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Welcome Welcome to the 20th Anniversary issue of Elite Traveler . And what a

roller coaster the last 20 years have been! From recessions and pandemics to the rise of social and digital media and the dot-com bubble, our world has changed in so many ways and, consequently, so has this publication. What has remained the same is our commitment to bringing the very best in luxury lifestyle. Appetites have changed — as

2001 The first issue of Elite Traveler is published under the leadership of private aviation and luxury travel expert Doug Gollan. It establishes the first of many Top Suites lists with a rundown of the best suites in Hong Kong. The magazine soon becomes essential reading for the globe-trotting elite that rely on the larger-than-life magazine for intel on the very best in luxury lifestyle. 2004 Elite Traveler launches the first annual issue of its Hotels, Resorts & Spas Guide. This standalone issue serves as a year-round guide to the best accommodations on the planet, whether you’re seeking a secluded seaside sojourn or a family-friendly festivity. Accompanied by stunning imagery and the direct contacts of the key people to book your stay, this soon becomes a must-read. 2012 The annual Top 100 Restaurants in the World reader survey is officially launched! Alinea in Chicago beats fierce competition from the top five podium winners, Fat Duck, Per Se, Pierre Gagnaire and Daniel. Alinea goes on to take the crown for five consecutive years, before letting Azurmendi and Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville have a piece of the pie in 2017 and 2019, respectively. 2013 Elite Traveler joins Instagram. Bringing the best of luxury lifestyle into the digital realm, our Instagram page is a finger-on-the-pulse insight into the daily innovations and updates of the luxury sphere. Follow us @elitetraveler 2015 The print edition of Elite Traveler is re-designed, bringing it firmly into contemporary times with modern photoshoots and closer ties to its quickly growing digital counterpart, . The team of editors expands to include London as well as New York, giving the magazine a truly global outlook on the world of luxury. 2020 The new website is relaunched. The chic website provides an immersive experience that helps inspire our loyal readers on their next adventures. Simple and clean navigation is paired with travel guides and interactive videos. 2021 ...and 20 years later, here we are! Though the Elite Traveler offering has evolved and expanded (our website now has searchable databases showcasing the best in luxury lifestyle from suites to restaurants to jets) we remain true to our underpinning goal of helping readers navigate the dynamic world of luxury travel and lifestyle. We’re looking forward to accompanying you on another 20 years of adventures.

has a serious penchant for big hair and heavy glitter eye makeup, if the front cover of our first issue (pictured at right) is anything to go by. But as with many a ‘significant’ birthday, the sentimentality of celebrating our 20th has started us thinking about the last two decades in the world of luxury; how it has evolved and our role within it. In addition, with Covid-19 pressing pause on life as we know it, we, like many companies and individuals, have used this opportunity to rethink and re-strategize our values. We are going to hold ourselves to higher account and ensure that each and every issue, starting with this one, is packed full of content that champions sustainable, ethical and environmentally conscious luxury. Luxury, by its very nature, advocates for a ‘buy less, buy better’ mentality. We’ve always been about luxury with a purpose here at Elite Traveler — from examining the exquisite craftsmanship that goes into objets d’art you’ll find on our pages and working with companies to create bespoke travel experiences, to highlighting resorts that pride themselves on supporting the local community, or those that take great care to preserve the ecosystem in which they operate. To kick-start this transformation, and to celebrate our 20th anniversary milestone, we have put together the ultimate guide to sustainable luxury living. Focusing on 20 key areas, including watches, restaurants, spas, hotels and cars, we have curated this collectible special edition to showcase the most ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly brands —highlighting those that spearheaded this way of operating, and looking to the future of the next generation of luxury lifestyle brands. Just as we have a role, so do you. Did you know that, though small in number, those that engage in luxury travel will vacation more frequently, for longer periods, and spend more while they’re there? So your influence, and therefore responsibility, is huge. Our editorial team and contributors are asking themselves the same questions that you are. Beyond the aestheticism, what impact is this project, this restaurant, this resort, jet or watch having on the world?Who are the people reshaping luxury, and how can I support their endeavors? How can you ensure you are spending your money with brands that align with your values? You hold a unique position, with the ability to affect real change in the world and encourage others to follow you on the good, green path. We’ll see you there. Thea Halstead Head of Luxury, Editor


The 20 th Anniversary Guide to Responsible Luxury To commemorate this anniversary issue, we looked back through our archives and created this compilation of some of our front covers from the past two decades. When the very first issue of Elite Traveler was published in 2001, the world was a vastly different place. In this issue, we delve into the brands, concepts and innovations that have shaped these pages and changed our lives.


