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BIEL, SWITZERLAND, MARCH 19, 2015 – ck Calvin Klein Watch + Jewelry Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Calvin Klein, Inc. and Swatch Group, hosted a special, invitation-only dinner last evening to celebrate the 2015 Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry at the cultural center, Brasilea Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. Held during Baselworld 2015, the world’s largest watch and jewelry fair, the event also featured a musical performance by the British singer-songwriter Birdy.
At the dinner, Laura Burdese, President of Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry, revealed the three student winners of the watch and jewelry design competition launched last year with IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) in Milan, Donghua University in Shanghai and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. The winners of the competition, Zhang Yi (China), Anna Hammam (USA) and Ilaria Tartarelli (Italy), presented a fresh vision and interpretation of the Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry brand through creative use of material and design in keeping the brand aesthetic. The three winners received a cash prize and are having their work displayed at Baselworld 2015.
Judges for the design competition include Ms. Burdese, Ulrich Grimm, Creative Director of Calvin Klein’s Men’s & Women’s Shoes & Accessories; popular bloggers Chiara Ferragni, founder of The Blonde Salad (based in Milan, Italy) and model, blogger and creative director Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl (from Sydney, Australia) – all of whom were in attendance at the event. For the evening, Ms. Ferragni and Ms. Warne, as well as Birdy, were all wardrobed in Calvin Klein Collection and the latest styles from the Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry line.
The new 2015 Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry lines presented at Baselworld 2015 were designed under the creative direction of Mr. Grimm. Highlights from the 2015 Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry lines include the lustrous and enduring Calvin Klein alliance watch, a linear construction rendered in polished stainless steel for a striking and graphic look. Inspired by urban architecture, Calvin Klein alliance marries sapphire glass, polished metals and mother of pearl for a bright effect. Another key timepiece, the spirited and substantial Calvin Klein senses. The dualities of everyday modern life inspired the unique silhouette. This bangle watch is made up of a sleek, twisted form offered in either solid stainless steel, PVD yellow and pink gold, or two beautiful bicolor styles that mix stainless steel with PVD yellow or pink gold.
One of the key jewelry sets for the season is the elegant Calvin Klein breathe. Polished stainless steel and PVD pink gold come together to create a uniquely layered elliptical form inspired by sound waves. This highly dimensional offering includes either a choker and earrings set or a ring and closed bangle.
Calvin Klein, Inc. is one of the leading fashion design and marketing studios in the world. It designs and markets women’s and men’s designer collection apparel and a range of other products that are manufactured and marketed through an extensive network of licensing agreements and other arrangements worldwide. Product lines under the various Calvin Klein brands include women’s dresses and suits, men’s dress furnishings and tailored clothing, men’s and women’s sportswear and bridge and collection apparel, golf apparel, jeanswear, underwear, fragrances, eyewear, women’s performance apparel, hosiery, socks, footwear, swimwear, jewelry, watches, outerwear, handbags, small leather goods, and home furnishings (including furniture). For more information, please visit calvinklein.com.
PVH Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies, owns and markets the iconic Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands worldwide. It is the world’s largest shirt and neckwear company and markets a variety of goods under its own brands, Van Heusen, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, ARROW, Warner’s and Olga, and its licensed brands, including Speedo, Geoffrey Beene, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Sean John, Chaps, Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, JOE Joseph Abboud, DKNY, Ike Behar and John Varvatos.
ck Calvin Klein Watch + Jewelry Co. Ltd. is one of the rare ambassadors of the Swiss watch industry in the fashion segment. In 1997, Calvin Klein, Inc. and the Swatch Group merged their formidable talents to create ck Watch. The clean, contemporary, graphic lines of watches such as ck Dress struck a chord with the public, and the new, inimitable “watch as fashion accessory” was born. Today, more than 200 different Swiss made designs for both men and women are on the shelves in over 80 nations. Launched in 2004, ck jewelry features clean lines and the characteristic curved metal surfaces that make for a sexy but simple design aesthetic.