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A PHANTOM is by definition a phantasm, a ghost . Could it be, then that the Rolls-Royce of the same name doesn’t even exist?
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The British royals drive it, as does pop star Robbie Williams, US rapper 50 Cent and the Hollywood greats – the legendary Rolls-Royce Phantom. Upon the presentation of the first Rolls-Royce Phantom by Sir Henry Royce in 1925, the car had already been awarded the title ‘The best auto mobile in the world’ by connoisseurs. Accordingly, in the past 93 years the Phantom has accompanied some of the most influential and powerful women and men at historic occasions.
A phantom is by definition a phantom, a ghost. Could it be, then, that the Rolls-Royce of the same name does not even exist? Not since 1925? The Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset explained the triumph of the car with the fact that it allowed us to compress more living things into shorter cosmic time: ‘It was a matter of honour for man,’ he writes in 1930, ‘to triumph over cosmic space and real time. By acquiring additional space and time, we bring it to life and make vital use of it’. Was he aware of the Phantom? ‘I believe that the new Phantom has the potential to further increase the ‘experience density’ of driving’. Is this the oldest vehicle model in existence that in fact doesn’t exist at all? Is this why the eighth generation of the great, luxury flagship only occurs in one’s imagination? I had the great honour of driving one of several new Rolls-Royce Phantoms and what a sublime feeling it was, ensconced in the finely stitched leather seats – these are so much more than seats, more luxurious armchairs. A phantom, as the model name suggests and as automotive enthusiasts know, is a phenomenon and this new Phantom is such a pleasurable car in which editors such as me (more co-driver than test driver) obviously feel comfortable.
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In view of the fine materials, the good all-round visibility, the bright ambience and ample storage possibilities, this Rolls-Royce ensures everyone’s happy – especially the younger clientele. A massage function is integrated into the front seats which even the experienced experts Lanserhof Tegernsee can’t hold a candle to – you simply don’t want to get out of this car. Take care when you do, the real world proves quite the challenge after emerging from the lofty cocoon of comfort you’ve been riding in. But let’s talk about the generous rear area, caressed with the finest leather and wood applications and imparting a seasoned dash of English club atmosphere. For a stylish toast, open the compartment between the well-formed rear seats and enjoy a glass of Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002 as befits your standing. The Phantom makes more of an impression than any other limousine, offering increased levels of luxury, paint and leather than ever before. For Head of Design, Giles Taylor, the car is a work of art on wheels and for CEO and Brand Manager, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, it’s simply a masterpiece. It’s with great reluctance that the two men refer to the Phantom as a car – such a banal term. This is not only due to the fact that the new
Phantom’s prices start at 446,250 euros for the standard version and 535,500 euros for the extended wheelbase version now increased by another 22 centimetres but also that this limousine of 92 years, the oldest in the world and the most famous with its royal consecrations, makes even respectable luxury cars like a Mercedes-Maybach or Bentley Mulsanne look somehow ordinary. Just like the Bugatti Chiron, the Phantom alongside other luxury liners is not of this world and therefore almost appears like a mirage but here we flock, invited enthusiasts to take a maiden voyage through Switzerland. This state of unreality is part of the essence of a Rolls-Royce, just like the legendary Spirit of Ecstasy figure, emerging at the touch of a button from the depths of the chrome temple that the Phantom carries in front of its broad chest like a ruler sporting his shining armour. Great efforts have been made to give the body a streamlined shape including the radiator grille carefully integrated into the s urrounding bodywork and the front wing line running discreetly as it does to the front door. Step inside closing the rear-hinged coach doors and everything falls silent. The developers have gone to great lengths to achieve this;
padding the body thoroughly with two quintals of insulating material, using the most dense insulating glass in the windows and adding specially foamed tyres that are so soft, it’s an absolute dream. And whether the Phantom is now hovering above the ground or still moving along the ground can hardly be gauged. The air suspension which uses its cameras to read the road and adjusts to all eventualities in anticipatory obedience ensures you’re wafted to your destination. Bedded on clouds and wrapped in cotton wool, this is how you travel in the Phantom, lost in your own world completely detached from reality (for the time being). The colossal power of this magical engine manages to exude its force without so much as a ripple on the surface showing. The twelve-cylinder engine with its 6.75 litre capacity which has been converted to turbo technology, works hard to accelerate the luxury liner with its standard 5.76 and ‘extended’ 5.98 wheelbase to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds, this beauty being not only endlessly long but at around 2.6 tonnes also clearly heavy. But if the chauffeur has even a little sensitivity in his foot, then the 571 hp and even more the impressive 900 Nm, which can now be called upon from idle upwards, do
their job so majestically and effortlessly that you almost want to believe in the concept of teleportation. An AMG-S-Class can also move with little resistance but a Rolls-Royce doesnâ€™t need such competition. If you own a Rolls-Royce, you usually have other high-quality cars in your garage and often pure-bred sports cars among them. Furthermore, RollsRoyce has never been concerned with speed; sublime comfort and exclusivity have always been at the forefront of planning and thought and thatâ€™s why the steering wheel in the Phantom can only be heard very quietly. In any other car you would crave to unleash such power yourself and cruise around the tight corners; driving the Phantom becomes a minor matter.
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Even when Chief Engineer Robert Kahlenberg is euphorically raving about the new all-wheel steering with which even the EWB version can now navigate narrow serpentines over the Alpine passes easily. “But what we don’t do is autonomous driving with our hands off the wheel. Our customers don’t yet want to be driven by a robot and typically have a chauffeur,” says Müller-Ötvös. And by the way, this is probably the most pleasant way to experience autonomous driving, one of the Phantom’s strengths. While the chauffeur keeps the connection to reality by a silken thread, one delves ever deeper into one’s own world in the back: feet sinking into the ankle-deep fleece from which a relaxing foot rest rises at the touch of a button, the back embraced by wonderfully soft leather that warms and kneads as with the experienced hands of a wise masseur. For the extended version, there are now seat recliners like in the First-Class cabin from Emirates (unless you travel in your own jet) and for those who just can’t get enough patent leather, there are two large screens behind the electrically extendable work tables on the backrests of the front seats. The Phantom provides the most luxurious and highly- networked nomadic life. Keeping up with the latest technology is crucial. Just as importantly, a few traditions have survived the change into the eighth phantom generation. Of course there is still a refrigerated compartment for fine drinks in the gap between the two rear seats and naturally the British have a second compartment with room temperature for whiskey or cognac and a matching swivel arm. As ever the air conditioning is controlled with wonderfully anachronistic knurled wheels for the temperature and the traditional organ slides for the airflow. Even the LED lighting
AVANT- GARDE AND TR ADITION MAKE EXCITING NEW CONNEC TIONS .
on the huge make-up mirrors has an almost candle-warm light flattering the occupants. A unique blend of craftsmanship and high-tech has proven itself without doubt. The Cologne commissioned by Rolls-Royce governor Michael Gleissner led Bernd Kussmaul to create for the humidor for his noble customers to ensure the rare Signature 2000 cigar from Davidoff doesn’t lack anything while driving. And regarding Kussmaul, in his Swabian factory he produces amongst other things, the carrier plates for the artistic decorations of the fittings because what Rolls-Royce calls the Gallery is nothing more than the continuation of court painting with modern means. Artists and craftsmen can give free rein to their creativity on this open space in the dashboard and design a strip of about 20 x 80 centimetres almost without limits before the work of art is glazed in the clean room and thus actually turns the Phantom into an individual, bespoke version. “Only a company like RollsRoyce can afford that,” enthuses Müller-Ötvös. For this you need a production run with rather small numbers on the one hand and on the other hand customers with a large financial leeway. In this case, the already almost Biblical Phantom production time of about 1200 hours can be extended
by a few weeks and at extra cost from the level of a small car. Customers won’t even bat an eyelid if they get a truly unique cockpit with preserved peacock feathers, a three-dimensional gold structure of their own DNA, porcelain decorations, precious stone inlays or graphics in oil or acrylic. “Many of our customers collect art and have always encouraged the integration of works of art in their cars. We were happy to take that up,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös. As the design specialist for the custom-made cars, Alex Innes said: “What we are particularly proud of in designing the Phantom VIII is that we can provide a kind of canvas for customers’ interpretations and wishes that is not only more advanced than anything Rolls-Royce has had in the past, but is also more advanced than the current status of the automotive industry. This highly innovative concept plays the leading role in the layout of the interior and provides a perfect stage for presenting art – literally works of art.” Even the now individually programmable light points in the sky, for example on the personal constellation, have an almost
normal effect. A new platform, a new engine, new electronics, a new design and a new ambience – apart from the Spirit of Ecstasy, the anachronistic straps and the make-up mirrors there is not much Rolls-Royce has taken over from the Phantom VII. However, the generation change has not changed the demands placed on the luxury vehicle, nor in the five model changes before. But just like at the premiere of the very first Phantom in 1925, there is only one goal for the new Phantom, says CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös: “The Phantom defends its reputation as the best automobile in the world”. Performance? “More than adequate,” Rolls-Royce replied with British modesty in years past. Price? Average prices are estimated at half a million euros and that high price is well justified by its legendary fame.
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PERFECTION AND LUXURY Disruption and Continuity. The premiere SUV Cullinan reinvents the luxury DNA of Rolls-Royce in the field and rejuvenates the world brand. What CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös knows about strategies, customers and excellence. TEXT: WOL FGANG PHOTOS: ROL LS -ROYCE
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Rolls-Royce always cultivates a statement. I cruise, so I’m – wealthy, free and independent and I am treating myself to the most expensive limousine in the world to enjoy my success and my life. Just as the magnificent radiator figure Emily defies the headwind and radiates her passion for adventure, discovery and driving with her Spirit of Ecstasy, the engine and technology as well as the opulent equipment – whether the finest materials at her feet, the most valuable woods used in the interior, the most delicate leather armchairs or fittings designed by artists – radiates one thing more than any other: luxurious craftsmanship and individuality. Everything about a Rolls-Royce is expensive, noble and stylish. The unique British lifestyle, the luxury DNA of Rolls-Royce, this all fascinates the super-accomplished individuals that successfully manage other companies or their own companies themselves, or celebrities from the world of film, art, fashion and sport. Along with Rolls-Royce, they all share the true secret of successful entrepreneurship, of artistic work and the innovative power of a brand: they have to reinvent themselves and their products time and
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INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION. THE C ULLINAN IS EMBOSSED WITH A MIGHT Y SUV FRONT PART Y AND IT IS PROUD TO SHOW OFF ITS ROLLS - ROYCE BRAND CORE VALUES.
time again. When John Lennon took Emily in 1965 and gave his Rolls-Royce Phantom V a gaudy, yellow-redcoloured ecstasy look, the outcry in the classic Phantom community and the UK was huge. But at the same time the Rolls-Royce luxury status symbol had been given a new vitality by the pop icon. For Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for eight years, this was one of the many milestones in the glamorous history of Rolls-Royce. For him, “diversity” is a key to “enriching a brand” because it appeals to very different types of customers. This is an essential moment in the aura of the Rolls-Royce brand. Their customers are individuals and cosmopolitan. The German CEO of the British luxury brand, who had previously worked successfully for the parent company BMW as a brand strategist and product manager for many years and also fuelled the worldwide Mini success, expanded the chauffeur image of Rolls-Royce with his Teflon-coated umbrellas in the door, so that the owner can always arrive dry and protected from the sun. With the new models of Ghost, the Fastback Coupé Wraith or the Dawn convertible, Rolls-Royce has conquered the younger set of drivers and women in recent years and with that average age of Rolls-Royce customers has been reduced from 56 to 45 years with the new portfolio. “This is extremely young for a classic, high-quality luxury brand like Rolls-Royce,” said Müller-Ötvös in one of his interviews. And the RollsRoyce CEO, who prefers sailing or fly-fishing in his spare time, has translated the philosophy of founding father Sir Frederick Henry Royce again and again at the beginning of the 20th century into a maxim.
“The Cullinan is the Rolls-Royce of SUVs for me.”
“Take the best that exists and make it better!” No limits. Always strive for the best and always for perfection. And so CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös and his engineers and designers will not launch the Rolls-Royce SUV Cullinan to the market until 2019, the year that customers have been waiting for. And only after it was certain that the creators and inventors from the company’s headquarters in Goodwood, UK had met the exclusive Rolls-Royce criteria of unique luxury and outstanding driving technique in terms of engine, technology and equipment. Axel F. Busse from Auto-Medienportal spoke with CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös about the new Phantom, the Cullinan and customers along with the strategies and excellence of Rolls-Royce. Mr Müller-Ötvös, the new Phantom was the highlight of 2017 from your company’s point of view; the SUV Cullinan is going to be taking on this role this year. Have you reached your limits with new models for Rolls-Royce?
“With the Phantom, we have introduced an architecture of luxury that will enable us to derive derivatives from it on the basis of a spaceframe construction in the future. The Cullinan will be the second model constructed on this spaceframe architecture. We have consciously decided against using any platforms or bodies, because from our customers’ point of view it can’t be any different”.
A vehicle beyond the Phantom seems unthinkable, but can you imagine a smaller car behind the Ghost, for example a sporty two-seater with the Spirit of Ecstasy on the radiator?
”We’ve adopted a clear strategy that says we will not provide any offer in the market below the price position of a Ghost. The aim is keeping the brand highly exclusive and also limiting the number of vehicles produced. This is exactly what luxury is all about – being rare and unique.” Luxury manufacturers have also expanded their volumes considerably in recent years. How many units do you think could threaten the exclusivity of Rolls-Royce?
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“We currently sell around 4000 cars a year worldwide, and even if it were 5000, it wouldn’t make much of a difference. For me, the decisive factor is which price position a brand occupies. And in this case it’s quite clear that we will by no means drive the price position downward just to produce a little more volume. That would be highly counterproductive.” What kinds of drives can we expect from Cullinan? Is it true that a hybrid version is in the works?
“Hybrid is not the direction we are going to take. According to the presented Vision 100 study, we think that the future direction of the brand is clearly towards an electric drive and that no intermediate steps such as hybrid drive are needed.” This also applies to the successors of Ghost, Wraith and Dawn?
“Yes, we’ll being electrifying the brand in the next decade.” Is autonomous driving an issue for Rolls-Royce?
“Almost every one of our customers has access to a chauffeur. Currently, we don’t see any pressure from our
Is it also an expression of this attitude that for example, you don’t find any identifiable brands in the on-board clocks or sound systems in your cars? Elsewhere, these features can be recognised as products from renowned specialist manufacturers.
customers to address this issue. If the technology allows us to make autonomous driving as effortless as what this brand stands for, then we’ll certainly introduce it in a Rolls-Royce as well.” 2014 Rolls-Royce’s sales record has not yet been equalled. What do you see the as the reasons for this, and what is your forecast?
“As a brand, we’re not completely immune to fluctuations in the markets. The Chinese market has always played a very substantial role for us and over the past two years we’ve seen that political decisions have led to slumps in China. But it’s recovering very nicely at the moment. In principle, we position ourselves so internationally that we needn’t be dependent on economic events in individual countries. We will stay well below 4000 units this year, due to the phase-out of Phantom VII and the start of production of the new model.”
Other manufacturers of luxury automobiles have opened up new areas of business by adorning furniture, clothing, cosmetics and accessories with their labels, thus improving brand awareness. Would such a thing also be a possibility for Rolls-Royce?
“Rolls-Royce’s brand awareness is not an issue at all. No matter where you travel, the name Rolls-Royce stands for the best in the world and is therefore often used as a synonym for the best. I don’t want it to be understood as arrogance, but against this backdrop we don’t need to contribute to the brand’s awareness through shaving cream or similar articles.”
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“We consciously decide that a Rolls-Royce always contains a Rolls-Royce watch. We deliberately refrain from permanently joining forces with another brand. If there are customers who want the watch of a certain brand installed, of course we’re happy to do so, but a Rolls-Royce is always a Rolls-Royce at the end of the day”.
An important core value of the brand is what summarises the term ‘heritage’, the heritage of RollsRoyce and the maintenance of it. When Rolls-Royce moved out of the Crewe plant, it took along nothing but its name. How can you meet the demands of the owners of historic vehicles and the preservation of tradition?
“We work closely with clubs around the world. It would be a bad idea not to take advantage of this incredible history accordingly. In my opinion, under the leadership of the BMW Group, we have been quite successful in bringing the brand back to where it has always been, namely at the forefront of automotive engineering. The art of brand management is, on the one hand, preserving history and, at the same time, developing it towards modernity in such a way that it doesn’t lose its authenticity. One of our best-known
“Goodwood is a Hall of famous Craftsmen, not a car factory.”
partners in the field of traditional preservation is P & A Wood (a restoration specialist north-east of London, editor’s note), world-renowned for its expertise. We can refer customers who have historic vehicles in their fleets to these locations or to the appropriate ones as applicable.” As a British company with a German owner, you may be concerned about Britain’s upcoming withdrawal from the EU. What effects do you expect from B rexit or what precautionary measures have you taken against possible negative effects?
“Our customers expect passionate support from us in customising their Rolls-Royce.”
“Business is normal for us at the moment. We feel confident that a reasonable solution will be found”.
For decades the monarchs of the United Kingdom drove Rolls-Royce. Is there any ambition in your House to one day provide a Queen’s or possibly a King’s official car again?
“As an Englishman, and as such I feel in this respect, it is not appropriate to talk about the British royal house. So I can’t really provide any information on that.”
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LUXURIOUS YACHTING It’s the first luxury hotel chain to venture into the cruise industry: The Ritz-Carlton is expected to set sail in early 2019 with one of a total of three luxury yacht cruise ships. The Ritz-Carlton Hotels are planning exclusive cruise routes that combine the lifestyle of the Ritz-Carlton Hotels with the privilege of discovering a new, exciting destination every day. Guests can look forward to a seven- to ten-day journey that takes them to the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. “We’re delighted to be working with The Ritz-Carlton to offer this exclusive cruise experience, which will give a new meaning to curated luxury travel,” said Lars Clasen, Managing Director of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. www.ritzcarltonyachtcollection.com
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Award-winning service, timeless style and tailor-made comfort Passengers will soon be able to enjoy that and much more on the high seas, on the Ritz-Carltonâ€™s first yacht cruise ship.
CRUISEN ON THE SEAS Experience The Ritz-Carlton Hotels lifestyle
The specially designed ship is 190 metres long and has 149 suites, including two 138 m duplex penthouse suites, all with a private balcony. In addition to a chic and stylishly furnished suite, passengers can also enjoy a first-class restaurant run by renowned Michelin-star chef, Sven Elverfeld, who is known for his Aqua restaurant in The Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg, which has been awarded three Michelin stars. Other amenities include the Signature Ritz-Carlton Spa and a Panorama Lounge and Wine Bar that offer versatile on-board entertainment.
