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    Default Simple trick to know earliest version of Givenchy Gentleman

    I have seen many vintage bottles of Givenchy Gentleman being sold without a box. I have a simple way to identify the first version by looking at the label on the bottle, if it says Paris & France on the front of the label then it’s the first formulation.

    The later versions only had Paris written on the front.

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    Default Re: Simple trick to know earliest version of Givenchy Gentleman

    Now you have made me curious and want to go into my stash and check mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Now you have made me curious and want to go into my stash and check mine.
    I am sure it will read Paris & France .

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    You made me go and check .
    My Givenchy Gentlemans were mostly no France but all my MdG are Paris France.
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    Default Re: Simple trick to know earliest version of Givenchy Gentleman

    I can confirm that my older Givenchy bottles have Paris and France on the front of the wrap-around label, whereas my more more recent version of Givenchy Gentleman (second version, I suppose) only has Paris on the front of the wrap-around label.

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    Default Re: Simple trick to know earliest version of Givenchy Gentleman

    Also the white vs black collar is another clue. But not all bottles had collars.
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    Thank you for sharing, will definitely keep this in mind if searching for vintage formulations of this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bavard View Post
    I can confirm that my older Givenchy bottles have Paris and France on the front of the wrap-around label, whereas my more more recent version of Givenchy Gentleman (second version, I suppose) only has Paris on the front of the wrap-around label.
    Confirmation from myself too !

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    My Gentleman and Monsieur are both with PARIS - FRANCE on front !

    Psssh, guys, those who know Luciano Pavarotti classic, is it worth to have along with Gentleman ? Or only one of those two is worth to have, then, which one !? (running low on my Gentleman !)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deleanu View Post
    My Gentleman and Monsieur are both with PARIS - FRANCE on front !

    Psssh, guys, those who know Luciano Pavarotti classic, is it worth to have along with Gentleman ? Or only one of those two is worth to have, then, which one !? (running low on my Gentleman !)
    I own two bottles of Pavarotti EdT & one AS.
    My GG aren't vintage, bought them 2009 & 2016 I think. Pavarotti is a bit similar, but it feels more, well, rounded, plush, with some of the most exquisite powdery drydowns I've ever encountered. For me it's a no-brainer having both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roky View Post
    I own two bottles of Pavarotti EdT & one AS.
    My GG aren't vintage, bought them 2009 & 2016 I think. Pavarotti is a bit similar, but it feels more, well, rounded, plush, with some of the most exquisite powdery drydowns I've ever encountered. For me it's a no-brainer having both.
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    Default Re: Simple trick to know earliest version of Givenchy Gentleman

    This is pretty cool. I owned at least one very early (70's) bottle, in a gift set, and I know that when I got a bottle in the late 80's or early 90's, which I still have, it was still the wrap-around label, but something seemed different about the BOTTLE. I never quite figured out what it was, but a type-setting change makes sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deleanu View Post
    Good, good...! Time for hunt...*rubbing hands*
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    Default Re: Simple trick to know earliest version of Givenchy Gentleman

    Cool.

    My 50ml bottle is first. My 100ml bottle isn't. The funny thing is that I enjoy the one that's not the first version a lot more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allkindsofwatches1 View Post
    Cool.

    My 50ml bottle is first. My 100ml bottle isn't. The funny thing is that I enjoy the one that's not the first version a lot more.
    Details! I'm curious to hear more about your comparison. I've been giving this some thought.

    In my case, I know the first version better, and I've only worn the second version about three times. They seem quite similar to me. I think the first version smells a little more natural/a little less modern, and I think the second version lasts longer, but they're so similar, I need more time wearing the second version and comparing them side-by-side to confirm my impressions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bavard View Post
    Details! I'm curious to hear more about your comparison. I've been giving this some thought.

    In my case, I know the first version better, and I've only worn the second version about three times. They seem quite similar to me. I think the first version smells a little more natural/a little less modern, and I think the second version lasts longer, but they're so similar, I need more time wearing the second version and comparing them side-by-side to confirm my impressions.
    My opinion is also that the second version seems to last longer and project more. The second version also seems to have more depth.

    It's not that I think they smell different but they perform different for me. I tend to reach for the first version more in an attempt to keep the second version longer .

    But....both were Craislist finds so there could've been some storage issues with the first...who knows. But it still smells great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by epapsiou View Post
    Also the white vs black collar is another clue. But not all bottles had collars.
    If you could Sir. Please tell me about the difference in age regarding the black verses the white collar

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    Default Re: Simple trick to know earliest version of Givenchy Gentleman

    My bottle is late-80's/early-90's and has Paris and France.

    IMG_3693.jpg

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    20180727_123659.jpgI'm enjoying this little show-and-tell so here's my two bottles. Could be from anytime in the 90s up to early 2000s; I've never tried to date them. One of my most beloved fragrances from my collection, but as we all know, an expensive one to collect.

    To those with the older, tall bottles - how do you feel the juice has held up? How are top notes and performance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauer_Haus View Post
    20180727_123659.jpgI'm enjoying this little show-and-tell so here's my two bottles. Could be from anytime in the 90s up to early 2000s; I've never tried to date them. One of my most beloved fragrances from my collection, but as we all know, an expensive one to collect.

    To those with the older, tall bottles - how do you feel the juice has held up? How are top notes and performance?
    I wore this back in the 80's and to my nose it has held up perfectly.
    Smells exactly as it did back then.
    Performance is mind-blowing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanG View Post
    My bottle is late-80's/early-90's and has Paris and France.

    IMG_3693.jpg
    Nice picture. Did you but it from Ottawa? A few years’ back, a perfume shop in St. Laurent Mall used to carry Vintage Givenchy Gentleman among many other treasures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradition View Post
    Nice picture. Did you but it from Ottawa? A few years’ back, a perfume shop in St. Laurent Mall used to carry Vintage Givenchy Gentleman among many other treasures.
    No, bought it in Holland.
    I’ve only been back in Ottawa for a couple of weeks.

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    Default Re: Simple trick to know earliest version of Givenchy Gentleman

    Quote Originally Posted by Pauer_Haus View Post
    20180727_123659.jpgI'm enjoying this little show-and-tell so here's my two bottles. Could be from anytime in the 90s up to early 2000s; I've never tried to date them. One of my most beloved fragrances from my collection, but as we all know, an expensive one to collect.

    To those with the older, tall bottles - how do you feel the juice has held up? How are top notes and performance?
    I think this particular version has held up well. I wear the version in the slim bottle more to conserve the other. I do believe some of the top notes are weak but as I've stated, this could be because of storage issues....maybe.

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    To those who might be interested - I have on the way the earliest NON-wraparound bottle, likely very early 2000s with a short 3-ingredient list. I have had great luck with this general time period for classic masculines; they're old enough to predate the heavier regulations but new enough to smell fresh with the full scent profile and topnotes still intact. If that ends up being the case with this particular bottle it's very good news for us, since this era has been completely overlooked by collectors for having the same bottle design as the bad reformulations that came later. I'll be testing it against my two wraparound bottles.

    It's worth noting that some feel Gentleman had lost its magic by the mid 90s (!!) and others still who say it was all over when they switched from real civet to Civetone in the 80s, so it's almost certain that the fragrance I've come to know and love as "vintage Gentleman" may have very little resemblance to a true deep vintage bottle, and that's fine with me. This thread just made me curious to try and figure out where things started to go wrong with Gentleman - how we got from an all-time masterpiece to Luca Turin's "sad little woody leather'.

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