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Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi, designed by Yuji Yamazaki, is a sanctuary of serenity for those seeking a fully-inclusive luxury experience complemented by an abundance of personal space. Every detail has been carefully considered with the resort’s exclusively appointed residences, 15 highly stylised one and two bedroomOcean Residences float above the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. Kudadoo is defined by the philosophy freedom reimagined, a space where private getaways come alive with effortless adventures as the resort endeavours to offer anything, anytime, anywhere. Personal butlers are available 24 hours a day to assist in making this possible by facilitating authentic experiences that capture the senses. Relax, redefine time as you swimwith manta rays and turtles, enjoy barbecues on hidden sandbanks or meditate with views of the reef, we open up the Maldives for you in effortless, elegant ways. The perfect fusion of luxury, style and intimacy. Kudadoo’s sustainability extends into various aspects of the private island’s experience. The stylised solar panel installation is complemented by eco-friendly straws, amenities and glass-bottled water, every element has been considered in an effort to minimise the resort’s eco-footprint. Kudadoo is the ultimate escape.
enjoying life, your way. Dive into the pleasure of Unleash your most sophisticated desires in the spectacular pools at TRS Coral Hotel. Are you craving something from the Balinese bed? We’ll cater to your every need. International à la carte restaurants, Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness and Chic Cabaret & Restaurant await you on your luxury vacation for adults only. With Infinite Indulgence ®, it´s all included. Book your stay at TRSHOTELS.COM or call +34 971 926 486
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Welcome You had to wait a fewmore months than usual, but we think the wait is well worth it. No matter what type of trip you are planning, you’ll find the perfect place here. There are spaces large enough to host an entire delegation at the UN in high style; epic mansions and suites with a host of toys and amenities, and just two bedrooms; actual royal residences; and even an underwater bedroom. The amenities are growing more incredible by the year, ranging from an on-call chauffeured Rolls-Royce Phantom to a custom fireworks show that you can control from an iPad, and charming touches like afternoon milk and cookies for kids. Everywhere you go, you can be assured of expert pampering and perfect service, with every need and whim swiftly and discreetly attended to. Hotels are also leveraging their extremely well-connected networks to offer exclusive experiences, available only by booking select rooms or to their best guests. And how to visit all of these suites? With our guide to the different ways to fly privately and recommended providers for each, you’ll never doubt that you have chosen the most luxurious and efficient way to get there. We also present our annual gift guide, an opulent selection of incredible jewelry, timepieces, fashion, spirits, champagne and fun. You will certainly dazzle your beloved with any of the pieces in our pages. The rest of our style coverage is just as special, showcasing watches with hand-painted, mosaic or enamel animal-inspired dials; and incredible high-jewelry masterpieces that also tell the time. Continuing the jewelry theme, Francois Graff gives us an exclusive interview where he discusses the legacy of Graff’s diamonds. The rest of the Influence section takes us to the ocean’s depths and to outer space with a profile on Dr Sylvia Earle and an opinion piece fromMichael Suffredini, whose company is launching the first significant private endeavor in space at the International Space Station. And Tim Trenker, CEO of luxury superyacht consultancy BehneMar, gives his insight into the future of yachting. In the Explore section, we give the best of sun and snow with guides to Antigua and Gstaad. So whether you’re lazing on the beach or tearing up the slopes, you can be sure to know the chicest places to stay and the perfect spot for a sunset cocktail or mountainside fondue. There are also sensational new hotels in Los Cabos and the French countryside, a heli-skiing adventure in the Alps and Cunard’s return to Alaska’s wilderness. Where will you travel this year? Send us a note at email@example.com
