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AC C E N T: T H E M AG A Z I N E O F L I F E ’ S C E L E B R AT I O N S

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THE DAY-DATE 40 The international symbol of performance and success, reinterpreted with a modernized design and a new-generation mechanical movement. It doesn’t just tell time. It tells history.

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CON T E N TS

Volume 1. 2018.

HAMILTON JEWELERS PRINCETON, NJ 609-771-6010 HAMILTONJEWELERS.COM CHAIRMAN Martin Siegel

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PRESIDENT Hank B. Siegel VICE PRESIDENT Donna J. Bouchard

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VICE PRESIDENT David S. Kaster GRAPHIC DESIGNER Christopher D. Navarro PUBLISHER Stuart Nifoussi EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Karen Alberg Grossman MANAGING EDITOR Jillian LaRochelle CREATIVE DIRECTOR Hans Gschliesser PROJECT MANAGER Lisa Menghi DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION & CIRCULATION Christine Hamel ADVERTISING SERVICES MANAGER Jacquelynn Fischer

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4 Welcome Letter

40 Collectors: Purity and Perfection

6 Pantone Color Report: Spring 2018

42 Timepieces: Patek Philippe

10 Hamilton Happenings

44 Speed: Racing Against Time

12 Great Expectations: Andrew Siegel

46 Perfect Gems

14 New Watches Worth Noting

48 Travel: Earned Indulgences

18 The Lost Magic of Handwriting

50 Menswear: Wash & Go

20 Meet Our Experts: Eric Norrbom

52 Food: Eat Happy

22 A History of Flowers

54 Art: Mixed-Media Master

24 Timepieces: Rolex

56 Music: Jewel Tones

28 Giftware: Baccarat

57 Weddings: Best Dressed

30 Spotted: As Seen On…

58 Spirits: Sipping Through East Asia

32 From the Runways

60 Philanthropy: Digital Do-Gooders

36 Designers: David Yurman

62 Top 10: Travel Essentials

38 Auctions: A Good Investment

64 End Page: Making it Personal

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PRESIDENT & CEO Mark Dowden SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTS Shae Marcus, Carl Olsen VICE PRESIDENTS Nigel Edelshain, Tom Flannery, Rita Guarna, Christine Hamel 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, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645, in association with Hamilton Copyright © 2018 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, Hamilton, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645. 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, Hamilton, 132 Park Avenue South, Winter Park, FL 32789, or by telephone 407.629.7944 Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or shae.marcus@wainscotmedia.com. Printed In The U.S.A. Volume 16, Issue 1. ©2018

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DEAR FRIENDS, Welcome to the spring/summer 2018 issue of Hamilton’s ACCENT magazine. We are proud to commemorate this year as our 15th anniversary of publishing this magazine for our clients and guests. Particularly in the world of media, where many firms come and go and today’s “hot new enterprise” is tomorrow’s old news, we are so pleased that we have stood the test of time and continue to bring you bigger and better issues each year. While 2017 was a milestone year for our company with my son, Andrew, joining the organization, it was also a year of celebrating long-tenured relationships with many of our favorite partners such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chantecler, Chanel and many more. And by all appearances, it seems that 2018 has a lot of excitement awaiting us as well. Amongst several initiatives will be to audit and examine our technology posture and find innovative solutions to making shopping a whole lot easier…and even more convenient. With so many state-of-the-art options to bring to our guests both in-store and online, it is certainly a challenge to vet everything to find what is most important to our clients. One of these strategies has been to bring a new and improved appearance to our flagship Princeton location. While we have had some “facelifts” recently, including a beautiful new Rolex boutique, it is time to undergo a more comprehensive renovation with one goal in mind: to make visiting our store enjoyable and memorable. In addition, we are working to continually improve your online shopping experience, to bring technology that is smarter and more intuitive to your particular tastes and ensure that we present you with the most relevant and personalized content. It is certainly a period of customization, and the need to express ourselves through our style and our jewelry has never been stronger. Ordinary or commonplace is over, replaced with bespoke and individualized pieces to be treasured for a lifetime. As we commemorate our 106th year as a family-owned and operated firm, we do so with appreciation for the clients and friends who have been so instrumental to our growth. We are proud to combine the unique characteristics of an international jeweler with the personal hospitality of a regional family business. We value our global reputation for excellence, proudly serving clients from all 50 states and around the world. Please enjoy this issue of ACCENT with our compliments. We wish you and yours a wonderful spring and summer season, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Hank B. Siegel, President

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PANTONE COLOR REPORT SPRING 2018 B Y

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MEADOWLARK A confident punch of yellow kicks off the palette, with Meadowlark capturing the irreplaceable feeling of a fresh spring day. The cool gold tone is polished enough to wear alone or with any of the warmer spring shades. CHERRY TOMATO Feisty and fiery, Cherry Tomato is a heated mix of orange and red hues that demand to be seen. A vibrant companion to the usual lineup of spring pastels, it’s the perfect way to spice up the season. LITTLE BOY BLUE Clear spring skies were the inspiration for this sweet pastel shade. The demure Little Boy Blue is the ultimate spring color, not only for fashion but for interior design. A pop of this delicate azure is a great add-on to either a neutral color scheme or next to a cool yellow. CHILI OIL Deliciously named, Chili Oil is a spicy brick red with base notes of brown that adds a bit of “seasoning” to an otherwise soft palette. Earthy and grounded, it’s a strong hue that’s an ideal look for date nights in still-chilly weather. PINK LAVENDER Two shades in one, this romantic floral color is the quintessential spring shade. A dreamy mix of lilac and rose, Pink Lavender is the perfect feminine hue to pair with the misty days of spring. BLOOMING DAHLIA No spring palette is complete without a shade inspired by florals and Blooming Dahlia fits the mold. A salmon pink, this color is reserved compared to others, but necessary for a “springtime in Paris” effect. ARCADIA This cool, almost minty, green is a retro take on the oft-seen pastel and kelly greens. Arcadia is a careful mix of blue and green to form a fresh aquamarine, a new classic for spring color collections. ULTRA VIOLET Named the Pantone Color of 2018, Ultra Violet is an electrifying amethyst hue that’s perfect for capturing the magic of spring. It’s a distinctive color often found in nature, making it one of the new spring shades. EMPERADOR While spring is known for creating a colorful display, earthy shades are needed to ground them. Emperador does just that with its rich and chocolatey vibes, adding some substance to the airier colors in the palette. ALMOST MAUVE Breathy and gentle, this soft, barely there pink adds an ethereal touch to an otherwise punchy palette. With just the subtlest notes of blush, Almost Mauve pairs perfectly with a brighter jewel tone.

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ORIGINATOR OF CULTURED PEARLS TO LEGENDARY JEWELER

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ince 1893, Mikimoto has celebrated the natural beauty, exceptional quality and timeless elegance that define the originator of the world’s finest cultured pearls. This year marks its 125th anniversary, a time to reflect and look to the future, ushering in a new chapter of the Mikimoto brand. When founder Kokichi Mikimoto successfully created the world’s first cultured pearl, he continued to innovate and develop new techniques and designs, rivaling those of his European contemporaries. At the 1937 International Exposition in Paris, he unveiled the Obidome Kimono Sash Clip. With exquisite detail and Art Deco style, adorned with Akoya cultured pearls and precious stones, it demonstrated a novel versatility. Its 12 interchangeable settings allowed the disassembling and reassembling of parts to form completely different pieces, including a brooch, rings and hair ornaments. To celebrate 125 years, Mikimoto proudly revisits this classic, vintage design and introduces the Yaguruma collection, featuring a belt, bracelet and pendants.

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Recently shown in Geneva, one of this season’s highlights is the Praise to Nature collection. Its exquisite craftsmanship is the embodiment of a song of praise to the glory of the natural world. Fantastic gemstones— diamond, emerald, pink and blue sapphire, and aquamarine—appear throughout the new collections, dancing in a festival of color. In Kokichi Mikimoto’s pioneering spirit, the house’s spectacular pearl collections continue to pay homage to natural origins and evolve with High Jewellery. “2018 is an important year that marks a pivoting point and clear transition to focusing more on High Jewellery, notably nonpearl jewelry,” says Yugo Tsukikawa, senior vice president of marketing and brand strategy, Mikimoto America. Outlining its future, Mikimoto extends its expertise and creativity to brand-new luxury gifts: photo frames in Akoya cultured pearl and diamond, thoughtfully designed in a lacework pattern, as well as radially cut mother of pearl. Both lines signify the next step for the lustrous pearl house, as its luxury offering extends globally and beyond jewelry, growing to meet the demands of today’s customer.

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A N ENCH A NTED EV ENING Princeton With a tented entrance flanked by holiday greenery and a candlelit walkway, entering the 2017 Holiday Party brought guests into an enchanted forest of magical delights for the senses. From a strolling violinist and a roaming ballerina to theatrical Champagne-pouring fairies, the store was transformed into a wonderland of holiday magic.

The gourmet fare included a free-form ice sculpture presenting a raw bar with jumbo shrimp and caviar, as well as “oyster girls”– professional oyster shuckers who strolled the room, offering freshly opened oysters for each guest. The enchanting evening charmed and delighted the crowd while creating a festive and captivating start to the holiday season.

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WA T C H F A I R

Palm Beach Gardens Our annual Watch Fair in Palm Beach Gardens, held in November 2017, was a tale of two cities. On the fi rst day, we featured pure luxury from Chanel with a “Ladies First” reception. The day encouraged guests to wear their favorite Chanel accessory or clothing to receive a beautiful gift…and of course browse an amazing selection of Chanel’s Mademoiselle Privé Collection, while enjoying Champagne and sweets. The next day was for the boys with great beer, Swiss chocolate and gourmet fare, and hundreds of timepieces for gentlemen... from rugged to sophisticated to sporty to boardroom-approved, there was something for everyone!

TEMPLE ST. CLAIR PERSONAL APPEARANCE Princeton

In early December of 2017, we had the distinct pleasure of welcoming world-renowned designer Temple St. Clair to our Princeton location. St. Clair founded her company in 1986 in Florence, Italy, beginning her collaboration with the world’s finest goldsmiths: the centuries-old Florentine Goldsmiths’ Guild. With an artist’s eye and explorer’s heart, St. Clair fashions rare colored gems with distinctive gold work to illustrate universal narratives of the Earth and cosmos. Guests had the opportunity to meet St. Clair, who, in 2017, joined Louis Comfort Tiffany and Alexander Calder as the third American jewelry designer whose work is represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts at The Louvre in Paris.

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Embracing the digital age and his family’s sparkling legacy while carrying on the tradition of providing beautiful gifts for all of life’s grand occasions, fourth-generation Andrew Siegel keeps it in the family.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS T H E N E X T G E N E R AT ION OF H A M I LTON J E W E L E R S

ith our century-long legacy of exceptional design, fine quality and distinctive service, Hamilton Jewelers is rightfully a source of pride and passion for the Siegel family. The next pair of confident hands to carry on the tradition of extraordinary jewelry is fourth-generation Andrew Siegel, now on board as the company’s director of business strategy and operations.

