True to our habits, we chose to take to the skies on the occasion of our new getaway to Monaco. After landing on the tarmac at Nice Côte d’Azur airport, we head for the heliport, not far away, for a quick 7-minute trip! Then, by car to the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo which honours us with a warm welcome. In 2019, after several years of transformation, the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, which overlooks the legendary Place du Casino, unveiled its new suites and rooms. Lights, materials, equipment: everything here converges towards the unforgettable experience of a 5-star hotel. And the magic happens as soon as we enter the lobby. In good weather, it is particularly pleasant to sit down for a tea in the superb Patio des Joailliers. At one end, there’s a discreet access to the brand new district dedicated to luxury business and shopping: the One Monte-Carlo Restaurants and prestigious brands have invaded this place with its dramatic architecture. An original concept, like this shop where all kinds of art is on offer. Welcome to Art in Time. Following an idea from the big boss of the house of Chopard, the place gathers exceptional timepieces, but not only that…. The will of Mr. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele when he developed the Art in Time concept is to highlight both the history of watchmaking but also its contemporary version, the creativity of today’s watchmakers and focus on know-how and manual work. We have a part for works of art, linked to time but also a part for antiques. We have here in the gallery a few hourglasses that are part of watchmaking heritage, original 18th century hourglasses from several European countries. 9 watch brands are represented within Art in Time: Urwerk Florian Schlumpf Greubel Forsey Ressence Moser Ferdinand Berthoud Chopard and MB&F without forgetting L’Epee 1839 to whom we owe this superb Time Fast D8, a worthy representative of the historic relationship linking the Principality of Monaco to motor sport. We were honored to be able to admire the piece which won the 2019 Chronometry Prize at the Grand Prix of Watchmaking in Genèva. This piece is exceptional for its mechanism. We have a tourbillon, a constant force escapement and a regulator. This piece is also designed according to the creations of Ferdinand Berthoud from his era. We find the aesthetic codes on the dial but also the design codes in the original movement of chronometry of Ferdinand Berthoud. Only 20 copies of this work of art in the rocket-chain movement, from the Berthoud brand. For these ladies, MB&F imagined this sublime Legacy Machine FlyingT, also awarded at the Grand Prix of Watchmaking 2019 as “Best Mechanical Complication Watch for Ladies”. Under its curved glass, this watch reveals a flying tourbillon and an inclined dial so that the time can only be read by the person wearing it. In the windows, 3 letters also delight collectors: L.U.C The watch creations of Louis-Ulysse Chopard are of course essential, especially the “All in One”, the most complicated watch created by the manufacturer in which we find several complications: a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar, an equation of time, a precision moon phase, and many more. Before leaving, we take a last look at a completely new piece. The dial and components are immersed in an oil bath, for a display that is both different and fun. A beautiful object that we owe to the brand Ressence. Speaking of objects, the neighboring store shows us a nice range. It can be said that Czarina is undoubtedly part of the furniture in Monaco. It is here that each year, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene come to hunt for a few objects, intended to dress the salons of the Palace. The Czarina concept is a mixture of time and style. Furniture, dishes, table linen, jewelry and books are scattered here and there. Originally located at the Sporting d’Hiver, the place was particularly appreciated by Mr. de Givenchy, a place he tenderly called his “luxury souk”. Among the exceptional pieces, this cabinet in tortoiseshell dating from the 1950s, or this tea furniture straight out of the imagination of a Brazilian designer. And what about this limited edition table football. 