Words by KC Yap & Justin Ng

OMEGA WINTER WONDERS 2017

It has certainly been a very eventful year for Omega, which celebrated one milestone after another. First was the 1957 Trilogy Limited Editions that paid homage to a trio of professional timepieces launched 60 years ago that would all go on to become absolute classics: Seamaster 300, Railmaster and Speedmaster. They were soon joined by the face-lifted Seamaster Aqua Terra collection, marking Aqua Terra’s 15th anniversary. As we approach Christmas, Omega unveils Winter Wonders 2017 to enrich the lives of our loved ones.

Speedmaster 38mm “Orbis”

Good genes certainly run in the Cindy Crawford household as evident from the good looks of her son Presley Gerber, who recently joined the Omega family, helping to unveil the Speedmaster 38mm “Orbis”. The watch serves as a testament to Omega and Orbit’s effort and commitment to delivering high-level eye care to some of the world’s most remote regions. One of the ways that Omega supports Orbis is by providing a cuddly teddy bear for every young patient who undergoes a life-changing treatment. That comforting touch was the inspiration for the Orbis Teddy Bear design stamped on the caseback of the Speedmaster 38mm “Orbis” watch and the blue central second hand that includes a special Orbis Teddy Bear counter-weight. The Omega Speedmaster 38mm “Orbis” watch features a stainless steel case and bezel with a tachymeter scale on a blue aluminium ring. The sun-brushed blue dial includes horizontal, light blue oval sub-dials and a vertical oval date window at six o’clock. The indices are rhodium plated, while the hands are also rhodium plated or varnished Orbis blue. The watch has a stainless steel bracelet and is driven by the Omega Co-Axial Calibre 3330.

Speedmaster “Blue Side of the Moon”

It may not be a traditional colour for the festive season, but this year, Omega is thinking blue! Inspired by the deep colours of the night sky, the Speedmaster “Blue Side of the Moon” is one of the most stunning ceramic watches on the market. Not to mention, the Speedmaster is one of Omega’s most iconic timepieces, having been part of all six lunar missions. As well as having a blue ceramic case and dial, the tachymeter scale is crafted from Liquidmetal, with the near and far side representations of the moon also created in platinum Liquidmetal and presented on a blue ceramic moonphase disc. The hands and indices are made of 18k white gold and the strap is captivating blue leather. On the inside, the watch includes the Master Chronometer Moonphase calibre 9904, which has been officially certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).

Globemaster Annual Calendar

The Globemaster is already a legendary name in the Omega family. Now it has been updated to become the world’s first Master Chronometer, further enhancing its reputation within the watchmaking industry. For this 41mm model, the stainless steel case features a polished fluted 18k Sedna gold bezel. The caseback includes a Central Observatory medallion set in scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The sun-brushed grey “Pie Pan” dial is reminiscent of the first 1952 Constellation model. Each of its facets includes a month of the year in keeping with the Annual Calendar function. There is an 18k Sedna gold Constellation star and Omega logo, and 18k Sedna gold hands and indices which have been filled with Super-LumiNova. This watch has a brown leather strap and is driven by Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Annual Calendar Calibre 8922, featuring revolutionary anti-magnetic technology.

GRAHAM CHRONOFIGHTER VINTAGE NOSE ART LTD – MERRY

This year, Graham is bringing sexy back to fine watchmaking with a special edition of the Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art LTD sporting a Merry pinup – after all, ‘tis the season to be merry! Limited to just 25 pieces, the timepiece features a racy Santarina, constantly flirting with you from the wrist. Meticulously hand-painted on the dial, Merry ignites festive spirit with 1940s nostalgia and top-of-the-tree horological craftsmanship. The watch is powered by an automatic chronograph G1747 movement, visible through a see-through case back. A day-date window at nine o’clock is ready to handle any sort of calendar countdown. Each piece comes with a hand-sewn blue calf-leather strap, along with a red canvas alternative that will harmonise perfectly with any Santa outfit.

