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Issue 1 – November 2016






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Welcome to the first issue of The J- The jewelry journal. The first magazine which brings together two worlds. The first is self explanatory - and it is spelled out in the title of our publication. It is the world of jewelry. In our pages you – our reader- will be able to discover and be inspired by unique pieces of jewelry. Precious metals and stones coming together in artifacts able to express one’s persona and sense of taste. Voluptuous designs created by both well-known brands and designers, as well as by artisans who in their pieces express their art and their tradition. The second world that we chronicle in our pages is all that is Italian. For centuries this country and its people have represented the core of many values all over the world, values that we believe are also expressed in fine jewelry: looks, preciousness, uniqueness, joie de vivre, and tradition. We wanted to bring these two worlds together in a unique mix . Our pages will be a gateway to Italian design, fashion, food and wines, places and people that will take you - every two months – on a unique journey of style and discovery. With the holiday period at our doorstep I truly hope our magazine will be something new on your coffee table as a regular read and a constant source of stimulus now and for many more issues.



The Journal - November 2016

Editor in chief Edoardo Cela Managing Editor Ilaria Maggi Graphic Designer


Costanza Mazzotti


AUTUMN TRENDS. Statement earrings. Back to nature.


Baroque business

Contributing Editors Federica Barbaro, Riccardo Costa, Pierluigi Daprato, Tara Lamont-Djite, Costanza Romagnoli, George Kelly, Antonio Veronesi, Luigi Veronesi

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Interior design The Moon leads the trend in design for this Autumn.

IN VELVET AND GLASS. Here are the latest creations

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Art A thirty minute stroll through the treasures of ROME  Jewels From Rome with Love

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back to nature TORQUE NECKLACE in Palladium Metal, Lacquer, and Blue Colored Marbled Stone Hermès, $3,200. Available at:

SEA LEAVES CLIPS in Gold Plated Bronze Annelise Michelson, $500 each. Available at:

CHRYSOPRASE SLICE STUDS, ROUGH CUT CHRYSOPRASE SLICES SET with Solid 14k Gold Kathleen Whitaker, $1,165. Available at:

FOGLIA DI MARE BANGLE BRACELET, 18k Yellow Gold Miseno, $5,900. Available at:



baroque business V DIAMOND & VERMEIL STATEMENT RING Lara Melchior, $2,930. Available at:

SOLEIL PENDANT Julie Vos, $178. Available at:

THE MARCELLA EARRINGS Gold dipped brass inlaid with seed pearls and semi precious stones Christie Nicolaides, $259. Available at:

LISA GRANDE 14-karat gold pearl ring Sophie Bille Brahe, $1,160. Available at:



Pampered, spoilt

and totally overindulged How a spa Holiday can refresh the spirit even more than the body by Riccardo Costa

Nothing is better than a few days off in one of the many luxury Spas that Italy offers to spoil yourself and regain a positive outlook. Lefay Resort and Spa in the region of Lake Garda, Italy, is set at the heart of the “riviera dei limoni” (lemon coast). The resort, which was built according to the principles of bio-architecture, has a beautiful view of the lake and features a natural park of over 28 acres. The guiding principle of this spa is to connect body and mind with the surrounding nature. So a space was created where body and mind can be regenerated in connection with the environment. The Lefay spa method is unique as it blends together modern scientific research with traditional Chinese medicine. Last but not least, the resort has recently won the Best Destination Spa Award. On the hills of Val D’Orcia, in the Siena district, Fonteverde Tuscan Resort & Spa is set in one of the ancient villages which are famous for their thousand-year-old thermal water springs, rich in minerals. THE JOURNAL – 12

