Robb Report September 2015


From This Issue

Rich in Style

Every artist must settle on a medium; and although Truman Capote, as a boy, imagined a career in films, by the time he turned 20 he had tied his hopes to a literary career. Style—in language and in life—was a preoccupation for the author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, whose aesthetic ideal […]

Second in Command

Hull No. 2 in the Dominator 800S line is a one-of-a-kind design. The completion of a model line’s second hull usually is not especially notable, not when interior colors and design materials are all that distinguish the follow-up from the first. But the May launch of the second Dominator 800S—from the Dominator shipyard in Fano, […]

Controlling Interest

Jaguar gives the F-Type more horsepower and all-wheel drive to rein it in. Jaguar apparently believes you cannot have too much of a good thing. For the 2016 model year, the brand is offering U.S. customers 12 variants of the F-Type, the acclaimed sports car that it introduced two years ago. This is double the […]

Kid Rock

The scion of a family of diamond dealers brings his jewelry designs from Mumbai to Manhattan. Born into a diamantaire family in Mumbai, India, and raised in Antwerp, Belgium, Nirav Modi learned early on how to identify the top-quality diamonds in a pile of stones. But instead of following his father and grandfather into the […]

Gourmet Rendezvous

In St. Barts, a new food festival dips into the pleasures of fine dining. Culinary festivals have become a boisterous business, with thousands of events sprouting up around the globe, hungry crowds lining up for nothing more than a nibble on the end of a toothpick, and great chefs abandoning their kitchens to cook over […]

Philosopher’s Stones

Mother and son overcome all obstacles at Viader. What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? In Delia Viader’s case, a vineyard is planted. The native of Argentina discovered California’s Napa Valley in the early 1980s and decided to put down roots—literally. Most vineyards at that time were situated in the richer alluvial […]

Jump Start

An English estate’s equestrian center launches riders to new levels. The English countryside is bathed in golden light, the rays of the morning’s sun casting a sparkle on every dewdrop-covered blade of  grass surrounding the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire. Inside the stables, Charlie, a sturdy black cob with a white stripe running down his nose, […]

Winds of Change

A venerable resort charts a new course on its comeback from catastrophe.  On September 12, 2014, One&Only Palmilla announced the launch of a luxurious new amenity for its guests. Catari—a 95-foot, four-cabin yacht built by the Rome-based Canados shipyard—was intended to supplement the sublime experience at the famed Mexican retreat, a sleek vessel for exploring […]

The Italian Way

A renowned Neapolitan tailor delivers more than just clothes. Rubinacci is among the most celebrated names in Neapolitan tailoring. The family first earned renown in the mid-1800s, when Mariano Rubinacci imported silk from Asia for his shop, which still sits at its original location near the Castello Cellamare. By the 1930s, the tailoring skills of […]

Initial Offerings

New fairs and galleries point to Silicon Valley as the next great art market. Last October, art dealers were gearing up for the world’s newest high-profile show, Art Silicon Valley San Francisco. Seventy galleries from New York to Beijing were in attendance, and the usual suspects—Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Jeff Koons, to name a […]

Taking It Slow

A new Austrian retreat gives patients a true taste of wellness. It is dinnertime at Viva Mayr, Altaussee, and I sit alone eating a piece of stale bread. I chew slowly and thoroughly, ensuring each of my 40 bites liquefies the food before swallowing it down. My meal comprises no more than this tiny spelt […]

Happy Place

A couple searches for a few friendly neighbors on Mexico’s Costa Alegre. Efren Campos steers his ATV between two beavertail cacti, coming to a stop at the edge of a wild headland overlooking the Pacific coast. The waves crash loudly into the rocks below, spraying up through a nearby blowhole as he surveys our surroundings. To […]

Coin Op

A series of auctions of the $200 million Pogue collection has begun. How do you sell the most valuable U.S. coin collection ever assembled? This is the question that Vicken Yegparian and his colleagues at Stack’s Bowers Galleries faced when real estate investor D. Brent Pogue turned to them last year to disperse the coins […]

Bull Speed Ahead

Lamborghini launches the 750 hp Aventador Superveloce, its quickest production car ever. Under the shadows of the Gothic spires of the nearby Sagrada Familia Basílica, the bullring of the Plaza Monumental de Barcelona sits empty, a relic of a not-so-distant past. On the plaza’s sand floor, during the final Sunday of September 2011, the matador […]

Object Lessons

The Hermès family upholds its tradition of producing practical products and elegant curiosities that, in turn, create meaning and memories for generations of owners.   In defiance of our digitally accelerated, smartphone-obsessed culture, which emphasizes an immediate gratification that seldom gratifies, Pierre-Alexis Dumas dedicates himself to dreaming up concepts intended to inspire society to slow […]

The Miracle of Milan

In the wake of Expo Milano 2015, Italy’s epicenter of style is finally becoming a fashionable destination.  It is morning in Milan, and the place to be is Pasticceria Marchesi, the venerable pastry shop on the Corso Magenta. As usual, it is standing room only at the café, packed with attractive men and women—at least […]

2015 Private Aviation Sourcebook

SKY’S THE LIMIT: The new, unprecedented possibilities for jet interiors. Plus 10 Questions to Ask Before Buying an Aircraft, the Uber Model of Jet Chartering, and New Safety Innovations in the Cockpit.  

Chipping Away

Japan’s high temples of golf are breaking down the barriers to entry for foreign golfers.  Sizing up a birdie putt on the ninth green of the East Course at Kasumigaseki Country Club, I had a realization: This could be one of the best rounds of my life. Kasumigaseki, which is located about 30 miles northwest of […]

The Robb Reader: Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa

A conversation with the celebrity chef, restaurateur, and hotelier. Since opening his first restaurant in 1987, the chef known simply as Nobu has cooked up an international empire that today spans 38 restaurants across five continents, hotels in Las Vegas and the Philippines, partnerships with Crystal Cruises and VistaJet, and more. The James Beard Award […]