Ferrari Classics


Romantic notions, 18 his and her gifts to celebrate Valentine's Day. Building Aston Martin's $1.8 Million One-77. Plus, Grand Openings in New York and Paris, a new queen of the Atlantic, resort hideaways on the Brazilian Coast and more.

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Prancing Horse Trading

If you owned one of the world’s most coveted cars, one of the only three dozen Ferrari 250 GTOs ever made, what would it take for you to willingly part with it? Would the chance to acquire another 250 GTO plus 20 other Ferraris of various vintages be sufficient enticement? Early last year, a Northern […]

The Robb Reader: Quincy Jones

After more than six decades in the music industry, Quincy Jones still does not miss a beat. In the last year alone, the producer, songwriter, and musician released a new studio album, launched a signature line of headphones with AKG, and coauthored a book on music production. He also remains extremely active with the Quincy […]

Autos: Light and Mighty

Brute force has worked well for Hennessey Performance Engineering, the Texas tuner offering a lineup of such hairy-chested, speed-record-busting American muscle cars as an 800 hp Challenger and a 1,000 hp Camaro. However, the man who runs the company, John Hennessey, also understands the power of a light touch. Four years ago, in a supercar […]


Blockbuster openings in the restaurant world have been in short supply lately, so when it was reported that the architects Diller Scofidio & Renfro would design a $20 million new restaurant in Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, the buzz started high and went up from there—especially once it was announced that the chef would be Jonathan Benno, […]

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Just before the turn of the 20th century, Prince Roland Bonaparte, a grandnephew of Napoléon I, constructed a grand family residence just across the Seine River from the then-new Eiffel Tower. This past December, after a four-year restoration, the 115-year-old structure opened as the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. The hotel—the first in Europe from the Hong […]

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth ii was on hand to name, bless, and christen, with a bottle of Château Lafite Rothschild, the 90,600-ton Cunard ocean liner Queen Elizabeth when it debuted in Southampton, England, last October. The third Cunard ship to bear the Elizabeth name, the 2010 QE—named after the Virgin Queen—recalls the Art Deco styling of the […]

Sport: High Rollers

Named for a silver prospector who struck it rich in this high-alpine gulch some 130 years ago, the town of Irwin, Colo., sits in a fortuitous weather pocket for skiers. Storms en route from Utah crash into the adjacent Ruby Range and unleash an average of 600 inches of snow annually—more than twice what falls […]

Home: Glass Act

Last April, italian glassmaker Seguso welcomed top interior designers from around the world to its factory on the Venetian island of Murano. The visitors toured the facility, marveling at the furnaces and at the ornate chandeliers, vases, and objets d’art these ovens help to produce. But it was the unveiling of Seguso Interiors—the company’s furniture […]

Jewelry: Sharpening Stones

In the 1830s, Henri J. Sillam’s antecedents achieved renown in Paris for their ability to produce six precision-made swords in a day—a talent that earned them the epithet six lames, or six blades, which they eventually adopted as their surname. Over the next 180 years, the house of Sillam evolved, shifting its emphasis from making […]

Golf: Car and Driver

Golfers and car enthusiasts share at least one passion: a love of long drives. Now, two of the highest-powered names in the golf and automotive worlds have joined forces to invent a material that produces benefits both on the golf course and the racecourse. Traveling back and forth between Carlsbad, Calif., and Bologna, Italy, representatives […]

Vacation Homes: Villa Anguilla

In December 2007, Adam Aron found himself on the powdery white sand at Cap Juluca, the classic Caribbean resort on Anguilla’s southwest coast that had lured him back several times before. But this time, Aron was at a crossroads: He had just left his job as CEO of Vail Resorts and had no idea what […]

Dining: Second Spring

In 2006, Daniel Rose, a young chef from Chicago, opened a tiny restaurant on the fringes of Paris and took the original gourmands—the French—by storm. His bare-bones establishment, Spring, offered a mere 16 seats, and Le Figaro soon named them the toughest to book in the city. For the next three years, Rose produced thoughtful, […]

One Way

A Bang & Olufsen sound system fills the room with an instrumental composed specifically for the occasion. The cluster of 500 organic LED lights hanging from the ceiling shimmers in concert with the music, illuminating the space, and from the darkness appears a new One-77, Aston Martin’s extremely low-volume, low-slung modern muscle car. These theatrics […]

FrontRunners: Palace Coup

Jean Dunand’s latest GMT tourbillon chronograph, the expansive $460,000 Jean Dunand Palace (, is a mechanical tour de force with a design that abounds with references to Paris during the industrial age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The case design, for example, evokes the footing of the Eiffel Tower. The look of […]

FrontRunners: Love Me Tender

Evolved from the 4-year-old 51 Power, the new Maxi Dolphin MD53 Power ( is as sleek, durable, and accommodating to customization as its forerunner. The hull features indented air intakes amidships and a rounded forefoot at the bow. Both of those design elements help the vessel remain stable and move efficiently on rough, deep-sea waters. […]

