Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates the Art of Precision at London’s Royal Academy of Arts

(From left to right): Ellie Bamber, Benedict Cumberbatch, Catherine Rénier, Clarke Peters

Guests of Jaeger-LeCoultre enjoyed a gala dinner in a celebration of the Art of Precision, in the company of friend of the Maison Benedict Cumberbatch, shining the light on the Maison’s 186-year history of watchmaking at London’s Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. Founded by King George III in 1768, the Royal Academy is an independent institution led by eminent artists and architects whose mission is to be a voice for art and artists, while promoting the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.

A highlight of the evening was a Letters Live performance by Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliet Stevenson, Ellie Bamber and Clarke Peters. A philanthropic initiative, Letters Live promotes the power of literacy by inviting influential artists to perform live readings of historical letters, while adding their own artistic interpretation to the original text.

Jaeger-LeCoultre watches on display during the evening including the Maison’s latest masterpiece introduced at 2019 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel, brings together high watchmaking and modern wearability. It boasts a miniaturised multi-axis gyrotourbillon and has been designed with four sets of hammers and patented crystal gongs to play the Westminster carillon, the musicality made famous by the clock tower housing Big Ben at London’s Palace of Westminster. The new design also incorporates a one-minute constant force mechanism which acts as a secondary power source, providing consistent energy to the tourbillon in order to further enhance the accuracy of both the jumping minute hand and the minute repeater.

Also on show was the Master Grande Tradition Répétition Minutes Perpétuelle, with new helix shaped gongs and an innovative configuration which instead of seeing the gongs lying flat allows them unprecedented height and space, in a structure designed to replicate the richness and strength of the chimes of antique sonnerie pocket watches. The Master Grande Tradition Répétition Minutes Perpétuelle comes with a new case comprising more than 80 separate hand finished parts and an automatic mechanism and perpetual calendar overcoming the need for manual winding.

The Royal Academy has played host to some of the most celebrated treasures of the art world for over 250 years, including the only marble sculpture by Michelangelo in Great Britain. Tonight it served as the perfect venue to savour both the craftsmanship and the infinitesimal attention to detail evident in the masterpieces of Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Rome in London – Bulgari red-carpet gala


Red-carpet, invitation-only, dress code “Italian glamour” party attended by Carla Bruni, Luke Evans, HSH Princess Lilly zu Sayn Wittgenstein Berleburg, Carmen Giannattasio, Camilla Rutherford, David Furnish, Sai Bennett, Sam Rollinson, Sienna Guillory, Tiphaine de Lussy, Toby Huntington-Whiteley, Ella Catliff and David Jarre.

Last evening on April 14, glamorous Rome came to chic London for a red-carpet affair, as Bulgari revealed its Peter Marino-designed, magnificent New Bond Street boutique renovation to celebrities, VIPs, and to the world.  Special guest Carla Bruni shined in exquisite high jewellery, wearing a 14ct Columbian emerald necklace and matching 43ct emerald ring, which were complemented by an iconic Serpenti diamond high jewellery bracelet.

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The invitation-only, Italian glamour-inspired soiree began with red-carpet arrivals gathering outside, and treated to illuminated projections of Roman icons on the storefront: a luminescent introduction to the feel of Rome, in London. After a short ribbon-cutting ceremony, the new store design was revealed to the invitees with a champagne reception inside its doors.  Italian opera star soprano Carmen Giannattasio appeared like a vision, and walked to the stage to sing Giacomo Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” with live piano accompaniment by Angelo Villani. Next, they were amazed by an analogous magic show by the talented David Jarre, to set the magical mood.  Delighting in Italian-inspired canapés and cocktail creations created by the legendary Bulgari Hotel, London head bartender Tomasz Staron, guests partied the night away to the fresh music of DJ Hen Yanni, and enjoyed the Italian glamour that coloured the evening with glitz. Bulgari ambassadors Carla Bruni and Princess Lilly Zu Sayn Wittgenstein Berleburg, who also wore spectacular high jewellery from the Giardini Italiani collection, prevailed over the party like queens of the night, whilst ambassador Luke Evans in an exquisite Octo watch caught their eyes from the dancefloor.

Meanwhile, guests marvelled at the renovated environs of the boutique, as Peter Marino’s masterful creation has incorporated Roman marble-inspired designs onto the high-profile shopping locale, to interplay between old and new, between ancient tradition and contemporary design.  The celebrated architect has been entrusted with London boutique’s transformation on the heels of the Roman flagship he completed in 2014, for the event of Bulgari’s 130th anniversary.

