All posts filed under: Culture

Everything is a State of Mind

Rashid Rana encourages a re-reading of the meaning of time, location and art itself Many of the classical European paintings from the 17th to 19th centuries have become instantly recognisable by contemporary viewers. In the hands of leading Pakistani artist Rashid Rana, though, these historical paintings become “an act of visual transliteration,” as seen in […]

Vacheron Constantin: Keeping Global Time

Founded in 1755 by Swiss watchmaker Jean-Marc Vacheron, Vacheron Constantin went down in history as the brand that invented the first complication, allowing for a watch to have functions beyond simple timekeeping. This invention was followed by the first engine-turned dials. Within 30 years of its conception, Vacheron had passed the company onto his son […]

In the Library with Sheikh Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Sharjah-based writer and art collector Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi reveals a selection of his favourite books and talks about using culture to counter the shortcomings of mass and social media Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi is many things – columnist, social commentator, financial broker, art collector, founder of Sharjah-based Barjeel Art Foundation and prominent Twitter user, with a […]

Parmigiani Fleurier: Built for Speed

More recently conceived, Parmigiani Fleurier is a Swiss brand of watchmaker founded in 1996 by Michel Parmigiani in Val-de-Travers. The brand’s breakthrough timepiece was the Bugatti 370, which is a remarkably unconventional driving watch based on the Bugatti Veyron car, literally turned upright to resemble a transversal engine. Stacking the mechanisms in a transparent cylinder, […]

Benoy in Dubai

Architecture, masterplanning, interior and graphic design firm Benoy has opened its new studio in Dubai’s D3 design district Award-winning international architecture, masterplanning, interior and graphic design firm Benoy has opened a new studio in D3. As one of twelve studios globally, Benoy’s move to Dubai’s design district comes nearly ten years after they delivered their […]

Perpetual Time

Kurt Klaus is the inventor of the innovative autonomous IWC perpetual calendar mechanism. He is best known for his Da Vinci wristwatch, which combines a perpetual calendar and chronograph movement Brought to life by Kurt Klaus, the Da Vinci watch was derived from a sketch of a fortress by Leonardo Da Vinci. This creative contribution […]

Treasures and Legends

Van Cleef & Arpels: Treasures and Legends, by precious stones expert Vincent Meylan, is a fascinating journey through the histories of some of the world’s most wonderful gemstones and jewellery “Stones have eternal life. They will still be here when we are all gone. That’s one of the reasons they are so appealing,” says Vincent […]

Photographing the Past, Anticipating the Future

French artist Emeric Lhuisset’s latest project uses the ruins of an ancient Mesopotamian city to warn of the potential for a water war in Iraq’s future In southern Iraq, in the modern-day Dhi Qar Governorate, is an archaeological site that dates back almost 8000 years. The ancient city of Girsu was once among the biggest […]

Dolder’s Artistic Dreams

From its landmark position in the hills above Zürich, the Dolder Grand offers guests a glorious art collection amid a spectacular setting The Dolder Grand, set in the scenic Swiss city of Zürich, is an art lover’s dream come true. This historic five-star hotel, long-favoured by celebrities, as well as European and Middle Eastern royalty, […]

Van Cleef & Arpels’ Art of Dance

Van Cleef & Arpels’ stunning jewels are set to add sparkle to Dubai’s shining pearl of the Opera District Were it to have been built in any other of the world’s major cities, the opening of a new opera house would provoke comment and debate about little more than its architecture and musical programme. In […]