OMEGA: The watches worn from the trenches to Dunkirk

The CK2129 – As worn by Tom Hardy in Dunkirk

The CK2129 was the most commonly worn OMEGA timepiece for RAF personnel in the early days of the Second World War. Its unique rotating bezel was highly valuable for pilots and navigators during missions as it enabled the timing of specific intervals. On bombing raids, for example, these timing intervals became crucial. The rotating bezel could also be locked by the watch’s 2nd crown, so that the timing couldn’t be affected by accidental knocks. The newly released film “Dunkirk”, directed by Christopher Nolan, has correctly placed this model on the wrist of Tom Hardy’s RAF character. 2,000 of the models had been delivered to the MoD at the start of the war. The watch was made to be particularly easy to read, which is why it featured a contrasting cream dial with clear Arabic numerals and poire hands.

The CK2444 – The Waterproof Watch

 Towards the end of World War II, as warfare moved towards the Pacific Ocean, another OMEGA watch came into service. The CK2444 became known for its superb water resistance. In fact, the MoD gave it the w.w.w engraving on the caseback, which stood for “Waterproof Wrist Watch”. There was also a Broad Arrow marking on the dial and caseback which was typical of the British military.
The UK/CK2292 – The Spitfire Watch

As the war progressed, OMEGA delivered even more models to the MoD. The UK/CK2292 is perhaps the most famous and most widely used of all. These watches were supplied to the majority of RAF and Fleet Air Arm personnel. Inside was the innovative 30mm calibre, which had set numerous world precision records at observatory trials. It was far more resistant to magnetism due to a new alloy used in creating the balance spring. This greatly served the pilots flying the Hurricanes and Spitfires, who were sitting just two feet behind a huge magnetic field within their powerful engines.

 

BALLY Men’s Classic Boots

Combining contemporary design and traditional craftsmanship, Bally launched a range of Autumn Winter men’s boots which suitable for different occasions. These ingenuity of design includes formal, metropolitan and hiking boots, demonstrates functionality and elegance. Taking inspiration from our heritage in hiking, the Medison hiking boot features a supple calf leather upper with luxurious burnished finishing that gives these boots a luxurious patina. The leather sole features the ‘Sparta’ rubber grip lends a distinct grip for trekking, and a lace-up fastening allows for a more personalised fit. The Bally Stripe sits discreetly to the rear of the shoe for an additional hint of chic. The Charls hiking boot is a reinvention of a classic Bally style made famous by the first Everest pioneers. Expertly hand-crafted in calf leather, this contemporary version is styled with an urbane aesthetic courtesy of its bold stitched upper and sturdy rubber sole which injected with ‘Sparta’ formation for grip and durability. Inside, the Charls is lined in oak-tone leather and padded at the collar for all-day comfort, even during the longest city expeditions. Simple and sophisticated with a twist, the Bronxon boot is made from a distinct calf leather that has been expertly finished with a leather sole. Brogue-like perforated detailing sits atop the toe, heel and sides of this boot, making it the best option for the day-to-day. With elasticated side paneling and a rubber sole, the Mileto boot adds a distinct comfort to the classic menswear staple. A rear Bally Stripe heel tab allows for easy wear, and the luxe calf leather upper adds a sophisticated finish.

A History of The Bally Hiking Boot
On May 29 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary was one of the first climbers to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. His companion, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, the most knowledgeable man of the mountain, was Sir Edmund’s climber of choice, having previously saved his life in earlier expeditions. It was Tenzing, wearing his Bally crafted Reindeer-Himalaya boots, who was photographed by Sir Edmund at the summit. The latter refused to be photographed by Tenzing – a testament to the spirit and bond they shared. These boots, which can be seen today at the Bally Museum in Switzerland, featured the ‘Sparta’ grip, invented by Bally in the late 1920s specifically for hiking and heavy winter boots. Its thickness and sharply cut profile with three-pronged design, gave the boots a good grip in all directions. A new development in the consistency of the rubber assured that the sole didn’t harden in cold weather and therefore didn’t become slippery. Decades later, the same innovative ‘Sparta’ grip design is still used for the soles of the brand’s urban hiking boots. From the steps that took Sir Edmund Hillary and his trusted climbing companion Sherpa Tenzing Norgay to the top of Mount Everest, whatever your adventure, make each step count with Bally boots this season.