Louis Vuitton knit dress, $2,000, leather belt, $730, Louis Vuitton in New York, +1 212 758 8877, louisvuitton.com; Bulgari Divas’ Dream high-jewelry earrings in 18K white gold with 3.9 carats diamond and 1.91 carats ruby, price on request, Serpenti Forever bag, $2,200, Bulgari in New York, +1 800 285 4274, bulgari.com; David Morris Ruby Palm ring in 18K white gold with 10.03 carats ruby and 4.56 carats diamond, price on request, David Morris in London, +44 207 499 2200, davidmorris.com
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On the cover Loren wears Chanel top, $2,100, skirt, $4,500, Chanel in New York, +1 212 355 5050, chanel.com; Chopard Temptations necklace in 18K white gold with 116.45 carats spinel, a 56.88-carat tanzanite, 27.92 carats sapphire, 22.46 carats morganite, 19.8 carats rubellite, 10.52 carats pink tourmaline, 8.75 carats amethyst, 5.59 carats diamond, 1.18 carats colored diamond and .69 carat ruby, ring in 18K white gold with 19.87 carats morganite, 6.32 carats aquamarine, 1.43 carats pink sapphire and 1.05 carats diamond, both price on request, Chopard in New York, +1 212 223 2304, chopard.com
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35 Artist Anthony James debuts the 80" Portal Icosahedron
Discover 35 Object of desire Artist Anthony James’ latest sculpture plays with light and space 36 Motoring These fun toys are inspired by their automotive counterparts 40 Cruises New ships encourage exploration in remote lands 42 Yachts Hybrid yacht Home breaks boundaries in the yacht world
Influence 88 FrancoisGraff Roberta Naas talks to the CEO of Graff about his family’s legacy 90 Sylvia Earle One woman’s mission to save our precious oceans 92 TimTrenker CEO of luxury yacht consultant BehneMar on the future of yachting 94 Michael Suffredini Axiom Space co-founder explains how space exploration can save our planet
44 Aviation The future of electric aviation and safety technology is here 46 Design Juniper Books delivers a personal touch to your home library
50 Men’s fashion English countryside- inspired fashion and navy blue are eternally chic 54 Men’s watches Artistic dials inspired by the animal kingdom 56 Women’s fashion Western style and feminine bows are the season’s hottest trends 60 Women’s watches High-jewelry watches with beautiful sapphires, emeralds and diamonds 62 Jewelry All-diamond treasures and multicolored gems shine bright this season
66 Destination style The streets of Seoul, South Korea are buzzing with talent 68 The voyager Model and philanthropist Liya Kebede heads to Mexico City 70 Craftsmanship Van Cleef & Arpels takes us behind the scenes at their atelier 74 The ultimate gift guide Decadent timepieces, jewelry, wine and spirits for your loved ones
42 Home emits fewer emissions and makes less noise
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Inspire 98 Top 100 Suites The definitive list of this year’s top 100 suites in the world 132 Top Jets The best private-jet service providers to suit every mission
Explore 142 Destination guides We head to the snowy slopes in Gstaad, Switzerland and the sandy beaches of Antigua in the Caribbean 150 The Hot List Adventurous itineraries around the world, from Switzerland and Scotland to South Africa and Alaska 156 New hotels Four Seasons heads to Los Cabos, and Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé in France is steeped in history 158 Elite luxury homes The perfect places for the ski-obsessed to call home and two gorgeous properties in Spain 160 Flight of fancy A unique chance to sleep among — and help protect — endangered wildlife
Rolex Awards for Enterprise Protecting our planet has never felt more urgent. Rolex’s Awards for Enterprise celebrates (and funds) worthy projects ranging from wildlife conservation in Brazil and India to combating malaria in Africa, and perhaps solving our plastics problem.
132 Everything to know about flying privately
153 A trip to discover rare Scottish gold
Leaders inLuxury: FilippoRicci Follow us behind closed doors at one of Italy’s most exclusive designers, Stefano Ricci. Creative director Filippo Ricci speaks to Elite Traveler about why producing every aspect of the collection in Italy is so important, what distinguishes superb tailoring from good tailoring, and his family’s legacy. TheWine & Spirit Education Trust Have you always wanted to learn more about wine in a structured way, but were too afraid to step into the unknown? We took the WSET Level Two Awards in Wines and Spirits, and we break down the mystery behind this prestigious and challenging course with a firsthand account of what it takes to pass with distinction.
