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Front Runners December 2015: Fantasy Camp

The debut of Singita Ebony Lodge (singita.com) in 1993 forever changed the face of the African safari, bringing a high-style, low-volume formula to South Africa’s Sabi Sand Reserve. More than 20 years later, Singita is unveiling a new look for its pioneering lodge. Designed by Boyd Ferguson—formerly of the firm Cécile and Boyd—the camp reopened in […]

Cruise Control

The Gift:  ❄ A private charter of Silversea Cruises’ new 295-suite Silver Muse for a weeklong voyage through the Mediterranean.  ❄ $2.695 million Anchored among the cruise ships that converge in the Mediterranean every summer, a Silversea vessel can seem quaint by comparison. The relatively discreet size of the Italian brand’s boats, none of which […]

Gift Wrappers (and Fillers and Binders): Into the Light

Davidoff Winston Churchill  Short Series Unlike other Churchill cigars, Davidoff’s new offering does not require an hour to enjoy. The cigar, which is available in two sizes—a 4½ × 46 belicoso and a 4 × 38 petit panatela—features an oily Habano Ecuador wrapper, a sweet Pelo de Oro Visus binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. […]

High Steaks

❄ It is the kind of service only elite chefs enjoy: A top purveyor sources the best sustainably farmed meat, personally curates a selection at regular intervals, and custom dry-ages the most prized cuts. Rocker Bros. Meat & Provisions provides such a service to leading chefs in Los Angeles, at restaurants including Redbird, Petrossian, Bestia, […]

Front Runners December 2015: Thinning the Heard

At less than 1 nanometer, the diaphragm of the HiFiMan HE1000 planar magnetic headphones (hifiman.com) is the thinnest ever made. An asymmetrical magnetic circuit powers the diaphragm and helps eliminate virtually all sonic distortion. The headphones, which are priced at $3,000, also feature an open-back design and ear-cup grilles made from lightweight alloy. They deliver […]

Speed Demon

The 707 hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has its performance priorities straight. Much like swinging a sledgehammer or devouring a 32-​ounce porterhouse steak, driving an honest-to-god muscle car can satisfy a primordial urge. The new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat did the trick in August, addressing my desire to move fast and make noise en route […]

A Whisky for the Ages

For many connoisseurs and collectors, a whisky bottled by Gordon & MacPhail is a precious commodity. The company, which was founded by James Gordon and Jon Alexander MacPhail in 1895 and has been owned by the Urquhart family since 1915, specializes in bottling rare single malts sourced from a range of Scottish distilleries. In 2010 […]

Front Runners December 2015: Country Club

Londoners have long retreated to the quaint cottages of the Cotswolds for rustic weekend getaways. With the opening of the Soho Farmhouse (sohofarmhouse.com), visitors to the area can now relish the English countryside with a dose of city style. Located 90 minutes northwest of London by car, the 100-acre estate features 40 rustic cabins, a seven-bedroom […]

A Golden Opportunity

The Gift: ❄ A one-of-a-kind strand of rare golden South Sea pearls produced by Jewelmer Joaillerie. ❄ One night at the Peninsula Manila for the recipient and a guest.  ❄ Transportation by seaplane from Manila to Taytay, Palawan, for a four-night stay in a villa at Flower Island Resort. ❄ A private tour of the Jewelmer pearl […]

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