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ACCENT: THE MAGAZINE OF LIFE’S CELEBRATIONS TIVOL FALL/WINTER 2018

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contents

FALL 2018

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7 Welcome Letter 12 Gatherings 14 Engagements: #MyTIVOLStories 19 On the Run: Fashion Trends 36 Cover Story: City of Artists 59 Hunter’s Club 83 Cathy’s Recipe

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Artful Jewels Bare Essentials Oh, What a Pearl! As Seen On Tools of the Trade Contemporary Classics: David Yurman Nothing but Time Interview: Keeping Time Forever Auctions: Time Will Tell Auto: Road Warrior Rolex: The New Classics Trending: In Plain Sight Travel: Magic in the Maldives Gourmet: Out of Africa End Page: Street Seen

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Amanda Thompson, Sales Associate, on the Country Club Plaza with her kids, Sloane and Skyler.

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WELCOME TIVOL

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tivol.com CEO Cathy Tivol PRESIDENT Brian Butler VICE PRESIDENT Hunter Tivol McGrath DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Ryann Rinker GRAPHIC DESIGNER Annie Steinert PHOTOGRAPHER Julie Iseman MARKETING INTERNS Sarah Marquardt, Morgan Marso EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Rita Guarna ART DIRECTOR Stephen Vitarbo SENIOR EDITOR Daria Meoli SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR Darius Amos ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Yvonne Marki CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Lee Lusardi Connor FOUNDING EDITOR Karen Alberg Grossman PUBLISHING STAFF PUBLISHER Shae Marcus NATIONAL BRAND MANAGER Monica Delli Santi SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Karen Azzarello, Christina Ferrero DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION AND CIRCULATION Christine Hamel ADVERTISING SERVICES DIRECTOR Jacquelynn Fischer GRAPHIC DESIGNER, AD SERVICES Violetta Mulaj ACCOUNTING Agnes Alves, Megan Frank PUBLISHED BY 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

TIVOL magazine is published twice a year by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645, in association with TIVOL. Copyright © 2018 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved.

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n this issue, Kansas City’s outdoor art scene provides a vibrant, dynamic backdrop for our sales team and their loved ones. Truly a perfect match. And we have recently added a new member to the TIVOL team – Emma Tivol. Emma is a Cavalier King Charles tri-color that will be 6 months old in November. I miss Lucy so much, but I’m already in love with Emma. She became a fixture at the store when I started bringing her to work at 9 weeks. She resides mostly at the Plaza, but she also likes running around our Hawthorne store. Please come by the store and give Emma a warm welcome and hug.

Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, TIVOL, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.782.5730; email rita.guarna@wainscotmedia.com. 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, TIVOL 220 Nichols Rd, Kansas City, MO, 64112; telephone 816.531.5800; email christine.hamel@wainscotmedia.com.

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Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or shae.marcus@wainscotmedia.com.

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ISSUE:

April 2018

Know Your Diamond COLOR GRADE

CLARITY GRADE

CUT GRADE

CARAT WEIGHT

Look for diamonds graded by GIA, the creator of the 4Cs. Learn more at 4Cs.GIA.edu

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SPECIAL PROMOTION

2018 MARKS THE 55TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ICONIC TAG HEUER CARRERA COLLECTION. Since its debut in 1963, this model has become synonymous with motorsports timekeeping. The collection takes its name from the legendary week-long Carrera Panamericana road race held in Mexico during the 1950s, a thrilling competition revived in 1988 as an annual rally for pre-1955 collectors’ vehicles, for which TAG Heuer serves as both partner and Official Timekeeper. TAG Heuer has recently unveiled two new stylish, vintage-inspired timepieces featuring the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 chronograph with a 41mm diameter. The black version is adorned with a magnificent perforated black leather strap with red stitching, and the blue version features a steel

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bracelet for maximum comfort. With touches of red, the colors, contrasts and position of the counters are all clear references to motorsports. The two sporty models feature a vintage signature produced by the three white counters, which stand out starkly against a dial featuring a white flange with a 60-second scale. The seconds counter is at 9 o’clock, the minute counter at 12 o’clock and the hour counter at 6 o’clock. The bezel is made from ceramic and features a tachymeter scale—a crucial component on an automotive chronograph. Both models are beautiful additions to the TAG Heuer Carrera collection.

DIAL Black opaline dial White flange with 60-second / minute scale Three counters Rhodium-plated alternate finishing applied Indexes with beige Superluminova® Rhodium-plated polished, faceted hour and minute hands with beige Superluminova® Red-lacquered central hand CASE 41mm diameter Steel polished case Ceramic black polished tachymeter fixed bezel Domed, beveled sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment Alternate finishing steel screw-down case back with special stamping Water resistance: 100 meters MOVEMENT TAG Heuer Calibre 16, Swiss made Automatic calibre, rapid date correction Diameter: 26.2mm (2”), 21 rubies Balance frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) Power reserve: about 42 hours STRAP Black calf skin strap with red lining Alternate finishing steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons

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Above: Cristo Rey’s Dancing with the Kansas City Stars event on April 21st. Featuring Lisa Lyddon, Country Club Plaza Assistant Store Manager, and her dance partner, Gil Maldonado. (1-2) Below: Tie the Knot cocktail party for The Independent bridal issue, benefiting KC Pet Project on July 21. (3-5)

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LOVE STORIES

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1-2) Brandon proposed to Cammy at the top of a mountain in Red Cliff, Colorado. 3) AJ and Maddie got engaged at the Overland Park Aboretum.

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5 5-6) Omik surprised Sarah with a picture perfect proposal in Napa, California. 7) Susan and Ben were engaged at sunset on the beach, which made for some absolutely amazing photos! 8) Blake proposed to Julie, our TIVOL photographer, at the Overland Park Arboretum. 9) Maddie and Andrew Watts were married on July 28 in Kansas City.

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The Harlans

The Harlan story began in 1987, when Kevin was a broadcaster at the Big Eight tournament. After a game, he visited the Country Club Plaza and met Ann for the first time. They were married on December 26, 1987. Kevin made a career in broadcasting for radio and television and was voted this year by his peers “The National Sportscaster of the Year.” Of course, Ann surprised him with a new watch to commemorate the award. TIVOL has been there for nearly every special milestone in their lives for the past three decades.

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The Harlans have four children, two sons-in-law, and are expecting their first grandchild this fall. They look forward to many more of life’s celebrations and honoring them with special mementos to pass down to their children and grandchildren. They truly feel like part of the family when they walk through the doors at TIVOL. Kevin loves to say, “If ever an angel walked the earth, it is my wife.” No matter how far away he is or how busy life gets, Kevin always wants Ann to know that she is the most important thing in his world.

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10 10) Antonio and Alexandra with their excited pup! 11) John and Jade celebrating thier honeymoon with their TIVOL bride and groom mugs. 12) Andrew and Elizabeth got engaged in Brooklyn, New York. 13) Alex and Courtnee celebrating their engagement. 14) Drew proposed to Erica during a hike through the Antelope Canyon just east of Page, Arizona.

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2. MARCO BICEGO 18K yellow gold Jaipur earrings, $1,650. 3. ROBERTO COIN 18K white and yellow gold double row diamond bracelet, $13,000. 4. PHILLIPS HOUSE 14K yellow gold diamond hoop earrings, $2,000. 5. MARCO BICEGO 18K white and yellow gold five row Masai ring, $2,860.

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2. TIVOL 18K white gold diamond and sapphire band, $5,570. 3. PENNY PREVILLE 18K rose gold watercolor rainbow sapphire and diamond cluster bangle, $9,750. 4. TIVOL 18K yellow gold or white gold multicolored sapphire or diamond bands, $1,495 - $2,465.

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MEET THE WOMEN BEHIND CANADA’S BOOMING DIAMOND INDUSTRY. the effort. Diamond mining operations have boosted Many people begin their day with a car, bus or subway the economy and offer a true living wage to many. ride to the office. But for workers at the Gahcho Kué With its cold climate and high cost of living, Balsillie Diamond Mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories remembers when the area offered far fewer employment (NWT), chances are they’ll go by plane. It’s a 200opportunities. Then came the discovery of diamonds, mile journey from city to mine and the route is easily and things changed for the better. accessible by air or, for two of the coldest months of The mining industry is committed to hiring local and the year, via an ice highway where truckers ferry vital indigenous Northern residents. Kelly Lafferty-Norn, supplies over frozen lakes. Mine workers take a chartered a 35-year-old Métis, works for Diavik Diamond Mine. flight from Yellowknife, the capital city of this vast Though she once worked an hourly office job in nearby northern region of Canada, arriving on a landing strip Hay River, Lafferty-Norn—a mother of four—now 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle. There, they board drives trucks and earns an extremely competitive wage. school buses to the mine’s modest campus—their last leg An employee at Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine sorts through a handful of rough She is one of Diavik’s haul-truck operators, moving of the journey before work begins. diamonds, tracking and weighing each ore from mine to processing facility. Women now But travel time isn’t wasted. Kimi Balsillie, a Gahcho stone before they are sent on to the next phase of their journey, ultimately account for nearly 30 percent of the workforce. In the Kué environmental officer, uses it to update workers on becoming a piece of jewelry. history of diamond mining, women have always played on-site safety. Balsillie personifies how diamond mining significant roles: Two women geologists discovered the has changed the region for the better. With a position first kimberlite deposits in Russia and Australia, and geologist Maureen that focuses on employee safety and environmental standards, her work is Muggeridge discovered the massive diamond deposit near Western a testament to the industry’s respect for the vast, mineral-rich land where it Australia’s Lake Argyle. mines the world’s most precious gems. Although the work can be anything but easy, the camaraderie among Since the discovery of diamonds in the early 1990s, Canada has become an workers adds to the extraordinary community that has blossomed here. increasingly important producer, now ranking third in worldwide diamond A 24-hour cafeteria, on-site gym and complimentary personal and career production. The Canadian tundra offers both riches and extraordinary career development classes on subjects ranging from public speaking to financial opportunities, especially for women and the territory’s indigenous people. planning help workers optimize their chances for advancement. Balsillie is a Yellowknife native and a Métis—a group descended from Megan Rodel, a native of South Africa who grew up in the mining industry, the First Nations people and early European settlers. As an environmental started in production mining and now, at 31, manages workflow optimization officer and member of the local community, she understands the need to at Gahcho Kué. She loves the diversity of the work she does and welcomes its balance progress with tradition. When operations began in the late ’90s to challenges. With a degree in mining engineering, her career has followed the reach the diamond-bearing kimberlite pipes that lie deep below the area’s trajectory of the very products she helps to unearth, from coal to diamonds. permafrost, the mining companies established rules to protect the land “I began my career working to mine coal; now I help to mine diamonds. It’s a and its indigenous community. “There are three golden rules we live by,” dream job for me. Each unique diamond that emerges from the Earth has its says Balsillie. “Zero harm, improve continually and always be resource own story to tell. And that in itself is a dream.” compliant.” It takes work, Balsillie says, but it’s work that’s well worth

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO PILE ON THE ACCESSORIES WHEN YOU DISPLAY THE PERFECT—ONEOF-A-KIND— MASTERPIECE. BE PREPARED TO TURN HEADS!

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ROBERTO COIN 18K rose gold diamond flower earrings, $9,900.

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ROBERTO COIN 18K yellow gold collar link necklace, $8,900. ROBERTO COIN 18K yellow gold open triangle earrings, $1,700.

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ARMENTA sterling silver white mother of pearl ring, $5,490. ROBERTO COIN 18K yellow gold diamond cable bracelet, $29,700.

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This page, necklaces by Penny Preville. Opposite, necklaces and bracelets by Marco Bicego.

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ALWAYS IN STYLE, THESE CLASSIC JEWELS ADD A TOUCH OF SIMPLE, LUSTROUS ELEGANCE. By Rita Guarna Whatever oyster first dreamed of pearls had no idea the gems would shine for millennia. Pearls pop up in the Bible and the Koran; were prized by the ancient cultures of Egypt, India and China; and were a big reason—so the historian Suetonius tells us—that Julius Caesar invaded Britain. The costly gem symbolized purity, but also wealth, as usually only royalty or nobility could afford pearls. With the advent of cultured pearls in the early 1900s, that changed. Since famous French fashion designer Coco Chanel incorporated them into mainstream fashion almost a century ago, pearls have become the accessory that makes a look—and never gets old. Today, a new generation of celebrities and tastemakers is appropriating this timeless gem, giving pearls modern meaning and edge. Far from Park Avenue, fashionable women of all ages

are throwing on strands of pearls with everything from black lace cocktail dresses to blue jeans and white T-shirts. From the concert stage to the red carpet, British singer Rita Ora has used a smattering of differentsized pearls to create youthful yet ethereal hair accessories. Singer-songwriter Rihanna rocks pearls with sexy multi-strand collars and layers upon layers of matinee-length strands. Actresses Emma Stone and Lupita Nyong’o have added luster beyond their accessories, wearing pearlcovered gowns for black-tie events. Actress Jessica Alba has been photographed many times wearing pearl earrings. From decidedly modern black pearl-drop earrings to a pair of hanging gold chains punctuated with small luminescent pearls to front-and-back bauble pearl studs, Alba proves that pearl earrings

transition seamlessly from day to night. Whether you prefer the iconic five-strand pearl necklace Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Kate Middleton’s funky white pearl lariat, there are many trendy ways to wear pearls now. For a preppy look, headbands, clips and other hair accessories are getting the spotlight. For a more avant-garde approach, pearls are being used as accents in art-inspired sculptural earrings. The unique shapes and textures of baroque pearls make the perfect accessories for a free-spirited boho style. For traditionalists looking for a twist on a classic, the Gucci loafer received an update with pearl-studded heels. But perhaps the final word on pearls came, with fitting simplicity, a half-century ago from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. “Pearls,” she said, “are always appropriate.”

THE GEM OF QUEENS Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but pearls are a woman’s timeless companion. Long known as “the queen of gems” because of their popularity with royalty (among the few who could afford them), pearls have gone mainstream without losing their elegance. Today’s celebrities are making sophisticated and sexy fashion statements with them. From Scarlett Johansson’s luxurious multi-strand, layered look to Jennifer Lawrence’s chic front-and-back black pearl-stud earrings, young fashionistas are donning this classic gem with bold, modern style.

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City of Artists For this issue, we wanted to feature our TIVOL team and their families enjoying Kansas City’s dynamic outdoor art scene. Murals have become a genre here. We had so much fun exploring our city and hope you enjoy seeing lots of familiar faces.

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Kathryn Holmboe and Kate Passantino, Sales Associates, Country Club Plaza, with their dogs, Hops and Zoe.

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AS SEEN ON

celeb bling THE STUNNING STYLES WORN BY STARS ARE OUR FAVORITES TOO!

Anna Kendrick wearing Carelle Moderne collection earrings on the set of the Today show.

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Mandy Moore wore Penny Preville Journey earrings to Entertainment Weekly’s preEmmy party.

Oprah wore a Roberto Coin 18K yellow gold ring while out and about in London.

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TOOLS of the TRADE

From top to bottom: TIVOL 18K rose gold diamond band, $2,600. DAVID YURMAN sterling silver and titanium black diamond band, $1,850. TIVOL 14K yellow gold men’s band, $480. TIVOL platinum men’s band, $1,940. RAHAMINOV platinum solitaire diamond ring, price available upon request. PRECISION SET 18K rose gold diamond ring, $8,320. TIVOL 18K yellow gold diamond ring, $8,790

From top to bottom: PRECISION SET 18K yellow gold diamond ring, $12,145. KWIAT platinum Ashoka diamond band, $19,995. TIVOL 14K rose gold diamond band, $8,950. DAVID YURMAN 18K yellow gold twisted ring, $650. NOVELL platinum and 18K rose gold men’s band, $1,315.

HENRI DAUSSI 14K white gold black diamond band, $5,600.

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From top to bottom: TIVOL 18K white gold band, $1,295. DAVID YURMAN sterling black titanium black diamond band, $1,950. TIVOL 18K white and rose gold band, $2,200. TIVOL 14K yellow gold ripple band, $1,350. TIVOL 18K yellow gold emerald diamond ring, $74,995. RAHAMINOV 18K white gold diamond halo ring, $8,295. TIVOL 18K white gold three stone ring, $18,785.

From top to bottom: KWIAT platinum three stone Ashoka diamond ring, $52,195. TIVOL platinum diamond ring, $28,900. TIVOL 18K yellow gold men’s band, $1,195. TIVOL 14K white gold band, $1,850. NOVELL 18K yellow gold band, $1,450. TIVOL 18K white gold diamond men’s band, $9,020.

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DAVID YURMAN OFFERS MODERN UPDATES TO HIS BELOVED COLLECTIONS.

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From his early years creating jewelry, David Yurman’s palette has included uniquely cut gemstones in unconventional hues. This season, Yurman revisits his signature designs, on some pieces subtly lowering center gemstones to give a more feminine silhouette, and elsewhere, adding statements of individuality with unique symbols, meaningful motifs or boldly colored enamel. Of particular note are updated versions of the iconic Renaissance Cable bracelet, which brings together a striking blend of classical and contemporary sensibilities. The trademarked design—one that has appeared on the wrists of celebrities and tastemakers for more than 30 years—conveys casual elegance and merges fashion and sculpture into fine jewelry. The classic returns in new silhouettes that layer and stack with authentic glamour. A new 5mm width is offered in gold with custom-cut gemstones of rich colors that provide fresh ways to express your personal style. Here, we present three more collection highlights: David Yurman’s newest jewelry that seamlessly layers with the other pieces already in your collection yet makes a statement all its own.

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CHÂTELAINE Châtelaine continues as a celebration of color as expressed in the radiant hues of gemstones. It’s one of the brand’s signature collections and a perfect fusion of David and Sybil Yurman’s combined art: the marriage of a sculptor and a painter, which has been on display in some form since the couple began working together in 1969.

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TIDES The designs in this collection are contemporary, sculptural forms that express the rhythms of ocean tides and the continuous motion of waves. The sparkle of white diamonds, the warmth of yellow gold and the soft hues of citrine and morganite combine to evoke the feeling of sunshine and shoreline.

HELENA David Yurman returns to the origins of his first handmade Cable bracelet designed in 1978. The legendary piece was crafted by twisting and wrapping gold wire and punctuating with handset pavé diamonds. With its graceful, undulating lines, the wrapping in Helena is reminiscent of the beautiful curved straps in antique Greek sandals and pays homage to Yurman’s earlier days as both a jewelry maker and leather craftsman.

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It’s an exciting time to be living in Kansas City, and In Kansas City celebrates the people and pleasures that make our city great.

ENTERTAINING IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS ARTS & CULTURE FOOD & DRINK HOME & DESIGN EVENTS STYLE & SHOPPING

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MEN’S WEDDING BANDS

David Yurman’s men’s bands range from classic to extremely expressive, executed in both precious and innovative metals, including black titanium, forged carbon, colored diamonds and rubber. The collection was created to address the lack of options on the market outside of the classic white-and-yellow gold simple bands. According to the David Yurman design team, it has become increasingly important to grooms to have different styles to choose from, so they can find what fits their personalities. Men are now buying multiple bands rather than just one, which better allows them to express themselves and adapt to changing occasions and circumstances.

From top: Cable band in gray titanium, Streamline band in platinum, Streamline pavé band in black titanium, and Streamline band in sterling silver with black diamond.

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STYLE REFINED, QUALITY UNMATCHED

RUNWELL CHRONO This luxury men’s chronograph combines classic style with versatile function. Fitted with a polished stainless steel case, this 47mm Runwell Chrono features a black dial punctuated with two sub dials and a calendar aperture. For work or play, it’s a watch you can rely on to keep you on time and up to date.

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Hunter’s Club Hunter Tivol McGrath, vice president of TIVOL

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aybe it’s my accounting background, or perhaps it’s my male DNA and how my brain is wired, but for as long as I can remember, I have been interested in how things work and how they are put together. This curiosity has propelled my interest into the fine watch world of our industry, and for several years now I have been a big watch nerd. Of course, as far as fine timepieces go, the two pillars of the industry are Rolex and Patek Philippe. For a long time these brands have wanted us to create boutique-style branded shopping experiences in our store, and recently the opportunity presented itself to move forward with the endeavor. A few years ago the Country Club Plaza was purchased by a Macerich and Taubman

partnership (two of the largest retail landlords in their industry). They both serve high-end luxury retail shopping centers all over the country, and when they purchased the Plaza, they were very excited at this opportunity to bring more attention to the center. Fast forward two years and as of this writing, we are currently under construction! Similar to our Rolex corner at our Hawthorne Plaza location, our two new showrooms will cover over 500 square feet of space and allow us to display more of the finest watches in the world. At a time in the industry when the scarcity of these fine timepieces is coupled with a demand we have never seen, as well as fewer points of distribution, we are beyond fortunate to be partners with Rolex and Patek Philippe. TIVOL 59

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CARTIER 18K yellow gold Panthere de Cartier watch, $27,100.

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PANERAI stainless steel Luminor 1950 watch, $12,300.

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JAEGER-LECOULTRE stainless steel Polaris Chronograph watch, $9,750. CARTIER stainless steel Roadster Chronograph watch, $10,600. ROLEX stainless steel and yellow gold Oyster Perpetual Datejust watch, $20,700.

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TUDOR Heritage Black Bay Bronze watch, $3,975.

AGAYEV & SONS stainless steel Kansas City watch, $7,800.

ROLEX stainless steel and yellow gold Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date watch, $13,400.

SHINOLA stainless steel Birdy watch, $525.

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TAG HEUER stainless steel Formula 1 watch with diamonds, $2,100.

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PATEK PHILIPPE Twenty~4® stainless steel and black dial watch, $12,135.

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INTERVIEW

OUR “THROWAWAY” CULTURE HASN’T TOUCHED PATEK PHILIPPE. IT WILL STILL FIX ANY OF ITS WATCHES DATING BACK TO THE THIRD YEAR OF VICTORIA’S REIGN, AS ITS TECHNICAL TRAINING MANAGER EXPLAINS. By Karen Alberg Grossman

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We were wondering about the future of watchmaking and how a company dared promise to fix any of its watches. So we caught up with David Bonilla, Patek Philippe’s technical training manager, for a chat. How did your watchmaking career begin? In 2005 I attended a WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program) in Secaucus, N.J. I graduated in 2007 and promptly found a job at Swatch Group’s New Jersey after-sales facility. I soon moved to the new Omega Boutique on Fifth Avenue, servicing products and interacting with clients. In 2010 came an opportunity

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The Patek Philippe 5513R World Time Minute Repeater has the stand out capability of chiming the local time in any of the 24 time zones. The face features a grand feu enamel dial showing the Lavaux vineyard terraces on the shores of Lake Geneva.

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year from those seeking watchmaking jobs, but finding the right talent is challenging, not just for Patek Philippe but for the industry worldwide. We realized several years ago that to maintain our watches and to ensure a strong follow-up support structure, we needed to start training and teaching in-house. So in 2013 we created the first Patek Philippe Institute in Shanghai. This program differs from other two-year watchmaking schools in two ways. First, toward the end each student is taught to service Patek Philippe quartz and mechanical calibers. Second, after finishing the program, students must go to Geneva to complete a four-week training. If they pass, they are certified to work on Patek Philippe watches. Is it true that you will service and repair all Patek watches ever made? Yes. Even watches that date back to 1839. It’s our commitment to our clients. How is that possible? In Geneva we have a separate center dedicated to restoration. There we still maintain many of the original pieces of equipment with which these early watches were made. We pride ourselves on our ability to recreate individual parts if necessary. The time frame may be longer than with a normal repair, but the watch will be returned to the client

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to work with Patek Philippe at its main office in Rockefeller Center. After five years there working as a watchmaker, I was offered the chance to manage the service center. Your watch repair professionals are known for their exceptional skills. How many do you have and how do you find and train them? At The Henri Stern Watch Agency in New York City, we have 39 highly qualified individuals who handle each step of the repair process; 31 are watchmakers who do the repair, restoration and regulation of the mechanical movements of our clients’ watches. Case repairs are undertaken by four highly trained polishers, who restore cases and bracelets to their original luster. Two watchmakers are reserved for quick service work, so that clients who visit our New York office can have a strap changed, a bracelet adjusted or a battery replaced on the spot. We also have two individuals who perform quality control on all the work done on each watch. Admittedly, we have a difficult time finding qualified and capable people to work at this high level of watchmaking. We get many resumes throughout the

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Opposite page, from top: David Bonilla, a Patek Philippe technical training manager, keeps precious watches ticking; the Star Caliber 2000, a pocket watch created to mark the millennium, comprising an astounding 21 complications with six patented inventions. This page: The rose gold women’s Patek Philippe Ref. 7150R/250R is pure luxury.

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just as beautiful as the day it came out of the showroom. How long does the average repair take? It varies depending on several factors, including the rarity and complexity of the watch and whether it’s a restoration or service to a modern piece. Have you ever had watches that you couldn’t fix? Here, yes. We’ve received timepieces that were crushed or were so fused together by rust that we were unable to fix them locally. We usually refer these especially difficult cases to the factory where they have the machinery and knowledge to complete the repairs. What qualities do you look for when you hire? The No. 1 trait is commitment. Of course, all candidates are given a practical exam and are thoroughly interviewed, but we’re looking for highly skilled individuals who will be committed to the company, not just for years of service, but with genuine passion for their work. It’s a lot to ask for, but I believe that if we don’t search for individuals with such commitment, we’ll never deliver on our promise to produce the finest watch money can buy. Are there enough young people these days who want to be watchmakers? Yes, I would say there’s more interest today in watchmaking among young people than there used to be. I attribute that to social media and various horological societies that keep alive the passion for our craft. So I think the burden is now on the watchmaking industry to nurture and develop this interest among young people. We learned lessons from the quartz crisis of the 1970s and early ’80’s, when the industry lost a lot of talent and risked losing mechanical know-how. We’re on steadier footing now, but we need to better promote the craft of watchmaking in order to pass the baton to a future generation. What is the most rewarding part of your job? Helping to provide the highest level of service for all our clients. I firmly believe in strong commitment to service; nothing is more rewarding than restoring our timepieces for our clients’ wearing pleasure. The toughest or most stressful part? Managing each aspect of the repair process. When a watch comes in for service, each department must work perfectly in sync with the others. If there’s even a small mismatch, it can cause issues for the whole repair process. Bottom line, what would you say distinguishes a Patek Philippe watch from the competition? Passion and commitment. In everything we create there’s a high level of passion, even in the smallest unseen details found in our mechanical watches. We back up that passion with a strong commitment to service and the knowledge to ensure that our watches will perform perfectly for many years to come.

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time will tell DO YOU CRAVE CUTTING-EDGE STYLE TO SHOW OFF TODAY, PLUS A HIGH ROI IN THE DECADES TO COME? DISCOVER WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN INVESTING IN YOUR NEXT TIMEPIECE AND LEARN WHAT TODAY’S RECORD-BREAKING AUCTION PRICES MEAN FOR WATCH COLLECTORS. By Josh Shanks

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Elvis Presley’s diamond Omega timepiece (below right) sold in May 2018 for $1.8 million, far surpassing estimates of $52,900 to $106,000. Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona (above) set the record for a timepiece sold at auction when it garnered $17.8 million in October 2017.

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You’ve undoubtedly seen the headlines of late: “Paul Newman’s Rolex fetches $17.8 million at auction” or “Elvis Presley’s Omega sells for a record $1.8 million.” While these results are not exactly commonplace, they do open the debate on what makes a watch valuable. Some say that provenance (who owned it and the stories behind it) and condition/originality are key. As we see it, there are three major watch auction houses at the moment: Phillips, Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Keep in mind that the auction scene is a microcosm of a much larger industry. Over the last three years, we’ve noticed two distinct pillars emerge within the watch industry: highly desirable modern references (the Rolex Daytona, Patek Philippe Nautilus and more) followed by vintage pieces. The vintage market has positively exploded, forcing even the most novice of collectors to look again at that watch his grandfather gave him. In some (rare) cases, he’ll find a diamond in the rough, and it can be worth a considerable deal of money.

What does this all mean for collectors? Well, sadly, the price you’ll pay for your next vintage watch will assuredly be higher. Bolstered by auction houses and vintage dealers, we’ve seen prices rise over 300 percent in some cases. But fear not: Deals are still out there; you just need to know where to look. Form a relationship with your retailer and get to know the person who curates the store’s vintage watch selection. He or she can help you find something you love within your budget. If raising your paddle in a room full of strangers isn’t your scene, there’s no shame in sticking to modern timepieces. There have been some incredible watches produced over the last few years. Have a look at the Tudor Black Bay GMT, Patek Philippe Calatrava and the Rolex Explorer, all of which should be available at your local authorized retailer and are likely to retain or gain value as time goes on. Josh Shanks is the U.S. managing editor of the online magazine Watchonista.com.

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HONORING ITS FEROCIOUS FOREBEARS, THE MERCEDES-BENZ AMG SL65 ROADSTER WILL MOVE YOU, THRILL YOU—AND MASSAGE YOU TOO. By Daria Meoli

respond to the car’s grip in milliseconds. An automatic four-wheel level control lowers the vehicle as its speed increases to enhance aerodynamics and stability. The height also can be raised for bumpy roads or steep climbs. Like its SL forerunners, the 2018 AMG SL65 provides as much swank as it does soup. The panoramic sunroof creates an open-air feeling even when the coupe is closed. The high-tech glass controls exposure to harmful UV and infrared rays from the sun while keeping the cabin of the vehicle cool. The roof ’s electrochromatic technology automatically changes the glass from transparent to opaque based on the amount of thermal energy entering the cabin. When drivers are ready to feel the wind in their hair, the SL can be transformed to an open roadster in less than 20 seconds, even while traveling up to 25 mph. The car has 12-way power seats with memory, which are upholstered in Nappa leather. The seats also are outfitted with a neck-level heating system, a massage feature to help prevent fatigue on long trips, and adjustable lumbar, side bolsters and shoulder supports for tailored comfort. Passionate music fans will rejoice after switching on a BeoSound system designed by Bang & Olufsen engineers. Even when the wind is whipping about the cabin, 12 active speakers and 900 watts of musical power create ideal sound. With its twin-turbo V-12 muscle and superb amenities, this innovative and powerful roadster brings Aufrecht and Melcher’s passion for motorsports and design into a wide-awake 2019.

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Drivers who experience the joy of racing in a sporty Mercedes-Benz AMG SL65 convertible owe a nod of gratitude to a couple of speed-obsessed Germans. In the 1960s, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher were young engineers working on the 300 SE racing engine at Daimler-Benz when the company discontinued all motorsports activities. But the pair had an unrelenting passion for speed and a vision for modeling road vehicles after racing cars. In 1967, they left Daimler-Benz to found Aufrecht Melcher Großaspach, or AMG. The two tirelessly tinkered with valves and pistons as an independent engineering firm specializing in performance improvements for Mercedes-Benz vehicles. After a successful arrangement by which AMG upgrades were available and serviceable through selected Mercedes-Benz dealers worldwide, in 1993, the two firms unveiled the C36 AMG, their first jointly developed vehicle. Today the engineering firm is owned by the German automaker and more than 50 Mercedes–AMG performance models have hit the streets. In 2018, the AMG SL65 extends the blissful union between AMG’s muscular engineering and Mercedes-Benz’s lavish design. One of the most powerful in its class, this roadster packs a punch with a 6.0-liter AMG V-12 biturbo engine that pumps out 621 horsepower. Able to go 0–60 in just 3.9 seconds, this model reaches its top speed of 186 mph in what seems like the blink of an eye. Mercedes-Benz elevates the roadster experience with Active Body Control technology. The suspension’s sensors and electronically controlled hydraulics

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UPDATES TO THE ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL DATEJUST 31 AND DATEJUST 36 ENSURE THEIR BRIGHT FUTURE.

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approximately 5 mm for additional comfort. Datejust 36 watches now utilize calibre 3235, a consummate demonstration of Rolex technology offering fundamental gains in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetic fields, convenience and reliability. It incorporates the Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. Made of nickel phosphorus, this escapement is insensitive to magnetic interference. An optimized blue Parachrom hairspring is fitted to the oscillator, the true heart of the watch. Manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy, it is up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. Calibre 3235 is equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor. Thanks to its new barrel architecture and the escapement’s superior efficiency, the power reserve of calibre 3235 extends to approximately 70 hours. A waterproof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the Datejust 36’s high-precision movement. Like all Rolex watches, the new-generation Datejust 31 and 36 models carry the Superlative Chronometer certification. This exclusive designation testifies that each watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards. The certification applies to the fully assembled watch (after casing the movement), guaranteeing superlative performance in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2 /+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer. The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee. Thanks to its timeless functions and aesthetics, the Rolex Datejust will never go out of fashion.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 in 18K white gold with white mother-of-pearl dial, 45 brilliant-cut diamonds, President bracelet, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with Cyclops lens over date and 55-hour power reserve. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 with champagne-color sunray finish dial, 10 diamonds in 18K yellow gold settings, Oyster bracelet in yellow Rolesor, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with Cyclops lens over date and 70-hour power reserve. Waterproof to 100 meters.

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Launched in 1945, the Rolex Datejust was the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date in a window at 3 o’clock on the dial, consolidating all the major innovations that Rolex had contributed to modern watchmaking until that point. Its style has spanned eras while still retaining the enduring codes that make it one of the most recognizable watches of today. In 2018 Rolex introduced a new generation of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31, with redesigned case sides and lugs. Available in 18K white, yellow or Everose gold, the models are equipped for the first time with calibre 2236, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Insensitive to magnetic fields, its silicon Syloxi hairspring provides great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. Calibre 2236 is equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 55 hours. The new Datejust 31 watches are fitted on President bracelets, benefiting from a concealed attachment system and ensuring seamless visual continuity between the bracelet and the case. Each also has a concealed folding Crownclasp and includes ceramic inserts inside the links to enhance flexibility and longevity. Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 has also been relaunched this year in both Everose Rolesor (combining Oystersteel and 18-karat Everose gold) and yellow Rolesor (combining Oystersteel and 18-karat yellow gold) versions, each available with a large selection of dials. Rolesor, the combination of gold and steel on a Rolex watch, has been a signature feature of the brand since 1933, when the name was registered. It is an auspicious meeting of two metals: one noble and precious, attractive for its lustre and stability, the other highly resistant, known for its strength and reliability. All of these qualities perfectly mirror the elegance and performance that come together in a Rolex watch. On the Rolesor versions of the new Datejust 36, the bezel, winding crown and center bracelet links are in 18-karat gold (Everose or yellow), while the case and the outer links of the bracelet are in Oystersteel. Available on Oyster or Jubilee bracelets, they are also equipped with an Oysterclasp and include the Easylink rapid extension system (patented by Rolex in 1996), allowing the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by

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in plain sight IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN MAGIC, MAYBE YOU JUST HAVEN’T DONNED THE SAMSUNG ODYSSEY WINDOWS “MIXED REALITY” HEADSET YET. By Rita Guarna

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Want to roam the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu? Dive from a cliff in Moab, Utah? Battle gladiators in Rome’s Colosseum? Oh, and you say you’d rather not leave your rec room? VR may be for you. VR, of course, is virtual reality, the technology that can take you almost anywhere—in sensory terms—and into almost any situation. It’s big for games, sure, but it’s also beginning to poke a disconcerting elbow into the world of work, where, as one website says, people can do “daily computing tasks while fully immersed in a 3D space.” You put on a headset, and suddenly you’re in a different environment—yet one that responds to your real-world commands. One of the VR devices drawing buzz in 2018 is the Samsung HMD (that stands for “headmounted displays”) Odyssey Windows “Mixed Reality” headset with motion controllers. The Odyssey operates on the Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality platform, which was introduced in October 2017. (Mixed reality is a type of VR in which computer-generated content and realworld content can react to each other in real time.) With the Odyssey headset you can explore exotic locales and settings. And a next-level social media network, vTime, connects users from around the world—or around the block—in engaging virtual environments such as cozy campfires, mountain cliffs and glacier tops. While those snowy mountains may be virtual, you can get fit for real. There are several available routines for people looking to buff up using a VR platform, including BOXVR virtual gym, the Bitslap HIIT (high-intensity interval training) app and the MoveStudio dance and cardio app. (If you decide to sweat with VR, use caution. The Odyssey does not prevent you from walking into walls.) The Odyssey brings users into the next phase of entertainment. Mixed reality allows users to drop into the middle of a documentary about Syria, sail the America’s Cup with a real race team or watch the latest episode of This is Us in a virtual theater. The built-in headset has 360-degree sound, giving virtual voices and ambient noises depth and distance. The Odyssey and the Windows Mixed Reality platform can be installed in compatible devices in minutes. And, with a price below $500, this device is a way for VR newbies to check out the world of augmented reality. Can you see it now?

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Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoyed a second honeymoon—without the kids— at Cheval Blanc Randheli in 2015. Guests of the resort are assigned “alchemists” who will design bespoke experiences, including barbecues on hidden sandbars and private meditation sessions with a view of the reef.

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MAKE THESE ALLURING SOUTH ASIAN ISLANDS YOUR PRIVATE PARADISE—IN ONE OF FIVE CAN’T-MISS RESORTS. By Daria Meoli

Known as the “Money Isles” since the 2nd century, the Maldives (officially the Republic of Maldives) is a jet-set destination synonymous with exotic luxury. John Legend proposed to Chrissy Teigen here because it’s so romantic. The Beckhams spend family vacations here because it’s so posh. Prince William and Kate Middleton had a sexy getaway here because the string of luminescent islands is so secluded. Celebrities such as Madonna, Naomie Harris and Michael Phelps flock to this island nation because of the azure waters and sugar-white sand beaches. Located in the Indian Ocean southwest of India, the Maldives strikes a balance between relaxation and adventure while providing visitors with a sense that they are uncovering one of nature’s hidden gems without sacrificing modern comfort. The 26 atolls comprise 1,192 small islands, of which 202 are inhabited, and 90 resort islands offer unspoiled nature and unrivaled privacy. The Maldives’ name is derived from the Sanskrit term for “garland of islands.” Consisting of 99 percent TIVOL 77

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water, this archipelago is home to a spectacular array of marine life. There are extensive coral reefs, and scuba diving is a huge draw for expert and beginners, offering the opportunity to get up close to sea turtles, eagle rays, whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, eels, puffers, lobsters, clams and a wide variety of colorful fish. Divers can even go on a guided fluorescent night dive or snorkel and see coral and other organisms glow in neon colors as if they were under a black light. Tourists can experience the surreal when they swim with whale sharks, one of the world’s largest mammals, at Manta Point. For visitors who prefer to keep their heads above water, chartering a fishing vessel and taking a traditional dhoni boat to watch dolphins frolic at sunset are hard-to-resist options too. The islands can be a spiritual place for those looking to de-stress. The Maldives’ culture reflects a fusion of Buddhism and Islam that dates back to 300 B.C. Many resorts offer sunrise and sunset yoga, wellness retreats and Ayurveda-influenced spa treatments. After the sun goes down, Maldives has stunning views of the night sky. Because it’s located just above the Equator, both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres’ stars are visible. While a blanket on the beach can make for cozy stargazing, visitors can see the stars up close with a powerful telescope located at Anantara Kihavah’s open-air observatory and cocktail bar. Not all visitors to Maldives are on a pilgrimage to commune with nature. Some are there for the party. At Finolhu, a resort in Baa Atoll,

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Top: The main building at Cheval Blanc Randheli consists of three light-filled rooms that offer music from the grand piano, blissful relaxation in an oversized lounge chair and cocktails at the bar. Middle: With several restaurants on site, the Amilla Fushi resort features local and international cuisine that has attracted celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay to vacation here. Bottom: The villas at Amilla Fushi are a testament to the belief that bigger is better.

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The Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah is about as exclusive a getaway as you can find. The grounds include a gym, a library, open-fronted living areas, two infinity pools and, of course, a private beach.

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pleasure seekers rejoice in a beach-party vibe that features internationally acclaimed DJs and three-day long festivals hosted throughout the year. So, are there accommodations that justify the 20-plus hour flight from the U.S.? That’d be a yes. Ranked on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List for 2018, the Cheval Blanc Randheli resort in the northwestern Maldives is a pearl of opulence. Developed by LVMH Hotel Management and designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, it has 45 villas, some over water with reef access right outside the door. Each has its own pool stretching the full width of the villa; hammocks, sun lounges and day beds adorn the decks, with sunken seating areas for room-service dining. Guests who fancy a game of tennis can hop aboard a five-minute boat ride to Maakhurandhoo Island. Built in accordance with Australian Open standards, these courts have hosted Roger Federer. Amilla Fushi, located on Baa Atoll, is all glitz and glam, with stark white architecture, sculptural furniture, oversized sofas and a fabulous pool. Outfitted with enormous daybeds, large soaking tubs, two showers and suites of entertainment, individual villas also include private pools and a katheeb (butler) to ensure that a guest’s every whim is attended to. Families can have a blast with unlimited watersports, creative children’s menus and a kids’ club stocked with amenities to engage youngsters from toddlers to teens. For guests who want to be the one and only party on the island, the Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah is the choice. Designed to accommodate parties of up to 22, travelers can expect total personalization from the moment they touch down by seaplane. The remote location does not compromise on access to upscale amenities. Guest have 24/7 use of a 62-

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With a youthful, hip approach to luxury, Amilla Fushi offers guests a number of activities, from a casual bicycle ride along the boardwalk to a custom diving adventure to swim with the archipelago’s five species of turtles.

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Top: St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort architects designed the structures, including the Whale Bar, to reflect the local marine environment. Below: The two- and threebedroom villas at the sustainable resort Soneva Jani have retractable bedroom roofs, 20-foot-long infinity pools, second-story lounging areas, and water slides spiraling from their upper floors into the lagoon.

foot yacht, which can be taken out for a sunset cruise, to the best dive spots or to spend an overnight afloat in one of the cabins. The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli resort is a spa lover’s nirvana. Set on the private island of Vommuli, it has 77 palatial villas spread across 23 acres dense with palms and pandani. At the island’s center, a fitness and recreation complex employs a naturopathic doctor who administers acupuncture. And before it’s time to enjoy dinner at Alba, the property’s Mediterranean restaurant, guests can clean up with a manicure and blow-dry at the on-site salon. When they’ve had enough relaxation, a concierge can organize a number of excursions, such as a dolphin cruise, private island picnics and big-game fishing. For guests who don’t want to sacrifice environmentally sustainable practices or luxury, Soneva Jani, located on Noonu Atoll, is worth a stay. The resort is built across three small islands encircling a lagoon. The biggest island is 150 acres and has 32 villas, two restaurants serving organic food prepared by Michelin-starred guest chefs, a scuba and watersports center, and an Ayurvedic spa. Every villa is personalized with choice of pillow type as well as fragrance: bergamot, lemongrass, orange or peppermint. Villas also are stocked with a guest’s favorite beverages and cocktails. While the Maldives offers visitors a wealth of experiences, the islands may be best enjoyed by listening to the ocean lap against the shore, letting your toes sink into the sand and sipping a cool drink while you do absolutely nothing at all.

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CATHY’S RECIPE

braised short ribs ADAPTED FROM THE FOOD NETWORK’S “SECRETS OF A RESTAURANT CHEF” Total time: 3 hrs., 55 mins. Prep: 25 mins. Cook: 3 hrs., 30 mins. Yield: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS: 6 bone-in short ribs (about 5-¾ pounds) Kosher salt Extra-virgin olive oil 1 large Spanish onion, cut into ½-inch pieces 2 ribs celery, cut into ½-inch pieces 2 carrots, peeled, cut in ½ lengthwise, then cut into ½-inch pieces

DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Season each short rib generously with salt. Coat a pot large enough to accommodate all the meat and vegetables with olive oil and bring to a high heat. Add the short ribs to the pan and brown very well, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Do not overcrowd the pan. Cook in batches, if necessary. While the short ribs are browning, puree all the vegetables and garlic in the food processor until it forms a coarse paste. When the short ribs are very brown on all sides, remove them from the pan. Drain the fat, coat the bottom of the same pan with fresh oil and add the pureed vegetables. Season the vegetables generously with salt and brown until they are very dark and a crust has formed on the bottom of the pan, approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Scrape the crust and let it cook. Scrape the crust again and add the tomato paste. Brown the tomato paste for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan. Lower the heat if things start to burn. Reduce the mixture by half.

2 to 3 cups hearty red wine

Return the short ribs to the pan and add water, 2 cups or until the meat is just about covered. Add the thyme bundle and bay leaves. Cover the pan and place in the preheated oven for 3 hours. Check periodically during the cooking process and add more water if needed. Turn the ribs over halfway through the cooking time. Remove the lid during the last 20 minutes of cooking, allowing the meat to brown and sauce to reduce. When done, the meat should be very tender but not falling apart.

2 cups water

Serve with braising liquid.

1 bunch fresh thyme, tied with kitchen string

I love serving this with a crisp green salad and horseradish mashed potatoes. Just add spoonfuls of white prepared horseradish to taste to finished potatoes.

2 cloves garlic, smashed 1 ½ cups tomato paste

2 bay leaves

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TIRED OF THE SAME-OLD, SAME-OLD? WAKE UP YOUR TASTE BUDS WITH NUTRITIOUS, FLAVORFUL DISHES FROM THE WESTERN PART OF THIS SURPRISING CONTINENT. By Donna Rolando Savvy chefs like to keep up with food trends, and one thing that’s “on trend” this year is the cuisine of West Africa. If you haven’t yet taken a gustatory jaunt to that corner of the planet, sampling the stews, rice dishes and desserts for which it’s known, there’s no time like now. West African food is flavorful, but not too spicy, and—in the style of good home cooking—a healthy choice. In fact, when it comes to quality, the West African diet fared better than its U.S. counterpart in a study published in The Lancet Global Health. It’s the reliance on veggies, legumes, staple starches and lean meats—not processed foods—that makes West African dishes a bounty of good nutrition. This cuisine is on the menu in many big U.S. cities these days—in eateries run by African transplants and in other restaurants whose chefs are bold enough to embrace what’s novel—so no ocean-crossing will be required to treat your taste buds to something excitingly new. Check out these menu highlights:

SENEGALESE CHICKEN YASSA From the Casamance region in the south of Senegal comes chicken yassa (or yassa poulet), a spicy stew served up in households throughout Africa. It’s also available at Senegalese restaurants around the globe, so if this is your first time with West African cooking, consider chicken yassa a good introduction. Well, that’s if you like onions. This is a dish that gets much of its flavor from caramelized onions! The chicken, beef, lamb or fish (all are right for making yassa) is marinated with oil, lemon and a dash of mustard, usually overnight. (In Africa this marinating is often necessary to soften tough meat; here in the U.S. it can make it melt in your mouth.) JOLLOF RICE This one-pot classic rice dish draws its flavor from fried and stewed tomatoes and is so engrained in African life that it’s often considered the thread that unites families. No pot of jollof is ever quite the same as another, so diverse are the ingredients that can go into the broth along with spices, onions and tomatoes. Out of chicken? Don’t worry: Pork, fish and veggies all work great in an authentic jollof. And for a real Nigerian feel, cook it over a live fire for a smoky

version known as Party Rice. The crust that forms on the bottom of the rice means you did it right! Since jollof is such a West African staple, it’s not surprising to learn that this dish knows no boundaries: Serve it at an everyday meal or dress it up with seafood for a celebration. And if you are celebrating at an African restaurant near you, consider sampling jollof. It’s often served with fried plantains and coleslaw. CAAKRI We saved the best for last—dessert! Leave the chocolate-covered cheesecake for another time; to get the full African experience, try Caakri, a dish made from fermented milk and grain and sweetened to taste. You might liken it to rice pudding, but the texture is different and the taste slightly tangy. (It contains sour cream.) The name Caakri (aka Tiakri, Chakery and several others) refers to the grain used to make this popular dessert or snack. While tradition called for common African grains like maize, black-eyed peas or millet, today’s pudding typically uses couscous prepared from wheat semolina. This pudding wasn’t always on the dessert menu. In fact, Caakri is related to a dish once served as the main meal, but that all changed with the availability of sweeteners. Today, you can sweeten your Caakri or not, depending on preference. Serve without sugar for a yogurt taste, reflecting one of its key ingredients; or with sweetener, raisins or pineapple, for a true dessert. Serve chilled for best results. So, if you are ready to take your palate-pleasing to new levels, try a taste of West Africa!

For your food tour of West Africa, sample (clockwise, from top left) Senegalese chicken yassa, peanut soup, jollof rice and caakri. No need to travel—this cuisine is a hot new American trend.

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PEANUT SOUP This staple of the West African diet brings together a very unlikely combo from an American standpoint— tomatoes and peanuts (or ground nuts)—for a sweet and spicy sensation you’ll wish you had discovered sooner. Although there are many variations of this soup or stew, at its core are simple, familiar ingredients: nuts and sometimes meat and veggies. Ginger, herbs, garlic, Tabasco hot sauce and sweet potatoes are all used to enhance this African favorite— a sure way to provide comfort, as well as nourishment, on a rainy day. The perfect accompaniment for peanut soup is rice, plantains, potatoes and vegetables,

but in Ghana, you might bring on the fufu. Yes, that’s fufu—the name for any hot starch cooked over heat and formed into a rich paste. There’s nothing like this pounded starch, often made from fermented cassava, to make sure we get every last drop of our peanut soup. Most Africans eat fufu every day, from infancy through their senior years, and it comes in many varieties.

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