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 why we’re bringing you our 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.
Jacquemus Le Chiquito bag
Repeatedly spotted during fashion week Fall/Winter 2019, this teeny-tiny Jacquemus Le Chiquito bag (HK$3,257 from Shopbop) is one that’s been obsessed over by street stylers around the world. Sure, it’s so small it can probably only fit your HKID, octopus card and your door key (there’s set to be an even smaller version for FW19); but then again with payment through smartphone apps (such as Apply Pay and Payme) accepted almost everywhere these days, those are probably all you need anyways. The Le Chiquito bag comes in an array of colours and textures, with this particular one handcrafted from goatskin suede leather in a cobalt blue hue. It also features a foldover flap with magnetic press-stud fastening for easy access, as well as a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap, so you can wear it across your body, which is just the way I prefer to. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Fresh Black Tea Firming Eye Serum and Age-Delay Eye Concentrate
I wonder how many of us are apprehensively (and excitedly, don’t get me wrong) looking at the packed schedule this week, stuffed with gallery previews, fair opening tours, dinners and cocktail events all in honour of Art Week. It’s a schedule I’m sure is shared by gallery executives, collectors and journalists alike all gathering in Hong Kong for Art Basel. More so than copious amounts of coffee to keep me awake, I’m currently betting on the Fresh Black Tea eye serum (HK$660) and Age-Delay eye concentrate (HK$620) to help me at least look the part during the inevitable back-to-back late nights this week. The serum absorbs effortlessly with light taps of the fingertips to help firm the under eye area, while the eye concentrate helps to minimise dark circles. I noticed when I used the eye combo overnight, it helped me regain a peppy glint in my eye — even as I was yawning on my sleepy Monday commute. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
TUDOR Black Bay Chrono S&G
Now that Baselworld 2019 is over and we’ve had a few days to mull over the sheer breadth of new releases, my mind keeps coming back to the TUDOR Black Bay chronograph (HK$53,400). Detractors say that the design language is more than a little reminiscent of C3PO, but the addition of three very different kinds of strap (leather, fabric and bund) varies the mileage on that observation. In reality, the Black Bay Chrono’s most obvious inspiration comes from a certain Ref. 6241 “John Player Special” — the tri-compax Daytona manufactured by Rolex between 1966 and 1969. Both watches feature a distinctive combination of gold registers on black dial in addition to unguarded crown pushers.
TUDOR’s newest chrono benefits from all of the brand’s technological advancements made in recent years. Inside beats the calibre MT5813: a COSC-certified movement (originally manufactured by Breitling) that’s subject to further modification in-house. A silicon balance spring and free-sprung mass balance constitute the significant value-adds, complementing the ever-reliable column wheel system that TUDOR have favoured for their chronos since the 1970s. Although I see the two-tone bracelet being extremely popular with a commercial audience, I personally prefer this watch on the much subtler visually interesting fabric jacquard. Overall, next to the more polarising Black Bay P01, this was TUDOR’s strongest release of 2019 — heralding the arrival of a new ever-widening subset of Black Bay chronos in years to come. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
Maison Margiela grey matte cover trench coat
It’s kind of annoying to have to bring along an umbrella everywhere with me during the rainy season (I’ve lost so many over the years!), so for days like these when we’re only getting little showers every now and then, it’s nice to have something in the wardrobe that is stylish but also water resistant. This polyurethane trench coat by Maison Margiela (HK$12,730 from ssense) could be a fashion alternative to an ugly rain coat; it can keep your clothes dry and — unlike the full-on vinyl coats — it’s matte and translucent, which will add to and work with the rest of your look instead of dominating it. —CC