Robb Report - Entrepreneurs & Innovators

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  Ingenuity meets inspiration in this issue of Robb Report.   There are many... more
- "Robb Report - Entrepreneurs & Innovators"
 
Ingenuity meets inspiration in this issue of Robb Report.
 
There are many theories about why Britain was the first country in the world to leave behind a peasant economy, industrialise and, by the middle of the 19th century, account for 23 per cent of global industrial production. Economic, social and geographical factors are all cited, along with the country’s access to a vast repository of natural resources from across the colonial empire.
 
Whatever the reality, Robb Report assert with some conviction that the spirit of tireless entrepreneurialism and innovation is still going strong two and-a-half centuries later.

The British envelope-nudgers profiled here – people whose sheer creative derring-do knows no bounds – include Dan Hayes, whose company, VRCO, is working on a fully functioning flying car; Roger Smith, owner of the eponymous watch company, who has nailed all thirty two skills needed to build a timepiece from scratch; and Gabriella Somerville, who has gone from being a cabin crew worker to founder and CEO of private jet charter company ConnectJets. Their stories all testify to a broader truth: that to make good things happen and make them lucrative, you need a conviction, captured best in the title of Richard Branson’s 2006 tome, to say Screw It, Let’s Do It. What’s called chutzpah in Yiddish is clearly a fierce wind in the sails when it comes to making a success of a new, and original, venture.
 
So, entrepreneurialism and innovation are in rude health on these shores: and yet, for this issue’s cover subject, we’ve picked a man whose creative HQ is on the other side of la Manche – Pierre Corthay, the founder of and creative force behind Maison Corthay. Pierre launched the company at the age of 27 in 1990, and has since built it into a brand serving those who, when it comes to footwear, like traditional elegance to come with more than the odd witty twist. Find out what goes into making such delectable haute footwear.

Another Robb Report milieu in which innovation has gone into sixth gear is horology, as we found when attending this year’s SIHH. A four-note minute repeater, a meteorite dial, a strap made of recycled plastic bottles and concave/convex sapphire crystals that improve legibility were all among the strokes of boundary-nudging genius we encountered there, while TAG Heuer have now come up with a timepiece, the Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph, that has a carbon composite hairspring. Find out the benefits of that exceptional lab creation.
 
This issue’s Passport section, meanwhile, brings us back to Britain’s innovative credentials – Scotland’s, in particular, where Highlands hotel The Fife Arms has been given an audaciously brilliant makeover by art-world stars Iwan and Manuela Wirth, and the Fingal – a floating hotel in Leith – has had a four-year, £5-million refit and makeover that also demonstrates a broader truth: fortune, in the current hospitality scene, favours the bold.

Another major theme in this issue is Wings & Water – or to put that another way, the latest ultra-luxurious craft taking to either the sky or the sea. Electric aircraft and cruisers, dazzling on-board beach-club concepts, bulletproof vessels and sea-borne gardens all serve to prove a pleasing overlap between the two major themes of an issue Robb Report thoroughly enjoyed putting together.
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The Robb Report, published by Kanebridge, is a multi-national luxury-lifestyle magazine featuring products, including automobiles, aviation, boating, real estate and watches. The publication caters for an affluent clientele. The blend of advertising and editorial appeals to high-end, affluent consumers. The Rob Report audience is evolving; in April 2018, Robb Report launched Muse by Robb Report targeting female readership. A special edition is planned to celebrate Golden Week in 2019.

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