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106 The Leica M10-R has a newly developed 40-megapixel color sensor, a base sensitivity of ISO 100 and maximum of ISO 50,000 — meaning it can handle most lighting conditions.



52 Motoring Tesla, Lamborghini, Porsche… Alexandra Cheney looks at the big names making waves in the auto world in the last 20 years, plus an electric performance hybrid concept 60 Yachts Superyachts and sustainability don’t usually mix. But this curated selection of the greenest beasts are both innovative and magnificent 64 Jets Doug Gollan describes picking the most impactful business jet launches of the past two decades as “tricky” but succeeds in highlighting significant breakthroughs and

80 Cruises Becca Hensley compiles this master selection of environmentally conscious cruises as well as two

100 Fashion accessories Orla Pentelow looks at the rise of sustainable materials and kitsch accessories, plus the storied houses that create wardrobe icons 106 Technology We examine the biggest technological advances in the world, as well as the brands Sophie Killip looks at new homeware brands’ light environmental tread 118 Spirits Fine spirits we enjoy today are the result of centuries of experimentation and shared knowledge. Alex Martin studies the art of distillation 123 Wine Many winemakers nurture the whole environment of their estates. Elin McCoy examines those making a difference that broke the mold 112 Homewares

128 Top restaurants We catch up with the restaurants you consistently voted your favorites, and shine a spotlight on the ones paving the way for future green practices 132 Private islands Escape from it all with these secluded private islands, from Lizard Island off the coast of Australia to David Copperfield’s Musha Cay in architecture and innovative systems help these hotels maintain both a ‘leave no trace’ philosophy and luxury 142 Golf couses Choosing the world’s best golf courses is an almost impossible task. Instead, Shaun Tolson looks at the most significant layouts of the last 20 years the Bahamas 136 Hotels LEED-certified, clever

146 Travel operators These outfits create the most astounding itineraries on planet Earth, but with stellar initiatives behind the scenes to protect our world 150 Spas More than just a place to indulge, spas can offer restorative benefits and increase wellness — which many of us are seeking more than ever. Becca Hensley looks at the best out there 154 Real estate This issue’s real estate listings focus on exceptional abodes in the US, Americas and Caribbean, including an iconic landmark and island living at its finest 160 Flight of Fancy A once-in-a-lifetime chance to get better acquainted with the elusive jaguar, courtesy of conservation superhero Kristine Tompkins

eco-friendly yachts 86 Men’s watches

Watches can take three to six years to create from concept to fruition. Roberta Naas looks at the brands using space-age design and the race for complications 90 Women’s watches With women’s watches no longer ‘shrink and pink’ versions of men’s, brands are heeding the demands of discerning collectors. Roberta Naas examines the makers trailblazing the way 96 Jewelry Orla Pentelow explores the role heritage plays in creating timeless classics, and how the pandemic has caused a ripple effect for future trends

exciting innovations 72 Jet providers

These jet providers changed the industry by offering us buy-the-seat flights and other inventive services

60 Savannah is a 273-ft superyacht that turns heads wherever she goes

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andBeyond celebrates 30 years Discover how the award-winning travel company ensures environmental and social good isn’t sacrificed in the name of luxury. As the brand celebrates 30 years of operation, Emma Al- Mousawi looks back over its history. Covid-19 and the real estate shuffle Many prime real estate markets in the West saw a boom due to people’s rapidly changing priorities. Kevin Sneddon, founder of The Private Client Network at

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California, USA ALEXANDRA CHENEY Motoring Editor

A seasoned journalist, with her byline appearing in The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , Variety and Billboard , Alexandra Cheney has been Elite Traveler ’s resident motoring expert for the past five years. From luxury road trips through the sandy canyons of Utah, behind the wheel of the 2021 Land Rover Defender 110 X, to hypercars and off-road campers, Alexandra has brought the latest and most exciting news from the automobile world. In this issue, she looks at the brands that have broken the mold over the past 20 years, and what we can expect in the future. p52

