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What was once a traditional Mediterranean-style hillside home in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, has been stripped down to the studs and completely reimagined as a striking modern family residence by Canadian architect Richard Landry—founder of Landry Design Group (LDG) and part of Architectural Digest’s AD100 list for many years. The 12,000 square-foot living area was transformed over a two-year period with the collaboration of industry giants Zaha Hadid Architects, Magni Kalman Design (MKD), and Robert E. Truskowski Landscape Architects and Planners.



Presenting brand new ideas in a city renowned for its jaw-dropping homes is second nature to Landry. He believes that innate artistic expression, the refusal to reproduce others’ designs, and an openness to explore both traditional and contemporary concepts is what pushes him to remain avant-garde in the industry.


To take full advantage of the gorgeous Californian landscape and weather, LDG opened up the floor plan significantly. Walls were removed and sliding doors have been inserted throughout for a melding of interior and exterior spaces. Multiple terraces provide sweeping views of the city. A glass-encased infinity pool sits at the rear of the estate, surrounded by Truskowski’s magnificent landscape architecture extending over the almost one-acre property.


Innate artistic expression […] and an openness to explore both traditional and contemporary concepts is what pushes Landry to remain avant-garde in the industry.


The remodel presents softness and fluidity in contrast to the straight lines characteristic of contemporary designs. Curvilinearity is a hallmark of Zaha Hadid’s aesthetic, put into sharp focus by a majestic three-storey feature wall, visible from the front entrance. Lights and shadows dance upon its wavelike surface, gracefully tracing the curve of the main staircase. Qualifying Hadid as one of his favourite architects, Landry describes the sculptural element as “a piece of art,” adding to the homeowners’ substantial collection, which includes works by Anish Kapoor and Enrico Castellani.


All systems, finishes, and built-ins have been entirely replaced. MKD has done an impressive job of tying the project together with unexpected and luxurious interior design elements in every room: Zaha Hadid coffee tables can be found under the living room’s coffered ceilings. In the bathroom, Lalique faucets and a bathtub made of solid quartz catch the eye.


Although it may seem strange to consider a family dynamic in a world-class home, Landry is resolute in his idea that the two are not mutually exclusive: “Kids can learn to respect art, good architecture, good spaces, and still have fun and run around.” Nevertheless, Landry admits that the careful use of durable surfaces and easily washable fabrics, along with designated family areas—including a cinema room, are helpful in maintaining an environment where both adults and children can thrive. Everyone has their own spaces: adults can retreat to the cocktail lounge or the spa, while younger members enjoy time in the playroom.


As a whole, the project is a testament to the camaraderie between the three teams involved. Describing the experience, Landry states: “We all approach the project as a team, where we respect each other’s vision, and we want to work together […] to strengthen that vision. […] It’s all about giving our client the best we can give.”


Text: Jennifer Laoun-Rubenstein

Cover: © Roger Davies/OTTO

Portrait: © Erhard Pfeiffer

Since its 2005 beginnings in the United States, Art Photo Expo has produced high-profile contemporary thematic art exhibitions, predominantly showcasing the work of photographers exploring glamour and fashion. The company also manages over 80 artists from 15 countries representing a broad range of styles from sculpture to street art, and develops both ephemeral and brick-and-mortar galleries.


Art Photo Expo’s latest production, “Lagerfeld, The Chanel Shows,” pays tribute to the career of a fashion behemoth—the late Karl Lagerfeld—through the lens of renowned British photographer Simon Procter. The exhibition is an extension of Procter’s book of the same name and features 21 large-scale images from the series, with some limited edition works made available for sale.



Procter invites readers to travel back to the Chanel fashion shows, where he offers a rare all-access pass to Lagerfeld’s work on set and behind the scenes over a ten-year period.


Born in England in 1968, Procter is now a fixture on the contemporary art scene. His work is acquired by museums and collectors alike, and he has been lauded as one of the great photographers of his generation.


As one of Lagerfeld’s leading documentary photographers for over 14 years, Procter was given exclusive permission to capture snapshots of the designer working backstage, and of models preparing for the runway. In addition to these more intimate vignettes, Procter has immortalized some of Chanel’s most iconic set productions through dynamic images composed from several photographs.


