Bachendorf's Spring/Summer 2024

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contents 6 Bachendorf’s spring/summer 2024 28 52 12 Jewelry has been enlarged to show detail. Due to the fluctuating prices of diamonds, gold and platinum, prices are subject to change without notice and may vary depending on size, quality and availability. While we have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information in this magazine, we are not responsible for errors or omissions. ACCENT is published by Wainscot Media, 1 Maynard Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656, in association with Bachendorf’s. Copyright © 2024 by Wainscot Media LLC. All rights reserved. Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, Bachendorf’s, 1 Maynard Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656. The magazine is not responsible for the return or loss of unsolicited submissions. Subscription Services: To change an address or request a subscription, write to Subscriptions, ACCENT, 1 Maynard Drive, Park Ridge NJ 07656, or call 201.573.5541. Advertising Inquiries: Contact Lizette Chin at Printed in the U.S.A. Volume 22, Issue 1. ©2024 EDITOR IN CHIEF Rita Guarna CREATIVE DIRECTOR Stephen Vitarbo SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR Darius Amos ASSISTANT EDITOR Kirsten Meehan CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Robert Beringela, Christen Fisher, Everett Potter, Donna Rolando PUBLISHING STAFF PUBLISHER Lizette Chin ADVERTISING/PRODUCTION SERVICES Penny Boag, Griff Dowden, Chris Ferrante, Jacquelynn Fischer, Catherine Rosario ACCOUNTING Kasie Carleton, Urszula Janeczko, Steven Resnick PUBLISHED BY Wainscot Media CHAIRMAN Carroll V. Dowden PRESIDENT & CEO Mark Dowden SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTS Lizette Chin, Rita Guarna VICE PRESIDENTS Nigel Edelshain, Thomas Flannery, Noelle Heffernan, Maria Regan, Steven Resnick STORE LOCATIONS: PLAZA AT PRESTON CENTER 8400 PRESTON ROAD, DALLAS, TX 75225 214-692-8400 GALLERIA LEVEL 1 13350 DALLAS PARKWAY, SUITE 1415 DALLAS, TX 75240 972-392-9900 SHOPS AT CLEARFORK 5175 MONAHANS AVENUE FORT WORTH, TX 76109 817-806-0303 ROLEX BOUTIQUE 85 HIGHLAND PARK VILLAGE DALLAS, TEXAS 75205 214-354-1800 ON THE COVER Designed by Lawrence Bock, her finger glistens with a 21.60-carat emerald-cut aquamarine and diamond. Her neck draped with a rough diamond pendant strung on one of our classic diamonds by the yard necklaces, Bachendorf’s Japanese Akoya pearl strands, and a Mikimoto Petal pearl station necklace with diamond leaves, topped off by emerald-cut diamond drop earrings. Photography by Chase Hall, styling by Mary Ellen Zummo 78 6 Welcome Letter 10 As Seen On 12 Bachendorf’s Gatherings 16 For Mom, With Love 22 A Watch Called Bennifer 26 Messika Disrupting Texas 28 Flashes of Brilliance 34 Old-School Culinary Gem 38 Jungle of Jewels 44 Precision for the Fearless 46 Lucky No. 10 48 Fostering the Future 52 The Way She Said Yes! 56 A Toast to Napa 64 At Your Service 66 Italy’s Surprise 72 For Love of Bubbles 76 Two Hulls for the Long Haul 78 Fallon’s Favorite Things 82 On the Run 88 Smart Power

dear readers,

Welcome to the latest edition of Bachendorf’s ACCENT magazine.

It is a special time for us, highlighted by transformation, love and iconic treasures. Twice a year, we feature incredible jewelry, great news and watches and help you stay in the know on current designs and events. While each edition is unique, this one celebrates a massive milestone for my family and our customers: expanding our Galleria Dallas store. The long-awaited completion of our new store aligns with the Galleria Dallas’ rejuvenation efforts. This year, the center ice area also welcomed an expanded Louis Vuitton and Gucci store, elevating the luxury quotient and our excitement. We are very optimistic about our amazing new neighbors and the fortification of The Galleria Dallas as one of the premier luxury shopping destinations in the market.

In this edition, we focus on the new jewelry trends, introduce you to emerging designers we’ve added to our collection, and share stories about national trends and Dallas gems. In tandem with the other excitement, this spring, we will launch the new Rolex initiative for pre-owned watches—a first for us. You will see it at the Galleria Certified Pre-owned Rolex, with plans to extend it online.

Spring also means big things are happening in Geneva, Switzerland: Watches and Wonders. Every year, the best watch brands exhibit at the event. We look forward to being able to introduce our customers to the newest pieces on the market.

I hope you enjoy this edition of ACCENT Thank you for being a part of the Bachendorf’s family. We invite each of you to visit the new Galleria store; the Westin valet will take care of you, courtesy of Bachendorf’s.

Our team looks forward to welcoming you.



Keep up-to-date with all our spring/summer designer visits and trunk shows via our website,, and Instagram @bachendorfs.

*Pictured, Bachendorf’s 5.05 ctw GIA Certified Diamond Studs.

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The red carpets were heating up as Hollywood performers paired their unforgettable looks with the world’s finest jewelry.

Getty/Jeff Kravitz/Contributor Left: Actress Sydney Sweeney got dolled up for the LA premiere of Euphoria Season 2, wearing stunning Messika earrings from the Snake Dance High Jewelry Collection. Right: Vanessa Hudgens grabbed the red-carpet spotlight at the 2023 Met Gala, where she rocked a 17 ct. fancy intense yellow diamond ring by Roberto Coin. She paired the ring with 18K rose gold black jade and diamond earrings from the brand’s Sauvage Privé Collection.
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Kravitz/Contributor Left: To the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, Russian model and TV personality Irina Shayk made a statement with Messika’s iconic Akh-Ba-Ka necklace. The piece, designed for the brand’s “Beyond the Light” collection, features 15 diamonds cut from a single rough stone. Right: Actress Kerry Washington was a showstopper at the 2023 Met Gala, as the Scandal star wowed in Mikimoto’s Jardin Mystérieux Akoya cultured pearl and diamond necklace and white South Sea cultured pearl and diamond earrings in 18K white gold. Getty/Mike Coppola/Staff
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BACHENDORF’S gatherings

Stylish Soirées: Timeless Moments at Bachendorf’s Events

As leaves crunched underfoot and fall’s chill painted the Texas sky in shades of amber, Bachendorf’s ignited the season with a whirlwind of glamorous soirées and philanthropic initiatives.

The crown jewel of our fall odyssey was the unveiling of our newly expanded Galleria space. After a year of meticulous transformation, a glittering sanctuary of luxury emerged, a testament to our unwavering commitment to exquisite craftsmanship and impeccable service. Stepping into this jewel box was like stepping into a dream—shimmering displays of timeless elegance adorned the walls, whispering tales of artistry and desire.

We also partnered with the esteemed Carroll Eltis Group, showcasing a curated selection of our finest jewels within the walls of their breathtaking, $16 million 3808 Potomac Ave. listing. As guests wandered through this architectural masterpiece, their eyes were met with dazzling diamonds and vibrant gemstones, each piece echoing the impeccable design and opulent charm of its surroundings.

The inimitable David Yurman once again graced our halls, this time weaving his signature blend of artistry and innovation into the very fabric of the Galleria space. Imagine an evening bathed in the warm glow of his cable-inspired creations, each piece a love story whispered in precious metals and gemstones. Guests marveled at his timeless designs, each one a declaration of his enduring legacy.

At Bachendorf’s, our hearts beat not just for diamonds, but for giving back. Our annual Live Auction Preview Party, held in our private showroom, was a beacon of this commitment. We proudly celebrated the 50th Anniversary Cattle Baron’s Ball, raising vital funds for worthy causes and proving that glamour and generosity are the perfect pairing.

For those seeking an experience beyond the sparkle, we partnered with Capital for Kids, immersing guests in the exquisite world of Grand Seiko. Think Japanese craftsmanship of unparalleled precision, timepieces as delicate as cherry blossoms and an evening that left even the most jaded connoisseur breathless. Guests

embarked on a sensory journey, discovering the secrets behind these intricate mechanisms and their enduring allure.

