Robb Report November 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.

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Gioncarlo Valentine An award-winning American photographer and writer, Valentine has been influenced by his seven years of social-work experience, focusing on issues faced by marginalized populations, most often the Black and LGBTQIA+ communities. For this issue, he photographed conceptual artist Adam Pendleton in his Brooklyn studio, where the painter was hard at work piecing together his first show at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles (“In the Studio With Adam Pendleton,” p. 32). Valentine is a regular contributor to The New York Times and has also been commissioned by WSJ magazine, The New Yorker, Esquire and many other publications. Dora Fung Fung is Robb Report’s acting photo director. Of the many projects she took on this month, coordinating the photo shoot with architect Sir David Adjaye was particularly notable (“A Monumental Man,” p.…

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editor’s letter

What’s the difference between a hoarder and a collector? Andy Warhol was definitely one or the other. After he died in 1987, 313 watches were found in his Upper East Side townhouse in New York. They were sold at Sotheby’s the following year, along with over 10,000 other objects of his. See? Sometimes the distinction is only semantics. Warhol’s timepieces were not carefully catalogued and stored. Some were found in the rather ornate canopy above his four-poster bed, and more were uncovered later in the false bottom of a drawer. But, of course, this was the ’80s and the rise of cheaper, more accurate quartz movements during the previous decade had taken the shine off unreliable mechanical watches. They were not the big-ticket items of today. But Warhol knew their power.…

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a great escape is on the horizon

Travel, at least as we knew it, was on pause for much of this year, with many planned hotel openings delayed. The silver lining: All being well, next year is likely to be jam-packed with high-end hospitality debuts. “There’s an added appeal to new hotels right now,” says Jules Maury, who runs the travel firm Scott Dunn Private. “They have that ring of being fresh and clean.” Here, nine standouts welcoming guests for the first time in 2021, plus one that has just opened, for those who simply can’t wait. Travelers’ current yen for adventurous, outdoorsy experiences where social distancing is the default is likely to continue for a while yet. The ultimate mecca for such, says Maury, is the newest luxury resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Pelorus, opening next…

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in the studio with adam pendleton

Back in March, as New York City began to empty, conceptual artist Adam Pendleton left Brooklyn for Germantown, N.Y., his longtime Hudson Valley retreat, which, he says wryly, “I value for its lack of going-on-ness.” He commandeered an empty room for a studio and spent a few weeks adjusting to the new reality. “Then I just found a different rhythm,” he says. “We’re a very adaptable species.” Hunkered down there and occasionally zipping back to Brooklyn, the 36-year-old finished more than half of the pieces slated for his first show at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles, opening November 7, which will include a video, paintings and silk-screen collages on Mylar. The paintings share both his signature motif of spray-painted text and the title Untitled (WE ARE NOT). Those three words…

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volcanic wines are blowing up

Volcanic soils cover less than one percent of the Earth’s surface, yet wines from grapes cultivated on the slopes of ancient volcanoes have a sizable reputation among oenophiles. Thanks to the fertile, mineral-rich soils, volcanic wines have a distinctive profile that leans toward the savory, with herbal notes and touches of salt and brine. Here, five regions bringing the heat. IRPINIA, ITALY VOLCANO: Mount Vesuvius WHAT TO KNOW: Home to the only active volcano on the European mainland, which famously destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 C.E., this Neapolitan region is known for the red Aglianico grape as well as three white varieties: Falanghina, Fiano and Greco di Tufo. Both red and white wines here are noted for ripe fruit flavors, distinct minerality and notes of dried herbs. ONE TO TRY: Mastroberardino Villa dei…

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how to hire a private chef

WHEN THE COVID-19 lockdown began, some people really locked down. “There are high-net-worth individuals having their housekeepers and chefs quarantine with them,” says Brad Metzger, whose eponymous restaurant-recruitment agency has been placing culinary talent in Michelin-star kitchens for nearly two decades, as well as sourcing private chefs for high-powered clientele. In Beverly Hills, he says, a blockbuster-movie producer quarantined with members of his staff. “They haven’t left this whole time. He’s paying them dramatically more, and they’re living in the mansion.” With many qualified chefs out of work this year, the home-chef market has grown significantly. (Over the course of the pandemic, Metzger says, he’s placed more than double the number of private chefs compared to 12 months ago.) If you’re thinking of bringing the restaurant experience home with you, here…