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EXQUISITE ELEGANCE FROM THE HOUSE OF GRAFF Passionate colour and extraordinary craftsmanship create a ravishing vision in a vivid paradise. Graff Diamonds is synonymous with the most fabulous jewels in the world.


NOVIKOV RESTAURANT & BAR The opening of Novikov Restaurant & Bar in Berkeley Street, W1 in December 2011 not only gave London three great new spaces in which to sate its hunger and thirst, it also represented a major departure for owner Arkady Novikov. For it marked the point when the restaurant guru who changed the face of dining in Moscow first went international.


THE PERFECT ESCAPE Looking in the local area for a property via Lloyds Property Group or just looking for the perfect escape? Steven Hall takes a look at some of the finest local hotels and spa resorts.


JAEGER-LECOULTRE AND ASTON MARTIN: TWO LEGENDS DRIVEN BY THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION The partnership established almost a decade ago between two iconic names that have made a strong contribution to the development of their respective spheres of activity – Fine Watchmaking and sports cars – has given rise to spectacular technical innovations and watch creations reflecting the values shared by these two legendary brands.


DRIVE THE DREAM The Lamborghini Egoista, Walter De Silva's homage for Lamborghini's 50th anniversary.


LIVING THE DREAM, THE AUTUMN PROPERTY COLLECTION A selection of the finest homes currently availanle in the area via Lloyds Property Group.


FIVE BEST WATCHES OF 2013 It is a monumental task to try & chose a definitive shortlist of five watches. Ultimately there are several brands producing absolutely spectacular timepieces. This has attracted designers to push the boundaries & develop radical new concepts.

109 ERES PRESENTS ITS NEW SUNWEAR LINE In the spirit of its beachwear collections, ERES unveils its new ‘Sunwear’ wardrobe, to be worn by day or by night – from Goa to Ibiza, Buzios to Punte del Este. The campaign for this new line was shot by Karl Lagerfeld, with spellbinding actress Bérénice Marlohe, heroine of the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, as his muse. 118 THE FINAL WORD IN LUXURY LIFESTYLE The most luxurious surroundings coupled with unparalleled service and the most amazing destinations in the world - Time spent on-board a luxury yacht is the ultimate experience. Unlike a holiday spent in an exclusive resort, or spending time in a luxury villa, a luxury yacht offers guests the ultimate in flexibility, exclusivity and privacy. Beyond that, they present the opportunity to explore the coastlines of the world in luxury and at one’s own leisure. On-board guests will find a never ending list of activities, equipment and amenities all made available via a professional crew dedicated to providing a personalised service 24 hours a day. 126 RACING THE DREAM WITH ASTON MARTIN Aston Martin is one of the most iconic car brands in the world. This year it is celebrating its centenary, 100 years of producing some of the finest sports cars in the world.

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Exquisite Elegance from the House of Graff Passionate colour and extraordinary craftsmanship create a ravishing vision in a vivid paradise. Graff Diamonds is synonymous with the most fabulous jewels in the world. Graff jewellery is exceptional; the quality, style and workmanship are the best in the world. Laurence Graff OBE, Founder and Chairman of the company, is often described as "The King of Diamonds" and has a passion for diamonds that began from an early age. His inherent feeling for diamonds goes beyond the stones themselves. He says "it has been a lifelong passion - I remember my first diamond and looking inside the stone and being fascinated. This wonder has stayed with me." From the founding of the company in 1960 to the present day, Graff continues to operate as a family business. Mr. Graff ’s son Francois Graff is the company’s Chief Executive Officer, his brother Raymond Graff oversees the jewellery workshop, and nephew Elliott Graff manages the design, merchandising and production of the jewellery. Truly contemporary classics, Graff designs enhance the drama of the stones, allowing their natural radiance to shine through. Inspiration for Graff jewellery is taken from all around the world, from historic European styles and Indian Mughal jewels, African tribal pieces and traditional Asian design, as well as themes from nature. Graff unique jewels are a divine statement of delicacy and boldness, an effortlessly elegant style, graceful combinations of diamond rarity and timeless design.

Photography David Slijper / Styling Hannah Teare

• Pear shape emerald earrings set with round diamonds (Diamonds 9.04cts, Emeralds 45.85cts) • Carved emerald and round and pear shape diamond necklace (Diamonds 73.00cts, Emeralds 151.53cts) • Carved emerald and round and pear shape diamond double brooch (Diamonds 39.87cts, Emeralds 164.68cts), worn as belt • 16.93ct Emerald cut emerald ring (right hand) • 13.19ct Lozenge cut emerald ring (left hand) Dress by Catherine Deane at Harvey Nichols LLOYDS

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• Multishape diamond earrings (Diamonds 20.83cts) • Round diamond necklace (Diamonds 90.35cts) • Multishape diamond butterfly brooch (Diamonds 119.99cts) • Round diamond bracelet (Diamonds 80.77cts) • 23.61ct D Internally Flawless round diamond ring Dress by Ulyana Sergeenko

• Round diamond earrings set with pear shape diamonds (Diamonds 13.94cts) • Round diamond collar necklace (Diamonds 275.21cts) • Round diamond cuff (Diamonds 258.95cts) • 23.55ct D Internally Flawless cushion cut diamond ring Dress by Ralph & Russo Shoes by Charlotte Olympia

• Sapphire and diamond Infinity earrings (Diamonds 4.36cts, Sapphires 17.26cts) • Diamond Infinity collection necklace (Diamonds 24.36cts) • 18.04ct Oval cut sapphire ring set with round diamonds (Diamonds 9.89cts) Beaded pant suit by Nicholas Oakwell

• Radiant cut yellow diamond earrings set with round diamonds (Diamonds 52.99cts) • Multishape diamond cuff set with a 38.03ct pear shape yellow diamond (Diamonds 139.09cts) • 35.31ct Fancy Intense Yellow radiant cut diamond ring • 43.09ct Cushion cut diamond ring Dress by Rachel Gilbert

• Multishape diamond earrings (Diamonds 46.78cts) • Multishape yellow and white diamond dragonfly brooch (Diamonds 86.11cts) • 20.26ct Fancy Intense Yellow pear shape diamond ring Dress by Azagury

