03 November 2017
THE BALMORAL CELEBRATES ‘CHRISTMAS TIME’ WITH HAMILTON & INCHES AND PATEK PHILIPPE
To mark the festive season, Edinburgh’s The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel, has teamed up with Scotland’s most iconic jewellery house and the world’s finest watchmaker to create a unique moment in time for the city. Hamilton & Inches, in partnership with Patek Philippe, are to share centuries of silversmithing prestige and watchmaking excellence at No.1 Princes Street this December with a Christmas Time display and bespoke event series hosted throughout the hotel.
Rich in history and heritage, The Balmoral’s 2017 festive installation will honour its long-standing relationship with Hamilton & Inches, which dates back to 1902 when the Royal Warrant holders created and installed the mechanism for the hotel’s majestic clock. The Balmoral clock famously runs three minutes fast to help people catch their trains when departing from the city’s Waverley Station, apart from Hogmanay when it is set to the correct time to lead Scotland in heralding the new year.
The wonder of Christmas Time will be celebrated throughout The Balmoral, as they work with Hamilton and Inches and Patek Philippe to transform it into a spectacular hub for Edinburgh’s festive celebrations. The hotel lobby will become a magical experience reflecting the grand complications of a Patek Philippe watch. A ceiling installation of wheels, moons and stars and a cluster of rotating Christmas trees, mimicking the movement of the world’s most beautiful timepieces, will take centre stage. Overlooking the lobby, a Patek Philippe lounge will become the destination for the city’s style seekers to take a moment and relax surrounded by artwork and literature from the Patek Philippe archives in Geneva.
The Balmoral’s Festive Afternoon Tea - served in both the Patek Philippe Lounge and the iconic Palm Court – will present guests with a plate of themed gifts to take home as a memento. Served in a Balmoral tea tin, this will include Scotland’s first homegrown Silver Needle tea in tribute to Hamilton & Inches’ status as Silversmiths to Her Majesty The Queen. Fondly referred to as ‘Grandad’s Eyebrows,’ due to the hairs on the back of the leaf which form a silvery appearance, Silver Needle tea is sweet in taste with a velvety chocolate depth, perfectly paired with Afternoon Tea.
Exclusive events will also be held to celebrate the world-class craftsmanship on display throughout the hotel, including a Horology Masterclass with a watchmaking expert in the Patek Philippe Lounge; a Christmas Countdown afternoon hosted by Brian Grigor, Head Chef at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant Number One, and a Pastry Perfection Masterclass with Executive Pastry Chef, Ross Sneddon, who will be sharing his skills and tips for making the party perfect savoury and dessert canapés but with a Balmoral twist.
SCOTCH, The Balmoral’s dedicated whisky bar, and The Balmoral Bar, will both be offering an exploration of Christmas time – Past, Present and Future – in liquid form, with six specially selected drams of whisky and Sazerac cocktails.
The Christmas Time festive collaboration brings together three iconic brands - Patek Philippe, the world’s finest watchmaker, Hamilton & Inches, Scotland’s luxury jewellery house; and The Balmoral, a landmark in Edinburgh and the destination for the most memorable celebrations in the city.
The Balmoral and Hamilton & Inches Christmas Time installation will be unveiled on Thursday 16th November.
The Balmoral and Hamilton & Inches Christmas Time events:
● The Balmoral’s Festive Afternoon Tea
Served in both the Patek Philippe Lounge and the iconic Palm Court – The Balmoral’s Festive Afternoon Tea has been given a timely twist for December. After enjoying the four-course experience, guests will be presented with a plate of themed gifts to take home as a memento. Scotland’s first homegrown Silver Needle tea will be gifted in a Balmoral tea tin as a nod to Hamilton & Inches’ silversmith skills. Fondly referred to as ‘Grandad’s Eyebrows,’ due to the hairs on the back of the leaf which form a silvery appearance, Silver Needle tea is sweet in taste with a velvety chocolate depth. The second gift is a thyme-flavoured chocolate enclosed in a Hamilton & Inches box, and the third, an ice cream cone with a tangerine sorbet covered in dark Swiss chocolate - the sweetest of nods to Patek Philippe’s heritage. Finally, a beautiful keepsake bookmark by Patek Philippe will be presented to all Afternoon Tea guests.
The Balmoral’s Festive Afternoon Tea costs £44pp. Palm Court 0131 556 2414, firstname.lastname@example.org. For the full menu visit /hotels-and-resorts/the-balmoral-hotel/restaurants-and-bars/palm-court/events/?tab=festive-afternoon-tea
● Patek Philippe Christmas Time Watchmaker Masterclass
Hotel guests, visitors and locals alike can book into a masterclass with a Patek Philippe-trained watchmaking expert in the Patek Philippe Lounge. The age-old skill of understanding the complications of minute repeater and perpetual calendar watches and clocks will be celebrated as guests are invited to enjoy an exclusive audience, focussing on one of Patek Philippe’s greatest innovations, the perpetual calendar.
