EVER WANTED YOUR HOME to be expertly curated and an exact reflection of 5-star hotel accommodations? Here is your chance to supercharge your digs with a celebration of architectural style and décor. Incorporate trinkets, baubles and elements of design that will wow — make your home the envy of your neighbors and the No. 1 destination you run to. From furnishings to unique lighting, these spoils will ground your domicile in regal elegance befitting a king, queen or both.
YOUR JEWELS SHOULD GLEAM, but this season opt for more refined elegance in your selection of jewelry. Starting a tradition of family heirlooms to pass down from generation to generation? Making an investment in artifacts that express your personality and achievement? Either way, here’s a buffet of designers to give you a nudge in the right direction for solid decision-making. One-of-a-kind designs and remote locations characterize this class of jewelry, so prepare for the wow factor!
A MAN’S WARDROBE SHOULD BE REGAL, refined and aggressively polished. Above all, his accessories should reflect sophistication. Does your look embody these qualities and characteristics? If not, here are a few tools to sharpen your image. This season is your time to take center stage. We aren’t saying you have to strut like a supermodel; however, with the proper “manccesories,” you can be confident in your fall fashion execution.
EAGLES FLY SOLO, and this fall season is your time to thrust beyond the formation of the flock. Private, elite, first class or perhaps strolling down Park Avenue, it’s time to spread your wings and take flight. Basic is boring — we all deserve a bit of excitement and the opportunity to revel in our success. Spend a little and spoil yourself; no sense working so hard without reward. Look no further: New heights in style begin now.
NO ONE WANTS THE drawn-out, unabridged version of any story. Time-saving, eco-friendly initiatives and minimization of clutter are characteristics that contribute to a lean executive style. Tuck grandfather’s briefcase safely away as a family heirloom or as office décor. Be precise with your handbag selection to ensure a powerful statement and send opposing counsel scrambling. We all want to be that laser-sharp and primped executive dashing through the airport in effortless style. Join the ranks of the chic concourse strollers with our spread of luggage to make your journey iconic. It’s time to trim the fat; space is limited. As the saying goes, “Travel light, travel far.”
SUPER HEROES, that is what they are. However, dads seldom get the credit they deserve, and we all know the showering of love bestowed upon motherhood overshadows Father’s Day. We take the stale tie gesture, awful socks and overall lack of thoughtfulness in finding unique gifts for Dad and bid them adieu. How do we say we love the man who is, above all, a provider? Fearless, loving and selfless — that is Dad, and by all means these characteristics deserve the best in spoils!
ONE HUMAN BEING ABOVE all deserves the best: Mother. A mother’s season of celebration should be 365-24/7. No token can compete with the love, support and affection of women who cherish and bear the torch of motherhood, but we come pretty darn close with our spoils. Make Mom sparkle, shimmer and glow with a gift from our medley of luxury staples this Mother’s Day.
TURNING OUR BACKS to Old Man Winter leaves us preparing to dance in the rains of April. This time of year is no cliché, and global citizens must sophisticatedly prepare for inclement weather conditions. Integration of technology into your lifestyle can lighten your load, reduce chaos and make your journey more relaxing. This month’s spoils offer a melodic celebration of fashion, style and luxury that intersects with technology.
IT MAY BE CLICHÉ, BUT IT IS TRUE: Time is of the essence, so take charge and choose accoutrements that reflect your personal style. This season’s luxury landscape of fine timepieces is wide open with intricacies, delicate details and riddles of splendid finishes that will make your mouth water. Whether you are a seasoned or novice collector, selecting the perfect watch can be arduous, so we explored the best watches in the world to aid you in making a sound investment. Be forewarned: We are not the voice of reason, but we will help you satisfy your urge to splurge. It’s your time — spoil yourself ! This class of watches will ignite your passion and excite your heart … or, shall we say, your ticker.
SPOIL THEM ROTTEN, WHY DON’T YOU? There is no doubt February is all about the ultimate love statements. Shower your lover with gifts of desire and luxury. From hand-dipped sweet treats to brilliant exotic diamonds, your expressions of affection will send your significant other into blissful daydreams.
THIS SEASON, LET’S REFRESH your outlook on leather. Embossed, tanned, monogrammed, burned — take your pick. Leather is never a cliché. Winter weather will surely present brisk breezes. Layering, stacking and mixing fabrics is your first defense, but no silhouette is complete without an accent of leather. Take a look beyond the classic bomber and motorcycle cuts. Be enlightened and travel with confidence with the subtle elements and spoils of leather.
The year is already coming to a close, and it’s been an interesting one, without a doubt. We’ve seen jaw-dropping auction highlights, discussed the topic of custom jewelry and footwear, and kept tabs on the best new watch releases unveiled in 2016. While we’d love to give you a full digest of all the great things to roll across our desks, that’d burn a few too many pages in a hurry. Instead, we present three favorite items we covered this past year.
With the ongoing volatility of global markets, individuals and investors now more than ever are turning to hard goods as a means of securing their capital. A quick skim of auction data from any of the major auction houses quickly reveals a growing trend: Artwork, antiquities, classic cars and even vintage watches are all on the rise. Among the many auctions slated for the coming months, we’ve found a handful of items worthy of note.
