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Revolution (Hong Kong) - - WHAT MAKES US TICK -

Gone are the days of t-shirts and shorts. Sorry, we hate to be the bear­ers of bad news but it’s true. For some, it’s bid­ding farewell to the per­pet­ual sum­mer vibes that can even make be­ing at work oddly feel like a hol­i­day while for oth­ers, it’s a true god­send – a break from the op­pres­sive heat. As we ease, no doubt at a snail’s pace, into win­ter, and be­gin to feel that ex­cit­ing lit­tle nip in the air, de­sign­ers take a nose­dive straight into layer ter­ri­tory. De­sign­ers have taken a ‘more is more’ ap­proach this fall, with lay­ers rang­ing from light to dense, and ac­ces­sories rang­ing from fur col­lars to light scarfs. What Acne Stu­dios (above) and 3.1 Phillip Lim (far left) have in common this sea­son is a link to the beach – the for­mer’s in­spi­ra­tion be­ing “win­ter beach” of the Scan­di­na­vian rocky shore­lines, and the lat­ter hail­ing from the West Coast, bring­ing a SoCal air to the col­lec­tion. Lim’s col­lec­tion is liv­ing proof of how he takes run-of-the-mill, every­day pieces and gussies them up. A mod­ern-day cow­boy can be seen amidst the slouchy air of Cal­i­for­nia cool. Acne Stu­dios of­fers a more stream­lined ap­proach with ex­ag­ger­ated sil­hou­ettes and hints of tex­ture and color strewn into the mix. In both cases, light lay­ers are the name of the game. When it comes to watch­mak­ing, strictly speak­ing, all watches are lay­ered to some ex­tent – it’s just a ques­tion of how much. See­ing as we are dab­bling with lighter lay­ers this sea­son, we thought we’d go with the more sub­tle tiers of Arnold & Son’s DSTB (Dial Side True Beat). The true beat mech­a­nism is the star of the show, with its hands, lever wheels and rose gold-treated true beat seconds bridges seen through a sap­phire dial at 11 o’clock. The three-di­men­sional thread con­tin­ues on the white lac­quered domed sub­dial at 4 o’clock. Fra­grance lay­er­ing can be di­vided into two cat­e­gories: com­bin­ing dif­fer­ent fra­grances to cre­ate a one-off scent, or cre­at­ing sev­eral lay­ers of the same scent to in­ten­sify and pro­long it. Though fra­grance com­bi­na­tion is a fa­vorite of ours, it would def­i­nitely take a whole, ded­i­cated ar­ti­cle to ex­plain just the ba­sic prin­ci­ples so let’s stick to lay­er­ing for now. Ac­qua di Parma’s Colo­nia In­tensa Oud is a rare and un­for­get­table scent ex­pe­ri­ence whose range al­lows you to start with a com­bined hair and body wash be­fore fol­low­ing with a match­ing de­odor­ant spray and cologne, per­mit­ting you to steep in its se­duc­tive lay­ers for hours to come.

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