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pring is in the air and so are new fashion trends, make the most of it in style with our suggestions from sunglasses to shoes and all the essentials in between. Dress up with cool cuffs, beautiful Lugano creations or a selection from C.J Charles. If you find yourself on a spree in Los Angeles or New York, we have four must-stop shopping options. No time like the present to plan a spring break, with our without kids. We present you with three breathtaking islands, and a handful of spas in locations from near and far that could be a part of an unforgettable getaway. At home brighten up the room with the colorful, creative lamps we feature in Space & Design. Get a glimpse of equestrian excellence from Hermès, live the passion of Polo season and Nations Cups in Wellington, Florida. Feel the thrill and excitement of the inaugural AIG $1 Thermal Million Grad Prix. And a preview of what’s to come on the Global Champions Tour – catch the action from Spain to Qatar. Don’t miss a chance to toast with the best from Bordeaux and Burgundy and get to know our sommelier expert, Edel Schaub Moss. Or if whisky is your whim, Macallan in Lalique is a must. Eat well in Lexington and Manhattan. Live life in the fast lane with our Hypercar feature, sail away on caravan, ski in style – it’s all within these pages. We welcome you to spring and as always we thank you.

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Catherine & Jason Barry Selling Billions in Luxury Real Estate

Villa Nafissa

$40,000,000 Majestic European Elegance in The Bridges $10,995,000

16,000 SqFt Main Residence w/7BR, Resort Club, 2 Guest Houses, Gym, Romantic Classical Gardens, Tennis Ct, 38+ Acres.

Custom 5+BR, Romantic Master Suite, Theater, Game Rm, Wine Cellar, Indoor/Outdoor Entertaining, Stunning Golf Views, 8 Car Garage.

Summerhill Estate

$8,995,000 Stunning Panoramic Views

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$4,998,000 Traditional Elegance Fairbanks Ranch

7BR, Study, Media Room, Wine Cellar, Stunning Views, Mature Landscaping, Tennis Ct, 4 Acres, Orchards.

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4BR, Detached Guest House, Study, Single Story, Wine Room, Light & Bright, Stunning Views, 2.17 Acres.


6+BR, Grand Entry, Office, Pool House with Kitchen, Living Room & Bathroom, Private Cul-de-Sac Location.

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EXPRESSIONS LOOKS Welcome spring in style with these fabulous trends.

MUST Must have stylish gadgets and accessories.

HOURS Superior timepieces from the 2013 SIHH in Geneva.

CUFFS Be dazzling - make the most of this new trend.

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SNEAKERS Stylish yet comfortable sneaker fashion.

ISLANDS A few fantastic paradise locations for your island pleasure.

SPA More of the world’s best spa options discovered.

POLO A taste of the thrills of this fast paced sport.

MAN OF... The magic lenses of Allan Fis.

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SPIRITS SMOKING PIPES A gentleman’s classic redefined with new trends.

HERMÈS The allure of the brand, the excitement of the sport.

SPACE & DESIGN Light up your life in innovative and colorful ways.

WINES Enjoy with the finest from Bordeaux and Burgundy.

DIVINE DINING Delight your senses in Lexington and Manhattan.

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TEST DRIVE Luxury, innovation and speed – go drive a Hypercar.

JOURNAL OF... Wine stories with Equ’s sommelier.

PICTURE PERFECT Fantastic visuals of the winter equestrian scene.

LAWS OF STYLE Live it up in style.


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Expressions LOOKS

Spring into the season with a pop of color from head to toe. A great time for some fashion fun.







Trendsetting spring purchases from accessories to shoes.

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The most acclaimed watches from Geneva’s Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie.

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Some Sumptuous Shopping LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK

Synonymous with what’s hip, trendy and essential in fashion, Fred Segal is a collection of boutiques that will satisfy any shopping appetite – apparel for men, women, kids wear, shoes, hats, cosmetics and more – plus a cool cafe. An L.A. shopping institution since1958, Fred Segal opened a 700 s. f. retail store on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, with the vision of updated casual sportswear for men and women that coincided with the demands of the new decade. Two years later Segal, the man behind the name, saw the future and opened the first jeans-only store. It was a wild success – denim jeans were going for an unheard price of $19.95 when previous pairs had sold for $3. Fred Segal continued to grow and prosper, meanwhile staying true to the founding keywords—fashion, quality, satisfaction, service, selection and fun. Over the last half-century, the retail options expanded through a unique approach to retailing, employee store ownership. By taking an individual’s area of fashion expertise and empowering them with ownership, Segal’s employee-owners provided a unique and unparalleled collection of fashion that continues to attract trendsetters and entertainment royalty. Depending on the era, shoppers who frequented Fred Segal included Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Michael Jackson, Madonna, Oprah, Brad Pitt, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Matt Damon and more. So after a long shopping excursion, customers and celebrities alike can relax at the salon and spa or eat at one of the two delicious restaurants, the Comfort Café or Umami Burger. 420 & 500 Broadway in Santa Monica.

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Discover the most unique clothing, jewelry, accessories, and home goods at this avant-garde retail space. With stores in L. A. and Malibu, a gallery in Beverly Hills, and even a discounted outlet called Bleu, Maxfield stocks clothes and furniture that you will rarely find elsewhere. The women’s collection features well-known designers such as Yamamoto, Chanel, Saint Laurent and Balmain. The store is also known for their outstanding men’s collection, from designers such as Carol Christian Poell, Rick Owens and Mastermind Japan. Outstanding from the outside in, the store is known for provocative window displays, truly an impressive and personalized shopping experience that will keep you coming back. Melrose Ave (Los Angeles) & Cross Creek (Malibu) locations.

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It was 111 years ago when Edwin Goodman and Herman Bergdorf opened a small tailor shop in New York. Goodman was the first couturier to introduce ready-to-wear, changing the way New York woman dressed and making Bergdorf Goodman a premier American and French fashion destination. The small shop expanded and in 1928 moved their 5th Avenue location, the former site of the beautiful Cornelius Vanderbilt mansion. Bergdorf Goodman’s name has been attached to fashion over the decades, including designing Jacqueline Kennedy’s inaugural ball dress, the debut of Michael Kors, and the 1999 opening of The Beauty Level, introducing the US debuts of Amore Pacific, Guerlain, and more. The BG Restaurant, famous for its Gotham salad, has one of the best Central Park views. The best names in the footwear industry—Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Blahnik—are part of the Shoe Salon, one of the largest displays of shoes in the world. Bergdorf Goodman takes windowshopping to an entirely new level with their impressive and innovative decoration. Thanks to Linda Fargo, David Hoey and the talented creative team, the windows at Bergdorf Goodman are a spectacular museum, decorated with paintings, photographs and the best trends on extraordinary mannequins or even the occasional ‘live’ person. A sight to be seen on 5th Avenue inside and out.

The Hendri Bendel store is an icon in Manhattan. Named for the original owner, a milliner (hat maker), who came to New York from Louisiana in 1895 to open his own shop. A pioneer in many aspects, by 1913 Bendel had created the brown and white stripe bag with his name, had one of the first stores on 5th Avenue, was the first to host a semi-annual sale as well as an in-store fashion show. In the 1960’s the store featured the work of Andy Warhol as an illustrator and began the concept of a ‘famed street of shops’ within the store. Receiving landmark status in the 1990’s, the store resides in two landmark buildings, the Rizzoli Building and Coty Building. Post renovation, new ownership and its 100th birthday, the retail haven is still true to the vision of delighting fashionable women through innovation. Herni Bendel is slated ‘A Girl’s Playground’. On the main floor you will find the “Gazebo shop” featuring the Henri Bendel accessories collection, and cosmetics brands such as Mally Beauty, Kevin Aucoin and Laura Mercier. On the second floor enjoy a tremendous costume jewelry selection, sunglasses, small leather goods and fragrances. And on the last level visit the prestigious Frédéric Fekkai hair salon.

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Keep it simple THE NEW SEASON is all about simplifying. This doesn’t mean going absolutely minimal, just be certain that each piece is essential. One idea is a solid color suit and shirt, in neutral tones like pale gray, but infuse it with a touch of the season - include a print tie, scarf or pocket square. A bright belt or a pair of colorful shades also adds a touch of fun to your outfit while still looking sharp. Loafers are definitely the shoes of the season, no longer strictly casual, also a great fit for the workplace.

1. Modern retro Fascinating glasses with a clean, round design for the contemporary and cosmopolitan man.

2. Versatile belt Casual enough for jeans, this belt also pairs well with dress pants.

3. Travel ally Travel in style with this handsome duffle bag, ideal for holding all of your weekend excursion necessities.




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4. Woven suede Make a sophisticated statement with these Salvatore Ferragamo woven loafers. Style, comfort, and a great color, perfect for the season.

5. Windy days Exhibit traditional Italian elegance and quality with this classic light scarf, for those fashionably windy days. Photos: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton, Corneliani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hermès and Salvatore Ferragamo.

6. Italian sign The distinguishing features of every Ermenegildo Zegna piece – high quality, exclusive materials and skillful artistry – are evident in these dapper cufflinks.




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Spring is here TRENDS STRAIGHT from the runway that you just can’t ignore - sky blue, cobalt blue or shiny royal blue - the color is making a spring splash so incorporate it into your wardrobe. You may also want to consider adding any garment or accessory wrapped in geometric patterns, flowers or python print.

1. Great investment This soft green biker leather jacket by McQ Alexander McQueen is a worthwhile investment for any season.

2. Feeling girly Think pink for your iPad case and highlight your fabulous femininity even more.

3. Geometric glam Try this beautiful mini skirt with sequin embellishment in a geometric print for your most glamorous nights out.




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4. Floor level Flats are a spring must. These cream leather pointed toe flats are comfortable, versatile and fabulous.

5. Good friend A light scarf is an essential style piece, an ideal addition for those windy afternoons. Wear it well. Photos: Courtesy of Elie Saab, River Island, Salvatore Ferragamo, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Hermès, Boohoo, Jimmy Choo, Mulberry, Burberry.

6. Hi-tech metal This Burberry blue metallic leather clutch bag has a sheen that says spring is here in style.




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Eton Shirts

EVERY DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN’S WARDROBE includes certain essentials, the building blocks that are used to create exceptional outfits. These may not be the pieces that garner the most attention, but without them no ensemble would be complete. Finding an exemplary shirt is a crucial element to a perfect outfit, the difference between knowing what to wear and simply getting dressed. Dress shirts all share certain characteristics, but the finest shirts stand out in several aspects: the material, the shape of the design, the patterns and colors of the fabric, the buttons and other embellishments. Annie and David Pettersson founded Eton in 1928, and their original craftsmanship, married with innovative weaving technology and a unique finishing process, allowed them to grow from a small, twoperson operation in Sweden to a company known worldwide for its superior quality. Attention to detail has always been at the heart of the process for Eton. It begins with designing the fabrics in house – Eton uses only the finest Pima and Egyptian cotton and the most vibrant dyes. And

no detail is too insignificant – the buttons have a unique, patented design, and even the buttonholes feature 125 stitches, significantly more than other dress shirts. A standout series is the Eton Red Ribbon collection, business shirts that form the centerpiece of Eton’s portfolio. The Red Ribbon shirts feature a wide variety of exclusive patterns, colors and details, combined with artisanal tailoring and an assortment of collars and cuffs to ensure an unimpeachable fit. Thanks to a unique spinning, weaving and high-tech, 35-step finishing process, the sophisticated look of these shirts will last all day. The manufacturing expertise ensures that the shirts retain their true colors for long-lasting style. In addition to the Red Ribbon collection, Eton has launched a Black Ribbon series of formal shirts and a hand-made Diamond Collection. Eton shirts can be found worldwide, from Dubai to London to New York, indicative of the company’s global success. Eton prides itself on creating tomorrow’s vintage – update your wardrobe with shirts from their collections and join the legacy of flawless craftsmanship and singular fashion.

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It’s time to leave your comfort zone and experiment a little— at least when it comes to fashion. Enter the world of haute horology and choose a stylish timepiece. Ramp up your style with new colors and prints, like paisley. Splurge on a perfect pair of shoes. Challenge your traditional belts with a pair of neo-preppy suspenders.




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Louis Vuitton knows how to take a belt beyond the basics, offering styles for all tastes and ages.

