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August 2, 2016

The superyacht regatta scene has turned the top-end of yachting on its head. As both fleet and average boat length have grown in line with ever expanding wealth, so too has the appetite for competitive, racecourse performance. Mike Owen profiles the world’s top five superyacht regattas

The superyacht regatta scene has turned the top-end of yachting on its head. As both fleet and average boat length have grown in line with ever expanding wealth, so too has the appetite for competitive, racecourse performance. Mike Owen profiles the world’s top five superyacht regattas.

 
 

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

April 20, 2016

Originally a Kings Road Market book stall founded in 1969, Peter Harrington has gone on to become Europe’s premier rare book dealer, operating from shops in Chelsea and Mayfair. Second-generation owner Pom Harrington discusses the lure of the printed page

Originally a Kings Road Market book stall founded in 1969, Peter Harrington has gone on to become Europe’s premier rare book dealer, operating from shops in Chelsea and Mayfair. Second-generation owner Pom Harrington discusses the lure of the printed page

Does Peter Harrington sell specific kinds of rare books?

April 1, 2016

Galahad Clark, a seventh-generation member of the Clarks dynasty, talks about his new venture – a London-based textile-recycling firm looking to recapture raw cotton and polyester at a molecular level. 

Just a fraction of the world’s ever-growing output of clothes gets recycled, a situation that is filling up landfill sites and wasting precious resources.

Worn Again is looking to change this with its development of a technology that can recapture and separate the raw polyester and cotton raw materials from textiles which can then go back into the supply chain as new.

December 30, 2015

Family-owned shipyards are trying to steer a steady course despite choppy conditions. Alan Harper meets the families behind Dutch shipbuilders Amels and Royal Huisman, and Italy’s Overmarine Group

From the outside, few industries look more glossy and alluring than superyacht building. Insiders would shake their heads at such naivété.

“Avoid getting carried away by the glamour, or seduced by the hype,” says one eminent UK consultant. “Some make it - most don’t.” In Viareggio, Italian yacht builder Maurizio Balducci agrees: “The boat business is strange. It’s not straightforward – it’s not like making bread. Sometimes the best commercial strategy is simply not possible.”

December 28, 2015

When it comes to getting away from it all, there is no image more potent than a yacht sailing off over the horizon. It could be going anywhere. And these days, that is almost literally true.

Modern superyachts are equipped so lavishly and crewed so professionally that guests want for nothing, wherever they may cruise. As one experienced charter broker puts it: “Yachts above 40 metres are very self-sufficient – they have everything from massage therapists to Michelin-standard chefs. You take your five-star resort with you.”

August 10, 2015

Bibliophiles are like no other type of collector; often uninterested in the monetary value of their collection, what sets them apart is a quiet dedication and often obsessive passion for a particular type of bookmaking, or subject.

For almost a century people had walked through the library of one New England family every day without ever really thinking about the books on the shelves. Over generations a large collection of antique books had been accumulated, but had mostly remained in the library of the main family home.

October 31, 2014

Racing? So passé. Eventing? So last season. Dressage is the equestrian sport getting the wealthy chomping at the bit, and more newcomers than ever are ready to spend big to get involved.

Those who followed Republican Mitt Romney’s run for the 2012 US presidential elections will remember the multi-millionaire’s bumbling attempts to connect with the working classes. So imagine the Democrats’ glee when it emerged his wife was the co-owner of a million-dollar dressage horse, Rafalca, which was preparing to compete at the London Olympic Games. The couple, it emerged during the campaign trail, spent $77,000 (€61,300) annually on the German-bred mare – $50,000 more than the average US salary.

August 15, 2014

Most people wouldn’t fancy tapping into a beverage bottled in the time of Napoleon, but the longevity of liquors means some of the rarer tipples can pull extraordinary prices among well-heeled consumers.

When self-made Dutch millionaire Bay van der Bunt put his extensive cellar up for sale a couple of years ago, he shone a light on both the collectibility and the investability of rare liquors. His 5,000-bottle collection, said to be the world’s largest, included a cognac that had travelled with Napoleon’s army, and another from the Duke of Windsor’s Paris cellar. In all, it was valued at €6 million.

April 3, 2014

Forget attending packed auctions and phone bids, buying a top-end collectible is now just a click away. 

In December of 2012 Edward Hopper’s painting October on Cape Cod (pictured, below right) was sold at auction by Christie’s for $9.6 million (€7.1 million). Nothing unusual about that, you might say. But the buyer wasn’t in the room, and not even on the end of a phone, but watching the auction live through an online stream. That is, so far, the most that anybody has paid for a painting while bidding over the internet.

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