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HAT DO YOU want to be when you grow up, son?” “I want to be Superman.” “Er… OK then – good luck with that one.” A thousand suchlike conversations have been taking place between fathers and sons for the 78 years since Superman first appeared in a DC Comic. My own son, who is only two and half, already pretends to fly around the house, one arm outstretched, often with disastrous consequences. And my four-year old nephew is totally obsessed. He is being brought up bilingual in Ibiza, so some of the concept has been lost in translation: he runs around the house wearing a red cape shouting, “I am… Supermarket.” It’s so amusing that my brother has decided not to correct him for now. (If he’s still doing it aged 34, we should probably step in.) Anyway, my point is it’s amazing how early on in our lives the concept – and the character – of Superman becomes part of our consciousness. In the Cavill family, young Henry was no doubt equally taken by the comic hero – and his ambition was probably met with matching scepticism. After all, his father was a stockbroker, so you can imagine what his thoughts might have been. But in Cavill’s case, he actually did become Superman – well, as near as dammit. Until Man of Steel, Cavill had became known as one of the unluckiest men in Hollywood. He was nearly made James Bond in 2006, but was eventually turned down for being too young. He also missed out on Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter, and Edward Cullen in Twilight. And he was again too young for Superman in 2006’s Superman Returns. But you know what they say about all good things… After the success of Man of Steel and The Man from UNCLE, his time is now. [p76] And as for who’d win in a fight against Batman…? It’s not even a contest.
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THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS
LORD ADAIR TURNER Adair Turner was chairman of the Financial Services Authority from 2008 to 2013 and is the author of Between Debt and the Devil – Money, Credit and Fixing Global Finance. In his first column for square mile, he writes about the great debt dilemma. [p32]
JOSH SIMS Josh Sims is a London-based freelance writer contributing to the likes of Wallpaper, The Times and Robb Report among others. He’s the author of several books on design, including Men of Style – out this spring. Last month, we sent him to report on the SIHH watch fest. [p48]
ROBERT PIPER Robert Piper writes about entertainment, pop culture, and health. His articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, Radius, Edge, and Origin. This issue, he interviews Henry Cavill exclusively for square mile ahead of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. [p76]
GRAHAM COURTNEY Graham Courtney is a car and sport fanatic. He’s written about cars for 25 years, drives a different one every week, but wouldn’t know how to fix one. This issue he looks ahead to the Geneva Motor Show at which cars are going to draw in the largest crowds. [p84]
A PI LOT ’S WATCH SH O U L D EN DU R E E VERY T H I N G T H E PI LOT DO E S . The Bremont MB range is built in collaboration with British firm Martin-Baker, the pioneers of the ejection seat. At their test centre, the watches are strapped to the wrist of a crash-test dummy and shot out of the cockpit. Enduring forces of between 12G and 30G in the process. But this doesn’t mean the MB is built for endurance at the expense of performance. It’s a beautifully-engineered mechanical chronometer certified 99.998% accurate by COSC.
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058 . LAYING DOWN THE LAW
Gerard Butler gave up a career as a lawyer to become a Hollywood actor. Does he ever regret it? No, of course not.
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076 . A HERO AMONG MEN
Henry Cavill’s father was a stockbroker, but rather than following in his footsteps, Henry decided to plump for superhero and Hollywood heartthrob. Can’t blame him.
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T H E C I T Y I N D E X
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▽ SPIELBERG, COPPOLA, HAROLD E. BISCUIT – just three of the great luminaries of the silver screen. That could have been you, if only you’d pulled your finger out. Honestly, anyone would think we’d raised a layabout. From the moment they are born, all filmmakers like to make a scene, or direct one: Orson Wells’s first word was “CUT!”, aimed at the midwife. Quentin Tarantino shot a doctor from his crib. Kubrick scared the nurses. Whatever kind of film you plan to direct (long/scary/Japanese), you’ll need an eye for it. An eye for a filmmaker is like an ear for a musician. Competition is steep so you’ll want to stand out. Having a known characteristic is a great differentiator. Ron Howard (bald), Woody Allen (marrying a step-daughter) and Roman Polanski (possible paedophile) all understood just how important this is. It has been suggested (not by me, god no) that film direction is a fallback for those who couldn’t cut it as dictators. This is because they’re shouty controlling tyrants, shorter than average, with a fondness for cigars. Conversely it is a little known fact that Jaws was directed by Joseph Stalin, and not Steven Spielberg (he was ruling Russia at the time). Some filmmakers couldn’t direct traffic, let alone shoot a movie. Many Hollywood directors specialises in the popular film genre known as “crap”. You’ve probably seen one, starring an elderly, unamusing Robert de Niro. Yet despite all this, great directors interpret the world and reflect it back to us, mesmerising us with their imaginations, showing us how to live, underscoring our mortality. And if they don’t, there’s always popcorn. One last question: what’s a film director’s favourite food? It’s a wrap. ■
Accountants aren’t exactly renowned for their sense of humour. So, kudos to PwC for pulling off a nine-show run of its 30th annual charity pantomime. Even chairman and senior partner Ian Powell got in on the action. Oh no he didn’t. (He did.)
One of the City’s oldest skyscrapers received an upgrade last month: Tower 42 is the first London tower to have wifi throughout. Sadly, that means those long boozy afternoons at City Social claiming no access to email go out the (very high) window.
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Lord King may have had steered the Bank of England through the recession, but it seems even his crisis management skills aren’t enough to save Aston Villa. Only weeks after joining the club’s board of directors, they were beaten 6-0 by Liverpool. Sad face.
So, Kanye’s apparently £37m in debt. His grand plan? Ask for $1bn from Mark Zuckerberg to help plug the hole. Seems obvious, really, when you think about it. We were short a couple of quid for a pint the other day, so we asked Larry Page to buy us the pub.
Billionaire hedge fund manager Carl Icahn reduced his stake in Apple by seven million shares last month. Despite claiming Apple was “ridiculously underpriced” back in September, the tech giant has dropped $200bn in six months. Less Icahn; more iCan’t.
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▽ IN MY PREVIOUS job, based in an investment bank at Canary Wharf, I worked extremely long hours on a very regular basis. I enjoyed working with motivated and smart people, and my job was very intellectually stimulating. However, unlike my native New York, I quickly found that London lacked a quality 24hour food delivery system beyond takeaway pizza and ‘cheap eats’ – and would often have to resort to late-night fast food or uninspiring ready-made supermarket fare. This spurred on an idea: bringing highquality local restaurant food to Londoners’ doorsteps. Together with my business partner, Greg Orlowski, I started Deliveroo in 2013, and the service was enthusiastically greeted by City workers and hungry Londoners alike. We partner with local independents and leading chain restaurants that don’t otherwise deliver, offering high-quality restaurant food delivery at the touch of a button. With a high population density, an incredible food culture and millions of hungry mouths to feed, London was the perfect place to start the business. In many ways, my time spent in the City was very helpful in preparing me to run the business; it taught me to think analytically in terms of evaluating risk, as well as to make decisions with incomplete information sets. We’ve been thrilled at how quickly Deliveroo has taken off. We now operate in 33 towns and cities within the UK and Ireland, and have launched in seven other countries outside of the UK, with more on the way. ■ For more information, visit deliveroo.co.uk
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Even without Mr Porter’s help, the i3 is one of BMW’s most striking models. But this new version has been inspired by tailoring – as evidenced in its bespoke interior and exterior finish. The car’s distinctive features are all handcrafted to ensure each one is completely unique: for example, the white accents running the length of the chassis – which echo the pinstripe suit – are all hand painted by BMW’s master craftsmen. It certainly takes the idea of a power suit to a whole new level. ■ For more information, see: mrporter.com
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— By André Monet —
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André Monet certainly has the right name for an artist. And he has the skills to back it up. Channelling the spirit of Andy Warhol, Monet uses pre-existing images, building up a collage of colour and texture to make photorealistic paintings of stars – from Beyoncé to Bowie. He definitely has star appeal, too – he was commissioned by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge to create a portrait to commemorate their wedding. ■ New works will be shown as part of the Don’t Stop the Music exhibition from 18 March-15 April at LUMAS London, 57 South Molton St, W1K 5SJ; lumas.com
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THE BIG IDEA — By Mark Hedley —
SUPER SIZE ME Few people would argue that the Riva Aquarama is one of the prettiest speedboats ever built. But these days Riva is not content with just making mere boats. Since September 2014, Riva’s new Superyachts Division has been working on a new line of light alloy superyachts. The plan is to make models up to 100m in length, so perhaps ‘megayacht’ might be a more accurate descriptor. The Riva 50m will be the first to make it in to production. To give it some context, it’s pictured here alongside the 33-ft Aquariva Super. Where the latter has a starting price of around £390k, we’re pretty certain that won’t even match the deposit for a 50m. ■ For more info, see
➤ City 101 ➤
ASK PROFESSOR CITYBOY — By Geraint Anderson —
CITYBOY, WHAT EXACTLY IS A DERIVATIVE?
ILLUSTRATION by Jamel Akib
To the untrained eye a derivative is an overly complex financial instrument whose sole purpose is to enrichen the cunning institutions which design them and then trade them in their trillions. But to the highly trained eye… that is also exactly what they are (or ‘socially useless activity’ according to Lord Adair Turner [read his column on the debt dilemma on p32]). It is only those in the middle who may mistake them for legitimate products that help investors hedge their risk. A derivative, as the name suggests, is an instrument whose value derives from a separate asset (for example a bond, index or equity). And these punts, I mean clever things like futures and options, are nearly always dramatically geared to minor price movements in the underlying asset. Hence, they are a really quick way of making you millions or, more likely, ending up with plastic bags for shoes, selling The Big Issue to your former colleagues. These “financial weapons of mass destruction”, as legendary investor Warren Buffet dubbed them, helped ensure that no-one had the slightest clue who owed what to whom when Lehmans fell in 2008 and will, almost certainly, be at the heart of our next financial crisis. Yep, they really are wonderful things.
I’M OFF TO JAPAN ON BUSINESS – ANY TIPS? The best tip I can give is to do exactly the opposite of what I did on my first business trip there back in 2002. BA’s generous hospitality ensured I was so hungover on arrival that I could barely see. Still, I waltzed into that first meeting, ready to wow the investor and this polite fellow handed me his card. I immediately chucked it in my top pocket without looking at it (a huge faux pas) while he proceeded to examine mine as if he might discover the colonel’s secret recipe within. The presentation began and I was soon surprised to find that the client’s English was slightly worse than my Japanese. My surprise only increased when this character’s eyes rolled back and he started having a kip. I looked at my accompanying salesman and we decided that banging my
❱❱ The best tip I can give on visiting Japan is to do exactly the opposite of what I did on my first business trip there PowerPoint presentation on the desk was probably the best course of action. This led to a startled client flailing his arms around and spilling two cups of green tea. The meeting ended with my salesman and I in a lift standing opposite our unenlightened client matching his every bow with an even lower one. I swear we’d still be there banging our foreheads on the ground had that lift not eventually sounded a face-saving ‘ping’.
JOURNALISTS KEEP CALLING ME. SHOULD I SPEAK TO THEM – AND CAN I USE THEM? The Russian revolutionary Lenin famously referred to Western socialists as “useful idiots” and the same kind of cynical mentality should be employed by City folk when dealing with the Fourth Estate. Early on in any City career comes the time when you see yourself quoted in the Financial Times and you proudly show Auntie Marge et al that you have become ‘a man whose opinion matters’. But that childish urge soon wears off and you quickly begin to realise that a misquote or a passing drunken comment about something you shouldn’t really mention could in fact cost you your job. However, journos can still be used for two, admittedly dubious, purposes. Traders can give them ‘anonymous’ tips about upcoming results or takeover rumours in order to manipulate an asset price and so benefit their book. This is, of course, highly illegal and, of course, it happens all the time Secondly, ‘the scum’ can be exploited in order to ‘take ownership of an idea’. For example, a competitor had been saying for years that a utility was going to cut its dividend but six months before it materialised I started telling every journo I knew that it was coming and so got all the glory. Nasty… but you know what they say: all’s fair in love and broking. ■ Do you have any questions for Professor Cityboy? Email them to email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @cityboylondon
➤ Politics ➤
THE RACE IS ON — By Iain Anderson —
HECKED YOUR HOUSE price lately?
