After Gardens of the Tropics and Gardens of Paradise, Chopard’s new Haute
Parfumerie collection for men – Gardens of the Kings – pays tribute to the most precious, noble and mythical natural ingredient in perfume – oud.
With Gardens of the Kings, for the first time, an entire Haute Parfumerie collection showcases the world’s purest and most outstanding quality of oud – Oud AssafiTM(1) from Jalali Agarwood. More precious than gold, Oud Assafi is ethically and sustainably sourced from the sacred lands of Sylhet – the cradle of Indian oud (Al- Hindi) since time immemorial.
A fragrant resin produced by a very rare species of Asian tropical tree, Oud Assafi is the finest quality extract of Aquilaria Malaccensis. It is one of the earth’s most precious and expensive oils, produced in very small quantities each year. A pure olfactory wonder, its incomparable natural properties reveal a unique complexity: a perfect balance between smoky, woody and leathery notes, with accents of tobacco, vanilla and honey.
The four fragrances, created by the Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas, take Oud Assafi on an olfactive journey across India, China, the Middle-East and South America, blending it with a superb array of exceptional natural ingredients responsibly sourced from five different continents.
Four perfumes – Agar Royal – Aigle Impérial – Nuit des Rois – Or de Calambac – whose scents and names reveal the mysteries and fascination of oud through time and the world.
The Mughals and Maharajas of India, the sophistication and mystery of the Far East, the great Arabian princes, the lush Latin America of the great seducers: each perfume pays tribute to oud by exploring its most mythical territories and tapping into the Master Perfumer’s unbound curiosity and creativity. Oud, agarwood, the wood of the gods, aloe-wood, calambac, eaglewood, jinkoh and gahara are just some of the names given throughout history to this mythical wood.
King of woods and wood of kings, the treasure tree of perfumery has left its mark on human history and on the most emblematic civilizations. Born in India, oud travelled the Silk Road from China to Japan, then to the Arabian Peninsula and the borders of Byzantium. For each of these cultures, it has represented for millennia a mythical and mystical wood, the inestimable treasure of emperors and kings, symbolizing the very essence of royalty and masculinity.
Originating in the Sylhet region in Bangladesh, oud was born 3,500 years ago in the foothills of the Himalayas, where the waters of India feed a luxuriant natural realm of tropical forests, rice paddies and green tea plantations. In this very region, oud also represents an inheritance and tradition that, for more than four centuries, has stirred the hearts and hands of family producer Jalali Agarwood, an icon of excellence in the Naturals Together TM program of Swiss fragrance house Firmenich, precious partner of Chopard in its Journey to Sustainable Luxury Perfumery.
Today, the seventh generation of Jalali Agarwood is the guardian angel of a secular know-how devoted to responsible arboriculture. Extracting and distilling Oud Assafi oil of the highest possible level of quality requires great mastery and patience. It takes at least 40 to 50 years for the resin to ripen to perfection.