Miami, USA DOUG GOLLAN Editor-in-chief

Doug Gollan has specialized in luxury travel and the private aviation industry for over 30 years. He is editor-in-chief of weekly newsletter DG Amazing Experiences and runs Private Jet Card Comparisons, a buyer’s guide to private aviation services. He started Elite Traveler 20 years ago; he was president and editor-in-chief until 2014. Gollan has written and co-authored many books, including The Sky’s the Limit: Marketing Luxury to the New Jet Set and Secrets of Selling to the Super Rich . For more about private aviation and news on jet cards, private aviation memberships and fractional ownership, visit Private Jet Card Comparisons. p64

New Jersey, USA ROBERTA NAAS Timepiece editor

London, UK ORLA PENTELOW Journalist

Veteran watch and jewelry journalist Roberta Naas began her career in the early ’80s and, as the first female US watch journalist, broke down barriers in this male-dominated industry. Editor and founder of the authoritative watch blog, A Timely Perspective, Roberta has written six books on watches, writes for numerous publications, and always elucidates the essence of what makes watches tick. Elite Traveler ’s first watch and jewelry editor, she is our trusted source on all things horological. p86

A veritable fountain of knowledge for all things style-related, Orla’s words have appeared in Vogue and Telegraph Luxury . In this anniversary issue, she delves into the fashion houses that have shaped the past two decades and what it is that elevates certain items into that coveted icon status. Elsewhere, Orla presents the changes occuring in the world of jewelry. Think: the rise of the e-tailers, sustainably sourced materials and high jewelry for everyday wear. Statement pieces for zoom calls? Sure. Diamonds on the school run? Why not. p96

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ADVERTISING Group Sales Director Jiggs Patel SVP, Multimedia - Lifestyle, North America Corey Zaretsky WESTERN US/CANADA/HAWAII Director Tiffany H Carey EASTERN US/MIDWEST Director Elaine Rizos EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA Account Director Marina Khachatouri Business Development Director Karan Kohli Business Development Manager Eishah Sulaiman MEXICO Director General Jerry Landress Marketing Director Armando Figaredo ITALY Media Representative Ferruccio Silvera INDIA Media Representative Vimal Anand Sales Director Anit Mistry

Managing Editor Samantha Coles

Web Editor Alex Martin Design Editor Sophie Killip Senior Digital Writer Kim Ayling

Contributing Timepiece Editor Roberta Naas Contributing Motoring Editor Alexandra Cheney Chief Sub-Editor Patti Stallard Group Art Director Henrik Williams Designer David Cooper

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Take off Welcome aboard, and welcome to the world of Million Air! We all know the importance of a first impression, and in any interaction, you only get one chance to make that first impression a good one. At Million Air, we strive to create an outstanding and everlasting first impression for you and your customers, at each and every location in our network. In fact, Million Air was founded on this very basis. First impressions are everlasting. Nearly forty years ago, in Addison, Texas, Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, would have her top sales people fly in from all over the country for meetings and conventions at corporate headquarters. Arriving in private jets, they would be whisked off to events in stretch limousines and stay in the finest accommodations. The experience was incredible but one step fell terribly short: When the private jets arrived at the FBO it was simply a ‘gas station.’ To enhance the experience, Mary Kay founded the very first Million Air with a beautiful facility and even Mary Kay products in the restrooms. This concept eventually grew into the Million Air network today. Million Air provides a level of safety, service and atmosphere that is unparalleled in business aviation. Each and every employee lives by our ‘Three Steps of Service.’ We realize customers do not distinguish between employees and the company; the employee is the company, and their actions have a direct effect on our customers’ first impressions of our company. We invest heavily in hiring and training to ensure that, once customers visit our facilities, their experience is so memorable, they will come back again and again. We have an exhaustive screening system that helps us identify the best candidate for each position. We seek people who are naturals at their prospective job, and who have all the attributes for learning the skills necessary for high-end technical and customer services. Then, we make sure that each Million Air employee is trained to the highest standards, ensuring consistently superior customer service. Others hire for technical competence and hope for a good personality fit. We seek people who share our vision and culture, and then provide world-class technical training. We create a warm, friendly atmosphere, where weary travelers are calmed and refreshed, and the needs of time-sensitive passengers are efficiently met. We want you to “use” us to create that all important first and last impression with your customers as they travel on business to meetings or events in your city. We embrace and look forward to every opportunity you afford us to customize your every arrival and departure experience.

