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16 ED’S LETTER Thoughts from the editor

a little interest when they go under the hammer 24 WHERE ART MEETS THE ELEMENTS The tidal gallery in the Maldives that is an ode to humanity and the environment LUXURY UNWRAPPED


20 LUXURY INVESTMENT NEWS The objects of passion that enrich our lives can also offer financial security if you know what to choose



22 THE PRICE OF ICE Fine-jewellery pieces are sparking more than just


The elegant IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar leaves virtually no wish unfulfilled. It displays the date, day of the week, month, moon phase, and year in four digits, and it will continue running perfectly with virtually no corrections until 2499. Developed by Kurt Klaus during the early 1980s, this ingenious perpetual calendar mechanism with the code name ‘Operation Eternity’ took IWC to the peak of haute horlogerie, and is regarded as a milestone in the art of watchmaking even today. The timepiece is powered by an IWCmanufactured movement from the 52000-calibre family, featuring a solid red gold rotor and blued screws. The 18-carat red gold watch has an archededge front glass and comes with a dark brown alligator leather strap.

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44 RITUALS IN TIME Why watches mark more than just time in our lives

The horological milestone

32 LUXURY UNWRAPPED Beautiful objects that will delight all those who receive them


causes close to their hearts, people and planet benefit

42 WATCHES NEWS When prestigious watch brands back a variety of

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46 AN ARTISTIC LEGACY Kenyan dancer Junaid Jemal Sendi on his life since being chosen to participate in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative 3 3 P R I VAT E E D I T I O N 1 0 Y E A R S ISSUE 42

50 JEWELLERY NEWS Classic beauties, audacious moderns and singular spoils

Classic Fusion Titanium Green. Titanium case. Self-winding chronograph movement. Green sunray dial. Green alligator strap stitched to rubber. 1 2 P R I V A E EDITION 10 YEARS ISSUE 41

CONTENTS Lyn Slater says she’s never been more visible in her entire life 60 DÉCOR NEWS Décor and design news to spark direction and creativity

54 FASHION NEWS From statement piece to must-have accessories

68 THE KEYS TO POWER Horacio Pagani did not invent the hypercar, but his Pagani Huayra could be its ultimate expression

62 DON’T LOSE THE POETRY There’s a fine art to balancing beauty and performance in the world of kitchen design

56 RESORT WEAR UNPACKED All the good reasons to embrace this gracious style for summer


80 SALT OF THE EARTH The spectacular Jack’s Camp retreat resides in quiet isolation in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana

84 TASTINGS NEWS Fine foods and wine trends from around the world 74 TRAVEL NEWS Your guide to far-flung places and exotic spaces

64 ACCELERATE NEWS The latest on modern classics and super performers 58 REBEL WITH A CAUSE Proving that age is just a number, academic and intellectual fashion blogger

behind Es Devlin’s Zoetrope installation commissioned by Mercedes-Benz

76 WHEN IN DAVOS Where to stay, drink, dine and relax in the heart of the Swiss Alps 77 DHOWS AND HELICOPTERS Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort off the north coast of Mozambique stills the mind and revives the soul


86 BREAK OUT THE BUBBLY If you ever needed an excuse to toss your favourite bottle of bubbly on ice, the arrival of summer is it 88 THE VERY BEST DISHES IN THE WORLD Tamsin Snyman travels the world unearthing culinary treasures from the most courageous of chefs 94 A SIP IN THE SKY Global airlines are offering impressive cellars of fine wine to woo premium travellers. Anyone for a glass of Cheval Blanc?

96 THE VERY BEST GLASS OF WINE Head sommelier at The Test Kitchen Tinashe Nyamudoka recalls two glasses of wine that changed his outlook

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52 THE FUTURE OF FINE JEWELLERY 3-D printing is making its mark in haute joaillerie


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Ah, December. ‘Tis the season, and all that… So join us with this issue of festive glamour and wonder, and so much more, as we rollercoaster from a luxe safari retreat in Botswana, a remote island off the coast of Northern Mozambique and Davos ahead of the World Economic Forum, to champagne tastings, resort-wear reality, luxury investments to make you gasp, and a good few suggestions to spoil yourself, and those who count, this season. The features in this issue cover fascinating trends: the almost science-like culinary revolution going on as chefs around the world become more courageous (and outrageous), intertidal galleries by the incredible artist Jason deCaires Taylor, and glittering jewellery and haute horologie that’s not just about carats and complications, they have heart too. As the year ends, it’s inevitable we will reflect, and (do we say this every year?) it’s been a tough and tricky one for South Africa. Technical recession, anyone? But the country continues to confound. Pagani South Africa has sold its entire allocation for three years, according to Daytona’s Marek Letowt. For the uninitiated, Pagani is the hypercar of supercars, and you can read how motoring journalist Richard Webb sings its praises on Page 68. Letowt says that clients who buy the Pagani Huayra don’t buy the car instead of a Riva or an apartment in Mayfair, they buy it ‘in addition to’. It’s because the car is like nothing else you’ve experienced, he says, and it’s unrepeatable. Well, quite. There’s much more to read besides, but we expect you to take your time and return more than once to the features we have carefully curated. What the Private Edition team will be doing is dreaming up the next issue with a fresh start to the year. May the festive season be good to you, and have a successful 2019.


Available at AERONAUTICA MILITARE: Protea Court Sandton City • Morningside Sandton • Mall of Africa • Gateway Durban GERI: Shop MM50, Hyde Park, JHB • Melrose Arch • Mandela Square Legacy Corner • Menlyn Pretoria • V&A Waterfront Cape Town @GeriBoutiques



THE WINDS OF CHANGE: ICY CHILL OR WARM BREEZE? During the past decade, fundamental shifts in the real-estate arena have irrevocably changed the way we do business, and with ongoing technological advances poised to completely transform the local industry, conflicting schools of thought have arisen.

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Professional, experienced agents who have absorbed the necessary skills and legal knowledge over time and through their own trial and error are the ones who are likely to steer both buyers and sellers through the most seamless transaction. Industry players should remember that, for most people, buying property is as much an emotional investment as it is a financial one – they are buying far more than bricks and mortar, they are buying a future. Sellers, on the other hand, are handing over a home with memories and attachments. Agents are not only brokers who negotiate on their behalf, they are also, ultimately, the conduit that balances the emotion between buyer and seller. It is inevitable that the industry will continue to change, the traditional model of agency practice will come under enormous pressure from innovative new business models and smaller, less established companies will probably cease to exist. But the human factor is indispensable. An agent becomes the trusted advisor who offers guidance every step of the way and we will continue to wholeheartedly support and promote the role of agents in every segment of the market. 




echnology has revolutionised the property sector by ushering in an era of time-saving convenience, enabling agents to reach a much broader market. But the digital era has also become a double-edged sword that threatens the very fabric of the industry. A number of players see a future that is almost exclusively digital, with the role of estate agents eventually becoming obsolete. This is beginning to dramatically alter existing business models. However, we believe that the role of skilled and experienced professionals remains crucial to the seamless navigation of complex property transactions. The profession will adapt to the changing market by becoming increasingly specialised, a trend that is occurring in many other sectors – from commerce to nursing – despite technical advances. For example, Siri can’t

tell a patient how long they have to live. And, letting a buyer and seller get together to determine their own price and conditions is like expecting a husband and wife to finalise their divorce without a mediator. Consumer attraction to more cost-effective, online realty services is understandable, but for the most part, the disadvantages will often outweigh any benefits, and could also have potentially serious consequences. The issue of safety comes to mind. Sellers may be put at considerable risk as there appears to be little or no vetting of the potential buyers who will be viewing their homes. An established agency, however, will vet potential buyers who might want to enter a home for a viewing, as well as do everything possible to prequalify buyers for specific property price bands if bonds are necessary. It’s also very possible that the low commissions or fixed rates may actually prove more costly at the end of the day. A disembodied call-centre agent juggling multiple transactions is unlikely to be able to negotiate as high a sale price as a dedicated professional. They are also not on hand to immediately solve any issues that may arise. It would be interesting to see the statistics of deal cancellations for the lowcommission agencies. Each concluded property deal requires weeks of hard work, many hours of admin, constant liaison with other professionals and, with commission rates reduced, it wouldn’t make financial sense for a skilled agent to work even harder for far less return. @GeriBoutiques

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CLASSIC INVESTMENT Warren Buffett may have advised investors to ‘never love a share’, but classic cars are an alternative asset class that ignites the deepest of passions. A 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder, known as the ‘giant killer’ for its ability to chase down larger and more powerful race cars on the circuit, sold for $5.17 million – the top result – at Bonhams’ Scottsdale sale earlier this year. The top Ferrari result at the same auction was $2.6 million for a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider. Investing in classic cars can be an exciting and extremely rewarding venture, but it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted, says Leon Strümpher, a portfolio manager at Sanlam Private Wealth, and a classic-car investor himself. ‘These beautiful machines can take you on great ups and downs, as well as bring back memories of past eras. That said, it’s an asset class that can be analysed like any other, and it’s in the finer details where the rarity lies, and the real value emerges. ‘When approaching the classic-car market as an investor, do so as you would any listed asset on the JSE. Start with price, do your research, get a good database from which to reference, and take your time. Scarcity remains one of the most important aspects of appreciating prices in classic cars. Every classic car that’s left to rust, or is scrapped or shipped abroad leaves a gap that can’t be filled. And sometimes it does involve luck. Most of the cars that will become great investments in years to come will do so because of industry changes, like the emergence of electric cars and introduction of emissions taxes.’

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PURSUING THE ART MARKET The future is looking exciting for art investors, as well as those exploring the market as an investment option, say the experts at Aspire Art Auctions. European-based company Artprice has run the Price Index for the global art market since 2000. The index is calculated based on global auction results, which show a growth of 36%, and is composed using the same general principles as most other reputable financial indices, focussing on the market’s most fundamental artists and taking into account their relative weight and importance. Artprice’s so-called ‘Global 500’ – the wider pool of artists who are represented at auctions, and who are ranked in terms of regular sales and turnover – features four South Africans. All are household names in the market here, with the two highest ranked being contemporary artists: Netherlands-based Marlene Dumas at #121 and William Kentridge at #279. An older generation of artists fetching higher prices appears further down the list: JH Pierneef at #314 and Irma Stern at #329. The presence of the two contemporary artists higher up this ranking is significant in that it reflects the growth and diversification of the contemporary market around the world, as well as in South Africa. While the art market in this country is much smaller, it does follow the same broad growth trends.

One of the largest single emerald crystals was unearthed at Kagem Emerald Mine in Zambia in October. Inkalamu, which means ‘lion emerald’ in Chibemba, was discovered by geologist Debapriya Rakshit and veteran emerald miner Richard Kapeta. The 5 655-carat precious stone weighs 341kg, has remarkable clarity and a perfectly balanced golden green hue. ‘The discovery of this exceptional gemstone is such an important moment for us, the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia and the emerald world in general,’ says Elena Basaglia, a gemmologist with Gemfields in London. ‘We are experiencing a significant increase in the demand for high-quality Zambian emeralds from the major brands, particularly in Europe, all of whom admire the rich colour and unique transparency of our gems – qualities that make them unique among emeralds. It’s difficult to estimate how many individual gems will be cut from Inkalamu, but the cutting expertise of Gemfields’ auction partners will mean that this gemstone will make its mark in the history books of exceptional gemstones. This lion’s offspring, “The Pride of Inkalamu” so to speak, will continue the legacy for generations to come.’


NEW RECORDS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN CONTEMPORARIES In a packed saleroom at the Wanderers Club in November, an exceptional casein landscape by J.H Pierneef and an oil painting by Moses Tladi set new records at Strauss & Co’s live Summer sale. Pierneef’s Lowveld Eastern Transvaal (1928), a mesmerising kaleidoscope of acutely observed colours, sold for a record R5 917 600, while a second example, Willow Trees, Rooiplaat, achieved a price of R2 276 000. Two works by Moses Tladi – a contemporary of Pierneef’s – fetched three times their high estimate and marked a world record for an artist seldom seen on the secondary market. Farm Cottage Driefontein, J.H.B. (1939) sold for R147 940 while Mountain Landscape (Mont-aux-Sources) set a record at R455 200. The two Tladis featured in An Unsung History, a session inspired by the landmark 1988 exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, The Neglected Tradition.

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THE PRICE OF ICE Luxury-lifestyle writer HELEN CLEMSON discovers that fine jewellery and legacy pieces are sparking more than just a little interest when they go under the hammer.

of the stone, says Anton Welz, division head at Stephan Welz & Co. ‘Jewellery can always be remodelled, so look at the stone rather than the piece.’ But if you do have your heart set on an actual piece, auctions are the perfect playground for romantics. ‘Provenance or the history of the item plays an important role, and if it is made by a famous jeweller, then all the better,’ says Vanessa Phillips, director and joint MD of Strauss & Co. At their inaugural auction, a diamond-andpearl brooch by Cartier, owned by the Honorable Patricia Cavendish and her late mother Lady Enid Kenmare, sold for R167 100. And that’s just a trifle. ‘The most expensive brooch sold by Strauss & Co was a Victorian diamond example belonging to the descendants of Colonel Sir David Harris (1852-1942), pioneer of the South African diamond industry, director of De Beers for 40 years, financier, soldier and politician,’

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adds Phillips. This brooch was a gift to his wife Rosa and went for a cool R45 472 000. If you’re in the market for a rare and exciting find, take heed before you simply buy the biggest diamond ring in the room. ‘I would recommend examining the back of a piece of jewellery almost before the front, looking closely at the condition and evidence of any alterations,’ advises Phillips. ‘Finding a jeweller or designer’s signature is an extra bonus.’ Also, do a little reading. ‘There is strong demand for period jewels by brands such as Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier,’ says Barber. ‘In the early-to-mid20th century, they were at the forefront of innovative jewellery design in terms of finequality manufacture and groundbreaking techniques. Art Deco jewels signed by such jewellery houses always add a premium because they are identified with luxury, glamour, rarity and quality.’ Those sound like rather wonderful assets to me. 



come from a family of magpies: women who have collected fine jewellery for more than a century and who – fortunately for me – left a legacy of striking heirloom pieces. I’m too nervous to wear the brooches or rings I inherited; I prefer to think of them as investments, only locked away and gaining me interest. The fate that has befallen my precious baubles is, however, the opposite of current thinking, ie that jewellery is a rather clever venture. ‘We always hesitate to use the word “investment” with jewellery because, fundamentally, jewellery should be something that is loved and worn by its owner,’ says Emily Barber of Bonhams Jewellery in the UK. But, according to Knight Frank’s The Wealth Report 2018, the auction market for jewellery has grown exponentially over the past 10 years, with some categories outperforming the UK and US property markets. In fact, in September 2018, Bonhams in London sold a 5.03-carat pink diamond for £2 228 750, setting an auction world-record price per carat for a Fancy Pink. According to Barber, it sparked a bidding frenzy. ‘Pink diamonds are rare. Of all gemquality diamonds mined, only a tiny percentage are pink and the majority are under 2 carats,’ she says. ‘This diamond sold for a record-breaking sum because it possessed exceptional characteristics: it was over 5 carats; it was an evenly saturated pure pink colour, graded by the GIA as Fancy Pink, with no modifying component colours; it had a high clarity grade of VS1; and the beautiful square cut, with a minimum of facets, was elegant and perfectly offset the colour and clarity. It had also never been on the auction market.’ With this in mind, experts will tell you auctions are good places to buy diamonds, especially large ones and particularly if they are certified as that guarantees the quality


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WHERE ART MEETS THE ELEMENTS Environmental artist Jason deCaires Taylor has brought together sky and sea to create a striking semi-submerged gallery in the Maldives. WORDS JENNIFER CAMPBELL

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ason deCaires Taylor – known internationally for his innovative (and thought-provoking) underwater sculptures – has revealed his latest project, the world’s first intertidal gallery. Known as The Sculpture Coralarium, the semi-submerged installation is located in the centre of the largest developed coral lagoon in the Maldives, just off the island resort of Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi.