The candid and hitherto unseen photos of Lagerfeld have been collected in an oversize book format published by Rizzoli after Lagerfeld’s death in February 2019. The book was launched at Paris Fashion Week the following September as an Art Photo Expo presentation.



Rizzoli describes the book as “an invaluable resource for all lovers of fashion and especially admirers of Chanel and Lagerfeld’s incomparable legacy.”



While still in its infancy, Art Photo Expo made an explosive statement at Art Basel 2008 with a Naomi Campbell retrospective that received over USD 2.5 million in media coverage. More than 35,000 guests visited the impressive collection of work from elite photographers such as Gilles Bensimon, Dave Lachapelle, and Mario Testino, presented on 30,000 square feet over four days.


Fifteen years later, Art Photo Expo has produced exhibitions for an enviable lineup of clients, including the Hôtel Plaza Paris, the Hermitage Hotel Monaco, and several art fairs. The company exercises its activities in different branches of the art industry, which it plans to expand in the future.


Art Photo Expo has two gallery locations: one at Le Royal Monceau in Paris, and another in London’s Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square. The latter co-hosted the second showing of Art Photo Expo’s production honouring Lagerfeld, which, after seeing success in Paris and London, will take place in Dubai.




Text: Jennifer Laoun-Rubenstein

Photos: © Simon Procter

It is not a fantasy. It is real. A private island in the midst of paradisiac waters. Three marvelous houses hidden in the middle of luscious and perfectly maintained vegetation. The discreet presence of a staff that takes care of everything. It exists. And not only in your wildest dreams. Koh Rang Noi is an oasis of luxury and pleasure. Be ready, the boat departs from Phuket.

Koh Rang Noi: a name for Paradise

Located in the warm turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, the stunning Koh Rang Noi belongs to a private individual who has created a perfect paradise. Only three villas are built on the island, they offer 19 rooms total, and can host 38 guests. There is a staff to cater to all, superb swimming pools and magical beaches. You can reserve the entire island, or one of the wonderful villas. Koh Rang Noi redefines the concept of exclusivity.


One would think that a paradisiac island such as Koh Rang Noi would be impossible to access. That privacy would come at the price of traveling endlessly. But the high security island is located in Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay. The outline of its shores is visible from the Phuket Royal Marina, as it is a mere 10 minutes’ boat ride away.


The magical island appears in all of its majestic beauty at best from the waters. Koh Rang Noi seems like a dream. What is expected will be… and much much more. Paradise is often only an image, one we all could recite: pure fine sand beach, boats and water toys, transparent clear water, gorgeous architecture, delicious fruits and meals.


But paradise is more than a collective fantasy. It is also a very personal idea, a private experience of bliss. Something that corresponds to your very own desires and surpasses all your expectations. Koh Rang Noi has everything to offer: collective delights and personal satisfaction.

An hommage to Thai artistry

Three private, high security villas are available on the island. Their design and conception are a testimony of the architects’ taste for Thai esthetics and contemporary luxury. Surrounded by heavenly waters and vegetation, the villas benefit from panoramic views with their floor to ceiling windows. Veranda terraces wrap around the exterior walls and offer the shade of their peaked overhanging roofs.


Indoors, the air conditioning and the cool marble floorings provide to each of your steps a wonderfully refreshing feeling. Lights and art reflect on the highly polished floors, mirroring the lovely figures of the wood panels and paintings. Some of the silhouetted light fixtures on Koh Rang Noi were made from original Thai shadow puppets. They project their uniquely fashioned elegance on the architectural environment.


Thai craftsmanship define the artistry of each object in the villas. Thai people master extraordinary wood crafting techniques. Traditional methods were used to create the roof, doors, cabinets, headboards and furniture. Many wonderful pieces were custom made for the island by the artisans of a same village. Murals and sandstone carvings can be found in and around each of the lodgings. Their magnificent stature is imposing. Each of the villas is superbly and uniquely decorated.


Three exceptional villas

Koh Rang Noi hosts the Upper Villa, the Lower Villa and Guest Villa, all three of unsurpassed elegance and luxury. They provide vast open spaces, suites of luxurious bedrooms, intimate lounges and grand dining areas. Multiple terraces, infinity pools, hot tubs and beautiful gardens complete this idyllic picture.


