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WatchTime: Watches, Whiskies and Wine - Seven Pairings for the Holidays

June 19, 2020

“Heritage by Alfred GIRAUD expression is a blend of three non-peated malts and matured in three types of casks... For its watch partner, we choose a maison with some serious French heritage of its own: Breguet, founded by the watchmaking icon who supplied timepieces to Napoleon Bonaparte and Marie Antoinette.” - Mark Bernardo

As the holidays approach, it’s the perfect time to drink a toast to 2019 and count down to 2020. What better way to do both than by matching up some new and exciting libations with some of the year’s most exceptional timepieces? Here are seven spirited pairings to entice both your palate and your wrist. (Click the arrows to see the watch we picked for each bottle.)

Alfred Giraud French Malt Whisky “Heritage” and the Breguet Marine Chronograph 5527

France’s Giraud family brought five generations as coopers and cellar masters in the cognac industry to the table when it created Alfred Giraud Malt Whisky, an independent and distinctly French distiller that sources high-quality malted French barley, distills in traditional copper pot stills, and ages its whiskies in French Limousin oak sourced from a family owned forestry operation. Its Heritage by Alfred Giraud expression ($155) is a blend of three non-peated malts and matured in three types of casks, one of which has has been previously used to age extra-old cognac, for a golden hued, spicy spirit with notes of toast, vanilla, and nutmeg. For its watch partner, we choose a maison with some serious French heritage of its own: Breguet, founded by the watchmaking icon who supplied timepieces to Napoleon Bonaparte and Marie Antoinette. And since the whisky is “aged and blended in optimal oceanic climate,” we’re going with the Breguet Marine Chronograph 5527 ($18,500) the manufacture’s most maritime-inspired sport-luxury piece, specifically the recently introduced version in a 42-mm titanium case and golden Roman numeral hour appliqués, powered by one of Breguet’s many in-house calibers.

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Alfred Giraud - French malt whisky
Alfred Giraud - French malt whisky