1. St James’s Christmas calendar competition is under way
More festive news this week. St James’s Market has just had its Christmas makeover, but it’s a little different this year. The Market pavilion has been transformed into a giant advent calendar, illustrated by Daniel Clarke. And, as we move ever closer to Santa’s fateful touch-down, Clarke’s series of vinyl panels will be revealed day by day to create a series of charming Christmas scenes beneath. To chime with this, St James’s is running an Instagram calendar competition in partnership with the British Fashion Council and London Fashion Week Men’s. There’s a prize to be won each day, including a pair of bespoke Cubitts frames, Grenson shoes and the chance to create your own fragrance at Floris London – something we can heartily recommend. Follow and enter on Instagram, @stjameslondon.
2. Ourver’s staples are a breath of fresh air
There’s no denying the guilty pleasures of statement menswear, particularly at this time of year. But, much as though it’s fun to splash out on a new shearling coat or chunky pair of boots, there’s also a great deal of satisfaction to be had in stocking up on those men’s style staples that are indispensable. Ourver, (which stands for ‘Our Version’) was launched to fill this gap and offers style conscious men a tight collection of well-formed wardrobe basics. Whether a versatile cotton crewneck tee, knitted beanie or clean cut selvedge denim jeans – this is the brand to go to. We’re particular fans of the Ourver chambray shirt, which is made in London from a blend of cotton and linen that will transition comfortably between seasons. £89, shop now
3. IWC to make 27 limited edition watches for its 150th anniversary collection
No year goes by without at least one Swiss watch brand claiming the anniversary high ground. Next year, the rest will struggle to compete with IWC, which notches up the 150th anniversary of its founding. Fuelling its ambitions to make us all take note of this will be a vast collection of limited edition pieces dubbed The Jubilee Collection, just announced. In it will be 27 different watches from IWC’s Portugieser, Portofino, Pilot’s Watch and Da Vinci lines. Hard to pick a standout among those previewed as they include some dizzying complications, but if we had to lump for one at this stage, it would be the IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition ‘150 Years’, a hand-wound piece with digital displays for both hours and minutes that becomes the first wristwatch the Schaffhausen brand has ever made featuring a system that appeared on its Pallweber pocket watches in 1884. Only 250 will be made, and something tells us they won’t sit on shelves for long. iwc.com
4. Deakin & Francis has a new home (that’s well worth a visit)
Deakin & Francis is a one-of-a-kind jewellery manufacturer and designer. The firm specialises in fine men’s cufflinks and has been at it for 230 years. It’s also a family affair; it’s current proprietors, Henry & James Deakin, are the seventh generation to manage the brand. This week they’re both jumping for joy, because for the first time in its history, D&F has a flagship store in London. Located on gentleman’s shopping heaven, London’s Piccadilly Arcade, the store showcases the firm’s collection of playful, contemporary and classic designs, which range from quirky skull-head cufflinks with moving jaws, to fine vitreous enamel roundels and barrel links. It’s here just in time for Christmas, too. deakinandfrancis.co.uk
5. The Berkeley’s rooftop cinema is a Christmas must-do
If you’re stuck for date ideas, or want to give a gift that’ll get your loved ones running into Christmas overdrive this year, this hits the nail on the head. Book your place at a private screening on The Berkeley hotel’s rooftop and you’ll find yourself snuggled into one of four handmade chalet-inspired booths, beneath Moncler blankets with hot water bottles, champagne and mugs of velvety mulled wine in hand. While you disappear into the world of Christmas classics like Miracle on 34th Street and Elf, the hotel’s staff will bring you treats including hot chocolate with melted marshmallows and homemade mince pies with cream. Extra nibbles can be ordered in advance too, including Bratwurst, Pretzels and cookies. As you’d expect, the service is superb and the experience thoroughly festive. One not to miss this Christmas.
5:15pm and 7.30pm viewings are available at £70 per person, until 31 December. To make a reservation, please call The Berkeley Health Club & Spa on 0207 201 1699 or email email@example.com