 

SAMSUNG DEX STATION

Ease your chronic multitasker friend’s load with the DeX Station, which provides a simple and seamless mobile to desktop-like experience. All you have to do is dock your Galaxy S8/S8+/Note8 on the DeX Station for an intuitive full-fledged desktop computer experience. This way, you can enjoy all the apps on your phone on a much bigger screen, from games to Microsoft Office, to photo editing software, to media players. Some things are just done more efficiently desktop-style, like sending emails, working on your document, manoeuvring your game character, etc.

GODIVA 2017 CHRISTMAS

To celebrate the joyous season, Godiva launches a myriad of Christmas edition chocolates designed to warm the heart and put a smile on the face. The collection features adorable, childhood characters, such as a cheerful penguin, a roly-poly snowman, and Santa Claus, in three varieties of chocolate – dark, milk and white chocolate. The Christmas Truffle Collection depicts a loved traditional Christmas, individually wrapped in festive foil, each flavour has its own character, promising a surprise in every bite. Shaped just like a present box, the new Christmas Petite Fours collection comes in three delectable flavours to string your hearts together. To make things extra special, Godiva collaborated with Lesley Barnes, an award-winning illustrator and animator based in Glasgow, Scotland to design the elegant Christmas gift boxes. Inspired by the designs of Eastern European and Scandinavian vintage stamps from the 1960s, the artist reveals, “I love vintage Christmas stamps as they remind me of gift-giving and sending postcards during the holidays.”

 IKEA WINTER COLLECTION 2017

Inspired by the rugged beauty of Iceland, the Ikea winter collection lets you add a touch of nature to your home. Here you’ll find a wide range of products in natural materials and warm, muted tones – things that make holiday decoration and gift-giving easier, with a timeless feel that works regardless of the season or occasion. One such example is the Vassad collection of furniture, featuring a graceful blend of ash veneer and metal frames in minimalist style that at once offers a raw and natural look, perfect for any setting. Meanwhile, the Vinter tableware will make even the simplest of meals feel like a festive feast. Its understated design will not only let your delicious cooking shine, but also means it works for any occasion, any theme. A few simple decorative touches is all it takes. Lastly, fill the ambiance with a little fantasy and festive spirit, with decorative lighting from the Strala collection made up of chain lights, Christmas-themed table features, star-shaped lamp shades and snow-inspired chandeliers and candelabra.

  

COACH ROGUE BRIEF

In anticipation of the holiday season, Coach has thoughtfully put together a vibrant range of bags for the modern man on the go, bags that work overtime, yet remain timeless, stylish and fully functional. Among the highlights is the highly versatile Rogue Brief. Crafted in plush glove-tanned pebble leather (available in dark denim, new oxblood and black), it has a slip pocket lined in suede with magnetic snap closure on each side of the bag, and a centre zip compartment tailored to keep your 15” laptop safe and snug. You can either hold it by its rugged handles or attach the all-leather cross-body strap for hands-free convenience. What’s more, with Coach Create, you can even personalise the bag by monogramming it with your initials, or adding a charm. Ringing in the festive season along with the Holiday 2017 collection is a short film directed by music video director Warren Fu, styled by Caroline Newell. Titled Bring on the Joy, it follows models led by Selena Sloan partying from era to era, in style.

VERSACE HOLIDAY 2017

For the upcoming holiday, Versace presents designs that are iconic to the brand, all enhanced with the flawless touch of the Italian craftsmanship, tradition, rich details and materials, resulting in a truly special collection for those with a taste for exuberance. You will find a selection of leather goods with characteristic Versace lettering matched with tropical and baroque references in the Beverly Palm Print collection. This colourful print can be seen across a range of accessories, including document cases and pouches with zip closure, bi-fold wallets, card cases, backpacks and belts with the renowned octagonal Medusa buckle. Meanwhile, the embellished crown motif, inspired by Gianni Versace’s men’s fall/winter 1991 collection, makes a prominent comeback on a velvet backpack and slip-on in reference to the rock and roll attitude of society’s royalty today.

