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Well-Earned Gifts “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” —Winston Churchill

THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER certainly made his living during World War II by getting—principally in the form of aid from the United States under the Lend-Lease policy. Yet British industry also gave, as witnessed by the heroic output of such irms as the Bristol Aeroplane Company. In the postwar decades, this once-booming irm converted to manufacturing boutique automobiles, such as the Bristol 400, Blenheim, and Bullet speedster—its latest ofering, which constitutes part of this season’s Ultimate Gift Guide (“Blast from the Past,” page 126). These esoteric cars may not have earned much of a living for their creators, but they do enliven the collections they grace.

PERHAPS NO GIFT is more universally appreciated than that of a ine meal in great company. As the recipient of our fashion gift (“Experience the Insider’s Florence,” page 150) will discover, for the family of Stefano Ricci, kin and company are one. The designer and his sons, Niccolò and Filippo, regularly conduct business at their favorite restaurant, Osteria delle Tre Panche, whose surroundings are austere but whose riches are many. “Here you can eat the best trules in Florence,” Filippo says. “The kitchen manages to meet all your desires—and absolutely do not miss the homemade cheesecake.”

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FOR CHRISTOPHER KOSTOW, earning a living in the beginning necessitated taking—in his case, from nearby gardens. The Michelin three-star chef—whose Ultimate Gift is a unique culinary apprenticeship (“Heaven’s Kitchen,” page 146)—frequently foraged for local ingredients beyond the boundaries of the Restaurant at Meadowood. “We used to go to neighbors and ask to take their persimmons,” says Kostow. “I asked the girl on the other side of the fence to harvest snails for me and gave her 25 cents per snail. Her father still loves to tell that story.”


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I’m a lover of all things polo, so naturally I’m ponying up for the St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship in Aspen (stregisaspen .com). Beginning December 15, the 4-day tournament ofers equine excitement that can be enjoyed from cozy spectator tents, hot toddy in hand. —CAROLYN MEERS

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Topping my list of horological holiday gifts are the rare and discontinued timepieces found using F. P. Journe’s (fpjourne.com) recently launched Patrimoine service. The selective buyback program offers connoisseurs the chance to acquire elusive models such as the original Résonance and the Tourbillon Historique with factory restoration and warranties. —JAMES D. MALCOLMSON

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The socialite Betsy Bloomingdale amassed a fabulous collection of jewels, many of which will be on sale this month at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale (christies.com). The December 7 auction promises the opportunity to bid on—or simply gawk at—the heiress’s prized pieces, including this lavish Van Cleef & Arpels pendant necklace. —JILL NEWMAN


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Versatile Velvet

No longer just for formal occasions, velvet lends a touch of elegance and panache to any outfit. Menswear designers are using the rich, plush material in everything from footwear (above) to slim tailored jackets (next pages). “The velvet jacket elevates any outfit and makes it special,” says Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director for Bergdorf Goodman, who touts the garment as a must-have for every man’s wardrobe. Paired with denim, flannel trousers, even T-shirts, this style staple goes from formal to everyday fashionable. —JILL NEWMAN Buscemi navy velvet slip-on sneaker, $550, and Salvatore Ferragamo navy velvet loafer, $640 (both at Bergdorf Goodman, 212.753.7300, bergdorfgoodman.com).

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Jackets Required From far left: Tom Ford teal velvet jacket, $3,440, ribbed turtleneck, $1,320, and silk pocket square, $180; Giorgio Armani brown velvet jacket, $2,395, and zip-front shirt, $945; Saint Laurent burgundy velvet jacket, $2,790, and bejeweled T-shirt, $1,350; Jane Carr silk scarf, $275 (all at Bergdorf Goodman, 212.753.7300, bergdorfgoodman.com).

Tie One On For a quick change from oice appropriate to evening fun, all you need is Tom Ford’s red velvet necktie, $250 (at Bergdorf Goodman, 212.753.7300, bergdorfgood man.com). It adds a pop of color and a dash of luxurious style.

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Step It Up Style renegades who want to dress up and stand out from the pack will find sporty comfort and just the right amount of elegance in Givenchy’s velvet sneakers, $550 (at Bergdorf Goodman, 212.753.7300, bergdorfgoodman.com).

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Q IN A RADICAL change to a classic design, Bulgari has revamped its famous Serpenti motif to showcase its complicated-watchmaking bona ides. The Serpenti Incantati Tourbillon Lumiere (bulgari.com) dispenses with the series’s signature snakelike Tubogas bracelet and instead wraps a representation of the reptile—paved with snow-set diamonds—around the perimeter of the round watchcase. The skeletonized tourbillon movement within is inished with a serpentine striped pattern. The watch is available in pink ($170,000) or white gold ($188,000) and limited to just 50 and 30 examples, respectively. —J.D.M.

Hublot opens up sapphire watches to a wider audience of aficionados.

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he Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire (hublot.com) is not the irst high-end mechanical watch to be encased in transparent, scratch-resistant sapphire, but at a price of $57,900 (other sapphire designs cost as much as seven igures) and with a sizable production run of 500 pieces, it is the irst accessible model. “I thought about creating a sapphire watch for more than 20 years, but it was always too expensive,” says Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot. “We now have the power to invest heavily in a project, so we decided to industrialize sapphire.” To that end, Hublot recently acquired the equipment for machining and polishing the tough but brittle material—a process eased by the new model’s sandwich construction. Complex structures inside the case, such as the hands and dial, are cast from transparent resin. According to Guadalupe, this limits the amount of sapphire machining and polishing required for each case, which accounts for most of the cost savings. Other brands make sapphire watches on almost an individual basis, an approach Hublot itself took when creating the $575,000 MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire watch it unveiled earlier this year. However, the company still managed to price that watch—despite its dramatic case curves—well below its sapphire competitors, and this, Guadalupe says, is just the beginning. “There are a lot of possibilities for creativity for future watches in sapphire.” —JAMES D. MALCOLMSON


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Serious Metal Known for its sculptural gold jewelry, Vhernier ventures into titanium.

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“We want to create something that stimulates people,” says Camurati, who more than 30 years ago established Vhernier’s contemporary and sculpturesque style of gold jewelry. “When I started making jewelry,” she recalls, “I wanted to transform the traditional world of jewelry with big, voluminous shapes that are more sculptural, and my guideline was a woman’s body.” Among the artisans who have lent their expertise to that transformation is Giovanni Beltrami. A goldsmith for 48 years, since he started as an apprentice at age 14, he still makes many of the company’s voluptuous creations. Working in his one-room atelier in Valenza, where Vhernier is based, he creates the brand’s signature pieces, sometimes taking months to make a single design. He and the brand’s other local artisans work much in the same way that goldsmiths here have

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orking alongside Angela Camurati, the production director for Vhernier (646.343.9551, vhernier.com), a team of artisans experimented with titanium for nearly 3 years to forge the Italian company’s newest jewelry designs. Their collaboration has yielded, among other eye-catching innovations, the brand’s limited-edition Blue Velvet series (starting at $2,300 for earrings), including the necklace and bracelet shown above. Both feature blued titanium and diamonds, and the necklace showcases as its dramatic centerpiece a 31-carat tanzanite. The painstakingly handmade pieces—a departure from Vhernier’s renowned gold designs—are available for purchase at the brand’s Madison Avenue shop, one of its two New York City boutiques that opened earlier this year to ofer fresh concepts.


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worked for centuries, liquefying gold, silver, and copper, for example, to produce rose gold that is cooled, stretched, hammered, and shaped using time-honored techniques. Similarly, Vhernier’s gemstone carver has been shaping the brand’s playful rock-crystal brooches for more than 20 years. Each of his sculptures reveals a joyful vision of animals and such objects as balloons and seashells. A penguin that includes mother-of-pearl, carnelian, and onyx features layers of gemstones that are covered with carved rock crystal to give an illusion of depth. Another piece—a colorful chameleon of jade, opal, sugilite, and rock crystal—is set in 18-karat gold with diamonds. Prices for the brooches start at $4,300. Camurati’s collaborative relationships with artisans continue to be the basis of Vhernier’s distinctive style. Scattered about Valenza, they prefer to work independently rather than inside a factory, Camurati says. “Our craftsmen are artists, and they don’t want to be hired. They want to feel free.” —JILL NEWMAN

Sculpturesque gold jewelry, such as these designs with contemporary flair, is a Vhernier signature.

Eye Candy At select Barneys stores, fans of Sharon Khazzam’s jewelry can special-order something sweet.

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York, jeweler Sharon Khazzam presented trays of colorful loose stones that looked like candy, from bubble-gum-pink sapphires to chocolate-brown diamonds. Captivated by the breadth of gems, clients were invited to select stones and consult with the designer on a personalized piece of jewelry. It’s part of the new Signature by Sharon Khazzam experience (516.570.2663, sharon khazzam.com) that is being ofered at select Barneys department stores. “It’s exciting to have a dialogue with the clients and collaborate on something so personal,” says Khazzam, who notes that shoppers are enjoying discovering new stones. At a similar event held at Barneys in Beverly Hills, a woman “fell in love” with a pair of large carved amber stones that Khazzam set alongside brown diamonds in drop earrings. Once the client approves Khazzam’s sketches, the jewelry is handmade in New York and delivered in a month or longer, depending upon its complexity. Prices start around $10,000. —J.N.


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Smaller Engine, Big Performance Four cylinders are enough for Porsche’s new 718 Boxster.

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he top was down on the Porsche 718 Boxster S (porsche.com), allowing the hot Texas wind to blast against my face as I took a series of sweeping turns on Lime Creek Road. I was threading through rows of scrub brush along the shore of Lake Travis, about an hour’s drive northwest of Austin, in the highpowered version of the mid-engine roadster. Along with the base model Boxster and its hardtop siblings, the Cayman and Cayman S, the Boxster S has received a major overhaul for the 2017 model year. Most notable is the new, smaller engine. The cars also have the new 718 designation, which references the Le Mans– and Targo Florio–winning racecar that Porsche built from 1957 to 1962. The Boxster and Cayman are nearly identical except, of course, for their tops and some suspension tuning, and they may be the most joyful oferings in the brand’s lineup. For each, Porsche has replaced the 6-cylinder

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boxer engine with a new turbocharged 4-cylinder boxer. A 2.5-liter 350 hp version powers the S models, and the base-model Boxster and Cayman have a 2-liter 300 hp version. The power came on strong and smooth in the Boxster S, which has a starting price of $68,400. (The test car was equipped with about $25,000 worth of options; the base models’ starting price is $56,000.) Though the engine has two fewer cylinders than its predecessor, the car’s exhaust note retains its signature timbre. In addition to installing a new engine in the 718 models, Porsche revised the chassis and suspension tuning to create a stifer, more stable ride. “Our main goal is to have a wide spread of comfort and performance,” says Porsche chassis engineer Daniel Lepschi. Cars equipped with Porsche’s optional adaptive suspension have the broadest range, from a firm but compliant Normal mode to the rock-solid Sport and Sport Plus


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modes. A switch on the steering wheel changes the suspension setting. The Boxster S test car was equipped with the adaptive suspension and featured the option that lowers the ride height by 2 centimeters, or about three-quarters of an inch. (The base models’ ride height can be lowered by 1 centimeter.) In Sport mode, the Boxster S sliced through the sticky air and exhibited plenty of traction on dusty pavement, thanks to the optional torque vectoring. The feature uses braking and the locking mechanical rear diferential to enable faster entries and exits into and out of corners.

The electronic steering system—the same one that Porsche uses for its new 911 models—is responsive enough to convert drivers who prefer hydraulic systems. An updated version of Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch transmission is an optional feature. The standard 6-speed manual includes a shifter throw and clutch pedal that are engaging without being too stiff. The manual gearbox doesn’t perform as well as the PDK, but its automatic rev matching, which comes with the optional Sport Chrono Package, eliminates the need for foot inagling to blip the throttle on downshifts. —LAURA BURSTEIN

Porsche’s Boxer 4 Keeps On Punching

Q PORSCHE HAS a long relationship with the boxer-4 engine, a 4-cylinder power plant whose pistons are set horizontally instead of vertically like those of an inline engine or diagonally like those of a V-8. Also known as a lat 4, it’s called a boxer because its pistons move in and out like the ists of a quick-jabbing ighter. In 1950 the brand launched its irst production car, the 356, and it was equipped with a boxer 4 based on the one Porsche had designed for Volkswagen during the 1930s. The 550 Spyder, which Porsche built from 1953 to 1956, featured a lightweight body and a 110 hp boxer 4. The car 78

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was dubbed the “giant killer” on the racetrack because it bested Jaguars and Aston Martins that were powered by larger 6cylinder engines. The 718 of the late 1950s and early ’60s—the car for which the new Boxster and Cayman are named—also used a boxer 4. Today’s boxer is more evolved than earlier versions, but it retains the same advantages over an inline or V-conigured engine, says Markus Baumann, the manager of development for Porsche’s boxer engines and a 21year veteran of the company. “It has a low center of gravity, more direct response, and that characteristic Porsche sound,” he says.

The engine in the 718 Boxster and Cayman is exceptionally efficient, says Baumann. Many of its components are new, including the cylinder head and the directfuel-injection system, which carries out a new combustion process and a sophisticated new fuel-spray pattern. The engine now features forced air induction and a new water-to-air intercooler, both of which reduce its temperature. The biggest diference between this boxer and previous versions is the addition of a turbocharger. “Turbocharging is what allows us to achieve the same performance with fewer cylinders,” says Baumann. —L.B.


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Safety First… Volvo’s new S90 is engineered to keep you out of harm’s way.

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safety features, including Pilot Assist, which automatically steers the car, accelerates it, and applies the brakes in slower traic. Two other safety systems are also industry irsts as standard equipment: The largeanimal detection feature uses the onboard radar and camera to spot deer, elk, moose, or other four-legged creatures (or pedestrians) and apply the brakes if needed. The road-edge mitigation feature detects when the vehicle is drifting of the side of the road and corrects the steering accordingly. The S90 has a starting price of $47,000, but the options in the test vehicle, a model with the Inscription trim, raised the price to more than $66,000. They included all-wheel drive for tackling summer showers

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he Hamptons—speciically, Montauk, N.Y., at the tip of Long Island’s South Fork—was the setting for a late-summer test-drive of the Volvo S90 (volvocars.com), the Swedish brand’s new lagship sedan. It replaces the S80, which had been in production since 1998. The S90 is an elegant vehicle—the test car was painted a gray that the brand calls Mussel Blue Metallic—that blended with the area’s sprawling summer estates and tony beachside resorts. Safety remains at the forefront of Volvo engineering. The company has set a goal, targeted for the year 2020, of preventing any driver or passenger of a new Volvo from sufering a serious or fatal injury in a crash. To that end, the S90 comes standard with several advanced


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and the harsh weather that comes to Long Island with the winter months, when clambakes on the beach are a distant memory. Volvo was once known for its inline-5 engines, but it has gone exclusively to 4-cylinder power plants. The S90 is equipped with a 2-liter inline-4 that is turbocharged and supercharged. On Long Island’s South Fork, where the highway’s speed limit is 55 mph, the

S90’s 316 hp was more than adequate. The car’s drive modes—comfort, eco, and dynamic—change the throttle mapping, the steering response, and the shift points on the 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. Even in dynamic mode, the S90 won’t be doing any street racing, but it was well suited to a relaxed excursion past the superyachts docked at Sag Harbor and through the boutique-dotted streets of East Hampton. The S90’s command center is a large central touchscreen that provides easy access to navigation functions, climate-control settings, and controls for the sound system, which in the test car was a premium Bowers & Wilkins setup. The test car also ran Apple CarPlay, and the Volvo system is one of few that doesn’t lock you out of other functions while CarPlay is running. Volvo reportedly plans to introduce a long-wheelbase version of the S90 next year that will be about the same size as a short-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz S-Class; the current model has roughly the same dimensions as a BMW 5 Series. No matter its length, the S90 is for drivers who prefer the safe, sophisticated, and subtle. —LAURA BURSTEIN

…But Style Is a Close Second

Q RETRO AND RECENT designs inluenced

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Hofmeister kink. “We look back, but then we aim forward,” says Tisha Johnson, a senior designer at Volvo. The S90’s platform (called Scalable Product Architecture, or SPA) enabled designers to give the S90 “more luxurious proportions,” according to Volvo, than those of the S80 that it replaced. They were able to push the front wheels farther forward, creating more distance between the dashboard and front axle. “We have the setup we always wanted as designers,” Johnson says.

The interior includes soft leather upholstery and open-pore wood trim that curves gently along the dash. The texture of the gearshift and toggle switches on the air vents was inspired by Swedish glass and crystal. And the seats contour to every curve of the body. Johnson describes the S90 as a “Scandinavian sanctuary” and says the design team used the image of a male lion as guidance: “He understands his position and doesn’t need to do anything lamboyant.” —L.B.

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the look of the Volvo S90. The concave front grille, for example, is based on the grille of the brand’s P1800, a two-seat, rearwheel-drive roadster produced from 1961 to 1973. Other design elements derive directly from the XC Coupe, the concept car Volvo unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. These include a rooline that slopes like a coupe’s, a large rear window, and what Volvo calls the “inal cut” on the rear side windows. It’s a bend near the bottom of the C pillar that evokes BMW’s


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Out of the Shadows The Arcadia Sherpa can do much more than just schlep a superyacht’s gear.

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Arcadia Yachts Sherpa

Carrying On The Arcadia Yachts Sherpa is unusual in that it can be configured to serve as a leisure boat or a support vessel for a larger yacht, but the latter concept—a purpose-built shadow yacht—is not new. This type of vessel first came on the scene in the mid-2000s, when companies such as Shadow Marine converted commercial ships into tagalongs for yachts whose owners wanted to bring more toys, supplies, and crew. Once yacht builders saw a market for such vessels, they began designing and producing them with an emphasis on aesthetics and eiciency. Here we spotlight launches that illustrate the evolution of the shadow yacht. —D.C.

2005 A converted supply vessel for offshore oil platforms, Shadow Marine’s Paladin Shadow is one of the first shadow yachts. The 170-footer features a hangar for a helicopter, tenders, a car—you name it.

2009 Espen Øino and Hanseatic Marine unveil plans for a 253-foot fast-moving superyacht-support vessel called YS1. The plans morph into Silver Yachts’ design for the 272-foot Silver Shadow.

2010 Oberon, a 164-foot purpose-built superyacht-support vessel, is the first launch from the Yacht Support line from Damen. Eventually, the line will include four models ranging from 141 feet to 293 feet.

2016 Australian builder Echo Yachts launches a 151-foot support yacht that will shadow a Sam Sorgiovanni–designed 276-foot trimaran the company plans to launch in 2018.

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nlike the shadow vessels of old that were repurposed commercial supply ships, the 55-foot Arcadia Yachts Sherpa (arcadiayachts -sherpa.com/welcome) was conceived from the ground up and designed to be flexible. Depending on its layout and furnishings, the Sherpa can serve as a superyacht’s shadow boat for toting tenders and toys, a support vessel for an oceanfront villa, a ishing boat, a party boat with all that deck space, or a family-style cruiser with plenty of space for sunning. Named for the Nepalese people who are often hired to guide and support mountain climbers in the Himalayas, the Sherpa is available in two superstructure configurations: an open deck, which is suited to carrying gear and other utilitarian purposes, and a saloon deck, which features a glass-enclosed living space on the main deck. The below-deck area can be conigured with one, two, or three cabins, and the glass-enclosed upper deck includes the bridge, galley, and dining area. The Sherpa is constructed with lightweight materials to enhance fuel eiciency, and the solar panels that are built into the superstructure power most of the onboard systems. The boat has a top speed of 25 knots and cruises at 20 knots, and the Volvo IPS propulsion allows you or your captain to easily maneuver up to and away from the dock. —DANIELLE CUTLER


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Air Time Breitling offers VIP customers a variety of thrilling flying experiences.

