Classic Revivals

Overview

Wine collecting part two: exclusive sources for the rarest finds.  Bentley Reborn, the new continental GT.  Fall Fashion, modern spins on vintage style. Scottish spirit, a single-malt scotch celebration.

From This Issue

Robb Design Portfolio: Alessi Is More

It has been 20 years since 11 unknown architects (Michael Graves and Aldo Rossi among them) introduced elegant silver tea and coffee sets to the world. This year, Alessi unveiled its Tea and Coffee Towers created by a new clutch of architects. The services, made in limited editions of 99, range from a titanium flower […]

FrontRunners: Monumental Achievement

Giuseppe Zingali’s (www.zingali.it) choice of the name Colosseum for his diminutive 5.1-channel system is not as ironic as it seems. The Roman manufacturer’s nod to his city’s most recognizable monument refers to the range’s ability to offer stadium-grade scale from what could be mistaken as a scale model of a hi-fi system—the lineup includes a […]

Home Electronics: View Master

A subset of video processors is drawing attention from two disparate groups: videophiles, who are excited by even the slightest improvement in picture quality; and the rest of the world—people who are happily unaware that video is processed at all. Yet enthusiast and apathetic alike are lured to these machines for a relatively small reason: […]

Appliances: Design, Italian Style

“I work within my personal line of elegance and thinking, my personal line of life,” muses Piero Lissoni. The prolific Milanese architect and designer has spent the past 20 years perfecting his own brand of Italian minimalism through showrooms, corporate headquarters, private residences, and, of course, furnishings. Lissoni designs for an array of distinguished furniture […]

Furnishings: Glamour Guy

“I want to get away from the predictable in British interiors and introduce confidence, color, wit, and glamour,” pronounces Mark Humphrey. The 32-year-old has created furniture for Fendi Casa and a select group of private clients, who include Ringo Starr and the late George Harrison.   The couture side of Humphrey’s work can be viewed […]

The Mizner Touch

“Florida is flat as a pancake. You must build with a strong skyline to give your buildings character….The landscape gives you no help in Florida. You must make your own,” architect Addison Mizner once said. Make it he did. Mizner’s contribution in the 1920s to Florida’s Mediterranean Revival style was an inventive and often exuberant […]

FrontRunners: For Sail

The newly renovated Fairmont Hamilton Princess hotel (441.295.3000, http://www.fairmont.com) embodies a breezy Bermuda take on European elegance that has long made the 19th-century hostelry a favored stop for yachters on transatlantic journeys. Simply tie up to the hotel’s deepwater dock, and the hotel staff will prepare the boat for your journey’s next leg while you […]

Travel: Sailor’s Delight

The ideal way to approach the recently opened Delamar Greenwich Harbor hotel is from Long Island Sound. In good weather, the sun reflecting off the yellow stucco exterior and terra-cotta roof could lead a mariner to believe, if only the water were warmer, that he was approaching a Tuscan villa on the Italian Riviera. With […]

Letter From The Editor: Legacy of a Legend

Who is the ideal Robb Report reader? We discuss this frequently asked question at a table in Cipriani of Lower Manhattan, beside windows thrown open to the spring evening. One of my dinner companions is a friend in the Swiss watch industry. The other is Roffredo Gaetani d’Aragona, the largest dealer of Ferraris and Maseratis […]

FrontRunners: Tasteful Display

Andy Warhol may have had a taste for Campbell’s soup, but his legacy lends itself to a heightened culinary experience at De la Tierra restaurant in Delray Beach, Fla. Tucked in a tropical garden at the Sundy House Resort (561.272.5678, http://www.sundyhouse.com), an 11-room retreat environing Delray Beach’s oldest home, De la Tierra features the original […]

FrontRunners: All Aboard

Any aspiring railroad baron would covet the model train layout that the privately owned Carail museum (313.273.5507, http://www.carail.com) in Detroit is auctioning off. The layout, from the extensive collection belonging to museum founder and owner and onetime Lionel trains chairman and CEO Richard Kughn, covers 3,000 square feet and includes more than 20 O-gauge trains […]

