Porsche’s 2014 Executive Panamera

Overview

The all-new 520hp Turbo Executive Panamera. Also, Fall Fashion: striking new designs for men from Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli, Isaia Hermès, Kiton, Ermenegildo Zegna, Stefano Ricci, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Versace & More. Plus, Super Safari: Abercrombie & Kent Plans the Ultimate African Adventure.

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Executive Privileges

The folklore and religious figures depicted in the Lüftlmalerei, the murals that decorate the facades of houses throughout Bavaria, seemed to enviously scrutinize the Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive as it passed by them. Yes, the fisherman balancing on the gunwales of his rowboat while holding up a large trout for all to see appeared to […]

Orient Expressions

Striking shades, sumptuous silk embroidery, and intricate chinoiserie-style patterns introduce elements of intrigue and urbanity to  the men’s collections this fall. 1. Versace wool jacquard coat, $2,795; Ralph Lauren cashmere turtleneck, $1,095; Kiton wool pants, $1,170; Ermenegildo Zegna leather boots, $725; Falke socks, $24; Cartier Tank Anglaise 18-karat-rose-gold watch, $33,900. 2. Miharayasuhiro cotton jacket, $2,000, […]

Spirit in the Material World

A New Custom Diego Della Valle, president and CEO of Tod’s leather goods, speaks with boyish enthusiasm about the brand’s new project, called JP Tod’s Sartorial. It represents the first time Tod’s has dedicated an entire floor to custom shoes and bags, which are designed, Della Valle says, to showcase the brand’s artisanal “secrets,” such […]

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella, or old town, has for centuries been the seedy and grimy neighbor to the grand and fashionable Eixample district. But the ancient Roman walls of Barcino, as the Romans referred to the Catalan city, once housed the local elite. “Many palaces were built along the Roman wall for noblemen in medieval times,” […]

Segera Retreat

The Paddock House lounge at Kenya’s new Segera Retreat brims with artifacts—vintage hats and boots, timeworn leather trunks, unpublished letters from Ernest Hemingway and David Livingstone—of safaris past. But this resort-style lodge, which opened in March on the Laikipia Plateau, is setting a new standard for the modern-day safari. The German entrepreneur and conservationist Jochen […]

Aman Canal Grande Venice

The Aman Canal Grande Venice opened in June in the city’s San Polo district, in a 16th-century palazzo owned by Italy’s Count Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga and his wife, Countess Bianca di Savoia Aosta. The couple resides in the top-floor penthouse of the building, whose classic European ambience marks a striking departure for Amanresorts. Known for […]

Boating: Deep Connection

One of the latest launches from Italy’s CRN Yachts includes all of the amenities—lavish sleeping accommodations for 10 guests, an expansive saloon with floor-to-ceiling windows, iPad-controlled lighting and entertainment systems, a sundeck with a hot tub and gym—one would expect of a 200-foot custom megayacht. But of all the vessels in its rarefied class, J’ade, […]

Collectibles: Betting Against the Spread

Though neither ever won a championship at the pro level, baseball’s Ted Williams and football’s Dan Marino played brilliantly enough during their careers to become legendary figures in their respective sports. However, in the collectibles market they do not enjoy equal status. Williams’s game-worn jerseys in good condition can fetch six-figure sums. The helmet that […]

Dining: From the Ground Up

In 2009, Anya Fernald was presented with 10,000 acres of dry land below Northern California’s Mount Shasta and issued a challenge by the owner: Make it productive and profitable. The soil was too poor to cultivate, but Fernald—at the time a business consultant who had worked with the Slow Food organization and artisanal-food producers around […]

Jewelry: Bold Gold

A woman must be confident to wear jewelry by Silvia Furmanovich, whose audacious concepts seldom fail to attract attention. This daring designer might adorn a diamond bracelet with a bright-blue, walnut-size Paraíba tourmaline or carve a 119-carat aquamarine into a scarab and set it amid sapphires and diamonds. But then, confidence is precisely the quality […]

