Summer Issue jumping
the latest news on the best equestrian events
these ultra dynamic musthaves fuse color with design
azimut 120 sl AND crn eviva 43: two impressive giants of the sea
test drive cabriolet supremacy: four outstanding autos
discover a selection of the best hotels in the world
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ou may not think of yourself this way, but chances are that if you are reading this magazine, you’re an aficionado of good living. Keeping this in mind we have devoted this issue to summer. We know that all of you, our California readers, are more than ready for this season, which is why we present you with the latest trends and destinations. Our articles in Expressions are all about new trends and fashion tips. Think of them as a guide for summer style. If you are wondering how to match those trendy wedges you just bought, want to learn the basics about jumpsuits, or have doubts about adding a stylish hat to your outfit, we have tips that cover it all. Take some reasonable fashion risks and adapt some trends. Keep on reading to learn how. Fun is the theme for this issue, but I have to agree that traveling is a sure way to have fun. This is why we have revealed Asia’s best-kept secret destinations. We have laid out for you the five best Asian resorts. From Kuala Lumpur’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel to the Peninsula in Hong Kong. Elsewhere in our Summer Issue, we have adventures of a different sort, with editorial pieces on the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, in Hawaii; a review of the Terranea LA’s Oceanfront Resort; and our selection of some of the best sport resorts, which are the perfect destinations for golfing, kayaking, horseback riding and tennis. Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about the Showpark Ranch & Coast Classic, one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western United State. Our article on the Features section has all the highlights of the event. And there’s more of course! Find out all details of the Leipzig 2011 Rolex FEI World Cup Final. We have the preview of the San Diego Polo Season, which promises to be an incredible celebration of their 25th anniversary. We also have an incredible story about the first three weeks of the nine months season of Blenheim Equisports Spring Series of sensational horse shows in San Juan Capistrano, Del Mar and Las Vegas. In addition to all of the equestrian news in this issue, we present to you the life history of Will and Nicole Simpson and how they manage a training business that offers the finest in care and coaching for the show jumping equestrian. This issue is a virtually endless supply of summer destinations, activities and trends. In the end we hope you enjoy this magazine as much as we did.
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pleasures CRN Eviva 43 and Azimut 120 SL.
The blissful touch Relax in the most luxurious spas in the world.
World’s five best The best Asian resorts.
Journal OF Jean Marc Jacot, Parmigiani’s CEO.
Expressions News The newest and most exclusive items for you.
musts Ideal accessories full of color for this season.
hours Summer colors for her and golden choices for him.
looks Trendy outfits to look your best this Summer.
Man of style Vahid Moradi, President of C.J. Charles Jewelers.
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Travel & tips
DIVINE DINING Catch Restaurant & Bar at Hotel Casa del Mar, Santa Monica and Drago Centro, Los Angeles.
desires Champagne Rosé.
Test drive Cabrio Supremacy.
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Three weeks of high class horse shows in San Juan Capistrano, California.
Spring in del mar The showpark Ranch & Coast Classic, presented by Blenheim EquiSports.
San diego polo season review
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Spirits Four Seasons Hotel Hualalai, Hawaii and Terranea, L.A.’s Oceanfront Resort.
Blenheim Equisports spring series
The life story of Will and Nicole Simpson of Simpson Show Jumping.
Fall in love with polo and enjoy a superb summer social scene in idyllic Del Mar.
LIEPZIG 2011 rolex fei world cup final Surprises in every round, favorites dropped down in the rankings while several riders made amazing comebacks.
BOHEMIAN SUMMER The boho look is all about creativity.
sport resorts Four options to turn any travel into a sporting experience, full of adrenaline and passion.
Picture perfect Great events and surprising pictures.
equ’s laws of style 10 must to bring on board.
Photo: Courtesy of Gant.
Trendy summer outfits that you must have.
man of style
Whatâ€™s new and fun for all those who like to live to the limit of luxury.
A selection of the items that both him and her should have this summer.
Special pieces in summer colors for her and golden choices for him.
Vahid Moradi, President of C. J. Charles Jewelers, talks about his passion.
The boho look: Bohemian style and hippie chic fashion. It is all about creativity.
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The Pi Mobility PiCycle is a two-wheel drive, 7-speed electric bicycle, with a great design. Its distinctive, modern arched aluminum frame—that comes in red and black—makes it look like an incredible achievement of design. The frame is the key to this bicycle. PiMobility uses recycled aluminum for its bicycle rather than more brittle and less reliable plastic. Aluminum also better protects battery and electronic components from the elements and dissipates heat more efficiently than plastic. So it not only looks cool, it is also an ecofriendly device. This bike is currently available in two versions: the PiCycle Sport Touring and the PiCycle Limited. The Sport Touring comes with a 36v 750W (1hp) brushless DC electric motor that provides 20 miles per hour on flat terrain under electric speed. It also boasts an 18% grade ability, really helpful for going uphill or going fast on the flat. A Shimano internal transmission hub provides this on-demand electric power. It transfers the power effectively and can carry a 150 lb rider up on electric power only. Additional performance is available if you add in human power or decide to add a second motor. Offering 1250 watts of hill-flattening torque, PiCycle Limited Electric Bike slices the urban melee like so much butter on a steak knife. The front-
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mounted motor keeps the front-end down on even the steepest grades and ensures unparalleled traction on uneven or wet surfaces. Both models have a long lasting lithium-ion (cobalt) battery. The PiCycle Sport Touring has a 36 volts, 10.4 amp hours battery pack, that is isolated for durability within the arch. A “phase-change” sleeve is easily accessed by removing the rear wheel. This ensures the battery and all other electronics remain safe and dry, and well as provides an additional level of structual rigidity. The Limited Edition’s battery is a 48 volts, 15.2 amp hours. Its Sanyo 10Ah Lithium Ion battery provide the energy storage, with a 3.5hour recharge time. A 1kW electric motor option takes the performance up to 40 mph (64 kph) top speed and a 35% grade climbing ability. LED lighting and turn signals, with a digital instrumentation display, help keep the electrical power demand low, maximizing energy for travel range or speed. The PiCycle is an interesting machine for a few reasons. First off it’s electric, second it’s two-wheeled drive, and third, it has a built in theft recovery system that updates its location on your smartphone. The PiFi system uses WiFi technology and a smart phone application with USB key-less ignition, WiFi tracking, and remote diagnostics. picycle.com
Photo: Courtesy of Pi Mobility PiCycle.
power and design in a hybrid bicycle
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your outfit ready in only one piece
Jumpsuits and overalls are twentieth-century garments designed to accommodate the modern age. This one-piece design was born as work wear, but later it became associated with emerging freedoms and was adopted as the ideal garment by futuristic-thinking early modernist artists and designers. By the late 1960s, the jumpsuit trickled up through society into high fashion. From the late 1960s to early 70s jumpsuit’s golden age begin. Jumpsuits embellished with appliqués, printed patterns and exotic trims became a fashion mainstay. Today they are totally back! This season, jumpsuits are a must for any wardrobe, a versatile garment ideal for summer. Whether you go with a long pants version, a short one, with sleeves or strapless, you will
look great, and you’ll get your outfit ready in only one piece. So here are a few simple tricks to pulling this look off. Jumpsuits are flexible items, so think of them as you would of a little black dress: it fits perfectly to every kind of body and you can wear it for all kind of events. In addition to wearing an incredible garment that is a fashion statement itself, you will be comfortable, no matter the weather. When shopping for a jumpsuit, choose one that has wide-leg pants and a forgiving fabric; make this look modern by choosing solid colors, sophisticated fabrics, and an eveningappropriate aesthetic. You can try floral patterns, but remember to keep it simple. Act like it’s a tube top or a halter top with a great pair of pants, and you’ll get a feel for what looks right.
As for the neckline, the strapless is the most flattering—but not always the most comfortable. Don’t worry! You can also find jumpsuits with straps or sleeves. All of them will make you look trendy and perfect. Wedges are the perfect match for a jumpsuit. The taller the better! It will create the illusion that you have longer legs and you are thinner than ever. If the weather gets chilly, you can wear an extra large vintage-style blazer. Now you know everything that is important about choosing a jumpsuit. Don’t be afraid of this style: if you inspire yourself on the glorious days of Studio54, you will definitively pull it through. From work wear to haute couture, the jumpsuit one-piece construction and easyoff center front zipper suggest both practicality and sex appeal. You will never regret it!
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Hot Weapons With the warmer weather comes the need to update your wardrobe with a new and on-trend style. For summer 2011 the best accompaniment are vintage-inspired accessories.
4 1. Neutral detail
2. Sparkled neck
3. Fashion tech
4. Safe money
Summer fashion is traditionally bright, so there’s something breezy about the natural trend, gentle colors and rafia fabrics.
Take it from the A-list, you only need a bit of sparkle to really shine. Your look can be the hottest with this necklace.
You spent money on your iPad, so protecting it doesn’t have to be something that looks like it came from Home Depot.
This baby is a life keeper. It speaks about yourself, so get sure that it does it the fashionable way you want to be remembered.
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Photos: Courtesy of Rafé, Top Shop, Michael Kors, Yves Saint Laurent, Cosabella, Martin Katz, Dolce & Gabbana, Furla and Miu Miu.
Photos: Courtesy of Rafé, Top Shop, Michael Kors, Yves Saint Laurent, Cosabella, Martin Katz, Dolce & Gabbana, Furla and Miu Miu.
5. Going dotty!
6. Candy bags
7. Flat friends
8. Shades of glory
9. Precious gem
We can’t help but fall for these adorable polka-dot peep-toes—for pin-up babes everywhere.
They are sweet as candy and 100% lovable. The perfect accessory for our optimistic mood in these sunny days.
Look for sandals decorated with all sorts of fun baubles and beads when shopping for the perfect pair.
If all things animalprint tick your wishlist, you’ll love these leopard-print sunnies available in many bright colors.
From diamond, silver to gold, rings are something to die for. Your hands will always look glamorous.
9 Killer bikini bikinis remain the ultimate sexy swimwear. this summer, you can go back to basics with simple designs. you can tie them at the neck or back. it is a style that takes in the girly, the sporty and the bold, so there truly is a version for everyone—just add killer accessories. When choosing a swimsuit, the most important thing to remember is that you should feel comfortable. cosabella.com
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Colorful Watches Muted tones don’t seem to be the vocabulary for timepieces of late, and one look through this cluster of colorful watches will give you more than enough proof. A kaleidoscopic range of delicious mouth watering colors, these ultra dynamic must-haves simultaneously fuse color with design.
The Frédérique Constant Double Heart Beat has been designed by women for women. Classic and elegant, feminine and sophisticated, sexy in every detail. These fine mechanical timepieces have been developed with passion, to reflect the values and aspirations of today’s women.
Ulysse Nardin introduces the Lady Diver Starry Night. This sporty yet elegant timepiece is available in 18 carat rose gold on a variety of rubber straps. Dials in black or white are set with 27 diamonds. The sapphire display back offers a view of the diamond-set 22 carat rotor.
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Is it a watch or a piece of jewellery? While the Imperiale Full Set by Chopard appears in regal raiment with its admirable gem-setting composed of baguette- and brilliant-cut diamonds, this irresistible gem is also endowed with the performances of an in-house developed and manufactured mechanical movement. chopard.com
The bee, once the symbol of Chaumet’s first major client, Emperor Napoleon the First, is now the icon of the Attrape moi… si tu m’aimes Collection. Lune de miel in yellow gold, features three bees sublimated with citrines, diamonds and yellow gold fly over a golden honeycomb background… chaumet.com
Photos: Courtesy of Chaumet, Chopard, Fréderique Constant, Hublot and Ulysse Nardin.
The new Big Bang Tutti Frutti features fine mother of pearl which gives it a particular elegance. This Hublot is emphasized by its satin-finished case surrounded by pink sapphires, and the alligator bracelet which accentuates its distinguished allure. An undeniably exquisite watch, it exudes a sense of masterful restraint. hublot.com
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Musha Cay - The Exumas
David Copperfield is the proud owner of eleven private islands, properly named as The Islands of Copperfield Bay. Located on the Exuma Chain, in the southern Bahamas, the Copperfield’s islands offer you a natural paradise known as Musha Cay. This chain of islets and cays is an exclusive resort, the perfect hideaway for those few who can afford it. If you want to escape from the world, Musha Cay is the place to go. Unique services and great landscapes come together in this luxury resort disguised as a giant island of lush green. Copperfield and his team have created a series of adventures and attractions that honor the natural beauty of the islands, while creating unique
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memories. On 700 acres of natural beauty you will find 40 white-sand beaches, huge tropical virgin spaces and top-level contemporary accommodations. There are no rude tourists or noisy groups. Musha Cay is so exclusive that only one customer at a time can book it. You can virtually own the island by day, week or month, and you get to choose who you want to share this paradise with. Musha Cay’s five houses can offer accommodations for you and your 23 best friends. Each house has been designed with romance and luxurious relaxation in mind. Guests may choose to stay in a private 10,000-square-foot Manor House, known as the Highview—located on the crest of a hill offering incredible island views—, or those who are in love with the waves can stay at the Pier House, a two-bedroom house with private pier on the bay. Blue Point, Palm Terrace and the Beach House are a few other options for your guests. Ideal for family gatherings or conventions, Musha Cay stands out from any other destination because of its privacy and hospitality. When David Copperfield acquired the islands, he decided to turn them into a magical paradise full of adventures. In addition to taking pleasure in almost every water sport, there are many land activities that you will want to indulge in. You can take a walk on a private beach with sugar-
soft sand covered with varieties of palms; a swim in a free-form freshwater pool on Coconut Beach; explore neighboring islands; play pool in the Billiard room; get involved on a Pirate adventure; or compete in your private island’s Olympic Games. Celebs, tycoons and heads of state go to Musha Cay to relax on a private island. If you, your family and friends are tired of the regular resorts, get ready your list of 23 guests and visit this secluded paradise. Musha Cay, The Islands of Copperfield Bay Exuma, Bahamas Ph: 24 2355 4040 mushacay.com
Photos: Courtesy of Imagine Nation Company, Inc.
EXTREME LUXURY IN A bahamas PARADISE
Caviar Over the last century caviar has strengthened its position as a culinary delight—that is definitely just for a few. Thanks to its distinctive flavor and fascinating texture this elegant savory delicacy is the highlight of many gourmet meals, lavish affairs, and most recently, an evening of sampling at a Caviar tasting. Although only the eggs of sturgeon fish can be referred as caviar, it is a common mistake to consider all types of fish roe as caviar. Some dealers have taken advantage of this confusion, and perhaps added to it, by labeling almost every kind of fish roe as caviars. The four main types of caviar are Beluga, Sterlet, Ossetra, and Sevruga. These sturgeon types are native to the Caspian Sea. All the bordering countries—Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan—collect caviar according to agreed quotas. The history goes that the Persians discovered caviar: the Shah and his followers enjoyed sturgeon black pearls since remote ages. Following this tradition, Petrossian, Kaspia, Caviar House & Prunier and Almas are Iranian brands that have gained recognition for its quality production. But caviar does not have to be Persian or Russian to be good; there are a lot of countries that participate in the caviar market: for example, Spain is the only certified producer of organic caviar in the world, while Greece, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Uruguay and, of course, the United States, are also producing high quality caviar nowadays. When buying caviar ask for the “Royal” label, a selection that has larger pearls that come in a light gray color. The package also must bear the inscription “Malossal”, that is Russian for little salt. Caviar roe is tender and fragile, so always be very gentle with it—lift
while spooning out. If spreading, ease it softly with a teaspoon. Caviar should be served from a non-metal spoon. Caviar spoons are widely available in bone, tortoise shell and mother-ofpearl spoons. Any metal, including silver, which will create an unwanted—and pretty horrid— metal bite. It is most important to keep caviar very cold both in storage or when serving. Today we appreciate caviar as a mysterious symbol of refinement and high culture. Its color, shine and texture make it the perfect complement to a special evening. When eating caviar you must enjoy its subtle taste, which is often described as a breath of fresh, clean ocean air, mixed with soft, salty notes that dance in your mouth. Chew slowly; let the buttery consistence of the pearls melt in your mouth. petrossian.com
Photos: Courtesy of Petrossian, Inc.
Black Pearls of pleasure
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Hot Summer A strategically selected coalition of accessories speaks wordlessly to your taste, your stylistic preferences, your position in the world. They are a major component of extra 10 percent, a statement about yourself that can make an otherwise pedestrian outfitâ€”and, by extension, youâ€”the object of admiration, respect, even envy.
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1. Cover with style
2. Great aroma
3. Cool design
4. Loving them
5. A new classic
Nowadays the hat trend is to mix styles and materials: look for a stylized brimmed fedora hat for this summer.
