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HEN MOST BOXERS knock out their opponent they

might shout in victory, look to the heavens, raise their arms, or go to their corner to celebrate with their team. Probably all of the above. But when Chris Eubank Jr knocked out Avni Yildirim in the third round to reach the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series, he just stood there, still as a statue, as if hewn from bronze. His look of uncompromising resolve never wavered from his face. It said one thing: “Stay down.” Once it was clear Yildirim was going to do just that, Eubank Jr’s face remained unchanged. He stared out at the rapturous crowd, pacing like a caged tiger, as if goading them, “Who’s next, then?”. Although not afraid to be flamboyant in his fighting style, Eubank Jr is not one for needless showboating. When it comes to it, he is ruthlessly efficient. Indeed, less than 24 hours after defeating Yildirim with a devastating left hook, he was back in the gym, posting a video of his latest hardcore workout. The man is charged with determination. This is a trait he seems to carry into everyday life. When he arrived at Timothy Everest to choose his bespoke suit for the square mile shoot, there was not a second wasted. He didn’t spend time poring over material samples, umming and erring about one button or two, peak or notch. He knew exactly the style and colour of suit he wanted. Eubank Jr doesn’t do time wasting. Entering our studio, he came alone – no entourage, no publicist, no father. And despite our initial fears that he might want to be in and out within the hour, he couldn’t have been more accommodating. He posed for more than three hours of shooting without murmur or complaint; he happily sat for a two-hour interview; and shrugged off the zoo-like audience of staff members who came to rubberneck and sheepishly ask for autographs. As he smiled for the camera, it was easy to forget that this is a guy whose own dad called him “a very dangerous young man.” I know I wouldn’t want to be George Groves come February. Enjoy our exclusive interview on p68. ■

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058 . EYES ON THE PRIZE Ronaldo shares the story of how he beat injury to make the ultimate comeback and lead Brazil to victory in the 2002 World Cup.

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T H E   EX CH A N G E SQUARE MILE 101 WORDS Saul Wordsworth


▽ DRESS APPROPRIATELY: don’t show too much shoulder, cleavage or penis. Don’t leave early; don’t leave late. Don’t drink too much; don’t drink too little. Stay hydrated: for every sip of alcohol consume 106 litres of spring water. Do not sexually harass your colleagues: this is 2017, not 2016. Introduce yourself to strangers with your name, job title and fun fact (“Sue; senior trader; we’re relocating to Berlin because of Brexit.”) Don’t punch anyone in HR. Don’t pull down your trousers and compare bonuses in the bathroom.

WISE GUIDES WORDS Darren Selig from JBR Capital



Top tip: milk thistle tablets will help reduce a hangover. So will not attending. If you’re a no-show ensure your excuse is watertight (double bereavement/chief suspect in murder enquiry/tropical STI). At 11.34pm, ask your boss for a raise. If cornered by a dullard, explain you need the bathroom and exit. If chatting to someone interesting, wet yourself to continue the conversation. Don’t dance like no one is watching (they are – and filming you on Facebook Live). Avoid karaoke unless you can sing (which you definitely can’t). Once you’ve drunk enough that you can no longer speak, use sign language. If in doubt, pre-book a slot at A&E. Be sure to book off the following day/ month. Or just resign, if needed. Prepare bedroom for your return (can of Coke, three condoms and a bucket). ■ For more see saulwordsworth.com



▷ You can count the number of times Aston Martin has teamed up with Italian coachbuilder Zagato on one hand. And while the results haven’t always been beautiful they’ve certainly been collectable. For evidence of that, just take a look at values of the original 1960s DB4 GT Zagato: now upwards of £10m, not a bad investment if you’d bought one new for £5,470. Will the same appreciation happen to the 2016 Vanquish Zagato? Only time will tell, but it ticks all the right boxes: it’s incredibly rare with just 99 examples made, all of which were snapped up immediately for the asking price of £500,000. Values are now rumoured to be way north of that.



GULFSTREAM G500, FROM £34.3M WORDS Vicky Smith

▷ On the same street as Cerno Capital, ACPI Investments and Evans Randall Investors you’ll find the London HQ of Gulfstream. It’s perhaps not surprising to find a private jet brand in the heart of the hedge fund



▷ It’s not often that BMW lets its M Division completely loose – but when it does, the results are spectacular. Witness the M4 GTS, a road-legal, track-ready super coupé built to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the M3. Packing a 493bhp version of the standard M4’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo, but with water injection to allow it to run higher boost, it also features adjustable suspension, thicker anti-roll bars and huge carbon brakes. Only 30 right-handdrive UK-spec cars were made out of the total global production of just 800, making them highly collectable. When new, an M4 GTS was around £120,000, but you’ll need to pay £150,000+ now.

world. Indeed, when it comes to life’s greatest luxuries, a Gulfstream has to be top of the tree. The latest jet from the aviation aficionados is the G500, and it’s already making its mark in the sky – the G500 test aircraft made its European debut by setting a city-pair

between New York and Paris in just six hours and 21 minutes. The new jet can reach a maximum altitude 51,000 feet – more than 10,000 feet higher than a 747. Onboard, the internet it high-soeed, too – up to 34 times faster than its competitors.

record from Savannah to Paris. It flew between the two cities in seven hours at an average speed of Mach 0.90. In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s first nonstop solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1927, the same G500 achieved a record flight


And each G500 cabin features Gulfstream’s signature panoramic windows,is tailored to individual design preferences and mission requirements, and can accommodate up to 19 people in three living areas. If you feel like sharing it, that is. ■ See gulfstream.com


▷ Porsches wearing an RS badge have a history of becoming collectors’ items, and if there’s ever an RS destined for greatness, it’s the new 2017 GT2 RS. With 691bhp, it’s the most powerful roadgoing 911 ever, capable of doing 0-60mph in 2.7 secs and onto 211mph. Factor in rear-wheel drive and more go-faster bits than your average Le Mans prototype and it’s about as hardcore as RS Porsches get, too. Production isn’t limited but build times are long owing to the mix of carbon, magnesium, aluminium and steel used in its construction and that, combined with a list price north of £200,000, ensures it will remain a rare sight.




▽ FOR MANY of those working in the world of


high-end fashion design, there is a compromise to be made between what is best and what is achievable – and it’s from this frustration that luxury leather goods brand LONB (shorthand for ‘love or nothing, baby’) was born. Founded by Reinhard Mieck (the formerCEO of Labelux, overseeing brands like Jimmy Choo, Bally, and Belstaff) and Melissa Morris (the former-head of Belstaff’s women’s team), LONB sets out to unshackle itself from the challenges of modern fashion manufacturing. It uses the most accomplished artisans and the finest materials from Italy and France – usually considered too costly for most brands – throughout a travel-inspired collection that exudes unbridled luxury. Take the Vagabond [pictured]: a veritably bottomless everyday bag made from an exterior of Porosus crocodile skin and Alcantara (a baby-soft micro-fibre suede first developed for the lining of sports car seats) in its interior. Believe it or not, it warrants its £26,900 price tag. Just. For added decadence, visit the brand’s South Audley Street store – its wood-panelled design looks like it’s been lifted from a Riva Yacht. ■


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WIN A PERSONALISED BRACELET AND SET OF CUFFLINKS FROM BRITISH JEWELLERY BRAND TATEOSSIAN WORTH £562 ▷ British jewellery brand Tateossian is offering you the chance to win a personalised bracelet and set of cufflinks. Part of its new Lucky Me range, each piece in the collection can be instantly customised with initials, adding a unique and personal touch to your outfit. The bracelet is made in London from the finest braided Italian leather, and is available in four different colours and three sizes. The winner will be able to choose their preferred

size and colour. Tateossian London was founded by Robert Tateossian in 1990 with the aspiration of offering men and women a distinctive way to express their personality and style through unique, refined and meticulously crafted accessories. A sense of playfulness and free movement are

intricately entwined in the brand’s DNA, and reflected in the designs, delivering unique yet wearable pieces. With five retail stores in London, including one in the Royal Exchange, it is the perfect destination for gifts for the sartorially minded and style savvy, or as a special treat for yourself.


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WAKE-UP CALL Is this an image that you can identify with? While you might not have literally walked over Westminster Bridge in your pyjamas, we wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve felt like you have thanks to the pressure of the daily grind, and it’s exactly this notion that motivated photographer Simon McCheung when capturing the shot, which is aptly called ‘Monday’.The artist told us: “Hopefully the title says it all. I feel most of us working in London are so trapped within a frantic work/ life cycle that our bodies and minds are usually left behind.” Time to see the bigger picture, perhaps? ■ Works for sale on


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BRAND OF BROTHERS Sometimes professional skills aren’t enough – it’s the image you portray that can be key to success. MALCOLM LEVENE outlines how bankers can discover their personal brand

TO STAND OUT in a crowded marketplace is quite a challenge. The fact is, it takes ten seconds to make a first impression. Our self-esteem and our confidence are deeply connected to our inner brand, so is our ability to influence others and outcomes. Our inner brand is a combination of our values, level of self-belief, what we stand for and what we won’t stand for. In addition, our EQ (essentially, our emotional aptitude) is a vital part of being able to engage, reflect and build rapport. When it comes down to it, our technical skills or IQ do not enable our personal brand to shine. It’s our ability to connect, communicate effectively and be more authentic that defines our personal brand. Our outer brand is to do with our appearance: attire, demeanour, grooming, body language, attitude and verbal articulation. Our ability to lead, inspire and our leadership qualities must include being an excellent listener, a good delegator, being clear when giving instructions and teaching rather than just telling. How we feel is usually how we look, and how

things that you believe you excel in. This simple exercise will enable you to raise your level of confidence and imbue stronger self-belief. Remember, your job is to convey an image of sophistication, elegance, experience and coherence. You can do that by taking care of all the details, including communicating clearly, succinctly and elegantly. For City executives, having a unique personal brand is bound to further enhance your reputation. Being unique is a combination of being a great listener, conveying positivity, managing your ego, communicating in a highly effective, succinct manner, and being open to learning more. I know being positive even in the most dire circumstances can be challenging. However, this is something we have control over. Great leaders delegate wisely, but never lose sight of the eventual goal. Remaining positive is mostly about practice. Endeavour to remain positive for 30 days in a row; that’s how long it takes to create new lasting habits. By asking clients if there’s anything



they’d like to improve or change, a rapport begins. I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘No, I’m just fine the way I am’.

STYLE IT OUT Our personal style is often underestimated in the banking arena, but presenting ourselves authentically, in a sophisticated manner, enables us to increase our self esteem measurably. In part, that’s because we are making the effort. As I’m sure you know, when we make the effort in our

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we look is often how we feel. In order to experience more upbeat feelings, ensure you are continually working on yourself. For some, this might occur by reading motivational books or attending workshops that focus on personal development. Think of it as going to school – only this time, you want to be there. We must always endeavour to be our best self, which in essence, begins with discovering our assets and the ability to transcend challenges. Consider three

career we are very often rewarded. When making the effort regarding our outer brand, our inner brand is buoyed, too. If we underestimate the power of conveying empathy, we also underestimate the power of our intuition. That’s because they fall within a very similar spectrum. Being authentically empathetic means that you become so, unconditionally. You might ask, what’s in it for me? Well it’s not unlike a boomerang. What we give tends to bounce right back to us. An example – I was interviewing a fund manager from a prominent bank. I asked how he dealt with awkward clients. He surprisingly said, “I empathise with them, that way I build trust, then our relationship becomes more collaborative.” I’d like you to consider intuition as in-tuition: how we’ve learned how to make good decisions, made mistakes, trusted and been disappointed, or trusted and been pleasantly surprised. In short, it’s a gut feeling telling you something is wrong or right that’s worth taking notice of. Intuition, like a muscle, gets stronger with more use. ■

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THE SELECT FEW Chair of the Treasury Select Committee Nicky Morgan means business and is asking all the right questions – and this is a very good thing indeed, says IAIN ANDERSON

A FTSE CEO client once said to me, “Your job is simple. Don’t EVER put me in front of the Treasury Select Committee”. It was the height of the financial crisis, and parliamentary scrutiny on top of a media savaging was the last thing he wanted. Those three little words – now abridged in my mind to TSC – continue to strike fear

Throughout the noughties, the TSC was led by Labour’s John McFall. It was at that time the chair of the committee got its moniker ‘all powerful’. For he was not afraid to bring down those captains and ask some equally hard questions of his own Labour government and the then Governor of Threadneedle Street when the financial crisis unfolded. For most of this decade, the TSC has been run by Tory Andrew Tyrie who stepped down at the June election this year. Tyrie’s claim to fame was to push George Osborne to introduce a strict senior manager regime for the leading executives in financial institutions. As a politician, he was attempting to place the bad guys of the sector into an orange jump suit in the public consciousness. So the TSC now has its first woman in the chair: Nicky Morgan. And like her predecessors, she means business. A former cabinet minister, she was Education Secretary under David Cameron. She considered running for the Tory leadership and had some significant backing, but bowed out and headed to the back benches when Theresa May entered



Downing Street. But rather than sitting it out, Morgan has come into her own. Her first battle was to win the TSC chair. There used to be a cosy deal between the Government and the opposition whips to divvy up the chairs in some smokefilled room. Now anyone wanting to lead a select committee has to get elected by


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into the hearts of those titans of the City. For years before the financial crisis the power of parliamentary committee to ruin reputations and bring down the great and good became legendary. A raised eyebrow from the chair of the Treasury Committee packs as much punch as one from the governor. Perhaps even more so.

their fellow MPs. Morgan was up against arch Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg. Her clarion call during her campaign to lead the Committee could not have been more different from her opponent’s. As someone who campaigned vigorously for the UK to remain in the EU, Morgan made clear that she would strike a very different tone. While Rees-Mogg intended to ask the financial regulators some hard questions about their approach towards the regulation of financial firms through Brexit, Morgan has an altogether different agenda. She has already launched an inquiry looking at the UK’s future economic relationship with the EU. Her key question to the finance sector is what are the likely systemic and economic effects of the UK leaving the EU. And she also wants to get into the long-term relationship with the EU after we have left. Expect to see the City called in again and again on this subject. She is asking the right questions – hard on Government, regulators and firms all at once. But as the first woman in the chair, Morgan has another signature agenda she wants to stamp right across her tenure. Before she entered the cabinet she was also City Minister. She was talking to City firm after City firm in meeting after meeting about the lack of diversity. So it’s no surprise she has now also launched an inquiry entitled ‘Women in Finance’. Following the Government’s initiative, she has a passion to boost the number of women at all levels in the finance sector: from the boardroom to the high-street branch. And if any witness is going to be summoned in front of Morgan, you’d better have a good answer on diversity – on your current and your existing plans. Morgan is set to continue to play a leading role centre stage holding finance and holding her Government to account. That’s a very good thing for everyone. Long may she reign. ■

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ET’S START WITH the foundational principles of traditional black tie and build from there. A black tuxedo is rarely wrong. If you were only ever going to buy one tux and wanted a one-style-fits-all that will last for years, then this is the timeless classic that has been doing the job for decades. Do not think a regular black suit will suffice, though – it won’t. What you’re looking for is a peak or shawl lapel (never notch) with grosgrain or satin facing which matches with the stripe down the outer seam of the trousers. Whether you choose peak or shawl lapel comes down to personal preference but also your proportions: a slimmer, smaller man suits a slimmer lapel, whereas a broader person will be better off with a wider lapel. And while we’re on the subject, make sure the proportions of your lapel, shirt collar and bow tie all more or less match up. The jacket should have one button, maximum two, of which you would only ever do up the top one. It should be fastened when standing and unfastened when sitting down. Tuxedo trousers should not have belt loops for they must never be worn with a belt. They should finish on the shoe which is usually highly polished black leather. And make sure your socks are black and calf length so there is no visual disconnect at the ankle – you should not be exposing any skin. Wear a slim-line dress watch, ideally on a black leather strap that will sit flush against your wrist and not interfere with cufflinks. Ideally you want to show around half-an-inch to an inch of shirt cuff. Set yourself apart by adding some individual flourish to an otherwise conventional get-up: for example, wearing dress studs instead of shirt buttons, and perhaps a patterned pocket square. ■

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GET THE LOOK: Lanvin gold-plated obsidian cufflinks, £200; Tom Ford white slim-fit bib-front double-cuff cotton tuxedo shirt, £415; Dolce & Gabbana black slim-fit satin-trimmed virgin wool-blend three-piece tuxedo, £2,250; IWC Schaffhausen Portofino automatic 40mm stainless steel and alligator watch, £3,750; Givenchy patentleather derby shoes, £585; Lanvin pre-tied velvet and silk bow tie, £85; Tom Ford leopard-print silk pocket square, £120; Deakin & Francis sterling silver, onyx and diamond shirt studs, £405.


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SHARP NOTES A passion for old watches and new technology has resulted in French DJ, musician and producer MARTIN SOLVEIG developing a distinctive signature style ON MY WRIST I’m a bit of a watch nerd, a collector. I’m fascinated by old watches because it’s fun to use things that have been made 50 years ago when you need to change your iPhone every three years. My ultimate watch is a steel Audemars Piguet jumbo Royal Oak from the 1970s. It’s still manufactured today, and the design has barely evolved. It’s super solid.

IN MY SIGHTS A bicycle. I think it would be good for my daily exercise, as well as being practical for getting about. I always come to this when I’m settling down a bit after the long touring summer months. Maybe this time I’ll actually go for it.