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HAUTE HORLOGERIE Girard-Perregaux from the Swiss town of La-Chaux-de-Fonds is one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world and is still privately owned today. The history of the company dates all the way back to 1791. The manufacturer stands less for a fast-paced zeitgeist than for legendary models that not only impress with their expressive design but also with the innovative technology they incorporate, such as the famous Tourbillon with three Gold Bridges. The Vintage 1945 or the Girard-Perregaux 1966 – all the models are a delight with their unparalleled technical brilliance. www.girard-perregaux.com
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Rolls-Royce has always endeavoured to understand, fulfil and exceed the wishes and requirements of its customers. With this attitude, the Bespoke team created the “Phantom Suite” with a unique filing system that ensures that customers always have their personal belongings quickly at hand, as well as a new, more comfortable seating configuration to help them relax even more. The Phantom Limelight is designed to be the
ultimate travel companion for its owners, taking them to important events and occasions and helping them prepare, relax and arrive, back in the limelight again. True luxury is ultimately only achieved through precise understanding of the needs and wishes of the most demanding customers.
THE DREAM OF THAT PERFECT FIT SUITS
Tailor-made suits have become a rarity today. For some time, men in Berlin have had the chance to invest in their appearance locally. For many years there was a lack of money in the city, high unemployment, low average earnings, and few opportunities to spend it on exclusive things. This Kreuzberg studio has revived a great tradition. The owners Martin Purwin, Boris Radczun and Christoph Tophinke take gentlemen’s measurements in the rooms of an unrefurbished old building in order to make a suit, a shirt or a coat from high quality fabrics. One of the three founders actually comes from the catering trade: Boris Radczun runs the Grill Royal and the Pauly Saal – and is considered one of the best dressed men in town. Dreaming of a perfectly fitted suit? It all comes true – here. PURWIN-RADCZUN / BESPOKE TAILORING BERLIN www.purwin-radczun.com
Expertly tailored shirts and suits. For men.
THE Devialet Phantom is the materialisation of the idea of progress on which French industry is constantly working: the idea of offering all people the best sound in the world. The Phantom (naturally) will change the world of sound forever
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IT’S NOT JUST A SPEAKER – IT’S A PHANTOM. The Devialet Phantom is more than a connected speaker – it is an intense and revolutionary emotional experience. Plug & Play! From the outset you can experience an ultra dense, physically perceptible sound. Feel the music with unprecedented power, purity and clarity. Hi-fi system, dock, loudspeaker, home cinema. Multiroom. Wireless, Bluetooth. The Devialet Phantom makes all previous systems obsolete. The best sound
in the world, unleashed. Songs you’ve heard a thousand times before are rediscovered in a whole new way and in undreamt-of splendour: Phantom’s ultra-dense sound makes it possible. From infrasound to extreme highs, outstanding amplitude without the slightest distortion, no saturation, no noise, up to 4500 watts and 108 decibels. An overwhelmingly emotional experience.
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DEDON COLLECTION MBRACE Design by Sebastian Herkner www.dedon.de
Dandy Diary PROVOCATION AND LUXURY GO TOGETHER QUITE WELL Two bloggers developed into wellknown sensations writing critical articles, mainly about fashion. Twice a year they also host the legendary Fashion Week Opening Party in Berlin. In 2009 fashion journalist David Roth founded the blog “Dandy Diary”, a little later Jakob joined as well. Since then Jakob and David, who know each other from their school days, have been sending shockwaves through the dusty fashion industry. Thanks to artistic-critical actions such as a fashion porno or a naked streaker at the Dolce & Gabbana fashion show, the boys have been instilling new excitement in the fashion scene. This ultimately begs the question: with their dazzling self-representations and provocative performances, are Carl Jakob Haupt and David Kurt Karl Roth of Dandy Diary the true embodiment of groundbreaking dandyism in our time? And how do these two dandies fit into the Rolls-Royce picture?
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José Redondo-Vega knows both of these men from his time as editor-in-chief at GQ , and everything is already quite familiar. The new Rolls-Royce Cullinan is waiting for us in Berlin in the courtyard of the KPM (Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur). Carl-Jakob Haupt, co-founder of “Dandy Diary”, one of the most radical fashion blogs in Germany, perhaps even in the world, talks about values, making money and motivation in times of digital change.
Jakob, a fashion blog from Berlin and an English Rolls-Royce – how does something like that fit together?
“It doesn’t really fit together at all. Cars don’t really play a role in our work, especially in this size. We live in a big city, you couldn’t even find a parking space for it. But what connects us is not the topic of mobility, but that of the shared
values. Both “Dandy Diary” and “Rolls-Royce” are extreme brands that stand out and are unique. Now the Rolls-Royce brand stands for a conservative concept of luxury and as Germany’s longest-reigning bloggers we are also rather old school. In addition, we also consider good craftsmanship very important, including style awareness and value, in order to differentiate ourselves from our fast-moving environment be that other bloggers, influencers or fleeting trends. We’re as solid as RollsRoyce and dressing up has little to do with glamour at Dandy Diary.”
Jakob and David would like to liberate the fashion world from glitter and elitism: tattoos on the wrist, a gold watch, gold rings on the finger and peeling nail polish are in.
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Tattoos on the wrist, a gold watch, gold rings on fingers and peeling nail polish. The photographed Rolls-Royce “Cullinan” embodies English luxury. What exactly is German luxury?
“Here in Germany, the idea of luxury is a very difficult concept. For some, luxury means having a well-stocked toolbox or a working lawnmower. Porsche also comes from Germany but in actuality, you tend to make yourself very suspicious with luxury. We live in a very envy-based society; if you display too much luxury, you attract people’s displeasure which I think is a shame. I like luxury, beautiful things, and expensive and valuable ones, too. But I also know people who have significantly more money than I do, who avoid flaunting their luxury openly. This sounds like Prussian asceticism à la Frederick the Great, who once said that “luxury does not motivate man to any virtue – it usually suffocates all the better feelings within him”. 74
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At Dandy Diary we only try to enter into selected and exclusive collaborations. Is this maybe one of the reasons why Berlin still has a hard time as a fashion city today?
“Certainly, as a fashion city, Berlin is very, very boring. Very little is happening now. We at Dandy Diary have become more Frankfurt fans in recent years. A young scene has emerged that totally knows what’s good and dresses accordingly, because Frankfurt is also a rich city. At the same time, the mixture of Bahnhofstrasse, migrants and international audiences is very creative and definitely more exciting than in Berlin where everyone wears only the same Balenciaga shoes.” How would someone envision a typical day at “Dandy Diary”?
“I don’t even know what a typical day is like; every day is very different with us. Most of the time I sleep late, until about 10 or 11 o’clock, then my wife makes me a coffee and I read the first news of the day. Around noon or 1 pm I meet friends or partners for lunch, in the afternoon I usually sit down together with my partner David to develop new ideas, such as events or actions we’d like to use to mix up the fashion industry or I write posts for our blog. In the evening I go to events or dinners, which sometimes goes on longer, depending on how interesting they are or whether we are participating at the event as cooporative partners for brands.” Sometimes the exciting information comes after the third beer and you earn money with it?
“Yes, and in very different ways. Sometimes it’s quite classic, for example a shoe brand like Nike asks us if we want to report on their new sneakers in our blog. If we find the topic interesting and relevant, we‘ll have information sent to us, write about it and charge an appropriate fee. However, we do this relatively rarely now. In fact, we spend more time cooperating with brands that buy our expertise and say, let’s work something out together. Among other things, we recently organised an event for Givenchy where we acted as an event agency, checked locations, created guest lists, selected drinks and catering and designed the entire event. And in this setting Givenchy introduced its new perfume. In addition, we also develop new designs for brands, for example for a sneaker from the German company Kangaroo.”
What has changed?
Sounds like a lucrative business model.
“And good motivation. The blogger scene has totally changed. It all started with people who wrote at home – in addition to their main job – about things they were interested in. That could be fashion but also music and it wasn’t even clear then that somebody could even earn money doing it at some point. We started Dandy Diary because David wanted to write about fashion and I found the scene interesting, really a very pleasant industry, with the most beautiful women, great events and good champagne, in line with our imagination. We did that while we were studying.”
“By now everyone knows that you can earn money with a good blog. However, the amount of text has been greatly reduced, and much more value is placed on photos at the expense of the depth of content. Bloggers became influencers and Instagrammers, people that publish many photos of themselves with a few short texts. A lot of money is now being flushed into the scene from brands moving away from the classic advertising business of fashion magazines to online and social media sites. And the protagonists have changed because many now only see the money, which doesn’t necessarily make them more sympathetic. First generation bloggers usually have a different intellectual depth. If today, 18-year-olds see themselves as fulltime bloggers and present themselves a certain way, without much life experience or education, then the result is usually one-dimensional. 75
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have to imagine it as a kind of digital Tupperware party where friends recommend products to friends. This is much more effective because the behaviour of target groups can be measured very precisely on the net. On the other hand, however, some bloggers now do so much advertising that it’s really annoying. At Dandy Diary we only try to enter into selected and exclusive collaborations, only about ten per cent of the content on our blog is really advertising.” Trend researcher Li Edelkoort says: “People want to own less, even if they pay a similar amount for it. It provides them with a sense of freedom.” Have bloggers changed the definition of luxury?
“Absolutely, however, we are currently living in a phase in which the concept of luxury in general is shifting. Fewer things or objects are defined as luxurious but abstract things such as time, leisure, self-determination. When young people have job interviews today, they don’t necessarily focus on their desired salary, but on how they can balance job and leisure. The luxury industry is also changing. After a phase where most brands of very many products were launched, we’re now experiencing a rethink. They want to produce significantly less but more selective and more valuable things. You want a different feeling of luxury.” How does luxury feel in a Rolls-Royce?
“Sitting in the car is like flying first class, the design, the equipment, the folding table, the television. It’s all very pleasant and very unique.” With respect to luxury, the philosopher Lambert Wiesinger talks about a ‘daism of possession’. His definition: ‘Through the conscious possession of luxury products or experiences, although they are exaggerated, too expensive and thus clearly unreasonable, one does not show discipline and farsightedness but turns away from general social values and places oneself outside the system’. Is luxury, of all things, a provocation against a highly complex, insecure world?
Why do luxury brands now work so closely with bloggers?
“What makes bloggers interesting for brands is their authenticity. Influencers and bloggers speak very authentically to followers and target groups they have developed over time. It’s also more effective than placing expensive advertisements on television and in magazines, which can be a lot of untargeted wasted coverage. You
“An interesting thought that also reminds us of Dandy Diary but not in the sense that luxury is an escape from the reality of everyday life, it’s more a mirror of the present. Largely, today, we are doing well economically. We’ve recovered from the Lehman crisis and there’s hardly any unemployment. It’s much rather that provocation and luxury work well together because the world of luxury often takes itself insanely seriously – it’s too serious and too rigid. Of course for us, this is precisely the best thing to do, to attack exactly that, to shake things up with small actions and to loosen up the industry. After all, luxury brands also benefit from this in the end because their products are being discussed in the midst of it all and thus become more attractive. Not every brand is enthusiastic about it.
Along with fashion bloggers Dandy Diary and Rolls-Royce Berlin, the editorial staff of R2M ONE organised a photo shoot in the courtyard of KPM Berlin.
Dandy Diary has a reputation of being too provocative and unpredictable.
We’re aware that in a cooperative partnership, one or other partner may tremble because we may be planning an action. However, we’ve been working in this industry for eight years now and know a lot of people. That’s why we usually collaborate with brands we know, appreciate or are friends with. There’s a basis of trust. Conversely, we pay attention to whether friends work for a brand that we want to criticise. Then we won’t, because we don’t want to cause them any trouble. On the other hand, brands know very well why they book us. They appreciate the spontaneous, the uncertain, the thrill of it all, just like us.” What values do Dandy Diary associate with Rolls-Royce?
“When you drive a Rolls-Royce, the emblem in the steering wheel doesn’t turn but remains straight. We see ourselves in a similar way: Whatever we do, we try to stay straight, to stay true to ourselves, to bend as little as possible and to be as authentic as possible in the end. Rolls-Royce are also heavyweights, just like us. We both drive well on the road, it’s not easy to throw us off track.” And what luxury do you personally afford yourself?
“My personal luxury is good health, being active, being able to travel and enjoying the time you have and making good use of it. For sure, a certain financial foundation is part of it all. And of course friendship means luxury to me, being able to do beautiful things with my friends. I don’t pay for luxury, except perhaps art, sometimes.” 79
The dark side of the splendour TE XT : EBERHARD
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A dark Rolls-Royce with a unique urge for self-portrayal It’s as black as Darth Vader, Batman or the conscience of a Mafia boss but more desirable, more British and more stylish than ever. The RollsRoyce Dawn Black Badge is an open temptation for those who love to be seduced by the dark side of the force. “With such special models, we are addressing much younger customers with an even more expressive taste,” observed Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös. If these customers wanted an individual car, they had to talk to the bespoke department of the car manufacturer for hours on end or worse, they would need to go to tuning specialists and coachbuilders. In order to prevent such derailments, Rolls-Royce appears to have opted for a proactive approach. “We have bundled many of the common wishes of our customers and put together a coherent overall package,” says the company boss with reference to the new Black Badge versions. He calls these cars ‘the alter ego of Wraith and Ghost’, more confident, more challenging and more powerful, a much better plan for all concerned. Any queries about taste will always be answered by the one paying the bill and anyone who orders a Black Badge, according to Müller-Ötvös, has their own rules and are well used to defying convention and there are obviously quite a few of them among the very high earners. At the moment every tenth Wraith, Ghost or Dawn is a Black Badge version, but up until this point a Rolls-Royce was more akin to a palace on wheels. Untouchable. As a Black Badge luxury vehicle with an intimidating radiator grille, dark brand logos and even a black-coloured Spirit of Ecstasy radiator figure, it suddenly looks as rugged as a fortress in the Scottish Highlands. RollsRoyce has not only dedicated itself to black painting but has also worked on the engine and gearbox, as it should be done with the finest tuning. However, to create sports car handling from this would be presumptuous for a car that measures more than five metres in length and weighs around 2.5 tonnes. Yes, this Rolls-Royce now moves even more effortlessly than before and accelerates a tad faster but here’s the difference, when the eight-speed automatic holds the gears 200 rpm to 500 rpm 86
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longer, you can actually hear engine noise, true thoroughbred engine noise. And it’s deep. And while we’re on this subject, the automatic engine is satellite-linked, recognising gradients and inclines from the navigation device, for example, it adapts the switching processes to the topography and not solely to the rotational speed. But the technical refinements don’t end there. The double-turbocharged V12 engine has been increased by 30 hp to 442 kW (601 hp) and a mighty 840 Nm of torque. Engine electronics, accelerator pedal response, transmission and steering were all remapped and now sharper than ever before, however, the top speed remains at 250 km/h. The twelve-cylinder engine exhales its exhaust gases through tailpipes also painted black. Because the Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge is presented in a deep black, applied in many layers and polished by hand, Rolls-Royce praises the colour as the deepest, darkest and most intense black ever seen on a production car. The roof is covered in black textile fabric to match while the rear shelf is covered in black leather. Inside, the spirit of aviation past abounds. Using state-of-the-art production techniques, a new material for interior surfaces was created for the black knight from Britain. Aluminium threads with a miniscule diameter of just 0.014 metre were woven and embedded in carbon fibre. The surfaces are treated with six coats of paint before being hardened for 72 hours and polished by hand. As with the black temptations of Ghost and Wraith, the Dawn Black Badge features insignia like the Spirit of Ecstasy radiator figure in shiny black chrome, all perfectly matched, such as chrome surfaces, radiator grille surround, boot trim and exhaust tailpipes. “Black Badge is for those who are driven by the same restless spirit that once drove the Rolls-Royce companies. It is the alter ego of our brand and appeals to those who are innovative and won’t accept any restrictions,” says Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös.
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THE PROMISE OF QUANTITATIVE PERFECTION.
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in a GAR AGE According to a survey, Rolls-Royce owners have at least five other vehicles sitting in the garage. If not, we have one or two recommendations.
THE POWER OF THE GODS A very special sports car with an equally remarkable name. A name that immediately makes you think of power and honour, of being chosen as one of the gods. Only 150 road vehicles produced. The performance data trickles out slowly, this the usual tactic of the manufacturers to provide fans and m edia with new details bit by bit, as if to tease. The last details were leaked without approval but what’s already been determined is the Valkyrie is Aston Martin’s very first hypercar, unleashed. Aston Martin Valkyrie www.astonmartin.com
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LIMITED EDITION The Bugatti Divo – a Chiron by another name and highly probable that the Chiron is at the heart of it. Only its chassis is exclusive enough for a car that will cost five million euros net – base price. It will probably have around 1,500 HP and 16 cylinders. Another clue, the ‘D’ in the Divo lettering is reminiscent of the shape of the Chiron ‘C’. Bugatti revealed the embellished name and different materials in the first release picture. We’re seeing light blue leather, grey alcantara, carbon and a sample of material that could well be titanium. The finished car will be luxurious despite its promised lightness. Bugatti has announced that the Divo generates more downforce than developed previously. An independent design should change the driving characteristics, allowing more G-force and
making the car more manoeuvrable. There are said to be 40 vehicles in total for production and the car’s name comes from Albert Divo, the racing driver who won the Targa Florio with Bugatti twice in the late 1920s.
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NEW HYPERCARS: more horsepower is always possible!
