NAVIGATING GLOBAL LUXURY
Duca Sartoria offers a Same Look suit or jacket program for fathers and sons
Today's best family cars boast great power and gorgeous design along with safety and room
Explore rural China without sacrificing luxury at Naked Retreats' eco-friendly resorts
Create a parent-child connection through a shared love of fine timepieces
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What: 2013 GULFSTREAM G550
Travel long-range in comfort with your whole family. ▼
Extras Optional features include armrest-mounted LCD monitors, Aircell Gogo Biz high-speed wireless internet, Honeywell DBS satellite TV, Securaplane camera system, powered single seats and aftgalley extension.
Within The 50-foot-long interior cabin comprises 14 Gulfstream signature windows, forward or aft galley, forward and aft lavatories and 12 select floor plans. Clients can also create a custom floor plan.
Dimensions The G550’s wingspan measures 93 feet 6 inches; the tip-to-tail length is 96 feet 5 inches; height is 25 feet 10 inches.
In the new Gulfstream G550, a family of eight can fly nonstop from London to Singapore or from Washington, D.C., to Dubai. The plane’s four distinct living spaces, each with entertainment systems, offer passengers privacy while still allowing easy socializing. And abundant luggage compartments mean that access to your things is a simple matter. Safety, of course, is the G550’s priority. The flight deck features technology Gulfstream calls its “Enhanced Vision System,” an infrared camera that delivers images of terrain and airports at night and in low-visibility conditions, helping pilots see better during landings. “It’s the perfect plane for families who share our passion for flight,” says Scott Neal, Gulfstream’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Price: $58.5 million Contact: Scott Neal, email@example.com, 912.965.3000, gulfstream.com
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What: N A K E D R E T R E ATS
Eco-friendly resorts offering a luxury experience of rural China.â–ź
Yearning for a profound outdoor quiet, South African entrepreneur Grant Horsfield and his architect wife, Delphine Yip, in 2007 discovered the tranquility of Moganshan, a mountain peak outside of Shanghai once frequented by expats wishing to escape the city’s heat. Below Moganshan, Horsfield came across a small farming community with numerous farmhouses in disrepair. Seeing an opportunity, he convinced the village authorities to let him rent and renovate the structures. Eight farmhouses became the Naked Retreats Home Village, the first properties under the Naked brand. In 2011 Horsfield and Yip expanded with the adjoining Naked Stables Private Reserve. Designed to prioritize sustainability, Naked Stables was named China’s first Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) luxury resort earlier this year. Each room is fitted with a meter to track energy consumption, and guests are rewarded with incentives for less than standard usage.
Calm From the views out of the bedrooms (top) to Kikabini Restaurant, located on a lake (left), to the stables at Naked Stables Private Reserve (above), Naked resorts are designed to bring peace of mind to their visitors.
Distinctive The Reserve features freestanding treetop villas and earthen huts (far left), four swimming pools, an equestrian center, a spa and wellness center and three restaurants. It sits on its own 60acre private valley, enclosed by bamboo and tea plantations, a reservoir and farming villages (aerial view on left).
Price: room rates start at 1,500 RMB (about $240) per night Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 86.21.6431.8901, nakedretreats.cn
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What: FA M I LY W H E E L S
This group leaves the workhorse family cars of old in the dust. ▼
The words “family car” conjure images of wood-paneled wagons, bland minivans and other dutiful transport. But, particularly in the luxury realm, the family car is getting a serious upgrade, with sleek designs, lavish features and potent engines. These models don’t shirk their responsibilities: Safety, allwheel-drive and fuel economy are also part of the portfolio. Ferry the kids in one of these family friends, and you may even look forward to carpooling. 1 Audi A8 and S8 Shy of, say, a Bentley Flying Spur, the A8—whose AWD system, onboard navigation and WiFi, optional W12 engine and other technologies underpin the Bentley— may be the new emperor of plus-size sedans. Audi Connect links up to eight external devices to the internet, perfect for road trips when singalongs have lost their luster. And the S8 amasses 520 V-8, twin-turbo horses, blasting from 0 to 60 mph in a slightly ridiculous 3.8 seconds. Base price: $72,995 to $135,395 Contact: 800.367.2834, audiusa.com
New and Improved The second-generation Cayenne is dramatically lighter and more luxurious than its predecessor.
