Luxury Choices: Experience the Ultimate in Opulence with These New Products

From designer fashion and accessories to high-end electronics, Gafencu dives into the world of opulence and extravagance. Whether you are a connoisseur or simply someone with a taste for the finer things in life, this article is sure to capture your attention and inspire your desire for the newest and most exclusive products available.

Carthusia’s Essence of the Park

Evoking an unforgettable walk in the park on a splendid evening, Carthusia – Essence of the Park is a timeless, classic fragrance that recalls the most cherished scents of the outdoors. A unisex “green” fragrance, in which the restless Mediterranean breeze of the top notes blends in the heart of magnolia yielding to the vibrations of the citrus fruits which absorb them, sublimate them, releasing fresh waves that gently land in woody and amber notes. Exclusively available at Carthusia, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay. Tel: 2608 2238.

Tudor’s Prince Chronograph One

A new interpretation of a Tudor timepiece from the 1970s has been revealed for Only Watch 2023. Prince Chronograph One features a column-wheel construction within a 42mm, 18-carat yellow-gold case with chamfering and square crown guards. Backed by a yellow gold solid case back with a matching bracelet, the black lacquered dial comes with sunken gold counters – the one at six o’clock is ringed by the watch moniker. An attractive standout, Prince Chronograph promises to be one of the kings of the November auction.

Delsey Paris’ Rempart suitcase and Croisière tote

Two stylish travel bags are being exclusively sold at the newly opened Delsey Paris boutique in Harbour City for a limited period. The Rempart suitcase and Croisière tote will be available until 31 August. Shoppers who stop by will surely appreciate the new two-tone colours of white and grey and will find the versatile tote bag is available in three sizes, small, medium and big – all very handy for trips in and out of town.

Hearts On Fire’s VELA line

Hearts On Fire introduces its new VELA line, which is inspired by the lovely moment when love takes flight and gives a modern, fresh sensibility and timeless appeal. A design feature that is subtly used in all eleven items of the collection, rich with the smooth curves and soft, swooping lines of a feather, evokes both the lightness and mobility of love. This intricacy, paired with the brand’s signature cut, allows for maximum refraction of light within the diamonds, for an unparalleled sparkle.

Clé de Peau Beauté’s Synactif Eye Mask

With its new Synactif Eye Mask, Clé de Peau Beauté emphasizes the sensitive eye region. It targets the loss of firmness and combats densely-clustered fine lines with reviving Golden Oyster Mushroom Extract. The main Synactif ingredient, Purifying Beautifier, aids in holistically enhancing the appearance and health of the skin. One 10-minute application reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles by 7% and conceals under-eye bags by 5%.

TUMI’s Essential Beautiful Campaign

TUMI launches its Fall 2023 campaign, entitled “Essentially Beautiful.” Aptly named, it features 4-wheeled carry-ons, briefcases and extended trip packaging cases from the 19 Degree Collection – displayed with their shells made from post-industrial recycled polycarbonate and lining made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. It brings a colourful twist with new colours and textures, including red, hunter green, blush and deep plum.

B&B Italia’s Nooch

To promote sustainability in the outdoor furniture market, B&B Italia developed the Nooch modular seating system, which takes its name from the tropical botanical garden of Nong Nooch in Thailand. Its main characteristic is the tubular structure made of recycled aluminium, a strong and lightweight material that is fully recyclable. This was a decision motivated by a simplicity that calls to mind simple tubular constructions and elevates them with a meticulously thought-out design.

Shroommate’s Mushroom supplements

A new product for the health-conscious reaches the market in the form of a mushroom supplement by Shroommate, a new brand that promotes healthy living. The three founders of Shroommate – Alex Lam, Simon Yuen and Vivien Wong – are passionate advocates of the benefits of the superfood. Their product line, crafted from the likes of cordyceps, lion’s mane and reishi, helps to boost energy and oxygen intake, improves memory and reduces symptoms of brain fog, as well as destress and build up immunity.

