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Robb Report

Robb Report November 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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Paul Croughton EDITOR IN CHIEF Josh Condon DEPUTY EDITOR Janice O’Leary EXECUTIVE EDITOR Robb Rice CREATIVE DIRECTOR John Vorwald DIGITAL DIRECTOR Julie Belcove FEATURES DIRECTOR Ken Gawrych MANAGING EDITOR 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 Sam Gutierrez SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Lucy Alexander STAFF WRITER Bryan Hood DIGITAL STAFF WRITER Rachel Cormack DIGITAL STAFF WRITER Helena Madden JUNIOR WRITER Nicole Hoey JUNIOR COPY EDITOR Robert Ross AUTOMOTIVE CONSULTANT Mark Ellwood EDITOR AT LARGE Sara Schneider CONSULTING EDITOR, WINE & SPIRITS CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Amy DiLuna CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kathleen Bekett, Perri O. Blumberg, David Coggins, Dan Dunn, Nicholas Foulkes, Rohit Jaggi, Raphael Kadushin, Brooke Mazurek, Jacob Pabst, Tony Perrottet, Andrew Sessa, Jemima Sissons, Nicolas Stecher, Howard Walker, Julia Zaltzman CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Niels Ackermann, Brian Guido, Sofia Jaramillo, Matt Morris, Stefania…


Sofia Jaramillo Jaramillo is an outdoor adventure photographer based in Jackson, Wyo. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian—this month, for Robb Report, she shot climber, filmmaker and watch enthusiast Jimmy Chin in “King of the Hill” (p. 78). “I’ve looked up to [Chin] since I was a kid,” she says. “It was especially nice to work with him, as he’s also a photographer—he understood exactly what needed to happen to get the right shot.” When not on set, she’s off skiing or climbing in the Tetons. Nicholas Foulkes Foulkes is a London-based writer and author of about 30 books, including Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography. A contributing editor to How To Spend It, GQ and The Rake, Foulkes lent his horological know-how to…

editor’s letter

Welcome to our annual watches-and-jewelry issue, one that celebrates the finest timepieces and the people who make them, as well as the most extraordinary diamonds, gems and exotic creations available worldwide. From the scarcely believable dial work of Jaquet Droz to the high complications of Ulysse Nardin, plus the most covetable and elegant dress pieces around and a hard-as-nails (harder, actually) Panerai, this issue is full of fascinating stories for watch collectors and enthusiasts alike. But the horological tale I found most intriguing involved, at least in part, a cranky eccentric genius at his best in the 1980s, an ambitious and spirited man of God from the 14th century, an inventor who came up with the concept of minute markers in the 1600s and one of the most respected figures of…


Child’s Play The bizarre form of Tom & T-Rex, MB&F’s quirky timepiece, serves a higher purpose. “Tom,” the character perched atop the clock’s Murano glass face, represents children living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The piece imagines a fantastical world beyond that of Tom’s physical disability—one where dinosaurs might once again walk the Earth, with our hero at their palladium-plated brass, bronze and stainless-steel helm, according to MB&F. The one-of-a-kind piece, created with L’Epée 1839, will be available at the Christie’s Only Watch charity auction in Geneva this month; its proceeds will fund further Duchenne research. mbandf.com Take Flight Luxury is about getting the details right, and with its 2020 Flying Spur, Bentley has added a beautiful finishing touch to its brand-new model. The English automaker crowns the world’s fastest sedan—it goes zero to…

family ties

“I think Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet is a little like a bridge,” says Audemars Piguet Head of Complications Michael Friedman. “Certain aspects are apparent when you’re driving on it, but it’s not until you get off the bridge and see it from the side that you start to fully appreciate its architectural integrity.” Most watch collectors who viewed this new family of contemporary round watches introduced this year would agree that Friedman’s analogy is unusually apt. The true qualities of CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet are fully apparent once you pick it up and admire the complex language of geometries and contrasting finishes, as seen from different angles. The myriad of surfaces on the CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet case, from its open-worked lugs to its octagonal middle case band,…

the duel

Whether you’re a whiskey collector or simply enjoy a deluxe dram, the Macallan and Pappy Van Winkle should be on your radar. The former is one of the first legally licensed distilleries in Scotland and the only major producer to age its hallowed single malts almost exclusively in Spanish sherry casks. The latter has created a cult following around its scarcity, as with its 23-year-old bottle of Pappy, which has been dubbed “liquefied, barrel-aged unobtainium.” EASTER ELCHIES HOUSE: ALAMYDANIEL CRAIG AND VINCE VAUGHN: SHUTTERSTOCK…