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Rolex Mentor & Protégé

chronora magazine Nº02

When great minds meet The latest horological trends

Basel & SIHH report New York City

Timeless inspiration


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Rima Nasser

City News Privilege

on behalf of CHRONORA

editor in chief

Zeina Annan

director

Ziad Annan

art director

Samantha Maatouk

editor

Helen Assaf

graphic design

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Welcome to the second issue of CHRONORA magazine created especially for you, our esteemed clientele. Through the following pages we aim to share with you our passion for the worlds of horology and fine jewelry, taking you beyond the stylish four walls of our sophisticated Beirut Central District boutiques to the four corners of the world. Join us as we give you an insider account of what happened when great minds were brought together at the prestigious Rolex Mentor & Protégé event in New York, the city of timeless elegance. In London, a capital that is abuzz this year with multiple celebrations, we explore jewelry with a royal thoroughbred as Mikimoto celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. From the classic statement of regal pearls and precious gems to Pippo Perez’s ultra-modern

objects of beauty, and much more in between, we have all your jewelry desires covered between these pages. The greatest names of the watch-making world are continuously pushing the boundaries of technology while preserving centuries of craftsmanship traditions, all while fine-tuning their designs to contemporary tastes. This issue we bring you an in-depth guide to the major trends emerging this year. So often the craftsmen behind impressive timepieces remain hidden from the spotlight. Now, that is all set to change as Girard-Perregaux invites you to meet its team of artisans. Whether getting to know the people behind the brands or exploring the great life events associated with them, we hope that CHRONORA magazine will enrapture you with its content.

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I would like to express my heart-felt thanks to Mrs. Rima Nasser and her team for their exceptional work and diligence in creating this magazine, as well as to the CHRONORA team for their fervour and dedication, which are apparent throughout this publication.


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15 perfect pearls for a diamond celebration / 19 rolex mentor, when great minds meet

28 new horizons / 44 horse racing, two minutes to glory / 48 artful gems / 56 basel sihh report / 68 the talent behind the timepieces

72 federico gauttieri of casato, eternal evolution / 76 tudor ducati, partners in perfection / 82 pippo perez, creating objects of desire straight from the heart / 86 ralph lauren goes for gold with team usa’s london 2012 uniforms / 90 the magic of luxury / 94 the power of precious stones / 100 a fine art / 102 a perfect match

106 new york city, timeless inspiration / 112 paradise of the senses / 118 new york re-tox / 120 honeymooning in japan


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CONTRIBUTORS

Avril Groom

has been writing about fashion, jewelry, watches and luxury brands for more decades than she cares to remember. She has done so for publications such as FT, How to Spend It, Telegraph, Time supplement, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Scotsman newspapers. In her experience, she has found the people behind the labels at least as intriguing as the products themselves. Avril spends what limited spare time she has cultivating a relentless addiction to shoes.

Yasmina Nysten

Chris Gray Faust

is a painter, writer and photographer. From New York to Qatar she has shown her photography, illustration and painting. Born and raised in Helsinki, she has lived in Cannes, Beirut and Brooklyn. After a Bachelor’s degree from ALBA University, Beirut, she is currently earning her Master’s from the acclaimed Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. In her spare time, Yasmina has been known to trip the lights fantastic and ride her hot pink motorcycle around the hood.

is a veteran journalist, travel writer and social media butterfly. Her award-winning blog, Chris Around The World (www.caroundtheworld.com), covers unique, chic and boutique experiences for sophisticated travelers. When she’s not on the road, she lives in Seattle with her husband and two cats. Follow her on Twitter at @CAroundTheWorld.

Genia Kodash

hails originally from the Ukraine, and moved to Lebanon eight years ago for a TV project as a dancer. Soon he was offered a permanent gig with the Caracalla Dance Theater. Not content with one amazing career, Genia taught himself software design and has since worked as a freelance graphic designer. When not dancing or designing, Genia loves to read, ride his motorbike, scuba dive and eat really good food. For his next amazing career, he is considering becoming a famous actor but has reservations regarding the burden of fame.

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Spanish style

Food for thought

summer in your step

Baby love

Cubism at its best

Nordic cuisine wasn’t always top of a list of gastronomic delights. But that’s fast changing since the two-Michelinstar Noma clinched the best restaurant of the year award in both 2010 and 2011.The restaurant, which is located in an old shipping warehouse in Copenhagen harbour, is run by the award-winning chef René Redzepi, who famously uses only seasonal ingredients from the Nordic region in his dishes. The creative chef employs foragers to bring him wild herbs and source unusual seafood for his dishes. Definitely has to be tried!

With summer in the air, the designer Derek Lam’s floral-inspired footwear was the perfect accessory for his 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week. The delicately-flowered patent-toed shoe was one of the talking points of the show and looks sure to be a hot trend for the new season. Lam, who began his career at Michael Kors, is a leading name in accessories, working as Tod’s Creative Director for accessories as well as designing his own line. He has always favored feminine fabrics and these shoes reflect his unique style perfectly, coming in a variety of designs.

It’s never too early to design your own room and start trends in accessories, as the new-born daughter of multi-award-winning singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z has shown. Blue Ivy Carter leads the pack with her ‘welcome to the world’ gift list, which reportedly includes a Swarovskistudded high chair by Carla Monchen for $15,000, to a $20,000 Posh Tots Carriage Fantasy Crib. Other delightful accessories for the new arrival are said to include baby charm bracelets, gold and platinum diamond rattles and dummies from Tiffany & Co, cashmere baby blankets and a Jean Paul Gaultier silk dress. Other babies, take note!

Culture vultures will be keen to take in a newlyopened exhibition at the Tate Britain, London which showcases the work of the artistic genius Pablo Picasso and his contemporaries. The exhibition, titled ‘Picasso and Modern British Art’, celebrates the Spanish giant’s relationship with Britain and is set to run until July. Visitors will be able to enjoy over 150 works from both public and private collections around the world, with highlights including the ‘Three Dancers’, and key Cubist pieces such as ‘Head of a Man with a Moustache’, ‘Man with a Clarinet’ and ‘Weeping Woman’.

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It could be down to the chic, understated elegance of the Prada and Armani suits. Or it could simply be his smoldering, Spanish looks. Whatever the reason, Hollywood actor Javier Bardem continues to command the admiration of the style gurus this year. Bardem, who won an Oscar for his role in ‘No Country for Old Men’ and is husband to the stunning actress Penelope Cruz, combines his beautifully crafted suits and tuxes with clever accessories such as cufflinks and pocket squares. He recently showed off his trademark underplayed style when photographed for the forthcoming Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ in which he plays the villain.


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MIKIMOTO Akoya Pearls and Diamond Tiara

Perfect

Pearls

for a Diamond celebration words by Miriam Dunn

Mikimoto marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign with show-stopping window displays ith its long-standing connections to royalty and a discerning client base that includes monarchies around the world, it seems only right that the pearl jewelry House Mikimoto should play a high-profile part in marking the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the heart of London. Pearls, of course, have always been an integral part of the Queen’s image, with tiaras an essential accessory when she is in full evening dress and pearl strands a firm favorite

on less formal occasions. Her grandfather King George V gave her a triple strand of pearls when she was just nine to celebrate his Silver Jubilee which she still wears through the day. As the world’s undisputed leading producer of cultured pearls, Mikimoto has certainly risen to the occasion to celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne by creating two breathtakingly beautiful window displays of jewelry, one of which can be seen at its exclusive Bond Street boutique, with the other showcased at the worldfamous Harrods store in Knightsbridge. SPRIN G 2 0 1 2

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The display at the Bond Street store centers on two stunning Mikimoto Pearl and Diamond Tiaras, which are both befittingly regal and breathtakingly beautiful. Flown in from Japan for the occasion, each Mikimoto Tiara is created from the most fabulous jewelry, delicately positioned on silk cushions and drawn by horses in appropriately regal purple, complete with silver reigns. The tiaras are painstakingly designed with love hearts and ribbons or articulated flowers and feature Mikimoto’s trademark Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds.

Harrod’s prestigious window display, meanwhile, plays host to a truly enchanting Glass Crown entitled ‘Treasure of the Sea’. The crown is inspired by the lifenurturing qualities of the bright pink coral around which Mikimoto’s prestigious pearls sleep at the bottom of the ocean and comes complete with intricate detailing and the playful addition of small fish swimming through the seabed. Mikimoto’s relationship with the UK’s royal family was sealed back in 1975 when the Queen, together with her husband Prince


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Philip, visited its Pearl Island where founder Kokichi Mikimoto and his wife Ume created the world’s first cultivated pearls back in 1893. The island, which became a popular tourist destination after redevelopment in 1951 and now includes the Mikimoto Pearl Museum, has also welcomed a host of other royal visitors. Of course, the House’s renowned pearls had already become firm favorites among royalty much further back, gaining a reputation as the ideal gift at the highest levels. It is well

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documented that a member of the Imperial family attending the coronation of Edward VII on behalf of the Japanese Emperor in 1902 took Mikimoto pearls as gifts and presented them to the Count of St James and other aristocrats after having them mounted as jewelry in Paris. The stunning window displays in London will undoubtedly bring pleasure to passers-by, while also reminding them that the Diamond Jubilee is a landmark occasion which brings jewels and joy together perfectly. SPRIN G 2 0 1 2

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Rolex Mentor

When great

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Illustrations by Yasmina Alexandra Nysten