Spirits: Liberating Elixir

With the lowering of the Union Jack and the raising of its own red-white-and-black flag on August 31, 1962, the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago signaled its independence from the United Kingdom and officially became a republic. Fifty years later, the golden anniversary of this momentous occasion has been appropriately recognized with the release […]

Sport: Going To Eleven

I am standing in the shadows of the 11,000-foot-high Tête du Ruitor, staring down a spectacular powder ribbon along the French Alps’ Invernet Glacier. No one has skied this slope—a whopping 9-mile-long descent that drops 7,800 vertical feet to a quiet mountain village—all winter, and Jean-Noël Gaidet, a guide for Eleven Experience, has elected me […]

Watches: Opposition Movement

“From the very beginning, we wanted to create a watch on our own, without relying on another brand,” says Peter Thum, a socially concerned entrepreneur whose 4-year-old enterprise, Fonderie 47, creates fine jewelry—and now timepieces—to fund a reduction in the number of assault rifles present and used in conflicts throughout Africa. “The hard part was […]

Home Electronics: Skipping The Disc

Late last year, after signing a landmark licensing agreement with Warner Bros., the Sunnyvale, Calif.–based Kaleidescape announced that it would sell the film studio’s content through a new online service. Fully launched this May, the Kaleidescape Store offers users the ability to purchase and download the nearly 3,000 movies and more than 8,000 TV shows […]

Journeys: Adventure of a Lifetime

The year was 1974, and a small party of safari goers led by the flamboyant Geoffrey Kent had just crossed the moonlit border from Kenya into what is now South Sudan. Kent was the chairman and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent, a young outfitter gaining renown for its luxury safaris. His client was a friend, […]

Elements of Style: September 2013

This year’s classic tweed sport coat is a distant cousin of the bulky old favorite popularized by 19th-century aristocrats, who commissioned custom tweed tartans to mark their estates. The new jackets retain the traditional tailored details—flap pockets, buttonhole collars, and soft shoulders—but are constructed with wools woven from finer, plush yarns flecked with color. Some […]

Home Entertainment: Modern Sound, Midcentury Vibe

Audiophiles can also be slaves to fashion, and one seeking a music system to complement a postwar modern interior will find that most contemporary components are jarringly out of sync with the classic furnishings of Eames, Nelson, Noguchi, and other midcentury designers. So what’s a hepcat hi-fi enthusiast to do? JBL and Luxman may provide […]

Design Portfolio: Classic Blue Blazer

The 507 roadster was one of the most beautiful cars of the postwar era and, from a business perspective, a disaster for BMW. The German automaker created the 507 at the urging of American importer Max Hoffman, who envisioned the car as a lower-priced alternative to the Mercedes-Benz 300SL. Penned by the industrial designer Albrecht […]

Design Portfolio: Earth Shaken

‘‘When I was a small boy, my grandmother challenged me to find a secret drawer in a bureau that she treasured,” says David Linley, the renowned British designer and a grandson of the Queen Mother. “I couldn’t understand how it was possible to conceal something so cleverly, so I resolved to find out how.” The […]

From the Editors: Unruly Style

Sartorial styles, for better or worse, connect cultures—bridge east and west, link north and south—through the common bond of taste (see “Orient Expressions”). Throughout Europe’s history, shared standards of dress and deportment contributed in their small way to the commingling of royal bloodlines that resulted in the continent’s elaborate network of pedigrees. Today, however, the […]

The Robb Reader: Roberto Bolle

Discovered as a teenager in Italy by Rudolf Nureyev, Roberto Bolle is a principal dancer at both La Scala in Milan and the American Ballet Theatre in New York. His athletic, 6-foot-2-inch frame has helped make him a powerful presence on stage as well as in the fashion world—as a model for Salvatore Ferragamo and […]

