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St Barts Hurricane Damage: One Month After Irma

October 5, 2017

It has been one month since hurricane Irma hit our island. Everyone has exhibited great strength and solidarity in face of the damage caused by hurricane Irma in St Barts. The island has seen a huge flurry of post-Irma recovery activity in St Barts to welcome the first tourists of the season. 

 

GOOD NEWS!

Electricity and water have been restored in the majority of areas in St Barths after the damage caused by Irma. Professionals, volunteers, and residents alike have given generously of their time to make our beautiful island shine once again. After huge clean-up and post-Irma recovery efforts in St Barths, the island’s neighborhoods, beaches, and landscapes are looking good and St Barths is recovering nicely post-Irma.

 

TRAVEL USA | ST BARTS

The travel agency, Elan Voyages in St Barts, has provided us information about flights from the United States to St Barts. Several American airlines are already flying to Puerto Rico. There are also flights to St Barts via Antigua with Tradewind Aviation. Saint Martin’s Princess Juliana Airport is operational as of October 10.

 

AVAILABILITY OF RENTAL VILLAS

Our current priority is to provide a complete, up-to-date list of rental villas and hotels in St Barts that will be ready to welcome guests as of Thanksgiving 2017.

Many of the rental villas were spared by hurricane Irma in St Barts. You can find the best villas available on A C C E S S, in our villa listings. Take advantage of our personalized reservations service which works with the most important rental agencies in St Barts: Wimco, SiBarth, St Barth Properties, St Barth VIP, Barnes International, Missimmo...

 

REOPENING OF HOTELS POST-IRMA IN ST BARTS

Auberge de Terre Neuve, Baie des Anges, Le Nid D’Aigle, Sunset, Le Village St Barth, Les Ilets de la Plage, Les Ondines, Les Sucriers, Saline Garden, Le Ti Morne, Tom Beach, Villa Lodge 4 Epices, will be ready to welcome you as of late October.

The reopening of additional hotels in St Barth post Irma—Le Cheval Blanc, Eden Rock, Emeraude Plage, Le Barthélemy, Le Christopher, Le Toiny, Le Tropical, Villa Marie—is expected sometime during 2018. The staff at each of these luxury properties is investing all they can to get their doors open as soon as possible. As they make announcements, you will find their opening dates directly on our website.

 

REOPENING OF RESTAURANTS POST-IRMA IN ST BARTS

A large number of restaurants are ready to reopen in St Barths post-Irma:  

October: Black Ginger, Eddy’s, L’Esprit de Jean Claude Dufour, Isola, Isoletta, La Langouste, Yo Sushi Mania, L'Oubli, Le Select, 25 Quarter, Le Repaire, Galawa , Le Jardin, Le Vietnam, Saveurs Island, Au Regal, L'Ardoise, and Les Bananiers 

November: Le Ti St Barth, La Cantina, Tamarin, Orega, and Maya’s To Go

December: La Plage, Shellona, ​​La Guérite, Maya’s, Le Toiny, and Le Bagatelle

February: Nikki BeachBonito

March: Mango et Taïno (Restaurants of the hotel Le Christopher)

 

REAL-TIME INFORMATION

We have polled various professionals on the island to compile all of this important information for you. Please consider everything carefully as ongoing work or unexpected events might cause some places to reopen later than originally planned.

However, we will do all we can to continue to provide real-time updates as correctly as possible.

Stay connected with us for access to the latest news, in Le Mag, in our Saint Barths Post-Irma section.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Seasoned sailing fans and newcomers will be glad to know that The Bucket Regatta will take place as planned in March, Les Voiles de Saint-Barth in April, and the 14th edition of the Transat AG2R in May 2018.

In January 2018, music lovers can reserve their trips for the annual St Barts Music Festival.

ACCESS is your best source of current information for opening dates and photos of Saint Barth post-Irma!

See you soon!

SHOPPING

A TIME FOR COMMITMENT

In honor of the 7th edition of the Only Watch, Jaquet Droz presents an exceptional Grande Seconde Off-Centered model that raises money for the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

Time is generosity. It’s a credo that Jaquet Droz has always stood behind, joining forces with Only Watch, a biennial charity featuring unique watchmaking pieces sold to raise money for research in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a serious affliction of the muscles and cardiac system. Convinced that treatment is within reach, the brand known by its twin stars proudly shows its commitment through a unique edition of the Grande Seconde Off-Centered. 

