Best of the Best Awards 2015
The night of 28 January 2016 was certainly one to remember as we at Robb Report Singapore recapped the highlights of 2015 with our annual Best of the Best Awards. Dedicated to recognising the luxury industry’s best, this year’s awards ceremony was held at Forlino which overlooked Marina Bay. It was also the first time the awards ceremony was held in Singapore — the previous years’ awards were held in Vietnam — and marked the start of future ceremonies in our city to come.
At the cocktail reception, brands and friends of Robb Report and exchanged pleasantries over canapés and Prosecco. Guests were then treated to a four-course meal including gnocchi with Maine lobster, foie gras, and cod fillet. During the dinner, Michael von Schlippe, president of Indochine Media and publisher of Robb Report Singapore gave an opening speech, and presented awards to winners in 15 categories including the best high jewellery piece, supercar, resort, wine, and bar.
Without further ado, here is the list of last night’s winners.
Best Menswear Brand — Ermenegildo Zegna
One of the world’s largest menswear labels, the family-owned fashion house is also one of the biggest buyers of ultrafine Merino wool and even manufactures quality suits for other luxury labels.
Best High Jewellery — Harry Winston Secrets
He had diamonds in his pockets and vaults concealed behind his walls — Harry Winston was a man of many secrets and this collection is a tribute to that. Whether it’s an emerald hidden behind a cluster of diamonds, or a ring that twists to reveal hidden sapphires, every piece is more complex than it appears. The Secret Wonder necklace features a starburst motif set with pear- and brilliant-cut diamonds, sapphires and aquamarines.
Best Boutique Concept — Hermés
The iconic French luxury goods purveyor has long understood the hidden nuances of luxury shopping, wooing its ever-expanding fan base with a potent mix of discreet aesthetics, exclusivity and intuitive sales assistants, many of whom have forged lasting relationships with their clients.
Best Men’s Watch — Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref 5905P
An oldie, but a goodie, Patek Philippe’s annual calendar chronographs combine two of the brand’s best-selling complications — the annual calendar and the chronograph. The Ref 5905P represents a strong addition to the DNA the brand is trying to build for watches featuring the dual complications.
Best Women’s Watch — Cartier Cle de Cartier
Launched in 2015 and looking set to become as iconic as Cartier’s Tank and Ballon Bleu, the Cle de Cartier introduces a new case shape which is a mixture of round and tonneau. The crown, in a unique elongated shape, was inspired by winding keys found in vintage clocks – ‘cle’ in French means key.
Best Supercar — Aston Martin Vanquish
With a raison d’etre of being the ultimate Aston Martin, the Vanquish of 2015 harnesses the power of a V12; 568bhp with a top speed of 323km/hr, and only 3.6 seconds on the century sprint. A state-of-the-art Touchtronic III ZF eight-speed essentially does one thing superbly, to enable optimal driving at any speed.
Best Luxury Sedan — Bentley Mulsanne Speed
There’s a certain feeling of grandeur when you fly across a highway in this ride. A 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V8 takes you up to 305km/hr, with 21-inch Speed alloy wheels and dark tinted LED tail lights offering a consummate sense of superiority.
Best Interior Brand / Retailer — Minotti
The brand’s fundamental identity is in its ability to carry the made-in-Italy concept to perfection, with products that offer unparalleled comfort, timeless style and durability.
Best Home Entertainment Brand — Bang & Olufsen
This Danish brand has been captivating its global audience with its innovative designs since 1925. It continues to boast a comprehensive collection of quality home entertainment offerings, which are constantly being refined and updated to present only the most state-of-the-art technology of its time.
Resort of the Year — Banyan Tree Group
Whether in cities or far-flung romantic hideaways, Banyan Tree’s ethos is to provide guests with a sanctuary for the senses and a sustainable environment for local inhabitants and their environment.
Best Business Hotel — Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta
After a multi-million-dollar renovation, the tranquil Mandarin Oriental has raised the luxury stakes in the city. Its spacious rooms feature stylish, contemporary decor and the hotel boasts acclaimed dining options. Its Jakarta hotel in particular, stands out with its complimentary airport transfer, immigration assistance, and the choice of a Javanese of Balinese massage. Its business centre is also open 24 hours a day, includes two meeting rooms with workstations, and offers courier services.
Wine of the Year — Chateau La Lagune 2012
Sited in the Haut-Medoc appellation in Bordeaux, Chateau La Lagune creates some of the finest wines in the region. Supple and elegant, the 2012 La Lagune shows dark fruit notes supported by floral nuances with a soft persistent finish. The wine is available at Straits Wine Company.
Best New Restaurant — Long Chim
Conceptualised by chef David Thompson to bring his take on Thai street food to the heart of Singapore, Long Chim pulls in the crowd with an array of small plates marked by a careful composition of assertive flavours.
Best Business Lunch — Sky on 57
Housed in an all-glass interior that affords diners breathtaking views of the city skyline, Sky on 57 by Justin Quek presents an eclectic menu that pays homage to Asian ingredients and flavours framed by the celebrity chef’s refined techniques.
Best Bar — Manhattan
Inspired by the golden age of cocktails in the 19th century, Manhattan is a stylish outfit that evokes old New York. Home to the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse, the bar features over 100 American oak barrels used to finish whiskies and spirits and to age bitters and single-cask cocktails.