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56 On the Web 58 Editors’ Notebook 60 Perfect 10 From a $500 million newconstruction home in Bel-Air to the McLaren BP23, our editors make predictions about the products and places that will likely star in next year’s Best of the Best. 320 Time Piece A look back at Robb Report’s very first Best of the Best issue. BY LARRY BEAN E

The McLaren 720S is a racer for the road.

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The ultimate guide to the very best men’s fashion, automobiles, yachts, restaurants, watches, wine, and more. This year’s edition honors highlights of the last three decades as well as industry icons. 71 AU TO S Standout new models and refreshed rides from Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, and other marques. June 2018, Volume 42, Number 6

› SUPERCARS › OFF-ROAD AUTO › GT GREATNESS › COLLECTOR’S CAR › MOTORCYCLE

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Introducing the all-new Rolls-Royce Cullinan Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Robb Report invite you to join us in welcoming the newest member of the Rolls-Royce family. Cullinan, the first all-wheel-drive motor car by Rolls-Royce, blends an effor tless master y of new terrains with pinnacle luxury, dominating the most dramatic landscapes. To celebrate this new marquee vehicle, Robb Report is offering the first 10 readers who make a deposit toward the Rolls-Royce Cullinan a complimentary Robb Vices box. Contact your local dealer or call +1.877.877.3735 or email pressna@rolls-roycemotorcarsna.com and mention Robb Report.

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101 FASH IO N Essential and transformative wardrobe pieces from top menswear makers. › JACKETS › SWEATERS › SPORTSWEAR › CORDUROY › SUNGLASSES › BELTS › NECKTIES

129 WATC H E S + JE WE LRY Timepieces that are mechanical works of artistry and beauty, and incredible jewels from fashionable locales around the globe. › CHRONOGRAPHS › COMPLICATIONS › SPORTS WATCHES › STATEMENT RINGS › BROOCHES › EARRINGS

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159 B OAT I N G The yachts and their exceptional features that embody the noteworthy combination of elegant design and powerful engineering. › YACHT OF THE YEAR › YACHTS UP TO 100 FT › YACHTS OVER 200 FT › TRENDS › UNUSUAL FEATURES › COLLABORATIONS › TENDER

181 S P I R I T S Sublime bottles—from tequila and single malts to bourbon, gin, and vodka—that are most worth sipping this year. › SPIRIT OF THE YEAR › SCOTCH › IRISH WHISKEY › BOURBON › RYE › GIN

195 T R AV E L From a community-conscious urban oasis in Asia to a private island in Fiji, these are the must-see places for discerning globe-trotters. › PRIVATE ISLAND › REVIVAL › DESIGN HOTEL E

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EDITORS’ NOTEBOOK

Seeking Greatness

Exceptional artistry and crafts tend to be rooted in age-old practices, from the painstaking handwork required to assemble extraordinary watch movements to the patience and skill imbued in distilling and aging a fine whiskey. It’s those time-honored techniques combined with pioneering technology and advancements that inform the most intriguing and phenomenal designs and products on this year’s Best of the Best list. In our 30th year producing this list, we observed a new influence taking shape, that of purposeful intention. While it isn’t always tangible, it has lasting substance that results in a meaning greater than the sum of its parts.

“In our 30th year producing this list, we observed a new influence taking shape, that of purposeful intention.”

For longtime consulting automotive editor, Robert Ross, this year’s best aerodynamic accomplishment—the Lamborghini Huracán Performante—speaks to the way the industry combined age-old practices with cutting-edge expertise. He recalls his first visit to the brand’s factory in September 2001 to photograph the Murciélago for a story about the “modern-era” supercar. “Back then, the Lamborghini production line was a modest afair with hundreds of choreographed technicians

forest and scholars’ village from rising water levels caused by the construction of a new dam, a team moved more than 10,000 trees about 400 miles to create a forest around the new property. “It was a Herculean efort that was about so much more than just raising another hotel,” says Jackie. “It rescued a village and an entire forest—including some 1,800-year-old trees.”

and acres of sub-assemblies on rolling racks.” It was a propitiously timed visit, as Robert witnessed what he says was “like a rare lunar eclipse or the once-in-a-decade mating ritual of a near-extinct species”: the very last Diablo inching along the production line, directly followed by the first series-production Murciélago. “This nose-to-tail procession described the end of one era and the beginning of a new one,” he says—a tradition that rolled forward with this year’s Huracán Performante.

In selecting the year’s top spirits, Janice O’Leary, our Los Angeles bureau chief, collaborated with contributing editor Richard Carleton Hacker on numerous tastings, beginning with the Universal Whisky Experience, an annual collector event in Las Vegas. There they debated the attributes of Macallans, Yamazakis, and Dalmores. “After that 2017 event, Richard was convinced the 50 Year Old Dalmore was one of the best scotches ever made. But then the 40 Year Old was released last fall, and I thought that was the superior single malt. We both agreed it belonged on our list for 2018,” says Janice. “It, like our spirit of the year, relies on the decades of experience that master distillers and blenders have accumulated and their willingness to push the boundaries of how whisky and tequila—and even gin—are aged.” There is no rushing time or that unique experimental genius when it comes to making exceptional spirits.

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LAMBORGHINI: CHARLIE MAGEE; AMANYANGYUN: SUI SICONG; THE DALMORE: WILL ANDERSON

“It’s not enough to build a fancy hotel anymore— properties have to benefit the local communities or environment, too,” observes our travel editor, Jackie Caradonio, who points to Shanghai’s new Amanyangyun—this year’s best urban oasis—as an example of creating something with widespread meaning and impact. In an efort to save a centuries-old camphor


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PRE-BOARDING B O M B A R D I E R G LO B A L 7 0 0 0 “Given the hype surrounding it, including a recent win at the Red Dot Awards for design, I would not be surprised to see the Bombardier Global 7000—scheduled to enter service by year’s end—in the 2019 Best of the Best issue. The ultra-long-range business jet will accommodate up to 19 passengers in four distinct areas that can house a dining room, an entertainment center, and a master bedroom with a stand-up shower in an en suite bathroom.” —JOHN LYON

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“Silicon Valley’s influence ensures that a more casual nine-to-five dress code is here to stay, but I have to admit I was excited to see the return of classically tailored power suits to the fall runways. Unsurprisingly, Giorgio Armani—who helped pioneer the trend the first time around— does this particularly well. This double-breasted style (jacket, $2,795; pants, $975), with its high peak lapels and rich gray weave, is a C-suite standout.” —PHOEBE NEUMAN

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HYBRID MCLAREN BP23 “I try to live in the moment, but anticipation for McLaren’s new $2.2 million hypercar—set to premiere later this year—is making that difficult. Code-named BP23, the hybrid GT will have a top speed above 242 mph—making it the fastest and most refined road rocket ever produced by the British marque. My dream of driving it may remain a fantasy, however, as only 106 examples will be produced, and all have been purchased.” —VIJU MATHEW

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“Launching with the sum mmer solstice iss a whisky I’ve been waiting to trry since its brother bottle deb buted in late 2017. If Highland Park the Light is as delicious as a the Dark, it will be a conttender for our 2019 Best of the Best selects. The 17-year--old single malt ($300) wa as aged in American oak refill casks, which impart a sunnyy hue as well as notes of caraamelized pear, vanilla, and nutmeg, with a whif of Orkneey peat.”

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CURE LITTLE FISH “People flock to Seattle’s Pike Place Market to see fish fly, but chef Zoi Antonitsas and restaurateur Bryan Jarr will give visitors a whole new seafood entertainment experience in the coming year. Not only will their new venue be filled with fresh catches, but it will include a cannery as well. At Little Fish, diners can admire sweeping views of Puget Sound or watch manila clams, spot prawns, and tuna belly be brined, cured, and tinned in the glassenclosed cannery.” —JEREMY REPANICH

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“Bovet’s Grand Récital has an intriguing hour display, which shows the correct hour angle of the sun (represented by the tourbillon) to a rotating depiction of Earth. I was charmed by the angled case and the layered movement built on angled pillars, as it gives a unique peek inside the movement. Rumor has it that Bovet’s longtime partner Pininfarina is looking at this caliber as the basis for a future project.” —JAMES D. MALCOLMSON

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7 ONE OF A KIND T H E O N E I N B E L- A I R , C A L I F. “Later this year, I am hoping for a walk-through of the One, a wild, whimsical estate by developer Nile Niami and architect Paul McClean. Set on a four-plus-acre lot, the 100,000-square-foot property includes a 5,500-square-foot master suite, a 45-seat theater, a 50-car garage, a four-lane bowling alley, four swimming pools, and a jellyfish room. Expected to list for half a billion dollars, the home will be the most expensive property on the market in the U.S.” —REBEKAH BELL

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8 HAUTE STUFF A P PA R AT U S ’ S A C T I I I “It’s not a popularity contest, but Apparatus has been the design studio with all the sizzle since debuting in 2012. Credit its sensualwith-substance creations—atmospheric lighting and furnishings crafted in moody pairings of horsehair, porcelain, suede, and brass—for all the attention. Its new Act III collection gets personal, as cofounder and creative director Gabriel Hendifar draws inspiration from his Iranian roots.” —ARIANNE NARDO

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TIVE 9 CREA CONSCIENCE A L E S S A N D R O S A B B AT I N I “Late this summer, Parisian jeweler Alessandro Sabbatini will open his first creative studio, on Place Vendôme, where he will host international clients. At 30, Sabbatini is a creative genius who left Cartier to pursue his dream of making haute joaillerie without restrictions. He makes only 40 pieces a year for his Sabba collection because he spends countless hours perfecting each design, like the unique mix of colors and scale in this Mediterranean red coral, amethyst, Burmese ruby, and diamond necklace, mounted in platinum.” —JILL NEWMAN

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10 WILD FOR BENSLEY S H I N TA M A N I W I L D “I love everything that Bill Bensley does— his otherworldly hotels in far-flung destinations are escapism at its best. This year, the Bangkok-based designer is working on perhaps his most ambitious project yet: Shinta Mani Wild, an out-of-this-world tented camp set deep in the heart of Cambodia’s wildlife-rich Cardamom National Park. The camp’s soaking tubs with views of a roaring waterfall are reason enough to make the trip.” —JACKIE CARADONIO

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AUTOS Selecting our most winning wheels on an annual basis gets trickier with time. These days,

calling a car “best of the best” is, admittedly, presumptuous— and possibly myopic. Even after factoring in the constant advancements in autonomous driving and alternative powertrain technology, any decision is still subjective. But the exercise does act as a centrifuge for the market, separating the truly innovative from the merely derivative. This year, the tribute to automotive excellence continues with coverage that now includes more than a dozen categories, a nod to iconic engineering, and a conversation with design legends who continue to shape the industry even further. Fasten up. VIJU MATHEW AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

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When Bugatti introduced the 2005 Veyron, the vehicle immediately became the measure by which all other supercars were judged. The 2010 Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport was so remarkable that

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we named it the Car of the Decade. And now, eight years later, the world has a new ultimate supercar: the Bugatti Chiron. This Monster of Molsheim (the small town in northeastern France where Bugattis are

made) has a window sticker starting at roughly $3 million. Its specifications are essentially academic, even for the handful of people who will actually drive—much less own—one. (Of the 500 units planned, more than 300 have

been sold.) Compared to its predecessor, the Chiron dials everything up—more power and torque, and handling response that is more immediate and light, with less understeer. It’s astoundingly quick, but brutal acceleration is

just one facet of the Chiron’s personality. Engineering a 1,500 hp supercar is challenging, as it requires channeling massive air volume to a quartet of turbochargers while exhausting the infernal heat generated

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“ Despite its 1,180 ft lbs of torque and top speed of 261 mph, ĩûëûýğĔďýģ×ģğë̏ďëéĩĔ drive as a Bentley.”

by an eight-liter W-16 engine. Civilizing such a beast is an even greater challenge. However, despite its 1,180 ft lbs of torque and top speed of 261 mph, the Chiron is as refined to drive as a Bentley. It’s the ease with which

one pilots this large GT that makes it diferent from other supercars—no deafening exhaust note, no spine-rattling suspension, no claustrophobic cabin paneled in surgical steel or cold carbon fiber. Instead, the

Chiron’s interior is a model of simple luxury. And although the supercar is anything but simple, its designers make it seem so—and that may be the most remarkable thing of all. (from $3 million) bugatti.com —Robert Ross

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“ All of its curves and creases have a purpose, ãû×ďďëĊýďö ×ýğ̐ĔĹ ×ďé ĔĝĩýĎýńýďö ×ëğĔéĿď×ĎýãģDzǧ “Fastest and most powerful” appears to be the mantra among high-end automakers this year. Ferrari’s 812 Superfast, powered by a 6.5-liter, naturally aspirated V-12, assumes that lofty position

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in the Maranello stable. And the 789 hp prancing horse certainly lives up to its name with a top speed of 211 mph. In the same spirit as Ferrari GTs going back to the early 1950s, the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive 812 is as

refined and luxurious as it is absurdly quick and capable. Electronic power steering, magnetic shocks, and rearwheel steering aid nimble handling, while its compliant ride reminds one that the 812 is made for real grand touring

over long stretches of curving roads or highway. Like its F12berlinetta predecessor, the 812 is an exercise in restrained good taste. All of its curves and creases have a purpose, channeling airflow and optimizing

aerodynamics without the visual encumbrance of spoilers and additional body parts. The result is a pure form as timeless as the GT concept so artfully imagined by the Italians decades ago. (from $335,275) ferrari.com —R.R.


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When history repeats itself, the second go-around rarely ofers a profound improvement over the first. Not so with the new Lamborghini Urus, the exponentially advanced successor to the marque’s original of-road raging bull, the 1980s-era LM002. The Urus, which is named after an extinct breed of ox, is also an improvement on current-model SUVs. It breaks boundaries in the burgeoning market, ofering horsepower on par with its supercar sibling, the Lamborghini Huracán Performante, while the cutting-edge crossover’s four-wheel steering, active damping, and four-wheeldrive configuration are inherited from the brand’s flagship Aventador S. But the Urus doesn’t rest on other Lambos’ laurels. The front-engine SUV is unique in its combination of active torque vectoring, adaptive air suspension, active antiroll bar, and six driving modes—including options for dirt, sand, and snow. In addition, each mode can be further fine-tuned by the EGO setting, which tailors traction, suspension, and steering. “We have taken a mix of the most important features of the Aventador S and the Huracán Performante and merged them with additional technology in order to be able to control weight and the center of gravity,” says Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s chief technical oicer. “The result is the perception that the car is much shorter and lighter because it’s so agile.” Powered by a 650 hp, twin-turbo V-8 (churning out 627 ft lbs of torque), the four-door from Sant’Agata Bolognese blasts from zero to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds while barreling to 189 mph. And at 4,850 pounds, it purportedly has a best-in-class weight-to-power ratio of 7.45 pounds per hp. Its appearance is

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equally impressive. “In terms of design, the Urus combines the Countach with elements of the LM002,” states Mitja Borkert, the vehicle’s head designer. “It’s a visionary expression with the most extreme proportions.” (from $200,000) lambor ghini.com —Viju Mathew


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“Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone,” the late racer Bruce McLaren once stated, a sentiment that certainly holds true for the British brand that bears his name. Relaunched

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as McLaren Automotive in 2010, the company has since released multiple models spread over its Sports Series, Super Series, and Ultimate Series categories. Known for bridging racetrack technology and daily-driver

disposition, McLaren has perfected the formula with the new 720S. The latest Super Series sensation features a carbonfiber core, an aluminumpaneled body, and an organic aesthetic reminiscent of the

McLaren P1, whose shape was inspired by marine inhabitants. In the case of the 720S, its sculpted curves and linear flow—so intrinsic to the marque—resemble those of a great white shark. As breathtaking as the


“ As breathtaking as the design is, what really gives reason to gasp is the 720S’s performance.”

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design is, what really gives reason to gasp is the 720S’s performance. The rearwheel-drive, mid-engine coupe harnesses 710 horses from its four-liter, twinturbocharged V-8, catapulting the car from zero

to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 212 mph. In the current sea of production-supercar competition, those specs make this McLaren an apex predator. (from $284,745) cars.mclaren.com —V.M.

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POWER BROKER The pioneering Porsche 959 made all-wheel drive de rigueur for production performance cars.

Three decades ago, and long before the invention of today’s ubiquitous SUV, all-wheel drive was a technology nearly absent on all but the most serious of-road vehicles. Yet a few early adopters wanted the advantages that putting power to all four corners aforded—not just for mud-slinging brutes but for high-performance rally cars and even road-going sports models. And although the Audi Quattro debuted in 1980, it is probably the Porsche 959 that will be remembered as the high-water mark of early all-wheeldrive sports cars. Make that supercars. The 959’s immediate predecessor was a Group B rally car that debuted as the 953, a heavily modified variant of the 911 developed for—and taking overall first place in—the grueling 1984 Paris-to-Dakar Rally. It evolved quickly into the 959, of which about 292 examples were manufactured from late 1986 to

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represented the first of a new series of 911s. All-wheel drive is regularly available in the 911 model lineup of 2018. Although a 959 may be out of reach, the brand-new three-volume publication Porsche 959, by Jurgen Lewandowski, is a must-have for serious admirers. Limited to 2,500 copies, it is not just a literary monument to this Porsche icon but a piece of art unto itself. —R.R.

“ The highwater mark of early allwheel-drive sports cars. Make that supercars.” 1988, with a handful more reportedly made in 1993. The approximately $265,000 car (it was never imported to the United States) overachieved on all fronts and was without doubt the most advanced vehicle of its decade. And while its 196 mph top speed was impressive, its real impact was the trickle-down technology of an all-wheel-drive system that immediately saw application in the 1989 911 Carrera 4, a real-world sports car that


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The Rolls-Royce Phantom is the four-wheel equivalent of basketball’s LeBron James. Now in its eighth iteration, the British marque’s most iconic model—which dates back to 1925— dominates its class and is a perennial pick for nearly every accolade. Available in extendedand standard-wheelbase versions, the new Phantom VIII features a 563 hp, 6.75-liter, twin-turbocharged V-12 engine mated with a satellite-aided eight-speed transmission. The power train combines with the car’s all-aluminum spaceframe construction and state-of-the-art air suspension to provide what Rolls-Royce refers to as a “magic carpet ride”—a promise that the Phantom definitely delivers on. But what makes the

Phantom VIII phenomenal is the passenger experience inside the acoustically insulated cabin. Lavish with lambswool rugs, the interior includes accoutrements like the brand’s Rear Picnic Tables, video screens, and a bespoke dashboard

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gallery designed to showcase commissioned work from one’s favorite artist. In all, the Phantom VIII translates the unmistakable message that, for its owner, life is nothing but net. (from $450,000) rolls-roycemotorcars.com

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Its 212 mph top speed and 755 hp output make the ZR1 the fastest and most powerful production Corvette ever. It’s also one of the highest-tech sports cars on the planet, with wicked

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good looks and stratospheric performance at a price that’s anything but. An all-aluminum frame and magnetic ride suspension underpin the essence of the ZR1’s soul: a 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine

that expresses its anger through a quartet of fat, round exhaust tips that exit rear center. The 3ZR Package adds luxury amenities inside and out, and the aggressive composite bodywork can be made even more ominous

with the ZTK Performance Package, which includes a rear stanchion-mounted carbon-fiber high wing and special Michelin Pilot tires. With stats and specs that are comparable to—or that even exceed—those of many

European machines several times its cost, the Corvette ZR1 is for purists who appreciate value but are unwilling to compromise performance on any front. (from $119,995) chevrolet.com —R.R.

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The all-wheeldrive Performante, Lamborghini’s most powerful Huracán, is a 640 hp heartthrob that claimed a landslide victory in our 2018 Car of the Year contest. What at first appears

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as a single-purpose machine, decked with fins and spoilers, is in fact a delight to drive. It’s diicult to describe the uncanny precision wrought by the Performante’s active aerodynamics— flaps, channels, slots, and

wings that optimize airflow by moving in response to real-time data. It’s these active aerodynamics—so carefully engineered into the car that it handles as if on rails—that elevate driver engagement and confidence.

Every curve, every straightline blast—try zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph—becomes a laugh-out-loud experience. As with every Huracán, and even its Gallardo predecessors, the Performante


“ Every curve, every straight-line blast—try zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph—becomes a laugh-out-loud experience.”