SOUND AND VISION: DJ Martin Solveig has an eye for style, and gets to indulge his fashion sense with on-stage outfits from the likes of Gucci and Balenciaga. His go-to brands for day-to-day wear include Acne and Common Projects.

IN MY WARDROBE There’s a uniform that I wear every day, which is essentially Acne denim, Common Projects sneakers, and Uniqlo underwear. Pretty boring stuff. And then there’s a section of things I only wear for shows, like Gucci jackets, a Balenciaga inflatable jacket, gold tops etc. I’m not the same person on stage, I need my costume. It can go pretty wild.

ON MY TRAVELS I’m evolving to become a one device man. I want to use as few pieces of equipment as

possible. An iPhone is the obvious key. I even read books on my iPhone (some people will be ashamed). I also take a pair of noise-cancelling Sennheiser headphones, my swimming trunks, and a pair of sneakers for running and hiking. The lighter I travel, the better I feel.

IN MY PAST When I was around 15, I customised a bike, and everything about it was special: the seat, handle bars, headlight, wheels. I’d definitely enjoy a ride in the streets of Paris if I still had it.

ON MY AGENDA ON MY RADAR I love Applecore, a small brand that represents the new Paris wave right now really well. PHOTOGRAPH by Moos Tang

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Well, flying is my thing. I heard there was a flying trapeze circus school near Regent’s Park – I’d love to know how it feels like to fly from one trapeze to another.

IN MY DREAMS I would definitely buy myself a spaceship, because I think that space is so intriguing. I just can’t thank all the directors who are making space movies enough. From Kubrik to Nolan – thank you guys.

IN MY FUTURE I’ve always thought that I could become an architect, and with this in mind I have to say that travelling in the most beautiful cities all year long is quite a treat. ■






We know – the thought of Christmas shopping is exhausting, but it really doesn’t have to be: find all you need at The Royal Exchange ONE FOR ALL Carl Friedrik luxury leather goods are built to stand the test of time, which, in the case of the Palissy 25-hour is just as well: this smart day-to-day bag can take you between home, the office, and the odd overnight excursion too, so in theory, it’ll be with you all the time. You wouldn’t want to part with it for too long anyway – the stylish piece is handmade in Italy from high quality leather and its modern aesthetic adds a classy touch to any look.

BOODLES Boodles’ Pinky Rings range takes the name literally, with pink-hued rose gold used in each diamond-encrusted piece. They may be worn on the little finger, but they make a big impact. From £4,000. 3 The Courtyard, EC3V 3LQ

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IT’S IN THE BAG: With a large main compartment, padded pocket for a laptop or tablet and several smaller pockets designed for phones, wallets and the like, the Palissy 25-hour really is pretty handy. £445; Carl Friedrik, 5 Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LN











Ever wondered how that one guy from your office nails the perfect desk-to-drinks look at the Christmas party, every year? Wonder no longer: DARREN KENNEDY shares the secrets of successful smart-casual


HE FESTIVE SEASON is swiftly approaching,

and it brings with it a slew of after-work drinks and, of course, the annual Christmas party. While it is perfectly acceptable to go straight to a soirée clad in your office-wear best, it can leave you feeling relatively formal or overdressed – especially in an environment that is meant to be fun and relaxed. Admittedly, it is perhaps a little bit easier for ladies to make the transition from desk to drinks through the addition of accessories and shoes or a quick make-up or hair change, but for some guys, it can be a little harder to find inspiration. With that in mind, I’ve selected some sartorial coups that toe the line between formal and casual, meaning you won’t have to dash home to change into something more suitable during the party season. This shirt jacket from COS [pictured, £69] is a wonderfully versatile piece, that also subtly plays into the utilitarian trend that has been huge this season thanks to designers such as Balenciaga and JW Anderson. Consider this as a layering item, worn open over a boiled wool top and for added impact, add a slim-fit turtleneck inside the jumper. Grey and navy work really well together as a formal colour combination and still feel subdued enough for a work environment, but it is the various textures – especially the boiled wool – and the layered, slightly mis-matched greys that will give your look a fashionable edge. If you’re worried about overheating in too many layers, then replace the turtle-neck with a cheap-as-chips ASOS vest to achieve the same look. It’s important to have a high neck inside the jumper as it lends a polished appearance to your outfit. If your job requires a more formal approach, then you can’t go wrong with a wool blazer. This charcoal Reiss number [pictured, £295] is a subtle antidote to the ubiquitous black or grey suit and can be easily dressed up or down. The trick here is to pair it with something other than your run-of-the-mill shirt. A merino wool polo shirt offers the ideal solution to smart-casual dressing. You can pick these up pretty much anywhere, but Reiss offers one in a slightly burnt burgundy hue which has a distinctly festive feel.


PARTY DRESS: Just a few key pieces can transform your outfit from desk job to drinks party – [clockwise from here] Reiss blazer, Prada brogues, COS shirt jacket.

One item that it’s important not to overlook when it comes to injecting a new lease of life into your wardrobe is footwear. This season it’s all about adding chunk and volume – even into your heels – and there’s no reason why we guys can’t have a go-to pair of party shoes,

One item it’s important not to overlook when it comes to injecting a new lease of life into your outfit is footwear

just like the ladies can. These Prada brogues [pictured, £690] are a celebrity favourite and one of this season’s most coveted items. Admittedly, they are on the pricier end of the spectrum but the chunky platform is now a ubiquity on the high street and they offer a fashionable update to the classic brogue. Try pairing them with some loose-fitting cropped trousers for a distinctly European and contemporary take on occasion-wear. Mastering the art of smart-casual can be a particularly difficult one, but with these few simple tricks, once you’ve got it down, you’ll never look back. It’s really all about selecting well-made key items and knowing how to mix-and-match certain fabrics and shapes to achieve that perfect balance. ■





NEW OLD SCHOOL When Kent & Curwen teamed up with David Beckham, it was always going to get the label noticed, but this homegrown menswear brand had some pretty impressive fashion credentials already: it was founded in 1926, and can count the first ever cricket sweaters among its contributions to iconic British design. Continuing its association with all things classic and British, its partnership with Beckham signifies a new blueprint for the brand, described as a ‘fresh new take on English heritage’.



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In keeping with its British heritage theme, Kent & Curwen’s new Covent Garden flagship is located in a Victorian building originally built as a boys’ school. The space is, unsurprisingly, pretty stylish, with clever touches such as green and cream tiles as a nod to traditional pie and mash shops. “The intention was to suggest the heritage of the building as well as the brand, highlighting our influences and inspirations,” says creative director Daniel Kearns. ■ Kent & Curwen, 11-12 Floral Street, WC2E 9DH; kentandcurwen.com


On October 22nd 1934, two exhausted airmen landed on a racecourse in Melbourne, surrounded by On October 22nd 1934, two exhausted airmen landed on a racecourse in Melbourne, surrounded by cheering crowds. Flying a specially-built De Havilland Comet DH-88, Charles Scott and Tom Campbell cheering crowds. Flying a specially-built De Havilland Comet DH-88, Charles Scott and Tom Campbell Black set a new record, flying the 11,000 miles from England in just 71 hours. The Bremont DH-88 Black set a new record, flying the 11,000 miles from England in just 71 hours. The Bremont DH-88 commemorates their aircraft and their achievement. Containing actual material from the record-breaking commemorates their aircraft and their achievement. Containing actual material from the record-breaking plane, the Bremont DH-88 is available now in a strictly limited edition. But it won’t be available for long. plane, the Bremont DH-88 is available now in a strictly limited edition. But it won’t be available for long.

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MEASURE OF A MAN Prepare to say hello to the perfect suit: thanks to Ben Sherman’s brand-new tailoring service, made-to-measure is more accessible than ever

PRICE IT RIGHT Buying a made-tomeasure suit doesn’t have to be restricted to your wedding. Thanks to Ben Sherman’s new made-to-measure tailoring service you can now pick up a perfectly fitting suit for as little as £300. Ben Sherman’s mod style already looks great for those with a slim silhouette. With the new service, the tailors will make sure that its suits are sharper than ever.


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The made-to-measure consultation includes cloth selection, as well as making a choice on lining and style. It takes approximately one hour in total. When it comes to the pattern, you can pick between a wide selection of plain, fashion checks, traditional stripes and subtle checks. Your suit will be ready within eight weeks of your first appointment. It’s worth the wait. ■


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’Tis the season to drink Bolly… Christmas is nearly upon us and your watch game needs to follow suit. Elegant simplicity is the order of the day. (Perhaps leave the cane at home.) Photography by DAVID HARRISON 044



WATCHES: [From left to right] Nomos Metro Roségold Neomatik 39, £7,000, nomos-glashuette.com Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Chronometre, £14,800, parmigiani.com The first Grand Seiko re-created in steel, SBGW253, £5,500, grand-seiko.com PHOTOGRAPH by David Harrison

Jacket: Gieves & Hawkes velvet jacket in Ruby red, £595, gievesandhawkes. com POCKET SQUARE: Turnbull & Asser plainweave black and white silk pocket square, £65, turnbullandasser.co.uk




WATCHES: [From left to right] Cartier Drive Extra Flat, £14,800, cartier.co.uk Patek Philippe 5196P Calatrava, £28,300, patek.com TUXEDO: Hugo Boss slimfit tuxedo suit in velvet, £595, hugoboss.com SHIRT: BOSS Formal slimfit shirt in pure cotton, £139, hugoboss.com BOW TIE: BOSS Italianmade bow tie in pure silk, £55, hugoboss.com



WATCH: Montblanc 1858 Manual Small Second, £2,650, montblanc.com SMOKING ACCESSORIES: ST Dupont Cigar Cutter, £225, Lighter, £460, Ashtray, £230, all from st-dupont.com CIGAR: James J.Fox, Best of Blend 17 Cigar Sampler, £34, jjfox.co.uk SHIRT: BOSS formal slimfit shirt in pure cotton, £139, hugoboss.com




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WATCH: Tissot Ballade, £750, tissotwatches.com CUFFLINKS: Deakin & Francis sterling silver cushion cufflinks with onyx inlay, £230, deakinandfrancis.co.uk TUMBLER: Schott Zwiesel, editor’s own SCARF: Turnball & Asser black silk scarf, £150, turnbullandasser.co.uk





This year, bi-metal watches are all the rage, and it’s totally understandable – why have just one colour when there’s the option for more? ADRIAN HAILWOOD presents the best two-tone timepieces of the hour

SEEING DOUBLE: [this image] Tudor’s Black Bay Steel and Gold showing why twice is nice; [opposite, clockwise from top left] Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Sky Dweller; Montblanc’s 1858 in bronze and steel; the Omega Aqua Terra in steel and rose gold.





O, IT HAS been decreed by the ‘powers that

be’ that 2017 is the year that two-tone (or ‘bimetal’) watches have not only become acceptable, but cool again. Maybe we now have sufficient distance from the 1980s’ heyday of steel and gold that we can look back with irony and affection; appreciating the ‘sportyyet-dressy’ style rather than damning them for being neither one thing nor the other. Remember that watch brands have a eurocentric view of style. It may be embarrassing to admit but here in the UK two-tone never really went away. Just ask anyone who deals in preowned Rolex; yes, the steel sports models go like hot cakes, but a core seller is the bi-metal Datejust – dressy but far better value than the solid gold. If we have always been closet two-tone lovers, then the latest offerings from Switzerland, rather than a dramatic shock, are more of a welcome return.

ROLEX SKY DWELLER STEEL AND GOLD When the SkyDweller launched in 2012 it was only available in precious metal. Sadly, this meant that Rolex’s most complex movement was restricted to those with the strength of wrist, personality and wallet to carry off such a loud, weighty and expensive watch. This year’s launch softens the look considerably while providing the same value proposition that makes the bi-metal Datejust such a pre-owned favourite – the two-tone bracelet model being just over a third of the price of the all-gold. Such complications from Rolex are rare so it is good to see it being made more attainable, with the gold acting as a signifier of the quality within. If you think there is a stainless-steel model, think again. Rolex will insist on a white gold bezel, they have standards after all.

TUDOR BLACK BAY STEEL AND GOLD What is good enough for Rolex is good enough for Tudor and where better to position two-tone within the range than in that Swiss army knife collection – the Black Bay. Adding yet another variant to the range the Black Bay Steel and Gold looks rugged enough to overwhelm any dressy pretention; definitely sport with a touch of luxe. To add to its divisiveness, we have a date window in the range for the first time to give the brand forums something else to argue over. If you want to wear your bi-metal choice more subtly, the strap model has only the bezel edge and crown to give it away under the cuff.

OMEGA AQUA TERRA STEEL AND ROSE GOLD The Aqua Terra is a curious part of Omega’s line-up. Far more elegant than its dive cousins, the Professional and Planet Ocean, and yet


with ample water resistance and legibility should you want to get it wet, the watch has much in common with the Seamasters of the 1950s and 1960s. Unlike the Tudor which wears its gold like a medallion against a hairy chest, the rose gold of the Omega adds to the refined air. The planking-effect of the dial is suggestive of yachting but with this on your wrist you are definitely captain rather than crew.

JAQUET DROZ SW STEEL AND RED GOLD The Jaquet Droz SW collection is the epitome of a dress watch using two-tone to add a more sports feel. For a brand known for their exotic dials and art pieces, turning the

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Grande Seconde into a sports watch might seem incongruous, but the use of rose rather than yellow gold allows them to get away with it. Strangely, in comparison to the previous brands, the two-tone model seems sportier than the all steel; the pop of colour bringing attention to the case aesthetic.

MONTBLANC 1858 BRONZE AND STEEL ‘All that glisters is not gold’, sometimes it is bronze. Montblanc have combined two recent trends to produce a two-tone watch, but using bronze as the ‘other metal’. The 1858 collection is a move to embrace the Minerva watchmaking history that sits behind the Montblanc name on the dial. The use of bronze is a visual trope to build age into the new watch and coupled with the cognac-coloured calfskin strap it is remarkably effective. Vintage watch collectors may even be tempted to strip the nickel plating from their older watches to expose the brass and emulate the look. Unlike the gold used in the other watches on this list, Montblanc’s bronze will evolve over time leaving no doubt that they are adding character, not bling to the case. ■


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Australian actor Simon Baker once made millions as the lead character in The Mentalist. But his interest in watches started from very humble beginnings, chilling out with mates, surfing off the coast of Tasmania

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SURF’S UP Australian actor Simon Baker bought his first watch when he was 12 years old. He needed it when he was out surfing with his hippy mates – none of whom knew the time – so he could make it home in time for tea. “Although I still surf, obviously I now need watches for different occasions. Dress watches with cool leather straps work for the red carpet, whereas when I’m at home writing, I wear something more casual,” he told square mile when we caught up with him at the Longines boutique on Oxford Street.

TIME TRAVEL “I go through watches like I listen to records – I have a favourite and stick with it for a while then move on,” Baker reveals. “But when I’m travelling, I wear my Longines Conquest VHP. The fact you can change timezones without winding it for ages is brilliant. But it still doesn’t stop me from being late…”

GET THE LOOK: Baker wears the Longines Master Collection Gents Watch, £2,190,





From humble beginnings, Boodles has grown into one of the UK’s most well-regarded premier jewellery brands. TIM SLEE speaks to MD Michael Wainwright about what it takes to steer a company to success


HAVE KNOWN MICHAEL Wainwright for 12

years, since I set up the publisher that owns square mile. In that time, I’ve seen Boodles grow from an independent business into a globally renowned brand. We sat down – MD-to-MD – for a chat about his journey. TIM: Boodles was set-up in 1798. When did the Wainwrights join the company? MICHAEL: My family bought into Boodles just after 1900 – my nephews Jody Wainwright [director] and James Amos [marketing director] are the sixth generation of my family in the business. Liverpool used to be a very wealthy city in the 19th and first half of the 20th century. It was the wealthiest non-capital city in the world, my father always used to say. It has other qualities now; music, football, but there’s not enough new money being generated there. So we moved out in the northwest to begin with. Chester, which has been a very good location for us, and Manchester. Then in 1987 we opened in London – so that Mr Michael (as I was then known) could find a wife, because he wasn’t finding one up north!

T: So you were sent down south to seek riches and a wife? M: I found the wife relatively quickly, actually, so my father died a happy man. The riches, however, we’re still acquiring them. Honestly, we didn’t make any money in London until about 2000. Our shop in Chester was really underwriting what we were doing. Fast forward to now and we have nine shops: five in London and three in the northwest. We also opened in Dublin, which was difficult because we opened in 2006 just before the financial crash. T: You’ve been out of the business for 12 months or so. What have you been up to? M: I’ve been what’s called Prime Warden of The Goldsmiths’ Company, which sounds very archaic indeed. The Goldsmiths’ Company is one of the City of London’s Livery companies. The Livery companies are like medieval trade unions, for want of a better description, but they do a huge amount of good now, and are very philanthropic. In the case of Goldsmiths’, we nurture young jewellers and silversmiths. We have our own college near Farringdon Tube station called The Goldsmith Centre where we do a lot of pre-apprentice teaching and post-grad teaching. We’re just about to start a business growth course for some of these young artisans because they’re very good at making a beautiful pair of earrings or a beautiful piece of silver, but they really have very little idea about how to start or grow a business. T: What have you taken from the experience? M: It’s made me realise that we need to save the UK manufacturing trade in our sector. There is terrific competition from Asian countries in making things – and without the support of companies like mine, and support of The Goldsmiths’ Company who are trying to nurture these young craftsmen, in 20, 30, 40 years’ time there’ll be no craftsmen in this country at all. At the top end I think they will stay here, but an awful lot of jobs have gone already. The quality of manufacture in other countries is definitely getting much better, so we’ve got to make sure we get better, too.