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Brian Eno


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“I love kitsch. It gives artists the excuse to appreciate pop culture.” Brian Eno

line of people files into the cavernous reading room at the New York Public Library. Two stories of oak panels rise up to an ornately painted ceiling, arched windows let in light from the New York streets. The crowd settles, scraping chairs echo through the hall. The far wall is lined with guitar amplifiers lying in wait, silently conspiring to violate the first rule of libraries. A tall thin man, bearded, stooped and slightly menacing steps up to a mixing board. Six guitarists appear in front of the amplifiers. In unison, unamplified, they begin playing one chord while gradually, the man at the mixing board, Ben Frost, pushes faders and turns dials. Gigantic sounds begin to fill the space. Slowly building, Ben manipulates the instruments, adding, shifting, layering until planets of sound spin through the room. Beneath the layers of sound, notes

rise and something within me rises with them. A horn section appears high on the balcony. Dissonance and harmony glide towards each other, clash and struggle. The sound is enormous; vibrating every book and body in its reach, its sheer force becomes part of the room. Climbing, the sounds build, constructing a timeless mythos. Then, story told, the sounds fade slowly into delicate notes, then nothing. The silence is breathless. I look around at the audience. Some are covering their ears, some with their mouths agape, some are transfixed, others, eyes wide with wonder, are clearly moved. Applause breaks out. But the music has taken us all somewhere we have not been before. Ben Frost has been our guide. Over the weekend of November 10th to the 13th, the New York Public Library hosted the Rolex Arts Weekend, the extraordinary culmination of this year’s Rolex Mentor

& Protégé Arts Initiative. This program, started back in 2001, has reinvigorated the time-honored tradition of mentorship in the art world. Each year, Rolex chooses some of the most renown and established artists of the day and helps them find a like-minded artist to work with for a year. It is an exhaustive process. From a list of hundreds of possibilities from around the world, the mentor finally narrows down to three. They are then flown anywhere in the world to meet for a few days to get acquainted. From this experience, the mentor must pick a finalist. Once the mentor has found the protégé of their choice, they engage in a 12-month process. All travel expenses, as well as a stipend, are awarded to both mentor and protégé by Rolex. But the goal is not necessarily a final product. The objective is an exchange, for the two artists to share their experience of making art. “It is not a teacher student SPRIN G 2 0 1 2

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Peter Sellars


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“The world is starved for poetry.” Peter Sellars

relationship,” said Anish Kapoor. Mr. Kapoor, Indian born, now located in London, is best know for his enormous sculptures positing questions of scale. One such structure was his 2006 installation, the “Cloud Gate”, a 110 ton steel monolith with a mirror finish. Out of hundreds of contenders, Mr. Kapoor chose to mentor South African sculptor Nicholas Hlobo. “In fact, I’m almost certain I learned more from him then he learned from me.” Kapoor said of Hlobo. Many of the mentors echoed this sentiment but the protégés were well aware of their exceptional opportunity. “The chance to hear about the process of someone you have admired for so many years. I can’t think of anything more beautiful, really,” said Ben Frost of his mentor Brian Eno. To wrap up this incredible year, the Rolex Arts Weekend included performances and interviews from mentors

and protégés, past and present. The schedule read like a who’s who of the contemporary art a-list. Included were filmmaker Zhang Yimou with protégé Annemarie Jacir who screened her latest film. The legendary modern dancer Trisha Brown who mentored Lee Serle was in attendance. Poet Hans Enzensberger mentor of upcoming writer Tracy K. Smith sat in the audience while her latest poems were set to the music of Gregory Spears. There was a performance by opera diva Jessye Norman, dance by contemporary new choreographer Lee Serle and an installation by Nicholas Hlobo. Perhaps some of the most enlightening events were discussions between the artists and Paul Holdengraber, Director of Public Programs at the New York Public Library. A gifted conversationalist, Mr. Holdengraber held audiences and interviewees alike rapt with attention. On the

first day, he gave us the privilege of listening in on a discussion between none other than Peter Sellars, Brian Eno and the aforementioned Anish Kapoor. Peter Sellars, a renown and controversial theatre director, has captivated audiences with his sometimes bizarre always provocative interpretations of the classics. Brian Eno began his musical career in the glam rock band Roxy Music and later went on to become a principle innovator of ambient music. Between them these three have had a seminal influence on just about every artist and medium of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The discussion veered from the size of sculpture and sound to defining kitsch and the love of construction sites. At one point Kapoor asked the soft-spoken, erudite and eminently cool Eno about the prominent use of repetition in his music. “Repetition is very useful,” SPRIN G 2 0 1 2

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“My music is meant to move people in ways they don’t really understand.” Ben Frost

he said. “If something repeats over and over and over again and yet you feel something changes, you know the change has occurred in you.” The ever boyish and effusive Sellars giggled and even Kapoor turned quietly contemplative. Later on that same afternoon, a cozy side room at the library hosted an intimate performance of Maya Zbib’s latest theatre piece, “The Music Box”. Maya, hailing from Beirut, brought the violence and beauty of Lebanon to a transfixed New York crowd. A one woman show, Maya told stories of the struggle of women to maintain their dreams, the hope of youth under the rubble, the desire to be free, to love. In the end, she brought audience members, one by one, by the hand to look at the boxes she had made. In each one were mementos of hope and secrets, scraps from under bombed out homes, pieces of life. Things built and destroyed. I asked

her mentor, Peter Sellars, what he had learned from the experience of working with Maya. They looked at each other with knowing, perhaps in reflection of the past year. “She taught me that the first step towards understanding is the love of beauty.” The weekend wrapped up with a beautiful dinner at Lincoln Center celebrating the ending of one year of mentoring and the beginning of the next. All participants were in attendance, including an inspiring speech from one of last year’s mentors, Martin Scorsese. The glimmer of diamonds and fine crystal shone through the soft candlelit centerpieces as the civilized sounds of silver and fine china mingled with conversation. Satellites gravitated towards the artists for the chance to chat intimately. Aspiring artists sat next to their heroes, aficionados traded stories and journalists scribbled notes

discretely under linen tablecloths—the perfect cosmopolitan New York scene. But this modern setting pays tribute to a timeless tradition. From when man first created art, it was passed down master to student. Stories and skills were taught by word of mouth, the apprentice mixed paints, the aspirants watched and were guided and nurtured by the craftsman. It has been said that art is one of the most profound things that separate us from the animals. The desire to express beauty and struggle through forming languages of sound, color, shape and movement is uniquely human. Passing this down from one generation to the next challenges both mentor and protégé, stretching the boundaries of expression. In this time-honored tradition, Rolex brings us the best of the best. And, in doing so, shines a brighter light on the most creative minds of the last and the next generation. SPRIN G 2 0 1 2

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Unforgettable eco-vacation Unwinding in a luxury cottage elevated on wooden posts, looking out across the Atlantic ocean on the remote south-east coast of Dominica already sounds like the perfect vacation. But visitors to the Caribbean island’s Jungle Bay Resort and Spa can also rest assured that the site is helping the local community and preserving the local environment while providing the ultimate nature-based experiences for guests. The resort’s facilities include a unique volcanic stone swimming pool, a sea-view spa and spacious yoga studios, while the restaurants serve local, organic Caribbean cuisine. An alternative energy project ensures limited disturbance of the ecosystem while guaranteeing a luxurious getaway.

Designer to watch It might have taken time for the former Spice Girl singer and wife of football star David Beckham to persuade the world of design to take her seriously, but Victoria Beckham can certainly rest assured that she has now won the fashion scene over. Since launching her first collection, some of the world’s most famous women, including Blake Lively, Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry and Gisele Bundchen have been photographed in her instantly-recognizable designs. And now, with all eyes on her collection at New York Fashion Week, Beckham is rumored to be inundated with requests from A-listers who are keen to wear her dresses at the Oscars and beyond.

It’s a long seven years since Hollywood’s most talked-about couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie started dating after meeting while filming “Mr and Mrs Smith”. And now it seems that romance could be in the air. Pitt has hinted that there could be a spring wedding on the horizon, telling reporters that their six children like the idea of a wedding. The Tinseltown A-listers, who retain their place as one of the world’s most powerful partnerships, already juggle family life with acting and plenty of charity work. It seems they could now be drawing up an invitation list too.

Luscious lips

Luxury on wheels

Style gurus agree that one of the key looks for the coming year is 1940s Hollywood glamour, especially when it comes to lips. One of the leading lights for this look is French-born makeup artist and cosmetics mogul François Nars, who has created lip color for 2012 inspired by the silver screen’s femmes fatales such as Lauren Bacall and Rita Hayworth. The lipsticks may be inspired by times gone by, but Lars has brought them bang up to date with high-tech pigments and moisturizing elements for a smooth application. Choose from colors like Jungle Red and Red Lizard and combine with a tinted moisturizer for a chic, timeless look.

It’s long been a firm favorite among lovers of high performance cars. And now the latest Lamborghini Aventador will undoubtedly be increasing its fan base after clinching a starring role in the forthcoming Batman movie. The mean machine’s guest appearance in “The Dark Knight Rises” 2012 is set to wow movie-goers by racing through the streets of Gotham doing 0-100 kmph in just 2.9 seconds. Lamborghini will build only 4,000 of the Aventador supercars, which sell for around $380,000. Fans, who have already placed their orders, include Real Madrid footballer billionaire Cristiano Ronaldo who treated himself to one for his 27th birthday present.

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horizons Summer’s eternal blue skies evoke a lust for adventure. It’s the season to leave city life behind and set sail for destinations of pure pleasure. The warm embrace of the sun and the feel of an ocean breeze are all it takes to feel the beauty of passing time.