  

MCM 2017 FESTIVE

From understated monograms to fun and whimsical options, the 2017 Festive collection comprises pieces designed for global nomads who value style and functionality equally. Born amid the glamourous heyday of Munich’s jetset in 1976, MCM’s travel collection is made to make travel easier. Inspired by Heritage line, the classic weekender and backpack featuring the brand’s signature Visetos print are both functional and made-to-move. The Dieter Travel range is utilitarian yet fashionable, designed with luxurious, lightweight and waterproof material, perfect for quick getaways over the holiday period. Complete the look with MCM travel wardrobe and accessories.

 

RADO DIAMASTER POWER RESERVE

Rado is presenting a duo of handsome timepieces for gents just in time for the holiday season. Thanks to their high-tech ceramic construction, these timekeepers offer good looks, scratch resistance, light weight and wearer comfort – gifts with both style and substance. The 43mm automatic DiaMaster Power Reserve is crafted in either polished black or plasma high-tech ceramic and features sunray detailing on the dial. The timepiece shines in either black or blue, with the power reserve indicator situated at 9 o’ clock. Engineered to last up to 80 hours between wears, this timekeeper is sure to please any gentleman with a flair for the mechanical.

 

COLE HAAN HOLIDAY 2017

Expressing an elegant collision of tradition and modernity, the Holiday collection updates classic silhouettes with fresh materials and colour palettes to cherish the magic of the festivities and inspire everyone to explore the wonderful world around. For the gents, Cole Haan’s elegant collision of tradition and modernity is expressed in favourites such as the 2.ZerøGrand Laser Wingtip, ZerøGrand Wingtip Oxford and GrandPrø Runner – all are classic, with a festive twist. Using Grand.OS technology, each shoe is designed to include several key parts to provided unrestricted movement, flexibility and comfort. Building upon the success of GrandPrø, Cole Haan also introduces the new GrandPrø Spectator, a court shoe that is nearly one third lighter than the competition for men – allowing you to remain carefree and light afoot throughout the holiday season.

 

BOTTEGA VENETA HOLIDAY 2017

Put together for the modern jetset, the Bottega Veneta gift guide features two distinct colour themes (The Urban Traveller & The Weekender) inspired by the opposite seasons of the northern and southern hemispheres this coming holiday – cool tones of blue that evoke winter’s chill above the equator, and deep shades of burgundy reminiscent of summer’s warmth down under, with the brand’s iconic staple Intrecciato weave.

The Urban Traveller

For the sophisticated globe-trotter with a taste for the understated, a host of carry-alls, document cases, sneakers and accessories in plush nappa makes travelling in style an effortless routine in moments when comfort and organisation are top of mind.

The Weekender

For those planning to get away for the weekend, these vacation gear will offer on-the-go aesthetic that is both relaxed and refined, like the new, compact and sporty Brick Backpack and sneakers in deep Barolo, both in nappa, finished with Bottega Veneta’s characteristic Intrecciato.

GUCCI GIFT GIVING

A historical symbol from the 1970s archives, the Gucci bee is the star of the collection, appearing all over in metallic gold, either printed against the fine leather of accessories from the Bee Star line as well as a baseball-style nylon jackets, or embroidered on shoes such as the Ace sneakers and leather slippers, loafers and brogue boots. An illustrated version is also featured, solo-style, on the monogrammed canvas of pieces from the GG Supreme line. Another blast from the past is the retro-style Gucci logo from the 1980s. The vintage motif now takes centre stage in the Gucci Print line, featured prominently across a range of T-shirts, hoodies and bold-coloured accessories made up of leather drawstring backpacks, portfolios, waist pouches, wallets and cardholders.

