Luxe Picks

From the fail-safe to the personal, our gift guide adds a touch of Luxe to your list.

By May Yip


Perfumes are no-fail gift classics, especially when they hail from esteemed houses and are packaged so sumptuously.

Gentlemen's Fragrance Collection (an ornamental tin box with 5ml bottles of Blenheim Bouquet, Endymion, Quercus, Sartorial and Opus 1870), $90, by Penhaligon's. The Odd Fellow's Bouquet, $188 for 100ml, by Atkinson's from Robinsons Orchard. Limited Edition Jewel Charms Christmas Gift Set (includes five 25ml bottles of Omnia Amethyste, Omnia Crystalline, Omnia Coral, Mon Jasmin Noir and Jasmin Noir), $238,by Bulgari.


Recently named the best in the Artistic Craft Watch category at this year's Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, Chanel's Mademoiselle Prive watch with a Camelia Brode dial ($110,000) pays tribute to the brand's artisanship. Since 1924, the Chanel-owned house of Lesage has been producing elaborate embroidery for the major names in haute couture and ready-to-wear. For the first time, its heritage has been applied towards the creation of a watch dial, with each camellia executed through coloured silk threads using a “needle painting” technique. With an 18K white gold case set with 562 brilliant-cut diamonds, and limited to 18 pieces, this is one gift that will be admired for generations.


The ultimate Christmas gift for a driver of exquisite tastes, the new Lexus ES offers spacious comfort and world-class refinement. The sixth generation vehicle cossets passengers and drivers in its luxurious interior, with every detail paying testament to the marque's craftsmanship and design excellence. Available in two models, the 2.5-litre engine ES250 and 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle engine-powered ES Hybrid, it is the ultimate city drive during the festive season and way beyond. For pricing information, contact Borneo Motors Singapore, Tel: 6631 1388.


Gifting gets a personal touch this holiday, as brands offer customisable products or bespoke services for that extra bit of TLC. Sustainable luxury jeweller Choo Yilin (, offers a personalised VIP shopping service from now till Dec 31, 2013. Personal stylists will travel to your doorstep for private consultations or a girlie bauble party, while party hosts will also receive a credit voucher worth 20 per cent of the day's sales. For specially-designed matching rings, check out customised options (from $960) by August Gerstner, a German marque known for wedding rings exclusively available at Flower Diamond (#03-02 Takashimaya Shopping Centre). Over at Gucci (#01-38 Paragon), create for that special someone a Made to Order Horsebit Loafer from a selection of leather, fabric and exotic skins in 21 colours, and three types of Horsebit finishings in silver, antique gold and antique silver (from $800 onwards).

Bloom ear studs, $128, and Bloom ring (not pictured), $98, by Choo Yilin. Moccasin in gold metallic nappa leather, $870, by Gucci. Memoire rings, from $960 depending on customisation, by August Gerstner from Flower Diamond.

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