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Robb Report

August 2019

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
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12 Issues

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robb report

Paul Croughton EDITOR IN CHIEF Jill Newman DEPUTY EDITOR/EDITOR, MUSE Janice O’Leary EXECUTIVE EDITOR Robb Rice CREATIVE DIRECTOR John Vorwald DIGITAL DIRECTOR Julie Belcove FEATURES DIRECTOR Ken Gawrych MANAGING EDITOR Jackie Caradonio EDITOR, THE GOODS & TRAVEL/DEPUTY EDITOR, MUSE Danielle Cutler DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR/EDITOR, AVIATION & MARINE Viju Mathew EDITOR, DREAM MACHINES & AUTOMOTIVE Jeremy Repanich SPECIAL PROJECTS EDITOR & EDITOR, CULINARY Paige Reddinger WATCH EDITOR Irene Opezzo PHOTO DIRECTOR Marina Grinshpun ART DIRECTOR Jim Cholakis SENIOR COPY EDITOR Justin Fenner DEPUTY DIGITAL EDITOR Frederick Cheng JUNIOR DESIGNER Samantha Gutierrez SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Bryan Hood DIGITAL STAFF WRITER Rachel Cormack DIGITAL STAFF WRITER Helena Madden JUNIOR WRITER Robert Ross AUTOMOTIVE CONSULTANT Mark Ellwood EDITOR AT LARGE Sara Schneider CONSULTING EDITOR, WINE & SPIRITS CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Richard Carleton Hacker CONTRIBUTING WRITERS John Arlidge, David Coggins, Aleks Cvetkovic, Mark Ewing, Gary Getz, Peter Jackson, Rohit Jaggi, Heidi Mitchell, Jemima Sissons, Nicolas Stecher, Laurie Werner, Jeff Wise, Julia Zaltzman,…

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contributors

Heidi Mitchell Journalist and editor Heidi Mitchell splits her time evenly among Chicago, Connecticut and United Airlines. She has contributed to The New York Times, Vogue, Departures, Surface and The Wall Street Journal, where she has written the Burning Question column for the past seven years. Keeping with August’s Dream Machines focus, Mitchell takes a deep dive into the world of home and cyber security this month in “Safe & Sound” (page 118). She does not have a bodyguard. Yet. Francesca Volpi Italian photographer Francesca Volpi’s work—which has appeared in Monocle, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among others—dissects how urban conflicts, climate change and poverty affect people across the globe. Her recent projects have captured the ongoing war in Ukraine and the stories of the extraordinary people of Honduras,…

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editor’s letter

What are your dream machines? It’s one of those questions you could lose hours (days, probably) answering, as you map out your grail garage with maybe a Bugatti Type 55 Roadster and an Aston Martin DB5, for example, then perhaps a Ferrari 250 GTO alongside McLaren’s P1 (how many are we allowed here?). Or your first thought might have been to build the perfect fantasy fleet of marine craft: everything from a 300-foot floating mansion to the little Riva speedster to take you to shore. Not all machines are of the transportive kind, of course. The level of engineering involved in a perpetual calendar is jaw-dropping, whether at the cutting edge of new technology like Vacheron Constantin’s recent Twin Beat—which won the accolade of our Men’s Timepiece of the Year in June’s…

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objectified

Natural Sound Someday in the future, your favorite gear and gadgets may be made not from leather and plastic but from plant cellulose and biosynthetic spider silk. Finnish scientists and the Helsinki design firm Aivan teamed up to create Korvaa, the world’s first microbe-grown headphones. Their aim was to show the possibilities of synthetic biology, using fungi, yeast, 3-D printing and more to create products. These headphones won’t be for sale anytime soon but are on display at the Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale 2019 in Finland through September. All You Can Handle Automotive companies peering into their crystal balls to create their concept vehicles have seen a world where autonomous cars rule the road. With the BMW Vision M Next concept, the German automaker bucks that trend. The control of this…

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the duel

With every new model year come challengers vying for title of Hypercar maximus, each hoping to knock last year’s most formidable predator off its perch. So it’s interesting that the most significant among the first generation of cutting-edge hybrids would become collectibles in such short order. Not yet 10 years old, these two standouts have become the most coveted of their breed. Ferrari LaFerrari VS. Porsche 918 Spyder CARS PRODUCED 500 coupes (210 Aperta roadsters not included) Exactly 918… Imagine that A SINGLE TANK OF GAS WILL TAKE YOU 317 miles, roughly from Las Vegas to Phoenix 420 miles including a full charge, roughly from Boston to Baltimore BASE PRICE NEW (But one could ladle on six figures’ worth of carbon fiber and fancy leather) $1,420,000 ($929,000 with lightweight Weissach package) $845,000 WHAT IT'LL COST YOU ON THE SECONDARY MARKET $3.45m $1.55m TRUNK CAPACITY So…

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puglia, per favore

GUY MARTIN HADN’T planned on becoming an innkeeper. But the Michelin-starred chef—considered a gastronomic demigod for his Paris restaurant, Le Grand Véfour—couldn’t help himself. While on vacation in Puglia, Italy, he and his wife, Katherina Marx, discovered a pair of neighboring 18th-century palazzi in the southern town of Nardò that, to them, seemed ripe for a second life. They bought the estates three years ago and just this past spring opened Palazzo Maritati e Muci (maritatiemuci .com), a 10-room resort where vibrant art and contemporary furniture pose a striking contrast to original plasterwork and vaulted ceilings. That Martin had zero experience running a hotel had little bearing on his decision to go all in on a meticulous restoration. Call it the Puglia Persuasion—there’s something about this picturesque region that compels outsiders…

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