AS: Without a doubt, my favorite part of the job is the people in our business. I believe we have the best people in the industry at Hamilton Jewelers, and it’s a pleasure to work with passionate professionals every day. As for our clients, we’re so lucky that we get to work in a world where people come to us to celebrate their happy occasions – their engagements, birthdays, important milestones – and helping someone find that perfect something, to be a part of their journey and experience, makes everything worth it.

While intent on preserving the core values, social responsibility and important relationships of his family’s heritage brand, Siegel has turned an eye toward future innovation, global presence and the dynamism of the digital age. ACCENT magazine sat down with Siegel to find out his take on the future of retail, moving Hamilton Jewelers into the next generation and his favorite place on Earth.

“I truly believe that today’s retail world revolves around experience as much as, if not more than, product.”

ACCENT MAGAZINE: Before you joined the family business, you were recruited by revenue growth consulting firm the Alexander Group. Why did you initially go into a different line of business and what lessons did you take from that experience?

AM: What would you consider to be your most treasured possession?

ANDREW SIEGEL: It was incredibly important for me to start my professional career in a different line of work. Before doing anything with jewelry, I wanted to learn about all aspects of business, and management consulting was a natural fit. I was a part of some amazing teams that worked with all types of businesses on sales effectiveness projects, and I try every day to apply those experiences to what we do at Hamilton. After seeing the good, bad and ugly of how large corporations work, and being a part of the solutions and successes, I like to think I have some perspective to bring to the table when it comes to moving Hamilton forward into the next generation.

AS: Call me a Millennial, but I treasure the memories from my experiences more than any single item. Family trips, vacations with friends, amazing meals and one-of-a-kind experiences in special locations. THIS is why I am so committed to making every single visit and interaction that our clients have with Hamilton a memorable one! AM: How do YOU like to shop? AS: Two words: convenience and expertise. I want to be able to shop (or at the very least browse) when I want, where I want. A user-friendly experience both online and when I’m visiting a store leaves a good impression and makes it easy for me to “pull the trigger.” That convenience means nothing, though, unless I feel like I’m buying from a trusted source. I do my research, I want to know I’m not getting taken advantage of on price or quality, and I will look at a website or store associate as the authority if I feel I can trust them. We defer to a lawyer or doctor for their legal or medical skills, so it only makes sense to look to the experts when we shop for special items like jewelry, too.

AM: What is your favorite thing about your business?

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“Helping someone to find that perfect something, to be a part of their journey and their experience, makes everything worth it.”

AM: How would you describe your personal style? AS: I’ve grown up in a pretty relaxed world when it comes to style, and began my professional career at a time when “business casual” was becoming more and more casual. But as much as I like dressing down, I actually really enjoy (and appreciate) an upscale, classic look. High-quality, impeccably tailored men’s clothing. A wristwatch that makes a subtle statement. Even modern automobiles that push form and function forward while calling on design cues from the past. Most importantly, I favor quality over all else. AM: What is your philosophy toward your work? AS: Learn something new every day. Always be prepared to ask “why,” maybe a few more times than feels comfortable. Know people’s strengths (including your own), and work together to collectively make the most of them.

On the flip side, also know your own weaknesses, and be confident enough to defer to someone who knows better. AM: It sounds like you’re always educating yourself. What’s on your nightstand right now? AS: Since I’m relatively new to this business, I make sure to spend time reading industry publications like National Jeweler and JCK Magazine. And though I’m more than 90 days in, I’m reading The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins as a reminder to listen, learn and grow. AM: What is your favorite place on Earth? AS: OK, nerd alert: I have classical training in vocal music, and was a member of a college a cappella group and a classical chamber choir. This might sound odd, but I think my favorite place on Earth is anywhere with a stage and amazing acoustics. There are great memories for me in the rehearsal rooms and on stage at my alma mater, Emory University, where I grew so much, both personally and intellectually. I feel very at

home in front of a crowd of people, and treasure the countless hours spent with my performance groups in rehearsal, working to get the perfect blend of vocals and create beautiful music. AM: What exciting things are coming up for HJ? AS: Everything we are doing this year and beyond is about improving the signature Hamilton experience. We’re reinvesting in our stores (and completely redesigning our Princeton flagship!) to make them destinations for customization, education, and of course, for the finest products you can find. Your experience on our website and through our social platforms is going to be just as personalized as if you walked through our doors. We want to provide an unforgettable experience across all platforms, all stores, and every time you interact with us. And there’s more to come, including a few exciting announcements about new designers and new concepts in New Jersey, Florida… and potentially beyond! Stay tuned…

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Every January, the watch world sets its sights on Geneva for the first major international watch event of the year, SIHH. SIHH – Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie – is an invitation-only watch show hosted by The Richemont Group in collaboration with a handful of independent watchmakers. The Richemont Group owns several of the most prestigious watch brands, including Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC Schaffhausen, and many others. Though SIHH originally took place in March on the heels of the world’s largest watch show, Baselworld, the show was moved to the beginning of the calendar year as an attempt to showcase and separate the products under the Richemont umbrella from the world’s other major watch conglomeration, The Swatch Group, which has a dominant hold on the spring show in Basel. As The Richemont Group features a number of high-end brands known for their devotion to haute horlogerie (“high form”), the show is renowned for its luxurious displays and elegant atmosphere.

“This year’s show included a number of notable releases, including new models, tribute pieces and modern reissues of iconic styles.”

SIHH is an event planned primarily for retailers, not for watch journalists, and the show is often the first opportunity for retailers to see what their brands have been working on for the past year. Many place the majority of their orders for the upcoming year during the show, especially for pieces that might be particularly limited or in-demand. In addition to this early access, the show offers the entire watch world a first glimpse at the directions that many of these companies are going with their products, and a successful showing at SIHH can be a leading indicator of a brand that is set to take off, continue its dominance, or fade away. This year’s show included a number of notable releases, including new models, tribute pieces and modern reissues of iconic styles. Here are four that caught our eye, and that we can’t wait to see in the metal.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre used SIHH as a showcase for its new Polaris line of watches. The Polaris collection, inspired by JLC’s 1968 Memovox Polaris, includes five different models: a simple, automatic time-only piece; a date model; a Memovox model (which features an alarm); a chronograph; and a chronograph with a world-time function. This last one is the jewel of the collection. As the only new Polaris watch that features multiple complications, the JLC Polaris Chronograph WT is available with a striking blue dial, notable not only for its legibility, but also for the layering of textures and rings that display its wealth of information. Like most traditional chronographs, the dial of the Polaris Chronograph WT has subdials at 3:00 and 9:00 and a central chronograph seconds hand. Two rings inside the bezel display the world-time function, using named cities and military time, including day/ night shading. Despite all this information, the dial of the Polaris Chronograph WT is surprisingly uncluttered, and the chronograph buttons and world-time crown at 10:00 maintain the offset-crown case design of the original Polaris. All the timepieces in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Polaris line are stunning – all offer useful complications in unobtrusive, classic designs – but the Polaris Chronograph WT is a truly special piece worthy of collection.

“The Polaris Chronograph WT is a truly special piece.” Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic

Last year, Richemont’s mid-level watchmaker Baume & Mercier was the first of the group’s brands to offer a watch with a silicone balance spring, in its Clifton Manual 1830 model. This year, it paired the same balance spring technology with a new movement in the Clifton Baumatic, creating what is certainly one of the most technically advanced timekeeping devices offered by the entire Richemont Group. From a design perspective, the watch might be misread externally as a simple “back-to-basics” release, but with a closer look, the attention to detail and seamlessness that Baume & Mercier was able to achieve in the Clifton Baumatic is an obvious shot across the bow for the industry as a whole. Externally, the design of the Clifton Baumatic prioritizes simplicity and clarity. The porcelain-like dial is clean in appearance, with long “lancet” hands and legible script, not only at the dial’s center, but in the numerals around the dial’s edge, which mark off five-minute intervals. The date window at 3:00 is enlarged and unobtrusive, and its numerals have a slightly vintage vibe. The case is a modest 40mm, with a thickness just over 10mm – an indication that Baume & Mercier is well aware of the industry’s return to moderate case sizes. With five different styles, the Clifton Baumatic is a perfect daily work watch that can also pull double-duty as a dress watch if needed. While the exterior design of the Clifton Baumatic might seem derivative and familiar, it’s what’s inside that makes it worth talking about. Baume & Mercier’s BM12-1975A movement, which closely resembles the ubiquitous ETA 2824 in size, features not only the Twinspir silicon balance spring, but also a silicon escape wheel and lever – a package Baume & Mercier refers to as the “Powerscape Escapement.” This automatic movement provides five days of power reserve, and also a significant level of anti-magnetism. Make no mistake, however: the introduction of silicon components into one of its watches marks a significant direction for Richemont, and one can only wonder if they intend to expand these kinds of components, which in and of themselves represent a revolution in the ways that watch movements will be produced and maintained in the future. Baume & Mercier claims that the Clifton Baumatic will long outlast the industry standard of five years between servicing. What might be most intriguing is Richemont’s decision to release this technology in a watch that is reasonably priced and so universally appealing from a consumer standpoint. Within Richemont’s brands and outside of them, there’s simply no watch that offers this level of technology for the price.

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“Cartier showcases the rebirth of its Santos line.”

One final notable watch from SIHH 2018 shoots for elegant simplicity. The IWC Da Vinci Automatic 150 Years is a watch released in celebration of IWC’s 150th anniversary. Along with four other watches, IWC chose to celebrate by creating one special watch in each of its five major lines, all part of the 150 Year Jubilee Collection. Though all the watches are striking, the other four feature complications that not all wearers may need. The Da Vinci, however, is a time-only watch that despite being limited in number (only 500 will be made) is an excellent example of IWC’s commitment to perfect finishing in even its simplest watches. The Da Vinci’s deep blue dial is created with up to 12 layers of lacquer and features bold, unique numerals and a seconds subdial at 6:00. Purists will love IWC’s restraint in its decision to leave off a date window. Turn the watch over and you’ll see IWC’s famous level of movement finishing, all visible through a cutaway, bi-directional automatic rotor. The Da Vinci’s movement – IWC’s in-house 82200 – sports a power reserve of 60 hours and cutting-edge ceramic parts that are known for their resistance to wear. Most impressive is the Da Vinci’s case design. While IWC might be known for its larger case sizes, the Da Vinci is “Goldilocks-sized” at just over 40mm, and quite thin at approximately 12mm. The crown is unobtrusive but elegant, and the prominent, articulating lugs make the watch comfortable on the wrist. Only a company with a legacy like IWC could dip into its past to create something that feels so timeless and simultaneously modern.

