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Winter is such a joyous time. The holidays, the parties, the festive spirit. And as social gatherings have mostly been put on hold for the past two years, this festive season will likely see multigenerational family reunions and dear friends coming together to celebrate missed milestones and make up for lost time.
And so you and your clan might be looking for a splendid suite for your soirée, or for a romantic getaway for you and your beloved. Our Top 100 Suites list, an annual collection of the crème de la crème, is here to help. But this year has seen a substantial change in the compilation of this list. For the past decade or so, the same big hitters have dominated this sphere thanks to downright decadent accommodations and spectacular amenities (think: firework displays from a huge private infinity pool, suites that lie 16 ft under the Indian Ocean, or 18th-century frescoes painted by an Italian master artist). While you’ll still find those firm favorites, a number of others have not made the list for the simple reason that they do not have a single, notable eco-friendly practice in place. Many are in the process of implementing such practices, but if they aren’t up and running then you won’t find them on these pages. And it’s not always the sexy, impressive stuff (like reverse water osmosis or hydroelectricity) that matters, but sometimes programs such as commuter buses for staff to reduce car usage (as seen at Viceroy Los Cabos) or ensuring that if you hold an event, be it a wedding, a business conference or a raucous birthday party, then carbon emissions will be offset (like at Kempinski Vienna). These values ensure that sustainability, community and environmental issues are not just a passing trend but are woven into each hotel’s fabric. Hotel suite sorted; the next item on the agenda: how to get to your destination. Doug Gollan looks at sustainability in the skies — at the big-name aviation giants that have announced “faster and deeper initiatives,” revealing carbon neutral plans (and in some cases, emissions neutral). Elsewhere in this issue, Becca Hensley steps back in time with a look at the most historic hotels in the US — from ‘The Del,’ Hotel del Coronado in California, a resort that emanates 1950s wholesomeness and has hosted many a famous guest (Marilyn Monroe, Walt Disney and Charlie Chaplin, to name a few), to The Hermosa Inn in Arizona, hand-built by a larger-than-life cowboy artist. If the walls could talk... And since ‘tis the season, Alex Martin compiles the best whisky releases of the last year (if you’re looking to spoil yourself), including an incredibly special bottle with a $3m price tag. Prefer bubbles? Cheers with a clear conscience — Elin McCoy looks at green Champagne and Moët Hennessy’s valiant sustainability efforts. We’ll drink to that.
Ahead of opening night, Emma Al-Mousawi tries Tamburrini & Wishart’s five-course tasting menu, said to be “inspired by Scotland’s natural larder.”
Alex Martin heads to Lyaness to sample the inventive Cereal Martini, created using Ketel One, Golden Levain and seeded vermouth.
Samantha Coles pays a visit to The Langham’s Sterling Suite — the largest and most expensive suite in London at 4,843 sq ft and $30,000 per night.
Kim Ayling went to Monaco Yacht Show for the annual show. Her highlight? Seeing the new sailing boat launches as well as “monsters” like Artefact and Viva .
Emma Al-Mousawi stays at The Londoner Hotel — and becomes better aquainted with the Secret Whisky Bar, which is only open to residents.
Samantha Coles enjoys a stupidly pretty South African sunset and fishing trip at Zulu Camp in South Africa with a cool glass of white wine, naturally.
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Inspire: Top 100 Suites In our annual Top 100 Suites, we present our definitive list of the most sumptuous suites in the world, from luxe mountainside retreats to idyllic beachside suites — all with a sustainable edge. Page 88
On the cover Fashion model Yuliya Paul, originally from Belarus, takes to the snowcapped mountains in a shimmering mermaid-esque dress and a chic knitted shawl. Image shot by Barcelona-based photographers Andoni Mesa and Arantxa Santamaria.
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76 Climber, photographer, Academy Award-winning film director Jimmy Chin
Discover 45 Object of desire Penfolds celebrates its 70th anniversary by marrying two of life’s greatest pleasures. 46 Motoring Alexandra Cheney proves that summer isn’t the only season for drop- tops.
Influence 76 The big interview Roberta Naas talks to one of the most daring climbers, Jimmy Chin, and discovers what he’s learned from his life- and-death experiences. 78 A day in the life of... Nick Troubetzkoy, founder and owner of some of the finest eco-friendly resorts in the Caribbean, speaks to Sophie Killip about his life in St Lucia. 80 Craftsmanship While every FP Journe watch is made with extraordinary precision, the Astronomic Souveraine is perhaps its most impressive achievement .
