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ONE GOOD THING that’s come out of this whole recession hoojamaflip is that there seems to be a few less Swarovsky crystals flying about the place. At the height of the boom, I received a press release about the launch of a new pink Swarovsky crystal-coated fridge. It was the day that taste died. Fortunately, the luxury sector has been shaken up and has enjoyed a return to quality. Even Burberry – those guilty purveyors of the infamous ‘Westbrook’ years – realised it was time for a change, as CEO Angela Ahredts recently admitted in the Reuters Global Luxury Summit: “There are two parts to consumer sentiment at the moment: one is price; the other is a return to things that are timeless, lasting and where there’s a return – a long return – on the investment that you’re making.” Consumers are now scratching the surface of the products they buy to reveal what lies beneath their initial allure. With this in mind, we have tried to pick a range of gifts that will not only bring you joy around the Christmas tree, but for many years to come. You’ll notice that there’s a fair bit of patriotism in our selection too. This is in celebration of the inaugural square mile Best of British Collection – an exhibition of British luxury goods held on 17 November at Gibson Hall (just round the corner from Bank Tube station, in case you fancy it). Britain may no longer be a major manufacturing hub, but one thing we do have is creativity in abundance. So come along, take a look at Britain’s hottest talent and treat yourself to the best our country has to offer. Rule Britannia!
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5 SWEET DREAMS La Maison du Chocolat’s heavenly creation
7 MOD IS IN THE DETAILS Guy Portelli’s tribute to The Who
9 HOLY SPIRIT Engrave and imbibe with Johnnie Walker
10 DETAIL THERAPY The best things come in small packages
12 HEAVEN SCENT For coming up smelling of roses
15 FINDING TIME We select the top timepieces of this year
16 SHINING LIGHTS Stunning pieces of haute joaillerie
18 THE GNOME OFFICE You’ll need to see it to believe it
22 GOOD TASTE Limited editions from Johnnie Walker et al
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Light up the Christmas table with this exquisite creation from La Maison du Chocolat, says SALLY MCILHONE. Toute sweet, mon frère, toute sweet...
IF THE IDEA of a typical Christmas is getting you down – family gatherings, a plethora of unwanted socks, dry turkey and even drier conversation – console yourself with this flight of French fancy: La Maison du Chocolat’s £450 limited edition Chocolate Constellation. Based on the traditional French mendiant, this exquisite chocolate bauble has been delicately studded with a blanket of chocolate stars, each individually sprinkled with almonds, candied orange and crystallised violets and infused with the flavours of Christmas in Lorraine. Director of Creation, Gilles Marchal, inspires one’s sweet tooth with this stunning piece of master craftsmanship. With only two made in the UK (and a mere 18 worldwide) this is a chocolate miracle that even Willy Wonka would be proud of. ■ La Maison du Chocolat, 45-46 Piccadilly, SW1; 0207 287 8500; lamaisonduchocolat.com
MOD ALMIGHTY The Dragons’ Den-backed sculptor Guy Portelli’s speciality is iconic pop pieces
GUY PORTELLI MANAGED the impossible – the backing of not one, but three of the investors on BBC’s Dragons’ Den. Peter Jones, Theo Paphitis and James Caan all offered squaremileclub.com
more money than Portelli came in for, and are now the modern-day patrons of the world-renowned sculptor. The results can be seen in Portelli’s latest collection, ‘Pop Icons’. This work, called
Mod Rock, is a deconstructed sculptural tribute to The Who. And the price tag: well, £60,000. But if the Dragons invested in it, why wouldn’t you? 01732 364 708; portelli-popicon.co.uk
THE PERSONAL TOUCH JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL is offering the
ultimate personalised gift – an engraved bottle of blended Scotch whisky
