Robb Report

Robb Report December 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.

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Rohit Jaggi A journalist based in London and Berlin, Jaggi has both airplane and helicopter pilot licenses, and has even dabbled in gyroplanes. Now working as a freelancer, he held multiple positions at the Financial Times, where he tested jets, Formula 1 cars and the world’s fastest sailing boat. For Robb Report this month, Jaggi chronicled a new zero-emissions air race in “An Electrifying New Spectacle in the Sky” (p. 112). As of press time, he’s still trying to decide which would be more fun to race: electric planes or jet packs. Lucy Alexander Alexander is Robb Report’s staff writer. She spent the last seven years living in Tokyo, where she reported on Japan’s people and places for The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, the Financial Times and BBC News. For…

editor’s letter

Welcometo Robb Report’s Giving Issue. This, the final issue of the year, has traditionally been home to our “Ultimate Gift Guide,” a one-stop shop for the most exceptional, “Wait-did-I-read-that-right?” bespoke presents available anywhere in the world. They are fine examples of what Robb Report stands for: excellence, access and exclusivity. And this issue ticks all the boxes on that front. A horse-riding master class from equestrian superstar Jessica Springsteen? We can make that happen. Rocking out with Aerosmith at a closed-door rehearsal for the annual gala for MusiCares, the Grammys’ charity (you get to go to the actual gala, and the Grammys, as well)? Sure, no problem. Is a visit to the WWII battlefields in Normandy in the company of Pulitzer Prize–winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin more your style?…


Green Machine Known for pushing the envelope with new materials like scratchproof gold or a patented ceramic that allows for more vivid colors, Hublot is back on the case with its new Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM. Shorthand for sapphire aluminum oxide and rare earth mineral, the substance—typically used in satellites—delivers this timepiece’s brilliant emerald hue. $127,000, limited to 20, hublot.com Space Case When designer Erwan Boulloud bought a genuine meteorite at auction, he didn’t keep it for himself. Instead, he embedded it in one of his works: a stainless-steel cabinet. Dubbed “Rencontre Syngénésique,” the furnishing’s exterior features circular lines that mimic the shock waves made upon the space-flung rock’s initial impact. The sculptural storage unit made its US solo-show debut at Twenty First Gallery in September, prompting renewed stateside interest in the piece…

king of the jungle

JOSÉ ZANINE CALDAS learned from the canoe. Growing up in the Brazilian coastal town of Belmonte, the self-taught designer and architect spent his formative years observing local makers as they carved each boat from a single felled log. Later, that technique informed Zanine’s own craft: creating furniture that reflected every crack, line and grain of the tree from which it came. Today, just over a century after his birth, these remain among the most sought-after pieces in the Brazilian modern canon—a legacy that will be on full display in a solo exhibition at R & Company’s New York gallery through December 28. The retrospective surveys Zanine’s works between 1940 and 1980, from a never-before-seen sculptural door to the instantly recognizable Namoradeira tête-à-tête lounge chair, with accompanying drawings and photography that offer…

interior dialogue

Interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, whose work includes hotel, restaurant and residential projects, shares how to mix earthy, organic Brazilian midcentury modern (BMCM) into your current ecosystem. H.M. How have people taken to the integration of BMCM? I’ve introduced clients to Brazilian makers for my last three jobs, and they’re all obsessed with them. We’re working on a beach house in Hawaii right now, and because we put a Sergio Rodrigues piece in two of [his] other homes, [this client] now wants to add that as a sculptural moment in his Maui residence. Once people understand it, they really get hooked. What makes these pieces so desirable? It’s something your neighbor can’t copy. I sometimes take my clients with me shopping for them—we’ve been to Paris and London—and it’s a treasure hunt to find…


DECEMBER MEANS Art Basel Miami Beach, and the local museums are ready for their annual close-up. While the fair and its satellites boast a dizzying display of must-see art—including Meridians, a new sector of large-scale works by Theaster Gates, Adam Pendleton and othersthey’re not the only shows in town. Here, a list of buzzy exhibitions off the beaten path of the fair proper, but definitely worth a detour. In her first major solo museum show in the US, 71-year-old Chilean poet, artist and filmmaker Cecilia Vicuña brings new paintings to the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, as well as her ephemeral precario, or precarious, sculptures, which tackle our damaged planet and peoples. Her installation Burnt Quipu (2018) stretches dyed wool from floor to ceiling, alluding to both the West Coast’s…