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24 THE WILD PHILANTHROPISTS Meet the wealthy conservationists who are using their resources to protect and restore several of the world’s most precious habitats
30 ART, AND THE ART OF LIVING Entrepreneur and investor Dr Mark Voloshin on the many luxuries that life offers 34 DÉCOR NEWS Décor and design news to spark direction and creativity 36 MODERNISING A CULTURAL LEGACY Nigerian architect Miriam Kamara’s holistic approach has put her on the map 40 FASHION NEWS From statement pieces to must-have accessories 42 FASHION CAN BE ETHICAL WITHOUT BEING POLITICAL
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ur Private Edition writers – myself included – have been fortunate enough to visit some amazing places and interview a number of incredible visionaries, many of whom are using their wealth to make the world a little better now and for future generations. Their fascinating and inspiring stories are in this issue, and they include conservation philanthropists, architects, an ethical fashion curator, ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’ and the chef de cave of a 300-year-old Champagne house. Both our travel features highlight game lodges that strive to leave our planet a better place by immersing their guests in experiences that are driven by a strong belief in the power of community, sharing and giving back, and seeking out authentic experiences that stir the senses. One such place is Matetsi Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. We considered the invitation carefully. Although the Victoria Falls area is peaceful, the situation in other parts of the country is volatile and human rights are being violated. But one-in-10 jobs in Zimbabwe is created by tourism and not highlighting the incredible tourism opportunities in the country would be doing a disservice to the people of Zimbabwe. Read about Kathy Malherbe’s love affair with this unique place situated between the mighty Zambezi River, the Victoria Falls and the game-rich bush. For a fifth consecutive year, Private Edition features Private Time, which showcases just some of the outstanding examples of haute horlogerie for 2019. Our highly successful and desirable annual watch special section examines the most exciting news in fine watchmaking and jewellery showcased at the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), Baselworld and other industry shows. In the print magazine and at privateedition.co.za, we’ve curated exclusive, expert stories on watches from the top names in the business. This to whet the appetite and inspire you to take the first step in falling in love with a timepiece, or add more glorious pieces to your collection. Join us in the pages that follow.
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LEVERING BRAND HERITAGE IN A FAST-CHANGING DIGITAL ERA Heritage contributes profoundly and intrinsically to a brand’s core value. However, much like respect, it’s an elusive and hard-won asset that can’t be bought or easily acquired overnight; it has to be earned.
n simple terms a company’s heritage is its long-standing, measurable track record of providing goods or services in the public domain, which, along with the promise of continuity it implies, enables customers to distinguish you favourably from other brands. This distinction is not only a foundation for ongoing corporate strength and profitability, it also engenders a multitude of additional advantages, including preferential employee recruitment, a buffer against negative exposure and the ability to introduce new products more easily. For decades, strong heritage brands were able to retain their dominance relatively easily through established reputations and maintaining service excellence. However, it has become increasingly challenging to remain ahead of the advancing new breed of competitors, and traditional brands can no longer rest on their laurels. Those brands that do embrace the challenge and become adept at balancing the fine line between authenticity and
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YAEL GEFFEN (CEO) identify a story that connects who you are now to who you were at the beginning. Always keep the consumer at the heart of your brand. It will not only keep them onside but you will also gain invaluable insight into your market. Stay abreast of current market trends and understand where they will lead. Develop a reputation for accountability. Stay focused on the goal. Don’t be afraid to expand and never stop innovating. During the last two decades, much has changed in the way we conduct business, but the principles remain the same. An authentic brand that continues to put its customers first and uphold the best service delivery possible will always have a strong place in the market.
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relevance will have a decidedly lofty upper hand in the new order. Those that don’t, run the risk of falling by the wayside. We have seen brands that have proactively adapted to the changing needs of the modern consumer grow exponentially stronger. A perfect example is Sotheby’s, which celebrated its 275th year with a ceremonious ringing of the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in April. Founded in 1744, Sotheby’s is one of the world’s oldest companies and became the world’s first international auction house in 1955. As such, the company has far more credible laurels than most on which to rest. However, they chose to become a pioneering leader by diversifying, and today dominate the luxury real-estate sector. I believe that it is during turbulent economic times, when consumers are tightening their belts, that heritage is especially appreciated. People tend to prefer brands that they perceive to be more credible, trustworthy and reliable when they have to keep a tight rein on their spending. Although newer brands can’t realistically expect to create as strong a legacy as companies like Sotheby’s without paying their dues over time, it is possible to establish credibility and brand loyalty in far less time than before the digital era. The key to establishing a distinctive brand is through communication, which enables consumers to shape their perceptions based on a clear understanding of who you are and what you do. There are steps companies can take to establish credibility and pave the way to a strong heritage, as well as remain relevant and ahead of the competition. Record your history. Keep a record of the business’s timeline and important moments. You’ll begin to see common trends and
The largest exhibition to be held in Africa in over a decade by internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge is set to open in Cape Town in August. William Kentridge is the ultimate ‘Renaissance Man’, a multidisciplinary artist who works in a dizzying variety of media, including drawing, printmaking, sculpture, film, theatre and opera, says art specialist Wilhelm van Rensburg from fine art auctioneers, Strauss & Co. He’s best known for his drawings and prints, but he is also lauded for his highly original animated films, made using a unique method of drawing, then filming, then erasing or subtracting, then adding and redrawing, repeating this process continually to produce the final cut. ‘These “overused” drawings are essentially palimpsests and are very popular and highly collectable when they come up for auction in the secondary market. Kentridge’s works have great resale value because of the demand from collectors across the world for affordable editioned linocuts and lithographs at one end of the market, and enviably extravagant largescale tapestries at the other,’ says van Rensburg. How does Kentridge feel about his works being highly collected and valuable? ‘I am sure there are people who buy the work hoping for a return. But it is very uncertain whether it is a good or bad investment. The hope is that there are returns other than financial from having the art around you,’ he says. ‘It is a big relief that the work made does not first fill the studio to the ceiling and then two or three storerooms behind the studio, but that a lot of it gets out onto other walls. On some walls it does make my heart sing. The context would be other images around the work. Sometimes the context and other artwork around it make my heart sink. At the [Metropolitan Museum of Art] I was very happy to have Matisse and Max Beckmann as my neighbours. In other contexts, I have felt I needed to apologise to the drawings: “This was not where you were meant to end up. But at least I hope that you are comfortable.”’ A major retrospective exhibition of this endlessly inventive artist’s work will be hosted simultaneously in two parts by Norval Foundation and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, opening on 24 August and running to March 2020.
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A MONET MASTERPIECE Claude Monet’s ‘Meules’, the effusive, almost luminous work from the artist’s famed ‘Haystacks’ series, sold for an astonishing $110 747 000 at Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in June. The winning bid shatters the previous record for the highest sum ever paid for a work by Monet, signalling the enduring value and popularity of the French Impressionist master. It is the most ever paid for an Impressionist work of art. The sale of ‘Meules’ also marks a pivotal moment in the artwork’s history: this is the first time the work had come to auction since 1986. This recent sale garnered a price more than 44 times the work’s previous record. In just eight minutes, six bidders fought fervently for the masterpiece, ending in an extraordinary four-minute duel between two. (Go to privateedition.co.za to view the bidding.)
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At the inaugural Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auction held in Houghton, Johannesburg, in June, a 275ml bottle of Jaubert Family Muscat 1800, a solera-style sweet wine held by the Jaubert family since 1800 who release two bottles per year, was sold for R51 200. This is a record price for a local wine, which international critic Neal Martin scored 99 points in 2011. The GS Cabernet 1966, now a 20th century South African icon, sold for R34 140, setting another record for a local wine. Produced as an experiment by then Monis winemaker George Spies, it was reportedly very tannic in its youth and the bottles were given away as gifts. Leading wine authority Jancis Robinson scored this wine a perfect 20/20 in 2015. Mvemve Raats de Compostella 2008 achieved the highest price on auction for a modern wine at R2 845 per bottle. According to Strauss & Co chairperson Frank Kilbourn, the auction was ‘a great success’, with 78% of the 183 lots sold, achieving a total of almost R1.4 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium and vat. The largest buyer at the auction was Marble Restaurant, owned by Gary Kyriacou. Marble restaurateur and celebrity chef David Higgs said, ‘We have just returned from the US and it’s evident how the top restaurants elevate their premium wines over there. We are very happy with our purchases and these wines will bolster our commitment to showcase South Africa’s best wines at Marble.’ Most bidders were private clients as the sale offered a unique opportunity to purchase mature modern wines and rare icons. ‘This is an exciting time for fine South African wines and the auction results buck the current economic conditions,’ says Roland Peens, director of fine wine merchants Wine Cellar. We also received excellent insight into which wines and brands are considered auction-worthy.’ The next Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auction takes place on 14 September 2019 in Cape Town. For more information visit straussart.co.za/wine
Luxury handbags have always felt like an investment purchase but there are a few that are actually moneymaking operations for sellers. The chief among this elite set is Hermès’s Birkin. Over the past three decades, the maison’s signature handbag has become a collector’s item on par with your Audemars Piguet or vintage 911, so much so that in 2014 Christie’s devoted an entire new arm of the house to luxury-handbag auctions. Today, they have specialists in Hong Kong, London and New York who appraise and sell handbags with values ranging from £350 to a staggering £236 750. (The latter was for an ultra-rare Himalaya Birkin boasting 18-karat white gold and diamond hardware that sold in Hong Kong in June 2017.)
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THE WILD PHILANTHROPISTS Meet the wealthy conservationists who are using their resources to protect and restore several of the world’s most precious habitats – the ultimate investment of passion.
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riving through Samara, a 70 000-acre private game reserve surrounded by towering mountain ranges and hordes of wildlife in the Karoo, it’s easy to believe you’re exploring a pristine African wilderness. But looks can be deceiving. Every so often, there’s a clue that gives the game away: an old watering trough here, the remains of a fence there, or the ruins of an abandoned building. Barely 20 years ago the only animals here were sheep, cattle and Angora goats, the ochre-red soil was blowing away and alien plants such as South American agave (the source of the sap used in producing tequila) were taking over. It has taken two decades of painstaking rewilding work by the Tompkins family – South African-born Sarah, her British husband Mark, and their eldest child Isabelle – to undo the years of overgrazing and environmental neglect. Although Sarah has the great African outdoors in her soul – school holidays were often spent on safari at a concession in the Kruger National Park leased by her grandfather and Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, author of Jock of the Bushveld – she and Mark joined the ranks of the region’s leading conservationists purely by chance. ‘When I met Mark, he’d never been to Africa before,’ recounts Sarah. ‘So I put together a trip to show him what it was all about and he eventually said that it would be wonderful to have a property there. A friend suggested we buy land in the Karoo but we ended up buying a house in Hermanus. Then fate intervened during a visit to Rorke’s Drift Battlefield, where we met a farmer-turnedland-agent who had a farm for sale in Graaff-Reinet. ‘We fell in love with the spectacular and varied landscapes,’ says Sarah. It proved to be a love affair so profound that in the space of just four years, the Tompkins ended up acquiring not just one but 11 farms, which subsequently formed the Samara Private Game Reserve. ‘I got land fever,’ says Mark. ‘We just bought, and bought.’ Despite the detrimental impact of agriculture, the land at Samara was full of potential. It is ecologically unique, with three river systems that include four of South Africa’s nine vegetation biomes, ranging from low-land savannah to areas of upland grassland perched thousands of feet higher, valley bushveld and Nama Karoo, an arid region dominated by low shrubland and rocks. And it is also one of the world’s 36 biodiversity hotspots, making it among the richest in plant life but also the most at risk. ‘We began to realise that we were part of something much bigger,’ explains Sarah. ‘Mark commissioned experts from the University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela University) to perform scientific studies, to map the vegetation and to work out what game historically occurred there, what we could put back and what the stocking rates should be. We’re still working with them 21 years later.’
To begin with, the land was rested to allow vegetation and grasslands to rejuvenate. White and black rhinos, giraffes, elephants, cheetahs and many species of antelope, all of which can be tracked on foot by visitors, were then gradually reintroduced. Others, such as leopards and endangered Cape vultures, followed of their own accord. Although the Tompkins never envisaged opening a lodge, several old farmhouses were turned into luxury accommodation. These not only help fund conservation work at Samara, but provide much-needed employment. The most exciting thing about Samara, Isabelle says, is that it forms just a small, albeit crucial, part of a much larger rewilding jigsaw that could span generations. ‘These days, you can’t only think about conservation in terms of individual species or small areas. You’ve got to think big, you’ve got to think about it on a landscape scale.’ The Tompkins’ land is now part of an ambitious venture – with stakeholders including South African National Parks – that plans to do just that. The idea is that Samara will act as a stepping stone connecting other private reserves and national parks in the region, with the aim of eventually creating a three-million-acre wildlife corridor
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that would be the second-largest conservation area in South Africa, after the Kruger National Park. ‘It’s a long-term goal, but hopefully I’ll see some of it through by the end of my life – or maybe I’ll have to leave that to my kids or even my grandkids,’ Isabelle laughs.
WITHOUT BORDERS Although projects on such a large scale inevitably require the involvement of governments and national authorities, the impetus provided by private individuals is often the catalyst. One of the world’s biggest rewilding initiatives is being driven by South African-based NGO Peace Parks Foundation, cofounded in 1997 by Nelson Mandela, businessman and philanthropist Dr Anton Rupert, and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The organisation has facilitated the establishment of transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) throughout southern Africa covering a staggering 250 million acres – an area the size of Spain and France combined. As part of a holistic approach to further develop and ensure sustainability for these critical crossborder ecosystems, Peace Parks has initiated a number of projects to rewild and provide management support
for 25 million acres of key conservation areas within the TFCAs over the next decade. The Rupert family is still actively involved with the Foundation. Dr Rupert’s son Johann serves as chairman and granddaughter Caroline is on the board of directors. ‘Rewilding is an increasingly important part of the Foundation’s work and is particularly vital in some of the more remote conservation areas where wildlife numbers have been depleted,’ explains Caroline. ‘Here, restoration of ecosystems is required to enable viable tourism development, which will benefit communities, such as the work going on in Zinave National Park in Mozambique to translocate thousands of animals as part of a multiyear programme.’ Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, another project rewilding and protecting millions of acres is taking place in Argentina and Chile, in particular the Patagonia region. Like Samara it began by chance, says Kristine Tompkins – no relation to Sarah and Mark, but a mentor and keen supporter of their work. ‘Sarah is going to be one of South Africa’s greatest conservationists,’ she tells me. Kristine founded Tompkins Conservation, an umbrella organisation for various foundations and activist groups,
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with her late husband Douglas, who started The North Face outdoor brand and Esprit fashion. ‘In the 1960s Doug was spending a lot of time in Patagonia and just fell in love. Then the same thing happened to me,’ she explains. ‘There was no game plan, but when we retired from the world of business and were looking for a new challenge, this suited our priorities. In a way, we had no choice because the loss of biodiversity and extinction of species are the biggest threats facing the world.’ So far, Tompkins Conservation has spent more than US$350 million acquiring and restoring land in Latin America. In monetary terms it’s huge, but the areas of land involved are equally staggering. Pumalín Park in Chile, for example, was the Tompkins’ first major project and began with the purchase of a 42 000-acre cattle ranch in 1991. This was added to over the years, and in 2017 their Fundación Pumalín donated one million acres of land to the Chilean government to help form an 11-million-acre national park. In Argentina, 370 000 acres of former farmland acquired by the Tompkins Conservation Land Trust was donated in 2015 as part of the creation of the 1.7-million-acre Great Iberá Park, the biggest in the country and the second largest wetlands in South America.
The work of Tompkins Conservation has attracted the support of other philanthropists and foundations including the Arcadia Fund, cofounded by Swedish ecologist Dr Lisbet Rausing and her husband, historian Professor Peter Baldwin. Arcadia has donated around US$500 million since its inception in 1991, with a significant proportion going to rewilding projects. Of this, US$9 million has gone to support rewilding projects run by the Tompkins, whom Dr Rausing describes as ‘the greatest conservationists of our, or indeed any, era’. These include the purchase and restoration of nearly 29 000 acres of degraded commercial grazing lands that
are now part of the Great Iberá Park reserve. ‘Iberá is one of the world’s great fresh-water wetlands,’ she says. ‘It’s a paradise covering more than three million acres of grasslands and marsh that were, until very recently, threatened by conversion to huge commercial rice farms.’ The couple’s Endangered Landscapes programme, in partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative at Cambridge University, will invest US$30 million in eight community-led and expert-guided rewilding projects across Europe over the next five years. In addition, they have initiated an extensive project at one of their own homes, the 57 000-acre Corrour Estate in the Scottish Highlands. When they purchased the property in 1995, it had been overgrazed and planted with exotic conifers. Fewer than 100 acres of natural woods remained. Tech entrepreneur, venture capitalist and yacht builder Jasper Smith has set his sights on rewilding projects in the ocean. One of his companies, Arksen, is building a new range of environmentally friendly superyachts aimed at sea lovers who want their boats to be used for more than sunbathing and partying. ‘Inside they are very comfortable, but they have been designed with research in mind,’ Jasper says. ‘They are super-strong so can go anywhere, and include on-board labs, monitoring systems and large rear decks for the equipment you need on an expedition.’ Perhaps, more importantly, every purchaser has to agree that their yacht can be used for research for 20 to 40 percent of the year. In addition, 20 percent of the purchase cost will go to the Arksen Foundation to help fund its projects. ‘My aim is to have a fleet of at least 20 vessels engaged in research across the oceans,’ he says. Whether it’s the oceans or the land that you want to help preserve, there is a community of like-minded people waiting to help and encourage you, says Dr Rausing. ‘I have lost count of the new friends I have made, as we help each other to retrieve and repair what earlier generations have destroyed.’
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ART, AND THE ART OF LIVING Russian art is close to the heart of entrepreneur and investor Dr Mark Voloshin. But so are family, friends and the luxuries that life offers. WORDS CATHERINE DAVIS
n the early 1990s, a Russian delegation of decisionmakers and investors visited South Africa, inspired by the changes in both the Russian and South African governments. One of these delegates was entrepreneur Dr Mark Voloshin who fell in love with the country and especially the Cape for all the obvious reasons: the quality of life, breathtaking nature and
beautiful people. He also saw our transitional society as brimming with potential. Alongside his solar-power and property concerns, he wanted to invest in tourism. ‘There are a lot of similarities between South Africa and Russia,’ says Dr Voloshin. ‘Both countries are historically, culturally and demographically extremely diverse and both are steeped in heritage-rich traditions and customs. The two countries also share a passion for both hearty and fine cuisine – food and hospitality are a unifying factor to celebrate family and friendships.’ One of the reasons Dr Voloshin acquired the wine farm Hazendal in 1994 was to create a premium destination where he could enjoy all the luxuries that are close to his heart: family and friends, time with his grandchildren, art, classic cars, haute cuisine, fine wine and premium vodka. The estate is managed by his son-in-law, Shlomi Azar and daughters, Ina and Simone, with Dr Voloshin at the helm. His dream of wanting to preserve the estate’s rich heritage, uplift the local community and create a unique Winelands destination has added a new chapter to Hazendal’s history. Last year, after extensive restoration and redevelopment the estate reopened, and now combines the farm’s rich history and heritage with contemporary design, innovative ideas and a Russian flavour. Right now, everyone’s talking about Hazendal’s highly creative and advanced technological children’s edutainment centre, Wonderdal.
