Rolls-Royce’s New Series II Phantoms


Fall Fashion issue - Style in the City of Light, seamless looks for midday or midnight in Paris. Plus, Rolls-Royce Phantoms, four phenomenal models unveiled for 2013.

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Man About Town

Photography by David Roemer; Styling by Christopher Campbell; Photographed at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris At the turn of the 20th century, Paris was the epicenter of a new modernism that shook up everything from art and architecture to literature and fashion, and made the city home to two of the period’s most stylish creations: the Art […]

Travel: Merchant of Venice

From its ancient canals dotted with gondolas to the Doge’s Palace and Piazza San Marco, Venice is an anachronism with unmatched allure. The many visitors to the Italian island-city can choose among hotels by such international brands as Hilton, Accor, Starwood, Orient-Express, and Best Western. But Francesca Bortolotto Possati, a native of Venice and its […]

Autos: High-Tech Triumph

If the words Cadillac luxury sedan conjure visions of Fleetwoods and DeVilles, step out of your leisure suit and into model year 2013. The XTS is an all-new offering that rounds out the Cadillac portfolio by adding a large sedan to an already impressive lineup that includes smaller and sportier coupes, sedans, and wagons, as […]

Elements of Style

Tom Ford is the master of elegant evening wear, and this black-and-gold jacquard jacket ($4,590) in a textured silk blend is one of his most sophisticated pieces yet. The elongated shawl collar creates a graceful silhouette when the jacket is paired with classic formal trousers, but the design assumes an edgier air when worn with […]

Wheels: Off the Bentley Path: A Home Run for the Mulsanne

No doubt most Bentley EXP 9 F SUVs will see more soccer fields than sand dunes. But Bentley buyers might not need a family-vehicle option if they already own a Mulsanne. Opulent as it is, the big sedan proved quite capable of handling domestic duties during a recent week of test-driving that included transporting our […]

Wheels: Off the Bentley Path: For the Continental GT, V-8 Is Enough

To boost both model and brand, Bentley has eviscerated the Bentley Continental GT and replaced its thunderous W-12 with a lighter, smarter, thriftier V-8 engine. Yet can this much less really be that much more? Are there significant benefits to such a radical lightening of the mechanical load—to dumping four cylinders, two liters of displacement, […]

Spas: French Twist

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa was letting loose during the opening weekend of its new spa facility, Miraval Life in Balance with Clarins, in May. Owners Steve and Jean Case were there (Steve cofounded America Online in 1985; the Cases purchased the majority share of Miraval in 2004), as were a host of celebrities and […]

Vacation Homes: Steady as She Goes

Philippe Bourguignon, CEO of the Denver-based destination club Exclusive Resorts, has nothing against hotels. Nor does he deny the allure of renting a vacation home. But Bourguignon—whose company launched a new membership service called Portico in February—believes there is a better way to travel.   “A conventional hotel is very predictable and consistent in service, […]

Wine: In a Glass Darkly

In 1985, the firm of Marchesi Antinori introduced to the marketplace what certainly ranks among viticulture’s oddest offerings: a nonvintage red wine known as Secentenario. Comprising the finest lots from multiple vintages on the Tenuta Tignanello estate in the Chianti Classico region, this rare bottling was created to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Giovanni di […]

Collectibles: Taking Stock

During John Herzog’s first year with his father’s Manhattan brokerage firm, Herzog & Co., the most significant trade he made involved a defunct stake in a 19th-century railroad. It was 1959, and while visiting an antiques shop, Herzog spotted a framed 1873 certificate for 100 shares of the New York and Harlem Rail Road Company, […]

Jewelry: Russian Restoration

The story line could have been lifted from a fable, or perhaps a Mel Brooks film: During the renovation of a venerable Moscow mansion in 1990, workers opened up a wall and discovered a cache of old candy tins containing a glittering treasure of Fabergé jewels. The house and some of the jewels had belonged […]

Golf: Old Dog, New Tricks

If golf architect Pete Dye ever decides to retire, Teeth of the Dog will lead his legacy. More than 40 years after it opened in 1971, the magnificent seaside layout (think Pebble Beach with palm trees) at the Dominican Republic’s Casa de Campo resort remains the Caribbean’s premier golf course. The 86-year-old Dye, meanwhile, is […]

Selman Marrakech

Purebred Arabian horses graze among groves of palm trees at the new Selman Marrakech, a sprawling Moorish-style palace that opened in May at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. The resort’s owner, a leading horse competitor, enlisted Jacques Garcia to design the accommodations for the property’s equine residents, who retire to two palatial stables with […]

