Looking for the perfect gift for a special someone this Christmas? A good quality classic watch always looks good under the Christmas tree and Cobra and Bellamy’s retro timepieces are ideal for festive gift giving. The brand’s vintage inspired watches channel all the glamour of the 1930s, 40s and 50s and yet would look perfectly chic on modern day wrists. Cobra and Bellamy have been creating stylish watches for both men and women for over 30 years and specialise in making beautiful and affordable timepieces. These are retro watches that could charm even the most tech obsessed analogue detractor. Packed full of nostalgia Cobra and Bellamy’s watches would suit both vintage lovers and those in search something a little different.

Cobra and Bellamy’s watches have a classic but accessible aesthetic; these are not overly opulent pieces crammed with jewels and expensive features but stylish simple watches for everyday wear. The brand’s watches are brimming with old-world charm with unique, quirky retro faces and timeless leather straps. Cobra and Bellamy’s women’s watches in particular possess a maturity, elegance rarely found in contemporary designs. Today watches have become as much accessories as timepieces and Cobra and Bellamy’s designs could really finish off an outfit. With their classic style these are timepieces that will last for years to come and even become favourite accessories. Cobra and Bellamy’s timepieces may not be as flashy or luxurious as many of the watches around today but they do have an elegant, understated chic all of their own.

Watches are a pretty traditional gift and may even seem like a bit of a boring choice at times but Cobra and Bellamy’s unique designs are a new, paradoxically vintage, twist on an oft given present. These are watches that combine style and elegance with accessibility and durability making them ideal Christmas gifts. These are, in short, good quality watches that would be appreciated by almost anyone.

Hannah Balsdon

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There is something unmistakably seductive about beautiful, luxury stationery; you simply cannot beat the look or feel of a classic leather bound journal or notebook. In a world of touch screens and monitors old fashioned stationery is beginning to become rarer and rarer. Fortunately luxury stationery brand Sloane Stationery uses age old book binding techniques to produce high quality notebooks and diaries. Founded by Nathalie Vaandrager with the aim of bringing the traditional craft of book binding into the 21st century Sloane Stationery manufacture all their pieces right here in the UK. This is a company committed, not only to creating elegant and stylish stationary but also to preserving time-honoured skills and techniques.

Luxury stationary can often seem a bit serious and austere but Sloane’s products are unique in that they actually posses a both a sense of humour and an individuality all of their own. Slogans such as “Masterful Inactivity” and “Man Walks Into A Bar” adorn their notebooks whilst astrological signs give some of their 2015 diaries a quirky look.  This is classic stationery with a twist; a Sloane Stationery notebook is designed not only to be written in but also to make you smile. That said this is certainly not novelty stationery; the brand’s use of traditional finishes and restrained typography gives their pieces a stylish and iconic air. These are notebooks and diaries with a touch of whimsy rather than disposable joke stationery.

With Christmas now just weeks away Sloane Stationery’s witty but refined products would make excellent presents. This is stationery that would not look out of place on even the most professional desk and yet is also designed to make its owner smile. High end stationery can often add a touch of luxury to an office but Sloane Stationery’s creations add a little fun as well.

Hannah Balsdon

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