The six scents that make up the family of Le Gemme for men are Bulgari’s first foray into the world of haute parfumerie for men, and the fragrances
have all been inspired by the grand days of trade and travel, power, and intrigue that took men from east to west in search of precious stones, exotic adventures, and power.
Three of the more opulent fragrances — Gyan, Garanat, and Ambero — will launch first, and the second trio — Tygar, Malakeos, and Onekh — later in 2017.
The scene had been set over the preceding days as a cast of characters gathered in Prague, the Czech Republic’s golden city, where I’m pretty sure the spires and bridges outnumber the glass blowers.
Our exploration of European history and luxury began with a lunch in the Prague castle with a real prince, where HSH William Lobkowicz invited us to enjoy his family’s personal collection of Canaletto and Breugel paintings, original Beethoven scores, and even the family photo albums of dogs dressed up in bowties and smoking cigarettes.
The group that then headed for the Prague train station to board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express included the prince’s brother Charles-Henri Lobkhowicz, the mysterious French movie director who didn’t quite know why he was there, and many beautiful men clearly invited to evoke the stylish Bulgari man. Tommy Dunn, the US model fronting Bulgari’s Save the Children campaign, was one of the star attractions.
Boarding day was hot and sweaty. It led to a kind of heightened hilarity among the train party as we chased shade, open windows, and cool liquids wherever we could.