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u FASHION Kalamarie Handbags - Must-have Accessory De Grisogono - Glamourously Smart Do’s and Don’ts of Men’s Fashion
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u TRAVEL Harbour Hotspots 54 Festive Fun & Frivolity at Europe’s Xmas Markets 60 Four Seasons - Miami’s Nostalgic Past 68
u LIVING Art Basel - Transforming Miami’s Art Scene Montblanc’s 110th Anniversary Jetsmarter - the Revolutionary Way to Travel
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u DINING Gosset - Oldest Wine House in Champagne Woodford Reserve - Master’s Collection The Coffee Revolution
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u POWER Rolls Royce - Vision Next 100 Mercedes - the Ultimate in Luxury The Black Swan Superyacht
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u SPORT The Sporting Side of Sotogrande Sporting Icon Manuel Piñero St Moritz - The Spirit of Allegra!
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u HOME Corinne Lewin The Pleasure of Art Christopher Guy Redifining Furniture Steinway Spirio - High-resolution Piano
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u PROPERTY The Seven at La Reserva de Sotogrande A Room with a View - Belvedere Gardens Woolmers Park - the Queen’s Polo Estate
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A luxury a way of living... We often describe luxury as being lavish and ostentatious, and that’s definitely one aspect but luxury comes in all shapes and sizes. Luxury isn’t just a price point but a mindful way of indulging oneself. A way of living… Here at Luxury Living magazine we reflect on these pleasures of life and places of special interest around the globe to offer you - Inspiration. So as the temperature drops and we prepare ourselves for the festive season ahead we pay tribute to what can only be described as “a girl’s best friend”… yes Diamonds, from the globally recognised symbol of love the Tiffany Engagement Ring to the world most expensive diamonds we ask is bigger always better? For those looking to indulge in the love of art we shine our spotlight on this year’s Art Basel Miami and the critically acclaimed Frieze London exhibition. We were also extremely fortunate to be granted an exclusive interview with Corinne Lewin of Atrium Gallery to define what she perceives as the “Pleasure of Art” If a trip is on the agenda then why not venture around Europe taking in the sights and smells of some of the world oldest and most traditional Christmas Markets? But, if like most of us finding the time to travel seems an audacious task then the new Jet smarter app is perfect for you. And if that wasn’t enough we also showcase the exciting new “The Seven” by SOTOGRANDE, following on from our article about Jean Mus within Issue 1 of Luxury Living Magazine, “The Seven” a limited number of ultra-contemporary residences within La Reserva highlights the evolution and continual changes of this world class family orientated private enclave nestled on the Iberian Peninsula. Thanks for reading, STAN ISRAEL
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FASHION There are numerous brands of luxury clothing spread throughout the entire world that influence the fashion industry and it is they who dictate the trends you see sashaying along the high streets and catwalks. Luxury Living Magazine goes behind the scenes to bring you not just fashion reviews but some of the fashion worldâ€™s best kept secrets.
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It is the largest diamond to have been discovered in over a century. Formed deep within the earth billions of years ago The Lesedi La Rona Diamond was discovered in Botswana by the Lucara Diamond Corporation in November 2015. Unearthed just 200 meters down within the Karowe open-pit mine, a mine purchased just five yearsago from DeBeers and known for producing some very large, exceptionally high-quality diamonds, and over 400,000 carats of gem-quality diamonds annually. The Lesedi La Rona Diamond is the third largest diamond ever to be found weighing 1109 carats, only the Black Sergio and Cullian are larger and to the naked eye this huge chunk of rock appears to resemble that of a tennis ball. The name Lesedi La Rona, meaning ‘Our Light’ in the Tswana language spoken in Botswana, was picked from among thousands of entries submitted by Botswana citizens in a contest. Touted as “the find of a lifetime”, this uncut diamond which has the potential to yield a 400-carat flawless diamond one of the largest top-quality diamonds ever because of its grade D diamond rating meaning it has the be brightest, clearest and most brilliant clarity any diamond can have was placed for public auction at Sotheby’s London in June with an estimated price tag of $70m. Sadly the whopping rough diamond didn’t come close to the undisclosed reserve price and was withdrawn from auction when bids stalled at $61 million. Some believe the decision to auction the uncut stone at a public auction a break from tradition is the reason why the stone failed to sell. Diamond sales are usually very secretive with diamonds only offered to an elite group of dealers who assess the diamonds potential and evaluate how many individual diamonds can be cut from it before it is sold on, others though believe the public auction an open-forum for buyers put bidders off after all would you want to be the lapidary to cut this stone? CEO William Lamb of Lucara Diamond Corporation said, “We chose the auction route because we wanted to have access to as many ultra-high net worth individuals as possible, those people who had bought very expensive items in the past to see if diamonds would be purchased as a collectible the same as high-value art is” In recent years there has been an avalanche of record-breaking selling prices being achieved for rough diamonds. Only in May this year an 813 carat diamond unearthed from the same mine as the Lesedi La Rona diamond called “The Constellation” was sold for $63.1 million to Dubai based firm Nemisis International setting a new record for the highest price ever achieved for a rough diamond. Here we take a look at the eight most expensive diamonds sold at auction around the world
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EXPENSIVE DIAMONDS IN THE WORLD
THE CULLINAN DIAMOND $400 MILLION
THE HOPE DIAMOND $ 350 MILLION
THE DE BEERS CENTENARY DIAMOND - $ 100 MILLION
The Cullinan diamond is now mounted on the head with sticks Cross, and is the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found, at 3,106,75 carat with 621.35g. Polishing stones from the largest gems named Cullinan I or Star Africa First, and at 530.2 carats (106.0g).The price of this diamond is about $400 million.
The hope diamond is a large, 45. 52 carat with 9. 10 grams, the location is in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC-blue Hope Diamond to the naked eye because the number of traces of boron in the crystal structure, but exhibits a red phosphor under ultraviolet light.
Discovered in 1988 in South Africaâ€™s Premier Mine this 599 - carat uncut diamond took De Beers three years to cut before it was presented to the public in 1991 as a heart-shaped stone weighing 273. 85 carat (54. 77g). The Centenary Diamond is the third largest diamond produced in the Premier Mine.
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THE OPPENHEIMER BLUE DIAMOND - $57.5 MILLION
THE BLUE MOON $48.5 MILLION
GRAFF DIAMOND $46 MILLION
Described as one of the ‘rarest diamonds in the World’ the Oppenheimer Blue is the largest Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ever sold at auction. This rare rectangular-cut stone, which weighs 14.62 carats, previously belonged to Sir Philip Oppenheimer, who hails from the opulent De Beers family and sold within 25 minutes – a record time for any jewel sold at auction. Blue diamonds of this type are extremely rare and are formed when boron becomes trapped within the lump of compressed carbon.
Discovered in the De Beers South African Cullinan mine in 2014, this 12.03 carat cushion-shaped flawless blue diamond was originally named the ‘Blue Moon’ diamond. Described as “internally flawless” by the Gemological Institute of America, it took New York jeweller Cora International six months to painstakingly cut and polish the raw stone. Sold at Sotheby’s, Geneva on it was purchased by Hong Kong tycoon Joseph Lau, who went on to rename it “The Blue Moon of Josephine” in honour of his seven-year old daughter.
This 24.78-carat, emerald-cut diamond was owned by Harry Winston, beautifully mounted on a platinum ring this Fancy Intense Pink stone was sold at auction in 2010 and purchased by Laurence Graff the legendary diamond collector known as the “King of Bling. Upon purchasing it Graff unveiled major plans to make this already beautiful ring even more beautiful. After weeks of meticulous work and repolishing, the Graff Pink Diamond was unveiled, slightly reduced in carat size to 23.88 carat the stone was upgraded as an Internally Flawless Vivid Pink Diamond and is now classed as priceless
THE PRINCIE DIAMOND - $39.3MILLION
In April 2013, when Christie’s New York City sold this rare pink diamond to an anonymous buyer, its lofty price made it the second-most expensive jewel ever sold at auction. Discovered some 300 years ago in India’s Golconda mines, the 34.65-carat stone once belonged to an Indian prince in Hyderabad. It was named “Princie” centuries later, after a young European guest at a Van Cleef & Arpels party in Paris in 1960.
THE ORANGE DIAMOND - $35.5 MILLION
Thought to be the largest fancy-vivid orange diamond ever to exist, ‘The Orange’ as it is known is an extremely rare 14.82-carat pear-shaped stone which sold at auction Christies Geneva in 2013 to an unnamed bidder. Pure orange diamonds, also known as “fire diamonds,” are exceptionally rare in nature to put this into perspective ‘The Orange’ is more than double the weight of any Fancy Vivid Orange diamond that has come to auction in modern times. The previous orange diamond record holder, “The Pumpkin Diamond,” a 5.54-carat modified cushion-cut gem sold for $1.3 million in 1997. 17
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THE LATEST MUST-HAVE ACCESSORY
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Heritage Collection Josephine Saddle CognacThis beautiful bag features a croc lid that flips over Âž of the body of the handbag. It also features a croc top handle and a leather shoulder strap.
Alessia Tote All Croc Navy The Alessia is featured above in Navy-blue Crocodile exterior and Signature Atlantic-Blue CalfLeather Interior. The Alessia is intricately and beautifully put together in all croc and it is a beautiful piece. A powerful statement of style and sophistication. The Alessia is our most generous and versatile handbag. It is generous in its space and functionality. It is a convertible tote, which opens up easily to give you that little bit more space that makes all the difference.
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Finding that perfect handbag can be extremely difficult, not only is a handbag a true reflection of one’s self but it’s also a fashion statement. The colour, the material and of course the shape all represent our personality which, depending on our mood changes add to that our desire to want to be associated with high-end luxurious brand name who is ethical and you can understand why finding that perfect bag can become an almost impossible task. But not anymore, last year two entrepreneurial sisters, Melissa and Karen García Llamas from Columbia launched their new handbag range Kalamarie Handbags. The designs are a mix of couture with a fusion of the mystical, inspired by their birthplace Cartagena. Cartagena was previously known as Calamari and the sisters tweaked the spelling to represent their initials, K&M. The handbags ooze sophistication, yet have a modern, urban edge which the sisters say was inspired by their experiences of living as professionals in the west their trademark gecko adds a touch of charm and authenticity of the homeland to the pieces
1. Josephine Saddle - Navy Blue Leather. This beautiful bag features a croc lid that flips over ¾ of the body of the handbag. It also features a croc top handle and a leather shoulder strap. 2. The Amelie Mini Box Bag. The shape of the Amélie was inspired by our favorite film heroine, Amelie Poulin. Amélie’s quirky style, preppy-meets-Parisian-chic, screamed out for a little box, full of fun and character. 3. The Bernie Mini Doctor Bag in Black Leather. No matter the ailment (be it bag lust, or mini bag fever) the Bernie Mini Doc Bag has the cure. This ever-classic, has been reinvented in a mini size and elevated to a whole new level in premium leather and croc detailing. Its size makes it the ideal accessory for formal or informal, day or eve; and the colour-block composition for this season makes it unforgettable, and will bring that little bit of colour to your Fall/Winter wardrobe 4. EDE Satchel - Burgundy Leather. The Ede is a beautiful, multifunctional satchel, of sharp shape and lines to the most delicate and feminine possible effect. It was inspired by the urban, multi-tasking woman, who needs a handbag to fulfil different functions – work bag by day, evening clutch come night-time.
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Luxury Living Magazine was granted the unique opportunity to speak with these lovely sisters to learn more about their stunning designs and luxurious leathers.
HOW DID THE BUSINESS START? KM: As sisters, we are very close and had each gone through the experience of leaving the loving family home and our country, to set up lives overseas. One day, we were both in NYC, having lunch in a roof-top restaurant and were full of ideas. We started talking about home and we soon identified we both wanted to create something that would speak highly of Colombia. We kept talking and came up with the idea of leather accessories. From there the seed was sown.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR PRODUCTS? KM: We are an emerging brand within the luxury goods industry, but more than anything, we are a family business, we want to deliver our customer the best personal experience. We want people to feel happy when they buy our products not just because they have a beautiful hand-made handbag but also because they have brought a handbag that has been ethically sourced. Our crocodile leathers are entirely sourced by a local Colombian farm, under the auspices and strict controls of the Environmental Authority (Ministerio del Medio Ambiente de la RepĂşblica de Colombia). Crocodile is a material that will last a lifetime and we believe with the purchase of our product, you contribute to the preservation of this much-loved species.
WHO IS A KALAMARIE WOMAN? KM: Our bags are a fusion of urban street style and sophistication so the Kalamarie woman is strong yet bold, tough yet functional but above all oozes style â€“ She stands out from the crowd and is not afraid to show her individual flair.
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LUNA EVENING CLUTCH - Leather in Sparkling Rosé, Leather in Rosé, Lining in Red Calf Suede. The Luna Evening Clutch is the most compact companion for a glamorous evening of sipping cocktails and dancing under the moonlight. In this beautiful “Sparkling Rosé” metallic blush, it is a discrete, yet memorable accessory. A momento of many beautiful nights to remember.
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LES VOILES DE ST. TROPEZ REGATTA
THE MOST PRECIOUS DIAMOND IN THE MED.
BMW Lifestyle presents its new Yachtsport Collection. With functional leisurewear and useful accessories bring extra pleasure to the high seas.
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Shortly before the start of this year’s Les Voiles de St. Tropez regatta – BMW unveiled its new additions to its already successful BMW Yachtsport Collection. The collection which contains chic pieces of luggage, accessories and clothing with a sport and nautical-inspired design promises meet not just the practical requirements for those at sea but the sophistication and aesthetic requirements too. While wind- and water-repellent materials respond to the specific demands of yachting, casual cuts and sophisticated details – such as zipper garages on the upper end of the zip (which prevent it from trapping the wearer) provide unbeatable comfort. The water-repellent BMW Yachting Jacket for ladies and men is the perfect companion in stronger winds and spray. The comfortable blouson cut also enables excellent freedom of movement when tacking and gybing. The jacket’s fresh white colouring with contrasting navy cuffs, coordinated red and white stripes and embossed BMW Yachtsport lettering create a stylish maritime look that’s also ideal for shore leave. A BMW burgee badge on the sleeve, blue and red stripes on the placket and cuffs, and BMW Yachtsport lettering on the chest and inside of the collar emphasise the sporty, casual design of the new BMW Yachting Poloshirt. And the new BMW Yachting Cap– made of 100% cotton, in white with contrasting navy stitching – provides optimum protection from the sun while out at sea. As well as these stylish items of clothing, the new BMW Yachtsport Collection also includes luggage which is ideally suited for use on the waves. The extra-wide opening and large main compartment of the BMW Yachting Duffle Bag ensure sensitive items such as a mobile phone or laptop can be stowed away quickly in choppy conditions. What’s more, the bag is made from water- and dirt-repellent coated canvas. The BMW Yachting Beach Bag – in white with large Cape Horn coordinates print and elegant carrying straps reminiscent of sailing ropes – is the ideal companion for relaxed trips ashore, while the high-quality BMW Yachting Dry Bag lends itself to challenging outings in rough seas. The robust material and welded seams make the bag 100% waterproof. To ensure that the keys to your house, car or boat – i.e. some of your most valuable possessions – don’t go missing, the collection also includes a karabiner-shaped BMW Yachting Key Ring. The strap made of rope plus the burgee and the metal BMW logo pendant provide visual highlights, ensuring that the keys can always be found easily on deck or wherever else everyday life takes you.
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These and other products from the BMW Yachtsport Collection are available from www.shop.bmw.com or from selected BMW dealers.
GLAMOUROUSLY SMART SAMSUNG GEAR S2 SMARTWATCH BOLDLY SHINES IN THE GLOW OF JEWELLER-WATCHMAKER DE GRISOGONO A desire to reconcile two apparently opposite worlds led de GRISOGONO and Samsung to pool their strengths, their ideas and their creative talents has resulted in a high-tech object transformed into a glamorous accessory. Where style marries function, originality, beauty, elegance and innovation to symbolise the best of both worlds and tells a tale of luxury. 30 LUXURY LIVING
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Designed by Fawaz Gruosi, this elegant watch marks the very first appearance of the round watch in the brand’s horological universe. Building on de GRISOGONO’s design heritage and Samsung Gear S2’s round shape. At first glance, the Samsung Gear S2 by de GRISOGONO appears to evoke a look of high-end jewellery and instantly catches and holds your gaze as it subtly reveals the treasures it harbours. It appears beneath the mysterious blackness of its dial accessorised by rose gold, black diamonds and a bracelet studded with its signature galuchat. The sleeping beauty is radiantly arrayed in supremely sophisticated style, awaiting only a gentle caress of the rotating bezel to open its heart. The diamond-set gold bezel turns freely around the dial, partially hidden at 6 and 12 o’clock beneath two black DLC-coated arches set with the emblematic de GRISOGONO black diamonds. These fascinating perspective effects give the watch an entirely original structure. Diamond Like Carbon – a high-tech material known for its hardness and resistance – protects the bezel that houses all the smartwatch’s embedded technology. A bezel with an addictive touch that opens up the world of connectivity in the most intuitive possible manner. The Samsung Gear S2 by de GRISOGONO offers an unrivalled optimised user experience for today’s supersmart, well-connected woman, ensuring seamless everyday use with enhanced wearable technology. This exquisitely feminine model delivers round-the-clock connectedness with notifications as well as a wealth of functions supported by a long-lasting battery life. Smart fitness functions for staying healthy and active; quick and easy mobile payments; as well as smart key integration all contribute to streamlining the busiest girl’s mobile life in a pleasing variety of ways. Specially designed with elegant, on-the-go ladies in mind, the Samsung Gear S2 by de GRISOGONO features a versatile circular design and a unique rotating bezel ensuring an optimised user experience for precise, comfortable control. An appealing variety of faces and the signature de GRISOGONO add the perfect distinctive touches to this ultimate jewellery smartwatch.
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The classic six-prong setting used for a diamond solitaire was created by Charles Lewis Tiffany For more than 175 years, Tiffany & Co. has been synonymous with luxury and style and is renowned for the incomparable quality of its diamonds. The jeweller outshines all others with the sheer charisma of what are, measurably, the world’s finest diamonds. For the very first time in its long history, Tiffany & Co. has casts a spotlight on the artisans behind its most iconic diamond ring, to illustrate why the globally recognized symbol of love and marriage – the Tiffany® Setting engagement ring – can only be discovered at Tiffany. The engagement ring as we know it today, and the romantic traditions that surround it, are in large part the creation of world-renowned jeweler Tiffany & Co. Diamonds have long been an expression of affection and power. But it was Tiffany & Co. that turned these gems into the most exquisite and dazzling pieces of jewellery the world has ever seen. Tiffany’s insistence on absolute perfection has produced diamonds of such beauty that they are truly recognized as the single most profound symbol of true love and a promise of a lifetime of shared happiness together.
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It all began in 1886, when founder Charles Lewis Tiffany started a trend that grew into a cherished custom with the introduction of the Tiffany® Setting, this setting truly showcased the beauty of a brilliant-cut diamond lifting the diamond off the band into the light, maximizing the stone’s natural radiance. Today it remains the world’s most beautiful diamond ring and a popular symbol of true love, celebrated in literature, art and film. “When our founder Charles Tiffany introduced the Tiffany® Setting in 1886, he gave us not only a symbol of true love, but also an enduring reminder of our diamond heritage and reputation for craftsmanship,” said Caroline Naggiar, chief marketing officer of Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany diamond standards are far more stringent than those established by the industry. The jeweler accepts only .02 percent of gem-quality stones, which are graded at the Tiffany Gemological Laboratory, one of few such facilities operated by jewellery retailers. The laboratory’s master diamond graders give individual grades for cut, colour, clarity, carat weight and presence. In the process, other diamond reports are frequently overruled. These top-tier diamonds are placed in the hands of skilled diamond cutters who cut for brilliance, adhering to a strict geometric plan with exacting measurements, including precision of cut and symmetry. Together these factors give Tiffany diamonds their extraordinary presence: a breath-taking show of light, with utmost dispersion and scintillation created when light enters the stone, reaching the perfectly positioned facets and mirrored directly back through the crown. All Tiffany diamonds are set within customized mountings to accommodate the specific size and shape of the diamond. With attention to balance and individual scale, Tiffany master setters, connoisseurs of their craft, create a cohesive, hand-finished and hand-polished setting that shoulders the diamond with consummate grace and respect. In addition, the diamonds are set in platinum with a higher level of purity, which complements the diamond’s high colour grade as well as strongly securing the stone in its setting. Tiffany also offers lifetime services including cleaning, inspection and ring sizing. The extended services and certificate documenting a Tiffany diamond’s preeminence are proof positive of the company’s commitment to a heritage of excellence. Tiffany is the internationally-renowned jeweler founded in New York in 1837. Through its subsidiaries, Tiffany & Co. manufactures products and operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores worldwide, and also engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations.
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THE SECRET OF THE
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The best kept secret of the most beautiful women in the world has been revealed to the rest of us mere mortals. Itâ€™s called Massumeh, a leader in the cosmetics world.
Celebrities such as the Empress Farah Diba, Queen Noor of Jordan, Isabel Preysler or the Royal families from Kuwait or Saudi Arabia have all admitted that they are big fans of these products. Massumeh has managed to combine to perfection, the more traditional knowledge about plants from ancient Persia with the most revolutionary scientific and dermatological advances which have been elaborated using exclusive Swiss biotechnology. By incorporating these best-selling products in your daily beauty routine you will visibly notice the results because the products are formulated based on aromatic essences and botanical extracts from the East that have been refined and developed with the highest technology and quality controls. Unique treatments combined with the most advanced technology and secret formulas of the Royal Courts of ancient Persia, based on the merger of the mysteries of the Silk Road, the charm of the Eastern world and the latest developments of high cosmetics. 38 LUXURY LIVING
Ancient potions and exclusive elixirs made with aromatic essences and botanical extracts from the East, perfected and elaborated in Switzerland using an exceptional concentration of extracts of caviar, gold, Sapphire, Pearl, malachite, Amethyst, rhodochrosite, rock crystal, silk, Royal Jelly, DNA complex, hyaluronic acid, resveratrol, saffron, argan, sequoia, Blue Lotus, marine elastin, vitamins, rose water from Damascus, etc. These are only a few of the ingredients of these creams, used by the most admired faces of the Royal houses of East and West, not counting the numerous personalities of our country. More than 20 years of experience and research have resulted in these magic formulas that protect and regenerate even the most sensitive skin. Since it opened its aesthetic center 15 years ago, people from around the world arrive to Madrid to be left in the care of Massumeh and her daughter Nasrin, who besides their hospitality offer their customers a paradise of textures and smells that transform the skin providing smoothness and luminosity. In addition to caviar or rose, Massumeh formulas introduce innovative ingredients in the world of current cosmetics, as the whole cells of Saffron, or the mixture of protein silk and gold increases the power of penetration of the active agents of these ingredients. In addition, there are other components, traditionally used in ancient Persia for the protection of the skin of the women, such as semi-precious stones. Massumeh products are suitable for all types of skins and ages. They are equally suitable for men, who are becoming more and more regular users of these treatments. Although the quality and effectiveness of these cosmetics is easily proved, undoubtedly their best endorsement is the trust placed from important personalities of the international social scene.
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DO’S AND DON’TS OF
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Men’s fashion is often a slippery slope of what’s in style this season versus what anyone would actually want to wear. At William Henry, we believe in the “Classic Man.” Cool, bold, and effortlessly stylish, our men transcend the latest trends, and wear their personality like a statement. That’s why we’ve created a simple guide on how to dress and style simply, while remaining true to yourself.
DO INVEST IN A GOOD SUIT Pro Tip: If the TV show Mad Men has taught us anything, classic styles never go out of fashion. Keep it cool by never buttoning the bottom of a 2 or 3-button suit. If there’s one good thing in your closet, it should be your suit. A staple of any wardrobe, suits can be dressed up or down for any occasion. If you can only own one, follow these body type guidelines: • Slim Build: Double-Breasted Suit • Short Build: One-Button Suit • Broad Shoulders: Two-Button Suit • Heavy-Set: Three-Button Suit
DON’T IGNORE TAILORING Even the most expensive outfit will look cheap if it’s not tailored to your body. Unless you’re going to the gym, loose fitting clothes look sloppy, so take the time out to get your pants and shirts professionally tailored. A professional tailor will also be able to help you determine what cuts and styles look best on you.
DO INVEST IN COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR Pro Tip: Black shoes match all suit colors except brown. Brown shoes will generally match all suit colors except black. Whether you rock a suit or a pair of jeans and a T-shirt, your shoes will make a big difference on not only how you look, but how confident you feel. Take the time to look for shoes with classic details and made from high quality materials. These little investments now will save you from dealing with blistered feet and uncomfortable situations.
