Beautifully confused

Written by Louis on . Posted in Art


I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running

from one falling star to another till I drop.

This is the night, what it does to you.

I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.

                                                                       On the Road, Jack Kerouac


More than any other transformation tale, On the Road depicts life as a series of oscillations at increasing velocity; perpetual motion punctuated only by fabulous interjections of colour, confusion and consciousness.  Having just returned from BASELWORLD 2012, Louis may finally have an appreciation of what it means to stand in the shoes of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriaty.

BASELWORLD holds itself out as the world’s pre-eminent watch and jewellery exhibition, showcasing all the sparkle and splendour of some 1800 companies from the watch, jewellery and precious stone industries.  Swimming in such a milieu of beauty and craftsmanship, Louis was at times dazed and, even more often, (beautifully) confused as we, just like Sal, ran from one brilliant falling star to another; making the requisite wish at every stop.

Amidst Basel’s stardust lay lessons and it was the house of BVLGARI that chose its collection launch party to re-educate us in the finer arts of sophistication, haute elegance and style; all served up with a playful wink (and a personal box of caviar).  The BVLGARI supernova was at times blinding, as the crescendo of lights, colour and seemingly endless Champagne bars served to propel our journey forward, faster; pulsing to the driving beats from the all-too-sexy DJ duo that still dance in our subconscious.

It was with heavy heart that we bid BVLGARI and Basel adieu, consoled only by the prospect of forward momentum and the infinite possibility that lies in the pursuit of beautiful confusion.


“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again;

we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”

                                                                On the Road, Jack Kerouac

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