The best way to stamp your personality is to choose a fragance which makes you stand up from others.
On this occassion we present you with a sporty design. Remember: less is more, match them with a simple shirt.
Shades are the accesory for every season. Named as eyewear of the year these retro sunglasses are as cool as they come.
The reinvention of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual, comes with incredible improvements. Undoubtedly a must.
6. Proudly colored
7. Smoking style
8. Good necktie
9. Sleek design
10. Travel accessory
Exclusive prints and carefully designed cuts are the signature of this swimsuit.
All men love to smoke cigars: the best way to preserve them is with a humidor.
This first class item is the most expressive piece of cloth in a manâ€™s wardrobe, look for a colorful style
Ligne 8 is a dailyuse lighter made by hand, elegant, masculine and powerful.
This colorful Italian leather bag is the best way to go on a short trip if you are a stylish traveler.
Photos: Courtesy of Paul Smith, Bond, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, House of Fraser, Cazal, Vilebrequin, Bvulgari, S.t. Dupont and Ferragamo..
10 Loafers If you are American, you need loafers. Considered the official American dress shoe, this item is formal enough for the office and as casual as dress-down Friday should ever get. Exotic leather is the mark of a true dandy. ferragamo.com
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Men have few accessories and, without a doubt, watches are the most important of all. Nowadays there is a vast number of options to choose from, but there is only one combination that will always look good, no matter the situation: a timepiece in gold with a bold strap. These watches reflect class and good taste.
1. Out of this world
2. Futuristic thin watch
3. Dynamic and elegant
This Bovet Sportster Chronograph 46mm Saguaro watch in 18K rose gold features a Black Meteorite dial with gold lumininous hands and Art Deco Arab markers, a Big Date display at 12 o’clock, chronograph counters, a tachometer and a black rubber strap. bovet.com
Richard Mille released their own “ultra thin” tourbillon, the “Extra-Flat” RM017. The case is 8.70mm thick, and the movement uses titanium plates which makes for an interesting look. It manually wound has about 70 hours of power reserve. richardmille.com
Hublot presents the first Tourbillon watch developed with and for the world of Formula 1. In a limited edition of just 50 pieces, the F1 King Power Tourbillon is equipped with the tourbillon chronograph movement HUB7300. hublot.ch
4. Travelling tradition The Ocean Dual Time belongs to the Harry Winston tradition of travel watches. This timepiece has a second timezone display through a retrograde hand and an handwind caliber. Once you see the dial, you can’t forget the feeling of depth and volume it brings. harrywinston.com Photos: Courtesy Richard Mille; Bovet, Perrelet, Louis Moinet, Harry Winston and Hublot.
Your Daily Aroma
This summer, fragrances are lining cosmetic counters, so keep on reading to find out some tips to choose the perfect scent for you. Your scent communicates as much about you as your skin, voice, and smiles, so make sure that it speaks well of you. There are all kinds of perfumes: sweet, soft, musk or floral. Some are specially made for summer, with cut grass scents, oceanic aromas and summer flowers, which are very powerful reminders of that carefree holiday feeling. You should learn what scent goes with a particular time and, even more importantly, you need to know how to wear your fragrance. In order to find your signature scent, you must test different perfumes. Keep in mind that there are three levels of perfume notes: top, middle, and base. The top note is the initial impression and will wear off within five minutes. This explains why you sometimes try a perfume, love it, and then
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discover that it’s really not to your liking after all. The middle and base notes first emerge ten and then fifteen minutes later. You must give it time, both humidity and body heat cause every chemical molecule in perfume to open up, and the alcohol also evaporates faster, so you really get the rich base of the fragrance. Perfumes are most fragrant on pulse points where the blood flows the strongest, and the skin is the warmest on your body. For a full effect, dab on wrists, back of the ear, nape of the neck and chest. Perfume lasts longer on oily and moisturized skin, and on skin that has been prepared with a matching fragrant oil or cream. Avoid over-perfuming yourself—this is an annoying habit. Layering fragrances could be a risk: if you are at work you do not want to be known as the inappropriately fragrant one, so keep it as a soft scent that refresh your beauty and frames your personality.
Photo: Óscar Carrera.
Know how to wear your fragrance
Goyard’s Picnic Trunk
Photos: Courtesy of Goyard.
THE BEST WAY TO ENJOY A SUNSET ESCAPADE
If Christmas were in July this year, we’d know exactly what to ask for. And like all good things, it comes in a small package. One of the summer luxury events is eating outdoors. This luxurious summer activity ideally takes place in a beautiful landscape such as a park, beside a lake, on the beach or with a luscious view and possibly at a public event such as before polo match or a jumping show. Lunch is the perfect excuse to get together with your family and friends. To have the most rejuvenating experience you should go on a picnic. C’mon you know that there is nothing more relaxing—and romantic—than eating outside, on the grass, over a picnic cloth, next to your significant other, just lying watching the sun go down. Who said a picnic could not be glamorous? You only need to get together the proper elements: delicious gourmet food—do not think sandwich and salad, think foie gras, smoked eel and caviar—, incredible summer beverages—avoid plain water or sodas, make it big and get some cham-
pagne rosé—a fabulous picnic case, tableware and a picnic table cloth. We know that you want to avoid the boring planning and you are sick of that old picnic basket, but we have the perfect item for those summer day picnics: Goyard’s picnic trunk. Paris-based Goyard began making cases and trunks for French royalty in the 19th century, and this canvas-and-leather picnic box is fit for a king itself—or for you and your three outdoorsy gourmet friends. This picnic trunk comes equipped with everything you’d need for a well-dressed picnic table: Silver cutlery, porcelain plates, crystal tumblers and more are tucked into a leather case in the brand’s signature print. Goyard represent the epitome of luxurious picnic dining. For the perfect picnic you must avoid cheap treats such as paper plates, cups or plastic utensils. This picnic trunk has all the small touches of unexpected luxury that can transform a traditional and boring picnic in an incredible elegant event. goyard.com
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Seventies revisited As anyone with a passion for fashion will tell you, the key to great style is in the detail. And, as any celebrity worth their salt will add, the most important detail is the perfect accessory. This season, you should go for colored and retro styles, a reminiscence of that 70â€™s style.
1. Disco shades Not to mask your identity, but to show your knowledge in fashion. These big shades are the trend to follow for this summer. marcjacobs.com
2. Jungle prints You can choose between thousands of available designs. Go for this kind of print, it adds a glamorous touch to your outfit. riverisland.com
3. Antiqued bracelet If you want a vintage look, accessorizing yourself with antiqued inspired wristbands is the best way to go for that trendy style. asos.com
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4. Finishing touch No trend cries summer style quite like brilliant colors. They are femenine, pretty and full of joie de vivre. bottegaveneta.com
5. Polka dot trend Photos: Courtesy of Maurizio Pecoraro, French Connection, Bottega Veneta, Asos, River Island, Marc Jacobs, Lamvin and Dolce & Gabbana.
Dots might be a stamp of our seasonal wardrobe. Remember you can only wear them in one piece of your outfit. frenchconnection.com
6. Shoe shine Comfortably fashionable, these wedges will give you a futuristic effect while making your legs look longer. mauriziopecoraro.com
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If you are looking for a car that keeps working, even in the water, check out this amphibious vehicle, an incredible craft that is unique in its kind. The Dobbertin HydroCar was designed and built by Rick Dobbertin, formerly known as the creator of The Dobbertin Surface Orbiter. The HydroCar is a surprising vehicle that changes shape at the flip of a switch, transforming from land mode to water mode in a matter of seconds. Although Dobbertin says his HydroCar is fully functional, it hasnâ€™t been fully tested, so he recommends the vehicle as more of a collector car rather than a daily driver. In 2002, after nearly two years on the drawing board, Rick began fabrication on a full-scale prototype of The Dobbertin HydroCar. This amphibious craft is unlike any other amphibian on the planet. Because of its user-friendly design,
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speed, (an anticipated 125mph+ on land and 60mph+ on the water) reliability and safety features, the DHC is sure to revolutionize the amphibious craft industry and set new standards unheard of with current amphibious designs. The vehicle actually changes shape, lowering and extending pontoons when switched from land mode to water mode. Power comes from 572-cubic-inch big block Merlin hardcore all aluminum 572 chevy engine that produces 750 horsepower. Almost everything on this two-seat vehicle is custom or handmade. The Dobbertin HydroCar is legally titled as a custom made boat in New York State and is listed on eBay with the Buy It Now price of $777,000 (which includes a custom-built trailer to transport the HydroCar). dobbertinhydrocar.com
Photos: Courtesy of Dobbertin Enterprises.
A High Tech Amphibious Car
Aquariva by Gucci
Aquariva By Gucci, produced along with Officina Italiana Design, is available by special order in 2011. Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini designed the boat as part of the famed label’s 90th anniversary celebrations. This unique collaboration between two of Italy’s most renowned design houses celebrates the era of La Dolce Vita, when joie de vivre, glamour and elegance defined an attitude and a lifestyle. In their respective sectors, Gucci and Riva have similar stories, each with a tradition of excellence in design and craftsmanship that has led to international notoriety. Founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921, Gucci won great attention and acclaim for the exquisite craftsmanship and eternal appeal of its products. Now, under the creative direction of Frida Giannini, the house continues to infuse its remarkable heritage with a contemporary fashion vision providing a unique combination of past and present. Likewise, for Riva the values behind its almost 170-year success story were established at its birth in 1842 on Lake Iseo in northern Italy. Tradition
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and innovation combine to create authentic maritime gems that are an expression of pure Italian elegance and allure thanks to artisan workmanship and attention to detail, employing only the finest materials. The boat’s fiberglass hull and detailing are painted in Gucci’s custom glossy white, offset with varnished mahogany in the cockpit and decks. The seats and sundeck are upholstered in waterproof Gucci print fabric with the fashion house’s signature red and green stripe detailing. Giannini has also designed a number of Riva by Gucci his-and-hers accessories, including bags and shoes, to go along with the craft, which is powered by two 380 hp Yanmar engines for a maximum speed of 41 knots and a 150mile range at cruising speed. A showboat will travel the world visiting some of the world’s most prestigious boat shows and international destinations throughout 2011. The Aquariva by Gucci is exclusively available on a made-to-order basis through Riva’s dealer network. riva-yacht.com
Photos: Riva Gruppo Ferretti.
Sea voyages full of style and design
Jewelry is not just a business for Newport Beach based Lugano Diamonds, it is a passion. Its core belief is to provide an array of the most breathtaking assortment of unparalleled stones, ideal-cut diamonds and custom-designed jewelry pieces. This passion for exquisite, quality pieces stems from president, Moti Ferder. “Quality jewelry is all about the elegance, workmanship and rarity of the gems,” said Ferder. “I have created a new line of jewelry using an asscher cut suite of diamonds, including rare pink diamonds. The result is an exquisite line of versatile pieces, which can transition seamlessly from an everyday staple piece, to remarkable signature evening piece.” The asscher cut diamond, which possesses a sense of elegance and purity, is like no other stone, with glimmers of light through the stone creating an endless effect, like in the pink and white diamond necklace. As for the pink dia-
monds, only a handful are found every year, and they are truly among the world’s rarest precious stones. Pink diamond prices are breaking records, with a 5.5 carat vivid pink diamond recently selling for $10.8 million and labeled as one of the most expensive stones ever sold per carat. With Lugano Diamonds owning every stone it sells, it was able to create a remarkable piece for its new line, the bangle–which will be sold at Lugano’s unparalleled value. “We offer an unmatched selection, incomparable global industry understanding and unsurpassed gemological knowledge, and at Lugano Diamonds we only deal with conflictfree diamonds,” said Ferder. “As the owner and
producer of every stone we sell, we can trace each stone back to its origin.” Lugano Diamonds is an international jewelry firm dedicated to providing the very finest quality to its clients. The Newport Beach based Lugano Diamonds established its Fashion Island adjacent, Newport Center location in 2005. The salon’s elegant and contemporary style provides clients with a relaxed, private setting in which to discuss their personal jewelry choices, as well as preview signature pieces of the Lugano Diamonds’ collection. They offer a legendary and redefined shopping experience where the gems are as remarkable as the people who wear them. luganodiamonds.com
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Photos: Courtesy of Lugano Diamonds.
Passion for Jewelry Shines Through in New Line
Dressing in style is about standing out; it is about making a subtle statement, and that statement is simply: “I am different.” There are some guidance tips on these pages, but the secret to dressing a little better is simply this: You have to want to. If you do not, it is just not going to be part of your life. Style is a gentle act of will.
1. American look This Marc Jacobs’s desert boot is an alternative to the sneaker. Many contemporary takes on this classic are natty enough to take you from a creative day job to a night club. thecorner.com
2. Pocket square Much more than a quaint remnant from your grandfather’s day, this diminutive square of silk packs a formidable style punch. Every man should have at least one. scabal.com
3. The difference Worn generally only in sunny places, sunglasses are now considered an essential weapon in UV protection. It is just a bonus that they look so frickin’ cool.
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Photos: Courtesy of The corner, Scabal, Loro Piana, Hugo Boss and Porshe design.
4. Bag it up Because a man never knows when he might have to flee at a moment’s notice, make sure it is big enough to carry two nights’ worth of stuff. louisvuitton.com
5. Sporty touch Sneakers holds a high place in the annals of American footwear. You need a pair in your closet. And we don’t mean running ones, we mean sneakers. superga-usa.com
6. Navy flavor This season allows you to wear a huge array of blazers. The trend is everything navy so you should go for sea-inspired jackets to look glamoruos.
Photos: Courtesy Superga, Carolina Herrera, Austin Reed, Brioni and Louis Vuitton.
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Man of style Expressions
President of C.J. Charles Jewelers Born in Tehran, Iran, Vahid Moradi came to La Jolla, CA, at a young age. At the age of 19, while still in college, he started working in the jewelry industry. His passion, dedication and commitment for the industry led him to become the respected owner of CJ Charles Jewelers in La Jolla and have made Vahid and his wife, Kelly, known and loved in the community. What is an accessory that every woman should own? Every woman should have a fabulous diamond, one that talks to you and an exceptional timepiece that goes with you everywhere.
What is it that attracts you the most in watches or jewelry from an artistic point-of-view?
Where did your passion for jewelry and watches start? I can take a few guesses from where my passion came from; however, I would like to say it was a journey of exceptional refinement over time.
How do you select the watches and jewelry that you choose to carry in your store? Acquiring a selection is a process predicated on four requirements: extraordinary quality, a real great story, impeccable craftsmanship, and integrity of a brand. In addition to the above, I have always chosen brands because of the people.
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What should one look for when buying a piece of jewelry or a watch? I think it has to be a combination of the clients’ personality, plus a willingness to explore and expand beyond the predictable everyday life.
What is the transcendence of a watch or a piece of jewelry bought at CJ Charles? Exceeding the extraordinary is our focus in creating every piece.
What are the most notable changes that you have seen in the jewelry and watch business during your career? In times like these, our client’s loyalty has been incredible and that relationship is what I cherish.
What purpose does style serve in the daily life of a person? Style could be best described as paint on a canvas. The colors are an important essence of the art and the harmony between them is what I call style.
In times like this, loyalty of clients to us has been incredible and that relationship is what I cherish. What is the most common mistake that one can make when looking for a specific style? The worst mistake anyone can make is to copy solely the taste of a friend over one’s own personality and sense of adventure.
Tell me a little about your background and how you got to where you are today? My background in the jewelry business started off with a simple beginning and over time my constant thirst for quality and rare gem pieces shaped our business.
Outside of jewelry, what other areas of interest do you have? My dedication to my family takes center stage. I also enjoy architecture and playing polo.
Photo: Courtesy of Vahid Moradi.
Regarding time, I do believe we all inherit the desire to harness time and beauty, whether through a basic automatic sport watch or a highly complicated timepiece from Breguet, to A. Lange & Sohne or Jaeger Le Coultre. Regarding jewelry, it is the timeless aspect of an extraordinary gemstone (diamonds, sapphires and rubies) that attributes to the enduring beauty of jewelry, much like a piece of art.
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We present you the most incredible Asian Resorts, the Taj Mahal Palace is one of them.
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Travel & tips divine dining Four Seasons Hotel Hualalai, Hawaii; Terranea, L.A.’s Oceanfront Resort.
Catch Restaurant & Bar at Hotel Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica, and Drago Centro, Los Angeles.
Cabrio Supremacy: these cars are the sum of both luxury and performance.
Two great yachts to navigate the seas in style: CRN Eviva 43 and Azimut 120 SL.
Interview with the charismatic Jean Marc Jacot, Parmigiani’s CEO.
