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Lifestyle_travel_710x350.jpg Miles of Rapture

The sun is shining and the weather is glorious. There’s no better time to flex those driving muscles than now, when the world is slipping into its peachy seasons. Here, some epic road trips, tried and tested by The Peak’s motoring correspondent.. 

Victoria, Australia – Great Ocean Road. This 243km-long road, built by veterans returning from WWI, winds along the Victorian coast from Torquay to Allansford, just outside of Warrnambool, through quaint seaside towns and lush national parks. The famous Twelve Apostles is a major attraction, although today only eight of the original limestone formations still stand.

The US – California State Route 1. A major north-south route that runs along the Pacific coastline, the 1,055km-long road doles out some of the world’s most breathtaking views and is a popular, albeit slower, way of getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Expect to wend your way through ancient forests and along plunging cliffs, punctuated with long stretches of dual carriageway to still your beating heart.
Namibia – Windhoek to Swakopmund. Journeying across the mountains, rivers and deserts of this former German colony is not for the faint of heart. We recommend signing up for a proper guided tour with support vehicles should (or rather, when) things go pear-shaped. The BMW Tour Experience 8 Days Namibia programme is a fantastic option that includes an off-roader, meals and quality accommodation.
The alps – Innsbruck, Austria to  Interlaken, Switzerland. While the most famous Alpine road is the Stelvio Pass in Tyrolean Italy, in reality the mountain route is extremely congested, no thanks to its reputation. Fortunately, there are better options. This two-day route is a sampling of central Europe’s best mountain passes. In other words, hairpins galore.

Find the full article in the July/August issue of The Peak.

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Bold lines mark the latest releases from Ferretti Group, which found homes in Hong Kong immediately – including the city’s first-ever Riva world premiere.

Ferretti Group was founded by Alessandro and Norberto Ferretti in 1968 with the aim of building plucky but stylish motorsailing boats of about 10 metres total length. By the early 1980s, the brothers had switched gears and were focused on sleek motor yachts designed for fishermen. Less than ten years later, the brothers had been captivated by high speed motorboat racing, and they incorporated the engineering expertise they had gathered from the sport into their growing array of yachts. They also embarked on a brand-buying spree, leading to the acquisition of the legendary Riva brand in 2000.
Today, Ferretti Group is majority owned by Weichai Power, a Chinese engineering firm. The takeover took place in 2012, with Norberto Ferretti becoming honorary chairman. After some initial teething troubles, Weichai appointed aerospace industry veteran Alberto Galassi as CEO in 2014. In 2016, Ferretti Group posted its first year of profits since the 2008 global financial crisis, which hit the yacht industry particularly hard. 

Shortly after Weichai’s takeover of Ferretti Group, the push to develop the Ferretti brand in Asia began, including an increased presence at boat shows and a fully fledged sales and administrative office in Hong Kong. Five years on, and the results of that push are continuing to materialise. 

The Riva brand, known for obsessive attention to detail and prices to match, is achieving some big sales through its Hong Kong outpost. The new Riva 100 – the first in a new line of flybridge yachts – made its debut in Hong Kong when a local buyer snapped up the very first model. Making a concurrent debut was the Ferretti 850 with its new buyer. It’s noteworthy when such a large, premium yacht as the Riva 100 makes a worldwide debut in Hong Kong – certainly, it shows that the buying power and the interest in luxury yachting continues here unabated.

For the Riva 100, perhaps the first thing you notice is the aggressive sheerline combined with the metallic look of the exterior – this seems almost out of character compared to the stately look of Riva’s tenders and runabouts, which rely so heavily on the wooden builds of the 1950s. The high, aggressive sheerline is put to good use by the designers, as it allows a wide and safe passageway from the aft deck up to the bow area foredeck. If you want to make your mark cruising through a Hong Kong marina, you will certainly draw plenty of looks with the Riva 100 Corsaro. So far, five have been sold worldwide, with one other going into Asia. 

The level of attention to detail is something you really only appreciate on the Riva 100 when you get on board and start looking around. Handy yet discrete switches control mood lighting on every outdoor deck. Finishes are well executed, and the layouts make great use of every bit of space. 

Find the full article in the July/August issue of The Peak.

Lifestyle_Art_710x350.jpg The cracks we cannot see

Ahead of her solo show at Gagosian Hong Kong, conceptual artist Taryn Simon talks political floristry, global rituals of death, and how making art is like being trapped in a hamster’s wheel.

Few could put such a poetic spin on political treaties as Taryn Simon. 

The American multidisciplinary artist, who has previously turned her lens to subjects including the inside of a nuclear waste storage facility and a hibernating family of bears, centred her 2015 exhibition “Paperwork and the Will of Capital”, around a relatively harmless agent: the bouquets present at the signing of international treaties. 

For the series of photographs, Simon recreated and photographed the bouquets after identifying the flower species with a botanist. Each image, accompanied by Simon’s interpretation of the treaty, represents a frozen moment in global history. 

While funnel-shaped Portuguese gladiolus accompanied the signing of an agreement on the Beidou navigation system between China and Pakistan, the bouquet for the signing of a 30-year natural gas contract between Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation comprised American bear grass, Dutch cymbidium orchids and Lisianthus. 

The discrepancies are unmissable: reams of miniscule text siding up against giant bouquets; the weightiness of the treaties negated against flower arrangement, considered a frivolous activity in many quarters, and the immaculate arrangements belying the oft-tumultuous relationship between the signing parties. 

The essence of “Paperwork and the Will of Capital” recalls the ‘impossible bouquet’, a 17th century Dutch style of painting that combines many native and non-native species of flowers that could have never existed at the same time. 

“Formally, I love [Dutch still life]; the simplicity and the feeling of accessibility. Yet at the same time, it’s completely surreal,” notes the 37-year-old artist during our meeting at Gagosian Hong Kong, where her solo show, “Portraits and their Surrogates”, is running until August 5. 

The ‘impossibility’ of the featured bouquets also speaks to the fragility of the international treaties themselves – of the 36 agreements that Simon picked for the project, many were later broken or remain unfulfilled. 

Find the full article in the July/August issue of The Peak.

August 2017 Issue