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Okay, now let's dive into the fantastic and fun content of our fall issue. We've got an iconic James Bond legend for our cover. Yes, we spent the day with the one and only Pierce Brosnan in Beverly Hills. We found Pierce to be captivating, friendly, laid back and cool during our shoot featuring Harry Winston. We even shipped in the brand new BMW iX, the all-electric SUV which comes out next Spring.
Now we look forward to autumn. The weather gets cooler, the leaves turn beautiful colors, kids are back to school, and sweaters come out of the closet. Baseball season ends, and football season grinds into high gear. Yes, the seasons fly by but courage remains eternal. Like that killer line in the movie Gladiator: “What we do in life echoes in eternity." So let's be lions and not sheep.
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BACK TO THE FUTURE Lamborghini unveiled the new Countach LPI 800-4: a futuristic limited edition paying homage to the car's iconic status as a revolutionary design and technology rule-breaker recreated for the 21st century. Its puristic lines are immediately recognizable from the Countach legacy - the patriarch of modern super sports cars and Lamborghini design. With its aspirated V12 engine, combined with Lamborghini’s hybrid supercapacitor technology, the Countach LPI 800-4 retains the inimitable V12 experience and sound from its Longitudinale Posteriore mounted power plant combined with the hybrid technology developed for the Sián. Blazing from 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, its top speed is a whopping 220 mph. | Pricing starts at $2.6M. lamborghini.com
PANAMERA TURBO S E-HYBRID The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is exciting as we get to further explore the innovation of electric capabilities from Porsche - the vehicle looks the part proper and delivers unsurpassable performance. With features such as the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport, and Rear Axle Steering included with the Power Steering Plus package, this hybrid will knock your socks right off. What Porsche has effectively done is unleash the power of the electric motor (E-Machine) in combination with their 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 combustion engine; both yield impressive power at 690 horsepower whilst also touting green badges with the 17.9kWh Lithium Ion Traction Battery. The Panamera Turbo S E Hybrid can top out at 87 mph using only the electric motor, which is more than all posted speed limits allow in the US. (For readers curious about the highest posted legal speed limit in the U.S., it exists in Texas on Highway 130, coming in at an admirable 85 mph for those wanting to test the electric motor capabilities.) This car is versatile, green, and quite deliberate in the unrelenting commitment to performance, so it truly is a guiltfree pleasure. Considering the abundant cargo space in the fastback has been creatively expanded and is an eco-friendly hybrid, one can argue that this Porsche is an outstanding family car and the perfect daily driver. | Pricing starts at $189,800. porsche.com
MERCEDESBENZ S580 The all-new Mercedes S-Class is a groundbreaking feat in technology and comfort, setting a new standard for luxury cars. Its luxe yet understated exterior is fitted with the newly optional four-wheel steering which makes for an incredible new maneuverability. With a 0-60 mph in an impressive 4.4 seconds, its impeccable performance is the epitome of luxury and comfort. This sedan will make long drives enjoyable; features such as heated 12-way power front seats with memory and massage features to relax and restore the lower back and shoulders will ensure it. A new touch screen panel and augmented reality display are just scratching the surface of the technology the new S-Class has to offer. A steering wheel with touch controls, digital motors inside the vent fans, and a head-up display are all thoughtful additions to a car that is sure to impress. | Pricing starts at $116,300. mbusa.com
BMW M440i The ultimate sleek performance machine, the new 2022 BMW M44Oi Coupe offers an unforgettable drive. With style and substance in equal measures, new BMW M engineering, and appearance upgrades that refuse to settle for anything less than perfection. This performance coupe is equipped with more power and efficiency than ever, boasting a 382 horsepower TwinPower inline 6-cylinder engine and 48V mild-hybrid technology. Elevate your driving experience with this sleek, innovative design; sharpened aerodynamics, improved control, and high-performance braking are all parts of this extraordinary vehicle. Reach new heights of speed and freedom when you get behind the wheel of the BMW M440i Coupe. Trust us, you’ll never look back. | bmwusa.com
SIERRA ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES If you love the thrill of powerful speed, new motorcycles from Sierra Electric Motorcycles are just what you need to add some excitement to your life. The US distributor for Kollter Electric, these German-made motor vehicles aren the epitome of luxury. Keyless operation, a built in alarm system, and a battery charge time as low as two hours, this motorcycle is a true masterpiece. With maximum speeds ranging from 60-85 miles per hour depending on the model, there is something for everyone. Experience extraordinary strength, impeccable control, and powerful design all from a fully electric motorcycle, you’ll never look back. | Pricing starts at $3,995. sierraelectricmotorcyles.com 40
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AUDI RS 5 COUPE The Audi RS 5 Coupe has been redesigned to offer performance like never before. With detailed attention paid to every aspect of this vehicle, nothing has been overlooked. Its aerodynamic profile and optimally sleek exterior slice through the air and its driver-centric design will have you connected and feeling the race track. Complete with the new MMI infotainment system and the Audi virtual cockpit, the new model embraces the most modern technologies and includes driver assistance for added safety measures. With a 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and 444 horsepower, the performance on the Audi RS 5 Coupe will satisfy any car lover. With improved performance and handling, driver-centric design, and added features to make it uniquely yours, this model is sure to captivate. Experience true exhilaration behind the wheel of this exquisite machine. | audiusa.com
LEXUS LC 500 CONVERTIBLE The first-ever LC convertible is groundbreaking for more reasons than one. Created to engage your sense of power as well as the imagination, this Lexus is a true standout. With a driver-inspired cockpit, this incredible vehicle is truly built to allow you to connect more deeply with the road in this thoughtfully designed space. Take advantage of the 50 prototype-process and relax in luxury. The LC is a performance convertible, complete with carbon fiber components, a lightweight roof, and a lower grille to add an edge to the experience. A soft top that closes in approx. 15 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph, tail lamps inspired by a Jet’s afterburners, and seamless flush door handles are all aspects of the incredible technology put to use to make this vehicle more comfortable and owner-centric than ever. Improved dynamic handling, a speed-activated rear wing, and active sport exhaust are just the start of it. We highly recommend you discover all the Lexus LC 500 Convertible has to offer; this really is the car for anyone. | Pricing starts at $101,100. lexus.com
BMW XB7 ALPINA Extraordinary performance, striking design, and exclusive details are just the tip of the iceberg in the new BMW Alpina XB7. Crafted for those who appreciate genuine luxury, this impeccable vehicle sets the standard. Handcrafted materials and bespoke design details set the Alpina XB7 apart as a first-class driving experience. Armed with the latest technology, the Alpina is home to a 4.4-liter V-8 Bi-Turbo engine equipped with 612 horsepower and reinforced 8-speed Sport Transmission. The perfect balance of agility and comfort, the Active Roll Stabilization and Integral Active Steering system allow drivers to sit back, relax, and enjoy the drive. Outfitted with chrome accents, 20-spoke design wheels, and a powerful design, the exterior does not disappoint. Equally luxurious is the thoughtfully detailed interior, finished with Lavalina Leather steering wheel, Alpina badging, and an impressive Digital Instrument Cluster. All-electric Captain’s Chairs in rich leather upholstery elevate the elegance of this vehicle, and intuitive technology will be sure to improve your driving experience. The ultimate display of comfort, convenience, style, and power, the BMW Alpina XB7 is a masterpiece and should definitely be on your radar. | bmwusa.com
JAGUAR F-PACE P340 Impressive technology, modern design, and great performance are what you can expect from the new Jaguar F-Pace P340. Practical additions, luxurious comfort, and exhilarating power make this vehicle truly extraordinary. With a range of modern additions such as wireless charging, cabin air ionization, and Active Road Noise Cancellation technology, this Jaguar will change your driving experience forever. A striking on-road presence is enhanced with an updated exterior design, featuring a seamless hood, double ‘J’ blade headlights, and a deeper grill. Every detail of this incredible car is thoughtfully considered, including a luxe interior evocative of a tranquil oasis. Offering a range of engines including the P340, the P250, and the ultimate performance option, the P550, you can customize the vehicle to your preferences. Experience ultimate comfort, chic style, and impressive modernity in the F-Pace P340; a true game-changer. | jaguar.com
BOWLUS TERRA FIRMA TRAILER Creating a fully immersive, elemental experience is the Terra Firma, a land travel experience like no other. Feel what it's like to be one with the world in this incredible approach to adventuring from the original makers of the aluminum travel trailer. Enjoy the solitude and peace that comes with isolation without sacrificing the luxuries of comfort and security. Comfortably sleeping 4, the Terra Firma comes complete with features such as an integrated Bluetooth brake controller, the industry’s largest Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries, and GPS tracking for all of your traveling needs. Entertain guests in a chic dining area, relax on specialty 100% linen bedding, and take in the beauty of nature from this incredible adventure-ready RV. | Pricing starts at $265,000. bowlus.com
B O OT CA M P FALL SHOULD BE RENAMED “BOOT SEASON,” (AT LEAST IN OUR OPINION). STROLLS THROUGH THE AUTUMN FOLIAGE, APPRECIATING THE CHILL IN THE AIR AFTER MONTHS OF SWELTERING HEAT, TAKING A SIP OF YOUR FIRST HOT COCKTAIL OF THE SEASON - WHAT WOULD IT ALL BE WITHOUT A PAIR OF STYLISH BOOTS ON YOUR FEET? IN NEED OF A NEW PAIR? LOOK NO FURTHER.
01 CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, SAMSON LEATHER CHELSEA BOOT Available at christianlouboutin.com, $1,250.
02 SAINT LAURENT, WYATT JODHPUR BOOTS Available at ysl.com, $1,045.
03 MANOLO BLAHNIK, DELSA LEATHER CHELSEA BOOTS Available at neimanmarcus.com, $995.
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BRUNELLO CUCINELLI STRIPED CABLE-KNIT ALPACA AND YAK-BLEND SWEATER
Knit in Ireland from an incredibly soft wool-blended mohair, this cardigan is both cozy for the colder months and a chic statement piece, perfect for throwing over any outfit. Striped detailing and white edging stand out without being overbearing, and the thoughtfully slim profile allows you to neatly layer this piece under any suiting options.
Spun from a blend of Alpaca and Yak wool, this impeccable cable-knit crewneck is just as luxurious as cashmere. Contrasting stripes on this classic cut make it a true fall staple. Available at brunellocucinelli.com, $2,850.
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CANALI - RIBBED MERINO WOOL MOCK-NECK SWEATER A rib knit in luxurious merino wool will keep you warm and stylish this season. A sleek mock-neck style in a rich midnight blue will keep you reaching for this sweater all autumn. Available at canali.com, $650.
KNIT PICKY WE’RE WELCOMING FALL WITH OPEN ARMS (AND SLEEVES) THIS YEAR AND CAN’T WAIT TO JUMP BACK INTO A NEW SEASON OF COZY KNITS. PERFECT FOR LAYERING, A NIGHT OUT, OR A DAYTIME STROLL, SWEATERS ARE TRULY THE ULTIMATE FALL STAPLE. HERE’S OUR PICK OF THE CROP THIS YEAR… CASHMERE, MERINO, ALPACA, OH MY!
04 ERMENEGILDO ZEGNAASYMMETRIC PANELLED CASHMERE-BLEND SWEATER If you’ve gotten tired of basics and are looking for a fresh take on the fall knit, this asymmetric cashmere blend is a perfect choice. Woven in Italy from a gorgeous cashmere blend, this gray paneled sweater will add the perfect touch of interest to your wardrobe this season. Available at zegna.com, $1,390.
05 TOM FORD -RIBBED CASHMERE CARDIGAN For the perfect cardigan this fall, look no further. Perfectly balanced between casual and elegant, this ribbed cashmere cardigan will easily be the most versatile piece in your autumn wardrobe. Throw on over a t-shirt or pair it with a more formal outfit, this sweater is perfect in any setting. Available at tomford.com, $2,590.
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The versatility of this jacket is as luxurious a benefit as the supple Nappa leather it is made of, at least until you flip it to a woolen blend alternative. Never feel pinned down by a look, dress it down in the morning and turn it out at night.
Wearing an authentic, heavyweight Sheepskin Shearling bomber jacket from Schott will give you the warmth you need since you will be so cool. This WWII-era fighter-pilot style jacket is sure to elevate any outfit to another plane (pun intended).
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THRILLER, A L EAT H E R STO RY FALL IS IN THE AIR, AND THE SCENT IS AS FAMILIAR AS A FINE LEATHER JACKET. WHICH STYLE YOU WEAR IS A MATTER OF PERSONAL PREFERENCE, THOUGH WE HAVE A FEW MUST-HAVE SUGGESTIONS TO HELP YOU ON YOUR WAY THIS SEASON.
SCHOTT – VINTAGE FITTED COWHIDE LEATHER MOTORCYCLE JACKET This all-American Motorcycle jacket from the Schott flagship store in the heart of New York City will have you ready for a night out on or off the bike.
TOM FORD – WORKED LAMB LEATHER BLOUSON JACKET
Available at schottnyc.com, $925.
For a statement piece guaranteed to draw attention, this jacket is anything but your typical leather jacket. Work this jacket into your fall repertoire with dark jeans and your favorite black tee shirt or dress it up with a classic button-down and dress pants. Available at tomford.com, $5,590.
04 THEORY – KELLEHER MORVEK L LEATHER JACKET This sleek sheep leather option from Theory delivers an understated look and relaxed fit for those on the go. Slimmer fitting for a night out without the bulk. Available at theory.com, $995.