WHAT COULD BE a more exceptional gift for a whisky connoisseur than a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, blended from some of the rarest Scotch whiskies and engraved with a personal message? A complimentary Johnnie Walker Blue Label bespoke engraving service is now available exclusively through thewhiskyexchange.com. Bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue Label (£125) purchased through the website can be engraved with a personal message of choice – the perfect way to create a unique and exclusive gift for any celebration. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch whisky is the jewel in the crown of the house of Walker. In 1820, John Walker pioneered the art of blending and now, over 180 years later, his skills have passed through generations of Master Blenders, to create the finest and rarest Scotch whisky in the world. ■ For further information on Johnnie Walker Blue Label and the bespoke engraving service, please go to thewhiskyexchange.com
PICKETT STUD BOXES, FROM £65 Leather-lined goodies. pickett.co.uk
HUDSON RACER DESK MODEL £90 Desk-top Ferrari fun. mufti.co.uk
HEMMERLE NUTCRACKERS £380 It’s totally nuts/crackers. hemmerle.com
VERTU ASCENT TI CARBON FIBRE £10,400 Upwardly mobile. vertu.com
IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS Gone are the days when your mum put a satsuma in your stocking and you were chuffed. Up the ante with these little beauties… 10 SQUAREMILE
JOANNA WOOD MATCHSTRIKER £382 Smokin’ hot. joannawood.co.uk
MYLA SASKIA PLUNGE BRA £69 Black, where it belongs. myla.com
SONY HBH-IS800 WIRELESS STEREO HEADPHONES £76 In-ear beauty. sony.co.uk
ICECOOL REMODEL & MEND £POA Icecool’s Mark Walker can remodel and revamp all your old favourites. icecool.co.uk squaremileclub.com
DIOR HOMME SPORT £39 Citrus accents and ginger spice. diorhomme.com
CK FREE CHRISTMAS GIFT SET £35 Body wash and fragrance set. harrods.com
TOM FORD GREY VETIVER £50 A classic blue blazer in a scent. tomford.com
RALPH LAUREN POLO BLUE £37.50 Modern twist on a classic. harrods.com
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LALIQUE POUR HOMME £780 Ltd edition scorpion crystal bottle. harrods.com
PORSCHE DESIGN ESSENCE £38 Striking cold metallic accords and warm woody tones. porsche-design.com
7 DUNHILL 51.3 N £52 Quintessentially British fragrance from Dunhill. harrods.com 8 CZECH & SPEAKE £65 A full-bodied, sophisticated fragrance. carterandbond.com squaremileclub.com
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PATEK PHILIPPE LADIES NAUTILUS FROM £17,420 Available from patek.com
HARRY WINSTON MIDNIGHT MINUTE REPEATER £175,900 Available from harrywinston.co.uk
GRAHAM BRAWN CHRONOFIGHTER G-BGP-001 £5,700 thewatchgallery.co.uk
HUBLOT BIG BANG EARL GREY £6,000 Available from marcuswatches.co.uk
GIULIANO MAZZUOLI MILLESIMATO £3,500 Available from thewatchgallery.co.uk
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PIAGET LIMELIGHT TWICE £21,600 Available from marcuswatches.co.uk
CORUM ADMIRAL’S CUP 40 DIAMONDS CHRONOGRAPH £15,250 Available from harrods.com squaremileclub.com
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Left • Hamilton & Inches pheasant candle stick (£4,000 a pair), diamond pendant (£4,500); Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V engraved edition whisky (£375); Pickett cup set (£55); Richard Ogden belle époque brooch (£2,000); 20thcentury hare (£5,800), Victorian stag beetle brooch (£3,300); 20thcentury red-and-black enamelled gold bee brooch (£975)
Middle • Backes & Strauss Piccadilly 45 with one row of handset idealcut diamonds 8.55cts, 18kt white gold, roman numerals on black dial (£63,940); Richard Ogden Edwardian-style diamond set bow necklace (£3,300), late 19thcentury Russian-made stag beetle brooch, (£5,200), onyx and nephrite gold bracelet, (£2,700), art deco-style onyx-and-diamond earrings (£1,975)
Right • Ettinger Maglite torch (£60); Ettinger stud box (£120), cufflinks (£45); key case (£70); Graham big silver stone watch (£6,550); Richard Ogden dragonfly (£9,500), bee brooch (£775), gold brooch set with diamonds, rubies and a single green tourmaline (£6,000), woven pearl choker necklace strung with an enamelled diamond set gold clasp (£4,475)
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Left • And So To Bed crystal candle holder (£275); Richard Ogden Edwardian gold bee brooch (£1,475), cabochon-cut amethyst dress ring set with sapphires and diamonds (£6,250), belle époque enamelled pansy brooch (£2,400), dragonfly with plique-à-jour enamelling set with sapphires, diamonds and an emerald (£8,750); 1950s gold spider brooch, signed William Ruser (£2,600)
Middle • Boodles blue chalcedony ring with 30.49cts of diamonds, (£3,250), fancy cushion cut 37.57ct amethyst ring with 0.96cts of diamonds (£9,000), four-row Waterfall platinum and 2.02ct diamond ring (£10,000), turban cluster ring in platinum and 2.41cts of diamonds (£7,000), Titania butterfly with 3.34ct sapphire cluster suspended from 1.30ct diamond set chain (£8,000), Waterfall