The 200-ton building is six metres high, with its front facade submerged up to a median tide of three metres. The design of the walls references local natural coral structures and is porous. This allows the tides, currents and marine life to pass through, and creates a safe space for nature to colonise and seek refuge. All of the materials are pH neutral and don’t cause any damage to the natural marine environment

THE SPACE The gallery, which displays around 30 artworks, is a cube-shaped structure made from marine stainless steel and pH-neutral cement. Its front facade is submerged up to a median tide of three metres and the entire complex construction is porous, allowing marine life and tides to easily pass through. ‘We wanted a building that

blended into the environment, that breathed within the environment,’ says Taylor. ‘[In planning the design], it was very important that marine life could access it, could enter, could leave, that currents would be dissipated by the structure, that it was safe within volatile weather conditions. And the idea of using a very reflective

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The gallery exists in three different elements – there is a set of sculptures that interact with the sky and the atmosphere, artworks that exist in the tidal area so that they live both above and below the water, and some submerged pieces


A series of black silhouetted sculptures are displayed on the roof of the gallery. The entrance of the building is situated above the water and leads onto a dry elevated platform

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The sculptures inside the gallery are hybrid forms: part-human, part-plant, part-coral. The forms are based on species endemic to the island and its surrounding reefs, including banyan trees, screw pines, strangler ivy, and mushroom and staghorn corals. Many of the artworks also feature root systems, symbolic of human dependence on the natural environment and a connection to place

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PHOTO ESSAY The internal gallery space exhibits sculptures at various heights, some completely submerged, others high above the waterline, with the majority mid-water, interacting with both the marine and terrestrial world, depending on the tidal level. The installation also includes a series of submerged sculptures of children looking up towards the surface of the sea, as if posing questions about the threat of climate change and rising sea levels

stainless steel was that it would mimic the colours that surround it, so it would take on the hues of the ocean, of the sky, of the background, and be like a kind of mirage on the horizon.’ The gallery exists in three different elements – there is a set of sculptures that interact with the sky and the atmosphere, artworks that exist in the tidal area so that they live both above and below the water, and some submerged pieces. The internal gallery houses 14 sculptures on plinths at various heights – some are completely submerged, others are high above the waterline, while the majority are midwater, interacting with both the marine and terrestrial worlds. The roof is perforated in a coral pattern to allow beams of light to reach the individual artworks, and a series of submerged lights illuminate the space at night. On the roof of the building are a series of black silhouetted sculptures, and the entrance of the building is situated about the water and leads onto a dry elevated viewing platform.


THE CONCEPT Nine months in the making, the project involved a large number of people, from marine engineers and steel fabricators to mould-makers and divers. The materials were brought to the island and don’t damage the marine environment in any way. Most of the sculptures are made from casts of real people, both from the local Maldivian community and other parts of the world, representing a broad crosssection of humanity. The key idea behind the gallery, says Taylor, was about taking all of the different elements of our planet and showing that everything is connected. ‘We’re all interdependent and that’s a fundamental aspect of the installation,’

he says. The project also includes some coral propagation – coral cuttings have been implanted in the gallery and around the sculptures. As such, the installation is an ever-evolving space, shaped by nature – the level of the water shifts with the tides and sea creatures come and go. Taylor describes his latest project as a kind of inverse zoo: ‘In cities we go into a space and look at caged animals, whereas here we’re in the cage and the marine life can come and go and look at us. So, it’s almost like a reversal of how we interact with wildlife.’ 

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LUXURY UNWRAPPED Nine unique, beautiful objects, each with its own story. We present wonders from around the world that will delight all of those who may receive them.

The classic sparkle While most design aficionados associate the Danish aesthetic with pared-down minimalism, much-loved designer Ole Lynggaard’s new Gipsy earrings are anything but. These 18-carat gold beauties come in a variety of colour and stone variants and are a celebration of boho chic at its very best (after, all when it comes to boho, more is definitely more). Taking their cue from nature with a branch-like base structure in diamond-studded gold, the chandelier-esque creations shimmer beautifully as they move.

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The horological milestone The elegant IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar leaves virtually no wish unfulfilled. It displays the date, day of the week, month, moon phase, and year in four digits, and it will continue to run perfectly with virtually no corrections until 2499. Developed by Kurt Klaus during the early 1980s, this ingenious perpetual calendar mechanism with the code name ‘Operation Eternity’ took IWC to the peak of haute horlogerie, and is regarded as a milestone in the art of watchmaking even today. The timepiece is powered by an IWCmanufactured movement from the 52000-calibre family, featuring a solid red-gold rotor and blued screws. The 18-carat red-gold watch has an archededge front glass and comes with a dark-brown alligator leather strap.

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The fastest ride Inspired by one of McLaren’s greatest racing drivers, the McLaren Senna is the personification of the brand’s DNA at its most extreme. It is the most track-focused road car the marque has ever built, and it will set the fastest lap times of any McLaren to date. This supercar is legalised for road use, but not sanitised to suit it. The design language of the McLaren Senna is aggressive, and completely different to any previously built, because no McLaren has ever had to fulfil such uncompromising performance targets. There is no other way to say it, it’s a beast.

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The exclusive sip Hennessy X.O 2018 limited edition by Marc Newson is the second collaboration with the internationally acclaimed designer who has been described as ‘the most influential designer of his generation’. For this collector’s item, Newson has taken Hennessy X.O and reinterpreted its look. The result is a dynamic, streamlined variation on the decanter’s iconic shape that breaks with convention and gives it a wholly unexpected twist. The distinctive design with the new golden colour elements amplifies the blend inside. Once Newson had pared the bottle’s shape to its purest form, the designer chose to reprise its traditional decorative motifs – grapes and leaves – in a corrugated relief. These striations are perhaps the most daring design elements incorporated on the iconic Hennessy X.O decanter. It’s a surprising and beautiful presentation of an excellent spirit that is full of endless layers of flavours such as sweet notes, rising heat, spicy edges, flowing flames, chocolate lulls and wood crunches.

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The seductive scent Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry Eau De Parfum is a sensual blend of black cherry, bitter almond, Turkish rose, jasmine sambac, sandalwood, vetiver, cedar, roasted tonka and Peru balsam. This gourmand scent is part of Ford’s Private Blend Collection. Alongside the signature Tom Ford fragrance line, the collection is Ford’s own personal scent laboratory; here he is able to create very special, original fragrances that are unconstrained by the conventions of mainstream scent-making. Private Blend scents are designed with the true fragrance connoisseur in mind. Each fragrance begins with the precious extract from a single note: amber, tobacco, black violet, leather, black cherry…

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The high-rev timepiece The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Pitstop single flying tourbillon, which was launched soon after the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix concluded, is bound to be a racing enthusiast’s delight. Playing with the famous colour codes of Pirelli, the surprise comes from the strap featuring rubber inlays from certified Pirelli winning tyres that have competed in actual races. Fans of fine mechanics can enjoy an incredible transparent view of the new RD508SQ hand-wound calibre with power reserve indicator and the signature black Astral Skeleton. The flying tourbillon at 7 o’clock is rimmed by speedometer-like seconds counters enhanced with automobileinspired pointers, while the multicoloured power reserve indicator represents a cool nod to racing-car cockpit fuel gauges. In the 20 years since its launch, the avant-garde Geneva watchmaker, Roger Dubuis, has become synonymous with bold, contemporary and mechanically superior skeleton watches. This skeleton single flying tourbillon is part of the highest complication in the world of haute horlogerie.

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The sculptural daybed The Zeus Chaise Longue, designed by Italian architect and furniture and industrial designer Antonio Citterio for Flexform, is stylishly asymmetrical. Its dynamic lines are evident in the armrests that extend away from the base. Inside the structure, the soft seat cushion is padded in goose down with a core insert of crushproof material, while the soft lumbar support cushions are designed to enhance the comfort of the seat back. The Zeus daybed is a piece with a big personality that can confidently enhance any home.

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The king’s Cognac Louis XIII Cognac has been a witness to many of the most significant events of our age: it was exhibited at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900 and soon established itself as a symbol of French taste and sophistication. In the years that followed, it captivated the royal courts of Europe and became a permanent feature at the most prestigious hotels. First created in 1874, Louis XIII is an exquisite blend of up to 1 200 grape eaux de vie sourced 100 percent from Grande Champagne, the first cru of the Cognac region. Each eau de vie is matured slowly inside Limousin oak casks called tierçons. Each individually numbered decanter is designed after an original 16th-century metal flask, discovered on the site of the battle of Jarnac in France, and is made from fine crystal, mouth-blown by some of the most skilled master craftsmen. Each decanter is the life achievement of generations of cellar masters.

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The summer tote


Quirky bags have become a mainstay on the runways. Elie Saab’s fringed suede tote with studding offers a hint of boho but still ticks all the style boxes. And the bold red hue makes for an unexpected pop of colour. For work to weekend, this iconic tote offers space and personality.

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THE TIME, AND THEN SOME A number of the world’s most prestigious watch brands back a variety of causes close to their hearts. People and planet benefit.

IWC Schaffhausen has been a global partner of Laureus Sport for Good since 2005. Their support includes the auction of an IWC watch at the annual Laureus Charity Auction, all proceeds of which go to Laureus. Last year, the Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Edition ‘Laureus Sport for Good Foundation’ went under the hammer for CHF 200 000. The Manufacture also releases a special limited-edition watch every year, of which a percentage of sales is also used to support Laureus projects. The dial is the distinctive Laureus blue, while an engraving of the winning entry from a drawing competition for children and adolescents organised by IWC is immortalised on the back is. The drawing engraved on the 12th special Laureus edition, the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition ‘Laureus Sport for Good Foundation’, was created by 11-year-old Ana Claudia from Brazil.

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RACE FOR WATER Breguet has partnered with the Race for Water Foundation to support the Odyssey 2017-2021 on its crucial ocean mission. ‘In the early 19th century, timekeeping played a pivotal role in maritime navigation. We’re continuing that tradition by supporting an odyssey of vital importance for our common future,’ says Marc A Hayek, president of Montres Breguet. The vessel will make about 35 stopovers around the world to promote innovative solutions for transforming plastic waste into energy resources. The mission will encourage scientists and decision-makers to share their learnings on the need to preserve water, humanity’s most precious resource.

THROUGH THEIR EYES Omega has been an avid supporter of Orbis International and its Flying Eye Hospital since 2011. Not only does the watchmaker donate a portion of the proceeds from three striking timepieces (specially created to celebrate its partnership with Orbis International), it also supplies teddy bears to comfort every young patient. The cuddly toys help the surgeons explain the treatment to their young patients and the teddies wear a matching eye patch after treatment, too. Orbis International and its Flying Eye Hospital have visited 92 countries since 1986, with surgeons performing millions of medical and optical treatments during that time.

TRACKING LEGACY A. Lange & Söhne’s commitment to social and corporate responsibility begins with its employees and extends to organisations that assist disadvantaged children. The manufactory contributes to the cultural heritage of its home in Glashütte, Germany, through its partnership with the Dresden Kreuzchor boys’ choir. It supports exhibition and research projects of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. This museum association incorporates the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments with its impressive collection of watches and technical instruments. Perhaps one of the manufactory’s most remarkable legacies is the Five-Minute Clock in the Dresden Semper Opera House, completed in 1841 by Johann C. F. Gutkaes and his journeyman F. A. Lange. Still keeping time reliably, it inspired the A. Lange & Söhne watchmakers to design the outsizedate display now typical of their watches, as seen in their latest timepiece, the Datagraph Up/Down “Lumen” (left).

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have accumulated and kept several timepieces over the years, mostly for sentimental reasons. One of my favourites is a pocket watch given to me for my confirmation when I was 17 years old. At the time I couldn’t find a watchmaker who could restore it to working order, but it is a beautiful piece of jewellery in an engraved silver case that I wear on a heavy chain around my neck. Looking back, and listening to the watchmakers and collectors I meet at occasions like the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva talk about their early time-related memories, I realise mine are not dissimilar. My grandfather was a craftsman who specialised in making

furniture mostly from stinkwood. His garage was his workshop and I used to spend hours in there surrounded by the tools of his trade, wood in various stages of transformation and that unforgettable smell and sound of the saw. He built a blackwood case for a grandfather clock too, which is still in the family. And my parents have a wall-mounted clock whose sound we’re so accustomed to we don’t hear it ticking or chiming, but which makes an indelible impression on others –particularly overnight guests who are light sleepers! These memories come flooding back when I walk into the hallowed halls of the SIHH every January. I feel like that child again, surrounded by impressive booths conceptualised to showcase the work of

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some of the world’s leading maisons in haute horlogerie and haute joallerie. Four solid days of admiring the gleaming timepieces and glittering jewellery on display, and listening to the stories behind them, puts me on a high for weeks as I gather the gems for my writings in the year to come. It’s a highlight on the annual calendar. Of all the experts I’ve interviewed during the past decade and more, not one has said they wear a watch to keep track of time. The mobile phone is generally accepted as serving that purpose, although there are many pieces purposedesigned for jetsetters, adventurers, divers and pilots. I must confess that I’ve long been one of those relying on my phone as a timekeeper but since acquiring a Frederique Constant Ladies Automatic recently, I find the opposite is true. The romance of the ‘heart beat’– the movement revealed at 12 o’clock – is an endless fascination and the shimmer of the dial decoration not only catches my eye but attracts admiring glances too. More of the intricate inner workings are revealed through the open case back. The watch bears the ‘Swiss Made’ mark as a result of it being fully produced (from design to final assembly and quality control) at the manufacture in Geneva. I can’t wait to see the big reveals at SIHH for 2019. 


Watch writer DEBBIE HATHWAY received her first watch from her mother for her 10th birthday, with her name engraved on the back. She believes the evening ritual of winding this manual piece was the first habit she chose to learn.

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AN ARTISTIC LEGACY DEBBIE HATHWAY talks to Junaid Jemal Sendi about life since being chosen to participate in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative in 2004.


unaid Jemal Sendi (33) used to be a ‘nobody’ until British choreographer Royston Maldoom, OBE, initiated a dance training programme in Ethiopia that changed the lives of many youngsters like him who knew little beyond life on the streets of Addis Ababa. The project was a joint venture between Maldoom and his Dance United cofounders Andrew Coggins and Mags Byrne and the Ethiopian Gemini Trust. It led to the foundation of the Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company that enabled 18 young Ethiopian dancers to enjoy five years of training that culminated in their graduation in 2001 with accreditation from Middlesex University in the UK. Sendi and his Destino Dance Company colleague Addisu Demissie Kifle (36) were among them. ‘It was strange, this contemporary thing,’ recalls Kifle. ‘We were told it was dance. We didn’t think it was dance, but it was fun to be there.’ Nobody was dancing contemporary in Ethiopia at that time, Sendi explains. ‘Royston Maldoom made a big difference to our lives. We were nobody first, then we became these people who are responsible, who have this technique, who want to teach and perform what we have, mixed in with Ethiopian stories and culture.’

‘FEELING THE AIR’ Two years after graduation, Sendi became the first African dance protégé in the philanthropic Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative for 2004-2005 and embarked on a year-long mentorship with leading Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara. ‘Working with Saburo was quite a big change for me,’ says Sendi. ‘The main thing I learnt from him was how to create a solo on myself (doing a solo for others is easier). He said you just need to create something, working with and feeling the air as if it were another person. He showed me the kind of technique he has, which is still in my body, you know, those very slow, fluid movements like you see in the piece.’ Sendi is referring to one of the works that opened the recent 14th annual Baxter Dance Festival in Cape

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‘We were nobody first, then we became these people who are responsible, who have this technique, who want to teach and perform what we have, mixed in with Ethiopian stories and culture’


Last year saw the culmination of an 18-month project, commissioned by the European Union, to research traditional country dance in Ethiopia for the purposes of preserving it, understanding the expansion of the movement, and recording it in book as well as documentary formats, with the latter due for release in January 2019. It required spending time separately with 35 tribes (there are more than 80 ethnic groups in Ethiopia), in seven of the country’s nine regions. Another outcome of the project was the launch of the first international dance festival in Addis Ababa in late 2017, in which 85 dancers performed their traditional dances as well as a group piece choreographed by Sendi and Kifle. ‘I hope the company will create the next generation of dancers by passing on the experience we have to them and inspiring as many people as possible,’ says Sendi. ‘In Africa, we have many social issues, and the people who have money are not using it to support the arts. Rolex is doing amazing work supporting young artists throughout the world. I want to do what Rolex is doing: helping young artists do their big job in the world.’ 


Town, ‘Ene Man Negn’ (Who am I), which he and Kifle choreographed. The other, ‘A Holding Space’, by Russell Maliphant and Adam Benjamin, is an ode to their partnership that continues to flourish. When asked how she managed to secure Sendi and Kifle’s participation at this year’s festival at relatively short notice, artistic director Nicolette Moses admits she took a chance. ‘After seeing the film Destino: A Contemporary Dance Story, based on their life’s work and how they formed the company, I followed their progress and decided I wanted their work for the festival programme,’ she says. ‘It’s quite a coup for the Baxter Dance Festival. And because of the work they do in Addis Ababa, it made sense for them to give a master class for teens here too.’ When Sendi and Kifle eventually broke away from Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company and established Destino in 2014, it was with a view to giving others the kinds of opportunities they had enjoyed, to promote dance in Ethiopia and to fight for dancers’ rights. At home, they teach in the community for free, train people with disabilities and stage performances every year. They travel for international engagements too.

