Luxury can be difficult to define. There are certain products we come across that may be beautiful, and very, very expensive — but offer little in real practical purpose. They are, to all intents and purposes, pointless.
So, here at Gentleman’s Journal, we try to look beyond the bells and whistles — and define a luxury product as one that performs well above its peers. Supercars must actually be super. Fine-dining must be the finest. And every tailored suit must truly be a cut above. This week, we’ve rounded up yachts, jackets and accessories of the highest order. Take a look…
Zip it: Prévu Delancey St Suede Jacket
There are few things as timelessly cool as a flight jacket. And, cut in genuine suede, armed with twin magnetically-fastened pockets and trimmed with a delicate faux-fur collar, this offering from Delancey is one of the finest we’ve seen.
It’s got a smart, silk satin lining and a leather trimmed zipper — as well as a multitude of pockets to ensure it remains functional as well as fashionable. We’re shrugging ours on to protect against the last frosty vestiges of winter.
Prévu Delancey St Suede Jacket
Rewriting the rules: Princess X95 ‘Superfly’
Every so often, Princess Yachts weigh anchor, sail far out into the ocean and hurl the rule book overboard into the waves. With the X95, they’ve done it again — and boldly rewritten the rules of yacht design.
Elegantly fusing architectural innovation with the brand’s signature and traditional style, this latest offering is less ground-breaking in the mechanical way of the Y85 or R35, and instead sets new standard in lifestyle and luxury. That means 40 per cent more indoor space than your traditional motor yacht and a vessel set to take the sea by storm.
Princess X95 ‘Superfly’
Tick-tock: Vertex MP45 Monopusher Chronograph
Vertex are a brand with an important history. After a reliable tenure as wartime watch supplier to the Ministry of Defence during the Second World War, the company were commissioned to make an ‘Ordinance timing watch’ for the War Office. However, due to rationing, they couldn’t import enough movements and abandoned the project.
Until now. Today, Don Cochrane of Vertex has selected the MP45 as the brand’s second model after the M100. Using a new monopusher version of Sellita’s SW500 chronograph movement, it’s sleek, jet black and imbued to its ticking core with the heritage of the Vertex name. A worthy investment.
Vertex MP45 Monopusher Chronograph
Cool off: Asprey Stag Sterling Silver Champagne Cooler
Your champagne is only as impressive in the vessel in which you serve it. And, presuming you’ve already got your glassware sorted, the next step is investing in a statement cooler. And statements don’t come much more wild than this.
With two sterling silver stags protruding from the sides — complete with antlers to watch over your vintage prized brut — this cooler from Asprey has employed traditional silversmithing techniques to create a fun, eccentric, but undoubtedly debonair addition to any dinner table.
Asprey Stag Sterling Silver Champagne Cooler
Buckle up: Luca Faloni Woven Suede Belt
As we know, a belt can say a lot about your character. Which is why, when browsing the buckles for our latest summer accessory, we took particular care in picking out the best.
And the best this certainly is. Luca Faloni may principally be known for his knitwear and linen shirts, but this durable belt shows that he knows his way around men’s accessories with just as much flair. A hand-stitched buckle ensures maximum strength and — our favourite part — the metal has been formulated to not ring at airport security. Perfect for your next sunny escape.
Luca Faloni Woven Suede Belt
Smooth things over: Aldwyn & Sons Men’s Footcare
You may have only got a pedicure once or twice in your life. Indeed, you may never have known the feeling of having your well-trodden feet scrubbed, toenails clipped and heels exfoliated. If that’s the case, Aldwyn & Sons of Fitzrovia are here to tell you: You’re missing out.
As Britain’s first dedicated men’s pedicure room, these modern footmen are located in Sharps Barber shop in central London and will soon be your favourite gentlemanly haven when the office gets a little much. Treatments range from 30-minute manicures to a 75-minute session of cuticle-pushing, foot-filing and massaging — and all will see you leave with a soft skip in your step.
Aldwyn & Sons Men’s Footcare
Give it the boot: Crockett & Jones Grosvenor Boots
As the snow and sleet subside, we can once again start dressing our feet for style rather than protection and practicality. That means, thankfully, ditching the bulky soles and burly leathers for something a little sleeker.
Crockett & Jones step stylishly into that breach, and the Grosvenor boots — single buckle monkstraps with leather soles — are the perfect option. They’re not quite your summer city kicks, but will see you through spring with a hint of the unusual and a whole lot of quality craftsmanship. Buckle up.
Crockett & Jones Grosvenor Boots
Start your engines: Bentley Bentayga Speed
Bentley just won’t give up. Mere months after Lamborghini stormed onto the luxury SUV scene with their powerful Urus, the British marque have hit back in inimitable style with the Bentayga Speed — an imposing, invigorating take on their own four-wheel-drive offering that has topped the Lambo’s top speed.
That’s a heady 190 mph on the speedometer, if you were wondering. And, paired with the mechanical upgrade, the styling’s had a tweak, too. A new spoiler, coupled with the body-coloured styling specification and lower bodywork, gives the Speed a striking fresh aesthetic — and dark tint headlights, lower grilles and 22” inch Speed Wheels drive this straight to the top of our want list.
Bentley Bentayga Speed
Want more gear? Take a look at last week’s Editor’s Picks here…