This reinterpretation of the legendary Grande Seconde watch and its playful figure 8 - the symbol of infinity and completeness that has come to represent Jaquet Droz - features a cuprit background. Discovered in the mid 19th century, this copper-oxide-rich stone kindles celestial reverie of the planet Mars. Its fiery red color embodies all the passion dedicated to both the timepiece and the Only Watch project. 

The cut of the mineral dial requires the extreme, expert delicacy for which Jaquet Droz is known. Each inclusion, vein and detail of the dial makes for a singular masterpiece. But the Grande Seconde goes even further: the two counters traditionally aligned on the 12 o’clock / 6 o’clock axis are made off-center, adding an original, dynamic touch to this purest of canvases. The thinness of the circled gold flanges match that of the hands and the majestic direct-drive seconds hand, while the crown is shifted to 4 o’clock for a subtle aesthetic twist. 

A feast for the eyes, this Grande Seconde is equipped with an automatic mechanical movement whose balance-spring and pallet horns in silicon - a material resistant to shocks, temperature fluctuations, pressure and magnetic fields - add to the perfect reliability of the watch. Fitted with a power reserve of 68 hours, the Grande Seconde Off-Centered combines the purple of the cuprit with the glimmer of the 43 mm red gold case and the smooth black of the alligator strap. Hand engraved with the mentions “1/1” and “Only Watch 2017 Cuprite”, the Grande Seconde Off-Centered will be released at the end of September to coincide with the Monaco Yacht Show. It will then be a part of the traveling exhibition targeting an international public of committed watch lovers prior to going up for auction in Geneva on Saturday, November 11th.  

“Some watches tell time, some tell a story.”

SHOPPING

Runabout : Tribute to an Elegant Time

Frederique Constant launches two new Runabouts, paying homage to the graceful Riva boats of the 1920s where elegance and style ruled the social scene. 

A Longstanding Partnership 

In 2009, Frederique Constant debuted its collaboration with the Riva Historical Society alongside Piero Mario Gibellini and Carlos Riva whose sole purpose is to preserve the remaining Riva boats worldwide, and helping their owners safeguard their prized possessions in the best way possible. With the launching of these two new watches, Frederique Constant honors their commitment to preserving the Riva name and what it stands for. 

From Sea to Land 

In that same year, Frederique Constant launched its first Runabout timepiece named after the legendary Runabout yachts of the 1920s. Considered the European elite of Runabouts, the Riva Runabouts were originally small, fast and powerful and could welcome four to eight people; they were perfect for pleasure activities such as fishing, water sports or just cruising. Riva Runabouts are the ideal muse to draw inspiration from and design an elegant and stylish, Italian-inspired watch.  

Refined Elegance 

Both new versions of the Frederique Constant Runabout embody a classic, sophisticated watch featuring hours, minutes, seconds, date and a 24h GMT with a guilloché-decorated dial and applied luminous indexes. The whole is completed by a 44mm polished stainless steel 3-parts case, a see-through case back, which displays the inner workings of the FC-350 movement featuring an in-house GMT module. The first option features a silver-colored dial with a blue GMT hand with a matching navy blue leather strap. While the second option offers a dark grey dial contrasting with a white GMT hand with a light brown leather strap. Both versions are a Limited Edition of 2’888 pieces each, and are delivered in a luxurious wooden gift box including a detailed-wooden Runabout boat miniature. 

The partnership between Frederique Constant and the Riva Historical Society carries on with these two new additions to the Runabout Collection, making the 1920s elegance and style live on through them. 

About Frederique Constant 

Frederique Constant is a watch manufacturer based in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland. The company is involved in all stages of watch production, from initial design, to final assembly and quality control. Frederique Constant develops, manufactures, and assembles in-house calibers, 24 different versions since 2004. In 2015 Frederique Constant introduced the first Swiss made Horological Smartwatch, powered by MMT SwissConnect and entirely displayed with an analog dial, thereby creating an entirely new watch category in the Swiss watch industry. Frederique Constant watches are defined by their high quality and differentiation and precision in design and manufacturing. Their perceived value, through quality of design, materials, and manufacture, is a key component of their success. Each watch is assembled by hand, with the latest equipment and extensive controls, to ensure maximum quality and durability. The company embraces innovation to offer creativity and exceptional value. Its 32,000 square foot facility in Geneva is ultra-modern and offers the best environment for its passionate watchmakers. 

