The 2019 Signature Christmas gift guide
Christmas has crept up on us once again – not sure what to get the person who has everything? Signature Luxury Travel & Style has done the heavy lifting for you.
Somehow, it’s nearly Christmas. Where did the year go? We don’t know, that’s for sure. What we do know is that in less than a month you’ll be waking up on Christmas morning with turkey to carve, crackers to pull and presents to unwrap. Which makes now the time to start the Christmas shopping, if you haven’t already. Not sure what to get that special someone? Never fear … we’ve already done the gift planning, so that you don’t have to. In this guide you’ll find a lot of the classics – watches, wine and the like – but also some gifts with a bit of a twist: think innovative skincare products and super-sized art books. So let’s get into it!
DJI Mavic Mini
This could well be the perfect gift for anyone looking to capture their adventures in a new way. Weighing in at less than 250 grams (not much more than a smartphone, according to DJI), the lightweight Mavic Mini is designed to travel with you. The 2.7K camera mounted on a three-axis gimbal means that aerial shots look stunning, while the light weight means up to half an hour of flight time. The drone even has a number of ‘QuickShot’ modes, which make complex Hollywood-style shots super easy to film.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
Perfect for the person who is always on the go, Bose’s latest noise-cancelling headphones are jam-packed with handy features. Previously, noise-cancelling headphones only blocked noise when listening – phone calls were still filled with the hustle and bustle around you. Bose’s new four-microphone system puts an end to this though, claiming to isolate your voice and cancel the noise around you. There’s even an app available to deep-dive into all the available controls and choose from the 11 different noise cancelling settings.
RIMOWA Original Twist Cabin
Designed and engineered in Germany, the RIMOWA Original Cabin Twist may well be the only travel bag you need. The Flex Divider makes packing a breeze and its overhead-locker-friendly size and TSA-approved locks mean that your airport experience is as streamlined as possible. And with its classy construction, it isn’t just functional, but stylish too. High-end anodized aluminium is accented with eye-catching, colour-matched details on the handles, locks and seal (available in red, blue and cognac brown). It also comes with a matching leather luggage tag.
Bollinger 007 Limited Edition Millésimé 2011
Owing to a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ made in 1978 between then Bollinger GM Christian Bizot and Bond producer Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli (whose heirs continue to produce the films), Bollinger has become the official champagne of the James Bond franchise. And although Bollinger appeared in Live and Let Die in 1973, it wasn’t until 1979 that it became Bond’s official champagne in Moonraker. This year marks 40 years since the partnership began, and with the latest film, No Time to Die, due to be released in April 2020, Bollinger has released a limited run of champagne to mark the occasion. Unique due to its makeup of entirely Pinot Noir grapes (typically champagne is made from a mix or Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes), the jet-black bottle is adorned with the number 25, formed with the titles of the previous films and the wooden case features a hydraulic opening, for true Bond style.
The Curious Winemaker
Guided by Mitch and Johnno, the owners and winemakers for Mitchell Harris Wines, participants in the Curious Winemaker program will get a chance to create their very own wine, from vine to bottle. Hands-on work includes crushing, pressing and bottling, and barrel and benchmark tastings scheduled throughout the year. At the end though, your hard work will pay off, as you walk away with a dozen bottles of handmade Pyrenees Shiraz – with your name listed on the back as the winemaker.
Known more for their commercial offerings, Gozney’s latest product is perfect for the family foodie. Touted as the world’s first portable 500-degree-Celsius wood and gas pizza oven, Roccbox helps you to cook perfect wood-fired pizza from the comfort of your own home. The oven gets up to its operating temperature in 20 minutes, after which it takes just 60 seconds to cook a pizza. But pizza is just the beginning – the high-temperature, ultra-dry environment that the oven creates is perfect for searing meat, crisping up fish skin and caramelizing veggies.
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 9
Created as a tribute the Carrera Panamerica – a nearly-3400-kilometre rally in Mexico, which ran in the early 1950s and is commonly known as the most dangerous race in the world – TAG Heuer’s Carrera Calibre 9 celebrates those who dare to do things differently. Set to become a family heirloom with its classy mix of steel, diamonds and rose gold, it’s the perfect gift for the special woman in your life. The white mother of pearl face is studded with 12 diamonds, and you’ll find an additional 56 of the sparkly things set in the rose gold bezel. Its classy exterior hides a rugged interior though; the watch is water resistant to 100 metres.
