YLA May Edition

This May YourLuxury Africa celebrates all things high energy and fast-paced, from Formula One to high impact Padel.

By Your Luxury

It’s been a thrilling ride for the YourLuxury team since our launch six months ago. We thought it would be apt to celebrate with a month dedicated to all things high energy, from fast cars to extreme adventures and adrenaline-pumping experiences. May being the month of the Monaco Grand Prix – the most glamorous race on the Formula One calendar – we kick-off with the high-octane drama of motorsport and delve into the world of supercars. We then take a look at timepieces made for F1 drivers, as well as watches created to stand the test of challenging conditions. If travel is on your agenda, consider a visit to one of the extreme bars we discovered or head off to the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah – one of the most exhilarating adventure destinations. While you indulge in this issue, we’ll continue to seek out the best in the world of luxury for you.


Ingrid Wood, Acting Editor

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Our May cover features the Patek Philippe Calatrava timepiece with a 1940s racing car zipping across its face against the backdrop of Geneva’s iconic Jet d’Eau fountain. The watch was presented by the watchmaker at the Patek Philippe Rare Handcrafts exhibition in early April this year at the time of the Watches and Wonders watch exhibition. Part of a limited edition of only 10 pieces, the Calatrava commemorates the 1948 Nations Grand Prix that took place in the Swiss capital of luxury between 1946 and 1950. The artistic treatment of the timepiece exemplifies the highest accomplishments of three completely different and incredibly rare enamel techniques, namely Grand Feu Cloisonné enamel, miniature enamel painting and Pailonné enamel. With silver leaf detailing the race number, a Clous de Paris crowning the bezel and hand-pierced white gold hands evoking the buttons on a racing driver’s gloves, this watch perfectly captures the thrill and exhilaration of race day.

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