142 A guide to Gstaad, Switzerland
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TIM TRENKER CEO, BehneMar
German-born and Dubai-based Tim is
the CEO of superyacht consultancy BehneMar, and he travels the world helping his clients build, design and charter the yacht of their dreams. When he isn’t working, Tim leads an active lifestyle, most notably partaking in motorcycle racing — he became a world champion at the 2010 FIM Cross- Country Rallies World Championship. p92
Bray, England PHILIP SINDEN Photographer
Philip was just 13 years old when he first picked up a camera, which led him to a life behind the lens. The London-based photographer has traveled the world shooting for publications such as British Vogue , Harper’s Bazaar UK, GQ and Esquire , among others. He is most inspired by Mumbai, India andMarrakech, Morocco. Front cover
KRISTEN SHIRLEY Luxury editorial director, Elite Traveler Kristen grew up moving around the world, and as luxury editorial director at Elite Traveler , she flies more than 100,000 miles each year seeking out the best hotels and destinations. A former fashion editor at ELLE , she is our resident watch and jewelry expert. In this issue, she takes us behind the scenes at Van Cleef & Arpels and styles our opulent gift guide. p70
Gstaad, Switzerland BECCAHENSLEY Contributing writer
Austin, Texas-based writer Becca is a world traveler: She has been to more than 120 countries and dined at nearly 100 Michelin-starred restaurants. In this issue, she shares her insider secrets on Gstaad, Switzerland and visits the new Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé in France. Find more of her work in Condé Nast Traveler , National Geographic Traveler , Architectural Digest and more. p142
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The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is the city’s only AAA Five-Diamond destination boasting elegant accommodations masterfully blended with extensive conference space, prominent office space, designer fashion, signature dining and sophisticated amenities all in one tower. Upon arrival, the intuitive personalized service sets the tone for a unique experience, one of unrivaled quality and pleasure. Combined with the unmatched culinary excellence of Mastro’s Steakhouse, the two-story Rolls-Royce showroom, unparalleled wellness and ancient healing practices at the Forbes Five-Star Spa and direct helicopter pad access, The Post Oak Hotel is sure to embrace every desire of savvy business and leisure travelers alike. AN EXPER I ENCE SO UN I QUE LY RE F I NED THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE . ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY
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A luxury expedition Crystal Cruises’ brand-new purpose-built expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor , will debut in August 2020, allowing you to explore remote lands in complete comfort Page 40
Page 35 Object of desire Los Angeles-based British artist Anthony James plays with light and mirrors in the Portal Icosahedron . Page 36 Motoring Car marques expand beyond automotives with new, exciting toys for your home. Page 42 Yachts Inside Heesen’s Home , which is ultra-quiet and fuel-efficient with low emissions. Page 44 Aviation The future of electric aviation is here, and safety technology goes a step further.
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Object of Desire by Samantha Coles
RAY OF LIGHT
If you attended any major art show in 2019, you would have no doubt come across Anthony James’ multifaceted sculpture: It was the talk of the show at Masterpiece London and drew curious crowds at the Seattle Art Fair. The large-scale artwork, 80” Portal Icosahedron is a fascinating maze of illuminating LED lights, reflecting mirrors, steel structures and geometric shapes — the closer you get, the longer you’ll be sucked in to stare at the never-ending patterns within. British LA-based artist James is no stranger to thought-provoking pieces; he blazed (quite literally) onto the scene in 2008 when he set his prized Ferrari on fire in the name of art. From $250,000, limited to six pieces.
Icosahedrons are polyhedrons of 20 identical triangular facets, thought to be discovered by the philosopher Plato during a mathematical experiment. Anthony James’ 80” Portal Icosahedron shows an infinite combination of geometric shapes constructed from LED lights, reflecting mirrors and steel
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The Bodyfriend LBF-750 massage chair takes sleek design notes from the Lamborghini Huracán
As bespoke vehicle possibilities and additional model options reached a fever pitch, automakers aptly switched lanes. Implementing in-house design aesthetics and technology on objects beyond the garage, manufacturers seek to capitalize on a new class of lifestyle collaborations. To achieve true customer loyalty, car companies are utilizing their proprietary research and development to fully immerse clients in their curated universe with alternative yet stylish branded items that are a far cry from gear with a wearable logo
Sitting Pretty Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder + Bodyfriend LBF-750 massage chair
Those blessed with height advantages have long known the ubiquitous disadvantages of driving a supercar: never enough legroom (or trunk space, but that’s a separate issue). Sacrifice a bit of comfort for the aural, heart-pumping satisfaction of the 2020 Huracán EVO Spyder, and the reward is handsome. The 5.2-liter V10 reminds humankind of the Raging Bull’s raison d’être . It may not be the fastest (0-60 mph in a healthy 3.1 seconds), or the lightest (at 3,750 lbs it’s 250 lbs heavier than its coupe counterpart), but it’s pure drama. Cars, especially those of the super variety, are supposed to be fun. The unadulterated joy and deep vibrato generated by a Huracán EVO Spyder for both driver and passenger creates a kind of open-air theater in motion. More than sufficient, the Huracán EVO Spyder’s 631 horsepower plays in Strada, pushes in Sport and positively roars in Corsa — there’s a mode for every occasion. The Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) is an intelligent system that optimizes the vehicle via its adaptive dampers, rear-wheel steering and torque vectoring by recording and reporting handling, braking and acceleration, to name a few. Impossible to grasp in a day or two of driving, it’s a promising tech feature that proves Lamborghini’s commitment to its five-year-old nameplate. Once the driving is done, have a stretch and sink into the full-body cockpit of the
LBF-750. Deemed the world’s first-ever Lamborghini massage chair, it’s produced by South Korea-based Bodyfriend, which claims to be the highest-grossing company of its kind in the world. An accessory that could appear in both the Tron and Transformers universes, LBF-750 offers a binaural beat-giving, stress-sensing set of intuitive programming. Its four eye-catching hues denote Lamborghini — an intentional color-matching process and textbook visual cue. The exacting exterior design, and the L-shaped lights of the LBF-750 clearly reflect those same elements in the Huracán's composition. The multi-interface controller would be at home in the car’s center console, while the ‘supercar massage’ setting relies on the chair’s eight speakers to reproduce the sound experience of a Lamborghini chassis. “The lines of a Lamborghini must be recognized,” Stefano Domenicali, president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, tells Elite Traveler . Partnering with an Asian healthcare giant is a small but mighty entrée into a burgeoning market that’s not entirely familiar with the Italian automaker. “We are a small company but we are growing. We need to execute the right steps with the right legs.” Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder from $287,400, lamborghini.com; Bodyfriend LBF-750 massage chair from $30,000, bodyfriend.com
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PRAETOR 500: THE BEST MIDSIZE JET EVER.
