Robb Report

Robb Report April 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.

United States
CurtCo Robb Media, LLC
12 期号



David Reed For this month’s issue Reed, the editor of Sailing World magazine, documented the America’s Cup, the 169-year-old sailing-yacht race, in “Uncharted Waters” (p. 128). “So much time, money and resources go into designing, building and training for it,” he says. “Then, when it comes time to race, two teams are eliminated in only two weeks. There’s a saying in America’s Cup circles that there is no second place, and that’s spot-on.” Andrew Sessa A former associate editor at Town & Country and senior travel editor at Departures, Sessa penned two stories for this issue: “Rome Springs Eternal” (p. 52), about the best new hotels in Italy’s capital, and “Introducing the Super-Suite” (p. 137), about the fierce competition among hotels to develop the most over-the-top offerings possible. “The race is really astounding,”…

editor’s letter

I’m sure all of us would like to think we pay it forward, that we recognize those who gave us a helping hand on the way up and so look to do the same to rising stars in our own orbit.At Robb Report we’re committed to championing a new wave of innovative thinkers—and one of the best ways to do that is talk to those at the top of the tree and ask who stands out for them. So we approached a fascinating cross section of the luxury industry, from fashion designers and chefs to racing drivers and museum directors, with a question: “Who’s the next you?” The rules of engagement: They couldn’t nominate someone employed by their own company (too easy) or a family member (too self-serving), but anyone else…


Mightier Than the Sword Writing doesn’t get much glitzier than the Montblanc Black Myth. The one-of-a-kind, white-gold pen is set with diamonds and black sapphires, with an opal cabochon at its center and a 6.24-carat diamond atop the cap. Inspired by India’s Mughal dynasty, the piece references the era’s legends and history. The dark color scheme is inspired by the story of Shah Jahan and the black Taj Mahal he planned to build; the feather is a tribute to his incredible throne, which famously featured two gilded peacocks; and then there’s the shape, which is curved like the hilt of a traditional Mughal dagger. So let’s make sure you use it to write more than just to-do lists, yes? $1,956,000, montblanc.com Circle of Life The Meditation console by Hervé Van der Straeten is…

the duel

America’s pastime has long been led by tycoons (chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. presided over the Chicago Cubs just under a century ago), moguls (CNN founder Ted Turner owned the Atlanta Braves) and strange characters (kooky Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck aptly titled his autobiography Veeck as in Wreck). As Major League Baseball gets into full swing this month, we check in on a couple of the wealthiest modern-day owners—the San Francisco Giants’ Charles B. Johnson and the Braves’ John C. Malone—to see who is MLB’s ace. JOHN MALONE: MARK SAGLIOCCO/GETTY IMAGES;HATS, BASEBALL PARKS, MASCOTS, RINGS, PLAYERS: SHUTTERSTOCK…

on seeing, and being seen

As the walls that have long encircled the art world—race, gender, sexuality, geography—continue to be scaled, breached or knocked down entirely, museum offerings grow ever richer. This month, the Tate Modern in London, the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art are all featuring solo exhibitions of artists who not long ago stood a good chance of being overlooked. The shows here are not only worth seeing—they’re worth the trip. Zanele Muholi Best known for their piercing photographs of the long-overlooked LGBTQ+ community, Muholi has helped define a new breed of “visual activist,” as they put it (the artist uses gender-neutral pronouns). “It’s important to give voice to people who have never been given voices,” says Yasufumi Nakamori, senior curator at London’s Tate Modern. “They’re an important…

sustainability, the root of the (re)issue

Messing with the work of a revered master is usually considered a bad idea. Yet as environmental concerns become more and more top-of-mind, even the design world’s most beloved pieces have come under the sustainability microscope. We’re not suggesting you toss your prized Transat chair—it wouldn’t be very green of you if you did—but if you’re in the market for a re-edition, consider one that reworks the original with more eco-conscious materials and production. “These masterpieces are brought back to life by us editing them,” says Lissa Carmona, CEO of Etel, a Brazilian furniture manufacturer that works in sustainable reissues. “It’s faithful to the original project, but updated per contemporary concerns.” LC1 Armchair Few seats are as instantly recognizable as the one created by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand. Cassina’s re-issue…