“An excellent example of IWC’s commitment to perfect finishing in even its simplest watches.” Cartier Santos

Continuing its tradition of reintroducing some of its iconic designs from the past, Cartier used its space at SIHH this year to showcase the rebirth of its Santos line. With last year’s SIHH relaunch of the Panthère ladies’ watches and the celebration of the Tank’s 100th anniversary (perhaps the brand’s most iconic model), Cartier has found a successful way to connect to its past while continuing to offer timepieces with modern, reliable movements. The Santos line encompasses a multitude of options. First, it’s offered in two sizes: medium (35.1mm x 41.9mm) and large (39.8mm x 47.5mm). The large Santos features a date display (medium shown above). It also comes in four different metal options: steel; steel and 18K yellow gold; 18K yellow gold; and 18K rose gold. Given the size and metal options, the Santos square shape wears well for men. Like other classic Cartier designs, the Santos combines a polished, refined finish with some utilitarian accents, its screws perfectly placed around the bezel and on each link of the bracelet. Reliable features such as a discreet but visible date window at 6:00, an automatic movement, and proprietary quick-change and SmartLink systems for the bracelet make the Santos a combination of classic style and modern refinement.

Though SIHH may not garner the same headlines as the first and largest Swiss watch show, Baselworld, it shouldn’t be overlooked. For many exacting watch companies, the show has become their way to announce their annual intentions to the world, to celebrate their icons of the past, and give their fans a glimpse of how those designs will pave the way forward. There may be no better indicator of where a watch company is headed than their SIHH showings, and these four offerings from Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC represent not only some of the most notable watches to be released in 2018, but four companies who are committed to their history as they continue to evolve in the world of modern watchmaking.

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the Love Letter by R ae Padu lo

There is something undeniably romantic about the handwritten letter.

Love declared, friends lost and found, tasty gossip shared, news from home. There was a time when the snap of the mailbox was cause for great excitement and anticipation. It was, and still is, a simple joy to receive something in the mail besides bills, catalogues and mailers. But when was the last time you wrote a letter…or received one? In this digital age, it’s become the inbox versus the shoebox and the handwritten letter has fallen by the wayside, with readers all the poorer for it. With smartphones, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, there is little need for pen and paper. Craft 140 characters, post a photo, or watch those little bouncing dots with impatience until a response is received seconds later. While the immediacy doesn’t necessarily dilute the emotion, what about the thrill and anticipation of a handwritten letter? Emojis can be amusing, but not quite as soul-baring or revealing as seeing someone’s handwriting for the fi rst time.

Those of a certain age can attest that the most thrilling of all missives is, of course, the Love Letter. Though that satin ribbon-tied packet could be considered an old-fashioned notion, it is still a goose-pimply timeline of courtship, a promise of romance, a bold announcement of passion, a proof of love. Today, with email and text messages, the essential charm of receiving a handwritten love letter is lost. There’s no way to replicate SWAK, and there’s certainly no ribbon tying in cyberspace. Lost is the physical quality – that tactile, rustling, papery heft that the recipient can hold and touch. Lost is the intimate connection that this is something the other person has held in their own two hands. And lost is the stowing in the pocket, so words may be read again and again – a secret stored over the heart. If an enduring declaration of love is wanted, then the hard copy has no rival. Simply read the famous correspondence between Napoleon and Josephine, artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Beethoven and his “Immortal Beloved,” and you’ll quickly get the picture.

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the Letter as Historic Chronicle

So…has technology ruined romance? Maybe, maybe not, but there’s no doubt it has compromised the way we preserve history. Future literary archivists will need to be digital experts, hacking through hard drives, email accounts and cell phones in their attempts to fully document their subjects. Who among us has saved all their email correspondence from the past five years, nevermind a lifetime? Hardware is disposed of and forgotten about; cell phones are replaced every couple of years. The idea that we can construct a complete record of a writer can be quixotic, but technological advances have rendered it physically impossible, too.

Not only is there a wonderful permanency to the handwritten letter, but it stands as a historical document. Literary exchanges between authors offer fascinating insight into their characters, into a time forgotten. Edith Wharton’s letters to Henry James from the front during WWI were factual and poetic. Saul Bellow and William Faulkner aired their debate about the anti-semitic Ezra Pound via their correspondence. (Faulkner for, Bellow against.) Accomplished poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell wrote to one another for over 30 years, warmly supporting one another both personally and professionally. Sadly, literary biographers are now out of luck with most of today’s writers; there’s no more mining of dusty file boxes for jewels of authors’ interior lives or important relationships.

the Letter Unsent And what of the letters unsent? The ones written to the dearly departed, the “letters in a bottle” to our future selves, or the ones to make amends? Letters are a safe harbor for all things left unsaid, for that conversation we’ve planned so carefully in our heads a million times, the one in which we speak perfectly, with eloquent lines and poetic turns of phrase. The one that, when faced with its intended audience, remains in our hearts, never to be voiced. These unexpressed thoughts can take on lives of their own and take up space in our heads. Spilling our thoughts onto pages that will never see the light of day is a way of preserving our emotional health and well-being. It can be like performing a kind of banishing spell: powerful, meaningful, cathartic.

“Anything worth saying is better said on paper.” As for letters themselves, have we really fallen out of love with them, or have we simply forgotten how special and powerful they can be? Why not take pen to paper? The unexpected surprise of a letter or card, written with care and carried across the miles, is worth 1,000 texts and may even be read with the same consideration 100 years from now. Your LOLs and BTWs? Not so much. Maybe it’s time to invest in some stationery, pick up that pen and usher forth a little magic.

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Meet Our Experts

E R I C N O R R B O M , WA T C H M A K E R fter attending Penn State, Norrbom wanted to find a career that complemented his love of “taking things apart” and seeing how they function. After some encouragement by a family member working at the world acclaimed Lititz Watch Technicum in Pennsylvania, he was guided toward a newfound love for watches. Known internationally for “Teaching the Art of Swiss Watchmaking,” the school was established in 2001 by the Rolex Watch Company as its contribution toward addressing a major challenge that concerns the entire watch industry: the shortage of watchmakers who are qualified to service high-end brands. Norrbom quickly embraced the curriculum, diving deep into the 3,000-plus hour program and enjoying everything from manufacturing, to reconditioning case components, to learning the fine points of estimating and diagnosis, to client service skills. To complete the Lititz Watch Technicum requirements, which include all aspects of the WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training & Education Program) certification process, Norrbom took part in the comprehensive three-day exam covering all aspects of practical and theoretical watchmaking. He graduated in 2007 and enhanced his credentials with a certification by the AWCI (American Watchmakers and Clockmakers Institute). This certification, called the CW21 (21st century certification), requires that a watch repair specialist has proven to a board of professionals that he or she has the skills expected to perform quality repairs on the material for which they are certified. With these prestigious certifications in hand, Norrbom came to Hamilton in 2007 to join our Princeton-based team of watchmakers. Perhaps it was a childhood love of Legos and Transformers, or

simply his very mechanically minded nature, but Norrbom’s watchmaking talent is now second-nature to him. Specializing in Patek Philippe, Rolex, Breitling, Cartier and Omega watches, Norrbom enjoys educating clients and fellow employees (and anyone else who shows any interest!) about the inner workings of fine timepieces. It’s not uncommon to see him in the Princeton showroom assisting clients with their watches and teaching guests about features and benefits. Hamilton is recognized for outstanding education and training for all watchmakers and jewelers, and it is this expertise that clients enjoy from the team. To maintain his credentials, he undergoes continuing training from many of the world’s finest brands and is often part of ongoing audits by these brands to be sure Hamilton is meeting their rigorous standards. When asked about his favorite task relative to watchmaking, Norrbom replies, “When a watch is not running, one of the most rewarding things is installing the balance and watching the piece come to life!” While a specialist in both vintage and modern timepieces, Norrbom favors working on modern watches because of their consistency and the innovations in design and materials that most watch enthusiasts rarely get to enjoy. Looking ahead, he is always on the lookout for a complicated Patek Philippe to work on, and enjoys the prospect of frequent training and education.

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spring is the season of change and renewal when everything comes into bloom after the frigid days of winter. One of the best ways spring shows up is through flowers. The use of flowers can be seen in ancient Egypt; even in a dry climate, flowers like lotuses and papyrus were used by ancient Egyptians not only as part of burial and ceremonial rituals, but also as casual decor. Other ancient civilizations like Greece and Rome used an assortment of foliage including ivy and roses. In China, a peony was seen as a status symbol of honor and wealth. Flowers were sent in Victorian times to convey your like (or dislike) toward a person. No matter how different people are, the beauty and language of flowers can be read by everyone.

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ROS E

The most common and revered flower, roses are used in everything from celebrations to holidays to funerals. Often considered the flower of love, different colors have different meanings. Red roses are most often used in bouquets and romantic arrangements, but white roses were originally thought to be the flower for true love. Pink roses are seen as sweet and used to show thanks and admiration. More atypical colors include blue, purple and even rainbow!

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The ancient Greeks believed lilies came from Hera, queen of the gods. Representing virtue and innocence, there are several types and colors of lilies that each have their own individual meaning. White calla lilies symbolize purity, while pink ones are for showing appreciation. Water lilies represent peace and enlightenment after hard times, as they bloom by pushing through water.

Orchids are seen as elegantly exotic, representing luxury and beauty. In ancient Greece, soon-to-be parents would eat orchids to determine whether they would have a boy or girl. Victorians considered these flowers to be incredibly rare, as they were only found in the tropics. The colors of an orchid vary its meaning, with purple orchids being given as a sign of respect, yellow as a sign of friendship, and pink to symbolize joy.

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DA F F ODI L

The embodiment of spring, daffodils represent new beginnings and the end of winter. While they are often used to symbolize happiness, it’s said that they must always be given in a bunch; a single daffodil is seen as a sign of impending disaster.

DA I S Y

Thanks to an old Celtic legend, daisies symbolize innocence and new beginnings. This is why they are often given to congratulate new mothers. A Gerbera daisy is a brightly colored version of the traditional white flower, which represents happiness and cheer. A bouquet of daisies is the perfect way to ring in spring.

H Y DR A NG E A

The name for this flower stems from the Greek word for water, “hydros,” as this plant needs constant hydration. While this flower is commonly found in gardens, the meaning of a hydrangea varies between cultures. In the Victorian era, it was considered to be a display of arrogance, but in some Japanese legends, the flower was given to another as a way to apologize.

TULIP

While the Netherlands made tulips the iconic flower they are today, they originally came from Persia and Turkey! Originally, red tulips were considered in the Middle East to be the flower for true love. Purple tulips were reserved for royalty, given that the color purple was exclusively saved for them. Tulips come in a multitude of colors, making it one of the most classic flowers today.

R HOD ODE N DR O N

A dangerously deceptive flower, rhododendrons symbolize caution and to “beware.” While the petals are gorgeously vivid, the leaves are toxic to animals and humans. Originally found in Nepal, the bell shaped bloom is now the state flower for West Virginia.