surnames. It happened to ‘Boris’ and ‘Ken’, too.) There are plenty of other candidates but none that we need worry about here. It is a straight Labour v Tory fight. So, what are we seeing so far from both of them on the most important issue for London? Well, quite a lot as it happens. Both men have been talking housing for weeks now and trying to make eye-catching pledges. Broadly, Tory promises from Zac have been focusing on ‘quality’ while Labour lines from Sadiq have been talking about quantity. In context, Zac is calling for a doubling of current home building to around 50,000 ‘units’ a year while Sadiq is pledging a minimum of 80,000 new homes a year. Bold ideas from both men but the real question will remain, just as it did under Boris, where will the homes be built? Increasingly the debate is turning to the use of land owned by public bodies – especially Transport for London. This is a major plank of Sadiq’s offer. But the real question will be how much of this land is readily available and whether renters or owners will want to live on the wrong side of the tracks. Zac is promising to give Londoners the first chance to buy any new homes that are built in London, with any homes built on Mayoral land only being sold to people who have worked or lived in London for at least three years. Both men can’t ignore the new demography of this city anymore. The ‘donut’ effect which elected Boris in 2008 – the outer boroughs voting for him and inner London voting for Ken – does not quite hold true anymore. It is often said that those pinched millennials I mentioned earlier are not really worth worrying about. That they just don’t vote. It’s the baby boomers with
their owned homes and company-funded pensions that really decide results. That may have been true for last year’s General Election but it won’t be true for London in this May. Those pinched millennials live in inner and outer London now. So I hope you’ve enjoyed a few minutes away from the EU referendum. Sorry to disturb you, but one further factor might just upset London politics: Zac has declared himself an EU ‘outer’ and Sadiq is an IN man. It’s a big gamble for Zac given the demographics of modern London. And following Boris on this one might just turn into a real Eton mess. Sadiq has characterised himself as London’s ‘shop steward’ – someone who will stand up to Cameron and fight for London. While Zac has said he is the man who can do a deal for London with the prime minister because of their personal relationship. London’s recent voting increasingly points towards a Labour win but don’t rule out Zac. It is just great to see we are set to have real policies on offer from both men, a real debate, and some real choices to make. ■ Follow Iain Anderson on @iain_w_anderson
ILLUSTRATION by Jamel Akib
Used one of those smart apps on the way into work and then teased yourself with looking at it again on the way home? Felt a little bit richer? Or are you a ‘pinched’ millennial that has forever given up on the dream of owning a home in London and is hooked on rental sites every six months and ready with sharp elbows to get your hands on a place to stay? The chances are that most of you reading this column fit firmly into those one of those two categories. The latest number crunching from PwC shows home ownership in the capital is set to fall from a peak of around 60% back in 2000 – then a clear majority of Londoners – to 40% in the next decade. So most of us living and working in the capital are set to become renters by 2025. It’s already having a huge effect on our City and it is about to cast a shadow on the shape of our politics. With just two months to go before Londoners go to the polls to elect our new Mayor, the battle for City Hall is already being dubbed as a referendum on housing. The issue is by far the most important on Londoner’s minds. Transport is firmly in second place now. Boris has undoubtedly presided over a mighty economic expansion across London, driving UK and global talent towards this city. However, it has come at a price. London has also become the safe haven for international investors to park their money in bricks and mortar. London drives the UK housing mania, with latest government data to the end of 2015 showing national UK house price growth of 6.7% compared to London-wide growth of 9%, while prices actually fell in Scotland by 0.2%. And the primary reason for London’s growth remains supply. Over the last eight years a maximum of around 20,000 properties were built per year: simply not enough to meet the rising demand. For most Londoners there are only two candidates to choose from in the forthcoming Mayoral elections – ‘Zac’ [Goldsmith] or ‘Sadiq’ [Khan]. (Isn’t it strange that our big-name London politicians quickly seem to lose their
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➤ Economics ➤
DEBT WEIGHT — By Lord Adair Turner —
ARKET TURMOIL EMANATING from China
But leverage also increased dramatically after 2008 in the emerging economies, in particular China, as a direct consequence of the global crisis. Fearing in early 2009 that recession in the rich world would hit Chinese exports and employment, the authorities unleashed an enormous credit-financed boom in real estate and infrastructure construction. Investment grew from an already high 41% of GDP to 47%: construction employment grew from 28 million to 45 million, and total debt to GDP soared – from around 125% to 220% on the official ‘total social finance’ measure. The stimulus achieved its objective, with Chinese output and employment growth remaining strong. But the adverse side-effects have been severe. Huge real resources have been wasted building apartment blocks in third- and fourthtier cities, which will never be occupied: massive overcapacity has been created in heavy industries such as steel and cement; and with many companies and local governments only able to repay existing loans by borrowing yet more money, a major bad-debt crisis looms. From at least 2012 onwards, a major Chinese growth slowdown was inevitable. That slowdown gathered pace throughout 2015, driving down commodity prices, cutting growth in many emerging economies, and pushing Brazil and Russia into recession. And resulting strong deflationary pressures across the world make it inevitable that both inflation and
interest rates will stay low for a long time – zero or negative in the Eurozone and Japan for the foreseeable future, and only rising very slowly in the US and the UK. The big picture behind early January’s market turmoil thus illustrates an apparent dilemma at the core of the global economy. We seem unable to grow economies without having debt grow faster than GDP, but that means rising leverage which must eventually produce crisis, post-crisis debt overhang and recession. And faced with post-crisis debt overhang, all our policy levers appear blocked or potentially harmful; fiscal policy is apparently constrained by rising public debt levels, and ultra-loose monetary policy only ultimately works by rebooting the very growth of private credit which got us into this mess in the first place. In fact, as I argue in my new book Between Debt and the Devil, there is a way that we could grow economies without creating excessive debt. But to do that we will have to address the fundamental drivers of excessive debt creation – which include real estate speculation, rising inequality, and huge global current-account imbalances. And we need to recognise that the debts already accumulated are so large that they cannot be reduced by simply ‘growing our way out’; we must therefore be willing to consider radical policy options – such as major debt write-offs or permanent central bank monetisation of government debt. The first step towards effective policy design, however, is to recognise the severity and the underlying nature of the challenges we face. Equity market turmoil, exacerbated by erratic policy, is the surface reflection of a far more fundamental and intractable problem – our addiction to debt. ■ Adair Turner was chairman of the Financial Services Authority from 2008 to 2013 and is the author of Between Debt and the Devil – Money, Credit and Fixing Global Finance.
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dominated the first few weeks of this year. In part the volatility stemmed from erratic Chinese policy, which first encouraged an equity boom in early 2015 and then attempted, fruitlessly, to prevent inevitable correction. But the essential problem is more fundamental, and its origins lie in the global financial crisis of 2008, and the preceding build-up of excessive private debt. Between 1950 and 2007 private debt in the advanced economies grew from 50% of GDP to 170%, with most of that debt funding real estate, and with the pace of increase accelerating after 1990. That acceleration, fostered partly by the risky innovations of securitised credit, produced the crisis of 2007. But once the crisis had occurred, it was the sheer level of leverage which made recovery so slow and difficult. We should have seen the crisis coming, because there was a canary in the mine – Japan. The enormous credit and real estate boom of the 1980s left Japanese companies greatly overleveraged when the bubble burst in 1990, and it was their determination to pay down debt – even when interest rates were cut to zero – which drove Japan into sustained recession. Large fiscal deficits helped prevent still deeper depression, but soaring public debt was the inevitable result, up from 67% of GDP in 1990 to almost 250% today. Debt didn’t go away, it simply moved from the private to the public sector. Overall leverage – private and public combined – increased. That pattern has been repeated across the advanced economies since 2008, with some private sector deleveraging offset by far bigger increases in public debt. As the appropriately titled Geneva Report of 2014 – Deleveraging, what deleveraging? – described, total advanced economy leverage is now higher than ever before.
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E’VE RECEIVED SOME truly awful birthday presents over the years and that’s why, in advance of our fifth anniversary, we thought we’d get ahead of the game. We spoke to 18 of our most beloved menswear brands – many of which we’ve worked with since the very beginning – and asked them each to recreate our all-time favourite pieces in a smart, stylish and very Mr Porter way. And boy, did they deliver. Based on The Essentials – Mr Porter’s definitive list of everyday wardrobe staples that never go out of style – the fifth anniversary collection celebrates both our origins and our future, staying true to the blueprints for masculine, timeless style we laid out five years ago. We expect this Mr Porterised collection of monochrome essentials to be just as relevant in another five years, too. MACKINTOSH COAT This showerproof fifth anniversary black overcoat from Scotland’s Mackintosh is detailed with white polka dots under the collar, giving a fanciful show when turned up.
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One of Hollywood’s rising stars, Christina Wren reprises her role as Major Carrie Farris from ‘Man of Steel’ in the forthcoming ‘Batman v Superman’. MARK HEDLEY finds out what she’s all about…
N MAN OF STEEL , Christina Wren calls Superman “kinda hot”. A quick browse of our cover feature this month [p76], and you’ll get where she’s coming from. Of course, even the less-than-observant among you will appreciate that Wren is also a card-carrying member of Hollywood’s ‘beautiful people’ club. She was also on deadline.com’s list of the top five rising female movie stars of 2016. We caught up with her ahead of the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Tell me about playing Major Carrie Farris in the Superman franchise? It’s not the biggest or most challenging role I’ve had, but the experiences surrounding playing her – as well as what she represents in such an iconic universe – mean a lot to me. I was cast at a time in my life where I wasn’t sure I’d really be able to crack the industry and figure out how to grow my career. I had also been told I would never be cast in this kind of a role. I’m petite and so the thought of playing such a strong woman, a ranking military officer – hell, a fully-fledged adult character – was incredibly affirming and gave me the foundation I needed to have the courage to pursue my career full force. And I really owe that to Zack [Snyder, director of Man of Steel]. Literally, until I showed up on set in full costume and everyone could see what I looked like on screen, some people were still telling him – and letting me know, as well – that they didn’t think I was right for the role, that I looked too young, and he just kept saying to trust him. Thank God they did. The moment I appeared in the monitor I could see people’s shoulders relax. Sometimes it really takes a director’s vision to see beyond what others will see.
So, you’ve hung out with enough superheroes by now – if you could have a superpower, what would it be? I mean flying would be seriously badass. I’ve been asked this quite a bit and I think the appeal of flying is both experiential – what a wild feeling it would be – but I think there is an emotional appeal, too. There is an imagined feeling of freedom, of escape, of privacy and chosen isolation, of the ability to see the world, to break past borders that keep us in our places, to get to our loved ones quickly, and to adventure. What a dream! I think the superpower of flying really touches the parts of us that feel stuck or slow or trapped, and makes us imagine what vast experiences we would have were there no shackles on our feet. Granted, I’m also super thankful for gravity… What’s the most fun you’ve had on set? Filming Saudade?, the first indie film I wrote. It’s super imperfect, the sound sucks – we shot it on a Canon 5D on weekends in New York, but man did we have a good time making it. Passions were so high because everyone involved was at that point in their artistic journey where you’re trained and capable, but still so fresh and believing that anything is possible and that your art has a voice. The process was just delightful. I remember feeling so alive while we were filming and I remember laughing a lot. And it was ridiculous. I mean in one scene, I was in bed with one of the actors and another actress was standing above us holding the boom and – bless her – she pressed record when the scene
would end and stop when we were supposed to record. We had to ADR that entire scene yet every moment in between was full of sidesplitting laughter and real joy. That film kind of marks an era for me. A lot of the people involved are still dear friends of mine. If you could play any figure, either iving or dead, who would it be? I know it’s been done, but I’ve always been drawn to Joan of Arc. I think exploring the lines between her utter bravery, her physical and leadership capabilities beyond her size, gender and years alongside the possible spiritual/psychological relationships she was having would be fascinating. As an actor, the range in a story like that would be a gift. To begin as a girl, become a war hero with a secret identity, to deal with the mental turmoil and ultimate betrayal by her people would be an incredible journey to go on as an actor. Do you remember the first time that you were recognised in public? My friends claim people have talked about me when we’re out on the street before but I was never really sure. However, the first one that was blatant was so sweet… I was at a callback for a commercial in New York and it was right after Man of Steel came out. It was a really ridiculous spot with a kind of gross family that were all dealing with indigestion and I was brought in for the moody teenage daughter. I was dressed like a teenager and sitting off to myself going over the sides and then we were called in – around seven of us – to be all the different family members. We did it a bunch of times, almost playing musical chairs, it was really quirky. Afterwards, in the elevator, one of the guys reached out his hand to say hi and I went to introduce myself, because there’s often this funny moment after auditions where you just behaved as if you’re really close to people that you’ve never met and afterwards feel like the decent human thing to do is at least learn each other’s names. But before I could get anything out he blurted, “My family are really huge fans of yours – we’re Greek and we’re obsessed with your hummus commercial – and you were so great in Man of Steel – we watch your ➤
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The moment I appeared in the monitor I could see people’s shoulders relax; sometimes it really takes a director’s vision
Who did you bond with on set? I did form a special relationship with Harry Lennix, who plays my superior officer. He’s absolutely lovely and has become a good friend. We were pals on set and had a lot of fun together – he always treated me with respect, from moment one, even though it was my first real Hollywood film, which I truly appreciated. He and his wife have taken my man and I under their wings and include us in holiday meals and celebrations. When they were in Pittsburgh last year, I even set the two of them up with my parents.
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THE WREN AND NOW: Photographer: Demetrius Wren Hair/Makeup: Daniel Blaylock Styling: Gabriel Langenbrunner
I think the pressure of making decisions that so deeply influence someone else’s finances would be tough ➤ trailer all the time...”. By this point everyone else in the elevator had gone silent and was trying to figure out who the weird girl dressed as a teenager with a side ponytail was. Admittedly, it kinda made my day, especially to be appreciated by a fellow actor. What’s the strangest thing you’ve been asked to do for a film? In Moon and Sun, I play an odd woman with these psychic abilities that manifest in strange ways. I think the scenes where I’m channelling other people were really interesting – I know that I surprised people on set at times with what came out of me! What hidden talents do you have? I’m a trained singer. I started out in musical theatre and even had a short stint were I was performing as a solo artist as well as performing as a back-up singer for some underground artists. I’d love to do a musical again. For now, the shower will have to do! If you weren’t an actor, do you think you could have ever made it in finance? I’d like to think I could do anything I put my mind to. I was a smart student, am good with money and can be competitive – does that count for anything? I’ve never thought about being a trader, though: the pressure of making decisions that so deeply influence someone else’s finances would probably be tough to wrap my head around at first. What’s your next project? I’m gearing up to play Gina in Racing to the Altar, a film about a group of young people who rush to Vegas and quickly marry within the 24 hours after the Vietnam draft was announced. I also have two projects in pre-production that I’ve written and will act in, as well. One of the joys of writing is that I get to make some of my own dreams come true. In Specimen 143 I’ll play an action hero and in Hicksters I’ll work out my comedy muscles. Good times all around. ■ Christina Wren stars in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which is out in cinemas on 25 March.