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BRIEFCASE: TUMI SADLER BRIEF With modern advances in technology, our laptops and tablets have never been lighter. This hyper-functional and ergonomically ideated commuter bag will be all you need and adds a touch of panache. tumi.com, $895
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SUIT: GIORGIO ARMANI When it is time to look the part, get fitted in the latest from Giorgio Armani. Whether you are headed back into the office or to an evening on the town, nothing looks better than a well-fitted fine suit. Remember Armani for the Italian fabrics and masterful stitchwork and people will never forget you. armani.com
OFFICE READING CHAIR: EAMES LOUNGE CHAIR AND OTTOMAN BY HERMAN MILLER Any extra space in your office, or even your home office, would nicely accommodate the Eames Lounge Chair. It is a must-have for completing your stylish workspace. smartfurniture.com, $5,995
PAR FOR THE COURSE Inspired by the power and resilience experienced throughout the past year, PXG Apparel’s Fall/Winter collection is imbued with a modern and edgy flair designed to reflect the empowering city of New York, created to keep you looking stylish on and off the golf course. “I wanted to create pieces that reflect the way I feel walking through the streets of New York,” says President and Executive Creative Director of PXG Apparel Renee Parsons. Performance-driven design, strong logos, and sophisticated tones are all present in the collection and part of the core makeup of the brand itself. The brand focuses on updating features that define PXG to create an urban, exciting, and edgy collection with an incredibly fresh new feel. Luxurious cashmere and eco-leather, muted hues of tan and green, and soft, yet structured, shapes come together to create the perfect Fall/Winter wardrobe. Lifestyle pieces for any occasion will challenge you to look beyond the golf course. pxg.com
BRUNELLO CUCINELLI ROSEWOOD Brunello Cucinelli opens its first resort boutique in the United States at the exclusive Rosewood Miramar Beach, offering an impeccably curated selection of women’s, men’s, and accessories collections. Geared towards the elegance and ease of the Miramar lifestyle, looks will satisfy effortless daytime chic as well as more formal evening luxury. Known for its quality craftsmanship, Brunello Cucinelli's exquisite pieces transition seamlessly from day to night and will become beloved staples in your collection. The
space itself is serene and modern, as the brand aims to create an atmosphere where you can truly “breathe” the spirit of the company. Travertine floors, gray clay, and oak walls, and custom-made furniture from Perugia, Italy make an incredible backdrop for the breathtaking collection. Visit this space for an intimate, personal shopping experience that will be sure to make as much of an impression as the clothing itself. brunellocucinelli.com
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1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH For the ultimate Miami experience, 1 Hotel South Beach delivers comfort, luxury, and incredible beachfront views. With an aim to capture the beauty of nature, the 1 Hotel is a truly breathtaking oasis able to transport you to an ultimate state of serenity. The relaxing suites are elevated by nature’s influences and have unmatched views of the ocean. Farm to table fare is non-negotiable here, and the seven incredible dining outlets will be sure to impress. With restaurants such as Habitat P1nthouse and a complimentary farm stand, guests will have their pick from a number of uniquely satisfying dining experiences. Home to the Mind and Movement program, 1 Hotel South Beach offers the first-ever all-encompassing program created to help guests connect with both nature and themselves. Escape to 1 Hotel South Beach this fall and enjoy an unforgettable stay.
NOBU HOTEL MIAMI BEACH Experience paradise firsthand at Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, where great food, gorgeous views, and a luxurious atmosphere will make your stay truly spectacular. Equipped with large suites and impressive villas, your stay is sure to be memorable. Enjoy the pool or escape to the Esencia Wellness spa, where refined treatments, lush greenery, and expansive facilities will allow guests to find the kind of deep relaxation you just can’t get at home. Unsurprisingly, the Nobu Hotel shines in its dining options, offering a multi-sensory culinary experience. Transcending a typical hotel restaurant experience, if you consider yourself a ‘foodie’ this is the place to be. Incredible Japanese cuisine from Nobu Miami and farmto-table fare from Californian restaurant Malibu Farm are impossible to beat. Experience Miami the right way at the Nobu Hotel and enjoy a romantic weekend getaway or a beach trip with the family, this hotel can truly do it all.
VICEROY SANTA MONICA For a seamless, luxurious getaway, escape to The Viceroy Santa Monica, which sits one block away from gorgeous California beaches without sacrificing convenience. Inspired by Los Angeles culture, the Viceroy is a careful mix of coastal calm and urban edge. Common spaces are meticulously designed, and enjoying a coffee or tanning by the pool has never been chicer. The Viceroy will make you feel at home in an atmosphere that is warm and inviting, yet undeniably cool. Complete with spacious rooms, impeccable common spaces, a gorgeous pool, and a wraparound bar, this coastal-yet-urban retreat is the ideal California getaway. Explore Santa Monica’s beaches and city amenities from this stylish accommodation; we promise you’ll want to come back the second you check out.
MALIBU BEACH INN Located on the sand in the heart of Malibu, the Malibu Beach Inn is next to the famed Malibu Pier, minutes away from local activities that include horseback riding, hiking, water sports, and high-end shopping. Each of the 47 well-appointed guest rooms showcases the proximity of the waves through full glass doors that lead to private balconies, enabling guests to enjoy ocean views from almost any point in their room. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Pacific Coast Highway on an exclusive strip of Carbon Beach nicknamed “Billionaire’s Beach,” the hotel itself offers opulent service from the moment of arrival. Dine at CBC (Carbon Beach Club restaurant), where Chef de Cuisine David Fricaud draws inspiration from the Pacific and Mediterranean coasts utilizing only the freshest ingredients; indulge at the on-site oceanfront spa suite, or simply lounge on the privately-owned shore. Malibu Beach Inn’s service and setting are the perfect location to create an unforgettable seaside experience. Don’t forget to try the hotel's award-winning cocktails made with renowned spirits in smallbatch provisions, and an exceptional list of wines from around the world.
RITZ-CARLTON SOUTH BEACH If you’re in need of a luxury vacation, the incredible Ritz-Carlton, South Beach should definitely be on your radar. Located in a restored art deco landmark, this incredible hotel reflects both its glamorous past and its lush surroundings. Inspired by the history of its iconic building, the spirit of Miami glamour comes to life in this space. Incredible amenities include an elevated pool overlooking the Atlantic, a classic and chic cocktail lounge, and a fullservice spa perfect for unwinding after experiencing the excitement of Miami. The 376 newly renovated guest rooms and suites are sure to impress, and the oceanfront views are hard to beat. Experience Miami in style, and take advantage of the incredible Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Whether you’re dining at the oceanfront DiLido Beach Club, getting a tan in a private cabana, or getting a cocktail at Lapidus Bar, you’re sure to love your stay.
VINE DINING Dom Pérignon Vintage 2012 After being appointed “cellarer” of the Abbaye d’Hautvillers in 1668, Dom Pierre Perignon spent 47 years dedicating himself to creating the very best wines in the world. This incredible ambition and quest for harmony shine in every sip of the Dom Pérignon Vintage 2012, a wine that surpassed many unexpected challenges. Unpredictable climate events including frost, torrential rains, and heat waves made for an unpredictable year of winemaking. Luckily, the harvest revealed grapes bursting with great potential, balancing generosity and freshness. The nose mingles both flowers and fruit. A tactile bouquet introduces apricot and white flowers, followed by fresh rhubarb and ash. This wine is vibrant and full of power, focused by bitter notes and finishing with an impressive tautness charged by tobacco and ginger.
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003 Plentitude 2 After extreme temperature shifts and a heatwave that brought the Champagne region the hottest summer it had in 53 years, Champagne had the earliest harvest since 1822. This shockingly early August 21st harvest produced uniquely luscious and vibrantly concentrated grapes, similar to iconic vintages of 1947, 1959, and 1976. The Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003 Plentitude 2 is fruity, spicy, and tactile. Its deep, rich flavors are a rarity, and will definitely delight. With a nose of floral lime tree and ashy minerality typical of Dom Pérignon, hints of apricot and fresh lemon verbena arise unexpectedly, followed by the darker notes of licorice root and spice. It reveals itself in a spiral, a physical palate both meaty and mature. This vintage is complex and luxurious, allowing you to savor every sip. This vibrant wine will draw you in and inspire you, a velvety, dark, and fruity flavor profile that deserves to be relished.
DICTADOR RUM This unique limited-edition rum is the latest addition to the Dictator 2 Masters collection of ultra-premium rums, and you can taste it in every sip. Created from a partnership between Colombian rum brand Dictador and Niepoort, a historic port maker, this iconic collaboration is the first release combining rum and port. With notes of red cherries and dark chocolate, a palate of aged cigar tobacco and coconut husk, and a licorice and leather finish, this rum is like no other. With only 60 bottles being released worldwide, this impressive bottle is definitely a bucket-list try.
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RAISE THE STEAKS Located on New York City’s Pier 17 in the Seaport, Carne Mare’s twostory space is anything but ordinary. This Italian chophouse by Chef Andrew Carmellini offers prime cuts of steaks, Italian favorites, and extraordinary seafood from an unbeatable location. Incredible views of the Manhattan waterfront and the Brooklyn Bridge pair perfectly with prime-aged beef and wagyu, creating an unforgettable atmosphere. A wrap-around bar, wood-fired oven, and a grand staircase are all welcome additions to the space, where guests can enjoy oysters, housemade pasta, and thoughtful cocktails. Perfect for a dinner where you want to impress your guests and actually enjoy the food, Carne Mare is hard to top.
GOOD TASTE Not far outside of New York City you’ll find Viron Rondo Osteria in Cheshire, Connecticut. The menu is primarily Italian at this locally sourced Mediterranean gem - think salads and antipasto, meat and seafood, carbonara and clam sauces - but the owner's Greek flair adds a little something special. French designer Martine Longhi conceived and designed the interior and exterior spaces, the latter of which boasts a beautiful outdoor dining garden oasis. Be sure to take note of the striking chandelier hanging in the main room which previously hung in the theater of the New York Film Academy from 1969 to 2017. The restaurant's world-class cocktail program and extensive wine list are the perfect complements to an already impressive menu. Don’t forget to order the charcuterie board. Trust us on this one.
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A SUNSET YOU WON’T FORGET Unlike anything you’ve experienced before, the yurt dining experience at The Chanler and its staff will leave you speechless. Here in Newport, RI, guests can enjoy a bespoke New England evening under the stars. If The Chanler’s unmatched service and attention to detail don’t impress you, its old-world architecture and majestic views from the centuries-old lawn will inspire most. The property has taken the best of the gilded age, the roaring 20s, and has oh so gently added a touch of modern luxury. Their world-renowned inventive chef caters to all tastes as he meticulously prepares every meal. Accommodating to those who seek the finest culinary experience, the combination of traditional New England seafood with a hint of international flair will leave you hungry for more.
NEW ENGLAND VS NEW YORK: THE GREAT PIZZA WAR New Englanders and New Yorkers have been arguing for decades over who has the best pizza, and while the verdict is still out, New England has one place in particular in their arsenal that’s a sure advantage over New York: Rossini’s Italian Restaurant and Pizza in Cheshire, CT. For many years, this simple Italian eatery has been serving up basic pizzas, pasta, and the like. An Italian gem beloved by locals and travelers, Rossini’s first opened its doors on Valentine’s day in 1979 with only two ovens, a small kitchen, and seating for 20 people. Today, the restaurant is a must-stop for anyone traveling through New England. Using only the freshest ingredients, Rossini’s is home to some of the finest authentic Italian cuisine in Connecticut. At Rossini’s, when you’re here, you’re family. Have plans to go home hungry? Fuhgeddaboudit.
PEAK SHOW Perched atop the tallest building in Hudson Yards, NYC, you find Peak, a one-of-akind restaurant that offers diners unparalleled views of New York City and beyond. This stunning restaurant, bar, and event space is located on the 101st floor at the summit of the tower, rising 1,149 feet in the air, and sits one level above Edge, which is the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere. Helmed by Executive Chef Chris Cryer, this modern American restaurant is inspired by Cryer’s long-standing relationships with local fishermen, farmers, and purveyors, as well as his commitment to sustainability. With a focus on the purity of the ingredients and inspired by the diverse cuisines of New York City, the menu is divided into three categories—Land, Sea, and Garden. Award-winning Beverage Director and Sommelier Zach Kameron designed the innovative beverage program which features a world-class wine list, inventive cocktails, and highlighting locally-produced spirits and craft beers from New York State. Peak’s extensive wine list has over 1,100 references, offering more than 20 wines by the glass, which are primarily sourced from France, Italy, and the United States. Don’t forget to check out the rolling champagne cart, ranging from classic to unique selections, in the cocktail bar and dining room.
CHEWS WISELY Chefs Michael & Caitlin Toscano’s restaurant in the coveted West Village of Manhattan, da Toscano, is the culmination of creative interpretations of regional Italian cuisine. The restaurant complements thoughtful culinary offerings with a curated cocktail, wine, and beer menu. This is the second restaurant from the pair who also own and operate Le Farfalle in Charleston, S.C. Let Michael, a James Beard “Rising Star Chef ” SemiFinalist and winner of the StarChefs New York Rising Stars Award, take you on a culinary journey like none other. Save room for dessert and try the cheesecake - trust us on this one.
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DE’LONGHI COFFEE X BRAD PITT De’Longhi, a global leader in espresso and home comfort, is launching its first international campaign through a video directed by oscarwinning Damien Chazelle and featuring Brad Pitt as the brand’s new global ambassador. The campaign showcases how to create a ‘perfetto’ moment, featuring De’Longhi’s newest premier machine to create quality coffee at home. The one-touch machine Dinamica Plus is both beautiful and functional, allowing you to experience luxury coffee from the comfort of your own kitchen without sacrificing style or taste. Cinematographer Linus Sandgren and composer Justin Hurwitz come together to create a beautiful campaign for this innovative product, emphasizing extraordinary quality, meaningful design, and De’Longhi’s commitment to improving day-to-day experiences. delonghi.com
SLINGER BAG With an aim to change the landscape of the solo tennis experience, the impeccably designed Slinger Bag will have you on the courts anytime, anywhere. This portable lightweight bag can be set up to start launching balls within 1 minute, a truly unbeatable product. Easily transport from your trunk to the courts and enjoy a day filled with quality practice. This thoughtfully crafted launcher acts as a wonderfully consistent training partner that will allow you to improve your game seamlessly. Waste no time with less-than-perfect balls, the Slinger Bag experience will be game-changing. Starting at $645
MED SPA 2.0 For anyone looking to treat themselves to a day of pampering and self-care, visit The Aesthetic Lounge, the brand new luxury Medical Spa by board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Sadeti. Escape to this beautiful space and indulge in treatments that will have you looking (and feeling!) better than ever. Our personal favorite is the Diamond Glow Facial, a unique facial resurfacing treatment using innovative technology to leave patients with revitalized skin and a radiant glow. With a range of unmatched aesthetic treatments offered and a space like no other, this Newport Beach luxury spa is sure to become your new favorite “day-off” spot. galleryofcosmeticsurgery.com 57
VOCIER LUGGAGE Whether you are a frequent flyer or just in need of a quick getaway, the luxurious travel gear from Vocier will elevate any traveler’s experience. Reliable and chic, this is luggage you can depend on and will be sure to last a lifetime. Crafted with unbeatable quality and durable design, Vocier balances style with function seamlessly. The only travel gear specifically designed to protect your clothes, Vocier pieces will guarantee a less stressful traveling experience, and allow owners to enjoy the luxury of a wrinkle-free compartment created with ZeroCrease technology. Spend your time away from home engaged in your escape, not wasting precious minutes with hotel ironing boards. Designed with the idea that luggage should be both functional and elegant, Vocier definitely exceeds expectations. Ideal for any traveler, these luxe pieces will have you hooked, we guarantee it. vocier.com
THE ONE For a rich new scent to add to your repertoire, this impeccable fragrance from Dolce & Gabbana is the perfect marriage of intense masculinity and luminous aromatics. The clean geometric design reimagined in a black colorway is accented with brilliant gold details, coming together to create a sleek, elegant look. With a top of gold neroli essence, a heart of musky cashmere grounds and clary sage, and a base of smoky black leather and spicy patchouli, this addicting scent will be sure to become your new favorite. dolcegabbanabeauty.com
SKIN BETTER Armed with accomplished science and rigorous study of skincare chemistry, SkinBetter is home to an array of remarkable products capable of transforming your skin for the better. Boasting award-winning eye recharger andantioxidant technologies, this scientifically advanced company is one you can trust to make a difference whether you’re in need of a simple sunscreen or an entirely new routine. Our favorite is the Solo Hydrating Defense, a oncedaily Men’s product we found life-changing. Uniquely designed to defend male skin against the environmental stress of everyday life, this enhanced antioxidant hydration will leave you with healthier, happier skin. skinbetter.com
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For the car lover, add this luxe book set to your space to easily add a touch of ‘cool factor’ to any room. Curating 100 of the most desirable and iconic cars of all time, this book presents the best of the best in an iconic setting. This two-volume hardcover edition is anything but boring, and leafing through pages has never been so fun.