DO INVEST IN THE BASICS There are timeless pieces every man needs in their closet. Below we’ve listed the basic tools of the trade. Clothes: • T-shirt in black, white, and gray • Premium pair of slacks • Collared shirt • Sports coat • Tailored suit • Casual shoe • Dress shoe Accessories: • Cufflinks • Tie • Money clip • Watch or bracelet • Belt
DO ACCESSORIZE Men have come a long way in terms of fashion. Gone are the days where accessories were associated with femininity and frivolity. Rather, these days men’s jewelry and accessories are more on point with art and technology. 6. DON’T WEAR BIG BLING That being said, men’s accessories should be kept simple and classic. Look for pieces that emphasize workmanship and your own individuality, rather than the amount of diamonds that can be fit on it.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHOW YOUR PERSONALITY Let your clothes and
accessories reflect who you are and not how much you own. Don’t be afraid to take risks in your fashion as long as you wear it with confidence and fearlessness in mind.
DO KEEP IT CLASSIC Classic style and innovative accessories are hallmarks of a William
Henry man. For us, classic doesn’t just mean simple, rather it refers to bold lines, flattering cuts, and timeless ideas that make a sharp statement, while remaining understated and tasteful. From wearing dinosaur cufflinks with your favorite T-shirt and blazer to donning a meaningful pendant over a three-piece suit, we believe in men who take risks, while remaining true to classic design.
FOR MORE INFORMATION Since 1997, William Henry has been the leading brand
of luxury accessories and jewelry for men. Using a seamless integration of classic silhouettes with innovative materials, they remain at the forefront of functional art with a masculine edge. For more information on their products and designs, please visit them at: www.WilliamHenry.com
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THE SCENT OF A WOMAN To the perfume lover, vintage perfumes are a dangerous addiction that, once you have tried and smelt you will never want to return to the mass produced perfumes of today. Why I hear you ask, well it’s simply really they really don’t make ‘em like they used too! many of the ingredients common in vintage perfumes are no longer in use due to reduced availability, ecological or health concerns, costs, changing tastes, or a combination of the above. So if you like what you smell in vintage perfumery the real oakmoss in chypres, the natural ambergris and civet, unctuous musks, a high percentage of floral notes then it may be difficult to accept what is being manufactured today. For the purposes of clarity: “Vintage” is a relative term. It may refer to very old perfumes which have been out of production for years, or older formulations of classics that are still in production (nearly always in modified form), or even relatively recent perfumes discontinued in haste. Here we take a look at some vintage perfumes still available today.
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CHANEL Nº5 The legendary Chanel No 5 was the first perfume launched by Parisian couturier Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Chanel N°5 is a symbol of good taste and is currently one of the best selling perfumes in the world. Coco Chanel asked the perfume designer Ernest Beaux to create a perfume ‘ which smells like a woman’. Chanel N°5 is a very complex fragrance which does not allow any of the fragrant components to be isolated out of the composition, what was exactly a request of the great Chanel – the perfume should not smell like a rose, or a lily of the valley, but as a composition. The perfume became famous thanks to many celebrities who wore it, among which Marilyn Monroe. Chanel N°5 is often connected to her name because during an interview in 1954 she said that in bed she wore only ‘some drops of Chanel N°5’. That statement became a superb advertising slogan and a reason for millions of women around the world to choose this perfume. The current Chanel N°5 face is Nicole Kidman. Ernest Beaux created two series of perfume samples numbered 1-5 and 20-24 and asked Coco Chanel to choose one of them. Madame Chanel chose the sample no. 5 and thus the perfume got its name. Superstitious, Chanel presented her new perfume on the fifth day of the fifth month of 1921. The top notes are composed of aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, neroli and ylang-ylang, the heart of jasmine, rose, lily of the valley and iris, while the base is created of vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, amber and patchouli. The first Chanel N°5 was captured in a simple rectangular bottle with the top which resembled Place Vendome in Paris. The first bottle was designed by Chanel herself and represents her classical principle – the less is more.
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JOY BY JEAN PATOU JOY by Jean Patou was created as ‘the world’s most expensive perfume’ during the time of The Great Depression in 1929. JOY is created with a unique concentration of rare flowers with 10600 flowers of jasmine and 336 roses used within each bottle. During it’s most successful period JOY garnished enormous success and became the second best selling perfume of all times (the first best-selling is the legendary Chanel N°5). Intense and luscious with alluring floral composition, JOY was created by Henri Alméras, who made its top notes irresistibly delightful. The composition starts with fragrant jilt tuberose, luscious rose, ylang-ylang blossom, aldehydes, sweet and mouthwatering pear, and green notes. The heart beats passionately in pure and sweetly fresh jasmine notes, seductive and balmy spicy and darkened iris root. The base whiffs with sensual musk, warm and milky-powdery sandalwood, with mild musky civet tones. The bottle, of simple and straight lines with a golden thread around its neck, was designed by the architect Louis Süe in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sizes for Eau de Parfume and 30ml and 50ml sizes for Eau de Toilette. Regardless of its simplicity, the bottle leaves an impression of luxury and hints that its content is one of the best perfumes of the world.
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L’HEURE BLEUE L’Heure Bleue or ‘the bluish hour’ was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1912. The fragrance is velvety soft and romantic, it is a fragrance of bluish dusk and anticipation of night, before the first stars appear in the sky. The top notes open with spicy-sweet aniseed and fresh bergamot that gently lead to the heart of rose, carnation, tuberose, violet, and neroli. The soft and powdery floral notes are resting on a base of vanilla, Tonka bean, iris and benzoin. The perfume is mysterious, elegant, and timeless. The bottle is shaped like the one of Mitsouko and the stopper is shaped like a hollow heart that alludes to romantic pre-war years.
BAL A VERSAILLES Bal a Versailles by Jean Desprez is a Oriental fragrance for women. Bal a Versailles was launched in 1962. The nose behind this fragrance is Jean Desprez. Top notes are rosemary, orange blossom, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, rose, neroli, bergamot, bulgarian rose and lemon; middle notes are sandalwood, patchouli, lilac, orris root, vetiver, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley and leather; base notes are tolu balsam, amber, musk, benzoin, civet, vanilla, cedar and resins. Emeraude by Coty was launched in 1921 by Francois Coty. The perfume offers an oriental smell with top notes of orange, bergamot and lemon; middle notes of jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose and Brazilian rosewood & base notes of amber, sandalwood, patchouli, opoponax, benzoin and vanilla. The bottle is very simple and plain yet the pale green juice of the perfume is instantly recognizable 50 LUXURY LIVING
ARPEGE Arpege by Lanvin This famous perfume was made by Andre Fraysse for Lavine home in 1927. The name was chosen by the daughter of the perfumer and since she had been involved in music she chose name â€œArpegeâ€?, the musical term arpeggio. In 1993, the perfume was successfully reconstructed. The Top notes are: bergamot, aldehide, peach, orange bloom, honeysuckle, orris. In the heart there are: rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, coriander, sensitive plant, tuberose, violet, and geranium. The base consists of: sandal, vetiver, patchoulis, vanilla and musk. The bottle is lovely, the beautiful figures on the black misted background represent mother and daughter (the wife and daughter of the perfumer), who are getting ready for the ball. In October 2009 the house of Lanvin created Arpege 120, utilizing the popular fragrance created back in 1927 and reformed in 1993.
SHALIMAR Shalimar was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1925, as a tribute to the legendary love story between Emperor SHAHJAHAN and his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who sadly died during the birth of their 14th child at the age of 39. Her death devastated Shah Jahan and he built the Taj Mahal and Garden of Shalimar in memory of his wife and their undying love. Shalimar is one of the best selling perfumes ever and its magic is undeniable. The perfume is composed of citrus notes; lemon and bergamot, jasmine, may rose, opoponax, Tonka bean, vanilla, iris, Peru balsam and gray amber. Coolness of the citrus notes leads to floral heart ending with a warm and luxurious trail. In 1985, it was repackaged and presented encased in a Lucite box to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its original launch, to date the composition of the perfume remains the same as when it was launched in 1925. 51
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TRAVEL One of the greatest pleasures of life is being able to travel the world and wonder in awe at its beauty. From faraway exotic lands to exclusive destinations, resorts, spas, villas for your family vacation or romantic getaway Luxuary Living Magazine features some of the worldâ€™s finest luxury hotels and travel destinations.
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We all love to people watch, it has become a pastime enjoyed by many the world over. In cafes, and small bars people can be found ideally watching the world past before their very eyes or dream they could have the life presented before them. Marinas are one such place….. With an aura of luxury, glamour and mystic these multiplexes which once were fishing ports have evolved into some the world’s most fashionable destinations where the world most beautiful arrive on their floating palaces. The most expensive superyacht marinas in the world are located in the Mediterranean with the three most expensive and exclusive berthing all being located in Italy and not Monaco as one would imagine. Marina Grande, the gateway to the island of Capri is the world’s most expensive nestled among striking cliffs and colourful, quaint buildings the marina continually tops the Wealth Bulletin annual survey with pricing for renting a berth starting at €2,900 per night. Puerto Cervo in Sardinia and Marinia de Portofino on the Amalfi Coast completes the trio.
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Outside of Italy, Spain’s legendary playground for the rich and famous frequented by Saudi Royalty is Puerto Banus Marina, on the Costa del Sol. Here berthing can cost anything up-to €2,400 per day. Founded in the 1970’s by Jose Banus this marina has played host to Hollywood icons and is a celebrity haven with Hollywood greats such as Audrey Hepburn Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner and Cary Grant, to modern day superstars such as Antonio Banderas and Eva Longoria all holidaying within its shores. Fifth place is Ibiza’s Magna Marina on the hedonistic Balearic islands where prices in the peak season can reach up to €2,300 per day followed closely by France’s most famous Port de Saint –Tropez. The jewel of the French Riviera, this port like Puerto Banus in Spain has a celebrity heritage and has become an iconic destination for celebrities, models and millionaires since the 1950’s so it is surprising that its daily berth rate for a superyacht is only €1,650 per day. Port Hercules in Monaco host to the annual Monaco Yacht Show is probably one of the most famous marinas in the world so to be listed in seventh position is quite remarkable. Known for its combinations of wealth (being located in a tax haven may have something to do with this!), the marina exudes extravagance and glamour with berthing costs for a 55-metre superyacht costing just €1,200 per day. Outside of Europe the Miami Beach Marina on the Biscayne Bay in Florida is one of the largest marinas listed on the Wealth Bulletin’s list, with spaces for up to 400 yachts and 45 super-yachts. Miami Beach Marina is known among the super-yacht fraternity for its excellent has facilities, offering everything from an Olympic-sized swimming pool to 24-hour concierge services. Prices for a daily mooring her are surprisingly low in comparison to Europe with daily rates of just €883.00 In ninth position is the Port of Gustavia, in St Barths, with an extremely low daily rate of €500.00 this marina is considered to be one of the most exclusive marinas in the world primarily because it almost impossible to book during the peak seasons due to the small number of berthing places. Unlike its European marinas this marina is particularly busy during the winter months and especially Christmas and New Year’s.
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Last on the list is the Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi home to the only premier Middle Eastern marina. Upgraded in 2013 and host to the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix the marina has become a vibrant dining, lifestyle, fitness and entertainment precinct, featuring seven licensed restaurants offering large terraces with panoramic views of the Marina, a pedestrian promenade, a Ferrari theme park, a water park, and residential areas with houses, hotels and private beaches. Daily rates for superyacht start from as little as â‚Ź421.00.
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FESTIVE FUN & FRIVOLITY Christmas is fast approaching so why not get into the festive spirit this year with a visit to one or more Christmas Markets scattered across Europe. Forget the hassle of frantic seasonal shopping in overcrowded city streets. The ambience of one of Europeâ€™s advent markets encompasses everything a shopping centre experience does not â€“ think decorated gingerbread men, candlelit carol singing, stocking-fillers of glass ornaments, wooden toys and porcelain dolls, and the occasional traditional treat to help you on your merry way. Here we take a look at some of the oldest and most stunning European Christmas Markets for 2016.
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PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC 26th November 2016 - 6th January 2017 Christmas markets (Vanocni trh) are a key ingredient of the festive magic in the Czech Republic. And the Prague Christmas markets are most impressive, lighting up the city and bringing locals and tourists together to share in the spirit, in a true ‘winter wonderland’ setting. The two best Vanocni trh are situated on the slopes of Wenceslas Square and in the Old Town Square. The markets consist of brightly decorated wooden huts selling traditional handcrafted products such as intricate glassware and jewellery, embroidered lace, wooden toys, metal-ware, ceramic plates and mugs, scented candles, beautifully dressed puppets and dolls, Christmas tree ornaments, and hats, gloves and scarves. This picture perfect festive scene is complete with brightly decorated a wooden hut surrounding a giant glittering Christmas tree which is shipped in from the Krkonose Mountains in the North of the Czech Republic. It is erected at the Old Town Square and draped in a blaze of lights. The tree is switched on every night around 5pm. Set against Prague’s dark gothic skyline this is truly a spectacular sight. Finally the Prague Christmas markets wouldn’t be complete without sampling the local gourmet cuisine delights with offerings of honeyed gingerbread, vánocvka (a braided pastry with raisins), and vosí hnízda (biscuits laiden with nuts and rum).
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN 19th November – 23rd December 2016 Christmas Markets or Advent markets in Sweden are extremely popular with locals and tourists alike and highlight many Swedish Christmas traditions, for example the consumption of glögg which is a hot spicy wine. Warm yourself with a glass of spicy mulled wine (glögg) and browse over the most gorgeous handicrafts and Christmas decorations. You can sample typical Swedish Christmas delicacies at the markets too so look out for smoked sausage, reindeer meat and traditional Swedish Christmas sweets. The Liseburg Christmas Market which takes place in Gothenburg is reputed to be the largest in Sweden with over 60 stalls and an open air ice rink nearby. Outdoor stalls sell Swedish Christmas sweets, smoked sausages, reindeer meat, glögg and a wide range of Swedish handicrafts and other gifts. At least four Xmas Markets take place within the city area of Stockholm, namely Skansen on the park island of Djurgården, which has the world’s oldest open-air museum where the Christmas market date back to 1903, Gamla Stan, commonly known as The Old Town just south of the Royal Palace, is, the oldest of the Swedish capital’s four festive markets. Cobblestone streets, chiming church bells and a wonderful aroma of roasted chestnuts will make you feel like you’ve walked on the set of A Christmas Carol.
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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK 19th November – 31st December 2016 There are a number of charming Christmas markets to enjoy in Denmark, but if you’re looking for the most famous of them all – offering a real Danish flavour head to Copenhagen and the Christmas Market of Tivoli Gardens. Copenhagen is a Christmas city, not just because Greenland is the home of the ‘Julemand’ (Santa) but because this holiday is the most eagerly anticipated by all Danes who have passed down its simple pleasures and traditions from generation to generation. Each year the Tivoli Gardens are transformed into a winter wonderland thanks to more than 500,000 fairy lights. Although the Tivoli Christmas Market has only been running only since 1994, it attracts more than a million visitors, an astonishing figure given that Denmark has a population of 5.5 million. Stroll around the 60 colourfully painted stalls offering porcelain and wooden dolls while sipping on a warming glögg, (Danish mulled wine) which is laden with liquor, raisins and spices, followed by a hot apple dumpling to ward off the cold chills. Warm yourself with a cup of mulled wine (gløgg) and take your time picking out that perfect Danish design gift or decoration to take home. The Russian theme, introduced last season, is still going strong this year, although Nordic touches have returned by popular demand. While the replica of St. Basil’s Cathedral remains, then, a traditional Father Christmas is back, residing in a nineteenth-century pantomime theatre, while stall decoration takes its lead from Danish and Scandinavian customs. The gardens also offer an ice rink, rollercoaster and theme park rides for those up for more than just a leisurely amble round the handicraft stalls. Based in the centre of the capital it attracts up to a million visitors, so expect crowds.
VIENNA, AUSTRIA 17th November - 26th December 2016 The Christmas Market season starts as the Advent season descends upon Vienna. During Advent Vienna is a city of nostalgia and romance, concerts and nativity displays and traditional Christmas markets with over 25 markets ranging from the large to the small. Steeped in history is Vienna’s Christkindlmarkt one of the most renowned Christmas markets in Europe dating back over seven hundred years. Follow Viennese customs and wrap up in your finest faux-fur, sip on glühwein, purchase the deliciously scented natural beeswax candles or try the crescentshaped Christmas biscuits (vanillekipferl) while soaking in the city’s magical market atmosphere. Other classics include the Christmas market in front of City Hall, the traditional Viennese Christmas market on Freyung, and the markets at Spittelberg. The aromas of candied fruits, cotton candy and other delicacies like Christmas punch and roasted chestnuts wafting around the small wooden market stalls still retain their magical power. The Magic of Advent in Vienna during November and December complements the market in front of City Hall. The adjoining Rathauspark is a place of seasonal inspiration with festively adorned trees, pony-riding, trips on the Christkindl Express and fairy-tale scenes portrayed in artisticallyarranged displays. 64 LUXURY LIVING
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM 25th November 2016 - 1st January 2017 Magical Christmases have a dazzling, sparkly meaning for those in Brussels because the Christmas Markets at the Grand Place and Place St. Catherine’s area are filled to the brim with activities for children and adults. Temporary shopping chalets and even brassieres go up at the end of November and last for the entire month of December through to New Years. Activities include a skating rink, a Big Wheel (Ferris wheel), round-about and ice dinosaur monster. All have entrance fees, but it is an exciting time for a city during the coldest months of the year. Brass bands, free performances and ice sculptures are also on display as part of the cultural programme. One of the highlights for Christmas shoppers are the 240 wooden Christmas chalets opened during this time. They line the streets of Bourse, Marché aux Poissons and Place St. Catherines. These stalls look like gingerbread houses, twinkling with fairy lights and covered with ‘snow-top’ roofs. In a city famous for its cuisine, what better place to indulge your sweet tooth than in Brussels. The Christmas market acts more as a gastronomic affair, offering plump French olives, sumptuous Belgian chocolates, waffles, steaming plates of moules-frites and snails, and seasonal croustillons (sugared doughnuts). 67
STRASBOURG, FRANCE 25th November – 31st December 2016 With over 300 market chalets, Strasbourg attracts over 1.6 million visitors during the Christmas season. There is an impressive Christmas tree on Place Kléber and a skating rink on Place du Château. Founded in 1570, Strasbourg Christmas market is without a doubt the most famous of all.Young and old stroll from chalet to chalet, enjoying the spice bread, bretzels, confectionery, pastries and mulled wine on offer. Strasbourg Christmas markets have something for everyone, every whim is permitted and pleasant surprises are legion: a large number of events, concerts and exhibitions provide opportunities for interesting encounters. Christkindelsmärik the oldest and most famous Christmas market is surrounded by the Notre Dame Cathedral, wooden stalls are stacked with delicate ornaments and nativity figurines as well as mid-shopping snacks and local specialties such as bredele (cookies) and Flammekeuche (thin pizza with bacon, onions, and crème fraîche) other markets can be found on Place du Château, Place d’Austerlitz and Place du Cordeaux.
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RE-IMAGINING MIAMIâ€™S NOSTALGIC PAST
The Four Seasons Hotel re-invents an American legend that epitomizes luxury living in the 21st century while still evoking the old-school glamour of Miami Introducing Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside, Florida
INTRODUCING THE SURF CLUB FOUR SEASONS HOTEL AND RESIDENCES Situated on 900 feet of pristine white sand beach, Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside, Florida is the sophisticated epicentre of this exclusive enclave in the North Beach area of Miami. With Collins Avenue outside the front door, prestigious Bal Harbour shopping nearby and the nightlife of South Beach and Miami just a short drive away, Four Seasons offers a serene and luxurious getaway in a modern architectural marvel set amid nine acres of lush tropical gardens and gentle surf shaded by majestic palms.
THE HISTORIC SURF CLUB REBORN Since its creation as a private social club in 1930, The Surf Club has played an important role in the cultural history of Miami Beach as a nexus for the most exceptional personalities of the era, from scions of industrial fortunes to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor.
The original club’s historical landmark structure, a Russell Pancoast-designed Mediterranean villa replete with ballrooms, bathing cabanas and the legendary Peacock Alley loggia, will be preserved within the new vision designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Richard Meier but will incorporate some 21st century upgrades which result in some very dramatic changes. The restored 1930’s Russel Pancoast designed club will be flanked on either side by three 12-story glass towers. Two will house 150 luxury condominium residences and penthouses with each tower also housing its own gym, spa, heated pools and lush beachfront gardens. Every residence features a seamless integration of the indoor and outdoor living experience, making it possible to enjoy the abundant natural beauty of South Florida while preserving residents’ privacy. With views stretching from Biscayne Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, each home is set against the ever-changing and luminous backdrop of a vast sky and expanses of water. The third much smaller tower will be home to the Four Seasons Surf Club Hotel, With 77 guest rooms, including five unique accommodations that capture the essence of cabana culture, amenities include three pools, a pristine beach, cabanas, a holistic spa and wellness centre, a kids’ club paradise and fabulous oceanfront dining in the historic heart of the Hotel in Surfside, Florida. Now confirming arrivals beginning March 27, 2017 70 LUXURY LIVING
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EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER. What is it that makes Silversea the benchmark of luxury cruising? The cuisines by Relais & Chateaux? The all-inclusive luxury? The sumptuous suites with luxury soaps... The butler who anticipates your every need? Or perhaps it is Silverseaâ€™s Italian heritage, a European sophistication that so appeals to well-travelled, international guests. Aboard our ships you can explore secluded harbours untouched by time and tourists. Enjoy insider access in the worldâ€™s great cities. Bespoke tours so that you can roam where you please. Hardly what you would expect on an ordinary cruise. But then this is small-ship cruising. And we are Silversea. Ask about our all-inclusive fares with special savings, complimentary air fares and transfers. 72 LUXURY LIVING
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REGAL SCALE There is a cosmopolitan playground where ancient and ultra-modern worlds intertwine. Where an impressive city skyline plays backdrop to traditional souks. Where jewellers and gold merchants trade their wares. In this land known as dubai, where old meets new, there is One&Only Royal Mirage - an understated, stylish sanctuary facing the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf. The One&Only Royal Mirage pays tribute to Arabian architecture and hospitality on a truly regal scale. Considered the most stylish and romantic beach resort on Jumeirah Beach, it comprises three equally distinctive properties The Palace, Arabian Court and Residence & Spa. Stroll through abundant gardens. Run your hand over finely crafted mosaic tiles. Listen to the echo of rushing waterfalls and rippling streams scattered in lush green lawns. Intricate arches, domes and towers draw your gaze skyward. Your imagination soars as you dream of a fairy tale time gone by â€“ of sultans and kings and Arabian Nights. In this fast-paced land of soaring skyscrapers, a soothing massage in a traditional Moroccan Oriental Hammam offers rejuvenation and retreat.
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Unique location One&Only Royal Mirage located on Jumeirah Beach is peacefully nestled in a 65 acres oasis of landscaped gardens, just minutes away from the New Dubai. The resort rests on a kilometre of private beach coastline An oasis of majestic gardens, bubbling fountains and manicured lawns are home to 4 temperaturecontrolled swimming pools with tone on tone mosaic inlays and sparkling waters, shaded by palm trees to evoke the welcome of a cool desert oasis. The One&Only Royal Mirage is just a 10 minute drive from Emirates Golf Course and 20 minutes drive from Burj Khalifa.
The climate is ideal all year round: March to August (Spring/Summer) there is an average temperature of 32°C/90°F and from September to February (Autumn/Winter) the average temperature is 25°C/77°F. Dubai International Airport is a major worldwide hub providing access to more than 260 destinations, and just 30 minutes from the resort.
ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS The resorts boasts 3 floodlit tennis courts, a range of motorised and non-motorised water sports is along the private beach, world-class golf at the nearby prestigious PGA courses, surfing on sand dunes in the Arabian desert and KidsOnly Club offers exciting complimentary activities.
DINING The 8 dining venues offer an array of local and international cuisine – as well as a variety of unique bars concepts, including: A journey of culinary discovery with classic international cuisine from the Mediterranean, Morocco and South East Asia. Surrounded by palm trees, Eauzone features shaded wooden decks and floating ‘majlis’ overlooking the Arabian Gulf and the translucent pool. Oriental mezzehs are available at the spectacular Rooftop Terrace. The Jetty Lounge offers light fare and cocktails in a chic beach side setting, stunning at sunset.
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A WIDE VARIETY OF LUXURY ACCOMMODATION TO CATER TO GUESTS INDIVIDUAL NEEDS The resort consists of three equally distinctive properties: The Palace, Arabian Court and Residence & Spa. All rooms merge classic décor with modern amenities, featuring a private patio, terrace or balcony that faces the gardens and sea.