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carries a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that exhibits no turbo lag (because it has no turbos). It sucks air and spins to 8,000 rpm to create an intoxicating soundtrack right behind the driver’s head. Despite its incredible

power and equally capable handling and suspension, the Performante costs far less than the flagship Aventador. It almost seems a bargain for Lamborghini’s latest masterpiece. (from $274,390) lamborghini.com —R.R.

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Many car cognoscenti put the Porsche 911 on a pedestal, viewing it as the ideal automobile for design and driving experience. Peter Nam sees the car—and specifically its 993 variant—as a canvas for creativity. “I find

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the 993 inspiring, because it’s the last generation of the air-cooled Porsche,” says the founder of the automotive engineering and design group Gunther Werks. Nam’s team, based in Southern California, takes any street-legal 993 donor vehicle

(from 1994 through 1998) and transforms it into the Gunther Werks 400R—a car that even Ferdinand Porsche would pine for. The wide-bodied coupe is crafted from carbon fiber and carries a 431 hp, naturally aspirated engine from

Rothsport Racing paired with a Getrag G50 six-speed manual transmission. Further enhancements include a KW hydraulic lift system, 18-inch forged-aluminum wheels, and Brembo R35 GTR brakes. The customizable cockpit can feature carbon-fiber bucket

seats and optional half-cage driver protection. Does the 400R raise the bar on an already perfect Porsche? Perhaps. But only a few will find out, as only 25 examples will be made. (from $525,000, excluding donor car) guntherwerks.com —V.M.

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Ferraris are the gold standard of today’s collector-car market, so it’s no surprise that, by the time our June issue goes to press in early May, the most valuable car sold across all auction houses in 2018 would be a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale. Sold by Gooding & Company in Scottsdale, Ariz., in January, Lot 134 brought $8,085,000, including commission. “This one-of Ferrari is the epitome of rolling art and possesses everything that the most discerning collectors value—spectacular design, impeccable provenance, and rarity,” states David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Company. The one-of-a-kind coupe— a presentation car at auto shows in Frankfurt, Turin, Paris, and Brussels in its time—was originally created for the personal use of Battista Pininfarina, whose eponymous carrozzeria designed the 275 GTB. Nearly 1,000 examples of the latter were made between 1964 and 1968, all but one with bodies manufactured by Scaglietti. No. 06437 is distinguished as being the only 275 GTB built by Pininfarina itself, and close

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quad Ansa exhausts. One-of-one always gets attention at auction, and this beautiful blue-green GT carries an intrinsic value that has nowhere to go but up. —R.R.

What has been the design highlight of your careers to date? IAN: For me, our new Jaguar I-PACE all-electric SUV; it is, without doubt, the most exciting thing I’ve worked on. Not having the need for an engine at the front gives you this amazing opportunity to use interior space in a diferent way. MORAY: It has to be the latest Ford GT. It really was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on the design of a car like this. The most important automotive innovation of the past 30 years? IAN: It’s the innovation we’ve seen in just the past few years that is building up to become the perfect storm of change: electrification, autonomy, digitalization, connectivity. It’s going to be an amazing ride.

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icans felt the most important innovation of the past 25 years was the cupholder. To me, it has been the increased introduction of technology that has changed the car from a simple vehicle into this amazingly complex object designed to do so much more than get you from A to B. What do you foresee for the next decade? IAN: There’ll be a major switch to electric cars. At Jaguar, we’ve already said that by 2020, every model will be electrified. And if the new I-PACE is anything to go by, there won’t be any loss of driving enjoyment. MORAY: The next 10 years in this business are going to see the biggest changes and challenges since the turn of the last century, when cars took over from horses. —HOWARD WALKER

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Bond’s New Baby Jason Statham). The brand-new Aston Martin Vantage fully inhabits the latter category. The totally reengineered coupe forges a new style for the marque, flaunting overt musculature

inside and out. There’s no quiet reserve here—this is a fiery, two-seat sports car that speaks loudly and carries a big stick. Beneath the exterior’s bravado lies engineering that

places the Vantage alongside such greats as the Porsche 911. In addition to a 503 hp, twin-turbo V-8 engine, the car has a 50/50 weight balance, an electronic rear diferential, torque vectoring, and brilliant

“Beneath the exterior’s bravado lies engineering that places the Vantage alongside such greats as the Porsche 911.”

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steering. These features—and its aggressive appearance— help make the Vantage the new bad-boy prince of automotive performance. (from $150,000) global.astonmartin.com —Jason H. Harper

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Ducati’s announcement that it would transition from its traditional big-twin engine to a V-4 had the brand’s loyalists on high alert. The Ducatisti were understandably concerned that the outgoing L-twin’s thumping torque and distinctive staccato exhaust note might be lost in the name of progress. But the new V-4 engine—which broadcasts a reassuringly robust song bearing a striking resemblance to its predecessor’s—marks a revolutionary shift that has helped Ducati earn our Best of the Best accolade for its new Panigale V4 S superbike. The V-4 engine’s improvements are undeniable: Power delivery is now distributed more evenly across a 15,000 rpm range, and riders (and racers) will find that accessing the Panigale’s 214 horses is a considerably more approachable endeavor. Aiding agility is a counter-rotating crankshaft, which reduces the engine’s inertial forces and helps the 384-pound (dry weight) bike change direction more easily. Also assisting are complex electronic systems that include traction, stability, and wheelie control managed by six-axis sensors.  Our track test of the bike—at Spain’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo—revealed expansive athleticism and an intense ability to assail corners and devour tarmac as we hit an indicated 172 mph on the half-mile straight. But in the end, the Panigale V4 S earned our distinction not only because of its striking performance capabilities, but also because it achieves those goals while remaining definitive of Ducati. (from $27,495) ducati.com —Basem Wasef


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challenge of a small space,” she says. “We collaborated to fit in everything from a blender to a vacuum to three large-screen TVs.” The JetVan is also comfortable, thanks to a customized air suspension and additional noise-reduction

and heat-insulation materials. Filtered fresh-air ventilation keeps oxygen at optimum levels. Each vehicle is built to the client’s exact specifications and can take as long as six months to complete. (from $225,000) beckerauto design.com —Laura Burstein

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FASHION Today’s top tastemakers have set a new standard over the past year—

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Boglioli This Northern Italian brand has combined tailored clothes with treated and garment-dyed fabrics to create the season’s best easygoing separates. L E F T : Boglioli (boglioli.it) cotton, nylon, ×ďéĝĔĊĿëģĩëğâĊ×ńëğ×ďéĹĔĔĊ̐×ďďëĊĝ×ďĩģDzQ×Ċĸ×ĩĔğë"ëğğ×ö×ĎĔ ģûýğĩǵMýãû×ğé4×ĎëģĩýëǵĊëĸëďĩĿöĊĔĸëģDzMIDDLE: Boglioli wool âĊ×ńëğ×ďéãĔĩĩĔďdzĝĔĊĿëģĩëğdz×ďéëĊ×ģĩ×ďëĝ×ďĩģDz<Q#<ģûýğĩǵ ĔğďëĊý×ďýĩĭğĩĊëďëãĈǵK×ĭĊQĎýĩûĩýëDzM*#(WǴ Boglioli wool, nylon, acrylic, and silk blazer and cotton pants. Corneliani coat and turtleneck; Ralph Lauren shirt; Pal Zileri tie.

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Berluti With its newest jackets, the label underscores how a single piece can elevate an entire wardrobe. L E F T : Berluti (berluti.com) leather jacket and cotton suit. Coach shirt and turtleneck. R I G H T : Berluti jacket and shirt. Canali blazer; Pal Zileri turtleneck; Eidos pants.

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Canali A wardrobe essential, this standout jacket from the Canali familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s namesake house can withstand long days of travel, rain, and heat and still look polished. Canali (canali.com) wool blazer and wool pants. BĂľĚ?ĂŁĂ˝Ä?ĂŤ#Ă­Ä?Ă­Ä&#x;Ă&#x2014;Ä&#x160;ĂŤģÝýÄ&#x;ĊǾĊÄ&#x201D;Ä?ÄŁĂŁĂ&#x2014;Ä&#x;þǾÄ&#x;Ä&#x201D;Ä&#x201D;Ä&#x2C6;ÄŁÄ&#x;Ä&#x201D;ĊÝÍÄ&#x;ÄŁĂťĂ&#x2014;ĊDz

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Salvatore Ferragamo In the hands of this Italian fashion house, the classic topcoat is infused with a modern, relaxed elegance. LEFT: Salvatore Ferragamo (ferragamo.com) melange wool coat bonded with heritage tie fabric. Hamilton Shirts dress shirt; Canali turtleneck; Kolor pants; Brooks Brothers hat; Ray-Ban glasses; Paul Smith belt; Corneliani shoes; Eleventy gloves. MIDDLE: Salvatore Ferragamo double-face wool coat and zippered shirt. MSGM shirt; Corneliani pants; Isaia neck scarf; Paul Smith belt; Dries Van Noten shoes. R I G H T : Salvatore Ferragamo double-face wool coat, shirt, and pants. Kinross Cashmere cardigan; Giorgio Armani glasses; Eleventy shoes.

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Kiton Among the latest creations from this Italian brand known for innovative use of luxury materials is a versatile raincoat that is lightweight yet warm and comfortable. Kiton (kiton.it) vicuùa raincoat. Brunello Cucinelli sweater; Hermès shirt; Billy Reid pants; Brooks Brothers hat; Spektre glasses; Eleventy scarf.

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Hermès For the season’s most sumptuous sweaters, look no further than the French luxury house. Hermès (hermes.com) wool sweater and cotton shirt.

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Mr Porter The online portal for designer menswear has proved that it can also develop its own masterful menswear collection. Mr P. (mrporter.com) wool topcoat, jacket, and turtleneck; cotton sweatshirt; and wool, cotton, and elastane pants. Eleventy gloves.

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Gucci Grazie, Gucci, for putting a modern spin on everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite traditional plaids. LEF T : Gucci (gucci.com) wool coat. Sandro pants; Eleventy gloves. RIGHT: Gucci wool blazer. Berluti shirt; Canali turtleneck; Corneliani pants; Brooks Brothers hat; Smoke Ă&#x2014; Mirrors sunglasses; Isaia scarf; Tom Ford belt.


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Brunello Cucinelli In his latest remake of a classic, the designer uses Sea Island cotton corduroy, transforming the typically dense fabric into a lightweight version. Brunello Cucinelli (brunellocucinelli .com) Sea Island cotton suit. Boglioli shirt; Bally turtleneck; Brooks Brothers pocket square (shown as a neck scarf).

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Isaia Pairing sartorial style with smart, patterned fabrics, the Neapolitan tailoring house has fashioned the seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most versatile double-breasted blazers. Isaia (isaia.it) wool suit. Exemplaire sweater; Brooks Brothers fedora; Giorgio Armani glasses; Begg & Co. scarf; Eleventy gloves.

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Mark Weston for Dunhill Appointed creative director just last year, Mark Weston has already tapped into the traditional British brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich automotive and racing history to inform a new modern era. Dunhill (dunhill.com) wool coat, leather racing smock, cotton shirt, and wool pants. Ray-Ban glasses.

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Loro Piana A go-to source for some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most luxurious and rare materials, Loro Piana offers a wide range of scarves, including this plaid model in baby cashmere, to upgrade any wardrobe. loropiana.com

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Made with top-quality leather and aircraft-grade aluminum side panels, Passavant and Lee’s bags are attentiongetters. This practical, lightweight weekender is a prime example. passavantandlee.com

The belt has emerged as a key accessory this year, and Bottega Veneta provides the strongest assortment, from this blue woven-leather model to more classic styles. bottegaveneta.com

The Chelsea boot is style that’s always in and year out—and British shoemaker John Lobb well made. johnlobb.com

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Stefano Ricci The leather-goods experts at Stefano Ricci are helping to sustain Italy’s heritage of artisan craftsmanship. Standout creations include this woven-leather briefcase bearing the brand’s signature eagle emblem. stefanoricci.com

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Ralph Lauren A master of many things, Ralph Lauren started 50 years ago designing ties. With attention now back on the necktie, Lauren’s collection of updated classics, including this silk-and-cashmere version, presents the best variety. ralphlauren.com

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Tom Ford Tom Ford sunglasses are an instant image maker. These cool wire shades with tinted lenses attest to the designer’s ability to boost a man’s entire appearance with a singular accessory. tomford.com


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Charvet The pocket square adds an element of elegance to sporty or dress looks, and nobody does it better than Charvet. Established in 1838, the French shirtmaker is a go-to source for neckties and scarves. charvet.com G LO V E S

Hestra Since the 1930s, Hestra has been advancing the art of handmade gloves. The family-owned companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s array of choices runs the gamut from sporty options to the hand-sewn hairsheep version shown here. hestragloves.com S H O E S

Santoni This pair of hybrid double monk-strap shoes with sporty lug soles is the reason Santoni is on this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best of the Best list. They deliver just the right blend of comfort and style that men desire today. santonishoes.com

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RALPH LAUREN From fashioning clothes to curating a lifestyle, the American icon shows that style has no limits.

Ralph Lauren’s personal style— well-worn jeans and cowboy boots paired with a tuxedo jacket or a perfectly tailored blazer—exemplifies the way he has expertly combined Americana with British sartorial taste and inspired men worldwide to emulate his easygoing elegance. Perhaps the most successful and long-standing American designer, Lauren wields influence well beyond men’s and women’s fashion, from the realms of home decor and complicated watches to wildly successful restaurants. Since establishing his business 50 years ago, he has become a legend not just for his signature

For four decades, the king of casual has imbued his welldressed world with a sense of well-being.

Silicon Valley tech executives are known for dressing down in hooded sweatshirts, T-shirts, and jeans, perhaps to underscore a nonconformist attitude, and many of them are said to wear Brunello Cucinelli’s $400 cotton T-shirts and $900 cashmere hoodies. This speaks to the luxury brand’s subtlety. Its garments don’t bear outwardly visible logos or names, making it almost impossible for anyone to detect the status products. Moreover, the supersoft, lightweight shirts, sweaters, unstructured blazers, and slim trousers are so comfortable that

they can virtually be worn to the gym. But the brand is about much more than its desirable fashions. Just as important as founder Brunello Cucinelli’s ethos that people should dress comfortably and elegantly and feel good in their clothes is his belief that his employees—many of whom work in the Umbrian village of Solomeo, which he has revitalized and restored—should also be satisfied and fulfilled. “The great dream of my life,” says Cucinelli, “has always been to work for the moral and economic dignity of mankind.” brunellocucinelli.com —J.N.

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style or his longevity in an often fickle industry, but also because he presents his clothes in the context of an all-encompassing lifestyle—an enviable world accessible to anyone who steps into his flagship stores in New York, Beverly Hills, London, or Paris. The style magnate, who turns 80 next year, has set the standard for store concepts with his immersive shops—in some cases, mansions—that, replete with furnishings, paintings, and all the trimmings, manifest his carefully curated vision. Now serving as executive chairman and chief creative officer, he retains control of his publicly traded business, which had sales of nearly $7 billion last year. ralphlauren.com —J.N.


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innovation and creativity in balance with functionality and a keen sense of purpose. Driven by curiosity and a desire to challenge conventional ideas, these designers and brands have forged dynamic new creations over the past year that will undoubtedly stand the test of time. JILL NEWMAN STYLE EDITOR

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Slice of Modern Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani leans back slightly in his chair and grins, his satisfaction just evident behind his reddish beard. “We know what we have,” says the director of Bulgari’s Watches Design Center, referring to what is probably the rarest commodity in the watch industry: a design strong enough to make even jaded watch collectors take notice and one upon which the brand can trade for years or even decades to come. Bulgari released no fewer than five references of the Octo Finissimo so far this year, each brimming with diferent measures of bravado and technical fortitude.

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The headliner of these latest models, which first debuted in March at Baselworld, is undoubtedly the Automatic Tourbillon ($118,000), a drool-worthy, openwork beauty that is the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between Bulgari and Piaget for world records in ultrathin watchmaking. In designing the Octo Finissimo, Buonamassa Stigliani took threads from the original Octo model, compressing its various geometric shapes into a slate-like wafer. The finely linked bracelet introduced by Bulgari last year and the sandblasted finish first seen in the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater of 2016 are now essential elements. The combination is at its height in the newest automatic models, which

“ A drool-worthy, openwork beauty that is the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between Bulgari and Piaget for world records in ultrathin watchmaking.”

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are available in pink gold, rhodium-plated steel, and sandblasted titanium (prices upon request). So well integrated are the case, dial, and bracelet that each looks as if it were stamped out of a sheet of homogeneous material. Rounded out by a fully carbon-fiber edition of the brand’s ultrathin minute repeater—a development that markedly increases the chime’s volume—the latest Octo Finissimo timepieces seem like an entirely new breed of modern watch. Unlike so many of their Swiss counterparts, the watches’ technical qualities are second to style. The logic of the design is apparent the minute you place the texture of these pieces next to skin and fabric—the essential test for any kind of timepiece. bulgari.com —James D. Malcolmson

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Richard Mille RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough Richard Mille has devised a perfect way of demonstrating his notions of extreme performance by designing an openwork tourbillon caliber capable of withstanding the brutal shocks subjected on champion polo player Pablo Mac Donough. Unlike the âğ×ďéǥģ̏ğģĩ<×ãĔďĔĭöû watch, which showcased an “armored” titanium carbide case with small ports for the time display, the RM 53-01 looks like most Richard Mille timepieces except for a tensioned cable-suspension system that protects the movement from as much as 5,000 gs of shock. Less apparent than that elaborate construction is a laminated sapphire crystal that may crack but will not shatter. Think “safety glass” for the wrist. ($900,000) richard mille.com —J.D.M.

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Greubel Forsey GMT Earth Few watchmakers are able to play with dimensionality the way that Greubel Forsey has with its latest GMT Earth model, an initial limited-edition series of 33 pieces in white gold. Though equipped with a mechanism similar to the brand’s original GMT movement, the watch features a complete architectural redesign. A pair of thick, elaborately constructed sapphire crystals and a window on the side of the case show not only the full three-dimensional globe, but also the frosted surfaces and the many instances of perfectly executed black polishing. ($680,000) greubelforsey.com —J.D.M.

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While its name suggests a performance increase over the now-famous Double Split rattrapante chronograph of 2004, the new A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split surpasses its predecessor by orders of magnitude. The addition of a third splitting counter on the hours subdial enables the watch to record intermediate times or two simultaneous events for up to 12 hours—far exceeding the length of its predecessor or any other chronograph of its type. The movement has been largely redesigned to accommodate the new counter and a larger barrel with 55 hours of power reserve, but it remains a magnifýãëďĩĊĿ̏ďýģûëéõĔğëģĩ of complexity. ($147,200) alange-soehne.com —J.D.M.

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Patek Philippe Reference 5531R World Time Minute Repeater Patek Philippe has added a multitude of complications to its prized minute repeaters over the years, but it was the recent addition of a world-time function that precipitated the most substantial revision of the brand’s automatic repeater caliber in a quarter century. Changing the home time on the Reference 5531R—now available in the company’s regular but very limited production of repeaters—interfaces directly with a movable hour snail in the mechanism, which keeps the repeater function in sync with the local time rather than the home time. A new gong arrangement attached directly to the case chimes the hour, quarters, and minutes in a slightly different but equally pleasing tone from previous models. (approximately $500,000) patek.com —J.D.M.

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The effects of the visionary’s leadership are felt well beyond the walls of Patek Philippe. Much of the credit for how Patek Philippe’s position grew and solidified during the modern era must be given to the Geneva-based company’s former president, Philippe Stern. His leadership came at a pivotal time. After guiding Patek Philippe through the quartz crisis of the 1970s and early ’80s that almost destroyed the Swiss watch industry, Stern thoroughly modernized the company, creating a new model for luxury mechanical watchmaking that has been emulated across the sector. Stern’s unveiling of the Calibre 89 at the company’s 150th anniversary in 1989 was the public’s first glimpse of that vision. The most complicated mechanical watch in the world at the time, it represented a codification of venerable watchmaking techniques that would increasingly be gathered under the company’s roof and executed with modern, computer-assisted manufacturing techniques. A growing body of collectors—wowed by spectacular auctions and Stern’s subtle promotion of exotic complicated and artisanally decorated watches—fed a voracious demand for the company’s pieces that has continued as steadily as any of its movements. A steady drumbeat of innovative models, as well as new facilities and capacities, means that as much as other companies emulate Patek Philippe, they still struggle to keep up. patek.com —J.D.M.