Le Bec Fin

The Barnes Foundation is not the only Philadelphia institution reveling in a glorious second life. Le Bec Fin, the city’s top French restaurant for more than 40 years, reopened this summer with a new owner, chef, and pastry chef, all of whom worked with Thomas Keller at the French Laundry. The team enhanced many of […]

FrontRunners: From the Robb Cellar

Though California’s Napa Valley has a reputation for producing some the world’s finest red wines, Robert Mondavi, the region’s most celebrated vintner, achieved his first success with a white grape, Sauvignon Blanc. The lean, mineral-laden flavor profiles of the wines typically made from this varietal were not as readily embraced by consumers as the more […]

FrontRunners: Just in Case

The iPhone’s limited audio capabilities inspired the V-Moda Vamp (, a $650 device that transforms Apple’s smartphones into high-fidelity music players without adding much bulk. Cradling the iPhone 4 or 4S like a standard case, the Vamp combines a 150-megawatt stereo amplifier, a digital-to-analog converter (DAC), a rechargeable battery, and an optical audio output in […]

FrontRunners: On the Curve

Centuries-old glassmakers Riedel and Baccarat continue to reshape our notion of glassware. In September, the Champagne house Krug, through a partnership with Riedel, will begin offering a curved Champagne glass with a bottle of its Grande Cuvée for $200. The unusual form of the Krug Le Joseph glass ( is intended to enhance the Champagne’s […]

FrontRunners: Pedal Pushers

British shoemaker John Lobb has collaborated with compatriot Aston Martin to create Winner Sport (, a lightweight driving shoe that will be available in September. Made of calfskin and lined with sheepskin for a glove-like feel, the shoe also features extra-soft padding around the ankle and a bonded rubber sole that wraps around the heel. […]

FrontRunners: Red on the Greens

In recent years, Ferrari has lent its brand to surfboards, bicycles, and even a theme park. The carmaker’s latest nonmotorized venture is the Ferrari Golf Collection (, which includes shoes, umbrellas, moisture-wicking polo shirts, and golf bags made from Poltrona Frau leather (the same material used in Ferrari GT interiors). The accessories, designed in collaboration […]

FrontRunners: Rock in a Hard Place

To create each of the earrings and rings in the Cora Tahitian Pearls collection (, jewelers at New York diamond house Cora carved out a niche in the delicate surface of a pearl and then filled the void with a white diamond. The designs include the ring shown here, which features a 10-carat diamond set […]

FrontRunners: Two Smoking Barrels

The Cigarette Racing Team has launched two new powerboats: the 42‘ Huntress and 38‘ Top Gun 90+ MPH ( The former, an all-new center-console design, combines Cigarette’s lightning-fast performance with such creature comforts as a flat-screen-equipped lounge, a two-person berth, and a mini galley. While it might lack the accommodations of the Huntress, the 38‘ […]

FrontRunners: Vision in Sight

Cirrus Aircraft, manufacturer of the SR22 personal piston plane, a repeat Robb Report Best of the Best selection, is adding a personal jet to its lineup. The company, which is based in Duluth, Minn., recently got word that its owner, a Chinese aircraft manufacturer, would finance the production of the Cirrus Vision SF50 ( Cirrus […]

FrontRunners: Still Life

Instead of adorning its timepieces with precious stones, Swiss watch brand Louis Moinet uses dials made of polished stone for its Treasures of the World Collection ( Australian opal and brown Biggs jasper are among the stones that specialist Daniel Haas cuts to form the dials. The collection also includes a one-of-a-kind Vertalis Tourbillon with […]

FrontRunners: SRT Viper

Packing more horsepower than any previous Viper—or any other SRT production model—the 2013 SRT Viper ( will arrive in showrooms later this year following the model’s two-year production hiatus. During the interim, Chrysler rebranded the sports car, dropping Dodge in favor of SRT, for Street & Racing Technology, the carmaker’s high-performance division. This, the fifth […]

Park Hyatt Sydney

The Park Hyatt Sydney has never lacked for location. Set in the historic Rocks neighborhood between two of Australia’s best-known landmarks—the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge—the 22-year-old hotel has long been the city’s top choice for travelers. But the Park Hyatt was also long due for an update by the time it […]