THE PALACE Commanding a regal presence along the beachfront, with 231 exquisitely appointed guest rooms and suites, all sea facing. A tranquil haven for rest and relaxation, The Palace is where guests can wander amid abundant gardens and stroll among the meandering water features and streams.
ARABIAN COURT The property is crafted in the spirit of the orient with dramatic architecture creating symmetry, amidst a landscape of fountains, walkways and lush gardens. With its 172 guests’ rooms and suites, the Arabian Court unravels before each guest, linked by intimate courtyards that lead from water to stone, from granite to wood and from palm trees to the sea.
RESIDENCE & SPA The Residence & Spa belongs to the prestigious association “Leading Hotels of the World” with 48 guests rooms and suites and 1 Beach Garden Villa Residence. It is an intimate sanctuary for those who wish to enjoy exclusive indulgence. The Arabian-styled private residences, each cared for by a specially selected, dedicated team.
BEACH GARDEN VILLA RESIDENCE The exclusive two-bedroom Villa provides a luxurious and ornate environment within the most secluded part of the resort. Nestled in a discreet location a mere 40 steps away from the beach the villa features two king-sized bedrooms and an Arabesque-styled lounge and dining area. With private driveway entrance, dedicated parking, its own temperature-controlled swimming pool and an intimate, shaded terrace
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Situated in a magnificent enclave between Sotogrande and Gibraltar lies San Roque a unique town of contrasting landscape with lush countryside, ocean views and traditional Spanish flair, here at its heart lays the stylish and elegant San Roque Golf Club and Suites. A Home away from Home that offers a personal sanctuary in an environment unwitnessed anywhere else. Opened in 1991, The San Roque Golf Club sits within 340 acres of natural Andalusian landscape surrounded by lush hills and historic cork oak woods. The magnificent mansion that has now been transformed into the club house and restaurant was once that of the Domecq sherry dynasty and today it is regarded as a favourite destination for anyone looking for a typical Andalucian experience. Since its origins The San Roque Golf Club has been one of Sotograndesâ€™ most famed and respected golf courses, set within the golden triangle of golf courses with Valderrama and Real Club de Sotogrande situated close by the San Roque Golf Course aims to attract both new and old golfers which it can easily accommodate thanks to the two magnificent courses: Old Course (6494 meters) and the New Course (6497 meters). The Suites themselves provide a beautiful place to stay and consist of fifty apartments which were lovingly remodelled in 2015. The 49 suites and 52 doubles have been charmingly built in a typical Andalucian style to blend seamlessly into their surroundings with each apartment providing spacious living and dining areas and a private terrace. The resort also has a spectacular lagoon-style pool with adjacent bar and a fully equipped fitness centre for those looking to maintain their workout routine. As one can imagine these suites have gained notoriety over the years and have been host to a plethora of celebrities most notably during the Ryder Cup in 1997, when both the European and the American team and their families resided within. Today the suites still bear witness to this, the nameplates of stars such as Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods can been seen proudly displayed upon the suite doors. For dining the resort boosts an exciting range of gastronomic options; the Argentine Tango Bar and Grill set around luscious gardens and pool area offers al fresco dining in the summer and a cosy, warm atmosphere in the winter months, Jacklinâ€™s Restaurant which is located within the main building, offers traditional Mediterranean cuisine while Bucintoro is the perfect place for Italian cuisine lovers and for those looking to sample authentic Japanese cuisine including sushi and tepanyaki then Kamakura is the place.
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"Slimming, Detox and Antiaging Cure" You can lose up to 4Kg in seven days, take advantage of the Detox properties of the mineral/medicinal waters, and revive your body and mind.
"Cura de Adelgazamiento, Detox & Antiaging" Pierda hasta cuatro kilos de peso, en siete dĂas, beneficiese de las propiedades Detox de las aguas mineromedicinales y renueve el cuerpo y mente.
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TRAVELLING THROUGH THE YEARS Louis Vuitton Malletier, commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton, or shortened to LV, is one of the world’s leading international fashion houses. Considered to be one of the most prestigious brands in the world and reported by Forbes to be “the Wolds most valuable brand”. Louis Vuitton products have become staple in every fashionista’s wardrobe and this season the brand introduces a new range of rolling trunks ‘The Horizon Collection’ created by Marc Nelson designed for today’s modern traveller, it is a modernised version of the French brands classic truck only lightweight and on wheels! Within this issue of Luxury Living Magazine we take a step back in time and trace the origins of Louis Vuitton and its iconic luggage.
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Designer, entrepreneur Louis Vuitton was born on August 4, 1821, in Anchay, a small hamlet in eastern Franceâ€™s mountainous, Jura region. Son of a farmer and milliner, Louis knew from a young age that he wanted more from life then just to struggle to makes end meet. Sadly Louis, mother passed away when he was only 10 years old, and his father remarried, legend has it Louis, new stepmother was as severe and wicked as any stepmother depicted by Disney and as a stubborn and headstrong child, antagonized by his stepmother and bored by the provincial life in Anchay, Louis resolved to run away for the bustling bright lights of the capital to Paris. At the age of 13, Louis left home alone and on foot, headed off on his 292 mile trek to Paris. He traveled for more than two years, taking odd jobs to feed himself along the way and staying wherever he could find shelter. He arrived in Paris in 1837, after just celebrating his 16th birthday. At this time Paris was engulfed in an industrial revolution that had produced a litany of contradictions: aweinspiring grandeur and abject poverty, rapid growth and devastating epidemics. The teenage Louis was overwhelmed yet inspired and soon gained employment as an apprentice in the workshop of a successful box-maker and packer named Monsieur Marechal. In 19th-century Europe, box-making and packing was a highly respectable craft, and after several years of training Louis had gained a reputation amongst the Paris more fashionable as one of the cityâ€™s premier practitioners.
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On December 2, 1851, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte staged a, coups d’etat which lead to his assumption to the Emperor of the French under the regal name Napoleon III. The re-establishment of the French Empire under Napoleon III proved incredibly fortunate for the young Louis as Napoleon III’s wife, the Empress of France, Eugenie de Montijo, a Spanish countess hired Louis as her personal box-maker and packer and charged him with looking after her beautiful clothes and garments which provided Louis with a gateway to mix with the elite and royalty. Shortly after the young Louis met and married a 17-year-old beauty named Clemence-Emilie Parriaux and a few months after his marriage, he left Monsieur Marechal’s shop and opened his own box-making and packing workshop in Paris. The sign outside the shop read: “Securely packs the most fragile objects. Specializing in packing fashions.” Four years after opening his own shop, Louis had designed and produced an entirely new trunk. Instead of leather, it was made of a gray canvas that was lighter, more durable, and more impervious to water and odors. More importantly, unlike previous trunks, which were dome-shaped, Louis’s trunks were rectangular making them stackable and far more convenient for shipping via the railroad and steamship. Louis’s trunk revolutionised luggage and were documented as “the birth of modern luggage”.
The trunks proved an immediate commercial success, with advances in transportation and the expansion of travel this placed an increasing demand for Louis’s trunks and in 1859, to fulfill the requests placed for his luggage, he expanded into a larger workshop in Asnieres, a village outside Paris, however, due to the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War and the subsequent siege of Paris business was suspended. When the siege finally ended on January 1871, Louis returned to Asnieres to find the village in ruins, his staff dispersed, his equipment stolen, and his shop destroyed. Showing the same stubborn, can-do spirit he displayed all those years ago walking almost 300 miles alone at the age of 13, Louis immediately devoted himself to the restoration of his business and within months he had built a new shop at a new address, 1 Rue Scribe. This new shop was centered in the heart of New Paris, and was home to the prestigious Jockey Club and had a decidedly more aristocratic feel than Louis’s previous location in Asnieres so a new focus on luxury was adapted. The following year, Louis introduced a new trunk design featuring beige canvas and red stripes, this simple, yet luxurious, new design appealed to Paris’s new elite and marked the beginning of the Louis Vuitton label’s modern incarnation as a luxury brand. Soon thereafter, due to the continuing imitation of his look, in 1888, Louis created the Damier Canvas pattern, which bore a logo that reads “marque L. Vuitton déposée”, which translates into “L. Vuitton registered trademark” 89
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For 20 years, Louis’s Vuitton continued to operate out of 1 Rue Scribe, innovating high-quality, luxury luggage, until he died on February 27, 1892, at the age of 70, but the Louis Vuitton line did not die with its eponymous founder. Under the direction of his son Georges Vuitton, the company began a campaign to build the company into a worldwide corporation, exhibiting the company’s products around the world launching the signature Monogram Canvas under a worldwide patent. Its graphic symbols, including quatrefoils and flowers (as well as the LV monogram), were based on the trend of using Japanese and Oriental designs of the late Victorian era. Under the guise of George Vuitton the Louis Vuitton Company introduced the Steamer Bag, a smaller piece of luggage designed to be kept inside Vuitton luggage trunks, the Keepall Bag, the Noé Bag made for champagne vintners to transport bottles and the Speedy Bag. In 1936 Georges Vuitton died, and his son, Gaston-Louis Vuitton, assumed control of the company and in 1966, the Papillon was launched (a cylindrical bag that is still popular today). In 1987 Louis Vuitton merged with Moët Hennessy a company formed in 1987 after the merger of prestigious cognac makers Hennessy and champagne producers Moët & Chandon and became LVMH Moët Hennessy, better known as LVMH. The label also opened its first stores in Japan: in Tokyo and Osaka and later expanded its presence in Asia with the opening of a store in Taipei, Taiwan in 1983 and Seoul, South Korea in 1984. By 1989, Louis Vuitton had come to operate 130 stores worldwide. Entering into a new decade of the 1990s and having operated for over 136 years the brand continued its expansion and opened its first Chinese location at the Palace Hotel in Beijing. Further products were introduced such as the Taiga leather line in 1993, and the literature collection of Voyager Avec... in 1994. Under the guidance of Marc Jacobs its Artistic Director in 1997, Louis Vuitton released the company’s first “prêt-à-porter” line of clothing for men and women, and in 2001, Stephen Sprouse, in collaboration with Marc Jacobs, designed a limited-edition line of Vuitton bags that featured graffiti written over the monogram pattern. This design was to become Louis Vuitton’s most successful collection, Jacobs also created the charm bracelet, the first ever piece of jewellery from Louis Vuitton. Over the coming years Louis Vuitton has introduced, the Tambour watch collection, the new Monogram Multicolore canvas range of handbags and accessories, the Speedy watch collection & the Damier Graphite canvas and has inaugurated stores in New York City, São Paulo, Mexico City, Cancun and Johannesburg, Shanghai, Champs-Élysées store in Paris and in 2010, Louis Vuitton opened what it described as their most luxurious store in London. With stores in every continent it is little wonder that Louis Vuitton is regarded as the most prestigious brand globally and is loved and adorned by stars and A-list celebrities alike who, even today with our fast paced methods of travel mirror that of the Paris elite of 1854 will not be seen dead travelling without there LV luggage. 90 LUXURY LIVING
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LIVING Luxury is in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to a luxurious lifestyle, we like to think that we know a thing or two. Our responsibility is to connect our readers with the worldâ€™s most prestigious companies and events, such as the Cannes Film Festival, Art Basel and of course, the Monaco Yacht Show. We are unashamedly luxurious and believe life is far too short to not enjoy the finer things in life.
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TRANSFORMING MIAMIâ€™S ART SCENE
Over the last few years Art Basel has slowly transformed Miami Beach from a hip and happening vacation spot into an art-world mecca. Each year art connoisseurs, gallery owners and members of the international art world head south from Switzerland in what can only be deemed as the art worlds own version of spring break.
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This year Art Basel Miami Beach a spinoff of the premier international art show which began over 40 years ago, in 1970, in Basel, Switzerland will mark its 15th anniversary and from November 28th to December 4th, 2016 it will again play host to the international art world. Since its inception in 2002 Art Basel Miami Beach has evolved transforming the reputation of Miami which was perhaps better known for miles and miles of sandy beaches, classic Art Deco architecture and its wild and crazy nightlife. During the month of December Miami Beach is now recognised as an important art show with ground-breaking and visionary programs offering a series of special exhibitions at museums and galleries across its city. This year more than 269 galleries are set to participate, although thousands of galleries from across the world apply in Basel’s five categories - Nova, Edition, Survey, Positions and Galleries only several hundred are accepted to exhibit at the fair. This year’s list of accepted spaces includes galleries from 29 countries, including The Box and Various Small Fires from Los Angeles, Clearing and JTT from New York, House of Gaga from Mexico City, Galerie Greta Meert from Brussels, High Art from Paris, Nanzuka from Tokyo and two Miami-based exhibitors: Fredric Snitzer Gallery and David Castillo Gallery. The fair held at the Miami Conference Centre which offers 500,000 feet of exhibit space, a brand new 60,000 square foot ballroom, and 81 meeting rooms is divided into varied themed-sectors, the largest, the “Galleries” section, will feature 193 exhibitors. “Survey,” now in its third year, will present 14 curated presentations of work from before 2000. “Nova,” on the other hand, will focus on newer galleries and up-and-coming artists, with 35 exhibitors. “Edition” will bring together 11 galleries who focus on print-based work and finally, the “Positions” sector, with 16 solo booths, will provide a platform for individual artists to showcase a major project. Part of the “Art Basel Experience” is the series of official and unofficial events taking place at the same time which make up the “Miami Art Week.” Hotel lobbies along the Art Deco District transform into mini-galleries, and beyond the beach, a lot of the action will be at Miami’s up-and-coming neighbourhoods: the Miami Design District, Midtown and the Wynwood Arts District where large tents, temporary warehouses, make-shift galleries and stores pop up. The atmosphere here is quite different from the main venue, especially at Wynwood, reflecting on the very unique and spirited edginess of the alternative exhibitors. Art Basel Miami is something one has to witness to truly get a grasp for how magnificent it is. There is no shortage of things to do and see – including the eclectic and avant-garde fashions worn by the attendees and participants as they walk through the galleries and surrounding area unwittingly creating a show within the show. The annual event is something everyone who has an affinity for art, culture, design and creativity in general should experience first-hand at least once in their lifetime.
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1. Bergamin & Gomide - Paulo Roberto Leal - Entretela, 1975. 2. Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois - Jacques VilleglĂŠ - 14 Juillet, December, 1960 3. Galerie Jocelyn Wolff - Franz Erhard Walther-Die Erinnerung untersockelt (Drei Zitate), Wallformation series, 1983. 4. Gemini G.E.L., LLC - John BaldessariPyramid, 2016 5. 11R - Mika Tajima - Negative Entropy (New York University Central Data Center High Performance Computing, Double) 2015. 6. Galerie Maria Bernheim - Manuel Burgener - Untitled, 2016.
CASTRO’S COHIBA LEGACY Beloved by diplomats and world leaders, Cuban cigars are the stuff of legend and the country’s most famous export. This year Cohiba one of the youngest brands to emerge from the Cuban Revolution celebrates its 50th anniversary.
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When Christopher Columbus discovered ‘the new world’ in 1492 he was greeted in Cuba by its original inhabitants the Tainos, who delighted in smoking bunches of dried leaves which they called ‘Cohiba´s’ fast forward 470 years to Cuba’s revolutionary regime and a brand emerges that continues to revolutionize the cigar world today.. The story begins with Castro Fidel the Cuban leader, who driving in a car with his bodyguard asks his bodyguard what he is smoking, the bodyguard replies a fuma, a hand-made cigar made by a friend who worked at the nearby cigar factory, Castro tasted the cigar and enjoyed it so much that he ordered the cigars be made exclusively for him and his government officials including Ernesto “Che” Guevara at a top secret location the El Laguito Factory, a huge white mansion set beside a small lake in Havana. Secrecy was paramount to Castro as he feared the CIA was plotting to assassinate him via a poisoned or exploding cigar. It was here at the El Laguito factory that the Cohiba brand was devised. Tobacco leaves were sourced from plantations far and wide to try and recapture the original fuma taste with the final blend said to use leaves from ten of the finest plantations within the San Juan y Martinez and San Luis districts of the Vuelta Abajo growing area it was also during this development stage that an additional fermentation process was added to aid maturation. The Cohiba brand was formally launched in 1968 and soon became the official diplomatic gift sent to other cigar-smoking world leaders packaged in a wooden box with a distinctive black and yellow band Cohiba cigars were fast becoming the brand-name of Cuba. Still unavailable for commercial sale thanks in part to the US 1962 US embargo act. Having acquired a reputation amongst aficionado as one of the best cigars in the world the Cohiba was finally released commercially in 1982, in conjunction with the World Cup in Spain. At the time of its launch the brand had only three sizes the Classic line: Lancero, a size known in factories as Laguito No. 1; Corona Especial, or Laguito No. 2, and Panetela, or Laguito No. 3. In 1989, three further sizes were added: a Robusto, also named Robusto in factory jargon, an Exquisito, or Seoane, and an Esplendido, known as Julieta No. 2.
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In 1992 the Línea 1492 was launched to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in Cuba with Siglo I, II, II, III, IV, V each represents the five centuries since Columbus first discovered tobacco in the New World. The Maduro 5, the Cuban maduro (dark wrapper) cigar line was added in 2007. The Maduro 5 is heir to the best tradition of Cuban dark wrapper cigars (capa madura), which uses the upper leaves of the plant and obtains its characteristic range of dark colours and texture through a long, complex process of fully natural fermentation. This wrapper, enhanced by 5 years of aging, is used in Cohiba’s Maduro 5 line. Today Cohiba is the flagshop of the Cuban Cigar manufacturers Habanos S.A, however like any other sought-after-luxury good product; it has become the subject of brand piracy, counterfeiting and more seriously disputes over trademark registration yet none of this has managed to slow down the brand’s appeal across the world. Cohiba continues to occupy its place in the global cigar market as one of the leading brands, as one of the most expensive cigars on retail shelves and as one of the most sought-after smokes for anyone who loves cigars.
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After taking power in 1959 Fidel Castro was rarely photographed without a cigar
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The worldâ€™s first high-security traveling case by DĂśttling
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The world has become a safer place with the world’s first high-security traveling case from the Döttling safe manufactory in Maichingen: the Döttling Guardian. It offers unique protection for up to six wristwatches, jewelry, cash, or important documents – any place and at any time.
MULTIPLE COMPONENTS FOR SINGULAR SECURITY A double-walled high-security tube – an in-house development by Döttling made of multiple components – is built into the leather. The hard metal component is almost as hard as a diamond and destroys tools such as drills and saws attempting to breach the Guardian. The tube’s polycarbonate content – a material also used for police shields – additionally makes the Guardian extremely impact-resistant. The material cannot be destroyed even with the biggest sledgehammers. At one end of the high-security tube there is a safe door that can only be opened with a three-digit code. If it is entered correctly the locking mechanism, consisting of four polished high-carbon steel locking bolts, opens. In brief, when locked, opening the Guardian requires incredible force and a good deal of time – time that’s short because the Guardian is also equipped with a GPS transmitter so it can be precisely located.
INDIVIDUAL TO THE EXTREME As for the exterior of the Guardian, the same applies here as to all Döttling products: there are hardly any limits to its individuality. For instance, the grip mounts made of polished stainless steel can be engraved. All imaginable variations of fabric or leather are also possible for the cover. All of this ensures that the Guardian is not recognizable as a “travel safe” – yet another plus for your safety.
GOES ANYWHERE WITH EASE The Döttling Guardian can be carried with either a hand grip or a shoulder strap, or, thanks to its compact construction with a length of only 14.5 inches and a diameter of 5.3 inches, can even be put in a suitcase. And in spite of its high-tech security features, it weighs only 8.8 pounds, making it a real lightweight that you can take along anywhere with an easy mind.
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SHORT PLEASURES ASSORTMENT The Davidoff “Short Pleasures” Assortment offers aficionados of premium cigars a rich assortment of four cigars that promises to be the perfect companion for short, relaxing moments in their hectic everyday lives.
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INDULGE YOURSELF u A NEW TWIST ON AN OLD FOUNTAIN PEN The S.T. Dupont has influenced the world with its exceptional writing instruments & lighters, since its humble beginnings in 1872 becoming the favoured brand by some of the world’s most rich and famous such as Queen Elizabeth II, Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn. Today, S.T. Dupont continues to master its skills in metal working, precious Chinese lacquer and trunk making to craft its elegant masterpieces and maintain its quest for excellence. Its most recent collaboration with Metaxas & Sins has resulted in a special edition pen and lighter set for their Haute Creation “Helix”. According to artist Kostas Metaxas “The main idea was to use geometric patterns and shapes that could never be considered for pen manufacturing since pens are traditionally machined on a spinning lathe and hence, shapes are limited to “tubes”. The Helix breaks free from this to create a very personal sculpture that could also be used as a writing instrument.” Helix is limited to a collection of just 300 individually numbered pieces. www.st-dupont.com
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QUEEN OF THE CURVE Months after the unexpected passing of Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born British architect is still dazzling design enthusiasts all over the world. Her latest home collection entitled UltraStellar designed exclusively for her close friend London gallerist David Gill has been unveiled and as always her organic, ambiguous, and timeless designs shines through. The pieces within the collection combines previous designs from her Liquid Glacial collection and several new pieces, including a futuristic metal and glass chandelier, two rippling coffee tables (one in walnut and one in her favourite medium - clear acrylic) and two chairs. The Ultrastellar collection, which is available for sale and ranges in price from $20,760 to $343,800, is currently on display in David Gillâ€™s gallery - www.davidgillgallery.com
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THE CHAIR THAT NEUTRALIZES GRAVITY Elysium is a chair like no other, it has taken 14years of scientific research, meticulous design and medical expertise to make the most technologically advanced, supportive and luxurious chair ever created. Designed and built to neutralise gravity it is also the only chair in the world where body position can be controlled by a simply hand gesture, allowing the user to experience a feeling akin to weightlessness. According to the chair’s official website, there is a spot between lying and sitting up when your weight is evenly distributed and your body passes through zero gravity. “This results in sensory attenuation is the principle of flotation therapy and can help with reducing pain from sciatica and other back problems.” Created by DavidHugh Ltd in Cambridge, England, the chair at first glance resembles that of a dentist’s chair but the carbon fibre skeleton at the chair’s core, paired with the milled aluminium mechanisms and stitched leatherwork has resulted in chair that may be the closest us earthbound folks will ever get to knowing what it feels like to float in space. Handmade at a workshop in Cambridge, UK, the Elysium chair is limited to just 20 chairs priced at a staggering £20,000 each. The Elysium is currently on display at the Bang & Olufsen flagship showroom in Knightsbridge, West London. For more information visit: www.davidhugh.com
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THE PURSUIT OF PERFECTION Jaime Tresserra’s creates furniture that combines elegant lines with sensuous curves. A Spanish artisan his exquisite furnishings inspire devotion amongst the select few who can indeed afford to purchase his pieces. His creations are beautiful, elegant and refined boasting a high degree of sophistication and have adorned the Arts Hotel and the Museum of Decorative Arts, both in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, as well as the private offices of the Royal Palace in Qatar. His most recent creation the Bolero pool table is a pool table like no other. This pool table can be supplied in lemon wood from Ceylon or dark or light walnut. The fittings are stainless steel with pockets in clay coloured “Ertalon” and beige Vaquetilla leather, gold-coloured upholstery, and a slate playing surface complete the exquisite look. In addition, it comes with a triangle, brush, leather ball tray, table-matching chalk, and a protective cover, and features a built-in drawer for storage. Priced at €120,000 the Bolero is a sumptuous take on a traditional games table harking back to bygone era of elegance and leisure. For more information visit: www.tresserra.com
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MONTBLANC 4810 COLLECTION Montblanc marks its 110th anniversary this year with a new 4810 Collection, building on this best-selling line that was first presented in 2006 for the Maison’s centennial celebrations. The new 4810 Collection respects all the codes of Montblanc’s watchmaking, with its strong, elegant and sporty design, offering a new sophisticated interpretation of this much loved 4810 Collection for the modern traveller who needs a performance timepiece he can rely on. It was in 1906, during a booming period of manufacturing, that three pioneers travelled to America – engineer August Eberstein, merchant Alfred Nehemias and stationery trader Claus Voß – inspired by what they discovered. They developed a writing instrument with non-leaking technology and a piston convertor. Eberstein was the visionary engineer of the trio, and had spent many years researching micro mechanical innovations in the United States and England. His vision
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of performance, innovation and perfect quality became the nucleus and driving force of Montblanc. VoĂ&#x;, on the other hand, was the entrepreneur. He had been actively seeking for innovations with unique development potential. When he met Eberstein he immediately recognized his creativity and passion for engineering and knew he would be the perfect partner to complement his own entrepreneurial drive. In 1910, the three founders adopted the name Montblanc, after the highest mountain in Europe, and made it a symbol for their vision for excellence. This desire for the highest quality translated into ultimate performance, true innovation and the finest craftsmanship, values that continue to drive Montblanc today. The peak of the Mont Blanc Mountain measures 4,810 meters, a number which has always been an iconic figure for the Maison. Today this number is reborn in the new 4810 Collection and honours the spirit of excellence that was set by the Maisonâ€™s founders when they began their incredible journey 110 years ago.