This latest renovation has already been heralded as a raving success, as Marino’s innovative approach to design has been able to flawlessly capture the bold Roman spirit of the Maison.

Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin comments:

“Peter Marino’s masterful creation has incorporated Roman marble-inspired designs onto this high-profile shopping locale. His unparalleled understanding of Bulgari, how to interplay between old and new, between ancient tradition and contemporary design make this new London destination a true masterpiece”

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Bulgari had once again challenged the architect with a listed historical building (placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest), but undeterred, Marino delivered a masterpiece of a redesign that resounds with the soul of Rome. Drawing on Bulgari’s Mediterranean origins, Marino’s renovation emphasised Italian classicism while respectfully interpreting it within regal English architecture. With touches such as the iconic Condotti eight-pointed star resounding in marble on the entryway, he echoed the history of the Pantheon in Rome while mirroring the legendary spirit of the brand. Marino’s genius was to create a reproduction of the historical entrance of the Roman flagship from the 1930s, to symbolically move the iconic Via dei Condotti door – the door that started it all – to London.

Bulgari, master of gemstones, finds endless inspiration in its homeland’s rich history, expressing its tireless creativity with a colourful Italian soul. Reinterpreting the majestic symbols of the Eternal City into exquisite editions of jewellery, watches, accessories and perfumes, its bold yet elegant spirit is guarded in the New Bond Street flagship, as it brings Italy to London.

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The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World

Peel the Limelight will take audiences to the darkest side of theatre – with Shaun Prendergast’s play “The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World”

“The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World” makes its Bangkok premiere this November, promising an unprecedented theatre-going experience. Last month Peel the Limelight announced residency and collaboration with Spark Drama for the the 2015/2016 season, bringing a total of four new productions. The first production of the season will be Shaun Prendergast’s gripping and ground breaking piece of contemporary theatre in which the audience will be able to feel, hear, smell and touch but not see.

The play is part of the Bangkok Theatre Festival and will be performed in English from November 13th to November 28th at the Spark Drama Space. Discounts for early bookings and students are available as well as special packages for schools interested in bringing groups of students.

The play tells the story of a poor Mexican woman born with a disfiguring genetic condition and sold as a child to be exhibited in freak shows around the world. Peel the Limelight’s production will be a sensory performance based on perception, discrimination and exploitation. The audience will be (and must remain) blindfolded to experience the show.

“The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World” is based on true events. During her lifetime, the real Julia Pastrana attracted the attention of influential people of her time such as P.T. Barnum and even Charles Darwin, who included her in his book “The Variation of Animal and Plants under Domestication”.

In 2013, more than a century and a half after her death, Julia Pastrana was given a proper burial near her birthplace in Sinaloa, Mexico. A New York Times article credited Shaun Prendergast’s play as the inspiration for the nearly decade-long campaign that had her repatriated from a locked storage room in an Oslo research institute.

The play was written by British actor and playwright Shaun Prendergast. A founder member of Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance Theatre Company, he has also made appearances as a pantomime dame –described on his debut in the Daily Telegraph as ‘the finest, funniest pantomime Dame in London.’ He has written extensively for the stage, television, radio and film.

The Spark Drama studio is conveniently located a 5-minute walk from the MRT Sukhumvit and BTS Asoke stations, in the 2nd floor of the Jasmine City Building. It hosted the Take Off Festival last year and has welcomed hundreds of aspiring actors to its drama classes, some of whom have gone on to successful careers in the film and TV industries. Spark Drama is lead by acting coaches Piangpaitoon Satrawaha, Romchat Tanalappipat and Keerati Siwakua.


All the shows will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open 30 minutes before.