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WHERE TO SLEEP The Jefferson is the most elegant place to stay in Richmond. Built at the end of the 19th century, this ornate hotel boasts the 1,400-square-foot Jefferson Suite with a baby grand piano and a marbled tub in the master bath. With these truly luxurious amenities, you may want to call The Jefferson home for more than just a night. 101 West Franklin Street WHERE TO EAT Lemaire creates the perfect atmosphere, with a decor of muted warm colors, to enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family. This farm-to-table restaurant boasts locally grown foods that complement the classic American dishes — like the cast-iron seared jumbo sea scallops that ensure patrons are eager to come back for more. 101 West Franklin Street +1 804 649 4629 +1 804 649 4750

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Richmond is known for its important place in American history as a city that was a focal point during the Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War eras. Today, Richmond is a flourishing Southern city offering visitors a fascinating look into the past with various museums and historical sites, but it also provides a 21st-century experience with many cultural and outdoor activities. The fall and winter seasons are the perfect time to visit Richmond’s many museums. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts opened back in 1936 and has a number of excellent exhibits. Be sure to check out the ongoing Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts exhibition — it is the largest public collection of imperial Easter eggs outside of Russia. The Science Museum of Virginia, housed in a 100-year-old train station, is home to the world’s fastest and highest-flying production aircraft, the SR-71 Blackbird. This iconic, supersonic stealth plane is the focal point of the Museum’s exhibition gallery, Speed. “Suspending a supersonic jet from the ceiling of a historic train station presents some challenges,” says Richard Conti, chief wonder officer, Science Museum of Virginia. Richmond’s temperate climate allows for a wide range of exciting outdoor activities, such as being a spectator at the thrilling Richmond Raceway. This 1,000-acre, multipurpose facility hosts concerts, festivals and, of course, races throughout the year.

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WHERE TO FLY Million Air Richmond has a prime location just a few miles from Downtown Richmond and just two hours from the nation’s capital. With a pilot lounge, hospitality bar and a snooze room, taking off, landing and transitioning has never been easier or more enjoyable.

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WHERE TO SLEEP A luxurious boutique hotel lovingly restored and reimagined for a new generation of travelers, exquisite Casa San Agustín echoes Cartagena’s fresh contemporary style and colorful Caribbean sensibility. Refined yet relaxed, its Colonial era, whitewashed buildings exude the warmth of a magnificently appointed private residence. From original frescoes in the library to centuries-old, wood-beamed ceilings in the guest rooms, Casa San Agustín's art and architecture evoke its rich history as a WHERE TO EAT If you’re looking for an excellent place to have a first-class meal in Cartagena’s Old City, La Perla Restaurant is one modern eatery you should definitely seek out. Just one block off the Plaza de Santo Domingo, this cozy little space is filled with warmth, charm and simply amazing food. On the face of it, La Perla is sleek and modern, but the exquisite culinary offerings inside are infused with traditional old-world flavors and recipes born from the love of fresh ingredients. The chef has blended a seemingly disparate gathering of international influences to create a signature style and some truly unique dishes. Calle de Ayos No. 4-42, Centro Historico +57 566 421 57 WHERE TO FLY Million Air Cartagena is the newest Latin American facility offering a quiet refuge for waiting passengers. Services include pilot and passenger lounges, flight planning facilities, aircraft storage and tie-down and Jet A1 Fuel and AV Gas. Just minutes across the main airport entrance is the coastal front with its expansive beaches. 17th-century Spanish stronghold. Calle de la Universidad No. 36-44 +57 568 100 00 MILLION AIR CARTAGENA (SKCG) Aeropuerto Internacional Rafael N ú ñez Carreta 7 Nº 70-67 Barrio Militar Crespo T +57 315 733 5790 F +57 1413 8842 E W

