Hermès Arceau Awooooo Watch

When you cry ‘wolf ’, it appears on the dial of the new Arceau Awooooo ! watch. Crafted in enamel, the silver-furred animal stands out against a starstudded backdrop featuring a slim moon crescent. This miniature scene is beautifully framed by a white gold case and a matte graphite alligator strap.

A new character in the bestiary designed by Alice Shirley, the Arceau watch now calls “Awooooo!” with its motif initially created for a line of men’s scarves. The fascinating yet feared white wolf of myths and fairy stories emerges from the woods, gloriously wild and depicted in miniature on an enamel-painted dial.

In reproducing the refined original design, the wolf and its star-studded background spring to life by dint of meticulous workmanship. The artisan crafts both sides of the transparent white enamel dial, then carefully polishes it to achieve a perfectly smooth surface. The outlines of the motif are then traced and, using an extremely fine brush, various enamel powders are applied mixed with natural oils. Then come several successive stages of coatings, interspersed with drying and firing in the oven, before the painting takes shape in all its magnificent realism.

Using a graphic style and subtle shades of grey, the animal is shown in its natural, essentially nocturnal way of life. A starry night and a slim moon crescent also evoke the cycle of nature, within which the predator plays an essential role. The overall tone matches the white gold case, whose round shape topped by stirrup-shaped lugs houses a Manufacture Hermès movement.

Fitted with a matte graphite alligator strap, its classic design imagined 40 years ago by Henri d’Origny accentuates the elegance of this eight-piece limited edition.

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Numbered limited edition of 8
DIAL
White gold base enamelled using the miniature painting technique.
Awooooo motif from a Hermès scarf designed by the artist Alice Shirley
CASE
Round, 41 mm in diameter in 750 white gold (≈ 52 g)
Anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back / Water-resistant to 3 bar
21 mm interhorn width
STRAP
Matte graphite alligator with a 750 white gold pin buckle (≈ 5.34 g), 17 mm
MOVEMENT
Manufacture Hermès H1837 movement/ Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made
26 mm in diameter, 3.7 mm thick / 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
50-hour power reserve / Circular-grained and snailed mainplate
Bridges and oscillating weight satin-brushed and adorned with a sprinkling of Hs,
Hermès Paris engraving.
FUNCTIONS
Hours, minutes

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Hermès / David Marchon

Chinese New Year 2019

Chinese New Year officially begins today on February 5th, 2019, and ends on February 19th. Also known as the «Spring Festival» in modern Mainland China, it is the country’s most important traditional festival and beginning of a new Chinese animal zodiac cycle: the year of the Pig.

Those born during the Chinese zodiac year of the pig are pleasant, polite and have good taste. They are perfectionists that appreciate the most beautiful things, they help others and are great companions as long as you don’t cross them, so be careful! They are smart, always on the search for knowledge and exclusivity. Unfortunately, pig years are also believed to be the most unlucky for people born in previous years of the Pig.

Prada presents Prada Wonderland, a new and exclusive pop-up installation at the prestigious Galaxy Macau, open until 10 March 2019 on the occasion of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

 Luxury brands are all on board for Lunar New Year. The festivities rank high in China – a market where consumers still pay full price for expensive wares. According to a report by Bain & Company, China represents «32% of the global luxury consumption

Here are the best limited edition collections by the big names of the luxury industry to celebrate Chinese New Year:


DODO
This new limited edition piglet charm is just too cute. For a limited time only, you can shop the pig-shaped pendant in 18kt yellow gold and red enamel with black cord included.

DIESEL
To celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, Diesel introduces a 9-piece premium limited edition capsule collection that is sold globally.

MOSCHINO
Porky Pig and Petunia Pig are the stars of a fun and glamorous limited edition, created especially for one of the most important traditional Chinese festivities.

LANVIN
For the S/S 2019 Pre-Collection, Lanvin is paying tribute to the Lunar New Year with an exclusive capsule collection. Lanvin is celebrating the year of the pig, a cute and curvaceous mascot, with a selection of lucky charm accessories adorned with «pig» embroidery studded with dazzling jewels, perfect for gifting and collecting alike.