T: What challenges do you expect the luxury sector to face over the next few years? M: Central London property costs are a big challenge. The thing is, London has become such a dominant and important city that people are in central London for flagship purposes – just to fly the flag to say they’re in Bond Street. We’re not. It’s making economics more and more difficult when the property costs, the costs of occupation, are so high. You’ve got to sell a lot more jewellery. T: There’s a danger of killing one of the most important streets in British luxury if that continues. Yes, there will always be people who will be able to afford to go there, but are they the sort of brands that you associate with the heartland of British luxury? M: Exactly. The appeal of diamonds going forward remains a challenge, too. The dreaded internet as well. Fortunately for us, I don’t think the internet is going to steal too much of our business, certainly in the foreseeable future. We’ve got an online selling channel and it is our slowest-growing bit of the business. I’m quite pleased about that actually, as it doesn’t feel as luxurious. T: Well, it’s a very personal purchase, isn’t it? it’s not something that people are buying every day. If somebody’s going to make a one-off or once-a-year commitment… M: They want the service, they want the relationship, they want the experience. We want that for them because that’s what we’re good at – and you can’t give that on a computer. We want people to come into our shops and experience what Boodles is really about. T: What’s the toughest lesson you’ve had to learn in your career? M: Rome wasn’t built in a day. To change things it takes time – you’ve got to be patient. I’ve learnt not to be too impetuous. T: That’s the drive, though, and you need a little bit of that, right? M: Yes, you do. A lot of impatient businessmen still do very well, and they probably get there quicker than I have done, but I’ve learnt



Our jewellery is very fresh, it’s very feminine and it’s quite floral. All those things keep our brand looking current the importance of having the right staff – it matters more than anything. T: For a business established in 1798, how do you manage to stay relevant? M: I think we have only been in London a relatively short period of time, so people still think we’re slightly new kids on the block. If you went up to Liverpool or Chester, however, I think the perception would be slightly different. There we’d be regarded as more of a heritage brand, because we’ve been there forever and ever – like Asprey would be in London. But our jewellery is very fresh, it’s very feminine, it’s quite floral and that keeps our brand looking current. T: What about your personal jewellery – do you wear a watch? M: Yes, I own four Patek Philippes. Right now, I’m wearing a Calatrava that my wife gave me for our 25th wedding anniversary. I tend to put one of them on, keep it on for around three months and then change it. T: Does Boodles make watches? M: Yes, we have got the Blossom watch, which we launched about two-and-a-half years ago, and we recently launched the Raindance watch with a big party at the V&A museum, because the Raindance ring is in the permanent jewellery collection at the V&A. I think this new piece has a lot more appeal than the Blossom watch because Raindance has been so important to the brand.

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ALL IN THE FAMILY: The Wainwright family bought into Boodles just after 1900 – Michael Wainwright’s nephews, Jody and James are the sixth generation to continue the business.


T: What made you sponsor The Boodles tennis tournament? M: Julian Walford is the guy I have to thank for so much of the growth of our brand. He had this half-baked idea of hosting a tennis tournament, which we could invite a few clients to. We said, “Right, we’ll give it a go.” Eight weeks later, we did it and it was great. In the very first one we got Pete Sampras. Pistol Pete! Walford hadn’t promised stars like that. We had Sampras and Tim Henman in that first year, so of course our customers liked it. ■ For more information, see boodles.com


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“ It’s really the pinnacle. It is the ultimate sense of satisfaction ”

His name is synonymous with great sporting achievement, and his performance in the 2002 Word Cup has become the stuff of legend. Ronaldo tells MICHAEL DONALD exactly how he led Brazil to victory squaremile.com






HERE HAD BEEN much controversy

surrounding Ronaldo’s 1998 FIFA World Cup Final appearance when he was taken off the team sheet just before the match and then put back onto it, owing to apparently having convulsive fits. He was clearly not on form and Brazil lost the final to France. By 2002 he was back. If 1986 was Maradona’s World Cup, 2002 was Ronaldo’s. Brazil stormed through the group stages, scoring eleven goals in three matches, four of them Ronaldo’s. They then beat Belgium, England and Turkey to meet Germany in the final. Ronaldo was at the height of his powers.

WORLD AT HIS FINGERTIPS: Ronaldo celebrates with his teammates after Brazil win the World Cup in 2002. The victory was all the more important for the legendary player as he’d returned from a period of injury to help his national side triumph in the tournament.


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“My parents were always very strict about my studies, so football was always more like a hobby. But when I was 12 years old I started taking it very seriously. I started to get bad grades in school, so eventually I dropped the studies to dedicate myself entirely to football. I played a lot of indoor football, where you have to carry the ball very close to your feet. Learning that helped me a lot. I always received a lot of support. My parents were at every game I played. Deep inside I always appreciate the support that my family gave me, because you never know when you are a child that you will become a real football player one day. I remember the 1982 World Cup really well. I was six years old. The next World Cup was the same and the next one, too – we kept losing. We did it in 1986 and in 1990. I always have that memory, right up until 1994, and by then I was in it! As children we had a lot to cry about. I am very proud and honoured to have been part of the Brazilian team. It’s like serving in the army of your country in a war. Playing for the Brazilian squad represents playing for my people. A World Cup is different from any other competition. For you to be able to play for your country is something genuinely special. World Cup football, moreover, is not like mathematics where the numbers add up and things are obvious. We live in a world where we never cease being surprised by the results. In a World Cup, you see the favourite teams playing incredibly, and yet they end up losing. That’s why so many people fall in love with this game. The journey to the stadium was bad. The traffic in Tokyo was very bad and we got stuck for about an hour and a half. We were really worried that we would be late. We made it, but it made us very anxious. During the World Cup, in training, our coach Scolari [Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil manager 2001-2 and 2012-14] had a pet hatred


of the frequency with which strikers waited for the rebound from the goalkeeper. He was afraid that going after the rebound could injure a player. I did it anyway and he would give me a hard time every time. And there he was, punished in the final with a goal scored in exactly that way. I had received the ball and then missed. I ran after the defender and pulled back, played it to Rivaldo, expecting him to perform a one-two, but he kicked it in direction of the goal. I ran, hoping that [Oliver] Kahn [the German goalkeeper] would parry the ball, and I was there and I just pushed the ball inside the net.

The second goal was more polished. It was a counter-attack coming from the right with [José] Kléberson, who rolled the ball through them midfield. Rivaldo heard me screaming to open his legs and I just had the tranquillity to master the perfect control and kicked it into the corner so that Kahn could not reach. The feeling is unexplainable. It’s really the pinnacle. It is the ultimate sense of satisfaction, pride and accomplishment. You win a World Cup, scoring two goals, and, with all the problems I’d had months before, returning from a serious injury, to me it was really a very important time.”


You win a World Cup, scoring two goals, and after the problems I’d had, it was so important to me

Ronaldo won the Golden Boot for the most goals scored in the 2002 finals. That year he joined Real Madrid CF’s galácticos alongside Zidane and Beckham. His jersey sales broke all records on day one. In 98 matches for Brazil he scored 62 goals. He won the FIFA World Player of the Year three times and the Ballon d’Or twice. He is a sportsman for whom the adjective ‘legend’ is no exaggeration. ■ GOAL! by Michael Donald, published by Hamlyn, £20; octopusbooks.co.uk



Urban Legends

The Landscape Photographer of the Year competition showcases the UK’s varied landscapes captured by some of the country’s most talented photographers. Cityscapes feature prominently – here’s our pick from the Urban View and Your View categories



MATT COOPER: A Windy Day in Shoreditch “After taking pictures of some great graffiti in Paris, I was curious to see what London (my home town) had to offer. So, on a cold, blustery day in January, I headed over to Shoreditch and as soon as I captured this girl in front of the coolest graffiti I’ve seen, I knew I had my shot.”

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SIMON HADLEIGH-SPARKS: Relax in the City Redux “An architectural detail of a new residential building on the corner of Vauxhall Bridge.”



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OWEN LLOYD: Three Towers from Waterloo Bridge “From left to right, the three towers in the late evening sun are: the unfinished ‘Boomerang’, the Shard, and the South Bank Tower. Shooting from Waterloo Bridge, I moved up and down the bridge to align the three towers, getting the Shard in the middle, with its left slope parallel to the inverted slope on the Boomerang. I also needed to keep an eye on the smaller OXO Tower as I moved, to make sure it didn’t land in an awkward position, and wanted to make sure none of the towers were clipped.”



MIKE CURRY: Unknown Pleasures “This is a photo of an amazing building reflection in South Dock near South Quay DLR station. The title is Unknown Pleasures because the pattern reminded me of the Joy Division album cover of the same name.”


MARK CORNICK: Architectural Detail [WINNER OF THE FUJIFILM PRIZE] “This was a building that I came across by accident when on a London photo walk in the Euston area. The building is located on Howland Street and is part of the UCL campus. I was instantly drawn to its curves and architectural style and knew it would be perfect as part of my ‘Abstract Architectural Details’ project. This project uses a 135mm focal length to isolate details of the building’s character and style, rather than presenting a wide-angle view.”


Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 11 (AA Publishing, £25) showcases Britain’s eclectic landscapes – from misty tors, dramatic coastlines, craggy peaks to shiny cityscapes – as well as the enormous talent of intrepid photographers who love Britain. An exhibition of the best photos will run from 20 November to 4 February at London Waterloo station. For now, we hope you’ve enjoyed our favourites from the Urban View and Your View categories. ■ See more at:




D A M A G E . C O N T R O L . He has spent his entire career fighting to escape the shadow of his father – and now his moment is finally here. MAX WILLIAMS meets the remarkably poised Chris Eubank Jr, a sporting superstar like no other

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SUITED TO THE SPORT: He may scrub up well for a photoshoot but between the ropes Eubank Jr is a ferocious proposition. Fortunately we photographed him in our studio, and he was an utter gentleman. Bespoke suit by Timothy Everest; timothyeverest.co.uk




UPHORIC.” THAT IS how Chris Eubank Jr describes the moment of victory – the moment in which the stricken opponent lies at his feet and the thousands of spectators bay their approval and the online jabber that he is a ‘fake’, a ‘Daddy’s Boy’, decreases a little more in volume. Ten thousand hours of work and sacrifice – not just the relentless physical toil but also the unique psychological pressure he’s lived with throughout his career, ever since he stepped into his father’s shadow and trusted he would one day emerge – coalesced into a few glorious seconds of vindication. “It’s euphoric,” he repeats. “It’s like a drug; you want to get more of it.” Can the non-boxer ever understand the feeling of a knockout win? The answer is immediate: “I honestly don’t think so.” In the third round of his most recent fight, the World Boxing Super Series quarterfinal against the unbeaten Avni Yildirim, Eubank connected with a left hook so monstrous you should check for it under the bed. Yildirim duly plunged to the canvas, providing Eubank with another opportunity to savour what he describes as “the happiness you get from knocking a man out, from beating a man.” Yet happiness was far from his face. He loomed over his fallen foe, inscrutable, muscles flexed, daring Yildirim to rise up. For someone gripped by the highest form of jubilation, he didn’t seem to be particularly enjoying himself. “I train my entire life to do that to somebody,” he says. “So when it happens, I’ve already visualised it, I’ve already dreamed of it happening. That’s what I expect.” Hence the disconnect between emotions and exterior. “It’s not, ‘oh my God I knocked him out, I’m so happy, let’s hug and kiss and cry and jump up on the ropes!’ It’s – yeah, that’s exactly what’s supposed to happen. That’s exactly what I thought was going to happen.” Already, perhaps, you get an idea of the drive, the sense of purpose that has propelled Eubank Jr to the pinnacle of his sport at 28. He discusses his upcoming fight with George Groves – a bout that demands the attention of the most casual fan, and could potentially make Eubank Jr as celebrated as his illustrious father – with a certainty that verges on detachment. There is no bravado in his prediction of a stoppage, just a calm statement of fact. This self-belief could easily be read as arrogance. But arrogance tends to be born from insecurity, complacency, or both, and you’d struggle to think of two adjectives less applicable to Eubank Jr. He strolls into the studio unaccompanied, shakes hands with everyone, and requests a cup of coffee. His squaremile.com

resting expression, he explains, can appear quite angry; helpful for the image of Eubank the boxer but no reflection of the composed, articulate individual who gives us an entire afternoon of his time. His style is as sharp as his mind: we arranged a bespoke Timothy Everest suit for the cover but ended up shooting him in his own clothes as well. (That Dolce & Gabbana jacket? How could we not?) Mixed martial artist Dan Hardy once told me that “fighters are some of the most mellow, friendly, relaxed people you’ll ever meet. We don’t have anything to prove. We have a ground in which we can prove ourselves, so we don’t need to do it on a daily basis.” Hardy was referring to MMA, but the description fits Eubank Jr well. I can’t recall meeting anybody quite so comfortable in their own skin. Which is remarkable, considering the majority of his career has been viewed through the prism of his father’s. For the uninitiated (both of you): Chris Eubank dominated British boxing in the 1990s, his battles with Michael Watson, Steve Collins, Joe Calzaghe and most famously Nigel Benn thrusting the sport to the forefront of public consciousness. That alone would have been a tough act to follow; but Pa Eubank was and remains a larger-thanlife character whose celebrity transcended his trade, the star of reality shows such as At Home With The Eubanks (featuring a youthful Junior) and even the subject of a Louis Theroux documentary. “It hasn’t been easy,” says Eubank Jr. “It’s been a long, tough road to appear out of his shadow and to reach the expectations that everybody had – to surpass them, which I have. Being Chris Eubank’s son: at the beginning of my career, it was a lot of pressure because they were comparing me – a novice, with no pro fights – to an all-time legend of the game. “Even from my first fight [a fourth round TKO over Kirilas Psonko]: ‘Oh yeah, it was a good fight, but he’s not as good as his dad, is he?’ You’re comparing a 22-year-old novice to a former world champion. So it wasn’t fair, but life isn’t fair, and I dealt with it. I used that pressure to my advantage, I used it to fuel me, I knew all eyes were on me, I knew everyone was expecting great things, and that made me train harder and fight harder.” There is no rancour in his words. He entered the sport without illusion; every sparring session, every fight, would be a battle against two opponents: the man trying to take his head off, and legend of his own father – now a permanent presence in Junior’s corner. “I understood from very early that me and my father – we’re never not going to be compared. We’ve got the same name and

I knew everyone was expecting great things, and that made me train harder and fight harder we’re in the same sport. It doesn’t matter how good I do, it doesn’t matter where I end up, there’s always going to be that comparison: ‘oh, is he better than his dad?’ And that’s fine. It doesn’t matter to me, that’s not an issue to me. All I’ve got to focus on is becoming the best fighter I can be.” Eubank Jr trains at the same Hove gym where his father prepared for many of his most feted contests. Uses the same trainer, too: Ronnie Davies, now in his eighth decade and preparing for a knee operation, but still as canny as when he guided Eubank Senior to victory over Nigel Benn in 1990. (Rather endearingly, Benn is painted next to Eubank on the gym wall, glaring at the son of his great rival shadowboxing around the ring.) Team Eubank is tight knit: as well as Davies, and of course Eubank Senior, there is also Sunny Joe Hall, Junior’s head of security, training partner and childhood friend. In the press conference for Eubank Jr vs Yildirim, Ahmet Oner, the Turkish fighter’s manager and trainer, took offence to Sunny and nearly attacked him. (You suspect Sunny would have coped.) Watch the video and contrast the demented rage of Oner with the impassivity of Eubank Jr amid the bedlam. He later tweeted a photo of the incident captioned: ‘Not a single F*** was given this day.’ Meet Eubank Jr on the street and he will shake your hand, sign his autograph, and happily pose for a photo or two. Word travels fast, and he wants that word to be positive, to reflect the man he is when not in combat mode. But against a rival the warfare is not confined to the ring; ramping up the psychological intensity in the buildup can be highly effective, as Ahmet Oner will testify. “You want to intimidate,” says Eubank Jr. “You want to intimidate your opponent. You want to do everything you can to get that edge over him. That’s why I’m not smiling in press conferences, I’m not joking about. Because I’m about to fight. This guy’s about to try and take away my career, my pride, my money. Everything I’ve worked so hard to get to, he’s standing in front of me trying to take that away. It’s not a joke to me.” ➤



➤ It certainly won’t be a joke on 18 February when Eubank Jr faces his British rival, and WBA world champion, George Groves at the Manchester Arena. Although the fight is a semifinal of the World Boxing Super Series – a pioneering tournament designed to crown the best super middleweight on the planet – Groves vs Eubank Jr would be a blockbuster on its own merit. Arguably the two most famous British boxers not named Anthony Joshua, and certainly two of the most talented, the fight will attract global attention and could surpass Groves’ Wembley collusion with Carl Froch as the definitive domestic dustup of the decade. (Say it in your best Don King voice.) There is a backstory, as there is for all great fights: the pair are former sparring partners, and Eubank Jr is adamant he got the best of those sessions – “battered him”, in fact. The likelihood of a meeting with Groves was a major factor in Eubank Jr entering the WBSS. “I want George Groves,” he says flatly. “I want to fight him, and I want his belt, and I believe that this tournament was the only way that I was going to corner him... [Otherwise] he would never have got in a ring with me.” Groves claims to have engineered the draw to ensure Eubank Jr was placed in his half. “I highly doubt that,” is the dismissive response. Even against an overmatched opponent – i.e. almost all of them to date – watching Eubank Jr fight is a viscerally thrilling experience. He struts around the ring, often exaggerating his feints and movement before exploding into a flurry of combinations that seem to reign down from multiple angles at once such is their blistering speed – you almost get bruises through the TV screen. He is the boxer that people who don’t like boxing should watch just to check that they don’t like boxing. Groves is unquestionably his hardest fight yet; a superb technician who endured defeats in three title fights – twice against Froch, the first waved off prematurely with Groves ahead on the scorecards, the second that devastating Wembley KO, and a points loss to the American Badou Jack – before stopping Felix Chudinov to claim the WBA belt. It is this belt,

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more than any personal animosity, that put the Londoner on the Eubank Jr hitlist. “I wouldn’t say it’s personal at all,” says Eubank Jr of Groves. “It’s business. The reason I want to fight him is because he’s a name, he’s a big name in Britain, and he has a world title. Anyone could be in his position.” So he never tries to hate an opponent? “No!” he says emphatically. “Hate never comes into it. Ever. If you hate somebody you’re going to make mistakes. That means you’re emotionally involved, that means that when you should be fighting a certain way – smart – you’re just going to go in there headstrong: I want to knock him out, I hate this guy, I want to get him. With that mentality you make mistakes. It’s a thinking man’s sport; people don’t realise but you’ve got to think. It’s not just about throwing punches, it’s a strategy.” What makes Eubank Jr vs Groves a welcome rarity is the fact neither man particularly needs to fight the other: both could earn good money against less dangerous foes. “It’s a proper, old-fashioned fight,” enthuses pundit Steve Bunce, a man whose knowledge of boxing would shame an Encyclopedia. “Both boxers could go elsewhere – but they decided to fight each other. To find out which of them is the better man. You don’t get more old school than that.”