For further information on the World of Graff, please visit: LLOYDS

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Novikov Restaurant & Bar The opening of Novikov Restaurant & Bar in Berkeley Street, W1 in December 2011 not only gave London three great new spaces in which to sate its hunger and thirst, it also represented a major departure for owner Arkady Novikov. For it marked the point when the restaurant guru who changed the face of dining in Moscow first went international. It was back in 2008 when Novikov, whose multi million empire employs thousands of people across more than 50 restaurants, first set his sights on London. “I spent many, many months looking for the right place,” he reveals. “I was like a fisherman, patiently waiting for three years to catch something. I nearly lost all hope and then suddenly I got a bite.” A bite is something of an understatement. Novikov Restaurant & Bar is an impressive 18,000 square feet of Mayfair real estate. “We divided the space into three distinct areas, each with a very different style,” explains Arkady. Cool and contemporary, the Asian Restaurant, presided over by Jeff Tyler, formerly of the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech, features a huge open kitchen. Fronted by an amazing display of seafood and vegetables, it evokes the atmosphere of an Asian food market. The Italian Restaurant meanwhile is very different. Although still modern in design, it has much more of an elegant country feel, complete with an imposing wood-fired oven. Finally there is the Lounge Bar, with its eclectic and slightly eccentric collection of furnishings and objects from different countries and periods. Arkady is clearly delighted by the finished product. “They are three separate entities, but they complement each other really well.”


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Novikov’s chosen profession has been a lifelong passion. Raised by his mother, a kindergarten teacher from whom he claims he gets his formidable business acumen, and his grandmother, who first taught him how to cook, Arkady attended Moscow’s Cookery School Number 174, where today a plaque proudly proclaims ‘Arkady Novikov graduated from here’. He says that his first proper job, working as a chef in a hotel, was a huge learning curve. “That job taught me all about physically demanding work. It’s something that has stood me in good stead to this day.” By 1990, Novikov had risen to the position of Head Chef at Moscow’s Hard Rock Café, learning to his disappointment “that it was not about how good you were but how good your connections were.” His disillusion was short-lived. For the start of the decade also marked the beginning of perestroika and with it an opportunity too good to miss. Novikov decided he would sell good taste to the city's fledgling capitalists, who by his admission “didn't know there was a difference between Pepsi and Coke, or even in some cases how to use a knife and fork properly." In 1992 he got his big break. The man in charge of the cooperative where he was now working decided to expand into private business and offered Novikov a loan of $50,000 to set up a restaurant. Confronted by the meat supply problems characteristic of the time, Novikov decided to

open Sirena as Moscow’s first seafood restaurant, complete with aquarium floors. Still run today on the same principles of quality food, service, design and atmosphere on which it was founded, Sirena would lay the foundations for his empire. 20 years on he admits that although it was never his intention to open 50 restaurants, “each one of my projects has been carefully constructed. Sometimes I feel a bit like an artist painting a picture. The aim is to make each one unique, beautiful and sought after.” Indeed so sought after have his eateries become, that they are routinely frequented by everyone from Vladimir Putin and Bill Clinton through to Naomi Campbell. People go to a new Novikov restaurant simply because Arkady is involved, flocking to the likes of Cafe Galereya, the see and to be seen place in the city and Nedalny Vostok, an Asian fusion restaurant whose stylish interior was masterminded by Super Potato, the Japanese cult designers behind Zuma in London. That is not to say that he doesn’t have a democratic side. Novikov did after all launch Yolki-Palki, a fast-food chain which serves beer, blinis, borscht and other traditional regional fare in cafeteria-style restaurants decorated like Russian country cottages. And all for under $10 a head. The concept has been a massive hit, so much so that it even spawned a supermarket of the same name which sells salads and ready-to-eat dishes. Amazingly with so much going on, Arkady still found the time to launch his own 15-acre agricultural enterprise, Agronom, which today provides organic fruit and vegetables for all his venues. He even hosted the Russian version of The Apprentice! g

As Arkady ages he finds that his priorities are beginning to change. Spending time with his wife, Nadezda, and their two children, Aleksandra and Nikita is now a priority. “At my age people start thinking about the important things, such as their health and the future,” he confesses. “There is so much more to life than work and money. Although if someone had told me that 20 years ago, I would never have believed them.” Travelling is a particular passion. “I spend a lot of time in Italy but I also like to visit places like Chile, Patagonia, Japan and China. Last year, we walked through the desert for five days, sleeping in tents. Now that this year is drawing to a close I am looking forward to a fresh experience. I feel that my batteries need recharging.” And once those batteries have been recharged, is Arkady Novikov planning to conquer yet another country? “Not at the moment,” he smiles. “The most important thing is that London continues to be a success. I think that Moscow and London are probably enough to be going on with for the moment!” Novikov Restaurant & Bar, 50A Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8HA Tel: 0207 399 4330

The Perfect Escape Looking in the local area for a property via Lloyds Property Group or just looking for the perfect escape? Steven Hall takes a look at some of the finest local hotels and spa resorts. Lime Wood has it’s own luxurious spa called the Herb House; a three storey destination spa dedicated to natural wellbeing that has, without question, significantly raised the bar for destination spas around the world. Inspired by its forest surroundings the Herb House naturally invites a sense of calm and serenity bringing clients the ultimate rejuvenating retreat.

their fragrances will be incorporated into as many of the spa treatments as possible. With such a tranquil and at-one backdrop, The Herbary provides the dream setting for meditation and reflection. Home-grown herbs will be used in creations made at Raw & Cured which offers delicious, natural and organic food including freshly made salads, sushi and items from Lime Wood’s Smoke House.

Set over three floors the spa has ten spacious treatment rooms including two double signature rooms - the Bath House with an indoor double bath and private steam room, and the Bath Garden with an outdoor double bath and private steam room - and eight further single treatment rooms. The treat in store continues with hot pools, thermal rooms (the Forest Sauna, the Steam House, the Mud House, the Caldarium), the Hands and Feet Room for manicures and pedicures, and private soak baths in changing rooms that feel like decadent bedroom suites fit for royalty. The Herb House goes on…. there’s a state-of-the-art roof top gym with forest views and the very latest in Technogym equipment, a 16 metre Ozone treated indoor lap pool with retracting glass doors to the garden and a workout studio offering fabulous classes from Body Pump to Zumba; Yoga to Tai Chi.

The Herb House is the first spa to offer Bamford spa treatments outside of the original Gloucestershire ‘Hay Barn’ spa. Other British brands being used are renowned Irish seaweed spa brand Voya, natural skincare brand NUDE and Ayurvedic specialists Tri Dosha.

Beyond the gym is the Herbary which is a beautiful roof garden that truly consolidates the forest experience. Filled with fragrant herbs, including a mintarium, these herbs and

Central to the spa is the Herb House’s life style assessment program where the team offers practical advice to clients to help them feel better for longer. Treatments start from the moment guests step into the spa and continue long after they’ve left with regular follow up calls from their personal therapist.

