AC C E N T: T H E M AG A Z I N E O F L I F E â€™ S C E L E B R AT I O N S
H A M I LT O N J E W E L E R S
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PRINCETON 609-683-4200 PA L M B E A C H 5 6 1 - 6 5 9 - 6 7 8 8 PALM BEACH GARDENS 561-775-3600 H A M I LT O N J E W E L E R S . C O M
CHAIRMAN Martin Siegel PRESIDENT Hank B. Siegel VICE PRESIDENT Donna J. Bouchard VICE PRESIDENT David S. Kaster VICE PRESIDENT Anne Russell
GRAPHIC DESIGNER Christopher D. Navarro
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Rita Guarna C R E AT I V E D I R E C T O R Stephen Vitarbo SENIOR EDITOR Daria Meoli S E N I O R A S S O C I AT E E D I T O R Darius Amos LIFESTYLE EDITOR Haley Longman ART DIRECTOR Victoria Beall
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Donna Rolando, Josh Sens
P U B L I S H I N G S TA F F PUBLISHER Shae Marcus
4 Welcome Letter
10 Hamilton Happenings 16 As Seen On: Celeb Bling 18 Crown & Glory 20 On the Run
76 In the Zone
30 Mid-Century Modern
80 Downey’s Time
34 The Full Spectrum
82 Racing with Rolex
39 Mother’s Day Gift Guide
84 Point Taycan
46 All Ears
86 The Devil is in the Details
52 Life’s a Circus
88 Gem of Arabia
58 The Road to Acceptance
94 ‘I Want it Now!’
64 Shore Thing
98 Sunset Soirée
68 With the Band
104 Israeli Inspiration
72 How Time Flies
106 Rosé Has Its Day
74 Ellen Watches
108 Finishing Touches: Flower Power
ACCO U N T M A N AG E R Lisa Menghi DIRECTOR OF P R O D U C T I O N A N D C I R C U L AT I O N Christine Hamel A DV E RT I S I N G S E RV I C E S D I R EC TO R Jacquelynn Fischer GRAPHIC DESIGNER, AD SERVICES Violeta Mulaj P R O D U C T I O N A R T A S S O C I AT E Christopher Ferrante ACCO U N T I N G Agnes Alves, Megan Frank
PUBLISHED BY Wainscot CHAIRMAN Carroll V. Dowden PRESIDENT & CEO Mark Dowden SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTS Shae Marcus, Carl Olsen VICE PRESIDENTS Nigel Edelshain, Thomas 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, 1 Maynard Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656, in association with Hamilton Jewelers. Copyright © 2019 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, Hamilton Jewelers, 1 Maynard Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656. The magazine is not responsible for the return or loss of unsolicited submissions. Subscription Services: To change an address or request a subscription, write to Subscriptions, Hamilton Jewelers, 1 Maynard Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656, or by telephone at 201.573.5541. Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Printed In The U.S.A. Volume 17, Issue 1. ©2019
On the cover: Dutch fashion model Apollonia van Ravenstein at the Lannan Foundation in Palm Beach, Florida, for Town and Country magazine, 1983. Apollonia is wearing a Mary McFadden dress on Ronald Bladen’s “The X” sculpture. Photo by Norman Parkinson
ISSUE 1. 2019
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dear friends As we go to press with the latest issue of ACCENT magazine, spring is upon us and with it comes many enhancements to both our Princeton and Palm Beach boutiques. It seems hard to believe, but this year commemorates the 30th anniversary of The Gardens Mall opening in Palm Beach Gardens. My father Martin walked the empty land at the top of what was the “end” of the Route 95 corridor at the time with Mr. Sid Forbes, and they agreed that a state-of-the-art shopping center was long overdue in North County. Hamilton will be embarking on a refresh of our store in 2019, including designated spaces for brands such as Cartier, Rolex and Patek Philippe, as well as presentations of new Hamilton and designer collections. As one of the few remaining original tenants of The Gardens, this renovation project will mark the fifth for our location. Meanwhile, our Princeton flagship location is in the midst of a multi-year renovation, collaborating with architectural firm CallisonRTKL in New York and in partnership with Princeton-based JZA+D. The updated design will encompass a completely new encounter for our Hamilton guests and visitors to Princeton. A new “watch lounge,” a dedicated designer jewelry salon, a wedding band and engagement ring room and a renovated presence on our Witherspoon Street façade are just some of the enhancements we are looking forward to. In addition, behind-the-scenes expansions of our jewelry workshop as well as an expansion of our state-of-the-art timepiece service center are taking place as well.
We look forward to seeing you soon,
Hank Siegel, President Follow on Instagram @HAMILTONCEO
Needless to say, we are excited about these improvements that will continue to develop a memorable experience for every guest, with every visit. I hope you will drop by to say hello and see the ever-evolving Hamilton.
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THE RAIN CAME, BUT SO DID WONDERFUL, EXOTIC ITALIAN CARS AND EXQUISITE JEWELRY.
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Who: CAVALLINO CLASSIC
What: HAMILTON, POMELLATO, 100% CAPRI When: JANUARY 26, 2019 Where: THE BREAKERS, PALM BEACH
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Who: HAMILTON, PALM BEACH ILLUSTRATED, MILOU What: JEWELS BY THE POOL When: FEBRUARY 27, 2019 Where: THE COLONY HOTEL, PALM BEACH
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hamilton happenings A NIGHT OF SHIMMERING JEWELRY, BEAUTIFUL FASHION AND LOTS OF LAUGHTER.
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AS SEEN ON
THE STUNNING STYLES WORN BY STARS ARE OUR FAVORITES TOO!
Letitia Wright wore diamond and rose gold hoop earrings by Forevermark to the 2018 Met Gala.
Allison Williams wore a 40-carat five-strand diamond choker from Forevermark to the 75th annual Golden Globes.
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Vanessa Hudgens wore John Hardyâ€™s triple coil bracelet to The Art of Elysium Heaven gala.
Taraji P. Henson wore Roberto Coin diamond dolce rings, diamond snake cuff and Cento diamond Pharaohâ€™s necklace set in platinum to the 75th annual Golden Globes.
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b y Ta n y a D u k e s
FOR THE RISING GENERATION OF YOUNG ROYALS, JEWELRY IS A CONNECTION TO THE PAST AND A LEGACY FOR THE FUTURE.
The British Empire is no more, but many of the spectacular jewels from its height (and long before) remain. More than two million people visit the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London each year. There they find regalia that includes pieces dating from between the 12th and 20th centuries—a gilt coronation spoon, scepters and crowns bearing some of the world’s largest diamonds and ruby studded coronation rings. Queen Elizabeth owns
a breathtaking jewelry collection that inspires fascination in its own right. She and the rest of the royal family are custodians of jewels that are a tangible representation of Britain’s history and culture. Each successive generation has the responsibility to share that legacy and bring new vitality to it too. In a moment when fame is accessible to anyone with an Instagram account, the royals have a special allure. Shane Clark, a regular contributor to Brides magazine, sees their impact as distinct from celebrities or newly minted influencers. Rather than fleeting trends, royalty “sets the bar for iconic style,” she says. “They’re not chasing disposable fads. There’s a strong draw to that quality.”
Tiara image courtesy of the Royal Collection Trust.
In a monarchy, jewelry is never an afterthought. For centuries royals have used their precious baubles as important signifiers of identity. “Historically, jewels were a form of power. They conferred prestige and status and even provided ready cash for the treasury or a wedding,” says art and jewelry historian Jan Krulick-Belin. What’s more, it’s almost impossible to picture illustrious monarchs without their signature jewels. (Think of it as an early form of branding.) In portraiture Queen Elizabeth I is ever resplendent in layers of pearls that include hair ornaments, necklaces, earrings and gems sewn into her clothing—“The pearl symbolized purity and chastity, which she thought was appropriate to her status as The Virgin Queen,” explains Krulick-Belin. After the death of her beloved Prince Albert, Queen Victoria often was depicted in a diminutive diamond crown she thought more suitable to her eternal mourning than the grand Imperial State Crown with its multicolored jewels. And present-day Queen Elizabeth II wears one of her countless brooches daily.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had the most anticipated, scrutinized and influential weddings of the last decade (with an honorable mention for the October nuptials of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank). Their weddings have had a marked impact on prevailing contemporary wedding style, starting with the rings that first signaled their engaged status, according to Clark. When Prince William and Kate Middleton made the official announcement that they were to marry, they revealed that Middleton would wear the same Ceylon sapphire and diamond cluster engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana. The sentimental gesture forever connects the couple to the princess and sustains her memory with a highly visible symbol. And, on the style front, colored gemstones immediately reemerged as a desirable option for couples who once had thought of diamonds as the default position for their wedding jewelry. The same ring has had a significant impact twice—when Diana and Charles were engaged in 1981, replicas of the famous sapphire instantly proliferated. Princess Eugenie continued the royal association with colored stones when she chose a rare pink padparadscha sapphire for her engagement ring. “Both Kate and Eugenie opened lots of eyes to the possibility of wearing color in engagement rings,” says Clark. “And more than that, they’ve set a standard for choosing jewelry that reflects their personal style.” It could be that Heidi Klum and Katy Perry took notice and share a similar sensibility? Both have been spotted recently in colorful gemstone engagement rings that bear a striking resemblance to the ones worn by the two duchesses. Meanwhile, three-stone engagement rings have seen a spike in interest thanks to Meghan Markle. She wears one with a cushion-cut center diamond flanked by two round diamonds. Prince Harry explained to the BBC that he designed his fiancée’s engagement ring with a central diamond “sourced from Botswana,” a place the couple visited several times during their courtship, while “the little diamonds on either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection, to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together.” The thoughtful elements that compose the ring emphasize the couple’s unique history and honor the prince’s late mother. According to Clark, Prince Harry’s approach has bolstered interest in creating customized jewelry with ethically sourced materials. “More than ever, people respond to the story behind a piece of jewelry and want to personalize their jewels. There’s a lot more emphasis on the origins of stones and jewelry with a sense of heritage.”