The Grand Complication is the most intricate wristwatch ever created by A. Lange & Söhne.

Each pair of shoes from Gaziano & Girling combines Italian comfort with British tradition.

This fabulous shade of blue is a great color this season—here is one way to add it to your wardrobe.

These handsome yet playful cufflinks are the ideal complement to any dress shirt.

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Add this silk paisley printed pocket square from Carolina Herrera to any ensemble for a dashing effect.

Lined with a colorful pattern, this GANT sport coat by Michael Bastian adds a bit of classy fun to your closet.

Like plenty of other mid-century essentials—yes including trendy pocket squares— suspenders feel like they’re back in style.

Whether keeping track of your to do list or writing your memoir, do it in a handsome manner with these journals from Hackett.

The size of this leather duffle makes it ideal for overnight stays; its classic shape makes it timeless.




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Spring has arrived in bright shiny shades of blue, green and more. Go baroque – it’s so vogue this season. Trends lean towards excess, oversize and decorative embellishments. Mix with pointy toe pumps in a python print. Don’t miss out on the math - a geometric accessory is a must-have.




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2. Dress in sapphire

Fashion meets your inner child with this fabulously fun geometric Lego piece-like clutch.

Add a burst of color to your wardrobe with this vibrant sapphire, streamlined and sophisticated dress.

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5. Snake style

The Valentina Assoluto fragrance with precious Italian Floral Chypre reflects feminine elegance and power.

The Bijou eyewear collection is inspired by the lavish baroque jewelry worn by Mademoiselle Chanel.

Embrace the python print from head to toe. The key to pull it off is one piece at a time.

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Stylish leather and raffia waist belt with goldtone hardware and contrasting color detail.

Fall in love with the beading and embellishment of this baroque jacket. Fabulous.

The Everglades reconstructed coral necklace and matching double earrings scream “wow!�

Have fun with this feminine and floral scarf with a fashionable iconic print from Salvatore Ferragamo.

Blue Rebel, Blue Boy and Coco Blue, the three sexy shades of the exclusive Les Jeans nail collection.

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ImagIne Holly golIgHtly In Breakfast at tIffany’s – portrayed by the lovely Audrey Hepburn – standing at the Tiffany’s window display while having a croissant and coffee. The quintessential 5th Avenue breakfast to go. To reenact this scene fashionably you must have the right shades. Make a scene with OG frames. With an incredible sense of creativity and flair, Olivier Goldsmith put sunglasses on the fashion map. OG put black spectacles on Michael Caine, white frames on Hepburn, star after star completed their look in designs by Oliver Goldsmith. Founded in 1926, P. Oliver Goldsmith’s company, first set out to make protective lenses for the eyes. A few decades later, protective lenses evolved into iconic fashion statements, declarations of individuality. Designers - Givenchy, Vidal Sassoon and Dior - approached Goldsmith to design frames to complement their collections. OG became synonymous with stars and style. Revolutionizing, OG was

the first brand to create a winter collection, runway editions and the first sunglasses featured in chic magazines like Vogue. The brand transformed sunglasses into fashion and pioneered a new concept: Eyewear. From bamboo frames, to butterflies, eyewear has become much more than protection; it is a must-have fashion accessory. A family business since the beginning, now with more than eighty years of experience, OG continues to provide clients with innovative and stylish ways of seeing the world. Committed to finding the best craftsman has led OG to work with frame-makers from England, their home base, as well as Italy, Japan and Germany. Eyewear as we know it today is thanks to the legacy of this house. Protect your vision in style with the original trendsetter, go lightly or go large but don’t go without a great pair OG frames.

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IN LOS ANGELES large pieces of land are few and far between. Drive just 30 minutes out of Beverly Hills to Santa Susana and find an exquisite piece of property on 123 acres, Hummingbird Nest Ranch. Welcoming with an oak tree lined road and wide expanses of gorgeous green grass, the ‘nest’ includes a Mission-style main house, several guest houses, one called Sitting Bull from the 1920’s, and a pristine equestrian facility. The property has been the setting for several Hollywood films and television shows, is the idyllic spot for a wedding, and a fabulous location for a social event, but focusing on the equine aspect, Hummingbird Nest is home to El Sueño de Amistad Training, the dream of Stefanie Saperstein and her partner Richard Padilla. With a magnificent thirty-seven stall main barn, surrounded by nature and all the amenities of an ideal show jumping place, there are gorgeous turnout paddocks, an all weather sand ring, a large grass grand prix field, and a derby field. The natural obstacles on the field are comparable to those found at Spruce Meadows, one of the top competition facilities in the world. With no hint of the city life, the ranch also boasts a lake and a bell tower that was built from the bricks of the original cattle barn. Stefanie’s parents, David and Suzanne, who share her love of horses, built the entire estate. Though only Stefanie continues to ride, her father maintains the facility to allow for the equestrian dream. Stefanie and Richard actively seek to offer the advantages of El Sueño de Amistad’s base at Hummingbird Nest to the show jumping world. With a goal to add extraordinary value, the pair already hosted several unique events and have an annual schedule that will bring in top clinicians, course

designers and riders from all around the world. Moreover, they are inviting trainers to trailer in and school with their own horses and clients. With a love for all things equestrian, a network for top of the line event management and the spectacular backdrop of Hummingbird Nest the sky is the limit for El Sueño’s calendar. Stefanie and Richard invite all show jumpers, derby horses and riders to consider El Sueño events as a part of their schedule. Whether a one-day sojourn or a long-term training plan, equestrian dreams are available in Santa Susana.

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Piaget Emperador Coussin Ultrathin Minute Repeater

A watch crafted entirely in-house, with a movement that took a team of six engineers three years to produce. The minute repeater includes an automatic winding mechanism and a remarkably thin design.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatour Exceptional performance that not only integrates four sprung balances and an original powerreserve display but includes no fewer than five differentials. Master watchmakers, engineers and designers worked hand-in-hand to achieve this perfect fusion of technique and design.

IWC Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Jubilee

With a reputation as a materials pioneer in the watchmaking industry, this is the first watch case made of titanium aluminide. The crew for the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team will wear this magnificent and robust timepiece.

To celebrate 180 years of Jaeger-LeCoultre, the all-star team of watchmakers decided to launch the third version of their iconic piece “Gyrotourbillon�, this version is equipped with a Flying Gyrotourbillon. Inventive and striking, it is inspired by the pocket-watches of the 19th century.

Montblanc Nicolas Rieusec Rising Hours Named for the inventor of the chronograph, this is a magnificent twist on the original design. The Rising Hours edition includes a very practical complication and a time teller window that displays the hours in blue or black according to the time of day.

Photos: Courtesy of Piaget, IWC, Roger Dubuis, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Vacheron Constantin.

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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Lady

Montblanc Villeret Seconde Authentique Diamonds

Impeccable craftsmanship and design, this beautiful yet simple timepiece has 54 diamonds in its frame. Tasteful and traditional, the watch was a sensation at SIHH in Geneva.

Designed for an elegant wrist, the dial has an unmistakable look with mother-of-pearl, raised hour scale and black Roman numerals. The concave polished bezel is set with brilliant-cut diamonds.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Celestial Inspired by the sky, the watchmakers from the Valley of Joux created a blend of expertise and constellations. Displayed on a deep blue lapis lazuli guillochĂŠ dial with mysterious, star-shaped hand. Delicate yet delightful.

Piaget Limelight Gala 32mm GOA38160 Inspired by the sophistication and luxury of the 60’s this design is sensual and appealing with an elegant diamond bezel that extends on either side, totaling 62 gems. Sleek, elegant and so feminine.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur 36 Distinctly feminine, this pink gold model is made with over 700 brilliant cut diamonds, including two rows symmetrically placed on the bracelet and more on the bezel. In total over 5 carats. With stylized Roman numerals and 30-second sub dial, it was simply dazzling at SIHH in Geneva.

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FFICINE PANERAI PRESENTS THE LUMINOR 1950 3 DAYS CHRONO FLYBACK ORO ROSSO, new chronograph with flyback function and an automatic movement with a power reserve of three days. The new chronograph in red gold is the first to be made by Officine Panerai using the new P.9100 calibre, developed and produced entirely in the Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel. MOVEMENT - Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9100 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai.

FUNCTIONS - Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, flyback chronograph, seconds reset.

CASE - Diameter 44 mm, 18 ct. polished red gold. Polished red gold buttons with engraving for the chronograph functions at 10 o’clock and 8 o’clock.

DIAL - Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds and minutes hands.

CRYSTAL - Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.

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he 1815 RATTRAPANTE PERPETUAL CALENDAR melds the technical fascination of a rattrapante chronograph with the enduring precision of a perpetual calendar that does not need to be corrected until the year 2100, and then by only one day.

MOVEMENT - Lange manufacture calibre L101.1, manually wound, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand.

FUNCTIONS - Time indicated in hours, minutes, and subsidiary seconds; rattrapante chronograph with minute counter; perpetual calendar with date, day of week, month, moon phase and leap year; power-reserve indicator.

CASE - Platinum. Diameter: 41.9 millimeters; height: 14.7 millimeters DIAL - Solid silver CRYSTAL AND CASEBACK - Sapphire crystal

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ith a revolutionary tourbillon, Cartier introduces a piece reated by their own master watchmakers. This unusual movement is the product of five years of development at the Cartier Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds..

MOVEMENT - Cartier Manufacture, mechanical with manual winding, Astrotourbillon CASE - 18 carat white DIAMETER - 47 mm CROWN - Circular-grained in 18 carat white, set with a sapphire cabochon CRYSTAL - Sapphire CASE BACK - Transparent sapphire crystal

Vacheron Constantin

Patrimony Traditionelle World Time


acheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionelle World Time in 18kt Rose Gold. Vacheron Constantin’s new World Time watch shows the time in 37 time zones, and both time and time zone are set by a single crown.

FUNCTIONS - Hours, minutes, seconds, time in 37 time zones via rotating city and hour rings, day/night indicator

MOVEMENT - Caliber 2460 WT, made in-house, consisting of the self-winding movement 2460 with world-time

MODULE - 40-hour power reserve; Geneva Seal CASE - Rose gold with sapphire crystal and caseback, waterresistant to 30 meters

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Boho-luxe aesthetic Throw in a touch of bohemian style to your look with this 18-karat jewel set with cubic zirconia and white chalcedony stones.

Embellished dragonfly This original gold-toned crystal bead embellished cut-out dragonfly cuff cleverly incorporates the fashion house’s signature skull motif.

Pops of neon No one mixes little pops of neon with antique rhinestone pieces better than a true Parisian of Tunisian descent like Shourouk.

Industrial-edged This funky bracelet was inspired by manhole covers, pipe networks - the infrastructure found beneath city streets. Make a city girl statement.

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Genuine Stingray Brighten your day and your ensemble – put on a comfortable and simple Stingray. Comes in a variety of bold bright colors.

Precious feather Combine unique Bollywood glamour with youthful California coolness wearing this turquoise etched-feather piece.

Gold digger A bold combination of gold and silver give a unique twist to this eye-catching bracelet. Dress to impress.

Cités d’Or Crafted from a cluster of 18-karat gold-plated nuggets, punctuated with green glass stones. Artsy and chic..

Photos: Courtesy of Chanel, Isharya, DanniJo Jewels, Chopard, Alexander Moqueen, Eddie Borgo and Rodrigo Otazu.

Crystal envy A big, bold enviable piece, handmade with Swarovski crystals on ox brass, interwoven with suede.

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NEAKERS SNEAKERS neakers akers sne AKERS Dazzling steps

French luxe The Ash patchwork suede with a pink wedge is a hot addition to any ensemble.

Snake and studs Snazzy snakeskin embossed sneakers with round stud-detailed cap toe. A sensational look.

Photos: Courtesy of Miu Miu, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, Ash and Christian Louboutin.

Dazzling Comfort

Sizzle with every step in these sparkly high-tops. Bold with black.

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Exotic choice Snake print leather with soft suede and a gold toe –totally luxurious comfy chic.

Zip it up Sweet and stylish with a double-zip closure in a comfortable lace-up style, crafted from pebbled Italian leather.

Glitter girl Bejeweled sparkly sneakers with extra bling at the toe fabulous.