Can you describe Chris Eubank Jr as old school? He is both an extremely modern boxer – active on social media, jetting around the globe, draped in designer brands – and also a throwback, a man devoted to his discipline and the glories it can bring. He talks of the inherent purity of competition, the need to be tested against the best opponents, “the more regarded the opponent, the more glorious the victory”, and the fighting spirit that runs in his blood (both his brother and cousin also box). Eubank Jr is an outlier among fighters because he doesn’t need to fight – at least not for financial imperatives. Boxers tend to rise from mean streets and hard backgrounds, not grow up in a nice house in Hove. He is the first to bring up this discrepancy: “Usually, if you look at all the past world champions, they come from poverty and that’s their drive. They haven’t got anywhere else. I had every other option. I could have done any other sport. I could have been a doctor; I could have been a lawyer; I could have done anything.” ‘Legacy’ is the word that recurs over and over again: building a legacy in the sport, ensuring his name is remembered long after his career is finished, proving himself as the outstanding fighter of his generation – perhaps even beyond. His ambition is grand in scope, but simple in execution: “You have to win. To


BEST TO STAY DOWN: Admiring his handiwork as a befuddled Avni Yildirim fails to rise from the canvas. The previously unbeaten Turkish boxer was dispatched within three rounds. Now for the British blockbuster with George Groves…

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be respected as the best, you have to win.” Groves will be the biggest, perhaps the definitive, step on a road that began when a young Chris Eubank Jr went to a friend’s house and discovered a VHS box with his father on the cover. His childhood dreams had been the “same as any other kid – be an astronaut or something crazy.” But from the moment he inserted the tape and saw dad in action, Junior was hooked. Senior took more persuading. “My father blocked me from boxing for a couple of years,” recalls Eubank Jr, “which I don’t agree with to this day. But he did it out of fear, I guess. He didn’t think I would have what it takes to become anything in the sport.” Born and raised in the bad old days of Peckham, the elder Eubank doubted his son’s privileged upbringing could provide adequate grounding for the fight game. “I went to private school [Brighton College] – so he was worried that I didn’t have that hunger.” But the boy was hungry – and talented. He relocated to Las Vegas, the modern Mecca of boxing, determined to prove himself as a fighter and escape from the distractions of Brighton. (Only in boxing could Vegas be seen as a sanctuary.) After a brief but successful ameteur career – 24-2 – Chris Eubank Jr turned professional in 2011.


There were doubters. They crowed when he dropped a 2014 split decision to Billy Joe Saunders in the first major test of his nascent career. An uncharacteristically tentative Eubank Jr allowed Saunders to take the early rounds, and a mid-fight revival proved in vain. “Inexperience,” says Eubank Jr of slow start. “My first 12-round fight; I didn’t know how I’d be feeling at round nine, round 10. When I got there I thought, ‘is this all there is?’” He learnt a lot from that defeat, still his only reversal to date. To never leave a fight to the decision of the judges (only one of his eight subsequent victories has gone the distance). To begin at full throttle and accelerate from there. Despite the modern tendency to fetishize a boxer’s 0, almost every legend of the game, Muhammed Ali downwards, experienced at least one reversal. (Eubank Jr’s friend and sparring partner Floyd Mayweather stands the most notable exception.) He knows it’s not the loss that defines you; it’s your response. And his response was emphatic. For three years he has laid waste to all comers, winning the IBO world title in February prior to the WBSS and the Groves showdown. Yet in 2016, Eubank Jr had looked certain to fight the fearsome king of the super middleweight division, Gennady Golovkin, only for negotiations to fall through at the last minute. Promoter Eddie Hearn blamed the “impossible” demands of the Eubanks; Junior says it was a case of refusing to be ripped off. “The deal was awful at first, and then we were negotiating. Most fighters are like, ‘yes Eddie, yes Frank’. They’re yes men, they don’t know any better. They’re not business smart. They’re not looking at percentages and business revenue and royalties. They’re just thinking, ‘oh, he’s giving me this much. That’s quite a nice-looking sum of money, I’ll take that’, not quite understanding how much money is being made elsewhere off of them, off of their fight. We understand that, so we are not yes men.” One almost feels for Hearn: nobody could relish facing this man at the negotiating table. Or the card table, for that matter: he describes himself as “a pretty good poker player”, which I can easily believe. Normally, an interviewee will react to certain questions: a nod, a grin, a frown. Eubank Jr gives away nothing: “Boxing has taught me to control my emotions. To even hide my emotions.” This is certainly true of interviews, and most likely contract disputes. Welterweight Kell Brook accepted the same deal the Eubanks rejected, stepped up against Golovkin and lost inside four rounds. “He took the fight, and then he got battered,” is

Most fighters are yes men, they don’t know any better. They are not business smart the Eubank Jr assessment. “Eddie knew that would happen. But he’s not really looking out for his fighters, he’s looking out for himself.” Hence the close proximity of Eubank Senior? “That’s right. That’s why I keep my dad by my side: because he is not a promoter. And if he is, he’s still my father so there is nothing going on behind closed doors. He really has got my best interests at heart. “Eddie Hearn might like some of the fighters he works with, but at the end of the day he has to look after number one, which is himself and his family. He’s not always going to do the best for his fighters – my father will always do the best for me.” In some quarters, the closeness of the Eubanks has been viewed as a misjudgment on Junior’s part, even a weakness. In fact I would suggest it is the opposite. Aside from the many benefits Eubank Senior can offer – as both mentor and parent – his visibility is a mark of Junior’s confidence in his own greatness. To share the spotlight with the man against whom you will always be measured? You really must think you’re good. However good he proves to be, there are no plans to shed the ‘Junior’ tag. “It’s easy for a man or a boy to lose that name when their father is maybe in a different field. Even if they are really successful, they can lose the ‘Junior’ and it’s not an issue, but because we’re in the same sport, there has to be something that can differentiate us. He’s too well known: you say ‘Chris Eubank’ and it’s like, ‘which one?’” Mayweather phased out his ‘Junior’... “Mayweather was a Junior, Roy Jones was a Junior, but their fathers didn’t reach that elite level. They could cut the ‘Junior’ out and no one would think, ‘oh, does he mean his dad or him?’ Whereas my father went so high, there has to always be something that can split us.” He adds a clarification. “I guess that’s in boxing – in boxing I won’t ever lose the Junior. Outside of boxing? Sure. There probably will be a time when it will just be Chris Eubank.” What does Chris Eubank Jr do outside of boxing? “I do what everyone else does. I relax, I like to travel a lot, Xbox, hang out with friends. A club every once in awhile? ➤



➤ Sure, why not. No alcohol, though.” (A few “horrible experiences” as a teenager turned him from the strong stuff. He recalls lying on the floor at a house party, the hostess kicking him to get up because her parents were coming home. Probably the last instance, bar sleep, that Chris Eubank Jr couldn’t defend himself.) Even in Vegas, there were whispers about the talented young boxer with the famous name; the Daily Mail ran a story back in 2008. Beating Groves will further brighten the glare of the spotlight that has been on him since the beginning. Eubank Jr is unconcerned. “It’s been my life for years. It’s been growing and growing and growing for years now. With each fight I only get more exposure, more public demand, more notoriety, and this Groves fight will be the same. “Obviously, with this type of fight here, that can really shoot you to the next level. But it’s not going to be any different to what I’ve experienced over the last five years. I’m not going to change, I’m still going to be the same guy I am now.” Despite what some might believe, that is no bad thing. A boxer’s career is defined by its brevity: Eubank Senior fought his last bout a month short of his 32nd birthday. Many, many champions have struggled to adjust to life away from the ring. Is Eubank Jr apprehensive about his post-boxing existence? “I’m optimistic,” he smiles, “not apprehensive. After my career’s done, there’s so much I can do. As long as I achieve what I want to achieve I can do anything I like.” He won’t retire “until I feel I’ve done enough to be able to leave in high regard – and at the moment I’m nowhere near that stage. Reaching that stage, it’s about finance and it’s about legacy. Money and legacy. Once you’ve made the amount of money that you’re comfortable to live on for the rest of your life, because after that most fighters aren’t going to have any form of income.” I doubt Eubank Jr will struggle beyond the ropes. “I’m a pretty switched-on dude,” he says cheerfully, “so I would always find a way to be comfortable. But some guys aren’t switched

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CHASING LA DOLCE VITA: Modelling his own Dolce & Gabbana jacket, Eubank Jr proves to be a sharp operator both in and outside the boxing ring. “I’m my own man, I have my own vision. I’ve never felt I needed somebody to control my dream, my direction.“

on. Some boxers, that’s literally all they know: to throw punches. They can’t talk well, they can’t dress well, they don’t really think for themselves. Those are the guys, they really have to make sure they make the money.” Whatever his respect for boxing, it seems Eubank Jr shares his father’s ambivalence about certain aspects of the sport – and its practitioners. So what if his son – Chris Eubank Jr Jr? – wanted to lace up the gloves? He smiles at the question before responding with typical smoothness. “If I have a son, I want him to do what makes him happy. If that’s boxing then of course I would be behind him 100%. But I’d never push it on him, I would never force him into it.” But for now his only focus is Groves. If Eubank Jr triumphs in the biggest fight of his

life, will his celebrations stay restrained? “No different. Business. Another day at the office.” Here is my prediction, for what little it is worth. I suspect the speed and ferocity of Eubank Jr will propel him past the admirable Groves and into the upper echelon of his sport, where he should remain for many years. His extravagant boxing talent, and his qualities as a person, more subdued, perhaps, but no less potent, should see him set alongside his father in the regard of the British public. For there is much to like about this formidable young man, and even more to admire. Whatever happens, he will be box office. He couldn’t be anything but. ■ George Groves vs Chris Eubank Jr will take place at the Manchester Arena on Saturday 17 February 2018. To register for this fight go to itvboxoffice.com


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Cloak & Swagger Dynamo has become one of the most famous magicians in the world, bringing his unique style of magic to sold-out arenas and star-studded parties. But how did a boy from Bradford end up walking on water asks MAX WILLIAMS Photography by DAVID ELLIS

Dynamo [noun] – a device that changes energy of movement into electrical energy; an energetic force.


HE SOCIETY OF American Magicians

describes itself as the oldest and most prestigious magical society in the world, and it’s probably right on both counts. Known as the SAM, this remarkable organisation was founded on 10 May, 1902 – three years before The Magic Circle – at Martinka, the famous magic shop of New York City, which in 1875 had moved from Germany to what is now Sixth Avenue. There were 24 initial members, although this number grew the following year with the February election of Ehrich Weiss, aka Harry Houdini; magic’s most storied ➤



IT’S A KIND OF MAGIC: Steven Frayne, aka Dynamo, first performed illusions to ward-off bullies in the school playground. Nowadays he performs for the likes of Snoop Dogg, David Haye and Will Smith.

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➤ name later served as President of the SAM from 1917 to his death in 1926. One hundred years after Houdini’s induction, the SAM – membership now swollen to nearly 50,000 – gathered in New York City to celebrate the life of the great escapologist. As you might imagine, the Houdini Centennial proved quite the bash, a veritable who’s who of early 21st century magic: David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy (pre-tiger mishap), and a host of other luminaries whose skills had dazzled the world. Among these giants moved a slight teenage boy from Bradford. He had secured his attendance at the magic event of the year by winning a competition back in the UK. Impressive, sure, except Copperfield had recently sawn Jennifer Lopez into six pieces – at the White House. You’re a long way from Bradford, kid. Nobody paid him much attention, until he took to the stage. Performing the same routine that brought him to the Centennial, young Steven Frayne proceeded to marvel and mesmerise the most discerning audience on the planet. Halfway through the act, Aaron Fisher – a card magician par excellence – rose from his seat and shouted to the room: “This kid’s a fucking dynamo!” “Why dynamo?” Frayne later asked Fisher. “Look up the explanation of it in the dictionary and you’ll understand.” The term stuck. “For the rest of the week, all of the magicians there, all of my peers, would refer to me as the Dynamo Kid.” On his return to England, the young Frayne had a new stage name. “Obviously I lost the ‘effing’ part,” Dynamo smiles. “It kind of works. And it sounds a bit cooler than Steven.” Fifteen years after wowing New York, Dynamo is a global phenomenon, a 34-yearold maestro who graduated from uploading his street performances on YouTube to hosting his own TV show – Dynamo: Magician Impossible – to selling more than 100 dates of his Seeing Is Believing tour. An online video of his ten best illusions is now closing in on 21m views. These illusions include: causing dozens

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MODERN-DAY MIRACLE: Always start big. Dynamo’s first major illusion was walking across the Thames in 2011. Sceptics suggested Dynamo trained turtles to swim under his feet, a theory the magician could neither confirm or deny – although it did make him laugh quite a lot.

of mobile phones to ring simultaneously in Times Square (number ten); walking down the side of a Los Angeles building (number seven), and levitating in front of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer (which sits firm in first place). Recently, he published Dynamo: The Book of Secrets, a detailed how-to guide helping young magicians follow in his footsteps – unless, of course, he’s mid-levitation. He wrote the book to “pass on my knowledge, and give people an introduction to magic in the right way.” The idea came a couple of Christmases ago: to distract his eight-yearold niece Ruby from the iPad, he taught her how to use a stripped deck of cards. Half an hour later, “she was walking around the party

just blowing the minds of all the adults…They kept coming up to me going, ‘tell us how she’s doing it. Come on, you’ve got to tell us!’” Dynamo hopes the book will not only spark a love of magic but also encourage its readers away from their screens and into some oldfashioned human interaction – just as the cards did for Ruby. “The more she did it, the more confident she got; that afternoon was probably the longest I’ve seen her not on the iPad.”

MAGIC RUNS IN the family: Dynamo’s grandfather once astounded a 12-year-old Steven by making matches vanish from their box. Dynamo still certain how he did it. “I have my own theories, but I’m not 100% sure.”


He’s an unassuming figure, far removed from the strapping showmen of pop culture (think Hugh Jackman in The Prestige). His small, wiry frame is a legacy of the Crohn’s disease which has afflicted him since adolescence. Clad in dark denim, you probably wouldn’t notice him in a busy room – at least not until he bent his thumb back into his wrist, as he does to demonstrate one of his earliest illusions. (Dynamo hates the term ‘trick’: “trick implies you’re getting one over on someone.”) His grandfather taught him the thumb technique to ward off the bullies: a diminutive, mixed-race, single-parent child in Bradford made an easy target. (He didn’t meet his father until adulthood.) Another helpful lesson was the ability to seemingly increase his body weight from just a few stone to suddenly unliftable; Dynamo later demonstrated the effect to heavyweight boxer David Haye. The bullies stayed clear, but magic had done little for Steven’s social standing. “It got people off my back, but at the same time I was already a loner, so scaring people away would make me even more of a loner.” By then, however, those little illusions had sparked an interest that soon turned into an obsession. Aaron Fisher might have coined the name but grandpa Ken Walsh is responsible for the magician. A naval veteran of the second world war – and another remarkable man – Walsh didn’t practice magic seriously but he knew enough. “He’d use it at the pub to get a free drink, or to impress the ladies before my grandma came around.” “He was always the life of the party,” recalls Dynamo. “He wasn’t shy at all – he had this magnetism that would make you come towards him.” Young Steven lacked his grandpa’s natural charisma but the more he practiced magic, the more confident he grew. At college, magic became a way to attract people rather than a repellent. As soon as Steven revealed his unusual passion, everyone wanted to see what the kid could do. “That was the first time I really performed for people. It wasn’t to scare people off.” Ken Walsh died in 201. His grandson was one of the most famous magicians on Earth. He never revealed the secret of the matchbox.

