Robb Report April issue 2017

Overview

Cars of the Year Double Take! Two Champions Claim the Prize Featuring Aston Martin Audi Bentley BMW Cadillac Jaguar Lamborghini Lincoln McLaren Mercedes-AMG Nissan Porsche Rolls-Royce Plus The World's Loneliest Luxury Cruise, The America's Cup Comes to Bermuda & More  

From This Issue

Classic Comebacks

A few of our favorite of-the-moment accessories will fill you with nostalgia for days gone by. Gucci Neo-vintage GG Supreme coated-canvas duffel with leather trim and yellow leather handle, $1,980 (gucci.com); John Lobb Lopez leather loafers, $1,300 (johnlobb.com); Tom Ford N.4 rose-gold sunglasses, $690 (tomford.com); Breguet Type XXI 3871 self-winding flyback chronograph with steel case […]

Moving Parts

The newest jewelry from Yael Sonia (yaelsonia.com) presents colorful gemstones in gold designs that are playfully kinetic. It’s a continuation of Sonia’s fascination with mobility—a theme she has explored with pearls and other elements and is now portraying in bolder creations. “I’ve always been fascinated by kinetic art,” says the Boston-born designer, who spent part […]

Black Beauty + A Chronology of Ceramic Watches

An all-ceramic case and high-level finishing make Audemars Piguet’s latest Royal Oak the belle of the ball. arely does the announcement of a new case material for an existing watch model generate significant buzz, but that is exactly what happened at the January unveiling of the all-ceramic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar (audemarspiguet.com). The […]

Lexus Launches a New Concept

Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda arrived at a Miami Beach waterfront mansion earlier this year piloting the new Lexus Sport Yacht (lexus.com), a 42-foot one-off concept. It was fitting that Toyoda—who is also the chief branding officer for Lexus, Toyota’s luxury-car division—was at the helm for the boat’s debut: He authorized the project 2 […]

Sun Screening

The head of Mercedes-AMG tests the brand’s upcoming convertible in the Nevada desert. This past fall, about a year before the scheduled U.S. on-sale date of the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster (mercedes-amg​.com), I was in the Nevada desert on a hot and sunny afternoon riding shotgun in a prototype of the open-air hot rod. Mercedes-AMG […]

Electricity in the Air

The designers behind the Lucid Air (lucidmotors.com) are clear about the inspiration for their electric luxury sedan. “We wanted to create an executive-jet experience for the road,” said Peter Rawlinson, Lucid Motors’ chief technology officer, in December. Moments earlier, in a warehouse in Fremont, Calif., he had pulled a black silk cover off the Air, […]

Leather and Pace

A leather trunk and saddlebags are distinguishing features of the Indian Roadmaster Classic (indianmotorcycle.com), a new touring bike derived from the brand’s Roadmaster model. The leather is resistant to water and ultraviolet light, and the trunk and saddlebags together have a 33-​gallon capacity. They aren’t lockable, but they detach in seconds. The fairing trim, which […]

A Much Better Bronco + Bucking the Myth

Icon transforms the classic 4×4 into a beautifully engineered machine. Ford is preparing to relaunch the Bronco, the SUV the company produced from 1966 to 1996. Actually, the Bronco predates the term SUV; it was called an MPV (multipurpose vehicle). The company has said the Bronco will return to the production line for the 2020 […]

Single Minded

Sonoma County’s hyperconscious new restaurant presents a stunning reinvention of the fine-dining experience. It is admittedly obsessive. Chef Kyle Connaughton—who formerly headed the research and development kitchen for Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck in the United Kingdom and has cooked at restaurants from Spago in Beverly Hills to Michel Bras in Japan—rethought every detail of the […]

Seriously Casual in Sonoma

Seriously Casual in Sonoma The newly renovated Timber Cove resort (timbercove​resort.com) in Jenner, Calif., overlooking the crashing waves of the Sonoma Coast, has debuted its Hirsch Room, where guests may experience vintages by nearby acclaimed winemaker Hirsch Vineyards. At the Sebastopol seafood spot Handline (handline.com), that old menu brag about “pristine local ingredients” is simply […]