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Four seasons resort hualalai Historic Ka’upulehu, Hawaii
The 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature Hualalai Golf Course has been crafted with extreme sensitivity to the land. Winding over 7,100 yards, this carefully groomed course begins in a lush kipuka (oasis) and then flows across brilliant green fairways contoured against black lava. Finally, the course returns to the ocean, where the finishing holes capture the drama and the beauty of direct seaside golf. This course plays host to an annual Champions Tour event, and year-round it’s maintained at a PGA level for the exclusive use of Resort guests, so it isn’t over-played.
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If you are planning to visit Hawaii’s Big Island, you should definitely stay at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Located on a half-mile stretch of beach on the northwest Kona Coast, this showpiece oceanfront resort—which sits in the ancient land division known as Ka’upulehu, once a thriving fishing village— captures the essence of Hawaiian design, culture and tradition. The area—which two hundred years ago was consumed by the volcano Ka’upulehu’s lava—is today a choice destination for savvy travelers. The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is Hawaii’s first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star Resort. After minor damages caused by recent tsunamis, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has been revitalized, and it looks better than ever. This natural tropical paradise offers spacious common areas and recreational facilities. At Hualalai you will find incredible sporting options, whether you decide to unleash your inner Roger Federer in one of the resort’s eight tennis courts; play golf like a pro in the Jack Nicklaus signature Hualalai Golf Course or train like a bodybuilder in one of its three gyms. You can also dive into one of its seven large swimming pools, from which the King’s Pond stands out; this is a 1.8-million gallon “aquarium” that was carved out of the natural lava rock. With over 3,000 tropical fish from more than 75 species swimming freely—including a spotted eagle ray—this is certainly the most colorful pool anywhere. This resort offers more than ever to explore, you can conquer the sea with a kayak, dive in the ocean, ride the waves with a surfboard or try your best at the 24-foot outdoor climbing wall. Hawaii is synonymous with adventure, and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu with style, comfort and entertainment. This amazing complex was designed to maximize ocean views, and encompass natural lava formations that surround the 1,393,920 square feet property. There are 192 guest rooms and 51 suites, which
Photos: Courtesy Four Season Resorts / John Russell, Don Riddle, John DeMello.
In the tropical environment of an amazing volcanic island, full of mysticism and sensuality, stands out a holiday temple for discerning travelers. It is the huge property of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, where the word “paradise” is redefined. Luxury, elegance and comfort are combined into an incredible state-of-the-art resort surrounded by the natural spectacle of the island...
At the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu you will meet the Alaka’i Nalu, or “leaders of the waves,” which are Hualalai’s ocean ambassadors. They will share with you their skills in water sports and their love and knowledge of Hawaiian culture and ocean life, so if you decide to dive, go kayaking, swim like an ironman or explore the ocean to watch the whales, you must do it Alaka’I Nalu’s way.
are distributed on low-rise bungalows, designed in mid-20th-century Hawaiian style with natural woods and neutral color palette. Choose from three restaurants and two lounges at the resort, each with creative menus that change to reflect the seasons and to offer tempting variety throughout the week. These magnificent venues offer Hawaiian Fusion style food and California cuisine with Italian notes. Kona typical ingredients such as avocado, goat cheese, Waimea tomatoes, Hamakua mushrooms, organic honey from the volcanoes and cold Kona lobster, are present in a variety of dishes. In addition to incredible sporting experiences, at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai you will find an expansive spa. Completely transformed, it integrates tropical gardens with refreshing interiors and a distinctively Hawaiian atmosphere. Before their treatments, guests are invited to relax by a quiet stream in the open-air Waiea Garden, or use the lap pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and cold plunges, all set amidst lush greenery. A choice of skin-care and massage treatments may be enjoyed outdoors in exotic new locations, secluded for privacy. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu 72-100 Ka’upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA, 96740 Ph: (808) 325 8000 fourseasons.com
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Music is a wonderful pleasure that when embraced, transports us through memory lane. Blasting out that song that puts you in a good mood is simply incredible. You can be home alone and feel as if all eyes were on you, in that special party thrown just for you. You just need to plug your iPod or digital player to a high quality sound system. Just a few years ago, complex connections were the order of the day when you tried to install that newly bought sound system. And the designs were… well, we don’t want to talk about that. Since Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, and Emile Berliner created the gramophone ten years later, technological advances have taken huge steps. Many things have happened since those old Long Plays—now considered totally retro collectibles. After them came the 8-tracks, then the cassettes and subsequently the CD’s, the wonder of the past century. All these devices have become things that only your grandma would know how to use. With the star appearance of the iPod, marked a transition that was incredible. Today, ten years after the launching of mp3 and mp4 players, these little devices, that can store thousands of songs, are at the peak of popularity. Along with this digital evolution, the technological evolution has also brought the audio systems. First came horn speakers, then the enormous baffles with power transistors and now, the dock stations that can handle an incredible acoustic performance without compromising fidelity. BeoSound 8. Think of a room, any room, a bedroom, guest room, or open-plan kitchen? In a summerhouse, chic apartment, or family home? Now just add BeoSound 8 to fill up your room with Bang & Olufsen sound and style.
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If you keep your music on an iPad, iPhone, iPod or computer, you are all set to discover the iconic style and breathtaking sound quality that has made Bang & Olufsen one of the most sought-after names in home audio. Move BeoSound 8 from room to room or hang it on a wall. All you need is a power outlet, your music player of choice, and a desire for real sound quality. Secure your iPad, iPhone, or iPod firmly in the adjustable holder and prepare for a surprise. The sleek speaker design gives little clue about the fidelity and depth of the sound that is about to come your way. The conical shape of the speakers on BeoSound 8 has two functions. Designwise, the shapes ‘disappear’ to create an unobtrusive impression from most viewing angles and make placement easier. In terms of audio quality, they eliminate standing waves by avoiding parallel surfaces. It may sound very technical, but you’ll find that the proof is in the experience. This unique Bang & Olufsen feature was introduced to ensure accurate sound reproduction at all times with complete freedom of placement. Playing music from your own phone, computer, or media player gives you the advantage of a familiar navigation environment. In addition, you can now download an app version of the sleek and stylish BeoPlayer for your docked digital player. You can also adjust sound levels and skip tracks quickly and conveniently on BeoSound 8 itself. Music on a docked or USB linked device can be controlled via the dedicated round remote control or of course your existing Beo4 or Beo6 remote controls if you already own other Bang & Olufsen equipment. To match the room you place it in, BeoSound 8 comes in either black or white with aluminum details and matching power cord. When you feel the need to
Photos: Courtesy Bang & Olufsen, Bower & Wilkins, and Fatman.
Digital music never sounded better
add a splash of color to the room, the list of options includes six fabric speaker covers in lavender blue, purple, green, yellow, black and white. bang-olufsen.com
Zeppelin Air. Zeppelin Air was designed by Morton Warren, the acclaimed product designer for Native. For the Zeppelin Air, Morten and his team once again worked closely with the most specialized engineers of Bower & Wilkins at the Steyning Research Establishment, to create a design worthy of the acoustic technology within. An iPod or iPhone is the perfect place to store your favorite music. With Zeppelin Air you can listen without the need to dock. Simply select the track you want, and AirPlay lets you play it instantly. And if you move from one room to another, you can simply select a different Zeppelin Air and play it there too. And its not just music: movies and apps also benefit. One Zeppelin Air is fantastic. But add more for an elegant multi-room system. All with the minimum of fuss. For wireless audio that sounds as good as wired, Zeppelin air uses AirPlay. AirPlay streams in Apple Lossless, which means that nothing is missing from the sound that comes out of the Zeppelin Air. You can select which room to play your current favorite track in using your computer and iTunes. Or simply select every Zeppelin Air in your house, and fill your home with pristine sound in party mode. Every brush of cymbal, each bowing of a string, every nuance of a singer’s delivery can be heard. It’s simply perfect sound, without wires.
There’s no need to undock your iPod if you want to sync it with iTunes. Simply connect the speaker to your computer by USB and your iPod will be linked directly to iTunes. Zeppelin Air dramatically improves acoustic performance over the original. Its fully active 2.1 design means that all units are individually driven by audiophile class D amplifiers. Flowport technology and advanced Digital Signal Processing has dramatically improved the bass performance. bowers-wilkins.com
Tube ValveDock MkII. The original Fatman is a hybrid product, based on a previous model but now with increased power output and a USB input. This versatile gadget was designed for use with iPod/iPhone and any other audio devices (e.g. CD player, music-enabled mobile ‘phone, etc.). Utilizing a hybrid-tube design platform, the iTube II provides superb audio reproduction and attractive design and with the new USB input you can now run audio into the amplifier directly from your laptop or CPU. The performance of the original amplifier platform and dock has been scrutinized by the world’s press and they awarded it the best accolades possible, including Product Of The Year, iPod Audio System Of The Year, etc. The dock allows any iPod/iPhone to be used (except Shuffle, although this could be linked to the line inputs directly on the amplifier) and also comes with a full-function remote control for complete control over all your iPod/iPhone functionality. iTube is not just a temporary fade, for it deliver high fidelity sound ideal for listening to your fav playlist. fat-man.co.uk
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Sun police Summer is the perfect time to get away and relax after a heavy work season. Often the best way to achieve your goal and de-stress is to take a break at the beach or to an incredible resort. Maybe you are up for a long journey. Have you made up your mind where do you want to go? Is it going to be Europe, Africa or Asia? Or are you going to stay in the US? It doesn’t matter where you choose to spend your free time, the summer’s heat is everywhere. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can lead to many skin changes, including relatively mild blemishes like freckles and wrinkles, to serious conditions like skin cancer. The best way to keep your skin healthy is to avoid getting too much exposure to UV rays. In addition to wearing sunscreen with a high sun protective factor (SPF) you must wear a hat, your best ally against sun damages. Hats have been around for a very long time. It is impossible to say when the first animal skin was pulled over a head as protection against the elements and although this was not a hat in the true sense, it was discovered that covering your head could sometimes be an advantage. Over the last two centuries hats have become an indispensable item for special occasions and for everyday protection. Now it has become a fashion element, which helps protect face and shoulders, with top style. There are still, and presumably always will be, two basic styles—brim-
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med and brimless—and two basic forms—caps and hats. For this summer your choice must be a wide-brimmed hat. Stylish wide-brimmed hats usually have some sort of tilt or curve to the brim, preventing them from looking like farmer hats. These hats are great Spring, Summer and even Fall hats. Worn exclusively outside, widebrimmed hats are perfect for beach or pool outings, camping trips and backyard shindigs. Straw hats are ideal for wearing under the sun: instead of locking the head temperature, the open weave will keep your head cool. A wide brim hat can make you look chic and protect your skin—or it can make you look silly and like you’re trying too hard to be fashionable. It all depends on the style you choose and how well it coordinates with your head and body. Consider your face shape and your height: the taller you are, the bigger the hat you can wear. The smaller you are, the smaller the hat should be. It’s all about proportion Wide-brimmed hats can be casual or dressy. Wear a wide-brimmed hat with a maxi-dress, sundress, shorts or jeans, just remember, if your outfit is detailed or ornate, your hat should be simple. If your outfit is simple and unadorned, your hat can be elaborate. Either one or the other is the focal point, not both. Wear your wide-brimmed hat with your hair loose, this is the sexier way to wear this straw hat.
Photos: House of Fraser.
Wide-Brimmed Hats, your best friends!
Catch Restaurant and Bar is an oceanfront restaurant at Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, California. Its Mediterranean design fits perfectly with the Santa Monica shore. From the seven-story, Renaissance Revival-style monolith, you will appreciate the beauty of the beach. Sophisticated elegance and luxurious style are present in both, Casa del Mar Hotel and Catch Restaurant and Bar. Catch has a fresh open feeling with amazing light and energy inspired by Southern California living. This contemporary inspired seaside experience has earned a well-deserved reputation for elegant surroundings, excellent service and great food. The focal point of Catch Restaurant and Bar is the dramatic interior. The dinning room is a wonderful large continuous lobby broken up into seating sectionals. At the center of the restaurant is a large rectangular bar, inlaid with mother of pearl tiles, where wines-by-theglass and small plates are served. This venue is also well known for its fresh farmers market vegetables and for its brand new
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Executive Chef, the renowned Jason Bowlin. Culinary creativity and a passion for perfect food are Chef Bowlinâ€™s signatures. Bowlinâ€™s broad range of experiences have made him a versatile chef, one that is able to create and envision delicious foods and then present them in a most palatable way for guests to enjoy. Chef Bowlin has brought in new tastes and refined flavors to Catch with his sophisticated and unique dishes. Proof of this is the whole sizzling black bass in bouillabaisse broth; the delicious slow cooked king salmon with chanterelles, leek fondue and sherry vinegar; the surprising braised pork with cavolo nero, farro and balsamic cippolini; and the hamachi crudo with meyer lemon, bay, pink peppercorns and California Olive Oil. You can also choose from over 200 international wines for all palettes. Their master food and beverage director will be happy to select your perfect paring. This delightful spot is the perfect place for a night out: its romantic and cosmopolitan atmosphere sets the tune for a date, a celebration, a
business meeting or for a cocktail during sunset with friends. otel Casa del Mar 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, H California 90405 Ph: 310 581 5533 hotelcasadelmar.com
Photos: Courtesy of Casa del Mar Hotel.
Catch Restaurant & Bar, Santa Monica
Champagne Rosé Champagne Rosé is this summer’s drink. Its fresh bubbles will transport you to the most delicate heaven. Without a doubt it is the ideal complement for that yacht trip you have planned, or for that really special, romantic evening you are looking forward to.
Photos: Courtesy of Moët & Chandon, Perrier Joët, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin and Centre Vinicole-Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte.
ink bubbles have a history of fall and redemption that is worth telling. The birthplace of this subtle beverage was France, in the mid-nineteenth century. In the past, champagne rosé was often considered inferior to the white variety. Underestimated in its conception, champagne rosé was born as a result of a deviation from the process that produced golden bubbles. Traditional champagnes are made by mixing two-thirds black grapes with one-third white grapes. After the grapes have been pressed, the skins of the black grapes are left in with the white wine, dyeing the wine red and producing pink champagne. This “defective” champagne was served only in minor venues, with low lighting in order to hide the pinkish hue of the beverage. But then came the twentieth century, and champagne rosé’s status changed from a minor drink to an avant-garde beverage, a well-respected variety of champagne, with its own identity, prestige and a subtle elegance on its flavor and hue. A century after the creation of champagne rosé, this particular elaborative process is almost considered as an art. Nowadays the market is full of legendary labels that conquer your palate with fine bubbles of subtle texture. The champagne rosé is a complex beverage that requires an extra step in production: after primary fermentation and bottling, a second alcoholic fermentation occurs in the bottle. Any Champagne—no matter its color—is made using the traditional method, also known as “methode Champenoise” (although only true Champagne is allowed to use that term on its label). All other sparkling wines made using this method must be labeled as “traditional method.” The grapes used to make both white and rosé versions of this sparkling wine are the same: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Interestingly, two out of the three varieties are red grapes, making the production of pink champagne possible. When making champagne, grapes are picked by hand so the berries remain intact. Machine harvesting is avoided as it can puncture the skins.
Belle Époque Rosé 2002 White flowers, orange blossom, old rosé, wild strawberry, strawberry coulis, jam, raspberries and small red fruits, vanilla and honey conjoin in the aromatic richness of the Belle Époque Rosé 2002. perrier-jouet.com
Palmes d’Or Rosé This Fuillatte’s champagne offers delicately fruity primary aromas that reveal notes of sour cherries, blackberries and wild violets. Its secondary aromas are more complex, revealing a roasted character, lifted with a touch of sandal. feuillatte.com
The selection of the grapes is essential for the production of a delicious champagne rosé—just as important as the primary fermentation. The pink variety of champagne is often distinguished by the intensity of color, a subtle blend of red and pink, which sometimes have delicate violet notes. The pink variety offers notes of freshness and charm: with each sip, a combination of tasty red fruits, citrus elements and summer sensations can be felt. Spontaneous, seductive and glamorous, champagne rosé offers a generous combination of flavors. It is ideal for a toast, for a celebration of a special moment, or to enjoy a beautiful sunset in the company of your significant other. We are certain that you’ll be delighted by the texture of this unique beverage. However, you should avoid falling into the terrible mistake of calling champagne rosé to all sparkling pink wines. Contrary to what many believe, the word “Champagne” is not a generic word for all sparkling wine. Only sparkling wine made from grapes grown in the Champagne region of northern France can be legally called “Champagne.” Read the label and look for the place of origin, if it isn’t Champagne, France then you are buying just another sparkling wine.