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our turns in the 565 mph aircraft. “This isn’t for sale.” As I settled into my seat, I remembered Angiulo’s words and reminded myself how lucky I was to be here. “Are you stressed?” I heard my pilot, Georgio, ask through my headset. Ignoring the nausea growing in my stomach, I lied and told him no. I had just skydived, and the residual excitement from that experience was combining with anxiety about this light, but I was determined not to need the white paper bag that was clipped to the dash. My fear and nausea dissipated as soon as we took of beside two of our teammates and joined the rest of the formation. In the air, the other jets were within 10 feet of us—close enough to see the joy on the passengers’ faces while we uniformly circled through barrel rolls, loops, and other thrilling aerobatics, each delivering 1 to 6 gs. “Areyoureadyfortheinalbreakaway?”Georgioasked about 25 minutes into the light. The other jets soar one by one higher into the sky and roll laterally away from the formation. Georgio counted down to our turn and navigated through the maneuver. Meanwhile, I clutched my thighs, desperately trying to keep the blood from rushing out of my head. My sight grew fuzzy, and I thought, This is what it feels like to pass out. Then Georgio righted the plane, and the sensation was gone. I was laughing, and the bag was still on the dash. —AMANDA MILLIN

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on’t touch this lever. It’s dangerous. Keep your hands on your harness. Pull this in case of an emergency, and your seat will eject.” My mind raced as I climbed into an Aero L-39 Albatros and listened to a mechanic calmly give lastminute instructions about riding in the military training jet. It was a sunny fall day at San Diego’s Brown Field Municipal Airport, just a few miles from the Mexican border, and I was one of 32 guests who had gathered for a Breitling Experience (breitling.com), a daylong invitation-only event at which the aviationfocused Swiss watch brand hosts local and international VIP customers and retailers. Breitling holds several Experiences a year, in diferent regions of the country. Guests can participate in a variety of aviation-related activities, including skydiving; lights in aerobatic planes, helicopters, and biplanes; and—for the past 2 years—a light with the Breitling Jet Team (breitling-jet-team.com). The team’s U.S. tour ended with the San Diego event, so next year’s Experiences will feature a diferent slate of activities. The jet team comprises eight pilots. They’re all presently civilians, but seven are veterans of the French air force. They fly the Albatros jets in formation with a passenger onboard each one. “You can’t just sign up to do this,” observed Mike Angiulo, a vice president at Microsoft and a recreational pilot, while we waited for


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Electric Au Courant These three new models should contribute to the growing popularity of battery-powered bicycles. Electric bikes certainly are not new. In the late 1890s, at least three inventors drew up plans and applied for patents. But their machines couldn’t compete with the automobiles that arrived on the scene at about the same time, and so electric bikes never caught on. But now they have: An estimated 35 million will be sold worldwide by the end of this year. Their popularity shouldn’t be a surprise. They can ofer all the health and environmental beneits of a standard bicycle, but if you don’t want to break a sweat when riding one, you don’t have to. Here, we spotlight three top new models that show the range of designs and possibilities for electric bicycles. —LARRY BEAN

Budnitz Model E Power Source: Rear-hub 250-watt electric motor and 30-volt lithium-ion battery, which recharges as you glide or pedal backwards; motor is paired with Budnitz’s grease-free carbon drive belt. Performance: The electric motor can propel the bike as fast as 15 mph, and the battery provides a range of 100 miles in the right conditions. Frame: Customized for each customer; made of titanium alloy or chromoly steel and features Budnitz’s signature twin-tube cantilever design for shock absorption; available in brushed metal or virtually any color. Weight: 29 pounds (titanium model). Pedigree: Vermont-based company was established in 2011 by Paul Budnitz, the founder of the art-toy company Kidrobot and the social network Ello. Price: Starting at $3,950. Contact: budnitzbicycles.com

Elby Power Source: Rear-hub 500-watt BionX motor powered by a lithium-ion battery, which can recharge as you ride. Performance: Motor enables a top speed of 20 mph; battery provides a range of up to 90 miles in the right conditions; bike is available with a 9-speed or single-speed drivetrain. Frame: Step-through design made of aluminum alloy and equipped with front and back LED lights and hydraulic disc brakes; available in black, white, blue, gray, or orange. Weight: 55 pounds. Pedigree: California company established by auto-industry veterans Frank Stronach and Fred Gingl. Stronach founded the auto-parts manufacturer Magna International, and Gingl ran BionX, which makes motors for electric bikes including the Elby. Price: $3,699 (9 speed); $3,499 (single speed). Contact: elbybike.com

Pininfarina E-voluzione Power Source: Mid-mounted 250-watt Brose motor powered by a Panasonic battery, which can be removed for recharging. Performance: Bike is available in three styles—Elegance, Hi-Tech, and Dynamic—each of which offers a different amount of torque; motor’s maximum speed is 20 mph. Frame: Made of carbon fiber; handlebar, seat post, and wheels are also made of carbon fiber; equipped with hydraulic disc brakes; aerodynamic body style is based on

designed the E-voluzione, and the Dutch bicycle brand Diavelo will build it. Price: $5,500 (estimated; bike will not arrive on the market until early next year). Contact: pininfarina-evoluzione.com

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All Is Forgiven Q LIKE ALL of the brand’s irons, the new PXG 0311XF

models (pxg.com) are triple forged and feature an ultrathin face and an internal cavity illed with a thermoplastic elastomer. Compared to other irons, this design increases the speed and distance of the ball, according to PXG. However, the XF irons also feature a longer blade, a wider sole, and a slightly larger overall proile, all of which increase the size of the sweet spot on the clubface. These are game-improvement irons—XF stands for “xtreme forgiveness”—but they don’t appear drastically different from the brand’s other series, including the 0311T PGA Tour–class irons that debuted last fall. So with the addition of the XF series ($350 per club for the chrome version), you can now discreetly mix and match PXG clubs to create a customized set that suits your strengths and conceals your weaknesses. —SHAUN TOLSON

Drive for Show Q DUBBED “a real sports car” by its cre-

ators, the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car (arealsportscar.com) could one day become a country-club staple. But for now it’s just a show cart—“an especially attractive possibility of what future golf carts in the luxury segment might look like,” says Michael Minielly, a publicrelations manager for Mercedes-Benz. The cart represents a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz(mbusa.com)andtheDanish golf-cart manufacturer Garia (garia.com). It debuted this summer at the British Open at Royal Troon in Scotland and later appeared at Monterey Car Week and the Monaco Yacht Show. The vehicle’s genesis came in 2013, when Mercedes-Benz asked golfers and auto enthusiasts around the world to submit their ideas for what a Mercedes-Benz golf cart should look like and what features it should include. The company’s designers used the best suggestions as a starting point for the project. The goal of MercedesBenz and Garia was to create a sportierlooking golf cart, one that departed from the box-shaped designs that have remained largely unchanged since the middle of the 20th century. The Mercedes-Benz Garia is battery powered and features a carbon-fiber roof, as 90

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well as a small rear spoiler and a carboniber difuser that were added to enhance its “sports-car” look. The cart is equipped with a refrigerator, located under the sculpted bench seat, and a 10-inch high-resolution digital touchpad that monitors power consumption, speed, and battery range.

The cart also features Garia’s golf-bag compartment, which secures two bags behind the seat at an outward-facing angle so that it’s easier to access the clubs. “Nobody thought that was a problem,” says Garia cofounder Anders Lynge, “until we showed them the solution.” —S.T.


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Bringing Something Artistic to the Table Q DESCRIBING THE DESIGN of the new 11 Ravens Avettore table-

tennis table (11ravens.com), Bernard Semerdjian says, “The curve of the legs looks like the wings of a jet airplane. It looks like it’s going fast just sitting there.” Semerdjian is the design director for 11 Ravens, which ofers a variety of stylish game tables. He’s been with the company since its founding 5 years ago in Los Angeles

and says that he and his coworkers are avid table-tennis players. “We play it every day,” he says, “which made us think, what if we inject some art into this and bring it to the next level?” The Avettore’s prices range from $26,000 for a basic model in solid maple or oak to $48,000 for a limited-edition Aereo made of Lucite and lined with bison leather. —SHEILA GIBSON STOODLEY

Pinball Wizards and Ghosts Q LIKE BILBO BAGGINS’ journey,

the creation of Jersey Jack Pinball’s The Hobbit game (jerseyjackpinball .com) took longer than expected. Jack Guarnieri’s company in Lakewood, N.J., began developing the machine before the completion of The Battle of the Five Armies, the third ilm in The Hobbit trilogy. When Guarnieri saw the movie and realized that a climactic scene did not play out the way the ilmmakers told him it would, he and his team had to spend nearly a year redesigning the game. Jersey Jack Pinball completed and released The Hobbit earlier this year and now offers four versions that range in price from $8,000 to $9,500. Each features a 27-inch high-definition LCD display that shows clips from the movies. Jersey Jack’s isn’t the only machine with a movie theme. As illustrated by these new or perennially popular games, inspirations can range from an action adventure to a supernatural comedy to a cult classic.

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Star Trek (Stern Pinball, 2013) This game is based on the two J. J. Abrams–directed blockbusters—not the TV series or the earlier films. The LE edition is sold out, but the Pro and Premium versions are available for $5,995 and $7,495, respectively. sternpinball.com The Big Lebowski (Dutch Pinball, 2016) The people behind this Netherlands-based company picked the Coen brothers’ 1998 comedy for their first foray into pinball games for a simple reason: They’re fans of the Dude. The game features a “family” mode to spare underage ears from the cuss words, as well as a rug that can really tie the game room together. The Early Achiever edition is sold out, but the standard edition ($9,995) is available and will begin shipping next year. thebiglebowskipinball.com Ghostbusters (Stern Pinball, 2016) This ode to the 1984 original film features the recorded voice of cast member Ernie Hudson, who shepherds players through the rigors of earning a spot on the ghost-busting team. Ghostbusters Pro ($5,995) is the basic machine; the Premium ($7,995) version includes an interactive ghost hologram target and other extras. sternpinball.com —S.G.S.


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Cache Reserves Q FOR MANY OF US, the most unbearable fate is to be forgotten. For a bottle of ine wine, however, few destinies aford a more favorable outcome than to remain undisturbed in their place of birth. Approximately 600 bottles enjoyed this idyllic repose for nearly a century in the labyrinthine caves of Champagne Bollinger (champagne-bollinger.com) in Aÿ, France—until 2010, when workers discovered them in a gallery concealed behind deep stacks of empty bottles. “None of the family or the shareholders knew about these wines,” says Jérôme Philipon, the firm’s president. “They were probably closed up between the wars, and 53 of them were coded CB 14.” Archival research revealed that, remarkably, this cryptic code referred to the 1830 vintage, the house’s irst; the most recent bottlings were labeled 1921. “During the process of preserving these wines, we have learned much about the practices and history that have set Champagne Bollinger apart,” says cellar master Gilles 94

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Descôtes, who oversaw the careful hand restoration of these and other rare bottles that now occupy two new and distinct libraries beneath the streets of Aÿ. These private, subterranean spaces, with their ancient bricklined walls, enshrine both the past and future of the storied and still-independent maison. Galerie 1829, named for the year the company was founded, contains all of the earliest remaining examples of each of the wines Bollinger has produced—more than 7,000 in total— including some rare reds. Its sister cellar, La Réserve, serves as the repository of over 3,000 reserve magnums, which continue to be used in blending current releases. Although the libraries are closed to the public, exceptions are made for interested collectors (contact Alexander Michas, amichas@vintuswines.com). A recent group of visitors enjoyed the rare privilege of tasting the 1914 vintage, now a delicious, dark-gold wine with steely acidity and profound notes of sweet tea, cofee, and apricot. —BRETT ANDERSON


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Good Whisky, Bad Times Q FOR ARDBEG, THE mid-1990s was the best of

times and it was the worst of times. Located on the alternately windswept and fog-shrouded southeastern coast of Islay, this Scottish distillery produced signature smoky whiskies that were highly coveted throughout much of the 19th and 20th centuries for use in blends and private bottlings. But having closed down from 1981 to 1989, the facility resumed operation with reduced output. Fortunately, Glenmorangie purchased the Ardbeg distillery in 1997 and restored it to its former glory. To commemorate Ardbeg’s resurrection, the distillery has just released Ardbeg Twenty One ($500, ardbeg.com), an extremely limited 21-year-old single malt hand selected by distillery manager Mickey Heads from the small number of casks that survived those perilous years and continued to mature beautifully. Distilled in 1994 and aged in ex-bourbon barrels, this pale-gold, non-chill-iltered spirit emits a soft, smoky bouquet. On the palate, the same sweet smoke intertwines with hints of toasted bread crust, a loral undercurrent laden with citrus, and a persistent smoke-infused inish that symbolizes Ardbeg’s irrepressible spirit. —RICHARD CARLETON HACKER

Pour to Perfection Q THE AGE-OLD dilemma of at-home, by-the-glass drinking may

inally be solved. A new wine appliance called Plum (plum.wine) aims to up the ante of needle preservation with an automatic system that controls temperature and prevents oxygen exposure during storage. Created by David Koretz, a wine-loving inventor and technology CEO, the countertop device features an internal camera that scans the label of an inserted bottle and, using proprietary technology, detects the wine’s vintage, varietal, region, winery, and ideal serving conditions. Once the wine reaches peak drinking temperature, Plum alerts the user and, upon the push of a button, uses its own patent-pending needle system to pierce the top— whether a traditional cork or a metal screw cap—and pressurize the bottle. Wine is served in any increment via dual pouring spouts (one for white wines and another for reds). The device, which holds two 750 mL bottles and is priced at $1,500, can preserve accessed wine for up to 90 days, ensuring that every drop will be happily consumed. —JACKIE CARADONIO

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In the Loop Four new restaurants add to the dining luster of Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. By Raphael Kadushin

Leña Brava

Located inside Soho House Chicago on North Green Street

Opened beside its sister pub and taqueria on West Randolph Street

CHEF Gerad Gobel, who recently returned to the expanded Allis—a mezzanine-level lounge, café, and bar—and introduced a fresh menu showcasing stylishly updated breakfast-to-dinner comfort food.

CHEF Rick Bayless, whose Frontera Grill and Topolobampo put Chicago on the map as a prime destination for authentic Mexican food.

TASTE Gobel’s Amish chicken pot pie ($14), along with a throwback afternoon tea ($34) that comes fully stocked with scones and a green amandine loose-leaf tea.

TASTE The yellowtail ceviche ($15) from the raw half of the Baja-inspired seafood-centric menu, followed by the Oaxacan-style butterlied bass ($38) grilled over a wood ire in the kitchen’s mammoth open hearth and roused by a red-chili adobo glaze.

SIP Bar manager Jorge Vallejo’s house tonics, including an Eastern Standard (think gin, sugar, cucumber, and mint).

SIP Nothing less than the largest collection of Mexican wines ofered by any restaurant in the States, including labels from Baja’s emerging Valle de Guadalupe.

LINGER The restaurant is named for the family that commissioned the circa-1907 factory that houses the Allis and the Soho House hotel. The rooftop pool and boxing room are available to members and hotel guests. (theallis.com)

LINGER Finish with pastry chef Kelly Tamm’s pistachio tres leches cake ($13). (rickbayless.com)

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estination dining has taken a turn toward the urban, emerging in distinctly tight districts of revitalization within major hubs, from Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood to Downtown Los Angeles. To get a taste of one of the newest and most surprising rising culinary precincts, head to Chicago, where the West Loop’s stretches of once-gritty avenues are now lined with a bufet of elite chef restaurants.

Historically home to the city’s meatpacking operations and industrial warehouses, the West Loop was a wasteland when Paul Kahan opened his pioneering Blackbird restaurant in 1997. Condos, boutiques, and galleries slowly followed, along with a conga line of master chefs and wunderkinder claiming every free warehouse space and turning the quarter into a barometer of culinary trends. The result is a

gourmand’s marathon, from Bill Kim’s Asian barbecue at bellyQ to Curtis Dufy’s Michelin three-star Grace to Grant Achatz’s Roister and shape-shifting Next. And things are just heating up: In timing with Google’s new Chicago headquarters taking over a cold-storage facility on Fulton Market, the thriving neighborhood has seen a recent spate of restaurant debuts that add to its gastronomic heft.

Duck Duck Goat

Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio

Launched in March in West Fulton Market

Sarah Grueneberg’s debut on West Madison Street

CHEF Chicago star chef Stephanie Izard, Top Chef’s irst female winner, whose constellation of alwayspacked West Loop restaurants includes Girl & the Goat and Little Goat Diner.

CHEF Sarah Grueneberg, who inally opened her own kitchen after a long stint as executive chef at Michigan Avenue’s Michelin-starred Spiaggia.

TASTE Any of Izard’s whimsical renditions of Americanized Chinese fun food, running the gamut from shrimp toast ($15) to a signature golden-lacquered Peking duck ($59) that would feel right at home in Beijing.

TASTE Any of the pasta dishes, which range from classics like spaghetti crowned by trules ($20) to Grueneberg’s own playful creations, including a wok-fried arrabbiata tossed with Gulf shrimp ($16).

SIP Mushroom- and chamomile-infused cocktails that favor savory notes, served in a bar glowing with fairy lights.

SIP A heady mix (echoing the food) of classic Italian Negronis and fresh creations like an apple and cinnamon shrub with apple balsamic, aged rum, and pilsner.

LINGER The restaurant is a warren of small dining rooms that distill the decor of every Chinatown diner into an exuberant mash-up of dangling silk lanterns, jade dragons, and scarlet chintz. (duckduckgoatchicago.com)

LINGER The pastiicio on a raised platform behind the bar, where guests can watch the chefs rolling pastas into every imaginable shape. (monteverdechicago.com)

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IN VIENNA, you can take a streetcar to wine country. With slightly more efort, you can venture

farther aield into the hillsides above the Danube and wander among 1,700 acres of vineyards, where you might pause at a Buschenschank—one of the rustic outdoor wine taverns that pop up when the weather is nice—for a bottle of Gemischter Satz with views of the baroque skyline below. Yes, the Austrian capital famed for composers and pastries is irst a wine city, where the bounty of the vines is as deeply rooted in the local culture as it is in Burgundy and Bordeaux. “Vineyards have been here for more than 2,000 years,” says winemaker Rainer Christ, noting that they were planted irst by the Celts and then by the Romans. Today there are more than 100 wineries within the city limits, as well as a booming wine-bar scene and some astonishing international wine lists, including the 60,000-bottle cellar at the Palais Coburg hotel. Most Viennese wines are not exported, so to truly experience them requires a trip to the city. And now is the time: The 2015 vintage has arrived, and it is being called one of the greatest in memory. —MICHALENE BUSICO

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Five Restaurants for Wine Lovers Steirereck Chef Heinz Reitbauer’s restaurant in the Stadtpark is the city’s most prominent place to dine, occupying the No. 9 spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. steirereck.at

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Amador’s Wirtshaus & Greisslerei The Michelin three-star chef Juan Amador and winemaker Fritz Wieninger collaborated on this elegant new restaurant in a historic wine cellar, ofering a prix-ixe menu and a list of 1,000 wines. amadors -wirtshaus.com

program of cellar tours and tastings. palais -coburg.com Petz im Gusshaus Christian Petz left a career helming Vienna’s top kitchens, including Palais Coburg’s, to open this small restaurant serving an earthy style of fusion cuisine. gusshaus.at

Silvio Nickol This formal Das Loft Soitel Vienna restaurant at the Palais Stephansdom’s 18th-loor Coburg hotel features a eatery ofers 360-degree 135-page wine list with views across the city and a extensive selections from cutting-edge wine list with the property’s 60,000bottle undergroundParkl HyattAustrian selections that are nearly impossible to cellars (named best in the ind outside of the world by World of Fine wineries. soitel-vienna Wine). The palace also -stephansdom.com conducts a separate

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Amid the Vines

Vienna winemakers produce fine Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners, but their specialty is the lesser-known Gemischter Satz. Centuries ago, winemakers planted dozens of white varieties willy-nilly to ensure consistency in the quality of the varying vintages. The resulting blends were simple and undistinguished until vintners like Fritz Wieninger revived the style with biodynamic farming and modern techniques. The grapes are still picked and pressed at the same time, but the blending process produces wines of dazzling complexity, alive with flavors reflecting the different varieties (Riesling, Traminer, and more) and their varying degrees of ripeness. The wines tend to be locally consumed, though some bottles from Jutta Ambrositsch (carlohuber.com), Wieninger (thewine bowgroup.com), and Hajszan Neumann (circovino.com) are making their way to the United States.

Vienna’s Heurigen are wine taverns located near the city’s vineyards. Mayer am Pfarrplatz (pfarrplatz.at), a beer-garden-style Heurigen at the end of a streetcar line in Heiligenstadt, serves its respected wines as well as excellent schnitzel. Weingut & Heuriger Christ (weingut-christ.at) is a contemporary rendition, serving Christ’s red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines with Austrian dishes. Further into the hills, Mayer am Nussberg (mayeram nussberg.at) and Wieninger am Nussberg (wieninger-am-nussberg.at) are seasonal versions of Heurigen called Buschenschänken. Both are located in the famed Nussberg vineyard, with views stretching to Vienna and beyond, and serve well-made charcuterie and picnic fare along with the newly released wines. In the city proper, Buschenschank in Residence by Jutta Ambrositsch (jutta -ambrositsch.at) offers a hip take on the pastoral experience on weekends from February through June.

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A Barstool View of Austria THE PARK HYATT VIENNA

(park.hyatt.com) transformed a monumental bank building on Am Hof Square into an elegant modern hotel. In March the hotel became even more enticing with the new Bank Brasserie & Bar. The wine list ofers a long, liquid tour of Austria, with sharp selections ranging from the Wachau’s ultraluxurious F.X. Pichler 2012 Riesling “Unendlich” Smaragd to Burgenland’s biodynamic Heinrich 2011 Blaufränkisch Alter Berg.

