Maxim July/August 2021

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?

United States
Maxim Inc.
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
richard cory

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,We people on the pavement looked at him:He was a gentleman from sole to crown,Clean favored, and imperially slim. And he was always quietly arrayed,And he was always human when he talked;But still he fluttered pulses when he said,“Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked. And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—And admirably schooled in every grace:In fine, we thought that he was everythingTo make us wish that we were in his place. So on we worked, and waited for the light,And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,Went home and put a bullet through his head.…

4 min
flight time

It’s little wonder that pilot’s watches have always fascinated gentlemen of taste and style, no matter how earthbound. In the plainest terms, the wristwatch owes its very existence to pilots; specifically pioneering Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who commissioned the very first one from Cartier in 1904. The stylish inventor wanted to be able to look at the time without removing his hands from the controls of his aircraft, pocket watches being too cumbersome while performing maneuvers in midair. While pilot’s watches have since evolved into, in some cases, complex machines for performing all sorts of calculations and functions, it’s their essential utility (why collectors call them “tool” watches) that remains a large part of the appeal. And they’ve always been at the forefront of innovation, since Santos-Dumont’s time. The iconic Rolex…

3 min
arabian knight

“GEORGE BROUGH’S FIRST ‘SUPERIOR’ MOTORCYCLE WAS BUILT AS A BESPOKE, HANDMADE ALTERNATIVE” The final ten Brough Superior SS100 motorcycles were made in 1940, the last of a very special breed. That is until 2008, when the grandson of a British bespoke tailor, Mark Upham, acquired and consolidated the Brough trademarks. Perhaps Upham’s grandfather and George Brough had sold complementary outfits to the same clients—the forebears of those in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, and every suited racer today. Upham went about resurrecting Brough in its original spirit, with an initial bespoke recreation of the racing version of the Superior SS100 Pendine, dubbed the SS101 and available to order for a cool $250,000. He then sold on the Brough rights for motorcycles to Thierry Henriette, who set up BSM (Brough Superior Motorcycles) at its…

5 min
rakes & raconteurs only

Finding an idyllic, unspoiled Thai getaway is not as simple as it used to be. As South East Asia’s original blissed-out backpacker’s haven, coastal Thailand was colonized by the Euro EDM party crowd and wildlife-loving jungle junkies. A new demo graphic has emerged however as more mindful travel moves center stage—Jack Wolfskin-wearing, Keto-following, TED Talk-watching digital nomads are now drawn to the nation’s abundant adventure menu. Are there bonafide Bond junkies in your squad? Savor life in the fast lane at Layan Residences by Anantara in Phuket. The tropical retreat recently launched a budget-blowing bender inspired by the 007 classic The Man with the Golden Gun. From flying-in via private jet to handling the original golden gun from the 1974 film (talk about a killer photo op), this ultimate guys’ trip…

11 min
titan of industry and philanthropy

There is perhaps no magnate who can be said to have had as important, and lasting, an impact on the modern world of business as John D. Rockefeller, whose influence is still felt on the American and global economy 120 years after his retirement. Most importantly, Standard Oil, the company he founded in 1870, not only built the modern energy industry, but created the architecture for today’s multinational corporations. A century later, elements of Standard Oil live on as ExxonMobil, Chevron and many other companies that still dominate the global energy sector. Wealth from Standard Oil built major cities including Miami Beach, and funded some of the nation’s most dominant banks. And Rockefeller’s charitable foundation set the stage for modern philanthropy, medicine, and education, and tackled the greatest issues facing…

5 min
depth of field

Few photographers in the world are as adept at combining art, fashion and commercial photography into an oeuvre as iconic as that of Albert Watson. The Scottish-born lensman got his start in the 1970s, embarking on a career that would eventually see him ranked as one of the most influential photographers of all time by industry bible Photo District News, alongside the likes of Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, among others. Along the way he has shot more than 100 covers for Vogue, 40 for Rolling Stone, and countless fashion and ad campaigns; and won numerous honors, including a Lucie Award, a Grammy Award, three Andys, a Der Steiger Award, a Hasselblad Masters Award; and the Centenary Medal, a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Photographic Society. In 2015 Queen…