Each of the three villas is a work of art in its own right. Most intimate, the Guest Villa hosts a suite of four bedrooms. It is renowned for its breathtaking views of the legendary Monument Islands. The Lower Villa gives the impression of floating above the waters. Its design incarnates contemporary luxury with elegance and sensuality.


The Upper Villa was conceived for exceptional social events in and out of doors. Its flamboyant Thai great dining room offers spectacular seating under the high vaulted teakwood ceiling, with hand-painted murals on the crossbeams. Meant to host up to 300 people coming for the evening, an amphitheater completes its architectural ensemble.

Lower Villa – 8 bedrooms total

• 4 Bedrooms: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with standalone shower, Dual Vanity, Jetted Tub, Lounge area, Television, Ceiling fan, Desk, Balcony

• 4 Bedrooms: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, Dual Van

Guest Villa – 4 bedrooms total

• 4 Bedrooms: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower & bathtub, Dual Vanity, Television, Ceiling fan, Terrace

Upper Villa – 7 bedrooms total

• 3 Bedrooms: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, Dual Vanity, Jetted Tub, Walk-in Closet, Lounge area, Television, Ceiling fan, Terrace, Desk

• 1 Master Bedroom: King size bed, His & hers ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, Dual Vanity, Jetted Tub, Walk-in Closet, Lounge area, Television, Ceiling fan, Balcony, Desk

• 2 Bedrooms: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, Dual Vanity, Walk-in Closet, Lounge area, Television, Ceiling fan, Terrace, Desk

• 1 Bedroom: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, Dual Vanity, Jetted Tub, Walk-in Closet, Lounge area, Television, Ceiling fan, Balcony, Desk


Fun in Paradise

Entertainment options are endless on the island. The perfectly maintained island paths lead to three private beaches. They can be walked or traveled by golf carts.


A beach sala houses 15 jets skis, paddleboards, kayaks, and windsurfers. A fleet of boats is also on standby for the enjoyment of all. Tubing, water skiing and wake boarding is made easy with the three smaller sport boats. Two lovely Hobie Cat offer an option for sailing. And two large yachts are perfect match for a day at sea exploring the neighboring islands.


A 24-hour staff (and a gourmet chef) takes care of everything on Koh Rang Noi. The villas are accompanied by a spacious fitness center and comprehensive wellness facility. No vacation would be perfect without the pleasure of a range of body treatments, Thai massages and beauty services. And of course, there is a movie theater for private screenings.


Life on Koh Rang Noi is a dream, and should remain as such until you come and visit.



• Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar

• Formal dining areas

• Smart Televisions

• Wet bar

• Wi-Fi

• Central air conditioning

• Ceiling fans

• Safes in bedrooms

• Fitness Center

• Spa & Massage rooms with Steam Room & Sauna

• Washer/Dryer

• Game room

• Shuffleboard

• Grand piano

• Pool table

• Ping pong table & air hockey table

• Office

• Karaoke entertainment lounge

• Home Theatre


• 3 Infinity swimming pools

• 3 Hot tubs (heating included)

• Outdoor kitchens

• Babecues

• Terraces

• Bar & wet bar

• Balcony

• Alfresco showers

• Sun loungers

• Private beaches

• Amphitheatre

• Sailboats, kayaks, paddleboards & windsurfer

• 1 Beach sala

• Pier


• Airport transfer

• Villa pre-stocking

• Activities and excursions

• Chef

• Luxury 70 ft yacht




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Text: Barbara Stehle

After YUL, Stanbrooke, NEST and QuinzeCent, Brivia Group introduces 1 Square Phillips. Always in search of excellence, Brivia Group is building a 61-storey, upscale residential building that will make it Montreal’s tallest residential tower. Ideally located in the heart of downtown, the historic Phillips Square is the site for this new project, which makes it a real estate event in and of itself. For the occasion, LUXE met with Kheng Ly, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Brivia Group.

How is this project unique?

1 Square Phillips will become the tallest residential tower in Montreal at 61 storeys. This tower has an unparalleled central location, right in the heart of downtown, a stone’s throw from the shops on St. Catherine Street, the Quartier des Spectacles, restaurants, museums, festivals and major universities. Those who enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life, while also maintaining the intimacy of a comfortable and cozy home, will certainly be thrilled with this extraordinary building.


