Bond’s Best – Tiffany & Co. T Square Pavé Diamond Bracelet


If you would like to see this stunning T Square bracelet in your stocking this Christmas (and let’s face it, who wouldn’t) then perhaps now is the time to start making subtle hints to your other half.

Inspired by the striking Manhattan skyline, the latest iteration of Tiffany’s iconic T Square design (£9,800) comes in a choice of 18k gold or 18k rose gold. Each piece features 60 round, brilliant diamonds, embedded in a way, which alludes to the bright lights and skyscrapers of the Big Apple.

Meanwhile, back in London, it was the job of model and designer Alexa Chung to unveil Tiffany’s Christmas windows. The enchanting displays take their cue from Gene Moore, the legendary American window dresser who made his mark on the Fifth Avenue flagship during the 1950s. No doubt the twinkling lights of Tiffany & Co, Old Bond Street, are a draw to any modern-day Holly Golightly, in search of timeless keepsakes and other treasures.

Tiffany & Co. 25 Old Bond Street

Bond’s Best – Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera

There’s a lot to like about Leica’s new slim-line digital camera. For starters, it wouldn’t look out of place in any contemporary design museum – such is the beauty of its sleek German aesthetic. The chrome finish in a choice of black or silver is further proof of that.

Then there’s the speed factor. The M10 is the fastest M-Camera that Leica has ever produced. Priced at £5,600, body only without the lens, you would expect nothing less. Its generous 2GB buffer memory, and continuous shooting at up to five frames per second along with a next-generation processor, make fast work of any fleeting moment.

So, put down your mobile phone, tablet and any other second-rate photo-taking device. Once you hold the M10 to your eye and remind yourself how good it feels to look down a lens and hear the gentle ‘click’ of the shutter, you won’t look back.

Leica, 27 Bruton Place

Bond’s Best – Cactus De Cartier


There are some gifts you dream of finding in your Christmas stocking. And while a cactus plant might not top your list, a bejewelled Cartier ‘Cactus’ ring would, we suspect, do rather nicely. It forms part of the French jeweller’s latest collection, which includes drop earrings, bracelets and necklaces, all based on the arid desert plant.

Crafted from 18k yellow gold, emeralds and carnelians and set with a brilliant-cut 0.10 carat diamond, this little beauty comes with a cool £68,000 price tag. Despite the name, its smooth polished contours are a delight to the touch. Leave the sharp prickly spikes to the festive spruce.

Cartier, 40/41 Old Bond Street and 175/177 New Bond Street

Bond’s Best – Aquazzura’s Velvet Fauna Booties


From sumptuous jewel tones to rich shades of berry and chocolate, fashion is awash with velvet this season. Such is the case with Aquazzura’s plush ruby red booties (£930), decorated with a glittering array of insect motifs and crafted in Florence.

Edgardo Osorio is the creative whizz behind Aquazzura’s latest collection. The Columbian-born designer boasts an impressive CV having previously designed footwear lines for Salvatore Ferragamo, and Roberto Cavalli.

With the party season just around the corner, you’ll be the belle of the ugly bug ball in this pair of opulent beauties.

Aquazzura, 38 Albemarle Street

Bond’s Best – Penhaligon’s The Coveted Duchess Rose Eau de Parfum


In the whimsical world of fine fragrance, casting animals to portray a family of eccentric English aristocrats isn’t quite as barking as it sounds. British perfumer Penhaligon’s does just that in its new ‘Portraits Collection, Chapter 1’. In doing so, it creates a tale of love, mystery and intrigue around each fictitious character.

One standout fragrance from this four-piece collection is the Coveted Duchess Rose (£178 for 75mls). Topped with a fox head bottle stop and created by Penhaligon’s master perfumer Christophe Raynaud, this cunning blend of rose, mandarin and musky wood, is an autumnal delight.

Penhaligon’s, 16- 17 Burlington Arcade

Bond’s Best


Mulberry’s Chester Bag

Despite the slightly boyish name, Mulberry’s new ‘Chester’ bag (£1,295) oozes understated elegance with a twist of vintage panache. Made with contrasting shades of black and oxblood smooth calf and white shiny goatskin, the structure is sleek and simple. With two side compartments for keeping your essentials organised, its versatility is enhanced further with the addition of a removable shoulder strap. Perfect for busy city girls on the go.

Mulberry, 50 New Bond Street

Bond’s Best – Rimowa’s Bossa Nova Cabin Multiwheel suitcase


In 1937, luxury German luggage brand Rimowa revolutionised the world of travel by developing the first ever lightweight metal suitcase using aircraft aluminium. Its distinctive grooved outer shell and cool colourways have been a hit with fashionable jetsetters ever since.

Last month saw the opening of the Cologne-based brand’s first London concept store on Bond Street. The new ONYX range launched here, as did the new ‘Electronic Tag’ system. The latter allows travellers to check-in from home using their smartphones.

Meanwhile, back at its German HQ, of the 200 processes involved in making a suitcase, most are carried out by hand. Such is the case with the new Cabin Multiwheel priced at £805. Made from jet green polycarbonate it weighs in at 10lbs and is seriously groovy.

Rimowa, 153a New Bond Street