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a statistic. If you’re a subscriber, you may well have read it before, but it bears repeating: male suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Not cancer, not heart disease, not stroke, but suicide. If you were anywhere near the Southbank in March, and looked skyward, you may have had quite a shock. Eighty four men lined the roofs of the ITV studios, teetering uncomfortably close to the edge. The men were in fact life-sized sculptures created by American street artist Mark Jenkins, working together with Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). The sculptures represented the 84 men who take their own lives in the UK every week. Each of the 84 represented a real man who died by suicide, and their individual stories are chronicled on the Project 84 website. It brought much-needed attention to a serious issue that as a society we largely ignore. Men are less likely than women to tell someone when they’re struggling. The result is that men are three times more likely than women to take their own lives. According to Harry’s Masculinity Report, the British man views job satisfaction as the top determinant of wellbeing. Given that we spend so much of our time in the workplace, it’s crucial we feel comfortable and supported by our employers. That’s where CALM Companies comes in. Essentially, this new programme takes CALM’s experience and repurposes it from a societal to a corporate level, enabling employers to build a positive, progressive working culture that prioritises mental health and wellbeing for all staff. Employers who sign up to CALM Companies will benefit from access to the charity’s expertise, materials and training to help optimise management of mental health and wellbeing across the workforce. To find out more get in touch with This issue is packed full of stories and advice around the subject, including from our cover star Luke Evans [p54]. And if you think a friend is struggling, reach out: you don’t know what a life saver that simple act might prove to be. ■

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▽ PAY OFF your mortgage (big bonus). Pay off your Boots card (small bonus). Top up your pension (big). Top up your Oyster card (small). Buy a second home (big). Buy a second toothbrush (small). Invest in matches (sure fire), croupiers (good deal), gondolas (decent punt), bin liners (in the bag) and feet (shoe-in). Take your friends heli-skiing (big). Take your friends a chocolate orange (small). Order a new kitchen (big bonus), kitchenette (medium bonus) or saucepan (barely-visible-to-the-naked-eye bonus).




Order a Rolex (big). Order a Rolodex (small). Upgrade your private jet (big), private parts (medium) or Facebook privacy settings (small). Choose a Ferrari (big). Choose a Ferrero Rocher (small). Book a facelift (big). Book a face-to-face with a recruitment consultant (small). Invite all your colleagues to a luxurious party on board a superyacht (big). Or invite yourself to all your colleagues’ luxurious parties (small). Consider properties in Monaco (big), Manchester (medium) or Middle-Earth (I guess it didn’t work out this year). Upgrade your wife’s mobile (small). Upgrade your wife (big). Wait, what do you mean you didn’t get a bonus this year? ■

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▷ Meet the Mercedes F1 car of the mountain bike world. On the Mondraker Summum, Britain’s Danny Hart has won three World Cups and two World Championships and cemented himself as one the most successful British mountain bike racers ever. It’s an uncompromising race bike that, much like an F1 car, is pretty much useless for a run to Waitrose, but pop it in the right terrain, open up the taps and prepare to have your mind blown. Rocks and roots will be flattened while the supple suspension keeps the tyres glued tight to the track. This bike simply has to be ridden to be believed. From £5,699;



McLAREN SENNA, FROM £750,000 WORDS Mark Hedley

▷ Ayrton Senna won all three of his Formula One world championships with McLaren. Like Schumacher to Ferrari or Mansell to Williams, he was the brand. The British



▷ This is the do-it-all beast that mountain biking has been waiting for. Up, down or along, the Orbea covers ground at breakneck speed with a classy and refined ride. The Rallon is fully customisable from the spec list through to the colours. Fancy a pink and yellow bike dripping in the world’s best product? No probs. The highlight has to be the asymmetrical carbon monocoque frame: the carbon has been tuned to reduce vibrations and the result is one of the least fatiguing bikes going. Want a bike that will be with you for every pedal stroke of an epic bike adventure? Look no further. £6,899,

car manufacturer has waited until now to salute the legendary driver, naming its latest hypercar after him. The new Maccer weighs in at just 1,198kg. Factor in a 4.0-litre twinturbocharged V8, producing 800PS, and you get a power-to-

quickest closed-cockpit car McLaren has ever built. At least, it was, until an MSO carbonfibre weave version was created for a mere £300k… extra. Oh, and then there’s the new GTR concept version, launched at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, which will

weight ratio of 668PS per tonne. That’s around 130PS more than a Bugatti Veyron. It also has all sorts of clever active aerodymics, including a huge rear wing and front splitter. All of this goes some way to explaining why the Senna is the


be even quicker. This track-only beast will enjoy a hike in power and produce 1,000kg of downforce. Only 75 will be made, though, so unless you’re on first-name terms with Ron Dennis, you don’t have a chance of owning one. Sorry. ■ For info:


▷ Ebikes are a rapidly evolving sector in mountain biking. The most sophisticated at the moment has to be the Pivot Shuttle. It’s the first emtb to register under the 20kg mark and the result is that it flies up the hills and feels as close as possible to a regular mountain bike on the way back down. Powered by a Shimano StepsE8000 motor that gives you a free 250 Watts (or just over half a Chris Froome) this bike will expand your horizons and get you up hills you thought were impossible. Just make sure you’re not having too much fun to check the battery levels. £8,999,





▽ I JOINED DELOITTE in 2002 on the graduate scheme, working in their consulting division. My first role was forecasting traffic for TfL’s Congestion Charging scheme, and then I spent four and a half years doing all manner of work, for clients such as the BBC and Vodafone. It gave me a fantastic introduction into how a large business functions, how to manage a project, and a flexible framework for analytical thinking. It made me realise life is just one big old simultaneous equation, ready to be solved. I decided to leave because I couldn’t see myself developing any more in an ultimately corporate environment. My perception (perhaps unfairly) was that the further you progressed, the more political it became. In 2012, I founded a spectacles company, Cubitts, initially with a former colleague from Deloitte. While he realised that he wasn’t actually ready to jump headfirst into an incredibly risky venture, I couldn’t resist the pull, and it has engulfed every orifice of my life ever since then. It was the classic kitchen-table start-up – at one point I couldn’t see out of the windows of my flat because stock was piled up in every square foot. In five years we’ve grown from two people to 44, and now have five bricks and mortar sites in London. ■


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THERE’S THE RUDD Despite the recent Windrush furore, Amber Rudd still makes a strong home secretary, says IAIN ANDERSON . But could she become Britain’s first female chancellor?

THE ROLE OF home secretary comes with the ‘whack a mole’ problem. You know what I mean don’t you? Its the kind of job that constantly throws up ‘unknown unknowns’ and can prise apart the most promising political careers in a single day. Around the cabinet table – in modern times – very few home secretaries have gone on to become prime minister for exactly that reason. Except one: the current incumbent of 10 Downing Street. In fact, Theresa May lasted more than six years in the role – the longest serving home secretary in modern times. It was quite an achievement and set the tone for her candidacy as leader of the Conservatives and then prime minister. Mostly quietly getting on with the job – dealing with crises without resorting to political name calling – but mainly whacking those ‘moles’. No mean feat. I remember when she faced down the Police Federation in the early part of this decade. A speech so brave that I know

Political life never really came onto her agenda until her forties. This must be good. She was never the politicsobsessed 20-year-old who had written down their trajectory on the back of an envelope brimming with the kind of naked ambition that has served to destroy public confidence in politics. She spent some time in and around the City working for JP Morgan and for the venture capital world. This must be good, too. Far too many of our career politicians don’t have a clue about how business works and have no interest in finding out. The fact she has had a real career beyond political life is unusual these days and helps her understand the motors of the economy. One of the best stories about her is that she was part of the casting crew for the movie Four Weddings and Funeral – finding extras to stand alongside the breakthrough movie star Hugh Grant – in a golden era for British film.


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many Labour politicians who quietly – and somewhat privately – couldn’t help but offer her a hat tip. Now the role is filled by a woman for only the second time in its history, Amber Rudd. Rudd shares many of May’s attributes: unflashy, practical and direct, she’s been quietly getting on with the job. So what exactly do we know about Rudd. What are her political credentials? What are her ambitions? Might she inherit the crown one day?

Socially liberal, she wants to apply those values to her politics. I recently invited her to talk to some major investors about pushing diversity in business faster across the Commonwealth. And in the same week she faced perhaps her biggest challenge as home secretary – the tragedy of the Windrush generation. Those Commonwealth and former Empire citizens who had been invited to come and make their life in the UK and re-build post-war Britain. Coming

close on the 50th anniversary of the hateful Enoch Powell ‘rivers of blood’ speech, the UK Government was in danger of showing that not much had changed over the years. But no. Rudd got to the despatch box in the House of Commons and made clear that the government had got it very wrong. She showed her compassion and her practicality to sort the problem out. And she did so quickly. She’s faced some tough headlines and calls for her to go, but her calmness has shone through. I have not a doubt that a multitude of Sir Humphreys told her that the government could not change course. Well, she proved them wrong. It’s that tenacity that shines through. She has a small majority in her own constituency of Hastings and Rye, which means like many other cabinet ministers she has to give her own seat a lot of TLC. But locals remark that they like the ‘practical lady’ who sits in the cabinet. What next? Well I think we are going to hear a lot more from Amber Rudd in the years ahead. Some have tipped her as the first woman chancellor. You know what – I think she might be rather good at it. ■




TIME TO GO PUBLIC Public speaking doesn’t come easy to everybody, but if you prepare properly you’ll engage any audience, says SIMON BUCKNALL from Toastmasters International

inspire? Relax, I don’t mean pumping up the music and getting all motivational. I mean inspire change in the hearts and minds of your audience. Here are three very simple preparation questions to help you achieve just that.

LET’S FACE IT, presentations which genuinely win hearts and minds are all too rare in corporate life. Many assume this is owing to weak delivery – lack of passion or poor use of voice and eye contact, perhaps. In fact, there’s a deeper issue and it’s all in the preparation. Effective presentations, pitches and meetings have one thing in common: meaningful, positive change is triggered as a result. Too many presentations result

How do you want to change the way your audience thinks, feels and acts? So many presenters start their preparation by thinking about what they want to say. But it’s very hard to shoot straight if you don’t know what you’re aiming at. Before opening up PowerPoint, consider how you want your audience to benefit from listening to you. It must be in their genuine interest, not just your own. How do you want people to think differently about your topic after you’ve finished speaking? How do you want them to feel? Excited? Shocked? Worried? Empowered? Finally, what’s the smallest, easiest ‘next action’, they might take? Get clear on your desired change early and you’ll save a huge amount of time. You’ll also develop a more focused, audience-centred flow, too. After all, it’s very hard to inspire people if you just focus on yourself all the time.



What points will achieve that change? Now it’s time to consider what you might say. (Still no need to open PowerPoint.) The trick is to identify points that will trigger the change you want to achieve. Make your points active if you can:

How do you know those points are key? Keep that PowerPoint deck closed. Instead, gather evidence to support your key points. Notice this comes at the end, not the beginning, of the preparation process. In this, stories are gold. I strongly recommend you use them, provided the story is relevant to the point you want to make. I don’t mean you have to publicise your private life. I do mean you should personalise your professional experience. Stories bring ideas to life; your listeners can ‘see’ them. And what your audience can ‘see’, they’re more likely to remember. You’ll also get a much stronger emotional connection through storytelling than if you rely purely on rational data. Some may dismiss storytelling as soft or fluffy. In my experience it’s THE most powerful tool at the speaker’s disposal. So, what’s the best way to practice? Forget speaking in front of the bathroom mirror. Instead, have conversations. Book coffee with a trusted friend; talk through your content (don’t ‘deliver’ it) and see how they react. You’ll gain clarity faster and you’ll get a sense for what connects. Saying it out loud is better than just going over it in your head. Once you’ve done that, it might finally be time to open PowerPoint. Who knows, you might even enjoy the process? ■ Simon Bucknall is from Toastmasters International, a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. For more information see

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in no change whatsoever. Chances are you’ll know what it’s like to sit and listen on autopilot – and then carry on as you did before. What a waste of your time. What if you were to treat every speaking engagement as an opportunity to

single-minded, no more than ten words long and starting with a verb, if possible. Think of your key points as calls to action rather than mere descriptive labels. Compare the following: ‘honesty is the best policy’ (a passive, static description) and ‘be honest’ (a dynamic call to action).



PREPARE FOR BLAIR Aged 26, BLAIR DUNLOP already has three albums under his belt. He tells us why number four – Notes From An Island – will be his most revealing record to date

How did you first get into music? I come from a musical family, so I grew up in a house full of instruments. My mum always sang to me when I was young, so it was normal to express yourself in that way. Then, as soon as I started taking guitar seriously, it was game over. Tell us about Notes From An Island... On one level it’s a very personal record, easily my most revealing so far, but it also has a strong thread of social commentary running through it. I suppose it’s reconciling the personal and national confusion from the last couple of years. I feel that my own personal anxieties were eerily reflected in the wider political discourse – this record is a product of that. Did your politics inform this album? Of course, as there is an element of social commentary, my politics have informed some of the songs. It is just that, though: a commentary. I feel far more comfortable

Are there any artists you’d love to collaborate with? There are so many. If I had to choose one right now, I’d probably say Anais Mitchell. She’s a true poet. Emerging artists to watch out for? There’s a guy who opened for me at my last London show called Rory Butler – he’s very special. The main support for that

❱❱ MY OWN PERSONAL ANXIETIES WERE EERILY REFLECTED IN THE WIDER POLITICAL DISCOURSE – THIS RECORD IS A PRODUCT OF THAT painting a picture or posing a question, than preaching an overtly divisive standpoint. Some may see that as an abstention of sorts but I just feel that it’s conducive to better art. What’s been the most surreal moment or experience of your journey so far? Last May, I toured with an American singer called Aoife O’Donovan. She’s one of my absolute heroes and to share a stage with her was a dream come true.


tour was a girl called Brooke Sharkey, she’s also incredible. Both are beautiful people, which comes through in the songs. When it comes to style, what are your favourite labels? I love Italian styling, though, more recently, that’s been more applicable to the automotive sphere (see: Horacio Pagani and Pininfarina). Nowadays, I’m more likely to be found flying the Union Jack in Oliver Spencer with a splash of

Penhaligon’s. In terms of high street labels, I love Reiss. Classic and versatile. Do you have any piece of gear that you couldn’t live without? My best mate Hamza got me a black Mulberry satchel a few years ago and I love that. It’s the perfect size for cabin luggage, which is very handy as a travelling musician. To say I couldn’t live without it, though, would be an overstatement. What’s your favourite place to perform? A tie between Australia and Italy. Australia for the broader appreciation of roots music; Italy for the food and football. How do you work up to a performance? Any habits or superstitions? I don’t have any superstitions as such. I love to have a noodle on the guitar backstage to get warmed up, but I imagine that’s standard procedure. If I need to calm myself, meditation works. Rock’n’roll! Ambitions for 2018 and beyond? 1) Enjoy the new album. The hard work is done, I just want to enjoy its release and the subsequent tour. 2) Write the next album. 3) Meet Érik Lamela. Don’t ask. ■ ‘Notes From An Island’ is released on 18 May.

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STYLE BIBLE The style of 1950s America never goes out of fashion, and a new collection from Mr Porter and Prada will keep it going even longer, says CHRIS ELVIDGE


N THE WHIMSICAL world of fashion, the one

thing you can count on is change. Trends come and go; creative directors are ousted and replaced as frequently as Premier League managers; last season’s ‘next big thing’ is destined to be flung unceremoniously into next season’s bargain bin, and so on. Except, that’s not always the case. There are certain trends so enduring, that it seems wrong to call them trends at all. And there’s one such ‘trend’ that has shown a particular resilience over the last few years. It’s a look comprised of Harrington blouson jackets, camp-collar bowling shirts, pleated trousers and penny loafers worn with white socks, and while hugely popular in the 1980s, its origins lie a little further back than that, in the bowling lanes and drive-in cinemas of middle America in the 1950s. When it comes to style, it seems that men just can’t get enough of the 1950s. This, after all, was the decade of the rebel, when beat poets and rock’n’rollers first began to rail against the buttoned-up establishment. It was the dawn of the American high school, too, when the stereotypes that continue to underpin our understanding of youth culture – the jocks, rockers, slickers and nerds – began to take shape. It was when early style icons such as Elvis Presley, James Dean and Marlon Brando were in their swaggering prime. And nobody is more responsible for the era’s revival than Prada. Over the last few seasons, the brand has continually managed to drag this charmingly retro aesthetic out of the 1950s and make it wearable all over again. This season, Mr Porter has joined forces with the label to create an exclusive 35-piece collection rooted in vintage American style. There’s no better time to take this clean-cut look for a spin. You’ll bowl them over. ■


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ONE TO WATCH Landing roles in Hollywood movies and high-profile television series isn’t enough for JACK BRETT ANDERSON – he’s a part-time model, too


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alongside Antonio Banderes in the new drama, Genius: Picasso. When he’s not on stage or TV he’s a catwalk model for Dolce & Gabbana. Starring opposite Ben Kinglsey in a feature film due to be released this autumn, the future looks bright for this rising star. What’s been your favourite role to date? My role as Matei in Wolfblood was great as I could evolve the character over two series. Of late, Géry Pieret in Genius has been so much fun to play as he’s so far from my own character. He’s French, bisexual and off the wall, and of that time he was very outlandish with his actions, interests and clothes. That was so much fun to explore: going back to 1905 and experiencing that time in the small way we did was so exciting. Bringing it back to stage where I performed last year for the first time in six years was exhilarating and quite scary. As an actor, it’s the only time you truly get real-time feedback, when you can see the audience engaged and feeding off everything you give them. There’s nothing more rewarding. How was modelling for Dolce & Gabbana? I never saw myself modelling but to be asked was really exciting and a fun adventure.

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I never saw myself modelling but to be asked was exciting and a really fun adventure

I met Dominico and Stefano in both London and in Milan. They are both so gracious and welcoming. The brand has an unbelievable sense of family and it was a privilege to be a part of it. And I got to keep a suit! Who is your acting idol? There are loads of actors who have influenced me and who I enjoy watching every time: James Spader, Meryl Streep, DiCaprio. What’s coming out next? I shot a film with director Daniel Alfredson in the summer of last year called Intrigo: Samaria, which is the third of a trilogy for Fox. The story is really intricate, and I think people are really going to enjoy these films. If you could have acted in anything, what would it have been? I would loved to have been in Game of Thrones. It just has so much to it: depth, story,

the universe they’ve created. Peter Dinklage is ace and he makes that part – and Diana Rigg as the Queen of Thorns is just brilliant. Who’s been the best actor to work with? I worked with the actress Dale Dickey on a short film back in 2013 with Billy Zane. She has been in the industry for years and has worked on projects we would all know with some of the most talented titans of our industry. I was so captivated and interested by her. She was lovely and made me feel very welcome. Do you have any on-set superstitions? Not really. But I do get a bit freaked out when walking through a built set that’s empty with no one around. It just feels a bit eerie – it reminds me of Scream or my own job Don’t Hang Up, which as a very similar premise to Scream but set of a much more modern time. ■ See Jack Brett Anderson in Genius: Picasso on National Geographic at 8pm.




#WATCHWEWANT British jewellery giant Graff is renowned for its extraordinary diamonds, but its watch division is home to unique timepieces like the brand-new GyroGraff Drive


CRAFT CREDENTIALS Graff’s eye-catching timepieces rarely disappoint when it comes to visual wrist candy, but its new motoring-inspired watch takes pole position. The intricately painted dial depicts the wearer in the driving seat of a vintage car, hurtling apace along a racing circuit. Understated this ain’t – but if you’re the petrolhead owner of a 1961 E-type, Shelby 427 Cobra or DB5, are you really looking to downplay your obsession? We didn’t think so.