November 13th, 14th & 15th November 20th, 21st, 22nd to 28th

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Listen to the Cities – Research Forum of Thai-Korean Contemporary Performing Arts

Listen to the Cities

Research Forum of Thai-Korean Contemporary Performing Arts

21 March 2015 (Sat), 1-6pm

at Korean Cultural Center

Moderator : Pawit Mahasarinand

Platform and Distribution

  • “The Current state and Changes of Korean Performing Arts”

Kyu Choi (Creative Producer, Chief Executive, Dramaturg of ASIA NOW)

  • “Strategy of strengthen and distribution for the Arts”

Euna Im (International Dept. of Korea Art Management Service)

  • “Thai Contemporary Theatre and trend”

Pawit Mahasarinand (Artistic Director of World Performances @Drama Chula, President of IATC-TC)

Exploring arts

  • “Exploring spaces”

Jongyeon Yoon (Director of Ansan Street Art Festival, President of Korean Street Art Centre)

  • “Extensibility of network on the creative art spaces”

Hyunah Lee (Manager of Mulle Art Space of Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture)

  • “How the artists to touch the people”

Teerewat Mulvillai (Director of B-floor Theatre Company, Co-director of International Butoh Festival)


  • Pavinee Samakkabutr (Co-artistic Director of Democrazy Theatre Studio)
  • Leon Wasurat Unaprom (Artistic Director of Thong Lor Art Space)

* Korean, Thai consecutive interpretation will be provided.

* Reservation/Info 02 651 0165

* Facebook :Listen to the Cities

Hosted by Korea Arts Management Service

Listen to the Cities

“Listen to the Cities” is a research forum of Thai-Korean contemporary performing arts. It aims to develop mutual understanding and to build networks between Korea and Thailand. A good illustration of how the art has worked is a city, which is showing the universality and contemporaneity in present. It’s a metaphor to what people are really interested in and what they’re watched right now.

Talking about background and trends of contemporary performing arts, platform and distribution. We can share substantive information with cultural arts intermediaries – organizers, producers, directors, and artists. Furthermore, we can explore the ways for sustainability.

* This project is following up the “mannam : Urban Myth”, a creative artist residency in Bangkok in 2014.

Roundtables, 19-20 MAR at Democrazy Theatre Studio, Thong Lor Art Space

Forum & Networking Party, 21 MAR at Korean Cultural Center

Organized by Korean Cultural Center in Thailand

Supported by Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of the Republic of Korea

Cooperated by Democrazy Studio, ThongLor Art Space

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Festival of India in Thailand

*All events are free.

Please RSVP for DAKSHA SETH DANCE performance on 13th March as there are limited seats. This will enable us to keep a seat/seats for you. 

S. No Date Time Event Venue
1 10th MARCH (Tuesday) 6:30 p.m. RAGHU DIXIT – World Music Concert Open Air Concert

Central World Mall

2 13th MARCH


6:30 p.m. DAKSHA SETH – Dance Performance Aksra Theatre
3 22nd MARCH


3:00 p.m. RAJASTHAN JOSH & FUN FAIR Thammassat University

Embassy of India,


Tel: 02-2580300/05 (Extn. 159/112)


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H PROJECT SPACE exhibition ‘(un)identified’


an installation by Nigel Power & Juthamas Tangsantikul

November 13 – December 14 2014

H Project Space is very pleased to announce a collaborative installation by two Bangkok-based artist-designers and academics. Prompted by unexpected finds during a period of research at the National Archive of Thailand, (un)identified explores ideas of gaps or fissures in the categorizing logic of an archive that point to new ways of looking at and thinking about relationships between past and present.

The central motif of (un)identified is the pairing of anonymous photographic portraits from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Siam. One set are studio shots that seemingly aim to fashion the appearance of a noble elite; the other are shots of disheveled and manacled men that claim anthropological and criminological contexts. Both sets exist as extra to the national archive itself: the former belong to a type of non-category of individuals that the archivists have yet to identify, and the latter exist as items for sale on a table near the entrance. (un)identified explores how their juxtaposition reflects contemporary problems of image, perception and control between spectacular power and violent disenfranchisement. Furthermore, to take these images from their archival limbo and foreground their coded implications suggests an apt metaphor for confronting issues that a society is not prepared to face about itself.

(un)identified allows visitors to take both an objective and immersive view of the various pairings. H Project Space has been divided into two rooms of front and back projections. Playing with scale and highlighting the images’ relationships and contradictions, one becomes aware of the artificial and forced creation of identities that are otherwise claimed as naturally or inevitably emerging from lineage.

Nigel Power is a British born and Bangkok-based artist, designer and academic. His artistic work has been exhibited widely in Thailand and Internationally. Nigel leads the MfA in Visual Communication at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thailand

 Juthamas Tangsantikul is a Thai academic, designer and researcher. Her current research explores the social history of design in Thailand. Until recently Juthamas led the BA Communication Design at Chulalongkorn University.

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