The Best Jewellery at This Year’s Oscars, From Cillian Murphy’s Brooch to Margot Robbie’s Bracelet

The diamonds sparkled just as much as the stars themselves.

By Cait Bazemore 15/03/2024

Diamonds are a girl’s (and guy’s) best friend. At this week’s Oscars, the red carpet was all sparkle as the hottest names in Hollywood hit the town for the biggest event of the season: the 96th annual Academy Awards. The stars came out to shine head to toe with some incredible jewels, from brooches to multiple statement necklaces punctuating each look. Here are 13 of our favorite jewelry moments from the evening.

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Cillian Murphy joined castmate Florence Pugh and the rest of the powerhouse crew of Oppenheimer at this year’s Academy Awards. It turned out to be a big night for Murphy, who was up for his first Oscar for Best Actor in the film and clinched the win. The Irish actor was well-prepared for the occasion, dressed in some extra special wares for the evening. Ahead of the star-studded event, Sauvereign, designed by founder Bertrand Mak, conceived and created a bespoke brooch for Murphy. The HS14 Gem Brooch is cast in 18-carat solid yellow gold and composed of eight concentric trapeziums meticulously hand-cut, hand- finished, and assembled by legendary grandmaster Kari Voutilainen.

Emma Stone had one of the more whimsical looks of the night, fitting with her nomination for Best Actress in Poor Things. The young yet seasoned actress clinched the title, marking her second Oscar and second Best Actress win in addition to La La Land back in 2017. While taking the stage to accept her award, Stone stunned in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton. Her look included a custom aquamarine gown with a strapless neckline and dramatic peplum detail. The ensemble was topped off with pieces from the maison’s High Jewellery collection, including stud earrings, rings, and a stunning white diamond choker with a massive yellow stone at the centre.

Charlie Theron wear Dior. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images; John Shearer/Getty Images

We can’t believe it’s been 20 years since Charlize Theron won her first and only Academy Award for Monster. The multitalented actress is a powerhouse in the industry, solidifying her place in cinematic history with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005, a year after her Oscars win. This year, Theron got to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show as a presenter, but she still brought her A-game in a Dior gown. She might just have our favorite look of the night in a slew of Boucheron jewels. Theron was fully decked out, wearing the Quatre Radiant Edition pendant earrings, choker, necklace, and bracelet, paved with diamonds on white gold; Vendôme Liseré bangle and ring, paved with diamonds on white gold with black lacquer; and Quatre Double White Edition rings and ear clip, paved with diamonds in white gold with white hyceram.

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Colman Domingo has been a frontrunner for best red-carpet looks this award season, and tonight’s Oscars was no exception. This season, the actor received his first Academy Award nomination in the Best Actor category for his role in Rustin. He came to win with an ensemble that combined bling and cowboy boots for another showstopping look. He paired his black double-breasted suit with just the right amount of sparkle, including a dazzling brooch bowtie and jewellery from David Yurman.

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At the 96th Academy Awards, Gabrielle Union joined her husband, Dwayne Wade, who was nominated in the Best Documentary Short category for his work as an executive producer on The Barber of Little Rock. Union rocked Hollywood’s hottest color of the night, silver, with a stunning and sparkling gown complete with Tiffany & Co. jewels with just the right pop of color. She opted for a striking platinum necklace with diamonds and a breathtaking aquamarine of over 31 carats. While the necklace was the star of the show, she finished off the look with Tiffany Soleste platinum and diamond studs and a simple but elegant platinum and diamond ring.

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Simu Liu has made a name for himself in recent years with his roles in the Marvel Universe and later the hit film Barbie. He’s yet to land an Oscar nomination but joined the cast and crew of Barbie at the 96th Academy Awards in support of the movie’s eight nominations, including Best Picture. Liu walked the red carpet in modern suiting from Fendi, swapping the traditional button-down and tie for a low-neck shirt. He topped off the look with a brooch from De Beers clasped at the waist. The impressive accessory, beautifully named the Imaginary Nature Brooch, features a platinum setting and a whopping 32.61 carats of diamonds.