If there’s a type of jewelery that connotes royalty more than virtually any other, it’s a tiara. Queen Elizabeth loaned tiaras from her personal collection to Kate (a Cartier halo tiara purchased by the Queen’s father in 1936), Meghan (a diamond bandeau that once belonged to Queen Mary) and her granddaughter Eugenie (an emerald and diamond Boucheron design from 1919) for their weddings. That none of the tiaras had been worn in public for decades before appearing on the recent brides is an indication of the depth and quality of the jewelry collection the queen has at her disposal. While most women don’t have a vault of diamond headgear at the ready, the style cue still has had an impact. “Hair ornaments of all kinds are getting more attention because of the royals,” says Clark. “Even smaller options like jeweled clips and combs pull together a wedding look and can be passed down as heirlooms.” When they’re in less formal mode, the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex deploy their jewelry in a way that’s a balance between the past and the present, duty and personal preference. For high profile appearances Kate wears items with a family connection, like the South Sea pearl and diamond earrings she wore to the BAFTAs this year; they were a favorite of Princess Diana. And while on a royal tour of Canada, she acknowledged her host country by wearing a diamond maple leaf brooch that once belonged to the Queen Mother. The future queen also has a collection of personal jewelry in semiprecious stones and gold that she relies on for occasions from casual outings to christenings.
Meghan is said to be a modernizing presence in the British royal family, and her choices embrace classic items—diamond studs, dainty pendant earrings—along with directional jewelry looks that typically aren’t associated with regal wear. She dressed in an armful of bohemian gold bangles to present her wedding dress designer, Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller, with a Fashion Award. Diamond ear jackets are a contemporary style that’s a favorite of the new American royal. And Hello! magazine credits her with wearing a “daring fashion item no other royal has stepped out in, EVER.” The newsworthy piece was an ear climber with a fringe of diamond accents (pictured above). It’s a small thing, but in the tradition-bound world of the British royals, it’s a telling statement spoken in gold and jewels.
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ON THE RUN
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ELISABETTA FRANCHI SPRING 2019
Chantecler Bon Bon pink coral necklace in 18K white and pink gold. Price upon request.
2. Hamilton pink tourmaline and diamond ring in platinum. Price upon request. 3. Hamilton pink tourmaline and diamond earrings in platinum. $7,950. 4. Hamilton oval morganite and pink tourmaline ring in platinum. $9,500.
5. Hamilton oval pink spinel ring surrounded by pink sapphires and diamonds, set in 18K white gold. Price upon request.
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MARISSA WEBB SPRING 2019
Pesavento multi-strand necklace, sterling silver with 18K rose gold vermeil. $1,695.
2. Pomellato Ritratto Collection rose quartz and diamond ring in 18K rose gold. $4,480. 3. Hamilton 30ct. pear-shape light pink fancy color diamond ring handcrafted in 18K rose gold. Price upon request. 4.
Lâ€™Arc de DAVIDOR Bangle MM, 18K rose gold with flamant lacquered ceramic and Colonnato diamonds. Price upon request.
Lâ€™Arc de DAVIDOR Ring GM, 18K rose gold with flamant lacquered ceramic and Porta diamonds. $6,850.
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T H E R U N W E L L AU TO M AT I C
Meet our flagship, now with the heart of an automatic and a refined design that was years in the making. Itâ€™s an evolutionary moment for the timepiece, featuring recognizable but refreshed details: microtracking, a richly-printed dial and an iconic caseback with a window into the inner workings of its workhorse movement, the Sellita SW200-1. This heirloom-worthy timepiece is the epitome of the brandâ€™s commitment to quality craftsmanship that refuses to be ignored.
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MILLY SPRING 2019
3 1. Hamilton fancy intense yellow diamond pendant, 3ct. octagonal-shape in 18K gold. 2. From our Lisette Collection. fancy yellow radiant-cut diamond with diamond halo and setting, available in a variety of sizes and shapes. 3. Hamilton fancy yellow radiant-cut diamond earrings, available in a variety of sizes and shapes.
4. From our Lisette Collection. Oval fancy yellow diamond flanked by half-moon sides, signed Hamilton.
5. Flexible stretch gemstone and diamond bracelet in 18K gold, available in a variety of colors. Prices upon request.
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TADASHI SHOJI SPRING 2019
Fred nautical inspired 18K buckle clasp cable bracelet, available in various colors and sizes, unisex. From $1,500.
2. Hamilton exquisite blue sapphire and diamond rings, available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Prices upon request. 3. Hamilton oval blue sapphire earrings with rose-cut diamonds in 18K white gold. $6,350. 4. From our Heritage Collection, sapphire and diamond drop earrings in platinum. Price upon request.
5. Hamilton 10ct. sapphire flanked with two cadillac-cut diamonds, handcrafted in platinum. Price upon request.
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Know Your Diamond COLOR GRADE
Look for diamonds graded by GIA, the creator of the 4Cs. Learn more at 4Cs.GIA.edu CARLSBAD
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DOUBLE BROOK FARM, CREATED IN 2004 BY ROBIN AND JON MCCONAUGHY AND LOCATED IN HOPEWELL, NJ, IS THE EVOLUTION OF A THOUGHTFUL APPROACH TO LOCAL FARMING AND FOOD PRODUCTION.
The farm was started primarily to raise healthy animals for personal consumption and has become a full-fledged livestock operation supporting both a retail store, a seasonal shake shack and a fine dining restaurant. In March 2015, after a five-year vetting and audit process, the farm became the first in New Jersey, and just the second in the United States, to open a USDA-certified, on-farm slaughterhouse that can handle all livestock. A fundamental component of the McConaughysâ€™ vision always has been the humane treatment of the animals throughout their life on the farm, and that mindset has become integral to a sustainable business and way of life for the region.
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What began as a dream to connect a family to the land has developed into an enterprise that offers a distinctive approach to how a community enjoys great food...authentically and deliciously.
The ultimate goal is a farm that uses energy from the sun or the earth, has zero outside inputs, no external animal feed or fertilizers and a very limited carbon footprint. Currently, Double Brook is raising sheep, pigs, turkeys, goats, ducks and chickens for both meat and eggs, and a small herd of cattle. The rest of the cattle is raised on pasture by George Lake of Thistle Creek Farms in Tyrone, PA.
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Brick Farm Market was created to be the dedicated outlet for Double Brook Farm while enabling the founders to interact with customers and share with them how the food they are buying is grown, raised or made. When the Malek Chevrolet building—a beautiful 1930s brick auto repair shop in Hopewell—became available in 2010, the McConaughys knew they found the perfect location to be the community-oriented retail outpost for their products. The Market reflects an ongoing dedication to informed choices and best practices. From partnering with like-minded local vendors for produce, grocery and personal care items and limiting fossil fuel needs with clean energy to preparing recipes with choice ingredients and offering the customer ideas on cooking “snout to tail,” Brick Farm Market takes some of the guesswork out of nutritious, local, sustainable shopping. BRICKFARMMARKET.COM
The culmination of this multi-faceted food and farming venture is best exemplified in the Brick Farm Tavern, the region’s finest and most authentic pasture-to-table restaurant. Set in a circa 1800s farmhouse with a brick façade, intimate dining rooms and an elegant wine cellar for larger parties or private dining, the bustling Tavern has become an iconic symbol of an honest dining experience that never compromises faithfully fresh food served in a warm and inviting setting. Brick Farm Tavern is the fulfillment of a vision for guests to have a unique dining experience using the freshest products the region has to offer in a rustic but refined setting. You don’t need a special occasion to enjoy delicious local food offered with innovation and quality in a picturesque background, surrounded by nature and farmland. Private events will be even more memorable when enjoyed at the Tavern and managed by a culinary and service team that delivers energy and passion to your occasion. BRICKFARMTAVERN.COM
Opened in 2017, Red Barn Milk Co. offers shakes, burgers, fries, chocolates and rotating specials that elevate the seasonal shake shack experience to a new level. A dedicated team has created traditional and soft serve ice cream using products from our local dairy farmers. While most milk purchased from grocery stores is co-mingled with hundreds of other dairy farms, Red Barn uses only hormone-free and antibiotic-free milk from a single source and cream from reputable area dairies. Whether you order our Madagascar vanilla or blueberry cheesecake ice cream, the owners of the Red Barn Milk Co. can tell you exactly where the ingredients in your ice cream came from. The ice cream isn’t the only locally produced item on the menu. The hamburgers, bratwurst, hot dogs and baked goods all come fresh from the Brick Farm Market, just five miles down the road. The marriage of knowing exactly where your food comes from coupled with pure flavor is a duo that’s sure to please all palates.
