Around the world, most countries have a claim to fame. Whether it’s the Swiss making watches or the Cubans rolling cigars, nations know exactly where their expertise lies — and so do we. That’s why, when we need to borrow tips, techniques or talent, we know exactly where to look.
In this week’s Editor’s Picks, British blacksmith Blenheim Forge looks to Japan for knifemaking pointers, Bremont goes toe-to-toe with those Swiss watchmakers and Glen Scotia proves, once again, why Scotland remains the best whiskymaking nation there is. Add to that a drizzle of Greek olive oil, a touch of Californian tech and some fine English engineering, and we’re flying the flags for quality commodities the world over.
Swing low: Bremont Limited Edition ‘S300 RFU’ Wristwatch
Inspired by the England Rugby team, this new limited edition timepiece from Bremont features a 40mm case and a distinct red, white and blue colour scheme. Based on the Bremont ‘Supermarine Type 300’ collection, the watch also features a 38-hour power reserve, a ceramic blue uni-directional bezel and an English rose on the dial.
Bremont Limited Edition ‘S300 RFU’ Wristwatch
Raise a glass: Glen Scotia Seasonal Release Whisky 2021
Matured in first fill Bourbon and American Oak, there’s a bolshy quality to Glen Scotia’s latest ‘Seasonal Release’ whisky. And the scotch, which fully matures in Oloroso hogsheads and heavily charred oak barrels, is as forthright on the palate as it is on the nose; with flavours of brown sugar, cinnamon and sea spray crashing together for a long, orange-tinged finish.
Glen Scotia Seasonal Release Whisky 2021
Shifting gears: Aston Martin DBX707
‘The ultimate SUV’ — that’s how Aston Martin bills its latest DBX. And the British brand isn’t far off. With a unique 4.0-litre V8, new 9-speed gearbox and a comprehensive suite of engine, transmission, suspension and brake upgrades, the DBX707 may have a clunky name — but it’ll go like the clappers.
Aston Martin DBX707
Feeling good: Lumity Morning & Night Male Supplement
A daily dose that promises to improve your daily life, Lumity’s ‘Morning & Night Male Supplements’ are a one-stop-shop for every vitamin and mineral your burnt-out body needs. Colour-coded to dawn and dusk, these gluten-free, preservative-free, sugar-free softgel capsules are stuffed with everything from amino acids to zinc to create a clinically-proven core formula that will help you age beautifully.
Lumity Morning & Night Male Supplement
Praise the cord: Percival Navy Cord Outershirt
Praise be! Everybody’s favourite trimly-tailored outershirt now comes cut from everybody’s favourite distinctly-patterned, durably-made, ridged velvet fabric. Percival have pulled out all the corduroy stops with this one; finishing the dress-up, dress-down design with four-hole horn buttons, slant pockets and a fetching double button cuff.
Percival Navy Cord Outershirt
Cutting through: Blenheim Forge ‘Chinese-Style’ Cleaver
They’re a sharp bunch over there at Blenheim Forge. While the rest of us were wrestling with resolutions, the London-based blacksmiths spent January honing and hewing a new select collection of blades. The best? A laser-thin ‘Chinese-style’ cleaver, with a cold-forged blade and handle crafted from incredibly dense, bright yellow English Box Wood.
Blenheim Forge ‘Chinese-Style’ Cleaver
Striking oil: Nikkitas Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Each bottle of this handsome oil has a seriously Spartan backstory. Hand-picked, pressed and packaged up on the Peloponnese peninsula, every olive used to create Nikkitas’ polyphenol-rich blend zips from the branch to the bottle in under 24 hours — ensuring the nutrients, piquant taste and sumptuous texture are all maintained for those lucky enough to drizzle it.
Nikkitas Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Calling card: Nomad ‘Card for AirTag’
Few recent inventions bring together value and versatility like Apple’s AirTag. And, designed to keep track of your most prized possessions, these coin-sized gizmos have just had an upgrade courtesy of Nomad. The Californian brand’s ‘Card for AirTag’ is a minimalist masterstroke; giving the gadget somewhere to snap into so it can slide — undetected and invaluably — into your wallet.
Nomad ‘Card for AirTag’
High spirits: Whisky Vault
How much do you value your whisky collection? If, like the Gentleman’s Journal team, you’d do anything to protect it, then this hardwearing piece of hardware is your next big buy. With a steel plate construction, machined aluminium tri-spoke handle and a bullet-proof window, this vault is fitted with a UL-certified ‘LA GARD’ electronic lock system.
Adventure is out there: Shackleton ‘Centenary’ Explorer Jacket
Cut in London from a Dundee-woven waxed cotton fabric, this ‘Centenary’ jacket celebrates a classic piece of time-tested outerwear. It’s lightweight, breathable and water-repellant — and features a large central pocket, drawstring hood and waist and finished with British leather. Your own snug slice of the golden age of adventure.
Shackleton ‘Centenary’ Explorer Jacket