48 Cruises Becca Hensley rounds up the most exciting wellness-focused cruise launches. 50 Yachts MiriamCain discovers J Craft’s elegant yet powerful Torpedo . 52 Design Lust over the horological labor of love that took eight years to complete.
54 Men’s watches Discover the coolest pilot watches on the market. 56 Women’s watches Browse the most functional yet glamorous chronographs. 58 Wine Sustainability in Champagne means that you can raise a guilt-free glass of bubbly this holiday season.
61 Spirits Alex Martin curates a guide to some of the most exceptional liquids of the past year — including bottles that surpass the million-dollar mark. 66 Jewelry Orla Pentelow brings a special selection of pearls, gems and more for this issue’s Jewelry pages.
58 Ruinart’s ‘second skin’ packaging is not only chic but sustainable, too
56 Omega Speedmaster 38mm Co-Axial Chronograph
46 Lamborghini Huracán EVO Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder
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148 This spectacular home is in one of Miami Beach’s most coveted enclaves
Inspire 88 Top 100 suites It’s here — our annual guide to the most splendid suites on Earth. This year, with an acute focus on sustainability and those that give back to the communities in which they reside. 120 Top jets Discover the industry leaders moving private aviation towards a more sustainable future.
132 Top hotels From an ever-evolving classic in Colorado to a hand-built inn in Arizona, these are the hotels in the US that are as historic as they are spectacular. 138 Destination guide Beautiful beaches, delectable cuisine and the famed ‘Caymankind’ hospitality —make the Cayman Islands the top of your Caribbean destination list with this all-encompassing guide.
142 The hot list From a glamorous old favorite with a grand new suite to a winter wonderland in Russia — this issue’s Hot List is all about the world’s greatest rail journeys. 148 Property With an exceptional home by an award-winning architect and an abode with a seriously fun feature, this issue’s real estate showcases the best of the best in the Americas. 152 Flight of fancy Take to the skies in a hot air balloon to watch a famous light show.
How Brooklyn became New York’s real estate hot spot Katharine Swindells delves into Brooklyn’s booming luxury real estate market, which recently saw one condo in the waterfront development Quay Tower go under contract for over $10.5m. Fairmont’s Andrew Steele: ‘Sustainability is not a choice’ Emma Al-Mousawi speaks to eco-warrior Andrew Steele, a man on a mission to transform Fairmont Maldives into the country’s first carbon-neutral resort. Why is there a global shortage of private jets? Katharine Swindells investigates the surge in pre-owned jet sales and charter memberships, a direct result of the pandemic — passengers feel that flying commercially is not a risk worth taking.
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New York JIMMY CHIN Climber, photographer, filmmaker
Originally from Scotland, Emma Al-Mousawi joined the Elite Traveler team in 2020. In this issue, she has been discovering some of the world’s top suites — a dream task for the travel enthusiast. Passionate about sustainability and all things dining-related, when Emma’s not at her desk you can find her reviewing some of the newest and most innovative restaurants. elitetraveler.com p88
If there’s one person who knows about pushing limits, it's Jimmy Chin. The professional alpine climber, photographer and filmmaker speaks to Roberta Naas about his fascinating career and close calls — he survived a class-4 avalanche in the Grand Tetons. According to Chin, “when you are a climber, the finiteness of life is always present.” jimmychin.com p76
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There is nothing quite like escaping daily life and spending time at sea, and what better way to do so than with a unique vessel. Miriam Cain’s debut book, Yachts: The Impossible Collection , is a stunning coffee-table book that dives into the world's most important yachts. Published by Assouline, the tome examines boats from antique wooden ships of 1851 to the luxurious megayachts of today. In this issue, Miriam writes about J Craft and its Swedish boat-building heritage. assouline.com p50
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writes about the world’s best suites. Her favorite in the list? Alcova Tiepolo at Aman Grand Canal Venice. When she’s not penning the words that you will often see on elitetraveler.com, she can be found sipping negronis and eating pasta at London's Cin Cin Fitzrovia, escaping the city to swim in the sea, or curling up with a good book — she’s currently reading Saltwater: A Novel by Jessica Andrews. elitetraveler.com p88
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Page 45 Object of desire Penfolds Winery celebrates its 70th anniversary with a limited edition vinyl record player console. Page 48 Cruises The best wellness-focused cruises on the water. Page 50 Yachts Swedish craftsmen create iconic vessels at J Craft. Page 46 Motoring It turns out that drop-tops are not just for summer. Page 58 Wine ‘Tis the season for some festive (and sustainable) fizz.
