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Robb Report May 2020

Luxury Without Compromise. Every issue of Robb Report transports you into the world of luxury as never before! Delve beneath the surface to explore the thoughts and inspirations of the engineers, artisans and entrepreneurs behind the most sought after products, luxury escapes and services the world over. With in-depth looks at the next generation luxury automobiles…to world-class travel adventures..wines, spirits, collectibles and some much more.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
CurtCo Robb Media, LLC
Frequency:
Monthly
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2 min.
contributors

Chris Buck A photographer and director based in New York and Los Angeles, Buck has shot celebrities from Tom Hanks to Simon Cowell. For “The Joker” (p. 78), he photographed artist and provocateur Maurizio Cattelan, a tricky endeavor, as the Covid-19 crisis presented a logistical challenge. “The outbreak led to a last-minute location change, so we lost over half of our prep time,” he says. “Eventually, we ended up shooting on a fire escape in the Flatiron District.” Buck’s portraits have won placement in American Photography more than 40 times and have appeared in the pages of Wired, The Guardian Weekend and numerous other publications. Julie Belcove This month Belcove, Robb Report’s features director, exchanged e-mails with Maurizio Cattelan (“The Joker,” p. 78), got “The Answers” from Iwan Wirth (p. 48) and oversaw…

3 min.
editor’s letter

We first discussed the idea of a collecting issue in a features meeting in Robb Report’s Midtown Manhattan HQ eight months ago. Ideas and subjects started to coalesce five or so months back. Requests for interviews went out, conversations with industry leaders were had, writers pitched thoughts. So far, so normal. And then the world changed. I write this editor’s letter under virtual house arrest, sitting at a desk in my apartment in New York. I haven’t seen my team, other than as squares on a videoconferencing screen, for three weeks, and that’s unlikely to have changed by the time you read this. The bleakest, worst-case scenario I’ve heard is that, unless certain measures are taken, we might still be in this situation a year from now. Let’s hope that prognosis…

1 min.
objectified

Sword and Shield Sculptor turned designer Chuck Moffit’s new sconce is no wallflower. Inspired by the aesthetics and craftsmanship of Japanese armor, the bronze-and-patinated-steel piece juxtaposes themes of protection and vulnerability, masking a soft glow beneath a brutalist exterior. Rife with metaphor and yet its name, San, is quite literal and prosaic: In Japanese it means “three,” a reference to the sconce’s triangular shape. $4,750, chuckmoffit.com Pristine Prancer Drop-top V-12 Ferraris don’t appear often, either out of Maranello or across the auction block. This beautifully restored 1966 275 GTS, with its Pininfarina bodywork, cognac leather interior and original Gioacchino Colombo-designed engine, is a pristine example of why the combination has become so iconic. With a Ferrari Classiche certificate of authenticity and tuning by the acclaimed Roelofs Engineering, this car—No. 114 of just 200…

1 min.
the duel

The Andreessens and the Cohens rank among the world’s most prolific art collectors; however, a penchant for the arts is where their similarities end. Marc Andreessen and Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen are quintessential Silicon Valley, with Marc co-creating Mosaic, the first widely used web browser, before leading one of the valley’s premier venture-capital firms. Steve and Alexandra Cohen are about as East Coast as you can get: Steve is the famed, yet controversial, hedge-fund manager. How, then, do the couples’ disparate lives and collections compare? THE ANDREESSENS, RAUSCHENBERG, SHARK, GLIMCHER, GAGOSIAN, SEC: SHUTTERSTOCK; THE COHENS: COURTESY OF THE COHEN FAMILY; GIACOMETTI SCULPTURE: SHUTTERSTOCK…

8 min.
museum caliber

Audemars Piguet has a big statement to make for 2020—just don’t call it a comeback. After last year’s rocky response to its unconventional Code 11.59 collection, the brand’s first new line of watches in decades, Audemars has returned to its roots with the [Re]master01, a stunning reboot of a 1943 chronograph that celebrates AP’s new Bjarke Engels–designed museum in Le Brassus, Switzerland, slated to open to the public later this year. And while many watchmakers are accused—justifiably—of relying too heavily on their heritage, this case of nostalgia looks not only perfectly timed but also perfectly executed. “We wanted to shake things up a little bit,” says Michael Friedman, head of complications at Audemars. “We didn’t want to create a historical reissue, because we do not make watches today like we did…

4 min.
napa, above the valley

California’s wine capital is best known for fruit-forward, high-proof, ready-to-drink wines. But a recent shift toward a more restrained and age-worthy style favors grapes from mountainside vineyards, with wineries such as Lokoya, Girard, Lamborn and Michael Mondavi Family growing in the high-altitude American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) of Howell Mountain, Atlas Peak, Diamond Mountain District, Spring Mountain and Mount Veeder. These sites can climb as high as 2,700 feet above sea level, similar to the soaring vineyards of Argentina’s famed Mendoza wine region. It’s a radical shift not just in philosophy but technique and, for those who favor sophisticated, old- world-style wines, one that’s well worth the extra effort. While grapes grown on the valley floor are covered with a daily cooling fog that protects them from harsh sunlight, grapes grown at…