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Considered a trailblazer who ushered in a movement of storytelling in the genre of fashion photography, Norman Parkinson worked outside the box. He took female models away from the static poses and outside well-controlled studios common in pre-war photography and into the real world. His shoots often took place in exotic, glamorous locations where his subjects interacted with the environment. In a career that spanned from 1931 until his death in 1990—while shooting on location in Singapore—Parkinson’s work reflected our evolving society.
Model Pilar Crespi reclines on a beach in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. Photographer Norman Parkinson shot the image for Town & Country magazine in 1980.
BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHER NORMAN PARKINSON CHARTED THE CHANGING FACE OF FASHION THROUGH THE 20TH CENTURY.
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In 1956, Parkinson traveled across India on a photo shoot for British Vogue. Upon seeing the exotic photos, notable fashion editor Diana Vreeland remarked, “How clever of you, Mr. Parkinson, to know that pink is the navy blue of India.”
Opposite page: Fashion model Anne Gunning in a pink mohair coat by Jaeger was photographed outside the City Palace in Jaipur, India.
This page: The image of statuesque model Barbara Mullen appears monochromatic save for the beautiful pop of “navy” provided by a smiling child.
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SPRING AND SUMMER ARE THE PERFECT SEASONS TO ADD SPLASHES OF COLOR TO YOUR JEWELRY COLLECTION. (REMEMBER ROY G. BIV, THE MNEMONIC THAT HELPED US REMEMBER THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOWâ€”RED, ORANGE YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, INDIGO AND VIOLET?) NOW IS DEFINITELY THE TIME TO LIVEN UP YOUR LOOK WITH A NEW HUE OR TWO (OR THREE OR FOUR)!
Haute hues. Vivid shades abound in this selection of stunning gemstone-and-diamond rings. From left to right: cushion-cut tanzanite with diamond halo, spessartite garnet with diamonds, oval pink tourmaline with diamonds, cabochon citrine with diamonds, antique cushion-cut mint green tourmaline in our diamond Lisette setting, cushion-cut green tourmaline with opal, green garnet and diamonds, oval aquamarine with diamonds.
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THE ESSENCE OF BRAZILIAN ENERGY THAT MAKES THE ORDINARY, EXTRAORDINARY.
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ON HER SPECIAL HOLIDAY, GIVE HER A SPARKLING PIECE FROM ONE OF THESE STELLAR DESIGNERS. Flowers for Mother’s Day? Sure, their fragrant, ephemeral beauty makes them a popular choice. And chocolates are wonderful too—even if they require her to suspend her diet just for the day. But this year the holiday could be your chance to make a gesture as enduring as your love—for your kids’ Mom, your own or another special mother in your life. When you’re ready, the following designers can help turn your giving impulse into an enchanting keepsake.
From top left: Cable Collectibles Sculpted Heart Necklace with diamonds in 18K gold, Cable Collectibles I Love You Pendant with 14K gold, Cable Collectibles Initial Necklace with diamonds, Amulets Heart Pendant with diamonds in 18K gold, The Crossover Collection Cuff bracelet with diamonds, Pearl Cluster rings with diamonds.
No woman is ever going to turn down a piece of jewelry on Mother’s Day, that’s just a fact. But gift-givers need to keep in mind the wearer’s personal style before making a purchase. Is her taste in jewelry classic or trendy? Does she prefer dainty or oversized? That’s why David Yurman is the perfect choice. The brand’s ever-expanding line of masterpieces can appeal to every woman’s preference and has staying power. After all, Yurman jewels—created by David Yurman, his wife, Sybil, and now son, Evan—have been adorning women’s wrists, necks, fingers and earlobes for almost 40 years. David Yurman jewelry is made with gold, silver or mixed metals; gemstones, diamonds or pearls. The brand offers pinky rings for risk-taker moms, statement sparklers for fans of the classics, hoop earrings that’ll become a special-occasion staple and simple studs for everyday wear. But no matter what item(s) you choose for Mom, each unique piece has the Yurman signature cable design she’ll instantly recognize and adore. The motif is used in innovative and beautiful ways, such as on a cuff, surrounding a pendant or on the inside of a ring where only the wearer can see it. Elegant and timeless, David Yurman is the Mother’s Day present the busy mom in your life deserves.
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diamond double leaf bracelet // white diamond earrings // mother-of-pearl white diamond ring
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ROBERTO COIN Why not give Mom a piece of jewelry from the City of Gold itself? Roberto Coin’s eponymous brand was born in 1977 in Vicenza, Italy’s capital of gold. Soon after its official inception in 1996, Roberto Coin became world-renowned and celebrity-adored, and it’s easy to see why—each piece is unique and handcrafted in 18K gold, some with gems and some without. Every piece in Roberto Coin’s collections also features his signature: a tiny ruby hidden inside that is the designer’s gift to his customers. Ruby is a “…romantic way to wish the best to all the people wearing my pieces,” Coin has said. The ruby also represents health, happiness and long life, and no Mom can say no to all that.
From top: Charm Bracelet in 18K yellow gold with Sun charm, Heart charm and Butterfly charm, each in 18K yellow gold; Pois Moi Luna single row diamond pavé ring in 18K white gold, Pois Moi Luna wide ring in 18K yellow gold, Pois Moi Luna wide ring in 18K rose and white gold with diamonds, Pois Moi Luna wide diamond pavé ring in 18K white gold; Pois Moi Luna single row bangle in 18K yellow and white gold with diamonds, Pois Moi Luna 2-row bangle in 18K yellow and white gold with diamonds, Pois Moi Luna wide diamond pavé bangle in 18K white gold.
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MIKIMOTO If itâ€™s a strand of pearls Mom is hoping for, Mikimoto is the obvious choice. The namesake behind the brand is Kokichi Mikimoto, who revolutionized the pearl industry when he cultured the first pearl and patented the process in the early 1900s. And now, more than a century later, Mikimoto is still refashioning how women wear pearl necklaces by introducing versatile new designs, innovative clasps and unique styles, from multi-layered strands to lariats laced with diamonds. The collections, which also include earrings, bracelets, brooches and rings, are timeless yet contemporary, classic yet cutting-edgeâ€”but universally coveted and stunning. Clockwise from top left: Akoya Cultured Pearl Necklace, 8x7mm in 18K white gold; Akoya Cultured Pearl Necklace, 6-6.5mm in 18K white gold; White South Sea Cultured Pearl Earrings, 10mm with 0.70cttw diamonds in 18K white gold; Akoya Cultured Pearl Earrings, 7.5mm with 0.24cttw diamonds in 18K white gold.
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IPPOLITA What better way to show Mom love than through wearable art? Italian designer Ippolita Rostagno creates her jewelry with art and sculpture in mind, and it shows in each and every handmade piece. Ippolita, who studied sculpture and dance in Florence, uses precious metals like gold, sterling silver and rose gold and expertly cut, hand-faceted gemstones to create one-of-a-kind pieces, like the stackable bangles and long, layered necklaces for which she is known. The result? Feminine and effortless jewelry, perfect for Mom to wear on special occasions or every single day.
From top: 18K Nova Medium Pear earring with graduated beads in rainbow stones; 18K Nova Medium Pear earring with graduated beads in mother-of-pearl and cultured freshwater pearl; 18K Nova Medium Pear earring with graduated beads in turquoise; 18K Nova Cluster on a long chain necklace in Riviera Sky; 18K Nova 5-Station bangle in Riviera Sky.
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HOOPS. TEARDROPS. DANGLES. CHANDELIERS. A GREAT PAIR OF EARRINGS IS ALWAYS FASHIONABLY ACCEPTABLE. ANY QUESTIONS?
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Opposite page: Hamilton rock crystal and diamond drop earrings in platinum. Above: Hamilton moonstone and diamond drop earrings in platinum. Hamilton sapphire and diamond flower clip post earrings in platinum. Prices upon request.
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RAINBOW RINGS ARE TOSSED IN PERFECT TIME. YOUNGSTERS BALANCE WITHOUT EFFORT ON GIANT BALLS. A GERMAN WHEEL ROLLS BY IN A FLASH OF SILVER. THIS IS THE REMARKABLE STUFF OF THE TRENTON CIRCUS SQUAD. by
A tangible spark and energy currently fill the Roebling Wire Works Building to the brim, where nothing shines brighter than watching young people believing in themselves. The famous American showman P.T. Barnum once said, “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” Although Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus hung up its top hat for the last time in 2017, Barnum’s joyful sentiment is alive and well in central New Jersey, thanks to the Trenton Circus Squad. Bringing joy and inspiration to the greater Princeton community with circus arts, TCS empowers underserved teens and youth to find great success—a remarkable feat in an age in which video games and cellphone screens compete to provide childhood wonder.
Pairing inner-city youth with their peers from more affluent suburbs, TCS uses circus arts to teach cooperation and build community, with the dual goals of bridging the divide between poverty and privilege, and encouraging the important lessons of teamwork, self-esteem and trust. Here, Trenton-area youths ages 12 to 18 become both students and teachers. After mastering skills including juggling, slapstick, unicycling and aerial work, students collaborate to put on performances—and then share those skills with younger children ages 6 to 11—through workshops they run after the show. Who loves the show more: the performers or the audience? It’s hard to tell. “I love watching the audience when I’m performing. It’s the best feeling to complete a trick and be able to see the little kids you are inspiring,” says Julia Troilo, a Princeton High School student, four-summer veteran of the Squad and lover of the challenging Chinese Pole.