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$250 - taschen.com
CARAN D'ACHE + MB&F ASTROGRAPH LIMITED EDITION RHODIUM-PLATED FOUNTAIN PEN
SENNHEISER HE 1 HEADPHONES If you’re someone who likes to have the best of the best, these state-ofthe-art headphones from Sennheiser are sure to catch your eye. Striking design, unmatched craftsmanship, and extraordinary technology come together to create something magical. These headphones will allow you to travel into pure sound, an experience like no other.
For an extraordinary piece of luxury, invest in the Caran d’Ache limitededition collaboration with MB&F. The brand’s most complex writing implement to date, this incredible piece requires 99 polish ruthenium and rhodium-plated components to craft. Named the ‘Astrograph,’ this rocket-shaped silver pen is so much more than a writing instrument. Displayed on a launchpad, the Astrograph is a nod to childhood dreams in the form of a true piece of luxury.
$59,000 - sennheiser.com
$26,095 - mrporter.com
MONCLER TIMSIT JACKET This all-black iteration of a classic elevates this iconic Moncler puffer to a day-to-night piece. For the man who doesn’t want to sacrifice style for comfort as the weather cools down, you’ll definitely find yourself reaching for this jacket on those chilly fall days. $1,550 - moncler.com
CIRE TRUDON REGGIO SCENTED CANDLE DIOR X RIMOWA COLLAB
If you’re looking for a new, fresh scent for your space, Cire Trudon’s ‘Reggio’ is the perfect addition to your home. With a core of mandarin essential oil and bright notes of Grapefruit Mimosa, this refreshing scent is great for keeping the energy up and would be perfect for an office. Deep blue and gleaming gold accents make this piece more than just a scent, but a luxe piece of decor that brings a touch of elegance to any space.
The Dior x Rimowa collaboration is the mashup we never knew we needed. Iconic craftsmanship meets luxury style in this incredible line, with pieces you’ll treasure forever. This classic black cabin-sized piece will be sure to draw eyes, and is definitely the coolest piece of luggage on the market. The Dior Oblique design inscribed directly into the aluminum skin Rimowa is known for is truly the best of both worlds. $3,720 - rimowa.com
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GUCCI COTTON KNIT SWEATER
SAINT LAURENT BACKPACK A collaboration between Google and Saint Laurent is an unexpectedly incredible partnership. The two famed brands have come together to create a ‘smart backpack’ filled with incredible features without sacrificing luxury style. The Cite-E backpack is like no other, with sensors on the straps and features that allow you to play music and access google maps. The chic, elegant design aspects of YSL merge flawlessly with Google technology, creating a backpack that is sure to be at the top of everyone’s wish list this season.
Perfect for transitioning to cooler weather, the iconic Gucci Web stripe trim on this sweater adds a stylish flair to a wardrobe staple. Throw over a tee or layer with a light jacket, this 100% cotton sweater is a great way to spice up a neutral look. Gorgeous quality and timeless style will have you wearing this piece for many seasons to come.
$1,150 - ysl.com
$980 - gucci.com
JAEGER-LECOULTRE MASTER ULTRA THIN TOURBILLON Uniting the qualities of Jaeger-LeCoultre's expertise; performance, reliability, and classicism, this aweinspiring Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon in pink gold is much more than a beautiful timepiece. Born from tradition appreciated by the elegant man, every aspect of this piece is expertly crafted with intention. Beauty, function, and detail are equally honored in this work of art, and its intricate complexities and sophisticated glamour will make it a standout piece in your collection. $73,500 - jaeger-lecoultre.com
LEATHER FLASK SET Perfect for a picnic, a day of fun with friends, or really any occasion you want to add a little extra ‘fun’ to, this leather flask set with a carry handle is a perfect crowd-pleaser. Entirely hand-crafted in Germany, this calfskin piece is as luxurious as it is functional. Holding 3 flasks and 4 shot glasses, there’s no excuse to leave the party behind. $345 - scullyandscully.com
CELINE HOMME LOGO-EMBROIDERED WOOL BASEBALL CAP As fall weather kicks in, we all have to factor in that chill in the air when getting ready for the day. Instead of bulky layers, add thoughtful pieces to your wardrobe to enhance your style. This Celine wool baseball cap is the ideal balance of cozy and chic and will keep your head warm while giving you extra points for style this fall. $415 - celine.com
SHELBY TWO-WHEELED COBRA This limited edition Shelby bike is limited to 300 units, channeling the inventive-meetschampionship racing spirit of designer Carroll Shelby. With a goal to capture the brand’s soul of grit, speed, and high performance, this bike is the most powerful yet. Enjoy racing speeds up to an incredible 36 mph with a re-engineered battery good for 75 miles. With incredible design and race-ready controls, this Shelby can take you anywhere. $7,249 - vintageelectricbikes.com
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THE SHOSHO WATCH CELEBRATES THE BEAUTY OF SUMMER AND TIME SPENT OUTDOORS WITH A WATER-INSPIRED MOTIF ON THE DIAL. Grand Seiko Japan Seasons Collection Shōsho watch in stainless steel. $6,800 - seikousa.com
THE CHRONOMASTER SPORT CAN MEASURE TIME AS PRECISELY AS 1/10TH OF A SECOND. Zenith Chronomaster Sport watch in stainless steel. $10,000 - zenith.com
THE CHRONOMASTER SPORT CAN MEASURE TIME AS PRECISELY AS 1/10TH OF A SECOND. Panerai Luminor Chrono watch in brushed steel. $9,200 - panerai.com
SPORTY STYLE THIS YEAR’S NEW SPORTS WATCHES INCORPORATE UNIQUE DIAL DESIGNS AND ULTRA-PRECISE MOVEMENTS.
WE LOVE THE NEW TWO-TONE LOOK ON THE HYDROCONQUEST WATCH, WHICH IS AVAILABLE IN FOUR COLORS. Longines HydroConquest watch in stainless steel and rose PVD. $1,800 - longines.com
TRAVEL IN STYLE WITH THE CLASSIC CALATRAVA TRAVEL TIME. THE RICH ROSE GOLD CASE ACCENTUATES THE WARM, BROWN DIAL. Patek Philippe Calatrava Travel Time 7234R watch in 18K rose gold. $48,500 - patek.com
TO CELEBRATE THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REVERSO, JAEGER-LECOULTRE RELEASED SEVERAL LIMITED-EDITION TIMEPIECES, INCLUDING THIS MONOCHROME BURGUNDY VERSION. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano nwatch in 18K pink gold. $23,900 - jaeger-lecoultre.com
GREEN DIALS ARE ALL THE RAGE THIS YEAR AND THE COLOR IS ESPECIALLY STRIKING ON THE 41MM PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH. IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 watch in stainless steel. $6,500 - iwc.com
COLOR PLAY ADD A LITTLE COLOR TO YOUR WATCH WARDROBE WITH A BRILLIANTLY COLORED DIAL.
CARTIER’S PERENNIALLY POPULAR BALLON BLEU DE CARTIER GETS A NEW 40MM CASE AND A ROBUST IN-HOUSE MOVEMENT THIS YEAR. Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch in 18K rose gold. $14,600 - cartier.com
ADD A LITTLE COLOR TO YOUR WATCH WARDROBE WITH A BRILLIANTLY COLORED DIAL.
DRESS IT UP DRESS WATCHES DON’T HAVE TO BE BORING. THESE TIMEPIECES EACH ADD A UNIQUE TWIST TO THEIR CLASSIC DESIGNS.
VACHERON CONSTANTIN SHOWCASES THE BEAUTY OF PLATINUM WITH A POLISHED PLATINUM CASE AND A SANDBLASTED PLATINUM DIAL IN THE NEW HISTORIQUES AMERICAN 1921 PLATINE. Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 watch in platinum. $51,000 - vacheron-constantin.com
THIS STUNNING JUMPING-HOUR WATCH FROM CHOPARD CELEBRATES THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS MANUFACTURE. Chopard L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 watch in 18K rose gold. $44,700 - chopard.com
BACK IN BLACK ALL-BLACK WATCHES ARE THE SLEEKEST WAY TO MAKE A STATEMENT.
MANY DIVER’S WATCHES LOOK THE SAME, BUT THE ALL-BLACK STYLINGS OF THE NEW SEAMASTER DIVER BLACK BLACK LET IT TRANSITION FROM THE OCEAN TO THE BOARDROOM. Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Black Black watch in black ceramic. $8,650 - omega.com
FOR THE FINAL EDITION OF ITS CHEEKY SWISS ALP WATCH, H. MOSER & CIE HAS A VANTABLACK DIAL DECORATED WITH A “LOADING” SYMBOL. H. Moser & Cie. Swiss Alp watch in DLC steel. $30,800 - h-moser.com
WHILE HERMÈS IS TRADITIONALLY KNOWN FOR ITS ELEGANT TIMEPIECES, WE LOVE ITS TAKE ON A SPORTS WATCH, THE ALL-NEW H08. Hermès H08 watch in graphene composite and ceramic. $8,900 - hermes.com
PIAGET BRINGS ITS MASTERY OF SKELETONIZATION TO THE SPORTY POLO COLLECTION. Piaget Polo Skeleton watch in stainless steel. $28,500 - piaget.com
THE ICONIC ROYAL OAK GETS A MOODY LOOK WITH A NEW BLACK CERAMIC CASE. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance watch in black ceramic. $84,300 - audemarspiguet.com
BONEYARD THESE MESMERIZING WATCHES SHOWCASE THEIR IMPECCABLY FINISHED MOVEMENTS.
FORM & FUNCTION THE BMW IX IS THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE YOU’LL NEVER SEE COMING. WORDS BY RUSS MARTONIS
eleasing next spring, the BMW iX is the electric vehicle you’ll never see coming. With a meticulous focus on design, and serious performance technology under the hood, this Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) marries form and function in a way that leaps the entire electric category forward. The iX aims, first and foremost, to provide a driving experience to remember. With 516 horsepower, you’ll have no problem feeling the wind in your hair from the start, reaching 0-60 in just 4.4 seconds. For those looking to truly get the most from the machine, optional 22 inch wheels and Integral Active Steering are available to take the iX to the next level. With an eye towards sustainability, the iX gives drivers the range necessary to make this a practical purchase, as much as a fun one. Its high voltage, 5th generation eDrive system provides enough juice to run 300 miles off a single charge, which is more than enough for a weekend drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. For longer treks, the vehicle can provide up to 90 miles off just 10 minutes of charging at a high performance fast charger.
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For convenient home charging for example over night, use the standard equipment (Flexible Fast Charger) on a 240V outlet. The best part - because the iX uses direct electric stimulation, in lieu of magnets, no rare earth elements were used in the motor’s creation, so you can feel good about your impact on the planet. The entire vehicle is wrapped in what BMW calls “Shy Tech” - thoughtfully designed technology that makes drivers' lives easier, without looking like something out of a Phillip K. Dick novel. Harmon Kardon Surround Sound
speakers are tucked out of sight, and Bowers & Wilkins provides you with premium sound quality. The air vents are delicately styled, with interior wood trim, giving the interior a modern, but decidedly minimalist, feel. Powered by BMW’s iDrive 8.0 Operating System, the iX aims to make your life a breeze, thanks to features like navigation that learn your habits, and dialogue based interactions that keep your eyes on the road. BMW aims to not only put you in the driver's seat literally, but figuratively as well, with a range of personalization options. Drivers can choose from 8 colors, with names like
Phytonic Blue and Aventurin Red, and myriad interior materials, including olive leaf tanned leather, microfiber/wool blend, and non-leather options. Pair your personal choices with a fresh take on the iconic BMW kidney grill, updated to elegantly hide sensors and cameras, a panoramic single-piece electrochromic shaded glass roof, and four frameless windows, and you’re sure to create something that is as uniquely you, as it is uniquely modern. Coming to dealerships spring 2022, the BMW iX xDrive50 is available now for pre-order at www.bmwusa.com for the base MSRP of $83,200.
where the wild things par GATSBY GOLF IS THE ULTIMATE EMBODIMENT OF EFFORTLESSLY LUXE SPORTSWEAR.