SHOPPING

fred collection 8°0

FRED has added a new chapter to its creative history with the 8°0 collection. This new line of bracelets is infused with a message that resonates as strongly as a mantra: create and define your own vision of luck.

Because some things just seem to happen naturally, FRED gave the 8°0 bracelets a graphic look that is aesthetically pleasing and uncluttered: a knot with long curves that evoke a lucky charm, in yellow, pink, or white gold, partially or entirely covered with diamonds.

With no specific start or finish, the curves on the buckle can be interpreted differently by the imagination of each wearer: sinuous in the shape of an infinity symbol, or perhaps the symbol of an eternal love, or of good fortune as 8 is considered a lucky number in certain cultures... The interpretation is intentionally left open, as if the bracelet were a talisman given special virtues, forces, or images that have a personal meaning. Easily worn by men and women, the 8°0 bracelet stands out for its universal style, which looks as pretty on a feminine arm as it does powerful on a virile wrist.

The buckle is attached to a leather strap in black, brown, or navy blue. The leather has a softness that will gain a patina over time, retaining the personal touch of the wearer.

8°0: these two numbers with their pure, simple shapes, were not picked at random but represent 8 decades of design at FRED, as the company celebrates its 80 years. And the elegance of this new line is inspired by the philosophy of founder Fred Samuel, for whom jewels should be the ultimate symbol of liberty and free expression. Now it’s your turn to define your vision of luck by wearing this trendy bracelet as a good luck charm…

 

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Ermenegildo Zegna : Second Skin Capsule Collection

Ermenegildo Zegna unveils an exclusive capsule collection of trans-seasonal, lightweight pieces that can be worn as effortlessly as a second skin. The complete and coordinated selection of clothing and outerwear has been designed to meet the needs of contemporary men all over the world, with a particular emphasis on travel-ready looks. The Second Skin Capsule Collection also represents the first commercially available wardrobe from the Ermenegildo Zegna Winter 2017 collection under the artistic direction of Alessandro Sartori.

The special capsule collection has been designed for a new generation of contemporary travelers who are successful, self-confident and value a style conscious approach to comfort. Two of its pillars are innovative, lightweight outerwear blousons: the first in wool and silk with a unique knitted varsity collar and cuffs, the second in extremely light, soft nubuck leather with elastic leather cuffs and bottom. To complete the look, different color combinations of jackets, polos, knitwear, shirts, trousers and denim – all characterized by a sophisticatedly relaxed form, authentic quality and distinctively precious details – seamlessly work together and can be kept in a man’s closet for 365 days a year. 

The smart and casual approach to contemporary fashion pays tribute to iconic Zegna colors with a rich palette ranging from vicuna colour and off-white to teal, brown, navy and light grey. In addition, the highly versatile travel wardrobe includes an elegant Asola Moccasin featuring a new designed band with the cut of the buttonhole.

Ermenegildo Zegna’s Second Skin Capsule Collection will be available at its worldwide boutiques and via Zegna.com starting from mid-April, 2017.

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ROLEX COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA : a watch born to race

Rolex is introducing three new versions of its Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold. These versions are fitted on the innovative Oysterflex bracelet in elastomer reinforced with a metal blade, and are equipped with a monobloc Cerachrom bezel, patented by Rolex, in black ceramic. This latest evolution is a blend of high technology and sleek aesthetics, and pays tribute to the heritage of this legendary chronograph. The black bezel is reminiscent of the 1965 model that was fitted with a black Plexiglas bezel insert.

Like all Rolex watches, these new Cosmograph Daytona versions carry the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.

CERACHROM BEZEL AND MEASURING SPEED

Created by Rolex in 1963, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is a watch born to race. It has established an extraordinary track record in the world of motor sport thanks to its reliability and performance. Known simply as the “Daytona”, it has risen to the rank of an icon as one of the best known chronographs in the world.

A key part of the model’s identity is the bezel engraved with a tachymetric scale for measuring average speeds of up to 400 units of distance – miles or kilometres – per hour.

The monobloc Cerachrom bezel in high-tech ceramic offers a number of advantages: it is corrosion resistant, virtually scratchproof and the colour is unaffected by UV rays. This extremely durable bezel also offers an exceptionally legible tachymetric scale, thanks to the deposition of a thin layer of 18 ct gold or platinum in the numerals and graduations via a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) process. The monobloc Cerachrom bezel is made in a single piece and holds the crystal firmly in place on the middle case, ensuring waterproofness.