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Object of Desire by Samantha Coles WINE & MUSIC: THE
Clockwise from top Penfolds’ limited-edition vinyl record console takes one craftsman around 100 hours to make; the Penfolds turntable mat; the console’s hidden compartment with two rare Grange magnums
PERFECT PAIRING In the words of poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox, “good music is wine turned to sound.” This limited-edition record player with a hidden surprise certainly attests to that... Founded in Adelaide in 1844, Penfolds is one of Australia’s oldest wineries and part of Treasury Wine Estates. Penfolds’ Grange, made from the Shiraz grape and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, is widely thought of as Australia’s ‘first growth’ and is the brand’s most collectible wine. Every celebration features wine and music, so in order to properly celebrate the Grange’s 70th anniversary, Penfolds has revealed a limited-edition vinyl record player console. Created with New York-based design studio Symbol Audio, only seven of the handcrafted pieces have been produced; each one was created by a single craftsman and took around 100 hours to create. The design harks back to the ‘all in one’ design from the 1950s — the same decade that Grange was first created by Max Schubert, the pioneering winemaker. Celebrating time-honored bench- made furniture, Symbol Audio is known for merging analog electronics and digital technology to enrich the musical experience; and this record player delivers an elevated, high- quality sound that pairs perfectly with a glass of Grange. The console has a hidden compartment that houses two rare ‘White Capsule’ Grange magnums from the 2010 and 2017 vintages, respectively. It will also have automatic interior lighting, a custom Penfolds turntable mat, vinyl record storage, 6.5-inch full-range speakers, glass storage space and a handblown Grange decanter, created especially by Australian glass artist Nick Mount. $75,000, penfolds.com
Motoring by Alexandra Cheney
At first blush, the winter season and convertibles may not seem complementary. But whether clocking time on the slopes or avoiding the cold, this trio of drop-tops provides options — from active all-wheel drive and performance traction control systems to camouflaged hardtops
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Rather than piloting headlong into an identity crisis, Lamborghini is continuing its tradition of big-displacement, naturally aspirated engines. There’s not a turbocharger in sight (yet) for the Raging Bull; instead, there’s a 5.2-liter V10 that pumps out 610 hp, better known as the Huracán EVO RWD Spyder. A sibling of the Huracán EVO 4WD Spyder, the RWD powertrain makes a bold statement thanks to its new front splitter, framed front air intakes and rear diffuser. And that’s merely the cosmetic debut. The specially tuned performance traction control system liberates the driver; it is purpose-built for “adrenalin- producing performance in all conditions, consistently delivering torque and assuring traction even as the Spyder is realigning after sharp cornering or drifting,” according to Lamborghini. Pragmatically speaking, the Spyder’s soft-top roof stows within 17 seconds under the rear hood, even while driving up to 31 mph. Color and trim options abound thanks to Lamborghini’s Ad Personam bespoke design department that works one-on-one with owners to customize their cars. Acoustically speaking, the RWD Spyder taps into the Lamborghini lineage of gurgling and growling. But a one-two punch is fast approaching. EU emissions will require particulate filters for gasoline cars in 2023, and by 2027 the EU will lower vehicle noise limits to 68 dB (currently 74). Fear not: Brand engineers are already pondering how quiet a Lamborghini can become. 2022 Lamborghini Huracán EVO Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder from $229,428, lamborghini.com
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Particularly in the GTS, Porsche’s attention to finishing details and options elevates the design aesthetic of the sportscar
Although it may have the Prancing Horse’s slowest 0-60 mph (in a scant 3.4 seconds), the Portofino M enchants with as much panache as its predecessor, the California T. Ferrari calls it a voyage of rediscovery, familiarizing one with the entry level grand touring convertible that balances the inexorable irony of unhurried drivers encircling and gawking at a 612 hp supercar. The 3.9-liter, twin-turbo V8 features a dual-clutch automated eight-speed transaxle. In layman’s terms, launch mode is a riotously good, pulse-rushing time. Many perceive the words ‘Ferrari’ and ‘approachable’ to sit in diametric opposition. Not so with Portofino M. Built on an all-aluminum platform and chassis, Ferrari PortofinoM
with double-wishbone suspension in the front and rear, Portofino M deploys both active and adaptive magnetic dampers. The result is a conclusively dynamic but altogether softer ride, a surprise arriving in the form of a big front-engine convertible. It’s also simply stunning. Proportionally it makes sense; the long, low hood holds tension without pinching or exaggerating, like a well-tailored dinner jacket. The swept back windshield leads the eye past the door line to the classic tail lights and vaguely familiar but sporty new rear undercarriage. The retractable hardtop encourages a litheness despite the season. 2022 Ferrari Portofino M from $222,050, ferrari.com