Rosé Veuve Clicquot Notes of raspberry, wild strawberry and cherry predominate, followed by a touch of dried fruits and pastry. In the mouth, the attack is powerful, leaving behind a harmony of fruits. Elegant and sensual, the wine offers exceptional balance and surprising intensity. veuve-clicquot.com
Moet Rosé Imperial Brut Champagne Delightful dry Champagne Rosé with little added sugars. Its delicious flavor has notes of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier in combination with unique elements of lime blossoms, grapes and berries. moet.com
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Test Drive Spirit
a much anticipated super car As the successor to the best-selling Lamborghini of all time, the new LP 560-4 Spyder combines the Coupé’s design, performance and handling characteristics with the open-air pleasure only a soft top super sports car can deliver. With slightly taller shoulders in order to accommodate the soft top, the Spyder’s fabric roof is operated by two console-mounted switches. The car’s sleek silhouette is well preserved when the
The ground-up mods, which accommodate the soft top, include recalibrated spring and shock rates for more stiffness. A track rod has been added to the rear axle, and Lamborghini claims that the slightly heavier Spyder has the same handling characteristics as its closed coupe stable mate (though it’s 44 pounds lighter than its ragtop predecessor). The aerodynamic underbody aids in structural rigidity, and the aluminum space-frame chassis has also been reinforced to counteract the lack of a fixed roof. The much anticipated Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder offers a new 5.2 liter engine with 40 additional horsepower than its predecessor; allowing it to sprint from 0-62 mph in only four seconds with a top speed of 201 mph. The car’s agility has also been greatly refined with a new, lighter transmission, which allows increased shift times by 40 percent (Corsa Mode), combined with an all-new chassis, suspension and Lamborghini’s permanent all-wheel drive system. Despite increased performance, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 18 percent.
supremacy For those who like to feel the wind while they drive, we offer four options of superlative convertibles, both Italian and German. All of them have earned the respect and admiration from the authentic car connoisseurs from the automotive world.
Lamborghini Gallardo Lp 560-4 Spyder
The car’s sleek silhouette is well preserved when the top is in place, and it takes 20 seconds for the hydraulic pump, six hydraulic cylinders, electric motor and two electric actuators to let the sunshine in.
top is in place, and it takes 20 seconds for the hydraulic pump, six hydraulic cylinders, electric motor and two electric actuators to let the sunshine in. The top-down process requires the rear windscreen to slide downward while four hydraulic cylinders lift the carbonfiber composite engine cover clear so the top can stow just ahead of the engine compartment. When you’re driving al fresco, the rear windscreen can be lowered or lifted and used as a wind deflector.
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Photos: Automobili Lamborghini, S.p.A.
The new LP 560-4 Spyder combines the Coupé’s design and performance with the open-air pleasure of a super sports car
Test Drive Spirit
Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M
the Scuderia Spider 16M is the highest performance Spider that its ever made
Photos: Ferrari S.p.A.
beautiful engineering Ferrari says the Scuderia Spider 16M is the highest performance Spider that its ever made. Like the fixed-head F430 Scuderia, this car also incorporates what Ferrari calls ‘F1-derived’ technology. This is also a limited edition (499 units) production run. The ‘16M moniker’ refers to Ferrari’s 16 F1 Constructors World Championships, the latest of which was achieved in 2008. The F430 Spider, Ferrari has taken the Scuderia concept even further. Despite the additional body strengthening, the 16M is 176 lb lighter, tipping the scales at an admirable (for a car of this size and sophistication) 2,955 lb. Much of this has been achieved by a major overhaul of the double wishbone suspension as well as new dampers and a new steering box. It even gets titanium springs and wheel bolts, a measure of the 16M’s extreme engineering brief. Further weight was shaved back by using new materials for the bumpers, diffuser and aerodynamic under tray. It’s powered by the same 503 bhp version of Ferrari’s 4.3-litre V8 found in the fixed-head, but has undergone an extra tweak in the form of redesigned pistons which also allow for a higher compression ratio. Eighty per cent of the engine’s torque (which peaks at 473 lb/ft at 5250 rpm) is now on tap from 3,000 rpm. The engine drives the F1-SuperFast2 six-speed transmission, which can execute shifts in a claimed 60 milliseconds via the steering wheel paddles; an effective auto setting for the transmission works well in combination with occasional manual selection. Helping keep the 16M on the road is the F1-Trac traction control system and the E-Diff intelligent differential. The driver can select five basic ‘characters’ for the 16M via the Manettino. The driver can scroll through the settings, from wet conditions, through good-road holding and track-driving. The car’s electronic safety net can be progressively disabled, with the CT setting allowing oversteer at maximum power and CST taking away everything but the E-Diff ’s efforts. The basic damping set-up is also switchable for slightly better comfort. The 16M is capable of being surprisingly civilized and surprisingly aggressive. With the fabric roof down (an admirably simple
The driver can select five basic ‘characters’ for the 16M via the Manettino. The driver can scroll through the settings, from wet conditions, through good-road holding and track-driving.
and compact design) and traveling at up to 85 mph, (above which the in-cabin buffeting is bit too much) the 16M is engaging, if a little boisterous, but entirely usable over many hours. However, the 16M is a very loud, hardcore experience. Under hard acceleration, resonators in the intake manifold switch over to deliver the most extraordinary, howling, moaning engine noise. Full bore acceleration is also brutal and brutally effective (60 mph can come up in just 3.7 seconds). There’s not much that could keep up with a 16M driven by a very committed driver. The driver is in for a treat.
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porsche’s driving pleasure One of the best things you will love about 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet is its looks. The elegant two-seater is an eye-candy for most passersby on the road. However, let us get to the basics and start with the core feature. The 911 Carrera 4 GTS power unit has its origins in the 3.8-litre, sixcylinder Carrera S engine. A wholesale revamping of the intake duct added 23 hp, taking the power output to 408 hp at 7,300 rpm. The special aspiration system not only improves peak power output but flexibility and power development as well, thanks to a more generous
torque curve in the lower and middle engine speed range. 320 Meters kick in from as low as 1,500 rpm; the six-cylinder engine delivers its rated torque of 420 Nm in the broad engine speed range from 4,200 rpm and 5,600 rpm. The sports exhaust system fitted as standard ensures a distinctly sporty sound. It invests the new Carrera 4 GTS with an unmistakable acoustic signature and the rear view of its tail pipe with its unique black surface design lends it a unique character. At full power the Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet sprints to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. The Carrera 4 GTS is fitted as standard with a six-speed manual transmission but the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) seven-speed is available as an option if desired. The PDK shaves an additional 0.2 seconds respectively off the acceleration times from 0 to 62 mph. In the Carrera 4 GTS as well, PTM all-wheel drive stands for Porsche’s typical driving pleasure with even more driving stability, traction and agile handling. The PTM achieves this by directing the optimal proportion of the engine torque to the front wheels via a multiple-plate clutch. What’s more, just how single-mindedly the Carrera 4 GTS is designed for driving dynamics is evident from the use of a standard limited-slip differential. This mechanical rear differential lock contributes to the driving dynamics of the electronically controlled all-wheel drive system. In addition to the type name on the doors and rear lid, the distinguishing characteristic of this model is the additional reflective stripe between the taillights. Other visual features include the Sport-Design front apron with black painted spoiler lip and special side skirts. Driver and passenger are accommodated on sports seats. Typical of the GTS, the emphatically sporty black Alcantara covering on center panels, steering wheel rim, gearshift and handbrake lever, door handles and door storage box lid and extension are offered as standard in addition to a range of leather upholstery options. Although the price is not as much as other Porsche models, the experience of driving this GTS certainly matches to that of other models. It takes you smoothly through all kinds of pavements. Enjoy the luxurious ride. you will love the carrera gts looks. The elegant two-seater is an eye-candy for most passersby on the road.
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet
Photos: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG.
A wholesale revamping of the intake duct added 23 hp, taking the power output to 408 hp at 7,300 rpm. At full power the Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet sprints to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds.
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Test Drive Spirit
for the extreme individualist Audi is adding another model to its R8 high-performance sports car lineup: the R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro. The Audi R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro comes standard with a manual six-speed transmission. It works together with a compact dual-disc clutch and can be shifted extremely precisely and easily with short throws. The shift lever is made of polished aluminum, the open gate of stainless steel. The R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro is optionally available with the R tronic, a highly efficient sequential six-speed transmission. Shift commands are transmitted electrically; a hydraulic system changes the gears and manages the clutch. The R tronic offers both an automatic and a manual mode, both of which allow the driver to choose between two shift programs. In manual mode, the driver changes gears using the joystick on the center tunnel or with the paddles on the steering wheel. At high load and engine speed, gear changes take less than a tenth of a second. The Launch Control program ensures optimal starts. It controls the engine speed and the engagement of the clutch to accelerate the open-top two-seater with the ideal wheel slip. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive delivers the engine’s power to all four wheels. Together with the locking differential on the rear axle, it provides significantly greater traction, stability, cornering speed and precision. The V8 accelerates the R8 Spyder from zero to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and on up to a top speed of 185 mph. At Audi, dynamics also always means efficiency. The R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro with the R tronic consumes on average 13.9 liters of fuel per 16.92 miles; fuel consumption with the manual transmission is 14.9 liters per 15.79 miles.
The R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro is 14.53 ft long, 6.23 ft wide and 4.07 ft tall—it has a wide, hunkered-down stance on the road as if ready to pounce. Its dynamic proportions, the sculpted design and the passenger cell situated far to the front with the flat windshield visually underscore the mid-engine concept. The large vertical air intakes are athletically sculpted out of the flanks, and the shadow contour of the rear end forms a powerful wave above the wheels. The R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro has a cloth roof—a classic feature typical of Audi and without compromise for a high-performance sports car. The top takes up little space when open, and is a harmonious design element when closed. It tapers off to two long, slim fins that extend to the trailing edge of the car and have an elongated contour similar to the fixed roof of the R8 Coupé. Three strengths characterize the interior of the Audi R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro: the uncompromising quality with respect to the use and finish of the materials; the generous amount of room; and the high degree of practicality.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive delivers the engine’s power to all four wheels.
Photos: Audi, AG.
The R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro is 14.53 ft long, 6.23 ft wide and 4.07 ft tall
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Chef Celestino Drago has introduced his latest concept rediscovering traditional Italian dishes, which are revisited with the aid of contemporary cooking techniques, and presented in an elegant fashion. The food is an eclectic combination of northern and southern styles. It emphasizes fresh, high quality ingredients reflecting old flavors that have defined Italian cuisine for centuries. What are we talking about? Drago Centro, in Downtown L.A., of course. Celestino Drago made his name in L.A. thanks to the incomparable Italian food at Beverly Hills’ Enoteca Drago. In his newer creation, Drago Centro has given free rein to his philosophy of “passion and innovation” to create “local Italian dishes revisited with modern techniques” so that every dish that comes out of the kitchen (run by Chef de Cuisine Ian Gresik) inspires the diner to clean his plate. The menu entices the palate beginning with familiar appetizers such as smoked salmon served over chilled cauliflower panna cotta, or for a more intense taste luscious roasted duck breast with farro. Perfectly al dente pastas like thick brown parpardelle swirling with gamy pheasant and morel mushrooms;
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and homemade buckwheat pizzoccheri with cabbage, cubed potatoes, fontina and sage cream make you feel like you are in the heart of Italy. Though the bone-in rib eye for two with rosemary hollandaise and thyme is the house specialty, the fish dishes are also quite special, like the juicy albacore tuna, warm niçoise salad, and anchovies. The dessert menu is just as hard to choose from, with tough decisions like whether to get the chocolate tart with hazelnut butter and banana gelato, or the vanilla panna cotta, with candied kumquats, blood orange, and coconut-mint sorbet. The wine list is one of the best representations of Italian appellations in a Los Angeles restaurant, though there are options from other countries that we love, as well as plenty of California options for you to choose from. Drago Centro combine’s outstanding service, gorgeous decor and classy ambiance. It is bound to provide you a dynamic and memorable experience of luxury Italian dining. DRAGO CENTRO 525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 Ph: 213.228.8998 dragocentro.com
Photos: Julie Moore.
Drago Centro, downtown l.a.
Travel & Tips Spirits
terranea Resort Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Breathtaking views, dramatic gardens and indulgent amenities will define this classic California resort, inspired by the rich history of Spanish explorers who first discovered the Southern California coastline in the 1500s. Just 20 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, Terranea is magnificently poised above the Pacific Ocean on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the property boasts a 582-room resort including a 360-room hotel with 32 suites, plus 20 bungalows. It also offers 50 oceanfront casitas and 32 ocean view villas designed having in mind those guests that look for a more residential style. Designed to reveal the Resort’s dramatic outdoor vistas, Terranea boasts 270-degree oceanfront seascapes. Strategically located, this luxury resort offers amazing Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island views. No other coastal California resort combines such ease of access with the secluded ambiance of a private estate and truly breathtaking views. Rising from the water’s edge, Terranea Resort preserves its inseparable relationship with the ocean, protecting and enhancing opportunities to bond with the Pacific. Resort amenities include The Spa at Terranea, a 50,000-squarefoot spa experience where you must pamper yourself; The Links at Terranea, is a 9-hole par-3 golf course, perfect for the pro and surprising for the aficionado. There are three unique swimming
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pools, one with children’s play area and a 140-foot waterslide. Other amenities include a children’s center with interactive programs and several miles of scenic bluff-top trails that connect miles of beautiful off-property coastal trails. Catering to an international palate, Terranea’s exceptional food and beverage venues combine the stunning oceanfront location with truly unique and contemporary offerings. At Terranea’s signature restaurant, mar’sel, the menu reflects a simple, modern representation of California cuisine. A particularly scenic and noteworthy dining option is Nelson’s located directly above the Pacific; it’s menu offerings include regional favorites presented in a casual atmosphere while you relax by the outdoor fire pits and soak in the incredible natural beauty of the coastline. There is also Catalina Kitchen, the place to experience a culinary adventure throughout the day, at anytime with kids, friends or colleagues. 100 Terranea Way Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275 Ph: (866) 802-8000 terranea.com
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Photos: Courtesy of Terranea Resort.
Wedges are back
We know that you love those high heels, but this summer is all about wedges! These platform shoes, which have been around since the 1930s, are back. The perfect summer outfit would not be complete without some wedges. The first wedges didn’t have a distinct heel and had cellophane straps. The wedge heel is thick and one piece with the sole, whereas high-heeled shoes have a separate heel. Height ranges from a slight raise in the heel to several inches. If you’re wondering whether to add a pair of wedges to your closet, keep in mind that weather is on your side. The Californian sun gives us the chance to use comfy-stylish shoes whenever we
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want. Wedges go with pretty much everything, but there are a few tips below to give you some cool ideas and get that smoking summer look on. For a casual look, pair your wedges with jeans. Most styles will work from skinny to 70s inspired flares, but be sure to follow our tips to ensure that you get the look just right. Wedges are great with skinny jeans as the additional height ensures that your legs look as long and lean as possible. Be sure to pair with a looser top though. Long bootcut style jeans are great for all body shapes and are ideal to wear with wedges, this way the wedge is just visible. Definitely be sure to avoid the ankle-swinging look. If this summer you are looking for the ultimate 70s
look, pair your wedges with flared jeans. Wedges look fantastic with much more than mere jeans. They look great with skirts or dresses, of almost any length, and these make your legs look longer and leaner. The lengthening property of the wedge is the reason why they can be worn with mini, midi or maxi length skirts and dresses. Wedges are extremely versatile, so have fun wearing them with different outfits and for different occasions. In addition to glamour, wedges offer a lot of benefits over heeled shoes for women: they are comfortable, trendy and easy to walk in. In cork, espadrille, wood or leather, wedges are a summer must-have. christianlouboutin.com
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin.
shoes to die for
Rolex is recognized the world over as the leader in Swiss watch making, and enjoys an unparalleled reputation for quality and know-how. The history of Rolex is inextricably linked to the pioneering and visionary spirit of Hans Wilsdorf, a Bavarian entrepreneur born in 1881. Wristwatches at the time were not very precise. They were considered to be nothing more than items of jewelry of particular appeal to women and were produced only in small quantities. Inventive and curious by nature, Hans Wilsdorf foresaw the immense potential of the wristwatch. Convinced that it could be at the same time elegant, precise and reliable, he devoted all his energy to turning his dream into reality. In 1908 Wilsdorf coined a brand name to sign his creations that would be easy to pronounce, in any European language and short enough to fit on the dial of a watch. That name is Rolex. In gold or silver, these watches sparked the interest of modern sports-minded men and women all over the world. To convince the public of the reliability of these resolutely innovative timepieces, he equipped them with small, very precise movements. A few years later, a Rolex watch was awarded the first official Swiss certificate granted to a wristwatch by the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bi-
enne. Four years later, in 1914, the Kew Observatory in Great Britain awarded the Rolex wristwatch a class “A” precision certificate, a distinction that until that point in time had been reserved exclusively for marine chronometers. From that date forward, the wristwatch was synonymous with precision. After the First World War Hans Wilsdorf founded Montres Rolex SA in Geneva. In 1926, a major step was taken with the creation of the first waterproof and dustproof watch. Named the “Oyster,” this
watch featured a hermetically sealed case, which, like a miniature safe, provided optimal protection for the movement. The following year, a young English woman, Mercedes Gleitze, swam the English Channel wearing an Oyster watch. At the end of the swim, the watch remained in perfect working order. To celebrate this landmark event, Hans Wilsdorf published an advertisement on the front page of the Daily Mail proclaiming the success of the waterproof watch and chronicling “the debut of the Rolex Oyster and its triumphant march worldwide.” The Oyster soon boasted yet another outstanding feature. In 1931 Rolex introduced a self-winding mechanism with a perpetual rotor, which allowed the watch to be wound by the movements of the wrist. This ingenious system is at the origin of every modern automatic watch. Over the time, Rolex has been developing professional watches that serve as tools and whose functions go far beyond simply telling the time. These watches are intended for professional activities, such as deep-sea diving, aviation, mountain climbing and scientific exploration. Rolex conjugates luxury and precision in a consistent collection of timepieces whose outstanding design challenges time. rolex.com
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Photos: © Rolex.