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“Everyone at TCS is unique and very different, but we’ve become a family over time. I wouldn’t trade this for the earth.” —Shekinah Williams
Newer Squad member Shekinah Williams also is embracing the positive vibe. “I love to make people smile and give hope while they are watching me perform.” A sophomore at Trenton Central High School Visual and Performing Arts, and an avid enthusiast of aerial work and juggling, Williams loves how the audience gives right back to the performers: “I’ll never forget my first performance. At the very end of the act, I tripped over my own foot and fell on my face. I just started laughing but everybody clapped for me and supported me.” TCS co-founder Zoe Brookes marvels at the wonderful two-way connection between performers and audience, older children and younger. “The kids in the program really become role models, and the kids in the audience get to try something they’ve seen in the show, that they didn’t imagine they could do,” she says. “They connect with an older child who’s more skilled, who can then show them how to learn that skill.” Brookes and Tom von Oehsen, both long-time veterans of youth circus programs, are the indefatigable creative team behind TCS, which they co-founded in 2014. The executive director since the organization’s inception, Brookes now has stepped down to resume her consulting practice, though she remains very involved as a volunteer for TCS’s governing committees. She ends her tenure with a bang, having recently been honored by the YWCA of Princeton at its 2019 Tribute to Women.
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Von Oehsen has now taken the reins as executive director, drawing upon his training as a clown in the 1980s with Barnum & Bailey where he learned that “circus arts can be a great equalizer to the challenges of everyday life.” He carries on the tradition of big-top dreams with the support of Bradd M. Jackson, TCS’s dynamic director of operations. Von Oehsen talks about the Squad with pride, and rightfully so. “How often do you see a service program where teenagers want to continue to be involved?” he says. “Our Squad experiences civic engagement and continues showing up and giving back to their communities every day.”
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As is true for the art of circus performing, collaboration is part of the “business” of TCS’s nonprofit status as well. TCS also works with youth-serving organizations such as Homefront, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, Urban Promise and others to spread the joy of circus across the city. Fundraising is always on the docket, as the majority of youth programs are provided free of charge. The cost for each child to participate is about $600 per session. Tax-deductible donations support the underlying costs of the program, making the experience available to all youths, regardless of their ability to pay. Donations continue to allow for democratic program access, and though TCS has developed strong partnerships with Princeton-based Borden Perlman Insurance, JaZams, Bank of Princeton, Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, plus organizations in more far-reaching areas, needs are always ongoing. (continued)
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“The noblest art is that of making others happy.”
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Inspiring youth to take big leaps in life. “Our Squad experiences civic engagement, and continues showing up and giving back to their communities every day.” —Tom von Oehsen
“We have also partnered with many amazing Trenton programs and organizations that are invested in community building and social justice,” says von Oehsen, citing the commitment of the city and county to the safety and well-being of the community and the Squad. The future is bright for TCS. This summer, the Squad will hit the road, traveling to Chicago at the invitation of CircEsteem, a circus arts organization with similar community goals to their own.
T HE WOR K SHOPS For aspiring performers ages 6 to 11, workshops take place after school Monday through Friday, and on Fridays during the summer. Over the course of eight weeks, children learn circus skills, such as stilt walking, trapeze, juggling, acrobatics and slapstick from Squad members and staff.
T H E SQUA D Squad members ages 12 to 18 practice one to five times a week from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Members attend regular 12-week sessions, working with others and giving back to their community through the use of circus arts. Experienced Squad members who commit to learning a challenging set of circus- and team-related skills have the chance to join the ambassador group, the Road Squad.
“We’ll collaborate with four other social circuses to create a performance which they will then perform all over the City of Chicago,” says von Oehsen. Home state New Jersey will find the Squad performing the week of July 4th under the Big Top at the Camden Waterfront, and then it’s on to a one-week residency, bringing the circus to the children of Asbury Park and Red Bank. The road trip will culminate in August with the Squad heading to San Diego to attend the 2019 American Youth Circus Organization Festival. If you’ve been lucky enough to witness a TCS spectacle first hand, the smiling faces tell you the Squad is a fun, friendly bunch, but you’ll see it’s much more than that. “The Squad is made up of people who didn’t know each other at all, but now we are like a family,” says Troilo. “I’ve learned so much from other Squad members: trust, respect, communication, and of course, teamwork—skills we practice every day.” Even the newest members recognize the program’s warm and very special nature. “Everyone at TCS is unique and very different, but we’ve become a family over time. Everyone is welcome to the Squad,” says Williams. “I wouldn’t trade this for the earth.” HAMILTON 55
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Palm Beach society is known for its polished soirées, where culture and couture typically mix in refined environs. But, on at least one night each year, 25 local noteworthy celebrities, philanthropists and businessmen (cheered on by more than 250 attendees) get a little wild—at least when it comes to their fashion choice for the evening.
The WILD Pants Party, which supports The Arc of Palm Beach County, started in 2011 as a kickoff cocktail party for the organization’s annual golf tournament. In order to differentiate themselves from the myriad local charitable golf events, organizers had the idea to ask a handful of men if they would be willing to compete in an ugly pants contest in a humorous nod to outlandish golf fashion.
HOW ONE PALM BEACH CHARITY USED ITS WILD NIGHT TO LAUNCH A CONVERSATION-CHANGING CAMPAIGN.
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“Our goal for this year is to change the conversation about how people see each other.” The Arc has a long history of changing things, most specifically the opportunities afforded to those with intellectual disabilities. The organization was born over 60 years ago as institutions were closing and parents of those with disabilities were looking for services to help support their children.
THAT IDEA, AS IT TURNED OUT, WAS BRILLIANT. THE WILD PANTS PARTY TOOK ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN, BECOMING A STANDALONE EVENT HELD AT THE GARDENS MALL THAT HAS GROWN IN BOTH ITS POPULARITY AS WELL AS THE PRESTIGE ASSOCIATED WITH WINNING THE COMPETITION. In the months leading up to the party, participants are tasked with raising money, which is used to support The Arc’s 15 different programs that serve children and adults with developmental disabilities. The individual who raises the most funds is crowned King of WILD Pants, a title that comes with significant bragging rights and an outlandish WWE-inspired championship belt.
Today, The Arc assists individuals from birth all the way through advanced age with a wide array of programs that serve more than 2,800 families in the Palm Beach area. In addition to developmental and employment services, four group homes provide full-time care for 31 individuals and over 160 local families receive respite services. With the Acceptance campaign, however, McCarten and her team believe they can extend The Arc’s impact to a more global level. “Our goal for this year is to change the conversation about how people see each other,” McCarten says. (continued)
Competition is stiff, with participants amassing fan clubs to cheer them on and pandering to the audience with entertaining runway walks and dance moves, as well as items given out to the crowd. Two-time winner Palm Beach menswear designer Wyatt Koch met up with the 2019 victor, Richard Gaff, just weeks after this year’s event (both armed with their championship belts) to start strategizing for next year. “People love the WILD Pants party because it is different from anything else they go to,” says Kimberly McCarten, president and CEO of The Arc of Palm Beach County. At the heart of the spirited festivities is a celebration of individualism, which made this year’s WILD Pants Party the perfect venue for unveiling The Arc’s newest initiative.
“This campaign is about everyone accepting themselves and people around them for the gifts and talents they have and seeing those abilities, rather than focusing on their disabilities,” says McCarten. “We believe that you could really change the world with just this one word.”
As the event was drawing to a close, the models came out together one final time. Each of them had changed into a shirt that simply read “Acceptance.” More than merely a word, the concept of acceptance has become the foundation for The Arc’s new public service campaign that embraces not only the fundamentals of the organization, but also an issue at the forefront of national conversation.
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WITH THAT AMBITIOUS GOAL IN MIND, THE QUESTION BECAME: HOW COULD THE ARC START THE DIALOGUE? They decided to let jewelry do it for them. The team reached out to Hamilton Jewelers, both due to the company’s tradition of sophistication as well as its location in The Gardens Mall, home to their beloved WILD Pants Party. Working with a Hamilton designer, the team created an elegant line of necklaces and tie clips that feature the word “acceptance” imprinted on a gold or silver bar. These are pieces destined to spark conversation. “Hamilton was honored to create the jewelry for the Acceptance campaign,” Hamilton company vice president Donna Bouchard says. “It’s such an important cause, and the jewelry helps to raise awareness and visibility.” The pieces, which initially will be sold on The Arc’s website (arcpbc.org) and at their signature fundraising events throughout the year, are an impactful first step in The Arc having a voice that resonates with a wider audience.
With 60+ years of experience paying it forward in the local community, The Arc is poised to fulfill its newest promise to change the global conversation about acceptance. They are, after all, experts in proving how individuals can surpass expectations when given the chance.
At Otis, however, they work together as a group of eight at the company’s office, stuffing all of the billing envelopes. Rather than getting paid by the piece, each individual receives an hourly wage, so they can work at their own pace. The team is tasked with meeting a shared goal, without concern as to individual contribution level. Jackie works 20 hours a week in a job she had to interview with four different people to earn. Upon receiving the job, McCarten, whose entire team had worked with Jackie to prepare her for the interviews, asked Jackie what this meant to her. She shares Jackie’s response. “The biggest thing it means to me,” she replied, “is that when people ask me what I do, I don’t have to say I go to a program all day. I get to tell them I have a job.” “Most of us can’t wait to retire,” says McCarten. “The people we serve just want to be able to work and contribute to society. They want to get a paycheck and decide how to spend it. And they want to have the same conversation as everyone else.”