Petrolheads and watch enthusiasts, rejoice! The 60th anniversary of the Tag Heuer Porsche Carrera made a pit stop at our Shops at Clearfork location, where the iconic timepiece, sleek as a racing machine, took center stage. The air buzzed with excitement as guests admired the timeless design and technological prowess of this legendary collaboration.

Lawrence Bock, a titan of the industry, also made waves in D.C., joining forces with fellow Jewelers of America members to advocate for security and credit reform. His unwavering commitment to responsible practices ensures that even the most dazzling gems are protected and valued.

So, there you have it, a whirlwind tour of Bachendorf’s sparkling fall season. From groundbreaking expansion to philanthropic soirées, that Texas-sized glamour knows no bounds. Now, as we bask in the golden glow of spring, we can only imagine what dazzling jewels and unforgettable events await in the season to come. Until then, darlings, stay fabulous!

3 Generations

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of the Bock Family, including the late Harry Bock’s wife Elaine, at the ribbon cutting for the new Galleria Dallas store.
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Capital For Kids Preview Party 3808 Potomac Listing Party David Yurman December Event Cattle Barons Live Auction Preview Party Tag Heuer Porsche Event Jewelers of America Board in Washington D.C.


for mom, with love

Whether you call her Mom or not, treat that lucky lady to the finest jewelry. It’s a sure way to let her know how special she is.


in 1980s New York duo David and Sybil Yurman. The ethos of their eponymous brand reflects every part of their origin story—each design is articulated with an artist’s eye and love of detail. These pieces turn that studied approach to the serene beauty of pearls, a timeless symbol of love. The signature twisted helix of David Yurman’s Cable motif cradles these luminous pearls, accented with white diamond pavé for added brilliance. Delicate, elegant and memorable, this is a gift worthy of the mother figure in your life.

Clockwise from top left: Pearl with Cable Halo enhancer, $2,950; Pearl with Cable Halo Button earrings, $3,200; Pearl Classics Station on chain necklace, $1,250; Modern Cable Stone ring, $350; Pearl with Cable Halo ring, $5,900

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Vicenza-based design house Roberto Coin describes each piece of jewelry it creates as the end point of a journey, one that moves through cultures, times and places. The influences along this journey make the company’s collections recognizable for their unique flair, perfectly embodied in this season’s offerings. The brand spotlights Venice—where Roberto Coin himself was born—with its Venetian Princess line, highlighted with a bold turquoise and signature flower shape. As the bright hue provides pops of color, the darker banding around the stone makes the design even more memorable. Accented with sparkling diamonds and 18K gold, these precious pieces will turn heads wherever in the world you might roam.

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Clockwise from top left: Diamond Turquoise Venetian Princess necklace, $3,270; High Polished Diamond Gold Medallion necklace, $7,900; Diamond Turquoise Venetian Princess earrings, $5,150; Designer Gold and Diamond Chain Link bracelet, $5,700; Diamond Navarra wide ring, $6,100; Diamond Navarra bangle, $7,400

marco bicego

Marco Bicego defines itself with a philosophy of refined luxury, which perfectly encapsulates the long legacy of Italian craftsmanship the brand brings to the industry. Since 2000, this design house has presented pieces with cosmopolitan flair, its influences stretching far across continental Europe. One of this season’s spotlights is the Lunaria Collection—which draws inspiration from the Balkan plant for which it’s named—with its disk-shaped, semi-transparent leaves. With hand-engraved polished gold and bold turquoise, each piece is visually striking. Marco Bicego also highlights Seville, the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region. While the Siviglia Collection is inspired by this city’s cobblestone streets, streetwear it certainly is not: The baroque oval shapes are hand-engraved and oft embellished with pavé diamonds. Add in a subtle—and sometimes not-so-subtle—pop of aquamarine or turquoise to offset the soft shine of gold, and this is a collection created to enhance the beauty of whomever it adorns.

Clockwise from top left: Siviglia 18K yellow gold aquamarine and gold lariat, $5,400; Lunaria 18K yellow gold and turquoise drop earrings, $2,950; Siviglia 18K yellow gold and mother-of-pearl necklace, $5,100; Siviglia 18K yellow gold vertical ring with diamonds, $1,360; Lunaria 18K yellow gold and turquoise cocktail ring, $2,850; Siviglia 18K yellow gold and aquamarine necklace, $2,700; Siviglia 18K yellow gold and turquoise long drop earrings, $1,300; Siviglia 18K yellow gold large bean bracelet, $1,840; Siviglia 18K yellow gold and diamond drop earrings, $1,130

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Some names need no introduction; they simply stand on their own. It’s impossible to talk about pearls without speaking the name Kokichi Mikimoto, who cultured them for the first time in 1893. Mikimoto’s legacy has continued for over a century as the brand constantly defines—and redefines—the way we wear the treasure of the sea. Browse the Classic Collection, which carefully showcases the Akoya cultured pearls with diamonds and white gold, or the Classic Elegance Collection, which ups the sparkle with a bolder application of diamond. Whether you’re looking for understated elegance or an eye-catching statement piece, with Mikimoto, the possibilities are endless.

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Clockwise from top left: Classic Akoya cultured pearl and diamond pendant, $2,350; Akoya cultured pearl graduated strand necklace with diamond rondelles, $16,000; Classic Elegance White South Sea cultured pearl and diamond pendant, $11,000; Classic Akoya cultured pearl and diamond earrings, $7,800; Cherry Blossom White South Sea cultured pearl and diamond earrings, $18,000; Classic Elegance White South Sea cultured pearl and diamond earrings, $14,000. All set in 18K white gold.
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Leading man Ben Affleck wore a variety of watches during a 2017 press tour in support of Justice League On camera, however, his character, Bruce Wayne, wore a platinum Breguet Tradition “Grande Complication” watch with fusée tourbillon.
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a watch called bennifer

On the wrist of Oscar winner Ben Affleck there’s evidence of his discerning taste in timepieces—and his on-again romance.

What’s old is new again—that’s a fact about actor-filmmaker Ben Affleck when it comes to both his love life and his watches. In 2002, when Affleck and his now wife Jennifer Lopez first started dating, their love made headlines, as did the piece he wore courtside to a Lakers game and in one of her music videos: a Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex on a Chrome Hearts bracelet, a gift from Lopez. So what was he telling the world when he wore that “Bennifer watch” out again in 2021 as they rekindled their romance after 17 years apart?

Many of the 51-year-old Affleck’s timepieces, in fact, tell a story. Take, for example, the Breguet Tradition “Grande Complication” watch with fusée tourbillon, which the Gone Girl star wore in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League playing a titular character’s alter ego, Bruce Wayne, to mixed reviews. The timepiece was a perfect match for his millionaire superhero Batman persona—pretty boy on the outside, with a gold dial showcased under a domed sapphire crystal in a platinum case, workhorse on the inside, with Breguet caliber 569 movement and 50 hours of battery power.

In another of his notable films, 2012’s Oscar-winning Argo, Affleck wore the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea; the Calibre de Cartier was his watch of choice during his 2010 The Town era; and he also owns and often wears the feminine-leaning Ballon Bleu de Cartier, a celebrity favorite with a silver dial, blue hands and a steel crown.

But since he’s been back with J.Lo? Seems Affleck has saved his real A-list watches for the second iteration of his A-list romance. On their 2022 Euro-


Affleck wore the Rolex SeaDweller Deepsea in his 2012 film Argo; critics questioned the historical accuracy of this watch, according to the watch website Hodinkee, because the film was set from 1979 to 1981 and this iteration of the watch wasn’t released until 2008.

When playing Batman in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, Affleck wore this platinum Breguet Tradition “Grande Complication” watch with fusée tourbillon.

The iconic Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is a celebrity mainstay, and it was the inspiration for one of Affleck’s custom pieces from Artisans de Genève.

pean honeymoon, Affleck was spotted in a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona customized by Artisans de Genève. It’s a skeleton version of the iconic Daytona customized for Colombian racing driver Juan Pablo Montoya, and it features an automatic 4130 Rolex movement and a tachymeter carbon forged bezel. Another honeymoon highlight was the 44mm Hermès Arceau L’Heure de la Lune, a true style statement and a unique choice from the French fashion house, with its black dial and moon phase complication that rotates around a dial set with two moons made of mother of pearl.

