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Robb Report Singapore

Robb Report Singapore

July 2021

For many years, Robb Report has served as an indispensable resource for the ultra-affluent, captivating them with its uncommon insight into the best luxury has to offer. The magazine covers the gamut of extravagant living, from the most coveted automobiles and haute horology to high-end real estate and art collection. It’s a publication that connects its sophisticated readership to everything that is exclusive, prestigious and privileged.

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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
hooked on it

“BUSINESSES ARE EASY to run, really. You have a product that costs a certain amount to produce and you sell it for another amount. As long as the selling price outweighs the cost, you’ve got yourself a business. It’s not that complicated,” laughs Nazar Musa. Sounds like an overly simplified version of real life? Perhaps. But there is truth in Musa’s words. It’s all about balancing; be it numbers or growth. And he knows more than just a thing or two about it; the serial entrepreneur has founded and run numerous businesses in the travel and health industries. It was also this mindset that pushed the Dubai-based Musa to found Spartans Boxing Club in Singapore in 2015. The first thing you’d notice is Spartan’s lack of presence in the central business district…

5 min
uncharted territory

JAPAN IS WIDELY celebrated for its compelling and multifaceted culture, but there is also an unscathed, unspoken beauty to be found in the geisha world. And it’s unspoken for a reason; over centuries, only a few have had the opportunity to glimpse the private lives of geishas. One such person is the acclaimed Singaporean photographer, Russel Wong, who found himself in Kyoto capturing the traditions of the geisha up close – a huge undertaking that spanned 13 years. Thanks to Wong, we can now get an insider’s look at the geisha community through a double-bill exhibition called Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). He is joined by Japanese newspaper publisher Kobe Shimbun, which has curated a showcase focusing on the lifestyles and trends of…

3 min
the man, the myth, the machine

WE CAN SEE the appeal of swapping camels for motorcycles, which is exactly what the real Lawrence of Arabia did after World War I. TE Lawrence – the fabled Welsh-born military officer, archaeologist and author – served in the deserts of the Middle East during the war, becoming known for his role in uniting bedouin tribes against the Ottoman Empire and making a gruelling 70-hour dromedary trek. Afterward, his fondness for motorbikes was also renowned, especially those from Britain’s Brough Superior, founded by racer George Brough in 1919 but shuttered in 1940. Who could blame him? Lawrence owned seven and, in his autobiographical work The Mint, waxes poetic about riding one: “He ambles at forty-five and when roaring his utmost, surpasses the hundred. A skittish motor-bike with a touch of blood…

2 min

Dare To Dazzle Over the decades, Graff has continued to be a purveyor of enchanting, one-of-a-kind diamonds. Each year, the maison unveils fresh jewellery designs, constantly upping the ante with pieces that are more intricate and refined than before. Never underestimate the restorative powers of a perfectly chiselled diamond, or specifically, Graff’s bewitching, multi-shaped diamond necklace – a statement piece decked with diamonds totalling 92.12 carats. The necklace forms part of Graff’s high jewellery collection, which also comprises a pair of emerald-cut and round diamond earrings, along with a diamond bracelet. The Ball’s In Your Court Yinka Ilori is making a splash at London’s Canary Wharf. The British- Nigerian artist has taken over a park, transforming it into a vibrant basketball court for the public. In a bid to instil a sense of…

5 min
mine your own business (district)

IF THERE’S ANOTHER lesson to be gleaned from the pandemic, it’s the realisation that Singapore’s central business district (CBD) hasn’t been designed as effectively as it ought to be. During last year’s circuit breaker, the CBD was plagued with silence and physical inactivity for several months, and not just on the weekends – further highlighting just how under-utilised the space has been. While architectural companies that dedicate their efforts to designing smart and sustainable cities are a dime a dozen, few to none bring to the table what PLP Architecture has been able to. This London-based firm is behind some of the world’s greenest and most intelligent developments, such as The Edge in Amsterdam (dubbed the most sustainable building in the world); Alderley Park in Cheshire, England, a world-class campus dedicated…

4 min
keeping up with jerry jones

JERRY JONES MAY have revolutionised the business of professional football with lucrative television contracts and state-of-the-art stadiums, but even he didn’t anticipate the impact his Airbus Corporate Helicopter, DC-1, would have on the Dallas Cowboys’ brand. He says: “We originally got the ACH145 for transportation. We wanted to commute between The Star, our headquarters in Frisco, and the stadium in Arlington (both in Texas), but it also had to get us to other businesses along the Gulf Coast and North Texas.” The logistic advantages were immediately obvious. The commute from The Star’s practice field to AT&T Stadium dropped from a one-hour drive to a 13-minute flight. The helicopter’s 644km range reaches remote areas of Texas (where Jones has other business interests) and since DC-1 can land anywhere, the 233km/hr cruise speed is…