Wedge alert Super edgy! Zippers trim metallic leather and canvas, lifted by a reflective metal-covered wedge.

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Grooming expressions

Smooth Shave

Although not extensive, there are a few essential grooming practices for gentleman. Among those procedures is shaving. Too often rough and irritating on the skin, if armed with the right tools, the act of removing facial hair can be a pleasurable, even pampering, experience. So men, read on. And women don’t neglect your men; this could change their, and your, life. Equ discovered a brand of products that are bound to become must in every man’s kits - Zirh’s, the best in man’s skincare. Focusing on the all-important shave, we recommend Zirh’s Shaving Products to achieve that clean-cut look, with a fresh and youthful texture. Zirh’s basic shaving kit contains three must-have products simply indispensable to making shaving a pleasure. First ready the skin for the razor with their Prepare Shave Oil, a fragrance-

free oil made from a combination of herbs, vitamins and plant extracts including passion flower and Vitamin E. Designed to add a protective layer and allow the razor to glide gently, this botanical oil helps prevent irritation. Follow with their Men’s Shave Gel, an aloe vera gel that moistens the skin, and instead of producing foam, remains transparent, so shaving is both easier and less messy. The foam-free aspect is also good for sideburns and other facial hair. Finish the process with their Soothe Post-Shave Treatment, with 60 nutrients, minerals and vitamins including aloe vera, ginseng and acacia, this moisturizing solution helps skin recover its natural smoothness post shaving. Look and feel barbershop fresh. ZIrh’s exclusive line of men’s skin care products are must-have at home and on the road.

Photos: Courtesy of ZIRH Products and TPR Holdings LLC.

three steps away from the perfect shave

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Draco et Phoenix

Photo: Courtesy of Tibaldi.


TWO OF THE MOST DIVINE CREATURES in Chinese mythology are the dragon and the phoenix. Beyond representing seasons, elements and more, these sacred creatures personify the heavenly gods and symbolize precision and perfection, ideal qualities in a writing instrument. Tapping into this spiritual power, Tibaldi created the Latin-named “Draco et Phoenix” special edition fountain pen and roller ball collection. Limited to a production run of only 99 sets, these pens feature key elements from the legends of each animal. Fashioned from black resin, the regal dragon on the fountain pen impeccably complements the elegant phoenix that graces the ivory resin roller ball. Master craftsmen meticulously carve the pens from a single bar of raw material, ensuring dependable performance. The blank and white beauty of the pens evokes a sense of yin and yang, and the sacred dragon and phoenix are both aspects of those primal principles. Solar and lunar power, the imperial supremacy of the emperor and the empress – all intertwined in hand-painted brilliance on the pen barrels. Both the Draco and the Phoenix pens are embellished with the Clou de Paris pattern, found on premium timepieces and other luxury items since the 18th century. This diamond patterned finish is created with ster-

ling silver and plated with rose gold, and each Clou de Paris engraving is rigorously sized in divine proportion – a ratio believed to be among the most aesthetically pleasing in nature. Attention to even the smallest detail is evident in this spiritual set of divine writing instruments. Technological innovation meets sublime elegance with every pen created by Tibaldi, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, and has developed collectible showpieces for brands such as Bentley and Bugatti. Tibaldi’s Fulgor Nocturnus, adorned with diamonds and other gemstones, sold at an auction in 2010 for a record $8 million dollars. Capture the pure essence of writing with this timeless and exclusive collection.

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studs. All of the cases in this collection are lined with a plush velveteen fabric and feature matching adjustable pads to gently secure each timepiece. Give your exclusive timekeeping treasure the luxurious home it deserves with a case from Rapport London.

Photo: Courtesy of Rapport London.

AS KIDS, WE ALL DREAMED OF finding a treasure chest, brimming with rare and priceless riches. That dream is still alive today, only now the difference is that the treasure is real, and we pursue a way to protect it. Luxury watches deserve an opulent and precious sanctuary, and the watch cases of Rapport London are truly unparalleled. A discussion of luxury watches inevitably revolves around several principle names: Patek Phillipe, Vacheron Constantine, Cartier, Ladoire, to list but a few. There is, however, another name that deserves mention among these greats of horology. Though he may not be associated with tourbillions, guillochĂŠ dials and complications, Maurice A. Rapport established a legacy of precision watch cases over one hundred years ago that continues to this day. In 1898, Rapport, an energetic entrepreneur only twenty years of age, created his first timepiece. Garnering great acclaim, the watch allowed Rapport the reputation to build a company and brand, that today, four generations later, continues to be an industry pioneer. Rapport London recently launched the Portman Collection, a stunning group of watch cases headlined by the limited edition Studded Cases. Accommodating up to four watches, these cases come in traditional brown leather with brass studs and edges, or black matte rubber with rose gold

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Where is paradise? A great question. You only get a week, maybe two or three to escape from the city rush. With winter behind us and warm weather ahead; we say grab your bathing suit, get a tan and enjoy the sea breeze. not just any sea, mind you. Prepare to pack your suitcase and pick one of the fantastic three islands featured in our exclusive islands of Paradise.

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ith just over two square miles of privately owned property Mustique Island offers its guests and residents peace and quiet, white beaches, no traffic and ideal weather. In this intimate setting sits the luxurious Cotton House, a 13-acre heaven surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on the west, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. Mustique is the definition of exclusive, with only one full service, luxurious resort and 100 private residences on the entire island. Inhabit one of 17 superb suites, managed by g.l.a hotels, with a private veranda and plunge pool surrounded by acres of beautiful gardens and sparkling turquoise water.

Where to Stay? Cotton House Resort, Mustique Island St. Vincent & the Granadines West Indies.

Photo by : courtesy of Mustique Island Resort.

Welcome to a private and pristine Caribbean paradise, Mustique Island.

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Charming, elegant and modern, every suite and cottage offers Ipod docking stations, flat screen televisions along with DVD players and a complimentary DVD library plus 110 & 220 volt outlets with UK & US plugs. Enjoy a private picnic on one of nine beaches with a delicious basket prepared by the Cotton House. Mingle with guests and residents at the weekly cocktail party in the Great Room Bar overlooking the lily pond. Offering a plethora of activities from sailing and snorkeling to tennis and horseback riding, the island may be intimate but the enjoyment endless. And of course exotic island spa treatments are on the menu. The breathtaking sights, the serenity, the adventure, the luxury beckon you to visit the Cotton House, an island paradise.

Every suite is tastefully decorated and fully equipped with the latest technology.

Celebrities and dignitaries escape to this island for true peace and quiet.

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Small but exquisite. Experience unparalleled beauty on an exclusive island dedicated to conservation and built for luxury.


Photo by : courtesy of Cousine Island Resort.

ne of 115 islands in the Seychelles, Cousine’s 62 acres are surrounded by the sparkling blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Neighbor to Zanzibar and Madagascar, this remote location can only be reached by helicopter or boat. Stay in one of four French Colonial style beach villas, built with unparallel lavishness that can accommodate up to eight guests. With ample space between each structure and the call of nature nearby, the atmosphere is serene and private. Whether you rent a room or the entire place, escape is expected, as a stay on Cousine Island is truly getting away from it all. Purchased privately in 1992, the island was set aside for conservation and restoration. After spending eight years planting thousands of

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With the finest accommodations, guests are also invited to enjoy the pristine beaches, gourmet dining in The Pavilion, where the cuisine is custom-prepared from fresh and local produce and of course the spa treatments. Relax next to a private pool, as you sip on a refreshing cocktail. The friendly staff will make you feel at home in this gorgeous private paradise.

Enjoy one of four fabulous villas on the beach with all the amenities . Truly escape from today’s fast-paced world. Visit Cousine Island where paradise waits.

trees, rescuing endangered species and reestablishing native wildlife, the island opened its doors to a very select group of guests. So simply staying on Cousine Island is a contribution to the conservation of nature. Guests are encouraged to get involved – plant a tree or assist with monitoring endangered sea turtles or land birds. Be at one with nature. Savor the surroundings that are both bountiful and beautiful. Other activities include snorkeling or scuba diving, a variety of fishing adventures and excursions to surrounding Seychelles islands, each with its own uniqueness.

Where to Stay? Cousine Island PO Box 977 Victoria, Mahe (248) 4321107

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LAUCALA ISLAND SOUTH SEA SENSATION. Dazzling beaches, turquoise lagoons, green mountains – this luscious Fijian archipelago is both serene and scenic.

Photo by : courtesy of Laucala island resort.

Ocean breezes, deep blue waters, tropical gardens and luxurious accommodations


his delightful and extremely private South Pacific tropical pearl is home to 25 luxurious residences as well as six unique restaurants and bars within 4.6 square miles of paradise. The enduring island philosophy is to cherish as well as protect nature. Breathtaking describes the immaculate grounds, tended by 30 full-time gardeners, with bamboo gates leading to gorgeous and fragrant gardens, lush lawns, a palm plantation and orchids galore. The sparkling South Pacific shoreline wraps around this breathtaking and exquisite setting. Uber-chic and ultra-exclusive, privacy and discretion is a mandate, so celebrities can relax in the paparazzi-free zone. Soft and flowing décor mixed with a Fiji touch, including wood beams and rope trim, bathtubs made of rock and basins created from rain trees, the relaxing vibe continues inside. Each villa has all the modern essentials, including Where to Stay? WiFi, plasma screen and MP3 Laucala Island, Fiji sound system, plus two fully +(679) 888 0077 stocked bars – one with superb wine, champagne and liquor

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and the other with refreshing freshly squeezed juices. With windsurfers, kayaks, dive gear and wetsuits provided, any type of water play can be arranged. Or on land you can play on the David McLay Kidd designed 18hole golf course. A staff of seven maintains the 32 pristine pools. Laucala’s working farms provides almost all of the resort’s food, from the herbs to the vegetables, the meat to the drinking water, which is filtered through volcanic rock and drawn from subterranean wells. The array of produce includes avocado, mangos, passion fruit, pineapple and eggplant just to name a few. Protected fishing grounds allow islanders to catch lobster, octopus, squid, crabs and a variety of fish.

Enjoy pristine pools and sumptuous spa treatments, with products made from locally grown ingredients.

Each spacious suite has its own private beach, while making the most of natural light as well as spectacular views of the open sea. Watch the sunset from your private balcony, as you catch up on your reading, or ask for a tasty local dish to be sent to your room- the kitchen staff, as well as the concierge, will be more than happy to take care of your every need.

Breathtaking views in a Fiji-influenced paradise, by day or by night

Fiji’s magnificent sunsets is a sight you will never forget. Treasure the beauty of this paradise.

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News expressions

Padparadscha Sapphire

Pretty in Pink. Exquisite in appearance and design, the Lugano Padparadscha sapphire ring is an elegant yet bold statement. Although the stone has not received the fanfare of other precious gems, the Padparadscha sapphire is truly unique. The original use of the term Padparadscha is derived from the Sanskrit/Singhalese padmaraga, a color akin to the lotus flower. Unlike other rubies and sapphires, the finest color of padparadscha is not directly a function of color intensity (saturation). This ring features a cushion cut Padparadscha sapphire with a delicate pink color. Lugano’s designers framed the stone with 1.98 carats of fancy pink gems and collection diamonds. The result is a breathtaking ring with a sparkling pink shimmer. Versatile, this piece can also be worn as a pendant. Simply stunning. An international jewelry firm established almost forty years ago, Lugano Dimaonds has a worldwide reputation as a leading diamond manufacturer. This entre into the business sets Lugano apart from other jewelry designers, as the stone is the main character in every creation.

As explained by Lugano’s C.E.O and Founder, Moti Ferder, “Whereas most jewelry designers create the design and then find the stone that will fit to their plans, we start from picking out a stone that is rare or unique or creates a story and we design around that.” Offering an unparalleled selection of jewelry from bridal to brooches, Lugano also creates pieces with exceptional custom design. Their skilled artisans and craftsmen will work with a client to bring an idea or vision to life. Whether it is the Padparadscha Sapphire ring or another dazzling creation, peruse Lugano’s creations online or visit their elegant Newport Beach salon by appointment.


Photos: courtesy of Lugano.