But who’s really surprised? Let’s not forget we’re talking here about the same guy who proposed (the first time) to Jenny from the Block with a 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring. Affleck knows jewelry.

Other noteworthy pieces in the Good Will Hunting star’s collection include the Breguet Tradition “Grand Complication” with a skeleton dial and black strap; the A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual Calendar with a day/night indicator and month display; and a classic Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea with a black dial, luminescent-coated hands and indexes and a date window at 3 o’clock.

Whether this dad of three is running on Dunkin’ (he’s gone from diehard fan to spokesperson for the coffee-and-fast-breakfast brand), PDA-ing with his triple-threat wife, playing a character on screen or promoting his many film projects, actor-director-producer Affleck knows that what he wears on his wrist is only part of his success story. Still, the watch moves he makes are something we’ll continue to watch.

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Messika Disrupting Texas

Diamonds with a Parisian Edge

Unveiling the Messika Woman: Bold, Free and Forever Brilliant

Step into the world of Messika, where diamonds dance to the rhythm of a woman’s spirit. Founded in 2005 by Valérie Messika, the brand has redefined luxury jewelry, making it audacious, accessible and a true expression of self.

Valérie’s journey wasn’t just about a love for diamonds, but a desire to democratize them. Surrounded by gems since childhood, she envisioned pieces that were as comfortable as they were captivating. “I wanted to recreate the feeling of a diamond on the skin,” she says, “creating jewels that would be like a second skin.”

This philosophy permeates every Messika creation. Take

the iconic Move Collection, with its three free-moving diamonds, or the bold statement pieces of High Jewelry, each design celebrating the multifaceted nature of the modern woman.

The Messika woman isn’t defined by trends, but by her own unique fire. Confident and daring, she embraces life with open arms. Jewelry becomes an extension of herself, a way to tell her story and empower her individuality. “I create Messika for every woman,” says Valérie, “women who inspire me with their uniqueness and confidence.” This vision translates into pieces that resonate with diverse styles,

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the delicate D-Vibes earrings to the show-stopping Move cuffs.

Messika brings a touch of Parisian edge to Dallas’ vibrant jewelry scene. The brand’s modern aesthetic and innovative spirit perfectly complement the city’s bold trendsetting style. Whether drawn to the timeless elegance of Move Uno or the audacious glamour of Jewelry, there’s a Messika piece waiting to be your signature statement.

Messika’s ambition extends beyond exquisite craftsmanship. It aspires to be a way of life, a community that celebrates individuality and embraces self-expression. vision manifests in initiatives like the Café Messika, Parisian haven that immerses guests in the brand’s universe.

Valérie’s commitment to pushing boundaries is unwavering. “The next step is to continue to disrupt diamonds,” she declares, “but also to surprise myself in different areas.” With experimentation at its core, Messika promises a future filled with groundbreaking designs and collaborations that redefine the very essence of jewelry.

The Messika legacy is more than just diamonds; it’s a celebration of the modern woman, her audacious spirit and her limitless potential. Are you ready to join the movement?

Discover Messika at Bachendorf’s Shops at Clearfork location and embrace your inner brilliance.

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Flashes of Brilliance

Open up this season’s jewelry box to reveal a medley of classics, complemented with a modern twist, making a lasting statement for any occasion.

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Photography by Chase Hall, styling by Mary Ellen Zummo A Host to Silverman — finger sparkles with 15.63-carat cushion cut yellow diamond ring, ears illuminated by 36.16 ctw. yellow diamond drop earrings, and wrist adorned by bezel-set line bracelets and a yellow diamond straight-line bracelet.
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A Symphony of Spring — Rose cut diamonds from Etho Maria’s Tsiki Collection meet the timelessness of Bachendorf’s tennis bracelets.

Vintage Elegance — Bachendorf’s pearls grace the model as a strand cascades into oyster shells and their treasures: a vintage gold dome diamond pavé ring and pearl, diamond accented earrings from the Bachendorf’s vault, 14.46 ctw. Doves Sky Blue Topaz, 9.40 ctw. Limoncello Oval Citrine ring, and 10.31 ctw. and 7.59 ctw. Norman Silverman diamond eternity bands.

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Our Bread and Butter: Diamonds — 36.62 ctw. straight-line pear shape tennis necklace, 3.36 ctw. diamond leaf wrap ring, Robert Procop yellow sapphire and diamond bracelet, Bachendorf’s white gold emerald cut and Yellow Gold oval cut, multi-shape bypass bangle bracelets, and emerald and oval cut diamond eternity bands.

Watches featured: black ceramic Chanel J12, Franck Muller diamond Cintrée Curvex, Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous 18K rose gold with diamond bezel, Cartier Panthère 18K rose gold with diamond bezel, and a white ceramic Chanel J12 paired with Zydo Italy’s collection of stretch bracelets and rings.

The Perfect Pairing

Make a lasting impression with timeless watches, the perfect finishing touch to compliment your night on the town.

Photography by: Chase Hall

Styling by: Mary Ellen Zummo

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Watches featured: Cartier Santos Skeleton, 18K yellow gold Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch with green dial, Cartier Ballon Bleu 18K rose gold with navy dial, Zenith 18K rose gold Chronomaster Sport with black ceramic bezel, Franck Muller Vanguard 18K rose gold case with blue dial.

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Dallas restaurateur Stephan Courseau—following the success of dining gems Le Bilboquet and Knox Bistro— opened the heavy mahogany doors of Georgie in November 2019. Courseau and his wife, Daniele, excitedly debuted their newest Travis Street concept, which set out to be a chic destination for top-notch Australian beef and luxe seafood under the helm of celebrity chef Curtis Stone. Following years of unwavering consistency and tedious perfectionism, Georgie has become the most celebrated, white-tablecloth fine-dining experience in the Knox Street neighborhood.

When guests step into Georgie, they leave the small neighborhood vibe. The restaurant is outfitted with sophisticated finishes like travertine floors and an intricate coffered ceiling, with earthy marble running through the space. A screen in the middle of the restaurant allows diners a peek

into what’s happening in the kitchen. Lush upholstered booths lend muted, warm color to the interiors, while prints from French photographer Julien Drach ornament the walls. Rivaling the competitive Dallas restaurant landscape, Courseau's mission from day one was to offer Dallasites a neighborhood restaurant that consistently delivered service

Beyond Steak: Georgie’s mission is to redefine fine dining in Dallas

and cuisine, accompanied by a boutique butcher shop. “Georgie came to be because I wanted to bring an elevated concept to the growing Knox neighborhood,” said Corseau. “Following our two French restaurants, Le Bilboquet and

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Knox Bistro, my chef partner, Bruno Davaillon, took a chance on a new restaurant.” Courseau has spent more than 30 years in various leadership roles in the hospitality industry since moving to the United States from France.

Just when guests thought they would walk into Georgie for their weekly dose of red meat and hearty sides, Courseau unveiled a surprising twist in the summer of 2023: a new

Michelin Magic in Dallas: Yoakum Brings Napa Flair to Knox Street

head chef, RJ Yoakum, fresh from the esteemed kitchens of The French Laundry in Napa. Renowned for his role in maintaining the restaurant’s three Michelin stars and his stint at San Francisco’s Angler, where he helped the restaurant earn a Michelin star in less than three months, Yoakum arrived with a bold vision for Georgie’s culinary direction.

Some might ask, why Dallas? What can guests now expect at Georgie with a menu that is not steak-forward? Cue Yoakum’s adventurous culinary style. Yoakum operates with a guest-driven mentality, committed to being a chef anchored in the Knox Street community. Yoakum has worked relentlessly to establish strong relationships with Texas farmers, sourcing ingredients from local farms and ranches, such as Reeves Family Farm, Comeback Creek Farm and Rosewood Ranches. Yoakum has a way of blending Texas traditions with his unique cooking style. The chef is known for his flawless flavors and deconstruction of dishes, and his ever-changing menu will keep guests coming back for more.

Chef Yoakum has already staked his claim on the Dallas food scene, further cementing Georgie among the most luxurious dining experiences in the city. All signs point to a long bright future with the restaurant. The best is, indeed, yet to come.

Georgie is located at 4514 Travis St., in Dallas’s Knox District. For more information visit

I moved to Dallas just over a year ago. I’m continuously learning and working alongside a team that pushes me to go the extra mile. I’m cooking for guests who are looking for something new and unexpected. There is thought, care and precise technique in every dish we serve.