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Jumping Horses

Horse Racing Two Minutes To Glory words By Dan Bratman

dense fog is broken by the first light of dawn. Steam rises off the curved line of fencing. As the sun ascends, an outline of trees slowly takes form on the horizon. There is a faint rumbling in the distance. A clutch of barn swallows breaks from the cover of hedges. The rumbling becomes louder. Suddenly, bursting through the fog comes a tangle of legs and bodies, long necks straining in rhythm. The ground thunders with the pulse of hoof beats. The smell of sweat and leather fills the air as they pass. Hooves throw clods of earth to the air in their wake. At the post, one horse pulls ahead, straining with a final effort, surpassing all the rest. The sun burns away the last patches of fog as the jockeys stand in their stirrups and the horses gradually slow to a trot. A day at the track begins. chronora

From The Starting Gate… With its origins traced back to the nomadic tribesmen of Central Asia in 4500 BC, racing is one of humankind’s most ancient sports. By its appearance in the Greek Olympics in 638 BC, horse racing had become a public obsession. For thousands of years since then, favored by the aristocracy, racing became known as “The Sport Of Kings”. Its romance is clear. The thrill of competition and its attendant danger, the green rolling pastures with frolicking colts, the royal associations. For hundreds of years, the British royal family has owned some of the best racehorses to hit the track. In fact, the current Queen of England has become increasingly involved in the sport in recent years. And, of course, horse racing has always been a perfect excuse for


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the elite to abandon their reserve. The normally well mannered have been seen screaming and throwing straw boaters in the air as their horse’s runs nose to nose at the finish line. But behind the scenes, horse racing is an incredibly complex sport. Long before the two-minute run to the winner’s circle there are years of intense effort on the behalf of breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys and grooms. The risk at the betting window is not the only gamble in this game of chance.

RODRIGO PESSOA Light on the reins, he channels his intentions through almost imperceptible shifts of body weight, a delicate harmony of man & horse. Together, they are one. Together, they are unstoppable

The possibility of injury looms ever present. With one thousand pounds of muscle and bone running at over thirty-five miles per hour on delicate legs, the slightest miscalculation or oversight can spell disaster. W.C. Fields once said, “Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.” The investment and risk is enormous. At the highest levels, horses receive the kind of care reserved for top professional athletes: icing, rubdowns, wrapping, ultrasound treatments and attention rivaling the best

day spa. Perhaps this is part of the allure. In this sport there is no fast track to success. The run for the roses is a long one. But anyone who has ever had a wining horse will tell you, it is a run well worth the gamble. But the sport of kings also has its court intrigue. The lure of fast horses and fast money brings with it a shady and diverse cast. This dark underbelly of man and beast has been well represented in the new HBO series Luck starring Dustin Hoffman. The venerable Mr. Hoffman


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plays an ex-horse owner recently rehabilitated by a lengthy stint in prison whose sole aspiration is to seek retribution from those who put him there. Hardly a typical good versus evil morality Luck tells more of a crook versus crook tale where one criminal out-crimes the other. From insurance fraud and race fixing to misinformation and murder, the racetrack of Santa Anita where the show takes place is a gathering place for those unable or unwilling to make an honest living to ply their nefarious trade. The horses themselves are shown as the wide-eyed innocents, unknowing pawns in a game of strategy that has little to do with who is the fastest runner.

Get Down To The Wire The spring season in particular provides many opportunities for horses and the horsey set to rub well-dressed elbows. For example, March brings the Dubai World Cup, the richest prize in racing. With a paycheck of 10 million USD, horses, trainers and spectators come from around the word to watch the best horses and the best people. Last year Sting, Jermaine Jackson and actor Martin Clunes were said to have been in the stands rooting for their favorites. Along with the blooming of the cherry trees in May comes the Kentucky Derby. The first jewel in the famed

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Triple Crown, the Derby is perhaps the most famous of all horse races. The US south has always been steeped in tradition and the Derby is no exception. Southern belles parade the grounds of Churchill Downs in their finest summer dresses, all languid drawl and molasses-sweet charm. Straw hats give shade to their spring glow. From the simple and elegant to the truly elaborate, the straw hat is essential to the Derby experience. Hollywood and the Hamptons, the rich and royal all gather for the spectacle, to see and be seen from the VIP boxes to the rail. Oh, right, and there is a very important horse race here too.

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Zara Phillips

ZARA PHILLIPS European & World Eventing Champion. Elegant rider. Fierce competitor. When normal conventions don’t suit her, she creates her own path.

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MIKIMOTO MIKIMOTO DANDELION Collection. The delicate airiness of the flowery meadows of childhood blooms in each Dandelion jewel. Perfect spheres of gold and gemstones offer a stylized interpretation of that ethereal, architectural feat of nature: the dandelion. The form is executed in a delicate golden web divided into innumerable elements, while the transparent sections, highlighted with diamonds and pink sapphires, team with magnificent South Sea cultured pearls in a fascinating interplay of glimmering spheres.


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It could be a canvas bearing the signature of a great artist or an exquisite work of craftsmanship from fine jewelers‌ a true masterpiece embodies talent, skill, creativity and passion. Equally, a true masterpiece endures in its ability to inspire fascination and admiration. CHRONORA brings you a selection of precious creations from the worlds of art and jewelry.


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Watch trends pull in opposite directions this year: extreme complications requiring more than a conventional round or rectangular shape to display or hidden under the most discreet of dials; virtuoso displays of fine, mixed crafts against plain, delicate dials with nothing but finely marked batons; seriously chunky sports and military watches against the return of the little cocktail watch. All is driven by burgeoning sales in emerging markets, where increasing numbers of connoisseur collectors and huge numbers of knowledgeable but value-conscious shoppers drive the two sides of the equation. The result is great ingenuity - horological firsts both to delight the collector and to stay competitive in the face of rising prices and volatile economies. Truly something for everyone.


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The new dial color for anyone wanting a less traditional look than white or silver, black or brown. Often involves top-notch craft for a really deep color while classic sports looks inspire 1 Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master, with its innovative Rolesium (steel and platinum alloy) case and its deep blue dial reflected in the blue night-time luminescence of its hour markers and hands. The 2 Girard-Perregaux 1966 Blue Dial Chronograph also has a sporting heritage in terms of its movement but its styling is deeply sophisticated and its sunray polished dial an especially intense blue, and their Seahawk 1000 Big Blue, with its deep blue dial and blue rubber strap, is a limited edition to support World Oceans Day.


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1 Ralph Lauren’s beautiful 867 white gold with diamonds is in signature Art Deco style - a delicate square watch with a bezel in diamonds with a rounded-corner trim in black enamel, contrasted with a vivid emerald satin strap. 2 Girard-Perregaux’s1966 JEWELRY White Gold with full Diamond Dial & Bezel


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Daytona is a work of art - a stunning gold-bracelet chronograph, it has a rainbow of perfectly chosen, color graduated baguette sapphires round its bezel, diamond brilliants on the lugs and tiny mosaics of gold “crystals”, made from an exclusive Rolex gold alloy, on the subdials.


Materials used in watchmaking become ever more high-tech but the latest in favor is much more ancient - crystal. Sapphire crystal has long been used for watch glasses, open backs and even as function discs to create “mystery” movements but only Girard-Perregaux has used clear, pale blue spinel for the bridges of its famous

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components, very tricky to assemble, give a wonderful view of the watch’s interior and their lightness makes the whole design look very contemporary.


3 The ultimate stealth wealth toy - the classic-looking watch that hides a myriad of complications. Making these is often harder than the more obviously complex watches, and thus a collector’s favorite. None more so than GirardPerregaux’s fiendishly complicated

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Calendar & Equation of Time, in rose gold with a ruthenium dial with simple baton hour markers, very modern yet traditional. 3

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Tough watches for combat zones loom large this year many look vintage and elegant rather than aggressive, though authenticity is important. 1 Ralph Lauren’s Safari RL67 gives the slightly vintage chronograph with its Roman numerals a khaki fabric strap and a steel case burnished to gunbarrel hardness, while 2 JeanRichard’s Highlands with its chunky cushionshaped case and round rotating bezel for indicating a second timezone, has a stitched khaki canvas or tough brown leather strap. 3 Tudor’s Heritage Chrono with its retro style based on aviation instruments has a hand-woven strap with stripes of black, red and gray that reflect both the colors of the dial and the stripes of medal ribbons and military uniforms.


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want a straightforward function rather than horological gadgetry. Many would suit either sex -

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Dweller with its local time on center hands, chosen reference time via a rotating disc visible on the dial plus annual calendar looks likely to have universal appeal as it has an essay, patented setting mechanism and looks exceedingly elegant in white, yellow or rose gold.

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Zones with its clear, simple second timezone and city windows is modern and adventurous in zirconium, vulcanized rubber and titanium or smart in pink gold and titanium with a grid dial, and an easy style for travelers of either sex.


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The moonphase is one of watchmaking’s most beautiful and romantic complications, even though most owners just look at it rather than use it. Now they will look even harder, as designers address its traditional design in new and ingenious ways. The unique twist of 1 Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 Lady Moonphase is its masterpiece of an ultra slim movement, under five millimeters thick. The elegant and simple diamond dots and bezel, and a mother-of-pearl dial are the profit foils for a beautifully drawn, friendly moonface.