“What we loved about this,” McCarten says, “is that it doesn’t just have to be about disabilities. It’s whatever acceptance means to you. It’s accepting yourself for who you are and paying that forward.”
For many of us, talking about our jobs is a requisite and, at times, an annoying part of making conversation at social events. For clients of The Arc, like Jackie, it’s a source of pride. Jackie is part of an enclave team of Arc clients that works for the Finance Department at Otis Elevator Company. The members of this team need additional assistance and supervision.
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at your service THINGS TO KNOW: A jewelry appraisal can be done on any item of jewelry, regardless of the composition, style, or condition. The purpose of a jewelry appraisal is to assign a precise dollar value for an item, often for insurance purposes. An appraisal might also be necessary to settle an estate or other valuation procedures or also be used to verify an item’s true market value before making a purchase.
Market values change, so we recommend you have fine jewelry appraisals updated approximately every three years. The process should always include the following detail: · Each piece of jewelry is cleaned, weighed, measured and described in detail. · Gemstones are identified, graded, measured, and described in gemological and narrative detail.
· Photomicrographs (photos through the microscope) are available if needed for insurance claims, etc. · Your appraisal will explain the grading systems and any special terminology used.
Jewelry and watches may comprise a sizable portion of your personal assets, which makes knowing their value critical to any financial plan. Just like the other professionals on your financial planning team, it’s important to work with a qualified and accredited appraiser to ensure that this asset class is properly managed, and that the proper valuation method is applied. You may spend a lifetime building your collection and then your heirs often have no indication of what to do with it. Should the pieces be bequeathed? Should they be converted to cash? Should they be donated? When should these actions occur? Like any other asset, the proper dialogue with a professional is necessary to make sure the correct decisions are made.
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Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Rolex Cellini Date 39mm in 18K white gold with blue guilloche dial and leather strap; Shinola Runwell with 47mm stainless steel case and tan leather strap; Rolex Yacht Master 40mm in Evergold with Oysterflex bracelet; Shinola Runwell with 41mm stainless steel case, midnight blue dial and ocean Nappa leather strap. This page: Patek Philippe Ref. 5524 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 42mm in rose gold on vintage brown calfskin strap.
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TAKE TO THE SKIES WITH THE ROLEX GMT-MASTER II AND SKY-DWELLER, TRUSTED WINGMEN TO THE ELITE WORLD TRAVELER. By Christen Fisher
tennis legend Roger Federer, basketball great LeBron James and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, the Sky-Dweller boasts dual timezone displays and an annual calendar. For the dual time-zone feature, local time is read using center hands and a reference time display in 24-hour format on a rotating off-center disc visible on the dial. The annual calendar, called Saros after the astronomical phenomenon relating to the eclipse cycle, displays the date at 3 o’clock and the month using 12 apertures around the circumference of the dial. For ease of use on the go, the Sky-Dweller is equipped with a Ring Command bezel that allows the wearer to select the watch’s different functions through an interface between the movement and the case. The bezel can be turned to one of three positions to select the function to be set: date, local time or reference time. The selected function then can be adjusted in either direction, forward or backward, using the winding crown, which has only one setting position. At first it was offered only in precious metals, but Rolex introduced two Rolesor versions of the 42mm watch in 2017. It is now available in solid Everose gold, Oystersteel with white gold and Oystersteel with yellow gold. Keeping track of the time, knowing where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re going—whether it’s back home, to the next meeting or to an undiscovered corner of the Earth—is a necessary “luxury” for the devoted traveler. If you find yourself spending much of your time navigating friendly or unfriendly skies, Rolex’s GMT-Master II and Sky-Dweller will help you keep an eye on the horizon and a foot on the ground.
Opposite page: The Oyster Perpetual GMT-MASTER II in 18K white gold. This page, from top: The GMT-Master II is available in 18K Everose gold and Oystersteel.
Whether your 2019 travel plans include “bleisure” trips (mixing business and leisure) with the family in tow, an epic solo adventure into an unexplored or hard-to-reach territory, or both, chances are you’re going to fly. You’ll be in the air, but not above caring what time it is. So know this: As the jet set takes flight more frequently than ever before, its wingman of choice continues to be Rolex. In 1959, when Pan American Airways made the first nonstop flight from New York to Moscow, Rolex was in the cockpit. The historic flight’s captain wore an Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master to aid him in navigation. Since its original launch in 1955, the GMT-Master has remained a true “tool watch,” its ever-evolving technical performance keeping pace with the rapid growth of intercontinental travel during the second half of the 20th century. In 1982, Rolex introduced a new movement that allowed the hour hand to be set independently. Models fitted with this optimized movement were named the GMT-Master II. In the past 60 years, a lot has changed: Pan Am no longer exists, and flights from New York to Moscow are a daily occurrence. Yet the GMT-Master II continues to evolve to meet the needs of elite world travelers, including celebrity devotees such as Brad Pitt, Ellen DeGeneres and Sylvester Stallone. At Baselworld 2018, Rolex introduced three new versions of the iconic GMT-Master II with a new movement, the caliber 3285. Available in Oystersteel, Oystersteel and Everose gold and solid Everose gold, the 40mm GMT-Master II is equipped with a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a 24-hour graduated two-color Cerachrom insert in red-and-blue ceramic, known to watch aficionados as the “Pepsi” bezel. The lugs and sides of its Oyster case have been redesigned and fitted on a five-link Jubilee bracelet. Designed to display the time in two different time zones simultaneously and waterproof to 100 meters, it is an ideal watch for crisscrossing the globe in style. Launched in 2012, GMT-Master II’s much younger sibling, the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller, is one of Rolex’s most complicated watches. A favorite among globe-trotting athletes like
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The entrepreneur owns several of the Rolex GMT-Master timepieces, including the 1675 Blueberry, the “Pepsi” red and blue bezel and the 40MM GMT-Master II in ceramic steel, shown here.
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A DEGENERES TIMEPIECE TRIO Comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres seldom leaves home without a Rolex or Patek. Here are three standouts from her enviable collection:
OBSERVING CAREFULLY BOTH HER GUESTS AND THE TIME HELPS THIS TALK-SHOW HOST KEEP HER HUMOR SHARP BUT GENTLE. SHE’S A WATCHFUL COLLECTOR TOO. It’s about more than laughs—that’s the deal with comedian-turned-talk-show-host Ellen DeGeneres. Her generous, benign spirit is another key to her success, and her style of gentle self-mockery takes the sting out of her sendups of absurdity—hers, ours and the world’s. While some comics make us guffaw but inwardly recoil, DeGeneres is the one we want to hang out with in our daytime living rooms. Who else could have shattered barriers as she did by coming out on her sitcom back in the ’90s (both her character and the comedian herself) while leaving us laughing and liking her so darn much? While DeGeneres, now 60, wrestles with an exaggerated rep for being “nice,” she does achieve apparently effortless rapport with everyone who sits in the guest chair. That takes sensitivity. But each of us has an aggressive demon somewhere inside. Where’s hers? Maybe a clue is on her wrist. There seems to be nothing demure or stammeringly apologetic about DeGeneres’ acquisition of luxury watches. She collects. And no one doubts that her bank account is good for every tick on every dial. Oh, she’s casual enough, letting the luxury jewelry peek out beneath her left sleeve during episodes and appearances and interviews, but never actually showing it off. “I have both vintage and new models,” she remarked about a little Swiss brand called Rolex. She has, to name a wristful, the Rolex Submariner with a blue dial and ceramic bezel, the Rolex Yacht-Master Everose with an Oysterflex bracelet, the collectible Rolex Explorer II “Steve McQueen” 1655 and—her personal favorite— the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. DeGeneres, the wife
of actress Portia de Rossi, is photographed frequently wearing this classic design—she even wore one during her 2018 Netflix standup comedy special, ironically titled Relatable—and has at least seven of them. One of the comedian’s most valuable Daytonas is surely the $175K rare 1969 Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona Reference 6241, which she debuted on a 2018 episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix series, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. (It’s OK to be jealous of both her watch and her famous pals, we promise.) But any true collection needs variation, which is why she has also splurged on a few Patek Philippes, including the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5271, the Nautilus Ref. 5711 and the Nautilus Annual Calendar Chronograph. She keeps her wry perspective, though. “For centuries we’ve checked the time by looking at our phones,” she tweeted after Apple announced the Apple Watch in 2014. “Having it on your wrist? Genius.” DeGeneres and her shows have amassed at least 30 Emmys, and she has voiced a fish in Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, written some books, hosted the Grammys, the Oscars and the Emmys, made Spectrum commercials and launched her own production company, record label, lifestyle brand and a series on HGTV. She was a spokesmodel for CoverGirl and even served as a judge on a season of American Idol. Most important, though, DeGeneres has championed generosity and kindness throughout her career, ending each show by saying, “Be kind to one another.” If she’s as kind and generous as all that, couldn’t we borrow just one watch?
DeGeneres wore this Patek Philippe Grand Complications Ref. 5204 on a 2018 episode of her talk show. And she’ll never forget the date or time with this baby, as its functions show hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, month, moon phase, a leap year indicator and a perpetual calendar. Its price tag? Over $275K.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 is one of the comedian’s go-tos, with its elegant platinum smooth bezel and glacier blue patterned dial.
The Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Everose was introduced in 2015 and features the brand’s Oysterflex bracelet, which allows for increased comfort and mobility. DeGeneres wore this during an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.
