Letter from the Editor 16
This month, the world is your customised oyster. This issue brings you the suite in Edinburgh where J K Rowling finished her Harry Potter saga (page 39). The auction of an uncracked Spalding bat belonging to Mike ‘King’ Kelly will undoubtedly thrill baseball fans (page 36), while those in a high jewellery state of mind may appreciate a singularly unique piece in the Chopard Silk Road collection – an 18-carat white gold and titanium necklace set with 105 carats of emeralds, 73.2 carats of Paraiba tourmalines and 52.3 carats of brilliant-cut diamonds (page 30). See how you can make this season’s fashion work for you (page 80) or add armour to your ride (page 136). The centuries- old world of horology has new technology and design at its disposal, which can be seen in astronomical complications (page 122), material alchemy (page 120) and even a heightened state of design consciousness (page 112). The esoteric art of automata is given new life by Van Cleef & Arpels, which taps into the extremes of expertise to create its magical Extraordinary Object – the Automate Fee Ondine (page 116). As always, the varied destinations on offer – The Maldives (page 148), Siem Reap (page 156) and Stockholm (page 144) – offer a myriad ways in which to experience the world, be it as a diver, adventurer or a Nobel Laureate.