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Italy’s capital blends<br />

the old and new<br />


Hailing the latest<br />

generation of tailors<br />


Why recovery is key<br />

to all-round health<br />

C<strong>US</strong>TOM CARS<br />

Dany Bahar’s one-ofa-kind<br />

creations<br />


A famed French vineyard<br />

is taking a different path


IN THIS EDITION OF NETJETS, THE MAGAZINE, our editors have put together an issue<br />

of the tailored, the elegant, and the beautiful. The amazing story of true automotive<br />

customization from entrepreneur and NetJets Owner Dany Bahar, who discovered<br />

the need for his latest venture in an intriguing twist of fate. Then we turn to the next<br />

generation of tailoring talent, creating detailed designs for clients tired of work-from-home<br />

ultracasual apparel. And we travel to Rome to experience the boom in exceptional new<br />

hotels and restaurants in the Eternal City—each catering to unparalleled service, something we<br />

pride ourselves on here at NetJets.<br />

As we enjoy the warm welcome of a new season, we hope you are experiencing the very best<br />

the world has to offer—whether adventures close to home or trips across the globe.<br />

Only NetJets!<br />

Adam Johnson<br />

Chairman and CEO<br />

C O N T R I B U T O R S<br />


The Australian-born,<br />

Singapore-based<br />

fashion scribe takes<br />

a look at the new<br />

cutters on the block<br />

for The Future of<br />

Tailoring (page<br />

56). From Sydney<br />

to New York, he<br />

discovers changes<br />

are afoot in the very<br />

traditional world of<br />

suitmaking.<br />


Italian photographer<br />

duo—Luca Nocera<br />

and Lara Ferri—<br />

have worked out<br />

of London since<br />

2012, but had<br />

the ocean as their<br />

inspiration for Sea<br />

Bounty (page 44),<br />

showcasing the<br />

stunning beauty<br />

of pearls in artistic<br />

settings.<br />


In Rome’s Riches<br />

(page 48), the<br />

Italian writer visits<br />

her country’s capital<br />

to explore the latest<br />

developments<br />

in the worlds of<br />

hospitality and<br />

gastronomy that<br />

are complementing<br />

the city’s abundant<br />

architectural and<br />

historical treasures.<br />


The wine expert<br />

travels to a<br />

venerable vineyard<br />

in Bordeaux,<br />

where a major<br />

development is<br />

underway thanks<br />

to the visionary<br />

leadership of Saskia<br />

de Rothschild,<br />

as Lafite Looks<br />

Forward (page 70)<br />

to an organic future.<br />


Where once watches<br />

were a simple case<br />

of black and white,<br />

color is now in<br />

vogue, and one hue<br />

in particular stands<br />

out. As our Londonbased<br />

horology<br />

specialist explains in<br />

Feeling Blue (page<br />

60), manufacturers<br />

are embracing all<br />

things azure.<br />

This symbol throughout the magazine denotes the nearest airport served by NetJets to the<br />

story’s subject, with approximate distances in miles where applicable.<br />

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With its pure and sophisticated lines, Alpine Eagle offers a contemporary reinterpretation<br />

of one of our iconic creations. Its 41 mm case houses an automatic, chronometer-certified<br />

movement, the Chopard 01.01-C. Forged in Lucent Steel A223, an exclusive ultra-resistant metal<br />

resulting from four years of research and development, this exceptional timepiece, proudly<br />

developed and handcrafted by our artisans, showcases the full range of watchmaking skills<br />

cultivated within our Manufacture.


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Six Senses, Ibiza,<br />

page 34.<br />

64 48 64 26<br />


A desert cultural oasis, the<br />

finest spirits, urban ebikes,<br />

and more<br />

pages 10-18<br />


The latest events, staff in<br />

profi le, plus tools of the trade:<br />

inside a pro golfer’s bag<br />

pages 20-24<br />


With Ares, Dany Bahar is<br />

making customization the<br />

king in the automative world<br />

pages 26-29<br />


Golfing revolutionaries are<br />

making their mark in the<br />

wilds of Nebraska<br />

pages 30-33<br />


The secret to healthier<br />

living may be as simple<br />

as taking a break<br />

pages 34-43<br />

PRECIO<strong>US</strong> PEARLS<br />

The ocean’s most beautiful<br />

bounty sparkles in the<br />

right settings<br />

pages 44-47<br />


Rome’s glorious past and<br />

inventive present combine<br />

for a unique city experience<br />

pages 48-55<br />


A new generation of tailors<br />

is redefi ning men’s fashion<br />

in the post-pandemic world<br />

pages 56-59<br />


The most intriguing and<br />

inventive restaurant<br />

openings around the world<br />

pages 64-69<br />


An old name but a new<br />

approach, Château Lafite-<br />

Rothschild is reborn<br />

pages 70-73<br />


Embracing new media, the<br />

Kramlich Collection is a<br />

sight to behold<br />

pages 74-81<br />


Entrepreneur John Muse<br />

on how he spends his<br />

valuable spare time<br />

page 82<br />



Once a rarity, marine-hued<br />

watches are an increasingly<br />

timely presence<br />

pages 60-63<br />



FALL <strong>2022</strong><br />


La Fontana dei Quattro<br />

Fiumi at Piazza Navona,<br />

Rome<br />

(See page 48).<br />

Image by Mauro Sciambi<br />


Thomas Midulla<br />

EDITOR<br />

Farhad Heydari<br />


Anne Plamann<br />


Martin Kreuzer<br />


Anja Eichinger<br />


John McNamara<br />


Brian Noone<br />


Claudia Whiteus<br />


Vicki Reeve<br />


Albert Keller<br />


Jennifer Wiesner<br />



ILL<strong>US</strong>TRATORS<br />

Christian Barker, Delia Demma,<br />

Chris Hall, Jörn Kaspuhl, Bill<br />

Knott, Jen Murphy, Nocera &<br />

Ferri, Larry Olmsted, Julian<br />

Rentzsch, Josh Sims, Elisa<br />

Vallata, Guy Woodward<br />

Published by JI Experience<br />

GmbH Hanns-Seidel-Platz 5<br />

81737 Munich, Germany<br />


Christian Schwalbach<br />

Michael Klotz (Associate)<br />


U.S.<br />

Jill Stone<br />

jstone@bluegroupmedia.com<br />

Eric Davis<br />

edavis@bluegroupmedia.com<br />

EUROPE<br />

Katherine Galligan<br />

katherine@metropolist.co.uk<br />

Vishal Raguvanshi<br />

vishal@metropolist.co.uk<br />

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of NetJets in the U.S.<br />

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behalf of NetJets Inc.<br />

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for errors and omissions and are<br />

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Views expressed are not necessarily<br />

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Information is correct at time of<br />

going to press.<br />

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An update on the world of culture heads our<br />

collection of the latest, the best, and the brightest.<br />



Part of a growing trend, the latest artistic creation of extraordinary scale has opened<br />

in the American West, after 50 years in the making. // By Brian Noone<br />



question arises for visitors to<br />

the pyramids of Egypt, the<br />

Great Wall of China and every<br />

other monumental relic of<br />

the ancient world: In a few<br />

thousand years, what will<br />

be left of our contemporary<br />

civilization? Michael Heizer’s<br />

extraordinary project in the<br />

austere desert of Nevada,<br />

which took the artist 50<br />

years to complete, is a good<br />

candidate to be one of the<br />

survivors.<br />

When the project began<br />

back in the early 1970s,<br />

Heizer was one of the foremost<br />

artists in a movement that<br />

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Every corner of the astonishing<br />

work (below and previous page)<br />

by Michael Heizer (above)<br />

presents a new perspective.<br />

is now known as Land Art,<br />

along with Nancy Holt, Robert<br />

Smithson, Richard Long and,<br />

perhaps most famously, Christo<br />

and Jeanne-Claude. The works<br />

of all these artists involve the<br />

earth itself as a part of the<br />

piece, whether it is excavating<br />

and reshaping the soil or<br />

framing the landscape in a<br />

novel way.<br />

The pieces are often jawdropping<br />

in scale—and the<br />

newly opened work by Heizer<br />

in the American desert, “City,”<br />

is no exception, stretching 1.5<br />

miles by 0.5 miles, an expanse<br />

that is best appreciated from<br />

an airplane but is intended to<br />

be experienced on the ground.<br />


As such, it unfolds slowly as<br />

you pace through the imposing<br />

site, continually surprised by its<br />

angular concrete constructions<br />

and mammoth earthforms that<br />

evoke both ancient ceremonies<br />

and modern metropolises.<br />

Both the historic and the<br />

contemporary resonances are<br />

intentional here, just as<br />

they are at other Land Art<br />

masterpieces: The shadow<br />

of conceptual art, which also<br />

developed in the 1960s, looms<br />

large over the movement<br />

and the resulting conceptual<br />

sophistication adds depth<br />

to the visceral experience<br />

of the works. Questions of<br />

mortality, of Sisyphean futility<br />

and, naturally, of legacy all<br />

intermix—and you can’t fail<br />

to appreciate, here in the<br />

middle of the high desert of<br />

Basin and Range National<br />

Monument, why this massive<br />

creation might outlive most<br />

of our contemporary feats of<br />

architecture.<br />

The American West has long<br />

been a popular home for these<br />

creations of otherworldly scale,<br />

from Robert Smithson’s iconic<br />

“Spiral Jetty” (1970) near the<br />

Great Salt Lake in Utah to light<br />

artist James Turrell’s “Roden<br />

Crater” in Arizona, which he<br />

began in the 1970s and is still<br />

ongoing, though the two-milewide<br />

crater is only sometimes<br />

accessible to the public (and,<br />

in 2019, to Kanye West, who<br />

filmed an IMAX-format music<br />

video there). But America is<br />

not the only setting where a<br />

sense of our infinitesimality is<br />

apt, and such works have been<br />

proliferating in recent years in<br />

places like Patagonia and the<br />

Australian Outback.<br />

Most recently, a new site<br />

has been announced for a<br />

series of huge projects: AlUla<br />

in Saudi Arabia, where the<br />

new Valley of the Arts will be<br />

home to five new permanent<br />

installations in the next two<br />

years, including a work by<br />

Heizer and another by Turrell.<br />

Will it become the world’s<br />

largest sculpture park, a<br />

supersized version of the<br />

soul-stirring Château La Coste<br />

in Provence? Or will it be<br />

something closer to a sculpture<br />

graveyard, as a few of the<br />

trendy art parks are sadly<br />

becoming?<br />

Impossible to say now—but<br />

one thing is clear: largescale<br />

outdoor art is here to<br />

stay, and Heizer’s “City” will<br />

almost certainly outlast us all.<br />

tripleaughtfoundation.org<br />



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1 COURVOISIER MIZUNARA Two giants of the spirits industry join forces for a unique cognac, as Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie aged originally in French oak barrels<br />

is then moved to House of Suntory’s award-winning casks made of Japanese Mizunara wood for a second maturation. courvoisier.com // 2 GORDON & MACPHAIL 1949<br />

FROM MILTON DISTILLERY An exceptionally rare whisky, this was the last cask laid down in the distillery—now known as Strathisla—in the 1940s. Small copper stills<br />

with a distinctive shape helped to give the spirit its rich, fruity, and full-bodied character. gordonandmacphail.com // 3 BERRY BROTHERS & RUDD NORDIC CASK<br />

COLLECTION Featuring five casks from pioneering Nordic distilleries, the second release from the renowned London wine and spirits merchant’s range features single malts<br />

from Denmark, Sweden, and Finland (including Teerenpeli, pictured), plus a rare Nordic blend. bbr.com // 4 THE MACALLAN HORIZON As enchanting as the latest whisky<br />

from the Moray-based distillery is, the focal point of this release is its remarkable packaging. A collaboration with Bentley Motors, the visionary design of the casing focuses<br />

on the horizontal, producing a most distinctive look. themacallan.com 5 GLENFIDDICH TIME RE:IMAGINED Three single malts capture a single moment in time and are<br />

encased in elaborate designs. The 50-year-old (pictured) stands for Simultaneous Time, the 40-year-old for Cumulative Time, and the 30-year-old for Suspended Time.<br />

glenfiddich.com 6 FETTERCAIRN 18 YEARS OLD SINGLE MALT The innovative distillery’s first whisky finished in locally sourced Scottish oak casks, having been refined in<br />

American white oak ones, represents a major development in master whisky maker Gregg Glass’s approach. fettercairnwhisky.com<br />


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The inexorable rise of ebikes continues apace with perhaps the greatest strides taking place in the<br />

production of those improving transit around urban areas. The Brompton Electric P Line (1, brompton.<br />

com) is a prime example. The lightest bike yet from the London brand, among its many charms, its<br />

portability, with an innovative dual-locking seat post, means you can steer the folded bike by the<br />

saddle. Further east, Taiwanese brand Tern (2, ternbicycles.com) has produced the NBD, with its<br />

long-step-thru frame and low center of gravity making it an ideal getaround. And across the Atlantic,<br />

Texas’s Denago (3, denago.com) has created the Commute 1, widely regarded as one of the best<br />

ebikes around for navigating the busy city streets in style and ease.<br />


Sportscar giant Porsche is increasing its interest in the ebike world, making motors, batteries, and software architecture at<br />

its Munich factory, and acquiring a stake in Croatian ebike brand Greyp. porsche.com<br />


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A SOUND<br />


Danish audio specialist Bang<br />

& Olufsen has long been at<br />

the forefront of technological<br />

advances in the high-end<br />

speaker sector but has also<br />

always paid attention to<br />

interior design, ensuring its<br />

products are as easy on the<br />

eye as they are pleasing on<br />

the ear. So it proves with<br />

the latest natural aluminum<br />

Beosound Balance, which<br />

combines a Scandinavian<br />

aesthetic with hidden<br />

interfaces which allow a<br />

control of volume<br />

that ensures the perfect level<br />

for every occasion.<br />

bang-olufsen.com<br />



Santa Fe has established itself as a major player in the art world, but how best to enjoy the city’s bountiful<br />

culture scene when such hubs as New York and L.A. offer so much more in the hospitality sector? A simple<br />

solution is provided by one of world’s leading hotel brands, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa<br />

Fe, which has launched an art concierge program. As well as enjoying the intimate surrounds of the 65-casita<br />

boutique hotel, guests will be offered an array of curated experiences around the 250-plus galleries in the<br />

Santa Fe area, including meet-and-greet with artists, private shows, and after-hours tours at some of the<br />

city’s top establishments. Perhaps the highlight is a four-hour Canyon Road Concierge Tour, helmed by local<br />

expert Mike McKosky. fourseasons.com<br />

SANTA FE AIRPORT: 20 miles<br />

© BANG & OLUFSEN<br />


“A vehicle that’s all about leisure and<br />

pleasure,” says Steve Morris, executive<br />

chairman of Morgan, the British<br />

manufacturer of the new Super 3. The<br />

three-wheeler is a throwback to a more<br />

carefree era, though the engineering<br />

is of the highest contemporary<br />

quality, with a Dragon inline engine,<br />

monocoque body, and a five-speed<br />

manual gearbox. Pitched to appeal to<br />

curious motorcyclists and sports car<br />

lovers wanting something a bit more<br />

“fun,” the retro look is a sign of things<br />

to come, with other manufacturers<br />

such as Liberty Motors, Vanderhall,<br />

and Polaris in the U.S. also playing<br />

their part in the rebirth of the threewheeler.<br />

morgan-motor.com<br />


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at it’s finest.<br />







A collaboration between the venerable<br />

London luggage maker and the renowned<br />

Paris-based fashion house, the Globe-<br />

Trotter x Casablanca collection of<br />

suitcases is truly the meeting of two worlds.<br />

The range—which includes large check-in<br />

and carry-on trolley cases alongside<br />

smaller bags such as the miniature, London<br />

square, vanity, and attaché sizes—<br />

embodies the Globe-Trotter aesthetic, which<br />

remains true to the principles laid out at<br />

its founding in 1897, yet takes inspiration<br />

from the very latest fall/winter designs from<br />

Casablanca, “Le Monde Diplomatique,”<br />

a homage to the world of jet-set travel.<br />

globe-trotter.com<br />



Long-time leader in the field of home<br />

entertainment, Audio-Technica has<br />

upped the ante for lovers of vinyl with<br />

its latest release, the AT-LPW50BTRW.<br />

The newest edition of the brand’s<br />

belt-drive wooded turntables gives<br />

the listener all the benefits of their<br />

old-fashioned records connected, via<br />

Bluetooth, to the very latest speakers<br />

or headphones. The rosewood-finish<br />

veneer adds more than a dash of class<br />

to a beautifully manufactured piece<br />

of equipment. audio-technica.com<br />

As well as producing some of the world’s finest golf clubs, Scottsdale, Arizona-based PXG<br />

creates distinctive and bold golfing fashions. Its fall/winter collection, inspired in part by<br />

its desert headquarters, comes in three sections—The Essentials, The Edit, and Coming in<br />