Drink Like a Pro

O Boufés

From pioneering the practice of biodynamic grape growing to opening a contemporary restaurant in a centuries-old cellar, no one has done more to elevate Vienna’s wine scene than Fritz Wieninger. Here are a few of his favorite spots for a sip.

O Boufés Eccentric natural wines rule at this high-energy offshoot of chef Konstantin Filippou’s Michelin-starred restaurant next door. “I learn a lot tasting these wines. Not that I always like them, but they open my mind.” konstantin filippou.com

Meinl’s Weinbar This subterranean hideaway below the busy Julius Meinl gourmet shop in the Old City offers more than 30 wines by the glass. “It’s quiet. You can concentrate on the wine. It’s the place to focus and discuss.” meinlamgraben.at

Pub Klemo A recent flight at this “pub” included CocheDury Meursault, Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc, and Roger Belland Criots BâtardMontrachet. “If you like it crowded, and if you want serious stuff, this is the place for you.” pubklemo.at

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Presidential Retreat Thanda Island (thandaisland.com) may appear to have little in common with the Massachusetts town of Hyannis Port. But the Tanzanian hideaway, which opened in October on a tiny private isle in the Indian Ocean, was inspired by the historic Kennedy Compound along Nantucket Sound. Improbably, the latter’s New England style feels right at home at Thanda, with clapboard villas awash in white and open to the tropical breezes. Inside, the villas blend local textiles in hues of bright pink and purple with touches straight out of Cape Cod, from French doors and gabled ceilings to a grand piano and copper bathtubs. Outside, there’s no mistaking Thanda’s idyllic tropical location. Set on a 19.8-acre atoll, the resort ofers direct access to a pristine marine reserve where species include green and hawksbill turtles, whale sharks, and the elusive dugong. Guests of the resort—which is available only as an exclusive buyout for as many as 26 guests—can spend their days snorkeling, kayaking, deep-sea ishing, and riding personal watercraft throughout the reserve. Come evening, the island’s two beachfront bandas (open-air bungalows) call for a romantic rendezvous, if not a Kennedyesque tryst. —LAURIE KAHLE

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When in Rome Palazzo Dama (palazzodama.com) is no stranger to high society. The early-20th-century Roman villa on the edge of the Tiber River was the home of the Malaspina family, who hosted many a fashionable fete. Opened in January as a 30-room hotel, the property is now an elegant escape within the city, where historic marble mosaics and original art-nouveau doors pair with Loro Piana fabrics and midcentury Italian furnishings. Architect Antonio Girardi sourced rare curios from around the world for every nook and cranny, from antique Persian carpets in the restaurant to a rainfall of crystal chandeliers (sourced from New York’s Plaza Hotel) in the lounge. Settle in like one of the Malaspinas with a leisurely afternoon by the estate’s swimming pool, followed by a stroll through its lowering gardens and an aperitivo with a view on the rooftop terrace. —SARA MAGRO

All In on Grenada The English developer Peter de Savary has built private clubs and resorts from the South Carolina Lowcountry (Cherokee Plantation) to the Scottish Highlands (the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle). Now, more than a half century after his first visit to the island of Grenada, he is realizing his vision of nirvana in the Caribbean. Why Grenada? I first visited in 1952, when I holidayed for a month with my parents. When I returned in 2006, I was delighted to find that the magic remains. It is still largely undiscovered and full of opportunity, beauty, and charm, with a

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wonderful equatorial climate year round.

place? Mount Cinnamon Resort and the maritime village of Port Louis are all about quality and not quantity. We don’t want Florida in the Caribbean; it’s more like Switzerland. What’s next for you in Grenada?

A Sampling of de Savary’s Ventures Mount Cinnamon Resort • Opened in 2007, this collection of 23 villas and suites includes a private beach club and spa. Thirty-two additional suites are currently under construction. mountcinnamon grenadahotel.com

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Port Louis • De Savary calls this maritime village in St. George’s “the Portoino of the Caribbean.” Though he sold the Port Louis marina to the yacht company Camper & Nicholsons in early 2009, he

is still actively involved in the area’s development, including the rebuilding of the Islander Hotel, where he stayed on his irst visit to Grenada. portlouis grenada.com

Tufton Hall • Rivers, waterfalls, and swimming holes dot this historic plantation property high in the rain forest, where de Savary plans to open a safaristyle resort in the coming years. tufton hallingrenada.com —JEFF MILLS

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Ski In, Camp Out Skeena Heliskiing’s new Base Camp takes skiers deep into the wild.

IT IS ANOTHER bluebird day in British

Columbia’s Kuldo Valley as the Astar B2 helicopter soars over oceans of evergreens and glistening glaciers. I have come to this powdery Valhalla to explore the 3,677-squaremile domain of Skeena Heliskiing, an adventure outitter with exclusive rights to the remote valley. Soon enough, I am swooshing down runs with adrenaline-inducing names like Eye of the Tiger, plunging of mountaintop ridges, cruising twisty rollers, and navigating tight tree lines. By day’s end— when we retire to Skeena’s new Base Camp (skeenaheliskiing.com)—my fellow skiers and I have completed no fewer than 20 runs in 8 hours of sunlight. Accessible by a short chopper ride from Skeena’s luxurious Bear Claw Lodge, Base Camp is a unique concept among Canadian heli-skiing operations. Composed of arcticinspired tents, the camp is erected at the start of each ski season and dismantled when the snow melts. The temporary accommodation—which opens for the season in January—sits on a bank above the 108

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Kuldo River, ofering prime access to long glacier runs and steep chutes that promise to challenge even the most seasoned skiers. “We wanted to provide something new to heli-skiing, a package that is truly a wilderness experience,” says head guide and Skeena co-owner Giacum “Jake” Frei. To that end, Base Camp forgoes the usual hot tub and spa treatments of other lodges in favor of an encompassing, yet comfortable, alpine immersion. Still, Base Camp—which ofers 6-night packages that include 100,000 feet of vertical time for about $6,750 per person— promises plenty of respite after a long day of skiing. As the evening grows darker, our camp’s geodesic dome glows like a giant snow globe. Inside, we dine on albacoretuna tataki and magret duck before dispersing to our private heated tents to collapse onto log beds smothered with wool duvets. Just outside, the helicopter sits under the full moon, waiting to once again sweep us up into the great powder come morning. —MARK SISSONS


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miles to go before crossing the inish line. There are no real-life scenarios in which Baaru and I (a respectable but by no means professional-level runner) would race alongside each other—except in northern Kenya’s Safaricom Marathon (safaricommarathon .com). The annual event, which is held in the 55,000-acre Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, lures some of Africa’s most famous athletes,

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bearing a neat “20K” inscription when, out of nowhere, a bright-orange blur whizzed by me like a neon ghost. The igure appeared to glide on air, floating over the Kenyan savanna on impossibly long legs that never seemed to touch the ground. But this was

no apparition; it was Philemon Baaru, one of the fastest marathon runners in a land of fast marathon runners. Watching Baaru head for the horizon, his day-glow jersey becoming a tiny speck in the distance, I was overcome with dueling senses of inspiration and defeat. Only moments ago my pace had felt strong and steady, but unlike my seasoned competitor, I still had more than 13


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as well as amateurs from around the globe looking for an unrivaled running experience. At more than 5,000 feet above sea level and with a hilly route covering more than 7,000 vertical feet, the race is ranked among the world’s most challenging. Comprising two half-marathon loops—hence my brief neck-and-neck with Baaru, the race’s eventual winner—it is one of the only marathons set among roaming Big Five wildlife. “This is a marathon with a cause,” says Sarah Watson, director of programs at Tusk, the nonproit organization that created the marathon in 2000. “Since its inception,

the event has raised millions of dollars that have been invested back into Kenya to support a wide range of conservation, education, health, and community-development initiatives.” Funds raised by marathon runners have gone toward building local schools, hospitals, and infrastructure; they have also supported the local wildlife—which includes a population of 133 black and white rhinoceroses—that runners might glimpse on their 26.2-mile trek. With Baaru and his orange jersey little more than a mirage-like memory, I continued along the dusty path as Kenya’s golden

savannas unfolded around me. Mile by mile, my running safari produced one wild diversion after another: two zebras loping alongside me, galloping apace like a pair of pinstriped cheerleaders; a trio of giraffes swiveling their lanky necks in my direction before darting for the hills; and, beyond a tangle of acacia trees, a small herd of Grant’s gazelles staring wide-eyed and innocent as I plodded by. And then just past the 42K marker, as the dirt road widened and the crowd grew thicker, I glimpsed the most thrilling sight of all: the inish line. —JACKIE CARADONIO

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The 17th annual Safaricom Marathon takes place on June 24 and promises the same thrills—world-famous athletes, big game, and all—as last year. If you think you’re ready to battle neverending hills, scorching temperatures, and choking altitudes, all in the name of helping Kenya’s communities and wildlife, then it’s time to check in with Scott Dunn USA (scottdunn.com). The travel company is Tusk’s oicial partner and the best outfitter to ensure you’ll stay in one of the area’s top three accommodations. 112

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Lewa House This seven-cottage hilltop lodge offers some of Lewa’s best wildlife sightings right outside its doors. Glimpse endangered black rhinoceroses and Grevy’s zebras at the watering hole just beyond the camp’s swimming pool, or venture out for safaris on foot or horseback. lewahouse.com Sirikoi Set in a secluded grove, Sirikoi features four luxury tents with fireplaces, expansive verandas, and Victorian baths. The

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top accommodation, with three bedrooms, a dining room, a kitchen, and a 4×4 vehicle for private game drives. sirikoi.com Lewa Safari Camp Eleven thatch-roofed tents overlook the Laikipia Plains at this laid-back Elewana

Collection lodge on the western edge of the conservancy. Spot the Big Five on daily game drives or from within the camp’s acacia-covered hide. lewasafari camp.com


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David Linley As Christie’s UK celebrates 250 years in business, its chairman reflects on the importance of heritage and the dynamic future of collecting. DAVID ARMSTRONG-JONES is known more formally as Viscount Linley, the son of Princess

Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, the irst Earl of Snowdon. All this puts him 18th in line to the British throne. But Linley is royal only by default: He is far more interested in pursuing his calling as a tastemaker. After studying furniture making at the Parnham House School, he set up his own furniture company, now called Linley, in 1985. In 2006 he joined the auction house Christie’s and is now its chairman for Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and India. At 55 he keeps a busy schedule, crossing the world in search of objets d’art for the auction house while still maintaining a creative role and inancial stake in Linley, which designs upholstery and accessories as well as furniture. Outside work, he lives with his wife, Serena, and two children in London, the Cotswolds, and Provence. Robb Report met Linley at his Christie’s oice: a green-wallpapered room presided over by a portrait of his mother (painted by Pietro Annigoni) and two Damien Hirst paintings. —OLIVER BENNETT

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Three years ago we sponsored an exhibition at Houghton Hall in Norfolk, showing pictures sold to Catherine the Great 350 years ago by our founder James Christie—and we found the original drawings. To me that’s a very exciting illustration of how Christie’s has evolved, and it’s fascinating to see how collections have been made over the years. I also enjoy taking people on studio visits: Damien Hirst very kindly showed us around recently. It gives collectors a fresh idea on what creativity entails, and I personally love to see people making things. What are some of the changes in the worlds of art and collecting that you have witnessed? The shifts in taste amaze me. There are so many new collectors, and their conidence in putting out their collections is happening in a way that has never previously happened. Look at the

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Christie’s celebrates an important anniversary this year. How did you become involved with this heritage brand? I joined 10 years ago, but my association began a long time before. I had my irst exhibition here in 1985, so we go right back, and it gave me the impetus to form my company, then David Linley Furniture. I’ve always had friends here, including Orlando Rock, the UK chairman and my son’s godfather. It’s a very collegial place to work, from the porters to the clients, and having been brought up by my parents to drift in many worlds, I particularly enjoy the places it takes me. Last week I went to New York to talk to writer Walter Isaacson. I really enjoy the whole art-world milieu. It’s a meeting place of amazing personalities.


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focused on one genre, music, or person. But the trend is that our typical collector is now interested in seven to 10 categories. You don’t say of someone, “He’s an old-master collector” anymore. There’s all sorts of crosscategory buying.

“I REALLY ENJOY THE WHOLE ARTWORLD MILIEU. IT’S A MEETING PLACE OF AMAZING PERSONALITIES.”

Linley observes a more accessible art and auction world compared to when he established his furniture business in 1985.

Broad [in Los Angeles] and the wonderful [Long Museum] in [Shanghai,] China, with the most magniicent impressionist pictures in it. Who would have guessed 20 years ago where that buyer [Liu Yiqian] would come from? His fascination with culture, his hunger for education— and the cofers to build a magniicent museum—is inspirational.

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Was the art world always this accessible? No. About 30 years ago, I remember not being allowed into the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair. Eyebrows were raised: What was a furniture maker doing there? But it’s changed. A few years ago, I introduced our oldmaster expert Noël Annesley to a Chinese artist called Chen Tianzhuo, and he was surprised to be having a conversation with a contemporary artist about an old-master drawing. You can’t pigeonhole people so easily any more. What about selling objects that are not ine art? Personally, I ind the world of memorabilia fascinating: how people get so

What makes an item produced by hand and imagination—a table, a drawing, a piece of jewelry—so special? There’s a real hunger to understand where objects come from, how artists show their understanding of materials. And there’s something fascinating about watching people work, whether it’s someone engraving a gun or sewing beautiful clothes together. I know that myself; I’ll make a piece of furniture and feel the wood’s grain talking to me. That may sound weird, but I remember selling some pieces to a very wellknown interior designer who, before buying furniture, said, “I’ll wait to see the grain.” That sense of surface texture and line is more vital in our mechanical world. In Sicily the other

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In a society so focused on youth and technological novelty, what role will heritage hold for subsequent generations? I think it’s incredibly important— more so than ever. Christie’s is bringing together younger collectors who often have limited experience of the art world for dinners, lectures, social occasions to meet artists, architects, craftspeople. It’s about immediacy as well as heritage. It involves all

parts of the world, and we ind people’s appetites have really broadened.

We hear constantly that artiicial intelligence and robotics will make us obsolete. What of the human touch? I think there’s a revolution going on. More and more our world is made up for us. Our computer tells us what to do, and there’s a sense of frustration. With my Linley hat on, we ran a crafts school in the West Country this summer, and it was oversubscribed with second-careerists, people straight out of school and collectors, all wanting to know about making. In the last 5 years we’ve become disconnected in this extraordinary way, and there’s a huge desire for tactile knowledge. I’m fortunate. I spent 2 happy years in Dorset learning my craft. But I think there’s a growing group of people who have achieved a lot businesswise but have lost that sense of achievement. Is time at a workbench a luxury? I think there’s a growing feeling it might be.


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What compelled you to become an artist yourself? What was your inspiration? Firstly, my school, Bedales. I had my irst exhibition there in 1976—it was very much the turning point. Then John Makepeace. He was a wood designer leading the Parnham House School, which I attended from 1980 to 1982, and he gave me the opportunity to make furniture in the 18th-century manner and was clear that a machine can be used but that it’s the part you touch where the emotion happens. Were your parents an inluence? Yes. I remember my father making many things. Once we made a shed, and a man in the village came along to help. After a couple of glasses of beer, he said, “Give me a tape measure and I’ll make it by eye,” and the result was so beautiful. My father made the cooker hood to be seen in Kensington Palace. I was very lucky to be brought up in that era, where my father designed the Snowdon Aviary [at London Zoo] and the Prince of Wales’s investiture where my father painted all the chairs red and made the canopy for Her Majesty from Perspex. It lew away the night before—there was quite a lot of swearing going on. I owe my work ethic to him. Linley—shown in his Christie’s office, near a portrait of his mother, Princess Margaret—travels the world cultivating new artists and collectors.

Who are some of the artists and craftspeople you most admire, and what have you bought lately? I love collecting, but it has to be small like this Sergey Chekhonin [illustration], as I have very little space at home. Mostly, I collect artists who are very dear to me—and students. I’ll never forget someone buying something of mine when I started. I do like watches, too. The way a mechanical object works is an indulgence that I find delicious, and I bought this Nautilus Patek from Christie’s Dubai about 4 years ago— a watch now celebrating its 40th birthday. I have a Fiat 500 that’s

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wonderful: a very humbling object. And I like collecting guitars and old records, because they remind me of parties at home with my parents. I play three chords—all you need for rock and roll.

What about emerging markets? Are there any stones left unturned? Deinitely. As the world matures, there are really exciting changes. In new markets like Africa there are enormous opportunities, and we just hosted a wonderful exhibition of African art at 1:54 art fair. We’re helping the collector Jochen Zeitz with his museum of contemporary African art in Cape Town, designed by [UK architect] Thomas Heatherwick.

When you think of your personal legacy, what would you like it to be? And do you make any work now? A lot of my pieces have involved teamwork, but hopefully they’ve inspired people to make things— that inspiration would be a great legacy. Also, the way we treat customers is memorable, part of the very process of luxury. As to my own work, I tend to do restoration jobs at present. As it is the holiday season, what do you like to give—or receive? Every year, Linley makes boxes that make great gifts. We also put in a couple of items we like because they’re funny and inexpensive, like a little doorstop. As for me, world peace would be wonderful.

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business that develops and builds electric and hybrid power trains. Diferent incarnations of Frazer-Nash Research and Bristol Cars were previously linked: In 1945 the Bristol Aeroplane Company built its irst car, the 400, in collaboration with BMW and FrazerNash, which at the time was an automaker. Two years later, the aircraft maker established Bristol Cars. The Bullet, whose body is made from carbon fiber, is based on a

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o celebrate its 70th anniversary next year, the boutique British automaker Bristol Cars will begin deliveries of the Bullet, a stunning, retro-looking roadster. (Bristol calls it a speedster.) The company is going to build only 70 examples. This is the irst vehicle Bristol has produced since the British holding company Kamkorp rescued it from insolvency in 2011. Kamkorp also owns Frazer-Nash Research, a British


namesake prototype designed and built in 1966. That car was discovered after the Kamkorp acquisition, hidden under an old Earls Court Motor Show banner in the company’s original factory in Filton, England. “We felt that an unreleased exclusive speedster design—our very own barn ind, if you will—would be a superb way to celebrate Bristol’s 70th anniversary,” says development director Noamaan Siddiqi. The new Bullet is powered by a naturally aspirated V-8 that the company named Hercules, after a 14cylinder radial aircraft engine that Bristol Aeroplane built during the mid-1930s. The V-8 produces 375 hp and 370 ft lbs of torque, enabling the lightweight Bullet to sprint from zero

to 60 mph in less than 3.8 seconds. The Bullet is destined to become a rarity for reasons beyond its limited production run. “Bristol Cars will never again release a car with a conventional power train,” Siddiqi says, explaining that future Bristol models will use Frazer-Nash’s hybrid or electric power trains. “It is the only chance to own a new Bristol with that beautifully cultured Hercules V-8.” —SHAUN TOLSON

THOUGH COLLECTORS MAY COVET IT, THE BULLET CAN SERVE AS A CAPABLE DAILY DRIVER.

Bristol Cars, +44.20.7603.5555, sales@bristolcars.co.uk, bristolcars .co.uk THE BULLET CAN BE ORDERED AS A LEFT-HAND OR RIGHT-HAND DRIVER, AND WITH A MANUAL OR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION.

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here’s nothing new about supersonic light. Military aircraft exceed the speed of sound every day, and until 2003, civilian passengers could travel on the Concorde leet. But building a nextgeneration transport jet to replace the Concorde has proven a frustrating quest, thanks to the high price of fuel, the astronomical cost of bringing a new aircraft design from drawing board to market, and the noise restrictions that forbid supersonic light over the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world. These factors don’t favor a positive cost-beneit analysis. Nevertheless, the Aerion Corporation is determined to build the irst supersonic business jet. The Nevadabased company has patented a wing design that promises top-of-class eiciencies. It has secured deep-pocket financial backing from billionaire Robert Bass. And it has formed a partnership with Airbus that provides access to its engineering expertise. Aerion was established in 2002, and two years ago it began developing the AS2. It expects to ly the aircraft for the irst time in 2021 and begin deliveries in 2023. It already has at least 20 aircraft on order and backed by refundable deposits. Those jets are reserved for the fractional-ownership company Flexjet, which placed the order in 2015. The AS2’s designers are aiming for a maximum speed of Mach 1.5 (about 990 mph) and a 6,000-mile range. When lying over most land areas,

the pilots will have to throttle back to subsonic speeds, but the hours gained over water or less-restricted parts of the world could shorten light times substantially. For example, a light from Washington, D.C., to Paris will be 3 hours shorter, and you’ll save more than 6 hours lying from San Francisco to Singapore.  Aerion is working with DesignQ, an automotive and aviation design consultancy based in England, to develop additional options for the 30-foot-long cabin. The standard coniguration seats eight in club seating, but the designers want to maximize the choices so each cabin can suit the preferences of the buyer. DesignQ CEO Howard Guy says it’s a challenging project because the cabin is relatively small compared to those of non-supersonic ultralongrange jets such as the Gulfstream G650 and Dassault Falcon 8X, and it tapers slightly from front to back. But, he says, “there are no excuses— everything has to be the best.” —MARY GRADY Aerion, Ernie Edwards, 775.337.6682, sales@ aerioncorp.com THE AS2 IS STILL IN DEVELOPMENT AND IS AN ESTIMATED 5 YEARS AWAY FROM ITS FIRST FLIGHT. AERION DOES NOT EXPECT TO BEGIN DELIVERING THE FIRST EXAMPLES UNTIL 2023.