Additionally, residents have privileged access to unobstructed city views, the river and Mount Royal. Imagine the view for the summer’s fireworks show! The entire building is equipped with smart technologies. For example, the six touchscreen elevators arrive at their stops in seconds with integrated Destination Dispatch technology. Refrigerated lockers also allow ready-to-eat meals or groceries to be delivered should owners not be home. What’s more is that owners will be notified by text message that their deliveries have arrived. Condominiums are also equipped with state-of-the-art home automation systems.


From a historical standpoint, the location is also steeped in history…

The land where the Square is presently located was bought by Thomas Phillips. His heirs subsequently donated the land to the city on the condition that it be turned into a public space. It is in this Square that fashion came into being in tandem with the fur trade and the birth of the first downtown stores like Morgan’s (today called Hudson’s Bay).

What different types of condominiums are available?

We offer a mix of studios, 1, 2, 3-bedroom condominiums, and from the 54th to the 61st floors, we have 24 penthouses and 3 super-penthouses.


Tell us about the super-penthouses…

Two super-penthouses are on the 60th floor and the third is on the 61st floor. These units are distinguished by their size (starting at 2,988 square feet), but also in their high quality finishings. For example, the hardwood flooring is done in a European-style chevron pattern. The owners can also customize certain elements to their taste. The super-penthouse on the 61st floor also enjoys the luxury of a private elevator. Each of the super-penthouses is a corner unit so they all have exceptional unobstructed views.

“With exceptional architectural innovation, there are 9 corner units on each floor offering spectacular views of the city.”

Kheng Ly, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Brivia Group

Describe the common areas…

On the 50th floor, there are 10,000 square feet featuring the Sky Lounge, including a terrace designed by renowned landscape architect Claude Cormier. This allows residents to relax and enjoy the views and sunsets, while also being able to host their own events. There is a games room, reading nooks, and a whiskey bar to round things off.


On the 21st floor, there is another 4,000 square feet of multi-functional space that includes a movie theatre, a co-working space and a lounge. On the 2nd floor, there are 12,000 square feet dedicated to the gym and wellness centre, which also includes a luxurious spa and indoor pool.  There is also a concierge in the lobby and a manned security presence 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


What are some advantages for Montreal to be launching such a project?

With over 1,000 residents, 1 Square Phillips will help revitalize this pocket of the downtown area. It will also help the economy of neighboring businesses by enriching the urban landscape with its beautiful architecture. In collaboration with New York based Hill West Architects—experts in the construction of tall towers, Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux is the architectural firm we selected to lead the project. The combined talent of the two firms will certainly yield incredible results.

The Brivia Group is definitely a leader in luxury real estate. What are some other recent projects?

We are in the process of setting up a rental condominium project in Lebourgneuf, Quebec under the name of LB9. This 12-storey building will be completed in April 2020. Recently, Brivia Group also acquired the Mansfield Athletic Club, a former downtown fitness center. But it is still too early to know what we will do with it. What is certain, is that this project will also help make Montreal even more beautiful!


Delivery of 1 Square Phillips’ first units is scheduled for 2024.


  • 3 phases
  • 498 units
  • Studios, 1, 2, and 3-bedroom condominiums, penthouses and super-penthouses
  • Area: from 372 to 3,357 square feet
  • 10,000 square feet of common space, including an exterior terrace on the 50th floor
  • Secured residence, garage and a private outdoor courtyard designed by Claude Cormier
  • Concierge service and security 24/7

For more information

1 Square Phillips Presentation Centre

539 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montreal (514) 617-9999





Text: Diane Stehle

Skiers and snowboarders rejoice as Tremblant officially launches its 2020-21 ski season with no fewer than 11 trails and six lifts. The mountain’s surface has been primed for maximum fun on both its North Side and South Side slopes. Lift tickets are available exclusively online, and all other activities and accommodations can be easily booked in advance through the Tremblant website. 


Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Laurentian Mountains and accessible by direct flight from Toronto, Tremblant is the jewel in the crown of the Alterra Mountain Company, which holds 15 year-round destinations. It is the 20-time recipient of SKI Magazine’s “#1 Ski Resort in Eastern North America” distinction and was listed in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards under The Best Ski Resorts in the U.S. and Canada.”