FrontRunners: Security Measures

Despite its lack of heft, the 66-pound Döettling Colosimo ( should not be taken lightly. The German safe-building company bills this 11-inch cube, named ironically for the early-20th-century XXL-sized Chicago mobster Big Jim Colosimo, as the world’s smallest safe. However, the contents of the tiny $23,800 locker are secured by a front-mounted three-digit combination lock, […]

FrontRunners: Cut and Paste

Florence-based artist Jens Praet has added five pieces to Shredded (, his limited-edition collection of furniture rendered from the pages of magazines. Praet mixes the shredded pages with resin and then molds the concoction into forms that are surprisingly strong once they dry. The artist used issues of Robb Report to make a 55-inch-long shelf, […]

FrontRunners: From the Robb Cellar

After the watershed Paris tasting organized by wine merchant Steven Spurrier in 1976, no development has done more to raise the esteem of the world’s leading critics for the wines of Napa Valley than the partnership formed in 1978 between Baron Philippe de Rothschild, owner of Château Mouton Rothschild, and Robert Mondavi. This unprecedented Franco-American […]

FrontRunners: Morgan Threewheeler

The seemingly novel design of the2011 Morgan Threewheeler(www.morgan-motor­ is actually old hat for the British automaker. From its inception in 1909 until 1952, the Morgan Motor Com­pany made some 30,000 three-wheel cyclecars—lightweight, generally inexpensive vehicles that were popular with motorsport competitors and the public at large. When interest in the cyclecars dwindled following World War […]

FrontRunners: Cruiser Control

The 2011 Ducati Diavel ( offers the muscular styling and impressive engine output of a power cruiser without sacrificing the agility for which the Italian brand is famous. The bike’s mighty L-twin displaces 1198 cc and produces a hefty 162 hp and 94 ft lbs of torque. However, the Diavel weighs only 456 pounds, which […]

FrontRunners: Biker Chic

Powered by a massive 1700 cc V-4 engine and dressed by Hermès in buffalo leather, the 2011 Yamaha Hermès VMAX ( could dominate the drag strip as well as the catwalk. The $33,385 one-off bike has black-and-chocolate-brown leather covering its seat, fuel tank, instrument nacelle, handgrips, and fenders, as well as a portion of the […]

FrontRunners: Ship Shape

Mahogany runabouts from the 1960s receive their due from the Digital Veneer Tribute Vespa (, a limited-edition scooter designed by Digital Veneer. The New Zealand–based company manufactures a lightweight material that can be used instead of wood in the construction of boats, aircraft, and autos. The Tribute’s body is made from this material, which, in […]

FrontRunners: Art Supplies

Edgar Degas’ 1897 pastel-and-charcoal work, Danseuses Jupes Jaunes,will be a highlight of the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Auction ( February 9 at Christie’s London. The presale value of the work, featuring two young ballerinas, is from $4.7 million to $7.8 million. A week later, during its Feb­ruary 16 Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, […]

Watches: Swing Shift

As a small group gathered in one of the formal private rooms of the Cartier mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York City last November, a rather informal comment suddenly issued from one of the far corners: “She has a blank check,” announced a male voice. Surprised heads turned to discover that the speaker was […]

Leisure: Polo Position

Nic Roldan checked on his female friend shortly after arriving in Argen­tina in mid-November. Actually, she is more than just a friend; she is a business partner and at times a confidant. She can be high-maintenance, but she has been good for Roldan. He credits her with helping him emerge as one of the world’s […]

Love Matches

As Valentine’s Dayapproaches, we all begin to ponder perfect pairings. Those of us fortunate enough to have found our soul mate refuse to entrust our sentiments to ordinary tokens of affection; instead, we seek that special offering that expresses the depth of our passion. To simplify this romantic quest, Robb Report’s editors have assembled an […]

Home Electronics: What Hath Quad Wraught?

Rare is the product that achieves legendary status through groundbreaking performance and longevity in the marketplace. On the automotive scene, we have the Porsche 911. The watch realm has its Rolex Oyster Perpetual. In women’s fashion, Roger Vivier’s stiletto heel continues to delight shoe connoisseurs. And in the audio world, there is the Quad, a […]

Robb Design Portfolio: Cultural High Note

The ancient Dong son culture of Southeast Asia left behind bronzes of unrivaled complexity and beauty. Best known are the drums that its people fashioned in sizes ranging from 3 inches to 3 feet in diameter and employed in sacred water festivals. The early example shown here, which is offered by Jerry Solomon Asian & […]

Robb Design Portfolio: Allied Forces

1950 Allard J2 When British racer and automaker Sydney Allard put a big American V-8 into a lithe English roadster and created the Allard J2, he could not have imagined he was setting the stage for a succession of similarly hybrid sports cars that have included the Shelby AC Cobra, the TVR Griffith V8, and […]