Fonteverde Tuscan Resort & Spa THE JOURNAL – 13


Espace Chenot de L'Albereta Relais & Chateaux A small natural heaven with large green stretching areas and dream views you can see from the suites’ balconies. The five-thousand-square-meter thermal centre, with its charming Renaissance architecture and its stylish environment, has many relaxation areas and offers treatments for any need. By following the Equilibrium philosophy, which combines health and comfort, you will be set on a weekly schedule devoted to your physical and mental renewal under the supervision of a qualified medical team. It’s the most awarded Spa in Europe, where the idea of comfort is always developing and capable of meeting customers’ new needs. We are at Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort, at Saturnia, in the province of Grosseto. A number of specialistic treatments, with the precious thermal water at 37° C, use the most advanced tools and methods. Choose the Rebalance@Saturnia programme: a personalized mix where morning walks and Nordic Walking are matched with Aquagym classes, postural gym, breathing techniques while you keep in contact with nature and the surrounding environment. It is wonderful to play golf in the exclusive 18-hole course in the middle of a century old park. And what about the cuisine? The Gourmet all’Acquacotta Restaurant, with its Michelin Star, offers the Grande Carte, which revisits the tradition and the quality of the Maremman and Tuscan cuisine, with great care for a healthy diet. Completely renewed and enlarged, the Espace Chenot Health Wellness SPA is one of two SPAs created by Chenot in Italy and it is the heart of l’Espace Chenot at L’Albereta Relais & Chateaux. Among the Franciacorta vineyards, the place draws the attention of those who love bien vivre and those who look for peacefulness. Only an hour drive from Milan, it is unique. THE JOURNAL – 14

Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort

Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda


It is a place where you can find absolute comfort, where you can dedicate time to yourself and follow a vey strict medical method which will help you regain your best psychophysical condition. This suggestive resort has 57 rooms and suites and can also seduce its guests with its refined haute cuisine. In the local dialect of Apulia “Vair” means “true” and it says a lot about the philosophy of this wonderful spa preserved inside Borgo Egnazia, a resort in the heart of the Region. It is a temple for both body and mind, set between the white rock walls and the local stone floors. Patrizia Bortolin, spa manager and winner of the best European Spa Manager Prize at the European Health and Spa Awards in Vienna, is the coordinator and guardian of this community of therapists and experts. You will talk first to them and they will help you understand which treatment is best for you to create a personal route, a deep and intense journey. Vair Spa offers 14 different programs which doesn’t only offer typical body treatments but also therapeutic dances as fitburlesque, body and mind balancing, contact improvisation and folk dances to keep in touch with your body and lighten your mind. Every program includes psychotherapy experiences, colour tests and playful moments all round the spa so that guests are involved and led to interact with the surroundings. In a space of 2,000 square meters there are also five swimming pools, A Roman Spa with tepidarium, calidarium and frigidarium, a salt water tank for floating, sauna and Turkish bath, nine massage rooms, two beauty cabins, a space for manicure and pedicure, hairdresser and make-up studio, a fitness room and a Yoga Iyengar studio, a relax and herbal tea area both inside and outside, a spa suite with private court and a spa cinema. Borgo Egnazia THE JOURNAL – 16


Megayachts, when it's all a matter

of range!  The autumn boat shows have brought out the best, the largest, the quirkiest

Perini Navi, Sybaris THE JOURNAL – 18

by Luigi Veronesi

With 630 yachts and tenders -including 191 new modelson display at the latest Cannes Yachting Festival (a record number for Europe’s largest in-water show) and 580 exhibiting companies and partners participating in the Monaco Yacht Show last September, the market is apparently recovering from the recent years of recession.In these pages we showcase a few of the best and latest yachts available today from the leading shipyards around the world, with Italian brands leading the way in the high-end megayacht world.