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When Sendi and Kifle established Destino in 2014, it was with a view to giving others the kinds of opportunities they had enjoyed, to promote dance in Ethiopia and to fight for dancers’ rights


BALINESE HERITAGE Inspired by Bali and its jewellery-making traditions, Canadian artist John Hardy established an artisan collective in 1975 dedicated to creating unique jewellery and preserving the rich heritage of Bali. The artisans are committed to handcrafting jewellery using traditional techniques, and working with vetted suppliers to ensure diamonds and gemstones conform to high ethical standards. John Hardy’s collaboration with model and activist Adwoa Aboah (pictured) created a jewellery aesthetic that is both startling and classic. Aboah exudes strength in both action and style, lending her inherent energy and individuality to the collection that reimagines classic pieces with unexpected texture and contrasts – a perfect platform for self-expresion.

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With John Hardy’s latest limitededition collection, self-expression comes to life.


TRUE BLUE Inspired by the twists and flicks of the tango, Pomellato’s eyecatching and elegant chain bracelets feature a series of coloured jewel-encrusted flat links and one simple, solid rose-gold link as the clasp. The Italian fine-jewellery brand is never one to stick to convention and this collection is all about being bold, bright and playful. Designed as an everyday luxury, a Tango bracelet (or two) is an instant fashion pick-me-up. This brilliant-blue beauty features burnished rose gold with 18.86 carats of blue sapphires.

FIGURE OF EIGHT The eight-pointed ‘Lucky Star’ is synonymous with the Dior brand – founder Christian Dior had a predilection for fortunetelling and talismans, and many of the brand’s collections are peppered with iconic symbols. The Rose des Vents collection, by Victoire de Castellane, encapsulates these historical references in nine pieces, one of which is an interpretation of the star charm Monsieur Dior found in the street and to which he credited his design house’s success. Set in 18-carat pink gold with a striking enamel base and gold-and-diamond detailing, it is utterly modern in its simplicity and timeless in its appeal.

ALL HEARTS AND FLOWERS FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Peter Carl Fabergé, jeweller to the Russian Tsars, was famous for his magnificent gold and enamel egg-shaped creations that, when opened, would reveal a minute, intricate and jewelled object. Fast forward to the 21st century and the Fabergé brand continues the legacy, with much of its jewellery making aesthetic reference to the infamous eggs. The Palais Yelagin Red Earrings are a royal pair – the earrings feature gleaming red guilloché enamel and round white diamonds, set in 18-karat rose gold, and measuring 14mm each are guaranteed headturners.

Boucheron’s Nature Triomphante is a tribute to nature’s beauty, abundance and aesthetics and with its Pensée de Diamants collection of rings, necklaces and brooches, the maison pays homage to the pansy, symbolised as a messenger of the heart in its most dazzling form. Nature Triomphante’s Flocon collection celebrates the unique and dazzling design of one of nature’s most masterful works – the snowflake. The pieces are sheer perfection.

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lthough the concept of 3-D printing emerged in the 1980s, it wasn’t until the late ’90s that the world really started to see its possibilities, and by the time we hit the 21st century, experimentation in multiple materials was reaching new heights. Major medical breakthroughs like plastic prostheses made way for printed car bodies and even affordable housing. On a smaller scale it also meant major changes were coming for the jewellery industry and, in just 20 years, a series of fascinating developments have been made. Interestingly, one of the most popular 3-D processes mirrors an ancient jewellery-making technique known as the lost-wax method, a process of metal casting in which a molten metal is poured into a mold created by means of a wax model. Once the mold is made, the wax model is melted away. The difference now is that a 3-D machine is producing the mold and can do so far more intricately than the human hand ever could. When it comes to 3-D printing in the haute joaillerie world, it seems there are two distinct camps – those who do and those who eshew (or so they say). For those who do, it makes so much sense – the room for precision is exceptional. The ability to create intricate designs, working parts and even entire watch cases is exemplary and from a timesaving perspective, it’s a no-brainer. So, are the machines taking over the jewellery world? Are artisanal offerings destined to become a thing of the past? Not so, says Sam Sherry, head of technology at Graff Diamonds, one of the world’s leading diamond-jewellery manufacturers. Sherry

A 3D-printed resin mould (left) and the final piece it was used to create, a Guy&Max diamond ring in 18-carat rose gold, from the Digital Nature collection

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explains how integral 3-D printing has become to their studio’s processeses in a way that enhances rather than replaces human skills. ‘All of the pieces we make are essentially small works of art. You can never rely on a machine to do that completely; it will always need an artisan to finesse,’ he says. For pioneers like Graff, the days of fearing that a 3-D printer might replace a quality goldsmith are long gone – after all, the introduction of CAD didn’t decimate the number of architects in the world – and the integrity and thought process behind a design remain the signature of brands like theirs. Adding another dimension to the design process, especially if it is not a mass-produced item, can only serve to enhance its complexity and, as a result, its desirability. While openly embracing 3-D printing may not be as spoken about in jewellery circles, in the luxurywatch world, it’s an entirely different story. Many of the world’s most loved timekeeping brands, from Panerai to Roger Dubuis and Parmigiani, creator of the Parmigiani Bugatti Type 370, are embracing this new methodology wholeheartedly, be it with an off-thecharts prototype or 3-D printed parts that have, until now, been impossible to make with watchmaking milling equipment. It seems the watch world is where the fine-jewellery arena promises to be in a few years time – and no doubt as the global big hitters experiment and maximise 3-D capabilities, it’ll be worth waiting and watching for. 


3-D printing has been part of the design arena for a while – and in haute joaillerie it’s making its mark. Beautifully, says lifestyle writer VICKI SLEET.

FASHION MAGIC KINGDOM Designer Riccardo Tisci presented his debut collection for Burberry this spring, celebrating Britain and paying homage to her history.


Named ‘Kingdom’, the collection explores the idea of evolution – Tisci’s own, as well as that of Burberry, and London as a whole – with pieces that not only track the heritage of the iconic British brand, but also look forward to a new chapter. Showcasing a multifaceted snapshot of British style via a melange of sporty, playful, preppy and punk elements, Tisci served up a sophisticated mix of understated prints, elegant sheers, subtle pleats and power leather pieces, also interpreting the signature checkered motif and trench in a playful way.

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LA VIE EN ROSE DiorColorQuake2 sunglasses are a fun but feminine answer to this summer’s eyewear requirements. The glamorous monochrome rosegold wraparound style is offset by a feminine silhouette and slender gold-tone metal temples that straddle the line between sporty and sophisticated. The style is also available in a range of other punchy colours including emerald green and royal blue.



A whimsical interpretation of classic camo, the foliage-print windbreaker from Coach updates the masculine urban archetype. The leaves lend themselves to an abstract interpretation of the pattern, and autumnal tones of pink, rust and black are a breath of fresh air. Lightweight with leather details, it’s a sleeker take on the original and can be adjusted by drawstring pulls for a perfect fit.

An elegant one-piece with the bombshell appeal of a bikini, the Million swimsuit from Eres Paris’ cruise collection takes the idea of a tuxedo to the pool with a playful riff on bows. A one-shoulder design with a fixed side-tie belt ramps the simple high-waisted brief and crop-top style up a notch for a sexier slant on the classic silhouette.

BLACK VELVET Evoking smoking-lounge chic at its best, Christian Louboutin’s By The Sofa men’s slippers are the epitome of dressed-down dressing up. Inspired by the Rollerboy loafer, this more laid-back style is no less elegant than its outdoor counterpart. Grosgrain trim and velour moiré with patent accents create a textural feast, accentuated by the signature flash of red on the sole.

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he sartorial trend has its roots in FrenchRiviera dressing, so naturally it’s affable, explains personal stylist and owner of With Style Candice Ilic. ‘It’s European elegance worn by the who’s who,’ she explains. ‘It’s set within a yachtingsunbathing-cocktail climate and signifies relaxation and affluence.’ And while it’s a style where women have the upper hand, men can certainly take it on board too. Joanna Hedley is the creative director of South African resort-wear brand Beachcult and her stance on these key summer pieces for women is that they are ‘great as separates or when paired together for the full effect. Think printed silk or linen palazzo pants, flowing dresses and soft, colourful kimonos.’ The latter is definitely her favourite: ‘They are so elegant, yet comfortable and flattering at the same time.’ This type of garment allows you to move, which is the whole point of resort wear. ‘It’s easy style (certainly not sloppy) that looks great without being uptight – lightweight, breathable and easy-to-pack natural fabrics like silk, cotton or natural blends do the trick,’ says Ilic. ‘Linen is very much part of the look, but this fabric

needs ironing,’ she muses. If that doesn’t bother you, then, menfolk, ensure button-up shirts in light and neutral shades are packed in. ‘The most flattering holiday look for men is a pair of high-end printed swimming trunks and a linen button-up shirt,’ says Hedley. Throw on a panama hat and sunglasses and you’re good to go, she adds. Ilic suggests that you could even swap your trusty panama for a white or cream cloth baseball cap for a more modern look. Other go-to items include tailored shorts (always above the knee) or chinos, as well as a pair of lightweight washed-denim jeans. Also invest in a casual, textured cotton blazer or even (go on, be daring) a well-made bomber jacket. ‘Colour is critical though: it must be neutral, in other words, white, desert sand, warm tan, light grey, charcoal or navy, but not heavy black,’ Ilic advises. And why this strict rule? Well, it’s just not summery. To inject a little more sunshine into the look, Ilic

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recommends building up your wardrobe with items in shades of lemon and aqua. And then, of course, you can always sport a traditional nautical stripe. After all, when in Antibes… In the footwear department, men’s shoes should include quality leather sandals and white or grey canvas trainers – it’s not the season for formal lace-ups. For swimming, your trunks should be simple, tailored and sit just above the knee, says Ilic. Women have a little more variety in the swimsuit department, but the one-piece – whether you have the body of Elle Macpherson or not – is a classic for good reason. As Michelle Persad wrote for ‘We have nothing against bikinis, but there is something exceptionally sexy about one-piece bathing suits. Maybe it’s the fact that they leave more to the imagination, or perhaps it’s because they have only recently become popular again and are still a bit of a novelty. One way or another, this season we’re on the hunt for a killer full-piece.’ If you’re looking, Kat van Duinen’s collection has been cut to create the illusion of longer legs (a deep-scooped back and a high-ish cut on the thigh means it’s stylishly sexy). Happy holidays. 


There are plenty of good reasons to embrace gracious style this summer, says fashion writer HELEN CLEMSON.


Proving that age is just a number, academic and intellectual fashion blogger Lyn Slater says she’s never been more visible in her entire life. WORDS HELEN CLEMSON


t’s no secret that some of the most successful people in the world dress in an unvaried manner. Steve Jobs was perhaps the poster boy for this sartorial style: his distinctive look comprised a black mock turtleneck, blue jeans and New Balance sneakers. While Jobs wasn’t ‘in fashion’, his fashion certainly became part of his brand ID. Did dressing in this way make him happy? We’ll never know, but it certainly took the guesswork out of what to wear. New Yorker Lyn Slater is, careerwise, a world away from Jobs, in that she’s ‘in fashion’, and she works as a full-time academic too. She also has a very clear-cut opinion on uniform dressing, especially in a staid, corporate environment: ‘Most rules are about what society wishes you to do and strips away your individual identity,’ she says. ‘Uniforms are a good example of this. Even with a uniform you can add some small bit of flair that makes you unique.’ It’s more about styling yourself happy than anything else, she believes Slater is a university professor and also blogs about fashion, as the ‘Accidental Icon’, because she knows a thing or two about provocative haute couture in an urban context. ‘I would say clothing, rather than fashion, has always been a very significant part of my life... It has been and still is one of the ways I express my identity in the world,’ she explains. ‘Fashion design as a creative expression is the part that intrigues me because it offers ways to tell stories about the times we live in and how we see ourselves living in those times. Fashion as a system can be very rule-bound so I don’t relate to it in regard to trends... Individual fashion design,

which then allows me to be creative in my styling choices, has always been a source of pleasure and self-expression, much like painting or sculpture.’ So why did a woman of, dare we say, a certain age, working full-time, decide to fire up her laptop and create a digital space? Slater became the ‘Accidental Icon’ four years ago after being discovered at New York Fashion Week, clad head to toe in Yohji Yamamoto and carrying, as she describes it, ‘a very obscure Chanel bag’. While waiting on the plaza, onlookers started taking photographs of her (‘the crowd thought I was someone in fashion’) and so, an accidental icon was born. A friend who had joined her to watch the shows came up with the name, exclaiming that all the buzz had turned her into an unintended symbol of fashion cool. And cool she is – as well as insightful. Asked if she has any style advice for mature men and women: ‘I do not speak to different age groups about anything because I believe that reinforces social categories and divides us at a time when we should all be working together to address the big issues of our time. So, I would say to anyone, no matter what their age or other aspect of their identity, that we live in a very exciting time where many of the structures, institutions and systems that we have set up are breaking apart because technology is changing the way we do everything, and it is an exciting time for innovators and collaborators to make new ones.’ Slater adds that we all have choices about whether to conform to any societal expectations or not. ‘I believe it is very important for us to control our own representation and put into the world the person we wish to be.’ 

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SLATER’S STYLE COUNCIL ‘I am a fan of the Japanese designers, particularly Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo and Issey Miyake. I have vintage and current pieces from all of them in my wardrobe. I love black and white clothing and I enjoy designers who are complicated thinkers. They are always innovating and reinventing and I relate to that.’

DÉCOR BIG-CITY LIFE With the glamour of Hollywood, the grit of an iconic urban landscape and the vast California sky, Los Angeles was, unsurprisingly, chosen by Fendi Casa as the backdrop for its 2018 campaign.


Encompassing everyday living and a sense of occasion, Fendi Casa’s collections strike that delicate balance between design and function, underpinned always by the elegance and fine craftsmanship the luxury design house is known for. Embracing an internationally inspired and cosmopolitan aesthetic, but unmistakably Italian, Fendi Casa spans lounging, dining, lighting and living with a sophistication and understated luxury that gives its ranges timeless appeal. As one of the first fashion houses to extend into homeware, the brand is also always at the cutting edge of interior-design trends.

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THE LIGHT FANTASTIC The Kabuki pendant from Italian design house Kartell combines the best of contemporary manufacturing techniques with the nostalgic appeal of handcraft. Channelling the tactility of the traditional through advanced injectionmoulding technology, designer Ferruccio Laviani achieves a lacey texture, its sense of fragility enhanced by the delicacy of the soft refracted light shining through the framework. The pendant lamp is available in five elegant and understated colours, from grounding sage green and ethereal crystal to breezy sea blue.

MUSICAL CHAIRS Bringing the beauty of period-style Florentine gilt work and handcarving into the 21st-century-home domain, Roberto Giovannini’s elegant pieces offer the romance of a bygone era and the convenience of the contemporary design age. With the Louis XV chair, you have all the beauty of a classical silhouette but with the bells and whistles offered by the current penchant for customisation – it’s available in a large range of upholstery fabrics and frame finishes, with madeto-order options.

STAR OF THE SHOW Drawing on both cultural and cosmic references, designer Adam Court has created a new range of conversation-starting candleholders. Expanding on the concept that opposing forces (in nature and human nature) give way to new entities, Court has united graphic lines, contradictory earthy and luxe textures, and primary colours in the Stellar and Super Stellar ranges. Their contemporary appeal and distinctly African aesthetic ensure they make a striking display on a table top, whether grouped or standing alone as objets d’art.

AHEAD OF THE CURVE The Tourbillon, a spiralling curl of comfort in striking crimson, was created by Christopher Guy for the lobby of The Beverly Hills Center of Performing Arts. Known for creating a ‘contemporary mood with classic values’, the designer’s reimagining of archetypal multi-seating will raise the curtain on conversation in any hallway or spacious living room. For the bold – place two, end to end, for increased sofa square-meterage.

