Maxim May/June 2020

Maxim, the world's leading men's magazine, delivers an unparalleled luxury experience that celebrates the most beautiful women in the world, thrill-seeking adventures across exotic destinations, world-class sports and entertainment, prestige autos, speed-seeking rides, cutting-edge industry titans, exceptional artists and athletes, the latest gadgets, gear + style—and did we mention... beautiful women?

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3 min
time to kill

James Bond’s original watch of choice, starting with 1962’s Dr. No starring Sean Connery, was the Rolex Submariner—a suitably iconic timepiece for the soon-to-be world’s most famous secret agent. Rolexes, many of them fitted with special gadgets courtesy of Q-Branch, continued to be part of 007’s arsenal through the Roger Moore era up to 1989’s License to Kill, Timothy Dalton’s second and last appearance as Bond. Starting with 1995’s GoldenEye however, the Omega Seamaster more or less replaced the Submariner as 007’s watch of choice, gracing the wrist of newly minted Bond Pierce Brosnan. The official story goes that Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming, brought on to help refresh the franchise when Brosnan took over the role, chose Omega as 007’s new watch because her father had served in the Royal…

2 min
the secret agent’s suv

In Daniel Craig’s latest outing as James Bond in the this fall’s No Time to Die, no fewer than four Aston Martins including the iconic DB5 and Valhalla supercar share the screen with him. None of them are SUVs—and until recently, the very idea of an Aston Martin that was anything but a flat-out sports car would seem preposterous. But the storied 107-year-old British marque recently debuted the DBX, its first-ever SUV and one that delivers the performance and style long associated with the Aston Martin badge, and we can’t help but think Bond is missing out. Powered by a 542-hp AMG 4.0-liter V8, it’s capable of doing 0–60 mph in 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 181 mph. Car and Driver speculates that the DBX may well break the…

3 min
the pursuit of exellence

Self-made billionaire Herb Chambers, known for the high-end car dealerships throughout New England that have made his name a household word, is one of the great American success stories. He’s also one of the world’s most renowned commissioners of luxury yachts, having just launched his sixth vessel christened Excellence, which has immediately taken itsplace on the list of the world’s most beautiful superyachts. Built by Abeking & Rasmussen, the legendary shipyard founded in 1907 on the banks of Germany’s Weser river, the 263-ft. craft is immediately recognizable thanks to its slightly intimidating reverse bow; but any hint of menace is offset by massive, multi-level windows that reflect the sea and the yacht’s surroundings, altering its appearance with every journey. Designed by the UK’s acclaimed Winch Design, it captured both the “Best…

1 min
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6 min
rocket man

Through the smoke, we’re playing a very competitive game of crazy eights. We are an Indian American, two African Americans, and an Englishman in New York, at a French Algerian hookah bar, in the Algarve. Laying down the heaviest of card hands, while pondering the lore of Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. The combination of legends and whispers that define the DNA of this most revered of British brands. Marlon Brando in The Wild One. The first 100-mph production-class bike lap at the Isle of Man TT, the ultimate road race, by the appropriately-named Malcolm Uphill on a Bonneville Thruxton. Or the scene from The Great Escape, in which Steve McQueen—or rather, his stunt double—jumps the barbed wire fence in a scramble for freedom, on a specially prepped Triumph TR6 dressed up to…

6 min
cult casks & rare finishes

A relatively recent phenomenon in the world of single malts, dating to the early 1990s, experimental cask finishes are now a critical component of many high-end whiskey brands’ offerings—and other spirits are starting to take note. From fine French spirits to rum, tequila, gin and even aperitifs, intriguing cask finishes are now popping up across all categories, offering whole new perspectives and styles and pushing the boundaries of what was once thought possible and acceptable to enthusiasts. Many credit David C. Stewart at famed single malt Scotch distillery The Balvenie with having pioneered the cask finish movement when he debuted The Balvenie DoubleWood Aged 12 Years in 1993, one of the first double-matured whiskies on the market. Recognizing that few parts of the process affect the character of a whisky more…