There’s an astounding number of 911 variants in the Porsche lineup. First introduced 10 years ago, the 911 GTS models combine the daily driving ease of the Carrera with the track-minded performance of the GT3. The GTS exemplifies the very essence of 911 — approachable enough to handle without hypercar-level focus while still providing an emotional response 58 years in the making. Known as the 992 generation, all five GTS models feature a twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine that produces 473 hp along with two transmission options, the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) paddle controls or a seven-speed manual. The ease of paddle technology cannot be overstated, but the shortened gear lever leads to full- length fun; indulge in the proper third pedal clutch. It enlivens the performance-oriented chassis and active all-wheel drive, while effectively summoning nostalgia. The particular essence of this automobile thrives in the space between unadulterated power and around-town drivability. Opt for the high gloss black caliper ceramic composite brakes with 21-inch satin black wheels; they exaggerate the vehicle’s sumptuous-but-poised thru lines. Consider the glossy-but-assertive Carmine Red exterior paint with a matching interior package. Particularly in the GTS, Porsche’s attention to finishing details and options elevates the design aesthetic of the sportscar. Choose the Targa; the storied silhouette thoughtfully offers additional headroom and storage, not to mention easy access to the rear seats. 2022 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS from $156,800, porsche.com Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS
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Swim with whale sharks with Four Seasons Explorer ’s new itineraries led by an on-vessel marine biologist
Clockwise Megayacht Panorama in Costa Rica; Silversea’s newest and most opulent ship, Silver Dawn ; Aqua Expeditions’ newest vessel, Aqua Nera
Roman poets and philosophers felt most connected to their surroundings (and to their own souls) during a time of reflective repose, which they called otium . An abstract term, otium refers to well-earned leisure time. For early Romans, that might have meant a fruitful retirement spent following one’s bliss, whether soaking in thermal baths, gobbling grapes by the bunch, creating great works or napping in the sun. For passengers of Silversea’s newest and most opulent ship, Silver Dawn , otium has similar connotations. As the luxury cruise line’s newly launched, proprietorial wellness concept, Otium— currently available only on Silver Dawn — is both an ethos that pervades the ship and a spa. Guests can embrace as much healthiness, or as little, as they like. Rekindling on Silver Dawn might mean a detox day of celery juice and hydrotherapy soaks in the Roman Bath-inspired spa, but it might also be a couple’s massage en suite, with champagne and chocolate at arm’s reach. Infused with the salubrious tenets of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, Otium guides guests to a mind-body reset. On board, you’ll find otium in myriad aspects of Silver Dawn , from the specially designed Otium beds to the S.A.L.T. (Sea And Land Taste) culturally immersive culinary program. With itineraries starting in November 2021, Silver Dawn and her 298 ocean-view suites remind travelers that living well is the best revenge. In other cruise news, why settle for just one of the Maldives’ 1,192 Indian Ocean islands when you can
local elements like sustainably sourced, lacquered hardwood and draws its interior motifs from the region. When not exploring villages and engaging in nature outings, guests enjoy the spa, gym and river-facing plunge pool. For those who prefer something tropical during the holidays, Greek family-owned Variety Cruises goes beyond the Cyclades to offer an eight-day jaunt through the Caribbean. Aboard the megayacht Panorama , cruisers can experience an island hop that goes from Barbados to Grenada, to include such jaw droppers as the Piton Mountains in St Lucia and diminutive, glimmering Canouan. Known for intimate sailings, cultural itineraries, and affable staff, Variety brings some Greek storge to every trip. silversea.com; fourseasons.com; aquaexpeditions.com; varietycruises.com
cruise between some of its finest? Board Four Seasons Explorer , a lavishly appointed, three-deck catamaran with just 11 staterooms for its new three-, four- and seven-day winter itineraries. Led by an on-vessel marine biologist, guests have the chance to investigate different atolls in one trip. Snorkel or dive to swim through underwater caves, visit shark havens, swim with whale sharks and manta rays, and be awed by coral canyons. At the end, tuck into your final port, one of Four Seasons Maldives’ pampering resorts, Kuda Huraa or Landaa Giraavaru. Aqua Expeditions introduced its newest vessel Aqua Nera , a design-savvy ship, with just 20 spacious staterooms last summer. Built to carry passengers on three-, four- and seven-night itineraries through the tributaries of the Peruvian Amazon and the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the stylish ship incorporates