But Tremblant is not just for winter sports lovers; the resort caters to individuals, families, and groups of all types. A European-style pedestrian village is at the heart of the experience, featuring live entertainment and play areas for all ages. With more than 75 restaurants and boutiques, 13 hotels, and a casino to explore, there is adventure in store for everyone. 




Photos: © Tremblant

Why is Canada not in the top 20 global markets for Swiss watchmakers, despite its high level of development? The potential of the Canadian watch market, in the shadow of its American neighbor, seems far from being reached, particularly in Montreal, a metropolis in the throes of renewal. Several initiatives are aiming to fix this, including a new watch fair. Visit.


In collaboration with Europa Star


The Kaufmann family is a perfect illustration of the relationship between Switzerland and Canada, in the field of watches and more. Pius Kaufmann, a jeweler from St. Gallen (now 90 years old), moved to Montreal to learn English before opening his own store there. His son Charles grew up in Canada and then returned to his homeland, where he worked at Bucherer… before being called back across the Atlanta by his father across to open a new store.


Today, Charles Kaufmann is the sole authorized retailer for Patek Philippe in the entire province of Quebec. His prestigious boutique, Kaufmann de Suisse in Montreal, also sells Carl F. Bucherer, Parmigiani Fleurier and, as of this year, Nomos. “The purpose of introducing this brand is to attract a new generation of buyers with a more affordable entry-level offering,” says the Canadian-Swiss citizen. The family also owns a boutique in Palm Beach, Florida – illustrative of the deep economic integration between the United States and Canada.


The Patek Philippe corner at Kaufmann de Suisse in Montreal

However, compared to its southern neighbor, the Canadian watch market still looks tiny. Despite 37 million inhabitants and economic success, particularly fueled by gas, oil and the mining sector, Canada ranked only 22nd last year in the global map of Swiss watchmakers, behind… Portugal, with 177 million francs in imports.


We were expecting the country to figure more prominently in watchmaking statistics! Admittedly, demographic giants such as India and Brazil find themselves even further down the Swiss Watch Federation’s annual ranking, but Canada, a proponent of free trade and a well-integrated globalized country, is a long way from the crippling levels of protectionism that prevent watch brands from investing more there.

“A land to conquer”

“The Canadian market as a whole remains a land to conquer for Swiss watchmakers. The population is well off and the economy is doing well,” says Marco Miserendino, co-owner of Bijouterie Italienne in Montreal (a Rolex official retailer), and president of the Canadian Jewelers Association, the country’s leading organization in the sector with more than 1,000 professional members.


But why isn’t Canada already in a stronger position in terms of Swiss watch exports?


Industry representatives cite several reasons, but particularly – given that watchmaking is now more than ever associated with foreign visitors – its short tourist season. Nevertheless, the current exchange rate would appear to favor cross-border purchases by American neighbors…


The Rolex corner at Bijouterie Italienne in Montreal

A more pragmatic reason is offered: “Most OECD countries offer a VAT refund for purchases made by foreign customers. Unfortunately, this is not yet the case in Canada,” explains Grigor Garabedian, head of the Birks Group’s central watchmaking division. This venerable company, founded in 1879, is today the leading watch distributor in the country, with 28 stores located from Halifax to Vancouver. It operates a Patek Philippe store in Vancouver, a Rolex shop-in-shop in Calgary and a Richard Mille shop-in-shop in Vancouver.


Maison Birks, the leading Canadian player in the sale of watches and jewelry

A taste for discretion?

So, if conditions mitigate against watch buying by visitors, why is local consumption not higher? Cultural reasons, related to purchasing habits, are cited. “The wealthiest Canadians I know often don’t wear luxury watches. We prefer to invest in real estate. I believe that a form of modesty and simplicity is expressed in our way of life, compared to the United States or other countries. The luxury sector must deal with this reality,” says Dominic Handal, owner of Pax Jewelers in Montreal.


“I believe that a form of modesty and simplicity is expressed in our way of life, compared to the United States or other countries. The luxury sector must deal with this reality.” – Dominic Handal, owner of Pax Jewelers in Montreal


Marco Miserendino also observes this culture of understatement in the choices of his customers: “For example, we sell more watches in white gold, which has a more discreet charm than yellow gold. Our customers favor moderation and our portfolio remains stable over time: we have few requests for very exclusive timepieces and there is no permanent quest for novelty, as can be seen in other markets.”