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he thing about kitchens is that they’re quite emotional spaces, ones that evoke strong associations and feelings – whether it’s childhood memories of grandma’s cooking or the first time you stepped into your own kitchen. Architecture may have changed, technology may have changed, but what remains consistent is the expectation that a good kitchen will have a certain feeling to it. What complicates matters for us as designers is that kitchen appliances are not stand-alone objects, like a car, for example. They are part of the larger design of a room, which is part of the whole environment of the home. The design of a house seldom starts with the oven, but it’s very important that your oven, stove and fridge function holistically within the bigger scheme of things. Consider, also, that we’re making powerful tools. Design is not just about how it looks; it’s also about how it works. The development of any new product ought to be the result of careful deliberation; a new design should move things forward. The kitchen is a place where you want to do something, or create something, and what we make helps you to do that ‘something’ better. It’s like having a really good knife that’s a pleasure to own and a pleasure to work with. The difference with larger appliances, like ovens and fridges, is that they’re very technical products. They have to be able to withstand extremes of heat and cold, moisture and fire. They have to last for a long time, so there are also

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material restrictions. We work very closely with engineers to constantly improve the performance of our appliances. But the user doesn’t really need to see that, so, often, our job is about making those high-tech aspects of design invisible. We clean things up, all those screws and bits and pieces that distract you from what you really want to do in the kitchen. Our full surface induction cooktop, for example, provides a boundless expanse of surface in glass, allowing cookware to be placed anywhere upon it. One of our major tasks is to take away as much as we can to achieve the essence of a design, but at the same time, we have to be careful that we don’t take away the poetry: it’s a fine line. Getting the right user interface and user interaction is about providing a more seamless experience. Sometimes, we have really tangible buttons and dials, but with our cooktop, new concepts are introduced such as intuitive control and touch displays. So, I believe that when it comes to kitchen appliances, a holistic approach takes into account beauty and performance. We want to make appliances that people are proud to own and are a joy to use. But the intangible part of the design that is so important is the ability to create those special moments that cement emotions. That’s the essence of the kitchen. And if you can get that right, the appliance itself infuses the kitchen, and the home, with that essential emotion that everyone understands. Holistic design comes full circle. 


SVEN BAACKE, global head of design at Gaggenau, believes there’s a fine art to balancing beauty and performance.

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ACCELERATE BATTLE FOR THE FUTURE Globally, more than 300 000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are on the road and we can expect loads more – like the MINI Electric and BMW’s iX3 and iNEXT electric crossovers.


If you’re wondering how iBMW will plug the gap between the i3 and i8, the answer is the i4 in 2020. It will feature a more conventional design, and is likely to sit a little taller to accommodate power packs above its axles. Based on the i Vision Dynamics concept study, it will be an electric 4 Series Gran Coupé. Plugged to do battle with Tesla’s Model 3, BMW predicts the pretty four-door EV will be able to drive up to nearly 600km on one charge. Future models will have access to a range of powerful battery packs ranging through 60, 90 and 120kW hours. BMW plans to have 12 full-electric vehicles in production by 2025, accounting for about 20 percent of the brand’s global sales.

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HORSE POWER According to Porsche, half of its cars will be electrified by 2025 and their first all-electric car, the Taycan, which scorches the 0-100km/h dash in 3.5 seconds, arrives in 2020 and will be priced like an ‘entry-level’ Panamera. If you liked their Mission E concept, you’ll appreciate the Taycan. (It’s named after a lively young horse and is pronounced ‘tie-con’). Another lively stallion is the Ferrari Monza Sp1, billed as ‘the closest thing to a F1 car for sale to the public’. (Mercedes-AMG’s Project One team may beg to differ.) Only 500 carbon-fibre, 604kW Monza’s will be made in one and two-seat versions. It pops 0 to 100km/h in under three seconds.,

A SUPERMALL FOR SUPERCARS Luxury and exotic cars are getting a new landmark home in Melrose Arch that will showcase the best in automotive design and engineering. Daytona CEO Justin Divaris describes this new facility as a ‘candy store for supercars’, adding that it shows ‘the confidence we have in South Africa and the luxury-car market’. Each of the brands – Aston Martin, McLaren, Pagani, Rolls-Royce and Brabus – will have its own space. It is all about creating an experience rather than just a showroom; there will be a restaurant, coffee shop, lounge area and office and boardroom space.

ELECTRIFYING PACE BMW’s relentless drive towards electric cars continues at a striking pace – we could see 20 of them by 2022. The biggest of these will be a large zero-emissions saloon, to be called the EQS, which will be lower and sleeker than even the CLS and AMG GT 4-Door Coupé and will rival a high-spec Tesla Model S and the upcoming Porsche Taycan, VW Phaeton and Jaguar XJ electric vehicles. It will sit alongside the next new S-Class, which will itself be a bigger but lighter car when it debuts in 2020. As usual, we can expect multiple new innovations, including optional level-3 autonomous driving capability. Meanwhile, Mercedes-AMG celebrates its recent 50th anniversary with Project One. It’s a project to fuse the highly complex Formula 1 hybrid technology with a road-going car. 275 fortunate customers with €2 275 000 will get to experience its 0-100k/km in 2.5 seconds – thanks to its 1.6-litre V6 turbo engine linked with two electric motors.

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ur landscapes bear the traces of every successive historic transport system overlaid: each new mode of human connection imprints its geometry onto our planet’s geography. First it was paths traced by human feet, the location of resting places determined by levels of human endurance; then tracks from cart wheels and a network of inns with stables, their frequency determined by the horse’s metabolism. Next, the size of gas tanks in fossil-fuel-driven cars determined the global petrol-station network. The Zoetrope pavilion – located on Silo Square at the V&A Waterfront – explores how the electric period in transport history will leave its mark. Rapid advances in lithiumbattery technology are extending the periods of travel and diminishing the duration of charging stops at an exponential rate. How should we approach the network of electric

vehicle charging stations that is set to emerge all over the globe? How should we spend our time while we wait for our electric vehicles to recharge mid-journey? Mercedes-Benz South Africa asked Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo to find a way to interpret electric mobility and he proposed that I create a thought-provoking public piece – a first for South Africa and the first of its kind in the world. The project began in March 2018. Using solar power and responding to the pioneering Electrical Intelligence (EQ) technology developed by Mercedes-Benz, the Zoetrope, meaning ‘life-turning’, imagines the potential for a future global network of solarpowered pavilions specific to their locations, each one acting as a unique charging station for the mind of the driver. In conceptualising Zoetrope, I took a map of Cape Town and chose 12 points that express the geographic and demographic range of life within a 100km radius of the site – from an underwater kelp forest and rooftop football match, to choral groups and solar-power installers. Working closely with South African filmmakers, I gathered footage from these locations and edited them into 12 one-minute films that form the narrative inside Zoetrope.

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Mirroring a journey through the built environment of the city of Cape Town in both physical and cultural terms, Zoetrope is constructed using only local materials and talent. It comprises a steel frame structure clad in 72 concrete panels that were made using sand sourced from the 12 filming locations and the same cement used to construct the original Silo building. The structure merges with its historic surroundings through its very DNA, as well as the geographic imagery experienced once you enter the installation. Roofed with modern solar-power technology, the sculpture is completely off-grid, producing 11.4 kW of energy that powers the audiovisual equipment used inside. Visitors will walk a labyrinthine route that spans the length of the 12 one-minute films. Through its use of light, colour and sound, the sculpture creates an immersive, thoughtprovoking journey that leaves the visitor with a greater understanding of place, as well as the relational symbiosis between solar energy, location and electric mobility. Devlin’s sculptural work Zoetrope will remain open for a full year, and visitors are welcome free of charge. 


Mercedes-Benz commissioned international designer ES DEVLIN to create an installation that would ignite the public imagination around the future offered by electric mobility. She describes the creative process.


KEYS TO POWER Horacio Pagani did not invent the hypercar, but his Pagani Huayra could be its ultimate expression, writes RICHARD WEBB.


n his early 16th-century work The Book of the Courtier, prominent Renaissance author Baldassare Castiglione writes of sprezzatura – ‘a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort or thought about it’. It is the ability to display ‘an easy facility in accomplishing difficult actions which hides the conscious effort that went into them’, he elaborates. And so it was with humanity’s first notions of power. They came from primitive encounters with nature – a sudden flood, the speed and ferocity of a wild animal, the flashes of lightning in the sky. These forces required no planning, no thinking. They awed us by their sudden appearance, their gracefulness and energy, and depicted the kinds of power we have always wanted to imitate. Through science and technology, we have managed to emulate the speed and sublime power of nature, but until

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Engine 5.980cc twin-turbo V12 Price $3 million plus Power 588kW Torque 1 100Nm Top speed 337km/h 0-100km/h 2.9 seconds


Harnessing the elements even in its name, the Huayra is named after Huayra-tata, an Andean wind god.

now, something has been missing. Horacio Pagani – the man who imagined, desired and shaped his own hypercar – has stepped in to fill the gap, with considerable sprezzatura to go with that power.


POWERFUL BY DESIGN Early on in his career, Pagani discovered the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, who greatly influenced his work and philosophy. He discovered that every object, every piece of creation should be beautiful and functional at the same time. In a dance of art and science, technology and design, Pagani has managed to deeply imbue these elements into his automotive works of art so far. After some time with Lamborghini, Pagani began his car-building adventure with limited means, funding his early Zonda C12 project himself until 1998. ‘I designed the car to have sensual traits – the sinuosity of a curvy woman combined with the aggressive look of a fighter-bomber,’ he says. A heady mix indeed. Pagani conceived the current Huayra in 2003, amid the rise of extraordinary cars like the Porsche Carrera GT, Bugatti Veyron, Mercedes McLaren SLR and the Ferrari Enzo. This time Pagani’s inspiration was the element of air in all its forms, especially wind, as it is ever present in our lives. It’s about the elegance of wind movements but also about the violence and force that it can unleash. The Huayra Coupé was an instant sales success: all 100 were sold before production even commenced. And the same enthusiasm exists for the equally exclusive new Roadster. Surprisingly, the Roadster is a very substantial 80kg lighter than the Coupé, thanks to a refined carbotitanium tub and further suspension weight reduction. Expect the new Roadster to outperform its hardtop sibling in performance and, crucially, in its posing ability. ‘From the start we set ourselves ambitious targets. The Roadster had to be lighter than the Coupé, which was already the lightest hypercar on sale at the time,’ says Pagani. But Pagani is far from done with the Coupé. Enter the Huayra BC. Its nomenclature is taken from the initials of Benny Caiola, the very first customer of Pagani Automobili. Conceived as a road-going car for maximum exhilaration and performance during track days and special events, only 20 will be built. And, before you reach for your chequebook, they’ve all been snapped up.

TURNED TO SOLD According to Daytona’s Marek Letowt, Pagani South Africa, one of those sales is local. ‘In fact, we have sold our entire

Pagani allocation for three years,’ he says. Pagani recently noted South Africa as ‘very interesting territory’ as he announced Daytona’s appointment as Pagani Automobili distributors. ‘We are really honoured to work with such an amazing group of professionals in South Africa. We are sure that Daytona’s customers will appreciate the combination of art and science, design and technology that makes Pagani the automotive icon it is. We share the same passion for the automotive art and the same values like quality, tailormade creations and attention to details,’ Pagani said. Letowt says the clients who buy the Huayra don’t buy the car instead of a Riva or an apartment in Mayfair, they buy it ‘in addition to’. ‘It’s because the car is like nothing else you’ve experienced, and it’s unrepeatable.’ Power for the BC comes from a specially developed Mercedes-AMG V12 bi-turbo engine, good for about 561kW of power and 1 000Nm of torque. Along with a new aero concept, revised chassis, brakes and anything else you care to mention, it exudes a completely different personality to that of the ‘standard’ Huayra Coupé. Pagani reckons it is the most complicated project they have ever undertaken. ‘As we moved forward with the Roadster, we decided to give her a bit more of an edge in order to create a slightly more aggressive shape than the Huayra Coupé.’

THE SHOW ON THE ROAD The drama starts as soon as you approach this beast. Lift the gullwing door and you can’t help but take in the spellbinding interior. The detailing is otherworldly, with exquisite materials: titanium, carbon fibre, leather. It pulls the luxury trick off very well. Excluding the engine and gearbox, the Huayra is made of more than 4 000 jewel-like components. To create and assemble them requires incredible creativity, patience and passion. Pagani hasn’t been drawn into a power race either, and instead champions lightweight solutions and pure driving experience as a differentiator. The result is compelling and unique – more nuanced than the visceral Koenigsegg but still with a dark side, and with a sense of drama that aces the 918 Spyder or McLaren P1. If a courtier’s sprezzatura made him seem to be fully at ease in court and like someone who was ‘the total master of self, society’s rules, and even physical laws’, then Pagani seems to have mastered it in automotive form by making this hypercar seem so effortless. And if that were not enough, there’s the upcoming Huayra BC Roadster... a car that will call for yet uninvented superlatives. 

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THINKING ALOUD In his book Why Men Fight, Bertrand Russell says men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth. If this is true, then someone should have told Lexus when they were developing the ES 300h, says RICHARD WEBB.

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‘THOUGHT is subversive and revolutionary, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man,’ wrote philosopher and political activist, Bertrand Russell. It is this very freedom that conceived the new ES. Making bold choices requires confidence and a willingness to stake a claim; things that genuinely move us don’t arise from the familiar. They’re born of courageous contradictions, and Lexus seems to have embraced paradoxes and polarity to create a more spacious, quieter and safer car with sharpened performance, loads of safety technology and a craftsmanship seldom found in this class. The seventhgeneration Lexus ES is ambitious too. The range includes the ES 300h, with its new fourth-generation self-charging hybrid drive system that delivers exceptional fuel efficiency, responsive performance and minimal emissions for a mid-size luxury saloon.

ON THE DRIVE I took the ES for a spirited drive through country

lanes and over fast, sweeping roads. The chassis set-up creates a sense of comforting predictability, but with quick responses to my every input. ES chief test driver Yoshiaki Ito elaborated: ‘We want every kind of driver to feel a sense of complete control – a level of comfort beyond merely delivering a smooth ride.’ Sharp and well-mannered, it is an engaging car to drive as it slices through bends with agility and poise. Inside, the starting point for chief designer Yasuo Kajino’s was the Lexus Future Interior concept that blends a driver-centric cockpit with a spacious and comfortable area for the front passenger. A connected space comes with a navigation system viewed on a generous 12.3-inch multimedia display and secondgeneration Remote Touch controller. Voice recognition includes a mobile assistant via a contactless smartphone. The ES has comparable legroom in the rear to the flagship LS. I expect a Lexus to be whisper-quiet, and the ES obliges by rolling along with stealth-like imperceptibility. The

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petrol engine component of the hybrid drivetrain does reveal itself if you mash the accelerator but it is still quiet, very quiet.

ON THE APPEAL Braking is smooth, and acceleration direct and linear, gathering progress in a more immediate way. The main point of hybrids is to become more efficient, and the new ES 300h reluctantly consumes petrol at the rate of just 4.6 litres per 100km on average. What many buyers will find most appealing about the new ES is the way it looks. Its resemblance to the LS at the front gives way to seductive flares at the rear. Taut, crisp edges give the flanks an organic, athletic look, while a lower roofline helps to create a sportier stance for the car, giving it a huge amount of presence on the road. The driving experience matches the sharp new styling without compromising the comfort that people expect of an ES and preserves the luxury lifestyle experience Lexus has pursued relentlessly. All of this has not been achieved by accident, but by a uniquely Japanese way of thinking. 

TRAVEL A FLORAL SAFARI Spectacular scenery and hectares of gnarly milkwoods and fynbos await at this luxury eco-reserve in the Overberg.


It’s no secret that Grootbos’ breathtaking vistas, luxury accommodation and unique travel experiences have been luring bold adventurers, nature lovers and wanderlust-craving travellers back to its lair, long after their initial seduction. Dedicated conservationists accompany guests daily on aweinspiring excursions to explore the flora, fauna, bird and marine life of the area by foot, boat, horseback or in an open 4x4 vehicle. These guides rival the best at any top game reserve and will have you captivated by intricate life cycles of the tiniest insects, or the pivotal role a single flower plays in the full ecosystem of the area. The pink fynbos blossoms you’ll see across the nature reserve – Erica irregularis – are peculiar to the Cape Floral Kingdom and found nowhere else in the world; the unique floral region is one of only six in the world. From June to December you can marvel at the southern right whales viewed from the rocky cliffs or untouched beaches by boat or light airplane. The conservation of endangered endemic flora and fauna and social responsibility programmes are at the heart of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. All guests directly contribute to these causes and the upliftment of the local communities. It really is a leading example of sustainable ecotourism and five-star luxury.

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ISLAND HIDEAWAY The remote, tear-shaped island of Siargao (pronounced shar-gow) in the Phillipines enchants with crisp white beaches, coral reefs, rice fields, mangrove forests and is famous for its surf break, Cloud 9. Nay Palad Hideaway is somewhere between the ancient mangroves and the white sand beaches. Every detail of the hotel is carefully curated, with nine pitch-perfect villas, repurposed with lattice walls and huge bathrooms with open showers. This is no cookiecut barefoot idyll, but rather an intimate, cosseting retreat where guests can live out their tropical fantasies at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.



