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Leaders in Luxury

Leaders in Luxury will introduce some of the visionaries with a knack for anticipating the needs and wants of today’s elite travelers.

Roberta Naas on Mother-of-Pearl Watch Dials

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Shimmering mother-of-pearl watch dials are among the most beautiful on the market. Now, top brands elevate the precious material by carving, etching, painting and gem setting these delicate dials. Mother-of-pearl’s incredible luster and sheen have made it a feminine choice for watch dials since the early 1900s. Then, designers […]

Kim-Eva Wempe on leading a family-owned business

By Elite Traveler

What does it take to run one of the world’s largest watch retailers? As Kim-Eva Wempe tells Kristen Shirley, it’s a combination of unwavering conviction, honoring  her family’s legacy and taking the long view. It may be surprising to learn that one of the watch world’s most successful retailers doesn’t have its roots in Switzerland, but in a family-owned business […]

Richard Geoffroy & Vincent Chaperon on Taking Risks

By Elite Traveler

As Richard Geoffroy retires and Vincent Chaperon becomes the new chef de cave, they speak to Kristen Shirley about legacy, waiting for the right moment and how there is no more radical champagne than Dom Pérignon. Sitting in a suite in New York City’s NoMad Hotel pouring a glass of 2008 Dom Pérignon, Richard Geoffroy seems too relaxed to be […]

Christoph Grainger-Herr on Preserving the Future

By Elite Traveler

Architect, CEO and dreamer Christoph Grainger-Herr is fearlessly paving the path for the next 150 years at historic watch brand IWC. As Kristen Shirley finds out, it’s not just numbers and sales driving his plan; it’s passion. As we kick off the celebrations for the official opening of IWC’s new watchmaking facility, the Manufakturzentrum, CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr thanks me for […]

Scotch Whisky’s Great Revival with Tod Bradbury

By Alex Martin

A global thirst for Scotch whisky has continued to grow unabated in 2018 with demand, particularly for single malts, expanding at a rate not seen for a generation. As the Head of Rare and Collectable Whiskies for fine wine and spirits merchants Justerini & Brooks, Tod Bradbury is charged with the task of sourcing the finest malts, both young and old, […]

Leonardo Ferragamo on Evolving a Timeless Brand

By Lauren Hill

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Leonardo Ferragamo, son of designer Salvatore Ferragamo, speaks to Lauren Jade Hill during the Rolex Swan Cup about how he is driving forward one of the world’s leading producers of luxury sailing yachts, Nautor’s Swan. It’s the penultimate day of the Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Leonardo […]

Kathryn Fagan, SkyAngel and Superwoman

by Kathryn Fagan, SkyAngel “There are moments in this job where I sit back and think, ‘I can’t believe I just made that happen.’ I am a chef, a waitress, a bartender, a maid, a personal assistant, a driver and so much more to my guests. I have to make magic happen. Whatever my guests want, they are going to […]

Roberta Naas on Concept Watches

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Taking a cue from the luxury automobile industry, top watch brands are building and introducing concept watches. In the automotive world, carmakers have long introduced concept cars to explore new ideas and materials. When it comes to watchmaking, the idea of a concept watch is relatively new. The new-millenium […]

Michael Crompton on the Insights of Luxury Travel Intelligence

By Lauren Hill

Earlier this fall, Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI) revealed the findings of its annual survey into the world’s best luxury hotel brands. Based on an algorithm covering 118 touch points with weighted scores, each brand is given an accumulative result and ranked alongside one another. The 2018 results placed Aman at the top of a list of 12, followed by Oetker […]

Mark Hehir on making Small Maldives Island Co different

By Lauren Hill

Encompassing three distinctly unique island resorts—romantic Huvafen Fushi, family-oriented Amilla Fushi and the lively retro-chic resort Finolhu—Small Maldives Island Co places the focus firmly on giving each place a clear identity and curating the experiences you have there. With the recent relaunch of Huvafen Fushi, we talk to the CEO, Mark Hehir, to find out what it is that makes […]