Apple’s Mac Book Air 15”

The new MacBook Air is the best 15-inch laptop in the world thanks to its large 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display, M2 performance, up to 18 hours of battery life, six-speaker sound system and thin and light design. The Liquid Retina display’s up to 500 nits of brightness and support for 1 billion colours produce content that is vibrant and typography that is incredibly sharp. It has a 25% brighter screen and doubles the resolution of a comparable PC laptop.

ZEGNA’s Oasi Cashmere collection

The Oasi Cashmere collection is part of ZEGNA’s ongoing plan to complete their Road to Traceability initiative by 2024. Hence, the pieces – whether overshirt, trousers, or knitwear in the Oasi Cashmere material – will reveal their journey through a QR code, from the origin of the goat fibre in Mongolia to the spinning mills in Italy. The brand’s commitment to the traceability of natural resources originates from Oasi Zegna in Piedmont where the brand’s woolmill home is built.

Pretti5’s Peony+ Hyaluronic Brightening Serum

A new skin-care product available at the Pretti5 website harnesses active ingredients from the East and West to soothe and brighten the complexion. Tailor-made for sensitive skin, Peony+ Hyaluronic Brightening Serum is certified by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. While keeping skin nourished, its brightening, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties guard against the environmental factors that trigger melanin.

Luxury Choices: The most extravagant products to add to your shopping list this month

Explore a world of luxury as we reveal the most coveted products that are gaining popularity among fashionable and elite individuals worldwide. This thoughtfully curated collection offers something for everyone, whether you’re a perfume enthusiast, a fashion lover, or a watch collector.

Rasei Fort Oud Cavaran fragrance

The Oud Cavaran fragrance by perfumer Rasei Fort takes inspiration from the famed caravans crossing the world’s greatest sea of sand. Swaying camels and shifting dunes in the Arabian Desert inspire a distinct signature of aromatic oud, wood and leather. This spicy, oriental composition provides an olfactive journey worthy of the Bedouin, whose tales have long been forgotten. Exclusively available from Scented Niche at K11 Musea, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2608 2205, and Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, tel: 2608 2206.

Cartier Baignoire watch

Cartier first created the Baignoire watch in 1912 with a rectangular case rounded at the ends like a bathtub. The concept continued to evolve until 1958, with a so-called ‘curved oval’ watch. With its Roman numerals and curved crystal, this timeless model is now available in two new versions. The first celebrates pure elegance, with a ‘less is more’ approach. For the second, the emblematic oval is transformed into a bangle, a circle of gold – whether rose, yellow or paved with diamonds – to be slipped onto the wrist.

Harry Winston Forget-Me-Not collection

American jeweller Harry Winston spent his famed career reimagining nature’s splendour with the world’s most magnificent gemstones – a tradition that continues to this day. One of the most popular flowers in the brand’s bejewelled garden is the effervescent Forget-Me-Not. The Harry Winston designers have reimagined this captivating wildflower in an enchanting perennial collection of delicate jewellery. Nature’s beauty is expressed through round brilliant, pear-shaped and marquise diamonds.

Rado’s True Thinline x Gardens of the World collection

Since Rado and the Great Gardens of the World organisation began their collaboration in 2017, a whole new range of natural textures and shapes has found its way into the watchmaker’s work. Now, elements from three quite different plants bring visual rhythm to three individual dial designs for the True Thinline x Gardens of the World collection. Crafted in monobloc high-tech ceramic, Chapter 8 unites a polished black case with a matching dial; Chapter 9 is a brilliant white reflection of the monkey puzzle tree; and Chapter 10 depicts branches of the dragon blood tree in plasma grey.

Christian Louboutin’s Froufrou Alta platform sandals

Inspired by the flamenco tradition of Andalucia, the Flamencaba limited-edition capsule collection from Christian Louboutin embodies savoir-faire, passion and female empowerment. Requiring a high level of technical skill and an abundance of crepe satin, the Froufrou Alta platform sandals with 150mm heels are embellished with layered frills and a cascading ruffle. With a handcrafted oversized rose atop the toe, Sevillana lamé uppers, delicate straps and a 100mm stiletto heel, the Flora Queen sandals make an elegant standout on dance floors.