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IRONICALLY FOR A man who updated magic for the 21st century, the first illusion Dynamo mastered is perhaps the oldest of the lot: the classic cups and balls, a variant of which appears to be drawn on the walls of an Egyptian burial chamber dating from 2500 BC, and was cited by the Roman philosopher Seneca almost exactly 2000 years ago. (“Such quibbles are just as harmlessly deceptive as the squaremile.com

juggler’s cup and dice, in which it is the very trickery that pleases me. But show me how the trick is done, and I have lost my interest.”). His magic progressed, along with his ambitions. He wanted to make videos, “visual mixtapes” to showcase his talent – many of his friends were DJs – but the equipment was too expensive so he applied to The Prince’s Trust for a grant. The charity didn’t understand the business plan but liked his enthusiasm – and shazam! our young magician was away. He had the content; now he needed an audience. YouTube was still in its infancy, but successful videos tended to follow a certain trend: kittens and puppies, babies, celebrities, controversy. The more things seem to change... “I thought, alright, I don’t want to be very controversial because that’s just playing to the stereotype of where I’m from, and I really wanted to break that stereotype. There’s only so much magic you can do to a puppy. It just wasn’t really happening… My auntie had a kid but the baby didn’t understand the magic, so there was no reaction.” Celebrities it was. Armed with a new camcorder – ta, your highness – and plenty of gumption, Dynamo and his friends travelled the country, going “to any event that we could get tickets for or we could blag our way into”, talking their way backstage and performing for the star acts. The gamble worked. Soon promoters were inviting Dynamo to entertain their headliners, and American artists started asking for ‘the magic guy’. His first DVD, Underground Magic, starred the likes of Coldplay, Snoop Dogg, Ian Brown, The Streets, and The Game. It cost less than £1,000 to produce and sold 8,000 copies in the first month – all of which were burnt, packaged, and posted in Dynamo’s bedroom. “I did love that,” he says, recalling those early years on the make. “I loved it so much! I’m very fortunate that I’m able to do so many more amazing things nowadays, but I do miss those kind of hustling days. I still try and treat every project like it’s my first.” As well as a classic example of modern entrepreneurship, Dynamo’s rise reflects how the magic industry learnt to adapt to a digital age. The ubiquity of television not only harmed the audience of the live magic show – why leave the house when you could watch from the sofa – but also reshaped the requirements for a successful act: if it didn’t work through a screen, it didn’t work. A young generation of tech-savvy magicians emerged with a new outlook: “People aren’t coming to watch magic shows – so we need to bring the magic to them. We have to bring the magic to the streets they’re

When I walked across the Thames there were rumours that I’d trained turtles to stand on hanging out on, we have to take it to the venues that they go to – I was performing in nightclubs with music blaring, I had to do a silent act… These weren’t venues that were built for performing magic, but as magicians we had to make that transition in order to remind people that magic was still there.” While Dynamo initially bypassed TV, the mentalist Derren Brown achieved fame through stunts specifically designed for televised consumption, most notoriously playing Russian roulette in 2003. Eight years Brown’s junior – the two are good friends – Dynamo hit the mainstream with 2011’s Magician Impossible and the bravura illusions (Times Square, etc) mentioned above. Unusually, he did not publicise any of these illusions before their performance. Take the 2011 walk over the River Thames, his first stunt on such a scale, and still his best known. No advance warning was given: he just turned up and set off across the water. Well, on the first attempt he turned up and then went home because it was raining, but the following day offered kinder conditions and better visibility to attract the desired attention. A crowd of spectators duly formed. “By the time I had got to the middle of the river, I looked around and there were thousands of people gathered around watching it. The next day it was in all of the newspapers.” The lack of publicity became its own publicity, generating an intrigue that would have been impossible if the feat had been promoted in advance. “It created that mystery and that wonder,” Dynamo recalls. “It was my way of maintaining that sense of mystery but also doing these big cultural events.” Of course, mystery begets scepticism: for every awestruck YouTuber, there’s another accusing Dynamo of fakery, of not being a real magician (as opposed to Dumbledore). “I do read those comments,” he grins. “They are hilarious. Some of the ideas that people come out with as well…” Any particular standouts? “When I walked across the Thames there were theories going around that I’d trained some turtles to be underneath my feet, so I



You know Superman is not a real person but watching the film you believe in that world was actually standing on turtles!” The continuous technological evolution hasn’t helped. “We know what Hollywood studios are capable of doing in a movie now, so when you watch a magic show, how do you prove to people that it isn’t just a big Hollywood special effect? It’s taken a long time for magicians to actually study and learn how to even film their magic.” A desire to prove the integrity of his magic led Dynamo to ditch Magician Impossible and launch the Seeing Is Believing live tour in 2015. He played a total of 118 dates in the UK and Australia, dazzling packed arenas that had hosted the likes of One Direction or U2 the day before. The underground DJ was now a fully fledged rock star. Yet even rock stars risk bad reverb. At the O2 Arena, Dynamo successfully teleported a volunteer’s mobile phone into a water bottle. The only issue? When somebody called the phone to reveal its new location, nothing happened. “Either his battery died or there was no reception in the O2, which is ironic.” Reports of the incident were widespread. “I’m like, you’re all going on about the phone not ringing, but has everyone forgotten – his phone is still inside the bottle!” The media reaction frustrated him more than the silent mobile. Above all else, Dynamo views magic as inclusive. “Magic’s an emotion that someone feels when they witness something amazing. It could be a shared experience, which is what I try to make my magic about. I want it be an experience that we share together.” He cites cinema as a comparable medium, relying on, and rewarding, suspension of disbelief. “You know Superman is not a real person… but for the time that you’re watching that film, you believe in that world.” This faith runs both ways. The Book of Secrets instructs the budding magician “to believe in what you’re doing, as if it’s for real, for it to feel real to your audience.” In our interview, Dynamo cites the words of 19th century magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, the father of modern conjuring’ “A magician is an actor playing the part of a magician.”


He doesn’t entirely agree with this idea – “there are different types of magic” – but it neatly illustrates the blurring of sorcery and performance, illusion and reality. Approaching magic with scepticism not only diminishes the experience; it betrays the communal ideal which Dynamo believes that magic is founded upon. When he performs, “if people come wanting to be amazed and entertained, then that’s what they’re going to get. But if they come on the back foot, trying to be sceptical and work things out, then they’re going to miss the entire point of the show.”

THE TOUR IS his proudest achievement, an enterprise on a previously unimaginable scale which obliterated any conceptions of Dynamo the ‘TV magician’. What makes the tour even more impressive – although I mention this, not him – is that he performed night after night despite living with Crohn’s, an inflammatory bowel disease that can be managed but not cured. Dynamo was diagnosed at 15. This article has been deliberately light on Crohn’s: because there is so much else to discuss, because he has spoken eloquently in other outlets, because he won’t allow the disease to define him in life so it shouldn’t define him in print. The man can literally walk on water – why focus on his digestive system? However it would be disingenuous to omit Crohn’s entirely, so: Dynamo – then Steven – underwent surgery to remove half of his stomach aged 19. A careful diet helps relieve the pain – during the interview he sips decaf tea with lactose-free milk – but he’s still spent an estimated two years in hospital, including a three-week stint the month before we meet. Despite the intensity of live magic, he won’t eat at least three hours before a show. “Usually when I get off stage I have a big feast.” Unsurprisingly, his resilience – “I try not to let it stop me or hold me back” – inspires thousands of people living with similar conditions. Some fans even ask him to sign their colostomy bags. “Not the used ones, because that would be a bit weird.” Eccentric the requests may be, but Dynamo can see the broader context. “There are people out there who, back in the day, wouldn’t even have admitted that they’ve got a colostomy bag. People talk about it now, and people talk about Crohn’s a lot more.” He welcomes the increased public discourse: “It shows it’s not something you need to be ashamed of.” He helped contribute to that. Now he wants his book to inspire another generation of magicians, just as Grandpa Ken inspired him. Although anyone can learn from The Book Of Secrets, Dynamo believes children

will benefit the most. “If you introduce magic to them now, they’re going to pick it up a lot faster. They also don’t have the scepticism that you get as you get older. They still believe anything is possible as children.” There’s this cultural myth that magicians engage in fierce, often murderous rivalries with their peers: see Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, or Glen David Gold’s brilliant novel Carter Beats the Devil. In truth, magic is a tight community with far more that unites than divides – although Dynamo concedes the value of “a little healthy competition”. “In the back of our heads, we always slightly want to do something that impresses


LOOK INTO MY EYES: The 34-year-old magician is firmly focused on using magic to amaze and inspire people, and feels that his illusions should be an experience shared by him and his audience.

our fellow magicians, because as a magician to impress another magician – that’s another level. It’s higher than impressing a Muggle.” This Muggle doesn’t disagree. Especially when he describes the various magical gatherings that occur throughout the year. “In the back of your head you’re always thinking, ‘alright, I’ve got to work on something new that I know will blow these guys away.’ Create the piece of magic that is the talk of the conference.” To be a fly on that particular wall! Even at the risk of being transformed into a rabbit. If Dynamo helps mentor the next great sorcerer of the age then he’ll be the first to applaud. But if people simply read his book


and learn a couple of the techniques, well, that works too. At the very least magic might offer a means of social engagement that

In the back of our heads we always want to do something that impresses our fellow magicians

doesn’t involve a screen. But it could do so much more. Perhaps magic will awaken in its young practitioners what it once awoke in a philosopher of Ancient Rome; or those 24 pioneers in New York, masters of their craft, who started a movement that would outlast them all; or the old trickster who bewitched his grandson with a matchbox; or the young girl who stole Christmas with a deck of cards. Magic is the desire, the need, to fashion a moment of pure wonder and fleetingly subvert reality, whether through sleight-of-hand or spectacle or the greatest show on Earth. ■ Dynamo: The Book of Secrets is available now. (Blink Publishing; £16.99)


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A CITY OF CONTRASTS: Bangkok is a hotchpotch of the old and new, which is clear to see in its architecture. While the city is home to many beautiful Buddhist temples, it is also a vibrant modern city.





BANG FOR YOUR BUCK Bangkok can be a challenging destination at the best of times, but BEN WINSTANLEY finds the perfect remedy in The Siam Hotel


ENEATH THE FOGGY haze of pollution,

gleaming skyscrapers compete for land with low-lying temples several hundred years their senior. Walls of traffic blur past in every direction as street vendors spin skewers of satay chicken and griddle octopus mere metres away. It’s hot and sticky (humidity bubbles around 80% here, ensuring clothing clings to bodies with sweat), but it only serves to amplify the balletic frenzy of a thousand faces carrying out a thousand tasks. This is a metropolis with a capital ‘M’, brimming with red-hot food, culture, and life. It’s terrifying, disorientating, pulse raising – and thoroughly intoxicating. Ohhh yes, you know when you’re in Bangkok, alright. In this city of dualities – the ancient and the modern, piety and depravity, tumult and meditation – it is no surprise that luxury should have made itself at home. Bangkok has long been a gateway for tourists to explore the Land of Smiles, and downtown you’ll encounter all the usual hotel suspects. The monolithic five-star residences of Shangri-La and the Mandarin Oriental stand watch over the Chao Phraya River, while further in land towards Lumpini Park you’ll come across the all-glass W Hotel and the idiosyncratic Banyan Tree Hotel. What you won’t find in this part of town, however, is Bangkok’s finest boutique hotel and one of the newest choices of accommodation in town. For that, you’ll have to travel 30 minutes upstream to the historic heart of the city. Here, the art deco architecture of The Siam Hotel stands apart from the hotchpotch of its neighbouring buildings – and it’s within these tranquil confines that you’ll enjoy one of the most sophisticated stays in Southeast Asia.

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The Siam’s unique charm stems from its two main creators: Thai-American Krissada ‘Noi’ Sukosol Clapp, best known in his native country as an MTV Asia Award-winning pop singer, and esteemed hotel designer Bill Bensley. The latter has focused his attentions on the colonial-style interiors, where airy hallways clad in monochromatic marble give way to 39 individual suites each slightly different to one another. Brimming with vintage opulence, the emphasis is on light-filled rooms, and a quiet elegance that subtly references its Thai roots. Art director Sukosol Clapp, himself an avid collector of antiquities, has in turn furnished these grand spaces with an eclectic array of paraphernalia, from the old-school barber’s chair in one of the hotel’s hallways to the ancient restaurant photographs and menus that pepper the noodle house-themed suite in which we stay during our trip. Were there not a vast city to explore, it would be no hardship to wile away a couple of hours exploring this marvellous blend of antique shop and luxury resort. With so few rooms, privacy and a personalised service are among the most valued parts of The Siam’s ethos – a direct contrast to the slick corporate operation you may experience at one of the downtown establishments. Mobile phones loaded with a plethora of handy information on restaurants, bars and attractions are found in the rooms; an on-site Muay Thai boxing ring offers a local alternative to the wellness gyms of elsewhere; while unlimited usage of the hotel’s two river boats ensure guests needn’t worry about the bumper-to-bumper traffic that makes travelling through this city such a trial. Should this appear as insufficient pampering, each guest also has a butler to take care of menial tasks like directions and restaurant recommendations all the way through to planning full-day itineraries. All of Bangkok’s museums and attractions – from the golden Grand Palace to the majestic Buddhist temple of Wat Arun on the west bank – are within easy reach of the hotel. The river boat will leisurely carry you to the closest dock and pick you up when you’re finished. Better yet, mind, travel down the Chao Phraya at sunset ➤



➤ with a cocktail, and watch the light fade over one of the most varied skylines on the planet. True to its reputation, Bangkok is a city that grabs you by the lapels and spins you around at breakneck speed. It’s a city where all too often visitors are chewed up and spat back out into the real world none the wiser. Suffice to say, the old-world charm of The Siam couldn’t offer a more stark contrast…

BANGKOK CITY GUIDE Restaurants In a city bursting at the seams with an incredibly rich food culture, the task of finding somewhere to eat can be a daunting one.

Start with lunch at Prachak (1415 Charoen Krung, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500), one of Bangkok’s oldest restaurants. It’s been serving locals the same Cantonese-style roast duck since 1897 – and the heady combination of perfectly cooked bird and boiled rice tastes as wholesome today as it did back then. It’s no wonder this hole-in-the-wall space is crammed with office workers at this time in the day. Any self-respecting guide would be remiss to omit Australian David Thompson’s iconic restaurant, Nahm (27 South Sathorn Road, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120). Located in the COMO Metropolitan, its particular brand of searingly hot regional Thai dishes is given a fine-dining

Prachak has been serving locals the same Cantonese-style roast duck since 1897 twist that has seen it named at No 5 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Dinner here is an exciting harmony of palate-expanding flavours, with an elegant room and slick service to match. Located inside an old colonial house, Gaggan (68/1 Soi Langsuan, Lumpini, Bangkok 10330) is the antithesis of your average Bangkok restaurant. For one, it doesn’t serve Thai cuisine. Visionary chef Gaggan Anand has created a tasting menu of the most daring Indian cuisine you’ll find anywhere on the planet right here in Bangkok. From interning at El Bulli in 2010, Anand is now the leader of his own flock of acolytes who wish to learn from this iconic boundary-pushing chef.


HOLD BACK THE RIVER: [clockwise from main] The Siam Hotel’s two river boats set off from its very own dock; the luxury resort is appointed with its own Muay Thai boxing ring and an awardwinning spa; one of The Siam’s pool villas.

Beyond the lager-swilling proprietors of Bangkok’s street food stalls, the city is waking up to the joys of European craft beer, as well as a few upstart Thai craft breweries. It can be found in great numbers in Thong Lor (Bangkok’s answer to Shoreditch) where young locals come in great numbers to drink half-pints and eat American-inspired junk food. Our favourite, however, is Mash (Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500) a sleek industrial-styled beer bar straight out of the London handbook. Elsewhere, cocktail bars like Havana Social (Sukhumvit Soi 11, Khlong Toei Nuea, Bangkok 10110) grounded in a pre-revolution Cuba aesthetic and a rum-centric menu, and the gorgeous and whisky-heavy Rabbit Hole (125 Thonglor Sukhumvit 55, Klong Tan Nuea, Bangkok) prove that Bangkok is an up-andcoming cocktail destination in its own right.