Lime Wood Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7FZ Tel: 023 8028 7177 Email: LLOYDS

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Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa The High Life at Chewton Glen. Hidden in the grounds of this internationally renowned country house hotel and spa, which is located on the edge of the New Forest National Park and just a few minutes’ walk from the coast, are twelve brand new Treehouse Suites, with panoramic views across a secluded wooded valley, providing guests with a unique option for a perfect escape. The Treehouse Suites are like floating pavilions that nestle high amongst the trees in a natural setting. They have a very open outlook with large picture windows and doors leading on to wrap-around balconies complete with their own hot tubs. The trees surrounding them ensure that the suites are like hideaways. They have a real sense of privacy. The design has taken into consideration the way the suites are positioned to enjoy the sunset at the end of the day, they are quietly contemporary and curvaceous and their restrained interiors are dressed in a palate of neutral colours and tweedy fabrics. The interior and exterior design builds on the idea of the suites being places of escape, with an ‘other-worldly’, almost whimsical or magical quality to them. They are a tranquil oasis where guests can truly relax and indulge themselves in peace and quiet. These adaptable spaces are designed with both couples and families in mind. Each suite has a small kitchen area where breakfast hampers are discretely delivered in the morning via a secret hatchway without disturbing the guests. The spacious lounges with their large curved seating areas take advantage of the beautiful views, log burning stoves add warmth and ambience, and stunning artwork enriches the suites. The award-winning design also incorporates large dressing areas, beautifully proportioned bedrooms with generous storage and a number of the suites also have a secret bunk room, ideal for children and accessed via an innovative ‘Swedish staircase’. Guests staying in the Treehouses can also experience luxurious treatments from the tranquil setting of their own Treehouse or they can enjoy the fabulous range of spa and leisure facilities available in the main house, just a short walk or buggy ride away from their Treehouse retreat. New Forest, Hampshire, BH25 6QS Tel: 01425 275 341 Email:

Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa Careys Manor Hotel and SenSpa is a luxurious 4 star country house hotel with an award winning spa in the Heart of the New Forest. It boasts unrivalled spa facilities, 77 beautiful bedrooms and flawless service in a most beautiful location. The hotel, named as one of The Independent’s ‘Top 50 Best British Hotels 2013’ retained its TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2013 and always endeavours to provide the finest service for all of its wedding, conference and leisure guests. The Victorian manor house is set in the quaint village of Brockenhurst, a perfect location for New Forest explorations, and just minutes from the sea. Careys Manor Hotel invites you to sample delicious cuisine, offering a choice of three restaurants on site; exquisite fine dining in the two AA Rosette Manor Restaurant, traditional French cuisine in Le Blaireau Bar & Bistro and authentic Thai dishes in the AA Rosette Zen Garden Restaurant. The traditional country style of the Manor house intertwines effortlessly with the Oriental sophistication of the five star Thai spa, SenSpa. A sensual space where guests can escape to for true Thai tranquillity, SenSpa won ‘Best Spa in the South’ in 2012 for the large Hydrotherapy Complex which includes luxury thermal rooms, a relaxation room and Thai Temple studio, as well as offering an extensive list of more the 40 treatments, from Traditional Thai Massage to relaxing facials and manicures. With several types of membership on offer, there is something to suit everyone at SenSpa, whether seeking to improve fitness, relax or even escape for whole spa days and evenings with the new SenSpa Exclusive membership that will give you 4 spa visits a year to suit you when you need it most. Careys Manor & SenSpa Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, SO42 7RH Tel: 01590 624467

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Lainston House Hotel Lainston House Hotel is a gorgeous 17th century mansion tucked away in 63 acres of stunning Hampshire countryside yet just two miles outside Winchester. A tranquil haven of quintessential Englishness, it offers 50 luxurious rooms and suites, many overlooking the stunning hotel grounds, some with four-poster beds and whirlpool baths – all are individually designed so no two are the same. Overlooking the mile long boulevard of majestic lime trees, the Avenue Restaurant (3 AA Rosettes) is one of the most spectacular settings in the UK for dining. A family celebration in a private dining room, traditional afternoon tea, a girlie gathering over a cuppa, an informal business meeting or a good old foodie treat for two… all perfect excuses to visit Lainston House and the Avenue Restaurant! And as summer seems to be upon us visitors to Lainston can dine under sunny skies and balmy nights on the alfresco terrace. The hotel is also popular for weddings as couples can exchange their vows as well as have their wedding reception at the hotel – perhaps the stunning 17th century barn, the gorgeous garden pavilion or they can even have the whole hotel and grounds all to themselves! But that’s not all – as well as hand rearing their own pigs, Lainston House has also developed its own kitchen garden which provides many herbs, fruit and produce to the brigade of chefs. The Kitchen Garden is also home to Lainston’s collection of birds of prey which are cared for by the hotel’s resident falconer, former Hampshire Country Cricketer Billy Taylor. Woodman Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2LT Tel: 01962 776088

The Pig Set in the heart of the beautiful New Forest The Pig is contemporary, chic, relaxed - the antithesis of the traditional, tweedy country house hotel. The Pig is really is a restaurant with rooms and the focus is very much on the fabulous, uncomplicated and simple British garden food, which is true to the micro seasons and influenced by the forest, with the emphasis squarely on fresh, clean flavours. Presided over by Head Chef James Golding The Pig is based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally. Indeed what cannot be grown in The Pig’s own spectacular walled garden, or in its extensive vegetable and fruit beds, is sourced locally, within 25 miles, or foraged. This immediacy from garden to plate is The Pig’s trademark. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in an authentically reproduced, vine-clad Victorian greenhouse dining room, with bare wood table tops and mismatched bone handled cutlery, a meal at The Pig – In the Forest is a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Eschewing the look of the over designed properties here it’s all about shabby chic: homely, muted colours, comfy chairs, big sofas and roaring fires. The Pig’s 26 bedrooms are a continuation of the theme evolved rather than designed. Here you will find assorted furnishings, great beds, oversized showers, ‘larders’ stocked with snacks and drinks, espresso machines and, with every room having a forest or garden outlook, naturally beautifully views. This continues into the gardens where informal areas have been created where guests can kick back and relax over a glass – or two – and even savour some al fresco dining courtesy of the wood fired oven in the courtyard. A gentle stroll down the gravel paths will lead to further surprises: a walled kitchen garden, fruit cage, wild flower meadow orchard, smoke house, chicken and pig houses. Finally to the garden pond, location of The Pig’s ‘potting shed’. An original garden shed, it has been transformed into a single treatment room, where guests can enjoy a range of treatments from massages to reflexology to facials. Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7QL Tel: 01590 622354