Lugano’s Latest sensation

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Spa expressions

The blissful touch




Escape to a far away paradise. Ananda Destination Spa is located in the Himalayan foothills, surrounded by forests. Upon arriving, you are not just entering a 24,000 square foot spa that offers over 80 body and beauty treatments, but an experience that strives to achieve the ultimate harmony between the physical and the mental realms. Ananda integrates the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda with the more contemporary Western spa approach. And the result is simply divine.

If the Caribbean is your calling, head to Carlisle Bay. Chic and contemporary, surrounded by beautiful blue waters and lush rainforest, the resort has 82 spacious suites and is home to the Blue Spa. With 17,000 square feet, six luxurious treatment rooms, including one dedicated to wet treatments and another to couples, pure relaxation awaits. The Spa also offers personal trainers and a gym full of equipment, plus yoga and Pliates in a tropical garden setting.

Seeking to reestablish a harmonious balance between body, mind and spirit, SHA is built on a mountainside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, near the picturesque town of Villa de Altea. Aside from its beauty, the weather is ideal year-round. SHA Spa has 41 treatment rooms, a couple treatment suite, medical and consultation rooms.

Carlisle Bay Old Road St. Mary’s. Antigua, West Indies +1 268-484-0000



Begin with a traditional full body massage given by two experienced Ayurveda therapists using Sesame oil; this experience is also known as the “four-handedmassage” Abhyanga improves physical consistency, helps liquefy toxins and induces relaxation, whilst eliminating impurities. After this treatment you are on your way to a new physical and mental state.

Look youthful and refreshed. This award-winning facial will improve the firmness and elasticity of your skin through shiatsu inspired massage techniques and a refreshing Ice Lift facemask. Results are dramatic and immediate.

VISHUDDHA HARMONISING FACIAL. Vishuddha means “extremely pure”. The 16 petals of the throat chakra are reflected on the face. Rose oil is the mean for healing and combined with ancient marma massage and light nurturing stokes this facial purifies and opens up the energy field of the face and neck. It works to remove blockages and stimulates the flow of energy along the pathways of the face and so prepares them to receive the prana and light, awakening your higher energy and restoring your natural beauty.

FLORAL MASSAGE RITUAL A scent-sual experience inspired by traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic principles. Warm floral sachets soothe muscle tension and improve circulation. Heaven in the Carribean.

LOMI JUMA MASSAGE RITUAL This fusion of healing traditions from the Pacific and the Mediterranean brings together a variety of massage movements to release energy, soothe tension and restore harmony between body and mind. It is the ultimate relaxation retreat.

SHA REJUVENATION (7 DAYS) Beyond a spa, the SHA Rejuvenation is a program to optimize health. Through a multi-step processs, experts create the perfect combination of ancient Eastern techniques and the latest scientific advances in predictive medicine and personalized prevention. One month prior to your arrival, you will receive a home kit and ask to return it with a saliva sample, in order to analyze genetic information whilst preparing for your arrival; experts will determine the factors that may be having negative impact on you, introduce you to a new lifestyle and all the necessary treatments to optimize your life quality. Among other components, this journey towards health and well-being includes a long list of consultations, check-ups, studies, therapies, treatments – this is not a day away, but a path towards a new you. Working with a variety of experts, literally every angle is covered mentally and physically. Spa aspects are an essential part including two Physia sessions (skin), two acupuncture sessions, two personalized therapeutic treatments, one hydro jet session and so much more.

Pictures courtesy of: Sha Wellness Clinic, Blue Spa in Carlisle Bay and Ananda Spa.

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Polo Passion

High Season in Wellington, Florida


s sparking champagne pours into a flute, a stiff leather boot creaks when a loose spur is tightened. The reverberating vibration of galloping hooves passes by, just steps from where you stand, while a group of oversized hats, flowing print dresses and matching wedge heels prance by. A goal is scored. A cheer bursts from the crowd. This is polo. Polo can mean any number of things, depending on whom you ask. But for many who flock to Wellington in the winter months, polo is simply everything. Wellington exploded as a wintertime hub for equestrian sports about twenty years ago. The International Polo Club (IPC) began hosting tournaments in 2002, securing the area's status as an elite polo destination. It now attracts the very best in polo competition annually January through April. Three major high-goal tournaments take place during the winter season, and all of them host finals at IPC, which is by far the largest, and most high profile polo club in the United States.

Top: During high season, up to a dozen games of polo are played every weekend. Bottom: Galloping in pursuit of the ball.

Photos: Courtesy of LILA PHOTO, Alesandra Leckie and Erin Gilmore.


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THE PLAYERS Despite its glittery reputation as a sport of princes and kings, the men and women who play polo spend long days with horses involving many hours of practice, as it is not an easy game to play well. The pace is fast, the ball is small and the competition fierce. Equally intense is the fact that polo is the only organized team sport where woman and men compete on equal ground. Naturally, the best polo players in the world gather here at this time of year to compete in top rated tournaments. With a 'see and be seen' atmosphere lining the field every week, Sunday polo at IPC attracts thousands who come for the high level of sport, and thousands more who come to be part of the over-the-top fashion scene on the sidelines. A sharp eye can spot celebrities such as Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, and Bo Derek, amongst others in their box seats, intently watching the game. At press time, the end of March, through most of April 2013, this passionate polo set will watch, and if warranted participate, in the most prestigious tournament in the United States, the 109th U.S. Open Polo Championship. Held in Wellington since 2004 and newly sponsored by Maserati, the U.S. Open is a unique display of top-level riding by the most well-known and highest-ranking players in the sport. (A rating system from -2 to 10 ranks players according to ability, with 10 being the highest ranking a player can achieve.) With bracketed teams that sport sponsorship from the likes of Audi and Piaget, the backing required behind each enterprise is enormous, and as polo grows, it continues to attract more sponsors. There are just eight 10-goal players in the world, and at this time of year they are all living and competing in Wellington. Ten-goaler Sapo Caset spends the entire season in this Florida town, and in early March was entered in the 26-Goal USPA Piaget Gold Cup, riding for team Piaget. Caset’s skill is almost inborn; like so many professional players he was born into a polo family, and it’s all he’s ever known. Why does Caset, who grew up playing polo on his family’s ranch in Argentina, come to Florida in the winter? “This is one of the best seasons in the world,” he says. “Polo is my life, it’s my passion. It’s a way of living, and to anyone who hasn’t seen it, I say to them, come out and watch it. You combine the players with the horses, and the speed, and there is nothing like it.” The story is much the same for other legends of the sport; tengoaler Adolfo Cambiaso, brothers and fellow ten-goalers Facundo and Gonzalito Pieres, and even Nic Roldan, who at 8 goals is one of the highest rated Americans in polo. They all come from families with deep roots in the game that go back generations. Polo is in their blood, and it lives on through their passion.

Top: Mt. Brilliant fielded a team to contest the 26-goal USPA Piaget Gold Cup at IPC in early March. Middle: Ten-goal rated player Sapo Caset. Bottom: "And, it's a horse race!" shouts the announcer as the players pursue a ball that is hit downfield.

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Top left: Alicia Dahill, Summer Dauler, Jennifer DuBois, April Chambers, Kristin Wallace. Top right: Lauren Szczerbinski – Winner of Veuve Clicquot Fashion on the Field. Middle: Top-rated American player Nic Roldan. Bottom: Brandon Phillips with Bo Derek at the fieldside Mallet Grill, a popular postpolo hangout.

THE GAME On a field that is the largest in organized sports, teams of four players compete in up to six “chukkers,” the name for every seven and a half minute period of the game. Even the fittest horse can’t play for much longer than one chukker. With eight players on the field at any given time, a large group of horses is needed to field each team, requiring a team of skilled grooms on the sidelines to manage the equine athletes. Between each chukker, riders rush to the side of the field and switch horses, sometimes leaping from saddle to saddle without ever touching the ground. On any given week, a dozen or more polo matches are held at IPC and other ancillary clubs in the immediate area. During most of these events, an unpretentious tailgate atmosphere welcomes all to pull up their vehicle to the side of the field and take in a game. Players of all levels gather in Wellington to admire the sport’s most famous names, while working their own way up the ranks. Professional polo player Brandon Phillips, originally from chilly Toronto, Canada, moved to Wellington full time a handful of years ago. “I play here now anywhere from four to seven months per year. It’s the one place every year where I know I will be,” says the 5-goal player. “It’s the biggest season, and the longest season, and I really enjoy it.”

THE TOWN Throughout Wellington, private farms and polo clubs sport long tracks where grooms exercise their polo ponies twice a day. Green grass polo fields are more common than parks, and in the local tack shops and delis, men and women in dusty white jeans gather to talk about the week’s games. On Sundays, social scene of coastal Palm Beach comes inland to Wellington, but for the rest of the week, polo belongs to those who mostly drive dually trucks and love to get their hands dirty. From the top, high-goal level on down to beginners on trusted school ponies, everyone involved in polo is passionate about the game. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a two or a three or a ten, it’s the only place to be,” Phillips adds. “You have the best players, the best horses, the best everything in the world here at this time of year.” Whether polo means dressing up on a Sunday and sipping champagne, or donning white jeans with a bright polo shirt and galloping a few ponies, truly, there is nothing quite like polo in Wellington. The thousands of passionate polo-ites who live the life pre, during and post the game would ask, “What else is there?”

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Man of... SubSección SpiritS

The famous judge of Mexico’s Next Top Model.

Allan Fis

He has captured images of some of the most beautiful women in the world—Liv Tyler, Ivanka Trump, Elsa Pataky, Paz Vega, and Elsa Benítez— and leads one of the most profitable studios in Mexico. Allan Fis has it all, and confirms his celebrity status with his role on Mexico’s Next Top Model. By DIAnA VArgAs MArTínEz gALLArDo.


“After A week of intenSe production, i love go to SAiling in the brAvo vAlley. i hAve A SAntAnA 24 SAilboAt.” IVANKA TRUMP (TRUMP TOWER PENTHOUSE, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK) “Thanks to her class and beauty, this turned out to be a very inspiring but also demanding shoot: she is truly a business woman in every sense of the word; she never put down her BlackBerry, not even for a second. The location was surreal, with planes passing close to the penthouse and Central Park beneath our feet. Besides this shoot, some of my favorites memories from Manhattan: opera at Lincoln Center and having dinner at Rue 57.”

glamorous—and creating new effects with her, more movements, more insanity.”

PAZ VEGA (LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA) “This actress has a fierce look and intensity. She does have some similarities to Penélope Cruz; but she does seem to have her own light, and her photos turn out perfectly. I have great memories of travels through California around the time of this shoot: Long Beach to Manhattan Beach, then up the Central coast for amazing food and drinks at the Hearst Castle.”

Photo: Courtesy ofAllan Fis.

ELSA BENÍTEZ (STUDIO, MEXICO CITY)) “Aside from being Mexico’s most recognizable top model, Elsa was chosen by Sports Illustrated to appear on their special swimsuit edition. I admit it was quite intimidating to work with a woman like that. She has perfect height and proportions, she has appeared in numerous magazines, but my idea this time was to present a different Elsa—one not so

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LIV TYLER (CONDESA, MEXICO CITY) “The concept of this shoot was incredibly difficult, taking photos of Liv posing with exotic birds. Not an easy task, but she stayed very cool the entire time. She is absolutely enchanting. The pictures I shot that day traveled around the world for magazines like Elle in Belgium, the Czech Republic and more.”

“I went to Paris for a fashion shoot. No city on earth has better light than Paris—there is 180 degrees of sky—just imagine the photos you can take outdoors. Even though I was working with really gorgeous models, the truth is that all Parisian girls have style; even on the subway you feel like you’re watching a catwalk. My favorite adventure in Paris would include picking up falafel at Le Marais for a picnic at the Jardin du Place des Vosges, or a bike ride from the Arc du Triomphe to the Place de la République.”

ELSA PATAKY (STUDIO, MEXICO CITY) “She is one of the most amazing women I’ve ever worked with; she has unparalleled natural beauty. We had a photo session in my studio in Mexico City. Even though she is a huge celebrity, not only in Spain but worldwide, she was comfortable enough to let her guard down a little bit so the photos would have a more natural feel.”

