Xmas gift guide – baubles, watches and more

We have compiled a list of a couple of great gift ideas that could be just the thing for Christmas, or even just to celebrate the end of 2020. We have some outstanding jewellery from Jan Logan, the newest from Apple Watch, a very swanky Swiss Army Knife from Victorinox and a travel backpack that will suit the person that travels with a laptop and a tablet. We hope you like the selection.

Jan Logan Kandinsky Collection

The new Jan Logan Kandinsky Collection is inspired by the painter, Wassily Kandinksy, who was a pioneer of abstract art. Kandinsky theorised that ‘music is the ultimate teacher’, and a colour such as yellow, a typically terrestrial colour, represented a middle C, whilst a blue is a celestial colour invoking a deep calm.
Kandinsky also explored the relationships of geometric figures claiming that the circle is the most peaceful shape and represents the human soul, whilst a line is the product of a force which has been applied in a given direction.
What we were inspired by was the visual communication of combining various shapes and colours using the different forms of fine jewellery including metals, gems and wondrous pearls. These attitudes, and Kandinsky’s work, were the platform for creating the collection, often starting with a single idea, a single gem or a blank piece of paper. The design team have been stimulated in using this inspiration to create a concentric mix of warmth, clarity and optimism throughout the range.
Following on from this our production team, including our jewellers, setters and polishers have taken great pride in interpreting the designs and making pieces of the highest quality and workmanship. Similarly, our buying team have ensured that all of our materials are ethically sourced and where possible, our suppliers are members of the Responsible Jewellery Council.
We also celebrate 20 years of working with up and coming Australian actors that began with Rose Byrne. This year we are equally excited about collaborating with the wonderful Sophie Wilde whom we photographed in the hinterland of northern New South Wales. Sophie is a delightful spirit and we look forward to observing the development of her many natural talents.

Highlight pieces we love:

Apple Watch Series 6

The Apple Watch Series 6  is constantly improving, recently introducing a revolutionary Blood Oxygen feature that offers users even more insight into their overall wellness. The feature measures the oxygen saturation of the user’s blood so they can better understand their overall fitness and wellness.
Apple Watch Series 6 delivers many notable hardware improvements, including a faster S6 System in Package (SiP) and next-generation always-on altimeter, along with its most colourful lineup yet, featuring a beautiful palette of new case finishes and bands. watchOS 7 brings sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, new workout types, and the ability to curate and share watch faces, encouraging customers to be more active, stay connected, and better manage their health in new ways.
Customers have more choices than ever with stunning new cases and bands to suit every style preference. For the first time, a new blue colour joins the silver, space grey, and gold aluminium case options, along with a (PRODUCT) RED Apple Watch with exclusive matching bright red bands. Stainless steel models are now available in graphite — a rich grey-black hue with a striking high-shine finish — and an updated classic yellow gold colour.

We here at The Finer Thing in Travel love the watch with the silver stainless steel case with leather link. The stainless steel case is durable and polished to a shiny, mirror-like finish. The Leather Link is made from handcrafted Roux Granada leather with no clasps or buckles, and has embedded magnets for a secure and adjustable fit.

Like other Series 6 watches, this watch has plenty of new features. As mentioned above it can measure your blood oxygen. It can track your heart rate during every workout and can track sleep. And, along with Apple Watch SW and Apple Watch Series 3, it has a water-resistant rating of 50 metres. This means that they may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or the ocean. However, they should not be used for scuba diving or waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below a shallow depth.

Apple Watch Nike and Apple Watch Hermès

We are also partial to the Apple Watch Nike which now comes with new colours for the Nike Sport Band and Nike Sport Loop, and a new Nike Compact watch face allows for multiple Nike Run Club complications. And we wouldn’t say no to the Apple Watch Hermès offers stainless steel cases in silver or space black paired with Single or Double Tour styles in an assortment of vibrant new colours. The fall collection also unveils the Hermès Attelage Single Tour and slimmer Attelage Double Tour bands, which feature a refined connection to the case that reflects the brand’s equestrian heritage, and a new Hermès Circulaire watch face that offers increased options for complications. The perfect Christmas gift methinks!

Brand new in Australia this December is Family Setup on Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 4 and later. This brings the communication, health, fitness, and safety features of Apple Watch to kids and older family members of the household who do not have an iPhone. For the first time, Apple Watch can be set up through a parent’s iPhone, so kids can connect with family and friends through phone calls and Messages, stay motivated with personalised Activity goals, and express their creativity through custom Memoji.

Family Setup makes it possible for the entire family to benefit from the important health and safety features of Apple Watch, like Emergency SOS, while Maps, Siri, Alarms, and the App Store provide greater independence without needing an iPhone. In addition, parents will have peace of mind knowing they can reach their child and identify their location, and that all personal data stays securely encrypted. With watchOS 7, the whole family can also take advantage of optimised features that enhance the overall Apple Watch experience.

Pioneer X Winter Magic Special Edition 2020

Bring snow and magic to your loved one this Christmas with the Victorinox Winter Magic Swiss Army Knife. Where fashion, form and functionality fuse, this knife stands out from the festive crowd, thanks to its snowflake themed scales and charm. Attach to any bracelet or necklace to bring the winter magic wherever you go. The Winter Magic Swiss Army Knife is inspired by magical crisp, clear winter days. Just like every snowflake, the scales of this pocket knife are beautifully unique. Cool gray-blue scales adorned with a snowflake motif bring a magical twist to this special Alox pattern. Combined with attachable snowflake charm and the elegant presentation packaging, this is a sure winner for gifting and collecting. This Christmas gift is priced at $179.

It has nine tools:

  1. large blade
  2. reamer, punch
  3. can opener
  4. small screwdriver 3mm
  5. bottle opener
  6. screwdriver 7.5mm
  7. wire stripper
  8. scissors
  9. key ring

The Victoria 2.0 Classic Business Backpack LE

This is a great Christmas gift idea for your 2021 on-the-go needs. Available in three stunning colours, this durable yet lightweight backpack has a laptop compartment, tablet pocket and plenty of panels inside to keep all your necessities in place.

This lightweight yet durable backpack has a dedicated padded laptop compartment and tablet pocket to keep your gadgets accessible and safe. The organisational panel means you can keep work things in order while the exquisite detailing gives a classy twist to this classic shape. It’s easy to see: this bag means business. It also has an organisational panel containing a smartphone pocket, a large pocket for pens or lip gloss, a pen compartment and a zipped valuables pocket for jewellery or sunglasses. The rear pocket converts to a sleeve that conveniently slides over the handle system of wheeled luggage. It also has RFID protection. This backpack is priced at $310.