The Sporting Life

Introduced in 2001, and described as a “true British sports car” the Aero 8 is the first entirely new car produced by the Morgan Motor Company in more than fifty years. Instantly recognizable by its distinctive swooping fenders, the aluminum-bodied car’s 4.8-liter V-8 engine produces 367 horsepower.

Rick Mazer joined the sports car fraternity in 1963. “I was going to high school and bought a Sabra displayed at the 1963 New York Automobile Show. I loved that car and have been hooked on two-seaters ever since.”  Sabras were the only cars manufactured in Israel. Named after a cactus (featured on the car’s badge) and native-born Israelis, Sabras featured a fiberglass body and power was provided by a rather anemic four-cylinder engine borrowed from the British Ford Consuls. Customers sharing Mazer’s enthusiasm were few and far between and only a limited number of the sport cars rolled off the assembly line before production ceased in 1970.

Mazer grew up in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. After graduating from MIT with degrees in economics and management, he worked for Lockheed, Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte & Touche. In 1992, he founded Mazer Group, a firm providing strategic and financial consulting services to food companies. Five years later, Mazer joined Ventura Foods serving first as executive president and later, CEO.  With headquarters in southern California, Ventura has production facilities in 11 locations, $2 billion in annual sales and over 2,400 employees. After retiring in 2009, Mazer moved to Scottsdale, Arizona and continues to serve on the board of several organizations, including the Culinary Institute of America.


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Cruising through the Air

    Photographs by Dennis L. Tanney

 

For years, I have wanted to experience what it might be like to be in a hot air balloon. I have seen many photos and every once in a blue moon I will spot one in the air while driving, but I never have had the chance to actually be in one until recently.

Hot air ballooning is a special sport and a thrill in a different way from other sports.  First, I need to give you a little bit of material to digest for better understanding of this sport that dates back hundreds of years.

One rides in a basket also called a gondola. The basket is straw-like and is about four feet deep, roughly four feet wide and long and constructed out of durable Kooboo and Palambang cane. The general private ownership balloon basket can hold as few as one and as many as four or five passengers. Those used for commercial use can be many times larger. But this story is all about fun and privateers. Most of the time, the balloon portion is constructed of ripstop Nylon or Dacron (polyester) material. Nylon cords are attached from the basket frame to the balloon preventing the balloon from sailing away freely. Generally, in these non- commercial vehicles, two tanks of propane gas are secured in the basket as facilitators for flying.  The way a hot air balloon moves is caused by the increase and decrease of warm air propelled into colder air.  At the very top of every balloon sits a parachute valve. This little piece of material is a self-sealing flap that allows hot air to escape at a controlled rate causing the entire unit to descend or ascend.  Each owner customizes his or her own balloon in terms of color, style, shape and size. Now that you have a foundation of sorts, let’s go into my story.

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Appalachian Trail

 

In his seminal autobiographical novel A Walk in the Woods, author Bill Bryson wrote, “Distance changes utterly when you take the world on foot,” and that the experience of long distance hiking teaches you that “The world — is enormous in a way that only you and a small community of fellow hikers know.” When the film adaptation of Bryson’s book was released this past September, Robert Redford and Nick Nolte introduced many American’s to one of our nation’s best kept secrets, the Appalachian Trail, (AT).

The brainchild of renowned conservationist Benton MacKaye, the AT was originally conceived as a hiking trail that would connect parks and other natural spaces together to create a green corridor along the eastern seaboard. Stretching to a length of almost 2,200 miles, the trail is the only officially developed “hiking only” footpath in the entire world. Maintained entirely by volunteer effort, the trail runs through fourteen states from Georgia to Maine.  Each section of the trail is the responsibility of a club, like Vermont’s Green Mountain Club, which is responsible for maintaining the trail and its associated structures such as campsites and lean-to’s.

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Alexander Shorokhoff: Hand Finished Timepieces

The latest limited edition Avantgarde piece, the Plus Minus, is limited to 168 pieces.