Anybody can walk out of a spa feeling fabulous after a treatment, but what elevates one experience above the next? It’s how you feel (and look) days later that counts. Delaire Graff Estate is a Relais & Châteaux member property, so it achieves a certain standard when it comes to environment, therapists and products. The Terres d’Afrique crystal hydrating therapy facial, recommended by spa manager Hildegard Carstens, delivers on every level, guaranteeing a beautiful afterglow well into the following week. The spa treatment room boasts extreme-comfort beds that are heated and curved to suit the body. This Afro-Asian-inspired spa in the Winelands offers a new menu of bespoke treatments designed to transform and heal, while the adjacent Indochine restaurant offers light nourishing meals (with ingredients sourced from the estate’s greenhouse) along a similar theme. Now to make it a monthly treat...

No matter what you do at Post Ranch Inn, you’ll have a spectacular view. That’s because these recycled-redwood cabins and cottages are strung along a rocky-ridged slip of Californian cliff, some 365 metres above the Pacific Ocean. With natural architecture embracing the coast’s dramatic beauty, the 39 rooms blend rustic elegance, comfort and privacy with panoramic ocean or mountain views. There are no TV and alarm clocks in the rooms, which seems appropriate. Be sure to book a spa appointment, either in a special treatment room or in your own room. One of the most unique experiences is a guided shaman session, a spiritual adventure designed to enhance your physical and mental wellbeing. More traditional spa goers can opt for facials or massages. And for the full California experience, guests can borrow a Lexus from the hotel – free of charge – and cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway.

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WHEN IN… DAVOS At the end of January 2019, Switzerland will once again host the World Economic Forum, where some of the most important people on the planet will be debating and deliberating. Here’s where we suggest you stay, drink, dine and relax – book now to ensure your space among the other big hitters.

STAY Even though the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère has 126 rooms to choose from, this opulent hotel fills up fast. With names like Prince Albert of Monaco, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron and Bono on the guest registry, it’s safe to say that the Steigenberger will meet all your requirements, whether it’s business or leisure. Centrally located, with wellness amenities aplenty, it’s essential to book early to avoid disappointment.

DANCE Davos is known as a bit of a party town. Try Pöstli Club located in the Morosani Posthotel. It comes alive on the weekends from 10.30pm, and DJs keep the crowds going until the early hours of the morning. Frequented by celebrities, politicians and athletes alike, it makes for a festive night out. Make a reservation in the lounge and start the evening with a bottle of bubbly. poestli-club/

DINE In a small town like Davos, Michelin-starred restaurants are few and far between. Even this one, Glow by Armin Amrein, is tucked away behind a décor store, so if you don’t know about it, you may just miss it. ‘Designed with great attention to detail’ according to Michelin inspectors, and aiming to offer guests new, unimagined harmonies and tastes, it’s the one to seek out. In Amrein’s own words, it’s ‘a meeting place for the ultimate in pleasure’.

SEE Spend a few hours at the Kirchner Museum viewing the work of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, a German painter and printmaker, who, together with a group of his peers, was integral to the Expressionism movement in 20th-century art. Kirchner lived in Davos in his later years, until he passed away in 1938. The museum also showcases temporary exhibitions featuring other major artists of the classical-modern period and contemporary art. 

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DHOWS AND HELICOPTERS Set on its own private island in the Indian Ocean, Anantara Medjumbe is a small and secluded resort, surrounded by swirls of aquamarine sea. WORDS SUSAN NEWHAM


he sea is warm. But this is not my first thought about Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort; this is what I’m thinking when, an hour after arriving on this remote island off the coast of Northern Mozambique, I am in the ocean rising and falling on the gentle swell of the waves. I am not a water person. I haven’t been in the sea for years despite living in Cape Town (or maybe it’s because of living in Cape Town). But, after being greeted by a singing staff, handed fresh coconut milk still in its husk, a swim in the ocean feels like an obvious choice. It is a short walk across the sand back to my villa, one of only twelve on the island, where I can rinse off under an outdoor shower or by dipping into a private lap pool. The helicopter flight from Pemba to the island had been magnificent – hand-carved dhows as small as paper boats on the water below; small fishing villages dotted around island coastlines; the sea a combination of light blues, dark greys and aquamarine, depending on the depths of the ocean floor. The pilot had searched for whales – he’d seen one that morning from the air, though it is the end of whale season.

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Michelle and Mike Pretorius are the current resort managers. The couple from Cape Town have years of experience in hospitality, most recently managing a luxury resort on an island in the Seychelles. Michelle talks passionately about the ‘Anantara mantra’ she shares with her staff – this might be your everyday, she tells them, but for our guests, this is a once in a lifetime experience. The staff at Anantara Medjumbe are a family and, according to Mike, the happiest and strongest resort team he’s worked with. ‘Our staff are always looking at improving the guest’s experience, offering suggestions on how we can do this.’ Sunset is a beautiful time of the day on this teardropshaped island. The sun sets early, at 5.30pm, casting pink light across the beach where you can watch sandpipers, ghost crabs and sun-bleached conch shells. During the day you can walk around the island in less than an hour, dipping into the ocean to cool off. There are stand-up paddles, kayaks and snorkelling equipment you can grab and take out any time of the day. Other activities you can book beforehand, such as scuba diving, whale watching, water-skiing and fishing charters where you might catch yellowfin tuna, barracuda and dorado. You can opt for a sunset cruise in a dhow, or

book a spa treatment in a bungalow facing the ocean, with the waves lapping metres away. On our last day, we go by boat to Medjumbe’s closest neighbour in the Quirimbas Archipelago, Quissanga Island. A table is laid out with a picnic lunch of fresh fish and salad and a chilled bottle of wine. We’re then left on the island for the day with only deckchairs, the beach strewn with perfect exotic shells and the warm ocean. Photographs seldom do a place justice. They do not capture the feeling of the warm, slightly humid air hugging your skin as you step out of an airconditioned helicopter, the silence of a hand-made dhow out on the vast ocean at sunset, or the sight of three fishermen being collected after their expedition to sell fresh seafood to the resort. Pictures do not capture the sound of the palm leaves rustling in the breeze, giving the sense that you are somewhere in Africa where very few people have ever been. 

To find out more and to book: Getting there: Airlink has direct scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Pemba, Northern Mozambique. Visit or call 011 978 1111

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SALT OF THE EARTH Reminiscent of a traditional East African 1940s safari camp, replete with canvas suites and antique colonial furnishings, this spectacular retreat resides in quiet isolation in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans. WORDS RICHARD HOLMES


’m not sure what characterises the real soundtrack of the Makgadikgadi Pans. The rustle of makalani palms in the easterly wind? The ring of cicadas in the quiet of an earlysummer afternoon? The croaky warble of pied crows that dive and wheel in the heat? No, I think it is simply the aural assault of absolute silence that descends when you stand quietly on the salt flats of Ntwetwe Pan, one of three saltpans that make up the remarkable Makgadikgadi. They are among the largest on the planet, and – alongside the Okavango Delta – have justifiably become one of Botswana’s biggest drawcards for well-heeled tourists. But it wasn’t always this way. Once these saltpans were ignored by all but hunters in search of ivory and animal skins. One of those was Jack Bousfield, an accomplished hunter – and later legendary safari guide – who first made camp here in the 1960s. He certainly knew a good site when he saw one, and it is for him that the remarkable Jack’s Camp was named.

HOMAGE TO YESTERYEAR Jack’s Camp sits on a vast private concession bordering the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, and is one of just

three camps sharing more than 400 000 hectares of saltpans and grassy plains. It’s been a fixture of the Makgadikgadi since 1992, and retains all the charm of a vintage safari adventure. The suites and communal areas are all under canvas, and the camp is entirely unfenced. At night the contact calls of nearby lions rumble through the tented walls, raising the pulse rate of anyone lucky enough to hear them. The 10 Bedouin-style tents are comfortably luxurious, embracing the camp’s pioneering heritage. Beds are swathed in mosquito nets and raised above wooden floors, while a vintage fan does its best to take the edge off the desert heat. Family photos and African artifacts decorate the retro travel trunks and dressers. That pared-down simplicity is no accident, says Dave van Smeerdijk of safari operator Natural Selection and co-owner of Jack’s Camp: ‘It’s going back to the essence of an African safari. It’s a conscious step back from unnecessary “bells and whistles”, and instead embraces a simpler, more authentic, approach to being on safari. It’s about the experience of being in the bush, about the game, and about the quality of guiding.’

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FACETS OF HISTORY Aside from lazy afternoons on your deck, you’ll probably spend little time in your tented suite. While the bracing water of the pool offers a welcome respite in the heat of a Makgadikgadi afternoon, the real heart of Jack’s Camp is the communal lounge and dining area, where a long table is set each evening for dinner. It’s a candlelit affair, with vintage silverware and generous safari cuisine. The small bar and library tents on either side offer a quiet escape with a host of swingbeds and couches for your relaxation pleasure. The dining tent doubles up as a museum, and the cabinets of curiosity are filled with a fascinating array of artefacts that illustrate the geology, history and anthropology of Botswana. In one lies a selection of stone tools and animal skulls from the region, while behind the glass of another are fossilised trilobites and ammonites; evidence that the Makgadikgadi Pans were once one of the world’s largest inland seas.

THE ANIMALS, THE BIRDS AND THE SILENCE But it’s the animals that are alive and kicking that most guests have flown in to see. Midway between the gravel airstrip and the camp, a waterhole brings animals from afar. A pair of hefty bull elephants stake their claim on the freshest water, while dozens – no, hundreds – of zebra patiently wait their turn. Thanks to the felling of fences and decades of dedicated conservation work in

Botswana, this corner of the Makgadikgadi is today home to an annual migration of upwards of 50 000 zebra and wildebeest. In fact, Natural Selection currently channels 1.5 percent of its annual revenue (revenue, not profit) to selected conservation projects across Southern Africa. That includes the Makgadikgadi Conservation Initiative, which works to protect and enlarge these ancient migration routes. But don’t only get excited about the big game. Just as enchanting are the smaller residents: lilac-breasted rollers flitting between the trees, a secretary bird hunting in the grasslands, or a white-backed vulture lumbering into the sky to soar on the thermals. On our last day we spent an entertaining afternoon in the company of a nearby meerkat colony, and discovered the lair of a family of endangered brown hyena. While the animal sightings are superb, the highlight of any visit to Jack’s Camp is the time spent out on the saltpans. The endless salt flats stretching out to the horizon and beyond. Zebra trotting through a shimmering pan of water, a memory of the rains long since past. And, above all, that unforgettably beguiling silence. 

To find out more and to book visit or call 021 001 1574 / 011 326 4407

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DAMN FINE DINING After Peter Tempelhoff, now executive chef at The Collection by Liz McGrath, finished school, he started an economics degree. Before it was too late he realised life as a desk-jockey would be a nightmare, and disappeared into a forest to cut down trees for a while. Emerging from the forest he still wasn’t sure what he should do with his life, so he took an aptitude test. The result was ‘chef’. So that’s what he became. He tells this story in the contemporary Greenhouse Bar at The Cellars Hohenort before dinner. He makes it sound like a yarn, so casual, because that’s the kind of guy he is – laid-back, self-deprecating and cool. But the menus he produces don’t match this vibe. There’s precision and grace in his food. The Spring Provenance menu with wine pairing was creative, with a clarity and seasonal synchronicity that lifts the dining experience to a new high. The chokka ‘noodles’ (squid made to look like two-minute noodles) with waterblommetjie, sour fig and yuzu sauce was quite simply superb. It all was. Which bodes extremely well for Tempelhoff’s next big venture – his own restaurant, FYN, opening soon on the top floor of Speakers’ Corner in Church Square, Cape Town.

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Greenhouse restaurant, headed by Peter Tempelhoff, offers a modern and beautiful South African dining experience.


A SYMPHONY OF TASTES IN SYDNEY In a city increasingly fixated by casual eats, Aria proudly wields the ceremonial mace for fine dining. The restaurant brings together the vision of owners Matt Moran and Bruce Solomon, the creativity of executive chef Joel Bickford, the best seasonal produce and a world-class wine list in a stunning, art-filled space with sweeping views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Bickford delivers stunning six-course seasonal tasting menus with optional wine pairings. The wine list at Aria has won plaudits in its own right, embracing established and boutique winemakers. You can also commandeer classic or original cocktails to suit your mood.

FOR STYLE LOVERS For the sixth year in a row, Italian liqueur Disaronno has introduced a limited edition. The 2018 instalment was designed by Trussardi. The Italian fashion house’s typical texture is combined with the greyhound monogram and the unmistakable shape of the Disaronno bottle, with fuchsia, green and light blue brush strokes framing the signature label, for a modern and contemporary result. The Disaronno bottle again becomes a real collector’s item and the ideal gift for fashion addicts.

A LITTLE TASTE OF ITALY IN SA A decade ago, Michela and Attilio Dalpiaz left their Northern Italian home for a holiday in South Africa. They fell in love with the place, the people and the wine. When they returned they bought a beautiful farm in the Voor Paardeberg region, boasting vines, orchards and olive groves. Ayama Wines was born. And with the very first Vermentino to be grown and harvested in South Africa, the Italian couple have seen their dreams come true. The first harvest, under the Ayama label, was in 2016, accruing incredible local and international uptake. The second batch was released on Mandela Day 2018, and has all the tasting notes of a classic Sardinia Vermentino.

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ue long evenings by the pool, a lazy lunch with platters of seafood, and the convivial gathering of your nearest and dearest. Whether it’s toasting a year well spent or cheering the arrival of the next, nothing celebrates the new or pays homage to the old like a bottle of bubbles. Madame Lily Bollinger was famous for never needing an excuse to enjoy a glass of champagne, and a bottle of ‘Bolly’ is certainly a fine choice this summer. Their Special Cuvée is reliably good, but look out for the Bollinger Cuvée Rosé 2006. It’s the first time this storied champagne house has dedicated a limited-edition vintage to a roséstyle bubbly. After more than a decade of quiet maturation, this blend of Pinot Noir (72 percent) and Chardonnay (28 percent) delivers an extremely delicate mousse with a rounded palate of rose petals, raspberries and a delicious undercurrent of wild strawberries. Closer to home, Steenberg’s award-winning winemaker JD Pretorius adopts an almost identical blend in his superb Méthode Cap Classique, Lady R. Pinot Noir delivers the delicate pink hue and refined strawberry notes, while barrelfermented Chardonnay brings structure and

complexity. The current vintage release is 2013, highlighting this wine’s superb ability to age. But some bubblies aren’t meant to mature; sometimes they’re simply a means to instant gratification and are to be enjoyed immediately. In the past five years prosecco has taken the bubbly world by storm, even outselling champagne in key markets. This year, cellars in the Veneto region of Italy expect to produce north of 600 million bottles of their signature sparkling wine. It’s made using the charmat method, with fermentation in steel tanks instead of barrels and bottles. The result? A sparkling wine that’s best enjoyed young, ensuring the vibrant flavours of honey, golden apple and Williams pear stay fresh. If you’re new to prosecco the Bottega Gold is a fine place to start. Produced exclusively from the Glera grapes rooted in northern Italy’s Valdobbiadene hills, it’s great as an aperitif but just as happy in cocktails. As is the new-in-SA Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé. It’s best enjoyed over ice with fresh ingredients, including lime, pineapple, ginger or tea. But don’t waste a drop of Tokara’s Méthode Cap Classique in cocktails. This remarkable MCC

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is a classic blanc de blanc, crafted from 100 percent Chardonnay grown on the Tokara estate above Stellenbosch. The base wine was matured in oak casks for 15 months before blending and bottling for secondary fermentation, where it spent four years on the lees before being disgorged. But they still weren’t done: it was matured for an additional 15 months under cork, before release. It’s a remarkable wine, a vibrant mousse setting the stage for a palate of toasted almonds, bright citrus and an undercurrent of salinity. It’ll keep improving until the mid2020s, so keep a few aside. The Plaisir de Merle Grand Brut 2016 – an almost even blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – is a reliable drop, while the Von Arnims of Haute Cabrière in Franschhoek have a bubbly for just about any occasion. The Haute Cabrière Belle Rose is superb paired with seafood. Bubbly aficionados might also want to pay attention to the Lourensford Cuvée 89 from the 2007 vintage, which spent a full 89 months on the lees. Too much maturation? Taste and decide. ‘Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right,’ wrote American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. With any of these in the ice bucket this summer, we couldn’t agree more. 


