Tag Heuer Aquaracer x Bamford Watch Department

TAG Heuer and Bamford Watch Department have joined forces yet again to create a special, limited edition timepiece. In 2018, they joined forces to create a special version of the Monaco timepiece.

Based on the Aquaracer, this limited edition tool watch has been crafted with titanium and features bold orange details. It is a exciting expression of the two brands pursuing their approach to design.

Limited to 1,500 pieces, the 43mm case is ultra lightweight with both Tag Heuer and Bamford Watch Department stamped at both the 12 and 6 o’clock markers. The limited-edition number is marked on the grade 2 titanium screw-down case back. The case is sand-blasted Titanium to give it a textured feel and look on a titanium folding clasp band. The black face has hints of playful orange highlights seen around the outside of the dial as well as on the hands.

It has a 38 hour power reserve powered by Tag Heuer’s Calibre 5 Automatic movement and has a water resistance of 300m. It costs £3,250 and is available now.

Bond on Bond Street – Sotheby’s to auction off 007 memorabilia

Famed auction house Sotheby’s will be auctioning off memorabilia of MI6’s favourite secret agent – 007. The collection of auctions titled Bond on Bond Street feature original manuscripts, posters, photographs, watches and promotional material that span 60 years across 25 films.

Get bidding on an original Live and Let Die first edition manuscript inscribed to Winston Churchill or The Spy Who Loved Me first edition inscribed to Robert Kennedy all the way to a set of four US market ‘You Only Live Twice‘ door panels.

From the vibrant colours, tailored suits and throngs of beautiful women in the early Connery films to the darker, more modern Bond represented today by Daniel Craig, the sale represents Bond’s evolution and appeal to fans across generations. 

The pieces are set to go under the hammer in two auctions; James Bond: A Collection of Books and Manuscripts, The Property of a Gentleman from 28th October to 11th November and James Bond Film Posters from 5th November to 12th November.

Porsche 930A Turbo X Daniel Arsham

This collaboration may seem like deja vu to some, that is because Daniel Arsham, famed contemporary New York artist created the Future Relics eroded Porsche 992-series 911 which was at Selfridges for its Christmas campaign in 2019, but this is different in so many ways.

Now he has been working with Porsche again to re-imagine a 1986 Porsche 930 Turbo. This time spending two years poring over every single element, researching, developing and production.

From the off-set, the car isn’t as crazy as the Future Relics 992, treated to a new white paint job, hand painted decals and livery influenced by a Porsche 935 K3 race car that raced at Le Mans and sponsored by Apple Computers. The Fuchs rims produced by Fifteen52 pay homage to those fitted to the 1974 RSR albeit with crosshatched Arsham Studio monogram.

Inside, the designer has had more to play with, using two tones of Objects For Living’s heavyweight stonewashed canvas and premium Italian leather specs by Porsche. There is also a bespoke Arsham steering wheel and hand-painted, bespoke JDM gauges to complement the look.

What about the engine? Well, it was fully restored, piston bore was enlarged and certain parts were powder coated in Arsham Studio Green, it is relatively standard.

Diptyque wall diffuser: MUST HAVE

Anybody that knows the brand Diptyque, knows that the high end candles are synonymous with style and with sensational scents. Well now, the brand has taken the knowledge of making fantastic candles and created an electric diffuser.

The Diptyque wall diffuser is sophisticated like only Diptyque knows how. The front of the object is gold toned with the brands synonymous print as cutout text allowing the fragrance to emanate through the room.

There are no buttons on the diffuser, a user simply touches the grate on the front and it will start to release its scent and the same is to turn it off. The beauty of these diffusers is that you are able to take it with you from house to house with no issues at all.

Scent inserts will last for 40 hours of continuous use whereas a standard candle can burn for about 60 hours, and the refill is interchangeable at any time, as the diffuser does not retain any traces of the previously used fragranced refill.

The diffuser is priced at £90 and each fragrance refill costs £30 and available in a number of signature scents.

Virgil Abloh X Mercedes-Benz: Project Gelandewagen

This is what happens when Mercedes and Off-White founder and Creative Director, Virgil Abloh team up. This project used the G-Wagen as a basis of disrupting future perceptions of luxury and created the least likely version of a G… a race car.

Taking the iconic shape of the G-Wagen and lowering and widening it, said to give it a sportier effect, has lost its charm. The indicators that were said to have caused designers headaches to keep have now been removed as have the door mirrors and bumper bar. Fitted with what looks like Monoblock rims on exaggerated tyres is said to “exude the G’s inimitable charisma.” Furthermore, the paint is partially sanded by hand to create a sense of timeless simplicity. Craftsmanship takes centre stage, so welds are celebrated rather than hidden away.

Inside, things gets a lot more interesting. As with some of the Off-White collabs we have seen with Nike, elements have been stripped back to their purest substance. Safety is key here so the safety frame takes centre stage. The dashboard has been replaced with something a lot simpler – with analogue dials and simple toggle switches. That simplicity is then heavily contrasted by the steering wheel and seats which look like they have been borrowed from a GT racing car.

The hardest thing to understand about this collaboration is the point to it all? Will this push the Instagram generation to get involved with car design? Virgil Abloh says: “My ultimate goal in this project with Mercedes-Benz is inspiring young artists, engineers, designers to question the status quo, in addition to experimenting with my own design abilities,” said Abloh. “For me it’s all about providing opportunities for those coming after me and giving this next generation a foundation for success, both here with Mercedes-Benz and through my own Virgil Abloh™ “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund.“

A replica of the Project Gelandewagen will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated, with all proceeds going to charity. Advanced bidding is set to start on September 14th.

Nomos X Cool Hunting Club Campus 38

This isn’t the first time Nomos Glashutte has teamed up with a brand to create a special watch to support agencies fight for the greater good in the world. The first foray was the Nomos X Doctors without Borders. This new one is a collaboration with Cool Hunting to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

Six new colourways of the Club Campus 38 are available reflecting the colours of the rainbow – Life (red), Sunlight (yellow), Serenity (blue), Healing (orange), Nature (green), Spirit (violet), each limited to 22 units honouring the 22 years The Trevor Project has been in operation. Each time-only watch is fitted with a California dial, a mix of Roman and Arabic numerals and the 38.5mm case will suit all genders.

With each sale, Nomos will donate $100 to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.

Prices for the watches are £1,200 and are available now.

Instrmnt Lounge Chair – MUST HAVE

Instrmnt Applied Design, a design studio in Glasgow, Scotland, has dipped its toes into furniture design for the second time. Building off what the team learnt with the one-off ‘The Day Bed‘ alongside furniture designer Namon Gaston in 2016, this new product is The Lounge Chair.

Built in limited numbers and made to order, the Lounge Chair is produced entirely in Glasgow using local craftspeople. It is offered in two wood options – American Walnut or Scottish Oak, paired with bead-blasted stainless steel arms. The cushion and backrest are offered in three options, grey melton wool, tan calf leather or green Italian boucle (a woven fabric from rough curly, knotted boucle yarn). Wherever this chair is placed, be it the bedroom, the living room or study, it will truly lift the room.

A small removable plinth extending from a stainless steel arm offers space for a coffee cup or book, adding an additional level of functionality. No matter the fabric or wood, each chair costs £1,395 including tax and has a delivery time of 8-10 weeks.