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Robb Report January 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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Ben Oliver A former magazine chief test-driver, Ben Oliver (“Ferrari Races into a New Era with a Throaty Roar,” page 88) writes about cars and the car industry for newspapers and magazines around the world. His work has brought him awards including Journalist of the Year, the AA Environment Award from the Guild of Motoring Writers, and the Bentley International Award. His favorite assignment saw him drive a standard Mini to the highest place a car can go: the 18,000-foot Khardung La pass in the Indian Himalayas. Oliver also writes about watches and runs a business in the film industry. He lives in rural Sussex, UK. Jackie Caradonio Jackie Caradonio is Robb Report’s travel editor, oversees the Goods section (page 38), and shepherded this month’s Adventure Issue package (page 96). For more than…

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editor’s letter

I’ve had five major surgeries in the last 20 years, all largely caused by “adventures,” so you could say there was a time when my tolerance—indeed desire—for both risk and adventure was sky-high. Now that I’m older and slightly wiser, the risk that figures most strongly in my travels is the addition of elements beyond my control. You can go on safari with the most knowledgeable guides, but if the wild animals you came to see don’t play ball, what are you left with? I once crossed the world to spend a magical five days crawling through British Columbia’s densest, wettest rain forest in search of a Kermode bear and left not having seen one. But it was a hell of an adventure. Knowing you, our audience, I suspect risk and…

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robb report in focus

GOLDEN OAK AT WALT DISNEY WORLD ® RESORT This private community offers whole ownership of custom homes in a world embraced by the magic of Disney. Residents enjoy membership in the Golden Oak Club along with access to a private clubhouse, enchanting experiences and personalized Club Member Services. WESTPORT The largest builder of vessels over 100 feet delivered in North America, Westport has established a heritage of excellence and utmost client confidence from their 50+ years of delivering world-class products on time and on budget. INTERSECT BY LEXUS - NYC INTERSECT BY LEXUS is a place where creative minds meet and share ideas; where inspired people intersect with sublime expressions of culture to Experience Amazing.…

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Unbreakable Vision The latest innovation from Hong Kong–based jeweler Wallace Chan’s workshop is a light and lustrous new porcelain—five times stronger than steel and essentially shatterproof. Seven years in the making, the material gives the new Double Star ring—with its 38.9-carat aquamarine, diamonds, sapphires, titanium, and pink-tinged porcelain—volume without heft. See it in the designer’s solo exhibition, Shapeshifter: The Multiverse of Wallace Chan, at Christie’s Hong Kong, January 14-18. JILL NEWMAN On the Rocks Studio RHE isn’t one to waste a good thing. For the architecture firm’s latest project—a collection of 24 residences at the Six Senses Zil Pasyon in Seychelles—the site’s giant boulders weren’t considered an obstacle to construction: They were an asset. The modern granite estates (which start at $5.5 million) lean in and out of the massive formations, with rocks forming…

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the duel

Pink Legacy VS. Lesedi La Rona AUCTION PRICE $50m $53m THE STATS 18.96-carat fancy vivid pink diamond. Only one in 100,000 diamonds receives this high-quality grading. 1,109-carat rough diamond. Certified as having “exceptional quality and transparency” by the Gemological Institute of America. THE BUYER Nayla Hayek, CEO of Harry Winston, bought the stone at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva on November 13, 2018. Laurence Graff, founder and chairman of Graff Diamonds, purchased the stone privately on September 26, 2017. PRICE PER CARAT $2.65m (a world record for a pink diamond) $47,777 DISCOVERED South Africa in 1920. Botswana in 2015 by Canada’s Lucara Diamond Corp. AS BIG AS A Grape Tennis ball IT WAS MADE INTO 1 ring 67 pieces of jewelry—solitaire rings, earrings, and pendants CLAIM TO FAME The largest fancy vivid pink diamond ever offered at any Christie’s auction. The biggest gem-quality diamond found in more than 100 years. EQUAL TO THE WEIGHT…

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on the web

The Top Yachts from the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting The annual island show attracts some of the most awe-inspiring charter boats afloat. Here are our selects for your next vacation at sea. Design’s Air Apparent Lebanese-American designer Nabil Issa has spent the last 25 years in creative roles—working in interior design and branding, music, and film. But his true passion is furniture design, and he recently debuted a collection in Paris that adds space to your space. Slow and Steady Escapes This issue is chock-full of adrenaline-pumping adventures, but not every trip needs to satisfy your need for speed. Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to see the world slowly, ranging from a leisurely private cruise down the Mekong River to a decadent train ride through some of the most beautiful terrain…