Stella Maris – The 237-Foot Viareggio-Built beauty

One perk of being part of the international yacht-owning elite is the stream of endless summers mucking about on the ocean; an activity requiring nothing but your swimmers and your Rolex. The spa, sauna, gym, helipad and teams of personal chefs are merely added frills, of course. Stella Maris, a 237-foot, Viareggio-built beauty is a…
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Staying Classic: Southern California, USA

Is there a better way to kick-start a trip through southern California than with a jaunt to a vineyard for breakfast? Of course not. After all, it’s educational.   We start out in Orange County where there are, of course, a number of wineries to choose from. But the private and secluded Newport Beach Vineyards…
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Douglas Blyde: Whine Wine Whine

Despite the insistence by my overpaid, non-journalist friends that they surely are ‘drinking holidays’, wine press trips can prove to be compact, intricate endurance tests. Yes, I can hear you all now as you go to your store rooms to locate the world’s smallest flight case, carefully extracting from it the world’s smallest violin to…
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Bugatti Set Two Speed Records at the Nürburgring

Two world speed champions made their powerful appearance yesterday at this year’s ADAC Zurich 24h Race at the Nuerburgring, Germany: The fastest production road car in the world, a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, and the fastest production roadster on earth, a Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, met on the Nordschleife for the first time…
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Watching The Watchman: Maximilian Büsser Interview

Maximilian Büsser is clearly no stranger to criticism. “You need courage and you need guts to own and wear one of my pieces”, he explains when we meet. It’s fortunate then, that he’s a man with vision and when it comes to watchmaking he’s not about to curtail to conformity.   Making no excuses about…
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Tumi To You Tumi, Etc

A hard, tough, Italian-style New York deterrent to nefarious types trying to rummage in your bags? It’s either Tony Soprano in a silk suit at baggage claim or one of these bad boys. Capisce?
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House Of Joy: Vila Joya, Portugal

Vila Joya literally means ‘jewellery box’ which is appropriate, given that the boutique hotel is one of Portugal’s hidden gems. Blissfully exclusive, the oriental palazzo overlooks the Albuferia coastline, and as some of the world’s finest golf courses are within eyeshot, if you’re heading there to improve your game you’ve picked the right place. Golf is the main diversion here and head pro Jose Ferriera…
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