Exterior cameras provide a 360-degree view around the QX60, with sensors alerting drivers to cars, bikes and pedestrians.
2 Porsche Cayenne
Details The interior is a designer atelier of wood, metal, leather and graphical displays, including Google Earth-based navigation.
The second-generation Cayenne beckons the family into the world of Porsche performance. In a fivepassenger SUV that delivers more pure-handling excitement than any rival, that world spins as quickly as you want it to. Yet practicality is stressed with sculpted backseats and navigation and audio systems that no longer seem like afterthoughts. Seven handsome versions range from the fuel-sipping, affordable V-6 and diesel models—the latter achieving 30 highway mpg during our testing—to six-figure warp-speeders like the 550-horsepower Turbo S. Base price: $50,575 to $146,975 Contact: 800.767.7243, porsche.com/usa
3 Mercedes GL-Class Already the best three-row, sevenpassenger SUV in the game, the sumptuous GL is fully redesigned for 2013. This big Benz can venture offroad, parallel park itself, automatically keep pace with traffic, detect sleepy drivers or potential collisions and stow its third row at the touch of a button. A GL350 diesel model combines a whopping 455 pound-feet of torque with 26-mpg highway economy. For profligate types, the GL63 AMG pumps out 550 horsepower from a 5.5-liter, bi-turbo V-8. Base price: $63,305 to $117,830 Contact: 800.367.6372, mbusa.com
4 Volvo XC60 Few crossovers, at any price, do so many things as well as the XC60. The wedge-shaped Swede is seductive and minimalist in style. With seats offering near-orthopedic support, it’s soothingly comfortable. The XC60 is also surprisingly fleet— especially in its 325-horsepower, T6 AWD guise—but doesn’t subject innocent passengers to a harsh ride. Naturally, Volvo has safety covered: A groundbreaking pedestrian detection system can automatically stop the XC60 to avoid hitting walkers. Base price: $35,245 to $49,845 Contact: 800.550.5658, volvocars.com
5 Infiniti QX60 The new JX35, which will be renamed the QX60 for 2014, is dedicated to hauling seven people and their stuff in serene comfort. That includes clever second-row seats that tuck and slide with no need to remove child seats, facilitating easy access to the third row. And a new QX60 Hybrid version is expected to deliver an impressive 26 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Base price: $42,245; QX60 Hybrid, $45,500 (est.) Contact: 800.662.6200, infinitiusa.com
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What: J CRAFT TORPEDO 42
A nautical thing of beauty and grace for the whole family to enjoy. ▼
[µ] En Famille Despite the Torpedo’s classic low-profile topside, the cabin is thoroughly modern, with a refrigerator, cooker, sink and ice maker, as well as sleeping quarters for a family of six. Price: $000,000 Contact: Name Lastname Company or Brand Address, 000.000.000, website.com
[µ] Craftsman Ship J Craft spends more than 4,000 man-hours building a Torpedo to exacting specifications. The mahogany foredeck, for example, is treated with 18 coats of varnish for extended protection from sun and water.
J Craft built its first boat, a Cabrio Cruiser, for the King of Sweden in 1999. That illustrious debut client boosted the Swedish company’s credibility along the French Riviera, and the Gotland shipyard has since developed the J Craft Torpedo. This 42-foot cruiser has an elegantly shaped hull with a pinstriped mahogany foredeck and a cabin that can seat six comfortably. The Torpedo is dressed up with a handmade mahogany Nardi steering wheel (the brand first used on the 1960s Ferrari 250 GTO), as well as Loro Piana fabrics and gleaming stainless-steel fittings. The interior has a master cabin, captain’s cabin, head with shower and a hydraulic table in the salon. With abundant exterior seating and easy access to the water from the stern, the Torpedo is an ideal day boat for families. Beyond the sleek hull and Volvo engines, no two Torpedoes are the same. J Craft customizes the Torpedo’s hull, deck colors and exterior fabrics to each client’s preferences.