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Men’s online clothing service Enclothed uses algorithms to curate bespoke style selections
HEN YOU SEE the word ‘algorithm’,
the chances are your mind might jump to high frequency trading. Or perhaps, A-Level mathematics? Or even the mathematician Mohammed ibn-Musa alKhwarizmi. (Just us? Must get out more.) But what you won’t think of is fashion. However, two entrepreneurs – Levi Young and Dana Zingher – have developed a men’s online clothing service that uses algorithms to assess the sartorial requirements of each customer. Enclothed (enclothed.co.uk) was launched just under two years ago. Essentially, the concept is this: you visit the site; enter your details; select from images you like (and don’t like). This then helps significantly narrow down the field for your dedicated in-house stylist, who will put together a box of clothing based on your size, budget and style preferences. This ‘wardrobe in a box’ is then sent to you, free of charge, so that you can try on the items in comfort and in your own time. Whatever you like, you keep, and pay for; anything you want to return is collected, also free of charge. Both what you like – and what you don’t – is logged by your stylist, so they can streamline the process for the next time around. After a few boxes, your number of returns will likely have diminished. It clearly works well – Enclothed has more than 7,000 customers on its books. Last year, Young and Zingher appeared on Dragons’ Den where all of the dragons opted to invest. The duo turned them down, though, ultimately deciding to expand their business via crowd funding instead. It was, as Evan Davis might say, a shrewd move. They raised nearly $1,000,000 from 425 investors in just eight days. Enclothed’s revenue has increased from £200,000 back in 2014 to in excess of £100,000 a month at present. It’s perhaps not that surprising then that Young and Zingher have just been selected as finalists in Forbes Magazine’s first European list of ‘30 under 30 entrepreneurs who are changing the world’. One thing is for sure – the service will certainly change the way you shop. ■
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SHARP NOTES Carlo Brandelli, designer, artist and freelance creative director of Kilgour, reveals what he feels are the finer things in life – from a sharp suit to the humble pencil ON MY WRIST My day-to-day watch is a Rolex Sub Mariner, an Italian version from 1985. A special watch is an Ebel from 1981 which my father gave me: it is steel and gold with a rectangular face. I also like my 1990s Panerai dive watch, which has a big face – I find the font they use for the numbers particularly satisfying.
ON MY RADAR Product design is going through an unusual period: overload of information in our culture owing to the internet seems to homogenise so many ideas into one stream of ‘white noise’. Fortunately, art manages to keep its identity: I particularly like Matthew Brannon and Garth Weiser who are both with the brilliant Casey Kaplan gallery in New York.
IN MY HAND I carry pencils to draw with. When I visit a gallery or museum, I buy a pencil as a record.
IN MY SIGHTS I am more interested in experiences these days than material objects. Jogging along the beach in Barcelona on Christmas Day with nobody around is a great luxury in the modern world.
IN MY WARDROBE Kilgour’s flannel grey one-button suit is an
essential – no buttons on the cuff. Plus a basket-weave one-button blazer.
ON MY TRAVELS I only travel with hand luggage, and I pack a crease-resistant blazer, dark navy jeans, and a couple of navy polo shirts – all dark colours, all Kilgour, low-crease, multi-use and suitable for formal or casual wear.
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It is always art and sculpture. Gerhard Richter and Joseph Beuys made fundamental statements that explained how people relate to ideas; this is priceless to me.
IN MY PAST I collected Rolex watches and vintage Levi denim in my teens. Over the years, I either gave away or swapped many of those. I regret
that, but maybe 15 years ago I gave around 1,000 vinyl albums away to my local charity – Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Kraftwerk. I wish I had kept the cover artworks – the music you can find in other ways.
ON MY AGENDA The chef’s table at Fera in Claridge’s… I can’t wait: amazing, natural, seasonal, contemporary food set in a historically significant art deco Mayfair establishment is quite a seductive combination.
ON MY BUCKET LIST To walk through a city that had been designed intelligently and where the air is clear, the cars are quiet and the architecture is both fit for purpose and well executed – that would definitely be nice. ■ @carlobrandelli @kilgour kilgour.com
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The annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie brings together some of the best watch brands under one roof. JOSH SIMS reports on this year’s show stoppers…
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The RM 50-02 sees Richard Mille team up with Airbus to make – fittingly – its most streamlined model to date. The case is constructed from the same alloy used to make Airbus’s turbine blades, and is held together using Airbus screws, the pusher being mounted to the case as an engine is to the wing. It’s pretty fly…
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Just a year after introducing the concept, Audemars Piguet makes real its Super Sonniere, a genuine landmark in minute repeater watches – and clear as the proverbial bell. It takes its cue from instrument making, using a sound board for ten times the volume of the industry standard main plate.
Baume & Mercier revisits its collaboration with Capeland Shelby with a limited edition release of a chronograph whose details echo the design of the car-maker’s famed racer, the Cobra. The first of the series, fittingly, went to legendary Cobra team driver Allen Grant.
A few months after unveiling the most complicated mechanical watch ever made – ever – Vacheron Constantin gets simple with its hybrid Overseas Ultra-Slim. Sleek and understated enough to be a dress watch, the Overseas is also built tough and is water-resistant to 150m.
PIAGET Don’t assume all quartz watches are secondrate. To mark the 40th anniversary of its first inhouse quartz movement, Piaget launches the Emperador Coussin XL 700P, a concept watch that matches a mechanical calibre regulated by a quartz heart. The result? Extreme accuracy and, after two years in development, ten patents filed.
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CARTIER Cartier’s Rotonde de Cartier Astromystérieux [pictured] was one of this year’s show-stoppers: the entire movement appears suspended on sapphire crystal discs, apparently disconnected from the rest of the watch. But the brand’s big-seller will be the Drive: it’s a classical watch – guilloche dial, Roman numerals, blue hands – in an unusual cushion-shape case.
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Comparatively dainty given Panerai’s usual preference for sizable wrist candy, the Radiomir 1940 8 Days Acciaio is just 42mm wide, and has a dial that comes in white – also a rarity for the brand that likes to echo its roots with the Italian commandos of WW2. Super graphic, there will be no eye strain to read the time from this one.
Every watch company wants an icon – Jaeger LeCoultre has the Reverso. So how about one with a Gyrotourbillon? Sounds fine, though tourbillons tend to need a lot of space. Not this time. Jaeger LeCoultre has, remarkably, slimmed this watch down by 30% in width and depth and still fit the gravity-compensating device neatly inside.
The Tonda Chronor Anniversaire is Parmigiani Fleurier’s first integrated chronograph – it operates at a frequency of five hertz, which means the seconds hand makes ten jumps per second, given a precision of 1/10th of a second. That’s from a mechanical timepiece... It’s the company’s present to itself on its 20th birthday. parmigiani.ch
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The German connoisseur brand offers its Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase Lumen, with a moon-phase display combined with a bewitchingly bright outsized date. The dial itself shimmers, too: it’s made from blackened silver and is covered by a black-tinted, sapphire-crystal glass.
Roger Dubuis’ new Velvet collection has the first diamonds to be set in carbon – and super-rare Paraiba diamonds at that – as well as dials set with laser-cut enamel flowers and leaves. They’re limited to 88 pieces – because eight was the number on Dubuis’ tools as a trainee watchmaker.
Arguably IWC’s most advanced pilot’s watch to date, the Timezoner Chronograph is the only watch that enables the user to set another time zone, together with the date and the 24-hour hand, in a single movement. Ideal, perhaps, when you’re in a steep dive and really don’t have a hand free.
URWERK Makers of avant-garde, rule-busting timepieces, Urwerk stick with the programme with the UR105 TRex. Its dial is not only covered with a carapace akin to dino skin, but this carapace is made of the hot watch material of the moment – bronze. As a result, this part of the watch will develop a patina, to give a more poetic expression of passing time than the usual tick-tocking.
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LAY DOWN THE LAW FROM ANCIENT GREEK WARRIOR KING TO SECRET SERVICE AGENT, WE’RE USED TO SEEING GERARD BUTLER ADOPT A VARIETY OF ON-SCREEN PERSONAS. BUT IT’S HIS REALLIFE ROLE AS A TRAINEE LAWYER WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
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ITH TWO BIG new films releasing backto-back – Gods of Egypt and London Has Fallen – Gerard Butler is securing his position as one of Hollywood’s top leading men. While Gods of Egypt sees him play a villainous deity of fire and darkness, London Has Fallen sees him return to the role of the secret service agent Mike Banning (first seen in hit film Olympus Has Fallen) who uncovers a plot to assassinate world leaders gathered at the funeral of the British Prime Minister. Did Butler bulk up for both roles in the style of his former 300 alter ego? “Not a chance,” he laughs. “I trained, of course, and got myself into good shape for both of the films, but
I’m never going to go through what I did for 300. When you’re sculpting your body and bulking up to that extent, you’re only doing it for vanity. I’d much rather concentrate on the fighting techniques and the things like that which are what adds to the realism of what you need to bring to the work.” Butler was born in Glasgow to Margaret and Edward Butler and spent his early childhood in Montreal, Canada, until his parents separated when he was three and his mother moved back to Scotland with Gerard, his sister, and his older brother. A brilliant student, Butler excelled as a law student at Glasgow University where his ➤
Are you enjoying doing some of these bigger action films of late? Butler: I love it! I like the tension and physicality that comes with doing fight scenes. Although, on Olympus Has Fallen, Rick [Yune, his co-star] and I beat the shit out of each other! I wound up with two cracked ribs and a broken bone in my neck. But apart from that I like playing tougher kinds of roles. Some of the other stuff I have been doing lately wasn’t getting the attention I had hoped for so it was time to go back and get badass again. ➤ charismatic personality and legal acumen earned him the prestigious position as head of the Law Society. But after beginning work as a trainee at a major law firm in Edinburgh, Butler felt depressed and disillusioned – and that’s when the desire to change his life took hold. After being fired by his law firm – though
Do you think that audiences appreciate that tough side of you, then? I think doing 300 created certain expectations and they kind of follow you around. That film got my career going and I’ve been able to make many different kinds of films and play a lot of interesting characters. That’s what I
always wanted to do as an actor. You still have to pay attention to the business, though, and figure out what kinds of projects are right for you and are going to find an audience. You went from working at a law firm to becoming a Hollywood star. How do you make that kind of adjustment and maintain a degree of privacy? I live pretty normally but can’t really stay in one place for very long or crowds tend to form. When I go to a shopping mall or I’m getting a coffee, I usually move as fast as possible to avoid attracting attention. I still like to do errands on my own and it’s fine as long as the paparazzi don’t start following you. That’s the only downside. I’m very lucky to be doing what I’m doing. Do you ever wonder what your life would have been like if you had kept on working as a barrister instead of getting into acting? Sometimes I think about that. There’s a part of me that misses Scotland and I imagine I would
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he admits he brought that on himself – Gerry, as he likes to be called, found his chance to pursue his dream of becoming an actor…
Were you worried about risking the kind of security that comes with being a lawyer to take a chance at acting? Oh, I was very worried. I still wake up sometimes at night in the middle of a dream where I’m back at the office in Edinburgh. It’s a strange feeling but it reminds me that I didn’t enjoy the work I was doing. I still remember my very first day going to work and showing up in a dark suit and tie and thinking, “Is this what I really want to do with my life?” I spent most of my time poring over tax cases, and in a way it was a huge relief that they fired me because that was what made me follow my dream. The very next day I packed my bags and moved to London. I was still in shock, but that was the best thing that could have happened to me.
MAN POWER: [this image] In character as Special forces soldier Mike Banning in Olympus Has Fallen. [Below] His role as a warrior king in 300 propelled Butler into the Hollywood mainstream and secured his leading-man status.
probably be married and have a few kids by now if I had stayed there. Becoming an actor was a massive transformation for me, but I didn’t have the heart to stick it out as a lawyer. I would have made a good one, except I hated the work – I was partying every night and I got fired. But my bosses also knew that acting was my passion. They were very realistic with me and said I should just go and do what I really wanted to be doing instead of wasting my time at the office. They were right.
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You’re Hugo Boss’s brand ambassador for its new Boss Bottled aftershave. The image of the fragrance is ‘today’s man’. What does that actually mean to you? It means being passionate, intense and strong, but also sensitive. I’ve always loved being able to talk to women in a very deep and vulnerable way where you’re not hiding behind any kind of macho exterior. I think it’s important for men to be caring and compassionate in life and I’ve found that women appreciate men who are able to talk about themselves and be open about their feelings.
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Pinstripes may be the old-school uniform for the City, but with a single-breast and skinny tie, Butler updates the look and ensures there’s no mistaking him for a badly dressed banker.
Butler’s summer wardrobe was well documented when he enjoyed a bromance with fellow A-lister Bradley Cooper. Aided by a powder jacket, Butler stole the show in the style stakes.
Have you always had that kind of gift when it comes to charming women? Even as a young man I was drawn to the kind of sensitivity that women bring to the way they see the world. Women don’t think the same way as men and that’s part of what is so fascinating and attractive about them. Do you think you have changed a lot over the course of your Hollywood career and all of the success you’ve had? I’m not as driven as I was, although I’m still very ambitious. I’ve learnt to relax more and try to enjoy everything that comes with success. I meditate a lot because I find that helps calm me and keep things in perspective. There’s nothing better than sitting on the beach and mediating on a beautiful sunny day.
In this midnight blue tux, Butler looks every bit the Bond. Speaking of which, isn’t Daniel Craig slinging his hook soon? Hmm, a debonair Scottish Bond… surely it would never work?
Are you still attached to your pug, Lolita, and do you spend much time with her? I take Lolita with me almost everywhere. I’ve had her since she was three months old and now she’s nine – that’s a pretty long relationship for me! ■ Butler is the brand ambassador for Boss Bottled. Both Gods of Egypt and London Has Fallen are out now.