V IOL ET

Similar to a lilac in color and meaning, violets symbolize a delicate love, with origins in Greek mythology: Apollo fell in unrequited love with a nymph who was changed into a violet by Diana to preserve her modesty. This continues the lore of a violet representing innocence and modesty, especially if it is a white violet.

C A R NA T IO N

Despite receiving a bad rap as “filler flowers,” carnations are actually one of the most versatile flowers, thanks to their array of colors and subtly sweet fragrance. Carnations were called the “flower of the gods,” noted for their beautiful appearance and surprising durability. White carnations represent good luck, a deep red is for love, and pink for a mother’s love for her child.

PEON Y

QU E E N A N N E ’ S L AC E

The medieval name of this flower comes from a legend revolving around Queen Anne of England being challenged by her friends to create lace that was as beautiful as a flower. However, she pricked her finger while making it, which is what the small flower in the center represents.

B A BY ’ S B R E A T H

While these blooms are commonly used to fill out floral arrangements and bouquets, it has a sweet meaning that is often overlooked. The delicate white pops represent pure emotion and dedication to love, which is why brides started filling their bouquets with the wispy flower.

C H RY S A N T H E M U M

Considered a symbol of the sun, there is a Japanese festival dedicated to these gorgeously full blooms. As part of the daisy family, they represent joy and perfection.

L I L AC

A sentimental bloom, purple lilacs often symbolize the first steps into a romantic relationship. Often associated with Easter, these flowers originated in Southern Europe and are found all over the Mediterranean. While it represents a first love, they were also used in Victorian times as a reminder of old love. In Celtic folklore, they considered the purple blossom to be magical due to its fragrant aroma.

These blooms are native to China and symbolize honor and good fortune. They are often given to newlyweds as a way to ensure a happy marriage. Peonies can come with some superstitions, as it’s believed that if the leaves dry up or the petals change color, it’s a sign of impending disaster.

SU N F LOW E R

It’s easy to see how the sunflower got its name: as the flower grows, it turns toward the sun. Thanks to this tendency, sunflowers are often used to symbolize loyalty, friendship and strength. It’s impossible to be sad with a bunch of sunflowers brightening up the room! While yellow is the most commonly found color, there are red sunflowers that represent a fresh start to a romantic relationship.

HO N E Y SUC K L E

A favorite of the hummingbird, honeysuckle is a sweet-smelling flower that symbolizes affection, but not necessarily in a romantic way.

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timepieces

SET IN STONE True works of art, ROLEX timepieces combine superior stones, precious metals and precision gem setting.

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This page: Meticulous steps in the creation process ensure that nothing is left to chance: everything works together to enhance the stones and the watch.

“The precious stones selected by Rolex endow its gem-set watches with unparalleled prestige.�

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hat is it about Rolex that has kept it in a class of its own for 113 years? In addition to its mechanical superiority, consider the exceptional gemstones that enhance these timepieces. Starting with the most stringent selection criteria, each stone is sorted individually by hand and closely examined to surpass standards of carat, clarity, color and cut. Using only top-quality colorless diamonds in brilliant 8/8, trapeze or baguette cuts, artisan gem-setters then work their magic: bead setting, channel setting, bezel setting and prong or claw setting, all to create an ideal arrangement of perfectly positioned gems. Consider too the Rolex gold, ascribed to the absolute purity of exclusive alloys that Rolex creates in its own foundry by melting noble metals at over 1,000 degrees Celsius. It is at these foundries that its 18K gold (yellow, white or Everose) is cast and formed to ensure a peerless luster for its watch cases and bracelets. (In its 24-karat state, gold is too malleable for watchmaking, so it must be alloyed with silver, copper or other elements; since quality and properties of alloys can vary, Rolex chose to install its own foundry to ensure perfection.) Forever a symbol of purity and eternal brilliance, gold remains the stuff of legends, Rolex gold the crowning glory.

Opposite: After selecting the world’s finest stones, master gem-setters at Rolex precisely align the height of the gems, their orientation and position.

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TIME TO SHINE

Diamond watches to reflect her beauty.

The Lady-Datejust 28 in Everose gold and diamonds is the perfect gift for the woman you adore, on Mother’s Day or any day. Let her know you appreciate her brilliance with this sparkling timepiece from Rolex.

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Unparalleled Craftsmanship

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ot all gold and diamond watches are created equal, for only Rolex combines art and science in its own foundry to create exquisite 18-karat gold. Its exclusive patented rose gold (Everose),

introduced in 2005, achieves its characteristic pink hue from a special composition that prevents the pink tone from fading. As for Rolex diamonds, they are of the highest quality in purity and brilliance, meticulously set by highly trained artisans in a rigorous process that ensures perfection. Our selection of gold and diamond watches is unsurpassed, each style as unique and exceptional as the woman who wears it. From top left, counterclockwise: Rolex Lady Datejust 28 in yellow gold and diamonds; Datejust 31 in yellow gold with white mother-of-pearl dial and diamond-set bezel; Pearlmaster 34 in Everose gold with diamond-set mother-of-pearl dial; LadyDatejust 28 in steel, Everose gold and diamonds; Day-Date 40 in Everose gold and diamonds; Pearlmaster 34 in Everose gold with diamond-set mother-of-pearl dial.

VISIT OUR STORE TO EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF THESE EXQUISITE TIMEPIECES.

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giftware

SHATTERING STEREOTYPES Crystal is the New Black.

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few weeks ago, my dishwasher broke and an appliance repairman came to assess the damage. I offered him a beverage and presented it to him in one of the beautiful crystal glasses I recently received as a gift. I think he was confused as to why I was serving him a glass of plain water in such fine crystal at 11 a.m. on a routine Tuesday. But he seemed to appreciate and enjoy it. Thanks in part to Baccarat, a French company that has been providing beautiful giftware since 1764, I’m on a mission to incorporate things typically thought of as formal into my everyday lifestyle. This iconic 254-year-old brand wants to change the way we think about crystal. The message is, well, crystal clear: Let’s get rid of the misperception that crystal is just for special occasions. It makes perfect sense: We’re willing to wear our fine jewelry and apparel, drive our high-end cars and risk scuffing our best footwear, so why not allow ourselves the same luxuries at home? Life is too short to limit ourselves this way. It’s really a simple concept: Our lives are special, therefore every day should be treated that way. Imagine how decadent it would feel after a long, stressful day to sip your glass of wine from exquisite stemware. How much more enjoyable that morning juice would taste in a crystal tumbler. How radiant those fresh tulips would look as they bloom in a crystal vase. Celebrating a typical day should be a rule, not an exception. It’s estimated that half of Americans entertain in their homes at least once a month. That’s a lot of opportunities to take out that fine serveware, yet few of us do for fear of breaking something, or because it’s been ingrained in us to save the good serveware for holidays. Let’s move past that taboo and live for today. Go ahead and use that beautiful crystal; I guarantee it will bring a smile, even on an ordinary Tuesday morning. LISA MENGHI

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As Seen On‌

Our favorite stars share a love for our favorite brands! JILLIAN LAROCHELLE

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1. Force 10 by FRED: Buckle motif 18K cable bracelets with diamonds, from $2,050. 2. Hermès: Heure H medium-size timepieces with white dial and black lacquer “H”, $3,100. 3. Jade Trau: Crescent diamond hoop earrings in 18K white gold, $8,950. 4. dinh van: Menottes ring with interlocking design in 18K white gold with diamonds, $4,500. 5. Chanel: J12-XS white ceramic and stainless steel bracelet timepiece with diamonds, $12,300. 6. Chantecler: Bon Bon Collection black onyx and diamond drop earrings in 18K white gold, $8,630.

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1. Etho Maria: 18K white gold four-row ring with rose-cut and round diamonds, $10,500. 2. Hamilton Gemstone Collection: Drop earrings with rock crystal and diamonds, $12,500. 3. Hamilton Darling Collection: Drop earrings with diamonds in 18K white gold, $2,650. 4. Hamilton Private Reserve Collection: Domed crystal and diamond ring in platinum, $40,000. 5. Hamilton Private Reserve Collection: Three-row moonstone bracelet with diamonds in platinum, price upon request.

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1. Hamilton Gemstone Collection: Sapphire and diamond band in 18K white gold, from $4,850. 2. Hamilton Gemstone Collection: Sapphire and diamond fan earrings in 18K white gold, $3,350. 3. Hamilton Private Reserve Collection: Ruby and diamond drop earrings in 18K white gold, $32,000. 4. Hamilton Private Reserve Collection: Ruby and diamond flexible band ring in 18K white gold, $21,000. 5. Hamilton Heritage Collection: Sapphire and diamond rings in platinum, as shown from $35,000.

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designers

TRUE TO FORM

Jewelry icon DAVID YURMAN talks inspiration, exploration and collaboration.

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t all started with a book on prehistoric art that fascinated 11-year-old David Yurman. In high school, he learned welding from noted sculptor Ernesto Gonzales, then lived an artist’s life in California before moving back east to Greenwich Village. In 1969, he met a beautiful young artist named Sybil (later to become his wife) while working for sculptor Hans Van de Bovenkamp. Then, apprenticing with

highly esteemed sculptor Theodore Roszak, Yurman designed a bronze necklace for Sybil that got picked up by a gallery and quickly sold out. This evolved into the Yurmans’ first business: selling their jewelry at arts and crafts fairs. David and Sybil got married in 1979, and a year later relaunched the company as David Yurman. Year one, a good omen: an award from the World Gold Council for the Starlight

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“Sybil’s works are lyrical with elemental forms, expressed with a poet’s subtle color palette.”

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partnership between me and Sybil, along with our son Evan. We exchange ideas as well as artistic exploration. I’d like to think our success can be attributed to remaining true to our origins. When Sybil and I started the company, it was simply to make beautiful things to wear. The business was and is a vehicle for our creative expression.

necklace, precursor to the iconic Cable design. Known to be as philanthropic as they are creative, and now collaborating with their talented son Evan, the Yurmans’ designs are sold in the finest stores around the world, and their collections extend to one-of-a-kind rare gemstones.

HERE, WE CATCH UP WITH ARTIST/DESIGNER DAVID YURMAN TO BRING US UP TO DATE:

You and Sybil are a rarity in the fashion world; what’s the secret to being both business partners and life partners?

What inspires your designs these days? I continue to draw inspiration from art. I’m always inspired by what is modern yet enduring, new pairings of materials, or an unexpected combination of colored stones. My designs incorporate a wide range of cultural influences; we are not a brand driven by trend.

I think because we’re both artists and view life creatively, we have become soul mates. Ironically, we never set out to create a business. It sprang from the way we painted or did sculpture: a private moment, dreaming with our hands. From the beginning, as a painter and a sculptor, Sybil and I responded to each other’s creative ideas. We work and collaborate together every day. I credit Sybil with bringing much of the beautiful color to our collections. Her works are lyrical with elemental forms, expressed with a poet’s subtle color palette. Also, the way she’s always worn jewelry has inspired the casual, bohemian elegance for which our designs have become known. The stacking, the layering, the bold scales. I realized early on that we didn’t have to separate the worlds of form and color, of sculpture and painting—they merge organically in our various jewelry collections.