The Man with the Golden Dram

Creative aging bears fruit in the gorgeous aromas of the Dalmore’s most special whisky yet. Last September, Richard Paterson—master distiller for the Dalmore—reached a milestone: his 50th year in the spirits industry. To celebrate his golden anniversary, and employing his legendary olfactory talents (his nose was once insured by Lloyd’s of London for $2.6 million), […]

Well and Good

Known for its extravagant hotels in India and beyond, the Oberoi Group unveiled its first destination spa in March with the debut of Oberoi Sukhvilās Resort & Spa (oberoihotels.com). The soothing retreat sits in the forested foothills of the Himalayas, just outside the modernist northern Indian city of Chandigarh. Its 60 guest rooms, villas, and […]

House Rules

Barcelona’s Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli has a rich pedigree of important residents, from the ordained brothers who built a Franciscan convent there during the 13th century to the Catalonian aristocrats who constructed elegant manor houses along its perimeter in the 1800s. The palm-tree-lined square welcomed a new generation of VIPs last October, when the […]

Back in the Swing

Three new courses from top architects signal a return to form for U.S. golf. Great golf courses are once again being built in the United States. Following a precipitous post-2008 drop in new development—and a legitimate but overhyped decline in golf participation—the top American architects are returning to their home turf, designing some of the […]

Personal Best: Vitalie Taittinger

The Champagne-house heir and classically trained artist reflects on risk and conviction. The business of making fine wine is inherently risky. There is the unpredictability of weather to consider, of course, but for the most creative winemakers, much of the risk lies in deviating from accepted tastes and traditions. For Vitalie Taittinger, heir to and […]

The New Dutch Masters + The Blooming Route

Amsterdam’s au courant culinary scene has the makings of a dynamic renaissance. Amsterdam’s Moon restaurant opened in the spring of 2016, and the city’s clamor over it rivals the cheerful clang of plates and pans shuffling through its creative kitchen. For good reason. Built onto the 19th floor of the landmark A’dam tower, the restaurant […]

Alone on the Nile + From the River to the Red Sea

Amid the uncertainty in postrevolution Egypt, the elegant Philae has risen from the dead—and is hoping to bring the mighty river’s tourism industry with it.  In the beginning, the Philae was simply adequate. Like most riverboats plying the Nile River, it was big and boxy with four decks and a paddlewheel—a Middle Eastern version of […]

Blue-Chip Special

Berggruen Gallery goes big in a new San Francisco art space. During its 46 years, San Francisco’s Berggruen Gallery has presented many a high-profile exhibition, from retrospectives of artists including Chuck Close and Ellsworth Kelly to group shows highlighting works by Ed Ruscha, Damien Hirst, and Jasper Johns. The art space’s latest opening, however, is […]

Strike Force

The chime of the new Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie makes a resounding impression. “You can work 11 years on a chiming watch,” says Greubel Forsey cofounder Stephen Forsey, “and if those 20 seconds of listening to the strike aren’t good, then you’ve missed the target.” Fortunately, the authoritative chime of the Swiss brand’s newly released […]

Chasing Rainbows

Hervé Van der Straeten’s latest achievement adds color to a world-class art fair. Hervé Van der Straeten’s rainbow-hued Pipe Show console may seem an unlikely fit among the marble busts and old-master oil paintings of the venerable European Fine Art Fair (tefaf.com). But according to the French designer—whose limited-edition creation recently made its colorful debut […]

George Nakashima Furniture

Modernism has been a lifelong passion for Peter Loughrey, founder of Los Angeles Modern Auctions, which specializes in the sale of 20th-century fine art and design. Trained at Sotheby’s in London, Loughrey opened his first vintage-furniture gallery in 1989 and has since expanded his trade to include prints, drawings, and paintings from the last century. […]