editors picks

Editor’s Picks: Ralph Lauren martini kit, North smart glasses and Moncler ski trousers

From a leather-bound hip flask perfect for the fields to a Breitling Navitimer perfect for the skies, this is what we want this week...

This week, we’re going hell for leather with our Editor’s Picks. From watches with alligator straps to leather-bound boxes, musky fragrances to lace-up boots, we’ve got you covered. So pull out your own burnished, tanned wallet and get ready to spend — because you’re going to want everything on here…

Lace-up: Cheaney Elliott II Capped Derby Boot

Cheaney Elliott II Capped Derby Boot

There’s something about a good brown leather boot that stirs our souls at Gentleman’s Journal. Fully leather lined, Goodyear welted and handcrafted in Northamptonshire — the home of British shoemaking — these high-ankled Elliott II lace-ups are a call to adventure. It’s time to tackle winter, they shout! And, with these on our feet, we’re more than happy to oblige.

Cheaney Elliott II Capped Derby Boot

Cheaney Elliott Capped Derby Boot

£395

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Spray away: Acqua di Parma Leather Eau De Parfum

Acqua di Parma Leather Eau De Parfum

Intense, charismatic and the woody jewel in the crown of Acqua di Parma’s Signatures of the Sun collection, this elegant fragrance in inspired by the sophistication of the leather-making tradition. We can’t think of a better aftershave to spritz on over autumn; an ode to Brazilian oranges, Sicilian limes and rose.

Acqua di Parma Leather Eau De Parfum

Acqua di Parma Leather Eau De Parfum

£197

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Shaken, not stirred: Ralph Lauren Home Parker Mix Box

Ralph Lauren Home Parker Mix Box

Leather-bound in luxury, Ralph Lauren knows how to throw a party. And, with this handcrafted mix box, you’ll be able to make the perfect martini anywhere. Inspired by the designer’s eponymous restaurant in Chicago, expect crystal barware, a jigger, strainer, bar spoon and two monogrammed coasters inside the blue box. Chin-chin.

Ralph Lauren Home Parker Mix Box

Ralph Lauren Home Parker Mix Box

£3495

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Take aim: James Purdey & Sons Steel Flask

James Purdey & Sons Steel Flask

When you’re heading into the fields this shooting season, hoping to bag a pheasant or two, it pays to carry a little leather-bound hip flask containing your favourite warming tipple. That way, when you’re stalking around and the temperature drops, you’ll have a short swig of anything from sloe gin to Scotch whisky on hand to perk you back up. This traditional piece of field sports kit from James Purdey & Sons is our choice, and it should be yours too.

James Purdey & Sons Steel Flask

James Purdey & Sons Steel Flask

£100

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Mountain ridges: Moncler Grenoble Corduroy Ski Trousers

Moncler Grenoble Corduroy Ski Trousers

The powder’s almost calling, and we’re already preparing for a winter spent carving up the slopes. But, with an increasing focus on apres-style, why not bring some of your thermal fashion onto the slopes themselves? From Moncler, these water-repellent ski trousers are padded, flexible and crafted from everyone’s favourite fabric; corduroy.

Moncler Grenoble Corduroy Ski Trousers

Moncler Grenoble Corduroy Ski Trousers

£675

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Focus up: North Focals Smart Glasses

North Focals Smart Glasses

Remember a few years ago, when Google launched its Glass spectacles and everyone decried how ungainly they looked? Well these frames are worlds away from Google’s cumbersome offering. Focals by North are the first prescription smart glasses, and feature a head-up holographic display only the wearer can see. The display appears to float an arm’s length away, and you control notifications and apps through the use of a discreet controller worn as a ring. The future’s now.

North Focals Smart Glasses

North Focals Smart Glasses

£599

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Dram it: Whisky Exchange Whisky of the Year Judging Set

Whisky Exchange Whisky of the Year Judging Set

Here’s a fun one. The Whisky Exchange co-founder Sukhinder Singh is inviting his customers to help choose the institution’s Whisky of the Year 2020. Buy the reasonably priced judging set and sample each of the six shortlisted whiskies — labelled A, B, C, D, E and F so as to be judged blind — and then enter your single-use code to cast your vote.

Whisky Exchange Whisky of the Year Judging Set

Whisky Exchange Whisky of the Year Judging Set

£24.95

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Take-off: Breitling Navitimer Automatic 41

Breitling Navitimer Automatic 41

Earlier this week, we dived into the murky world of chronometers. So, once you’ve had a read and discovered what exactly makes these super-accurate timepieces tick, take a look at one of our favourites. It’s been a bumper year for Breitling, but this brand new take on its iconic Navitimer is the choice chronometer for us.

Breitling Navitimer Automatic 41

Breitling Navitimer Automatic 41

£4870

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Party piece: Nikki Amsterdam Lampion

Nikki Amsterdam Lampion

With a leather strap to rival the Breitling above, this gadget from Nikki Amsterdam does it all. Not only is it a wine cooler, with room for a bottle of the best champagne up top, it is also a multi-coloured LED lamp and Bluetooth speaker. It’s the funnest, most ridiculous all-in-one piece of party kit for Christmas. And we want one.

Nikki Amsterdam Lampion

Nikki Amsterdam Lampion

£165

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Want to see more of the best gear money can buy? Check out last week’s Editor’s Picks here…

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