Monstrous machine… Futur by Robert Piguet The Perfumed Dandy’s Scented Letter

It glowed, it gleamed, it begat electrical halos green like laser beams.

Then, it stirred.

At first the sheer extremity of it all inspired awe.

A vertiginous wrench at the small intestines.

A looking over the temporal precipice into the abyss below.

The shape of things to come.

Swathed in a menacing miasma of green, this gorgon wonder is a thing unseen before.

It is a woman all man made, entirely artificial with nothing of it natural.

Yet, it takes a shape that apes the organic world.

Its metal face turns soft, its steel frame melts to flesh and curls.

It wears plastic flowers in the form of jasmines and violets in jade hair made very platinum blond.

Crazed and delusional the illusion proves insupportable.

The science is not yet sufficiently tough.

Crushed by the clock the horror is over not a moment too soon in a scene that is somehow not long enough.

Exhausted and spent the last seconds are series of flashes and sparks that signal final torment.

That which never truly lived is dead.

Earth reclaims the air and fills it strangely with the fragrance of leaves and trees.

But are they real?

Is anything?

Futur by Robert Piguet is a science fiction scent recreated from a memory of a vision of a new and unfolding universe.

It is a brave attempt to re-imagine the bravado-laden optimism of 1960s in olfactory form.

Sadly though, for all its virtues, this perfume never reaches the realms of a classic fantasy.

Instead, it is a digitally linear exercise in abstract green.

Yes, there are hints at jasmine and violet (mainly leaf), nods to vetiver and bitter orange and the occasional allusion to a patchouli and wood axis.

However, this is a scent entirely dominated, consumed even, by a central and wholly synthetic green accord that is in essence chemical rather than natural.

There may have been time, probably around the point at which the perfume originally appeared, when this seemed dramatic, daring, an augur of of the future.

Now it seems industrial, bordering on the functional and a testament in scent to the notion that nothing seems as unreal as yesterday’s vision of tomorrow.

A great curiosity this, and one, for all my reservations that I am very glad I’ve tried, though whether it can survive when even a green devil such as The Dandy would find it difficult to wear, I doubt.

Now, of course, I am desperate to try the vintage!

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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13 responses to “Monstrous machine… Futur by Robert Piguet The Perfumed Dandy’s Scented Letter

  1. Hm. Whenever you use the word “miasma” I get worried. Track down that vintage bottle! xox, V

  2. rosestrang

    I think I tried this very briefly a while back, recoiled and ventured no further, your bravery is commendable Sir. Your description of it reminds me of my experience of Comme des Garcons ‘Amazing Green’. It wasn’t very amazing – although it started with a green ivy intensity it was also linear and lacking mystery I felt, and then a synthetic apple note emerged and I was reminded of one of those cardboard car-tree-scent horrors!

    I love the images you use for these reviews, they’re a treat for the eyes and in this review hilariously appropriate! The Piguets are reformulations aren’t they? I’ve heard some reviewers say they’re a good effort, but I haven’t yet found one I relate to, not as a wearable perfume anyway, but as you say, the olfactory journey is fascinating too!

  3. I adore Futur! I have a current edp, which is indistinguishable from my vintage sample – to my nose. But I’m no expert.

  4. Lilybelle

    Sounds like one I can pass up. Love all the images.

  5. Jackie b

    What an evocative review…Zombie perfume! Colour of caterpillar guts.
    I must admit I have never been tempted by Piguet, but I need to broaden my education. One day.

  6. Mary E.

    I confess that I do really like the old vintage version of Futur.

  7. batkitty

    I love this review! Must find some Futur to sample….

  8. This review uses the same image of another reviewer who compared Futur to Evil Maria in Metropolis! Is it a coincidence?
    I’ve been struggling with Futur for over a year. When I first got it, I couldn’t believe my nose, it was glorious, glorious green and I was ecstatic basically, it was so beautiful, and I couldn’t believe that what I was smelling was exactly what the color green is. This scent is not green as in vegetable or chlorophiliac, it is green as in it is the color green but in scent form.

    I truly loved it and it was like a blessing. Then towards the end of the first bottle, I couldn’t stand it. Fleeting, too much lily of the valley, too pungent, like a nursing home, etc. I had sworn it off. Then I bought a second bottle and hated it even more, but now that I am near the end of that second bottle, I am once again in love with it. This time for real. I thought I was going to be able to live without it but I know I won’t. Futur is prickly, almost violent now, but ultimately irresistible.

    I guess part of it has to do with the concept. What Futur represents. In the 1960’s I guess Futur must have been like an olfactory 1939 New York World’s Fair, which was based on “The Dawn Of a New Day”, where people looked at the world of tomorrow.

    Futur smelled today is like a 1939’s Word Fair frozen in time. With decaying buildings, in disarray, crumbling under the image of a future that never quite happened. But just like with Pandora’s box and Hope remaining inside it, there is hope in each bottle of Futur, it really does give that uplifting feeling that the future is bright and it will be better, even if it’s an illusion. But it is a beautiful illusion.

    • Dear Ramon
      Welcome to The Dandy’s, so kind of you to drop by!
      Did another reviewer use Metropolis too? Who was it!?!
      Now, though I haven;t seen the review. I can’t say that I’m surprised for the image encapsulates what you so eloquently set out in your comments a past notion of a future as yet unrealised.
      Antique modernity made into an aroma.
      I loved Futur when I first smelt it, then found it industrial, functional almost to the point of detergent, then it came back to me and now I’m left not exactly ambivalent, but certainly ambiguous about it.
      It’s a scent I will try and wear again, for even though the review is written can;t say I’m through with this fragrance yet.
      Thank you so much for your elegant words.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      • Thanks, and I think it is an important fragrance because it may be the only true green fragrance left in the world.

      • Dearest Ramon
        I love green scents, but yes, in the abstract, unearthly, un-naturally related sense you mean I rather think it is the last one left.
        Recently I’ve noticed that it’s no longer on sale at some stockists of Piguet, I do hope it’s not making an exit for it is, as you say, an important perfume.
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  9. Futur has actually been discontinued, or it was last year. Joseph Garces the CEO of Piguet said it wasn’t successful, it’s not hard to see why, I guess they stopped production and took it off their website but late last year me and another facebook user b*tched and moaned on their facebook page and lo and behold Futur is once again for sale on the Robert Piguet website but I don’t think anywhere else.

    Also, back when I wasn’t sure I liked it or not, I decided to compare it to other true green fragrances, and I only found Vent Vert! And that’s it. Everything else is a woody floral really, and not green.

    Futur is very unique, it shouldn’t disappear.

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