AMGâ€™s PROJECT ONE becomes number 1
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Among the first to dream of this moment were the customers. On Tobias Moers travels around the world, they said that they wanted something unprecedented from AMG. A hypercar, blatantly stronger and faster than anything the MercedesBenz performance and sports car brand had ever built before, a true high-flyer. Many requested a genuine AMG creation. The Managing Director of MercedesAMG had had similar thoughts already so this was music to his ears. “A high-flyer,” he says, “I couldn’t get out of my head.” Rather difficult to describe the aura, the feeling that the Mercedes-AMG Project One triggers. There’s hardly an element that’s not radical in any way. “We’re breaking new ground in this vehicle,” says Moers. Call it fate or destiny, the release is set for 2019. Well done. Mercedes-AMG One www.mercedes-amg.com
EXTREM AND UNIQUE Koenigsegg is a relatively young Swedish company specialising in the construction of very exclusive and extreme sports cars. And extreme in this case means really, truly unique. They build nothing less than the fastest road-legal sports cars in the world and the philosophy of the creators is as simple as it is exciting. The vehicles from Ängelholm should be the most pure driving machines; lightweight, combined with maximum motor performance and using high-quality materials is the maxim. The clientele of these cars is accordingly small and exclusive which is never a bad thing. www.koenigsegg.com
THE MOST expensive Ferrari of the 21st century
FASCINATION ON WHEELS Ferrari has done well with its finest horse in the stable. For their 70th anniversary, RM S otheby’s auctioned the final LaFerrari Aperta for Ferrari. The 210th version of the strictly limited hybrid sports car with 963 hp exceeded its estimated price of 2.4 to 3.3 million euros by an amount that amazed even the experts. To the delight of Ferrari and the aid organisation Save the Children, the hammer fell at 8.3 million euros. No 21st century Ferrari has ever been so highly priced and highly prized. www.ferrari.com
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THREE ENGINES for a Hallelujah
Already a racer at a standstill. The Porsche 918 Spyder is powered wholly electrically by the combined power of the three engines to form something of a rocket. But you donâ€™t need the courage of Evel Knievel to ride this one so long as you keep your fingers off the map switch which sits on the steering wheel and gives the car yet more sharpness with every turn; the Porsche 918 Spyder will move as easily as a Boxster. Just how powerful it actually is evident via a small detail of which Porsche is particularly proud. Because the 918 always drives at maximum power in race mode and immediately pumps excess energy into the battery for possible sprints, even after a sharp lap on the Nordschleife you have more power in the cells than you did at the start. You have to drive like Walter RĂśhrl to exhaust this reserve. Always accelerate, never brake. Porsche 918 Spyder www.porsche.com
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The Cullinan is a Statement It canâ€™t get any better than this! T EXT : JOACHIM
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The Spirit of Ecstasy, probably the most famous radiator figure in the world, will soon be muddying her dress on the impressive Cullinan grill.
Until now, a Rolls-Royce was too fine for off-road use, far more at home in front of the most expensive hotels in the world, the most dazzling opera houses, the most venerable theatres and the richest palaces. But going forward they’ll also be seen in the wilderness, for the noblest car brand in the world no longer wants to be left behind when it comes to SUVs and is taking its Cullinan into the wild. When RollsRoyce announced in 2015 that it wanted to build an SUV, it was a small sensation. After all, the British car manufacturer’s vehicles have so far been known above all for their luxurious appearance and not for their off-road capability. With the Cullinan, which will be delivered next year, this is supposed to change. For its latest model, named after the largest diamond ever found, the British are advancing into a field in which Range Rovers have been romping around for a long time and Bentley, like Porsche, for a relatively short time. But Rolls-Royce is of course not only looking to place the car in this luxury off-road market but to lead it. The aim is to offer an SUV of the highest calibre, luxury class. “This will be one of the most important innovations of the year and perhaps the most eagerly awaited Rolls-Royce of all time,” says CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös about the RollsRoyce among SUVs. To prove this, Rolls-Royce sent the new Cullinan on a roadshow tour. In addition to appearances at horse races in England and on the golf course on Sylt, the tour also took us to Berlin where Fabian Werth drove the majestic vehicle for us in the courtyard of the KPM (Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur) Berlin. And hip Berlin is certainly not old-fashioned Goodwood where on the Duke of Richmond’s turf alongside the Phantom, Ghost, Wraith and Dawn, the Cullinan is now also being produced. Berlin is considered the capital of the creative, the unconventional and the opinion makers. Not easily tamed, it fits well with the Cullinan, but how do trendsetting opinion leaders judge the new SUV from Rolls-Royce? You can read about this here in an interview with Carl Jakob Haupt of Dandy Diary or hear the stylistically confident opinion of Jörg Woltmann, owner of the Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur (KPM) Berlin. Jörg Woltmann owns various RollsRoyce models and is also a passionate lover of exclusive motorcars. “In my opinion, the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan is a successful automobile. Regal and luxurious at the same time – really something unique. Just like KPM Porcelain.” Not much more to add there, precisely because the Cullinan continues where luxurious off-road vehicles like the Bentley Bentayga or even the legendary Range Rover yield. 105
This applies not only to the appearance, drive and ambience but also the price. It starts at over 300,000 euros and will be well over 400,000 euros for the vast majority of vehicles. Although the Cullinan is a typical SUV with great ground clearance, powerful shoulders, a high roof and a steep rear, it is not a SUV with a lot of space but let’s not forget, this is a Rolls-Royce. This applies to the imposing front with the huge grill at the feet of the electrically retractable radiator figure as well as to the proud format. There are a few peculiarities that the British allow themselves, the rear doors, as with Phantom and other models, are of course hinged against the direction of travel. And where all the other SUVs have a steep tailgate, the Cullinan has at least the hint of a notchback and thus becomes a bit of a limousine for the rough – so the Cullinan is not just a means of transport. Sure, you could reduce it down to its facts: 5.30 metres long, 1.84 metres high, of mighty stature. 2660 kilograms unloaded weight and 571 hp, plus 250 km/h top speed – electronically limited. Let’s face it, if you read the facts as they are here, you might wonder why you want to head out into the country with soft throne chairs, heated armrests and beyond up to the cooled bar compartment. 106
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The Cullinan is a style leader. Time for an SUV for Berlin, a city that’s also ground- breaking.
But as familiar as the Cullinan will seem to Rolls-Royce customers, they will also discover new features on the vehicle. For the first time the British have demonstrated a sense of practicality: there is a split tailgate and behind it a large boot that deserves its name with a volume of 560 to 1930 litres. For the first time in a Rolls-Royce it’s actually possible to fold down the rear seats. And if you like, you can order tailor-made drawers for fishing rods or hunting weapons, integrated picnic seats and, for the first time, even a trailer coupling. Thanks to its increased ground clearance and the first four-wheel drive in the company’s history, the Cullinan has a significantly extended operating radius. And because of its special off-road driving
REGAL A S LUXUR IO US : THE ROLL S - R OYC E C ULLIN A N IS A STR O N G C O MP E T IT O R WITH R A N G E R OVE R AN D BE N T LE Y B E N TAYG A . rofile it isn’t too superior for dunes, mud and gravel. Nevertheless, the p driving experience of Phantom and siblings hardly differs. From the air suspension one is bedded on clouds and protected by the thickest insulating glass, you feel like you’re wrapped in cotton wool. And with the super-soft power steering and the steering rear axle, the Cullinan is also surprisingly easy to drive.
One simply floats away in a cocoon of luxury and barely notices the forces at work here, except in tight bends or with keener braking and so you can trust the noble SUV to handle light to medium terrain even if it doesn’t have a reduction gear. The V12 engine with 571 hp from 6.75 litres displacement and a maximum torque of 850 Newton metres at only 1600 revolutions per minute doesn’t require such a thing either. The Cullinan fulfils what you expect from a RollsRoyce, advancing majestically, the engine merely purring.
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Additionally, this Rolls-Royce has no tachometer, but rather a potentiometer, which indicates how much power is still available. Plenty, as it turns out. There are no digital instruments, a navigation monitor and some electronic helpers like a rear view camera or adaptive cruise control. An off-road button in the centre console uses air suspension to raise the 2.7-tonne car by 40 millimetres, and various driving programs can also be selected depending on the surface. In addition, the Cullinan has an electronic downhill aid for the terrain, on the descent this brakes each wheel individually and works so reliably that you can carelessly descend even slopes that (as can be seen in the Rolls-Royce videos) serve as ski slopes in winter. Not only does the engine drive all four wheels, it also steers all four wheels, the rear wheels swivel by up to three degrees so the huge car can also make surprisingly tight turns without having to move forwards or backwards. But a Rolls-Royce would not be Rolls-Royce if it did not offer the traditional amenities of the luxury brand in addition to its extreme off-road capability. The interior is dominated by the finest leather which Rolls-Royce only imports from the best cattle breeders in the Alpine foothills. The simple elegance is completed by real wood elements covered with complicated veneer patterns. Above the heads of the occupants there is a starry sky of light points, which you can have designed according to your own ideas. And the colossal boot space of a Rolls-Royce can either be equipped with a recreation module with tailor-made inserts for drones, for fly fishing or with space for photographic equipment or with the Viewing Suite where it becomes a viewing platform with a cocktail table. My own opinion: this makes the Cullinan the first Rolls-Royce SUV to express a very personal understanding of luxury. Congratulations.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER The myth and magic of the Cullinan.
The fire and glamour of diamonds have become the stuff of legend and not only due to Dame Shirley Bassey’s song Diamonds Are Forever. Diamonds stand for clarity, beauty and wealth. Thus the diamond is one of the most coveted and most famous of the gemstones. It received its name from its hardness from the Greek word ‘adamas’ which means the indestructible. For centuries people have recognised the value of diamonds. Emperors, kings and the nobility decorated their insignia and their jewellery with the coveted, precious stones. The fire of the gemstone let everyone know who possesses power, wealth and prosperity.
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Daring men go on treasure hunts in impassable terrain, driven by the dream of finding the greatest diamond of all time. But the road to fame is rocky and the hunt for the precious riches is associated with enormous challenges and dangers. And so on 26 January 1905, mine owner Thomas Cullinan was amazed when his production manager Frederick Wells returned from a routine tour of his mine with a 3106 carat (over 620 grams) diamond he had found at a depth of only nine metres. Cullinan was
a well-known man and gave his name to the small town in South Africa in the then crown colony of Transvaal, which was granted self-administration in 1906. The government was so grateful to the English crown that they decided to buy the rough diamond and give it to King Edward VII for his birthday. Initially, London considered whether this gift could be accepted but both Queen Alexandra and her daughter-in-law Crown Princess Marie von Teck were very taken with the extraordinary stone and thus the driving forces accepted it. King Edward VII received this huge rough diamond on 9 November 1907 for his 66th birthday, which the New York Times had already announced on 20 August as being a â€˜$1,000,000 gift for a kingâ€™. This sumptuous present was immediately sent to Amsterdam in January 1908, where Joseph Asscher was at the time, the best diamond cutter in the world. But they had a trick up their sleeves because they were afraid that this stone would be stolen so they sent a ship with several secret service employees aboard and spread the rumour that the stone was on board. But the truth was it was sent inconspicuously by normal mail. Such a huge stone was a challenge even for Asscher, because they wanted to have as little waste as
possible. After thorough examination of the raw material, Asscher used the splitting wedge on 10th February 1908 to undertake the ideal splitting of this natural gift. After eight months he had worked nine important and very clean stones from the original piece. The 96 small, brilliant-cut diamonds which have come to be as a by-product, are only mentioned here for the sake of form. All in all, 1055.9 carats of polished diamonds were found after the work was completed. 65.25 per cent was, for want of a better word, waste.
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D I A M O N DS E X U D E A T R EM EN D O US FA S C I N AT I O N . Diamond, amethyst, ruby, topaz, sapphire – their colours, hardness, lustre and seemingly infinite depths captivate us. Legends and myths entwine them, people believed and still believe firmly in the healing effect of some stones. Personally, I just find them incredibly beautiful and feel magically attracted to them. Thus I would like to invite you, go with me on the journey to the most beautiful stones. The associated adventures and the resulting stories are far from over. Just like Shirley Bassey, „Diamonds Are Forever“. www.wagner-preziosen.de
The largest stone weighs 530.2 carats (106.04 g) and is known as The Great Star of Africa. It was cut into a drop shape and incorporated into the royal sceptre of King Edward VII. Cullinan II (Smaller Star of Africa / Lesser Star of Africa), is cut in a cushion shape and weighs 317.4 carats (63.48 g). It adorns the front plate of the Imperial State Crown as the main stone. Both Alexandra, the wife of Edward VII, and her daughter-in-law were delighted by the splendour of these two stones. It is not surprising that these stones can be removed from the crown insignia and worn as a chic brooch. These stones were handled with some flexibility, built into tiaras and designed to be removable. Today, the two Stars of Africa are firmly incorporated into sceptre and crown, especially as Cullinan 3 and 4 have the same cuts and at only 94 and 63 carats respectively, they are significantly smaller. Within the royal family these are affectionately known as ‘Granny’s Chips. Cullinan 5, 6, 7, and 8 were made into brooches, where the Cullinan 8 can also be hung as a pendant in the large Delhi Durbar necklace. Only the 4.29 carat Cullinan 9 is worn as a ring and unlike most other diamonds with names (Hope, Orloff, the Blue Wittelsbacher etc.) the history of Cullinan stones have no crimes or t errible legends behind them and that’s what makes this stone so incredibly special. Discovered as a gift from nature, sold legally and as a gift of gratitude, it’s quality is breathtaking and the stones obtained from it are clean, perfectly cut and processed into wonderful pieces of jewellery and since when they have always risen in value.
As examples mentioned here: Richard Burton paid US$ 1,100,000 for a 68 carat diamond in 1969 which he gifted to Liz Taylor in 1969. The 33.19 carat Krupp diamond, also owned by Liz Taylor, was sold in 2011 for over US $8 million. Given these two examples alone, one can only guess at the value the nine Cullinan stones would have today.
IT S QUA LIT Y IS B R E AT H TA KIN G A N D T H E S T O N E S O B TA IN E D F R O M IT A R E C LE A N , P E R F EC T LY C UT A N D P R O C E SS E D IN T O WO N D E R F UL P IEC E S O F JE W E LLE R Y. Phantoms, spirits, ghosts and other mystical phenomena had determined the names of Rolls-Royce in the past decades, now their shadowy and fleeting nature did not seem to fit RollsRoyce’s new Cullinan brand. In this respect, it was logical to use what was most noble as a guide. But whether a Cullinan from Goodwood of the English crown will now be worshipped remains to be seen.
THE ALLURE OF HORSES Famous for portraits of personalities – including the photographic works of Sting, Kylie Minogue and Stephen Fry – renowned photographer Uli Weber also has a long tradition of photographing horses and their riders. From Zara Phillips to Lady Amanda Harlech to William Fox-Pitt, Weber has demonstrated his skill as a photographer by unconventionally mixing portraits of steed and rider for his current book. The result is something to be proud of. TEXT: BERTH O LD P H OTOS: ULI
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We see so many character traits in animals and often compare them with our own behaviour patterns. We look for something similar and see graceful, bizarre, wild or vulnerable beings, as well as something original. The current illustrated book, or better put, splendid book with the title ‘The Allure of Horses’ deals with the often intimate relationships between the individual and the horse. Almost all of his pictures have been taken over the last six years in various mansions and estates around the UK. Weber not only succeeds in capturing the special riding moments but also the mysterious and traditional relationship between horse and rider. From the changing of the guard by the cavalry to the gathering of noble riders in tailor-made Hermes jackets, The Allure of Horses takes the viewer on a journey through typical British horse customs. And the fact that some of the photos were taken in Goodwood – within sight of the Rolls-Royce main factory – makes this photo book the ideal photo gallery for the first edition of R 2M ONE. On the occasion of his exhibition at Assouline in London, Berthold Dörrich had a conversation with Uli Weber to learn more about his new, fascinating illustrated book. 124
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Where did the idea for The Allure of Horses originate?
“It started with a series of portraits I had made for Tatler magazine on behalf of Kate Reardon. Kate Reardon has also written the preface to this book. Through this task I immersed myself in the world of horses and then started to develop a free project out of it, which reflects as many aspects of working with horses as possible.” What was it like for you working with Prosper and Martine Assouline?
“It was an absolute pleasure, Prosper Assouline is a wonderful publisher. I had a great relationship with the Assouline team in London and New York from the very beginning and they really supported and helped me to publish a book of the highest and most beautiful quality.” What made you decide to photograph the relationship between humans and horses?
“From the beginning I was enthusiastic about the beauty of the horses and the interesting symbiosis between the horse and the individual. I thought it would be a great opportunity to do a book about something I thought hadn’t been explored before in this way.” What do you think about this relationship?
“It’s certainly something unique to see the relationship between horses and their riders. Especially in view of the fact that horses play so many different roles in our society from workhorses to polo ponies and racehorses to regimental horses.”
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What is your favourite picture from the book?
“It’s hard to decide, there are some I like very much and some I’ve worked very hard on. I would say that one of my favourites is the portrait of Amanda, Lady Harlech and which is why I chose it for the cover.” Amanda, Lady Harlech for many years privately as well as professionally connected well with the eccentric fashion follower. In the mid-1990s Lagerfeld brought her on board as a creative consultant for his Chanel collections. (editor’s note) Besides the portrait of Amanda, Lady Harlech, what was the most difficult picture for you?
“Probably the one with Captain Billy Morley where Philippa Holland jumps over the table. It was a real challenge to lift the table so that the horse could jump over it. What looks so simple here was a very complex task.” Do you see photography as an art form?
“Yes, photography is an art form, just like all other art forms. Even if it’s still a challenge in this day and age for photography – as an art form – to enjoy the esteem it deserves. It is sometimes the most interesting and complex of endeavours because it’s based on a combination of technical skills and artistic vision.” What advice would you give to a young photographer?
“Photograph, photograph and photograph again. In this case the old adage that art is derived from skill, is of utmost importance.
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A little give, and take and at the same time achieve the impossible. Uli Weber is currently one of the most sought-after photographers in the world. He makes the cool and beautiful especially beautiful and cool. How exactly does he do that? Is down to good timing? Authenticity? Or is it the skill behind it all? According to Ivan Shaw, director of photography at American Vogue, Uli Weber’s skill is comparable to that of masters like Henri Cartier-Bresson and August Sander. The comparison with Sander probably results from a common German sensibility and artistic heritage. Weber learned his artistic craft in Italy and developed his ability to recognise dramatic intensity everywhere, even in inimitable motifs. His works are regarded as synonyms for sophistication, much as with Vogue, Elle or The Sunday Times. THE ALLURE OF HORSES 160 pages, over 100 photos, English, published by Assouline in August 2018 ISBN: 9781614287315 www.assouline.com/products/ the-allure-of-pferde Interested in working with Uli Weber? Interested in Fine Art Prints? www.uliweber.com www.uliweber-artprints.com
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â€žWe are only ever as good as the horse we sit on and it is only with his good grace that we achieve anything.â€œ The Earl of Onslow
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STRIVING FOR PERFECTION IN DESIGN „Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.“ This saying by Henry Royce, founder together with Charles Rolls, is the motto of the Rolls-Royce brand. And that hasn’t changed to this day. TE XT: CH RISTOPHER PHOTOS: HEIKO
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has already undergone in-depth scientific investigation. Bernd Kussmaul, owner of eponymous brand, Bernd Kussmaul GmbH, is regarded as a reserved and calm person. He loves to get to the bottom of things quietly and persistently, curiosity is one of his strongest driving forces.