THE OYSTER CASE, SYMBOL OF WATERPROOFNESS

The Cosmograph Daytona’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness, proportion and elegance. Its characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of 18 ct gold. Its fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. The winding crown – fitted with the Triplock triple water- proofness system – as well as the chronograph pushers screw down securely against the case. Its crown guard is an integral part of the middle case. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. The water- proof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the Cosmograph Daytona’s high-precision movement.

PERPETUAL CALIBRE 4130

The Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Its architecture, a composite of Rolex technology, was completely re-engineered: the number of components for the chronograph function was reduced significantly, thereby enhancing the movement’s reliability.

The robust chronograph is engaged by a mechanism with a column wheel and vertical clutch, allowing an instant- aneous and extremely precise start. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue Parachrom hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the Parachrom hairspring offers great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. A Rolex overcoil ensures its regularity in any position. Calibre 4130 is equipped with a self-winding module featuring a Perpetual rotor and boasts a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.

OYSTERFLEX BRACELET AND SAFETY CLASP

The new Cosmograph Daytona versions are fitted on an Oysterflex bracelet, developed and patented by Rolex. This technical bracelet combines in a singular way the robustness and reliability of a metal bracelet with the flexibility, comfort and aesthetics of an elastomer strap. At its core lies a superelastic metal blade overmoulded with high-performance black elastomer, a material that is particularly resistant to environ- mental effects and very durable. The Oysterflex bracelet is also fitted with an 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening. It is equipped with the ingenious Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, for additional comfort in any circumstance.

SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER CERTIFICATION

Like all Rolex watches, the Cosmograph Daytona is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards. The certification applies to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing super- lative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer.

The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.

Available at Zegg & Cerlati Rolex - Avenue des Spélugues 98000 Monaco

SHOPPING

Tudor : born to dare

One of the most admired, gifted and successful football players of all time, a philanthropist, an entrepreneur and a global style icon, David Beckham’s life journey embodies the daring values that made Tudor what it is today.

 

Tudor is Born to Dare 

In 2017, Tudor launched a new campaign with the “Born To Dare” signature. It reflects both the history of the brand and what it stands for today. Daring individuals have long chosen Tudor while achieving the extraordinary on land, ice, in the air and underwater. It also refers to the vision of Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Tudor, who manufactured Tudor watches to withstand the most extreme conditions, watches made for the most daring lifestyle indeed. It finally tells of the singular approach Tudor is known for today, having pioneered now major trends within the watchmaking industry. 

The Tudor “Born To Dare” spirit is expressed in a campaign manifesto (below and extended version in annex) and supported globally by ambassadors whose life achievements directly result from a daring approach to life. David Beckham is one of them and Tudor is proud to welcome him to its family.

 

Devoted to the classic

David Beckham is a multi-faceted man with a taste for finer things. “Especially as an Englishman I think you really appreciate a nice suit and a nice watch. They go very well together” he says. A long-time wristwatch lover, he came to know Tudor through its sibling brand, Rolex, of which he owns several timepieces. “I was attracted to Tudor by the attention to detail I could see in their watches. I then learned about the history of the brand. One of adventure, pioneer diving and daring expeditions. I was instantly hooked”. 

David Beckham wears the Black Bay S&G, a vintage-inspired steel and gold diver’s watch as well as 

the Black Bay Chrono, a COSC-certified chronograph with column-wheel manufacture calibre drawing upon Tudor's diving and motorsports heritage.

 

Born for a purpose

As a child, David Beckham had a dream. Whenever asked about what he would want to be later in life he invariably answered “a football player”. This early drive led him to become one of the most acclaimed, loved and successful players in the history of the game. With three major clubs and 115 selections in the English football team, 59 as captain, he left his mark: 6 England Championship titles, 2 Major League Soccer cups, one time Champion of Spain and one time UEFA Champion. 

He might not have been the best scorer, nor the fastest player, but he had a unique style, both precise and spectacular. One of perfect passes, extraordinary kicks and supreme accuracy that proved decisive on the field. “Bend it like Beckham” says it all about his brand of game. By daring to go all the way, always, David Beckham made his childhood dream a reality.