Ferretti Group, Navertta 37

SanLorenzo, 60 Exp

Benetti, Domani THE JOURNAL – 20

Sunseeker, 131

Sunseeker, 131 Perini Navi: S/Y Sybaris Perini Navi is the world leader in the design and build of superyachts, with 61 yachts launched to date, including 58 sailing yachts and three motoryachts. Perini Navi was founded in 1983 by Fabio Perini, whose vision was to revolutionize the concept of large sailing yachts and their controls. The only sailing yacht featured in this article, and the 61st yacht to join the Perini Navi fleet, the stunning 70m aluminium ketch S/Y Sybaris takes superyacht design and engineering to a completely new level. It is the most innovative Perini Navi ever built in terms of design and engineering, but also style. The Sealium alloy hull features a centreboard keel with variable draught (4.5m – 11.74m) for sailing performance and access into shallow bays or marinas. The streamlined and contemporary superstructure is topped with a flying bridge of no less than 18m in length – the largest of any sailing yacht afloat. At 850 gross tons Sybaris has a wide-open and well-lit interior spaces with innovative layout and decor solutions. The yacht is equipped with multiple cutting-edge technologies in terms of sail handling and electric power management. The powerful sail plan of more than 2,300 sqm relies on two carbon fibre masts with composite stays Kevlar running rigging. Controlled by Perini’s latest-generation electric winches and software, the system allows the yacht to be sailed entirely from the cockpit consoles. Sybaris further represents a decisive step forward in terms of power management with two variable-speed generators supplying electrical power via a DC bus to the vessel’s main electrical grid with the potential to store excess power in lithium polymer batteries. Sanlorenzo 460Exp Sanlorenzo has been an Italian manufacturer of high quality made-to-measure yachts and superyachts since 1958. The 460Exp is the first Explorer unit of its

range, featuring high technology and comfort on board, and most of all, significant cruising self-sufficiency and endurance: the three features that take the 460Exp beyond the usual yachting limits are indeed onboard spaciousness, safety, and self-containment. The 460Exp is a five-deck, 42m vessel with a steel displacement hull and an aluminum superstructure. Her external lines are strong and imposing and recall the large exploration ships that cruised in remote and unknown areas. The superstructure is shifted forward, leaving vast space on the main deck astern where a large tender (up to 10m), sailing or fishing boats, surf boards, and other water toys can be housed while cruising. The interior layout includes 5 guest cabins on the lower deck, a fitness room, a large owner’s suite and 2 spacious salons on the main and upper deck. Performance wise, the 460Exp is capable of covering over 4000 nautical miles autonomously at an economical speed of 11 knots. Baglietto 46m Fast Since 1854, the seagull featured on Baglietto’s logo is a symbol recognized throughout the nautical world. At the start of the 20th century, Pietro Baglietto launched his first motor boats and in 1906 he achieved one of his most outstanding records: the launch of Giuseppina, the largest cruising motor-yacht of its time, with an unprecedented 22,6m length and a combustion engine never built before in Italy. During the same period, another record was achieved: the construction of the very first hydrofoil prototype ever built in the world. Today, Baglietto specializes in the construction of new hydroplaning aluminium yachts ranging between 35 and 50 meters in length and steel & aluminium displacement mega-yachts above 40 meters. The 46m Fast is the shipyard’s latest luxury motor yacht. THE JOURNAL – 21


Benetti, Domani Benetti M/Y Domani 45m With the highest growth rate among the world's super and mega yachts builders, Benetti, founded in 1873, is the oldest Italian builder of motor-yachts and a true icon of timeless Italian styling combined with excellence in construction. M/Y Domani, Benetti’s new custom build displacement yacht, was delivered in June 2016 to a long-standing client, at his fourth Benetti yacht. This fully custom 45m steel and aluminium yacht is articulated on 3 decks, with 4 guest cabins on the lower deck, one VIP cabin on the upper and a full beam owner suite on the main deck with a private terrace overlooking the sea. The main salon features full-height windows that grant a 180° panoramic view. As for the external spaces, the sun deck is divided in 3 areas: a lounge/sunbathing space, an external dining area protected by a windscreen, and a swimming pool/bar area. The owner, an expert sailor who loves cruising with his family around the world, played an important role in defining both the layout and the equipment; the fruitful collaboration started from the first sketches of the project until the launch. The sky lounge on the upper deck overlooks the outdoor area through a huge glass door at full height and full width (about 8 meters) creating a unique indoor-outdoor effect. The dining area becomes a pleasant “al-fresco” place. Precious materials, expertly processed by Benetti‘s craftsmen, distinguish M/Y Domani’s interiors.