Hotel TerraVina Gerard Basset, OBE, internationally renowned, award winning, World Champion Sommelier and co founder of the original Hotel du Vin Group and his wife Nina are the owners of the chic, boutique hotel, Hotel TerraVina, nestled in the heart of the New Forest, National Park, in Hampshire. The Hotel boasts 11 stylish bedrooms, private dining room and contemporary restaurant with an open kitchen, display cellar and veranda for al fresco dining, if the weather is warm enough. In early 2013 the “Dining Room at TerraVina” opened; a quirky and fun finer dining restaurant, using forest foraged food and fresh fare from Dorset and Hampshire. George Blogg is the executive chef and he comes from the 2 Michelin star, Champignon Sauvage where he was sous chef. There is a laid back, chilled out vibe throughout the hotel which takes its inspiration from the Califiornian Wine Counties. Some of the bedrooms, which are filled with locally sourced, gorgeous Lavender products, to ensure bathtime is a treat, boast either spacious roof terraces, where guests are able to soak up the rays, or cosy patio gardens leading off from the ground floor bedrooms. There is an outdoor pool which is open from early Summer until the sun looses its warmth in the mellow Autumn and which is heated to a balmy 34 degrees- ideal to dip your toes whilst sipping a G&T or a TerraVina cocktail or Mocktail, whilst lounging by the poolside. Guests remark that TerraVina is very special and that they love it for the great service and the relaxed and friendly service. Although only small, it is much talked about, very well loved by a huge number of returning guests and the hotel keenly promotes wine as one of its unique selling points, as Gerard is currently the only person in the world to hold the titles of Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and Wine MBA all at once. His appointment as an OBE and recent award of Decanter Magazine Man of the Year, 2013, are the “icing on the cake”… For those who love great wine, very tasty food, using locally sourced produce, relaxed, chilled but professional service and the tranquility of the forest, TerraVina is a place to visit. 174 Woodlands Road, Woodlands, Netley Marsh, New Forest, Hampshire SO40 7GL Tel: 02380 293 784

New Park Manor Set in the heart of the New Forest, between Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst, New Park Manor, part of Luxury Family Hotels, has recently completed a multi-million pound refurbishment and is set to become the finest luxury hotel for families in the New Forest. From the moment guests step into its welcoming entrance hall, there are toys for children and Daisy the whippet is there to meet and greet, ensuring that everyone settles back to enjoy the hotel’s ‘home-from-home’ style atmosphere. New Park Manor is perfect for a relaxed lunch or afternoon tea, with a choice of menus that may be taken in the lounge, with its comfy sofas and huge fireplace or in the fabulous new Garden Room, overlooking the gardens. In the evening the Head Chef serves a tempting choice of quality dishes in the newly refurbished Stag Restaurant, using seasonal local produce including seafood from Lymington and venison sourced from within the Forest. With its choice of dining areas, including a function room that accommodates up to 45 guests for a sit down meal, the hotel is ideal for a family party, wedding or special occasion. For small groups the Chef ’s Dining Room offers a private area for up to 10 people. Our hotel guests may also enjoy the complimentary use of our supervised Den (crèche) and cinema room. The award-winning Bath House Spa makes a wonderful day spa experience. Known as the ‘Spa in the Forest’, it blends into its surroundings with panoramic views from its 16 metre pool, whilst a soak in the outdoor Canadian hot tub also gives the chance to absorb the sights and sounds of the forest. Other facilities include a series of thermal cabins, a hydrotherapy and spa pool, experience showers, relaxation rooms and fitness suite. There is also a range of tempting [comfort zone] and Mama Mio spa treatments, as well as a number of pedicures and facials. During the summer months you will also be able to enjoy the heated outdoor pool. For further information, please contact us: New Forest, Hampshire, SO42 7QH Tel: 0844 482 2152 or

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Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin: Two legends driven by the spirit of innovation

The partnership established almost a decade ago between two iconic names that have made a strong contribution to the development of their respective spheres of activity – Fine Watchmaking and sports cars – has given rise to spectacular technical innovations and watch creations reflecting the values shared by these two legendary brands.


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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Hometime Aston Martin - £5,800

In 2013, on the occasion of the 180th anniversary of the Grand Maison in the Vallée de Joux and the centenary of the famous English car manufacturer, three original timepieces symbolise the ties between these two avant-garde companies of which the history has constantly run along parallel lines, grounded on a constant quest for perfection. This philosophy relentlessly forged day after day has raised the two brands to icon status. In the workshops of Gaydon and the Vallée de Joux, generations of artisans unite their extensive range of skills, meticulously breathing life into exceptional timepieces and automobiles that are eagerly awaited by a dedicated audience of sports lovers, aesthetes and connoisseurs. The partnership signed between Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin in 2004, setting an official seal on a longstanding cooperation, was a self-evident development resembling a logical meeting of great minds. While talent itself is uncommon, the association between two icons is as rare as the simultaneous appearance of two stars in the inventive firmament. The ties established between the two brands’ Research and Development department have steadily intensified as their cooperation has given rise to remarkable technical innovations. The latest among these include the transponder composed of a micro-transmitter built into a timepiece and controlling the central locking system of the cars; the vertical-trigger 42 •



chronograph so intuitively user-friendly that it resembles that instant sense of ease a driver feels when getting behind the wheel of an Aston Martin; the introduction of movements with specific features designed to match sports driving requirements; and the development of materials boasting innovative properties. Loyal to the shared values of performance and innovation, this association has deep historical roots, since the first Aston Martin racing cars were equipped with Jaeger dashboard counters already known for their precision. The characteristic design of the AMVOX models pays tribute to the inventiveness of these talented pioneers by reproducing the 270° sweep of these legendary instruments. For Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO, Jérôme Lambert, the success of this long-term partnership is easily explained: “The tradition of excellence represents the foundations of a dynamic and enduring alliance based on the specific expertise of each company and nourished by horological inventiveness illustrated by the countless patents registered by the Manufacture in the course of its history that already spans 180 years.” As far as Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez is concerned, “The success of this exceptional British brand in this our centenary year comes from a combination of people, heritage and product; above all, it’s about the passion in everything we do. Aston Marting

