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Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams
The resurgence of cocktail culture has brought a renaissance in classic mixology. Retro champagne recipes, like the French 75 and Royales—and even bubbly communal punches—are finding a contemporary audience. Elegant, crisp, sophisticated. Like a radiant gold watch. But let’s go a bit further.
Sparkling diamonds? Luminous dials? Smartly bronzed cases? They all bring the spirit of delightful libation. They also coordinate perfectly with gilded barware, perfect for whipping up chilled drinks and warm enchanted evenings.
So go ahead, indulge a little. Because, as F. Scott Fitzgerald said: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.”
Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 2011 Champagne, $125; perrier-jouet.com
Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback, $18,000; carl-f-bucherer.com
L’Objet Bambou Ice Tongs, $95; l-objet.com
Alessi Bulla Bottle Opener, $50; alessi.com
Christofle Silver Plated Champagne Bucket Cooler, $75,500; christofle.com
Asprey Tell Me How Cocktail Shaker, $10,000; asprey.com
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller, $17,150; rolex.com
Georg Jensen Acorn Champagne Sabre, $3,000; georgjensen.com
Tiffany & Company Everyday Objects Crazy Straw, from $250; tiffany.com
Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100, $27,500; montblanc.com
Gucci Tigers Large Round Metal Tray, $790; gucci.com
Georg Jensen Bernadotte Cocktail Set, price upon request; georgjensen.com
Patek Philippe, Ref. 5124J Gondolo, $21,000; patek.com
Craigellachie 17 Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, $186, craigellachie.com
Hermès Adage Whiskey Carafe, $1,140; hermes.com
Hit List: Montblanc Timewalker Rally Timer 100 Limited Edition
The notable, the collectible, the just plain cool…
The standout piece from Montblanc’s Timewalker collection defies categorization. Fundamentally, it’s a dashboard lap timer. But it’s designed to detach from the mounting bezel, effectively becoming a monopusher stopwatch. There’s also a deployable leather wrist strap, so you can wear it as an oversized chronograph. The kicker? Two legs fold out from the caseback, transforming the Rally Timer 100 into a handsome desk clock.
Montblanc Timewalker Rally Timer 100 Limited Edition (Limited to 100 pieces) $33,600; montblanc.com