 
 
 

Alexander Shorokhoff timepieces are unique in the world of watchmaking. German-made, with Swiss and Russian movements, they are financially accessible yet limited in production. They were conceived by a Russian engineer with a passion for product design and watches.

Alexander Shorokhov was born in Moscow and, as a boy, nurtured an interest in and talent for engineering, drawing and design. He completed his engineering studies in Moscow with distinction, and went on to work at a prominent construction company in Moscow, where he became chief engineer and later, a director of the company. In the early ’90s, he attended a course in economics organized by the Ministry of Economics of the Hessen region in Germany. In 1992, he founded a marketing company in order to sell and market the Russian watch brand Poljot. In 1995, he launched his first own watch brand Poljot-International, followed in 2003 by the establishment of his signature premium label Alexander Shorokhoff, based in Alzenau, Geromany.

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Roma Extravaganza

The Roma Finissimo anniversary edition has a 41mm case made of 18k yellow gold. 

 
 

The Bulgari Roma was created in 1975, the same year Bill Gates founded Microsoft. Flared pants and high boots were in fashion, and watches were slim and minimalist, with digital technology just emerging. The Bulgari Roma was revolutionary for its time. The movement was digital, and it was the first fashion watch to be marked prominently with its maker’s logo, which was engraved on the Roma’s wide bezel. The Roma was produced as a one-off special edition, as a gift for the best 100 clients of founder Sotirio Bulgari. It was also a tribute to the beauty and influence of Rome: the engraved logo was inspired by the mark of sovereignty on ancient Roman coins, and the braided strap – a departure from the bracelet straps of the day – was made of plaited rope with leather trim, reminiscent of ropes used by the ancient Romans. Thus, modern elements were combined with classic references, and an iconic timepiece was born. Orders for the watch flooded in from all over the world (from both men and from women), and Bulgari decided to extend its production, introducing an analog series with traditional hour markers and two hands, called Bulgari-Bulgari.  

 
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Attention to Accuracy – Montblanc’s new models commemorate the art of chronometry

The Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time Vasco da Gama

Montblanc’s new Heritage Chronométrie Collection consists of five models, from collectors’ pieces to affordable complications. The collection honors the art of accurate timekeeping, defined by the Swiss as Chronométrie. Specifically, they are a tribute to marine chronometers, ultra-accurate instruments that helped 19th century ship captains navigate the seas. The collection is inspired by the exploration of Vasco da Gama, the first to find a southern seaway to India by rounding the Cape of Good Hope. Da Gama did not have a marine chronometer to guide him, but navigated using a nocturlabium, a primitive predecessor of the sextant that navigated according to the stars. For da Gama, finding a sea route to India was a trade issue: it enabled him to bypass Arabian, Persian, Turkish and Venetian middlemen, who had made it extremely expensive for Europeans to import valuable spices such as pepper and precious stones.

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Amelia Island … 20 years on

The 20th Anniversary Honoree is Sir Stirling Moss with Lady Moss and the Concours founder, Bill Warner.

Twenty years ago, Amelia Island Concours burst onto the car show scene. No one expected much, least of all its founder, Bill Warner. He is a lover of cars, a collector himself, an established motorsports photographer, and a super nice guy. The most he could have hoped for back then was a decent turnout for the few cars coming. No one could foresee that twenty years later his little idea would become one of the top two Concours in the United States. 1996 was just the start of a huge unknown future. Each year a significant driver has been honored as the center of attention. That first year Warner invited the world famous British race driver Sir Stirling Moss to be his honoree and Susie Moss, now Lady Moss, of course accompanied her husband. Twenty years on, Warner invited Sir Stirling to be this year’s honoree, for this special anniversary.

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Bulgari explores futuristic materials and explores e-technology

 

One of the most exciting things about the revolution in mechanical timepieces is the explosion of new materials being used in timepiece engineering. During the first golden age of mechanical watchmaking, from the 1940s until the 1970s, almost all watches were made of gold. Since the resurgence of mechanical timekeeping that began in the 1990s, manufacturers have popularized the use of stainless steel, titanium, ceramic and other space age materials. The result is a whole new generation of heirloom timepieces that are built to stand the test of time.