ART

PHILIPPE PASQUA : BORDERLINE

Exhibit May 5 through September 30, 2017

The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco presents Borderline, a monographic exhibit by artist Philippe Pasqua. His monumental works, created especially for this show for the most part, will be shown alongside the legendary collections of the museum in order to create an unusual dialogue.

The art of Philippe Pasqua pushes new limits. He flirts with the edges, knows the boundaries, and crosses them. Violent and immodest, his work jostles as much as it fascinates, placing the visitor in the face of a dilemma: to devour with the gaze or to turn away the eyes, a reflex of defense more than indifference. “Philippe Pasqua questions, demands, disturbs, but never dismisses. The ideal detonator for raising awareness of marine and terrestrial life,” says Robert Calcagno, director general of the Oceanographic Museum.

Charmed by the architecture of the Oceanographic Museum, and sensitive to its importance, the artist has created an exhibit that reflects the venue. Twelve monumental pieces, seven of which have not been seen before, have taken over the entire museum—from the front plaza to the panoramic terrace, by way of the cliffs of the monolithic Rock of Monaco, located below this hundred year-old building.

 

SHAKING UP MAN’S RELATIONSHIP TO NATURE

For Philippe Pasqua, the taste for the monumental lives in opposition with his attraction to that which is the most vulnerable and profound. Cracks and fissures are exposed in size XXL. Instinctively, the artist does not theorize his work, but allows the visitors total latitude to interpret them, considering that art goes beyond discourse and the visual. “Beauty has an evocative power,” indicates the artist. “A work of art is beautiful through the emotion it evokes, the blow it delivers to the heart.

The artist exhibits all of his sensibility and questions the public about its relationship to nature, death, and renaissance. “Based on these subjects he is partial to, he plays with the ambiguous connection that man maintains with the world of the sea, between fear and fascination, to confront the public with the current issues concerning protection of our biodiversity,” adds Robert Calcagno.

An integral part of the DNA of the museum since it first opened, these ecological issues are echoed in Pasqua’s creations.

Musée océanographique de Monaco, Avenue Saint-Martin, 98000 Monaco

 

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Spa Metropole by Givenchy, the luxury of taking time for yourself

It’s one of the most prestigious addresses in Monaco. A luxury hotel from another era, a sumptuous retreat away from the hustle and bustle in the heart of the Principality... Located in the Carré d’Or overlooking the Mediterranean, Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo has a unique atmosphere steeped in history and soul. From the 126 rooms and suites to the restaurants and pool, everything at Hotel Metropole is dedicated to the pleasures in life.

This is why Givenchy came to unveil a spa specifically designed for this exceptional hotel.

Clean lines and noble materials... Designed by architect Didier Gomez, Spa Metropole by Givenchy reflects the House’s sophistication and modernity down to every last detail. The entrance sets the tone with its marble finish and proportions accentuated by sleek, bold black lines. Contemporary materials can be found alongside a digital plant wall throughout the interior, for absolute serenity. The corridor leading to the treatment rooms offers an immersive experience in which an unexpected encounter with nature is heightened by a subtle play of light, creating a vibrant and intimate atmosphere.

All ten treatment rooms are decorated in nuanced shades of white, with embossed walls that evoke the lace of Haute Couture gowns. These include a double suite and a single suite equipped with a bath and private hammam. For a touch of luxury, guests may choose a fragrance to accompany them throughout their experience. This is sprayed on a tissue in the pocket of their bathrobe or on the massage table. All treatments and massages end with a refreshing ritual using cryotherapy technology, for a gentle way to prolong this moment of serenity.

“The secret to elegance is being yourself.” These words of wisdom from Hubert de Givenchy say everything, or almost everything, you need to know about the philosophy behind the Givenchy spas. Because beauty by Givenchy is much more than a simple treatment; it’s an experience – the key to elegance radiating from within. In an alchemy of advanced formulas, sumptuous textures and, of course, skilfully mastered rituals, the House’s products used in Givenchy spas unleash their full potential in the hands of experts trained to employ precisely choreographed protocols. All face and body care treatments are exclusively designed, personalised rituals that combine effectiveness and sensory delight. The promise of an absolutely unforgettable moment all to yourself.

Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo, 4 Avenue de la Madone, 98000 Monaco

+377 93 15 15 15

GASTRONOMY

The Ultimate Organic Chic Champagne

When Frédéric Zeimett took over the general management of Leclerc-Briant in 2012, the future of this centuries-old champagne company was being questioned by a fair number of observors.