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THE TOP VLOG MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WATCH JIM CHAPMAN ON SCREEN EVERY DAY. BUT HE’S NOT AN ACTOR OR A PRESENTER, HE’S A VLOGGER, AND HE’S CHANGING THE FACE OF FAME FOR A NEW GENERATION, SAYS ABY DUNSBY PHOTOGRAPH by publinc larit em potinium vid ces blah
OUR NAN DEFINITELY won’t have heard of Jim Chapman. Indeed, you might not have heard of Jim Chapman. Yet teenage girls around the world have posters of the 28-year-old in their bedroom, and are likely to burst into flurries of selfie-snapping if they spot him walking down the street. Chapman isn’t in films or TV. Nor is he a musician. And
obviously he’s not a banker. He is, though, a YouTube sensation – and he’s made his fortune by taking videos of himself going about his daily life, and posting them on the internet. Norwich-born Chapman has been posting videos since 2010, and the topics range from the mundane to the bizarre. Visit his two YouTube channels – Jim Chapman and ➤
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➤ EveryDayJim – and you’ll find videos of Chapman baking cakes, dressing up as Lord Voldemort, and, er, drawing pictures with his feet. If you’re sitting there scratching your head and wondering how that can lead to success, you need to look at the numbers. His two YouTube blog channels have racked up more than 95 million unique views between them. With YouTube views come ads; with ads come money, and plenty of it. Chapman and his wife – makeup artist and revered fellow ‘vlogger’ Tanya Burr – bought themselves a £2m house in London last year. Thanks to a huge adoring fan base of easily influenced under-25s, everyone wants to work with him – from Burberry to Jamie Oliver. It all began when Chapman’s older makeup artist sisters started YouTube channel Pixiwoo in 2008 to talk about makeup. “It was kind of an accident, really,” Chapman tells me breezily. “My older sister Sam said that one of her friends asked her how to create a smoky eye. She was really heavily pregnant and thought, ‘I don’t want to write it all down, so I’ll make a video and post it.’ I don’t think she even realised other people could watch it at the time.” But watch it they did, and Pixiwoo has now garnered more than two million subscribers. Chapman’s then-girlfriend Burr decided to have a go, too, and launched her own makeup blog. Her huge success spurred Chapman, who was working a series of “normal nineto-five” jobs after graduating with a degree in Psychology, to do the same. “At the start, we had no idea anything would happen from it, and then it kind of grew and grew. There was no goal for me. I did it because it was fun; I didn’t really think about the numbers. I had no idea that the number of people who were watching could reach what it is now.” When Chapman first began vlogging at 22, he was shy and has admitted to not having many friends. Now he has millions of them – alongside the legions of loyal viewers, he also counts fellow vloggers Alfie Deyes, Zoella and Caspar Lee among his closest pals. Though it might all seem like an easy way to make a living, Chapman assures me it’s not. “It’s a lot
of work, but it’s also a labour of love,” he says. Chapman tells me that for every vlogger that makes it, there are thousands who fail, and success involves tirelessly producing content for a channel that could take years to take off. “It’s impossible to say what it takes to actually get there, because it’s about whatever makes that person individual. There’s something about us that you can’t really quantify, something that just kind of pops on screen.” Watch his videos, and it’s clear that Chapman has likeability factor in that squeakyclean way. He’s also 6ft 3in, blue-eyed and
stylish (gq.com’s readers voted him their best-dressed man of 2015). That might have helped him amass a fan base that any boyband member would be proud of, as well as explaining why he’s also a model and a regular at front rows of fashion week. “I love the shows, although I do feel much too normal to be there sometimes because you get a lot of crazy characters,” he laughs. “I guess it’s quite nice being a guy who can talk about fashion, because for the average dude you’ve got guys who are really bloody good-looking, who look incredible but don’t talk much. I think the ➤
BREAK THE INTERNET: Videos documenting the day-to-day life of a 28-year-old may not seem the obvious key to success, but that’s what’s turned Jim Chapman into a YouTube sensation who’s racked up 95 million unique views on his blog channels (all while remaining fully clothed).
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It’s not enough now to be a pop star or a movie star, or even a YouTuber; you need the full package
CHANGING FACES: [this image] As well as dominating the world of YouTube, Chapman now works as a fashion model, while his vlogs [below] present an array of personas ranging from culinary maestro (he’s cooked with Jamie Oliver) to, er, Voldemort impersonator...
➤ general public feel like they can’t really relate to that, because they’re like, ‘I’m never going to look like this.’ Then you’ve got guys who are really flamboyant or have crazy taste, who can talk but it doesn’t quite meet the ‘everyman’ criteria. Then there’s me, who is just a normal guy, happens to like clothes, and can talk about it. I think the modelling just kind of happened via that; it seemed to make sense because it was like, ‘He looks quite good in clothes and he can talk about them, so maybe he looks good in a photograph, too.’” His style tips for the City gent? “Keep it simple; don’t overthink it; know your fit and your style; and keep it kind of masculine. If you’re wearing a suit, then pick a pocket square that really represents you, or a nice tie. That’s where you can make it yours, as opposed to buying a really crazy suit that you’re only going to wear once because you think it looks cool, before you realise that actually, floral suits aren’t that cool.” Though he tells me he and his wife are stopped – and often even mobbed – by fans and paparazzi on a daily basis, the concept of his own celebrity is something that Chapman still finds quite difficult to take in. “This is something I have struggled with as I never
thought of myself in this way, but you can’t deny the fact that millions of people now know who I am. However you define it, I guess that does make me famous.” Chapman and the blogging contingent represent a new breed of celebrity, one that has turned the camera on itself, making its stars more candid in their approach and certainly more accessible to their fans. “My relationship with my audience is much deeper, it’s much more reciprocal and we kind of work together. They really trust me. I have to respect them and they respect me. I think that it’s not good enough now to just be a pop star, or a movie star, or even a YouTuber; you need to kind of have the full package and take your audience along with you, in a way.” Which is why vloggers like Chapman have grown bigger than their online personalities to become fully-fledged celebrities. While Zoella appeared in last year’s Great British Bake Off for Comic Relief, Chapman DJs for Radio One, and even live-presented at the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Though they’ve made their fame from something relatively simple – posting internet videos – the importance of vloggers, and their ability to grow and influence an audience, demands that the media worlds sit up and pay attention. “What vlogging is generally doing is redefining a whole genre, which I’m quite excited about. It puts the power in the consumer’s hands, whereas before, audiences were only subject to what the people at the top decided they wanted to post. “Whether it’s in magazines, or on TV, on the radio, whatever, it’s some guy at the top, who’s probably too old to be ‘down with the kids’, deciding what kids want to see. Now suddenly all the people who are the future generation of the world are in control and can watch what they want to, and it just so happens that they like to watch people like me.” In 2016, fame isn’t about going to acting school, learning how to sing, or tirelessly attending auditions. Like Jim Chapman says, “All you need is a camera, an internet connection, and a laptop.” ■
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A Tour de Force
KEN REGAN CAPTURED BOB DYLAN’S ICONIC ROLLING THUNDER REVUE TOUR ON CAMERA IN 1975. NOW, SOME OF HIS BEST SHOTS ARE PUBLISHED FOR THE FIRST TIME
N 1974 MUSIC promoter Bill Graham had arranged for photographer Ken Regan to shoot Bob Dylan at the end of his tour with The Band for Time magazine. On consecutive nights, Regan spotted the same elderly woman in the crowd. “She had a really interesting face but looked very out of place. She was about 40 years older than anyone else there. I just figured she was a music freak,” thought Regan. He mentioned her to Bill Graham, who explained that it was Bob Dylan’s mother, and that he should not take pictures of her. “I’d taken about four dozen!” the photographer revealed. “He told me not to release them because I’d never be let within 500 yards of Bob again.” Later, he sent Dylan some shots from the concert, including those of his mother in the crowd. Regan’s note explained that he had not sent the pictures of Dylan’s mother to Time, but that he wanted him to have them. “There was no response from him at all, which really bummed me out,” said Regan. A year later, during the summer of 1975, Regan was woken by the phone at 3am. On the line was Bill Graham’s partner, Barry Imhoff, who asked what he was up to for the
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next couple of months. “I could be anywhere. Why, what’s up?” came his response. Imhoff was circumspect. There was talk of a tour, something a little different. He then passed the phone to Lou Kemp, a childhood friend of Dylan who ran Kemp Fisheries, who said he was co-promoting a tour, and they wanted Regan to go on the road with them to shoot it. Ken was incredulous. Dylan? Kemp Fisheries? He asked to get Imhoff back on the phone: “Barry, if this is a fucking joke, I’ll hunt you down and take you apart completely,” said the straight-talking, Bronx-born photographer Someone else came on the line, and Regan recognised the voice immediately – it was Bob Dylan. He apologised for waking Regan, and explained that he was in the frame as the photographer they were thinking of to document the tour. Dylan made a point of thanking him for the photos of his mother: by not releasing them, Regan had gained some trust. Later that day, the photographer travelled to Manhattan, where Dylan was rehearsing. He explained that this was going to be a different kind of tour, with Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and T Bone Burnett on board already. Regan would be the only photographer with complete access – unrestricted and exclusive. “Bob had given me free rein to shoot it all – on stage, off stage, dressing rooms, parties, trailers, whatever was going on,” said Regan. Later that day Regan was given the job: “We shook hands, and I never betrayed that trust.” Regan went on to take almost 14,000 photos during his time with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue – and here are a handful… ➤
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HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS OF VERY DIFFERENT WORLDS: Muhammad Ali visits Bob Dylan backstage at his 1975 Madison Square Garden show Night of the Hurricane, a benefit concert for imprisoned boxer Hurricane Carter. Ali brought Dylan a huge boxing glove as a gift.
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IN THE EYE OF THE STORM: Bob Dylan visits Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter in jail in December 1975, the day before he performed the concert in the boxer’s honour. Dylan had recorded a song – ‘Hurricane’ – to protest against Carter’s imprisonment, earlier that year.
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A Hero Among Men HENRY CAVILL DONS A RED CAPE ONCE MORE IN THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ‘BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE’. BUT IN ANOTHER LIFE HE COULD HAVE ENDED UP A STOCK BROKER. ROBERT PIPER FINDS OUT IF HE MADE THE RIGHT CALL
F YOU WALKED up to a random bloke on
the street and asked him if he wanted the powers Henry Cavill has in Man of Steel, I’m pretty sure I could guess his answer. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be able to fly? You could wake up, roll out of bed, check your stocks, and then whizz over to Paris to enjoy a croissant for brekkie. Afterwards, how about a quick dip before work? You could nip across to the Bahamas for some sea and sun before heading back to London for the daily grind. Of course, the realities of flying on film aren’t quite so glamorous. When I spoke with Cavill about reprising the role of Superman in the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: ➤
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➤ Dawn of Justice, I had to ask how close he actually came to the sensation of flying? “In Man of Steel, a lot of it was done through wire work – with some CGI elements as well for the more distant shots, when we shot global stuff and large scenery. But in Batman v Superman, a lot more of the flying was done by CGI,” he continues, “but with live action of me landing or taking off.” Of course, as cinemagoers, our disbelief – like Cavill himself – is suspended. Our obsession with Superman is simple: he has powers that we want. That’s one of the main reasons why the superhero genre brings in hundreds of millions of dollars to Hollywood every year. Indeed, between Man of Steel and the last three Batman films, more than $3.13bn has been taken at the global box office. Somewhere in the brain’s machinery – alongside ambition, sex drive, and, er, investment strategies – there’s still a space that’s reserved for imagining what it would be like to be a superhero. Think about it: if Clark Kent was a financial trader instead of a journalist (who’d be a journalist, right?), he could fly between multiple time zones manipulating the markets to his heart’s content. Just imagine the possibilities. And then there’s Batman, another superhero people have been intrigued by since the first comic back in 1940. He, unlike Superman, is just a normal bloke – albeit one with a hell of a trust fund (he inherited Wayne Enterprises). He doesn’t possess god-like powers; he just excels in using crafty gadgets, driving amazing vehicles, and has an affinity for using his fists to maximum effect. But with enough technology and sly martial art techniques, could Batman actually take Superman in a fight? For years, people around the world, at work and at the pub, have been arguing about that exact scenario – with increasingly drunken conclusions. So, I ask Cavill about it outright, what’s the final score? “What…? We don’t even fight…”
he laughs. “Of course, we fight,” teases Cavill. Predictably, however, he refuses to give away the final outcome. Why spoil the fun? This is Cavill’s second time working with director Zack Snyder – the first time was in Man of Steel. They hit a pretty sizeable home run at the box offices for the film, and it brought in more than $293m internationally. The respect Cavill has for Snyder is clear: “Zack is one of those absolutely exceptional visualists. It’s always incredible to see his finished products because he really is very, very good at creating a picture.” This time around the stakes have been raised. The Batman v Superman cast is stacked: the ever-charming Ben Affleck takes over the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne, the ravishing redhead Amy Adams will play
Lois Lane, followed by beauty Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. The versatile Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor, and the veteran Michael Shannon will play General Zod. One thing that is for sure, is that the film is generating massive buzz all around the world. The first trailer on YouTube produced more than 61 million views. “I’m very excited about it being released,” says Cavill. “I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks.” After a stately beginning to his career, success has come thick and fast recently. How does Cavill look after the money side of things? “Most of my outgoings are spent on the team around me, which supports me. The irony about being in my position – and making more money on movies – is that it also costs more to support that infrastructure as time goes on.
MAN IN DEMAND: Henry Cavill reprises the role of Superman in his new film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which sees the two iconic superheroes going head-to-head. Although he’s giving nothing away as to who triumphs, Cavill looks on pretty strong form to us.
