As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods virtually daily, but with so many new releases rolling out all the time, it’s all but 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.
Still scrambling for a last-minute Halloween look? (Check out these event galleries from last Saturday for some costume inspo, by the way.) Sometimes just a bit of fabulous face paint will make the whole look, and the most versatile item you can have is some excellent white paint. Do away with tacky and terribly textured costume paint this year and invest in a good white liner instead. I love Dior’s latest On Stage liner (HK$275 from Dior Beauty) in white, which is waterproof and boasts 24-hour wear. It comes with a firm, almost felt tip-like brush, making for easy drawing when it comes to details. Whether you’re drawing flowers on your body, creating a Pop Art homage, or going as a skeleton this Halloween, this is a must-have in your arsenal — which you’ll easily carry on using in your everyday kit as well. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Just in time for Christmas, Belgian brand Delvaux have reinterpreted their signature Brillant design (an everyday bag requiring hundreds of hours of handwork) in a guise infused with the spirit of the holiday season. The new Brillant Bolshoi prominently features motifs that derive influence from Byzantine and Slavic culture. A variety of gold, silver and monochrome shapes — echoing the structural outlines of Byzantine cathedrals blanketed in snowfall — are directly screen-printed onto the leather before being micro-filled in order to produce a detailed 3D effect. Part of Delvaux’s wider holiday offering, the Brillant Bolshoi offers a distinctive take on uniquely Slavic cultural influences against the backdrop of the house’s handmade leather goods — the perfect candidate for a thoughtful, seasonally appropriate gift. –Randy Lai, Staff Writer
Released in a limited run of 600 pieces, Grand Seiko’s SBGE245G (approx. HK$55,249) marries the watchmaker’s wholly unique Spring Drive movement with tried-and-tested GMT technology. The result is one of the louder designs to come out of the Japanese manufacture in the last few years, but it nevertheless possesses incredible wrist presence thanks to a combination of size and dial execution. The diving-style bezel (which has been refitted with 24-hour markers) allows this Spring Drive GMT to simultaneously display an unprecedented three timezones; the mahogany-red dial — reminiscent of the decking on European leisure vessels — creates an effective contrast to the many other practical time-telling elements. Truthfully, in the hands of other brands, this kind of complex multi-feature watch could be quite the eyesore to navigate, but Grand Seiko expertly walk this tightrope with a limited edition timepiece that exudes brazen good looks whilst living up to the brand’s reputation for meticulous attention to detail. (It’s available exclusively at Seiko flagships and Seiko premium boutiques.) —RL
Whether you’re strapped to a desk job or are on your feet the whole day, you’ll rarely find a Hongkonger who won’t say their body doesn’t feel stagnant after a solid day’s toil. While a splurge at your favourite spa might always be tempting, Cha Ling’s newest Ba Guan tool is my current weapon of choice for tackling that pesky bloat and blockage that comes from sitting and typing away all day at a computer. Drawing on the principles of traditional Chinese cupping therapy, this elegant ceramic hourglass-shaped massager (HK$320 from Cha Ling) acts like a suction cup, using pressure to bring better circulation and detox function to the legs, bum, waist and wherever you use it — supposedly helping to give a slimming effect after using it just 10 minutes a day, twice a week. With party season coming up, you’ll want to carve out your best silhouette with this handy at-home de-bloating tool. –EL
Building on the momentum of its high-exposure collaboration with Virgil Abloh earlier this year, LVMH-owned luggage manufacturer Rimowa have teamed up with Australian skincare leader Aesop to produce the Köln travel kit (approx. HK$3,124). This distinctive Dopp kit includes an array of travel-sized Aesop products — such as the brand’s popular geranium leaf body cleanser and parsley seed face wash — carefully selected to provide seasoned travellers with head-to-toe grooming. A total of nine distinct Aesop items are housed within a custom-built wooden inlay, the shell of which has been quirkily designed to resemble Rimowa’s distinctive aluminium case in miniature. United by a shared passion for detail, craftsmanship and utilitarian design, this strikes me one of Rimowa’s more organic partnerships; the result has me wondering what an Aesop take on the former’s full size travel luggage might look like. –RL