In our weekly series, we bring you the latest in luxury news from around the world. This week’s highlights: Jaeger-LeCoultre expands its Polaris collection with a Date model, Burberry goes young with the Lola bag and Goutal opens its Asia flagship in Hong Kong
Bulgari Serpenti through the eyes of Alexander Wang
Why you should care: As part of the “Serpenti Through the Eyes Of” series, Bulgari has joined forces with Alexander Wang to present a limited-edition handbag collection during New York Fashion Week in September 2019. In the vein of Wang’s signature high-low approach, the collection centres around elevating traditional packaging items like the watch box, dust bag and paper shopping bag into practical yet luxurious propositions. There is a host of stylish possibilities: the Triplette shoulder bag is crowned with three snakeheads instead of one, the functional Shopping tote (available in three sizes) features precious snakebite detail, and the new Minaudière is a playful nod to Bulgari’s DNA as a jeweller.
Introducing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date
Why you should care: Following the successful launch of the Polaris last year, Jaeger-LeCoultre expands the collection with a new date model. Inspired by the 1970 Polaris II, the Polaris Date features a new hand-lacquered, blue double-gradient dial with sunray, grained and opaline finishing. It’s equipped with the powerhorse in-house Calibre 899A/1, and is autonomous for 38 hours. Made from stainless steel, this 42mm pristine and modern timepiece perfectly amalgamates sporty and classy in one nifty package.
Celine’s Haute Parfumerie debut
Why you should care: Fifteen years since his perfume collection for Christian Dior, Hedi Slimane introduces his new Haute Parfumerie collection for Celine with 11 unisex fragrances to choose from. Housed in rectangular glass bottles inspired by French glassmaking techniques, scents like ‘Dans Paris’, ‘Rimbaud’, ‘Bois Dormant’ and more will be available at Celine boutiques from late October.
Sport the new Lola from Burberry
Why you should care: Introduced in Autumn/Winter 2019, Lola is the proud creation of Burberry’s chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci. The little sister of the elegant TB bag, Lola is crafted with the Thomas Burberry Monogram hardware and chain strap, as well as a mix of quilted textures and logo prints. The versatile shape can be worn on your shoulder, as a crossbody, or even as a clutch.
Enjoy delectable Chinese fine dining at Cassia
Why you should care: Craving bold Cantonese flavours? Head down to Cassia to enjoy a renaissance in Chinese fine dining like never before. Executive Chef Lee Hiu Ngai deconstructs ‘freshness’ with a selection of light fish dishes as well as heartwarming lamb delicacies. Available daily for lunch and dinner from 1 September 2019 to 29 February 2020, the menu features seasonal ingredients in its appetisers, speciality soups, live seafood, meat and vegetable dishes.
Mosey on down to the KrisShop exhibition at Raffles Hotel
Why you should care: The recent rebranding of Singapore Airlines’ KrisShop and launch of its new online platform is marked by an interactive pop-up at Raffles Hotel. The exhibition brings to life the website concept through a series of installations such as an immersive LED room and four KrisShop concept stores. Visitors will also get a sneak peek at new brands, airline exclusives and KrisShop Customise collections.
Tumi’s latest travel bags for autumn 2019
Why you should care: Tumi’s secret to high-end suitcases and travelling bags lies in having a profound understanding of how its customers live and travel. As such, its bags are designed to upgrade and simplify travelling experiences, and this autumn 2019 expounds on this ethos with the theme of ‘Enlightenment’. Actor Chris Pratt returns as the star of the Tumi Asia Pacific and Middle East campaign, appreciating the details that go into perfecting the journey.
Goutal opens Asia flagship in Hong Kong
Why you should care: If you happen to be in Hong Kong, don’t leave the city without checking out the new Goutal flagship store in the heart of Causeway Bay. Inspired by the French perfume house’s iconic fragrance bottle, the striking interior is made of fluted glass and timber surfaces. A key showpiece is the floor-to-ceiling Perfume Organ, which reinterprets the one from the Paris flagship and Annick Goutal’s workstation.