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Florence Pugh is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with among Hollywood’s young stars. The British actress’s resume includes roles in the Marvel Universe, the thriller Don’t Worry Darling, and most recently the Dune series all before the age of 30. While she wasn’t personally up for an award at tonight’s Oscars, she joined her fellow castmates of Oppenheimer, which led the night with a whopping 13 total nominations—and took home seven, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Pugh strutted the red carpet glistening from head to toe in an all-silver look. She topped off the ensemble with jewelry from Bulgari, including rings, earrings, and, most prominently, a gorgeous Serpenti wraparound diamond necklace.

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Though Margot Robbie was snubbed at this year’s Oscars, she held her head high and came dressed to the nines in support of her acclaimed film Barbie and its eight nominations. After a season of wearing playful Barbie-pink, Robbie opted for a more toned-down look for the big award show. She wore a fitted brown Versace gown with just the right amount of sparkle. She accessorized the ensemble with two bold vintage pieces from Fred Leighton: a 1980’s diamond and gold twist cuff by Boivin and a 1940’s gold and diamond bombe ring by Suzanne Belperron.

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Sterling K. Brown is no stranger to accolades thanks to his numerous awards received for his role on the hit television show This is Us. However, this year marked his first nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in American Fiction. In hopes of a win, he took to the red carpet in a timeless look. He opted for sophisticated tux from Dior and a crisp white shirt. He completed the ensemble with the men’s fashion statement of the season: a brooch. Brown chose the Barette brooch in platinum set with diamonds and sapphires circa 1919 from Boucheron’s private collection.

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Hollywood power couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski arrived to the 96th Academy Awards in looks that perfectly complemented each other on the red carpet. Both stars opted for all white ensembles with silver accents, including some stunning jewelry from Tiffany & Co. Tonight was a big night for Blunt, who was up for her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Oppenheimer. She faced some tough competition, including The Color Purple‘s Danielle Brooks, Barbie‘s America Ferrera, and Nyad‘s Jodie Foster, ultaimtely losing to The Holdovers‘ Da’Vine Joy Randolph. Still, Blunt took the upset in stride and looked stunning while doing so. She wore diamond earrings, rings, and necklace all set in platinum from Tiffany’s while Krasinski looked equally dapper in a Jean Schlumberger by Tiffany Floral Arrows brooch, a Tiffany 1837 Makers watch, and Diamond Point Square cuff links.

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Sandra Hüller has a colorful career but rose to prominence the past couple years for her roles in the Oscar-nominated films Anatomy of a Fall and The Zone of Interest. For the former, Huller herself notched the nomination for Best Actress. While she ultimately lost to Emma Stone, the attention has made her one to watch on the Hollywood scene. All eyes were on her as she hit the red carpet in a high drama, off-the-shoulder custom gown designed by Daniel Roseberry for Schiaparelli. The old Hollywood glam look was topped off with jewels from Cartier, including the Reflection de Cartier necklace in 18-karat white gold with diamonds.

Newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy has quickly become one to watch thanks to her portrayl of chess prodigy Beth Harmon in The Queen’s Gambit. Tonight, she attended the Academy Awards as a presenter dressed like a Hollywood A-lister. She sported a gorgeous silver gown complete with platinum jewelry from Tiffany & Co. The young actress hit the red carpet flaunting the elegant look featuring a Jean Schlumberger by Tiffany ring and a diamond ring and two-tone necklace in platinum with 18-karat yellow gold accents and diamonds as well as earrings in platinum with diamonds.