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The beginning of the 20th century was an exciting time for innovation. It marked a departure for new horizons especially with transportation across the Atlantic driving international commerce and cultural relations. Thanks to ground breaking new inventions, the rise of the marine steam engine and improved navigational methods, there was a quantum leap in sea travel. Passenger liners competed against each other for the Blue Riband award - a prestigious prize for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic ocean. The record was based on average speed, as ships took different routes across the ocean, and only recognized the fastest speed westbound against the challenging Gulf Stream. This much-coveted award attracted both passengers and freight companies who sought out the fastest and most powerful ships. The Blue Riband became a true symbol of distinction and high achievement and its spirit is part of the new Montblanc 4810 Collection, embracing peak performance and horological excellence.
During these enterprising times, the cities with the largest ports experienced the most vigorous growth and development, becoming hubs for trade, cultural exchange and innovation. The port of Hamburg was among them; as Germany’s largest port it soon became referred to as the country’s “Gateway to the World”. Thanks to the port, the city of Hamburg was thriving with international trade, but also the manufacture of Germany’s own sumptuous ocean liners, which were quickly recognized as the world’s most important and modern shipping vessels. Montblanc’s roots were set down in Hamburg during these dynamic times and are celebrated in the new Montblanc 4810 Collection from both a technological and aesthetic point of view. To celebrate the Maison’s 110th anniversary, and the incredible era in which it was founded, Montblanc is introducing a number of unique new timepieces in its 4810 Collection. With a choice of three in-house movements including a number of manufacture complications – Calibre MB 29.21 ExoTourbillon Stop-Second, Calibre MB LL100.1 TwinFly Chronograph, and the Calibre MB 29.20 World Timer. Each timepiece in the 4810 Collection follows the strong and elegant design codes of the Maison with guilloché dials featuring the prominent exploding Montblanc star motif, red gold Roman numerals and indexes, larger and bolder cases, and beautifully designed regate-shaped and skeleton hands. The attention to detail brings a new level of sophistication to the 4810 Collection, showing how Montblanc continues to “share the passion” for watchmaking with timepieces that offer functions, quality and aesthetics to seduce watch aficionados the world over.
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THE COLLECTION To celebrate its 110 years anniversary Montblanc unveils three limited editions the Montblanc 4810 Collection. All of the pieces find their inspiration in the golden age of travel across the Atlantic ocean. Each limited timepiece pays homage to this era with different artistic illustrations of the world’s oceans on each of its unique dials.
u EXOTOURBILLON SLIM 110 YEARS EDITIONS The theme of travel across the Atlantic is beautifully highlighted in three Montblanc ExoTourbillon Slim 110 years Editions with a miniature hand painting of a map of the North American, Asian and European Continent on the dial. Each of the 110 pieces are totally unique as no individual hand-painted map can ever be exactly the same as another. The lower section of the dial has been decorated with the Côtes de Genève motif to highlight the ExoTourbillon construction at 6 o’clock, and a single rhodium-plated XII and rhodium-plated skeletonized hands maximize the view of the map. A discreet minute track has been added to the exterior of the dial with a red “60” at 12 o’clock for ease of reading. A close look at the ExoTourbillon Slim 110 years Editions reveals a 42 mm white gold case with a number of subtle design details, including a thin bezel with satin finishing on the border and horns that, while straight from above, are slightly curved on the underside for maximum comfort on the wrist. These limited editions features the Calibre MB 29.24 - powered for the very first time by a microrotor decorated with a Côtes de Genève en Eventail pattern that reveals an undisturbed view on this patented manufacture movement beneath a large sapphire crystal on the back of the timepiece. The Montblanc 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim 110 years Editions are fitted with a black alligator strap with a 18 K white gold pin buckle. 115125
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ORBIS TERRARUM POCKET WATCH 110 YEARS EDITION This is the first time Montblanc has created a pocket watch, and what better occasion than the Maison’s 110th anniversary to introduce such a new timekeeper. The Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch 110 years Edition not only harks back to the beginning of the 20th century when pocket watches were the timekeepers of choice, but also features the highly appreciated world timer function - the perfect complication for the modern traveler. Powered by the Calibre MB 29.20, the world timer complication has been developed and assembled entirely in-house by the Maison’s watchmakers. The dial is highly legible thanks to the 53 mm “Lépine” style steel case and a pure design, which leaves plenty of room for the 24 city names. The multi-layer dial is crafted out of layers of sapphire crystal showing the continents as viewed from the North Pole. Around the map are the names of the 24 cities representing the different time zones, while under the map a disk indicates the passage of day and night, as well as the 24 time zones.
This disk rotates with the movement mechanism, causing the continents to change colour as the day evolves into night. The pocket watch is completed with the addition of a refined steel chain that has been crafted like a ship’s rope, recalling the theme of Atlantic crossing and the Maison’s passion for aesthetic perfection and technical performance, just like the luxury cruise liners of the last century that conveyed the innovative spirit of the age.
u TWINFLY CHRONOGRAPH 110 YEARS EDITION Highly functional manufacture complications are an integral part of Montblanc’s horological offering, as the new Montblanc 4810 TwinFly Chronograph 110 years Edition illustrates so well. This flyback chronograph allows the wearer to time one event, and then stop, reset and restart the chronograph with just one press of a button. Driving the functions of the Montblanc 4810 TwinFly Chronograph 110 years Edition is the Maison’s self-winding Calibre MB LL100.1 that has been developed and assembled entirely in-house and features both a chronograph and a dual time indication. The chronograph mechanism uses a traditional column wheel and a vertical clutch system to start and stop the chronograph with perfect precision. On the aesthetic side, all the familiar Montblanc design codes can be found in the Montblanc 4810 TwinFly 110 years Edition, starting with a 43 mm steel case and a large opening for the silvery-white guilloché dial, whose pattern depicts an exploded view of the iconic Montblanc Star. The hours are marked by alternating red gold-plated Limited to 1,110 pieces, the Montblanc 4810 TwinFly Chronograph 110 years Edition comes fitted with an elegant black alligator strap. 114859
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MOVERS AND SHAKERS OF TODAY’S LUXURY BRAND MARKETS?
INTERBRAND RELEASES 2016 BEST GLOBAL BRANDS REPORT Leading brand consultancy, Interbrand have named Apple, Google and Coca-Cola the three most valuable brands in its 2016 Best Global Brands report, with automotive and technology brands dominating the ranking with Tesla and Dior entering the Top 100 brands. Now in its 17th year, the report reveals the Anatomy of Growth, and features an insider’s view of how great brands grow great businesses. “It’s clear the best global brands are not just weathering change, but driving it,” says Jez Frampton, Interbrand’s Global Chief Executive Officer. “They understand their Anatomy of Growth is complex, unique and personal; they look inward and outward, expand into new markets, and create better experiences to grow their brands and businesses.”
‘MOVERS AND SHAKERS’ • The largest growth was achieved by Facebook (48 percent growth), Amazon (33 percent), LEGO (25 percent), Nissan (22 percent) and Adobe (21 percent). • For the fourth year in a row, Apple and Google claimed the top positions. Apple’s brand value grew by 5 percent to USD $178,119m, while Google’s brand value rose 11 percent to USD $133,252m. Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Toyota, IBM, Samsung, Amazon, Mercedes-Benz and GE round out the Top 10. • Hermes continues to grow improving this year by 17%, this is the highest increase within the retail sector and expands upon its 22% increase from last year • Retail is the Top Growing Sector, increasing 19 percent, followed by the sporting and luxury sectors—each experiencing a 10 percent increase. • Prada dropped dramatically in the rankings with-12% compared to last year • Hugo Boss suffered one of its worst years dropping out of this year’s top 100 122 LUXURY LIVING
METHODOLOGY Interbrand’s 17th annual report analyzes how brands help grow businesses—from delivering on customer expectations to driving economic value. This methodology was the first brand valuation method to become ISO certified. The ranking is based on three key components that contribute to a brand’s cumulative value: • The financial performance of the branded products and services • The role the brand plays in influencing customer choice • The strength the brand has to command a premium price or secure earnings for the company
The Top 100 brands have a combined total value of USD $1,796,384m, an increase of 4.8% from 2015.
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Artist: Hans Op de Beeck - Photo: Linda Nylind
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FROZEN IN TIME FRIEZE LONDON RELIVES THE ‘NAUGHTY NINETIES’
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Frieze the iconic London art magazine, conceived back in 1991 by Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, celebrates its 25th birthday this year. Since its launch it has gone on to establish global recognition within the contemporary art world publishing three further magazines; Frieze d/e, Frieze Masters Magazine and Frieze Week and hosts three international art fairs; Frieze New York, Frieze Masters and Frieze London which is classed as one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs in the world. To mark its 25th anniversary Frieze London showcased a special retrospective ‘The Nineties’ at its annual fair held during the month of October. Selected by Geneva-based curator Nicolas Trembley, 14 galleries were invited to revisit seminal exhibitions from the 1990s, “The Nineties signified such a radical shift in time from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the AIDS crisis and the creation of the internet” Trembley said, “and galleries became key leaders rather than institutions.” Each gallery was tasked with highlighting key collaborations between dealers and artists that had a lasting impact on contemporary art and shaped what it is today.
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The iconic photographs ‘Ray’s a Laugh’, which were published in 1996 were some of the most defining images of contemporary art during the 1990’s. Taken with a cheap throw away camera the photographs portrayed the poverty and deprivation in which Richard Billingham grew up and embodied everything the 1990’s stood for ; unconventional, troubled and Britpop! The images were deeply shocking, not so much for their content but for how they showcased with such honesty the slobbish and grotesque family lifestyle most would keep hidden behind closed doors. More than 30 pieces were later included in the ‘Sensation’ exhibition of 1997 at the Royal Academy of Art. 126 LUXURY LIVING
WOLFGANG TILLMANS AT GALERIE BUCHHOLZ
Galerie Buchholz presented a 1:1 reconstruction of the original exhibition space of Wolfgang Tillmans’ first gallery exhibition, which took place at Buchholz & Buchholz in Cologne in January 1993. The original installation consisted of more than 60 unframed c-prints, photocopies and magazine pages. What made this installation so important was “the radical thinking” behind it. No one at that time would have thought to hang magazine pages alongside original photographs and then leave the photographs unframed. The use of different materials and means of reproduction within one exhibition was, as Tillmans said: “To show the equivalents between a hand-printed fine photographic print that I made with my own hands, and a magazine page that has been printed for 30,000 copies, but that had been laid out and designed by me.” The 1993 exhibition established Tillmans’ within the fine-art world, elevating him from magazine to gallery photographer yet this transition was predominantly in part to the recession and the changing in spending habits.
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French artist Pierre Joseph was one of the most significant artists of the 90’s who enacted little narrative scenarios with living people. His works appear as living sculptures moving or standing but not talking, and are inspired by fairy tales, role plays, advertising or contemporary life. Air de Paris presented works from the series ‘Characters to Be Reactivated.’ (1991-95), with a performance in which different characters, from policemen to sex workers, took over the gallery Pierre’s work helped to the art world to define the meaning of ‘relational aesthetics’ 127
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DANIEL PFLUMM AT GALERIE NEU
Pflumm was a central figure in the cultural scene of 1990s Berlin. Pflumm founded the legendary Elektro club on Berlin’s Mauerstraße which featured DJs such as Jeff Mills and DJ Hell from 1992 until its closure in 1994. It was here at Elektro, one would find TV monitors playing videos made by Pflumm: short segments from recorded news, TV commercials, and brand logos looped. His work blurred the boundaries between art, electronic music and nightlife.
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Steven Parrino appeared on the scene at the end of the 1980s with his unmistakable monochrome canvases which, following the painting process, were dismounted from their frame and subsequently re-stretched into scrunched, three-dimensional forms. The paintings jut, relief-like, from the wall, suggesting, in the words of Robert Nickas, “the crumpled body of a car after an accident… a clear sign of violence being served cold”. Alongside this, the artist used aluminium honeycomb panels from aircraft manufacture and canted them in such a way that they protruded into space as three-dimensional objects mimicking a gesture of destruction. “When I started making paintings, the word on painting was PAINTING IS DEAD. I saw this as an interesting place for painting death can be refreshing” said Steven Parrino “so I started engaging in necrophilia approaching history in the same way that Dr. Frankenstein approached body parts’ Following in the tradition of Frank Stella’s ‘Black’ series as well as Andy Warhols’s Electric Chair and Disaster paintings, Parrino’s highly individual ‘necrophilic’ approach made him a trailblazer for artists who turned to the dark side of human existence. For more information about Frieze visit: www.frieze.com 128 LUXURY LIVING
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IS IT NOW TIME FOR AN UPGRADE? New providers are making private air service more accessible and affordable than ever
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Over the last few years, flying with the major airlines has become a less than comfortable experience as airlines compete to squash as many passengers on-board their commercial flights, flying it seem has now become a “flying cans of sardines” experience. Of course there is the first-class alternative but for the wealthy amongst us is the hassle of the airport lounge and inevitable check in delays really worth the hassle – No and that is why the growth in the private jet industry has boomed.
u Flying by private plane is the ultimate upgrade: it’s a hassle free experience there’s no crowded cabins, never-ending check-in, and interminable delays in the departure lounge, instead after a simply phone call to reserve the plane, within a few hours it’s ready to fly you to whatever destination you require. It’s a frequent flier’s dream and surprising not as expensive as one would think, thanks in part to fractional ownership. Borne in the early 1980’s the notion of fractional ownership was dreamed up by Richard Santulli. Richard had bought a company called Executive Jet and noticed that many wholly owned private jets were underused, after analysing 20 years’ worth of records, Santulli deduced that it was possible to divide ownership of the fleet among many clients and still offer everyone guaranteed availability with as little as four hours’ notice. With the financial backing of Warren Buffet he launched the first (and largest) fractional ownership company: NetJets. Today fractional ownership or “jet sharing” is often likened to a timeshare, you buy a fractional share of a plane, from one-sixteenth up to a half and in return for the initial purchase price, plus a monthly management fee and a charge for every hour flown you’re guaranteed that the type of plane you’ve bought into will be available at short notice. The bigger your fraction, the more hours you can fly. Own a sixteenth and you’re entitled to 50 hours of flying time per year; a 50 percent stake will grant you 400 hours. Alternatively for those who only need limited access a private plane membership can be offered which for one upfront payment provides specified flying hours, with no capital cost and no commitment. Although fractional ownership makes private jets more affordable, it’s still not something everyone could afford so it’s worth shopping around for example, 50 hours of flying time in NetJets’ entrylevel craft, the Cessna Citation V Ultra costs approx. $500,000 ownership plus a monthly management fee of approx $9,500, and $1,950 per hourly rate this means your first years expenditure will cost in excess of $700,000. Compare this to Take Flight Aviation who operate in the UK and offer an entry level craft Piper Malibu Matrix for a capital outlay of £80,000 plus a monthly management fee of approx £1,120.00 for 50 hours of flying time and £121.00 fuel costs per hours you can see the costs vary dramatically. However, it’s worth noting when comparing ownership programs to check fleet sizes, and range Netjets has one of the largest fractional ownership fleets around the world with bases in the US and subsidiaries in Europe and China so for worldwide travellers this is indeed something to look out for whereby if you only need to shoot across the UK then Take Flight Aviation would indeed be your ideal solutions. When considering venturing into the private plane ownership I suppose you have to ask yourself one simple question: Compared to flying commercially, of course a private plane will always be more expensive, but “What is your time worth?”
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With fractional ownership becoming a mainstream experience we take a look at some of the biggest players in the rent-a-jet world
What it does: Sells fractional ownership shares starting at 1/16th or MarquisJetCards - Prepaid cards offering 25 hours of flying time.
Ideal for those who fly at least 50 hours per year often at short notice or during peak demand periods. With a fleet over 700 and access to over 5,000 airports in over 120 countries it is by far the largest private jet provider in the world. The planes are first rate; The service is impeccable and you get the guarantee of the same plane every time you travel.
Really expensive. Not only are you buying a piece of a plane, but you’re also paying monthly upkeep on top of the time you’re in the air. Plus it’s not easy to upgrade to a bigger plane should your needs change. The Marquis JetCards are extremely expensive. An entry level card providing 25 hours of flight time on a light jet will cost between $125,000 to $135,000 plus your charged additional taxes on top.
What it does: Sells membership cards starting at $100,000 to fly with approved charter operators. It works like a debit card.
You’re only charged for the time in the air and you can choose the size plane that best suits your immediate needs. There are no maintenance fees or positioning costs and, unlike fractional jet cards, there is no time limit for using the funds in a membership account. Unused funds on deposit are fully refundable at any time.
Expensive. The fixed hourly rate tends to be close to double that of regular charter operators regardless of the destination or time of year that you’re traveling because the rate also includes the cost of returning the plane to base.
What it does: Offers fractional ownership of a superb Piper Matrix 350 at a very low cost.
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UK based company ideal for those flying short distances. Fully managed packages with no hidden extras included in the cost. Annual hourly packages are available with 35, 50 or 75 hours exclusive.
Limited size aircraft with a limited range of 1,050 miles (i.e London to Gibraltar, Naples, Reykjavik) so would not be suitable for long haul international travel requirements.
What it does: Offers a fractional ownership program of four different planes at a very reasonable cost
Fractional Ownership package prices varying in outlay costs ranging from £90,000 £500,000. Fully managed packages with no hidden extras included in the cost. Easy upgrade to a larger plane if required. Limited size fleet so once the planes are fully funded there are no other alternatives.
What it does: Acts as a middleman between you and its approved charter operators.
Tends to offer the lowest prices on popular routes thanks to its system of predicting where empty-leg flights can be picked up.
Few cost savings if your schedule isn’t flexible and you’re not flying between big markets plus your paying an additional broker fee.
JetSmarter the revolutionary way to travel
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FOR PRIVATE JET TRAVEL Jetsmarter, the brainchild of Russian entrepreneur Sergey Petrossov is a new innovative flight booking app which offers members the opportunity to book customised travel packages on private planes on demand. Initially launched in 2013 JetSmarter has grown exponentially in the last few years and now offers access to more than 170 countries, its rapid growth is down to the three remarkable travel packages available within its annual membership scheme: JetDeals, JetShuttle and JetCharter JetDeals, the jewel in the crown offers members the opportunity to book a whole plane one-way by utilizing empty aircrafts returning back to base. JetShuttle, allows you to grab a seat on a previously scheduled private flight; and JetCharter, offers private travel packages that can be completely customized by route and aircraft. JetSmarter is exceptionally priced and allows members to book flights on a pay-as-you-go basis or offers an annual membership of unlimited travel for just $9,000 a year, it says that more than 15,000 people in the UK have already downloaded the app and the number of subscription customers around the world is doubling every three months With over $50million in funding from venture capitalists, the Saudi Royal family, music mogul Jay Z and Goldman Sachs, Jetsmarter has been dubbed the “Uber for private jets” and with luxury routes between London, Paris and Geneva booking private travel direct through their smartphone as either a scheduled, chartered or last minute deal could never be easier. For more information visit: www.jetsmarter.com
www.greatbritishchefs.com Sheepâ€™s milk mousse, pandan curd and caramelised puffed rice by Graham Hornigold
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DINING Exploring the culture of taste and the pleasures of conviviality. Dining reviews some of the worldâ€™s finest restaurants, chefs and wines.
Fashioning a style that is a celebration of graceful living based on flair and good taste
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THE OLDEST WINE HOUSE IN CHAMPAGNE
Established since 1584, by Pierre Gosset, Gosset is the oldest known wine house in Champagne founded in the Aÿ region. Previously a family ran business the first historical mention of the Gosset family is of Jean Gosset, Seigneur d’Aÿ, in 153. Gosset initially produced still red wines as sparkling wine didn’t make an appearance in the Champagne region until the 17th century. It was at the start of the 18th century and in the cellar of King Frederick of France, a connoisseur of Pierre Gosset’s wines, that the great history of Gosset as a Champagne producer began, a housethat remained family-run for 14 generations, until it was sold to the Cointreau family, owners of the Cognac house Pierre Frapin in 1994. Whilst the champagnes that it produces have never been plentiful in quantity, they have distinguished themselves with the consistently superb quality throughout the entire range of champagnes produced. Today under its new ownership, Gosset boasts production to one million bottles a year, maintaining its excellence thanks to its Chef du Cave JeanPierre Mareigner, the third generation of his family to serve the champagne house and who for the past 25 years has kept the secret of the wine’s elegance, freshness and balance. Gosset’s style has distinguished itself over the year’s thanks above all to its selection of grapes, which come from 120 hectares of vineyards that are 99% Grand Cru and sourced from the same 45 villages each year, with each village vinified and stored separately in the cellar to preserve its identity and character. A point of pride at Gosset is that they mature their wines for four years which is significantly longer than the 15 months that is legally required for non-vintage champagnes and after bottling, the champagne is then aged a further 6 months in their cool cellars before they permit this champagne to be sold. The champagne’s extraordinary expressiveness comes from the Pinot Noir grown within a 30km radius of Epernay. Its award winning winemaking process involves no malolactic fermentation which preserves the precious malolactic acid that gives the natural fruity and fresh aroma to the wine. Fermentation is done in steel vats and batonnage is a stylistic choice to avoid any sensation of oxidation, the coté reducteur of the yeast is maximized, while in the cuvée sans année some 30% is vins de reserve guarantee that flavour that has represented Gosset’s style over the centuries. 141
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u From the superbly smooth and well-rounded flavours of the Grande Reserve to the elegance and perfume of the brilliant Grand Rose champagne to the incomparable Grand Millesime vintage it is clear that these champagnes have been conceived for the most demanding champagne enthusiast. The Gosset Brut Excellence NV is a blend of 42% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir and 13% Pinot Meunier with a high proportion of reserve wines from previous vintages (almost 25%). The Gosset Grande Réserve NV is blend of several vintages, powerful, and biscuity, made of 46% Chardonnay, 44% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier, it is ideal with food. Packaged in the “Bouteille Ancienne” characteristic of the Gosset range with deep red labelling. The Gosset Grand Rosé NV is blended from 56% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, and 9% red wine from Ambonnay. The Gosset Grand Millésime is the first of the vintage Champagnes produced by Gosset. The jewel in the Gosset crown has always been the Champagne Gosset Celebris. It is the top cuvée, only produced in the best vintages. 2007 saw the relaunch of the Celebris range with the addition of two more champagnes and a change in style: Champagne Gosset Celebris Blanc des Blancs: Produced from 100% Chardonnay and with a dosage of 3.5g/l, this is a low dosage, extra brut champagne. A blend of four previous vintage wines this is a pure, rich and creamy champagne. Champagne Gosset Celebris Vintage Extra Brut has very low dosage. Celebris Rosé 2003: A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and up to 7% red wines from Ambonnay; it is the third ‘low dosage’ Champagne of Gosset.
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WOODFORD RESERVE RELEASES
MASTER’S COLLECTION FINISHED IN BRANDY CASKS
Tucked in the heart of thoroughbred country in Versailles, Kentucky, lives the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, the birthplace of Woodford Reserve. A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery represents craftsmanship with a balance of historic heritage and modern practices. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia Vodka, Korbel California Champagne, Old Forester, Chambord,Tequila Herradura and Sonoma-Cutrer.