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Basically, the actual liquid cash amount stalls, rather than increases exponentially. But then, once you get to a certain point, it does start to increase – and you have more for things like investments,” reveals Cavill. As far as fashion goes, Cavill is a Dunhill guy. “I work very close with Dunhill right now,” he explains. “They’re fantastic – they make really stylish menswear, as well as leather goods. They design great suits – and classy casualwear, too,” he enthuses. Having played the impeccably dressed lead role – Napoleon Solo – in The Man from UNCLE, I wondered if he had started spending more of his time – and money – on his own wardrobe? “I suppose I have. But I have always liked wearing a good suit.” As to whether or not you might find Cavill
strolling the streets of the capital, it’s highly possible – he has a house in Kensington. But you’re most likely to spot him in Cut, Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant in the 45 Park Lane hotel: “It’s my favourite steakhouse,” he says. Of course, he travels a lot for work: “It varies enormously depending upon on where
I do enjoy the life I live now… but I think being a broker could actually really be interesting
I’m needed in the world – at this stage, it’s publicity for Batman v Superman – but it could be working on other jobs, which require me to go away. Before Christmas, I was in Jordan for a little bit, but other than that I spent most of last year here in London,” he explains. Cavill grew up on Jersey. He caught the acting bug there while doing school plays. As it happens, Cavill’s father was a stockbroker. In another life, would Henry ever have followed in his father’s footsteps? “Well, I do quite enjoy the life I live now… but I think the idea of being a broker could actually really be interesting,” explains Cavill. Still, I don’t think you can blame the guy for picking Superman over stocks. We’d trade with him any day. ■ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is out 25 March.
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JAGUAR F-TYPE SVR Wind-in-the-hair, flies-in-the-teeth motoring never looked so good. This convertible, along with the coupé, is the first production Jaguar from the company’s Special Vehicle Operations Department. In a nutshell, take a standard F-Type, reduce some of the weight, pump in around 570bhp from a 5.0-litre V8, add allwheel drive and a slick 8-speed auto box, and bingo; 0-60 in under four seconds and hurtling to the horizon at 200mph. Perfect for the M25 on a Friday night or, better, a blast down to the Côte d’Azur and some bubbly on the Promenade des Anglais. For more information: jaguar.co.uk
PORSCHE BOXSTER Couldn’t afford a 911, huh? Ah well, we’re sure you’ll manage with the newly launched 718 Boxster and its Cayman stablemate. Don’t be fooled by the looks. Granted, only a Porsche nut would be able to spot the difference between this and its predecessor; the real changes are in the engine department. The six-cylinder engines have gone; four-cylinder turbos are in – either 2.0 in the standard version or 2.5 litre in the S model. So that means less power right? Wrong. The new units have around 30bhp more. The Boxster is now seriously quick rather than mildly quick. And it sounds better, too. For more information: porsche.com
FERRARI GTC4 LUSSO Ferrari brochures are like reading code. And then there’s the names – 458, F12tdf, 488, GTB etc. We haven’t a clue what any of it means. At least the new GTC4 Lusso’s name gives a hint as to what you might expect. Ferrari says the 4 is ’cos you get four seats. That’s pathetic. We prefer to think that it points out the car’s all-wheel drive system or the clever four-wheel steering. Lusso obviously means it’s dripping in luxury. Actually, this is a thoroughly updated Ferrari FF. The 6.3-litre V12 engine has been boosted: 0-60mph takes just 3.4 seconds and, thanks to all the mechanical and electronic wizardry, it feels as solid as a rock. For more information: ferrari.com
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Audi can do no wrong at the moment. Chelsea would win the Premier League if the German car company was in charge. This RS Q3 Performance, based on the yummy-mummy school run favourite, is a mean machine. It packs 362bhp from a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine. That means 0-62mph takes 4.4 seconds; top speed is 167mph. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system helps put the power onto the road – the black labrador will be pinned to the rear window in no time. It’ll cost you almost £50,000 which, let’s face it, is a tad expensive for a family holdall. They’ll be a rare sight outside the school gates, that’s for sure. For more information: audi.com
INFINITI Q60 All credit to the luxury arm of Nissan for coming up with something different. If you are looking for a smart coupé that could give German metal a run for its money, then Infiniti reckons this is the car. It’s resisted the temptation to go down the miserable four-cylinder diesel route; instead opting for a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine under the bonnet, although there’ll be a 2.0-litre petrol unit eventually. If you want to know the prices, check out how much a BMW 4 Series will cost you. The Infiniti will have a high level of standard kit and should be utterly reliable. For more information: infiniti.co.uk
RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE Please welcome the first luxury SUV drop top: the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. Land Rover can’t build its cars fast enough to keep up with the demand – and when it comes to markets hungry for luxury cars that are a bit different, look no further than the Middle East, China and the USA. Back here in Blighty, the Evoque Convertible will be ideal for folk who want a drop top with serious go-anywhere ability but with high street appeal. Next month, square mile is taking one of the first of these to Courchevel to see if it drives as good as it looks. We’re just hoping for a bit of sun. For more information: landrover.co.uk
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This is the successor to the brilliant but quirky Mazda RX-7 and RX-8. Mazda clearly has something like the Porsche Cayman in its sights with this, but it’s promising to stay faithful to the RX models, which finally hit the UK buffers in 2012. So, expect a rotary engine in the front powering the wheels at the back. If that’s the case, Mazda will need to solve the fact that its 9,000rpm rotary engine drank oil almost as quickly as it drank petrol. But let’s face it, if you were looking for a stunningly sleek, two-seater sports car, then surely this is worth flogging a few shares for. For more information: mazda.co.uk
MCLAREN 675LT SPIDER Let’s talk about secs… 2.9 secs, to be exact. For that’s the time it will take you to hit 60mph from standstill in McLaren’s 675LT Spider. 125mph arrives in around 8.1 secs; keep things floored and you’ll pass 200mph easily. All of this performance comes from a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine churning out 668bhp. This is the latest offering from McLaren Special Operations. (It’s difficult to imagine ‘normal’ McLarens coming from Ordinary Operations.) The 675LT is the fastest ever, street-legal convertible McLaren. Prices start at £285,450. For more information: mclaren.com
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IF THE RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR LOOKS LIKE IT’S OFF THE SET OF A BOND FILM, THAT’S BECAUSE IT IS, SAYS MARK HEDLEY
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British countryside, some of the greatest engineers and technicians in the world come together to work on secret projects. They are part of a special operations division tasked with designing and building vehicles that are capable of extreme performance. It all sounds very James Bond, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s Land Rover… Jaguar Land Rover. Back in 2014, the British car company decided it was time it had a separate branch dedicated to bespoke personalisation, halo models and high-performance derivatives of its cars. It was to be called Special Vehicle Operations. Beyond the MI6-sounding nomenclature, there is in fact a direct link between SVO and the Bond franchise. In Spectre, SVO was in ➤
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➤ charge of building all the Land Rovers and Jags driven by the film’s bad guys. The fleet included seven Jags, a host of Land Rover Defenders, and four Range Rover Sport SVRs. It’s the latter that’s of particular interest to me. You see, the SVR is the fastest Land Rover – ever. And, crucially, it isn’t just restricted to the set of Hollywood blockbusters. In fact, I’m driving one right now on the A617 to Mansfield. This is, I think you’ll agree, about as far from a Bond destination as one could imagine. However, in an SVR, even the A617 feels pretty, well, special. Pull up to the traffic lights in the right hand lane of a dual carriageway, then look to your left: it doesn’t matter what car is next to you, the chances are, you can take it. The SVR will hit 60mph in 4.5 seconds; that’s quicker than a Porsche 911 – or an Aston Martin DB9, for that matter – in a car that weighs 2.3 tonnes. To be fair, even that is still impressively light for a car this big – thanks largely to Range Rover’s all-aluminium monocoque technology. The lightweight body shell is also incredibly stiff, ensuring that it’s not just in a straight line that the SVR can flex its considerable muscles. Bounding around on some more exciting B-roads proves that the SVR can handle the corners, too. Given that it’s more than 1.8m tall, you’d have thought it would suffer from some telltale SUV wallow. But that higher centre of gravity is barely noticeable behind the wheel of the SVR. And what a place that is to be. There’s headup display, projecting everything from speed
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to directions on the windscreen. The steering wheel is heated, ideal for frosty mornings. There are bucket seats, for that racing-car feel, yet they still have all the flexibility and controls you’d enjoy in a luxury limo. Then there’s all that speed to play with. The aluminium paddles tucked behind the wheel to help you on your way, and in the right circumstances (autobahn, track day, bank robbery), you can hit 162mph. Range Rover took it to Nürburgring to prove its pedigree and managed 8min 14sec. This is the fastest lap of the famous 12.9-mile circuit ever completed by a production SUV. So, how has the division managed this? Well, the engine tuning is pretty crucial: the supercharged five-litre V8 engine now produces 550PS – up from 510. Torque is up, too – from 625Nm to 680Nm. Advances have also been made with the chassis, the brake cooling and the suspension. Overall, it’s the sound that’s unforgettable. The new exhaust system has been tuned to deliver the raspiest, gaspiest note you’ll hear outside of professional motorsport. There’s a button that makes it sound even louder, too, allowing your ears to properly revel in the V8 thunder of snap, crackle and pops. Former Land Rover global marketing supremo John Edwards is in charge of the operation. He says, “there’s an increasing appetite for special cars, with a special story, from a special brand.” With the SVR, they’ve definitely nailed all three. ■ For more information, see: landrover.com
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FAST AND LUXURIOUS YOU’RE THE BOSS BUT YOU STILL NEED TO GET THERE FAST – TRY A LIMO WITH EXTRA SPEED, SAYS JEREMY TAYLOR
PORSCHE PANAMERA S E-HYBRID Few cars offer such divisive looks as the four-door Porsche Panamera. In profile, it’s supposed to resemble a stretched 911. This latest model is definitely the most attractive yet. The E-hybrid has two engines powering it – a supercharged petrol V6 plus a powerful electric motor capable of running the car at 80mph on its own. However, they work best in tandem, creating 410bhp and nudging 60mph in just over five seconds. Harmful CO2 emissions barely register at 71g/km, beating the Congestion Charge. It’s claimed the £89,000 e-Hybrid will average more than 90mpg but how many people buy a Porsche to monitor their fuel economy? Despite the low, streamlined shape the Panamera is pretty cavernous inside. There are just two individual seats in the back, which are angled to provide better forward visibility. You can opt for an Executive version with a wheelbase measuring 15cm longer.
ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST II From the moment your feet sink into the deep, opulent carpet you know there won’t be enough superlatives to describe the Ghost II. Laden with leather, clad in the finest wood veneers, this is undeniably one of the finest limousines money can buy. And it’s not just the fancy ornament on the bonnet. The Ghost II is smaller and more manageable than big brother Phantom. Measuring some 17-inches shorter, you can enjoy it from either the front or back seat. If you need to ask the price you probably can’t afford it but a Ghost II costs around £220,000. And that’s before you start personalising the car, which is what most customers like to do. From the cosseting comfort of the cabin you barely feel the 6.6-litre V12 come to life. They say in a Rolls-Royce that all you can hear is the clock ticking. Press on and you might catch a hint of what’s under the bonnet but the speedo would likely be into three figures by then. ➤
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This being a Porsche, it’s hard to fault the build quality. The E-hybrid also has a rash of geeky read-outs to explain the ratio between electric power and the engine. But the rpm gauge that doubles up as a sat nav map is more of a crowd pleaser. Unfortunately, the batteries do swallow up some of the Panamera’s boot space, making thoughts of a weekend getaway with the whole family slightly less enticing. Batteries are also heavy, detracting from some of the performance you might expect.
PORSCHE POWER: Despite the size of the Panamera, its parallel hybrid drivetrain is incredibly efficient, meaning not only is it quick, but it also produces tiny CO2 emissions. Itâ€™s speed with conscience.
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➤ ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE S If James Bond were to settle down and have a family, he would probably be driving a Rapide. Forget the aging engines and design platform – Aston’s four-door has to be the most beautiful saloon this side of Newport Pagnell. You might expect something special for £150,000 and the Rapide S won’t disappoint. Strictly a four-seater, the interior is a design masterclass, lovingly cut from fine materials and fitted together by genuine craftsmen. The long, sleek styling means passengers sit low and slightly laid back in the cabin. It can be tricky getting in and out of the rear but just a glimpse of the back seat set up would encourage a sumo wrestler to squeeze in. A large bolster over the transmission tunnel separates the two rear seats, which are heated and air-cooled. They can enjoy the Bang & Olufsen sound system, or just marvel at the soundtrack from the exhaust pipes. Power comes from a 6.0-litre V12 that produces 550bhp. It’s not delivered as urgently as some of Aston’s more ‘sporty’ models but still rushed to 60mph in under five seconds. Driving a Rapide isn’t about how fast you go – it’s about how you go travelling fast. There are few cars in the world that will move passengers like an Aston Martin and this is one of the most accomplished.
BENTLEY FLYING SPUR W12 A luxury limo that’s as quick as most supercars? The Bentley Flying Spur is a Jekyll and Hyde sort of machine – the cabin may reek
SPLIT PERSONALITY: What links all these four-door saloons is that on one hand they will transport the whole family in comfort, and on the other hand, you can slam your foot to floor and hoon around as it you were the same age as your teenage son.