With such an extensive body of work, do you have a favorite collection or piece? For the past 30 years, I’ve evolved the Cable motif in my jewelry, reinventing the twisted helix into myriad designs. Cable provides a textural contrast to smooth, polished metal. It appears in elements as small as a bead or a clasp, and can be used as an elegant setting for a gemstone. In essence, Cable is the DNA of the brand.

What do you consider the main reasons for your success in this highly competitive business?

Thank you David and Sybil Yurman, for reminding us that in jewelry, as in nature, components that evolve organically form a stronger and more perfect union than if forced or contrived. It's art imitating life. KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN

We could never have imagined when we started the company in 1980 that it would grow to the size and breadth it is today. The company’s roots are based on the collaborative

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auctions

A GOOD INVESTMENT Paul, Joanne and the $17.8 million Rolex.

TOP: BOB CHILD/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK. BOTTOM: MARTIAL TREZZINI/EPA/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

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ollywood marriages are not known for longevity, but Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward had something special. They met in 1953 while understudies for the Broadway play Picnic; their friendship intensified in 1957 when they co-starred in The Long, Hot Summer. By the time filming was complete, the public learned that the two were living together. After Newman’s divorce from his first wife was finalized in 1958, the couple headed to Vegas to tie the knot. Ten years later, Woodward wanted to give her husband a special gift. She also wanted to voice her concern about his growing passion for car racing. When she walked into the Tiffany store on Fifth Avenue and saw a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona designed for the highperformance world of motor racing, she knew she’d found the perfect gift. But perfection required an inscribed message: “Drive Carefully, Me.” It is said the engraved timepiece cost around $300. The message must have resonated with Newman because he wore this watch throughout his racing years, and while filming the classic Indianapolis 500-themed film, Winning, in which Woodward also starred. This iconic Oyster timepiece became known as “The Paul Newman” and bore all the patina one would expect from many years of car racing, which contributed to its extraordinary value. Although best known as a screen legend and philanthropist, Newman was also respected in the world of motor racing, earning many wins including four national championships while competing in the Sports Car Club of America series. In 1979 he finished second at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and in 1995, at the age of 70, he shared a win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the oldest racer ever to accomplish that feat. His achievements as a race team co-owner in Can-Am and IndyCar were equally impressive. Newman wore this watch every day for more than 15 years. But one day in 1984, in conversation with his daughter Nell’s boyfriend James Cox, Newman learned that Cox didn’t own a watch. So Newman nonchalantly handed him his Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, saying only, “Keeps good time…” Cox and Nell ultimately separated but remained good friends. When the time came to sell the watch, it was consigned by both, with price expectations of over $1 million (a portion of proceeds would go to the Nell Newman Foundation to support environmental projects). When “The Paul Newman” went on the auction block at Phillips in New York on October 26, 2017, an anonymous phone bidder bought the watch for $15.5 million (after various buyer’s fees, the bidder actually paid $17,752,500). This selling price set a world record for the highest price ever paid for a wristwatch. Newman is surely smiling from heaven. DAVID A. ROSE

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nrico Libani is the US distributor and brand ambassador for the Neapolitan men’s clothing maker Cesare Attolini. Attolini is a “quiet” brand; among its luxury menswear neighbors like Kiton and Brioni, it flies below the radar due to its apex aesthetic, price and the company’s refusal to scale. “We’re a delicate brand,” says Libani, “like a jewel. We make 30 garments a day. To make more would upset the balance in our universe of quality. Part of my job is to protect this brand from the overzealous American market.”

two Patek Philippes. With the exception of Swatch, those not on his wrist are housed in a Wolf winder. “I was always an admirer of watches. About 20 years ago I began buying. My first was a 1979 Daytona, model 6265. Then, a 1974 Submariner, model 1680. My most recent was a 1661 Submariner. Next will probably be the Pepsi Rolex, with the blue and red bezel. I’ve been charmed by it for some time. “A favorite is my Patek Aquanaut. It’s the most unpretentious Patek, I believe, and the coolest and youngest, with no complications. I don’t find it to be excessive. And then there is my white gold Patek World Time, reference 5130G. This I purchased in 2014. I happen to think it’s a beautiful piece because of its complications. “Take cars,” he continues. “I only drive the Porsche 911 and have owned six of them. One cannot perfect something if one discontinues it immediately. Porsche is perfect for me because there is a generation of engineers behind every steering wheel with me. Imagine,” he implores, “all those years of passionate thought pouring into that 911 automobile. To me, it’s an expensive yet affordable car, because over time it offers a value steeped in pedigree and perfection.” In all things, Libani is a purist. “Levi’s 501s are the only jeans I wear. Classic. I believe Attolini makes the perfection of the jacket its number one priority as Porsche makes the car its priority and Rolex and Patek make the watch their priority. One business,” he says, raising a finger, “one focus. The constant improvement…of a constant. When one experiments too often, one cannot be perfect.” JAMES RARUS

ENRICO LIBANI’s pursuit of perfection extends from exquisite menswear to watches.

To understand Libani, one must understand Attolini, and to do that, one must think in terms of the peerless, like Porsche or Rolex. Cesare Attolini is peerless, and Libani is nothing if not Attolini’s authentic voice in America, a representative of the pure, striving for perfection. “I enjoy the iconic,” Libani explains. “Mr. Attolini makes the best jacket because his firm has pursued the perfect jacket since 1930. “My admiration and respect for Attolini is equal to the watches I enjoy. It’s the pursuit of not only the mechanically perfect, but also the aesthetically perfect. Mr. [Luciano] Barbera said, ‘You can spend 60 hours [sewing] and produce the ugliest jacket.’ I like that statement. A watch, like a tailored garment, not only must have iconic technical pedigree, but also aesthetic, visual pedigree. The fact that something pleases your eye and at the same time pleases through performance is a wonderful and rare win.” Libani considers himself an enthusiast, rather than a collector, of watches. His collection comprises two original plastic Swatches from 1983, two Zeniths, four Rolexes and

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Sandrine Stern, head of creation at Patek Philippe

LADIES FIRST

When it comes to choosing a watch, PATEK PHILIPPE understands that women are looking for more than just a pretty face.

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feminine designs—not just “sporty” styles that are merely miniaturized versions of men’s watches. In 2012 the brand introduced a perpetual calendar (automatically accounting for leap years) for women, and it also offers moon phase and World Time options. Watches are produced fully in-house, with most highly complicated watches made by a single watchmaker from start to finish. “Five to seven years ago, more women began requesting complicated watches; not a watershed, but enough that we noticed it as a growing segment of the business,” Jones explains. “Today, businesswomen, international travelers, etc. have a practical need for complications like World Time.” According to Sandrine and her husband, Patek Philippe president Thierry Stern, customer feedback directly influences watch development; they frequently meet with collectors and incorporate requests to make ever more useful timepieces. “We don’t like to design something too specific for the moment; we want to create for the future,” Sandrine says. “We always want designs to be timeless and aesthetically beautiful,” Jones adds, “but at the end of the day the most important thing is what’s inside the watch. That’s what differentiates Patek Philippe.” JILLIAN LAROCHELLE

any people think of us as a men’s brand, but women were among the first Patek collectors,” reveals Lisa Jones, vice president of Patek Philippe USA. At its manufacture in Geneva, Switzerland, each watch made and sold by Patek Philippe is recorded in detailed archives, which show that the first three sales in 1839 were made to women. When the brand claims a lifelong relationship between women and its complicated watches, the evidence is there: Several of its impressive technical feats were accomplished with female buyers in mind. The first “tiny pocket watch,” for example, was decorated with a rose to be worn by women. Ring watches from the early 1800s were modern marvels that never sacrificed usefulness in their pursuit of beauty. In 1868, Patek Philippe produced the first Swiss wristwatch made specifically for a woman, a Hungarian countess. And in 2009 came a true breakthrough: A new in-house movement was introduced in a ladies’ timepiece rather than a men’s—almost unheard of for a Swiss watch manufacturer. As head of creation, Sandrine Stern is dedicated to the idea that the movement be developed first, and the watch designed around the movement. Luckily, the thinness of Patek Philippe’s advanced movements allow for beautifully

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elebrated as the annual event that signals the start of a new racing season, the Rolex 24 At Daytona is more than just a twice-round-the-track race. For drivers and fans, it’s the Super Bowl and the World Series combined, a race featuring the best international drivers from Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR and other series who find themselves teamed up with drivers they don’t normally race. Among this year’s lineup: Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso, a Spaniard in his first endurance race, and F1 driver Lance Stroll from Canada. Former F1 drivers who raced: Juan Pablo Montoya from Colombia, Bruno Senna from Brazil, Paul di Resta from Great Britain and Pedro Lamy from Portugal. For those unfamiliar with this form of racing: IMSA (International Motor Sport Association) is the sanctioning body of the series that will hold 12 races this year (11 in the US, one in Canada). With three classes of cars competing simultaneously at top speeds, the excitement is intense. The three car classes are the “P” Prototype (the fastest and most technologically advanced cars on the track); the “GTLM” (sharing technical regulations with the GT cars

that race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans; manufacturers like Ferrari, Corvette, Porsche and Ford GT use this class as a proving ground for their street car market); and the “GTD” GT Daytona (makers such as Acura, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mercedes and Porsche modify their street cars to meet FIA GT3 technical specifications). This year marked the 56th running of this iconic event. Since the late Dan Gurney won the first race in 1962, each year has presented its own brand of drama. A 24-hour race in Florida in the month of January can present racers with various handicaps: fog or rain, mechanical problems, and driver fatigue, all of which can make for a very exhilarating event. Rolex became title sponsor for the race in 1991, and since then, a motivating factor for drivers has been the desire to go home with a Rolex timepiece. All winners of the race are awarded a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in two-tone steel and yellow gold. Engraved on the back: “Rolex 24 Daytona 2018 Winner.” In fact, the Rolex name is so synonymous with this event that many refer to the race simply as “The Rolex.” DAVID A. ROSE

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The ROLEX 24 At Daytona is not your ordinary car race.

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Perfect

GEMS

Explore the little luxuries the world has to offer.

BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON

FLY STYLE The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Private Jet program allows travelers to fulfill their most extraordinary travel dreams aboard a custom-designed aircraft, while enjoying personalized service every step of the way. Among the special itineraries set for 2019 are the “Latin Escape,” a 16-day adventure for those looking to explore the most exciting natural and cultural offerings of Central and South America (pictured above); “International Intrigue,” which includes visits to Asia, Africa and Europe; and “Timeless Encounters,” taking guests on a three-week journey across four continents, beginning in lush Kona, Hawaii, then visiting Bali, Australia, Dubai and Prague before concluding in London. Guests can tailor trips to their interests, discovering authentic flavors and connecting with local cultures and communities without the added stress of planning air travel, ground transportation, special excursions, meals or luxurious accommodations, as all are arranged through Four Seasons hotels and resorts. A bon voyage, indeed!