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The latest entry in F.P. Journe’s LineSport collection, the Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante emphasizes elegant design with the addition of a multilevel dial, a scaled bezel, and case options in red gold, platinum, and titanium. The strongest feature is the rattrapante chronograph ĎĔĸëĎëďĩdzĎĔéý̏ëéõğĔĎĩûë one-of-a-kind piece that the brand’s founder and head watchmaker, FrançoisPaul Journe, produced for 2017’s Only Watch auction. Rather than putting his idiosyncratic twist on the complication’s function, Journe seems to have preferred emulating some of the fondly remembered chronograph movements of the past in the looping levers ×ďé̐ĔĹýďöâğýéöëģģëëďĔď this caliber. (from $61,100) fpjourne.com —J.D.M.


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It is unusual for a watch company to ofer a high-level complication— especially one originally designed for men—to its female clientele. In the case of the Lady Arpels Planétarium from Van Cleef & Arpels, the miniaturized, astronomically correct solar system in precious stones and aventurine is probably even more efective for women because of its delicate proportions and coloration. Created in collaboration with Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw, who is renowned for his expertise in astronomical timepieces, the complication illustrates the sun (in pink gold) and its closest planets—Mercury (pink mother-of-pearl), Venus (green enamel), and Earth (turquoise)— as well as Earth’s natural satellite, the moon (diamond). Each celestial body has been carefully calibrated to rotate around the sun at its real-life speed, meaning that Mercury orbits in 88 days, Venus in 224 days, and Earth in 365 days. Additionally, the moon is set to orbit around Earth

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every 29.5 days. One of the design’s strongest features is the use of aventurine for the seven concentric rings on the dial that twinkle like the night sky. An outer ring bears Arabic numerals and a shootingstar marker that indicates the time. But the watch is about more than its stunning face: Flip the piece over to see a larger version of Earth in turquoise next to a crescent moon set with serti neige diamonds that rests on

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the oscillating weight, as well as the French names of the planets. Also on the caseback are two apertures that show the year, month, and date. Exquisite for its beauty and complicated expertise, the Lady Arpels Planétarium will appeal to jewelry connoisseurs and serious watch collectors alike. ($255,000 with an alligator strap; $345,000 with a diamond bracelet) vancleefarpels.com

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“Each celestial body has been carefully calibrated to rotate around the sun at its real-life speed, meaning that Mercury orbits in 88 days, Venus in 224 days, and Earth in 365 days.”

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Chanel Boy.Friend Calibre 3 In keeping with the premise of the original Chanel Boy.Friend watch, the new Boy.Friend Calibre 3 is a timepiece that could be coveted by anyone. With a 37 × 28 mm footprint, the Calibre 3 is proporĩýĔďëéĊýĈë×ĸýďĩ×öëĎëďǥģ wristwatch, making it stand ĔĭĩĔď×ĹĔĎ×ďǥģĹğýģĩýď what Chanel describes as “beige” gold alloy with or without diamonds. Shaped ĊýĈëĩûëâğ×ďéǥģKğëĎýìğë models, the case frames the black-coated, classically laid-out skeleton movement. *ĩýģĩûëãĔĎĝ×ďĿǥģĩûýğé in-house movement made with the help of Vallée de Joux watchmaker Romain Gauthier, in which the parts are set in intersecting circles that resemble the Chanel logo. (from $40,600) chanel.com —J.D.M.

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L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony For its L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony—an eightpiece limited edition Ĺýĩû×éëĊýã×ĩë̐Ĕğ×Ċ motif—Chopard relied on traditional crafts, including the paper-cutting art known as Scherenschnitte, to create the ĝ×ĩĩëğďDzWûë̐Ĕğ×ĊĝëĔďĿ motif comes from China, Ĺûëğëĩûë̐ĔĹëğǥģ̐ëëĩýďö springtime blooms symbolize prosperity and honor. Chopard captured their beauty not only on the dial but also on the 18-karat rose-gold movement bridges seen through the caseback, thanks to an intricate engraving technique called Fleurisanne, which is native to the Fleurier ûĔĎëĔõûĔĝ×ğéǥģmanufacture. (price upon request) chopard.com —P.R.

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De Grisogono New Retro Women Baguette Icon The bold watches from Geneva-based jeweler ë#ğýģĔöĔďĔ×ğëĔõĩëďğëĊë×ģëéýďâĔĩûĎëďǥģ ×ďéĹĔĎëďǥģĸëğģýĔďģDzWûëöëĔĎëĩğýãâğ×ãëĊëĩ×ďé ģĩëĝĝëéĊĭöģĔďĩûëĊ×ĩëģĩéëģýöďýďĩûëâğ×ďéǥģ=ëĹ Retro Women collection are perfectly suited to the Art ëãĔǖýďģĝýğëéĹ×ĩãûǥģõĭĊĊâ×öĭëĩĩëģëĩĩýďöDzWûëğë×Ċģĩ×ğ is the gently curved dial—an ideal canvas for the invisible setting, which includes the inside of the circular chapter ring where the stones must be perfectly tapered. ($506,100) degrisogono.com —J.D.M.


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Bulgari Diva Finissima Minute Repeater

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Just a handful of minute repeaters are not only expressly designed for women but also emblematic of the broad artistic license that is needed to make the most of this most romantic of complications. Bulgari’s Diva Finissima

Minute Repeater is one of the few, exuding a playful personality with snowset diamonds on the lugs ×ďé×̐×ğëé×ğĩýãĭĊ×ĩëé “charm” that pulls the repeater slide. The watch also incorporates such artisanal touches as an elaborately lacquered dial

in the Japanese urushi ģĩĿĊëĩû×ĩâë̏ĩģ×ãĔĎplication of this order. Thanks to Bulgari’s modern yet compact repeater movement, the sound is all it should be in a rare and exquisite timepiece like this. (price upon request) bulgari.com —J.D.M.

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Patek Philippe Ladies Chronograph Reference 7150/250R During the near decade in which Sandrine Stern has been designing women’s complicated watches for Patek Philippe, the company’s head of creation has shown herself to be a master at subtly modifying long-standing company motifs for completely feminine results. The latest Reference 7150/250R chronograph may be her most successful to date. Features like the sapphire “box” crystals, Breguet numerals, and pulsometric scale are ingredients a vintage-watch collector would love. Yet the subtle tweaks in coloration, typography, and of course diamonds leave no doubt about the timepiece’s glamorous identity. ($83,918) patek.com —J.D.M.

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If you were to pinpoint a type of watch that symbolizes the highend horology of the last 20 years, it would probably be an openwork complicated timepiece of vividly modern design. And if you were to peruse seminal examples of such watches, chances are strong that a significant number would bear the fingerprints of Swiss watchmaker Giulio Papi. As an up-and-comer in the mid-1980s, Papi had the guts and the foresight to diverge from the established watchmaking track and open his own shop dedicated to complications. Along with cofounder Dominique Renaud, Papi launched Renaud & Papi and began to garner a reputation for mechanical fireworks as a behind-the-scenes supplier for major brands such as Audemars Piguet. But as impressively complex as many of the shop’s creations were, Papi’s real transformative work came in the field of mechanical aesthetics. Together with Audemars Piguet—which became a majority shareholder in 1992 and changed the company’s name to Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi—he worked on a series of groundbreaking timepieces including the Royal Oak Concept, a revolutionary sports tourbillon, and the Millenary Tradition d’Excellence Cabinet No. 5, which injected high-level design into the movement itself. All of these were heavily influenced by Papi’s collaboration with the French-born watchmaker Richard Mille in the late 1990s. The two invented an entirely new design language for the mechanical movement, which Papi continues to develop as their collaboration and his other stellar work move forward. audemars piguet.com —J.D.M.

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Global Glitterati The best jewelers in 10 cities around the world, from distinguished names to lesser-known discoveries, give their locations serious sparkle. BY JILL NEWMAN IMAGES BY TREY WRIGHT

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Bulgari The glamorous Bulgari store on Via dei Condotti is as much a part of the culture of Rome as the Trevi Fountain. The historic shop showcases its fashionable archives with photographs of its famous patrons, such as Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren, dripping in Bulgari jewels—but the main attraction is its colorful, bold designs that exude a playful Mediterranean spirit. This new snake necklace featuring bright red coral and diamonds attests to the versatility of the latest collection, with its emphasis on large-scale, gemstoneladen pieces that portray a casual elegance for day or evening. +39.06.696261, bulgari.com

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“Colorful, bold designs that exude a playful Mediterranean spirit.”


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Glenn Spiro In a city crowded with great jewelers, clients come to Glenn Spiro’s enchanting upstairs salon in the Mayfair district for his unpretentious attitude toward precious stones—an approach that lends his creations a modern, bold wearability. In this breakout year for the jeweler, his audacious new pieces include a ring with a 4.40-carat marquise-cut diamond set between two ancient Mesopotamian agates, and a necklace composed of 200 carats of rare Colombian emeralds set in green titanium, shown here. Says Spiro, “I’m taking the formality out of serious jewelry.” +44.207.135.3535, glennspiro.com

“I’m taking the formality out of serious jewelry.”

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Anna Hu Large-scale, fairy-tale-like designs are a specialty of Taiwanese jeweler Anna Hu. Consider, for example, ûëğëĊ×âĔğ×ĩëâĭĩĩëğ̐Ŀ brooch made with 90 carats of rainbow chrysocollas combined with diamonds mounted in lightweight titanium; ×ďéûëğĔĝ×Ċéğ×öĔď̐Ŀ brooch appointed with blue, orange, and yellow sapphires, mandarin garnets, Paraíba tourmalines, and white and yellow diamonds set in titanium. Her dreamlike vision manifests in extravagant pieces that are remarkably lightweight and graceful in spirit. +886.800.399.568, anna-hu.com

“Extravagant pieces that are remarkably lightweight and graceful in spirit.”

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Lugano Diamonds Colorful and vivacious like its newest outpost, the Southern California–based jewelry brand Lugano Diamonds opened a location in Palm Beach, Fla., earlier this year, drawing clients with an appreciation for collectible stones shown in contemporary forms. The open design of the

Crystal Wave cuff gives the weighty titanium ĝýëãëǙĹûýãûû×ģ×̏ĸëǕ ã×ğ×ĩõ×ďãĿĊýöûĩǕĿëĊĊĔĹ ĝë×ğǕģû×ĝëééý×ĎĔďéģëĩ ýďğĔãĈãğĿģĩ×Ċdz×õĔĭğǕ carat white diamond, and 16 carats of smaller diamonds) a modernist ×ĩĩýĩĭéëdzĹûýĊëĩûëDŽDzljǕ carat blue diamond ring surrounded by briolette diamonds underscores Lugano’s niche as a source of collectible stones. 561.757.9600, luganodiamonds.com

“ An appreciation for collectible stones shown in contemporary forms.”

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Bhagat The Bhagat family’s artistic pieces are poetic combinations of materials, craftsmanship, and creative expression. This year, Viren Bhagat “ Poetic combinations of and his sons, materials, craftsmanship, Varun and Jay, and creative expression.” have attracted clients near and far with remarkable creations like these two: a stylized poppy̐ĔĹëğâğĔĔãûĎ×éëĹýĩû carved jade petals, cabochon Burmese ruby sepals, pear-shaped diamond stamens, and a diamond stem appointed with a rare four-carat Type IIa old diamond; and a 20-carat Burmese sapphire stone ring ̐×ďĈëéâĿģ×ĝĝûýğë beads. +91.22.2364.0809

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Hemmerle While it dates back to 1893, Hemmerle is far from traditional or predictable. Its grand store on Maximilianstrasse, Munich’s famed shopping street, attracts an international crowd seeking avant-garde designs that integrate unexpected materials in daring forms. The fourth-generation jewelry house showed its playful side this year with such pieces as biscuitlike earrings made of jade with demantoid garnets, white gold, and bronze, and colorful round earrings of turquoise, tourmaline, white gold, and bronze. +49.89.24.22.600, hemmerle.com

“The jewelry house showed its playful side with biscuit-like earrings made of jade with demantoid garnets, white gold, and bronze.”

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“ Chanel Fine Jewelry stands out for the way it masterfully combines high-jewelry savoir faire with the fashion house’s signature style.”

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Chanel Fine Jewelry In the storied Place Vendôme square, Chanel Fine Jewelry stands out for the way it masterfully combines high-jewelry savoir faire with the fashion house’s signature style. This well-honed ×ğĩýģĩğĿýģëľëĎĝĊý̏ëé in this year’s bold âĭĩéýģĩýďãĩĊĿğë̏ďëé

interpretations of Coco Chanel’s favorite motifs. The brand founder and fashion designer’s fondness for feathers infuses the Artistic Feather black lacquer earrings inlaid with mother-ofpearl and diamonds, and her predilection for seaside escapes informs the Sailor Tattoo blue titanium cuff with white gold and sapphires. +33.140.98.55.55, chanel.com


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Cindy Chao, the Art Jewel Made to feel more like an elegant living room than a jewelry showroom, the Art Jewel salon overlooks the dynamic port city where the brand’s founder, Cindy Chao, presents designs that blend her Eastern roots with exceptional European craftsmanship. Her singular aesthetic portrays nature in painstaking detail, ×ģëľëĎĝĊý̏ëéâĿĩûë Black Masterpiece XI rose-petal earrings with yellow diamonds, rare conch pearl centers, and lacquer pistils. And her distinctly feminine touch is evident in the lavish tied-ribbon ring featuring two triangular diamonds (20.57 carats combined) framed in yellow and white diamonds. +852.2561.8298, cindychao.com

“ Chao presents designs that blend her Eastern roots with exceptional European craftsmanship.”

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Boghossian In a city steeped in tradition, the Boghossians— with a salon on the rue du Rhône—are shaking things up with their pioneering methods of setting precious stones. The family’s latest innovative collection, Les Merveilles, is the result of four years of experimentation to create the appearance Ĕõ̐Ĕ×ĩýďöģĩĔďëģĹýĩû

virtually no visible metal. The complex technique behind this feat allows for maximum light to pass through the stones, thus amplifying their brilliance. Examples include these graceful diamond-and-emerald earrings. The ring is another example of the company’s technical prowess expressed with a diamond set atop a kite-shaped emerald. +41.22.900.00.30, boghossianjewels.com

“ The complex technique allows for maximum light to pass through the stones.”

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James de Givenchy for Tain Tucked away in a discreet building in Midtown, James de Givenchy is dreaming up new pieces ĩû×ĩğë̐ëãĩĩĔé×Ŀǥģ ×ĩĩýĩĭéëĩĔĹ×ğé̏ďë jewelry—pieces that are expressive, original, and wearable day or night. His imaginative designs reveal an evolving aesthetic that marries art with jewelry, as in the surrealist and Egyptian-style ceramic, rose gold, and diamond brooch, and ceramic, rose gold, and diamond collar. 212.421.6222, ĩ×õ̏ďDzãĔĎ

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People, power, and progress shaping the year in gems and jewelry. BY JILL NEWMAN

FLASHES OF BRILLIANCE

$16,000 The high-end price for pieces by rising star Brent Neale Winston. After nearly a decade designing for some of the top jewelry brands, the New Yorker unveiled her own collection last year, and it’s already a hit at Barneys New York stores. The playful

The world-record price paid for any diamond or jewel at auction, set when Sotheby’s Hong Kong sold the CTF Pink Star—a 59.60-carat oval mixed-cut fancy vivid pink internally flawless diamond—at its Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction on April 4, 2017. sothebys.com

$4.2M The highest value of any Harry Winston diamond jewelry worn at this year’s Academy Awards. The diamond chandelier earrings and ring appeared on Salma Hayek on the red

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carpet. The famous jeweler is known for dressing an international roster of A-list celebrities year-round, a tradition started in 1944 by Mr. Harry Winston himself. harrywinston.com

10 YEARS The time it took Wallace Chan to create the Soaring Spirit brooch he unveiled at TEFAF Maastricht in March. From his first vision of the elaborate dragonfly, the Hong Kong–based jewelry designer experimented with and explored a range of materials and techniques, ultimately making his own tools to shape the metal and stones into the kind of ethereal creature that came to him in his dreams. At the center is a 17.67-carat tsavorite garnet, which is adorned with wings of tiny yellow and brown diamond beads and pink sapphires set in titanium. wallace-chan.com

343.80 CARATS The weight of the rough emeralds Pamela Huizenga used to create this $124,000 necklace—just one example of how the Florida-based jewelry designer and lapidary artist transforms stones into artful, less formal jewelry. She seeks out rough gems that express the best colors, natural inclusions, and forms, fashioning pieces that might mimic the soothing shades of the ocean or a serene desert landscape, but always with wearability in mind. pamelahuizenga.com

$4,000 PER KILO The premium that Chopard pays for Fairmined gold rather than gold from a large-scale, mass-producing mine—a cost the company willingly incurs to support the environment and artisanal miners. In a bold move, the family-owned, Geneva-based house recently announced that starting in July, it will use 100 percent ethical gold in its jewelry and

watches—gold that has been acquired from responsible sources and verified as having met international best practices for environmental and social standards. “True luxury comes only when you know the handprint of your supply chain,” says Chopard copresident and creative director Caroline Scheufele. chopard.com

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jewelry (priced from $300) tells a story of her favorite things, from large carved turquoise floral rings and earrings to pendants inspired by front doors she’s passed in her travels to clouds dripping with a rainbow of stones. brentneale.com


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go after them. And today, at 80 years old, he remains a force in the market. His mammoth acquisitions of the past year include the famous 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona (the largest gem-quality rough diamond discovered in more than a century), purchased from the Canadian mining company Lucara Diamond Corp. in a deal valued at $53 million; the 709-carat Peace Diamond—the second-largest rough diamond ever discovered in Sierra Leone— acquired for $6.5 million; the 476-carat Meya Prosperity Diamond—the fifth-largest from the West African nation—for $16.5 million; and a 373-carat diamond that was once part of the Lesedi La Rona, for $17.5 million. graf.com —JILL NEWMAN

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Tracking and buying the world’s most rare and valuable diamonds

British jeweler Laurence Graf not only anticipated the astronomical rise in the value of exceptional-quality diamonds— he helped create the market dynamics that engendered it. Graf’s headline-making and very public diamond acquisitions over the past decade have helped fuel international buyers’ appetite for and interest in collectible stones. Indeed, the King of Diamonds, as he is often called, has a long track record of paying top dollar at auction for rare colorless and colored diamonds and for buying up the largest top-quality rough stones from mines around the world. Since his beginnings some 60 years ago as a jeweler’s apprentice in London’s Hatton Garden, he’s had an eye for the best stones and the audacity to

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BOATING The yachts in this year’s Best of the Best selection include such extraordinary features as

a swimming pool on a maindeck beach club that takes over real estate from what would traditionally be the main saloon, exemplifying the growing desire to use more outdoor deck space for fun, as well as a full-size indoor paddle-tennis court that can transform into a soccer field. Speed is increasingly a factor, even as boats are built larger and larger. In the medium-size yacht range, one of our winners can reach a top speed of 30 knots. All of these vessels are designed to operate as efficiently as possible, which also highlights one of the biggest trends: hybrid technology, as can be seen on several of this year’s cutting-edge yachts. DANIELLE CUTLER MARINE EDITOR

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Superyachts do not have to be the biggest, baddest vessels on the water to achieve notoriety. Sometimes they can be smaller statements that are so creative in design that they’re more

like floating works of art than traditional yachts. The 164-foot Aurora from the Italian yard Rossinavi is one such vessel, with exterior and interior designs that are artistic opposites but are so inspired that they

complete each other. Yacht-design architect Fulvio de Simoni’s powerful exterior is all about straight lines and sharp angles, down to the head-on view resembling a bull’s head. Designer Achille Salvagni’s interior,

by contrast, ofers soft curves and light, presenting rich details and unusual features like two VIP staterooms, two saloons, and a wine cellar that serves as the heart of Aurora. Onboard highlights also include

an unusually large beach club and spa, a two-tier foredeck—an upper lounge connected to a private foredeck, encased in dramatic hull cutouts—and an alfresco dining area. —Michael Verdon

“Fulvio de Simoni’s powerful exterior is all about straight lines and sharp angles, down to the head-on view resembling a bull’s head.”

