INTERVIEW

Daniel Riedo, CEO, Jaeger-LeCoultre

This is a complex man, a man of many dimensions and many moving elements like the world-class watch company he represents. Daniel Riedo, who took over as CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre in July 2013, was with the company as an Industrial Director ever since 2011, and before that had been with the Rolex group for 12 years. We sat down with Daniel Riedo, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, during his recent visit to Kuwait to find out more about what makes a man like this tick—a man of considerable charm and savoir-faire who brings a unique talent to Jaeger-LeCoultre—balancing the science of mechanical…

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CARA DELEVINGNE

She’s Britain’s most famous model since Kate Moss but, unlike her catwalk predecessors, she‘s about to become a major Hollywood star. Born into a posh London family, Cara Delevingne graduated from private school onto the catwalk—quickly becoming the face of Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel. Accumulating as many magazine covers as she does famous friends, she’s besties with Rihanna, Kendall Jenner and Taylor Swift. She appears in the video for her pal’s latest song Bad Blood But and a small role in the 2012 movie Anna Karenina piqued interest among movie producers, leading to other small roles in the…

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A Tale of Tales Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek is a very independent woman. She may be married to a billionaire (Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of PPR, the French luxury goods and clothing manufacturer), but she still pays her own bills and looks after her family on her own.   "It's important to me that I keep working and earn my own money," Hayek says. "I still like to feel independent, pay my own bills, and not turn into a society lady. I know how to behave if I'm invited to Buckingham Palace and observe the protocol, but then I'll go back to my ranch and feed the…

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Guy Sémon, TAG Heuer, Vice President of Science and Engineering

Guy Sémon was born in 1963. He joined the French Navy where he trained as a jet pilot then joined the French Ministry for Research as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Franche- Comté  (completing a doctorate in physics and engineering science). In July 1994, he began a freelance career joining Technicréa, a private engineering design practice (150 top engineers) where he was Scientific Director and Deputy Managing Director. The next year he opened his own company specializing in flight simulation. By chance in 2004 in Switzerland, Sémon discovered the TAGHeuer company, which was interested in manufacturing the…

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From Passion to Reality: Q&A with Lina Faza, Jewelry Designer

For Lina Faza, a graduate from GIA Los Angeles as a gemologist and jewelry designer, the dream of designing her own line of jewelry was always there ever since she was a little girl. She just needed the right incentive, the right moment, and the right handmade crochet designs—gold-plated with love. Because Lina believes that “Art is like love; it gets better with time.” Tell us how you got started in jewelry design. Since I was young, I loved playing and re-arranging my mother’s jewelry and my grandmother taught me how to crochet. From there on, I always wanted to…

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Alban Belloir, Managing Director, Middle East & India, Van Cleef & Arpels

Alban Belloir graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC Paris) and obtained an undergraduate degree (B.A. in Philosophy and Law) from Sorbonne University in Paris. With extensive international experience with Lancôme, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, and Fauchon, Alban Belloir joined Van Cleef & Arpels in 2010. The history of prestigious jewelry creations especially mark the on-going tradition of Maison Van Cleef & Arpel’s innovative services including the set of HRH Princess Fawzia of Egypt in 1950, the set of H.H. Princess Salimah Aga Khan in 1971, and the Coronation set of Empress Farah Pahlavi 1967. Maison Van Cleef & Arpels…

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Catherine Lacaze, Vice President of Global Jewelry Marketing at Harry Winston

Currently oversees all jewelry marketing initiatives which include advertising, PR and marketing as well as all philanthropic programmes. More to come. How does Harry Winston maintain its focus on innovation and perfection while maintaining its brand identity? Since its founding in 1932, innovation and creativity have been an essential part of the Harry Winston brand DNA and is something we continue today. Our goal: To preserve the House’s rich design heritage while also infusing new modern touches that will resonate with our existing clients as well as the next generation of jewelry connoisseurs around the world. As a way to…

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Jean-Marc Shammas, Piaget Brand Director Middle East & India

Fascinated by the world of luxury from an early age, Jean-Marc Shammas has been promoted recently to brand director for the Middle East and India for the leading Swiss watch making and jewelry brand, Piaget. Born in 1971 in Lebanon, Jean Marc moved to Paris where he graduated from the European Business SCHOOL (BA FINANCE). He began his career with a French commodities company; his initial role as a grain trader helped him gain valuable first-hand expertise into how the Middle East marketplace works especially in sales & promotion. Since its foundation in 1874, Piaget continues to cultivate a spirit…

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Red-Headed Beauty Laughs through Life – Emma Stone

When Emma Stone was a young girl growing up in Arizona, she would often lose herself in a dream world where she was playing in classic Hollywood films. But Stone was no idle phantast. At 14, she used a PowerPoint presentation to convince her parents to let her go to L.A., and start making the rounds of studios to jumpstart her acting career. Permission granted, the red-headed beauty has since gone on to become one of Hollywood's most popular actresses. While enjoying the popularity that has come with her role as Gwen Stacy in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise films, she…

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The Pillars Behind IWC’s Success

Karoline Huber, Brand Director IWC, Talks About Its Vibrant Heritage, Values and Masculinity. How It All Comes Together with Six Distinct Collections including Portofino Storytelling at IWC (International Watch Company) has been very thorough when it comes to each and every piece and yet we always maintain a certain element of surprise with our Swiss luxury watch brand. My own journey with IWC Schauffhausen started earlier than my career. In fact my father was a watch collector who was extremely fond of IWC’s innovation and material creativity. When I was 14, he gave me my first watch which was IWC’s…

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