The 2013 Jaguar F-Type

Overview

First look: The 2013 Jaguar F-Type, the marque's 21st-Century successor to the XK-E. Plus, extreme skiwear - leading fashion designers hit the slopes. Also, Jazz Age-inspired jewels and timeless new timepieces in our special watch and jewelry issue.

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Host’s Guide Holiday 2012: Spirits of Giving

Former illicit Highland whisky makers and Appalachian bootleggers notwithstanding, distillation is a refined art form. This holiday season, master distillers have raised their age-old craft to new heights of perfection with spirits that are a joy to give and to receive. Following are our selections of the most refined and refreshing pours for the connoisseurs […]

Host’s Guide Holiday 2012: Holiday Cheers

Among the lighter, crisper beers unveiled this season, the Duvel Tripel Hop is truly a cause for celebration. Now an annual release from the 141-year-old Duvel Moortgat Brewery, this Belgian strong ale is 9.5 percent alcohol by volume and features a different aromatic dry hop each year—Citra for 2012—in addition to the Saaz and Styrian […]

Host’s Guide Holiday 2012: Crowning Glories

This year, for only the second time in the history of the United Kingdom, a ruling monarch is celebrating a Diamond Jubilee, marking six decades on the throne. This milestone first occurred during the tenure of Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 until 1901 and thus attained her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Now, her great-great-granddaughter […]

Host’s Guide Holiday 2012: Raising the Bar

From left: Baccarat Lola water glass ($75); Hermès Adage highball ($438/set of two, http://www.hermes.com); Moser Whisky double old-fashioned ($75); William Yeoward Lillian tall martini ($55); Ralph Lauren Broughton martini ($115, http://www.ralphlauren.com); William Yeoward Vita tall coupe, ($230); Baccarat Clair de Lune flute ($150); Saint-Louis Gamma Théorème tumbler ($117); Baccarat Chateau wine glass ($85); Saint-Louis Oxymore […]

Host’s Guide Holiday 2012: Winter Vintages

“We are born at a given moment, in a given place,” reflected the eminent psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, “and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born.”   The similarities between people and fine wines are many. Like a full-bodied California Cabernet, […]

The Robb Reader: H. Keith Melton

H. Keith Melton is privy to secrets of the world’s most clandestine government agencies—including the CIA, MI6, and the KGB—but the intelligence historian and authority on spy technology vows never to divulge classified information. He has, however, shared much of his knowledge and experience in more than 40 documentaries and in the dozens of books […]

From the Editors: Rocks of Fate

In the lore of famous jewels, these objects of great price are invariably plucked by bandits from the eyes of idols. Such is the case with the 195-carat Black Orlov diamond, which reputedly served as ocular ornamentation for a likeness of the god Brahma. Yet a handful of history’s most alluring gems gained their notoriety […]

Leisure: Peking Duck Hunt

It is axiomatic among some habitués of Chinese restaurants that the more cliché the ambience—the statuette of a pudgy Buddha, the bottles of plum wine on a shelf, the tattered New Year’s dragon hanging in the window—the more authentic the cuisine. Why this is, nobody really knows. Perhaps the seemingly haphazard decor is intended, like joss […]

Robb Design Portfolio: C Is for Competition

1952 Jaguar C-Type Roadster For the competition-bred XK120C, also known as the C-Type, Jaguar took its successful XK120 and gave it a purpose-built aluminum body designed by automobile-aerodynamics pioneer Malcolm Sayer, a lightweight tubular frame, and a more powerful engine. The upgrades enabled the up-and-coming British terror to claim victory in its Le Mans debut, […]

Robb Design Portfolio: A New Spin

The grooves in the surface of vinyl records provide the minute sonic details that audio purists demand, but they are extremely sensitive to vibrations, which will blur the sound. Montreal’s Kronos Audio (www.kronosaudio.com) is among the audio-component makers employing new technologies and innovative designs to eliminate the vibrations that plague analog playback. The company’s debut […]