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is a world leader in design and luxury – offering the very best of craftsmanship and technology with engineering that embraces excellence and ingenuity in every one of our products.” In 2013, the close relations between Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin adopt a new appearance with the presentation of the two first models in the Aston Martin collection. This collection offers Fine Watchmaking connoisseurs a range of exceptionally sturdy and reliable timepieces endowed with useful functions and featuring a design subtly evoking the distinctive world of the prestigious British car maker. Finally, a new worldtime chronograph celebrates the first entry into the AMVOX line of a case made from ain innovative high-tech material, reinforced cermet. Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm Aston Martin watch The alarm watches pilots had always dreamt of boasts all the qualities indispensable to those whose passion propels them across continents. Starting with a world time display that enables them to read off at a glance the time in any time zone on the planet. Since long journeys across the world’s various time zones imply facing the dreaded concomitant time differences, the ever useful alarm function not only features exceptional readability, but also a full and powerful sound. There is thus no risk of showing up late for a race, especially since this innovative display combines playfulness with absolute clarity – since it is composed of two juxtaposed discs appearing through a large window at 9 o’clock: the first is devoted to hours running from 1 to 12, and the second to quarter-hours. The Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm Aston Martin watch is powered by the automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 912 featuring a blend of reliability and a sporting nature stemming from its ability to face up to the most extreme conditions. Witness the compression key that further enhances the crown’s resistance to water and dust by overcompressing one of the four water-resistance gaskets; along with a sophisticated shockabsorbing case guaranteeing absolute precision in all circumstances. The splendid black dial bearing alternating red and white indications is adorned with a surface treatment evoking the grill on Aston Martin cars. The logo created by the British manufacturer to celebrate its centenary is engraved on the case-back. It also adorns the special presentation box equipped with a dedicated compartment to house a second strap supplied with the watch. Wearers can thus switch from alligator leather to rubber in one smooth move and thus secure firmly to their wrist this generous 46.3 mm-diameter titanium and stainless steel watch designed for experienced drivers. Master Hometime Aston Martin watch The new Aston Martin collection welcomes a model embodying Jaeger-LeCoultre’s spirit of innovation: the Master Hometime watch. Like the aerodynamic lines and innovative

technical solutions of Aston Martin cars that have been making their mark on the history of motor sports for a century, the Hometime concept developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre is a milestone opening up whole new vistas for the watchmaking art in this early 21st century. The secret of its success lies in its simple operation combined with extreme beauty. The Master Hometime Aston Martin immediately stands out for its structured black dial that has become the symbol of a partnership embodied by exceptional horological accomplishments. The sporting nature of the timepiece is accentuated by the brushed, streamlined lugs smoothly extending from the 40 mm-diameter steel case. The indications also feature the collection’s characteristic colours: black, white and a hint of red designed to instantly draw the gaze towards the sought-after information – whether the reference time that is easier to read because of the crimson-tipped openworked hand dedicated to displaying the time zone of the place of residence. To avoid any errors of interpretation on the other side of the world, it is combined with a 24-hour counter occupying the upper part of the dial, while the lower part is devoted to the running seconds. The time indications are adjusted in one-hour increments, either forwards or backwards, in order to display local time immediately upon reaching a given destination. When the traveller returns, performing the reverse adjustment as soon as the plane hits the tarmac brings the two hours hands back to their superimposed position. The eye thus perceives only one and the timepiece is once again a timepiece showing a single time zone until the next long-distance trip. Clothed in its remarkable understated livery, the elegant Master Hometime Aston Martin, powered by automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 975H, perfectly illustrates the virtues shared by the two brands: innovation, reliability and performance – as testified by their signatures appearing side by side at 3 o’clock. AMVOX5 World Chronograph Cermet watch Through the conception of its mechanism and the arrangement of the dial indications, the AMVOX5 World Chronograph Cermet guarantees absolute readability and enables at-a-glance reading of the entire range of information. The central chronograph hand is associated with two counters on either side of the vertical axis in order to count off the minutes and hours elapsed since the start of the measurement. The lower part of the dial is devoted to the operating indicator that testifies to the smooth running of the watch and comprises the date aperture appearing at its base. The inner bezel ring bears the city disc for the world time display enabling instant readings for each time zone. The dial centre is occupied by the hours and minutes hands along with the above-mentioned chronograph seconds hand. This wealth of information is perfectly legible thanks to the clear hierarchical arrangement of the classic Aston Martin colours: black, anthracite, white and red. This is a professional instrument designed to achieve high performance, as too is the automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 752. Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the movement is housed within a 44 mm-diameter case that is water-resistant to 5 bar and made from a revolutionary material, reinforced cermet.

Images from left to right: (L) Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm Aston Martin watch (M)Master Hometime Aston Martin watch (R)AMVOX5 World Chronograph Cermet watch

Reinforced cermet Recently developed by research labs for high-powered race-car engines, reinforced cermet boasts a number of decisive advantages by combining performance and shock resistance with extraordinary lightness. As ever in the vanguard of innovation, Jaeger-LeCoultre has secured exclusive use of this high-tech avant-garde material in the watchmaking field. Nonetheless, this lofty ambition called for a complete rethink of case design as well as production processes. No effort is spared when it comes to making a watch to meet the level of demands never before imposed on a timepiece. This revolutionary high-tech material is composed of an aluminium core and ceramic particles, covered with a 40 micron-thick protective ceramic coating. The ceramic microspheres are made from a crystalline powder mixed with fuel composed of gas and oxygen-enriched air. The mixture is then ignited and, as the heat given off by this combustion reaches a temperature of 2500°C, meaning above the melting point of alumina, the alumina crystals take on the shape of spherical drops. The latter are rapidly cooled down to room temperature in order to form solid particles. In a second phase, the ceramic microspheres are mixed with aluminium powder and the product thus obtained is heated in a vacuum to 600°C to avoid any oxidation. Once this operation is complete, the aluminium is agglomerated with the ceramic microspheres and the base material is thus ready to be blanked and machined to form the case – which is then covered with a protective ceramic layer. The latter operation is performed by an electrochemical process that provokes the formation of ceramics towards the outside of the case – thus ensuring extreme homogeneity between the base material and the protective coating. The long-term partnership agreement between two brands devoted to excellence and the avant-garde takes on new intensity in this anniversary year with the presentation of these three creations resolutely on the cutting edge of technology and horological innovation. Jaeger-LeCoultre Tel: 0207 491 6970

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Drive the dream The Lamborghini Egoista, Walter De Silva's homage for Lamborghini's 50th anniversary. Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, May 2013. An emotional moment in Sant’Agata Bolognese yesterday at the culmination of the gala celebratingLamborghini's 50th anniversary: Walter De Silva's incredible vehicle made its entry in front of a thousand invitees, the Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group's homage to celebrating the House of the Raging Bull's half century. “Iam very attached to this Italian brand, being an Italian myself. I wanted to pay homage to and think up a vehicle to underline the fact that Lamborghinishave always been made with passion, and with the heart more than the head,” said an emotional De Silva. Indeed the Egoista, as the vehicle has been christened, is a car forged from a passion for innovation and alternative solutions, the same passion which hasalways set the Lamborghini brand apart. “This is a car made for one person only, to allow them to have fun and express their personality to themaximum. It is designed purely for hyper-sophisticated people who want only the most extreme and special things in the world. It represents hedonism taken to the extreme, it is a car without compromises, in a word: egoista (selfish),” De Silva further explained.The supercar's debut was equally spectacular, with a cinematic entry announced by a trailer projected onto the nine big screens in the room. The stage was transformed into a landing strip, with a top model in a flight suit guiding the Egoista's arrival with ground crew light paddles, and the roar of the V10 engine shaking the 20-meter-tall tensioned event structure: this isthe spectacle the VIP guests were treated to when Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann entered at the wheel of the Egoista, before inviting its creator, Walter De Silva, to join him on stage.