Most recently the brand have announced the release of its latest expression in the limited edition Master’s Collection -- Brandy Cask Finish -- which will hit shelves in November. As the first whiskey to be finished in an American brandy cask, this new expression is yet another product of Woodford Reserve’s continued appreciation and commitment to innovation and craftsmanship. Marking the eleventh release in the Master’s Collection, Master Distiller Chris Morris began with fully mature Woodford Reserve bourbon which was then finished in brandy casks for nearly two years. Upon completion of the maturation period, the finished casks were batched together to create this one-of-a-kind whiskey with crisp caramel and dried fruit notes. Finishing fully mature Woodford Reserve in these brandy casks accentuated Woodford Reserve’s rich dried fruit and nut characteristics developed from the grain recipe and fermentation process. Brandy, a spirit distilled from wine or fruit, is often aged in oak barrels. Unlike bourbon, brandy does not have the new, charred barrel requirement allowing their barrels to be used multiple times. Therefore, this release is technically not a bourbon but rather a finished whiskey. “As with every Master’s Collection release, this expression highlights Woodford Reserve’s creativity and dedication to innovation. I’m extremely proud to say we’ve yet again done something very special,” said Master Distiller Chris Morris. “Among Woodford Reserve’s many flavors include fruit and spice notes which the brandy casks emphasize. Both products showcase rich, intense vanilla notes from their barrel maturation making the combination of the two a true success.” Brandy Cask Finish will be available for purchase in select markets within the United States and in limited international markets beginning in November with a suggested retail price of $99.99 (varying by market) for a 750ml bottle presented at 90.4 proof. 144 LUXURY LIVING
Originally introduced in 2006, the Master’s Collection has become an acclaimed addition to the Woodford Reserve portfolio, with the Collection gaining its inspiration from the tradition and rich heritage that today surrounds the historic distillery. Though individually unique, each Master’s Collection release encompasses the distillery’s one-of-a-kind production capabilities, combined with Woodford Reserve’s focus on contemporary style and straightforward presentation. For more information visit: www.woodfordreserve.com
TASTING NOTES FOR WOODFORD RESERVE MASTER’S COLLECTION BRANDY CASK FINISH Color: Warm red ochre. Aroma: A medley of chocolate, maple syrup and caramel drizzled over toasted hazelnuts, dark raisins and dried cranberries. Soft notes of oak and spice linger in the depths. Taste: Toffee-covered dried fruit and toasted hazelnuts warmed by delicate wood spice notes. Finish: Long and warm with a touch of caramel lingering on. Right: Chris Morris, Master Distiller 145
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THE COFFEE REVOLUTION DISCOVER THE RICH AROMAS
In just under 1,000 years, coffee has taken over our lives. This inconspicuous black bean has been credited with a rise in intellectualism and grandly influencing cultures around the world through the rise of coffee houses. It has also been accused of destroying indigenous cultures while becoming one of the most valuable commodities in the world.
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Legend has it that coffee was discovered when a goat herder in Ethiopia noticed his animals were more rambunctious and frisky after eating the berries and leaves of a small shrub after testing it out for himself, the goat herder felt more energized and revitalised and thus the fascination with coffee began. Considered to be one of the most soothing types of beverage, its popularity has grown exponentially since its discovery a thousand years ago, mainly because it is a beverage that appeals to people of all ages, especially to those who require an energy boost. Coffee is also one of the most common produces of many different countries available in many different varieties, with variations in terms of quality, taste, flavour and of course price.
Given there are many different types of coffee brands and grades what sets these black beans apart? Well basically, it’s the difference between a pedigree and mongrel. Among the trade, coffee is divided into three categories: “high-grown mild” known commercially as Speciality “Brazilian” known as Premium and “Robusta” Regular. High-grown mild coffees demand the highest price and are those of superior quality. They grow at an altitude of over 2,000 feet and mostly between 4,000 and 6,000 feet. High-grown milds are picked by hand only when ripe and processed with care and attention to detail. “Brazilian,” as a trade term, refers to lower-grade coffees, and not necessarily to all coffees produced in Brazil. There are many wonderful quality coffees originating in Brazil, but as a trade term, “Brazilian,” represents lower quality coffees grown at lower altitudes on vast plantations and mass harvested. Speciality coffee is coffee grown under near-perfect conditions, processed very carefully and roasted in small batches to find the ideal flavour profile. There are 75 species of coffee although its two main types that are cultivated, Arabica and Robusta. The Arabica species alone has over 160 varieties, some of the most well-known are Typica, Bourbon, Acaia, Aatui, Caturra, Gesha. Blended or individual speciality coffee is meant to be savoured within a few weeks of roasting and is generally the most expensive coffee. Any dedicated specialty roaster will provide all the details of the farm, the bean varietal (or varietals if it’s a blend, as well as the percentages) and the cupping or tasting notes. To be considered Specialty Coffee, the green coffee beans that have been processed must have no more than five full defects in 300 grams of coffee. A defect is classified as; a broken, chipped, insect damaged or a water damaged bean. Premium Coffee, the next grade, is allowed no more than eight full defects in 300 grams will often be classed solely as Arabica beans. It is highly unlikely that the varietals will be known. Regular Coffee also known as Exchange is usually made out of the lower quality and cheaply available Robusta beans. Robusta beans have a quicker cycle of production and are thus available cheaper and more readily than Arabica. Exchange coffee will not be able to supply detailed tasting notes but rather will state a generic descriptor for the roast profile, e.g. espresso style roast, medium smooth mellow roast, and so on. 148 LUXURY LIVING
MOST EXPENSIVE COFFEE Name
Price per pound
Black Ivory Coffee
Finca El Injerto Coffee
Hacienda La Esmeralda from Panama
Luwak Coffee from Indonesia
The St. Helena Coffee
Hawaii`s Molokai Coffee
Fazenda Sana Ines
Jamaican Blue Mountain
El Salvador`s Los Planes
Honduras Mi Esperanza Coffee
DID YOU KNOW? • Coffee is the second most popular beverage in the world – it’s second only to water. • After crude oil, coffee is the most sought after commodity in the world. • It is said that all the worlds coffee comes from 7 seeds that were smuggled out of Arabia in the 17th century by a Muslim pilgrim called Baba Budan who planted them in India • A cAoffee bean in not actually a bean rather a seed • Throughout history Coffee has been banned three times in three different cultures: once in Mecca in the 16th century, once when Charles II in Europe banned the drink in an attempt to quiet an ongoing revolution, and once when Frederick the Great banned coffee in Germany in 1677 because he was concerned people were spending too much money on the drink.
Celebrating the Passion and Dedication of Five Generations of Master Blenders, Chivas Regal® Presents Chivas Regal Ultis™
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SEDUCE YOUR SENSES Chivas Regal®, the world’s first luxury whisky, has launched Chivas Regal Ultis™, the first blended malt Scotch whisky from the House of Chivas. Created in tribute to the passion and dedication of five generations of Master Blenders, Chivas Regal Ultis captures the essence of Chivas Regal by using only five of the most precious signature single malts to represent the style and diversity of the prestigious Speyside whisky region. Since 1909, only five men have ever mastered the iconic Chivas Regal house style, and Chivas Regal Ultis salutes the strength of vision, commitment and mastery of the brand’s Master Blenders and from the millions of casks in the Chivas Brothers inventory, only 1% have been hand-selected by the expert blending team to create Chivas Regal Ultis. Chivas Regal Ultis is a luxury whisky with complex flavors, a glorious golden hue and a commanding, rich aroma, creating an ideal spirit to celebrate shared success with friends.
TASTING NOTES • Nose: The aroma presents ripe peach and red apples with accompanying cinnamon, fudge and honey infusions. • Taste: Tasting reveals a smooth vanilla texture, brimming with clementine and apricots, before giving way to a background of soft caramel, spicy cloves and ginger. • Finish: A bold finish is long with a warm hint of heather, leaving a satisfyingly full experience. To find out more about Chivas Regal Ultis, visit www.chivas.com.
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ARMAND DE BRIGNAC RELEASES A NEW LIMITED EDITION Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs Assemblage Two is a new limited edition of 2,333 bottles from the famed champagne brand purchased in 2014 by musician and entrepreneur Jay Z. The champagne is made from premier pinot noir grapes grown in Chigny-les-Roses, Rilly la Montagne, Verzy, and Verzenay. To create the cuvee, Armand de Brignac’s chef de cave Jean-Jacques Cattier and son Alexandre (10th and 11th generation champagne growers) relied solely on the first press of the pinot noir and combined 2008, 2009, and 2010 vintages. After being bottled in 2011, the bottles were then stored in a special gated section of the cellars designated for its ideal conditions for ageing the blends, until disgorged on June 20 of this year. The fruits of Cattier’s labor leave notes of honeysuckle, peppermint, and a pinch of peach and apricot on the nose followed by a bold presentation of minerals on the palate. Brandishing the winemaker’s already iconic “Ace of Spades” logo, each 750-ml bottle is priced at $1,000 and includes its own inscribed number from production and the disgorgement date. The Blanc de Noirs A2 is available now to purchase from selected stores for further information visit www.armanddebrignac.com
THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE POTATO CHIP A microbrewery in Sweden has created what is believed to be the most expensive potato chips ever created — and there are only five in a packet. St Erik’s one of Sweden’s leading microbreweries recently launched the chips, which are said to fully complement their beer. But don’t expect a bowl or bagful. A box of 5 individual chips will set you back 499 Swedish krona £46 The ingredient list include Matsutake, a sought-after species of mushroom that tastes like cheese, hand pickers of these wear cotton gloves to protect quality. Other ingredients include – special truffle seaweed from the Faroe Islands, fresh Swedish crown dill from Bjäre Peninsula, sought-after Leksand onions from the small Swedish town Leksand and India Pale Ale Wort to add a bit sweetness to the chips, same thing they use for their beer. have no other “All of the chips have been made by hand,” the chef says. “It took a delicate touch, a finely honed sense of taste and time to ensure that each chip would achieve a perfect balance between the various ingredients. The taste is a very Scandinavian one. … Most people recognize potatoes and onions, but what stands out is the quality. All of the ingredients are of a stature that not many will have tried before. These chips are an excellent accompaniment to craft beer, or simply enjoyed on their own.” For More information visit: www.sterikschips.se/eng 152 LUXURY LIVING
RATED THE No. 1 CHAMPAGNE IN THE WORLD ARMAND DE BRIGNAC
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POWER Fast and fabulous, Power exudes everything one aspires from a luxurious life. Fast cars, fast yachts and private jets, what more could one ask for!
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VISION NEXT 100
A GRAND VISION OF THE FUTURE OF LUXURY MOBILITY
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“With the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 we were mindful not to dwell on the past. We wanted to be as innovative as possible and at the same time transcend the design history of the marque”. GILES TAYLOR, Director of Design Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
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Back in 1906 when Sir Henry Royce and Charles Rolls launched Rolls Royce Motors could they have envisaged that 110 years later Rolls-Royce would still be setting the benchmark as the most celebrated luxury vehicle in the world creating future dream machines. To mark its continued success and to celebrate its centenary RollsRoyce has launched the VISION NEXT 100. The car defines the future of this luxurious brands mobility. Codenamed 103EX, it is the marque’s first ever pure ‘Vision Vehicle’ and presents an intriguing and aesthetically dynamic vision of the future of luxury mobility – a completely personal, effortless and autonomous Rolls-Royce experience, wrapped in a design that ensures a ‘Grand Sanctuary’ for its occupants, and a ‘Grand Arrival’.
HOW IT CAME TO BE This highly successful era for the world’s most celebrated luxury brand has been driven by a restless commitment to always looking forward. In this spirit, the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 is presented – a truly revolutionary, highly authentic exploration of the future of luxury mobility. It provides a fully authentic look into the potential demands and desires of the wealthy connoisseur of the future. In creating the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100, the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars design team, led by Director of Design Giles Taylor, asked themselves the question, “How can we recast luxury for the next 100 years?” Within that question the team found that they had to address two further questions: “What will a Rolls-Royce owner expect of his or her Rolls-Royce in the coming decades?” and “How do we at Rolls-Royce today envision how we meet those expectations?”. These questions allowed the team to dream of the staggering possibilities for Rolls-Royce’s future. Rolls-Royce intimately understands its patrons and their likely desires and motivations in the future. It understands that true luxury is deeply personal and that the hallmarks of every Rolls-Royce past and present are key to its future. The designers therefore distilled four key tenets that not only underpin the elegant solution that is the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100, but epitomise the future of luxury mobility as a whole:
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THE PERSONAL VISION The Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100, is but one example of a number of possible personal visions of a Rolls-Royce of the future. Indeed, in an evolution of the Rolls-Royce Bespoke experience of today, the customers’ taste will influence the exact design of his or her Rolls-Royce and how it will be configured. In the spirit of the great coachbuilt cars of the past, Rolls-Royce will create the chassis of the future, hand-built from the most advanced materials and powered by a zero emissions powertrain. Advanced manufacturing technologies will enable customers to involve themselves even more in the design of the shape, size and silhouette of their personal Rolls-Royce vision. The future customer will commission his or her own concept. Rolls Royce will design and manufacture this personal vision of each customer and make every Rolls-Royce a unique Bespoke masterpiece. In short, the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 utilises envisioned advances in technology to herald the return to authentic coachbuilding. “The Rolls-Royce patron will continue to be a famous figure in the future,” explains Taylor. I envision that the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 will play a key role in these people’s lives, guiding and conveying them effortlessly through their life’s journey in an exquisite sanctuary where they can reflect in peace ahead of arriving in the grandest style.” Director of Design Giles Taylor.
THE EFFORTLESS JOURNEY For the 105 years since her creation in 1911, the Spirit of Ecstasy, modelled by sculptor and artist Charles Sykes, on Eleanor Thornton, has silently guided every Rolls-Royce and its owner through the momentous events of their lives. She has stood as an elegant presence at some of history’s most notable events. Today, the ‘Voice of Eleanor’ inhabits the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100, delivering the dream of an effortless future to her owners. Digitally connected to every aspect of her owners’ lives and her surrounding environment, ‘Eleanor’ becomes their virtual assistant and chauffeur, freeing them of all effort and encumbrance. Imbued with her own artificial intelligence, she works intuitively to advise her owners on itineraries, schedules and options before they leave their residence, reminding about appointments and tasks and making suggestions to ease any anticipated impediments. She ‘brings’ the car around when her passengers are ready to travel and, whilst conveying her charges to their next destination, helpfully but discreetly makes suggestions and recommendations, briefing them ahead of their arrival so they are ready to ‘perform’. And ever vigilant, ‘Eleanor’ safely delivers her passengers to their destination, having already predicted the situation and surroundings that await them. This Effortless Journey is enhanced by the hallmark Rolls-Royce ‘magic carpet ride’ delivered through a blend of a futuristic, powerful, zero-emission drivetrain and advanced suspension that sees the vehicle. almost skim across the road surface. As a V12 combustion engine is most unlikely to exist in the future, one can only surmise how this Rolls-Royce will be powered. A hint may appear in the Grand Sanctuary that is the interior of the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100. 160 LUXURY LIVING
THE GRAND SANCTUARY True to this spirit, the cabin is encircled by the most modern handcrafted fine-line Macassar wood panelling, sweeping across the interior from the coach door, continuing around behind the generous OLED screen and up beside the second passenger to the side of the sofa. This ensures a continuous, beautifully clean and sculptural surface when the screen is extinguished. The centrepiece of the cabin is the beautiful sofa. The best seat in the house, it is an exquisite, futuristic interpretation of modern furniture design. Clothed in the most opulent fabrics, it gives the impression of floating within the cocoon of the cabin thanks to the artful use of lighting and modern materials. Inspired by the early regal Rolls-Royces, but also by the ground-breaking work executed on the 2015 Phantom Serenity, the designers used the symbol of ultimate elegance â€“ silk â€“ to clothe the sofa. 161
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THE GRAND ARRIVAL Certain truths are constant over time. One of these truths is how the powerful have always understood the symbols through which they express their standing. From the lavish chariots of the Roman Emperors to the individually hand built state carriages and cars of Monarchy – such as the coachbuilt Rolls-Royce Phantom IV used during Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation – such fine vehicles have been designed to project the importance of the individual inside to those waiting outside. Waiting with bated breath for a grand arrival, the crowds were never anything but impressed by the stately arrival of their idol. In the future, Rolls-Royce believes that its powerful patrons will wish to continue projecting their power and status in such a manner. This truth is reflected in the most dramatic aspect of the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 – its iconic, imposing and futuristic presence which ensures a Grand Arrival for its occupants. Yet whilst it powerfully expresses the future of luxury, it remains constant to the iconic tropes of any true RollsRoyce: The Spirit of Ecstasy, the Pantheon grille, the long bonnet and the iconic proportions of the entire vehicle.
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A SPORTS CAR LEGEND
ENHANCED The new 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S
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The 911 Carrera has been one of the worldâ€™s best-selling sports cars for decades and with its new offering the Porsche 911 Targa 4S offers enthusiasts a hint of nostalgia with a modern twist. The stylish yet effortlessly cool design plays homage to the Porsche of yesterday, based on the latest 911, known among Porsche-philes as the 991, the new Targa is a clear homage to the original design of 1965, with a brushed-aluminium roll bar and that distinctive, curved-glass rear window. The roof â€™s operation, however, is thoroughly modern. With the push of a button, the rear glass lifts and glides backward along with what seems to be the entire rear end of the car. The trim at the top of the bar opens, the black-fabriccovered roof panel moves up and then back, nestling behind the rear seats, and the rear window whirs back into place. This automated metamorphosis takes 19 seconds. In the original Targa, this process required tools to release the top, getting out of the car, lifting the vinyl-covered top off the car, and then awkwardly folding the accordion-like roof to get it to fit in the front trunk.
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u Power, performance, and personality have all been given a 21st century make-over in the 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S – with a new engine, revised chassis, and customizable driving modes, the already tantalizing Targa one of the marque’s most conspicuous convertibles just got better. Today’s Targa comes standard with four-wheel drive and can be had with either a 3.4-liter flat-six with 350 horsepower or the 4S’s 3.8-liter flat-six with 400 ponies. There’s no two-wheel-drive Targa, anymore. Its emissions have been reduced as well, due to a 12-percent increase in engine efficiency. Opened up the car catapults from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and tops out at 188mph. A boost given in part by the improved traction from the electro-hydraulically controlled all-wheel drive and 7-speed manual transmission as its standard translation of power
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MAINTAINING A RETRO LOOK The outer profile comes unchanged from that of the previous model except for some mild tweaks here and there. At the front the Targa features smoother air intakes and slimmer 4-point daytime running lights. The vehicle also features redesigned headlights. On the sides, there are no recess covers on the door handle which has led to a cleaner look. At the back, the vehicle features a new decklid featuring vertical louvers as opposed to horizontal design on the outgoing model. The rear also features redesigned 4-point taillights linked by a single 3D light strip. The light strip illuminates the rear as well as accentuate the vehicles broader dimensions. To complete the unique Targa look is the signature open top soft roof which seems to wrap around the rear glass as well as feature the silver Targa-bar B-pillars. The roofline is more appealing than the topless Cabriolet. The roof panel is operated via the touch of a button and when opened, the roof is hidden behind the vehicleâ€™s rear seats. Just like the exterior, the interior is a carryover of the outgoing model with minimal changes. The cabin features well-bolstered seats upholstered in premium leather, A 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel, a centre console with numerous buttons, premium materials and a tachometer which is mounted at the centre of the gauge pod. Most updates are found on the Porsche Communication infotainment system which is offered as standard. It features a 7-inch multi-touch screen and a navigation system which allows hand-written inputs. The system is offered with a one year free subscription for Google Street View, internet radio, real-time traffic updates and remote data retrieval. The vehicle will also feature Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity enables Smartphone integration. The new Porsche 911 Targa 4 borrows much from the 918 Spyder features and is scheduled to roll onto showroom floors by the beginning of April 2017, with a starting price of $122,600 / ÂŁ102,072
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VISION MERCEDES - MAYBACH 6
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With its sensual, emotional design (“hot”) and intelligent details (“cool”), the Vision MercedesMaybach 6 represents the ultimate in luxury. The classic aesthetic proportions of the show car – the extremely long bonnet, the low roof line and the rearward positioning of the greenhouse – recall the aero coupés of days gone by. But this is not retro design – this is a reinterpretation of classic, aesthetic principles. The 2+2-seater pays homage to the glorious age of the aero coupés and consciously carries this tradition forward into the future. The coupé reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way, following the Mercedes design philosophy of sensual purity. “Our glamorous coupé, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, represents the ultimate in contemporary luxury. It is hot and cool,” states Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. “With its intelligent appeal and reduced, technoid look, it perfectly embodies our design philosophy of sensual purity and our pursuit of aerodynamic efficiency.” Reinterpretation of classic: Clearly defined contours and organically formed wings stand in contrast to the sharply drawn, extended feature line on each side which defines the upper vehicle body from the radiator grille across the entire length of the vehicle to the rear. Below this, the main body has a bulging, muscular look, extending across the entire flank. There is also a striking contrast between the Maybach red paintwork and the chrome strips which sit above the wheel arches and in the centre of the bonnet and boot lid. A reinterpretation of the Mercedes-Maybach radiator grille which was inspired by a pinstriped suit accentuates the front end. A further highlight is provided by the gullwing doors, a hallmark Mercedes design element which has been brought up to date. They underline the sporty character of the vehicle’s silhouette and feature innovatively designed aluminium trim.
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LUXURIOUS 360° LOUNGE FEATURING NEW MATERIALS: THE INTERIOR DESIGN The interior of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is a synthesis of intelligence and emotion and combines traditional Mercedes-Benz values with a new high-tech experience. The dashboard wing curves across the door trim into the seat landscape, creating a 360° lounge. The new “inside out” spatial design adds a particular touch of finesse. The sitting surface forms a horizontal, which transitions into the vertical of the doors and finally becomes the underside of the dashboard wing.
PERFECTION BLENDS WITH EXCLUSIVITY: Mercedes-Maybach stands for the ultimate in exclusivity and individuality. The target group is made up of status-oriented customers. The current vehicles include the Mercedes-Maybach S 500 and S 600 models, launched in February 2015, which blend the perfection of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with the exclusivity of Maybach. A special protection version, the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard, is the world’s first passenger car to meet the highest ballistic protection level for civilian vehicles, VR10. The most recent model is the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman with face-to-face seating. Launched at the beginning of 2016, it adopted the mantle of absolute top-of-the-line model.
DIPPING INTO THE FUTURE: Ever since Mercedes-Benz invented the car 130 years ago, driving has been a source of enjoyment and delight. With the increase in digitisation comes a simultaneous need for sustainable analogue solutions, the design of which has been emphasised and in places exaggerated in the concept car. In the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 this can be seen above all in the “hyperanalogue” instruments with needles and circular, crystal-look displays. The classic circular instruments are combined with deep displays and act as a reference to the unique history of Mercedes-Benz. In contrast, other display elements are digitally integrated into a continuous glass trim part. Information about the seat, for example, can be shown on this digital strip. Map information is also shown in the front area of the strip. Menu content is extended along a digital line which extends to the sides as far as the occupants, who can set their own content ergonomically using touch control. The luxury padded leather upholstery is a particular highlight. Its traditional look is combined with future technology here - the buttons which would normally be trimmed in leather have been replaced in the upholstered surfaces by miniature “body sensor displays”. These scan the passengers and monitor, for example, their vital functions. As a result, comfort features such as seat climate or the massage function, for example, can be activated or the seat settings adjusted to the passenger. The sensors embedded in the upholstery also record the incidence of light, the colour of the occupant’s clothing and the ambient temperature. This information can be used to trigger new, emotional lighting effects in the interior. The concept car aims to embody the ultimate in luxury, and this is underlined by the fact that the driver can switch to digital/autonomous mode. Another highlight is offered by the floating, transparent centre tunnel, which visualises the drive system’s electrical energy flow for the occupants.
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WHERE GRACE AND FUNCTION MEET The Black Swan Superyacht
The world of yacht design has seen some incredible innovations in the last decade, none more so than designs conceived by visionary designer Timur Bozca. Regarded as one of the most innovative designers of his generation, his ingenious design are futuristic in their design, exquisitely styled and cutting edge. His latest concept is a 229-foot yacht dubbed The Black Swan for its rich black exterior and graceful aesthetic. This beautiful super yacht is an ostentatious and bold design sporting powerful lines and dare I say a sinister appeal. The hull has a distinctive arrow shaped point, and a helicopter landing pad is placed prominently on its top deck, with its blend of enforced steel and aluminium this yacht is perfectly suited as the getaway vehicle for any bond villain!
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EVERYTHING FOR A REASON Designed for those who demand style and luxury this concept yacht boasts state-of-the-art technology and a whole host of luxe amenities including a hidden lift which provides access to the helicopter platform on the top deck and an extended beach club with a pool. In the development of this design, Timur Bozca felt it was important to make as many references to land-based architecture as possible. For this reason he incorporated a glass wall that sits at an angle and extends from the main deck to the upper deck towards the aft. This allows for great views out over the extended beach club area where the pool fades away towards the stern.
AN INCREDIBLE FINISH Inside one of the main captivating factors is the profile of the triangular shape of the windows amidships. These different sized triangles allow light to penetrate into the vessel while simultaneously creating a sense that the superstructure is about to leap off from the hull. Black Swan is a design that embraces black throughout the concept using textures and finishes to differentiate between rooms in the interior. The superyacht can accommodate up to 12 guests across a master suite and six guest suites. General areas benefit from white furniture while cabins feature earthy tones such as brown.