Walled city of Cartagena

Rich in Colonial-style architecture, the port city of Cartagena lies within an impressive seven miles of centuries-old colonial stone walls and is the fifth- largest city in Colombia. Located downtown, Cartagena’s Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage Site — a delightful maze of cobbled alleys, balconies covered in bougainvillea and massive churches that cast their shadows across plazas. Cartagena is a place to drop all sightseeing routines. Instead, just stroll through the old town day and night. Soak up the atmosphere, pausing to ward off the heat and humidity in one of the city’s many open-air cafes. An approximately 17-minute drive from downtown is the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. This tourist attraction used to be an ancient fortress; the Spaniards built it in 1536. The tunnels were constructed in such a way as to make it possible to hear the footsteps of an approaching enemy. Some of these tunnels are open for viewing today. To really take in the city, visit the hill of La Popa. A convent, El Convento de la Popa, is located on top of a cliff, making it the perfect site to appreciate the ‘Heroic City’ from a distance. From here, the view takes in the Caribbean, Tierra Bomba Island, the tourist area, the walled downtown, La Boquilla, the northern zone and the city in general. And if you really want to get away, take a 45-minute boat ride to Las Islas del Rosario. This archipelago of some 30 islands boasts beautiful beaches, coral and turquoise waters.

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

Stroll around the colorful Old Town



Million Air, an award-winning network of luxury executive FBO terminals, has unveiled a brand new FBO in Sun City. Found at El Paso International Airport (ELP), the newest addition is a 10,000 sq ft terminal building with VIP lobby space, 20,000 sq ft of hangar space, a dramatic aircraft porte-cochère and expansive ramp space capable of supporting any

aircraft type. Inside the new general aviation terminal, guests will find a refreshment bar, pilot’s lounge, snooze rooms, a state-of-the-art flight planning room, and a multimedia conference room serviced withMillion Air’s concierge-style approach to the finest service. For more information, please visit

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WHERE TO SLEEP Located in a stately red-brick building that dates back to 1912, Hotel Paso Del Norte oozes historic charm. The hotel underwent a careful three-year renovation and reopened in October 2020 with a bipolar ionization system to neutralize viruses and bacteria. The elegant old-world beauty still remains — check out the stained-glass domed ceiling in the lobby. 10 Sheldon Ct, El Paso +1 915 534 3000 WHERE TO EAT El Paso is known for lip-smackingly good Tex-Mex cuisine. Taft Diaz can be found within the Stanton House hotel, elevating Mexican dishes to delicious new heights. Arrive hungry; the taco options are tantalizing — tempura artichoke with aioli, braised beef with salsa borracha, or the ‘sea donkey’ with shrimp and scallops. 209 N Stanton Street +1 915 271 3600 WHERE TO FLY The latest addition to the Million Air family, the new El Paso FBO, is open for business. It has a 10,000 sq ft terminal building with VIP lobby space, 20,000 sq ft of hangar space, a dramatic aircraft porte-cochere, and expansive ramp space capable of supporting any aircraft type. Inside the new general aviation terminal, guests will find a refreshment bar, pilot’s lounge, snooze rooms, a state-of-the-art flight planning room and a multimedia conference room serviced with Million Air’s concierge approach to fine service.

El Paso's downtown skyline

With an average of 302 days of sun annually, El Paso, Texas more than earns its nickname of ‘Sun City.’ Located on the edge of the US/Mexico border, the town has a unique fusion of history, nature and culture best enjoyed in the warm sunshine. Lace up your sneakers and visit Franklin Mountains State Park. The highest peak reaches 7,192 ft, and it is one of the largest urban parks in the nation at over 24,000 acres. Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery. Rock climbing is permitted in the park, but keen rock climbers will know that Hueco Rock Ranch hosts the annual Hueco Rock Rodeo. Considered one of the world’s best bouldering competitions, it is a beloved El Paso event. There’s competitions for all abilities, including children, and guests can sign up to attend

workshops and sharpen their skills. Animal lovers should head to the El Paso Zoo, a 35-acre park with 220 species such as the critically endangered Amur leopard and the Aruba rattlesnake. For a bit of culture, visit the El Paso Museum of Art. Founded in 1959, it is the only accredited art museum within a 250-mile radius. It has a number of interesting permanent collections encompassing American, European, Latin American, modern and contemporary art. It also hosts events such as art classes for adults and children, which are currently operating virtually in response to Covid-19. Learn about local history at the El Paso Museum of History; it has five galleries examining 400 years of border life through artifacts, photographs and videos.

