Robert Piguet Visa and Cravache Re-issue: New Fragrances


Robert Piguet’s already striking fragrance line–what can be more sensual than Fracas, more elegant than Baghari and more take-no-prisoners than Bandit–is about to see two more reissues from the archives, Visa and Cravache. Visa was created in 1947. The reissue includes notes of white vineyard peach, pear, violet leaves, Italian bergamot, yellow mandarin essences, ylang ylang absolute, rose, immortelle, orange flower absolutes. Indonesian Patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, moss, vanilla beans, benzoin and a gourmand leathery accord form the drydown. The original was a rich chypre-oriental, with a quite striking leather note.

Another re-issue is of Cravache, a citrusy-woody blend originating in 1963. The new formula includes the notes of mandarin, lemon, petit grain, clary sage, lavender, nutmeg, patchouli and vetiver. Given the excellent results with the reissues of other Robert Piguet classics, I expect that both Visa and Cravache live up to my expectations.

Image: Design by Robert Piguet, 1937


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  • sdn: oh, thanks! this is great. looking forward … July 16, 2007 at 8:18am Reply

  • Scandale: Funny that you should write about Piguet… Today I received a vintage bottle of Piguet “Bouquet”. Some of the fragrance leaked out onto a tissue around the neck and surprisingly it smells alot like Fracas. I don’t know if Tuberose just happens to “take out” the other ingredients, but in this bottle, she is Queen ! I would suspect a switcheroo if the original membrane and tie were missing.

    Great way to get to smell a vintage perfume without opening the bottle ?
    Just mail it to yourself – the US Post Office will take care of the rest ! July 16, 2007 at 1:37pm Reply

  • tmp00: I read about this when I was researching a review of Bandit and I couldn’t be more pleased… July 16, 2007 at 12:06pm Reply

  • Tigs: Ooooo. The Visa sounds more appealing to me, of course, but I’m very anxious to try both. Liked the Baghari update – indeed, I have a sad little crush on Aurelien Guichard – so I’m very much looking forward to additions to this distinguished line. July 16, 2007 at 3:25pm Reply

  • Anya: I swapped some of my vintage Vent Vert EdP with a Cellier fan who sent me some vintage surprise! Visa. I have to look at her notes, but I believe it is the parfum. Quite heady, long-lasting and very dressy, going-to-the-opera with long gloves scent. July 16, 2007 at 6:52pm Reply

  • Judith: Yay–I really like both of these, esp. Cravache, so I am very excited (though the reissue I am most on pins and needles about is Lancome Cuir). I think that it’s a good sign that these companies are bringing back the scents in any form (I assume from past reissues that they will NOT simply be stealing the name, a la Lanvin Rumeur). July 20, 2007 at 7:15am Reply

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