Van Cleef & Arpels Introduces Collection Extraordinaire Precious Oud

Van Cleef & Arpels Haute Parfumerie has written a new chapter in its exciting Collection Extraordinaire saga.

In 2009, Van Cleef & Arpels Haute Parfumerie stepped out with a range sublimating emblematic essences. That is how Collection Extraordinaire, a range of monofloral compositions and a cologne, came about. Today, a new chapter has been added to this wonderful story.  Following on from the great “classics”, the timeless foundations of the collection, a “free form” piece glorifying Oud essence has been created.

Precious Oud. 04855AM

The new opus, Precious Oud, pays homage to a mythical essence. The aquilaria, an Asian or Indian tree, actually only reveals its powerful scent via the “infection” of the wood by a fungus. A magi-like essence alongside frankincense and myrrh, the fragrant Oud resin, woody and balsamic, adds earthy and leathery accents. Oud or Agarwood is a rare and precious wood at the height of exceptional perfumery.

The nose behind it is Amandine Marie (notably trained by Michel Almairac), and the new fragrance is reminiscent of the tribute to nature characteristic of the brand’s luxury jewellery. With happiness and sparkle, Van Cleef and Arpels jewels are often nature-inspired, remodelled by the human hand of an artist.

The perfumer has chosen to interpret Oud essence and associate it with flowers. The top note is bright and sparkling bergamot set off with pink peppercorn whilst already hinting at the tonality of the perfume with the scent of opulent incense. The heart note is a vibrant bouquet of the most beautiful flowers – sensual jasmine accompanied by tuberose. If not the queen of perfumery, then the tuberose could very well be the empress with its bewitching, divinely heady scent. There is a woody note of patchouli, and the base notes open up, opulent, rich and precious, surrounding the mythical Oud with the woody notes of sandalwood and vetiver and enveloping it in accents of amber.

The perfume comes in the classic “Collection Extraordinaire” bottle. The engraved bottle is rectangular and vertical, with a glass charm dangling from the neck. The label features the name, Precious Oud, whilst the traditional perfumer’s reference number No. 04855AM completes its denomination.

With its warm and sensual sillage, Precious Oud embodies the new opus of Collection Extraordinaire. A perfume with character, it has paved the way for new inspiration, totally free art where only the most noble, precious materials are given pride of place and the guiding principle is excellence.

2 Responses to Van Cleef & Arpels Introduces Collection Extraordinaire Precious Oud

  1. Brit November 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    This bottle is gorgeous!!

    • admin November 6, 2011 at 12:29 AM

      It is like work of art. All their bottles look like art and some of them even look like jewelry.


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