Hot—each imbued with a sense of tradition and American style, and all equally wearable<br />

on the course and off it. pxg.com<br />


Two British icons have come together for a<br />

limited edition bike that features both a sense of<br />

nostalgia and the latest engineering and materials.<br />

Folding-bike specialist Hummingbird has garnered<br />

a reputation for its lightweight creations and its<br />

latest frame made of flax-plant fibers weighs<br />

in at just 15 pounds. It is also a homage to the<br />

motorsports manufacturer British Racing Motors<br />

(BRM), with the bike painted in the brand’s colors,<br />

to mark the 60th anniversary of its Formula One<br />

World Championship win. hummingbirdbike.com<br />


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Elevate your bucket list


Latest happenings, onboard updates,<br />

companywide news, and profiles.<br />




The view over Tabac corner in Monaco, above, was just<br />

one of the highlights of NetJets’ F1 events this summer.<br />

This year, NetJets supported the Formula<br />

One (F1) races in Miami and Monaco.<br />

The Miami Grand Prix, the first F1 race in<br />

Miami, was held on May 8. A total of 500<br />

guests attended our Owner event. The night<br />

before the race, Grammy-winning duo The<br />

Chainsmokers performed at the event, and<br />

former F1 driver and current commentator<br />

for Sky Sports David Coulthard and English<br />

professional golfer Ian Poulter were in<br />

attendance for a Q&A session.<br />

The final week of May saw the most<br />

highly anticipated event in the F1 calendar<br />

return to the Circuit de Monaco. After two<br />

years with no spectators because of the<br />

pandemic, the Monaco Grand Prix saw<br />

excited guests crowding into the bustling<br />

principality. As usual, we provided our<br />

Owners with the best seats in the house—<br />

the NetJets roof terrace overlooking the<br />

12th corner, Tabac. In total, we welcomed<br />

238 guests across the weekend and flew<br />

51 legs equivalent to 96.7 flight hours—or<br />

four straight days in the air.<br />

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GLOBAL<br />




5,000+ AIRPORTS IN<br />


(That’s more than the top four airlines combined)<br />



Vice President, Safety<br />


I was hired in 2004 as a First Offi cer to fl y the Hawker<br />

800XP. Prior to my current role, I served as an assistant<br />

chief pilot, director of Technical & Compliance Programs,<br />

and vice president of Flight Operations. Before that,<br />

I spent six years fl ying at regional airlines.<br />


I start every day with an update on our business<br />

goals and performance metrics from the previous day.<br />

Following this, our team focuses on safety promotion as<br />

well as our regular monitoring and review of any safety<br />

events, which could include weather-related events,<br />

injuries, or industry incidents and accidents.<br />


YOUR ROLE?<br />

Like all companies, we face challenges. However, we<br />

view these as opportunities to learn and grow. This<br />

positive mindset allows us to be creative and innovative<br />

in our relentless quest to lead our industry in safety<br />

practices and compliance standards. Safety guides<br />

everything we do, and our team is challenged to elevate<br />

these standards. In doing so, we have accomplished the<br />

following milestones:<br />

- Achieved the highest level of Federal Aviation<br />

Administration (FAA) Safety Management System<br />

(active conformance) over 10 years ago<br />

- Implemented a fi rst-in-class Flight Operations Quality<br />

Assurance (FOQA) program that continuously monitors<br />

fl ight activity<br />

- Built a robust voluntary safety reporting program that<br />

allows us to identify safety hazards from confi dential<br />

reports from front-line employees<br />

- Became the fi rst and only Part 135 operator to<br />

launch an FAA Advanced Qualifi cation Program,<br />

the highest level of training recognized and used by<br />

Part 121 airlines.<br />


Enough to circle the Earth 10,400+ times or<br />

take 540+ trips to the Moon and back<br />


Greater than our three largest competitors’<br />

fleets combined<br />


Nearly 80 jets will be delivered in <strong>2022</strong> alone<br />

as part of a multibillion-dollar, multiyear fleet<br />

investment<br />


Age of almost half of our aircraft,<br />

which is significantly younger than<br />

that of our competitors’<br />


Annual investment in personalized,<br />

industry-leading Crewmember training<br />

630+ NEW HIRES<br />

2021 recruiting efforts, including<br />

300+ new pilots<br />

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Total number of aircraft includes aircraft under management by NetJets and<br />

Executive Jet Management.<br />

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Our Team welcomed Owners to Augusta on Thursday, April 7, and we<br />

provided exclusive hospitality at Club Magnolia throughout the weekend.<br />

19TH HOLE<br />

The entertainment continued once<br />

the golf had finished at Augusta.<br />

During our NetJets Friday Night event, NetJets Owners and their guests attended<br />

a live interview hosted by Jim Nantz and featuring a panel of professional golfers<br />

and NetJets Brand Ambassadors, including Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry,<br />

Lee Westwood, Tyrrell Hatton, and Harris English. Afterward, we hosted a private<br />

performance by singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett. This is always one of our most<br />

popular events and one that we look forward to every year.<br />

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Flight Attendant<br />


when I was 14 or 15 years old. I went to visit<br />

my brother who was in the Air Force in New<br />

Mexico. When I graduated high school, I moved<br />

to Naples, Florida, and became a ticket agent for<br />

Bar Harbor Airlines. I fell in love with fl ying and<br />

was hired as a fl ight attendant for Northwest<br />

Airlines in 1989.<br />

THE BEST PART OF FLYING IS … seeing the<br />

world and getting paid to do it. In my 30-plus<br />

years in this work, it is still my favorite part and<br />

the opportunity I most appreciate.<br />


WAS … fl ying for Northwest Airlines as an<br />

international fl ight attendant and purser,<br />

managing all in-fl ight details. I worked there<br />

for 18 years and frequently took trips to China,<br />

Japan, Europe, and India.<br />


WAS … the Monday I received the phone call<br />

offering me a position as a NetJets international<br />

fl ight attendant. It was two weeks after I’d<br />

applied, and I thought my interview went<br />

horribly. So, I was thrilled—and relieved—that I<br />

got the offer. Within two weeks of that call, I was<br />

welcomed to new hire orientation.<br />


GUESS ABOUT ME IS … I am a commercial,<br />

multi-engine, instrument-rated pilot and am<br />

planning to transition to a NetJets pilot without<br />

severing employment.<br />

ON MY DAYS OFF … you’ll fi nd me at the<br />

airport. I instruct in a Cessna 172 at both<br />

Naples and Immokalee airports and manage a<br />

Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six for a private owner.<br />

I am a First Offi cer on a Cessna Citation 550 for<br />

medevac fl ights, and my wife and I volunteer<br />

our time to fl y for Pilots N Paws, taking rescue<br />

animals to new homes. In addition, I am<br />

working on gaining enough hours to become a<br />

NetJets pilot.<br />


LIKE TO … be in the pilot seat of a NetJets<br />

aircraft—and I should reach that goal within<br />

the next six months to a year. I have loved<br />

my career as a fl ight attendant and, now,<br />

my ultimate goal is to co-pilot for NetJets<br />

with my son, who is currently working on his<br />

pilot licenses.<br />


ACROSS TIME ZONES IS … listen to your<br />

body. It tells you when to sleep. Get out and<br />

explore the places you’re visiting. The world<br />

is different everywhere, so try to get together<br />

with colleagues and learn about other cultures—<br />

it really brings us all together.<br />

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What’s in the Bag?<br />

It’s an oft-asked question posed to professionals by everyone from golfing<br />

journalists to equipment junkies. And thanks to the popularity of social media,<br />

the hashtag #WITB has become a siren call for diehard enthusiasts to track<br />

what their favorite pro is debuting, utilizing, modifying, or replacing.<br />

It is in that spirit that we are lifting the veil to reveal the tools of the trade for<br />

some of our favorite NetJets Brand Ambassadors, starting with this debut<br />

feature that showcases the eclectic weapons used by none other than Jason Day.<br />

WOODS<br />

DRIVER:<br />

Ping G410 LST Diamond<br />

(10.5 degrees)<br />

Custom Tpt 15 Lo shaft<br />

3 WOOD: Taylormade SIM Max<br />

80g Kuro Kage X flex<br />

shaft<br />

IRONS<br />

3 & 4 IRON: Taylormade P770<br />

KBS C-Taper shaft<br />

5-PW:<br />

Taylormade P7MC<br />

KBS C-Taper shaft<br />

WEDGES<br />

52-DEGREE,<br />

56-DEGREE: Titleist Vokey SM9<br />

S400 shaft<br />

60-degree:<br />

PUTTER<br />

Titleist Vokey 22 Proto<br />

S400 shaft<br />

Scotty Cameron F-5.5<br />

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From Red Bull to Ferrari to Lotus, Dany Bahar has been a force for<br />

change in the automotive world, and yet his coachbuilding company,<br />

Ares, may be his most ambitious undertaking. // By Josh Sims<br />

ONE<br />

OF A KIND<br />

YOU CAN IMAGINE the look on his face. A Saudi prince is the proud<br />

owner of a $2.5 million Bugatti. He’s enjoying lunch in Monaco.<br />

And then guess what pulls up outside the restaurant? A virtually<br />

identical $2.5 milllion Bugatti. Fortunately, Dany Bahar was there<br />

to provide a solution.<br />

“He looks at me and just tosses the car keys across the table<br />

and tells me to do whatever I need to do to make his car unique,”<br />

recalls Bahar. In doing so, he became Bahar’s first customer. And<br />

a rather good one, as he has since put a “double-digit number” of<br />

cars a year through the entrepreneur’s services.<br />

“If he hadn’t seen that other Bugatti maybe it would never have<br />

occurred to him just how much he actually wanted something<br />

unique—that what is, in most cases, the pure, theoretical idea that<br />

someone else just might be able to buy the same vehicle as him [is<br />

enough of an incentive to pursue that individuality],” Bahar adds.<br />

What Bahar does, through his Modena, Italy-based company<br />

Ares, which he co-founded with business consultant Waleed Al<br />

Ghafari just eight years ago, is take a vehicle and remodel it as<br />

a true one-off. Clients come with their seemingly run-of-the-mill<br />

Ferrari, Bentley, or Rolls-Royce—automobiles that, in the more<br />

everyday world, would already be considered extremely special—<br />

and often with specific ideas as to how to make it utterly special.<br />

That might amount to a reworked interior scheme or it might<br />

involve something much more fundamental: turning a sedan into a<br />

coupe, for example, converting a fixed roof into a convertible one,<br />

or changing the entire profile of the vehicle.<br />

“Actually I’m not really a car guy myself, not a petrolhead,”<br />

says Bahar, who nonetheless spent a couple years at Ferrari as its<br />

senior vice president for commercial and brand before leaving—<br />

something hardly anyone at Ferrari ever does—to become CEO of<br />

Lotus. Perhaps he is, at heart, more of a brand-builder: He made<br />

his name in the business world with considerably smaller wheels,<br />

helping to make inline skating the global phenomenon, if a fleeting<br />

one, that it became, before moving on to Red Bull, where, as<br />

its chief operating officer for four years, he was instrumental in<br />

launching its Formula One racing team.<br />

“What I learned [from both experiences] was how important<br />

emotional content is to any product, how powerful that can be,”<br />

enthuses Bahar, who’s more an ice-hockey player than an inline<br />

skater, and who, one imagines, has enough get-up-and-go in his<br />

veins to bypass energy drinks. But perhaps both brands attuned<br />

him to the needs of younger people—and what the “Me Generation”<br />

wants, more and more, is something that’s all about them.<br />

Indeed, the falling age profile of the very wealthy isn’t something<br />

all manufacturers of luxury products have yet grasped, he contends.<br />

It was Bahar who battled with Ferrari’s dominant engineering<br />

culture to get the company to launch vehicles that worked with<br />

the lifestyle needs of the young and wealthy, not just to provide<br />

excellence in mechanics.<br />

“Ferrari was becoming an old man’s car, an attribute that<br />

[younger consumers] wouldn’t want to be associated with. I<br />

think I was able to change that a lot while I was there, and<br />

start to do some really cool things,” says Bahar, a Turkish-born<br />

Swiss, now based in Dubai. “But I also met so much resistance<br />

to that idea. I remember having this 1.5-hour-long meeting with<br />

the CEO, who’s a dear friend, and at the end he said ‘Dany,<br />

I didn’t understand anything you said, but it sounded good.’”<br />

He continues: “To give a stupid example, it was as simple as<br />

putting in cup-holders. Ferrari saw no engineering reason to<br />

have them. But even a Ferrari needs a cupholder. The Ferrari<br />

California was the first ever Ferrari for which the initial briefing<br />

came from the commercial department, which had an eye to<br />

fulfilling the needs of the customer [not finding a customer to<br />

meet whatever the company built].”<br />

And there are more and more of these customers, a new<br />

demographic for whom lifestyle concerns are paramount, and,<br />

increasingly, customization is king. That, Bahar concedes, is not<br />

an original idea per se. “Modding” is now well-established within<br />

the watch world, and luxury car makers, Ferrari included, have<br />

long run programs that allow buyers to select, say, a particular<br />

paintwork finish or seating leather. Many high-end car makers<br />

also have decades-long relationships with famed coachbuilders<br />

like Pininfarina or Zagato, each bringing their vision to exceptional<br />

versions of production vehicles.<br />

What’s new, arguably, is elevating it to the Ares level: The<br />

customer ends up with their Bugatti looking like no other, complete<br />

with all road-worthiness certifications and registrations. And<br />

that’s possible because Ares will do what the bigger names of<br />

the luxury automotive world could do—on paper—but can’t or<br />

won’t do in actuality because the necessary disruption to their<br />

production processes is just too costly and too complex. These<br />

massive companies will, Bahar reckons, only ever be able to offer<br />


Dany Bahar’s Ares is setting new<br />

standards for customized vehicles.<br />

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customization lite. In other words, Ares is filling a “market<br />

