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Weekly Obsessions: JW Anderson’s tote, the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept and more

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 beauty releases, scroll through to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.

JW Anderson Belt Tote

Weekly Obsessions

I’ve had my eyes on this Belt tote by JW Anderson for a while now, specifically in this new iteration made from felt. Though I was intrigued by the interesting choice of fabric, I didn’t really need another bag in that big a size… until now, that is. Working from home on a shift rotation basis, I’m foreseeing a need to take my office laptop home every other day, adding to the temptation for me to just take the plunge and get the bag.

This felt edition of the Belt tote (HK$2,953 from Net-A-Porter) is from the JW Anderson Pre-Fall 2020 and Men’s FW20 collections, and comes in four colours including soft blue, orange, dark grey and taupe. I’m in love with all the contrasting textures at play, from the soft felt that forms the main construction of the bag, to the smooth leather handles and the Anchor-shaped embroidery featured front and centre. Though unlined, the designer has also thoughtfully added an internal zip pocket (in leather), so we don’t have to pour everything out before we find our keys. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor

Ultra Violette SPF 50+ Queen Screen

We’ve been hearing through the grapevine about the importance of wearing sunscreen indoors — and turns out, it’s not just a marketing ploy to sell more sunscreen. Even while we’re spending more time indoors these days, sadly, we’re still susceptible to light damage.

We’ve heard about UVA and UVB rays from the sun: Luckily, most windows filter out UVB — the light that causes DNA damage and sunburns — but it still leaves us vulnerable to UVA rays — which leads to symptoms of photo-ageing such as sunspots, freckles and fine lines. On top of that, with us sitting in front of our screens all day, we’re totally exposed to the blue light emitted from our smartphones and laptops as well, which research has shown can lead to free radical damage.

So yes: I have been trying to remember my sunscreen every morning. I’m currently loving Aussie brand Ultra Violette’s almost serum-like Queen Screen (HK$305), which offers ample hydration and sensitive-skin friendly protection with SPF50+. It’s formulated in what’s notoriously known as “the toughest place to get sunscreen approved” — so you know it’s done its part to get rid of the nasties for your skin and for the coral reefs alike. It’s not cloying, absorbs super quick and feels just like skincare — you can even replace your moisturising step with it, leaving a non-greasy subtle glow that’s just right for days you’re planning to stay put at home or even for just a quick trip to the grocery store. —Evelyn Lok, Managing Editor

Audemars Piguet frosted gold Royal Oak Concept with flying tourbillon 

If the 34mm Royal Oak AP released earlier this year felt a little too safe for your liking, you might want to consider the brand’s latest addition to the Concept lineup (price on request). Outfitted with a flying tourbillon and frosted gold case, this new Royal Oak is the polar opposite of AP’s mainline releases — bringing together high watchmaking, material novelty, and an exotic dial in a singularly original package. (Granted, for the price of admission you could buy six entry-level Royal Oaks with plenty of change left over but c’est la vie.)

As with most ‘Concept’ pieces, this release is built around a 38.5mm case that is distinct from the archetypal Royal Oak. The entire design, with the exception of the bezel edge, is decorated with a frosted finish — identical to the style that AP introduced for its Carolina Bucci collaboration in 2018. Turning inward, you’ll see that the dial is constructed using multiple ovalic segments — all of which help to achieve an eye-catching blue gradient. A similar motif is visible within the tourbillon cage, which is topped at the centre with a cluster of 19 brilliant-cut diamonds. Meanwhile, the movement offers something of a respite: Produced by AP’s subsidiary Renaud & Papi, the calibre 2964 is a comparatively spartan work, held together by a mass of gunmetal bridges that echo the aesthetic of the dial. Available exclusively at AP boutiques in white or pink gold. —Randy Lai, Editor

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.