Veuve Clicquot celebrates 250 years aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train

To mark its 250th anniversary, Veuve Clicquot has conceived an exceptional journey with Belmond on board its mythic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Starting June 5, guests will spend two days discovering the history and savoir-faire of the Champagne Maison, traveling from Reims to Venice, retracing the route of the first bottles shipped abroad by the Maison in 1772.

Entitled ‘Voyage Solaire’, a name inspired by the signature sunburst yellow color of Veuve Clicquot labels since 1877, the celebratory journey follows the sun from dawn to sunset. It begins at sunrise in Reims, in the heart of Champagne, with a visit to the chalk cellars and a tasting of the Maison’s most prestigious cuvées, accompanied by Cellar Master Didier Mariotti.

The adventure and refinement then continue on board the legendary train in a timeless atmosphere. Immersed in an authentic décor elevated by art deco details, travelers will revel in a champagne pairing dinner.

The next morning they can watch the sun rise over the Alps from their cabins or the platform at Innsbruck station. The magical adventure culminates with a sunset dinner at Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice, on Giudecca island.

Guests who book a Cabin Suite or Grand Suite add to the experience with a celebratory breakfast in the dining car. And Grand Suite guests are invited to an exclusive pre-journey night at Veuve Clicquot’s private Hôtel du Marc in Reims.

Founded in 1772, Maison Veuve Clicquot remains faithful to its emblematic motto – ‘Only one quality, the finest’ – encapsulating two and a half centuries of savoir-faire at the heart of an exceptional heritage and the visionary spirit of Madame Clicquot, one of the first businesswomen of modern times.

Belmond has cultivated a unique art of refined travel since its acquisition of the Hotel Cipriani in Venice in 1976. From elegant train journeys to river cruises, safari lodges and hotels, each property in the Belmond collection has an incredible story to tell, bringing guests unforgettable experiences and an incomparable sense of service.

Come into the beautiful worlds of Veuve Clicquot.

L’Hommage à L’Homme

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Hommage à L’Homme is a beautiful masculine fragrance by Lalique. The scent was launched in 2011 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Christine Nagel and Mathilde Bijaoui. A beautiful, virile, woody, spicy fragrance. A praise to masculinity and travel.

 

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Lalique Hommage à L’Homme Eau de Toilette (Click photo to enlarge).

Lalique celebrated to be 20 years in the fragrant business… and many more in the business of providing precious crystals for perfumes. In order to mark this important anniversary, they launched a new masculine fragrance aboard the luxurious Orient Express. The chosen spot couldn’t be more laden with historical memory: Not only had René Lalique decorated several of the legendary train’s wagons with his ornate creations, but his grand-daughter Marie-Claude launched the first feminine scent by the house of Lalique, ‘Lalique de Lalique’, on the Orient Express herself in 1992. Nowadays Lalique counts 9 fragrances in their catalogs, 5 for women and 4 for men, distributed in a very selective circuit of doors.

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Homage à L’Homme (Homage to Men), is a light spicy woody fragrance for men which reads as a ‘niche’ scent, developed by acclaimed perfumers Christine Nagel and Mathilde Bijaoui.

L’Hommage exists in a hazy netherworld where it’s basically a mainstream scent that’s much better than its brothers at the discount store, but it’s nowhere near as good as the artful scents it’s clearly inspired by.

  • Top Note: Violet Leaf, Bergamot, Saffron
  • Middle Note: Chili Leaf, Violet, Black Pepper
  • Dry-down Note: Cistus, Oud, Musks

It goes on with that incredibly common ‘grape drink’ violet smell that masculine scents use to lure in inexperienced noses, but instead of mixing it with the bleachy aquatic smells it’s usually paired with, L’Hommage pairs it with a very nice pine forest smell. The grape keeps it sweet and inoffensive enough to not scare away consumers who would never wear a real top-notch smoky wood perfume, while a pinch of leathery oud simmers in the background. There’s a moment a few hours in where the grape has largely faded and the whole thing smells like a smoky pine forest with a pinch of oud, but L’Hommage maintains an artificial ‘fakeness’ that’s probably intended to keep it safe for the wear-it-to-work crowd, but that unfortunately also smothers any hope of real perfume transcendence. The drydown is just more sweet fake woods, now paired with pie spices, again, really not bad, but it could have been so much better (for the pampered people among us). But despite that: it’s one of the best mass-market scents I’ve smelled the last years. Hommage à l’homme smells ‘dressy’ and suited to all seasons, it has good sillage and excellent lasting power.

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Limited edition: Lalique Hommage à L’Homme Extrait de Parfum in Crystal (Click photo to enlarge).

It is available in two declinations: Lalique Hommage à L’Homme Extrait de Parfum, 100ml, in crystal for collectors (cost 1200 euros) which is inspired by Art Deco style with the sculpted Pan-pipe man (on both sides of the bottle) , referencing the original sculpture made by René Lalique for the Orient Express in 1929. The Eau de Toilette bottle in glass, designed by Thierry de Baschmakoff (Aesthete), which is also inspired by Art Deco style, was inspired by another René Lalique project, the ‘Duncan’ bathroom accessories collection of 1931.

Lalique was also reissuing the flacon ‘chèvrefeuille’, decorated in gold, in a limited edition of 50 numbered pieces for collectors, in celebration of its 20th anniversary

What a gem from Lalique! It’s an absolute pleasure to smell and could not possibly offend anybody. I can recommended it as a blind buy for anyone in search of subtle sophistication and class. Considering the price, you can’t go wrong with Hommage a L’Homme, as Lalique continues to wow me with the care they put into their product and packages

by Jean Amr

 

Moynat’s beauty case with Guerlain and the Orient Express

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Two hugely luxurious French names have teamed up in respect of the Orient Express, to create a modern classic beauty case that’s utterly covetable.

 

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Super luxurious French leather goods maker Moynat, founded at the time of the establishment of the French railway system, has always been at the forefront of innovation to enable travelers to journey in style.  has teamed up with super luxurious French beauty house Guerlain, and the Orient Express luxury train, to create a ‘malle de beauté’ (beauty case). The brand is no stranger to creating novel cases…

This version is made of lightweight poplar cotton with drawer hinges made of apple wood and covered with vegetal-tanned calfskin in the Orient Express’ signature blue shade.

 

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Each custom-made case features trays of various sizes, when opened trays expands to reveal Guerlain beauty products nestled inside with a vintage Baccarat bottle of the Shalimar fragrance taking the center stage. Made from lightweight material that includes uncovered apple tree wood hinges, its interiors are lined in beige velvet like fabric. When the case lid is open, a backlit mirror magically appears to illuminate the interiors. In addition being a vanity case, it can be used to store jewelry and watches as well. Cementing its luxury stamp on consumers, it takes 250 hours to give shape to exclusive beauty-full trunk, it takes €4,000 ($5,500) to €40,000 ($55,500) to journey with it in style.

The renowned trunk maker mentions that in the Moyant spirit of travel that is both stylish and practical, this beauty case is full of innovations that enhance the pleasure of using it even as one discovers its many playful secrets. A true boîte à surprise.