Only a handful of micro-painters left in the watch industry are capable of producing the GyroGraff Drive’s vibrant art. It’s a dying artform, but that only adds to its charm. The dial consists of two separate layers, which helps bring the motoring scene to life. One look at the double-axis tourbillon and 3D moonphase indicator shows there’s plenty of hardcore watchmaking behind that pop of colour, too. For more info, see

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THE ICONS Timepieces like the Nautilus and the Seamaster might be familiar, but 2018 sees a number of exciting updates to the watches we know and love



iconic timepieces each year to keep watch fans coming back for more. Whether it’s a new complication, an updated movement or a spruced-up look, these are the designs ready for your investment in 2018:

integrated into the denim blue dial, without making any compromises on the legibility of the various date functions. Perhaps even more impressive, though, is that the slim Calibre 2400 movement makes the watch just a shade thicker than the original Nautilus at an impressively slender 8.42mm.

At just south of the big £100k figure, this is a substantial sum of money for a sports watch, but that’s the price you have to pay for one of the best watches to invest in this year. For more information:

2. ROLEX GMT-MASTER II ‘PEPSI’ £6,800 Rolex has so many famous watch designs that each Baselworld is guaranteed to see the return of an old favourite. This year has fans of the brand particularly excited, though, not least because the icon is returning in better-value stainless steel. The story of the Pepsi dates back to 1954 when Rolex launched a series of GMT watches that allowed globetrotting pilots and businessmen to keep track of the time in two time zones at once. But, while the brand’s typically practical design made it a great tool watch, the GMT’s wild success was largely the result of its different coloured bezels. Through the years, the red and black of Coke, the black and brown of Root Beer, and Pepsi’s bright blue and red colours drew inspiration from pop culture (literally…) to great acclaim. It’s not one of the rarest Rolexes in history, but the vibrant Pepsi bezel has taken on cult status among collectors – showing a more playful side to the utilitarian Daytonas and Submariners that dominate the brand’s boutiques. The 2018 model sees the surprising but welcome use of Rolex’s Jubilee bracelet (usually reserved solely for its Datejust model) but, crucially, it also employs a fantastic new movement in the Calibre 3285. A markedly improved 70-hour power reserve is the headline here, as well as anti-magnetism and shock resistance, confirming this timepiece as the finest iteration of the collection to date. For those concerned with such things, this watch

1. PATEK PHILIPPE NAUTILUS PERPETUAL CALENDAR £91,150 Few watches are more iconic than the Patek Philippe Nautilus. There are three main factors to its legendary status: its creator was one of the most renowned watch designers in history, Gerald Genta; it has an immediately recognisable shape in the form of the elegant porthole-inspired case; and, most importantly, it helped reverse the fortunes of Swiss watchmaking when the Quartz craze threatened its very existence. This isn’t just a brilliant sports watch, it is the sports watch. Amazingly, the brand-new Reference 5740 is the first time in the watch’s 42-year history that Patek has added one of its Grande Complications to the design – looking at the watch, it’s a wonder what took them so long. The perpetual calendar has been seamlessly





is likely to hold its value for years to come – making it a sound watch investment for 2018. For more information:

3. OMEGA SEAMASTER 1948 SMALL SECONDS £4,950 The Seamaster has been on some journey since its introduction in 1948. It’s not only one of Omega’s best-selling timepieces, but James Bond’s watch. Its original design, however, was radically different to the wide-bezel icon we wear today – and it’s this original design the brand is showcasing for the Seamaster’s 70th anniversary this year. The Seamaster was originally modelled on the waterproof watches worn by the British military during WWII, with its utilitarian aesthetic a symptom of its function. The new two-part collection faithfully replicates this, with the leaf hands and old-school stylings of the Small Seconds model stealing our favour. Its vintage credentials may attract fans of 1940s wristwatches, but under the hood this is every bit a marvel of high-tech watchmaking. Omega has employed the Master Chronometercertified Calibre 8804, complete with 60hour power reserve, anti-magnetism, and rhodium-plated bridge and rotors – or, to put it another way, one of the best-priced automatic movements on the market right now. That brings the Seamaster full circle on its journey: once renowned as a robust dive watch, it’s now one of Swiss watchmaking’s most reliable everyday performers. This charming new model will sell out in seconds. For more information:

4. BELL & ROSS BR-X1 SKELETON TOURBILLON SAPPHIRE £355,000 Bell & Ross is by no means an aviation-only brand, but its BR pilot’s watch collection has

grown into a modern icon since its square case burst onto the scene in 2005. The timepiece models itself on the kind of aeronautical equipment you’d find in your average plane cockpit. But far from being just an aesthetic choice, the instantly recognisable design has led to some of the most legible pilot’s watches in recent times. In the 13 years that have followed, Bell & Ross has exhibited increasing horological prowess, culminating in the BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire. This is the brand’s most ambitious watch to date: the manually wound Calibre BR-CAL.288 movement consists of a one-minute flying tourbillon, 100-hour power reserve, and monopusher column-wheelcontrolled chronograph. Additional flourishes like the ampersandshaped tourbillon cage incorporating Bell & Ross’s trademark logo are brought to the fore thanks to the ostentatious use of sapphire crystal – the second most scratch-resistant material on the planet behind diamond. The main plate and bridges of the movement have then been painted grey, black or a Mr Porter exclusive in blue. If you thought the brand was a one-trick pony, this is its emphatic, expensive and everso slightly mad response. We love it. For more information:

5. JAQUET DROZ GRANDE SECONDE SKELET-ONE From £19,050 Jaquet Droz is one of the least well-known and most underappreciated of our Basel icons yet the brand’s origins are more than a 100 years older than the likes of Patek and Omega, dating back to famed automaton maker, Pierre Jaquet-Droz. He set up shop in 1738, but by the middle of the 19th century the brand had all but disappeared. Were it not for the collective

It’s a substantial sum of money, but that’s the price you pay for such a highly investable piece might of first Investcorp (1989) and later the Swatch Group (2000) bringing this brand back from the dead, we may not be talking about this excellent Jaquet Droz at all. The watch tasked with thrusting Droz back into the spotlight? The Grande Seconde. First seen at Baselworld in 2002, this collection blended the ornate detailing of Droz’s elaborate past with a cleaner, more modern aesthetic. Originating in a 1784 pocket watch created by Jaquet-Droz himself, the unique figure-of-eight design (intersecting an hour sub-dial with an oversized seconds register) makes this one of the most recognisable timepieces on the market to this day. Some 16 years on from its release, its minimalist design continues to be the backbone of the Jaquet Droz line up. This year, the Grande Seconde receives a radically altered aesthetic in the form of a dramatic skeletonised design. Out goes the traditional high-fire enamel dial usually associated with the timepiece, and in comes two thin sheets of sapphire used for the two subdials – the movement is then perfectly visible from whichever angle you look at it. It’s safe to say that this is a wholly different watch than what we are used to seeing from Jaquet Droz. Some fans will be left cold, but the striking look is bound to appeal to many. For more information: ■


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From £3,250 The smartwatch might remain an outlier in the watch industry, but it’s no secret that the digital age is slowly making its presence felt. We saw a timepiece created in collaboration with iPod designer Tony Fadell among the best independent watch brands of SIHH 2018, while the continued success of Tag Heuer’s Connected watch (an early adopter to the smartwatch revolution) shows no signs of slowing down. But what of the more traditional manufacturers? It appears Frederique Constant, a brand synonymous with great quality watchmaking for less, has blinked first. Its new Hybrid Manufacture is the first watch to combine an in-house automatic movement with an integrated digital module that features activity tracking, fitness coaching and sleep monitoring among its many functions. As you’d expect, there’s an accompanying iPhone app that controls everything at the push of a button, while it also offers some interesting data (depending on where you sit on the geek spectrum) on your watch’s performance. For all intents and purposes, then, this is the first successful attempt at combining a traditional watch aesthetic with smartwatch functionality that doesn’t end up looking like an incongruous beast. How important this timepiece will be in the evolution of the watch is anybody’s guess but, for now, there will be a number of brands keeping a close eye.

TECH TIME Watches are rarely just a piece of wristwear. In the case of these five timepieces, they’re also technical marvels with an exciting story to tell

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HE MOST INNOVATIVE watches of Baselworld 2018 come in many different guises. They might host a technically brilliant movement, seek to change the face of the watch industry, or simply look unlike any other timepiece available. These are our favourites: 1. BULGARI OCTO FINISSIMO TOURBILLON AUTOMATIC £108,000 Over the last few years Piaget and Bulgari, the two masters of ultra-slim timepieces, have battled to be crowned the king of slim. The recently launched Piaget Ultimate 910P, one of the best watches of SIHH 2018, looked to have stolen the throne after it broke the world record for the thinnest automatic wristwatch earlier this year, but its reign at the top ended prematurely when the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic knocked it off its perch at Baselworld. Clocking in at just 3.95mm thick, Bulgari’s


latest technical marvel is the world’s thinnest automatic watch, the world’s thinnest automatic tourbillon, and the thinnest tourbillon ever. The new calibre BVL 288 features a number of watchmaking innovations to slim down its size, including a peripheral oscillating weight, which enabled Bulgari the space to add a one-minute flying tourbillon with a ball bearing system. The greatest testimony to this timepiece’s technical prowess is that it still looks fantastic in spite of its staggering size. The sandblasted titanium case has a distinctive sporty aesthetic, while the skeletonised dial draws the eye even as it sinks into the wrist. When Bulgari first launched the Octo line in 2012, few would have predicted it would have led to some of the most exciting watchmaking advancements in recent times. Where the Romebased brand leads, more will inevitably follow. For more information:

3. ZENITH DEFY ZERO G From CHF 98,000 The popular Zenith brand has been given a new lease of life over the last 12 months. Under the watchful eye of LVMH’s bombastic head of watches Jean-Claude Biver and new CEO Julien Tornare, the Swiss watchmaker has thrust itself back into the conversation with a series of fresh innovations within its new Defy collection. Debuting at Baselworld 2017, we were seriously impressed with the Defy 21, a chronograph that could measure a hundredth of a second, but the brand went one better with the Defy Lab – the “world’s most accurate

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watch” that seemingly reinvented the way a movement is constructed. Adding to the collection this year is another incredibly intricate watch, called the Zero G. The name eludes to a patented gravity-control module (a gyroscopic escapement, if you want to get technical) that keeps the movement’s regulator horizontal at all times. In layman’s terms, this allows the balance to run at a neutral rate, and maintaining the watch’s accuracy for sustained periods of time. As you might imagine with a movement this complex, there are a lot of components to squeeze into such a slim timepiece, so perhaps the Zero G’s finest achievement is its 14.85mm thickness (only fractionally thicker than your average Zenith El Primero). As the creators of the El Primero chronograph, one of the most famous watch movements in history, it’s always a pleasure to see Zenith stretching its watchmaking muscles. The Zero G is further proof, if it were needed, that the brand is back at the top of its game.

hands and indices harks back to the brand’s Art Deco designs of the 1920s, but has a distinctively elegant aesthetic even among similarly upmarket dress watches released this year. Inside is one of Chopard’s finest calibres – a big statement when you’re taking about one of the world’s great movement makers. The fourbarrel LUC 1.98 boasts a staggering 216-hour (or nine-day) power reserve – an achievement in itself, but made all the more impressive by the fact that it is also a COSC-certified Chronometer (an award from the governing body for accuracy in the Swiss watchmaking industry, the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronométres) and carries the Geneva Seal for watchmaking excellence. Getting your hands on one of these limited 50 pieces should be an obligation for haute horology fans.


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£46,000 There’s a special place in our heart for the utter headcases who create MB&F’s endless run of bonkers timepieces. It’s one thing to have a playful side, it’s another thing entirely to burn the watchmaking rulebook in order to light whatever the brand’s designers are smoking. Shock horror, its latest piece is more of the same. MB&F once again turned to its main collaborator, L’Epee 1839 (Switzerland’s leading clockmaker), to create what is essentially the most beautiful weather station ever made. There’s a clock, barometer, thermometer and hygrometer all housed inside a UFO-like structure. Hell, the whole thing is even piloted by a miniature solid bronze alien. Is any of it necessary? Who cares, it’s bloody brilliant.


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4. CHOPARD LUC QUATTRO £20,500 At the advent of the Swiss watch boom, LouisUlysse Chopard set up LUC watch manufactory in 1860 at the grand old age of 24. His company specialised in the creation of innovative precision timepieces that matched their watchmaking prowess with elaborate decorative designs. Fast forward some 160 years and looking at the Chopard LUC Quattro it would appear very little has changed. First released in 2011, the design has been vastly improved at this year’s Baselworld to suit a more understated wearer. The combination of 18k rose gold and a silver vertical satin-brushed dial alongside the blue


The Unico movement is the foundation upon which Hublot’s roaring success has been built

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which Hublot’s success has been built. Launched in 2005, the Big Bang’s distinctive robust case and screw-down bezel have become an icon of modern times. However, while its unashamedly masculine aesthetic might draw the eye, without the Unico flyback chronograph movement (created in 2010, and brought inhouse in 2013) this watch could never compare to the similarly ostentatious timepieces from Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille. Getting technical for a moment: the use of modern materials like silicone on the pallet fork and escapement wheel, as well as a rotor that is able to wind the mainspring in either direction, results in an incredibly efficient movement with an impressive 72-hour power reserve. Elsewhere, little touches like placing the column wheel at the front of the movement, where it is visible through the Big Bang’s usually transparent dial, and a minutes counter that registers 60 minutes instead of the usual 30 minutes make this one of the most pleasing chronographs to interact with. What about this year’s Big Bang Unico? Take all of those excellent features, shrink it down from a 45mm case to a much more manageable 42mm, and there you have it. Hublot has spent the last few years creating the Calibre HUB1280 Unico movement, but the result is the most wearable Big Bang Unico ever. Hublot is onto a winner.

Big spenders can still find value in the upper echelons of the watch market. It’s all about the engineering, the attention to detail, and the prestige

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HAT DOES £20,000 worth of watch get you? The devil is in the details. Precious metals and other expensive materials play their part, but the headlines are reserved for watchmaking prowess. The finest timepieces are not only costly to design, but take an expert team a long time to meticulously create – the more complex or exclusive the 044

watch, the higher the cost. This is the realm of complex in-house movements, peerless designs and technical innovation.

1. HUBLOT BIG BANG UNICO 42MM £14,700 The Big Bang watch and the vastly underrated Unico movement are the foundation upon

From £13,900 When you think of Breguet, you immediately think of one of the world’s great classic watchmakers – pearly white enamel dials, ornamental hands, intricate movements – what you don’t think of is a sporty, contemporary style of timepiece fit for everyday use. That might explain why the brand’s Marine collection has previously languished as something of an outlier among Breguet’s more elegant timepieces. The new generation Marine line, particularly the Marine 5517, is a different story altogether, though. By all means, this is still a shade dressy to call itself a traditional sports watch (it’s only available


2 in precious metals, for example), but it’s an impressive change of pace for one of the more conservative Swiss watch brands. The centre of the dial is dominated by a wave-like guilloché pattern that nods towards the brand’s maritime heritage, while a sunburst dial and roman numeral applied indices round off a very attractive aesthetic. Under the hood, the in-house 777A automatic movement ticks over with a 55-hour power reserve. Staunch traditionalists may quibble at Breguet’s concessions to modern tastes, but there’s no getting around the fact that this is one of the most intricate sports watches we’ve seen for some time. The Marine may have once suffered an identity crisis but, by invoking its history as the official watchmaker of the French Royal Navy, it has now found its place among Breguet’s storied collections. For more information:

3. ARNOLD & SON GLOBETROTTER WORLDTIMER £11,300 Anglo-Swiss brand Arnold & Son repackaged a complication in a way quite unlike anything else we saw at this year’s Baselworld. Let’s start with the basics: the Globetrotter is loosely termed a worldtimer, which in theory should mean it has the ability to keep track of the time in multiple time zones at once – except this watch doesn’t do that. In fact, it isn’t even a dual-time watch, really. Despite its apparent unusable function, that doesn’t seem to detract from what might be one of the best looking watches we saw at the show. That’s because the 45mm Globetrotter showcases a large three-dimensional northern hemisphere design that rotates once every 24 hours around its axis at the North Pole. It’s an incredibly intricate design in which the brand mimics the topography of the planet through chemical etching and then polishing a rounded piece of brass, followed by sandblasting the mountainous areas and adding multiple layers of blue lacquer (in different hues) to achieve the illusion of oceanic depth. On the wrist, these subtle differences in texture and shade create an incredibly appealing design that really stands out from

The Globetrotter matches great technical prowess with a tonguein-cheek aesthetic



other worldtimers. At this price point, of course, there will be those who will question the decision by Arnold & Son (a prolific maker of excellent movements as it is) to create something seemingly arbitrary. But this timepiece matches technical achievement with a tongue-in-cheek attitude that’s difficult to dislike. For more information:

4. HARRY WINSTON PROJECT Z12 £18,000 Watches created by high jewellery brands are a bit of a Russian roulette – in so much as the diamond-encrusted bling that often ensues is more suitable for oligarchs than the average watch lover. At Harry Winston, however, its men’s timepieces exhibit the kind of intricate watchmaking and avant garde design that you would normally associate with the more progressive brands in haute horlogerie. Our favourite is the Project Z collection

which, since its debut in 2004, has toyed with popular watch complications to create a unique way of displaying the time. The new Project Z12, for example, is nothing more than a date-only timepiece on paper – but it’s all in the delivery. It unusually features two retrograde functions in the form of jumping hours and minutes hands that move over their own 140-degree field (hours at the top of the dial, minutes at the bottom) before jumping back to the start at the end of their rotation. It’s an appealing complication to watch in action, made better by the industrial steampunk aesthetic – a sly nod to the company’s New York heritage and Fifth Avenue HQ. Elsewhere, Zalium (a zirconium-aluminium alloy used in the aerospace industry) has been chosen as the case material owing to its immense durability. While some of the Z’s previous designs have been a little divisive, this is a real crowd pleaser. For more information: ■








HINGS GET SERIOUS around the £5,000 price point. At this budget, watch buyers (many of whom are looking to invest for the first time) are likely to encounter a mix of iconic manufacturers, with the allure of their brand presence, and lesser-known watchmakers who balance their lack of marketing budget with a keener eye on craftsmanship. There’s plenty of great timepieces available in this range, but keep an eye out for in-house movements, intricate decoration and the use of secondary materials like rhodium and bronze, and you might bag yourself a bargain.

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1. GRAND SEIKO CALIBRE 9S 20TH ANNIVERSARY REF. SBGH267 £5,600 OK, so this is technically more than £5,000, but not by much. Grand Seiko gained its cult following by doing two things extremely well: timelessly elegant watch designs and world-beating accuracy. To put it another way, there’s a reason why the most discerning horophiles own at least one of its timepieces. This year sees the launch of a collection dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Calibre 9S – a movement at the heart of Grand Seiko’s collections since its creation in 1998. Our favourite of the three anniversary 39.5mm models is the all-steel reference SBGH267. The watch manufacturer handles steel better than almost every other brand on the planet thanks to its use of the zaratsu technique (which has its origins in the Japanese art of swordmaking), and it wears beautifully here alongside a rich blue ‘GS’ patterned dial and rhodium-plated hands. Under the hood, regulation to +5 to -3 seconds per day puts the high-beat calibre 9S85 near the top of the mechanical watchmaking world for movement accuracy. For a shade over five big ones, that makes this one of the finest three-handed pieces on the market right now.

