Insider’s Picks: Last Minute Gift Ideas

Christmas is looming and there are always a few loose ends to take care of. Here are 10 suggestions to sort you out quickly and to get you thinking out of the box

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar

IWC Schaffhausen goes orange for the limited edition Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar (below), available exclusively at selected IWC boutiques worldwide. The perpetual calendar is a strong complication for IWC, executed here in the instantly recognizable Big Pilot’s watch, largely because all functions are controlled by a single crown. Additionally, all the perpetual calendar mechanisms are synchronized, even during adjustment, which is a boon for the user. On the black dial of the 46mm watch, the orange hands and markers are an immediate standout – even in the dark thanks to the application of SuperLuminova.

Louis Vuitton Travel Guides 2011

Over the past 10 years Louis Vuitton has been publishing travel guides – a perfect accompaniment to a holiday with LV luggage. For 2011, the books (below)have been updated and are filled with all the best places to eat and drink, intriguing places to visit and sublime places to sleep in 50 cities round the world. They cover all the usual top-tier cities such as Tokyo, Paris and London – but you’ll also find considerably more unusual destinations such as Beirut, Gstaad and Porto Cervo.

Santos de Cartier Watch Crown Décor Cufflinks

Parisian luxury titan Cartier prides itself on unity of design, meaning its core values are highly visible throughout its wide range. The Santos de Cartier Watch Crown Décor Cufflinks (below) are obviously cufflinks, for example, but the concept and design are informed by Cartier’s Santos watches. These particular cufflinks pay homage to spinel-topped crowns of the Santos collection watches. Executed in sterling silver 925, the cufflinks are finished in palladium and feature the exact same spinel end-stones as the Santos watches. The Santos – specifically the bezel of the watches – inspires another set of cufflinks, this pair with black laquer in place of the spinels.

Pierre Hermé Macaroons

Pierre Hermé’s macaroons (below) are oft-cited as the greatest in the world. The pastry chef’s first patisserie opened in Japan where he quickly established himself as one of the foremost proponents of the art of pastry. His bakeries now speckle the streets of Paris and London – and the macaroons alone are well worth a trip. Unfathomably light, their flavors are as diverse as their combinations are inspired – epitomized by the famous olive oil & vanilla varietal.

Chopard José Carreras Pen

Chopard has produced a series of pens (below) in homage to opera star José Carreras but the most festive as well as the most beautiful is the ladies’ ballpoint pen in vermillion resin accented with gold. Chic and understated, the writing instrument is inspired by the architecture of the Catalan Palace of Music in Barcelona, which is Carreras’ birthplace. It measures 14cm and its cap is made from mother-of-pearl.

Dior Phone Mother of Pearl

The Dior Phone Mother of Pearl (below) is fabulously festive. Wintery and stylish, the handset is the standout piece in Dior’s mobile series. It comes in a hand-brushed, stainless steel case engraved with the brand logo and an ultra-flat electroluminescent keyboard. Bluetooth capable, it weighs just 135 grams and boasts a two-year warrantee.

Deuce Backgammon

Deuce’s Backgammon Vega (below) is a rare product that combines art, design and technology. It features a patented, highly-sensitive, digital display which allows you to play the classic game with the slightest touch of a finger. Made from glass and Corian, the Vega is machined with precision and care. Its dice are digital while its 42 mm Corian checkers are surprisingly heavy and stored in an invisible drawer under the board.

Piaget Possession Rings

One of the earliest examples of mobile jewelry on its debut 20 years ago, the Possession ring is today an icon for Swiss watchmaker and jeweler Piaget. It is made up of two interwoven bands that are bonded to each other but still free to move around each other. For the 20th anniversary of the collection, Piaget issued a version with a chain resting on top of a band, adding a touch of rock n’ roll (below). The ring is available in white, yellow or pink gold, with gem-set versions also available.

Hermes Occasional Table

A multi-purpose table in the Pippa line, this is the last creation of Rena Dumas for the collection (below). As a night table or end table, this so-called Occasional Table or Table D’Appoint in French makes itself useful and at home anywhere in the house. In either ebonized maple – as seen here – or pear tree wood adorned in Clemence taurillon calfskin, boarded cowhide or Fontanella cowhide, the Occasional Table also makes for an excellent portable table. With X-shaped legs and an independent pedestal with three drawers, the table also features a secret hiding place in its back.

Aspen One Skiing Watch Glove

The Aspen One Skiing Watch Glove (below) is a glorious innovation. Its porthole is designed to fit snugly round the Aspen One (a timepiece that contains a compass) and it’s made to stand up to the rigors of snow sports. Appealingly, if you like to wear your watch on your right-hand wrist then you can special order the glove to fit. The watch and glove come as a set, and if you purchase the timepiece you’ll also get your name engraved on a little plate on Aspen Mountain at 3,267 feet.



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