We all know the cliché – the man hesitantly entering the jewellery shop, wincing at the tinkling bell announcing his arrival, trying not to make eye contact with any of the staff, overwhelmed by the choice of near-identical baubles and bangles…Then making a hasty decision, choosing the wrong thing and spending too much money. I know, because I’ve been that man. Far too often.
To look at this timepiece is to know that diamonds reign supreme. With its enchanting dark mother-of-pearl dial the collaborative forces at work evoke a feeling of magical wonder. This is elegant play at its very best. There is no darkness to this watch, you simply cannot help but feel joyful gazing at the story it promises to unfold – knowing all will end well.
Being a larger than life northern chap, those who do not know me, may well be under the misapprehension that I am unaware of my feminine side. However, they would be mistaken. Unlike several of my peers, I can appreciate a skirt cut on the bias. I can often be found thumbing the pages of Vogue holding a cup of Earl Grey with a couple of stem ginger biscuits adorning my fine China saucer. I think my passion for couture began when I studied textiles at school and created the odd garment to fill my wardrobe. I still recall operating a Bernina sewing machine in Mrs Garrett’s classroom. Sadly, I lacked the talent to be an accomplished tailor or fashion designer, but I could always appreciate talent in others. The same could be said about wristwatches.
Saunter through Burlington Arcade. Resist the LaDurée macaroons. You probably don’t need any more luggage from GlobeTrotter. Instead, look in the windows of David Duggan, Somlo Antiques or any of the other shops providing the finest – and possibly largest – selection of vintage watches under one roof. A street away, at the Royal Arcade (try not to stop at Charbonnel et Walker, despite the arch deliciousness of their dark chocolate mint bar or the champagne truffles), the Watch Club has a selection of sought-after gems from Rolex, Hublot and the like. Further up New Bond Street there’s even more….
Within my reach lies one of only three Bulgari Bulgari timepieces of this kind to currently bless our shores. This fact alone is enough to challenge even the steadiest of hands and on opening the black leather box I can’t help but draw similarities to stumbling across newly discovered treasure. Unfortunately, ‘finders, keepers’ just won’t fly here so I settle for a truly unique experience instead which is no mean fea
ONLY WATCH, the annual horological event created to benefit the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy (specifically Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy), has begun its international exhibition. Featuring 33 one-off timepieces produced exclusively by the world’s finest watchmakers, the ONLY WATCH exhibition will visit Hong Kong, New York, Beijing, Geneva, Tokyo and Singapore, ending with a live auction in Monaco at the end of September.
Made famous worldwide after being featured on the feet of the sassy Carrie from Sex and the City, Manolo Blahnik has announced that he will be joining the fashion elite for the first time at this September’s London Fashion Week, showcasing his 2014 S/S collection.
Still leading the way in both mechanisms and design, Longines this year celebrates its 181st anniversary
Swiss watchmaking powerhouse Longines is a label of firsts. From record-breaking navigational achievements to the world’s oldest trademark, the first LCD display and official timekeeping duties for sporting events as grand as the French Open, F1 and the Olympics, this classic luxury brand is widely acknowledged as a leader in many fields.
Annoushka Ducas is the founder and creator of Annoushka, a fine jewellery collection. Launched in July 2009 the predominantly 18ct gold collection embodies Annoushka’s lifelong obsession with romance and her Russian heritage encapsulated in irreverent designs with a whimsical, fairy-tale quality. Her designs are adored by many a celebrity including the Duchess of Cambridge!
Having begun her jewellery design career in 1980’s Hong Kong, Ducas returned to the UK where she subsequently founded the hugely successful Links of London along with her husband and partner John Ayton – an impressive accolade I’m sure you’ll agree.
Dive in with an authentic timepiece that suits all your safety and aesthetic desires with our selection of serious dive watches (for depths of 100m or more) . We searched deep and found the best water-gear, bar none, which are functional and flipping fabulous for the ultimate wet look!