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What’s Going on in The Luxury World – October 2021

Djokovic Aces Hublot Sponsorship

Novak Djokovic x Hublot

Sure, it’s been a couple of weeks since Emma Raducanu had her landmark win in New York, but as British success is a rare thing, forgive us for basking in the afterglow. She also made a spectacular showing at the MET Gala. In bigger tennis news though, after years at Seiko, Novak Djokovic finally has a new watch sponsor and it’s a big one (both literally and figuratively) – Hublot! The legendary player will undoubtedly have a limited edition to call his own soon, but in the meantime don’t expect to see him playing with a Classic Fusion on his wrist. Finally, Hublot has an ambassador to match Rolex’s Federer and Richard Mille’s Nadal.

More details at Hublot.

Seiko’s ‘British’ UK NATO Straps

Seiko 'Shades of Britain' UK NATO straps

Seiko have released a limited edition collection of four NATO straps, exclusive to the UK, inspired by the ‘shades of Britain’. The straps are designed for the Seiko Sport 5 range, although take it from us, they’ll look good on a great variety of watches. There are 100 of each design available. The first is a deep blue for the sea around Britain, the second is forest green for our verdant countryside, then there’s a sky blue one for the sky above and a sandy brown for the coastline.

£65, available from  the UK Online store at Seiko Watches.

Oris Change for Better Days

Oris Change for Better Days

Oris have maintained their strong dedication to sustainable watchmaking following the release of the Oris Upcycle with their yearly Change For Better Days taking place over the end of September and early October. This year the focus is on community as Oris Sustainability Ambassadors invite families to join them for giant litter picking and beach combing excursions in a wide variety of international locations, including London, Madrid and Moscow.

More details at at Oris.

Amaffi Relaunch Sloane Street Boutique and Pledge Aid to NHS

Amaffi Perfume House, London

Following a redesign, Amaffi have relaunched their Sloane Street boutique to coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show at the end of last month. The masters of fragrance and perfume have a long history with the flower show and following the cancellation of the show last year they gifted the Amaffi RHS Chelsea Garden to the local NHS hospital. They have recently announced that they will continue to fund the upkeep of that garden for the good of patients and frontline workers.

You can visit the Amaffi Sloane Street boutique at 8 Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9LE

Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) Announce Shortlist

Premier B09 Chronograph 40

The GPHG is the Oscars of the watch world; the most anticipated and lauded award possible for a watch to achieve. The 2021 shortlist was recently announced in all categories. Some of our favourites are the Tudor Black Bay 925 in the ‘Iconic’ category, Breitling Premier B09 Chronograph 40 in ‘Chronograph’ and Oris Divers Sixty-Five Cotton Candy in ‘Challenge’. You can check out the full shortlist on here.

More details at GPHG.

007 At the National Motor Museum

James Bond Skyfall

The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu has announced an upcoming exhibition entitled Bond In Motion – No Time to Die, although if we were in charge it would’ve been called No Time to Drive… Needless to say the exhibit will include all of the Bond vehicles that have become iconic over the years including his Silver Birch Aston Martin DB5 and Triumph Scrambler. It will also provide the first opportunity to get up close with new vehicles from the recently released film.

Opening October 15, more details at Beaulieu.

Taj The Chambers Launches in London

Taj The Chambers London

Looking for a members’ club with a little more opulence? With the first European outpost of Indian-born Taj The Chambers, studio Conran & Partners have brought the luxury hard. A mix of business and pleasure, the club – sequestered in the grand Taj 51 Buckingham Gate – you can expect serious cocktails at the bar, punchy Indian food in the lounge and private work pods for uninterrupted productivity, underpinned at every point by the kind of over-the-top service the group’s known for.

More details at Taj Hotels.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Blue Angels Edition

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition "Blue Angels"

 IWC has released the latest watches to come from their longstanding collaborations with the US Navy. The trio of watches are ceramic takes on the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph, each dedicated to an iconic Navy squadron: Royal Maces, Tophatters and Blue Angels. They are each produced in the unit’s colour scheme and prominently feature the squadron’s patch at six o’clock on the small seconds subdial. Of the three, the vibrant teal and yellow composition of the Blue Angels edition is the most striking.

£10,090, available at IWC.

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