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John Nollet X Chaumet : modern-day dandy

Contrary to popular belief, dandyism does not originate from bourgeoisie. Not at all! Originally, this 19th-century trend was anchored in an opposite current. Faced with general moral conformism and all-around detestation of any form of deviance, this movement aspired to build a new hierarchy based on talent, personal merit, erudition, and eloquence as opposed to privileges acquired at birth. These demanding qualities were expressed through clothing. The dandy played with the codes of conventional elegance to create his own definition and stand out from the crowd. While John Nollet took these principles to create his own hippie-chic style, his work also reflects the dandy’s demanding spirit. A world-renowned hair stylist, this new-generation Edward Scissorhands only swears by Chaumet’s Dandy watch to adorn his wrist. The shape of this timepiece stems from the Regent Diamond, which Napoléon required to have set on the pommel of his sword. A thin cushion, which “12” recalls the House’s home on Place Vendôme, as well as bayaderes, have been the dial’s signature for 17 years. These days, this signature is to be discovered in new combinations of colors : pearl, black, and Chaumet’s iconic blue.

John Nollet X Chaumet : modern-day dandy

Contrary to popular belief, dandyism does not originate from bourgeoisie. Not at all! Originally, this 19th-century trend was anchored in an opposite current. Faced with general moral conformism and all-around detestation of any form of deviance, this movement aspired to build a new hierarchy based on talent, personal merit, erudition, and eloquence as opposed to privileges acquired at birth. These demanding qualities were expressed through clothing. The dandy played with the codes of conventional elegance to create his own definition and stand out from the crowd. While John Nollet took these principles to create his own hippie-chic style, his work also reflects the dandy’s demanding spirit. A world-renowned hair stylist, this new-generation Edward Scissorhands only swears by Chaumet’s Dandy watch to adorn his wrist. The shape of this timepiece stems from the Regent Diamond, which Napoléon required to have set on the pommel of his sword. A thin cushion, which “12” recalls the House’s home on Place Vendôme, as well as bayaderes, have been the dial’s signature for 17 years. These days, this signature is to be discovered in new combinations of colors : pearl, black, and Chaumet’s iconic blue.

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