GUCCI
The Italian fashion house celebrates the Year of the Pig with a special collection of ready-to-wear and accessories featuring three playful designs including a print of Walt Disney’s cartoon characters, the ‘Three Little Pigs’. Shot by Frank Lebon, a special editorial shoot features tiny piglets with their human friends captured inside richly decorated apartments and walking the streets of New York City.

LOUIS VUITTON
Inspired by the Chinese zodiac, the Superstition square features these twelve symbols playfully illustrated with iconic House motifs. The center is decorated with a large LV Circle, layered over Monogram Flowers and surrounded by the creatures.

MARNI
The small piglet, symbol of the new Marni Capsule Collection, comes from an imaginary universe dedicated to the Chinese New Year: a range of accessories for her and a new original version of Big Foot sneakers pay homage to the twelfth protagonist of the Chinese horoscope, as well as the sign’s cheerful and dreamy character.

PANERAI
For the Chinese Year of the Pig, Panerai presents an 88-piece limited edition Luminor Sealand. The cover is hand-decorated by master engravers using the sparsello technique.

VACHERON CONSTANTIN
For its Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Pig Watch in 18K Pink Gold, the Swiss watchmaker uses enameling, gems-setting and other artistic aspects of watchmaking.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Jo Malone Vitamin E Travel Kit

Getaways are good for the soul – and with JO MALONE‘s Vitamin E Travel Kit in tow, they’re also good for your skin. Soften, soothe and help protect with four cult classics: the revitalising Body Treatment Scrub (30ml), the nourishing Body Balm (30ml), the hydrating Hand Treatment (30ml) and the Restorative Gel (3ml). All just the right size for taking with you, wherever you go.


Vitamin E Travel Kit CHF 79.-

Available for a limited time only. In Switzerland at Jelmoli Zurich, Globus Zurich, Globus Glatt, Globus Bellevue, Globus Lucerne, Globus Geneva, Globus Lausanne and Hyazinth in Basel.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of @JoMaloneLondon #TimeForMe

Meet Your New Crush

Ready to meet your new crush?
Make the first swipe with Bobbi Brown’s NEW Crushed Liquid Lip.

The look of a liquid lipstick meets the comfortable feel of a balm and the plumped-up sheen of a gloss. Created with a superfruit blend featuring cranberry, blueberry and raspberry extracts, this emollient-rich, full-coverage formula glides on with pure color pigments and offers nourishing comfort and moisture—both instantly and over time.

Available in 14 shades from now: Smoothie Move – Hippy Shake – Lychee Baby – Peach & Quiet – Give a Fig – Juicy Date – Haute Cocoa – Main Squeeze – Cherry Crush – Cool Beets – Mango Mood – Big Apple Bitter Sweet – In a Jam

Crushed Liquid Lip CHF 32.00 each.

My advice is to double the crush! Use the new Crushed Liquid Lip together with Bobbi’s Crushed Lip Colour. Two irresistible formulas to fall for – because one Crushed Lip is never enough…

Great for testing: Mini Crushed Lip Color Kit.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown
#CrushedLiquidLip #BobbiBrownCH #Agency_Q

Trending S/S 2019: The Espadrille Bag

The must-have accessory for summer is definitely a lust-worthy pair of espadrilles. This S/S 2019 season, you can combine it with the most amazing tote bags that get an update by being set on an espadrille-style woven and rubber base.

Below are this season’s prettiest styles designed by the most coveted designers, shop the pieces ahead to add the finishing touch to your sunny-day look.

LoL, Sandra

Espadrille striped suede tote bag by Altuzarra

Espadrille suede tote bag by Altuzarra

Loulou Toy leather and jute-trimmed quilted printed cotton shoulder bag by Saint Laurent

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Gate leather bucket bag by Loewe

Espadrille small tote bag by Altuzarra

Vintage espadrille chain shoulder bag by Chanel

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Hublot Big Bang Paraíba

For the first time ever, a watchmaker has decorated a watch with the turquoise brilliance of a cuprian elbaite. Hublot has electrified its Big Bang with the naturally vibrant and intense colours of the Paraíba Tourmaline, a stone whose rarity can only be fully appreciated when learning that, on average, a single Paraíba Tourmaline is mined for every 10,000 diamonds.