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Right in the heart of Viking country on the Swedish island of Gotland, the J Craft workshops’ brand-new facility could not be in a location more steeped in the aura of traditional boat building. The master craftsmen of the stunning J Craft fleet are direct descendants of the Vikings who settled in the area in the 12th century — the same Vikings who built the warships that first conquered the American continent. Indeed, many of J Craft’s craftsmen could easily pass for Vikings, sporting the big, bushy beards one associates with the Vikings. Sadly, however, the Viking giants are now the only remaining boatbuilders on the island. To put this into context, just 15 years ago there were more than 300 full-time boatbuilders working on Gotland. Today, there are six craftsmen at J Craft — so this is a vanishing craft worth saving. The unique history of the place was something King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden recognized when he commissioned J Craft to build its first vessel in 1999. The 38-ft Polaris remains in service today as the king’s boat of choice when cruising in the Mediterranean. Since then, J Craft have built 26 more hulls, each of which has been handcrafted by local craftsmen and BACK TO ROOTS Whether you are looking for a day boat, a weekender or a superyacht tender, J Craft’s iconic Torpedo is the optimal all-around vessel. etr li at ve eler WINTER 2021/22 50 Yachts by Miriam Cain
takes more than 8,000 man-hours to produce — so it’s no surprise there’s a waiting list. Nineteen of these are the brand’s signature model, the 42-ft Torpedo series. The entire build process is an unhurried and exacting artisanal method, something that everyone in the shipyard takes great pride in maintaining; this is quality in its most traditional form. Nature provides the primary raw materials, with solid wood running through the Torpedo’s core, but master artisan Nicklaus Jacobsson is responsible for turning the raw material into a luxury product. Having grown up on the island, he has boats in his blood. “Both my father and grandfather were trawlermen, and my father was also a master carpenter,” he says. In fact, all of the masters here have an in-depth
knowledge of natural woods; they select the best timber and work meticulously with the grain. The Torpedo’s glossy woodwork is sustainably sourced West African mahogany (none of which comes from naturally growing forests). The graceful, curved lines of the solid wood are manipulated using a steam- bending technique that has hardly changed since the Vikings were building longships. Which isn’t to say that the Torpedo is an old- fashioned boat. On the surface she is elegant, reminiscent of the classic boats of the 1950s and ’60s, with highly varnished mahogany, and leather and stainless steel finishes. Beneath the surface, however, the Torpedo is built with modern power and efficiency. Fitted with latest-generation engines that allow for a top speed of 47 knots, the 19th model in the series is a perfect showcase of what J Craft’s master craftsmen can create. From $1.5m. Contact Johan Hallén, head of sales, email@example.com, +46 709 920 009, j-craftboats.com
Clockwise from top J Craft’s hulls take more than 8,000 man-hours to produce; the signature Torpedo; the master craftsmen
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Design by Samantha Coles
The pocket watch has a new, specially developed in-house movement
The caseback features an enamel reproduction of Girl with a Pearl Earring
POCKET FULL OF ART
In 2013, a passionate watch lover was seeking a single-piece edition to add to their collection, and so approached Vacheron Constantin with an idea. The project, which has been eight years in the making, is the result of spectacular craftsmanship and a tribute to 18th-century Haute Horlogerie. The timepiece, Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie - Tribute to Johannes Vermeer, is a pocket watch that showcases the all-encompassing skills of Vacheron Constantin — skills that have been honed over 266 years. Les Cabinotiers is a department in its
own right within the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin. Its objective? To create exceptional single-piece editions, following in the footsteps of the Geneva master watchmakers known as cabinotiers during the Age of Enlightenment. The pocket watch is equipped with a new in-house movement, Calibre 3761, which was specially developed by the team of watchmakers responsible for the Reference 57260 watch. The 806-part manual winding calibre with tourbillon regulator features Grande and Petite Sonnerie Westminster