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INSIDE AURORA Achille Salvagni opens up about his artistic interior.

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The open design and smart layout of Sunseeker’s 76 Yacht make it feel like a much larger vessel. On the main deck, 360 degrees of windows and a fully opening aft folding door erase the barrier between saloon and cockpit. Natural light from the sunroof above the James Bond–cool helm, large windows in the four staterooms belowdecks,

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and an open stairway add to the sense of space. Elegance is also in abundance, especially in the chef’s galley amidships and in the full-beam master suite with marble-clad head. The Sunseeker 76’s big-yacht feel extends to the exterior. The foredeck not only has the standard table and lounge but also two large sunbeds. The cockpit’s dining table and

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loose seating are ideal for alfresco meals—as is the flybridge, with its lounge, wet bar, and dining table beneath the hardtop, plus an optional hot tub. The 76’s impressive 32-knot top speed—with shaft drive control—is about what you would expect from Sunseeker, a builder whose heritage is in performance yachts. sunseeker.com —M.V.

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The sleek arrow profile and silver exterior of the new Riva 100 perfectly match its Corsaro model name, which translates to “corsair” or “pirate” (although the vessel was named for a historic Riva of the same moniker). The exterior design gives the yacht a lowriding profile with all the

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benefits of a flybridge. The dining areas, wet bar, and lounges sit beneath a composite hard top on the sundeck; an open aft space can also be arranged with loose furniture. The foredeck has five sunbeds, with full-beam lounges near the bow. The main deck’s open-plan saloon and dining area, and the four guest staterooms on

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the lower deck, swim in natural light thanks to the large, tinted windows across the yacht. The interior design is contemporary and unmistakably Riva, with dramatic tiger-stripe wood grains tempered by the judicious use of stainless steel and marble. The Corsaro is a buccaneer’s dream come true. riva-yacht.com —M.V.

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Among the innovative features of Azimut’s Grande 35 Metri are two beach clubs and a largest-inclass balcony. Stefano Righini’s exterior uses every inch of the 115-foot yacht’s available space, including the 130-squarefoot stern beach club. The spa-like setting is set away from the tender garage, which is located along the hull’s side, so sunbathers

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don’t have to compete for space with RIBs and Jet Skis. On the foredeck, the second club runs from the saloon windshield to the forepeak, sporting a dining table, lounges, sunbeds, and a hydromassage tub. The interior by Achille Salvagni includes matte-textured woods juxtaposed against darker, polished species, with inserts in brass, bronze,

and stainless steel. The master of yacht interiors treated this like a bespoke yacht, designing original furniture, lamps, and other sculptural pieces. He even curved the walls to soften the interior’s feel. Superyachtlike features also include a foldout balcony in the master suite and a spiral staircase with backlit onyx steps. azimutyachts .com —M.V.


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CRN’s Cloud 9 is much more than the sum of its parts. Zuccon International Projects created a clean profile by layering the five decks plus subdeck of the 243-foot exterior while also using smart design for external social areas. The foredeck doubles as a private gathering area, with an alfresco dining room under a specially designed tent. The beach club has an espresso bar where guests can enjoy water views. A gym is located on the upper deck, and the main deck houses a hair salon, massage table, and fold-down balcony. Cloud 9 also has a 2,600-gallon glass-bottomed pool on the main deck, plus a Jacuzzi on the sundeck and outdoor cinema on the owner’s deck. For water lovers, toys include a MasterCraft X20 competition ski boat, a sailing catamaran, and five Jet Skis. Andrew Winch’s interior for the superyacht is elegant and informal: Douglas fir and lime oak are the primary woods, while 50 other materials help customize the saloons and eight staterooms. Artwork is modern but classic and includes a 3-D porcelain panel by Fenella Elms in the main saloon and a dreamy cloudscape by DKT on the upper deck, both perfect symbols of the yacht. crn-yacht.com —M.V. M O T O R

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contemporary—fabrics, leather, gold, stainless steel, and marble or other stones you’d see in residential dwellings. The marble we use is often a skin attached to a carbon-fiber panel. Every ounce counts. Aesthetics are at a much higher level, but so are standards. We became more sophisticated as rules and standards became more complex.

VINCENZO POERIO The CEO of Benetti Yachts looks back on an ever-expanding industry. When you started at Benetti in 1990, how were superyachts diferent from today? Most superyachts averaged about 80 feet, with very simple design and construction. Technology was basic. There were very few onboard electronics—certainly nothing like today’s wired boats. The interiors were also classic, with walls and furniture built from cherry or mahogany. The bulkheads were marine plywood, so they tended to be straight. Now we use lightweight composite panels that can be shaped if the design calls for it. Other materials for interior designs are just as

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Following two weeks of sea trials, a year and a half of final fit-out may sound excessive, but the time spent on the inimitable 350-foot Black Pearl helped make it one of the fastest and stunning sailing superyachts ever. Its three 230-foot-tall Dynarig carbon masts accommodate 31,000 square feet of sail—an awe-inspiring sight that translates to an exciting speed of 30 knots. Twin 12V M72 MTU diesel engines push the yacht to 17.5 knots under power. Also one of the largest sailing yachts ever, Black Pearl features a 49-foot beam and an interior volume of 2,700 gross tons, enough to house six staterooms for 12 guests. The boat was completed in late 2016 and, after sea trials and final outfitting,

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Are you seeing younger clients? Yes, and they don’t want to wait three years for their dream boats. They’re also pushing more contemporary styling, which we can accommodate in our larger fiberglass models, since fiberglass reproduces complicated shapes. At the larger end, we’re seeing increased demand for semicustom yachts to save a client two years in the build process. Redman Whiteley Dixon’s recent 184-, 207-, and 223-foot models in our Custom Class series have been well received. For both technology and design, it’s an exciting time for superyachts. —M.V.

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was delivered to its owner in March of this year. Given the yacht’s size and sailing prowess, it comes as no surprise that some of the leading designers in the superyacht field were behind its aesthetics and technical feats: Ken Freivokh, Nuvolari Lenard, BMT Nigel Gee, Dykstra Naval Architects, and Gerard P. Villate all contributed to Black Pearl. oceancoyacht.com —M.V.

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What was your largest yacht back then? Benetti built the 285-foot Nabila in 1980, but she was a rarity. In 2000, we also launched the 229foot Reverie, which at the time had a massive internal volume of 2,000 gross tons . . . one of the largest interiors ever on a yacht. Now, many of the larger custom superyachts are closer to 6,000 gross tons. The average length may be increasing, but the

internal space is what is really changing. Most owners seem to prefer having space and comfort over speed. They want the same comforts they have at home.


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swim platform—thereby modernizing Dojo’s profile. Part two involved returning the interior to a classic look, foregoing the campy beach-house design the previous owner had installed. Among dozens of changes, Lusben raised the ceilings, while Domus Nova Design revamped the wood- and stonework, and even built a library around the center staircase. As part of the yacht’s refit, Dojo also received new Naiad stabilizers, an airconditioning system, and 2,476 square feet of teak decks. lusben.com —M.V.

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Most yacht owners wouldn’t dare undertake a refit on a 38-year-old yacht after it had experienced several previous makeovers. The Monacobased owner of Dojo, however, saw the special personality inside the Jon Bannenberg–designed Feadship, realizing the 150-foot vessel could be turned into a contemporary superyacht with the right vision. Italian refit specialist Lusben refashioned the square stern, which dated the yacht, by replacing it with a 10-foot extension featuring a deep

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The creative design, build quality, and onboard amenities make Dominator’s ̏ğģĩ *ĊĭĎëď ģëëĎ ĊýĈë × õ×ğ Ċ×ğöëğ yacht. Alberto Mancini’s inspired, rulebreaking design features a split-level master suite with an opening ceiling and private terrace; a saloon patterned with silk, nubuck leather, brushed steel, and zebrano and ebony woods; and a white onyx bar. Two types of ģĩ×âýĊýńëğģdz × õ×ģĩdz ëõ̏ãýëďĩ ûĭĊĊdz ×ďé ĝĔé drives are all technology breakthroughs for a yacht this size. dominatoryachts.com

Abeking & Rasmussen’s Aviva features the largest gym on any yacht—large enough to house a 33-foot-by-66-foot paddle-tennis court. A paddle fanatic, the owner insists his synthetic grass court, with its high ceiling, is the world’s best. With the net down, the sports hall doubles as a soccer ̏ëĊéDz abeking.com

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Eco-friendly doesn’t mean settling for less, judging from the stats of this year’s greenest and most technically innovative yachts. Hinckley’s DžNjDzLjǕõĔĔĩ ×ģûëğdz ĩûë ĹĔğĊéǥģ ̏ğģĩ õĭĊĊĿ electric day boat, pushes the speedometer to 24 knots (it has a fast cruising speed of up to 23 knots). The 76-foot Adler Suprema’s dieselëĊëãĩğýã ãĔď̏öĭğ×ĩýĔď éëĊýĸëğģ × dždzLjǃǃǕĎýĊë transatlantic range. The hybrid engines of Heesen’s 163-foot Home sip just 71 gallons per hour at 16 knots and a miserly 26 gph at 12 knots. adleryacht.com; heesenyachts.com; hinckleyyachts.com


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Seasense’s one-of-a-kind Benetti Beach Club features a 13-foot-by-33-foot swimming pool surrounded by teak decks. <Ĕğë Ĺû×ĩ ĿĔĭǥé ̏ďé ×ĩ × ãĔĭďĩğĿ ãĊĭâ ĩû×ď Ĕď a yacht, the freshwater pool is both stylish and versatile: If the owner wants to play basketball or host a dance party, 22 carbon̏âëğ ĝ×ďëĊģ ×ģģëĎâĊë ýďĩĔ × ģýďöĊë ĝĊ×ĩõĔğĎ across the top. benettiyachts.it

Studio F.A. Porsche’s design of Dynamiq’s GTT 115 is subtly but unmistakably Porsche, with TargaĊýĈë ĎĭĊĊýĔďģ ×ďé × ĩğ×ďģĔĎ ýď̐ĭëďãëé âĿ ĩûë Mission E concept. Pepita houndstooth fabric, used in the 91l series, matches nicely with Macassar-ebony veneers, Persian carpets, and Sahara Noir marble. Exterior color choices are all from the Porsche palette. bedynamiq.com Dynamic GTT 115

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Rossinavi Aurora Aurora’s (see page 160) whimsical interior by Achille Salvagni is anchored by the owner’s wine cellar. Set at the junction of two corridors, the space features dozens of rare, multicolored bottles displayed in climate-controlled glass cabinets, like jewels at an exclusive boutique. A computer limits light exposure for more sensitive vintages. rossinavi.it

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Oceanco Jubilee

Hatteras M90 Panacera

A designer’s tricks turned Jubilee from a behemoth into a beauty: The 361-foot yacht’s multitiered funnel superstructure masked its height, and a faux deck helped maintain symmetry. “These thin decks make it look 100 feet longer from a distance,” says designer Igor Lobanov. Këğû×ĝģdzâĭĩýĩéë̏ďýĩëĊĿĊĔĔĈģĊýĈëĩûë Ŀ×ãûĩýďöĹĔğĊéǥģĎĔģĩéğ×Ď×ĩýãďëĹĝğĔ̏ĊëDz oceancoyacht.com

The new M90 Panacera places Hatteras beside the most stylish European builders. Its saloon is open, elegant, and full of natural light, but its “Country Kitchen” is what really sets the boat apart. The bright, private space has a ninefoot ceiling, a dimmable skylight for an atrium effect, and a chef’s kitchen. The dinette is the ultimate breakfast nook. hatterasyachts.com

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Apreamare Gozzo

Oceanco Jubilee

Styled on Apreamare’s round-hulled Gozzi Sorrentinis of the 1960s, the new 31-foot Gozzo was the standout in the tender section at the Monaco Yacht Show. Its hull offers exceptional seakeeping, with a cockpit for groups, and the low deckhouse allows for unbroken visibility. With its gentle curves—and 31-knot top speed—the Gozzo is an elegant performer. apreamare.it Hatteras M90 Panacera

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SPIRITS Premium agave spirits in particular reached a new pinnacle over the past year and elevated

the tequila and mezcal categories altogether—a trend reflected in our choice for the winning bottle. Behind that advancement are wider-ranging unconventional barrel choices, the blending of multiple vintages, and extended aging far beyond the extra-añejo requirement of three years. Among whiskies, we saw a proliferation of cask-strength single malts and bourbons—some climbing higher than 120 proof. Experimenting with atypical woods and techniques for both aging and finishing continued apace, and distillers took their craft to the next level through creative blending from disparate casks. JANICE O’LEARY LA BUREAU CHIEF

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Patrón en Lalique: Serie 2 In 2014, Lee Applbaum, the chief marketing Ĕõ̏ãëğ×ĩK×ĩğĖďQĝýğits, and Lalique chief ëľëãĭĩýĸëĔõ̏ãëğQýĊĸýĔ Denz put their heads together in Zurich, looking for a way to marry their singular

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crafts in a shared vessel. A year later came ĩûëğëĊë×ģëĔõK×ĩğĖďëď 8×ĊýĞĭëǴQëğýëDŽdzĹýĩû 500 handmade crystal decanters holding the ultra-premium tequila. In late 2017, the 1920s Art Deco styling of René Lalique was ýďĸĔĈëéĩĔãğë×ĩëK×ĩğĖď ëď8×ĊýĞĭëǴQëğýëDždz which again combines the craft and heritage of France and Mexico.

However, this current offering, our Best of the Best winner, is even rarer—only 299 bottles were released—and more ãĔĎĝĊëľĩû×ďĩûë̏ğģĩ limited edition. It took two years for master distiller Francisco Alcaraz to create the distinct and delicious elixir of this 80-proof extra añejo. “He said he was not going to cheat this,”

Applbaum says. “He wanted a very different âĊëďéõğĔĎQëğýëDŽDzǧ Alcaraz blended tequilas in a fashion more akin to Cognac, mixing liquid that had spent time in American, French, and Qĝ×ďýģûģûëğğĿǕģë×ģĔďëé Ĕ×Ĉâ×ğğëĊģDzK×ĩğĖďañejos are usually blends, but blends of the same ĸýďĩ×öëDzWûëQëğýëDždz however, also unites tequilas of various

ages—ranging from three to eight years old— making this tequila unique among all others. The result is a golden nectar brimming with fresh fruit, vanilla, and light agave accented with a gentle touch of cherries and candied pecans. It is a masterpiece. ($7,500) patron tequila.com —RICHARD CARLETON HACKER AND JANICE O’LEARY

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Tyrconnell 15 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish Single Malt Once the darling worldwide, Irish whiskey fell to the back of the pack in recent decades. But a new sense of verve and innovation has infused Irish distillers, bringing their spirits more in line with modern palates. This bottle is the best example we’ve tried in the last year. Double, rather than triple, pot-still distilled (as was typical in Ireland) and aged 15 years in ex-bourbon barrels before being ̏ďýģûëéýď<×éëýğ× wine casks, it is gentle but spirited, fresh Ĺýĩû×ģĝýãĿ̏ďýģûǗ a sure winner. ($100) thetyrconnellwhiskey .com —R.C.H. S H E R R I E D C A S K W H I S K Y

Highland Park the Dark On the windswept Orkney Islands of northeastern Scotland, Highland Park distillery sees the extremes of seasonal sunlight. This year, it honored the ĹýďĩëğģĔĊģĩýãëǗ×ďé the island’s Viking ûëğýĩ×öëǗĹýĩûýĩģĎĔģĩ delicious whisky yet: the Dark. Bottled in black glass embossed with elemental Viking symbols at a cask strength of 105.8 proof, this 17-yearold single malt has been matured exclusively ýď̏ğģĩǕ̏ĊĊģûëğğĿ oak casks. As such, it’s a masterful balance of warmth and spice, with essences of butter, soft caramel, cinnamon, banana bread, and barely a hint of soft Orkney peat. ($300) highlandpark whisky.com —R.C.H.

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The Dalmore 40 Year Old Master distiller Richard Paterson seemingly knows each cask aging in his rickhouses by name, addressing them as if they were people. “Hullo,” he will say to a barrel. “And how are you today? Ready to be bottled?” He recently held this conversation with a 40-year-old single malt that was distilled in 1977 and matured in American oak barrels and olorososherry butts before âëýďö̏ďýģûëéýď̏ğģĩǕ ̏ĊĊâĔĭğâĔďâ×ğğëĊģDz The scotch yields bold toffee, orange peel, ×ďé×ĊĎĔďé̐×ĸĔğģ that just might surpass the brand’s 50-yearĔĊéğëĊë×ģëDzǙȭdždzǃǃǃǚ thedalmore.com —R.C.H.

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Yamazaki Mizunara Cask 2017 Edition Single Malt This beautiful bottle is a classic example of a limited edition that is not only imminently drinkable but also poised to increase in value, as quantities are scarce. Yamazaki has created something that never existed before: a vatted whisky aged 18 to 50 years exclusively in barrels made from Mizunara oak, a hard, porous wood sourced from the ancient forests of Hokkaido. The result is a single malt with a distinctive spiciness and almost incenseĊýĈë̐×ĸĔğģDzǙȭDŽdzǃǃǃǚ suntory.com —R.C.H.

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Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon Knob Creek is one of the original four small-batch bourbons introduced by Jim Beam in 1992. To celebrate, Beam Suntory released a one-time variation. Unlike the standard nine-year-old, 100proof Knob Creek, the anniversary edition is a singlebarrel offering, aged between 12 and 13 years (depending on the barrel) and clocking in at a cask strength of 120 to 125 proof. ×ãûģýĝýģ̏ĊĊëé with thick vanilla and oak, interlaced with caramel, roasted nuts, and a whiff of smoke. ($130) knobcreek.com —R.C.H.

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“ The anniversary edition is a single-barrel offering, aged between 12 and 13 years.”


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Hochstadter’s Family Reserve 16 Year Old Straight Rye Some of the world’s best rye grain is grown on the open prairies north of the United States, and this spirit proves it. Distilled in Canada and bottled in Philadelphia, this 123.8-proof whiskey mirrors what we imagine pioneers were drinking in the private railroad cars and dusty saloons of frontier America. Made with a mash bill of 100 percent rye, it is aged a minimum of 16 years in newly charred American oak barrels and is bottled ĭď̏ĊĩëğëédzĭďéýĊĭĩëédz ×ďéõĭĊĊǕ̐×ĸĔğëéDz*ĩ makes for an especially potent Manhattan. ($199) cooperspirits .com —R.C.H. I N T E R E S T I N G E X P E R I M E N T

Sonoma County Distilling Company Black Trule Rye Whiskey “It’s a decadent combination,” says distillery owner é×ĎQĝýëöëĊǴĩğĭõ̐ë and rye. He double distills this whiskey with a mixture of unmalted Canadian rye and malted rye from the UK. The distillate is aged for three years in new American oak before being infused for four months with black KíğýöĔğéĩğĭõ̐ëģDz At 100 proof, each bottle is bursting with seaweed and damp earth, dried apricots, and an undercurrent of caramelization from the direct̏ğëéýģĩýĊĊ×ĩýĔďDz ($85/375 ml) sonoma countydistilling.com —R.C.H.

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Hotaling & Co. Barrel Finished Genevieve Hotaling has given even more dimension to its aromatic Genevieve Genever-Style Gin, which uses a base spirit that incorporates equal parts of wheat, barley, and malted rye and then ğëéýģĩýĊĊģýĩĹýĩûDŽDž botanicals. The maltbased, juniper-laden spirit is aged for nearly three years in Old Potrero Straight Rye whiskey barrels, imparting a golden color to the gin and eliciting ĩûëģĩğĔďö̐×ĸĔğģĔõ the malted grain mash bill. It carries a perfumed spice balanced with the funk of malt that begs for use in a killer cocktail. ǙȭNJǃǚhotalingandco .com —R.C.H.