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2. BREITLING NAVITIMER 1 AUTOMATIC 38MM £3,350 Under the stewardship of new CEO Georges Kern, Breitling has undergone a monumental facelift over the last nine months: a new vintageinspired logo, the phasing out of hundreds of watch references, brand-new store designs, and a more diverse offering than its iconic pilots watches, tell the story of a brand rethinking its position in the horological pecking order. If fans of the brand awaited this year’s Baselworld with more trepidation than usual, they were duly put at ease by Kern’s impressive first collection. Our highlight is the new-look Navitimer with mass appeal. ➤






➤ For a start, this is the first time we’ve seen a Navitimer in 38mm – a huge reduction on the standard-sized 46mm case – as well as having the most accessible price tag ever in the collection. Add to the mix retro detailings like the beaded and ratcheted bezel and replacing the usual B01 chronograph movement for the automatic B20 automatic movement (made in conjunction with Tudor), and you have an old-school sports watch perfect for the modern-day wearer. For more information:

3. NOMOS GLASHÜTTE AUTOBAHN £3,800 German brand Nomos Glashütte has diverged from its usual mastery of minimalist watches to create the Autobahn – a driving-inspired timepiece created in collaboration with progressive design studio, Studio Aisslinger. The hallmarks of classic car design, particularly the analog dashboard, are easy enough to make out in the bold speedometer-like


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4. TAG HEUER CARRERA CALIBRE 16 CHRONOGRAPH £3,500 Tag Heuer has a healthy knack of producing a number of wearable motorsports watches every year, and 2018 is no different. It’s using the 55th anniversary of the Carrera as an opportunity to give the iconic timepiece an update – the result being a handsome 41mm two-tone chronograph with ceramic bezel, aged luminous treatment on the hands and baton markers, and some distinctive red accents across the dial. Package it all up and you’re looking at a bold timepiece that plays with the 1970s heritage of the Carrera while still feeling contemporary. Under the hood is the highly durable Calibre 16 movement, also known as the ETA 7750, which

comes with a 42-hour power reserve. Famous wearers of the Carrera in days gone by include legendary racing drivers like Juan Manuel Fangio, and while we can’t guarantee that you’ll carry off the look with quite the same panache, this is a watch with a broad appeal. For more information:

5. TUDOR BLACK BAY FIFTY-EIGHT £2,340 There are so many reasons to love Tudor’s slim new dive watch it’s difficult to know where to start. The 39mm x 11.9mm case will certainly appeal to those looking for something less robust than the rest of the Black Bay collection but, beyond its ideal proportions, this is simply the vintage Tudor we never knew we needed. The gilt finishing on the dial, the copper numerals on the bezel, the lack of date indicator – it all adds up into one of the best purist watches we’ve seen in a while. There’s more to be impressed with on the inside, too. Tudor has created the MT5402 calibre in-house movement to fit inside the smaller, slimmer case, while touches of clever watchmaking like a nonmagnetic silicon balance spring help produce a chronometer-certified 70-hour power reserve. Staggeringly, you’ll get spare change out of £2,500. The Tudor Ref. 7924 dive watch, upon which the Fifty-Eight is based, was a favourite of naval forces the world over. But this watch? This is the sleeper hit of 2018 that nobody saw coming. For more information: ■

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The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight dive watch is the sleeper hit of 2018 that nobody saw coming

arch of lume and the odometer-inspired date window that shows three days at a time. It’s a polarising design – some will point to this being just a little too cluttered in comparison to Nomos’ stripped-back timepieces – but details like the concave dial and sunken sub-seconds dial give this sporty 41mm watch pleasing depth. The timepiece also comes with an update to the Neomatik movement, the DUW 6101, which includes a helpful quick-set date function that allows the day to be set by turning the crown in either direction. This watch is the antithesis of the many OTT driving-inspired designs available today – and, for that reason alone, Nomos is onto a winner.


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2. ORIS SIXTY-FIVE BRONZE £1,450 There’s something about an old-school dive watch that’s hard to resist. The vintage design cues, the rugged tool watch aesthetic: these are timepieces built to last and to look good doing so. Launched in 2015, the Oris Sixty-Five (inspired by, you guessed it, a 1965 Oris dive watch) is one of the best, which is why we’re so excited to see perhaps its prettiest rendition to date at this year’s Baselworld. In comes the welcome addition of a bronze bezel and PVD rose gold accents on the indices and hands, the two-tone effect adding some pleasing warmth to this old-school piece, but arguably more newsworthy is the decision to add a smaller 36mm case size to the lineup. That puts this timepiece in the same bracket as the dive watches of the 1950s – and we have absolutely no problem with that.


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ON’T BE FOOLED: these timepieces may

have a lower price tag than some, but there’s still plenty of good watchmaking prowess to be found. If you’re prepared to compensate on the movement and the materials, you’ll find a perfect starter watch or a daily beater that will never let you down.

1. SEIKO PRESAGE SHIPPO ENAMEL £1,250 Pound for pound, Seiko offers the finest watchmaking available in the low-budget section of the market. Just take a look at the facts: it is one of the only brands to produce all the components for its timepieces in house; the brand’s mechanical movements always punch beyond their weight class for both accuracy and reliability; and, best of all, there are often neat design flourishes that reference the brand’s Japanese heritage. It’s a killer combination. Were you to assemble these attributes into one watch, it would look an awful lot like the new Seiko Presage Shippo Enamel. The limitededition model is an accomplished daily beater thanks to its 6R15 movement, complete with 50-


hour power reserve, but it’s the craftsmanship on the attractive dial that really represents value. It’s made of Shippo enamel – a material that is created by specialist manufacturer Ando Cloisonne in Nagoya after an intricate process of painting, firing at 800 degrees celsius, and careful polishing. It’s all done by the hand of craftsman Wataru Totani whose delicately patterned intense blue dials almost defy description. We’re not entirely sure how Seiko creates timepieces of such calibre for so little, but the truth is this is far more watch than you have any right to buy at this price point. It’s time to invest. For more information:

The truth is this Seiko is far more watch than you have any right to buy at this price point

The story of German brand Junghans is a tumultuous one. Founded in 1861 as a clock component factory, it was producing more than three million timepieces a year by 1903 – a figure that made it the world’s largest watch factory. Fast forward a hundred years and in 2007 the brand almost disappeared when its then-owner EganaGoldpfeil Holdings fell into financial ruin. German billionaire industrialist Hans-Jochem Steim took up the mantel – and Junghans has blossomed once again over the last decade. While the brand’s fortunes have changed throughout its lifetime, its Terrassenbau factory has remained a constant. Climbing up the hillside from the Black Forest town of Schramberg, the stepped building, first opened in 1918, is the company’s symbol of longevity. As the factory prepares to reopen after major refurbishments, Junghans has created the Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau in its honour. In typical Junghans fashion, there’s nothing particularly showy about its commemorative piece: the decorative chapter ring, taken from a motif in the factory, is the only subtle reference on the dial itself, while there is an engraving of the building itself on the caseback. It’s an understated nod to something deeply personal to the Junghans story – and we’d say that’s a story worth telling. For more information:

4. MEISTERSINGER METRIS £1,490 Punctuality isn’t everything – at least, that is the somewhat dichotomous statement that sets Swiss-German brand MeisterSinger apart




from its competitors. Rather than focus on to-the-second accuracy, its unique single-hand watches are concerned with the vagaries of time where time is measured in five-minute intervals as opposed to every 60 seconds. MeisterSinger might not help with your commute to work but if it looks anything like the brand’s new Metris collection it’ll certainly look great on your wrist. The 38mm balloon-shaped case takes its influences from tool watches of the 1970s, while a magnified date window at six o’clock draws you into the otherwise minimalist dial. This is a sportier side to the brand’s otherwise classical offering – and, with the addition of a NATO strap, this is the ideal watch for those looking for something a little bit different. For more information:

5. LONGINES MASTER COLLECTION ANNUAL CALENDAR £1,540 Longines has been on an impressive run over the last few years, including the spectacular Heritage 1945 released in 2017, but the brand shows no signs of letting up. Our favourite from this year’s Baselworld is the Master Collection Annual Calendar – a sophisticated complication usually reserved for fine watchmaking brands, but here offered at an eyebrow-raising price. First seen in the Patek Philippe Ref 5035 in 1996, no one had ever seen a mechanical watch with a date function that only needed correcting once a year (on either 28 or 29 February), but the annual calendar’s practicality made it an instant favourite with watch fans. Longines’ iteration with the sunray blue dial on a steel bracelet is a winner, while the Longines automatic calibre L897.2 takes care



of business with a very respectable 64-hour power reserve – not only is it one of the bestpriced calendars currently available, it’s also a study of classic watch design. Longines’ Heritage collection will rightly take the plaudits for breathing new life into historic designs of yesteryear, but its Master Collection is quietly going about its task of bringing elegant watch complications to a


wider audience. We couldn’t approve more. For more information:

6. TISSOT HERITAGE PETITE SECONDE £795 Tissot’s Heritage collection is one of the most underrated value propositions available on the market right now. Every year, the brand delves deep into its archives to faithfully reimagine one of its classic timepieces for the modern wrist, with the results usually impressing lovers of vintage watches. For 2018, we’re going back to 1943 with the dressy Petite Seconde. There’s tonnes of little details that make this one of our standout watches from Baselworld: for instance, the silver dial with the vertically brushed finish, the delicate leaf-shaped hands, the incredibly fine Arabic numerals and the intricate indices on the sub-seconds dial. It all adds up to a piece that’s very difficult not to like, especially with that handsome old-school Tissot logo. Under the hood, you’ve got ETA’s dependable hand-wound 6498-1 calibre movement doing the hard work, with its 45hour power reserve plenty of time to show off this beauty to anyone who will listen. Is there a better option for less than a grand? We’re certainly can’t think of one. For more information: ■


Get the skinny*

*American slang for ‘inside information’ At just 5.95mm the C5 Malvern 595 is one of the world’s slimmest mechanical watches. An amazing achievement when you consider the elegant case conceals a Swiss-made ETA 7001 movement that ensures outstanding accuracy and durability. The quality is undeniable, but priced at a slender £595 it makes some other luxury watch brands look overfed. Do your research.



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COOL HAND LUKE Blockbuster movies, groundbreaking TV and more than a little stage presence – actor Luke Evans is firmly under the spotlight. His journey so far has seen him not only rise to success, but learn how to manage the pressure of it, finds MAX WILLIAMS Photographs by MATT HOLYOAK

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TRY AND DRAW on as much of my own life and my own emotional experiences as possible,” says Luke Evans. “Doesn’t matter if you’re playing Dracula or a dragon slayer or a psychopath or a KGB assassin – you have to find the humanity in it.” Two takeaways from the above: 1) Luke Evans knows his acting. 2) Luke Evans has played some cool roles. Let’s do the cool stuff first. Over the past decade Evans has swashbuckled as one of The Three Musketeers; tussled with Vin Diesel in Fast & Furious 6; his Bard the Bowman shot down Smaug so the Bilbo Baggins didn’t have to. Throw in Vlad the Impaler, two separate Greek deities – Apollo then Zeus: upgrade! – and the dart-playing, heartbreaking Gaston in last year’s Beauty and the Beast, and his filmography reads like the guestlist for a teenager’s dream dinner party. (Intended as the highest of compliments.) Evans loves a blockbuster; or rather blockbusters love Luke Evans. Yet the Welshman has joined the many A-listers swapping big screen for small to star in a ten-part adaptation of The Alienist, a period thriller based on the novel by Caleb Carr. It’s a piece of ‘Statement TV’ – Evans is joined by Daniel Brühl and Dakota Fanning; the production looks a million dollars and cost a whole lot more – that further rams home the medium’s cultural dominance in 2018. You want superheroes? Head to the multiplex. Compelling, character-driven drama with the world’s leading actors demonstrating why they are that? Your sofa’s where the action at. The series opens with the mutilated body of a young boy and goes darker from there – moving through a murky, meticulously constructed 1896 New York, a city of lost souls and lurking shadows. Brühl plays Dr Laszlo Kreizler, a criminal psychologist obsessed with those ‘alienated’ from their true natures: a useful area of expertise with a child killer at large. Evans is John Moore, an accomplished newspaper illustrator and Kreizler’s dashing best friend. (Like most great detectives, Kreizler counts his friends on one thumb.)


friends became actors: none of their parents pushed them to do what they wanted to do, because they were scared they’d end up being a waiter in a restaurant.” Evans became a mailboy at a bank. Every week, £15 of his wages was spent on singing lessons from local voice coach Louise Ryan. (Ryan has quite the hit rate: Charlotte Church is another alumni.) Even as a teenager his star quality was apparent. “Luke is a diamond.” Ryan tells me over email. “When I first heard him, it was obvious he was blessed with a beautiful gift, not just as a singer, but as a captivating performer too.” With Ryan’s encouragement, Evans won a scholarship at the London Studio Centre and spent a decade performing in West End stalwarts such as Rent and Miss Saigon. Still hungry, still pushing himself to excel. “I was always quite humble about my ability… I never felt I was the best person on stage, I always felt like there was somebody better, but I was always able to learn. In acting you never stop learning. You should constantly be learning.” On stage, “I learnt how to perform live, in front of an audience that reacted or didn’t react to what you did. You get to repeat the performance every night, so you can adapt, very slightly, nuances of your performance, and you can get an audience to eat out of the palm of your hand, if you’re good.” He was good. His role as Vincent in a 2008 production of Small Change brought award nominations and the attention of Hollywood. After a small part in the Ian Dury biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Evans landed in his first blockbuster with 2010’s Clash of the Titans and has knocked out a minimum of two films a year ever since. Big films as well: his 2013-14 run of a Hobbit sequel, Fast & Furious 6, Dracula Untold, and another Hobbit sequel saw Evans notch up nearly $3bn at the global box office. That would fill a lot of colliery tips. “When I started doing movies ten years ago it was like starting from scratch. I knew nothing about film acting at all. I didn’t know camera angles, I didn’t understand any of it… But then I always say, you strip it all down and it’s acting. You’re telling a story.” His story reads like a film spec. In an age where no celebrity biography is left unwritten, surely Evans must be tempted to have a crack? “I’ve thought about it,” he says cautiously. “I mean, it is a little Billy Elliot. There is a slight resemblance to that. It’s interesting, it is something I’ve thought about, but would anybody really want to watch that?” The Luketeers certainly would. The Luketeers is the name adopted by the dedicated community of Luke Evans fans ➤

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I was always quite humble about my ability – I never felt I was the best person on stage

So far, so Holmes and Watson. But Moore is no stolid sidekick: indeed he proves as rich and complex a character as Kreizler himself. Despite having the face of Luke Evans, the divorcee is hardly a catch. He drinks as heavily as you would expect of a man who frequents brothels and lives with his grandmother. “He’s punishing himself,” says Evans sadly. “He’s extremely vulnerable, a very sensitive creature.” The affection is palpable; Evans readily admits, “There’s a lot of me in John Moore.” A longer format offered ample opportunity to slip inside the mind, beneath the skin. “There’s so much of me and my interpretation of how he must have felt – being heartbroken and finding his purpose in life and struggling with his demons. Each and every one of us has those things. I related to him a lot.” Our conversation spans The Alienist press junket – round table, then a one-to-one interview – and then a phone call a week later, once I realise we have talked a lot about the show but not much about Luke Evans. Luke Evans is worth talking about. He was born to Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Welsh town of Aberbargoed, once home to the largest colliery waste tip in Europe. (Bargoed Colliery closed on 4 June 1977; Evans arrived on 15 April 1979.) On weekends young Luke unwillingly helped his parents spread God’s Word on the town’s doorsteps; the rest of the week was spent avoiding the classmates to whom those doorsteps belonged. “You’re knocking while they’re watching He-Man on a Saturday morning,” Evans told The Guardian in 2016. “Who wants to be interrupted when they’re watching He-Man? I don’t blame my parents or their religion but I hated it. I absolutely hated it. There were streets I wouldn’t walk down in case the bullies were there. I wouldn’t play out in the evening with my friends. I’d go half an hour out of my way to avoid those streets. Then I’d have to stand on a bully’s doorstep in a suit with my parents behind me on a Saturday morning.” You can understand why, aged 16, Evans dropped out of school and moved to Cardiff, but that doesn’t make the decision any less ballsy. “I was ready and headstrong,” he tells me. “I was always very worldly wise, and knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted a career and to see if I could be an actor.” Were his parents happy? “I don’t think anybody’s parents would be quite happy to see their child leave home alone and move to the big city,” says Evans flatly. “It was not the route that my parents wanted. I don’t think many parents, whether they’re Jehovah’s Witnesses or not, would like their children to become actors. Many of my

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➤ across the globe. In 2015 British GQ ran an online poll on the identity of the next James Bond, and the Luketeers mobilised to ensure their guy donned the hypothetical tuxedo ahead of perennial favourites Tom Hardy and Idris Elba. (Evans would, indeed, make a fantastic Bond; “it would be very hard to say no,” he concedes. “But whoever does take on that role has very big shoes to fill.”) After the initial interview I message a Luketeer Facebook page, inquiring why it is that Evans inspires such dedication. A woman called Ann Robinson responds: “I created this group to show my support and admiration for him. So few actors get that these days. They are treated more like hunks of meat than people. I don’t consider us fans. We are like family, even though we’ve never met. He inspires us, motivates us and cares.” At the end of the follow-up call I read this message to Evans. “How lovely!” he says, sounding genuinely moved. “How amazing.” He shares a story of his own. “I was in Paris yesterday opening Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman in France. This older woman behind the first row of fans at the red carpet had this huge drawn sign saying ‘Luke! I’ve written a poem for you’ with an arrow pointing to this young girl in front of her.” The pair transpired to be mother and daughter. “This woman had been dragged through the rain to stand in front of the Rex Club cinema and hold this poster so that her daughter would be able to give me this poem – which was very beautiful, very touching.” Evans and the Luketeers share a rare bond.

I always think: I’m the CEO of my own internal company, and I need to manage it as well as I can “I do it for them,” he says. “You need people to watch your movies, and you need people to love what you do… it’s part of being a performer: a performer doesn’t just do it for themselves, they’re doing it for a much bigger group of people. I’m very grateful for them.” A multitalented film star respected by his peers, adored by his fans, enjoying success surely beyond the boldest dreams of the boy who hid from bullies on the lonely streets of Aberbargoed. His world is gilded – yet, as this interview runs in our mental health issue, I ask if Evans has ever struggled with his mental wellbeing, whether owing to the stresses of work or his day-to-day life. It’s a personal question, one he’d be well within his rights to swerve. Instead he delivers a candid, articulate assessment of mental health and the importance of maintaining it. “Let’s break it down to day-to-day life.” He talks of travelling and the solitude of the road – working on a new film, promoting an old one. “That’s my pressure. I know people say, ‘oh, don’t complain, it’s first-world problems’, and maybe it is, but it can be immensely stressful

SCREEN PRESENCE: Evans as John Moore in The Alienist with Dakota Fanning and Daniel BrÜhl. The actor says of his character: “There’s so much of me and my interpretation of how he must have felt – being heartbroken, struggling with his demons. Each of us has those things.”


when you’re juggling a lot at the same time. “I have therapy, and have done for years. It helps me decompress and download many things. My personal time is so precious – I get very little of it. I work a lot, and I like working, but work sometimes doesn’t allow you to process things going on in your own life. I found having a therapist helped me offload things I hadn’t even had time to think about. “I think mental health is a very common problem. And it doesn’t get easier, it doesn’t get better, doesn’t matter what age you are – it can affect everybody. And it’s not something I’m ashamed of – if I say, ‘yeah, I’m super stressed out today’. I get that. You feel like that world is on your shoulders and you can’t move on. I get it. I found a way to vent that through therapy, and I’ve found it’s really helped me.” What made him turn to therapy? “It was work, it was travelling, it was my personal life – it was a few things. They all sort of culminated and I just didn’t want to go out, I just wanted to give everything up. Very dramatic, but people sometimes get to that point. When you live in a city, you’re forced to move at such a fast pace. Sometimes you just need to look after yourself a little better. Protect number one – I always think, I’m a one-man band, I’m the CEO of my own internal company, and I need to manage my company as well as I can. If that means a little maintenance now and again then so be it.” It would be hard to admire him more at this moment. For many people, taking “a little maintenance” is no small step; to freely share such personal experiences so that you might inspire others is an act of utter class. His parents still live in his childhood home, and he visits as often as possible. Never with any fanfare, of course – “I probably see the neighbours a couple of times when we’re walking the dog” – but it’s chance to relax with friends and family, maybe visit a pub or two. (You suspect a night on the town with Evans would be a blast. His go-to karaoke songs? Adele’s ‘When We Were Young’ and Tom Jones’s ‘Delilah’. Buy that man a drink and hand him a microphone.) One day he hopes to return to the stage. “It’s in my blood to perform, and to perform with a live audience, there’s nothing quite like it. It’s the best high you’ll ever have.” For now, however, he stays on screen: 2018 is slated to bring three more films, and there’s chatter of a second season for The Alienist. It’s safe to say that Evans will be keeping busy. His Instagram bio reads: “Welsh lad having the time of his life.” Long may the good times continue. ■ The Alienist is out now on Netflix.