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Yoakum’s Talents

On Display

Stepping into Georgie is now a journey guided by Chef RJ Yoakum’s culinary talents. Fresh from Michelin-starred kitchens, he brings his innovative spirit and respect for local ingredients to the menu. Expect seasonal delights like the squash ricotta agnolotti, showcasing Yoakum’s ability to elevate familiar flavors with finesse and creativity, as seen to the left.


“The Georgie menu rotates based on seasonality—I look to my local farmers for culinary direction, and they tell me what to put on the menu. The best dishes are crafted from what is available locally.”

RJ Yoakum

Chef Yoakum came to Dallas from Thomas Keller’s Michelin-starred French Laundry in Napa Valley to take over the head role at Georgie earlier this year. Before Yoakum’s time at The French Laundry, he helped open Angler in San Francisco, where in less than three months the restaurant earned a Michelin star.

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Would you know where to turn for interiors worthy of a worldrenowned name in gems and watches? Cartier did.

We’ve all long been enamored of Cartier’s bold, sophisticated and vivacious designs. The maison’s pieces are timeless and distinct, from its iconic Panthère jewelry to its elegant Tank timepiece collection. It’s only fitting that when imagining its boutiques around the world, Cartier called upon internationally renowned French designer and architect Laura Gonzalez to replicate the grace and style of its jewels and watches in each of the interiors. In Laura Gonzalez Interiors (Rizzoli New York, 2023), the interior designer joins co-author Cédric Saint André Perrin to showcase her work on several Cartier boutiques and properties, including the historic store in Paris’s Place Vendôme, the company’s original location at 13 rue de la Paix and the celebrated New York townhouse on Fifth Avenue. Images on these pages bid you welcome to the world of Cartier.

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Cartier’s main reception area at Paris’s Place Vendôme features armchairs and a sofa by designer Laura Gonzalez and a woven craft textile by Toyine Sellers. Notice Cartier’s signature panther motif on the wall art.
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This page: This room may seem as if it’s inside a private home, but it’s a dining room in the boutique at 13 rue de la Paix. It is decorated with a mural painted by Atelier Roma based on a design by Gonzalez. Opposite page: Panthers roam and rule at Place Vendôme, including in this sitting area with artwork by Atelier Midavaine. The mosaic on the floor is by Pierre Mesguich.
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This page: Hand-painted, Art Deco-style wallpaper with a Japanese motif by de Gournay adorns the wall of this small room inside the Place Vendôme store. Opposite page: Visit Cartier’s Madrid boutique and you’ll find this work of art: a gilded plaster bas-relief with a parrot motif. The piece by Etienne Rayssac is inspired by Cartier jewelry.

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precision for the fearless

An intrepid Swiss racing team’s hydrofoil yacht is put together like a Swiss watch—and with a Swiss watch as its partner timepiece. By Christen Fisher

“Between us and the bottom of the sea was less than an inch wood,” writes Jack London in his seafaring adventure novel Sea Wolf, “and yet, I aver it, and I aver it again, I was unafraid.”

The hull of the Alinghi Red Bull Racing AC75 hydrofoil yacht is not made of wood, but rather a proprietary blend carbon, titanium and stainless steel that flies across the at speeds up to 53.3 knots (about 61.3 mph). In the London of rugged fearlessness, an eight-person crew will put Alinghi Bull Racing’s feat of cutting-edge maritime engineering timate test this year in Barcelona, Spain, where they will in the 37th America’s Cup Race.

Tudor has been named a “main partner” in Alinghi Red quest to take home the Auld Mug, as the cup is colloquially to Switzerland. Tudor CEO Éric Pirson has said: “Tudor history of producing high-quality, precision timepieces for tions in Switzerland, and is renowned for its collaborations the sporting world, with ambassadors such as David Beckham, big-wave surfer Nic von Rupp, free-diving World Champion Morgan Bourc’his or the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. Alinghi Red Bull Racing being a Swiss team with a Swiss boat, we feel it is a natural fit for us, a Swiss company, to join forces, and we are proud to see our watches sailing with the team.” To celebrate this historic partnership, the Swiss watchmaker has unveiled two new Pelagos FXD models: a chronograph and a time-only watch.

The Pelagos FXD and Pelagos FXD Chrono “Alinghi Bull Racing Edition” watches embody the daring spirit required to be a contender in the most competitive yacht race in history. These watches feature high-tech carbon composite cases inserts with crowns, pushers and bezels made of titanium, 316L stainless-steel casebacks engraved with the Alinghi Racing logo. Waterproof to 200 meters, the FXD case design originally developed with French Navy combat divers and fixed strap bars that are machined into the main body of the give the line its name, as FXD stands for FiXeD. The bidirectional 120-notch rotatable bezel is graduated from 60 to 0 to allow tracking of countdowns such as at the start of a regatta.

While both dials are finished in Alinghi Red Bull Racing

with a red-tipped second hand, the chronograph boasts red accents around the counters. The words Bull Racing” overarch the dial on the 45-degree rehaut between 10 and 2. The signature square hour “Snowflake” hands, designed back in the 1960s, from a luminescent ceramic composite to optimize adverse conditions.

in-house movements, both the time-only and versions boast a “weekend-proof” power reserve of 70 the wearer to take the watch off on Friday and put it morning without having to wind it. Presented on straps in blue with red accents and a self-gripping the Pelagos FXD and Pelagos FXD Chrono “AlinEditions” begin at $3,725 and $5,175 respectively. addition to these exciting releases, Tudor also has new Pelagos FXD that pays tribute to the brand’s longstanding relationship with the U.S. Navy. As early as the the Navy was testing and evaluating Tudor diving in several different units. By 1958, it had officially adopted and purchased those watches for divers on various teams. Tudor designed this new Pelagos FXD model to the spiritual successor to those timepieces. The Pelagos FXD has a 42mm, satin-brushed titacase with a steel caseback and features fixed strap a unidirectional rotating bezel in titanium with a insert. Its matte black dial has applied hour markers signature “Snowflake” hands, both filled with grade X1 Super-LumiNova® luminous material. Powered by the Manufacture Calibre MT5602, this Pelagos FXD, Red Bull Racing Edition siblings, has a 70-hour and is waterproof to 200 meters. It is presented on strap in forest green with a red stripe down the with an additional black rubber strap with a woven Navy-inspired Pelagos FXD begins at $4,150. intention is to sail in a world-class regatta, emocean adventure all your own, or pay tribute to those there, choose a Tudor Pelagos FXD wristwatch unafraid.

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Clockwise from top left: red accents around the counters of the the Pelagos FXD Chrono Alinghi Red Bull Racing Edition provide a sporty touch; the Pelagos FXD features a matte black dial and a one-piece fabric strap in green with red stripe; each Pelagos FXD Alinghi Red Bull Racing Edition watch includes Tudor’s signature “snowflake” hands and a red-tipped second hand inside a high-tech carbon composite case.
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lucky no. 10

With promising terrain and a famous name behind it, the new course at North Carolina’s historic Pinehurst may be 2024’s most exciting debut. By Robert Beringela

It’s known as “the cradle of American golf,” fertile ground where the game has grown and flourished. It saw its first stirrings of life back in 1895, when Boston soda-fountain magnate James Walker Tufts acquired the acreage that became Pinehurst Resort in the Sandhills region of central North Carolina. To onlookers, it seemed like a frivolous purchase—a vast expanse of exhausted timberland—and Tufts was roundly mocked by locals for his folly.

Little did they know.

In 1897, Pinehurst opened its first golf course, a modest project that gained momentum three years later, when Tufts hired Donald Ross to run golf operations. A Scottish-born golf professional, Ross was a gifted player, but his greatest talent was in golf course architecture. After finetuning the first course, he built a second, aptly named Pinehurst No. 2, which he described as “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.”

The golf world agreed.

With No. 2 as its anchor, Pinehurst evolved into a magnet for major competitions, including the U.S. Open and the Ryder Cup, while drawing the greatest talents in the game, from Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan to Arnold Palmer, Babe Zaharias and beyond. As the resort’s reputation grew, so did its arsenal of courses.

