It doesn’t matter whether you see it as a cynical cash grab or a heartfelt tribute to paternal relations but Father’s Day is almost upon us. Your dad might affirm time and again that he doesn’t want anything but deep down you know that’s not true. Rather than relying on the same tired old gift tropes try something cooler, something more individual, something that will ensure that for the next year at the very least you will be without a doubt the favourite child…
1. Johnnie Walker Private Collection 2017
Whisky might be a pretty stereotypical Father’s Day gift but this release from the archetypal blended whisky is anything but the usual. This particular liquid explores the various finishes of different casks, blending the results into a unique tasting experience. Ranging from creamy toffee to soft fruit to intense vanilla, this rare whisky offers a depth of character you don’t normally expect from a blend. It also happens to be presented spectacularly in a Private Collection decanter.
Price: £479; www.justerinis.com
2. Master & Dynamic for BWD MW60 Headphones
Combining the innate audio excellence of Master & Dynamic’s flagship MW60 over ear headphones with the stylistic flair of Bamford Watch Department, this collaborative effort looks as good as it sounds. With black Saffiano leather and Bamford blue lambskin lining and details inspired by the world of watchmaking they’re also pretty luxurious. It’s certainly different from BWD’s usual horological fare but no less accomplished; you’ll never go back to ear buds again.
Price: £499; www.masterdynamic.com
3. Mount Street Shoe Company Watch Dial Slippers
Forget shapeless lounge slippers; these are the perfect gift for a watch lover with style. Each of the made-to-measure pairs of formal and evening slippers is immaculately elegant in its own right but boast a nice horological twist. Each pair is embroidered with the outline of a classic watch dial on the front, complete with lume. Adorned with Tudors, Audemars Piguets and a veritable host of Rolexes, you’ll get bonus points for matching it with your father’s favourite timepiece.
Price: $450; mountstreetshoecompany.com
4. Oculus Rift
In our tech issue (which is now available online – click here) we waxed lyrical about the capabilities of the Oculus Rift. Despite being one of the oldest VR systems out there it’s still the best and with the concept steaming ahead and getting ever more advanced, now may be the time to invest in the potential future of digital entertainment. Throw in the Oculus Touch and you’ll be hard-pressed to wrench the Rift away to have a go for yourself.
Price: £499; www.oculus.com
5. William & Son Silver Spinning Flower Cufflinks
Here’s another classic father’s day gift with a twist, this time from luxury emporium William & Son. Forget boring, static cufflinks; as you move your wrist the black and grey enamel spinner visible through the flower-inspired cage creates an almost hypnotic effect. Rather than the more classical plain silver, go a little more contemporary with black PVD plating and matching black diamond at the centre, perfect for adding that little edge to black tie.
Price: £695; www.williamandson.com
6. Montblanc Great Characters Edition Miles Davis Fountain Pen
While we wait with anticipation for Montblanc’s latest Great Characters edition it’s worth looking back at last year’s tribute to the musical legend that is Miles Davis. The trumpeter invariably makes up a good part of any jazz aficionados library and the fine details of the fountain pen encapsulate his varied, diverse style and famous instrument. There’s even a silhouette of the man himself engraved onto the nib – a nib that happens to make the pen a joy to actually write with.
Price: £740; www.montblanc.com
7. Silhouette Atelier Collection Titanium and Gold Frames
Austrian eyewear specialists Silhouette are one of our go-to brands for sunglasses and their optical collections are no less cool. In the case of the Atelier collection they’re even more so. The rimless lenses have a distinct minimal look while the lightweight titanium arms have been given a black DLC coating and contrasting yellow gold inlay for a flash of luxurious contrast. It’s not hard to see why they received the Red Dot Design Award in their category.
Price: £1190; www.silhouette.com
8. Svinazzando Bespoke Wine
Every self-respecting epicurean has at least a modest cellar, a few particularly special wines laid down awaiting a special occasion. Imagine how much more impressive it would be if, when one such bottle finally emerges, it comes with a rose gold label bearing your family crest. Or a favourite dog, it doesn’t really matter – Svinazzando can make a label out of anything, with anything on it. Needless to say the Italian brand favours their home grown wine, but the range is more than enough to cover all tastes.
Price: £N/A; svinazzando.it
9. Staaker Drone
If you’ve ever taken a film but secretly longed to be the one on camera, this is the drone for you. It has everything a conventional drone has but amped up to 11. Not only can it travel at up to 80km/h but can do so in most conditions short of a hurricane. The element that sets Staaker apart however is that their drone can follow you. Launch before taking on a black run and it’ll film every slalom along the way.
Price: $1,599; www.staaker.com