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A short boat ride from The Siam Hotel, Wat Arun – the Temple of Dawn – is the most picturesque of Bangkok’s Buddhist temples, thanks to its location on the river. Similarly, The Grand Palace is a spectacular sight if for no other reason than to gawk at the complex series of buildings that make up the official residence of the King of Siam. Downtown is an ideal blend of retail and restaurants, while the finest street markets can be found at night in Chinatown. ■


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Two days, ten yachts, one Monaco Yacht Show: MARK HEDLEY joins Ocean Independence for a shopping trip unlike any other











HEN I WAS a kid I used to go to the London Motor Show every year for my birthday. Living in the green belt, just catching the Tube was an adventure back then. But seeing the brand new supercars was the real kick; shutters clicking, flashes reflecting off the glossy new paint jobs, a lucky few punters even being able to sit inside the cars. It was absolute magic for me. Then I grew up. Don’t get me wrong; I still love cars, but once you’ve been to a yacht show, you realise that the road-going counterpart is relative child’s play. For a start, you don’t get the Tube to the Monaco Yacht Show. As a VIP guest of Ocean Independence – a global leader in luxury super yachts, specialising in sales, charter, new build and management – a helicopter is sent to pick you up from Nice Airport. The chopper follows the famous coastline; the waters below are unseasonably busy. You’ll see the overflow from the show before you even catch sight of the port: hundreds of white blotches pepper the china-blue sea. There is what can only be described as an armada of luxury yachts of all different shapes and styles anchored in a billionaire’s bay, the sea awash with money. Until I went to the Yacht Show, I never really got yachts. But exploring ten very different yachts in two days has definitely opened my eyes. Buying a yacht is actually far more like buying a house than a car. The ability to apply your personal taste ad infinitum; their endlessly customisable nature; to renovate or rebuild; even taking out a mortgage to pay for it. Of course, you can always rent (‘charter’ in

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10 yacht speak) – and, just like with a house, this option has all the same advantages: it’s more immediate; it’s more flexible; you don’t have to worry about the upkeep, the depreciation or the berthing costs either. But it’s not yours. And for some, that’s a compromise they’re not willing to make. Whichever route you decide to take, one problem won’t be choice. Ocean Independence had 16 different vessels on show this year – although large by the show’s standards this is only a tiny proportion of its portfolio. It was a pretty diverse selection; here are ten of our favourites…




THE ALL-ROUNDER You need to decide what you want a yacht for. Is it to escape? Is it to party? Is it to get away from it all – or be in the middle of it? The beauty of many yachts is that they can help you achieve all of these things. The first we saw was Como. At 47m and with six staterooms, she’s a generous yacht for entertaining a group of friends or a large family. Or just you and your partner, if you’re feeling particularly romantic. Not only are the Dutch widely regarded as the best shipbuilders in the world, Heesen is arguably the very top of Holland’s tree. Every yacht Heesen has ever built has been delivered on time. And every single one has lived up to the performance figures that they have projected. This is no mean feat. What makes Como particularly special is that she was commissioned and made for Mr Heesen himself. If ever the craftsmen at the yard needed extra motivation surely making a yacht for the boss would be it? On Como, every seam is crisp, every surface pristine. She’s built like a safe and is just as strong. She has a restrained yet modern aesthetic. The male broker who showed us around commented on how manly he thought Como was; the female marketeer how calming she found her. She’s all yachts to all people. The finishing touch is a giant sun deck: extremely large for the size of the yacht – at nearly three quarters of its full length – it’s ➤

PARTY GIRL: Vicky was built for the fun-loving yacht owner. At 59.4m, she is also the largest and most impressive project ever constructed by the Baglietto shipyard.



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NEW HORIZONS: [Clockwise from here] Newly built by Rossinavi shipyard and designed for long-range cruising, Endeavour 2 is a tri-deck explorer superyacht with a top speed of 16 knots; inside Flying Dagger; Zalmon’s classic lines; Game Changer – by name and by nature.

➤ finished off with a substantial hot tub, just a few steps away from the bar. Life from Como’s vantage point seems pretty good PRICE: €19,750,000 | LENGTH: 46.7m | GUESTS: 14 | STATEROOMS: 6 | CREW: 10 | BUILDER: Heesen

POCKET EXPLORER As we board Smiling T, we’re greeted by the grin of Peter Hürzeler, Managing Partner of Ocean Independence. Reclining in the deep corner sofa, he waves his hand over the living area, and says “Welcome to the biggest little yacht at the show. This is a pocket explorer.” He should know. He’s been in the industry for decades – working his way up to captain before starting his own charter business, which evolved into Ocean Independence. But even I – a yacht novice – know what he means. Despite her relatively diminutive 28.2m length, inside she feels much larger. The fullbeam master statesroom is a real luxury – this yacht is all about volume. She also has a full sun-deck with hot tub. You don’t think of Taiwan when you think of yacht manufacture, but Jade Yachts did a


superb job of making an impressively hardy vessel, decked out in acres of teak. With just one owner since her 2012 build, and the same captain for the last five years, it’s easy to find a soft spot for her. PRICE: €6.9m | LENGTH: 28.2m | GUESTS: 9 | STATEROOMS: 4 | CREW: 4 | BUILDER: Jade Yachts

IT’S PARTY TIME Vicky is definitely a party girl. Before you even board her, the first thing you can see is a long bar lined with champagne flutes, buckets of Ruinart providing a suitably golden backdrop. Beyond is a full-size grand piano; above are modern crystal chandeliers; and at the rear is a

grand staircase where you can imagine guests descending in elegant cocktail wear. To recover from all the partying, the yacht has her own spa with hammam steam room, living garden wall and huge day bed. There’s even an aquarium embedded in one of the walls. The staterooms are exceptionally well appointed – and the spacious full-beam master suite has two walk-in wardrobes, both of which are larger than my first apartment. But sleep is for wimps, right? I’d rather be on the giant slide, which descends from the top-deck helipad into the sea. PRICE: €29.9m | LENGTH: 59.4m | GUESTS: 10 | STATEROOMS: 5 | CREW: 12 | BUILDER: Baglietto


Vicky has her own spa and hamman, as well as an aquarium embedded in one of the walls

When you conjure up the image of an Italian yacht, the Ocean King 130 is probably not what you’re imagining. Made in Venice, at the Cantieri Navali Chioggia shipyard, she is designed for adventurers. With capacity for 170,000 litres of fuel, it has a range of 20,000 nautical miles at eight knots. That’s very nearly enough to



circumnavigate the world without stopping. At a 12-knot cruising speed you’ll get 5,000 miles from her – that’s trans-Pacific range. Upgrade her to ice class (increasing the hull thickness from an already hefty 8mm to 15mm), and the world really is yours. She’s only 40m long but in many ways felt like one of the biggest yachts in the show. With her brutalist, utilitarian looks, she certainly has undeniable presence. Jonathan Browne, one of Ocean Independence’s seasoned brokers, hit the nail on the head: “You can pick this up for the same price as a Sunseeker 116. That’s just a giant gin palace – all coat and no knickers; this… this is a real yacht.” PRICE: €14m | LENGTH: 40.3m | GUESTS: 12 | STATEROOMS: 6 | CREW: 9 | BUILDER: Ocean King

THE NEXT LEVEL OK, so this is a whole different ball game. Indeed, this €40m 69m yacht is aptly named Game Changer. The most amazing thing about it is that it’s only actually a support vessel – one to go alongside a mothership. Made in the merchant style by Damen, it has a fully certified helicopter hangar. Imagine you need to transport your chopper to, say, the Caribbean from the Med. You don’t want it exposed to the elements for two weeks, do you? So it sinks into the hull where it’s looked after. And let’s say you want to sail to the Arctic circle and go heliskiing. For two weeks. This is the one for you. She’s an incredibly fast vessel, too, with an x-bow that cuts through the sea like a knife, making her stable and fuel efficient. She takes the ‘support’ part of her job role very seriously: she can carry just about every marine toy that you can imagine; has a huge galley so food can be prepared ahead of arrival of the mother yacht; and even has a hospital wing with a totally enclosed air-conditioning system. She also has a party deck space for up to 250 guests, if you want to keep the mothership clear and clean. This really is next-level yachting. CHARTER PRICE: from €220,000 per week | LENGTH: 69.15m | GUESTS: 12 | CABINS: 6 | CREW: 11 | BUILDER: Damen

to the max – even the steering wheel has the lightweight material inlaid into its spokes. Although she was built back in 2000, she has enjoyed a substantial refit and maintenance programme since 2016, including a complete hull and superstructure paintjob. And if you bought her, the challenge of one day sailing her back to her home country would surely be too great to pass up? PRICE: €7.3m | LENGTH: 40.4m | GUESTS: 8 | STATEROOMS: 4 | CREW: 6 | BUILDER: Alloy Yachts

FENG SHWEET Endeavour 2 was only completed this year and was one of the most stylish yachts at the show. The work of famed Italian designer Achille Salvagni, her interior is a masterpiece in Japanese-inspired minimalism. All smooth surfaces and mood lighting, this boat an incredibly tranquil place to be – like you’ve boarded a floating spa. But despite this soft and stylish interior, this tri-deck stunner is actually pretty hardy on the outside. She was originally built as an exploratory vessel with long range and low fuel consumption at her core, so you can take her far and wide with no trouble.

The full-beam master suite has a stunning fold-out balcony offering the best views to those who are picking up the tab. PRICE TO BUY: €29.5m | PRICE TO CHARTER: €275,000 per week | LENGTH: 49.9m | GUESTS: 10 | STATEROOMS: 5 | CREW: 9 | BUILDER: Rossinavi

THE PLAYBOY’S PALACE This striking yacht from Italian yachtyard Codecasa has to win the prize for the best name – Flying Dagger. It’s not much of an exaggeration, either. Despite her considerable 41m length, she’s capable of 34 knots. That’s an almighty top speed for any yacht, let alone one with four bedrooms. But then, this yacht doesn’t do things by halves. Her interior is somewhere between an art gallery and a nightclub. There are sliding mirror doors, gold-leaf walls and stark white angles. Imagine the Sanderson hotel, but with a 7,400bhp engine. Thanks to the mastery of luxury yacht architect Andrea Bacigalupo, she has the fun feel of a day yacht, but the size and stature of one you could spend months on. PRICE: €11.3m | LENGTH: 41m | GUESTS: 8 | STATEROOMS: 4 | CREW: 7 | BUILDER: Codecasa ➤

THE PURITAN For some people, a yacht isn’t a yacht unless it has sails. That’s where Zalmon comes in: she is the ultimate sailing machine for purists. The 40.4m Zalmon was designed and built by New Zealand maker Alloy Yachts. If you caught the America’s Cup, then you’ll appreciate the Kiwis know a thing or two about sailing. Zalmon is carbon-fibred




AIMING HIGH: Suitable for global blue-water cruising, Soprano’s sun deck offers a wealth of open space for sunbathing, a large Jacuzzi, a BBQ and a bar.

➤ FLOATING HOME Yachts start getting serious around the 40m mark. But when you get into this territory, it can become somewhat overwhelming, and the yachts not that liveable. That’s not a problem with More. This 44.2m Benetti Vision Series is incredibly homely. There’s a reason she gets booked year on year by repeat customers: she’s as comfortable as a slipper but has the sex appeal of a stiletto. A slippetto, if you will. Her master bedroom is particularly remarkable with floor-to-ceiling wrap-around windows overlooking the imposing bow of the yacht. The second hull of only 18 made, you won’t see many like her on the ocean. She’s as classy as she is classic – and a week’s charter will leave you wanting a whole lot more. PRICE: €8m | LENGTH: 44.2m | GUESTS: 10 | STATEROOMS: 5 | CREW: 9 | BUILDER: Benetti

THE GRAND NEW CLASSIC Not every new yacht actually looks new. Indeed Soprano, made by Hakvoort, was only finished this year, but is a modern interpretation of a 1920s cruiser. Although her tech and build is


thoroughly contemporary, her style is art deco meets Caribbean colonial. The living areas have an almost beach-house feel with windows that actually open – a surprising rarity in yachts this large – to let in the ocean air. Available for charter, this is not one for the party crowd; she’s more Radio 4 than Radio 1. Crucially, she’s below the 500-tonne regulatory threshold, so she can explore far and wide. Or just pootle around the Med. The choice is yours. PRICE: Charter only | LENGTH: 38.25m | GUESTS: 12 (cruising); 9 (overnight) | Staterooms: 4 | CREW: 7 | BUILDER: Hakvoort *** Spending two days immersed in the yachting world is enough to hook me. Applying motoring logic to ocean-faring vessels helps, too. For example, the Ocean King 130 is like a Land Rover – hardy and utilitarian with a goanywhere attitude. Whereas the Flying Dagger is more of a Lamborghini – it’s all about speed and excitement. And the Soprano is like a Bentley Mulsanne – it’s old-school, classy.

Of course, you get to test drive a car, whereas that’s less easily done with a multimillion pound yacht. If you’re new to the game, chances are you’ll want to dip your toe in the water first. And that’s where charter comes in. One of Ocean Independence’s most experienced brokers, Adelheid Chirco, sold her first charter in 1971. (It was a 20m motor yacht in the days when 20m was big, and she received the equivalent of €7,000 per week for it. Today, the same yacht would cost €28,000 per week.) In her extensive career she has sold more than 26 million hours of charter bookings – and who knows how many nautical miles. Experience like this reaps rewards for customers and yacht owners alike. She’ll think of any possible problems before you even encounter them, she’ll have booked items before you realise you need them and, above all, she’ll source the right yacht for you. And that’s what this is all about – finding the perfect yacht, the perfect holiday, the perfect escape. The ocean is waiting. ■ For more info, see oceanindependence.com



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MARK HEDLEY tackles the Lake District in a car that seems to have been made for it: the brand new Range Rover Velar






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HE LAKE DISTRICT is simply the most beautiful place in the UK. It offers the stark ruggedness of Yorkshire, the charming tweeness of the Cotswolds, and the epic vistas of Snowdonia. And, of course, it has those lakes – so picturesque they make the Highlands blush. If you haven’t visited before, it’s difficult to beat in Autumn: vivid red acers, rust-brown ferns, and golden beech trees battle it out for your camera’s attention against green fields, blue skies and iridescent waters. It’s a genuinely special place to visit – it’s a place of William Heaton Cooper watercolours, Beatrix Potter tales, and William Wordsworth poems – and, in a sunny week in November, of a Range Rover Velar. This is not as incongruous as it sounds. You see, the brand-new Velar is simply the most beautiful car Land Rover has ever designed. Beautiful is not an adjective you’d normally expect to be applied to the brand. Rugged, yes. Epic, certainly. But beautiful? Imagine a normal Range Rover, but with all the rough edges hewn off. There’s barely a straight line in existence – it’s more fluid, more aerodynamic and more organic than anything the marque has produced before. It’s also a rather sensible size. It’s larger than the pint-sized Evoque, so can fit in all the family with a boot bigger than an estate car. But it’s not as unapologetically large as the Sport or the full-bore Rangie, so you have half a chance of fitting it in a parking space. ROADS LESS TRAVELLED

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VROOM WITH A VIEW: The Range Rover Velar in its natural habitat, climbing up Kirkstone Pass, with Brothers Water in the distance reflecting the rich blue sky.

On the route to Lake Coniston, in the middle of what can only be categorised as ‘Arse-End, Nowhere’ is a giant Land Rover dealership. It’s normal to see these in the green belt but not in the middle of miles and miles of actual green. But, then, this is the kind of territory that Range Rovers were made for. The Velar comes equipped with Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system, pioneered for its bigger brothers. The result is ‘ain’t no mountain high enough’ all the way. Of course, no Velar owner will actually use their new SUV to herd sheep. But a trip to the Lakes does at least see the Velar in the countryside, where there’s mud, hills and speeds of more than 10mph to be enjoyed. Honister Pass, with its barren, almost Lunar landscape, has impossibly steep roads (with gradients of 25% in areas), but the Velar makes what can otherwise feel like a fairly hairy experience a drive in the park. The area’s other epic pass – Kirkstone – is the Lake District’s highest mountain pass. A drink at the summit’s Kirkstone Pass Inn is a must for a pint with a view. ➤



➤ The drive is one of the most picturesque in the region – with some inclines that made me very happy to be behind the wheel rather than behind handlebars. There’s a reason the road into Ambleside is called The Struggle. Still, in the Velar, it’s anything but. I test drove the entry-level 2.0-litre twin turbo-charged diesel. For a four-pot, it is prodigious – it just keeps on giving, meanwhile the fuel-tank needle barely moves. Sure, the 380hp V6 is more fun, but won’t get anywhere near the 2.0-litre’s average 52.5MPG. Perhaps JLR’s higher-output six-cylinder diesel might be the wise man’s choice – a happy medium between the two. But either way, the 2.0-litre punches well above its weight.

OUT OF RANGE: [clockwise from here] The Velar takes the steep inclines and sharp descents of the Lake District’s rugged terrain very much in its stride; design details make the vehicle stand-out from the rest; if you want to drive to remote areas, it’s no problem in this car.

HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU Whether you’re outside or inside, this car is undeniably a looker. It’s like they gave the Range Rover designers a blank slate and said, take the RR genes (the floating roof and the continuous waistline) and make everything as sleek as you can. There aren’t even door handles. Or rather, there are, but they disappear when not in use, going flush with the panels of the car when it’s locked. Indeed, flush is the order of the day: the grille, lamps and bumper all follow suit. This aesthetic is carried on inside with a new stripped-back interior. Critics of the Range Rover, who have previously pointed out that the switch gear was a bit too Tonka –

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chunky and lacking in design flair – will have no complaints with the Velar. Almost every button has been replaced with touch-sensitive controls, including the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which integrates two ten-inch high-definition touchscreens. There’s optional full-colour head-up display and interactive driver display, too. The controls on the steering wheel adapt to the context and are stroke-responsive – something those of us living in an iWorld will appreciate. The cabin is a serene place to be; all is calm and sublime. There’s even interior ambient lighting with ten different colour settings so the cabin can be set to suit your mood. The seats are as comfy as you’d expect from a Rangie – in other words, pretty much the best on the market short of a Rolls-Royce. And there are thoughtful details everywhere. For example, the holes for heating and cooling punched into the seat leather are patterned in the shape of the Union Jack. Optional Electronic Air Suspension swallows up any bumps on the road – and also enables Automatic Access Height, lowering the car by 40mm when parked, allowing for easier access. The tech doesn’t stop there. It also has something Range Rover calls ‘Matrixlaser’ LED lights. Despite the Hollywood name, these can’t actually destroy agents with a single blast, but rather use laser technology to enable a brightness that’s close to daylight. This doesn’t mean you’ll blind forthcoming cars, though. It uses onboard cameras to recognise when another car is coming towards you, and creates artificial shadows around the vehicles ahead, while still illuminating the area in front. It’s enlightening – literally. And then there’s the car’s remote functionality – you can start the engine to pre-condition the climate, lock and unlock the vehicle, locate your car on a map and track your journeys – all via an app on your phone. Now that’s my kind of smart car. Above all, the Velar feels strong and composed. It’s filet mignon – classy yet carnivorous. It has the heart of a bull, but the poise of a ballerina. Imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger in a tutu. But in a good way. ■


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BLACK MAGIC: The LG Signature air purifier’s deodorising Black Filter captures formaldehyde, smog-causing materials and odours. Best of all, it’s reusable for more than ten years, so you’re not stuck with irritating monthly filter replacements.