History of Rolex
Two great options to sail in style
As the saying goes, is not about the destination but the journey traveled. This is reason enough to choose a first-class, stylish yacht for your adventures. You will enjoy the journey just as much as your destination. Here we offer you insight into two of the most impressive yachts available on the market: CRN Eviva 43 and Azimut 120 SL.
Technical Data: Length overall: 139 ft 9 in Beam moulded: 28 ft 4 in Engines: 2 x Caterpillar C32-C 1044 KW@2300RPM Cabins: 5 + crew Cruising speed: 13 knots Max speed: 15.4 knots Displacement: 330 ton
Eviva is the fifth hull of the successful composite CRN 43 line. Realized with the collaboration of Studio Zuccon International Project who took care of the external and internal layouts, this superyacht stands out for its significant volumes and wide-open areas that turn into a magnificent white hull. In fact, Eviva features some structural modifications on the sundeck, which has been elongated at the stern to make space for a helipad—installed for the first time on a 43-meter. As if this were not enough, upon your request you will find on the same sundeck a 6-meter sailing boat, which together with two jet skis will form the on board “water toys” equipment. “Comfort” is the password on this boat. It can host ten passengers in five cabins and nine crewmembers. Moreover, one of the unique characteristics of this ship is the ownership’s suite terrace, a balcony with table and chairs for breakfast, which is a distinctive element of the entire CRN fleet. You and your guests will be able to enjoy the comfort of the interiors, including the possibility to use the fitness area with a gym overlooking the beach of the lower deck and a sauna for relaxation time. This superyacht can sail at a maximum speed of 15.5 knots and has a cruising speed of 13 knots.
“Comfort” is the password on this boat. It can host ten passengers in five cabins and nine crewmembers.
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Photos: Courtesy CRN Spa.
The sleek lines with curved windows create a dramatic exterior profile that will surely turn heads.
Azimut 120SL Azimut yachts have launched a new division of yachts named Azimut Grande, which features a whole fleet of flagships over 100 ft and will include the addition of four new superyachts by 2013. The Azimut 120 SL is the first model launched in the new range, and is bound to garner huge attention from everyone. The sensations that the new Grande 120SL stir up are so strong as to make the adjectives inadequate. Thirty-six meters of overwhelming stylistic superiority accompanied by 50 square meters of glass surface area make the 120SL a model beyond comparison.Â The sleek lines with curved windows create a dramatic exterior profile that will surely turn heads. There are generous seating areas on deck and a dining area on the aft deck. In addition to this, there is a large U-shaped seating area and sunbathing chaises, which allow the guests to enjoy the uninterrupted scenic glimpse of the outside. Glass doors lead from the aft deck area into the main salon, flooded with natural light from oversized windows, glass doors and glass panels above. The Owners suite is a sheer of more than 40 square meters. It looks onto the sea on each side through six square windows, the unmistakable mark of the S collection.
Technical Data: Length overall: 116 ft 5 in Beam moulded: 25 ft 11 in Engines: 3 x MTU 16V 2000 M93 2400mHP Nr 2 Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjets + 1 RollsRoyce Kamewa buster Cabins: 4 + crew Cruising speed: 31 knots Max speed: 35 knots Displacement: 150 ton
Photos: Courtesy Azimut Yachts.
The main salon, flooded with natural light from oversized windows, glass doors and glass panels above.
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MAVIDA BALANCE HOTEL & SPA, Austria
CANYON RANCH MIAMI BEACH, USA
AMANSALA RESORT & SPA, MX
The extensive range of services offered at the MAVIDA Balance Hotel and Spa includes centuriesproven massage methods and relaxing balance programs that allows you to forget the hectic life and leave everyday stress behind. The natural materials of the surrounding region integrated into the harmonious design of the MAVIDA Balance Hotel and Spa and with state-of-the-art fittings and services, create a setting of perfect harmony.
Learn how to feel your best every day, at every age. At Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa, you will find a depth of holistic, integrative medical care far beyond that at any other spa. The Canyon Ranch approach to medicine is an innovative model of thoughtful, comprehensive preventive care that integrates the most effective Western and non-Western practices that incorporate ancient, traditional and modern rituals and therapies.
Amansala is the perfect place for those wanting to truly get away from it all. Located on a quiet stretch of beach in beautiful Tulum, Mexico, Amansala offers 24 spacious beachfront cabanas with a village-like feel. Delicious fresh food and a large yoga room looking out onto the Caribbean Sea make it ideal for retreats. Relaxed luxury with a unique styleâ€”Amansala will be your new favorite home away from home.
Kirchenweg 11, 5700 Zell am See / Austria. Ph: 011 (43)6542.5410
6801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida. Ph: 33141-3243
Tulum, Quintana Roo, MX 77500 Ph: 011 (52) 998 881 4740
WEIGHT LOSS/ TIGHTENING UP IN 7 DAYS
HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR LIFE
This seven-day program focuses on people searching for further information about personal health and lifestyle-orientated topics. Each of the three different offers contains a specific training program to effectively help in reducing ailments, which are the best relaxation methods possible and generate more a better active attitude towards life through preventative measures.
An experienced team of specialists guides you through new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of weight problems. This approach goes far beyond the frenzy of high-carb/low-carb, high-fat/ low-fat and other confusing diets and unlocks the door to healthy weight, increased energy, optimal aging, and balanced living.
If you are looking to getaway from it all for a complete mind, body, spirit tune-up, look no further. This 5-night program is designed to rejuvenate and balance from the inside out. Away from the stress of daily life in a tranquil setting, it is easy to dedicate the time needed to replacing oneself through yoga, clean eating, massages and tranquility.
Work with an integrated team of health professionals to create a personalized plan to improve your health, nutrition, stress management and creative expression. Your package may include a combination of sessions with a licensed therapist, practitioner of Chinese medicine, nutritionist or demo chef. Youâ€™ll receive a level of attention, thoroughness and convenience that is simply unobtainable elsewhere.
Be good to yourself! Together with expert trainers, you can coordinate your fitness favorites. This is a weight loss vacation, yoga retreat, and fitness holiday, but with so much more. Each day begins with a stretch on the beach, and then varies from there to include a high-energy cardio workout, some yoga, as well as other activities that may include an inspiring dance class.
ACTIVE AND FITNESS PROGRAM The extensive range of offers includes pilates mat training, body forming, leg and bottom training, body pump, and Nordic walking. Stretch and be stretched: with Yoga you get your energies flowing, strengthening spirit and body. Remember, a holiday at the MAVIDA is time for you, for your inner self and for your well-being.
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Photos: Mavida Balance Hotel & Spa, Amansala Resort and Canyon Ranch Miami.
The blissful touch
Lewis 2006 Cuvée 7
With great effort, preparation and a superlative physical performance, Lance Armstrong was able to win the Tour de France seven times in a row, from 1999 to 2005. This achievement, which no other cyclist has matched, is celebrated with the commemorative Cuvée 7, a hundred percent cabernet wine produced by Lewis Cellars in Napa Valley, California. The encounter between Randy Lewis, owner of the California winery, and Lance Armstrong is a story of sport and friendship. Vintner and 23year racecar veteran Randy Lewis, who drove in five Indianapolis 500 competitions, met cyclist Lance Armstrong at the 2001 Tour de France, where—thanks to their shared passions for racing and wine—they formed a bond of friendship. Lead by their mutual passion for sports and wines, they decided to collaborate in the creation of the Cuvée 7. Lance Armstrong is also known throughout the world by his impetuous fight against cancer. After winning the Clásica de San Sebastián and the Flèche Wallonne, in 1995 and 1996 respectively, the American cyclist stopped pedaling to visit hospitals and clinics. At age 25, Armstrong was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer. The cancer spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain. Precisely, at his darkest hour, when the odds
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of beating the disease where changing every day and the chemotherapies were intense and exhausting, Armstrong decided it was time to live fully, to learn about things that had always interested him and experience life without limits. Perhaps this positive attitude had a decisive influence on his recovery. Nearly three years after the first diagnosis, Lance Armstrong won his first Tour de France, and thus began a succession without break of sporting achievements and charity events. Fully recovered, Lance Armstrong partnered with Lewis Cellar to create the vintage Cuvée 7. Armstrong chooses the final blend of this 100 percent Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Four barrels were made, producing 90 cases. Aged in 100% new French oak, the wine is packed in 3-bottle, black piano finish wooden boxes, signed by Lance and Randy with profits going to The Lance Armstrong Foundation. Cuvée 7 is a firm, rich, intense and concentrated wine, with a layered mix of blackberry, currant, black licorice, spice, cedary oak and mineral notes. Full-bodied, wellstructured and focused, ending with a long, persistent finish, with a sip of this magnificent wine you will experience the glory of a victorious life, just like Lance Armstrong has led. lewiscellars.com
Photos: Courtesy of Lewis Cellars.
a Napa Valley wine signed by Lance Armstrong.
BMW X6 2011
an astonishing amount of performance
Photo: Courtesy BMW.
Coupelike styling for crossover SUVs is an increasingly popular trend. Case in point: the 2011 BMW X6. It has four doors, an elevated ride height and all-wheel drive. It even has an X in its name! Packing turbocharged six and eight-cylinder engines connected to a new-for-2011 eight-speed automatic transmission, the X6 is remarkably quick for its size and weight. BMW estimates that even the six-cylinder will go from zero to 60 mph in a rapid 6.3 seconds. Moreover, its fuel economy has been improved thanks to a new turbocharger design and other improvements. The 2011 BMW X6 is available in two trim styles that correspond to engine: xDrive35i and xDrive50i. The term xDrive refers to its standard all-wheel-drive system. Standard equipment on the X6 xDrive35i includes 19-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a power tailgate, a sunroof, automatic and adaptive bi-xenon headlights, foglights, automatic wipers, cruise control, 10-way power front seats, driver memory functions, leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, the iDrive electronics interface and a 10-speaker sound system with CD player, auxiliary audio jack and HD radio. Aside from its twin-turbo
V8, the xDrive50i adds 14-way “multicontour” front seats, BMW Assist emergency telematics, Bluetooth and a navigation system with voice controls and real-time traffic. These extra items are available as options on the 35i. Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, hill descent control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Also included is BMW’s advanced Dynamic Performance Control (DPC) that greatly enhances directional stability and traction by redirecting power to individual wheels. BMW Assist emergency telematics are optional. The 2011 BMW X6 delivers an astonishing amount of performance. Cornering prowess is impressive thanks to a nearly perfect weight distribution, wide, sticky tires and the Dynamic Performance Control all-wheel-drive system. The steering is another standout when going fast, but at slower speeds, it can be a tad too heavy. Braking power is remarkably strong and fade-free, especially considering this big Bimmer’s heft. Despite the X6’s athletic performance, ride comfort does not suffer. In everyday driving, the cabin keeps road and wind noise to a minimum, while the suspension soaks up road imperfections with ease. bmw.com
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Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
We introduce you to five exclusive resorts, full of Eastern magic that will take you to the secrets of Asia. Step into the adventure and be ready to experience the surprises these hotels have in store for you... One of Kuala Lumpur’s most opulent establishments, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, resides within the massive development of Kuala Lumpur City Center fronting Jalan Pinang. Gracing on one side of the renowned Petronas twin towers, this hotel certainly needs no introduction. Opened in 1998, this hotel is proud of being one of the most exclusive resorts in the Malayan capital. Accommodation at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur represents the epitome of luxury. The hotel features 643 guest rooms, including 41 elegantly appointed suites and 51 serviced apartments. Thoughtfully designed with comfort in mind, the rich woods, plush fabrics and engaging artworks will appeal to the most discerning traveler. At the hotel you will also be able to select from a vast array of innovative cuisine, with nine restaurants and bars providing an extensive choice of menus, appealing to every palate and each offering a unique dining experience. Whether you opt for fine Cantonese cuisine at Lai Po Heen— which specializes in classic Cantonese delicacies—or simply plump for the freshest modern grill selections in Mandarin Grill and MO Bar, the experience will be unforgettable. For the ultimate approach to the well-being of body, mind and soul, the hotel offers fitness and recreational facilities second to none. In addition to an infinity-edge outdoor swimming pool, tennis and squash courts and a fully equipped gym, you can choose from a selection of spa, massage and beauty treatments at The Spa, or relax in Vitality Club’s whirlpool, sauna or steam room. We don’t have space enough to describe the numerous additional facilities offered, but the hairdressing salon and a cigar divan deserve special attention. These, combined with the hotel’s easy access, as well as its proximity to the Petronas Twin Towers, Suria KLCC shopping center, Petronas Philharmonic Concert Hall and 50-acre park, ensure that the hotel is strategically positioned to offer the most comprehensive and luxurious facilities in the city. Don’t think it anymore! This hotel guarantees it will stay in your heart forever. mandarinoriental.com
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Shangri-La Hotel, Singapur Consistently ranked as one of the top luxury hotels in Asia and the world, the Shangri-La Hotel sits amid fifteen acres of luxuriant botanical gardens—housing more than 133,000 individual plants, flowers and trees—, just a short stroll away from the main entertainment and shopping belt of Orchard Road. The hotel comprises 750 luxury guestrooms and suites in three distinctive wings: the tropical Garden Wing, which overlooks the tropical atrium and swimming pool; the contemporary Tower Wing, which features spacious rooms with enclosed balconies; and the exclusive Valley Wing, which has a private entrance and reception, and offers the highest level of service. Dining at the Shangri-La Hotel is a culinary experience to savor. From progressive dining at award-winning BLU to classical Japanese kaiseki at Nadaman, or the best of Cantonese at Shang Palace, the resort has for you a wide range of culinary traditions to choose, always accompanied with distinguished and ever-attentive service. True to Singapore’s cosmopolitan heritage, you can relax to English high tea served on Wedgwood tea sets at the Rose Veranda, or sip an aromatic cheongsam, Shangri-La’s signature cocktail, in the Asianinspired Lobby Court. The jewel of the resort is the sparkling outdoor pool, surrounded by lush tropical landscaping, which comes to life at night with a captivating fiber optic lighting display. The hotel also offers four floodlit tennis courts: one with artificial grass, and three with multi-weather surfacing. But if you are looking for something more than decadent pleasures, you should visit the Health Club, located near the outdoor pool in the Lower Lobby level. This quiet haven offers a fully equipped, state-of-theart gym with steam, shower, Jacuzzi and relaxation areas. You shouldn’t miss the aromatherapy, beauty and spa services available at the private massage and treatment rooms. A wide range of massages, from reflexology to post-flight therapy and spa treatments, will give you back the liveliness you were looking for. shangri-la.com
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Taj Mahal Palace & Tower - Mumbai
The Peninsula Hong Kong
Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
Built in 1903, The Taj Mahal Palace
The Peninsula Hong Kong has long been hailed as one of the finest hotels in the world. Since its opening in 1928, the “Grande Dame of the Far East” has set the standards in service around the world. A visit to this hotel will let you live once again the old-world glamour and admire the numerous antiquities and historical objects that are exhibited all around the building. The best of classic European design blends with subtle Eastern influences in some of the most spacious accommodation in Hong Kong. Choose between the comfort of the original building, or the even more spectacular Victoria Harbor vistas from rooms in the modern Tower. You can expect the same fingertip environment controls, plasma screen televisions, white marble bathrooms and simply the best range of cityscape views any hotel can offer. Revitalize mind, body and spirit at ESPA, a sanctuary of seclusion and peace that offers luxurious body treatments and sublime skincare in an environment of sheer aesthetic bliss. For luxurious airport transfers, choose the hotel’s fleet of 14 chauffeur-driven bespoke Rolls-Royce Extended Wheelbase Phantoms. For the ultimate airport transfers, The Peninsula’s very own helicopter flies you to the hotel’s rooftop in less than 20 minutes. If you are looking for a cultural experience, The Peninsula Academy provides learning opportunities to gain insight into Hong Kong’s culture. The Academy consists of a wide range of activities, ranging from tai chi and from Chinese brush writing to personalized consultations with a feng shui master. peninsula.com
An expansive and elegant private Balinese
& Tower is an architectural marvel that brings together Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles. From Maharajas and Princes to various Kings, Presidents, CEOs and entertainers, the Taj has played the perfect host, with a long standing tradition of gracious hospitality, high living and impeccable service. Offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India, the hotel is a gracious landmark of the city. The hotel offers a choice of 560 unique rooms and suites across the Palace and Tower Wing. In the former, original artworks and period furniture evoke a trademark old-world charm, while state-ofthe-art amenities will keep you feeling perfectly at home. In the latter, you will get a taste of what it was like to live like a Maharajah, in the lap of regal luxury. The Taj offers a varied and luxurious dining experience, encompassing the world’s favorite cuisines. Sip a cocktail at the lively Harbour Bar and enjoy dinner at Masala Kraft, where ancient Indian culinary fare is revived with a contemporary twist. If you want to get some rest, visit Jiva Spa, where the best in rejuvenating therapies, from aromatherapy massages to traditional Hindu treatments, is offered. Moreover, the hotel also stores for you a luxury yacht with all the modern comforts you need: three air-conditioned bedrooms, a salon complete with a bar and entertainment system. The cruise takes you on a leisurely sail, across to the periphery of the Elephanta Island to view the medieval period caves and more. tajhotels.com
villa awaits you at the Four Seasons Resort in Jimbaran Bay, Bali. Surrounded by lush gardens, each villa has its own courtyard and extensive indoor and outdoor living areas, including a private plunge pool from which guests enjoy infinite views of palmfringed Jimbaran Bay. The Balinese theme is carried through to the decor, from the handcrafted teak furniture to antique artifacts and exotic fabrics in rich, sensual colors. Each bathroom has a deep tub and separate shower, with access to a secluded outdoor garden shower. Spa treatments incorporate essences of plants, aromas of healing flowers, elements from the ocean and Balinese and Indonesian herbs and spices—all blended from traditional recipes into modern-day beauty rituals. While you get relaxed, you can enjoy healthy and nutritious drinks like juices, jamus (herbal drinks), and a variety of tea and coffee. Balmy tropical air and spectacular views over Jimbaran Bay enhance the dining experience at each of the resort’s four open-air restaurants. Options range from Indonesian and Balinese specialties to Italian regional fare. You want a quiet in-villa dinner prepared by the chef himself? No problem. Your wishes are our command. If cooking is your thing, learn the culinary secrets of Asia at the Cooking School. Open seven days a week, the school offers three self-contained modules that will appeal to novice and experienced cooks alike. fourseasons.com
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Journal of… Spirits
“Any movement is fascinating. Every mechanical watch is impressing in itself because it is the only machinery that works 24 hours a day nonstop and is the greenest movement in the world.”