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T   —The Gift— A 364-foot supereicient superyacht that was designed by Andy Waugh Yacht Design and will be built by Nobiskrug. STARTING AT

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he International Business Times reported last year that the owner of a superyacht spends an average of $400,000 a year on fuel, and that a yacht as large as 230 feet burns more than 130 gallons of diesel per hour. In response to such monetary and environmental costs, designers and builders have dabbled in lower-guilt, more fuel-efficient yachting in recent years by creating vessels that feature hybrid propulsion systems or lightweight hulls. The plans for Ascendance, a new 364-foot concept from London-based Andy Waugh Yacht Design, call for both. According to Andy Waugh, Ascendance will be 25 percent

lighter than comparably sized yachts—“3,200 gross tons as opposed to 4,000 for most yachts this size,” he says. Waugh and Nobiskrug (nobiskrug.com), the German yard planning to build the yacht, will achieve this weight savings by using steel-and-carbon-iber construction— steel for the hull and major bulkheads, and carbon iber for the upper structures—and a slender, low-volume hull. The bow will be steeply angled to create “a sense of strength and solidity,” according to Waugh’s marketing literature, “while the elegantly sloping aft structures give the impression of speed and eiciency.” A hybrid biodiesel/electric propulsion system will add to the yacht’s fuel eiciency and produce less vibration and noise than the engines that typically power a yacht this size. In addition to fuel efficiency,


ASCENDANCE WILL OFFER QUITE A FEW SPLASHY AMENITIES.

Ascendance will offer quite a few splashy amenities. They will include a sunken ire pit on the bridge deck, a main-deck swimming pool with a waterfall that lows down toward the swim platform at the stern, and a helipad that rises from and retracts into the forward section of the owner’s deck. Waugh founded his firm in 2011 after working on yachts ranging from 120 feet to nearly 400 feet for London’s H2 Yacht Design. Nobiskrug was established in 1905 and has been focused on building and reitting superyachts since the start of this century. Its portfolio includes Tatoosh, the 303-footer owned by Paul Allen, and the 469-foot sailing yacht A, which it plans to launch next year.

Motor Yacht Design Company, a recently established irm based in London and Paris, penned the yacht’s interior. It will feature an atrium with a grand staircase that connects the main-deck saloon and the upper-deck dining area. The design also calls for a glass-enclosed elevator that connects all of the decks and a cantilevered spiral staircase that wraps around the elevator shaft. Other highlights of the design include a cinema, a gym, a beach lounge, and a spa club with a steam room, sauna, and massage room. On the bridge deck, the bar in the poker-and-smoking lounge will look out toward the ire pit and be lanked by two pop-up TVs. A pair of gas ireplaces will warm the room and lend it a club-like ambience. The owner’s suite will ofer 180degree views from the bedroom.

Below the owner’s deck, on the main deck, will be eight guest staterooms. Ascendance will also accommodate 32 crew members in 17 cabins. “This could be owned by any type of superyacht client,” says Waugh. “It has broad appeal, although it is less likely to appeal to a client looking for a traditional-style boat.” —DANIELLE CUTLER Andy Waugh Yacht Design, andy@andywaugh.co.uk, +44.7944433879, andywaugh.co.uk THE BUILD TIME FOR ASCENDANCE IS ABOUT 4 YEARS.

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the instrument on behalf of its current owner to a Robb Report reader. The owner, a prominent guitar collector, purchased it for $791,500 in 2004 at a Christie’s auction that beneited Clapton’s Crossroads charity. The purchase price is the 10th highest ever paid at auction for any guitar and the second highest ever for an acoustic guitar. Following the auction, the owner lent the guitar to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, where it was on display for a decade, and then to the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where it was the featured item in an exhibit on early American guitars. It is one of 113 pre–World War II Martin 000-42 short-scale guitars with a 14-fret neck. Martin designed these guitars with a shorter body so that players could more easily access all of the frets. It’s the preferred style for many fast-playing blues guitarists. Prewar acoustic guitars are the most sought-after by collectors: Martin models with no celebrity connections often garner ive- and sixigure prices at auction. C. F. Martin & Co., a 183-year-old Pennsylvania company, built this example with a top of Adirondack spruce and back and sides of Brazilian rosewood. The latter wood— renowned for the resonant tone it

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o acoustic guitar is more famous or more coveted than this 1939 Martin 00042, and it is available only through Robb Report’s Ultimate Gift Guide. Eric Clapton played it during what may be the best known and most acclaimed of his performances over the past six decades. In early 1992 at the Bray Film Studios in Windsor, England, Clapton mesmerized a small audience with a 17-song acoustic set that was recorded for a session of MTV Unplugged and soon thereafter released as an album. He played this guitar, serial number 73234, during several songs, including a slower version of his rock anthem “Layla.” The album revitalized Clapton’s career by winning six Grammy Awards and selling 26 million copies worldwide. It remains his bestselling record. Clapton appears on the cover playing this gift’s guitar. “Besides using it for recording, it was Clapton’s favorite home guitar that he’d sit around and play,” says Lloyd Chiate, the owner of the legendary shop Voltage Guitars in Toluca Lake, Calif. Voltage is ofering


produces—is now protected from commercial use. The deterioration surrounding the pick guard came from the guitar’s frequent use, and contrasts with the beauty of the handlaid abalone inlays on the fretboard and body edge and around the sound hole. It also supports the claim that this was Clapton’s favorite guitar to play. “On top of it being a holy grail on its own,” says Chiate, “it really is a part of rock-and-roll history.” —BAILEY S. BARNARD

“BESIDES USING IT FOR RECORDING, IT WAS CLAPTON’S FAVORITE HOME GUITAR THAT HE’D SIT AROUND AND PLAY.” —LLOYD CHIATE, VOLTAGE GUITARS

Voltage Guitars, Lloyd Chiate, 818.509.1344, voltageguitar.com THE GUITAR IS ON RESERVE FOR A ROBB REPORT READER UNTIL JANUARY 1, 2017.

Before this guitar made a decade-long appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it accompanied Clapton during an epic show.

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A private charter of Belmond’s new 40-passenger Grand Hibernian train for a weeklong golf journey through Ireland.

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exclusively to one Robb Report reader (based on availability), Belmond’s private charter will open up the landscapes and experiences of one of Europe’s most fabled lands with a custom6-nightgolfjourney.Therecipient, along with as many as 39 of his or her closest family and friends, can choose from a laundry list of excursions, from visits to historic castles and tea with their aristocratic owners to trips through secluded valleys and glens by pony and trap. Falconry at the legendary AshfordCastle and private tastings at the Guinness brewery and Jameson distillery are also potential stops. The gift’s sporting theme will be realized with daily rounds on some of Ireland’s legendary links. Kavanagh suggests Lahinch Golf Course, Carne Golf Links, Portmarnock Golf

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very night aboard the new Belmond Grand Hibernian, old Ireland comes alive. As the 40-passenger train’s elegant midnight-blue carriages sweep past blanket bogs and ancient castles, inside the bar car is brimming with the authentic craic of the Emerald Isle. “We have traditional music— like you would ind in a pub,” says J. P. Kavanagh, the train’s general manager. “Sometimes there’s a harpist, sometimes a traditional storyteller weaving tales about old Irish myths like selkies and river monsters. And every night there’s Irish whiskey.” For the recipient of this gift, the Grand Hibernian—which made its inaugural journey as Ireland’s first luxury train in August—is sure to inspire many new Irish tales. Available


Club, and Old Head Golf Links, among others, but the recipient and guests will ultimately make their own selections. The experience on Belmond’s train will also highlight Ireland’s best. Après-golf, oysters and cocktails will be served in the observation car; in the two restaurants, seasonal delicacies like roast Killarney venison, Skeaghanore duck-leg confit, and Castletownbere scallops will come with freshly baked soda bread. And should the nightly entertainment continue into the wee hours—as Irish craic often does—daily breakfast in bed will help revive you for the next round. —IRENE RAWLINGS

Stops on this custom Belmond Grand Hibernian tour might include the Jameson distillery and Old Head Golf Links.

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than ever before—have looked to diversify their jewelry collections. The velvety blue tanzanite hails from near Mount Kilimanjaro, from a Tanzanian mine discovered by a Masai tribesman in 1967. The designer envisions the large stone in a pendant necklace, but he also notes that designing jewelry around it will be a process undertaken with the recipient. “The beauty of collaboration is that you never know where it’s going to take you, and often it leads you to the most unexpected yet interesting places,” says Yurman. “Jewelry is an expression of personal style—and perhaps the most intimate version of expression a woman could share with the world.” —JILL NEWMAN David Yurman, Bruce Weldyn, 212.752.4255

—The Gift— A cushion-cut, violet-blue tanzanite weighing 52 carats. Consultation with David Yurman and his son Evan, a chief design director, in New York City, where they and the recipient will collaborate on a custom design for the stone. Lunch with the Yurmans and a private tour of the atelier and archives. STARTING AT

$50,000 This 52-carat cushion-cut tanzanite will be the centerpiece of a jewelry design created collaboratively for the gift recipient.

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fter more than 35 years designing jewelry, David Yurman is still enthused when he discovers a fabulous new gemstone, and that was indeed the case when he laid eyes on this gift’s 52-carat tanzanite, which he bought from a private dealer. “I fell in love with its vibrancy and bluish-violet color immediately,” he says. He is always scouring international markets for unique gems, and he makes a yearly pilgrimage with his son Evan to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show in Arizona to ind new stones and artifacts for his jewelry designs, particularly the one-of-a-kind pieces. This holiday season, Yurman is ofering this gift’s striking tanzanite to a Robb Report reader, who will have the opportunity to collaborate with the designer on a piece of jewelry custom made to showcase it. It is a rare chance for an admirer of Yurman’s distinctive style to meet with him at his oice in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, visit over lunch, and take a tour of his private workshop and archives. “It is really wonderful to collaborate in creating a piece that both encapsulates our design aesthetic as well as the client’s wishes and tastes,” says Yurman. “When I design like this, no two designs, like no two stones, are alike, and that’s what makes it exciting and fulilling for me.” Yurman is especially passionate about this gemstone. “It’s incredibly special,” he says, “as it is rare to see a tanzanite of this size, color, and saturation.” Stones like this one have become even more collectible lately as sophisticated consumers—who are better educated on lesser-known gems


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In the Driver’s Seat A private judging session for 24 people at Robb Report’s 16th annual Car of the Year event. Accommodations at Meadowood Napa Valley for 4 days and 3 nights. A welcome dinner hosted by chef Thomas Keller at the French Laundry. A guided tasting of rare Balvenie single-malt whiskies, including a rare bottle for the recipient to keep.

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f you and your friends have ever wanted to spend a day driving the world’s best new cars, this is your chance to do so. Robb Report is ofering one reader and 23 of his or her guests the chance to serve as judges for next fall’s Car of the Year event, which will be held in Napa Valley, Calif. The Car of the Year experience begins with private-jet transportation to Napa Valley from Los Angeles, provided by Delta Private Jets. The irst night of the event will feature a multicourse meal prepared by Thomas Keller at the French Laundry, his Michelin threestar restaurant in Yountville. Wines from the Spire Collection will be paired with each course.

The following day will include rounds of golf and spa treatments at Meadowood Napa Valley, a tasting of rare expressions of the Balvenie (and a bottle for the recipient to keep), and dinner at the Restaurant at Meadowood hosted by the Michelin three-star chef Christopher Kostow. After dinner, guests will retire to their rooms, where crackling ires in wood-burning ireplaces will lull them to sleep—and a good night’s rest is imperative, because a full day of driving awaits. Robb Report’s Car of the Year competition always features an astonishing assemblage of world-class automobiles. Past entrants have included Lamborghinis, Bentleys,

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This gift includes private driving sessions, a stay at Meadowood, and a Thomas Keller–prepared dinner.

THE GUEST JUDGES WILL ENJOY THE THRILL OF DRIVING SEDANS, SPORTS CARS, AND SUVS ON THE SCENIC BACKCOUNTRY ROADS OF NAPA VALLEY.

Bugattis, Rolls-Royces, Ferraris, and McLarens. The guest judges will enjoy the thrill of driving sedans, sports cars, and SUVs from these brands and others on the scenic backcountry roads of Napa Valley. After they test-drive the dozen or more vehicles, the guest judges will join members of Robb Report’s editorial staf for a inal dinner at Lokoya’s new winery in St. Helena, Calif., to

share their reviews and inal rankings and help determine Robb Report’s 2018 Car of the Year. The next day, the guest judges will ly by private jet back to Los Angeles, leaving Napa Valley with memories of delectable bites, tantalizing sips, and exhilarating drives. —SHAUN TOLSON Robb Report, Colette Alderson, 310.589.7747, colettea@robbreport .com, robbreport.com RECIPIENTS OF THIS GIFT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM LOS ANGELES. THE GIFT MUST BE PURCHASED BY FEBRUARY 1, 2017, AND ENJOYED BETWEEN OCTOBER 27 AND NOVEMBER 11, 2017.

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Moss’s Magnesium Racer Reborn —The Gift— The seventh of 10 Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss Edition racecars. Full access to the factory in Cambridge, England, during the car’s build process. A full day of Lister Knobbly driver training by the legendary racecar driver and former Top Gear presenter Tiff Needell. Dinner with Stirling Moss at the Savoy in London. Paid entry in the Stirling Moss Trophy Series with a full racing-spares package and setup by the racecar preparer CKL Developments.

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The gift’s racecar is built to the same specifications as the car that Moss drove to victory at Silverstone in 1958.

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he Lister Knobbly racers of the 1950s hold a special place in motorsports history because of their rarity and beauty and because of the men who drove them. Drivers included Stirling Moss, who piloted a special ultralightweight magnesium-bodied version to victory at Silverstone in 1958. Overall, the magnesium Knobbly won 13 of the 14 races it entered. Brian Lister, the company’s founder, built two examples of the car, and neither still exists. Andrew and Lawrence Whittaker acquired the Lister Motor Company

Lister cars are built using the same manufacturing methods that were employed six decades ago.

in 2013—59 years after the irst Lister racer debuted—with the goal of building 10 Lister Knobbly cars to the original aluminum-bodied speciication. The shape of the body—the rounded fenders and bulging hood—is the source of the Knobbly’s name. After completing that series, the Whittakers began re-creating the magnesiumbodied Knobbly in an edition of 10 cars. The seventh car in the Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss Edition production run is being reserved for a Robb Report reader; seven was Moss’s favorite racecar number. These new cars are identical in speciication to the original and are constructed using the same manufacturing methods. They employ the same chassis jig as Moss’s 1958 racer, and their bodies are formed on the same wooden bucks that Lister used to shape the original cars. When inished, the cars are painted in the green-and-yellow livery of the Moss original. Magnesium is about 30 percent lighter than aluminum, but it is expensive, and working with it is difficult and time consuming because, unlike aluminum, it can’t

be reshaped.In addition to having a body made entirely of magnesium, each Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss Edition employs an engine sump, clutch casing, and diferential housing made of the material. The extensive use of magnesium keeps the car’s weight to just 1,854 pounds. The Stirling Moss Edition cars are equipped with a Jaguar D-Type speciication engine and original-spec 4-speed gearbox, both built by Crosthwaite & Gardiner. The 3.8liter inline-6 produces 342 hp at 6,750 rpm and 295 ft lbs of torque at 4,250 rpm—hugely impressive numbers for the original car’s era. The combination of power and light weight enable a zero-to-60-mph time of less than 4 seconds and a top speed of more than 180 mph. —ROBERT ROSS Lister Motor Company, Lawrence Whittaker, lw@listercars.com, listercars.com LISTER MOTOR COMPANY WILL HOLD THE SEVENTH CAR IN THE 10-CAR PRODUCTION RUN

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—The Gift— A 5-day apprenticeship for two at the Michelin three-star Restaurant at Meadowood with chefs Christopher Kostow and Cameron Rahtz.

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include herbs, squash blossoms, okra flowers, tomatoes, and corn to be used in meals that day. Two of the mornings during the apprenticeship will be spent with the staff in the Restaurant’s 3,000-square-foot kitchen, preparing dishes to be served at dinner. The recipients will also spend a half day with forager and larder manager Cameron Rahtz, foraging and preserving produce. The excursions might include hunting for morels and wild sorrel or plucking persimmons from

A tasting dinner at the Restaurant at Meadowood (above) is included in this ultimate culinary experience. KELLY PULEIO

n apprenticeship with Christopher Kostow—a recipient of three Michelin stars at the Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley—is one of the most coveted culinary positions in the country. For the irst time, the celebrated chef is ofering one couple just such an opportunity with this Ultimate Gift for the ultimate gourmands. The gift will span 5 days of gastronomic exploration, during which the two apprentices will experience the spectrum of the Restaurant’s and Kostow’s visions of what a three-star eatery delivers—from the harvesting of fresh ingredients to their transformation into plated artistry. The recipients will spend 1 day in the Meadowood resort’s culinary garden picking seasonal produce that might


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While staying at Meadowood (above), the gift recipients will learn how chef Kostow (below) creates his acclaimed cuisine.

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EXCURSIONS MIGHTINCLUDE HUNTINGFOR MORELSAND WILD SORREL.

Kostow’s own tree. As part of the larder program, the guests might help Rahtz make vinegars or umeboshi, the Japanese delicacy of pickled wild plums. Another day will be spent with Kostow—time that could range from a private chef’s tour of Napa Valley to learning to prepare several dishes. This gift also features a few extra touches: a personalized copy of Kostow’s 2014 book A New Napa Cuisine, a gift basket, and of course a tasting dinner for two (usually 12 to 15 courses) in the Restaurant’s main dining room, with pairings by wine director Victoria Kulinich. Also included are 6 nights’ lodging at Meadowood with daily breakfast— prepared for, not by, the apprentices. —JANICE O’LEARY


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Experience the Insider’s Florence —The Gift— Three days enjoying an authentic Florentine gentleman’s lifestyle with Stefano Ricci as your host. A fitting with Stefano Ricci’s master tailor for a bespoke wardrobe of five custom-made looks: a suit, a tuxedo, a sporting outfit from the designer’s Campagna line, outerwear, and a casual ensemble, each completed with shirts, neckties, and footwear. An exclusive viewing of Stefano Ricci’s rare vintage-Ferrari collection. An overnight stay, with an option to join a boar or pheasant hunt, at the Ricci family’s private Tuscan hunting lodge.

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orn and raised in Florence, Stefano Ricci epitomizes the spirit of a true Renaissance man with his love of art, culture, craft, and, of course, ine wines and food. So it’s not surprising that when Ricci established his luxury lifestyle

brand more than 40 years ago, he chose to employ local artisans and celebrate his beloved city’s heritage. He’s ofering a Robb Report reader and a guest the opportunity to experience 3 days of his Florence. The true essence of Florence is expressed through Stefano Ricci’s clothing, which is made with exceptional fabrics including silks woven on some of Italy’s oldest looms, ine tailoring, and styles that range from sartorial suits to weekend wear for the country gentleman. To fully appreciate the cloth and craft behind the clothing, Ricci is inviting the recipient of this gift to meet with his master tailor, who will guide him on selecting a bespoke wardrobe that satisies his lifestyle, from formal to casual. (The clothes will be delivered

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$100,000 The gift recipient will meet with a master tailor at Stefano Ricci’s Florence flagship (top) and stay at Palazzo Tornabuoni (left).