If you ever needed an excuse (many wouldn’t) to toss your favourite bottle of bubbly on ice, the arrival of summer is it. Food and wine writer RICHARD HOLMES shares his pick of the most elegant.

DINNER with a view The latest addition to the Camps Bay strip. The 41 restaurant and bar is a relatively new addition to the Camps Bay Strip. Guests can expect dishes with international inuences made with local South African products, all combined to provide new & creative food experiences that are innovative yet accessible. With unsurpassed panoramic views of the Camps Bay beach, The 41 prides itself on delivering impeccable food, creative cocktails & great service that will appeal to locals and tourists alike.

For bookings, contact: or call 021 437 0558. To stay up-to-date with The 41’s upcoming events go to

THE VERY BEST DISHES IN THE WORLD There’s a bit of a culinary revolution going on. Chefs all over the world are more courageous (and outrageous), creating ornate dishes with inventive, almost scientific, flavours. Food writer, culinary consultant and international restaurant reviewer and judge TAMSIN SNYMAN reveals the very best dishes in the world right now.



grew up in restaurants. My mom, the late Lannice Snyman, bought one of Cape Town’s first serious fine-dining establishments, Chardonnay, when I was eight years old. I was put to work in the kitchen and helped lay tables after school to earn pocket money. Food, in all its satisfying guises, is part of my DNA. My gourmet addiction finds me on a plane every other month in search of the next forwardfocussed food find, top taste trends, chefs pushing boundaries, innovative ingredients, daring drink pairings and dishes that satisfy my soul and, quite literally, bring tears to my eyes. I’ve been taken to task over the fact that I’ll cry over a perfectly balanced plate of food before I’ll cry at my eight-year-old daughter’s first on-stage solo performance with the choir. It’s because food moves me in many ways, and having slaved behind a professional restaurant stove for a good few years in the early days of my food career, I have some understanding of how difficult it is to cook a perfect plate of food. Chefs are craft masters in an industry that has gone viral in recent years; the pressure is immense as restaurant awards and new top 10s, 50s and 100s explode in cities the world over, demanding culinary genius from not only fine fashionable dining institutions, but from humble hole-in-thewall eateries in the side streets of small villages. After my last year of global grazing, I find myself intrigued at what dishes have made the most impact on my palate and memory, flavours I know will remain with me forever. And, although I have been deeply privileged to have dined in restaurants that are Michelin-starred and among the World’s 50 Best, I have most certainly also sought out, and discovered, plate simplicity in the quietest corners on earth. In the end, I believe balance satisfies and settles the mind most.

JUST THE ONE Happiness grips my heart when such a dish is a one-ingredient wonder. This moment happened for me at Restaurante Elkano (#77 World’s 50 Best

Restaurants) in the tiniest coastal fishing village of Getaria in the Spanish Basque Country province of Gipuzkoa, a region with strong cultural traditions and whose people solidly celebrate cuisine as a deeply integral part of their daily lives. This family-run restaurant on the Bay of Biscay started in 1964 and has become the global goto spot for whole, skin-in, coal-grilled rodaballo (turbot) as well as a seafood selection of fish caught that morning – you may well find yourself waiting dockside for the fishing boats to come in before strolling up to the restaurant to be seated for your fish feast. What stands out is a small tablespoonsized amuse-bouche that kicks off the dining experience called Lágrima de la Costa (Tears of the Coast). The ‘tear pea’ is a legume with thin, crunchy skin that holds tiny sweet peas. Skins are removed and the peas are tumbled into a hot, pan, brushed with neutral oil, and tossed about for less than a minute before being faintly seasoned with sea salt and served instantly. Another never-forget dish was at Mirazur (#3 World’s 50 Best Restaurants) in Menton, a short French Riviera train ride south of Monaco where lunch started with a meander through Chef Mauro Colagreco’s cliffside garden, picking fresh capers and chickpeas before strolling down the hill for 22-courses of sheer magnificence. The stand-out dish that day was beyond debate: the Nasturtium Flower Taco, a lightly deep-fried nasturtium leaf, paper-thin and fragile, but strong enough to hold a fragrant nasturtium ice-cream and dried nasturtium flowers.

BLISS POINTS IN BANGKOK Gaggan Anand sent me to Khua Kling Pak Sod in Bangkok for lunch. It’s one of the few places where

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he’ll eat on the very occasional night he takes off from his awardwinning restaurant, Gaggan. The owner’s aunt, 73-year-old Orathai Muangkaew, makes the most incredible Kanom Jeen Nam Ya Pak Tai, an authentic southern Thai spicy fish curry dish with rice vermicelli. The kitchen crew cook all their dishes from their grandmothers’ recipes in the tradition of the southern district of Tha Sae of Chumphon Province. After a meal here, Khua Kling Pak Sod, situated in a leafy side-street of the bustling capital, will become your Thai home away from home. It’s a short drive across the city to the culinary headquarters of Gaggan (#5 World’s 50 Best Restaurants and #1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for four consecutive years). Seated in his private Lab dining room, I’m presented with a menu list of 25 emojis. No words. Just emojis. The highlight of which was number 10, a goat emoji. I could have left the restaurant after this. I didn’t need to eat again. I found out later that Gaggan calls this ‘Keema Pao’ – it’s the softest, silkiest steamed bun, made from spinach chlorophyll, wrapped around lamb keema, served with a touch of pineapple chutney and garnished with shiso blossoms. A nod to his childhood in Kolkata.

More than 7 000km to the west is Mikla (#44 World’s 50 Best Restaurants) in Istanbul, where Chef Mehmet Gürs works closely with anthropologist Tangör Tan to rediscover and revive ancient Turkish heritage ingredients. My connection to one particular dish I had here – Tarhana and Octopus – evoked a memory of dragging my dad-made, orange-ribboned occie stick through low-tide pools along the Cape Overberg coast in search

Top: Tarhana and Octopus from Chef Mehmet Gürs’ kitchen at Mikla. Above left: Kanom Jeen Nam Ya Pak Tai (a spicy fish curry dish with rice vermicelli) is one of a number of traditional Southern Thai dishes served at Khua Kling Pak Sod. Above right: Step into The Test Kitchen’s Light Room for Naartjie and Dill Snow, King Crab and Trout over a Lime Yogurt Panna Cotta. Right: Sorrel is a favoured ingredient for Selfie’s Chef Anatoly Kazakov; his love for it clearly apparent in this Sorrel Panna Cotta, Tarragon and White Chocolate Ganache with Tonic Jelly

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of octopus. In Turkey, Chef Mehmet serves one perfectly grilled North Aegean octopus’ tentacle twisted on a bed of olive-oil-braised leeks and green beans, raw chestnuts, dried grey mullet roe and a pinch of isot chilli flakes. Pooled beneath this dish is a sensational fragrant and sourish sauce called tarhana, made from wheat-fermented raw-milk yoghurt. A recent meander to Moscow found me at Twins Garden (#72 World’s 50 Best Restaurants) eating a dish called Best Parts of Sterlet. Created by identical twins Sergey and Ivan Berezutskiy, it shows off the best parts of this small sturgeon species. The main component of the dish is viziga (spinal cord), which was originally used in pies to make them more filling during times of poverty. The twins cook it with

I could have left the restaurant after this. I didn’t need to eat again. I found out later that Gaggan calls this ‘Keema Pao’ – it’s the softest, silkiest steamed bun, made from spinach chlorophyll, wrapped around lamb keema, served with a touch of pineapple chutney and garnished with shiso blossoms. A nod to his childhood in Kolkata.

black caviar, thus combining a fish body part, usually discarded as waste, with a luxurious Russian delicacy. When the viziga is cooked it resembles fusilli; a tangle of sterlet spinal cord is twisted into a shallow bowl and topped with a mousse made from milt. Black caviar is sublimated by removing the liquid,

Rabbit family-owned restaurant Selfie (#70 World’s 50 Best Restaurants). He focusses on balance and harmony with sometimes as little as three ingredients in a dish to showcase and allow each element to shine. When I sat with him after lunch and asked how this dessert was so intensely perfect and a show

concentrating the flavour, and then dusted over the top of the dish just before serving. I’d be happy to start every meal with dessert and work my way backwards. One dessert tattooed onto my meal memory is Chef Anatoly Kazakov’s Sorrel Panna Cotta, Tarragon and White Chocolate Ganache with Tonic Jelly. The young chef is from Moscow and represents new Russian cuisine at his White

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stopper for me, he replied, ‘Sorrel is my favourite ingredient, when I cook with it, I cook with love.’

ON LOCAL SOIL Closer to home, Chef Luke DaleRoberts’ The Test Kitchen in wild and woolly Woodstock recently hopped back onto the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list at a solid #50 position after a year of absence. His iconic landmark restaurant was being overhauled, moving to night-time-only dining in a cleverly curated two-zone space of Dark and Light rooms. Although my palate and senses prefer the globetrotting Dark Room’s delightful bites of Billionaire Shortbread, Blesbok Tartare, Ssamjang Vegetables, Pork Scratchings, Lamb Roti and Coconut Langoustines, my mind meanders back to the Light Room’s delivery of Naartjie and Dill Snow, King Crab and Trout with Lime and Yoghurt Panna Cotta. The chefs bring Atlantic king crab and local Franschhoek trout playfully together in a beautiful bowl with an ice-cold bite of herbaceous ‘snow’. And beneath, as your spoon dives through this gorgeousness, you reach a soft, smooth sensational savoury panna cotta. Still conscious of the Cape’s water-shortage crisis, this dish is served on a disposable plate lined with a take-home print from local South African artist Shaune Rogatschnig, leaving you with a lasting memory of an unforgettable dining experience. 


A SIP IN THE SKY Global airlines are offering impressive cellars of fine wine to woo premium travellers. Anyone for a glass of Cheval Blanc? WORDS RICHARD HOLMES



remium cabins have become a key battleground for full-service airlines, and with good reason: passengers in Business and First Class punch above their weight when it comes to profit. On popular routes premium travellers can account for just 12 percent of passengers, but generate nearly half of all airline revenue. But as spacious seats, limousine transfers and onboard bars become standard, airlines are looking to less obvious touch points to bag your booking. And that increasingly includes offering a superlative wine list that would impress even on terra firma. ‘We take wine very seriously as we have a global customer base that, rightly, expects food and drink of a quality level that you find in a topclass restaurant,’ says Joost Heymeijer, a senior vice president for in-flight catering at Emirates. Emirates arguably leads the race to boast the best cellar in the sky. Since 2006 the carrier has spent $760 million on wine, offers individual redwine carafes in First Class, and holds nearly five million bottles in its cellars. But you’ll need to fork out for First Class to access the best of that cellar. Alongside the chance to sip vintage Dom Pérignon, the airline has launched the Emirates Vintage Collection. For the past decade they have been buying – often en primeur – and cellaring wines from some of France’s most iconic vineyards. On selected routes, passengers can sip on the likes of Château Cheval Blanc 2004, Château Haut Brion 2004 and Château Margaux 1998. ‘We went direct to the winemakers, handpicked these vintages and then cellared them for up to 15 years in Burgundy before we decided they were ready to be served,’ explains Heymeijer. ‘Many of the wines we are buying now will not go on board until 2030 and beyond!’ But to ensure a memorable in-flight experience, choosing the right style of wine is as important

as the cachet of the brand. The reduced cabin pressure and dry air in an aircraft wreaks havoc with our sense of taste and smell. In the glass, fruit notes are typically inhibited, while harsh tannins are exaggerated.

BRINGING EXPERTS ON BOARD To get it right, airlines are employing some of the world’s most respected experts to set their wine selection apart. Air France consults with a trio of French wine experts, Virgin Atlantic employs Berry Bros. & Rudd (established 1698), while British Airways works with London-based Castelnau Wine Agencies. Wine is ‘an essential element of our new onboard dining experience in Club World,’ says Sue Petrie, British Airways’ regional commercial manager Southern and East Africa. ‘Not only do we take great care in selecting the choice of wines we offer to ensure they present well at altitude, but also the way we serve them,’ she adds. As part of a £600 million investment in its Club World cabin, British Airways has revamped the onboard dining experience, with wine coolers, restaurant-style service, and a renewed focus on world-class wine. The airline tweaks its list according to the destination region, and is embracing the brave new world of British wine: First Class passengers can now enjoy English sparkling wine from Wiston Estate in West Sussex.

THE FINER THINGS In Europe, look out for a unique collaboration on board KLM, which sees five wines labelled with iconic paintings from the Dutch Rijksmuseum. ‘It is a world-exclusive combination of fine art and fine wine, carefully composed by the Rijksmuseum staff and the KLM wine-tasting panel,’ explains Wouter Vermeulen, Air FranceKLM general manager for Southern Africa. Perhaps more impressive is that the collection includes a South African Sauvignon Blanc, from the historic Boschendal estate. If you’re skipping over to Europe or heading long-haul east or west, there’s never been a better time for turning that comfortable premium-class cabin into a high-flying wine tasting. 

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ost of the time when I serve the wine pairing, Luke leads me (I know his style of cooking), so I’ll open a bottle and let the guest be the guinea pig. We are The Test Kitchen; we love opening bottles and experimenting. I try to offer iconic wines, hard-to-find wines that I literally have to beg wineries for from their library stock. Guests ask where they can get them, and I say, ‘You honestly can’t.’ I grew up in Harare. Most of us grow up wanting to be a pilot, a doctor. I was leaning towards being an accountant with my O-level subject choice. I ended up being trained as a supervisor in a supermarket. But in 2008, things started to get nasty. I saw it firsthand – the shelves were empty. My friend Jonathan was staying in Observatory, Cape Town. I packed one change of shoes, a bit of extra cash and

came down. Once you cross the border, it’s a whole different world. The roads are bigger, the lights are brighter. But nobody back home tells you what it’s really like. My friend was staying in one room with four friends, all working different shifts. I came from a house that had spare bedrooms. My first Cape Town job was baking bread in a Spar supermarket. I used to walk around the V&A Waterfront dropping off CVs. One day The Roundhouse called me for a waiter interview. Eventually they hired and trained me as a runner. I didn’t even know how to hold a plate, nevermind how to pronounce ‘foie gras’. I won’t say I wasn’t into wine then. I loved selling it because the cheque would be bigger. But there was one glass they opened during training – Robusto Chenin, I think it was a 2006. It just hit the right notes. A touch of sweetness, fleshiness;

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it was ripe, it was round. The colour was deep, golden and intense. I was like ‘really?’, so there is a wine I can enjoy. That glass changed my life. It got me to think about wine and to try to understand it: who is making it, where is it from? Before, I used to just drink it. Down the line, I worked at The Oyster Box Hotel in Durban. I picked up a Raats Cabernet Franc 2009 at one of our tastings. I thought, ‘This smells like okra.’ The word that came to me was derere, Shona for okra. The challenging thing when writing Cape Wine Academy exams is the tasting part. I used to struggle with finding these exotic fruits I’ve never grown up with. Cherries, redcurrants... If I pick up okra in a wine now, I know it’s a Cabernet Franc; in a Chardonnay I pick up a special mushroom my grandmother used to cook. That glass made me realise I could make up my own wine vocabulary. My personal wine journey became so exciting because I could place a wine to something familiar. When I taste wine now, the wineflavour memories could be from visiting my grandfather in the rural mountains. It takes me back. It was also the start of my Kumusha Wines brand. It’s Shona for ‘your home’ or ‘your roots’. Wine was finally taking me back to a familiar place. 


TINASHE NYAMUDOKA is the head sommelier at Luke Dale-Roberts’ The Test Kitchen, arguably South Africa’s most renowned and awarded restaurant. He recalls two glasses of wine that changed his outlook.