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PATEK PHILIPPE’S LUXURIOUS WORLD TIME WATCHES SHOW WHAT TIME IT IS WHERE YOU ARE—AND EVERYWHERE ELSE TOO. By Christen Fisher
Patek Philippe Ref. 5930G Men’s World Time Chronograph in white gold with blue opaline hand-guilloche dial center and matte navy alligator strap.
Today’s world travelers need to see the time in different time zones at a glance. World Time watches meet that need with the ultimate in mechanical ingenuity and aesthetic beauty. Prior to the mid-19th century, time was a local matter. Towns and cities around the world relied solely on the relative position of the sun to determine the time of day, which would be displayed on a centrally located clock, perhaps on a church steeple, in the town square or in a jeweler’s window. No national or international conventions defined how time should be measured, when a day began and ended, or even the actual length of an hour. While astronomers in Greenwich, England, had established mean time (time measured by a pendulum clock) back in the 1670s, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) was of no practical use, except to sailors who used it to calculate their position at sea on transoceanic journeys. For the average citizen both in the U.S. and abroad, longdistance travel and communication were so painstakingly slow that standardized time was irrelevant. There was no such thing as a frequent traveler. Then came the railroads. As railroad tracks began to crisscross entire countries and continents, transporting people, communications and goods at speeds heretofore unimagined, the need for an international time standard became imperative. In 1876, Sir Sandford Fleming, chief
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become ubiquitous in the years since these advances. Jet propulsion has engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway—who incidentally was also instrumental in the laying of the Pacific Cable as a way to provide faster, taken over from the steam engine. Email, text, phone and FaceTime have superseded handwritten letters and telegrams. And the need to cheaper communication among the British colonies—spent a frustrated know the local time anywhere in the world at a glance is relevant to night in an Irish train station having missed the last departure, not everyone who dares to venture beyond their front door. Patek Philippe to mention a few other connections during his journey, because of World Time watches continue to fulfill this need in an exemplary way. the unpredictable time discrepancies between towns. Fleming’s Current Patek Philippe World Time references include two offerings misadventure inspired him to solve what he knew would become a for ladies and four for gentlemen. Each piece shows all 24 time zones at a universal problem for the rapidly growing ranks of regular travelers. In glance with the local time prominently displayed for the time zone whose 1884, at the International Prime Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C., he advocated the adoption of a standard or mean time with hourly assigned city name is just above the small red arrow at 12 o’clock—in the classic manner with the hour and minute hands. In the other 23 time variations from it according to a system of 24 time zones around the zones, the times are directly readable on the 24-hour ring that rotates globe. His system is still in use today. counterclockwise within the city disk. When traveling into a different time Born in Carouge, Switzerland, 10 years after the International zone, the pusher in the case at 10 o’clock is pressed as often as needed to Prime Meridian Conference, Louis Cottier was a talented and soughtalign the respective city name with the red arrow at 12 o’clock. Each time after independent watchmaker. Having graduated from the Geneva the pusher is pressed, the hour hand advances one hour while the city disk School of Horology, Cottier won two prizes from Patek Philippe and the 24-hour ring move counterclockwise by one increment. while still an apprentice. He worked as a master horologist for several For ladies, the World Time Ref. 7130 is available in white gold with major brands and was entrusted with the care and restoration of a gray-blue hand-guilloched dial center on a shiny peacock-blue Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf ’s personal watch collection. alligator strap with a diamond-set bezel and prong buckle, or in Despite these accolades, Cottier remained humble, working rose gold with an ivory opaline hand-guilloched dial center on in a modest atelier in the back room of his wife’s book a shiny taupe alligator strap, with a bezel and prong buckle also and stationery shop at Rue Vautier 45 in Carouge. There set with diamonds. Both references feature a caliber 240 HU he made desk clocks, pocket watches, wristwatches and self-winding mechanical movement. handmade prototypes including wristwatches without hands, For gentlemen, the World Time Ref. 5230 is watches with jumping digital hours, and fantastical available with a charcoal gray lacquered, handjacquemarts (hour-striking mechanical devices) guilloched center in white gold on a shiny black and automata. And it was there, in 1931, alligator strap or in rose gold on a shiny that Louis Cottier invented the “Heure chocolate brown alligator strap. Both Universelle,” or the “World Time” feature a caliber 240 HU mechanical, mechanism. self-winding movement. In addition, First created as a pocket watch there is the 5131/P World Time for a local jeweler, the World in white gold with cloisonné Time was the first complication enamel dial center depicting the to display the time in all 24 time North Pole. For those who are zones simultaneously. It quickly interested in the added features gained attention from luxury of a more complicated watch, watchmakers. In 1937, Patek there is also the 5930G World Philippe approached Cottier Time Chronograph. Offered in about producing the World Time white gold with a blue opaline as a wristwatch, and in 1940, hand-guilloched dial center on a the company launched the World matte navy blue alligator strap, the Time Ref. 1415 with a cloisonné World Time Chronograph features a enamel dial. Cottier refined the caliber CH 28-520 HU mechanical, selfdesign in 1953 by uncoupling the timewinding movement. zone mechanism from the movement, Patek Philippe’s World Time watches so that the hour hand could be moved represent the ultimate in luxury and without affecting the regular progression functionality and embody the brand’s of the minute hand. Six years later Patek longstanding commitment to the needs patented the system. In the years since, This page: The Patek Philippe 1931 “Heure Universelle” pocket watch. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Patek Philippe Ref. 5230G Men’s and values of the world’s travelers. It Patek has refined its World Time watches to World Time in rose gold with charcoal lacquered, hand-guilloche dial would seem that Sandford Fleming’s increase user-friendliness and technological and chocolate brown alligator strap; Patek Philippe Ref. 5131/P Men’s World Time in white gold with cloisonné enamel dial center depicting night of frustration was worth it in precision, as well as to showcase an array of the North Pole; a plaque commemorating Louis Cottier; Patek Philippe the long run, and that Louis Cottier’s breathtaking artistry. Ref. 7130G Ladies World Time in white gold with gray-blue handguilloche and peacock blue alligator strap. innovation has stood the test of time. World travel and communication have
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The six-figure Greubel Forsey GMT Tourbillon perfectly complemented the Oscar nominee’s Richard James suit—and Iron Man cufflinks!—on the Avengers: Infinity War red carpet.
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FACE TIME No performer wishes to be outshone by the timepieces he owns. So it’s a mark of confidence on superstar Robert Downey Jr.’s part that he’s willing to let us see how he keeps time. Here are three of his standout watches: At 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War premiere, Downey wore the $605K Greubel Forsey GMT Tourbillon, which boasts a power reserve indicator and a spinning titanium globe that rotates once every 24 hours.
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Watch enthusiasts spotted the JaegerLeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time in stainless steel on Downey’s wrist at the Paris premiere of Captain America: Civil War. It allows for simultaneous readings of the time in all 24 time zones and houses the latestgeneration automatic Calibre 772.
reported $80 million earnings in 2015. In 2016, Downey gave fans a peek into his luxury watch collection as part of a cover story on him for GQ Style. Among the standouts were his “best watch,” a Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT worth a cool $125K that he wore in Iron Man 2. He’s also the proud owner of a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner, a vintage Baume & Mercier he got from his grandfather and a Bell & Ross Titanium orange, a gift from Ben Stiller after they wrapped filming on 2008’s Tropic Thunder. Then there’s the pièce de résistance, the Patek Philippe Nautilus Moonphase Steel. “My Mrs. got me this watch,” he boasted of Susan Downey, his wife of 14 years and the mother of two of his three kids. “I’d say this is easily the most glamorous watch a man can have.” Well, it’s at least tied for “most glamorous” with the Urwerk UR-110 RG, which the actor wore in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. He personally requested the loan of that piece from the independent watch brand for his Tony Stark to wear in the film. It’s got 18K rose gold and black titanium with bright yellow numbers and detailing—yes, to match Iron Man’s suit. The Urwerk sold at a 2018 auction for $150K, but the actor won’t miss it too much; he had a separate one made for his personal collection.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. is probably best known these days as the dude under Iron Man’s suit in the films in Marvel’s Avengers franchise. He was also known to tabloid readers, years ago, for a bumpy personal life. But make room in your mind for one more fact about Downey: The man has a collection of watches that testifies to impeccable taste and discernment. That’s not something every star could easily match— not even every fellow performer on Forbes’ “highest-paid actors” list, where Downey has appeared repeatedly. But he seems comfortable with the fact that his possessions are revealing. “You can learn a lot about a man,” Downey has said, “if he opens up his jewelry box.” From his work we know he’s a man of impeccable talent too. Born in Manhattan to an actress mother and film director father, Downey began acting at the age of 5. He became a prominent member of the Brat Pack in the ’80s and had major roles in the 1992 film Chaplin and on the TV show Ally McBeal. However, his success in those early days was clouded by trouble with drugs, arrests and stints in rehab. By 2008, a finally sober Downey landed the role of a lifetime as Iron Man, a character he’s since depicted in leading roles, as a member of an ensemble cast and in cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s films. And, oh yeah, the superhero franchise is also what’s responsible for his
The actor has described his Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph as “sporty.”