niche”—no, Bahar pauses to correct himself, make that<br />

“ultra, ultra niche.”<br />

“In principle, no manufacturer really likes another<br />

company messing with its cars,” Bahar laughs, though<br />

the likes of Bentley and Volvo have already approached<br />

Ares to take on some special projects they’re too big to<br />

fulfil. Besides, he suggests, like it or not, for some of<br />

their customers, this is the future.<br />

“Even back at Ferrari and Lotus I felt that, while the<br />

product is important, it’s individualization that’s even<br />

more important, and that it’s only a matter of time<br />

before the possibilities of individualization will come<br />

to every kind of luxury item on sale today,” reckons<br />

Bahar. “You can see that the customization business has<br />

made huge progress over just the last few years, that<br />

the personalization you got a century ago from having<br />

a bespoke suit made just for you will be seen in many<br />

other products, too. It’s all about having a product your<br />

neighbor doesn’t have.”<br />

Critics might worry that this is a reductive view of<br />

what’s driving customers—one-upmanship, swagger,<br />

boastfulness—but Bahar suggests it’s precisely the<br />

reassurance that you have what nobody else has that is<br />

the motivating force for, maybe, half of his clients. And<br />

it’s all the more pertinent given that, as he suggests,<br />

the likes of a Ferrari doesn’t have the cachet it once did.<br />

After all, these days it’s within the pocket of a top lawyer<br />

or doctor.<br />

“You may, if you’re fortunate enough to have the<br />

money to do so, select your paint color, or whatever,<br />

at the likes of Rolls-Royce, but there’s nothing to stop<br />

someone else selecting the same paint color. And, fair<br />

enough, that’s going to annoy you if you’ve spent a<br />

million on a car and 5,000 people turn out to have the<br />

same,” says Bahar. “The fact is that the more people<br />

there are who can buy a $2.5 million Bugatti, the more<br />

it’s a precondition that it has to be unique.”<br />

Remarkably, he has found that the wealthier an<br />

Ares’ client is, the less interest he—and it’s usually a<br />

he—has in the mechanics of his vehicle, even though,<br />

thanks to massive consolidation within the car industry,<br />

many parts are common to vehicles up and down the<br />

price spectrum. That’s not just because some of Bahar’s<br />

clients already have hundreds of cars in a very big garage<br />

somewhere. It’s because what provides them with the<br />

additional value is the look and the feel of their car. “It’s<br />

very particular. You might even call these people nerds,”<br />

Bahar laughs.<br />

That can lead to some very particular results, too.<br />

If you’re selling a client on the carte blanche they will<br />

have to produce a car just as they want it, there’s no<br />

scope to quibble with their taste. You have to respect that<br />

taste is—thankfully—not universal, not cross-cultural.<br />

Bahar also recalls the frustrations his design department<br />

experienced with a new project that could barely get<br />

started for the client making one minute change after<br />

another—and that was just to the steering wheel. Why<br />

all the fuss about such an insignificant part of the car,<br />

they wondered?<br />

“I called the client and he said, ‘Look Dany, it might<br />

not have occurred to you but when you’re driving a<br />

car all you’re doing really is holding this one piece in<br />

your hands. That makes the steering wheel the most<br />

important part of the car, the part that has to be the<br />

most beautiful. I can’t see the car from the outside when<br />

I’m sitting in it. So I’ll spend all the time I need until the<br />

steering wheel is perfect,’” Bahar recalls. “And I thought,<br />

‘Yeah, he’s right.’ It’s all a question of what’s important to<br />

you. Each detail typically has a story behind it. It’s that<br />

emotional element again. I think understanding that is<br />

why people come to us, because really we have no track<br />

record to speak of yet. I think that’s why people come<br />

back to us over and over again, too.”<br />

Yet providing a service that can pay that level of<br />

attention to detail doesn’t necessarily make for a longterm<br />

growth business, especially given the realities of<br />

contemporary geopolitics, even if the very, very topend<br />

may be largely insulated from most events. Bahar<br />

stresses that Ares’ customization service is, almost by<br />

definition, limited in its growth: “You could produce<br />

a thousand [specialist] cars per year and you’d be a<br />

tiny, tiny company [in the automotive world]—and<br />

we’re producing 50,” he says. But he also believes the<br />

company has some way to go to reach what he calls “the<br />

exclusivity limit.” He puts this at between 300 and 500<br />

cars per annum, just few enough that what Ares does<br />

will remain super-exclusive.<br />

All the same, much as Pininfarina, after decades<br />

focusing on design for third parties, has recently returned<br />

to manufacturing its own cars, so Ares has now pressed<br />

ahead with the launch of its own range of vehicles,<br />

including its impressive S1 Project supercar. The first<br />

production run of 77 was successfully pre-sold and will<br />

be delivered this year. It has its own SUV in the pipeline<br />

for 2023, and it’s also, somewhat incongruously,<br />

planning an electric compact city car, bicycle, and<br />

scooter. Manufacturing is, Bahar agrees, a very different<br />

proposition from customization, but he’d rather Ares<br />

stood on multiple pillars than become dependent on<br />

one. Ares, he says, is moving away from being a service<br />

provider and towards being a brand in its own right.<br />

Certainly, he’s already thinking like a manufacturer. Has<br />

any buyer of the S1 tried to put their new car through<br />

Ares’ bespoke process?<br />

“No,” says Bahar, “and, answering like all the big<br />

manufacturers would, I hope it never comes to that.”<br />

And at least this time it’s on his terms. Bahar might<br />

well have been put off car manufacturing for life,<br />

following his experience at Lotus. Brought in to rescue an<br />

ailing brand, he went at it full throttle, upping its glamour<br />

quotient by signing up Kate Moss, launching five new<br />

models in one year (something the car industry just<br />

doesn’t do) and then being fired by new owners in a hail<br />

of accusations of financial impropriety, legal battles and,<br />

finally, a settlement out of court.<br />

“It’s all a question of what’s important<br />

to you. Each detail has a story behind it.”<br />

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Inside and out, Ares<br />

transforms already<br />

superlative cars such<br />

as a Bentley.<br />


“Each and every experience gives you an opportunity<br />

to learn, and from Lotus I learned a lot about loyalty,<br />

teamwork, the corporate world, and how you should get<br />

absolutely everything in writing,” Bahar laughs. “But, you<br />

know, it’s fine. I’m a pragmatic person and accept that<br />

every life has its ups and downs. I won’t make the same<br />

mistakes again. That said, whoever knows me, whoever<br />

works with me, knows that I like to achieve goals in less<br />

time than might be expected. There’s no rush really. It’s<br />

just what drives me. I mean, why take things slower if<br />

you can do them faster?”<br />

That’s an apt question for the world of Ares, with<br />

its 0-60 in three seconds culture and its exasperated<br />

princes. At Ferrari, Bahar recalls, it was standard—as it<br />

remains for most automotive manufacturing—for a new<br />

car to move from drawing board to production in around<br />

four or five years. “But we’re not at Ferrari here, we’re not<br />

at Aston Martin,” he exclaims. “Here, there’s no reason<br />

why we can’t do that in a year, a year-and-a-half. And<br />

we’ve shown now that this is possible if you have good<br />

processes and project management.”<br />

In the long run, might Ares’ more important<br />

contribution be to bring an overhaul of approaches to<br />

luxury car production rather than for car customization?<br />

After all, Bahar claims that Ares is already the world’s<br />

largest coachbuilding company, both by turnover<br />

and number of projects. Within the next five years he<br />

expects it to be manufacturing around 400 of its own<br />

cars every year. It’s an ambitious goal, but Bahar has<br />

experience with doubters. When bankers and private<br />

equity managers told him that it would be impossible<br />

to achieve his proposed business plan within Ares’ first<br />

five years, he decided to do it, and go beyond it, in four<br />

years. And he did.<br />

“It’s just the satisfaction of saying, ‘There, in your<br />

face!’” he says with a knowing smile. aresdesign.com<br />

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GOLF<br />

ON THE<br />


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GREAT<br />

PLAINS<br />

The new must-play course from hotshot<br />

American golf design firm King-Collins<br />

is a true stunner spread across a vast<br />

parcel of former farmland in Nebraska.<br />

// By Larry Olmsted<br />

IT HAS ONLY BEEN a little over three years since Golf Magazine<br />

named little-known architect Rob Collins “The Next Big Thing” in<br />

golf course design, but it is looking like its crystal ball was spot on.<br />

The young star in the making partnered with construction manager<br />

Tad King to create King-Collins Golf Course Design & Construction,<br />

a boutique fi rm that handles every step from site evaluation to<br />

design to building the course. Most uniquely, they became the fi rst<br />

notable designers ever to hit it out of the ballpark and make their<br />

reputation with a nine-hole course, Tennessee’s Sweetens Cove.<br />

Despite its small size, the course has gained cult-like status, drawn<br />

favorable comparisons to the Alister MacKenzie-Bobby Jones<br />

masterpiece Augusta National, and landed on Golfweek’s Top 100<br />

list as the 21st Best Public Course in the U.S.—the only nine-holer<br />

on that vaunted ranking.<br />

Since Sweetens Cove, King and Collins have been swamped<br />

with requests for their work and have projects under way in Texas,<br />

New York, Mississippi, and more in Tennessee, but the next big<br />

thing—in a very literal sense—is in one of golf’s less heralded<br />

destinations, Nebraska. Here, in the extreme northeast corner of the<br />

state—the closest “big city” is not even in Nebraska, it’s Sioux City,<br />

Iowa, about 15 miles away—is a big chunk of agricultural land that<br />

has been farmed by the Andersen family for four generations. The<br />

Andersens are of Danish descent and proud of it, and own a local<br />

nine-hole routing called Old Dane, but wanted to do a lot more in<br />

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The greens are among the largest most<br />

golfers will have ever seen, totaling nearly<br />

six and a half acres unto themselves.<br />

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From left: The seventh<br />

and eighth holes of<br />

Landmand, amid the<br />

sparse Nebraska<br />

landscape.<br />

terms of golf, so they hired King-Collins and gave<br />

it the run of 580 acres that have laid fallow for<br />

two decades. The result is the Landmand (Danish<br />

for farmer) course, a 7,200-yard, par-73 stunner,<br />

which opened for play on September 3—one of<br />

the highest-profile openings in the world this year.<br />

If Sweetens Cove shocked with its small<br />

stature, the opposite is the case at Landmand,<br />

where everything is much larger than life. The<br />

course site is about four times the average for<br />

18 holes, with a whopping 84 acres of turf<br />

between tees and the gigantic green complexes.<br />

That would suggest ample landing areas, and,<br />

to a degree, that is true, but players will have<br />

to navigate a maelstrom of bunkers, totaling<br />

almost four sand-strewn acres in all. The greens<br />

are among the largest most golfers will have ever<br />

seen, amounting to nearly six and a half acres<br />

unto themselves. The largest is the signature<br />

17th, a tribute to MacKenzie’s infamous,<br />

legendary, and now vanished Sitwell Park green,<br />

an enormous and extravagantly contoured green<br />

he built at an otherwise pedestrian course in<br />

England, with a drop so steep it is often described<br />

as a waterfall. The long extinct green has become<br />

a mantra of sorts in the currently hot retro-golf<br />

architecture circles, led by the likes of Tom Doak,<br />

Gil Hanse, and Kyle Franz, among others. Collins’<br />

Sitwell take here in Nebraska farm country covers<br />

more than 30,000 square feet for just one pin. In<br />

comparison, the famed enormous double green<br />

at St. Andrews Old Course, for the fifth and 13th<br />

holes, is over 37,000 square feet. There are four<br />

greens at Landmand in excess of 25,000 square<br />

feet—more than four times the size of the average<br />

putting surface on the major professional tours<br />

(around 6,000). Collins is clearly influenced by<br />

the early architecture of the British Isles, with<br />

fairways meant to play firm and fast in the hot,<br />

dry Nebraska summers and additional homages<br />

to the classic punchbowl and redan greens.<br />

So Landmand requires length off the tee<br />

and gives room to play, but both fairway and<br />

greenside bunker shots will be a vital part of any<br />

visitor’s round, and two-putts may be rare, while<br />

four- and five-putts won’t surprise. What will<br />

surprise is the beauty and magnificence of the<br />

land itself, which was cleared of trees decades<br />

ago for farming, yet is hardly the flat cornfields<br />

Nebraska is famous for, but rather a series of<br />

valleys bisected by prominent ridges, offering<br />

constantly impressive 360-degree panoramic<br />

views but also creating a natural optical illusion<br />

that makes it hard to judge distance. Collins was<br />

dead-set on a walkable course, and designed it<br />

initially by walking, channeling the old-school<br />

Old Tom Morris method employed at Scotland’s<br />

legendary Prestwick 170 years ago when Morris<br />

would wander about the dunes selecting the<br />

best green sites, then find a way to connect<br />

and play to them. As a wonderful result of this<br />

methodology and the very generous parcel, with<br />

no constraints for homesites or such, there are<br />

par threes, fours, and fives of every conceivable<br />

length, and the holes play in every possible<br />

direction. In addition, there are some dramatic<br />

elevation changes, as Collins let the natural flow<br />

of the landscape and its towering ridges dictate<br />

the routing, which, for example, led to a drivable<br />

par-four (seven) in a short valley between ridges<br />

followed by a climb to a short par-three up on<br />

top of the next hill.<br />

As Collins has written, “Prior to the Sweetens<br />

opening, we knew we had something special<br />

on our hands. Right now, I multiply the feeling I<br />

had early on in my gut about Sweetens by about<br />

1,000 and that’s how I feel about Landmand.<br />

We cannot wait for everyone to get out there and<br />

experience it firsthand. The pictures don’t do it<br />

justice. You just have to go and see it for your<br />

own self.” landmandgc.com<br />


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REST,<br />

RECOVER,<br />


The missing link to your fitness program<br />

may just be taking it easy. // By Jen Murphy<br />

FOR DECADES, “No Pain, No Gain” and “Sore Today, Strong<br />

Tomorrow” were the mantras preached by fitness instructors<br />

and written on gym walls. We were always going hard, be it in<br />

the gym or on the job. The events of the past two years have<br />

caused us to take a collective pause. Suddenly, the slower pace<br />

and work-from-home lifestyle allowed us time to embrace good<br />

habits we’d typically skimp on—an indulgent hour-long yin<br />

yoga class, a nutritious breakfast, 10 minutes of foam rolling<br />

after a workout, a full eight hours of nightly rest. We never<br />

realized we’d been running on fumes.<br />

As the world reopened, we emerged with a new appreciation<br />

for rest. Gyms and hotels have taken note, introducing everything<br />

from dedicated recovery rooms equipped with self-massage tools<br />

and compression gear, to sleep coaches and in-room meditations<br />

to induce calm and tranquility. We still care about getting in our<br />

steps, but we turn to the latest technology and fi tness trackers to<br />

also help us monitor our sleep and maximize recovery.<br />

Top athletes, such as NFL legend Tom Brady, ski champ<br />

Mikaela Shiffrin, and tennis great Rafael Nadal, have long<br />

known the secret to maintaining longevity while continuing<br />

to improve performance is a balancing act. The big days of<br />

intense workouts are carefully paired with naps, massages,<br />

active recovery days, and smart nutrition programs. Studies<br />

have shown rest days are essential for the body to maintain<br />

homeostasis, or a state of balance. An intense bout of<br />

physiological stress followed by recovery allows the body to<br />

adapt and restore balance. Skip the rest and keep pushing, and<br />

the body’s balance gets out of whack, increasing risk of injury<br />

and illness.<br />

Rest doesn’t have to mean lounging on the couch. Active<br />

recovery can be as simple as scaling back intensity or doing<br />

something active outdoors versus pumping iron at the gym. And<br />

massages, once seen as an indulgence, are now viewed as selfcare.<br />

If you’ve been giving it your all and aren’t seeing gains,<br />

it may be time to step back and re-evaluate your routine. Here<br />

are some easy ways to incorporate a bit more rest and recovery<br />

into your day-to-day so you can look good but also feel good<br />

day in and day out.<br />


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Five Yin Yoga Poses for<br />

Every Weekend Warrior<br />

Yin yoga is jokingly called sleepytime<br />

yoga as you often remain lying<br />

on your mat the entire class and<br />

hold poses for three to fi ve minutes<br />

to access deeper layers of fascia—<br />

the connective tissue that acts as<br />

shrink-wrap around your muscles<br />

and bones. Studies have shown that<br />

fascia requires sustained stretching<br />

before it starts to change elasticity.<br />

Those longer holds in restorative Yin<br />

postures have been shown to be one<br />

of the most effective ways for fascia<br />

to stretch and lengthen. And like<br />

any style of yoga, breathing is at the<br />

heart of the practice. As you breathe<br />

into each pose, you’ll increase blood<br />

fl ow and circulation, while also<br />

activating your parasympathetic<br />

nervous system to melt away stress.<br />

Here are fi ve Yin poses to integrate<br />

into your home routine.<br />


BENEFIT:<br />

Relieves lower back pain and<br />

opens the chest to counteract<br />

slumped desk posture.<br />


BENEFIT:<br />

Helps decompress the lower back,<br />

stretches the glutes, and opens<br />

tight shoulders.<br />



BENEFIT:<br />

This hip opener stretches<br />

the groin and adductors while<br />

releasing tension in the<br />

lower back.<br />


BENEFIT:<br />

Targets tight hip flexors, the psoas<br />

muscle, and the lower back.<br />


BENEFIT:<br />

Provides a deep stretch<br />

through the shoulders, chest,<br />

and upper arms.<br />

ISTOCK<br />

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Top spas draw on the knowledge and ancient healing practices from cultures around the world as well as the latest<br />