A third. A fourth. A fifth. A sixth. Today, Pinehurst is home to nine 18-hole courses. And now another is in the works, the first new course at the resort in nearly three decades: Pinehurst No. 10, a rollicking design that ranks as the biggest headline course opening of 2024.

Like its nine Pinehurst siblings, No. 10 has a marquee name behind it. Its architect is Tom Doak, a looming figure in his trade. Call him the Donald Ross of modern golf course design. Noted for his work at properties ranging from Bandon Dunes in Oregon to St. Patrick’s in Ireland and Barnbougle Dunes in Tasmania, Doak was given a remarkable canvas at Pinehurst. Situated four miles south of the main resort clubhouse, his routing spills through a sandy wonderland of dunes and ridges, incorporating the dramatic humps and hollows left behind by early 20th-century mining operations. Towering pines fringe the property. Creeks and ponds splice and dot the grounds.

Doak has said the site is “topographically distinct and drastically different from anywhere in Pinehurst. It is bigger, bolder and more dramatic.”

In this inviting setting, Doak has delivered a compelling complement to Pinehurst’s other courses—a brawny, rumpled layout that seizes on striking elevation changes, with holes that dip and

rise as much as 75 feet, giving way to views of the entire property. In keeping with Doak’s fondness for find-your-ball fun, fairways are wide—the architect doesn’t want you hunting through the pines for wayward shots—but strategic placement is central to good scoring. You’ve got to place your drives in the right place if you want to have a chance to attack the flag with your next strike. Large, undulating greens will add another layer of intrigue, as will quirky features that follow the natural tilt of the land. Consider the eighth hole, a wild ride of a par-4 that requires a blind tee shot over a Matterhorn-like dune to a fairway with a moonscape’s worth of wrinkles, which tumbles toward a large, punchbowl-shaped green.

In recent months, No. 10 has been open for limited preview play. But the official ribbon cutting is set for early April, and it is sure to cause a stir, though it’s not the only big news out of Pinehurst. In June, the No. 2 course will host the 2024 U.S. Open, marking the fourth time it has staged the national championship. And then there’s this: Though the resort has yet to make a formal announcement, word is that plans are in the works for yet another course, by an equally impressive architect, on equally intriguing land.

Pinehurst No. 11? Something to watch out for in the year ahead.

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Opposite page, clockwise from top: The Sandhill region of North Carolina provides Pinehurst No. 10 with an abundance of coarse grass, tall pines and plenty of sand; architect Tom Doak and design associate Angela Moser; large undulating greens encourage golfers to attack the flag.

Bachendorf’s Scholarship Fostering The Future

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For generations, Bachendorf’s has been synonymous with exquisite jewelry and timeless treasures. But beyond the sparkle, Bachendorf’s is deeply committed to investing in the future—the future of our youth and the future of academic excellence. This commitment is beautifully exemplified through their longstanding partnership with Jesuit Dallas and the Bachendorf’s Scholarship endowment fund.

Jesuit Dallas prides itself on offering a transformative educational experience. It’s not just about acquiring knowledge, but about nurturing well-rounded individuals prepared to make a positive impact on


the world. Here, academics are paramount, forming the foundation for critical thinking, problem-solving, and lifelong learning.

The Bachendorf’s Scholarship recognizes and empowers students who demonstrate exceptional academic potential. This scholarship fuels Jesuit Dallas’ mission by ensuring financial accessibility for deserving students, regardless of background. By supporting outstanding scholars, Bachendorf’s plays a vital role in shaping the minds of tomorrow’s leaders.

A Legacy of Success

The impact of the Bachendorf’s Scholarship is undeniable. Take Aaron Larson (Class of 2022) for instance. Awarded during his junior year, this scholarship undoubtedly played a role in Aaron’s academic journey. Up next is Tomas Ramirez (Class of 2024), another shining example of brilliance recognized by the Bachendorf’s Scholarship. Tomas’ story, along with future scholarship recipients, will continue to inspire and illuminate the transformative power of academic achievement.

Bachendorf’s Scholarship is more than just financial aid; it’s a vote of confidence in a student’s potential. It allows students to focus on their studies, alleviating financial burdens and fostering an environment where academic excellence can truly flourish. This, in turn, strengthens the entire Jesuit Dallas community, creating a vibrant hub of intellectual curiosity and pursuit.

The Bachendorf’s Scholarship recognizes academic growth at Jesuit Dallas.
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Way THE SHE...


Fashion stylist Mary Ellen Zummo and estate planner Travis Bannon’s love story began in college, but fate had different plans for their happily ever after. Years later, a serendipitous meeting at a dinner with mutual friends rekindled their connection, leading them on a path filled with laughter, shared adventures and a picture-perfect proposal in the breathtaking mountains of Aspen, Colorado.

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Fast forward to October 24th, 2023, and Mary Ellen and Travis found themselves nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Aspen, Colorado. Unbeknownst to Mary Ellen, this idyllic getaway held a secret. Travis, meticulous in his planning, had orchestrated a proposal that would leave her breathless. Under the guise of an early Christmas card photoshoot, he led her to a picturesque spot, his heart pounding with a nervous excitement. As the sun peeked through the parting clouds, casting a golden glow on the scene, Travis dropped to one knee. Tears welled up in Mary Ellen’s eyes as he poured his heart out, the emotion in his voice condensing his carefully prepared message. It was a moment of pure joy, a testament to their love story, forever etched in their memories.

The ring itself, a testament to Travis’s attentiveness and Bachendorf’s exceptional craftsmanship, deserves its own spotlight. The emerald-cut diamond, its brilliance echoing Mary Ellen’s timeless elegance, is flanked by two trapezoid diamonds, adding a touch of modern flair. As Travis explains, “The ring should reflect the couple. We are forever and I wanted this ring to be that too.” Working with Bachendorf’s knowledgeable and dedicated team, particularly Fallon, who helped him translate his vision into reality, made the process not only seamless but also incredibly meaningful. The ring, meticulously handcrafted by a master jeweler, became a symbol of their enduring

love, a tangible reminder of the magic that unfolded in Aspen.

Looking back at their engagement, Mary Ellen and Travis reminisce not just about the proposal itself, but about the entire week. From horseback riding and cozy evenings with their parents to branding cowboy hats with their engagement date and witnessing a majestic bear on a bike trail, the experience was a tapestry woven with laughter, shared adventures, and the promise of forever. This engagement story, a beautiful blend of serendipity, thoughtful planning, and unwavering love, is a testament to the power of connection and the magic that unfolds when two souls find their perfect match. As Mary Ellen beams, gazing at her ring, “When I look at it, I think forever with my best friend and love of life!” perfectly captures the essence of their love story, a love that promises to shine as brightly as the diamond on her finger.


“Engagement ring clients are some of my favorites to work with and design for, even more so when they’re close friends. The trust Travis and Mary Ellen gave to source and create her perfect ring is something I’ll be grateful for. To know that our master jewelers at Bachendorf’s hand fabricated what’s now on her finger every day is so special, and something I won’t forget!”

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As they embark on their wedding planning journey, Mary Ellen and Travis are excited to incorporate timeless and romantic elements into their celebration, reflecting their love story and unique personalities. They cherish their shared passions – traveling, exploring the outdoors with their beloved dog, Andy, and spending quality time with loved ones.

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Travis, Mary Ellen and their dog, Andy, toast to a future of forever adventures.
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Their engagement party, held at the chic Mister Charles in Dallas, was an intimate gathering of close friends and family. Mary Ellen, resplendent in a flowing silk dress, embodied romantic elegance. The evening was filled with laughter, heartfelt toasts and signature cocktails – the Negroni and Aperol Spritz, a nod to their shared love for Italian culture. Special touches, like colorful florals, Sicilian-inspired arancini appetizers (a tribute to Mary Ellen’s heritage) and picturesque Italian sugar cookies, hinted at their upcoming destination wedding on the shores of Lake Como.

With wedding bells on the horizon, Mary Ellen and Travis are buzzing with excitement. Their celebration will be a vibrant tapestry woven with timeless elegance and romantic touches, a reflection of their unique love story and personalities. They’ll incorporate their shared passions—the thrill of travel, adventures in the great outdoors with their furry companion Andy by their side and cherished moments with loved ones. Through their unwavering commitment, the echo of their infectious laughter and the memories of shared adventures yet to come, Mary Ellen and Travis are painting their own happily ever after, one brushstroke at a time.

