As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods every day. That’s what you’ll find in Weekly Obsessions: a running list of highly covetable items we’re currently mad about — because if it’s on our radar, it should definitely be on yours, too. From the fashion must-haves of the moment to lust-worthy watch releases, scroll through to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Dior Bobby bag
From the book tote to the saddle bag, my obsession for the Dior bags by Maria Grazia Chiuri seems to see no end (I did end up purchasing a saddle bag from the recent collection…). I’m such a big fan of how the designer combines soft femininity and elegance, with a strong sense of modernity and confidence in her designs. These characteristics continue to appear once again with the house’s latest bag offering: the Bobby bag.
While it’s considered a hobo bag due to the classic half-moon silhouette, the Bobby bag — with it’s firm structure and hard, hand-painted edges, complemented by the gleaming, polished “CD” initials — is definitely a lot more sophisticated than your typical hobo creation. Want to know an extra fun fact? ‘Bobby’ was actually the name of Monsieur Christian Dior’s pet dog; in every collection by the couturier, you’ll find a suit earmarked for success called Bobby. How cute is that?
The bag comes in three sizes (HK$23,000 for small, HK$26,000 for medium and HK$31,000 for large) and four colours including black, cream, camel and blue in Dior Oblique canvas. I’m quite torn between the camel version, which is more classic and gives off an elegant equestrian vibe, and the black iteration, which feels more cool and sophisticated. — Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Oribe Dry Texturising Spray
I’ve been a fan of the late Oribe Canales’ hair products for a while now, particularly due to the delicious ‘Côte d’Azur’ signature scent that’s carried across all of its gorgeous creations. I’m already a firm believer of its venerated hair oil, which beautifully plumps out each strand for shiny, smooth texture and turns the banal task of blow-drying into a mini spa ritual every night.
Whilst the hair oil is best kept on the tips of your locks, I have yet to explore a product by Oribe that’s meant for your roots — namely, a dry shampoo or volumiser. This handy Dry Texturising Spray (HK$378 from Harrod’s) is in fact an alternative for dry shampoo that’s completely invisible — AKA no powdery residue — whilst also offering moldable texture and lift to create a more lustrous, thick crown.
Essentially, it’s a two-in-one product that works great in this humid, torrential weather where your hair tends to flatten up top but grow wild at the bottom (which is my hair, in a nutshell). I can also see it becoming a favourite for those with vibrant coloured hair, who try to avoid overly frequent washing but still want freshly styled (albeit day two or three) locks. — Evelyn lok, Deputy Editor
Longines Spirit 42mm automatic chronograph
Since consumer journalism’s corner of the internet tends to revolve around a kneejerk, seconds-long, ‘just the cliffnotes’ kind of engagement, I often spend a lot of time covering timepieces purely from a place of spectacle. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy marvelling at high concept watchmaking (and the increasing culture of covetousness surrounding it) but truthfully it’s a pursuit that, by all rights, should be accessible to people of many means, tastes and levels of sophistication.
So today, instead of recommending some seven-figure supercar (which happens to fit snugly on your wrist) I’m plugging Longines’ 42mm chronograph (HK$25,100) — launched as part of the brand’s new pilot themed ‘Spirit’ line. Available in no less than eight different variations, this release is an automatic, precision-certified pilot’s watch that leans heavily on well-established principles in the world of chrono- design. I could make some unhelpful, vague pronouncements about the ‘classic’ layout of the dial, yet the sight unseen that impressed me most is in fact the movement.
For the 42mm Spirit chronographs, Longines has turned to the calibre L688.4. Within this price segment, that’s a super solid choice: giving this release column-wheel transmission, a very contemporary style of hairspring and just shy of three days’ reserve power. All things considered, that’s what you call a value proposition. —Randy Lai, Watches Editor
Rituals Private Collection Savage Garden candle
Sometimes the best thing to do to unwind is to light a candle and host a home spa day — and that’s exactly what I do most evenings. I constantly try candles to see what scent fits the mood, and if you’re looking for a subtle yet refreshing fragrance, Rituals Savage Garden (HK$485) does the trick. The XL candle is surprisingly reasonably priced for its size, weighing in at a hefty 1kg.
A stimulating blend of sage — which boosts clarity and function — and green notes of vetiver and zesty lemon, the candle is a herbal infusion to wake up the senses, yet also imparts some calming relief from a long day. Light it up and run the bath to get into a meditative state, perfect before bed. — Faye Bradley, Contributing Writer