The New Mustique

In the 1960s and ’70s, Mustique Island, a three-and-a-half-mile-long expanse of powdery beaches and cedar forests in the heart of the Grenadines archipelago, was a hotbed of scandal. British royalty and their friends flocked to the Caribbean island to swill Champagne and frolic nude on the beach during the day and party in palatial villas […]

The Stone Age

THE HOUSE THAT REZA BUILT Four years ago, Olivier Reza left his career in finance at Lazard Ltd. to resurrect the storied jewelry salon that his father, Alexandre Reza, had established on the Place Vendôme in Paris. Alexandre is an industry legend known for his keen eye for rare gems; he bestowed upon his son […]

FrontRunners: Rover Landing

Land Rover’s flagship SUV is aging well as it nears the middle of its fifth decade in production. The 2013 Range Rover (www.landrover.com), the model’s fourth generation, weighs 700 pounds less than its predecessor, thanks to an aluminum body that has replaced the steel shell of Range Rovers past. A stiffer structure, the Adaptive Dynamics […]

FrontRunners: Rising Star

The new Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 46 Rising Star (www.bovet-fleurier.ch), the Swiss firm known for its riffs on the pocket watch–themed wristwatch has seemingly packed all of its most popular features into one reversible timepiece. The dial includes two separate time-zone indicators and displays a tourbillon that appears to float within the case; the connection between […]

FrontRunners: Monster’s Ink

As the Chinese zodiac year that inspired it draws to a close, the David Oscarson Black Water Dragon (www.davidoscarson.com) arrives. The writing instrument’s theme is a departure for the St. Louis–based pen maker, which previously looked only as far east as Europe for inspiration. Recent designs have paid tribute to Fabergé artist Henrik Wigström, dynamite […]

FrontRunners: Light Bright

The Embrace ring, one of eight diamond designs in the De Beers Imaginary Nature Collection (www.debeers.com), features an 8.88-carat diamond at the center of a setting that extends around the finger with nearly 500 diamonds. Like the other pieces in the collection, the ring appears remarkably light and airy despite its immense size. Priced from […]

FrontRunners: Smoke on the Water

Around 1912, Alfred Dunhill began marking his company’s pipes with a white spot to show his customers how to position the mouthpiece. The white spot became the company’s logo and the name of the pipe-making business, which operates independently of the Dunhill luxury-goods brand. This year, the White Spot is marking another centennial. The White […]

FrontRunners: Winds of Change

Launched this summer in time for the company’s 40th anniversary, the Morris Yachts Ocean Series 48 GT (www.morrisyachts.com) marks a new era for this Maine-based boutique builder of sailing yachts. The 48 GT is the first model from the company’s next wave of performance vessels. It employs a larger rig than previous Morris models, to […]

FrontRunners: Smaller than Life

Mini versions of the Ferrari 375 Plus and Jaguar D-Type are among the 17 one-to-eight-scale model cars in the Ralph Lauren Fine Model Cars collection (212.606.2100). Each of the $9,500 models is based on a car in Lauren’s collection and is finished by hand. The master model for each car required at least 3,000 hours […]

FrontRunners: Home on the Range

The newest line of barbecues from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet can turn a backyard amateur into a bona fide grill master. The Kalamazoo Hybrid Fire Grills (www.kalamazoogourmet.com) are priced from $9,995 for a two-burner model to $26,195 for a six-burner version. Each model offers three distinct cooking surfaces and can pump out as many as 150,000 […]

FrontRunners: Rose-Colored Glasses

Conceived by Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, Baccarat Variations (www.baccarat.com) brings a colorful, neo-pop look to the fine creations of the 248-year-old crystal house. The new stemware-and-vase collection features crystal designs with clear or colored-enamel bases. The colored stemware, priced at $175 per piece, includes blue water goblets, orange glasses for white wine, pink […]

FrontRunners: From the Robb Cellar

Shafer Vineyards’ reputation has rested for more than a quarter century on its irresistible Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, but the wine that perhaps best embodies the relationship at the heart of this Napa Valley label is One Point Five. Originally bottled simply as Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stags Leap area (the American Viticultural Area, or […]

Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa

A 25-minute drive outside the busy Balearic Islands capital of Palma, the new Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa cascades down a limestone slope on a tranquil and rugged stretch of northwest Majorca. The property opened in April as the first resort in Europe from the Dubai-based Jumeirah chain, whose opulent aesthetic is surprisingly at […]

Palace Hotel Tokyo

Set adjacent to the Imperial Palace Gardens in the Marunouchi central business district, the Palace Hotel Tokyo has long occupied one of the city’s premium locations. Now, after a $1.2 billion reinvention, the 51-year-old property has the amenities to match. The Palace, which reopened in May, is part of an all-new, 23-story, mixed-use tower complex […]

Marinus

After 13 years of heading the kitchen at Marinus, the for­mal restaurant at the 57-room Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, Calif., chef Cal Stamenov is exploring the wild side. The restaurant reopened in May with a new 60-seat dining room—designed to feel lighter and more connected to the outdoors—and Stamenov’s new menu, which dives into […]

Boating: Breaking the Mold

The Turkish shipyard Vicem Yachts is one of the few major builders that still produce boats with hulls made entirely from mahogany. The cold-molding construction method required for such hulls is a labor-intensive process that involves coating layers of mahogany strips with epoxy laminate and bending them around a frame, thus creating a naturally insulated […]

Autos: Long on Comfort

Enjoyable as the 2013 Lexus LS 600h L is to drive, the flagship sedan might be better suited to limousine service, especially when this hybrid, long-wheelbase version of the LS sedan (Lexus offers five other LS models) is equipped with the Executive package. The package includes a 19-speaker Blu-ray DVD entertainment system by Mark Levinson, […]

Art: Beyond the Scroll

In Beijing, the signs of a booming art scene are everywhere. In the 798 District, the erstwhile Soviet factory zone, a storefront gallery displays Sui Jianguo’s toy-like fiberglass dinosaurs and sells them for $6,360 each. Street artist Zhang Dali has tagged construction sites all over the city with the likeness of his own bald head […]

Jewelry: Pieces of the Past

While hunting for antiques, Sylva Yepremian, the jewelry designer behind Sylva & Cie, stumbled on a cache of 19th-century bronze Russian icons. The small treasures, each of which depicts a finely sculpted biblical scene intended to serve as a protective talisman for travelers, captivated her. Yepremian bought the roughly 20 pieces, framed them with tiny […]

Motorcycles: Charging Ahead

Maxi Scooters may be ubiquitous in Paris, Barcelona, and other European metropolises, where gasoline prices are at least twice as high as they are in U.S. cities, but Americans have only recently warmed to these big, step-through rides. BMW Motorrad, the company’s motorcycle division, intends to exploit the scooters’ growing popularity and promises to reinvent […]

Spas: Scents of Place

The cavernous reception space at the Monastero Santa Rosa’s spa is perfumed with the signature potpourri of Santa Maria Novella. The Florentine apothecary, officially known as Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, was founded in 1612 by Dominican friars who made healing tinctures and potions from the plants and flowers grown in their monastery’s gardens […]

Spirits: Bleu Hawaii

Colin Field, the man widely known as the best bartender in the world, is mixing a drink. It is called La Tomate, and he begins by barely crushing ruby chunks of tomato in a rocks glass—just bruising them, really—then adding equal measures of soju and junmai sake, and jagged blocks of clear ice imported from […]

Travel: Nights at the Museum

My hands are slick with wet clay as I squeeze, mold, and shape balls of sticky matter into a monster with flaring nostrils and wild tufts of hair. I am nearing the end of an hour-long pottery class at Hoshinoya Okinawa, a traditional Japanese resort that opened in June on the diminutive coral island of […]

Wardrobe: Carbon Footprint

Throughout his 45-year reign as the arbiter of classic American style, Ralph Lauren has amassed one of the world’s finest collections of automobiles, including prize-winning Ferraris, pristine Bugattis, and three enviable McLarens. But for the designer, who has shown the collection only twice—in 2005 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and last year […]

Home: Isn’t She Lovely

Romeo Sozzi, the patriarch of the family-owned furniture and cabinetry company Promemoria, sees a duality in his designs. “My furniture is masculine in form,” says the 64-year-old Sozzi, who serves as the firm’s lead designer, “but feminine in touch.” That feminine touch is evident in Angelina, a new division of bespoke kitchens that debuted at […]