Swiss brands, especially the new players of the independent watch stage, still have a lot of work to do in Canada in order to improve their brand awareness.

Montreal wakes up

“However, sales of Swiss watches have grown surprisingly in recent years,” says Grigor Garabedian at Birks Group. Are we seeing a ‘catch-up’ effect, which could see Canada eventually aligning itself with the sales levels of Spain, a country with a comparable population and development but with twice as many imports of Swiss watches?


This seems to be the case in Montreal, Quebec’s biggest city, which, with more than 4 million inhabitants, contains half of the province’s population and wealth. A very important financial and trading centre until the 1960s, the city suffered from the geopolitical upheavals of Quebec, as well as from the shift of Canada’s economic heart ever more westward, towards the English-speaking provinces and the Pacific Ocean.


“In Montreal, infrastructure projects were at a standstill for about 40 years. But there is now a new confidence in the province’s economic climate and the city is benefiting from new investments,” says Marco Miserendino.

First international Watch Fair in Montreal

Several signals seem to point to a new watchmaking dynamic in the city. For example, last June, the auction house Phillips organized a presentation and sale of vintage watches during the Formula 1 Grand Prix Canada, Montreal’s most important international event. Among the timepieces presented at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel were beautiful vintage watches by Rolex, Omega and TAG Heuer, under the common theme of motor racing.


Another sign: a new watch fair—Salon de Montreal—was organized for the first time this September in Montreal by Simion Matei, a Montreal real estate entrepreneur with a passion for watchmaking. It brought together 14 brands, mainly Swiss but also German and even Canadian, with the aim of raising awareness of independent watchmaking in Canada.


Thomas Baillod, whose role it was to promote the festival, shares his vision of the Canadian watch market: “There is still a lot of educational work to do, but the potential is there. The market is now moving because it was neglected for a long time. Canada still lives in the shadow of the United States, which is getting all the attention. In addition, major watch liquidators are based in Canada. It distorts official statistics. The country is worth more than that: we must stop considering it as a second-category market for unsold timepieces.”


“There is still a lot of educational work to do, but the potential is there. The market is now moving because it was neglected for a long time.” – Thomas Baillod

Different in the English-speaking provinces

The show, which was held at the luxurious Saint-James Club in Montreal, brought together mid- and high-end brands seeking recognition in Canada. Companies such as Maurice Lacroix, Dwiss, Bédat & Co, L&JR, Ultramarine and Junghans attended. “The intention is to offer a high-quality but relatively affordable watch offering,” says Thomas Baillod. “We do not want to create an inaccessible salon. With the dramatic changes that are disrupting traditional watch distribution, B2C shows, where direct sales are encouraged, have their place.”


Simion Matei launched the initiative because he wants to enrich the watchmaking environment in his city of Montreal and in the province of Quebec. “The retailers I’ve been able to meet are not yet up to speed on big names in the independent scene like Christophe Claret or Kari Voutilainen,” he says.


“We have chosen to set up a show that favors independent brands. We want to popularize fine independent watchmaking in Canada. Quebec in particular remains a little isolated on the global watch scene, more so than the English-speaking provinces.” Leading contemporary brands such as Richard Mille, Audemars Piguet and Greubel Forsey are present in cities such as Toronto and Vancouver but have no sales outlets in the province of Quebec.

A growing Asian community

Another perspective should be noted regarding Canada: it is a country with considerable immigration from Asia, particularly in British Columbia and on the Pacific Coast.


Knowing their importance in today’s watch sales on a global scale, could growth in Canada come from this community in particular? At Birks House, Grigor Garabedian confirms this trend: “Asian Canadians are the fastest growing community in the country. This clientele is becoming very important to us.”


A clear sign is that the group has recently adopted WeChat (China’s most popular messaging platform) to communicate with its customers. In Canada as elsewhere, a major part of the future of Swiss watchmaking will be written in Chinese!

Canadian watchmakers

The country is not without its home-grown watchmakers! At the last Basel fair we had the pleasant surprise of meeting Alexandre Beauregard. This Montreal native is the founder of the brand of the same name. At the age of 17, he began drawing watch sketches and making prototypes. He finally launched his brand in 2018.


