Live From Vicenza: Roberto Coin’s Fierce New Dragon Design

Roberto Coin doesn’t disappoint—design-wise or during interviews. So when JCK asked him and wife, Pilar, about their latest limited-edition collection of dragon jewels yesterday during the 2012 VicenzaOro Winter (formerly VicenzaOro First) fair, Coin’s response was as colorful as the enameled styles themselves. “This dragon is more ‘ugly’ than previous designs,” Coin articulated through his thick Venetian accent—a point that Pilar quickly clarified: “It’s more aggressive,” she explained.

Four different types—rose gold, white gold, yellow gold with enamel, and pink gold with enamel—of just 10 bracelets and 10 rings debuted in Hong Kong in fall 2011 in honor of the Chinese calendar’s Year of the Dragon. The first set of all pink gold styles, the first ones shown in Asia, already sold out to buyers in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and France, among others.

“We thought that only the Chinese market would buy them, but we’ve gotten feedback from all over the world,” said Pilar.

Orders are being taken for the remaining pieces, but Coin warned that they, too, won’t last long. “They are almost all sold,” he said about his newest jeweled monsters. “My first dragons were more cartoon-like in appearance, but these are fiercer, with more dragon.”

Roberto Coin Gold Dragon

Limited-edition karat gold and enamel Dragon bracelet; price upon request. Roberto Coin