Home Electronics: Ace Server

Audio enthusiasts in search of a single repository for their digital music collections encounter countless choices—and myriad headaches. Most of the available media servers lack audiophile-grade output capabilities, and they struggle to synchronize seamlessly with high-fidelity playback systems. Many are also impractical, if not illogical, in their functionality and ease of use. This summer, however, […]

Wheels: Worth the Wait

The 2013 Audi RS 5 is a meaner-looking relative of the elegant A5 sport coupe. Its sills are wider, ride height lower, rear diffuser larger, and exhaust tips bigger, and the RS 5 has a rear spoiler that pops up automatically when the car reaches 75 mph. These alterations convey a sense of serious purpose and […]

Deco Deluxe

The extravagance of the Jazz Age is reinterpreted for a new millennium. Photo 1: William Goldberg Ashoka-cut diamond hoop earrings set in palladium, $130,000 (212.980.4343, http://www.williamgoldberg.com); Leviev necklace with more than 125 carats of stones including two trillion-cut, D-color, internally flawless diamonds weighing 3.27 carats and 1.59 carats, a 1.02-carat vivid yellow diamond, and emerald […]

Letter of Intent

Following the Jaguar E-Type’s debut, at the 1961 Geneva International Motor Show, Road & Track’s Henry N. Manney III, the most entertaining automotive journalist of the 1960s, astutely characterized the car as “the greatest crumpet-catcher known to man.” For 14 years the bullet-shaped sports car worked its seduction, serving as an automotive foil to a […]

Fairmont Jaipur

The Fairmont Jaipur occupies a prime 9-acre site just outside India’s Pink City, on the road to Amber Fort. Opened in August, the newly built hotel was modeled after 17th-century Mughal palaces, with intricately painted walls, carved screens, and adornments ranging from antique hookahs to vintage suits of armor. Four-poster beds, lobed archways, and his […]

Sport: Resurrection of the Saint

After three weeks of heavy snow in January, the clouds parted over the Austrian village of St. Anton am Arlberg to reveal a bluebird sky and perfect ski conditions. As I stepped off the Valluga tram, my guide, Ali Penz, smiled and said, “This is the best skiing here in 20 years.” The timing was […]

Wine: Family Roots

This is my Lamborghini,” says William Ballentine Jr. Such pronouncements are not entirely unheard of among vineyard owners in Napa Valley. Yet in this case, the vehicle in question is a mud-caked tractor perilously parked on a steep hillside. Like Ballentine, Ferruccio Lamborghini was the son of vintners; but unlike Ballentine, the founder of the […]

Peak Season

Some of the leading names in men’s fashion are hitting the slopes this winter with fantastic skiwear that is built for both performance and glamour. With a fluid mix of materials—from waterproof cashmere to rich fur and high-tech fabrics—this season’s pieces are equally suited to black-diamond boarding, après-ski lounging, or simply cutting a sporty figure […]

Impeccable Timing

“If you erase the logo, every Swiss dress watch is the same,” complains Fabrizio Stigliani, who heads the watch-design department at Bulgari. “They are all round, with the same lugs and hands. I want to reinterpret the dress watch in a Bulgari way.” Stigliani’s sentiment, embodied in the striking Bulgari Octo, is shared by many […]

Elements of Style

Jacob Arabo has created some of hip-hop’s most outrageous  bling, but as the owner of Jacob & Co. in Manhattan, he also grasps how to incorporate sensational stones into more restrained designs. His gift is evident in the Splendors of Nature necklace (price upon request), which features three collectible colored stones—a 10.09-carat vivid purple-pink diamond, […]

Collectibles: Raising Paddles

Dick Claus says he has “no idea” why his fellow collectors of antique toy boats are so captivated by turn-of-the- 20th-century paddle wheelers, but he expects them to bid ferociously for Chicago, a 31-inch, clockwork-driven paddle wheeler that will be one of the top lots at the November 10 sale of his collection. Bertoia Auctions […]