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Rita Moreno is a living legend, landing her first and only Oscar back in 1961 for Best Supporting Actress in her breakout role as Anita in the acclaimed West Side Story. This year, the incredible 92-year-old actress served as a presenter dressed in full old Hollywood glam. She paired a dramatic high neck gown from Badgley Mischka with full length black gloves and exceptional jewels from Verdura. The natural diamond earrings dazzled and popped against the voluminous, all-black ensemble.

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The Boldest, Most Exciting New Timepieces From Watches & Wonders 2024

Here are the highlights from the world’s biggest watch releases of the year.

By Allen Farmelo, Carol Besler, Paige Reddinger, Oren Hartov, Victoria Gomelsky, Cait Bazemore, Nick Scott, Justin Fenner 10/04/2024

Watches & Wonders, the world’s largest watch show, is in full swing in Geneva. The highly anticipated cascade of new releases is marked by confident individual brand identities — perhaps a sign that watchmakers are done scrambling through the violent collision of restricted supply and soaring demand for high end watches. All seem to be back on solid footing.

Steady confidence is a good thing. Consider Jaeger-LeCoultre offering up traditionally styled grand complications or Vacheron Constantin revamping the classic Patrimony with smaller cases and vintage-inspired radially brushed dials. Consider TAG Heuer celebrating the 55th anniversary of the square Monaco with a skeletonized flyback confidently priced at US$183,000, or Moser similarly showing off a fascinating skeletonized tourbillon in its distinctive 40 mm Streamliner at US$86,900. IWC has leaned hard into their traditionally styled Portugieser line, including an astounding Eternal Calendar complication. We find the storied French houses of Cartier, Chanel and Hermes blurring the lines between jewelry and watchmaking with the technical prowess and artistic whimsy that originally earned these brands their exalted place in the hearts and minds of sophisticated aesthetes. Confidence abounds in 2024.

We could go on and on with examples, but the watches below will demonstrate that for 2024 the big watch brands dared to be themselves, which appears to have given them the confidence to take some seriously compelling horological risks. We have separate coverage of off-show releases and, of course, Patek and Rolex, so keep and eye out for those.

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A Gucci Garden Blooms in Sydney

On a rainy Sydney night, the drinks talent from Maybe Sammy mixed with guest bartenders from Giardino 25 in Florence, for a night of liquid magic.

By Belinda Aucott-christie 13/04/2024

Since hanging out its shingle in 2022, Giardino 25, the all-day café and bar located in Gucci’s palatial, multidisciplinary space in Florence, has been a boon to stylish tipplers. Taking inspiration from one of its previous tenants (a longstanding florist), the garden-themed joint (Giardino is the Italian word for garden) serves delicious aperitivi and dangerously addictive cocktails.

 

Umbrian native Martina Bonci is in hair-to-brogue Gucci for her artful bartending session at El Primo Sanchez. 
Aurora cocktai at Giardino 25, Florence.

Giardino 25 took bloom this past Tuesday at a pop-up at El Primo Sanchez in Paddington. The Maybe Cocktail Festival in Sydney is a series of 20 events scattered throughout the city curated by the award-winning Sammy’s Cocktails team. The festival aims to spur knowledge-sharing and foster excellence in Australia’s drinks scene.

“Last year we held 16 events and they were all packed,” says Stefano Catino, director of hospitality at Public, the management company behind Maybe Sammy venues and bottled drinks, “so this year we’ve curated extra events and flown out even more international bars and bartenders.”

“Nineteen of the 21 events are free to attend, which is very important to us,” he continues. “The cost of living is high, and it’s very expensive for Australians to travel overseas, so this festival allows people to drink cocktails from an amazing bar in Rome or try a Tommy’s Margarita from the gentleman who created it without the cost of a plane ticket.”

Dressed head to toe in Gucci,  and using the bar as her personal catwalk, Giardino 25’s special guest, Martina Bonci, looked every bit the star behind the bar. “We have brought our mix of classic Italian influences and innovation,” she told Robb Report, “so guests in Australia get a little slice of what we do in Florence.”