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elegance that allows the sports watch to go from dive to dinner or from bike to boardroom for both men and women. Tudor’s slightly retro

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a very serious diving watch, waterproof to 500 meters and with every professional detail, but in lightweight, matt titanium is elegant and smart. 3

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The

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timepieces words by Miriam Dunn

Luxury brand Girard-Perregaux provides a unique insight into what makes its watchmakers tick he luxury Swiss watch brand Girard-Perregaux has always been a pioneer of innovation, carefully balanced with its tradition of unique skilled craftsmanship, honed over the past two centuries. Its latest bold step, which sees Girard-Perregaux bring eight brilliant and talented young watchmakers out of the world-renowned atelier in La Chauxde-Fond and into the spotlight, marks yet another first for the brand. The watchmakers, their passions, including their favorite Girard-Perregaux models, and leisure interests, are showcased in an all-new journal titled ‘The New Face of Tradition, Eight Young Watchmakers and the Long Art of Making Time’, chronora

giving a unique insight into the luxury brand’s dynamic, new generation of artisans. The innovators of tomorrow are all too aware that they follow in the footsteps of some of watchmaking’s greatest icons, including Jean-François Bautte, Constant GirardPerregaux, Luigi ‘Gino’ Macaluso, and Dominique Loiseau, who have kept the timepiece manufacturer at the forefront of watchmaking for over 220 years. The young watchmakers’ interests prove to be as varied and multi-faceted as the beautiful timepieces that Girard-Perregaux create. Fabienne Conti, for example, turns out to be a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies and lists the legendary tourbillon with three


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gold bridges as her favorite GP watch. Then we meet Ines Patoz, with her passion for horseback riding and handbags. And who would have guessed that JeanLuc Borel, who has a love for the GP 1966 Minute Repeater, is also a world champion alphorn player? In another first, Girard-Perregaux also launched its spectacular ‘Young Watchmakers Tour’ in May, during which New York’s Cipriani Dolce was magically transformed into a Swiss atelier. Guests were given the opportunity to participate in oneon-one workshops with chronora

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the young watchmakers, receiving a rare glimpse into the intricacies of the movements and handson lessons on how they are built. The tour, which will move on to Beijing, Paris and several other cities, also features the latest 2012 novelties and Museum pieces from the brand’s historical archives. While giving a unique snapshot of the watchmakers’ lives, the journal and tour perfectly envelope everything that the Girard-Perregaux name represents, reaffirming its place at the forefront of watch development. It


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young artists at work on its unique timepieces to the world. “Too often brands hide their talented watchmakers behind the curtains of their manufactures,” he said. “We are proud of the young artists we share our passion for watchmaking with and are excited to show to the world who they are. ‘The New Face of Tradition’ seeks to break away from the current image many people have of the craft.” Along with the printed version, the journal will be hosted at www.TheNewFaceofTradition.com SPRIN G 2 0 1 2

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Federico Gauttieri of Casato

Eternal evolution Words by Louis Parks

CHRONORA spoke to Federico Gauttieri of Italian jewelers Casato about his boutique firm and his passion for all things beautiful.

he Italian word casato refers to the ancient tradition of inheritance, the passing on of valuable objects to the next generation. It also happens to be the name of one of the most exciting jewelry makers in Europe. Run by founder, head designer and director Federico Gauttieri, Casato’s something of a rarity in the refined world of top-end jewelers, in that their output is prodigious, producing numerous collections every year. As the name might suggest, classical

design principles lie at the heart of Casato’s collections. A native Roman, Gauttieri can’t help but be influenced by the art and jewelry heritage of his home town. However, modernity enters into the picture by way of the materials he uses and the approach he takes to design, filtered by a keen appreciation for current trends, “My roots are classic. I come from Rome and I am influenced by what I have around me. In a way I have a classic background, but my interpretation is modern, in terms of materials. I try to make things in SPRIN G 2 0 1 2

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a way that represent my personality. Even if I come from a classic tradition, the result is always modern, we always need to understand today’s trends, or taste,” says Gautierri. So far, so good, but what marks Casato out as something a little special is the work rate of Gauttieri and his team, “We are very productive,” he says. “We come out with 10 to 12 collections a year; this sets us apart from the

others. We just presented at Basel in March where we presented four new collections. In Vicenza in January we presented three new collections. We had another show in May and there’s another new line and substantial continuations of some others. Our customers like it because there’s always something new to see.” he says. A labor of love, Gauttieri’s commitment to this ongoing evolution is remarkable. A flood of “hundreds, if not


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thousands” of designs cross the tables of Casato’s three designers, always originating from Gauttieri. His dedication to this constant creative drive is clear when he starts to tick off the dates and deadlines, design, production, and marketing, by which the company lives. It’s clear that he would have it no other way. The latest theme running through Gauttieri’s work is that of irregularity; the idea that the concept can be

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classically rooted, but the context has to be modern is plain to see. Stones set at beguiling angles, innovative use of color and determination to avoid the predictable make every Casato piece something special. The drive to be extraordinary and the seemingly endless production of new collections means that defining or describing Casato’s style is an impossible task; you’ll have to pass by CHRONORA and take a look for yourself.

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Ducati Partners in Perfection WORDS BY Louis Parks

In what amounts to the coming together of two of the most youthful, dynamic brands in the world, Tudor, the striking, modern arm of Rolex, and Ducati, the maker of the finest motorcycles in the world, recently announced a partnership between the two firms. To celebrate this historic alliance, Tudor have gone above and beyond to create the Fastrider, a range of chronographs capturing the soul and passion of Ducati.

With a power reserve of 46 hours and incorporating Tudor’s exemplary 7753 self-winding movement, the Fastrider is a technically exceptional watch, just as you’d expect from one of Geneva’s best. Very much a modern sports watch, the Fastrider is all about elegant, powerful statements; the satin-polished, waterproof, stainless steel casing is at once modern, clean and striking. Available with stainless steel and leather, the collection is versatile, but for true connoisseurs, there’s only one choice: the distinctive Ducati racing stripes found on the optional fabric straps, the detailing

of which is continued onto the watch face of all models. “Ducati’s all about passion and the link with Tudor is clearly about a passion for perfection, sport and style,” says Gilbert Khoury, General Manager of Ducati, Lebanon. Overall, the contrast between the vibrant red stripes and black fabric of the strap creates a bold statement piece, one that appeals to the passions of sportsmen, according to Khoury. “The strap is made from a tough, sporting fabric. It’s really action-oriented, and it’s a very cool but classy watch,” he says. Just like Ducati, the Fastrider is priced very competitively when you consider the quality of the piece, according to Khoury. SPRIN G 2 0 1 2

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The motorsport angle is continued to the finest details, with the buttons set on the side of the watch coated in black PVD and set at angles to represent the pistons of an engine. The bezel is decorated with a representation of a tachymetric scale, sparking thoughts of red lines, high revs and jumping needles every time you look at the Fastrider’s face. Both Tudor and Ducati are at the sharp edge of their respective fields; Ducati are currently the World Superbike world champions, making this their 14th such title, while they are currently chronora

on their seventeenth manufacturer’s title. Allied with myriad accolades across various other motorcycle championships, the brand is an unparalleled success story in the realm of motorbike racing. “Ducati’s the best of the best when it comes to motorcycles,” says Khoury. “They’re hand-made machines, and every bike is made by one person. They’re perfect racing machines and they’re the Ferrari of the motorcycle range.” Ducati’s background is in racing, and their road bikes are adapted directly from racing bikes. Every bike released

comes directly from the track, whereas other companies do it the other way around, according to Khoury, and release road bikes alongside racing bikes. The result? Refined power, exemplary handling and a thoroughbred’s soul. Tudor, of course, sits at the forefront of the watch industry, renowned for the reliability of their timepieces and the creation of iconic watches. The Heritage Chrono is as striking an example of innovation and forward-thinking tied to extraordinary design as Ducati’s famous Monster, one of the most groundbreaking and innovative


designs in motorsport. The two companies are perfectly aligned in their pursuit of perfection and their dedication to great design. 2012 will see the launching of Ducati’s 200 horsepower 119 Panigale superbike, set to be the fastest motorcycle in production. Both Tudor and Ducati are on the cutting edge of technology and stand out as leaders in their respective fields. It’s only fitting that the producers of the fastest bike in the world are intimately linked with Rolex’s premium sports watches.

Tudor Fastrider Technical Specifications •

42 mm steel case with polished and satin finish


Bezel with engraved tachymetric scale

Self-winding mechanical chronograph movement


Power reserve of approximately 46 hours

Screw-down winding crown

Chronograph pushers with black PVD-coated cylinders

Sapphire crystal

30-minute totalizer at 3 o’clock and 12hour totalizer at 6 o’clock

Small second hand at 9 o’clock

Date at 4.30

Rapid date corrector with PVD shield motif at 9 o’clock on the middle case

Waterproof to a depth of 150 m (500 ft)

Steel bracelet or leather strap with folding clasp and safety catch, or fabric strap with buckle


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Electric dreams

Ultimate relaxation

With all the signs indicating that many of us will be driving electric cars in the near future as we prepare to do our bit for the environment, a growing number of car manufacturers are giving us green alternatives to choose from. New and also innovative, the Chevrolet Volt sedan is certainly turning heads and winning fans thanks to its clever concept of twosources of energy. A li-ion battery allows drivers to drive gas free for around 35 miles, after which a small gasoline engine kicks in as a generator keeps the car going for a total of 400 miles. Clever and fairly guilt-free too.

The ancient healing philosophies of the Ottomans are recreated in authentic and spectacular style at a palatial spa which opened last year. The Talise Ottoman Spa at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel in Dubai combines modern-day spa technology with luxury. The theme of the Ottoman Empire is depicted throughout the 42 individual spa rooms and suites, indoor swimming pool and three authentic Turkish Hammams. Pamper yourself in true style in the delightful surroundings of the crafted marble, mosaics and stunning murals in an atmosphere infused with delicate aromas of the Orient.