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Price: starts at €850,000 (about $1.09 million) Contact: Johan Attvik, email@example.com, 46.701.600.060, j-craftboats.com
What: POCKET SQUARES, STRAw H AT, C O T T O N S H I R T
Finishing touches for the well-dressed man. ▼
1 Jane Carr Pocket Squares Once head of printed textiles for Donatella Versace, British designer Jane Carr is known for the bold and distinctive patterns of her luxury accessories line. Made in Italy, this silk twill pocket square in purpleand-white camouflage is a highlight of her surf-inspired Riding Giants summer collection. Price: $76 Contact: Jane Carr, firstname.lastname@example.org, 44.20.7387.4337, jane-carr.com
2 Anthony Peto Salvador Hat British hat designer Anthony Peto is celebrating the 20th year of his Parisian store, and in honor of the occasion, he recently created Price: a signature top hat to look like a $000,000 birthday cake with candles. It’s that kind of whimsy—along with fine Contact: craftsmanship and high-quality Name Lastname makes Peto’s hats materials—that Company or Brand so popular000.000.000, with his international Address, clientele. For the summer, Peto website.com offers his take on a classic Panama, handcrafted with straw from Ecuador. Price: $255 Contact: Stéphan Azziza or Eric Berger, email@example.com, 33.1.4026.6068, anthonypeto.com
3 Canali Cotton Shirt Canali’s summer collection celebrates the aesthetic of classic Hollywood with timeless prints and soft construction. Its hidden buttondown collar shirt features a plaid print in lavender, blue and gray. Price: $325 Contact: Available at the New York store, 25 Broad Street, 212.767.0205, canali.it
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What: WAT C H E S
Forge a parent-child connection through a shared love of exquisite timepieces. ▼
Watches are often thought of as heirlooms to be passed from generation to generation. But why wait? Buying a pair of watches, one for you and one for your son or daughter, can create a bond by fueling a shared passion for fine timepieces. Last year, luxury watchmaker IWC introduced the father/son pilot watch set; its larger timepiece is earmarked for the dad and the smaller, simpler watch is for his son. Frédérique Constant recently created a Junior collection designed to introduce better watches to the next generation. Of course, you can configure your own pair of watches—they could share design elements, case shapes, complications and more. Here are some ideas to get you started.
1 Piaget Altiplano Son: Altiplano Date in white gold, $26,000 Father: Altiplano Skeleton in white gold, $60,000 Contact: Kenneth Moore, Piaget New York boutique, 212.246.5555, piaget.com
2 IWC Pilot’s Watches for Father and Son
3 Montblanc Star collection
Father and Son: Sold only as a set, $22,900
Son: Montblanc Star Date Automatic, $2,955 Father: Montblanc Star Quantième Complet, $5,000
Contact: Andrew Malitzis, IWC New York flagship boutique, 212.355.7271, iwc.com
Contact: Kevin Mantell, Montblanc New York boutique, 212.223.8888, montblanc.com
4 Ralph Lauren Safari
5 Zenith El Primero line
Son: Ralph Lauren RL67 Chronograph (45mm), $7,500 Father: Ralph Lauren RL67 Tourbillon, $55,000
Son: El Primero Original 1969, $8,800 Father: El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th, $10,400
Contact: Robert Butler, Ralph Lauren New York watch and jewelry salon, 212.606.2100, ralphlaurenwatches.com
Contact: Ellen Bourquin, Zenith headquarters, 973.467.1890, zenith-watches.com
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What: PORCELAIN, LINENS, CUTLERY
Whimsy, beauty and utility meet at the family table. ▼
Linked In The racetrack shape on the dinnerware references Hermès’ famous 1938 Chaîne d’Ancre link, a shape the company employs on everything from scarves to necklaces.