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of old school charm but there’s also something rather sinister lurking under the bonnet. The W12 engine that rumbles intimidatingly on tickover produces mind-boggling statistics. In fact, it beats just about everything else in Top Trumps. The twin turbo boasts a cubic capacity of 5,998, produces 616bhp and hauls 2.4 tonnes of Bentley to 60mph in just 4.3 secs. Of course, there are quicker vehicles on the road, but once you have been cosseted by Bentley’s sumptuous blend of hide and wood, any car with the word ‘super’ preceding it appears rather vulgar by comparison. The majority of owners will spend most of their time in the back but with so much power on tap – it is the most powerful four-door Bentley ever – the real fun is to be had up front. Although Bentley is now part of the Volkswagen Group, this is every inch a British bulldog. Press the ‘on’ button and the roar from those giant exhaust pipes make your spine tingle like a low-flying Spitfire. Fuel consumption of 19mpg is not exactly ideal, but we suspect it won’t be an issue if you can afford the £153,300 price tag. In fact, the only financial issues to worry about is how excitable you get with the added extras. Ensure plenty of time in the showroom to ponder over a Naim audio system (£5,835), rear seat entertainment (£5,695) or refridgerated bottle cooler (£1,665). The total cost of our test car was, ahem, £191,190. On the road, the only comfort missing is a personal butler. He’s probably on the option list somewhere if you look hard enough. ■
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THE GREAT ESCAPE Aston Martin and Elegant Resorts are collaborating on a selection of three stunning driving experiences this year. The aptly named ‘Scottish Legends’ is a six-night trip that takes in the impressive Highland landscapes around Glencoe and Glen Affric – all behind the wheel of an Aston Martin. Then there’s ‘Italy Unpacked’, a road trip through some of the most picturesque scenery in Italy from Venice to Milan via Lake Garda. And if you fancy staying on home soil, the ‘England All Stars’ journey includes stays in The London EDITION, Cornwell Manor and Mallory Court. The only downside is you will have to give back the keys to your Aston at the end of the trip. For more info: elegantresorts.co.uk
OFF-ROAD TRIP Luxury travel specialist Abercrombie & Kent has teamed up with Land Rover to host a series of off-road adventures. Itineraries include crossing the diverse terrain of Spain’s Les Comes Estate and tackling the dramatic landscape of Iceland. For more info: abercrombiekent.co.uk
SUPERCAR SHOWDOWN Performance Portfolio is one of UK’s top supercar experience companies – offering up everything from self-drive hire in the UK to the Ultimate European Tour where you’ll drive some of the best roads in France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. For more info: performance-portfolio.co.uk
DRIVE TIME If you love watches as much as cars, then sign up to the IWC Swiss Watch Driving Tour. This threenight luxury break takes you from Zurich to the IWC factory in Schaffhausen. And to drive? How about a Lamborghini Huracan? Or a BMW i8? Or a Ferrari 458? Your call. For more info: ultimatedrives.net ■
WIND MACHINE MASERATI IS BEST KNOWN FOR ITS ACHIEVEMENTS ON THE RACETRACK – SO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE BRAND PUTS ITS NAME TO A BOAT? JEREMY TAYLOR REPORTS FROM AUSTRALIA
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of his era. The Italian powerboat racer smashed countless records during the 1932 season – mainly thanks to a lightweight engine built of aluminium. The engine had originally been designed for motor racing but the success of Rossi’s Montelera XII boat proved the dawn of a new era for the engineering family who built the powerplant. They were the Maserati brothers of Bologna. Renowned for constructing beautiful motorcars, it’s odd that less than a century later, Maserati’s maritime past has almost sunk without trace. Especially as Count Rossi’s achievements with the four-cylinder engine were just the start of a long history of speedboat success: Maserati dominated the powerboat scene until the late 1960s, claiming a string of world records and championships. Now, 80 years on, Maserati is back on the water again. There’s still a charismatic Italian at the helm and the new boat’s already broken records but this time there’s one major
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difference – this Maserati isn’t driven by an engine. The VOR70-type racing yacht is a 70ft, carbon-fibre mono-hull, designed for long distance challenges powered solely by the wind. Already one of the fastest sailing boats in the world, the £4m Maserati was extensively refitted in 2012 under the direction of legendary Italian skipper, Giovanni Soldini. Famous for his single-handed sailing exploits, the 49-year-old has already won a solo roundthe-world race, despite changing course to save a fellow competitor who had capsized. With a crew of eight on board Maserati, Soldini has once again been making waves in long-distance sailing. The boat recently broke the record for the Trade Clipper Route between San Francisco and Shanghai, covering the 7,000-mile stretch in just 21 days, 19 hours and 54 seconds. Maserati was first across the line in the 14th edition of the Cape2Rio race, covering the 3,300 miles that separate Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro in just over ten days and 11 hours. Then in December, Soldini and his team competed in the notoriously difficult Sydneyto-Hobart race. Despite lining up against much larger yachts, the boat finished in a very creditable fourth place. Soldini is currently planning a series of new challenges for 2016 that have yet to be announced, and some are likely to be in Europe, further boosting Maserati’s resurgent profile here. The skipper hopes 2016 will prove he helms the fastest long-distance racer in the world. But how does the boat compare with ➤
SAILS DIVISION: With a logo emblazoned on the side youâ€™d usually associate with cars, the Maserati yacht sets high expectations for fast speeds and a thrilling ride â€“ and meets them easily: she is one of the fastest-sailing boats in the world
BACK ON DRY LAND: Maserati’s Quattroporte GTS can go from 0-60mph in a pretty handy 4.7 seconds, and is capable of up to 190mph. Similarities with the yacht Maserati are more than you’d expect, but certainly don’t lie in the price tag – you’ll need an extra £3.9m for the boat.
helmsman, I use every piece of equipment on the boat to best effect. If something isn’t used, it’s taken off the boat to save weight.” Soldini has been racing boats for more than 30 years but is it as glamorous a lifestyle as it sounds? “Of course, everybody thinks you are living the dream, but it’s not easy on your family and personal life. I have spent my life at sea, so I’m used to it. I did have a normal job in an office once but I didn’t last very long there. This is normal to me now.” Back on dry land, I shout my thanks to the crew and set off in search of the four-wheeled variety of Maserati waiting for me in the car park. Thankfully, there’s nothing minimalist about the Quattroporte GTS. Maserati’s most luxurious motor is loaded with high quality leather and trim – you can even personalise the
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➤ the company’s fastest, long-distance saloon – the Quattroporte GTS? I travelled to Sydney for square mile to put both to the test… Soldini is waiting for me at the quayside. He looks every inch the swarthy sailor, with a few week’s worth of beard growth, a caramel tan and salt-encrusted deck shoes. His crew are busying themselves on board, where the common language is naturally Italian. There appears to be little on the boat that has anything to do with cars, but Soldini disagrees. “I actually think there are many similarities between the construction of the two. Just like a racing car, there are few creature comforts inside the yacht. The crew sleeps on stretchertype hammocks slung from the cabin wall – and there’s no toilet!” As we steer a passage under Sydney Harbour Bridge and past the opera house, Soldini becomes more serious. “The key to going faster is to reduce weight, just like Formula One. So we try to use carbon fibre for everything – from the hull to the mast.” Soldini then takes me down below to show me his ‘office’ towards the rear of the monohull’s dark cabin. It features every type of computer and navigational aid, monitoring the performance of the boat during a passage. “Ultimately, it comes down to the ‘driver’ to steer Maserati on the right course. As I’m the
sumptuous seats with panels of silk. It’s plush, posh and with the added cache of rarity value, the Quattroporte stands out from the crowd more than any BMW or Mercedes. The Maserati really turns heads and keeping the 3.8-litre twin turbo contained on Sydney’s highways is a frustrating exercise. The £108,000 GTS is a big car but it will fly past 60mph from standstill in 4.7 seconds. It’s capable of 190mph – up there with exotica from the likes of Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Yacht Maserati will cut through the seas while barely making a sound but the rasps and snorts from the Quattroporte’s tailpipes are all part of the experience. Play with the aluminium gearshift paddles on the steering column and that exhaust will cough and spit with every single change. Quattroporte’s rousing performance is only tainted by the GTS’s 23.7mpg, plus the fact it sits in the highest tax bracket for CO2 – a whopping 274 g/km. Wind-assisted, Maserati is certainly the more economical machine. The Blue Mountains are a three-hour drive from downtown Sydney and boast some of the best driving roads in New South Wales. Tarmac cuts a path through steep-sided valleys and eucalyptus forest, giving the Maserati a chance to really show off its sharp handling. GTS is equipped with adaptive dampers as standard, providing a sure-footed response over some of the more damaged road surfaces. For such a large car, the Quattroporte responds well on the tricky mountain route to my destination at Wolgan Valley Resort – one of Australia’s most exclusive eco hotels. The final 15 miles to Wolgan offers the most demanding driving of the entire journey. The road has been newly resurfaced but a succession of hairpin bends and wandering wildlife demands the fullest of attention. Yes the Quattroporte is large, but electric power steering and the slick eight-speed gearbox will really flatter your skills. The resort itself sits in a huge, natural amphitheatre, with wild kangaroos and wallabies creating an antipodean version of Jurassic Park. Cars aren’t allowed so I reluctantly hand over the keys and leave the GTS to cool down in the car park. The final few miles are covered aboard a bouncy Land Rover, giving me time to reflect on both Maserati car and boat. If you could afford the yacht’s £4m price tag, then an extra £108,000 for the GTS would be small change. I’d be happy with either – as long as it has the Maserati trident on the front. ■
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From shrines to skyscrapers: DUNCAN MADDEN explores how fast-paced change is tempering memories of Cambodiaâ€™s tumultuous past
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CALM AND COLLECTED: The Bayon temple, Angkor Thom, is located in a serene setting, offering calmer surrounds than the tourist-luring Angkor Wat. The 13th century structure stands in stark contrast to the shiny new developments rapidly springing up in other parts of the country.
EEING MY FIRST Cambodian sunrise on a breakfast cruise along the mighty Mekong river opens my eyes to the change taking hold in the former Khmer Empire. To the east, multi-coloured wooden riverboats huddle together, moored to the muddy bank in a chaotic tangle of ropes and knots, their canoe-narrow hulls bobbing hypnotically in the fast-moving current. Aboard, families fish, tend nets and cook over smoky fires, accustomed to a lifetime of constant motion beneath their bare feet. Framing the scene, a carpet of dusty greens – rice paddies fed by irrigation channels – reaches for the horizon and beyond. Facing this timeless hinterland, Phnom Penh rises ponderously from the western bank. It’s a familiar view in fast-modernising Southeast Asia – shrines and temples scattered amid cranes that claw the skyline, busily spewing forth taller and shinier buildings catering to the growing influx of western business. It feels defiant and challenging yet full of hope and possibility for the future, a city and people keen to turn their back on a turbulent, tragic past. On dry land I make a beeline for what is usually the most honest microcosm of city life – the main market. Early-to-rise tourists and locals rub shoulders in close proximity, the former haggling with stern-faced stallholders for a few riels off Nike counterfeits, the latter brisk in their daily routine plucking lush fruits, unidentifiable fish and questionable meats from abundant, fly-covered displays. Appetite piqued, lunch serves up a surprise. Founded by the charity Friends International and run by former street kids, Romdeng restaurant is famed for its near-forgotten Khmer recipes. While I nibble on creamy silkworms and stir-fried red tree ants, huge toothy river fish and tamarind-infused soups, our waiter appears. Covered plate in hand he reveals the local speciality as a sizeable live tarantula, “Delicious served crispy with lime and kampot black pepper”. I’m tempted, but the whimper of disgust from my dining companions persuades me to take a rain check. Early next morning I watch the city wake through the dust-etched windows of a ➤
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➤ minibus as we jostle down Street 371. Children play naked at the feet of their fathers, prostate in plastic chairs with T-shirts rolled up to expose prodigious bellies. Huge cockerels stand proud but tethered to rickety corrugated walls shielding chaotic building sites from view. But the normality of this everyday life already feels at odds with our destination. In 1975, Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge seized power and implemented the Democratic Kampuchea regime. Modelled on Maoist China during the Great Leap Forward, it based itself on 11th-century agricultural foundations and discarded most things western. The Khmer Rouge killed around two million people, with Choeung Ek and the prison at Tuol Sleng the most infamous scenes of massacre. I walked the killing fields alone numbed by the audio guide’s descriptions of unimaginable horrors, mass graves interrupting the landscape where the rags of victims still emerge from the ground 40 years on. A local man held a crowd spellbound as he recounted his family’s story and expressed his concerns that modern Cambodia forgets too easily the reign of Pol Pot. It’s a hard thing to imagine and his words equally difficult to forget. That afternoon I took a bike tour, keen to get some fresh air and a new perspective. Grasshopper Adventures takes small groups to unusual places all by the power of the pedal. So for the second time in as many days I cross the Mekong, this time to its islands and the rural communities that live there seemingly frozen in time under the shadow of Phnom
TRAVEL DETAILS Duncan travelled with Cox & Kings (coxandkings.co.uk, 020 3642 0861) which offers a nine-day/sevennight tailormade package to Cambodia from £2,395 per person (twin share). The price includes international flights with Thai Airways, private airport transfers, Angkor Wat excursions, domestic flights and breakfast daily. Accommodation includes three nights at the Raffles Le Royale in Phnom Penh, and four nights in the equally splendid Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap. Duncan cycled with Grasshopper Adventures (grasshopperadventures.com), toured Angkor with About Asia (aboutasiatravel.com) and got blessed with Vespa Adventures (vespaadventures.com)
VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY: Get away from the crowds by traversing Cambodia’s countryside on two wheels. Not only will you avoid hoards of selfie stick-wielding tourists, but you’ll get to explore places that otherwise aren’t always accessible.
