High-End Timepieces and Top-Shelf Spirits

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High-End Timepieces and Top-Shelf Spirits

Post by koimaster » November 1st 2020, 8:51pm

There’s nothing like a well-earned, sublime sip of your favorite libation at the end of a long workday, whether at home or out-and-about — especially if you’re wearing just the right wristwatch to count down to your Happy Hour. Here we match up six noteworthy spirits — four Scotch whiskies, a mezcal and a brandy — with an ideal timepiece companion.

Benriach Smoky Twelve and Hermès Arceau Squelette

Master Blender Rachel Barrie created the Smoky Twelve ($64.99) for the Award-winning Speyside distillery Benriach as part of its recently released range of expressions paying tribute to Benriach’s origins in 1898. The heavily peated single malt is matured for 12 years in three separate cask woods: Bourbon, sherry, and Marsala wine, resulting in a burnished gold color, smoke and vanilla notes on the nose, and cocoa, brown sugar, orange peel, and smoothly layered smoke on the palate. Playing partner is a Hermès timepiece that also pays tribute to its maker’s origins and evokes elegant smokiness with its dial. The Arceau Squelette is perhaps the watch that best expresses Hermes’ historical roots as a saddle maker: its asymmetrical lugs are shaped like stirrups and the sloping font of its hour numerals evoke the silhouettes of galloping horses. This model has a skeletonized self-winding movement and frames a smoked, sapphire dial through which that mechanism can be glimpsed. It’s attached via the stirrup lugs to a matte-black alligator leather strap from Hermès’s own atelier.


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