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THE COLLECTOR Dr Voloshin’s love and passion for art in general, and Russian art and culture in particular, led him to establish the Marvol Gallery at Hazendal, through which he is able to support emerging Russian and international artists. ‘After perestroika, many art studios in Russia suffered as there was no longer state funding for the arts. So I purchased art to support the artists, like the war painters from the Grekov Studio. ‘I am completely in awe of the creative and artistic workmanship that is found all over the world. However, Russian art is very close to my heart. I admire the avantgarde movement but also enjoy Soviet realism, particular Russian landscapes. I also collect religious icons. This art form is an ancient tradition that is still practised today.’ The collection of Russian icons housed in the Marvol Gallery is more than a roomful of beauty and craftsmanship. These exquisite, richly coloured, gilded and jewelled artefacts are invested with the history and spirituality of centuries of culture. ‘Icons are very special to me as they are not only an old Russian tradition that survived many upheavals but also it is a very spiritual process to produce them. Today’s icon painters are still using the old techniques and living in accordance with
contemporary icons are obviously not under a heritage ban and the older ones are already outside of Russia. I hope one day I will be able to build a Russian chapel at Hazendal that could house my entire collection.’ And then there are the ever-alluring Fabergé eggs. ‘Fabergé approached me to help them set up a distribution in South Africa back in the ’90s. The craftmanship of the eggs is unique, each one handmade by lapidarists and goldsmiths. It is extremely refined work. My favourites are the Mandela egg and the King Abdullah II egg and I was honoured to present each to its namesake.’
THE CURATOR Marvol Gallery mounts three to four exhibitions a year. In June, it showcased ‘The Collector’s Easter’, which consisted of Dr Voloshin’s collection of Fabergé eggs, icons and painted wooden eggs depicting religious saints, as well as works by Kurt Pio, a local artist, known for his big canvases of gemstones and diamonds paintings. ‘The gallery’s main focus is to be a window into Russian art and culture but also to create a link and dialogue between South Africa and Russia. My private collections are offered to support this vision, but the gallery will also pursue collaborations with contemporary South African and Russian artists. It also offers art walks highlighting the art at Hazendal and plans to host events, from art classes and talks to panel discussions.’ At 74, Dr Voloshin’s passion, energy and drive, which is inspiring to his family, staff and even visitors, is not waning. He’s quick to admit that Hazendal’s 145 hectares form a passion project, not so much a solid investment – wine estates are high-risk endeavours – and his vision is to create a sustainable business over time through investment in the community, ecology and Hazendal’s 320-year heritage. But, more than anything, this is a dream realised for Dr Voloshin who grew up without even the smallest patch of garden in Russia.
Russian Orthodox Church rules. An icon is not simply a painting, it is your connection to God. ‘I always appreciated the beauty of icons and started collecting them 20 years ago. Initially, I bought icons from contemporary icon painters. In recent years, I have started to purchase them from major auctions in Europe. The
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Designed to offer professional capabilities for the everyday cook, the Vario 400 series of cooktops is Gaggenau’s ode to complete customisation. A modular mix-and-match system of zones and specs, the series allows you to create your ideal culinary set-up. Whether you want flush or surfacemounted stainless-steel knobs or touch displays, the possibilities are endless when configuring your cooking surfaces and specialised applicances. Whichever combination you decide on, it will be underpinned by the signature elegance and efficiency of the brand. gaggenau.com
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ORGANIC CHEMISTRY In his creations, which range from furniture to objects, designer Christopher Boots fuses the organic forms found in nature with a clean linear geometry. Underpinned by a narrative informed by his Greek heritage, his designs tell a multifaceted story of the tangible and mythical. With his new Verdigris collection, the designer adds additional layers to his signature rough-luxe aesthetic. Signaling a sense of storied history, a patination effect that usually takes decades to achieve (oxidisation of metal results in a mottled blue-green texture) is accelerated in the designer’s workshop, and combined with the mineral beauty of jagged crystal forms something quite astounding. christopherboots.com
DESIGN ODYSSEY Design storyteller Bethan Gray forges a bridge between her cultural heritage and contemporary homeware. This four–door cabinet from the Shamsian collection is a whimsical yet functional piece that draws its aesthetic inspiration from the curved castellations of the Nizwa Fort in Oman, the magical ombre colour gradient a homage to the play of sunlight across them over the course of the day. This beautiful pattern is painstakingly handcrafted using the time-honoured technique of marquetry – a luxe and harmonious marriage of a 118 maple veneer petals interspersed with a choice of nickel, brass or copper inlay. bethangray.com
ART OF GLASS Tom Dixon’s homeware has always walked a fine line between form and function, aesthetic and concept – fulfilling all criteria with flair. The Tank collection of glassware takes its inspiration from the no-nonsense silhouette characteristic of scientific vessels and channels this via seriously slick minimalism, which is offset by understated glamour in the form of a subtle handpainted metallicstripe accent. tomdixon.net
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MODERNISING A CULTURAL LEGACY Mariam Kamara was chosen as the 2018-2019 Rolex Arts Initiative protégé under the mentorship of ‘starchitect’ Sir David Adjaye. Her holistic approach to architecture has put her on the map – in Niger and globally – as the one to watch.
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‘For me, vernacular architecture is about understanding our traditional techniques and rebooting them so we can make new things’
ariam Kamara’s Niger-based practice Atelier Masomi focuses on projects that respond to the needs of people and the cultural and social context surrounding them. Despite being educated in the US, her studio currently focuses on work in Niger, and while this is partly because it’s her home country, it’s also because she sees a need for the transformative power of design here. ‘I see a lot of things I want to address through design,’ she says. In her presentation at Design Indaba 2019, Kamara showed one such project – a mosque-turned-library in Dandaji – that demonstrates how architecture can preserve a culture’s legacy while making way for the new. This mosque was scheduled to be destroyed – it wasn’t big enough to serve the community and was structurally damaged. Kamara and Studio Chahar lobbied to use it for something else – to preserve the heritage of the master mason who built it and create a centre for learning and literacy. ‘We wanted to enable a dialogue and to dramatise what we feel is going on throughout the whole world between religious and secular knowledge,’ says Kamara. Since Kamara was announced as the 2018-2019 Rolex Arts Initiative protégé under architect Sir David Adjaye, Kamara’s career has seen a major acceleration. ‘It’s such a
gift. I have a master giving me critique. The impact has been huge – my career has gone into overdrive,’ she says. Kamara never planned on becoming an architect, despite developing a deep love of drawing from an early age. She initially decided to study computer science but quickly realised it wasn’t the right path. Architecture, which offered the perfect middle ground between art and science, proved the better fit, and when she got to architecture school she knew this was what she wanted and ‘dove right in’. Kamara is currently developing a project under the guidance of Adjaye in Niamey, Niger. The Artisan Valley will be located between two historically divided sides of a river – one more affluent than the other. Kamara’s vision is a ‘whimsical promenade that incorporates spaces for local artisans to show off their traditional fabrication processes, while increasing their economic prospects’ and act as a way of bringing people together rather than keeping them apart. Kamara believes strongly in looking to her immediate surroundings for solutions and inspiration – thinking about the geography, climate, culture and way of a life in a place and making spaces that honour that, rather than looking to the West by default for answers. ‘For me, vernacular architecture is about understanding our traditional techniques and rebooting them so we can make new things.’ She sees that people are becoming more demanding in terms of what they expect from the structures they live and work in. ‘We have an opportunity and a responsibility as architects. The first question I ask is how can we go beyond the brief.’ This is why she sees the research stage as such a crucial step of the process – especially for cultural and public projects. ‘We react project to project rather than place to place, and consider the problems and desires of the potential end user but also take into account the place and its history,’ she says. When it comes to other architects and their impact on her work, it comes down to the concepts too. ‘I gravitate more towards other architects for their thinking not so much the product. I’m not aesthetically focused – I’m more interested in the ideals and the fundamentals. That’s what allows you to grow as an architect.’ Ultimately Kamara’s desire is to leave a legacy of improvement. ‘My obsession is the work. As long as I can leave something of value behind. To me that’s the test of whether you’ve been successful – when you’re gone, what remains?’
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The KLEED brand was founded in 2016 by Carolina Guedes Cruz, a dynamic Portuguese entrepreneur with two ruling passions in her life: fashion and wildlife conservation in Africa. Her KLEED kimonos (kleed is the Afrikaans word for robe) are all inspired by nature in one way or another. KLEED also partners with Saving the Survivors, one of the most respected wildlife NGOs in Africa and pioneering leaders in rhino conservation. For her limited-edition Bagh Spring/Summer 2019 resortwear line, she turned to another part of the world, enlisting the masterful talents of Jaipur-based illustrator and painter Vikas Soni, the man behind the murals of the iconic Bar Palladio Jaipur, to bring the fauna of India to life on silk. kleedkimonos.com
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TIGER, TIGER, BURNING BRIGHT
WAIST MANAGEMENT Spanish leather aficionado Loewe has long pioneered a progressive silhouette. Its 19th century roots mean craftsmanship is at its core, but the fresh direction forged by London-based phenom Jonathan Anderson since his appointment as creative director has given its designs a contemporary kick and off-kilter glamour. Case in point the Obi belt. At once high fashion and incredibly wearable, severe but playful, it’s a transformative statement piece that will take an ensemble to the next level. loewe.com
RUBBER STAMP British luxury brand Burberry is continuously evolving, and along with this evolution comes the update of the iconic trench coat. First designed in 1879, this wardrobe essential has walked a long road, developing from a practical garment to a timeless classic, and now a contemporary staple. In a drive to keep the piece current, the brand has reinvented it yet again – this slim but tailored silhouette owes its modern bent to its execution in neoprene. burberry.com
ARM CANDY With a name that means eternal life, strength, love and beauty, Peryton’s Skyrah is a multifaceted multitasker, designed to look magnificent while ticking all the major bag boxes and channelling the brand’s combination of earthiness and elusive mystery. Memorable design? Check. Manufacturing excellence? Absolutely. She’s elegant yet easy, slouchy yet super-structured, useful yet a total showstopper in the looks department. Available in four sophisticated colourways, this is one bag you’ll keep in your closet for life. peryton.com
BIRD IN THE HAND A clutch by nature needs to be compact, decorative and practical. This magnificent design by luxury Lebanese fashion house Sarah’s Bag has all of these attributes in spades. The Burst Box is a masterful example of luxe bohemia. Hand embellished with tiny glass beads in a bold tribally inspired pattern, and topped with the brand’s signature budgies, it’s an outfit-making piece. shop.sarahsbag.com
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FASHION CAN BE ETHICAL WITHOUT BEING POLITICAL Hanneli Rupert’s concept store in Cape Town, Merchants on Long, houses a curated selection of African luxury, handcrafted products and designs. She’s one of the industry’s most compelling advocates for ethical production and sourcing.
in the industry to speak of, and so possibly place a higher emphasis on quality. What’s important to me is authenticity – the origin of the design needs to have meaning and it needs to be backed in history. This carries through to the sourcing of raw materials and the manufacture of the product. In Africa, we have different skill sets and crafts, and there should be new voices in the industry but not at the risk of losing the existing voices that are the authority on certain aspects for a reason. European crafts are respected the world over. It’s exciting when you look at African luxury and its completely authentic to Africa. When I look at the designers I work with at Merchants, I see how they bring their heritage into their brands. Laduma Ngxokolo is a great example because everything he does – from choosing the materials to the design – follows from his own life story. In South Africa, we’re very afraid of talented people leaving. There’s a feeling that if you leave it’s because you’re a deserter, not because you’re actually incredibly talented and going to showcase your work in New York and London. It’s important for our designers to be able to showcase their work on an international stage, but still fly their own flag high. African designers are loyal to their countries and practices, no matter where they are. But international exposure is positive. Designers need to have that experience, and there is power in a megacity like London or New York. It’s fantastic to make it on your home ground first, but then to succeed internationally counts for a lot because the market is just so much bigger.
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We need to be careful of faceless masses that cry ‘cultural misappropriation’ on social media, when it’s not the case. It only serves to make the world a much more boring place. Younger people may feel a pressure to be aligned to something so they choose their cause, but sometimes they choose it out of a lack of identity rather than knowing the facts. Nothing is black and white – there is so much grey. I’m proud of my Afrikaans heritage and I’m not going to deny it because I’m afraid of criticism. It’s about what you know, and what inspires you. Hanneli Rupert was one of the speakers at the annual Condé Nast International Luxury Conference 2019, held in April in Cape Town.
started out with the idea to support African designers and makers from around the continent and to showcase the incredible talent we have available in Africa. I only stock brands that are made on the continent, and it’s important that the quality is world class. I am drawn towards brands that have their own identity and are authentic in their approach. I design the Okapi range myself and work with manufacturers I have selected over the years that have impressed me, either because of their exceptional skill or because of their unique approach to working, for example, upskilling people and generating much-needed jobs in a sustainable and ethical way. When I design, I usually start by thinking about what I would look for in a product. I like things that are longlasting, timeless and understated but, at the same time, are original and have an edge. My customers are sophisticated, educated, welltravelled people who know quality and believe in longlasting luxury with real meaning behind it. The African luxury industry is unique. Its core pillars are slightly different to those of more traditional nations producing luxury goods in that we don’t have a history
PERFORMANCE, AND THEN SOME McLaren Johannesburg has officially opened at the Daytona showroom in Melrose Arch. It also happens to be the biggest McLaren showroom in the world.
The launch of the McLaren ‘Spiders’ – the 720S and 600LT – caused quite a headrush earlier this year. It’s the 720S we love, though. It’s blisteringly fast, and has phenomenal driver engagement. With the groundbreaking Monocage II-S (which minimises flex and twist) at its core, it provides exceptional levels of feedback. Slip it into Sport or Track mode, and the true athleticism of a car born
from a long Formula 1 heritage is unleashed. Select Comfort mode, and the 720S Spider transforms. Its pioneering hydraulic suspension creates a relaxing and comfortable drive – tuned perfectly for everyday driving through town or country. So whether you’re out for a quick spin or pushing the limits at your favourite track, the 720S Spider will perform. daytona.co.za
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SIMPLY EXTRAORDINARY It’s been a while since I’ve driven a head-turner straight out of the box, but I had two to test in Cape Town recently, shortly before the dealerships took delivery of their precious cargo. It felt like the BMW 8 Series Coupe got more attention than the BMW Z4 Roadster, which had a lot to do with its F1-like throaty growl. (With more time I would have tried switching to manual and changing gears on the paddles as if I really were on the track!) I found the BMW 8 Series Coupe an easier, more comfortable ride, possibly due to the BMW Z4 driver assistance being activated, making hard work out of changing lanes. I had chosen the BMW Z4 sDrive20i from the line-up and the car’s electronic system, designed to promote safe driving, automatically tried to make me hold my line. My co-driver changed the setting when I mentioned the challenge (lest he thought my driving wasn’t up to scratch!) and I settled in to enjoy the ride with the top down. I erred on the side of caution, which he made up for once he settled in behind the wheel and really put both cars through their paces through some scenic Winelands stretches and mountain passes. I’m not a petrolhead so I found the power and responsiveness of both cars exhilarating. The Bavarian manufacturer’s attention to detail is par excellence and the craftsmanship noticeable in the interior finishings is memorable. Visit bmw.co.za to get the technical insights you crave.
DISCLAIMER: GEN Z SLANG HERE Having had a succession of 24-year olds in my family, I’ve had the simultaneous delight of rowdy travel companions and the inside track on cracking enigmatic Generation Z slang. As chance would have it, I recently drove Mercedes-Benz’s very new iteration of its own Gen Z car – 13 years after the first (the GL-Class) was launched. The GLS has been completely re-engineered as a clap-back (a withering response) to the BMW X7, the Range Rover and others. My car was the 400d in AMG Line Premium trim, with the 2.9-litre inline six-cylinder diesel motor, nine-speed automatic gearbox and 4Matic four-wheel-drive system. And it was pretty tight. Expect a few more AMG performance versions next year, and even a Maybach iteration to flex on Bentley’s Bentayga. Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system is extra with how the Burmester surround-sound system slaps out my sic Spotify jams cleanly. If you’ve lost me at this point, just know that this is pretty Gucci (there I go again), with its 22-inch wheels, heated multi-contoured massaging seats all-round, panoramic roof and head-up display. Add augmented-reality navigation, and an optional off-road package – which includes ABS and special off-road drive modes, low-range transmission, inter-axle locking, low-range off-road gearing, and variable all-wheel drive. It will slay the Sandton school run or Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. South African deliveries start after September 2019 – fact. mercedes-benz.co.za
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PROGRESS THROUGH ADVOCACY When premium brands are confident enough to stand up for social justice, they’re using their power for greater good and not just to sell cars, says RICHARD WEBB.
Audi’s ‘Daughter’ ad ends with the tagline ‘Progress is for everyone’ nless your social consciousness is stuck in the ’70s, you’ll recognise just how far we’ve come in rethinking our roles and actually caring about those who have to battle for the respect that others are given without a second thought. It hasn’t always been that way, of course. As I’m quite keen on classic as well as modern cars, I spend a lot of time leafing through magazines of yesteryear like Autocar or Motor. Several cringeworthy adverts therein have caused mirth and gnashing of teeth in equal measure for Her father worries ominously over the challenges she’ll face when their blatantly sexist she starts her career. He asks, ‘Do I tell her that despite her intelmessaging. These ligence, her education, her attitudes, her skills, she will automatically advertisements are be valued as less than every man she ever meets?’ As she battles to an indictment of the victory, her father continues. ‘Do I tell her that her grandpa is worth attitudes of society more than her grandma, at that time. that her dad is worth more Today’s political and than her mom? Or maybe, social environment is, I’ll be able to tell her somehowever, fertile ground thing different.’ The implied for consumer activism. message is clear: Audi Immigration. Climate is committed to gender change. Corruption. equality and equal pay Mental-health awarein the workplace. ness. It’s no surprise I’m not normally given that today’s consumers also look to their favourite brands – from to quoting Ernesto Che the clothes they wear to the cars they drive – with an expectation Guevara, but his words of social accountability. ‘If you tremble with indigThe brands we choose are a way for us to express our values nation at every injustice and commitments, and we expect them to express an opinion then you are a comrade around pressing social issues, however risky it may be. Some, Audi of mine’ resonate. They’re included, have embraced this and have a passionate, authentic inspirational and could be voice on the issues of the day, like equal pay for women. delivering a powerful mesA few years ago, Audi ran a 60-second advert that began sage about gender equality. in the moments before a downhill go-kart race. As a young girl Addressing social-justice issues is no easy feat, but when executed in prepares to do battle against her male counterparts, her father, an authentic way, brands can create long-lasting bonds that show a who’s looking on from the crowd, wonders (in the voiceover), true guiding principle behind the company that made your car. ‘What do I tell my daughter?’
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ANALOGUE VALUES IN A DIGITAL WORLD Many of us may not be very interested in all the stories of the past – in the discussion or the detail – but remain comforted in the knowledge that they are there. RICHARD WEBB wonders if Jaguar’s heritage story can survive electrification.
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drive, and the doors closed with a satisfying bank-vault thud. It was every inch a proper Jaguar. The marque’s pristine pedigree, refined over decades, has preserved this legacy and informed its future. But how will the global investment in electric and autonomous vehicles bode for Jaguar’s ‘gentleman’s club’ heritage?
