New visions of value

MAR 08, 2018

Make a great style investment for “A Year of Something New”

The times of being told that the only things worth investing in were stocks and shares or arts and antiques have long gone; these days, every savvy shopper knows that there are plenty of incredible new style luxuries out there that are built to last and will hold their value for decades to come. All hail this new generation of wardrobe classics that will never go out of fashion.

Suits you, sir

From left: Giorgio Armani Jacket (HK$18,500) and Trousers (HK$10,500); ISAIA Marechiaro Suit (HK$29,400);
The Armoury Ring Jacket Wool Sharkskin AMJ06 Double Breasted Suit (HK$12,800)

There’s no greater investment for the ultimate male wardrobe than a top-quality suit, with sharp cuts and sleek lines making this one style essential that will see you through both work and play with a refreshing sophistication. Giorgio Armani’s blue pinstriped single-breasted jacket and trousers are fashioned from a lightweight wool blend gabardine that exudes a natural contemporary elegance, whilst ISAIA’s Marechiaro navy suit channels the brand’s signature Southern Italian panache with a confident silhouette in a beautiful wool, silk and linen blend. For something a little heftier, opt for The Armoury’s AMJ06 double breasted suit made in Japan from 100 percent wool; a lower lapel and welted breast pocket on the jacket, plus a split back waistband on the trousers, prove that the devil really is in the details.

If the shoe fits

From left: Berluti Luciano Loafers (HK$10,500); Tod’s Gommino Moccasins (HKD$5,200); Crockett & Jones Teign Loafers
available at Tassels (HK$3,600)

Ensure your sartorial superiority is carried through from top to toe with a stellar pair of shoes – and these days, the standard Oxford just doesn’t cut it. Berluti’s Luciano loafers are crafted from kangaroo leather for the utmost comfort and flexibility, boasting a bohemian spirit that means they’re best worn barefoot. Tod’s leather and suede Gommino moccasins get a breezy update with a white, grey and light blue colourway, complete with the brand’s always iconic rubber pebble outsole, making them the epitome of relaxed luxury. You can trust that British heritage brand Crockett & Jones knows a thing or two about shoes – they’ve been making them since 1879, after all; slip into their soft suede Teign loafers, which feature leather outsoles for extra durability, to understand exactly why their reputation for excellence has endured.

Bag it up

From left: Bottega Veneta Mist Softlux Calf Backpack (HK$26,000); TUMI Arrivé Gatwick International Expandable
Carry-On (HK$13,390); Hermès Bolide 1923 Baseball Bag in Evercolor Calfskin (HK$100,900)

A top-notch accessory is what turns a good outfit into a great one, so make sure you aren’t slacking on the finer details front by sporting a standout bag. Backpacks aren’t just for the classroom anymore – as proved by Bottega Veneta’s Mist drawstring backpack. This luxurious little number is made from supple bicolour calf leather and features a variety of inner and outer pockets ideal for stashing all your daily essentials. Jet-setters should know that style doesn’t stop when you leave the country; TUMI’s Arrivé Gatwick International Expandable Carry-On pairs the brand’s renowned meticulous engineering and high-quality enhancements with a sleek, premium leather design. Meanwhile, leather specialists Hermès have hit a home run with their Bolide 1923 Baseball Bag; a sporty version of the Italian brand’s famed Bolide Voyage bag, this structured calfskin piece is roomy enough to carry all your everyday staples, yet smart enough to ensure you turn plenty of heads in the process.

Impeccable timing

From left: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Moon Phase and Retrograde Date (HK$342,000);
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Calendar Pink Gold Watch (HK$191,000);
Officine Panerai Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio – 47mm (HK$1,056,000)

The perfect timepiece should strike an effortless balance between superior functionality and impressive aesthetics – turning telling the time into one of life’s little pleasures. Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Moon Phase and Retrograde Date puts elegance and accuracy at the forefront, with a moon cycle display that’s guaranteed to be accurate for 122 years, plus a traditional retrograde date indication certified by the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Tribute Calendar dials up the style with an alligator leather strap and 18-carat pink gold case, with striking moon phase and day/night indicator displays for extra opulence. Meanwhile, Officine Panerai’s Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio is the ideal marriage of technology and design, with a 3D-printed titanium case, eye-catching skeletonised movement, and a six-day power reserve.