LACOSTE footwear Tribute Collection, 1927

The tribute collection that started last Winter continues for SS12 with a range of shoes that take us back to the sporting era of 1927 and René Lacoste’s high flying career. The four styles [pictured left and below] all feature seven stars on the tongue tabs in reference to René’s grand slam victories. With a love for hi-tops, our favourites certainly have to be the white Byront mid’s – sophisticated and understated but with a slick profile – much like the sport itself.
With the tournaments on at the moment, everyone is very much in Wimbledon fever. Whether it’s for centre court or Pimm’s on the hillside, everyone’s jumping on the wagon this year. At least you can take a piece of the Tribute Collection away now as the SS12 range is conveniently available online at We’re also loving the images of shoes – some great photography here that really does the footwear justice. Perhaps even René himself would be rather proud – if he could take his eyes of the likes of Sharapova of course.
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Molton Brown Releases “Londinium” Fragrance

In celebration of all things London, Molton Brown have just released their brand new fine fragrance “Londinium”. This limited edition release continues the brand’s unisex “Navigations Through Scent” collection and from a tried-and-tested point of view – we highly recommend the latest addition. Described as a capital blend, its spicy notes but delicate nature makes for a perfect balance and therefore a great option for any day-to-night transitions – certainly something most Londoners would be suited to.
For those who care – top notes of wild juniper and bergamot set the refreshing side of Londinium, whilst oakmoss and myrrh hold the base down low. Though this is a unisex fragrance, the malt and woody aromas really take charge and it’s actually a pretty masculine fragrance – so it’s something we can definitely get on board with. Its masculinity in our opinion may discourage certain significant others who might consider stealing it on the basis that it’s unisex. Plus at 35KD we can bet that a couple of you [some of us included] might feel obliged to count every spray.
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Bell & Ross to Launch the Heure Sautante Watch

Luxury timepiece masters Bell & Ross are set to release the Heure Sautante watch in June. To you and us that simply means that they are bringing out yet another immaculate piece of engineering. The brand are known for their Bond-like styles inspired by the extreme professional lives of aviators and mariners alike. However this year, their Swiss craftsmanship has been put toward a vintage WW1 style that is ultimately – pardon the pun – timeless.
Reading the watch on the other hand is less of a classic approach with the hours displayed in a large fixed aperture and the minutes are numerically blank. It’s minimal to say the least but we love this contemporary take for the option in pink-gold [pictured left]. A sapphire crystal face comes as standard – just to really pounce on the elegance of it all. There’s also the option in platinum [pictured below] that features the same classic construction and alligator leather strap but with more of a modern face.

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Swarovski Releases the Octea Abyssal Watch

Swarovski have released a sporty option into their men’s watch collection. These styles are suited to the guy with an active lifestyle and one who doesn’t want to compromise on quality with premium features like Swiss mechanical movement with automatic winding. A black ceramic exterior really shows that these timepieces mean business, protected with scratch resistant, non-reflective sapphire glass – but of course. There’s a guaranteed water resistance of up to 200 metres with it’s water-tight stainless steal casing so it can handle even extreme leisure activities. Colour choices come in orange [pictured left], black and silver-tone [pictured below]. The latter is certainly the favourite  with impeccable craftsmanship and a truly masculine style that could suit most occasions with its versatility. Plus it’s also the cheaper of the trio so really it’s win win – of course this is just our opinion.
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Swarovski Debut Watch Collection

With an already jam-packed year of brand collaborations we’ve also got a small archive of début collections to add to the list. One that certainly caught our eyes was Swarovski’s venture into the world of timepieces and, as expected, there is some serious wrist bling here – of the refined kind of course. The brand introduced jewellery for men in 2010 and a natural progression appears to now be in the form of  some really sharp and modern watches. They’re slick but classic and we wouldn’t have expected anything less from the Austrian masterminds – they’ve certainly got us saving the pennies for this one.
As Daniel Swarovski once said: “always improve that which is already good”, you can see from the collection that the brand’s expertise with precision has marred almost too well with the talents of Swiss watch-makers. The end result of these modern-classic timepieces is impressive enough, yet the thought of stepping up their game again has already got us itching for the next collection. Impatience is a virtue.
The “Piazza Grande” in it’s automatic form – captured in the above images – is a real winner of craftsmanship. Powered by its own mechanical winding function, which you can see is visible from the back, this watch is a further investment in time with its battery-free capability – so you should be good for a few decades at least. Aside from being technologically advanced, it features only the best specifications and details such as scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass as well as black faceted ceramic [by the dial]. Of course you’ve got your satin-polished stainless steel – standard. However we have got to take a minute to appreciate a bit of navy, a colour often overlooked, but as demonstrated by this style on the right – it’s pretty frickin’ awesome. It retails at £670 so you might have to put that holiday on hold or start dropping hints in time for Father’s Day. Once you feel that blue calf-skin leather on your wrist you’ll know that it’s worth it. Though you’ll have to be extra vigilant against those green-eyed monsters from the likes of us less fortunate folk. Got the time sir?
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