The Editor Writes

Commentary and posts by LUX Editor-in-Chief Darius Sanai.

Gaggenau announces winner of 2018 UK Sommelier competition

Last week Gaggenau’s 2018 UK Sommelier competition took place in London to decide which young sommelier would go on to represent the UK in the global challenge later this year. As a member of the judging panel, LUX’s Editor-in-Chief Darius Sanai recalls...

Crossing the Channel: ferry versus train

With Brexit, the UK (or some of it) has decided to move further away from Europe, metaphorically, physically and commercially. But the ways of getting from London to France, Germany, Switzerland and other destinations, via land and sea, won’t change, and that’s a...

Is the Waldhaus Sils the most spiritual hotel in the Alps?

The Waldhaus Sils sits on a rock amid a forest in the heart of the Engadine, Switzerland’s legendary high mountain valley; and is a cultural inspiration to artists and writers. LUX Editor-in-Chief Darius Sanai on why he’s tempted to make a spontaneous visit to...

The greatest tasting of Masseto in history

LUX Editor-in-Chief Darius Sanai was recently invited to a private tasting of Italy’s greatest wine, in a spectacular location. Masseto may now be a global superbrand, but it didn’t disappoint. Italy makes many serious and famous wines, from the Barolos of...

Reopening Annabel’s, London’s most glamorous club

To those of a certain net worth and vintage, the name Annabel’s has for decades been synonymous with the finest type of decadence. The nightclub in the heart of Mayfair was host to generations of bright young things, lascivious old things, the super-rich, Hollywood...

Which is the best modern classic Ferrari?

The Ferrari 550 Maranello and its successor, the similar-but-different 575M Maranello, are becoming two of the most sought-after cars of the ‘modern classic’ era. Rakish two-seaters with V12 engines, they also divide opinion among collectors as to which of them is...

Travel slow and enjoy the journey: crossing the channel by ferry

There’s nothing like being in a ship between Britain and France to make a journey into an experience; something a tunnel crossing can never replace. Progress is a wonderful thing in travel. It has given us two-hour train journeys from London to Paris, direct...

Why you should buy a modern classic car

Classic cars are, for a new generation of luxury collectors, something of a conundrum. On the one hand, they are perhaps the ultimate ‘investment of passion’, objects which you can cherish and use, and which nonetheless gain value over time. On the other hand, for...

Kering’s Siren Call for Sustainability

The luxury giant is taking the lead in sustainability – and now will the world listen? We are all now accustomed to what could charitably be called eco-fluff, like the cards by your hotel beds saying the 300 room luxury hotel your are staying in can save the...

How to invest in a modern classic car

By Darius Sanai, Editor-in-Chief A few months ago I was invited to take part in a panel discussion on investing in modern classic cars, by the Financial Times, at its annual reader event in London. It was a very FT-type of festival: intellectuals, entrepreneurs, CEOs...

Take in the view: Ozone and Aqua, Hong Kong

By Darius Sanai Editor in Chief Ozone at the Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong, the highest bar in the world, has a long row of bar stools along its floor to ceiling picture window. You settle on a stool, place your Mojito on the counter in front of you, and stare out at a...

Masseto: a taste of an uber-luxe wine brand

By Darius Sanai Editor in Chief On business in Italy, my route takes me along the coast of the Maremma, the beautiful and curiously unspoiled Tuscan coastlands. Combine the words Tuscany and Mediterranean and images of overcrowded beaches and packed rows of villas...

Buying a Ferrari Testarossa F512M

By Darius Sanai Editor in Chief One of the truisms of collecting, whether you are Imelda Marcos hoarding shoes or a 21st century gentleman acquiring classic cars, is that enlightenment comes with possession. You research your subject, speak to fellow collectors, make...

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