A BOLD NEW ERA
The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace won the coveted 2019 World Car of the Year award at the New York International Auto Show in April. Judges lauded its sports-car performance, exceptional refinement, true SUV practicality and zero emissions
n 1968 Jaguar was so confident with its new XJ6 it replaced its entire range of saloons with just that one model. It was a bold move, and that beautiful shape – designed by Sir William Lyons – endured for another 41 years. I was eight years old when the XJ6 arrived in the Jaguar dealerships, and I routinely pestered the receptionist for brochures to add to my ‘must-have-one-day’ scrapbook. What caught my imagination in particular was a Regency Red 4.2-litre XJ, gleaming with power. It was unfathomably lovely and reassuringly well made. The thickly upholstered leather seats and magic carpet delivered a supernatural
My own experience has been that every major technological shift initially meets with resistance, but the defenders of the past seldom prevail for very long. For example, until recently, carmakers sought to distinguish themselves from their rivals by developing their own powertrains, but in this emerging era of electric, connected cars, the batteries that power them are likely to be commodified, making the connection with heritage even more important. Jaguar’s 2019 offering, the I-Pace, is otherworldly compared with all that has swept before it and it’s arguably the most important car developed since the E-Type. Most premium brands seek to hold on to some kind of memory bank, whether through folklore, storytelling, or some enduring design features. Happily, Jaguar resisted the temptation to style the car with ‘electric-car design accents’, focusing instead on making a great-looking car that just happens to be electric. Power is delivered from 600kg of lithium-ion batteries that generate 90kWh through all four wheels via an electric motor on each axle. It articulates its analogue DNA in a digital-savvy way: 477km range on a full charge, and it ‘hushes’ from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds on to a top speed of 198km/h. The battery can be charged to 80 percent of its capacity in as little as 40 minutes – if you can find a 100kW charging point. Lower capacity 50kW chargers take 85 minutes to deliver the same range, while standard AC 7kW wall-box chargers take more than 12 hours for a total re-juice.
INNATELY JAGUAR It catapults down the road with no drama – it’s composed and settled at all speeds, thanks to the shared F-Type suspension and 696Nm of torque instantly available. Its interior boasts uncluttered and handcrafted sartorial elements, and the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system ensures easy control of all the car’s technologies. 4G Wi-Fi capability is standard and a host of connectivity features keeps you in touch with your digital world. This Jaguar retains an elegant, highly aerodynamic design from every angle thanks to its flowing waistline and signature rear haunches. The I-Pace successfully reimagines the classic Jaguar balance between sports-car focus and luxury craftsmanship. When the Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC roll into showrooms, there’ll be more choice, but for me, this is the most rewarding electric car to drive so far – and remains a proper Jaguar.
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A cache of superb reds from South Africa’s most esteemed vineyards awaits collectors and connoisseurs. For close to a century Alto Wine Estate has built a reputation as one of the most respected red-wine producers in South Africa. Its 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested by hand and matured in French oak for 18 months, is described by critics as ‘expressive’, ‘wonderfully pure’ and ‘focussed’, with a taste that is ‘deep, rich and intense’. This red blends a full-bodied fruit-driven character with elegant tannins and will age well for decades. Another red born from the exceptional terroir of the Stellenbosch Winelands comes in the form of the luxurious 2016 Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage. The estate’s long-standing cellar master Abrie Beeslaar has won the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s International Winemaker of the Year award three times. He believes these accolades are recognition of South Africa’s potential to be rated as one of the world’s premier wine countries. A complex wine with hints of red-fruit flavours, vanilla and spice and a palate that is sweet, rich and smooth, the 2016 Pinotage spent 18 months maturing in French oak and has an ageing potential of 20 to 25 years. The estate welcomes guests for tastings and offers wines on their own or to enjoy with a pâté, biltong or chocolate pairing. Raising the bar high for South African wines – and representing a worthy addition for discerning collectors – is De Toren’s Book XVII. An expression of meticulous winemaking and extreme viticulture, it is the logical evolution of the cellar’s acclaimed Bordeaux blends. Each of the four single bunches grown per singular vine is individually nurtured and manicured by hand. Described as expressive, silky smooth yet powerful, the Book XVII is presented in a striking wooden case, which can only be opened by its unique accompanying key. The bespoke packaging includes a handwritten bottle number. alto.co.za kanonkop.co.za de-toren.com
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AN ITALIAN GEM Ristorante Da Ivo doesn’t only owe its fashionable reputation to its famous patrons but also to its charm as a traditional Venetian trattoria with great character and class. Owner Giovanni resembles a friendly bear and may hug you or crush your hand in an effort to make you feel undoubtedly welcome. Inside, you’ll notice paintings by locals as well as the quirky but extremely precious sketches, drawn spontaneously on napkins, by the likes of George Clooney, Elton John and even the revered artist Damien Hirst. The small restaurant has hidden, private corners where you can remain incognito. I had no idea that Bono and his wife were sitting a few yards away from me, and his bodyguard right next to us, until my friend dropped it into the conversation, and I nearly choked on my sea bass. Located adjacent to the canal you can arrive directly by gondola, or like Clooney did for his bachelor’s (but with a lot less fanfare) through the porta d’acqua. In the kitchen, Luciano and Marcella’s passion for cooking centres around natural flavours, fresh seafood from the Rialto market and the best meat. Tall, muscular Rachid will explain whatever you need to know. The portions are hearty and beautifully presented, the emphasis on quality rather than hooking passing tourists. As usual in Venice, fish is a speciality, with starters like misto crudo (a sort of Venetian sushi, with marinated raw fish) and tortellini di ricotta e spinaci con salsa di basilico (pasta with ricotta, spinach and basil sauce) designed to prepare you for the superb baked turbot with potatoes, olives and cherry tomatoes. ristorantedaivo.it
A NEW ERA FOR QUAY One reviewer has described the fare at Quay as ‘complex, daring, inventive, gorgeous, playful and assured. Close to perfection.’ Of its location, another has said ‘the dining room juts out like an eyrie overlooking Sydney Harbour, with full views (not glimpses) of the Opera House and bridge’. Voted Nr 1 in the country by Gourmet Traveller in 2019, Quay is, indeed, one of Autralia’s most celebrated restaurants and represents an organic space reflective of executive chef Peter Gilmore’s inspired cuisine. Gilmore is known for working closely with farmers, fishermen and artisans who cultivate bespoke produce exclusively for Quay. quay.com.au
HUB OF SWEET EXCELLENCE Since opening its doors in 1824, Pasticceria Marchesi has evolved from being a much-loved patisserie offering traditional specialities, made the old-fashioned way, to a landmark venue doing, well... pretty much the same, albeit with a contemporary twist. The original shop, which became a busy and popular café in the early 1900s, has retained the style of the times with coffered ceilings, vintage mirrors and art-deco lighting. Settle in for the panettone, renowned in Milan, and cup of simply delicious coffee during your next visit. pradagroup.com
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‘THE IMAGINATION IS AGREEABLY STIRRED’ It’s a bit of a cliché to quote Churchill on champagne but when you’re tasting Dom Pérignon’s newly released 2002 Plenitude 2 atop a still-active volcanic mountain on the island of Tenerife, quite literally above the clouds, well, I couldn’t put it better myself. WORDS CATHERINE DAVIS
o many of the big names in history have a Dom Pérignon story to tell. In 1971 the Shah of Iran ordered numerous bottles of the first vintage of Dom Pérignon Rosé (the 1959) to celebrate 2 500 years of the Persian Empire. A bottle from that order was sold at auction for €24 758 in 2008. Dom Pérignon was the champagne of choice for Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles’s wedding. The royal couple poured the 1961 vintage in honour of the bride’s birth year. It was reported that 99 bottles were delivered to the wedding, and all were consumed. James Bond drank Dom Pérignon in the novels, and Marilyn Monroe too loved Dom Pérignon, especially the vintage of the time, 1953. The champagne also frequently makes a cameo appearance in song lyrics and movies. Why is that? How does a liquid captivate, so many years later, the patronage of kings and queens, the imagination of world leaders, actors and actresses, authors and musicians? Dom Pérignon has an enviable heritage – it was the first ever prestige cuvée, launched in 1936, and remains a symbol of luxury in the best cellars of restaurants and bars around the world. But it certainly doesn’t rest on its heritage and celebrity links alone. Each Dom Pérignon vintage is an act of creation and the commitment to vintage is absolute. Each vintage wine is created from the best grapes grown in one single year. Achieving a great wine from a single crop presents a challenge to the winery, and a champagne vintage only occurs, on average, in three out of every 10 years. The benefit of this single-season production is that each edition will have its own distinct characteristics that can never be reproduced. For this reason, vintage champagne is often coveted for its exclusivity and uniqueness. Declaring a vintage in an exceptional year is followed by
decades in the cellar as the champagne is born and then assessed for its expression and expansion until it is ready for release. This is especially the case with Dom Pérignon, with its three ‘Plénitudes’, released after nine, 16 and 25 years of elaboration, becoming rarer and more exclusive over time. Declaring a vintage, and subsequently selecting an optimum moment for the late disgorgements, is now the job of Vincent Chaperon – the newly anointed chef de cave who took over from one of the industry’s boldest champagne-makers, Richard Geoffroy. It was Chaperon who, in April this year, with a handful of guests, trekked up Mount Teide on the island of Tenerife to the international observatory, which set the scene for a spectacular performance of Dom Pérignon 2002 Plenitude 2. And as the guests reached a rise atop the mountain, they discovered a row of glasses, individually placed on a plinth, overlooking the clouds bathed in a pinky sunset light. Chaperon struggled to contain his excitement as he poured for each guest the perfectly chilled 2002 P2 and spoke about the champagne’s energy and precision. It was here that the imagination was stirred. In the chill of the air at 2 300m above sea level, standing above the clouds, the guests tasted the exceptional vintage, in homage to all that has gone before at Dom Pérignon: Dom Pérignon himself, the Benedictine monk and cellar master in Hautvillers, who ‘tasted the stars’ in the 17th century, and changed the course of winemaking and the cellar masters since, including Geoffroy, and now Chaperon. ‘2002 is gold for me,’ said Chaperon. ‘The Chardonnay was almost overripe that year, so 2002 P2 is radiant gold.’ The flavour instantly unfurls leaving a bright, expressive, delicate aftertaste that is lively yet sensual,
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and still very fruit-forward. The nose and palate are strikingly similar, and the velvety mouth-feel becomes deeper and richer. The overall result displays intense, elegant, saline and slight liquorice notes. Brimming with sensations, filled with emotion, this champagne draws its intensity from its precision, says Chaperon. Chaperon connected the interior of the earth, the volcanic activity of Mount Teide, the stars and the champagne, each balancing tension and harmony in a dialogue with nature. It speaks to the Dom Pérignon philosophy that revolves around organising complexity in order to create harmony. He compared grapes with stars: ‘Both die, but not before they give all their energy.’ Dinner followed in a clear dome structure that was befitting a mountain-top observatory while the P2 flowed, accompanied by dishes designed to surprise. Michelinstarred Spanish chef, Paco Roncero, continued to play with the celestial themes, pairing the champagne with satellites of cheese and chocolate, sesame and miso meteorites and black holes of spherified olives. In doing so, a dialogue between inventive fine cuisine and the precision of Plénitude 2 was created. Like the guests atop Mount Teide, 2002 P2 has been elevated to new heights by its extra maturation. Such a great wine encourages contemplation, elevates conversation and most certainly stirs the imagination in the most agreeable way.
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Chaperon connected the interior of the earth, the volcanic activity of Mount Teide, the stars and the champagne, each balancing tension and harmony in a dialogue with nature
Hyde Park Guest House is set in the peaceful, leafy upmarket suburb of Hyde Park in Johannesburg. Within close proximity to both the Sandton and Rosebank business and shopping centres, our location makes it the ideal venue for the discerning business traveller or leisure-seeker. This 5-star guest house offers luxurious accommodation with personalised attention to the important details. For bed and breakfast accommodation, Hyde Park Guest House is your home away from home.
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At The Calile Hotel, the brief to ‘deliver a resort experience in an urban setting’ has been met, and then some, by Australian architecture firm Richards and Spence. Situated in the vibrant, design precinct of James Street in Brisbane, and surrounded by fashion boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars, this modern hotel is at once stark and warm. With textures of cork, wood and brass, complemented by pale shades of blush pink and sky blue, and arched windows and walkways throughout, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were on the set of a Wes Anderson film. Apart from the beautiful design, the hotel wins with its location, and gets five stars for its dining, drinking, leisure and wellness offerings. thecalilehotel.com
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MEASURES OF SALT Of all the accommodation in Mauritius, why recommend the boutique eco-hotel Salt of Palmar? Let us count the ways… Located on Palmar Beach on the east coast of the island, it’s all about going local here – taking the time to learn about the people and places that will creep into your heart and never leave, and discovering what sustainable living really means. Owners The Lux Collective have handpicked staff who deliver on the group’s reputation for sterling everything. As much as they encourage you to explore, you have to stay in long enough for a spa treatment with, you guessed it, salt. Your skin will thank you. saltresorts.com
FROM HERE TO TÜRKBÜKÜ Set upon a hilltop in the quaint but buzzing village of Türkbükü, near Bodrum in Turkey, lies the pictureperfect Maçakizi Bodrum boutique hotel. Much like the Bodrum peninsula where it is located, the hotel has morphed into something a little more modern over the years. What was once a bohemian B&B is now a glamourous bougainvillea-clad bolthole, with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea from every window, a private beach, and one of the best restaurants in Turkey. macakizi.com
CATALONIA DREAMING Open for less than a year, the aptly named Little Beach House is a sparkling addition to the Spanish coastline, just 30 minutes outside of Barcelona. Soho House owner Nick Jones and his creative design team have transformed a rundown 1950s property into a dreamy boutique hotel, alive with greenery and vibrant pops of colour throughout. It is the only accommodation in the tiny town of Garraf, and with a sweet little beach below it and an on-site restaurant serving basic yet delicious fare, a stay here promises peaceful respite from the buzzing city. littlebeachhousebarcelona.com
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ZAMBEZI RIVER LIFE Not many luxury lodges can deliver the promise of river cruising, a UNESCO World Heritage site, world-class food and wine, and wildlife bush encounters that will remain with you for years to come, writes KATHY MALHERBE.
he Matetsi Victoria Falls experience begins the moment you land at Victoria Falls International Airport. After being greeted by the lodge’s guides, your bush orientation begins as you’re taken via private shuttle through the Zambezi National Park to Matetsi Private Game Reserve, a private concession of 55 000 hectares. It’s a case of ‘no fences make good neighbours’ as animals are free to roam between the park and reserve. The first rains fell in Zimbabwe in December and the bushveld is a rich canvas of iridescent greens and light khaki. Near the lodge, the guide points out fresh elephant dung and broken branches. And so your eyes begin to adjust to the signs and marks left by the wildlife and your senses begin to sharpen. Matetsi Victoria Falls, which consists of Matetsi River Lodge suites and Matetsi River House private villa, is set on part of the concession’s 15km stretch of the Zambezi River, just a 40-minute drive from the Victoria Falls, and offers guests an opportunity to combine a wildlife safari and luxury lodge experience in close proximity to one of the great natural wonders of the world. While the main lodge is a gathering point where guests can relax and mingle, it is the private suites that will be your home for the duration of your stay.
Your personal butler will lead you through the ebony doors of your suite, located a stone’s throw away from the river. The suite is magnificent; spacious and beautifully appointed with an open-plan sitting room and glass walls on three sides affording a 270-degree view of the surrounding bush. Everything you could possibly need is here – a large circular bath in the glass-fronted bathroom (upstaged only by the river-facing outdoor shower), large sofas for resting between dips in your private pool and a deck shaded by indigenous trees.
BUSH TIME Although it’s difficult to tear yourself away from the suite, the lure of river and reserve activities is strong. The sound of the butler’s cheerful 5.30am wake-up call and the bang of the ‘butler hatch’, with a delivery of tea and coffee, signal the start of a day in the bush. Each suite is allocated a tracker and ranger guide. It’s a symbiosis of uncanny spotting and reading of bush signs combined with knowledge of animal behaviour honed from years of sharp observation. Our guide, Clever, is a fount of fascinating information delivered with wit and charm, and tracker Lancelot is alert to the slightest movement and sound of game and birds. The bushveld is lush and dense in summer but we’re taken via open safari vehicle to a valley where the landscape is a mixture of mopane trees, acacias, baobabs, tall savanna and grassland. Here we see warthogs and
what initially appear to be large smooth boulders in the river suddenly immerse themselves then reappear, beady-eyed, their chamomile-coloured ears peeping above the water. A baby hippo too short to reach the river bed perches on its mother’s back. There is a warning in the Ndebele translation of Kasambezi, which roughly means ‘Bathe, swim, if you know the river’ in English. Hippos may look cartoon-like and benign but have been known to bite a human in half with ease. In a canoe, with your eyes peeled – and a qualified canoe guide for company – the river is the most wonderful way to experience the bush. There is no need to be a top birder. With a guide at the helm it’s not hard to pick out the lilac and turquoise rollers, giant kingfishers, the green and yellow flash of a Meyer’s parrot and the distinctive wing-balancing of the bateleur eagle. If you’re neither botanist, naturalist nor birder, the guides soon offer amusing ‘aide-mémoire’ for the creatures you see: the ‘Matetsi kangaroo’ or springhare that hops along on its hind legs looking to all the world like a bunny on an errand or the onomatopoeic go-away bird, the noisy hoopoe.
WINE AND DINE their little piglets trot past with tails upright like aerials; ubiquitous dainty impala, their markings so similar it seems as if Mother Nature has painted them by numbers; and rotund zebras with their oxpecker jockeys. At one of the water holes, kept full by solar-powered pumps, a herd of elephants gathers and rumbles. The diminutive calves seem attached to their mothers by an invisible cord and they bleat if they lose sight of the four solid legs that mean safety and protection at their vulnerable age. A very small calf tries comically to put his trunk into his mouth. And fails. Between standing on it or watching it gyrating and twisting independently like an unattended garden hose, it’s a struggle. Elephant trunks have more than 40 000 muscles so the calf has a way to go before his becomes a reliable suction hose, trumpet, breathing tube, nose and handy harvesting tool.
NIGHT WATCH Darkness falls quickly in the bush and game are on high alert. Lancelot sweeps his torch back and forth as he looks for nocturnal hunters and his beam catches four wild dogs loping through the night on the scent of impala. Some minutes later, two spectacular male lions emerge from the bush and a large herd of buffalo lying in a circle lift their noses to the wind, testing the air for signs of danger. Between two game drives a day, you can also sit on your deck enjoying the wildlife close by. Here you’ll see
It seems a little unfair that while lions hunt for hours and hyena circle carcasses, we need do little more than turn up for a boma feast, but that’s the law of the lodge. We are spoilt. Zimbabwean executive chef, Shane Ellis, provides a fresh and evolving menu of international and local fine foods including Zambezi bream (fresh-water fish), vegetarian and vegan options and local highlights including venison, sadza (white cornmeal) and peanut butter rice, which is much loved in the area. Also unique to the lodge is the cool and calm of owner John Gardiner’s private wine cellar – this intriguing and cocooning space is a must-visit. Conceptualised by Gardiner, it is a stellar collection of interesting and iconic wines from around the world and arguably the most impressive in Africa. And ask to see the comprehensive (and valuable) collection of vintage toy armies, trains and cars that Gardiner has collected since he was a child. The eye never forgets what the heart has seen. Once you have been touched by the beauty of Zimbabwe and its people, you leave with them firmly embedded in your heart. It is hardly surprising that Matetsi Victoria Falls is called ‘Zimbabwe’s best-kept secret’. It has become the preferred destination for royalty and members of the Forbes list but also an increasing number of guests who understand that its location between the mighty Zambezi, Victoria Falls and game-rich bush, is unique and unforgettable. Find out more at matetsivictoriafalls.com
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BOUTIQUE SAFARI ADVENTURES Time to soak up nature’s stillness. Private Edition travel writers uncover three Lowveld game lodges – new, or newly refurbished – designed for the most discerning traveller.