Among her tantalising pours were powerful dirty martinis decorated with shimmering gold leaf and Aurora, a transparent twist on the Negroni.

Reflecting on her whirlwind trip down under, Bonci said their visit to Bondi Beach and the cocktails at Maybe Sammy were the highlights.

“The bartenders at Maybe Sammy are world-class,” she explained. “There is a good reason they win awards and have a respected reputation overseas. And El Primo Sanchez has such a fun atmosphere—we had a great night.”

Martina Bonci, Bar Manager at Gucci Giardino 25, has been honored twice as ‘Best Bartender in Italy’ by both the Bargiornale and Blue Blazer Awards. 

Bonci, who came to prominence in a long string at Milanese hipster joint Gesto and is known for her use of agave, favors drinks dripping with seasonal fruits and citrus flavors. Having tried her creations, we do, too.

She made a serious impression on Sydneysiders, who would do well to make a pilgrimage to see her in action on home turf. As if any of us need another reason to visit Italy.

The Maybe Cocktail Festival, continues this weekend in Sydney, with the public welcome to attend a Bartenders Brunch at Sydney’s Alpha on Sunday from 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, hosted by George Calombaris. 

View the program: Maybe Cocktail Festival @maybe_cocktail_fetsival

All images courtesy of Gucci.

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Patek Philippe Brings Back Collector Favourites at Watches & Wonders 2024

Both the Nautilus Chronograph and Aquanaut Travel Time receive a welcome return.

By Josh Bozin 10/04/2024

If you’re a watch fan, there’s every reason to believe that a Patek Philippe Nautilus, Patek Philippe Aquanaut—or both—would be high on your wish list. Both collections are of historical significance, helping pave the way for the influence of the steel sports watch category—and subsequent chokehold on the market today.

So, when Patek Philippe unveiled its newest releases at Watches & Wonders in Geneva, it was a pleasant surprise to see the return of two of the best past iterations of the Nautilus and Aquanaut collections.

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Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph

First, we get a new Nautilus Chronograph, with the return of the revered 5980, now replete with a new case in white gold and a denim-like strap (a contentious issue among watch pundits). Discontinuing all Nautilus 5980 models earlier this year, including the collector-favourite 5980/1AR in Rose Gold, left a sombre feeling among Nautilus fanatics. These celebrated chronographs, renowned for their distinctive porthole-inspired design and air of sporty elegance, are some of the most sought-after watches in the Patek Philippe catalogue. Thus, the revival of the 5980, now in white gold, is a cause for collectors’ celebration.

The new offering retains its chronograph function with mono-counter tracking 60-minute and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock on the dial, but now comes on a new denim-inspired, hand-stitched fabric strap with a Nautilus fold-over clasp in white gold—some will love it, some won’t.

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The Calibre CH 28‑520 C/522 powers this new Nautilus with its flyback chronograph, all of which is visible through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback. The dial is also incredibly eye-catching, with a beautiful opaline blue-gray hue accentuated by white gold-applied hour markers with a white luminescent coating. It is priced at approximately $112,000.

Also returning to the fold is the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time, now with its own bluish hue dial—similar to its Nautilus counterpart. After discontinuing the Aquanaut Travel Time 5164A this year, as well—a watch often regarded as the greatest Aquanaut to date—Patek Philippe surprised all with the new 5164G in white gold. Its greatest attribution is the clever Travel Time GMT function, which clearly rivals the Rolex GMT-Master II as perhaps the travel-friendly watch of choice (if acquiring one was that simple, of course).

For those who prefer the Aquanaut’s sportiness and easy-wearing rubber strap, this newest iteration, with its Opaline Blue-gray dial and matching rubber strap with a deployant clasp, is undoubtedly an icon in the making. The new 5164G has a 40mm case and features the Calibre 26‑330 S C FUS movement, which can also be viewed via the transparent sapphire crystal caseback.

Expect to pick up the new Aquanaut Travel Time for around $95,250.  