MATERIAL & ENGINE To enhance the travel experience of the passengers, the luxury yacht is equipped with four engines that can generate a total power of up to 23,172 Horsepower. While the cruising speed is around the 20 knots mark, the top speed is a maximum of 28 knots. To keep the enormous engines working, the fuel capacity is a staggering 183,000 litres. Since waters from the sea are unfit for human usage, there is a water tank on board of 38,600 litres capacity. The superyacht is still in its initial design stage, but if built as shown, it would cost upwards of ten million dollars. www.timurbozca.com
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SPORT Sport is a pastime that not everyone has the luxury to enjoy. Some sporting activities such at motorracing, polo and yachting can be extremely expensive pastimes but watching them can be just a fun. Here we review the most luxurious sporting events coming up.
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LES VOILES DE SAINT-TROPEZ
AN UNMISSABLE RENDEZVOUS! On water as on shore, the 4000 crew members who gather in St Tropez every year in the coppery light of early autumn, aboard more than 300 of the most beautiful modern and classic boats in the world, have transformed what was originally - 35 years ago - a friendly get together, into The Place To Be.
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Marking the end of the Mediterranean yachting season the Voiles de Saint-Tropez held during the last week of September is one of the world’s most eye-catching yachts events where during its week long nautical fashion parade some of the most extraordinary modern sailing boats gather alongside some of the most beautiful and historic yachts in the world. Managed by the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez the organisers along with its president, André Beaufils, work tirelessly to manage what so epitomizes the unique spirit of; The Les Voiles de St. Tropez is a living showcase for maritime history, where old and new take to the seas and do exactly what they were built for ‘to harness the power of the wind.’
A RACE WAS BORN It was back in 1981 when a couple of Americans with a racing Swan named Pride, were hanging around St. Tropez. After competing in a number of local regattas they got to know a few people in the area. One day the owner of the yacht was talking of his recent successes when a twelve metre Swan came into port named Ikra. Asked if he could beat her, he replied “sure, why not, if she accepts the challenge.” After accepting the challenge the two skippers decide sail around the buoy of Nioulargo and race to the Club 55, a restaurant in the bay of Saint Tropez, at the beach of Pampelonne. The following year the two boats met again along with other friends who tagged along to join in the fun and launch their own challenges - and so a race was born.
ON THE WATER: A GAME FOR ALL! Today the races are separated into several categories; the Traditional class (classic yachts), the Modern class, the Esprit de Tradition class (modern traditional), the Wally class, and the 12 Meter America’s Cup Yachts class. The yachts that participate in the Voiles St. Tropez Regatta are some of the most famous sailing yachts in the world piloted by world class captains. These yachts will include J-Class, Swans, Maxiyachts, and more. Yachting enthusiasts from across the globe consider the Voiles St. Tropez Regatta a “can’t miss” race. The most distinguished and most popular event in the Voiles de St Tropez is La Grande Classe Trophy. This is a race that is for invitees only. Classic yachts that have distinguished themselves in the racing world will be invited to join in this event. La Grande Classe Trophy began in 2004 and is designed in the spirit of the English Regattas of history and with the chance to win the coveted Rolex Trophy, some of the world’s most impressive racers and sailing enthusiasts travel from all corners of the globe for a chance to get their hands on this a prestigious sailing prize.
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“This year, it is difficult to be more satisfied! What a great week, with superb conditions, great racing!” GEORGES KOHREL, PRESIDENT OF THE RACE COMMITTEE
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LUXURY LIVING SPORT u THIS YEAR’S WINNERS AND RACERS: ROLEX: MOONBEAM IV Mickael Créac’h, boat captain and skipper of Moonbeam IV, held their place at the top of the leader board over the first three races, but were still dreading this last day of racing, which was forecast to be rainy with little breeze. Fortunately, a light S’ly breeze enabled the Race Committee to launch a short, technical sprint at the given time bound for Les Issambres. With Moonbeam IV fully powered up out of the starting blocks, to windward of the massive schooner Elena of London, she rounded off her week in style, leaving the rest of the fleet in her wake to take victory in the 13-mile race. And so it is that the much coveted Rolex Trophy went to the big Moonbeam (Fife 1914). The eldest of the Moonbeams, the No.3, otherwise known as Moonbeam of Fife (1903), secured a splendid second place, alongside the large Bermudan cutter, Halloween (1926), she too a Fife. BMW TROPHY: OPEN SEASON Dominating play with two superb victories and one 2nd place during the windwardleewards, the crew on the Wally 107 Open Season were fearful of the coastal race line up for the final day. Indeed, in this the 6th race of the week for Luca Bassani’s designs, Magic Carpet Cubed was the race favourite after an impressively consistent performance round the cans and offshore. However, with the medium breeze off Pampelonne, Michael Atkinson was a surprise victor on Open Season. Magic Carpet Cubed and Sir Lindsay Owen Jones took second place, while Piers Richardson and J One scored a very fine 3rd place, just pipping Tango to the post. EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD GROUP TROPHY: TP 52 TEAM VISION. A battle royal reigned in this category with just one point separating the Russians on the TP 52 Frescia Rossa led by Vadim Yakimenko and the French on Team Visionskippered by Jean Jacques Chaubard on the eve of the final day of racing. Both gave their absolute but ultimately the French crew just did enough to take home the Edmond de Rothschild Trophy. Arobas, the Botin design, earned a much deserved third place in an extremely tough line-up of 24 boats.
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TROUBLE AMONG THE MODERN BIG BOYS. Though the hierarchy for this very elite group of large Modern yachts may have originally seemed like a foregone conclusion, throughout the competition it has been turned on its head thanks to the excellent performances posted by the challengers and the medium conditions, which have left no room for error. The 100-foot Farr design Leopard managed to live up to expectations despite a blip early on, but her companions on the podium are somewhat unexpected: Velsheda, the 1933 J Class got the better of the other giant in her category, Lionheart (Hoek 2010) and ended up just one point behind Leopard. Logically Rambler88 was a big contender for third place, but it’s Lionel Péan’s VOR 70 S that takes it after a great week despite her disastrous rating. A YACHT OF DISTINCTION: MIGNON Mignon was built in 1905 in Norway to race in the 7 M JI category, a class with few takers that quickly disappeared. She’s a 16m45 wooden sloop designed by August Plym. Originally gaff rigged, the boat was transformed into a 7/8 Marconi back in 1911. The first owner was an English captain and the boat was based in the Solent. After a string of different owners and ports of registry, she was restored in Italy and then, more recently, Marseille, and has just started racing in the Mediterranean. Her name harks back to an enigmatic Goethe character familiar to Ambroise Thomas and Richard Wagner operas. 187
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Bremont has been appointed the Official Timing Partner of the 35th America’s Cup and of the defending champions, ORACLE TEAM USA. To celebrate, we’ve created a collection of limited edition timepieces. The Regatta Series, specially designed to be used by sailors, incorporates a unique countdown chronograph movement. So the question is, which of these fine watches should you choose? Sorry, you’re on your own.
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THE SPORTING SIDE OF SOTOGRANDE Over its half a century of attracting wealthy villaowners, sports stars and visiting VIPs to the sunbaked southern Spanish coast, Sotogrande has made a name for itself as one of Europe’s premier destinations for international polo and world-class golf. Its golf courses, including La Reserva, Real Club and Valderrama, rank among the best in the world and its polo fields welcome the top international names in the sport. But Sotogrande is also carving a prestigious niche in a different sporting sphere, as a high-profile sailing destination. Since its marina was built in the 1990s, Sotogrande has been marking itself as one of the premier Spanish sailing hubs on the Mediterranean coast. Its 1,400-berth marina is lined with yachting and motor boat schools and private charter companies, along with shops and restaurants, all catering to the growing sailing community. Sotogrande, Andalucia’s largest privately-owned residential and leisure destination, cemented its international reputation as a world class sailing venue in the summer of 2016 when it played host for the first time to the World Championships for the RC44 and J/80 yacht racing classes. This was also the year that saw Sotogrande host the penultimate event on the high profile GC32 Racing Tour - joining Lake Garda, Marseille and Copa del Rey MAPFRE in Palma de Mallorca which was attended by the King of Spain, His Majesty Felipe VI. These have helped build Sotogrande’s reputation as a leading international regatta destination. The location and facilities offered by the new Spanish regatta venue, along with the chance to race on the waters that straddle two continents – Europe and Africa – with the Rock of Gibraltar as a backdrop, have proved attractive with yacht owners and leading sailors from around the world. Getting the opportunity to host two sailing World Championships plus a stop on the GC32 Racing Tour are a huge bonus to
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Sotogrande. The GC32 catamarans represent the state of the art in yachting, as they ‘foil’ - sailing mostly above the water rather than through it. They are also among the fastest sailing yachts afloat, with a top speed of almost 40 knots (75kph) and are a close relation of the AC50 catamarans used in sailing’s oldest and most high profile event, the America’s Cup (which was hosted in Valencia in 2007 and 2010). Among the names who took part in this year’s La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup were the Monaco royal Pierre Casiraghi, who came sixth as the skipper of Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco but walked away with the owner-driver trophy. Swiss sailor Sebastian Schneiter, fresh from the Summer Olympics in Rio, celebrated his 21st birthday while helming Team Tilt for the first time. And New Zealand Olympian Sharon Ferris-Choat notched up another first for Sotogrande as the only female in the tour, as part of Flavio Marazzi’s ARMIN STROM sailing team. But it was NORAUTO, helmed by New Zealander Adam Minoprio, who would prove victorious in this year’s event.
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Marc Topiol, CEO Sotogrande SA, said of the GC32 Racing Tour: “To bring sailing championships to Sotogrande on this scale and expertise adds yet another dimension to the wide range of activities already available here year-round. The main point of difference for the extreme sailing series is that we wanted to offer Sotogrande’s sailing pedigree as an event for spectators while providing best conditions possible for professional teams. “ Sotogrande’s addition to the GC32 Racing Tour brings a new level of international attention to a resort that, since its beginnings, has attracted Europe’s jet-set. But even with sport at its core, it is a place where everyone feels at home. It maintains an elegant yet low-key charm and a great part of its appeal is the diversity of activities on offer, from tennis and padel tennis at its two clubs to a wide range of watersports on its 12km of sandy beaches or treks by bike, horse or 4x4 through the hills, olive groves and cork oak forests that surround the estate.
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Golf was part of the driving force for the destination’s ambitious journey when, in 1964, Robert Trent Jones designed the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande - long regarded as one of his masterpieces and now ranked Spain’s second best course - in what was, back then, a largely uninhabited, unknown area of coastline near Gibraltar.
Since then, four more world-class courses have been created to make up Sotogrande’s golf offering, including The Real Club Valderrama, famed as the ‘Augusta of Europe’, which hosted the Ryder Cup and returned to the spotlight in Spring 2016 to host the Spanish Open.
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While Sotogrande was becoming known as a premier golfing destination, it also began to build its reputation as the epicentre of European polo. The sport was first played at Sotogrande’s Santa Maria Polo Club in 1965 and it forms a major part of Sotogrande’s vision for the future, in a resort that is becoming an oasis for equine sport. The polo club’s biggest event is the Gold Cup, the culmination of the International Polo Tournament in August. It is considered Spain’s elite sporting event and it draws some 90,000 spectators each summer, among them royals, celebrities and business leaders from around 50 different countries. Ringing endorsement came earlier this year when Gold Cup became part of the World Polo Tour. It means Sotogrande is just one of three venues outside of Argentina to host a Grand Slam polo competition and places the Gold Cup on a par with the US Open and British Open. This promotion to polo’s super-league will ensure the biggest names in the game continue to be drawn to Sotogrande, among them the world’s number one, Adolfo Cambiaso, who joined in the celebration of the Gold Cup’s 45th edition this year playing for Team Dubai, as well as many of the polo club’s founding members. The polo club hosts at least 25 tournaments a year, and it is the only polo club in the world to have the capacity to host 32 teams on its nine fields, four of them in the World Class category. Each year, some 220 teams, 800 players and 2,500 horses flock to the polo club, which is as much the hub of social life in Sotogrande as the scene of some highly charged battles on the field. This year, that included spirited competition between 350 polo-playing lawyers from all round the world participants in the annual Lawyers Tournament, which is held each year in one of the world’s most spectacular polo clubs – and in 2016, that venue was Sotogrande’s Santa Maria. As the event’s founder, lawyer Eduardo Bérèterbide, comments: “Santa Maria is one of the best polo clubs in the world and always attracts the best players in the world. It is without a doubt an ideal place to hold first-class events.” With Sotogrande able to boast the same in its sailing and golf, it is a sporting estate that stands in a class of its own. www.sotogrande.com
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THE SPORTING SIDE OF SOTOGRANDE This year for the first time, the international high speed catamaran race came to Sotogrande. This illustrious destination was the fourth of five European stopovers which included Riva del Garda and Malcesine, Italy; Copa del Rey MAPFRE, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Marseille One Design; and a special event, the Alps Challenge in Gmunden, Lake Traunsee, Austria. Here we interviewed Christian Scherrer, Tour Director for GC32 Racing Tour
WHY IS SOTOGRANDE’S LOCATION SO GOOD FOR SAILORS? Sotogrande is a good location for yacht races as it is well situated in the south of Spain and convenient for airports. For sailors the race area comes with the picturesque backdrop of Gibraltar and there is the potential for good gradient wind from the Atlantic or a thermal breeze during the summer months. As a venue Sotogrande is used to hosting major sports events in golf and polo so adding grand prix yacht racing to its sports portfolio is a natural progression. DOES THIS KIND OF REGATTA BRING A LOT OF OUTSIDE INTEREST TO THE DESTINATIONS IN WHICH THEY TAKE PLACE? With any sports event, the venue plays a key role and can be integral to the event’s success. Yachting is like Formula 1 and golf, in having unique courses from venue to venue. As a result the venue and, in particular, its weather, always feature more prominently in the ‘story’ of a regatta, and thereby generating more interest. HOW LARGE IS THE FOLLOWING? The following of the GC32 Racing Tour is principally European but there is also considerable interest in it globally. This is partly due to the ‘names’ that compete on it, including many top individuals in sailing who have won Olympic medals and Round the World races. It is also because GC32s are foiling catamarans that sail ‘above’ the water, are among the fastest sailing yachts in the world and are related to the type of boats used to compete in yacht racing’s biggest and oldest event, the America’s Cup (hence why several America’s Cup teams have been unofficially using the circuit for training). It is also worth pointing out that the demographics for those following sailing - the high net worth individuals and the international spread - are very similar to golf and, in particular, polo and so are a particularly good fit for Sotogrande.
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u At the height of his success as a professional golfer, Manuel Piñero won two World Cups, the 1985 Ryder Cup, nine European tour titles and five Spanish championships. He describes Seve Ballesteros – with whom he won the 1976 World Cup – as the player “who did more than anyone for European golf ”, but Piñero himself is an icon of the sport, in Spain and internationally. Now aged 64, Piñero must look back at his career with immense pride. He admits that golf has enabled him to live “an incredible life” of the sort he couldn’t possibly have imagined when he was growing up. “My education is from the ‘university of life’ and golf gave me that opportunity. I have met extraordinary people through golf – heads of state, prime ministers, Richard Nixon, the King of Spain and his grandfather, Bing Crosby… With my background, through golf, with the opportunities I have had, even today I can go almost anywhere in the world,” he says. But he says all this without a hint of conceit – something that surely comes from the lessons learnt during Piñero’s childhood in rural Extremadura, and from parents who never knew such luxury. “I never heard them complain about their life or their hardships or ever say a bad word. They never argued in front of us,” he says. “My mother, who is now 90, cannot read or write, but my parents were the best teachers of life. They were always looking forward and teaching us to be positive. Life will always give you a chance to look forward.” It is a spirit that must have driven his father to take 10-year-old Manuel, his two brothers and their mother away from their home near Badajoz to start a new life in Madrid. “From birth to six I grew up in the middle of a forest, in a wooden house with no electricity or water. Later we moved to the village and then to Madrid with the aim of having a better standard of living,” says Piñero. Except the family had nowhere to live in Madrid, so they stayed in an abandoned house with a well. The following year, his father bought a plot of land and built a house by hand, “stone by stone, with the help of cousins in the construction business. As luck would have it, this house is now in one of the wealthiest areas of Madrid,” Piñero says.
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It may have been an inauspicious start to life in the Spanish capital, but it was one that was to introduce the youngster to the sport that would change his life. “My uncle was caddying at a country club nearby and he suggested I go and make money by helping out on the tennis courts. The tennis courts were a further 2km walk from the golf course, which was already a 3km walk from where we lived. On the way on the first day, my grandmother and I passed someone playing golf. He told us that, by chance, he needed a caddy, so I stopped to help him,” Piñero recounts. And so his golfing career began. He was also a talented footballer and nearly switched his allegiance to the game, “but my father encouraged me to carry on with golf and at 16 I turned pro. I won my first tournament at 21,” he says. Success followed as an international player, and Piñero has used the benefit of his experience of playing on the best courses around the world to design various golf courses of his own. “I always think about the people who are going to play – the amateurs as much as the professionals,” he says. “Often the best courses are those that were designed 70 to 100 years ago. New courses generally are too difficult for amateurs with too many large undulations. When designing a course, you need to think about the technique needed to play these holes and well as showing off the natural beauty of the terrain.” His innate understanding of people, as much as golf, has also seen Piñero become a much-loved ambassador for La Reserva de Sotogrande, where he works with international clubs, has developed the golf clinic and is available for one-to-one training. As Captain of the men’s team in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, he hosted famous names at La Reserva in April, including José María Olazabal and Sergio García, to celebrate the return of golf to the Games after 112 years.
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“When I visited the course in Rio, I thought I was in Melbourne. The architect wanted to replicate the brilliant design of the Australian course, and it worked,” says Piñero. “I would say the players who did not come to Rio realised they had made a mistake. The Olympics help to promote the sport and the number of people growing golf has grown incredibly. When I began in 1963, there were only 2,000 players in Spain; now there are 350,000. It is the sport of the 21st century and fundamental for quality tourism in the future, enabling hotels to have a yearround appeal.” As he approaches retirement age, Piñero has no plans to stop. “I want to help young people. I love teaching people how to play, whatever their age and skill. My role at La Reserva is partly about creating new connections and affiliations, but I also want to work with people who are new to the sport or already familiar with it and to teach them the skills to manage any course.” To be one of life’s great teachers is clearly in the Piñero blood.
THE SPIRIT OF ALLEGRA! High society and top-class sport come together in St. Moritz at the worldâ€™s most important polo tournament on snow. At 1,800 meters above sea level, visitors, locals and polo friends from around the globe celebrate the Spirit of Allegra an ageold greeting in the Romansh language that the locals use to hail each other. It doesnâ€™t literally translate into hello or good day; rather, Allegra means be joyful!.
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BORN IN A BLIZZARD It had snowed all night and you would never have guessed there was a polo field beneath all that snow says Reto Gaudenzi, reminiscing about that Saturday, 26 of January 1985. For two years, he had worked tirelessly to make the first polo tournament on snow happen. He had convinced innovators, won over sceptics and ignored notorious grousers and now, his baby was about to be buried under a pile of snow. The snow had fallen hard and there was far too much for it to be compressed the town’s large and heavy snow blowers would simply have cracked through the ice on the lake, but Reto Gaudenzi would not let himself become disheartened and after calling on his fellow townsfolk by seven o’clock, two dozen locals had arrived to help clear the field with their small private snow-blowers. After six hours of strenuous effort the volunteers had finally managed to clear a field measuring a respectable 40 by 80 meters— and the world premiere of snow polo could begin.
WHERE ELSE BUT IN ST. MORITZ? The idea of snow polo was born some two years previously. Hanspeter Danuser, St. Moritz’s legendary tourism director, had quizzed Reto Gaudenzi on whether it would in fact be possible to play polo on snow. At first glance, there appeared to be no reason why it could not be done. So, Danuser went ahead and announced that St. Moritz would be holding the world’s first snow polo tournament.
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Given that horse races had been held on the frozen lake since the early 1900’s as well as show jumping nearby expertise was on hand on how to prepare these grounds for an equestrian event as well as on how to ride a horse on snow competitively. Still, the rehearsal one year ahead of the tournament turned into an adventure “We didn’t have any polo ponies for the test match” says Gaudenzi, grinning at the recollection “Our riding horses might have been accustomed to snow, but they were freaked out by the polo sticks and the ball.” The rehearsal turned into a snow rodeo rather than anything else, but the team’s unwavering optimism prevailed and the tournament date was set for January 1985, but there was still a long way to go. Bringing four teams and their horses to the Engadin Valley was no minor feat—neither from a logistical nor a financial perspective. Potential sponsors were reticent; no one was eager to bear the burden of a premiere but Hanspeter Danuser was not going to give up at the first hurdle and being resourceful managed to win over Cartier’s country manager Horst Edenhofer, who took to the idea convincing his managers in Paris. This ongoing partnership has stood the test of resulting in a lasting collaboration spanning some 32 years.
BUT THERE WERE UNCERTAIN TIMES TO COME Reto Gaudenzi and his team continued to manage and organise the St. Moritz tournament for a further 15 years establishing the tournament as a key sporting and social events within the polo community. In 1999 he took a step back handing over responsibility to his successors and looking forward to seeing his initiative flourish further. But after its 2014 edition, having lost both organisers and financial backers, the tournament faced an uncertain future. Reto Gaudenzi, who by now was organising polo tournaments around the world, immediately stepped into the breach “We were distressed by the uncertain future of this top event in St. Moritz’s social and sportive calendar”, said Gaudenzi. Together with other Swiss polo enthusiasts, he founded Evviva Polo St. Moritz Ltd and made his comeback as organiser of his tournament. Looking back Gaudenzi reflects; It would have been impossible to carry out this type of tournament for some 32 years without support from others; sponsors, benefactors, the city council, the tourism organisations and, not to forget the myriad of volunteers who have each contributed in their way towards making this event happen year on year. “Out of the blizzard into the world we managed to create the very first polo match played on snow. That cold Saturday morning in January 1985, with its heavy snowfall, making for minimal visibility and horses treading in deep snow, on a field five times smaller than today set the ground work for what we have today and event that has been adopted around the world.” The 33rd edition of the St. Moritz Tournament will be held from 27th to 29th January 2017.
St. Moritz tournament remains unrivalled: being the only high-goal tournament on snow and the most important meeting place in the world for the snow polo community.
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In the art world the name of Corinne Lewin has a specific meaning and here at Luxury Living we wanted to find out what it was and understand it. We are here in the Costa del Sol, in the resplendent and contrasted Marbella, a cosmopolitan and exclusive area strategically chosen by the Monaco entrepreneur to locate the innovative Atrium Gallery. Being able to have an appointment with Corinne was not an easy task. The contact person we spoke with is Irene Sekulic, an Italian photographer, who moved to Marbella a decade ago and mainly dedicates her talent to fashion productions and portraits: she is also the only photographer Corinne relies on. 208 LUXURY LIVING
When we finally contacted Irene, we found her extremely helpful and it was through her that we entered and discovered the brand that bears the name of Atrium Gallery. Atrium Gallery is a unique formula that works. So what can we expect when talking about one of the most respected and recognized art influencer in the industry? Here Corinne opens her exclusive door and explains to us the philosophy of “The Pleasures of Art: Artists at home”and the reasons why her formula is making such an impact in the art world, both for artists and the new generation of buyers.
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I come from a family dedicated to art business and I lived it as a cultural and social manifesto but also as a pure pleasure to experience and enjoy. Travelling constantly, looking for artists and “users of pleasure” and being constantly surrounded by the highest quality services, led me to create Atrium Gallery, a new concept that breaks down boundaries and opens the doors of art and its pleasures to new buyers and artists alike. At Atrium Gallery we relive the artistic flowering, take custom appointments with artists, offer unique works of art, design, plan and create exclusive pieces to be able to give enjoyment “the pleasure of art.” Atrium Gallery artists visit the buyer’s home and they think and create together. There is no limit to this concept and we have high audience. The success of this formula is the perfect union between artist and client and the exclusive service that accompanies it. I keep a track of the artists personally and follow the whole process of creation to make sure we offer an unforgettable experience. I like to take care of every detail. In Marbella, there is a selection of the works of the artists I represent, but what makes Atrium Gallery different is not only the inside of the gallery and the works, but also the process and development of private commissions, the bond and experience created between client and artist.
