Robb Report April 2016


From This Issue

Mechanical Misfires

he path to glory is paved with bad inventions. The enviable feats of engineering exhibited in this month’s Car of the Year competition (page 79) no doubt stand tall upon the sepulchre of dozens of abandoned or miscarried ideas. Indeed, for all the romance with which we imbue the mind’s eternal -musings—and their technological offspring—in […]

Jet Way

Using an aerospace building method, Monte Carlo Yachts makes its spacious new 105 flagship fast and to order. The Monte Carlo Yachts 105 features the amenities and design details of a larger, custom-built yacht with the build time of a smaller production vessel. Those attributes led six buyers to place orders after the Monfalcone, Italy–based […]

Setting the Tone

Audemars Piguet’s past resonates in its current generation of minute repeaters. In 2006, eight master watchmakers and engineers at Audemars Piguet sat around a table in their Vallée de Joux headquarters with a selection of historical Audemars Piguet minute repeaters, some dating back to just a few years after the brand’s founding in the late […]

Adventure Land

A new luxury outfitter explores a different way to do L.A. About two miles up from a dusty parking lot, the trail to Sandstone Peak veers left, climbing to a 3,111-foot-high summit where views stretch from snow-covered mountains on one side to Pacific Ocean islands on the other. To the right, a smaller path drops […]

Up to the Cask

Bowmore’s latest limited release infuses the briny scotch with the spice of Japanese oak.  Iain McCallum vividly remembers the day when a shipment of rare mizunara oak casks arrived at the Bowmore distillery from Suntory in Tokyo. At the time, McCallum was the leader of Bowmore’s blending team (he now serves as a master spirits ambassador […]

Signs of the Times

Qeelin translates traditional Chinese symbols into charming fine jewelry.  When jewelry designer Dennis Chan founded Qeelin in 2004, he aimed to celebrate the symbolic themes of his native Chinese culture but in a contemporary style. “I’m fascinated by stories, and China’s 5,000-year history is full of rich stories, artistry, and design,” says Chan, who today […]

Makovsky’s Time

An obscure Russian inlay artist gets his due when his clocks go to auction. Of all the items that Steven Fox displayed in the windows of his namesake boutique in Greenwich, Conn., the best at luring customers inside was a circa-1925 Vacheron Constantin desk clock. It’s an early-20th-century timepiece featuring a dial that depicts a […]

Building a Legacy

An Auckland real estate firm offers foreigners a rare ownership opportunity in New Zealand. The east coast of New Zealand’s North Island looks like a long-lost version of the Southern California coast: largely unpopulated, framed by mountains, and fringed with wild vegetation. The pristine nature of this Pacific Ocean region owes much to its rigid […]

Car of the Year 2016 | #1: Ferrari 488 GTB

The epitome of Italian craftsmanship BY THE NUMBERS Engine  3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 Power  661 hp at 8,000 rpm Zero to 60 MPH  3 seconds Top Speed  205 mph Starting Price  $245,400   Equine analogies usually abound when car enthusiasts talk about a Ferrari. Such was the case when the Car of the Year judges discussed this […]

Car of the Year 2016 | #2: McLaren 650S Spider

The closest you can come to the thrill of a Formula 1 car BY THE NUMBERS Engine  3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8  Power  641 hp at 7,250 rpm Zero to 60 MPH  2.9 seconds Top Speed  204 mph Starting Price  $295,035   The British-built McLaren 650S Spider proved the most formidable challenger to Ferrari’s 488 GTB, impressing […]

Car of the Year 2016 | #4: Tesla Model S P90D

The car of the future  BY THE NUMBERS Motors  Two digitally-controlled AC induction motors Power  532 hp (in Ludicrous mode)  Zero to 60 mph  2.8 seconds Top Speed  155 mph Starting Price  $108,000   Appropriately, given the company’s namesake, there was an alternating current of adulation and criticism for what may be the most polarizing […]

Car of the Year 2016 | #6: Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Cool enough, practical enough, fast enough BY THE NUMBERS Engine  3.8-liter flat 6 Power  430 hp at 7,500 rpm  Zero to 60 mph  4.1 seconds (with PDK)  Top Speed  187 mph (with PDK) Starting Price  $132,800 The 911 Targa 4 GTS didn’t receive as many first-place votes as some of its higher-powered and higher-priced competitors, but […]

Car of the Year 2016 | #7: Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

Comfort and finish to match performance BY THE NUMBERS Engine  6.2-liter supercharged V-8 Power  650 hp at 6,400 rpm Zero to 60 mph  3 seconds Top Speed  Not available Starting Price  $83,400 For more than 60 years, America’s sports car—as General Motors has dubbed the Corvette—has competed against premium-priced European models, sometimes cleaning their clocks with […]

Car of the Year 2016 | #8: BMW 750i xDrive

The ultimate controlled luxury sedan BY THE NUMBERS Engine  4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8  Power  445 hp at 5,500 rpm Zero to 60 mph  4.3 seconds Top Speed  130 mph (electronically limited) Starting Price  $97,400   When our judges ranked the BMW 750i xDrive highest among the large luxury sedans in this year’s competition, they favored it […]