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An overnight stay at the Riccis’ private Tuscan hunting lodge (top) is part of the gift, as is a bespoke wardrobe of five looks.

within a few months after the visit.) After the wardrobe consultation, the guests will be taken on a private tour of the famous Galleria degli Uizi, one of Ricci’s favorite institutions and a venue where he has held his fashion shows. The irst day will end with an intimate dinner with the Riccis at the authentic Tuscan Osteria delle Tre Panche, famous for serving the best truffles in Florence, and an overnight stay at 152

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the magniicent Palazzo Tornabuoni. On day 2 of their journey, the guests will be driven to the family’s hunting lodge in the Tuscan hills of Mugello, the original land of the Medici family. “My father fell in love with this valley 5 years ago during a hunting trip,” says Stefano’s son Filippo. Within months, the designer acquired the lodge and spent 4 years renovating and expanding the space to include a family villa and eight suites designed to host friends—where the guests will stay on the second evening. “It is in our family’s private moments [here],” says Filippo, “that we can fully appreciate the sense of the Tuscan countryside tradition and take inspiration for new collections.” While at the Riccis’ Tuscan estate, guests are invited to join the family on a boar or pheasant hunt (depending on the season) and learn irsthand about Ricci’s trained royal eagles, which are the brand’s mascot. They will also have a viewing of his personal collection of antique Ferraris, showcased in a state-of-theart garage on the estate. In the evening, the Riccis will host a inal dinner to celebrate the best of Florence’s foods and wines and toast to the iner things in life. On the third day, the recipient and guest will return to Florence for a private tour of Ricci’s Antico Setiicio Fiorentino, a historic silk mill that since 1786 has woven— and continues to weave—precious materials on looms that are hundreds of years old. —JILL NEWMAN Stefano Ricci, Santo Costarelli, newyork@stefanoricci.com, 212.371.3901 AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED. THE 3 DAYS MUST BE MUTUALLY AGREED UPON BY THE DESIGNER AND THE RECIPIENT.


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or his six-block Faena District in downtown Miami, the Argentine developer Alan Faena aimed to create, as he has described it, “a new paradigm of the Miami lifestyle, one where design, reined hospitality, and culture converge.” To bring this vision to life, he enlisted the help of a global brain trust of creatives, from architects Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas to noted Hollywood ilmmaker Baz Luhrmann, who helped design interiors for the development’s centerpiece, the Faena Hotel Miami Beach. In addition to the hotel, the district is home to art museums, residences, restaurants, and more. With this gift, one Robb Report reader has the opportunity to live the high life atop Faena’s

—The Gift— The two-story, 14,000-square-foot duplex penthouse residence at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach. A specially curated art collection, including a series of commissioned murals by the Argentine artist Juan Gatti. An in-residence welcome asado hosted by chef Francis Mallmann. STARTING AT

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Magic City spectacle in a sprawling duplex penthouse located on the hotel’s top two loors. The recipient will be one of only a few lucky residents to call the Faena—a Robb Report Best of the Best 2016 winner—home. Of the hotel’s 12 private residences, the duplex penthouse is unrivaled for size (six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and a 4,435-square-foot terrace) and amenities (a private media room, butler and concierge services, and preferred access to the hotel’s spa and swimming pool). Making this gift even more magical, however, is a world-class collection of art and commissioned works that will be created exclusively for the penthouse’s new owner.

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Juan Gatti—the artist behind the Faena Hotel’s colorful murals—will create a special series of works for the gift recipient.

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curated by Faena Miami Beach. Once the scene is set, Faena’s newest resident will show of his or her art-illed home with an authentic asado for 15 guests catered by famed Argentine chef Francis Mallmann on the penthouse terrace. —SANDRA RAMANI Faena Hotel Miami Beach, faena@mcc-pr.com, 212.505.8200, faena.com T H E T I M I N G O F T H E W E LCO M E A SA D O I S SUBJECT TO CHEF MALLMANN’S AVAILABILITY.

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Juan Gatti is the artist behind one of the Faena Hotel’s most eye-catching spaces, the Cathedral. In the grand room adorned with massive golden columns, Gatti painted eight sitespecific murals inspired by Alan Faena’s life. For this gift only, Gatti is ofering the new penthouse owner the opportunity to adorn his or her abode in similar fashion. He will meet with the recipient before creating a series of murals blending his signature style with the owner’s autobiographical input. In addition to the one-of-a-kind murals, the recipient will also receive a custom art collection specially


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—The Gift— A larger-than-life outdoor steel chess set custom made by the Scottish sculptor Andy Scott. STARTING AT

$3.5 million

A dramatic addition to any lawn, the chess set—whose pieces will each stand 8 to 12 feet tall—will be developed exclusively for the recipient of the gift. “I imagine every piece represented by a diferent breed,” Scott says. “Some folks may own a horse which they hold dear to them, or they may be keen to see a horse related to an equine pursuit, like a polo pony or Thoroughbred.” The gift recipient is invited to

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Scott’s previous works have included an indoor chess set with 14-inch-high pieces.


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collaborate throughout the chess set’s design, from initial sketches to construction, which will take place at the artist’s Glasgow or Philadelphia studio. Scott will compose the pieces over 18 months and, upon completion, help install the set in its chosen outdoor environment. “I am already excited to envision so many stunning equine works in a landscaped setting,” he says. “Horses have become almost an obsession for me—and I’m never happier than when I have 160

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my 5-pound hammer in my hand.” —CAROLYN MEERS Andy Scott Sculptures, Hanneke Scott-van Wel, hanneke@scott sculptures.co.uk, scottsculptures.co.uk THE BUILD TIME FOR A FULL CHESS SET WILL BE AT LEAST 18 MONTHS FROM THE TIME THE

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A rendering of Scott’s custom outdoor chess set (above) and a previous equinethemed commission in dark steel (below).


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keleton watches, particularly those crafted by the Bienne, Switzerland–based Armin Strom, represent a compelling combination of watchmaking’s oldest and most contemporary traditions. The company’s eponymous founder was a master at producing inely crafted and iligreed skeleton watches the old-fashioned way—that is, entirely by hand. By contrast, the irm’s new crew of engineers and designers are using the latest creative and production techniques to modernize its skeleton models, incorporating highly contemporary movement shapes and surface inishes directly beneath the hands of the watches. For this gift, Armin Strom has created a special edition of its Skeleton Pure Earth model ($31,900) exclusively for Robb Report readers on an on-demand basis. The watch contains the brand’s manually wound ARM09-S movement, the irst mechanical watch movement designed from the ground up for skeletonization. Two fragile-looking bridges hold two winding wheels and have been specially designed to carry the load with a minimum of material. The bridges in this special edition have been given a clean inish and a rose-gold treatment, one of several coatings applied to the movement to accentuate its depth. The black PVD-coated stainless-steel case and horn-back alligator strap seemingly disappear into the background, allowing the boldly inished movement to take center stage. —JAMES D. MALCOLMSON

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otorcycle owners like to talk about the feeling of freedom that comes from riding their bikes. Alan Stulberg and Stefan Hertel, the cofounders of Revival Cycles in Austin, Texas, derive that sensation from designing and building custom projects such as the one ofered for this gift (starting at $50,000). “Once we have control of the entire build, all the options open up, and we can come up with more interesting ways to blend the form and function,” says Hertel. “When we are building a full custom bike, we don’t have to be limited by what is in front of us; we can focus on what the bike should be.” That’s what they did with the

Henne Revival BMW Landspeeder, a recent build shown here. The Revival team begins with an existing bike or, as it did for the Landspeeder, uses a vintage bike for design inspiration. Then, Hertel says, he and the crew “seamlessly blend it with modern technology.” The Landspeeder is based on the 1928 BMW R37 that Ernst Henne rode at record-breaking speeds in the late 1920s and into the mid ’30s. The client commissioned the Landspeeder to be a static display—a sculpture that would be exhibited in a gallery with the rest of his motorcycle collection. But Revival built the bike so that it can be ridden, as it does with all of its projects. “We work hard to ind a sweet spot

where the end result is diferent and unique without becoming unrelatable or unrideable,” Hertel says. “We strive to produce one-of-a-kind, highperformance sculptures that are equally at home while on display in an art gallery, on the racetrack, or out on the roads during a Sunday joyride.” For this gift, the complexity of the project will dictate how long the build process takes and when the Revival team can get started on it. Hertel says most custom projects take about 6 months to complete. —SHAUN TOLSON Revival Cycles, Alan Stulberg, custom@revivalcycles.com, 512.291.3377, revivalcycles.com

The Henne Revival BMW Landspeeder, one of Revival Cycles’ recent custom builds, hints at this gift’s possibilities.

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training experiences that may include cycling amid lava fields, swimming in the Kailua Bay, and running segments of the official Ironman course. The package (priced at $61,900) also includes detailed video analysis of the recipient’s swim stroke, running gait, and cycling form, as well as such downtime perks as daily sports massages at the Four Seasons spa and a helicopter tour over the island’s Ironman course. After 5 days of training, Scott will bid the recipient farewell with an assemblage of athletic equipment,

including a lightweight Sport Plasma Premium triathlon bike (designed by Scott himself), an aero helmet, and a swim skin. A customized 12week training program will also ensure future wellness and success. “I don’t just teach how to train,” Scott says. “I teach how to optimize your health, [and] that transcends across the board—not just to triathletes.” —CAROLYN MEERS Dave Scott Triathlon Experience, reservations.hualalai@fourseasons .com, 808.325.8000, fourseasons.com

The recipient will train with Dave Scott (top middle, above left) and stay at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (above right).

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ave “The Man” Scott is the consummate iron man. The 62-year-old athlete is a sixtime Ironman World Championship winner, the first Ironman Hall of Fame inductee, and now, for one ambitious Robb Report reader, a personal coach. For 5 days at Hawaii’s Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Scott will prepare this gift’s recipient for the triathlon of his or her choice. Drawing from his own success at Kona’s legendary Ironman World Championship, he will guide his new protégé on daily


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itself. “You buckle down on a task and make something beautiful and useful,” he says. “Then, when you’re done, it provides freedom.” —SHAUN TOLSON Preszler Woodshop, trent@ preszlerwoodshop.com, preszler woodshop.com

Preszler Woodshop’s custom canoes are designed for cruising on calm waters.

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ome people say that when you build a canoe, you’re planning your escape,” says Trent Preszler, the owner of Preszler Woodshop in Long Island, NY. “But for me, it’s a process of making order out of chaos.” For this gift, Preszler is inviting one Robb Report reader to participate in that process, collaborating with him on a custom canoe at his woodshop, which is housed in a converted 1820s barn. Preszler, who is also the CEO of Long Island’s Bedell Cellars winery, founded Preszler Woodshop 2 years ago after discovering his late father’s tool collection. He typically builds just two canoes a year, as the process that he uses to construct each hull takes about 6 months alone. This custom canoe ($100,000) will take approximately a year from start to inish. It could incorporate a variety of local and exotic woods— including zebrawood, Siberian larch, and Alaskan yellow cedar—and be outitted with leather-wrapped seats. Preszler often models his canoes after a centuries-old design that was used to transport cargo on Maine’s Penobscot River, making his creations well suited to comfortable cruising on calm waters. Delivering the means for such an escape is, for Preszler, an escape unto


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organ West, the Southern California Morgan Motor Company dealership and a champion of the 107-year-old British marque, commissioned the factory to create a limited-edition 3 Wheeler called the Land’s End Trials Special ($72,000, subject to change based on the exchange rate). Morgan is building only ive examples, and the irst is being reserved for a Robb Report reader. The Land’s End Trial, an annual motorsports event in England involving motorcycles and threeand four-wheeled automobiles, has been run since 1908. Morgan Motor Company founder H. F. S. Morgan himself participated in the trial in 1910, presumably piloting one of his three-wheelers along the 526-mile round-trip route between London

THELAND’S ENDTRIAL, ANANNUAL MOTORSPORTS EVENT IN ENGLAND, HASBEENRUN SINCE 1908.

and Land’s End, on the southwest tip of Cornwall. The Land’s End Trials Special features an entirely polished-aluminum body and cowl, a Yarwood blackleather interior with heated seats, and a full complement of Aero Racing accessories. The interior also includes a brass plaque noting that this is one of the ive examples of the special edition. The exterior is adorned with Land’s End Trial graphics and a racing-number roundel. A 115 hp 2-liter S&S V-twin engine and 5-speed transmission power the superlight 3 Wheeler. A photo album chronicling the build process completes this gift. —ROBERT ROSS Morgan West, Dennis Glavis, dennis@morganwest.net, 310.998.3311, morganwest.net

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Only five Land’s End Trials Specials will be produced, each with a polishedaluminum body and black-leather seats.


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From the Streets to the Sea

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enrik Fisker is no stranger to superyachts. The automotive designer regularly spends time in the Mediterranean aboard vessels owned by friends and business acquaintances. But he hadn’t designed a yacht in more than two decades, not since he was a student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Nevertheless, when Fisker casually mentioned his interest in styling a yacht with Benetti, the Italian shipyard immediately agreed to the project. The objective, says Fisker, was to create a yacht that was as functional as it was forward in its design. “As with the car industry, many amazing concepts never actually materialize,” he says, “so we wanted to come up with one that was feasible and would actually be built. The challenge was to do more than just throw another concept out there, but to imagine an

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innovative and unique design that would go from rendering to reality.” The 164-foot semicustom Benetti Fisker 50 (starting at $37 million) can become a reality for whoever purchases this gift. Not surprisingly, Fisker’s automotive background has inluenced the yacht’s look. The curved shape of the hull near the stern calls to mind the haunches of a sports car, and the bow, accented with black carbon iber and horizontal stainlesssteel bars, resembles the grille.

“WE WANTED TO COME UP WITH ONE THAT . . . WOULD ACTUALLY BE BUILT.”

Fisker’s plans call for six cabins that can accommodate a total of 12 guests. The main saloon will be furnished with a bar instead of a formal dining table. The bar will face the ocean, and you’ll be able to lower it electronically so that it can serve as a dining table. Throughout the yacht, the living spaces will be designed to accommodate large groups of people. These include the top deck, which will feature a ireplace and a circular ire pit with seating for 12 people. The interiors can be completely customized; if you want your yacht conigured as Fisker conceived it, he is available to advise you. —SHAUN TOLSON Benetti, James Clayton, 305.335.9000, james.clayton@ benettiyachts.it, benettiyachts.it

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Ring of Fire

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fter studying in California at the Gemological Institute of America, Paolo Costagli further honed his eye for exceptional gemstones while working in central Colombia’s gem mines. In his youth, the Florence native lived amid his hometown’s myriad monumental artworks and lush gardens. Now based in New York City, Costagli displays his considerable expertise in unique jewelry designs that often combine architectural lines with vivid, colorful gems—peridots, citrines, and amethysts, among others. This striking ring ($37,000) is a stunning example of his talent for selecting standout gems and incorporating them into bold designs. It features a deep-orange 18-carat cushion-cut spessartite—a rare form of garnet—surrounded by dramatically curved bands of 18-karat white gold, each of which is wrapped in pavé diamonds. Recently completed at his Madison Avenue atelier, this one-of-a-kind Costagli creation promises to spark the interest of passionate collectors. —CAROLYN MEERS Paolo Costagli, info@paolocostagli.com, 212.974.9360, paolocostagli.com

Costagli’s one-of-a-kind creations include this gift’s stunning ring showcasing an 18-carat spessartite.

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UNIQUE METHODOLOGY— ANDACCESSTO PRESTIGIOUS CALIFORNIA VINEYARDS—HAS GARNERED SCHRADER CELLARSAN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBEROF PERFECTSCORES FROMWINE ADVOCATE.

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Thirst for Perfection

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dmirers of California’s inest Cabernet Sauvignon require no introduction to Schrader Cellars, whose inception can be traced to 1988, when Fred Schrader—an enthusiast of art, antiques, and automobiles—became enamored of the idea of making wine while attending the Napa Valley Wine Auction (now Auction Napa Valley). Not surprisingly, he approached this dream with a connoisseur’s eye (and taste) for detail, focusing his portfolio not just on single-vineyard

expressions but also on speciic clones. This unique methodology—and access to some of the most prestigious vineyards in California—has garnered Schrader Cellars an unprecedented number of perfect scores from Wine Advocate: The winery’s CCS and Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignons, in fact, both received 100-point scores for the 2006, 2007, and 2008 vintages. In the 2007 vintage, Schrader Cellars produced two 18-liter bottles (the equivalent of two cases per bottle) of both CCS and Old Sparky. The

Schraders are ofering one bottle each from their private cellar for the recipient of this gift ($500,000) to proudly add to his or her collection. In addition to claiming these magniicent vessels, the recipient and ive guests will join Schrader and his wife, Carol, in their home in Napa Valley for a dinner paired with cigars, vintage rum, and, of course, a spectacular selection of 100-point wines. —BRETT ANDERSON Schrader Cellars, Frank Ingriselli, frank@schradercellars.com, 707.942.1540 TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY TO THE SALE

AND SHIPPING OF THE WINE AS WELL AS TO THE TIMING OF THE EXPERIENCE. THE SELLER

WILL SHARE THESE SPECIFICS WITH INTERESTED BUYERS.

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The recipient of this gift will receive two 18-liter bottles of Schrader Cellars’ most prized wines.


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Thinking Inside the Box

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igar smoking can stimulate contemplation, fostering multiple thoughts that interlock like the gears of a mechanical watch. This notion was the inspiration for Think ($26,000), a limited edition of eight humidors produced just outside Paris by the humidor manufacturer Elie Bleu and designed by the accessories brand 2Saints (2Saints.paris). They worked in conjunction with Maison Tournaire and the Solyfonte art foundry, both of which are known for their expertise in making gold and silver jewelry. A total of 35 artisans worked on the humidors over a 6-month period, cutting, sanding, adjusting, lacquering, casting, polishing, and inspecting each one multiple times. Elie Bleu crafted them using a veneer of white Malabar royal ebony, an extremely

“THECONCEPT BEHINDTHIS HUMIDORIS TIMEFLIES— ANDREMINDS USTHATWE NEEDTOENJOY LIFEWHILEWE CAN.” —FRÉDÉRIC SAINT ROMAIN, 2SAINTS

rare, dramatically grained wood from Southeast Asia. Each humidor holds a total of 350 cigars in two goldhandled removable trays and a secondary compartment. The legs, which are cast in bronze, depict mechanical gears encompassing a human skull. It’s a design motif that also appears in 2Saints’s Think collection of ashtrays and men’s jewelry. “The concept behind this humidor is tempus fugit—“time lies”—and reminds us that we need to enjoy life while we can,” says 2Saints owner Frédéric Saint Romain. “Of course, cigar smoking is part of that concept of enjoying each moment of life.” —RICHARD CARLETON HACKER Elie Bleu, eliebleu.fr; available through Rëyns International, orders@reynsint.com, 800.319.8874

The limited-edition Think humidor has cast-bronze legs depicting a human skull.

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LOROPIANA HASWEAVED TOGETHER TWOOFTHE WORLD’SMOST PRECIOUS FIBERS:BABY CASHMERE AND VICUÑA.

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t the end of a long, hard day, a perfect way to transform into relaxation mode is with a glass of Scotch whisky and a luxurious dressing gown. The Italian lifestyle brand Loro Piana, which has stores located throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States, has created the plush James robe ($13,000) by weaving together

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two of the world’s most precious ibers: baby cashmere and vicuña. It presents a dashing style that evokes images of the playwright Noël Coward and the actor Cary Grant, who were often photographed in handsome lounging robes. The example of the classic garment shown here will have the gift’s recipient looking equally as debonair, thanks to patch pockets and

a distinguished shawl collar with gold braiding. Made in Italy, the robe can be customized with the monogram of the wearer, who will be feeling warm and cozy, and looking efortlessly chic, all winter long. —JEFFREY PODOLSKY Loro Piana, 212.980.7961, loropiana.com

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House Fidelity

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he German hi-fi brand Burmester has released its irst all-in-one home-music system: the Burmester Phase 3 ($40,000). It features the company’s new 161 receiver, which combines a preampliier, a 120-watt power ampliier, and a music server in a single component. The Phase 3 also includes a pair of Burmester’s new B15 loudspeakers. The receiver and speakers are available only in this system. The 161 is based on Burmester’s 151 MusicCenter and is the ultimate modern hi-i hub. It has a CD drive for playing discs and ripping music to the 2-terabyte onboard hard

drive. It ofers easy streaming from home computer networks, digital devices, and online music services. Its reference-grade digital-to-analog converter can process resolutions as high as 24 bits/192 kHz. And it’s equipped with a slew of digital and analog ports, including USB, RCA, and XLR. The 161 also allows you to control the entire system with Burmester’s intuitive iPad app. The B15 loudspeakers are compact but nonetheless mighty. Each is just 16 inches tall but, with a ported design and 6.7-inch fiberglass-and-paper woofer cone, can hit chest-rattling lows down to 40 Hz. The speaker’s

ribbon-based Air Motion Transformer tweeter ofers an ultra-quick response for crisp, room-illing highs. The Phase 3’s rack creates an optimal listening angle in any space and has room for additional components or music sources. The system is available in a variety of styles and inishes, including retro, steampunk, and chrome. You also can order a completely custom inish. —BAILEY S. BARNARD Burmester, burmester.de; available in North America through Rutherford Audio, 303.872.6285, rutherfordaudio.com

Burmester’s Phase 3 system—the ultimate modern hi-fi hub—includes a pair of the company’s new B15 loudspeakers.

