Editor’s Picks: Grand Seiko Watch, Louis Roederer Champagne, Ruark Music System
From Aubin’s moleskin worker jacket to Honda’s Motocompacto, this is what we want this week
This week’s Editor’s Picks is all about taking time to enjoy the finer – and simpler – things in life. Whether that’s lounging on a Sunday morning wearing New & Lingwood’s sumptuous velvet dressing gown made from a historic tapestry; savouring a bottle of Louis Roederer’s Late Release Cristal 2002 – probably the best Cristal vintage ever released; listening to your favourite music on Ruark’s seventies-inspired R410 Integrated Music System; or starting your day using Heath’s Relax Hair + Body Wash, which will restore and calm your mind and body. Take a look…
East meets west: Grand Seiko Limited Edition Mount Iwate Autumn Dusk
Exclusively available in Europe, this elegant, Japanese-inspired timepiece blends the design essence of the brand’s iconic 44GS collection with the technical expertise of a modern manual-winding 3 hand movement. Featuring a captivating green textured dial, showcasing the well-known “Mount Iwate” pattern, the dial’s fine ridges are reminiscent of the view of the mountain peak from the Shizukuishi Grand Seiko studio, where this timepiece is crafted. Limited to 400 pieces, each watch is engraved with its limited number on the case back.
Grand Seiko Limited Edition Mount Iwate Autumn Dusk
Finest fizz: Louis Roederer Cristal Late Release 2002
As the largest independent family-managed Champagne producer, 247-year-old Louis Roederer is managed by seventh generation family member Frédéric Rouzaud alongside long-time Chef de Cave and Champagne legend Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon. They have become pioneers in biodynamic farming, and all the grapes in Cristal and other vintage cuvee’s come from their own vineyards. Today Cristal is the world’s most awarded prestige cuvée champagne, and, 9 years after its disgorgement date, Late Release 2002 reveals the perfect balance between concentration and finesse, freshness and vinosity, intensity and refinement.
Louis Roederer Cristal Late Release 2002
Lost in music: Ruark R410 Integrated Music System
Music is a universal language that transcends boundaries and connects people from different backgrounds, which is why Ruark’s striking R410 Music System is designed to bring you closer to the people and music you love. A modern take on seventies-inspired styling, the R410 features a hand-crafted sustainable walnut grille and cabinet, and a new-and-improved RotoDial control system, which has been a distinctive part of Ruark products since the introduction of the R1 in 2006. It also comes with a matching rechargeable remote.
Ruark R410 Integrated Music System
All in a day's work: Aubin Combe Moleskin Worker Jacket
The vintage-inspired Combe is Aubin’s contemporary take on the authentic worker style jacket, which has been worn throughout history as a uniform for the working man. Now a symbol of off-duty style, the Combe is made from 100% cotton moleskin, the same fabric traditionally used for worker jackets because of moleskin’s dense weave and a robust nature. The face of the fabric has a soft pile, so it feels warm to the touch, and will last a lifetime. You could win £1,500 to spend with Aubin and more, by entering our competition here.
Aubin Combe Moleskin Worker Jacket
Better with age: The Last Drop Distillers 50 Year Old Blended Grain Scotch Whisky
The Last Drop Distillers has always celebrated Scotch Whisky in all its forms: blends, single malts and, perhaps the least known category, grain whisky. Over the years, The Last Drop has released three different single grains, each from a closed distillery, with Release No 31 being a truly beautiful, blended grain Scotch Whisky, the closest in style to American whiskeys, such as bourbon, made with a mixture of grains including corn and wheat as well as malted barley. Fifty years of maturing in a cool climate have given this grain whisky a compelling depth and complexity with fruity overtones belying its age.
The Last Drop Distillers 50 Year Old Blended Grain Scotch Whisky
Soft touch: Oliver Brown Roll Neck Super Geelong in Dark Navy
As one of the most elegant and versatile jumpers around, a roll neck should be a stable for the autumn and winter months – layered under a sports jacket and paired with cords for a laid back yet sophisticated look. Oliver Brown’s navy roll neck jumper features ultra-fine, non-allergenic wool sourced from Merino lambs in Geelong, Australia, offering unparalleled comfort and warmth, while remaining lightweight and breathable. Geelong wool is often compared to cashmere for its luxurious softness and is one of the most sought after lambswools.
Oliver Brown Roll Neck Super Geelong in Dark Navy
Keep calm and carry on: Heath Relax Hair + Body Wash
This is an essential set of two Heath heroes for fuss-free cleansing and moisturising to power up your face care routine every day. The hard-working, anti-pollution skincare duo creates a sense of relaxation with frankincense, elemi and cedarwood essential oils, which restore and calm both mind and body. What’s more, they have a meditative formula including Organic Cactus Extract to condition and comfort, while Amino Acid derivative Creatine provides superior skin protection, and anti-oxidant rich White Tea, Ginseng and essential oil of Elemi help achieve serenity and balance.
Heath Relax Hair + Body Wash
Life’s rich tapestry: New & Lingwood Wolterton Velvet Lined Dressing Gown
Known for its distinctive blend of classic and contemporary loungewear, New & Lingwood recently launched its RE:NEW concept store at 19 Savile Row, exploring sustainability and circularity in fashion, including one-off dressing gowns made from repurposed scraps of cloth. Handmade in England, its lavish Wolterton Velvet Lined Dressing Gown is made from a Mid-17th Century tapestry of Wolterton Hall, with the addition of twist piping, three patch pockets and a belt of the same storied fabric.
New & Lingwood Wolterton Velvet Lined Dressing Gown
Small but perfectly formed: Honda Motocompacto
Motocompacto’s carefully-considered form factor makes it ultra convenient and versatile for short city commutes. The pedal-less body folds neatly into a durable, compact shape that’s easy for stowing in almost any environment. You can also make a statement with with the sleek and simple side canvas by personalising it, or promoting your company artwork as you roll through the streets. The Motocompacto phone app is instant, fun and convenient so you can adjust your personal settings on the go, and change lighting and ride modes via Bluetooth.
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