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WHAT IS IT<br />

This indigenous Hawaiian<br />

healing art involves long,<br />

rhythmic forearm strokes<br />

that can deliver light to<br />

deep pressure to improve<br />

circulations and realign<br />

the body.<br />

Rooted in Ayurveda, a<br />

traditional system of<br />

medicine from India, this<br />

massage is performed with<br />

warm, dosha-specific oil.<br />

Instead of a table, you lie<br />

on the ground, clothed, as<br />

a therapist uses their feet,<br />

elbows, knees, and hands<br />

to compress and stretch<br />

the body.<br />

Utilizes a “patu,” a wooden<br />

weapon of war, and beech<br />

spheres to apply varying<br />

pressure to every muscle of<br />

the body.<br />

A century-old Japanese<br />

massage technique that<br />

deftly uses finger pressure<br />

to knead, press, soothe, tap,<br />

and stretch muscles as well<br />

as stimulate the flow of “Qi”<br />

or vital energy, throughout<br />

the body.<br />


The newly renovated Four<br />

Seasons Resort Hualalai<br />

on the Big Island of Hawaii.<br />

fourseasons.com<br />

Ananda, a five-star holistic<br />

spa resort in the Himalayas<br />

in India. anandaspa.com<br />

Thai massage is a specialty<br />

at COMO Shambhala Spa at<br />

COMO Point Yamu in Phuket,<br />

Thailand. comohotels.com<br />

Newly opened Monteverdi<br />

Spa in Tuscany.<br />

monteverdituscany.com<br />

The revamped Four Seasons<br />

Hotel Westlake Village<br />

in southern California.<br />

fourseasons.com<br />

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How To Know<br />

When You Need A Break<br />

If you’re putting in too much time at the gym, you could be doing more<br />

harm than good. Overtraining can undo your fitness gains and make<br />

you more susceptible to injury and illness. Samantha Campbell, owner<br />

of Deep Relief // Peak Performance Athletic Training Center in Haiku,<br />

Hawaii, on the island of Maui, trains some of the world’s top athletes<br />

including big-wave surfer Ian Walsh, snowboarder Travis Rice, and<br />

kitesurfer Jesse Richman. Here she shares insights on everything from<br />

the importance of a rest day to how to get back to baseline.<br />

Is there a way to measure how hard<br />

you’re taxing your body during training<br />

or are you really just going on how you<br />

feel? These days gadgets like your Apple<br />

Watch give you a readiness score. This<br />

metric is based on heart-rate variability<br />

(HRV), or the variance of time between<br />

the beats of your heart. Low HRV may<br />

indicate your body has activated your<br />

parasympathetic nervous system, or<br />

fi ght-or-fl ight mode, to respond to stress.<br />

Sometimes you could write off that low<br />

number due to having a few drinks the<br />

night before. What’s more useful is to<br />

look at trends over time by using HRV as<br />

an objective number and correlating it to<br />

subjective states like mood.<br />

How might overtraining affect mood?<br />

Mood swings can often be one of the fi rst<br />

signs that something is out of whack.<br />

Exercise is usually a mood booster,<br />

but overtraining can lead to feelings of<br />

grumpiness and even depression.<br />

Are there other signs to look for?<br />

Depending on the person, you could<br />

notice changes in appetite and sleep<br />

patterns. If you aren’t usually a napper<br />

and are suddenly taking two-hour<br />

naps in the middle of the day or if you’re<br />

an early bird now sleeping in, those could<br />

all be signs you might need a break.<br />

Training puts physical stress on the<br />

body but can outside stressors play<br />

a factor in overtraining? Professional<br />

athletes get to rest as part of their<br />

job. Normal people, say training for a<br />

triathlon or CrossFit competition, may<br />

still work a 70-hour week. You have<br />

to consider the total amount of stress<br />

affecting your body, including nonathletic<br />

stressors like work, a new baby,<br />

or being off your sleep schedule.<br />

How does overtraining affect<br />

performance? If you’re unable to<br />

perform well, even when you’re set up<br />

to perform well, it’s a sign you need<br />

a change. If you’re a runner and your<br />

top speeds are going down even when<br />

you’re rested or you’re a paddler and<br />

you aren’t hitting your intervals in the<br />

water, it may be because you’re doing<br />

too much in the gym.<br />

If you have overdone it, how do you get<br />

back to baseline? Majorly scale back so<br />

you go back to baseline for a week. That<br />

doesn’t mean don’t exercise. Change<br />

what you’re doing. If you normally do<br />

a hilly run, do an active recovery walk.<br />

You’re still moving and getting outside. Do<br />

your sport, be it surfi ng or cycling, at the<br />

most relaxing level and integrate recovery<br />

activities like ice baths and massages.<br />

After one week, if you feel refreshed,<br />

slowly increase the intensity of activity.<br />

Any tips for avoiding overtraining?<br />

At least every two weeks take one full day<br />

off. And for every two to three weeks of<br />

intense training, add a week where you<br />

bring down the volume so you can absorb<br />

your efforts. And if you’re coming off an<br />

illness or have been suffering from “long<br />

Covid” symptoms, go slow.<br />

Nutrition<br />

Hacks<br />

Nutrition is the often-overlooked<br />

piece of the performance and<br />

recovery puzzle. But with so<br />

many options, it can be hard<br />

to know what to eat and drink—and<br />

when. Kate Zeratsky, a registered<br />

dietitian and nutritionist with<br />

the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,<br />

Minnesota, offers insights to help<br />

you make a game plan.<br />


PROS<br />

Sports drinks rehydrate the body and<br />

replace lost electrolytes while providing<br />

sodium to drive thirst that makes the body<br />

want to continue to hydrate. The added<br />

carbohydrates refuel and replace glucose<br />

(glycogen in muscles and liver) for the<br />

next activity.<br />

CONS<br />

For those who do not exercise regularly,<br />

you could be adding additional calories<br />

through sugar and excess sodium to your<br />

diet. The latter negatively impacts blood<br />

pressure and kidney health. For those<br />

wanting less processed foods, the fluid and<br />

electrolytes of sports drinks can be achieved<br />

in a combination of water and food.<br />


PROS<br />

Beer can boost the body with carbohydrates,<br />

and brewer’s yeast is a good source of<br />

thiamine, or B1, an important vitamin in<br />

energy production. Just watch the alcohol<br />

levels and maybe opt for a session ale rather<br />

than a high-strength IPA. Or better yet, look<br />

for non-alcoholic options from craft brands<br />

like Athletic Brewing Company.<br />

CONS<br />

Consuming alcohol is counterproductive<br />

to rehydrating and depending on<br />

formulation, may not meet recovery protein<br />

recommendations. If you want to crack<br />

open a celebratory brew, have one, with<br />

a water.<br />


PROS<br />

The children’s drink provides hydration,<br />

carbohydrates, protein for muscle repair,<br />

and electrolytes, as well as nutrition in<br />

the form of sodium, calcium, magnesium,<br />

phosphorus, and vitamins D and A. Dairy<br />

products are a good source of leucine, an<br />

amino acid thought to be a key in muscle<br />

growth, as well as iodine, a trace element<br />

needed for thyroid hormone production<br />

that plays a role in energy production and<br />

protein synthesis.<br />

CONS<br />

Added sugar from powdered or syrup-based<br />

chocolate provides extra calories.<br />

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Stretching zones have long been relegated to a cramped back corner of the gym, perhaps with a yoga mat or two.<br />

No longer. Gyms and spas at hotels, such as The Hythe Vail, a Luxury Collection Resort in Colorado, and Six Senses<br />

Istanbul, are devoting dedicated rooms to recovery. Yes, you’ll find yoga mats, but so much more. Equipped with<br />

everything from vibrating foam rollers to compression leg sleeves, they offer the D.I.Y. cure for all sorts of muscle<br />

aches and pains. Create your own home recovery room with these essential tools.<br />

From top:<br />


It took 18 months of research and work with professional athletes to perfect<br />

the design of this massage ball. The groove pattern provides serious deep<br />

tissue therapy while the small size—just a third of an inch diameter—<br />

can reach tricky trigger points. It’s the ultimate antidote for tight shoulders<br />

and hip flexors. roguefitness.com<br />


Our feet are our foundation and one of our most overlooked body parts.<br />

Acupuncture spikes on this pulsing foot roller help increase blood flow<br />

and reduce inflammation to help avoid common injuries, such as plantar<br />

fasciitis, achilles tendinitis, and shin splints. gaiam.com<br />

NORMATEC 3<br />

The perfect remedy after a long flight or tough workout, Normatec’s patented<br />

pulse technology helps to increase circulation, restore muscles, and reduce<br />

swelling. Leg attachments (pictured) can be expanded to full body and can<br />

pack down into a carryon. You can choose from seven levels of compression<br />

and ZoneBoost technology allows you to target specific areas with more<br />

pressure. hyperice.com<br />

MARC PRO PL<strong>US</strong><br />

This electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) device is used by elite athletes to speed<br />

up recovery and improve performance. The pain control mode helps instantly to<br />

alleviate soreness caused by exercise strain. Free, unlimited access to one-on-one<br />

coaching calls help weekend warriors optimize results. marcpro.com<br />


Easy to take on the road, this handheld massage device comes with six<br />

different attachments to deliver the exact relief you need, be it gentle<br />

percussion near sensitive areas or flushing motions to increase blood flow. A<br />

rotating arm and ergonomic multigrip make it easy to access otherwise hardto-reach<br />

spots. therabody.com<br />


The next best thing to a sports massage, this foam roller has a grid-like<br />

surface that targets specific muscles to get stubborn knots and kinks to<br />

release. Studies have shown regular foam rolling, even just a few minutes<br />

a day, can improve mobility and circulation and prevent muscle tightness.<br />

tptherapy.com<br />

BODYSPACE BODY ROLLER (not pictured)<br />

It takes about a dozen lymphatic massage treatments to cleanse your lymph<br />

system. This cutting-edge tool integrates infrared technology into a body roller<br />

so you can flush toxins daily, resulting in firmer skin tone and reduced muscle<br />

inflammation. A built-in computer allows for precise control. bodyspace.ca<br />



Products from wild-harvested supplement maker HANAH have become ubiquitous in the social media feeds of pro athletes like<br />

big-mountain skier Angel Collinson and snowboard icon Jeremy Jones. HANAH founder Joel Einhorn spent over three years<br />

working with an Ayurvedic practitioner in India to develop the 30-herb recipe for the company’s signature product, HANAH ONE.<br />

Jimmy Chin credits a daily dose of HANAH ONE for keeping up his stamina throughout the intense fi lming schedule of Oscarwinning<br />

movie “Free Solo” as well as lapping Tram runs when he’s home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The paste-like superfood has<br />

a pungent smell and Vegemite-like taste, but mixed into coffee or spread on toast, it’s easy to integrate into a breakfast routine.<br />

And travel-friendly ONE Go-Packs are the ultimate weapon for avoiding fatigue on the road. hanahlife.com<br />


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We know sleep is important, but what<br />

happens to the body while we slumber?<br />

Sleep is vital for repairing and providing<br />

rest to the brain and the body. But several<br />

changes occur during sleep that help<br />

regulate the body’s immune function,<br />

control blood pressure and heart rate,<br />

regulate production of several hormones<br />

including growth hormones and those that<br />

control hunger and satiety, impact the<br />

areas in the brain that control emotions<br />

and logical thinking, and help consolidate<br />

short-term and long-term memory. Hence,<br />

sleep deprivation could contribute to<br />

susceptibility to infections, weight gain,<br />

mood disorders, pessimism, depression,<br />

anxiety, emotional dysregulation, and<br />

worse short-term and long-term memory.<br />

The Sleep Effect<br />

Dr. Rohit Budhiraja, the medical<br />

director in the Sleep and Circadian Disorders<br />

Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in<br />

Boston, weighs in on why seven to eight hours<br />

of quality sleep can be a gamechanger in<br />

how you feel and perform.<br />

Can you explain the different qualities<br />

of sleep? Sleep is usually divided into<br />

dream sleep (REM sleep) and nondream<br />

sleep (NREM sleep). NREM<br />

sleep is further divided into light sleep<br />

(N1), intermediate sleep (N2), and<br />

deep sleep (N3). Both REM and NREM<br />

serve important functions. REM is<br />

important for learning new skills and<br />

memory consolidation and may help<br />

regulate emotions.<br />

What are some things that might lead to<br />

a poor sleep? Environmental factors like<br />

noise, light, high temperature (usually<br />

cold temperature helps improve the<br />

quality of sleep), and blue light exposure<br />

at night (phone and computer screens<br />

are very rich in blue wavelength). Eating<br />

close to bedtime can worsen sleep<br />

quality, and while alcohol can induce<br />

sleep it can also suppress deeper stages<br />

of sleep. Anxiety, stress, and depression<br />

can signifi cantly impact the ability to fall<br />

and stay asleep. And medical factors like<br />

arthritis, acid refl ux, and sinus issues can<br />

all effect sleep quality and continuity.<br />

Are there habits you can embrace to help<br />

improve sleep? Relaxation, exercise and<br />

meditation can help slow down the brain<br />

and facilitate deeper stages of sleep.<br />

Avoid alcohol and meals close to bedtime<br />

and try not to have caffeine within 8 to<br />

10 hours of bedtime. For optimal sleep,<br />

exposure to screens, like phones and<br />

computers, should be cut off two hours<br />

before going to bed, but even powering<br />

down 30 minutes prior makes a difference.<br />

Are there benefits of napping and if so<br />

what and how long is a good nap?<br />

Naps can improve mood and memory in<br />

some people. If napping, it is usually a<br />

good idea to keep it less than 20 to 30<br />

minutes since longer naps can worsen the<br />

sleep on subsequent nights by decreasing<br />

the pressure of sleep.<br />

Does sleep quality become more important<br />

if we are training for a physical activity?<br />

Good sleep is vital if you are training.<br />

Several studies have demonstrated<br />

improved athletic performance with sleep<br />

extension. Good sleep has been shown to<br />

decrease exhaustion, improve refl exes and<br />

accuracy, and also help control emotions<br />

and enhance logical thinking, all of which<br />

can be very helpful during sports and<br />

physical training.<br />


As convenient as power bars and protein shakes are, nothing beats a well-balanced meal, says<br />

Kate Zeratsky, of the Mayo Clinic. “Wholesome foods provide macronutrients, which include<br />

carbs, proteins, and fats, micronutrients, and naturally occurring phytonutrients, antioxidant-rich<br />

compounds in plants.” Here are easy combos to prepare at home or order on the road.<br />




Yogurt is a good source of<br />

calcium and phosphorous,<br />

both important for strong<br />

bones, and Greek yogurt<br />

has a higher protein content<br />

than other styles. Fresh fruit<br />

provides fiber, energy in the<br />

form of carbs, plus vitamin C<br />

as well as other polyphenols<br />

that may reduce markers of<br />

inflammation after exercise.<br />



A fatty fish, such as salmon,<br />

provides a solid dose of<br />

protein, healthy, omega 3<br />

fatty acids, and vitamin<br />

D. The addition of skin-on<br />

sweet potato adds healthy<br />

carbs, vitamin A, fiber, and<br />

magnesium, which has<br />

been shown to play a role<br />

in muscle performance and<br />

strength.<br />


Tuna is a fatty fish (see<br />

benefits left) and is also a<br />

good source of selenium,<br />

an antioxidant mineral<br />

that has been shown to<br />

boost the activity of DNA<br />

repair enzymes. Eat it on<br />

wholegrain bread for a<br />

dose of fiber and add a<br />

slice of cheese for extra<br />

protein, sodium, calcium,<br />

and riboflavin, a B vitamin<br />

involved in many key<br />

metabolic processes<br />

including energy production.<br />


This is a good choice if you<br />

don’t have a big appetite<br />

after exercise, says<br />

Zeratsky. Low-sugar granola<br />

comprised of mostly nuts<br />

and seeds is a good source<br />

of vitamin E, magnesium,<br />

and zinc, an antioxidant<br />

mineral with over 1,000<br />

functions in the body, many<br />

involving the growth and<br />

repair of tissue. Granola<br />

made with oats delivers<br />

added carbohydrates and<br />

fiber and the addition<br />

of dried fruit provides a<br />

concentrated source of<br />

calories and carbs. Milk adds<br />

protein and vitamin D.<br />



Pasta is a good source of<br />

carbs while tomato sauce is<br />

packed with vitamin C and<br />

lycopene, an antioxidant<br />

that plays a role in reducing<br />

inflammation and oxidation.<br />

Add in onions, an excellent<br />

source of quercetin, an<br />

antioxidant that is believed<br />

to play a role in reducing<br />

inflammation, mushrooms, a<br />

good source of vitamin D and<br />

selenium, and spinach or<br />

other magnesium-rich leafy<br />

greens packed with folate,<br />

which plays a key role in the<br />

production of new cells.<br />

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A discreet fitness tracker that doubles as bling, the Oura Ring<br />