Penh’s industrial loom only a few miles away. We cycle potted dirt tracks, stopping to greet farmers hand-tilling fields fertile with fruit, vegetables and rice. As we wheel through villages children pour out of buildings to scream hello and demand high fives. I watch an elderly lady creep to her knees in deference to an orange-robed monk shading himself under a matching umbrella, a sea of tangerinehued benevolence. It feels a world away from my morning experience. Muddied and exhausted, I returned to my base at Raffles Le Royal, Phnom Penh’s grande dame hotel, for an evening swim. The hotel is a sanctuary of calm, rich in its own history. I wash away the day and imagine those who’ve floated here before me – Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Onassis lend undoubted glamour, but for me the journalists Sydney Schanberg and Jon Swain command the most intrigue, based here as they kept the world informed about Cambodia’s civil war. The next morning, we take the short, spectacular flight to Siem Reap, my view for most of it filled by the freshwater mass of Tonlé Sap lake where floating villages support networks of vibrant communities. My eye’s already on the horizon though, alive to the wonders awaiting us at Angkor. Rediscovered in 1859 by intrepid French explorer Henri Mahout, the Angkor temples were built between the ninth and 13th centuries by the god-kings of the Khmer Empire. I join a small excursion to some lesserknown temples – a wise move I realise as we
drove past the vast throbbing crowds at famed Angkor Wat. We instead head for the temple ruins of Ta Nei where our only companions were a chain-smoking security guard and several million cicadas providing a deafening soundtrack to our solo exploration. At the imposing Victory Gate of Angkor Thom, the entrance to the Khmer Empire’s most enduring capital city, we climb and stroll the eight-metre-high laterite city wall to the ominously named Death Gate. To one side, a huge moat was once patrolled by man-eating crocs as a deterrent to any would-be invaders. At Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon we take shelter from a downpour under ancient archways where thousand-year-old stone faces stare down on us, impassive and timeless. My final day, and I find myself on the back of a classic cream Vespa racing through Siem Reap’s rush hour. My driver effortlessly reads the impossible traffic to weave deftly between makeshift motorised carts piled high with all manner of paraphernalia and soon we arrive at the oldest pagoda in Siem Reap. I’m here for a Buddhist blessing where an orange-clad monk puts aside cigarette and Coke can to bestow luck on my travels and mutter charms of I’m unsure what. Oddly reassured, I wander down the temple steps to the shores of the West Baray reservoir. In front of me a local man stands topless in waist-deep water casting a line into the mirrored surface in search of finger fish to feed his family – behind him a jumbo jet climbs into the sky packed full of tourists returning home. ■
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ATAR IS AN intriguing, exciting mix of contrasting sights, from sleek skyscrapers and glittering malls to historic, colour-soaked souks and sunscorched desert plains. Few places in the world are experiencing such fast-paced development, and Qatar is a country that’s constantly evolving while also keeping a proud hold on the traditions of its past. While it’s well known for its economic riches and import as a business destination, Qatar also offers visitors a wealth of cultural experiences to discover, from its thriving arts scene to a varied cuisine that caters to lovers of both east and west. Qatar’s blend of old and new is sure to thrill at every turn, spanning from dune-
filled desert to bustling Doha, from modern buildings to traditional Arab architecture. The capital perfectly exemplifies the fusion of past with present: step beyond the city’s elegant new towers and you’ll discover the sights and sounds of the Souq Waqif – the country’s most
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famed and vibrant marketplace, where you can haggle for traditional garments, spices and handicrafts underneath its iconic stone arches. The traditional souq’s labyrinth of narrow alleys is also home to dozens of buzzing, spicescented local restaurants, and art galleries, while more surprising attractions include its falcon shops and horse stables. For a dose of Qatari history, there’s Al Zubarah, one of the country’s Unesco World Heritage-listed sites, which acted as a large commercial and pearling port in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its crumbling fort still remains, offering beautiful views of the old coastal city from its battlements. Art lovers arriving in Qatar via Hamad International Airport will catch a glimpse of
the famous Lamp Bear – this playful modern installation is a 23-foot yellow teddy bear sculpted from bronze by Swiss artist Urs Fischer. More traditional art attractions include the hugely impressive Museum of Islamic Art, spanning 14 centuries of artwork, and the Qatar National Museum, which opens this year and has been designed by French starchitect Jean Nouvel to resemble a desert rose emerging from the ground. Gentle, warm-hearted hospitality is the Qatari way, and it’s more opulent than you could have even imagined. Show-stopping hotels continue to spring up along the country’s palm-dotted beaches including the lavish Sharq Village Resort and Spa, while the Marsa Malaz Kempinski is a unique haven that sits majestically on The Pearl. Spanning nearly four million square metres, The Pearl is a manmade island offering 32km of new coastline. Qatar’s hotels are also home to many international fine-dining restaurants: St Regis Doha boasts a Hakkasan and a Gordon Ramsay, while the world’s largest Nobu is located within Doha’s Four Seasons.
Qatar also hosts its fair share of sporting spectaculars, including Chi Al Shaqab this March, and the Qatar MotoGP. Take to the azure waters for activities including paddle-boarding, diving, fishing and kayaking in the tranquil mangroves, while thrill seekers can head to the desert for sand skiing, dune bashing and camel racing. While the array of Qatar’s cultural and sporting activities won’t fail to entertain, it’s the country’s mystical beauty that provides its unique allure. Looking out towards the billowing white sails of the dhows as they glide across the water can’t help but entrance, while the beguiling beauty of the barren, sunbaked desert exudes the fairytale-like magic of Arabia. With world-class hospitality, lavish hotels and stunning natural beauty, Qatar is a destination you’ll find hard to forget. ■ For more information, see qatartourism.gov.qa
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PRINCESS AND THE SEA The Princess 72 doesn’t just look fantastic – it performs superbly, meaning you can really sail the seas in style, says NICK BURNHAM
DECKS APPEAL: While it’s possible to crew the Princess 72, its clever layout lends itself well to owner operation, so you can captain the vessel without leaving your guests all at sea. The space out on deck is split into four ‘zones’, including a sundeck and a bathing platform.
IORGIO ARMANI ONCE said, “To create
something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.” Something tells me that Mr Armani is a fan of Princess Yachts, then. Even at the most macro level, the attention to detail of these British-built yachts is mindblowing. Take just one tiny area aboard the 72 – the galley bar: the flawless rich brown leather panelling on the front precisely matches the stitched-leather wrap of the stainless-steel handrail, itself gently backlit by the concealed ambient lighting that lies beneath the highly polished and high-quality granite and quartz worktop. In just this one specific area the detailing – from the aesthetic to the quality of the materials to the pleasing design – comes together to create something genuinely special. And it’s like this everywhere. The slim, polished fillets of wood in the backs of the lower helm seats; the specially shaped cut-outs in the galley drawer to gently but firmly hold your crockery in place; the gorgeous Samuel & Heath faucets on the Perrin & Rowe basins in the bathrooms: be it practical or merely cosmetic, each individual element subtly contributes to a sensory experience that is a cohesive whole. But as undeniably fantastic as all the detailing is, it’s when you expand your vision and take in the overview of this yacht that it really impresses. Because fundamentally, as a yacht – and as a home away from home, too – it just works so very well. While this is a vessel that can certainly be crewed should you wish (courtesy of the standard-fit separate two-berth en-suite crew cabin beneath the cockpit), it has a layout that lends itself well to owner operation. ➤
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Located at St Katharine Docks, the London On-Water Yacht & Boat Show will run over four days from 4-7 May. Princess will be showing three of its impressive models, including the Princess 72. The show coincides with Prestige London and the London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show, which is taking place a short walk away in Old Billingsgate, so you can pick up a supercar while you’re at it.
➤ That galley, for example, is directly opposite the eight-seater dining area on the level main deck – ideal for entertaining and socialising, working just as well as a bar as it does for full culinary duties. Further aft, the saloon links to the expansive cockpit, sliding glass doors melding these two areas into one. That feeling of easy space applies equally to the lower deck. Four cabins accommodate you and your friends or family in sumptuous surroundings. Indeed, those enjoying the en-suite VIP cabin with its floor-to-ceiling wardrobes and dressing table might well believe that they’ve accidentally misappropriated the master cabin. It’s up to you whether you enlighten them, because one look at the full-beam master situated in the centre of the vessel leaves no doubt as to where the epicentre of luxury really is. With acres of level floor space, its own dressing area, a sofa, a safe, a built-in 46-inch flatscreen and a breath-taking bathroom, this is living at its most lavish. It’s the same story out on deck. Split into four distinct zones, the hydraulic bathing platform becomes the ultimate beach for everything from ankle-deep paddling to
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With acres of space, the luxurious master cabin is living at its most lavish, and it’s the same story out on deck launching a scuba-diving expedition. The aft cockpit offers sheltered alfresco eating beneath the shade of the flybridge overhang, or make your way forward along the safe, wide, deeply bulwarked side decks to the foredeck cockpit with its cabin-top sundeck and its forward-facing sofa. Aloft, the flybridge offers yet more options with a well equipped bar serving a massive C-shaped seating area around a folding teak table and another large sunpad. But it’s the front of this area that finally gives you perhaps the greatest understanding of what this spectacular yacht is really all about. The instrument console rises, James
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The minute attention to detail inside the Princess 72 means you can enjoy home comforts while miles away from dry land. The saloon [pictured here] features stylish design touches and plenty of natural light, while out on deck, sunpads await...
Bond-style, at the touch of a button. Two further touches rumble the twin Caterpillar C32 A turbo diesel engines into life – each cylinder a whopping three litres in capacity (and there are 24 of them spread across the two V12 engines). Bow and stern thrusters make light work of easing this leviathan free of the confines of the marina – those mammoth diesel engines making yet lighter work still of easing it effortlessly onto the plane. Finally, you begin to understand the level of extreme detail less evident to the naked eye that goes into every aspect of this highperformance craft. Obsessive engineering results in whisper-quiet noise levels while the Bernard Olesinski-designed deep V hull parts the waves with imperialistic grace. In ‘synchro’ mode you control a combined output of more than 3,000hp with one slim stainless steel throttle lever – dialling up 25 knots at a mere 1,900rpm, up to a further ten additional knots still in hand to shorten voyage times or increase scope within a set timeframe should you so desire. From the small details to the big picture, the Princess 72 is nothing short of exceptional. ■ For more information, see princess.co.uk
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With two top-class restaurants, a spa and views to rival London’s most vaunted skyscrapers, M by Montcalm Shoreditch is a Tech City gem, says MIKE GIBSON
GET SOME PERSPECTIVE: The mind-bending M by Montclalm Shoreditch became such an immediately iconic view when looking down City Road that it was even described as a hazard to drivers. Then again, if they’re choosing to drive in this part of Town, they deserve it, in our opinion…
OR SOME, THE ideal hotel conjures up
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images of an austere country estate, surrounded by lush greenery. For me, though, a beautifully designed, modern hotel set against the backdrop of a city that barely pauses for breath offers the perfect chance to realign. I’m not yet tired of the pace of London, nor am I looking to escape it. That’s why the M by Montcalm hotel, a looming, warping architectural marvel in prime real estate on City Road, serves as an ideal retreat; a chance to watch the city buzz around you, without having to participate; London in time-lapse. If the outside didn’t give it away, this is a design hotel, from the lobbies to the restaurants. Our room is suitably tech-y, with tablets controlling the lights, temperature and even the curtains, which, when opened, provide a cinema-scoped view across the City. I ate at the excellent ground-floor restaurant Tonic & Remedy when it first opened, so this time I elected for Urban Coterie, the top-floor restaurant created in partnership with Arbutus’s Anthony Demetre. Food and service is as you’d hope – reflecting the undeniable glamour of the skyline setting with an approach that’s still down-to-earth (this is Shoreditch, after all). Pig’s head is sumptuous; “piece of beef” with gremolata is a dish at the top end; the salted caramel old fashioned, sipped on chairs in the bar that overlook the other side of the building to our room, is a fantastic conclusion. There’s a gym, and a spa, which I’m assured is top-of-the-range, with a huge array of wellbeing treatments should you need an extra push to get to you to peak relaxation. But being well-fed, woozy, and watching the city’s boundless energy from a reassuringly comfortable distance (and chair) is enough to get me there. Sometimes, as is the case with this somewhat alien-looking hotel, all you need is a change of perspective. ■ For more information, see mbymontcalm.co.uk
WM BARKER BY LYDIA WINTER WM Barker & Co may sound like an insurance firm, but it’s actually a new underground drinking den located underneath Bishopsgate’s infamous Dirty Dicks pub. Follow neon signs (what else?) down a short flight of stairs and you’ll emerge in what looks like a plush wine cellar. Take a look at the list of cocktails, however, and you’ll see it’s been hipsterfied, complete with ‘hashtag’ monikers for the drinks. The Shoreditch #TheArtist, for example, contains catnip tincture (whatever that is – should humans be drinking catnip?), and each listing contains various ‘shrubs’ (sweetened vinegarbased syrups). Despite – or perhaps thanks to – these additions, the cocktails are all genuinely delicious. Hoxton #ThePhotographer has a shortbread crumble rim that you can’t help but lick off, while the WM Banana & Co #The Entrepreneur consists of an enormous cube of ice with bananaflavoured Chivas Regal. As for the menu, it’s short but sweet, with open sandwiches, toasties and meat and cheese boards. And if cocktails aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of beer and wine, too.