Along with the collection is also a book of digitally-created artworks by Spanish artist Ignasi Monreal, with a narrative referencing the story of the fall of Icarus and other aspects of Greek Mythology, incorporating products in Gift Giving selection (check out his interview here). This is part of the 2017 holiday campaign, which also includes digital and interactive content available on the Gucci app such as an interactive version of the Gift Giving book, as well as digital greeting cards that can be personalised and sent; and ornate window installations that can be animated on the Gucci app. Read about Monreal’s collaboration with Gucci here.

Spanish artist Ignasi Monreal provided the illustrations that make up the Gucci Gift Giving 2017 book.

 

TIFFANY & CO. PALOMA’S GROOVE RING

While we may be all too familiar with Tiffany & Co.’s sterling silver collection, this titanium grooved ring makes a fine accessory for the discerning gentleman. With its bold style and clean lines, the 9mm-wide ring is designed to honour the power of deep connections. Sleek and masculine at once, the ring is the result of the partnership with long-time recurring collaborator Paloma Picasso, the youngest daughter of 20-century artist Pablo Picasso and painter-writer Francoise Gilo.

KIEHL’S X KATE MOROSS & MICKEY MOUSE

This year, Kiehl’s continues its whimsical holiday tradition by kicking off the festive season with limited edition products designed in collaboration with graphic artist Kate Moross. Through this collection, Kiehl’s and Kate Moross unite their mutual love for art, adorning the artfully crafted and beautifully designed Kiehl’s packaging. Returning this holiday are special edition Crème de Corps, Ultra Facial Cream, and Calendula Toner. For the first time ever, Kiehl’s adds a special edition Grapefruit and Lavender bar soaps to the special edition holiday collection. Kiehl’s partnership with Kate Moross gives skincare lovers a festive and fun, perfect solution for any gifting needs.

In addition, the longstanding skincare brad since 1851 has also partnered with another American heritage icon for the holidays – Disney’s Mickey Mouse. This one-of-a-kind collaboration gives skincare lovers the opportunity to secure a special edition item – Kiehl’s iconic Crème de Corps (specially formulated for dry to super dry skin), fully adorned with Mickey Mouse at the famed original Kiehl’s flagship store. The Kiehl’s x Mickey Mouse holiday collection also includes custom “Mickey” patterns on holiday gifting sets, totes, gift bags and more.

AMAN RESORTS

Pepped up to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018, Aman has revealed a host of unique events in celebration of Christmas and the New Year across five of its iconic properties: the home of Aman, Amanpuri, where two new global culinary concepts take centre stage; the tropical island paradise of Amanpulo, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2018; the cultural Meccas of Amanbagh in rural Rajasthan and Amansara near the ruins of Angkor; and the idyllic pristine and peaceful Caribbean retreat of Amanyara.

Amanpuri, Phuket

At Amanpuri, Phuket, dining takes centre stage with the recent introduction of two new culinary concepts. Nama offers exquisitely crafted sushi and sashimi at the heart of a menu celebrating Washoku, which translates to harmony in food, while Arva pays tribute to Italy’s rich culinary heritage, inspired by the robust flavours and simple, locally-sourced ingredients of the cucina semplice tradition. Mid-December marks the beginning of Amanpuri’s festive season, with regular Beach BBQs, ‘Jalisco’ and ‘Noche Peruviana’ Nights at The Lounge, ‘Robata Grill Soirees’ at Nama and ‘Capri Jazz’ Nights at the Beach Club from 12 December onwards. Nightly DJ sets and other unique events will also take place. These include ‘Moroccan Souk’ at the Beach Club on 28 December, a gourmet feast for the senses inspired by the colours, sounds and spices of Marrakech; the ‘Rialto Market Dinner’ at the Beach Club on 4 January, a traditional market with Venetian-inspired classics, prosecco and a San Marco gelati trolley; and a Studio 54-inspired Beach BBQ on 6 January, a disco-themed night under the stars with live DJs.

