Elite Traveler March/April 2016


23 Object of desire

The chicest bejeweled smartphone in the world

24 Travel

Charter the largest yacht in the Galápagos Islands

27 Watches

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s 85th anniversary Reverso

30 Men’s style

Spring florals and the ultimate cigar chest


33 Women’s style

The cold shoulder trend and how to wear it

36 Jewelry

The trend for strong, architectural lines

40 Property

An iconic Cannes château fit for a king

42 Motoring

Hyperventilate over the hypercar at the Geneva Motor Show

45 Technology

Two super smartphones to rival Apple’s iPhone

46 Design

An unusual art-themed road trip to Marfa, Texas

48 Food & drink

Hotly anticipated London restaurant openings


52 Laurie Brookins

Our fashion columnist on incorporating past, present and future into fashion, plus how  designers are building wearable technology into their designs

53 Roberta Naas

Our watch columnist on the industry’s pioneers and what, if anything, there is left to invent

54 Essi Avellan

Finland’s first Master of Wine on the myths of champagne and the best ways to enjoy a glass

55 Charles Metcalfe

Our experienced wine writer uncorks and savors the 2013 rare and delicious Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

57 Frank Marrenbach

Luxury hotelier and CEO of the Oetker Collection on the definition of luxury


60 The 10 grandest American adventures

From Newfoundland to Patagonia, we round up 10 of the best escapes for a true adventure

70 Cover story: Desert flower

The very best of the spring collections, shot in Scottsdale, Arizona

79 Reap the whirlwind

Roberta Naas examines the watch world’s fascination with the tourbillon

86 Going wild in the Galápagos Islands

Wildlife, luxury ecolodges and snorkeling in one of the world’s most biodiverse natural habitats

90 The cradle of life

Face to face with the birth of human evolution and archeological relics in Lake Turkana, Kenya

96 Port of call

There’s more to discover in the Douro Valley than the delights of Portugal’s most famous wine

100 Elite interview: Gary Friedman

The renowned business executive on taking on Restoration Hardware


106 Total guide: Rio de Janeiro

Where to stay, eat and play; the ultimate guide to the Brazilian city

114 Itinerary: Thailand

Asia’s best restaurants, a guided tour to the hills of the Golden Triangle, luxury seaside getaways and more

122 Life through a lens: Sydney

A photographic guide to Australia’s harbor city

126 Top suites of Marrakech

From the Grand Riad of Royal Mansour to the secluded Villa Azzaytouna at Ezzahra estate

136 Flight of Fancy: Mongolia

Eagle handling on horseback with Kazakh hunters