There’s a certain charm in unstated, restrained simplicity. From a pair of textured suede loafers to a neutral-coloured bomber, dressing without even edging on the gaudy or garish shows real style.
With your scent, too, a refined aftershave never overpowers. Your car should never belie its full power, your watch shouldn’t flaunt its horological heritage and your camera, even if a feat of photographical engineering, should never be flashy.
Thankfully, we’ve found all of the above this week, and they make for an impressive — if unobtrusive — edition of our Editor’s Pick.
Speed up: 50th Anniversary Tag Heuer Monaco
An unconventional timepiece that introduced two cutting-edge world firsts, the Monaco was a product of Heuer’s vision and pioneering spirit. Half a century later, this iconic model favoured by Steve McQueen is still being honoured — with a spate of limited edition models being launched around the world this year.
50th Anniversary Tag Heuer Monaco
Button it: Tom Ford Steve McQueen Merino Cardigan
Steve McQueen again — and the man loved a cardigan. So forget anyone who says that these knitwear mainstays are for grandfathers or lounging around the house, and invest in Tom Ford’s new ribbed merino wool offering — inspired by the effortless, sophisticated favourite of Mr McQueen himself.
Tom Ford Steve McQueen Merino Cardigan
In a flash: Polaroid SX-70 Sonar Camera
There’s something particularly cool about owning a genuine camera from decades gone by — so thank your lucky stars that Polaroid Originals have dedicated their business to refurbishing authentic old models. Surely the edgiest, most vintage model is this SX-70 Sonar Camera, with folding leather trims, patented sound-wave AutoFocus technology and a whole lot of retro charm.
Polaroid SX-70 Sonar Camera
Across the board: Fitzdares Sports Club at Mark’s Club
Next week, Fitzdares, the world’s finest bookmaker, are opening a luxurious sports club for the week of the Cheltenham Festival at Mark’s Club in the heart of Mayfair — and we’ve never been more excited to have a flutter. From the lobster sandwiches to the sumptuous armchairs, the level of decadence is unrivalled — with a jacket dress code for any gent in attendance.
Fitzdares Sports Club at Mark’s Club
Bullet-proof: Range Rover Sentinel
Even if you’d never, ever need it, there’s something oddly reassuring about knowing that your car is bulletproof. And this, the aptly named Range Rover Sentinel, is exactly that.
With armoured glass, a protection shell, roof and floor blast-protection, run-flat tyres and emergency escape system, it can survive everything from a baseball bat to a mine blast. Oh, and it’s also trimmed to same levels of refinement found on the exclusive Range Rover Autobiography. Because why not?
Range Rover Sentinel
Slip-on: Cheaney Harry II Tassel Loafer
There’s something unbeatably luxurious about a suede tassel loafer. And Cheaney, whose classic Harry tassel loafer in black calf leather is an icon in itself, have elevated the design by crafting it in sumptuous fox suede in their Northamptonshire factory. And, thanks to a full leather insole and Goodyear welted construction, it doesn’t just talk the talk — it walks the walk, too.
Cheaney Harry II Tassel Loafer
Power up: Sunseeker Hawk 38
The new high-performance day boat from Sunseeker, the Hawk 38 draws on the company’s racing heritage — and is capable of a leisurely 62 knots as soon as it hits the water. Its dynamic stepped hull has been created by Fabio Buzzi Design and luxury touches include bespoke upholstery, a custom audio system and two SEABOBs for exploring the ocean.
Sunseeker Hawk 38
Drink up: COYA Mayfair Bacardi bespoke cocktail menu
If you’re looking to spice up your nights out, why not head to COYA this week, whose new terrace celebrates the stunning gardens of Ecuador? What’s more, the cocktail menu also takes its cues from South American nature, and each drink is named after a striking tropical bird.
So, if you fancy sipping on a Toco Toucan, made with Facundo Neo rum and sweet pineapple, or a Scarlet-Banded Barbet, a herbal conception containing Facundo Paradiso, head to Mayfair now. Our particular favourite? The Waved Albatross, a delicious, dark aged rum drink with Facundo Paradiso, sugar cane and chocolate bitters.
COYA Mayfair Bacardi bespoke cocktail menu
Going off: Loro Piana Suede Bomber Jacket
Everyone knows that Loro Piana is famed for its fine fabrics, but this bomber takes the butteriness of suede to a whole new level. Made to the house’s exacting standards in Italy, the contrasting cashmere trims and checked lining offer a little interest — and make this the perfect layering piece to see you through spring.
Loro Piana Suede Bomber Jacket
Reaching high: Creed Himalaya Eau de Parfum
Creed has long been able to bottle destinations and locations from around the world. And their uncanny ability to distill the essences of places, from the waters of the Virgin Islands to the forests of the Iberian Peninsula, continues with this Himalaya Eau de Parfum. Think earthy notes of cedar and sandalwood. Think seductive citrus scents. Think bold, rare gunpowder. It’s like Everest in an atomiser.
Creed Himalaya Eau de Parfum
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