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So beautiful, so good – that’s what Bernd Kussmaul probably thought when he was first commissioned with various works for the noble Goodwood brand. English quality standards in combination with Swabian handiwork has since become a success story. Now back to the beginning. What makes a company like Bernd Kussmaul GmbH so interesting for companies like Rolls-Royce? It should also be noted that for engineers around the world, the demand for quality lies in the details. This goes back to the primeval times of the Greeks who once called ‘atomos’ the smallest conceivable particle. Today we know about the smallest building blocks of matter with quarks and electrons but Bernd Kussmaul in Weinstadt in Swabia is even more detailed. Here one speaks of the Muggasegle. For all non-Swabians, ‘A Muggaseggele isch fascht nex’ – translated into high German, this means, roughly, it’s about the size of a mosquito’s head. One might note that there have always been attempts to describe ‘aesthetics of the technically feasible’, the ever smaller, ever better. Even the presence experience that can be made by looking at a miniature model or a prototype, the magical moment when the viewer is surprised and can hardly believe his eyes, 138
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Fortunately, he tends neither to theorise nor to elevate things straight into the metaphysical. He first approaches a problem as a tinkerer and explains how he came to be a problem solver, how he actually began to love materials. So his appreciation is for simple, clear lines, a product language that leaves out rather than adds. FASCINATION THAT EMERGES FROM PERFECTION
They call themselves the ‘architects of technical processes’ and thus describe their own work very well. Bernd Kussmaul GmbH has specialised in individual manufacturing solutions for niche products and in small series with high technical complexity. Customers are accompanied from the design to the realization of their product ideas, with the greatest innovative power lying in
the optimization and reinterpretation of standard solutions. This often leads to new innovative approaches. So it’s a good thing that Kussmaul likes to call his employees crackpots, in the positive sense because lateral thinking is expressly desired in the company. Wherever solutions are restricted by structures or processes, one needn’t worry about any of that here.‘The edge of one’s plate is not a hurdle for us, but the starting line for projects with technical and creative innovations’. In addition to exquisite materials, outstanding workmanship and a design elaborated down to the finest nuances, the dedicated employees of Bernd Kussmaul GmbH also help to achieve their extraordinary success. And it’s not everyday products with which the Weinstadt think tank asserts its outstanding market position. ‘Every new idea doesn’t come by itself – it’s challenged’. That’s how Albert Einstein put it. And the customers of Bernd Kussmaul GmbH are challenging new ideas. ‘My company should continue to be a place for and of ideas in the future, regardless of whether an insight such as the development of the studs of a running shoe or a tiny piece of the puzzle leads to the Hydration Cube solution or to a perfect product such as the Rolls-Royce radiator figure.‘We are creating the ideal conditions for us to constantly approach ultimate perfection through research and investigation’, said Bernd Kussmaul in an interview regarding himself and his colleagues. The company concentrates on products that require the highest material and design competence as well as innovative development and production technologies for small quantities. After the desired production quality could not be obtained on the market, Kussmaul invested massively in its
own production. Now everything is done by hand in our own company on site. It’s here that they produce workpieces, trim parts and small series for Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, Singer, McLaren or highly polished and anodised aluminium trim parts for the interior and exterior of the 2.9 million Euro Bugatti “Chiron”. The ZSB brace of the centre console was even ennobled ‘Masterpiece of Art’ by Bugatti. Premium meets premium. WHEN THINGS GET COMPLIC ATED, THAT’S WHERE WE COME IN.
And now, prepare yourselves, Rolls-Royce offers something unique, the Gallery. In the truest sense of the word, it should be a gallery in the upper part of the dashboard as a stage for custom-made works of art. As part of a bespoke project, customers can choose an artist or designer to work with Rolls-Royce to create an individual work of art. 139
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In addition, the in-house craftsmen and designers have created a selection of objects in silk, wood, metal and leather. As a series supplier for Phantom 8, Kussmaul manufactures the decorative part for the Gallery dashboard consisting of a highly polished aluminium carrier as well as filigree lasered and finely brushed stainless steel. The scope of delivery also includes the cover for the watch, guilloched and silver-plated in the premium version. Should you happen to have a chance for one of the rare product presentations in Bernd Kussmaul’s rooms, you’ll get to see one of the exclusive humidors for Rolls-Royce. ‘From the very beginning of our history, our customers have always expected a little more from us and our solutions and for us this truly means that we’re considered to be one of the most innovative companies in Germany and we will remain the most innovative. This is why, more than ever, the demand for innovation is at the heart
of the company and at the same time the maxim of our actions’, concludes Bernd Kussmaul. His company is in a class of its own – this claim is documented and complemented by the values
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A DIRECTOR FOLLOWS ELVIS’ ROLLS-ROYCE THROUGH AMERICA
The King of Rock’n’Roll and the US President in one movie – doesn’t sound too obvious. But both stand symbolically for the American dream reaching its pinnacle. A ride with Elvis’ Rolls-Royce through his life and a country at a turning point. T EXT : MARTIN
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We deliver ourselves to all systems that we cannot control. Facebook, for example, is a joke compared to the temptations Elvis was exposed to.
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Americans have never been fans of kings, per se. Yet that being said, they did have a king: Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The musician from the poor town of Tupelo, Mississippi, experienced a meteoric rise to fame and fortune in the 1950s and is still regarded today as the embodiment of the American dream par excellence. When Elvis Presley signed a contract with RCA Records in 1955, he was a 20-year-old former truck driver who had released five singles on Sun Records, including ‘That’s All Right’, which had become something of a local hit in the South. A few months later, he was a rapidly growing phenomenon and on his way to becoming a global star. The change from the small record company from Memphis to the New York entertainment company had been arranged by Colonel Tom Parker. The impresario, a shady rising star from the circus milieu, is regarded as the first 50 per cent manager in pop history. Until then, there had only been 15 per cent managers, service providers, who retained 15 per cent of their clients’ revenues. ‘Elvis always chose money’, says actor Ethan Hawke. This was the case with the signing of the RCA contract, with the decision not to perform concerts after military service but instead to make films in Hollywood and also with the comeback appearance of 1968 which was followed by years kicking about in the entertainment hell of Las Vegas. ‘And what did he get out from the money? He got fat and was found dead on his toilet when he was 42’. Elvis, who became the most successful singer of all time with one billion records sold, embodies the American dream. But was he happy? Ethan Hawke, a declared Elvis fan, joins other celebrities like Alec Baldwin and Ashton Kutcher as the protagonists in the documentary ‘The King – Through America with Elvis’. Director Eugene Jarecki, who in earlier works dealt with themes like US foreign policy ‘The Trials of Henry Kissinger’ and the history of the Pentagon ‘Why We Fight’, undertakes a journey through myths, anecdotes and memories into the heart of the present. A silver RollsRoyce, owned by Presley, served as a means of transport for the King. The film traces the singer’s path through life: from his birthplace Tupelo, Mississippi via Memphis, Nashville,
New York and Bad Nauheim, where Presley was stationed as G.I., and Las Vegas back to Graceland, the ranch in Memphis, where he died in 1977. The fact that the singer’s life can be also used to track the economic and social transformation of the USA makes sense as an idea. Friends, admirers and critics have their say, while various musicians play in honour of the King in the back of the car. In this road movie we play music, laugh and try to explain how the former ‘land of endless opportunities’ can take a turn for the worse. Long valid principles and historical achievements take a back seat. The main witnesses in the spotlights are people like boxer and conscientious objector Muhammad Ali and the visionary civil rights activist Martin Luther King.
In flashbacks, the US economic boom of the post-war years is interwoven with the biography of Elvis Presley. The fact that a white musician had success playing black music without ever expressing himself critically about the civil rights movement has led to controversial assessments of the singer to this day. Photographs of the protest movement “Black Lives Matter” or Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign draw a line to the present. But the reference to topicality often only seems claimed. Interspersed between old documentary recordings and concert recordings are brief, culturally critical observations on the state of a nation that has unconditionally subjected itself to consumption: in this interpretation, Presley becomes a mascot and victim of a self-destructive capitalism. Or, as one restaurant visitor in the film says, ‘If Elvis Presley’s career reflects the triumph and decline of the United States then the USA is in a similar state today to the bloated King in his performances in Las Vegas – on the verge of an overdose’. With its associative stream of thoughts and partly daring parallel montages, ‘The King – Promised Land’ paints a dreary picture of the once undisputed world power that has confused greed with the pursuit of happiness and pays the price of social and cultural impoverishment in return.
In this road movie, people make music, laugh and try to explain how it could go askew in the former ‘land of unlimited possibilities’.
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Quality men’s shoes last a lifetime As is the case for almost all products in our lives, there is of course also a certain luxury segment for shoes. It’s not the expensive decorations that make handmade shoes expensive but the elaborate handicraft and the high-quality materials used in the process. TEXT: ST EFFEN
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Anyone who spends a lot of time in a car chooses his or her vehicle carefully. The owner knows that the condition depends on how comfortable he or she will be in the car. In addition, the human being is a walker rather than a sitter but often forgets to think of his feet due to his enthusiasm for the car. And although shoes are the oldest means of transport and two-thirds of men rely on them for more than ten hours a day there is no traditional (mens) shoe culture here, as is the case in Great Britain, for example. We know shoes can make a real difference, regardless. If you were as comfortable in your shoes as you are in the car, there would be less back pain. ‘Well then, give me some good shoes’, I think, if this is all supposed to be true, but it’s not that simple. Little, probably nothing that is done or made quickly has real staying power. This certainly applies to shoes, that’s for sure. Handmade shoes from nothing but leather and bone glue, footwear that fits like a second skin and lasts a lifetime simply require time to be manufactured and so quality not only comes about due to time spent or the technology used but is also a question of ambition, in terms of workmanship, design and of course, in terms of oneself.
Shoes for both the taste- orientated wearer and the rational individual.
All Prime Shoes models from the Bavarian town of Greifenberg are welted using the traditional Goodyear process and are certifiably ‘Goodyear welted’. The method was invented by a German, Andreas Eppler but it wasn’t patented until a few years later by the Englishman Charles Goodyear Jr. Only a very few manufacturers are still masters of this method. Good men’s shoes are worth their money. But here, too, there are enormous differences. In one of Prime Shoes’ specialist shops, for example, shoes cost around 200 euros, while a ‘Hamlet Ricardo’ model costs around 240 euros. In England, you first get a handmade, welted copy ‘of good basic quality, as Detlef W. Stichling, owner of Prime Shoes, says. In England, the homeland of handmade shoes, the price for traditional manufacturers goes up to well over 1,000 euros. These are prices for made-to-measure shoes, i.e. shoes made to last, individually designed for each customer. The
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‘Good shoe material and fit work together so the wearer feels comfortable’, says Detlef W. Stichling. ‘For the production of our shoes we use tested calf leather which allows feet to breathe and has quality that is apparent at first sight. We apply a cork filling between the outer and inner sole which forms an individual footbed and protects the foot against cold. This is also where the Goodyear seam is embedded which unlike conventional processes is not noticeable’.
And how many pairs of shoes does a man need to live now? ‘Three pairs of high-quality shoes from a good specialist shop with appropriate advice are sufficient for everyday professional life. So that you can wear your shoes alternately, they should have approximately the same style and be wearable on similar occasions. Advanced shoe connoisseurs include a pair of leisure shoes, a light slipper for the summer and a pair of shoes for evening events to their range of high-quality shoes. With simple black shoes in Oxford lacing for a grey suit, you’ll always be on the safe side fashionably, everywhere’, advises Detlef W. Stichling. And should repairs be necessary despite proper care, the shoemaker is always pleased to h andle welted shoes because they can be looked after with manageable effort. So it’s no accident that welted shoes have always been synonymous with durability and comfort. After all, you need the right footwear in order to change the world.
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Travel is freedom, lived. It is courage, lived, curiosity, lived. For globetrotters, Rimowa suitcases have become synonymous with travel worldwide â€“ demanding, inspiring and passionate. The company with over 100 years of tradition knows how constant change is. The world is moving closer together, travel is changing and so are the needs of travellers. Nevertheless, there are values that are unchangeable for our self-image. To stay true to oneself without feeling satisfied with the status quo is also the claim of Alexandre Arnault, the new boss at Rimowa.
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Alexandre Arnault is the son of the legendary Arnault family, whose group includes exclusive brands such as Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Dior, Moët Hennessy and now Rimowa. According to Alexandre Arnault, the first LVMH engagement with a German brand was the result of a small revolt of the son against his father. Arnault, Jr. went on private trips with a Rimowa suitcase at an early age and thus ran counter to rest of the billionaire family, who had taken up the LV house brand. Louis Vuitton vs. Rimowa, that’s what a rebellion in puberty can look like in these circles. ‘I thought it was actually the first suitcase that was really thought through on the design level, inside and out, that appealed to me’ says Alexandre Arnault. His message: old grooves with new glamour.
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PETS For dogs and owners (cat friends are welcome, too!) from all over the world, things can be a little more fun, noble, exclusive and cheeky. Friederike Erhorn, founder of the LABONI brand creates dog beds, bowls and an exclusive range of toys and room scents. Because ‘these days, chic things are really important to dog owners, says the dog lover, ‘and this is a shared feeling for animals and owners’. LABONI, an exclusive brand from Switzerland, has made it its mission to beautify the lives of dogs and their owners. Their products combine conceptual design and simple aesthetics and are manufactured with care and the highest quality. ‘To do so, we work together with selected manufacturers where in addition to funny dog toys that are good for dogs’ teeth, bowls and comfortable dog beds are also handmade’, says Friederike Erhorn. Personal accents and unique comforts are the programme, for example with ‘Vogue’ or ‘Prado’ dog beds which can be personalised in various combinations of colours and materials thanks to
the ‘Luna’ couch cushions also with pre-formed couch recess. Whether fine velvet or easy-care outdoor fabric in bright trend tones such as Burgundy, Romantic Rose and Olive Green or classic in anthracite and taupe, the cushions can be used alone or in the beds. There are no limits to creativity. Of course, all covers are removable and therefore easy to clean. Actually, you don’t need any of that. But when you dive into the wonderful world
of Laboni for a while, you’ll find you end up wanting two things: 1) to buy something and 2) if you haven’t already got one – a dog. And because Laboni considers working with high-quality materials as important as good design itself, the brand has already won many awards such as the German Design Award 2018 and 2019. www.laboni.design
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ROJA PARFUMS – created by British perfumer and legend Roja Dove – is often referred to as the most luxurious perfume maker in the world. Roja is known for working only with the finest, rarest fragrance oils in the world; legendary Rose de Mai and Grasse Jasmine, Florentine Iris or Natural Ambergris, Sandalwood from Mysore, vanilla from Madagascar and lavender from the High Alps – many oils that are a matter of course for Roja Dove cost far more than pure gold and are rarely used otherwise than in perfume production. The heavy flacons are polished twice and decorated manually with gold leaf. Name badges and caps are gilded with 24 carat gold and the caps are decorated with cut Swarovski crystals before being packed in handmade boxes lined with Chinese silk. Perfume candles with oils of the highest intensity and quality are hand cast and have gilded lids. The master follows its own credo of ‘nothing but the best’ in absolute top quality, tolerating no compromises whatsoever. Luxury lovers and fragrance connoisseurs are e agerly awaiting new creations like ‘Elysium’ or ‘Enigma Aoud’. Roja’s creative perfumery style is also legendary: the 62-year-old is called the ‘greatest nose in the world’ (GQ), ‘Master of Rarities’ (VOGUE), ‘High Priest of Perfume’ (NY Times) and many other superlatives. When he presented his fragrances to the German press for the first time in 2013, he had the guests picked up in a very British, comfortable and stylish way – with a RollsRoyce. 159
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Plain white shirts and blouses are always in fashion. Hardly any other garment can be used in as many ways as a simple white top. Only one thing matters. It has to be buttoned – that’s Louise Kennedy’s credo. Irish-born Louise has earned an international reputation with her label of the same name by creating garments that are valued for their sophistication and elegance, a luxurious approach to modern, feminine clothing. Although we at Louise Kennedy pay tribute to the women’s blouse trend, it is worth noting that men also cut a fine figure in top-quality shirts. The saying may be that ‘clothes maketh the man’ but in this case, this definitely applies to both sexes. www.louisekennedy.com
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G or ge ou s P hy s i c a li t y He left his mark in churches, palaces and museums all over Venice: the painter JACOPO TINTORETTO, who was born 500 years ago. Now Venice is celebrating T intoretto as the master of the snapshot. TEXT: FRANCESCO PHOTOS: ARCHIVO
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Over the centuries, the restless genius Tintoretto has proven to be an eternal contemporary.
In Venice, where on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto’s 500th birthday, a large retrospective was shown in the Doge’s Palace and in the Gallerie dell’Accademia, the painter is being praised as an ‘action painter’ whose rapid brushstroke lent his paintings a previously unprecedented dynamism. He supplied the religious orders and charitable lay brotherhoods of Venice – the so-called ‘scuole’ – with biblical motifs, the city nobility with paintings for private chambers and portraits and the Venetian state with historical pictures. And sometimes these works give the impression of seeing stills from a monumental cinema film. An excellent example of this is the painting ‘Tarquinius and Lucrezia’ (around 1578/1580) from the Art Institute of Chicago, which shows the two figures wrestling with each other in free fall. Tintoretto reacts almost seismographically to crises, upheavals and innovations in the Venice of the Renaissance. Literature and theatre inspire the up-and-coming artist. He virtuously juggles with graphic prints, wax models and plaster casts. Religious and allegorical, decorative
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and erotic paintings as well as portraits by the hand of the young Tintoretto encounter closely related works by his colleagues and competitors: the gripping and multi-faceted story of a meteoric rise. The power of his paintings has radiated to great painters, to Velásquez, El Greco, Rubens and later Delacroix or Manet. Over the centuries, the restless Tintoretto has proven to be eternally contemporary to this day. This also applies to Anselm Kiefer. And even Jeff Koons recently used a picture by Tintoretto in his series “Gazing Ball Paintings”. The paintings of the late Renaissance painter can always be seen in 27 churches and numerous museums and palazzi of the city.
Maybe that’s why there hasn’t been an exhibition of the great Jacopo Tintoretto in his hometown for 80 years. No other painter has presented himself so differently in his work. It is hard to believe that the exhibition at Palazzo Ducale is the same painter, so different are the style and colours of the paintings. Two grandiose, extremely exciting shows can now be admired in Venice. “Tintoretto 1519-1594”, Dogenpalast, and “Der junge Tintoretto”, Gallerie dell’Accademia, both exhibitions until 6 January 2019
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NEW MEDICIS For some years now, art collectors have been regarded as key figures in the art world. Dr. Hans-Joachim Petersen explains why. T EXT: DR.
