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Backes & Strauss, the oldest diamond company in the world, is set to shine in Monaco next week at the opening of the Second Edition of Top Marques Watches & Jewellery.
The Master of Diamonds since 1789 will be exhibiting its Ultimate Bejewelled Timepieces at the luxury watch show, being held in the magnificent Salle Belle Epoque of the Hotel Hermitage from September 29 to October 1.
Backes & Strauss is just one of a number of prestigious names to have been confirmed for the “Pop-up” Show, which opens next Thursday during the Monaco Yacht Show.
Organisers also revealed today that a number of exclusive exhibits would be up for grabs in a fundraising Tombola for the Monegasque association Monaco Disease Power.
Guests invited to Thursday’s Opening Cocktail Party at the Hotel Hermitage’s Salle Belle Epoque will have the chance to win a number of incredible prizes including a bespoke brooch by designer Elena Sivoldaeva and a Rebellion Timepiece.
Parisian gallery Laurent Strouk has also donated an original painting by French artist Robert Combas following the success of his exhibition in the Grimaldi Forum this summer, while the event’s principal sponsor The Edmond de Rothschild group has offered a Barons de Rothschild Jeroboam of Champagne.
Under the honorary presidency of HSH Prince Albert, Monaco Disease Power supports the families of children with physical disabilities or mental illness. One of the main projects of the association in recent years has been the creation of a respite house for families in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and it is hoped that money raised at Top Marques Watches & Jewellery will contribute to the construction of a second centre.
Other brands to be represented at the Principality’s only event dedicated solely to Haute Horlogerie and Jewellery under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco include Swiss horologer Franck Muller, ultra-high-end watchmaker Cvstos and Greubel Forsey, creator of one of the rarest current-production timepieces, the Quadruple Tourbillion.
Heading up the list of luxury jewellery brands is Monaco resident Elena Sivoldaeva who will present her new Elena Sivoldaeva Exclusive collection.
The Assembly has unanimously re-elected Stéphane Valeri as President of the National Council, with Brigitte Boccone-Pagès remaining as Vice-President.
Two Monaco-based companies are doing their bit to help during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The National Council opened its spring session on Monday evening with an agenda wholly focussed on the coronavirus crisis.
Victims of domestic violence will now be able to seek help at pharmacies in Monaco, as authorities ramp up measures to protect vulnerable women during lockdown.
Stars'n'Bars learned this week that it has received the Energy Globe Award 2017 for its Monacology public eco-awareness project and for developing “a specific ethos around environmentally friendly food sourcing and keep promoting public health". This comes on the heel of their latest campaign to reduce the use and disposal of plastic drinking straws by providing them only on request. According to Stars’n’Bars owners Kate Powers and Didier Rubiolo, this initiative is an easy way for individuals to learn about the dangers of plastic waste and to make a choice to help save the planet. The restaurant has trained waiters to explain the environmental impact of plastic waste and has supported the campaign with a series of postings on Facebook and posters at the restaurant. “We’ve discovered, since launching the campaign, that most customers are not asking for straws and their use has diminished considerably.” Kate and Didier said. Plastics can’t biodegrade, they last indefinitely – breaking down into smaller pieces, littering our landscapes and oceans, feeding into the food chain and potentially ending up on our dinner plates. A recent study suggests that seaborne plastic trash will outweigh the fish in the sea by 2050. Although straws amount to a tiny fraction of ocean plastic, their size makes them one of the most insidious polluters because they entangle marine animals and are consumed by fish. Scientists estimate that every year at least one million seabirds, 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die when they entangle themselves in or ingest plastic pollution. Kate and Didier added, "If we can encourage our customers to make this one small choice to protect the planet, maybe they will start to make other choices." The environmental duo hope their customers will refuse plastic straws at other establishments and that other restaurants adopt the same policy of providing drinking straws on demand only.