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racing with rolex Rolex has linked its fame with the word “Daytona” over the years, and that’s no accident. The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is perhaps the Swiss brand’s most iconic watch, adored and admired by celebrities and less-known collectors alike. The timepiece was created with racing and speed in mind, and it has come to be regarded as one of the world’s most reliable watches due to its roots with speed racing in Daytona Beach, Florida. How? In 1935, after breaking a speed record of 276 miles per hour in his car Bluebird V at Daytona Beach, Sir Malcolm Campbell notified Rolex that the watch he wore during that race was still running. The fact that this timepiece withstood speeds and temperatures not typically experienced by owners was a testament to its craftsmanship. From there, Rolex’s relationship with racing grew steadily and, in 1963, the company launched a new-generation chronograph, the Cosmograph, dedicated to race-car drivers. This watch has evolved over the years to become a legend, a cherished trophy for this race, a tribute to the winning driver’s skill and a must-have for a collector’s vault, eventually becoming known by the prestigious name Daytona. In 1992, Rolex formalized their long-standing association with
Daytona and Daytona International Speedway by becoming the official timepiece and title sponsor of the epic 24-hour endurance race held annually in January. In 2001, the brand became the official partner and the official timepiece of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Rolex is also the timekeeper for Formula 1 Racing and started its sixth season with F1 when its Grand Prix season began in March. Meanwhile, three-time FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart has been a Rolex Testimonee since 1968. Rolex is hardly adorning racers’ wrists with the same watches season after season. In 2009, the watchmaker intorduced the Everose Daytona made with the brand’s exclusive 18K pink gold. It has calibre 4130 and the central sweep seconds hand allows an accurate reading of 1/8 second. As with all models, its Oyster case is nearly scratchresistant and waterproof to a depth of 100 meters. The diameter of the timepiece is 40mm and the bracelet features the Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system, which allows the wearer to increase the bracelet length by up to 5mm. In 2016, the watchmaker released the Cosmograph Daytona with a Cerachrom steel bezel. Gentlemen, start your engines.
Clockwise from top left: A 2016 “Paul Newman” Daytona, known as the “panda face” for its black-and-white dial, resembles the original 1963 model; an aerial view of Daytona Beach, 1955; the finish line at Daytona International Speedway; a glimpse of Daytona International Speedway during a stunning sunset, 2016; Sir Malcolm Campbell, with the Bluebird V in 1935, after reaching a speed of 301 mph; Sir Jackie Stewart, F1 racer and 50-year Rolex Testimonee, who competed in 99 Formula 1 Grand Prix races and won 27 of them.
THANKS TO ITS UNMATCHED RELIABILITY, THE OYSTER PERPETUAL COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA HAS A LONG TRACK RECORD IN MOTOR SPORTS.
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PORSCHE ELECTRIFIES THE GREEN VEHICLE MARKET WITH ITS FIRST ELECTRIC SPORTS SEDAN. By Darius Amos
Careful what you wish for—right, Elon Musk? The Tesla chief took the auto world by storm when he rolled out his line of luxury electric cars, but little did he know his call for the globe’s other leading automakers to manufacture competitive “green” vehicles would be met head-on by Porsche. The German company, with a nearly 90-year history of producing high-end sports cars, has more than stepped up to Musk’s challenge. It is launching a new high-performance sports sedan, the Taycan (pronounced TIE-con), that will stand toe-to-toe with Tesla’s iconic Model S. The Taycan—a Eurasian word that translates loosely to “lively young horse”—is Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle. With a starting price in the $90,000-to-$100,000 range, it aims to become the leader in a market that’s been ruled by Tesla. So what makes this colt run? For starters, it boasts two electric motors that generate a whopping 600 horsepower, which Porsche says muscles 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds. Not bad considering Porsche’s legendary 911 Turbo S does that sprint in roughly 2.5 seconds. Early track results show that the
Taycan has an electric range of about 310 miles. The car’s power source is an 800-volt supercharger battery—plug in the car for just 15 minutes and it will have enough juice to travel 248 miles, or New York to Boston, without stopping. The Porsche power on the Taycan is tamed by all-wheel drive traction, though a rear-wheel drive version is an anticipated option for the future. Inside the cabin, you’ll find all the luxurious amenities typically associated with the Porsche name. The driver’s position resembles a 911, with plenty of gadgets and gizmos within reach. Two touchscreens (one a 10.1-inch display) provide controls for everything from the premium infotainment system to seat adjustments. If you’re hauling family, friends or co-workers, they’ll ride in comfort—there’s ample room for them plus space for luggage in the front and back. An old adage suggests that sometimes less is more. Without an engine, the Taycan offers fewer mechanical components for a driver to interact (play) with. No worries. Welcome to the new generation of electric sports cars.
The Porsche Taycan will be the luxury sports car manufacturer’s first electric car when it hits the U.S. later this year. Engineers say the sports sedan can travel about 310 miles on a fully charged battery—a range that eclipses the industry leader, Tesla’s iconic Model S.
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NEITHER A TRAVEL CLICHÉ NOR A TOURIST HOT SPOT, SCENIC OMAN MAY ACTUALLY OFFER THE TRUEST MIDDLE EAST EXPERIENCE. By Elise K. Guarna
Tucked around the coastal elbow of the Arabian Peninsula under a bright and cloudless sky lies a land of stunning natural beauty with a rich and ancient culture. The sultanate of Oman managed for a long time to elude the eye of the tourist masses—British actress-model Naomi Campbell calls it one of her secret escapes. From rolling desert sands to breathtaking mountain vistas, from grand Islamic architecture to pristine beaches, from world-class luxury resorts to hidden valleys bursting with palm trees, Oman has something magical in store behind every corner. Does that surprise you? Oman’s neighborhood—it borders Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates—is one you’ve heard about lately, but not necessarily for beachy serenity. Don’t fret; known as “the Switzerland of the Middle East,” Oman is so quiet and peaceful it was voted the fourthsafest country in the world for visitors by the World Economic Forum in 2017. In fact, I have rarely felt as safe anywhere in the world as I did in Oman, where the parks of any city are full of picnicking families late into the night and “Adi, ma mushkila” (“Don’t worry, no problem”) is the response to any request for help. You’ll read that Oman is sparsely populated, but take that with a grain of sand. Most of its nearly 4.5 million residents are clustered in the north, while the land to the south is sparse indeed—it’s desert. Oman is actually smaller
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A woman enters the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, whose design and architecture pays homage to great Islamic civilizations past and present.
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Left, the iconic lobby of Muscat’s Al Bustan Palace. Below, dusk falls at Sense on the Edge, the signature cliff-top restaurant at the Six Senses Zighy Bay resort.
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Top, camel racing is done for both sport and leisure. Below, visitors stop to snorkel on a day trip through the fjords of northern Oman.
elegant Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the only place in Oman where women will be asked to cover their hair. Incorporating design elements from great Islamic civilizations throughout history, the mosque boasts intricate mosaic work, an Iranian carpet hand-woven by six hundred craftswomen over four years and a 46-foot-tall chandelier of Swarovski crystal, which melds seamlessly with majestic white marble exteriors and fragrant gardens to create a final effect that is as effortless and tranquil as it is awe-inspiring. Taxis are widely available within Muscat and from all major points of interest, but they are generally not metered and can be quite expensive for tourists. Consider renting a car at the airport for more flexible transportation within the city and to explore the natural playground waiting within just a few hours’ travel from Muscat. The diversity and sheer beauty of the Omani countryside never ceased to amaze me. In just one weekend we could swim in the caves of Wadi Shab, watch the sun set from the top of a sand dune and stop for a lunch of fresh fish in the quiet seaside city of Sur, where turquoise waters wash up on beaches dotted with fishing boats and lined with white-washed houses, and where women wearing face-covering niqabs rolled down their car windows to wave at us as we drove through the narrow streets. Wherever I wandered I was greeted by smiling faces—often with a proffered bowl of dates. Drive down the coast and hike through one of Oman’s famous wadis (which loosely translates to “valley” but is often mistranslated as “oasis”). Spend a night in the Sharqiya Sands desert, and wake up with the sun for some dune bashing (off-road vehicle activity) or a leisurely camel ride. Continue to Jabal Akhdar (Arabic for “The Green Mountain”), with its sweeping canyon views, cooler climate and the magnificent Anantara resort. Perched atop one of Oman’s tallest mountains, the Anantara Al Jabal Al
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Top, training an Arabian horse, the pride of many Gulf nations. Left, a selection of traditional Omani daggers, called khanjars.
Akhdar is the secluded mountain Eden you never knew you needed. If you ever tire of sipping champagne in your private cliffside infinity pool, you can join an Omani guide to learn about the culture of the nearby villages, where ancient irrigation systems nourish the mountain’s renowned pomegranate trees, or sneak away to the lookout where Princess Diana once surveyed the Hajar Mountains. It’s perfect for a sunrise yoga session or an evening of stargazing in an unpolluted sky. For those craving yet another secluded paradise, the Six Senses Zighy Bay resort in the northern region of the Musandam Peninsula is one for the bucket list. Included on Condé Nast World Traveler’s 2019 Gold List, Zighy Bay describes itself as a reimagined fishing village—that’s if a fishing village were made up of private beachfront villas. Like anything worth having, getting to Zighy Bay requires a bit of work. But trust me, it is well worth the effort. Tucked into a tiny inlet between the mountains and the sea in Oman’s northwest corner, the resort is most easily accessible from Dubai, where guests are picked up at the airport and taken by 4x4 on a scenic journey culminating in a drive through a dramatic mountain pass. To kick off this unique experience the right way, skip the last leg of the drive and opt to paraglide into the resort. Once you’ve arrived, kick back and indulge. Charter a private boat and be whisked through the Omani fjords. Catch a fish, and it will be masterfully prepared for you at any of the resort’s restaurants. Spend the morning crafting a personalized wellness plan or simply being pampered in the world-class Six Senses Spa. Watch the sunset from the clifftop Sense on the Edge Restaurant before diving into one of the exquisite seven-course chef’s menus, or have a meal prepared for you in-villa. Here, as with anywhere else in Oman, the possibilities are endless.