6.35ct aquamarine and 2.19cts of brilliant cut diamonds necklace (£30,000), Waterfall 1.32ct brilliant cut diamond earrings (£8,000), Cabaret star 1.34ct diamond earings (£8,300); Richard Ogden diamond and emerald set dragonfly (£8,400), belle époque orchid brooch with rose and old-cut diamonds, (£3,800), 20th-century snail brooch pavé set with diamonds (£7,375), ruby and diamond set bee brooch (£7,800)
Right • Vertu Ascent Ti Neon Mobile (£6,000); Budd bowtie (£23.50); Lucie Campbell platinum diamond mesh bracelet with 42cts of round brilliant cut diamonds (£96,000); art deco diamond bracelet with ceylon sapphires (£96,000), long platinum diamond briolette tassel earrings 27.41cts (£58,000); Simon Carter Skull Cufflinks (£49) The Gnomes • gnomeland.co.uk
GLASS ACTS There’s more to booze than drinking – it’s all eyes on accessorise
JOHNNIE WALKER BACKGAMMON SET £3,500 Johnnie Walker and William & Son have partnered up to create this Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V Edition Backgammon Set. An initial limited release of a set of 50 bespoke, individually numbered, sets will be available from William & Son and Selfridges. williamandson.com
LEROUXMINEAU 2002 VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE £70 Owned and run by Englishman Tom Ellis, First Class Products prides itself on bringing Grand Cru Champagne to UK consumers at the most affordable of prices – such as this LerouxMineau premiere vintage. lmchampagne.co.uk
LAURENTPERRIER CHAMPAGNE CRADLE £350 JOHNNIE WALKER BILL AMBERG STUDIO COLLECTION £170-£1,200 Johnnie Walker has teamed up with Bill Amberg in the creation of a luxury leather goods range. As well as the £1,200 Weekender, the collection also includes the £200 Overnighter (a smaller holdall) and the compact £170 Traveller (ideal for storing grooming products). harrods.com
This limited edition cradle is the perfect way of serving up LaurentPerrier’s stunning Grand Siècle. As well as an elegant pourer, the design features a detachable cooling mat discreetly placed inside the cradle. harrods.com
DQ VODKA £50 DQ is a rare Swedish vodka that boasts a unique continuous distillation process used in Sweden for more than 130 years – leading to a vodka so pure that it doesn’t need any subsequent filtration. The result is a soft, velvety vodka with a sweet aroma. dqvodka.com
L’ESSENCE DE COURVOISIER £1,800 Housed in Baccarat crystal decanters and finished with a multi-faceted crystal stopper, L’Essence de Courvoisier is both precious and unique, bringing together over 100 rare eaux de vie from Grande Champagne and Borderies. courvoisier.com
make a break for the mild, mild west Leave the City after work on a Friday, and two hours later enjoy a drink overlooking Cornwall’s dramatic coastline, says jon hawkins Call me perverse, but I don’t believe there’s a worse time to visit the English seaside than during the summer. Allow me to explain. Free from tourists and removed of any obligation actually to go in the sea (that’s why swimming pools and the tropics exist), our coast can be seen at its beautiful and dramatic best when the sun has, in theory at least, packed up his hat and buggered off to the Maldives. Nowhere in the country does drama and beauty quite like Cornwall, and St Moritz hotel and spa provides the perfect theatre-seat from which to take in nature’s great spectacle. Perched atop the rugged cliffs between Rock and Polzeath on Cornwall’s north coast, the hotel is a
two-year-old venture owned by Virgin Atlantic chief exec Steve Ridgway and his brother Hugh. Ice-white and angular, it has a clinical architecture that my better half described as looking “like a grounded cruise ship”, all balconies and rounded turrets. It works though, and melts into the breathtaking
●● The hotel is like a cruise ship, all balconies and rounded turrets
scenery effortlessly. Our first-floor suite is spacious, luxurious and – best of all – has a fantastic view over the cliffs and out across the sea, and we’re happy to see we’ve got an enormous kitchen, a decent size lounge and a bed large enough to play a reasonably open game of five-a-side football on. We arrive on Friday night, hopping straight onto an Air Southwest flight at London City and skirting the south coast (Brighton! The Isle of Wight! A cloud shaped like Gordon Brown’s head!) in a wonderfully nostalgic twin prop before landing at Newquay. By 10pm we’re guzzling G&Ts in the hotel bar, which is just as well really because we’ve got a tough weekend of sea air, spa treatments and decent food and