Sunseeker 131 In 1969, Robert and John Braithwaite were two brothers with a dream: to create a boat to surpass anything made before. That same year, the Braithwaites built the first Sunseeker. It was the seed of a whole new world. Sunseeker International was the first British luxury motor yacht manufacturer, with headquarters and main assembly facility at Poole, in Dorset; Sunseeker yachts have been THE JOURNAL – 22

featured in the James Bond film series since 1999. The new tri-deck Sunseeker 131 Yacht is the largest Sunseeker. ever, accommodating up to twelve guests. The main deck features a lounge, separate dining area and full galley, while on the upper deck you’ll find the sky lounge, cocktail bar and access to the sky deck,. Standard guest configuration is for ten guests in five cabins, with scope for up to 12 to be accommodated depending on the layout and options selected. As impressive out in open water as it is in the harbor, this icon of design is unlike any other. Ferretti Group Navetta 37 The Ferretti Group is another world leader in the design, construction and sale of motor yachts and pleasure vessels, with a unique portfolio of prestigious and exclusive brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN and Custom Line, which recently introduced Navetta 37, the new flagship of their semi-displacement range.. The Navetta 37 boasts a brand-new hull with a bulbous bow, designed to ensure the utmost efficiency in any and all sea conditions, and allows the Owner to choose from among as many as four engine configurations - ranging from 8 to 12 cylinders - so as to meet the different needs of the brand's clientele. The 37m yacht strikes the eye with its sober lines, balanced volumes, and the great care devoted to detail. The yacht's clean and essential lines and overall design also convey a sense of strength and sturdiness. . The main deck features a large cockpit, while the indoor salon includes a living area and a dining area, to the right-hand side of which the floor-to-ceiling glazing opens onto the starboard walkway. The fore part of the deck has been entirely reserved for the Owner, who has available a wide-body suite boasting the size and comfort of those normally found on larger yachts.




Italy, land of

food! A symposium of stars (Michelin): the essence of Italy as told by four chefs, each with their own spirit, experience and life story, but all united by the same passion, the will to push boundaries and to experiment in new concepts. FOUR STORIES, FOUR LIFESTYLES AND PHILOSOPHIES TOLD THROUGH THEIR UNIQUE DISHES. by Ilaria Maggi


“Cuisine must get rid of all that is unnecessary to rediscover the innocence of a child who tells the story of its little world.” Massimiliano Alajmo

In 1994 Massimiliano Alajmo took over the reins of the kitchen at the Calandre, his family's restaurant at Sarmeola of Rubano (Padova). In 2002 the Michelin Guide awarded the restaurant three stars and Massimiliano Alajmo, who was only 28, became the youngest chef in the world to have received the prestigious recognition. His cuisine is based on the search for a no-frill, primitive spirit. The family restaurant is his “base camp”, a creative centre, a laboratory where experiments are carried out while he manages prestigious restaurants such as the Quadri Restaurant with a view on Piazza San Marco in Venice. You have been called the “researcher chef”: do you find it a suitable definition? It’s correct if it means the research of something astonishing. I think that cooking is a way to provide sensations and at the same time to get to know and understand the world. If cooking is an experience, is the chef the guide? Actually the chef listens to the substance and follows it and he lets himself be guided. Is there an event that has left its mark? I was deeply affected by a recent dinner I had with a group of monks in complete silence. Total simplicity and essentiality. After all, the most revolutionary experience is when you take nearly everything away and leave just very few essential things, even the tablecloth is unnecessary: real people in utter silence. How much weight do you give to the relationship with territories and their origins? Memory, experience, training, territory, dreams…..all of them wiegh in, but there is lightness too; nothing is really quantifiable. This is for me the true beauty: not to increase but to improve. Without any projeducie for or against the nature itself of our cuisine and of its history, which is full of thousand-year-old, wonderful contaminations. THE JOURNAL – 25