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Clockwise from top left, Omani dates, served to guests as a sign of welcome; a turquoise lagoon with a hidden beach along the Oman coast; marine life, including blue whales, thrives in the waters that border Oman.
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It could be a wedding gathering at the famous resort Auberge du Soleil in California’s scenic Napa Valley, as featured in Jessica Kerwin Jenkins’ The Art of Entertaining (Rizzoli New York). Or it could be another celebration somewhere far from the vineyards, but where the golden light of just-before-dusk equally illumines the guests’ cheerfully colorful attire and the sparkling Dom Pérignon equally complements the succulent treats from the sea. Here the culinary preparations are by renowned chef Robert Curry; at your event they could be your own or the work of another artist in the kitchen. What matters is the vibe of effortless delight, and the way conversation seems to have an extra opportunity to sparkle. What matters is the moment—and the mood—and the memories you’ll make.
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This page: A raw bar offering oysters, clams and prawns is an irresistible counterpoint to sparkling wine, but keep the menu understated so as not to overpower the beverages. Chef Robert Curry of Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley recommends serving sparkling wine with salty foods such as oysters or anything thatâ€™s fried and/ or cured, or fermented dishes, such as those made with bacon, soy or olives. Opposite page: Seared scallops with zucchini, corn and basil purĂŠe exemplify the flavors of the season (and locale); mix Islay dry gin with vermouth and orange bitters for a change-up from champagne.
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This page: This party’s backdrop of verdant vineyards seems perfectly apropos, but the hills of Monterey Bay also have their part to play. Put dessert on wheels, as peach parfait and macarons here make the rounds of the patio on a convenient beverage cart. Opposite page: You can spruce up the balcony bar with candles and greenery in golden urns to maintain a garden feel throughout—and keep champagne flutes at the ready for whenever the bubbly mood strikes.
Photos reprinted with permission from The Art Of Entertaining Relais & Châteaux: Menus, Flowers, Table Settings, and More for Memorable Celebrations by Relais & Châteaux North America and Jessica Kerwin Jenkins and photography by Melanie Acevedo and David Engelhardt.
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TIRED OF THAI, MEXICAN AND ITALIAN? TRY THE HEALTHY, TASTY FOOD OF ISRAEL. By Donna Rolando
cumin, paprika and cayenne, shakshuka is a hearty wake-up call for breakfast or brunch, but don’t be surprised to see it at the dinner table—it’s that versatile. There’s no right or wrong way to serve shakshuka, and plenty of recipes to prove it. Get creative and sprinkle in some feta cheese. Or let a seasonal veggie fare like eggplant introduce fresh variety to the egg core. If you’re looking for a dish that’s light yet filling at the same time, don’t pass up the chance to taste sabich, a hearty sandwich that can serve as lunch. Loaded atop a pita, there’s fried eggplant and hard-boiled eggs, along with Israeli salad, hummus and tahini. This popular dish is meatless but you won’t miss it as the sauce called amba wakes up your senses with a blend of pickled mangoes, turmeric and fenugreek. A familiar feature at falafel stands, the Israeli salad rounds out the recipe with a blend of tomato, cucumber and other diced veggies. For pasta like nothing you’ll find in an Italian restaurant but with winning qualities all its own, there’s Israeli couscous, also called ptitim. Devour this toasted, pearl-shaped pasta on its own with zuc-
chini, tomatoes and peppers. Or enjoy it as an accompaniment to a main dish such as grilled tilapia as the couscous inspires the chef ’s creativity. But what’s an Israeli meal without the Holy Land’s traditional dessert? Halvah, the sweet, tahini-based candy, gets its name from halwa, the Arabic word for sweet confection. It’s eaten in different variations across the globe but the Israeli version is made with sugar syrup, a sesame base and optional yummy accoutrements like seeds or nuts. It comes in slabs or in packaging, in flavors like chocolate or vanilla or a marble of both, and can be eaten as a dessert or as a companion to an Israeli breakfast. Halvah looks like fudge but is more crumbly in texture, but there really is no way to describe its unique taste. One should just try for himself. No matter how you indulge your curiosity about the wonderful world of Israeli cuisine, you’ll have no pangs of guilt. Remember that fresh and healthy ingredients are at the heart of this culinary style as you discover centuries-old taste sensations closer to home than ever.
Clockwise, from top left: Shakshuka, or “tomato eggs,” is a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner when paired with a fresh salad or bread for dipping; you won’t miss the meat on this ultimate vegetarian sandwich, the sabich, hugely popular in the metropolitan Tel Aviv area; couscous is a versatile, quick-cooking and delicious pasta; halvah is the perfectly sweet ending to your Middle Eastern meal.
They say everything old is new again, but here’s that truism on steroids. The “new” culinary revolution under way in the U.S. actually comes from traditions as old as time: Israeli fare with its winning combination of healthy ingredients and pizzazz. Look for it in hot spots like New York and L.A.—or in a neighborhood near you—as celebrated chefs embrace the trend and reap a bounty of awards. And if you know only hummus dip and falafel, it’s time to expand your culinary horizons by becoming familiar with a few dishes that many, many generations have enjoyed. Don’t let the name shakshuka fool you. Also spelled shakshouka, it may sound like something complicated, but this savory dish of poached eggs nesting in a spiced tomato stew is a one-skillet wonder that cooks up in a snap. This traditional Israeli meal with North African roots goes from stovetop to oven to table in just 40 minutes. (And, yes, it’s often served right in the skillet, taking simplicity to the max.) Soak up all that hearty goodness with challah or pitas, and you’re dining on shakshuka like a pro. With a zesty array of spices such as
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rosé has its day Don’t blush—there’s no need to be embarrassed. Nowadays, it’s perfectly O.K. to like rosé. More than that, it’s cool. It puts you on the cusp of a cultural wave that has swept up wine lovers from coast to coast. Call it a rosergence. Jay-Z has rapped about it. Drew Barrymore has reveled it in, releasing her own label of pinot noir rosé. Although pink wine still represents a mere 1.5 percent of the total U.S. table wine market—a proverbial drop in the industry bucket—demand for it is swelling. From mid-2016 to mid-2017, domestic consumption of rosé increased 53 percent by volume, surging to $258 million in sales, according to a report last year by Forbes. Over that same period, sparkling rosé also enjoyed a bump, its sales jumping by nearly 20 percent. It all adds up to a serious turnabout in reputation for a wine once snickered at by sophisticates. Starting in the 1970s, and for the good part of a generation, rosé was widely seen as the sweet pink drink of fru-fru cocktail parties, a déclassé concoction for less-than-nuanced palates, much of it sold in jugs by the likes of Gallo and Sutter Home. White zinfandel was the variety by which many people then came to know rosé, and it was often said that the wine’s very existence owed to an error. According to a broadly circulated story, it was born in 1975 when Sutter Home winemaker Bob Trinchero botched a production, giving rise to a high-in-sugar wine with the saccharine character of a Hallmark card. To Trinchero’s surprise, consumers loved it. For better or worse, a phenomenon was born. This, of course, was another era; the American market was just catching on to wine. “In that sense, those sweet rosés were great for the industry,” says Niki Wente, a fifth-generation vintner at venerable Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California. “They got a lot of people drinking and enjoying wine. And the more people learned, the more excited they became about the possibilities.” Wente is one of a growing number of young vintners who are unabashed in their embrace of rosé. Just last year, she expressed that fondness through the first release of Niki’s Pinot Noir Rosé, a crisp but complex wine that bears no resemblance to the cloying blushes of decades past. Dancing lightly on the palate, with notes of cantaloupe and orange zest, this rosé has a closer kinship to the traditionally bone-dry rosés of France, one of several countries where pink wine comes with a rich pedigree. Wide-ranging in its provenance, with deep roots in Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy, among other wine-producing powers, rosé is also made in myriad styles, from such varietals as pinot noir, grenache and gamay, to name just a few. It appears in shades that span the pink-hued spectrum, from the reddest raspberry to the palest salmon. But no matter its iteration, rosé, at its best, is bright, refreshing and a delicious food wine fit for all occasions. Hence the growing popularity of a wine-world catchphrase. Say it with us: Rosé all day!
Domaine Carneros Madame de Pompadour Rose NV, $37 Named after the French King Louis XV’s paramour, Madame de Pompadour, this has a delicate mousse, a lacy texture and aromatics of wild strawberries, ripe peach, apricot, pomegranate, honeysuckle and exotic spices. 2018 Niki’s Pinot Noir Rosé, $30 Brimming with aromatic hints of summer melon and ripe strawberry, this refreshing wine pairs beautifully with everything from rich cow’s-milk cheeses to roasted pork. J Vineyards Brut Rosé, $45 A vibrant sparkling rosé with a creamy mouthfeel that gives way to lively notes of blood orange and lemon. Try it with tuna poke or grilled prawns.
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