FrontRunners: Select Smoke

MONTECRISTO SERIE VII If you enjoy the mild Dominican Montecristo but want a more rugged smoke, consider the Montecristo Serie VII. The stronger, more forward taste is produced by the wrapper, a Cuban seed called Habana 2000 that was grown in Mexico’s lush San Andreas mountains. The original Dominican Montecristo wrapper is a characteristically milder […]

FrontRunners: Write On

Despite the immediate success of the 6108, the world’s only mobile phone with handwriting recognition, which debuted in Asia earlier this year, Nokia (www.nokia-asia.com) maintains that it does not intend to release the phone in North America or Europe. These plans may change, however, once Western travelers discover what they are missing. With the 6108, […]

Dining: Stop the Presses

Time has stopped. The hurly-burly of modernity is far behind us as we sit on the terrace of our villa at the Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, Calif. The only sound is the muted whir of a distant golf cart carrying guests to the spa. Appropriately, the walkways between the villas are shaded by olive […]

Gentlemen Prefer Scotch

The distinguishing characteristics of any single malt owe much to its place of origin, for a primary component of whisky is the water flowing through that land, gathering minerals and other elements that will influence the taste and the aroma of the spirit during and after distillation. Some would even claim that water is to […]

Gentlemen Prefer Scotch: Spirited Rally

The roads range from tiny, twisting, uneven single-track mountain passes to smooth, deserted highways that sweep through the heather. The mountains reach above the clouds and are reflected in deep gray-blue lochs. Sandy beaches are empty and glorious in the warm sunshine, and fairy-tale white castles glisten in that same sun as pipers play their […]

Gentlemen Prefer Scotch: Storied Single Malt

Abe Rosenberg made his fortune in blended Scotch, importing J&B to American shores for the better part of the 20th century. In years to come, however, the late businessman may well be remembered for his contribution to the exceptional single malts of 2003. Rosenberg was passionate about the small-production single malts used in J&B and […]

Gentlemen Prefer Scotch: The One and Only Glenlivet

Ever since the first illicit stills began producing whisky in the Grampian Highlands more than 200 years ago, a cachet has been attached to the name Glenlivet. Even distilleries far from the glen of the river Livet would add “Glenlivet” to their names, just as cigar makers today employ the word “Havana,” regardless of whether […]

FrontRunners: Fairway Fortress

Planning a golfing trip to Scotland, and seeking accommodations that are private, secluded, and—here is the operative word—secure? What could be safer than a fortified tower on a hilltop? Fenton Tower (+44.1620.890089, http://www.fentontower.com) in North Berwick is a fortress amid the links, and as such, it caters to those who prefer a hideaway to a […]

Sport: Bone to Be Wild

There are two kinds of fly-fishing, a saltwater guide once told me: bonefishing and everything else. The torpedo-shaped speedsters known as bonefish are renowned for reel-searing runs that can leave the uninitiated breathless. So impressive is their initial burst of power that bones have developed a following of adrenaline junkies who venture as far as […]

Golf: Exclusive Public Offering

Before the dot-com bubble burst and shattered so many portfolios, it yielded the dividend of the Lodge at CordeValle. Golfers can consider it an even split. CordeValle, located in a secluded California valley in San Martin, about a 30-minute drive south of San Jose (ground zero for the dot-bomb), was originally envisioned as a semiprivate, […]

Style: The Style Council

For years, New York investment manager Ed Shugrue III traveled to England on a regular basis to have his suits custom-made on Savile Row and his bespoke shirts fitted on Jermyn Street. Although he enjoys bird hunting in the English countryside, making time to meet with his tailors in London was a chore he found […]

FrontRunners: Style Points

Since the 1960s, Giuseppe Picchiotti has striven to enhance the natural beauty of women with precious jewelry crafted from the finest colored gems and diamonds. Now, Picchiotti’s (www.picchiotti.it, +39.0131.95. 30.81) architecturally inspired designs can be enjoyed by men as well, with the launch of the family-owned company’s first men’s collection of cuff links, tie clips, […]