On Christmas Eve, the Beach Club will be hosting a grand gourmet live-cooking banquet. Chilled seafood, salt-crusted seabass and roast turkey with all the trimmings will be served in an exotic garden setting alongside the pool. Christmas Day itself will see decadent traditional and not-so-traditional Christmas lunches and dinners served at all of the resort’s dining venues, ensuring something for everyone. The highlight of Amanpuri’s festive calendar is New Year’s Eve, which will be celebrated with dinner and fireworks beside the main pool, followed by an after-party at the Beach Club. The last evening of 2017 will begin poolside with a dazzling ‘Tribal Carnival’ display of ethnic dances from Asia and South America. Chefs will then guide guests through a lavish New Year’s Eve culinary extravaganza. As the countdown nears, Amanpuri’s iconic steps will be the ideal spot from which to watch a magnificent firework display heralding the New Year and, with it, Aman’s 30th anniversary. Guests can then dance the night away at the after party held at the Beach Club, with a DJ mixing until sunrise.

Amanpulo, Philippines

Festive meals will be celebrated in exemplary island style, with inspiration taken from around the world in cuisines that reference the best of the Philippines, Spain, Italy and Japan, with drinks ranging from the traditional to the extraordinary (including 25th and 30th anniversary cocktails). Gourmet events will include Chef Michele’s ‘Bacaro on the Beach’ on 22 December and 1 January, a magnificent Italian antipasti spread and seafood BBQ; a Mediterranean-inspired dinner at the Picnic Grove on 28 December; and regular classes including Sunset Cocktail Making at the Beach Club, Cheese & Wine Pairing; Organic Herb & Cocktail Making; and a Rum, Chocolate & Cigar tasting.

Christmas Eve’s ‘Noche Buena’ Dinner, a Christmas dinner with classic Filipino fiesta dishes such as roast-suckling pig and pancit noodles, will be held in the Picnic Grove with live music late into the night. The next morning, all guests are welcome to join the Amanpulo community for Misa de Aguinaldo, Christmas Mass, beside the picturesque Island Grotto, followed by a colourful Manamoc Folk Dance performance. This will precede the arrival of Father Christmas, who will make a pitstop to visit the younger Amanpulo guests. A Seafood Christmas Fiesta lunch will be served at the Beach Club, and later a traditional Christmas dinner with roast turkey and all the trimmings can be enjoyed at the Clubhouse.

In the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, Amanpulo guests can experience Palawan’s beauty from the air on a chartered helicopter flight to Jewelmer, the region’s gold-lipped oyster farm producing coveted South Sea Pearls, or cross the strait to Manamoc Island to hike up Mount English and explore the local village. Amanpulo also has a number of professional watersport and fitness experts on hand, offering kite boarding lessons with Mike Hirooka, sailing classes with Ridgely Balladares, tennis coaching with Richard Louie, personal training with Elmer Munar and Pilates with Victoria Mendoza. Also in residence over the festive period are Rohan Quarry Day, known as the ‘muscle whisperer’ for his bodywork and structural integration therapies, and Clint Pailago, an iridologist, reflexologist, herbal medicine practitioner and massage therapist.

The last evening of 2017 will begin poolside at the Clubhouse with a glamorous cocktail and canapé reception, or at the Beach Club toasting the setting sun. Both venues guarantee exceptional entertainment, a sumptuous multicourse meal and a party to remember: At the Clubhouse, a five-course wine-pairing degustation menu featuring caviar, lobster and Wagyu beef; and at the Beach Club, an a la carte Seafood & Champagne extravaganza.

Amanbagh, Rajasthan

The Christmas Eve Gala Dinner is an event anticipated all year. The haveli mansion-inspired resort glows with candles and fires lit in every fireplace. Local musicians perform traditional music while Amanbagh’s chefs prepare a multi-course feast including both regional and international favourites. Christmas Day follows the same form, with traditional turkey and trimming offerings in every dining venue.