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Grey Goose Interpreted by Ducasse Twenty-one years ago, Grey Goose âëã×Ďëĩûë̏ğģĩ vodka to be produced in France and break the $30 price barrier. It has ďĔĹâëãĔĎëĩûë̏ğģĩ vodka to collaborate with a Michelin-starred chef with an eye toward gastronomy. The vodka’s soft Picardy winter wheat has undergone three distinct toasting techniques pioneered by Alain Ducasse. The result is a vodka brimming with nuances of fresh bread, roasted almonds, and ×̐Ĕğ×ĊǕģĔ×ĈëééğĔĝ Ĕõĸ×ďýĊĊ×Ǘéë̏ďýĩëĊĿ on par with the chef’s ̏ďëģĩãĭýģýďëDzǙȭDŽǃǃǚ greygoose.com —R.C.H.

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Hardy L’Été This is the second in the Hardy Four Seasons Collection, a series of Grande Champagne Cognacs that pays homage to the seasons. First came Printemps (spring), and now we have the thick and elegantly candied L’Été (summer). What makes this entry especially noteworthy is that each new Cognac “season”—while distinctly different—is composed with the same 10 eaux-de-vie, all originally set aside between 1918 and 1940 by Armand Hardy, whose grandfather, Anthony Hardy, established the Cognac house in 1863. ($15,900) hardycognac.fr —R.C.H.

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Time well spent. Each blend is a pursuit of perfection— a challenge to express the unique character of the vintage.

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These eight whiskies are the same age as our Best of the Best tradition, and like the magazine, we dare say time has only improved them.

2. The Dalmore 30 Year Old

3. Highland Park 30 Year Old

Released 2011*

Released 2015

Released 2013

Full of creamy chocolate, toasted oak, and tingling spices. ($3,600)

Oloroso-sherry barrel aging results in chocolate, sherry-soaked leather, and gingerbread. ($2,000)

Round and buttery, with almond, oranges, and chocolate laced with a hint of sherry. ($700)

4. The Macallan Sherry Oak 30 Years Old Released 2018 Signature rich sherry accented with citrus, nutmeg, and a hint of smoke. ($3,000)

5. #Ċëď̏ééýãû 30 Year Old

6. Laphroaig 30 Year Old

Released 2010

Released 2016

Sherried oak single malt with a touch of honey. ($600)

A soft, gentle peat, tempered by three decades in bourbon barrels and accented with traces of salty lime. ($1,250)

7. The Balvenie 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

8. Hibiki 30 Year Old Blended Japanese Whisky

Released 2014

Released 1997

Marzipan biscuits, honey, and green apples. ($999)

Thick yet gentle, honeyed ×ďé̐Ĕğ×ĊdzĹýĩû sweet chestnuts, éğýëé̏öģdz and a touch of spice. ($1,150)

*Most of these are nonvintage dated whiskies, so to determine the year of distillation, subtract 30 from the release date.

Which master blender do you admire? David Stewart MBE and the team at Balvenie have been responsible for some amazing aged whiskies.

RICHARD PATERSON The Dalmore’s master blender looks back on the decades that have shaped some of his best whiskies and changed the world of scotch. The Dalmore produced luxury aged whiskies even in the 1800s when others were releasing only five-year-olds. What’s changed in the last 30 years? Distillers all look to push each other to release that special whisky. The growth of the secondary market is also very significant, with auction houses like Bonhams making record transactions. Then there is a definite appetite for landmark whiskies with real character. It’s also a joy to see how spirits packaging has evolved.

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—R.C.H.

What was the Scotch industry like in 1988? The luxury market was less focused on malt whisky in the 1980s, as blended whisky remained extremely popular. Malt and luxury whiskies were only starting to become popular in the 1990s.

What’s behind the shifts? Consumers have become more knowledgeable, discerning, and demanding. They are looking for the very best experiences in life, from cars, watches, houses, and the whiskies they buy.

Predictions for the future? There could be a move toward super-limited editions or casks for individual consumers. We are seeing some really exciting non-aged statements come to the fore. To create whiskies that do not rely on age as a defining flavor factor is very exciting and challenging for a distiller. They give us the opportunity to become artists, and create an abundance of flavors using some of the world’s most interesting and exquisite casks. —R.C.H.

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TRAVEL This year, new hotels and resorts proved that travel isn’t simply about a nice place to stay.

It’s about the journey that takes place beyond the comforts of a well-appointed room. And nobody was more committed to that journey than Wilderness Safaris, the outfitter behind Rwanda’s new Bisate Lodge. More than a beautiful safari lodge, the property has opened up the treasures of this budding African country, serving as a means to not only see its critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat but also support its communities through conservation and empowerment programs. We saw similar initiatives around the globe, from a Shanghai hotel that’s protecting a centuries-old forest to a Napa Valley retreat that helped save its neighbors from wildfires. Indeed, it is an exceptional hotel that truly makes a diference—but the special few who do hold a rightful place among Robb Report’s Best of the Best. JACKIE CARADONIO TRAVEL EDITOR

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What is it about Kokomo? You feel it the minute you step of the resort’s seaplane. The heat of the sun-bleached jetty is warm enough to put a spring in your barefoot step, yet you can’t help but take your time, soaking up the views of the vibrant lagoon—somehow even bluer than the rest of the South Pacific Ocean—and golden sands. Greetings of “Bula!” ring out every time you arrive in the lobby, which, to be fair, is hardly a lobby at all but rather a breezy, beachy living room where you’re as comfortable in a dripping wet suit, fresh catch in hand (a gift for executive chef Anthony Healy to cook up for lunch), as you are dressed for the nightly five-course tasting menu. Kokomo is the kind of place where plenty of guests never leave their villa. And who can blame them? Those sparkling infinity pools and soaking tubs are enough reason to keep room service on speed dial (especially when the menu includes the freshest sashimi this side of Japan). But an equally persuasive case can be made for experiencing everything Kokomo has to ofer: diving at the Great Astrolabe Reef—the fourth-largest barrier reef in the world— and sipping kava with the local chiefs on a neighboring island. Whatever it is about Kokomo, it’s impossible to replicate— and almost as impossible to leave. kokomoislandfiji.com —Jackie Caradonio

“ Those sparkling ýď̏ďýĩĿ pools and ģĔ×Ĉýďöĩĭâģ ×ğëëďĔĭöû ğë×ģĔďĩĔ keep room service on speed dial.”

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“It’s the journey—not the destinations—that makes the experience aboard the Andean Explorer so arresting.” Peru’s vast altiplano is an adventure as much for what it ofers (riverbeds filled with hot-pink Chilean flamingos, galloping gauchos, volcanoes spewing smoke) as for what it doesn’t (luxury hotels). The

Belmond Andean Explorer has introduced a way to see it all in comfort—without disrupting its undeveloped appeal. The 24-cabin sleeper train roared down the region’s storied rails for the first time last summer, taking passengers

on epic one- and two-night trips from Cuzco to Arequipa and stopping along the way at ancient Incan ruins, Quechua villages, and remote mountaintop markets. As with any great adventure, however, it’s the journey—not the

destinations—that makes the experience aboard the Andean Explorer so arresting. One day, the train may halt in the shadows of the Andes for an impromptu ceviche-making class; the next, it might roll apace with a herd of llamas.

And on those evenings when nothing more than the limitless altiplano landscapes are left to keep you company, it’s a crisp pisco sour in the observation car that makes the voyage all the more moving. belmond.com —Elaine Glusac

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Cantonese Lobster. Ofering handcrafted cocktails, curated wines, and

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Until last year, Louis XV deserved much of the credit for Hôtel de Crillon. The landmark structure, which the king commissioned in 1755, had been Paris’s most regal address for centuries, a grand showcase of neoclassical extravagance filled with frescoes, friezes, and miles of marble. But last July, a new Crillon emerged as a brighter and more vivacious version of its former self, brought to life by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and a dream team of Paris-based designers, artisans, and craftspeople. Unlike Paris’s other recently renovated palace hotels, the Crillon has pulled of a true reinvention. Gone are the Louis XV salon chairs and heavy velvet drapes. In their place are custom furnishings with a midcenturymodern flair, vibrant textiles, and, in the Karl Lagerfeld–designed Les

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The Grandet Dame Grand Appartements, sleek bathrooms covered wall-to-wall in marble. The legendary fine-dining restaurant Les Ambassadeurs has been transformed into an elegant, gilded bar, and a longignored courtyard is now the alfresco spot for lunch in Paris. Of course, plenty of original details—those decadent gold-and-marble walls included—needed little more than a faithful refresh. The result is a hotel that honors its royal past yet remains firmly rooted in the present. And though the Crillon perhaps feels a little bit less French—and, blessedly, a lot less stufy—we can’t help but think that even Louis the Beloved would have approved. rosewood hotels.com —Christina Liao

“ Unlike Paris’s other recently renovated palace hotels, the Crillon has pulled off a true reinvention.”


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Force of Nature It’s easy to be blinded by the beauty of Bisate. Set in the heart of northern Rwanda’s Musanze Valley at the foot of the majestic Virunga Mountains, the safari lodge is unlike any you’ve ever seen. There are no canvas tents adorned with leather trunks or mosquito-net-covered beds here. Utterly un-camp-like are its six thatched villas, which, burrowed deep into a fern-covered hill, call to mind giant birds’ nests or oversize baskets. Inside is equally distinct; the domes are a strange and wonderful combination of royal and rustic, where glittering green chandeliers composed of thousands of recycled glass shards and giant, black, egg-shaped bathtubs blend with volcanic-stone walls and blackand-white animal hides. Only the sweeping terraces of each villa provide a reality check, with views over Mount Bisoke and, just beyond, the legendary Volcanoes National Park. Indeed, the real beauty of Bisate is what lies outside its shaggy walls. The lodge has helped to open up the wonders of this long-overlooked African

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country, where nearly half of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas reside and where Dian Fossey carried out her groundbreaking research on the great apes during the 1960s and ’70s. Thanks to its unique setting and style, Bisate creates the dilemma that every safari camp should: the hunger to experience everything—and the temptation to relax and do nothing at all. wilderness -safaris.com —J.C.

It’s been 35 years since Colin Bell and Chris McIntyre, two rugged safari guides with a passion for conservation, created Wilderness Safaris. What began with a single Land Rover making roughand-tumble trips from South Africa to Botswana û×ģģýďãë̐ĔĭğýģûëéýďĩĔ more than 40 safari camps in seven countries spread across roughly six million acres of African wildlife. Through it all, the company has remained a champion of its founders’ ethos, supporting local communities and conservation in each of the destinations in which it operates lodges. “From a conservation perspective, we look hard at the consequences of building a new camp,” says CEO Keith Vincent. “Do we want to end up in mass tourism, adding more beds to already overcrowded places? The answer is no.” Wilderness has invested millions in protecting offthe-beaten-path wildlife destinations, banking on economic success by focusýďö̏ğģĩĔďëďĸýğĔďĎëďtal success. In Zimbabwe, the company has spent two decades protecting more than 203 square miles of national parkland, but only recently has an uptick in travelers to the country Ď×éë×ĝğĔ̏ĩĸý×âĊë×ĩ gýĊéëğďëģģǥģ̏ĸëã×ĎĝģDz Similar from-the-ground-up efforts are underway in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, where Vincent’s team has invested heavily in reforestation and chimpanzee research (a safari lodge is soon to follow). “It’s not about taking something away,” Vincent says. “It’s about giving something back. We don’t want to just be part of the solution. We want to be part of the cure.” —J.C.

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First come the cultural attractions, then come the hotels. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the standard formula for turning a second-tier city into a world-class destination. And with the debut of the Fontenayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Hamburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no-holds-barred design hotel on the edge of Alster Lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the reinvention of this once-sleepy German city is nearly complete. Opened on the heels of a slew of state-ofthe-art projects that include the mesmerizing Elbphilharmonie concert hall and Zaha Hadidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rippling River Promenade, the Fontenay, with its amorphous white exterior, is an arresting newcomer to a neighborhood full of Hanseatic mansions and cherry trees. But the facadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unorthodox ebb and ďŹ&#x201A;ow isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t architecture for the sake of architectureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;its ďŹ&#x201A;uid shift from convex to concave creates innovative living spaces, where bubble-like glass walls eliminate the appearance of a barrier to the outside world, and trapezoidal-shaped rooms promise panoramic vistas from every angle. Crafting the Fontenayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interiorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which to the average eye appear efortless and simpleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;was no easy feat, requiring made-to-measure furnishings and lighting to ďŹ t each oddly shaped space. In the atrium lobby, a custom-made rug weighing more than a ton was designed by Hong Kongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House of Tai Ping to ďŹ t perfectly in its curved setting. In the guest rooms, designer Christian Meinert rethought even the most mundane details, from the TV stands to the closets. And on the canopied roofâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which is home to Germanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst La Mer spaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the nebulous swimming pool has been ingeniously molded to ensure views of each of Hamburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ ve principal churchesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as well as the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing collection of new architectural landmarks. thefontenay.de â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sandra Ramani

THE INSTAGRAM EFFECT Have â&#x20AC;&#x153;likesâ&#x20AC;? replaced stars in the modernday design hotel?

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We must confess— we’re addicted to Aman.

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It Takes a Villa e Shanghai didn’t need another luxury hotel—but it needed Amanyangyun. Opened in January in the quiet suburb of Minhang, the newest property from Aman Resorts has nothing in common with the city’s modern hotels. Rather, tucked away in a forest of centuries-old camphor trees, this tranquil retreat, with its utter lack of ostentation, is a reminder that there’s more to China’s famed financial capital than skyscrapers and urban sprawl. Those camphor trees? They traveled over 400 miles from the southeast province of Jiangxi before being replanted on Aman’s 25-acre parcel. More than a vanity project, the monumental relocation was an act of preservation that saved

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the forest—along with 50 Ming-dynasty-era stone houses—from being submerged by a local reservoir. Re-created brick by brick, the village houses have been repurposed as 13 guest villas that feature deep soaking tubs and infinityedge pools alongside original carved wood walls and antique desks. As is the Aman way, Amanyangyun delves into the sleek and minimal, too. A collection of 24 suites ofers more contemporary interiors, while three restaurants walk the line between old and new, with cuisines that range from traditional Jiangxi to farmto-table Italian. Perhaps most needed in frenetic Shanghai, however, is the 30,500-square-foot spa, where traditional Chinese medicine and modern wellness work hand in hand. aman.com —Phoebe Neuman

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With Amanyangyun claiming the 15th Best of the Best award for Aman Resorts, it’s safe to say that Robb Report is as devoted an Amanjunkie as any. Indonesia’s Amanjiwo scored the Singapore-based brand ýĩģ ̏ğģĩ ďĔé ýď DŽnjnjNjdz ×ďé since then, an Aman property has been featured in our annual roundup nearly every year, earning accolades for what the eminent brand does best: raising the standard of luxury hotels to dizzying and addictive new heights. "Ĕĭďéëé ýď DŽnjNjNj âĿ ĩûë ever-enterprising hotelier Adrian Zecha, Aman has spent the last 30 years blazing trails in the ĩğ×ĸëĊ ýďéĭģĩğĿDz *ĩģ ̏ğģĩ resort, Amanpuri, introduced well-heeled guests to Phuket—and with it, an entirely new way to travel. A welcome reprieve from the unremarkable mega resorts ĩû×ĩ ãû×ğ×ãĩëğýńëé DŽnjNjǃģ excess, the property was an instant hit, breeding a uniquely devoted band of followers and fans. Since then, Aman has brought its culturally rooted service and style to dozens of other untouched destinations, from Bhutan to Montenegro, taking its pack of Amanjunkies—Robb Report editors included—along for the ride. —P.N.


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IAN SCHRAGER The man behind some of the world’s most innovative hotels (and the infamous Studio 54) looks back on more than three decades Ĕõéë̏ďýďö luxury travel.

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with leading designers and artists. Back then, the industry was a barren wasteland when it came to design. I thought it was worth the risk to work with a talented person—regardless of whether they had hotel experience or not—to create a unique and individual product. I thought if you were willing to underwrite that risk, you had a possibility for creating something unique. And it paid of.

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What did a luxury hotel look like when you opened the Morgans Hotel in 1984? At that point in time, everything in the market was generic and institutional. You couldn’t tell the diference between one luxury brand and another. But the Morgans changed everything. It made sameness a vice and distinctiveness a virtue. It raised the notion that a hotel is more than just a place to sleep—it should manifest something about the city that it’s in.

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Public

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You invented the boutiquehotel concept with the Morgans. What was the impetus for that? Morgans was a very personal expression of what I myself wanted. There was no hotel that resonated with me at that time. There was nothing out there that manifested my popular culture, that told me the world was responsive to what was important to me. You were also among the first hoteliers to partner

How is your newest hospitality brand, the Public, redefining luxury travel? We’ve gotten rid of the outdated and old-fashioned notions of luxury. I believe people can see through those frivolous gestures. Modern travelers don’t care about having a bellman with golden epaulets and white gloves—their suitcases are on wheels! And they don’t want to wait 45 minutes for their room-service cofee to come in the finest bone china and sterling silver. They want it good, and they want it fast. Real luxury is appealing to a person’s sensibility—and that’s what the Public does. —J.C.

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How has the concept of a five-star hotel changed in the last 30 years? When luxury first began to evolve, it was restricted only to the richest people. But now, everyone understands the concept of luxury, no matter where they come from or even how much money they have. I think that luxury is permeating every level of the industry. It’s not just reserved for five-star hotels anymore. In order to survive, every hotel is going to have to provide a “luxury” experience.

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Though Las Alcobas Napa Valley’s first opening was a highly anticipated afair, it was the St. Helena hotel’s second opening—just seven months later— that secured its true wine-country status. The 68-room property from Mexican hotelier Samuel Leizorek debuted last spring, claiming what is possibly the last secluded sliver of real estate in one of Napa’s most coveted enclaves—just steps from the revered Beringer Estate and surrounded by some of Napa’s most storied vines. By October, however, Leizorek was forced to shutter his new hotel as one of the most devastating wildfires in California history blazed through the region. But rather than close entirely,

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“When Las Alcobas reopened to guests on October 25, it was as a member of the tight-knit local community— and a new favorite for Napa fans.”

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Las Alcobas opened its doors to firefighters and evacuees, providing them with meals and a place to sleep. When the property reopened to guests on October 25, it was as a member of the tight-knit local community—and a new favorite for Napa fans. Welcoming those devotees are sleek interiors by Yabu Pushelberg that enhance the closeenough-to-touch vineyard views. A circa-1905 Georgian-style mansion houses the hotel’s finedining restaurant, adding a dash of antiquity to Chris Cosentino’s modern California cuisine. And though Las Alcobas’s four acres—which include a 3,500-square-foot spa and a saltwater swimming pool—give visitors enough reason to stay pleasantly put, we love it most for the relaxed, residential, and not-at-all-resort-like style that implores guests to go forth and explore the sights, sounds, and sips that make Napa so worthy of devotion. lasalco basnapavalley.com —J.C.


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Swiss Bliss The ancient Romans may have invented the concept of a spa, but the Swiss perfected it with their combination of cuttingedge products and clinics and crisp Alpine air. Further solidifying Switzerland’s place at the peak of world S PA

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wellness is the country’s most anticipated project in years: Bürgenstock Resort. Set on the edge of Lake Lucerne, the historic Bürgenstock—which hosted Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn during its first heyday—relaunched in full last December following a

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$566 million renovation. The 148-acre mountain retreat is a one-stop wellness hub, home to the Waldhotel—a contemporary, 160-room property with a comprehensive medical center—and the five-star Bürgenstock Hotel, with its 107,000-square-foot Alpine

Spa. Visit the latter for pure relaxation—La Prairie facials and Kneipp baths included. Check into the former for exclusive wellness retreats and targeted programs that range from personal training and medical procedures to anti-aging skin therapies and

organic cuisine. Eschewing all of that Swiss innovation, however, is Bürgenstock’s purest form of wellness: miles of private hiking trails, surrounded by unspoiled Alpine forests and an endless supply of fresh air. buergenstock.ch —S.R.