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A rare display of views. Offers from R28 million. Romance and drama. No picture can do this home justice! A must to view! One of the suburbs most prestigious properties. Fastidious owner says “Plug & 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

Timeless Neo Classic with a contemporary palette of excellence! Vistas of verdant greenery and views of Sandton’s skyline! From the triple volume entrance the tone is set for a home that invites whispers of sophisticated elegance and a lifestyle of grand entertaining in a sumptuous environment of luxury, ease and comfort with numerous reception areas all opening to patios and superb outside entertainment area for al fresco surprises. Separate entertainment centre / movie theatre with own wine cellar, cigar bar, features 6 luxurious bedroom suites, 3 garages and extra parking. Top quality finishes throughout, marble granite. Asking R35 million. Contact: Tasha Rossen 082 561 1675 Web ref: 3000931

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Poised above the wetlands of one of the country's premium residential estates, this 4 bedroomed home, in a very desirable position, is the epitome of modern elegance. On entering the welcoming double volume entrance hall one is struck by the transfixing view of the iconic Simonsberg Mountain that lays directly beyond the sparkling pool and wetlands. The design of the house focuses on embracing these views from as many rooms and angles as possible and, while doing so, also creates fluid and cohesive living spaces. Asking R18 950 000. Contact: Annelize Reinmuller 076 788 9918, Leigh Robertson 082 882 8243 Office: 021 867 0161 Web ref: 2869044

We are proud to present this luxurious well established property with magnificent views situated on the slopes of Helderberg Mountain. The smallholding covers about 1.5 hectare. Well established garden with cultivated aloe and tennis court. Borehole water and generator. Located between Stellenbosch and Somerset West this property in a peaceful environment can be appreciated by the connoisseurs of life. Asking R19 900 000. Contact: Detlef Struck 079 597 1727 Office: 021 809 2760 Web ref: 2897065



To pass through these gates is to be transported to another place in time. This palatial Villa on La Bella Estate is unparalleled in its construction and architectural precision. Every part of this 1050 meter Villa was designed and built to perfection. Unobstructed views that carry on indefinitely follow and surround you everywhere you go. With only 14 villas on a total size of around 150 ha with free roaming Duiker and abundance wildlife you feel like in heaven. Asking From R16 900 000. Contact: Marinda de Jongh 082 573 2204, Marilize Breytenbach 083 241 1580 Office: 021 870 1011 Web ref 2862064

This 61 hectare farm in the Tulbagh Valley is one of the original farms and most sought-after in the area. The established hospitality facilities include guest accommodation, functions venue (200 pax), one of the older chapels in the valley, a lovely space for garden weddings during good weather, wine and fruit operations makes it an ideal investment opportunity. Added to the benefits are the picturesque setting, location only a 90 minute drive from Cape Town, and the historic town centre on its doorstep. Church Street in Tulbagh is the only street in the country declared a heritage site in its entirety and draws a lot of visitors from far and wide. Asking R16 450 000. Contact: Danie Hauptfleisch 083 627 2148 Office: 021 870 1011 Web ref: 1275418

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This unprecedented opportunity to own & experience the quintessential Stellenbosch lifestyle features a breath-taking 10Ha vineyard estate, 2 500m² of luxury living & an acclaimed and high-end winery business. This boutique wine estate property is gated & immensely private & has unparalleled and forever unobstructed 360° views, yet is remarkably close to Stellenbosch, Somerset West and a short drive to the city of Cape Town. This slice of heaven is designed to make you feel on top of the world and sits high on the magnificent Helderberg Mountain & is neighbour to many desirable Stellenbosch Vineyards. Magnificent vistas as far as Cape Town, Robben Island & False Bay. POA. Contact: George Cilliers 082 496 8296 Web ref: HM8K2N on

Created in 2014 and placing itself in a league of its own with striking contemporary architecture that reveals dramatic angled and curvilinear walls, windows and decks, this architect-designed, ocean-view masterpiece harmonizes with its magical setting. Perched on the side of the mountain and with panoramic views it is without doubt one of the trophy homes of the Cape but could also be the perfect boutique hotel. At approximately 2 500m² under roof the luxurious residence is situated so all bedrooms offer breath taking views, along with sitting areas, full bathrooms, fireplaces and spacious closets. Asking R48 000 000. Contact: Chantal Botes 083 702 5460 Office: 021 851 4450 Web ref: 3048794



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This unique Wine and Hospitality Estate is situated about 6 kilometre East of Wellington in the high end of the well-known Bovlei Valley. It represents an established Wine Estate with a historic Cape Dutch homestead dating from 1709, but was renovated and upgraded 10 Years ago into a 5-star guest facility. The main commercial farm industry is the cultivation of wine grapes, the processing and production of estate wines. Currently planted with 35 hectares of wine grapes. About 60% good red cultivars. The Grand Dèdale Country House is a 680 Sq.M building under thatched roof, comprises of 6 bedrooms with en-suite facilities. POA. Contact: Danie Hauptfleisch 083 627 2148 Office: 021 870 1011 Property ID:ZR7YLE on

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Imagine coming home to this sublime Newlands residence, greeted by a beautiful Oak tree, with the serenity of nature all around you. The double volume, open plan contemporary design, with natural finishes allow for easy living. Flexible accommodation consists of 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 5th room is separate from the house which make it perfect to accommodate staff or as a work-from-home. Entertain on the deep undercover patio with built in braai which flows out to level garden & sparkling pool. Double Garage. Asking R9 500 000. Contact: Nina Smith 082 774 4596, Jo Fourie 071 286 5383 Office: 021 683 1240 Web ref: 3088668

Exclusive Hoogeind Estate... Comfort, style and 24 hour security. Tavistock House Superb lock and go offers double garage with direct access, open-plan kitchen / dining / living area leading out to large covered braai terrace, garden and pool. All bedrooms en-suite – luxurious main bedroom suite has private balcony and mountain views Asking R13 500 000. Contact: Barbara Manning 083 407 3656 Office: 021 673 1240 Web ref: 3102984



Modern masterpiece in a sylvan setting. Architecturally designed, entertainer's dream home with double volume open plan reception rooms and stylish kitchen, provides an easy indoor / outdoor lifestyle, surrounded by sweeping mountain views. Impressive chandeliers dominate the entrance hall and lounge. Patio doors open to a sparkling pool and lovely garden with mature, leafy trees. Four spacious bedrooms, 3 en-suite bathrooms and large loft / games room provides an enviable lifestyle. Full equestrian facilities feature stables, paddocks, feed & tack rooms and groom's cottage. Close proximity to top private schools. Asking R18 500 000. Contact: Dawn Bloch 072 496 9458, Lee-Ann Davis 082 412 6597 Office: 021 701 2446 Web ref: 3078636

6 Luxurious townhouses (3 bedrooms all en-suite). Situated in tranquil surroundings and perfectly positioned to ensure easy living, Salisbury Mews offers the ideal opportunity to LIVESafe in a wonderful neighbourhood. This exclusive gated development consisting of 6 homes (Freehold Title), offers open plan contemporary living at its best. Designed with privacy and style in mind these attractive and appealing homes feature classic wooden shutters, sash windows and bagged brick walls allowing for a modern blend of texture and warmth. For more information go to R4 990 000 – R5 690 000 Including vat (No transfer duty). Contact Ruth Leach 082 323 7550, Anne Goddard 082 777 7107 Office: 021 673 1240 Web ref: ND85

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This sun filled family home is Sweet Valley Zoned and quietly situated in a cul de sac on a large plot of 2277m². Big windows encapsulates the sweeping views of the mountain and landscape. The open-plan interleading living areas are designed for easy relaxed living - a Rocal wood burning stove adds a cosy note. The entertainers patio with fold-back awnings, braai and pizza oven overlooks a lush garden and pool. Large remodelled kitchen with centre Island prep area and breakfast bar. There are 4 Bedrooms and a guest suite with own entrance, a double garage with direct access, excellent security and a borehole. Asking R9 200 000. Contact: Eileen O’ Sullivan 082 410 7204 Office: 021 701 2446 Web ref: 3082548

Absolute gem - such a steal! A luxury to be safe and secure in this immaculate single storey home with generous proportions in a gated estate. Large living room flowing onto a covered entertainment area plus open plan kitchen / dining / family area, separate dining room, 4 bedrooms (2 ensuite) all with high ceilings. Beautiful easy to maintain garden with a glimpse of the mountain, north facing, A classic home with so much to offer. Asking R14 900 000. Contact: Jo Thomas 084 404 4120, Rouvaun McKirby 071 671 0821, Jacques Fourie 072 304 7957 Office: 021 701 2446 Web ref: 3078935



Grace and space abound in this family home in a prime position. This spacious 600m² four bedroomed en suite home will appeal to a maturing family looking for a secure lifestyle in an entertainer’s home offering unsurpassable views across the Constantia Valley. Offers invited on R11 500 000. Contact: Dave Burger 083 458 3333, Brenda Pretorius 083 442 1318 Office: 021 701 2446 Web ref: 3019628

The ultimate lock and leave 21st century living without compromising your lifestyle, privacy nor space. Built around a sun-drenched court yard this impeccably cared for executive residence offers excellently proportioned accommodation and seamless indoor/outdoor living. The living areas are open plan to a gourmet fully fitted kitchen with separate scullery and flow seamlessly to the court yard and pool area. The en-suite master bedroom is luxurious; a further 3 double bedrooms; study and informal/TV lounge; guest cloaks and double automated and integrated garage. Miss this home at your own peril. Asking R5 295 000. Contact: Herculene Visser 083 658 2686 Office: 021 701 2446 Web ref: 3020511

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Excellent entertainer’s home with views of the ocean or Lion’s Head from most rooms. Newly constructed and completed 5 years ago, with clean and neat lines, and white porcelain tiles, this contemporary modern home has loads of glass boxes maximising the views both day and night. First floor - 2 bedrooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms, kitchen, lounge and dining room, plus a large deck for entertaining. 2nd floor - 2 beds 1 bath en-suite, a family/TV room, gym and another beautiful deck. 3rd floor - Open plan area, kitchenette, second family/TV room, plus a guest toilet, with yet another beautiful patio looking out to the views and splash pool. Staff toilet and triple garage. Asking R17 995 000 Contact: Lara Kaplan 073 711 4111, Fran Segal 084 983 5278 Web ref: 2242964

Arum signals a new dawn in luxury living. A landmark building perched on the Atlantic Ocean has been transformed into an artistic masterpiece, offering superb views and privacy. Presenting ultra-luxurious Aurum Residences, a calibre of development previously unseen in South Africa. Each Presidential residence occupies its own entire floor and enjoys breath-taking views, opulent finishes, state-of-the-art security and concierge. Price on application. For more information contact Jolene Alterskye 082 447 6169, Ed Morrison 082 420 8595 Office 021 439 3903



Dream setting on the beach...This unique home in a dream setting on the beach offers luxurious living and direct access onto iconic Long beach in Noordhoek. Take in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean and mountain vistas. Designed for the discerning buyer, this exquisite, semi-furnished, modern home with immediate Guest House or dual living potential boasts spacious open plan living in three separate, split level units all with spectacular views of the ocean. Asking R32 000 000. Contact: Linette Kempster 082 464 9264 Office: 021 784 2260 Web ref: 2974681

This home’s emphasis is on style and sophistication, whilst being inspired by the dramatic sunsets over the sea. Grand double volume entrance with the sun streaming through the skylights above, a remarkable feeling of harmony links the expansive open plan living flowing from its kitchen enveloped with natural light, to dining rooms and double lounges with sea views from every angle. A fusion of formal entertaining or casual family living with the indoor / outdoor spaces flowing seamlessly to large covered terraces, garden and pool. 6 Bedrooms, 5 en-suite bathrooms, double garaging, storage space and extra scullery space. Asking R17 995 000. Contact: Natalie Cooper 083 630 0911, Trish Bichener 083 567 6309 Office: 021 783 8260 Web ref: 2155303

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Situated on a luxurious equestrian estate, this immaculate home is an entertainer’s dream house, comprising double volume living areas, gourmet kitchen, separate TV lounge, wine cellar, 4 bedrooms en-suite and state-of-the-art technology throughout. The inviting pool area offers breath taking mountain views of vineyards and the surrounding Simonsberg mountain range. Asking R9 750 000. Contact: James Penlington 076 356 4993 Office: 021 878480 Web ref: 3050257

Masterpiece of perfection. The main homestead comprises 3 luxury en-suite bedrooms, cigar lounge, office, vaulted cellar and bespoke custom designed kitchen. The living areas overlook the manicured gardens and rim-flow pool. Additional accommodation includes two beautiful ‘townhouses’ each with two bedrooms en-suite, a bachelor suite and staff accommodation. Garaging for six cars. Asking R45 million. Contact: Bev Malan 082 901 6966 Office: 021 876 8480 Web ref: 3076399



On offer is a potential, desirable 'boutique guest house'. Alternatively, an ocean front, bespoke family home. An idyllic location with uninterrupted sea views across a green belt - 30m from the ocean. The residence offers simplistic, practical flow: the structure is on 3 levels. The main dwelling has three spacious reception rooms, an en-suite master bedroom & covered patio with captivating ocean views. Four separate en suite guest bedrooms. Upstairs loft bedroom, cum home office. On the lower ground level, garaging, workshop area, storage & cellars. Additional staff/work room with en suite bathroom. Asking: R8.3million. Contact Peggy Lannon 072 428 4412 Web ref: 1815877

Pristine, spacious, well designed family home. Set on a double plot, this two-storey home has 5 bedrooms of which the main en-suite is upstairs with 180º views. Upstairs you also have the entertainment areas with sliding doors that lead onto the covered veranda where you can spend summer evenings enjoying stunning sunsets over the lagoon. The ground floor consists of 4 additional bedrooms, study, staff accommodation, garaging and workshop. The separate boat house is an additional 72m² with extra high doors to accommodate a campervan or big boat. A fully fitted elevator, walled garden, and intercom security system are some of the added extras that also can be enjoyed. Asking R7 950 000. Contact Louise 079 892 6776 Web ref: 2951716

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An exquisite 5 bedroom beachside family home with uninterrupted views of Table Mountain and Robben Island. This home comprises ±750m² of family living designed to maximise the breath taking views. Open plan reception rooms, indoor pool, entertainment lounge, 6 person lift, cherry wood gourmet kitchen, top of the range appliances, jacuzzi and sauna room are a few of the luxuries you can expect upon entering this home. Melkbosstrand is located 35km north of Cape Town and is a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport. Asking R19.995 million. Contact: Dawie du Plessis 083 293 0449 Office: 021 910 1697 Web ref: 2089431

Be on top of the world with this double storey prestigious Penthouse. Look out onto Table Mountain and enjoy 360-degree views of what Cape Town has on offer, with the sunrise above the Tygerberg mountains and the sunset across the Atlantic Ocean. Accommodation includes 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 entertainment areas, 2 basement parking bays. Knight’s Bridge is a well managed, sought-after, sectional title building located in the centre of Century City next to Canal Walk. Secured with 24-hour armed security at the gates. Offers 20m heated pool and equipped gym with lifestyle centre. Asking R7 695 000. Contact: Dawie du Plessis 083 293 0449 Office: 021 979 4396 Web ref: 2458348



This architecturally designed home presents private, secure and tranquil up market living in the heart of Durbanville. Built to meticulous standards, it is set on a prime stand featuring gracious open plan living with a double volume dining area creating a feeling of space. Generous reception areas are effortlessly presented offering the executive buyer every modern convenience. 5 Bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4 garages. Located close to good schools including Eversdal, Gene Louw, Durbanville Primary, Fairmont, Stellenberg, Durbanville High School & within easy access to the N1 and other main routes & main shopping centres. Asking R10.5 million. Contact: Nicole Viljoen 084 579 1126, Dawie du Plessis 083 293 0449 Office: 021 979 4396 Web ref: 2602858

Tucked away in a discreet cul de sac, this home offers a quiet and serene atmosphere. Furthermore, the house is almost maintenance free and has all the security measures in place already. Very much an added bonus is the separate one bedroom cottage with an own entrance. This unit has an open plan living area/ kitchenette, bedroom, and a full bathroom. Whilst you will feel like you are out of the city in this tranquil setting, you are still within a 2km radius from Tygervalley, Eversdal schools an main routes. 4 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 garages, 1 cottage (bedroom and bathroom). Asking R 3 950 000. Contact Louise Kock 072 507 1626 Office: 021 910 1697 Web ref: 3082159

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A well designed and immaculately maintained home with a welcoming atmosphere and unimpeded canal views. The wooden-floored house is entered from the north through a secure, private courtyard with a water feature. The ground level, open-plan living lounge, dining room and kitchen are under a double volume ceiling with skylights.