SERENITY IN THE SABI SANDS Tranquility. Even the word, exhaled slowly, is enough to calm frayed nerves. Tengile River Lodge – the newest offering from conservation group &Beyond in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve – delivers on this promise. (‘Tengile’ meaning tranquil in Tsonga.) With just nine suites strung along a sharp bend in the Sand River, &Beyond Tengile has upped the ante when it comes to bushveld luxury. Each opulent suite, with a private deck and pool, stretches across 200m2, and although expansive bedrooms and bathrooms come standard, the real magic happens under those wide Lowveld skies.
The colours and textures of Sabi Sands are echoed in the inspired décor by designer Michele Throssell: a blend of organic African and colonial elements complemented by contemporary touches. Slatted raw woods lends a rustic feel to the ceilings, while the textured bark of the surrounding woodland inspired the fabrics and materials flowing through the suites. Throughout the lodge, materials, furniture and décor were sourced from local designers and artisans. ‘We worked hard on the concept of bringing the outside in,’ explains &Beyond’s chief executive officer, Joss Kent. ‘We have tried to create the ultimate space where guests can feel at home and be provided with everything that they need, without having to leave their suite.’ It’s certainly tempting to simply settle in for the duration. Throssell has subtly integrated the rich heritage of the region into the space. Rusted sheet metal evokes colonial vernacular architecture, while stonework from the century-old Selati Railway – which once ran through here, connecting the gold mines of Johannesburg with
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the port city of Maputo in Mozambique – was used to create the terrazzo floors. As with all &Beyond properties, sustainability and reducing the environmental impact was a key consideration in the building of &Beyond Tengile. Steel frames reduce the need for permanent foundations, wastewater is recycled for irrigation, and energy efficiency is maximised through wide eaves, covered terraces, crossventilation and insulation. Beyond the lodge, the wildlife experience is simply unforgettable. The game-rich Sabi Sands is famous worldwide for its big-cat sightings, and &Beyond’s highly trained guides ensure guests, local and foreign, soak up an unforgettable time out in the bush. Back at Tengile, warm hospitality is the hallmark, whether it’s creating a celebratory dinner in the privacy of your suite, or shaking up your favourite cocktail at the stylish bar. The lodge has refined the notion of ultimate bushveld luxury, all while focusing on the one element we all seek: tranquility. andbeyond.com Richard Holmes
At dawn, post Lowveld thunderstorm, we stood on the broad terrace of Rattray’s Camp facing the wide riverbed with its first pools of water, the sky the colour of purple pressed grapes. Our soft-spoken, knowledgable guide, Gordon, grabbed his shotgun and prepared the Land Rover with blankets and flasks of water. There are never more than four in a Landie, and for two days I had Gordon to myself as we weaved through the spiky acacia and mahogany trees. The animals move slowly across the hush of the bush and it all seems so still until you spot the giraffe, zebra, buffalo and slow lumbering elephants. Tawny eagles dive through the sky. The impala, living under constant threat, jerk their heads at every sound. There’s not much to touch Rattray’s for game viewing, attention to detail and tasteful luxury. ‘Animals live in the moment in their daily struggle to find food, water and protect themselves. There’s no thought of future or past, it’s only the present, and a lot of people have lost touch with that. Watching them teaches us to cherish what is important in life right now, not what might happen next week,’ says Gordon, who has been at Mala Mala Rattray’s for 11 years. Seeing the Big Five is always a highlight but there’s a special award at this camp – a certificate for the Mala Mala Seven – and I was hugely fortunate to receive it. That’s because we found three cheetah and a pack of African wild dogs and their pups. ‘Only five percent of our guests get the certificate. You were lucky, and have a good, positive aura,’ Gordon smiled when he presented it. The privilege of being in a camp like this is at risk, with the threat of sophisticated poaching, population expansion and drought. It’s a piece of paradise and a trip of a lifetime. malamala.com Sharon Feinstein
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Jock Safari Lodge general manager Louis Strauss stood us up at breakfast. He was called to an important meeting, apparently… What could be more important than promoting your lodge to five members of the media, hungry for information to share with the public? Well, saving the life of a baby rhino, that’s what. The tracking team had located her early that morning, dehydrated and disorientated. Her mother had been killed by poachers a few days earlier. The Kruger National Park helicopter crew and vets were called, and she was darted, stabilised and flown to Care for Wild rehabilitation facility. This is what makes Jock Safari Lodge so special – its absolute commitment to conservation. The lodge is owned and managed by non-profit conservation organisation, the Caleo Foundation, and managed by Louis and Belinda Strauss, who are visibly passionate and hands-on (as we witnessed that morning at breakfast) about conserving and showcasing the land and animals, and are actively involved with numerous conservation and research projects of rare and endangered species. Working closely with SANParks, the team at Jock Safari Lodge also focuses on protecting fragile, unique ecosystems in and around the concession. The lodge itself has been built to the most stringent eco-management criteria in South Africa. Perfectly positioned in the southern area of the Kruger National Park, Jock Safari Lodge rests at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers. This 6 000ha exclusive concession is situated half way between Skukuza and the Malelane Gate. The legendary wildlife experiences are enhanced by 23km of exclusive dry riverbed that only Jock guests can enjoy. The Big Five sightings of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, herds of buffalo and elephant are frequent and the birding experience exceptional. Jock Safari Lodge offers two recently refurbished and redesigned luxury lodges. The main camp features 12 secluded thatched suites, each with a private deck, an outdoor Victorian bath and shower, as well as a plunge pool and enclosed sala (day bed) for day- or nighttime use. The Fitzpatrick Lodge, a private villa a few kilometres away from the main camp, is a perfect space for families or friends travelling together. As is so often the case with safari holidays, the game guides can make or break the experience. Guide extraordinaire and manager of the lodge Lazarus Mkhonto filled every moment in the bush with new and rare discoveries and fascinating titbits about the wild. There is no queueing to catch a glimpse of a leopard and no time limit on prime sightings. The pace is relaxed and so personal. jocksafarilodge.com Catherine Davis
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A SUSTAINABLE SAFARI
WELCOME TO PRIVATE TIME
e live in a world that is more or less disposable. We update our cellphones every two years, and our cars every three-to-five years (apart from the classics). Books, music and movies have to a large degree gone digital, and many other products are cheaper to replace than to fix. It leaves fewer tangible pleasures to collect or treasure. But luxury timepieces have a kind of permanence. We can remember our fathers and mothers or our grandfathers and grandmothers wearing their watches, and this connection really means something. What also means a lot is the expertise that goes into watch creation – it’s impressive. Computer-aided design and production, expert watchmaking, and detailed finishing and decoration are just a few of the intricate processes involved. The highly skilled workers and raw materials needed to produce such watches are sought-after, with most of these complicated timepieces made in gold or platinum or other rare metals and precious stones. Rare timepieces are handcrafted and then assembled and regulated by a master watchmaker – often only one watchmaker – from start to finish. And it is this personal touch that is valued too. The haute horlogerie you see in the pages of Private Time have all these elements of heritage, craft, design and rarity, and have intriguing stories behind them. And they will continue ticking virtually forever.
CONTENTS 66 FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION There’s change afoot for the world’s top two watch fairs. Private Time investigates
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COVER WATCH: BVLGARI OCTO FINISSIMO CHRONOGRAPH GMT AUTOMATIC
88 MASTER OF THEIR ARTS A closer look at the incredible watchmaking craft at some of the world’s top maisons
68 BEST IN SHOW It’s difficult to pick out the best of the best but these are the standouts from SIHH and Baselworld
92 PERPETUAL PLANET Leading watch manufacturers are doing their bit to help save the oceans
74 SELLING THE DREAM A photo essay of extreme adventurer and the ‘greatest living man’, Mike Horn
98 HOROLOGICAL PROBLEMSOLVERS Debbie Hathway talks to the brilliant independent watchmakers of Krayon and Singer Reimagined
82 ON TIME AND ON TRACK The fascination with Formula 1 and the watches inspired by the track
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101 FLIGHTS OF FANCY When purchasing diamonds, it’s all about the hue you choose
FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION As the industry digests developments around who’s in and who’s out of the world’s two top watch fairs, the focus shifts to what 2020 will deliver.
he Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva and Baselworld in Basel will run as back-to-back events from 2020, making it easier for retailers, clients and international media to attend both. Calendars for the world’s top watch fairs have been synchronised until 2024, bringing hope for continuity as organisers persist in modernising their respective formats and digital offerings in the face of evolving consumer and exhibitor demands. Fabienne Lupo, chairwoman and managing director of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, which organises SIHH, stated: ‘Our two events have always been different, yet complementary. Resynching with Baselworld will further confirm Switzerland as the foremost destination for watchmaking in the world. This is something we welcome wholeheartedly, as it is in the interests of all.’ This synchronisation is expected to benefit the watchmaking industry enormously and ‘represents a major breakthrough for the future,’ said Michel LorisMelikoff, managing director of Baselworld. The Swatch Group was noticeably absent at Baselworld this year. Nick Hayek, president of the executive group management board and member of the board of directors
reportedly said they will ‘never participate in mega exhibitions again ... There is no need for it anymore.’ Jean-Claude Biver, outgoing head of LVMH’s watch division, told CNNMoney their decision to attend Baselworld this year was made in conjunction with ‘other Swiss brands such as Rolex and Patek Philippe’. Reuters published extracts from the interview in which he said, ‘We want to take advantage of 2019 to see, together with the organisers, what Basel 2020 could be. If we can manage that ... there is no reason we wouldn’t stay.’ Baselworld has been criticised for being expensive and inefficient and lost many of its exhibiting brands in 2018. Hotel and restaurant prices have been high in the past and watchpro.com felt it was no different this year. They shared stats from the closing press conference showing the fair had attracted 81 200 visitors (down 22% from 2018), 520 brands exhibiting (down 20%) and 3 300 media representatives (down 12% ). In its 2013 heyday, as many as 150 000 visitors and 1 500 exhibitors were recorded. SIHH is attended mainly by Richemont brands, some independents (Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille won’t be there from 2020) and a growing number of young watchmakers. This year saw a record attendance of more
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than 23 000 people (a 15% year-on-year increase) who came to see the latest marvels presented by 18 longestablished maisons and 17 independent watchmakers.
THE WAY FORWARD Luxury brands have long been under pressure to meet the demands of the digital era and the consumers who drive it. Economic trends, speedy digital transformation and changing consumer preferences are creating a new competitive landscape where traditional corporate strategies are under threat. The ‘Deloitte Global Powers of Luxury Goods 2018’ report says growth in the luxurygoods industry is expected to continue, with emphasis on the need for luxury players to ‘focus their investments on digital connectivity, upwardly mobile consumers and bold business models’. While traditionally Europe and the US have benefited from higher sales, recent trends highlight the increasing importance of Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. Millennials and Generation Zs will represent more than 40% of the overall luxury-goods market by 2025, according to the report. They appear to favour luxury mechanical watches over digital, expect to interact across a range of digital channels and find
value in customised experiences that appeal to their emotions. Enter the HENRYs, Deloitte’s term for the high-spending, digitallysavvy High-EarnersNot-Rich-Yet consumers for whom sustainability is high on the agenda. Think Rolex and its mentoring programme or Montblanc’s collaboration with Chinese digital influencer Mr Bags as an example of what brands should be doing to build their loyalty. More important to them than history and heritage are quality, service, design, craftsmanship and exclusivity.
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WATCHING THE WATCH MARKET TODAY The ‘Deloitte Global Powers of Luxury Goods 2019’ report cites aggregated revenues for the top-100 corporates in clothing, footwear, watches, jewellery, cosmetics, fragrances, bags and accessories of US$247 billion – a 10.8% year-on-year increase in sales at constant exchange rates and an enviable profit margin of 9.8%. LVMH tops the list, with Richemont in third place, Kering in fourth and Swatch Group eighth. Other watch brands in the top 100 include Rolex (14), Patek Philippe (45), Audemars Piguet (51), Chopard (53), Breitling (74), Franck Muller Group (84) and Richard Mille (90).
BEST IN SHOW With so many new and updated watch lines launched at Baselworld and the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Switzerland this year, it’s very difficult to choose the best of the best. But these are a few of the standouts. WORDS DEBBIE HATHWAY
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Bvlgari set a fifth world record at Baselworld this year with the thinnest ever mechanical chronograph in watchmaking history. The flat automatic chronograph movement in the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic is only 3.3mm. ‘Our capability [is] fusing edgy, magnificent Italian design with the ultimate Swiss engineering and craftsmanship – this is why I talk about Rinascimento from Bvlgari. It is truly a revolution of design and technology,’ says Bvlgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin.
Hublot’s collaboration with industry leaders and sporting greats is well known. And this year they’re leading the field with the limited-edition Classic Fusion Chronograph ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, available in 100 pieces. The colouring is inspired by the logo of this year’s event, but take a closer look at the hands of the twin counters for the chronograph minutes and small seconds, shaped like cricket bats, and the triple appliqué hour marker at 12 o’clock that resembles a set of wooden cricket stumps.
The dials of the métiers d’art timepieces in the GyroGraff Endangered Species collection are set with precious gemstones and gold. Hand-finished using diamond marquetry, a technique pioneered by Graff, they depict the faces of an elephant, tiger, panda, rhino and gorilla. The trio of complications in this collection constitutes a watchmaking first – double-axis tourbillon, hand-engraved spherical moon phase and 65-hour power reserve indicator at 1 o’clock.
The classic Reference 5212A of the Patek Philippe Calatrava Weekly Calendar is the first serially manufactured model in the line with a steel case. Two central hands indicate the days of the week, the calendar week and the month, supported by the new self-winding manufacture Calibre 26-330 S C J SE, which comprises 304 components. The numerals are designed to look as though they were handwritten, thanks to a typeface specially created for this watch.
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IWC’s Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition ‘Le Petit Prince’ (IW590303) incorporates a constant-force tourbillon for the first time in an IWC Pilot’s Watch. It’s also the first time IWC is using hard gold, a more wear-resistant option to red gold, which suits the large case and crown. Aviator and author Antoine de SaintExupéry’s ‘Le Petit Prince’ stands on the perpetual moon-phase display, which takes 577.5 years to require adjustment by one day. Only 10 pieces are available.
Since aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont ordered the first modern wristwatch from Louis Cartier in 1904, the maison has expanded the Santos collection with some incredible pieces including this one launched at SIHH earlier this year. The Santos de Cartier Chronograph has a single start/stop push button at 9 o’clock and the reset function is integrated into the crown. It comes with three interchangeable straps in steel, alligator leather or rubber.
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The pink-gold dial of the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon is a new hue for the 100-piece collection that beautifully offsets the flyback chronograph, perpetual calendar with moonphases, tourbillon with stop seconds, and power-reserve indicator at the end of the tachymeter scale. The one-minute tourbillon with patented stop seconds, which is visible on the caseback, eliminates the influence of gravity on the escapement inside its cage.
THE LONGEST FLIGHT Two pilots are embarking on a first-of-itskind aviation adventure, a feat that could be in the history books by year end. WORDS DEBBIE HATHWAY
n August 2019, two pilots and an 80-year-old aircraft will take to the skies on a flight path that will cover more than 43 000km and 26 countries in an effort to complete a historic round-the-world adventure in four months. It’s not just any aircraft, though, and these are not ordinary pilots. The Mk.IX Spitfire – an emblem of freedom across the globe – was designed as a single-seat, short-range, highperformance interceptor aircraft by Reginald J Mitchell and used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during and after World War II. The pilots are UK-based Steve Boultbee Brooks and Matt Jones. Jones is a spitfire, helicopter and business-jet pilot, while Brooks is an avid explorer and pilot whose record-setting achievements include being the first person to fly a helicopter from pole to pole in 2004. They cofounded the Boultbee Flight Academy as a means to share their passion for Spitfires with as many pilots as possible after Brooks bought a two-seater Spitfire on auction approximately 10 years ago. I chatted to Brooks about ‘Silver Spitfire – The Longest Flight’ at the recent Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, where partners IWC Schaffhausen launched a new Spitfire line in the
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Pilot’s Watches collection. ‘Spitfires are so special, and so emotive, and yet they were kept behind red ropes and no-one was allowed near them,’ says Brooks. ‘We came up with the idea of the academy to let people fly them and touch them… and then we bought the single-seater. They were all single-seaters originally; only a few were converted after the war.’ The two-seater, which has been used to teach approximately 2 000 people to fly to date, is in fact registered in South Africa. According to Brooks, ‘somebody found it in a scrapyard near Cape Town in the ’80s and started rebuilding it. That’s our main machine… that’s our love, the South African one.’ News about Brooks’ investment in the single-seater spread to 22 countries. Astounded, they soon realised that ‘the whole world loves the Spitfire. So now the idea is to take the Spitfire to the world...’ The fighter aircraft’s elliptical wings not only make the Spitfire extraordinarily agile and easy to manoeuvre, they also give it its unique silhouette. How does it feel to fly? Jones says, ‘The more you forget that you’re in a machine, the more it feels like the wings are your own.’ The aircraft underwent a painstaking refit at Duxford in Cambridge in the UK. The modifications, which make it more suitable to flying longer distances, included a new engine, extra fuel tanks, no weaponry, improved avionics and some modern safety gear.
The aircraft must be fully serviced after every 25 flying hours and refuelled every 750km.
FLYING TIME The instrument design of IWC’s Pilot’s Watches is the result of engineering to the specific requirements of military aviation. The Spitfire watches are inspired by the Mark 11, the iconic navigation watch produced in Schaffhausen for the Royal Air Force from 1948, and incorporate IWC-manufactured calibres. ‘We do like these guys [IWC] because their very concept is about function,’ says Brooks. ‘In a Spitfire, there is no floor because you don’t need a floor. IWC’s design ethos is similar when they’re making watches in that they only have the bits they need.’ Among the new models, the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition ‘The Longest Flight’ (Ref. IW395501) has been specially developed for Brooks and Jones. Limited to 250 pieces (the pilots receive the first two), the watch can be set to different time zones by simply rotating the bezel. The Spitfire line features a stainlesssteel or bronze case. The former, with its black dial and green textile strap, is reminiscent of the cockpit of a Spitfire, while the bronze case combined with olive-green dial and brown calfleather strap will develop its own unique character as the patina develops over time. The Spitfire is engraved onto the back of those watches with a closed case. iwc.com silverspitfire.com
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SELLING THE DREAM South African-born explorer Mike Horn is to the French-speaking world what Bear Grylls is to the US. DEBBIE HATHWAY spoke to the ‘greatest living man’ in Geneva, before he set off to resume his circumnavigation of the globe. PHOTOGRAPHY DMITRY SHAROMOV | CHRIS BRINLEE JR
Mike Horn’s Pole2Pole expedition, a north-tosouth-to-north circumnavigation of the planet, covers 24 000 miles and is being undertaken by vehicle, sailboat, kayak, skis and on foot. During stopovers, Horn pauses to inspire and teach. ‘You don’t think you can become an explorer. I think you are born to be one,’ he says
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y interview with Mike Horn at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva ranks among the most inspirational of my career. He was there for the launch of the Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition PAM00985, a limitededition professional diver’s watch, and I was the only South African journalist in a 1 400-strong international media contingent. The connection was instant and I was on a high for days. It’s the effect of what I call the ‘Mike magic’ – his ability to excite, to inspire, to delight and to engage a global audience that includes the all-important funders of his ‘crazy’ dreams. In a recent Instagram post taken on the grey East China Sea, the caption reads: ‘The sun lives inside ourselves.’ That’s Mike to a T. While SIHH was underway, Mike was busy with preparations for the next stage of his Pole2Pole expedition, an estimated three-year circumnavigation of the world that began in 2016. In addition to giving payback to main sponsors Panerai and Mercedes-Benz, who have supported Mike for almost two decades, scheduled stops in this epic adventure are necessary for his financial survival. Over the years Mike’s income has been fuelled variously by television appearances, giving talks and motivating top sports teams. Television programmes that cover Mike taking celebrities into nature and teaching them how to survive have worked rather well and become quite popular. ‘As you know sponsorship has become a bit more difficult, so you have to find alternative means of financing. If television is the way to finance what I do, then I have to make space for that,’ he told one journalist. In another interview he described his business model as one that pretty much works around selling a dream.