FA I R M O N T G R A N D D E L M A R , S A N D I E G O , C A SEPTEMBER 22-24, 2018

THOMAS KELLER

PAUL BARTOLOTTA

JÉRÔME BOCUSE

JOSIAH CITRIN

WILLIAM BRADLEY

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When architect Gil Hanse broke ground on a new project in 2015, he wasn’t simply creating a golf course—he was adding a third layout to what had become, in just a few years, one of the country’s top golf destinations. Streamsong Resort opened in central Florida in 2013, and its first two courses, Blue and Red, both earned Best of the Best accolades. Following up on two

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instant classics, Hanse proved worthy of the challenge. Hanse, who also designed the 2016 Olympic course, was given a larger but flatter piece of land at Streamsong than course architects Tom Doak (Blue) and Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (Red). He used the terrain’s width to build extra-expansive fairways and big, bold, rollicking greens. The resulting course is playable—and enjoyable—for

golfers of all skill levels. Low handicappers will appreciate the strategy in finding optimal targets of the tee and hitting into large, segmented putting surfaces that drop of severely around the edges. Average players will be comforted by the sight of acres of turf and the chance to perform with the putter. There are vast, rugged hazards to contend with, but they are

largely pushed to the sides. Unlike its siblings, Black has its own clubhouse, a practice area called the Roundabout, and a two-acre putting course known as the Gauntlet. Even so, while there may be plenty to occupy you after your round, the siren call of Hanse’s masterpiece may tempt you to head right back out and give it another go. streamsongresort.com —James A. Frank

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10 ABOVE PAR Thirty years is a drop in the bucket for a centuries-old sport like golf, but the last three decades have seen the debuts of several all-time classic courses. 1989 SHADOW CREEK North Las Vegas, Nevada Tom Fazio

1999 BANDON DUNES Bandon, Oregon David McLay Kidd

1991 KAPALUA PLANTATION COURSE Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw

2001 PACIFIC DUNES Bandon, Oregon Tom Doak

OCEAN COURSE Kiawah Island, South Carolina Pete Dye 1995 SAND HILLS Mullen, Nebraska Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 1997 THE STRAITS AT WHISTLING STRAITS Kohler, Wisconsin Pete Dye

DAVID MCLAY KIDD The son of a Scottish greenkeeper, the course architect rose to prominence with his Bandon Dunes design in Oregon nearly 20 years ago.

What were courses like when you first came to the United States? I went straight to Southern California and saw courses like PGA West, La Quinta, and Pelican Hill. They were visually awe-inspiring, but what did they have in common with the classic courses I was brought up with in Scotland? Very little. I’d read that Pete Dye took inspiration from Prestwick. Then I looked at PGA West in the desert and

thought, “That doesn’t look like the Prestwick I know.” Is Bandon Dunes your best work? It’s hard not to put it near the top, but I took a site that was a 9 out of 10 and built a 9-out-of-10 course. What gives me a kick is taking a site that’s not great and creating something great, as I think we did at Huntsman Springs in Idaho.

2006 LIBERTY NATIONAL Jersey City, New Jersey Bob Cupp and Tom Kite 2007 CHAMBERS BAY University Place, Washington Robert Trent Jones II 2014 GAMBLE SANDS Brewster, Washington David McLay Kidd

What’s next for golf architecture? The path I hope we’re on is savvy developers building on good pieces of land without needing real estate to justify the work. Otherwise, you’ll be going to Topgolf to play a hologram of a cyber course that doesn’t exist in reality. I’m not the only architect wondering what our intellectual property rights will be. —J.A.F.

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DINING + WINES Formal was out; casual was in. But lately, the creature comforts, theater, and grandeur are returning. Thankfully, they’re arriving with an energy uncommon to the cathedrals of dining of a decade ago—no whispering necessary. Over the last year, we’ve sought restaurants that have a unified vision of food, service, and design and still deliver a good time—the types of places you couldn’t wait to return to or tell your friends about. We’ve found them. As a counterpoint, the wine world continues to be deconstructed, focusing on ever-smaller, premium parcels that showcase the best of each vineyard. Winemakers are increasingly letting that terroir speak for itself and staying out of the way in the process, eliciting nuance and complexity like never before. These are six of the world’s finest wines and the 10 best new restaurants in the country.

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Bellemore “I mean, I don’t have a résumé,” Jimmy Papadopoulos says. “I joke with my friend who worked at Eleven Madison Park that I put in my time there, too—I bought the book.” Though he may not have worked for icons of fine dining, Papadopoulos shouldn’t be so modest. After cutting his teeth at an upscale suburban steak house, he earned rave reviews by making Central European food exciting at Chicago’s Bohemian House. Now, he’s opened Bellemore, a creative and endlessly delicious take on New American cuisine in the Windy City’s West Loop. The restaurant impresses upon entry. The spacious dining room is filled with curved leather banquettes, soaring mirrors behind the bar, a whimsical mural on the far wall, and an open kitchen tucked in the corner.

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“We came up with this idea of it being this old reclaimed manor with an Art Deco vibe, and that translated into the cooking,” Papadopoulos says. “We created this opulent, grand, but very soulful menu.”

It is grand, but without ego or pretension. The ideal opener, a slice of Papadopoulos’s briny, luxurious oyster custard pie comes topped with osetra caviar and green apple to cut the richness. The dish has become a star

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in its own right, but it’s far from the height of the menu. Papadopoulos can take the familiar and add layers of flavor to make it outstanding. The dinner rolls are rifs on classic Hawaiians, served with butter made in-house from cultured cream steeped with ham. Instead of a terrine, curls of shaved foie gras sit atop Gewürztraminer gelée and red fortune plums. Countless restaurants across the country serve two slivers of duck breast side by side on a plate, but Bellemore’s stands out. The 21-day-aged bird is glazed with honey, dusted with fennel pollen, and then presented with a croquette of leg confit, a crépinette of heart, and toasted farro. If Papadopoulos keeps this up, ambitious young chefs will be clamoring to work for him to bolster their own résumés. bellemorechicago.com —Jeremy Repanich

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The Grill’s menu has an oblique entry in the middle of the first page: “A Service of . . . Today’s Chilled Crustacean.” Says Mario Carbone: “What does it mean? Actually, nothing. I build triggers into the menu. I want to have a conversation with you about the langoustine that came from Scotland today or a beautiful prawn from Santa Barbara.” At the Grill, this little interaction and subsequent others are all part of the show. Major Food Group— led by chefs Carbone and Rich Torrisi, and restaurateur Jef Zalaznick— kicked of its ambitious reimagining of the old Four Seasons restaurant inside the Seagram Building with a raucous callback to midcenturyAmerican fine dining.

“ The Grill’s star turn is the spitroasted, table-sidecarved prime rib with its salty, crackling crust and the jus made from brisket; it may be the platonic ideal of prime rib.”

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Within the landmarked Philip Johnson–designed room, waiters in Tom Ford suits entertain with table-side preparations. The conversation triggers, the old school design, the music, the food trolleys— they’re all meant to transport. “I’m trying to make you a character in this movie,” Carbone says. The efort would be

for naught if the cuisine weren’t equal to the glitz. It is. Start without any sort of theater, and order the crab cake atop a rich remoulade and covered in thin slices of golden brown potato. Then have the hulking duck press wheeled out to crush some bird bones to produce a deeply flavored jus poured over the top of delicate pasta, creating an almost ramen-like quality. The Grill’s star turn is the spit-roasted, table-side-carved prime rib with its salty, crackling crust and the jus made from brisket; it may be the platonic ideal of prime rib. End the night with a Baked Alaska set ablaze on the table, the pyrotechnics making the final scene of Carbone’s movie more Michael Bay than Martin Scorsese. thegrill newyork.com —J.R.

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Rossoblu A N G E L E S

Los Angeles is booming with outstanding dining right now—and with Italian cuisine in particular. Flavors from up and down the boot are thriving. With comparable climates and a

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similar culinary ethos, the marriage makes sense. At their best, Italian and Californian cuisines both start with fresh, local meats and produce and let them shine on the plate. As a native Californian

and son to an Italian mother, chef Steve Samson has long been an exemplar of the LA-meets-Italy mind meld. Sotto, his ode to southern Italian cooking and Neapolitan pizza, established him as a leader in the genre.

With Rossoblu, he’s created a restaurant connected to his youth spent in his mother’s hometown of Bologna. He and his wife, Dina, transformed a hulking concrete building into a welcoming space where the open

kitchen and wood-burning hearth turn out hearty, rustic, comforting, and expertly executed food. It’s a testament to Samson that even if he only sent out a heaping serving of his heirloom beans, seasoned with just the right amount

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of rosemary and garlic, you could be content. That’s merely a side dish, however, so don’t stop there. Slather some crescentine fritte with dry-aged beef tallow; sample the perfectly delicate eggplant with tomato sauce,

basil, and ParmigianoReggiano; devour the handmade ribbons of tagliatelle coated with, as the menu says, “not too much sauce”; and then save room for the mixed grill of pork porterhouse and house-made

sausage. Pair it all with a glass of the delightful sparkling red Lambrusco that Rossoblu unabashedly boasts on its wine list. It’s delicious and unpretentious, just like Samson’s restaurants. rossoblula.com —J.R.

“ It’s a testament to Samson that even if he only sent out a heaping serving of his heirloom beans, seasoned with just the right amount of rosemary and garlic, you could be content.”

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Just because there’s a grill at the table, however, does not mean diners are stuck doing the cooking. The meat is the most expensive item in the house, Shim says, so he ofers classes for servers to grill the beef

right every time. A first trip to Cote should involve the Butcher’s Feast. Each diner at the table receives a sample of four diferent cuts of beef that includes galbi—soy-marinated short

rib—in addition to a delicious array of ban-chan, two stews, a beautiful savory egg soulé, and a delightful cup of soft serve with soy caramel to cap the meal’s carnivorous bonhomie. cotenyc.com —J.R.

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The inspiration for Cote, admits owner Simon Kim, is what he calls his carnivorous mind. “I love meat. Growing up in Seoul, my dad didn’t take me to sports games; we went to restaurants, and sometimes we’d go to Korean barbecue places, where I loved the boisterous atmosphere,” Kim says. “When I came to America, I immediately fell in love with American steak houses.” As a restaurateur, Kim yearned to combine those two early loves—merging the fun and flavors of Korean barbecue with the premium cuts of beef, cocktails, and wine found at an American steak house. With chef David Shim—formerly of M. Wells steak house—at his side, he’s done it. The duo have created a convivial scene with impressive food to match. It begins with Cote’s own aging room. Diners heading downstairs can gaze longingly through a window at the dangling slabs and sides of marbled meat, some of which have been hanging there for more than 110 days. Back upstairs, every table is outfitted with a gas-fired grill, which has ceramic charcoals that retain heat to allow even thicker cuts to cook well.

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JuneBaby

French Laundry and Per Se alum Edouardo Jordan has gotten personal with his second restaurant. The chef from Florida, with roots in Georgia, opened JuneBaby just blocks away from his first venue,

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Salare, with a diferent mission. “I’ve cooked in both French and Italian restaurants,” he says. “The food at Salare represents my professional journey. JuneBaby speaks to who I am as an individual soul and as an

African-American male from a food standpoint.” At JuneBaby, he’s taking a three-star chef’s approach to sourcing ingredients—and creating outstanding flavors— but staying true to the great cuisine of the South with

his fried catfish and grits, Momma Jordan’s oxtails, and chitlins. “I have a couple of dishes that are a little more froufrou, but for the most part, it’s two-component dishes done properly, recognizing ingredients, farmers,

and still technique driven without ‘Here’s a foam on top of my rice,’” he says. Instead, “Here’s my bowl of rice and peas, and done right.” Anyone who has sampled his food knows he’s definitely doing it right. junebabyseattle.com —J.R.

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Rosaliné A N G E L E S

Ricardo Zarate is a good son. Not only has he named his latest restaurant after his mother, Rosaliné, he’s also put an epigraph on the menu declaring the eatery “a tribute to my beautiful mom.” These sentiments are lovely, but Zarate has honed in on the best way to honor his mother: making absolutely delicious cuisine at the place that bears her name. Hailing from Lima, Zarate has rooted his West Hollywood restaurant in the flavors of Peru. Begin by tearing of a piece of the stretchy turmeric flatbread and scooping up the smoky eggplant puree studded with briny Peruvian olives, crunchy cancha corn, and microgreens. As a Peruvian restaurant, it better do potatoes well, and Rosaliné certainly does, ofering a fun take on the layered meatand-potato dish causa by turning it into a croquette with salt cod. The deepfried ball comes topped with pickles and—in a gentle nod to the Japanese diaspora’s influence on Peruvian cuisine—a Dijon sauce that features a hint of wasabi. Mom should be proud. rosalinela.com —J.R.

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Breakfast used to be a restaurant afterthought. But now with major cities awash in all-day cafés and chefs devoting themselves to making the most important meal of the day a memorable one, it’s now possible to eat creative cuisine around the clock. An exceptional and elegant take on this trend is chef Marie-Aude Rose’s La Mercerie at the Roman and Williams Guild. This isn’t an all-day spot devoted to chia pudding and grain bowls; at La Mercerie, Rose is taking the simple pleasures of classic French fare—pastry, niçoise, boeuf bourguignon, and more—and executing them perfectly, serving them inside an

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airy space with plush velvet banquettes and warm wide-board floors. You’ll be treated well any time of day, but when Rose moved to America from Paris in 2016, she brought a delicious petit déjeuner with her. Head to La Mercerie in the morning for brioche in a bowl of crème anglaise, a savory vegetable croissant, and tourteau fromager—a traditional French cheesecake with a charred crust. If morning turns to afternoon, order the house-made smoked salmon paired with crème fraîche and spot-on blini, and then peruse the entirely French wine list if you’re in the mood for an even more languorous day. lamerceriecafe.com —J.R.

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Christopher Kostow, the uber-talented chef behind Napa Valley’s three-star Meadowood, wanted to strip down to the essentials. At his latest restaurant, the Charter Oak, he and chef Katianna Hong do so with understated audacity. Their beautiful raw vegetable plate, picked from the garden and served with a fermented soy dip, gets no more fuss than that. There’s no chefing the plate up. They have the confidence to grow and select the right vegetables and then serve them in the most elemental way. When the duo does cook, they make use of the hearth that anchors the dining room, grilling and smoking rustic dishes such as beef rib cooked over Cabernet barrels or the grilled buttermilk-brined chicken served with Napa grape leaves. Combine the food with the gorgeous space and a wine list sourced almost entirely from the region, and the Charter Oak gets our vote as Napa’s next culinary institution. thecharter oak.com —J.R.


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Merging the influences of his two mentors, chefs Dean Max and JeanGeorges Vongerichten, Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford has created an outstanding debut restaurant with Stubborn Seed in South Beach. The Jacksonville native returned to Florida after a stint in California, finding his way into Max’s kitchen at 3030 Ocean in Fort Lauderdale. “Dean shared with me a passion for quality and great purveyors,” Ford says. “Chefs can buy carrots from

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anywhere. But if there’s a place that has better ones in July, you only learn that through guys like Dean.” At Vongerichten’s Matador Room in Miami, Ford advanced his grasp of flavors. “He balances them so well, from salt to acid to the way he seasons. It’s diferent but so simple,” he says. “Chefs overthink food a lot. JG’s recipes are by no means easy, but there’s a simplicity to them. There’s a tomato gazpacho that you’ve had a million times, but his ratio of vinegar to tomatoes is perfect—not too sour, not too bland, just on point.” Those influences of superior product and modernist technique unite in dishes like Ford’s tea-cured cobia with finger lime and celery broth, or the celery root with crunchy maitake and a mustard froth. He’s even bringing his creativity to Sunday, serving entrées like a mezcal- and citrus-cured salmon atop a round of brioche with salsa verde, accompanied by crème fraîche, herbs, and a sphere of liquid habanero—deftly achieving the balance for which he lauds Vongerichten. stubbornseed.com —J.R.

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be pretentious,” Kaysen says. “It doesn’t have a label on it; it’s just good food.” It is safe, however, to put a label on his second restaurant, Bellecour, located just outside of the city. He has honored his time with Boulud and his reverence for Paul Bocuse with a French restaurant and bakery

that celebrates France’s traditional fare. “A lot of chefs are classically trained in French cuisine, and we don’t want to see that style of food go away,” Kaysen says. “I love to eat like that.” Enduring classics like coq au vin, steak frites, and duck à l’orange populate the menu. A must-try is Kaysen’s

play on sole Véronique: trout Véronique. He replaces the traditional Dover sole with trout raised locally, steams the fish, and then serves it with Champagne beurre blanc and grapes that provide just enough acid to cut the richness of the dish. Better yet, he’s managed

to bring back these classics without any stuiness. “We wanted to create a place for the neighborhood where you could go in during the day and casually have a cofee and croissant and come back at night and have a glass of red wine and cassoulet.” bellecour restaurant.com —J.R.

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A longtime lieutenant to the great Daniel Boulud, Gavin Kaysen left New York behind in 2014 to return to his hometown of Minneapolis. The first restaurant he opened there, Spoon and Stable, featured a mix of influences from Italian to Thai. “We didn’t want it to

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Lokoya 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder Maybe it takes an exceptionally well-rounded winemaker to make a wine that so perfectly balances bright fresh fruit, acidity, minerality, and tight tannins. Chris Carpenter, Lokoya’s wine whisperer, is also a musician and former college athlete. This new vintage, hailing from one of Napa Valley’s heralded appellations on the suninfused, steep slopes of Mt. Veeder, tastes like ×ģĿĎĝûĔďĿǗë×ãû̏ďëĊĿ tuned part contributing to an even grander sum. While the Lokoya 2013 Mt. Veeder had ĎĔğë̐×ģû×ďé×âýööëğ structure, as Carpenter says, by comparison “the 2014 is more approachable and not as big—the Audrey Hepburn to 2013’s Marilyn Monroe.” A whiff of fresh mint on the nose gives way to blueberry pie and black raspberry with muscular, dusky notes of Ċ×ĎâDzWûëĊĔďö̏ďish is dry and savory, leaving you craving another sip. Harvested early, as 2014 was one of California’s sequential drought years, and after an August earthquake, the grapes that make up this wine had to struggle just a bit more than usual at this elevation of 1,800 feet, Ď×Ĉýďöĩûë̐×ĸĔğģĎĔğë concentrated but still subtle and the yield even smaller than in 2013—1,400 cases. After 19 months in French oak barrels before some time in bottle, this graceful wine is eminently drinkable now, but its tannin structure parlays into room for years of cellaring. ($375) lokoya .com —JANICE O’LEARY

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The pantheon of names that are the stuff of Burgundy legend— MĔĎ×ďíëǕĔďĩýdz8ë̐×ýĸëǗ is incomplete without Rousseau. Four generations of the family û×ĸëģĊĔĹĊĿ×ãĞĭýğëé parcels in Côtes de =ĭýĩģǙ#ëĸğëĿǕû×Ďâëğĩýď in particular) under the domaine named for founder Armand Rousseau. And while their dizzying maze of holdings ranges ĩûğĔĭöûfýĊĊ×öëǕĊëĸëĊ ×ďéKğëĎýëğğĭĸýďëĿ×ğéģdz×ďýĎĝğëģģýĸë 21 acres are Grand ğĭĸýďëĿ×ğéģdzöýĸýďö Domaine Armand Rousseau ĩûë×âýĊýĩĿĩĔĝğĔéĭãë ×ğëĎ×ğĈ×âĊëĊýďëĭĝ Ĕõ#ğ×ďéğĭâĔĩĩĊýďöģǗ all markedly different— each year. The 2015 Charmesû×ĎâëğĩýďýģďĔĩ×âĊë for its generosity. It ĔĝëďģĹýĩûĊýĸëĊĿ×ďé ×ĝĝğĔ×ãû×âĊëûëğâǕ ̐ëãĈëédzé×ğĈãûëğğĿdz ×ďéâëğğĿ̐×ĸĔğģdz underpinned with more expected layers of damp ĊĔ×ĎdzĊë×ĩûëğdz×ďéâĊ×ãĈ pepper. Not shy on the tannin front, still the wine unfolds with great elegance. Don’t mistake this Pinot Noir’s öëďëğĔģýĩĿõĔğâğëĸýĩĿǵ it will do well in the cellar for many years. ($280) domaine-rousseau .com —S.S.

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“Not shy on the tannin front, still the wine unfolds with great elegance.”

