May 18, 2018
To say that Swiss Horologist Franck Muller makes expensive watches is akin to saying that Seabiscuit was merely a racehorse. Franck Muller watches are wearable extraordinary art pieces; colorful, bejeweled, and unlike anything else on the market both technically and aesthetically. When it came time to add fine perfume to their retail line, the Muller Company turned to Mr. Stephen Gray formerly of Clive Christian Perfumes to lead the project. The result is a range of five eau de parfums, each based on an existing Franck Muller timepiece.
“The intricacies of watch making match the art of creating a fragrance. Perfumery creativity is about precision, balance and using the best quality materials available to produce exquisite fragrances.”-Beverly Bayne, Perfumer (CPL Aromas)
Franck Muller Perfumes Double Mystery flacon courtesy of Franck Muller Perfumes ©
My favorite in the range is Franck Muller Perfumes Double Mystery; a riff on the classic rose, citrus, and patchouli combination but with hidden notes that reveal themselves languidly, and therein lies the mystery. Double Mystery is inspired by the watch of the same name, a watch that has no hands, replacing them with markers or precious gems which effectively act to conceal time from anyone who doesn’t know what to look for. Franck Muller Perfumes are presented in a gorgeous gold accented bottle whose shape is inspired by the classic Franck Muller Vanguard watch case. Like some Muller watches, the bottle is a see-through style with classic Muller shaped numerals floating in the background, and a bottle top resembling a classic watch-winding stem and cap.
Linder Sterling x Tim Walker©
Like the watch that hides time, Franck Muller Perfumes Double Mystery hides a beautiful melange of tuberose, Muguet, and Iris at it’s heart, revealing them slowly throughout the wearing. As a slow motion flower opens to full bloom in a nature documentary, those intense florals surprise and delight. Opening with a juicy and bright bergamot, the classic rose/geranium combination very quickly makes itself known. This is a slightly jammy rose, both bitter and sweet, and backed by the citrus makes for a really beautiful classic scent that could stop right there and go no further and still leave the wearer happy. Soon enough the mystery within Franck Muller Perfumes Double Mystery solves itself as the unexpected and sexy, tropical notes of the tuberose and the innocent, and dare I say virginal and pretty Muguet show up.
It's Just Like A Picture - Guinevere Van Seenus Linder Sterling Collage - March 2010 - Vogue Italia (Tim Walker©)
That’s the moment in time when Franck Muller Perfumes Double Mystery becomes something “more”, pulling ahead of the pack of other rose-centric fragrances. The florals last through the drydown when the base notes of patchouli, smooth as silk sandalwood and myrrh create a dusky velvet bower on which to rest. Wearing Double Mystery is to me an extremely satisfying fragrant experience, full of olfactive twists and turns, and I found myself sighing with pleasure and like any great mystery, wishing it would never end.
Notes: Bergamot, rose, geranium, neroli, cinnamon, jasmine sambac, tuberose, nutmeg, muguet, citrus fusion, orris fusion, cedarwood, labdanum, musk, saffron, moss, vanilla, sandalwood, myrrh, orris, patchouli, incense fusion.
Disclosure: Thank you so much to Franck Muller Perfumes for supplying my sample. The opinions are my own.
-Robert Herrmann, Senior Editor
-Art Direction: Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief
Note: Franck Muller Perfumes are available at Jovoy Paris,Jovoy Paris Mayfair and other select stockists
Thanks to Franck Muller Perfumes, we have one for one 75 ml flacon of Double Mystery for one registered reader residing in the USA, EU or Canada so be sure to register if you have not done so. To be eligible please let us know what appeals to you about Robert’s review of Franck Muller Perfumes Double Mystery, and where you live. Draw closes on 5/22/2018.