Car of the Year 2016 | #9: Bentley Mulsanne Speed

A top luxury comfort car with a sports soul BY THE NUMBERS   Engine  6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 Power  530 hp at 4,200 rpm Zero to 60 mph  4.8 Seconds Top Speed  190 mph Starting Price  $335,600 Many of the judges’ comments about the Mulsanne Speed concerned whether it would be better to drive Bentley’s flagship sedan yourself or hire a […]

Car of the Year 2016 | #10: Jaguar F-Type R Convertible

On the threshold of supercar designation BY THE NUMBERS Engine  5-liter supercharged V-8 Power  550 hp at 6,500 rpm Zero to 60 mph  3.9 seconds Top Speed  186 mph (electronically limited) Starting Price  $106,450 This convertible is the top-of-the-line variant of Jaguar’s F-Type sports cars, and though it costs more than $100,000, James Early called it “an unexpectedly […]

Car of the Year 2016 | #11: Cadillac CTS-V

Over the speed limit, under the radar BY THE NUMBERS Engine  6.2-liter supercharged V-8 Power  640 hp at 6,400 rpm Zero to 60 mph  3.7 seconds Top Speed  200 mph  Starting Price  $83,995   The judges reached a consensus about the Cadillac CTS-V. “This is not your father’s Cadillac,” proclaimed Lee Applbaum, Faheem Hasnain, Dick Johnson, […]

Car of the Year 2016 | #13: Alfa Romeo 4C SPIDER

Like an amusement-park ride BY THE NUMBERS Engine  1.75-liter turbocharged inline 4 Power  237 hp at 6,000 rpm Zero to 60 mph  4.1 seconds Top Speed  160 mph Starting Price  $63,900   Pitting the 4C Spider against top-of-the-line offerings from Ferrari and Lambor-ghini was like throwing a top college player into the NBA All-Star game. The […]

Car of the Year 2016 | Steering Committee

The following Robb Report readers were among the guests who joined the magazine’s editors and writers in driving, evaluating, and ranking the 2016 Car of the Year candidates. Rudy Albers Jim Allen John Antonczak Lee Applbaum Roy Arnold Craig Barto Tony Bates Ross Bhappu Garrett Bland Brad Blettner Mitch Bloom Jean-Marc Bories William Bradley Todd […]

Health Portfolio: New Spin

Will you lead the pack, or bring up the rear? Cyclists who saddle up in Technogym’s new Group Cycle studio at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas will discover how they stack up to their fellow athletes while immersed in pulse-pumping music and virtual video—depicting trail and road rides—as they pedal […]

Health Portfolio: An Apple a Day

Scientific evidence is amassing to give credence to the adage about the health benefits of eating an apple a day. A new study released from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of East Anglia in the UK reveals that eating fruits and vegetables high in antioxidant plant compounds known as […]

Health Portfolio: Skin So Soft

Though its bottle may be blue, this powerful new antiaging serum from Kerstin Florian relies not on blueberries to rejuvenate skin, but on raspberries, goji berries, and other super fruits high in antioxidants. The lightweight Clarifying BerryPlus Repair Serum ($84 per ounce) penetrates skin swiftly and leaves no residue, just a fresh, fruity scent, which […]

Health Portfolio: Transformer

When asked if his newest exercise machine is supposed to look scary, Sebastien Lagree blows a kiss and says, “Yes! Exactly!” Lagree is the creator of this Supraformer and the Lagree Fitness workout program. “I noticed that the worse a class sounds, the more people want to take the class—like, if the medicine tastes bad, […]

Health Portfolio: Spring Back

We may have turned our clocks forward this season, but guests of the Spa Montage Beverly Hills can turn the clocks back with skincare offered by the spa’s newest partner, L.Raphael Genève. The brand’s founder, Ronit Raphael, first became passionate about results-oriented and healing skincare after suffering a facial burn at 18. The Swiss company […]

Health Portfolio: Eye Opener

Most of us have experienced jet lag, that shift in sleep patterns as we cross time zones, and it often feels like it puts a damper on our well-being. New research from scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital confirms just how much short-term shifts in our sleep and wake patterns can affect health, in particular […]

Dialing It Down

10 techniques to make stress help you stay young.  This column is the second of two on why stress ages you, and on some of the tactics that I offer the patients I coach. Many of us have two thoughts about stress: Either you can eliminate it with a bubble bath, or you live with […]

Super Stars

Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo series gives car enthusiasts a chance to race around the country and against the world.  On a Sunday morning last November at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, Ryan Ockey fired up his Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 with the intent of winning a world championship. The 53-year-old homebuilder and land developer from western Canada was […]

The Robb Reader: David Crosby

A conversation with the rock star, sailor, and hot-rod enthusiast. Inspiration is still flowing “thick and fast” for David Crosby, even after more than 50 years in rock and roll. A founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crosby is still writing, recording, and touring—long hair and walrus mustache intact. Later this […]