“ Working every day in the kitchen is hard work. The most important ingredient for the future is culture. Culture gives knowledge and knowledge gives consciousness. Consciousness gives responsibility” Massimo Bottura He can legitimately be considered the leading figure of international cuisine with his three Michelin stars and his victory in the 2016 edition of the International Prize “World’s 50 Best Restaurants”, with his Osteria Francescana in Modena. He is the ambassador of Italian cuisine in the world and is committed on a variety of projects, particularly to increase the value of Italian excellence and craftsmanship. Memory and humility, strictness and commitment, sensibility and creativity: Massimo Bottura is a chef who doesn’t want to stop dreaming and surprising. In fact his most recent, ambitious project , Food for the Soul, has the aim of feeding people in need by using food that would otherwise be wasted. Big names of international haute cuisine such as Ferran Adrià, René Redzepi and Alain Ducasse have been involved in the project. They can cook and totally change ingredients that were destined to be thrown into the bin. “ We restore dignity even to the ugliest aubergine”, Bottura says. Next year he will open a space in Brazil: “I’ll wait for you all to come and work in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro” he said, and added: ”I wish to open three, four, five canteens in five different places because culture is the most important ingredient!”. A new dish finds its origin in…. “I can be inspired at any moment, by a song, by a piece of art or by a journey. Then the creative process follows, with truth, local character, hard work and a bit of madness. On the other hand, isn’t the pursuing of our dreams the heart of the matter, the meaning of our life? Who might ever dream that a potato could go so far. We do not pursue appearances here in Francescana. We look for real flavour, a strong link with the territory and its seasons. Everything we do is meaningful, we try to touch people’s hearts and emotions. We work hard not to lose contact with products, with Italian flavours and traditions; quite the opposite: we let them find an evolving space by applying new techniques and showing great respect.”. THE JOURNAL – 26


ANTONIO GUIDA After years of experience at Pellicano in Porto Ercole, where he had earned 2 Michelin stars, Antonio Guida is now in Milan where he arrived last year with most of his group. He also brought with him his roots and his experience in a cosmopolitan environment. And a load of expectations. He is a chef of Apulian roots and his restaurant is called Seta at the new Mandarin Oriental Milan: a first Michelin Star only four months after its opening. With discreet decoration, octane blue seating and large windows opening on the inner court, the restaurant is a haven og light, an elegant, contemporary place, only a few steps from the Scala Theatre. Colour is most relevant in the dishes as well as the very high quality of the food and the excellent technique of the chef. The sampling menu is a “Dedication to Milan” with, among others, some outstanding dishes such as pigeon breast with fois gras escalope, dried fruit, pineapple, chocolate sauce or cagnone rice with vegetables, raspberry powder and Maccagno. Seasonal ingredients prevail but there are also Asian flavourings like seaweeds and spices as a tribute to the hotel chain Mandarin Oriental. “It’s a ‘classical’ cuisine, yet revisited from a contemporary viewpoint” - says the chef - “I’m a chef that still cooks the Hare à la Royale. But I’m also very happy to cook Cacio e Pepe (pasta with cheese and pepper) in the original recipe. My main idea is a menu with consistency. It’s much better to surprise the customer with new dishes, and Gagnaire has his hand at that: I’m not afraid to take a signature dish away from the menu and then put it back again when I think it’s fair. That’s also a way to bring my group to attention”.

MORENO CEDRONI Moreno Cedroni has just turned fifty. He opened his first restaurant ‘La Madonnina del Pescatore’ when he was just over twenty. He achieved two Michelin stars in Senigallia, Marche, his native land, which he refuses to leave. He was awarded as one of the ten best fish restaurants in Europe by the Wall Street Journal. Then he had a vision, an inspiration: Italian sushi – just like that. He proposed it to ‘Il Clandestino’ at Portonovo, in the wonderful Conero Park, a white and blue building open from April to October, overlooking the sea. A chef strongly linked to traditions and to his family but also capable of looking very far ahead.

Is cuisine evolution or revolution? Evolution. Revolutions took place years ago when nouvelle cuisine took the place of a heavier cuisine, when there was a shift in health concerns. When we started they made fun of us because our portions were small, but they are small so that customers may finish their meals without problems. In the past people would feel heavy and bloated when they left the table. Today customers want to feel as light when they leave as when they arrived. Clients are different. Their needs are different. It’s up to us to evolve. Can we speak of evolution even for your concept of sushi? I was tired of the usual rolls soaked with soya or the sliced fish with lemon and vinegar so popular in Italy. I invented new recipes for every single fish and looked for the best match. It turned out to be an interesting subject and our themed menus appeared. A concept that is renewed every year to keep the interest alive. How much does creativity count ? Cooking is a committment for both body and for mind. Of course creativity elevates routine and makes this job noble and beautiful. Those who work in a canteen, where they repeat the same actions over and over every day, may remind us of Charlie Chaplin in his film ‘Modern Times'. Being creative or just using a bit of creativity makes you fly and makes your routine dynamic, cheerful, and conceptual. THE JOURNAL – 28



FONTANAARTE | PINECONE Designed by Paola Navone, Pinecone is a pendant and table lamp mounting a blown glass diffuser, available in the glossy transparent or milky white acidetched version. The final design is both caged in and breaking out.