Jean Marc Jacot
Parmigiani’s CEO This charismatic man talks with us about the complex relationship that horlogerie maintains with other areas of design, such as “automobilism.” He also shares with us his interest for traveling, culture, life and the fascinating world of Parmigiani. by Alejandro M. García
As soon as you start in the watch business it is difficult to change to any other trade. This is a very particular business, because it has to do with time and time is something very important in our lives. We are always running after time. Working with timepieces is very interesting because this is a technical product that also combines aesthetics and design. Over the last 50 years, watches have gained a lot of importance because now they are not something that exclusively tell time, but also are luxury and desire objects.
Why did you choose Bugatti to make a watch? We did not choose Bugatti: Bugatti came to us to develop a watch with their name. In 2002 we associated to create a timepiece. We developed together the concept of what we wanted and produced an edition limited to 200 pieces. Now, thanks to the success we had, we have started a new generation of watches.
What is the relationship between your watches and Bugatti models?
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Generally speaking, car companies manufacture watches as simply one more product. Those watches are never really successful because they are merely cheap products that have the name of the car on the dial. But our case was totally different. We had to create a quality product that would be up to the standards of Bugatti owners. For this reason, the watch movement resembles a car engine, developed from the very first piece, with a new and different concept.
What is your favorite mechanical part of a watch? Any movement is fascinating. Every mechanical watch is impressing in itself because it is the only machinery that works 24 hours a day nonstop and is the greenest movement in the world. It doesn’t need gas or fuel! Imagine a car that functioned that way! For me, any mechanical watch is an incredible miracle.
What is your favorite complication for watches? I like the complications I really use, although in this business it is common to make complications that nobody uses. The two time zone complication is a small one, but for me
it’s enough. The most intelligent product is the one that has what you need. That’s the reason why our products are very complicated but, at the same time, very simple: they only have hour and minute, nothing else.
What is a travel that everybody should make? It’s difficult for me to say. I don’t know, for me the world is my life. But I would probably say that it would be to visit Egypt. When you go there you realize that five thousand years ago everything was already created. From that time up to the early twentieth century, not many things were invented. It is until now that we are discovering many things that were already known at that time, without all our technology. From mathematics to fashion, that empire already had it all.
What non-Parmigiani watch you like the most? It’s a very popular one that many people around the world use: a Rolex. For me, it is perfect: simple, clean, strong, good quality. Industrially speaking, Rolex is the number one company in Switzerland, it has the best rate of production and the design of the watch is perfect, very nice and comfortable.
Photo: Óscar Carrera
What fascinates you the most about the watch industry?
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BLENHEIM EquiSports Spring Series Three Weeks of High Class Horse Shows in San Juan Capistrano, CA
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ith three grass competition fields, a large grass warm-up area and several show arenas, the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano is a superb horse show facility. Along with the show amenities, some of southern California’s best restaurants, resorts and shopping are within a 30-minute drive. April opens a nine-month season of sensational shows in San Juan Capistrano, Del Mar and Las Vegas. During this time frame Blenheim EquiSports produces over twenty events highlighting every division. With a full show and social calendar, Blenheim offers solid competition choices and fabulously fun parties. A VIP Medal Club is available to clients throughout the season, has views of three show arenas, plenty of seating, TV and laptop stations. What a great way to kick-off spring with three weeks of excellent events in sunny southern California. Competitors and coaches representing numerous nations attended, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Germany, New Zealand and of course the western United States. The three week Spring Series featured $130,000 in Grand Prix prize money, $40,000 in 1.35m Jumper Classics and a $10,000 USHJA High Performance Hunter Challenge.
WEEK ONE SHOW JUMPING HIGHLIGHTS British course designer Richard Jeffery tested the 47 entrants, both amateurs and professionals alike, with his challenging track in the $20,000 1.35m Jumper Classic on Saturday afternoon April 2nd. While a dozen horses went clean to secure a place in the jump-off, it was Canada’s Carla Diewert and her mount “Vaquero” who collected the blue ribbon by laying down the fastest of six double-clear rounds. Twenty-seven horse and rider participated in the $40,000 Orange County Register Grand Prix on Sunday. Designed with the larger purse in mind, the Richard Jeffery course proved challenging as only four riders piloted their mounts without fault. With the disadvantage of being the first duo to take the shortened track, Australian Lane Clarke aboard Granville’s “Casseur De Prix” (owned by Granville Equine) needed a quick time and a clean ride to put the pressure on the three pursuing competitors. Veterans of the sport, it is notable that the three in pursuit have hundreds of grand prix wins between them. Clarke lowered the height of one fence midway through to pick up four faults. Aiming for his 99th grand prix win, Hap Hansen and the athletic “Archie Bunker” (owned by Linda Smith) set the second round stage by laying down a double-clear performance in 39.72. But Susie Hutchison and El Dorado 29’s “Cantano” were hot on their heels and effortlessly flew around the shortened track in 34.95. Fourth to go
Photos: © Flying Horse Photography / © Horse in Sport.
Top: Susan Hutchinson and El Dorado 29’s “Cantano.”
SOLD OUT SHOW WEEK TWO Yet another stellar show week in southern California, the second week of the Blenheim Spring Series was sold out. Fifty entries galloped onto the grass for the Friday’s 1.35m Jumper Classic. Canadian course designer Peter Holmes built a welcoming track, challenging enough but not overly technical. Although rails and refusals occurred on course, fifteen pairs negotiated the course without fault. Setting the jump-off pace early on, Saree Gordon aboard Tomboy Farm’s “Olana” were the first team to return. They cruised around clean in 44.21, holding the top spot for several horses, but ultimately finishing third. Speed demons Gatlin and “Odyssey” stopped the clock at 43.37. With two rides in the second round, Canadian Brian Morton mastered his plan by the time he galloped in on “Spitfire”. Edging out Gatlin, Morton managed to cross the timers in 42.32 for the win, pushing Gatlin to the second place position. A large field of forty-seven horse and rider combinations competed in the $40,000 Spring Classic II Grand Prix at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park on a cool Saturday afternoon. Holmes tested riders technically with distance as well as time-allowed challenges, causing an abundance of jumping and time faults across the board. Ten riders managed clean, workmanlike rides around the first round track. While 19-year-old Saer Coulter and her partner “Springtime” (owned by Copernicus Stables) appeared unbeatable with their blazingly fast ride over the shortened track, yet again veteran Susan Hutchison and her partner “Cantano” delivered an exciting perfor-
mance to edge out Coulter for their second grand prix win in two weeks. Knowing she had to stick to her plan in order to beat Coulter’s double-clear, 41.39 performance, Hutchison masterfully piloted “Cantano” around the shortened track in 40.20 seconds, shaving over a second off the young rider’s time.
Clockwise starting at left: Rusty Stewart and “Bristol.”
WEEK THREE WENT TO THE JUNIORS
Morgan Geller and
Joie Gatlin and “Con Air.”
The final week of the Spring Series was buzzing with parties, Easter “Fabricio” with tracelebrations, another VIP affair atop the hill over looking the field iners Katie Gardner and Peter Lombardo, and more fierce competition. pictured with Melissa It was a good Friday for junior rider Morgan Geller as she topped Brandes and Robert an impressive field of 44 entries in the $10,000 USHJA International Ridland of Blenheim. High Performance Hunter Challenge. Course designer Scott Starnes offered several options for riders to illustrate style, manner and flow. The thirteen who returned for the Handy Round all scored in the eighties or above. Four junior riders also made the second round cut, Destry Spielberg, Whitney Downs, Samantha Sommers and Morgan Geller. The x 2 Susan Handy Round included a tall white coop as fence Hutchison one, a very tidy turn to an oxer at fence two, a jump “cantano” out of the field into the adjoining field for fences five (El Dorado 29) through eight, jumping back into the main field over Grand Prix Winner, fence nine plus a hand gallop to the final jump. Rails, Week 1 & Week 2 refusals and circles ensued for quite a few including first round winners Parker and Katie Gardner. Of Lucy Davis those who mastered the handy aspect, Geller rode “nemo 119” her mount “Fabricio” with poise, earning scores in (Old Oak Farm) the nineties plus bonus and handy points for the win. Grand Prix Winner, Week 3 On Saturday, hotshot high school senior Lucy Davis fired around the jump-offs, claiming the top prizes in both the $10,000 1.35m Jumper Classic and the Morgan $50,000 Royal Champion Grand Prix. Geller Thirty-three combinations galloped on to the “FAbricio” International Field for the $10,000 1.35m Jumper (Morgan Geller) Classic with seven going fault-free. Lucy Davis ridHunter Derby Winner, Week 3 ing Old Oak Farm’s “Hannah” turned in the fastest double-clean ride in 34.04 for the win, just ahead of barn mate Saer Coulter on “Asgard 17” with 34.94. Thirty more couples competed for prizes in the $50,000 Royal Champion Grand Prix later that afternoon. Only three of those who attempted were clean—young Samantha Buirs on “Total Touch”, Lucy Davis on “Nemo 119” and Harley Brown on “Angelli”. Second to go in round one and returning first, Buirs rode “Total Touch” without touching a rail, setting the pace at 50.92. Davis and “Nemo 119” had a very forward pace and crossed the timers in 49.44.
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on the jump-off, Rusty Stewart and his young partner “Bristol” (bred & owned by Grey Fox Farms) also lowered the height of one fence midway through the second round for a fourth place finish.
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Spring The Showpark Ranch & Coast Classic, presented by Blenheim EquiSports
in Del Mar
he Showpark Ranch & Coast Classic is a slower than Sellon was fourteen year old Kara Chad of Canada on must in the month of May. With the Del Mar Stone Ridge’s “Alberto.” Both Sellon and Chad ride with Dick Carvin, National Horse Show at the racetrack down who has taught a solid group of youngsters to be consistently comthe road the week before, this event makes petitive in the show ring. This list includes Ricky Neal, who was for a nice two-week stint in North County recently chosen to be on the European Young Rider Tour during San Diego. Just a few of the highlights at the May and June. College freshman Saer Coulter rounded out the top Ranch & Coast Classic include the $10,000 five on her two mounts “Atticus” and “Alberto.” Coulter rides with USHJA International Hunter Derby, the $10,000 1.40M Jumper Clas- the well-known German couple Markus and Meredith Beerbaum. sic and the $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic as well Cook and Sellon again placed one-two in Sunday’s $10,000 Junior/ as the $50,000 Grand Prix of California. Competitive until the final Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Cook won on “Cappuccino” and horse galloped on course, these four events welcomed hundreds of Sellon was second on “Orlando LA.” horses onto the gorgeous grass field at the Del Mar Horse Park. The $50,000 Grand Prix of California attracted a sizeable crowd. Another great place to compete, the layout at this county-owned Nine out of thirty-eight riders managed to navigate the first round facility is intimate yet with plenty of room. Offering two grass fields, with show and warm-up arenas as well as stabling in-between, a large covered warm-up arena, the VIP Medal Club and rows of vendors on two levels, Del Mar offers exquisite accommodations, dining and shopping just a few miles away. Thirty-five pairs entered the Hunter Challenge and the top twelve scores returned for the Handy round. The tests included a snake vertical, galloping up a hill, a trot jump and galloping down the hill to an oxer option. Although some entries illustrated classic hunter style, Yellow Dog Farm’s “Crown Affair” and John French proved their handy prowess, scoring a solid ten points higher than any other horse. The thirteen-year-old Holsteiner stallion moved up from Right: 10th after the first round for the win. Second to “Crown Affair” was John French and Davlyn Farm’s “Come Monday,” with Christa Endicott in the irons. “Crown Affair.” Still green at the Derby level, the mare has a fabulous jump. Another great place As expected, Venezuelan course to compete, the layout designer Leopoldo Palacios dared at this county-owned riders and horses alike with coursfacility is intimate yet es that demanded a technically accurate ride within a tight time with plenty of room. allowed. Although the $10,000 1.40m Jumper Classic was open to all, the top five ribbons went to up and coming young riders. Last to go, twenty year old Karl Cook aboard “Lavito” (owned by Signe Ostby) took the top prize away from Paris Sellon on her “Orlando LA,” when he stopped the clock a mere half a second faster. No stranger to the winner circle, Cook, who trains with Willow Tree Farm of Woodside, has dominated the junior jumper ranks and made his mark at the grand prix level over the last several years. Coming in a close third, just a half a second
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Clockwise starting at left: Kirsten Coe and “Kilkenny Randall Z.” Susan Hutchinson and “Cantano,” with Melissa Brandes and Robert Ridland of Blenheim. Christa Endicott and Davlyn Farm’s “Come Monday.”