The Praetor 500 surpassed its design goals in range, takeoff distance and high-speed cruise.
The disruptive Praetor 500 leads the way in performance, comfort and technology. As the farthest- and fastest-flying midsize jet with 3,340 nm range and a high-speed cruise of 466 ktas, the Praetor 500 makes nonstop, corner-to-corner flights across North America. Miami to Seattle. San Francisco to Gander. Los Angeles to New York. It also connects the U.S. west coast to Europe and South America with just one stop. The jet takes you right where you need to be with its enviable access to challenging airports. The lowest cabin altitude in the class assures that you arrive energized. The ultra-quiet cabin with home-like connectivity is perfect for work, relaxing or conversation in a normal tone of voice. Plus, Embraer is the only business jet manufacturer to offer full fly-by-wire in the midsize segment, with turbulence reduction capability. The precise union of style, comfort, innovation and technology create a sophisticated, powerful travel experience.
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First Drive Maserati Levante GTS + Maserati e-scooter The cobblestones of the streets that run between the grandiose Piazza Roma and the historical Mercato Albinelli marketplace in Downtown Modena, Italy less resemble stones than melon-sized boulders worn down over centuries. It is here, in a prehistoric Roman town, that Maserati debuted its 28-lb electric scooter. On a pair of 8.5-inch wheels with a few kick-push starts, the scooter silently lunges to life. While many a metropolis has been powerless to stop the invasion of e-scooters, the people of Modena marvel at the latest hometown creation. Emblazoned exclusively with Trident badging and the benchmark trio of air vents, the e-scooter is a sampling of what’s to come from Maserati. Electrification was on the tips of tongues last year, prior to the death of then-chairman Sergio
underfoot, the 22-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels on the Levante GTS signal the capability of this performance-driven edition. It’s no secret that SUVs dominate the lion’s share of nearly every brand’s margins, but buyers in this segment continue to parcel out features — hence the automaker’s response of creating sub-editions within editions. As Maserati’s latest Levante iteration, this twin-turbo 3.8-liter, 550 hp V8 now boasts Q4 intelligent all-wheel drive. Climbing up the hairpin turns to the hilltop town of Castelvetro, Italy, the Q4 sent the engine’s torque to the rear wheels, and the turbochargers audibly sighed at the lift of the throttle. It’s not a case of mistaken identity: The Levante GTS doesn’t feel like a sports car trapped in an SUV’s body. Quite refreshingly the opposite, it handles like a purpose-built performance sport vehicle that’s also outfitted with full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather and a 900W, 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Maserati Levante GTS from $119,980, e-scooter from $1,120, maseratiusa.com
Marchionne. Almost exactly a year later, Maserati’s first battery-powered machine arrived. Company creatives reviewed and approved the final design, although it’s worth noting that there’s no Maserati technology in the scooter itself. Rendering those same boulders to pebbles
M for motorsport BMWM8 Competition Coupe + BMWMBike
Pedal power meets horsepower under the same umbrella design language, which is keen on carbon fiber components and lightweight, albeit functional, performance. Smooth surface track days and pavement dreams become a reality thanks to the company-coined
‘signature BMW experience.’ It almost reads like propaganda, were it not the driving force behind BMW’s M-line. As the most powerful engine in BMW’s lineup, the M8 Competition Coupe delivers 617 hp from a 4.4-liter V8 engine. Its
exhilarating 0 to 60 mph occurs in just 3.0 seconds. The coupe growls as it goes, happily consuming asphalt and, upon stopping, often begs for more. From the pinched, dual-lined hood up over the double-bubble contour of its carbon-fiber
M Bike clearly draws its inspiration from the M lineup. The matte black paintwork and MMotorsport color stripes create an easy allusion. But it’s the 11-gear Shimano SLX/XT groupset with carbon fiber fork, spacers and seat posts that mimic the lightweight design and trackside style of the Coupe. Should a customer place the bike in the foreground and the car in the background, similar swoops and shapes abound. The sporty yet composed likeness is undeniable. BMWM8 Competition Coupe from $146,000, M Bike from $1,680, bmwusa.com