Finish Line The collection, with its metallic brilliance and satin finish, is available in gray, yellow, green, red, blue and black.
1 Hermès Rallye 24 Porcelain Collection The 2013 design theme at Hermès is “a sporting life,” and this new collection of tableware, with its race car-inspired colors and speedway motif, rises to the occasion. “We wanted to develop a contemporary line with an easy and playful spirit,” says Benoît-Pierre Emery, creative director of La Table Hermès, the French fashion house’s tableware wing.
2 D. Porthault Coraux Table Linens
Price: from $75 (for a mocha spoon) to $1,250 (for a large platter) Contact: Hermès New York store, 691 Madison Ave., 212.751.3181, hermes.com
Price: $250 per set Contact: Carol Caruana, D. Porthault New York boutique, 470 Park Ave., newyork@ dporthaultparis.com, 212.688.1660, dporthaultparis.com
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Signature Style Puiforcat is famous for its subtle decorative elements: Note the trapezoid shape at the base of the forged knife blades, the three-pronged forks with the two outer prongs curved slightly inward and the angled openings between prongs.
D. Porthault began life at the turn of the 20th century as a small lingerie boutique in Paris. It didn’t take long for the company’s founder, Daniel, to expand into colorfully designed bed sheets and table linens—a rarity in France at the time, when basic whites were de rigueur. The Coraux line of place mats and napkins, a nod to the company’s whimsical aesthetic tradition, are handembroidered 100 percent linen.
3 Puiforcat Annecy Cutlery Jean E. Puiforcat, the famed European silver craftsman and creative force behind Puiforcat the company, designed the Annecy line of sterling-silver flatware, characterized by its perfect disc at the end of each piece, in 1930. More than 80 years later, the collection still feels remarkably fresh thanks to its smooth, flat handles and a geometric balance between straight and curved lines. Price: upon request Contact: 33.1.4563.1010, puiforcat.com
What: Duca Sartoria JacketS
Parallel designs for father and son. ▼
For Max Girombelli, head of Duca Sartoria in New York, and his younger brother, Roberto, who runs the Milan atelier, fashion is the family business: Their father and older brother helped to launch some of the most renowned Italian and French designers. In 1993, Max and Roberto branched out on their own to launch Duca Sartoria in Milan. Three years later, Max opened the New York store. Family remains a focus. Max Girombelli recently launched a father and son Same Look program offering two suits or jackets with exactly the same details, fabric, lining and buttons. “My clients can afford anything for their children,” he says, “but this is one thing that they will always remember—their first suit.” Taking a cue from an old Italian tailoring practice, Duca Sartoria leaves the top buttonhole sewn closed in all its jackets to make them easier to hand down—all that’s needed is to lengthen or shorten the sleeves.
