Michael Verdon spends most of his time around yachts and boats as a correspondent for Yachting magazine and regular contributor to Superyacht Business, Robb Report and Worth magazines. After four years in Ireland and France, he’s now based in Florida where he continues his arduous task of measuring up the latest in superyacht design, like Perini Navi’s new 70m launch, Sybaris. It’s incredibly sleek and has an interior so beyond compare that we simply had to include it in our Ultimate Awards issue. When she’s not tinkering in the kitchen, attempting not to kill the plants on her balcony or terrorising the neighbourhood cats with unasked-for affection, La-born writer Stephanie can be found zooming about Beirut on her motorbike, hard at work as a freelance journalist. For this issue she demonstrates her versatility by interviewing the Tunisian graffiti artist el Seed, the Lebanese sculptor and architect Nadim Karam and the team behind New York City’s tallest residential tower, 432 Park Avenue. Warren has been living in Beirut for eighteen years, during which time he has written a book about the weird and wonderful things about his adoptive hometown and a selection of Wallpaper* guides to some of the world’s most intoxicating cities. For this issue, he headed for more pastoral land in Chantilly to attend Richard Mille’s Concours d’elegance, where classic cars mingle with the regal surroundings of one of France’s most impressive and historic chateaux. As he himself said, it’s dirty work but someone’s got to do it.