There are collections most people have never heard of. Others are used for representative purposes and made accessible to customers such as the collection of the entrepreneur Christian Boros in Berlin. Still, others have become an indispensable factor of the public cultural offer and eagerly contribute to the h istory of art, such as François Pinault in Venice. Pinault bought the Palazzo Grassi from the Fiat Agnelli family for 29 million euros: 5,000 square metres of exhibition space directly on the Grand Canal, renovated by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. In April 2006, Pinault opened the first exhibition entitled ‘Where Are We Going?’ It changed his relationship with Italy: Venice is no longer a temptation or a refuge but a discovery. However, such large, easily accessible collections are in the minority. Nevertheless, even in Germany there are a remarkable number and a variety of collections owned by companies and private 168
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individuals but it’s all the more astonishing that there is hardly any information about them and thus the public seems to know nothing about their existence. The only way to counter this trend is to exchange ideas with collectors and gallery owners, such as LARRY GAGOSIAN. Of course, one or the other reader with think, ‘Oh, Gagosian’ and roll his eyes. But without a doubt, he’s still the most powerful art dealer
in the world. The New York gallery owner, who began as a modest poster dealer on the streets of Los Angeles, has built a global art empire over the decades with fifteen branches between Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong, around 150 employees and an estimated annual turnover of 925 million US dollars. Gagosian is considered to be extremely discreet and mysterious when it comes to his business practices. When it comes to his artists, the volume increases a bit. At the opening of his third gallery in London, the gallery owner exhibited unsalable works by Cy Twombly that had never been seen before and Gagosian proved once more that he acts according to his own motto.
s one of those celebrity women who make you wonder how they became so famous again – not so easy to answer in this case. At an exclusive New Year’s Eve party in Paris she met Arkadyevitch Abramovitch and from that point forward she became world-famous. Since divorced, at that time she had made a name for herself worldwide as an art collector. She really stirred up the global art scene when she founded the largest private art museum called ‘Garage’ in the Russian capital Moscow and proved herself as a gallery owner and museum director. After cover stories such as those in Vogue, the Wall Street Journal also subsequently reported on the reopening of the Garage Museum, setting itself the task of linking relevant art with the metropolis of Moscow. She selected a special site for the location of her new museum, Gorky Park, once a run-down amusement park and now home to Rem Koolhaas’ radiant architectural masterpiece. The list of top-class artists who have been exhibited in the meantime is a long one. Japanese Yayoi Kusama had her first solo
show here and of course the popular Infinity M irrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013) was also notable. With its thousands of small lights, the room paved with mirrors is a constant contender for the most popular motif on Instagram. The German artist Katharina Grosse used her colourful, walk-in installation ‘yes no why later’ to create a remarkably large hall of 800 square meters. Rirkrit Tiravanija also remains interactive; together with the Moscow Ping Pong Club (P.P.M.C.),’ Tomorrow is the Question’ dealt with primarily in the central hall which was conceived as a prototype for a restaurant in 1968. The Garage Archive Collection opened to complete the scope on offer; the photographs of the Russian underground artist George Kiesewetter who made an important contribution to the national art scene, especially in the 1970s and 1980s, had never before been shown in this way.
Gorky Park was once a run-down amusement park and now houses Rem Koolhaas’ radiant architectural masterpiece.
he Foundation Louis Vuitton is once again providing an insight into the collection of its billionaire builder Bernard Arnault. Klein, Giacometti and Richter are among them. And Takashi Murakami – a whole story is dedicated to him, who has been designing for Louis Vuitton for years, revealing a whole universe. On the other floors, Giacometti’s ultra-thin bronze figures, silhouettes by Henri Matisse, the deep blue body paintings by Yves Klein and the luminous space signs by Dan Flavin which are often a typical accessory of private collections with a claim to international conformity, are joined by Giacometti’s bronze figures. Without question, Arnault overwhelms the visitor.
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he artist sees herself as an administrator of selected treasures of Latin American art. Along with her husband, she founded the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, based in New York and Caracas. The purpose of the foundation is to inform about the diversity and breadth of Latin American art. Currently the collection is divided into contemporary art, modern art, colonial art, travelling artists in Latin America and the fascinating Orinoco collection. This collection, which is made up of ethnographical groups from the twelve indigenous groups along the Orinoco River, was assembled over three decades by Cisneros’ family expeditions. 170
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THE BOROS COLLECTION
oros’ passion for collecting began in the early 1990s when he became aware of the young British artists Tracy Emin and Damien Hirst. He also discovered Wolfgang Tillmans and acquired 40 works by him. Later he expanded his collection with exhibits by Anselm Reyle, Michel Majerus, Elisabeth Peyton and Olafur Eliasson. To this day, Christian Boros has paid particular attention to works of art that succeed in provoking and irritating him. The Boros Collection primarily shows works that involve space; the exhibited room installations, sculptures, and light/performance works are installed and staged by the artists themselves – some works were even created especially for the Boros Bunker.
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ike no other, he represents the new type of art collector, the so-called ‘art fl ipper’. In his opinion, the broad meaning of social media leads to a fragmentation of the c lassical art business context. And it offers space for a new type of entrepreneur who, as an alternative to the traditional Art Consultant, but without demonstrating any particular expertise or professionalism, advises galleries, collectors and artists at the same time. The question is whether art mediation in the ‘classical’, potentially historically or theoretically underpinned sense becomes obsolete and Simchowitz’s credo, ‘I can just see it. I can feel it’ is the wisdom’s final conclusion.
hristiane Obermann and Axel Burghard have convincingly realised the so often strained word of art as an experience, balanced between austerity and sensuality. Their enthusiasm can be felt in every detail. In addition to the previous “Werkhallen” in Remagen, artists such as Bryan Adams, Till Brönner, Jimmy Nelson, Vera Mercer, Abraham David Christian and Thomas Röthel will now also be represented in the new Sylt Gallery.
he Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac at the Mirabellgarten is one of the f lagships of the Salzburg gallery scene. With artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol, the Salzburg gallery owner Thaddaeus Ropac has also been playing in the top league internationally for over 20 years and is in charge of numerous artists’ estates. In London in 2017, Annabelle Selldorf rebuilt the former residence of the bishop of Ely for him and in the Parisian suburb of Pantin Ropac has been showing modern and contemporary art in an old boiler factory in a 5000 sqm space since 2012. 173
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He started with wood and furniture; now François Pinault owns luxury brands like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, an auction house, Puma, a theatre – and almost the entire Palazzo Grassi in Venice. Not to forget the art of the multi-billionaire which is gathered at the Grand Canal in the Palace and in the Punta della Dogana. Pinault has been buying art since the 1970s and as with his fashion houses, is extremely status-conscious. In addition to expensive paintings of classical modernism, his collection includes central works by Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Mike Kelley and Cindy Sherman.
He is Executive Vice Chairman of the Global Wealth Management Division of UBS Group. To mark his 25th anniversary as main sponsor of the Art Basel art fair, he founded the Art Collectors Circle for collectors, patrons and philanthropists in 2018 together with the major Swiss bank. Art enriches life. It gives pleasure, opens exciting new perspectives and the chance to create a legacy. Passion not only drives collectors but also fuels the global art market which, with an estimated volume of USD 63.7 billion, often reflects the general economic development in a fascinating way. In 2017, an estimated 46% of dealer sales were generated at art fairs.
Galerist, museum director and now gallery owner again, Deitch has always been good for a crossover between high and low. A controversial museum director, he left Los A ngeles in 2013 after resigning as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art. He returned to New York, where he revived his two old spaces in SoHo and re-established himself on the scene where he had been a fixture for decades.
The collection is an international private collection of contemporary art with a focus on time-based art. Opened in 2007, the collection focuses on video works, installations and photographs. The concept envisages presenting, documenting and making accessible to the public the various aspects of the collection in annually changing exhibitions and their publications. The orientation of the programme includes not only the presentation of the own inventory, but also cooperative projects with other international institutions, curators or artists. In the meantime, the Stoschek Collection has opened a branch in Berlin in addition to its headquarters in Düsseldorf-Oberkassel.
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The history of Africa has been written over a very long period by outsiders. Its a key objective of the museum to allow Africans to write their own history.
he new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town is housed in an old grain silo on the famous Waterfront. The British architect Thomas Heatherwick has rebuilt the silo and thus created another landmark for Cape Town. The former Puma boss with the name that South Africans cannot pronounce is the initiator of the museum and he also supplies most of the exhibited works from his personal collection. But the opening is not only a great moment for him personally, many speak of a turning point for culture on the continent. Never before has there been a museum of this kind and size in Africa. Those who wanted to make a name for themselves as artists had to exhibit abroad. But the MOCAA, housed in a 100-year-old grain silo, is also celebrated as one of the most spectacular museums in the world, on a par with institutions such as ÂLondonâ€™s Tate Gallery or the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
or 30 years, Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers have accompanied, supported and promoted the development of contemporary art. Monika Sprüth opened her gallery in 1983, Philomene Magers in 1991; both were based in Cologne at the time. The common enthusiasm for working with different artistic positions in the fields of conceptual art, minimalism and photography led to the merger of the two galleries in 1998. A further location in Munich followed, in 2003 Sprüth Magers opened Mayfair in London. Since the move from Cologne and Munich to Berlin in 2008, the gallery has been located in its generously proportioned rooms in Berlin Mitte, a few steps away from the Museum Island. Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers represent fifty artists, most of whom are now stars. SPRÜTH MAGERS CELEBRATE OPENING IN LONDON
After extensive renovation work, the new exhibition rooms now extend over three floors. The address remains the same: in the distinguished Mayfair there is the gallery, which in addition to its headquarters in Berlin now also has branches in London and Los Angeles. 176
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MARC SPIEGLER ‘We put on the best trade fair on every continent’ – he has had a decisive influence on Art Basel: Marc Spiegler has been with Art Basel for ten years and its Global Director since 2012. Art Basel has positioned itself worldwide with the opening of the branch fairs in Miami Beach in 2002 and Hong Kong in 2013. Marc Spiegler has become one of the most influential people in the art world.
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It’s everywhere. For the fifth year in a row, no colleague points a finger at Stefanie Harig and Marc Ullrich and what they call Lumas and what has developed into the world’s largest gallery for photographic art. Lumas stands for lumen, light, and for the Lumière brothers, the inventors of the photo plate. Lumas, this stands for one of the sharpest business ideas in our world.
For the first time in Germany, Baden-Baden combines state cultural mission and private cultural commitment in this unique form. No less attractive than Richard Meier’s architecture is the exhibition program which offers an alternation of masterpieces by well-known artists of Classical Modernism and the private collection of Frieder Burda. For the collector Frieder Burda, the fascination and enthusiasm for colour and the emotional expressiveness of painting are at the centre of his interest in art. The result is a collection of personal works that brings together pioneering positions in 20th and 21st century painting.
GALERIE KRONSBEIN The Munich gallery Kronsbein focuses on graffiti, urban street art and pop art. The portfolio includes originals by artists such as Stik, Banksy, Giuseppe Veneziano, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Ben Eine, Nick Walker, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Russel Young, Jeff Koons and others.
FABERGÉ-EGG ‘SPIRIT OF ECSTASY’ They are among the most valuable and coveted objects ever made, Fabergé eggs. By 1917 only 50 imperial copies had been produced. Now, a new Fabergé egg has been created. Two of the world’s most prestigious luxury companies, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Fabergé, created a unique object of art: the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé egg. Created by Rolls-Royce designers Stefan Monro and Alex Innes together with Fabergé chief designer Liisa Talgren and executed under the direction of Fabergé master craftsman Paul Jones, the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé egg is intended for a collector of both brands. The egg combines the Spirit of Ecstasy – the muse that has adorned every Rolls-Royce motorcar for over a century – with the characteristic shape of a Fabergé egg, the culmination of ornamental art. The masterpiece reflects the extraordinary attention to detail and craftsmanship for which both brands are famous. Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, explained, ‘This work of art was created out of the desire to further promote bespoke personalisation. In response to our customers’ search for unique items, a Rolls-Royce designer designed the egg and created a fascinating object.
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Art N E W S LUXURY BY LAND, ON THE WATER AND IN THE AIR Michael Gleissner and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Cologne invite you to an extraordinary island experience. This year as well, the unique landscape of the island Sylt provided the breathtaking scenery for the traditional get-together of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars from Cologne. Michael Gleissner’s team and prominent visitors celebrated luxurious moments and the arrival of the long-awaited Rolls-Royce Cullinan with customers and guests. Star guest of the gala evening Leon Löwentraut started painting at the age of seven. Today Leon sells his paintings for more than 40,000 Euro. Exhibitions take him from Düsseldorf via New York to Sylt. www.leonloewentraut.de
MIA FLORENTINE WEISS
MODERN OR CONTEMPORARY Contemporary art is not only different from modern art but is also in contrast to world art, with which it is sometimes still confused – world art in the sense of the art of all times and peoples which the west then museumized with entire cultures in the colonial age.
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he content-related examination of individual shelters and their antithesis as well as the question ‘What is your place of protection?’ has been a consistent theme of her work since 1999. In her works, she often contrasts the extremes of human emotions. In doing so, Weiss crosses borders, always searching for unity and contradiction of human longings which she symbolises by the coincidence of opposites.
Annie Leibovitz is the ‘most important iconographer of American pop culture’.
PHOTOGRAPHY IS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE Annie Leibovitz: The Early Years, returns to the origins of the now legendary photographer. As a photographer for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s, at that time still the ‘Babyboomers Counterculture Bible’ (New York Times), she became internationally known with her photographs of John Lennon, the Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson and other counterculture greats. This collection traces this turbulent era in which Annie Leibovitz found her signature style and laid the foundation for a unique career.
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DO YOU KNOW EVE BABITZ? Journalist, party girl, artist, muse: Eve Babitz already held each of these roles up to the age of thirty. Already as a child she was part of the cultural bohemia of California. She achieved her first fame as a naked beauty at the chess table with Marcel Duchamps and as one of Ed Ruscha’s Five 1965 Girlfriends. But her first book shows Babitz as a writer with her own voice and stories. So she tells of delightful high school beauties, enviably tattooed Chicanas and rock stars who sleep it off at Chateau Marmont. In their seemingly casual anecdotes glamour, wit and tragedy condense in a unique way.
A WORLD OF LUXURY Since its foundation 113 years ago, the creation of t ailor-made cars has been at the heart of the brand. ‘The Gallery’, Phantom’s unique exhibition space for art, offers the most demanding guests of luxury an innovative canvas on which to express their tastes, lifestyles and passions. This unique attribute was recognised by the critic Nargess Shahmanesh Banks: ‘The Phantom is the top car and the latest version not only delivers luxury that lies outside this world but also offers new elements such as ‘The Gallery’, for the added touch of exclusivity and personalisation’.
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LIGHT DARK The oeuvre of Brigitte Kowanz uses the media of light, Âlanguage and space. For the artist, the phenomenon of light transports not only a spatial potential but also a transitive potential: it is both fleeting and expansive. The ambivalence and polarity immanent in the medium of light are before and to be seen in the Hotel Stein in Salzburg. www.hotelstein.at
hoever wants to know how the international art scene ticks has to pay a visit to the Grill Royal. The Berlin restaurant is the new headquarters of successful gallery owners, artists and collectors. While eating you can admire the art, such as a life-size shark head made of plastic that is left over from a performance, or an old Vespa dripped all over with candle wax by the Miami-based artist Mark Handforth.
SHIELDWORK ART PRINT The world is drifting apart, and we know it but we tend to repress it. Sometimes we need a little push, a memory, something that surprisingly points to the circumstances, without wanting to indoctrinate. Something like the artworks of Reiner Xaver Sedelmeier. www.sedelmeier.eu 183
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IS THAT ART? Olivier Polge, the CHANEL perfumer, reinterprets N°5 and underscores the degree to which the fragrance has remained flawless and inspiring to this day. With the skill of a goldsmith, he modernises the original composition and gives the iconic fragrance revolutionary, unmistakable facets. Thus Olivier Polge created a new balance, an unmistakable ideal of freshness. It captures the essence of our time. In 2018, the world’s most timeless perfume and Gabrielle Chanel’s favourite colour meet for the duration of a limited edition. N°5, dressed in red.
INSIDE NEW YORK For art lovers, New York City is one of the most important destinations in the world. Travel with us to the ‘Armory Show’, perhaps the most important fair of contemporary art in the world. We open the doors for you to meet well-known artists and private collectors as well as to exclusive events. Gallery tours, studio visits, conversations and hotspots of the art scene make this trip an unforgettable experience. Stay the night at the stylish Sixty Soho boutique hotel, visit the city’s hippest restaurants and explore New York City. VIP opening evening 6 March 2019, duration 5 days, price: from 3,980 EUR, dates: 2 – 7 March 2019.
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‘GIFTS OF GOLD’ made in Switzerland G For Degussa, Gold is more than simply an asset investment, however. “We are also continuously expanding our offering in the field of so-called ‘Gifts of Gold’,” explains Hablützel. This pertains, for example, to the gold gift bars with a weight of one or five grams. These bear different embossed motifs such as ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘For Your Christening’ or take the original Swiss army knife as well with a Degussa gold bar (one gram) integrated into its handle. Now this becomes not just an everyday aid but a unique accessory that makes a major impact. 187
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with only a few transactions per second. It is also highly complex from a technical point on view and requires a lot of storage space and which makes the current technology extremely inefficient and prevents the use of applications fit for the masses. Furthermore, over 3000 ICOs went ahead without regulation from any financial market authority which meant little protection for the investor and seduced many others with promises of great riches without Âhaving reliably clarified the promised implementations in each case. Many of these implementations promised by the ICOs were never realised and additionally, the lack of Âregulation also attracted many fraudsters wanting to make a quick buck. More promising, seems a new approach and a new, bottom-up decentralised technology, along with legal certainty. 189
Calidris makes the tools of the crypto economy accessible to all so that everyone can achieve their full potential. The founder of Calidris Fintech AG, Peter Lindenmann, himself active in classical finance since 2005, experienced its shortcomings through his work. Above all it was the banking crash and the subsequent low-interest-rate policy that really bothered his customers. As a result, his vision of ‘freeing people’s personal finances and their promising ideas from the control of third parties’ matured. In doing this, Calidris goes down the fully regulated path of a Security Token Offering (STO). An STO unites the quality of a security paper with the modern and contemporary input of the blockchain. An STO is not merely another crypto currency but a digital security paper, regulated and controlled by the Financial Market Authority which like a share, is backed by the true value of a company. Legal support for realisation of Calidris’ digital security paper is provided by the long-time head of the legal department of the Swiss National Bank, Dr Hans Kuhn. Since Calidris has been able to secure Ruedi Baer as a consultant and door opener, they are convinced that they are 190
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on the right track. The companies founded by Baer, like Mobilezone or Interdiscount, are familiar to every child in Switzerland. “STOs are the public offerings of the future and not only of interest to start-ups. All requests we have received so far have been from successful companies that have been active in the market for a long time already and prefer the STO to a classical public offering and so to thereby finance growth abroad. Here again, we are among the first movers and we’re positioning ourselves in Switzerland, in the most lucrative market, comparatively, worldwide. A lot of things will be digitised in the future, in other words, ‘tokenised’ and we are a part of this from the start.” Calidris’ approach solves the problems identified and thus unleashes the full potential of the technology free to all. The technology used in Calidris’ solution is revolutionary, hardly any energy or storage space is used whilst the mathematical structure of the system enables an infinite number of transactions and its ease of use makes the Calidris applications available to everyone. “We solve many problems that up until now have prevented the promising crypto market from hitting the mainstream. The technology we use solves the problem of the high energy consumption, lack of scalability and complexity of
the conventional application.” Calidris covers everything, from the investor to issuance and commercial exploitation of new projects, right up to the regulated listing on the in-house stock exchange. THE HIGHLIGHT Through access to all relevant trading platforms with just one account, Calidris maximises the market overview and offers a best price guarantee on purchase as well as sale. “We offer the first trading platform that is fit for the mass market, with a worldwide best price guarantee for the most important coins and tokens. Currently, with around 250 different online exchanges and huge price differentials between the various individual platforms, it is at present barely possible to achieve the best results. This is precisely where our highly secure exchange comes into play which always determines the best price worldwide for the user, in real time. This makes handling as easy for the user as online shopping,” Lindenmann continues. According to experts, the blockchain and crypto market will multiply in volume in the next few years. Growth of several hundred percent is predicted by many well-known studies, such as in a study by Gartner Inc. Calidris considers itself as well braced for this enormous growth. “Whenever new technologies start becoming a phenomenon, new super-firms pop up that would have been unimaginable without the technology in question. There would be no Microsoft or Apple without the invention of the personal computer, nor any Google or Facebook without the internet. Our numerical models show that already with our market share of a few percent, we can become one of these future super-firms,” says Lindenmann confidently. “We are in the private sale phase now and are looking for investors who want to earn money with us.” “THOSE WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE PROBLEMS KNOW HOW MUCH OUR SOLUTIONS ARE WORTH.”