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Window of opportunity The year 2012 may offer techies the chance to step into the future and treat themselves to a window that doubles as a monitor. The electronics giant Samsung showed off its incredible Transparent Smart Window at the CES 2012 show in Las Vegas, saying it should go into production in weeks. The window wowed the audience by popping up apps and icons that could be moved by touchscreen technology. The LCD delivers a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and can also be used to watch TV. It also operates as a oneway mirror giving users privacy from the outside. www.samsung.com

Rapturous rapper Her name is on almost every ‘best newcomers’ shortlist, so it’s not surprising that the singer Nicki Minaj is being touted as ‘the one to watch’ for 2012. Minaj, who is known as much for her quirky fashion sense as her musical talents, was catapulted to fame with her hugely successful, platinumselling album Pink Friday. Minaj, who hails from Trinidad but moved to the US as a child, names Lauryn Hill, Lil’ Kim and Missy Elliott as some of her influences. She was named the 2011 Rising Star by Billboard, and is certainly someone we’ll see much more of in 2012. www.nicki-minaj.org


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Creating objects of desire straight from the heart Words by Alia Fawaz

Perez creates jewelry that is edgy, symbolic and finely crafted. But most of all it is a true labor of love stemming from six generations of jewelers. eteran jeweler and diamond expert Perez has won many awards including the prestigious De Beers, “Diamond Today - Italy” award. He recently came to Lebanon to oversee the launch of his sublime collection and give us an insight into what really inspires his craft. The brand Pippo Perez was founded in 2006, so it is relatively new. How did the brand come together? I have been making jewelry since I was in my twenties, but it was recently that I joined forces with Michele Capalbo who

is the finance brain of the brand and Maurizio Marchi who is the sales expert and we created the company Officium. This allowed my work to be introduced to new markets and get the Pippo Perez brand to become global. However, you come from a family of jewellers dating from the 15th Century. Can you tell us more about this heritage? My family started working as the goldsmith for the royal family in Naples since 1472. So we have over 500 years of family experience. My family specifically worked

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with diamonds and my grandfather worked for Vittorio Emanuele – the King of Naples. What influences your designs? I am actually influenced by meeting people and talking to them when I travel all over the world. It’s really the people who drive my creativity. Just now talking to you can influence my work! It’s really about the human bond. I don’t necessarily follow trends in jewelry. You can sum up my work as passion, love and quality most of all. Do you have a particular technique to create such an immaculate setting? I have a special way for setting stones with laser and it’s all handmade and meticulously controlled. Of course I only use the finest

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quality stones and my expertise is in diamonds. Tell us more about the colors and stones in your lines? Well earlier I was more keen on color. I used a lot of blue sapphires, red ruby, and pink sapphires for example. But now the fashion is reverting to more classic and less colors. Lately I am using more gray diamonds and ice diamonds – a new concept. There are lots of symbols and charms in your collection. Yes, I love to use themes in my pieces such as sea life, animals and good luck charms. But with whatever I do I always have a twist or my own interpretation. For examples the bracelets with animals actually shows a family of four –

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a father, mother and two children. The skull motif has butterflies or a flower added. The evil eye charm is circular versus being oval. The Fatima symbol has an eye in the middle. I add my signature to these well-known motifs. Explain the black strings used for your iconic bracelets. I use a particular material which is a synthetic fiber unique to my bracelets. Many others have tried to imitate this concept but they fail to achieve the same quality and versatility. What is next for you? Well, I just collaborated with my daughter on a line of baby charms. And I certainly plan to come to the Middle East more as it is a great source of inspiration! SPRIN G 2 0 1 2

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Ralph Lauren, Stirrup Collection, Medium Model, Rose Gold, Red Alligator Strap

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goes for Gold with Team USA’s London 2012 uniforms words by Dan Bratman

The iconic American designer has created a superbly sporty collection for America’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes

ondon in the UK may be gearing up to host the 2012 Olympics, but Team USA will be dressed in a glorious combination of vintageinspired and contemporary apparel, including specially reissued heritage pieces from the 1940s, courtesy of the leading American fashion house Ralph Lauren. The design label, which is renowned for its all-American, sporty, preppy, casual wear, has once again ensured the U.S.’s Olympic chronora

and Paralympic teams will be perfectly kitted out for both for the Games’ closing ceremony parade and casual village life. Ralph Lauren has a wellestablished relationship with the Olympics, having created the uniforms for the 2008 Games in Beijing and 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. In his latest creations, the iconic Polo brand is instantly recognizable across the official collection which is dominated by a clean, fresh look, completed by a patriotic splash of color.


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The parade uniforms are a stylish, crisp, all-white ensemble, consisting of a white blouse and knee-length skirt for the women, and white cotton sport shirt teamed with pleated trousers for the men. Modeled by Olympic taekwondo medalists Diana and Steven Lopez, the uniforms are emblazoned with the official U.S. Olympic team and pony logos, and accessorized with red, white and navy silk belts and scarves. Suitably relaxed in a colorful patriotic mix

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of red, white and blue, the village-wear apparel and accessories have a delightfully retro feel to them, recalling in particular the 1948 Olympic Games which were also held in London. Featuring vintage motifs combined with modern styling, the collection includes fleeces, sweatshirts, a mesh polo, Olympic tank and tunic, complete with an updated 1948 crest and signature pony logo. In a first, the collection, which was modeled by Olympic decathlon champion Bryan Clay, Olympic swimming

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champion Rebecca Soni, 2012 Olympic gymnastics hopeful Aly Raisman and three-time Olympic water polo medalist Tony Azevedo, also contains branded accessories including tote bags, hats, towels and eyewear. David Lauren, son of Ralph, is on record as saying that he believes the luxury label’s 2012 uniforms will be giving people a piece of history and something

to commemorate what is traditionally one of the most popular and widelywatched sporting events. It is one that fans of Ralph Lauren and the Games alike can also acquire for themselves, since the collection is now available for purchase at Ralph Lauren retail stores, Team USA shops, select US department stores and online at www.RalphLauren.com and www.TeamUSAShop.com.


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The Magic of Luxury WORDS BY Avril Groom

Many people imagine that all the world’s most glamorous jewelry comes from the fabled workshops of Paris or Italy. Few know that Germany has an equally historic and honorable tradition of jewelry-making at the highest level of craft, and that many pieces which appear under the labels of grand brands from other countries are in fact made there.

ome German brands have established a fine reputation of their own for craft and design, and Scheffel-Schmuck, from Munich, is one of the foremost. Known not only for its classic design, it is also one of the most innovative jewelers, always keen to use exciting, new and technologically advanced materials, often alongside the most traditional such as diamonds and other precious stones. Mixing the two is not always easy from a technical viewpoint but Scheffel’s craftsmen, working mainly by hand, are more than equal to the task, as they are to creating special designs and one-off  bespoke pieces for private customers. The firm’s slogan “jewelry of today” defines their adventurous attitude. Scheffel was set up in 1976 by Ingrid Scheffel with the express aim of producing real chronora

luxury - handmade, beautiful individual items rather than mass production. Her son Axel, now the firm’s managing director (though his mother is still active in the business) has moved it on for modern times, adapting its principle of making top-quality classic jewels in an individual way to a contemporary approach, seeking out the best raw materials and craftsmen and also continually experimenting with new materials, techniques and production methods. Drawing inspiration from modern art, architecture and fashion, he loves to invent new pieces from scratch, uniting modern influences with classic shapes. “I want to know what is happening now, what’s in demand and what represents our zeitgeist”, he says. He has his own answer in the parts of his collection using unexpected new materials. Wood has been used in precious jewelry


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MIKIMOTO Akoya Pearl Strand holding a SCHEFFEL SCHMUCK Carved Ebony & White Gold and Diamond Virgin Mary Pendant

before but never so luxuriously as in Gold Meets Wood - a carved ebony head pendant hangs above a  big South Sea black pearl and white gold pavÊd with fine diamonds, while the warm tones of smooth Honduras Palisander set off rose gold and brown diamonds in beautiful, tactile rings and cuffs. There are six other types of precious, sustainable woods, all of which have to be worked by highly technical methods to bring such smoothness to natural materials. Even smoother are the voluptuous, curvy shapes made from corian, a manmade material made from polymer, often used as a modem substitute for stone and which responds wonderfully to polishing and fluid shaping. Worked with white gold and black diamonds, it is strikingly clean-lined and modern. Slightly softer in look is Elforyn, which replaces the now-banned ivory - its warmth is the perfect partner for champagne diamonds, rose gold and coral. Scheffel also take new directions with traditional gold in Just Gold, setting it with modernlooking, subtle colored stones like smoky or rose quartz, moonstone or green amethyst, mixed with soft brown or white diamonds and either white or rose gold for modern, slightly irregular, organic motifs and elegant, oval, open-chain or twisted gold tube-style shapes. chronora

Even the simplest combinations of gold and diamonds are tackled in modern ways - little bar earrings dance with tiny discs on chains, some with a tiny scatter of diamonds, and the discs also make distinctive the chain of a smooth, pebble-like, eggshaped, rose gold pendant with a fine diamond line. More traditional stones like tourmalines and amethysts star in the very simple shapes and satin finish of the Kashmir collection. These are the choices for anyone who loves the idea of the symbolism of jewelry, a subject of fascination in many parts of the world, with the same stones meaning different things in different countries. Historically in Europe, gifts of necklaces or bracelets of mixed stones spelt out a secret message, made up of the initial letters of each stone. In the Orient, symbolism is more subtle - in India each of the nine planets is associated with a stone, from ruby for the sun and pearl for the moon to diamonds for Venus and topaz for Jupiter, while other stones, such as yellow sapphires, have more general good luck associations. In China, the symbolism is often with color ruby (red) for prosperity or emerald (green) for luck. The joy of a firm like Scheffel that relies so much on individuality and handwork is that every bespoke customer can order a symbolic stone to suit themselves.  


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The brilliant flash of sapphires and emeralds or the dazzle and glitter of diamonds can light up a room, leaving a trail of turned heads in their path as the wearer weaves in and out of the mesmerized crowd. But it’s not only the exquisite appearance and value of gems that we find fascinating; many of us confess to being equally bewitched by the supposed powers and properties of these wonderful stones, which are entwined in legend and folkloric tradition dating back way beyond recorded history. Skeptics may laugh at the idea that gems could play a part in steering our destiny, while true believers choose to make stones an important part of their lives. Even those chronora

of us who remain unsure may well find that we acknowledge the possible power of gems, perhaps wearing jewelry featuring a lucky birthstone for an important occasion. The idea of stones being used as bringers of luck dates back thousands of years, possibly to when early man was hunting for food. Legend has it that if a hunter picked up an attractive stone from the river and then successfully caught his prey, he would continue carrying the stone afterward. Today, we are well versed in the use of stones as talismans and amulets to protect against evil, heal or bring luck and love, thanks to a wealth of tales and myths passed down through the centuries. From the Babylonians and early Greek lapidaries, cultures around the world had their own views on how


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stones could change destiny, heal the body and rewire our emotions or those of other people. In later years, however, times did not always bring tolerance. Vehemently opposed to magic, the early Christian church condemned engraved talismans. And, although it permitted the use of medicinal amulets, physicians themselves disagreed about the power of one gem to heal against another. Contemporary followers of gem lore as it is sometimes known can explore what they believe to be the magnetic powers that stones and gems chronora

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have to their heart’s content, tapping in to the strong energy fields that are supposed to influence us, activate our abilities, soothe and comfort us, while healing and balancing the mind and body through the purity of their rays. Stones can, according to followers, be used for a vast array of purposes. Some, like garnets, are believed to bring money, while others, such as the tiger’s eye are associated with good luck and protection. Love gemstones, including sapphires, are thought to

help us find or rekindle a romance, while legend has it that you can see the future in a moonstone during a waning moon. Many gems are thought to offer a range of benefits. Jade, for example, is associated with health, wealth and longevity, while pink opals and rubies are love stones but are also thought to have healing powers. Alternative healers all over the world use gemstones for healing purposes, with fluorite used for joint problems and topaz for exhaustion just two examples.