measures your body’s signals from your finger (next to your arteries)<br />

for the utmost accuracy. Sleep, activity, and readiness scores based<br />

on your body’s baselines are used to share personal insights, such<br />

as how much time you spend in a relaxed state each day, as well<br />

as guidance on your optimum bedtime and when you should start<br />

winding down at night to ensure a solid sleep. ouraring.com<br />


These fitness trackers measure everything<br />

from sleep quality to muscle-oxygen levels to help<br />

improve recovery and performance.<br />

SUUNTO 7<br />

Finnish company Suunto marries the best features<br />

of its sports watches with smart technology in a<br />

single device that delivers 70-plus sport modes<br />

from cycling to skiing, free offline outdoor maps<br />

with navigations, and a wrist-heart rate sensor<br />

for activity tracking. An impressive battery life<br />

supports 24 hours of active smartwatch use and<br />

you can follow your steps, sleep quality, calories,<br />

and other fitness data from the Suunto app and<br />

connect with partners such as Strava. suunto.com<br />

MOXY M<strong>US</strong>CLE OXYGEN MONITOR<br />

Muscle-oxygen saturation indicates the balance between oxygen delivery<br />

and consumption in muscles. By attaching this matchbox-sized sensor<br />

to a specific body part—say, forearms for a climber or quads for a<br />

cyclist—athletes can see whether their muscle oxygen is stable, rising,<br />

or dropping. The latter signifies a buildup of lactate and can let athletes<br />

know when to dial back intensity and gauge how long they have before<br />

they hit the wall. moxymonitor.com<br />


Polar is the gold standard<br />

when it comes to heart-rate<br />

monitors. Its new sports<br />

watch is packed with even<br />

more smart features to<br />

help fine tune training and<br />

recovery. Training Load Pro<br />

technology alerts users<br />

when they’re overtraining<br />

and recovery tests provide<br />

feedback on when your body<br />

has recovered from a workout.<br />

And when stress levels spike,<br />

a Serene feature can restore<br />

calm by helping you sync your<br />

breath to your heart rate.<br />

polar.com<br />


Apple takes its watch<br />

to the next level with<br />

a titanium case, dualfrequency<br />

GPS, and every<br />

health feature you could<br />

need from an ECG app<br />

that can record your<br />

heartbeat and rhythm, to<br />

heart health notifications<br />

that can alert you to<br />

irregular heart rhythms.<br />

It can also track the type<br />

of sleep (REM, core and<br />

deep) you’re getting and<br />

provide readings on blood<br />

oxygen. apple.com<br />


This personal health monitor uses a<br />

combination of raw waveform analysis<br />

and cloud-based algorithms to provide<br />

a physiological snapshot of your sleep<br />

quality, recovery, and nocturnal biometrics<br />

including heart rate, heart-rate variability,<br />

oxygen saturation, and respiratory rate.<br />

Each day you’ll receive a sleep and<br />

recovery score as well as insights into how<br />

to make lifestyle changes that will improve<br />

those numbers. biostrap.com<br />

WHOOP 4.0<br />

The fitness tracking manufacturer’s sleekest, smartest product<br />

yet collects metrics including skin temperature, blood oxygen,<br />

and heart rate. Available with more than 70,000 customizations,<br />

from knit bands to precious metal-plated clasps, it can be a<br />

fashionable accessory, or the sensor can be removed and hidden<br />

in a pocket of the new WHOOP Body line of technical apparel.<br />

whoop.com<br />


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Deep Relaxation<br />

Five unique therapies that promise<br />

supreme tranquility.<br />




Performed ocean-side, a therapist lulls you into a<br />

meditative state by creating vibrations with crystal<br />

singing bowls that sync with the sounds of the<br />

Atlantic’s rhythmic waves. The sea’s negative ions,<br />

which increase the flow of oxygen to the brain,<br />

enhance the benefits. aubergeresorts.com<br />





During Eleven Life wellness retreats, the saltwater<br />

pool in the Bathhouse is used for sensory deprivation<br />

experiences. Guests don floaties on their arms, a<br />

cap that covers their ears, and an eye mask to block<br />

the light and float into a state of deep relaxation.<br />

elevenexperience.com<br />




The resort’s new Mountain Ashram Spa has an<br />

authentic Bhutanese hot stone bath. The deep wooden<br />

tub is filled with steamy water spiked with medicinal<br />

herbs and the heat releases minerals from the stones.<br />

A long soak can help relieve joint pain, reduce blood<br />

pressure, and revive weary muscles. cervo.swiss<br />

SION AIRPORT: 51 miles<br />




Our chakras—seven vital energy centers that run<br />

up and down the body—can become blocked,<br />

manifesting physical ailments and even emotional<br />

distress. This balancing session uses meditation<br />

techniques and vibrations from eight singing bowls to<br />

unblock and rebalance the body’s energy pathways.<br />

montagehotels.com<br />




The dazzling spa at the recently opened Aman New York<br />

features a state-of-the-art, cocoon-like pod that detoxes<br />

the body while also providing relief for both chronic and<br />

acute pain. The lower panel acts as an LED therapy bed,<br />

while the upper panel delivers infrared rays for deep<br />

tissue penetration. aman.com<br />

TETERBORO AIRPORT: 15 miles<br />

Track Your Way to<br />

Optimal Health<br />

Will Ahmed, founder and CEO of WHOOP,<br />

a manufacturer of fitness trackers, shares why the time<br />

you spend in the gym doesn’t make you stronger, the dangers<br />

of training when your body’s stressed, and how data can<br />

help inform healthier habits for a better night’s sleep.<br />

Does recovery really matter if you’re not an athlete or training for an<br />

athletic endeavor? While WHOOP’s members include top athletes like<br />

NFL player Patrick Mahomes and golfer Rory McIlroy, the majority simply<br />

aspire to live healthier and more productive lives. Feeling good starts with<br />

paying more attention to recovery and sleep. You can only manage what<br />

you measure. If you want to put yourself in the best position to take on<br />

the day, you need to recognize what’s going on inside your body.<br />

Why are sleep and recovery crucial for optimizing performance? Sleep is<br />

essential to maintaining good health and the foundation for our analytics<br />

at WHOOP (see WHOOP 4.0, facing page). Our goal is to help members<br />

understand when their bodies are ready for strain and when their bodies<br />

should prioritize recovery. The time you spend training or exercising<br />

doesn’t make you stronger—that’s when you break down the body. You<br />

make gains during rest and recovery. Sleep repairs your muscles, restores<br />

your cognitive function, and improves vital systems like immunity. Your<br />

body can only take on so much stress each day. If you aren’t properly<br />

focusing on recovery, you’re putting yourself at risk of injury or illness.<br />

When you were the captain of the Harvard University squash team you<br />

struggled with overtraining. What were some signs that you were doing<br />

too much? I would regularly train for three hours a day. I wanted to be the<br />

best and believed that meant consistently pushing myself to the limit. I<br />

was overtraining, misinterpreting fi tness peaks, and underestimating the<br />

importance of recovery and sleep. I was also balancing the rigors of being<br />

a student. That experience ignited my interest in how technology could<br />

help unlock peak performance. WHOOP really became the fi rst wearable<br />

that would tell you not to train on days when your body was run down.<br />

What personal revelations have you had from WHOOP, and how has that<br />

data informed your habits? I use the WHOOP Journal that lets members<br />

track how their choices impact their physiological data. For me, practicing<br />

transcendental meditation has a very positive effect on my heart-rate<br />

variability. Wearing blue-light blocking glasses every evening makes<br />

my sleep much more effi cient. I’ve also found that supplements like<br />

magnesium and melatonin enhance the quality of my sleep.<br />


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Sleep coaches and AI-powered mattresses are among the ways hotels<br />

are ensuring their guests get a heavenly night’s rest. And the trendiest<br />

spa retreats around the globe help guests adopt better sleep hygiene.<br />


A sleep concierge accessed via the Belmond app offers guests sleep enhancements<br />

including a choice of pillows, a weighted blanket, aromatherapy mists, a bedtime<br />

tea service, and a meditative recording from London-based hypnotherapist and<br />

sleep expert Malminder Gill. For a more personalized experience, the concierge<br />

can arrange a private one-on-one session with Gill. belmond.com<br />

LONDON CITY AIRPORT: 9 miles<br />


A resident sleep doctor curates three-, five-, and seven-night programs designed<br />

to analyze and improve your current sleep patterns and habits. Guests receive<br />

a sleep tracker and review data during one-on-one consultations. Workshops<br />

on meditation, breathwork, and yoga nidra techniques are complemented by<br />

cryotherapy sessions, massages, and diet and exercise advice. sixsenses.com<br />

IBIZA AIRPORT: 22 miles<br />


Park Hyatt teamed up with tech-enabled restorative mattress maker Bryte<br />

to create a One Bedroom Sleep Suite. The bed features a menu of relaxation<br />

experiences such as being rocked to sleep and dynamically adjusts to relieve<br />

pressure points. Throughout the 900-square-foot space, guests will find sleepenhancing<br />

amenities including a Vitruvi Essential Diffuser, sleeping masks, and a<br />

collection of sleep-related books. hyatt.com<br />

TETERBORO AIRPORT: 15 miles<br />


The resort’s four-bedroom Villa La Pereza features the cutting-edge, sciencebacked<br />

resting system from Spanish company HOGO. The technology defends<br />

the body from electromagnetic pollution and optimizes the villa for a good night’s<br />

sleep. Guests who book a stay also receive a consultation with a professional<br />

HOGO sleep coach. puenteromano.com<br />

MALAGA AIRPORT: 34 miles<br />


This is one of the first hotels from Auberge Resorts Collection to roll out the<br />

brand’s new Better Sleep program, created in partnership with cult New York<br />

City spa the Well. Rooms feature amenities such as journals and yoga blocks<br />

that encourage mind-calming practices. And a guided sleep meditation is set to<br />

binaural beats, which are known for promoting REM sleep. aubergeresorts.com<br />



In addition to physician-reviewed, overnight sleep screenings, Canyon Ranch<br />

hosts annual five-day sleep immersion retreats that educate attendees about<br />

foods that support rest, the best yoga poses to do before bed, and tips for<br />

breaking bad sleep habits. The week includes overnight sleep screenings and<br />

one-on-one consultations. canyonranch.com<br />

TUCSON AIRPORT: 19 miles<br />


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Seven- and nine-day sleep-enhancement programs are specifically<br />

designed for people suffering from insomnia. Each guest is assigned a<br />

naturopath, Chinese medicine practitioner, and life-enhancement mentor<br />

to work with them one-on-one throughout their stay. Bioresonance<br />

therapy is used to help reset the nervous system, and guests learn how to<br />

maintain that state of calm through meditation techniques and nutrition<br />

hacks, like adding herbal and nutraceutical supplements to their diet.<br />

kamalaya.com<br />

KOH SAMUI AIRPORT: 14 miles<br />


Complimentary Rituals for Better Rest workshops delve into nighttime<br />

rituals from ancient Greece and Egypt and offer advice on how to create<br />

a home sleep sanctuary. For more personalized advice, book a session<br />

with Miraval’s certified sleep science coach and take home an action<br />

plan to improve your zzzs. miravalarizona.com<br />

TUCSON AIRPORT: 15 miles<br />


Clockwise from facing page: Miraval, Tucson;<br />

The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel, London; Six<br />

Senses Ibiza; Park Hyatt New York; Puente<br />

Romano, Marbella; Miraval, Tucson; Kamalaya,<br />

Koh Samui; Canyon Ranch Tucson; Hacienda<br />

AltaGracia, Costa Rica.<br />

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SEA<br />

BOUNTY<br />

The jewels of the ocean turn this season’s gems into works of art.<br />

Photography by Nocera & Ferri // Production by Elisa Vallata<br />

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Clockwise from top left:<br />

TASAKI<br />

White gold Atelier Cascade<br />

earrings set with Akoya pearls,<br />

South Sea pearls and diamonds.<br />


White gold necklace set with<br />

South Sea pearls and diamonds,<br />

from the High Jewellery<br />

collection; white gold ring set<br />

with one South Sea pearl and<br />

diamonds, from the Mayfair<br />

collection; white gold bracelet<br />

set with Akoya pearls and<br />

diamonds, from the Raindrop<br />

collection.<br />


White gold ring set with<br />

one South Sea cultured<br />

pearl and diamonds.<br />


White gold Peacock ring set<br />

with diamonds.<br />

Facing page,<br />

clockwise from the top:<br />

GRAFF<br />

White gold necklace<br />

set with diamonds.<br />

TASAKI<br />

White gold Atelier Surge ear<br />

clip set with Akoya pearls<br />

and diamonds.<br />


White gold Pearl Deco bangle<br />

set with Akoya pearls and<br />

diamonds.<br />


White gold ring set with one<br />

South Sea pearl and diamonds,<br />

from the Mayfair collection.<br />

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Clockwise from top left:<br />


White gold necklace set<br />

with cultured pearls and<br />

diamonds, from the Haute<br />

Joaillerie collection.<br />

MO<strong>US</strong>SAIEFF<br />

White gold high jewellery<br />

bracelet set with natural<br />

pearls and diamonds.<br />

GRAFF<br />

White gold earring set<br />

with diamonds.<br />

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Clockwise from the top:<br />


White gold Les Pétales Place<br />

Vendôme necklace set with<br />

South Sea cultured pearls<br />

and diamonds.<br />


White gold earrings set with<br />

Akoya peals and diamonds,<br />

from the Raindrop collection.<br />



White gold Archi Dior<br />

Diorama bracelet set<br />

with diamonds.<br />


Platinum Baroque pearl<br />

pendant set with diamonds.<br />

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ROME’S<br />


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RICHES<br />

The Italian capital is back in style, as global hotel brands flock<br />

to open new standout properties and the restaurant and shopping<br />

scenes are as hot as they’ve ever been. // By Delia Demma<br />


Rome’s architectural beauty<br />

still shines, but the city has<br />

so much more to offer.<br />

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© W ROME<br />


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With the flood of luxury hotels over the past two<br />

years, the charm of the Eternal City has never<br />

been more piquant—and there’s still more to<br />

come, with Six Senses, Bulgari, and Nobu all<br />

planning big projects for 2023.<br />

The best new hotels in Rome have all taken a<br />

familiar course: merging the grandeur of Roman<br />

aristocratic palaces with a contemporary interior<br />

design. But each has done it with particular style<br />

and verve, sometimes even playfully, and that<br />

energy is radiating across the city. Take the highly<br />

anticipated W Rome (marriott.com), which marks<br />

the Italian debut of the always irreverent brand<br />

and here occupies two 19th-century buildings,<br />

located a stone’s throw from Piazza di Spagna.<br />

In the 147 rooms and 15 suites, bright hues<br />

and bold patterns combine with architectural<br />

styles that date back to ancient Rome, a dizzying<br />

mix that is heightened by designer furnishings<br />

and ultra-modern technological accessories.<br />

Unexpected paths lead to hidden corners, such<br />

as the Parlapiano space, a garden inspired by the<br />

architectural style of Borromini, or the Giardino<br />

Clandestino, an outdoor courtyard very popular<br />

with locals and creatives, who come here for a<br />

drink and live music.<br />

Conviviality is also the mantra of The Hoxton<br />

(thehoxton.com), the first outpost in Italy of<br />

the burgeoning English brand. Calling itself<br />

an open-house hotel, it’s a stylish destination<br />

attracting both travelers and locals in the always<br />

chic Parioli neighborhood. The lobby is alive all<br />

day long, while the Cugino bar is very popular<br />

for breakfast and light bites, the social tables<br />

bring gig workers from across the globe, and at<br />

Beverly restaurant you can taste a Californian<br />

cuisine with farm-to-table ethos. The 192 rooms<br />

pay homage to iconic Italian design of the 1950s<br />

with eclectic vintage furnishings and carefully<br />

selected works of art.<br />

Present also meets past in the Shedir Collection<br />

(shedircollection.com) of boutique hotels, an<br />



The MAXXI—Museum of Arts<br />

of the XXI century.<br />

Facing page: The terrace of<br />

a WOW suite at W Hotel.<br />

Italian brand born just before the pandemic and<br />

now getting its due. After the Vilòn hotel, a small<br />

gem of 18 rooms whose atmosphere is reminiscent<br />

of an elegant Roman house, the Maalot hotel,<br />

set near the Trevi Fountain, has enriched the<br />

portfolio. Occupying the former home of the famed<br />

opera composer Gaetano Donizetti, it boasts 30<br />

rooms and suites, a bar, and a restaurant with<br />

contemporary British design. The latest addition—<br />

perhaps even more exciting—is Umiltà 36, where<br />

the elegance of the interiors harkens back in all the<br />

best ways to La Dolce Vita.<br />

There is another group that has just expanded<br />

its collection of urban escapes as well. Following<br />

The First Arte and The First Dolce hotels—the<br />

former focused on impressive works of art and the<br />

latter on haute patisserie—The Pavilions Hotels<br />

& Resorts (pavilionshotels.com) has just opened<br />

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The First Musica, where music suffuses every<br />