“I’m smiling as it reminds me of the sweet moment Travis proposed, the memories we have together and all the good that is to come in our future marriage! ”

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For early adopters of the farmhouse aesthetic, rustic and cozy home décor fit a lifestyle that’s equal parts relaxed and sophisticated. That design style is no longer a fleeting trend—it’s becoming an established option defined by contemporary finishes and chic spaces. The interiors created by Los Angeles-based designer Richard Hallberg capture the way we live today, as he recognizes our desire to live in spaces where relaxed can still feel polished. In Worlds of Wonder: Richard Hallberg Interiors (Rizzoli New York, 2023) by Mario LópezCordero, Hallberg’s design of a Napa home is a true update of the farmhouse concept, one in which traditional meets modern. With designer Richard Hallberg’s rustic, modern finishes, a new California home blends perfectly with its bucolic environs.

This Napa, California, home is a masterful counterpoint to the vineyards that make up much of the exterior landscape. Thoughtful touches such as hand-stitched pillows, antique textile throws and wood furniture accentuate the overall farmhouse vibe.

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This page: To make the new home fit in with the rustic surroundings, elements such as shutters, siding and a corrugated metal roof were deliberately weathered. Salvaged rafters provide support and visual allure for the high ceiling, while a mix of materials—stone, wood, cowhide—in neutral tones provides texture to the space. Opposite page: Chairs with fine leather upholstery as well as a wall sculpture by Merja Winqvist offer more texture in the dining area.
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This page: The neutral tone and texture of the living area continues in the bedroom, where a four-poster bed seemingly rises to the rafters. The sculpture above the bed is by Craig Kauffman, and the pedestal holds a sculpture by Claire Falkenstein. Opposite page: For ultimate relaxation, the primary bathroom features a luxe soaking tub. The sculpture above the tub is crafted from wood salvaged from antique Italian wine casks.
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All photos reprinted with permission from Worlds of Wonder: Richard Hallberg Interiors by Mario López-Cordero (Rizzoli New York, 2023).
This page: A built-in stone banquette runs along the edge of the pool deck, which leads directly into the adjacent vineyards. The stone sculpture on a metal stand is a salvaged millstone, and the hammered steel patio furniture is part of a line created by Hallberg. Opposite page: In the wife’s studio, a sitting nook is decorated with ethnic textiles and a salvaged coffee table.


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From intricate jewelry repairs that breathe new life into heirlooms, to precise watch repairs that ensure every tick is as flawless as the last, we pride ourselves on our meticulous attention to detail.

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Italy’s Surprise

Yes, Milan is a business and fashion hub, but it’s also an enchanting place to discover art, history and unforgettable dining.

IF ROME IS FOR ROMANTICS and dreamers, Milan is for realists and doers. If Italy has a city where type As feel at home, it is Milan. Derided by naysayers as a place only for business, it is also a world capital for fashion and design, a place of dynamic and creative energy. Like everywhere in Italy, there is great beauty as well. You just need to look a bit harder for it here.

Modern-day Milan seemed to change overnight in 2015 when it hosted the World Expo. That sixmonth, over-the-top fair welcomed about 20 million visitors and cost more than 2 billion euros. I visited that year, my first visit since the early ’90s, and the event put the city back on the map. Much of that money went to build or rebuild its infrastructure, reminding everyone that it was a place that excelled in fashion, design, and—yes—business, as it elbowed Rome out of the way. A place of energy and understated luxury, Milan sought to show the world that it was indeed the gateway to modern-day Italy. It worked. I’ve visited the city every year since 2015, and the old canals are

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The sun rises over Cathedral Square and the statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, who held the title of king of Italy from 1861 to 1878.

This page, from top: bedrooms at the Excelsior Hotel Gallia have panoramic views of Milan; Italian Christmas cake is a must-try; cocktails from Camparino in Galleria do not disappoint. Opposite page, from top: there’s no shortage of elegantly dressed visitors at Piazza del Duomo; Acanto at Hotel Principe di Savoia serves creative twists on classic Italian dishes.

now lined with bars and restaurants, the museums are gleaming, and art, fashion and design are the sexy components of any visit. New developments are resurrecting old industrial zones. If you’re here during Fashion Week in September or the Salone del Mobile, the international furniture fair at the center of the annual design week in April, you can almost feel the creative energy in the air.

To explore Milan, it helps to have a plan. For example, visiting Leonardo aaVinci’s “The Last Supper” is not something you can do on a whim. Viewing times must be booked in advance, often weeks or even months in advance. Milan, on the other hand, is not Rome. (That inevitable comparison again.) You don’t need a week to do it justice. Spending just two or three days here is perfect. Stay in a great hotel, sip an aperitivo in a different bar each night, dine well, see some art and perhaps catch an opera at Teatro alla Scala, which also must be booked well before you arrive.

The must-sees in Milan make up a short and very doable list. Start with the Duomo, Milan’s Gothic cathedral, which looms over the Piazza del Duomo in the very heart of the city. Plan to see the wonders inside but go the extra mile and buy a ticket to visit the rooftop, going 20 stories up via the stairs or the elevator to see the gargoyles and carvings and the views over the city and, on a clear day, the Alps as well. Flanking the Piazza is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade, which is elegant, much-Instagrammed and still worth a visit, if only for window shopping.

Suppose you arrive in the city by train. In that case, you’ll enter the splendid and awe-inspiring Milano Centrale, the central railway station known for its grand architecture and soaring entry hall, a masterpiece of Art Deco and Fascist art remodeled under the eye of Mussolini. Inside, you’ll find the Mercato Centrale Milano, a two-

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story food hall filled with artisanal cheese and bread, a place to savor some of the best tastes of Milan.

Speaking of masterpieces, it’s worth visiting La Scala even if no opera is being performed. The setting for the first performances of such masterpieces as Madame Butterfly, Nabucco and Turandot has a splendid museum, and admission allows you to at least peek into the famous theater.

That seminal year of 2015 also saw the opening of the Fondazione Prada Milan, an art gallery housed in a former distillery and designed by the architecture firm OMA, headed by architect Rem Koolhaas. Showing cutting-edge contemporary art, its Bar Luce was designed by film director Wes Anderson.

My other museum favorites include the Pinacoteca di Brera, which ranges from the Renaissance to Italian Futurism of the 1930s. Contemporary Italian painting can be seen at the Triennale di Milano. At the Zona Tortona industrial complex, redesigned by British architect David Chipperfield and opened in 2015, the Museo delle Culture features contemporary art from around the world. Among my favorite small museums is the Villa Necchi Campiglio, one of Milan’s so-called “case museos,” or house museums. In this case, it’s a 1930s-era house with a private garden, a swimming pool and a tennis court in the city’s heart. Designed by architect Piero Portaluppi in 1935, it shows off the lifestyle of the Milanese upper class of the 1930s. It reminds me of the elegance of a period film by Bernardo Bertolucci.

More time? Wander through the Quartiere Arcobaleno, which is filled with brightly colored houses that may remind you of a visit to the island of Burano. On a lazy Sunday, check out East Market, a combination of flea and artisan markets in an old factory.

Is it aperitivo time yet? The craze for the Aperol Spritz was born here, in the city that birthed the aperitivo hour. It might be a Negroni, an Americano or one of a dozen other classic cocktails. Where to drink one is the quest. You could start at Galleria, where the cocktail shakers have been shaking since 1915. It is an excellent place to begin because Campari, the company that produces a bittersweet liqueur emblematic of Milan, owns it. It’s elegant and delicious. One story above is Terrazza Aperol, where you can sip your Aperol Spritz at the drink’s birthplace. Other bars are worth exploring—such as Bar Basso, my favorite, a vintage watering hole that claims to be the source of the aperitif, though its cocktail list now stretches past 500 creations.

The food scene in Milan is dynamic, but while you can try restaurants serving cuisine from all over the globe, the food of Lombardy and nearby regions is likely one reason you came to Milan in the first place. I love a splurge at formal restaurants such as Acanto, in the Hotel Principe di Savoia, where

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This page, from top: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is picturesque any time of day, but it’s a true photo-op destination at sunset; a mosaic bull in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II; Via Mazzini is always teeming with life. Opposite page: Statues atop the Gothic spires of the Duomo overlook Milan.