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without fault, advancing to a true race to the finish jump-off. An international mix of top notch show jumpers earned a spot in the second round, including east coast rider Michelle Spadone on Morgan Hill Partner’s “Uwaalon,” Canadian Chris Pratt and Indigo Farm’s “Cruise,” fresh off their Del Mar National Grand Prix win the week before, the smokin’ SoCal team of Hutchison and El Dorado 29’s “Cantano,” recently relocated back to the west coast from the east, Kirsten Coe aboard Ilan Ferder’s “Kilkenny Randall Z,” Californian Mandy Porter riding Rolling Oak West’s “Little Annie,” Alejandro Rodal of Mexico with his “Uitteraard,” Brazilian Eduardo Menezes on his “Radja Mercedes Benz,” hometown hero Hap Hansen riding Linda Smith’s “Archie Bunker,” and British rider Helen McNaught atop “Caballo.” First clean and first to return, Spadone and “Uwwalon” set the pace by crossing the timers double-clean in 40.19 seconds. Canadian Chris Pratt and “Cruise” sailed around the shortened track in a time of 36.80, but brushed a rail mid-way through for a four-fault penalty. Third to go in the jump-off, Hutchison galloped “Cantano” around Palacios’ shortened track, knowing she would have to put in a quick, accurate and clean ride to challenge the remaining six riders. Stopping the clock at 36.56, Hutchison was able to do just that. Next, Coe on “Kilkenny Randall Z” also went double-clear but in a time of 40.54, not fast enough. The following three jump off rides—Menezes and “Radja Mercedes Benz,” Porter and “Little Annie,” and Rodal atop “Uitteraard”—each incurred four faults. Navigating the shortened track second to last, Hansen masterfully piloted “Archie Bunker” clean, stopping the clock in 39.20 seconds. He seemingly had second place secured until last to go McNaught and “Caballo” shaved one more second off his time with a 38.12 finish, bumping Hansen to third. None of them were able to beat the blazing double-clean trip set by the in-sync pair, Susan Hutchison and her 11-year-old mount, El
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Dorado 29’s “Cantano.” Flying to the final jump-off fence, Hutchison not only managed to be fastest by almost two seconds, she also secured her fifteenth grand prix win on “Cantano.” College student Danielle Korsch riding her own San Diego was clear over the 16 efforts, but crossed the timers in 83.08 seconds, incurring three time faults for tenth place. Well within the adjusted time allowed in 74.73 but tipping the top rail of 4a, Rusty Stewart and Grey Fox Farm’s Bristol finished eleventh. Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson bringing along a new grand prix star OBE (owned by Anne Frankel) rounded out the top twelve with four faults in 76.78 seconds.
Grand Prix of California
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(El Dorado 29) 0/0/36.56
(Helen McNaught) 0/0/38.12
(Linda Smith) 0/0/39.20
(Morgan Hill Partners) 0/0/40.19
(Ilan Ferder) 0/0/40.54
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HORSEMEN Will Simpson and Nicole ShahinianSimpson of Simpson Show Jumping by Jackie McFarland Defined simply, a horseman is a person who is skilled at riding a horse. When describing the ‘skills’ a rider must have to win at the international level in Show Jumping, the list spans from head to hoof. Certainly talent plays a role, knowledge, experience, focus, determination, passion are all key ingredients. A true connection between horse and rider is essential. A solid plan mixed with a keen sense of what is going on at any moment while at a gallop jumping large obstacles set in a technically challenging manner is required. Proving you have the ability to consistently master these skills is on a top rider’s daily to do list. To make it to the top, maintain that position and regain it when you are bringing new horses along takes hard work, perseverance, practice and patience. Skilled certainly describes internationally acclaimed equestrians Will Simpson and Nicole Shahinian Simpson. Getting to know each of these accomplished riders is to embrace their distinct differences, how their unique skill sets have brought them success and to marvel in the balance of how they bring these talents together as a couple—in horses, in business and in life. From Olympic Gold to World Cup Finals to USEF Selection Trials, both riders have been at the top of their game and continue to avidly pursue that goal individually, for their horses and as a team.
A Down To Earth Equestrian
Will and El Campeon’s “Carlsson Vom Dach” jump for Gold, Beijing 2008. (Photo: Arnd Bronkhorst.)
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One of six kids in a non-horsey family, Will grew up in Springfield, Illinois. They all played a variety of sports, with no particular favorite. Will was athletic and was willing to do just about anything… at least once. His mom found riding lessons priced at two for the price of one, so she signed up two of her kids, Will (age 11) and his sister. In ‘Mikey’ style, he tried it and liked it. He had an immediate affinity to horsemanship, relishing in not only the excitement of the ride but also the process of breaking and training horses. At the time experts in the field told Will’s dad that he was a
Will wins Gold for the US Show Jumping Team, Beijing 2008.
great athlete but not a great rider. To which he responded “Well isn’t this an athletic sport?” That go-for-it attitude kept Will in the saddle where he continued to excel as both a horseman and an equestrian. He spent some formative years working on the east coast. One position was with another legend of the show jumping world, Rodney Jenkins. Also a natural horseman, Jenkins and Simpson were truly compatible. On his way to a high level show jumping career, just over a quarter of a century ago Will set the outdoor high jump record at 7’9”. Soon after, Will moved to the west coast. It was there that his professional career excelled. About a decade later Nicole landed in California. They worked separately for several years and then joined forces to work for one family at El Campeon Farm. That time was a turning point for them both.
The Catch-Ride Kid “I had a childhood full of horses,” recalls Nicole Shahinian Simpson. “I started riding when I was four. I lived at the barn.” Born and raised in New Jersey, by age nine Nicole was already a seasoned competitor. It was expensive to send her horse to all the shows, so Nicole started competing on other people’s horses. She gained a reputation as an excellent catch rider, with a keen ability to read a horse she’d never ridden. And win. A solid example of this skill is Nicole’s two prestigious equitation wins as a junior, the AHSA (now US Equestrian) Medal Final in 1990 and the ASPCA Maclay Championship in 1992. Hundreds of qualified riders vie for these titles, most riding their own horses. Nicole rode borrowed horses, neither of which was seasoned in the tricks and traps of an equitation medal final. Nicole’s natural talent mixed with her years of catch riding experience made her an unflappable competitor as a teenager. She knew she wanted to be a career equestrian from an early age. Her success did not wane after her junior years. Before she turned twenty, Nicole rode in her first grand prix and was the youngest
Top: Simpson Show Jumping in Wellington at Winsome Farms. Bottom: Nicole competing on “SRF Dragonfly” at the Piazza di Siena, Rome 2008 (Photo: Marco Proli.)
rider to compete in the American Invitational. Nicole met Will in Tampa, Florida in 1993 where she was competing and he was on his way to the FEI World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. Later that year she was hired to ride and train privately for one family and moved to unknown horizons, the wild west coast of California. And guess who lived there? They both laugh as they recall how the romance began. “The fairytale started in Bakersfield, the first place I saw Nicki in California. That was the beginning…” By 1997 the smitten couple was married and had their first child, Sophie. Mix in a few years of serious equestrian sport and along came their son Ty, born in 2001. Nicole loved being pregnant. “With Sophie I only rode for the first four months, I stopped shortly after competing in the World Cup Finals in Gothenburg that year. With Ty I rode until I was 5 months pregnant; he got to compete at the World Cup Finals as well and Spruce.”
Will and Nicole were together 24/7—parenting, riding, training, competing and the success continued.
Splitting Time With two kids and busy careers, the Simpsons are not unlike other families. Facing the demands of staying on top, not only horseback but in competition, for their clients and for their horses, the Simpsons, again like most of us, have had their share of personal challenges. After spending time apart a few years ago, the couple realized they belonged together. Not only to continue the pursuit of representing their country in equestrian sport, and teaching others to achieve their equestrian dreams but most importantly to be together as a family. Knowing the commitment it takes to be their best on a horse, they agreed to also commit to the work and the rewards of marriage and parenting. As parents, Will and Nicole try hard to ‘keep it real.’ Living between Hidden Valley, CA and Wellington, FL, and traveling to compete at shows that span the globe, they realize their kids have fabulous opportunities to experience the world but also want them to have a ‘normal’ life. “One of the reasons we love Wellington is the level of the 12-week circuit is the best in the world at the time and we can settle there for half the year and not have to travel much,” Nicole explains. “We live in one place, we compete at essentially one place and the kids have a lot of friends. It’s like having the best of both worlds, great competition and a family-oriented environment.”
Will Simpson 2000
• Winner of a 2000 Olympic Selection Trial 2001-2002
• Winner of six Grand Prix events 2003
• Winner of a 2003 Pan American Games Trial 2006-2007
• El Campeon purchased “Carlsson vom Dach,” November 2006 • Winner $30,000 Ariat Grand Prix, Desert Circuit II • Winner Spruce Meadows Masters Grand Prix • Winner at the Oldenburg CSI 2007-2008
• Winner Los Angeles National Grand Prix • Winner $100,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier/Zada Enterprises Masters Cup • Winner WEF Challenge Cup • Jumped clean in three USEF Olympic Trials • 2nd Nations Cup Team in La Baule and St. Gallen • Chosen to represent the United States in the Olympics • Olympic Gold medalist in Show Jumping, Team Competition, August 2008 • Will clinched the win as the anchor rider for the team
Although he wears the breeches and tall boots of an equestrian (and has an Olympic Gold Medal), Will is a horse whisperer in a cowboy hat and chaps at heart. With a consistent thirst for knowledge, he quenches it by continuously learning ways to understand and communicate with the equine being that not only inspires him but also gives him the chance to connect every day. Nicole feels every horse she’s had the opportunity to work with has made her the rider she is today. “It’s endless the value they have all had. I was fortunate that both my parents were horsemen and I grew up in a great barn
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The Simpsons Then and Now.
Nicole ShahinianSimpson 1990/1992
• Winner AHSA Medal Final • Winner ASPCA Medal Championship 1993/1997
• Grand Prix debut • Qualified for the American Invitational • Youngest rider to ever compete in the invitational • Qualified to compete in the Show Jumping World Cup Final 1998
• Winner $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Devon 2001
• 2nd in the $75,000 Bayer/USET Benefit Grand Prix • Tied for 9th in the Show Jumping World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden 2002
• Member of the US team at the WEG in Jerez, Spain • Winner Grand Prix of California • Winner Ariat Grand Prix in Indio, CA 2005
• Winner $25,000 Del Mar National Horse Show Open Equitation Championship • Winner $75,000 Bayer Grand Prix • Winner of multiple classes in Europe at both CSI4* Doanaueschingen and CSI3* Leeuwarden 2008
• Short listed for the Olympic team • 2nd $75,000 Palm Beach/ Adequan Grand Prix 2010
• Third place at the $25,000 Suncast Classic with Kilkenny Rindo • 12th $150,000 Spy Coast Farm World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix • Topped the USEF Selection Trials for the 2010 WEG • Only one to finish in the single digits for their overall score
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environment. I’ve always been comfortable on a horse. I knew I wanted to be a professional and represent the United States, a typical horse girl’s dream. I’m living it!” “I’m so grateful that I chose this profession,” Will says with a smile. “I’ve learned so much from so many great horsemen. I’ve gone up and asked them to work with me and whether they know me or not, they are always open to sharing their knowledge.” He recounted a recent experience. “I watched a guy at WEF (Wellington Equestrian Festival) give a demonstration. He rode his horse bareback without a bridle. I approached and told him I had a horse that feels like he’s fighting me around the course. He asked if I would give him an hour to get the horse cantering better so he would conserve his energy and then have a better jump. He unlocked the door to a much less resistant horse, a very valuable hour.” Considered a consummate horseman himself, Will remains humble and appreciative. “How exciting is it that at 51 years of age, I can still learn from pros that are so willing to give. There are so many great Inspired by the challenge of the ride, horsemen—I could go on and Nicole feels every horse she’s had the on about them. You don’t find that everywhere.” opportunity to work with has made Nicole added, “I will say that her the rider she is today. in the last ten to fifteen years I’ve learned to embrace Will’s and passionate people. They have certainly learned that a true conpassion for natural horsemanship into my tradi- nection between horse and rider as well as husband and wife and as tional upbringing. It definitely enhances who we a mom and dad are essential. The Simpsons have a solid plan mixed are and what we do.” with a keen sense of what skills they need to continuously be at the Simpson Show Jumping is a unique mix of two top of their game while raising a family. It takes hard work, perseverknowledgeable, experienced, focused, determined ance, practice and patience.
San diego polo Season overview
With polo matches every Sunday for the season, fall in love with polo and enjoy a superb summer social scene in idyllic Del Mar. Opening Day: June 12
s the San Diego Polo Club’s 25th Anniversary Season quickly approaches, we anticipate our largest and most successful season to date. We welcome back seasoned players from around the world including Mexico, Argentina, New Zealand, Peru, and Hawaii as they compete within fourteen action-packed weeks of play. We are partnering with a handful of local organizations such as Saving Horses, American Red Cross, WiLDCOAST, and the TERI Therapeutic Equestrian Program. By producing exceptional events, the San Diego Polo Club continues to develop its strong relationship within the local community. San Diego’s Polo roots date back to 1906, when the first Californian match was held on Coronado Island. However, it would take another 70 years before an actual polo club would be established in San Diego and eventually two men named Willis Allen and Harry Collins set upon this goal. They dreamed that one day horses would be galloping upon the green grass adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, and that a thriving polo community would be established. In 1986, that dream was realized when they brought the sport of polo to Rancho Santa Fe. A year later, our club gates officially opened and, in the summer of 1987, we started our inaugural playing season. Twenty-five years later our club is still in the exact same location and we are as deeply rooted in the community as ever, with many of our same original founding members. Our season kicks off with a bi-plane fly-in and party on June 11th, a stylish fashion show and DJ spinning music after the matches, followed by our annual “Cigars and Cars” event on Father’s Day. The San Diego Polo Club hosts two matches every Sunday afternoon from June 12 until October 2, 2011, with live music, full bar, bistro and VIP seating. All ages are welcome and we invite our polo fans to tailgate for the entire match on the east side of the field.
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We expect our bustling social calendar to draw large crowds as we host charity events for Kids Korps and the American Red Cross. The San Diego Polo Club will host an Open House on May 14th to begin the season’s event calendar and the event will mark the launch of another great year. Next up, the old-fashion Chili CookOff and Western Party (July 15), followed by a Farm-to-Fork Dinner hosted by the local farmer’s market and Chef Scotty from ChileCo Catering (and soon to be cooking show celebrity). To draw it all to a close, we host our fan-favorite Crash and Burn Party, which always proves to be an event like no other! The rules of the party explicitly state: each player must bring a FULL case of beer for every time they fall from their horse during the season. As can be expected, beers add up and hilarity usually follows. In our 25th year, the San Diego Polo Club will continue its tradition of thrilling polo matches, fun parties and memorable times. We welcome back the most skilled players and teams from across the globe to compete in seven heart-pounding Cups, as well as the tradition of social parties and giving back to our community. We are certain that our 25th Anniversary season will be a monumental success! We can’t wait to see you back at the polo fields on June 12th! So mark those calendars, polish your champagne flutes, start searching for your over-sized hat, pick out that perfect sundress, load up on some stylish summer flats and get ready for another amazing summer at the San Diego Polo Club!
Photos: Courtesy of Pelican Hill Resort.
Opposite: Graham Bray from New Zealand for Star Meadow. Opposite bottom: San Diego Polo Girls. Top: Jesse and Graham, father and son. Bottom: Scott Dlugos and Jessica Bailey.
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Leipzig 2011 Rolex fei world cup final
A dropped rail (or two) can change the course of history. Such was the case in this year's prestigious indoor show jumping finals. Surprises in every round, favorites dropped down in the rankings while several riders made amazing comebacks... by Louise Parkes. Photos by Ki Houghton/FEI.
ermany’s Christian Ahlmann claimed the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping 2010/2011 title in a thrilling finale on his home ground in Leipzig with superb jumping from his stallion, "Taloubet Z." Sharing the lead with fellow-countryman Marco Kutscher, the 36-year-old rider added just four faults to an otherwise footperfect performance to finish ahead of reigning Olympic champion Eric Lamaze from Canada, while The Netherlands’ Jeroen Dubbeldam rocketed up from overnight 11th to finish third when producing one of only two clear double clears on the final afternoon. There was huge disappointment for Kutscher who had the world’s most prestigious indoor title in his sights until his luck ran out at the very end. Such was the unforgiving nature of Frank Rothenberger’s testing courses however that the slightest of errors proved very costly indeed. Today’s jumping was about scope, speed, courage, accuracy and, most importantly, the rideability of the horses. In the end it was Ahlmann’s 11-year-old "Taloubet Z" who put all the ingredients together to create the winning formula.
