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Robb Report December 2020 - January 2021

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:
Penske Media Corporation
Frequency:
Monthly
$28.35
$140.68
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
contributors

Telegramme Illustrators Bobby and Kate Evans share a love of fine paper goods; their own prints have been shown across the US and are sold in shops and galleries internationally. The duo drew Robb Report’s December/January cover, which they envisioned as a modern take on a traditional travel poster. “Our aim was to capture a nostalgic, dream-like quality with the location of the illustration,” they say. “We wanted to help the reader think back to past adventures but also allow them to dream about the future.” Neil Gower Gower is an award-winning graphic artist best known for his book-jacket designs and illustrated maps. He applied the latter expertise to this issue of Robb Report, sketching the layout of a fictitious island that has the best beaches, buildings and more for our feature “King…

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4 min
editor’s letter

Keep going, it’s nearly over. I suspect we’ll all be delighted to see the back of 2020, and after the year we’ve had, this holiday period feels rather more poignant than others. Heavier, perhaps. But with plenty of reasons to give thanks, nonetheless. What you have in front of you is our combined Giving issue, where we look at ways we can use our resources for good, both philanthropically and, frankly, to spread a little cheer to friends and family. For the latter we have our Ultimate Gift Guide, which I’ll get to shortly. Before that, I want to draw your attention to a fascinating piece by Christina Binkley, a Pulitzer-winning writer who specializes in the business of culture. You might think that, this year, donating seems simple. None of us has…

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4 min
about face

George Bamford just reinvented his own take on reinvention. For the last 16 years, the founder of London customizer Bamford Watch Department has been known for going dark, outfitting everything from Rolex Submariners to Audemars Piguet Royal Oaks in charcoal-hued coatings of titanium or graphite, finished with blacked-out dials and baby-blue hands. The style has gained a cult following, but now, in partnership with Girard-Perregaux, Bamford has created his first solid-white timepiece. To celebrate 45 years of Girard-Perregaux’s Laureato sports watch, Bamford proposed the inverse of his signature style. The 38-by-10.2-mm “Ghost” version comes with a polished, satin-finished case in high-tech ceramic, which is not only stainless and hypoallergenic but also scratch- and heat-resistant. Its dial features a Clous de Paris pattern, black accents on the applied luminescent indexes, baton-shaped hands,…

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3 min
big in texas

The largest state in the continental US, Texas offers everything from desert landscapes and rolling hills to several thriving metropolises. The mild winter season is perfect for exploring newly opened restaurants, relaxing in luxurious new hotels and, of course, shopping for the country’s finest cowboy boots. In Austin, the just-opened Commodore Perry Estate, a restored 1920s mansion, transports guests back to the Jazz Age with its Great Gatsby vibe, including a crackling old record player, a library full of leather-bound classics, Prohibition-era art and some of the property’s original tile flooring. The only reason to tear yourself away is to grab a taco (Austin remains a taco mecca), especially because LA chef Christopher Haydostian has transported California-Mexican cuisine to the Tex-Mex stronghold with the new Reunión 19, which slings Cal-Mex with…

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2 min
the private- jets-only club

As tourism slowly restarts across the world, some countries are looking to minimize Covid-19 rates while maximizing visitors’ impact on their economies by opening solely to private jets. It’s a canny move: According to industry site Private Jet Card Comparisons, the average spend per passenger on a private-jet arrival is more than 50 times that of a commercial passenger. For tourists, of course, the appeal of private jets is both convenience and reduced risk of contagion. Here, the top destinations where private-jet travel is the only way to go. CAYMAN ISLANDS Just a 90-minute flight from Miami, this British Overseas Territory began reopening on October 1, but mass leisure travel is not yet permissible. Charters may land, however, provided travelers adhere to government-led testing protocols on arrival. Ultra-luxury properties abound, notably Seven South,…

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1 min
a loyalty card like no other

On December 1, the Maldives will launch a canny new scheme aimed at turbocharging its tourism rebound: the first loyalty program for a country. The system, typically used by airlines and hotels (not to mention sandwich shops), could prove pivotal for a country where tourism accounts for nearly two-thirds of GDP. According to a government spokesperson, the system will operate in three tiers: Aida, Antara and Abaarana, which in the local Maldivian language translate to Bronze, Silver and Gold, respectively. Once enrolled, guests will hit Aida status after just 28 days’ worth of stays, apportioned as travelers see fit. Hotels are also ranked by the tier system (rewards vary by enrollment status) and travelers can earn bonus points when visiting for special occasions such as a honeymoon or anniversary. Each year,…

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