Blue Heart Crème de la Mer

The same combination of skin-soothing sea-sourced ingredients that powered La Mer ultra-rich cream to fame now come in a chic collectible jar. Limited-edition Blue Heart Crème de la Mer brings delight inside and out as the regeneration force of giant sea kelp leaves ripples on the exterior. Its contents offer daily moisturising and the promise of skin firming, uplifting and natural renewal.

Laura Mercier High Vibe Lip Colour

From acclaimed makeup artist Laura Mercier comes High Vibe Lip Colour. Presented in a sleek, sophisticated rose-gold tube, this modern, high-resolution pigment immediately amps up lips. Choose from 10 striking coats of colour with light-reflecting vivid pearls to boost vibrancy. The new lipstick is also infused with guava oil, ensuring moisturising all-day wear and a melting sensation as it kisses the lips.

Glenfiddich 12-Year-Old Sherry Cask Finish single malt whisky

Glenfiddich is the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky brand. Ranging from the signature 12-Year-Old expression to rare, vintage and limited-edition bottles, its whisky is renowned worldwide for quality and consistency. This special edition 12-Year-Old Sherry Cask Finish single malt has matured for many years in American and European oak casks before finishing in Amontillado Sherry casks for a distinctively rich and refined depth of flavour.

Drop d’Issey Eau de Parfum Fraîche

Evoking fragrant blossoms in pools of water, A Drop d’Issey Eau de Parfum Fraîche is the new opus from Issey Miyake. It captures the journey of a raindrop in springtime from the moment it falls from the clouds. Each droplet reveals the facets of all the elements it encounters – grass, flowers, wood and more – for an uplifting and refreshing sensory experience. Designed by Todd Bracher, the distinctive drop-shaped flaçon similarly reflects nature in hues that graduate from blue to green.

Anya Hindmarch Raffia Drawstring Small Tote

The summer season has arrived and Anya Hindmarch has released a bag designed for the sunny holiday months. The Raffia Drawstring Small Tote moves from a casual picnic in the park to an elegant event around town with consummate ease. Lightweight and airy, the woven raffia is gathered together at the top by a leather drawstring trimmed with the London designer’s signature tassels – these smooth leather contrasts come in a choice of striking electric blue, chalk or golden hues.

Narciso Rodriguez For Her Forever

American fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez has worked to uncover and enhance each woman’s inner beauty and sense of self. For Her Forever is a new scent introduced to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his popular perfume range. It continues the tradition of the house’s musk-centric scents with a brilliant new version of the unmistakable olfactory signature, paying forceful homage to the legendary For Her collection.

CurrentBody RF Radio Frequency Skin Tightening Device

CurrentBody, which provides salon-grade devices for home use, has made its first push into radio frequency technology. Its RF Radio Frequency Skin Tightening Device uses the power of heat in the service of anti-ageing, making skin plumper, firmer and smoother. Cutting-edge bipolar RF technology enables effective home treatments that adjust to your skin and combats obvious indications of ageing with long-lasting results. For noticeable improvements, use the device once a week as part of your skincare regimen.

Niessing Spannring® Era pendant

Celebrating 150 years of craftsmanship, German jeweller Niessing presents the new Niessing Spannring® Era pendant. An endless band of gold or platinum arches to encircle two diamonds in a fascinating design that eliminates the need for an eyelet while ensuring that one stone is always facing forward. It is available in six precious metal hues – Supla Grenadine, Classic Yellow, Classic Red, Fine Rose, Rosewood and Platinum.

Cutting-Edge and Chic: The Latest Luxury Products That Are Taking the Market by Storm

From high-end fashion to cutting-edge gadgets, the latest luxury products in the market are a testament to the luxury industry’s unwavering commitment to excellence. In this article, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting luxury products that have hit the market recently. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast or a fashionista, there’s something for everyone. Jump into the world of luxury and explore the latest products that are sure to leave you in awe.

