Article originally published by Signature Luxury Travel 15.8.19
The Signature Father’s Day Gift Guide
It’s that time of year again. The time filled with frantic gift buying, where you madly scour the shops for a gift that says “you’re the best, Dad”. But Father’s Day doesn’t have to be this stressful. The Signature team has searched far and wide for the perfect gift so that you don’t have to. So whether he’s a tech head, an adventurer or just loves a great bottle of wine, we’ve found something for every dad.
Available in black or tan, the Hunt Weekender is a roomy, soft duffle bag, perfect for weekends away, short trips and gym or sports gear. With its long main zip for easy access and a buckle strap across the top for added security, the bag opens wide and is lined with light-coloured tough cotton drill, so you can really see what’s inside. The double zipper pulls can be locked, and there’s a large inside zip pocket for valuables, as well as a small zip pocket on the front of the bag for quick access.
RRP $995 (black) or $795 (tan)
Bicton Brass Telescope
The Bicton Brass Telescope is a beautiful, 100% brass, refractor telescope mounted on a wooden tripod. The perfect gift for any aspiring maritime explorer, this telescope is a fully functioning nautical masterpiece that adds class and sophistication to any room.
Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Shiraz 2014
No Father’s Day would be complete without a bottle of wine, and what better than a bottle named after one of the founding fathers of the Australian wine industry? Maurice O’Shea was a pioneer of Australian wine, creating long-lived, highly celebrated wines from the 1920s through to the 1950s that were admired the world over. Named in his honour, the 2014 Maurice O’Shea Shiraz was crafted using the very best rigorously selected parcels from the Mount Pleasant Estate to create a wine that firmly speaks of its Hunter Valley home.
V-ZUG Refresh Butler
Dads who love to suit up will appreciate the V-ZUG Refresh Butler, which looks after clothes with utmost care. The crease guard function reduces creases or wrinkles on the elbows, ankles or knees of suits, while the hygiene program eliminates up to 99.99% of germs and bacteria.
R.M.Williams Comfort Craftsman boot
Created from rugged performance leather with water-resistant qualities and combined with its signature rubber outsole, the R.M.Williams Comfort Craftsman sports a robust fit that will last a lifetime. This seasonal update to the flagship boot is an ideal work-horse for the winter months. The chisel square toe and flat on-piece heel lend the boots a classic look, easily transitioning from day to night wear.
Bespoke ultra-fine Montecristi Panama hat
Despite its name, the Panama hat is actually from Ecuador; in the 19th century, savvy Ecuadorian craftsmen headed to the busy trade hub to sell their wares to prospectors passing through on their way to the gold fields of California. The hat ‘from Panama’ has been a style essential ever since. Lock & Co. Hatters in London transforms this must-have into a thing of beauty with its bespoke ultra-fine Montecristi, a handwoven statement tailored to your exacting requirements.
Perspective Black Chrome Trim Fountain Pen
Crafted in France, Waterman pens are sophisticated writing instruments designed with incredible attention to detail. The Perspective Black Chrome Trim Fountain Pen is inspired by the purity and lines of modern architecture, with a deep black lacquer casing and chrome-coloured trim. And, because every dad needs a bit of bling in his life, it also features a 23-carat gold and stainless steel nib and clip with palladium finish.
iRobot Roomba i7+
The new iRobot Roomba i7+ is the perfect gift to let Dad kick his feet up this Father’s Day. The popular robot vacuum now takes convenience to a whole new level with its self-emptying bin. The i7+ returns to its base to empty the dirt, recharges then goes back out for more rounds when needed. The vacuum generates a floor plan of your home, so it can do isolated cleaning as well. And as if that wasn’t enough, the Roomba can be summoned via Google Home/Amazon Alexa or via a smartphone with the Clean app.
Since the release of the Leica M3 at Photokina in 1954, every single M-System camera has represented the pinnacle of innovation for its day. Defined by what is essential for photography, Leica embodies this passion for quality, craftsmanship and its philosophy of photography until today. More than 60 years of rangefinder expertise, 11 years of digital M-Camera development and invaluable feedback from dedicated M-Photographers have inspired Leica engineers to create the slimmest digital M of all time: the Leica M10.
BMW Advanced 1 Driving Experience
The BMW Advanced 1 Driving Experience is designed to provide a solid foundation in performance driving. The one-day course simulates a number of different situations that may be encountered at touring speeds, including unforeseen oversteer and understeer experiences, ideal driving lines and emergency braking.
Ichiro’s Malt Card Series Seminar
If your dad knows his whisky, then this tasting is for him. Over three days in November 2019, a select group of participants will taste a full ‘deck’ of 54 bottles from Ichiro’s Malt Card Series (each bottle is labelled with a playing card). In 2015, a deck sold at auction in Hong Kong for AU$713,129, and there’s even an index that tracks the cost of 40 regularly traded bottles. The tasting will be led by whisky connoisseur Stefan Van Eycken, and tickets are rumoured to cost in excess of US$10,000.
Introduction to Yachting
Any aspiring yachtsman will love Sydney by Sail’s Introduction to Yachting course, where he can take to the waters of beautiful Sydney Harbour and learn all the fundamental principles of sailing. Over 12 hours, he’ll learn the skills involved in preparing a yacht for sailing, understand the wind and weather, learn the ins and outs of manoeuvring, as well as the rules of the road, knots and basic navigation.