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FOR THE ART-SAVVY DECORATOR

Magic Carpet Ride

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oveted for their intricate loral designs, Laver Kirman Persian rugs are some of the most sought-after carpets by collectors and design lovers alike. For the holidays,theClaremontRugCompany is making the rare mid-19th-century example shown here available as part of a gift package ($800,000) exclusively for a Robb Report reader. The carpet was part of a 175-piece collection assembled over ive generations by a family of art collectors and likely took a team of 10 artisans 5 years to weave by hand. The art-level design was made using natural dyes, which, along with the rug’s colossal spread (it is larger than 15 feet by 25 feet), will ensure that it retains its value as a collector’s item for years to come. In addition to the carpet, Claremont will provide first-class round-trip airfare for the recipient and a guest (or will pay landing fees if they prefer to travel via private aircraft) to the company’s gallery in Oakland, Calif. There they will meet with the

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THECARPET WASPARTOFA COLLECTION ASSEMBLEDBYA FAMILYOFART COLLECTORS ANDLIKELY TOOKATEAMOF 10ARTISANS 5YEARSTO WEAVE BY HAND.

company’s founder and president, Jan David Winitz, before dining at Chez Panisse or a restaurant of the recipient’s choosing and retiring to a suite for 2 nights at a ive-star hotel in San Francisco. After consulting with the recipient, Winitz will personally oversee the installation of the rug in his or her home. —PHOEBE NEUMAN Claremont Rug Company, Jan David Winitz, jwinitz@claremont rug.com, 800.441.1332, claremont rug.com THE CL AREMONT RUG COMPANY IS OFFERING THIS PACKAGE EXCLUSIVELY TO A ROBB REPORT READER THROUGH JANUARY 1, 2017. THE PRICE INCLUDES ALL DETAILS OF THE GIFT

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hen it comes to life’s little luxuries, one of the most useful and maybe underrated indulgences is a custommade umbrella not only designed to suit your aesthetic taste but crafted in proportion to your height and arm length. The ifth-generation artisans Francesco and Giorgio Maglia— brothers whose Milan shop, Ombrelli Maglia, has been producing handmade umbrellas since 1854—ofer just such bespoke creations (starting at $300). Working with a stock of rare materials, the Maglias expertly shape handles and sticks in a range of woods, including maple, bamboo, and a craggy chestnut. Handles can also be covered with leather and exotic skins, and canopies come in dozens of solid colors or playful prints, such as tartan or dots. Experience this gift—the feel of a custom grip; the lyrical pitterpatter of raindrops atop a perfectly stretched umbrella canopy—and your old throwaway model won’t see another rainy day. —JEFFREY PODOLSKY Ombrelli Maglia, ombrellimaglia.it

Ombrelli Maglia has been making custom umbrellas for more than 150 years.

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FOR THE DECORATED DRINKER

Spirited Stash FINE SPIRITS DESERVE to reside in a space crafted as thoughtfully as they are. This handmade Club bar cabinet from Armani/Casa ($63,180) is the perfect gift for the cocktail aficionado; and with a limited production of only 50 pieces, it may be just as rare as the distillations chosen to dwell within it. Perched atop a stand of Canaletto walnut, the cabinet FOR THE WHISKY CONNOISSEUR

Fabulous at 50 FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME in its 192-year history, the Glenlivet is ofering a 50-year-old single-malt whisky: the Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 ($25,000). It was bottled at peak maturity in a gracefully sculpted, gold-accented decanter sealed with a Cairngormstone stopper. Only 100 bottles have been produced, and each comes in a cherry case. The distillery’s irst 50-year-old was bottled in 2014. It became the initial release in the Winchester Collection, an ongoing series of ultrarare whiskies selected by the Glenlivet’s master distiller since 2009, Alan Winchester. This latest 50-year-old is the second release in the Winchester Collection. It was distilled by former Glenlivet master distiller Robert Arthur in 1966. The whisky’s stewardship eventually fell upon Winchester, and in May of this year, he decided it was time to bottle it. The whisky’s deep golden-amber hue tells of its lengthy sherry-barrel aging. A heady loral-honeyed bouquet is a prelude to smoky butterscotch, raisin, and soft whiteoak lavors with a hint of marmalade in the powerful inish. —RICHARD CARLETON HACKER The Glenlivet, theglenlivet.com

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THE BAR CABINET MAYBEJUST ASRAREAS THEDISTILLATIONS CHOSENTO DWELL WITHIN IT.

is fronted with doors that are hand lacquered in a swirl of blue, gold, and gray, meant to invoke Hokusai’s iconic woodblock print The Great Wave, and designed to hold glasses in their interior pockets. Inside, a shelf with a fold-out tempered-glass top provides a surface for libations to be prepared and presented. Three bronze drawers house an ice bucket, mixology utensils, and bottles of your treasured spirits. The cabinet may be placed against a wall or, as it is accessible from both sides, hold its own at the center of a room. —PHOEBE NEUMAN Armani/Casa, 212.334.1271, armanicasa.com


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Scents of Adventure

WHEN YOU’RE IN DEEP

Diving for Diamonds DIAMONDS ARE TYPICALLY a sure thing when it comes to holiday gifting. But what to buy for the gemstone aicionado who has it all? Cape Town’s Ellerman House suggests a diamond safari. The Relais & Châteaux hotel—a three-time Robb Report 100 honoree—has partnered with South Africa–based Benguela Diamonds to ofer guests a rare chance to claim a one-of-a-kind treasure along Africa’s Diamond Coast. The experience begins with a private light for two from Cape Town to the small coastal town of Port Nolloth, where the guests will join Benguela’s dive masters in an underwater expedition in search of a special stone. Of course, this being the Ultimate Gift Guide, not just any diamond will do. Thus, Ellerman House and Benguela are promising one Robb Report reader a supersized version of their package, featuring a handmade platinum solitaire ring set with a 2-carat brilliant-cut diamond. The exclusive experience ($81,800) includes a 4-night stay in Ellerman House’s three-bedroom Villa One that will conclude with the presentation of your completed custom design. —JACKIE CARADONIO

IN THE LATE 1920s, Parisian trunk maker Louis Vuitton introduced the maison’s firstever perfumes. Among the exclusive debuts was a trio of unisex scents—Je, Tu, and Il— whose bottles were designed to be stacked up in the style of steamer trunks and stored together in a cylindrical box. By 1946 the house had given its name to a total of six unique fragrances, but the formulas for the proprietary blends were tragically lost in a factory fire some years later. Since then, Louis Vuitton has remained absent from the realm of perfumery—until now. The 162-year-old house

LOUISVUITTON HASREMAINED ABSENTFROM THEREALMOF PERFUMERY— UNTIL NOW.

recently launched Les Parfums Louis Vuitton, a collection of seven travelinspired floral attars by in-house master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. As a thoughtful nod to its heritage, the company has released a special vintagestyle leather-and-canvas fragrance case ($5,450) for the olfactory-obsessed voyager. Clad in the iconic quatrefoiland-monogram motif and handcrafted at the company’s Asnières-sur-Seine atelier, the small steamer trunk holds three 100-milliliter Les Parfums bottles (which must be purchased separately, from $240), whose modern, minimalist design salutes the company’s future. —ANUSH BENLIYAN Louis Vuitton, 866.884.8866, louisvuitton.com

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IF GOOD THINGS come in small packages, then the works of Eduard Ter-Ghazaryan Jr. are downright amazing. The 38-year-old micro-miniaturist, whose late grandfather and namesake founded the niche art form, creates sculptures and portraits that are so small they it in the eyes of needles and are invisible to the naked eye. The Armenian artist painstakingly executes his pieces—recent works include a 1-millimeter portrait he presented to Pope Francis—from materials such as amber, marble, gold, and wood using homemade engraving tools, one of which has a diamond edge only 1 percent the thickness of a human hair. As an exclusive ofer for Robb Report’s Ultimate Gift Guide, Ter-Ghazaryan plans to create for one recipient the world’s smallest family portrait. The artist will meet with the recipient and his or her family at their home before realizing their collective portrait using a single strand of hair as a brush. The work of art—painted onto a 10-millimeter-by-8-millimeter glass canvas in black oil paint—will be set in an etched frame sculpted from marble or fossilized woolly-mammoth tusk, then ixed in a 10-inch-tall obsidian or onyx vessel with a built-in magnifying glass. The finished piece (priced from $120,000 for a four-person portrait) will be housed in a custom walnut box and delivered within 7 months, at which time it can be submitted to Guinness World Records. —ANUSH BENLIYAN Eduard Ter-Ghazaryan Jr., +374.95.083390, eduard terghazaryan.com, info@eduardterghazaryan.com

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IS IT JUST a merry coincidence that holiday is a seven-letter word, made for a bingo? The Scrabble lover will especially appreciate such serendipity when the word is laid across the surface of this exceptional leather set ($11,950), handcrafted in Italy. The set is part of Asprey’s selection of premium versions

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of classic board games, creations that date back to the 1920s. The board’s squares are individually wrapped in Italian lambskin with gray for blank squares, a festive red and green for double-letter and double-word scores, white to denote triple-letter spaces, and black for triple-word squares. The case, topped by a tidy handle, is crafted in a sturdy English saddle leather meant to withstand time’s ravages and is offered in two colors: red or black, with other hues available for custom order. It hinges open for easy access to and storage of the board and the four black lambskin racks. The black leather letter tiles reside in a regal, plum-colored velvet pouch and are magnetized, which is handy for playing aboard a yacht or private jet while on holiday. —JANICE O’LEARY Asprey, 212.688.1811, asprey.com


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The name Drambuie might evoke images of the Rat Pack and their fellow swingers drinking Rusty Nails during Las Vegas’s heyday. But it’s been around since the 1740s, when Prince Charles Edward Stuart—Bonnie Prince Charlie—had his apothecary concoct a blend of Scotch whisky, honey, herbs, and spices to be his personal elixir. As the recipe was passed down from generation to generation, it became known as an dram buidheach, Gaelic for “the drink that satisfies,” which was shortened to Drambuie. Drambuie has been bottled and sold, irst in Scotland and eventually worldwide, for more than 270 years. Today it still sets the standard by which all the newfangled whisky–honey hybrids are measured. The recipe—largely unchanged since Bonnie Prince Charlie drank it—is a secret; but what’s not a secret is the quality of the ingredients that make up Drambuie, from the Scottish heather honey to the blend of aged Highland and Speyside malt whiskies. Whether you’re sipping it in its signature cocktail, the Rusty Nail, or enjoying it neat or on the rocks, it’s clear that Drambuie has many imitators but few peers. The newly modernized and updated packaging creates a link between the days of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the hottest nightspots of the present day, and makes a gift as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate. Gleniddich (Gaelic for “Valley of the Deer,” where the distillery is located) is another venerable brand, the rock on which the William Grant & Sons empire was built. Grant built the distillery himself, and when the stills started running in 1887, Gleniddich whisky was what he was producing. For decades it was a prized component in blended whiskies, until in 1963 it became the

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very irst single malt sold outside of Scotland, kick-starting a revolution that continues to this day. Gleniddich is a legendary single malt that has, over the decades, managed to innovate while always retaining its unique characteristics. The irst release in its new Experimental Series highlights the connection between beer and whisky. Many drinkers are unaware that whisky starts its life, after fermentation and before distillation, as beer. But the Gleniddich India Pale Ale Cask Finish literally reinvents the whiskyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;beer relationship, as the irst single malt inished in India pale ale craft-beer casks. The India Pale Ale Cask Finish was meticulously planned out by Gleniddichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s malt master, Brian Kinsman, in partnership with a local Speyside craft brewery. They create an India pale ale speciically tailored to complement the characteristic pear lavor of the whisky with lively notes of citrus and hops, which they used to season the oak barrels in which the whisky was inished. The result is classic Gleniddich, but with aromatic hops making their presence felt on the nose, palate, and the long inish. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a thrilling new twist on an old classic that will surely be welcome this holiday season. And if your curiosity is piqued, an extra bottle makes a very nice gift for yourself as well. The Balvenie was the second whisky distilled by William Grant, beginning in 1892. For the last 54 years,

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it’s been home to David Stewart, malt master and one of the most inluential people in the world of whisky. Stewart was an early and enthusiastic practitioner of the art of extra-maturing or inishing whiskies by placing them in casks previously used for other spirits, such as sherry, Port, or rum. He has made an art of extra-maturation, inishing dozens of Balvenies in myriad casks over the decades and producing many a masterpiece in the process. The 12 Year Old DoubleWood, aged in American ex-bourbon barrels and inished in European ex-sherry casks, is one of his signature achievements—a smooth and mellow dram, with dry-raisin lavors from the sherry mingling with notes of cinnamon spice and nuts, underpinned by the distinctive honeyed sweetness characteristic of every expression of the Balvenie. The 12 Year Old DoubleWood is a whisky that will evoke old memories and create new ones this holiday season. For those who prefer their spirits in the form of a martini or a gin and tonic, the choices may seem stark. Stick with the old-guard London drys beloved by our parents and grandparents? Or try the new-fashioned gins lavored with so many botanicals that they’re hardly recognizable as gin at all? Fortunately for givers and recipients alike, there’s Hendrick’s, a gin that’s timeless because it’s made like no other gin before or since. The secret to Hendrick’s uniqueness is twofold. First, it’s distilled in two different types of stills, in batches of no more than 500 liters to ensure quality. The ultrarare Carter Head is still used to extract the more delicate aromatics and lavors from the botanicals, while the antique Bennet still produces a more juniper-forward traditional-style gin. The two distillates are then combined—but wait, there’s more! Essences of rose and cucumber are infused into the inal product, producing a gin with a lavor and character like no other. It’s a gin beloved by traditionalists and iconoclasts alike, and it’s sure to be beloved by the lucky recipient on your gift list. William Grant & Sons has helped bring cheer to the holiday season since 1887. In all that time, it’s never stopped growing, innovating, and inding new ways to make gift giving a little simpler and a lot more delicious—for the holidays and any time an occasion calls for a present that’s a cut above.

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Looks Aren’t Everything An attractive new design is just one of the Porsche Panamera’s improvements for the 2017 model year. By Basem Wasef

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THE PORSCHE PANAMERA didn’t shock brand loyalists when it debuted in 2009. After all, the full-size sedan followed the Cayenne SUV bombshell by 7 years, allowing ample time for purists to come to terms with the idea of a four-door from Zufenhausen. So the mixed reception that greeted the Panamera had little to do with its straying too far from the brand’s sports-car core. Instead, Porsche fans and others were disappointed with the car’s appearance, speciically its bulbous tail end. One of the more generous criticisms compared the Panamera to a crouching hippo; another said it could pass as the ofspring of a Porsche 928 and a Chrysler Crossire. Most parties agreed that it was not as attractive as the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, or other stalwarts, nor did it look as good as such newcomers as the Audi A7 or Aston Martin Rapide. Porsche addressed the Panamera’s appearance when it redesigned the car for the 2017 model year. But it has more than just a great new look; it also has a new chassis, a new engine, and a new interior. It’s currently available in two variants, both of which are turbo-powered and equipped with four-wheel drive. The Panamera 4S has a base price of $99,900, and the Turbo starts at $146,900.

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It looks more like a 911, particularly at the haunches and at the rear, where it has the same LED tail-lamp slats as the sports car.

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The new Panamera is slightly longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor, and it appears to sit closer to the pavement. More signiicantly, it looks more like a 911, particularly at the haunches and at the rear, where it has the same LED tail-lamp slats as the sports car. The rooline also swoops down at the rear more steeply than it used to. The cabin design is now more spare. Porsche has replaced the button-illed center console with a lat, touchsensitive black panel. A 12.3-inch multimedia screen ofers an intuitive interface that includes pinch-zoom and handwriting-recognition features, and it uses proximity sensors to activate a menu bar on the left of the display. The system integrates Apple CarPlay, Google Earth, and Google Street View, and you can use the Porsche Car Connect app to link it to an iPhone or Apple Watch. The dashboard features a signature Porsche design element: a centrally positioned analog tachometer. A

pair of information-dense 7-inch displays lank the tach, but the simple needle and familiar hash marks are a welcome sight for traditionalists. The new technology elevates the Panamera’s cabin to the same level as those of its most advanced competitors. But Porsche drivers generally are far less interested in multimedia gizmos than in performance, and the company has ensured that the Panamera meets expectations by keeping its weight down—despite larger proportions and a longer standard equipment list—and by giving it a new engine. Actually, two new engines. A 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 powers the Panamera 4S, producing 440 hp, which is 20 hp more than its predecessor. Compared to the old Panamera Turbo, the new model receives an additional 30 hp from its 4-liter twinturbo V-8, raising its total to 550 hp. Torque climbs by 21 ft lbs for the 4S and 51 ft lbs for the Turbo. Both engines

The new Panamera is slightly longer than the previous version, and the roofline descends at a sharper angle at the rear.

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The new technology elevates the Panamera’s cabin to the same level as those of its most advanced competitors.

are connected to a new 8-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission. The power gains help to produce outrageous acceleration numbers: zero to 60 mph in 4 seconds lat for the 4S, and 3.4 seconds for the Turbo. The Turbo’s time is now faster than that of the 911 Carrera S, a considerably more compact and sportier vehicle. The Panamera 4S accelerates about as fast as the Carrera S. On the Bavarian autobahn, the Panamera Turbo displayed more athleticism than anyone—even Porsche fans—should expect from a 2-ton, ive-passenger vehicle. Indeed, drivers in other cars seemed surprised when the Panamera passed them so easily. Despite its bulk, behind the wheel the car feels as agile as a coupe. The low seating position contributes to this sensation, as does the air suspension’s low-level setting, which drops the front axle by a little more than an inch and the rear by a little less, hunkering the car down for better high-speed aerodynamics and an even sportier ride. Agility is enhanced by the electromechanically actuated stabilizer bars, which provide active roll compensation, and by a new four-wheel steering system. As it does with the 911 Turbo and 918 Spyder, the system tightens the turning radius at lower speeds by turning the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front wheels. At higher speeds, the front and rear wheels turn in the same direction. More surprising than the Panamera’s sporty road manners is its ride quality. Changes in the suspension allow for greater adjustability and enable the car to


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The Panamera Turbo’s zero-to60-mph time is now faster than that of the 911 Carrera S sports car.

automatically adapt to a wider range of road and driving conditions. Thus the new model can provide a softer and stifer ride than the old one could. As for speed, the car exhibits seamlessly strong acceleration that seems to pin you against the supportive seats. During the moments when traic parted and the route from the Tegernsee lake to Munich opened up, even the less-powerful 4S model charged ahead with relentless gusto, pressing on toward its top speed of 179 mph. When traic appeared shortly thereafter, a push on the brake pedal produced swift and secure deceleration.

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The Panamera has lost its naturally aspirated engine, and an electric steering system has replaced the hydraulic setup. Drivers may miss the sonorous sounds of the old engine, but the turbocharged power plants aren’t exactly mute, especially when the car is equipped with the sport-exhaust option. This feature enables the driver to raise the exhaust note’s volume at the touch of a button. Also, the gains in eiciency, power, and torque delivery make an open-and-shut case for the turbocharging. Similarly, the technology behind the electric steering system has advanced to the point that only the most stubborn purists will bemoan the loss of the old system. Purists may also object to Porsche’s new InnoDrive system, which “reads” the route as far as 1.8 miles ahead and controls the braking and acceleration according to the upcoming road conditions and conigurations. “The goal of InnoDrive is not to substitute for the driver,” says Gernot Döllner, the head of the Panamera model line, “but rather to reduce stress during long-distance journeys.” With its modernized interior, technological advances, and athletic enhancements, the new Panamera has surpassed the old model as easily as it overtook slower traic on the autobahn. And while it outperforms its predecessor, its least-functional improvement might be its most attractive: The new look is sleek and sculptural, and it makes the car more desirable.


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SHEAR GENIUS When the weather is brisk, nothing is better for bundling up than a plush shearling coat. This winter, shearling is showing up in modern silhouettes with manly appeal, from a chic moto jacket and a long, trim topcoat to a sleek bomber in the seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essential black. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BLAIR GETZ MEZIBOV STYLING BY CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL

Ralph Lauren shearling coat, $8,995, and cashmere turtleneck, $1,295 (ralphlauren.com); Tom Ford denim jeans, $680 (tomford.com).

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THIS PAGE: Salvatore Ferragamo shearling coat, price upon request (ferragamo.com); Kiton cashmere-and-silk sweater, $2,595 (kiton.it); Dior Homme denim jeans, $770 (diorhomme.com). OPPOSITE: Jeffrey RĂźdes shearling coat, $3,600 (jefreyrudes.com); Luciano Barbera cashmere sweater, $1,195 (lucianobarbera .com); Jonathan Mezibov cotton shirt, $225 (jonathanmezibov.com); Frame Denim denim jeans, $249 (available at Neiman Marcus, neimanmarcus.com).