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El Paso Museum of History

Franklin Mountains State Park

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WHERE TO SLEEP The Washington state night sky cannot be missed when guests stay at SageCliffe Resort & Spa, as the resort has yurts that boast sky domes. These yurts are filled with king-size beds, plush bedding and lavish bathrooms. The award-winning winery adds the final touch to this fantastic hideaway. 344 Silica Road NW +1 509 787 8000

WHERE TO EAT Michael’s on the Lake has a vast wine list sure to please any wine lover. Match this with the beautiful views and it becomes the perfect place to have a relaxed and romantic dinner. 910 W Broadway Avenue +1 509 765 1611 WHERE TO FLY Moses Lake Airport has one of the longest runways in the world. The amenities at Million Air Moses Lake don’t disappoint visitors either, with a movie theater, satellite TV and conference rooms. MILLION AIR MOSES LAKE (MWH) Grant County International Airport 7810 Andrews Street NE, Suite 134

The stunning Mount Rainier

With a population of a little over 20,000, Moses Lake has just enough amenities to create an exciting atmosphere, yet not enough to spoil the natural beauty of this unique area. Located just three hours southeast of Seattle, and nearly five hours northeast of Portland, it is the perfect landing spot allowing easy access to major cities, yet it’s surrounded by wilderness and open space. Moses Lake is home to the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River, which helped build up this picturesque city and make it what it is today. Thanks to its prime location, visitors can take

advantage of Mount Rainier National Park, which is around a four hour drive away. This park is home to the iconic, glacier-capped, active volcano Mount Rainier, which stands an impressive 14,411 feet above sea level, making it one of the tallest peaks in America. Perhaps the most important aspect of Moses Lake is the lake itself. The picturesque lake is 18 miles long with over 120 miles of shoreline, and is a popular area for outdoor enthusiasts for its abundance of hiking, biking and camping. Kayaks and canoes also launch regularly from Neppel Landing, providing a unique view of this valuable ecosystem.

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Since the advent of the internal combustion engine, automakers have discovered ways to unremittingly innovate: adding speed and torque, subtracting weight and heat. While superlatives will always secure bragging rights, over the last two decades consumer interests shifted, and a different set of races ensued. Catchphrases like fuel consumption, daily driver and emissions compelled manufacturers to invest in alternative technologies, bridging the gap between time-tested analog tendencies and digital frontier possibilities. Swan songs abounded while car companies realigned, creating mission statements and implementing legacy-building strategies around yet another set of buzzwords. Sustainability, electrification and carbon neutrality now drive agendas and set business plans. There’s a race for (electric) range at the moment, but brands know once that’s achieved, a greater objective must steer. In the following pages, a look to the past serves as a reminder of game-changing technological advancements while a peek into the future inspires, encouraging ideas once unthinkable.

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TESLA MODEL S From its outset, the company’s polarizing founder, Elon Musk, deemed Tesla a technology company, not a car manufacturer. Upon its debut in 2012, the Model S boasted a 0-60 mph of 3.9 seconds with a best-in-class 28 cubic feet of trunk space, proving to the world that an electric vehicle was neither slow nor impractical. The four-door luxury sedan turned heads with its enormous 17-inch interior touch screen, while Musk’s willingness to launch technology that wasn’t perfect caught the automobile world by surprise. Disregarding early profitability thanks to a $50m investment by Daimler (which resulted in a 10% stake in the company), Musk looked instead to perpetual improvements as well as the big picture. Tesla built a nationwide network of fast charging stations to complement its cars, altering the country’s infrastructure. When the Model S entered the market, it had a single motor propelling the rear wheels. Two years later, the dual motor option arrived with ‘Insane Mode’ (dropping its 0-60 mph to 3.2 seconds). Tesla continues to confound while establishing status quo, from the smartphone-style, over-the-air updates to early autonomy and a direct-to-consumer sales strategy. The 2021 Plaid + Model S claims a 520-mile range with a 0-60 mph in 1.99 seconds and top speed of 200 mph. From $142,990,

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