The Patek Philippe Watchmaker Masterclass at The Balmoral on the evening of 12th December is by reservation only (limited numbers). Hamilton & Inches 0131 225 4898, email@example.com
● SCOTCH Festive Masterclass: Past, Present and Future
Whisky Ambassadors will guide guests through six specially selected drams of whisky; two from new distilleries, two current and established whiskies and two older whiskies from closed distilleries.
SCOTCH Festive Masterclass: Past, Present and Future will be held on 13th December at 7pm. Tickets cost £35pp. SCOTCH 0131 524 7142, firstname.lastname@example.org
● The Balmoral Bar: Past, Present and Future cocktails
The Balmoral Bar has developed a series of Past, Present and Future Sazerac cocktails. Considered one of the first ever cocktails, Sazerac was created in New Orleans in the middle of the 19th century and is the inspiration for The Balmoral’s festive cocktail menu. ‘The Past’ is a classic Sazerac that remains true to the original recipe with Bulleit Bourbon Rye Whisky topped off with absinthe and served in an old-fashioned glass. ‘The Present’ is a Highland Sazerac – a Scottish twist on the American classic featuring local whiskies and smoked with apple wood and cinnamon bark, served over an ice ball. For ‘The Future’ cocktail, both American and Scottish whiskies have been combined to create a Sherry Cask Aged Sarezac that is currently maturing in a barrel ready to serve to guests in December.
The Balmoral’s Bar Past, Present and Future cocktail trio, priced £35, will be available throughout December. The Balmoral Bar 0131 524 7099, email@example.com
● Christmas Countdown Masterclass with Number One Head Chef Brian Grigor
Brian Grigor, Head Chef at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant Number One, will be hosting a Christmas Countdown afternoon to help home cooks efficiently prepare for a memorable festive menu. Guests will be able to enjoy and learn three make ahead canapés for Christmas Day and the inside track on how to prepare some festive favourites.
Christmas Countdown Masterclass will be held at Number One on 10th December 12noon – 2pm, priced £80. Number One 0131 557 6727, firstname.lastname@example.org
● Pastry Perfection Masterclass with The Balmoral’s Executive Pastry Chef Ross Sneddon
With 20 years in the industry, Scotland’s leading Pastry Chef will guide guests on how to make the perfect party canapé, with a Balmoral twist. Starting with an interactive demonstration on how to make savoury canapés from traditional dessert ingredients, he will then show how to make the party perfect dessert canapés with traditional savoury ingredients. From foie gras mince pies to maple roasted squash with muscavado chantilly, it’s Christmas but not as you know it.
Pastry Perfection Masterclass will be held in the Beauly Suite on 30th November from 6pm – 8pm, priced £80. The Balmoral 0131 556 2414, email@example.com
● Suite Dreams at The Balmoral with Hamilton & Inches and Planet Flowers
A roaring fire. Twinkling lights. An elegant tree...Discover Christmas The Balmoral way with the Suite Dreams package in collaboration with Hamilton & Inches and Planet Flowers. With a suite decorated to your specification thanks to Scotland’s leading florist, enjoy a behind-the-scenes private tour of Hamilton & Inches or an after-hours fine jewellery consultation as well as a bespoke festive gift.
The Balmoral Suite Dreams package will be available throughout December. The Balmoral 0131 556 2414, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Notes to Editors:
Many hotels claim to have landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel located at Edinburgh's most prestigious address, No 1 Princes Street. The Balmoral offers 188 opulent suites and contemporary rooms. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant or the informal Hadrian’s Brasserie. Afternoon Tea is served in the iconic Palm Court and the hotel boasts a collection of 500 Scottish whiskies at
Expertly blended cocktails are shaken and stirred to perfection at The Balmoral Bar and signature Forte Organics are available at The Balmoral Spa.
Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 11 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg; Assila Hotel, Jeddah.
Future opening: Rome in 2018, Shanghai in 2018 www.roccofortehotels.com
Hamilton & Inches
Hamilton & Inches is Scotland’s luxury jewellery house, with innovative workshops and an iconic customer showroom in the heart of Edinburgh. With 150 years of heritage, Hamilton & Inches brings the world’s most aspirational brands to life and crafts each gift with prestige and pride.
Established in 1866 by Robert Kirk Inches and his uncle, James Hamilton, Hamilton & Inches are holders of the Royal Warrant for 120 years, and Silversmiths and Clock Specialists to Her Majesty, The Queen.
More information about Hamilton & Inches can be found by visiting their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Patek Philippe is Hamilton & Inches longest-standing brand partner and widely regarded as the world’s finest watchmaker. Established in 1839, it is the last family-owned independent watch manufacturer in Geneva, with an impressive repertoire of more than 100 patents. It is perhaps most famous for its superior watchmaking artistry Complications – its Grand Complications timepiece featuring a perpetual calendar (with moon phases) with fly-back retrograde date, astronomical calendar and instantaneous perpetual calendar with apertures, minute repeater and tourbillon.