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THIS PAGE: Ermenegildo Zegna Couture shearling coat, $6,500 (zegna.us); Berluti cotton T-shirt, $460 (berluti.com); Paul Smith denim jeans, $225 (paulsmith.co.uk). OPPOSITE: Dolce & Gabbana shearling coat, price upon request, cashmere sweater, $1,495, and denim jeans, $695 (dolcegabbana.it).

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THIS PAGE: Neil Barrett shearling coat, $4,500 (available at mrporter.com); Berluti cashmere cardigan, price upon request (berluti.com); Brunello Cucinelli cotton chambray shirt, $725 (brunellocucinelli.com); Isaia denim jeans, $395, and leather belt, from $450 (isaia.com). OPPOSITE: Moncler cotton jacket, $1,365 (moncler .com); Michael Kors camel-hair Sherpa hooded sweater, $595 (michaelkors.com); Burberry cotton jersey track jacket (under sweater), $595 (us.burberry.com); Cesare Attolini cotton-blend denim jeans, $790 (cesareattolini.com).

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THIS PAGE: John Varvatos shearling coat, $2,498, cotton-blend denim jeans, $198, and leather boots, $698 (johnvarvatos.com); Gucci cotton hooded sweatshirt, $1,050, and leather belt, $550 (gucci.com). OPPOSITE: Belstaff shearling coat, $3,995 (belstaf.com); Boglioli wool-blend sweater, $795 (boglioli.it); Isaia cotton denim jeans, $395 (available at Barneys, barneys.com).

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Family Style Best known for their venerable fashion brand, the close-knit Zegnas are also carrying on a tradition of Italian stewardship. BY DAVID COGGINS

TREKKING UP A STEEP HILL in the Cinque Terre National Park along Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ligurian coast one warm summer day, I am desperately trying to stay cool and keep up with my guide, Anna Zegna. The oppressive heat doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to faze the charismatic president of Fondazione Zegna, a humanitarian organization she and her fashion-business family established in 2000. She seems perfectly comfortable in a stylish chambray shirt and trousers. Heat or no heat, she will hike in style. Her fashion sense comes as no surprise: She is the

granddaughter of Ermenegildo Zegna, who more than a Anna Zegna, century ago founded the eponymous sartorial empire that now thrives on a global scale but retains a small- granddaughter of fashiontown mind-set. The Milan-based company earned more house founder than $1.3 billion worldwide in 2015 but has remained Ermenegildo, devoted to its birthplace in Trivero, a hamlet in the hills helms a northeast of Turin. Ermenegildo, the son of a watchmaker foundation with and the youngest of 10 children, established his wool environmental and cultural aims. mill there in 1910, manufacturing textiles in a factory that is still in use today. He was ambitious, embracing

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technology and old-world craft, innovation, and elegance. Ermenegildo understood that superior fabric depends on natural resources—good wool and good water—and he had an environmental streak. He had 500,000 pines and rhododendrons planted on the slopes down the valley from the factory, and they now deine the landscape. In the 1960s he expanded his operation and started to make the tailored clothing the brand is known for today.

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The restoration of Punta Mesco, a farm with historic buildings overlooking Italy’s Ligurian coast, will be complete in 2020.

His environmental and broader philanthropic mission also continues with a new generation of the family, which still owns the company. Anna now has set her sights, and those of Fondazione Zegna, on restoring Punta Mesco, a farm with three historic buildings—one dating to the 17th century—located about 150 miles south of Milan. It’s easy to get caught up in this setting: a dramatic hillside perch with wide views along the coast and out to the vivid blue sea. “At Zegna, we’ve always had a connection to the environment,” she says. Picturesque Italy is not only where the company has had its factory for more than a century, but also where Anna and her brother Ermenegildo (known as Gildo), now the CEO, and cousin Paolo, the chairman, grew up. The mill in Trivero was their playground. She recalls “jumping in the wool, running down the halls, and playing in the mountains” around the factory. As the driven matriarch of the family business, Anna is spearheading an initiative—a partnership between Fondazione Zegna and Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI), a private nonproit that works to restore Italy’s cultural treasures—to revitalize Punta Mesco. Thus far the project has required considerable patience. “It took two and a half years just to sign the papers,” she says. But owing to her powers of persuasion and FAI’s relationships with Italy’s accomplished artisans, Punta Mesco is coming back to life. It is once again a working farm


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after having been neglected and untouched since the 1980s. Homegrown expertise has been essential in restoring the historic elements of the property, which is a protected area as part of the Cinque Terre National Park and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “I don’t think this would have been possible somewhere else,” says Anna. To the many Italians who love to go trekking in the mountains, Punta Mesco is more than a farm. It’s a destination in itself, a beloved secret at the end of a long

Among Italy’s elite, particularly its iconic fashion companies, there is a trend toward investing in the country’s cultural heritage. journey. It’s a trip Anna hopes more and more people will make, and one that takes time. “Nature asks you to be patient,” she says. Getting to the farm with the incredible view has one steep challenge—it’s a vigorous 60-minute walk uphill. Workers have had to trek in and out (many have camped on-site), and materials have had to be packed in or lown in by helicopter. Though Punta Mesco will not be complete until 2020, when renewable solar and wind energy will provide 40 percent of the site’s needs, the property is already impressive and very much worth a visit. Not only have buildings been restored, but land has 220

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been rehabilitated, in particular the terraces—steps of land horizontal enough for farming. The terraces had been built and maintained by farmers over decades, a delicate, devoted balancing act between previous generations and nature’s tendency toward disorder. The site’s 17th-century farmhouse, which ofers sweeping views of the Mediterranean coastline, has also been rehabilitated. The property has been reforested, drystone walls bordering the farm have been restored, and a well has been drilled to bring fresh water to the site. Arriving here, one feels a connection to the landscape and setting, and to the immediate pleasures that Italians have perfected over centuries. On my visit we have a simple lunch under the shade of the olive trees, dining on local vegetables, bread, a traditional omelet, and wine that we share with more than 40 people who have worked on the restoration. Understandably, there’s signiicant civic pride and also awareness that this is the foundation of a new sort of tourism here, one based on agricultural sites with an eco-friendly footprint in a spectacular setting. Punta Mesco’s combination of technical innovation, environmental tourism, and sustainable agriculture make it a case study for other sites throughout Italy. Among Italy’s elite, particularly its iconic fashion companies, there is a trend toward investing in the country’s cultural heritage. From Fendi’s donation of funds to restore Rome’s historic Trevi Fountain to Bulgari’s recent investment in a makeover of the city’s famed Spanish Steps and Tod’s contributions to repairs of the Colosseum, the sense of civic pride, and of Italy as a unique cultural destination, is strong. If Punta Mesco succeeds, look for more collaborations between Fondazione Zegna and FAI. By all indications, the project is well on its way. Like the house of Zegna, which has always embraced technological development when it comes to textiles—indeed, it is a pioneer in technical fabrics that repel water, wrinkles, and heat—the Punta Mesco project is animated by a pioneering spirit. It embraces the past, but also modern technology when it’s most efective. It is “a mixture of innovation and tradition,” says Anna. “A little bit like Zegna itself.” Fondazione Zegna, fondazionezegna.org


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Party in the Presidential Suite Robb Report rings in the holiday season in a Beverly Hills accommodation built for a celebration. BY BRUCE WALLIN

MANY AN INFAMOUS FETE has been thrown in the neighborhoods near the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. A short distance from both Holmby Hills (home of the Playboy Mansion) and the Sunset Strip (Chateau Marmont, the Viper Room, the “Riot Hyatt” of rock-and-roll notoriety), the beloved hotel on Burton Way has long represented a quieter side of the Hollywood scene, a residential-like retreat where creative types retired to contemplate the next script over cocktails at the Writer’s Bar. And yet, if not as boisterously as its neighbors, L’Ermitage knows how to party. Earlier this year, the 116-room hotel topped of a 10-month renovation by unveiling a new Presidential Suite built explicitly for soirees. Robb Report enjoyed an exclusive irst look at the 3,700-square-foot space, which, in addition to a master-bedroom complex, includes a full kitchen, a 12-seat formal dining room, a screening room outitted with chaise longues, and a study. It seemed the perfect place for a party—and so a party we threw. Our intimate dinner for 12 was put together by Olivier Quignon, executive chef at L’Ermitage’s Avec Nous bistro, and Conrad Reddick, the hotel’s director of restaurants. Special for the occasion, the duo created a six-course menu complemented by Champagnes that Reddick, who doubles as a sommelier, paired precisely with every dish. L’Ermitage’s renovation—which included replacing the Writer’s Bar with a sleek new cocktail lounge—was also an intricate balancing act, one that honored the Hollywood glory days while bringing a fresh contemporary style to the hotel’s guest rooms and suites. Glamorous grays and purples, sparkling crystal ixtures, and Venetian cut-glass mirrors signal that this star has returned to the scene—and is ready to celebrate the occasion in its own way. i

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ART STREIBER Robb Report inaugurated the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills’ new Presidential Suite with a dinner party in the dining room, where a 12-seat table is topped with Schott Zwiesel Carat stemware and illuminated by a handstrung fixture by Sapphire Chandelier.

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THE SOIREE STARTED OFF in the suite’s living room (opposite) with a Champagne-and-caviar tasting featuring three varieties of Petrossian Tsar Imperial—a bold shassetra, a nutty osetra, and a mild Siberian—and a nonvintage Champagne Agrapart & Fils Grand Cru Terroirs Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs. “With caviar, we don’t want to cover up its lavors; we want to make it even more powerful, make it pop,” Reddick says. “You don’t even really need all the accoutrements—the hard-boiled eggs, the chives, the crème fraîche. You just need a really nice wine that awakens the palate.” The living room awakens the senses with a custom light ixture by Sapphire Chandelier—hung by hand, one strand of crystals at a time—a framed wiremesh work by the Oregon-based artist Eric Boyer, and two balconies overlooking Beverly Hills’ tree-lined Burton Way.

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THE FIRST OF SIX COURSES, a Hudson Valley foie-gras mousse with cherry compote (above) paired well with a “not necessarily sweet but very ripe” Georges Laval Cumières Premier Cru Brut Nature rosé. “The ripeness of fruit pulls in the compote, and they work together to clean the palate,” Reddick says, “so that your second and third bites of foie gras are just as good as your irst.” The same could be said of chef Quignon’s courses, which ranged from fettucine topped with Santa Barbara sea urchin (complemented by a showstopping 1998 SaintChamant Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée Royale) to spiced duck breast with apricot, rapini, and amaretto duck jus. Following dinner, guests could catch a movie in the suite’s screening room while snacking on the chef’s delightfully peculiar “popcorn”: squid-ink tapioca chips fried in grape-seed oil (below).

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nce upon a time the stur ge on r eigne d supreme among all the freshwater fish. Queen Beluga wore the crown and was lauded for the wisdom of age, her great size, and her most delicious roe. One day, however, the numbers of her royal family became so few that her realm collapsed, and sadness spread across the land. Chefs and ishermen and venture capitalists wept tears as salty as the

caviar they so missed. But then a group of wizards cast a powerful spell, creating a new world in which the fish could thrive, so the sturgeon’s tale just might have a storybook ending after all. While a spell might have sped up the shift if this were indeed a Russian fairy tale (such stories are well stocked with sturgeons), this new world has come about instead because of signiicant changes in the caviar industry. The sturgeon,

from which all true caviar is harvested, is a rather remarkable animal, having survived relatively unchanged for roughly 200 million years. The beluga sturgeon is the largest freshwater ish in the world and can live as long as a century. While the sturgeon’s precious roe has long been prized, in the last decade the ways in which humans obtain it have changed drastically. Caviar used to be relatively simple: The best was Russian or Iranian,

ERIC RIPERT LE BERNARDIN, NEW YORK CITY

ON THE MENU: A warm sashimi of kingish is topped with dollops of caviar and served tableside with shallots, garlic, white wine, mussel stock, butter, and lemon juice. CAVIAR OF CHOICE: Asian Amur Golden Hybrid from China ($135 for 1 ounce, paramountcaviar.com). RIPERT SAYS: “In blind tastings, we decided it is the best we can ind on the market. The eggs are bigger and the color is more appealing—a dark gold mixed with gray. The lavor lingers longer than most, and is very creamy and a bit nutty, with a freshness like the wind coming of the ocean. . . . Wild caviar was inconsistent. When it was amazing, you would want it all the time. But it could also be very bad. Today, the farm raised is much more consistent. The best is about 90 percent as good as the best wild was at the time. There is a level of reinement that only wild sturgeons can do.” —MICHALENE BUSICO

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JOSHUA SKENES SAISON, SAN FRANCISCO

ON HE MENU: Early in his tasting menu, Skenes serves “a ton of caviar in a big chalice,” accompanied by egg custard, sauce made with Petaluma cheese, a kelp glaze, and a crisp buttermilk biscuit made with wild-boar fat. CAVIAR OF CHOICE: Saison Reserve caviar, a proprietary caviar made in California using farmed white-sturgeon roe. Limited quantities are sold at the restaurant ($698 for 4.4 ounces, saisonsf.com). SKENES SAYS: “We use the highest-quality eggs and cure them speciically for our taste, using our smoked salt made from seawater. It needs to be a decent size and have a good pop with a little resistance when you push into it. The cure is clean and even, so each grain is individual from the others and it has an almost springy texture and a clean, pure lavor. We serve around an ounce and a half of caviar per person. We’re very generous with it because it doesn’t taste the same if you have just a dinky little bit. At that point, you should serve something else.” —M.B.

wild, and from the beluga, sevruga, or osetra species of sturgeon. About 10 years ago, because of overishing that critically endangered wild sturgeons, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species put a series of bans and trade embargoes in place, making caviar from wild sturgeon illegal to import to the States. For some nostalgic connoisseurs, caviar will simply never be what it once was. The upside of that change is that in order to meet demand, quality farmed caviar has risen to meet 234

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a bar of excellence and consistency that, in some opinions, actually exceeds the wild-sourced days of yore. Where farming caviar was once looked down upon, it is now the method of production for some of the best caviars in the world, and certainly the best available in the United States. State-of-the-art caviar farms have emerged in the States, Europe, Israel, and China. The improvements are chiefly the result of university research. “The sturgeon has been studied intensely in the last 10 years,” says Rod Browne Mitchell, the owner

of Browne Trading Company, a top caviar supplier in Portland, Maine— “its bio-characteristics, habits, and diet. Every farm has its own special diet they feed the ish, and that makes a diference.” Other nuances, he says, can be traced to the ripeness of the roe when it is harvested, which is usually a decision made by sight by the farmer after extracting a sample of the roe, and the age of the ish at harvest (the older the better). To hasten maturation, some farmers use injections of natural hormones from male sturgeons, which are not banned in the United States, but Mitchell


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GRANT ACHATZ ALINEA, CHICAGO

ON THE MENU: Achatz eases diners into his avant-garde tasting menu with a classic caviar service: A generous portion is presented in a block of ice accompanied by egg custard, trules, ines herbes, pickled onion, and toasted brioche. CAVIAR OF CHOICE: Plaza Osetra Gold Russian-sturgeon caviar sustainably farmed in Bulgaria ($100 for 1 ounce, plazadecaviar.com). ACHATZ SAYS: “This Bulgarian caviar has a beautiful texture, a high level of creaminess, and nuances like vanilla, brown spices, and some ish notes—all these underlying layers. That’s why we go with this particular farm. They are eco-friendly, but they also have in the back of their minds what caviar used to taste like. The last thing that you want in this ingredient—which epitomizes luxury and rarity and celebration—is a product that has muddy, dirty lavors.” —M.B.

believes better eggs come to those who wait for the sturgeon to mature naturally. The brine mixture and length of curing of the savory beads determine the inal notes of lavor. A CONFOUNDING SPELL

If there is a downside to the proliferation of farmed caviar, it is confusion in a marketplace that has been turned on its head. But with a little education and a trusted supplier, exploring the new world of caviar can deliver a delicious payof. “There’s a lot of bastardization when it comes to caviar,” says Ian Purkayastha, owner of Regalis Foods and author of the forthcoming book Truffle Boy. “There’s a lot of mislabeling. The only way you can really know what you’re buying is to look for the Latin name on the label, and that isn’t always listed.” The name beluga used to be the familiar hallmark of quality. But beluga (Huso huso) is now banned domestically. Instead, consumers are presented with an array of choices in an industry with very little regulation of packaging and labeling. There are just a few main

species of sturgeon from which we now source caviar, says Christopher Klapp, the general manager of the West Hollywood, Calif., caviar importer and retailer Petrossian. “Think of them like wine varietals,” he says. The best-known of these is osetra (also known as Russian sturgeon), which is farmed all over the world, “but sometimes domestically farmed white sturgeon is mislabeled as osetra.” Many labels do not provide accurate information about region of origin or species. Paddleish roe is often marketed as caviar, but because the ish is not a sturgeon it does not produce true caviar. Ideally, consumers should look for the Latin name of the sturgeon species, which begins with either Huso or Acipenser. Purkayastha recommends being wary of any oddsounding ingredient on the label. “The only ingredients that should be listed are ish roe and salt,” he says. THE ROYAL TASTEMAKERS

While there are standards for determining quality with regard to lavor, color, and texture, personal preference plays a role in deciding which

Caviar Decoded Kaluga: The second-largest freshwater fish, kaluga sturgeon is endangered in the wild but is being successfully farmed in China. Large and glossy grains range in color from dark gray to light golden green. Creamy, buttery, nutty, and mild in flavor. Latin name: Huso dauricus. It is crossbred for the U.S. market, and while it may be labeled as kaluga, it is usually a cross of Huso dauricus and Acipenser schrencki. ($210–$325 per ounce)

Israel, and Asia, this is a favorite of many experts and comes from one of the medium-sized species of sturgeon. It is also known as Russian caviar. True golden osetra is the rarer and

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Siberian Sturgeon: A smaller variety that is farmed all over the world. Soft, small- to mediumgrain black beads—the most similar in appearance to sevruga caviar—have a fresh taste of the sea with a velvety finish. It is less savory and more briny than other kinds. Latin name: Acipenser baerii. ($90–$123 per ounce)

White Sturgeon: Native to the United States and the third-largest freshwater fish, this species is farmed in California and Idaho, among other states, and is sometimes mislabeled as American osetra. It has a medium-sized, firm bead with lighter tones of warm brown to light green, sometimes even closer to black. Earthy notes, nutty and buttery in flavor. Latin name: Acipenser transmontanus. ($60–$221 per ounce) Other caviar of note is harvested from sturgeon hybrids, such as A. gueldenstaedtii/A. baerii and H. dauricus/A. schrencki, and marketed under brand-specific names such as platinum caviar or daurenki, depending on the supplier.

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most prized variety, produced by an albino fish. Its medium-sized, soft grains range in color from a light brown to a warm, rich brown. It typically has a nutty flavor with marine saline notes and an elegant, well-balanced finish. Latin name: Acipenser gueldenstaedtii. ($150–$395 per ounce)


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kind of caviar gets the highest marks. Of the four main caviar-producing sturgeons (and two popular hybrids), there is no clear consensus about which is best. Some connoisseurs look askance at caviar farmed in China; others believe that kaluga, farmed exclusively in China, is the closest thing on the market to beluga. Unfortunately, pure kaluga, like its cousin beluga, is illegal to import. All “kaluga” caviar sold in the States is actually a kaluga hybrid. Siberian sturgeon is growing in supply and popularity, in part because it takes only 5 years for the ish to reach optimal age for caviar harvest (compared

with the 12 or more necessary for other varieties), but it remains less prized than osetra or white sturgeon. Some connoisseurs place the greatest value on osetra farmed in Europe. Mitchell extolls the virtues of the osetra from Royal Belgian Caviar, in particular, because the farm allows its fish to reach 12 to 15 years old before the caviar is harvested, and it has an on-site expert in ish food. The color of the caviar is a light brown to golden yellow, and its taste has a clean salinity. But many, including Mitchell and some notable chefs, also appreciate caviar farmed in Idaho as the

loveliest, creamiest, and most complex roe taken from white sturgeons because of the pure spring waters there that are constantly replenished. When pushed to the roof of the mouth, the caviar has a natural pop from the salt curing, something common to all great caviar. Mitchell warns that if caviar is mushy, it either is past its sell-by date, was harvested before its time, or was stored at an improper temperature. Klapp says that individual preference is where the fun of caviar comes into play, and that focusing on country of origin is perhaps misguided. “There are great producers all over

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ON THE MENU: Lynch’s signature butter soup with poached shellish is topped with honey foam and a scoop of caviar. CAVIAR OF CHOICE: Snake River Royal white-sturgeon caviar sustainably farmed in Idaho ($95 for 1 ounce, brownetrading.com). LYNCH SAYS: “The Royal white is a little brinier, a tad smaller than osetra—which we use in our caviar service—and you can eat a lot of it. It’s also not as fatty, but it’s delicious. I had 2 ounces of it last week to celebrate with a friend—we ate it on a baguette with fresh butter from Diane St. Clair and loads of caviar. The next day I had it with an omelet. . . . The butter soup is really just sweet butter and shellish—lobster, scallops, crab, pieces of shrimp, mussels. So you have a simple, peasanty dish, and the caviar brings it to the next level.” —M.B.

