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You Did What to That Watch? Tag Heuer Performs Its Own Road Tests

by Hyla Bauer

As Executive Fashion Editor for Condé Nast Traveler, my job is to keep up on the latest trends in fashion and accessories. Recently, I went on a quick jaunt to Switzerland to visit the Tag Heuer watch factory, where I had an unexpectedly eye-opening experience.

Tag Heuer's testing rooms were like nothing I had ever experienced before. I felt like I was in Q's lab in a James Bond movie: Machines wiggled wrist bands, dropped watches from varying heights, and submerged them in pressure tanks, among other punishments. They basically shake, rattle and roll them every which way (and not gently!), performing a rigorous "road test" before the watches leave the factory. Only the strong survive.

Read after the jump for a slide show of the Tag Heuer torture chamber.

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Road Test: Tumi "Just in Case" Tote

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TUMI's "Just in Case" tote in magenta.

by Mark Connolly

I've just returned from a wonderful and well-earned vacation in Hvar, Croatia. But boy, you really have to want to go there. Talk about trains planes and automobiles--getting there alone involved an overnight in London, a 3:30 a.m. Gatwick Express from London Victoria full of drunken girls in short tight dresses flashing their crotches, and a not-so-divine 5:55 a.m. flight on easyJet to Split followed by a catamaran from Split to Hvar.

As the Style Director at Condé Nast Traveler, I am used to taking trips around the world for photo shoots and fashion shows; trips for which I must pack relatively light. But honestly, what fashionista can be restricted to a 20k baggage limit for a two-week vacation (a requirement of easyJet)? I know I tend to over pack but I like to think of myself as being pro choice when it comes to vacation outfits. That's why I packed the new fold-up TUMI "Just in Case" tote in my hand luggage. If I had to do the embarrassing re-pack at check-in at 4 a.m. in front of the whole of Gatwick South, at least I'd have a chic emergency bag to do it with. (No need to worry; I had packed with restraint this time.)

Little did I know then that the TUMI bag would prove itself useful all over Croatia. The tough nylon tote made for a lightweight and durable but also roomy beach bag. And the little pouch it folds and zips into made for a very chic evening clutch! I want the teal one and the purple one.

Further reading:
* Road Test: Michelle Jonas dresses
* Mark Connolly's dispatches from Paris fashion week: Stella, Salma, and 3,000 Appointments
* Mark styled Queen Rania for the September cover of Condé Nast Traveler

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Road Test: Michelle Jonas Dresses

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The "long goddess dress" from
Michelle Jonas is perfect for
both work and play
when on the road.

Photo: Michelle Jonas

by Tiffany Gifford

As Condé Nast Traveler's Associate Style and Accessories Editor, I accompany our esteemed leader, Style Director Mark Connolly, on fashion shoots all around the world. Needless to say, I have packing couture gowns and fragile jewels down to a science. When it comes to my own bag, though, I never know what to fill it with--nor how much. Our team is generally hopping to and from different destinations on these photo shoots, so I need to be comfortable. But I must also be chic: Often, after all that running around dressing models, comes dinner at the newest hot spot.

My packing problem has met its Ms. Fix-It in Michelle Jonas. She was kind enough to let me try out several of her dresses and caftans during our most recent shoot in the Dominican Republic. Let's just say they will be coming with me to every future shoot. Jonas's clothes are mainly jersey and cotton gauze, which are light, comfortable materials that don't require dry-cleaning or machine washing. You can just hand wash them and hang them in your shower and they are fresh and ready to go the following day--not a wrinkle in sight. For this shoot, I just alternated the six dresses that I brought as my uniform. Easy as that.

I even got several compliments from Mark on how great the dresses were, the equivalent of getting knighted in the U.K.--such a feat! To test whether or not the Jonas dresses can double as office wear, I've been sporting them to work the past couple weeks. Answer? Yes. All I hear is "Love your dress!" and "I must have that!" from my colleagues. Since I shared my dress secrets with the women of Condé Nast Traveler, I feel it's only right to share it with our readers, too. Get ready to love packing and all the compliments you'll receive.

Further reading:
* Mark Connolly's dispatches from Paris fashion week: Stella, Salma, and 3,000 Appointments
* Mark styled Queen Rania for the September cover of Condé Nast Traveler


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