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PICTURE PERFECT

COME SEA ABOUT ME

James Bond might never give up his Aston Martin, but if 007 had to escape by sea, he’d definitely choose the new Hinckley Dasher. Designed by Michael Peters, this sleek 28-foot yacht was built from the ground up for electric propulsion and can reach speeds up to 23 knots. Better still, it features 3D-printed components, like various hardware styled in brushed titanium, as well as “artisanal” teak: faux wood that’s immune to the elements and was hand painted to look like grain-matched teak trim. Clever details include hidden cup holders that slide out with a tap and a windshield that lowers electronically so the driver can converse with passengers seated in the bow. Naturally, the boat’s proprietary touchscreen navigation and digital switching system is as discreetly integrated as everything else. Even Dr. No would say yes to this glorious craft.

If you want a unique photo op in the middle of Times Square, forget the bright lights outside and head inside the beautiful new Luma Hotel Times Square. It has recently introduced Alina, Manhattan’s first hotel robot butler, and encourages its guests to share pictures with the three-foot-tall machine as part of an Instagram initiative (by tagging @lumahoteltimessquare and using the hashtags #AlinaMoments and #RelayRobot). What makes Alina, who was created by Savioke, Inc., so unusual is that she uses advanced technology to fulfill and deliver guest requests directly to Luma’s 130 guestrooms. Designed to travel at a human walking pace, she can independently navigate between floors, even calling the hotel elevator when necessary. This takes room service to a whole new level.

GO FIGURES

Following up on their acclaimed Flora and Fauna books, Patrick Mauriès and Évelyne Possémé’s latest volume, Figures & Faces: The Art of Jewelry (Thames & Hudson), is devoted to the splendid jewelry collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. This newest tome offers 120 photographs of striking and witty works of art, and focuses on jewelry inspired by the human figure and face from the Byzantine era through the medieval and Renaissance periods and beyond. Among the artists celebrated by photographer Jean-Marie del Moral are René Lalique, Alphonse Fouquet, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Jean Lurcat, Line Vautrin and Claude Lalanne.

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EARNED

INDULGENCES World-class destinations for celebrating life’s milestones.

COLLEGE GRADUATION

Explore Greece like a local at Poseidonion Grand Hotel in Spetses.

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hen you’re celebrating one of the major achievements in life, the traditional country club dinner or beach vacation just won’t do. Whether you’re about to embark upon your adult life or saying goodbye to your working days, these are the times to mark the occasion with a unique and luxe experience. JULIANNE PEPITONE

ccessible only by sea, Spetses requires extra travel effort but is worth every minute. This exclusive island is a favorite for Athenians with means, and it offers options for myriad interests: visit historical naval sites, see the island by horse and carriage, or hop on a boat for waterskiing and sailing in the Aegean. After a day of exploring, grab your grad group and retire to the century-old Poseidonion Grand Hotel; its impressive Côte d’Azur-style architecture makes the spot a landmark on the Spetses skyline. Six can stay comfortably in the Royal Suite, which features three bedrooms, a separate living and dining area, and a private terrace. Wander downstairs to one of the two on-site restaurants offering gastronomy lovers the best tastes on the island, or enjoy an al fresco experience at the organic farm. The grounds include an open-air cinema, salon, spa, art gallery and many more ways to while away the heady days before entering the “real world.” poseidonion.com


RETIREMENT

Indulge and unwind at Remède Spa at the St. Regis Aspen.

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25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Venture out on a Botswana safari at &Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta.

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ark 25 years of love, laughter and memories by going wild on an African safari. Botswana’s &Beyond Xudum is a private spot with only nine rooftop suite hideaways available. The property, which lies within a 672,000-acre wildlife concession, overlooks a seasonal lagoon and features several twisty canals. Each suite offers a dramatic panoramic view of the surrounding wilderness…but you’re here to see it up close! So staffers are happy to set up lodge experiences like guided bush walks, helicopter flights, motorized boat excursions and horseback safaris to help you explore the Okavango Delta area from different perspectives. Wildlife in this area includes elephants, large buffalo herds, tsessebes, hippos, lions, leopards and roan antelopes, not to mention 450 bird species. Once you’ve had your fill of safari, &Beyond Xudum is a lovely place to retreat at night with its unique upcycled objects amid luxe design; a playful tractor tire swing somehow seems at home alongside lush comfortable couches. The overall effect is one of earthy glamour, and the space

is a lovely change of pace at the end of a fruitful but busy day on the plains. andbeyond.com

fter spending decades at the office, you deserve to start your work-free life at Remède Spa, named the world’s best hotel spa by Travel + Leisure. Located inside the tony St. Regis Aspen, Remède is dedicated to après-ski indulgence at every turn: Champagne and truffle turndowns, ultra-cozy throws and a host of customized spa treatments (the comprehensive spa menu is centered around bespoke facials, massages and body rituals designed specifically for each guest’s needs). Options include the signature Remède Customized Bath, a relaxing soak incorporating minerals, essential oils, herbs and natural aromatherapeutic humectants like neroli, juniper, oat milk and honey ($75 for a 30-minute treatment). The 15,000-squarefoot spa includes 15 treatment rooms, one couples room, warm and cold plunge pools, a confluence pool and waterfall, oxygen lounge, vapor caves and more. Even better: Remède staffers are dedicated to surpassing guests’ expectations, with attentive service that’s never stuffy or pretentious. starwoodhotels.com/stregis

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en’s fashion has reached a tipping point. Millennials are dressing by their own rules, mixing dress up with dress down, suits with sneakers, sport coats with jeans. Willing to spend more on quality garments perceived as authentic, sustainable and comfortable, young guys are devising their own versions of Dress for Success (as well as new definitions of success). Recognizing this cultural shift, Z Zegna researched and developed Techmerino, a naturally enhanced Australian merino wool that offers freedom of movement and breathability, even on hot summer days. Drawing on its tailoring expertise, Z Zegna created Wash & Go suits: machine washable garments that maintain their performance features and fit, right from the laundry. And the cash guys will save on dry cleaning can now go toward a new Swiss timepiece, still the ultimate success symbol for any generation. KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN

WASH & GO

Tailoring meets performance meets convenience.

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Award-winning chefs across the country share their tastiest treats. 8. Dry in a 150ºF oven or dehydrator for 11/2 hours 9. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. FOR GARNISH: 6 white pearl onions 1 Tbsp. canola oil 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley 1 loaf good crusty bread 1. Gently peel each pearl onion and cut in half. 2. Heat an 8” saute pan (cast iron works best) over very high heat. 3. Add 1 Tbsp. canola oil to hot pan. (It should begin to smoke almost immediately.) 4. Place pearl onions in pan, cut side down, and leave to sear for 60 seconds. 5. Remove from oil and let cool slightly. Separate onions into petals. 6. Slice bread, dress with olive oil and grill or toast lightly. 7. Pick parsley into individual leaves.

Dry-Aged Steak Tartare

DETROIT, MI

PRIME + PROPER

primeandproperdetroit.com Prime + Proper in Detroit’s historic Capitol Park, originally home to the grocer and butcher Peter Smith & Sons, takes its name from “prime” meats and “proper” service. The restaurant’s new-world take on an old-world steakhouse includes in-house dry-aging and butchering of premier, locally sourced meats by executive butcher Walter Apfelbaum, and meat and seafood dishes prepared by executive chef Ryan Prentiss using classic French technique and modern, international elements. The expansive two-story establishment in the 1912 Capitol Park Building is an homage to Detroit’s post-modern, neoGothic and Art Deco decorative traditions that still retain oldworld grit: a perfect reflection of the textures and depth of the taste sensations it serves up.

RYAN PRENTISS’ DRYAGED STEAK TARTARE

Steak tartare is deceptively simple. Sourcing quality ingredients is what turns simple dishes into great dishes. Use high-quality singleorigin olive oil, Jacobsen’s sea salt (we use it to season all of our steaks and chops) and a fantastic crusty semolina bread.

FOR STEAK TARTARE MIXTURE: 4 oz. NY strip 4 oz. filet 2 egg yolks 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (the “good stuff”) 2 tsp. Jacobsen’s sea salt 1 tsp. black pepper, toasted and ground

FOR CURED EGG YOLKS: 4 eggs 3 cups Diamond Crystal kosher salt 2 cups granulated sugar 1. Mix salt and sugar and place a 1/2” layer in an 8” x 8” baking dish. 2. Make small indentations in the salt/sugar mixture just large enough to hold the egg yolks. 3. Separate yolks but keep them whole, gently setting each into the indentations. 4. Gently cover yolks completely with remaining salt/sugar mixture. (Make more salt/sugar mixture if needed to completely cover.) 5. Leave for 4 days buried in salt/ sugar in a refrigerator. 6. Remove yolks from salt/sugar and brush off any excess. 7. Rinse yolks and pat dry. They should be translucent and slightly firm.

1. Slice beef against the grain, then small dice and place in medium mixing bowl. 2. Dress diced beef with egg yolks, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. Mix thoroughly. 3. Place tartare in a ring mold on a plate or shallow dish and form into a rough circle. Remove ring mold. 4. Garnish the top of the tartare with pearl onions and parsley. 5. Serve with grilled bread on the side and enjoy.

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KANSAS CITY, MO

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Husband and wife restaurateurs Colby (chef) and Megan (pastry chef) Garrelts have redefined Midwestern cuisine. Whether in a modern but formal approach at their Bluestem restaurant, or in a casual take at their Rye Leawood and Rye Plaza restaurants, the Garrelts’ farm-to-table menus pay tribute to down-home Kansas City (think steak and BBQ) and comfort food (fried chicken and pie), taking family gatherings to new levels.

MEGAN GARRELTS’ BANANA CREAM PIE

1 pre-baked classic or graham cracker pie shell 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, melted 2 cups whole milk 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped (seeds reserved) 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch, sifted 4 large egg yolks 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened 3 very ripe bananas, sliced thin 11/2 cups heavy cream, whipped stiff 1/2 cup salted toffee, ground 1. Using a pastry brush, evenly coat the bottom and sides of a pre-baked pie shell with melted chocolate, then refrigerate to set chocolate. 2. In a medium pot heat milk, vanilla bean and seeds, and vanilla extract over medium heat for about 3 minutes to bring the mixture to just below boiling. 3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, egg yolks and salt. Slowly whisk hot milk into cornstarch mixture in thirds as to not curdle egg yolks. Return

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Banana Cream Pie

ART ROGERS’ GRILLED LAMB CHOPS

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

MILK TOOTH

8 lamb loin chops from your favorite local farmer, brought to room temperature and seasoned with salt and pepper

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FOR BEAN STEW (CAN BE MADE 1 OR 2 DAYS AHEAD OF TIME):

mixture to pot and whisk constantly until pastry cream is thick, about 4 minutes. 4. Whisk in softened butter. Remove pastry cream from stovetop and discard vanilla bean pod. Fold in sliced bananas. Transfer pastry cream into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing wrap directly to the pastry cream surface. Chill the pastry cream for about 15 minutes so it is cool enough not to melt the chocolate when it is added to the pie shell. 5. Once the pastry cream is cool, fill the prepared pie shell and cover the top with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the pastry cream surface. Chill for at least 1 hour or overnight. 6. To serve, slice the pie into 8 even slices, dollop each slice with whipped cream and sprinkle the pie slices with ground salted toffee. Alternatively, if taking the pie to an event or for a dramatic presentation, top the entire pie with the whipped cream and ground salted toffee. Keep the pie refrigerated for up to 3 days. Makes a 9” pie.

