Sydney Chic attended the launch of the world’s most authoritative title in the luxury market, Robb Report hosted at a private residence in Surry Hills, to celebrate the inaugural Australian edition on newsstands 17 October, and the 40th anniversary of US title.
Along with 150 VIP guests including Tamara Wrigley, Tim Ross, Ben Mingay and Justine Schofield, we were given an exclusive look inside the first issue and the collection of finely crafted products and experiences that distinguish true luxury.
This lavish party, celebrated in this beautiful home kicked off with a Dom Pérignon vintage reception and cigars paired with fine whisky. A Mercedes-AMG S63 was displayed in the residence’s feature garage for guests to take their turn in the driver’s seat, rounding the evening off with gifting from Mercedes-Benz Australia and Allegra Lombardi.
What you can expect:
Robb Report Australia reveals some of the local and international stories that made the inaugural edition:
Blue heaven: Robb Report Australia tests Ferrari’s just-launched 488 Spider. An eight-page feature interview with Ferrari’s Flavio Manzoni, the supercar sculptor, on the architectural and musical inspirations that are shaping the world’s most desirable cars.
A look at Mercedes-AMG’s new track-ready GT R; Australia’s largest private collection of more than 400 classic cars; the best of Britain in the Rolls-Royce Dawn and Bentley Bentayga; a classic Lancia Flaminia; and a visit to Goodwood, one of the motoring enthusiast’s “must-visit” events.
Places to eat, sleep, play, revive: from the $40 million made-over Mirage at Port Douglas, to beyond-the-norm luxury on France’s Normandy coast, to England’s new wave in rural restaurants, to an aviator’s dream pad (with room to park a plane or two) in central-western NSW.
We profile the biggest superyacht ever constructed in Australia, the beautiful, 84m trimaran White Rabbit Golf; look over the sleek, metallic and also Australian-built 77m Silver Fast; and open up the Italian Evo 43 with its innovative, expandable deck design.
Queensland’s David Boucher marries difficult and all but forgotten art deco techniques with rare timbers to create exquisite, internationally sought-after furniture. His Palace of Secrets cabinet sold for an estimated US$1.3 million. The former Brisbane council worker is a study in passion, dedication and skill.
Richard Mille’s $1.37m ACJ (Airbus Corporate Jets) Tourbillion Split Seconds Chronograph is one of the boutique watchmaker’s most innovative designs yet. Meanwhile, three of horology’s most enduring designs re-emerge with a fresh twist; and we look at watchmakers’ interesting collaborations with diverse luxury brands.
Australian expatriate film director Robert Luketic talks about life in Hollywood and his passion for private aviation. Tailor Patrick Johnson talks about his relaxed Australian style of suit making and his purchase of an historic workshop in Pietrasanta, Italy.
High-end audiophiles are abandoning five-channel sound systems in a return to two-channel purity. Hand-crafted, yet high-technology loudspeakers like the Magico Q7 and the elegantly architectural Clearaudio Statement turntable – each around the price of a Porsche 911 – are resetting all the records.