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Marbella is a strategic point. There is a very high concentration of international Art Collectors and new young audience with a view of contemporary art and an important purchasing power. Market areas and expansion have no geographical boundaries. “The pleasures of Art”is a service for a public that knows how to enjoy the details and the whole creative process. It is a commissioned work of exceptional quality and finish, made as a tailor with its most refined products and canvases. The connection created between the artist and the customer is synergic and fluid… In fact, it is unlimited. Atrium Gallery Marbella represents international contemporary artists such as Karl Lagasse, The Rigoleur, Curro Leyton, Ana Tonica, Lala Van Der Veken, Martin X, Marc Boffin, Javier Infantes, Sol Felpetoand Debbie Lush, Anneke Van Den Hombergh, Tineke Thielemans, Mieke Oldenburg, Jen Miller, Mr OneTeas, Michel Bordage and Denniel on the roster, all exclusively on Spain. Our doors are open to all artists who can send their works to the gallery, we take a look and consider each artist. I would like to conclude this brief chat expressing that “The pleasures of Art: Artist at home” is a wonderful experience to live and it is a dream come true, this dream is part of a universe…yours! It’s an artistic blooming. Freedom is a concept that refers to the possibility of action and movement.
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Would you explain to our readers your new projects? Of course! Atrium is involved in various interesting, stimulating and cultural initiatives. ART SCHOOL PROJECT: â€œGENESISâ€?, which aims at letting children from the age of 5 up to teenagers and adults get master classes in order to live, feel, experiment, touch art, not being afraid of entering a gallery or speaking personally with our artists exchanging with them opinions and ideas: art must not be boring, but exciting and I want children and young people feel that emotion and maybe find their vocation. Who knows? The second project is a CD. The title, Sign, means for me the artistic symbol of Atrium Philosophy, and it will be available in January 2017 as a gift for our artists and visitors. And last but not least, Atrium Gallery by Corinne Lewin & MakingNoizeFilms presents iFilmmaker International Film Festival 2016: 813 films from 88 countries! Atrium Gallery has the pleasure to support this event and help filmmakers all around the world to showcase and promote their productions and make their dreams come true. Among our nominees we have the honour of having with us Academy Award nominees, Goya Awards nominees, International Festival of Sitges Winners. So, you can see we are very busy and active, as Atrium is not only artgallery but promotes culture in various directions. And I am proud of it!
The interview with Corinne is over, the appointment that marked our time makes her disappear behind the large precious wooden desk after she accompanies us gently to the door. Our experience in meeting this charismatic woman who knows exactly what she wants was a pleasure. She is fascinated by tradition, modern and bold, yet Corinne Lewin is a determined woman, scrupulous and careful in her selection of artists and end users, sensitive to beauty and the custom service she provides is innovative and offers a unique service to the art world.
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REDEFINING FURNITURE It is probably fair to call Christopher Guy’s furniture company an empire. His glamorous designs are popular on both sides of the Atlantic, throughout Asia and beyond. Over the past 20 years there has been no bigger name in design than Christopher Guy Harrison, the founder of the renowned luxury furniture design company, Christopher Guy, whose philosophy is that creation of something new is not accomplished by being an intellect, but by instinct defined by “A Contemporary Mood with Classic Values”, has garnered worldwide acclaim and now has a presence in over 42 cities including throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Design, excellence and uncompromising quality are at the heart of the Christopher Guy appeal, his objective – to make uniquely beautiful decorative furnishings that appeal to an international audience, and based upon this design philosophy, Christopher Guy’s furnishings fuse a timeless elegance that is evocative of a cosmopolitan lifestyle, ensuring his work is appreciated the world over.
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â€œRegardless of whether the design piece leans towards modern or classic, above all else, it must be elegant in natureâ€? Christopher Guy
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A British native, Christopher has lived in Spain, France, and Singapore, giving him an understanding of global customs that has been fundamental in his quest for creating outstanding interior furnishings. Such knowledge of international cultures has allowed him to stay ahead of his competitors and ensure he remains number one in the industry. Christopher Guy has consistently been one of the most creative designers in the field of mirror craft. Breaking from the generic conventions of mirror design, Christopher is constantly looking for something truly unique and considers no idea or design to be too challenging. His designs embody refinement and sophistication, fusing classicism with modernism, all the while exemplifying a consummate of elegance with grace and clarity. His “chris-X leg” is his signature design and it is seen throughout his collections. It was inspired by the waist-line of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. “My aim was to design a chair that was simple, sophisticated and flexible enough to work with a variety of style categories,” said Christopher. Winner of a number of international awards including the British Interior Design Association’s ‘outstanding design award’, and the Las Vegas Design Centre’s prestigious ‘Design Icon prize, he has also furnished some of the world’s most extravagant properties, such as the Trump Plaza buildings of New York, and the iconic Savoy hotel in London. Transcending cultural boundaries, Christopher Guy’s graceful designs mix classicism with modernity and have been travelling the world in mass quantities. Everyone knows the successful Hollywood movies, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Devil Wears Prada and the Casino Royale. What they do not know is that: Christopher Guy is responsible for furnishing these films, interesting isn’t it? All of Christopher Guy’s products are handmade by master artisans within his unique tree lined workshop, spread across a one million square foot complex in Java, Indonesia. Many of those who first set eyes on the site believe it to be a vast, centuries old Mediterranean Moorish style Alhambra, but behind these walls over two thousand stonemasons, carpenters and painters painstakingly apply age-old techniques to create the spectacular portfolio of unique furnishings for CG Collections.
“Design DNA is like music it should be immediately clear who the composer is, and to which genre it belongs,” he says. With and extensive range and beautiful attention to detail in design, you can’t afford not to explore the ever expanding choice of luxury items from this most innovative leader of the furnishing industry. A singular vision and uncompromising sense of style have for many years driven him to continually redefine the aesthetics of design, and now he is being rewarded with a place at the forefront of the international luxury home furnishings market.
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STEINWAY SPIRIO A NEW HIGH-RESOLUTION PLAYER PIANO SYSTEM
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Steinway & Sons, manufacturer of the world’s finest pianos, announced the company’s most significant product innovation in over 70 years: Steinway Spirio, the world’s finest player piano system, available exclusively on select Steinway grand pianos. A masterpiece of engineering, Steinway Spirio provides the unrivaled musical experience that Steinway’s customers expect, producing the most accurate reproduction of live performances ever achieved on a Steinway & Sons piano. Delicate pedaling, subtle phrasing, soft trills, and thundering fortissimos present no difficulty for Steinway Spirio. Damper and keyshift pedaling are replicated with unparalleled accuracy, following the pianist’s depressions and releases smoothly and precisely over the entire range of motion. Steinway Spirio is the product of Steinway & Sons’ partnership with Wayne Stahnke, building upon his decades of work as the world’s foremost innovator in the field of modern player pianos. The system’s superior playback results from the combination of numerous patented developments. To take full advantage of Steinway Spirio’s unique capabilities, Steinway & Sons is recording an entirely new catalog of music for the system, featuring the roster of over 1,700 Steinway Artists performing a wide range of genres, from classical to jazz, standards to contemporary. All pieces in the catalog are recorded, edited and released in high-resolution, using a proprietary data format that captures the finest details from each artist’s performance. Steinway’s entire catalog of performances will be provided to Steinway Spirio owners at no additional charge – a first for the player piano industry. According to Michael Sweeney, CEO of Steinway & Sons, “Since the founding of Steinway & Sons over 160 years ago, innovation and craftsmanship have served as the core tenets of the company. In today’s marketplace, brands like ours must continue to innovate in order to remain relevant to the world around us, but that doesn’t mean that quality and craftsmanship can suffer.” Sweeney added, “After years of exploration, Steinway & Sons has created in the Steinway Spirio a high-resolution player piano that is rich with emotion and depth. Even the Steinway Artists that have recorded on the instrument agree that the Steinway Spirio captures the true essence, nuance, and soulfulness of a live performance, allowing us to bring artists and their audiences closer than ever before.”
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The Steinway Spirio player system is integrated with the piano at Steinway’s New York and Hamburg factories during manufacturing. Completely hidden from view, its components do not affect the touch, sound or outward appearance of the piano in any way. Steinway Spirio’s modular design isolates the core player system from rapidly-changing user interface technologies, ensuring many decades of enjoyment. With routine maintenance and occasional updates, the Steinway Spirio player piano system is expected to last the full lifetime of the piano. To control the system today, Steinway & Sons will provide a complimentary iPad to wirelessly connect with each Steinway Spirio. The attractive and easy-to-use Steinway Spirio app puts the company’s growing library of world-class performances at the owner’s fingertips, all recorded live on Steinway & Sons’ master recording pianos. As new music files become available, they are automatically added to the in-app listings, ready to enjoy. Playlists, themes and genres curated by Steinway & Sons draw upon the company’s renowned musical expertise to create the perfect mood for any occasion. An integrated volume control permits fine adjustment of the piano’s playback intensity from brilliant, concert-level dynamics to subdued, background-level playing, taking advantage of Steinway Spirio’s whisper-soft playback capabilities. Steinway & Sons will offer the Steinway Spirio system in three existing piano models: Model B (Music Room Grand, available worldwide), Model M (Medium Grand, available in select U.S. and Canadian markets), and Model O (Living Room Grand, available in select European and Asian markets). Pricing is available upon request through local Steinway & Sons dealers and Steinway & Sons retail locations. Further details and video demonstrations are available at www.steinwayspirio.com 222 LUXURY LIVING
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THE SPIRIT OF THE BRITISH GENTLEMAN DRIVER At the prestigious exhibition Maison & Objet in Paris car brands Bentley Motors presented its collection of furniture created for owners of luxury homes and offices. Furniture designed and manufactured in cooperation with Luxury Living Group, one of the leading manufacturers of luxury furniture in Europe. The basis of the aesthetic concept of collection was renowned art handmade and excellent traditional materials, typical for the interior of car models Bentley. The success of the collection - the result of creative cooperation of the designer Carlo Colombo (Carlo Colombo) with Daniel Chekkomori (Daniele Ceccomori), head of the department of industrial design Bentley. Company Luxury Living Group is located in the Italian city of Forli (Forlì) and specializes in the manufacture and sale of luxury furniture. It exhibited the highest level of craftsmanship, combined with strict aesthetic insistence successfully echoes the qualities inherent Bentley: with respect for the historical heritage, traditions and exclusive style. The collection is a model of refinement and at the same time a high level of functionality, it emanates from the sensual feeling of comfort and luxury. It conveys style Bentley: in the elements of this collection reflects the level of impeccable quality and attention to detail, which is famous brand. The color palette is sustained draperies and finishes in natural colors - the color of mocha, cognac, taupe, quartz, gray ice, variations purple-red, burgundy, brick-red and blue. The color combinations are refined using exquisite velvet fabrics, the finest cashmere and bulk production of elite skin. Leather upholstery fine dressing with a distinctive stitched diamond pattern or elegant quilted texture another element that enhances the attractiveness of the items in the collection. Decorating for BENTLEY HOME chosen the same as that used when creating exquisite interiors of cars. The famous winged logo BENTLEY placed on cushion and squab compact seats. In addition, the collection includes a variety of accessories, such as cigar boxes, picture frames and couches for pets. Maintaining the balance between innovation and tradition, so revered true British designers have tried to bring to the spirit of this exclusive collection of the British gentleman - «the spirit of the British gentleman driver», that they are perfectly managed. 225
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THE COLLECTION MINSTER SOFA Harmonious shapes and flowing lines are highlighted through the subtle proportions of the arms with their unique curve. Available in leather or fabric, the body and seat come in distinguished purple-red velvet matched with burgundy velvet piping along the edges.
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HARLOW ARMCHAIR The Harlow Armchair is a reinterpretation of the classic film director’s chair. It features a gun-metal base, cognac-coloured leather, metal buckles and leather bands.
RICHMOND BED The Richmond bed exemplifies the supple elements and stylistic principles characteristic of the line. Unrivalled comfort is created by its roomy design in which the masterfully crafted materials play a prime role. The unique and elegant double shell – covered in quilted leather or precious briar root – encompasses the headboard lined with iridescent sand-coloured satin wool. The finish is enhanced by the finely embroidered Bentley logo.
BUTTERFLY ARMCHAIR Butterfly, the new system made up of sofa and armchair, masterfully interprets Bentley’s style values. The deep, plush seat is encased in a shell quilted with Bentley’s iconic diamond pattern. The geometry of its side neatly reaches outward, providing a contemporary touch that reflects is cosy yet dynamic form. The sofa is in distinguished ivory leather and the armchair in pinstriped fabric, quilted in fine, grey wool.
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THE ART OF THE COLLECTION Residential luxury trends of the past year have captured the market for homeowner’s passion for collectibles and their in-home display - be that art, wine, spirits, cars, books, sporting memorabilia, and yes, even handbags. Within their Luxury Defined Report, Christies Real Estate have curated the most elegant presentations from their global network of properties, enlisting insights and commentary from their real estate professionals as well as colleagues at Christie’s Art, the world’s leading art experts.
ART CURATING Today, art takes center stage in luxury homes as never before. New urban developments are being planned with expansive wall space and art-friendly windows that invite city views while blocking out the UV rays that can compromise fine paintings. And that’s just part of the artful-property story. In a private home, entire wings may be devoted to an owner’s art collection, affording their valued acquisitions the dedicated space they deserve. Elaborate museumquality hanging systems with wires and pulleys assure that collections are optimized, re-grouped, and refreshed as new acquisitions enhance the overall motif (without those annoying nail holes). “Art is the new vernacular in luxury housing. Years ago, when people started remodeling for resale, everyone had a pool, so a tennis court became the new status. Then it was a stables, filtered water, or his and her master suites that took up 25 percent of the home’s total square footage. Today, contemporary art is a driver. As this category grows in popularity at auction, buyers need homes with high ceilings and gigantic walls that showcase enormous artworks.” Jeff Hyland, Hilton & Hyland Real Estate, Los Angeles Detached galleries on an estate’s grounds, distinct from the main residence, further enhance the museum experience by accommodating furnishings and other collectibles from the art genre for a more comprehensive presentation. Being separate from the home, these enclaves are ultimately private and reserved for special guests. “People used to buy art to decorate newly purchased homes. Now people buy new homes to showcase their expanding art collection.” Brooke Lampley, Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s 229
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OFF-SITE PRIVATE MUSEUMS Important art collectors with extensive portfolios are quietly opening their own private museums in separate real estate holdings dedicated to art. In doing so, they are serving a public good: opening their passion and vision to widespread appreciation and education while also maintaining greater control over the entirety of their collections. While international laws differ, donors can expect to receive tax relief if their private museum serves a clear educational purpose by making the works available for public viewing, research, or traveling exhibitions. By sharing rare and hidden treasures, the philanthropic payback is immeasurable. “Considering what a private passion book collecting is, libraries are in fact very revealing. There is a fascinating tension between the private nature of a closed book and the public face of titles on spines which reflect the collector’s very essence. The resurgence in libraries in the home echoes this tension, providing a private refuge as well as a welcoming public space. When one shares a library, he shares himself.” Meg Ford, International Head of Books, Christie’s
BOOKS Those who believed that the decline of print would result in a move away from in-home libraries were a little extreme. While the long-term impact of e-books is still to be seen, in-home libraries are showing up in more and more luxury homes, a testament to the enduring value of words committed to the page and beautifully bound for the ages.
CARS To dismiss these showcases as a garage is like saying a Tesla is energy efficient. While true, the definitions veer wide of the mark, failing to fully capture the innovation, the luxury engineering, and the elegant presentation. Infused with inspiration and artistry, high-end car galleries pay homage to the automotive art form. Upscale garages may house a handful of vintage autos or up to as many as 60 cars. Some are functional (with lifts, bays, and a full workshop) or serve solely as a display venue. In most, however, the car collection doubles as an art installation. These ultimate garages include rotating turntables, state-of-the-art lighting to show off the exquisite chrome and paint jobs, not to mention a fully appointed décor. Common motifs are retro, with vintage gas pumps and diners, to the ultra-modern, rivaling any new-car showroom. Entertainment centers are increasingly de rigueur—with wet bars, screens, and other upscale appointments that allow owners and guests to enjoy an evening of camaraderie in the presence of four-wheeled masterpieces. “These gentlemen’s retreats can be quite elaborate. I have seen a poker room with the air pulled out and refreshed every 90 seconds. An office/theater with free seating and a desk facing the screen, pin lights in the ceiling subtly illuminating it. There was a 12-car underground garage with an elevator to take one car up onto the main level of the house for display on a large stage behind glass. As a car collector myself, I understand this. There is art to hang on the wall and art that you can drive.” Walt Danley of Walt Danley Real Estate, Paradise Valley, Arizona
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THE MASCULINE TOUCH Men are shaping the luxury home amenity landscape as never before: From intimate retreats for smoking cigars, playing poker, or enjoying a prized rifle collection to elaborate rooms with billiards as the centerpiece.
BILLIARDS A pool or billiards table can be a work of art. Little wonder, then, that they now command prime space in an estate’s main living areas.
CIGAR ROOMS The same cannot be said for other fraternal nooks, which are happily relegated to intimate spots on the estate property, rather than a main living area. Take the cigar room, for instance. One person’s “perfume” can wrinkle another family member’s nose. A cigar’s aroma is often an acquired taste. That’s why cigar rooms are intentionally located in an estate’s out-of-the-way corners and are equipped with elaborate filtering systems to scrub the smoke before extracting it outside. These smoking dens are designed with rich paneling, leather furnishings, wooden blinds, and stone fireplaces—stereotypically male materials that don’t absorb smoke in the same way cloth and upholstery does. In cigar rooms, upscale humidors, cutters, lighters, and ashtrays are, of course, de rigueur.
SPORTING DISPLAYS Likewise, masculine enclaves such as poker rooms (with sports memorabilia front and center) or rooms showcasing, say, a rifle or hunting collection, are frequently tucked away on the estate. The elegant designs of these retreats prevail, with comfort being the main design driver, and conversation pits to encourage taletelling and bonding among friends. “It is no longer about storage, but rather entertainment and enjoying your collection with like-minded friends. My client is passionate about his guns. You wind down a fantastic staircase with walls of stone to an area with the wine cellar, a wet bar, and the secure and paneled gun room with a seating area. At this level of high end real estate, individuals create the environment that reflects their personality.” Tom Drougas, Sun Valley Real Estate, Sun Valley, Idaho
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WINE Gone are the days of descending into the wine cellar, eventually emerging with dusty prized vintages to share with guests in the main living areas. More recently, cellars have evolved into tasting rooms for small-scale gatherings. Today’s cellars, while still intimate venues, have been upgraded to host dinners, with the family’s wine collection on full display. LED lighting artfully shows off the bottles without the damaging heat. An indoor wall fountain or waterfall can provide needed humidity as well as serve as a statement piece. Dishwashers have been installed to clean stemware in situ, alongside heating ovens to keep each course of the meal warm. Some of the features of an outdoor kitchen, a trend of years past, are going underground. Alternatively, wine cellars aren’t necessarily even in the cellar anymore. Wines can now be displayed on the main floor behind glass wall, allowing a full appreciation of the scope of a collection—yet in a controlled environment—so that guests need not cope with the chilly temperatures that wines require. “Many of today’s wine collectors are not only looking to maximize storage of their wines, they are also seeking out tailored décor to display their collection artfully while complementing their home’s interior design. Wine cellars and tasting rooms are also increasingly an important aspect of the serious collector’s home and may feature special finishes such as imported marble and decorative stone.” Per Holmberg, Head of Wine, Americas, Christie’s
SPIRITS The boom in “bespoke” cocktails and collectible spirits—bourbon, scotch, rum, tequila— breathed new life into the in-home bar as an entertainment centerpiece. Rivaling anything found in a six-star hotel in both size and popularity, meaning bars are bigger than ever before.
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A house can be a true work of art. Since the earliest days of modern architecture, there have been rare and valued examples of architects creating domestic spaces that represent a complete synthesis of every aspect of their art and approach. The German term for this all-encompassing approach is gesamtkunstwerk – ‘total work of art’ – and it resulted in some of the grandest and most accomplished pieces of residential architecture ever made. The opportunity to live well while also enhancing global architecture culture on a grand scale is rare. Finding a site, commissioning an architect, and creating a house that embodies a sense of place as well as world-leading innovation is rarer still. To find seven such houses in one location is therefore truly unique. La Reserva is such an opportunity. Perched high in the foothills of the Sierra Almenara, overlooking the sparkling seas of the Costa del Sol and the horizon revealing the distant forms of Gibraltar and Africa, La Reserva (1,154 acres / 467 hectares) is the next chapter in the illustrious history of the 5,000-acre privately owned real estate and leisure destination; a slice of beautiful Andalusian countryside, the most beautiful and secluded hideaway on the coast. La Reserva will be set within a landscape developed by Jean Mus, the highly decorated French master of Provençal and Mediterranean landscape design. Renowned for his work at Ritz Paris, Palais de Monaco and numerous private residences along the Mediterranean, Mus’ masterplan unites the relationship between nature and architecture, with strictly indigenous planting allowing the terraces and gardens to blend with the surrounding hills. Here, scattered within private and secure communities will be a limited number of ultra-contemporary residences, from €2m, of exceptional contemporary architecture and allied in their orientation to nature’s rhythms, the landscape and the passage of the sun and changing seasons. At La Reserva’s apex, high in the hills, within its own private and gated community, will be seven world-exemplary residences (from €13m), taking Sotogrande’s sense of exclusivity and seclusion to another level.
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The residences at La Reserva will be amongst the most spectacular pieces of architecture to ever grace the Andalusian hills, a region already rich in both traditional vernacular building and contemporary design. The opportunity for innovation, whilst still respecting an ancient landscape and the environment and traditions that shaped it, is unprecedented and truly exciting. www.7sotogrande.com
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Seven of the world’s most acclaimed architects have been invited to design seven villas, creating the ultimate representation of their ethos and aesthetic, tailor made for the site and climate. Each villa sits on a private and secure 10,000 square metre (one hectare) plot, yet the hope is that the seven owners and their families will ultimately come together, finding shared ground in the journeys that have brought them to this place. In many respects, La Reserva is the culmination of the Sotogrande project. Founded in 1962, the community was a refined and discrete destination from the outset, intended as a place to escape from an increasingly media-saturated world. On this sheltered coast, residents found privacy with style in amongst an environment of exceptional quality, from the design and materials used to the way that space, light and architecture reached out to embrace the Spanish skies. These twenty square kilometres have now served as a distinctive retreat for many decades, with five worldacclaimed golf clubs, some of the world’s best Polo fields, tennis and racquet clubs, sailing facilities, an equestrian centre and 1,400 berth marina, as well as a selection of the region’s best restaurants. La Reserva shares all this and more. The seven villas are the work of some of the biggest names in contemporary architecture, including Ben van Berkel of the Amsterdam-based UNStudio, best known for their fluid, elegant villas and bold, sculptural towers. Carlos Ferrater, who heads up the Office of Architecture in Barcelona brings a distinctive angular twist to the white-walled perfectionism of Mediterranean Modern, creating public and private spaces that are refined, gracious and bold. The London office of Philip Gumuchdjian has worked all over the world, with works ranging from tiny boathouses to a collaboration with the legendary Japanese architect Shigeru Ban on the Pompidou Gallery in Metz, France. The Valencian practice of Fran Silvestre shares a delight in the abstract and architectonic possibilities of solids and voids. Silvestre’s white-walled architecture is never plain, but always spectacular - an abstract canvas for living. Jan Jensen, founding partner of the Oslo firm of Jensen & Skodvin, creates buildings with a strong connection to their environment, emphasising natural materials and traditional craft in a modern shell. Marcio Kogan, founder of Studio Mk27 in São Paolo, has a similarly close relationship with materials and place, while the Swedish architect Andreas MartinLöf creates houses that frame their spectacular surroundings. Sotogrande will provide the perfect canvas for these seven skilled practitioners. Each house will share a sense of grand scale and great occasion, translated through seven very different architectural approaches but all including spacious entertaining rooms and living areas, as well as facilities like pools, wine cellars, gyms and media rooms, staff accommodation, ample parking and studios or art rooms. Amenities include access to Sotogrande’s long-established facilities as well as the private new Country Club currently under construction at La Reserva. Here will be an exceptional health and wellness spa, lagoons, tennis club, trails for cyclying, horseriding or strolling, and plenty of activities dedicated exclusively to children’s enjoyment. This is a landscape steeped in prehistoric legacy, with a crucial role in the history of modern Spain. Wildlife abounds around the surrounding 1,500-hectare nature reserve, with its rare marshland and many indigenous species. Jean Mus’ vision for the landscape embraces Sotogrande’s wild and beautiful nature, with authentic Mediterranean flora mixed with hard landscaping that utilises the long-standing Spanish tradition of building with stone.
Located in a very private road in the upper part of Sotogrande, this seven-bedroom vill provides privacy as well as spectacular sea views across the Almenara lake and golf course towards the sea. With a built area of 747 m2, on a plot of 2698 m2, the villa benefits from having three reception rooms,
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a very large poolside entertaining area close to the kitchen. The impressive master suite enjoys spectacular views to the sea over the Almenara golf course. In addition there are six further bedrooms and bathrooms, and a guest cloakroom. The swimming pool is heated, the under floor heating is gas fired. Other features
include air conditioning, a home automation system, security system connected to alarm monitoring, and double glazed hardwood windows and doors. The property is well proportioned and spacious sitting within a large landscaped garden allowing fantastic views over Almenara Golf Course towards the sea.
