As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods daily, but with so many new releases rolling out all the time, it’s all but impossible to cover every single lust-worthy find we have our eyes on. That’s what you’ll find in Weekly Obsessions: a running list of highly covetable items we’re currently mad about — because if it’s on our radar, it should definitely be on yours, too. From the must-have fashion pieces of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll down to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Valentino ‘Love Lab’ windbreaker
An intense colour that stands for love, passion and, in Chinese beliefs, great fortune, red is a timeless hue that is most popular during festive occasions. With Christmas on its way, followed by Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day soon after, there really is no better time to add pieces in this eye-catching hue to your wardrobe. Valentino is, of course, known for its iconic Red Valentino shade, and the brand has specially launched a capsule collection, Love Lab, that is swimming in this unique passionate hue. I’m particularly in love with the ready-to-wear items, which are all basic pieces, including the windbreaker above (HK$21,500 at Valentino’s Landmark and Canton Road stores), that have been elevated with paddings and frills, as well as a verse ‘L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle’ (‘The love that moves the sun and the other stars’) from Dante’s Paradiso for that distinctive Valentino statement. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Cochine Orange Amère and Star Anise Candle
When former London beauty industry magnate Kate Crofton-Atkins left her job in 2009, she moved to the balmy shores of Ho Chi Minh City, where she fell in love with its fragrant tree-lined streets and gardens. She set out to capture the former Indochine-era charm of the region and French-Asian candle house Cochine was born. Focusing on native Vietnamese scents and ingredients, Cochine has just launched a Southeast Asian interpretation of a festive candle (HK$490/230g from Cochine), featuring orange amère, a bitter citrus native to Vietnam, the warming spice of star anise and all the usual suspects of the holidays such as clove, nutmeg, cinnamon leaf, vanilla and guaiac wood. The result? Like mulled wine on the stove, gently wafting for hours. It’s possibly the happiest scent in the world. The glass candleholder features a limited edition design by British fashion illustrator Susannah Garrod, and it’s encased in a special tassled giftbox, making it the perfect present or collectible for any home fragrance geek. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
‘His and hers’ Panerai Luminor Due
With Christmas mere weeks away, I’ve had gifts perpetually on the brain. For that reason I’m going to cheat a little and recommend a gendered set of what I think is an extremely giftable wristwatch — the Panerai Luminor Due. The first of these, the PAM675 (HK$193,500) is ideal for men who want a dressier take on the classic Luminor Marina look; while the PAM1045 (HK$116,000) will be right at home on the wrist of his significant other. Splashing in at 45mm, the PAM675 is by no means a small watch, but the extremely thin casing and intricately finished movement — the rotor is made of solid gold — do a great deal to balance the seemingly huge diameter. As for the PAM1045, this is a fantastic way to get the missus into fine mechanicals: clad in Panerai’s proprietary Goldtech alloy and sized to the most sensible proportions the brand has ever seen. —Randy Lai, Watches Editor