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Chave is rightly revered in the northern Rhône Valley, on the basis of centuries of coaxing the best expression of terroir from vineyards and blending fruit knowingly in the cellar. Current vigneron JeanLouis Chave is the 17th generation to oversee the family vines and winemaking, in a tradition that dates to the late 1400s. Grounded in the Hermitage region, the Chave label attracts serious followers worldwide for its two red wines— both Syrah blends from some of the oldest and most-prized vineyards in Hermitage. But in truth, the ages of the whites—Marsanne and Roussanne—from those plots are higher than those of the reds, and the vines are more than 60 years old on average. The one Chave Blanc the family produces annually (almost always about 85 percent Marsanne and 15 percent Roussanne) is a most-deserving distraction from that red devotion. The 2014 vintage ýģâĭýĊĩĔď×̐ýďĩĿ foundation, with a rich, waxy, textural quality; layers of apricot, mandarin, and orange blossom unfold within that through a long, gorgeous ̏ďýģûDzǙȭdžǃǃǚhermite .fr —S.S.

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Among the burgeoning trove of notable wines produced in Washington state, the cognoscenti have long known that the ĎĔģĩéýõ̏ãĭĊĩǙ×ďéĎĔģĩ impressive) allocation to access is Cayuse from Walla Walla Valley. Now there’s another mailinglist prize in Walla Walla: wines produced by Matt Reynvaan, a protégé of Cayuse’s legendary French founder, Christophe Baron. Reynvaan has taken inspiration from Baron’s French muse, the Rhône Valley, and now produces a lineup of collectorworthy, old-world-style wines, the most exciting of which come from the Rocks District. The name isn’t fanciful; large river stones blanket the vineyard, conjuring parts of Châteauneuf-duPape. But Reynvaan takes his cues from CôteRôtie, co-fermenting a percentage of Viognier with Syrah. The 2015 Syrah from the In the Rocks vineyard exhibits that amazing Côte-Rôtie contradiction—a deep, meaty core under soaring ̐Ĕğ×Ċ×ğĔĎ×ĩýãģDzğĔĭďé peppery blue fruit and crushed fresh herbs, the ĹýďëǗĹûýãûýģĭď̏ďëé ×ďéĭď̏ĊĩëğëéǗğë̐ëãĩģ the quality of the place with a saline mineral character and ĝ×Ċĝ×âĊëĩëľĩĭğëģDzǙȭNjLjǚ reynvaanfamilyvineyards .com —S.S.

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“Reynvaan has taken inspiration from Baron’s French muse, the Rhône Valley, and now produces a lineup of collector-worthy, old-world-style wines.”

NASON MORET TI MARAIS WINE GLASS

Reynvaan Family 2015 In the Rocks Syrah Walla Walla Valley


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The 2006 vintage from Champagne’s small but legendary Salon house—only the 42nd release in its approximately 100-year history—is an exquisite reminder of two truths ×âĔĭĩû×Ďĝ×öďëǴ̏ğģĩdz that a sparkler based entirely on Chardonnay can achieve that holy grail of balance between ethereal delicacy and öğ×ĸýĩ×ģǵ×ďéģëãĔďédz that extended time in the bottle is entirely ĹĔğĩûĩûëĹ×ýĩdzõĔğ resulting layers of complexity and elegance. "ğĔĎĩûëâëöýďďýďödz founder Eugène-Aimé Salon relied entirely on his instinct that the most superior of Champagnes could be Ď×éëõğĔĎû×ğéĔďď×Ŀdz without the addition of Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier. He staked his claim on one small Grand Cru–level region in the Côte des Blancs: le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Salon proudly (one might say ̏ëğãëĊĿǚğëĩ×ýďģĩûë ĸýģýĔďdzĝğĔéĭãýďö×ĸýďtage only in rare years and only from le Mesnilsur-Oger with at least 10 years in bottle. The 2006 opens up with û×ńëĊďĭĩ×ďéĎ×ğńýĝ×ďdz giving way to vibrant öğëëď×ĝĝĊëdzĝë×ãûdz ̐Ĕğ×Ċģdz×ďéõğëģû ûëğâģdz×ĊĊĹğ×ĝĝëéýď ĩûë̏ďëģģëĔõ×ãğë×ĎĿ ĎĔĭģģëDzǙȭLJljǃǚsalonde lamotte.com —S.S.

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GREG BREWER The winemaker at BrewerClifton bet early on Sta. Rita Hills and is now reaping the fruits of that instinct.

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Before the proliferation of independent wine shops— before the Internet was a wine lover’s resource— there was Wally’s Wine & Spirits in Los Angeles. The longtime go-to source for finding just the right bottles, and exciting discoveries to boot, is turning 30 this year. Looking back to the beginning, partner Christian Navarro says, “People who bought wine then were reliant on merchants who traveled the world. Our customers didn’t know any small valleys in the Rhône, let alone how to find them. We set

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“The most rewarding thing has been to participate in and witness the beautiful evolution and recognition of Sta. Rita Hills on the global stage.”

to arrive at the highest level of intimacy within its borders. What’s been your approach to the wines? We were driven by a desire to demonstrate the unique voice and character of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from an area that a small group of us would soon map and define as the Sta. Rita Hills. And, specifically, we were motivated by a subtractive approach—to raise each parcel

BOTTLES & BONHOMIE out to be the communicator of everything delicious in the world.” With the advent of powerful wine critics and the speed at which information now travels the globe, wine consumers can know almost as much as the merchants. How does Wally’s stay relevant? “The same way that set us apart on day one,” says Navarro. “We find the best people who are compelled to find the best products in the world.” That adherence to the high-water mark is why they belong as part of this year’s Best of the Best in wine. —S.S.

in the exact same fashion, to minimize any judgment or imprint on our end. What makes a great Pinot Noir? Intent and energy are the most important elements for me. If the wine is purposeful, calm, and raised with pure intent, it will deliver the message of place. You have received many accolades for Brewer-Clifton,

but what has brought you the most satisfaction through the years? The most rewarding thing has been to participate in and witness the beautiful evolution and recognition of Sta. Rita Hills on the global stage in the relatively short 20 or so years since we mapped and defined the appellation. And I’m proud of the collaborative spirit of colleagues who have worked tirelessly to elevate it. —S.S.

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What is it about tiny Sta. Rita Hills that compelled you and Steve Clifton to commit to it when 30 years ago few had ever heard of it? We always felt a profound pull towards this small stretch of land so heavily marked and influenced by Point Conception and the Pacific Ocean, with its persistent maritime wind and stark, marinebased soils. It has also been imperative to us to embrace this single appellation wholeheartedly


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Tucked into the Engadin valley near St. Moritz, the seven-level Lonsdaleite estate is a modern-day castle that overlooks the Swiss Alps. Development of the property took five years, says Senada Adžem, listing agent and executive director of luxury sales at Douglas Elliman. Because of the home’s location and design—part is embedded in the mountain— construction wasn’t feasible during the winter. At nearly 43,000 square feet, Lonsdaleite is a portrait of sharp geometric lines and neutral tones. The entryway leads to the grand reception, where 35-foot floor-to-ceiling windows frame the Alps and mink covers an entire wall opposite the two fireplaces. Of the reception, crushed red velvet lines the library walls, which conceal a secret oice. Though elegant, a surprising dash of playfulness permeates the contemporary space. Designed to look like a cracked egg, the breakfast nook features rounded ceilings with an accent wall covered in 24-karat gold leaf and a $145,000 custom eggshaped chandelier. A glass staircase leads to five en suite bedrooms, each featuring walls covered in Loro Piana cashmere and bathrooms finished in rare stone. An entertainment lounge ofers 178 floating Swarovski-crystal candles strung from a gold-covered ceiling. An elevator tops out at the master suite, which comes complete with a white Scandinavian fox-fur rug and a whiteonyx master bath. The estate also includes a wine cellar, cinema, spa (Himalayan salt room, hammam, sauna), and an underground pool and Jacuzzi beneath a ceiling of Venetian artwork. There is a ski den—with direct outdoor access to the slopes and a private chairlift—and a six-car garage with a turntable to facilitate smooth arrivals and exits. ($185 million) elliman.com —Bekah Berge

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When looking for inspiration on how to bring old-world opulence into the present, Moscowbased real estate developer Konstantin Akimov of A Project Development (APD) tapped two American sources: Ralph Lauren Home and the New York– based design firm Foley & Cox. The result is a stunning collection of six beaux-arts-style mansions called Noble Row, located in Moscow’s Golden Mile across the river from the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. “The elegantly proportioned mansions are reminiscent of the great architectural traditions of the beaux arts yet ofer all modern-day luxuries,” Akimov says. “We infused interior

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There’s no shortage of beautiful beach homes, but opportunities to live on a UNESCO World Heritage Site are scarce. Architect Alex Michaelis of London-based Michaelis Boyd Associates kept that in mind while envisioning the waterfront homes at Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort in St. Lucia, wanting the Pitons (a pair of volcanic spires that rise from the Caribbean Sea) front and center. All five of the two-story, turnkey residences in the collection will face the verdant Pitons and glassy blue sea. “We wanted to bring something fresh and contemporary to the site and were heavily influenced by the vernacular architecture of the

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between three and five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, double-height living rooms, and custom Italian kitchens. Floor-toceiling sliding glass doors blur the lines between indoors and out, and open

to lily ponds, infinity swimming pools, dining gazebos, and lounging areas. Private steps provide direct access to Glenconner Beach. (from $8.25 million) sugarbeach residences.com —R.B.

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In 2007, when the Metropolitan Transit Authority put out a request for ideas to transform the aging Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s West Side, few companies could take on the scale of the project. But Related Companies, a New York– based firm, had a vision, won the bid, and began constructing the largest private real

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estate development in the United States with Oxford Properties Group. Built on 28 acres, Hudson Yards will include about 100 shops and restaurants and 4,000 residences. Impressive engineering technology underpins the entire project to support the structures without interfering with the train tracks. The community sets a new standard for

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The president and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty walks us through real estate’s highs and lows of the last 30 years.

What has changed the real estate industry the most in the last 30 years? Technology. There weren’t even computers in real estate offices 30 years ago. A truck would pull up each month and deliver phonebook-sized catalogs of homes for each MLS—there are 900 regions in the U.S. that are in the MLS system—and that’s how you’d know what homes were for sale.

“It’s not about sheer square footage but about customized square footage, more of a jewel-box concept.” Continuum, Miami

Today, mobile accounts for 80 percent of real estate searches. How have buyer wants and needs evolved? Some things haven’t changed. Location is still key. A good neighborhood, good investment, good street . . . it’s always important. We went through a period in the mid-’90s that gave birth to the McMansion, where people would build as big a house as they could on a too-small lot. Those have been getting torn down more and more. Now, it’s not about sheer square footage but about customized square footage, more of a jewel-box concept. People really get inspired now by home-design shows and social media, and they want their home to be personal. What about amenities? What’s important these days? For a while, there were these homes with every amenity imaginable: a movie theater, a wine cellar, an indoor basketball court, a bowling alley, a spa. . . . When it comes time to resell, finding a buyer who appreciates everything the former owner did can be hard. That said, almost every

buyer now looks for an open floor plan in the main living spaces and privacy in the bedrooms, with each having its own full bathroom. Smart homes are important, too, and environmentally conscious homes that don’t overuse electricity are popular. What have been some of the biggest sales in the last 30 years? The most significant sales in New York City have included a condominium at 15 Central Park West that sold for $88 million in 2011— a record at the time—and, more recently, One57, which cracked the $100 million barrier with a penthouse sale. In Miami, Continuum on South Beach, which was built in the early 2000s and continues to be one of the area’s most exclusive developments, set a record in 2012 with the sale of a $25 million penthouse. Which real estate markets remain strong, and which are ripe for growth? New York and California will always be strong. Newer markets that are hot right now are Nashville, Denver, Portland, and Seattle. —SAMANTHA BROOKS

While the American real estate market has had decades of steady growth, newer markets in Asia and the Middle East have had sharp climbs. “The market in the Middle East historically was created from the strength of oil prices,” says Philip A. White Jr., president of Sotheby’s International

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Realty. “Prices in many GCC countries quadrupled from 2002 to 2008. Prices suffered when the crises hit, but from 2012 to 2015, there was a 20 percent yearover-year growth.” In 2002, a new law that allowed non-Emiratis to buy property in Dubai gave rise to massive residential

developments like the Burj Al Arab, the Burj Khalifa, and the Palm Islands. “If you look at American projects now like Hudson Yards in New York, you can see how the projects in Dubai have been ýď̐ĭëďĩý×Ċdzǧûëģ×ĿģDz White notes that Asia’s tax havens have attracted foreign investors in areas

such as Singapore and Hong Kong. While those laws have changed over the years, they still helped establish a diverse market—especially in Hong Kong, which has had a stable real estate market for 150 years under British rule and continues to thrive even after the transfer of sovereignty. —S.B.

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Getting Stoned Last year when designer Greg Natale created a collection of glass mosaic tiles for Bisazza, it was like a cool substitute teacher had stepped into the room. New Malachite delivered supersonic graphic verve and permission to use it at will. ($123 per square foot) bisazza.it

Hit Maker CC-Tapis in Milan is the Quincy Jones of rug making, specializing in soulful, boundarypushing hits, all hand-knotted in Nepal. The Rotazioni B was designed by Patricia Urquiola and pulses with pop-art dimension and geometric swing. Consider the mike dropped. cc-tapis.com

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Salvatore Ferragamo’s stacked heel might have given it style bona ̏éëģdzâĭĩĩû×ĩĩýëğëé look has been a constant in Italian architecture. Stéphane Parmentier vibed off the motif in his Scala series for Giobagnara, where exquisitely handcrafted layers of leather and wood offer sensuality and utility—something fashion doesn’t usually claim. (from $2,286) giobagnara.com i b

For furniture brands, chairs are complex propositions. Good ones never fade; mediocre ones never sell. Ligne Roset’s Paipaï is an original: a contoured, origami-inspired love seat (also available as a sofa) with a black steel frame and very visible hardware. Created by studio LucidiPevere, this one wins the popular vote. (from $3,340) ligne-roset.com

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Fine Dining Hermès has been here before. This time, it’s for tabletop—a category that balances duty with élan. The French house introduced its porcelain H Deco service in a rich Bordeaux-hued rouge, and it’s like a Parisian reverie for aspiring well-dressed tables. ($80-$1 330) hermes.com hermes com ($80 $1,330)

Pillow Talk Don’t forget the accessories. Anne Arnold and Stefano Bruni of Lance Wovens are on it. Their impeccable collection of haute handwoven leather goods stars handcrafted calfskin Elvy pillows, the foxy decor upgrade of the year. (from $995) lancewovens.com

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This one is for all the lovers out there— of pattern, layers, and embellishment. Mokum rewarded your commitment with Majorelle, a lavish collection of textiles, trims, and wall coverings. Created by revered costume and production designer Catherine Martin, the series is a luscious trip for romantics. (wallpaper from $158 per roll; fabrics from $98 per yard) mokumtextiles.com

Achille Castiglioni, the beloved 20th-century design titan, created the Dry cutlery set for Alessi in 1984. That gorgeously unfussy series was a sensation. To commemorate what would have been Castiglioni’s 100th birthday, the company unveiled a scintillating 24-piece Dry set in a special copper Kf̏ďýģûDzǙȭljDžǃõĔğ×ģëĩĔõģýľǚalessi.com

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RALPH PUCCI The man who transformed modern design for the home with his own cool and collected aesthetic.

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JANICE FELDMAN The woman who took us outside with style, art, and an early eco-verve.

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Thirty years ago, before the “best of” lists and the seductive sorcery of Instagram, exceptional artisan design was nearly impossible to find. Your well-connected stylish friends didn’t know about it. Furniture sets were purchased in department stores. Atelier was a dusty term from first-semester French. This is the world Ralph Pucci transformed with his seminal gallery, unleashing an exquisite new culture of high design that bypassed the gimmicky theatrics of an easy get. In 1988, he began with the work of Andrée Putman, a collaborator and friend, and 15,000 square feet in SoHo, calling on friends and friends of friends. “I’m not a furniture designer, so I had to put together the puzzle, the soundtrack to what we were trying to achieve,” says Pucci. “I had beautiful pieces from Andrée and [Chris] Lehrecke. Then I reached out to Patrick Naggar, and little by little the soundtrack developed.” Subverting even the seen-it-all types,

and Januswood, represent proprietary engineered creations that were green and eco-friendly well before their time (her extruded lumber, made from recycled milk containers, was developed in the late 1980s). “That’s the combination of industry and craft,” says Feldman. “It’s performance, it’s color and style, and then it’s a final product that is completely done by hand. I celebrate craft. I love it because it’s one of those things in our lives that’s going away. . . . I’m into moving people closer to craft.” She’s also keeping us close to beauty. —A.N .

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Pucci was fueled by instinct, discovering, championing, and exclusively assembling a group of now-significant designers—Hervé Van der Straeten, India Mahdavi, Eric Schmitt, and Jim Zivic—that doubled down on quality and timelessness. “The aesthetic is always the same for me,” he

says. “It really has to speak to me. It has to be the hand of the artist.” All three of his galleries— in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami—reverberate with mood and cultural ascendancy. Recently, he staged an important showing of the late (and often overlooked) French

designer Pierre Paulin’s work in L.A.—a respite from the city’s midcentury-modern hangover. Looking back or forward, aesthetic salvation in Pucci’s realm also comes with optimism. “I think we’re in an era when design is meaningful,” he says. —A.N.

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The line to enter the party was long. Janice Feldman’s friends and guests streamed into her showroom on Via Fatebenefratelli during Milan Design Week in April. The founder of Janus et Cie, the luxury outdoor-furniture company with quintessential California style, was being feted for a major milestone: the brand’s 40th anniversary. Feldman spent her whole career going to Milan as a buyer, culture seeker, and businessperson. But this time, 40 years after her first, she was the center of attention. Anyone who has beautiful outdoor furnishings has Feldman to thank. An artist with an entrepreneurial mind (as an art school student she dashed to Europe and painted portraits for tourists), Feldman pioneered the luxury outdoor category. She presciently sensed our desire to be outdoors and away from technology years before the digital age, and presented elevated designs—from classical forms to clean, modernist pieces and accessories—to meet the lifestyle. Everything from the weave of an arm and curvature of a chaise to a UV coating is considered in full— from the niche it occupies to its placement in one of the brand’s 19 global showrooms. “I take a very holistic approach to design,” says Feldman. While the collection features a range of materials— fiber, teak, aluminum, stainless steel—two innovations, Janusfiber


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When interior designer Elizabeth Dinkel lacquered the bar and library of her client’s home in Los Angeles, the results were urbane and lustrous. The technique has lost its Hollywood-set-design slickness and evolved into a chic polished statement. elizabethdinkel.com

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Between the Brooklyn-based studios and the historic houses with archival prints, wallpaper is now so exalted that it inspires religious devotion. Style Library’s Modulate pattern preaches the word with a 3-D ëõõëãĩĝğýďĩýď×ďĎëğ×ĊéǼ6ýďö̏ģûëğãĔĊĔğĹ×ĿDzstylelibrary.com

Marble used to be a well-behaved given. The kitchen of the revived modernistic Villa de Nil in Belgium from Rietveld Projects in collaboration with Obumex and Joseph Dirand features the striking Minolo variety from Van Den Weghe. vandenweghe.be; rietveldprojects.be —A.N.