The Moon leads

the trend in design for this Autumn. In velvet and glass. Here are the latest creations from Italian Design by Costanza Romagnoli

Please raise the curtains on Italian design. An open door invites our spectators on a journey where they will discover distant planets and become part of a unique narration. A voyage during which they will enter sophisticated rooms and walk on spectacular oak flooring, they will sit on oversized velvet sofas and purple and geranium colored armchairs, while being wrapped in a warm and comforting light, the overreaching and final element in any interior design setting. Light, which originates from glass lamps handcrafted by master glass blowers using the antique technique of caged blown glass. Our traveller will experience the transformation of complex technologies into a unique flat disc similar to the moon. An object which captures in its essence a modern classical aura. A unique blend of infinite space and directions, suspended objects, energy, creativity and imagination will become the storytellers of this journey. THE JOURNAL – 31


DANIELE LAGO | LUCI E OMBRE WALLPAPER Rays of light from an imaginary window bring light to dark, enclosed spaces. The window does not exist, yet its light cascades onto the walls, bringing fresh energy and inspiring emotion. Developed in collaboration with Jannelli&Volpi.

FLOS | SUPERLOON A LED circle of light shining in infinite directions. The disc is mounted on a gyroscope. Light is diffused all round and can be dimmed.

FENDI CASA | ANDTREW A settee that encourages a relaxed conversation, Andrew shows generous volumes and wide armrests inlaid with leather trim. The leather backrest provides both looks, comfort and strength. Finish here is in blue velvet.

EDOARDO ROMAGNOLI | LUNE The artist Edoardo Romagnoli has won prizes and awards for his portraits of the moon. A series of images taken at diffferent shutter speeds with a moving camera that allows the moon itself to draw on the black canvas of the night sky.

FENDI CASA | ANYA A set of coffee tables with a new clear glass top, olive green or teal, in stark contrast with the brass framework. A minimalist touch with a ground glass surface for a perfect finish.


ARMANI | MACBETH WALLPAPER This enchanting wall mural features a subtle timberline design that captures the light and reflects it around the room beautifully. This wallcovering also features a shiny surface which would look great as a feature wall.

DANIELE LAGO | SLIDE FLOOR The oak wood Slide Flooring subverts the design of classic parquet. The traditional strips are replaced by a modular system based on three trapezium shapes that combine to create countless different ways of fitting together.

PROMEMORIA | BLUETTE Designed by Romeo Scozzi, the Bluette armchair is one of the autumn releases from iconic brand Promemoria. With a beech pase, a leather back and a plush velvet fabric, this is club lounging at its best.

PROMEMORIA | CLUB LARGE Another design by Romeo Sozzi, another club armchair, with premium leather finish and a solid wooden frame. Available in red and violet. Promemoria is based on Lake Como, and has been run by the Sozzi family for generations.

FENDI | CONRAD The Conrad armchair is defined by its delicate lines that form a perfect formal balance. The backrest embraces the seating entirly, which, in a game of softness, is enhanced by rich cushions. In line with the values of the Maison, dark orange velvet upholstery celebrates creativity and innovation in the use of materials.

The Moon, ideal companion for the night, follows us and makes the darkness less frightening. For centuries it has inspired and intrigued artists and poets. Often portrayed as a circle, a shape that has no beginning or end, and is often used in architecture as a symbol for harmony. The moon however is also portrayed as a small segment, a crescent, a perfect beam of light, which here becomes an endless series of moons chasing each other.

