Look out for the greats of fashion. The big couture houses create their designer jewellery with the same passion and attention to detail as they do their clothes. Read about the famous names like Louis Vuitton, Dior and Ralph Lauren who take their passion for fashion and distil it into their watch and jewellery collections.
Established in 1921, the House of Gucci is a true icon of fashion and the world's biggest-selling Italian brand, with its luxury watches and high jewellery now also claiming an ever-greater presence. For nearly a century, Gucci has been imbued with the very essence of glamour and has become an idol for every successive generation since its founding by Guccio Gucci. Inspired by illustrious feminine beauty, it is no surprise that today it is still the choice of many of the world's most famous actresses, socialites and princesses. Celebrated for its Italian craftsmanship as much as its mystique, the House of Gucci continues to thrive as it nears its first 100 years.
The name Ralph Lauren carries with it a wealth of expectation: modern, American, and the height of luxury. The independent spirit with which he founded his eponymous brand carries through every product it produces, with its fine jewellery fearlessly mixing precious metals, jade, pearls, and onyx, as well as gorgeous leather goods. In 2009 the company debuted its very first timepieces that, although embodying the values of the man himself, the mechanical movements of these gorgeous luxury watches are Swiss made, making them a scintillating combination of Ralph Lauren luxury and Swiss-made precision.
Founded in 1854 with the introduction of ingeniously designed trunks for a new age of steamship travel, the Louis Vuitton of today continues to reflect the company's heritage. Louis Vuitton is renowned for being one of the greatest luxury brands of all time, and none more so than in its range of fine jewellery. One of the most recognisable Vuitton icons is the famous LV initials alternated with a star and flower motif. This enduring inspiration for Louis Vuitton jewellery designs is encapsulated perfectly in the Monogram Fusion fine jewellery collection and brought to life in a profusion of rare and unusual coloured gemstones in the Maison's annual high jewellery collections. Louis Vuitton has also been making waves in the world of luxury watches for more than a decade with original designs and complicated movements. The Escale Worldtime Minute Repeater, designed to indicate world time without using a single hand, is one of the most colourful - and most complicated - men's watches on the market. Like each piece of Louis Vuitton jewellery, every new Louis Vuitton watch is designed to mirror the prevailing mood at the Maison. For 2015, for example, Vuitton's ladies' watches echoed the colours and patterns that appeared in its designer Nicolas Ghesquière's ready-to-wear Summer collection.