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CIGARS Over the last year, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve noticed more cigar producers using creative aging techniques,

in particular the rediscovery of aging tobacco in oaken barrels, something that originated in 19th-century Cuba. Now non-Cuban cigar makers have adopted this method, with the Arturo Fuente AĂąejo (with its Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper aged in Cognac barrels) among the most notable examples. In addition, tobacco growers have continued to experiment with hybrid leaf to create new dimensions in taste. RICHARD CARLETON HACKER CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

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My Father La Opulencia Don Jose “Pepin” Garcia has showcased his Cuban roots with this immaculate Nicaraguanmade cigar. Not only has he resurrected an old Cuban brand, La Opulencia (meaning “the opulent one”), but he û×ģ ×ĊģĔ ğë̐ëãĩëé Cuba’s 19th-century cigar artistry onto the colorfully embossed box label as well as the cigar bands themselves. However, what makes

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this box-pressed cigar our top choice this year are the tobaccos with which it is conģĩğĭãĩëéDzWûë̐×Ĺless and oily coffeecolored San Andres Rosado Oscuro leaf is perfectly paired with two Nicaraguan binders (Criollo and Corojo) Ĺğ×ĝĝëé×ğĔĭďé×̏ĊĊëğ of Cuban-seed Nicaraguan tobaccos from the Garcia family farms. The result is a rich and creamy, medium full-bodied smoke. Six sizes are offered, ranging from a 4½ × 48 petite to a 7 × 56 toro gordo. ($7.10–$12.54) myfathercigars.com


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Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Presidente Introduced in 1994 to commemorate this family-owned company’s 30th anniversary, all of the tobaccos used in this Nicara“ The tobaccos guan puro are used in this aged a minimum of Nicaraguan four years, makpuro are aged ing it one of the brand’s most popa minimum of ĭĊ×ğ ×ďé ̐×ĸĔğfour years, ful offerings. In making it keeping with the one of the late José Orlando Padrón’s Cuban brand’s most heritage, the popular and cigars are box̐×ĸĔğõĭĊ pressed. Adding offerings.” to these distinctions, last year saw the introduction of two new shapes: a 5 × 52 soberano and a 6 × 50 presidente. Both are offered in natural or maduro wrappers, but it ýģĩûëõĭĊĊëğǕ̐×ĸĔğëé presidente with its oily maduro wrapper that has õĭĊ̏ĊĊëéĔĭğéëģýğëģ for a rich, full smoke. The square-shaped tube adds to its allure. ($15.80) padron.com

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Plasencia Alma Del Campo Nestor Plasencia has a reputation as Nicaragua’s premium tobacco grower, supplying leaf for many of today’s top brands. So it was only a matter of time before he and his sons, Nestor Andres and José “ Hints of Luis, would cedar start producand milk ing their own cigars. This is chocolate.” the family’s second release, coming after the slightly stronger Alma Fuerte in 2016. Made at the Plasencia Cigars factory, the medium-plus Alma Del Campo, which roughly translates into “the soul of the soil,” is a Nicaraguan puro offering hints of cedar and milk chocolate and uses seven-year-old tobaccos. ($15–$19) plasenciatobacco.com

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Macanudo Inspirado Black This is the third in Macanudo’s Inspirado series, completing a trilogy that started with the Inspirado Orange and then the milder Inspirado White. The Inspirado Black can best be described as a slightly tamer version of the Orange. It features a Connecticut shade-grown Broadleaf wrapper that has been

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H. Upmann The Banker Ingot Rosé This cigar got our attention with its dramatic packaging. The Cameroon wrapper is almost completely encased in rose-gold foil, and the 12-count box looks like a rosegold ingot—a link to the brand’s founder, Herman Upmann, who left his European “ Gentle banking trade to touches start a Cuban wet hay cigar factory in wheat.” 1844. However, even though the rosé spelling of this cigar’s name is closer to wine nomenclature than that of an ingot, this limited-edition 6¾ × 48 Churchill holds its value with gentle touches of wet hay and wheat, making it a superb daytime smoke. ($12) altadisusa.com

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CARLOS FUENTE JR. The thirdgeneration president of Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia notes the big changes in cigars over the last three decades.

What shifts have you seen in the premium cigar world? It used to be cigars were just something you smoked because you liked cigars. Now it is about possession and appearance as well as for special moments. They’ve become symbols of luxury. What was the premium cigar industry like in 1988? Thirty years ago, the big companies had people go into malls and ask shoppers, “What do

you like or dislike about a cigar?” And they’d answer, “I don’t like the smell” or “I want it to taste sweet.” So the companies started this whole campaign about mild, sweet, light cigars. That all changed in 1992 in the Dominican Republic when we began planting Havana seed wrapper along with Dominican-grown filler and binders, which became the Fuente Fuente OpusX, a really full-bodied cigar. That cigar changed the industry because then everybody started planting tobaccos to make stronger-tasting, fullerflavored cigars. What about the cigars themselves? Thirty years ago, cigars were almost all straight-shaped parejos. Now you have figurados [shaped cigars], you have multicolored wrappers, cigars with ribbons, and packed in silkscreened boxes.

In addition to your father and your grandfather, who emigrated from Cuba to the U.S. and then founded your company in 1912, who are some of the other cigar luminaries you admire? I have the highest respect for the Padrón family, who came to the U.S. after the nationalization of Cuban industries, and the Auroras, who pioneered cigar making in the Dominican Republic. But it’s not just the people who make cigars; it’s the people who grow the tobacco. I will never forget the Perez family or the Olivas. Plus the Plasencias, who grow some of the finest tobacco and are now making their own cigars. These tobacco growers, in many cases, literally sacrificed their lives to give us the best tobaccos so we could make the best cigars. Without them, none of this would be possible. —R.C.H.

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Padrón Cigars On December 5, 2017, the cigar industry lost one of its most respected patriarchs with the passing of José Orlando Padrón at the age of 91, a man who had transformed his family surname into one of the most highly revered cigar brands in the world. Coming to the United States shortly after Castro’s nationalization of Cuban industries, José Orlando started a one-man cigar company in 1964 and gradually built it into the global presence it enjoys today, where the consisĩëďĩĊĿğýãû×ďé̐×ĸĔğõĭĊK×éğĖď=ýã×ğ×öĭ×ďãýö×ğģ are coveted the world over. Proudly staffed by Padrón family members—including José Orlando’s eldest sons, Orlando and Jorge (who has assumed the company’s leadership role)—Padrón Cigars continues in the image of its founder. Thus, the legacy of José Orlando Padrón lives on. padron.com —R.C.H.

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Davidoff Cigars Among the world’s premium cigars, few have managed to maintain as consistent a reputation for uncompromising excellence as Davidoff, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of its White Label cigars this year. In DŽnjljNJdzrýďĔ×ĸýéĔõõâëã×Ďëĩûë̏ğģĩýďéýĸýéĭ×Ċýď the Castro era to be granted his own brand of Cuban cigars, and in 1968 he established the now-iconic oval White Label Davidoff band. In 1991, the Russian-born entrepreneur moved his operations to the Dominican Republic, claiming Cuba’s quality was no longer up to his White Label standards. A limited edition of specially commissioned 50th-anniversary cigars and accessories will be introduced. davidoff.com —R.C.H.

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ART & AUCTIONS The past year has been a standout for the global art market.

In 2017, sales notched $63.7 billion worldwide, thanks in part to notable sales such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, which achieved an astounding $450,312,500, and a Song Dynasty Ru ware brush washer, which commanded $37.7 million—the highest sum ever paid for a Chinese porcelain. More than ever before, collectors are diversifying rather than being restricted to one or two categories. Collectors are chasing the rarest of the rare to astronomical highs: Works commanding more than $10 million were up 125 percent. By contrast, pieces trading at the lower end were down— 20 percent for those ofered below $50,000. Such disparity, however, is opening a world of opportunity for those in search of great works that have yet to be discovered. ANGELA M. H. SCHUSTER ART & AUCTIONS EDITOR

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High Scroller Hailed as the masterpiece by the 18th-century imperial court painter Qian Weicheng, Ten Auspicious Landscapes of Taishanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which is inscribed with 10 poems written by the Qianlong Emperorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;spurred a 40-minute contest that drew more than 100 bids. Collectors chased the scroll to $18.7 million, more than double its $8.9 million high estimate, at Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Hong Kong on April 3. sothebys.com

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For a mere three minutes, time seemed to all but stand still as three bidders vigorously vied for Helter Skelter I, a 34-foot-wide Charles Mansonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;inspired mixed media on canvas by Mark Bradford. Executed in 2007, the work hailed from the collection of tennis champion John McEnroe. It achieved $11,977,943â&#x20AC;&#x201D;an auction record for a living African-American artistâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at Phillips in London on March 8, with the Los Angelesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;based Broad museum placing the winning bid. phillips.com

Following a bidding war that lasted nearly 20 minutes, Leonardo da Vinciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) sold for an astounding $450,312,500 at Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in New York on November 15â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the â&#x20AC;&#x153;timeless treasureâ&#x20AC;? tendered in a sale of postwar and contemporary art. The oil on panel, which easily quadrupled its unpublished estimate of $100 million to become the most expensive work of art ever sold, is bound for the Louvre Abu Dhabi. christies.com


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Following years of construction delays, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors in November, more than a decade after announcing its plans to build the Jean Nouvel–designed franchise of the French institution. Dominated by the Rain of Light—a dome, some 590 feet in diameter, arcing over many of its 55 galleries—the museum is envisioned as part of a “starchitect”-designed cultural campus on Saadiyat Island that is slated to include a Guggenheim outpost by Frank Gehry, the Zayed National Museum by Norman Foster, and a performing arts center by the late Zaha Hadid. Among the notable works going on display, which span the history of civilization, is Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, a recent arrival on long-term loan from its Saudi owner, widely reported to be Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. louvreabudhabi.ae —A.M.H.S.

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At 7:45 p.m. on November 15, 2017, auctioneer and Christie’s global president Jussi Pylkkänen hammered in Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi for a record-shattering $400 million, after a nearly 20-minute bidding war in which the oil on panel became the most expensive work of art ever sold. The drama of the spectacle was heightened still further by

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Axel Vervoordt’s Kanaal In late November, Belgian tastemaker Axel Vervoordt lifted the veil on Kanaal, a 600,000-square-foot mixeduse art, commerce, and residential campus on the outskirts of Antwerp. Some seven years in the making, Kanaal was realized with the help of the Tokyo-born, Brussels-based architect Tatsuro Miki, who converted the abandoned 19th-century industrial complex into a headquarters for Vervoordt’s multifaceted design enterprise. A number of buildings on the property have been repurposed as public exhibition spaces, including a chapel, in which James Turrell’s monumental light work Red Shift (1995) has been installed, and a suite of grain ģýĊĔģĩû×ĩûĔĭģëĝýëãëģâĿ<×ğýď×âğ×ĎĔĸýådz Takis, Angel Vergara, Otto Bol, and Otto Piene. The works are among more than 600 spanning some 6,000 years of history in the permanent collection of the Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation. kanaal.be —A.M.H.S.

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the fact that, in a maverick move, Christie’s offered the circa-1500 painting in the context of its New York evening sale of postwar and contemporary art. The sale of the work, which is hailed as the “last Leonardo in private hands,” no doubt buoyed the bottom line of the 250-year-old privately held concern, its purchase price (with buyer’s premium) of $450,312,500 contributing substantially to some $6.6 billion in sales at the house in 2017. For the 55-year-old Finnish-born, Oxfordeducated Pylkkänen, the Leonardo is the most recent in a succession of record-breaking sales under his gavel that began with Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969), which achieved $142.4 million in November 2013. Two years later, that record was topped by Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Version “O”) (1955), which commanded $179.4 million. “In selling the Leonardo, I realized just how radically the world has changed over the past three decades,” says Pylkkänen. “I joined Christie’s in London in the mid-1980s, not long before the house sold Vincent van Gogh’s Sun̐ĔĹëğģ (1888) for what was then a jaw-dropping £25 million [$39.9 million]—four times more than the previous record. I could never have imagined that in 30 years, that number would mirror the last of the incremental bids for the Salvator Mundi. To have had the chance to sell a work of art that has set a benchmark unlikely to be broken for generations is a privilege.” christies.com —A.M.H.S.


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a distinct personality—largely on account of its relationship to its host city, with half of the exhibiting galleries coming from the region. Collectively, the fairs attract more than 255,000 visitors annually, and their respective sales have topped $3 billion. Spiegler cites the rise of Asia and the expansion of the digital sphere as key components in fueling the global growth of the art market, which notched $63.7 billion in 2017, according to the latest Art Basel/UBS Art Market report. “Today, information about new artists, new galleries, and new artworks spreads almost instantaneously,” he says. “And as we have seen at Art Basel, a gallery that uses social media intelligently can be present within a few years in a way that in times past would have taken decades, not to mention substantial financial backing.” What does it take to stay ahead of the game? “If you’re a market leader,” says Spiegler, “you do that by innovating, by analyzing, by creating things that didn’t exist before, and by finding ways to work more closely with your clients and, in turn, with their clients.” —A.M.H.S.

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) is not the only major old-master painting to come to light once freed from layer upon layer of image-obscuring overpaint. In September, art sleuth Bendor Grosvenor, cohost of BBC Four’s Britain’s Lost Masterpieces, was visiting Pollok House, the Glasgow seat of the Stirling Maxwell family, when he spied an oil on panel depicting the Duke of Buckingham—the rumored lover of King James I—hanging high above a sitting-room ̏ğëĝĊ×ãëDzǦmĔĭĎýöûĩģ×ĿǤĔĭğ eyes met,’ which sounds corny, but it really was one of those instances where I was immediately struck by the presence of the sitter,” says GrosveďĔğDzǦBďĊĿöĔĔéĝĔğĩğ×ýĩýģĩģ like Peter Paul Rubens can pull that off.” Long thought to be a copy of a long-lost work by the famed Flemish painter, the painting turned out to be the long-lost work, its attribution ãĔď̏ğĎëéâĿĩûëMĭâëďģûĭýģ in Antwerp. Tree-ring dating carried out during cleaning and conservation has placed the panel’s execution around 1620. The Head Study of the Duke of Buckingham has since been put on view at Kelvingrove, the main gallery of the Glasgow museums. glasgowlife.org.uk —A.M.H.S.

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Since joining the Art Basel team as codirector in 2007 and taking the helm as global director in 2012, Marc Spiegler has spearheaded the exponential growth of the 48-year-old fair. “The strength of Art Basel lies entirely in the strength of its galleries,” says Spiegler. “At a time when the gallery model that has worked for decades is being called into question, our focus is on keeping those galleries strong—creating as broad, as deep, and as engaged a global collector base as possible to ensure that they prosper. For us, it’s not about building a brand; it’s not about leveraging content. It’s about making sure that the people who often take the first and often the riskiest bet on a young artist are in a position to do that, as often and as successfully as possible.” The brainchild of three Baselbased gallerists, the inaugural fair in 1970 ofered a roster of 90 galleries and attracted some 16,000 visitors. Today, the Art Basel franchise hosts three editions: Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong, the latter of which launched in 2013. Spiegler, who likens the events to siblings rather than clones, says each fair has


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AVIATION The goal of private aviation remains the same as always— to get passengers from one place to another

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The Challenger 350 entered service in 2014 as an upgrade to the then 10-year-old Challenger 300, and surpassed 200 deliveries in 2017 on its way to becoming the year’s most-delivered business jet, according to data collected by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Bombardier delivered 56 examples of the Challenger 350 last year, after delivering 62 in 2016 and 68 in 2015. Many of those jets have gone to the two major fractional companies, NetJets and Flexjet, which apparently recognize the reliable, workhorse nature of the $26.67 million aircraft. The jet’s 3,682-mile range and 528 mph cruising speed enable it to fly eight people from New York to London in a little over six and a half hours. The 25.2-foot-long cabin can be configured to accommodate eight to 10 passengers, and it’s furnished with fully reclining seats. The aircraft has enough baggage capacity to carry as many as 18 suitcases. businessaircraft .bombardier.com —L.B.

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It didn’t take long for the Cessna Citation Latitude to become the world’s best-selling midsize jet and one of the most popular business jets overall. In 2016, a year after the aircraft entered service, Textron Aviation, the owner of the Cessna brand, delivered 42 examples of the Citation Latitude, making it that year’s most-delivered midsize jet. Last year the delivery number jumped to 54, placing the $16.65 million aircraft second only to the Bombardier Challenger 350 in deliveries among all business jets. The Latitude’s flatfloor cabin—the first in the Citation line—ofers six feet of headroom. It’s nearly 22 feet long and can accommodate as many as nine passengers. The pressurization system gives passengers the feeling of flying at just 5,950 feet when the airplane is traveling at its maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet. The jet’s maximum range without passengers is 3,280 miles, and it can fly more than 3,100 miles nonstop when carrying four passengers and traveling at its high cruising speed of 513 mph. The cockpit is equipped with Garmin G5000 touchscreen avionics with synthetic-vision technology. cessna.txtav.com —L.B.


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Aircraft selections were made with input from Robb Report Private Aviation Advisory Board members Peter Agur of the VanAllen Group, James Butler of Shaircraft Solutions, Kevin O’Leary of JetAdvisors, and Lee Rohde of Essex Aviation Group. Visit robbreport .com/private-aviation -advisory-board for more information.

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RICHARD SANTULLI

later, he launched NetJets with eight Cessna Citation II aircraft. When demand from shareowners exceeded the NetJets supply, aircraft from the Executive Jet fleet filled in. The private-flight market plummeted during the recession in the early 1990s, and despite nearly bankrupting NetJets, it would ultimately prove beneficial to Santulli’s company. To those who had tried unsuccessfully to sell their aircraft or for businesses looking to trim operating costs, fractional ownership suddenly made more economic sense. In 1998, Warren Bufett bought the company, and Santulli stayed on as chairman and CEO until 2009. Today, Santulli spends much of his time working on philanthropic causes and racing Thoroughbreds. —L.B.


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goal.” G E O F F R E Y D O U G L A S, FO R M E R E D I TO R I N C H I E F R O B B R E P O RT

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editor’s letter in the June 1989 issue, “new cars [the Bertone Freeclimber], hot vacation resorts [the expanded Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas], recent investment trends [CDs—certificates of deposit, not the kind that played NKOTB hits], and exotic collectibles [Russian art in the age of glasnost]” were the focus of The Robb Report’s attention. (Note the presence of the article The, which, like big hair, shoulder pads, and other popular adornments of the 1980s, eventually fell out of fashion.) “But while we have always chosen from among the best and the richest, we have stopped short of choosing between them,” wrote Geofrey Douglas, the magazine’s editor at the time. Then he introduced that issue’s marquee feature and described it as “a departure from this pattern.” It was identified in the table of contents as follows: “The Best of the Best: The Robb Report’s first ‘Best Of’ feature rates the world’s finest specialty cars.” Best of the Best was originally a single feature, and it covered cars exclusively, ranking the top five in four categories: aftermarket conversion, limited production, prewar vintage/classic, and postwar vintage/classic. “More than simply a profile of specialty autos, it is a precisely defined ranking . . . of the most exclusive cars ever built,” wrote Douglas. “As such,

it is bound to provoke dispute. . . . But controversy is a healthy thing: It sparks interest and prompts debate—which is at least part of our goal. . . . And whether you agree with our choices or are infuriated by them, let us know your thoughts.” Well, since he asked . . . Overall, the Best of the Best selections—made by a panel of judges that included auto writers, collectors, and a trio of auctioneers—remain solid 30 years later. In terms of technology and design, the winners and runners-up in the then-contemporary categories certainly have aged much better than the fax machines and leopard-print scuba-diving suit that The Robb Report was also touting in June 1989. The top pick among 1989’s aftermarket conversion cars was the AMG Hammer, a Mercedes-Benz E-Class that was the fastest passenger sedan of its time. Its zero-to-60-mph time of 5.0 seconds remains impressive. The runner-up was a RUF Porsche Turbo 3.4 that doesn’t look much diferent from a 2018 RUF SCR and undoubtedly would be as much fun to drive today as it was three decades ago. The same can be said for the 575 hp Porsche 959 that the judges awarded top honors in the limitedproduction category. According to Hagerty’s valuation, if you want to buy a 1988 959 today, it would set you back about $1.35 million. The Ferrari F40 that finished second to the Porsche in the judges’

voting is worth about $1.1 million today. The thirdplace finisher, the Ferrari Testarossa, doesn’t play as well today as it did then, but neither does the TV series that made it a star, Miami Vice. The Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster and Bugatti Royale finished in a first-place tie in the prewar group. No arguments with the MercedesBenz pick here; two years ago, an example sold at auction for $9.9 million, and four years before that, another fetched nearly $12 million at auction. Reportedly, only six examples of the Royale were built, and they were selling for as much as $9 million in 1989. But if you’re going to go with a collectible Bugatti, a better pick would be the Type 57SC Atlantic, the model for which Ralph Lauren spent $40 million. Likewise, if you’re going to select a Ferrari as the winner for the postwar category, the 250 Testarossa is an easily defensible choice—it’s coveted enough today to be valued at about $23 million, according to Hagerty—but the 250 GTO would have been a better pick. An example is said to have sold for $52 million in a private sale two years ago. But those are petty quibbles, because while nothing in the June 1989 issue is new or recent, many of the cars that were selected as the original Best of the Best are still exotic, hot, and very cool. —Larry Bean

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