Sounds interesting. Thanks for the info.
Robert Piguet will be launching Knightsbridge in the spring, an unisex leather fragrance. It will be exclusive to Harrod's.
"Joe Garces gave perfumer Aurelien Guichard a wonderfully simple concept to build a perfume on; Imagine it is 2AM and you are walking through Harrod’s. Knightsbridge imagines the smell of leather and the remains of the day from the Haute Perfumerie all mixing in a chilly darkened store."
First impression from the blog tayandhergay.blogspot.no:
"It's starts off velvety, sweet and elegant with a mix of vanilla and leathery notes. The flowery notes are not powerful and feminine, but soft and elegant. A resinous note comes out after a bit, which keeps the nostrils active and excited, and they give a certain freshness to the whole scent. "
I really like the sound of this one, I think I see at least a sample in the future.
Sounds interesting. Thanks for the info.
Interesting. Would like to get a sample.
piguet is churning out one fragrance after another. puts me off to be honest.
A leather from Piguet, which after all has Bandit and Visa in its lineup, seems interesting. Visa, also by Guichard, is an interesting frag with a touch of leather, though nothing like the excellent vintage. The name and blurb sound like an ad tie-in with Harrods, and interests me as much as it interests hedonist.
In any case, the scary happenings with leathers at Piguet is the announced reformulation of Bandit. Or perhaps this was the Guichard reformulation, which not even Garce could bring himself to pour in bottles with the name Bandit on them. So he repurposed the formula. Who knows.
Piguet has another Harrods exclusive ( for now ) : Bois Bleu, also by Guichard.
Obviously some kind of deal going on.
Anyway, thanks for sharing.
I'm using the Bandit in lotion form, and I really like it when it's a bit muted. If Knightsbridge turns out to be a milder version of Bandit, I'd be very interested. The "churning out" bit is a little worrying, there are two other exclusives also launching; Alameda will be exclusive to Selfridge’s and Rose Perfection for Harvey Nichols.
Agree with cacio.
Worth a try but Bandit is the gold standard in the Piguet line.
"No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.
Yes, I meant the reformulation of Visa (it is not clear who the original author of Visa was. Some source give Cellier, who did Bandit, but others give Carles, who did Tabu. I think Carles is the more likely, since vintage Visa is in the tradition of Tabu). I have a bottle of the vintage, and agree with Turin Sanchez that it is a good, but very different perfume than the recent one. Hence, in a way, one could fully credit authorship of the current juice to Guichard, for good or bad.
In an online interview, Garce stated that he had asked Guichard to reformulate Bandit (which is much more unique and irreplaceable than Visa). Hence my fears ...
Also, while I've always worn perfume, it's only recently I've really taken an interest to researching the classics and brands and trying them, and Robert Piguet has become one of my favorite houses but I must say I resent the overt importance Aurelien Guichard has in it. For instance, Joe Garces only revived 5 of the classic Piguet scents versus 10 new fragrances by Guichard. Also, he no longer credits Cellier or other noses in the creation of the 5 original ones, but they have now become Guichard fragrances??
It's weird considering Garces' initial goal was to revive Piguet, not extend it or anything.
I think that Garces did a great job in reviving it, but now it's just too much. It's not the Aurelien Guichard house, it's the Robert Piguet house. Maybe somebody else should buy it or something.
I don't know who did Futur - it's from an era after Cellier. I love in general green chypres, and I enjoy the reformulation. Not ideal though, it does have too much soap for my tastes. Unfortunately, I've never smelled vintage, so I don't know how they compare.
I don't mind Guichard creating tons of new frags for whichever market they're thinking about (delicate chinese, intense arabs, whatever). If that brings in money, fine for me. But I too don't want him to mess up the old ones. Bandit so far had survived in a decent state, Fracas seems safe. Visa is different, but the vintage wasn't essential. Baghari, which I also think was not essential, seems ok. Cravache is unfeasible, without moss. Futur is good, no idea how it compares. On net, a good record, so far. But if things change ...
anyone tried this one ?
anyone tried this one ?
Not since October 2011 when i smelt Parfum de Marly's Lippizan has a frag blown me off my feet and become an immediate almost-favourite. And i have smelt and bought quite a few frags since then.
Word "on the streets" is that Knightsbridge smells like Dior Homme. I hope this near grave injustice does not harm the potential popularity of Knightsbridge. Yes, Knightsbridge is about Iris, the same (to my nose, metallic) iris in DH. However, kudos to the masterful pairing of the iris with rose. This is what elevates Knightsbridge way above (the very good) DH. There is also a subtle, yet appreciable leatheriness to Knightsbridge which i love. There is a sustained creamy accord/tone that reminds me also of the original Pierre Cardin pour Monsieur.
If Knightsbridge attains global-distribution status (i am not too sure of its status presently) one factor that will always affect will be its price. GBP150 for 100mls will, IMO, force many value-decisions and inevitable comparisons with DH.
ointments and perfume delight the heart....
This one is impossible to find in the US but luckily I had a business colleague get this for me from the other side of the Atlantic as a surprise. Looking forward to receiving it when he returns.
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If Cacio meant Visa in his post about reformulation, that definitely makes more sense. Knightsbridge has a definite Visa-like feel to it - that smooth leather with a creamy backdrop of vanilla, with iris and something else - it smells almost like fruit or spiced flowers. It's nice but I don't think I need it.
The Harrods-heavy marketing doesn't do anything for me, either.