Bulgari has been at the forefront of this exploration of new materials. In 1998, it introduced the Diagono Aluminum. “It’s cool design and casual appeal made it a must have,”

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Raymond Weil - Family Time

 

Raymond Weil is a third-generation family watch business that counts music and aviation among its passions.

Geneva-based watch company Raymond Weil is one of the few Swiss watch brands that remains family owned. Founded in 1976 by Raymond Weil, it was managed for 18 years by his son-in-law, Olivier Bernheim, and is now under the leadership of Weil’s grandson, Elie Bernheim. The brand is known for its accessible, high-quality Swiss-made watches and creative designs.

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MOVADO - The Movado TC Chronograph proves that bulky sports watches are a thing of the past

The chronograph is the most popular complication in watchmaking.

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A successful 53rd running of the Rolex 24 @ Daytona

The overall winning team along with its principal owner, Chip Ganassi gets a ride into Victory Circle to begin their celebration and enjoy the fruits of their win, each receiving a Rolex Daytona Chronograph watch.
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Van Gogh at The Clark

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890), A Wheatfield, with Cypresses, 1889. Oil on canvas, The National Gallery, London, bought Courtauld Fund, 1923 Image © The National Gallery, London 2014
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Corning Museum of Glass - Home to Glass Art and Glass Making

For over half a century the town of Corning has been home to one of western New York’s most engaging, dazzling museums: the Corning Museum of Glass. An institution “dedicated to telling the story of one material: glass,” the museum offers visitors the widest possible range of opportunities to learn about, work with, and experience glass. In addition to classic museum galleries displaying the world’s finest collection of decorative and art glass items spanning over 3,500 years of innovation and inspiration, the Corning Museum of Glass also offers workshops, live demonstrations, research opportunities, and more.

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Tudor Series 6 Hours at Watkins Glen International

A group of cars race downhill into the heel of the boot.
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Movado Honors Jeter

Derek Jeter Captain Series Museum Sport Watch, with 42 mm black PVD-finished stainless steel case and bezel with stainless steel commemorative caseback, matte black three-hand Museum dial with thin gray vertical stripes, polished black dot, numeral 2 and blue-filled hour/minute hands, blue minute reflector ring and seconds hand, and date display. It has a black perforated rubber strap with black PVD-finished stainless steel and a classic tongue buckle, sapphire crystal and Swiss quartz movement. It is water resistant to 30 meters.
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Scotland: Taking the High Road with David Eustace

Human beings are visual creatures. We respond to images and the stories they tell, and many of us are photography enthusiasts keen to capture those important moments and seminal experiences that serve to define our lives. The unsurpassed joy surrounding the birth of a child, the exhilaration of graduation day, the emotional release at the safe return of a family member serving in the armed forces in one of our contemporary world’s many conflict zones.

And then there are those who are blessed with a rare and remarkable gift for seeing the world in a special way, in all its myriad textures and complexities, who succeed in capturing such nuanced images that they resonate deeply, reminding us of our shared humanity in such a visceral and powerful manner that we cannot help but respond.

Scottish photographer David Eustace is one such artist. A master of his craft whose exquisite images immediately grab our attention with each, in its way, conveying the warmth, compassion and intelligence of the man himself. David holds no truck with the ubiquitous practice of retouching images in post production – with him, what he sees is what you get in all its breathtaking glory. Whether he is photographing the rugged Scottish landscape he so loves, or immortalizing one of the many international celebrities who have sat for him including Sophia Loren, Sir Paul McCartney, Dame Judi Dench, John Hurt and Ewan McGregor. So striking are the portraits that one can understand why First Nations people initially feared having their likeness captured in case the image should spirit away their very essence.

In February 2015 a major international exhibition of David Eustace’s work, with accompanying book, is being staged at The Scottish Gallery: the oldest privately-owned fine art gallery in Scotland. David Eustace is the only photographer ever to have gained representation with them. www.scottish-gallery.co.uk.