New Year’s Eve is celebrated as a traditional Rajasthani fair. It offers a glimpse into the future with fortune-tellers and palm readers, exciting entertainment in the form of fire dancers and qawaali singers, and a seven-course banquet fit for a maharajah. After a late night and leisurely start to the first day of 2018, guests will get to experience the thrill of “The Sport of Kings” with a twist. In Amanbagh’s exceptional adaptation of this ancient game, camels replace horses as the polo players’ mounts. At various events including the New Year’s Eve Fair, local jewellers will make crimson lac bangles, gifting these to Aman guests. Mehndi artists will decorate hands, faces and feet with delicate temporary henna artwork, while intricate rangoli patterns from coloured rice, flowers and powder will decorate courtyards and welcome guests inside throughout the season.

Amansara, Siem Reap

Offering unprecedented access to the temples with daily privately-guided sunrise and sunset excursions, Amansara will be kicking off Christmas Day with an early adventure to Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat, Bayon or perhaps even a secret temple forgotten by the guidebooks but well known to Amansara’s guides. Upon returning to the resort, a special al fresco brunch in the gardens will be served.

The standout event in Amansara’s festive calendar is New Year’s Eve, which will be hosted in the grounds of the atmospheric 10th-century temple of Prasat Kravan. Beautifully lit and surrounded by jungle, the temple will witness an al fresco Khmer banquet beneath the stars, and entertainment taking guests on a journey through Cambodian performing arts from the traditional to the contemporary. Performances will include the Sacred Dancers of Angkor, young girls gracefully bringing to life the stone Apsara dancers on the ruined temple walls, and Phare, the Cambodian Circus, a Cirque du Soleil-esque acrobatic extravaganza. The evening will end with the floating of pratip offerings down the river, and then fireworks and champagne back at the resort’s main swimming pool. New Year’s Day lunch will be the perfect foil to the night before, a relaxed affair with a unique Lotus Lunch highlighting the fun playfulness of Khmer food including crispy lotus seed filled spring rolls with tamarind chutney, sea bass baked in a lotus leaf and a selection of lotus inspired desserts.

Amanyara, Providenciales

Known for its scuba diving, Amanyara’s festive calendar celebrates ‘The Colours of the Turks & Caicos’, drawing inspiration from the national costume: brilliant white is redolent of its beaches, and the eight rainbow bands represent each of the inhabited islands of the archipelago. Amanyara’s seasonal activities and events kick off on 22 December and run through to 2 January. They include nature excursions, fitness programmes, sandcastle competitions, chocolate making, cooking competitions, conch knocking demonstrations, volleyball matches, Stand Up Paddle relays and so much more – something to suit every age and every interest, every day of the holiday.

In the days leading up to Christmas, guests can enjoy guided eco-hikes, morning yoga or beach core training sessions, before learning more about the local coral reefs on a Reef Ball Snorkel. The resort’s Nature Discovery Center offers courses and programmes for all ages, as well as guided tidal pool exploration and critter safari outings for the kids. Other activities for children over the festive period include writing letters to Father Christmas, decorating gingerbread houses, and junior basketball.

From Christmas to New Year guests are spoilt for choice with the vast range of activities and events available. On the 25th, Father Christmas will make his entrance on to the island at 11am and Chef Erik Gremmer will prepare a festive feast at The Restaurant in the evening. On the 26th the Maskanoo Street Fair will be the main attraction, and the 28th will see a bonfire and live entertainment on the beach beneath the stars, and the 29th will entertain with the hugely popular Staff vs Guests Olympics mid-afternoon. The Junkanoo traditional street parade kicks off at sunset on the 30th, and the 31st, New Year’s Eve, and will move all around the hotel and will see gala dinners at both The Restaurant and the Beach Club, with Amanyara’s legendary after party getting going at 10pm. Headline acts this year include UB40 and DJ Maggy Smiss, while other entertainers include vocalist and guitarist, Tom Wardle, and guitar phenomenon, Johan Nebb. To start the New Year with renewed sporting ambitions, Amanyara will host a family-friendly Beach Olympics on 1 January, including tug of war, kayaking, sack races and more.

 

written by.
KC Yap
Editor, Augustman Malaysia

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