WORDS BY EMMA UNGARO
nspired by a time where golf was synonymous with style, Gatsby Golf represents a new era, one where the worlds of handmade luxury Italian clothes and golf meet for the first time. Fueled by the desire to reconnect golfers with the impeccable style once so interconnected with the sport, Gatsby Golf has created an entirely new definition of Golf-wear. The timeless, elegant aesthetic of Gatsby is deliberate, allowing wearers to don these luxury garments far beyond the golf course. At the core of the Gatsby Golf brand is the notion that golf clothes shouldn’t have to be strictly for golf. With a goal to redefine the previously separate work, sport, and formal wardrobes, Gatsby Golf created a line of clothing that can seamlessly transition to any occasion. “Golf is just something that the founders like to do. I wanted to play golf in luxury, and that was something that I never had found,” says founder Scott Barton. Based in timeless style and extraordinary quality, this singular wardrobe allows the Gatsby man to confidently wear these pieces “throughout all the worlds he loves.” Lead by creative director Victor De Leon, this collection is the intersection of unmatched wearability and true luxury. The line is full of exquisite pieces, designed thoughtfully to transition from the golf course to early drinks, to even elegant dinner wear. Cashmere, luxurious cotton, and gorgeous wool fabrics are all used to craft pieces of unbeatable quality. With a range of knits, trousers, jackets, and polos, the Gatsby collection truly can completely reinvent your wardrobe. The true standout of the line is the -dare we say perfect- polo. The ultimate transitional piece, the Gatsby Golf polo is as much a reflection of modern style as it is a functional piece of sportswear, paralleling the core traits of the Gatsby Golf brand itself. “Dress shirts are a little stuffy, and a little stiff. And then tee shirts are a little informal. The polo is a really great product for the time, because it can be worn under a blazer
and it just so happens that if you’re a golfer… this is the perfect item,” says Barton. Like the polo, Gatsby provides effortless basics that don’t fit into just one type of wardrobe. Gatsby Golf is “luxury inspired by golf, not defined by it,” says Barton. Instead of wearing ‘golf clothes,’ Gatsby offers the ability to simply wear clothes - that just happen to function seamlessly as sportswear too. The Gatsby man is sure to be noticed, admired, and respected, the ultimate embodiment of effortlessly luxe style. On top of the core line, Gatsby Golf has an impressive made-to-measure program for those who appreciate customizable luxury. With three styles of shorts, four pairs of trousers, and four models of blazers currently offered in the made-to-measure program, you can create a wardrobe complete with items customized specifically to you. With an unrivaled standard of craftsmanship and exquisite fabric options, you can work hand-in-hand with Gatsby to create something to cherish forever. Hundreds of fabrics to choose from, including an impressive 190-gram cashmere, allow wearers to pick from the best of the best. Golf should be a time to express personal style and feel confident in your clothes, not an excuse to throw on sports gear and abandon elegance. Gatsby Golf offers a singular, multifunctional wardrobe that doesn’t sacrifice luxury, but instead redefines it. Timelessly chic pieces with “the perfect hint of sportswear” allow the wearer to be the best dressed in any room, or golf course. Impeccable style, quality, and function are all key aspects of this luxurious collection that we’re certain will become your new wardrobe staples. Once you experience the effortless opulence this collection represents, you’ll never look back. 73
ALFRED GIRAUD FRENCH MALT WHISKY DELIVERS THAT JE NE SAIS QUOI. WORDS BY EMMA REYNOLDS PHOTOS BY HANNAH WILSON
he story of Alfred GIRAUD French Malt Whisky unknowingly began 160 years ago, and strangely enough, it didn’t have to do with whisky at all. The Giraud family has a history of working in cognac dating back to the mid-19th century. It started with Louis Giraud, who was a cask maker before joining cognac house Rémy Martin in 1910, where he became an expert in production, blending, and aging cognac. Louis trained his son Alfred, after whom the whisky is named, the tricks of the trade. Alfred continued his father’s legacy at Rémy and introduced his son, André, to cognac, who later became a renown cellar master in the cognac industry. Then Jean-Pierre, Andre’s nephew, managed the same cognac house. Today, the Giraud legacy lives on through Jean-Pierre’s son, Philippe, the founder of Alfred GIRAUD whisky. Growing up in a cognac family, Philippe was always enamored with spirits. He left the world of cognac in 1995 to work for a Scotch whisky producer, where he developed a passion for whisky. He founded his own company in 2004, which allowed him to marry his passion for whisky with his family’s expertise in cognac to create Alfred GIRAUD French Malt Whisky. “The story is so unique,” Philippe told NOBLEMAN. “I come from a line of cognac masters, and now, we are transitioning to luxury whisky. The concept of French luxury whisky makes sense. There is a culture of premium and well-made products. France has the technical and marketing skills, casks, supply chain, the distilling, aging, expertise and the wood, all of which are needed to produce French whisky.”
PHILIPPE, FOUNDER OF ALFRED GIRAUD FRENCH MALT WHISKEY, AT THE NOBLE HOUSE
“I come from a line of cognac masters, and now, we are transitioning to luxury whisky.”
After six years of working on the brand, Alfred GIRAUD launched in 2018 with two expressions, HERITAGE and HARMONIE. Just 12,000 bottles of Alfred GIRAUD whisky are produced a year, which is exceptionally small in comparison to the 250 million bottles produced per year from larger brands like Johnnie Walker. Alfred GIRAUD whisky is produced in Cognac, France, and its production sets them apart from many other companies. They source high-quality distillates from a French whisky distillery, which then is blended with their own malts. Although they don’t grow their own barley, they have exclusive partnerships with organic and nonorganic growers in France. The barley is sent to the Vosges region, where they built the only small malting facility in continental Europe that works continuously, allowing them to malt the barleys to their specific organoleptic requirements and trace it with absolute certainty. “The malted barley is then transported to Cognac, where we control our whole production process from milling and mashing malted barley, producing wort and wash with proprietary yeasts, and distilling it in small, traditional, fire-heated cognac copper stills,” he says. HARMONIE and HERITAGE are matured in ex-rare cognac casks except for a short period of time at the beginning of the aging process when a small proportion of their whiskies age in new French Limousin oak casks. The family of Andre Giraud also owns a forestry operation in France’s Limousin Forest, which allows them to create their own new casks. What sets Alfred GIRAUD apart, however, is the use of rare, extra-old cognac casks, which are up to 65 years old. These casks are exceptionally rare and aging the whisky within these casks is what gives Alfred GIRAUD whisky a smooth touch of sweetness and a long finish. All Alfred GIRAUD whiskies are double or triple malts and have a slow reduction method, resulting in beautiful and elegant aromas. HERITAGE is both complex and balanced, with a nose of brioche;
a palate of grassy notes and slight woodiness; and a sophisticated finish of spiciness, nutty malt and sweetness from the cognac casks. HARMONIE, on the other hand, is slightly peated. Both powerful and inviting, HARMONIE has an exquisite, long finish with soft tannins from the extra-old cognac casks. The third release, VOYAGE, is produced in a very limited amount of one cask in 2020 and five casks in 2021, out of which only one for the USA. “It's a double malt that is aged in a combination of exSauternes cask, which was done before,” he said. “But the novelty is the other wood that we use, which is new French Robinia. It has a lot of tannins and gives strong aromas. We were only able to release it after years of work, and it sold very quickly.” French whisky is difficult to compare to American and Scotch whisky, as it’s only been around for around 40 years. But it’s safe to say that Alfred GIRAUD’s unique production methods and fascinating story have grabbed the attention of whisky lovers worldwide, from America to Russia to Asia. “We still have a lot to learn from the Scottish and Japanese whisky makers,” Philippe said. “There’s so much knowledge there and they remain the masters, but what we’re doing is creating another wave. I think if you fast forward ten years, we’ll have something that’s very unique and different. The use of these rare cognac casks adds a touch that nobody has today because access to these casks is difficult.” Alfred GIRAUD will release in November its first limitededition INTRIGUE, a triple malt aged in a combination of five casks, including an exceptional one that will never again be replicated. Outside of France, INTRIGUE will be sold exclusively to private individuals in a handful of countries through the concierge service of Alfred GIRAUD (email@example.com) 78
A CUT ABOVE ROSEWOOD WASHINGTON, D.C. OFFERS A UNIQUE ESCAPE TO THE NATION'S CAPITAL. WORDS BY ABBY DEL VECCHIO
here’s something uniquely captivating about the Nation’s Capital, though it’s difficult to describe to those who have never experienced it. Washington, D.C. is a city of juxtapositions, from the historical landmarks speckled with modern motifs to its diverse yet unified community of residents and visitors. Each neighborhood contained within the city limits has its own distinct charm; not the least of which is a bustling academic district situated on the scenic Potomac River. In our unending pursuit to find experiences that will heighten our perception of luxury, this time our travels take us to a property that is hidden in plain sight in the heart of Georgetown. Endearingly referred to as the “Gem of Georgetown” by the locals, the Rosewood Hotel is located on the historic C&O canal in what was once a Federalist Lawyer’s building. Unless you’re a savvy local or DC insider, you might walk right by the property that all but blends into its surroundings amidst the other townhomes, shops, and restaurants. But behind the handsome yet inconspicuous red brick façade lies what can only be described as the pinnacle of elegance. Immediately upon entering, we were enamored with the tasteful contrast of antique and modern design elements in perfect harmony. Beyond the warm and inviting foyer is another surprise; a re-imagined library decorated with floor to ceiling marble. The feeling of sophistication upon entry to the Rosemont is amplified by tantalizing aromas wafting from the hotel’s exclusive Wolfgang Puck Restaurant, the Cut. But it was still too early for dinner, so we decided to explore a bit more. From butler service to personal chefs and childcare, Rosewood Hotel’s concept is a completely bespoke luxury experience which can be custom tailored to the needs of its elite clientele of international business travelers, high profile politicians, and well-to-do vacationers and stay-cationers. The seemingly endless guest provisions at the Rosemont continued to exceed all preconceived notions of an all-around luxury experience. We stayed in one of the property’s six posh townhome style suites, with its very own backyard and every imaginable amenity contained within the three-story floor plan. The townhomes are in a prime location in the middle of the busy main street, where you can just step outside on the elevated walkway and down the stairs to check out some of the local shopping and restaurants. But don’t spoil your appetite! Be sure to visit The Cut, a celebrated culinary dining experience that attracts travelers from far and wide with its distinguished service and spin on classic seafood and vegetable dishes. It was difficult for us to pick a favorite, but we absolutely loved the Jack’s Point Oysters, Fire Roasted Eggplant and Wild Field Mushrooms. For a night cap, head over to the bar for one of their spin-offs on the classic Negroni. If you feel like something more personalized, just describe your tastes and the expert mixologists will be sure to deliver a mouth-watering mélange. No single visitor would ever be able to experience all the Rosewood has to offer in a single stay; our main take-away from this experience is that we will be back, now that we are enlightened in our concept of modern but timeless luxury.
C O L OR TIDELLI OUTDOOR LIVING BEAUTIFULLY BLENDS THE ART OF CRAFTSMANSHIP WITH THE ENVIRONMENT TO CREATE ELEGANT UNIQUE PIECES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME. WORDS BY EMMA UNGARO
ife is made of colors” is a concept with a firmly optimistic view, a choice to see the world for all the beauty it has to offer. This notion is what inspired the new collection of incredible Tidelli outdoor furniture, a fresh, exciting take on pieces built to last a lifetime. The hand-crafted furniture line based in Brazil is expanding its collection with a beautiful new line of colorful and contemporary pieces that are truly covet-worthy.
Created for the free spirit, someone who loves nature and appreciates relaxed urban style, Tidelli is the master at creating an impeccable ‘leisure environment.’ Design highlighting comfort, craft, and inspiration taken from the elements enhances the experience of outdoor furniture altogether. With 25 years of experience, Tidelli is constantly incorporating fresh, modern concepts, and never shy away from experimenting with trends and elevating current styles. Not only does Tidelli Outdoor Design emphasize beauty, comfort, and an appreciation of nature, but the brand has an impressive mission of sustainability that goes hand-in-hand with its core values. With a mission to craft the perfect environment for every owner, Tidelli has countless options to pull together a unique space just for you. New concepts are introduced constantly, and the range of incredible pieces allows for the complete customization of your dream area. Each and every product is tailor-made to order, and Tidelli will work hand-inhand with you to create pieces to your specifications. The new line features colors like never before, bringing a bright pop to any space and allowing owners to think outside the box and embrace the little joys of life. With a color palette carefully chosen to embody Tidelli’s message to experience life with hope and strength, these pieces are so much more than just additions to your space. They express the way Tidelli sees the world; a colorful universe filled with endless possibilities. Life should be enjoyed, and this collection will be sure to remind you of that every day.
The line includes all of the seamless Tidelli classics, pieces built with impeccable craftsmanship, a truly perfect meld of function and form. Gorgeous umbrellas, lounge chairs, benches, and tables are standout pieces, all available in a variety of wonderfully bright colors. Each piece from Tidelli Outdoor Furniture is crafted to inspire leisure and bring comfort without sacrificing form. This delicate balance creates pieces that are both calm, cozy, and visually appealing. As part of the “Life is made of colors” concept, Tidelli launched the Latina Collection, collaborations inspired by the DNA of Latin American culture. Designed by Cesar Giraldo, Sami Hayek, Luciano and Tatiana Mandelli with their respective Medellín, Veracruz, Pucon, and Tulum lines, these rich, modern capsule collections will add something truly special to your space. Modern reinterpretations, clean design, bohemian style, and timeless craftsmanship are all part of what makes this line one-ofa-kind. An additional feature of Tidelli’s new collection is the inclusion of new ROPATEX technology to the pieces. With a strong focus on craftsmanship and quality, Tidelli’s innovation and determination to provide the absolute highest caliber of design and function shines in every piece. Special production utilizing this new technology will add another layer of detail and luxury to these incredible pieces of furniture. Shot by photographer Reinaldo Giarola on the Massarandupió beach on the northern coast of Bahia, the images of this collection are magical and evoke a sense of energy and joy that the brand has striven to imbue in its pieces. Not simply furniture, this line is fresh, fun, and inspiring, setting the bar high for what outdoor furniture should be. Fill your outdoor space with as much thought, importance, and life as you do your indoor space, and allow yourself to enjoy an entirely new aspect of your home. Enjoy and reinspire your space with bright, joyous colors that have the power to change your mood, and never settle for a bland atmosphere again. More than just furniture, this range from Tidelli aims to have a true impact on your daily outlook, working towards inspiring you to embrace the joy and excitement that life can bring, each and every day. The line aims to inspire energy and happiness through color and form, and it undoubtedly succeeds.
whisky BUSINESS GORDON & MACPHAIL HAS THE OLDEST SCOTCH IN THE WORLD. WORDS BY RUSS MARTONIS
Nearly eight decades before Forbes would muse on his status as “The Godfather of Single Malt Scotch Whisky,” George Urquat had his mind set on leaving a legacy. One February day in 1940, he and his father, John, married a single malt from Glenlivet Distillery with a bespoke cask from his family's bottling company, Gordon & MacPhail. This cask would remain untouched, until the day it officially became the oldest scotch whisky in the world. Beginning this September, Urquat’s foresight is our gain, when the Gordon & MacPhail 80-Years-Old from Glenlivet Distillery, becomes available to connoisseurs everywhere. With just 250 decanters to be released, this bottling transcends the singular sense of taste, and activates the imagination, thanks to a unique partnership with awardwinning architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE. Renowned for his ability to masterfully manipulate raw materials into elegant and modern forms, Sir Adjaye set out to create a vessel equal to the striking legacy of the liquid it contains. “For this incredible vintage, it felt like a piece of magic,” he remarked. “I wanted something that belonged in the lineage of Gordon & MacPhail, but leapt forward.” The resulting creation toes the line between legacy and forward-thinking, drawing inspiration from the environment that birthed the whisky. “We created a house - a piece of architecture, and a work of art, “It required no less effort than when I conceptualize buildings.” said Sir Adjaye. “The house was inspired by the stag and the woods, and the power of the forest.” The modern twist comes from how the bottle itself impacts the drinking experience. “There is a special way to open it and unlock it,” mentions Sir Adjaye. “It's about slowing you down, to appreciate the liquid.” As the latest release in Gordon & MacPhail’s Generations range, which highlights some of the oldest Scottish whiskeys, the first bottle will be auctioned at Sotheby’s, with proceeds benefiting Trees for Life, who work to save Scottish forests. Whichever fortunate imbiber who takes it home, will find themself a piece of a truly unique legacy.