“The cockpit, made completely of carbon fiber and aluminum, represents a sort of survival cell, allowing the driver to isolate and protect themselves from external elements,” De Silva explained.“We kept an eye on the future when designing the Egoista, with the idea that its cockpit could have been taken from a jet aircraft and integrated into a road vehicle, to provide a different travel option.”


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Concept and technology Powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine supplying it with 600 horsepower, the Lamborghini Egoista is an intentionally extreme and unusual vehicle with absolutely unique characteristics, created by the Volkswagen Group design team – Alessandro Dambrosio responsible for the exterior and Stefan Sielaff for the interior, in particular. De Silva's team chose to create a single-seater, pushing all the characteristics in Lamborghini's make-up meaning pure driving pleasure, performance and style beyond their limits. The cockpit, designed like a tailormade suit for the driver, is a removable section which, once combined with the rest of the vehicle, creates a perfect technical, mechanical and aerodynamic unit. Inspiration, as per Lamborghini tradition, once again comes from the world of aviation, and in particular the Apache helicopter, where the cockpit can be ejected in an emergency.

depending on the driving conditions. Two rear flaps activate automatically at high speeds to increase stability, while a series of air intakes on the back of the engine hood provides the cooling air flow to the powerful V10 power plant. While the front of the vehicle has a profile intended to increase downforce, the rear is fully open with the mechanics in view, reducing weightbut also with the result of creating a more aggressive look. The Lamborghini Egoista's lights are more like an aircraft's than a road vehicle's. It does nothave traditional headlights, rather LED clearance lights which determine its position not just on a single plane such as the road, but rather in three dimensions, as is required in airspace. Two white front lights, two red rear lights, a red flashing light in the upper part of the tail, two orange bull's eyes as side markers, and a further two lights on the roof, red on the left and green on the right, make this fourwheeled UFO unique even in the dark.

The design The exterior is characterized by two fundamental aspects: its architecture, and the materials used. The design is determined by a highly muscular structure, in which empty and solid areas fit together with strength and vigor. The bodywork is dominated, on its sides, by the stylized profile of a bull preparing to charge, its horns lowered. The bull is driving towards the front wheels, conferring a futuristic dynamism and lines which are already, in themselves, highly aggressive. Naturally, this is a homage, a bold stylistic citation which can only be a reworking of the Lamborghini brand icon, the well-known raging bull. The challenge of efficiently inserting the Lamborghinisymbol as an integral part of the bodywork was met courageously and artistically. The plan view reveals a trimaran profile, where the central hull forms a unique section with the cockpit, underlined by the carbon-fiber cover on the front hood.

Finally, hidden behind the front air intakes at the base of the join between the central body and the two side sections, are two powerful xenon headlamps, two eagle's eyes able to scan the darkness for great distances. As it is made from lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon-fiber, the vehicle has nowalk zones, duly marked like on airliners. The parallels with the world of aeronautics do not end here, however, as the body is made from a special antiradar material, and the glass is anti-glare with an orange gradation. The rims are also made from antiradar material, flat and rough, embellished with carbon-fiber plates to improve their aerodynamics.

The upper part of the vehicle does not have aerodynamic appendages, but rather flaps integrated in the bodywork profile which act automatically

Interior The cockpit's interior is extremely rational, its functionality taken to the extreme.There is a racing seat with a four-point seatbelt, each strip a different color, the airbags, and the bare minimum of instruments. The focal point of these is a headup display, typical of jet fighters. To get out of the vehicle, the driver must remove the steering wheel and rest it on the dashboard, open theg

dome with anelectronic command, stand up in their seat, sit down on a precise point of the lefthand bodywork, then swivel their legs 180 degrees from the inside of the cockpit to the outside of the vehicle. At this point they can set their feet down and stand up. Even in getting out of the vehicle, the Lamborghini Egoista requires a pilot more than a driver, a real top gun. The philosophy The Egoista contains, in Walter De Silva's opinion, all the product criteria which are part of Lamborghini's make-up. “It's as if Ferruccio Lamborghini were saying: I'm going to put the engine in the back, I don't want a passenger. I want it for myself, and I want it as I imagine it to be. It is a fanatical vehicle, Egoista fits it well.� If Lamborghinis are cars for the few, this one goes further. It is a car for itself, a gift from Lamborghini to Lamborghini, resplendent in its solitude. The Egoista is pure emotion, Never Never Land, which no one can ever possess, and which will always remain a dream, for everyone. For further information on the 50th Anniversary celebration, please visit: For further information on Automobili Lamborghini, please visit:


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Five best watches of 2013 By Steve Huyton of Luxurious Magazine

It is a monumental task to try & chose a definitive shortlist of five watches. Ultimately there are several brands producing absolutely spectacular timepieces. This has attracted designers to push the boundaries & develop radical new concepts. Every conceivable material is being incorporated to produce the finest horological architecture. The humble watch has been transformed into an objet d’art. This metamorphosis has been driven by modern consumer tastes. Realistically telling the time on these wonderful devices is almost secondary. Whilst recently there has been a renaissance of the mechanical watch there is also a significant amount of state of the art technology available on the market. On that basis here are my selections.

Ressence Type 3 This incredible futuristic looking watch is the creation of the dynamic Benoît Mintiens. Drawing on his industrial design background experience he established the brand Ressence in 2009. The name apparently is an amalgamation of the words renaissance and essence. The Type 3 is the company’s second model. Fundamentally the watch is a functioning prototype due to go into production in September. The amazing appearance of this watch was organically derived from the smooth lines of a pebble. Ultimately this fabulous timepiece combines the complexity of a sophisticated mechanical movement with a fluid filled dial. The result conveys the illusion of a two-dimensional dial rather than three. I personally feel the simplicity of the design is integral to its success.