Parfums MDCI’s Enlèvement au Sérail

Full of sensuality and romanticism, Enlèvement au Sérail is a classic oriental floral scent from French independent brand Parfums MDCI. Opening with spicy notes of black pepper and cinnamon, it develops depth through rose, jasmine and ylang-ylang. Brand founder Claude Marchal shares that the inspiration behind this new creation was a unique fragrance that his mother used to wear. It is exclusively available from Scented Niche at K11 Musea, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2608 2205 and Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, tel: 2608 2206.

Tiffany & Co.’s Bird on a Rock

First introduced in 1965 by Tiffany & Co. designer Jean Schlumberger, Bird on a Rock has evolved into a breathtaking high jewellery creation that showcases the Tiffany Diamond as both a brooch and a pendant. In a sophisticated reimagining of the iconic brooch in which an impudent little diamond bird sits cockily atop its precious ‘rock’, five diamond-encrusted birds swoop around a central stone. The design now features in suites of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, brooches and pendants.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

The new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch is released with a fine historical track record to highlight its engineering excellence. This is the model that was critical in helping to bring home the Apollo 13 module and its crew successfully in 1970 when an exact 14-second burn of fuel was required to readjust manually the course of the craft. Command Module pilot Jack Swigert timed this with the watch he had on his wrist, thus the Speedmaster played its part in making sure the unique manoeuvre worked perfectly.

Lotos Eyewear Collection

Established by the Schmidt family in Pforzheim, Germany in 1872, Lotos brings a long history of tradition and excellence to crafting beautiful eyewear by hand from precious materials. It boasts its own gold atelier and a customer list that has long included European royalty and nobility. Available from Puyi, this extraordinary collection of decorative gold- or titanium-framed glasses is hailed as the most luxurious eyewear in the world.

Byredo’s Remembrance

Byredo’s latest limited-edition eyeshadow palette, Remembrance, sees 18 shades encased in a sleek, distinctive box designed by the company’s founder, Ben Gorham. Among the soft, creamy and lightweight second-skin textures in warm nudes, roses and browns, some are streaked with silvered shine, and together they form a seamless story through their mutability. Going on and staying on with ease, they encourage the wearer to take intuitive experimentation into their own hands.

Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound A5 speaker

Bang & Olufsen has introduced the new portable Beosound A5 speaker. Designed in collaboration with the Danish-Italian design duo GamFratesi, Beosound A5 bridges northern and southern design cultures with the immersive sound, meticulous craftsmanship and product longevity for which Bang & Olufsen is renowned. Epitomising Scandinavian design excellence, the speaker comes in two colourways, natural and black anthracite aluminium, with both finishes able to sit beautifully inside the home or outside in nature.

Hennessy V.S.O.P NBA 2023 Limited Edition

Hennessy and the National Basketball Association (NBA) have expanded a global partnership, making Hennessy the first “Official Spirit of the NBA”. The new, vibrant Hennessy V.S.O.P NBA 2023 Limited Edition comes in a bright orange gift box, with both box and bottle bearing the logos of the two brands. The elixir within is as you would expect, powerful and balanced with a lovely light spice on the nose. This highly sought-after Limited Edition is now available from selected retailers.

Montblanc Sartorial Collection

Montblanc has added a new dimension to its signature business collection inspired by libraries and the written word. The redesigned Montblanc Sartorial Collection features bags and small accessories in softer leather with a deep two-tone effect, new colours and the introduction of a modularity system that allows the smaller pieces to be attached to larger bags – creating new functionalities, styling options and many customisation possibilities. The triangular design of the handle nods to recognisable ink bottles from the Montblanc archive.

Bulgari’s Pour Homme

Pour Homme is a refreshing scent from Bulgari that induces feelings of harmony. Master perfumer Jacques Cavallier attains the perfect balance of olfactive forces in a contemporary composition that delivers a myriad of expressions – from freshness to comfort, subtlety to intensity, and energy to peace. Key notes of Darjeeling tea accord, lily and guaiac wood waft from the newly designed bottle that represents the elegance of the house.