AIR APPARENT A report released in October showed that pollution caused more deaths in the UK than in most other countries in Western Europe. And so buying an air purifier is becoming more of a consideration than ever before. The LG Signature air purifier harnesses the power of water to filter out harmful chemicals and contaminants, while quickly bringing the room to comfortable humidity levels. You can even see the process in action via both its ‘Rain View’ window and LG’s Smart Indicator.




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SKY SOUND BAR The new Sky Soundbox has some serious audiophile credentials: it was developed in partnership with Devialet, one of the most innovative names in audio. The all-in-one sound system delivers immersive 360-degree sound via its six woofers and three full-range speakers, which cleverly use the walls to bounce ambient sound around the room. There’s also dynamic volume management, which analyses incoming audio and automatically adjusts volume levels to improve detail and clarity, meaning you won’t have to change the volume during quiet whispers or explosive action. ■ £249 for Sky Q Multiscreen customers, £299 for existing Sky TV customers, and £799 for non-Sky customers. For more info sky.com/skysoundbox





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FOOD AS RELIGION Located next to London’s oldest church, Club Gascon has long been revered as a temple for fine French cuisine, says MARK HEDLEY


OU MIGHT NOT know it, but the oldest church in London is in the City. St Bartholomew-the-Great in West Smithfield was founded in 1123 as an Augustinian monastery. It’s now a thriving church, and even hosts regular music performances, in case you need a lunch break with an extra topping of religious repose. While visiting the church, you may also spot a small Frenchman in the corner of the churchyard tending to its garden. This man is Pascal Aussignac, the legendary head chef and proprietor of Club Gascon. The Michelin-starred restaurant has been a flagship for first-class French cooking for nearly 20 years. This year, for the first time in two decades, the venerable institution has undergone a complete refurbishment. But Chef Pascal is not one to idly stand by while others are working. Instead, he convinced the powers-that-be to let him

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JOINING THE FRENCH LEGION: [bottom to top] The new layout is more open and warmer than before; the Grade II-listed building was previously a Lyon’s Tea House, then a bank – but don’t let that put you off; one of Aussignac’s masterpieces.


cultivate the little garden at the rear of the neighbouring churchyard. He used materials recycled from the restaurant, including wood from the former bar, to lay out the beds. And now he’s growing produce for use on the restaurant’s new menu. This is a man who, even after all these years, still visits New Covent Garden Market every week to purchase fresh flowers and personally design the flower arrangements for his Gascon Connection restaurants in London. It’s this obsessive attention to detail that helps elevate his food to frankly ecclesiastical levels. One of my banker friends is obsessed by Michelin. He challenged himself – and succeeded – in dining at every Michelinstarred restaurant in London in one year. His favourite of the lot? Club Gascon. It was Aussignac’s masterful treatment of foie gras that really sealed the deal for him. And I’m happy to report the chef hasn’t

lost his touch – or his supplier. Much of the produce is sourced from the area he grew up in – Gascony (hence the name). This is a place where charcuterie, cassoulet, armagnac, and, er, ducks rule the roost. As part of our autumn tasting menu, the Toulouse foie gras is masterfully paired with a sharp cranberry jus and sublime gingerbread canelé. This heady combination is lifted further by the wine; a Jurançon from Jean-Marc Grussaute of the small but remarkable Domaine Larredya. Other carnivorous delights include a venison carpaccio ingeniously accompanied by sea urchin jus, as well as roasted grouse with a Guinness and oyster sauce that I’d happily have drunk on its own. Although, on balance, the silky Haut-Bergey 2004 was preferable. The scrambled brillat-savarin with sweet truffle honey and pistachio was a dish of beauty – the rich, creamy cheese enough to make a grown man weep (certainly once the gout kicks in, anyway.) Every course is immaculately presented but without ever trying too hard. This is the sort of confidence that comes from winning a Michelin star for 15 years in a row. Ostensibly, I went here to report on the renovations, which are, as you’d expect, rather nice. But when the food is this good, who really cares about the room anyway? ■ Club Gascon, 57 West Smithfield, EC1A 9DS; 020 7600 6144; clubgascon.com


REINDEER TARTARE At M we are notorious for our rare and exotic meats, and this Christmas is no exception. Our newest addition is not just a taste sensation, but will keep your doctor happy throughout the holiday season. Rudolph is flying onto our menu in the form of our Reindeer Tartare. The nutritional value of reindeer is undisputed, with highs in omega 3, omega 6, B-12 and essential fatty acids, usually only found in fish such as cod, crab and oysters.

RECIPE 200g Reindeer Meat, diced finely | 4 Whole Egg Yolks 250ml Cranberry Juice | 125ml Cornichon Liquor | 6g Agar Agar 1 Jerusalem Artichoke | 25ml Smoked Olive Oil 1.

Add your cranberry juice to a medium heat pan and bring just to 100°C. Add 4g agar agar powder and whisk constantly for 2 minutes until the powder dissolves completely – put some of the mixture in a clean spoon and look closely for any specks of agar agar. Do not boil


Pour the mixture into the prepared tray and leave to cool completely. Cover and chill until set. Once the cranberry agar agar is set, cut it into cubes. Place in a small blender or food processor and blitz, then pass through a fine sieve.


Transfer to a squeezy bottle or piping bag fitted with a small tip and chill until required.


Repeat the above for the cornichon gel made from the liquor that comes in the jar, using 2g agar agar only.


To make the artichoke crisp, heat enough vegetable oil for deep-frying to 190°C. Slice very finely on the mandolin. Add the artichokes to the oil and deep-fry for 3 minutes. Drain well on kitchen paper. Sprinkle lightly with salt, then transfer to an airtight container until required.


Add your diced reindeer to a bowl and season with sea salt and the smoked olive oil. Distribute between the 4-bowls leaving a whole in the middle for your egg yolk.


Separate your yolk from the white and place in the centre.


Garnish the top with your gels, pickled shallots and cresses



2017 GOLF AWARDS From the world’s best players to the finest courses, here’s our pick of 2017’s golfing standouts


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Success is never a given when it comes to golf tournaments, but a happy Tommy Fleetwood is a dangerous man – and, as those who’ve faced him this season can verify, the Southport player has been in a jubilant mood. He welcomed the birth of his first child, Frankie, in September; he married his fiancée and manager Clare Craig earlier this December; his caddie Ian Finnis is one of his best mates; and he respects his swing coach Alan Thompson (or ‘Thommo’, as he calls him) more than any other in the game. Simply put, it’s a formula that has guided the former amateur world number one to the season of his life. Victories at January’s Abu Dhabi Championship and an impressive Open de France victory in July headline a consistent year where he was also second at the WGCMexico Championship, second at the Shenzhen International, and T6th at the Italian Open. An excellent fourth at the US Open, as a world-class field struggled with the perils of Erin Hills, has led some to say he has the guile to win a major, but for now the $1.25m bonus he won for finishing the year as number one player on the European Tour will feel major enough. ➤




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NATURALLY BRILLIANT: With dramatic views and a layout designed to enhance the existing landscape, it’s no wonder West Cliffs in Portugal took the title of Best New European Course.

➤ WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR: JUSTIN THOMAS This is the second time we have featured Justin Thomas in as many issues – and for good reason. No player on the planet has been as successful as the Kentucky-born golfer this year. The newly crowned FedEx Cup champion became only the fourth player ever under the age of 25 to win five times on the PGA Tour and take a major in the same season – picking up a cool $10m in earnings for his troubles. Thomas shows no sign of letting up, either. He won the first event of the new 2017-18 season, The CJ Cup, and has set his sights firmly on the World Number One ranking. Do not be surprised if there are more majors in his cabinet by this time next year.

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BEST NEW EUROPEAN COURSE: WEST CLIFFS, PORTUGAL As a pioneer of a natural, environmentally sensitive style of design, Cynthia Dye’s layouts are shifting the focus on how we build courses to enhance the land’s natural topography, rather than bringing in the bulldozer and playing god. News of her first layout in Europe was met with great excitement last year, but it wasn’t until the track opened for play this spring that golfers could appreciate the scale of Dye’s achievement. Scything through pine trees, vast expanses of sandy wasteland and lush scrub vegetation, West Cliffs is a wild, rollercoaster of a layout that pulls its players in every direction before spitting them out 18 holes later totally smitten. Golf holes are barely discernible from the surrounding flora, as if nature shaped these holes itself, resulting in a captivating sense of being the first to explore an untamed entity. Lying 50 miles north of Lisbon on Portugal’s Silver Coast, panoramic views of the Atlantic add to the dramatic landscape, but distracted golfers will see their score punished heavily. This is a demanding track, careful shot selection imperative, with challenges coming

thick and fast from the start. The 419-yard third, stroke index one, requires steely nerves on the tee to thread an undulating fairway, past water left and trouble right, before navigating a huge dune on the second shot en route to the green. We won’t spoil the remaining holes for you, we’ll simply leave it at this – West Cliffs is one of the most exciting, unique courses to open on the continent for a number of years. Play it now before work on neighbouring residences begins, and it’ll live long in the memory. For more info, see westcliffs.com

BEST NEW UK COURSE: KING ROBERT THE BRUCE, SCOTLAND While Trump the president won’t be winning any awards this year, the five-star Ayrshire golf resort that bears his name is the site of our favourite course to open in the UK this year. Located at Trump Turnberry, King Robert the Bruce began life as the perfectly serviceable Kintyre course – overshadowed by its Open-hosting sister the Aisla course next door – but visionary architect Martin Ebert has transformed the layout into a true links gem. This is no renovation, mind, this is ➤


➤ a reincarnation. While the course occupies a similar footprint to its previous design, every hole is completely new or significantly modified. In truth, only now has this course been given the love its location deserves. Ebert’s masterstroke was to introduce a new sequence of holes around Bain’s Hill from the eighth to the 11th. Like the Aisla course, this stunning stretch of rocky shoreline was previously under utilised but now encompasses some of the finest coastal holes in the UK, culminating in the 586-yard par five 11th, which plays towards the iconic Turnberry lighthouse. The 451-yard ninth is a challenge to relish. Finding the tight fairway is the least of your problems on a hole that demands a perfect second shot to a green perched on a rocky promontory. A sandy waste area punishes shots that fall short, while there’s further danger left and right. Every rose has its thorn, as they say. To our mind, King Robert the Bruce confirms Martin Ebert as a modern master of links design – and, better yet, makes Turnberry the golfing mecca it should rightly be. For more info, see trumpturnberry.com

BEST EUROPEAN GOLF RESORT: FINCA CORTESIN, SPAIN Finca Cortesin has achieved several feats since it opened for play in 2007 – not least launching a successful championship course in one of the most over-populated golfing destinations in Europe, and hosting pro tournaments like the Volvo World Match Play – but the recent refurbishment of its 18 greens to introduce Ultra Dwarf Bermuda grass is perhaps its greatest achievement to date. Finca’s greenkeeping team grew the new turf in a nursery some 400km away in Cáceres before, miraculously, taking just a month to complete the relaying process and reopen the course to the public. This particular grass type is renowned for remaining consistently fast and firm throughout the changing seasons and weather conditions – and our visit in October confirmed that, even at this early stage, the quality of the new greens is sensational. Beyond the ever-improving course, however, it’s the experience itself that makes this a trip to the south of Spain worth making. For starters, the five-star hotel is one of the sleekest in the

On and off the course, few hotels offer Finca Cortesin’s particular level of effortless class country, with a beautiful white façade akin to Andalucian mansions of old, and boasts a location that is both blissfully isolated in the Sierra Bermeja foothills and a mere five-minute shuttle ride from Finca’s beach club on the Med. Subtle touches like the fragrant gardens surrounding the swimming pools and outside spaces add to the serene atmosphere, while the well-appointed suites offer luxurious bedsheets and Penhaligon products in the bathrooms. Superb on-site dining options include the Michelin-starred Kabuki Raw, which transforms the freshest local ingredients into Japanese delicacies, and El Jardín de Lutz’s Mediterranean-inspired dishes, but you could also eat in the Italian restaurant, Don Giovanni, or grab something more casual in the clubhouse. Few hotels offer Finca Cortesin’s brand of effortless class. The golf course is deservedly the main draw, but it’s the whole package that will bring you back to the resort time and again. For more info, see fincacortesin.com

BEST UK GOLF RESORT: STOKE PARK, ENGLAND As Stoke Park moves into its 110th year of operation, the Buckinghamshire resort shows no sign of falling behind the times. Over the last three years, the 27-hole Championship course has undergone a seven-figure bunker renovation programme (due for completion at the end of this winter), and extensive reworking of the water features on holes 12, 16 and 17. The fruit of this investment has already had a profound impact on the golfing proposition. Holes one to 18 of the Harry Colt-designed layout are now open for play, with the refurbishment creating a more defined course with better framed hole designs. It’s an exciting, albeit necessary, improvement worthy of such a historic golfing destination – and eleminates the previous criticism that the course lacks the individual nature of Colt’s other designs. Elsewhere, a gym upgrade to the tune of £500k has created a 4,000sq-ft space that dwarfs almost any other resort gym in Europe, while Thomas Wheeler, head chef of the on-site fine-dining restaurant Humphry’s, is cooking the best food of his career. Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks… For more info, see stokepark.com




ABOVE PAR: [this image] Smarten up your game with gear from Best Clothes Retailer, Trendy Golf (the clue’s in the name); [opposite, clockwise from top left] Castello di Spessa in Italy demonstrating exactly why the country won Upand-Coming Destination; our Best European Golf Destination, Finca Cortesin; Royal Portrush’s revamp won it the Best Course Renovation prize.


PHOTOGRAPH by (Castello Di Spessa) Fabrice Gallina

Out of Europe’s golfing superpowers, Italy is perhaps the most overlooked: Spain and Portugal entice the continent’s sun-seeking golfers, die-hard players will flock to the exclusive heathland courses of France, links lovers will challenge the UK’s finest, but the romance and charms of this boot-legged country continues to elude the masses. For those who have enjoyed the fairest fairways in Italy, such a lack of love from the golfing community is a mystery. The country boasts no fewer than 250 courses, including recent Italian Open host the Golf Club Milano and the sensational 36-hole Verdura Resort in Sicily, which will host the European Tour’s Rocco Forte Open in 2018. Most exciting of all, though, is news that Marco Simone Golf and Country Club will play host to the Ryder Cup in 2022 – a sign, if any was required, that now is the time to look beyond Italy’s vibrant culture and incredible history, and tee it up in this unappreciated European gem. For more info, see italygolfandmore.com


BEST COURSE RENOVATION: ROYAL PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND Having hosted the Open for the first and last time in 1951, it has taken decades of campaigning for Northern Ireland and Royal Portrush to return the tournament to its shores. At long last the R&A has agreed for the club to again host the golfing spectacle in 2019 – and the course is primed for action, thanks to the genius of architects Martin Ebert and Tom Mackenzie. The task of renovating Harry Colt’s 1932 masterpiece was no easy one. As one of the most beloved courses in the UK, any changes would have to be sensitive, while providing sufficient challenge to the longest and best players in the game. But, as we have seen from Ebert’s work on King Robert the Bruce, he is more than capable of enhancing a course while remaining true its origins. Among the addition of new tee zones, clever bunkering and a few tweaked green complexes, the most extensive part of the project involved the creation of two new holes. The new seventh and eighth will replace the often-criticised 17th

and 18th holes, with a spectacular par five that runs alongside a giant dune, and a fiddly par four that will test the pros’ shot selection. Playing an Open venue is a humbling, memorable experience – the swathe of stunning links terrain, the remorselessness of the weather, the iconic course design that brings the best players to their knees – Royal Portrush may have endured a lengthy wait, but it’s finally back where it belongs. For more info, see royalportrushgolfclub.com

BEST CLOTHES RETAILER: TRENDY GOLF Unsurprisingly from a sport that thinks bright white trousers are ever acceptable, golf has a nasty reputation when it comes to fashion. Thankfully, Trendy Golf is battling the garish polo shirt brigade to bring us a vastly improved taste in on-course fashion. It’s our choice retailer for a reason. Firstly, it’s run by a group of golf obsessives – but, better yet, its website is a joy to navigate and is filled with brands we’d gladly wear anywhere. For more info, see trendygolf.com ➤



GET YOUR KIT ON: [clockwise from here] Garish polo shirts? Forget about it – our Best Golf Gear brand J Lindberg is making the game fashionable; Robogolf Pro, winner of Best Training Aid; clever and useful, the Garmin Approach 360 is our gadget of the year.