chime mechanisms coupled with a minute repeater. The officer-type caseback cover features a miniature enamel painting, a reproduction of Girl with a Pearl Earring . The famous oil painting, by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer, dates back to 1665. Reproducing such a well-known piece of art by a great master is no easy feat, especially considering the pocket watch’s ‘canvas’ is just 98mm in diameter. Craftsmen adopted the ‘Geneva enamels’ techniques (a practice that dates back to the 16th century), where painted enamel is covered with a flux known as the Fondant de Geneve. A final transparent and colorless protective coating is added to the layers of vitrified enamel, giving depth and brilliance to the artist’s work. This greatly benefitted timepieces of the period, which were often worn down by repeated friction as pocket watches. Only a few rare master enamellers still use these techniques. In this case, enamel expert Anita Porchet meticulously re-created the painting. A single layer of enamel on the girl’s blue turban required at least two weeks of work, usually under a binocular microscope, and research and development for the painting took two years. The color palette is similarly painstaking — a composition of seven shades was used to create black, as well as 20 firings in the kiln to stabilize the colors. After colors are stabilized by firings in the kiln, there is no chance for a touch-up. The case sides feature hand-engraved friezes of acanthus leaves and tulips. The bow shows two roaring lion heads, carved from a block of gold. vacheron-constantin.com
Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie - Tribute to Johannes Vermeer is a single-edition pocket watch that took eight years to create
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DISCOVER MEN’S WATCHES
by Roberta Naas
BELL & ROSS BR 03-94 PATROUILLE DE FRANCE Long known as a pilot’s watch brand, Bell & Ross was selected by the French Air and Space Force as the official watchmaking partner of the French Acrobatic Patrol, Patrouille de France. To celebrate its relationship with the famed aerobatic aviation team, Bell & Ross worked with the pilots to create a limited edition (500 pieces) BR03-94 Patrouille De France watch. Highly functional and extremely legible, the 42mm watch is powered by an automatic mechanical movement and offers hours, minutes, small seconds and date, along with chronograph functions and tachymeter scale. The case is crafted in stealth matte black ceramic, and the blue dial boasts the Patrouille de France logo. Super-LumiNova hour and minute hands help with reading in the dark. $6,400, bellross.com
Pilot watches are all the rage right now, even for people who aren’t professional pilots. They have a certain look to them— often vintage, other times stealth — that is universally liked. The first pilot’s watches were introduced nearly 100 years ago in the early 1930s as military needs sparked invention. Later, aviation exploration drove watch brands to push the limits on what could be accomplished when it came to form and function, and pilot watches became a genre in their own right. Today, the best aviation-inspired watches are antimagnetic, shock resistant, highly legible and incredibly precise. Many are also certified chronometers attesting to their abilities to function under many different conditions. An important highlight of the watches shown here: They are all powered by mechanical movements and so are considered highly sustainable, since, when taken care of, a mechanical watch can last lifetimes. FLYING HIGH
IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN ROYAL MACES EDITION One of the first brands to create an antimagnetic pilot’s watch in the early 1930s, IWC has been inextricably tied to the world of aviation ever since. Its most recent unveiling is a series of three new Pilot’s Watch Chronographs in black ceramic. They are inspired by the brand’s military program, where it creates watches for select US Navy squadrons. Each watch features the particular squadron’s (Royal Maces, Tophatters or Blue Angels®) colorful patch at 6 o’clock on the dial. Powered by IWC’s in-house caliber 69380 with column-wheel chronograph movement, this Royal Maces Edition features a 44.5mm black ceramic case and proprietary Ceratanium crown and pushers. It boasts a soft-iron inner case for antimagnetic purposes. $10,900, iwc.com
Photo Claude Weber
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BREGUET TYPE XXI 3815 Interestingly enough, Breguet isn’t typically a brand most people associate with pilot watches, but Breguet has a rich history in the aviation world, as Louis Charles Breguet, great-great-grandson of founder Abraham- Louis Breguet, designed aircraft in France and began creating timepieces for the American Air Force. The brand celebrates those roots with its Type XX watch line that it regularly enhances and evolves. The newest rendition: Type XXI 3815 chronograph. Created in a limited edition of just 250 pieces, these watches boast luminous hands and numerals that light up in color (one model with green numerals and the other with orange numerals). The 42mm titanium watches feature a fluted case side for easy gripping, a screw-down crown, and a chronograph for timing events. It also offers two counters and a 24-hour indication. Powered by a mechanical self-winding movement, the watch is equipped with a flyback function that allows for better chronograph timing. $14,900, breguet.com
