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1 | Atelier Versace’s new unisex fragrance line will have you (and your SO) smelling like a million bucks
Gender specific fragrances? Passé. Atelier Versace’s new collection of luxe scents doesn’t concern itself with your gender: It just wants to make you smell good.
The line drops with six perfumes that rang from fresh and floral to mysterious and woody. Each of them come with gorgeously evocative names, too: Éclat de Rose sounds just as poetic as the velvety notes of Moroccan Rose Centifolia flowers and amber in it, while Figue Blanche provides a breezy prelude to its fresh notes of fig and Italian mandarin. And it just so happens that the structural, Medusa-capped gold bottles make for a handsome accent to any dressing table as well.
2 | Zenith’s new Chronomaster 2 will remind you why the El Primero movement is the one to beat
50 years on and Zenith’s El Primero remains the most precise series-made chronograph capable of measuring short times to the nearest 10th of a second. But more than just a mean feat of engineering, the El Primero was also the first-ever automatic chronograph.
To celebrate the El Primero’s golden anniversary, Zenith has launched the Chronomaster 2, a limited edition series of just 250 titanium watches.
The timepiece features an entirely redesigned movement that pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the El Primero. It also comes with an improved power reserve of a minimum of 60 hours — which means it can go an entire weekend without needing to be rewound.
But not all of the changes are under the hood. The Chronomaster 2 comes with some slick new updates, including a star-shaped oscillating weight with satin finishing.
3 | Relive 70 years of Dior’s history through the lens of famed photographer Peter Lindbergh in his posthumous book
The fashion world is full of great house-and-photographer pairs. Dior and Peter Lindbergh was one of them. Lindbergh, who passed away in September, was one of the house’s closest collaborators — so it’s only fitting that they publish a book celebrating both his memory and the indelible work he produced for Dior.
Dior/Lindbergh says it all. The two-volume work covers 70 years of fashion history in Dior’s inimitable style, and also includes hundreds of shots and creations from the Maison as captured by Lindbergh over the last 30 years, as published in magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair.
It even includes his ambitious last work with Dior, which involved transporting over 80 archival looks from the house’s temperature-controlled archives in France to be shot on the streets of New York in 2018.
4 | The new Leica SL2 is for serious shutterbugs and beginners alike
It’s not often a camera can be said to appeal to both diehard photographers and casual users alike, but the Leica SL2 neatly straddles both worlds — and how. Its streamlined, intuitive design helps photographers concentrate on the creative process without getting caught up with button-fiddling, but it doesn’t sacrifice picture quality in the least.
It’s even found an ardent fan in veteran photographer Steve McCurry, the man who shot ‘Afghan Girl’, the iconic photograph of a girl with piercing green eyes.
“To me, there was no comparison,” says McCurry. “Everything seemed really logical and very simple to use. But the main reason, really, was this incredible, unbelievable picture quality. You really have to see it to believe it!”
To see just what McCurry’s talking about, head down to the Leica Galerie at the Raffles Hotel Arcade to see his exhibition.
China runs now till January 14.
5 | Travel Through Time With The Hour Glass’ 40th Anniversary Exhibition
Purveyor of luxurious timepieces The Hour Glass celebrates its 40th birthday this year, and to mark the occasion, they’re holding a fascinating exhibition that invites viewers to explore their relationship with the past, present, and future. Then Now Beyond transforms the entirety of Malmaison by The Hour Glass, with the store’s 8,000 sqft space rejuvenated by the Milan-based JoAnn Tan Studio. International artists were also commissioned to create unique Objets D’Art pertaining to the theme, as selected by a committee helmed by Sir David Adjaye OBE, international watch specialist Mr Aurel Bacs and Group Managing Director of The Hour Glass Mr Michael Tay.
Of course, the exhibition wouldn’t be complete without some commemorative wrist candy. The commemorative edition watches developed with longtime partners of The Hour Glass will also be on show, including a special edition of Chopard’s Happy Sport, and De Bethune’s special take on its gorgeous Steel Wheels Blue.
Then Now Beyond will be held at Malmaison by The Hour Glass from November 23 till the end of January.
6 | A Family Day with St. Regis Polo Generations 2019
You might have gone horseriding before, but have you ever followed it up with a sumptuous asado (Argentinian barbeque) and tango? That’s the pitch for the Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre’s family day on November 23. The event is organised by Colts Polo & Riding Academy with the support of the Embassy of Argentina in Singapore, hence the South American flair.
Aside from three polo tournaments taking place on that day — namely The Colts Cup for children, The St. Regis Polo Generations Cup for families, and high-goal The Ambassador’s Cup for the pros — there will also be a fundraiser for the VIVA Foundation for Children with Cancer. Riding some horses, enjoying some cultural cuisine, and doing some good while you’re at it: Now that sounds like our idea of the perfect weekend.
Visit Eventbrite to book your tickets.