Elite Traveler Fall 2021
This time last year, our Fall issue’s welcome letter began with the fatefully optimistic words: “As the world begins to ease out of lockdown…” Who’d have thought we’d be in a similar position some 12 months later. Oh, to have a precedented time again! While we’ve been aching for life to return to ‘normal,’ it is now clear that there is no such thing. But, to quote Morticia Addams, what is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.
This summer, I stepped onto an airplane for the first time in two years — something that used to be a monthly (give or take) occurrence that I certainly took for granted. Although visiting Sir Richard Branson’s serene private abode, Necker Island (now reopened with a number of sustainable updates after hurricanes and fires nearly leveled it), was worth every single Covid-19 test.
It is normal to feel overwhelmed (as I did) now that travel, and indeed the world as we know it, has changed so much. If you are one of the many who still feels apprehensive about long-distance travel, look closer to home and cruise the open roads. Alexandra Cheney takes a Bentley Continental GT on winding roads through Arizona, admiring the beautiful red-rock landscape and taking dips in natural pools along the way. Prefer the cold? Becca Hensley heads to glamorous Aspen to see all the wonderful things you can do on and off the slopes.
Our resident timepiece editor and human horological encyclopedia, Roberta Naas, has once again compiled our Top Watches feature. Now in its fifth year, the extremely selective list has a brand new criteria based on what you—our readers—want to see on the pages. A new minimum price of $20,000 and only those released in the last year have made the cut. This magnificent curation looks at the skilled craftsmanship and meticulous, painstaking attention to detail that goes into every single piece.
Elsewhere in this issue, Doug Gollan checks out the latest model from Cirrus, Luke Abrahams takes us on a style journey to Positano, Italy, and Sophie Killip speaks to renowned interior designer Stephen Sills. We round off our Fall issue with an absurdly romantic dinner in the middle of the ocean, just off Turtle Island in Fiji.
Object of desire
Two esteemed French brands unite to create a playful yet stylish bicycle.
Becca Hensley rounds up the most fascinating new cruise itineraries.
Shaun Tolson checks out Exuma’s marvelous capabilities.
Doug Gollan inspects the latest model from Cirrus.
Lust over the highlights from this year’s Masterpiece show.
Elin McCoy heads to Château de Berne Provence and discovers rosé is not just for summer.
Get personal with initialed pieces or wear your heart on your sleeve with some figurative showstoppers.
Positano, Italy is a place to see and be seen — dress the part with stylish attire and custom-made sandals.
‘Badass’ ballerina Misty Copeland is nothing short of incredible. She talks to Roberta Naas about her inspiring career.
New president of the Americans for Vacheron Constantin, Alexander speaks of the brand’s history and plans for the future.
A day in the life of…
Lauded interior designer, Stephen Sills, splits his time between New York and his charming country bolthole in Bedford, Westchester.
The most fanciful, spectacular and downright out-of-this-world watch releases from the last year.
Alexandra Cheney curates the annual list of the world’s most impressive electric cars and the need-to-know stats for each model.
In need of a little R&R? Look no further than these zen-inducing suites.
Cruise through Arizona’s dramatic landscape or whizz down the slopes in Aspen.
The hot list
A remote camp in Antarctica, Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island, and a private paradise in Mexico — this issue’s hot list is all about exclusivity.
Bucolic farms, equestrian abodes and an unforgettable address make up this issue’s real estate offerings.
Flight of fancy
Dine by flickering candlelight on a floating pontoon off Turtle Island, Fiji.