Berluti’s Playoff Sneakers Collection

Berluti has selected a series of footwear classics to pay tribute to a father’s love from the ground up. These include the latest addition to the Playoff sneakers collection for Summer 2023, which are stylishly designed with patinated Venezia leather cut-outs and a rubber outsole with a colourful leather insert. A version of the Alessandro lace-up court shoe features an asymmetrical Scritto pattern. The brand’s Father’s Day selections are curated to suit individual needs.

Gifts for her: The Newest Luxury Picks of the Season

From the most exquisite and attention grasping jewellery pieces to perfumes that smell heavenly day and night, Gafencu has put together these and more luxury picks that are taking over the season, and all these listed items would be a perfect gift for mothers too.

Light Niche
Parfums MDCI takes inspiration from the famous French oil on canvas Portrait of Madame Récamier by the French Neoclassical painter François Gérard. Named “La Ravissante”, this women’s perfume creates a floral, gourmet and enchanting scent that would be perfect to add to any Mother’s Day gift list. Check out the whole collection at Scented Niche stores. K11 Musea.

Chain Reaction
For spring 2023, John Hardy explores the pivotal shift of emblematic designs. The Classic Chain Icon collection pays homage to a long-time signature of the Bali-based jeweller and the ultimate symbol of bonding. This handcrafted series of chain bracelets take on a sharp, colourful transformation with the addition of vibrant gemstones such as blue topaz, light aquamarine and blue-green tourmaline while maintaining its coveted hand-woven look.

Paris Love Letters
A limited-edition S.T. Dupont collection presents masterpieces inspired by the most iconic monuments of the French capital. The S.T. Dupont Loves Paris range comprises the Writing Set, Smoking Set and Collector Set, with just 150 of each available. The sets are presented in lacquered wooden boxes featuring a rolling Parisian cityscape, stretching from the Pont des Arts to the Eiffel Tower, and finished with golden accents in honour of the brand’s 150th anniversary.

Leaf Relief
Inspired by the marvels of nature, the Ramage collection by renowned Italian jeweller Buccellati celebrates the arrival of spring. Elegant pieces perfectly capture the abundant flora and foliage of this picturesque season in a classic pattern of the house popular since the 1920s. Through exquisite craftsmanship and fine attention to detail, a delicate openwork leaf pattern, accentuated by branches and vines, is created in gold and tiny diamonds for rings, earrings and pendants.

Coming of Shape
The newly formulated advanced body shaping cream from Clarins targets stubborn curves at all ages, specifically on the abdomen, waist, buttocks and thigh areas. As an expert in Silhouette Care for more than 65 years, Clarins always strives to innovate and create specific, targeted ingredients and products for sleeker-looking body contours. Formulated with Arctic Ferment extract, the new Body Shaping Cream is upgraded with Organic Cryptomeria extract.

One of Love
Qeelin presents the brand new Wulu Echo collection, a celebration of self-love. Designed in symmetry, the mythical gourd upon which Wulu takes its shape is now paired up with a mirror image. It is crafted in 18k rose gold offering a diverse range of jewellery, from bangles and rings to ear hoops and necklaces. its dainty appearance easily sparks joy while at the same time offering many ways to display one’s own personal charm and making for the perfect fashion statement.

Balms of the Pore
Benefit devotes a whole new collection to the health of the pores. The 10 POREfessional products plus a handy cleansing wand have been specially developed to help minimise and clear the pores for a smoother, less congested complexion. POREfessional Tight ’n Toned Toner foam blends powerful alpha hydroxy acids and polyhydroxy acid to gently exfoliate the skin. For weekly use, POREfessional Deep Retreat Clay Mask contains mineral-rich kaolin clay to unblock deep pores and sea fennel extract to reduce excess surface oil.

Scented Sheets
Diptyque has developed a new fragrance in collaboration with perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin and artist Alix Waline. Infused with white musk and mimosa, L’Eau Papier is a tribute to creation – the backbone of the Parisian maison – and to paper, the primary means by which that creativity is expressed. Just as the ink will permeate different sheets of paper in unique ways, L’Eau Papier will produce different results from one skin to another over time.

For more shopping inspiration, check out our shopping column (pg: 36) in our latest May 2023 issue. Available on the Gafencu app on Android and Apple.