So how can we get the best out of a gemstone? Some believers go by the book, using specific stones for specific purposes, while others will simply use the stone that appeals to them the most. There are also followers who believe that the stone making you the most content will also be the most effective. One line of thought is that stones are as individual and unique as we are, from their geologic origins to their specific mineralogical properties. And it might just be that the gem glistening in your direction is the one that can redefine your future.


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Lego has enjoyed a massive revival in recent years among kids, and now there’s a new resort they can head to for thrill-seeking rides and amusements inspired by their favorite toys. The new Legoland Florida offers some 50 rides and shows to kids of all ages. The resort is the biggest of all four Legoland resorts, boasting a rich choice of themed lands and attractions. Older kids will want to check out the rollercoasters and spinning rides, while toddlers are guaranteed hours of fun in Duplo Village. As an extra treat, parents and grandparents can enjoy the botanical gardens which are a tribute to the heritage of the Cypress Gardens site.

A longstanding fascination with Scandinavian design and primitive art gives the work of on-trend jewelry designer Lyndsay Caleo a beautifully understated refinement that has caught the eye of women worldwide. Since its launch, Caleo Fine Jewelry has provided the finishing touches to many a red carpet outfit, with the trademark stackable rings, rose, gold halo studs, pendants and teardrop earrings photographed on celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere and Minka Kelly. The designer, who famously allows her jewelry designs to develop organically at her New York City studio, has shown through her pieces that less can sometimes be more and that bling doesn’t have to be big.

One of the most successful musicals of all time returned to Broadway this spring, featuring Latino singing legend Ricky Martin and spectacular songstress Elena Roger. Evita tells the story of Eva Peron, the second wife of Argentine’s president Juan Perón, who became a national political leader in her own right after rising to the top from the slums of Argentina. The awardwinning musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice has been performed all over the world since opening in London’s West End in 1978 and Broadway a year later. Since then, it has won an impressive seven Tony Awards and a Grammy. Prepare to be wowed.

He may have left the label he founded, but Jimmy Choo is still giving out pearls of wisdom to aspiring designers and collecting awards in the process. Choo, who created his first shoe at the tender age of 11, was given the Outstanding Chinese Designer Award 2011 recently by the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC). The designer sold his stake in the company in 2011 but continues to give masterclasses and partnerships for upcoming designers at his Couture House in London. And the beautifully-crafted shoes bearing his name continue to be worn by women worldwide, from royalty to Hollywood.

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Tucked away in ateliers around the world, skilled artisans are proving through their exquisite work that traditional craftsmanship is enjoying a well-deserved revival

ith so much of what we see in the shops massproduced, it’s always wonderfully refreshing to hear about long-standing family ventures where skill, craftsmanship and quality are the top of the priority list. Often dating back centuries and nestled away out of the public eye, many of these factories are known only to the fortunate few, housing artisans who toil away to create bespoke designs for their discerning clientele. And yet, in an era where we are experiencing something of a backlash against mass production, dubious quality, and a lack of good, old-fashioned customer service, none of us should be surprised to discover that skilled craftsmanship is enjoying a huge revival. With a reputation for creating exquisite fabrics and ribbon designs, the legendary French firm Julien Faure has certainly notched up an impressive list of loyal clients which includes leading designers and ready-towear brand names in fashion and accessories, home decor and personalized ribbons. Dating back to Napoleon III’s reign, when Henri Faure first founded his ribbon factory in St. Etienne the business is today overseen by the fifth generation of the family, combining traditional craftsmanship, such as authentic weaving with new technology. Its top-quality fabrics come in a glorious array of choice, including silk satin, silk grosgrain, picot edge taffeta and the famed Jacquard in a shimmering palette of colors. Horologists have also long recognized chronora

the importance of teaming up with a skilled craftsman to create or replace a watchstrap for their valued timepieces. Nestled in Paris, Atelier du Bracelet Parisien (ABP) has carved out a reputation among many watch collectors who have come to appreciate its exquisite leather craftsmanship and the array of bespoke services on offer. The company, which has been officially recognized as a living heritage by the French Republic, offers watchstraps in a vast choice of leathers, from a chocolate and ecru python strap with tribal stitching for a Luminor Panerai to an old-fashioned calf strap for a Longines pilot watch. Clients can make bespoke requests on matters such as buckles, clasps and notches. When Kate Middleton became a royal bride last year, little did she know that amongst other things, she would be breathing new life into the traditional art of lacemaking. The lace for the Duchess’s ivory satin dress came from a British, family-owned lacemaking firm, the Cluny Lace Company Limited. Dating back to the 1760s, when lace was first produced by machines, the firm is now run by the eighth and ninth generations of the Mason family, which prides itself on the quality of its beautiful traditional Leavers lace. The firm, which is booming following the Royal Wedding, combines the best of old traditions with new technology to produce a wide range of exquisite lace designs. Evidence, if any were needed, that old and new can coexist happily and successfully.


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ABP (Atelier du Bracelet Parisien) 28, place du marché SaintHonoré 75001 Paris, France Phone : 33 1 42 86 13 70 Email : info.abp@orange.fr

Cluny Lace Company Limited Belper Street Works Belper Street Ilkeston Derbyshire United Kingdom DE7 5FJ Phone: 44 115 932 5031 Email: sales@ clunylace.co.uk

Julien Faure 27 bd de l’industrie Z.I. de Collonges 42176 St-Just-St-Rambert France Phone: 33 4 77 36 10 00 Email: clients@julien-faure.fr

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ROGER FEDERER With his 7th Wimbledon title and 17th Grand Slam win, he continues to write his legacy and prove that the heart of a champion never rests.

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The landmark Rolex clock at the Wimbledon Championships has timed a number of record-breaking sporting moments over the years with characteristic precision t  was a record-breaking tennis match of epic proportions which is thought by many to be one of the greatest in the history of the sport. Millions watched on television and a lucky few gathered around the Centre Court to witness number one seed Roger Federer take on his rival, the second-seeded Rafael Nadal, in the fiercelyfought 2008 Wimbledon Championships men’s final. Lasting a mammoth, nail-biting four hours 48 minutes, the match, which eventually went Nadal’s way, is the longest men’s final to be played at the famous South London tennis club, as the Rolex clock on court testified. chronora

The landmark clock, which is a well-established feature at the tennis club, has borne witness to many monumental Wimbledon moments. It timed the two-hour, 49-minute marathon match in 2009 between Serena and Russian Elena Dementieva, which earned its place in history as Wimbledon’s longest women’s singles match. The clock also recorded the longest men’s match at the club ever between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, which lasted a staggering 11 hours and five minutes. Rolex and Wimbledon’s long-running partnership dates back to 1978 when the leading name in highquality, luxury wristwatches became the ‘official timekeeper’ of the tennis Championships. Both sports fans and admirers of the


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Swiss watchmakers will undoubtedly understand what Rolex means when it describes the association as one that brings together two partners who combine the best of tradition and innovation. Dating back to 1877, Wimbledon is the oldest and many believe still the most prestigious tennis tournament taking place today. It is the only one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments still played on grass which is the game’s original surface. And yet it has modernized

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while retaining the best of tradition, moving to a larger venue in 1922 to meet growing demand and changing its grass seed to better withstand the increasing wear of the modern game. Similarly, Rolex’s reputation as a pioneer of innovation and performance needs no introduction. Headquarted in Geneva, Switzerland, with 28 affiliates worldwide, its firsts and achievements are almost too many to list. Among the most noteworthy are ROLEX MILGAUSS 40mm Steel

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ANA IVANOVIC Her elegance is undeniable. But not to be overlooked is her resolve, as she fights to the last point. A trait instilled early on, it carried her to a French Open title and carries her still today. With poise and style, she is simply stunning – on and off the court.

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its ‘Oyster’, which was the first waterproof wristwatch created in 1923, and its landmark chronometer certification, which was the first awarded for a wristwatch. Rolex also led the way in supporting top sporting events and personalities, providing Mercedes Gleitze with an ‘Oyster’ wristwatch to wear when she swam across the English Channel way back in 1927. Since then, the luxury brand has embarked on a wealth of associations with the greatest achievers in world-class events,

including yachting, tennis, equestrian tournaments and motor sport. Wimbledon’s special importance to Rolex has undoubtedly been enhanced through its ambassadors at the tournament, which in recent years have included the phenomenal recordbreaking Roger Federer. Not only is Federer considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time, but he is also Swiss, which surely adds yet another dimension to an already unique partnership. SPRIN G 2 0 1 2

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New York City

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It’s the city that never sleeps. From breakfast meetings to happy hour and lavish balls, the true New Yorker looks successful, from their heritage panama to the tip of their manicured nails. Luxury watches and jewels help, too.

ew York City. Three words that conjure more romance and glamour than anyone can absorb in a lifetime. From Broadway, Park Ave., from the elegant hotels to the best of art culture and luxury, as the world around it is in a constant state of flux, New York City remains consistent—a cultural icon. Perhaps the sheer volume of creativity is what draws the most iconic brands to build their flagship stores here. The city itself is branded to the

hilt. Trademarked views of the Empire State building, copyrighted scenes of Lincoln Center as the opera lets out—New York is fraught with real life portraits etched into the pop culture consciousness. Down these streets came Holly Golightly, King Kong and The Marx Brothers. There was a miracle on 34th Street. This is where Harry really met Sally. Jackson Pollock dropped his paint cans and Andy Warhol…well, he did his thing here too. Crammed onto a narrow island vertiginously S P R IN G 2 0 1 2

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Ralph Lauren 867 Madison Ave New York, New York (212) 606-2100 The Big Apple after sunset - New York, Manhattan at night.