drink ahead of us. Talking of food, the breakfast is as good as I can remember having in a long while – excellent quality meat makes sure of that, and frankly I could have sat there all day eating, slugging coffee and reading the paper, but the sun was out. We take a walk along the coast followed by a ferry trip across to Padstow (dubbed Padstein by locals after the crab-bothering chef whose shadow looms large over the town), via Daymer Bay and Rock. Now I don’t know about you, but when I think of Rock I think of ruddy-faced publicschool brats, dropped off by Daddy for the summer to make the first tentative inroads into their trust funds by drinking themselves into oblivion with cider. So it’s a relief to see that, with the summer gone, they’ve vacated the place. The few that remain appear desperately lost, like the Japanese soldiers who had no idea that World War II had ended several decades earlier. In any case, there’s barely a soul in sight and we wander for miles before hauling ourselves along a Health and Safety-baiting path up the cliff and back to the hotel. Finding myself between Rock and a soft place – my bed – only spurred me on all the more to get back to our weekend refuge. The hotel also plays host to the Cowshed spa, a transplanted spinoff from the famed Babington House original (itself a Soho House spin-off) and evidently a huge success – it’s fully booked when we visit in mid-October. Our massages are excellent, though apparently not enough for my girlfriend who sneaks back for a pedicure later, affording me valuable time to do absolutely nothing for an hour or so. I’m not generally a fan of dead time in hotels – I often find them surprisingly unrelaxing places – but the pace of life at St Moritz seems to just drop as soon as you set foot in the place. It’s probably a Cornish thing, but the hotel does it beautifully.
●● i find myself between rock and a soft place: my bed The restaurant, too, is excellent, focusing on uncomplicated but expertly cooked food (particularly seafood, as you might expect – my girlfriend, a scallop fiend, said hers were the best she could remember, a good sign). The service is warm and friendly if a little, shall we say, in tune with the laidback ambience of the place, and
the restaurant buzzes with a surprising amount of life for somewhere that is, by City standards at least, essentially in the middle of nowhere. I can think of few better places to escape to in the winter, home or abroad. In fact I’d go further than that – over the Christmas period, whisk your other half away (or book an apartment and take the family) as a last-minute surprise and watch the winter gloom fall off you both as soon as you arrive. And do it now, while Rock’s summer population is at home revising for mock GCSEs and the sea’s too cold for you to do anything but look at it. It’s better that way. Suite for two from £165 per night. Visit stmoritzhotel.co.uk for more information. London City to Newquay from £39; airsouthwest.com
cornish tasty: st Moritz effortlessly combines elegance with comfort and epicurean pleasure
The Grove if you’re too busy, too lazy or just too damn important to leave the city for a few days, you’ll no doubt be pleased to learn that you can still experience the mysterious delights of grass, trees and open space within an hour’s drive of the Gherkin. the Grove country Estate in hertfordshire gives over much of its greenery to a magnificent 18-hole championship golf course. once you’ve thrown all of your clubs into the lake in disgust at your playing partners’ incompetence, you can retire to any one of the club’s diverse selection of restaurants and bars, or revitalise your scrambled senses in the indulgent sequioa spa. thegrove.co.uk
Bovey CAsTle Bovey castle in Dartmoor national Park is a national treasure. in addition to teeing off on Bovey’s championship Golf course, or being pampered in the critically acclaimed Elemis spa, there are pony rides, winter walks, christmas crafts and even carol singing so you can have a christmas so idyllic you may as well be in a Disney movie. Bovey is offering a three-night package, filled to the brim with five-star food, starting on 24 December and is priced from £1,650 per room. roaring log fires, mulled wine, aromas of pine and cinnamon drifting through great halls – take a photo and you could sell it as a christmas card. boveycastle.com