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INVESTMENT IN ‘GARAGE GOLD’ The market for classic cars is booming. These cars are not just cool, they are also considered an investment. PH OTO: RENÉ
umerous classic cars have sold for millions in recent times but what is so striking is that the prices for expensive classics that change owners at auctions has risen over the years. This can also be seen even with the less exclusive vehicles. According to a report by the VDA (Association of the Automotive Industry), classic cars grew moderately in 2017, by 1.4 per cent but reached a peak of 2,552 compared to 2,516 in the previous year. The increase thus lay below the rate of inflation of 1.8 per cent. This index sets a clear signal that the strong price increase of the past years for classic cars has calmed down - this development having already been hinted at in the results of many big auctions of the past year. To determine the index, 88 vehicles are selected that represent the German market on the basis of their specifications, their country of manufacture and their prevalence. The respective registration figures are also taken into account. The basis of the index is formed by data from the Bochum Classic Analytics valuation experts. In the long term, the German Oldtimer Index for classic cars is showing a positive upward trend.
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Viewed long term, classic cars prove to be a stable investment. This development is also noted by Karl Ulrich Herrmann, founder and initiator of Retro Classics, the largest classic car trade fair in the world. “In the past five to six years, the prices for classic cars have risen across the board.” The explanation is simple: “Money is currently cheap to come by and many investment opportunities are no longer attractive.” Those who have a lot of money do not know where to put it. This immediately poses the question, ‘which car offers the greatest increase in value?’ With a VW Beetle or a 2CV for example, no money can be made. But more importantly “One needs to enjoy the vehicle and drive it.” All the other stuff is missing the point of a beautiful vintage car. Cars also depreciate in value. Bernhard Taeschler is also of this opinion. This car enthusiast from Sarmenstorf is a board member of the Swiss Historic Vehicle Federation, the umbrella organisation of around 120 classic car clubs in Switzerland. “Vintage cars are vehicles, not museum pieces,”
says Taeschler. Beautiful old vehicles need to be maintained and occasionally driven on the road. “What is not driven, goes bust” and thus requires constant maintenance. Generally, the question about value does not come first. Taeschler remarks, “Petrolheads who cherish and care for their vintage cars do not pay attention to the rise in value but if they do rise, that is just a nice by-product.” ALL EYES ON THE PURCHASE OF CLASSIC CARS
“What criteria should investors use for selecting their personal investment?” Dr Philipp Herzog von Württemberg, Sotheby’s Chairman for Europe says: “The most important criteria are rarity value, quality, and solid and traceable provenance, that is, origin.” Furthermore, one needs to keep a cool head and it is imperative that prospective buyers contact a vintage car expert before a purchase.
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ISLAND Places of longing above and below water Every person has their very own personal place of longing. A place you dream of, that calls you back time and time again. TEXT: UL RIKE
Infinite vastness and eternal light
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fter a 20-minute ride on a speedboat from Male, you can reach the new Royal Residence of Jumeirah Vittaveli in South Male Atoll. Vittaveli translates as ‘infinite vastness and eternal light’. Beautiful white sandy beaches, a turquoise lagoon, spacious villas and excellent service await guests in the new jewel of the prestigious Jumeirah hotel group. There are five bedrooms, two impressive swimming pools, an in-house over-water bar, an outdoor jacuzzi, a private massage parlour and 3,500 square meters of private estate. Concierge service, private butler and chauffeurs are naturally included in your stay. Amit Majumder, General Manager of the estate talks about ‘Shots’ “I wanted to create a totally unique and yet sustainable concept for our guests.Over the last five years, we have been continuously adding new elements to the resort and now that we have
Guests here enjoy unparalleled privacy at the same time as personal service and access to all activities and facilities that the award- winning resort offers.
crossed that milestone, we wanted to present something fantastic. That was the inspiration for the Royal Residence”. Anyone who sees the king-size bed, the walk-in wardrobe and the separate living area can only agree with their vision. The oversized bathtub and products from Hermes invite one to relax in luxury. Mainly intended for families, there are also two guest villas, for guests or employees, for example and a separate pavilion with living and dining areas. If you arrive with several guests
you can use the guesthouse with private pool and private sandy beach. All the essentials have been thought of, for instance Michelin-starred chefs, a celebrity photographer to capture those indescribable moments for guests and a personal astronomer. The Royal Residence of the Jumeirah Vittaveli is guaranteed to leave you wanting and needing nothing.
JUMEIRAH VITTAVELI ROYAL RESIDENCE Bolifushi, Javaahiru Magu, Hangnaameedhoo, Malediven jumeirah.com/de/hotels-resorts/maldives/jumeirah-vittaveli
Special luxury and absolute privacy
Perfect to escape from everyday life, the villa concept with butler service makes the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa the ideal retreat in the Maldives.
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he Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect island for a dream holiday in the Maldives and located in the northern Haa Alifu Atoll. The exclusive resort abounds with suites and is designed for people who truly appreciate privacy and the highest luxury. Located on a crescent-shaped island, the extraordinary resort offers a large selection of private villas with pools and invites you to relax and enjoy all-round wellbeing a long way from home. Whether you choose to stay on the beach or to go a step f urther and book a beautiful villa built on stilts over the water, all villas, some of which count among the largest villas in the entire Maldives, offer the ultimate in comfort and absolute privacy, the signature mark of this award-winning holiday destination. The luxury retreat, completely renovated in 2014, was created using exclusively traditional, handcrafted natural materials in a tribute to nature. Likewise, the main section of the 1.4 km-long and 500 m wide island was left in its authentic natural state. A glamorous exception to this is the first ever yacht marina in the Maldives, currently with 25 berths. Foodies and gourmets can look forward to delicious culinary delights amongst many excellent dishes. The resort offers state-of-the-art comfort and an excellent
bespoke service, for example, individual requests such as a private dinner with Robinson Crusoe vibes, are arranged on a separate, small sandbar. Felt at every turn, wellbeing and relaxation are the focus of the Hideaway Resort so it’s not surprising that the Hideaway Spa offers heavenly massages and a wide range of treatments for rejuvenation and relaxation. A magical underwater world with manta rays, dolphins, turtles and whale sharks is waiting to be explored by snorkelers and divers. With all its amenities and romantic charm, the Hideaway Resort offers the perfect holiday spot in the Maldives for honeymooners or those wishing to renew their wedding vows against a heavenly backdrop. Families are also welcome at the Hideaway Resort and a kids club with a terrific programme ensures that even younger guests are kept optimally entertained during your holiday on the island.
H I D E AWAY B E AC H R E S O R T & S PA M A L D I V E S Dhonakulhi Island Haa Alifu Atoll, 99999, Maledives www.hideawaybeachmaldives.com
Private island resort with an exclusive villa for maximum privacy.
ff the coast of Tanzania lies the private residence belonging to Swedish philanthropic and investor couple, Christin and Dan Olofsson. It can only be booked for exclusive use and offers total privacy for private holidays with friends and family in a luxurious villa with five suites. Thanda Island is the sister resort of the renowned luxury reserve Thanda Safari in South Africa, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, and it follows their sustainability philosophy with extensive environmental, research and community projects. Nestled around the edge of eight hectares of your own tropical island paradise lies the private and protected coral reef. The residence, a large, whitewashed villa, is decorated with restrained luxury in an American-Swedish style and equipped with an indoor aquarium, a Steinway grand piano, a glass pool, a cocktail bar, a boma and its own al fresco pizza oven. Being completely private affords this tropical idyll maximum privacy in five suites for up to ten adults and nine children. The interior and styling were personally designed by the Olofssons in white and neutral tones as well as with hand picked artworks, their inspiration coming from a visit to the Kennedy family’s residence in
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This trip was supported by Turkish Airlines, Europe’s best airline and Select Luxury Travel, their tourism and business travel partner.
Part of Thanda’s philosophy, in addition to unique guest experiences, is a comprehensive commitment to sustainability.
New England. With its fantastic location south of Zanzibar, Thanda Island offers a huge range of activities. Occasionally you might notice a passing Arab dhow as you look out to sea meanwhile beneath the surface of these marine protected waters, rare manatees and whale sharks who raise their offspring near the island are just one of many highlights. During visits to the villages on nearby Mafia island, followed by a picnic, guests experience the seafaring culture of the native Tanzanian people. Further culture insights are offered by excursions to Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam or Selous National Park. In line with the Thanda philosophy, solar-powered Thanda Island, which is equipped with water storage tanks, is particularly engaged in the fields of sustainability and community projects like its South African sister Thanda Safari. The inhabitants of neighbouring Mafia Island benefit from educational projects on sustainable use of resources, fisheries and marine protection as well as sports programmes. In collaboration with the Tanzania Marine Protection Agency and the leading non-profit organisation Sea Sense, Thanda Island conducts marine research with a focus on turtles, manatees, dolphins, whale sharks, coral reefs and marine reserves. As a direct result of Thanda’s activities, numerous fish species have already returned to the coral reef along with rare turtles and threatened herons making a return to nest on the island after some absence.
The resort can only be booked exclusively (as a whole), for US$ 25,000 a night. The prices are fully-inclusive and included in which are all dives, spa treatments, sandbank and Mbarakuni island picnics, evening sunset cruises with the Island Princess speed boat as well as round trips by helicopter for up to 8 people. Recommended length of stay: five nights for US$ 125,000 or seven nights for US$ 175,000. THANDA ISLAND Shungimbili Island, District of Mafia Island, Tanzania, Tanzania www.thandaisland.com
Thanda is a sustainable tourism company to which the South African luxury reserve, Thanda Safari, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and holder of the title World’s Leading Luxury Lodge for multiple times in succession, as well as the exclusive private island Thanda Island, off the coast of Tanzania, belong. Part of Thanda’s philosophy in addition to unique guest experiences, is a comprehensive commitment to s ustainability and close cooperation with local people. Thanda Island is located in a malaria-free zone and offers a year-round season of sunshine with the rainy season running from April to May as well as in November. 201
COCO PRIVÉ Secluded, secret and hidden
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On Coco Privé Private Island, Maldives, Kuda Hithi, the saying goes, nothing is impossible.
oco Privé Private Island, Maldives Kuda Hithi, to give its full name, is without doubt one of the most luxurious resorts in the world. At first, you might think it was a film set, a surreal place that is simply too beautiful to be true. One thing is for sure, the private island has already conquered many hearts of the rich and beautiful such as Joe Jonas, from the band the Jonas Brothers and Sophie Turner, famous for her role as Sansa in the globally popular series Game of Thrones, the two having recently spent their holidays together here on this secluded dream island. Surrounded by the luminous turquoise of the Indian Ocean and lined with palm trees, you feel like you’ve finally arrived in paradise. Covering an area of 1.4 hectares, you will be pampered from head to toe: 25 employees take care of the well-being of the discerning guests and ensure that they enjoy themselves in tailor-made luxury and maximum privacy. Here, there are really no boundaries to luxury. For accommodation, you can choose between the Palm Residence, the 465 m large main villa and five other villas, ranging between 38 m and 176 m in size. Complete with pools, your own private area of beach, rain showers and every conceivable luxury, everyone finds their perfect place here. A private butler service and head chef are included as is a versatile
leisure programme ranging from a 24/7 gym to exciting watersports. Upon request, a personal package can be put together prior to arrival to include tailor-made services and activities.One night on the Maldivian private island in North Male Atoll costs US$ 45,000 for up to 10 guests; each additional person pays a further US$ 2,500 per night, equivalent to roughly 36,600 euros per night. Who can resist that? Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner shared a little glimpse of how relaxing it is to have an island to yourself on Instagram.
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A luxury that is second to none
mirates is not just an airline, Emirates has turned flying into the most beautiful form of travel, music to the ears of its many passengers. The national airline of the popular Emirate of Dubai excels with their Business and First Class offerings that are in a class of their own but also with the excellent service and comfort in Economy Class. Constantly setting new standards in passenger comfort, this is how a night flight becomes an exquisite evening over the clouds that you don’t forget in a hurry. The success of Emirates airline has made Dubai one of the biggest aviation hubs in the world. Every week over 1800 flights depart here to 161 destinations in
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86 countries and across six continents. After all, Emirates has the biggest Airbus 380 fleet in the world, flying to over 40 destinations worldwide. The A380 from Emirates sets itself apart thanks to unique features like an on-board lounge for Business and First Class as well as spa showers, offered exclusively for First Class. Just recently, Emirates started offering yet more luxury with the Boeing 777 Game Changer, such as fully enclosed private suites and the first virtual window in the industry for First Class. Many may well have secretly asked themselves what it might feel like to be on board when catching sight of an Emirates plane. Time to experience an exquisite evening over the clouds with Emirates. Our Emirates tip: The seats in row 19 (middle) or 20 A and K are all directly by a window and provide pleasant seclusion.
EMIRATES Emirates is the national airline of Dubai and one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world. The airline was almost besieged with Oscars at the World Airline Awards and Skytrax. www.emirates.com
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HÔTEL DU CAP-EDEN-ROC Enchanting Glamour
he history of the Oetker Collection began in 1870 at Cap d’Antibes when the Villa Soleil opened its doors to writers on the hunt for a beautiful and inspiring place. Originally, the Eden-Roc Pavilion was the tea room of the Grand Hotel du Cap, a meeting spot for crowned heads, maharajahs and business people as well as artists from the surrounding area of Cap d’Antibes. At that time, the legendary seawater swimming pool also came to being, carved from Basalt stone. Over time, Villa Soleil became what it is today, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. F. Scott Fitzgerald made the house immortal in his novel ‘Tender is the Night’. It quickly became a summer house for families from all over the world who would spend their summer months here time and time again, and later their own children would return with their children. One can reach the Hotel
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du Cap-Eden-Roc, situated at the southern end of Cap d’Antibes in about 30 minutes by car from Nice airport. The film city of Cannes is about 15 kilometres away and world-famous Monaco is around 50 km away so the hotel is situated in prime position in the heart of the spell-binding Côte d’Azur, with its old-world charm, paired with modern luxury. A heavenly retreat amidst centuries-old pine trees, the Hotel du Cap-EdenRoc combines rustic glamor with soothing tranquility and has done so since 1870. Not for nothing are royal families, dignitaries and Hollywood stars on the esteemed guest list year after year. Distinguished as Condé Nast Travellers’ Best European Hotel, this first-
class hotel offers you 33 cabanas, five tennis courts, a kid’s club, a fashion boutique and a heated infinity pool, among other things. As a part of the prestigious and globally represented Oetker Collection, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc does justice to the highest of standards. This extraordinary hotel lies by the beach and makes the hearts of its equally extraordinary clientele beat faster thanks to its glorious Mediterranean panorama, gastronomic menus and green parkland. And there’s plenty more to indulge in with a diverse range of activities on offer alongside soothing wellness offerings; seventh heaven is assured.
HÔTEL DU CAP - EDEN - ROC 167-165 Boulevard J. F. Kennedy, 06160 Antibes, France www.oetkercollection.com/destinations/hotel-du-cap-eden-roc
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Klaus St Rainer is an icon in the international bar scene. His Golden Bar at Munich’s Haus der Kunst is considered one of the best establishments of its kind worldwide and has already won multiple awards. In conversation with José Redondo-Vega, he talks about how to recognise a good bar and what the reader can expect from this topic in the magazine in future. PHOTOS: FREDERIK
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Mr Rainer, they say alcohol preserves everything, except dignity and secrets. Would you agree?
There is a lot of truth in that. I always say teetotallers scare me. At some point the body and mind have to be let loose, it doesn’t have to end in excess. The teetotaller is just as much of a stark extreme as the alcoholic. I don’t just say that as a bartender. How does one recognise a good bartender?
Is that someone who listens, who tends to every wish of the customer? There are evenings when one wants to be advised, others directed, but other evenings when one just wants to have a drink and be left in peace. This delicacy of feeling is part of the great skill of a good bartender.
When did you know you wanted to be a bartender?
I started as a trainee at the Hotel Bayrischer Hof in Munich in 1986 and was captivated by flair of this grand hotel. In particular, I loved the room service, it was a great adventure every time. However, the man who made the biggest impression on me was the bartender. At that time I was 13. At 17, I hot-footed it into the night-time catering industry. I’ve done everything from bouncer to DJ, to working behind the bar. You also worked for years in Schumanns, alongside the legendary Charles Schumann.
The job at Schumann’s was good training. You can learn a lot from Charles. The culture of putting the guest centre stage is of paramount importance there. Of course, it was also a bar school. The freedom that I was able to enjoy there and the knowledge about such a variety of different alcohol strongly motivated me to be creative myself and one day to realise the dream of having my own bar. That seems to have worked. By now you’ve become Barman of the Year, owner of the company, Shaker, co-founder of the
Münchner Barzirkel (Munich Bar Circle) and owner of the coolest bar in Munich. What’s special about the Golden Bar?
Certainly my employees, it’s first of all them that make the bar something very special. Then there’s the special location in the Haus der Kunst, where the English Garden starts, surrounded by the Eisbach and its surfers. Good lighting in the room and select music are certainly also a part of the great atmosphere. What is important to me is that when someone has a drink with us, they should feel better than when they’re at home. For our ‘Bar Talks’ series, we would like to invite interesting guests here in the future. How should they conduct themselves?