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the finest wines are available by the glass. The tap water is served in matte silver bottles, that once were home to chardonnay from the Silver Oak winery in Napa. Even a trip to the loos offers some wine education: rather than easylistening music, a Matt Kramer podcast plays from the ceiling speakers informing me about the effect of terroir on pinot noir vines. Of course, the main evidence is in the creative and exciting wine list, which is full to brimming with unique and interesting labels. I’m a big fan of the posh tapas concept as it means you get to try lots of dishes without the formality of a tasting menu. To be honest, every course we chose hit a home run, but ones not to be missed include ham croquettes – little balls of heaven – and the duck egg, delicious with ox cheek and truffly goodness. Leave room for the salted caramel ice cream. It comes with its own squeezy sauce bottle – I challenge you not to finish it. If you can’t get enough of the experience, you can take a little Social Wine & Tapas home with you, courtesy of the shop next door. Sadly, they don’t sell the toasties to go. ■ Social Wine & Tapas, 39 James St, W1U 1DL
CAN COUNT ON one hand the number of times I’ve had a meal so good it’s made me well up a bit. Just sometimes, when you bite into something, the combination of flavours is so sensational that you can’t believe food can actually taste this good. On the few occasions this has happened, it’s been a dish that is technically complex – a multi-Michelin starred extravaganza that has left me wobbly lipped. Not – as was the case at Social Wine & Tapas – a toastie. But at this restaurant the humble snack is taken to a whole new level. The trick, I’m told, is using a manchego bechamel sauce, grilling it, and topping it off with a soft-boiled quail’s egg. Result = comfort-food heaven. With its rustic, burnt-umber walls, Social Wine & Tapas has a deliberately Spanish flavour, but thanks to art deco lamps and exposed AC ducts, it still feels less ‘La Tasca’ and more ‘la tasteful’. It also has the air of a wine cellar: the latest extension of Jason Atherton’s growing Social empire was the brainchild of Laure Patry, who is also executive head sommelier at Pollen Street. There’s evidence of her vinous passion at every corner. She uses Coravin, so many of
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Aside from a catchy name, 22-year-old reigning US Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau also has a catchy golf swing, a catchy set of clubs, and a pretty catchy taste in headwear, too. While his flat cap sparks off memories of the late Payne Stewart, so too does his confident, borderline cocky, attitude. Born in California, DeChambeau has the clean-cut college looks that fans and sponsors fall over for, and a game that will win plenty of tournaments, if past performances are anything to go by. Having swept the floor with all before him at college and amateur level, DeChambeau teed it up a level in last year’s US Open after shooting 11 under par in the 36-hole qualifier, and then announced himself to the southern hemisphere by finishing second in December’s Australian Masters. With spots in this season’s Masters, US Open and Open already secured, this year has seen DeChambeau ease into the professional game via the European Tour. Having secured invitations to play on the ‘Desert Swing’, he announced himself to the rest of the world in no uncertain terms in Abu Dhabi, leading the starstudded tournament after round one with a stunning eight-under-par 64. A thirdround 78 saw him finish 54th, but two cuts in Qatar and Dubai ensured his time in the Middle East was well spent. Unlike many talented American golfers who go through the college system, DeChambeau isn’t a knuckle-headed sports jock who skipped classes to hit balls. Fluent in algebra before he left junior school, he studied physics for his degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and applied his knowledge of its laws and theories to improve his golf swing and design his own clubs. After studying geometric-oriented linear forces, he landed upon a theory that if he fitted every club in his bag with the same shaft length – 37.5 inches – and set them at the same lie angle, he could swing on the same plane for each and every club. So rather than having to stand more upright for long irons or lower his hands for wedge shots, he could swing the same way every time. In theory, it should make for a more consistent, repeatable swing. And in practice, it seems to be working thus far. ■
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THE ALGARVE’S ENDURING APPEAL Fifty years after the first golf ball was struck there, British golfers still flock to Portugal’s Algarve to enjoy relaxed rounds and some of Europe’s most luxurious resorts. NICK BAYLY picks his highlights
IVEN THAT PORTUGAL is blessed with yearround sunshine and more than 70 golf clubs, it is a source of constant surprise that the country has so far failed to produce a truly world-class golfer. Its best player is 34-year-old Ricardo Santos, who is currently languishing at 749th in the world rankings – although he is the only homegrown player ever to win the Madeira Islands Open. It’s fair to say, though, that Portugal didn’t start building golf courses in the mid-1960s in the hope of producing a plethora of pro golfers. It did so to capitalise on the growing appetite that we Brits had for taking our hols abroad. And with UK courses generally being unplayable between November and April, there was also an opportunity to invite golf-starved Englishmen to hop on a plane and be putting in their shirtsleeves in under four hours. And while a Portuguese golfer has yet to make his mark on the global stage, that hasn’t prevented the country from creating a number of golf courses and resorts that have. While areas around Lisbon offer a growing choice of top-class venues – Praia del Rey and Oitavos Dunes being among them – it is the 60-mile stretch of coastline along the southern Algarve region that is leading the country’s attraction as a place to retire to, invest in a holiday home, or simply book a two-week golf holiday. It is here where you will find more than 40 golf courses crammed between the towns of Castro Marim in the east and Lagos in the west. ‘Crammed’ is perhaps a little unfair, as there is space to breathe between layouts, although they do come thick and fast just west of the airport at Faro. This year marks the 50th anniversary of
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the first course opening in the region, with Sir Henry Cotton’s masterpiece at Penina paving the way for all the courses that have subsequently sprouted up along this stretch of coastline that is peppered with quiet coves, sandy beaches and quaint fishing villages. With more than 300 days of sunshine and a cooling Atlantic breeze, the Algarve has certainly proved a winning mix as far as golfers are concerned, with last year seeing a record 1.2 million rounds played on the region’s courses. And while much of golf’s growth in the region is inextricably linked to the demand for second homes, it’s the wealth of great layouts and the warmth of the welcome that will ensure the Algarve remains one of Europe’s most popular golfing destinations for many generations to come.
QUINTA DO LAGO, FARO If Penina is the grandfather of golf in the Algarve, then Quinta do Lago is the godfather, not just in Portugal, but arguably the whole of Europe. The 2,000-acre golf and residential estate was launched in the early 1970s, and has changed hands several times in the intervening years, with the current owner being Irish telecoms billionaire Denis O’Brien, who forked out €30m for the resort in 1998. O’Brien has spent at least that sum again on developing the five-star venue, which features three 18-hole courses – North, South and Laranjal. At least €10m went on revamping the North in 2014, with O’Brien bringing in fellow countryman Paul McGinley to carry out a major overhaul of the showcase layout. The 2014 Ryder Cup-winning captain ➤
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BEACH CLUB: [clockwise from this image] Recently upgraded Quinta do Lago; a wayward shot at Vale do Lobo could result in disgruntled sunbathers; Oceanico’s Faldodesigned course.
➤ wisely kept to the original routing of the 6,776-yard course, but upgraded all the greens, tees, bunkers, and drainage systems to take it into the modern era. The ten-month project resulted in a course that is playable for all levels of golfer, with a new emphasis on precision and strategy. The South, which itself is an eight-time host of the Portuguese Open, and Laranjal, which was voted Portugal’s best in 2011, offer a strong supporting cast, while additional golf facilities include Europe’s first Paul McGinley Golf Academy and a TaylorMade Performance Centre. While there are countless private apartments and villas to rent within the estate, 2012 saw the opening of the five-star, six-storey
South and Laranjal: €127/€97
below – while the Ocean’s short 15th is equally memorable for its cliff-top location. Almost a small town in its own right – it has its own fire brigade – amenities include a 14-court tennis centre, a supermarket, 15 restaurants and bars, and the Praça beach complex, a party zone which boasts a further ten restaurants, shops, a nightclub and pools that overlook the beach. As with Quinta, self-catering guests can choose to rent a variety of private apartments, townhouses and villas on the estate, while the iconic Dona Felipe Hotel, home to San Lorenzo Golf Club, is the obvious choice for those looking for five-star services on tap.
Green fees: Royal €190, Ocean €180,
Conrad Hilton. Modelled on an 18th-century Moorish palace, its 154 rooms feature marble bathrooms, rainfall showers, Nespresso machines and private balconies. Other amenities include an outdoor infinity pool, fitness centre and tennis courts, and a spa. Guests are spoilt for food choices, with seafood on offer at Casa Do Lago, which overlooks the eponymous lake; lazy lunches can be enjoyed at the fabulous Gigi’s on the beach; while a new steak house, Bovino, serves up New York strips, porterhouse and wagyu fillets cooked with mouth-watering flair. Green fees: North: €144/€116 (high/low).
VALE DO LOBO, ALMANCIL
PHOTOGRAPH by (Vale do Lobo) Stefan von Stengel
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Vale do Lobo is the Algarve’s oldest residential golf resort, pre-dating Quinta do Lago by some ten years. With half of the 2,000 or so properties owned by Brits, it can feel a little like Surrey-on-Sea at times, but that’s not a criticism, just a statement of fact. The resort’s Royal and Ocean courses are timeless classics that take a lifetime to master, although only a few minutes to lose a large supply of golf balls. The former, designed by Sir Henry Cotton and later expanded by Rocky Roquemore, includes the most photographed hole in Europe – the par-three 16th – which requires a brave carry across cliffs, with unsuspecting bathers on the beach
OCEANICO GOLF, VILAMOURA More golf chain than single resort, Oceanico operates no fewer than seven golf courses in the Algarve, providing enough holes to last the summer. Differing in style and difficulty, the portfolio is made up of Vilamoura’s ‘famous five’: the Old, Victoria, Pinhal, Laguna and Millennium courses, plus two courses at Amendoeira Golf Resort designed by Nick Faldo and Christy O’Connor Jnr. The Old course, as the name suggests, is the most established in Vilamoura, having opened in 1969, while the Arnold Palmer-designed Victoria course, current host venue for the Portuguese Masters, opened in 2004. ➤
DOWN BY THE SEA: [clockwise from this image] Onyria’s exposed coastal stretch; Monte Rei’s course is challenging, but don’t worry: you can recover in one of the luxury villas; Penina is regarded as the grandfather of Algarve golf, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about its hotel.
indulging in their favourite pastime. Designed by three-time Open champion Sir Henry Cotton, the Championship course was transformed from a former rice field into a parkland gem that features a thrilling mix of doglegs, short par-fives, tree-lined fairways and tricky water hazards that demand accurate hitting from tee to green. To mark the 50th anniversary, a series of competitions and social events are being held from 8-14 May, where guests can enjoy three rounds on Cotton’s masterpiece while enjoying the hospitality of Penina’s five-star hotel, which offers 188 rooms and suites overlooking the golf course or the mountains, as well as six restaurants and bars, a large outdoor pool and a private beach club. Green fees: €115, penina.com
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➤ Oceanico doesn’t own its own hotel in Vilamoura, so guests can take their pick – Tivoli Victoria is a solid bet – but Amendoeira – which is set back in the central Algarve countryside near Silves – offers a range of luxury two-bedroom apartments with private pools overlooking the Faldo and O’Connor courses. Resort amenities include a clubhouse restaurant and bar, two five-a-side football pitches, six tennis courts and a gym.
and vertiginous slopes, and a more exposed coastal stretch, which sees several holes only separated from the sea by a train track. A long promised on-site hotel is currently under construction, with an opening date set for December, although guests can stay at Onyria’s Marinha Edition Hotel in nearby Cascais, which is well placed for local restaurants and bars. Green fees: €105/€77, onyriapalmares.com
PENINA HOTEL & GOLF RESORT, PORTIMAO ONYRIA PALMARES BEACH & GOLF RESORT, LAGOS Located on the western end of the Algarve, a few miles from Penina, Palmares has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, with Robert Trent Jones Jr brought in three years ago to revitalise the 27-hole layout that first opened in 1974. It’s an eclectic mix to say the least, with nines that switch between pine-lined parkland valleys
Widely regarded as the grandfather of golf in the Algarve, this year sees Penina mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 18-hole Championship course that forms the centrepiece of this enduringly popular resort. During its heyday, Penina set the benchmark for golf in the region, with generations of British golfers flocking here in search of a bit of sun on their backs while
Located in the previously barren golfing lands east of Faro, Monte Rei raised the bar a few notches when it opened in 2007. Jack Nicklaus’s first Portuguese design is laid out across 400 acres of undulating land between the Atlantic and the Serra do Caldeiro Mountains. Always presented in pristine condition, it’s a breathtaking roller coaster of a course – buggies are essential owing to its extreme elevations – with stunning views from elevated tees, carpet-like greens, countless water hazards, and bunkering like you’ve never seen. There really are no weak holes here. Although the hotel that was planned to support the golf course failed to materialise following the property collapse, there are a number of luxury villas dotted around the estate that are available to rent, while the impressive clubhouse boasts its own finedining restaurant, Vistas, which is overseen by Michelin-starred chef Albano Lourenço. Green fees: €150 (winter), €190 (summer),
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DESIGN FOR LIFE In the build-up to his first UK solo exhibition, French designer and sculptor ERIC SCHMITT takes us through his career highlights IN THE BEGINNING My first order was a dining table made of wood and stone with bronze inlays. I made it myself for a friend in my first workshop in the Paris suburb that has been destroyed to build a football stadium for the World Cup. It was a bit knocked together but still prefigured what I would later go on to do.
OUT NOW My latest creation is a huge hanging lamp that measures four metres in diameter, in lacquered aluminium and bohemian glass, for a ranch in Aspen. I have also designed a collection of silver work for Christofle.
ON THE DRAWING BOARD My next projects include a billiards table for a New York boutique hotel by Ian Schrager built by the architects Herzog & de Meuron, and some pieces for a fantastic hotel in Paris whose interior decorating has been designed by Christian Liaigre. I’m also going to be working on a new collection of pieces for my American gallery Ralph Pucci, as well as a new collection of jewellery.
IN THE MATERIAL I love to work with different kinds of metals
– bronze in particular. I am very familiar with these materials and have a good mastery of them so they are like old friends. Capricious materials like mouth-blown glass, ceramic, and porcelain are unpredictable but exciting.
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My key influence is Roman art – highlighted by the village churches in my native Poitou that were familiar figures from my childhood.
I saw an extraordinary exhibition about new Korean craft called Korea Now! and it struck me with its refinement and subtlety. All these new designers were born between 1980 and 1990 and already have such a great mastery. I think the next design stars will be Korean. ■
IN THE MIX I would love to work with a fashion designer like Helmut Lang or Dries van Noten. I have very personal ideas on clothes and would really like to do a small collection.
One of my all-time favourite pieces is the Jar Table, made with patinated bronze and a marble top, which I designed 12 years ago. It is a good mix of past and modernity.
Eric Schmitt – 30 Years Of Creation is on from 11 March-14 May 2016 at Dutko Gallery, 18 Davies Street, W1K 3DS; dutko.com PHOTOGRAPH (table) by Sylvain Leurent ; all courtesy of Dutko Gallery
PHOTOGRAPH (table) by Sylvain Leurent ; all courtesy of Dutko Gallery
AHEAD OF THE CURVE: [left to right] The Jar Table from 2002 is one of the designer’s personal favourites; Stromboli and Fuji pedestal tables from 2012; Rocs dining table from 2010 was available in an edition of eight plus four artist’s proofs.
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STICK WITH IT: This work, entitled Middle Fork, was even more complicated to create than it looks. For the measurement process, Grade hired a team of arborists to assist in setting up a pulley system that helped him plaster cast the whole tree.
NATURAL WONDERS American artist and sculptor John Grade really likes nature. We mean really. He’s a huge fan of a 150-year-old hemlock tree in the Cascade Mountains, east of his home in Seattle. So much so that he decided to recreate the 40ft tree out of reclaimed wood – around 500,000 pieces of reclaimed wood, to be exact. The end result is a striking work of art that reflects on man’s impact on his environment.
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