ROCHESTER, NY

LENTO

lentorestaurant.com The local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients that make up the majority of the dishes at Lento are reason enough to call it one of Rochester’s best eateries. Meat is butchered, smoked and cured, vegetables are pickled, and condiments, sauces and dressings are made—all in-house. No wonder executive chef and owner Art Rogers has landed on the James Beard Award’s Best Chef Northeast semifinalist list. The execution of the hearty offerings on a menu that changes daily elevates the farm-totable culinary feast from ordinary to extraordinary.

Call it breakfast, lunch or brunch— just do it at the converted-garage restaurant Milktooth. This Indianapolis casual fare hot spot, open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., was named on the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler “Two hundred and seven of the greatest restaurants around the globe…” list. Chef Jonathan Brooks spins everyday diner grub into fine dining, out-of-this-world seasonal dishes. An egg is black truffle honey-drizzled local sunny duck egg. Pancakes become tarte tatin Dutch baby pancakes. Drink from a selection of over 50 “booze” list items or nearly a dozen coffee and tea offerings while you wait.

1 cup dried white beans, soaked in cold water overnight 1/2 onion, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 1 medium carrot, diced 6 cloves garlic, minced 2 large leeks, cleaned and white parts sliced 1. Sauté vegetables in oil until slightly softened, not browned. 2 Add beans and cover with water just until submerged. Simmer lightly until beans are al dente; keep testing to know when the beans are done. 3. Just before al dente, season with salt and pepper to taste. FOR RELISH (BEST WHEN MADE 1 OR 2 DAYS AHEAD OF TIME): 1 cup Sicilian green olives, pitted and chopped 2 Tbsp. garlic, chopped 2 Tbsp. rosemary, chopped 1/4 red onion, chopped Splash of white balsamic vinegar Extra virgin olive oil to taste Salt and pepper

JONATHAN BROOKS’ CRANBERRY WALNUT, GENEVA AND RACLETTE GRILLED CHEESE 2 slices cranberry walnut bread, not more than 1/2” thick Butter Geneva and Raclette cheeses Black truffle honey 1 duck egg

1. Mix all ingredients together and taste for vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. 2. Keep in mind the olives should be salty.

1. Butter both sides of bread slices and place onto flat-top grill. 2. Divide the cheese evenly on top of the buttered slices. Adjust the heat so the bread sizzles gently. 3. When the cheese is about halfway melted, use a spatula to flip one slice over on top of the other, and press lightly to melt. Keep turning the sandwich, pressing gently, until the sandwich is compact, both sides are crusty and the cheese is melted. 4. Fry the duck egg sunny side up. 5. Once the cheese is melted, top the sandwich with black truffle honey and the fried duck egg.

FOR RAPINI (BROCCOLI RABE): 1 bunch broccoli rabe 1 Tbsp. garlic, chopped 1 tsp. anchovy, chopped Sprinkle of chili flakes Salt and pepper 1. Chop off the bottoms of rapini. Blanch in simmering salted water for 20 seconds, then plunge into an ice bath. Set aside. TO PREPARE THE DISH: 1. Prepare a charcoal grill. 2. While waiting for the grill to heat, keep bean stew warm on a medium flame. 3. Grill the lamb chops to about 120ºF for medium rare, letting the chops rest off the grill for about 10 minutes. 4. While lamb is resting, sauté the rapini with the garlic, chili and anchovy. 5. Divide the beans between 4 plates, then the rapini, then the lamb. 6. Spoon over the relish and serve.

PRINCETON, NJ

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The accolades for Elements’ awardwinning Chef Scott Anderson have been as massive as the restaurant is small (9 tables, 28 seats all within view of the state-of-the-art open kitchen). Elements uses the freshest ingredients from local farmers and producers for a selection that changes daily and emphasizes tasting menus. Patrons will find classic dishes transformed by progressive, modern techniques into something revelatory and new. Innovation meets intimacy, all served to perfection on local artisan-crafted earthenware in this jewel of a dining destination.

SCOTT ANDERSON’S SEA BREAM SASHIMI FOR SEA BREAM: 2 oz. very fresh sea bream, sliced thin FOR CITRUS SAUCE: 1 oz. calamansi citrus juice (Substitute Meyer lemon juice if calamansi isn’t available) 1/2 oz. soy sauce 1 strip kelp/kombu seaweed 1 small handful bonito flakes FOR GARNISH: Thinly sliced cucumber Herbs like cilantro and mint 1. Mix all citrus sauce ingredients and let sit overnight. 2. Slice fish very thinly and dress the fish with the citrus sauce. 3. Garnish the fish with cucumbers and freshly picked herbs.

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MIXED-MEDIA MASTER The unretouched world of PAUL GERBEN.

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His vast body of work ranges from abstract paintings to public sculptures, from tribal masks to mixed-media compositions. But it’s probably his celebrity portraits that most define him at the moment. His unpretentious photography precludes hair stylists, makeup artists, even retouching. “I like things natural. In preparation for these assignments, I spend time with the person, watch or read interviews with them, understand their essence. I go for a very organic shot, using only my small Leica. If I’m lucky, the natural light, the exact angle, the intrinsic expression all come together in one perfect moment.” Is he kidding? Celebrity clients allowing photo shoots without makeup or retouch? “As an art director for many years, I learned the difference between fashion shots and portraits. I make sure my subjects gain trust in me so they can be themselves at the shoot and ultimately appreciate the beauty in my unaltered images.” KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN

hen he started painting at age seven, encouraged by his mother, little did Paul Gerben imagine that his work would gain such widespread acclaim. A native New Yorker often seen pounding the pavement with Happy, his beloved shelter dog adopted seven years ago from the North Shore Animal League, Gerben is considered by many critics a new Andy Warhol, whose art reflects the urban energy he lives and breathes daily. He studied at Rhode Island School of Design and Philadelphia School of Art, but dropped out of college to cut hair for students who paid him with art lessons. His quest for knowledge is as insatiable as his drive. “I’ve always been an entrepreneur. I’ve freelanced at ad agencies and design companies, started my own branding business, worked as an art director at Condé Nast. I need to keep moving. These days, I do my best work at 2:00 a.m. when I can dive in with no distractions.”

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usic lovers most appreciate her blend of versatility and range. But what five-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson delivers on stage is so much more. A classically trained pianist who never fails to elevate her accompanying musicians while dazzling audiences, she sings blues, jazz, scat and ballads with her own unique spin. Initially a classical pianist, she began writing pop tunes and folk music right after college. But her passion soon evolved to jazz. “What really hooked me was the ability to improvise, to make songs my own and perform them differently each time,” she explains. “When I started, my influences were not just singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt, but also Thelonious Monk and Nancy Wilson with Cannonball Adderley.” Allyson sings in three languages: English, Portuguese and French. She also does some teaching. “I try to impart to my students that we’re musicians first and foremost. We might be a musician who sings or a musician who plays an instrument, but we must strive to be great musicians; one’s instrument is almost secondary to overall musicianship.”

Allyson maintains that to truly appreciate the genre, young people need to see jazz performed live. “Jazz needs to be exposed to the general population if it is to become more popular. But perhaps it’s better if it remains exclusive, a mystical interaction between musicians that changes each time it’s played and becomes somehow competitive. This is what makes it so interesting to the listening audience. Pop is repetitive, attention-getting and fun, whereas jazz is for dreamers, for more creative types. Pop represents an art form of precision: putting on a great show by doing every song the same way every time. But getting on stage and just letting things unfold is also an art form, an art form of emotion. This is the essence of jazz.” Allyson considers herself as much an activist as a musician. “I want to do more things with music that will help people get in touch with their feelings. Making them feel good, making them smile, ultimately making the world a better place.” Karrin Allyson’s album of original songs will be released this year on her website, karrin.com. DAVID A. ROSE

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weddings

HALTER

Provides support for full busts. Accentuate with a simple pendant and a stack of thin bracelets so as not to compete with the unique shape of the neckline.

SWEETHEART

Elongates the neck and torso, works for medium to large chests. Try a diamond collar necklace to mirror the neckline’s curves and top with diamond button earrings.

HIGH

Camouflages broad shoulders, wows on taller women. Bring focus to hands and wrists with a statement right-hand ring or bold cuff.

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Slims round faces, works well on small to medium chests. Fill the frame with a lariat necklace, or go for contrast with a choker.

SCOOP

Elongates the neck, accentuates collarbones, feminizes petite and athletic shapes. Pair with a bold pendant or trend-right hoop earrings.

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BOATNECK

Flatters small chests. Choose drop earrings that graze the exposed shoulders, or long layering necklaces that dip well below the neckline.

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SIPPING through EAST ASIA

Asian whisky can be its own travel destination.

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East Asian whisky is wowing collectors and whisky fans. Top: Mizunara Cask bottle Insets: Yamazaki warehouse and exterior

his is the most visited distillery in the world,” says Ian Chang, the master blender for Kavalan, Taiwan’s first high-end single malt whisky. Glancing around the visitor center, where scores of families are dining and wandering, it seems to be the case. While not many Americans yet drop by this whisky mecca, roughly one million Taiwanese, Chinese, Japanese and other travelers take advantage of the relative centrality of the nearby city of Taipei to partake in what has quickly become an award-winning Scotch-style whisky (its Vinho Barrique expression won “world’s best single malt” in 2015). In addition to family dining and distillery tours, guests can blend their own signature Kavalan whisky bottle to take home. In Taipei, travelers will find a lovely, friendly city with top-tier dining options, an active night-market scene (food stalls stay open well after midnight) and the stunning National Palace Museum housing 10,000 years of Chinese art and artifacts. In Japan, Suntory Yamazaki has been distilling for nearly a century, but it’s only been in the past decade or so that Americans have caught the Japanese whisky fever. “It’s hard to nail down quite why Japanese whisky has

taken off in the US,” says Gardner Dunn, Beam Suntory’s brand ambassador for Japanese whisky. It helped that industry guru Jim Murray awarded the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask “best world whisky” in 2015, beating out Scotch whiskies for the first time. There’s also a lightness to most Asian whiskies that appeals to Westerners who find Scotch too heavy. “There are three words we like to use: subtle, refined and complex.” Last year, the brand released a $1,000 Mizunara Cask expression, incorporating hard-touse Japanese oak barrels in the aging process, with some component whiskies aged up to 45 years. The Yamazaki distillery is an easy train ride from Kyoto (arguably the cultural center of Japan, where even the Four Seasons hotel is tucked amidst the stunning 800-year-old Shakusuien Pond Garden). While it doesn’t quite have the family summer vacation vibe of Kavalan, it’s beautifully situated among forested hills, and guests can tour the workings and participate in a blending experience. ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON

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DIGITAL DO-GOODERS New ways to give back, in 2018 and beyond.