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On 7 February 2017 Mike Horn completed his solo, unsupported trek across the Antarctic. He traversed the icy continent in 57 days on kite-skis pulling 210kg of supplies. The distance from the coast to the pole is 2 215km in a straight line
Get investors emotionally and financially involved in ‘You need a lot of experience if you want to go out there what you do – that’s when you find sincere and honest and do something that nobody else has done – it takes a partnerships, creating value out of being the first person lot of preparation. We don’t risk losing money, we don’t to cross Antarctica, to swim down the Amazon River or risk losing a reputation, we risk losing a life,’ he said in to cross the North Pole in winter. ‘It has a lot to do with a recent interview. ‘And that’s where the real investment marketing and advertising, but it’s a philosophy that and the real dedication to what I do becomes the point explorers had in the past and still have today – that we of interest – because I’m willing to commit. I’m willing can still go out there and make our dreams come true,’ to commit much more than money, I’m willing to commit he says. my life. That has a different value.’ Mike believes more companies today want to invest in The aim of Mike’s expeditions is to explore culture and authentic, true-life stories. Mercedes-Benz, pioneers in the nature in remote regions and to share his discoveries with world of mobility, found synergy in his pioneering work in people worldwide. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class enables exploration. The Richemont connection came when Johann him to do this, but it’s something that attracts criticism. Rupert took his own Panerai off his wrist and gave it to ‘When I drive to climb K2, for example, people criticise Mike at the Laureus World Sports Awards when he won me for driving with that G-Class, but I need the G-Class Action Sportsperson of the Year in 2001. ‘I didn’t know capability to get over the Himalayas,’ says Mike. ‘I’m going him from a bar of soap – I knew more about his father, to places that no one has been and I’m doing it in the and the Rupert family. I said, “Wow!” This was the only cleanest possible way. The G-Wagen’s engine conforms to watch I wanted to wear or would buy,’ says Mike. ‘That the latest Euro 6 emissions standard. I need that vehicle Panerai association came out of the blue, when I really because it’s made for me like the Panerai watch is made needed it the most.’ for me.’ Relationships like that, which come from the heart, He describes his life as one constant exploration, one last forever. constant activity. ‘I always try and explain I’m not bigger At the time of writing, he had just embarked on and stronger than anybody else. I’m just a normal 53-yearthe crossing of the Arctic Ocean via the North Pole to old male who has been active for the better part of my life. complete his Pole2Pole expedition. It’s the culmination Activity is what keeps my mind sane.’ of a boyhood dream that started when Mike ‘You need a lot of experience if you want to go out there read books about Scott, and do something that nobody else has done – it takes a lot Amundsen and of preparation. We don’t risk losing money, we don’t risk Shackleton, legendary losing a reputation, we risk losing a life’ explorers of the Antarctic.
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The turquoise waters of Attabad Lake in Gilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan. The lake was formed in 2010 after a landslide and has subsequently become a major tourist attraction. Mike Horn and his expedition party cross with the two Mercedes-Benz G500s they are using to get around on land
ON TIME AND ON TRACK Strange what one takes out of a failed marriage... For me it was a fascination with Formula 1, and the watches inspired by the track. WORDS DEBBIE HATHWAY
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s a very young bride-to-be, and for the better part of that ’90s relationship, Sundays were dedicated to watching Formula 1 on television (unless we were racing catamarans offshore). My ex-husband also used to race go-karts, and had strong opinions about almost everything – including F1 drivers – but his need for speed rubbed off on me. I must confess I never missed a start. Watching the qualifiers, the pre-race prep and the interviews, the drivers eventually easing themselves into their cars before the much-anticipated start, the roar of the engines as they fly down the track to be first into the corner all still hold an enormous fascination for me. So when I’m invited to attend the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva and find a McLaren at the entrance to the Richard Mille booth in 2017 or a Lamborghini taking centre stage at Roger Dubuis this year, I can’t help but linger a little longer In 2017 the fanfare surrounded the launch of the lightest split-seconds chronograph in the world. It also marked the beginning of a 10-year partnership between Richard Mille and McLaren. The RM 5003 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1 weighs less than 40 grams – including the strap – and is the first to incorporate in its case a Formula 1 racing composite called graphene. If you were lucky enough to buy one of the 75 pieces at close to $1 million each from one of the Richard Mille boutiques, you went home with a 1:5 scale model of the 2017 McLaren-Honda driven by double-world champion Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne. This year, serial innovators Roger Dubuis even did things differently for the press presentation. Usually the brands host us in a particular room in their booth, which can take various interior configurations from poufs positioned around small central tables to cinema-style seating, but this year
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Left: 2019 marks the fourth year of the Bell&Ross and Renault F1 Team partnership. The Manufacture released four new driver’s chronographs in the R.S.19 collection to celebrate the occasion Below left: ‘Racing is constantly on my mind,’ says 20-year-old Mick Schumacher whom Richard Mille has welcomed into its family of champions Below: Roger Dubuis unveiled the highly complicated Excalibur One-Off timepiece at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie this year. Inspired by the Lamborghini SC18 Alston, its design reflects the supercar’s aesthetic codes
Roger Dubuis seated us on long benches right in the middle of the action, so to speak. That meant it was noisy – the booth was packed, and their promo video was playing intermittently at full volume. Naturally, it featured the Lamborghini at full throttle.
HIGH-SPEED INSPIRATION Their focus? A unique, highly complicated Excalibur One-Off timepiece inspired by the Lamborghini SC18 Alston supercar, the first hypercar ever created by Lamborghini’s motorsport division for a client’s recreational use on the track. The amount of consideration given to the tiniest detail of these miniature masterpieces is mind-blowing. Let’s start with the strap because space restrictions don’t allow me to elaborate too much on the inner workings. The mesh consists of nylon fibres like those embedded in the inner structure of Pirelli tyres, which gives the strap good torsional and traction resistance and allows it to achieve an authentic skeleton effect through extensive openworking. The Excalibur One-off is powered by the purposebuilt RD106SQ movement, a mechanical double flying tourbillon inclined at 90°, and emulates the V-shape geometry of the Lamborghini engines.
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TEST OF EXCELLENCE In May, the sound of my phone alerted me to WhatsApp activity. I glanced at the photographs coming through from a friend, but it was the clip of the Renault F1 Team pit stop during the pre-France Grand Prix roadshow that sent shivers down my spine. He was filming from his apartment window, just 600m away. This is the fourth year of the Bell&Ross and Renault F1 Team partnership and they’ve released four new driver’s chronographs in the R.S.19 collection to mark the occasion. Cars and wristwatches have been inextricably linked since the turn of the 20th century. Today, they share the same passion for performance extremes and luxurious excellence, underpinned by high-tech materials and bold expressive designs. Bell&Ross summarises this relationship perfectly: ‘Whether it’s taking pole position, or timing a hot lap down to the millisecond, the people behind the cars and watches share a rare affinity.’ They truly are ‘men on a mission’.
In the ’60s, Rolex made its first foray into driver’s watches with its Daytona, although the brand’s long-term relationship with motor sport began in 1935 when Rolexwearer Sir Malcolm Campbell exceeded 300mph (483 km/h). Named after the Florida racing track, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is presented to all winners at competitions that Rolex sponsors, including the F1 championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 87th edition of the latter in June boasted a recordbreaking 62-car field and for the first time in the history of the FIA World Endurance Championship will be the final event of the season. ‘This year’s edition will again demonstrate the importance of first-class teamwork and the utmost determination to continuously achieve racing excellence,’ says Tom Kristensen, Rolex Testimonee and record nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. ‘Teams and drivers always say that if you win at Le Mans, your season is complete, because it is the greatest race.’
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Left: ‘Rolex watch worn yesterday during record attempt and still going splendidly notwithstanding rough usage received,’ read Sir Malcolm Campbell’s telegram to Rolex in 1935. Campbell became the uncontested king of speed, beating his own world records at Daytona year after year Below left: Rolex became the official timepiece of the Daytona International Speedway in 1963. The Cosmograph, designed for racing drivers, was awarded to each champion Below right: Daytona Beach 1955 – the birthplace of speed and still considered as the world centre of automobile racing
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MASTERS OF THEIR ART DEBBIE HATHWAY takes a closer look at the incredible watchmaking craft at some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top maisons.
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he great watchmaking maisons whose reputation for producing masterful creations has lasted centuries are still among the most revered today. According to the ‘Deloitte Global Powers of Luxury Goods 2018’ report, even the millennials appear to find more value in a luxury mechanical watch as opposed to a digital one, placing a higher value on simplicity, experience and transparency when deciding what to buy.
REVEALING THE UNEXPECTED In every issue of Private Time, we always feature at least one secret watch but this year Graff Luxury Watches revealed several beauties at Baselworld. The simplest version of the Peony Secret Watch has only the dial paved with diamonds, which you’ll see as you slide the romantic bloom off to the side. More elaborate versions extend to a custom-cut diamond herringbone or artfully arranged petal bracelet. The collection is a combination of imaginative design and exceptional Swiss engineering that will take your breath away. ‘Anyone who visits us knows to expect the unexpected. We are unique in the watchmaking world in that each of our timepieces is a miniature work of art, and we strive to innovate in the use of our diamonds each year,’ says Graff CEO Francois Graff. Having access to the rarest and most exquisite stones through their vertically integrated network means clients can expect the very best quality
A COVETED COLLECTABLE When it comes to collectables, a one-of-a-kind timepiece crafted by Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers department is highly coveted. This year’s Mécaniques Sauvages creations are brought to life by what the maison calls a ‘passion inherited from the Age of Enlightenment’. At that time, craftsmen worked in light-filled workshops known as cabinets, located on the top floors of houses, producing wristwatches that were as technically complex as they were aesthetically sophisticated. The tradition continues today, with the exploration of the most advanced technologies associated with artistic crafts, and the results speak for themselves. Les Cabinotiers Wild Panda watches are crafted in wood marquetry while the Imperial Tiger and Majestic Tiger models showcase bas-relief engraving for the tigers, and rocks and wood marquetry for the landscape and foliage.
JEWELLER OF KINGS When you have the privilege of being able to see the extent of a maison’s artistic excellence as I did when prized pieces from the Cartier Collection were on exhibition in Paris a few years ago, you can fully comprehend why King Edward VII dubbed the house ‘jeweller of kings and king of jewellers’. Commenting on the new additions to the iconic Panthère collection revealed at SIHH this year, Marie-Laure Cerede, creative director of watchmaking at Cartier says, ‘Clearly we are sticking to the roots of Cartier and the original DNA of the brand, which is about sobriety.
A signature with a single stroke. You take your pen and in one move you finish your shape. This is Cartier.’ The shape of the panther has been modernised and appears more realistic. ‘This is about craftsmanship. Maybe before we were more decorative. I wanted this to be more subtle and very elegant,’ Cerede explains. Another ambition is to bring in the finest jewellery know-how. ‘Usually when you use jewellery know-how, it’s for bijou watches. It is a category for Cartier, but it is more interesting for a watch collection like the Tank Chinoise to benefit from rare know-how of our jewellery design. It’s a good balance between jewellery craftsmanship and timepiece identity,’ she says.
THE GOLD YEAR Some of the most memorable pieces for me at this year’s SIHH were by Piaget. The new Limelight Gala models are as emotive as they are elegant, with their asymmetrical extended lugs that create an instantly recognisable integration between dial and bracelet. It’s the ‘gold year’ for Piaget, however, with CEO Chabi Nouri noting the maison’s very strong history of goldsmithing, gold crafting and gold sculpting. ‘The way the bracelet is made, we know this is a piece of art,’ she says, draping the gold jewellery watch from the Extremely Lady collection across her open palm. I can still feel its weight and how beautifully it wrapped around my wrist when given the opportunity to try it on. After two days of handwork, the dial and strap for this model is completely transformed into what looks like a snake skin. When Nouri talks about what is pure Piaget, she’s right about the emotional connection. Emotion in watchmaking is ‘super important... We create dreams, we need to relay that... and craftsmanship is the driving element.’
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diamonds and manufacture in every creation. ‘Perfection is our benchmark; it’s what our clients expect, and only perfection will suffice.’
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PERPETUAL PLANET From funding research to raising awareness of plastic pollution, leading watch manufacturers are doing their bitÂ to help save the oceans. WORDS DEBBIE HATHWAY
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‘I’ve seen the earth at its most beautiful and I can see the speed at which it’s deteriorating. I can see it. I can feel it. I don’t see the birds, the fish anymore... I don’t see that glitter in the ocean (because) it’s full of microplastic’ – Mike Horn, Panerai ambassador
Left: The Race for Water Odyssey 2017-21 is undertaking an expedition in the service of science, education and promoting the health of our oceans with a vessel that demonstrates the effectiveness of energy transition. She is powered solely by the ocean, sun and wind Right: Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s image of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, US, was featured in Omega’s photography exhibitions that ran in conjuction with screenings of Planet Ocean around the world
f you’ve been privileged enough to see turtles crawling up the beach to nest at night or hatchlings surviving their arduous journey into the sea, but unfortunate enough to view that online video of metres and metres of plastic being pulled from a turtle’s stomach via its mouth, here’s hoping that you’ll be moved to ban single-use plastic from your environment. I witnessed the turtles’ nesting behaviour at Ponta Mamoli in southeastern Mozambique a few years ago when I went tracking with turtle monitors one night. This little piece of paradise forms part of the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, a Mozambique government institution supported by the Peace Parks Foundation, which is home to a variety of marine fauna and flora, from tropical fish, humpback whales, dolphins, sea turtles and dugongs to healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs.
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Breguet has partnered with the Race for Water Foundation to support the Odyssey 20172021. The Race for Water Odyssey will make approximately 35 stopovers around the world to promote innovative solutions for transforming plastic waste into energy resources, as well as accelerating clean energy transition. This year, the House of Breguet dedicates a new Marine collection to modern-day women explorers. Its artisans have applied a new guilloche pattern, called marea, to the mother-ofpearl dial to capture the natural movement of the water.
In the 1950s Captain Robert Maloubier (pictured right) and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud of the French military’s combat diving corps collaborated with Blancpain to create the specialised Fifty Fathoms diver’s watch
Omega has been exploring the sea longer than it has been rocketing into space. With the eco-documentary Planet Ocean and the Time for the Planet conservation projects, Omega and GoodPlanet Foundation continue to demonstrate how we can all help preserve the health of our planet. The brand has created several timepieces in honour of GoodPlanet, with a portion of the proceeds from sales helping to fund projects such as the preservation of the mangroves and seagrass in South East Asia.
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Blancpain has steadily increased its investment in the exploration and preservation of the world’s oceans since 1953. The Manufacture supports major scientific expeditions, oceanographic exploration projects as well as the production of documentary publications and films, among others. It is the founding partner of the World Ocean Summit, the most influential multilateral forum for global governance of the oceans. The Fifty Fathoms timepieces unveiled this year are inspired by Blancpain’s first military and civilian diving watches.
It’s the most important breeding area for leatherback and loggerhead turtles in Mozambique – the leatherback breeding group is small and they are critically endangered. Imagine my delight when I discovered that Peace Parks is one of the charitable foundations supported by Richemont, so close to home.
GARBAGE-BAG OCEAN Across the globe, awareness of the plight of the oceans as a result of plastic waste is growing. While it is heartwarming to see how perceptions are changing, one has to wonder how much, how fast, will be enough if the production of single-use plastic is not stopped altogether. Prince Charles sounded a warning about the ‘mountains of plastic waste that we shall have to deal with’ 48 years ago. Erica Cirino wrote about her experience sailing through the ‘garbage-bag ocean’ with Danish nonprofit Plastic Change in 2017. ‘The Pacific plastic problem is probably worse than you thought,’ she said, sailing in one of the most famous pollution hotspots in the world, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where plastic trash collects in a circular ocean current between California and Hawaii. ‘Plastic Change’s biggest focus is on the tiny white specs that cloud the ocean’s surface in large blobs, plastic particles five millimetres or less in size called microplastic. Because it’s so small, microplastic is accidentally consumed by small ocean creatures from zooplankton to larval fish, where it then moves up the food chain. Larger pieces of plastic also pose a risk to marine wildlife, such as sea turtles, which often mistake
plastic bags for jellyfish, and seabirds like Laysan albatross, which are regularly found with lighters and children’s toys in their stomachs.’ World-renowned explorer and Panerai ambassador Mike Horn has witnessed the gradual deterioration of our oceanic treasures. ‘I have two beautiful daughters. I want them to live on a planet that’s intact,’ he tells me in Geneva earlier this year. ‘I’ve seen the earth at its most beautiful and I can see the speed at which it’s deteriorating. I can see it. I can feel it. I don’t see the birds, the fish anymore... I don’t see that glitter in the ocean (because) it’s full of microplastic.’
TURN THE TIDE Meanwhile, the efforts of The Ocean Race to ‘turn the tide on plastic’ and advance public understanding of the threats to ocean health are attracting award after award. In partnership with UN Environment’s CleanSeas campaign, the 2017-18 initiative reached millions of people at stopover race villages, in schools, online and through the media. Anne-Cécile Turner, sustainability director of The Ocean Race, said: ‘With drive and determination we set out to use our position at the pinnacle of world sailing to take the message on ocean health and how we are all part of the solution, far beyond the boundaries of the race. ‘That battle certainly hasn’t been won and under our Racing with Purpose programme, with an alliance of like-minded organisations, we will continue to use our platform to drive systemic change.’
Rolex continues to preserve founder Hans Wilsdorf’s legacy, by supporting the explorers of today with the 2019 launch of the Perpetual Planet campaign. It embraces an ongoing partnership with the National Geographic Society to collect climate data and Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue initiative to protect the oceans through a network of marineprotected ‘Hope Spots’. It also encompasses the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, which recognise individuals with projects that advance knowledge and protect human wellbeing and the environment.
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Since 2009, IWC Schaffhausen has partnered with the Charles Darwin Foundation to help preserve the fragile ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands. A portion of the sales of IWC’s Aquatimer watches goes to the foundation and research facility. The Manufacture also supports the Cousteau Society, founded by Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1973. This environmental educational organisation is dedicated to the protection and improvement of the quality of ocean life for present and future generations.