With its unique colour, this stone has fascinated jewellers since it was first discovered in 1989 in the Brazilian state of Paraíba. Its rarity makes it more expensive than traditional precious stones such as diamonds, emeralds and rubies. The secret of this magnetic stone’s colour lies in its fusion of gold, manganese and copper; an incandescent glow seems to illuminate the stone from within.

Certified by the world’s largest gemmological laboratories, the Paraíba Tourmalines set into Hublot’s Big Bang are mined from the Rio Grande region of Brazil. Thanks to its long-term partnership with Pierre Salanitro, Hublot benefits from an exclusive agreement with a mine that operates in an environmentally sustainable way, and complies fully with local and international governing ethics. The mine strives to preserve the earth that yields this unique material, and is committed to reforestation of the region, only using clean water for its extraction operations to prevent soil pollution.

While the Paraíba Tourmaline is an extremely rare stone, certain cuts are more exclusive than others. One such example is the baguette cut, which requires stones of a perfectly uniform colour. This is why five times more raw material was required for the initial stone selection, and also why, when each stone was baguette-cut, only 70% of these could be set – 30% were rejected due to breakage or insufficiently uniform quality or colour. This stone, more fragile than emerald, requires considerable expertise and dexterity both to cut and to set, and the process can take up to three times longer than that for a diamond.

A blue that radiates green, a turquoise reminiscent of a blue lagoon whose depth is enhanced by sunshine, the colour of a Paraíba Tourmaline changes thanks to its extreme sensitivity to light. A watch you can’t take your eyes off, that almost invites you to dive in.

The Hublot Big Bang Paraíba is available in 4 models.

Big Bang Unico Paraíba – 45 mm
In white gold or King Gold (a Hublot alloy of 18K gold with copper and platinum), the Big Bang Unico Paraíba invites you to dive into the lucid waters of its 48 baguette-cut and 388 brilliant-cut stones. Its transparency extends to the skeletonised UNICO HUB1242 manufacture movement, whose gear trains and column wheel on the dial side are all visible.

Big Bang One Click Paraíba – 39 mm
Featuring a bezel set with 48 baguette-cut Paraíba Tourmalines, a 39-mm case adorned with 129 brilliant-cut Paraíba Tourmalines, a sunray dial picked out with 11 brilliant-cut Paraíba Tourmalines, SuperLuminova-filled hands and a patented One Click interchangeable strap in alligator sewn onto rubber, the Big Bang Paraíba radiates the turquoise hues of this rarest of stones. Available in white gold or King Gold (a Hublot alloy of 18K gold with copper and platinum), it beats to the rhythm of a HUB1710 self-winding mechanical movement with the date at 3 o’clock and a power reserve of 50 hours.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Hublot

My Look: Happy Birthday

On my birthday, I love being surrounded by my close girlfriends who surprised me with a spontaneous birthday lunch. Honestly I should call it all-day-lunch as we went on until 6.30pm! I feel blessed to have such amazing women in my life. Thank you to everyone who made my day so special!

My look: Stokes geometric faux-fur coaticon by Mary Katrantzou, pleated jacquard-knit wool-blend skirticonlong sleeve top, and eyelet-embellished leather waist belt, all by Alaïaicon, Cardinale stretch-suede knee boots by Dolce & Gabbanabead and acetate clip earrings by Oscar de la Renta, «16» bag by Celine, necklace, brooch and bracelet, all by Chanel.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Happy Birthday

I am thinking of all of you on my birthday today and I am hoping that all the happiness you have given to me during all these years of writing my blog will return to you. Wishing you a happy day!

May today be filled with friendship, laughter, and lots of amazing surprises.

LoL, Sandra

Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht

Louis Vuitton Horizon Earphones

Louis Vuitton has entered the audio market with a collection of unique wireless earphones,
featuring cutting-edge technology.