WALK THIS WAY: “When we arrived in London and got to the hotel no one wanted to sleep, so I took the band on a guided walking tour of early morning London. We were joined by Joey’s brother, Mitchell [aka Mickey Leigh], who came with us as a guitar roadie. Here they are on Park Lane.”


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Punk Lane

DANNY FIELDS wasn’t just the Ramones’ manager: he captured them on camera, too, documenting

a seminal time in rock history. Here, in both his words and photographs, he tells how two nights in London not only made the band iconic, but influenced a whole new musical movement – punk




HEN YOU START a band, one of your expectations, besides getting laid a lot, is that you’re going to have your picture taken. When you actually do it, it’s not that easy. Like all groups, the Ramones started out feeling awkward about being photographed. So they worked at it. They used their sessions with me, their manager, to learn how to be in front of a camera. I learned a lot too. We had an unspoken agreement, where I was silently saying, “We hope these are going to be good pictures. You like my pictures, you like me, and I’m your manager so there won’t be any photographs that could hurt your career.” So we used this as a chance for learning the art of exhibitionism. “Be as good at being photographed as you are at performing on stage.” They got it absolutely right, every time. They knew how to, and also that they had to. LONDON Within weeks of the release of the first Ramones album, in April 1976, the Ramones had been booked to play at the Roundhouse in London (capacity 3,300 people; distance from NYC about 3,400 miles) on the weekend of 4 July. This was an astonishing thing to comprehend; suddenly, everything was ten times more than it had ever been. We had never travelled more than 250 miles for a gig. And how to measure the importance of playing outside the United States for the first time in London? Intangible, but between me and the band we gave it a multiple of ten again, thereby making the 4 July show 1,000 times more significant than any previous one. By chance, I’m in London as I write this, seeing the preparations for – pitched as ‘a year of events celebrating 40 years of punk heritage’. There’s a headline in today’s Guardian about the Ramones’ “explosive impact” 40 years ago; and on the Roundhouse website is the announcement that in July it will have been “40 years since the Ramones played their seminal gig at the Roundhouse,” so the venue will be presenting a weekend of “music and spoken word fuelled

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by the vitality and energy of punk.” Omigod, who knew? I might as well go ahead and square the estimate of importance that we gave to that Roundhouse gig when we first heard it was booked. Here goes: on the Bicentennial (1776-1976) Anniversary of the United States of America’s Declaration of Independence from England’s King George III, the Ramones would go to the capital of the mother country and play a show in London that was maybe one million times more important than anything they’d ever done. I’m sticking with that number; there’s all kinds of proof. By the way, I don’t know how we became ‘punk’ because it was not ever the band’s idea to use that word as a label for what they attempted, presented, or achieved. That word! It was a style for some, a political stance for others, the name that was given to a new generation’s rebellion against the insufficient and lame culture that was there, in place. Just as a four-letter word, it has such scene-stealing tendencies. I used to love hating it, now hate loving it. It’s about a power, you decide what sort. It’s automatically multi-media modern, useful, sounds like what it is, reads well (even from a distance), concentrated, brief and strong, like youth. Endowed with life. For better or worse, there are not many such words in a century. The Ramones got called ‘punk’ and so it was. Forty years from now, there will be that much more chattering about what the word ‘means’, so we’ll just use it, as it is quite unavoidable in the end. So we went to London, with no idea whatsoever as to what we’d find. The city seemed near the boiling point for many reasons, not least of all because of the weather itself, one of the hottest summers on record. Businessmen were walking on Piccadilly in wife-beater undershirts. Of course there was no ice, but mainly no air-conditioning. Apparently they had never needed it until this very heatwave. The coolest city in the world, was, for us, way too hot. Our lives were saved because the Holiday Inn where we stayed in Camden had the only air-conditioned interiors we found in four days in the world’s largest city. Thank the lord. And what a bonanza for the fans that were waiting for us at the hotel, wherever they’d come from. So a lot of them stayed there, and it was a party. London had rock’n’roll in its blood and DNA, it was invented there. And the city was teeming with fantastic musicians, and groups at various start-up stages. But these protobands were self-conscious, thinking they had to be ‘better’ musicians, before going public. Also in the London DNA: showmanship. The Stones, The Who, Zeppelin, Bowie etc all knew that ➤

INDEPENDENCE DAY: The Ramones playing at the Roundhouse on 4 July. At their first concert in London, they were an instant hit with the British crowd.

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➤ early on, but by the mid-1970s guitarists and drummers had this idea of being virtuosos, playing a lot of notes or hitting a lot of things per second. The Ramones disabused so many great musicians of the tyranny of having to be good musicians. I think that’s the important thing they really did in London There were two gigs in London that weekend – on 4 July they played the Roundhouse, and the next night Dingwalls, in a much smaller room. In the audience both nights were members of new bands – some of which had never, or hardly ever, performed in public – including the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, The Pretenders, and likely more. The Ramones’ show was a very big deal for London’s young musical community: the Ramones’ first album was hot; it was known that there was a budding important music scene at CBGB in New York which had been reported on by the powerful British music weeklies New Musical Express and Melody Maker; and the always important teenage word of mouth was raging in England. Thousands of curious fans showed up, thousands more were turned away; it was the first time that new music by a new band was attracting a significantly large crowd, and the established British music industry was paying attention to the “next thing” at long last. Oddly, the Ramones were billed as support for the headlining Flamin’ Groovies, a pleasant band from San Francisco with a small but dedicated following, which probably would have done better opening the show. “We [the Flamin’ Groovies and the Ramones] agreed to alternate the closing slot,” Johnny Ramone recalled, “but when we got there, they insisted on closing both nights. We couldn’t care less. Everybody was there to see us.” It was certainly always the case that the Ramones were a lousy opening act, a very hard act to follow. They raised the energy level so high when they played that there was no place to go afterwards but down. Most of the audience, already giddy and drained, were gone by the time the Flamin’ Groovies came on stage to do their show. ➤

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SCENE SETTER: Shooting pictures for Rock Scene magazine in the alley behind CBGB, now named Extra Place.



BACKSTAGE PASS: Joey Ramone on the steps of the Roundhouse.


It was those Ramones shows in London in 1976 that are said to have kick-started ‘punk rock’

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➤ Among the most intrigued London musicians there were the members of The Clash, who were backstage with the Ramones the night of the Dingwalls show. Paul Simonon, The Clash bass player, was amazed at the buzz the Ramones had generated, and the thousands of fans who came to see them. “What is it about you guys?” Paul asked Johnny Ramone. “We’ve played about two shows, and we can’t seem to pull in a full house even in small clubs, but you’re here for the first time with two sold out shows. You must be some incredible musicians. I guess we haven’t rehearsed enough, or something.” “You’ve never seen us, right?” Johnny said. “You’re coming to the show tonight? You’ll see. We can’t play, we’re terrible musicians. But the kids don’t care about that; they want a show. So we give them a show, loud and fast. They love that. You guys going to keep rehearsing forever? Nobody’s gonna know. They just want to be blown away. So go blow them away, nobody gives a shit about anything else.” Joe Strummer, lead singer and guitarist of The Clash saw that night what Johnny had been talking about. The show, said Strummer, “was like white heat, because of the constant barrage of tunes. One ended, the next began. You couldn’t put a cigarette paper between them.” While a lot of people in the audience were expecting a sloppy mess – one definition of ‘punk’ was that you didn’t have your act together, and it didn’t matter and you weren’t supposed to care – their expectations were totally turned around. “They weren’t ready for a pile driver hitting them again and again,” said Joe Strummer. “It was unbelievable.” They were nights to remember, those nights; it was the Ramones shows on that weekend of 4 July, 1976, that are said to have kick-started the great wave of bands and music that came to be known as ‘punk rock’. Beginning in the USA and the UK, and then on the European continent, in Japan, and South America – popular music was getting punk-ified. Forty years later, in one form or another, punk rock is stronger and bigger than ever. ■ My Ramones by Danny Fields is out in May, published by Reel Art Press (£29.95). See



Flight Club Model. Designer. Amateur racer. David Gandy is a man of many parts. He sits down with MAX WILLIAMS to discuss his latest project: a design collaboration with Aspinal of London


HINK ‘MODEL’ AND your mind might turn to Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Hornby. Think ‘male model’ and you’ll promptly visualise David Gandy. (As visuals go, you could do a lot worse.) The man from Billericay has now been at the top of his game for more than a decade, even walking the catwalk for Great Britain at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. Now he has turned designer, joining forces with Aspinal of London to launch The Aerodrome Collection by David Gandy – a selection of luggage and accessories that’s perfect for a stylish weekend away. We sat down with Gandy to talk flying, fashion, and future plans. Firstly, nice photoshoot! Why Spitfires? We’re coming up to 100 years of the RAF. The Spitfire is a piece of design engineering that the British did really well. We have the best engineers in the world: think Rolls-Royce, Concorde, the Channel Tunnel. The Spitfire was the best fighter plane of its time. Without the Battle of Britain, would we be in the same position we are today? Probably not. Those guys are the most heroic guys ever. And Spitfires are one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in the sky. If you see ➤

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➤ one flying over you, you don’t forget it. Did you get to fly in one? Not on the day, but we will be going up in one. My first time in a Spitfire! That will definitely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Have you ever been tempted to take up amateur flying? Get the wings? No! Driving, I’m fairly capable: I’ve got my race licence and I’m racing again next year. Flying is a big commitment, and my schedule all over the shop, so it would be quite difficult. Maybe one day. I keep saying, “One day.” In retirement, I’m going to restore my own classic car and learn how to race properly and fly. I thought when I was doing this, “What is the ultimate boy’s toy? What is the ultimate thing you could own?” and somebody was saying, “A classic car,” and I thought, “Spitfire.” If you said, “I own a Ferrari California 250 GT worth £15 million” and I then go, “I own a Spitfire…”. It’s Top Trumps, isn’t it? You’d just go, “OK, you win.” I challenge anyone to say anything bad about the Spitfire. It is one of the greatest achievements and we should be very proud of it. Was that always a boyhood thing? The love of Spitfires, the love of cars? The love for anything fast and noisy? Probably, yes. Is there anything better than hearing a Spitfire with its Rolls-Royce engines? Imagine during the second world war, being a soldier and seeing two Spitfires fly over to fight the Germans. That’s a hair on the back of your neck kind of experience. That heroism is incredible. So how did this collaboration come about? Did Aspinal book you? It was a very mutual thing, actually. I was a customer of Aspinal, like I am with all my brands. I’m always a customer first of all. I love the brand. Ian Burton [Aspinal founder and CEO] lives in West Sussex, near Goodwood, where the Spitfires often fly by his house. We

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got talking and he said, “Wouldn’t it be brilliant if we did something like that?” It’s more than a decade since you made your name with Light Blue… I’m still working with Dolce & Gabbana today. I’ll have been doing Light Blue for 11 years this year: it’s still the number one selling Dolce & Gabbana fragrance. So, of course that put me on the map, and it was instant. That’s what gave me the platform to be able to achieve hopefully whatever I’ve achieved since then. When people say, “You’re in fashion,” I say, “I’m kind of in design. Creative direction.” I think something’s lacking. There are some great products out there, but I’m not seeing such creative advertising like we did in the 1980s and 1990s.The digital age is very disposable. The Spitfire photoshoot is a cog in the wheel – as well as working with brilliant influencers, great press. It’s a part of the larger strategy. That’s the way I’ve been taught. Brands like Dolce & Gabbana don’t just create one part. There wasn’t just Light Blue – there was the commercial, the PR, the press. It was a strategy, even though it was also something that took off overnight. Do brands still do strategies? Or has social media changed the game? The clever people do have a strategy, and that’s why the difference is still there. A lot of people think, ‘Let’s get someone with great reach and give it to them’, and that’s where it does work – but it’s part of the strategy. Now we’re used to seeing so many images on Instagram and social media that nothing really surprises you anymore. It’s the same. It takes something to be super-clever, super-creative to stand out from the crowd. Technology means everyone can be a creator and come out with these incredible videos. So it does take something a bit special to get people’s attention. A person’s attention span is about 15 seconds now: anything over 15 seconds and you’re off onto the next thing. Do you include yourself in that assessment? Yes, don’t get me wrong, if a commercial hasn’t got me within ten seconds I’m off to the next thing, the next thing, the next thing. But when I see something good, I watch it again and again. You want to have people coming back. People don’t want to see something completely different. I see brands now using a different person for every campaign. You think, ‘If you look at case studies of what’s done really well – Calvin Klein and Christy Turlington, myself and Dolce & Gabbana – can you not see a correlation of success?’ Choose

HIGH FLIER: David Gandy stands in front of a Spitfire with the Aspinal of London, The Aerodrome Collection by David Gandy 36-Hour Bag. The classic British design of the iconic planes provided part of the inspiration for the smart new collection.

great ambassadors for your brand and great collaborators. Hopefully, that’s what myself and Aspinal have done here. It’s not just this range. We’re talking about the collaborative piece of the creative. It’s got to align with myself and the Aspinal brand. What decade informs your personal style? I’d probably go back to the style icons of the 1950s and 1960s: Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, James Dean. There’s a mystery, because there’s not the accessibility of images that we have from everyone now. Those guys were style icons, but they weren’t stylish people. They raced cars, they rode bikes, and they wore the best stuff that was appropriate to riding a bike, driving a car. Belstaff or Barbour – all those things that now we think of as stylish fashion items. That’s my kind of era, but then there’s also tailoring. I realised the other day that I was complicating things by trying to be

a little bit more dressed down. I was doing it subconsciously and I thought, ‘Actually, what am I doing here? What am I happy in? I’m happy in my suits and my shirts and my ties.’ Of course, I don’t wear that all the time, but that’s what I feel comfortable in. Does your standing in fashion bring added pressure to launching personal collections? I suppose it does if you’re in the public eye. I’ve always tried to make everything tangible to the man on the street. With this collection I’m not saying, “You have to go out and spend £900 on a bag.” What I’m saying is, “If you like the toiletry bag, this is where you can start.” Same with the tailoring range in M&S. I’m not trying to scare people, I’m trying to simplify things for men. Men shop in a very different way to women. It’s not that you have to be in fashion; just take more of an interest in what you’re wearing. It’s never been about trying to get people into trends: it’s just the

simplicity of getting men interested in style. So, yes, there’s pressure. But I choose stuff I’m comfortable with; I don’t follow trends. I spoke to Tom Ford a couple of times – he says sometimes he’ll have the same suit, the same shirt, the same tie, and he’ll wear that every day. It’s one style. I thought, ‘What a great philosophy that is.’ That’s the way men shop. You starred in the London Olympics closing ceremony. How was that experience? I was with all these supermodels, but I just remember trying not to shit myself. We were in these trucks and they fell down. We had to walk on – I’ve never been in front of that many people in my life. It’s all a bit of a blur, if I’m honest. I was just trying not to fall over. We all went for rehearsals in Dagenham. The glamorous side of fashion! I was the only guy and I think there was a carp about who was walking out first, who was walking out second. I was just happy to be part of it. I was

just, “You know what? It doesn’t matter if I’m first or second or last. I will go anywhere, because I want to be part of it.” It was lovely to be accepted like that: as one of the top models. So, a very proud moment. Did you mind being the only man on the catwalk that night? It would’ve been nice to have someone else there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m never going to complain about being around the most beautiful women in the world. I’ve had worse days. However, it would’ve been nice to have another male representing. But even if they did it now, I’m not sure there would be anyone else. No-one’s taken that step. Why do so few male models break through to become household names? The fashion industry has changed. A lot of industries have changed because of digital and social media. Brands might not have chosen ➤



➤ me back in 2006 if I didn’t have a big enough reach. That is how people sometimes choose talent now. Not, do they fit the campaign? Not, are they good for our brand? It’s – what’s their reach? That reach can be fake sometimes. It could be bought followers. Brands have quickly had to adapt. They’ve suddenly realised this strategy hasn’t led to sales, it hasn’t led to a good reach of people. It’s led to nothing really and they’re suddenly wanting to bring in these digital experts, and there are not that many around. When someone’s successful – Jim Chapman is a great example. He took the bull by the horns, but a number of people tried to follow in his footsteps and haven’t quite grasped the idea of how he’s done it. Even Chapman’s been around for a while… He has been around for a few years. After 16 years, I feel like a dinosaur! If you were starting now, would you follow the social media route? No, I don’t think I would. I use social media, but I’ve never purposely used it for that process. I use it for the brands I work with. If you want to really have that following you have to put every part of your life on there – what you’re cooking for dinner and eating for breakfast. I would never be able to do that.

How did you cope with waking up and seeing your face on billboards worldwide? It’s very alien at first. You’re obviously very proud and excited to have been part of that. I still am. It’s just keeping grounded. I’ve met some of the most famous actors in the world, some of the most famous models in the world, and the most famous ones are the most discreet, lovely, down to earth kind of people. Then you’ve got the people, and it seems to be the younger generation, who are not famous yet and they think they have to act like a famous person. They expect to be given stuff by people, and it’s very, very strange. My family and friends would never let me get big-headed or above my station. Hopefully, I’m still that today. People come up to me and go, “You’re very normal.” I’m not sure what that means, by the way – whether normal is good…

Where do you see yourself in a decade? I don’t know! Would we have known social media was going to be our future ten years ago? Of course we wouldn’t. What’s going to come in the next ten years? I have no idea, but hopefully I’ll have a good time doing it. ■ The Aspinal of London, The Aerodrome Collection by David Gandy is out now.

Definitely. You aren’t walking around in fur coats with someone holding your suitcase… Only on a Sunday. But why should I? I’m not someone who thinks I’m better than anybody else. No-one is better than anyone else and noone should think that. You’ve directed a couple of short films... Directing was me not wanting to be on the screen, but very much having that creative role. I’ve always had that vision, I’ve always had ideas. It’s getting a team together to create that vision. Could I do a whole film? No, I’m not ready for that. I haven’t got a clue what I’m doing yet. However I would maybe do a television commercial, then maybe a music video, then you step up from that. Never tempted by acting? I was never an actor. I’m not an actor. But I got offered a few things here and there.

Do you own a copy of David Gandy by Dolce & Gabbana? The David Gandy book? Yes, I do own it.

Including Fifty Shades of Grey? No, that was always a bit of a rumour. Once I got a script and I spoke to the author, she said, “Please have look at it.” But it wasn’t for me. Jamie Dornan is an incredible actor, and Jamie wanted it. He aspired to be an actor so he had that passion; I had the passion to be successful in the fashion industry. I much prefer directing people than people pointing the camera at me.

On the coffee table? It’s not on the coffee table. I’ve got one up on the bookshelf and I’ve got another one that’s in a cupboard somewhere. Anyway, something to perhaps show the grandkids one day. Maybe they won’t read books by then. Somebody told me they were going for stupid amounts online.

How long will you keep modelling? Obviously, I’m in this campaign as a model and a collaborator. The modelling is the easy side compared to everything that’s gone behind the camera. In terms of straight modelling, I don’t really do it anymore. I’m not on the runway. I’m not shooting with different brands. They are all my projects, they are collaborating.


I have equity or licensing deals. It’s business now, and I already much prefer being behind the camera. Will I ever come out of the fashion industry? Hopefully not.