FrontRunners: Purple Heart

A personal wine cellar, a men’s club, a classic car—the simple luxuries of a modern gentleman’s world, according to Ralph Lauren—served as the inspiration for the latest and most exclusive fragrance in the Polo fold: Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Like the apparel collection of the same name, Purple Label the fragrance ups the quality and […]

Watches: Number Theory

It is tempting to write off Franck Muller’s latest jewelry collection as wretched excess for a certified watch maniac. Who but an overly ardent collector would be attracted to jewelry festooned with numerals or set with tonneau-shaped diamonds? But such a narrow assessment overlooks the broader appeal of Franck Muller’s design skills. Muller’s personal interpretation […]

Through The Looking Glass

This fall, fashion reflects on its past and discovers that many of the style tenets defined over the last century are still relevant, if not more so, in the modern world. On the surface, fall’s most important pieces may mirror vintage classics, but take a closer look. The new suit, inspired by the form-fitting models […]

Marks of Distinction

Sherlock Holmes used to say, “The little things are infinitely the most important.” It doesn’t take a detective, however, to grasp the significance of distinctive accessories in a man’s wardrobe. Fanciful dress furnishings not only add a dash of exuberance to the sobriety of a classic business suit, they are the calling cards that define […]

Back Page: Java Jive

This month’s cover car, the elegantly buxom Bentley Continental GT, may be the British company’s most intriguing product change since it stopped bolting superchargers to the outside of its cars. After 80 years of creating overweight, overwrought, overpowering personnel carriers—in a rare moment of graciousness, Enzo Ferrari once praised Bentley sedans as fine lorries—the eponymous […]

FrontRunners: Sant’Agata Charger

I consider it miraculous that while driving the new Lamborghini Gallardo near Rome, I survived the suicidal lunges of oncoming Fiats as they peeled around blind curves. However, Lamborghini’s accomplishment is even more amazing: The folks at Sant’Agata have created an exotic sports car that can be driven daily. To this end, Lamborghini (www.lamborghini.com) installed […]

Autos: Meet the Challenge

When Luca Di Montezemolo took the reins at Ferrari in 1992, he declared an end to the marque’s tradition of building the world’s fastest hair shirts. Luca’s Ferraris would go like hell and provide practicality: effective climate control, power-assisted steering, robust mechanicals, dependable electronics, and room for two golf bags!   The 360 Modena was […]

Motorcycles: Retro Ride

With its new chief vintage, the Indian Motorcycle Corp. appears to have picked up right where it left off—in 1953, when the motorcycle maker went bankrupt. After a failed attempt to build bikes in 1998 using outsourced 88-cu-in S&S engines, Indian launched a successful comeback last year with its Scout, Spirit, and Chief lines, which […]

Feature: Continental Drift

The pressure was on Michael Parchment earlier this summer. More than 500 prospective Bentley Continental GT owners were counting on him and his knowledge of the Bentley marque and its new coupe. Parchment, the business development manager of Miller Motorcars, a Greenwich, Conn., dealer, was required by Bentley to take an online exam to demonstrate […]

Wheels: Light Heavyweight

Ford and Jaguar continued to misfire on most cylinders last year. Ford posted losses of $1 billion, leading some Wall Street undertakers to suggest that this 100-year-old company that practically invented the auto industry was on the verge of bankruptcy. British subsidiary Jaguar, younger in years but richer in heritage than its parent company, announced […]

Boating: Walking (Around) on Water

For years, owners and potential customers of Rybovich, a boatmaker known for its custom 60-foot-plus mahogany sportfishermen, clamored for a midsize and more user-friendly model. However, the company was reluctant to address this demand. Rybovich had constructed its models using a cold-molding process, which involves joining wood strips with resin—an expensive procedure that would require […]

Aircraft: Express Yourself

For intercontinental travel, the Boeing Business Jet remains the gold standard for private fliers seeking size, speed, and luxury. However, most business passengers travel shorter distances; they fly in and out of smaller fixed-base operators to minimize traffic delays, visit remote offices and clients, and avoid the inconveniences of metropolitan airports. Travelers who seek the […]