Price: $000,000 Contact: Name Lastname Company or Brand Address, 000.000.000, website.com
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Price: boys’ suits start at $2,500; men’s suits at $3,100 Contact: Max Girombelli, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212.582.3225, ducausa.com
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Items to connect generations, influence aesthetics and add to the family legacy. ▼
Harry Winston Cuff Links Aside from donning a watch, wearing cuff links is one of the few ways men can accessorize with jewelry. A fine pair of cuff links can also be an ideal father-toson heirloom. The eye-catching Ocean cuff links from Harry Winston feature enamel night-and-day motifs set in 18-karat rose gold. Price: $6,800 Contact: 800.988.4110, harrywinston.com Bulgari Money Clip For men interested in slimming their profile, the money clip is a practical, stylish and enduring alternative to the wallet. This one from Bulgari, made of sterling silver and black onyx, has Art Deco-inspired lines that recall the grill of a classic automobile. Price: $405 Contact: 800.285.4274, bulgari.com Iroshizuku Inks “The stunning colors of Iroshizuku inks add personality to writing, passing along a love for fountain pens and handwritten notes to future generations,” says Rachael Gaines, director of trade marketing for Pilot, which produces the line as part of its Namiki collection of pens. Iroshizuku’s 23 vivid colors, named for Japanese landscapes and plants, range from the sublime Tsuki-Yo (moonlight) to the fiery Fuyu-Gaki (winter persimmon). Price: $35 per 50ml bottle Contact: email@example.com, 904.645.9999, namiki.com S.T. Dupont Défi Titanium Pen Designed to suggest a high-tech military jet, the new Défi Titanium from S.T. Dupont is both responsive and precise, particularly for a fountain pen. Its “fuselage” is made of titanium, a metal that combines extreme strength with incredible lightness and was first developed for aerospace purposes. Price: $670 Contact: st-dupont.com
FOR HER Cartier’s Destinée Solitaire This new design featuring a four-claw platinum setting was inspired by Cartier’s classic Solitaire 1895. The ring, which showcases a central brilliant-cut diamond surrounded by a crown of paved stones, is part of the Set for You program that allows alterations to fit the desired number of carats: Center stones are available from 0.50 to 4.99 carats, paved from 0.50 to 2.99 carats. Price: starts at $7,300 Contact: 800.CARTIER, cartier.com Graff Bombé Sapphire Drop Earrings Graff’s Bombé Collection celebrates classic gems with a modern take on necklaces, earrings and rings. Graff artisans in London pair emeralds, sapphires and rubies with diamonds in signature curves that highlight the stones’ rich colors. These earrings feature 7.33 carats of round sapphires and 4.03 carats of multi-cut diamonds. Price: upon request Contact: Available at Graff New York, 710 Madison Ave., 212.355.9292, graffdiamonds.com Mastoloni Infinity Necklace An 80-year-old family business spanning three generations, New York-based Mastoloni Pearls knows something about heirloom pieces. This one is a double strand of 11-to-14mm silver Tahitian pearls secured with a 1.07-carat diamond clasp set in 18-karat white gold. Price: $40,000 Contact: Ray Mastoloni, raymond@ mastoloni.com, 800.347.3275, mastoloni.com Tiffany Charm Bracelets Charm bracelets are memory holders—a way for a daughter to hold her parents’ sentiments close, or a mother to symbolize her connections and experiences. Tiffany’s program begins with selecting the bracelet then choosing the charms, from playful sterling silver enameled ones to sophisticated jeweled ornaments. Tiffany.com allows users to click and drag charms, designing custom bracelets from the comfort of home. Price: bracelets start at $125, individual charms at $100 Contact: 212.843.3269, tiffany.com
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What: CIGAR PAIRINGS
Step out of your comfort zone with these unexpected complements to a good smoke. ▼
1 Dry Red Wine Lodi, Calif., is a great place to go for a cigar-friendly wine; the region is known for producing wines that are fruity and bold. Two recommended selections: the Earthquake 2011 Zinfandel and Mettler Family Vineyards 2010 Lodi Petite Sirah, both of which go nicely with an Ashton VSG Illusion. Espresso, white chocolate and raisins line the nose of this robust cigar. The finish is complex and extended with an aftertaste of cardamom, fig and date. The smoke’s dried fruit character matches the spicy Zinfandel well, but be prepared to taste a wine that seems lighter than before. The Petite Sirah, on the other hand, is basically darkfruit ink, and can hold its own beside the rich cigar. Price: cigars: $200 per box of 24; Earthquake 2011 Zinfandel: $25 per 750-milliliter bottle; Mettler Family Vineyards 2010 Lodi Petite Sirah: $25 per 750-milliliter bottle Contact: Ashton Distributors, 800.327.4866, ashtoncigar.com; Michael David Winery (for Earthquake Zinfandel), 209.368.7384, michaeldavidwinery.com; Mettler Family Vineyards, firstname.lastname@example.org, 888.509.5969, mettlerwine.com
Bold The Ashton VSG Illusion has an extra-aged Ecuadorian wrapper and a long-aged blend of six Cuban-seed Dominican long fillers, plus an extra-rich Ligero leaf.