AERODROME COLLECTION The Gandy verdict… 24-HOUR BAG – £695 “One of my favourite pieces. I call this the overnight bag. One of my pet hates is shoes within one compartment. So we did the shoes in different compartments: you put a shoe one side and a shoe the other side to keep them completely separate from your clothing. It’s a nice size for a gym bag or a day bag.” BACKPACK IN SMOOTH TAN – £795 “Backpacks are in fashion and I haven’t seen a backpack that personally I would like to wear. We looked at the design of almost a parachute, while the tan leather ribbing is inspired by the seat of a Spitfire. The separate compartments mean when you’re travelling you don’t have to open up the whole thing.” TRAVEL CARRIER – £595 “Travelling I have to carry my laptop bag, my weekend bag and then a suit-carrier. So I said, ‘Can we design something that if I was going away for the night I can fit everything in?’ We created this piece – it’s quite a substantial bit of kit, but you can fold it up and put it in the overhead compartment.”

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State of Mind Trying to overcome a mental health problem can be an intimidating challenge, but the most important thing to know is that there’s a wide range of advice, services and techniques out there that can help…



NHS Digital, in England one in six people report experiencing a mental health problem such as anxiety and depression in any given week. Many of those affected are men. Depression can be caused by different influences, including genetics and environment. It can cause physical, mental and emotional symptoms and it can range from mild to debilitating – the bottom line is that it affects people in different ways. To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, mental health practitioners and campaigners

have shared their top tips for tackling feeling hopeless, anxious, worried, or helpless. There is a wealth of information online about depression, its causes, symptoms and treatments, including on the NHS website. If you think you are suffering from undiagnosed depression, speak to your GP about the range of talking therapies that are now available, as well as medication if you need it. Expert advice is easily available if you are living with depression and work in the City. ■ To find out more, visit releasethepressure

Men must take the mental side of their health seriously. It’s not just important to look after your physical self – my top tip is to get to know ‘you’ and to take personal responsibility. Self-awareness provides the best insight into why you feel a certain way and why you’re acting the way you are. STACY THOMSON, Mental Health Practitioner and Performance Coach

In the past I have felt overwhelmed with too many competing priorities from work and home. Learning to say no has been important. It makes me feel more in control and helps me focus on what matters most. ADAM SPREADBURY, Bank of England


BUSINESS HEALTHY By the City of London Corporation

The challenge is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all response to dealing with stress, anxiety or depression. For some, physical activity might be the best thing to do. For others, seeing friends and family, or meditating, might work. Consider what has worked for you in the past in dealing with issues, and try it again to see if it helps. CHRIS STEIN, Men’s Health Forum

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If you find you worry excessively to the point where you start to panic, try to allow yourself a set amount of time to worry, say half an hour, and set the alarm on your phone. During that half hour you can really vent your anxieties and negative thoughts. When the alarm goes, take a deep breath and try to move on. This can be quite challenging but training yourself to contain your anxieties means you’re acknowledging they’re there, but not letting them take over your thoughts. This gives you the power to control them. This may take a bit of practice to achieve. ANDREW HOROBIN, East London NHS Foundation Trust

DRAGON CAFÉ IN THE CITY Dragon Café in the City is a pop-up, drop-in centre for City workers feeling the pressure of day-to-day life or work. The café offers a wide range of free and non-conventional activities designed to boost resilience, enhance coping strategies and tackle common mental health issues such as stress, depression and anxiety, head on. Activities on offer include therapy sessions, yoga, 15-minute massage, Tai Chi and mindfulness. The programme is designed to tap into creativity and offer a break from the hustle and bustle of the City. There’s no need to pre-register, people can drop in as and when it suits them. Dragon Café in the City is in Shoe Lane Library (Little New Street, EC4A 3JR) and is open from noon until late. For more information, visit

WEAR A GREEN RIBBON The green ribbon campaign is a visual display of support for ending the stigma around mental health, particularly talking about it in a workplace setting. First developed by PwC, the campaign has spread throughout the City, Canary Wharf and beyond, with a huge number of businesses handing out thousands of green ribbons to their staff to coincide with this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (14-18 May). Wearing a green ribbon signifies a person is open to talking about mental health and supports co-workers who may be struggling. The aim is to make talking about poor mental health as normal as talking about a broken limb. Many iconic buildings will also be lit up green during the awareness week to draw attention to mental health. If you’d like a green ribbon, visit

a-healthy-city/the-green-ribbon SEEK ADVICE FROM AN EXPERT For anyone feeling worried about money issues, relationships, a job, or something else, the City Advice service is there to listen and help. City Advice is free, run by expert advisors and offers confidential, impartial advice to help those working in the Square Mile to manage their everyday problems. Issues covered by City Advice include debt, legal issues, employment rights, consumer rights, family and relationship problems and more. For more information, visit city-advice-surgeries



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Bankers are 44% more likely to suffer stress-related illness compared to the average person. Founder of social enterprise Street Wisdom, DAVID PEARL , explains why mindfullness can be the way forward


ENTAL ILLNESS IS on the rise, with one

in four of us suffering at some point in our lives. This costs UK employers a staggering £26bn a year through sick days, lower productivity and recruitment costs. Banking roles, in particular, are 44% more likely to result in stress-related illness compared to the average UK job. There are a number of techniques available to help us manage our mental health and stress better. Many of these techniques require us to be still in order to build a quiet mind or to visit retreats or exotic locations. Street Wisdom was created by author, speaker and business innovator David Pearl. Pearl designed the technology to help people get moving and find clarity and inspiration on their doorstep. Street Wisdom is a social enterprise with a mission to bring inspiration to every street on earth. It gives individuals and organisations the skills to see the urban environment in a new way, ask a question and use the answers they discover to unlock fresh thinking. It is, in a nutshell, ‘walking-based problem solving’ using a mix of cognitive science, psychology and mindfulness. The global venture, which brings Street Wisdom free to consumers, is funded entirely through bespoke work with businesses such as Lush, Google, Samsung and Ogily & Mather. It has delivered profound results, helping companies not only boost their wellbeing but bringing creativity to all that they do. From 14-20 May, Street Wisdom will be running a special session in Canary Wharf to support Mental Health Awareness Week. Here we ask David Pearl about the project and its impact on mental health.

Why has it become so important to address mental health in business? It’s an issue that has been smouldering away for some time: not only knocking valuable cash off the bottom line but debilitating lives, too. Our frenetic technology-focused 24/7

but can focus on the present moment and generally calm down. That’s one of the reasons it has become so popular with businesses. It’s seen as a way to help people cope with the stress and complexity of daily work; a way of improving performance by maintaining focus amid all the competing claims for attention.

lives have added fuel to the fire. Thankfully, the media, government and charities are finally bringing the problem out in the open. For so long, the stigma around mental health was preventing people from sharing and addressing any of their problems. That stigma hasn’t fallen away entirely, but we are definitely heading in the right direction. What actually is mindfulness? To me, mindfulness is really another way of saying ‘noticing what’s happening now’ – not just outside you, but inside your mind. It’s a powerful set of techniques that help manage your mind so it’s not distracted and stressed

For so long, the stigma around mental health has prevented people from sharing problems

How do you incorporate mindfulness into your work with business? My background is in creativity and how to help businesses come up with new answers to old questions. So, I am quite a fan of the wandering mind. When your mind isn’t being too rational it often trips over new ideas. That’s why Street Wisdom can really help. It allows busy people to break the routine and see things with fresh eyes. When you do that, great things happen. Executives get new insights. Teams get re-energised. People get a renewed sense of direction. How does Street Wisdom work? It’s deliberately really simple. It’s a street-based workshop in three parts, each part taking one hour. Part one helps people tune up their senses so they see, hear and feel much more than they would normally. This is useful for part two – The Quest – where people think of a question they want answered and instead of ‘thinking hard’ about it, they go for a wander and let the sights, sounds and strangers around them inspire their thinking. The heightened awareness from part one really helps them pick up details we normally miss when we hurry through the streets, plugged into our iPhones, lost in thought. The final phase is where participants share with each other what happened on their street adventure. During #MHAW, people should expect a fascinating experience but also to pick up techniques they can use afterwards - in the street or office - which can make each working day more manageable and satisfying. ■ For more info, see



Art and Soul James Golding and Mike Snelle produce artworks under the pseudonym THE CONNOR BROTHERS , but the pair joining forces has been about much more than creativity: it’s a form of therapy for them both


HE CONNOR BROTHERS aren’t actually

brothers at all. British artists James Golding and Mike Snelle came up with the pseudonym as a way to work anonymously. Snelle had suffered from suicidal feelings all his life, and Golding was a former heroin addict; the two art dealers started working together on their own projects as a form of therapy. They exposed their real identities in 2014 so they could undertake more ambitious projects. Here they talk through their struggles.

Was there a watershed moment in your life regarding your mental health? MIKE: There have been a few but most recently there was a moment in late 2012. l’ve suffered bouts of depression my entire adult life, but in 2012 it was so severe that I became suicidal. One particularly desperate and frightening evening James called and I confessed how I felt. He persuaded me to seek help and I got an emergency referral to a psychiatrist and was diagnosed as bipolar. I was prescribed medication and also started to see a therapist. I ended up living with James and that’s when we started to make art together and that was

where The Connor Brothers were born. The lesson I learnt from that is that a single act of kindness from a friend or colleague, checking in when they can see you’re struggling, can be both life-changing and life-saving. Do you have any specific rituals or routines for dealing with pressure? JAMES: Since childhood I’ve experienced terrible anxiety. At times it’s stopped me being able to function properly and has impacted my personal and work relationships. It was, at least in part, one of the contributing factors that led me to become a heroin addict. Getting high temporarily relieved anxiety, and when I came down, it returned more fiercely. I ended up in a cycle that nearly took my life. After trying numerous medications, I finally went to addiction therapy, gave up alcohol, and took up sport as an outlet. Recovery is an ongoing process but a combination of these things has certainly made a huge difference to my life and my ability to cope. What advice do you wish you had been given earlier in your life? MIKE: That it’s OK to be different. Actually, it’s much more than merely OK: being different will one day become an asset. JAMES: Don’t take crack… How can men become better at talking, especially to one another? JAMES: For most of my life I was ashamed of my anxiety, and then ashamed of having been an addict, and the things I did to feed my addiction. Making art with Mike was born out of having an open and ongoing dialogue about our mental health and addiction issues. We have found that using humour, even for the most distressing of subjects, is a really helpful way to talk about really difficult things. I think that there is an unhelpful stereotype of men as bad communicators. It’s more a case of a cultural taboo of men talking about depression


A single act of kindness from a colleague or friend can be both lifechanging and life-saving or mental health issues. When given the opportunity and encouragement men are capable of sharing issues and supporting one another. The real key, I guess, is for men to look out for one another, and not be afraid of reaching out and asking if the people around us are OK. The worst that can happen is that it’ll be a bit embarrassing. The best is that you’ll catch someone at a crucial moment and it can be a turning point in their lives. It’s been said there’s a link between creativity and depression. Do you agree? MIKE: I feel very cautious around this conversation. On the one hand there is lots of anecdotal evidence of a link between creativity and mental illness, on the other the romantic notion of the tortured genius is a dangerous one. I certainly don’t think depression is a pre-condition of creativity or talent. However, lots of interesting people are drawn to the arts, perhaps because it’s a place that celebrates difference and gives room for unusual minds to express themselves. Many people suffer mental health issues because they think differently from others, which is also one of the foundations of creativity. ■ This month, The Connor Brothers are selling limitededition prints with proceeds going to male suicide prevention charity CALM. There are 84 available, highlighting the fact that 84 men take their own lives every week in the UK. To get your hands on one of these please email for details. For more info, see

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Breathe Easy LUCY ANNA SCOTT is the author of ‘Mindful Thoughts for City Dwellers’ and co-creator of Lost in

London magazine. She outlines simple ways to find moments of calm in our often chaotic urban lives


HEN I MOVED to London in my early

twenties, I was like one of those characters from the films, like Buddy in Elf or Mick in Crocodile Dundee, who find themselves in the metropolis for the first time and are totally bemused by it. Raised in a tiny village under a vast sky, I was unprepared for urban life – a rookie who would flinch as an Underground train came rattling and clattering into the station and hesitate as the doors hissed open, fearful of being trapped in their jaws. Fifteen years on, however, I’m a Londoner and committed urbanite. Those years taught me that living in the metropolis doesn’t mean you cannot carve out a spiritually enriching life for yourself. To me, a happy, mindful existence comes from using your senses to engage with the environment, growing plants, marking the seasons, noticing the moon, being possessionlight, and living consciously. Enriching, inventive, ever-evolving and endlessly social, the urban community creates an inspiring energy that can keep you facing outward rather than inward – and keep you connected to the world.


EMBRACE THE RESTORATIVE MINUTE We could label this practice ‘the restorative minute’. This notion is the opposite of the New York minute. Any urbanite can relate to this New York perspective on how the minutes and hours whip by, and how our physiology mirrors its fraught vibe.

The restorative minute, in contrast, gives us permission to stop, recalibrate the breath and clear the mind. You get to step aside – whether in thought, or physically interrupting whatever task you’re doing – and observe your actions, noting how fully you are breathing, whether your body feels tight as it clings to stress. This minute can be taken in your home, on a park bench in your lunch hour, even on the deserted floor of a gallery. Of course, the fresher the air, the better – so parks or churchyards, where there’s usually plenty of vegetation, are the ideal spaces. Wherever you do it, the effect is the same: when the 60 seconds are up, mind and body feel calmed. Once you’ve reached your chosen oasis, begin by readjusting your posture so your shoulders are relaxed, sitting up or standing straighter to stretch out the spine and unclench the jaw. Take deep breaths in and out – inhale slowly through the nostrils, allowing the lungs to expand enough to feel your

The restorative minute allows us to stop, recalibrate the breath and clear the mind

ribcage rise gently, and then slowly release the air in a steady stream, again through the nostrils, feeling the ribs fall back into place. This practice allows us to be more sensitive to our anxiety levels when agitating through crowds. Apply breath control as you walk, breathing in for four to six paces and then out again for the same number. After your minute is up, you may feel more alert and less quick to huff at anyone ‘dithering’ across your path. You may also have noticed that during the exercise, you were thinking only about the nurturing sensation that comes when you inhale air right to the bottom of your lungs.

COME ON, FEEL THE NOISE In the extreme, noise pollution can be awful for our health. Humans are not passive recipients of stressful environmental conditions. In striving to cope, our blood pressure rises, as do our heart rates. Anxiety is also an effect, among a long list of others. Nevertheless, there are plenty who are able to deal with the soundtrack of the city, who even find it comforting or inspiring. It seems the difference is in the way these people perceive the constant chatter of the metropolis, its sirens and traffic and indecipherable hubbub. For these easy-going types, noise represents the potential of the city, all the characters and lives it contains. Cultivating a positive attachment to the chaos can excite the imagination. Noise ➤



➤ represents the fascinating energy of the city; all of its human journeys, its possibilities. Whether it’s a bus or a café or on the street, overhearing fragments of sentences here and there gives little insights into other lives, like messages tied to balloons that have been released into the air. In these fragments you will hear a city that can speak fluently in more languages than you can name. There’s something humbling and grounding about hearing voice after voice after voice. It can stop you getting too wrapped up in your own life story, or the seeming magnitude of it.

LEARN A NEW SKILL Buying what we need (or think we need) is the easiest option in time-poor lives. But it is more expensive, and nowhere near as rewarding as choosing to live a little more resourcefully – growing, making, mending, and upcycling. Most of us don’t have time to become a fully self-sufficient human, to cultivate our own food and make all of our own clothes. But it isn’t necessary to be so evangelical. Adopting an attitude of resourcefulness in one area of your life is an enriching endeavour. Urban places are fantastically fertile environments in which to learn skills that can help us achieve this. Short courses, workshops and drop-in sessions teaching techniques – from DIY to baking bread – are plentiful. Consider their cost an investment, given that creative skills bequeath lifetime value. They also reconnect us with an ancestral aptitude for creation – how empowering to know how to fix your broken bike, mend a much-loved outfit or grow herbs on a windowsill.

TAKE A NIGHT WALK Taking a night walk with the distinct purpose of aimlessness reveals features of the city’s personality special to that time of day. As we walk, we can glimpse the moon above us. Turning our eyes upwards to see this postmark of another dimension, one beyond the city limits, is a reminder of our place in the solar system. Far from making us feel insignificant as we consider how brief our

lives are compared with the eternal space the moon inhabits, glancing at the moon allows us to reflect on the precious nature of the now. Reminding ourselves, every once in a while, that we are mere flickers in the life of a planet over four billion years old can be an uplifting, life-affirming meditation – one that motivates us to feel thankful that we were actually ever present to experience it at all.

COLOUR THERAPY Psychologists and art therapists are well aware of how colour can influence our mental or physical state – red can send adrenaline rushing to the bloodstream, blue, green and purple can induce feelings of calm, and the colour orange can bring a sense of warmth. Art galleries are rich resources of colour therapy. Not only is a visit to an art gallery cheaper than a sunny getaway, but galleries are forever changing, with a regular turnover of artists and paintings, so there is always something fresh to look at. Once ensconced inside, away from the drudgery of the weather, you can find yourself in the midst of a more exhilarating landscape, one of peaceful white walls juxtaposed with the loud vibrant paint on canvas. To keep your mind focused, you could study the rooms for one or two colours in particular. I, for one, am always drawn to the liberal blocks of cheery and optimistic yellows in abstract paintings. Resting the gaze for a while on one piece in particular, even just one colour in an entire composition, I begin to imagine the colour beaming straight into my brain. It’s in city galleries, either at home or when travelling, that I’ve experienced colour at its most intense, its most real, its most alive; metre upon metre of Jackson Pollock’s carefully wrought, multilayered and densely textured colours, splashes and lines in MOMA; Claude Monet’s iridescent lilies in the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris. Paintings are portals that transport us to a brighter, lighter world than the one of our daily experience; they enable us to connect with emotions other than our own. As far as spiritual renewal goes, the galleries of our cities can be as uplifting as the first spring buds.


