, Pequignet, Tag Heuer, and Zenith have been joined by Omega and Vacheron Constantin to showcase their best sellers and latest collections. On site experts will answer questions and help you try on your preferred models; you can even buy your favourite watch on-the-spot! Twenty lucky winners of a draw will be invited to spend a day at the Manufactures of Breitling and Zenith. “Les Montres” is open to the public and free of charge.
When: Thursday 22 and Friday 23 September: 11 am – 7 pm; Saturday September 24: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm.
Where: 4 Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris
Haute jeweller and watchmaker Van Cleef & Arpels is presenting a series of clip brooches in a scintillating and enchanting interpretation of Noah’s Ark, with its exhibition “ L’Arche de Noé racontée par Van Cleef & Arpels”, conceived and designed by American set designer Robert Wilson. “We had the idea”, explained Van Cleef & Arpels CEO Nicolas Bos. “All that remained was to find the right person to orchestrate the sixty or so creations where each diamond, pearl, fine stone, and gemstone recounts a story.”
The result is an endearing homage to fauna from every continent, with a pair of playful koalas, colourful elephants or tender penguins expressing the House’s characteristic values of love and affection. Only the imaginary creatures in Mystery Set™: Pegasus, the Phoenix, and the Unicorn, are presented singly. This must see exhibition is open to the public and free of charge.
When: Until September 26, from 12 noon to 8 pm.
Where: Hôtel d’Evreux, 19 Place Vendôme, 75001
Just a few steps away from the Place Vendôme, Jaquet Droz brings us the exhibition “Le Temps d’une gourmandise”, with works by French photographer Nicolas Knepper (presented by the Galerie GALRY) exposed in the downstairs salon of the watchmaker’s rue de la Paix boutique. Married to an haute pastry maker, Knepper imagines all the forces within dough batter and sugary bases that transform individual ingredients into cakes, macarons and other mouth-watering delights, “in much the same way as all the components in a watch movement work together to form an entity” he told me. His sense of humour is as colourful as the icing and figurines he uses to create his still-lifes before shooting them; these are not photomontages! Each little ladder, street lamp and other accessory is planted in the décor before the final “click”.
Entrance is free, and the numbered and signed photographs are for sale.
When: Until September 28, boutique opening hours Monday to Saturday, from 10:30 am to 7 pm.
Where: the Jaquet Droz boutique, 8 rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris