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Welcome Time is a valuable commodity, both in terms of how we spend it and how we track it. Head to our deftly curated list of 2018’s Top 50 Watches on p75 for time well spent. Our resident watch expert, Roberta Naas, has carefully selected the crème de la crème of the horological world and categorized them into distinct sections such as astronomy, chronograph, minute repeaters and ultra-thins. We are very excited to introduce a dedicated Style section this issue, where we will explore the latest trends, highlight stylish destinations and what its equally stylish travelers pack, as well as the best watches and jewelry on earth. Also making its debut is our ladies’ watch page, where we will showcase howmarques respond to the growing number of women watch collectors. Whether it’s releasing a grand complication (sadly, still few and far between for women), launching a caliber in a ladies-only timepiece, creating new gemstone-setting methods or introducing a brand’s first-ever women’s watch, we are excited to see how the industry evolves. And our commitment to strong, original photography continues with our cover story, shot on location in New York City, and the addition of a regular accessories shoot. In our Influence section, Ian Callum, the doyen of car design, talks about the future and how electric and autonomous vehicles are the next big thing. We also hear from the man responsible for some of the world’s most recent record-breaking watch auctions, Aurel Bacs, and why he thinks watch collecting is undergoing something of a renaissance. For those looking to get away this fall, we’ve found the best suites in Paris, sourced exceptional yachts you don’t have to wait years to get your hands on, and compiled destination guides to Montreal, Mexico City, Basel, Vietnam and Vienna. We round off this edition with some stargazing, both from the serene seas of the Indian Ocean, and for the more intrepid among you — 200 miles above the planet. As always, if you want to comment on anything in this issue, drop us a line at editorial@elitetraveler.com

Bruna wears Bottega Veneta multicolor mohair lamb dress, $7,700; Bulgari Divas’ Dream earrings in 18K pink gold with 1.65 carats pavé diamonds, $15,800; Girard-Perregaux Laureato watch in 18K pink gold with .82 carats diamonds, $20,020

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Inspire: Top 50 Watches Centuries of evolution, years of research and development, and hours of meticulous craftsmanship culminate in the creation of the most incredible timepieces on the planet Page 75

On the cover Bruna wears Hermès silk blouse, $3,225, leather skirt, $6,450, Hermès in New York, +1 212 785 3030, hermes.com; Vhernier Creole earrings in 18K white gold with 1.9 carats diamonds, $17,350, Vhernier in New York, +1 646 343 9552, vhernier.it; Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Tourbillon watch in 18K pink gold with 2.6 carats diamonds, $84,500, Jaeger-LeCoultre in New York, +1 646 828 4328, jaeger-lecoultre.com; Wempe Helioro ring in 18K rose gold, $2,355, Wempe in New York, +1 212 397 9000, wempe.com; Salvatore Ferragamo leather sling back mules, $850, Salvatore Ferragamo in New York, +1 212 759 3822, ferragamo.com

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Discover 27 Object of desire Swiss watchmaker Jaquet Droz unveils a


Influence 69 JimDixon From a concealed library to a hidden champagne cooler, jet interiors are becoming more akin to flying homes 70 Ian Callum Jaguar’s director of design looks to the future as we head into an age of electrification 72 Aurel Bacs The senior consultant to Phillips tells us why he thinks watch collecting is undergoing a renaissance 73 Alberto Galassi How Ferretti Group is changing its design aesthetic to reflect the cruising habits of yacht owners

34 Technology Head to the gym with Antonio Citterio and Technogym 36 Design Vintage fashion adorns the walls of the new suites at The Milestone Hotel

40 Men’s fashion Wrap up in oxblood hues and sumptuous shearling 42 Men’s watches Reach for the sky with L’Epée’s Hot Balloon clock

46 Women’s fashion Embrace fall with elegant neutrals and bright colors 49 Women’s watches The first ladies’ watch from Romain Gauthier 50 Jewelry Stunning spirals and going wild for animals 52 Destination style Tips and style direction for a trip to Berlin 53 The voyager Hair stylist Rossano Ferretti in his happy place 54 Accessories This season’s best accessories 58 On the waterfront Dominate fall fashion with bold leather

signing machine 28 Motoring

Hit the road with these customized, purpose- built travel trailers 30 Yachts Feel the need for speed? Head to sea at a rate of 30 knots with Heesen 32 Aviation VistaJet has devised a plan to keep your kids entertained in the air


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Inspire 75 Top 50 watches All new this year, and all extraordinary in their own right, we present our list of the top 50 watches in the world 96 Top yachts The new and exciting yachts that are making serious waves in the international brokerage market

Explore 106 Top suites of Paris The city of lights offers culinary and cultural delights galore; here are the best suites in town 116 Destination guides Culture seekers head to Basel, Mexico City and Vienna, while outdoor lovers are in for a treat in Montreal and Vietnam 128 The hot list Stargazing in the Maldives, a vacation organized in a matter of hours and a food and wine festival in the heart of Venice 132 Property highlights Residences in the wine country, and penthouses in New York and Sydney are just some of the luxury retreats we’re highlighting 136 Flight of fancy We look to the heavens for an out-of-this-world hotel experience

First drive: McLaren 570S Spider Sports Series As part of McLaren’s revered Sports Series, the 570S Spider’s futuristic aesthetic and easy handling attracts novices andmotor maestros alike. Gliding through the New York City streets and beyond, the car takes you on a slick and speedy ride.

LAXdebuts super-luxe suites for VIP travelers The Private Suite at LAX redefines the commercial airport experience with ten spacious suites and amenities, such as a separate Customs and Immigration office, for a private jet FBO experience. Relax before your flight in style and be transferred via a BMW7 Series sedan to the foot of your aircraft. The ultimate New Year’s Eve journey Though it is still a few months away, we are already excited for New Year’s Eve. Pure Entertainment Group has curated the ultimate trip, Racing Time, that gives you the chance to celebrate New Year’s Eve twice. Guests will herald in 2019 in Sydney before jetting to Maui, Hawaii. Aloha and Happy New Year!

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Geneva AUREL BACS Watch advisor

Alberto has been CEO of superyacht builders Ferretti Group since 2014 and is the driving force behind the brand’s worldwide success, having launched 34 new models in less than four years. When he’s not working, he unwinds by sailing the Mediterranean islands (particularly Sicily, Capri and Ibiza) aboard his 108ft Custom Line Navetta 33, Telli . p73

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and now living in Hong Kong, Lee has spent the past decade traveling around Asia reporting on all things luxury for publications such as Condé Nast Traveller UK , The Sunday Times and The Telegraph . Next up on her travel agenda is a yacht tour on board the phinisi cruiser Rascal around Indonesian islands, Bali and Komodo. p124

Just last year Brooke relocated to Mexico City with her family, excited to discover new ways of life through food, art, music and nature. This year, she hopes to visit Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas. Her work has been featured in Travel + Leisure , Martha Stewart Living , Bloomberg Pursuits , Wine Enthusiast and WSJ. Magazine , among others. p118

An independent advisor in the high- end collectors’ watch sector, Aurel has held positions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and now Phillips in association with Bacs and Russo. He set notable world records, including the highest price for a Patek Philippe sold at an auction and the highest price for a wristwatch ever sold, the Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona. p72

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Object of Desire Four years in the making, Jaquet Droz unveils a signing machine in time for its 280th anniversary; we think it’s well worth the wait. Motoring Escape the every day in style with the best new travel trailers for on- and off-grid living. Technology Technogym’s new collection embodies sculptural objects that enhance your interior style. Design We look at the results of stunning fashion and hotel collaborations.

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by Emma Reynolds Object of desire


In time for its 280th anniversary, famed Swiss watch brand Jaquet Droz presented its unique Signing Machine, a project four years in the making. Signing machines, though unusual to come by, date back to the age of Thomas Jefferson, and have been used by prestigious figures and heads of state to remotely sign important bills, documents and letters. Jaquet Droz’s latest creation harks back to the illustrious talent of founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz, whose passion was designing watches and automata — mechanical devices set to follow predetermined instructions that imitate movements of a human being. Taking inspiration from Jaquet-Droz’s famous automata from the 18th century — the Writer, the Musician and the Draughtsman, now housed at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in his hometown of Neuchâtel, Switzerland — the Signing Machine has been updated and perfected to carry out consistent signatures, personal messages in any language, or sketches in one fluid motion. Made of 585 parts, the mechanism is wound by a lever on its side before springing into action, and must be reset after two signatures. Ensuring no one can access the magic of your machine and forge your signature, a four-digit security code is required before use. The complex device is made entirely by hand, including the programming of the signature and optional decorative elements, such as hand-engraving atop the stainless-steel case. Housed in smartphone-sized portable casing, the useful automaton is designed to travel with you across the globe wherever business — or leisure — takes you. One thing’s for certain, the Signing Machine will become a revered part of your collection for years to come. From $367,500, available at Tourbillon Boutique in San Francisco. Contact Miguel Gonzalez, store manager, miguel.gonzalez@swatchgroup.com, +1 201 271 4719, jaquetdroz.com

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The kitchen includes a refrigerator/ freezer, three-burner LP gas cooktop, LP gas oven, cooktop vent and sink

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Explore with complete freedom and flexibility; no pilot, predetermined destination or schedule is necessary. A new era of customized, purpose- built travel trailers from Living Vehicle, Airstream and Land Ark allow you to traverse the world with the luxuries of home and on your own terms

Land Ark Drake

In an effort to truly challenge the trailer marketplace, Land Ark’s Drake is more high-concept home than recreational vehicle. Named after English sea captain Sir Francis Drake, the roughly 350-sq-ft RVIA- certified 30-ft abode includes two loft spaces — one suitable for a king-size mattress, the other a queen — as well as a flex room that functions as a closet, bedroom, sitting room or storage area. The trapezoidal exterior sacrifices aerodynamics for aesthetic; its corrugated black metal siding with 14 dual-pane windows is striking. The interior is filled with white-washed pine walls and ceiling, as well as a 10-cu-ft stainless-steel refrigerator/freezer, LP gas cooktop with cast-iron top grates and full 30 x 60 inch Kohler bathtub/shower. Drake lacks a traditional RV feeling, a welcome respite from the increasingly popular #vanlife trend. Co-creators and owners Joni and Brian Buzarde opted out of traditional mobile plumbing; the good news, no RV toilet paper and truly luxurious fixtures. The bad: it’s impossible to dry camp as there are no black or gray water tanks. “Consider Drake to be a nicely equipped modern house built to RV specs,” says Brian Buzarde, who added a septic tank and set of solar panels to his Drake, which currently resides off-grid in Marble, Colorado. At 13,000 lbs, Drake is on the heavy side and would need a dedicated tow vehicle, and there’s a four-month window from order to delivery. From $139,900, landarkrv.com

The fresh white-washed pine interior sleeps up to six

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Escape the limitations of a crowded hotel and get lost in the backcountry, all while maintaining the option to respond to emails with an omnidirectional Wi-Fi antenna. Create uninterrupted views of mountain ranges or desertscapes away from paved roads, with the convenience of a washer/dryer. The brainchild of Santa Barbara–based architect Matthew Hofmann, who left his firm to renovate vintage Airstreams (he’s updated more than 400) and design his own mobile space, Living Vehicle furnishes the possibility for well-appointed on- and off-grid dwelling. Four 150-watt roof-installed solar panels, a 100-gallon freshwater tank and two 30-gallon propane tanks power the nearly 8,000-lb rig. Whether you’re using it for long-distance travel or weekend escapes, Living Vehicle comfortably sleeps six adults thanks to its EuroLoft in-ceiling bed, U-shaped dining area that converts into a queen space and separate bedroom that can double as a sitting room, should the sofa sleeper option prevail. With a duo of deck options in the form of a three-foot clamshell or a six-foot extended patio, seamless indoor/outdoor living is encouraged. Hofmann has already delivered two dozen units and is manufacturing just as many orders. From purchase to delivery typically takes two months. From$149,995, livingvehicle.com Living Vehicle Live Series

Peak Americana meets European minimalism in the Globetrotter, Airstream’s newest premium travel trailer. Globally recognized as experts in the segment, the longest-tenured recreational-vehicle manufacturer in North America partnered with UK-based Astheimer Limited, fusing the iconic riveted-aluminum profile with contemporary aesthetics not typically found on the beloved silver bullet. AirstreamGlobetrotter

Handcrafted Italian cabinetry as well as Franke, Grohe andMoen finishes and fixtures add a layer of sophistication. Panoramic windows, a curved headboard with a Tuft & Needle adaptive mattress, radius slim-fit doors and low-profile backlighting style the space that blends Airstream’s utilitarian elements with refined sensibilities. Adventure seekers have equated Airstreamwith the great outdoors for more than a half-century, but this collaboration marks a step for the brand into an intentional lifestyle that surpasses mere practicality. While it can easily adapt to on- or off-grid residing, the 28-ft trailer features a 1,000-watt pure sine inverter, separate shower and optional 50-amp A/C unit with heat pump. Weighing in at just over 6,000 lbs, the Globetrotter is one of the lightest in its class, meaning most SUVs can handle the tow. From$99,000, airstream.com

TAKE THREE/// ULTIMATE TOW VEHICLES Cadillac’s Escalade, Lincoln’s Navigator and GMC’s Sierra 2500 Denali HD combine brawn and luxury, capable of towing your new digs to even the most remote locales

CADILLAC ESCALADE ESV PLATINUM At its core, Cadillac calls Escalade an SUV with the capacities of a full-size truck. Its new 10-speed automatic transmission with a 7.39 gear ratio spread apportions the engine to run at a lower rpm on the highway, adjusting shift points in a manner similar to the tow/haul mode. The result is greater fuel mileage, as well as a smoother, more precise gear-shift quality. Coupled with the 6.2-liter V8 VVT with direct injection, Escalade tenders a trailering rating of 8,100 lbs. Triple-sealed doors keep exterior noises out while the Bose Centerpoint Audio System supplies 16 surround-sound speakers, including five custom-tuned speakers across the instrument panel and front doors. From $93,795, cadillac.com

LINCOLN BLACK LABEL NAVIGATOR Although its max towing capacity of 8,700 lbs is quite impressive, the Black Label Navigator enters opulent territory with its Pro Trailer Backup Assist technology — a program that uses radar and cameras to steer the vehicle to self-park in reverse while the driver controls the braking. It’s possible to program information for several trailers into its memory system. The pre-installed trailer brake controller provides a precise module that allows for time-delayed and, if need be, automatic emergency braking. A twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and seating for eight, including a 24-way multi-contour set of front seats with power thigh extender, ensure each

GMC SIERRA 2500 DENALI HD Trailering with intent, the GMC Sierra 2500 Denali HD offers a range of specifications to maximize heavy-duty hauling. The Duramax 6.6-liter turbo diesel V8 engine delivers acute power with both a 2WD and 4WD option, as well as a fifth wheel/gooseneck towing alternative. Therefore, the max trailering can range from 13,000 to 14,800lbs. Keenly focused on hauling, the Sierra’s hitching options include heated, power-adjustable mirrors with LED rear guidance lamps that are integrated into each mirror, enhancing trailer visibility when backing up. Asphalt disappears under the Sierra; inlaid doors, specialized powertrain mounts and the quietest Duramax diesel ever allow for a tranquil ride. From $66,995, gmc.com

passenger rides in comfort. From $96,650, lincoln.com


elite traveler SEPT/OCT 2018 30 Yachts by Thea Halstead

Amore Mio has an incredible top cruising speed of 30 knots, this is equivalent to over 34 miles per hour


Sports yachts pack serious punch. They’re built with performance and speed inmind, and are ideal for those looking to zip around the Riviera or Caribbean— fast. But if you’re torn between a super-speedy vessel and a larger yacht on which you can host parties, entertain your friends and family and spend a fewweeks of the year on board, which do you prioritize? This is where a builder like Heesen steps in. It creates high-performance yachts that can reach incredible speeds, but in the size and finish of a luxury superyacht. So, what performance-enhancing design and build elements go into creating something that behaves like a sports yacht, but looks and feels like a superyacht? There are a few options, but they all involve serious tank testing, years of research and development, and a group of yachting-mad engineers with brains that in no way work like mine. Amore Mio , a 147ft yacht built in 2016, is an example of Heesen taking its technological prowess to meet the needs and demands of a particular owner who uses the vessel as part of a larger fleet. Heesen gave Amore Mio her impressive speed credentials (30 knots) by minimizing the internal volume. Unusual for a yacht of this size, she has no third deck, so she is not only lighter but has a more streamlined shape that is aerodynamically perfect to speed around in like a rocket. For some of its larger superyachts, such as 229ft Galactica Super Nova and 180ft Laurentia , Heesen turned to industry experts Van Oossanen Naval Architects who developed a Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF). This FDHF is basically a hull that has been designed and built to cut through the water in the optimumway to reduce drag and anything else that will slow her down. It not only ensures a yacht can move faster, but it also makes the journey smoother and encourages fuel efficiency (a term you don’t often hear in yachting circles). Another innovation that Heesen uses is the Hull Vane. This harnesses waves to produce power. As the yacht moves forward, the water flowing over the wing produces lift and thrust and helps propel her along. So whether you’re after a smaller sports yacht, or something that offers a bit more space, builders like Heesen incorporate advanced technology to ensure that you don’t have to sacrifice speed for comfort. Contact Mark Cavendish, director of sales and marketing, welcome@heesenyachts.com, +31 412 665 544, heesenyachts.com

Above: Heesen’s Amore Mio , a 147ft yacht, can reach speeds of 30 knots thanks to a minimized internal volume and advanced engineering


KAWASAKI’S JET SKI ULTRA 310LX We’re not sure what we love most about this model — the serious power, the sporty look or the Jetsound audio system allowing you to listen to music while you’re on the water. From $17,999, kawasaki.com

YAMAHA’S FX CRUISER SVHO Its super-vortex high-output marine engine delivers increased power and torque. The power-to- weight ratio also helps with fuel efficiency. From $15,999, yamahawaverunners.com

SEA-DOO’S RXP-X 300 Made for serious jet skiers, the Rotax engine behind this delivers 300hp and offers riders activity- specific modes: Touring, Sport and Eco, so you can tailor your ride to your mood. From $15,399, sea-doo.com

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A Mad Hatter’s tea party at 40,000 ft is sure to keep your little ones entertained

Aviation Adventures in the sky by Samantha Coles

Traveling with children can be challenging. They’remost likely hyperexcited about going on a trip and in need of entertainment, whereas you’re looking to relax or catch up on paperwork . Nannies do their best to keep them amused, but options can be limited when you’re 40,000ft in the air. That’s where VistaJet comes in. Last year, the aviation firm reported that one in four flights had a child on board. So, in order to keep children thoroughly entertained, it has launched a whimsical new program called Adventures in the Sky. This collection of themed parties and activities has the assistance of a cabin host who has been trained at the prestigious early-years education and childcare institute Norland College. This specialized training means that all hosts are fully capable of recognizing the needs of traveling families onboard. The cabin host will be joined by an entertainer from the delightful party-planning extraordinaires, Sharky & George, who will host the party itself. Created for passengers aged one to 16 years old, the cabin is transformed for the themed party, creating a memorable interactive experience for first-time fliers and seasoned travelers alike. The party options include Alice in the Sky where children head down the rabbit hole into Alice’s wonderland for aMad Hatter’s tea party, a game of flamingo croquet and a game of Tweedledee and Tweedledum’s

Contrariwise. Budding spies can sign up for the Secret Mission, guided by an in-flight spy chief who recruits secret-service agents with an assignment to solve a worldwide criminal investigation. Agents receive training to decipher code, take fingerprints and learn secret messaging and crime-scene techniques. Young cinephiles can create their own movie from script to screen withMovies in the Sky; a fully equipped film crew helps bring the script to life, or children can act out their favorite film. Whichever program your child chooses, you can be sure the journey will be just as much fun as the destination. vistajet.com

Budding spies can embark on a secret mission, guided by an in-flight spy chief

As the holiday season is fast approaching, there’s no better time to invest in a family-friendly jet. Whether you’re flying between states to visit relatives or going on a further-flung vacation, these aircrafts can get you there TAKE TWO/// FAMILY- FRIENDLY JETS

HondaJet Elite At this year’s EBACE in Geneva, HondaJet revealed significant upgrades to its HA-420 Hondajet, just 30 months after the jet was first unveiled. Perfect for short-range flights, the HondaJet Elite has an auxiliary fuel tank, meaning its range has increased by 17 percent, allowing a range of 1,437 nautical miles — the furthest-flying aircraft in its class — but it’s still fuel-efficient and emits fewer greenhouse gases than similarly sized aircrafts. There are also a number of improvements to the cabin: a new engine inlet (for reduced high-frequency noise), a belted lavatory and a small galley with coffee machine. The jet is available in three new color schemes: Monarch Orange, Ruby Red and Ice Blue. From $5.25m, hondajet.com

Gulfstream G500 If you’re heading further afield, the GulfstreamG500 combines incredible speed with significant range — it can travel 4,400 nautical miles at Mach 0.85. With more time in the air, cabin comfort is a necessity. The G500 is large enough to carry 19 passengers and can sleep up to eight, and the 41-ft interior cabin can be designed to your specifications. There’s also ample baggage space with fold-down shelving and space that can be configured for your ski gear, golf clubs or full-to-the-brim suitcases. The interior is pressurized to no more than 4,850ft, even at a maximum altitude of 51,000ft, and 100 percent fresh air is replenished every two minutes, meaning the dreaded effects of jet lag will be lessened so you and your family arrive feeling refreshed. From$75.7m, gulfstream.com

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Technology by Samantha Coles

Silent night

Sleep is crucial for cognitive function and overall well-being — we all know the feeling of brain fog and irritation after a restless night. There are many factors that disrupt sleep, but sound is one of the most frustrating as it is tough to control, and once you hone in on an annoying sound it’s hard to tune out. Bose’s new sleepbuds block, cover and replace the most common noises that interfere with sleep. They’re the smallest Bose product ever made — around 1 inch in width and height and weighing just 1.4 grams — the wireless buds fit so snugly inside your ear you barely notice they’re there. They’re different from noise-canceling headphones and were specifically designed to improve sleep quality. Equipped with 10 pre-loaded “sleep tracks” that mirror the frequencies of your partner’s snoring, neighbors, dogs, traffic and other common sleep-disturbing nuisances, the sleepbuds hide these noises beneath a layer of soothing sounds such as rustling leaves or gently crashing waves. $249, bose.com

TIMESHIFTER Sometimes there’s just no escaping the dreaded jet lag —no matter how luxurious your journey and destination, it can leave you feeling like a zombie and without enough energy to enjoy the first few days of your well-earned vacation. The new Timeshifter app has been developed to help travelers eliminate jet lag by, you guessed it, shifting time. The app has been developed with a leading expert in the field of circadian rhythms, Harvard Medical School associate professor Steven Lockely Ph.D., who has spent 25 years studying sleep and has worked with Formula 1 drivers and NASA. The app has already been tried and tested by top athletes, CEOs and even astronauts. It works by generating a personal jet-lag plan based on your sleep pattern, chronotype (your biological clock that controls your body’s patterns), flight plan and other optional preferences. There’s even a quick turnaround feature if you’re traveling for a short business trip and don’t want to fully adjust to the destination’s time zone, but still want to be at your best. $10 per plan for a one-way or round trip, $25 for annual subscription, timeshifter.com

Gone are the days of clunky gym equipment — now is the time to update your home gym so it is just as elegant as the rest of your house. Globally renowned architect and designer Antonio Citterio has designed Technogym’s new collection, called Personal. Using the Italian designer’s signature clean lines, the range has been made using refined materials such as polished aluminum, soft-touch plastic and American oak, all with the highest level of craftsmanship, resulting in sculptural objects that effortlessly blend with any interior style. As Citterio declares, “I believe every object should be a pleasure to look at.” We’re particularly enamored with this handsome cross trainer (pictured above) — the mirror wheel beautifully reflects its surroundings. Technogym founder Nerio Alessandri explains that, along with digital technology, design plays an important role in the company’s wellness concept: “While fitness means looking good, wellness means feeling good; it’s a holistic experience that includes exercise, design, atmosphere and connectivity. In order to achieve and live a wellness lifestyle, the emotional component is GET PERSONAL

fundamental: harmony and beauty need to go together with performance and functionality. Innovative Italian design, exceptional quality, digital technologies and ease of use have enabled Technogym to create the most exclusive pieces of equipment.” The collection includes equipment for cardio, strength, balance, flexibility and performance training, and all Personal products are connected with Technogym’s MyWellness cloud. By logging into Unity (the touch-screen interface on all cardio equipment) you can access a fully personalized training experience. This includes training programs and data, as well as direct access to your favorite entertainment and communication apps, such as Netflix and YouTube, to make your workout fly by. The platform also allows users to add training information from wearable devices and tracking apps such as Apple Watch, Runkeeper and Strava, so in case you feel like going for a hike or a run, you still get a comprehensive overview of your fitness levels in one place. From $14,110, technogym.com


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Left, below: The recently renovated Meghan Suite is named after the newest member of the British Royal family

Fit for royalty


Opposite Kensington Gardens and two minutes from Buckingham Palace, TheMilestone Hotel and Residences is hidden in plain sight. You might stumble across the hotel after a day’s shopping on High Street Kensington; despite being in the heart of the Royal Borough it feels like a wonderful secret nestled among the red-brick townhouses. The 17th-century hotel has just completed a refurbishment of two suites, the Meghan Suite and 106 GrandMaster Suite, with design direction by president and founder, Beatrice Tollman, and her daughter, Toni Tollman. Blending bespoke furnishings frommaster craftsmen and artisans, intriguing antiques and carefully chosen objets d’art, the result is exquisite. The 106 GrandMaster Suite has been nicknamed ‘the Hermès Suite’ as its white velvet walls are adorned with vintage scarves encased in glass. The rich, pine-forest green color scheme is complemented by tasteful Art Deco–inspired details, such as enormous gold and walnut wardrobes and statement lampshades. The large walnut desk overlooks the greenery of Kensington Palace gardens, where you may spot a member of the British Royal family flying over by helicopter. The suite has a charming balcony where we recommend taking breakfast in a plush robe and slippers. TheMeghan Suite, named after the newest member of the British Royal family, epitomizes the Duchess’s cool sophistication with an 18th-century ebonized French bureau plat, Giacometti-style chairs and original contemporary art. An expansive handmade Savoir bed sits on top of leopard-print carpet, and is surrounded by custom-designed Indian silks. The gorgeous bathroom, set behind bronzed mirrored double doors, is striking in monochrome marble. 106 GrandMaster Suite from$2,635 per night. TheMeghan Suite from $2,635 per night. Contact Andrew Pike, general manager, apike@rchmail.com, +44 207 917 1000, milestonehotel.com

HOTEL SAVOY X EMILIO PUCCI Hotel Savoy overlooks the Piazza della Repubblica in Florence, and is the source of inspiration for two specially designed scarves by Emilio Pucci. Reimagined in Pucci’s signature style of vivid colors, the two scarves (one in bright pink, the other in turquoise) have been encased on glass tabletops in the terrace restaurant. The Pucci touch is peppered throughout the hotel — check out the hand-tufted rug in the lobby with a Lamborghini print from Pucci’s archives. roccofortehotels.com

White velvet walls are adorned with vintage Hermès scarves encased in glass

ONE&ONLY LE SAINT GÉRAN X ALICE TEMPERLY Nestled away on a private peninsula, One&Only Le Saint Géran underwent a multi-million-dollar refurbishment late last year and is still a favorite of celebrities and fashionistas. For a special experience, book The Glampfire Dinner next to a traditional tipi designed by British designer Alice Temperly. Known for her boho-chic aesthetic, the hand-stitched canopy has twinkling jewels that reflect the light of the setting sun. Inside, a Parisian glass chandelier hangs from the rafters. oneandonlyresorts.com

HOTELMETROPOLEMONTE-CARLOXKARL LAGERFELD Karl Lagerfeld is no stranger to hotel design, and his input at the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo draws on tales of ancient Greece to create a dramatic scene. The well-being area, named Odyssey, includes a seawater pool, solarium and poolside restaurant. Overlooking the pool are floor-to-ceiling backlit glass panels that depict Ulysses’s epic voyage: Lagerfeld photographed several of his muses wearing togas, then superimposed them onto photographs of the Greek coast. metropole.com

Photo richard@richardpowers.co.uk, Via dei Monti Parioli 49a 00197 Rome, Italy, Emanuele Scorcelletti


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Men’s Fashion Shearling reigns supreme while burgundy sets the tone for fall. Women’s Watches We feature the complicated movements and intricate tourbillons that are breaking barriers in the category of women’s watches. Destination Style All you need to know about the trendy Berlin fashion scene — plus, exactly what to pack. The Voyager World- renowned hairdresser Rossano Ferretti brings you to his favorite Maldives escape.

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Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello City shearling backpack, $2,490, Saint Laurent in New York, +1 212 980 2970, ysl.com

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Canali suede shearling jacket, $6,550, Canali in New York, +1 212 752 3131, canali.com

Grenson leather boots with shearling trim, $735, Grenson in New York, +1 212 510 8713, grenson.com

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Stefano Ricci deconstructed cashmere jacket, $5,500, Stefano Ricci in New York, +1 212 371 3901, stefanoricci.com

Hermès cashmere scarf, $310, Hermès in New York, +1 212 308 3585, hermes.com

Fendi maroon jersey backpack, $2,290, Fendi in New York, +1 212 897 2244, fendi.com

Givenchy velvet sneakers, $595, modaoperandi.com

Brunello Cucinelli wool silk tie, $325, Brunello Cucinelli in New York, +1 212 813 0900, brunellocucinelli.com

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by Kristen Shirley

Up, up and away

After collaborating on several wildly inventive clocks with independent Swiss watch brand MB&F — including giant spiders, robots and spaceships — venerable clockmaker L’Epée 1839 looks to the sky with its latest creation, the Hot Balloon. And it’s not just inspired by the shape of a balloon in flight; it is the first clock that can be suspended from the ceiling, so it can gently float in the room. It’s quite fitting that the first “flying” clock is designed after the first way man was able to fly. Margo Clavier, a 25-year-old student at the prestigious l’École cantonale d’art de Lausanne, worked with L’Epée 1839 to design the whimsical and technically impressive clock. Clavier brought a true artist’s vision to the project, ensuring that the mechanical components were ingeniously and beautifully integrated into the movement but preserving the aesthetic of a hot air balloon. While the palladium balloon itself is hollow, the basket and burners contain the movement and perfectly marry beauty and function. Read the hours and minutes on two stacked black cylinders just above the movement; a tiny flame indicates the time. To set the time, turn a wheel-shaped crown in the burner. Even the winding method is inventive — it is wound by twisting the basket, so there is no key to lose and you don’t need to take it down from its perch to wind it. It boasts an eight-day power reserve, so you might actually look forward to its weekly winding and the chance to play with your clock. $22,000, available in palladium, black, blue or red, each limited to 50 pieces. Contact Provident Jewelry in Florida, Nick Linca, managing partner, nick@providentjewelry.com, +1 561 747 4449, lepee1839.com

Wind the clock by twisting the basket, which allows it to be wound even when hanging from the ceiling





Baume & Mercier engineered its movement to remain at +4/-6 seconds/day, the standard for a COSC-certified chronometer


The brightly colored dials at Ressence appear to be smartwatches at first glance, but don’t let their fun displays fool you. These timepieces pack serious technological chops — one won the Horological Revelation Award in 2013 at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the most prestigious awards in the watch industry. Founder Benoît Mintiens brings his background in industrial design to watchmaking using a philosophy that allows him to imagine concepts that a traditionally trained watchmaker might not, and incorporate them into mechanical watches. Next up is the soon-to-be- released Type 2, which combines an electronic crown that sets and adjusts the time on a mechanical watch, which Ressence calls the world’s first self-setting mechanical watch. Cellini Jewelers in New York, +1 212 888 0505, ressencewatches.com

Type 1 The first thing you’ll notice is that the watch does not have hands atop the dial; its motto is actually “beyond hands.” Instead, the main disc and the subdials have graphic lines, and the dials themselves revolve to tell the time. This means the watch appears to be constantly in motion, much like time itself. The discs appear to be part of the sapphire glass that covers them due to their curve. The second thing you will notice is that there is no crown; the watch is wound and set with the rotating back of the watch. $20,600 Type 3 With Type 3, Ressence built on Type 1, keeping the design codes but improving the movement. It also introduced oil between the sapphire glass and the dial, which eliminates the refraction of light and makes the dial appear closer, almost as if the glass wasn’t there. Keeping the oil from the movement required serious innovation. The two parts are hermetically sealed by a titanium membrane but connected via micro magnets placed on both sides of the membrane. A set of seven bellows regulates the volume of oil, which contracts and expands as the temperature changes. $42,200 Type 5 For the ultimate non-dive dive watch, look no further than Type 5. It is the first mechanical watch that is legible from any angle, even under water, and Ressence introduced a hydraulic shock absorber. This prevents the micro magnets from briefly decoupling if the watch is hit. While this might not matter in daily life, it can be crucially important while diving. Completely submerging the dial in oil protects the watch from increasing pressure as the diver descends, eliminating the need for thick glass, and creating a more wearable watch. The case continues the diving theme, inspired by the curve of a sea turtle’s shell. $35,800

Developing an in-house movement is a prestigious milestone for any watch brand. Throughout the years as it considered creating one, Baume &Mercier decided that if it were to make the investment, it wouldn’t be simply for the sake of having one; it would need to address some of timekeeping’s shortcomings and advance the horological industry. With parent company Richemont’s research teams —meaning we should see some of this technology in its other brands in the future — the company developed its first in-house movement, Baumatic BM12-1975A, and it certainly delivers. It’s able to withstand a magnetic field 25 times higher than the current standard; maintains its accuracy to +4/-6 seconds per day, even as the power reserve lubricants can reduce regular maintenance and service to just once every 10 years, instead of the usually recommended three to five years. Clifton Baumatic, $3,500, baume-et-mercier.com THE AUTOMATIC BAUMATIC dwindles; and its liberal use of silicon components and development of new

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