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FIND THE KEY US riders were first to find the key to the opening track as veteran Margie Engle’s spectacular round with the exciting grey, “Indigo,” was followed by a copybook run from Beezie Madden and the stunning “Coral Reef Via Volo.” These ladies however were jumping middle-order in the start-list of 27 runners after the previous two competitions, and it didn’t seem that Dubbeldam’s clear with “BMC van Grunsven Simon,” or the equally impressive fault-free effort from 10th-placed McLain Ward and “Antares,” would prove overly influential. The remaining nine however struggled to leave all the fences up—defending champion Marcus Ehning from Germany lowering both the second element of the triple combination at fence four and the last element of the final double to slip from contention with “Sabrina.” Lamaze’s “Hickstead” always raises the heart-rate, and when the stallion crossed the line clear it piled the pressure on the remaining four. There was little between the leaders as they jumped in reverse order of merit, and as the final double also caught New Zealand’s Katie McVean and “Delphi” and Dutchman Gerco Schroder left two on the floor on his tour of the ring with “Eurocommerce New Or-
leans,” then the German leaders were given more breathing space. Second-last to go, Kutscher then further secured his advantage with a clear from “Cash” despite rattling a number of poles, but last man in, Ahlmann fell victim to that tricky final double.
ZERO SCORE As the second round began only Kutscher remained on a zero score with Ahlmann close behind carrying four, Lamaze on six, McVean with eight and Schroder now carrying nine faults. Dubbeldam, who had moved into seventh, began to really threaten the leading bunch with another clear and when Ward’s lovely grey faulted at the very last on the new course, the big Rolex oxer, and Schroder also left one on the ground then the 2000 Olympic champion’s chances were improving all the time. McVean hit the oxer at fence four and Lamaze dislodged the flimsy top plank on the vertical at 10 so the pressure was further relieved for the leading home runners. And when Ahlmann stayed cool as a breeze to bring “Taloubet Z” home clear—he was now guaranteed
at least an honourable second place. But it all fell apart for Kutscher when “Cash” hit the first before bringing down two more for a devastating 12 faults. The German fans groaned with disappointment for him, but they still had a hero to cheer as Ahlmann claimed the coveted title for Germany for the ninth time in the 33-year history of this great series.
UNBELIEVABLY HAPPY “I’m unbelievably happy that everything worked out the way it did”, said the winning rider. “'Taloubet’ did an amazing job all weekend and the only fault he made was his rider’s fault at the last fence in the first round. He is a horse with quality, scope and power but he has no experience of Championship competition so I’m delighted that he showed today that he can do it,” Ahlmann added. Second-placed Lamaze was more than pleased too. “I’m really thrilled with what happened here this week—I couldn’t have asked for any more. ‘Hickstead’ is only starting his season, he didn’t jump indoors all winter so I’m very happy to be where I am right now. Every day gets better for me—it just shows what a great Opposite: Christian Ahlmann, Eric Lamaze and Jeroen Dubbeldam. Top: Jeroen Dubbeldam riding "Simon." Middle: Christian Alhmann. Bottom: General view of the arena.
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horse he is when he can achieve this when he is not even fully fit!” he pointed out. Dubbeldam admitted that he lived in hope even when lying 11th going into the last competition. “You have to believe it’s possible and I went in today thinking I would go up at least a few places,” he said. “I knew my horse was in top form, I had a super feeling in the first class but then on Friday we had an unlucky eight faults—however I still had a super feeling going into today’s competition,” he explained. Ahlmann talked about the “ups and downs” he has experienced with ‘Taloubet.’ “He was difficult to control in the beginning—he jumped a lot more forward and it made it difficult for him over the fences so I tried to build him up slowly and carefully, starting in small classes. It took a lot of time but as you can see today it was well worth the wait!” said the man whose career honours now include Team and Individual gold at European championship level, team bronze from the Olympic Games and team bronze from the FEI World Equestrian Games and now the most desired trophy of the international indoor circuit—the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping title.
Top: Marcus Ehning on "Sabrina"
Rolex fei world cup final Leipzig 2011
Bottom Left: Eric Lamaze, proud winner of the second place.
1Christian 2Eric 3Jeroen 4Marco 4B. MADDEN Ahlmann Lamaze Dubbeldam Kutscher “Taloubet Z”
Germany 04 Total Penalties
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Canada 10 Total Penalties
“Danny boy” "CORAL REEF VV"
Netherlands 11 Total Penalties
Germany 12 Total Penalties
USA 12 Total Penalties
Bottom Right: Eric Lamaze on "Hickstead".
You might be relaxing into summer, but with long, warm days to contend with, this is the time when your wardrobe has to work hardest. White, floral and monochrome studded maxi dresses are the trend of the year. The boho look for summer is all about creativity. It gives you the freedom to layer fabrics, mix prints and fearlessly accessorize.
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Photos by Monsoon.
The boho look does require a bit of extra work, as a style based on perfected messiness can easily go wrong. What this trend needs is a sense of balance. Pull together your look by layering and mixing colors, patterns and materials while keeping an overall balance in mind.
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The trend includes pieces such as caftans, tunics, tiered peasant skirts, ankle-length embroidered dresses and slim weather jeans. Accessories are anything but minimal, so this style features ethnicinspired earrings, large leather belts, floppy hats and oversized sunglasses.
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Equ Lifestyleâ€™s Selection of Some of the Best
Sport Resorts Here we present you four options to turn any travel into a sporting experience, full of adrenaline and passion. These are the best resorts for golf, water sports, tennis and horse jumping: from Scotland to Costa Rica, to the United States, we have analyzed every corner of the world to compile this selection. What are you waiting for? Choose your sport and pack your gear, its time to start a summer full of sport activities.
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PUNTA ISLITA BEACH RESORT, COSTA RICA Water Paradise RESORT HIGHLIGHTS Guanacaste, in western Costa Rica, is a premier destination of lush flora and wildlife at every glance. The best place to stay is Hotel Punta Islita, the first Central American resort to join the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels group. Punta Islita is also member of Virtuoso Hotels and Resorts, Signature Travel Network and The Harper Alliance. Opened in 1994, the hotel is a compendium of eco-friendly strategies and luxury surprises. At Punta Islita you will find 56 accommodation options: 14 deluxe rooms, 8 suites, 8 cottages and 36 villasâ€”all of them include incredible amenities, of course. Pools, terraces and beautiful gardens distinguish these incredible facilities. During your stay, you must visit the Casa Spa, a holistic wellness center that offers you a wide selection of specialized massages with indigenous healing ingredients. At Punta Islita hides the wonderful 1492 Restaurant, where you will discover a fresh perspective of contemporary Costa Rican flavors. If you are looking for a more casual choice, head to Club Playa Borrancho, a poolside lounge devoted to seafood. Delicious flavors, tropical sensations and ecological spirits meet in this unparalleled place.
SPORT EXPERIENCE Photos: Courtesy of Punta Islita Beach Resort.
The natural environment of the area of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is a
paradise for water sports and entertainment. Do not miss the opportunity to ride a surfboard and challenge the waves. It is an activity that obviously requires some skill; the hotel staff will be glad to help you with the arrangements. Kayaking is another must-to-experience in this wonderful place. You can choose between a river kayaking trip, a mangrove experience or a kayaking expedition, either way you will enjoy an incredible sporting adventure. You can also join a fishing expedition or witness the captivating egg-laying ritual of endangered sea turtles. This nighttime experience takes place in nearby Camaronal Beach where you will search for turtles as they peacefully emerge from the ocean. Made possible by Hotel Punta Islita in partnership with the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment and Conservation NGOâ€™s. Hotel Punta Islita Beach Resort. Nicoya, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Ph: +(506) 2656 2020 hotelpuntaislita.com
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The Sea Pines Resort Hilton Head Island RESORT HIGHLIGHTS
The Sea Pines Resort is located in the heart of Hilton Head Island, North Carolina. This is the first “eco-planned” resort in the world, a development that laid the foundations for sustainable tourism in North America. This amazing Hilton Head Island’s icon offers three distinct types of accommodations. Whether you decide to stay at The Inn at Harbour Town; rent one luxurious home or villa near the beach; or stay in the Villas surrounding the Harbour Town Golf Links, you will enjoy a stay full of charm. An array of options of virtually every shape and size awaits, ensuring your comfort. As an added benefit, you will enjoy the freshest seafood and the most succulent steaks in town, as well as the coolest cocktails and the hottest entertainment in the diverse selection of top quality restaurants. The resort offers a world-renowned tennis club, three championship golf courses, and limitless resort recreation. The design and structure of the complex, at all times respects the natural surroundings of Hilton Head Island. This is a sunny retreat, that features incredible amenities, five miles of pristine beaches, 605 acres of forest preserve, and more than 500 suites, villas and beach houses.
Sea Pines Racquet Club is Hilton Head Island’s tennis premier destination. This state-of-the-art tennis facility at The Sea Pines Resort is under the direction of Stan Smith—former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion. With a wide selection of teaching clinics, instructional programs, and tennis vacation packages, it’s easy to see why this place has grown into a tennis-enthusiast’s favorite. It offers 23 clay courts where you can hone your serve and volley game under the watchful eye of USPTA-certified professionals, or just play a match with your friends and family. The Sea Pines Resort also offers you a variety of tennis programs for different ages and skill levels. Whether you are a beginner or perfecting your competitive tournament skills, you’ll find a tennis program to fit your needs. As a registered guest, your first two hours of tennis each day are complimentary. If you ever get tired of playing, you can just relax while attending to a match at the resort’s 1,800-seat stadium court.
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The Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29928 Ph: 186 6561 8802 seapines.com
Photos: Copyright © 2011 The Sea Pines Resort. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
The Perfect Raquet Club
Coworth Park, england The Perfect Equestrian Getaway RESORT HIGHLIGHTS Set in 240 acres of picturesque parkland on the borders of Windsor Great Park, Coworth Park blends the warmth and comfort of a traditional country house hotel with an eccentric spirit that is undeniably English and irrefutably modern. This Dorchester Collectionâ€™s hotel combines the comfort of a traditional country house with the modern-eccentric spirit of British hospitality. The Georgian charm of Coworth Parkâ€™s manor house has been enhanced with an eccentric decorative flair. Every detail epitomizes the British way. Its smoked oak floors and a palette full of subtle yet playful creative accents create a wonderful relaxed atmosphere. The interiors at Coworth Park exhibit a distinctly modern flair. Guests can look forward to fine materials, exquisite craftsmanship and bespoke furniture. In Coworth Park there are different types of accommodations that will satisfy all your needs. The Mansion House offers 30 rooms and suites, all with a creative flair and casual elegance. The Stables boast 28 suites and cabins, each one with modern decor. While the Mansion House and Stables are an interesting stay; the best place to stay is The Dower House, a small mansion, restored that offers the best combination of classic style with the latest technology.
Photos: Courtesy of The Dorchester Collection.
SPORT EXPERIENCE Coworth Park Equestrian Centre sets a new standard in equestrian recreation and is open for all hotel guest and local residents to experience the thrill of horse riding, whatever their level or ambition might be. The Coworth Park Equestrian Centre is a major equestrian venue, where the relationship between riders and horses will expand to a new level. Expert riders will be available to support you at all times. These trainers will give you tips to improve your technique and show you how to work together with the horse. Up to forty horses are taken cared of by a group of professionals in the Coworth Park stables, where hotel guests and residents have free access area. You can also enjoy the excitement of riding, jumping and participating in a polo match, whether you are a beginner or an experienced competitor in the FEI. Coworth Park also retains its close affiliation with polo, with the season taking place from April through to the end of September annually. Blacknest Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7SE Ph: (44) 013 4487 6600 www.coworthpark.com
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RESORT HIGHLIGHTS SPORT EXPERIENCE The Duke’s is highly regarded as one of the finest Heathland championship courses in the British Isles and a ‘must play’ course for any golfer. Its style ranks alongside the great inland challenges, which demand accuracy and inventive play as well as power golf. And with five separate tee positions at every hole, The Duke’s has the flexibility and challenge to appeal to golfers at every level. Peter Thomson, a five-time Open Champion, designed this magnificent course, which was inaugurated in 1995. This 18-hole championship course has an incredible clubhouse—The Private clubhouse—, which boast panoramic views of St. Andrews and overlooks the 9th and 18th holes. St. Andrews, Kingdom of Fife, Scotland KY169SP Ph: + 44 (0) 13 3447 4371 oldcoursehotel.co.uk
Old Course Hotel, Scotland The Cradle of Golf
Photos: Courtesy of Kohler Co.
The Old Course Hotel was built in 1968. Over time, the huge home changed ownership several times, but at all times it has maintained its great spirit, firm structure and dreamy landscape. Today this wonderful hotel, located in St. Andrews, Fife, is a luxury destination, worthy of five red AA stars—which is only awarded to the best hotels in the UK and Ireland, those who stand out among the competition and are identified as Inspectors’ Choice hotels. In October 2004, Kohler Company, based in Wisconsin, acquired the Old Course Hotel and Duke Field. The magnificent resort, recently renovated, has 35 beautiful suites, which include 16 Old Course suites, beautifully decorated with silk walls. Over 20 rooms were completely redesigned by the star French designer, Jacques Garcia. The majority of the suites have private balconies with picture-perfect views of the Old Course and the town of St. Andrews. Many of the suites also feature the distinctive Kohler bathroom products, including the Kohler chromotherapy baths.
Picture Perfect Horses, horses, horses. Great sport and good fun comes in all shapes and sizes in the equestrian world. From show jumping to polo matches, the setting is scenic, social and sure to entertain. Whether in San Juan Capistrano or Del Mar, the California coast is a fabulous place to play. Spend a splendid day or weekend with sport horses in Del Mar. The Del Mar Horse Park and the San Diego Polo Club facilities are literally across the street from one another, with resorts, fine dining, shopping, movie theatres and the ocean minutes away. If Orange County is your destination, the Ranch Mission Viejo Riding Park is only a few miles away from the quaint town of San Juan Capistrano, so pick your pleasure after a the show day. That is if your social calendar is not already full with parties and fundraisers. The photos here capture the sport by day and the social scene by night. Spring was super. Summer promises to be even better with show jumping and/or polo events every weekend throughout the season. Check web sites for details, two we recommend Showpark.com and SanDiegoPolo.com .
Social Flash Picture perfect
4 1. Ali Nilforushan learning how to tango! 2. Sophia Mariana Dos Santos, Francie Snedegar and Alicia Lynch. 3. Andrew Jayne and Bulldog. 4. Hap Hansen riding “Archie Bunker” and Helen McNaught riding “Caballo.”
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1. Mandy Porter. 2. Jamie Taylor. 3. Lane Clarke, Mickey Hayden and Jennifer Rose study the course. 4. Britt Harley. 5. Olaf Petersen Jr. 6. Simon Nizri.
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1. Maria Holm (middle) with Edwin and Irene Seymour. 2. Terry Dwyer, Idit Ferder, Zee Allred and Moti Ferder. 3. Mane Vega and Francisco Pasquel. 4. Nick Haness and Carolyn Mittler. 5. Bliss Heers and Hannah Selleck 6. Verena Schubert and Soehnke Theymann.
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4 1. Charlotte Platzer, Devon Hawley and Lindsey Chronert. 2. Guests of the San Diego Polo Club. 3. Spectators can tailgate the entire game. 4. Mariano Fassetta signing a ball for a fan. 5. Krista Bonaguidi of Hanalei Bay. 6. Diego Cossio and Mike Kearly.
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Laws of style
1. Soft luggage Not all bags are created equal. A duffel bag is the way to go. A hard-sided luggage or a steamer trunk would be impractical. Keep in mind that there would be little room for your luggage so travel light.
2. Travel Bath Kit You will need a bath kit to keep it under the sink or in a drawer, because over seas, your personal items can fall everywhere.
3. Fresh Attitude Bathing suits and linen shirts are essential for men. Two or three bikinis, a few swim cover ups and, obviously, extravagant accessories are the must for women. Remember to bring windbreakers for that chilly sea breeze at sunset.
4. topsiders Sailing shoes must be able to cope well with the inevitability of getting wet. When choosing deck shoes look for those with the traditional white, non-marking soles.
Ten musts to bring
6. Sailor Style
7. watch the sea
8. under the waves
9. oceanic sounds
10. save memories
We know you, that is why we are aware that traveling light is not your thing. But you must choose some items just like a couple of dresses, slacks, some blouses and a pair shoes to go for stroll and dine in the bay.
A two time zone watch, or a moon calendar is a great idea. There are some special waterproof timepieces for sailing. Take a look at those by Audemars Piguet or Richard Mille.
Bring all your water toys with you. A snorkel, googles and a fishing rod, among other items, will make you have a great time. Get ready to dive into the limitless beauty of the sea.
Prepare the ultimate playlist for the seas, it must have all your favorite songs. An iPod and a docking station will set the mood for partying on the sun deck. Tip: bring headphones.
Capture those memorable moments with a Seitzâ€™s 160 megapixel camera. When you come back you can make a scrapbook for bringing back to life that incredible sailing adventure.
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Photo: Courtesy of Gant.
Sunblock, sunglasses and that perfect hat that fits your stYle are indispensable to keep yourself save from sun damages.
Published on Jun 21, 2011
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