GORDON & MACPHAIL SHOP IN ELGIN, FOUNDED IN 1895
time WORDS BY JUSTIN MASTINE-FROST
WATCHES WITH INTEGRATED BRACELETS MAKE FOR A SEAMLESS DAY TO DUSK TRANSITION. All watches available at watchbox.com
Call it like it is, watches with integrated bracelets are continuing to have their moment in the spotlight, fueled primarily by the massive demand for the Patek Philippe Nautilus and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. We’re seeing more entrants in the category than ever, ranging from high-level competitors to entry-level also-rans, but it’s worth noting that this trend is anything but new. The ‘60s and ‘70s were filled with this kind of design work, which slowly began dwindling as the Quartz Crisis reared its ugly head, and the need to cut manufacturing costs began to strangle brands across the industry. With the industry the way it is today, and the collecting community having no problem parting with cash so long as they see tangible value in quality and finishing, it’s a logical progression to see the trend return to the market. It’s hard to take on this category without a mention of Gérald Genta, but it’s with specific reason that we’re not going to spend much time on the famed designer. While he is responsible for the creation of some of the most popular integrated bracelet designs, he did not invent the style. Integrated bracelet Omega Constellation models came before the Royal Oak, and prior to that, there were ample examples of watches (especially in the women’s watch category) where bracelets melded seamlessly into cases in a manner that was inseparable. While the man did fuel the boom of the category, it is not his to own, and to say all integrated bracelet watches are of “Genta influence” is a frustrating misnomer at best. So, by definition, what is an integrated bracelet? Unlike other categories in watchmaking, this one is pretty cut-and-dried. An integrated bracelet on a watch is one that meshes into the watch case in a way that defies the traditional lugs and strap design seen across the industry. This can mean the use of central lugs, or a bracelet that flares out past the lugs, or a bracelet that attaches to the case via a center lug rather than an end link. In many respects, it falls under the umbrella of “you know it when you see it”, but you can also look at a watch with an integrated bracelet as one whose bracelet or strap you won’t be able to easily swap out to something else on a whim. Now that we’ve covered the backbone of what we’re looking at, let’s have a closer look at some of the category’s leading offerings.
PATEK PHILIPPE NAUTILUS The second “Genta reference” in this list is, of course, the mighty Nautilus—a watch whose desirability spike can only be compared to that of the vintage Porsche 911. Oddly enough, an owner of one is often an owner of the other. The Nautilus is its own beast, in that its more svelte and smoothed design gives it an entirely different vibe than its sister at AP. Of course, the classic reference is the now discontinued 5711 in steel, whose secondary market values are easily between two and three times its retail sticker. The Nautilus is the Birkin bag of watches. It’s the LaFerrari of watches. It’s the “oh I’m sorry, who are you and what have you bought from us before?” of watches. You just CAN’T get one from a Patek AD. Or at least, you couldn’t long before the discontinuation announcement came out. Demand far outweighed its supply, long before there was any talk of it coming off of the market, and if current prices are any indication, that demand isn’t slowing down one bit.
AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK As we noted in our introduction, you can’t talk integrated without talking about Royal Oak. Launched in 1972, the Royal Oak is a legend in the space, and its unique integrated bracelet design remains largely unchanged from inception to present day. To many, the Royal Oak Extra Thin Jumbo 15202 is the one and only quintessential modern Royal Oak to own. When talking about a product line that includes so many references over a now 49-year period, that’s a statement. In essence, the 15202 is a recreation of the original reference 5402 from 1972, offered in a handful of different metals and dial colors. It measures 39mm across, like the original, and 8.1mm thick, which is slightly thicker than the original reference, necessary to allow for the fitment of a sapphire crystal. Its logo on the dial is placed back at the 6 o’clock position, as was the case in the original reference as well. It even uses the same AP caliber 2121 that has been in use all this time. Consider this reference less of a “recreation,” and more of an evolution of the original Royal Oak in the best possible way.
VACHERON CONSTANTIN OVERSEAS Before we get to the rest of the category, it makes a fair bit of sense to tackle the third member of the Holy Trinity of watchmaking. Easily the underdog of the trio, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas is a lovely watch in its own right, and one equally deserving of attention. Many may be unaware, but the Overseas is nearly as old as its siblings. In 1977, Vacheron launched its integrated bracelet competitor—the 222. The model has evolved a fair bit more since then when compared to the evolution of the Nautilus or Royal Oak, but its unique notched bezel design and integrated bracelet remain true to that original Jorg Hysek design. The name 222 was not carried forward, primarily on account of its original significance. 1977 was the 222nd anniversary of the brand, and thus to have a 222 in 2021 would be rather counterintuitive. In its current guise, the Overseas has a bit of a trick up its sleeve that brings surprising practicality to the integrated bracelet category. It’s one of very few in the mix whose bracelet can be swapped out with any real fuss. A quick-release mechanism lets its owner rotate between bracelet, leather, and rubber straps; all three of which are included with purchase.
H. MOSER & CIE. STREAMLINER We all know that H. Moser & Cie. loves to take potshots at industry tropes, so when word came that they were to launch a steel sports watch with an integrated bracelet, we knew to expect two things. It would be a distinct and out-of-the-ordinary interpretation of the classic style, and it would be polarizing. Ask and ye shall receive, I suppose, as the Streamliner brings flavors of more obscure ‘70s watchmaking into the collection, now available in both chronograph and 3-hand configurations. On the topic of its integrated bracelet, the Streamliner’s bracelet has no rivals in this list to speak of, as its single-link design hides polished details, all while providing an incredibly comfortable fit. It’s an obscure one, for sure, and it won’t be for everybody, but that’s effectively the point of all things Moser, isn’t it?
BULGARI OCTO FINISSIMO It seems like a logical progression to go from the three “icons” of the integrated bracelet category, to the watch that’s trying very hard to become the next icon, if Jean-Claude Babin is allowed to have his way. There’s a lot to love about the Octo, but setting its edgy design aside for a minute, there’s no ignoring what the Octo Finissimo means for modern watchmaking. At present, there have been 7 world-record-holding references in the collection, all related to being the thinnest watch/movement/etc. of a particular complication (or tourbillon, which is not a complication in and of itself ). The ultraflat unit is much larger than the other competitors in the field, but its typically matte finishes and extremely slender profile allow it to hide against the wrist unlike just about anything out there. Though the model range keeps expanding, the lightness of the titanium variant is always the one that comes to mind when thinking of the purest expression of the collection.
A LANGE & SÖHNE ODYSSEUS We now move to the most surprising piece in the category. When Lange launched the Odysseus, it was met with mixed reviews, to say the least. Given how immensely traditional the brand’s approach to watchmaking has been, the Odysseus seemed out of place to some. To others, especially the Lange faithful, it was finally a more casual watch from their beloved German brand that could be worn outside of the boardroom and formal gatherings. What was agreed upon across the board was one simple thing—the Odysseus is “very Lange” in its execution. The detailed work in its dial, case, and movement finishing is entirely spot-on as to what is expected of the brand, and love it or hate it, you can’t fault them on any of the little details. This is their first-ever standard production line steel watch, measuring 40.5mm across (though it wears a touch bigger on account of its broad steel integrated bracelet). Surprisingly, only the white gold variant is available on either rubber or leather strap.
TUDOR NORTH FLAG IWC INGENIEUR And now for something a little more… modest? The Tudor North Flag is a bit more of a traditional tool watch with a much more approachable sticker price, making it a surprising contender as a proper “go anywhere do anything” piece. To be fair, this is seldom seen in a watch with an integrated bracelet, but leave it to Tudor to mix things up. Its roots go back to an early Tudor Ranger model that also had an integrated bracelet, and its name borrows inspiration from an expedition to Greenland in the ‘50s that Tudor played a small role in, but history isn’t really the North Flag’s linchpin. What’s noteworthy is that the North Flag was the first offering from the brand to be fitted with an in-house manufacture caliber, setting the scene for the ongoing rollout of the brand’s manufacturing independence. It’s a charming watch to boot, and with a highcontrast white-on-black dial, it’s got plenty of presence on the wrist.
Next up on the list is a bit of an underdog, which is quite amusing considering it has more historical pedigree than much of the competition. The IWC Ingenieur, specifically the last generation that was discontinued in 2017, has some pretty interesting roots. For starters, the first generation Ingenieur (or engineer, en Français) was designed as an anti-magnetic competitor to the Rolex Milgauss, though it never climbed to the same level of fame. In 1978, it received a thoughtful redesign with an integrated bracelet by—you guessed it—Gérald Genta himself. In the previous-gen guise, both the antimagnetic properties and the Genta-based design are echoed into a properly modern watch that should have garnered more praise than it tends to receive. On the plus side, that makes them a relative bargain on the pre-owned market, which is always a plus. If the overall specs, capabilities, and design are more of a priority than what watches are riding the hype train this month, the Ingenieur may well be worth a look.
HUBLOT BIG BANG INTEGRAL
Everyone loves going out with a bang, right? It’s almost shocking to think how long it took Hublot to decide to offer the Big Bang on an integrated bracelet, however, given the immense popularity of their quick-change strap system and the lightweight properties that came with it, I don’t think that many were disappointed. As small as the change may seem, swapping out the brand’s bolted quickchange lug system for a bracelet that seamlessly flows into its case makes a world of difference when looking at the Integral alongside a standard Big Bang. It’s more subdued, though I struggle to type the word “understated.” Call it what you will, the combination of the integrated bracelet with the smaller 42mm variant of the Big Bang is a winner that will no doubt open up a new segment of potential buyers. As it should.
FARMHOUSE CHARM Winvian Farm is a uniquely magical countryside oasis to visit if you’re looking for a truly special getaway. Home to 18 fully customized and themed cottages, each stay here will be truly one of a kind. With options ranging from a ‘Secret Society’ room to a cottage containing a fully restored 1968 Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican Helicopter, your visit is sure to be memorable. The 113-acre property is home to 18 designer cottages and one incredible suite for a luxurious stay away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Two hours north of NYC and 2.5 hours west of Boston, it’s close enough for a quick weekend getaway, but far enough that you can truly escape the metropolitan buzz and enjoy the countryside.
DEEP WITHIN THE SPRAWLING LITCHFIELD HILLS OF CONNECTICUT LIES WINVIAN FARM, A QUIET NEW ENGLAND GETAWAY UNLIKE ANYPLACE ELSE YOU'LL EXPERIENCE THAT WILL LEAVE YOU REFRESHED AND RECHARGED. WORDS BY EMMA UNGARO
The only luxury property in New England with a fully functioning farm, the four greenhouses and three acres provide menu items at the resort 70% of the year. This incredibly special feature allows guests to enjoy deliciously fresh, homegrown ingredients during their stay. If the farm-to-table fare isn’t impressive enough, executive Chef Chris Eddy is a protegee of Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse, giving the Winvian Farm cuisine Michelin-star quality. One of the most outstanding features at Winvian farm is the incredible 5,000 square-foot spa. Designed with reclaimed barn beams, steel, and metal cables, this extraordinary space has a distinct farm-meets-urban style that makes it truly unique. The oasis is complete with six rooms, two that feature wood-burning fireplaces, and offer a range of body and facial treatments. The spa is one of the only spas in the region to offer the Biologique Recherche custom facial, a coveted treatment from this luxury French beauty line. Fifteen architects were commissioned to design this exquisite location, with their unique visions clearly displayed in the incredible variety of stays at Winvian Farm. The 18 cottages are the true shining stars of this destination and will make it impossible to forget your visit. Each space is intricately designed and secluded, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the vacation and the space itself. With a range of woodsythemed accommodations, options include ‘Camping’, an immersive nature experience, ‘Charter Oak’, an incredible barnstyle cottage built around a massive white oak tree, and even ‘Treehouse’, a two-floor hideaway suspended 35 ft into the air. According to Maggie Smith, proprietor of Winvian Farm, the property has been described as “where Norman Rockwell meets Alice in Wonderland!”
“Where Norman Rockwell meets Alice in Wonderland”
Not only are the cottages extraordinary works of design and architecture, but they are filled with incredible features to ensure your stay is as luxurious as it is unique. Every cottage is home to an oversized Jacuzzi bath and double-person rainfall steam showers, ideal for relaxing and recharging after a busy week. Equipped with radiant heated floors and fireplaces, these stays will bring your cozy cottage dreams to life. Cottages range in size from 900-1200 square feet, and the lovely Hadley Suite is available for a more traditional stay, making 19 incredible accommodations. Activities at the farm are sure to impress, with hot air balloon rides and private cooking classes with Chef Eddy definite standouts. For those who want to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings, hiking, cross-country skiing, and bicycling the countryside are all offered at the property. Play a game of croquet, enjoy the heated swimming pool, or just take in the countryside on your screened-in porch, Winvian Farm has it all. Winvian Farm is a truly singular experience, a getaway like no other. More than just a relaxing countryside oasis, Winvian Farm is magical, bringing to life an immersive fantasy world. Enjoy the luxuries of a AAA Five-Diamond property while allowing yourself to experience childlike wonder as you step into the enchanting space. Winvian Farm is the place to visit if, in addition to luxury, you need a little magic in your life.
ERIC MICHAEL ROY
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BROSNAN THE NOBLEST OF MEN
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hat are the markings of a Nobleman? What makes a Nobleman? Well, I guess it’s in how you define one. “I think a Nobleman always starts with heart,” says Pierce Brosnan, the subject of our feature and fall cover star. “The heart of the man, who he is. A Nobleman meets a Noblewoman.” “A Noblema’am?” I joke. Pierce laughs and I get myself a smile and nod of approval from him, which is PERFECT for my personal need for positive reinforcement. My therapist agrees. “Hopefully, they'll have Noble children and live a Noble life. I think showing up on time and being present and enjoying people’s kindness, hard work, and being able to deal with adversity; being able to deal with the turbulence of life gives you some nobility.” C’mon, could Pierce Brosnan be any more perfect? With this earnest answer, that salt and pepper hair, his quick wit and sly smile, even the interns couldn’t help but be captivated by this devilishly handsome man. But there’s so much more to Pierce than meets the eye. And to get there, we have to back up just a bit. This is no ordinary man. This is a person made of passion and perseverance who has experienced the happiest of times along with the deepest of tragedies, and still, ultimately, inspires earnest hope in everyone around him. With Pierce we laugh, we cry, we drool...but perhaps what fascinates me most about him is his upbringing and transition to stardom. He starts as a kid raised by his grandparents and goes on to become James Bond. What happened in between to get him there? What was his big break? “Work. Just work,” says Pierce. “Nothing comes from nothing. It's all about doing, it's all about setting your skills, your intentions, your dreams, your aspirations. And then hopefully you'll meet the right people along the way. Every now and then you bump into the furniture, but you have to keep going. I was very blessed with being an actor. I almost went into the Army. I also almost became a cop. But I was good at art and so I became an artist. I set sail to be a commercial artist. And one morning when I was about 18, this guy from the photographic department and I, we talked about movies, and I loved movies. And he said to me ‘you should come along and do a workshop at the Oval House Theater,’ which was in South London. And I did. I walked in through those doors on a winter’s evening and did a workshop. That was in the late 60s, and that was it. From there I went twice a week, three times a week, every night of the week. I gave up my little job of trying to be an artist, and instead became an actor.” “I did a play with Mr. Tennessee Williams and it was one of the last pieces of his life, it was called The Red Devil Battery Sign. Beautiful, beautiful prose, but not really a strong narrative. I was fresh out of drama school. I was an understudy for the young male lead and I had a couple of lines at the end of the play as a gang member. And I took over from this other young man who... it was not his place in time. Sometimes you find yourself like that. Anyway, I took over the lead and that was it.”