Pliny The Elder in his Natural History tells us how its first use was in the 3rd century BC in Mesopotamia. It has enriched our homes since then and today, thanks to its transparency, it is one of the most used materials both in architecture and in design. Glass. Making it is still an art form and master glassmakers should always be considered as highly qualified professionals, magicians who can transform glass into thousands of shapes. It can also always be associated with other materials such as wood, metal and steel. It has the ability to bring together internal spaces with external spaces, as gardens and terraces belnd into the rooms of houses and apartments.

As fall takes its full grip and summer becomes a distant memory, our world becomes covered by a fascinating blanket of new colors, scents and magical atmospheres. In this context even our homes can be taken over by new atmospheres and moods. New textures and materials like velvet. What could be better than falling into a velvet armchair or sofa after a long day's work. A soft delicate touch which will give us a few moments of blissful and luxurious peace.



A thirty minute stroll through the treasures

of Rome 

by Federica Barbaro

Start. The Spanish Steps A classic. Built in the 18th Century to connect the Sapanish Embassy with the Holy See below. Home of John Keats and Giorgio de Chirico, it reached world wide fame with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in the unforgettable Roman Holiday. It is mentioned by recently nominated 10 min. Trevi Fountain 17 min. Saint Louis of Nobel Prize Winner Bob Dylan in his song "When I Paint my Masterpiece". Cult symbol of "La dolce vita" with the French The steps are 135, or 136. There is Anita Ekberg bathing the fountain to controversy as to exact nature This is a true celebration of France seduce Marcello Mastroianni. of the first: is it a step, or a through the representation of its saints and drain? The Trevi Fountain was created in1732 by Nicola greatest historical gures. Salvi in the rococò style, and was finsihed 30 It holds countless treasures. Between 1599 years later by Giuseppe Pannini. Thanks and 1600, Michelangelo Merisi, known as to the recent restoration donated Caravaggio, executed three paintings 16 min. Pantheon by Maison Fendi its marbles now inside the Contarelli Chapel: The shine under new led lighting that Calling of Saint Matthew, The From the Ancient Greek τό πάνθειον highlights all the details of the Martyrdom of Saint Matthew, meaning "relating to all the gods" and scukpted scenes. and The Inspiration of Saint implying the noun ἱερόν ("tempio"). Thus Matthew. τό πάνθειον (ἱερόν): "The temple of every god". It was completed by the Emperor Adrian in 150 AD and is one of the best preserved monuments of Ancient Rome. Inside, it is illuminated by siunlight that shines through the Oculus, a round opening at the peak of the cipola, which remains to date an unparalleled feat of architectural engineering.


30 min. St Peters Square 25 min. The Roman Ghetto

The heart of the Vatican and the symbol of Christianity worldwide is a place of breathtaking beauty. The circular square is paved in travertine stone, with radiating lines that reach out from the center towards the surrounding colonnades.

Established in 1555 by a Popre Paul IV it forced the 2,000 Jews in Rome to live in the walled quarter with its gates locked at night. At the centreof the Square stands an During the day, men were allowed out only of 30 min. The Magic Egyptian obelisk that is over 80 ft tall, they wore a yellow tunic, and women had and is topped by a gilt ball. Beyond, wear a yekllow veil, like prostitutes. Portal 25 min. The Colosseum toDespite the famous St Peters Cathedral its inhuman conditions and Hidden in the gardens of Villa boasts Michelangelo's precious extreme poverty, it became one and the Roman Forum Sixtine Chapel. of the most colourful and lively Palombara, near Piazza Vittorio, this piece This is Ancient Rome. An incredible ghettos in the world, and is ofmpure alchemy was built by the Marquis of heritage of the largest ever Enpire in the Pietraforte in the 17th Century with inscriptions now bustling with activity. world still stands today, and a walk through the by the Alchemists Mathadanus and Johannes de ruins of the Roman Forum is a once-in-a-lifetime Monte Snyder. experience. The geometric streets, the ever The symbols follow the sequence of planets so modern concept of that a city should and their related metal: Saturn-lead, Jupiterbe, and finally the ultimate hall of cruel tin, Mars-iron, Venus-bronze, Mercury, enterntainment: the Colosseum, Antinomy and Vitriol. The portal where prisoners were paraded, is guarded by two grotesque humiliated and executed. Egyptian divinities, not part of the original construction.