MEXICO’S NEXT TOP MODEL AND THE BOOK PORTRAIT ALOUD (MEXICO, NATIONAL SCALE) “I recently completed a book featuring 25 portraits of Mexican artists, Portrait Aloud, that included Soriano, Angliano, Cauduro, Javier Marín and Leonora Carrington, among others. It was seven years in the making. I’m also judge for Mexico’s Next Top Model; it is such a fun set, plus I get spend time with the most beautiful women on the fashion scene.”

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Go Global

DO YOU FANCY SPAIN IN THE SPRING, a hop over to the UK in June, a trip to China in October or the desert of Qatar in November? Those are just four of the thirteen fabulous stops on the 2013 Global Champions Tour. In its eighth season, the significant show jumping series invites the top 30 riders from around the world to compete for the richest prizes in the sport. The locations change annually, but the premise is the same: world-class sport held in fabulous cities around the globe. First stop in 2013 is Madrid in May. The Club de Campo de Villa de Madrid will host the 5* GCT of Spain. Along with excellent equestrian facilities and two golf courses, the club is close to some the striking monuments and architecture, including the Plaza de Cibeles. Spain’s capital city is a candidate to host the 2020 Olympic Games. The GCT Championship Final is in November at the prestigious state-of-the-art Al Shaqab Equestrian Centre in

Doha Qatar. The 5* event at this magnificent new venue will not only culminate the season but determine who earns the esteemed Global Champions Tour crown. Eleven more events dot the calendar in the six months in between Madrid and Doha. Two in Germany, a new event in London at Kensington Gardens in front of Kensington Palace, two in France, one on Monaco, Portugal, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and also new in 2013, one in Shanghai, China. A benchmark for top-level show jumping, the GCT has brought show jumping to the world and the world to show jumping. GCT Founder and President Jan Tops expressed: “We have always tried to break new ground and raise the profile of show jumping and equestrian sport in general. We want to bring our sport to more and more people in new parts of the world and it gives me real pleasure to see this becoming reality as we enter the new season.” If you cannot be in one of these magnificent host cities to spectate during a GCT event, tune into Eurosport online and catch the action via live stream.

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A Great Pairing:

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Bella Donna are Brilliant in the Inaugural AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Thermal

Top: Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Bella Donna with representatives from AIG, Lamborghini Newport Beach and HITS


n her flight home to Germany after winning the AIG Thermal 1 Million Dollar Gran Prix, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum happily took her hefty check through customs. Both literally and figuratively, the winning rider returned to Europe with prize money totaling $350,000 as well as the oversized lottery-esque check presented to her after she and her London Olympic Games mount Bella Donna mastered the inaugural million-dollar class at HITS Thermal. After the pair’s clean round guaranteed a jump-off, Michaels-Beerbaum exited the arena all smiles, bending over to wrap her arms around the neck of Bella Donna. Raised in southern California, Michaels-Beerbaum was ecstatic to come “home” and win the big class. “California is my home and it was great to compete here again and ride for this kind of prize,” she said. “Money like this is more often given away in Europe and it is bringing the American standard to a whole new level. It’s a tremendous step and the future of the sport is becoming more and more exciting in this country.” Her words were music to many ears after the level of American show jumping has been questioned in recent years and a quest to raise it to match or best the caliber seen in Europe has come to the forefront.

Acclaimed as one of the more difficult jumping tests presented on American soil, designed by world-renowned rider Conrad Homfeld, Michaels-Beerbaum and Bella Donna channeled their inner Olympians and appeared cool, confident and focused when they entered the ring near the end of the order. “The course was brilliant and a very good test for $1 million,” said Michaels-Beerbaum. “There weren’t any bad pictures out there today – some rails came down, but overall it was very good competition.” Seven-weeks of anticipation culminated this week with the premiere of a million-dollar class on the West Coast. There were 40 competitors vying for a slice of that pie, and after 32 had completed the first-round course without a single clear, it appeared that potentially there would be a jump-off of four-faulters. Spectators looked on in anticipation as the thirty-third entry to go, Canadian John Pearce, now residing in Bermuda Dunes, California, rode in on his long-time equine partner Chianto (owned by Forest View Farm /Allison Moore). The crowd burst into cheers and applause when the pair left all the rails up and within the time allowed. The second clear round over the jumps came from New Zealander Duncan McFarlane and Simone Coxe’s Mr. Whoopy. The duo, a West

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Top: Duncan McFarlane and Mr. Whoopy Bottom left: Meredith MichaelsBeerbaum and Bella Donna.

Coast favorite, broke the beam just fractions of a second over the time allowed, resulting in an unfortunate time fault. No jump-off but an eventual third place effort. With three countries represented in the top three, nine different nations made it into the top-twenty money on this eventful afternoon. The Million Dollar Class also enticed East Coast riders Kirsten Coe, Margie Engle, McLain Ward, Peter Wylde and Candice King to fly West. Michaels-Beerbaum had a few choices for mounts, but Bella Donna was her first pick. “I have the most experience with Bella and when I walked the course this morning I was 100% positive that I made the right decision,” she said. “I trained Bella Donna with her last owner and said that if she ever wanted to sell the horse I wanted to be the first in her mind and I was. It took me a long time to get her ridable, but she qualified for the World Cup Final as a nine-year old and that just shows how good she is.” Pearce piloted a relatively older, yet wildly successful, horse to second-place honors, riding the 17-year-old Chianto. “I can’t even count how many grand prix he has won for me and I am

just so proud of how far he has come,” he said. Pearce and Chianto are regular million-dollar competitors and were third in the first Pfizer Million in Saugerties, New York in 2010. Duncan McFarlane admits that high-stakes classes are keeping the sport alive. “It gives the owners a real desire to invest in these horses and keep the business thriving,” he said. McFarlane was second in the 2011 Pfizer Million in Saugerties and admits that his next goal is to head east again in September for the fourth-annual event, now under the title Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix. (Zoetis was formerly known as Pfizer Animal Health). As the sun set on the 2013 HITS Desert Circuit, the question to HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri was: ‘After offering two million dollar classes, how will he up the ante?’ In the post-event press conference, Struzzieri answered: 2014 will welcome the Triple Crown of show jumping. Million-dollar classes will be featured at HITS Thermal, Saugerties and now Ocala with a significant monetary rider bonus for any horseand-rider pair that wins all three.


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Catherine & Jason Barry

El Milagro

Barry Estates, Inc.


Salon, Media room and Office overlook the resort pool/spa and incredible entertaining pavilion. Steps away is the tennis court with orchards of citrus as a picturesque background. The attached guest house with living room, kitchen, 3 bedroom suites and exercise room overlook the professional Golf Practice area. The home is equipped with the latest smart house electronics offering convenience in our fast paced lives.

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top a private knoll in the heart of the Covenant stands “El Milagro�, the Miracle of Rancho Santa Fe. This 21,000+ sqft Spanish Estate is perched on 9 all usable acres and just finished going through a $6,000,000+ renovation. The Dramatic Master Suites are located upstairs both enjoying a magnificent 1400 sqft private terrace with unmatched sunrise mountain views. The gourmet kitchen is a dream come true for any chef with top of the line appliances and furniture quality cabinetry. A Royal dining hall for thirty guests enjoys the veranda as does the Edwardian library with a private libation bar where wines are delivered via a dumbwaiter for the 5000 bottle wine room on the lower level. The Grand

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THE AURA OF CONTEMPLATION AND RELAXATION that comes from smoking a great pipe is irreplaceable. And with our fast-paced, want-it-now lifestyles and demanding schedules, having the time to enjoy a good pipe is a rare occurrence. Equ aims to entice you to indulge by presenting these five fabulous pipes. For those who enjoy the pleasure of a pipe, we recommend that you thoughtfully consider every aspect of the process: finding the perfect specimen that slides effortlessly into your hand, and then choosing the perfect blend of tobacco, and finally discovering that undisturbed and tranquil location for a peaceful smoke. Whether it is a peace pipe or you are simply at peace when smoking it, the experience should be in done in style.

TYPES OF TOBACCO There are several key types of natural tobacco plants, each a descendant of the original Nicotiana tabacum line. Virginia, named after the state where it was first introduced, is the most widely grown type of tobacco in the world. Also known as “bright tobacco”, it features colors ranging from yellow to mahogany. It has a mild, smooth strength with just a touch of sweetness. Burley tobacco originated in Kentucky, and has a medium strength and an aroma that features chocolate highlights. Its colors can range from light reddish to dark brown leaves. The Orientals – Turkish Izmir, Yenidje, Bafra and Samsoun – are among the most unique types of tobacco. They generally produce smaller leaves and are often sun-cured, sometimes even fermented to bring out a stronger aroma. Over time, many hybrids have emerged, some valued for bountiful yields, others for resistance to disease or pests, while others for their distinctive aroma or flavors. Though pipe tobacco companies do not release specific details on the genetics behind their particular mixes, discerning pipe smokers will recognize creative concoctions such as tobacco infused with Kentucky bourbon or tobacco matured in oaken Sherry barrels.

Peterson Sherlock Holmes Mycroft


he iconic image of the famous detective from Baker Street smoking his pipe is the source of inspiration for several collections from Peterson of Dublin. The Mycroft, named after the fictional Holmes’ older brother, is made with carefully selected briarwood and mounted with the hallmark Peterson sterling silver band. As with any pipe in this collection, it is available with a Peterson lip or fishtail mouthpiece and in natural gold mounted, ebony or rustic finishes.


self-balanced, “upside-down” pipe head combined with the high-tech composite fiber design gives this innovative pipe a completely distinctive look. Vauen is Germany’s oldest pipe manufacturer, and the result of the partnership between Purisme and Vauen is ergonomic and dynamic perfection. The design is also available in two wooden versions for classical pipe smokers.

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Davidoff 401 Straight Dublin


or over 100 years, the Davidoff family has specialized in fine tobacco products, and in the 1970s they introduced their own pipes in London. The 401 Straight Dublin has a precisely carved tobacco chamber that perfectly joins the hand cut and polished Lucite stem. Its shape is simple yet classic, and the finishing touches are made of natural wood with an abundance of wood grain flourishes.

Chacom Pipe Baccara 186 Naturelle


n 1922, Henry Comoy partnered with his cousin Chapuis. With almost 100 years of custom pipemaking history between them, the relatives combined their names and launched the Chacom brand in 1928, ultimately leading the industry throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the Americas. The Baccara pipe’s exclusive Sterling .925 silver band that crowns the tobacco chamber is complemented by the natural heatherwood in a soft orange shade.

Mastro de Paja Pipa Dell’ano La Mastro 2012


his prestigious Italian brand, known for creating some of the most memorable pipes, watches and pens, presented a special 2012 edition, completely handmade with a carved tobacco chamber from the finest Mediterranean briar, and a ring engraved with a golden sun. Each special edition pipe is delivered in a wooden box with a certificate of authenticity.