FrontRunners: Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon

Production has begun on the second generation of the Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon (www.patek.com), the company’s most complicated production wristwatch. Like the first-generation Sky Moon (Reference 5002), which was introduced in 2001, this version features 12 complications. The price of the new watch, Reference 6002G, is available upon request and will likely be seven […]

FrontRunners: Going Dutch

With the Spyker B6 Venator (www.spykercars.com), the Dutch automaker plans to return to the American market in 2014. The new design is created in the tradition of the limited-production, hand-built sports cars for which the brand is known. Unlike Spyker’s previous model, the C8 series—which was made of aluminum and powered by an Audi V-8 […]

FrontRunners: High Climbers

The Swiss-made, reindeer-fur-covered Bally Everest Collection Himalaya boots (www.bally.com) commemorate the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s ascent of Mount Everest. The boots are a cashmere-lined version of the Bally footwear that Tenzing Norgay, Hillary’s lead guide, wore when he and Hillary reached the mountain’s peak in 1953. They are made-to-order and available at Bally’s […]

FrontRunners: Sports Writer

The Visconti Pininfarina Carbongrafite pen (www.visconti.it) is the product of a two-year collaboration between the Italian pen maker and the design firm that has created bodywork for Ferrari, Maserati, and other Italian automobile marques. The pen’s carbon-composite barrel displays the graceful lines of a fine sports car. Production is limited to 930 fountain pens ($1,895 […]

Frontrunners: Planing and Simple

The first Ferretti 960 (www.ferretti-yachts.com), a production yacht that launched in June, is the largest planing-hull vessel the Italian company has ever produced. The 96-footer can reach a speed of 27.5 knots with the standard engines, and it sleeps as many as 10 guests. (The price is available upon request.) Accommodations can include a master […]

FrontRunners: Artistic Stroke

The limited-edition Valgrine S.T. Dupont putter (www.valgrine.com) features an alligator-scale pattern carved into the club’s face and is accentuated with Chinese enamel work and palladium-finished rings and screws. The golf-club manufacturer Valgrine, which was founded two years ago in Saint Etienne, France, specializes in bespoke putters rendered in a range of materials, styles, and finishes. […]

FrontRunners: The River Styled

The New Zealand designers Jamie McLellan and Andy Jacobs have turned their focus from furniture and lighting to their mutual passion for boating. The result is the McLellan Jacobs Kayak 1 (www.mclellanjacobs.com). Nearly 11 feet long, the single-person kayak is made of carbon fiber, so it weighs less than 40 pounds, making it easy to […]

FrontRunners: Chess Mastered

The board for the Purling London Art Chess set (www.purlinglondon.com) is crafted from black anigre wood and bird’s-eye maple, and each of the game pieces is hand-painted by a contemporary British artist. The set is priced from $2,300 to $3,830. Custom artist commissions and colors are available for an additional fee.

FrontRunners: Seeing the City of Light

The designs in the Cartier Paris Nouvelle Vague jewelry collection (www.cartier.com) either obviously or subtly reference the jewelry house’s home city. One of the collection’s motifs features curvaceous diamond-studded wave patterns intended to evoke the ripples of the Seine. Another references the city’s 1930s architecture with graphic shapes and subdued gemstones. The ring shown here […]

FrontRunners: From The Robb Cellar September 2013

The American whiskey boom of recent years has prompted a good deal of experimentation. Lincoln Henderson, who spent 40 years as Brown-Forman’s master distiller, placed himself at the forefront of this movement with the 2011 introduction of his Angel’s Envy label, whose inaugural release was a bourbon finished in port barrels. With Angel’s Envy Rye, […]

Beastly Beauty

Driving enthusiasts long have questioned BMW’s lack of an M variant of the 7 Series sedan—a high-performance version of the flagship to rival the Mercedes-Benz AMG S-Class. Drivers who wanted such a machine were directed to Alpina, an independent tuner of BMW models. Albert Biermann, the head of product development for BMW’s M division, says […]