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It is easy to perceive mindfulness as a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow – to conceptualise its nature as a state of being that exists once we make our escape from the city. A windblown heathland, a rolling blue sea, a stroll along a beachscape devoid of human attention – these are typical forums in which we aim to relax and finally ‘find’ our deeper selves. It can often feel as though letting go of

our anxieties is only possible like this. I’m not undermining the healing qualities that landscape effects on a stressed-out urban brain. Humans – in one form or another – roamed the Earth for millions of years, a long, long time before the creation of concrete, so it is of course crucial, and for all of us, to make contact with spaces (both tiny and vast) away from skyscrapers and the suburbs. But mastering mindfulness cannot be achieved by overlooking the unrivalled power that connecting with humanity can wield. A city’s ‘hustle and bustle’ is often used as a euphemism for all that is wrong with our life set-up. Seeing our cheek-by-jowl proximity to humanity in this way can be a negative take on our urban environment that stands in the way of an appreciation of it. And not many of us possess the ability to take ourselves off to the wild often enough for it to be a reliable mindful tonic. What is more, humanity is our reality. Leo Hollis, in his book Cities are Good for You, says, “We have a biological need to be together. For Jean-Paul Sartre, hell was other people, but the chain-smoking existentialist was wrong.” When a random gathering of people turns into a community, we discover the power of sharing time. We realise how much pressure we place on ourselves to make moments count, to make sense of our place in the world. But the simple act of ‘joining in’ alleviates the burden of doing it alone, and is sometimes all that we really need. ■ Mindful Thoughts for City Dwellers: The Joy of Urban Living by Lucy Anna Scott (£5.99, Leaping Hare Press)






Trade Places After a decade of working in the City, Chevy Rough had become a person he really didn’t want to be. He tells MARK HEDLEY how he swapped stress and addiction for a more mobile, mindful way of life


ERE’S A PINT of Stella: learn to love it.” It was Chevy Rough’s first day in the City. At 17 years old, he hadn’t drunk alcohol before or taken any drugs, but on ordering an orange juice at the bar, an older colleague set him down a different path. Fast forward ten years, and Rough had become an alcoholic and cocaine addict. His career begun in the back office – in the engine room – stuffing envelopes. He worked at a couple of brokers before finding himself on the trading floor at an investment bank. “I had no idea what I was doing. I’m fairly sure I caused the credit crunch in some way,” he jokes when we meet at square mile’s studio. Chevy is not shy in front of the camera; he’s shot more than 180 hours of footage for BBC docuseries Mind over Marathon, where he helps take a group of ten unlikely runners affected by different mental health issues, training them for the London Marathon. Chevy is now a performance and mindfulness coach – the embodiment of physical and mental balance. It’s a far cry from his days working in the City. “Growing up, I was an easy target; I mean, I’m called Chevy Ray Rough after all. When I started in the City, I was a lost man. I had no idea how to fit into the pack.” Chevy decided to cast himself as the joker. “I found the confidence to play that part through alcohol, which then led to drugs. I was the guy you could always call on to go out – and would be the last man standing.” He played this role for the next ten years. He even got a tattoo across his chest that reads ‘I am not who I am’. “It reminds me that I always try to play a character.” At the age of 27, he realised he needed to make a change – that his relationship with alcohol and drugs was not healthy. But it took another three years before the tipping point. “I was at my ex-girlfriend’s house. It was Christmas Day at 5am. I had been up for three days straight. I was wrapping presents, doing 086

FIVE WAYS TO DE-STRESS START THE DAY BEFORE “This actually starts the day before by getting a good night’s sleep. We need a minimum of eight hours. The best way to help this is no screens in the bedroom. Avoid your phones and laptops at least 60 minutes before bed.” SORT YOUR MORNING ROUTINE “Nature gives us a bump of the stress hormone first thing. Coffee will only elevate this state for some of us, starting a stress snowball – so avoid it. Instead, ease into the day; don’t look at your phone or emails until you’re at your desk. Walk to work – or at least get off the train a few stops early.”

drugs, and drinking. And I had to spend the day with the in-laws. I looked in the mirror: darkness and illness were staring straight back at me. I needed to change.” And change he did. Walking was his salvation – starting with weekend escapes to the countryside. “Walking gave me time to think and reflect. It got me out of the pub – and eventually, out of the City.” “I always wanted out; I always felt trapped. We are movement-based creatures – we’re not designed to be trapped in these cages. But I appreciate some of us have to – and hopefully that’s where I can help.” Working alongside men’s mental health charity CALM, Chevy has made it his mission to help people with mental health issues using ‘mindful movement’. Movement doesn’t need to be about beating a personal best or lifting more than last time – movement can be a solution in itself, one with no pressure. You may not want to escape the City like Chevy did, but you can definitely start by moving in the right direction. ■ For more info on Campaign Against Living Miserably,

GO FOR A LUNCHTIME WALK “At least three out of five lunchtimes go for a walk of more than 45 minutes, leaving your phone at the office. This gives you time to get moving, process the morning, and think about what lies ahead. It helps bring some calm to a very busy day.” OTHER PEOPLE STRESS US OUT “It’s easy to read into emails, projecting tone of voice onto them. Instead, pick up the phone. Talking to someone can alleviate an internal narrative that would otherwise stress you out. Embrace human interaction instead of hiding behind your screen.” THE POWER OF BREATH “Evolution has given us some great tools to help manage our stress levels. Our respiratory system is directly linked to a part of our brain responsible for emotions. Find a quiet space such as a meeting room; sit down; breathe in and out through the nose; slow your breath down; keep going until you feel calmer.”

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BRIT PACK Refined men’s style and timeless craftsmanship – it’s a match made in Britain

GIEVES & HAWKES Navy peaked lapel wool suit, £2,295

It doesn’t get much more British than driving a Jaguar MkII to Benjamin Britten’s house wearing a suit made on Savile Row. But then brands don’t come much more British than Gieves & Hawkes, with its trio of royal warrants for HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales. The suiting stalwart has looked to the glamour of the English summer sporting season for its latest collection, with a young Prince Charles providing further inspiration. English navy, beige and tan are the prevailing shades, made from cool, lightweight worsteads for formal looks, and neutral linens for a more relaxed aesthetic. A further summer freshen-up comes in the form of accessories in a playful colour palette of sky blue and pale pink combined with touches of classic sporting shades – think polo red, British racing green and buttercup yellow. Perfect clothes to complement this green and pleasant land.




TURNBULL & ASSER Jermyn Street favourite Turnbull & Asser has been creating fine shirts to fit every requirement for more than 100 years, and this June sees the launch of the brand’s first-ever linen collection. It’s worth the wait – the lightweight, relaxed, long-sleeved shirts are made in the company’s Gloucester factory from luxurious linen, and come in a range of smart seasonal shades including sky blue, pink and lilac. £195;

HACKETT Made in England suit, from £1,700

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This new sunglass collection may be made by Royal Arcade stalwart EB Meyrowitz, but their inspiration comes from far sunnier climes. The new ‘Amalfi’ range – Meyrowitz’s first stand-alone for a decade – embodies the beauty of the Costiera Amalfitana. Handcrafted in acetate by ateliers across the UK, the limited edition collection comprises of five models with just 12 pieces per style. £850;

Hackett’s brand new range is simply called Made in England. The clue, as they say, is in the name. This new made-to-measure collection is 100% hand cut and hand stitched on home shores. There’s very little on the suit that you can’t have made to your specifications. The only fixed attributes are the lapel and pocket shapes – both of which are kept in Hackett’s signature brand style. If you do want to take the service to the next level, Hackett also offers a full bespoke service by appointment only. Prices from £3,700.


TH E J AC KET CROCKETT & JONES When it comes to British design heritage, Crockett & Jones has credentials to shout about – started in Northampton in 1879, it’s still run by the founding family, and the original factory is a protected site. And the shoes? Classic meets contemporary. Take these Cranleigh boots, based on the much-loved Cranford but given a summer update with an unlined camel suede fore-part and brown ‘City’ rubber soles. £370;

PRIVATE WHITE VC Jaguar Driving Jacket, £595

What’s better than one iconic British brand? Two working together, of course. Private White VC and Jaguar have teamed up to create a limited-edition line of classic Harrington jackets. Each garment has been numbered by hand and features co-branded copper studs. They are available online and also from the Private White VC flagship store at 73 Duke Street. Sadly, the E-type is not included.


ETTINGER Ettinger has been crafting fine leather goods in the UK since 1934. The brand has produced two new zipped portfolios inspired by London-based architectural design and development studio, Echlin. Echlin’s team gave insight into the essential items a modern professional carries. The finished products are made from sleek bridle hide leather with a burst of signature London Tan yellow inside. ■ £375 (large), £245 (medium);


BREMONT U-2/51-Jet, £3,995

Bremont’s new U-2/51-Jet takes inspiration from a military project commissioned by the RAF’s 100 Squadron to celebrate its centenary and complement its Hawk T1 Jet aircraft. The 100 Squadron was the first squadron formed for night bombing back in 1917, hence the watch’s stealthy aesthetic. It also features an exhibition case back that displays its automatic movement through tinted black smoked glass. And it can withstand the MB ejection seat programme, which is always good to know.




SOLE MAN Uninspired by formal footwear, Archie Hewlett founded Duke & Dexter, and it seems he was on to something – the label is now a worldwide success story



brand Duke & Dexter four years ago with a £9,000 loan. A year on, Eddie Redmayne wore a pair when he won his Oscar. Now its shoes are sold in more than 120 countries worldwide, with the US by far its biggest market. This is the story behind the success.

there was a gap in a market for a velvet slipper or loafer with a contemporary rather than traditional design. So, particularly motivated by a chance to escape corporate living, I had a bespoke pair made which drew a lot of attention from friends and colleagues. The final step was a loan to kick-start the business.

How did you start your business? After deferring my place at Durham university, I started working for a property recruitment firm in London. It only took three months to realise that the corporate world was not for me. However, it was during my time in this role that my inspiration for Duke & Dexter first hit. I attended a number of black-tie events and found myself uninspired by the formal footwear on offer in the market. I became convinced that

What makes your brand stand out? I think originality distinguishes D&D – from designs and prints to aesthetics. The brand is a disruptive one and we continue to push ourselves to be different at every opportunity. This of course goes hand in hand with quality. In 2016, I moved production from Italy to a family-owned workshop based in Sheffield. This has allowed us to be a truly British brand, with every D&D shoe designed

in London and handmade in England. How do you continue to stay relevant? The frequency of releases definitely keeps the brand fresh – we’re constantly working on new designs and can get a product to market very quickly. Not limiting ourselves to ‘seasons’ is also a key factor, this frees us to drop products outside the fashion calendar. Social media presence, fuelled by creative campaigns and relevant content, is also important. Instagram has been a huge part of our success and we’ve built a following of more than 320,000 people across the world. I see social media today as a level playing field that allows you to rely on the quality of your products rather than huge marketing teams. What challenges do you expect British shoemaking to face over the next decade? I am definitely optimistic about the future of British shoemaking on the whole; I feel it will always have a premium attraction and defined heritage. The biggest challenge will be to ensure that, as with many other British manufacturing processes, there are enough young craftsmen coming through and learning the required skills and techniques to ensure the masterful production process is never lost. Where do you see D&D in ten years? When we first launched, we offered products for both men and women and it’s our strong intention to return to that model when the time is right. By this point, we aim to have further expanded our range into desert boots and potentially sneakers, confirming our status as a multi-product footwear brand. In achieving our goals, we will not waver from our founding principles as a British brand in which every D&D team member has a voice and the freedom to be innovative and original. ■ For the full interview, see


“It’s not about where you’re going, It’s all about how you get there.” Exceptional Defenders

THE THRILL OF THE F-PACE Jaguar’s original F-Pace was an immediate hit when it launched, but the brand is ready to have a bit more fun – say hello to the F-Pace S, says Graham Courtney






HEN THE JAGUAR F-Pace was launched a couple of years or so ago, it created a bit of a stir. This was a Jaguar that you could use to transport your garden rubbish to the tip or take a chest of drawers to the auction. Even better, you could load it to the gunwales and take your entire family, including the labrador, to the beach or on a fortnight’s holiday to the South of France. It would even cut the mustard with a surf board or some skis strapped to the roof or a couple of mountain bikes hanging off the back. Some really sad folk could use it to tow a caravan. We don’t talk about them. This Jaguar looked good outside your favourite bistro, on your driveway in Hampstead, or in the company car park. In other words, it ticked a lot of boxes. No wonder it has been a massive success: two in every five Jaguars sold last year were F-Paces. Thankfully, the DNA which courses through the veins of anything to do with Jaguar also ensured that there would be a version which allowed keen drivers to have some fun. Please welcome the Jaguar F-Pace S. It is available with a choice of just two engines. There’s a 3.0-litre V6 twin turbo diesel which chucks out 296bhp, or you can have the one that we really like, the 375bhp, 3.0-litre, supercharged, V6 petrol model. Both come with permanent all-wheel drive and have an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The diesel F-Pace S costs £50,465 while the smoother, faster, more refined petrol model will set you back £53,365. Even though we love the petrol model, there’s nothing wrong with the oil burner. As you’d expect, you get surprisingly decent economy with an expected return of around 47mpg. Zero-60mph takes 5.9 seconds; top speed is 150mph. If you are a business driver with the company bean-counter looking over your shoulder, this is the one to go for. The petrol model is thirstier at 31mpg, but the 0-60mph sprint drops to five seconds; top speed rises to 155mph. If you want a responsive, throaty F-Pace yet still retain a very civilised cruising capability, this will float your boat. OK, it costs more to buy and is certainly thirsty. But as long as you don’t intend doing a really high mileage, it’s worth the extra hit in the pocket. It sounds brilliant too when you floor the throttle although, to be honest, you rarely need to do that because the V6 lump has a stack of low-end torque which gives the feeling of effortless power. As you are probably aware, the ‘Pace’ name is now spreading across Jaguar’s range. There’s the smaller E-Pace which, to be honest, is a daft initial because everyone assumes it ➤



MAKING A SPLASH: The F-Pace S isn’t just good looking – it’s built for performance, and can handle off-road endeavours as well as cruising round town; [below] interiors take things up a gear, with sleek, comfortable seats and clever touches like a reversible boot floor.

➤ is an electric car. It isn’t. It’s a just a shrunken version of the F-Pace. The latest to arrive, the I-Pace, which to confuse things even further is an all-electric Jaguar SUV. Somebody in the Jaguar naming department needs a good kicking for that one. Anyway, back to the 3.0 V6 petrol F-Pace. To start with, it looks really cool. It’s stylish yet still has a mildly threatening stance. It’s up against the X-cars from BMW and Q-cars from Audi and was a very late entrant into the performance SUV party. Yes, its sister company – Land Rover – has been pretty good at it for decades, but you’d have still thought that Jaguar would have got in on the action


sooner. Thankfully, it was well worth the wait. Jaguar prides itself on cars that perform and handle correctly, so even though this is a hunky SUV 4x4, it has near perfect 50-50 weight distribution. It handles superbly for a big car. A large part of that is due to the car being largely constructed (80%) from aluminium which keeps the weight down. It will easily shrug off long-distance cruising as well as happily paddle around town. The F-Pace is also surprisingly nimble off-road. It laughs at the sort of snow we’ve had in the winter of 2018 and will easily cope with hauling a horsebox across a soggy field or reverse a boat into a lake. As for the interior, if you haven’t been in a Jaguar lately, you are in for a surprise. The quality of fit and materials used are top notch. It’s not quite up to Audi standard, but it’s not far off. The seats are extremely comfortable and, for those in the back, don’t worry about an obstructed view because the height of the seat has been raised. This is especially important for children who don’t like to feel hemmed-in. There are loads of neat touches, some which are so simple you can’t figure out why other manufacturers don’t do it; for example, the boot floor is reversible. One side is carpeted; flip it over and it is rubberised for when you throw in a heap of dirty gear. Neat. In terms of kit, we shan’t bother with the

•• TO START WITH, THE F-PACE LOOKS REALLY COOL – IT’S STYLISH YET STILL HAS A MILDLY THREATENING STANCE list because you get everything that you could possibly need including a really impressive standard of safety gear… most of which you will be totally unaware of until you need it. The audio system is superb. There is also a huge options list which includes massive 22-inch wheels. Granted, they look good and fill the wheel arches, but they do tend to make the ride a tad more fidgety. Overall though the Jaguar F-Pace S is terrific to drive and ride around in. It’s also reasonably priced when compared to the competition, spec for spec. The diesel V6 will be an ideal tool for company drivers or if you cover a lot of miles, but if you want the ultimate in terms of performance and refinement, the petrol V6 is the one to buy. You can have some serious fun on the way back from the tip. ■








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STEP BACK IN TIME Nothing can quite compare to the roar of 30 mid-1960s GT cars leaving the grid: thunderous, visceral and screaming. Watching them race head-to-head around an iconic circuit is truly out of this world or, at least, from another time. Seventy years ago, the 9th Duke of Richmond opened the Goodwood Circuit. Fifty years later, in 1998, the Earl of March drove around the circuit in the same Bristol 400 which his grandfather had driven half a century before. And so, the Goodwood Revival was born. This annual three-day festival, taking place this year from 7-9 September, is the only historic race meeting to be staged entirely to a period theme. Each year, everything within the perimeter of the circuit is transported back in time to the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s – including the spectators, who have become part of the show, against the exciting backdrop of motorsport. The Goodwood Revival is as much about recreating the fashion and culture of the post-war years as it is about historic racing cars. Each year, over 150,000 fans descend from all over the world dressed up to experience a return to the halcyon days when Goodwood was the home of British motorsport. Nowhere else can you see this combination of world-class historic racing cars, aircraft and vintage style in one place. It’s an all-encompassing spectacle of thrilling on-track action, stunning aerial displays, fine food, retro glamour and vintage fashion. This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Goodwood Revival: as well as the usual excitement, there will be a host of on-track surprises inspired by the first ever Goodwood Revival. It’s sure to be a must-see spectacle.



Power and the Glory The Goodwood Revival embodies the glory of motorsport’s golden era – from the cars, to the drivers, to the fashions. Here are ten reasons why you won’t want to miss this unique event

COMPETITIVE RACING Wheel-to-wheel racing action is at the heart of the Goodwood Revival. Hundreds of rare and priceless cars, driven by champions past and present, compete for the most coveted trophies in historic motorsport, including the St Mary’s Trophy and the Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration.


MOTORSPORT STARS The Revival always attracts the finest in historic motor racing talent including a host of famous faces from the motorsport world and beyond, such as Formula 1 star Jenson Button who will be racing this year with JD Classics.


FREDDIE MARCH SPIRIT OF AVIATION Freddie March, the Duke of Richmond’s grandfather, has a fascinating history mostly revolving around the worlds of motor racing and aviation. The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation seeks to celebrate his connection with flight, while also giving a nod towards Goodwood Motor Circuit’s period as RAF Westhampnett during the Second World War. This year, the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation will be celebrating 100 years of the RAF with many iconic planes from the Force.


this year and is an exciting new area totally dedicated to vintage style. Fashion shows will run each day and here is where you’ll find the fiercely contended Best Dressed competition. THE REVIVAL HIGH STREET Working alongside several major modern brands, the Revival creates a homage to the classic High Street. Here, the goal is the celebration of heritage and retro design, now also home to the Revival Fashion Shows, too. You can buy gifts and memorabilia, but over and above a shopping experience it is a trip down memory lane.


RICHMOND LAWN DANCING Dance to the sounds of swing and jive in the Richmond Lawn marquee. Here you can



DRESSING UP AT ITS FINEST The event is defined by its period dress code (tweeds and trilbies for men, furs and frocks for the ladies), and by its refusal to allow modern cars within the circuit on race days.


FASHION SHOWS – REVIVAL FASHION PRESENTED BY MASTERCARD Revival Fashion presented by Mastercard will be situated in the heart of the High Street






also join in the daily dance workshops, for both beginners and more advanced dancers.

invited to take part in the daily Best Dressed competition presented by Mastercard.

EARLS COURT MOTOR SHOW Everything at the Revival is from the 1940s-1960s era. Everything, that is, apart from the Earls Court Motor Show, where the finest brands such as Ford, BMW and Aston Martin juxtapose their classic models with the latest in their production line. The cars in attendance would have already caught your attention on their own, but they are presented in increasingly imaginative ways each year, making it a must-see area.

HISTORIC MOTOR CIRCUIT From 1948 to 1966, the Goodwood Motor Circuit was the spiritual home of British motor racing, staging classic races such as the Tourist Trophy for sports cars and the Glover Trophy for Grand Prix cars. All the top drivers of the day raced here, from Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss to Jim Clark and Graham Hill. The circuit was established by Freddie March, himself a Brooklands winner, and was revived by his grandson, the Duke of Richmond, in 1998. This year will be the 20th Anniversary of the Goodwood Revival bringing this golden era back to life once more. â–



BEST DRESSED COMPETITION Each day, a panel of fashion experts pick out guests with the finest outfits, with a shortlist



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Live the dream To experience the Goodwood Revival in true style, there are a number of VIP and hospitality options available – including the Goodwood Mess and Assembly Rooms


HE MOST EXCEPTIONAL way to experience the Revival is through one of its hospitality packages. Goodwood’s dedicated hospitality team will build the perfect day tailored to your requirements, with all of the packages offering trackside viewing and delicious food and drink. GOODWOOD MESS A vibrant, animated atmosphere abounds at this uniquely themed venue, where singers and actors add to the drama of the experience. It’s situated right next to the assembly area,


so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of all the iconic racing cars being prepped for their races, interact with the drivers and mechanics,

•• The area offers great views from the start line all the way to the mighty Madgwick corner

and hear the revs of the glorious vintage engines as they tustle for space on the track. As well as paddock access, the area offers great views from the start line all the way to the mighty Madgwick Corner and back again, as the cars hurtle towards the finish line. The package includes breakfast with tea, coffee and soft drinks; a champagne reception; a buffet lunch; traditional English afternoon tea; unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks. Prices start from £636. If you would like to book this package, please call the Hospitality team on +44 (0)1243 755 054, for more info go to


REVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: to experience the full romance and glamour of motor racing’s glory days, then one of the Goodwood Revival hospitality packages are for you. They’re also a great way to entertain clients and colleagues in style.