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Equine Beginnings, New Innovations & Equestrian Excellence BY JACKIE MCFARLAND

Fabrice Crepsel, Anais Bernier, Courtney Caverzasi, Mathieu Pinon & the new Hermès Cavale saddle.


lthough an introduction isn’t necessary for a name like Hermès, it is notable that the name was that of a young orphaned German immigrant, Thierry Hermès, who had a gift for leatherwork. In 1837 he opened a shop focused on creating fine bridles and harnesses for the most elite horse carriages, at the time an essential mode of transportation. Since this beginning of craftsmanship in leather, six generations of enterprising descendants, artisans and designers have created pristine pieces encompassing elegance and exquisite style. A sixth generation member of the family, PierreAlexis Dumas, leads the artistic direction of the iconic brand. Utilizing the strong and strikingly handsome saddle stitch, which can only be done by hand, Hermès created a long line of products including the Hermès signature saddles and handbags. The beautiful

pieces and accessories originated from imported leather materials using the distinct Hermès craftsmanship, beginning with 1900 Haut a Courroies bag designed to carry saddles. Yet another equine inspiration, is the well known, must-have scarf creations which evolved from jockey silks in 1937, marking their 100th anniversary year. A brief chronological study reveals the strength of family members into the Hermès culture, both by birth and by marriage. Thierry’s son Charles-Emile, continued the Hermès tradition of creating harnesses and bridles for elite clients around the world. The business moved to the Paris address rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in 1880, which is where retail sales commenced and continue to this day. At the turn of the century, third generation, Emile-Maurice and Adolphe, obtained exclusive rights for the use of the new American mechanism called ‘the zipper’, and produced the first French-

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made leather products that zipped, including a leather jacket for the Prince of Wales. A handbag collection started soon after, when Emile-Maurice’s wife couldn’t find a suitable bag. Expansion ideas proved good business, as motorcars were replacing carriages. By 1835 the Hermès Frères unknowingly established the ‘Kelly’ bag, which Grace Kelly made famous by using it to hide her pregnancy. The move into the aforementioned scarves was another ingenious transition. “Leather, sport and a tradition of fine elegance” was how Emile-Maurice described the Hermès philosophy. Succeeded by Robert-Dumas-Hermes (who was related only by marriage, so added the Hermes name to his own), Emile-Maurice’s ideas continued on. Mid twentieth century the carriage logo and signature orange became a part of the brand. However it was the fifth generation that took the business of Hermès to soaring new heights. Through Jean-Louis Dumas’s vision and management, the company blossomed from a beautiful family flower to a well-manicured garden of offerings in ready-to-wear as well as haute couture, jewelry and watches, leather products from shoes to handbags to equestrian and more. He also added an element of unusual yet chic with items such as ostrich-skin jeans and python motorcycle jackets, which attracted a young, hip audience. The annual numbers increased exponentially (from millions to billions) in a little more than a quarter of a century. After Dumas retired in 2006, the first non-relation took the reins as co-CEO and then CEO, Patrick Thomas. Along with Pierre-Alexis handling artistic direction, the company is steadfast on the same values from which it was originally built – style, enduring quality and true craftsmanship. In today’s fast-paced technological world, we don’t often see a well-established, successful business remain ‘in the family’. Over the years, Hermès has grown beyond its original roots, however that essence remains intact.

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The Hermès DerbyC ourse. A sampling from the Catalogue D’Equitation.

EquEstrian ExcEllEncE The name Hermès is known in equestrian circles on many levels from leather goods to fashion, on and off the horse. As a tribute to the animal that was truly their first customer, the company chooses to sponsor an elite group of equestrian events each season. The first of the year was a lovely and daring class on the grass, the $50,000 Hermès Jumper Derby during the seventh week of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FLA. The setting was idyllic, the competition exciting and Hermès hosted a fabulous party with a perfect view of the rather tricky course. A jumper derby by definition is a stamina test – the challenging class incorporates an open field, natural and often difficult obstacles, hills and banks plus combinations and other technical questions. It is essentially a mix of a show jumper and a crosscountry course. British course designer Richard Jeffery, set a demanding track for the $50,000 Hermès Jumper Derby that featured a liverpoolliverpool combination, derby bank, table bank, open water, devil’s dyke and plenty of other challenging obstacles that numbered twenty in total. With only two clear rounds, speed was key, and the top three riders, all Irish ironically, finished with just three onehundredths of a second of each other. Irishman

Andrew Bourns and his relatively new mount Gatsby topped the field. “I am very happy with Gatsby today. It was a big step up for him and he really answered the call. I was a little worried about the length of the track and the heat. I thought it might take its toll, but he actually held up very well. Coming to the last fence he was pulling me just as hard as he was to the first fence. I was actually very happy with that, “ Bourns said with a smile. Bourns agreed that the class was a real crowd pleaser. “Any time a class goes down to the wire with such a tight margin, it makes it fun for everybody. It was thrilling,” he noted.

innovation and artistry Although Hermès continues to create stunning products for the horse, rider and stable, the brand is

also vested in the best fit for the athlete. Beautiful craftsmanship is just one layer of a multi-dimensional piece like a saddle sitting on a powerful grand prix show jumper, hunter, dressage horse, polo pony or eventing mount. Every saddle made by Hermès is created from beginning to end by one craftsman in their Paris location. The skill and in-depth knowledge of the maker is mixed with the expertise of a panel of international riders, veterinarians, new technology and as always the best materials. Those in attendance at the fabulous Wellington Hermès Jumper Derby soiree in the stylish secondstory cabana above the field were some of the first to receive an introduction to the new Hermès Cavale saddle. Fabrice Crespel, European equestrian sales manager for Hermès France, and equestrian ambassador Mathieu Pinon presented the gorgeous and meticulously designed creation. Simon Delestre, a member of the French Olympic equestrian team and Hermès International-sponsored rider, participated in each step of the design process. Seeing the saddle in action, newly appointed Hermès of Paris-sponsored rider Nicholas Dello Joio competed in a Hermès Cavale saddle at the event. The saddle is officially launching at the Saut Hermès competition in the heart of Paris. A CSI 5* and Young Riders competition, the Nave of the stunning Grand Palais is magically transformed from April 12 -14 for this spectacular Hermès sponsored show jumping event.

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Space & design EXPRESSION



As Madonna Ciccone once said “I like to change. A new lamp, a piece of art, can transform a room.� Place one of these magnificent designer lamps in your space and feel the transformation happen.



4 1. NORR LAMP Inspired by Nordic weather and the fabrics wornthere; Danish designer Christina Liljenberg Halstrom presents this fashionable homage to her homeland.




Nostalgic of Venetian glass yet modern in design, this Foscarini lamp is perfect for high ceilings and large spaces.

This edgy design by Kundalini represents the virtuoso extension of a yoga position, creating balance and harmony in any room.

This iconic design from the seventies takes metallic hues in a new direction. Monochromatic and shiny, the Cindy Lamp only takes an energysaving bulb. Add color with this bright idea.



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8. Diamond Chair




Spanish designer Luis Eslava created this pedalshaped beauty exclusively for Luzifer lamps. Made by hand, the piece creates a warm, cozy atmosphere.

The 70’s were the era of organic and floating forms like this hemispherical lamp with a trumpet base. Let that retro vibe into your space with this gorgeous classic design by Louis Poulsen.

With a presence that adds elegance yet style to a room, choose this romantic and modern anais lamp.

This Ferruccio Laviani design is meant to be slightly outrageous while functional and versatile. Totally tubular! Choose your favorite color or combine them all.

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Few things are more sublime than seducing the palate with great wines from the old world. And wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy offer infinite pleasure sensations. When the chance to relish in these delightful wines arises, take it‌ I have always loved these wines, so sophisticated, reticent, soft and yet exotic. No doubt about it, these are real masterpieces. BY EDEL SCHAUBB MOSS, SOMMELIER.


winew Château Petrus 1989, Pomerol


he heat in the summer of 1989 produced monumental and sumptuous wines, comparable only to those created in 1949 and 1893. The Chateau Petrus 1989, is covered under blankets of balanced tannins and brings along an extraordinary long aftertaste. It prevails with great opulence and magnificent robust body. A dark ruby red with brownish hints colors its special richness of aromas invite you to enjoy its sweet licorice taste on the first encounter. Be seduced by this brooding, noble wine in its fullest expression until 2030.

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ewinewinewin Château Ausone 2000, St. Emilion


he last year of the 20th century delighted everyone with wines of an exceptional consistency and balance. This is especially true when talking about fine and impressive wines from St. Emilion and Pomerol. The magnificent Château Ausone 2000, St. Emilion is a legendary vintage, one of the most extraordinary and finest wines available. This robust, intense and complex wine with its deep crimson color tantalizes the senses with sublime notes of licorice spices, cherries, berries, cranberries, black cherry liquor, mineral hints of wet stone, truffles, violets. Simply irresistible. With stunning intensity of silky, almost demure tannins, it presents a memorable, strong balance with unparallel delicacy and purity. A real piece of art, drinkable until 2075.

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RomanéeConti 1990, Burgundy


he 1990 Romanee-Conti 1990, Burgundy was a majestic harvest, one of great richness and fragrance: the best between 1978 and 1999, and for some, the most astounding one since 1949. This splendid wine stands out thanks to its seductive crimson color with rich brooding notes. Opulent yet young, this wine is lively, clear, imposing, earthy and spicy, revealing intense flavor hints of prunes, berries and currants that add greatness to its full body. Unbelievably smooth, it has an unparalleled grace and harmony. You can enjoy it until 2030.

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News spirits

Oyster 825

Few moments are as cherished as those spent out on the open seas. The hypnotic peacefulness of waves lapping the sides of the boat, the tranquil absence of traffic and city noise, the rush of the wind as it pulls at the sails. A sailing sanctuary that can only be fully appreciated once experienced. And few sailboats are as luxurious as the elegant Oyster 825, the new pearl from the acclaimed Oyster brand that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Oyster’s custom superyachts are renowned throughout the sailing world for their quality, comfort and performance. The 825 yacht features two deck mould layouts, both with state-ofthe-art, sliding glass companionways that enhance the feeling of light and space below decks. The deck saloon layout, featured in the photos above, highlights a fully open entertainment area; the raised saloon version incorporates a larger covered space. The Oyster 825 has nearly 15% more interior space than its predecessor, the wonderful Oyster 82. The additional space allows for three double cabins aft, each with larger hullports featuring ‘Seascape’ windows, and

the layout allows a clear separation of space for up to four crewmembers to discreetly run the yacht. Oyster world rallies and regattas are organized exclusively for owners and their families – truly an unequalled way to see and experience the world. So set sail on the open seas with your own custom Oyster 825.

Photo: Courtesy of Oyster Marine.

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Muon Speakers THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, the “White Album”, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. A taste of some of the truly timeless classics that deserve to be heard with ultimate state-of-the-art acoustic technology and innovative, organic design. When music lovers spend countless hours creating the ideal home audio setup, which typically incorporates banks of speakers and complicated cabling, aesthetics are often sacrificed for the sake of sound. For over fifty years, KEF has pioneered speaker audio technology, focusing on achieving natural sound in any location. Ross Lovegrove, KEF’s legendary industrial designer, whose history includes the Sony Walkman and the Apple iMac, found a way to obtain perfect sound without having to compromise on style - the Muon speakers. Carved out of a six-foot solid block of aluminum, and weighing over 250 pounds, each Muon speaker system is individually crafted and carefully tested. The Muon functions beyond the normal range of the sound frequency spectrum, reproducing some sounds too low or high for the human ear to register, but when added to the sound mix offer an enriching effect. The Muon speakers take advantage of KEF acoustic enhancement technology, enabling them to double the available volume through the adsorption of air molecules by activated carbon, performing like speaker units up to two times their size. The 6mm thick damped aluminum shell gives a rigid structure to the unit that keeps any sound-distorting vibrations to an absolute minimum. Lovegrove’s mission of organic essentialism – nothing more, nothing less than you need – is embodied in the Muon. Limited to a production run of only 100 pairs, these magnificent speakers deliver a remarkably clean and open sound in any room. Choose the ultimate soundtrack, turn up the volume and become one with the music listening via your state-of-the-art Muon speakers.

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Divine SpiritS

Per se New york

Foto: Cortesía de Bistro Chat Noir.

There is an infiniTe lisT of reasons why we love “The Big Apple”, and one of them is the opportunity to visit fabulous restaurants and of course to be a part of the hip scene, paying a visit to the everchanging list of places to go. Per Se is one of New York’s finest dining establishments that continuously tantalize palates from all over the world.

The magic started back in February 2004 when internationally acclaimed, award winning Chef Thomas Keller - known for the impressive French Laundry in Napa Valley, Bouchon, and Ad Hoc - created a food sanctuary with views of Central Park. Known as an “epic dining event” the experience as well as the service is second-to-none. This group of culinary genius creates two unique nine-course prix fixe menus daily. From this your food journey begins. Savor delicacies like the “Terrine” of Hudson Valley Moulard Duck Foie Gras made with “Dulce de leche” custard, Tsar Imperial Caviar, Avocado Mousse, Pisachio Oil and Brioche Melba, or the Butter Poached Nova Scotia Lobster with Heirloom Cauliflower, Hadley Orchard’s Medjool Dates, Crispy Yogurt and Sweet Carrot “Vierge” and make a toast with a top notch wine like the robust Hugel et Fils, Pinot Gris “Hugel”. When planning your Per Se evening, note that jackets are required. For those who happen to be without, you won’t be the first; they have a selection to choose from. Time Warner Center, 4th floor 10 Columbus Circle New York, NY 10019 212-823- 9335

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5 World’s Best Spa



Best Spas

After exploring spas from around the world, it is time to charter a private jet with a flight plan to visit the best pampering options we can find. Possibly with a bit of dining and dancing in between spa days. The five spas we feature here would be a great start. CLUB 10, PRINCIPE DI SAVOIA HOTEL. MILAN, ITALY. Discover a new dimension on health and physical self-awareness on the penthouse of the Hotel Principe di Savola in Milan. At the magnificent Club 10 Fitness & Beauty Center, experts will pamper you with personalized treatments and products derived from natural ingredients. The 5,000 square feet Club 10 a glass enclosed area with a heated swimming pool, hydro-massage tub, sauna and Turkish bath. Plus a high tech gym with the latest equipment linked to headphones with personal radio or TV selections. After an invigorating swim or workout, head to the spa where there is a plethora of options from head to toe. One of our favorite treatments is the Terre Et Mer facial. Using all natural and organic ingredients, your skin is in for a treat of total relaxation and rejuvenation. Now radiant and soft, your face will be smoother than ever. You are ready to shop some fabulous Italian boutiques, looking fierce and fabulous.

