Robert Piguet Bandit was created in 1944 by Germaine Cellier and relaunched in 1999 after it had been discontinued for 25 years.
Bandit is a leather chypre floral scent, inspired by pirates on long sea voyages. It has dark leather and animalic notes. Often it was referred to as a smoker's perfume since it did focus on notes that blended well with smoking - leather, tobacco and animalic notes, dusting them over with beautiful florals. It was considered quite shocking at the time. As Guy Robert refers to it - "a beautiful, but brutal perfume."
A deep woody, leathery scent with notes of orange, tuberose, jasmine, rose, leather, and woods. Bandit is one of fragrances from the last 100 years that Roja Dove believes to be the true classics of their decade. The EDT version is more true to the original, darker and smokier. This is the EDT, eau de toilette
From Basenotes - "Worshipers of oakmoss at the altar of Kerleo won't find Bandit to be their vintage olfactive narcotic of choice, but lovers of the sharp and stiff stink of an adequately mossed-up animalic base will be all over Bandit if they already aren't before reading this review. Modern noses trained on coumarin and woody amber overloads soaked in Iso E Super or rootie tootie fresh and fruitchouli galoxide-dipped shower gel perfumes will not understand the appeal of Bandit, which is why it (along with house Piguet) now exist in the niche/luxury realm rather than at the mall, but open minds may want to try this renegade in perfume form, if only to satisfy morbid curiosity. Vintage is excruciatingly expensive when found but current production gets the point across just fine. Fans of literally any of the photorealistic shoe leathers littering high-end department store counters absolutely must sample Piguet Bandit, as it is the progenitor of those accords."
From Bois de Jasmin - " ... its dissonance of the aggressive leather with the scintillating and verdant accord. Galbanum layered with bergamot possesses an uplifting green wetness that is reminiscent of walking through a garden after a heavy rain. As moisture begins to evaporate in the warm air, the scents of leaves and grasses are intertwined in the most intoxicating mélange. The darkness is allowed to pervade the composition, first hinting at its presence under the green burst of galbanum, and then shedding all layers to display its leathery and musky side."
From Kafkaesque - "There is also a faint animalistic muskiness but it’s not the harsh civet-type note of some animalic scents. The trio of Alpine Heidi, muskiness and the cold black leather of a whip has one final member: cigarettes. There is a fleeting, flickering whisper of an ashtray. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t start smelling of a dirty ashtray. I still smelled mostly of dark green bitter woods, pungent moss and herbs, but the leather undertone had a faint whiff of ash at times, though it was extremely light."