corner, at least in spirit. The strikingly modern<br />

concrete façade with floor-to-ceiling windows<br />

pays homage to Richard Meier’s iconic Museo<br />

dell’Ara Pacis, situated on the opposite bank of<br />

the Tiber. Inside, Loro Piana fabrics and Calacatta<br />

marble conjure a calm, warmly luxurious<br />

ambience that echoes the promise of the brand to<br />

cover all five senses in every property.<br />


The hotel openings have led the transformation<br />

of the Roman culinary offering thanks to the<br />

arrival of numerous starred chefs. Perhaps the<br />

most awaited was Ciccio Sultano of the two-<br />

Michelin-starred Duomo Restaurant in Ragusa<br />

Ibla, who has succeeded in merging Sicilian<br />

cuisine and Roman culture in the kitchen of<br />

Giano Restaurant (gianorestaurant.com) at W<br />

Hotel. The sweet part of the meal is entrusted<br />


The history of the Pantheon,<br />

above, contrasts with the<br />

new hotels in the city, such<br />

as The Hoxton, the Maalot,<br />

and Umiltà 36, facing page,<br />

clockwise from top left.<br />

to the pastry chef Fabrizio Fiorani, who has also<br />

opened his first boutique Zucchero x Fabrizio<br />

Fiorani inside the hotel. Try his “Happy pills,” a<br />

burst of pure happiness with five chocolate pilllike<br />

bites: dark, white with vanilla, raspberry,<br />

pistachio, and caramel. For those who want to<br />

combine fine dining with a breathtaking view of<br />

the Roman skyline, there is Cielo at the Hotel de<br />

La Ville by Rocco Forte (roccofortehotels.com),<br />

which has a good claim to being the best rooftop<br />

bar in the city. Here, master of Italian cuisine<br />

Fulvio Pierangelini offers his intriguing and<br />

unconventional dishes from lunch to a smart<br />

casual dinner.<br />

Speaking of panoramic restaurants, La<br />

Pergola (romecavalieri.com) by three-starred<br />

chef Heinz Beck is an institution in the city,<br />

as is La Terrazza Restaurant on the top floor<br />

of the Hotel Eden by Dorchester Collection<br />

(dorchestercollection.com) where presidents<br />

The hotel openings have transformed<br />

the Roman culinary offering thanks<br />

to the arrival of numerous starred chefs<br />

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and heads of state often meet. The view from<br />

the Acquaroof Terrazza Molinari of The First<br />

Roma Arte hotel is also astonishing: Here chef<br />

Daniele Lippi offers a more informal version<br />

of his creative cuisine served at Acquolina<br />

(acquolinaristorante.it), the gourmet restaurant<br />

located on the ground floor, where the art on<br />

the plate obviates any need for additional views.<br />


Retail therapy has long been centered on Via<br />

dei Condotti, but for something original and<br />

handmade, the place to go is Via di Monserrato.<br />

Along this secluded street, behind the Campo<br />

de Fiori district, you can find the highest<br />

concentration of creativity in the city. Take the<br />

jewelry at Delfina Delettrez (delfinadelettrez.<br />

com), where the eponymous daughter of the<br />

goldsmith Bernard Delettrez and Silvia Venturini<br />

Fendi creates handmade treasures inspired by<br />

Surrealism and the art of Giorgio de Chirico. At<br />

No. 18 there is another jewelry store beloved by<br />

VIPs, including Queen Rania of Jordan: Fabio<br />

Salini (fabiosalini.it) who, after working for<br />

Cartier and Bulgari, founded his own firm. He<br />

experiments with new materials, such as carbon<br />

fiber, as well as combining gold, diamonds, and<br />

sapphires with wood, leather, and silk. Two<br />

more unmissable stops on Via di Monserrato are<br />

Chez Dédé (chezdede.com), which purveys a<br />

sophisticated mix of objets d’art, accessories,<br />

and clothing, and the Archivio di Monserrato<br />

(soledadtwombly.com), a jewel box of a boutique<br />

founded by Soledad Twombly, daughter-in-law of<br />

the American painter Cy. Argentinian by origin,<br />

she has created her wunderkammer in Rome by<br />

collecting ancient fabrics, mainly from Anatolia<br />

and Uzbekistan, as well as kimonos and objects<br />

inspired by her travels. For original fashions<br />

with comfortable and elegant lines, head to La<br />

Jolie Fille (lajoliefille.it) by Michele Capalbo, a<br />

well-known Italian fashion designer who has<br />

worked with Roberto Cavalli and Chiara Boni.<br />

He makes deft use of silk, velvet, and lace in<br />

his handmade dresses, which often boast deep<br />

necklines and touches of transparency. The last<br />

stop has to be Lab Solue (labsolueperfume.<br />

com), an olfactory laboratory where you can<br />

create your personal perfume or home fragrance<br />

with the crack on-site team.<br />


Rome is an open-air museum. Each corner reveals<br />

its millennia of history to anyone who cares to<br />

look. But to discover the secret soul of the city,<br />

ISTOCK<br />

A NEW DAWN<br />

Sunrise over the<br />

Roman Forum.<br />



8 miles<br />

the inaccessible aristocratic buildings, where you<br />

can see not only recent trends but seldom-seen<br />

archaeological finds, it’s worth seeking out the<br />

right guide. Try the journey among myths, legends,<br />

and superstition offered by Hotel de la Ville or the<br />

guided tour to the places where Caravaggio spent<br />

his eventful life curated by Hotel Eden. And you<br />

don’t need to be staying to enjoy the bounty of<br />

the historians: Eden also arranges private visits to<br />

the MAXXI museum storeroom, where otherwise<br />

unseeable artworks are kept, and jaunts in a<br />

classic Italian Fiat 124 Spider convertible to<br />

explore the beautiful Roman countryside.<br />

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Fabio Ciervo, executive chef of<br />

La Terrazza, at Hotel Eden.<br />


Innovative, healthy, tasty, and artistic.<br />


Bringing back my memories in my cuisine is essential for me. The crunchy mullet with its broth and seaweed<br />

tartare is one of the dishes that represents me best. In it you can find uniqueness, concentration of taste,<br />

and the enhancement of ingredients in different textures.<br />


The “cacio e pepe” pasta is one of the most representative dishes of Roman cuisine. My personal<br />

interpretation is spaghetti with cacio cheese and black pepper from Madagascar scented with rosebuds.<br />


I am attentive not to waste, I use water only when needed, I ask our supplier to reuse the same cases to<br />

deliver fruits and vegetables. I could continue with a long list.<br />

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Bespoke is back in a big way, and a new generation of sartorial<br />

talent has taken the reins at major houses across the globe, giving us<br />

a peek at the cuts of tomorrow. // By Christian Barker<br />


DURING THE PANDEMIC, the demand for bespoke tailoring<br />

plummeted. That’s hardly a surprise. Who needed a new<br />

suit or tuxedo when in-person business meetings, trips to the<br />

office, social events, and formal occasions were out of the<br />

question—and for some, even leaving home was forbidden?<br />

According to the renowned New York men’s outfitter Alan<br />

Flusser—who has dressed all manner of Wall Street tycoons—<br />

during the lockdowns, his clients were hiding out at their holiday<br />

houses in the Hamptons. “They’re telling me they haven’t put<br />

a pair of trousers on for months; they’ve been living in T-shirts<br />

and tracksuit pants,” Flusser said when we spoke in 2020.<br />

His response was to down tools and offer protégé<br />

Jonathan Sigmon the chance to take over the business.<br />

Flusser wasn’t the only old hand to call it quits. There’s<br />

been a great deal of baton-passing going on in the<br />

sartorial scene of late, with numerous leading tailors<br />

retiring and a new generation rising to take their place.<br />

One such ascendant figure is Paolo Martorano (paolostyle.com),<br />

who got his start working for Flusser, before honing his skills at<br />

Paul Stuart and subsequently running the bespoke department<br />

at Alfred Dunhill U.S.A. Five years ago, he hung out his own<br />

shingle, setting up a bijou by-appointment atelier on West 57th<br />

Street in Manhattan. Things were going fantastically well before<br />

the pandemic hit. “By March 2020, we’d done about 80 percent<br />

of 2019’s revenue. Business was just exploding,” Martorano says.<br />

Then came the dip. Fortunately, as life has returned to normal,<br />

demand for sartorial finery has bounced back—bigger and better<br />

than ever, in fact. “Since the second half of 2021, the occasiondressing<br />

business skyrocketed. Everyone wants to go out, everyone<br />

wants to be dressed up,” Martorano says. “Weddings are almost all<br />

black-tie now and we’re making a ton of tuxedos.”<br />

As companies have begun returning to the office, “People are<br />

coming to me for suits and they’re buying the most elegant suits<br />

I’ve ever sold in my career,” Martorano says. “They’re going for<br />


Paolo Martorano, right and facing<br />

page, has emerged as a major player<br />

on the New York sartorial scene.<br />

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“People are coming to me for suits<br />

and they’re buying the most elegant suits<br />

I’ve ever sold in my career.”– Paolo Martorano<br />



Dominic Sebag-<br />

Montefiore is<br />

carrying on Edward<br />

Sexton’s subversive<br />

traditions.<br />

Facing page: Kevin<br />

Seah leads the<br />

way in Singapore’s<br />

tailoring circles.<br />

pinstripes; they’re going for double-breasted;<br />

they’re going for peak lapels; they’re going for<br />

dressy jackets and trousers with braces. They’re<br />

choosing cloths like cashmere. They want luxury.”<br />

And they want it from an under-the-radar purveyor<br />

with pedigree whom Martorano personifies.<br />

Across the pond in London, Dominic Sebag-<br />

Montefiore, cutter and creative director at<br />

Edward Sexton (edwardsexton.co.uk), is also<br />

observing customers taking real joy in dressing<br />

to the nines. “Bespoke tailoring is blooming into<br />

something beautiful and special,” he says. No<br />

longer is traditional men’s wear viewed as a<br />

dour corporate uniform, reluctantly donned for<br />

the workday. “Today, the suit is free to be an<br />

icon of masculine elegance,” he explains, “or<br />

something subversive.”<br />

Sebag-Montefiore’s mentor, the eponymous<br />

Sexton, knows a thing or two about subversion,<br />

having earned legendary status as the cutter for<br />

Savile Row insurrectionist Tommy Nutter, tailor<br />

to 1960s London’s swingingest characters.<br />

Today, Sexton’s house honors Nutter’s legacy,<br />

remaining dedicated to making “clothes that<br />

are striking, bold and timeless that are true<br />

to our rebellious roots—dressing The Beatles,<br />

Stones, Warhol, Hockney, and so on,” Sebag-<br />

Montefiore explains. “We approach what we<br />

do boldly and unapologetically,” he says. “We<br />

have more freedom to be creative in what we<br />

make than we have had in over 40 years.”<br />

And yet, for all this talk of breaking with<br />

tradition, Sebag-Montefiore says he’s acutely<br />

conscious of the need to adhere to the oldschool<br />

values of exquisite construction and<br />

craftsmanship upon which Sexton built his<br />

name. “Legacies are hard earned and easily<br />

lost,” Sebag-Montefiore believes. “A reputation is<br />

dependent on maintaining the standards that won<br />

it. A legacy is kept by pursuing higher standards.”<br />

The reputation of Australia’s oldest bespoke<br />

tailors, J.H. Cutler (jhcutler.com), stretches<br />

all the way back to 1884. When John Cutler<br />

assumed the role of cutter at the family<br />

business in the 1970s, he became the fourth<br />

generation of his bloodline to run the company.<br />

Over the years, John expertly catered to the<br />

sartorial needs of a host of Australian prime<br />

ministers, business leaders, top professionals,<br />

and internationally renowned entertainers.<br />

Unfortunately, none of John’s four children<br />

chose to follow him into the trade, so when<br />

he began pondering retirement, he was forced<br />

to look beyond his gene pool for a successor.<br />

Employed by John in 2009, Sam Hazelton has<br />

been training to take the reins at J.H. Cutler<br />

for the past 13 years. Now, with John retiring<br />

to Tasmania, he’s poised to fulfill that destiny.<br />

“It’s an amazing opportunity,” says Hazelton.<br />

“I’m truly honored and I’m still getting used to<br />

the idea. I’ve always known that the business<br />

had incredible potential, and I’d like to really<br />

explore that over the next few years.” He says<br />

plans are afoot to refresh and slightly modernize<br />

the brand, and to ensure the standards Cutler<br />

and his forefathers established are kept.<br />

“It’s difficult finding or training people these<br />

days. Sadly, there’s no government-supported<br />

tailoring apprenticeship program in this country.<br />

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But I’ve just hired a fantastic new tailor. It’s<br />

important to recruit young talent to learn alongside<br />

the older guys we currently have, who are in<br />

their sixties and seventies, so that their skills are<br />

passed on,” Hazelton says. “We need to ensure<br />

we can continue to keep producing tailoring of the<br />

same or better quality 10 or 20 years from now.”<br />

The most famous Florentine tailoring house,<br />

Liverano & Liverano (liverano.com) is working<br />

toward this same goal by actively educating a new<br />

generation of talent. The house has established<br />

a school where students are tutored by maestro<br />

Antonio Liverano, who first picked up a needle<br />

as a small boy in the 1930s. Select graduates<br />

join the team as Liverano Fellows, a cohort that<br />

currently includes men and women from Italy,<br />

Japan, and Korea.<br />

“Coming from different backgrounds, we<br />

share one common goal, which is to craft the<br />

most beautiful and comfortable tailoring for<br />

our clients,” says Korean Seung Jin “Jin” An.<br />

“We work in a collaborative setting, and we<br />

learn from each other’s culture while upholding<br />

what is a very Italian tradition and craft.”<br />

Italian Leonardo Simoncini, who works<br />

as a tailor in the atelier and a teacher in the<br />

Liverano school, says carrying on the traditions<br />

of the maestro is a dream come true. “As<br />

a native of Florence, I am super proud to<br />

represent the best in Italian and Florentine<br />

tailoring and the ‘Made in Italy’ label,” he says.<br />

Of his cosmopolitan team-mates, Simoncini<br />

says, “Every one of us is passionate about our<br />

craft. We have never forgotten and we never<br />

take for granted the position that we occupy.<br />

Whether we are in the atelier here in Florence<br />

or visiting our clients halfway around the world,<br />

we are ambassadors of the Liverano approach.”<br />

One of the countries Simoncini and Jin<br />

frequently visit to service Liverano’s customers is<br />

Singapore. In this equatorial nation, for the past<br />

13 years, sartorial culture has been championed<br />

and fostered by one individual above all others:<br />

Kevin Seah (kevinseah.com). In addition to<br />

classic suits, tuxedos, and blazers, Seah traffics<br />

in forward-thinking bespoke attire tailored to<br />

Singapore’s steamy climate.<br />

“Bespoke isn’t just about what a banker or<br />

lawyer might traditionally wear to the office,”<br />

Seah explains. “I encourage my clients to<br />

reconsider their preconceptions of bespoke.<br />

Why not commission a unique tropical shirt in<br />

beautiful Indian block-print cotton? Or some<br />

bespoke shorts or chinos? Individuality and selfexpression,<br />

creating a wardrobe that reflects your<br />

lifestyle and tastes. That’s the future of tailoring.”<br />


“Post-pandemic, the conscious consumer wants to invest<br />

in something that they can wear numerous times in<br />

numerous ways, dressing it up, dressing it down, rather<br />

than spending £2,000 on a dress they’ll wear once to a<br />

party, or buying disposable fast fashion that will quickly<br />

find its way into a landfill. People’s mindsets around<br />

fashion have changed. They want longevity, durability, and<br />

versatility.” So says Daisy Knatchbull, founder of THE DECK<br />

(thedecklondon.com), the first tailoring shop on Savile Row<br />

exclusively for women, by women. Established in 2019, the<br />

firm swiftly found a loyal fanbase among female consumers<br />

seeking to “buy less but better,” investing in perennial<br />

garments that can be mended when necessary and altered<br />

as the body evolves. Trend-proof apparel of sufficient<br />

quality to survive a lifetime—or more. “Our tailoring is<br />

made to last,” Knatchbull explains. “We do free repairs for<br />

life: We construct garments in such a way that they can<br />

be adjusted for the rest of your life, and beyond. They truly<br />

can be passed down to the next generation.”<br />

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The coolest of hues took some time to make its<br />

