The Penhaligon's Portraits collection is one of the most unique sets of fragrances from this brand and one in which the characters of each fragrance are all related and part of a fictitious very British affair that involves love, betrayal and nobility. Penhaligon's describes Lord George as a wealthy and noble man, an aristocrat that immediately reminded us of Bruce Wayne with his alter ego Batman, perfectly epitomized by the Rolex GMT Master II ref. 116710 BLNR a.k.a Batman —full review here. Penhaligon's The Tragedy of Lord George is a scent that is powerful, strong and virile, just like the GMT Master Batman.
The Penhaligon's Portraits collection is a tribute to British panache and each fragrance features a different cap with the portrait of a different animal symbolizing the convoluted personalities of each of the characters of this fictitious affair.
The Coveted Duchess Rose —portrayed by a lioness— is the daughter of Lady Blanche —a panther— and Lord George —a buck. Lady Blanche's latest scheme is to poison her husband, Lord George who's having an affair with Clandestine Clara —the peacock. Rose married a Duke to escape the stifling rigidity of her family and to become the Coveted Duchess Rose. Conforming to the expectations of his class, Much About the Duke Nelson —a Great Dane— married the most coveted girl in London: the Duchess Rose. Lastly, the unofficial side of Lord George’s dynasty, is Roaring Radcliff —a lion— secretly the son of Lord George and Clandestine Clara and who indulges in fast cars and even faster women.
The Penhaligon's Tragedy of Lord George like the Rolex GMT Master II Batman is very masculine and captivating. A fragrance with notes of rum, brandy, shaving soap and tonka beans —kumaru—, that is very traditional and classic, just like the historical essence of the Rolex GMT Master dynasty. This is a fragrance that will transport you to the late 50s when the first GMT Master ref. 6542 was released and when men were all about smelling good and being well groomed.
Next time you are looking for a fragrance that brings you back in time to the era when our favorite Rolex reference was released, think about the Penhaligon's Lord George, but be careful because its smell is so captivating and unique that it might unleash your alter ego and get you in trouble just like Lord George did by getting involved with Clandestine Clara.