Chef Alessandro Buffolino interprets classic Milanese dishes. La Véranda in the Four Seasons Hotel Milan is another choice for exquisite fare in an understated setting. For more casual dining, I’ve been to Rovello 18, which offers a brief, handwritten menu of Italian fare with dishes from all over the country and a wine cellar with more than 800 offerings. Paper Moon draws a stylish crowd with various pizzas and a crowd that leans toward fashionistas. The classic Milan trattoria? I think it just might be Al Matarel, where Veal Milanese and Osso Buco, risotto and polenta are the stars, in a comfortable place that is popular but not trendy, a place to eat but not to be seen.

Where to stay? Milan has no shortage of luxury hotels, from the Four Seasons Hotel Milan to the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel. The Park Hyatt Milan and the Bulgari Hotel Milano are also impeccable choices. My favorite happens to be the Hotel Principe di Savoia, a 1927 dowager that is a member of the fabled Dorchester Collection. The hotel’s semi-neoclassical façade dominates the Piazza della Repubblica.

Prized by models, editors, fashionistas and celebrities during Milan Fashion Week in September, this place feels like a boutique hotel yet has 257 rooms and 44 suites on 10 floors. The Art Deco structure was given a $50 million refurbishment in 2009 by architect Thierry Despont. I loved the Il Salotto Lobby Lounge, a long room with high ceilings where cutting “la bella figura” is everything. The spritz I had at the Principe Bar made me feel I’d arrived. Check out the rooftop Club 10 Spa, with its heated swimming pool, hydro-massage tub, and the requisite sauna and steam room. This is a hotel where even a modest room wraps you in elegance. In a city famed for innovative fashion, design and architecture, an elegant hotel stay is your best bet for tasting the very best. And Milan’s best is very fine indeed.

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for love of bubbles

People work hard to give sparkling wines such effortless effervescence.

Consider sparkling wine, a festive catalyst for countless celebrations. Bright, effervescent and deliciously refreshing, it goes down so easily you may not realize how hard it is to make.

Following the traditional Champagne method, the work begins with what is called a “base” wine, bracing and acidic, not great for drinking, which is put into bottles with yeast and sugar, then stored in a cool cellar, where it undergoes a secondary fermentation, acquiring bubbles and toasty flavors that grow in complexity over time. The finest sparkling wines are often aged for years. And even then the job isn’t complete. A process known as riddling comes next—the gradual rotation of the bottle to nudge any yeast sediment into the neck—followed by disgorging (the delicate removal of that sediment)—and a final topping off with wine and sugar for balanced sweetness.

That’s the dumbed-down version. But you get the gist.

“It is definitely a labor of love,” says Matt Dees, head winemaker at The Hilt Estate, an acclaimed winery in Santa Barbara County, California. “Or, to put it slightly less romantically, a huge pain in the butt.”

Given the toil and time involved, it’s no wonder many sparkling wine producers outsource one or more of the tasks. Some buy their fruit instead of growing and harvesting it themselves. Others pay to have their sparkling wine riddled and disgorged. Not Dees, though. He is one of a small but growing cluster of California vintners who handle every step in the drawn-out process, from the vineyard to the cellar, and beyond.

“It’s not that people who outsource can’t make delicious wines, because of course they can,” Dees says. “And they do. I guess you could chalk the choice up to our being control freaks. We are fiercely proud of making estate wines, of farming and producing and bottling ourselves. For us, doing it any other way wouldn’t sit quite right.”

At The Hilt, sparkling wine production dates to 2012,

when a cool growing season yielded an unusually lean, electric Chardonnay that Dees and his colleagues felt would make a great base for bubbly. Their first release sparkling wine was tiny, barely 50 cases, but the labor was painstaking, as The Hilt owned little of the requisite equipment.

“We did it MacGyver-style, with duct tape and by the seat of our pants,” Dees says. “Disgorging was excruciatingly slow, and we topped off all the bottles by hand.”

Over time, the property invested in expensive machines, including a disgorger and a gyroscope for riddling, and the production process grew increasingly efficient. But even today it’s a boutique operation, yielding roughly 250 cases of sparkling wine per year, drawing from estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

In their in-house approach to bubbly, Dees and his team are not alone. Other notable grower-producers of California sparkling wine include Frank Family Vineyards in Calistoga. There winemaker Todd Graff, who began his career in the early 1990s at storied Shramsberg, oversees production of four styles, from a beautifully balanced blanc de blancs to an ethereal brut rosé. Farther west, in Sonoma County, at Inman Family Wines, Kathleen Inman, a pioneering winemaker who helped lead the revival of California rosé, takes a similarly hands-on, artisanal approach. Working with fruit from her organic vineyard, Inman, who started making sparkling wines in 2009, was among the first vintners in the state to produce sparkling wines from single vintages (most sparkling wines are blends), which lends them a distinctive sense of time and place. In the patience and attention required, Inman says the process reminds her of another intensely demanding kind of work that also instills a deep sense of pride.

“To me, nurturing these sparkling wines into existence is akin to motherhood,” she says. “I think of them as my children.” A labor of love, indeed.

Inman Family Wines

Russian River Valley Blanc de Noir, 2019, $78

A graceful, balanced sparkling wine, with refreshing acidity and a long berry finish.

The Hilt Estate Estate Sparkling, 2019, $75

Bright and dry, with just the right amount of body, this wine has notes of almond, green apple and nectarine.

Frank Family Vineyards

Brut Rosé, 2017, $60 Sunset pink in the glass, this elegant sparkling wine has rose petals and raspberries on the nose, and a complex minimality that lingers on the palate.

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From top, left to right: Todd Graff and Mike Sangiacomo of Frank Family Vineyards; sparkling wines from Frank Family Vineyards; the vineyards at The Hilt Estate in Santa Barbara; selections from Inman Family Wines, The Hilt Estate and Frank Family Vineyards; Kathleen Inman of Inman Family Wines; Inman’s sparkling wine barrel.

classic, remixed

This refreshing spin on the sweet sip will keep you cool all season.




n 8-10 kiwis, halved and peeled

n 1 cup distilled water

n 1 cup sugar


n 2 oz. gin

n ½ cucumber, sliced lengthwise

n 1 Tbs. lime juice

n 2 oz. kiwi simple syrup

n 1 cup ice, for shaking


To make the simple syrup, cut kiwis in halves or quarters and combine with water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stir then reduce heat to mediumlow for 45 minutes, stirring periodically. Once liquid thickens, remove kiwis. Use a fine mesh strainer to transfer liquid from saucepan into pouring receptacle. Allow to cool in refrigerator.

In a shaker, add the gin, lime juice, simple syrup and cucumber slices. Gently muddle the cucumber to release its flavors. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 30 to 40 seconds. Strain into a coupe or tall, thin glass. If using a tall glass, create a pretty effect, as in the picture, by lining the inside with a long, thin, spiral cut cucumber slice.

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two hulls for the long haul

With sleek designs and unmatched efficiency, catamarans have catapulted into the luxury-yacht conversation.

Records were broken and headlines written when the San Diego Yacht Club sailed the twin-hulled Stars & Stripes to victory in the 1988 America’s Cup regatta. It was the first time a catamaran sailing yacht had raced in the oldest international competition still operating in any sport—and numerous speed standards were set along the way.

Since grabbing that win, catamarans have vastly changed the world of sport sailing, and they’ve raised their profile in the world of luxury yachting. In decades past, aesthetics limited the popularity of catamaran yachts, which were typically boxy and less sexy than traditional monohull designs. But manufacturers such as Lagoon and Sunreef have dramatically improved the looks of these vessels. And here are other reasons why enthusiasts are talking about catamarans:

• Roominess. No matter where you stand, sit or sleep aboard a catamaran, space is rarely an issue. From the cockpit to the cabins to the salon, every area on this yacht feels roomier because the features are spread out over two hulls. This provides ample opportunity to fit in more luxury amenities such as panoramic windows, trampolines, large sunbathing decks and king-sized beds. It’s not unusual for a catamaran to come equipped with four large bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. Oh, and no more ducking to walk through halls or pass through entryways—there’s always abundant head space in every room.