His creative approach consists in “reinterpreting the traditional idea of a jewelry watch, combining watchmaking and jewelry in a new way.” For this adventure, Alexandre Beauregard collaborates with a lapidary artist, Yves Saint-Pierre, as well as a jewelry and 3D drawing expert, François Ruel.


Drawing on their shared passion for gems, the trio gave birth to an initial collection with floral motifs called Dahlia. In terms of technical design, Beauregard called upon the services of Telos in La Chaux-de-Fonds to create the flying tourbillon that occupies the centre of the dial of this collection.


The Dahlia collection by new brand BEAUREGARD founded by a Montrealer


Outside Quebec, we should also mention Canadian brands Birchall & Taylor (Toronto), Wilk Watchworks (Toronto) and Novo Watch (Alberta). Still more are in the process of being launched. A new watchmaking startup, José Cermeño, was actually launched during Montreal’s first Watch Fair.


A Tribute to Mothers

At age 70, Monique decides to come out of her retirement from the Department of Youth Protection (DPJ, Direction de la protection de la jeunesse) and accepts a job in the Far North. As her daughter struggles to write her novel in Côte-des-Neiges, Monique nurtures her with emails and phone calls. Little by little, these exchanges become Michèle’s source of inspiration. A masterful novel that tells the story of a daughter’s love for her mother, told with Michèle Plomer’s unique style and sensibility.


Habiller le cœur by Michèle Plomer – Éd. Marchand de feuilles


Between a Father and Daughter

Knowing that he will die of cancer, Fauve’s father makes his daughter his most important project. As a result, Fauve will grow up with the anguish of bereavement and an obscure love that is as vast as it is rotten. In her highly anticipated second novel, Rose-Aimée Automne T. Morin, who is well-known as a television and radio commentator, takes us on a journey that explores family, power, redemption and the responsibilities that we choose to face. Or not.


Il préférait les brûler by Rose-Aimée Automne T. Morin – Éd. STANKÉ


A Poetic Story

When Hanna discovers notebooks, photographs and newspaper clippings among the belongings of her recently deceased mother, she decides to go down the river to Kamouraska to connect her own story to that of Simone, a silent woman who seems to be absent from her own life. Enchanting.


Pas même le bruit d’un fleuve by Hélène Dorion – Éd. Alto


A Captivating Collection of Short Stories

The mothers in this collection of short stories are devoted to family ties, whether they are supportive, loving, emotional, lonely or trapped by an inexplicable sense of guilt. The life stories are presented one after another, drawing the reader in through the sincerity, prosaicness and depth captured by the exploratory gaze of the writer. Never intrusive and yet surgical in her approach, Théocharidès skillfully describes critical moments in the lives of people caught in the complicated snares of family life.


Nos cœurs torréfiés by Nathalie Théocharidès – Éd. Leméac


Rediscovering New Orleans

After his very successful first novel, Le nid de pierres, Tristan Malavoy is back with a work that compares two eras in New Orleans. The book tells the story of a professor in his late forties who leaves everything to go to the big city, while also recounting the story of Anne, a young woman fleeing the revolution in Saint-Domingue at the end of the 18th century. The result is a touching and superbly written novel that confirms the importance of the author’s voice.


L’œil de Jupiter by Tristan Malavoy – Éd. du Boréal


Coffee-Table Books

Architectural Beauty

Thanks to innovations in design and technology, a cabin in the woods can now be a true architectural wonder. From peaceful forest havens, high-end huts nestled between snow-capped peaks, and isolated island retreats, this work brings together the most beautiful free-range houses on the planet.


Off the Grid: Houses for Escape by Dominic Bradbury – Thames and Hudson


Douce France

Bargème, Balazuc, Candes-Saint-Martin… Do these names mean anything to you? And yet, these are some of the most beautiful small villages in France. In this book, the association Les Plus Beaux Villages de France will take you on a journey through 159 of them, each one more charming than the last. With maps, places to stay and eat, and suggestions for activities and events, you will have everything you need to prepare your trip.


The Most Beautiful Villages of France: Discover 159 Charming Destinations – Official guide – Flammarion


Zen Eating

Do you love the Buddha bowls you’ve tried in restaurants? Then why not make them at home? You only need a few good ingredients, a few minutes for preparation, and voila!


Bouddha Bowls & autres plats inratables rien que pour moi! – Larousse



Text: Diane Stehle

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