Here at Gentleman’s Journal, we love a new spin on a classic. Why? Because, when a product has been built on such a firm, dependable foundations for decades, you don’t have to worry about reliability or build quality. Instead, you can appreciate the appeal of the new limited edition or updated design for itself.
Something like a subtle new special edition from Omega. Or the latest stylish street bike from Husqvarna. But it’s not only great gear that benefits from fresh takes. From Glenfiddich’s Chinese New Year bottling to Hawksmoor’s new at-home steaks, there have been some delicious recent launches in the food & drinks game, too. So, to enjoy everything from skis (that now fold!) to a hoodie (but made from cashmere!) here are the best new spins of the week…
Deep dive: Omega Seamaster Diver 300M ‘Beijing 2022’ Special Edition
Despite it looking likely that the Summer Olympics will be postponed for yet another year, Omega will be back as official timekeepers for the Winter Games in Beijing next year. This stainless steel Seamaster, released to celebrate the partnership, has a unique titanium bezel ring and five special Olympic Ring minute markers. A subtle but sincere tribute to the Games.
Omega Seamaster ‘Beijing 2022’
Neat trick: Glenfiddich Chinese New Year 21-Year-Old Single Malt
Uniquely designed by emerging illustrator Rlon Wang, Glenfiddich’s new Chinese New Year 21-Year-Old Single Malt tells the story of ‘The Great Homecoming’ — the inimitable feeling of returning home to your loved ones at times of celebration. Featuring dancing lions, whisky-carrying birds and hot air balloons, the scotch may be the same — but the bold limited edition box is worth every penny.
Glenfiddich Chinese New Year Single Malt
Back in the saddle: Husqvarna Svartpilen 125 Motorcycle
Steve McQueen was a man who liked his motorcycles. And, among his favourites, a 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross was perhaps his most treasured — shown off by the star in On Any Sunday. So, surely, The King of Cool would approve of Husqvarna’s exceedingly affordable new Svartpilen 125 model — a single-cylinder, scrambler-style introduction to his best-loved Swedish brand.
Husqvarna Svartpilen 125 Motorcycle
What’s your beef: Hawksmoor 35 Day Dry-Aged British Prime Rib
For those of you hankering for a good steakhouse dinner, we’ve got excellent news. Hawksmoor, perhaps the best (and certainly the beefiest) restaurant in Britain, has this week launched its award-winning cuts of prime meat on Ocado. This is our pick of the tender bunch; a 35 Day Dry-Aged British Prime Rib that’ll bring tears to your eyes and rumbles to your stomach.
Hawksmoor 35 Day Dry-Aged British Prime Rib
Gown and out: Turnbull & Asser Gold Paisley Silk Dressing Gown
For all the drawbacks of lockdown, the dressing gown market has been booming. Many of our favourite brands have doubled, or even tripled their offerings of sumptuous silk robes. And perhaps the finest product of this lockdown silver lining is Turnbull & Asser’s gold paisley gown. Tailored from weighty fabric and tied with a matching belt, it’s a work-from-homer’s dream.
Turnbull & Asser Silk Dressing Gown
Black run: Elan Voyager Folding Skis
We were forced to take a break from skiing holidays this year — although we still enjoyed a little aprés-ski action. But a slope-less year hasn’t stopped us stocking up on gear for our next mountain getaway. Elan’s latest launch, the Voyager Skis, are perhaps the most impressive new release; a folding design that will allow you to bypass the dreaded wait at the oversize luggage belt.
Elan Voyager Folding Skis
Golden touch: Antique 14 Carat Gold Cartier Cufflinks, available at Omnēque
This pair of vintage Cartier square cufflinks is a perfect find for any antique-oriented, style-minded gent out there. The double-sided, ribbed design is cast in sturdy 14 carat gold — and will bring a touch of true 1940s style to any formal outfit. Available now at luxury online jewellery marketplace Omnēque.
Gold Cartier Cufflinks
Pitch perfect: Macassar Ebony Steinway Grand Piano
Steinway & Son’s exclusive ‘Crown Jewel’ collection does exactly what it says on the meticulously handcrafted, exotic wooden shell. These are the best instruments money can buy — especially when limited editions see them created using rare, expensive woods. But you can skip the Indian Apple or Mahogany Pommele; our pitch-perfect choice would be this Macassar Ebony option, with wood sourced from Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island.
Macassar Ebony Steinway Grand Piano
Rained off: Francesco Maglia Striped Wood-Handle Umbrella
Come rain or snow, it pays to be protected when you venture outside these days. Winter 2021 is testing us with its blizzards and sleet — but we’re fighting back in style, thanks to this handsome striped umbrella from Francesco Maglia. Constructed with a curved chestnut handle and fitted with wind-resistant nibs, it’ll fend off even the cruelest cloudburst.
Francesco Maglia Umbrella
Off-road: Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy
In 2021, Land Rover will hold an exclusive adventure competition at Eastnor Castle, the spiritual home of the British off-roader’s testing and development facilities. To celebrate, and pay tribute to the iconic 4X4’s enduring expedition legacy, Land Rover Classic is building 25 adventure-ready Defender Works V8 Trophy vehicles — each with a 5-litre petrol V8, eight-speed ZF transmission and uprated handling kit.
Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy
Soft touch: Luca Faloni Pure Cashmere Zip Hoodie
The loungewear revolution rumbles cosily on. Like Turnbull & Asser’s sumptuous silk robe above, Italian knitwear brand Luca Faloni is doubling down on its softer fabric offerings — and this pure cashmere zip hoodie is top of the neatly folded, versatile pile. Knitted in Bergamo, it’s fitted with a two-way zip, tailored around the torso and has deep front pockets for those extra chilly days.
Luca Faloni Pure Cashmere Zip Hoodie