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SUIT AND SWEATER: BRUNELLO CUCINELLI WATCH: EMERALD 33MM TIMEPIECE SET IN 18K ROSE GOLD BY HARRY WINSTON
I’m a firm believer that sometimes in life you just know. You know? Especially when it comes to love and matters of the heart. In the 6th grade I knew I was correct about that questionable looking cafeteria pizza that made everyone sick, at 15 I knew I found love, and at 33, I knew that Netflix in bed at 8PM was the true meaning of living a fulfilled life. In the path of self discovery, what’s right will always come back to us. Someone asked me once, a long time ago, “promise me you'll come back.” And I promised that I would, one day, when I was really supposed to stay. I am a passionate believer that Pierce was supposed to walk through that door, take that stage, and make us smile and laugh with him for decades to come. “I have a certain romantic notion of going back to the theater, being on the stage, but I really enjoy so much working on film and I'm so used to it now. And the discipline of the stage, you just can't say, well, I'm going to go up and to play your voice, you have to train your voice. You have to prepare your body somewhat. I'm just making excuses now. I'm just too darn scared. I suppose if someone came to me with a great plan and production I might give it a look, throw myself out there.” “I connect with all of my characters one way or another, for better or worse. You have to. You use so much of your own life, your own persona. The films that I made with my late producing partner, Beau Marie St. Clair, we made about 10 movies. One of them was The Thomas Crown Affair, which just seemed to work. We got away with it; it was treacherous ground going into the landscape of Steve McQueen. But that's very close to my heart. James Bond, obviously. He proceeds me, so do many of them.” “What is your proudest moment as an actor?” I asked. “Coming to America, this great country. Getting Remington Steele. My neck was really out there with the bank manager for about 2,000 pounds and I was in trouble if I didn't get the job. But I got the job, so it was exhilarating. I was 25 or 26, something like that, in 1982. Having grown up on American cinema, American TV it was a big step.”
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“Nothing comes from nothing. It's all about doing, it's all about setting your skills, your intentions, your dreams, your aspirations... Every now and then you bump into the furniture, but you have to keep going.”
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SUIT AND SWEATER: BRUNELLO CUCINELLI WATCH: MIDNIGHT DATE MOON PHASE 42MM TIMEPIECE SET IN 18K WHITE GOLD BY HARRY WINSTON
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Pierce’s versatility as an actor has led him to transform into Thomas Crown, James Bond, and even landed a role in Cinderella. It’s called range. “Cinderella, which I made last year, I saw it the other night there with my granddaughter. It's wonderful. Camila Cabello is absolutely outstanding. She owns the movie. She's got a great presence. It's a wonderful interpretation of Cinderella and the story. And Billy Porter shines as the fairy godmother. I play the king. Minnie Driver is my queen and I sing...sorry.” Nothing to be sorry for. Even if Pierce Brosnan’s singing voice sounded like a colony of feral cats fighting in an alleyway, people would listen. Let’s face it: The man is nearly perfect. While acting might have become his main gig, his training as a painter and illustrator are used today in his charitable work and activism as he supports causes that are important. “My artwork has become more articulate and it's certainly a passion, and I've reached a point in my life now where I have a collection of paintings. My wife had them all curated and decided
to have a show. And I have aligned myself with a wonderful charity called A Sense of Home, which allows young men and women coming out of the foster care system to have a home to go to. I'm just a small part of that charity, but I love the art world, I love being a painter. I think there's something there that has a narrative and has a certain kind of structure of storytelling to who I am.” “What is your best advice for being a father?” I ask. “Listen to them, give them love, constant love, love, and only love. I'm a softie, they get away with everything. Thank God for my wife, Keely. She's the one who's very strong and focused. I tend to be a bit more of a dreamer, but that's where the balance comes. Respect your elders, show up on time, work hard. Give of yourself freely and be kind and joyful. Have a good time.” “It is challenging to maintain a career while being such a good dad?” “It can be, yes, but luckily, Keely and I have a partnership of nearly 30 years now and we've brought up two boys and a couple of other lads as well. Being a stepmom is never easy. And being a parent is, you know, just life's work and constant worry. Whether
JACKET: MARK POMERANTZ SWEATER: BRUNELLO CUCINELLI PANTS: DOLCE & GABBANA
I CONNECT WITH ALL OF MY CHARACTERS ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, FOR BETTER OR WORSE. YOU HAVE TO. YOU USE SO MUCH OF YOUR OWN LIFE, YOUR OWN PERSONA. THE FILMS THAT I MADE WITH MY LATE PRODUCING PARTNER, BEAU MARIE ST. CLAIR, WE MADE ABOUT 10 MOVIES. ONE OF THEM WAS THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, WHICH JUST SEEMED TO WORK. WE GOT AWAY WITH IT; IT WAS TREACHEROUS GROUND GOING INTO THE LANDSCAPE OF STEVE MCQUEEN. BUT THAT IS VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART.
SUIT AND SWEATER: BRUNELLO CUCINELLI WATCH: MIDNIGHT DATE MOON PHASE 42MM TIMEPIECE SET IN 18K WHITE GOLD BY HARRY WINSTON
you are reading this, no offense, and I still hope you grace our cover.) For all the times I’ve asked my subjects, I have never actually answered the question of what makes a Nobleman for myself. To me, it is someone’s measure of vulnerability by the amount of courage it takes to show up and be seen. You are going to know failure if you're brave with your life, and brave leaders and Noblemen are never silent around hard things. Sometimes winning is not coming in first, sometimes winning is just having the courage to show up. Noblemen don’t take criticism and feedback from people who are not being brave with their lives. And in this sense, Pierce is a Nobleman in more ways than one. He’s someone who shares his story with the people who have earned the right to hear it, and the more you honor that sharing, the more you realize it is a privilege to be told. Pierce is a risk-taker; a dapper, daring gentleman who isn’t afraid to keep going even when life feels like it won’t. He does everything with a certain elegance and grace about him. He’s not immune to failure, but it’s like Theodore Roosevelt once said - “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Pierce Brosnan, for certain, is the Noblest of men.
they be 3, 33, 43, or 53. But I'm blessed to be able to still be at the table as an actor, working, enjoying it.” What's your most prized possession? “My family, my wife, time. Watches, a great home, many lovely suits, all of that stuff ends up falling apart and going away. So, I think time. Time - past, present, and the future. Time is my most prized possession.” What is the best advice you have ever been given? “Stay off the ropes, keep moving.” If you could give your younger self a message, what would it be? “You're going to be OK. You'll be fine. Stay true to yourself.” A gentleman always... “Shows up on time.” A lot of spitfire questions, for sure. We were running out of time and I was getting that dagger side eye from the rest of our crew that says speed it up. But, before we wrapped, I had to hear it from the man himself. Who is Pierce Brosnan’s favorite James Bond? “Sean Connery. Little did I ever think I was going to end up playing the character of Bond when I used to watch it growing up. Just to do it, to stand up there, the courage it takes to play that role, the strength.” He is incorrect. Pierce Brosnan is the greatest James Bond of all time. Another thing I am sure of, at age 34. (And Daniel Craig if
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PIERCE'S FAVORITES FOOD: Pasta SONG: Hallelujah! DESIGNER: Giorgio Armani FAVORITE CITY: Paris FAVORITE MOVIE: The English Patient FAVORITE CO-STAR: Rene Russo
JACKET: MARK POMERANTZ SUNGLASSES: LEISURE SOCIETY
WITH UPCOMING ROLES IN TOP GUN: MAVERICK, THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER AND NO EXIT, DANNY RAMIREZ SHOULD DEFINITELY BE ON YOUR RADAR.
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“Hopefully a lot of kids that come from where I come from, look how I look or just identify with me, will see]that they can also do it and that they have a seat at the table.”
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t's a beautiful day in sunny Newport Beach as we meet with Top Gun: Maverick star Danny Ramirez, who is on location at the Noble House. Ramirez seems to match his surroundings perfectly, with an easy smile and quiet confidence, and we dive right in, chatting about everything from his first acting opportunity on a soccer field to working alongside the legendary Tom Cruise. At first glance, Ramirez’s unusual journey to becoming an actor is not easy to guess. Handsome, charming, and well-spoken, he seems to effortlessly embody everything a Hollywood star should be, but his path was far from traditional. In his own words, it was “a weird, convoluted journey.” “I was playing college soccer in Atlanta as a freshman and as I was sitting on the sidelines, injured the first couple weeks as a freshman, on my birthday there was a production filming on my school’s baseball field. It was called The Reluctant Fundamentalist and it starred Riz Ahmed. And the PA from the production came to the soccer practice to ask if anyone wanted to be a soccer player extra in the movie… and 120 bucks seemed to be the best outcome of the day. I saw Riz being the lead of this production and it was the first time I saw someone who looked like me or someone who wasn’t a traditional white, male protagonist leading a film… I realized if Riz could do it I could maybe do it, and I bought my first acting book that day,” says Ramirez. Danny has come a long way from being inspired by Riz Ahmed’s leading role and experienced a “full circle” moment in his role as Joaquín Torres in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. When I asked him what about that role has been most important to him, Ramirez credited Winter Soldier because of “what he means in regards to representation and being a Latino in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” “I think it was a long time coming, and seeing the impact that I had on all the people [who] reached out about it was really special. So I think that catapulted it to the top of my favorite roles just on the importance of what it's meant for some kids and what it could mean, because I saw Riz Ahmed acting that first time [and] that made me think that I could do it because I saw someone like me as the lead. Hopefully a lot of kids that come from where I come from, look how I look or just identify with me, [will see] that they can also do it and that they have a seat at the table.”
“A nobleman is someone with the self-awareness to continue growing and elevating yourself.”
SUIT: KLEIN EPSTEIN & PARKER SUNGLASSES: LEISURE SOCIETY
“Don't be afraid because nobody else knows what they're doing, you belong and you deserve as much as everyone else.”
Danny Ramirez’s unexpected journey from a soccer star to a Hollywood actor has been a whirlwind but is far from undeserved. After his role as an extra in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Ramirez transferred to NYU, where he ended up auditioning for and being accepted to the Tisch School of the Arts. Utilizing techniques and practices he picked up as an athlete, Ramirez excelled and was rewarded. “My last week at NYU, Miles Teller, who is an alumnus, came back to do a master class and I was given some scenes to do for him in this small black box theater. I went ahead and did it and he basically said me and him could be working together at any moment. And I remember being shook at the idea that Miles had said ‘oh we could be working together,’ and then cut to a couple of years later when I got the Top Gun audition and I realized oh, wow, Miles is doing this.” Ramirez credits his proudest moment as an actor thus far from his role as Josh Diamond in Assassination Nation. “When I was filming there’s a scene that me and Hari Nef, who played Bex, were in. And I remember after we finished, the producer and the director left the room, like, gushing about it. And the producer was like, ‘that's a leading man.’ That's it. And I remember just thinking how it was the first validation I've had on the job of not only am I going to be able to do these supporting parts, but he got so hyped and genuinely excited because I was the biggest question mark of the cast. Everyone had done a bunch of things and I had just done a single audition. So hearing that, I was like OK, you know? I still have imposter syndrome all the time, but I was like ‘up until this moment I've done something right.’” Not only is Ramirez extremely talented, but he is a fantastic storyteller, and I find myself forgetting this is an interview as I listen to his tales of flying, his biggest Hollywood moment, and what it was like getting up close and personal with Tom Cruise. When I question him about his experience filming Top Gun, Ramirez has nothing but compliments for the project, although I discover he had a fear of flying before the film. “I didn't factor in the fact that I was afraid of flying because I just didn't think we'd actually fly,” laughs Ramirez. “The moment he mentioned it, it was kind of a surprise, but we were luckily given the best preparation I think anyone could ask for in regards to learning the physics of flight… and honestly, that helped a lot with the fear. So that was a beautiful journey, from being afraid to fly to now being a little bit of an adrenaline junky.” “Throughout that whole time another thing that really stood out was Tom Cruise leading us,” says Ramirez. “At the beginning when
we first met Tom, [he said] ‘By the way, the door's always open if you have any questions. Anything. We picked you six because we think that you six are the next wave of movie stars.’ It was this big, beautiful speech about his belief in us. And my trust issues were like, Sure, that's what everybody says, that’s what everyone wants to hear. But then, throughout the ten months of working on this project, any question at any moment about film, life, acting itself, the technical side of things, editing— anything we had—Tom would be there, Joe would be there, the editor Eddie Hamilton would be there. And so it just stood out to me as one of my favorite things of the whole project, that every door was opened from the very beginning. And I got to learn so much during that year, I thought I was just going to have this cool experience of filming. But it just became a master class of film and of the work ethic it requires to reach a certain level.” Listening to Ramirez, it strikes me just how easy it is to talk to him, and how his genuine kindness and charisma shine through any topic of conversation. A star on the rise, he is humble, funny, and a true gentleman. When I ask him to define what being a Nobleman means to him, Ramirez’s answer is someone with the “self-awareness to continue growing and elevating yourself.” Getting to know Ramirez, I learned that his favorite city is New York, his favorite movie is City of God, his favorite designer is Gucci, and (after much debate) his favorite cuisine is Italian. I also discovered how important philanthropy is to him. “I [would like to] start a foundation at some point or a fund for people who have student loans... for people that have already graduated and have student loans and feel as though they have had to pivot from pursuing their dreams in order to begin paying their loans. Loan forgiveness is something I massively support, but for those who have gone private with their loans, I think finding a way to alleviate some of those stresses that they’ve taken on in order to achieve their dreams, and then having to pivot [that path] to pay for that pursuit of their dreams is something that I am really passionate about.” I ask Ramirez what advice he would like to share and his answer does not disappoint. “Don't be afraid because nobody else knows what they're doing, you belong and you deserve as much as everyone else.” This poignant statement reflects the kind of man Danny Ramirez is, something that is becoming exceedingly rare—a true gentleman. His unmistakable kindness and desire to lift up others is refreshing, and he is definitely one to watch as his career in Hollywood takes off. (...Like a plane. Get it?)