Club 10 Fitness & Beauty Center Principe di Savoia Hotel. Piazza della Repubblica 17, 20124 Milan, Italy (39) 02 6230 4024

THE LODGE AT WOODLOCH HAWLEY, U.S.A. THE LODGE AT WOODLOCH HAWLEY, U.S.A. Escape to the Northeast lake Region of Pennsylvania on 150 acres of gorgeous woodlands in the Pocono Mountains. From Manhattan and Metro Area book the door-todoor relaxation package and the lodge will handle the drive. They also offer complimentary transport from the train station and private planes can land at the Cherry Ridge Airport, 20 minutes away. Consistently voted as top destination year after year, The Lodge at Woodloch is one of the most acclaimed spas on the East coast. Know to nurture naturally, the lodge features locally grown produce, meats, herbs and spices. The area offers splendid outdoors activities like hiking, biking and kayaking. Relax in rocking chairs on sunny porches surrounded by natural beauty or curl up by the warm fire. Designed to embrace nature with floor to ceiling windows, the Spa is a sanctuary for the senses. The spa concierge will personalize an itinerary that suits your needs as well as your wants. From a Day Spa Package to a Week Wellness Program, the path is yours to travel. Relax and unwind, while your mind and body transform. Treatments include facials, massage, body treatments, bodywork and salon services. We invite you to try the unique Eco-Fin hand or foot treatment, this nourishing heat treatment uses a rich blend of jojoba, vitamin E, Shea butter and essential oils to soothe your hands and feet leaving them incredibly soft. From Reiki to Reflexology, Caviar Facial to Chakra Balancing Massage, one day at the Lodge at Woodloch is clearly not enough.

The Lodge at Woodloch 109 River Birch Lane Hawley, PA 18428 570-685-8500

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MANDARIN ORIENTAL SPA. NEW YORK Consider a bird’s eye view of the BigApple,with breathtaking views from your window. A chic setting in the midst of all Manhattan has to offer. After shopping unwind in the sumptuous Spa. A sublime experience is waiting with the city skyline as the backdrop and a décor influenced by the Far East. Relax in the Oriental Tea Lounge. Take pleasure in a soothing foot ritual before your treatment begins. Find the ideal treatment package and enjoy a Mandarin Oriental escape. The Time Ritual mesmerized us; a two or three hour treatment where experts create a custom combination of services that restore balance. A sample might be a full exfoliation, a deep massage, a soft facial cleanse according to your own needs; followed by an Ayurveda treatment, then a ESPA brush exfoliates your body, rinsing away moisturizing hot oil. For a botanical skin experience, try the Nature’s Radiant Facial that begins with a thorough skin analysis to determine toning, cleansing, hydration needs. Then organic seed oils and whole plant products gently cleanse and exfoliate to balance and renew the skin’s elasticity while stimulating cell renewal, and providing antioxidant protection.

Mandarin Oriental 80 Columbus Circle. New York, NY 10023 212- 805 -8800 mandarinorientalcom/newyork


VALMONT SPA AT LE MEURICE HOTEL. PARIS The magnificent city of lights and love now has even more to offer than delightful wines, strong cheese and delicious pastries, great museums, beautiful parks and amazing and vogue fashion boutiques. After a long stroll around the chic avenues and bistros, relax and unwind with a much-needed dose of pampering and indulgence. Located in le couer du Paris, inside the first floor of Le Meurice Hotel, is the tranquil, modern and luxurious Valmont Spa. Featuring Valmont, the Swiss anti ageing skincare line, experts combine skincare technology with natural ingredients to revitalize and rejuvenate you. From hydration and energy rituals to ultimate treatments, maybe start with the Exclusive Meurice Body Massage. After a thorough diagnosis, the masseuse provides a personalized massage with Valmont’s Rose Moschata Oil. Using a mixture of traditional soothing techniques that will energize or relax you, or both, the treatment will prepare for the next desired ritual, from facial to foot therapy, and the gay Paris evening to follow.

Welcome to paradise in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, where the sand is white and soft, the water is fresh and crystal blue, the margaritas are refreshing cold and the sun is warm and perfect for your longed for golden tan. Here you will find pretty much everything you would expect from paradise and then some. After a long exciting day of activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding on the beach and whale watching, slip back to the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita for some spa time. The Apuane Spa awaits. At this oasis, which translated means “healing waters”, you can relax as well as renew. Enjoy your treatment of choice in your room, on the beach, poolside or as a couple. Try the soothing Sachets Ritual – beginning with a aromatized mist and a soft brush of an ostrich feather. Followed by warm oriental oil that encourages relaxation as it is rubbed all over your body. Next the oil is combined with cinnamon and clove aromatized sachets while a soothing percussion massage techniques finalizes this wonderful and exotic experience. Just one of many tantalizing choices at Apuane Spa.

Valmont Spa Hotel Le Meurice 228 Rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris, France +33 1 44 58 10 10

Apuane Spa Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Punta Mita 63734, Bahía de Banderas Nayarit, Mexico +01 329 291 6000

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Divine SpIrITS

Azur Restaurant

Along with bluegrAss And beAutiful horses, Lexington offers the amazing Azur restaurant. With a European flair, Azur prides itself on using fresh, local ingredients to create an innovative menu. After graduating with a degree in business and hospitality as well as, of course, a culinary degree, plus working with some of the best chefs in Charleston and Miami, Chef and Proprietor Jeremy Ashby returned to his roots in 2007 to open his own restaurant, Azur. An advocate of Kentucky agriculture and motivated by a desire to make Lexington a destination location, local celebrity Chef Ashby is an ambassador

to Kentucky for the growing agricultural farm to table movement and an advocate of Kentucky Aquaculture; a passion that is truly reflected in his culinary creations. Celebrating heirloom foods native to the Commonwealth, Azur hosts a Saturday farmers market on their patio where local farmers and producers set up old world bazaar style. Chef Miguel Rivas handpicks items for Azur’s special farm to table breakfast on Saturday mornings as well as the Sunday Supper Club. Join Chef Ashby on a culinary adventure by experiencing the flavors of locally raised Lyons Farm NY Strip prepared with a slow roasted tomato and tallegio cheese crust, roasted potatoes and leeks, lemon caper pan sauce and truffle fries. End with the exotic Peanut Butter Budino – a peanut butter mousse in a salted peanut and graham cracker crust mixed with local cherry jam and chantilly cream Don’t miss the fine wines from Italy, France, Argentina, California, Oregon and Washington, and in true Lexington fashion, Azur offers a tremendous bourbon selection. Voted “Best of Lex” in the Fine Dining category for three consecutive years, the restaurant is close to everything. Locals claim that nothing is more than a 20-minute drive within the city, and Azur is well worth the trip. 22 East 66th 3070 Lakecrest Cir, suite 550 Lexington, KY 40513 859-296-1007

Photo: Courtesy of Azur Restaurant.


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La Palina

Photo: Courtesy of La Palina Cigars / Susan Magrino agency NYC.


LA PALINA CIGARS boast an interesting history beginning more than a century ago with a young Ukranian immigrant named Samuel Paley. Sam arrived in Chicago in the late 1800’s and took his first job as a “lector” in a local cigar factory. He got paid to read novels, magazines and newspapers to the crew in charge of rolling the cigars. Steeped in cigar culture, Sam soon became interested in how the tobaccos were mixed and rolled and devoted his spare time to studying the art of cigar making. His effort and knowledge didn’t go unnoticed and soon he was promoted to roller and eventually went on to become a master blender. In 1896 Sam opened the doors to his own cigar shop and factory in Chicago, the Congress Cigar Company. He called his first cigar the La Palina, in honor of his wife Golde Drell Paley. La Palina was his passion and devotion, and Sam was a true artisan who believed in quality and excellence. In 1910 Sam moved his company to Philadelphia, where Sam and his son William worked together and the business continued to flourish. A Wharton Business school graduate, William was interested in the new technology of radio and suggested the company sponsor a radio show in Philadelphia. They called it “The La Palina Hour”. The advertising increased cigar sales considerably and convinced young Paley of the value and potential of radio, leading him in a new direction. Eventually he purchased five radio stations in Philadelphia, which was the inception of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). Ultimately, Congress Cigar was liquidated in 1926, after Sam’s retirement. Generations later, Bill Paley never forgot his roots and decided to revive the all-but-forgotten La Palina brand. Aspiring to the tradition of La Palina of craftsmanship, the modern tobacco blend is still smooth and well rounded, making a cigar of elegance and finesse. The draw is easy, the burn is even, and the construction is flawless. To this day, smoking a La Palina is an unforgettable experience.

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ALSO IN SPRING.. Ritz LakeTahoe, CarltonCALake


hink spring, think sun, think snow. Spring skiing is in the air, last time to take advantage of some fabulous American ski resorts this year. One of the most majestic scenes imaginable is that of snowcapped peaks out your window or better yet from the ski lift. If you miss the skiing, go for the fabulous outdoor activities, the mountains are always magical. Enjoy personalized mountain concierge services when visiting the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe’s ski resort exclusive slopeside location at Northstar with ski in/ ski out access suitable for all levels. Lavish and opulent yet with a cozy, sophisticated feeling, the resort offers all the amenities for an ideal escape. Enjoy in-room fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows and private walkout balconies with extraordinary views where you can relax and drink hot chocolate while reading that book you haven’t been able to put down. Delight your palate dining at the lovely Manzanita restaurant and treat yourself to the signature tastes of Chef Traci Des Jardins’ French inspired California cuisine. Of course after a day on the slopes – skiing, snowshoeing, hiking or biking - rejuvenate with a variety of spa options that will make you feel good as new. After indulging in Lake Tahoe Stone massage and the Ritz-Carlton Signature Organic Facial, dress up to dine or dress down to snuggle by the fire. Spring in the mountains is magnificent; enjoy it from head to toe. 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court Truckee, California 96161 530- 562- 3000

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7th Mounta i n Resort Bend,OR groups and families, the townhomes provide ideal space to host intimate gatherings and offer stunning scenery. Enjoy the resort restaurants or cook your own gourmet meals in your full kitchen. The heated pools and hot tubs are open all year long. Not only are you encircled by peaks, lakes, meadows, culture, adventure, breweries, festivals, and more, downtown Bend is only seven miles away. Browse the shops at Bend River Promenade, attend a concert at the Schwab Amphitheater, or taste award winning craft beers at Deschutes Brewery. Please every member of the family with a plethora of outdoor adventures and a cozy resort to relax in. Seventh Mountain Resort is an ideal mountain getaway in any season.


18575 SW Century Drive Bend, Oregon 97702 (877) 765 150

Photos: Courtesy of Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe and Seventh Mountain Resort Oregon.

ount Bachelor is a volcano, no worries the last eruption was about 10,000 years ago, located in the cascade range of central Oregon. The peak “stands apart” from the Three Sisters, a group of three volcanic mountains a bit more northwest, hence the bachelor name. At 9,065 feet above sea level, the mountain area receives over 370 inches of snow annually. The resort has a skiable area of 3883 acres and a vertical drop of 3365 feet. The ski area is open for activities year round – as long as the weather is favorable. This is one of central Oregon’s premier locations for recreational activities, pick your sport from skiing and ice-skating to biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, essentially a giant outdoor playground awaits. Just a few miles past Widgi Creek, one of the area’s finest golf courses, you’ll find the closest lodging to Mount Bachelor and, the Seventh Mountain Resort. Nestled in the Deschutes National Forest, the resort has a wide array of accommodation options, from a simple studio to a premier luxury townhome at Pointswest, a property adjacent to the resort. Ideal for larger

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Top Speed Test Drive


Luxury and exclusivity meet at top speed with the latest trend in automobiles, hypercars. BY DUNCAN MCFARLAND.