Murals of Tibet by Thomas Laird
This is the gift for those who want to learn more about the world. Over 498 gargantuan pages, photographer Thomas Laird highlights a thousand years of Tibetan murals. Only 918 copies of Murals of Tibet will be available, and each will be signed by the Dalai Lama. To explain the significance of each mural, the book is accompanied by a 528-page scholarly companion book, in which renowned Buddhist author and academic Robert Thurman (incidentally, father of actress Uma Thurman) takes readers on a journey through each mural. You’ll also receive a foldable bookstand, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban, which is custom made to support the 23-kilogram book.
Leica CL “Edition Paul Smith”
The classic Leica CL has been given a makeover by renowned British fashion designer Paul Smith. In his second collaboration with the German camera manufacturer, Smith has given the Leica CL a brand-new colour scheme, with bold accent colours and a striped base. Above the display screen is written “look and see” in Smith’s handwriting, referencing his famous quote, “many people look, but often they don’t see”. The camera itself sticks to Leica’s high standards for quality. With a 24-megapixel sensor, 4K video capability and continuous shooting at up to 10 frames per second, you’ll never miss a shot.
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Kōtia Skincare Range
Deer milk has been extolled as skincare’s newest wonder with the arrival of kōtia , the first skincare range to harness the regenerative power of this New Zealand ingredient. Hailing from the pastures of Queenstown, the milk is a bountiful source of protein; three times richer than other animal-sourced milks, in fact. It’s also a great source of vitamins A, B and E, zing and selenium, which, when combined, are said to deliver anti-ageing benefits, reduce inflammation, boost skin cell enhancement and improve collagen production. The nourishing kōtia range of eight products includes a Hydrating Day Cream SPF15, Exfoliating Cleansing Milk and Brightening Eye Cream.
RRP from $30
A paragon of elegance and femininity, this Buccellati yellow-and-white gold Unica necklace is designed to be worn for decades of cherished occasions. The exquisite piece is set with baroque pearls and 33.29 carats of rose-cut diamonds.
Parco Palladiano XI Castagno
Bottega Veneta’s 15-fragrance strong Parco Palladiano collection was inspired by the lavish Palladian gardens in Venice, with verdant flora at their heart. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but we love the smoky-but-sweet aroma of Parco Palladiano XI Castagno, inspired by the warm and woody notes of a chestnut tree.
110ml EDP, RRP $450
Patek Phillipe 7300/1200R wristwatch
Blending latest-generation technology with old-world craftsmanship, the self-winding Patek Phillipe 7300/1200R wristwatch is the first model in the Twenty~4 Automatic collection to feature a round case, making it an elegant addition to any outfit. A rose gold bracelet and diamond-set bezel support a brown sunburst or silvery dial – enriched with a shimmering satin finish and gold-applied numerals – giving way to a sapphirecrystal case back.
Live out your fairytale with Jimmy Choo’s latest collection, The Cinderella Edit. The Italian-made ‘Ari’ is bathed in Swarovski crystals, hot fixed before mounting to ensure they will last well into your happily ever after. Featuring a timeless pointed toe, shimmer suede base and 4.3-inch spike heel, these show-stopping shoes are delicately shaped and decadently adorned.
RRP from $5,850
Whether red or white, young or old, Riedel advocates decanting as a way to enhance wine — and has spent decades perfecting the design and functionality of its stunning collection with that in mind. Sharing the same elegant form as a harp, the Amadeo Mini is both a centrepiece and talking point. Six limitededition Mini Decanters are available, capable of holding half-bottles. Each piece is made by hand and mouthblown from crystal glass.
Patek Philippe 5960/01 Flyback Chronograph
The Patek Philippe 5960/01 Flyback Chronograph with Annual Calendar has been encased in white gold, working in perfect synchrony with a striking blue dial, a calf-leather strap with contrast stitching, and guilloched pushers to project an image of refined elegance. All details of this easy-on-the-eye timepiece are styled after Patek Philippe ‘vintage’ models.
Goal Zero’s Sherpa 100PD Power Bank
The essential portable power source for any traveller, Goal Zero’s Sherpa 100PD Power Bank will keep your gadgets going while you’re on the go. Weighing just 635 grams, this carry-on companion offers three ways to charge, including a wireless Q1 charging pad. The Sherpa 100PD will fully recharge an iPhone up to eight times and a laptop twice on a single threehour charge.
Café Moto Go bike
Seamlessly blending vintage aesthetics with the latest in e-bike tech, the Café Moto Go! delivers the ultimate in performance and style. Inspired by the Cafe Racer motorcycles of the 1960s, this highly stylised, matt-black cruiser is powered by a Bosch Performance Speed motor, can reach top assisted speeds of 45 kilometres per hour — with hydraulic disc brakes capable of handling that power — and features a hydroform tank, in-tube battery, Brooks premium leather saddle and tool bag with cambium grips.