Challenging, however, to arrive at the optimum blend of images from a 25-year career which has already been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts from his alma mater, Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Work that has found a home in the collections of The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the UK’s National Portrait Gallery in London. David has himself been the subject of a number of documentaries including one by the BBC profiling his exhibition at London’s Cork Street Gallery. His portraits have featured in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue and The Sunday Times to name but a few.

Vanity Fair’s Photography Director Susan White provided the foreword for the book accompanying the exhibition, both entitled “I write to tell you of a boy born only yesterday……:

“I first met David more than 10 years ago and he struck me then as a man on a quest. He seemed a seeker, of sorts, out to answer his life’s questions by turning his lens on others. … I remember thinking that I was meeting a man and a photographer not quite content with the making of beautiful imagery, a photographer who might be looking for something beyond the world of commercial photography….. He brings our gaze deep into the horizon, reminding us how difficult it is to see the end from the beginning ..”

With such a wealth of creative talent, one might reasonably expect a somewhat aloof personality. Nothing could be further from the truth. In person, David Eustace is warm and engaging, a natural raconteur with a seemingly endless stream of wonderfully entertaining anecdotes, Scottish to his core. Perhaps it stems from his former careers in the Royal Navy and the prison service that he should appear so down-to-earth, with a sharp intellect, warmth and affability that let him immediately connect with his subjects. Skills that he clearly honed working for seven years with Scotland’s most notorious criminals.

Though he has worked with some of the world’s most successful power companies and retail operations, David maintains he is not a commercial photographer. Rather his work is art-based yet has a commercial value. He occupies the space inbetween, caring passionately about his work, which is consistenly authentic and able to communicate on a deeply human level.

Commenting on his forthcoming exhibition, David said: “I am truly honored to have Scotland’s oldest private gallery representing me and staging this exhibition. In common with every aspect of my work, the show’s title - I write to tell you of a boy born only yesterday - is extremely personal. It’s the opening line of the letter sent to my parents from the adoption agency in November 1961 advising them of my arrival in this world.”

David’s much-loved adoptive parents died when the artist was in his twenties and – a decade later – he was reunited with his birth mother. Though he doesn’t put much store by coincidences, David learned that his mother – a young single girl from the Scottish Highlands – held him for the last time, tightly wrapped in a shawl as the snow fell gently in Scotland’s beautiful capital city, hoping that he would find a good home with loving parents. In a remarkable recent twist of fate, on first visiting the new family home in Edinburgh, she exclaimed with surprise and heartfelt emotion that the view from the window was precisely the same as on that snowy day 51 years previously.

David has travelled extensively, internationally, and these globetrotting trips have resulted in remarkable bodies of work including an Anthropologie-commissioned project “In search of Eustace (Texas)” to document America, passing through Death Valley and Monument Valley. His 16 year-old daughter Rachael accompanied David on the dream road trip, which proved immensely popular with young girls keen to embark on their own adventure with their fathers. NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw then approached David before replicating the journey for a documentary titled “American Character: Along Highway 50”.

A separate exhibition – Highland Heart – commissioned by the Scottish Government and Napier University for New York’s Tartan Week 2013 was opened by Scotland’s then First Minister, Alex Salmond. The show ran to universal acclaim at the Hudson Gallery in midtown Manhattan. A selection of those images are reproduced here. Alex Salmond remains a powerful political influence and was the powerhouse behind the recent referendum in which 45 per cent of Scottish voters opted for independence.

David continues: “Trust and creative control are essential and allow me to produce my best work. Both were true of Highland Heart. I’m particularly drawn to Scotland’s Western Highlands and the islands of the inner and outer Hebrides. There is something so special about those places. The light is incredible, and it often genuinely feels as if you’re standing at the edge of the world.”