The Louis Vuitton Horizon earphones are inspired by the House’s visual universe and come
in four colourway: black, white and red Monogram or yellow and blue LV stripes.

The architecture of the charging case harmoniously mirrors the shape of the Tambour Horizon watch with its contemporary, concave lines. Available in white for the Louis Vuitton Horizon White Monogram earphones and black for the other three finishes, the charging case provides the earphones with a total of 10 hours of battery life.

A single charge will give 3.5 hours of listening time. The volume is adjusted directly on one of the earphones, giving you the freedom to communicate and listen to playlists on the go, making them ideal for both everyday commutes and longer journeys.

The Louis Vuitton Horizon earphones have one of the best audio qualities ever achieved in the field, using a system developed by specialist Master & Dynamic.
This new Louis Vuitton-designed lifestyle accessory works with all Bluetooth© devices, as well as with the Tambour Horizon smart watch.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton

Mary Katrantzou 10 Year Anniversary Party

Today is MARY KATRANTZOU‘s birthday and with this post I want to congratulate my dear friend who also happens to be one of my favorite designers. From her first presentation, I have been collecting her outstanding designs and I am proud of my extensive collection. It’s hard to believe that it’s a decade since her designs made their catwalk debut as part of the annual Central Saint Martins MA graduate show. Her digital trompe-l’oeil prints of oversized jewellery placed on colour-block dresses were an instant hit and her label is one of London’s most loved. Since then, she has constantly evolved. The so-called «Queen of Prints» surprises me each season how she masters print and plays with proportions.

Princess Beatrice of York, Mary Katrantzou, my humble self and Federica Fanari

On top of her talent, Mary is an amazing woman, so warm-hearted – it is always so much fun spending time with her. Therefore, I hopped on the plane in the beginning of October to attend her 10 Year Anniversary Party at MATCHESFASHIONicon‘s newly opened retail space at 5 Carlos Place in London.

To celebrate the occasion, a limited edition collection was exclusively launched on MATCHESFASHION.COMicon. The capsule features 10 iconic looks from past collections, all reissued for this exclusive collaboration. And needless to say, I have most of the featured pieces in my closet. Here are a few examples:

Left: Caramolengo jewel-print silk dress (click here for the post from September 2011)
Right: Serendipity print crepe and chiffon mini dress icon(click here for the post from June 2011)icon

Left: Harp Hazzard printed silk-satin gown (click here for the previous post from May 2012)
iconRight: Powdy printed silk mini dress (click here for the previous post from December 2012)

Part of the exhibition: my beloved Jewel Tree dress from Mary’s F/W 2011 collection that I wore to her launch event with Longchamp at Collette in January 2012.

So divine: Mary Katrantzou S/S 2019

Also Mary’s S/S 2019 collection is celebrating 10 years of her eponymous label. It explores the urge to collect, catalogue and organise, infused with themes and motifs from Mary’s decade of designing. A collection of collections! Among the highlights is a dress inspired by her perfume-bottle dress from her first London fashion week collection.

Below you can enjoy some of my impressions from this amazing event. Amazing people gathered together from the world of art and fashion to celebrate our beloved Mary.

Favorite editor: Sarah Mower

With my lovely Federica Fanari

With another great designer Mira Mikati

Mary Katrantzou framed by Jasmine Hemsley and Candice Lake

With Mary Katranzou and jewellery designer Eugenie Niarchos (Venyx)

Girls in Mary: Magdalena Gabriel and me

Sandra Choi of Jimmy Choo

With Juliet Angus

The beautiful night ended at Annabel’s which is my favorite club in London… here with my gorgeous Brazilian friend Polyana Santos.

A little thank you note with lots of memories I made for Mary!

«The next decade,» Mary said, «is about taking the brand DNA and allowing men and women to buy into it in different ways, whether it’s homeware, jewellery or accessories.» No matter the medium, I am looking forward to having more Mary in my life!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MATCHESFASHION and © Sandra Bauknechticon