Robb Report August 2016

Overview

From This Issue

Editor’s Notebook: Future Shocks

“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” —Jean de La Fontaine  More than one thinker has observed that the most effective method of predicting the future is simply to build it. The South Koreans seem to believe so, as we learn from contributor Jack Smith in “The Seoul […]

Learning the ABCs of SRTs

Driving lessons at the Bondurant Racing School come standard with a new Viper or Hellcat. From the passenger seat, my instructor barked, “Steer harder!” Too late: Our Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat spun a 180 on the tarmac at the Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Ariz. The car was equipped with a device that looked like training wheels and enabled the […]

Isolated Systems

Geoffrey Roth establishes an outpost of independent horology in the American Southwest. After spending nearly 2.5 years sourcing parts in Switzerland to build his first watch, Geoffrey Roth—owner of his namesake watchmaking company based in Scottsdale, Ariz.—had reached his limit. “When I called the casemaker 7 months after placing my second order,” Roth recalls, “I learned they […]

Beetle Mania

Amsterdam’s Bibi van der Velden may soon have more fans stateside. For Bibi van der Velden, jewelry clearly is much more than just precious metals and gemstones. During her frequent travels, the innovative sculptor and jeweler searches for the unlikely elements that define her imaginative pieces. Take, for instance, the collection that she recently created […]

A Leisurely Loire

The newly restored château de Môh captures the languorous luxury of the French countryside.   It is lunchtime on a bitterly cold January day when I arrive at Château de Môh. Within moments of pulling up to the estate—a restored 15th-century castle overlooking the confluence of the Vienne and Loire Rivers in the village of Candes-Saint-Martin—I am […]

Bolder Brasseries

In the hands of top chefs in Paris, a culinary tradition rises again.    After 150 years as a fixture in the Parisian culinary landscape, brasseries are joining the ranks of the city’s most exciting restaurants. Eric Frechon, who holds three Michelin stars at Epicure at Le Bristol Paris, started the trend in 2011, when […]

The Loving Touch

Hilton Head’s original course comes back to life in the hands of local brothers. The Ocean Course at the Sea Pines Resort opened in 1962 as the first golf course on South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island. Today, the 42-square-mile barrier island is home to more than 30 courses, several of which now overshadow the original […]

Finely Tuned Machine

The second-generation Audi R8 V10 Plus strikes the right notes on the Blue Ridge Mountain roads and the Daytona racetrack.  “My heart! My heart!” Vince Neil shrieked as the new Audi R8 V10 Plus moved deeper into the North Carolina countryside, where the serpentine roads and switchback mountain passes of Pisgah National Forest awaited. The […]

Closely Related to the Racecar

To further demonstrate the capabilities of the R8 V10 Plus, Audi hosted a second day of driving, at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway. There, in January, the R8 LMS (the racing version of the R8) finished first in the GTD class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. “To race in GTD, the racecar has to have […]

The Seoul of East Asia

Propelled by a lust for luxury and beauty, South Korea’s ultramodern megacity has become a new capital of culture. Of the many enigmatic sights in East Asia, perhaps none are as indicative of a cultural creed as South Korea’s burial mounds. For hundreds of years, the structures—hillocks constructed over clay-sealed timber coffins—were filled with gold, […]

Practical Magic

These three key questions can transform healthcare decisions. When one needs a serious medical procedure—the kind that can determine future quality of life or chances of surviving a disease—it can send one on a quest for the right surgeon and hospital. Who do other physicians recommend? Are there any public ratings of these physicians? And […]

Back-Road Benchmark

The Bentley Bentayga is the fastest production-model SUV on the road, and it’s no slouch off-road.  Until now, Bentley owners seeking to satisfy their itch for an SUV have had no choice but to betray the brand and drive another marque’s ultra-luxury offering. But the arrival of the Bentayga, named after a rugged peak in the […]

The Robb Reader: Laird Hamilton

A conversation with the fitness expert, entrepreneur, and extreme-sports pioneer. It’s been 16 years since Laird Hamilton rode a seven-story wave off the coast of French Polynesia, a feat that immortalized him in the surfing community and opened the door for modern-day big-wave riders. Today, the 52-year-old athlete—who hosted the second annual Robb Report Health […]