20 pieces, including 5 in a steel finish and 15 in a walnut wood finish, were created for Czarina. Over 2 floors, every square meter is inspiring. Functional and connected, this bike imagined by an Italian designer plays with transparency and could blend into any interior. Hand painting can be seen on the glasses and some pieces of porcelain. Custom-made furniture is also part of the services offered by the Monegasque company. As here with these sofas and armchairs in old Kilims. An original way to use these ultra-resistant Middle Eastern rugs, which, once treated, can revive this type of furniture. Large books of authors, all auto graphed, bring a little intellectual touch to this unusual place, where designer jewelry has also found its place. The young Brazilian artist Lily Gabriella offers a timeless style with her custom-made pieces. Brazilian too, Silvia Furmanovich works wonderfully with copper or even bamboo. This sublime wooden clutch with brown diamonds, yellow gold clasp and pearls is a pure work of goldsmithing. As for these pieces from brand Seaman Schepps, they are like the shop: unconventional. With his vintage-style jewelry, the American artist had built up a very pretty address book in the last century: Coco Chanel, Katherine Hepburn, Andy Warhol, and the Duchess of Windsor, all of them fell for his jewelry, but also his clocks. However, time flies, and the time has come to go for a breath of fresh air, before heading almost 12 meters underground. A short detour to the Place du Casino, which begins to put on its best clothes a few days before the Monaco national holiday, celebrated every November the 19th, and in a few moments, we come face to face with the new One Monte Carlo conference center. While the main entrance is located a stone’s throw from the Louis Vuitton and Fendi boutiques, it is underneath Place du Casino that the place was fitted out. Almost 40 feet underground, this 1,500 m2 space serves as a backdrop for events of all kinds, from the most intimate to the most exceptional. We are here at the One Monte-Carlo Conference Center It is a very versatile space in which we can organize all types of events, be it a meeting, a congress, breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks we can also host car launches with a lifting platform which allows us to get vehicles down to this level, which is a real advantage on this main square. A space with a resolutely contemporary spirit, but which has nevertheless managed to retain its roots. Among these numerous rooms, which can accommodate from 30 to more than 300 people, this one is reminiscent of the great events of yesteryear. The Salle des Arts was the main hall of the Winter Sporting, an Art Deco building, which had been built in the 1920s and which hosted prestigious events in the Principality, including the Red Cross Ball and the Rose Ball So it was a space that we wanted to reproduce in order to keep a little history in this new complex. With an ideal location, right in the heart of the principality, between the Hotel de Paris and the Hotel Hermitage, there are no transfer or accommodation problems for the organizer the logistics are all very simplified. Notice to gourmands…. It is now time for a first gourmet break. While the Café de Paris is a renowned address on the Monaco square, it is at the ÔMER restaurant of the Hotel de Paris that we have chosen to have lunch. In this restaurant by Alain Ducasse, the second of the chef in the Principality, there is a new Mediterranean art of living. Located on the ground floor of the new Rotonde wing of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, the room designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon is reminiscent of the decor of a boat. Here, the menu combines freedom of choice and culinary crossbreeding and covers the essential tastes of Greece, Lebanon, Turkey, but also Morocco and Tunisia, sometimes lingering on the Hispanic, Nicois or Maltese. A multitude of flavors that offers guests a real cruise, celebrating the most beautiful products that the Mediterranean has to offer. Coming out of the restaurant, our nostrils are immediately teased by a few subtle and fruity scents. Behind this showcase, the latest Alex Simone branded fragrances, a very young independent perfume house, created by a fan of the Riviera landscapes. Alex Simone was born in 2016, it’s a brand that I created here in the Principality. And Alex and Simone were the first names of my grandparents with whom I had my first olfactory memories and this is how the brand was born. The trigger phenomenon is that I fell in love with this region for more than 20 years when I arrived and it is very inspiring from a perfumery point of view. And to help him bottle his “Haute Couture” perfumes, Eric Rousseau turned to a house with a rich past: Domaine Sainte Blanche imagined and designed by Edmond ROUDNITSKA one of the greatest perfumers of the 20th century. This House is for me one of the last temples of French perfumery which is based in Cabris, just above Grasse. a place where the history of French perfumery was written in part in the era of Edmond Roudnitska, who created great works in perfumery such as Femme de Rochas, Eau Sauvage of Dior, Diorissimo and so it is true that to be part of this history today in the House where the great names of French perfumery have passed, it is quite moving and quite touching. For his very first collection called French Riviera, Eric Rousseau had fun capturing the smells of a few precious moments. The olfactory itinerary of an ideal day. In this collection I wanted to talk about my 6 privileged moments in an ideal day on the Riviera. So it starts with Villa Simone, we are lucky to have all these beautiful Belle-Epoque villas along the