Incorporating international style architectural design which emphases simplicity of form, functionality and a clean structure using geometric forms and linear elements, this impressive home accentuates open plan living while capturing the very essence and beauty of the Mossel Bay Golf Estate and Southern Indian Ocean vistas. Romance and warmth emanates from the 3 bedrooms which all include beautiful en-suite bathrooms. Imagine graceful dinners with family and friends while enjoying manicured views of the 7th Fairway. Asking R5.25 million. Contact: Angelique Wissekerke: 060 529 1718 Office: 044 695 0919 Web ref: 2985099

From the front door there is an impressive view through the living room and enclosed sunroom towards a secluded garden and canal. Leading from the kitchen area is a TV snug and a separate scullery / laundry with direct access into a double garage. Asking R12 200 000 Contact: Corlia Goris 083 441 1079 Office: 044 382 4700 Web ref: 3034195



Estate living with spectacular views of the ocean. Unique and modern finishes. An entertainers dream, with open plan living spaces from the living and kitchen areas to the infinity pool area. This house offers 5 beds, all en-suite. A desirable home with charm. Situated in the front row above the cliffs in one of the best golf estates in the Southern Cape. Asking R7 485 000. Contact: DalĂŠne Mellville 082 922 8295 Office: 044 695 0919 Web ref: 3004411

This remarkable home was designed in a beautiful Mediterranean style, offering generous accommodation over two floors. Beautiful interior finished in a rustic style with concrete flooring and ceilings partly inlaid with glass. The impressive estate boasts a spacious entrance hall leading into the reception area, 4 beautifully designed bedrooms, each with kitchenette, bathroom, lounge and private patio. The master suite is situated on the top floor with doors out to a wide-reaching patio where the most spectacular ocean views can be enjoyed. Country-style kitchen, 2 living areas with fireplaces and two immaculate bathrooms. Asking R9.5 million. Contact: Estee Jansen 066 216 4333 Office: 028 754 6242 Web ref: 2935236

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Enjoy the finest beachfront position on Wilderness beach! This stylish, five star guest house features 7 ultra-luxurious suites, 6 enjoying spectacular beach and ocean views. You'll be overcome by the panoramic beach, and ocean views, which the reception area, lounge, dining and bar areas overlook. Walk out onto the decked terrace, where breakfast is served around the pool. Lounge on the sunbeds, beneath the umbrellas, while enjoying the surrounding views and the sound of the breaking waves. A jacuzzi on the upper level, is an ideal spot in which to soak up the winter sun. Asking R32 million plus vat. Contact: Maria Coetsee 082 343 4030 Office: 044 877 0767 Web ref: 2999816

This property is world-renowned, privately positioned and nestles between the surf and a backdrop of age-old milkwood trees. Almost every room and balcony, provides cameo views of the breaking waves, gently unfolding into Victoria Bay. All that can be heard is bird song and the roll of the ocean. This is an exceptional property and occupies one of the most envied positions on the Garden Route. It provides six self-contained suites, complete with kitchens, all offering spectacular ocean views. The versatility of the accommodation offers wide appeal with a choice of uses. Lands End is a truly unique property! Asking R26 500 000. Contact: Tim Kirby 082 900 7088 Office: 044 873 2519 Web ref: 3065437



A meticulously newly restored home complete with restored original hardwood floors, stylish and modern finishes in the heart of Eastcliff, walking distance to schools and shops. Once you enter the front door you’ll fall in love with its old meets new charm. Offering four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, open plan living spaces with wood burning fireplace, outdoor entertaining complete with pizza oven, built in braai pool and views of Hoys Koppie. Asking R5.375 million Contact: Shaun Flynn 083 676 5854 Office: 028 312 4970 Web ref 2894493

This high-quality fairway frontage home situated in the estates’ most popular precinct, Lakewood Village. Single storey layout consisting of four en-suite bedrooms, study, open plan kitchen with separate scullery, dining room and living area that opens onto sun-drenched Balau decked braai and entertainment area. North facing views across the three fairways to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve Mountain Range. All this complimented by a well point, double garage and a low maintenance garden. Asking R10.95 million Contact: Brent Hill 083 441 9045 Office: 028 312 4970 Web ref 2979361

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Feel like a well-deserved holiday? Watch the whales at play from this 5 en-suite bedroom home boasting exceptional views from three levels. A luxury main suite together with a private patio is discreetly located on the top level. Open-plan living spaces with gourmet kitchen open to the patio with a dream entertainment area, pool, pub and second living room. Well-appointed, exceptional finishes, underfloor heating, walking distance to beach and town; will appeal to the fastidious investor. Asking R12.95 million. Contact: Elbie Pama 082 569 2588 Office: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 3023458

Single level North facing Whale Rock Ridge home comprising 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), double garage, swimming pool, open living areas extending onto the undercover patio, modern open plan kitchen with separate scullery and laundry area has very recently been completed. Modern upmarket finishes throughout, impeccable attention to detail, free flowing living areas with a lot of natural light. Built in braai area, swimming pool, private and sheltered garden. Top estate. Asking R6.9 million. Contact: Paul Jordaan 082 876 0577 Office: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 1999879



See, hear and smell the sea and have a chance in a lifetime to acquire this private home in “Old Plett�. Enjoyed by generations and filled with history and memories; walking distance to town and beach with ever changing views of the sea, beaches and Robberg nature reserve. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, open plan living area, main bedroom with private lounge, stunning original wooden floors. Unique to the property is direct access path to the beach. A special home with warmth and light; a rare gem. Asking R9.85 million Contact: Carrie Maclean 082 566 1881 Office: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 3050952

Enjoy light, bright and spacious living in this beautiful double-storey Brackenridge home that offers 4 en suite bedrooms and delightful open-plan living areas with generous, covered patios with views of Robberg Peninsula. These patios are ideal for entertaining and lead directly from the indoor living areas on both levels. Modern and uncluttered kitchen with double adjoining garage. A sparkling swimming pool is set in the established garden. Part of the accommodation can be utilized as a separate guest suite. Asking R6.95 million. Contact: Hein Pretorius 083 701 3159 Office: 044 533 2529 Web ref: 2996864

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Calling all Investors! Great investment opportunity in Nahoon Mouth. Fully tenanted sectional title block has come on to the market for the first time since being built in the 1960’s! The apartment block comprises seven units, being 4 two bedroom, 2 three bedroom and a one bedroom apartment. There are 6 extra length garages, a communal garden and store room. Four of the apartments have sea views and 3 overlook an open park. All the apartments offer good security, parquet flooring, aluminium windows, built in cupboards, open plan lounge and dining room. Situated in a sought after location is within walking distance to Nahoon Beach and River. Asking R9.995 million. Contact: Ann Nel 083 455 1163 Office: 043 726 0111 Web ref: 2849251

Modern masterpiece in gated estate! Invest in this impressive generously proportioned residence offering 4 beautifully appointed bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms, 2 lounges. The staircase leads to the first floor where you will find 4 en-suite bedrooms, study / office or 5th bedroom and family lounge. The ground level offers a formal lounge, dining room, wine bar with sauna and built in braai, open plan kitchen, scullery / laundry and the added bonus of a staff suite. The double automated garage with vast cupboard / storage space leads directly into the home. Feel secure in this tranquil, well managed golf estate offering a squash court, tennis courts and club house. Offers from R6 million Contact: Ann Nel 083 455 1163 Office: 043 726 0111 Web ref: 2931010



This magnificent home offers an enviable lifestyle akin to the rich and famous. The large double-volume entrance hall introduces a grand dining room, open plan lounge and bar that opens onto the outdoor patio. A modern kitchen with a wine cellar, scullery and abundant storage space. This home has wide inland and ocean views, a sparkling pool and jacuzzi all overlooking the classic garden. The ample accommodation this home has to offer includes 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, a spacious main bedroom with its own jacuzzi , en-suite and wrap around balcony. Asking R13 500 000. Contact: Michelle Taylor 083 653 3696 Office: 031 566 5150 Web ref: 2380357

An architectural masterpiece, this elaborate home offers stylish finishes and a natural flow of space with its high ceilings carrying ceaseless natural light into the home. An open plan chef’s kitchen forms the heart of the home with terraces that wrap around the covered entertainment area surrounding the sparkling pool, making this home an entertainer’s dream. This sensational home is completed by 5 large en-suite bedrooms. Asking R10 995 000. Contact: Maurizio Valle-Devode 083 301 1946 Office: 031 566 5150 Web ref: 3068820

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Immaculate and professionally designed double storey home overlooking the 18th green. This inviting home exudes modern elegance with generous living spaces and stylish finishes, creating the perfect space for relaxing and entertaining. The open plan gourmet kitchen with its Caesar Stone centre island and large scullery will inspire your inner chef. The upstairs master bedroom has its own walk-in closet and features a one of a kind en-suite with a private outside shower overlooking the Green. A further 4 spacious en-suite bedrooms, a charming fireplace, balau wood finishes, a sheltered pool and built in braai complete this magnificent property. Asking R9 950 000. Contact: Sabrina Errico 082 414 8955 Office: 032 946 1818 Web ref: SEE083

Significantly influenced by traditional Japanese architecture and falling water, this masterpiece encapsulates the harmony between man and nature. Water is a primary component of this home with several water features, a koi pond and a rim flow swimming pool which seem to coalesce into one and flow through the house out into the forest. The use of ample glass optimises views of the indigenous bush and this, together with the carefully selected palette of natural finishes, dissolve the separation between the interior and exterior, creating a sense of peace and tranquillity. Asking R25 000 000. Contact: Sabrina Errico 082 414 8955 Office: 032 946 1818 Web ref: ZIM1310



One of the most exclusive residences to be showcased on Ballito’s coastline, this triple storey home offers several living and entertainment areas, 6 bedrooms (all en-suite), 3 kitchens, 2 garages, a fully contained granny flat, and panoramic ocean views. The use of glass throughout the house ensures the space is filled with light throughout all seasons. High quality finishes and entertainment features throughout, along with many other extras such as a gas braai, solar geyser, koi pond, green house, water filtration system and a fire pit complete this magnificent home which has great B & B potential. Asking R7 400 000. Contact: Sabrina Errico 082 414 8955 Office: 032 946 1818 Web ref: H419

Situated in the tranquil Brettenwood Coastal Estate, this stunning contemporary home with breath-taking panoramic inland views is your own little piece of paradise. Clean lines, high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows allow the light to pour into this modern masterpiece with top class finishes. Open plan living areas open out onto the beautifully designed terraced garden and rim flow pool. The well-designed kitchen with separate scullery is fitted with all the modern conveniences. Brettenwood is a secure family estate ideally located away from the bustle, yet conveniently close to private schools, hospitals and a wide variety of leisure and entertainment options. Asking R9 900 000. Contact: Sabrina Errico 082 414 8955 Office: 032 946 1818 Web Ref: BW118

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Exquisite positioning, striking design and panoramic views are the hallmarks of this elegant home. Gorgeous open plan living areas that effortlessly flow to your outdoor entertainment area, boasts breath-taking vistas. Designed for indoor-outdoor family living, your living areas are both functional and practical with easy access to your dream kitchen, featuring a gas stove and large breakfast bar. The intelligent use of natural light follows through to your 5 generous bedrooms, making sure that every room in the house evokes the feeling of knowing that you have arrived at your haven. The house is synonymous with elegant, modern luxurious finishes and is a true modern marvel. Be part of the stylish, yet relaxed lifestyle in this secure estate. Asking R6 870 000. Contact: Wayland Hood 082 494 4285. Web ref: 3042367

This north-facing masterpiece boasts 6 spacious en-suite bedrooms that all lead out to balconies with astonishing views, with your main bedroom featuring a private lounge and study. The 180° panoramic views are embraced through the masterful use of varying levels, expansive glass windows, sliding doors and strategically placed balconies creating a natural flow from the interior to the exterior. The chef’s kitchen features a large pantry, walk in fridge and scullery, with 2 sparkling chandeliers adding a touch of glamour. Exquisite indoor pool, indoor braai area and secluded garden courtyard. The sun lounge located on the roof has breath-taking 360° views. POA. Contact: Johan Bruwer 082 300 9465 Chris Liebenberg 074 117 4971 Web ref: 3056590



This gorgeous family home features 4 generous bedrooms, situated on the 2nd floor, and boasting a divine patio to enjoy your morning coffee. The master bedroom is fit for a King, featuring a built in fireplace, serviced by a full en-suite bathroom. The kitchen, a true masterpiece, offers up two ovens and a centre island that doubles as a breakfast bar. Choose between 2 dining areas and then move on to your study for some quiet time with a good book. Entertain guests in your cosy lounge or cuddle up to the fireplace in your TV room! Take in the immaculate, irrigated, landscaped garden from your expansive entertainment area that flows out to the poolside via sliding doors. Asking R3 799 000. Contact: Chris Liebenberg 074 117 4971 Gert Nell 072 437 0812 Web ref: 3000476

This modern 5 bedroom north facing home is light and airy, offering a large double door entrance hall to welcome you. Boasting open plan living areas with 2 fireplaces, one situated in the lounge/living area and one in the dining area that leads onto the kitchen. The kitchen sports granite tops, an oven, stove & hob, plus a walk in scullery and pantry, giving you space to store and cook. All living areas open onto a huge entertainment patio with built in braai that overlooks a generous size swimming pool. A wide staircase leads upstairs to your 5 en-suite bedrooms, all leading out to a large private balcony. Well-established landscaped garden, staff accommodation with private entrance. Asking R4 980 000. Contact: Abbie McDonald 078 039 1450 Web ref: 2843291

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With floor to ceiling glass stackable doors, entertaining outside could not be easier. The longer evenings and warmer weather of summer are arriving sooner than expected... It is time to free your daily dining from the house and make the best of the outdoor entertaining. Whether you want a quiet dinner for two or to host a family gathering, this home can be transformed into an ideal location for entertaining in the summer months. Sprawling entertaining spaces flow outside to the glistening garden, to the sparkling pool and to the amazing Jack Nicklaus putting green. POA. Contact: Samir Jhina 079 812 9007 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2986770

This home features balconies that allow you to access the fresh air, and the design of this home helps to keep the home breezy and cool when temperatures are hot. With beautifully designed French wooden doors, which excel at letting in natural light and providing a view of your outdoor space when you want it, these doors create the best of both worlds in terms of style and function. Asking R2 650 000. Contact: Samir Jhina 079 812 9007 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 3066283



Exclusive new Development! 4 Brand-new uniquely planned and finished ultra-modern cluster homes, each with its own touch of this distinct flair, completely walled and with landscaped private gardens. Modern open-plan concept, 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms, double garages, large entertainment patios. Stands: ±808-614m², Under roof: 355-333m². Asking R4 485 000. Contact: Melinda Odendaal 083 399 4113, Maria Minik 083 380 2939 Office: 011 476 8303 Web ref: 3030954

Brand new home offering contemporary lifestyle in gated area. Private estate in excess of 6000m² with primary residence measuring more than 1200m² plus secondary dwelling/ conference center. Panoramic views, privacy, tranquility. Nestled within a secure gated cul-de-sac enclosure of protected green belt mountain, this masterpiece with Northern views boast extensive modern accommodation. Marble floors and stair cases, walls of glass, gas fire places and intelligent home automation. 6 bedrooms en suite, study, formal lounge, 2 covered patios, 2 swimming pools, dining room, kitchen, informal/cocktail lounge, karaoke home theatre, wine cellar, gym, double garage, carport for 4 car. Asking R17.9 million. Contact: Gert Bekker 082 570 0222 Web ref: 995504

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Every so often, art is created with brick and mortar. This contemporary architectural designed family home offers spacious living in a family oriented secure lifestyle in the East of Pretoria. Upon arriving at this exceptionally well built home, one is immediately impressed with the natural stone work and landscaping which compliments the earthy toned architectural masterpiece. Asking R4 350 000. Contact: Juanita du Plessis 082 322 3407 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2895807

This boutique home offers spectacular waterfront, north facing views with great privacy enhanced by the award winning landscaping. This elegant property offers the connoisseur the opportunity to enjoy the spacious comfort of the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architectural designed home offering large open flowing reception areas. The large scatter folding doors opens onto the great patio, complimented by exquisite decking, pizza oven, splash pool & views to set the scene for great relaxation. The guest cloakroom serves the reception areas downstairs, while the imposing staircase leads to a comfortable snug pyjama lounge and 3 double sized bedrooms, all en-suite. Asking R3 750 000. Contact: Juanita du Plessis 082 322 3407 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 3072946



Own 3.59 hectares within the Kamonande Nature reserve, with your own private dam right in front of the lodge, which attracts the Zebra, Giraffe, Blue wildebeest, Kudu, Bushbuck, Impalas, Water buck, Eland and a whole lot of little creatures, to drink and graze on the lawns daily. This is a delight to see at dawn with your 'boeretroos' or while you’re braaiing on the patio enjoying a sundowner! Asking R8 200 000. Contact: Louis van Ass 082 555 4398 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2956732

An exceptional home is simply a frame for an exceptional life. Upon arriving at this exquisite residence, one is immediately impressed with lavish landscaping features complimenting the sophisticated grandeur embodied home. An enticing entrance into the residence, allows one to breathe in the harmonious yet majestic presentation into the home. The double volume entrance hall leads one through to the various reception areas, including a very spacious lounge fit with fireplace, air-conditioning. This property offers great privacy and easy access to main routes as well as the Game reserve to enjoy a stroll or drive. Asking R5 500 000. Contact: Juanita du Plessis 082 322 3407 Office: 012 460 9261 Web ref: 2886999

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