The Chrysler building, pictured on March 6 2011, was the world’s tallest building before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931.

teetering at the edge of a nation, the creative energies of the world converge. Welcome. The smell of blossoming cherry and apple, the still damp earth, the warming sun on shoulders. Trees line the road; joggers pass by soaking in the spring oasis of Central Park. Walking past the stone walls of 72nd St and 5th Avenue, the canyons of skyscrapers rise sharply on either side. A valley of commotion runs like a river down the center of streets and sidewalks. Amidst the bustle, on the corner of Madison and 72nd sits a stately mansion. Like a gap in time, the mansion waits, elegantly defying

the edgy chaos of New York. Stepping inside, oak paneling and shelves lined with cashmere and fine wool welcome the discerning patron. The Madison Ave. Ralph Lauren flagship store is a sanctuary of the old school. The oil paintings of hunting scenes and model-beautiful staff recall the Hamptons and penthouse debutant after parties. This is where Gatsby would shop. In an elegant glass case, next to a vintage collection of jewelry sits Ralph Lauren’s newest line of timepieces. But New York is like that. Grit and glamour pass each other in the street exchanging a nod of mutual respect.

Girard Perregaux 701 Madison Ave New York, New York 10065 (646) 495- 9951

Mikimoto 730 5th Ave New York, NY 10019 (212) 457-4600

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Place: NYC, Time: Now It’s no wonder that so many brands choose this city for their flagship stores. In fact, a bit further downtown on Madison Ave, GirardPerregaux opened its main store in 2010. Its black and white exterior is matched inside with high ceilings and crystal chandeliers. To commemorate this opening, Girard-Perregaux introduced a watch to celebrate the epicenter of shopping that is Madison Avenue. It was called, of course, the Shopping Madison and accordingly bejeweled and white. It was only available

in the New York store for a limited time but exemplifies yet another case of the city as an inspiration for exclusive design. But the history of Girard-Perregaux and New York goes way back. “As far back as 1850, Henri Perregaux had an office in New York (78 Nassau Street),” says Dimitra Fréchelin, head of Public Relations for Girard-Perregaux. “In 1935, the Graef family, owners of the Maison Girard-Perregaux since the late 1920s, founded the Girard-Perregaux watch distribution company in New York.” GIRARDPERREGAUX NEW YORK FLAGSHIP

GIRARDPERREGAUX WW.TC LADY When shopping around the world by jet, it’s important to know when the shops are open. Enter the WW.TC. Showing the time in each time zone in the world, you need never miss that boutique in Boston or the sale in Salamanca. Technical specifications:
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Coming Out Right There isn’t a debutante alive who would be caught at the biannual International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf on Park Avenue without at least some pearls. And they all come from Mikimoto. A bit further downtown through the sun-splashed streets and turmoil of taxis is the Mikimoto store. Another great icon of luxury, Mikimoto makes it mark on 5th ave. as well. While mostly known for its jewelry collection, they have also entered into the world of horology. After all, how

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could you even consider getting a table at Lutece without a watch that matches your pearls? Back in 1893, disgruntled with the irregularity of pearls on the market, Kokichi Mikimoto literally invented the cultured pearl. And, as is the way with all things amazing, he found his way to New York to ply his trade and after WWII he opened his first store there. Since then Mikimoto has been the first name in fine pearls and synonymous with the subtle high style on New York. MIKIMOTO ROCK n’ROLL White Gold & Diamonds Ring incrusted with Akoya Pearls

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Not surprisingly also on the historic Madison Ave., is the Rolex flagship store. One can hardly walk a block in New York without noticing the men in well-tailored suits stepping through the doors of office buildings and into private clubs with a Rolex glinting in the sun. Or the ladies who lunch strolling for an après meal cappuccino with their diamond bedazzled Oyster slung from a casual wrist. They had to come from somewhere. And in fact here’s where it all begins. A young man’s first Rolex is his rite of passage. With the ink on his MBA still damp and his eyes dewy with ambition, it’s often the first big purchase. SPRIN G 2 0 1 2

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Kamalaya Founders, John and Karina Stewart. Copyright © by Kamalaya Co.Ltd. All rights reserved. Picture by Esther Quelle

Paradise

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Rising up from the sparkling white beaches of coastal Thailand, atop the sharp cliffs of Koh Samui, sits an oasis of holistic  healing. Kamalaya is a jungle paradise for rejuvenation from the stress of the modern world. And, it began as one man’s dream of love.

t the age of 16 John left home. His restless soul carried him from the cities of North America to the ancient squares of Europe. But his early studies of Asian philosophy pulled at him, whispering to him of a deeper life, an internal journey. After seven years of travel, John came to the jungles of northern India. He still felt anxious and unsure of what lay ahead, but the time had come and John met his yogi master. He greeted John with a slap in the face and said, “What took you so long?” The sting of his master’s hand replaced his doubt and John stayed for the next sixteen years. For the first year John lived in a cave by a Himalayan river, spending his days in contemplation of nature, practicing patience, simplicity and love. Seven years later, while studying with his master, John met Karina. They sat together on a bench, surrounded by the vibrant blossoming of the jungle and talked for hours. John fell chronora

deeply in love. When asking his master for blessing to marry her, he told John, “Not yet, you are not ready.” For the next six months, they shared their secrets, their deepest selves and their common passion for the spiritual life but remained friends. Karina returned to her native Mexico to complete her studies in anthropology and Chinese medicine. But, eleven years later, they met again. John’s love for Karina had only grown in their time apart. When finally he confessed his feelings she was amazed because she had always felt the same way. Their love defied the events of their lives, transcended time and distance. Soon, they were married. In 1993, the couple left the ashram. John became a successful art dealer in Kathmandu. But, in 2000, John came to Thailand with health problems. He was told the best treatment would come from the indigenous plants of the region of Koh Samui. John and Karina rented a house near the shore. It was


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here, as he began to heal himself, that the dream of Kamalaya began. One day, on a guided hike through the dense jungle to the beach, John came upon a cave by the ocean once used by monks for meditation. He was flooded by memories of his time in India. The dramatic cliffs and huge granite boulders struck a chord in him that resonated, building slowly a vision of a healing paradise. Here, on this beach, by this ancient cave, he would build a place where he could share his knowledge, to help spread his experience of peace and well-being. As they began planning, John and Karina called their friend and painter Robert Powell. Robert had started his career as an architect and when he heard John’s chronora

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plan for Kamalaya, he too fell in love. Upon seeing the land, Robert knew this would be the perfect canvas for his creation. Being careful to preserve and incorporate the natural beauty into his design, Robert set out to bring this mutual vision into reality. After three years of visioning, they were ready to begin. Teaming up with Victor Choong, a Chinese landscape artist living in Thailand, the land began to transform. Victor carved out blossoming lily ponds, contemplative winding paths and terraced pools, fitting gracefully into the structures of the earth and embracing the buildings within. It became a jungle tamed, but only slightly, distilled into its most calming and healing essence. Twelve months later, the project was ready. With twenty five villas, ten suites, and twenty-four rooms accommodating more than one hundred guests and a staff

of two hundred and thirty, Kamalaya allows for more than three staff per guest. The result is a peaceful blend of structure and freedom, providing shelter without isolation from nature, privacy with peace. The feel is luxury not from excess, but from nature’s opulent resources. Today, Kamalaya is an oasis of peace and healing. With Karina as the guiding force of all the programs, Kamalaya has developed a systematic method of bringing together the healing wisdom of the world. Technology and practices from around the world converge here to give guests the ultimate in the art and science of health. Wellness packages designed to cure the ills of modern living span from detox and yoga to weight optimization and stress and burnout. Guests can also customize their own retreat based on their own needs or in consultation with in-house specialists.


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Kamalaya’s detox program offers an inclusive experience of total body cleansing. Peace replaces toxins as a dedicated and expert staff uses holistic, traditional and scientific methods to strip away the layers of time, could insert Kamalaya’s principles of Detox ie nurturing and nourishing the body with healthy cuisine For those whose daily life of pressure and anxiety has taken its toll, Kamalaya offers the Stress and Burnout program. Choose from four different and specialized packages to suit your particular stress. May want to talk about mentoring and stress management/stress dissolution techniques For the supple and the want-to-be-supple, there is the Personal Yoga Synergy and Meditation Retreat. With instruction in asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing) and meditation, Kamalaya gives a chance to stretch the mind and body using ancient practices. With modern life speeding by in record time, there is often little time to think about eating well. The Ideal Weight and Healthy Lifestyle Program helps to not only reach the ideal weight, but to develop a way of living that is respectful to the body’s need for balanced nutrition. These are just a few of the programs offered at Kamalaya. For the full description of services, check out their beautiful website at www.kamalaya.com. chronora

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But, the healing of Kamalaya does not only come from the treatments. To wander the gardens connecting with nature, hearing the songs of the jungle and smell the richness of earth has its own healing qualities. Waking in the morning and joining other guests for breakfast, one can feel the community of belief, the common faith and values. All are here for common hope, seeking internal knowledge. All here together filled with a sense of wonder at what it means to be human, in the potential for love and joy. All together on the sometimes arduous journey inward and seeing how our internal struggle is mirrored in the world. There is the feeling that these are the people who can heal themselves and in turn, help heal the world. And, it doesn’t hurt that the food is amazing. With world-renowned chefs and internal richness in mind, the

staff is ready to bring together the freshest local foods to please the pallet and feed the soul. Some say it is hard to believe that food that tastes so good can still be so good for you. Kamalaya leaves a deep impression on its guests. One guest called it, “An oasis of healthy harmony and happiness.” Another recalls, “We had a special evening on Friday lighting flying lanterns by the beach and hanging our wish then letting it fly, it was a happy moment.” Academy award winning director, Oliver Stone said of Kamalaya, “Thank you for helping show me the way, spiritual and physical—and thanks to a very special, loving staff…” John Stewart’s seeking and love that was the wellspring of Kamalaya continues to be felt in every space and moment. This is the true source of Kamalaya’s potent healing powers.


