Michael Ver­don

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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.

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