SUIT: KLEIN EPSTEIN & PARKER SUNGLASSES: LEISURE SOCIETY
PENFOLDS Centerfold A JUICE WORTH THE SQUEEZE WORDS BY JOSEPH E. JUREWICZ
hat we admire most about one of Australia’s oldest and most iconic wineries is that they dare to explore possibilities and push boundaries. Penfolds doesn’t conform; operating in contrast to highfalutin winemakers who champion a single vineyard or region, Penfolds seeks out variety in their infamous house style of winemaking. The house style is, of course, a multi-regional blending and sourcing philosophy that unites the very best grapes from the world’s finest regions. Penfolds’ mercurial appetite for exploration remains unquenched since 1844 and their bold winemakers utilize a blend of science, art, and innovation to keep Penfolds on the leading edge. Their unrelenting commitment to quality has been passed down through generations for an unbroken line of vintages. They are strident for collaborative opportunities and ready to show the world what’s next. While their world-renowned Grange has been celebrated for decades, winning over 50 gold medals and fetching wildly high prices for standard vintages, few know that the first vintage was made in 1951 by chief winemaker Max Schubert on an experimental basis—and was mostly given away. It was a project to compete with traditional Bordeaux winemaking techniques, delivering a new take on the process and optimizing ageing potential. It received such terrible reviews at first that Penfolds management commanded Schubert to halt production and the world was almost robbed of one of the best wines ever produced. Schubert continued to age the Grange in secret until 1959, when Schubert’s penchant for challenging authority paid off, as—like most
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fine wines—it aged with elegance. The highly popular Grange has become a cornerstone of the brand. In fact, an original 1951 vintage Penfolds Grange is still highly coveted by wine collectors and last traded in 2004 for over $80,000. The latest release from Penfolds is their California Collection, which also began as a top secret experiment back in 1998. An ambitious viticulture program introduced vine cuttings from Penfolds’ most prized vineyards and preserved them as “Heritage Selections.” These vine cuttings were the very best, transplanted from the Penfolds vineyards in South Australia, all the way to another hemisphere, where they found new life in California soil, deep in the Camatta Hills. The ambition was to take on traditional Napa Valley Cabernet producers, much like Schubert took on the Bordeaux makers back in the 1950s, but it would take time to perfect.
expressions are rich malt, bone marrow, and a rich dark-berried spectrum that teases out flavors of blackberry, blueberry, and boysenberry. The California Collection is more than just the 2018 Quantum Bin 98; there are three more expressions in the quartet presented by Penfolds. Similarly to the Quantum, the 2018 Bin 149 Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for 16 months in 80% new American oak and 20% new French oak; however, it is emboldened by a 100% Cabernet grape variety. The 2018 Bin 704 is also 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, however the maturation process expressed is 16 months in all French oak with 40% new barrels. Bin 704 is an homage to the Bin 407 Australian counterpart, recognizing that this curation is a hemispherical mirror image with respect to varietal expression. Lastly, the 2018 Bin 600 Cabernet Shiraz blend—which draws its name from the original vineyard Creston “Old 600” Ranch
“An aspirational continuum of our past | present | future ” What else would you expect from a narrative over 20 years in the making but a 100-point wine of the world? That is exactly what the 2018 Quantum Bin 98 Cabernet Sauvignon from Penfolds’ California Collection earned. In a review by Meridith May of Somm Journal, she awarded it a very exclusive 100 points. The wine's flavor palate is an absolute marvel and Nobleman agrees with the 100 point review. Quantum Bin 98 is matured for 16 months in 80% new American oak and 20% new French oak, and delivers a hemispherical balance of Napa Cabernet and South Australian Shiraz with intense flavors from the structured tannins. The grape varieties are playfully balanced with 87% Cabernet with 13% Shiraz. The aromatic
before Penfolds took over, what is now the Camatta Hills vineyard—is matured 16 months in all American oak with 40% new barrels, and is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Shiraz. As Penfolds’ Chief Winemaker says, “this quartet certainly manifests an aspirational continuum of our past/present/future.” We revel in the success and taste of their limitless experimentations, paying a noble price for the privilege to indulge in their artful curations, which is why Penfolds is one of the finest and foremost winemakers in the world.
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BEAUTY & the BEACH ZADUN, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE, IS AN INTIMATE OASIS ESCAPE WITH INCREDIBLE SURROUNDINGS THAT WILL INVITE YOU TO TRANSFORM AND DISCOVER YOURSELF. WORDS BY EMMA UNGARO
Set along the breathtaking coastline of San José del Cabo, Mexico is Ritz-Carlton’s newest Reserve. Inspired by the Spanish word “Dunas,” the Reserve is aptly named Zadún for the dunes the property is set amidst. Both desert and sea are large inspirations for the resort, and the design of the property reflects this seamlessly. Offering unbeatable panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez, this breathtaking resort marks the fourth incredible property in the Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio. Home to 115 impeccably designed guest rooms and suites, each is a uniquely stunning oasis. Showcasing modern Mexican design, rooms are home to handcrafted offerings from areas throughout Mexico. A careful combination and curation of materials enhance the natural surroundings. Celebrating the rich simplicity of living both outdoors and indoors, communities of weavers in Oaxaca produced handwoven textiles for the pillows and artwork in every room. On guest room terraces, a sculptural piece created by artist Monica Bizzarri and Raquel Charabatti lights the space with a soft glow at night, creating a truly singular experience. The crown jewel of the property, however, is the Grand Reserve Villa, 6000 square feet of luxury for the guest who wants the best of the best. 5 lounges, 2 expansive bedrooms, a pool, a private kitchen, and a gym are all features of this unforgettable room.
Created to give guests the ultimate luxury experience, every detail of your stay at Zadún will be thoughtfully considered. Each guest is under the care of a tosoni, or private attendant, to ensure that every need is met during your stay and that you are able to enjoy the utter relaxation that Zadún can create. “We wanted to create a wholly immersive, culturally authentic experience for visitors and every element of a stay at Zadún is designed to encourage our guests to enjoy, explore and engage with their environment,” said Sandra Estornell, General Manager of Zadún. Amenities offered at Zadún are second to none, with the region’s most innovative wellness program available at the oneof-a-kind Spa Alkemia. 30,000 square feet of customized, locally inspired treatments are all offered by the team that created awardwinning Spa Botanico at sister property Dorado Beach. Focused on positive transformation, Spa Alkemia has a range of singular spaces of rejuvenation, such as “Casa Privada,” “Savasana Sound Room,” and “Templo de Calor.” This incredible space is truly a must-visit at the Zadún resort. As well as incredible spa offerings, the culinary experience at Zadún is unmatched. Four unique food and beverage venues on the property allow guests to experience it all. Visit Humo for a rustic dinner influenced by fire and firewood in the heart of the property. El Barrio is the place to go for a delicious bite of Mexican-street-foodinspired flavors during the day, and innovative Mexican cuisine at night. X, (as in - marks the spot) is located where the desert meets the sea and allows guests to unwind while enjoying the incredible catch-of-the-day fare. Nestled into the hillside is Candil Agave Bar, with panoramic sea views this location is truly magical. Handcrafted cocktails, a focus of agave-originated spirits, and a “sky” of hand blown lanterns create a breathtaking atmosphere. The first Ritz Carlton Reserve in Mexico, Zadún is truly a sight to behold. Escape to this unforgettable property and enjoy a vacation like no other. An intimate oasis allows you to reconnect with each other, yourself, and with nature. With incredible surroundings, beautiful design, and service like no other, this escape will invite you to transform and truly discover yourself.
SUITE LIFE ENJOY ULTIMATE LUXURY AT THE GRAND VELAS RESORTS. WORDS BY EMMA UNGARO
Time to relax, refresh, and renew has never been more important, and the Velas Resorts in Mexico are the perfect places to kick back and enjoy true bliss. The ultimate luxury stay, this is the place to go if you truly want to be pampered. Perfect for any type of guest, the Grand Velas Resorts will allow you to reinspire, reconnect, and, most importantly, reimagine just how incredible vacation can be. The Grand Velas at Los Cabos is the group’s original location, and it certainly lives up to every expectation. With an unyielding goal of perfection, this is the type of resort that will have you wanting for nothing. With every desire at your fingertips, The Grand Velas at Los Cabos still manages to go above and beyond to impress. Honored as the #1 luxury resort in Mexico, this will be the trip of a lifetime. Luxe accommodations are aplenty at this captivating location, tucked away at the edge of the Baja coastline. With an incredible marriage of desert and breathtaking ocean, the Los Cabos location is almost unbeatable. With 306 uniquely luxurious suites, all over 1,100 square feet, relax and unwind in your own private paradise. Sea views, tranquil balconies, and thoughtful, modern Mexican decor are all included. An incredible blend of indoors and outdoors, the atmosphere at Los Cabos is exquisite. Enjoy golden-sand beaches, multi-tiered infinity pools, and legendary star-filled skies, all from the comfort of one outstanding resort. With views that take your breath away, this vacation will be luxury beyond your imagination. With a goal to make your every wish come true, the incomparable service at Grand Velas will ensure your trip is the trip of a lifetime. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family-centered trip, the Grand Velas will plan the perfect experience. With complimentary services going above and beyond the norm, your experience and Grand Velas will be hard to beat. Luxurious amenities, luxury dining, and delicious wine are all included at the resort, and a wide selection of restaurants and nightly entertainment will have you enjoying local culture without ever leaving the location. World-class golf, a 35,000 square foot spa, and deep-diving in coastal reefs are just scratching the surface of what’s possible during your stay at Los Cabos.
Whether you’re craving a Tomahawk steak or an incredibly fresh catch of the day option by the pool, the dining selections at Grand Velas at Los Cabos are truly phenomenal. A standout is the 10-course tasting menu at Cocina De Autor by a two-starred Michelin chef and his master Sommelier, a meal you’ll be sure to remember. With 7 unique and delicious options, try a different spot every night of the week, you won’t be disappointed. Relax and enjoy the wealth of amenities at Se Spa at Grand Velas Los Cabos, and see for yourself why it’s recognized as the top luxury spa resort in Los Cabos. With modern technology incorporated into incredible treatments and an atmosphere rich with the natural healing elements found in Mexico, this spa experience offers complete renewal. This multi-sensory journey will have you thinking about it for years to come. If you’re an adventure junky or just looking for something special to do with the kids, Grand Velas Los Cabos has it covered. Hang-gliding, the chance to spot migrating whales, and an ATV tour offroading adventure are all possible here. For memories that will last a lifetime, treat yourself to a Camel Safari or a private sunset sail, the options are truly endless. Redefining what the all-inclusive resort experience should be, the Grand Velas resorts are home to the “Beyond All-Inclusive” vacation. With impeccable cuisine from renowned chefs, specialized spa treatments to help you reconnect, and truly awe-inspiring surroundings, these resorts are a must-visit (really, we insist.) Both the Grand Velas at Los Cabos and the Grand Velas at Riviera Maya are unbeatable stays and embody what paradise should be, it really doesn’t get better than this. The exquisite beauty of the Rivera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula makes this resort all the more special. Located between the Caribbean coast and the lush jungle, the Grand Velas at Rivera Maya is the perfect place to enjoy a much-deserved break from everyday life. Embrace true relaxation and fun at this incredible resort in Playa Del Carmen, your stay will certainly be one to beat. The resort offers three unique experiences catered to any type of guest. Zen Grand suites at the edge of the Mayan jungle for those looking to soak in pure relaxation, Ambassador suites for families in need of some lighthearted fun, and Caribbean views from the Grand Class suites for those looking for romance. With something for everyone, this resort does it all, and then some. Enjoy your vacation like never before, the Grand Velas at Rivera Maya will change your perspective on travel forever. Enjoy eight unique dining experiences at the Riviera Maya, including sublimely elegant fine dining, vibrant bars, and breathtaking beachfront bistros. Spoil yourself will all-inclusive, 24-
hour gourmet service, this is an experience like no other. Enjoy the incredible cuisine while watching the sunset on the beach, or treat yourself to a luxurious breakfast on your private terrace equipped with a heavenly plunge pool. Spend your time soaking in relaxation at the impeccable spa, or embrace your wild side with an array of fun-filled activities. Family time has never been so seamless with options like snorkeling, kayaking, and jet skiing. The next time you’re in desperate need of an escape, consider the Velas Resorts for the ultimate getaway. Whether you are looking for a place to unplug and soak in your surroundings or an action-packed family getaway that will keep you on your toes, these locations will provide nothing less than perfection. With incredible food, thoughtful amenities, and simply unbeatable service, you’ll never want to go home.
SEA-RENITY EXPERIENCE OCEANFRONT BLISS AT BANYAN TREE MAYAKOBA. WORDS BY EMMA UNGARO
For a luxury getaway like no other, escape to the magical Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. An unmatched waterfront destination, Mayakoba is home to 620 acres of jungles, lagoons, beaches, and most importantly, truly luxurious stays. With four-award winning resorts, our personal favorite is the extraordinary Banyan Tree Mayakoba, a must-stay for anyone looking for a tranquil getaway. With the intention to help guests reconnect with themselves and nature, the exquisite surroundings of Banyan Tree Mayakoba are influenced by peace and oriental minimalism combined with the natural beauty of surrounding ecosystems. With several villas and suites with private pools, allow yourself to relax and engage with the tranquility of nature like never before. Awarded a Triple AAA 5 Diamond resort, Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the trip of a lifetime. A luxury spa, PGA golf course, and incredible cuisine are all just scratching the surface of what this resort has to offer. This beautiful resort recently underwent a $50 million expansion debuting 34 dreamy private Beachfront Pool Suites, a brand-new Sands Beach Club encompassing an infinity oceanfront pool, all-day dining restaurant and chic raw bar, beachfront lounge, a larger interactive Rangers Club for kids and ocean view massage rooms operated by the Banyan Tree Spa with seven overthe-water Lagoon Sunset Pool Villas opening in early 2022. The new spaces soak in Mayakoba’s natural surroundings of turquoise sea, meandering waterways, plush lagoons and mangrove forests. Harmony and integration of these indoor-outdoor areas are achieved with a neutral palette of local materials such as chukum, a limestone-based stucco, and tropical woods combined with marble. Traditional Mexican artistic accents are used throughout the spaces and colors of the art reveal the creative possibilities of Mexican clay as a raw material. Every aspect of the traveler’s stay is an experience - the pathways that lead to one place from another are all unique and take guests on a journey through design.