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A GRAND COUNTRY ESTATE
COUNTRY PROPERTY ON THE EDGE OF SOTOGRANDE To enjoy the freedom and space of a true country property yet be within a few minutes of Sotogrande, golf, shops, restaurants, beaches and an international school is a rare combination indeed. Most country properties in these parts are found further inland in the valleys and ranges that extend inland from San Enrique de Guadiaro. Among extensive orchards and pastures you will encounter fincas and cortijos yet none are as conveniently located as this fine country property right on the edge of Guadiaro â€“ just five minutes from Sotogrande itself.
NATURE AND CONVENIENCE IN ONE A true country estate, it extends over 13 hectares of undulating land on the very periphery of Sotogrande, incorporating hill country, gently sloping land and the largely level area that the main house and stables are located on. The latter is a stately country property with traditional charm and up-to-date amenities that is surrounded by natural beauty and lovely views all around.
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The private gardens and driveways that envelop the 1,150m2 main villa measure a total of 8,000m2, shrouding the property in greenery and shaded areas that frame the views down to the coast. A large forecourt provides a suitable sense of arrival, complete with garages and parking spaces positioned amid cork oak and palm trees. Stepping through the grand entrance reveals a classic Andalusian courtyard around which the villaâ€™s five bedroom suites are arranged on two levels. A colonnaded walkway surrounds the patio, which also provides access to additional studies and reading rooms, as well as the main living areas, which include a lovely country style family kitchen, a large drawing room and a grand salon on the first floor. From the lounge, French doors open out onto an expansive terrace with a raised section that offers some of the best views in the property. It is an ideal spot for relaxing, entertaining, outdoor dining and making into a stylish chill-out zone. Though essentially a contemporary country home, the property offers lots of scope to add modern style and amenities.
Ref: HOS-292 A RIDING ESTATE Endowed with its own water wells, stables, a tack room and groom’s quarters, this is a first class riding estate, with both the land and amenities to keep and enjoy horses both for riding and polo at the nearby Santa María and Ayala Polo Clubs. The latter is just a short ride away, though the property itself also offers plenty of scope to add stables, a riding arena and a stick and ball field. This very complete property on the outskirts of Sotogrande further features under floor heating, CCTV, automatic irrigation and comes with a delightful two-bedroom cottage that is a fine property in its own right.
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A ROOM WITH A VIEW Belvedere Gardens - new London riverfront homes unveiled
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Belvedere Gardens, developed by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, is the third building at Southbank Place to be launched and offers the most premium apartments to date with unique views across London. Facing Jubilee Gardens and at the heart of Londonâ€™s South Bank, striking images reveal dual aspect homes offering river views of Londonâ€™s most recognisable landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Whitehall and the London Eye.
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“We have developed sophisticated interiors, designed to leave a lasting impression”
Set in the prime position of the 5.25 acre Shell Centre development, Belvedere Gardens offers panoramic views of the River Thames and across central London, with refined interiors exclusively designed by Goddard Littlefair and sophisticated architecture by GRID Architects, the 97 apartments are split over 20 levels, comprising, 23 one-bedrooms, 58 two-bedrooms, 13 three-bedrooms and one three-bedroom duplex, plus two penthouses, arranged across the 10 and 20 storey buildings. Southbank Place sits on the former home of The Festival of Britain, from which the design of Belvedere Gardens has been heavily influenced to celebrate the area’s heritage and culture. The visually striking exterior is inspired by the Festival of Britain emblem, the Festival Star, embossed and debossed
across the façade, with the bronze colour, echoing the nearby Palace of Westminster. This small and detailed texture can also be seen in the perforated aluminium panels on the sides of the building and shading the terraces, playing with the sunlight to offer a veil like curtain for privacy whilst maximising light into the homes. Residents will have access to a private residents’ lounge, leading to an opulent outdoor terrace, providing an intimate space for social gatherings and business meetings, as well as space for residents to entertain and relax. These homes will have access to a dedicated health and fitness facility, exclusively designed by Goddard Littlefair and in addition to the health club already available to all Southbank Place residents.
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GRID Architects and Goddard Littlefair have worked together to create an outstanding sense of luxury that flows through the living spaces at Belvedere Gardens. Each apartment will be fitted to the very highest of standards and specifications, providing a seamless blend of elegance and practicality with the ability to cater for both small intimate gatherings and large scale entertainment with ease and flair. Floor to ceiling windows fill the spaces with light and focus the eye on the spectacular skyline and river views. Martin Goddard, Co-Founder and Director of Goddard Littlefair, said: “We have developed sophisticated interiors, designed to leave a lasting impression and enhance the rare character and setting of these apartments. The spaces have been carefully considered to make the most of the open aspect, the natural light and the superb river views. The rich mix of materials and textures complement and harmonise with the architectural concept and link to the mid-century design of the surrounding area.”
These design-driven apartments will vary in price and size, with a one-bedroom apartment starting from £1,050,000.
For further information on Southbank Place or to book an appointment in the marketing suite visit www.southbank-place.com
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CRAIG CASCI, FOUNDING PARTNER OF GRID ARCHITECTS, SAID:
â€œWe have worked carefully to ensure that the unique design of this building becomes a landmark in its own right; the visually striking exterior complemented by incomparable views from within. The apartments are arranged across the 10 and 20 storey elements of the building, providing 1, 2 and 3 bedroom residences culminating in spectacular penthouses at the very top levels.â€?
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airlie GarDeNs, KeNsiGNtON W8 A fullY refurbished tWo-bedroom tripleX ApArtment • En-suite master bedroom • Access to communal gardens • Bay fronted reception room • 814sq ft / 75.62sq m • Fully refurbished to a high design spec • EPC rating D
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guide price: £1,300,000
leasehold: Approximately 97 years
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Chelsea Vista, imperial Wharf sW6 A light And spAcious four-bedroom ApArtment • Over 2000sq ft • Two covered terraces • Two parking spaces
Asking price: £2,495,000
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guide price: £35,000,000
• Five bathrooms • Three reception rooms • EPC rating D
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leasehold: Approximately 150 years
The Queenâ€™s Polo Estate
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THE HISTORY Woolmers Park Estate is one of Britain’s most prestigious and expensive country estate to be placed up for sale this year. A survivor of a group of country estates around Hertford, a small county town, developed as gentlemen’s seats in the 18th and 19th Centuries, Woolmers Park has managed to remain in splendid condition. Its name derives from the Woolmer family which is recorded in the area in the 13th Century. John Woolmer is mentioned in documents from 1285-1289 and Thomas Woolmer in 1358. In the Middle Ages the land was attached to the Hertingfordbury property of John of Gaunt – ‘Time honoured Lancaster’ – and descended with the Duchy of Lancaster to The Crown. The present house, which stands atop a gentle slope overlooking the River Lea, was built in the 1730s and by 1800 it had passed to Samuel Whitbread the Younger, of the brewing dynasty, who enlarged and consolidated it by exchange of land with a neighbour, Lord Cowper of Panshanger. According to the current sales particulars, the first nationally famous person to own Woolmers Park was the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, the so-called ‘Canal Duke’, who bought the estate in 1801 as a base from which to oversee a project designed to link the River Lea, a tributary of the Thames, with the River Ouse. He employed the county surveyor and architect James Lewis to rebuild the main house, which was further remodelled and extended by the Duke’s successor, Sir Gore Ouseley, an entrepreneur, scholar and protégé of Wellesley in India, British Ambassador to Persia and foreignpolicy adviser to the government of the day. He purchased the estate in 1821 and was deemed to be the most accomplished of all owners of Woolmers Park. While Sir Gore Ouseley resided at Woolmers Park, he entertained many prominent figures including the Duke of York and The Duke of Wellington who visited by carriage from London with the Prime Minister to discuss the Middle Eastern political situation with the ex-ambassador. Ouseley’s successor was William Herbert Wodehouse from Staffordshire, who bought Woolmers in 1842 and lived there for 60 years. He, too, was a scholar-squire, educated at Eton and Oxford. In 1927, when country estates all over England were being broken up and sold off, Woolmers was offered for sale in 50 lots, but the late Queen Mother’s parents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, stepped in and bought it as a whole. They spent the best part of the year there, right up to the outbreak of the Second World War, only going to Glamis Castle, the family seat in Scotland, between July and September, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret often visited and stayed with their grandparents at Woolmers Park. In 1949 the estate was acquired by a Chartered Surveyor and businessman, Lascelles Arthur whose passions in life were polo and hunting. Here ate Woolmers Park he founded the Hertfordshire Polo Club an established polo dynasty notably through his son, John, and daughter, Claire Tomlinson, who was the first woman to play English high-goal polo. The club drew the game’s elite, including The Prince of Wales, who played there during his time as a Cambridge undergraduate. Polo remained the focus of life at Woolmers Park until its sale in 1997, when the estate was put on the market by Lucas’s widow, Ethel. It was purchased by Mr Godbold, a successful entrepreneur who lived locally. Over the last 19 years, Mr Godbold and his family have embarked upon a major renovation project improving not only the estate and its Grade II*-listed mansion but also developing the Hertfordshire Polo club facilities which now include four fields, stick-and-ball grounds, all-weather arenas and five-star stabling. 260 LUXURY LIVING
The 232-acre polo estate was the longtime home of Queen Elizabeth IIâ€™s grandparents and is where both Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret spent many childhood days and where the Queen first acquired her love of horses.
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WOOLMERS PARK ESTATE RESIDENCE As would be expected for a house of this calibre and provenance, Woolmers Park has extensive grounds which extend to 232 acres. The land is a combination of traditional, rolling parkland, fenced paddocks and beautiful mixed woodland of some 40 acres. There is no public rights of way ensuring the estate offers exceptionally rare privacy and security, so close to central London. Following comprehensive and hugely sympathetic renovation, the sprawling Woolmers Park estate now includes a Georgian mansion – A Grade II*-listed mansion, eight cottages, stables, equestrian and polo leisure facilities (with indoor swimming pool), tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool, immaculately landscaped gardens, and hunting and fishing grounds—all privately fenced in over 70,000 square feet. The main mansion boasts eight bedrooms (five en-suite), eight bathrooms, traditional kitchen with side sitting room, five reception rooms, game room and theatre. There is also a two-bedroom staff quarters and an attached indoor swimming pool complex which lays adjacent to the an elegant outdoor swimming pool with colonnade, symmetrical topiary and a newly built bathing pavilion in a classical Palladian style. The Estate also offers a number of very high quality secondary dwellings suitable for family, guest or staff accommodation; Gardener’s Cottage is a comprehensively restored 4 bedroom detached house with separate garage, attached to the walled garden. No.s 1 – 4 Woolmers Park Mews are Four properties 2 pairs of identical semidetached cottages each with 4 bedrooms and large private gardens to the rear. A Manager’s Cottage and Players’ Cottage also offers two single storey staff cottages, with 3 and 2 bedrooms respectively and a New Lodge House in a strategic location at the head of the main drive, built on the site of the original entrance lodge and comprising 4 bedrooms.
GARDENS & GROUNDS The house is situated at the heart of its land, with richly timbered grounds providing an idyllic, private setting. Formal gardens lie to the south of Woolmers Park and include wide lawns as well as distinctive walnut and pine trees, sloping gently down to a ha-ha then onto parkland with over a mile of the River Lea running through it. To the east are wooded pleasure gardens with a comprehensive network of interlinked, bespoke designed tree houses. Beyond the parking area and turning circle to the west of the house there is mixed woodland and shrubbery. To the north of the house and private stable yard is further dense woodland. There is an outdoor tennis court with pavilion and between the Estate Offices and original walled kitchen garden is a traditional orchard. The Italianate garden surrounding the outdoor swimming pool, was designed by Luciano Giubbilei, winner of the Best Show Garden Award at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2014 and a three time Gold Award winner.
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POLO FACILITIES Extensive equestrian facilities and further stabling have been developed at the Estate with particular focus on polo since the middle of the 20th Century. The Polo Club includes 4 polo fields, plus stick & ball areas, summer and winter club houses, a full size all weather polo arena and an indoor school, both with Martin Collins Ecotrack surface, all weather canter tracks, as well as 14 stables, tack room and groom accommodation and ancillary buildings for over 30 horses in addition to the ‘house’ stable boxes.
Woolmers Park Estate, Hertfordshire - £30 million SELLING AGENTS:
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City Centre - Jerez de la Frontera - PALACE 6 bedrooms • 8 bathrooms • 1719m2 built • e3,500,000 This stunning palace is situated in the middle of the old city centre of Jerez de la Frontera, capital of Sherry wine production, in the Plaza de la Asunción, occupying its western side. The house was the local jail in the XV century although its origins were older, having been granted to one of the Knights that conquered Jerez in the XIII century. The Palace plays an important part in the Jerez cultural scene with
the Town Hall on many occasions asking to use the property. There is a secluded and private 120m2 interior patio with gardens. This is an impressive property steeped in history retaining much of its original features. The Palace also provides an excellent secluded and private 120m2 interior patio with gardens.
Sotogrande Marina – Townhouse with adjoining 15m mooring 4 bedrooms • 3 bathrooms • 250m2 built • 80m2 terraces • e2,350,000 A truly exceptional property, this 4 bedroom townhouse is unique not only because of its location but also because of its superb qualities and furnishings. No details have been spared over the 4 floors to give you a property of excellent quality. The interior design is contemporary yet homely and inviting. The open plan living area and kitchen, leads through to semi covered terrace with private heated pool that is
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surrounded by the water canals - an exquisite place to relax alone or with friends as the boats float by. There are 3 bedrooms on the mid floor, master suite on the 2nd floor and above an office with a wonderful sunny private terrace. With a south westerly orientation there is beautiful light throughout the day. A truly unique opportunity to acquire a property with these views and qualities.
James Stewart in association with Savills C/ Sierra Bermeja, s/n, Ed. Ayala 1, Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro, 11311 - Sotogrande, Cádiz T +34 956 795 300 M +34 628 574 953 email@example.com www.js-sotogrande.com
Sotogrande Alto – Villa 4 berooms • 3 bathrooms • 280m2 built • 1495m2 plot • e710,000 A very charming cortijo style villa designed around a central courtyard in a quiet cul-de-sac in Sotogrande Alto. The ground floor consists of a living room with beamed cathedral ceiling and fireplace, dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms with a shared bathroom and a large master bedroom suite. Upstairs is a further double bedroom suite
with terrace. The garden is lovely as it is flat and not overlooked. There is a covered lounge area with an adjoining outdoor barbeque area. Parking is available in the garage (direct access into the villa) and driveway. Air conditioning in all bedrooms.
Gaucin – Country House 7 bedrooms • 7 bathrooms • 552m2 built • 5 hectares of land • e2,750,000 A superb 7 bedroom Andalucian cortijo perched on a hilltop with a breathtaking view over the Jimena valley and kilometres beyond. You come to the house through the prettiest garden patio and walk into a courtyard with the main house on one side and 3 en-suite bedrooms and an office on the other. the main house is a sitting room, dining room, rustic kitchen with walkin freezer and 4 bedrooms including a magnificent master bedroom upstairs which has the best view of all. There is a basement with wine cellar and “play” room. the lovely
garden has a 13m x 4m salt water swimming pool and pool house and is over looked from 2 attractive and comfortable terraces. The whole property is in immaculate condition and beautifully kept. The house is central heated, has partial air conditioning and has WiFi, piped stereo systema and satellite TV in addition to CCTV and alarm system. This is simply everybodies dream Andalucian cortijo set in the most peaceful countryside only 40 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea.
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Real Sotogrande Golf - Sotogrande Costa - Villa 8 bedrooms • 8 bathrooms • built: TBA • plot: TBA • e5,500,000 Through a grand door in an exterior wall, you enter the property with, first, a staff bedroom to the left and then 2 patios - a garden patio to the right and another for sitting out, with a fireplace, to the left. The garden patio leads to a 3 bedroom/bathroom suites with a small sitting room, with all bedrooms having access to the garden. Ahead of the patios, through the front door and into the hall, the
main area of the house comprises of a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, TV room and 2 bedroom and bathrooms (including the master bedroom) on the ground floor and 2 bedroom/bathrooms upstairs. An attractive beamed ceiling terrace overlooks the swimming pool and beautiful garden which gradually slopes down to the golf course.
La Garriga - Barcelona - Catalan Masia 13 bedrooms • 14 bathrooms • 2500m2 built • 25 hectares of land • POA This beautiful & immaculately refurbished Masía is only 35mins from Barcelona, 5 mins walk from the local town & sits in 25 hectares of woodland, olive trees & landscaped gardens with large pool. Totally private 2 bedroom guest house overlooking wonderful pool area, 2 extra guest/staff cottages.
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Excellently equipped equestrian facilities set up for training and breeding of horses. 4 Wells and plenty of private water. Special features include private elevator, indoor bowling alley, 750 olive trees and the possibility for conversion into a boutique hotel.
VALGRANDE - Sotogrande ALTO - DUPLEX PENTHOUSE 4 bedrooms • 4 bathrooms • 321m2 built • 155m2 TERRACE • e950,000 Excellent duplex penthouse in the popular Valgrande gated community in Sotogrande Alto. This apartment consists of a large living/dining room, kitchen with utility area, 4 en-suite bedrooms (2 on each floor), guest cloakroom and storeroom. The highlight is the wonderful sunny terraces on both floors with automated wind sensative awnings and plenty of space for entertaining. There is
a piped music system installed. Access is via an elevator straight into the main floor from the underground car park or pedestrian level. Included in the price are 2 parking spaces and a large lockup store in the communal area. Valgrande has 24h security, external swimming pools, gym, Spa with interior lap pool, lovely communal gardens and putting green.
SOTOGRANDE COSTA - VILLA 6 bedrooms • 7 bathrooms • 1179m2 built • 3003m2 PLOt • e3,450,000 Superbly finished modern style villa on a quiet cul-de-sac in Sotogrande Costa. Entrance is via an impressive double height entrance hall leading through to a spacious lounge with vaulted ceiling. A semi-open plan hallway separates the dining room and TV snug which leads you to a very large family kitchen. The villa offers 7 en-suite bedrooms spread across its three floors all with French windows. It also comprises of a large loft room with cloakroom,
study, child’s playroom, teenager lounge, a great cinema room, gym area, laundry room, interior lap pool with Jacuzzi and double garage. All floors are connected via private elevator. Externally the villa presents excellent outdoor entertaining areas include a lovely covered terrace with retracting glass curtains, a garden casita with full kitchen and dining area and Mediterranean garden with waterfall created from the infinity edge of the pool above.
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LANDSCAPING AND RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT A KEY FEATURE OF FONTANA Situated at the highest point within the distinguished Cascada de Camojan estate in Marbella, Fontana is a collection of five new, architecturally curated villas, developed by Sir John Beckwith of UK based Pacific Investments, in conjunction with Penna Property Partners.
The site, already rich in vegetation, features ancient, protected Spanish cork trees and pines and so it was vital that the gardens were in no way secondary and that the natural beauty of the plot was preserved. Distinguishing themselves from other developments, already employed to work on the project is a full-time team of landscape designers who are working closely to ensure that the gardens holistically and seamlessly blend with each property. Lead landscape designer on the project Javier Del Riomol explained; “We have 51 protected trees on this plot including olive, cork, carob and pines. The designs have been made to preserve the trees in their original position as much as possible and to work with the natural contours of the plot to make the villas sit perfectly within their environment. The key is to respect the stunning environment here and enhance it with a large central green zone, landscaping with mature plants and trees and allowing nature to come into the homes as much as possible.” The Counsellor for Development and Planning at Marbella Town Hall Isabel Mª Pérez Ortiz attended the glamourous launch event this October and commented, “It is great to see a project with such focus on caring for the environment of the plot, shows such commitment to protecting the trees and plants and fitting the design in with the natural landscape.” 268 LUXURY LIVING
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Key landscaping features include selecting mature trees and plants such as Washingtonia Palms and Cyprus trees and creating a fusion between outdoor and indoor living. A Sedum Green roof on Villa 3 will help the property blend into its surroundings. This villa and villa 4 will be softened and enriched with jasmine, bougainvillea and stephanotis plants climbing the northern walls and lining the internal courtyards. Cascada de Camajon is one of Marbella’s oldest and most distinguished estates. It is known for offering well positioned plots, surrounded by natural flora and fauna, which offers seclusion, privacy and quiet. Fontana launched in October 2016, with the first residence targeted for completion September 2017, with final completion of the project expected for September 2018.
u THE VILLAS Fontana will be built by a local construction company, employing approximately 15 people to work on the project full-time. Through the bespoke nature of the residences and the high level of craftsmanship to be adopted, it will also generate business for many of the local sub-contractors, specialist companies, and in total will employ approximately a further 10 local businesses and artisans. Upon completion, it’s estimated that Fontana will become a steady employer to 10-12 members of staff annually. Famed for their work on the internationally renowned, Finca Cortesin - a five time Condé Nast Traveller gold list hotel – Torras y Sierra have done something unique in Fontana, with each residence featuring an abundance of natural light and elegant indoor and outdoor living spaces. Ranging from 992.66 sqm to 1,454.89 sqm and with several villas boasting enchanting inner courtyards, and natural stone pools, each property offers an unprecedented lifestyle opportunity. From inception, the villas, all of which will have five bedroom suites, with swimming pool (one measuring 32 metres by 6 metres), gym, wine cellar, steam room, underground parking and generous staff accommodation, have intended to feel elegant and timeless. With mountain behind and sea in front, encompassed within one of Marbella’s premier, gated communities, Fontana will be one of the most secure and private residential addresses in Marbella. Very much designed for modern family living, the villas provide large, lateral living spaces, where discerning, multigenerational families might congregate, socialise and enjoy the Spanish lifestyle.
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GC32 RACING TOUR GC32 LA RESERVA DE SOTOGRANDE CUP
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In September Sotogrande played host to the GC32 Racing Tour, an international circuit for state of the art foiling (aka flying) catamarans. Capable of speeds of over 40 knots (75kmh), GC32s are among the fastest sailing yachts in the world and attract top competitors including Olympic medalists and round-the-world race winners. The event was won by former Match Racing World Champion Adam Minoprio and his NORAUTO crew.
SANTA MARIA POLO CLUB
45TH INDI INTERNATIONAL POLO TOURNAMENT 2016
Santa Maria Polo Club is the epicentre of European polo and this year its Gold Cup was one of three Grand Slam tournaments in the world, won by Dubai. A major social hub at Sotogrande, the event draws audiences from around the world, encompassing the business elite, members of Royal families and society figures, to watch exceptional high-goal polo and enjoy the restaurants, shopping village and after-polo parties.
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LAWYERS TOURNAMENT 2016 Santa Maria Polo Club this year joined the podium this year in hosting the Lawyers Tournament. Polo players of the worldâ€™s legal fraternity came to Sotogrande to play against each other in six teams.
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Today, the Lawyer’s Polo Association is composed of more than 350 lawyers, who share a passion for polo and horses. “Our objective is to generate a network of sports, and personal and professional relationships between lawyers through polo. We chose Santa Maria in Sotogrande because it is one of the best polo clubs i the world and always attracts the best players in the world, explains Eduardo Bérèterbide, founder of Lawyer’s Polo and lawyer at the firm Shearman & Sterling LLP, Paris.
Following a gala event at La Reserva de Sotogrande golf club, the competition continued on the fields of Los Pinos de Santa MarĂa Polo Club with St Mortiz Polo team winning the 2016 Lawyers Polo Cup.
Lawyers from from Argentina, Austria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Malaysia, Portugal, Slovakia, Singapore, Switzerland, Venezuela, United Kingdom and United States took part in this yearâ€™s Lawyers Polo tournament.
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POLO SCHOOL Santa Maria Polo Club teaches players of all ages in this game which committed to developing teamwork, self-discipline, creativity, animal awareness and competitiveness. The young players also take part in young playersâ€™ tournaments at the club.
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DAW N A striking, seductive encounter A touch is all it takes to transform DawnÂ´s seductive shape, as the sleek hood folds away in silence. A true four-seater, crafted in anticipation of unexpected last-minute escapes.
Official fuel economy figures for the Rolls-Royce Dawn: Urban 13.2mpg (21.41/100km). Extra Urban 28.5mpg (9.9l/100km). Combined 20.0mpg (14.1l/100km). CO2 emissions 330g/km. Figures may vary depending on driving style and conditions. ÂŠ Copyright Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited 2016. The Rolls-Royce name and logo are registered trademarks.
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