reinforced plastic roof to the gentle application of cutout rear wing, the character-defining features err on the side of edgy, even refreshing. Gone is the fear of sharp angles and deep, robust curves. Nearly two decades in the making, this vehicle signals a significant expansion of the rarefied second- generation 8 series. Look no further than the two-toned wraparound quad exhaust, should a further example of statement-making impact be in question. There’s no entreaty for electrification here. Implementing the same aerodynamic desire for speed, the
elite traveler WINTER 2019 40 Cruises by Emma Reynolds
The Crystal Solarium is a glass-enclosed space for taking in the scenery from the comfort of the ship
Once she embarks on her inaugural journey in August 2020, Crystal Cruises’ groundbreaking new yacht, Crystal Endeavor , will be the most spacious, purpose-built, polar-class expedition yacht in the world, as well as the most luxurious ship with a Polar Code-designated ranking. She offers three types of voyages for up to 200 passengers: Remote Expeditions, which are active, expert-led voyages to the Earth’s most remote polar regions, including traversing the Siberian Sea from Russia to Norway; Cultural Discovery, where you will visit countries renowned for history, art and nature, including Japan, Brazil and Argentina; and Destination Exploration, a discovery of lesser-known regions’ biodiversity and unique wildlife, such as fairy penguins (a diminutive species that only grows up to 1.5 ft) in Australia and New Zealand. No matter which voyage you choose, the ship fosters discovery and adventure by her ability to access smaller ports. There are outdoor observation decks on six out of the eight passenger decks — there is even a hot tub to lounge in as you gaze at the stars or, if you’re lucky, the Northern Lights. Whether you’re sailing along the coast of Japan, exploring Sydney’s underwater marine life or marveling at larger-than-life glaciers in the polar regions, the yacht has 18 Zodiacs, a seven- passenger submersible, stand-up paddleboards and helicopters for myriad offshore excursions. Crystal Endeavor is a win-win for those seeking adventure paired with the some of the best cuisine on the high seas. There are six restaurants serving international cuisine, including the first Nobu restaurant on an expedition ship, plus a Crystal Life Spa and Salon, cigar lounge and resplendent lounge areas like the opulent Palm Court and Crystal Cove (perfect for pre-dinner drinks). The all-suite ship has 90 deluxe suites, eight Penthouse Suites and two Crystal Penthouses. From $11,700 for an eight-day Cultural Discovery Voyage, crystalcruises.com A thrill-seeking Endeavor
Crystal Endeavor is the world’s most spacious purpose-built, polar-class yacht
A GLOBAL EXPEDITION
If you can carve a few hundred days out of your busy schedule (167, to be exact), spend them aboard Silversea’s Silver Cloud for the ExpeditionWorld Cruise, the first-ever expedition journey around the world. Starting in Ushuaia, Argentina and ending in Tromsø, Norway, you will see some of the world’s most spectacular destinations not accessible via regular cruise ships, but with the same luxury amenities and experiences Silversea is so revered for. Silver Cloud has a guest capacity of just 254 and the highest space-to-guest ratio of any polar-expedition ship, plus 18 Zodiac rafts, 10 kayaks and a brand-new bow and ice-strengthened hull. Allow the onboard Expedition Teams to teach you about all the destinations you’ll see along the way and enjoy intimate on-shore excursions in some of the most remote places on Earth. Your personal butler will have a glass of champagne waiting for you upon your return to the ship. If you don’t have six months to spare, you can also
Silversea’s Silver Cloud takes you to the icy waters of Antarctica
book individual legs of the trip. From$99,000, silversea.com
From top Home ’s sleek exterior; her minimalistic interiors let the views take center stage; Home at sea
elite traveler WINTER 2019 42 Yachts by Samantha Coles