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T-1000 Gotham – Rebellion Timepieces In the scheme of things Rebellion is a fairly young company that’s already left an indelible footprint in the world of watchmaking. Their mantra is to design incredibly innovative watches incorporating highly intricate mechanisms. The T-1000 Gotham epitomises this with magnificent ease. This awesome timepiece pays homage to the dark crusader & visually is completely unique. The robust titanium case exudes power & measures a massive 52.2 mm x 47.9 mm x 18.2 mm. The very existence of a piece like this symbolizes the immense talent involved in the watch industry. Underneath the armored shell like exterior lies the staggering REB T-1000. This outstanding mechanical movement delivers an unrivaled world record 1000-hour power reserve. This is all enabled by a patented system of six vertical mainspring barrels.

HYT H2 I’ve recently had numerous conversations with the erudite CEO of HYT Vincent Perriard. It’s clear he is very excited by the company’s highly innovative new timepiece. Basically it would have been easy to trade on the success of the highly acclaimed H1. Instead they have completely reconfigured the design & mechanism giving the watch a whole new dynamic. The results are astounding & visually mind blowing. The overall concept is the same & is a combination of fluid mechanics with high-end horology. I love the skeleton dial exposing all the technical brilliance of the movement and the pistons. The fluorescent liquid employed to indicate the time is remarkable. Ultimately the H2 is a pretty enchanting timepiece. Underneath the large titanium case rests an exclusive HYT calibre developed by JeanFrançois Mojon at Chronode.

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Akrivia Saturn Most brands wouldn’t attempt an unbelievably ambitious timepiece as their foray into the highly competitive watch market. Rexhep Rexhepi and Etienne Deschamps are two young visionaries aiming for perfection. Akrivia is an amalgamation of two extraordinary talents thriving to combine avant-garde designs with high horology. The end result is a wonderful looking and profoundly complicated watch. The planet of the same name inspired the design of the Saturn. Essentially the concept originated from a sketch of a circle surrounded by an ellipse. Aesthetically the piece has a sporty appearance with perfectly contoured lines. This theme is illustrated conclusively on the exquisite dial showcasing the chronograph and sublime tourbillon. All this mechanical magic is encased in steel and is limited to a mere 10 pieces.


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Christophe Claret Soprano At Manufacture Claret the primary objective is to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for ultra highend watchmaking. The Soprano definitely doesn’t disappoint on that or any other front. Aesthetically this is an impeccable looking timepiece exhibiting a fastidious attention to detail. The dial is sublime and showcases the unbelievably complicated movement. All these amazing workings are perfectly encased in white gold & titanium. I absolutely love the way the blue hands punctuate the sensational skeletonized design. The dimensions of the watch are suitably majestic measuring at 45mm x 56.80mm x 15.32mm. All this brilliance is echoed with the formidable Calibre TRD98. This remarkable 39-jewel movement combines a flying tourbillon & minute repeater in one mechanism. All this exclusive luxury is limited to only 8 pieces.

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Eres presents its new Sunwear line

In the spirit of its beachwear collections, ERES unveils its new ‘Sunwear’ wardrobe, to be worn by day or by night – from Goa to Ibiza, Buzios to Punte del Este. The campaign for this new line was shot by Karl Lagerfeld, with spellbinding actress Bérénice Marlohe, heroine of the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, as his muse.

Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld

Bérénice Marlohe wearing Eolienne Kaftan

BĂŠrĂŠnice Marlohe wearing Arobase Dress

The new collection is all about sophistication and understated luxury. ‘Sunwear’ uses simple, clean lines and rich, vibrant colours, evoking images of distant shores. The collection aims to appeal to women who revel in their freedom, for whom travel is a real way of life. Valérie Delafosse, Artistic Director at ERES says "I saw the world as a pool of ideas and I went off in search of these universal style motifs, blending East and West, in a bid to crystallise these ideas into a collection reminiscent of a timeless vision of a Distant World. The idea was to convey our "Freedom of Body" philosophy with aerial and graphic creations". Indeed ‘Sunwear’ is fully representative of the ERES ethos, balancing iconic style with technical know-how. The collection comprises a silk kaftan with beautiful print and embroidered finishes; sarouel pants in ultra-lightweight silk; a silk and cotton velvet towelling robe with trim; a sarouel jumpsuit with wing sleeves; a parasol skirt-dress embroidered with copper sequins, pearls and rafia; colour-block kimonos in shades of fuchsia and orange or ultramarine blue; and a silk muslin dress, embroidered with pearls and threads of brightly-coloured cotton. All of the pieces are designed to be mixed and matched with colours from the 2013 Spring/Summer swimsuit collection, for an elegant and effortless transition from beach to cocktail bar.


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BĂŠrĂŠnice Marlohe wearing Arobase Dress

Bérénice Marlohe wearing Wifi Swimsuit

The final word in luxury lifestyle The most luxurious surroundings coupled with unparalleled service and the most amazing destinations in the world - Time spent on-board a luxury yacht is the ultimate experience. Unlike a holiday spent in an exclusive resort, or spending time in a luxury villa, a luxury yacht offers guests the ultimate in flexibility, exclusivity and privacy. Beyond that, they present the opportunity to explore the coastlines of the world in luxury and at one’s own leisure. On-board guests will find a never ending list of activities, equipment and amenities all made available via a professional crew dedicated to providing a personalised service 24 hours a day. Superyacht company Y.CO on what luxury means in 2013 Luxury. It’s a word we hear everywhere. Google’s wonderful predictive search bar throws up a hilarious collection of “luxury” items when you start typing, from luxury shower curtains to luxury cat food. And, as with so much overly used lexicon, it’s easy to lose track of what it really means. Just how luxurious can a prawn sandwich be? Or that “luxury all inclusive holiday to Tenerife for just £199 per person including flights, hotels and transfers”? There’s no doubt that our perceptions of luxury have changed. Luxuries once beyond the realms of imagination are now a part of everyday life for millions of us. How many monarchs of yore dined on exotic fruits picked only yesterday in lands thousands of miles away? I wonder what Louis XVI would have given for a packet of pre-cut pineapple slices from M&S.


