Robb Report August 2015


From This Issue

That ’70s Show Car

BMW’s Hommage concept pays tribute to a model that ruled its racing class four decades ago.  In 1971, BMW introduced the 3.0 CSL, a production-model-based racecar that would dominate its competition in the ensuing years. The car won its class at Le Mans in 1973 and claimed the European Touring Car Championship that same year […]

Modern Family

A London icon honors its lineage with a refined reinvention. It was 1910 when Otto Richard Goring went from waiter to hotelier, opening the 50-room Goring on a quiet stretch near Buckingham Palace. Mr. Goring was a novice in a city known for its elite family-owned hotels, which at the time included the Ritz London, […]

Exceptionally American

A Swiss designer seeks to reaffirm Tiffany’s watchmaking roots. Around two years ago, Nicola ­Andreatta—then the newly appointed vice president and general manager of Tiffany & Co. Swiss Watches—was searching the archives for a design that would help him bring the firm’s watchmaking back to prominence. What he discovered was a vintage Tiffany watch that […]

Trade Secrets

For decades, one family has dealt discreetly in some of the world’s most extraordinary colored gems.  Forty years ago, Amir Hadji­bay made a generous offer on a mesmerizing, untreated, 206-carat Colombian emerald owned by a collector in Zurich, who flatly declined. Undaunted, Amir told him, “When you are ready to sell, please give me the opportunity […]

Speed Bump Up

Bentley gives the Mulsanne a boost in power and performance. The 3-ton, 18-foot-long Bentley Mulsanne Speed is a natural fit for Texas, where, as the saying goes, everything is bigger. But as this new, more powerful variant of the brand’s flagship sedan idles quietly in the pit lane at the 3.41-mile Circuit of the Americas […]

Floating Feast

A new generation of chefs and winemakers is transforming the Venice Lagoon.  On any given day, the musicians in the dueling café orchestras on Venice’s Piazza San Marco saw away at violins and pound on grand pianos, attempting to lure passersby to the tables with their strident siren calls. The atmosphere is manic, the crowds […]