Are you in need of a new watch for your morning run? How about a new case to keep your earphones safe? Or a better bag with which to enjoy a weekend getaway? This week, we’re all about refined practicality in the Gentleman’s Journal offices — and have discovered the best, most luxurious-yet-practical products you can buy.
(With the exception of Aston Martin’s latest supercar, of course. That’s just cool…)
Buckle up: Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G
There’s something unexpected about this green wristwatch that has caught our eye. Patek Philippe’s Aquanaut has reasserted its young, dynamic style with a new khaki colour; the tone adding a touch of practicality and military chic to the rounded octagonal case and polished satin bezel. Utilitarian luxury at its finest.
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G
Weekend escape: Bennett Winch Weekender Black
The Weekender is the cornerstone of British luggage brand Bennett Winch’s collection — and we can see why. Now stocked on the Gentleman’s Journal store, this signature piece was created for the frequent traveller – boasting a series of functional pockets and compartments, a padded laptop sleeve and two separate waterproof compartments – perfect if you’re hoping to squeeze in a gym session before your flight home.
Bennett Winch Weekender Black
Shaken and stirred: Aston Martin Valhalla
It may look a little sci-fi for the superspy, but Aston Martin’s latest will make its debut in the upcoming 25th James Bond film. Inspired by F1 and designed with the input of Red Bull Advanced Technologies, this will be the first car in several 007 movies to actually be commercially available — meaning you’ll have the chance to feel like you’re driving a slice of Q branch yourself.
Aston Martin Valhalla
Listen up: Nomad Leather AirPods Case
If you haven’t already lost your AirPods — we’re on our third pair — then we’ve got just the accessory for you. From Nomad, this rugged leather case is crafted from tanned leather from one of America’s oldest tanneries, designed to beautifully patina with time and will protect your earphones while wirelessly charging them.
Nomad Leather AirPods Case
Zip it: Ettinger Bridle Hide Portfolio
If you’re looking to make a style move in the boardroom, this Bridle Hide portfolio from Ettinger is simple, elegant and ready to zip up your most important business documents. It’s smaller than a satchel, better looking than a backpack and will pair with any officewear you care to throw on — from a buttoned-up suit to a more laid-back look.
Ettinger Bridle Hide Portfolio
Deep dive: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep
To support submersible pilot and adventurer Victor Vescovo’s bold expedition to reach the deepest point of each of the five oceans, Omega produced a Seamaster Planet Ocean timepiece that takes dive watch technology to a new level. That means integrated titanium Manta Lugs, a certified chronometer movement and a sapphire taking inspiration from the load bearing conical design of submersible viewports.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep
Popping corks: Château de Pommard Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru
Serial entrepreneur Michael Baum — he of Yahoo, Disney and Splunk — today lives in Burgundy, and owns Château de Pommard. This bottle is our favourite of the Château’s offerings; the clear, medium ruby Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2017. A wine that embodies the essence of Pinot Noir, the nose shows intense aromas of ripe and cooked fruits, as well as notes of sweet spices like vanilla and cinnamon.
Chateau de Pommard Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru
Lace up: North 89 No-2 Breathable Sneakers
Pink may not be everyone’s go-to colour, but these No-2 sneakers from North 89 are guaranteed to turn your head. The perfect summer shoe, they’re crafted from perforated leather and will add a shot of colour to your wardrobe — whether you’re dressing up or down.
North 89 No-2 Breathable Sneakers
Feeling blue: Bamford Mayfair Sport
And so we move from pink to blue. You likely won’t see a bolder watch this year than Bamford’s Mayfair Sport — a rubberised timepiece with a high impact polymer case and Miyota Quartz movement. And, while the watch comes in equally bright colours ranging from hot orange to popping yellow, it’s the blue that has us green with envy.
Bamford Mayfair Sport
Spark up: Patrick Mavros Lion and Monkey Ash Tray
Sometimes, extravagance is good. So, next time you need to pick up an ashtray, don’t opt for a simple clear glass number, and instead head to Patrick Mavros for this sterling silver offering. A proud lion sits at the centre of this artwork of an ashtray — and the third monkey is puffing on a miniature hand-rolled, 18ct gold cigar himself. Because why not?
Patrick Mavros Lion and Monkey Ash Tray
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