As the world’s first fast hybrid yacht with a fast displacement hull form, Home is a pioneering new vessel that offers perhaps some of life’s greatest luxuries: peace and quiet. She is made of lightweight aluminum and can use diesel or electric propulsion (read: using less fuel), enabling silent cruising at a speed of up to nine knots. When she is in silent electric mode, she creates around 46 decibels of noise — for comparison, that is the same as the soft patter of falling raindrops. When she debuted at the Monaco Yacht Show, she won the MYS-RINA Green award for the Most Environmentally Friendly yacht, the Most Innovative Yacht award fromWorld Yachts and the Baccarat SuperYacht World trophy. Her exterior of clean lines is slick and minimalist, and her floor-to-ceiling windows admit endless ocean views. Those views take center stage inside, too, thanks to the decor: It is decidedly simple and fresh, with No place like Home
modern furnishings and just a few choice pops of color. There is little artwork on board, as the owner wanted no distractions from the natural surroundings. Home has six staterooms, a gym, an expansive sun deck with Jacuzzi, a large open bar and plenty of fun toys on board for flyboarding and paddleboarding. She even has something to delight the most seasoned sailor: A ‘flying chair’ rises from the bow and offers the occupant 360-degree views. It can even be used when the vessel is underway if conditions are favorable. Up until recently, Home was, well, home for the majority of the year for her owner. She is now available for charter in the Caribbean (including Antigua; turn to p146 for our complete guide to the island) and the Bahamas in the winter season, or the Mediterranean in the summer. From $240,000 per week. Contact Julie Bichon, charter fleet manager, email@example.com, yacht-zoo.com
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elite traveler WINTER 2019 44 Aviation by Emma Reynolds
Eviation’s new Alice aircraft is fully sustainable and has zero emissions
THE FUTURE IS ELECTRIC
flies at a cruising altitude of 10,000 ft and has a cruise speed of around 240 to 260 knots. Sustainability and efficiency aren’t Alice’s only draws. Bar-Yohay exclusively tells Elite Traveler that he hopes to make environmentally friendly travel accessible for everyone. He says: “For the first time in over 50 years, Eviation has created a new breed of aircraft fleets and a new era in aviation with the all-electric Alice. Operating at a fraction of the cost of conventional jetliners, our Alice will redefine how people travel regionally and usher in a new era of flying that is quieter, cleaner and cost-effective.” Alice might even become popular with socially conscious private owner-operators who often travel shorter distances for weekend golf trips, business meetings or family getaways. Be sure to place your order now and prepared to be the envy of the FBO. From $4m. Contact email@example.com, eviation.co
And its design looks straight out of a time machine: To increase stability, reduce drag and distribute propulsion, it has a main pusher propeller at the tail of the aircraft, two pusher propellers at the wingtips and a uniquely curved nose. The aircraft relies on a cutting-edge battery that, on one charge, operates for two-and-a-half hours. The startup enlisted Siemens to collaborate on advanced motor technology, and worked with Honeywell on the fly-by-wire avionics. So far, Eviation has received a significant order from regional US commercial airliner Cape Air for 92 planes set to deliver in 2022 — impressive, being that Alice’s first flight is planned for the end of 2019 and, at the time of publication, FAA certification is scheduled to be confirmed by 2021. Cape Air’s main points of travel are between New York and New England, perfect for Alice’s range of 650 miles. It
It would seem that the future of electric air travel isn’t far off, at least not for Israeli startup Eviation. At the 2019 Paris Air Show, the innovative, high-tech company unveiled a groundbreaking prototype for an all-electric, nine-passenger aircraft called Alice, the world’s first fully operational, electric passenger plane. The launch of Alice heralds a new era of aviation — and what Eviation CEO and co-founder Omer Bar-Yohay calls a new breed of aircraft — one that doesn’t require a drop of fuel. Alice has an electric engine that is fully sustainable and has zero emissions, which also means less noise compared to other jets. The aircraft is made with 95 percent composite materials, which are lightweight, have advanced thermal-regulating technology and aerodynamic efficiency, and offer flight stability and extreme propulsion.