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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time

 

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Rolex Kicks Off Watches & Wonders 2024 with a New GMT-Master II

The new stainless steel GMT-Master II has already been dubbed the “Bruce Wayne”.

By Josh Bozin 09/04/2024

It may not be the GMT that watch pundits were speculating on—or that collectors were hoping for—but the new Rolex GMT-Master II with a new grey and black ceramic bezel adds dazzle to the revered Rolex collection, which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary.

The idea of a new Rolex GMT launching at the world’s biggest watch fair is cause for a little madness. While the watch community eagerly awaited what was thought to be the discontinuation of the highly sought-after GMT “Pepsi” and the return of the GMT “Coke,” the luxury Swiss watchmaker had other plans.

Instead, we’re presented with a piece that, on paper, hasn’t changed much from previous GMT releases. That’s not to say that this isn’t an impressive release that will speak to consumers—the new GMT-Master II ref.126710GRNR, dubbed the “Bruce Wayne,” is definitely a sight for sore eyes.

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This new GMT retains the same dimensions and movement as the other watches in the GMT collection, along with its 40mm size case and the option to fit either an Oyster or Jubilee bracelet. The obvious changes, albeit subtle, come in the way of its mostly monochrome return; a fact that will appease traditionalists. If you’re opposed to the attention-drawing “Pepsi”, “Sprite”, or “Batman” iterations, this model is a stealthier pick—much like pseudonymous Bruce Wayne.

The other noticeable change is the “GMT-Master II” now applied in green text and a 24-hour hand in green; perhaps a nod to the 2007 Basel World GMT release.

Like many Rolex timepieces, this will generate great hype and attention, so don’t expect allocations to come easily.

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Model: GMT-Master II
Reference Number: 126710GRNR

Diameter: 40mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Colour: Black
Lume: Chromalight on hands and hour markers
Water Resistance: 100m
Bracelet: Oyster or Jubilee

Movement: Caliber 3285
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Winding: Automatic

Price: $17,150 (Oyster); $17,500 (Jubilee)
Availability: Now. Non-limited edition

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Moments in Time

Silversea’s Kimberley adventures transport passengers into a different dimension.

By Vince Jackson 09/04/2024

Whoever refuted the theory of time-travel has clearly never set foot in the Kimberley, a geological relic where craggy landscapes forged hundreds of millions of years ago remain untouched, and dinosaur footprints are still etched into the ochre terrain. And while traversing one of the planet’s last great wildernesses in a 4X4 holds rugged appeal, a more refined way to explore the Western Australian outback is by cruise liner. 

Enter the Silver Cloud, one of Silversea’s most luxurious vessels, available for 10- or 17-day expeditions. Upon arrival via private executive transfer, expect a level of intimacy that’s often conspicuous on other cruise experiences. With a maximum of just 200 guests, attended to by 212 staff, the Silver Cloud can lay claim to the greatest passenger-to-crew ratios operating in the Kimberley. Twenty-four-hour butler service is standard for every suite, along with ocean views—no matter if you plump for a modest 22 m² Vista Suite or supersize to a 217 m² Grand Suite.

Yet bigger is not necessarily better on water; the ship itself is compact enough to manoeuvre into isolated coves and waterways that larger vessels—or, indeed, four-wheel-drive Land Cruisers—are unable access. Each sunrise brings the promise of an unforgettable adventure, whether hopping on a Zodiac at Koolama Bay to witness the cascading thunder of the 80-m-high, twin King George Falls, or embarking at Swift Bay to scramble over rocky standstone and view the disparate rock-art forms on display at the sacred Wandjina art galleries—some reckoned to be up to 12,000 years old.

Another example of the Kimberley’s ability to propel you back through time.

Prices from $15,500 pp (10 days) and $23,900 pp (17 days); June 9-19, and August 8-25 or August 25- September 11 respectively; silversea.com

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