As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods every single day, but with so many new releases rolling out all the time, it’s virtually impossible to cover every single lust-worthy find we have our eyes on. 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 must-have shoe of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll down to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
I’ve never been really attracted to watches with too much bling, so imagine my surprise when I tried on the Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Phases de Lune (HK$189,000) for the very first time and found myself unwilling to take it off. Perhaps it’s due to the clean aesthetics filled with intricate details — including the artistic silhouette of the Roman numerals, the elegant outline of the hour and minute hands, the red tipped date indicator, the signature moon-phase illustration, and more — or maybe it’s the combination of the opaline silver dial with the perfectly spaced out diamond markers. It could also be the classic pair of rose gold and crocodile leather, or the 33.2mm case that sits perfectly on my relatively thin wrist. Whatever it is, I know I’m hooked. Trust me, go try it on because this product shot just doesn’t do it justice. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
They say the key to flawless makeup is to first have an equally flawless base — mostly thanks to a religious skin regime of regular exfoliation and abundant moisturising. Once that’s become a habit, makeup can only serve to elevate your amazing complexion even more. La Prairie is certainly skincare-first in its approach to its latest makeup release: the Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation (HK$1,645). Infused with La Prairie’s famous caviar water essence with fluid foundation, the foundation is incredibly weightless and natural, yet easily blends out pores and imperfections. It’s not made for high coverage, but seemingly injects each inch of your skin with brightness and fresh-faced alertness. For something to complete your La Prairie suite of skincare treasures, or perhaps for those already blessed with fantastic skin, this is set to be the lightweight foundation for the summer. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
I don’t think I’m a superstitious person, but I do think the zodiac kind of does make sense when it comes to general personality analysis (I mean, it’s statistics, right?). Whether you do believe in star signs or talismans or neither, you’ll find much to love in the sense of mystery and artisanal features of Givenchy‘s new jewellery collection. It comes in earrings (HK$4,990) and rings (HK$3,590), with the latter featuring an additional natural coloured stone selected specifically for the qualities associated with that astrological sign. Like I said, even if you’re not a believer, aren’t they just lovely to look at? —CC
F*cking Fabulous is finally here: Tom Ford’s now infamous Private Blend perfume, launched last year during New York Fashion Week, has just reached Hong Kong, albeit with the expletive in the name scratched out in this Asia-exclusive bottle. We now get the stylish matte black flacon featuring a red censor bar (HK$2,400/50ml, HK$5,600/250ml) — adding a tiny bit of naughty appeal. However, it’s safe to say the inside is the same as the viral original: addictive tonka bean and supple leather with creamy, comforting and luxurious notes of oris root (from the Iris flower), bitter almond oil, vanilla and amber undertones — smelling F*cking Fabulous indeed. —EL
In many ways, the origins of American cult perfumer D.S. & Durga are atypically Japanese. The brand’s namesake, David Seth Moltz, is a self-taught perfumer who — alongside his graphic designer wife Ravi — specialises in synesthesia inducing fragrances. Breaking with the “design by committee” approach favoured by bigger perfumers, Moltz is a DIY creative who goes to incredible personal lengths to conceive each new fragrance. The most technically accomplished of these is Debaser — an EDP that Moltz says was inspired by alt-rocker Black Francis. It’s debatable whether it accurately captures the screeching grit of bands like the Pixies but Debaser itself is extremely pleasant and versatile. Centred around a rich tannic heart accord, initial notes — think peeled fig skin sweetened with ripe pear and coconut milk — transition after the first hour to something fresher and astringent, making this appropriate for year-round wear in a variety of social applications. Debaser is available through the D.S. & Durga website in 50 ml (HK$1,373) and 100 ml (HK$2,040) formats. –Randy Lai, Staff Writer