LAURIE KAHLE

Game Changers

 Newly opened to the public, Kenya’s Ol Jogi and Enasoit ranches offer distinct private safari experiences. Low-decibel rumbles and pungent aromas fill the air as a family of elephants gathers for a midnight drink around the watering hole at Ol Jogi. Less than 20 feet away, standing silently inside an underground bunker, guests of this […]

Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel

The art-deco movement was flourishing in Paris when the Prince de Galles first opened in 1928. Built for its most prominent guest—Edward VIII, Prince of Wales—the hotel on Avenue George V was a paean to moderne design. This June—after a two-year, $100 million renovation—the grande dame reemerged as a tribute to the art-deco age. The […]

Progressive Retrospective

“When I see today’s designs,” notes Osvaldo Patrizzi, “I say, ‘What is the news?’” Patrizzi, a watch expert and the CEO of Geneva-based Patrizzi & Co. Auctioneers, speaks for many of those who have observed the wave of neoclassical designs sweeping forth from Switzerland. A few years ago, watchmaking seemed to have entered an unprecedented […]

Spin Control

At this year’s Baselworld fair, the annual Swiss event where many of the world’s top watch brands present their novelties, a recognized and discerning watch collector was spotted admiring one of the latest high complications. “I’d buy it today,” the collector was overheard saying, “if only it didn’t have a tourbillon.” Over the past decade, […]

The Robb Report 100 Resorts: Europe: Coworth Park

Coworth Park, Ascot, England With its swan-shaped table bases, cattail-like lamps, and tree-branch-themed four-poster beds, Coworth Park brings a whimsical spirit to the classic English country inn. The former residence of the 17th Earl of Derby sits on 240 acres of picturesque Berkshire parkland with its own polo fields and equestrian center. Opened as part […]

Art: Paris by Brushstrokes

The vast contemporary art collection at the Pompidou Center in Paris has been known to overwhelm visitors, yet Domoina de Brantes wends expertly through the galleries, guiding her charges to works of particular significance and giving a tutorial on the Paris art scene along the way. Stop­ping in front of Thomas Hirschhorn’s wall-size Outgrowth, she […]

Armani Hotel Milano

For his second hotel venture, Giorgio Armani headed home to Italy. In a partnership with Emaar Properties of Dubai (the setting of Armani’s first hotel), the fashion mogul spent four years redesigning and expanding his Milan megastore to house the Armani Hotel Milano.   The Armani, which opened in November, is set within the imposing […]

Alain Ducasse Gets Back to Basics

To mark the 10th anniversary of his three-Michelin-star restaurant at the Plaza Athénée hotel in Paris, Alain Ducasse decided it was time for a change. With a desire to get back to basics, Ducasse implemented his new Essentiel concept, which eschews flamboyance and fussiness in favor of purity, quality, and authenticity. Ingredients are carefully sourced […]

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