Write your own success story
The 2017 Namiki Limited Edition Toryumon fountain pen tells a remarkable story
Namiki’s Toryumon collection of writing instruments narrates an inspiring tale. It tells of a fish that swam against the rapids in Longmen Mountains in the upper reaches of the Yellow River in China and was transformed into a dragon and ascended into heaven.

In Japanese, Longmen (Dragon’s Gate) is Toryumon. This classic tale about overcoming adversity to achieve success is recounted by employing the togidashi (burnished) maki-e and taka (raised) maki-e techniques on the barrel and cap of a fountain pen. The barrel depicts a carp swimming in tranquil waters. In contrast, the cap shows two carp that are in the midst of transforming into a dragon.

Only 99 limited-edition pens have been crafted. The writing instrument comes in a gift box, inside which is a serial number plate on which the carp are portrayed.

Love and hope
Luxury brand Louis Vuitton renewed its support for Unicef in raising awareness and funds for Syrian children with the launch of a new version of its Silver Lockit, which comes with colourful bracelets. Buyers of the bracelet will contribute critical funding to Unicef-supported programmes for over nine million children facing the world’s most challenging humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighbouring countries.

Since 2016, Louis Vuitton has raised more than US$2.5 million ($3.4 million) in aid of the Syrian crisis, donating US$200 to Unicef for each bracelet sold. Available until December.

Dapper Dan
Gucci is mounting its men’s tailoring campaign with the help of Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day, the Harlem couturier well known for his made-to-order designs. He was the toast of the tailoring world in the 1980s and 1990s before his boutique shuttered. Gucci has resurrected the icon and shot him wearing Gucci on the streets of Harlem that feature landmarks such as the Apollo Theatre.

Octo power
MB&F continues its aqua theme with the Octopod, a clock that is supported by eight legs. As its name suggests, the Octopod was inspired by the highly intelligent octopus, and the inner workings of the clock are equally ingenious. The hours, minutes and counterbalanced regulator are mounted on the minute hand. The Octopod measures 28cm x 28cm when its legs are fully extended (standing) and 45cm x 22cm when they are bent (crouching). There are a total of 309 components in the clock, which has L’Epée in-house designed and manufactured baseplate in transparent mineral glass, anti-reflective coating on both sides and a power reserve of eight days from a single barrel. Available in three limited editions of 50 pieces each in black PVD, blue PVD and palladium (silver).

Montblanc explores its heritage
Inspired by the famous Minerva chronographs from the 1930s, the Only Watch 2017 — Unique Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter is an exploration of Minerva’s heritage. The timepiece features a traditional manual monopusher chronograph movement, the calibre MB M16.29, while a distinctive bronze case is used for the first time in the Montblanc Collection. A vintage green dial and a matching green alligator strap make this piece truly special.

Only Watch is an international watchmaking event that organises biennale auctions of unique timepieces to raise funds for scientific and medical research.

Drafting a new vision
Jil Sander has a collection by its new creative directors — the husband-and-wife team of Lucie and Luke Meier. The first men’s collection communicates a design based on pure lines and focusing on proportions and well-constructed pieces. The aesthetics speak of the impeccable workmanship that has been the brand’s DNA.

This article appeared in Issue 799 (Oct 2) of The Edge Singapore.