As we drift closer to prime season for home renovation, it’s time to look at what’s happening in the everchanging world of interior decorating and design. While some trends have come and gone in the blink of an eye, others are still going strong. Thankfully, the painful clutter of the “found artifact” scene is fading away while concepts like Zen-like white minimalism and the subtle influence of mid-century modernism remain popular. With this in mind, here are a few of our favorite items for renewing your living space. Ligne Roset When it comes to living room furnishings, the days of choosing between ultra-modern and tastefully traditional are long behind us. Combining the new and old can be tricky, and certain furniture lines have it figured out perfectly. A quick skim through the Ligne Roset sofa and armchair catalog reveals a broad selection of sleek home furnishings that clearly pull influence from some of the Danish design greats without coming across as purely vintage pieces. In particular, the Cosse sofa, designed by Philippe Nigro, features a gorgeous blend of clean lines and interesting textures that add an air of warmth to an otherwise stark exterior. Sofa from $5,205, loveseat from $4,230 and ottoman from $1,465. ligne-roset.com © Leona Mozes Lumid/Firelab The modern and minimalist fireplace is by no means a new trend, though interior designers continually push the boundaries of how large a footprint one can take up. Curved fronts, flames that rise through water and sealed units that shed next to no heat to the outside of the glass are just a few tricks modern fireplace builders have up their sleeves. In business for 25 years, Lumid/Firelab worked on custom fireplaces in all sorts of applications from the massive private residence install seen here to the roaring cauldron of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Its in-house R&D team spent countless hours developing proprietary systems to ensure no matter how large a client’s demand, the end product will reach if not surpass high expectations. firelab.com
Baselworld is always filled with jaw-dropping sights and sounds, and though some of the industry’s big guns seemed content to showcase mere color variations and subtle updates of existing pieces, the show floor still presented a good number of surprises. We scoured Baselworld from top to bottom and corner to corner to determine which of the year’s latest releases to shop for later this year. Chanel Monsieur de Chanel Though a few years behind the likes of Ralph Lauren and Hermès, Chanel’s freshman foray into men’s luxury watchmaking proves truly exceptional. The Monsieur de Chanel is a stunning though understated piece of hardware boasting a gorgeous in-house movement with jumping hours and retrograde minutes. This piece will garner plenty of attention from those “in the know.” White gold, $36,000; beige gold, $34,500. chanel.com Bell & Ross BR-X1 Hyperstellar Bell & Ross has always done big and bold aviation instrument-inspired watches quite well, but the BR-X1 Hyperstellar takes matters into the upper stratosphere. A combination of titanium and bright blue aluminum alloy makes the piece as visually stunning as it is practical for those entering outer orbit. Bell & Ross went out of its way to make this piece a genuine candidate for astronauts and cosmonauts around the globe by combining lightweight components with the functionality of ultra-wide chronograph pushers you could operate through a spacesuit. That said, plenty of us more grounded individuals would happily add it to our personal collections. bellross.com Seiko Presage Chronograph No doubt at least a few collectors will shake their heads and wonder why Seiko made this list. Before anyone gets too far ahead of themselves, the brand continues to make extraordinary headway into the realm of haute horlogerie with the majority of its Grand Seiko offerings, and this Presage chronograph is nearly impossible to beat in terms of a value-per-dollar proposition. Available in either a traditional white enamel dial or a remarkably deep black handworked urushi lacquer, this sleek 42mm chronograph wears brilliantly on the wrist. With plain mass-produced chronographs in the $4,000–5,000 range saturating the market, this Seiko gem truly provides a breath of fresh air. White enamel, $2,300; black lacquer, $2,600. www.seikowatches.com
After pushing through the dark and dreary winter months, nothing is more rewarding than a warm spring day spent wearing an elegant piece of jewelry with a seasonally appropriate splash of color. White gold and diamonds are all well and good through the frosty months, but once spring has sprung many of us are itching to dig into something a little more colorful. Whether you’re a fan of the more delicate pastel palette or your tastes run a bit bolder, sample our options for brightening up your accessories this season.
With thousands of shoe brands on the market, finding the right footwear to make you stand out from the crowd is always a possibility. That said, there’s something special about sporting that perfect pair of shoes designed and crafted for you and you alone. The bespoke footwear world offers a beautiful throwback to an otherwise long-gone era of passionate craftspeople with creativity coursing through their veins. This is not the way to shop if you have something in mind for an event coming up in a week or two; however, these bespoke shoe options will absolutely be worth the wait.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, finding that special something for your loved one remains a serious point of consideration. Rather than fighting the battle of surprise, consider a matched set of watches or jewelry as a great way to show your love for one another that gives each partner something to hold as a reminder of their shared experiences. Here are a few of our favorite pairings to keep you and that special someone happy this Valentine’s Day.
For the adventurous traveler, finding the perfect watch capable of handling any excursion can present a challenge. Having something that can take a beating is key, and thankfully a number of watch manufacturers make luxury timepieces as rough and tumble as any outdoor enthusiast. Whether you’re diving off the coast of the Galapagos, trekking through the Andes or just spending an afternoon on the lake, these four watches are ready for anything you can throw at them.
Just in time for the year-end holidays, Global Traveler compiled a wish list of unique timepieces with refined sophistication and uniqueness sure to stand the test of time. Explore some of the latest offerings from three renowned companies — LVMH, Richemont and Swatch — for inspiration this holiday season.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Six Senses Kocataş Mansions opened late last month along the Bosphorus Strait. The property is housed within two restored, Ottoman-era mansions in Istanbul. The resort’s urban decor incorporates architectural features and artifacts from the mansions.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
InterContinental Hotels Group expands its footprint in Saudi Arabia with plans for the new InterContinental Durrat Al Riyadh. The property opens in 2020, a short drive from King Khalid International Airport. The property is also near King Abdullah Financial District and many luxury shopping options.