MEET THE FASTEST STREET-LEGAL PRODUCTION CAR in the world, clocked at a top speed of almost 270 miles per hour, the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 Super Sport. With gorgeous lines and rare appearances—supposedly only two Veyron models are currently located within the United States—this exceptional car is capturing attention and garnering multiple awards, including being named “Car of the Decade” by the show Top Gear. The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 name honors Pierre Veyron, a Bugatti engineer and test driver; the “EB” refers to Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti, who founded his eponymous company in the Alsace region of France in 1909. In 1998, the Volkswagen Group purchased the Bugatti name to revive the brand, and released the first Veyron in 2005. The 16 cylinder engine features four turbochargers (from which the Veyron derives its numeric surname), and will launch you from zero to 62mph in 2.7 seconds. Equally impressive, the advanced braking system brings you from 62mph to a standstill in even less time, only 2.3 seconds. At speeds over 120mph, the rear wing also functions as an airbrake, quickly rotating to a 55-degree angle in less than half a second after the brakes are first applied. The impressive Veyron specs can be found in every compartment. It has a total of ten radiators, three for the engine alone. The front brake calipers have eight titanium pistons, and the special Michelin

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run-flat tires run $25,000 per set. And for those who dream of a convertible hypercar, the Grand Sport version features a removable composite roof panel. At 100mph, the windows automatically roll up. At 140mph, the car engages the “handling mode”, and hydraulics lower the car from its normal ground clearance, 4.9 inches, down to only 3.5 inches. The wing and spoiler deploy, holding the car to the road. In order to enable the Veyron to travel at faster speeds up to 253mph, the driver activates a “top speed mode” key before starting the engine. The front diffuser flaps are shut to make the underbody completely level, and the hydraulics lower the car to just 2.6 inches. The spoiler retracts and aligns with the chassis, forming a tearing edge. At any point that the driver applies the brakes, the Veyron switches back to handling mode. Look for the Bugatti SuperVeyron set to debut this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It will feature a 9.6L engine producing 1,600 horsepower, with a planned capability of going 0-60mph in only 1.8 seconds, and a record-shattering top speed of 288mph.

Photos: Courtesy of Lycan & Bugatti.


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The Lykan Hypersport 2013 is the Arab world’s first high performance luxury car

UNVEILED THIS YEAR AT THE QATAR MOTOR SHOW, the Lykan Hypercar sets a new standard in exclusive supercars. The plan is to build only seven of its kind, each with a price tag around $3.4 million. Hailed as the first supercar manufacturer in the Middle East, W Motors was founded in Lebanon and is now based in Dubai. The company alludes to the Middle Eastern roots of its flagship supercar by incorporating the number seven—which written in Arabic looks like the letter “v”—discretely throughout the car: the roof, the air blades, the rims, and even the lights. The headlights, encased in white gold, are LED lights encrusted with diamonds (or other precious gems, like rubies or sapphires, depending on the color of your car). The leather throughout the car’s interior is gold-stitched, and each of the seven cars has a unique roof plate signed with the number of the vehicle and date of delivery. Technology plays a central role in the Lykan, both inside the car and un-

der the hood. Start the engine with just a gesture through the holographic 3D virtual touch screen, and an innovative, next-generation ID4Motion interactive dashboard. W Motors enlisted the Italian manufacturing experts of Magna Steyr and the performance powerhouse Ruf to provide the muscle behind the Lykan: a twin-turbo, flat-6 Porsche engine with 750 horsepower. An around-the-clock, 24/7 concierge service will be available to every Lykan owner. In addition, as a gift for buying the most exclusive car on the market, each owner will be given a Special Edition Cyrus Klepcys Watch, worth over $200,000. Like the Lykan Hypersport 2013, only seven watches will be produced. As W Motors co-founder and partner Sari El Khalil says, “It is just pure love at first sight. There is no escape.” Mix speed, luxury and exclusivity together and be one of seven owners of this superior motor vehicle.



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Journal of... SubSección SpiritS

Edel Schaub Moss Sommelier.

This sommelier has a passion for wine and for people that remains as strong as her palate.

could you sHare some of your best experiences as a sommelier?

Photo by :Uriel García. Special Thanks to St. Regis Hotel México for their support and help on this article.

How did you become internationally involved witH wines?

Luckily, there are too many for me to be able to remember them all. Once I was invited to an elegant manor to evaluate a wine collection. Before I arrived they arrange every single bottle of the collection so that I could judge them all. Everyone present was paying close attention. I started to open a bottle of La Tâche 1966 – one of the finest Burgundy harvests ever. As I opened it, my favorite corkscrew failed, or maybe my skills did, leaving half of a dry and stiff cork inside the bottle! Every guest was in shock. “Lets see what she is going to do now” I overheard the service whisper. I had to keep control, took a deep breath, and to be honest I started to sweat, but the surgical procedure at the end turned out perfectly. We poured and served the wine. It was one of my best experiences (I still have the cork) because the wine was spectacular, full of richness and with a mild hint of mushrooms and truffles. It was very strong with an autumn feel on its taste and maturity. They could have that wine and enjoy it until 2015. The next story I would love to share is to be continued, when I pay my visit to the private cellar of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II which I happen to have an open invitation thanks to Jancis Robinson. Of course, that is if Buckingham Palace allows me to run the story.

The Presidente Hotel in Mexico City opened those doors for me, specifically at the gourmet restaurants and with La Cava Wine Club. While researching for a story on wine in Mexico, I was inspired by The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine and Royal Advisor for Queen Elizabeth II. Soon after I devoted myself wHat defines a great wine? to arranging trips - true enological experiences to vineyards in Baja, Through a specialized deductive process that becomes instinct we Napa Valley and Italy. Thanks to the high demand of those trips, pairlearn to define the grace and charm of a great wine, without considering experiences and the constant demand for high level services in ing the price. the hotel’s restaurants, my level of expertise increased, and I before I On any wine, the first thing you look for is the appearance: the clarknew it I was in the major leagues and doing this full time. ity, the openness, its brightness, the color and the shades. The conVirginia Philip and Juan Gomez, both Master Sommeliers, invited me centration and changes of colors on to receive a more technical education and join them the edge define its age. You must see at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach. I was given the “WOMen are curiOuS if there is any sediment (a clear sign opportunity to work at some acclaimed venues like and paSSiOnate WHicH it wasn’t filtered) and the greasy trail L’Escalier and Flager Steakhouse, which helped me MakeS Our encOunterS on the glass (it defines the alcohol get through the challenging essays, which is required WitH Wine a MucH grades.) The bouquet must have recoursework for the Court of Master Sommeliers MOre pLeaSurabLe finement and intensity of fruity, min(CMS). And as a personal inspiration, I have always experience.” eral or other kind of pleasant aromas. believed that a woman’s curiosity and passion makes The aroma barrel should not be rude. the encounter with wine that much more pleasurable. Whether the wine is dry, sweet, semiwHat attracted you into tHis world? sweet or light is a matter of style. A high level of tannins (astringency) I have always been curious about discovering and understanding difdefines the type of grape. ferent cultures, as well as their customs, culinary arts and signature The alcohol and acid levels tell us what kind of grape was used beverages. I am a sensitive woman that loves nature and life, I enjoy and where it was harvested. The aftertaste on the palate, whether traveling, arts, music, cooking and hosting. I am passionate for gaslong or short, and the complexity it has, makes a wine interesting tronomy and enjoy good conversation. I believe all those things create or not. Every single one of those traits should recall balance, it has unique and wonderful connections for me with wine and with people. to seduce you and please you. A glass of wine is an endless journey of pleasant sensations!

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Sunday’s at the IPC The International Polo Club is a private members club and home to the Palm Beach Polo Season. Every Sunday, fans flock to IPC for the highest goal tournaments played in the United States, including such prestigious competitions as the USPA Piaget Gold Cup, and Masarati 109th U.S. Open Polo Championship™. The club was born out of the dream to build a facility to showcase the incredible skills of the ponies and players that dominate the sport. IPC is considered one of the most prominent and well-equipped polo facility’s in the world, attracting the world’s top players. Members and guests enjoy panoramic views of the action from field side box seats or lawn and terrace seating. Sponsors and fans convene at The Winners Circle to congratulate the players during the awards presentation following the games.

Photos: Courtesy of Hermès.



Social Flash Picture Perfect

1. Heather Hatcher, Penny Lacey, Lauren Cotton, Kate Morrison, Danielle Giordano. 2. Lindsay Hillstrom, Ashley Welch, Brandon Phillips, Dana Romanelli, Melanie Pace, Nina Romanelli, Meagan Wright. 3. John and Alicia Worthington. 4. Laura Cozar and Anton Fajardo.

Photos: Courtesy of LILA Photo.


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Hermès Cavale Preview Party On Sunday the 24th of February the show jumping scene was at the $50,000 Hermès Jumper Derby. Hermès representatives Robert Chavez, president and chief executive officer of Hermès USA, and Fabrice Crespel, European equestrian sales manager for Hermès France, awarded the prizes after 20 riders attempted the challenging 20-obstacle course. The new Cavale saddle was on view at the Hermès cabana decked out in salon chairs and divans with a delightful array of tea sandwiches and seafood fare. Fabrice Crespel and equestrian ambassador Mathieu Pinon presented the sleek new saddle and all its details.

Photos: Courtesy of Hermès.

2 1. Shannon McLean and Joy Johnson. 2. Heather Buchanan, Katherine Bellissimo, Suzy Drasnin, Leslie Dennison. 3. Jenna Bunnell, Cena Jackson, Fabrice Crespel, Anais Bernier, Courtney Caverzasi, Nick Dello Joio, Matheiu Pinon, Peter Malachi. 4. Kevin Crosby and Keean White. 5. Tim Gredley, Tricia Boone, Emilie Martinsen, Laura De Gunzberg.




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Nations Cups Galore & George It was a fabulous first weekend in March at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Honoring past, present and future powerhouses in show jumping the schedule offered Nations Cups for all levels plus hosted a retirement ceremony for George Morris. Stepping down as Chef d’Equipe but continuing his clinics, Morris is well known for his contributions to the sport and this country. The U.S. show jumping team of Kent Farrington, Reed Kessler, Laura Kraut and Beezie Madden, with Robert Ridland as Chef d’Equipe, earned victory in the inaugural $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ presented by G&C Farm, Teams representing seven different countries participated in the evening’s competition, Canada was second and Germany third. Another successful new event, the Hollow Creek Farm FEI Children’s, Junior, and Young Rider Nations Cups, are thanks to the vision, innovation and support of the Andrade Family. With the first round for each age group held during the day session and all three second rounds held at night under the lights, the team from USA won in the young rider’s class and the teams from Brazil won in the junior’s and children’s classes.




Social Flash Picture Perfect

5 1. Cheering On the Irish. 2. Brazilian Junior Nations Cup Team: Sofia Scheer, Carolina Drummond, Fernando Penteado, Giulia Scampini. 3. Nations Cup Autographs. 4. Cian O’Connor and Kent Farrington. 5. Lauren Hough and Jeffrey Welles.

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1. Team Germany: Andre Thieme, Daniel Deusser, Janne Frederike Meyer, Johannes Ehning, Chef Dietmar Gugler. 2. Team Canada: Chef Mark Laskin, Eric Lamaze, Tiffany Foster, Ian Millar, Mac Cone. 3. Team USA Tops the Podium in the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup with the Mirabal family of G&C Farm, Mark & Katherine Bellissimo, John Madden, HH Prince Faisal Al Shalan and ringmaster Cliff Haines. 4. Celebrating George. 5. Nations Cup Teams representing 7 countries.

Photos: Courtesy of Sportfot and Elena Lusenti.


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