TUTIMA M2 COMMANDO CHRONOGRAPH German brand Tutima practically grew up in the aviation industry. It has been building pilot watches since the 1930s, and is all about legibility, precision and aesthetics. Its newest M2 Commando Chronograph continues the legacy of robust military timepieces, as the brand has been supplying watches to German army pilots for decades. The M2 Commando Chronograph is powered by the Caliber Tutima 521 movement (based on an ETA Valjoux 7750). In addition to hours, minutes and seconds, it showcases the minutes and seconds of the chronograph with a large center sweep hand with two arrows. The hours track the time on its subdial counter at 6 o’clock —making for one of the cleanest- looking, easy-to-read chronographs on the market. Crafted in titanium with a gradient green dial, the watch is finished with
BREITLING SUPER CHRONOMAT FOUR- YEAR CALENDAR The Breitling Super Chronomat Four-Year Calendar watch is a prime example of a highly functional aviation-inspired timepiece. The 44mm watch is loaded with functions that run the gamut from hours, minutes and seconds to chronograph for timing events; tachymeter for checking speed or distance; and a semi-perpetual calendar that only needs adjustment once every four years on the leap year. It offers day, date, month and moonphases. The striking blue dial matches the stainless steel bezel with blue ceramic inset, and Super-LumiNova hands and markers make night reading easy. The COSC-certified chronometer is powered by the brand’s in-house-made self-winding mechanical B01 movement. $17,250 in two-tone steel and 18-karat red gold, breitling.com
a titanium bracelet. $5,300, tutima.com
ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL SKY-DWELLER With a unique look and operational system, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is one of the most sought-after aviation watches on the market. The highly distinctive watch features a second time zone (a highly useful feature for those flying across date lines) displayed on an off-center disk on the dial with a fixed inverted red triangle above the disk to point to the reference home or local time. The functions are set using the unique and proprietary rotating Ring Command bezel. It also offers an annual calendar thanks to a red tip at the end of the hour marker that coordinates with the month of the year. The date is displayed at 3 o’clock on the dial. The perpetual self-winding movement is a certified Superlative Chronometer. $14,800 in Rolex’s proprietary Oystersteel and 18-karat white gold, rolex.com
DISCOVER WOMEN’S WATCHES
by Roberta Naas
As more people have been venturing out since the very tight lockdowns, the great outdoors is providing a breath of fresh air. Today’s active individuals — hikers, climbers, cyclists, snorkelers and more — need a watch that can keep pace. Easily the most coveted small complication watch on the market is the chronograph. Essentially, a chronograph is a stopwatch that measures intermittent intervals of time, such as laps of a race, how long it takes to hike a trail or how long one has been in the water — all while still perfectly tracking the hours, minutes and seconds. Both men and women are finding that the functionality of a chronograph, as well as its impressive looks (these watches offer several small subsidiary dials on their main faces), makes owning one a win-win situation. In the past, though, many women shied away from chronographs because they were predominantly large in diameter and a bit too bulky. But today’s watch brands are doing a sterling job of offering smaller sized timepieces that appeal to a more universal wrist size. Others are adding a touch of glam to the sporty chronograph, dressing it up with diamonds that sparkle with each wave of the hand. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a chronograph.
and serious geometric attitude. It measures 45mm in diameter and features an integrated strap. Set with 156 diamonds on the case and another 156 on the bezel (for a total of just over two carats), the watch is powered by a skeletonized self-winding chronograph movement. It is crafted of Hublot’s
HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION AEROFUSION CHRONOGRAPH
ORLINSKI KING GOLD ALTERNATIVE PAVÉ
A brand known for its larger, in-your- face watches, Hublot pulls out all the stops with the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski King Gold Alternative Pavé watch. Designed in collaboration with artist Richard Orlinski, the watch boasts sharp angles
proprietary King Gold. $59,409, hublot.com
ZENITH CHRONOMASTER REVIVAL EL PRIMERO A385 Like so many brands, Zenith is adept at recalling its past in a way perfect for today’s discerning customers. This Chronomaster Revival El Primero A385 is a reproduction of one of the three original models made in 1969 that captured hearts. The gradient toned dial with smoky brown hue is paired with a matching colored leather strap. The 37mm watch is powered by the in-house-made automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph caliber with 278 parts — a veritable legend among movements. $7,900, zenith-watches.com
