New Timepiece: URWERK’s Champagne Supernova
The Swiss watch brand releases a handful of the limited edition, high-tech timepieces.
October 14, 2011
The URWERK Champagne Supernova
Luxury watchmaker URWERK has just unveiled a limited edition Champagne Supernova timepiece ($135,000) as part of its popular UR-110 ZrN Torpedo collection. As of now, only twelve of the watches have been released worldwide—each timepiece is identifiable by a red satellite hour numeral. In the U.S., the watches are available exclusively at Westime Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. The watch is made most precious by its technological and aesthetic achievements: Three arrow-shaped “torpedoes” fly in formation to indicate time, a control board features an “oil change” and day/night indicator for time code tracking and planetary gearing. The titanium case receives its namesake Champagne finish from a coat of zirconium nitride (ZrN). Westime Beverly Hills, 254 N. Rodeo Dr., 310-271-0000
TOMS Art Walk Lounge Honors World Sight Day
Artist Aaron Axelrod heads to the lounge today to unveil a new mural for the TOMS Gift of Sight art series.
October 13, 2011
Mural by Aaron Axelrod
TOMS is paying tribute to today’s World Sight Day, which brings recognition to blindness and vision impairment as a global health issue, by holding a special Art Walk Lounge at Downtown LA’s Art Walk. Known for its One for One initiative, TOMS provides one eye surgery to a person in need for every pair of TOMS eyewear sold. In the hopes of bringing attention to the cause through public art, TOMS commissioned a few LA artists to interpret an array of images, which is contributing to a series called Gift Of Sight. Being unveiled at the lounge today is the latest addition to the series, a vibrant mural from Aaron Axelrod, who is renowned for blending color and images. (6–9 PM) 643 S. Spring St.
Travel Companion: Peter Som For Clark’s Botanicals
Hit the road with a sunny travel kit by Peter Som and Clark’s Botanicals.
October 12, 2011
Just in time for holiday travel, designer Peter Som has teamed up with Clark’s Botanicals to create a limited-edition toiletry case. The seven-piece sample set ($59) packs the beauty brand’s bestsellers—Ultra Rich Lip Tints, Ultra Rich Lip Balm, Smooth Marine Cream, Intense Radiance Mask, Nourishing Cream Serum, Anti-Puff Eye Cream—into a stylish, waterproof clutch. Som incorporated his whimsical aesthetic, deriving the bag’s bright floral pattern from his latest fall collection and fastening it all with a magnetic closure to ensure the products stay intact.
Trend Watch: Flask-Inspired Accessories
The Paris runways incorporated chic flasks into spring looks.
October 11, 2011
FROM TOP: Metallic flask, Louis Vuitton; flask canteen, Hermès
Cocktail hour will get a bit more stylish come spring. Louis Vuitton and Hermès debuted fancy flasks during their respective runway shows at Paris Fashion Week. Both artful and creative, Louis Vuitton’s delicate metallic flask—held like a chic clutch—adds an artful touch, while the Hermès flask canteen is a bold, color-blocked statement piece.
photograph courtesy of vogue.com
Wrap-Up: Style Week Orange County
Orange County celebrated style with designers David Meister and Rachel Roy.
October 10, 2011
The David Meister fashion show
Orange County got a bit more fashionable last week during Style Week Orange County, when the area’s top shopping centers—Fashion Island and the Irvine Spectrum Center—hosted premier designers David Meister and Rachel Roy. Held September 30 through October 8, the event featured fashion shows, a food festival and in-store festivities from merchants including Ella Moss, Jack Spade and Burberry. Roy and Meister also made appearances at their respective runway shows to present their fall collections and greet customers.
photograph courtesy of OC Style Week
Accessories Find: Simone Camille Handbags
The eye-catching bags by Simone Camille steal the show.
October 10, 2011
Carpet Bag ($975)
LA-based stylist turned handbag designer Simone Harouche marries boho-chic with rock ’n’ roll in her latest Simone Camille Skins collection. The one-of-a-kind bags ($689–$975) showcase Harouche’s knack for paring supple leather with vibrant patchwork fabric, and are versatile enough to carry every day.
The Rugged Gentleman
This fall, J.Crew inspires adventure with timeless travel bags for the modern man.
October 08, 2011
Even after more than 25 years, J.Crew never ceases to impress, and its Fall 2011 collection exceeds our already high expectations. This season, the men’s line—helmed by brilliant head of men’s design Frank Muytjens—launches a set of luggage inspired by vintage army bags (think Belstaff, Filson and J.W. Hulme Co.). “We poured over countless shapes, bellows pockets, closures and hardware,” says Muytjens, who has been collecting just such carryalls for years. “We wanted each piece to be highly functional and masculine.” Named the Abingdon collection, the offerings inject a spirit of exploration and heritage into the travel essentials every modern man needs. The line includes a weekender bag, backpack, Dopp kit and tote in heavy-duty khaki and green waxedcotton canvas with brass hardware and burnished-leather trim. These bags are perfect for pulling double duty: They could just as easily tote a laptop to work as they could hold supplies for a trek in Yellowstone. Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 310-286-7595
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF J.CREW
Rolex Pairs With Tiger Woods
See which Rolex watch Tiger Woods is wearing now.
October 07, 2011
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II ($34,750)
Since it is official that Tiger Woods is on board with Rolex now, here is a close-up look at the watch he currently wears. It is the 18k white gold, 41mm Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II with a fluted bezel. The 31- jewel chronometer movement keeps superlative time, and the watch is fitted with the famed Rolex President bracelet. It has a great look and feel—and is a step in a different direction for Woods.
Read more about watches from our timepiece editor Roberta Naas at atimelyperspective.com.
Exhibit Watch: “English 101”
Post No Bills hosts a new exhibit by street artist Ron English.
October 07, 2011
Camo Peace Clown ($600) by Ron English
Venice-based print shop Post No Bills will showcase “English 101”—the latest exhibit from street artist Ron English—through the month of October. Famous for his “POPaganda” works, mash-ups of low and high cultural touchstones, English presents a collection of exclusive, limited-edition prints and hand-finished multiples ranging from $20 to $4,000. Touching on pop culture icons such as Tony the Tiger, Charlie Brown and Marilyn Monroe, the rare prints point out the ironies seen in modern advertising and present society—and assure their place on a collector’s shelf. 1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-399-2928
The Bulgari Le Gemme Collection
Bulgari debuts a stunning collection of eyewear.
October 07, 2011
Le Gemme Rare Flora frames ($59,000) in 18kt white gold and black acetate with diamonds, blue sapphires and aquamarine flowers
Sunglasses are always in season here in sunny California. Offering us new options this fall is Le Gemme from Bulgari, a collection of three ultra-luxurious lines: Primavera (for women), Zephyr (for men) and Rare, a 10-piece set of haute-couture jeweled frames. Le Gemme adheres to Bulgari’s exceptional standards of craftsmanship and its signature floral motif, a brand favorite since the ’50s and ’60s. Primaveracombines glamour and femininity with mostly oversize cat-eye frames highlighted with brightly colored gemstone flower petals. The Zephyr men’s collection offers an elegantly simple line of titanium frames, and the Rarecollection truly shines: a limited-edition offering including one-of-a-kind pieces set with stunning multi-hued precious stones. 201 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-858-9216