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‘We are living in an interminable succession of absurdities imposed by the myopic logic of short-term thinking’ – Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Legendary explorer, conservationist and scientist Jacques-Yves Cousteau dedicated his life to the pursuits of inspiring love for our fragile blue planet and engendering a deep respect for marine life and the willingness to help protect it. His vessel Calypso was equipped with a mobile laboratory for underwater field research
HOROLOGICAL PROBLEM-SOLVERS DEBBIE HATHWAY talks to brilliant independent watchmakers Rémi Maillat of Krayon and Marco Borraccino of Singer Reimagined about their award-winning designs.
ince its establishment in 2001, the Fondation du Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) has been rewarding excellence in worldwide horological production. By singling out the finest creations and most important operators, their annual awards aim to nurture the art of watchmaking and promote the industry worldwide.
In 2018, the GPHG Innovation Prize went to Rémi Maillat of Krayon for the universal mechanical calculator contained in his Everywhere Horizon, a unisex piece that allows the wearer to establish exact sunrise and sunset times wherever he is in the world simply by adjusting the crown. Krayon is the youngest brand to ever win a GPHG award. ‘From the beginning I had the idea of the two sectors, day and night, with limits that correspond to sunrise and sunset hours, very simple to read at first glance,’ says Maillat. He engineered all 595 components of the movement from scratch, then relied on suppliers for their machining abilities and artisans for their hand-finishing, engraving and miniature-painting skills. He worked with a watch designer to realise the detail of the dial after he’d drawn the layout showing the different indications, in perfect symmetry, as well as the crown and buckle. The piece was preassembled in his small Neuchâtel workshop with his watchmaker who made the adjustments to the prototype. ‘The laws of mathematics capture the beauty of nature, which is where I find my inspiration,’ says Maillat. ‘For nighttime reading, there are different shades of blue and a small gold-dust border. If you look closely you’ll see small stars against the night sky.’ Looking at the complexity of the day/night display, one wonders if Maillat dreams about watches when he’s asleep. ‘I always think about new watches, new movements, new mechanisms, new finishing and decoration… I like something innovative and also something you can enjoy seeing and wearing.’ Maillat has already started thinking about the next new movement but collectors will have to bide their time. Each one takes approximately four years to perfect. Meanwhile, he’s taking orders for the Everyday Horizon of which five bespoke pieces can be completed per year.
‘The laws of mathematics capture the beauty of nature, which is where I find my inspiration’
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The Singer Track1 Hong Kong Edition from well-known Italian watchmaker Marco Borraccino won the GPHG Chronograph Watch Prize for his fledgling company, Singer Reimagined. The piece features a chronograph display coaxially mounted in the centre of the dial. Developed with Agenhor, its operation is further enhanced by a novel clutch system. Singer Reimagined was formed by Borraccino with Rob Dickinson, founder of Singer Vehicle Design, to indulge their mutual passion for watches and cars. As a result, every Singer piece is a design triumph and has to be thoroughly studied to absorb the attention to detail. The 3x60 display (60 seconds, 60 minutes, 60 hours) is exclusive to Singer Reimagined. Note that the name has absolutely nothing to do with the sewing machine brand. Dickinson is, in fact, the British musician previously of the band Catherine Wheel and paternal cousin of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson. Singer Reimagined has been on the market for approximately two years and they’re selling ‘reasonably well’. ‘The recognition is there thanks to the awards, and the collectors are starting to come more and more,’ says Borraccino. Five collectors arrived unexpectedly from California when I was in Geneva to meet the watchmakers earlier this year. ‘When you see the reaction of people looking at the watch, you know that you are onto a good thing. If you know the Singer cars (Porsche 911 restorations), everything about them is not showing off… it’s about having the most beautiful Porsche line with the best performance improved by today’s technology,’ says Borraccino. ‘For the watch we did exactly the same.’
The Singer Track1 Hong Kong Edition has a sleek, smooth shape, with a clean dial (‘no screws or things around the bezel’) to present the main functions in the most elegant way. ‘It’s still a sports watch, but it’s not overdesigned,’ says Borraccino. ‘Everything crazy is actually going on inside. We really want the owner to enjoy what he has because he knows what it is – not because others know what he is wearing on his wrist.’
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A PRIZE DESIGN
FLIGHTS OF FANCY If you’re looking to invest in a contemporary diamond piece, HELEN CLEMSON suggests it’s the hue you choose that’ll make your next sparkly purchase the wisest yet.
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t this year’s Baselworld, where leading watch, fine-jewellery, gem and technicalsector brands showcased their wares in Basel, Switzerland, a certain sizeable canaryyellow trinket cast a sunny ray across the exhibition floor. The ‘Eye of the Dragon’ is the largest round fancy intense yellow, brilliant-cut diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). It was brought to Baselworld by Scarselli Diamonds. Known for its expertise in fancy canary-yellow diamonds, this family-owned and -run company is based in New York with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The name was chosen in recognition of the importance of the emerging Asian market and in honour of the much-revered imperial dragon. Despite its impressive size – more than 50 carats – what really made this particular diamond stand out was the stunningly shaded company it kept. Scarselli Diamonds presented other ‘fancies’, including a vast selection of blue, green and yellow diamonds. Of the collection, partner Bruno Scarselli said he was ‘especially happy to showcase a two-carat vivid green diamond set in a flower ring’. His enthusiasm is most certainly due to the fact that it’s the only vivid green diamond of this size that
This exquisite piece from Shimansky boasts a 7.20-carat radiant-cut natural fancy yellow diamond set in 18-karat yellow gold, with two trilliantcut side diamonds set in platinum
the industry knows of. ‘We chose to have it set surrounded by D-, E- and F-coloured diamonds and intense pink diamonds that are all GIA-certified’, he added. Does that make this particular fancy diamond piece even fancier? Well, it does confirm the trend for these hard-to-find diamonds. Closer to home, local houses are witnessing the knock-on effect of demand from discerning jewellery connoisseurs. It’s twofold, says Shimansky’s CEO and founder, Yair Shimansky. He reports that the investor is ‘seeking investment diamonds for currency protection and value appreciation with $150 000 and up to invest’. And then, of course, there’s the jewellery buyer. They’re looking for something different in diamonds, says Shimansky. ‘Mainly fancy yellows as they are more affordable than the pinks and blues,’ he adds. Of course if there are no budget constraints, then seeking out a red diamond will add great value to your jewellery collection. ‘A red diamond is the rarest, with one carat currently [priced] at $3 million [and] upward.’ While red may be the rarest of them all, the fairest is all down to perception. The two colours currently at the top of the trend stakes are yellow and pink, so they’re the most in demand, says Monique Erasmus, product and sales manager at First Diamonds. She explains that the craze for pink diamonds far outweighs the global supply, placing them high on the list for a gemstone connoisseur. As for their yellow counterparts, while they too are difficult to source, they are more abundant than some other fancy colours. ‘This also makes them a bit more competitively priced compared with other fancy coloured diamonds,’ says Erasmus. Once you do get your hands on your fancy diamond of choice, it’s wise to choose a cut that flaunts its hue in an unashamed manner. To do this, Erasmus recommends a cushion cut as it ‘shows off the colour beautifully with its unique light reflection’. Now you know. But also know this: ‘Each rough diamond will determine the best polish outcome to maximise the diamond value by achieving the best colour, carat and value combination,’ says Shimansky. So if you’re not quite sold on a cushion cut, all is not lost. Perhaps it’s a case of letting the diamond decide how it’s brought to life. After all, it is a rather fancy one.
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SANDHURST, JOHANNESBURG Offers to be negotiated
Exceptional ultra modern triplex home on ±8500m² property. Never occupied. A bold statement of originality. Breath taking in sheer artistry & design with spectacular 360° views over Sandton’s skyline. A synthesis of clean lines, quadruple volumes & proportions married in a velvety texture of glass windowscapes, steel & stone – enveloped by a natural haven of beauty. 5 Free flowing receptions ensuring indoor/outdoor living, ideal for grand entertaining & comfortable living centred around the elevated rim flow pool, patio & awe inspiring views. Private Study. 5 Luxurious beds all en-suite, parking at ground level for at least 15 cars, with 2 separate lifts. Asking R65m. (R50m for the Home - R15m for the Land of ±4000sqm neg.) Kym Quincey 082 928 3721 assisted by Aidan 083 448 0360 Web ref: 1792859
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HYDE PARK & SANDHURST HOUSES AND CLUSTERS.
BRYANSTON, SANDTON Asking R16.95 million. Cluster. Regal, stately – the epitome of elegance! For the executive who deserves the ﬁnest in Millionaires Row. Many gracious reception rooms open-plan to secluded pool area, landscaped garden, gazebo, boma and jacuzzi. Gourmet kitchen ﬁtted with the best, a sweeping staircase or lift takes you to glamorous bedroom suites, family lounge, gym, study, chandeliers and many more features; Lux staﬀ accommodation; 3 garages. All this set in prestigious residential estate. Manuela 082 552 7119, Colleen 083 604 0988 Web ref: 3494865
WESTCLIFF, JOHANNESBURG Oﬀers from R28 million No picture can do this home justice! One of the suburbs most prestigious properties. Fastidious owner says “Plug and Play”. This triple volume unique 3 storey home will seduce & take your breath away. 4 Receptions, spacious dine-in, live-in kitchen, pyjama lounge, 5 bedrooms, including guest suite, 3 bathrooms (mes), guest cloak room. Upstairs library / study oﬀ main bedroom. Open, bright and breezy to huge verandahs with day beds overlooking lush verdant valley. Generator, borehole, triple staﬀ, guard house, 5 garages. State of the art security. Asking R35 million. Beverley Gurwicz 082 412 0010 Web ref. 2342559
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MORNINGSIDE, SANDTON Asking R16 million. Magniﬁcent by day, spectacular by night! This Nico Van Der Meulen masterpiece is the best of contemporary design. Open living spaces leading to a superb entertainer’s patio making for a pleasing indoor/ outdoor living experience. Set high up to take advantage of spectacular views over the Bryanston ridge with bespoke ﬁnishes. Expertly placed on ±2000m² in one of Morningside’s best positions with 24 hour gated access, close to Redhill school. Accommodation is generous with 4 bedrooms (incl guest suite), glass enclosed study, cocktail bar, open plan gourmet kitchen, floodlit tennis court, garaging, staﬀ and more. Wayne Brownhill 078 023 5462
MORNINGSIDE, SANDTON Asking R15.99 million. An architectural masterpiece - design excellence at its best. Constructed on an open yet deﬁned floor plan with double volumes, interesting features & textures and the clever use of cavity doors which aﬀord sometime privacy from the gourmet kitchen & fully ﬁtted wood-panelled study. You’ll deﬁnitely want to entertain here as all the reception rooms flow out to the massive undercover patio (with roller blinds), cocktail bar and braai facilities, decked pool with jacuzzi and amazing ﬁre pit! 4-Bedroom suites upstairs including a magniﬁcent master suite. Garaging for 4 cars, 2 staﬀ rooms and ample visitor parking. Wayne Brownhill 078 023 5462 Web ref: 3412462
BRYANSTON SANDTON Asking R29.95 million. A true masterpiece flawlessly integrating today’s most modern living standards on 4 levels, all with stunning unobstructed views! From the main entrance with its marble floors to many luxurious open plan reception rooms spilling to covered patio, magical garden with pool and floodlit tennis court. 6 Luxurious suites - glamorous bathrooms, study, state of the art kitchen, and enormous cellar. Rooftop entertainment floor with bar, cinema, jacuzzi and views forever. Home automation and many more features. Manuela 082 552 7119, Colleen 083 604 0988 Web ref: 3437097
LINKSFIELD RIDGE BEDFORDVIEW Asking R10.99 million Purchase a lifestyle on the Ridge with awesome, uninterrupted views! Rare and enchanting positioned in a 24/7 guarded boomed street. Entrance hall with a solid wood sleeper stairway to front door, dining room onto atrium, formal lounge with ﬁreplace, huge open plan family room leading to patio, magniﬁcent kitchen & scullery. 4 Lavish bedrooms all en-suite. Upstairs games room/lounge. Lovely patio overlooks lush garden with pool plus a separate self contained 2 bed, 2 bath flatlet. 2 Garages, storeroom, staﬀ suite & excellent security! Charlene 082 448 0440 Web ref: 3384439
MORNINGSIDE SANDTON Asking R10.9 million. With 3966m² of gardens abundant with trees and flora you will be transported to a world of privacy & tranquility, defying its fantastic position close to the Sandton CBD. This is a haven and has amenities that are rare and cater for each family members’ needs. Multiple sliding doors blur the line between indoors and outdoors. The children’s’ facilities are exceptional with 2 tennis courts, 2 pools & large grounds. 5 Bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, self-contained home oﬃce/ apartment with 2 bedrooms, garaging for 6 garages, staﬀ acc and more. Wayne Brownhill 078 023 5462 Web ref: 3457450
CRAIGHALL PARK JOHANNESBURG Asking R7.5 million Located on a quiet pan handle. A stylish villa for executive entertaining and comfortable family living on ±1868m². Large flowing open plan living areas, covered patios and Delta views. Scope for large family gatherings, roof top terraces and children’s cricket lawns. Set on two subdivided stands the possibility exists at a future date to develop or capitalize on this situation. Kass Bunkell 082 565 8658 Web ref: 3485849
HURLINGHAM MANOR, SANDTON Asking R5.5 million. Connoisseurs of modern architecture will appreciate this trophy home. Set in secured suburb. Enticing entrance leads to 3 open plan, inter-leading receptions, barrel-vaulted sky-light, wood-burner, aircon and expanses of glass set a dramatic scene, 3 bedrooms (2 en-suite), study / 4th bedroom, guest loo, open plan kitchen, self-contained studio/flat, covered patio, staﬀ, lap pool with glass surround, 4 auto garages. Walking distance to St Stithians. Karen 083 435 7703 John 083 271 0231 Web ref: 3422643
BRYANSTON SANDTON From R8.5 million. House. French Country home set within a gated enclosure. Chic and totally revamped with utmost taste. This home features gracious reception rooms to cocktail area, gourmet dine-in kitchen, open plan to family room, stunning landscaped garden, borehole and secluded pool area. 4 Double bedrooms, guest suite down stairs. Upstairs lounge. Self-contained flatlet, superb children’s play area and three garages. An impeccable home. Manuela 082 552 7119, Colleen 083 604 0988 Web ref: 3319634
RIVONIA SANDTON Bidding from R14 million. Champagne, caviar and understated, classic elegance! The ﬁnest residence in Rivonia - a luxurious, bespoke detailed, 4 bedroom Provencal styled manor-house in a gated area. Gracious vaulted living rooms, gallery study / reading room, windows framing riverine views, huge sweeping patio… it’s a very private and secure, must-seetoday executive / family / entertainer home. Fireplace, thermal underfloor heating, rolling lawns, Garaging, Staﬀ suites, and many extras too numerous to mention. Asking R15 million. Berenice 076 750 5170 Clive 084 400 0001 Web ref: 3031078
ATHOLL SANDTON Asking R10.99 million. Everything you want in a home, style, class, beauty and comfort. Set in access controlled private enclave. Traditional home with premium ﬁnishes comprising 4 reception rooms flowing seamlessly to the centre island that anchors the kitchen to the entertainment area. This lavish home is well laid out with the emphasis on indoor outdoor living with spacious lounging space surrounding the pool. The games room with a bar and built in braai has easy access to 2 guest toilets. 5 Bedrooms (3 en-suite), double staﬀ acc & double auto garage. Karen 083 435 7703 John 083 271 0231 Web ref: 3466408
HURLINGHAM SANDTON Asking R8.5 million. One of 6 units in a small established complex with easy access to the Sandton CBD. The home comprises of large entrance to formal lounge, dining room & family room with doors leading to patio and garden. Large eat in kitchen with separate scullery. Fitted study. Guest cloakroom. 4 Bedrooms all en-suite, the master bedroom has its own private balcony overlooking the garden, with a large walk in dressing room. There are also useful storage rooms. Staﬀ acc, triple garaging and workshop with direct access into home. Kass Bunkell 082 565 8658 Web ref: 3520932
HURLINGHAM MANOR SANDTON Asking R5.5 million. Set in a privileged position with direct access, via a private gate, into St Stithian’s. Newly renovated to the highest of specs oﬀering 5 bedrooms, 4 Caesar clad bathrooms (2 en-suite), self-contained guest suite consisting lounge, bedroom, dressing room & bathroom, home oﬃce / study with separate, entrance, lounge with gas ﬁreplace, separate dining room, large kitchen with bi-fold doors to terrace plus covered patio and pool, separate scullery, laundry, expansive double garage with workshop area, large storeroom, staﬀ. Karen 083 435 7703 John 083 271 0231 Web ref: 3526188
ATHOLL SANDTON Oﬀers from R10.9 million. Elegance and expanses of marble sets this home apart. Set in park-like garden of ±4303m² this elegant home commands appreciation. 4 Bedrooms all en suite, 2 guest toilets, lounge, dining room, family room, bar, wine cellar, pyjama lounge, study, kitchen with separate scullery, laundry, sauna and jacuzzi, staﬀ. 2 Bedroomed guest cottage plus granny cottage, pool and 4 car garage. Asking R14 million. Karen 083 435 7703 John 083 271 0231 Web ref: 3404693
EDENBURG / RIVONIA SANDTON From R 11 million. 10 Bedroom, 5-star boutique guesthouse. Morning birdsong, French toast & cream around the pool or romantic sundowners under a candle-lit lapa. Single, double and family suites, receptions, caterer’s kitchen, managers suite and secure guest parking. Prime location; member of key hospitality network platforms; pro-actively marketed. Excellent occupation stats. Zoned, selling as a going-concern, with a dedicated in-house management team. Audited books available. VAT registered. Fixtures & furnishing incl. Asking R 12 million + vat. Berenice 076 750 5170 Clive 084 400 0001 Web ref: 3062208
BrYanston sandton asking r20 million. House. Ultra modern home. Contemporary architectural splendour with views in millionaires row. stunning open plan elegant reception rooms to covered patio to secluded garden with rolling lawns and heated pool. gym (potential flatlet), 4 bedroom suites (2 with private lounges), guest room downstairs. Full automation. Luxurious staﬀ flatlet. 3 garages. manuela 082 552 7119, Colleen 083 604 0988 Web ref: 2781209
morningside sandton asking r12.5 million. modern by design yet mediterranean in essence, this amazing home sits proudly on 1824m² within the Veldtuin Housing estate oﬀering direct access to redhill school. Boasting an enviable 0% crime rate it’s one of the safest and well-run enclaves in morningside. abundant with natural light and oﬀering eﬀortless indoor/ outdoor living, doors open to the gardens, expansive patio & 11m heated salt-water pool. open plan reception rooms and a stunning feature kitchen, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, music room, study, staﬀ acc and more. Wayne 078 023 5462 Web ref:3436469
morningside manor sandton asking r6. 99 million. a 1920m² piece of paradise in the ﬁnest of positions within the prestigious redhill rd. enclave envelops this delightful family home. this is sure to please those in search of privacy and tranquility, combined with elegance a functionality. it oﬀers all you need with 4 bedrooms upstairs leading on to the balcony whilst the downstairs reception rooms flow out to the patio (with american shutters), sizeable pool and entertainer’s gazebo. garaging for 5 cars, staﬀ accommodation and more. Wayne Brownhill 078 023 5462 Web ref: 3492593