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MICHAEL KORS ACCESS EXPANDS WITH NEW SMARTWATCHES, NEW APPS, NEW FACES AND NEW MARKETS

Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS), a global luxury fashion brand, is pleased to announce a host of new products and initiatives designed to further the growth and excitement generated by last fall’s launch of MICHAEL KORS ACCESS, the brand’s line of smartwatches and activity trackers.

“It’s clear to me that the future of fashion will combine great design, personal style and innovative technology,” says Michael Kors, “and the amazing response to MICHAEL KORS ACCESS has confirmed that that future is now. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this next generation of smartwatches and hybrids.”

Of special note:

  • THE INTRODUCTION OF TWO NEW TOUCHSCREEN SMARTWATCHES:

THE SOFIE, FOR WOMEN, AND THE GRAYSON, FOR MEN

These additions to the smartwatch line feature updated software, a dazzling AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) touchscreen display, and are designed, like the ongoing Bradshaw and Dylan styles, for the customer who wants it all: technological innovation, social connectivity and great style.

 

The sleek and feminine Sofie features a thin, lightweight case body with a pavé bezel and a full round display. It will be offered in eight different plating-and-bracelet combinations, with seven quick-release interchangeable strap options.

The Grayson, made to complement the 24/7 lifestyle of the modern man, combines luxury with sporty good looks, and has a full-round dial with a rotating crown for quick scrolling. It will be offered in gold-tone, stainless steel, and blue and black ion-plate, with four interchangeable strap options.

Like all MICHAEL KORS ACCESS wearables, the Sofie and the Grayson are compatible with both Android™ and iOS® phones thanks to cutting edge technology made possible through a partnership with Google and the Android Wear™ 2.0 smartwatch platform. They feature the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100 system-on-a-chip.

  • A SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION OF MENS SMARTWATCHES

Michael Kors believes that men’s smartwatches represent an important opportunity for the future. In addition to the new touchscreen smartwatch, the brand is also introducing two new hybrid smartwatch styles for men and expanding the existing Gage hybrid assortment. Together, these new options will offer the Michael Kors man a broad range of exceptional-looking smartwatch designs enhanced with the fitness tracking, sleep tracking and notifications he finds most useful.

 

  • THE EVOLUTION OF THE MICHAEL KORS ACCESS MICRO APP

The next iteration of the app will feature exciting, socially driven functionality, as well as new customizable digital watch faces. My Social is a feature that allows the user to link to her or his Instagram account and set a personal post photo as a watch face. The app allows you to scroll through your Instagram feed, select a favorite image, and even apply filters, creating a watch face that’s as personal as your life. By the end of 2017, the brand will have released 15 new digital watch faces, all with multiple customizable elements.

 

  • THE LAUNCH OF MICHAEL KORS ACCESS IN NEW GLOBAL MARKETS

The brand will be launching its wearable technology line in a number of new markets in 2017, including Mainland China, Brazil and many others.

 

“MICHAEL KORS ACCESS display smartwatches have been extremely popular choices for users who wish to wear watches that are both stylish and functional,” says David Singleton, Vice President of Android Engineering, Google. “We’re very excited to continue the partnership with Michael Kors to create beautiful new devices that let people express their style while staying connected through the latest features of Android Wear 2.0.”

 

“When we launched, we stated that we would grow our wearable technology line by listening closely to our customers,” says John Idol, Chairman and CEO of Michael Kors. “They have made it clear that they love being connected, love the ease of notifications from their favorite apps, and can never get enough customization. We’re pleased to be introducing exceptional new smartwatches and software that deliver on those fronts and others, and in more markets than ever.”

 

MICHAEL KORS ACCESS touchscreen smartwatches start at $3,550 HKD. Hybrid smartwatches start at $3,000 HKD. Activity trackers start at $950 HKD. All are available in Michael Kors stores, MichaelKors.com and select department and specialty stores.

 

BERLUTI AND OLIVER PEOPLES CREATE AN EXCLUSIVE EYEWEAR COLLECTION

 


Today Berluti and Oliver Peoples announced a collaboration of exclusive eyewear to be launched in stores for Spring 2017. The collection will be sold only in the Berluti and Oliver Peoples boutiques as well as exclusive eyewear retailers and department stores around the world.

The partnership between Berluti and Oliver Peoples was a natural fit. Like Berluti ready-to- wear and leather goods, Oliver Peoples sunglasses are imbued with a distinctive aesthetic and culture. Both houses share a love of heritage, authenticity and craft – not to mention a complete obsession with detail.