way into the world of watchmaking,<br />

but now it’s here to stay. // By Chris Hall<br />

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SINCE THE LATE 1960s, and defi nitely by the onset<br />

of the 1970s, there have always been some blue<br />

watches—the dressier kind of Omega Seamasters,<br />

a few Rolexes, Heuer Monacos. And the latter<br />

decade also saw a fair bit of wild and colorful<br />

experimentation, especially as watchmakers<br />

looked to compete with new-fangled digital<br />

timepieces. But, by and large, the watches you’d<br />

actually fi nd at a top jeweler or see advertised in<br />

a magazine came in two colors: black and white.<br />

To say it continued that way for the next 40 years<br />

would be a serious oversimplifi cation—watches<br />

associated with the sea certainly adopted blue as<br />

a dial color earlier than others, and such is the<br />

multitudinous nature of the watch world that you<br />

can fi nd an exception to any rule. But it is true that<br />

come the late 2000s and early 2010s, something<br />

was afoot. Blue was suddenly everywhere, to the<br />

extent that before long, it was accepted as almost<br />

a third default color, something to be expected<br />

every time a new model or range launched,<br />

rather than something special that would follow<br />

in due course. We see now that it was just the<br />

fi rst trickle in what would become a chromatic<br />

deluge, as manufacturing technology and fashion<br />

tastes converged to allow watchmakers to offer<br />

more or less any watch in more or less any color.<br />

First, a sea of green watches emerged, followed<br />

by a veritable rainbow of pink, purple, orange,<br />

and more. At the same time, a whole new<br />

generation of blue watches has launched—and<br />

in comparison to the wilder hues on offer, it’s<br />

starting to look like the perfect middle ground.<br />

Allow us to present the best of <strong>2022</strong>’s blue<br />

watches: not necessarily as revolutionary as they<br />

might have been a generation ago, but a very<br />

welcome additional choice. As you might expect,<br />

many brands still make the natural association<br />

between seafaring and watches in some form<br />

or other. The Baume & Mercier Riviera 10616<br />

(baume-et-mercier.com), while possessed of the<br />

necessary water resistance and sturdy steel case<br />

to dip beneath the waves, is billed as a watch for<br />

gazing down at the water from your Sunseeker,<br />

and, appropriately enough, the semi-transparent<br />

blue sapphire dial makes the automatic<br />

movement beneath look like something halfglimpsed<br />

in the shallows. Montblanc’s 1858 Iced<br />

Sea Automatic Date (montblanc.com) is another<br />

watch making metaphorical with its dial—this<br />

time using an array of complicated techniques<br />

to give the impression of gazing into the ancient<br />

heart of a glacier. Back on the open waves, and<br />

paying reference to the brand’s 176 years of<br />

maritime clockmaking is Ulysse Nardin’s latest<br />

Marine Torpilleur Moonphase (ulysse-nardin.<br />

com), a watch that could well be said to embody<br />

the safer side of blue dials (not for nothing is<br />

navy blue supposed to be the easiest color for<br />

men to wear when it comes to their wider<br />

wardrobes). But at the same brand you’ll also<br />


Above from left: Audemars Piguet<br />

Royal Oak 50th Anniversary 37mm;<br />

Montblanc 1858 Iced Sea Automatic<br />

Date; Baume & Mercier Riviera 10616.<br />

Facing page, clockwise from top left:<br />

Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon;<br />

Patek Philippe 5470P-001; Ressence Type<br />

8; Hublot Big Bang Integrated Sky Blue.<br />

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Above from left: H. Moser & Cie<br />

Endeavour Perpetual Calendar;<br />

Czapek Antarctique; Oris Big Crown<br />

Pointer Date.<br />

Facing page, clockwise from top:<br />

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus; Ulysse<br />

Nardin Marine Torpilleur Moonphase;<br />

Cartier Santos.<br />

fi nd the Freak X Aventurine, an altogether bolder<br />

way to work a deep blue into the collection.<br />

Indeed, there is often a practical consideration<br />

to the choice of color on offer. Whether it’s<br />

the rich starry blue of aventurine glass or the<br />

complexity of creating exactly the right color-fast,<br />

wear-resistant pigment, or perfecting the dozens<br />

of artisanal steps that can go into a high-end,<br />

enamel-fi red dial, the fi nal color of a watch is<br />

determined by what’s possible as much as by<br />

what its creator may have been able to imagine.<br />

Ceramic watches are notable for opening up a<br />

whole new world of possibilities: The whole<br />

watch can adopt a new shade, from bezel to<br />

buckle, but each new color requires a fresh<br />

chemical recipe for the raw ceramic powder,<br />

which will change color when moulded and fi red<br />

into shape. Hublot’s Big Bang Integrated Sky<br />

Blue (hublot.com) is a case in point—such a<br />

delicate hue has taken its engineers a while to<br />

master. The end result is a watch that won’t be<br />

mistaken for any other. Also experimenting with<br />

spreading color beyond the dial is Cartier (cartier.<br />

com), which having breathed new life into the<br />

Santos a few years ago, is now expanding it<br />

far beyond its 1980s roots (which seemed<br />

daring enough back then) with a blue coating<br />

to the bezel and bracelet. The all-blue look—<br />

thanks to its expansive dial and carefully paired<br />

leather strap—was also on display at Ressence<br />

(ressencewatches.com), which debuted its new<br />

Type 8 (the simplest and most stripped-back<br />

of its creations to date) in just one color. And if<br />

clever, independently owned watch brands with a<br />

minimalist streak are your thing, there’s also H.<br />

Moser & Cie (h-moser.com), whose nifty perpetual<br />

calendar complication was given a dazzling blue<br />

dial for the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar that<br />

launched in February alongside a provocative<br />

sister model whose dial came inscribed<br />

with chalkboard-style instructions for use.<br />

At the other end of the spectrum, in terms<br />

of solemnity if not visually, there is perhaps no<br />

better indication of blue’s arrival than its use by<br />

the very biggest watchmaking maisons for their<br />

top releases. Patek Philippe (patek.com) chose<br />

to debut an incredible, multi-patented new<br />

chronograph, reference 5470P-001, in what is,<br />

by its dignifi ed standards, a very racy blue and<br />

red color scheme, with a casual fabric strap to<br />


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Ceramic watches are notable for opening up a<br />

whole new world of possibilities.<br />

match. Meanwhile, its companion at the very top<br />

of the tree, Audemars Piguet (audemarspiguet.<br />

com), wisely kept the classic blue dial for its<br />

stainless steel 39mm Jumbo 50th anniversary<br />

reissue of the Royal Oak but—according to<br />

collectors watching the 50th anniversary<br />

collection as it launched—the piece that set<br />

tongues wagging was the smaller, more unisex,<br />

37mm in ice blue. More than any other blue, this<br />

particular shade stood out in <strong>2022</strong>: it was hard<br />

to miss at A. Lange & Söhne (alange-soehne.<br />

com), , on the new Odysseus, and equally catching on Czapek’s Antarctique (czapek.com).<br />

Some would surely argue that the combination<br />

of a frosty pale blue is a perfect match for the<br />

brushed and polished titanium of the Odysseus,<br />

or the steel of the Antarctique, but I think the<br />

truth is these sleek, integrated-bracelet designs<br />

work well with almost any blue (or almost any<br />

color at all, come to that). Certainly Chopard’s<br />

Alpine Eagle (chopard.com), which is hewn<br />

from the same strata as the Royal Oak, Nautilus<br />

et al, is no worse for having a brighter, bolder<br />

blue dial on its new Flying Tourbillon reference.<br />

The dial pattern is crafted to resemble the<br />

fl ecked iris of an eagle’s eye, and here has been<br />

redrawn to emanate from the beating tourbillon<br />

at six o’clock. Not to take away from the handfi<br />

nished watchmaking on show, but sometimes<br />

it’s all about having a dial the owner wants to<br />

stare at for far longer than it takes to tell the time.<br />

You could say the same—at a very different<br />

price point, with very different techniques on<br />

offer—of a watch as unassuming as Oris’s Big<br />

Crown Pointer Date (oris.ch). Pictures only begin<br />

to hint at how glossy, how rich and how all-round<br />

smart is the navy blue dial. Alongside the more<br />

illustrious horology we’ve just rattled through,<br />

eye-<br />

it might recede into the background, but when<br />

all is said and done it’s a perfect embodiment of<br />

our opening point: A blue watch that works as a<br />

mainstream choice, with infi nitely more character<br />

and life than if it were sombre black. Indeed,<br />

when it comes to watchmaking, there has really<br />

never been a better time to have the blues.<br />

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TABLES<br />

A global guide to the best new restaurants,<br />

many of which have a Gallic twist. // By Bill Knott<br />

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Below, from left to right: Soufflé for<br />

two at Koloman, New York; the bar at<br />

Batea, Barcelona; Adriana Cavita at<br />

her eponymous London restaurant;<br />

Japanese-French fusion at Magma in<br />

Paris; Alejandro Saravia of Melbourne’s<br />

Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters; a<br />

private room at Mr. T’s in L.A.<br />

P64-65, from left: Pancia di vacca<br />

from Horto in Milan; peach and<br />

raspberry Charlotte from the dessert<br />

menu at Koloman.<br />

IT MAY HAVE BEEN usurped in gourmets’ affections over the<br />

past couple of decades by molecular gastronomy and Scandi<br />

minimalism, but French cuisine is fighting back. Perhaps, postpandemic,<br />

we all crave burgundy banquettes, crisp white napkins,<br />

sparkling chandeliers, and the contented bistro buzz that only<br />

Gallic savoir-faire can provide.<br />

Nowhere is that truer than New York. Daniel Boulud, New York’s<br />

favorite French son, has gone back to his Lyonnais roots to open<br />

Le Gratin (legratinnyc.com), a pitch-perfect bistro de luxe with<br />

dishes that would bring a tear to his maman’s eye: cervelle de<br />

canut (soft cheese with herbs), quenelles of pike with mushrooms<br />

and gruyère, pâté en croûte gourmand, and spit-roast chicken with<br />

gratin dauphinois.<br />

Not to be outdone, Fouquet’s, the hallowed Champs-Élysées<br />

brasserie, now has a New York outpost, in the heart of Tribeca.<br />

The menu at the Art Deco-ish Brasserie Fouquet’s New York<br />

(hotelsbarriere.com) is the brainchild of marquee chef Pierre<br />

Gagnaire, who adds his customary élan to a classically Gallic menu<br />

of escargots, sole meunière, and steak tartare.<br />

Up in NoMad land, Austrian chef Markus Glocker is fusing a<br />

Viennese café vibe with a (mostly) French menu. Taking over the Ace<br />

Hotel space vacated by The Breslin, Koloman (kolomanrestaurant.<br />

com) offers cheese soufflé with confit mushrooms, and salmon<br />

en croûte with beetroot beurre rouge, but there’s also a schnitzel,<br />

naturally, and sachertorte to follow.<br />

Back in Paris’s 16th arrondissement, Le Petit Rétro (petitretro.<br />

fr) is hardly new—this glorious Art Nouveau bistro has been in<br />

business since 1904—but the owner is: The renowned Guy Savoy,<br />

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“Perhaps, post-pandemic, we all crave<br />

burgundy banquettes, crisp white napkins,<br />

and sparkling chandeliers.”<br />


the stove. Expect marrowbone tartine, veal sweetbreads with grain<br />

mustard, classic desserts, and a great wine list.<br />

Over in the 11th arrondissement, by Oberkampf, the love affair<br />

between France and Japan continues at the small and stylish<br />

Magma (+33 01 4805 5690). Yamaguchi-born chef Ryuya<br />

Ono’s menu changes “suivant son humeur”, but his sublime<br />

technique is a constant, cooking classic French combos—gurnard<br />

with bouillabaisse sauce, rabbit pithivier with smoked eel—with<br />

precision and aplomb.<br />

Across the Channel, chef Alex Dilling, who earned his spurs at<br />

The Connaught and The Greenhouse, now has his name above<br />

the door at the Hotel Café Royal (hotelcaferoyal.com). His refined<br />

brand of haute cuisine marries French technique with luxury<br />

ingredients and a generous dash of originality: aged kaluga caviar<br />

with oysters and long pepper, for instance, or pâté de campagne<br />

with black truffle and jamón ibérico.<br />

It is London’s hottest ticket right now, but rivaling it will be<br />

The Audley (theaudleypublichouse.com), international gallerist<br />

Hauser & Wirth’s makeover of a towering old Mayfair pub. Hauser<br />

& Wirth—known as Artfarm, for hospitality purposes—have plenty<br />

of form (Roth Bar & Grill in Somerset; The Fife Arms in Braemar;<br />

Manuela in L.A.) and promise a classic ground-floor pub with bar<br />

snacks, and the first-floor Mount St. Restaurant, with ex-Gordon<br />

Ramsay chef Jamie Shears rattling the pans.<br />

Londoners love a little spice, and Cavita (cavitarestaurant.com),<br />

the newly opened, much-lauded Mexican joint in Marylebone,<br />

is happy to oblige. The chef/proprietor is the hugely talented<br />

Adriana Cavita; the space is a high-ceilinged subtropical oasis;<br />

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and the food is earthy and seductive. Try the smoked beef shin<br />

quesabirria—a hybrid of a taco and a quesadilla—served with veal<br />

bone consommé.<br />

Elsewhere in Europe, Barcelona continues to cement its gastrotourist<br />

reputation with Batea (bateabarcelona.com), the handsome<br />

new seafood restaurant from local boy Carles Ramon and Galician<br />

Manu Núñez, the two chefs behind the acclaimed Besta. Their<br />

sometimes audacious menus delight in uniting their two corners<br />

of Spain (and the Atlantic with the Mediterranean): spicy mussel<br />

croquetas, maybe, or cockles with a salted fish broth dashi, or<br />

sautéed baby cuttlefish with bouillabaisse mash and dry-aged<br />

steak. Go with an open mind and an empty stomach.<br />

In fashion-conscious Milan, nowhere is more in vogue than Horto<br />

(hortorestaurant.com), the sleek and stylish restaurant atop The<br />

Medelan, the new business and retail complex in Piazza Cordusio.<br />

The brains in the kitchen belong to Norbert Niederkofler, the three-<br />

Michelin-starred chef from St. Hubertus, who has transferred his<br />

ultra-local philosophy from the Dolomites to Milan. All his produce<br />

comes from within an hour’s drive of the city: The menu changes<br />

constantly, but expect freshwater trout and sturgeon, locally farmed<br />

caviar, and imaginative twists on northern Italian classics such as<br />

Piemontese “plin” (agnolotti) gilded with saffron and scattered with<br />

borage flowers from the terrace garden.<br />

Meanwhile, Bangkok’s post-pandemic recovery continues<br />

apace, and the city’s cosmopolitan tastes are exemplified by Terra<br />

(bangkok-terra.com), the smart new Spanish restaurant from<br />

Barcelona-born chef Sandro Aguilera. Located just off Petchburi<br />

Road, Aguilera’s menu takes the very best of Spanish produce and<br />

turns it into a feast both for the palate and for the eyes. Ajo blanco<br />

is reinvented with coconut, clams, and a basil granita; cuttlefish<br />

is served as a tartare with charred lettuce; while Galician octopus<br />

has bomba rice, roasted white asparagus, and alioli for company.<br />

For an underappreciated cuisine much closer to home, head to<br />

North (north-restaurant.com), in Phrom Phong, a leafy sanctuary in<br />

the middle of Bangkok. Chiang Rai-raised chef Panupong Songsang’s<br />

menu, as the restaurant’s name suggests, is a homage to northern<br />

Thai cuisine—the ancient kingdom of Lan Na—and his cleverly<br />

crafted menu takes diners on a journey through river and jungle, far<br />

away from the coconut palms and the ocean that inform many Thai<br />

menus. Expect butterflied and grilled king river prawns with khao soi<br />

noodles and a spicy broth, Chiang Rai-style deep-fried catfish salad<br />

(“larb”), and tea-smoked duck breast with galangal chili sauce.<br />


Above: Refined dining at Horto, Milan.<br />

Facing page, from top: Markus Glocker<br />

and Katya Scharnagl of Koloman,<br />

New York; côte de boeuf from Le Gratin,<br />

also in the Big Apple.<br />

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Jeow (jeow.net.au), in Melbourne, has much in common<br />

with North: the food here is Laotian, from the other side of the<br />

Mekong—“jeow” is the Lao word for a sauce, paste or dip—and<br />

funky, jungle flavors are to the fore in dishes like “or lam”, a brothy<br />

stew made with beef short ribs, spiced with the Szechuan pepperlike<br />

“sakhaan” and fragrant with herbs. Chef and co-owner Thi Le<br />

is also fermenting her own Laotian fish sauce, a cloudy condiment<br />

called “padek” that adds its distinctively pungent flavor to many<br />

Laotian dishes.<br />

Also in Melbourne, Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters<br />