BrYanston sandton asking r15 million. House. a dazzling palatial georgian mansion. Boasting a fluid floor plan, set in glorious manicured and romantic treed garden in an exclusive gated estate (on approximately 1 acre). many gracious reception areas and cocktail areas to covered patio and heated swimming pool. Chandeliers and marble floors, ﬁreplaces – 8 bedroom suites with dream bathrooms, upstairs family room, library and study. 4 garages, staﬀ accommodation and many more features. top, top security. manuela 082 552 7119, Colleen 083 604 0988 Web ref: 2698113
morningside sandton asking r15.99 million. elegant, reﬁned and inviting, a home to live in and also entertain on a lavish scale. 5 reception rooms open out to the massive undercover patio, pool & landscaped gardens (2106m²). gourmet kitchen with cold room and a further caterer’s kitchen for chefs and the like. one upstairs wing hosts a music room with guest bathroom, as well as a cinema room. the other upstairs wing holds 5-bedroom suites and a pyjama lounge, separate guest suite downstairs. garaging for 3 cars, ample guest parking & superior staﬀ acc. Home automation throughout. Wayne Brownhill 078 023 5462 Web ref:3452218
morningside sandton asking r9.5 million. escape the hustle and bustle without leaving the city! ±3569m² of rolling lawns. thatch home set down a quiet boomed country lane. 5 minutes from sandton CBd. the only sound you’ll hear here is birdsong. 3 Bedrooms, study or 4th bedroom, guest suite, 3 downstairs reception rooms that flow out to the undercover patio (including a fabulous lounge with cocktail bar and wine room), separate gentleman’s study, great kitchen, pyjama lounge, tennis court with gazebo, garaging, staﬀ rooms and more. Wayne Brownhill 078 023 5462 Web ref: 3492481
HOUGHTON ESTATE JOHANNESBURG Asking R10.5 million Magical English country style home. Position and close to the Private Schools. This enchanting garden invites you to enjoy summer days on the exceptional outdoor patio area, overlooking pool & rolling green lawns. Tennis in the afternoon. Beautiful receptions with a large family room flowing to garden. Mod kitchen with delightful, sunny and bright breakfast room. 4 Bedrooms, all en suite. Study, staﬀ acc, outside playroom, Top-end security, borehole & irrigation. Sabina Seeber 083 254 6981 Web ref. 3432887
HOUGHTON ESTATE JOHANNESBURG Asking R7.5 million. Oﬀ the Grid! No running costs once bought! Walk to Schools. Secure and full of authentic charm, gentle private living. Delightful eat in country kitchen, exquisite, traditional and breathtaking reception areas flow onto a manicured and magical garden. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, library, study, excellent security, CCTV cameras. Complete eco living, oﬀ the grid Studer and Hoppeke system, 3 garages, staﬀ acc, oﬀ-street parking. Sabina Seeber 083 254 6981 Web ref: 3023346
MELROSE ESTATE SANDTON Asking R12.5 million A magniﬁcent Mediterranean villa nestled in a gorgeous treed garden of ±3800 square metres. This versatile house of ±1500m² consists of a spacious oﬃce wing, a cottage for extra family members and a deep entertainment patio built around a beautiful pool, large enough to play waterpolo. 6 Bedrooms en-suite, pool and tennis court. Close to Rosebank and the Gautrain, Kinsgmead, Pridwin and Bellavista schools, and easy access to the M1 highway. Di Kuhlenthal 082 960 5353 Debbie Parkinson 083 326 7739 Web ref: 3504620
HOugHTON esTaTe JOHaNNesburg From r9.9 million The most superb living in all of Johannesburg. Magniﬁcent viewsite. elegance and style personiﬁed. 2019 living at its best. On a boomed road, this hidden gem will take your breath away. exceptional entrance with endless views, completely open plan farmhouse kitchen. beautiful reception areas with herring bone parquet flooring, flow onto a lush green lawn and glamourous solar heated pool. 3 exceptional bedrooms upstairs and a pyjama lounge, 4th bedroom downstairs. Fireplaces throughout. sabina seeber 083 254 6981 Web ref. 3262718
saXONWOLD JOHaNNesburg asking r7.3 million. Fresh on the market. Little big house with a prairie garden. Calling lovers of art Deco, lead light, wood floors, high presses steel ceilings, solid wood doors, red windowsills et al! bespoke light ﬁttings. The piece de resistance is the Myra kampstra design studio, double volume, screed floors, eastern doors - a space to marvel in! set on ±2000m² with 3 receptions, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Complete with your style & you will have a winner with excellent access to schools & CbD. garaging storage. street guard security initiative. beverley gurwicz 082 412 0010
ParkTOWN NOrTH JOHaNNesburg asking r8.4 million. stylish timeless elegance in this excellent entertainers home for a family of all ages and stages. Its luxurious spaces oﬀer country living within city limits. The home can be divided into two units for extended families. There are 5 reception spaces, 5 bedrooms, 5½ bathrooms 3 en-suite. set on ± 1436 m² stand with a pool. High double volume ceilings with open wooden white beams exposed in all the living areas. self contained au-pair suite. Oﬀ street parking for ±12 cars. High walls. Theodora brickhill 082 553 8525 Web ref: 3341823
FOREST TOWN JOHANNESBURG Oﬀers from R6.2 million. Save on transfer duty. Seller reg as a vat vendor. ±18 years old - Wholesome home. High ceilings, brass, glass sliders to private patios with braai, pizza oven and pool. Fire places, wine storage, pool, 4 receptions, studio / oﬃces with separate entrance, spacious open plan main en-suite and 2 further double bedrooms, 1 en-suite, family bathroom. Intelligent design, private. With brilliant access to Private schools, universities, clinics, CBD of Rosebank, Parktown and Sandton. Asking R6.9 million. Beverley Gurwicz 082 412 0010 Web ref: 3132594
WESTCLIFF JOHANNESBURG Oﬀers from R10 million Fantastic entry level. Access to The Ridge, Jan Cilliers, German School, St Catherine, Lovely flow from entrance to reception, family room & O/plan kitchen to unique dining amidst the rock ridge & flora. Open air entertaining on the skyline of the ridge. Complete with steamy plunge Jacuzzi. Views are unpredictable. 4 Receptions, 4 double bedrooms (mes), 3 bathrooms, study. Wine room / studio / creative space to garden & pool. Secluded ultra location for lateral thinkers. Asking R11.5 million. Beverley Gurwicz 082 412 0010 Web ref: 2030610
FOREST TOWN JOHANNESBURG Oﬀers from R4.3 million. Perfectly private retreat for young family in sought-after quiet location. Superb suburb security. North facing home with glorious patio to pool and lush, romantic overgrown garden. Fully selfcontained cottage easily linked to main house, to create a bigger home. Brilliant access to Donald Gordon, Millpark, Rhodean, St Johns and Jan Cilliers. 4 Reception areas, galley granite kitchen, 2 North-facing double bedrooms. Guest cloakroom with shower. Spacious panelled library. “Your soul purchase.” Staﬀ acc, garaging and oﬀ road parking. Asking R4.8 million. Beverley Gurwicz 082 412 0010 Web ref: 3399402
WESTCLIFF JOHANNESBURG Oﬀers from R16.75 million. Staircase to a good buy in sought after boomed Wexford Avenue. Security of the highest order. Stylishly refurbished by innovative LVM Architects. Natural light inﬁltrates from all angles. Contemporary open plan. Minimalist design. Secluded, landscaped lush garden on ±3577m² with pool and court. Al fresco dining under magniﬁcent tall trees and birdsong. 5 Receptions, study, guest cloakroom, entertainers patio, dine-in kitchen, 4 double bedrooms (mes), 5 bathrooms / showers, 4 garages, staﬀ acc, borehole. Asking R18.75 million. Beverley Gurwicz 082 412 0010 Web ref. 3117073
WESTCLIFF JOHANNESBURG Asking R18 million A “peace” of your own forest retreat. Eurocentric-style home. Reception areas flow to covered patio & pool. Fireplaces, bamboo floors, marble tiles & carpets. The piece de resistance is the newly appointed SMEG ﬁtted kitchen. The owner has meticulously landscaped & manicured the garden - Ready for you to just maintain - All you need do is "Pray for rain". Open study with views to the garden & urban landscape. Private study with wine storage. 4 Double beds all en-suite, main dressing room, gym with steam room. Security of the highest order. Beverley Gurwicz 082 412 0010 Web ref. 3124491
FOREST TOWN JOHANNESBURG Asking R6.2 million. Superbly restored to absolute perfection by fastidious owners. Borehole, egoli gas, security of the highest order complete with suburb security initiative. 4 receptions with open plan kitchen complete with bespoke cabinets and stove. 2 Suites inside the main house. Completely self contained cottage to garden. Covered entertaining patio with high wood lofty beams to lush verdant garden and pool. High ceilings, wood, French white doors, chandeliers European tiles, ﬁreplaces. Wonderful flow throughout! Staﬀ acc garaging oﬀ road parking. Brilliant access. Beverley Gurwicz 082 412 0010
SENDERWOOD BEDFORDVIEW Asking R10 million. This exquisite, newly built home includes 2 full self-contained cottages. Central courtyard with fountain, dining room has sliding doors leading out to courtyard, double volume lounge with doors leading out to front deck & pool, study, TV room with cantilevered over lounge, gourmet kitchen with scullery & laundry. Downstairs guest suite, guest loo, 4 en-suite bedrooms. Large balcony & terrace, basement with storeroom / wine cellar, closed pavilion. 3 garages, outside entertainment area overlooking a spectacular garden with pool. Charlene 082 448 0440 Robby 083 717 2365 Web ref: 3070689
BEDFORDVIEW Asking R8.495 million. Set in a 24 hr boomed security estate, this large home is currently run as an upmarket Boutique Hotel with a 4-star rating. There are 11 independent rooms in total comprising of 6 spacious suites, a self contained 1 bedroomed cottage, an en-suite bachelor pad, a twin family room en-suite & 3 bedroom dwelling. The property has a spacious kitchen, outside laundry, dining, family room & outdoor entertainment covered patio as well as a thatched lapa overlooking a heated rock pool and lush garden. 3 Auto garages plus a workshop area, double staﬀ acc. Conveniently located near all amenities. Ruth Kaplan 011 886 8070 Web ref: 3505032
BEDFORDVIEW Asking R4 495 000 Enter this gracious home via a Koi water feature and into a sun drenched entrance hall. Boasting a fluid floor plan through to an expansive formal lounge and dining room leading to a covered patio overlooking the manicured gardens & pool area. Large ultra modern kitchen with separate scullery / laundry. 4 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & balconies with magniﬁcent views. 3rd Bathroom downstairs next to the gym room. Double staﬀ acc, garaging for 4 cars. Excellent security. Prestigiously positioned in Upper Bedfordview close to all amenities, private schools & highway arterials. Ruth Kaplan 011 886 8070 Web ref: 3326635
HURLINGHAM SANDTON Asking R7.25 million Exceptional spacious home for growing families. Set on 2330m² with large flowing reception areas and terraced lawns with children’s playground and pool. Added beneﬁt is the generator which comfortably runs the whole house and borehole. The 3 reception rooms are ideal for adult and family entertaining. Unusually large eat-in kitchen with separate scullery and direct access from the garage. There are 5 ample bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and a study or 6th bedroom. Kass Bunkell 082 565 8658 Web ref: 3489424
CRAIGHALL SANDTON Asking R7.2 million. From time to time an exceptional home comes our way. The overall feel is “sophisticated European” flawlessly forming a functional structure. Portico entrance leads to hallway, formal lounge, study, guest cloakroom, dining room, exceptional eat in kitchen, large family room leading to patio, 2nd children’s family room with door leading to main family room & drinks lobby. Large covered patio overlooks the circular swimming pool which is set in well treed and landscaped gardens. 3 Bed, 2 baths (mes). Outside laundry room, staﬀ suite, double garage. Kass Bunkell 082 565 8658 Web ref: 3489251
CRAIGHALL SANDTON Asking R9.99 million. Beautifully appointed and tastefully executed cluster. Exceptional quiet location, north facing with large entertaining areas flowing to wide covered patios and landscaped gardens with pool. 5 Bedrooms, casual lounge, 4 bathrooms (3 en-suite), ﬁtted study, walk in linen room. Electronic security shutter ensures secure bedroom spaces. Gourmet kitchen open to living areas, equally spacious laundry cum scullery and walk in shelved pantry. Garaging for 4 cars, direct access. Solar heated geyser, 24hr guard. Unusually large staﬀ / au-pair’s accom. Kass Bunkell 082 565 8658 Web ref: 3489424
BEDFORD GARDENS, BEDFORDVIEW
Asking mid R6 millions incl. vat | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2 Bays
Asking R12.7 Million | 3 Bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 3 parking bays
Exceptional skyline views from this tastefully appointed North facing penthouse on 3 levels with quality ﬁnishes, no transfer duty. Sunset and roof top sundowner terraces with wood decked flooring and 360° views. Spacious open plan entertaining areas onto expansive balconies with glass stacking doors. 3 Bedroom suites, newly re-furbished kitchen open plan to dining, living and study. 2 Parking bays and ample visitors parking, 24hr guards, pool in complex. Kass 082 565 8658. Web ref: 3465166
A unique penthouse with exquisite features and ﬁnishes with breathtaking views of the horizons. Enter into a world of glamourous sophistication, style & comfort in upmarket Bedfordview. A contemporary apartment boasting an impressive entrance, cloak room, designer open-plan kitchen and reception areas exuding luxury - perfect for secluded living and entertaining. Air conditioning throughout, floor-to-ceiling windows & sliding stacking glass doors opens onto deck with gas burning ﬁre place & an inviting private pool. Furniture & curtains included. 24/7 Security, concierge & direct access to Bedford Shopping Mall. Bernadine 084 586 1647 Web ref: 3466794
CRAIGHALL PARK, JOHANNESBURG
Asking R2.6 million | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | 1 Garage
From early R5 millions | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms
Incredible hidden gem! Popular sought after complex in central Craighall Park. Great atmosphere and vibes. Charming north facing 102m² unit, tastefully appointed and furnished. Folding stacked doors open to wonderful private landscaped garden and patio. Kitchen semi open plan to living and dining areas with wood burning ﬁreplace, and guest cloakroom, upstairs 3 bedrooms/ 2 bedrooms and study and glass walled bathroom, one automated lock up garage. Walking distance to restaurants. Kass Bunkell 082 565 8658 Web ref: 3527065
A hop and skip to George Hay Park. You will love coming home to the comfort of this open plan family home. The timeless elegance of wooden floors and white wooden windows. Entrance hall into large formal lounge and dining room, bridge/home work area. Well ﬁtted kitchen with gas stove open plan to family room with gas ﬁreplace. Breakfast room to sundeck. Patio with built-in braai and built-in serving area with door to sundeck, established lawned garden. 3 Large bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite) with dressing rooms. ±1020m² Stand, carports and parking for ±4 cars. Staﬀ/guest suite. Theodora Brickhill 082 553 8525 Web ref: 3423577
MOOIKLOOF EQUESTRIAN ESTATE, PRETORIA
LOMBARDY ESTATE, PARADISO, PRETORIA
Asking R15 million | 6 bedrooms | 6 bathrooms | 4 garages
Asking R10 million | 4 bedrooms | 4½ bathrooms | 3 garages
Exquisite residence on 2 Hectare sized land, beautifully landscaped and maintained to compliment this elegant property. Mooikloof Equestrian Estate is a sought after Estate in Pretoria East, oﬀering residents wide open spaces and views of rolling hills. This well-presented property enjoys a welcoming entrance hall leading to open flowing reception areas, complimented with luxury ﬁnishes throughout. The spacious covered patio enjoy access from various reception areas and enjoys views over the swimming pool and gardens. Juanita du Plessis 082 322 3407 / 012 460 9261 Web ref: 3485484
Exclusive mandate. For the connoisseur of life appreciating the extraordinary quality of architectural design, luxury quality ﬁnishes and a lifestyle within a sought after Lombardy Estate. This dream home is immaculate and well maintained and perfect if you want to enjoy a lock stock and barrel deal! Phone today for a viewing appointment. Juanita du Plessis 082 322 3407 Oﬃce 012 460 9261 Web ref: 3473020
SILVER LAKES GOLF ESTATE, PRETORIA
Asking R12 million | 6 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 4 garages
Asking R5.5 million | 6 bedrooms | 6 bathrooms | 3 garages
This enchanting home enjoys views over Silver Lakes Golf Estate, while being private and situated in a quiet location with green belt and golf greens. Styled in classy symmetry the architectural design is well balanced which oﬀers loads of practical elements and shows a skilful hand in the distinctive fenestration of the architect's planning. A storybook residence welcomes you into a double volume entrance hall with an array of light flowing in from the large windows. Versatile reception areas oﬀers great opportunity to entertain great numbers of people and simultaneously oﬀer private settings to enjoy as a family. Juanita du Plessis 082 322 3407 Web ref: 2570115
Step into the skylight-ﬁtted entrance hall, follow the echo to the elegant and formal living room. Notice the open-plan TV Room and formal dining room with granite floors. Find a study situated near the expertly planned kitchen for eﬃciency with a scullery and laundry. One split level down the stairs is a gaily decorated family room with built-in braai and bar. The sliding doors open on to the patio and pool. On the one wing is the two family bedrooms and bathroom. Further on is the main bedroom, en-suite and the master dressing room. On the other wing, two guest rooms, each with balconies and a family bathroom. Denise Ferreira 083 660 1486 Web ref: 3305699
SOUTHDOWNS ESTATE, CENTURION
CORNWALL HILL ESTATE, CENTURION
Asking R14.5 million| 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 4 garages
Price on application | 5 bedrooms | 4½ bathrooms | 4 garages
Understatement is the art of distinction. This is not just a big investment or a property this is a home! This home is a masterpiece like no other, with a Miele built-in coﬀee machine, Blu-line Gourmet kitchen counter, graceful Views, home theatre system, studio, oﬃce, staﬀ quarters, bar and a wine cellar all you have to do is move in! A work of art, From the moment you pass through security gates you will be transported to another world. The perfect nest for lovers, old or young. Samir Jhina 0798129007 Oﬃce 0124609261 Web ref: 3398032
Set against a backdrop of bushveld and a flowing river, this majestic residence, is the ideal home for an owner who appreciates seclusion and privacy, highquality ﬁnishes and naturally bright flowing spaces. Blended with the external Old English style, the interior of the home presents a clean, modern ambiance. The solid maple woodwork elegantly ties together all the interior-architected doors, as well as the built-in units in the library, bar, living rooms and kitchen areas. Designer recessed ceilings and well-appointed lighting provide character to each room. Each room has doors leading onto a balcony, with panoramic views. Michelle Vergottini 0721746310 Web ref: 3467635
OLIVE CREST ESTATE, RANDBURG
Asking R5.2 million | 4 bedrooms | 3½ bathrooms | 2 garages
Asking R13 million | 6 bedrooms | 6 bathrooms | 2 garages
This modern, sleek, cemcrete floored family home is set in a secure Eco Estate. A home that has been planned & maintained with such attention to detail. The reception areas lead to a spacious open plan kitchen, lounge & dining area. Entertainment deck leads out to pool & landscaped garden with jacuzzi. Bright sunny home with stacker doors flowing to the entertainment area with built-in braai. Each plot at Olive Crest is unique, carefully chosen to aﬀord wonderful views, established indigenous trees. Manned guardhouse. Zona Coetzee 084 626 6119 Oﬃce 011 476 8303 Web ref: 3495228
Exceptional architectural ship design. Docked on the Northcliﬀ hill, overlooking the Jozi skyline. Once you set foot on this ship, your life journey begins. Elegant, artful and a private sanctuary. Working kitchen, presentation kitchen, 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms (5 en-suite), 2 private lounges, 3 receptions to mention but a few. This home will inspire the new captain setting her sails. Gert Bekker 082 570 0222 Oﬃce 011 476 8303 Web ref: 3525877
ShAkAS ROCk, kWAZULU NATAL
ZIMBALI COASTAL RESORT & ESTATE, kWAZULU NATAL
Asking R9.995 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 3 garages
Asking R16.9 million | 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 3 garages