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The question is, what does luxury mean to us today? Going back to basics, the Oxford Dictionary defines a luxury as “an inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain”. That sounds about right, but at Y.CO, we would go so far as to remove the word ‘expensive’ altogether. Luxury isn’t about cost. For us, life’s true luxuries really are the things that MasterCard can’t buy… That might seem a surprising definition for a yacht company, given that our business is selling, chartering and managing the most expensive yachts in the world. But we know that what makes yachting so magical (whether the yacht is 30-feet or 300-feet) is not the size or the cost, but the incredible experiences it makes possible. We won’t deny that the yachts we work with at Y.CO certainly fall into the 'expensive' bracket. Ranging from 80-feet to over 450-feet in length, all cabins and living spaces are fitted out to the highest quality and the onboard service is 24-hour, totally bespoke. As a basic standard, every yacht has a permanent crew with a professional chef, and often a dive instructor, personal trainer, spa therapist, yogi and even helicopter pilot as well. Almost all feature jet-skis, surf-boards and wave runners, many have submarines, kite-surf equipment and sports fishing tenders. Gym, jacuzzi, spa, sauna, snow room, even office – there is no limit to the amenities and activities our fleet can offer. But fromg

our point of view, all of this comes as standard. The true luxury of yachting, the part our clients fall in love with, isn’t the amenities, it’s the experience. Why? Because the most discerning, sophisticated consumers in the world look beyond the cost of a product and instead, focus on the value it brings. With a yacht, the defining factor isn’t the price, rather where the yacht will take them, what they can enjoy on board. An increasing number of yacht owners and charterers are looking to travel to destinations like Borneo, Costa Rica, Myanmar, the Galapagos. To these people, luxury doesn’t mean expensive. Expensive is easy. Any fool can buy expensive. To today’s elite, luxury is rare, intelligent, new, educational. Luxury is going somewhere before the crowds. Luxury is being able to set trends rather than follow them. Luxury is sophisticated. To our clients, yachting is no longer a statement of power and money; it’s a channel through which to experience unforgettable moments with the people who matter most.

In countless surveys across all demographics and income levels, we see one recurring desire. Time. In the 21st Century, time has become a luxury – (remember our friends from the OED: a desirable item which is difficult to obtain). We live longer and do everything faster, but still we all crave more time with the people we love, doing the things we enjoy. Most of the charter holidays we arrange at Y.CO are for families looking to spending precious moments together, removed from the frantic pace of the rest of the world, in total privacy and perfect comfort. For some, the luxury lies in witnessing their children’s faces as they swim with dolphins for the first time, or watch cavorting penguins in Antarctica. For others, the luxury is just about fitting as much as possible into a single holiday, about waking up every morning in a new destination, making the most of their limited leisure time. Relaxing break or action packed vacation? Yoga retreat or sports

fishing? Corsica or Sardinia? Why, both, of course. On a yacht, luxury means no compromise. It’s the best of every world. So, is it expensive? With a week on board a behemoth such as Serene costing as much as €3,000,000, it can be. But, with yachts like the beautiful, classic 55-meter schooner Elena starting from just €7,000 per person, the secret no one else is in on is that it might not be quite as expensive as you think… Monaco Email: Tel: +377 93 50 12 12 London Email: Tel: +44 20 7584 1801


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Racing the dream with Aston Martin Aston Martin is one of the most iconic car brands in the world. This year it is celebrating its centenary, 100 years of producing some of the finest sports cars in the world.


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The company has come a long way since its original founders, Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, founded the business in a small garage in a mews in Chelsea. Today it produces a range of exotic sports cars in a state of the art production facility in the heart of the UK. The racing arm of Aston Martin is appropriately called Aston Martin Racing, and takes the Vantage road car and turns it into a range of racing cars with which the team and its customers compete in race series across the world. While if you want to race a 600 bhp Vantage GTE at the famous annual Le Mans 24 Hours, you’ll need to be a top class professional or semiprofessional racing driver, Aston Martin Racing has a range of options to give enthusiasts who have never raced in their lives a route to gain their racing licence and compete in series in the UK and beyond. Driver training Aston Martin Racing uses its years of experience in training and managing its own professional racing drivers to offer a programme to turn complete novices into racing drivers with a recognised international licence. The comprehensive course can be completed in a matter of a few weeks or in individual modules over a longer period. Either way it will lead to the receipt of a National B racing licence. The car they use in their driver training programme is the Aston Martin Vantage GT4. The Vantage GT4 is the race version of the V8-powered Vantage road car with a 445 bhp engine, paddle-shift transmissions and racing upgrades including Koni adjustable racing suspension, a racing brake system and an aero kit. The cars are powerful and easy to drive with a 50:50 weight balance and driver aids such as race-developed ABS and traction control. All cars have safety features including an FIA roll cage and racing fuel tank. Day one The day starts with an assessment in a road car at a private test track with instruction from one of our professional driving instructors. After this you move into a racing car. Everything is captured on video so that it can be analysed afterwards. In the afternoon, you head to a state of the art racing simulator, specially programmed to mimic the handling characteristics of all of Aston Martin’s race products – GT4, GT3 and GTE. The simulator The simulator is run by current works Aston Martin Racing driver and two-time winner of the Le Mans, Darren Turner. The simulator provides a constant training theme as you prepare to race different cars and circuits.

If you have chosen a specific circuit to race on first, that can be loaded into the simulator to ensure you have the right grounding to race on that circuit for real. Track day The next step is to participate in a track day at a UK race circuit. The circuit is selected based on the one you will eventually compete on to ensure you are learning the right car and track characteristics. One of the Aston Martin Racing driving instructors will be with you throughout the day to give tuition and advice. Aston Martin Racing uses the latest cameras and tracking software to monitor how you drive the car and during each break will assess the data to find areas you can improve. The driving instructor will also talk you through the ARDS pack ready for you to take the test for your National B racing licence. Licence day The last step before competing in your first GT4 Challenge event is to take your ARDS racing licence test.

The ARDS test is normally held at Thruxton circuit in Hampshire. During the three hours you will be assessed with the aim of qualifying for your National B race licence. An Aston Martin Racing driving instructor will be with you during the day to ensure you have all the support needed to pass the test successfully. Test day The test day is about honing your skills ready for your first race. One of Aston Martin Racing’s instructors is with you throughout the day to give tuition and advice. They gather data from the car and combine this with the in-car cameras and tracking software to monitor how you drive the car to find areas you can improve. Just as in Formula One, you can see where you could have braked later and harder or got on the power earlier to shave those vital tenths of seconds off your lap time. Race day The final step of the programme is to take part in your first GT4 Challenge of Great Britain race. The GT4 Challenge is a one make series only for Vantage GT4s, so everyone is racing identical cars, where it is the skill of the driver which makes the difference. As your heart pumps and your pulse races, the lights go out and you are off – you now join an elite group of people who can truly say they are a racing driver. For more information on the Aston Martin Racing driver training programme contact: James Walters Aston Martin Racing T: 01295 273355 E:

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