watches

The Dior watch with a Raf Simons flavour

Dior watch Dior VIII Grand Bal Plisse Soleil, 36mm in steel, mother of pearl & alligator strap £16,800

Is Raf Simon’s influence permeating the Dior watches line?

It’s not something that’s usually apparent, but the hyper-real colour palette of the AW15 collection does seem to have infiltrated these day and evening watches. I love the odd combo of electric blue and green, offset by the pink-tipped mother of pearl ‘skirt’ in the Dior VIII Grand Bal Plissé Soleil (below), and the intense blue dial and maroon alligator strap of the same watch encircled with a scattering of diamonds (above).

A little sportier is the Dior VIII Montaigne with its plum dial and matching plum calfskin strap lined with blue rubber (second from bottom). I don’t know, I just don’t expect to see such dark, macho colours on Dior’s women’s watches. But then a surprise is always good in this context, I think. (Interestingly, these colours tie in with the Dior AW15 make-up palette too. Hell, why not match everything?)

Perhaps the prettiest of all is the fabulously-named Dior VIII Grand Bal Cancan watch with its pink gold accents and feathered* dial, mismatched with the periwinkle alligator strap (bottom) – a steal at £41,150…

Dior watch Dior VIII Grand Bal Plisse Soleil, 36mm in steel, mother of pearl & alligator strap £11,950

Dior watch Dior VIII Montaigne, 32mm in steel and calfskin strap, £3,100
Dior watch Dior VIII Grand Bal Cancan, 38mm in white ceramic, pink gold, feather dial & alligator strap £41,150

All available in Dior stores, see more here

*yep, they’re real

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Dior

AW15 trend report: Hermes accessories edit

Hermes aw15 accessories -A la Plume Giant Scarf 140 in silk twill by Florence Manlik

The Hermès Oran slide sandal made have been the hit of the summer, but there’s plenty more to love from the Hermès AW15 accessory collection. First, I have to flag up this A la Plume giant scarf by Florence Manlik. The abstract feather design has a bit of a pop art feel to it, and sorry, I know this is such a cliche but I would seriously love to have this framed and hung on my wall.

As I mentioned in The DRG Style Index a while ago, shoes are a major focus for Hermès, with boyish buckled boots and refined alligator heels getting equal attention…

Hermes AW15 alligator pump Emanuele Fontanesi
Hermes AW15 calfskin studded boots  Emanuele Fontanesi
Hermes AW15 alligator and mink loafers Emanuele Fontanesi

There’s also a new watch release. The first new Hermes watch collection since 1992, the Slim d’Hermès is designed to be an everyday watch. It’s extremely appealing, with an elegant round dial, ultra-thin automatic movement and numerals designed by graphic designer Philippe Apeloig. The Slim d’Hermès watch comes in a family of sizes and strap variations, with or without diamonds. This one’s my favourite in steel and black boxcalf…

Hermes AW15 Slim d'Hermes 32MM in Steel on Black Box Calf

As with other heritage luxury houses, Hermes has been ramping up its fine jewellery offer. There’s a growing trend for casual fine jewellery as exemplified by these wear-with-everything Filet d’or earrings. I also really love these calfskin and brass bangles and matching pendant with the white topstitch (I can’t help wondering if Hermes uses a custom Pantone colour to match this perfect shade of expensive tan)…

Hermes AW15 Filet Dor earrings
Hermes AW15 Loop pendant and bracelets in calfskin and gilded metal

Finally, on the bag front, I love the playfulness of this lipstick pink Maxibox Mini, a boxy calf leather bag on a long wrist strap. The strap can slip over the shoulder or it can be doubled round the wrist…
Hermes aw15 accessories Maxibox Mini

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Hermès

How it’s made: Chanel Mademoiselle Prive glyptic watch

Making of the Chanel Mademoiselle Prive Coromandel Glyptic watch

I know a lot of people don’t bother with watches but I still love them, both as functional objects and as beautiful accessories. Weirdly, I’ve seen hardly anyone with an Apple Watch. I’m intrigued to know what they’re like but so far I’m in the dark.

Meanwhile, the luxury watch houses are going all out, and I really do mean all out, to create stunning feats of artistic wonder with their top-end timepieces. Chanel has done it recently with its Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel Glyptic watch. These one-off watches are crafted by hand in limited numbers using astonishing techniques (spoiler alert: they retail from £175,000). (more…)

Don’t Miss: Tiffany’s New York minute in London

Tiffany & Co. Fifth & 57th at Selfridges - New York

The Selfridges x Tiffany & Co. ‘Fifth & 57th’ exhibition is yet another example of luxury brands seducing existing and prospective customers with immersive bricks and mortar experiences. This delightful experience takes place in the Old Selfridges Hotel, an annexe behind Selfridges where you’ll ascend a couple of flights of stairs and find yourself seeemingly slap bang in the cross fire of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, New York. (more…)