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MICHAEL TUSK QUINCE, SAN FRANCISCO

ON THE MENU: Tusk, who always features caviar on his tasting menu, is currently serving it as a irst course with fromage-blanc mousse, cold avocado sauce, and a scattering of coriander blossoms. Yes, that is a sturgeon decorating the plate. CAVIAR OF CHOICE: Caviar Galilee Prime osetra farmed in Israel ($150 for 1.06 ounces, brownetrading.com). TUSK SAYS: “This caviar has a buttery inish that I like with the cool, creamy avocado. We’ve also used Sterling caviar and Tsar Nicoulai [both from California], if one is tasting better at a particular moment. We taste them each time they arrive. . . . Using avocado is part of going toward a more vegetable-focused menu. It’s a nice surprise, too—there’s a lot more to creating dishes with caviar than blinis and so forth. People like not getting it in the traditional fashion.” —M.B.

the world,” he says. “Because the roe is so valuable, and because sturgeon take a very long time to raise, these ish are kept in extremely controlled environments. There are no shortcuts to getting great-quality eggs.” Reputable companies such as Regalis, Browne, and Petrossian (the largest caviar company in the world) deal only with farms that adhere to certain excellence and sustainability standards. Beyond that, the inancial impetus is to produce at the highest quality and subsequently garner a higher price. Chef Michael Cimarusti (who sources his caviar from Regalis) 240

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serves that Idaho white-sturgeon caviar at his L.A. seafood ine-dining restaurant Providence, in part because he loves the lavor and in part because he is a proponent of sustainable aquaculture. “If it’s farmed in the U.S., I at least know there are standards in place,” he says. “If you’re truly worried about sustainability and responsible farming practices, buying U.S.-produced caviar is probably the safest thing.” But Cimarusti also serves a golden osetra that comes from Bulgaria; many farms in Europe and Israel have impeccable reputations for sustainability and also quality. “You have

to trust your supplier,” he says. Or your favorite chef. Now, once again, with the help of the royal tastemakers and the university wizards, there is nothing in the world quite like good caviar. The ishermen have become farmers, the chefs have dried their tears and invented new dishes, and the venture capitalists have piled the briny beads upon their plates. And the sturgeon expands her realm across the globe. Browne Trading Company, brownetrading.com; Petrossian, petrossian.com; Regalis Foods, regalisfoods.com


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AUSTRIA’S St. Anton am Arlberg (stantonamarlberg.com) is Europe’s mecca of Alpine skiing, with more than 189 miles of groomed trails and roughly 124 miles of advanced of-piste terrain. It’s also home to charming Tyrolean villages and some of the most snow-sure conditions in all of the Alps. This season the Arlberg’s skiing will get even better with the completion of three new gondola systems that will connect all eight of the region’s resorts for the irst time. The upgrade will make the Arlberg Austria’s largest interconnected ski area. For a luxurious home base close to the action, book the new ski-in/ski-out Chalet Tschöder (through Bramble Ski, brambleski .com), which sleeps as many as 14 in seven bedrooms and blends traditional Alpine architecture with contemporary Austrian design. The chalet (priced at about $60,590 per week) is located just minutes from the Nasserein ski lifts on the edge of the St. Anton resort’s main peaks. Après-ski is equally impressive at Tschöder, which features a gym, a hot tub and sauna, a private spa, a cinema, and a full staf. —WILL HIDE ●

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WAGNER CUSTOM SKIS TAKES TELLURIDE TRIPS TO NEW HEIGHTS. PETE WAGNER IS one of the most connected people in Telluride. The founder of Wagner Custom Skis, a bespoke ski and snowboard manufacturer, has based his innovative company in the Colorado town for more than a decade. Now he is sharing his network of local friends and experts to ofer a new Wagner VIP Program (wagnerskis.com) to his devoted customers. Wagner’s team works with Telluride Rentals, a home-rental agency and concierge, to curate itineraries that can entail everything from Telluride Mountain lift tickets to a backcountry heli-skiing adventure among 13,000-foot peaks. The program ofers exclusive of-slope experiences as well, providing irst-class or private air travel, ski-in/ski-out accommodations, and perks such as après-ski massages, reservations at top Telluride restaurants, and day trips via snowmobile or helicopter to the nearby Dunton Hot Springs resort. Of course, every itinerary comes with a pair of made-to-order skis created at Wagner’s new 5,000-square-foot Telluride factory and customized based on each skier’s build, skill level, riding style, and terrain preferences. “No two pairs of our skis are exactly alike,” Wagner says. “It’s the same with the VIP Program. Everything is à la carte.” —BAILEY S. BARNARD ●

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BIG-MOUNTAIN RUNS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. IF YOU HAVE a thing for ski movies, you know Bella Coola Heli Sports. The British Columbia outitter, whose exclusive Coast Mountain terrain has been featured in ilms like Seven Years in Tibet and K2, is a perennial star in skiing’s history: The fat ski was perfected on its precipitous peaks, and descents made on its slopes have set many a benchmark for big-mountain free skiing. Striving for greater heights is the outitter’s newest home base, Foster’s Heli Ranch (bellacoolaheliskiing.com), a small-group property set among the Pantheon Range and some of the tallest peaks in the province. The rusticluxe lodge, which is available on an exclusive-use basis (7-night packages start at $52,000), accommodates just ive skiers at a time. The lucky few guests enjoy a rare opportunity to ski unexplored terrain. With a private pilot and potential irst descents on every horizon, naming runs becomes part of the plot, meaning you’ll not only experience ski history—you’ll help write it. —LESLIE ANTHONY ●

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UNCOVERING JAPAN’S SECRET SNOW COUNTRY. NISEKO SHOULD HAVE had its moment long ago. Set on Japan’s northernmost isle of Hokkaido, the ski resort was dubbed “the St. Moritz of the Orient” in the 1960s for its long season, champagne powder, and picturesque mountains. Yet somehow, Niseko United (niseko.ne.jp)— which comprises four villages and 2,191 acres of terrain— remained largely under the radar, luring little more than Australian snowboarders and Asian skiers. Now its time has inally come, thanks to a new bullet train linking Hokkaido to Tokyo in just 4 hours. While the fast-paced ●

connection is sure to spawn an inlux of international snow seekers, infrastructure improvements like new high-speed gondolas will keep lift lines wait free. The ski-in/ski-out Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse (kasara .com) is also preparing for the inpouring by adding 32 luxury accommodations adorned with tatami-mat dining rooms, ofuro soaking tubs, and sliding shoji screens. Sure to draw skiers in future seasons is a new Ritz-Carlton Reserve property, which is scheduled to open in 2020. —ADAM H. GRAHAM

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Known as “the St. Moritz of the Orient,” Japan’s Niseko United ski resort is blanketed in champagne powder.

Private Powder A TOTAL RESORT TAKEOVER IN SOUTHERN UTAH. THERE’S NO RUSH to beat the crowds at Eagle Point, a Southern Utah mountain resort whose As You Wish program (eaglepointresort.com) allows private groups unrestricted and exclusive access to its more than 600 skiable acres. The total resort takeover (priced from $10,000 per day; available Tuesdays through Thursdays only) also includes exclusive use of Eagle Point’s accommodations, dining venues, and amenities. Buyouts can range from a quiet getaway for a few families to a corporate retreat for as many as 300 skiers. —LARRY OLMSTED ●

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FRESH NEW LUXURIES IN THE FRENCH ALPS. THIS SEASON, the elite retreat of Courchevel will mark 70 years of downhill distinction. To honor the occasion, the world’s largest ski resort, Les 3 Vallées (les3vallees .com)—which comprises eight linked resorts (including Courchevel), as well as 372 miles of runs and 25 summits— is freshening up. The celebration begins this month with the opening of the new Hôtel Barrière Les Neiges (hotels barriere.com), a 42-room retreat with white-marble bathrooms and a 10,760-square-foot spa offering bespoke Biologique Recherche treatments. Aman’s ski-in/ski-out Le Mélézin (aman.com), located on Courchevel’s Bellecôte

piste, will also unveil a new look this month following an extensive renovation that added a bar and cigar lounge and upgraded the 31 rooms and suites. On the dining front, chefs Maxime and René Meilleur of Saint-Martin-deBelleville’s legendary La Bouitte (la-bouitte.com) recently received their third Michelin star, while l’Épicurien (restaurantmontana.fr)andMéribelfavorite l’Ekrin (lekaila .com) each earned their irst. On the slopes, Les 3 Vallées visitors can avail themselves of the region’s new 3-D app, which features high-resolution trail maps, real-time snowdepth information, and live webcam feeds. —A.H.G.

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EARLY-MORNING RUNS IN BEAVER CREEK. WITH ITS HEATED sidewalks and slope-side cookies, Beaver Creek is one of the States’ most indulgent ski resorts. But cookie in hand or not, long lift lines can shatter the illusion of luxury. Ensuring the royal treatment is the Colorado resort’s new White Glove Winter Vacation package (beavercreek.com). The 4-night experience (priced from $50,000 for four skiers) begins with a irst-class light into Eagle Vail airport, followed by a scenic helicopter ride ●

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to the resort. Guests stay at Beaver Creek’s only ski-in/skiout mountaintop home, Trappers Cabin, which features a billiard room, a hot tub, and butler service. Four Epic Passes are also included, as well as two full days of private ski instruction, Helly Hansen ski attire, and high-performance equipment rentals. Better than any cookie, of course, is the package’s White Glove First Tracks pass, which promises early lift access and plenty of irst runs. —L.O.


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THE ULTIMATE ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION. WHITE DESERT HAS been bringing intrepid travelers to the world’s loneliest landmass for a decade. The Londonbased outitter ofers the only luxury accommodations— iberglass igloos adorned with plush faux furs and custom furnishings—in all of Antarctica. This season, the company celebrates its 10th among the Great White Desert’s sprawling glaciers and snowy expanses with a renovated camp that includes a new lounge with a library and bar, a new dining room, and six state-of-the-art sleeping pods with en suite bathrooms and bespoke furniture. Guests can take advantage of summer’s 24 hours of sunlight with long days of kiteskiing—hitting speeds of up to 25 mph and ●

covering hundreds of miles of snow-covered latlands— as well as ice climbing and abseiling. White Desert’s Emperor’s and South Pole experience (white-desert .com; priced from about $70,000 per person) also includes a visit to the continent’s colony of 6,000 emperor penguins and a light to the South Pole. For the ultimate polar adventure keepsake, travelers can also purchase White Desert’s limited-edition Bremont watch (priced from about $7,070), featuring a map of Antarctica, a 90-degree dial, a South Pole destination timer, and an inscription bearing the date of their expedition. —JACKIE CARADONIO

White Desert’s one-of-a-kind expeditions in Antarctica can include ice climbing and kiteskiing.

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4-night experience for two that includes VIP access to all of the downhill excitement. Guests will be escorted to the races by one of skiing’s top competitors (Hotel Jerome has established relationships with athletes including Bode Miller and Tommy Moe) and enjoy behind-theropes entrée to events like the Aspen Mountain World Cup Concert. Of the hill, the experience includes roundtrip private jet travel and 4 nights in an executive suite. —AMIEE WHITE BEAZLEY

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FLUNG THE BMW Alpina B7 xDrive out of the pits and into turn 3 at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, catapulting it forward with a seamless surge of acceleration. After lifting my foot from the throttle so that the car could apex the turn, I relaunched it into a tire-scrubbing tear. I’ve accumulated countless laps at Laguna Seca over the years, so I’m familiar with these turns, but this experience was diferent from previous ones because I was driving a nearly 2.5-ton luxury sedan. Such a vehicle should feel out of place on a racetrack, but this latest generation of the Alpina B7 proved perfectly suited to the setting. BMW’s M division produces high-performance variants of the 2 through 6 Series coupes and sedans and of the X5

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and X6 SUVs, but the brand has never ofered an M7. It has no need to, not when there’s the B7 from Alpina, a company in Buchloe, Germany, that modifies BMWs by adding power and luxury features. The cars are assembled mostly at the BMW plant in Dingoling, Germany, and they are sold and serviced at the marque’s dealerships. The new B7, the third generation of the model, is comparable in price, capabilities, and comfort to the tracktuned variants of other luxury brands’ lagship sedans—the Audi S8 Plus ($115,900), the Maserati Quattroporte GTS ($145,500), the Jaguar XJR ($118,000), and the MercedesBenz AMG S63 ($144,700). And it’s more exclusive than those models: BMW will sell only about 400 examples of the B7 in North America. At $137,000, the B7’s starting price is

$55,500 more than that of the 750i xDrive on which it is based. Alpina CEO Andreas Bovensiepen insists the B7 is not a track car. However, the sedan’s performance numbers suggest otherwise. Its BMW 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 is tuned to produce 608 hp, which is 35 percent more than the engine generates for the 7 Series. It also produces 23 percent more torque (590 ft lbs), which, combined with the horsepower boost, enables a 20 percent faster zero-to60-mph run of 3.6 seconds. Top speed is a heady 193 mph. Alpina’s connection with BMW began in 1963, when Burkard Bovensiepen developed an enhanced carburetor for the brand’s 1500 sedan. Two years later, Burkard founded the Alpina tuning business. From the late 1960s to the late 1980s, it built racing versions of BMW models that were driven by such motorsports legends as Derek Bell, James Hunt, Jacky Ickx, and Niki Lauda. In 1973, Alpina introduced its irst BMW-based road model, a version of the 3 Series. Alpina’s irst 7 Series– based model, the B11, launched in 1987. The irst-generation B7, a modiied 745i, arrived in 2003. In addition to enhancing the BMW engine by adding larger manifolds and bigger turbochargers, Alpina took advantage of the 7 Series’s new suspension setup. The two-axis air suspension and active damping system enable a ride-height drop of nearly an inch when the car is in


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“ALPINA INSISTS THE B7 IS NOT A TRACK CAR. HOWEVER, THE SEDAN’S PERFORMANCE NUMBERS SUGGEST OTHERWISE.”

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Sport+ mode. This adjustment lowers the car’s center of gravity and increases camber, and it engages automatically when the B7 travels faster than 143 mph—Alpina cars are built for Germany’s autobahn. You can also raise the suspension (at speeds as fast as 22 mph) when encountering a steep driveway. Alpina has tuned the rear-axle steering system to enhance the car’s low-speed agility and high-speed stability. And it has adjusted the electronic dampers and stabilizer bars to create a greater distinction between the comfort and sport settings, making the suspension even softer or stifer when appropriate. The B7 comes with Alpina’s signature 20-spoke forged-aluminum wheels, which are 5.5 pounds (20inch model) or 8.8 pounds (21-inch model) lighter than similar wheel designs made of cast aluminum. The exterior color options include the blue and green metallic shades that are reserved for Alpina cars. The steering wheel, which bears the redand-blue Alpina logo, is wrapped in

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supple Lavalina leather and stitched in blue and green, matching the colors of the lighting in the dashboard’s LED instrument panel. On the back side of the steering wheel are buttons instead of paddle shifters. Alpina developed this design in 1981 and has used it ever since. It allows drivers with big hands to have a better grip on the wheel where the paddle shifters would usually be. Regardless of the size of your hands, you can press the buttons to override automatic upshifts and rev the engine near or at the rev limiter. Alpina has improved the 7 Series’s 8-speed transmission with reinforced hardware and reprogrammed software for quicker, smoother shifts and has equipped the B7 with a lighter stainless-steel exhaust system. While the B7 exhibited impressive power and handling on the Laguna Seca track, a jaunt along Monterey’s backroads revealed other traits that drivers will appreciate. The suspension’s standard mode smoothed out the bumps in the sunbaked asphalt, and when I engaged the system’s

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acres between Mid-Beach’s western bayside and Surprise Lake, Lissoni’s project departs from the high-rise mania that has taken hold in Miami Beach. Instead, the architect has created an unimposing collection of contemporary mid-rise structures; the 111 condo-style residences and 15 freestanding villas offer two to four

bedrooms and are priced from $2 million to over $40 million. Light was the overarching inspiration for the interiors, with loor-to-ceiling windows, screens, and louvers fostering a dramatic play of light and shadow. Bespoke kitchens and bathrooms designed by Lissoni for Boi (where for decades he has served as creative director)

and materials like stone and wood render a quiet elegance that is rare for the local style. Ritz-Carlton has provided all of the typical perks—a pool terrace, a spa, a private marina, a itness center—as well as one that is special to Lissoni: an art studio intended to inspire creativity in residents. —JACKIE CARADONIO

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Moment of Clarity Chopard achieves top-level minute-repeater sound in a single brilliant stroke. “From the start of the project 5 years ago, I encouraged my team to do something innovative,” says Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, copresident of Chopard (800.246.7273, chopard.com). “The last thing I thought we should do was to make just another minute repeater.” The company’s new L.U.C. Full Strike minute repeater (price upon request) is much more than that: It is one of those rare watches designed around an idea so good, it vaults far ahead of the work of brands with longer pedigrees and greater depth of experience in acoustic watches. The Full Strike is easily one of the two or three bestsounding repeaters created during the last decade—crisp, clear, with both richness and intensity. Its quality stems from a simple idea: The gongs are made of sapphire—the same piece that forms the upper crystal itself, which helps to propagate the sound. The acoustic potential of the crystalline material will be apparent to anyone who has tapped a knife to a wineglass. But for Chopard, a relatively small company, the arrangement has even more

signiicance. By forgoing conventional metal gongs attached to the movement, Chopard has avoided much of the complex tuning process normally required to harmonize the sub-frequencies produced by metal-on-metal contact in the case and movement. The rarity of the watchmaking talent required to tune at the highest level might otherwise have been an insurmountable hurdle for a boutique operation like Chopard’s 20-year-old L.U.C. manufacture. Freed from this constraint, the designers and engineers concentrated on other avenues to make this minute repeater stand out. The chime is powered for multiple uses by a separate barrel wound from the crown, rather than the usual slide. An elaborate series of safety systems both protects the movement and smooths the operation of the strike mechanism, which is perfectly visible in an openwork format. These features, and particularly Chopard’s breakthrough approach to sound, are much more than a capstone to the manufacture Scheufele has built one watch at a time. It is an idea-based achievement that will easily make the Full Strike the most collectible watch Chopard has ever built. —JAMES D. MALCOLMSON

The translucent sapphire gongs extend just below the periphery of the crystal.

The unusual movement main plate, with going train on one side and strike mechanism on the top, is designed to accommodate future upgrades.

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(zaha-hadid-design.com) features vases, candles, and tableware conceived by the architect early this year and realized by her irm after her death. Each piece incorporates the geometric, often whimsical shapes for which she was known. Her Braid vase (shown), crafted from ine bone china, is perhaps the most literal reference to Hadid’s legacy, rising like a mini skyscraper with an interlaced base, while

the aptly named Illusion dinner plate is subtler, with etchings of radiating lines creating the perception of a 3-D surface. Cofee mugs, teacups, and cocktail glasses in the Icon and Sketch lines depict some of her most famous projects, including the zigzagging Riverside Museum in Glasgow and the parabola-shaped Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. —SHEILA GIBSON STOODLEY

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Jean-Michel Basquiat For more than 25 years, important collectors have regarded Barbara Guggenheim as the dean of art advisers. During her distinguished career, she not only has assisted celebrities and captains of industry in buying and selling works of art, but also has advised on corporate collections for such companies as Coca-Cola and Sony. Most recently, she has been steering many clients toward solid, proven works by established artists rather than younger, newly introduced talents whose stars—and prices—can rise quickly and fall just as fast. Among her current favorites are works on paper by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The Proposition Paper works by Basquiat have the potential to increase in value for a number of reasons. Drawings were for a long time thought of as being lesser works than those on canvas. Even Basquiat treated his drawings cavalierly, throwing them on the loor. But now they are being treated with the reverence they deserve.

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This untitled 1981 Basquiat—an acrylic-and-oilstick work on paper, displayed on fiberglass—bears the artist’s signature on the back.

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Paintings by Basquiat bring up to $50 million, but you can still get masterpieces on paper for a few hundred thousand dollars to a few million. Although art values can’t be measured like stocks and bonds, as a general rule (and a conservative one) great examples double every 7 years. As the market for contemporary art expands, and the number of collectors increases, look for faster results for a great Basquiat work on paper.

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