For me, rules of etiquette have no place in a bar, except where they deal with utterly standard human manners, whether in a bar, pharmacy or at a supermarket till. You go to a bar first and foremost to have fun, unwind, or leave your everyday life at the door. How do I recognise a good bar?
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although sometimes one perhaps needs a bit of squalor, it just depends on the mood and the occasion. Is it a place where one wants to spend a nice evening undisturbed with a magical woman or is my end goal intoxication, and so am I looking for something like that wonderful bar, Marsella in Barcelona where you can’t stand for more than ten seconds otherwise there’s a danger you’ll get stuck. Suppose I am in an unfamiliar city and am looking for a good bar. How best do I go about this?
That’s just trial and error as everyone’s idea of a good bar is different. For one person, it has to be something ostentatious, for another, dark and smoky. If you have absolutely no clue and prefer a classic cocktail bar, then the concierge in a big, grand hotel is always a safe bet. That tip holds true for restaurants as well. Questions always help. I was in New York once and felt the need to come back home with a tattoo. In a café, I saw a bartender with fun tattoos and I knew, if I ask the friendly guy for a trustworthy studio nearby, he won’t let me down. And I was right. A good barman still knows the best spots in town. Can I offer him a drink to say thank you?
I now think this a bit dubious and err on the side of caution here, but again, it always depends. Guests that are drinking a good bottle of champagne and invite you for a friendly glass and you’re reluctant, say no to them. Others who just view the bartender as a drinking companion to have shots with, I’ll turn them down. I disapprove of the idea of bartenders as father confessors in any case. There may be some good talent for this but I wouldn’t assume it for all colleagues in the trade. One should respect boundaries and know one’s place. Sounds like that wise saying, ‘humanity can be divided into two categories, hosts and guests’.
So, you’ve already spotted the guest at the door. You greet each other, regardless of whether you know each other or not and you express your wishes. For example, we’d like to have a spot at the bar, to have something to drink and something to eat. Might you have a table for us? Sure, there are some who stomp into the place, sit down at a table regardless, snap their fingers and ask, where is the waiter?Anger is bound to come in this case.
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How do you react on such an occasion?
First give them a friendly caution, in extreme cases, throw them out. A good bartender should be able to do that. Understood. How do I find my ideal drink?
Trial and error, you just have to sample and listen to yourself, nothing else will help you. Of course, a barman can narrow it down by discussing it with you. What role do trends play in this? A few years ago, there was a lot of vodka, then came gin, vermouth, mezcal. Would you agree?
It depends. There are influencers and bars that create trends and which pick up on trends and carry them forward. Others do trends to death. Others manage to create trends by reflecting on themselves and as a result they swim against a current they’re not even aware of. As a minor critique of the gin hype, for example, we only serve gin in our new premises Wabi-Sabi-Shibui in Ludwigstraﬂe. That would be unthinkable as a concept in the Golden Bar, we’d need 40 or 50 varieties there. Would there be a drink that you would not mix on request?
Sure, we cater to people’s needs but you don’t go into a restaurant do you and say ‘I’d like a spoonful of the roast pork sauce please, a spoonful of kimchi, two splashes of Maggi, lots of ketchup on top and breadcrumbs. That, for me, is what Long Island Ice Tea is like. Are you saying you don’t serve that?
What was the most bizarre drink someone ordered from you?
One guest came into the bar every evening during the summer months, a Saudi chap who was staying at the Four Seasons Hotel.He drank three Louis XIII Cognacs, one of the most expensive Cognac Cuvées from Remy Martin; a bottle costs about 2000 euros but he drank it with coke. Afterwards he always wanted a hot Amaretto with cream. The four cognacs with coke cost about 350 euros plus the 7.50 for the Amaretto. That would normally be on the house with such a large bill but I couldn’t bring myself to invite him for a hot amaretto with cream. Every day he lay a 500-euro note down and said, ‘The rest is for you’. That lasted from May until September.
Apart from the hot Amaretto, what drinks should a man know?
Maybe a Martini cocktail or a Manhattan, an Old Fashioned or a Negroni, and maybe one should also be familiar with a Whiskey Sour or a Daiquiri. Those would be the best-known leaders of the line up - many others are only variations or subgroups. A gin and tonic, for example, does not fall into the category of cocktails or mixed drinks for me, that’s more the bread and butter beneath the drinks. A good recipe for a hangover?
The most important work is done during the drinking. You should only drink high-quality alcohol alternating with the appropriate amount of water. But if a hangover can’t be avoided, there is only one remedy that has worked for me over the decades and it’s called Berroca, a mix of minerals with calcium, magnesium and zinc. One effervescent tablet usually suffices. This remedy is also recommended by many of my colleagues worldwide and should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet. A little dream. Have you ever dreamt of the perfect bar?
I worked in it in Lechtthaler’s bar on the corner of Maximilianstrasse, next to the Four Seasons Hotel, from 1999 to 2003. The bar cost about two million euros, has great functionality, décor and comfort, I still rave about it today. That was always the Rolls-Royce of bars for me, no joke. How about the best bar joke?
Unfortunately, I’m not so good at picking up on jokes but I like an anecdote about Albert Trummer, owner of the famous Apotheke bar in New York. How many American bar jokes start with the line ‘A horse walks into a bar...? One day he took it literally and ever since when, a horse has stood in his bar. A live one. Want to be at the next Bar Talk? Write an email to Jose Redondo-Vega at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Different from the others
In vino veritas
POWERFUL STRUCTURE It seems the case that the profession of winegrower is back in fashion again. In some places, they are celebrated like pop stars or such. They have a kind of spirit and optimism that is in part still at odds with the parent generation. In the main, this is down to the fact that we generally exchange and share more ideas these days, weâ€™re more open and this has also had a crazy impact on the quality of the wines. Many young winemakers left home first, gaining a sharp business education and whilst travelling the world have amassed plenty of important real-world experience. With that, weâ€™re now increasingly getting a very well-rounded, globally informed generation of winemakers and Germany and Austria are right at the fore front of this development. Is wine then on the way up as a whole?
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n the way up is describing it as having aspirations. Felix Graf Adelmann, who manages his eponymous winery now in its fifth generation, has something special up his sleeve for connoisseurs and critics alike, dry aged wine. Now then, dry aged, usually associated with beef is refined using the traditional maturing process of dry ageing. The dry aged wine mentioned here picks up on this method and is the first dry German Lemberger produced from dried grapes, matured on the bone, so to speak.
THE ACE OF SPADES Symbolising transformation from tradition and a rebirth – new beginnings.
After getting inspiration from German straw wines from the 70s, the Sforzato wines from Valtellina and Amarone from Valpolicella, the young Count embarked upon undertaking his own interpretation. The grapes were harvested in early October 2015 and dried over several months on nets in a dry, well-ventilated room. The evaporation of the water in the grapes creates a concentrated wine that impresses with its intensity but also offers finesse and balance. The result is an impressively robust and tannin-rich red wine which in no way overpowers and is exceptional wine that’s not just for steak! “A brilliant wine, and although so wonderfully crazy, everything about it just works so naturally,” says Fabian Lange, author and journalist for Die Time, Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung, Vinum. The top vintage was fermented over several weeks in biological acid degradation and matured in used 225l oak barrels. Aged another year in the bottle, the 2015 Dry Aged Lemberger ‘The Ace of Spades’ sells at 89.00 Euros per bottle. And finally, a note from winemaker Felix Graf Adelmann;Please decant the wine before 2025. Rock ‘n’ wine, what are we waiting for? www.graf-adelmann.com 215
JUST WINE Comparing wild wines with psychedelia or burgundy with Beethoven, only Justin Leone would dare to do that. The Canadian native is something of a cuvee himself, a mix of dandy punk rocker and sommelier. With a change of career, Leone came to Munich and went directly into the Michelin starred restaurant Tantris taking over from Paula Bosch there as chief sommelier providing wine courses for beginners, which were always fully booked. In 2013, he was chosen as sommelier of the year and you can catch him on Sky TV on the show Masterchef as their sommelier. Numerous playlists round off the musical journey into in Leone’s world of wine. A rebel with style.
Just Wine and Wine knowledge, Without the bullshit Author: Justin Leone Bottles & Bones, Munich Publisher: ZS Verlag, Munich Justin Leone is opening his first restaurant in the spring of 2019 in Munich with a rocking wine list. Want to be one of the first to experience it? Send an email to Corinna Mandic: email@example.com
Klaus St Rainer, who opened the Golden Bar in the Haus der Kunst four years ago has now immortalised himself in his very own cocktail book. ‘Cocktails and The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks’ is the simple, yet fitting title. Here, you will find exciting recipes and for many of the recipes there are short but valuable tips that can be applied to a host of areas. Just as remarkable are the pictures that illustrate the book, all t aken in the Golden Bar and always without the use of artificial aids. The cocktails were prepared and photographed using original ingredients, just as they are served. Just flicking through the book makes you thirsty, you’ll want to lunge straight for the shaker. Cocktails and The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks Author: Klaus St Rainer, Golden Bar, Munich Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
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n expression of great joy, which loosely translated means, ‘how fantastic’ or ‘how awesome’ - Azul making reference to the blue Weber agave from which tequila is made. Only the very finest is good enough for Padre Azul and with that, upping the game yet further, Padre Azul Cristalino Añejo tequila, in collaboration with Swarovski, have created a skull made of fine crystal glass with an engraved number for each individual bottle. This special edition is a project from tequila aficionado Padre Azul, co-owner and Swarovski partner Georg Weis. The bottle itself, with the crystalline skull, was designed for this limited special edition produc-
tion by Mexican design label ‘Prison Art’, an organisation which helps former prisoners in Mexico City reintegrate into normal life through creative artwork. Part of the proceeds of the special edition will be donated to ‘Prison Art’. The limited Cristalino Añejo tequila is exclusively available in the original Käfer?? store in Munich, in KaDeWe in Berlin and at Merkur Hoher Markt in Vienna. An ideal gift for tequila aficionados, when you’ve reached the bottom of the bottle, a precious designer piece remains. But be quick, only 90 of the 1000 bottles are scheduled for sale in Germany and Austria, at € 1,000 each.
The taste? Cristalino Tequila, whose colour is removed via a special process, is the new trend.
Crystal clear in the glass, the Padre Azul Cristalino Añejo tequila stirs the palate with its maturity and a sophisticated combination of flavours.
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A PASSION FOR NEW PATHS Since Vincent Chaperon started working alongside Richard Geoffroy in 2005, he has experienced 13 grape harvests and developed four vintages. Those are, in order of completion, the 2005, 2006 and 2009 vintages and most recently the 2008 vintage. As a man who likes to take unusual paths and as a passionate observer, Vincent Chaperon brings his intuition as a winegrower to the universe of Dom Pérignon and vows to develop it further. His original and very special ideas are important today when it comes to the perception, vision and experiences of and with Dom Pérignon and they are already an inspiration for the future. During those last 13 years in which Richard Geoffroy and Vincent Chaperon worked in intense and close cooperation, they maintained a continuous dialogue, especially as far as their two approaches were concerned. Although the special chemistry between the two men ultimately can’t be explained, let’s just say there
is something of Richard Geoffroy in Vincent Chaperon, and vice versa. As of January 2019, Vincent Chaperon will be responsible for continuing the mission of Dom Pérignon. Above all, there are three tasks, looking after the existing vintages, embodying the vision of Dom Pérignon and the non-material legacy inherited from Richard Geoffroy, and finally, leading the devotion to the vintage, which is the life and soul of Dom Pérignon, into the future. The handover from Richard Geoffroy to Vincent Chaperon coincides with the launch of the 2008 Dom Pérignon vintage, which also symbolises the triumphant culmination of their collaboration, the result of a common idea and a fruitful dialogue between the two exceptional talents and personalities. Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008 has reinvented the archetypal vintage champagne and could be named the ‘Paradox of a new classic.
DOM PÉRIGNON VINTAGE 2008 „CHEF DE CAVE LEGACY EDITION“
om Pérignon has a vision, harmony as a source for creativity. But every creative process at some point meets its limits. At Dom Pérignon it’s the harvest year, even if it means that we cannot declare a vintage to be officially, a vintage. Time plays an important role in the creation of Dom Pérignon. The time of maturation that champagne spends on the yeast in the bottle is essential. The time in the cellars, where every Dom Pérignon bottle undergoes a slow metamorphosis, then to impart the three successive stages of maturity, the Plenitudes. After more than eight years maturing in the cellars, Dom Pérignon reaches its first stage of maturity - the level of harmony. All aspects of Dom Pérignon come to fruition with utmost precision and absolute balance and embody the ideal of Dom Pérignon. 219
BUSINESS MODELS WITH ROLLS - ROYCE by Georges H. Keller
“I never thought that the research to get the information would be so difficult. Granted, it has been a while, but I did not want to pluck the facts out of thin air. The Hotel Peninsula for example, was reluctant. ‘We do not have sufficient records in our system’, the PR lady told me, although the story had generated headlines worldwide at the time. So I gathered the remaining pieces of information via a few former Rolls-Royce channels just before the print deadline. The Press Office of Corum kept quiet. The Badrutt’s Palace in St. Moritz were more open; the lady in the PR department let me know she had found pictures but that they ‘could not be published’, according to the e-mail from Georges H. Keller on the story. We had a couple of photographs and here is the story.
A Rolls-Royce awaits you as does horse and carriage, one of the innumerable declarations that the world-famous Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz expresses. It suggests that transportation in this traditional house remains unquestionably exclusive, not only with the arrival of the ‘horseless carriage’. Rolls-Royce motorcars and the Palace have a long shared history, a special relationship which they share with other top hotels around the world. The most famous is the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, where the in-house Rolls-Royce fleet comes as ‘normal service’ and ensuring cult status. A fleet, by the way, which in August 1995 because of flooding caused by Hurricane Helen in the underground parking garage of the luxury hotel was literally sunk. Nine dark green Silver Spur IIIs were so badly damaged by the water, they had to be totally written off. After the insurance company completed their investigations, ‘smart’ business people smelled a chance to earn money with the prestigious vehicles, which had been ‘exclusively used by the Peninsula Hotel’. They bought up the whole ‘wet package fleet’, repaired the cars and offered them for sale. But this promising business model evaporated in a moment as the chassis numbers of the Rolls-Royce cars circulated and their moving history also caught up – the cunning plan and demand suddenly faltered. After several years, some of the (now depreciated) cars surfaced in Hong Kong repainted in blue and mostly to be found in the workshop with corrosion-related electrical problems. For the sake of continuity, the Peninsula Hotel had already sent a new order the following day to the Rolls-Royce plant in Crewe with specifications as follows; Ten Rolls-Royce Silver Spurs, identical dark green with chassis numbers from 1 to 10. According to reports, all other consignments at the Crewe factory were temporarily pushed aside. The vehicles were then built and delivered in record time. The accompanying keys were carefully organised in a handmade bespoke walnut casket, in the order of chassis numbers 1 to 10, and were then handed over in an official ceremony. The relationship between the Palace St. Moritz & Rolls-Royce and also with Rolls-Royce
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T H E B U SI NE SS M ODE L OF A CO OP E R AT I ON BETWEEN AN AU T OM OT I V E M A NU FAC T U RE R A ND A WAT CH B R A ND WA S ST I L L G R OU NDB R E A K I NG AT THE TIME
Motor Cars International with headquarters in Lausanne doesn’t remain long hidden. RRMCI started their activities in the early 70s and was a factory branch of the brand, responsible for Sales, Marketing & After Sales Service in Europe and the Middle East. An English press officer also features in the organisation chart and who succeeded during months of innovative and tactical concealment to keep a rather unusual secret that one could call a miracle in the automotive industry. His ‘personal’ business model only came to light when he went to drive a few Rolls-Royce cars to Italy on his own. At this point, nothing was helping, his repertoire was exhausted, he had no driver’s license. He did not stay long after that. On 1 February 1978, I took over his post. As one of my first actions, I went about building a ‘trial vehicle fleet’ or rather a small fleet dedicated to the media for the purposes of assessment. My boss showed little understanding after consultation at the headquarters in Crewe. The board in Crewe was suspicious of this new entity, RRMCI on the continent too eyed the idea with suspicion. While sales in the UK were being counted in their hundreds, we stayed afloat on the mainland with a few measly dozens sales. It was the time when you could buy a Silver Shadow II in England and sell it at a profit a year later. It was an absolutely watertight business model of dreams but sadly, as it turns out, of which we indeed could only dream. However, after months of persistent going back and forth, I was at the finish line, a pale yellow Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II was delivered. The sales guys were visibly delighted to have this odd ball from the inventory and I was very happy too, however, my joy did not last long, not even as long as my predecessor had been able to enjoy the microclimate of Lake Geneva. I came back from my first trip abroad with my new Silver Shadow, by rail. The car had been stolen from me during the night while parked at my hotel in Milan. It surfaced a few months later, glittering and sparkling, in the showroom of one our representatives in Saudi Arabia. The ‘press car’ business model was off the agenda of the management for some time. In the autumn of the same year, my boss at the time at Corum, the watchmaker brand, and I were standing on the turf of Les Blecherettes airport in Lausanne waiting for an aeroplane. The Air Jura machine (a four-seater) had been forced to dodge into the lowlands because of fog around La Chaux-de-Fonds before we could start our flight to St. Moritz and our destination, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. After not too long in partnership with the exclusive luxury brand, I was able
to get an idea of how perfectly smoothly the Badrutt’s Palace and Rolls-Royce teams work together. As soon as we got out of the private jet, we glided in on a soothing cloud of comfort towards the hotel before it became a bit more sober. The business model of a cooperation between a car manufacturer and a watch brand was still groundbreaking at the time. Corum had had great success since 1976 with the Rolls-Royce Watch in the shape of the legendary Rolls Radiator grille. It was one of the first, if not the first partnerships between a high end watch brand and a luxury car maker, however it only lasted until 1996. The third one in the league was the Schmohl garage. This family business had developed as the Rolls-Royce and Bentley agency in Zurich Seefeld, with an excellent reputation which went far beyond the borders of Switzerland. The logistical preparations for a gala dinner of the two brands and the Schmohl garage in Badrutt’s Palace ran so smoothly until the whole project threatened to fail due to a silly detail. The problem was not the watch but the car. Although the company’s own advertising pretentiously proclaims ‘The sky’s the limit’, we came across a door that should have allowed a Rolls-Royce to drive inside but the car was plainly and simply too wide, even with exterior mirrors retracted. However, the traditional hotel left no stone unturned to meet its reputation of making the impossible possible. Already at a birthday party, at which a husband had the whimsical idea to have his present delivered to his wife by an elephant, a pachyderm had forced its way through the entrance to the lobby and sea lions had already cavorted in the pool of the establishment but both species are significantly slimmer than a RollsRoyce. So a car in the house must also be feasible, right? Indeed we came across a broader entrance to the premises on a terrace on the lake side of the hotel with a wide double door. Although this terrace was not on the ground floor, a possible access was tested and the clarification culminated in the idea to use a crane; there really weren’t many other options ...! So, on a February day in 1979, from the south side of the hotel to general amusement, the long arm of a crane hung ‘The Sky’s the limit’ and even more amazingly, a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, floating gently and cautiously on the breeze was dropped off in front of the front door; a majestic sight. And the rest, as they say, is history. It was a great evening. The golden radiator grill of the Corum watch next to the stainless steel of the real one, the two Spirits of Ecstasy peacefully side by side united and the whispers of ‘how the hell did the Silver Shadow get
in here?’ whirling round the room. And with that, the Badrutt’s Palace had added another triumphant night to the superlatives of its rich history of legendary parties. The Rolls-Royce vanished quietly over the railing the next day and I soon got another new press car!
