Exceptional Calvados from Normandy, France


Rural Calvados from Normandy - A little treasure


Exceptional cuvée commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D’DAY landing of June 6, 1944.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise has long seen English and American soldiers return to the landing sites. The most known of them, John Steel, the parachutist made famous by the movie, "The Longest Day", came to Sainte Mere Eglise every year.

This 15-year-old rural Calvados from Normandy, slumbered in the heart of a Norman property, hidden in a cave hidden by thick vegetation.

Its elaboration according to traditional and artisanal methods of Cotentin gives it its unique flavor.

If alcohol abuse is dangerous for health, the moderate tasting of this Calvados offers an escape in space and time for a moment of fraternal sharing. Associated with a Romeo & Juliet cigar, N ° 2 Churchill, in memory of Sir W. Churchill who directed the D-Day operations from London. If the Queen of England had not stopped him, he would embark soldiers in the middle of a Landing Craft Tank to be at the heart of the action. This exceptional cuvée, produced at Sainte Mère Eglise, is a nod to these heroes and to Sir W. Churchill.


The oenologist's point of view:

"This confidential Calvados from Normandy has the typical character and expression of a true rural Calvados, as we used to do in the past. It reveals all the subtleties of the orchard from which it comes.

Several varieties of apples chosen for their degraded ripening over several months will highlight the successive aromas of green apple, ripe apple and candied apple.

This high level of personality and truth is the opposite of high yield industrial productions, usually with a single variety of apples.

Its aging, protected from light and vibrations, in apple tree barrels of different capacities and then assembled will not disappoint true amateurs. "

Marcel LOUET - Oenologist


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History of the women’s & men luxury watch - La Belle Bleue

 Luxury watch « A BELLE BLEUE », elegance and perfection

The BELLE BLEUE is a luxury watch for men and women produced in 175 copies, all numbered, with the possibility on request of choosing a personal number between 10 and 150 (depending on availability). The other 25 copies have been pre-reserved by collectors.

La Belle Bleue, elegance and perfection

The creation of the Belle Bleue was born from the meeting between Gérard Bocage, collector of modern luxury watches and fireworks firer, and Philippe LEBRU, watch designer and creator of the UNITAM brand.

Philippe LEBRU designs and manufactures monumental clocks:

  • LA MONTAGNE BLEUE, in the heart of TOKIO. A unique piece in the world at 9 meters high, 1 ton of materials
  • THE TIME MACHINE, commissioned by the famous Swiss watch brand IWC Schaffhausen, to mark its 150th anniversary. Monumental clock over 3 meters high presented for the first time at the Geneva International Watch show (SIHH) in January 2018 and now located in Zurich International Airport:


Philippe LEBRU Philippe LEBRU & Christophe GRAINGER-HERR – Chef Executive Officer of IWC



Apart from his monumental creations, Philippe LEBRU, located  in the heart of Besançon, the city of watchmaking precision, is also a designer and promoter of beautiful luxury watches for women and men, MADE IN France.

The brand www.utinam.fr  is at the origin of the revival of French watchmaking.

Rich in a professional life where everything is happening at lightning speed, it is no coincidence that Gérard Bocage wanted to promote the creation of a luxury mechanical watch. Want to give meaning to this passing time, want to include in the invention of a device its presence from yesterday to tomorrow, taking advantage of every second.

When Gérard Bocage presented his project to Philippe Lebru, the specifications emerged as a challenge for the watchmaker: a luxury watch for men and women, neither round shape nor salient angle, but elegance and audacity, originality and perfection, while summoning the theme of the galaxy, planets, a starry sky and the world of fireworks.

Several months of discussions were necessary for Philippe Lebru to bring together the aesthetic, technical and material conditions to create LA BELLE BLEUE. The dial is in aventurine, a rare material that blends Murano glass and copper glitter to create sparkle and depth. Its case is a shaped piece, with curved sapphire crystal at four hours 12 and 6, 9 and 3 o'clock. The automatic mechanical movement is closed by four visible screws reminiscent of four legs, inspiration for the name of the “Quadripod” collection of which the Belle Bleue is part.

La Belle Bleue captures an ephemeral sky to place it in a temporality, a wonder nourished by childhood memories that are engraved in the future.

Discover the watchmaker Philippe Lebru: www.utinam.fr

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Founder of the A Private Shop site, Gérard Bocage despite a busy professional life has always known how to cultivate his passions, take an interest in life and people with an insatiable curiosity. Each new professional assignment often triggered in him the desire to learn more about the environments in which he worked.

A Private Shop was born from the desire to go further and to give substance to rare objects and products, associating passions, taste for beautiful things, French refinement and know-how, craftsmanship and art.

More than a commercial site, A Private Shop, offers limited and numbered series for sale

  • Luxury watches for men and women,
  • Calvados, a very old reserve commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Normandy D’DAY at Sainte Mère, associated with the name of Sir Winston CHURCHILL and his famous Romeo & Juliet N ° 2 cigar.

And soon

  • Jewelry, with a pendant for women in Gold and Ruby produced in less than 10 copies
  • Knives named Earth & Air with wooden handle in the process of fossilization and meteorite

The universe of Gérard Bocage is the anchor point for each of the Exceptions on the site. Each product has a story, the genesis always has a meaning, and Gérard Bocage's desire is to design these objects alongside the best French craftsmen. They are all the result of the fusion of a passion, an encounter and a quality know-how.

Far from standardized production, the site will welcome two new products per year. Curious or future buyers will be able to discover the history of the design, from its genesis to its production. Let’s not reveal any more! We invite you now to discover our products.

A Private Shop is Creator of Exception (s).