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AUDEMARS PIGUET 38MM ROYAL OAK SELF-WINDING CHRONOGRAPH This year, Audemars Piguet took the concept of offering daring colors seriously, and the new 38mm Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph with striking purple dial is the outstanding result. The multilayer dial boasts the brands’ beloved Grande Tapisserie pattern with smooth and shiny chronograph subsidiary dials in matching hues. The watch is crafted in solid 18-karat pink gold and is set with 32 baguette-cut amethysts — a first for the brand. The hands and markers are offered in matching gold tones. The watch is powered by the brand’s self-winding Caliber 2385 movement with chronograph counters, hours, minutes and small seconds, as well as date indication. Finished with an 18-karat pink gold bracelet, the watch is water resistant to around 164 ft. $81,900, audemarspiguet.com
OMEGA SPEEDMASTER This year Omega went full steam ahead when it came to adding all-gold watches to the 38mm Speedmaster chronograph watches. The newest version is set on a taupe-hued leather strap and crafted in the brand’s proprietary 18-karat Sedna™ gold. The silvery dial features contrasting brown-colored subsidiary dials for the chronograph counters. A date window at 6 o’clock brings another element of function to the watch, as does the tachymeter scale for measuring distance. The watch is powered by Omega’s Co-Axial Caliber 3330 automatic movement. $16,500, omegawatches.com
PATEK PHILIPPE 7150/250R Known for its complications, Patek Philippe creates subdued elegance with this 38mm 18-karat rose gold Reference 7150/250R ladies’ chronograph. In addition to harmoniously balanced subsidiary dials on the main face, the chronograph watch also offers a pulsimeter for timing one’s pulse. Powered by the manually wound mechanical caliber CH 29-535 movement, the watch exudes an updated vintage appeal thanks to the cambered sapphire box crystal and the silvery opaline dial. It is set with a total of 99 diamonds on the bezel and prongs. $89,890, patek.com
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Wine by Elin McCoy
Ruinart’s lightweight ‘second skin’ cover is fully recyclable
Green Champagnes Champagne is always the holiday season’s essential pleasure drink. That soft pop of a cork and the exuberant palate-caressing bubbles in the glass make great fizz the perfect aperitif and the ultimate way to greet friends and welcome a new year. Happily, you can feel virtuous about sipping it, too. The Champagne region was the first in the wine-growing world to calculate its carbon footprint, and even its biggest players have been polishing up their eco-credentials. Moët Hennessy, which owns six top Champagne brands — the ubiquitous Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot, less well-known Ruinart and Mercier, and iconic Dom Pérignon and Krug — has gone all-in on sustainability in a very public way. At the Living Soils Forum they hosted in Paris in 2020, company CEO Philippe Schaus outlined a half-dozen initiatives, from banning herbicides in their vineyards by the end of 2020 to investing 20 million euros in a new research center for environmentally friendly viticulture that opened in 2021. In a conversation after the company’s 2021 biodiversity roundtables, Schaus explained that “We’re progressing even faster than I hoped.” Flowers and plants to attract bees flourish between their vine rows. Waste is all recycled or reused, and water consumption
is reduced by a third. With a new chief sustainability officer, the company is partnering with experts like Reforest’Action, whose mission is to preserve and restore forests around the world. This year, Ruinart announced plans to plant nearly 25,000 trees and hedges in a large vineyard by 2022 to help regenerate the soil. All this is a big deal. The six champagne houses buy from hundreds of growers and produce millions of bottles of bubbly, so what they do deeply influences the entire region. One of the most revolutionary projects is Ruinart’s new lightweight, recyclable yet fancy packaging called ‘second skin.’ Made of textured, molded paper, it curves around the bottle like an elegant, snugly fitting coat. Many people don’t realize that the typical bulky champagne gift box, along with the glass bottle and shipping, account for two-thirds of a wine’s carbon footprint. Second skin is nine times lighter than one of those boxes, reducing the carbon footprint by 60%. “Nobody has all the solutions for protecting the environment and fighting climate change,” says Schaus. “But the more people who share what they learn, the more mankind will benefit.” Now, that’s something well worth toasting with a glass of champagne. lvmh.com
TAKE TWO// FESTIVE FIZZ
NV RUINART BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT SECOND SKIN This all-chardonnay fizz, Ruinart’s signature cuvee, comes wrapped in the new packaging. It’s fresh, vibrant, crisp and elegant, with flavor notes of lemon custard and green apples. The first established champagne house in the world is loaded with history. $95, ruinart.com 2006 KRUG CLOS DU MESNIL BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT Intense and pure, this fizz comes from a tiny walled plot of chardonnay vines. With 23 days over 30 degrees in normally chilly Champagne, this vintage was a harbinger of climate change. Rich notes of toasted brioche are offset
by a crisp freshness. $1,260, clos19.com
Moët Hennessy has gone all-in on sustainability
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