This Week in Luxury: The Macallan’s Home Collection, Saint Laurent’s Parisian bookstore, and Charlotte Tilbury officially partners F1 Academy

In our weekly series, we bring you the latest in luxury news around the world. This week’s highlights: Seán McGirr’s first Alexander McQueen campaign, Grand Seiko’s sakura hour, and the Dior Chiffre Rouge collection

The Macallan Home Collection, River Spey. Photo by The Macallan

The Macallan’s Home Collection, River Spey

Since its founder Alexander Reid first established The Macallan 200 years ago, the distillery has been the proud custodian of a 2.4-kilometre stretch of the River Spey, which flows gently through the estate. An enduring source of water and inspiration, this river is also the heart of the second edition of The Macallan Home Collection, River Spey. Aged in European and American oak sherry casks, and rich in raisin, treacle sponge and butterscotch, this limited annual release comes in the shade of raw umber, a natural pigment artists use to capture the depth of nature. Which is what photorealist Michelle Lucking did for this collection—a watercolour painting of the River Spey in its element, and autumnal hues reflected in the natural colour of The Macallan’s whiskies. Yours for S$752, available exclusively on The Macallan E-Boutique.

The Macallan

Seán McGirr’s first Alexander McQueen campaign will debut this 2 March.

Seán McGirr’s first Alexander McQueen campaign

Seán McGirr, who recently succeeded Sarah Burton as Alexander McQueen’s creative director, just revealed a first look of his upcoming debut collection. Embracing the brand’s past to inform the present and future, the campaign celebrates Alexander McQueen’s essence in nature, with a Celtic ambience and noble strength. It features icons and friends of the house, Debra Shaw and Frankie Rayder, wearing chrome masks in the shape of a skull, a long-time motif of McQueen, and its original logo, redrawn for this new era. The collection will debut in Paris on 2 March 2024.

Alexander McQueen

Susie Wolff MBE, managing director of F1 Academy (left) and Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury becomes an official partner of the F1 Academy

Beauty empire Charlotte Tilbury will become the first female-founded beauty brand to partner with the F1 Academy, its first-ever global sports sponsorship. Founded on a shared purpose to empower and inspire confidence, Charlotte Tilbury will use its global platform to shine the spotlight on the academy’s drivers, their achievements and the opportunities available to women in motorsport, on and off the track.

“At F1 Academy, we want young women and girls to feel confident to chase their dreams, no matter the odds. We are on a mission to transform access to our sport, celebrate trailblazing female pioneers in our industry, and inspire a new generation of young women to pursue a career in motorsport,” says Susie Wolff MBE, the managing director of F1 Academy.

Charlotte Tilbury

Grand Seiko’s 9R Spring Drive limited-edition watches, paired with metal bracelets in brushed and polished Zaratsu finishings. Photo by Grand Seiko

Grand Seiko’s sakura hour

Grand Seiko just launched two 9R Spring Drive limited-edition watches, two Hi-Beat 3600 references inspired by cherry blossoms—the SBGH341 Sakura-Kakushi and SBGH343 Sakura-Wakaba. Cased in titanium with a sapphire crystal open caseback, both watches are fitted with Grand Seiko’s signature textured dials with a cherry blossom-inspired pattern. The Sakura-Kakushi’s pale pink dial captures the beauty of snow-caked cherry blossoms, while the Sakura-Wakaba’s light green dial brings to mind the surrounding greenery. Yours for US$7,300, available at all Grand Seiko boutiques and authorised retailers this 1 March 2024.

Grand Seiko

Inside Saint Laurent Babylone. Photo by Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent’s Parisian bookstore

The next time you’re in Paris, drop by Saint Laurent Babylone, where art, music, fashion and culture convene. Built on 9 Rue de Grenelle through the eyes of Saint Laurent’s creative director, Anthony Vaccarello, Saint Laurent Babylone mirrors the interior of the Maison’s new Paris flagship, with sleek marble for tables and raw rock for shelves and walls. Visitors may flip through the records and magazines, hand-selected by Vaccarello, and the rare books that sit on an archival Pierre Jeanneret desk.

Saint Laurent

The Dior Chiffre Rouge collection’s monochromatic mood, released 20 years ago, is revisited with a modern touch. Photo by Dior

The Dior Chiffre Rouge collection, back after 20 years

The Dior Chiffre Rouge collection’s monochromatic mood, released 20 years ago, is revisited with eight new watches, to be released through the year. Expect a technical upgrade with offbeat details like an ansymmetric case, and a range of finishes, such as a clean ultra-matte black, diamond-studded case, or a tourbillon dotted with red. Five models have been made available starting this month, and will be followed by one in July 2024 and the last two in October 2024.


In case you missed it: 

Plumes d’or tiara. Photo by Chaumet

Feathered inspirations lift Chaumet’s new high jewellery creations

The Un Air de Chaumet high jewellery collection soars with its evocative expressions of birds in flight.

Read on

This 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spider is authentic and in stunning condition. Photo by Mathieu Heurtault

This 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spider is set to fetch US$3 million at auction

Set for auction, this Ferrari Daytona Spider celebrates a storied past.

Read on

Emi Eu. Photo by S.E.A Focus

Emi Eu: Leading Southeast Asian art through uncertainty

Executive director of STPI, a contemporary art space in Singapore, Emi Eu, on leading Southeast Asian art through uncertainty.

Read on