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ASSEMBLY ROOMS The cars hurtle past you, turning into the Woodcote corner at such speed they are almost sideways, heading up the chicane right in front of your eyes. Great skill is required to navigate the turning and provides thrilling spectator action. An exclusive club atmosphere with a lovely garden area, it is a great place to soak up the atmosphere with unallocated and informal seating along with a variety of eating and drinking choices. Relax and enjoy the social atmosphere and music of the venue ‘where your parents met’

with an informal ambience. It’s the perfect base from which to enjoy trackside viewing, private Grandstand seats, Revival fashion shows and Betty’s Salon demonstrations, all within close proximity to the High Street. Located in the renowned Super Shell, this exclusive club is seen in many pictures during the historic racing days at Goodwood and is situated right at the edge of the track, with a dedicated private Grandstand. Book now for an unforgettable experience. Prices from £600. ■ Other hospitality options are available. For more information, go to

BOOK YOUR TICKETS For more information and to buy tickets, go to To find out about the exceptional Revival packages visit or speak to the friendly hospitality team on 01243 755 054.


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BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS Make the most of everything the Greek islands have to offer by combining the contrasting charms of Patmos and Kos for a true voyage of Aegean discovery, says SARA LAWRENCE

SOAK UP THE PATMOS: [clockwise from here] Aqua Blu is a haven of sleek, modern design and beautiful views; Petra Hotel & Suites on sleepy Patmos; need a break from the sun? Head to the spa at Aqua Blu; tranquil poolside dining at Petra.


T’S BEEN 20 years since I spent six gloriously free weeks Greek island-hopping the summer before I went to university. Despite saving up for months beforehand, my friends and I were dealing with such a tight budget we always planned our longest ferry journeys overnight so we could sleep on board and avoid paying unnecessary accommodation costs. We’d wake up with the sunrise on the top deck in our sleeping bags, and discover all exposed skin coated in thick black soot from the relentless stream of smoke pumping out the chimney funnels. Irrelevant of how much


shame to overlook merely because you can’t fly directly in and out. Since there is no airport, the best thing to do is fly to Kos and continue by mid-day catamaran at a duration of about one hour 40 minutes or conventional ferry at about three hours (four evenings weekly on Blue Star – It takes about seven hours from Piraeus, with up to five mid-afternoon ferries weekly, either with Hellenic Seaways ( or Blue Star, arriving at Skala, the port town of Patmos, between 11pm and midnight. If all this sounds far too slow and inconvenient then charter a helicopter in Kos and hop across the water in approximately 30 minutes for about €5,000 for a four-seater ( Old-fashioned and serene in the extreme, Skala is not the place to come for wild parties, glamorous people-watching or achingly fashionable cuisine in chic modern restaurants – and, as far as I’m concerned, all this forms a massive part of its charm. It is absolutely the

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Old fashioned and serene in the extreme, Patmos is not the place to come for wild parties

retsina or metaxa we had knocked back the evening before, our eyes always appeared as invitingly white as the clusters of small low buildings hugging the rugged coastlines at dock after dock. I still want to see these sights, but today I am after a far more stylish and comfortable experience. Back then, we started our epic, crisscrossing trip from Piraeus, the wildly busy port of Athens since ancient times. Now, most of the better-known islands such as Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos and Kefalonia have their own airports. This makes getting there a piece of cake but means travellers often miss out on the joys of arriving at these mythical places by sea, in the manner of a modern-day Odysseus. Plus, those laidback paradises that are smaller, less famous or less connected are now often disregarded in favour of a quicker, easier approach. Tiny Patmos, one of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanese group, is one of these understated gems it would be a real


Lively Kos has tonnes of wonderful things to see and do which root you firmly in its ancient past place to come if you’re after a sense of having travelled back in time to a more basic, happier and less hectic era. The fresh, seasonal and organic food is incredible, the locals are laidback and thrilled to welcome tourists and you will enjoy some of the best sleeps of your life. Also known as Apocalypse Island, Patmos is where Saint John the Theologian was exiled by the Romans for preaching about Christianity and where he wrote the ‘Book of Revelations’. This famously stars the terrifying four horsemen, foretelling the end of days when humanity would be punished for its sins, with such dramatic intensity that many of Saint John’s words were later transformed into Iron Maiden lyrics. To be frank, I can think of far worse places to be sent as a punishment than this seductively sleepy paean to spirituality and relaxation stuffed full of history and culture. The holy cave where John did his writing and the stunning monastery in his name overlook windmills, white houses, large tracts of unspoilt Mediterranean landscape, the deep glorious blue of the Aegean and tranquil, lacelike beaches in every direction. Personally, I found every aspect of my visit a veritable treat, my only regret being I had to leave at all. Now that I’m old and discerning and spoiled I want to experience the chilled, goingback-in-time vibes from a place of extreme comfort, luxury and style with correspondingly amazing service. Thank God, then, for Petra Hotel & Suites, which is part of the Small Luxury Hotel group. You know where you are with an SLH – they’re all different but united by the fact they offer the best locations, high quality service and a truly authentic way to experience the destination, and Petra is a prime example of these qualifying factors. An 11-bedroom secluded boutique built into the hill above the sleepy fishing village of Grikos, Petra is owned and run by a family of natural hoteliers and a true idyll. Views of dreamy Grikos Bay – a seascape of translucent water and gently bobbing sail boats from everyone’s Greek island fantasies – are a constant presence. It’s visible from every balcony, a mirror to the blue mosaic tiled pool and provides the calming backdrop to every big, beautiful breakfast on the terrace. The

mama-cooked food is screamingly authentic, but this mama has taken her cuisine to the next level. I defy you not to want to attach yourself to her apron strings and beg to be adopted after even the tiniest taste of the delights constantly coming out of her kitchen. Kos is very modern and busy in comparison to peaceful Patmos, but is a great place to bookend your journey and there are tonnes of wonderful things to see and do which root you firmly in its ancient past. This is the home of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, and the plane tree under which he sat and dispensed his philosophical wisdom is a must visit. There’s nothing more pleasing than sitting on the ancient stone bench underneath its branches and imagining all those who have sat here before you. The ruins of Paleo Pili and Asklepion are also extremely thoughtprovoking – let’s face it, post-education it’s always nice to learn some new things. Aqua Blu on Lambi Beach is another Small Luxury Hotels property and definitely the place to stay on this island. Only three miles from the restaurants and bars of Kos Town, it’s a triumph of modern architecture, all clean lines, glass walls and trendy interiors stuffed full of Fornasetti pieces and splashes of vivid colour

against a mostly monochrome background. Most of the spacious, contemporary rooms have sea views, and don’t leave without paying a visit to the sleek Tamaris spa in the basement which uses delicious Cinq Mondes products. The food and beverage offering is outstanding, with perfect service to match. The hotel doesn’t accept guests under the age of 16, which, in my opinion, only confirms it as a superior relaxation space. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the stylishly zen atmosphere then do check out Broadway Restaurant in Kos. It’s a super casual place with an incredibly high-end and creative team in the kitchen, serving classic Greek dishes with a modern twist. Months later, I am still thinking about the deconstructed pork belly gyro. Whether you are focused on culture, food, weather or scenery, the Greek islands really do have it all and these different but close islands are crowd-pleasing in the extreme. My advice is to book into both SLH properties and lap up all the different joys in one holiday. ■ Deluxe doubles at Petra Hotel & Suites start from €155 per night including breakfast. See; a double sea view suite at Aqua Blu starts from €210 per night including breakfast. See; Find out more about Greece at




From techno clubs to currywurst, no matter what kind of tourist you are, you’ll find something to suit in Berlin. We asked Escapism’s LYDIA WINTER to serve up her best bits from the German capital


ANY TRAVEL TO Germany’s capital to explore its sobering history, others make the trip for much less sober endeavours altogether. Whatever your motivation, one thing’s for certain – Berlin is a place that can thrill and excite, inform and inspire, all in equal measure. The crucial part of any break is, of course, exploring as much as you can while still having fun, which is where our guide comes in – we’ve highlighted the places to stay, things to do and unique experiences that will ensure you get the most out of the city. Be warned – if you think you’re immune to the charms of currywurst, you are very much mistaken.

EAT & DRINK Huong Que A deal between East Germany and the Communist government of Vietnam in the


1980s, as well as south Vietnamese seeking refuge from the Vietnam War in West Berlin, means Berlin has a flourishing Vietnamese population, and lots of Vietnamese restaurants to show for it. Head to Huong Que in trendy Kreuzberg, an intimate space serving up oodles of noodles. In keeping with the city’s rep for great vegan food, there are plenty of animalfree options that don’t compromise on flavour. Bergmannstrasse 96, 10961

Curry Mitte Scoffing currywurst while on the hoof in Berlin is a cliché, but when you know you’re going to do it anyway you might as well get it right – and it’s all about finding the perfect balance between the sausage, the sweet, tangy sauce, and the dusting of spice. We like Curry Mitte in all its neon-lit glory because you can get

wurst made with both organic beef and pork, the chips are always fresh, and you can also get a pint of Berlin’s finest in a meal deal that’ll set you back less than a fiver. Oh, and here’s another tip: if you didn’t get your fix while out and about, the currywurst stand at the back of Tegel airport is great for a pre-flight snack. Torstrasse 122 10119;

Kater Blau Kater Blau is a cooler-than-cool riverside bar during the day and a nightclub by, er, night, with a vast outdoor space that makes it the ultimate summer hangout. Kick back with pizza, beers and cocktails as you watch the ducks and hipsters basking in the sun, or head to its two indoor dancefloors for a brilliant music roster with some of Berlin’s best DJs. There’s even a wooden boat that


doubles as a chill-out area. Like most clubs in Berlin, the bouncers can be picky – we’d recommend starting your night at FAME, the site’s restaurant. The food here is surprisingly decent, and it may well make it easier for you to get into the club later. Holzmarktstrasse 25, 10243;

DO Explore Potsdam Potsdam is technically another city on the outskirts of Berlin, but it’s easily reached by S-bahn in 40 minutes. The area’s lush woods and lakes made it a summer playground for Prussian royalty and its islands are home to many of the kings’ summer palaces. Visit the opulent Sanssouci palace, which was built to rival Versailles; feast your eyes on art at the swish new Museum Barberini; or head to Alexandrowka, a pretty rural Russian village that’s made up of 14 farms and an orthodox church but still sits in the middle of town. It’s pretty weird, but we like it.

See a show unlike any other

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There are theatre productions, and then there’s the VIVID Grand Show, a fantastical revue taking place at the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Mitte (slap-bang in the middle of town). This is a full-on production – think Cirque du Soleil with a touch of cabaret and the glamour of a fashion show – and in a city synonymous with style, it makes sense that costumes are at its heart. Indeed, Philip Treacy has been involved in creating the performers’ outfits, which promise to be nothing short of spectacular. The story follows central character R’eye on a quest to find her true identity, but it’s worth noting that, unlike a musical, revues rely on visual imagery rather than narrative storytelling to convey the plot, so you don’t need to speak German to know what’s going on.

STAY Michelberger Hotel Tongue-in-cheek creativity reigns supreme at this unique hotel in Friedrichshain. Its rooms range from Cosy – meant for one, or a ‘couple in love’ – to The Big One, which has six single beds and is ideal for families or groups. We particularly like the Band suite, which has four single beds arranged around a structure that looks a bit like an indoor house. The hotel also has a bar, a courtyard that holds events, a decent restaurant, and is ten minutes from the infamous Berghain, perfect for when you don’t get past the bouncers at 5am. From £70. Warschauer Str 39-40, 10243;

Henri Hotel If your trip to Berlin is going to involve more refined activities than dancing till the early (or late) hours, look to this plush, Wes Andersonesque hotel located in the sophisticated Charlottenburg neighbourhood, formerly – and still – home to the city’s most affluent residents. It’s got all the parquet floors and stucco work that are characteristic of Berlin interiors, but they’ve been given a 21st-century

lift by white walls and some seriously comfy soft furnishings. In a nice touch, the hotel serves abendbrot – a typically German dinner of breads, dips and snacks that’s included in the room rate – although you do have to pay extra for the excellent breakfast spread that’ll set you up for a day’s exploring. From £95. Meinekestrasse 9, 10719;

The Weinmeister If this hotel’s name makes you think you’ll be glugging bottles of the good stuff, well, you’re wrong. Sorry. But that’s not a bad thing – it’s actually a reference to its location on a street in the downtown Mitte district, close to key tourist sites like Musee Insel, an island in the middle of the Spree river that’s home to the city’s main museums and galleries, and the DDR Museum, which explores what life was like in former East Germany. The Weinmeister, adorned with street art-style murals, is part edgy-art stay, part pristine-boutique hotel at a great price, but what really makes it a good choice is the surrounding neighbourhood and easy access to the rest of the city. From £85. Weinmeisterstraße 2, 10178; ■

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Museum der Dinge If you’re a hoarder, boy have we got a treat for you. Berlin’s Museum der Dinge, or ‘Museum of Things’, is essentially a giant room filled with, well, stuff, ranging from Siamese catshaped salt and pepper shakers to a Sony Ericsson mobile phone from 2006. Sounds weird, yes, but start reading the lengthy wall texts and you’ll find yourself sucked into a story of good and bad design that’s given moral and political context. Quite frankly, it’s fascinating, and it’ll make you look at everything you own – and everything you want to own – in a whole new light. Oranienstraße 25, 10999;

CITY MUST-SEES: [left] Museum Barberini in Potsdam; [clockwise from here] Hotel Michelberger is stylish and understated, with a dining room to match; food at the hotel is 100% organic; showtime at the Friedrichstadt-Palast.



PHILIPPONNAT Philipponnat’s Royale Réserve Brut offers up the signature Philipponnat traits of power and vibrancy – the perfect introduction to the house style. Both Brut and Non Dosé cuvées are a blend of 65% pinot noir and 35% chardonnay with up to a third of the blend coming from two separate ‘perpetual reserves’, the subject of much recent innovation at Philipponnat. £36.33 per bottle;

Château Rio Tor’s 2016 rosé is a blend of 40% grenache, 50% cinsault and 10% syrah. The grapes have been carefully de-stemmed, cooled and then pressed very gently with a pneumatic press. Pale salmon pink colour, with delicious aromas of ripe mixed berries, pear and lychee, this is a superb Côtes de Provence. Great value. £10.50 per bottle;


FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINE The sun is shining (at least, some of the time). Here are four bottles from Justerini & Brooks to toast the season… 114


JUSTERINI & BROOKS The Justerini & Brooks Dry Riesling is made exclusively by August Kesseler, one of Germany’s greatest producers of trocken (dry) white wines and pinot noir. It comes from a very steep southwest-facing, slate vineyard called Lorcher Schlossberg in the Western Rheingau. Falling well within the ‘dry’ classification for Germany, this is all about crisp, refreshing intense apple flavours and fine slate minerality. It’s pure summer in a glass. £11.80 per bottle;


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ROGANIC CHEMISTRY Fine-dining restaurants have a lot to learn from the recently reopened Roganic. What really sets it apart, says MARK HEDLEY, is the opportunity to eat seriously well in a not-so-serious environment


T MOST FINE dining restaurants, you have to effect an almost religious reverence upon entering. They are bastions of hushed tones and reserved discernment, their patrons expected to worship at the altar of haute cuisine. Don’t laugh too loud, whatever you do – or you might be mistaken for an American. Or even worse, a banker. (Ahem.) Arriving at the newly reopened Roganic couldn’t be more different. As I open the door, a trio of staff greet me like I’m a long-lost son. They don’t know me from Adam, yet their cheery demeanour and expressive welcome immediately put me at ease; front of house Melissa Thompson has a smile to warm even the coldest of early spring days. No need to worry about poring over the menu here: there are just two decisions to make – the short or the long tasting menu. The original Roganic pop-up just down the street was such a runaway success that chef Simon Rogan decided to go all in. He even managed to find a property on the same road,

It’s small but mighty: the food may be ultra minimal, but my word does it go big on flavour

Marylebone’s Blandford Street – this time in the old L’Autre Pied site. Rogan’s two-Michelin starred Lake District restaurant L’Enclume has long been lauded as one of the best restaurants in the country – as close to Noma as you can get without buying a Scandinavian Airlines ticket. Naturally, roganic (sic) ingredients play a big part here. A high shelf runs along the length of the wall: it’s lined with jars of homemade preserves, pickled fruit and lovage vinegar. The ingredients have come directly from Rogan’s Cumbrian farm. The wine selection follows suit. For an aperitif, we’re served a 2013 sparkling wine from Davenport – one of only three commercial UK vineyards to become exclusively organic. It’s a sharp and stylish testament to how good both British and organic wine really can be. Over the course of nearly three hours, we technically enjoyed 19 different dishes – albeit some of these were literally just one bite. But even the smallest were mighty: the food may be ultra minimal, but my word does it go big on flavour. There were so many stand-outs, that there aren’t enough column inches here to do them all justice, so forgive me for just serving the potted highlights. A serving of queen scallops, pickled apple and gooseberry syrup was a masterpiece in intensity – rich, sharp, and sweet flavours are experienced as a symphony, one taking the

lead, then rescinding to another in waves. Another dish saw white and brown crab meat accompanied by cabbage and crispy chicken skin – surprising combinations that work far better than they have any right to. A poached and toasted cod with lovage seed sauce was one of the finest fish courses I’ve had. Ever. There’s no waste, either – skin is used for crisps and the trimmings made into a mousse, sharpened up with pickled onions. And the desserts certainly don’t disappoint. An apple tart is created by using a Japanese mandolin to slice the apple, stripping it layer by layer, caramelising it, and then painstakingly reconstructing it into a circle using tweezers. Meadow sweet ice cream shows equal purity of dedication, taking several days to infuse. There is a peppering of Douglas fir on top – Christmas tree needles are literally dried and ground into an ultra-fine powder. The flavour is sensational. The irony about Roganic is that although it may not have the church-like quiet of some of its Michelin-starred counterparts, it does still employ a religious devotion – but that happens behind the scenes, by the chefs and by Rogan himself. “Don’t worry about the food – leave that to us,” said general manager James Foster, when he explained that there wasn’t a menu. “It’s your job to eat, drink and make merry.” Well, if we must. ■ Tasting menu: £115; wine pairing £75. 5-7 Blandford Street, W1U 3DB;








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This year’s Masters champion is an American 20-something who overpowered the field with some of the most artful golf we’ve seen at Augusta National in years… but his name isn’t Jordan Spieth. Or Justin Thomas. Or Rickie Fowler. To almost everyone’s surprise, it was Patrick Reed who came away wearing that elusive Green Jacket. Reed is a divisive character, to say the least. There was the incident three years ago where he pronounced himself one of the world’s top five players – despite languishing at 44th in the World Golf Rankings. Then came the memorable clash of egos with Rory McIlroy at the 2016 Ryder Cup where both players jostled to prove who could jeer up the crowd more (Reed, self-dubbed ‘Captain America’ for the tournament, won that duel – and took the match for good measure). Even a few short weeks ago he mouthed off at an official for a “biased” rules decision the American politely termed a “crock of shit”, before suggesting favouritism towards compatriot Spieth. Love him or loathe him, there is no denying the imperious display on the course that led Reed to Masters victory. The Texan was second on the putting stats, made more birdies (22) than any other player during the tournament, and out-drove all but five of the field’s big hitters. The numbers game aside, it’s the knee-knocking six footers, deft approach shots and shouldering of crippling pressure that defines a deserving champion. For his part, Reed never faltered. After a five-under 65 on Saturday, he had accrued a three-shot lead over his nearest rival. Challenges came and went – Spieth and Fowler asked the question thanks to sensational final rounds of 64 and 67 respectively – but a wellfought one-under-par 71 was enough to crown Reed the unlikely victor. A popular winner he ain’t, but the Texan has relished his status as pantomime villain since he burst onto the scene in 2013. Patrick Reed: Masters champion? Behind the headlines and the bravado, that’s absolution. ■




The only thing better than a great round of golf is staying the night afterwards. BEN WINSTANLEY picks the best golf resorts in the British Isles

COMING UP TRUMPS: Trump Turnberry is home to two of the best golf courses in Scotland, both of which have just been completely renovated by visionary architect Martin Ebert. The result is holes like the spectacular par-five 11th on The King Robert the Bruce course.