The brand had to start up again, from almost rock bottom, following the death of Pascal Leclerc-Briant, the last in a dynasty of champagne producers, whose origins date back to the 19th century. The majority of the vineyards were sold to competitors, and the American couple that purchased the company inherited only the buildings, the bottles ageing in the wine cellars, and several acres of grapevines.

In four short years, Leclerc-Briant has become a favorite of amateurs and confirmed connoisseurs of champagne, who rave about its sense of innovation and the introduction of new flavors. The French Review of Wines and the Bettane Desseauve Guide have written glowing reviews of the Champagne Blanc de Meuniers premier cru, made exclusively with pinot meunier, the “poor cousin” of the best champagne grapes. This was a first for this region, where tradition is deeply rooted in the vineyards.

For a man with 30 years of experience in top management for such prestigious champagne companies as Moët et Chandon and Chapoutier, Frédéric Zeimett remains humble, and attributes his success to the talents of Hervé Jestin, his cellar master, an oenologist known for his love of biodynamic methods. “Hervé Jestin has a very original approach to his profession,” confides Frédéric Zeimett. “He’s like a wine whisperer. He pushes biodynamic methods to the extreme, both in the vineyards and in the wine cellar, which explains the true uniqueness of our wines.”

There is indeed a unique signature to the Leclerc-Briant brand, which is unique and easily recognizable in its champagnes, with their vibrant and precise character marked by a sense of fruitiness, delicious aromas, a distinct touch of salinity, and the almost total absence of sugar. This is champagne that presents itself without artifice, without pretense, and a wine with vegan certification that is presented in its most natural state.

Something happens during tastings,” adds Frédéric Zeimett. “There is a physiological reaction a very specific emotional response.”  

Their leading cru, Divine Solera, is a perfect example. This perpetual vintage combines a symphony of flavors with several generations of wine that blend in perfect harmony. This represents the exceptional sense of refinement that defines the entire range of Leclerc-Briant Champagne.

In Saint Barthélemy, Leclerc-Briant Champagne can be found at In Vino and at Le Barthélemy, the new 5-star hotel that recently open on the shore of the lagoon in Grand Cul-de-Sac.

Price: 35 euros.

GASTRONOMY

Eternelle favorite - A fine feminine wine

In Adeline de Barry’s family, wine is women’s work. Since it became the family business in the 18th century, when the Marquis de Villeneuve purchased the former monastery of Lérins, the Château de Saint-Martin has always been passed from mother to daughter. There was but one exception to this ancestral tradition, when Adeline’s grandfather, Count Edme de Rohan Chabot, ran the vineyard for forty years before passing the torch to his daughter, then to his granddaughter in 1984.

Adeline de Barry learned quite a bit from this important figure in the world of wine. Thanks to his expert advice, an apprenticeship in the fields, and her experience in the United States doing marketing for Moët Hennessy, she now successfully runs the family enterprise and its production of high quality wines.

Built in the town of Taradeau, in the department of Var, in the center of a property with over 100 hectares, and benefitting from the climatology of two distinct regions (schist and clay-limestone soil), the Château de Saint-Martin belongs to the very exclusive club of the 18 Côtes de Provence controlled vintages. This prestigious label and a gage of excellence are found in Eternelle Favorite, a delicious rosé with a pale peach robe and delicate fruity flavors.

Chatting with Adeline de Barry:

How did you come up with the idea for Eternelle Favorite?

“During my travels, especially in Asia, I noticed that women liked to get together after work for a drink, but not necessarily have dinner at the same time. They enjoyed being together to share a moment of friendship. I also thought of moments of relaxation when you just want to curl up on a comfortable sofa and listen to music while drinking a nice glass of rosé. That gave me the idea to create an a feminine rosé that is atypical and sophisticated.”

What are its principal qualities?

“It is like a woman’s perfume that reveals its unexpected nuances over the course of time. It is light in the spring with its fresh, citrus flavor. In the summer it evolves toward ripe fruit, then becomes stronger and warmer in the winter. Eternelle Favorite is a surprising and very elegant rosé, made primarily with a base of tibouren, a red variety typically Provencal, that I especially appreciate and that brings a lot of refinement when blended with other varieties.”

The Eternelle Favorite vintage has won several awards, including the Médaille d’Or at the Concours Général Agricole in 2016. It was listed among the top 50 best rosés in the world in the United States.