An outstanding property, with style and sophistication. An upmarket 4 bedroom home plus a 1 bedroom flatlet. Downstairs - There are 2 large lounges, open plan kitchen with scullery and laundry, dining room and guest toilet. The lounge opens up onto a covered patio, large entertainment area with a pool, which all flow over luscious green manicured lawn, breathtaking sea view... as well as coastline and breaker views. The third lounge upstairs has a snooker table and a kitchenette for convenience, 3 auto garages. The site in-front of this property, 930m² of land is included in the price to avoid anybody building in-front of you. Liz Beck 072 659 5348 Web ref: h738
Absolute master piece newly built home. Elevated with exceptional views. An amazing opportunity awaits - triple story home commanding elevated views of the golf course and dam. Spacious family home, with solid oak floors; porcelain tiles; sundowner balconies, expansive entertainment area back and front with pool. Open plan kitchen with center island, gas and top stoves. Smeg appliances, integrated extractor, integrated fridge, freezer, micro wave, coﬀee machine. Never ending stack doors which open up creating an incredible space. 5 Beds, 5 baths, 3 lounges, 3 garages - this home has it all. Mzo Mabaso 074 856 1328 Web ref: ZIM1339
BEACON BAY, EAST LONDON
BLOUBERG STRAND, CAPE TOWN
Asking R9 million | 4 bedrooms | 4½ bathrooms | 2 garages
Price on application | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 4 garages
Expansive spaces that characterize the home make large scale entertaining simple, boasting a fluid floor plan, extraordinary light & airy ambiance. An elegant & well-designed masterpiece that radiates sophistication & style from the minute you set foot through the double volume entrance. Spacious 820m² home oﬀering 4 bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms, numerous entertainment areas, spectacular views of the river & sea, entertainment patio with braai & pizza oven plus an eat in kitchen. This home oﬀers the perfect combination of modern and classic ﬁnishes with a modern open plan design. Ann Nel 083 445 1163 Oﬃce 043 726 0111 Web ref: 3267310
One of the worlds magniﬁcent & rare ﬁnds, originally constructed to see Table Mountain 24/7 while entertaining the entire family & friends. This mansion is built over 3 plots (2581m²). The main entrance opens to a waterfall, indoor garden, skylight dome & a wall of windows overlooking the custom designed pool. The main level includes a magniﬁcent open plan lounge / reception / dinning / kitchen area. Guest cloakroom, bar area, sauna, laundry room, guest suite & sound proof media room. The bedroom suites are located on the upper level. Extras incl. reverse osmosis setup supplying 500 l of pure drinking water p/hr. Liarese Tredoux 064 684 2799 Web ref: RL73426
Diemersfontein wine anD country estate
asking r25 million | 5 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 3 garages
asking r6.8 million | 3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2 garages
sotheby’s international realty oﬀers this outstanding home in a upmarket, quiet and safe neighbourhood. with it’s provencal grandeur, this home embodies elegance and is designed to provide a luxurious level of comfort with ultimate privacy. the spacious main entertainment area with extra high double volume ceiling is a symphony of light and glass. the home oﬀers ample accommodation with various bedrooms, bathrooms, workroom, music room, bachelor’s flatlet and much more. marelise visagie 072 776 2645 oﬃce 021 809 2760 web ref: 3504720
an elegant property ﬁt to feature in a glossy home decor magazine - its genuine picture-perfect! most surely qualiﬁes as one of Diemersfontein wine estate ﬁnest homes, aﬀording privacy and tranquility. nestled in the exclusive part of the estate with uninterrupted views, the clean lines, plethora creature comforts, ease of living with seamless indoor / outdoor flow creates a canvas on which to paint your life story. eddie van pachtenbeke 071 003 0363 oﬃce 021 870 1011 web ref: 3290579
val De vie everGreen, paarl
stellenbosch, western cape
from r4.4 million
asking r3.295 million | 3 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | 1 garage
val de vie evergreen brings south africa's top retirement brand and premier lifestyle estate together in a partnership of great promise. take advantage of a lifestyle where you are assured of professional care and world class services in one of the most beautiful settings in south africa. various pricing models available. bronwyn boyd 083 420 1747 chris cilliers 082 568 1122 oﬃce 021 870 1011 web ref: nD46
Gorgeous and spacious 3 bedroom apartment in central stellenbosch for those starting out, or investors wanting to invest in our stable rental environment. overlooking a communal garden, this ﬁrst floor apartment oﬀers beautiful ﬁnishes, security, comes fully furnished and is in walking distance to shops, campus and restaurants. phoebe van reenen 082 331 8827 oﬃce 021 809 2760 web ref: 3116865
spanIsh FarM, sOMerset west
pearL VaLLeY at VaL de VIe, paarL
asking r22 million | 5 bedrooms | 5½ bathrooms | 3 garages
asking r10.595 million | 3 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 3 garages
a lifestyle ﬁt for the connoisseur awaits you in this 3 level home with views from every room. this rare oﬀering of undeniable luxury, attention to detail, clean lines and top quality ﬁnishes. Oﬀers a spacious entrance hall, a light ﬁlled foyer, 5 free flowing reception areas ensuring a harmonious indoor / outdoor flow for grand entertaining and comfortable living centered around the elevated rim flow pool, patios and views. chantal Botes 083 702 5460 Oﬃce 021 851 4450 web ref: 3337081
a beautiful pearl Valley at Val de Vie designed home by the award winning phillips & Van Jaarsveld architects. north facing, with views over a fairway and lake, this single level property has so much attention to detail it is evident the owners have spent considerable time and passion on the planning, design, choice of ﬁnishes and building of their home. annelize reinmuller 076 788 9918 Leigh robertson 082 882 8243 Oﬃce 021 870 1011 web ref: 3089267
BOschenMeer gOLF estate, western cape
strand, western cape
asking r11.5 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 3 garages
asking r19.95 million | 3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2 parkings
this private iconic sanctuary enjoys a tranquil setting with captivating views within Boschenmeer golf estate, a premium secure lifestyle estate. the sheer brilliance of the design will inspire and attract a discerning buyer. north facing with views over fairway and lake, this incredible home oﬀers four spacious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, private cellar, 3 entertainment areas as well as 3 garages. we are very proud to have this property to market. Marinda de Jongh 082 573 2204 Marilize Breytenbach 083 241 1580 Oﬃce 021 870 1011 web ref: 3480544
this ±290m² penthouse creates eﬀortless living in the sky that awaits the most discerning buyer whilst being versatile enough to create a warm and homely atmosphere. Lingering on a sundowner living on the bright side with a ±300m² terrace enjoying breathtaking views of False Bay towards table Mountain. Life at its best - with magical sunsets. chantal Botes 072 776 2645 Oﬃce 021 851 4450 web ref: 3498428
COnstAntiA rurAL, CAPe tOwn
nieuwe steenberg, CAPe tOwn
Asking r11.2 million | 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 3 garages
Plot and plan from r9.775 million (incl. vat) no transfer duty.
this sun-ﬁlled family home designed for elegant entertaining oﬀers 5 double bedrooms - 4 are en-suite and there is a further family bathroom. 3 Open plan reception rooms and a large work from home space. Other special features includes a wine cellar, jacuzzi and a spacious boma. the triple garage with direct access oﬀers plenty of storage space, with a covered carport alongside the garage. there is also ample visitors parking. enjoy sundowners from the elevated pool & entertainment area with uninterrupted mountain views, looking directly onto elephant’s eye. eileen O’ sullivan 082 410 7204 Yvonne Van staden 079 300 7784 web ref: 3395603
build a luxurious home on this exclusive secure estate beautifully situated amongst the vineyards of steenberg wine Farm to the north and west. to the east the property borders the world class norval Foundation art gallery and outdoor sculpture garden. Live a peaceful and secure lifestyle in tranquil surroundings. Dave burger 083 458 3333, brenda Pretorius 083 442 1318 Oﬃce 021 701 2446 web ref: 3455828
tOkAi mOrningsiDe, CAPe tOwn
ZwAAnswYk, COnstAntiA VALLeY, CAPe tOwn
Asking r4.995 million | 4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2 garages
Asking r18.9 million | 5 bedrooms | 6 bathrooms | 4 garages
warm and inviting lovingly cared for family home in move-in condition with dual living and work from home potential. Custom designed to entertain in style; open plan living areas; bbQ, pool and garden; ﬁtted study; 4 bedrooms (mes); income producing potential self-contained flatlet; double integrated garage; ample secure parking. Herculene Visser 083 658 2686 Oﬃce 021 701 2446 web ref: 3262408
grand residence set on 2 acres of prime land with spectacular views. Positioned in a tranquil cul-de-sac with breathtaking False bay and mountain views, this 5 bedroomed residence, all with en-suite bathrooms, features newly renovated interiors with open plan formal lounge, dining area & kitchen. Dawn bloch 072 496 9458 Oﬃce 021 701 2446 web ref: 3318251
newlands, CaPe TOwn
COnsTanTIa uPPeR, CaPe TOwn
asking R7.995 million plus vat | 3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2 garages
asking R28.65 million plus vat | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 2 garages
...and "choice" is the perfect word to describe Cavendish Mews! like its counterparts in the prime areas of london, Cavendish Mews in newlands is down a quiet cul-de-sac in a most desirable location. But, unlike london Mews, these freehold title homes have been ingeniously designed to embrace the needs of our 21st century lifestyles. Here, twelve homes have been planned to ensure both a contemporary and secure environment whether you are upsizing or downsizing. nina smith 082 774 4596, Jo Fourie 071 286 5383 Oﬃce 021 673 1240 web ref: 2520158
a truly exclusive boutique estate, located in the Constantia Valley, there is little in the area that comes close in comparison. situated in the quiet, most secluded corner of the estate, this home is surrounded by established trees flowing onto a natural garden. Oﬀering 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and its own unique experience of nature and a true sense of calm and tranquillity. Jo Thomas 084 404 4120, Rouvaun McKirby 071 671 0821 & Jacque Fourie 072 304 7957 web ref: 3449542
ClaReMOnT uPPeR, CaPe TOwn
ClaReMOnT uPPeR, CaPe TOwn
asking R11.8 million | 4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2 garages
asking R7.95 million | 4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2 garages
a special and unique family home oﬀering european style and sophistication with four beautiful bedrooms including magniﬁcent main suite with original ﬁreplace, a gorgeous continental kitchen and light ﬁlled living areas leading out to vine covered terrace, with mountain views, landscaped garden with borehole and pool. This really is a once-oﬀ opportunity in highly sought-after Hen and Chicken estate. View by appointment with Barbara Manning 083 407 3656 Oﬃce 021 673 1240 web ref: 3283558
exquisite family home in tranquil setting. This beautiful home has been renovated with great style and flair and the clever use of space throughout the living areas ensure plenty of natural light and easy flow. a separate lounge makes for perfect entertaining and leads to a modern, well equipped kitchen and spacious dining area with French doors opening to the patio and sparkling pool. The home includes a study which provides a perfect work from home option. On an erf size of over 1000m² the property features mature trees, mountain views and plenty of space to play. Ruth leach 082 323 7550, anne Goddard 082 777 7107 web ref: 3359181
houT BAy, CAPe ToWn
noordhoek, CAPe ToWn
Asking r15.995 million | 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 2 garages
Asking r10.95 million | 4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2 garages
Paradise found! Scott estate! In one of hout Bay's most sought after areas, you will unearth this treasure with sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding bay, harbour and mountains. With multiple balconies, indigenous landscaping, and a remarkable interior flow, this exquisite styled villa combines classic elegance with modern sophistication. It promises to feel like a vacation in your own paradise! Tucked away between glorious mountains and lush greenery, it oﬀers the perfect family privacy, luxury living and comfort. Terri Steyn 082 777 0748 oﬃce 021 701 2446 Web ref: 3232216
If you want to live the ideal noordhoek lifestyle, then this exceptionally private home is for you. Mountains, nature trails & panoramic vistas from spacious terraces, stretch from kommetjie to noordhoek Beach & Chapmans Peak. on most evenings you can spot eagles soaring overhead, playing in the thermals. Located in a secure & quiet cul-de-sac, this home features: Gracious open-plan living, incredible views, wine cellar, bar & gourmet kitchen. The double-volume oﬃce/guest suite, is currently used as a 4th bedroom. The outdoor areas are exquisite, with a French-style heated pool, attractive ponds, an established garden. Lilian Bron 082 377 3725 Web ref: 3288437
kInGSWood GoLF eSTATe, GArden rouTe
heroLdS BAy, GArden rouTe
Asking r8.75 million | 4 bedrooms | 3½ bathrooms | 2 garages
Asking r4.295 million | 6 bedrooms | 3½ bathrooms | 2 garages
one of the most desirable homes on the estate, with a covered patio, overlooking the garden and pool, providing spectacular views of the fairways. The living areas, feature engineered timber floors, a built-in TV, and a stylish Calore combustion burner. The kitchen boasts an integrated steam oven, integrated bar fridge, coﬀee machine and pop-up extractor. A home study, with ﬁtted TV, opens out to the patio. 4 Bedrooms comfortably accommodate the family. The master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, features a built-in headboard and side consoles. The extra-length double garage and store room is tiled. Marsha Brand 083 266 7294 Web ref: 3384146
From the moment you enter this immaculate home, you will be delighted with its multiple living options. Inter-leading living areas would suit extended families, spending summer vacations together. The accommodation could also suit those looking to let-out for holiday accommodation, a guest house or BnB. There is a self-contained, 2 bedroom suite on the upper level, which can continue to be self-contained or could integrate as part of this family home. The main home provides 6 bedrooms, 3 living rooms downstairs & one upstairs. The garden is compact & boasts a well-ﬁtted garden cottage – with private access & parking. Liezl Joubert 076 910 2723 Web ref: 3274011
BELVIDERE ESTATE, KNYSNA, GARDEN ROUTE
PEZULA PRIVATE ESTATE, KNYSNA, GARDEN ROUTE
Asking R5.75 million | 5 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 3 garages
Asking R26.4 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 3 garages
This spacious home for sale in Knysna is light and bright. There are ﬁve bedrooms, two en-suite, a study and a one bedroom flat with separate entrance. The living room has a bay window overlooking the lovely garden and pool. The dining room is open plan to the beautiful kitchen with its soft colours. There is a separate scullery. The family room has a built-in bar area. There is staﬀ accommodation and three garages. The large garden is walled and fenced. The contents of the house and a Mitsubishi vehicle additional R500 000. Personal possessions are excluded. Moira Gething 082 872 9102 / 044 382 0600 Web ref: 3239236
Newly-ﬁnished, 4 bedroom home perched in a prime location with Indian Ocean views, oﬀering an “oﬀ the grid” environment. Borehole with desalination unit, rainwater tanks, solar energy-saving and heat pump. A floating walkway entrance leads to a glassed passage with views over the ocean. Generous living areas with stunning features, high-end kitchen, equipped with Smeg appliances, and entertainment area with built-in braai and pizza oven. Saltwater pool (heated blanket cover) and open ﬁre-pit creating a cosy outdoor entertainment corner. Secure walk in safe room and wine cellar. Three garages. Samantha Osman 072 356 9245 / 044 384 0134 Web ref: 3292287
LEISURE ISLE, KNYSNA, GARDEN ROUTE
EASTFORD COUNTRY ESTATE, KNYSNA, GARDEN ROUTE
Asking R10.2 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 2 garages
Asking R7.8 million | 5 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 3 garages
Gracious family home set on the edge of Steenbok Park with stunning lagoon views and vista’s of distant mountains. This sunny, north-facing home is warm and inviting with wooden flooring and an old world charm. There are 3 nicely sized bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite). The lounge and dining room have maple strip flooring with a picture window in the lounge and views across the lagoon. The separate, private fully contained cottage is perfect for guests or possible rental opportunity. Sheena Maré 082 432 5180, Candy Maré-Alexander 082 928 8507, Grant Alexander 082 676 4676 / 044 384 0134 Web ref: 3392118
This superb Tuscan style home for sale in Knysna is situated in a secure and tranquil estate. The property has 360° panoramic views of the lagoon, The Heads and the Outeniqua Mountains. This gorgeous home is in a class of its own, with Oregon pine windows, doors and floors. Spacious dining room and lovely kitchen. There are four bedrooms, two of which are en-suite. The study has Yellowwood cupboards and the family room has a Yellowwood bar and wine cellar. There is a 1 bedroom cottage with a separate entrance. Magniﬁcent garden with pool. Garaging for three cars and a workshop. Moira Gething 082 872 9102 / 044 382 0600 Web ref: 3104719
PLETTENBERG BAY, GARDEN ROUTE
PLETTENBERG BAY, GARDEN ROUTE
Asking R16.85 million | 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 2 garages
Asking R55 million | 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 3 garages
Beautiful, spacious family home for sale in sought-after Beachy Head Drive in an elevated position overlooking the entire bay. A warm home oﬀering ample accommodation with superb, inviting living spaces both indoor and outdoor for all types of weather. 4 En-suite bedrooms, and a TV room / study or 5th en-suite bedroom. Decked swimming pool in the fully walled established garden where you can hear and see the ocean and Robberg Peninsula as your backdrop. Extra spacious double garage and outdoor staﬀ accommodation (or overflow guest accommodation). Plett living at its best. Hein Pretorius 083 701 3159 Oﬃce: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 3505076
Panoramic views of the bay from this Beachy Head beauty! A modern, spacious, home with direct beach access. Oﬀering 5 en-suite bedrooms in the house and a further 2 bedrooms in a separate self-contained flatlet. Entering through a private and fully enclosed courtyard, then into the reception and spacious open plan living area where you are greeted by endless views of ocean framed by mountains, creates a serious wow factor. Almost all rooms have superb views. Fully walled with staﬀ acc and three garages. The beachfront of Beachy Head Drive is one of Africa’s most sought after areas. Hein Pretorius 083 701 3159 Oﬃce: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 3515284
PLETTENBERG BAY, GARDEN ROUTE
PLETTENBERG BAY, GARDEN ROUTE
Asking R9.9 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 1 garage
Asking R6.95 million | 5 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 2 garages
Location, location, location! Beautifully appointed 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom De Meermin beach apartment in the Lookout area of Old Plett with private lift. 277m² on one level, with spacious open-plan living and dining areas and a separate kitchen, laundry and garage, exceptionally generous patio area with an undercover entertainment area which has the most magniﬁcent view of the ocean, mountains and lagoon. All the living areas and bathrooms have laminate flooring with the bedrooms being carpeted. A spacious elegant apartment with attention to detail and upmarket ﬁnishes. Carrie Maclean 082 566 1881 Oﬃce: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 3503032
This home of distinction is well-maintained with quality ﬁnishes and walking distance to the beach. Featuring 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, separate single bedroom flatlet with its own entrance, great open plan flow allowing for indoor and outdoor living with two large living rooms one of which has a central open-hearth ﬁreplace to add to its cosy allure. The swimming pool area has good shelter from most wind directions and a pergola for outdoor entertaining. A lovely neat home that needs nothing done, besides enjoying all it has to oﬀer. Werner Harris 084 351 8992 Oﬃce: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 3231025
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