David’s love of his native land also extends to a love of another Scottish specialty: fine Scotch whisky, and he has become a collector since his natural mother gave him the hipflask owned by his maternal grandfather who worked for 40 years in the scotch whisky industry. Within three weeks of receiving the gift, he was commissioned by the Scottish Malt Whisky Association which has since asked him to become one of their international Ambassadors, regularly sending him bottles to taste before spreading the word. The Wall Street Journal cemented matters by commissioning a portrait of master whisky blender Rachel Barrie.

David photographed celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s first ever cookery book. The like-minded friends agree that scotch is far more than simply a drink. Instead it should be savored, like fine wine, since anything that takes 40 years to mature deserves our respect. Jamie Oliver has a myriad of wonderful suggestions for incorporating scotch into delicious recipes – for example, succulent Highland mussels with fresh smoked haddock in a creamy sauce subtly imbued with a smooth scotch such as Talisker from the isle of Skye. His update
of Cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert, features layers of summer berries, oatmeal and cream with a healthy dash
of scotch. And for those who prefer their tipple to maintain a little distance from their sweet indulgence, try pairing a
25 year-old Speyside single malt to perfectly complement sticky toffee pudding.

Like David himself, Scots over the centuries have travelled to the four corners of the earth, and many of us go on discover a connection with Scotland when tracing our family tree. Hopefully, in the not so distant future, you too will have the chance to experience this magnificent land with its extraordinary landscapes. Discover for yourself the warmth of its people, the richness of its culture and be introduced to the delights of uisge beatha (the water of life) as the Scots call their amber nectar. This small land has a remarkable ability to reach into the soul to make such adventures simply unforgettable.

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Patek Philipe's 175th Anniversary: The Brand's Most Complicated Watch

The Grandmaster Chime is delivered in a case of Makassar ebony and inlaid wood of 17 other species.
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Ralph Lauren Safari

A timepiece collection built for adventure.

Ralph Lauren timepiece collections are a reflection of the company’s unique sensibility, which is divided into four iconic lifestyle design themes: automotive, equestrian, Art Deco and safari. The philosophy behind each of these unique aesthetic categories is to allow customers to imagine Ralph Lauren’s creations in the context of an adventurous lifestyle, exploring themes that are personally meaningful to the designer himself.

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A Premier Collection of Cubist Art Debuts at the Met

Anchored by works by Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, and Picasso, Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection provides the first opportunity to experience the breadth of works in the renown art collector’s recent gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exhibition, the most important exhibition of cubists in more than 30 years, traces the invention and development of Cubism using iconic examples from the collection, with its unparalleled holdings in this foundational modernist movement. Pledged to the museum in April 2013, the collection includes 79 paintings, works on paper, and sculpture, including the Lauder’s most recent addition, Léger’s The Village. In all, it will include 17 works by Braque, 14 by Gris, 15 by Léger, and 33 by Picasso. Rich in modernist pictures by Picasso and Braque, the exhibition will also include an unprecedented number of papiers collé by Juan Gris and a stunning array of Léger’s most famous series, Contrasts of Forms.

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The Schlumpf Affair

The Alfa Romeo 8C was designed to compete in sports car races, specifically the Mille Miglia. Only ten 8Cs were built, five in 1935 and five, including this car, in 1936. Power is provided by an inline 8-cylinder 2.9 litre engine equipped with two superchargers. © C. Recoura
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19,341 Feet, on the Rocks, With a Splash

Kilimanjaro at night…from 15,000 feet
Photo by Louis Russo
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deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry serves up watches and Ferraris

deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry in Dallas is a 13,600-sq.-ft. store, featuring some of the world’s top watch brands.
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Clock of Ages: Bulova celebrates its 100-plus years as a clock maker

Bulova is so known as one of the world’s premier watch companies that few are aware of its roots as one of America’s longstanding makers of clocks. The company was founded in 1875 in New York City, long before the wristwatch was invented, and soon became a respected name in mechanical clockworks and ornate, decorative clocks for the home.

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Eli Wallach: An enthusiastic watch collector

Chronos Editor, Bert Kalisher, and Eli Wallach.
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De Grisogono celebrates the cast of “The Expendables 3”

The 15th Anniversary edition of the Instrumento Uno.
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