coast and you have this sea breeze in the morning which brings these scents of jasmine and bergamot from May. Then you have Tellement Bleu, which tells the story of this incredibly blue panorama that we get from the road above Monaco and you see when we descend towards the coast and the Mediterranean bushes are quite typical of our region, which burn with the sun in June and which offer a rather peculiar smell of cardamom. And then On the Terrace is a moment of sharing, like a cocktail of freshness and grapefruit with friends, and then you have Encore un peu, which is great work around rhubarb and iris Then, After You, which has been there for a while … a fairly distinguished, fairly sophisticated perfume around iris again and amber with a rather interesting powdery accord. And finally L’Incitation, which is a fragrance that is much more sensual for the end of the night. For a Monegasque house imbued with elegance and refinement, the bow tie seemed appropriate. A true symbol of Alex Simone, we find it engraved behind each bottle and as for the cap, it seems to be inspired too. Distributed in Monaco, at the Atmosphere store as well as at the Café de Paris, Alex Simone has now turned to the international market, the brand now being represented in more than 20 countries, notably in Korea, Vietnam, Russia, Ukraine, England and even Germany, one of its biggest markets. And the adventure has only just begun…. Heading towards the seaside, you quickly realize that the second smallest independent state in the world, behind the Vatican, is growing. Cranes are now part of the landscape. With a current area of 2 square kilometers, the Monegasque rock will extend over the sea in a while, with no less than 6 hectares of land reclaimed from the Mediterranean. With this extension, by 2025, the Principality will have 5 additional buildings and 14 extra villas. While waiting to take advantage of these waterfront villas, some families looking for space prefer to opt for neighboring villages. This sublime property of 600m2, for sale, is located in Cap d’Ail. Angela Kleiber is waiting for us for a little guided tour. This Belle Epoque villa was first completely renovated. Currently we have a spacious living room, we have a dining room, we have in the main house 5 bedrooms we also have two separate apartments for the guests or even for the caretaker on site which is exposed completely to the south. We have a magnificent swimming pool and we are really close to Monaco. Swimming pool and garden, in the middle of a plot of almost 2500m2, 2 steps from Monaco, an ideal situation which is expensive, very expensive: almost 20 million euros. A price that Angela Kleiber nevertheless calls reasonable. We are not expensive because the property offers so many advantages and I have to say for 20 million in Monaco you may have a 3 or 4 bedroom place so here for 20 million, right at the gates of Monaco, it is a price which is reasonable especially with this exceptional finish. Let’s compare with another exceptional property, for sale, in Monaco this time. We enter the lobby of La Reserve, a very high standard building, located on the most expensive avenue in the principality. We head to the 8th floor. So on Avenue Princess Grace there are only two buildings where you can buy apartments, all the other buildings you can only rent, so it’s very prestigious to be able to own in a building like La Réserve. It is an apartment which is about 200m2, it is sold furnished turnkey with a contemporary style and we are really on the waterfront, we are directly facing the sea, directly on the beach of Larvotto, we are also very close to the Carré d’Or so it is a very sought after and rare building. We have a very large living space, we have about 50m2 with an open kitchen and that’s what people are looking for right now and we also have 3 very spacious bedrooms with 3 bathrooms and a dressing room. You have to add 50m2 of terrace and as you can see it is already dark but we have a splendid view of the sea, it’s pretty during the day but also in the evening. And with the new extension on the sea you will have the lights, and you will have the little port too, so the location is really exceptional. And as for the price? It’s 21.9 million euros Almost the same price as the villa in Cap d’Ail. You just have to make a choice. Ours is made, we head to the Hotel de Paris to sip a last signature cocktail at the American Bar against the backdrop of live jazz. After a good night’s sleep, we will be getting ready to leave the hotel, not without having tested a restaurant with a Michelin star: Le Grill. Straight to the 8th floor, with the desire to taste exceptional Mediterranean cuisine or the famous grills that have made the reputation of this restaurant. The sublime decoration as well as the colors are in perfect harmony with the azure blue landscape visible over 180°, and makes us want to be lulled by the flavors imagined by the chef Franck Cerutti and his team. A final toast to end an idyllic stay on the rock.