SAFETY FIRST Cirrus Aircraft, creator of the world’s first single-engine personal jet, the Cirrus Vision SF50, is redefining safety standards once again. After launching the first parachute system for a personal jet — which has landed 176 people so far — Cirrus takes a safe landing in case of a disabled pilot a step further with Safe Return, a new technology available in all Vision Jets starting in 2020. It is the first-ever autonomous landing system in an aircraft, enacted by a simple press of a button on the ceiling of the plane. Once the button is pressed, the plane lands itself at the nearest airport, taking into account fuel load and weather conditions. Because of its small size, the Vision Jet can land on nearly any runway (up to 5,000 in the US alone). Once Safe Return is activated, signals are sent to air traffic control and local EMT and fire stations in case of a medical emergency. And don’t worry — the landing is as smooth as can be. From $2.5m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, cirrusaircraft.com
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Thatcher Wine from Juniper Books is a master at curating bespoke libraries — his most whimsical and striking projects can be seen in his new book, For the Love of Books
WRAPPED UP IN BOOKS
There are certain things that stand the test of time: No matter how far technology advances, libraries still hold a dignified allure, and there’s nothing quite like the satisfying feeling of finishing a great book. Home libraries are more than just storage spaces; they provide sanctuary, one lined with precious titles that act as a window into our soul and the inner workings of our minds. Books have the power to make us laugh, cry, learn and see the world in a different way. Curating a library is an entirely personal process, as Thatcher Wine of Juniper Books knows. He tells us, “It requires listening and observing — I ask clients about their favorite authors, books and subjects, and really listen to the answers. But I observe every detail about a client’s home, their hobbies and how they interact with family in order to develop a sense of what should be on their shelves. Then, I use my expertise and experience handling hundreds of thousands of books — where to buy them, what is in print and what is more scarce. I step back and look at the collection of books I’m building and ask myself if everything belongs; there are constant adjustments to get it just right.” You have likely encountered a few of his curated libraries: Four Seasons Residences Austin, Shady Oaks Country Club in Texas and the NoMad Hotel in New York, to name a few. He has also created a number of home projects, including a 600-book library for Gwyneth Paltrow. Interestingly, Wine has
created custom book jackets so that the books can match the library’s color scheme (no judging books by their covers here). Wine tells us about a client who wanted a library of around 1,000 books on a wide variety of subjects, therefore having very different jackets: “We proposed a very bright, color-coded library in our custom jackets for every book. The end result was a library of books everyone in the family wants to read in a completely one-of-a- kind presentation on the shelves. When I took a step back to photograph it, the books looked like jelly beans from a distance! It’s a great feeling when the books really feel like they belong.” juniperbooks.com
with Dr. Zahi Hawass, the legendary archaeologist Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Egypt’s Head of Antiquities Mrs. Jehan Sadat, Egypt’s Former First Lady
This is the most exciting tour to Egypt ever offered! Led by the world’s most famous archaeologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass, The Royal Tour to Egypt provides unparalleled access to the wonders of Ancient Egypt. Unlike conventional tours, only The Royal Tour offers its participants VIP entry to areas of the ancient sites closed to the general public. Visit the Giza Pyramids and Luxor Temple outside of regular opening hours for a more intimate and crowd-free experience. Have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stand between the paws of the Great Sphinx instead of seeing it from the viewing platform. You will hear secrets never told before and spend time in the esteemed company of Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Egypt’s Head of Antiquities. Former First Lady, Mrs. Jehan Sadat, will host you in the residence of Egypt’s late president Anwar Sadat – an experience normally reserved for royalty and heads of state. Multiple Tour Dates in 2020 & 2021
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Clockwise David Webb cuff in 18K yellow gold, $39,500, earrings in 18K yellow gold, $24,000, David Webb in New York, +1 212 421 3030, davidwebb.com Verdura Nut & Bolt cufflinks in 18K yellow gold, $6,500, Verdura in New York, +1 212 758 3388, verdura.com Patek Philippe Ref 5270/1R watch in 18K rose gold, $198,450, Patek Philippe in New York, +1 212 218 1240, patek.com Nouvel Heritage bangle in 18K yellow gold with .21 carats diamond, $3,990, bangle in 18K rose gold with .9 carats diamond, $9,500, bangle in 18K rose gold with 5.18 carats diamond, $33,300, bangle in 18K yellow gold with .19 carats diamond, $3,750, bangle in 18K rose gold with .92 carats diamond, $7,550, nouvelheritage.com Gucci pumps, $890, Gucci in New York, +1 212 710 8980, gucci.com
The Midas touch Go for the gold and dazzle your loved ones this season. Our annual gift guide showcases stunning high jewelry, fabulous watches, top-shelf spirits and ultra-chic games Page 74
Page 54 Men’s watches An array of beautiful artistic dials that take inspiration from the animal kingdom. Page 56 Women’s fashion Fashion heads to the wild, wild west this season, and bows are anything but frilly. Page 66 Destination style Seoul, South Korea is brimming with talented designers ready to take on the international fashion world. Page 68 The voyager Model and philanthropist Liya Kebede reveals her travel must-haves for Mexico City.