AllAdAle in the scottish highlands, the hills are alive with the sound of pony trekking, clay-pigeon shooting and Land rovers carrying you and your tweed-clad family around the glorious alladale Wilderness reserve. the accompanying alladale Lodge is a traditional yet sumptuous haven, with food sourced from local environs, lavishly appointed rooms and a fully equipped gym. should none of that relax you sufficiently – though if that is the case, then we strongly recommend getting your blood pressure checked out – the lodge also offers the opportunity to sample a few of the region’s finer malt whiskies. those handy with a rifle can indulge in a spot of deer stalking – more fun and far less likely to land you with a restraining order than its frowned-upon human equivalent. alladale.com
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whoswhoingoldandsilver.com With more than 260 craftsmen featured, this is a groundbreaking directory of British jewellers, silversmiths and art medallists allowing you to browse online to contact the maker of your choice. Use the directory to find that exclusive piece of jewellery, distinguished gift or unique silver object for that special occasion. This is the ultimate source for any requirements in precious metals.
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Alto Members’ Club London is a premier members’ club with an original 1920s theme. In the heart of the West End, the 500-person capacity is reminiscent of a grand palais drawing room, offering opulence and sophistication against a backdrop of resplendence. Whether for product launches, fashion shows, high profile parties, Christmas or corporate parties, you can be assured that Alto Members’ Club will surpass all expectations.
Asprey, a name synonymous with refinement and luxury, has developed over generations into one of the finest British jewellers and luxury goods houses. Expert jewellery, leather and silver design have given Asprey its unrivalled reputation. The stunning Bond St store designed by Lord Norman Foster comprises several listed buildings. With a glass roof atrium and a grand central staircase, the store provides a superb backdrop for this long established luxury goods company.
Bespoke-England offers a hand-selected collection of the finest quality men’s shoes and accessories, all made in England. Our products are often unique one-off pieces or limited editions. We have several years of experience in handling English footwear including London and Northampton’s finest bootmakers such as John Lobb, Edward Green and Gaziano & Girling. BespokeEngland: offering the finest men’s clothing accessories made to the highest quality.
Want to indulge yourself in a UK mini-break fit for aristocracy? Book yourself in for a stay at the gloriously grand Bovey Castle. Set on 420 acres of Dartmoor National Park, and complete with championship golf course, Elemis spa, indoor and outdoor pools, 80 on-site activities, plus luxury fivestar accommodation in and around the castle grounds, it is without question England’s premier sporting estate, particularly following a recent £16m refurbishment by the owners.
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The first And So To Bed store opened on London’s King’s Road over 35 years ago; there are now 28 showrooms throughout the world. Traditionalists at heart, the creative team is inspired by a vast array of historical designs, from Louis Philippe lit bateaux and Gothic four posters to brass Victorian bedsteads. All the beds are handmade and there is a breathtaking variety of polished wood, veneers and special paint finishes available. Today the range extends to mattresses, furniture, linens, throws and accessories.
Masters of diamonds since 1789, the world’s oldest diamond company Backes & Strauss, has an exclusive luxury watch brand. These creations feature custom-cut diamonds of unique shapes, polished and set to perfection. Reflecting Backes & Strauss’s London roots, there are three collections: The Berkeley, The Piccadilly and The Regent. Crafted in 18ct white or rose gold and set with diamonds, these watches are inspired by London’s Regency architecture. Each watch has the Backes & Strauss signature handset into the crown.
Boodles is that rarest of commodities in the world of today: a family-owned, British company established over 200 years ago and still producing forward-thinking and successful jewellery designs in-house. Boodles is a company that aims to combine beautiful, unique and contemporary jewellery designs with the finest traditional values. Craftsmanship and use of the most sought-after and exquisite gems fuse effortlessly with an awareness of fashion and a sense of adventure and fun.