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Smoothies have long been recognized as a delicious way of ensuring we’re eating enough fruit. And now, food gurus are also showing us how to transform them into a true powerhouse snack by adding raw greens. Green leafy veggies are known for being a great source of anti-oxidants, vitamins, fiber and minerals. In a smoothie, these properties are maximized through the ‘juicing’ process. Even better, the greens help provide a steady stream of energy which prevents snacking urges. For those shuddering at the thought of eating raw greens, be sure to put plenty of sweet fruits like peaches and strawberries in the blender at the same time.

Setting a new trend in Hollywood, some of the world’s most beautiful women are fast becoming Tinseltown’s golden girls quite literally. Gold, it seems, is the buzzword on the red carpet. Just last month, Angelina Jolie departed from her usual black and wowed the crowd at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in Germany by donning a stunning Jenny Packham gold dress. Also on trend was heiress and socialite Paris Hilton who recently chose a golden gown for the Will.i.am benefit gala in Hollywood. Look out for more glittering gowns in 2012 as the leading ladies show their mettle, quite literally.

Romance surely doesn’t get any better than cozying up with your loved one in a thatched cottage on a private island. Turtle Island Resort offers couples this perfect opportunity, alongside whatever else they might wish to do, be it snorkeling or simply picnicking on the whitesand beach overlooking the rich coral of the Pacific amid tropical flowers. Located in the Yasawa Island group on Fiji’s northwestern side, the exclusive private island houses just 14, luxury cottages handcrafted by local Fijians, boasting a Jacuzzi and daybed on the veranda. And, if a cottage to yourselves still isn’t enough privacy, the couplesonly resort can even be hired out exclusively. request@turtlefiji.com

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Adulation for Adele If 2011 was a fantastic year for the British songstress Adele then 2012 looks to be even better. With her haunting renditions of ‘Rolling in the Deep’ and ‘Someone Like You’, nobody was surprised when the London-born singer swept the board at this year’s Grammys in Los Angeles, winning six awards, including Album of the Year for her smash hit ‘21’. Adele is no stranger to accolades, having won two Grammys in 2009 including Best New Artist. In 2011, ‘Billboard’ named her artist of the year. With ‘21’ receiving rapturous reviews and its predecessor ‘19’ going platinum, the future certainly looks bright for Adele.


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Where has the spring gone? It only seems like yesterday that I took a trip from Texas to New York, and found myself amid people strolling on avenues and parks in brightly colored dresses. I even spotted some joggers in shorts, a sight I particularly dislike since it reminds me of my own unsightly thighs. I hate pretty young girls! And, with New York’s overabundance of VIP festivities and champagne, my thighs certainly weren’t getting any thinner. Too bad for my resolution to test a raw-organic-cruelty free cabbage detox. Who cares if I don’t fit into the Roland Mouret bandage dress. After all, fashion week is finally behind me. Thankfully! Can anyone please tell me what exactly is glamorous about standing in line for a famous Japanese designer’s show with hordes of humans rude enough to jump under the cord or sneak in through the back door? By the time I had heard about everyone’s tedious love problems and holiday plans, my old feet were starting to really feel like back in the days when I was chauffeur-free. Which reminds me, what should I ask my Grinch of a husband for our wedding anniversary? A modest Harry Winston cascade, peut-être? I need to seriously sort this out before he fritters yet more of his money away on that blonde 18-year-old secretary. Doesn’t she ever get enough La Perla?! During the show, the poor pre-teens with their bones sticking out made me very, very hungry. The clothes hung on them like shapeless bags! Back in my days at least, beautiful women had bodies, not skeletons. To celebrate my right to gorge I went to Balthazar

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for a few glasses of wine and some duck confit, which tasted like old airplane food. Where has fine gastronomy gone? I know where: to Vegas! But the young charming Jordanian man next to me said his steak tartare was exquisite. Perhaps I could have a taste? Well, I didn’t have too much time to think about that – I had to get to Daphne Guinness’ fabulous bash. In an old Lower East Side Synagogue, the stout heiress, model, muse, philanthropist, designer and artist was launching her new film with superstar photographers Markus and Indrani. Huge shots of the heiress in haute couture frocks filled the space and were on sale – only $40,000? Cheap! I grabbed my diamond-studded Blackberry from the bottom of my Kelly and called Grinch. $40,000 is peanuts for him! You see, we’re the 1%. That’s what I told my new BFF Daphne, who was stunning in a gold armor dress with dramatic shoulders, and her signature whitestreaked bun. I mean, I once heard that she had lost a diamond bracelet on a beach and laughed about it! Now as you all know, I’m a very art-savvy lady, and so the fashion parties were followed by art parties. Thank God I had bought enough clothes to fill all my Louis Vuitton trunks – that’s 50 of them – as soon as I had landed in the city. At the New Museum, I had way too many grapefruit margaritas and discovered marvelous works by young artists from all over the world – even from Arab countries! At the Cindy Sherman opening I really enjoyed the artist’s crazy make-up and costumes – and got great ideas for my own dress-up parties. And at the Whitney Museum, I saw the best young artists of America. It only reminded me that my country was the greatest country in the world. But you all know that already. Just tell the Occupy protesters. SPRIN G 2 0 1 2

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in Japan By Chris Gray Faust

Ancient temples, traditional artwork, the freshest fish and the richest steaks: Japan has much to offer couples seeking romance, if you know where to look.


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our ultimate Japanese honeymoon should start in Kyoto, the country’s classical former capital. Take a rickshaw ride through the mystical bamboo forest in Arashiyama, stopping to shop at small stores and boutiques in the city’s northern district. With more than 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, many of them on the UNESCO World Heritage list, you’ll have plenty of historic sites to choose from. One of the most romantic is Kiyomizu Temple, high in the hills overlooking the city. In the spring, the temple, with its five-story pagoda, becomes surrounded by cherry blossoms. Dream of a happy life together while sipping from the Otowa waterfall, where Japanese believe the waters have wish-granting powers. Next, buy a ticket for the Shinkansen (the bullet train) and head north to Tokyo. With more top Michelin-starred restaurants per square mile than any other city, Tokyo is home to the country’s culinary perfectionists, so you’ll want to indulge at least once on Wagyu beef. For the freshest sushi, however, nudge your sweetie up early and head to the 13-seat Sushi Dai in the Tsukiji Fish Market. The counter opens at 5 a.m. and unless you get there early, you’ll be in for a wait. Can’t handle fish for breakfast? Let Shinji Nohara, who has planned

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meals for famed food writers ranging from Anthony Bourdain to Alan Richmann to Gael Greene, set up your gourmet roadmap. Finally, head to the spa town of Karuizawa, about an hour northwest of Tokyo in the Japanese Alps. John Lennon and Yoko Ono used to escape here to relax, and it’s a popular second home destination for wealthy Japanese. Your goal here is to relax in the area’s hot springs, maybe do a little

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shopping in the city’s cute boutiques, and breathe the crisp mountain air together. If you enjoy sports, this is the region in Japan to enjoy first-rate golf and tennis. Crown Prince Akihito, now the emperor, met his future wife, Michiko, on the tennis courts in the 1950s. And animal lovers won’t want to miss a day-long excursion into Yamanouchi to see the famous snow monkeys in their natural environment at Jigokudani Wildlife Park. SPRIN G 2 0 1 2

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Relax in the on-site hot springs available at Hoshinoya Karuisawa, a full-service resort. While Japanese baths are usually segregated by gender, couples can request to have the baths opened early for their private enjoyment. A full spa features a sake massage and other treatments. There’s also a meditation bath that transports you into both light and dark, perfect for establishing the Zen of marriage. Rates start at 48,000 yen ($618) for two people per night, with a minimum two night stay. The resort also offers day-long trips to see the snow monkeys for $1,000 per vehicle. http://www.hoshinoya. com/en/

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The most romantic spot in Kyoto is actually just a few minutes out of town, on the banks of the Ooigawa river. Hoshinoya Kyoto combines the elegance of a traditional Japanese ryokan with five-star Western amenities such as soaking tubs and raised beds, perfect for honeymooners. You check into the 25-suite hotel after a 10-minute boat ride from the Togetsukyo Bridge, and the resort can set up all of your activities. Rates start at 72,000 yen ($927) for two people per night. http://www. hoshinoyakyoto.jp/en/

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Shinji Honara can be contacted at his website, The Tokyo Fixer (http:// www.tokyofixer.com/). Prices vary, depending on what you need. Expect to pay $400 US for a day, plus his meals if he’s eating with you. From the Mandarin Oriental to the Peninsula, Tokyo is full of fivestar luxury hotels. But film-loving couples may want to choose the Park Hyatt Tokyo, where Lost in Translation, starring Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray, was shot (the hotel even stocks wine from Coppola Winery in the room, in honor of director Sofia Coppola). The view from the New York Bar on the 52nd floor puts Tokyo at your feet. Prices start at $552 per night, depending on the season. http://tokyo.park.hyatt.com/ hyatt/hotels/index.jsp?null

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