With such a lengthy pedigree – founded in 1780, it became the official jeweller to the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte – it’s no surprise that the house of Chaumet has retained its air of exclusivity, producing exquisite, gem-encrusted jewellery. A new commemorative pink gold line offsets precious stones with soft pink opal and mother-of-pearl.
Chaumet, 12 avenue de Verdun, 06000 Nice, + 33 (0)4 9703 6383
Shimmering creations born of master craftsmanship have given French jeweller and watchmaker Cartier international renown. Signature pieces such as the Trinity ring, made from three colours of gold, and the Love bangle have made the label among the most admired in the world.
Cartier, 4 avenue de Verdun, 06000 Nice, +33 (0)4 9214 4820
Swiss watches are synonymous with mechanical excellence and extreme luxury. Swiss jeweller Piaget reaches new heights of mastery with its collection of dazzling timepieces, among them the Dancer ultra-thin watch, a slender, haute joaillerie creation of white gold and diamonds that requires 325 hours of gem-setting.
Piaget, 3 avenue des Beaux-Arts, 98000 Monaco, +377 9350 4416
Van Cleef & Arpels
The timeless elegance of Pierre Arpel’s first timepiece set the tone for a jeweller that has consistently found sophistication in simplicity. Motifs derived from ornamental gardening and the tales of Jules Verne form the basis of its striking collections, crafted using only the most luxurious materials and beautiful stones.
Van Cleef & Arpels, place du Casino, 98000 Monaco, +377 9350 5408
Italian jeweller Bulgari fuses the classic and the contemporary to arrive at its distinctive jewellery and watch designs. Particularly coveted are the label’s statement rings, which incorporate bold cabochon stones, especially sapphires, and architectural elements such as stainless steel and ceramic.
Bulgari, 19 boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, +33(0)4 9299 1800