Bremont is a British company making beautifullyengineered mechanical timepieces that are handassembled in Switzerland but with all the design and case finishing carried out in the UK. Launched in 2007, Bremont has seen meteoric growth and was made ‘Best British Emerging Luxury Brand 2008’ by the Walpole Group. Bremont watches use only the finest quality Swiss components but contain an air of quintessential Britishness derived from the background of the brand’s founders, brothers Nick and Giles English.
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Czech & Speake is internationally renowned for sophisticated and beautifully executed ranges of bathroom furniture, fittings and accessories. Their luxury fragrances are now available worldwide to enable memorable gifts to be given with confidence for all occasions, or for that ultimate individual indulgence. The Aromatics collection includes fine fragrance, cologne, bath oils, aftershaves, shaving and bath soaps, as well as burning sticks and scented candles.
The story of Dent spans three centuries of precision watch and clock making in Great Britain, and the Dent name remains a mark of horological excellence. The company is known for producing fine watches and public clocks throughout the world – the most famous of which is the clock that partners Big Ben. The company continues this tradition with current domestic and international royalty, and prestigious private clients. Available at Jura and The Watch Gallery.
‘The finest shoes in England for the discerning few’: a reputation as true today as when the company was founded over 100 years ago. Traditional craftsmanship, the finest calfskin and a continual striving for excellence ensure that a pair of Edward Green shoes are instantly recognisable. Shoes returned for refurbishment are stripped from the uppers and relasted on the original last. Finally hand-polished to translucency, this piece of craftsmanship will look and feel even better with age.
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Produced since 1839, every bottle of The Dalmore is adorned with a Royal stag’s head. This iconic emblem dates back to 1263 when the ancestor of the late owners, Clan Mackenzie, saved King Alexander III of Scotland from being gored by a stag – the grateful King granted him the use of the stag’s head on his coat of arms. The distillery overlooks the Cromarty Firth and sources its soft, full-bodied water from the nearby River Alness; the craftsmanship employed at the distillery is known as ‘alchemistic artistry’.
Founded in 1977, the original Drakes collection comprised men’s quality scarves. English handmade ties and printed silk handkerchiefs followed, and today Drakes is the largest independent producer of handmade ties in England. Over the years the company has won many prestigious accolades for design and export achievement. The original vision and ethos for the company – to be truly international in terms of sales, with collections designed for a select range of luxury shops is the same today as it was then.
The Ellicott watchmaking dynasty began in 1687 in London when one John Ellicott was apprenticed to the maker John Waters and created the first centre seconds hand. Ellicott has now returned to the forefront of watchmaking, reviving the rich traditions of its pioneering heyday. Deprived of this great brand for too long, the world is now discovering the first 21st-century Ellicott wristwatches. It’s been a fine challenge to which the spiritual heirs of this dynasty of brilliant artisans have risen with undeniable panache and flair.
best oF brItIsh 2009 ColleCtIon It’s time we all took pride in what Britain can achieve. Traditional skills should be kept alive, local economies should be supported and quality should remain at the peak of what the luxury world has to offer. That’s why square mile decided to launch the Best of British Collection – a showcase of the country’s finest luxury brands held at Gibson Hall (just round the corner from Bank Tube station). On 17 November, square mile readers are invited to attend this complimentary event where the top names in British design will be exhibiting their latest collections for you to try and buy. If you’re interested in attending, please email ‘British’ to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fortnum & Mason established 1707, has, over the years, delivered beef tea to Florence Nightingale on the frontline, and kept many an army marching on its stomach. Fortnum’s motto has long been ‘No item too small, no destination too far’. Here, you’ll find everything you need: with five wonderful restaurants, a luxury spa in the heart of town and six floors with everything from food, accessories, gifts and hampers, there is still nothing quite like Fortnum’s.
For half a century Geoffrey Parker has been the world leader in bespoke luxury board gaming, supplying most of the world’s top luxury brands. Within its extensive portfolio of luxury games and gifts are the world’s finest bespoke backgammon, chess, Monopoly®, Scrabble®, bridge, garden games, casino and parlour games, gaming compendia and game tables, many of which can be made in exotic skins and embellished with precious stones and metals.
