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Make up for lost time with an extra-special surprise this Father's Day.
By Alex Martin | May 25 2021
For many of us, Father’s Day was put on hold last year. We sent cards through the mail and only saw loved ones over Zoom. But there is hope that 2021 will be rather different. If you are fortunate enough to be outside of the pandemic’s grasp, this year’s Father’s Day will be one to make up for lost time. This year’s guide to the best Father’s Day gifts includes ideas that go the extra mile.
Every dad might like to think of himself as a bit of a superhero, and at one time or another, he has no doubt played the part for you. Celebrate his heroism with this ultra-exclusive desktop clock from Swiss start-up Kross Studio in partnership with Warner Bros. The amazing Batmobile may look like a toy but underneath there is a very serious piece of Haute horology. Every detail of the clock has been meticulously engineered totaling 512 individual components (115 on the body and 397 within the movement). The exterior was painstakingly designed to ensure it reproduced the same curves and proportions of the most famous Batmobile of all from the 1989 film starring Michael Keaton. The design is limited to just 100 pieces and is priced accordingly.
The Italian fashion house made its stunning debut into the world of Haute horology last year with the Octagon watch collection. The collection includes a chronograph, an annual calendar and a perpetual calendar model. As you would expect with Stefano Ricci, the watches do not hold back on the opulence or exclusivity. Each version is limited to just 10 pieces with a further 10 available in a Diamond Lux edition, which includes 88 princess cut stones totaling 8.25 carats. The owner of each watch not only get one of the world’s rarest timepieces but access to Stefano Ricci’s legendary aftersales service. If the watch breaks at any point during a three-year guarantee period, the owner can arrange for a Stefano Ricci representative to collect it from anywhere in the world to be fixed.
From $110,000, stefanoricci.com
Cufflinks give people an insight into someone’s personality more than any other accessory. If you have the kind of dad that has always dreamed of keeping bees at the bottom of the garden, this is the gift for him. Theo Fennell is a luxury jeweler based in London. Everything is made in its artisanal London workshop by a small team of master craftspeople. It also adheres to the Kimberley Process, so you can rest assured that the materials used come from legitimate sources. The cufflinks are carved and engraved by hand in 18ct yellow and white gold to reflect the intricacy of the bumblebee.
For the maverick father who loves to stand out from the crowd, Anthony Lent is a jeweler that does not play by the rules. Known for its eccentric designs, the boutique jeweler is famed for its gothic skulls and swirling serpents, all carved from ethically sourced materials. It always favors the use of antique diamonds and recycled gold over virgin material, which almost eliminates its environmental impact. This spooky skull ring sums up its ethos perfectly. The design is inspired by the anatomical illustrations of Leonardo da Vinci and Andreas Vesalius. The skull is made with oxidized sterling silver and its teeth from 18k yellow gold. A guaranteed conversation starter for any father looking to add an edge to his outfit.
We love Gucci here at Elite Traveler. Italy’s largest fashion house is famed for its avant-garde designs, and that attitude is carried into its business practices as well. In 2019, the company made the surprise announcement that it was going carbon neutral effective immediately. The policy has some way to go to eliminate emissions from its whole supply chain, but it nonetheless goes further than most of its competitors in securing a green future. So, celebrate this eco-warrior in style with these timeless shades. The sunglasses are a modern interpretation of the classic aviator shape. The square frames and absence of the traditional bridge give them a minimalistic feel. The shades are made in Japan from gold-tone metal.
It may come as a surprise to know that men’s skin is just as sensitive as women’s. Despite that, men spend a fraction of the time and money on skincare. Vitruvian Man is attempting to redress the balance with its range of luxury organic products. Every product has been specifically designed from the ground up with men’s skin in mind. The natural ingredients not only offer the very best for your dad’s tired skin, but help to keep harsh chemicals out of the ecosystem. The company also donates 2% of its profits to charities that focus on mental health for all genders. The company’s trio set is perfect for Father’s Day, offering a three-step process to healthier skin. The cleanser and toner offers a deep cleanse that detoxifies the skin while the eye cream brightens and lifts the delicate skin around the eyes. The facial cream will keep his skin hydrated in the summer sun.
Go one step further this Father’s Day and give your dad the ultimate getaway gift at Grand Velas Los Cabos. The luxury resort has a wide range of activities and amenities fit for a father, but for those who love a tipple, a luxury tequila tasting at the resort’s dedicated Tequila Mezcal Bar will go down a treat. The bar has over 140 varieties of the spirit and there will be no need for lemon and salt. This tasting is all about appreciating the complexity and variety of Mexico’s greatest export. The next morning, send him to the expansive spa to enjoy a Blue Agave Candle Massage. Blue agave is the plant from which tequila is made, but it also has therapeutic benefits when absorbed through the skin.