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GEORGES H. KELLER PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE FROM HIS OWN EXPERIENCE
Commitment for most people is based on their personal expertise and experiences. My professional commitment has been developed in various companies and countries. At every stage, I have assembled important beliefs and experiences that make me look back on an exciting career. After studying in Zurich, my professional career began at the Neue Zürcher Zeitung where, with my work as a journalist for sports and motorcars - in retrospect probably a combination of both - led to a penchant for sports cars. The next stage as Head of PR at Ford led me into the same position at Emil Frey AG. More international and arguably more important, was my next title as Senior Executive Corporate Affairs at Rolls-Royce in Lausanne before, indirectly, I joined Emil Frey AG years later as Director of Sales, Marketing & Public Relations at Jaguar Switzerland. I then had exciting and varied years as Head of Communications for Luxury Cars of the Volkswagen Group. This activity led me finally to Bugatti at Molsheim. And now? Now I’m writing down my experiences, for myself and the magazines R 2M ONE and SMAC, the magazine of the St. Moritz Automobile Club.
ROLLS-ROYCE ENTHUSIASTS’ CLUB WI T H T HE L ADY AT CLOSE CON TACT The German section of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club was founded in 1975 as ‘German Section’. Within the worldwide association with more than 11,000 Rolls-Royce owners, the ‘Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club German Section e.V.’ – as the official club has been named since autumn 2007, is rather modest with its 400 or so members. Ralf Bernert, editor-in-chief of RREC magazine, takes us on a journey into the fascinating world of Rolls enthusiasts.
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ne does not quickly forget the first encounter with the RREC and the people who fill it with life. First, you’re astonished by the parking place and then you learn very quickly that the people who are closest to the Rolls-Royce brand than other makes of car, are simply living out a normal and very likable dream. When Edward Harris reached for the fountain pen at the end of July 1957 and wrote an ad for The Oxford Mail, he was not sure what effect his appeal for help would have. He was looking for people who were familiar with pre-war models of the Rolls-Royce brand and wanted to meet with him. There was still no talk of a club. On August 11, it was still far off. A dozen men gathered at Paternoster Farm in Yarnton, near Oxford. The foundation of a club was discussed, partly because it was believed that there were other people who would like to join such a club.
One of the founding members was Geoffrey Franks and here he took a pen and formulated the name of the club: Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club. They then put their heads together wondering what a club logo might look like. The result, the radiator grille, which may also be called a Greek temple, was chosen. And that was how fast it came into being. We now jump forward a little bit on the timeline. The pharmacist, Friedhelm Luckenburg sits at his desk in early 1975 and formulates an advert for the ‘Auto Motor und Sport’. He is looking for people with enthusiasm for the RollsRoyce and Bentley brands to found a German section of the RREC. The meeting of those interested took place on 10 and 11 May 1975 at the Schlosshotel Kronberg in Frankfurt. There were 26 applications, 17 came and brought with them, Phantom I, II, III, four 20/25, a Silver Cloud II and the then current Shadow. A Bentley was also there, an R-Type.
People talked to each other, they filled out acceptance applications and sent everything to England for the parent club. And that’s it, Germany had its own section of the RREC. Another leap forward, this time by 43 years. The RREC is unique in the world in 2018 with well over 10,000 members, more than 100,000 vehicles, a vast archive of nearly every Rolls-Royce ever sold and most Bentleys too. There is also a head office that can be seen, Hunt House, in Paulerspury but this is not just their headquarters, it is the point of contact for many members who come from all over the world, attend seminars on the technology of their cars and want to inhale the scent of the RREC from close up. In addition, the environment of Paulerspury is the best reason to let the Rolls-Royce run British air through the carburettor. And then of course, there is the networking.
AT RREC, MORE T HAN 1200 ROL LS-ROYCE MEE T, OV ER 5000 PEOPL E TAL K TOGE T HER A ND A L L A RE UNI T ED IN T HE PAS SION FOR ROL LS-ROYCE.
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You meet again and again, regularly, irregularly in large and smaller groups, in the country because you have to accommodate thirty or forty cars with an average length of five and a half meters. One does not put a Phantom II Drophead Coupé Gurney Nutting into any underground car park, even if one finds it challenging and the car park staff can’t believe their eyes because there is a car standing down there whose radiance casually puts all the ceiling lights of the garage in the shade. Thus Many a doorman of a grand hotel dreams of the classic Rolls-Royce, rolling up casually in front of the revolving door and whose driver Presses the key into his right hand. Only a few minutes in the hand and a passion could be aroused forever. The first contact with this club, in which everything should revolve around motorcars, is still surprising. One enters discussion, as casually and easily as dog owners meet in the city park. The topic is on a leash. That is no different with RREC, except that the leash is much shorter and at the other end, a key is dangling. They are stories that you hear and that put a gleam in your eyes. A coupé from the sixties with a red roof for example. The current owner did not buy the car, he took it over with the request for care and usage. As a new car, it should be presented to a lady as a gift, the Briton (car) wore a completely black, metal dress. The recipient however, was valued because of her passion for red hats. As soon as the car left the dealer’s yard, the vehicle was chauffeured to the best painter in the area where it spent three days and three nights and left the yard with a red roof. The lady, thrilled by the charming gesture, was a promise from the gentleman. This car should spend its entire life with this
striking paint job. That car, now over fifty years old, still wears its decor and it is not an isolated case, you could fill entire libraries with such stories and you can hear and feel many of them at rallies of the RREC. The Phantom II, whose name is Black Diamond and whose sophisticated and luxurious interior hides some small dens in which in former times, noblest modifications of carbon were transported out of public view and today clad in such deep black that no water can cloud the occasion, as you stand in front of her, circling her and you can only then begin to imagine what this Rolls-Royce could tell you if someone were to teach her a language. And then there are the people in RREC, their passion and their enthusiasm is often more extensive than one might suspect at first. They are frequently, happily visiting the British Isles in their vehicles and of course, mostly the countryside; the British way of life is in them. Tea or coffee? Presumably, the ferries between the continent and England are a constant for a number of members and their cars, just like the monthly route to the tax adviser. Once a year, RREC holds the annual meeting on the island. More than 1,200 Rolls-Royces meet there, 5000 people talk to each other and everyone is united in one passion. The view from the windscreen,
of a lady who divides the road in front of her in two fair halves and who radiates more elegance and charm than any other radiator figure. She is called, Spirit of Ecstasy. RREC – ROLLS-ROYCE ENTHUSIASTS’ CLUB www.rrec.de
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EVENT LOUNGE In exclusive circles, all those who come together here share their pleasure of something out of the ordinary with like-minded people. R2M ONE offers owners of a Rolls-Royce, friends of the brand and car enthusiasts different experiences, to share in a fascinating community, to experience unforgettable moments and to make road trips with like-minded people. It is about experiences that are not commonplace. Most of these ventures are designed exclusively for R2M ONE and at this level, won’t be accessible anywhere else. The experiences are as high-carat as the owners of a Rolls-Royce themselves. Rallies lead not only to exquisite cultural highlights, shard cruises and sailing trips but also access to premieres, club dinners or special rides on the ‘excursion’ program. Ensure you don’t miss a thing including personal invitations and last but not least, the R2M ONE magazine. Are you interested in art, culture and automotive events? Then please request more information from Corinna Mandic c/o R2M ONE firstname.lastname@example.org
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1. AMFAR GALA NEW YORK The amfAR Gala New York serves as the unofficial start to New York Fashion Week and honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the fight against HIV / AIDS Since 1998, the amfAR Gala has been one of the most successful and significant fundraisers in New York City regularly drawing some of the biggest names from the fields of entertainment, fashion and art. To date, the amfAR Gala in New York has collected over 20 million US dollars for HIV/AIDS.
We offer you the following options for participation: amfAR Gala New York Wednesday, 6 February 2019 Benefactor table for 10 people: 22,000 EUR (per person 2,200 EUR) Sponsor single seat (Patron ticket) 4,500 EUR
2. GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW 2019 Traditionally in March, the international motor show in Geneva presents the first European new car innovations of the year. Over more than 100,000 square meters in the Palexpo exhibition space in Geneva, the manufacturers present a unique experience in the wonderful world of the motorcar. Together with SMAC, the St. Moritz Auto mobile Club, we offer you free access on one of the press days. Additionally, a table 230
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reservation will be available for lunch at the stylish Villa Sarasin. A coffee break is scheduled for 11:00 am on the McLaren Automotive stand and an aperitif at 5:00 pm on the Rolls-Royce stand.
Wednesday, 5 March 2019, motor show all day with lunch at Villa Sarasin 12:30 pm (not included).
3. RM SOTHEBY‘S AUCTION PARIS Where is the classic market moving? Which cars will be particularly highly traded in 2019 and are there real pearls still to be had? These questions will be addressed once more at the upcoming auction at RM Sotheby’s on the occasion of the Retromobile in Paris. The annual auction calendar starts here on 6 February 2019. The impressive premises on the historic Place Vauban in the city centre provide the perfect backdrop to present legendary sports, racing and touring cars from pre and post war periods.
4. SNOW POLO WORLD CUP S T. MORITZ The Snow Polo World Cup is a fascinating mixture of sun, sport, outdoor entertainment and enjoyment set amongst spectacular backdrops. The weekend is a fixed part of the St. Moritz agenda with well-heeled locals and sports enthusiasts schmoozing
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around the lake. Guests watch the world’s finest, high-class polo professionals on the pitch, with spectator seats in the stands and a very upmarket polo village to wander around and in keeping with the beautiful life, this also includes a glass of sparkling champagne. In addition to Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Cartier, Maserati and Azerbaijan Land of Fire, who are the four team sponsors, the global lead partner, Deutsche Bank Wealth Management and outfitter, La Martina as well as all Trophy sponsors have committed themselves once again.
For the tournament in 2019, we have the following Hospitality VIP Tickets (including food & beverages - per day): Saturday 26 January 2019, 700 EUR (per person) Tickets for the exclusive ‘Baku Moritz Gala’ in Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz: Saturday 26 January 2019, 900 EUR (per person)
5. MONACO YACHT SHOW 2019 From the very latest superyachts to megayachts, the world’s finest yachts gather here with more than 500 exhibiting companies expected in 2019. There will be a wealth of innovations in addition to the classics. As in previous years, day passes will only be available on site. We offer a visit to the Monaco Yacht Show without stress on a private jet where you’re guaranteed a relaxed arrival and departure.
Save time, take as much luggage with you as you wish and come directly to your destination. Start from the VIP terminal and ask for your dream meal when on board, we will take care of everything.
Macallan ‚Rare Journey‘ Costs for a group of 7 people about 42,000 EUR (6,000 EUR per person), further adjustments are available for a surcharge.
Day ticket 150 EUR (per person), Hospitality Experience – costs on request. Monaco Yacht Show, Port Hercules, Monaco 28 September – 1 October 2019
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6. RARE JOURNEY Together with the Scottish whiskey maker, connoisseurs will be offered the unique opportunity to sample some of the brand’s best whiskeys and travel in the most luxurious way possible, aboard a private jet. From New York, the journey begins on board a privately chartered Embraer Lineage 1000 with 12 passengers, hosted by Raquel Raies, the national brand ambassador of The Macallan. Included in the tasting programme of the Macallan Master Series is among others Macallan Rare Cask, The Macallan Reflection, The Macallan No. 6 and the rare Macallan M worth about 15,000 US dollars. On landing, guests are taken to a 100-foot yacht at Hallandale Beach in Florida. On board the luxury yacht, guests can sample the Mac & Cheese, a fine group of whiskeys consisting of a Double Cask 12 Years Old, Sherry Oak 12 Years Old and Triple Cask Matured 15 Years Old which are served with exquisitely-paired cheeses of the region.
For three days, the picturesque backdrop of Lake Como, the grandeur of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and the expansive parkland of Villa Erba provide the perfect backdrop for a large contingent of historic motorcars and motorcycles that not only fascinate the audience but also the jury each year with their excellent condition and their extraordinary and interesting credentials. The exquisite field of participants and stylish presentation of the competition vehicles characterises the uniqueness of the event, jointly organised by the BMW Group and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este as the world’s most exclusive and traditional beauty pageant for historic vehicles.
SAVE THE DATE: Friday 24 May – Sunday 26 May 2019
STRIVE FOR PERFECTION Legends of automotive luxury
egends of automotive luxury for those who only want the very best in a car, a Rolls-Royce has always been the fitting means of transport and now, here, more than ever, with the full rounding off of the current range of models. And for anyone who has ever experienced it, whether as a guest of the s足 even-star Dubai hotel, the Burj Al Arab, in Hong Kong at the
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足 eninsula Hotel or on a journey to the 足select VIP P event, every inch travelled is a pleasure. And so the models from Rolls-Royce invite you to delve into a world of pure luxury. An exclusive invitation, for only a small group of select guests, this invitation grants you access to e 足 xtraordinarily luxurious vehicles and to experience of the world of total glamour that surrounds them.
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ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM VIII
The Phantom, first presented in 1925, is the oldest continuously produced car in the world. Where mass producers switch out their models every few years, the luxury liner has shown incredible staying power and has gone through only seven generations. But similarly, as with Buckingham Palace, someone new will move in one day, in the Rolls-Royce factory at Goodwood, there has been a kind of Götterdämmerung. The eighth edition is now available. And with the RollsRoyce Phantom VIII, as well, things are just as they were: anything but ordinary.
Even if the thought of a Rolls-Royce on rough terrain makes you think happily of the desert journeys of Laurence of Arabia, with the RollsRoyce Cullinan, it’s less about adventure and more about the everyday. Where the Phantom and other models are used as vehicles for certain roles, the Cullinan is actually the first Rolls-Royce that one can use all the time and anywhere. But in spite of its full suitability for everyday use, no need to worry, for all its practicality, the hitherto accustomed luxury of a Rolls-Royce does not lag behind in this pièce de résistance of all SUVs.
PHANTOM EXTENDED WHEELBASE The long wheelbase version of the new Phantom can also be ordered with the Privacy Suite providing a partition between the driver and the rear seats. For increased privacy, you can dim the pane of glass at the push of a button so the rear passengers are shielded from curious glimpses from those at the front. Of course, there is a whole host of luxury as well for the guests in the back seat, such as a fridge in the centre console with champagne glasses and an infotainment system with two 12” touchscreens. Since each Phantom Extended Wheelbase is custom designed, there is no price specified for this at Rolls-Royce.
JUMP IN AND DELVE INTO A WORLD OF NOBLENESS AND TRADITION.
The cars with the double-R on the radiator have been a byword for luxury, reliability and style for 100 years.
The traditionalists among Rolls-Royce owners do not like grandiose changes. Following this credo, Rolls-Royce has very subtly re-worked the successful Ghost model. On the exterior, the redesigned LED headlights, modified air inlets and the revised bonnet catch the eye. Inside, supreme luxury and comfort continue to dominate. The seats in the rear can even be inclined towards one another. Another interesting detail is the illuminated radiator mascot. The engine range starts with a 570-hp twelve-cylinder unit with 6.6 litres of displacement. A technical highlight is a satellite-based automatic transmission that pre-programs the gear changes depending on the route.
The Wraith is the Coupé of the smaller Rolls-Royce Ghost series and known as the Rolls-Royce for people who like to drive themselves. Product Manager Phil Harnett describes the Wraith as the ultimate Gran Turismo and lauds it as the most dynamic Rolls-Royce built to date. No series car from the British has a more powerful engine. “This is our first ever true ‘driver’s car’,” says Harnett. At the most, Wraith owners only require a chauffeur for vehicle maintenance.
GHOST BLACK BADGE If money and restraint are not are a factor, then Rolls-Royce has just the thing on offer: the luxury Ghost Black Badge saloon – a sombre car for c ustomers with a special urge for showmanship.
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WRAITH BLACK BADGE Rolls-Royce serves up the Wraith in a Black Badge version with a striking black grille in place of a chrome-plated one. In addition, there’s a silver-coloured double-R on a black background in the logo. And then, the most famous radiator mascot of all time slips into her little black number again. It fits even better somehow with her stage name: Spirit of Ecstasy. Even though the new carbon rims and the two black tailpipes rather grab ones attention, in the end, it’s the little details above all that make it a winner.
DAWN “A tingling on the skin that awakens the vital spirits for the day ahead” – when Torsten Müller-Ötvös explains why the convertible, of all things, is named after the morning twilight, the Rolls-Royce boss becomes a poet. And the convertible is truly soft on its feet, at least when the roof is down and then the car looks like an elegant coupé, no noise or whistling penetrating through the six layers of the soft top.
DAWN AERO COWLING
ONE DOESN’T BUY A ROLLS ROYCE JUST LIKE THAT – YOU COMMISSION IT – LIKE A WORK OF ART OR A LUXURY YACHT. THE POSSIBILITIES FOR CUSTOM DESIGN ARE ALMOST LIMITLESS. w w w. roll s - royce m otorcar s .com
Experience the ultimate in terms of freedom and fun while driving with the top down. The soft top of the Dawn Aero Cowling, the tonneau cover, reinforces the spirited character of the Dawn and transforms it into a genuine two-seater.
DAWN BLACK BADGE The boldest mode of expression for the indomitable. An irresistible invitation for the daring and non-conformists. For those who yearn for the more daring side of life. A transformation of the most famous car brand in the world: discover the most exciting chapter yet in Rolls-Royce’s history and get in touch with Rolls-Royce today.
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Visiting Argentina with Nacho Figueras
A LUXURY YOU INDULGE IN
Heading into the city of of love in spring. In the convertible, we have the insider tips. In a Rolls-Royce through the ‘green hell’. Driving report from the Nürburgring.
YOUNG, URBAN, BEAUTIFUL. Rolls-Royce shows its beautiful side.
EVENT LOUNGE. The most beautiful moments in retrospect.
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