OLFERS ARE SPOILT rotten in the British Isles. Not only are we blessed with some of the finest courses you’ll find anywhere, but there are a number of world-class resorts that mean you needn’t worry about travelling home once the final putt has been holed. From the palatial country residences of England to the grand institutions of Scotland, now is as good a time as any to stay and play.

TRUMP TURNBERRY, AYRSHIRE, SCOTLAND The five-star Ayrshire golf resort that bears President Trump’s name is the location of our current favourite 36-hole set-up anywhere in Europe. Under the watchful eye of visionary architect Martin Ebert, The Ailsa and King Robert the Bruce courses have both undergone incredibly impressive renovations over the course of the last five years – and the significant investment has paid dividends. Both courses have been rerouted to make better use of the stunning stretch of rocky shoreline that borders the property, while the iconic Turnberry lighthouse is a renewed focal point thanks to the tremendous par-three 9th on The Ailsa and par-five 11th on The Bruce. Elsewhere, there’s a smorgasbord of world-class golf facilities, including an 18-hole putting course and Martin Ebert-designed short game practice course, that elevate this resort from ‘hotel with course’ to a must-visit destination for those who love the game. Yes, there’s an air of Trump gaudiness in the hotel’s interiors, but an over-liberal use of gold doesn’t detract from the beauty of the surroundings and the faultless service. Non-golfers can spend their time 4x4 off-roading, water zorbing or racing around on quad safaris but, honestly, who can visit Turnberry and not feel the pull of the links? Martin Ebert’s renovations confirm the golf architect as one of the game’s modern masters of design – and, better yet, makes Turnberry the golfing mecca it should rightly be. For more information,


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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 plan, 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, while holes 19 to 27 of the Harry Colt-designed layout recently opened for play in April of this year. Our first impressions were of how much the refurbishment has created a more defined

course with better framed hole designs. It’s an exciting, albeit necessary, improvement worthy of such a historic golfing destination – and eliminates the previous criticism that the course lacks the charm of Colt’s other designs. At the centre of it all is the Palladian-style mansion, dating back to 1788, that stands supreme among its parkland surrounds. Inside you’ll find 21 well-appointed bedrooms (there’s another 28 in an adjacent pavillion) to rest your weary head after a day on the course or Stoke Park’s Wimbledon-perfect grass tennis courts. 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 Chris Wheeler, head chef of the on-site fine-dining restaurant Humphry’s, is cooking the best food of his career. Add in the Hollywood glam that comes from the one-time movie set for James Bond, Layer Cake and, er, Bridget Jones, and this is one icon worthy of your time. For more information,

GLENEAGLES, PERTHSHIRE, SCOTLAND Few hotels on the planet compare to Scotland’s finest, Gleneagles. Host venue of the 2014 Ryder Cup venue and one of Scotland’s most famous golf resorts, Gleneagles is a fantasy land where luxury accommodation and three 18-hole championship courses serve as the basis for countless bucket-list golf trips a year. In recent years, however, the experience has been taken to the next level. New owner Ennismore has invested millions across the 850-acre estate, including a drop-dead gorgeous renovation of the main spaces and sumptuous bedrooms. A subtle Scottish theme now pervades throughout the iconic hotel: antiques and photographs line the halls with glimpses into Gleneagles’ past, while bedrooms are furnished with fabrics and tweeds from local mills. The abiding sensation – and perhaps the component that raises this hotel to the upper echelons of European resort experiences – is one of nuance and good taste. There is refinement at every turn: from the Gatsbyesque cocktail bar that opens for the evenings, to the French brasserie (one of four restaurant options) that effortlessly transports ➤

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➤ you from Perthshire to Paris without missing a beat. Spaces are purposeful and thought out with guest experience in mind. The golf is but another string to this hotel’s gorgeous bow. Set within the sweeping Scottish moorlands, with surrounding mountains and the Ochil Hills, there are few settings more perfect for 54 holes of golf. Jewel in the estate’s crown is The King’s course, designed by five-time Open champion James Baird in 1919, while The Queen’s and Ryder Cup venue the PGA Centenary courses are equally well-respected venues. If one where to grade them, The King’s would be the finest golfing test, The Queen’s the prettiest and the PGA Centenary the most

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ADARE MANOR, COUNTY LIMERICK, IRELAND It’s not every day that a hotel built in the 1860s states its intentions of becoming a global force in the game of golf, but that is the strange case of County Limerick’s glorious Adare Manor. The 842-acre Irish property was purchased by racehorse tycoon JP McManus in 2014 – and promptly hidden among scaffolding as it underwent a two-year renovation of absolutely monumental proportions. The result is what you might expect from a multi-multi-million pound overhaul: stylish

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touches and ornate furnishings please the eye at every turn, while the castle’s neo-gothic facade, garnished as it is with lancet arches and other Hogwarts-like flourishes, retains its particular brand of romantic Victorian charm. There’s stained-glass windowed lounges for afternoon tea and four-poster beds overlooking the River Maigue in the suites. This is capital ‘L’ luxury, with a price to match. That is, of course, not even the half of it. Golf-wise, there’s a quaint little story of famed architect Tom Fazio being invited to consult on a bunker restoration project, before he and Open-winner Padraig Harrington decided to redo the entire golf course from scratch. Local Irish newspapers have speculated about the significant cost to Mr McManus, but the truth of it is this is the most exciting development in Ireland for decades. It has the Ryder Cup 2026 firmly in its sights (a course length stretching to 7,500 yards and its status as the first course in Europe to feature greens with bentgrass will surely help its chance) and has boldly gone one step further by proclaiming its intentions of becoming the ‘Augusta of Ireland’. Whatever the future holds, for now Ireland has a spectacular new venue that deserves its place on any self-respecting golfer’s bucket list. ■

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Whether it’s subdued Saturday colours or your Sunday best, when it comes to weekend competitions you need to look the part. Here’s our picks for dressing like the king of the swingers




SATURDAY STYLE: 1. BOSS Tony belt in white, £69 2. KJUS Spot printed polo in white and Atlanta blue, £89 3. Nike Lunar Command II golf shoes in wolf grey, £95 4. BOSS Zelchior Pro Night Watch jumper 2018, £179 5. J Lindeberg Palmer Tight Fit Schoeller trousers in navy, £119 All items available from










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The Goodwood Festival of Speed is always a high-octane experience, but things are going up a gear for its Silver Jubilee


N A NORMAL year, the Goodwood Festival

of Speed is an impressive experience. Fullthrottle racing up the historic hillclimb; a parade of the rarest cars in the world; Formula One drivers mingling with A-listers. But this year isn’t just a normal one: it’s the Festival of Speed’s Silver Jubilee. To mark the occasion, the Duke of Richmond (formerly Lord March) is choosing his 25 favourite moments from the past 25 years: personal highlights which – in very different ways – have been landmarks in the Festival’s history. These moments, and the cars and drivers which created them, will be cornerstones of this year’s event. To make 2018’s FoS even more of an occasion, the main feature will be celebrating Porsche’s 70th anniversary. A range of the German marque’s greatest cars – old and new – will be showcased in a dedicated batch on the Goodwood Hillclimb, with other examples of the its rich heritage displayed around the site. The FoS is also the only event outside of the Grand Prix calendar where you can see all the major F1 cars up close and in action. Our insider’s tip: head to the Top Paddock, where the racers regularly perform burnouts before meeting the audience. ■

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12-15 July. Tickets start at £37; hospitality from £135. For more info, see

To mark the festival’s Silver Jubilee, the Duke of Richmond will pick 25 landmark moments

THE NEED FOR SPEED: [clockwise from here] See F1 cars in action; the off-road arena; burn-outs are par for the course; Nico Rosberg and Keanu Reeves hanging out at 2016’s FoS; the world’s most prestigious car brands are on display.





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REACH FOR THE STARS When lighting designer Lee Broom was seeking inspiration for his new project, he looked to the sky, quite literally, and the resulting Observatory range comprises four dazzling collections directly influenced by the firmament. It’s Broom’s most progressive body of work to date, and the stellar-inspired designs combine new technology, custom-created bulbs and LED lighting systems with striking materials such as polished chrome to ethereal effect.


LIGHT IT UP Prepare to be dazzled by Lee Broom’s new Observatory range, four new lighting collections that are out of this world OVER THE MOON

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Avaliable as a single pendant light, chandelier, table lamp and surface light, the Observatory Eclipse collection sees mirrorpolished stainless steel and acrylic discs interact and obscure, both eclipsing and revealing the interior LED illumination. Each celestial piece plays the with reflection and refraction of light, creating a soft, delicate glow.





Whether it’s with an impressive outdoor kitchen or a bespoke seating solution, Gaze Burvill has been enhancing Britain’s gardens for 25 years. We take a closer look at the luxury outdoor furniture maker VISIT: Based in Hampshire, Gaze Burvill has grown up on the estate of Rotherfield Park with support from Sir James and Lady Scott. Guided tours of the workshop are available if you call in advance of your visit. Gaze Burvill, Lodge Farm, East Tisted, Hampshire, GU34 3QH; 01420 588 444;

GREAT OUTDOORS Gaze Burvill prides itself on both quality of finish and also only using the best timber from sustainable forests. The furniture is built and handfinished in Hampshire. Every piece is made from oak – the perfect material for outdoor furniture as it’s naturally durable, and remains strong even after steam bending. There are many collections to choose from, spearheaded by Design Guild Mark-winning designer Charles Dedman.

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With every element designed and crafted in-house, Gaze Burzill can adapt all of its collections to fit your space perfectly. Indeed, if you want something totally unique, bespoke, and site-specific, the team can complete designs to your brief. With clients including the RHS, the company has 25 years’ experience at it.

Nothing brings the indoors outside quite like an outdoor kitchen. Gaze Burvill’s winning combination of studied tactile lines, traditional craftsmanship, high performance materials and modular, easily installed units provide a fresh vision of how a fully accessorised kitchen can look and feel at home in an outdoor space.

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COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE Life doesn’t get more idyllic than a picturesque hamlet on the outskirts of Chipping Norton. You might not think you’re ready to leave the city yet, but a stay at Bruern Cottages might just change your mind


B PRIESTLEY WROTE of Cotswold stone that “it has no colour that can be described. Even when the sun is obscured and the light is cold, these walls are still faintly warm and luminous.” He makes a good point: there’s something about the lambent yellow brickwork that makes the soul smile. Even the most die-hard urbanite would struggle not to be hooked by its appeal after a stay at one of Bruern’s cottages. This collection of five-star homes is set in the grounds of Lady Astor’s Bruern Abbey, the heart of a tiny hamlet on the outskirts of Chipping Norton.

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The gardens would give Highgrove a run for its money – and the interiors are super stylish, too

They are almost impossibly quaint. For starters, the gardens would give Highgrove a run for its money. The interiors are super stylish, too, with no expense spared: think Nina Campbell, Osborne & Little, and The White Company. They nail country-house chic without falling into the chintzy hotel vibe. A chilled bottle of champagne awaits you on your arrival, along with a fully stocked welcome hamper packed with locally sourced produce. The rooms are luxurious, some with four-poster beds – if you make it to them, that is; the big comfy sofas and crackling open-log fires can be fairly soporific. During your stay, you also get to enjoy the site’s leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool, gym and spa where treatments can be booked in advance. For parents of young families, there’s a children’s mini-village, with old-school go-carts and a Wendy House. For older kids (and kids at heart), there’s a games room with snooker, table football and table tennis.

The cottages provide a great base from which to explore the Cotswolds – Daylesford Organic is on your doorstep; just a few minutes’ drive and you’re at The Wild Rabbit pub; keep on going for another 15 minutes and you’ll hit Soho Farmhouse. For something a little different, try the Cogges Farm Museum. Winner of the Oxfordshire Family Attraction of the Year, it’s the embodiment of rural life in Victorian times. It’s about as far from the mean City streets as is physically possible. Chances are, though, you’ll just want to hole up in your cottage. The 12 properties that make up Bruern vary in size and can sleep from two up to 14 people. Although it’s self-catering, Bruern can arrange a private chef to cook your dinner – and there’s a 24-hour concierge on hand to help with other requests. Unfortunately, there’s nothing they can do about you having to return to work on Monday. ■ For more info:


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TEN OUT OF TEN: [clockwise from here] The lounge area in the Tower Residence at Ten Trinity Square; the luxurious apartment has a terrace that overlooks the Tower of London and Tower Bridge; the grand entrance to Four Seasons Ten Trinity; the Tower Residence’s bedroom.

A City base that’s more than a hotel, but not a full rental? The Four Seasons Residences London at Ten Trinity Square fit the bill and then some


HEN YOU VISIT Four Seasons Ten Trinity

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Square, it’s impossible to ignore the overwhelming urge to stay at the luxurious hotel forever. It’s a grand space located in the stately Grade II-listed former Port of Authority headquarters opposite the Tower of London and the Thames. Happily, the opportunity to extend your time in the opulent spot (albeit not forever, but certainly for longer) is now a reality, with the launch of Four Seasons Residences London at Ten Trinity Square, a collection of residences designed for short to longer-term stays. Located between the third and seventh floors of the building, these residential-style accommodations offer a new level of luxury living within the City, with open-plan areas, dining rooms, fully equipped kitchens and up to four bedrooms. Interiors are elegant and refined, designed by the likes of Martin Kemp and Linley with the building’s 1920s history firmly in mind. Some of the accommodations also feature extensive terraces with views of the Thames and Tower Bridge. While they have the feel of a private apartment, the residences also provide the comfort and convenience of a hotel, and during their stay guests can enjoy concierge service and on-site facilities including three outstanding restaurants, as well as exclusive access to the Ten Trinity Square Private Club. Luxurious living in the heart of the City with all the benefits of a hotel? Sounds like our kind of home from home. ■ Four Seasons Residences London at Ten Trinity Square will welcome guests from 1 June 2018. For more information, contact 020 3297 9300 or see


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THE SKY’S THE LIMIT Imagine eating incredible food seated 100ft in the air above London, with menus designed by three of the capitals best chefs: Pascal Aussignac of Club Gascon, Robin Gill of The Dairy or Lee Westcott of Typing Room

AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENT Drink in the capital’s stunning skyline while savouring an unforgettable meal at one of our three unique Sky Tables, being served by a head chef and waiting team. It’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime gastronomic occasion





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Your Essential City Diary Planner TURF GAMES 2018


Rosslyn Park/9 June

The Royal Exchange/21-25 May

The Active Man Turf Games is London’s first functional fitness and team-based immersive competition. Open to men and women and held across five arenas, all you need is a competitive spirit and four mates. It’ll also help if you’ve been to the gym once or twice before… Entry price from £40 per person.

For the fifth year, The Royal Exchange will be hosting a five-day event honouring the City’s finest watch and jewellery collections. There will be exclusive talks and presentations with experts offering tips on your watch and jewellery collection. And there’s a chance to win a £200 dinner at Aquavit London.

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Honourable Artillery Company/12 Sept

Hurlingham Park/8-10 June

The City Invitational Cup offers an entertaining afternoon of cricket – Mark Ramprakash’s The Soldiers’ Charity XI will be taking on a City Select XI – followed by an evening of fine wine, delicious food and special guest speakers at one of London’s most historic and prestigious venues, the HAC.

Back for its ninth year, Chestertons Polo in the Park returns with three days of action, including three matches a day, restaurants and street food, a Mahiki bar, Pimm’s bus, and a luxury shopping village, too. Friday is International Day, Saturday is Ladies Day, while familyfocussed Sunday is finals day.

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N 2016, SHORTS brand MR MARVIS introduced the quintessential summer shorts for men. These ‘perfect’ shorts are now available in more than 30 colours. Last month, it launched its first swimwear collection. The fit and look on remain the same: the timeless design – including partly elasticated waistband and hidden pocket – is perfect for swim shorts. The swimwear collection comes in ten single colours and three full print options. The shorts are crafted by hand in Portugal using the highest quality materials. From fabric to buttons and labels: everything is sourced in the vicinity of the production facility near Porto. We’ve teamed up with MR MARVIS to offer one lucky reader the chance to win £400 to spend online at ■ To enter, go to


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MARCH 8 TO 29, 2019


Join the fun on a dash to independence car rally in the last month of the UK’s membership of the EU. Starting in Brussels, the aim of this grand tour is to visit all the other 27 states in three weeks in the shortest possible distance, with a final finishing flourish in Parliament Square on March 29.




Cristal Vinothèque 1995 celebrates the astonishing story of a handful of bottles, stored in Louis Roederer’s cellars for 20 years split equally between time on lees and cork. 1995 is a classic year where complex weather conditions created an exceptional wine structured by remarkable aromatic complexity.



Bleau Watches is a young Australian brand with a focus on traditional mechanical dress watches with Swiss movements. Using high quality materials such as alligator straps, enamel dials and flame-blued hands they don’t compromise on the overall value proposition. The Modest range has three colour options and start at £404, purchase direct on their website or email for enquiries. W: E:


To celebrate their return to Mayfair Atkinsons launches an extraordinary new limited edition fragrance inspired by this most iconic of British addresses. This bold new edition seduces via the unexpected and the fragrance’s daring individuality and unisex appeal perfectly encapsulates the eclectic spirit of today’s Mayfair.


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Steve Plotnicki, Full-time Foodie It’s a tough job, but someone has to be… a professional foodie. STEVE PLOTNICKI tells us what it’s like to run influential restaurant guide Opinionated About Dining



foodie and someone who likes food is there’s a far different level of commitment. Most food lovers simply go to eat at places they like where I’m interested in visiting as many places as possible around the world so that I can create a global hierarchy of restaurants. I still enjoy the thrill of finding a new restaurant that is really good, but it’s half business half pleasure for me these days.

FOODIE FOR THOUGHT: [above] epic creations from Plotnicki’s favourite restaurant, Arpege, in Paris; [this photo] Plotnicki is a professional foodie; [below] tuna from Ryugin, which debuted at 30 in Opinionated About Dining’s Top 100 Asian Restaurants.

A GREAT RESTAURANT is defined by what it has contributed to the historical and ongoing narrative of cuisine. I’m most intrigued by innovation and chefs who have developed new culinary techniques – food that tastes good is just one way of being interesting. THE WORST PART of running Opinionated About Dining is dealing with thin-skinned chefs who don’t see criticism as being constructive. It also bothers me when I have to criticise a chef I like personally.

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT in the world is Arpege in Paris – it’s one of the restaurants that helped laid the foundation for modern cuisine. Tasting its tomato dessert with 12 spices was a revelatory experience.

THE BEST RESTAURANT in the UK, for me, is Casamia in Bristol. Peter Iglesias Sanchez has the kind of exceptionally precise technique that I would normally associate with a top restaurant in Spain. ■ SEE MORE ONLINE For more ‘Best Jobs in the World’ go to Know a contender? Email


320 years in the making We’ve been keeping shop in St James’s since 1698. Helping customers find the perfect bottle for more than three centuries, we’ve learned a thing or two. Whether you are looking for a special gift or something for Tuesday night supper, you’ll find it at Berry Bros. & Rudd. Visit our award-winning shop at 63 Pall Mall.

Square Mile - 133 - The Best of British Issue  

Square Mile Magazine - Issue 133 - The Best of British Issue

Square Mile - 133 - The Best of British Issue  

Square Mile Magazine - Issue 133 - The Best of British Issue