Charity Buzz offers online access to gala events: An all-inclusive vacation with Sir Richard Branson was auctioned off last year to benefit Cirque de Soleil’s safe water charities.

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hese days there are more ways to help than ever. In a world where online giving can be as intimate as five bucks for a friend in need, or as large as anonymously donating your estate with a few keystrokes, where do traditional fundraising models—star-studded galas, silent auctions, frequent phone outreach—fit? “It’s a very interesting topic and certainly something the majority of not-for-profits think about constantly,” says James Kelly, the director of development for Self Help Africa, which aims to end hunger and poverty in rural Africa. The organization raises close to three-quarters of a million dollars each year through galas held in New York and Boston (among other fundraising techniques). “Galas,

of course, are extremely time consuming, and you have to always question what the real return is going to be.” The traditional gala/auction model involves a lot of risk— paying for pricey venues, lining up celebrity appearances, enticing corporate sponsors, and convincing high rollers to attend, all in the hopes they’ll open checkbooks. On the other side of the coin, there are online philanthropy sites like Prizeo and Omaze. Here, a small raffle-style gift (as little as $10) can reap big (usually donated) rewards for the giver: Hamilton tickets and an evening with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, tickets to the World Series, walk-on film roles, dining with a favorite musician after getting the VIP concert treatment. The money raised goes to charities chosen by or

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partnered with the entertainer or venue offering the prize package, including worthy organizations like The Prince’s Trust, Give Kids the World Village and numerous animal welfare funds. CharityBuzz.com goes a step farther, taking that model to the deep-pocketed donor. The auction-based site offers highend accessories, unique travel, music or sports experiences, and even the opportunity for a CEO to evaluate your business plan. These experiences tend to go for anywhere between $5,000 and $25,000 (and sometimes much more), with all items donated by a number of charitable organizations (The United Way and One Drop among them) who will then benefit from the added exposure. “Charity Buzz is our 21st-century solution to the analog gala/auction,” explains Ben Erwin, CRO of Charity Network, a multi-branch parent company that also includes Prizeo. “Why offer up an experience package for 500 people at Cipriani when you can entice 200,000 of the richest, most engaged philanthropic people in the world?” Similarly, the low entry point (and younger target audience) for sites like Prizeo and Omaze “democratizes the experience,” according to Erwin. Because Prizeo works closely with entertainers via social media, “You’re also providing a platform for a celebrity or musician to

notably fickle, often ready to drift to the Next Big Thing just as a brand is achieving significance. Social media algorithms and waning audiences can detonate a brand’s reach overnight. And building dedicated, long-term givers is challenging, as donors might be more focused on the reward than the charity. Self Help’s Kelly says that’s why the traditional methods are still vital for large-scale giving. “As our organization is primarily focused in Africa, it can be very difficult to engage new donors who might not have a direct connection. For us, it’s extremely important to relay our message to our donors and build relationships through galas. It gives donors the opportunity to watch our videos, to hear board members, and helps keep retention levels high.” lending of disciplines and technologies is an increasingly common approach to philanthropic causes in 2018. Marcus John, a New York-based stylist for top fashion magazines, combines artistic photography, fashion models, social media and events like New York Fashion Week and Art Basel to draw awareness and raise funds for scoliosis research through his organization Straight Forward Foundation. “I try to raise funds for medical research through fashion, art and the internet,” he says.

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Self Help Africa holds two annual galas among other fundraising efforts.

Charity Buzz has raised more than $200 million for numerous charities with celebrity partners like Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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Of course there is plenty of room for crossover between traditional fundraisers and online opportunities. Nonprofits are continually surfing the social media waters themselves. And Erwin notes that Charity Network also operates businesses that offer “best-in-class solutions which help usher more brands, organizations and celebrities into embracing digital solutions.” Part of CN’s goal is to help established organizations, like Madonna’s Raising Malawi organization, achieve increased efficiency and reach through a combination of traditional and online platforms. “We’re certainly not advocating for the end of traditional fundraisers,” insists Erwin. “But we’re helping them extend their reach outside the room.” ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON

engage their fan base and explain why their cause is important.” nline giving also provides an entry to the concept of philanthropy to many new audiences, whether through individual giving sites like GoFundMe, or innovative outreach efforts like Daymaker.com, a kid-to-kid giving platform where grade school and high school students can help other kids in need, in partnership with non-profits around the country. “Kids are inherently good,” says co-founder and CEO Thomas Doochin. “We can do a lot in the long run by raising a generation that really cares, and seeks connection for all the right reasons. The online platform also makes gifting easy.” As with galas, there are significant expenses and risks to operating online fundraising sites. Wired audiences are

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

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DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THESE MUST-HAVES.

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DURABLE ON-BOARD BAG

Designed for ease of use (and now more than ever, style), diaper bags are the perfect personal item for stashing under airplane seats. Case in point: this premium vegan leather option from Freshly Picked, wearable as a backpack, crossbody, or purse. It has a wipeable, spill-resistant exterior and lining, metal feet so it never touches the ground, and 10 interior pockets with a spacious central compartment to keep your essentials organized.

HANDS-FREE PHONE CASE

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With two slots to accommodate your credit cards, driver’s license and/or cash, Bandolier’s luxury crossbody accessory liberates you from the need to carry a purse. It also turns your iPhone into wearable tech, keeping your hands free and your phone at the ready to snap photos (or Google directions, or pull up your mobile boarding pass). Coordinating small pouches that attach to the case are also available should you wish to carry additional small items like your keys, lip balm, or passport.

SMALL STEAMER

Clothes inevitably wrinkle when stuffed into a suitcase, but some international destinations, like Italy, do not provide irons in hotel rooms for safety reasons. (Who wants to spend their vacation ironing anyway?) The Lemontec Portable Travel Garment Steamer takes up less space than a single shoe, yet provides nine minutes of steam time and heats up in just over a minute.

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SCENTED ROOM SPRAY

Made from 100% natural essential oils, Masters of Mayfair’s Luxury Room & Pillow spray releases a calming lavender mist to reduce your heart rate and encourage feelings of relaxation. Spray onto your travel wrap and neck pillow to reduce stress and anxiety during your trip, then use on linens and pajamas to settle in once you arrive at your home away from home.

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ULTIMATE UNDIES

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Uncomfortable undergarments can ruin an otherwise fun excursion (or add to an already stressful day in transit). So if you plan to hike, bike, work out or even just walk, make sure to start with a solid base layer. Pair of Thieves’ Superfit boxer briefs are breathable and made with cooling mesh to wick away sweat below the belt. They also have four-way stretch, no-chafe seams and the softest waistband on the market.

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EYE MASK WITH HEADPHONES

1Voice Sleep Headphones Eye Mask helps you deal with noisy environments and uncomfortable sleeping arrangements so you can drift off and get the beauty sleep you deserve. It’s made of memory foam and covered with (removable, machine-washable) soft velvet to block out light. Built-in over-the-ear headphones eliminate the need for cords, and sound disks have an extra layer of memory foam over them for superior comfort—even for side sleepers. It’s compatible with any phone or MP3 player, no batteries required.

JEWELRY STORAGE

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PACKABLE ANORAK

Don’t get caught in the rain! The Mackage Sanna poncho is an extremely lightweight, waterproof, packable topper which can easily be transformed into a backpack. Perfect for sightseeing, cycling, or any other outdoor activity, this gray-day necessity conceals a practical collar hood and snap buttons to create a sleek and trendy cape silhouette.

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CHARGING CARRY-ON

The Away rolling carry-on is functional and minimal, featuring an unbreakable shell, well-designed interior compartments and an ejectable battery that connects to a USB cord for charging on the go. It comes in eight colors and fits enough to get you through a three- to five-day trip.

TSA-SIZED TOILETRIES

Don’t sacrifice (hair) style for size’s sake. Cult beauty favorite Pai-Shau now offers a Hydrate Gift Set, containing Replenishing Cleanser, Conditioner and Biphasic Infusion to leave hair hydrated, full of shine, and protected from UV rays and other environmental factors you may encounter as you travel between climates.

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Safeguard your treasures by keeping each piece separated in a softly lined compartment, and make sure the case fastens securely. Talk to us about your collection and we’ll recommend options that best fit your needs.

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MAKING IT PERSONAL

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hen I was three, I received a tiny gold ID bracelet as a gift from my grandmother. The occasion, I recall, was the birth of my baby brother; the bracelet: a 14K gold delicate curved corner nameplate on a gold link chain scattered with soldered hearts. My name, Laurie Sue, was engraved in beautiful script. I believe that with this gift, my father’s mother wanted to tell me that despite the fuss over my newborn brother, I remained significant, uniquely me. I wore it on special occasions throughout my childhood, abandoning it as I got older though its message resonated through the years. Fashion is now in a new moment of personalization. A recent study by McKinsey & Company and the Business of Fashion declares personalization the “number one trend in 2018.” We increasingly pursue unique expressions of our individuality in styles that reflect who we are. In this era of computerized everything, disposable fast-fashion, and ubiquitous social media, we look to declare our personal stamp, to remind ourselves (and the world) that we are singular and extraordinary. Fortunately, there have never been more jewelry choices, or fewer rules. For some, it’s one-of-a-kind or vintage. For others, it’s statement pieces, or earrings that are oversized, mismatched

or solitary, all big trends on spring ’18 runways. We layer, stack, mix and match. We wear message jewelry, initial pendants, signet rings and custom-engraved everything. We choose unusual gems, exploded color, mixed metals and novelty charms. We go retro or modern, organic or geometric, bold or delicate. We look for the unconventional, the spiritual, the artisan-crafted. These days, there’s no wrong choice when seeking to convey one’s authentic self. (When my mother asks me if what she’s wearing is “in style,” I respond that if she likes what she sees in the mirror, if she feels like herself, then it’s in style.) As a college freshman, I suddenly got the notion to see if my little ID bracelet still fit. It did. I began to wear it all the time, a golden reminder of my individuality, my loving family and the new paths my life was taking. Then one day, the bracelet fell off my wrist, lost forever in the grasses of time. I was crushed, guilt-ridden for not taking better care of it. Perhaps there was something about that chapter in my life, a period of questioning and discovery and change, that made me yearn for the comfort and inspiration of that little bracelet. I mourn its loss, yet my journey of self-affirmation continues, as does my ability to express myself with all manner of fabulous jewelry. LAURIE SCHECHTER

ROBERTO COIN LOVE LETTER PENDANTS

Jewelry that defines one’s journey.

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