Simply put: Robogolf Pro is the most revolutionary training aid in golfing history. This clever robot’s ability to move your body into the perfect swing shape is a game changer. Literally. It took one of our team a single session to go from a perpetual fader of the ball to playing high slinging draws – and while we can’t guarantee quite the same results, we certainly believe this tuition will positively impact your score. Without the need to hit balls on the range, workouts on the Robogolf are more efficient and commit good swing mechanics to muscle memory. Best of all, it’s based an easy seveniron from the office in Greenwich Peninsula.

The advent of the smart watch has revolutionised the previously staid GPS and rangefinder market thanks to its perfect balance between practicality and precision. What sets the Garmin Approach S60 apart from the competition, though, is its looks. Its sleek ceramic bezel and crystal-clear colour display are certainly pretty smart, but the touchscreen hole layout view is the easiest to use on the market as well. There’s also the ability to monitor runs, swims and bike rides at will.

For more info, see fairweather.golf

Flying in the face of sporting giants Nike and Adidas, J Lindeberg takes a fashion-forward approach to dressing for the golf course, while putting an emphasis on high-quality materials and manufacturing methods. The 2017 collection is one of the best in recent memory. For those players looking for a blend of clean silhouettes and stylish designs, J Lindeberg is much less shouty about its brand, and prefers to do the talking through its products. It shows.

When it comes to innovation, some equipment manufacturers (not naming any names…) claim to have discovered the next best golf club once every 12 months. Titleist, on the other hand, prefers to bide its time, with a two-year cycle between a complete equipment overhaul. Other than eliminating fomo and needless yearly expense – rarely, if ever, does club technology advance with such regularity – it gives buyers the confidence to know that when it’s time for the biennial upgrade, there’s plenty of reason to trade in their old beaters. This year, Titleist has given us six new sets of irons, encompassing every level of ability, and an additional two hybrid clubs. Among this high output, it’s the excellent 718 AP3 irons that stand out from the crowd. Blending a classic muscleback design with the technology of a game-improvement iron, these clubs find a middle ground between the higher backspin and launch angles of a difficult-to-hit forged iron and the increased distance and playability that so many of us prefer. Titleist fans, now is the time to invest.

For more info, see jlindeberg.com

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Robogolf Pro’s ability to move your body into the perfect swing shape is a game changer 128

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PHOTOGRAPH by (Robogolf) Angus Murray


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THE FINEST RIVER VIEW IN LONDON WATERFRONT PENTHOUSE SHOWHOME NOW LAUNCHED – ARRANGE A VIEWING TODAY Simply stunning: the new penthouse Showhome at Waterfront is the ultimate in luxury, with breathtaking views up and down the river to Canary Wharf, the City and the Thames Barrier. Royal Arsenal Riverside is an amazing destination. Residents can relax in the sumptuous spa facilities of The Waterside Club, and enjoy on-site dining, riverside walks, shopping, and a forthcoming Crossrail station due December 2018.

A limited collection of 2 and 3 bedroom duplex penthouses available Prices from ÂŁ1,295,000 Viewing by appointment only - call 020 3582 7789 to register your interest Sales & Marketing Suite open 10am to 6pm (Thursdays until 8pm) Imperial Building, No. 2 Duke of Wellington Avenue, Royal Arsenal Riverside, Woolwich, London SE18 6FR Photography is indicative only. Prices and information correct at time of going to press.

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PHOTOGRAPH: Totteridge Place, Whetstone (crestnicholson.com)

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DISCOVER LUXURY LIVING AT ST MARGARET’S PARK St Margaret’s Park is an exclusive collection of just 26 homes within a gated environment on the edge of Bushey, ideally positioned for schools, transport links and local amenities. Our exceptional specification includes a Sonos sound system, wine cooler and the highest quality fittings throughout these unique apartments and detached houses. Visit us today and discover what these stylish new homes have to offer. 1 bedroom apartments from £429,950

2 bedroom apartments from £599,950

3 bedroom houses from £879,950

5 bedroom houses from £1,650,000

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DISCOVER CONTEMPORARY LUXURY Totteridge Place is a stylish and contemporary collection of 3 & 4 bedroom houses in the popular suburban setting of Totteridge & Whetstone, just 450m* from the tube station in Zone 4.


Boasting allocated parking, a garden and multiple terraces plus the convenience of a concierge service, these homes are perfectly designed with luxury living at their heart. Visit our Show Home to discover what our high specification homes have to offer.

We are offering Stamp Duty paid** on houses for a limited time only!

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Distances taken from Google Maps. Stamp Duty paid does not include the 3% SDLT surcharge payable for additional homes from 1st April 2016 and is not available in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Applicable to selected plots for a limited time only. Please speak to our Sales Advisor for further details. Show Home photography. Digital illustration is indicative only. Pricing correct on 19.10.17.







Blake Tower is London’s hidden secret in Zone 1. Offering a superior standard of living, including a concierge service, Blake tower is surrounded by the green space of the Barbican Estate. • Zone 1 location • Forthcoming Crossrail 2018* at Farringdon Station • Ready to move into this year** • A short walk from Chancery Lane • Close to London’s Square Mile • Parking available

A collection of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments

Prices from £710,000 To book a viewing please call 0203 5536 227 or email blaketower@redrow.co.uk www.blaketower.com

Available on selected plots on the Blake Tower Development only and subject to the sole discretion of Blake Tower. The purchaser must meet the Eligibility Criteria below. † Stamp Duty Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. No other alternative available. *Times are approximate. Source: www.tfl.gov.uk **Completions for ready to move into this year are aligned with Build dates. Please note Redrow are not liable if completion date timelines change. Details correct at time of going to press.



HERTS: IN THE RIGHT PLACE North London and Hertfordshire have long been desirable places to live for those who commute into the City, but a wave of new developments is set to make them even more so. It’s time to consider heading north… NORTH STARS: [this image] A master bedroom at Totteridge Place, a brand-new development in Whetstone, N20; [right] homes at St Margaret’s Park in Bushey provide plenty of space for entertaining guests.

ST MARGARET’S PARK, BUSHEY, HERTFORDSHIRE There are just 26 homes that make up the St Margaret’s Park development, and as a result, it’s a rather tranquil place to be. Ranging in size from two-bedroom apartments to three, five and six-bedroom houses, the properties aren’t all complete newbuilds: there’s a Grade II-listed barn conversion as well as several refurbished buildings that sit alongside the newly constructed properties. What they all have in common is a host of luxuries on offer such as Sonos sound systems,

wine coolers and high-tech Nobilia kitchens. Set in gated grounds on the outskirts of town, St Margaret’s is close to Bushey’s wide array of shops, wine bars and restaurants, as well as a solid selection of schools, including the renowned St Margaret’s School which sits directly opposite, and the real draw for commuters is the 20-minute journey time into Euston from Bushey station. Prices start at £449,960 for a one-bedroom apartment, and £9499,950 for a three bedroom house. For more information, see



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TOTTERIDGE PLACE, WHETSTONE Whetstone is one of the latest parts of London to come under the regeneration spotlight, and this well-located neighbourhood – situated in Zone 4 but not far from the Hertfordshire countryside – is where you’ll find Totteridge Place, a new development of three-bedroom houses, and one, two and three-bedroom

apartments set around landscaped gardens. The high-spec homes are contemporary in looks and feel, influenced by Georgian-style architecture but with a distinctly modern aesthetic. It’s not just looks that are up-todate, either: inside, there are high-spec sound systems and fixtures and fittings from the likes of Siemens and Hansgrohe. There’s also a concierge service available to all residents. The development has been built with convenience in mind – it’s situated on Whetstone High Road, meaning restaurants, cafés and supermarkets are all close-by, while King’s Cross is just 25 minutes away on the Northern Line. It’s one of those rare locations that bridges the gap between fastpaced urban living and the calmer feel of life out-of-town. ■ Prices start at £449,950 for a one-bedroom apartment, and £949,950 for a three-bedroom house. For more information on the development, see






SOFA, SO GOOD Let your furniture do the talking with this piece from Arketipo. As covetable as it is comfortable, it fuses distinctive design with a touch of Italian flair

Arketipo was founded by a group of Tuscan entrepreneurs in 1982. Still headquartered in Florence, it has become world renowned for its upholstery designs. Blurring the lines between the old and new, their collection is comfortable yet eye-catching.


PHOTOGRAPH by Lorenzo Cattelan

Aketipo’s team of design experts has collaborated with the likes of Giuseppe Vigano and Mauro Lipparini to create striking furniture that is the talking point of any social situation. The Nash is a perfect example. It’s not small, though – you’ll need the right space to pull it off. That, and £13,640. ■






MUST DO! You can’t come to the Exumas without seeing the famous swimming pigs! Book with Sandals to arrange this once-in-alifetime excursion. 2016

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ESCA PE TO T H E E XU M AS. Set on a pristine mile-long beach, Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort is surrounded by the clearest waters on Earth, with some of the region’s most treasured dive sites that are best explored with Sandals’ unlimited scuba diving*. This extraordinary resort is a privileged enclave of romantic tropical elegance, where a Greg Normandesigned championship golf course + , a 16,0 0 0 sq. ft. award-winning spa^, and contemporary oceanfront suites harmonise with sea, sun and serenity. Your Luxury Included ® holiday doesn’t stop there. Indulge in 5 -Star Global Gourmet™ dining at 11 specialty restaurants. Have a


cocktail or two at five bars serving premium brand beverages. Plus, spend your evenings at beach parties enjoying nightly entertainment. AT SANDALS, LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED BECAUSE EVERYTHING ELSE IS ALL INCLUDED, ALL UNLIMITED, ALL THE TIME.



*Two free dives per day for certified divers. + Mandatory caddies at cost. 2 rounds included for Club Level guests. Unlimited rounds for Butler guests.




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Coach AW17 Collection Event LOCATION: COACH HOUSE, REGENT STREET Last month, square mile readers were invited to Coach House – the UK flagship store of the New York fashion company – for an evening of champagne, cocktails and some of the world’s finest leather accessories. Guests enjoyed a first view of Coach’s new AW17 collection; the opportunity to have their purchases monogrammed; and the chance to win one of a number of Coach bags. ■ For your chance to attend one of our regular square mile events go to squaremile.com/signup.

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Winterville: Popup Christmas Town in Clapham

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Holts Auctioneers/14 December

Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo will make its UK debut at the Royal Albert Hall next year. Expect breathtaking acrobatics as the 50-strong cast take you on a natureinspired journey bursting with colour and adventure. Make the experience all the more magical by booking a family box. Tickets from £20.

There are more than 900 lots going under the hammer at Holts’ last main sale of the year, including the J Woodward & Sons 12-bore sidelock ejector [pictured above], which has an estimate of £3,000-£5,000. As well as shotguns, there’s a range of rifles, edged weapons and associated sporting ephemera, too.

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Coq d’Argent/Until end of February

The Leadenhall Building/Until 22 December

The rooftop at City favourite Coq d’Argent will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the festive season. The Little Red Riding Hood-inspired Lodge D’Argent will go to town with a French fairy tale theme, featuring rustic wooden walls, fur blankets to keep you warm and an indulgent food and drink offering.

Make Christmas shopping a lot more fun by buying your gifts at the City’s newest Christmas market, which is taking place in The Cheesegrater. The building’s atrium will be transformed into a hive of Yuletide activity with German-style wooden chalets, fairly lights, and a pop-up champagne bar. Did someone say ‘festive cheer’?

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coming to Clapham Common for six weeks, and it’s going to be BIG. Forget everything you think you know about festive events in London, because Winterville is set to take the idea of a Christmas pop-up to heady new heights. It’s organised by the co-founders of Field Day and Street Feast, and as you’d expect, they’ve put together an array of seriously cool attractions and added a side-order of festive fun. There’s Clapham’s first ever ice rink, a roller disco, crazy golf, Backyard Cinema and a fairground. You can even take a trip to Narnia with The World Beyond the Wardrobe’s interactive experience. Add 16 of London’s best street food traders and 15 bars into the mix, and you’re looking at an event that promises to be pretty unmissable. ■ Until 1 January. For info see: winterville.co.uk


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Linen shirts with a difference. Each one has a unique pattern on the collar and cuff made using traditional Indian hand block printing method. The fit and feel of our shirts is very important to us and we have taken great care with our tailoring, using artisans with generations of experience to cut and sew each piece. We are all about fashion with a conscience, dedicated to bringing education to some of India’s poorest children. 10% of profits go to the Akanksha Foundation. W: tobiasclothing.com


Voted ‘Scottish Gin of the Year’ by the Scottish Gin Awards, our flavour packed, classic Verdant Dry Gin is aromatically juniper-led with notes of dry citrus and earthy undertones – making it perfect served neat, as a chilled gin and tonic or vibrant cocktail.

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LAPHINY a gender neutral accessory company. Their collection is handcrafted in downtown Los Angeles, using fine import leathers with clean lines. A brand that combines the desire for practicality with a sleek universal aesthetic. Get 20% off using code SMILE20 to get a special Sqaure Miles promotion on this stylish 3-in-1 back pack for all of your everyday commute (exp. 12/01/18).

Choose the perfect gift this Christmas from Hawkins & Brimble, a new award winning British men’s grooming brand made with natural ingredients. Gift Set prices from £16.95 to £59.95. Get 25% off on all products when you use code SQMILE25 at www.hawkinsandbrimble.co.uk

The VISSER Watch Company is offering a striking new collection with a high end maritime design while keeping traditional elements for casual wear as well. The watches are made of the best materials available, such as surgical stainless, AR coated sapphire glass, aerospace aluminum, carbon fiber and a 9015 Miyota engine. The unique band opens and closes at the case which results in very comfortable wearing without a buckle. To explore and order yours, please visit www.visserwatch.com


The Commodore by Du Maurier Watches. This stunning, Swiss-made diving watch is a Limited Edition of only 125 pieces. A classic combination of style & performance, a true dress-diver that looks as good with a suit as it does in the water. The Commodore with camel leather strap £465 See the full collection at: W: dumaurierwatches.com T: 01460 220720

Designing and creating jewellery here in Britain, Joulberry’s pieces are renowned for their timeless elegance, understated beauty and distinctive design. A luxurious and personable British jewellery Brand, founded in 2010, Joulberry opened its first Boutique in Hampton Court Village in 2014.

Steph Rubbo Saddlery and Leather Work specialises in making beautiful and durable bespoke leather goods, handmade using traditional saddlery tools and techniques. Designed for each customers requirements, each of their pieces is unique and created with the highest quality leather resulting in a truly personal product. W: stephrubbosaddlery.co.uk @stephrubbosaddlery stephrubbosaddlery @silverfernbags

Masculine fragranced detergent brand Distinctive. A biological washing formula uniquely fragranced with the opulence of amber, balanced with the calming notes of sandalwood. Soft, sensual and equally at home laundering a gentleman’s shirt, as the family mixed load of bedding. For people who like quality fine fragrance. Matching fabric and home fragrance sprays. VIP discount - “squaremile” W: DistinctiveWash.co.uk T: 0800 298 2054


The third generation of his family to work in the trade, he learned tailoring at his father’s knee and was cutting his own clothes before he left school. Charlie Allen’s designs combine Italian soft construction with British fabrics and tailoring. At his Islington showroom he offers full bespoke and madeto-measure men’s tailoring. All bespoke suits are cut and handmade in his workshop in London. W: www.charlieallen.co.uk charlieallen_bespoke T: +44 (0) 20 7359 0883




Levison Wood It’s a tough job, but someone has to be… an explorer, TV presenter and San Miguel ambassador. He’s also a Major in the Parachute Regiment, to be fair to him…


’VE TRAVELLED SINCE I was 18, so it’s been at the heart of my personality for a long time. I go on expeditions to meet the inspiring and diverse array of people who call out-of-the-way places home. WHEN YOU’RE UP to your neck in a swamp or repeatedly being snapped at by crocodiles, you have to develop a sense of humour, or it’s all going to become too much very quickly. You have to see the funny side of things.

EVEN THE ‘GRUELLING’ element of expeditions always has its perks – for every long, steep and dangerous trek there is an epic view, and for every night rough camping there is a clear starry night sky. SUDAN PROBABLY DEFIED my expectations the most. I was prepared for the country of the news bulletins, recovering from civil war and years of violence and conflict. What I found were the most friendly and warm people. Their sharing and hosting culture was on another level.

EGYPT WAS PRETTY difficult in the aftermath of the Arab spring. I was there when I was walking the length of the Nile and it is one of the few places that I’ve actually faced hostility and been ripped off.

I’D REALLY LIKE to go to Vancouver Island – the mountains, lakes and coastline looks like a pretty special place to explore. ■ Levison Wood was speaking at the San Miguel Rich List 2017 launch. Visit sanmiguel.com

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Powered by a hand-wound version of our Calibre SH21 movement, the C8 Power Reserve introduces this complication for the first time – when fully wound, the decorated twin barrels provide an incredible five days of power. Meanwhile, the black DLC case and altimeter-inspired date calendar match that practicality with stunningly innovative design.


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Square Mile -129 - The Christmas Issue  

Square Mile Magazine - Issue 129 - The Christmas Issue

Square Mile -129 - The Christmas Issue  

Square Mile Magazine - Issue 129 - The Christmas Issue