From Rome with Love

1884 Collection

In 1884 a Roman Family started creating Jewelry that encompassed the ideals of faultless craftsmanship, inimitable style and strong passion. More than a century later those ideals hold steady as the 1884 Collection, named after that special year, conquers fame and followers. by Riccardo Costa


Designer Alberto Petochi, a scion of jewelers, fell in love with jewelry as a child, spending countless hours in his family’s workshops.

He is now following his childhood dreams and fulfilling his passion for jewelry, design, style, philanthropy and Italian history. For Alberto, an afternoon spent in the shadows of the Trevi Fountain formed “ the wish” that inspired and solidified the collection. Based on ancient Roman coins – a signature motif of the brand – that have been passed down generation to generation, the 1884 Collection tangibly captures the history of this antique currency. The names of the collections are an integral part of the inspiration and were chosen to distinguish and reflect the redeeming characteristics of each piece. For example in the Rosa Collection each piece - anchored in thoughtful design by an ancient Roman coin - reminds the wearer of the opulent ancient Roman galas which would take place under a steady rain of rose petals being showered from the canopy on the festivities below. Or the Burano collection named after one of the most colorful places in the world, taking direct inspiration from the multi-colored houses that populate this small fishing village. Unique offerings with iridescent colored Titanium mixed with 18K Rose Gold reflect the beauty that Burano is famous for. Luna collection.Encompassing the principles and heritage of the classic tugobas design, the wearer draws upon the designer’s sense of tradition and values the legend and history that is unique with each piece. Versilia Collection: Ancient Roman Coins surrounded by diamonds and colorful stones are a contemporary testimony to the artistic value and history that has survived centuries. Top of the page : Photo of Alberto Petochi.




An endless passion for Precision Instruments by George Kelly

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, a second-generation watchmaker and talented craftsman by nature, Leonid Khankin is President and Creative Director of Swiss watch company Ernst Benz, an independent Swiss watchmaking company inspired by the spirit of travel and the art of watchmaking, founded half a century ago by its namesake. Mr. Khankin began working in collaboration with Ernst Benz in the 90’s and dediced to tackle the demand for a complete calendar moon-face chronograph, the world’s first in its signature 47mm size. He worked with the company to create the third and most complex model built to date, the ChronoLunar which debuted as the company’s premier model in 2002 and garnered abundant praise in the industry. After a few years of working closely in collaboration with the company, Khankin was asked to lead the brand. The company has since then produced numerous new well-received collections and models including the ChronoLunar Officer, ChronoDiver Instrument, ChronoFlite World Timer and GMT as well as the Instrument series. The collection is known for its signature 47mm case but is also now offered in a range of sizes including 44mm, 40mm, 36mm as well as limited editions of 60mm. A collection for women was also developed taking inspiration from the style of gentlemen's mid-century watches reimagined with female characteristics such as diamonds and mother of pearl, while remaining true to Ernst Benz’s heritage of aesthetics and precision. The brand’s timepieces are renowned for their accuracy, design, durability, and legibility for which watch enthusiasts, retailers and the media have recognized the company. Khankin is a deeply passionate horologist who ensures that all watches bearing the Ernst Benz mark are built to exacting criteria without compromise, yielding the highest quality of mechanical timepieces available. Fostering an environment of creativity, he serves as an example that anything is possible as he travels the globe working closely with all who support the brand and its vision – customers, retailers, and partners. Under his guidance Ernst Benz has also created a number of celebrated limited edition timepieces with some of the most interesting people of our time. Creative collaborations with designers and artists such as John Varvatos, as well as influential celebrities to help raise awareness for different causes, including Dan Marino, Mario Batali, Russell Simmons, and Mary J. Blige. Designed and manufactured in Switzerland, Ernst Benz watches are sought after by connoisseurs and collectors across the globe. The collection is featured in some of the most prestigious stores throughout the world, including New York, LA, Miami, London, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. THE JOURNAL – 40



Ernst Benz - North America 177 S. Old Woodward Ave Birmingham, MI 48009 Ernst Benz - Switzerland Lake Geneva Park 7 Route de Crassier, CH-1262 Eysins 41 (0) 22 595 19 07

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