It is found on the wine lists of major hotels and restaurants around the world, particularly on the East Coast of the United States— New York and Connecticut—as well as Colombia, Singapore, Tahiti, and the French West Indies.

In Saint Barthélemy, Eternelle Favorite is available at Goût du Vin in Gustavia. Tel +590  590 27 88 02

SHOPPING

HUBLOT : DRESSES UP WITH BERLUTI

The Classic Fusion is the marriage of Berluti’s iconic luxurious Venezia leather and the innovative watch-making expertise of Hublot. This fusion of excellence defines a limited-edition timepiece, giving it a bold, stylish character.

Style or nothing. After using denim and lace, we wanted to explore different materials for dials and straps. Leather straps are a classic option for watches, but we wanted to go beyond the traditional approach and work with the absolute most iconic leather there is. Our collaboration with Berluti was a natural choice. One of the major difficulties was the dial. It is rather complicated to use a fabric such as leather in a waterproof case. In addition, it was a challenge to perfectly match the subtleties of the strap and the dial,” points out Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot

Hublot and Berluti are contemporary alchemists. Both of these respected brands wanted to create a timepiece that has a soul and a distinctive personality. To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Parisian shoe company in 2105, a series of straps and dials was created for the Classic Fusion model. This ingenious combination of the watch and matching shoes is a true symbol of elegance, embodying the spirit of a classic gentleman.

After dressing the Berluti man from head to toe, our collaboration with Hublot inspired the creation of a watch that is the perfect final touch to the masculine wardrobe. Our two companies share the same level of expertise as well as a passion for excellence,” notes Antoine Arnault, CEO of Berluti

Berluti’s Venezia leather, developed by Olga Berluti, is tanned using an exclusive mineral process. This natural material is what Hublot has adopted for its dials, requiring a complex, delicate process to neutralize the organic elements of the leather, and make each dial unique. This limited edition is available in two models: their straps and dials reflect the outstanding savoir-faire of Berluti. This collaboration between Hublot and Berluti, the creator of the dial and strap, represents a new definition of excellence and a beautiful, recognizable style.

This watch is available at Carat in Gustavia.

DISCOVER

Running in St Barts

There are several options for running and jogging in St Barth.

First, the territorial stadium in St Jean, located not far from the firehouse behind the gas station in Saint Jean, is open daily as of 6:00am. It’s an ideal place to run or jog in perfect safety on a Tartan track.

For those who don’t like running in circles and prefer sweating on the island’s roads, try these spots to get started: the long, flat stretch from Grand Fond to Toiny, which provides a great way to enjoy the magnificent, unspoiled landscape on the “wild” coast and the fresh air of the ocean. Or try the Route de Saline, also rather flat, as far as the beach, in a beautiful natural environment. Be careful when running, as these roads don’t get a lot of traffic, but you are sharing them with cars and trucks that always present a danger, especially at dusk, when it is important to have a light or reflectors. If you have more experience, try running up and down the famous steep hills of St Barth, especially in the neighborhoods where there are sidewalks, such as the road that goes from Saline to Grand Fond. Without sidewalks, running and jogging are much more dangerous.

A word of advice: make sure to wear proper running shoes, as the concrete doesn’t make it any easier for your joints or your back.

For a softer surface, running on the sand may be more difficult but it has numerous benefits. The best beaches for running are Saline and Flamands, which are long, and wide enough not to bother anyone, especially early in the morning. You can also walk out to Colombier from Flamands and take advantage of the beautiful beach to get some exercise. The small beach in St Jean is also a nice place to run and the sand is harder close to the water.

There are other options such as hotel fitness rooms, Form Fitness, Ultimate Center, and Le Studio, where you can take advantage of the advice provided by a personal trainer. Or you can rent a treadmill at the Wellness Shop, which will deliver it directly to your villa. Once it is set up, all you have to do is run at your own speed while looking out at the ocean. This is a great option, as all you have to do after working up a sweat is take a refreshing dive into the swimming pool to cool off.    

DISCOVER

Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa

As pretty as a postcard! 
Shimmering blues of a lagoon, a beach of soft white sand, a tableau of small, multi-colored boats bobbing at anchor. Farther out, the coral reef and the small island of Tortue, where the waves dance off the rocks in an impressive display of white foam.

Welcome to the world of natural beauty at Le Barthélemy, the magnificent 5-star hotel and spa that recently opened in Grand Cul de Sac.

