Every so often, we want to up sticks, leave the office and just get away for a few days. This week, as the summer draws to a close and we all pile back into the city, the thought has crossed our minds many a time.
Thankfully, if you’re lucky enough to still have a little time off, we’ve found some of the best products to help you on your way. From Mutt’s ferocious new motorcycle and a couple of rugged, adventure-bound jackets to Tudor’s latest limited edition, travelling never looked so good. And, even if you’re stuck in the city, we’ve even found an aftershave that promises to whisk you away to more natural, peaceful climes…
Into the black: Tudor Black Bay Chrono Dark
As the Rugby World Cup looms larger than Billy Vinupola’s hamstrings, we’ve been on the lookout for products celebrating sport’s most dynamic, bone-crunching tournament. Thankfully, Tudor’s new Black Bay Chrono Dark has the metal to deal with any number of shakes or shocks. The COSC-certified chronometer boasts a fixed bezel in matt black PVD-treated steel, and will run as a limited edition with the same number of timepieces as All Blacks players since the team’s creation.
Tudor Black Bay Chrono Dark
Green with envy: Floris Vert Fougère Eau De Parfum
There’s something of adventure about Floris’ latest fragrance. Spritz it on to stoke your wanderlust, and evoke mossy moods of sweeping forest vistas and woody mountains. Defined by a juxtaposition between dark green notes and smoky, velvety scent accords, this is a unisex scent created and sold in the heart of London — but beckoning the wearer to lands unexplored.
Floris Vert Fougère Eau De Parfum
Land ‘ho: Asprey Lighthouse Cocktail Shaker
Because who doesn’t want a cocktail shaker shaped like a lighthouse? We know we do. And Asprey, master of outlandish objet d’arts, has the best nautical-based barware you can buy. This sterling silver shaker is detailed with black and yellow enamel, and was designed to resemble classic coastal architecture from the 19th century. All hands on deck — we see a martini on the horizon.
Asprey Lighthouse Cocktail Shaker
Adventure is out there: New & Lingwood Stanton Corduroy Safari Jacket
The Safari jacket is enjoying something of a renaissance; as is corduroy. But the fashion-forward folks over at New & Lingwood have smashed the two together to create this gem of an explorer’s jacket. Woven with fabric from Italian mill Pontoglio, it has an internal drawstring waist to flatter the fatter adventurer, a revere collar for any inclement weather you may encounter and four deep bellows pockets for as many maps as you can carry. Adventure is out there.
New & Lingwood Stanton Corduroy Safari Jacket
Barking mad: Mutt Mastiff 125
Mutt really knows how to make a motorbike. Its rough, ready, black and brown approach to bike-making is up there with the coolest in the world — and its latest dog to snarl its way onto the scene is no different. The Mastiff 125 is a tarmac pounder that promises to strain at its leash: a 17-litre tank, black rim 18″ wheels and oh-so-pretty black anodised handlebar clamps coming together to create a powerful, provocative and decidedly un-pedigree machine.
Mutt Mastiff 125
Wash your mouth out: Buly 1803 Orange, Ginger and Clove Toothpaste
Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. The flavours in this toothpaste from Buly 1803 may seem more at home in your kitchen cupboard, or stuffed into a Christmas turkey, but they also make for a surprisingly refreshing toothpaste. Slightly sweet, slightly spicy, the natural sulphur stuffed into this bright orange tube is renowned for its soothing anti-bacterial properties.
Buly 1803 Orange, Ginger and Clove Toothpaste
Take your best shot: Le Chameau Men’s Wax Country Jacket
If you hadn’t heard, Le Chameau has pulled on its iconic jersey-lined boots and marched its dual-density soles into the world of apparel. With clothes ranging from wool jumpers to brushed cotton shirts, the collection is tailored for the field — and this dry wax cotton jacket is the best of the bunch. With a moleskin collar, pocket detailing and articulated sleeves for freedom of movement, it comes second only to your 12 gauge and your Weimaraner in a list of countryside essentials.
Le Chameau Men’s Wax Country Jacket
Bring life: Vitruvian Man Resurrection Cream
Like Lazarus, Vitruvian Man has rolled away the stone and tossed out an anti-ageing face cream to conquer all others. Lightweight, moisturising and heavenly hydrating, it uses mineral filters to provide broad-spectrum sun protection while effectively promoting an even skin-ton and radiant appearance. Hangover, be gone!
Vitruvian Man Resurrection Cream
Sharpen up: Blok Chef Knife with Maple Burl Handle
In the new issue of Gentleman’s Journal, we put some of Britain’s best handcrafted kitchen knives to the test. Blok Knives has some of the sharpest, slickest choppers around — and this handsome, maple burl-handled all-rounder is one of our favourites. That’s eight edgy inches of carbon steel, poised to pare, chop, dice and slice anything you need to dispatch. And cut!
Blok Chef Knife with Maple Burl Handle
Looking for more of the best new buys? Check out last week’s Editor’s Picks…