Editor’s Note

Viva Italia

The Italians are some of the world’s most talented craftsmen. Ermenegildo Zegna

Augusto runs a bed and breakfast in Rome, a stone’s throw from the Risorgimento tram station and the walls of Vatican City. Before deciding to open Quod Libet, a small, clean and cheerfully painted establishment hidden away inside a massive old, shabby stone building with a spectacular bakery in the basement, Augusto used to be a member of Alitalia’s cabin crew. ( Read more )

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An ode to Italian craftsmanship

First published in December 2010, the directory ‘The Whispered Directory of Craftsmanship: A Contemporary Guide to the Italian Handmaking Ability’ is an indulgent, quirky, intimate, quintessentially Italian look at some of the finest craftsmen in Italy

The Whispered Directory of Craftsmanship: A Contemporary Guide to the Italian HandMaking Ability Author: Vittoria Filippi Gabardi and Cesare Maria Cunaccia Publication: Mondadori Electa Pages: Two volumes of 200 pages each Languages: Italian and English Price: $60 Where to buy: Through select Fendi stores and online

Selected excerpts from the directory’s collection of 180 pen portraits of Italy’s finest.

BOOTS

Artigiano Scarpaio Antonio

Giampaolo exits his workroom and pulls his glasses off his nose. He wears a green T-shirt that matches the trimmings of the shop, a few square meters in the heart of Forte dei Marmi. All around are shelves packed with colored booths, shocking pink, olive, dark brown, sand, violet, black, turquoise, suede and leather, sandals, mocassins, and men’s shoes… In the Seventies he starts working at the shoe factory owned by the father of his fatherin-law Antonio, one of the best craftsman in all of Versilia, after whose name the shop is called. Giampaolo enters the premises of Via Roma only in 1998: here he takes measures, every shoe is modelled over the feet and legs of the client who chooses material, color, type, he can indulge in creating boots according to his desires. Antonio’s boots are completely handmade… (Read more)

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The Zegna suit

With a starting price of 1.09 lakh, a Zegna suit passes through the craftsmanship of more than 500 hands before landing at a Zegna store

With a starting price of 1.09 lakh, a Zegna suit passes through the craftsmanship of more than 500 hands before landing at a Zegna store. (Read more)

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The Tod’s Gommino

From finding the perfect leather to being delivered at a boutique, the Gommino goesthrough as many as 100 steps and 2,000 craftsmen

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This is the right time to start collecting art

With its online art auctions finding their way in a case study by Harvard Business School, Saffronart, the 10-year-old company, has undoubtedly come a long way. Nish Bhutani, COO, calls it “a platform for all kinds of arts and collectibles"

By Pradip Kumar Saha

Nish Bhutani, COO, Saffronart. Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint

With its online art auctions finding their way in a case study by Harvard Business School, the 10-year-old company has undoubtedly come a long way. Nish Bhutani, COO, calls it “a platform for all kinds of arts and collectibles". In 2010, Saffronart did six auctions, and, in 2011, 13.

This year, Bhutani says, many more auctions are planned. With gallery spaces in Mumbai, Delhi, London and New York, the auction house is a storehouse of a range of art, information and advice. Indulge caught up with Bhutani who spoke to us, among other things, about the emerging trends in the art scene. (Read more)

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Pio Boffa on family business

Pio Boffa spoke to Indulge about his brand’s legacy, his efforts to keep traditions alive at the 131-year-old winery and the launch of the brand in India

By Pradip Kumar Saha

Pio Boffa. Priyanka Parashar/Mint

HISTORY

Pio Cesare, my maternal greatgrandfather, was an entrepreneur with interests in different fields. His first name was Cesare and his last name Pio. In old days in Italy, they used to put the last name first. He started making wine as a hobby in 1881, and the wines he made were given mainly as gifts to friends and customers of his other businesses. (Read more)

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Mixing Drinks

The only way to mask the substandard nature of the drinks was through making cocktails and thus the art of ‘‘mixology" was born

By Joel Harrison

Thinkstock photo

The only way to mask the substandard nature of the drinks was through making cocktails and thus the art of mixing drinks was born. It was around this time that several eminent bartenders, such as ‘‘Professor" Jerry Thomas of New York and, later, Harry Craddock of London’s Savoy Hotel, found themselves at the forefront of cocktail-development, influencing the early landscape of an art which today is known as ‘‘mixology". (Read more)

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Meaty Treat

When you look at a cut of meat, you’re really looking at a specific combination of water, protein and fat

By Madhu Menon

Overcooking can dry meat out and make them tough, stringy, and unappetizing. iStockphoto

It’s difficult to lump all ‘‘meat" into one category because they’re different beasts (pun unintended), and obviously a chicken is not a goat which is not a pig, and so on. So let me tell you a bit about what meat is, and what kind of cooking methods work for different cuts. (Read more)

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Milvin George | India is the market where we sell the most expensive watches

Milvin George spoke about the brand’s association with the India Art Fair and plans for India

By Pradip Kumar Saha

A photo from the 1940s of an Italian navy commando wearing a Panera.

Tell us something about the brand’s legacy.

We are an Italian brand, and Swiss-made. We were founded in 1860 by the Panerai family in Florence and so we have the Florentine heritage and culture. Our founder, Giovanni Panerai, owned a workshop in Florence where we did a lot of repair for watches. We also had a collaboration with the Italian navy and made professional instruments for them like torpedo timers and several other underwater naval instruments and gadgets such as torches and wrist compasses. (Read more)

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Timing it right

Panerai launched four watches in India during the India Art Fair 2012 in New Delhi. The company ells through select channels in Delhi and Mumbai

RADIOMIR 3 DAYS ORO BIANCO

MOVEMENT: Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.3000 calibre,

CASE: 47mm, 18K polished white gold with removable wire loop strap attachments (patented). Winding crown personalized OP

BEZEL: 18K white gold

BACK: See-through sapphire crystal

DIAL: Brown, with luminous Arabic and Roman numerals and hour markers

CRYSTAL: Plexiglas®, 2.8 mm thick

WATER RESISTANCE: 100m

STRAP: Panerai personalized alligator strap and large-size 18K white gold buckle

REFERENCE: PAM00376

PRICE: €19,900 (Read more)

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Mean machine

The Quattroporte Sport GT S, the fifth generation of the Quattroporte—or ‘‘four doors"—series by Italian sports-luxury car maker Maserati, was launched in 2009

Photographs: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

The Modena, Italy-based car maker has one plant where it manufactures all its cars and then ships them across the world. Apart from the exclusivity, the car maker also provides various levels of customization, majorly divided into four categories—colour choices, onboard electronics, interiors and travel and driving dynamics. (Read more)

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Facets of time

The Formula 1 Lady Yin Yang is perhaps the most opulent watch Tag Heuer has ever made

By Sidin Vadukut

But the Yin Yang is a feminine piece with which the brand leaps from haute horlogerie to haute joaillerie. Announced in Geneva in January, the watch is available only by request. TAG Heuer informs us that they are now taking orders. (Read more)

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