This exceptional environment is reflected in the hotel’s beautiful guest rooms, where renowned interior designer Sybille de Margerie has created a stunning mix of modernity and authentic West Indian style. Elegant and refined, the décor is inspired by the traditions of the island. Headboards in woven straw, sculptures of coral and resin, bleached driftwood. The harmony of colors, turquoise and fuchsia, evoke the sea and local flowers. The rooms are luxurious, spacious, and luminous with magnificent views of the ocean, the garden, or nearby hillsides. The lovely, peaceful atmosphere of the hotel continues right out onto the terrace, and a pool deck that looks toward the horizon.

Le Barthélemy entrusted the creation of the menus for its restaurant to Guy Martin, the prestigious chef at Le Grand Véfour in Paris. For the clients of the hotel, as well as island residents, he crafted a very interesting menu with a blend of French, West Indian, and international flavors. The ambiance is both chic and relaxed. In the evening, soft light and the quiet presence of the ocean right outside add a note of magic to your meal. A lighter cuisine and rotisserie set the mood at lunch, while executive chef William Gérard elaborates a delicious Sunday brunch.

Imagined as a sanctuary of wellbeing, the spa is a cocoon of calm and relaxation. Equipped with a sauna, a shower with essential oils, and a fitness center with a staff of expert therapists and professional estheticians that use the restorative properties of seawater to optimize the quality and efficacy of their treatments. An extraordinary experience to enjoy with total serenity in the magical setting of this hotel paradise!
 

SHOPPING

pati de st-barth

St Barth French West Indies. A t-shirt that just about everyone owns. Pati, the designer of the Pati de St Barth brand, is part of that special generation of people who arrived in Saint Barthélemy in the 1980s. With no money, but plenty of good ideas… and it was love at first sight.

Her love affair with the island is mutual. In her two beautifully designed shops—one in Gustavia and one in St Jean—her signature clothing collections are at once elegant and relaxed, the symbol of a woman who has evolved in keeping with the island, while maintaining her authenticity.

Interview

You have lived in Saint Barthélemy for quite some time…

I arrived in 1983 with a small box of watercolors and a few sheets of drawing paper, after a three-year trip around the world. The first night, I camped at Grand Fond and two policemen woke me up very early in the morning. Camping is not allowed in Saint Barth and they wanted to put me on the first plane out of here. I was finally able to stay by promising them I would get a hotel room. I had just enough to pay for two nights at Tom Beach, and as soon as I got the room I started painting landscapes of the island. I put my watercolors in a few boutiques and two days later they were all sold, so I could stay longer on the island. That’s how it all got started.

Then you started creating t-shirts…

At first I painted them by hand. They were so popular that I couldn’t keep up with the demand. So I modernized and bought a silk-screen printing machine. I taught myself to use it, but it wasn’t easy and it took me a year to master the technique. At the same time, I was creating logos for my clients and one day, in 1989, I designed one for myself. I wanted something simple with a symbol that represented the island. The logo for St Barth French West Indies was born. It was immediately a big success.

 

How do you explain that success?

I can’t explain it. I understood that this t-shirt would only last if you could only find it in Saint Barthélemy and by making it a unique style with personalized accents. Then all of a sudden, black was all the rage. Since I couldn’t find black t-shirts in Saint Barth or in Saint Martin, I started to dye them myself. I was never able to really make black. I always got a dark gray and never the same gray twice! But that’s exactly what everybody liked. Each series of t-shirts was different. I printed them day and night and clients came at 4am to make sure they got one!

Since you launched that t-shirt, you have really grown…

Over the years, we concentrated on marketing this logo with different styles of lettering. I am also very concerned about the quality of the fabrics. In Saint Barth, we need fabrics that allow the skin to breathe, fabrics that are soft and easy to wear. For the past three years we have also gone in a new direction. We went to Peru to look for beautiful cottons and have since been developing our own collections in addition to t-shirts. The logo is always present on our clothes. We have become a ready-to-wear brand with its own identity. And a lifestyle both elegant and relaxed that corresponds to what I love in Saint Barthélemy.

What are your new projects?

My husband, François, and I always have a lot of ideas. And we are very proactive. In this business, you always have to be a step ahead. We will continue to develop the brand and present new styles. I also would like to have more time to paint and write. I would need a second life to do all I want to do, but for now, this one is pretty full.

 

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