Havana House holds the Habanos Gold Medal. Its flagship store is based in Windsor, Berkshire, and carries one of the largest ranges of Cuban cigars. It also carries a large range of cigar accessories, pipes and tobacco, all ready for delivery anywhere in the world. For pipe smokers, it has over 200 pipes in stock and over 60 jars of richlyflavoured loose tobacco. It also has a fantastic selection of smoking accessories including lighters, cigar cutters and humidors.
IWI Watches is the inspiration of Ian Walsh, and is a truly English brand, actually making luxury watches in England, but with skills that are more usually associated with Switzerland. Walsh builds every watch himself, using the latest technology with the finest materials and components. His modern classics are created in limited edition runs of 500 per model. The watches pay homage to motorsport’s glory days, with classic dials and the crown sitting at twelve o’clock.
Jura Watches aims to surpass your expectations in-store, online and beyond the sale. Jura has a unique insight on the brands, demonstrating the unparalleled heritage of the Swiss watchmaking phenomenon. Brands stocked include: Bell & Ross; U-Boat; Bremont; Dent; Graham; Sinn; Giuliano Mazzuoli; Perrelet; Corum; Fortis; Anonimo; Ball; Maurice Lacroix; NOA; Eberhard; Oris; Raymond Weil; TechnoMarine; Glycine; Azimuth; Meccaniche Veloci; Victorinox; and BRM.
the Fox Club
☎ 020 7495 3656
☎ +41 32 910 98 88
☎ 020 7734 7441
☎ 020 8838 9388
☎ 0845 415 0633
The Fox club is a private members’ club in the heart of Mayfair and the sharper choice for the discerning individual. It’s a fun and friendly place to unwind with friends, and eat fine food – whether it be breakfast, lunch, private dinner or a function. Why not stay in one of its nine bedrooms, leaving you sharp and focused in the morning. Being a member of the Fox Club gives you access to London’s smartest sharpest set and in today’s financial climate it makes good sense. So come in, chill out and let our friendly staff show you around.
George Graham, British inventor of the chronograph (in 1695) and instruments to map the stars, was reborn in 1995 as an exciting range of wrist machines – featuring lenses and fast action levers along with instant readability. This independently Swiss/British-owned company has become known for its sporty and contemporary masculine products, invention and design. Graham is the official timing partner for F1’s BrawnGP Team and is proud to congratulate Jenson Button for this year’s stunning victory. Available at Jura and The Watch Gallery.
Huntsman has been at the heart of Savile Row for over 160 years: dressing success. With royalty, stars of stage and screen, nobility and heads of industry among its customers, its clothing is as unique and distinguished as they are. Excellence at all levels is paramount. Its team of cutters and tailors are Row-trained. Their focus is on quality and individuality. Huntsman offers bespoke, made-to-measure and ready-to-wear. We dress the best, make the best and expect the best. Without this ethos, we simply wouldn’t be Huntsman.
In 1820, John Walker pioneered the art of blending. Over 180 years later, the stocks available and the skills handed down through generations of Master Blenders allow for the creation of the rarest Scotch whisky in the world – Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Crafted by experts in strictly limited quantities to evoke the powerful character of a 19th-century blend, every component of Blue Label is handpicked from the finest, rarest casks of the Walker reserves. Its particular flavours and properties from exceptional casks all help craft this unique whisky.
Keith Prowse is the UK’s leading hospitality and tours provider, specialising in sporting and cultural events. Keith Prowse prides itself on the official appointments it holds with event owners, giving clients direct access to the best facilities at the UK’s premier events. Events include Wimbledon, rugby at Twickenham, cricket at Lord’s and the Oval, and many more. Keith Prowse’s reputation for the highest standards has been built over 30 years. When booking hospitality for major events, Keith Prowse is the first and last company to call.
lInks oF lonDon
☎ 0845 120 2923
☎ 020 7734 0824
☎ 020 7493 9136
☎ +41 21 825 50 69
☎ 0203 205 1123
Links of London is an iconic international jewellery brand that captures London’s wit, spirit and heart. It captivates customers with striking jewellery collections, statement watches and a selection of exquisite gifts. Imaginative design, craftsmanship and the use of the finest materials ensure that each piece remains a timeless contemporary classic. Under the refreshing direction of creative director Elizabeth Galton, Links of London looks forward to a very exciting future.