STYLE MEN’S FASHION by Kristen Shirley and Emma Reynolds
James Purdey & Sons tweed gloves, $188, purdey.com
PURSUITS When traversing the English countryside, opt for rich colors, like forest green and brown, and sturdy fabrics, like wool, to protect you from the elements as you enjoy outdoor pursuits.
Barbour Icons Beacon jacket, $745, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, +1 212 753 4000, barbour.com
Ralph Lauren Glen topcoat, $7,995, rt, sweater, $1,895, shi $495, trousers, $69 pocket square, $14 Ralph Lauren in Ne York, +1 212 6 2100, ralphlauren.co 5, 5, w 06 m
Daks weater, 545, shirt, $1 0, trousers, $ 40, Dak in Lon n 44 0 409 4 , aks. om
Aspinal of London Harrison weekender travel bag, $975, aspinaloflondon.com
Kent & Curwen Stanton coat, $850, Camberwell East shirt, $215, Williams trousers, $230, Kent & Curwen in London, +44 207 240 6618, kentandcurwen.com
ermès boots, 3,100, Hermès n New York, 1 212 751 3181, ermes.com H $ i + h
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Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar watch in stainless steel, $21,700, Vacheron Constantin in New York, +1 212 317 8964, vacheron-constantin.com
Officine Générale Scott coat, $1,395, suede jacket, $1,395, turtleneck, $420, pants, $395, mrporter.com, officinegenerale.com
Dunhill Duke trench coat, $2,095, dunhill.com
Cerruti 1881 coat, $1,260, leather bomber jacket, $2,170, sweater, $410, pants, $653, boots, $650, cerruti.com
Brunello Cucinelli cashmere turtleneck, $3,495, Brunello Cucinelli in New York, +1 212 334 1010, brunellocucinelli.com
Into THE BLUE Sharp navy-blue outerwear makes you stand out among the black and brown hues often designated for winter. Opt for a chic button- up coat, a weatherproof trench or a wool coat with high design.
Santoni California derby shoes, $995, santonishoes.com
Berluti mini alligator briefcase, $31,500, Berluti in New York, +1 212 439 6400, berluti.com
STYLE MEN’S WATCHES
CARTIER ROTONDE DE CARTIER PANTHÈRE WOODMARQUETRY The Cartier panther has been a distinctive moniker of the brand since the mysterious and beautiful animal made its first appearance on a wristwatch in 1914, and it has melted hearts ever since. This newest interpretation is created using hundreds of tiny pieces of wood marquetry. Each piece is individually cut from ultra-thin slices of wood; then they are placed one by one on the dial using tiny tweezers, creating an incredibly detailed (and tiny) jigsaw puzzle of the panther’s sive face. n request, 18K rose gold, Cartier w York, +1 212 446 3400, cartier.
by Roberta Naas
Today’s finest watchmakers are breathing life into their dials by using them as canvases to reinterpret majestic animals and birds. Referred to as métiers d’art , decorating a watch dial is an art that dates back centuries. Today, brands and their artisans have elevated existing techniques to new heights and developed ever-more innovative methods for ornamentation. Artisans turn to unusual materials such as lacquer made from the sap of special trees for paintings, or wood veneer to create unique patterning. Creative processes run the gamut from enameling and engraving to painting, sculpting and marquetry. Most of these dials are incredibly time-consuming to design, often requiring dozens of hours of meticulous work
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JAQUET DROZ PETITE HEURE MINUTE LION
A master at métiers d’art , Jaquet Droz often turns to hand-painting to achieve its tributes to nature. This mighty king of the jungle — with such intensity in the face — is the result of dozens of hours of work. Using an array of fine brushes, some with no more than a single hair, the artist interprets the lion on a backdrop of black grand feu enamel, taking great care to achieve the minute characteristics of the fur, whiskers and eyes. Some details are so fine that they are barely perceptible to the naked eye. $32,200 in 18K red gold, Jaquet Droz in New York,
BOVET 1822 AMADEO FLEURIER 43 MINIATURE PAINTING OF A HORSE This stunning horse dial begins with a shimmering white mother-of-pearl orb. To achieve the details of this magnificent horse with its sinewy muscles and elaborate mane, the artisan hand-paints the motif using a polished lacquer technique, which allows for the best possible definition. Eight layers of translucent lacquer are then added to protect the dial and add luster; the process takes a full week to complete using a microscope and fine-bristle brushes. This Amadeo watch converts from wristwatch to pocket watch and table clock. $82,000 in 18K rose gold, Cellini Jewelers in New York, +1 212 888 0505, bovet.com
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