As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods daily. 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 fashion pieces of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll through to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Tod’s local charity initiative
As every person, every brand and business is going hand-in-hand to help each other ride out this pandemic, shopping, which used to be — well, to put it frankly — a materialistic addition to our lives, has been given an extra layer of meaning — one that could really offer a direct positive influence to someone else’s life amidst these trying times.
Tod’s has previously stepped up to the plate by donating 5 million Euros to the affected family members of Italian healthcare personnels who lost their lives in the fight against CoVid-19. Now, the brand is extending a helping hand to Hong Kong through a partnership with Food Angel by Bo Charity Foundation. The brand has declared 30 April to 3 May as Tod’s Charity Shopping Weekend, where you can shop at any of its Hong Kong stores for a good cause: For every purchase, meal vouchers will be donated to underprivileged and elderly communities in Sham Shui Po.
So what better time than ever to head to Tod’s for a browse? I highly recommend you all to opt for the brand’s signature gommino shoes, which I’ve bought numerous times for my husband and my parents. Made entirely by artisanal hands in Italy, the gomminos are instantly recognisable by its iconic rubber outsole. They are also very lightweight and wraps around your feet nicely to ensure both style and comfort. For something that is truly versatile, what about these suede ones above with panelled straps (HK$5,000) for that classy yet casual aesthetic? —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
La Prairie White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire
I’m not new to the wealth of crystal rollers, guasha tools, derma pens or other so-called miracle working skincare apparatuses that are on the market these days, but the intriguing application (and advanced formulation) of La Prairie’s latest eye contour cream (HK$4,530) truly has me shook. As is expected of the Swiss ultra-luxury brand, La Prairie’s artful, practically museum-quality packaging renders your skincare step into a bona fide spa ritual in of itself, particularly with the new ceramic pearl. It’s an elegant little massage tool that somehow only rolls in a curved line — perfectly tracing your eyebags to give them some much-needed cooling and gentle lymphatic drainage.
Powered with the cutting-edge pigment-reducing and collagen-boosting ingredients of the Eye Extraordinaire cream itself, the entire experience effectively kisses your eyebags and dark circles goodbye when used overnight. It’s a splurge for sure in the world of eye creams, but if you need some industrial-strength erasing of many late nights — be it filled with Animal Crossing, tearful binge marathons of The King: The Eternal Monarch, or Netflix’s latest Too Hot to Handle — this would be one of those products you want, if you’re really looking to treat yourself. —Evelyn Lok, Deputy Editor
Panerai Luminor Marina Fibratech 44mm
Over the weekend, I spent my hours trawling through dozens of new timepieces that were unceremoniously uploaded to the Watches & Wonders website — an effective (though somewhat mundane) alternative to the traditional SIHH tradeshow held annually in Geneva. Needless to say, I’ll be unpacking several of the brands’ key releases in greater detail imminently, but for now, let’s use this space to spotlight a wristwatch that (whilst not necessarily new) merits discussion — the Luminor Marina Fibratech PAM01663 (HK$123,500).
Rather than trying to come up with a whole new aesthetic language over the last few years, Panerai has instead focused on material innovation within the existent realm of the trusty Luminor; finding ever neater ways to incorporate sustainable manufacturing processes into the business of fine watchmaking. After looking at the aerospace and car industries, the brand was able to come up with the PAM01663 — made exceptional by its use of a basalt-fibre composite known as ‘Fibratech’. Like carbon fibre, Fibratech is a strong, fire-resistant, relatively lightweight composite material — all qualities that make it appealing for use within watchmaking. Rounding out the gravelly Fibratech case is a blue fumé dial and several darker Carbotech elements (e.g. the bezel and crown-locking lever) that give this new Luminor a slight two-tone vibe. —Randy Lai, Watches Editor