Maurice Sedwell is synonymous with the Best of British. Its mission is to keep the heart beating in men’s bespoke tailoring by remaining loyal to the handcraft skills in tailoring, cutting and fitting. Maurice Sedwell’s aim is to continue its 70-year tradition by creating the best in handmade bespoke suits, shirts and ties in the world. This is done through intricate craftsmanship from the very best tailors and cutters trained in its renowned Savile Row Academy.
A Richard Ogden ring combines craftsmanship with a timeless elegance; Established in the Burlington Arcade over half a century ago, the company’s philosophy has always been to match the beauty of the gemstones to equally beautiful settings. This is best reflected in its exclusive range of cluster, single- and three-stone rings – the ideal token with which to celebrate occasions such as an engagement, birthday, wedding anniversary, or the birth of a child.
A native Englishman, Peter Speake-Marin originally had the intention of making jewellery, but found himself seduced by the art and mechanics of watchmaking. His experience allowed him to discover the wide variety of methods used by watchmakers over the centuries, the best of which he brings to his designs today. With all his creations, Speake-Marin pays homage to the horological past, while at the same time mining the rich possibilities of the future.
Vertu is the pioneer of handcrafted mobile phones for the luxury market. Vertu was established in 1998 and, after four years of intensive research and development, unveiled its first product in 2002. Every Vertu handset in each of its three distinct collections – Vertu Signature, Vertu Ascent Ti and Vertu Constellation – is assembled by hand in England. Vertu is available in over 60 countries and in 600 of the finest watch, jewellery and department stores and Vertu boutiques around the world.
turnbull & asser
the WatCh Gallery
☎ 020 7629 4647
☎ 020 7409 2009
☎ 0844 371 0883
☎ 020 7808 3000
☎ 020 7581 3239
Lucie Campbell designs and manufactures fine diamond jewellery. She started to trade in antique jewellery and rare precious objects in 1961. Self-taught, intuitive and passionate, she soon earned a reputation as a dealer with a discerning eye. In the mid-1980s, the now family business started to manufacture. If only two words were permitted to describe the jewellery they would be: ‘exquisite workmanship’. Its customers are offered unique, exclusive designs, with carefully selected exquisite GIA diamonds and rare coloured stones.
All watch winders from Rapport of London are painstakingly crafted using only the finest quality materials. The luxuriously polished woods and metals combine with opulent velvet or leather linings to create a practical object d’art to grace any decor. The unique electronic mechanism creates the sequence of movements to keep the internal elements of self-winding watches charged and in prime condition. For serious collectors of prestigious timepieces, Rapport also supplies elegant collector boxes to complement its winders.
To mark the historic occasion 150th anniversary of the Open Championship next year, the Official Hospitality team is ensuring the championship is remembered as a celebration of Scottish food, hospitality and produce. The championship returns to the Old Course, St Andrews, ‘the home of golf’. VIP hospitality packages are available at the hospitality village and at the Old Course Hotel. The celebration kicks off with the exclusive Sportsman’s Dinner, when guests will have an opportunity to watch past Open champions play.
Established in 1885 by Reginald Turnbull, who later invited Ernst Asser into partnership, Turnball & Asser is regarded as one of the world’s leading shirt and tie makers. Established in the heart of St James, it has built up an enviable reputation as clothiers to discerning gentlemen from around the globe. Turnbull & Asser has expanded recently into the square mile with a new store at 125 Old Broad Street while maintaining UK production at its shirt factory in Gloucester, and tie workrooms in London Bridge.
Having built a superb reputation over nearly two decades, The Watch Gallery is now under new ownership (the team behind Jura watches). The Watch Gallery has an exceptionally highquality client base – watch collectors, celebrities and the business elite. Brands include: Panerai; Zenith; Jaeger LeCoultre; Parmigiani; Girard-Perregaux; Jean Richard; Speake-Marin; Wyler; Tag Heuer; and Baume et Mercier. It not only selects the world’s finest brands, it also offers a wide selection of exceptional, hard-to-source timepieces.
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Square Mile Magazine, The Best of the City, Christmas Gifts Guide, 2009 (Issue 44)