A night of cognac and fine Swiss watches is quite simply put, a night well spent.

By the hand of world renowned spirit makers Rémy Martin, we joined IWC and Louis XIII for an intimate evening getting to know a century-old cognac and some enticing timepieces.

We joined IWC and Louis XIII for an intimate evening getting to know a century-old cognac and enticing timepieces

Beckoned to a gallery on Greene Street, we brought our drinking wingtips to savor the spirit that is resoundingly known as the best brandy a well-furnished wallet can buy.

With a peculiar foresight for business, Rémy had the vision of creating an ultra premium spirit in 1821 from its oldest casks for a generation that had not yet been born.

Over the last 100 years, a small handful of cellarmasters have meticulously selected 1% of their best eaux-de-vie to put aside for the namesake of Louis XIII.

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Now, for the first time, an entire cask of Louis XIII has left French soil bound for the U.S.; to celebrate we were afforded the opportunity to let history unfold on our palate.

Presented in its trademark crystal decanter by Baccarat, the cognac (above) was poured into our snifter, and the journey began.

An avalanche of colors and forgotten essences took over our imagination

With the smallest of tastings, the flavor engulfed our mouth.

Enjoying a flavor profile of over 200 layers professionally identified, with its youngest ingredient at 40 years and its oldest at 100, an avalanche of colors and forgotten essences took over our imagination.

That is what $3,000 gets you.

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Up the ante, and for a cool $30,000 you can enjoy the Louis XIII Black Pearl (above), an even more exclusive sensory adventure.

For $30,000 you can enjoy the Black Pearl, an even more exclusive sensory adventure

After lulling the coveted drink and allowing for the experience to unfold, we reconvened for some light conversation on horological prowess.

IWC’s Portuguese Perpetual Calendar and other models proved an irresistible attraction.

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Enjoying complications deserving of our “perpetual” adoration, the watches’ gentlemanly dials and phases of the moon remind one that the night is young.

The watches’ gentlemanly dials and phases of the moon remind one that the night is young

So we bid our farewells and were once more on the move, and as we moseyed on down the street we promptly found ourselves asking:

Pleasantries aside, which is it – timepiece or a bottle of Louis XIII….

- F.A. Morales

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Photos by Fernando Morales / The Gentleman’s Topcoat