24th Annual Best of the Best

Overview

Special Issue: Robb Report's 2012 Luxury Portfolio. 180+ award winners - Automobiles, Menswear, Watches, Resorts, Yachts, Private Jets, Jewelry & more.

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Best of the Best 2012: Custom Megayachts: Rossi Navi Numptia

Rossi Navi is not as well known as many of its yacht-building counterparts in Europe. But with the delivery of Numptia last July, the 30-year-old Italian yard emerged as an industry leader. The 230-foot yacht, Rossi Navi’s largest to date, is a towering testament to the yard’s prowess in building boats that are beautiful both […]

Best of the Best 2012: Semicustom Megayachts: Azimut Grande 120SL

At 120 feet, the 120SL is the grandest vessel in the Azimut Grande series, a line of 100-plus-foot planing yachts with which the Azimut-Benetti Group bridges the gap between custom and semicustom yacht building. Like the rest of the collection, the 120SL features exterior styling by longtime Azimut designer Stefano Righini. Carlo Galeazzi, who also […]

Best of the Best 2012: Production Boats: Wider 42

Tilli Antonelli, who founded the Pershing yacht company in 1981, made a splash last April with the debut of the inaugural model from his new brand, Wider. With the Wider 42, the industry veteran and his dream team of engineers and designers have successfully redefined the weekend-cruiser category.   Equipped with a pair of optional […]

Best of the Best 2012: Personal Technology: AKG K3003

Since mobile mp 3 players took over the world—namely Apple’s iPod, whose first-generation device launched in 2001—audiophiles have scoffed at the thought of a pocket player providing genuine high-fidelity sound. Using these personal devices with Apple’s stock earbuds makes matters worse, and spending a few hundred dollars on upgraded earbuds only goes so far—none have […]

Best of the Best 2012: Video: Elite LCD TV

Not since the 2008 release of Pioneer’s fabled Kuro Elite plasma TV has a display panel hit the market with such a refined picture as that of the new Elite LCD TV. After Pioneer shut down its plasma business in 2009, Sharp Electronics, which acquired a stake in Pioneer in 2007, took over Pioneer’s Elite […]

Best of the Best 2012: Kitchen: Fusion

When Marwan Rizek, president of Cameo Kitchens and Fine Cabinetry, decided to update the front display at the company’s Toronto showroom, he resolved to fill it with the kitchen of tomorrow. The result is Fusion ($250,000 as shown), a compelling kitchen design that utilizes new technologies to foster perhaps the oldest human social activity: bonding […]

Best of the Best 2012: Bathroom: Bisazza Bagno

Last year’s arrival of Bisazza Bagno, a new bath division from the Italian mosaics company Bisazza, introduced unprecedented artistry to the room that needed it most. The company’s first two collections feature rich materials, unusual shapes, and ornate mirrors, lamps, and other accessories that would be just as desirable in a living or dining room. […]

Best of the Best 2012: Sport-Utility Vehicles: Range Rover Evoque

At last count the Range Rover Evoque had collected more than 100 motoring awards. They include a pair of automotive Oscars: North American Truck of the Year for 2012 (selected by a panel of 50 American and Canadian automotive journalists) and Top Gear’s Car of the Year. Even China’s Sohu.com and Guangzhou Daily have honored […]

Best of the Best 2012: Sedans: BMW M5

For drivers old enough to have experienced the original M5, BMW holds special significance. That car’s small, trunk-mounted M badge struck terror in the hearts of Porsche and Ferrari owners; the prosaic, pugnacious German sedan redefined the limits of four-door performance. Umpteen iterations later, the M5 remains true to its mission, even as the sports-sedan […]

Best of the Best 2012: Convertibles: Ferrari 458 Spider

Ferrari purists seldom are followers of soft-top fashion, preferring the marque’s rigid berlinettas and their beautiful flowing forms to the canvas-roofed spiders. However, Ferrari’s latest mid-engine marvel, the 458 Italia, has morphed into a convertible without the fussy fabric flying buttresses of its predecessors. The 458 Spider features a folding aluminum hard top that transforms […]

Best of the Best 2012: Vacation Homes: One Sandy Lane

On Barbados’s Platinum Coast, One Sandy Lane reigns. Designed by Larry Warren, the local architect who also built the legendary Sandy Lane hotel nearby, One Sandy Lane is an ultraexclusive enclave centered on a regal 100,000-square-foot edifice housing just eight villa-style residences. The homes came on the market last fall (seven have sold), and prices are […]

Best of the Best 2012: Vacation Homes: Inspirato

Since their introduction nearly 14 years ago, destination clubs have become popular with affluent travelers looking to vacation in, but not own, multimillion-dollar homes worldwide. But with the economic downturn came the faltering of the nascent industry; some clubs filed for bankruptcy, and members took large investment losses on their membership deposits. Those troubles, however, […]

Best of the Best 2012: Dining: Next

Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, partners in the wildly experimental Chicago restaurant Alinea, devised an even more daring concept for Next, a shape-shifter whose menus are inspired by a specific time and place and change completely every 14 weeks or so. In its first year, Next has re-created itself around themes ranging from Paris […]

Best of the Best 2012: Spirits: Glenmorangie Pride 1981 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Typically, single-malt Scotch is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and used sherry casks. But in 1994, Glenmorangie—the best-selling single malt in Scotland—began releasing the results of experiments with additional aging in different barrels for already-matured single-malt whiskies to enhance their flavors. Under the direction of Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s master distiller and head of whisky creation, a […]

The Robb Reader: Jonathan Kellerman

After struggling for years as a fiction writer, Jonathan Kellerman struck gold with When the Bough Breaks, the first of his novels starring Los Angeles psychologist-turned-detective Alex Delaware. Kellerman too trained as a psychologist, but today, 27 years after Bough, he has 75 million copies of his books in print worldwide. His works include 34 […]