Bulgari Hotel & Residences London

The newest hotel in London’s Knightsbridge neighborhood is no grande dame in traditional garb. Slick and seductive—and Italian to the core—Bulgari Hotel & Residences London opened in May with no apologies. “We’re Italian, we’re warm, we smile,” says general manager Sylvain Ercoli, who directs the hotel’s young staff to be informal and impeccable.   The […]

Let the Good Times Rolls

After more than a decade of distractions following its bizarre transformation into a BMW Group subsidiary in 1998, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is standing tall and breathing evenly. The company is feeling so flush, so confident of its future and bulging overseas markets that it recently introduced not just one new model for 2013 but an […]

The Robb Reader: John Hendricks

When he was young, John Hendricks was fascinated, as boys often are, with wildlife, dinosaurs, space, automobiles, and adventure. His favorite TV shows were Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and Walter Cronkite’s You Are There. As an adult, perceiving a lack of such programming, Hendricks in 1985 launched the Discovery Channel, America’s first television network […]

Robb Design Portfolio: A Case to Study

To the contemporary eye, a pocket-watch case may seem an overly discreet form of housing for a mechanism as magnificent as a grand complication. Yet there is nothing modest about Cartier’s $625,000 Grande Complication Pocket Watch (, whose airy configuration amply displays the movement from Renaud & Papi, a specialist renowned as much for the […]

Style: Seeing Stars

It was a spectacle of otherworldly beauty, a celestial dance of shooting comets and blazing meteorites. If Chanel designed the universe—and for one night at the planetarium at Paris’s Musée du quai Branly, the fashion house did—the galaxies would sparkle with diamonds and gemstones. There would be stars and leonine adornments glittering on long necklaces, […]

Robb Design Portfolio: Reign in Spain

1916 Hispano-Suiza Type 32 Collapsible Brougham A now-defunct Spanish marque that was founded at the beginning of the 20th century, Hispano-Suiza gained renown as a manufacturer of exceptional automobiles under the direction of Swiss engineer Marc Birkigt. The cars won races and attracted the attention of Spain’s King Alfonso XIII, who acquired more than two […]

The Art of the Craft

In a quiet village outside Paris, a small group of craftsmen slices strips of wood by hand, while other workers meticulously hammer tiny brass nails one by one. Nearby, sewers are joining swaths of fine leather, using linen thread that has been dipped in beeswax to create a smooth stitch. The air carries scents of […]

New Fleets Afoot

To remain competitive in the flight-services industry, companies have been updating and upgrading their fleets and expanding their offerings beyond fractional aircraft shares. Here we spotlight the most prominent flight-services providers and the new aircraft they have ordered, as well as the programs and services they have added or amended in recent months. We also […]

Over the Rainbow

If not good times, these are at least better times in Wichita, Kan., home of Bombardier Learjet, Cessna Aircraft, and other business-jet and personal-aircraft makers. Here in America’s heartland, two leading private-jet manufacturers are developing and delivering a range of new aircraft that, in most cases, offer superior performance, safety, reliability, efficiency, comfort, and value. […]

Arrivals and Standbys

ARRIVALS | PLANES IN THE PIPELINE When demand for jets plummeted during the recession, aircraft manufacturers delayed development and production of new models. The recession also prompted many jet owners to try selling their aircraft earlier than they had planned, thus flooding the secondary market with high-quality jets, which further hurt the market for new […]

High Style

Their clients want to feel at home even when they are 40,000 feet in the air, so private-jet interior designers create cabins that reflect the owners’ tastes and address their desires in terms of accommodations and conveniences. The challenge for designers is to do so while working with limited space and using material and equipment […]

Ready for Takeoff

Like most industries, private aviation is cyclical and susceptible to the vagaries of the economy and other worldwide forces. It plummeted during the recession and now, as the economy recovers, it appears to be ascending. As discussed in “Arrivals and Standbys“, Cessna, Bombardier, Embraer, and Gulfstream all expect to deliver new jet models in the coming […]

Standbys | Secondary Bests

Members of the Robb Report Private Aviation Advisory Board chose the aircraft recognized in this section based largely on each of the models’ performance, availability, average price on the secondary market (according to AMSTAT, JETNET, and other business-aircraft market-research firms) compared to the cost of a new aircraft, and ability to retain resale value. However, […]

Wheels: Off the Bentley Path

When he is working on a new product, Wolfgang Dürheimer, the tailored, urbane 53-year-old chairman of the Bentley and Bugatti brands, likes to develop a story around it. In the case of Bentley’s SUV concept, the story behind one of the vehicle’s prospective names began last year, when Dürheimer was introduced to the sport of […]