2 Dessert Wine (Other Than Port) The Perdomo Grand Cru cigar is marked by its oily, nutty flavor, which brims with dark chocolate and sea salt. It has an all-Cuban-seed (Semilla Habano) wrapper, binder and filler. The cigar plays well against the acidity of dessert wines like the NV R. L. Buller & Son Calliope Rare Muscat from Victoria, Australia, and the 2003 Masi Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Serègo Alighieri Casal dei Ronchi from Verona, Italy. The Perdomo complements the muscat’s caramel and the recioto’s blueberry. Try dipping the mouth end of the cigar in the wine(s) for an entirely different experience. Price: cigars: $180 per box of 24 Grand Robustos; NV R. L. Buller & Son Calliope Rare Muscat: $100 per 375-milliliter bottle; Masi Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Serègo Alighieri Casal dei Ronchi: $71 per 500-milliliter bottle Contact: Tabacalera Perdomo, 888.642.5797, perdomocigars.net; R. L. Buller & Son, email@example.com .au, 61.260.329.660, rlbullerandson .com.au; Possessioni di Serego Alighieri, firstname.lastname@example.org, 39.457.703.622, seregoalighieri.it
3 Dark Beer Because of beer’s less-robust nature, it is best paired with a milder cigar. In this case, an Illusione Robusta Gorda—with a Nicaraguan wrapper, binder and filler—is an excellent match with either Left Hand Black Jack Porter or Avery Out of Bounds Stout, both from Colorado. The carbonation in the beer helps in tasting the Illusione’s subtler qualities by scrubbing the mouth after each sip (sparkling wine does the same thing). The cigar brings hints of almond, pomegranate and cinnamon alongside black olive and mushroom. It balances the mocha-tinged porter but lasts much longer against the stronger stout’s intense flavors of dark chocolate and orange peel. Price: cigars: $195 per box of 25; Left Hand Black Jack Porter: $9 per six-pack of 12-ounce bottles; Avery Out of Bounds Stout: $8 per six-pack of 12-ounce bottles Contact: Illusione Cigars, illusionecigars.com (password is “illusione”); Left Hand Brewing Co., 303.772.0258, lefthandbrewing.com; Avery Brewing Co., 303.440.4324, averybrewing.com
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What: ETHAN AMES FA N B AC K C H A I R
Antique wooden farm tools meet a modern sensibility in the Fanback chair. ▼
Ethan Ames fell in love with woodworking when he was a kid growing up in Vermont and began studying with a local craftsman. After earning a degree in political theory from Georgetown, Ames realized that he preferred woodworking, and began making his own pieces in a woodshop in New York’s East Village run by Estonian artisans. Ames spent about eight years there, mastering the traditional techniques of woodworking, before setting up a workshop of his own in Damascus, Pa. For his Fanback chair, Ames drew inspiration from wooden agricultural tools; the fan design resembles an antique hay rake. Creating the back from a single piece of cherry Price: $000,000 is a slow process that requires the wood to be parted over Contact: time. Making initial cuts, Ames Name Lastname creates then uses spacers Companyslats, or Brand Address, 000.000.000, to establish the separations website.com between them. He changes the spacers daily, slowly increasing the widths and thereby creating the fan design. The process can take up to a week, depending on weather and humidity, which affect the flexibility of the wood.
Clients placing an order for the custom-made chair can discuss decorative touches; Ames is now experimenting with inlay designs on the slats that make up the fan.
[µ] Tripod Price: starts at $6,000 Contact: Ethan Ames, email@example.com, 917.449.0515, ethanames.com
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Designed with a curved seat, the Fanback chair balances on three legs and comfortably accommodates most physiques.
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