With an incredible selection of rooms and villas, Banyan Tree Mayakoba will satisfy every type of guest. A highlight is the Serenity Two-Bedroom Pool Villa, an exquisite private oasis for those who value both privacy and luxury. Surrounded by jungle and beautiful tropical vegetation, this villa will be your own personal paradise. Disconnect from everyday life in this serene space just steps away from the seashore, you’ll never feel more at peace. With over 5,500 square feet, this truly magnificent accommodation is perfect for a family getaway or a romantic escape and will allow you to spend quality time with whomever you bring along. Elevate your vacation experience with an exclusive, private space to embrace your getaway to the fullest. Two bedrooms, a private heated swimming pool, and an expansive entertainment pavilion with a living room and dining area are all at your fingertips, so kick back and enjoy. With incredible amenities and exclusive experiences, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba experience is unforgettable. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful water views, indulge in an evening of romance with a sunset cruise, and soak in the sun and beautiful surroundings from this gorgeous location, it will truly make all your vacation dreams come true. If you’re in need of some adventure or fun family time with the kids, Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers several nature-driven excursions, an extraordinary reflections pool, as well as on-sight tennis courts and a gorgeous nature trail. This resort truly has it all. Make sure to make the most of the exquisite new beach club at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, glistening sand and luxurious views make this an experience you won’t want to miss out on. Bask in the warm sun and enjoy the peaceful sound of waves or explore water sports such as snorkeling, fishing, and catamaran sailing. If you prefer to stay onshore, Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers beachfront activities such as yoga for groups or couples. Dine at Sands Beach Club for casual and deliciously fresh fare, or experience a private BBQ on the beach with your family or as a romantic experience for two. With sun loungers and umbrellas available on the beach,
is truly the perfect way to spend your day (or multiple!) on your Riveria Maya escape. A true highlight of this incredible resort is the luxurious Banyan Tree Mayakoba Spa. The recipient of Mexico’s Leading Spa Resort title by the World Travel Awards. This spa is home to an incredible range of century-old massage therapies and thoughtful holistic beauty treatments. With a skilled team of master therapists, enjoy an array of equally fantastic spa offerings sure to revitalize and reinspire you and your body. Cleanse and detox with the alternating hot and cold thermal cabins at The Rainforest, a hydrothermal therapy circuit designed with an innovative mindset to bring guests maximum wellness benefits. With ten different hydrothermal experiences to choose from, including a vitality pool and Finnish sauna, guests of The Rainforest can select unique options to soothe and refresh. Private in-villa massages, revitalizing facials, and herbal bath soaks with complimentary glasses of champagne are all available at this location, the perfect addition to your getaway. Visit the Incredible Saffron Thai restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience. The flagship restaurant at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, this incredible spot boasts iconic flavors and dishes of Thailand in a stunning atmosphere. This awardwinning meal by Master Chef Renu Homsombat brings an innovative twist to its essence of refined delicacy. Exotic and memorable dishes are accompanied by a beautiful view of the mangrove, coming together to create a meal you won’t soon forget. Whether you’re in need of a truly peaceful escape or looking to explore and enjoy new experiences, Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the ideal place to take your next trip. With an incredible selection of activities, amenities, and thoughtful service, this trip will have you wanting to escape to the beautiful Riviera Maya forever.
THIS VICTORIAN BEACH TOWN IS THE EAST COAST’S BEST-KEPT SEASIDE SECRET. WORDS BY KARA STUDZINSKI
ongress Hall in Cape May, NJ is America’s oldest seaside resort. Since its original opening in 1816, the hotel has remained a relaxed haven of fun and historic charm. Set amidst perfectly landscaped grounds that overlook posh sandy beaches, the iconic resort is just a few steps from the ocean where guests relax by the Atlantic in a signature yellow and white striped private beach tent. Standing on one of the property’s balconies overlooking the veranda, lawn, and the endless ocean, it’s not hard to imagine what it may have been like to stay at Congress Hall as one of its many distinguished guests at the turn of the 19th century. For a truly unique experience, book the Presidential Suite. A pinnacle of old-world luxury, the suite offers a spacious parlor with a wet bar and two queen sleeper sofas. Attached is a bedroom overlooking the lawn, a king canopy bed, and a marble bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. The property’s signature restaurant, The Blue Pig Tavern, is tucked in the corner of Congress Hall. Named after the hotel’s nineteenth-century gambling parlor, there’s no better place to enjoy classic American fare. The menu includes delicious farm-to-table delights featuring fresh produce, herbs, and eggs from Cape Resorts’ very own Beach Plum Farm located just 1-mile away from the hotel. And as the sun starts to set, step out the doors of Congress Hall onto the Veranda and order a libation from the extensive list of farmfresh cocktails. Downstairs you’ll find The Boiler Room, Cape May’s speakeasy and live performance lounge, offering wood fire pizza and a fun atmosphere with a downtown New York vibe. If posh is more your style, just upstairs at The Brown Room, you’ll find a stylish lounge occupying the same spot as Congress Hall’s first legal post-Prohibition cocktail bar. When it’s time to relax and be pampered, guests can escape to the Sea Spa, acknowledged by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top 75 Hotel Spas in the United States. And how is the property adapting to current events? “The flags are up, the flowers planted, and our team is back, with new protocols in place. The safety and well-being of our guests, associates, and community is and always has been our top priority,” said Curtis Bashaw, managing partner of Cape Resorts. “And while the summers of 2020 and 2021 were different, in many ways they were the same. Our traditions, our hospitality – were all unchanged. We know you will feel at home as we continue our commitment to providing simple pleasures in the space that you need.” Congress Hall manages to beautifully combine simple pleasures of the past with modern luxuries of today. Whatever the season, you will be delighted by the array of choices that make it easy to fill your days and nights here.
INVESTING IN YOUR FUTURE THERE'S NO BETTER TIME TO INVEST IN REAL ESTATE. WORDS BY BY MICHELE HARRINGTON
a great investment. Alternatively, you may wish you had never sold that house given what it could be worth today. If you plan on being around for another 10 years, there is no better longterm investment than real estate. Why? Because real estate offers leverage, tax advantages, and long-term wealth building. Leverage is key. For example, putting $40,000 down on a $400,000 condo and having that condo price appreciate to $600,000 just turned your $20,000 into $200,000 and grew your investment by ten times. This isn’t always possible with stocks. Next, the tax advantages are endless. Tax advantages include depreciation, 1031 exchanges, and potentially a QBI deduction. However the biggest advantage of all is the longterm building of wealth. The wealthiest people you know all own real estate. In Southern California in particular, there’s a real estate millionaire on every corner. As our life is (somewhat) returning to normal, there’s no better time to think about the future and how you plan to build your wealth in the smartest way possible.
With the crazy year we’ve had and the real estate market shifts endured due to COVID-19, it’s hard to think about permanence. Investing in real estate is a long-term play and historically, over any 10-year period, paid off, especially in Southern California. Warren Buffett coined the phrase, “If you aren’t willing to own a stock for 10 years, don’t even think about owning it for 10 minutes.” Real estate is the same philosophy but even more so. The biggest difference is stocks can disappear and companies might go out of business, but real estate remains. The best reasons to still invest in real estate, even now when things are hot can be attributed to a few things. First, interest rates have never been better. This makes leveraging your money right now very attractive. Second, inflation, inflation, inflation. When you get a 30-year fixed mortgage, you have the same payment on that house until you pay it off. Meanwhile, rent prices are going up with everything else that is also going up. You might remember buying your first home for, for example, $150,000. In retrospect, purchasing 10 of these homes would have been
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LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH 50TH ANNIVERSARY RALLY MONTEREY CAR WEEK
Vintage car dealership, Curated, came together with Luxury Rally Club to host an event sure to be remembered in automotive history. In honor of the Lamborghini Countach 50th Anniversary, a car rally like no other was held over 5 glorious days. In all, 29 Lamborghini Countaches flown in from around the world to take part in this rally (the largest gathering ever in US). Gifted pairs of Leisure Society sunglasses, an elegant hosted dinner, and an exclusive look at Roger Dubuis timepieces were just the beginning. The cars were able to complete a parade lap around the Laguna Seca track, were displayed at the Saint lucia Preserve party, shut down the pier in Santa Cruz, and drivers witnessed the unveiling of the brand new Lamborghini Countach in a week of true automotive excellence. An experience unmatched in the automotive space, this was a week like no other. PHOTOS BY ALBERT MANDUCA
SUNREEF POWER 60 MIAMI, FLORIDA
The latest installment of our “Evening of Luxury” series brought NOBLEMAN to Miami where we partnered with SunReef yachts on an unforgettable event. VIPs were treated to an exclusive experience aboard the new SunReef Power 60 yacht coupled with a waterfront dinner at SeaSpice, handcrafted cocktails, and incredible caviar. The yacht was docked directly alongside the restaurant for a seamless experience. Upon entering, the Maserati Trofeo collection was on display. As they arrived, guests were greeted with a show-stopping view of both the Levante and Ghibli models. Not even a little Miami rain could dampen the mood, as guests laughed over delicious glasses of Armand de Brignac Brut Gold and Rose champagnes and a selection of Astrea caviars while enjoying the beautiful water views. The impressive boat was a true sight to behold, and the ultimate luxury experience for guests in attendance. Equipped with a chef ’s kitchen, spacious lounge decks, and even a gym, it was truly extraordinary. Cocktail hour was complete with a selection of unbeatable beverage options, including the incredible Alfred GIRAUD French Malt Whisky, Beluga Vodka and Herradura Tequila. Dinner commenced at the lively deck, where we enjoyed a dazzling 4-course meal while sharing stories and laughs. The food paired exquisitely with wine from Red Car, and we were treated with a vibrant Chardonnay and a delicious Rose. Family style starters made way for an incredible array of main courses, with the perfectly aged ribeye emerging as a clear favorite. Glasses of “The Pact,” a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon by Faust were enjoyed by all, and the final course of extraordinary desserts left everyone in a true state of bliss. As the evening came to a close, we were lucky enough for a special treat, a round of Cohiba Cigars, and an incredible glass of Alfred GIRAUD whiskey, the perfect way to wrap up a memorable night. We laughed, we drank, we ate, and we braved the rains to enjoy a truly unforgettable Miami night. PHOTOS BY TREVOR THOMPSON
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COCKTAILS ON RODEO DRIVE ZEGNA, BEVERLY HILLS
On a beautiful summer evening, NOBLEMAN and Zegna came together to create a truly incredible night. Hosted at the Beverly Hills Zegna storefront, guests arrived at the chic space to enjoy a night of food, drinks, laughs, and impeccable style. NOBLEMAN VIP guests were invited to explore the space while enjoying small bites, craft cocktails, and an exclusive look at Zegna’s new offerings. Within the incredible selection of clothing and accessories, the jewel of the evening was the Triple Stitch Sneaker. The featured piece of the night, guests got an up-close look at these effortlessly luxurious shoes. With unparalleled craftsmanship and attention to detail, this pair of sneakers exemplifies the core aspects of the Zegna brand. Available in an impressive selection of colorways and fabrics, there was truly something for everyone.
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WINE FESTIVAL & CAR SHOW ROLLING HILLS COUNTRY CLUB
This Labor Day Weekend, Luxury Rally Club partnered with the Wine Festival and Car Show at the Driving Range in Rolling Hills to create a truly unforgettable experience. Held on a beautiful Saturday, over six hundred car enthusiasts gathered for an incredible automotive escape. The elegant show highlighted some of the most incredible vehicles and guests voted for the best Vintage car award and best Supercar award. With several luxury pop-ups, attendees had the opportunity to take home beautifully crafted items, a standout being the optical and sunglasses selections from Leisure Society. Wine tastings from acclaimed international and domestic wineries went perfectly with the atmosphere of live music, catering, and thoughtfully elegant decor. A thrilling air show was a definite crowd favorite of the day, and was an added bonus to this truly wonderful experience. PHOTOS BY AMY THEILIG
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IWC BIG PILOT ROADSHOW NEWPORT BEACH, CA
A truly unmatched experience, IWC brought its mobile exhibition to Newport Beach for a night like no other. A showcase of their 2021 pilot’s watch collection previously only available for viewing in their watchmaking facility in Switzerland, guests were treated to an exclusive chance to see how these incredible timepieces are made. Partnering with Hyde Park Jewelers at Fashion Island, watches like the new Big Pilot 43 were on display, and clients got an inside look at these aviator-approved tool watches. With special guest James Marsden, this evening was one to beat. Drinks, small bites, and incredible conversation were all part of this one-of-a-kind exhibit, we certainly won’t be forgetting it anytime soon. PHOTOS BY CHRIS PEREIRA
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TIMOTHY OULTON GRAND OPENING NEW YORK CITY
For the grand opening of the extraordinary new Timothy Oulton New York City flagship, NOBLEMAN hosted a night to remember. Guests arrived for a night of elegant company and an incredible atmosphere. With a space like no other, guests were treated to delicious small bites, La Jota wines, and a chance to explore the exclusive Apollo capsule, an experience like no other. With a specially curated spirits menu, everyone enjoyed options from Casa Dragones, including the Anejo Barrel Blend and the Joven tequila. A special selection of Cohiba cigars was a crowd favorite of the night, and the cocktails featuring Vodka Beluga were a definite hit. PHOTOS BY MADISON MCGAW
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Type 62-2 John Player Special Owning a coachbuilt Radford Mini Cooper in the 1960s was the ultimate status symbol. Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Twiggy, Enzo Ferrari, George Best, Peter Sellers, the Monkees’ Mike Nesmith, and Cream’s Ginger Baker were just a few of celebrity set who owned a bespoke car, outfitted with sumptuous leather and ultra-luxe detailing. Today, the classic British coachbuilder has returned, this time with a formula 1 world champion leading its revival, and has unveiled their first modern project - a retro sports car inspired by the Lotus Type 62. Aptly named the Lotus Type 62-2 with a stunning black-and-gold color scheme that motorsport fans of a bygone era will absolutely adore, the vehicles John Player Special will be an edition of only 12 of 62 units in total that will be made worldwide. Exquisitely detailed, fully customizable, and extremely limited, this vehicle is for drivers seeking the ultimate in craftsmanship, luxury, and the thrill of driving combined. The car's whopping 600 hp will raise the hair on your arm when you put your foot on the gas pedal, and the subsequent smile painted on your face from doing so will last for the remainder of the day. The Lotus Type 62-2 John Player Special might just about be the most fun you can have as an adult. Radford is currently accepting orders and plans to start deliveries in early 2022.
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