• Efficiency. Science says a catamaran’s two hulls, in general, improve hydrodynamics when compared with a monohull of similar weight. That’s because dividing the total displacement of water between two hulls reduces drag, or resistance. Increased use of solar power also heightens efficiency. Because of the wide design, there’s more surface space to install solar panels—thus increasing energy production—on a catamaran than there is aboard a monohull.

• Speed and maneuverability. As the Stars & Stripes proved, catamarans are usually faster than monohulls—whether they move via power or sail—because of less drag. This makes it a breeze to cruise local rivers and bays—or the Caribbean or Mediterranean. And the design makes the crafts easier to maneuver in close quarters, as when docking. For starters, an engine is mounted on each hull, allowing a catamaran to pivot easily without the use of the rudders. These yachts also often have shallow drafts, meaning that the keel (the vertical piece that extends downward from the hull to provide stability) does not go far below water line. This allows them to anchor closer to the shore and reach places other yachts cannot go.

What’s not to like?

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Manufacturers such as Lagoon and Sunreef have improved the design of luxury catamarans. Unlike models from decades ago, which many deemed dull and “boxy,” today’s vessels combine sleek aesthetics with the boat’s overall roominess and efficiency.

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Urban Oasis to Sunset Soirée: Fallon’s Guide to Texan Bliss

Dallas shimmers beneath a Texan sunrise, and the melody of spring ripples through the air. Blooming azaleas hum, laughter cascades off skyscrapers and sunset ignites the city in an intoxicating glow. My heart races to the rhythm—it’s time for a fling (and a killer wardrobe, naturally).

First stop? My secret haven, a sun-drenched oasis amidst the urban jungle. Picture morning yoga on the balcony, overlooking the glittering city skyline, followed by invigorating dips in the pool, chased by glasses of iced hibiscus tea. My new Fallon B. by Bachendorf’s collection provides the perfect accessory to any blissful routine. Think breezy summer linen, pops of blue topaz and peridot and delicate floral prints that whisper of meadows in bloom. Each piece is a little ode to joie de vivre, ready to twirl with me as I soak up the vitamin D.

Later, as stars replace diamonds in the sky, The Mansion Bar beckons. My Khaite tote, sleek and black, holds the secrets of the night. Spice ignites the soul, and Uchi’s fiery habanero salsa tantalizes. Tuna tostadas vanish in a burst of flavor, hamachi whispers of the sea.

A Cartier Panthère glints on my wrist, a golden sunbeam tamed.

Finally, wind whips through my hair as a convertible chases the retreating sun. Dallas stretches before me, glittering new pieces of David Yurman’s Sculpted Cable Collection. Spring’s symphony swells—and I’m just getting started.

So darlings, paint the town red (or coral, or maybe a touch of yellow gold). Your soundtrack? Sunshine, laughter and an unstoppable Texan flair. Spring awaits, let’s dance.

P.S. Don’t forget your smile—it’s always in season.


The pieces are entirely customizable and made by women for women. They’re a testament to bespoke brilliance—Peridot and Blue Topaz crafted together with 18K white gold.

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A timeless piece you can pass down for generation— The Cartier Panthère in 18K yellow gold.




Wellness and nature is in perfect harmony. Inspiration is everywhere here!




Adventure meets the art of mixology. Find me here with my girls and a mambo taxi in hand!

As Dallas’ sushi scene flourishes, I’ve always found balance and consistency here. A must try? The favorite of Chef Paul himself is the Masu Crudo.



Get away without leaving the heart of Dallas. Its historic charm makes every visit an adventure.




Take this style from upscale events to intimate gatherings. The new Cable Collection adds the perfect Dallas edge.


A carryall for Bachendorf’s jewelry cleaner to keep things sparkling, the latest issue of ACCENT and a sketchbook, ready to capture any burst of inspiration.

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TURN ON the charm

Designs from luxury Italian jeweler Marco Bicego: 1 18K yellow gold Paradise drop earrings with mixed gemstones and round diamonds; 2 18K yellow gold Lunaria cocktail ring; 3 18K yellow gold Jaipur Color stackable ring with round amethyst and round diamonds; 4 18K yellow gold Masai single strand bracelet with one 18K white gold square diamond station; 5 18K yellow gold Jaipur Flat Link long chain necklace; 6 18K yellow gold and 18K white gold rhodium plated Marrakech Onde hand-twisted yellow gold drop earrings with diamond flowers; 7 18K yellow gold Paradise single strand bracelet with mixed gemstones

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1 Charles Krypell 18K white gold rhodium plated precious pastel clover air ring; 2 Kwiat 18K white gold rhodium plated Starry Night graduated demi line necklace with 33 round diamonds; 3 Kwiat front-back small earrings with diamond clusters; 4 Longines DolceVita steel 23.3x37mm diamond bezel silver flinque Roman dial on leather strap with steel buckle; 5 Lagos sterling silver and 18K yellow gold Blue Caviar 5mm rope necklace with nine blue ceramic stations; 6 Lagos sterling silver Blue Caviar 3mm silver station ceramic beaded necklace with signature lobster clasp; 7 Lagos sterling silver Blue Caviar 9mm diamond circle station blue ceramic bracelet with two presser clasp
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1 Dinh Van 18K yellow gold Maillon L drop earrings with 22 round diamonds weighing gold Menottes Dinh Van R15 ring with 11 round diamonds weighing 0.38 carat steel and yellow gold bracelet, fixed yellow gold bezel with diamonds, Champagne Dinh Van 18K yellow gold Menottes Dinh Van R10 interlock pendant necklace with Le Cube Diamant medium flex cuff bracelet with 38 round diamonds; 6 Dinh Van round diamonds
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1 Chopard Happy Hearts Wings pendant necklace; 2 Chopard Happy Hearts Flower diamond studs; 3 Norman Silverman 18K white gold rhodium plated oval diamond halo negative space ring with 1 oval diamond weighing 0.50 carats, 1 oval diamond weighing 0.50 carats, 42 round diamonds weighing 0.32 carats; 4 Chopard Happy Hearts Wings sautoir necklace; 5 Chopard Happy Hearts Flowers Bangle; 6 Chopard Happy Hearts Wings Bangle
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Two new sports cars from historic makers go hybrid with neither apology nor compromise.

In their beginnings, luxury sports-car manufacturers likely never fathomed adding a usable backseat to their models, let alone designing a family sedan. An SUV in their lineup? Not in their wildest dreams. But as we know, times change, and the auto industry adjusts. Not only do today’s top European makers create all the aforementioned vehicles, many are also entering the hybrid industry, where they’re combining their robust combustion engines with hushed, battery-powered motors. It’s all in the name of eco-friendliness, but the two hybrids below promise performance plus—and sleek looks to spare.


Who says a cutting-edge supercar has to cost half a million dollars? British automaker McLaren discovered the formula for an entry-level super sport when it rolled out the Artura. Drivers get the best of both worlds behind the wheel of this two-seater: A twin-turbo V6 teams up with a lithium-ion powered motor to generate 690 total horsepower and a top speed of around 205 miles per hour. Those numbers are enough to rival Artura’s sibling, the mighty McLaren 750S. The sleek, aerodynamic design also aids power and efficiency, so drivers will always feel comfort and speed whether they’re highway driving in hybrid mode or cruising suburban streets in regular mode en route to the country club. There’s more to appreciate inside too, with luxurious leather and microsuede stitched into every crevice of the cabin. An electrically operated top allows drivers to go from hardtop to open air in 11 seconds at speeds up to 30 miles per hour—or go with the electrochromatic top, which can dim to let as much light in (or keep it out) as you want. Starting at $238,000.


Achieving the next milestone before anyone else has been one of Lamborghini’s hallmarks throughout its 60-plus-year history. However, few imagined the luxury sports-car maker would replace the now-defunct Aventador line with its first hybrid entry. Enter the Revuelto, Lambo’s first plug-in hybrid, which started hitting roads and highways late last year as a 2024 model. Three battery-powered electric motors already make it the most eco-conscious vehicle in company history. The battery pack supports an all-electric drive mode when it’s fully charged, but the motors are most impressive when they work with the mid-mounted, gas-powered V12 engine. Combined, all four motors can propel the Revuelto to a top speed of 218 miles per hour behind horsepower of approximately 1,001. In the cockpit, engineers say Revuelto drivers have more legroom and headroom than they would have in the Aventador—and there’s enough room behind the seats for a golf bag as well! Starting at $608,358.

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