Building on their common values and aesthetics, the collaboration comprises three masculine sunglass designs as well as a limited edition style that truly embodies the know- how of both houses.


The Oliver Peoples pour Berluti collection

The three new sunglass designs feature intricate detailing inspired by Berluti signature elements. The rich, tonal patina of Berluti emblematic Venezia leather – St Emilion, Indigo Denim, Tobacco Bis, Nero Grigio and Nero Verde – are color matched in custom created, subtle patterned acetates. Leather is finely outlined in antiqued or brushed metal on a custom, exclusive end piece plaque, the shape inspired by the UN JOUR bag details.

Named for the streets in Paris and London where Berluti boutiques are located, the three Oliver Peoples pour Berluti styles are complemented by a limited edition leather-front sunglass offering a well-rounded collaboration.

Rue Marbeuf (5 colors): Inspired by Andy Warhol, this rounded shape with a defined top line perfectly pairs the quintessential vintage aesthetic of Oliver Peoples and the rich materials and color palette of Berluti.

Rue de Sèvres (5 colors): The juxtaposition of an oversized yet tailored front with thin, streamlined lightweight temples makes this sunglass a distinctive look. A striking design with a straight top line, this frame evokes bold elegance.

Conduit Street (5 colors): A classic pilot shape is detailed with refined elements emphasizing a contrast of materials. The streamlined metal frame includes a sophisticated single top bridge with inlaid leather and lightweight acetate temples.

Sheldrake Leather – Special Edition (2 colors)
The Berluti man loves to push classic codes yet wear his own style statement. Berluti and Oliver Peoples unveils an iconic design created in a special limited edition. The Berluti x Oliver Peoples Sheldrake is embellished with a thinly layered leather front created using an exclusive new technique. Available in Brown leather with Nero Grigio acetate or Black leather with Tobacco Bis acetate.

Each Oliver Peoples pour Berluti style comes with exclusive packaging custom designed for the collaboration.

Suggested Retail Price: From 3,300 – 4,200 HKD

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Bally CNY Collection

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Exquisite Gift

Express your love with our considered range of festive gifts is the perfect way to surprise and delight your beloved ones. For him, leather shoes and trainers accompany everyday accessories, whilst for her, flats, luxury handbags and accessories as a truly beautiful festive gift.

Bally proudly presents the CNY Capsule Collection to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. The collection is crafted with goat skin leather for an extra soft and shiny finish. Featuring an iconic Bally Stripe detail on the exterior and personalized with a rooster motif embossed inside, this is the perfect festive memento. The collection is available in three different styles of wallets and a cardholder. Tasis is the new compact sling bag characterized by a main zipped compartment and a zipped pocket on the front for a quick access to the belongings. A hole for the earphone is positioned on the back side of the bag. It is thought for a man that wants to be practical without losing the beat. The Hingis is the popular carryover collection which is a functional backpack featuring two adjustable straps and a top handle, while the front pocket provides extra storage space. This distinctive piece is characterized by the signature Bally Stripe webbing to its exterior. Completed with durable leather base, it gives an extra touch of luxury to this contemporary design. Maze Wallet, a stylish-yet-discreet addition to any Bally man´s day. The Bally B is printed on this graphic maze calf leather wallet. The embossed leather interior is supported by eight card slips and lined cash slips, with exterior metal Bally logo detailing finished the piece in a subtle manner. The black grained leather of the Lyelsen Wallet is offset by our signature Notebook print as a calf leather lining, giving this masculine wallet a unique edge. The interior of the wallet features four card slips on either side and multiple cash sleeves, with a metal Bally logo finished the style with sophistication. The new Moby Shoes features a handmade rubber sole with iconic Bally Stripe details, cemented construction on a sturdy but lightweight rubber sole with a leather welt. It is offered in grained leather and brushed-off shiny bull leather. A lace-up style finishes the piece, allowing for a smart or day-to-day style. As an archetype of contemporary weekend style, this Herald Slip-on Trainer offers seasonal eye-catching Maze prints on nylon material for a summery feel. A rubber sole with camo details offers a lightweight and supreme comfort.

Bally debuts the Suzy bag which inspired by the B-Loved collection. The chain is finished in yellow gold, crafted with

grained calf leather with studs all around to provide a refined elegance. The fold over flap employs the signature ‘B’ as its twist closure. It is finished with an angular pocket in the front for separating personal items, this shoulder bag is ideal for any occasions. Wolfson is the newly introduced printed nylon backpack collection. It features a zipped front pocket and a snap fastener pocket for extra storage, with the seasonal eye-catching Maze print applied. Affording sophisticated luxury with its iconic Dottic leather, this Binney Wallet has an embossed metal Bally logo on the front.

