Elite Traveler May/June 2016


25 Object of desire

The most dazzling chandelier in the world

26 Travel

Walk on water in the Italian Lakes

29 Watches

Girard-Perregaux’s 225th anniversary Esmeralda Tourbillon

33 Men’s style

Bowling shirts and Louis Vuitton’s America’s Cup collection

37 Women’s style

Dramatic dresses and Jimmy Choo’s bestsellers

40 Jewelry

Garden-inspired pieces and snake high jewelry


44 Yachts

Monaco Yacht show winner Solandge for sale

46 Motoring

Lamborghini’s Centenario and the new Aston Martin

48 Technology

The world’s first e-bike, and a super-smart car key

50 Design

Bordeaux’s grand new wine museum

52 Food & drink

Charity eating for (RED), plus signature cocktails


56 Jonathan Bues

The editor-in-chief of WristWatch magazine on the industry’s independent watchmakers and the pieces taking the market by storm

58 Laurie Brookins

Our fashion columnist on the quiet revolution taking the menswear collections to new heights

59 Richard Hemming

The Master of Wine and wine writer on how to choose the perfect tipple for your journey at high altitude

60 Elizabeth Beaman

Christie’s senior vice president on how to collect art, and why loving what you buy is of utmost importance

61 Roberta Naas

Our jewelry columnist on animal-inspired pieces and how today’s artisans are interpreting the classic trend


66 Top 100 restaurants 2016

The definitive list of the world’s best dining destinations, as voted for by the readers of Elite Traveler

82 Cover story:

Lord of the manor

Sartorial styling at Cliveden, Berkshire, UK, scene of some of history’s finest parties

90 Country

living in Ballyfin

Lauren Holmes relaxes in the splendor of the Irish equivalent of Downton Abbey

96 Top 10

Family Resorts

From breakfast with Disney characters to giraffes popping their heads through open windows, here’s your guide to the ultimate family vacation

104 Elite interview: Stefano Ricci

The man behind one of the world’s most luxurious brands and tailoring talks classic style and “fatto in Italia”

106 Michelin:

The little red book

Tina Nielsen traces the history of the famous Michelin Guide


114 Total guide:


Where to stay, eat and play; the ultimate guide to the Japanese capital

122 Itinerary:


Glacier spotting, horseback riding like a gaucho and whale watching at the end of the earth

130 Life through a lens: Chicago

A photographic guide to the Windy City

134 Top suites of Dubai

From the splendor of the Royal Suite at the Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach to the tranquil Villa Layali at Per Aquum Desert Palm

144 Flight of Fancy: Switzerland

Admiring the Matterhorn from a private glacial hot tub