Rates from $658 per night, loscabos.grandvelas.com
The three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in the world. Daniel Humm has taken it to the top of the fine-dining world with his modern take on classic French cuisine. It hit the headlines in May after Humm announced the restaurant would be doing something drastic: going 100% vegan. The move sent shockwaves through the culinary world and everyone who is anyone cannot wait to see, let alone taste, the new menu when it reopens in June. Whether your father is vegan or not, a night at this trailblazing restaurant is sure to be an unforgettable experience. The new tasting menu is expected to be $335 per person, and you don’t want him to dine alone, so go high on the gift card balance to ensure a decadent evening (and make sure you’re the +1).
You may have noticed tequila’s rise from nightclub shot to high-end spirit in recent years. That is in large part down to the visionary work of Clase Azul. The company has produced some extraordinary liquids in recent years and helped transform indigenous communities along the way. Its latest expression, the Mezcal Guerrero, shines a light on a little-explored region of Mexico. The liquid is made with 100% papalote agave, which grows wild in the mountain ranges of Guerrero. It is a complex tequila and is packaged in a decanter to match. The artisanal piece pays tribute to the ancestral wisdom and warrior spirit of Mexican women. The green color represents the precious stone jade, a symbol of the eternity of ancestral cultures. As with all Clase Azul decanters, it has been handmade according to traditional methods and every sale helps to keep the ancient tradition of pottery alive.
The fabled Brora whisky distillery reopened in May following a three-year renovation. Bottles of Brora Scotch can sell for tens of thousands of dollars, such is the reverence it is held in. Now, the revitalized distillery is set to become the ultimate pilgrimage for whisky lovers. If your father has even heard of Brora, he’ll love the new Eras of Brora tour, which commences from July. This day-long experience grants access to the inner workings of the distillery, offering an opportunity to meet key craftspeople and culminating in a private tasting of its finest liquids. The experience includes a three-course lunch of contemporary Scottish cuisine as well as a tasting of Brora Triptych, an incredibly rare set of three Brora expressions.
$850 per person, malts.com
If you are not ready to take your father to the remote Scottish Highlands, then bring the good stuff to him instead. Vivant is a new digital wine tasting club specializing in organic and sustainable fine wines. The annual membership grants access to many pay-as-you-go wine tastings from some of the most forward-thinking producers in the world. Each is led in real-time by a wine expert who guides participants through the wines and their producers, with members invited to submit questions to their host, interact with other participants via the chat function and build their own expertise level through interactive activities.
Annual Vivant membership is $149, with wine-tasting kits charged additionally, vivant.eco
Even the most ardent of Formula 1 fans will admit half of the enjoyment comes from simply looking at the cars themselves, rather than watching them race. Each season the world’s most skilled motoring engineers take the limits of possibility one step further. This stunning coffee table book takes owners on that journey of progress through beautiful photography and exclusive insights. Veteran F1 journalist Brad Spurgeon has compiled the major milestones that have lifted the sport to the level it is at today. It is a spirited tribute to a sport full of success and tragedy in equal measure. The book is the latest in Assouline’s impressive Impossible Collection series. We love the luxury bookmaker not just because of its exceptional quality, but its commitment to responsible production. The company plants one tree for every book purchased, ensuring the world stays green.
There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. Avid hikers love to remind you of this as they stroll past in howling winds and sheet rain. If they are enjoying the worst of what the weather has to offer them, there’s a good chance they are wearing this shell jacket from Aeance. The German brand, heralded for its commitment to low-carbon production, combines minimalist design with state-of-the-art technology to produce some of the most technically advanced outdoor wear in the world. This jacket is made with a fabric that adapts to the weather conditions and body temperature, keeping the wearer dry in the rain and cool in the heat. Perfect for the father who insists on heading out in all conditions.
Marketed as a mobile observatory, the Vaonis Stellina offers users a window into the universe no matter where they are. Curiously, there is no eyepiece on this telescope. It has been substituted for an app, from which you can control its focus and peek into the depths of the solar system and beyond. Its point and track system make it easy to locate objects in the sky. It is portable so can be taken on trips to the great outdoors and a revolutionary filter allows it to cut through light pollution. That means you can take incredible photographs of nearby galaxies wherever you are.