The luxuriously grained calf leather of the Saby zip-around wallet is accompanied by a utilitarian interior which contains eight card slips, two cash slips and a zipped compartment, there is also a separated zipped coin pouch at the back side make this wallet a must for day-to-day carrying. Salder Cardholder is crafted from grained leather lending it a tactile feel and luxurious appearance. Inside a pink leather lining with four card slips and one photo slip for keeping your business contacts neatly organized. The soft style of lamb nappa leather, Livilla Loafer is boasted by its unique Babouche-style back, which tucks down for a modern take on the style.

The slightly raised heel is accented with metal rivets, whilst the foot arch is accompanied by a Bally Stripe detail and logo engraved medal. The shoe is finished with a leather sole, adding to their day-to-day nature when partnered with causal wear alike. Heimberg Slip-on Trainers are ideal for both active and relaxed off-duty days, crafted with luxury shiny metallic lamb nappa leather on a rubber sole, translated the enduring Bally Stripe onto its elasticated panels, these trainers will endure as a mainstay in every casual wardrobe.

 

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PORTS 1961 X EVERLAST CAPSULE COLLECTION

With a reputation for style, quality and excellence, Ports 1961 is excited to announce the unique collaboration with Everlast, the preeminent sportswear and boxing brand made famous by the world’s greatest boxers and actors.

Modish luxury meets functionality in the latest capsule collection. Featured in monochrome, the collection is available in diverse selections from tank top, t-shirt, sweater, jogging pants to hooded cape and bomber jacket.

Menswear Creative Director Milan Vukmirovic has revived his favorite Everlast classics such as the Rocky “hoodie”, along with a host of essentials all adorned with a trademarked Star Camouflage motif.

Unveiled on the catwalk at the runway show that opened Milan Men’s fashion Week in June 2016, this collaboration is a tribute to the fighter inside all of us.

Ports 1961 x Everlast Capsule Collection is now available at Ports 1961 stores in Hong Kong and worldwide.

Shop Details:

Ports 1961 Hong Kong Canton Road Store
116-120 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (+852 2468 1961)

 

Hasselblad X1D and Hasselblad Masters Coffee Table Book

Introducing the Hasselblad X1D camera which would be an ideal gift idea for your upcoming CNY column or even a feature.

Hasselblad, founded in 1941 and trusted by NASA, continues to be a leading manufacturer of medium format cameras and lenses. All products are handmade in Sweden, renowned for their iconic ergonomic design, uncompromising image quality, Swedish craftsmanship and high performance. For over half a century Hasselblad cameras have captured some of the world’s most iconic images – including the first landing on the moon.

The X1D camera was just launched in Hong Kong in celebration of the brand’s 75th anniversary. Please find attached a related press release and the brand introduction.

Another very luxury product is the Hasselblad Masters coffee table book. Hasselblad Masters is one of the world’s most prestigious professional photographic competitions, giving acclaimed professionals and emerging photographers a chance to mark a pinnacle moment in the world of high-end photography. To celebrate Hasselblad’s 75th Anniversary, they received 10,000 entries from professional photographers and 10 winners have been chosen from this competition and presented in this beautiful and luxurious coffee table book. Please find attached press release for more information.

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Shanghai Tang 2016 Christmas Selection

The delicate, simple forms of the gingko leaf and tree, native to China, have been symbols of vitality, peace and love for centuries. Shanghai Tang’s Christmas selection takes the fan-shaped leaf, which turns a bright golden yellow in fall, as it’s main motif for a celebratory season of stylish fashion, accessories and homeware. Clever contrasts of glittering gold and deep, rich blues paint an alluring and regal palette. Along with classic festive reds and auspicious gold, there’s lush fabrics, vivid embroideries, cool ceramics and Art Deco inspired statement jewellery that make for refined living and great gifting this Christmas.

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REBECCA MINKOFF : FALL WINTER 2016 PICKS

Update your winter wardrobe — and recreate REBECCA MINKOFF’s “effortless downtown” looks — with top picks from her latest Fall Winter 2016 collection.

Dress up in new bohemian style, updated classics, tassel flair and studded leather — and, of course, your must-have cross-body bag with a guitar strap.