Here’s to Summer

Watches, cars, sun…. not to mention a happy 4th July to our American readers

Dear Reader,

You will doubtless be relieved to know that after a temporary hiatus last month, normal editor’s letters have been resumed…. The sun has been shining – perhaps by good ol’ British standards a trifle too much (we always complain about the weather somehow) – but with Wimbledon and mass holidays on the near horizon there remains much to keep everyone happy.

Our transatlantic cousins celebrate Independence Day early this month so in honour of that momentous holiday, our Editor’s Picks this month offer just a small selection of our best writing from the States by our US based writers. Happy 4th July to y’all!!!

On this side of the pond, we have our usual eclectic and educational all-you-can-eat buffet of the interesting and fun. I sit down at the Connaught with Riddle’s favourite Croatian, Pleurat Shabani, to chat about his Konik’s Tail vodka and incredible journey from worn-torn Yugoslavia to the streets of Mayfair. Our property chap in Knightbridge, Charles Fraser-Sampson ponders the rise of the internet based estate agent and how that is affecting its high street brethren. Our motoring man Marc Stickley (once he returns to earth), will have to lowdown on the best of Goodwood’s Festival of Speed – and perhaps a little something on what else Jag’s up to….

Those watch lovers amongst you are well catered for this month. Be it advice from Phillip’s Alex Ghotbi on what to look for and what sort of watches are going at auction to Mr WatchMaster pondering the issue of transparency across the watch market or just one of the latest hybrid watches to hit the market there will be something to edify you and make the 7:22 cattle truck to the office somewhat more bearable.

Add in bar reviews, 007’s jeweller and some rather decent hotels from Wales to Lake Como for late summer bolt hole inspiration, we hope we provide a little something in this month of sun and fun.

Yours truly,


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