(victoriarestaurant.com.au) has galvanized the Fed Square<br />

culinary scene with an ambitious 250-cover restaurant, a 20-cover<br />

wine library, and an all-weather terrace overlooking the Yarra<br />

River. Leading the kitchen is chef Alejandro Saravia, and his menu<br />

celebrates the produce of Victoria, from Snake Valley smoked eel<br />

pâté with pancetta, and Koo Wee Rup asparagus with walnut<br />

cream to Western Plains pork loin with roast onion and dark beer,<br />

and free-range lamb cutlets with mountain pepper mustard. The<br />

wine list is described as a “bible,” and they’re not kidding.<br />

There’s no kangaroo on Saravia’s menu, but it has somehow<br />

hopped over to Singapore: specifically, to Kaarla (kaarla-oumi.sg),<br />

the new restaurant from Australian-born chef John-Paul Fiechtner.<br />

His spotlight shines on Australian coastal cuisine: as well as<br />

kangaroo, salted and given extra bounce with liquorice root and<br />

bush tomato, you might find Australian oysters with oyster leaf and<br />

fig leaf vinegar, Abrolhos Island scallops with edible flowers and<br />

trout roe, and wagyu from Robbins Island, pepped up with pickles<br />

and preserves from Fiechtner’s garden. The kitchen’s impressive<br />

wood-fired grill gives a welcome lick of smoke to many of the<br />

dishes, and the wine list is also striking.<br />

Finally, heading back to the States, and two new restaurants—<br />

the first in Los Angeles, the second in Chicago—that confirm<br />

the Gallic trend, although Mr. T’s (mrtrestaurants.com) original<br />

restaurant is in Paris’s trendy Upper Marais district, where chef<br />

Tsuyoshi Miyazaki (the eponymous Mr. T) and business partner<br />

Guillaume Guedj play fast and loose with the bistro concept, to<br />

the delight of a hipster crowd that feasts happily on lamb kebabs<br />

scented with burning thyme, truffled mac’n’cheese, and vegan<br />

“merguez” made from carrots and served with salsify fries, all to a<br />

thumping R&B backbeat. Expect no different on Hollywood’s North<br />

Sycamore Avenue.<br />

Obélix (obelixchicago.com), in Chicago’s River North district,<br />

is cut from more traditional cloth: Daniel Boulud (or his mother)<br />

could have written the menu. Gratinated onion soup features a<br />

rich beef stock, Swiss cheese and croûtons, salade lyonnaise<br />

tosses duck confit and duck egg in with the frisée and the<br />

vinaigrette, and coquilles Saint-Jacques are bathed in a grapestudded<br />

sauce Véronique. The sancerre is perfectly chilled, the<br />

plateau de fruits de mer is a work of art, the jelly in the pâté en<br />

croûte has the perfect wobble, and the room is as buzzy as a<br />

beehive. As co-owners and brothers Oliver and Nicolas Poilevey<br />

would probably say: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.<br />

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One of Bordeaux’s leading vineyards is converting its<br />

terroir to biodynamic farming —a change led by the<br />

formidable Saskia de Rothschild. // By Guy Woodward<br />

LAFITE<br />

LOOKS<br />


WITHIN THE WINE world, Bordeaux is not a place where things<br />

tend to happen quickly. Take the region’s hallowed 1855<br />

classification, which ranks the top châteaux of the Médoc from<br />

first to fifth growths. The ranking has seen just one change<br />

in its 167-year history—the stately Mouton Rothschild being<br />

promoted from a second to first growth after its owner, Baron<br />

Philippe de Rothschild, successfully petitioned agriculture<br />

minister and future president Jacques Chirac in 1973.<br />

Other than that, such is the sanctity of their terroir that changes<br />

of ownership, winemakers, and even the expansion and addition<br />

of vineyards, have not threatened the status of this vinous elite. As<br />

a result, Mouton’s close relation, Château Lafite Rothschild, which<br />

belongs to another branch of the aristocratic family, has, since 1855,<br />

retained its status as one of only four, latterly five, Premiers Grands<br />

Crus Classés – and with it, its reputation as a bastion of Bordeaux,<br />

and one of most vaunted, coveted (and expensive) wines in the world.<br />

Lafite, too, is not given to radical change. Under the long-time<br />

stewardship of the debonair if somewhat detached Baron Éric de<br />

Rothschild—cousin to Baron Philippe—it continued on its serene<br />

trajectory, Baron Éric’s only nod to fashion the velvet smoking<br />

slippers he was fond of wearing to the grand black-tie dinners<br />

that are commonplace in Bordeaux’s wine fraternity. Yet having<br />

celebrated its 150th year in the ownership of the same family in<br />

2018, the property has undergone something of a transformation.<br />

Two things happened in 2018, in addition to the anniversary<br />

celebrations. Firstly, Saskia de Rothschild (the sixth generation,<br />

and neither the oldest child, nor male, and therefore destined<br />

not to inherit her father’s title) took over the management of<br />

the estate, and its various sister properties, as the first female<br />

chairwoman of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite).<br />

“When the family decided it was time for Baron Éric to hand<br />

over to his daughter, it was a big, big change,” says Jean-Sebastien<br />

Philippe, international director of DBR Lafite. “We moved from a man<br />

who was a legend in the wine world, who had been managing the<br />

estate since 1974, to his young daughter, who was only born in 1987.<br />

“It was a big move, and when Saskia came on board, she wanted<br />

to make quite a lot of changes across everything we do. Not that what<br />

we were doing was wrong, but it was time to embrace modernity.”<br />

The second change—and the most significant immediate<br />

impact she made—was to convert all the Lafite vineyards (and<br />

those of its sister estates) to organic viticulture, a relatively<br />

radical move in Bordeaux. And having gone so far, why not go<br />

further? Over the last four years, the estate has been following—<br />

“in a scientific, empirical way,” says Philippe—biodynamic<br />

viticulture. One third of the property is now biodynamic, after a<br />

long-term study in collaboration with the University of Bordeaux,<br />

to gauge the effect of biodynamic farming on the vineyards.<br />

As Philippe acknowledges, it was “a very strong statement” for a<br />

first growth to commit itself to a type of vineyard husbandry that is<br />

more common in the more rustic wine regions of Burgundy, the Loire<br />

or even that hipster’s favourite the Jura. A handful of Bordeaux’s<br />

classified estates—notably Châteaux Palmer and Pontet-Canet—<br />

have followed the same path, but very few of the scale and status of<br />

Lafite (whose vineyard holdings total more than 270 acres, compared<br />


Château Lafite Rothschild, home of<br />

one of the Premiers Grands Crus<br />

Classés of Bordeaux.<br />


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“We’re trying to find a new way of interacting<br />

with consumers.” – Jean-Sebastien Philippe, international director, DBR Lafite<br />

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Jean-Sebastien Philippe is one of<br />

the innovative team bringing a new<br />

dynamism to the hallowed cellars of<br />

Château Lafite Rothschild.<br />

to small single-figure acreage at most Burgundy domaines).<br />

But then Saskia de Rothschild is not scared of a challenge.<br />

A graduate of HEC Paris and Columbia University, she carved<br />

out a successful career as an investigative journalist for the<br />

New York Times International Edition in the U.S., Africa,<br />

and Europe, where her assignments included a month spent<br />

interviewing inmates at the notorious La MACA prison at<br />

Abidjan, in Côte d’Ivoire; following the first female U.S.<br />

Marines on Afghanistan’s front line; and being embedded with<br />

sheep farmers taking on the mining industry in Greenland.<br />

This is not a woman afraid to get her hands dirty. “It was a great<br />

time, covering elections and other events in the area,” she said of<br />

her time in West Africa. When it became clear that she was favored<br />

over her two brothers and other contenders from the six branches<br />

of the family who are shareholders in Lafite, she returned to France<br />

to study viticulture and winemaking, and committed herself to the<br />

land where, as a young girl, she had picked grapes and tasted<br />

blends with her father. “I knew the place. I loved the place. And<br />

I felt I could protect it for years to come,” she said at the time.<br />

The conversion of the vineyard to organic and, ultimately,<br />

biodynamic farming is a wholesale undertaking. “It’s not a case of<br />

being organic for the sake of being organic, but going further via<br />

agroecology and agroforestry,” says Philippe. So while many Bordeaux<br />

estates are bolting on vineyards through the somewhat controversial<br />

purchasing of land from neighboring (but not necessarily classified)<br />

estates, Lafite has been pulling out acres of vineyards and replanting<br />

them with trees. “The trees were cut in the 1970s and ’80s so it<br />

was time to replant them to reproduce corridors of vegetation and<br />

wildlife,” says Philippe. The 494 acres of marsh fields at Lafite that<br />

sit alongside the vineyards are now home to herds of wild cows.<br />

“There is a lot of thinking and beliefs about biodynamism,<br />

but we wanted hard facts,” says Philippe. “We already have<br />

five years of data, and we need to do five more years’ study<br />

to go deep into understanding what biodynamics bring to<br />

the vineyard, good or bad. The electro-connectivity of soil,<br />

minerality of soil, genetic studies of soil, rootstock, leaves, etc.”<br />

The move is, he says, “very much linked to Saskia’s belief,” but is<br />

“something that we are embracing and that everyone is following, right<br />

across the château.” The transition, adds Philippe, has required “full<br />

commitment” from all involved. “We can’t force our viticulturalists to<br />

do something, so it needed us to fully explain and convince workers<br />

who have been here for generations that this is the way forward.”<br />

It is still too early to say how the move will impact the style of the<br />

wine in the bottle, but analysis by plot, grape variety, and terroir via<br />

blind tastings has shown “neither a drop nor a rise in quality”, says<br />

Philippe. So, given that the process is significantly more expensive<br />

and labor-intensive, leading to a drop in yields due to a less<br />

interventionist approach, but requiring more manpower to prepare<br />

and spread biodynamic concoctions in the vineyard, why bother?<br />

“Well, fortunately, we can afford it,” says Philippe. “But<br />

first and foremost, it’s about the health of the vineyard and<br />

the people working there for us. And then we cannot ignore<br />

the fact that there is a strong tendency these days—and this<br />

affects everything that we do—for people to be more conscious<br />

of the behaviour and approach of brands they consume.”<br />

There is also, says Philippe, the social impact. “We do a lot of<br />

things at Lafite that go beyond viticulture—so how can we create an<br />

ecosystem where we can help people who are in difficult situations<br />

to re-find a purpose in life and reintegrate themselves into society?”<br />

The answer has been through a program that sees refugees<br />

from parts of Africa and the Middle East recruited to be retrained<br />

and integrated into the Lafite vineyard team. “We welcome around<br />

10-20 every year, and try to provide them with a new job and<br />

a path for the future,” says Philippe. The property also has a<br />

foundation aimed at “being socially respectful in our local networks,<br />

in Pauillac [the commune where Lafite is based] and Bordeaux, by<br />

redistributing some of the wealth we accrue to the right causes.”<br />

It’s all part of a mission, as Philippe says, to establish a more<br />

emotional connection with consumers. “My first impression<br />

when I came to Lafite was that we have a fantastic distribution<br />

network via the négociant system, but conversely, it was<br />

creating a distance from consumers. So we’re trying to find<br />

a new way of interacting with consumers, and moving away<br />

from big wine dinners where all the trade comes together and<br />

tells you how good their wine is, which can be quite boring.”<br />

Last year, Saskia de Rothschild added the title of CEO to<br />

her responsibilities, after the resignation of former incumbent<br />

Jean-Guillaume Prats, whose team now reports directly to de<br />

Rothschild. It completed her assumption of total control of<br />

the estate, where, in another break from tradition, she now<br />

lives with her family, including her two young daughters.<br />

De Rothschild’s father used to split his time between<br />

Pauillac and Paris; indeed, Saskia is the first member of<br />

the family to live at the estate since it was bought by Baron<br />

James de Rothschild in 1868. “She decided to live at the<br />

château and be here every day, to show her commitment,”<br />

says Philippe. That commitment, it seems, is total. lafite.com<br />


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MOVING<br />

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The Kramlich Collection<br />

and Residence is a result of<br />

one couple’s dedication to<br />

new media art—and<br />

this is just the beginning.<br />


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ABOVE<br />

“Right-handed<br />

Koons Bunny,” 2005,<br />

by Jason Rhoades.<br />


Nam June Paik’s<br />

“TV Buddha,”<br />

1989.<br />

P74-75<br />

“The Enclave,”<br />

2012-13, by<br />

Richard Mosse.<br />

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Fittingly, for one of the most significant and pioneering collections of media art in the world, the Kramlich Collection is not standing<br />

still. Since Pamela and Richard Kramlich (above, at their residence) focused their attention on new media in the late 1980s they have<br />

cultivated a body of work that now encompasses over 200 films, videos, slides, and installations, as well as over 250 significant works<br />

of photography, sculpture, painting, and drawing by more than 230 artists from around the world. Major players featured in these include<br />

Marina Abramović, Steve McQueen, and Andy Warhol. Having amassed such a notable collection, the next step in the journey was to<br />

build an establishment capable of presenting a series of works that, according to the Kramlichs, “lived and breathed, that was disruptive,<br />

and that placed a complex set of demands on its installation, in terms of space, light, scale, sound, and time.” This involved both working<br />

with artists to establish how best to display their work and a near-20-year collaboration with the architects Herzog & de Meuron, which<br />

resulted, in 2016, in the magnificent Kramlich Residence. Located amid the beauty of Napa Valley, the 8,000 square feet of galleries<br />

allow visitors—tours are invite-only—to view the collection at a pace dictated by the works themselves. The next stage involves exhibitions<br />

drawn from the collection, with the inaugural one, “Human Conditions,” consisting of 22 installations of media art that investigate a<br />

range of crucial issues in the spheres of politics and psychology. A second exhibition focusing on portraiture will begin in January. While<br />

access to the collection is exclusive, the Kramlichs are conscious of engaging the wider public. Most recently, this has manifested itself<br />

in the first volume of a series of four books, “The Human Condition: Media Art from the Kramlich Collection, 1” (published by Thames &<br />

Hudson). Edited by Shannon Jackson, the tome features lush photography of the collection and essays by leading curators and scholars<br />

in the field, commenting on complex issues from civil war to planet degradation. Like much of new media itself, this remarkable story<br />

continues to move on. kramlichcollection.org<br />

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ABOVE<br />

“Drawing Restraint 9,”<br />

2005, by Matthew Barney.<br />

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JOHN M<strong>US</strong>E<br />

The businessman, polo player, and<br />

NetJets Owner on how he spends<br />

his rare, spare time.<br />

TRAVEL<br />

Sun worshipper or thrill-seeker?<br />

I’m a thrill-seeker, definitely. I like<br />

to try things such as heliskiing in<br />

Canada, New Zealand, or South<br />

America.<br />


Grandes dames, luxe design, or<br />

eminently private? I like cool and<br />

cozy—maybe a small cottage or rental<br />

home over a slick, modern hotel.<br />

FOOD<br />

Top names or hidden gems? The<br />

latter for me—hidden gems with<br />

menus featuring very flavorful and<br />

moist, tender proteins.<br />


Classical or modern? Both—<br />

but preferably a mix, with a classic<br />

outside elevation, but modern<br />

kitchen and bathrooms.<br />

ARTS<br />

Still life or live performance?<br />

Always live!<br />


Fast lane or cruise control? I prefer<br />

cruise control and a smooth, but not<br />

slow, speed.<br />

DAY TO DAY<br />

Big screen or good book? Big<br />

screen for movies/documentaries<br />

or sports. My favorite author is<br />

David Brooks, the columnist on<br />

The New York Times.<br />

Chilled champagne or a<br />

contemporary cocktail? Maybe a<br />

contemporary cocktail, but I would<br />

also settle for a great red blend.<br />


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