Debbie Hathway discovers that the ingredients of a true spa experience lie as much in the intuition of the therapist as they do in the connection to place a retreat offers.
It feels like déjà vu – that sense of connection to a place and its people that draws you in and makes it impossible to leave. I’ve experienced it at the palace hotel Le Bristol Paris, where I hovered so long in the foyer after checkout that the manager came out to enquire what was wrong. Quite the contrary. It was about what was right.
Published in Issue 5 of Sail + Leisure
Read More “The way they make me feel”
After several uncertain years, the outlook for growth in the luxury market is promising. Debbie Hathway looks at eight new watches that were recently shown at a prestigious fair.
Published in Financial Mail – January 31
Read More “Elegance around the clock”
Debbie Hathway reflects on an indelible experience near Athens to celebrate a literary icon and launch some special new writing instruments.
Published online – 21 December 2018 in Private Edition
Read More “Tracing tales”
When I was just a little girl, my mother gave me my first watch for my birthday. I was perhaps 10 years old. My mother was not in the habit of making quick decisions, particularly when it came to investing in something to mark a special occasion. It was a classic design – round 20mm dial in a gold case, clear lettering perhaps larger than the norm for that size dial, on a black leather strap. My name was engraved on the case back. Beyond the early training that formed the basis for my dance passion and eventual part-time career, I believe the evening ritual of winding this manual beauty was the first habit I chose to learn. And I still have the watch.
Read More “Constant fascination”
The art of handwriting creates a bond between writer and reader.
The choice of writing instrument is part of the journey.
Published in Private Edition 39
Read More “More than words”
Concert pianist Jorge Viladoms shares his passion for music with audiences around the world – and with children whose talent might just save their lives.
Published in Private Edition 39
Read More “Man of the hour”
Published in Wanted 14 February 2017
Montblanc creative director Zaim Kamal on designing for young professionals and creating the perfect sketchbook . Read More “The journey of design”
Sometimes I try to remember LBW. That’s Life Before Wine. Not Leg Before Wicket. I only really developed an appreciation for it when I moved to the Cape in the winter of 2006. The temperatures were the kind of freezing I hadn’t experienced living in subtropical of Durban, where I’d spent 20 years of my life – and people seemed well-focused on saving their energy for drinking red wine in front of roaring fires. Read More “Experience the charm of Oldenburg Vineyards”
Published in PRIVATE TIME 2016
What women want is taking on a whole new meaning when it comes to legacy gifts. DEBBIE HATHWAY finds out more from Cartier Image, Style and Heritage Director Pierre Rainero.
WE’RE IN THE AGE of self-love, or self-gifting, writes a Telegraph reporter in an article about the trend concerning the acquisition of the covetable Cartier Love Bracelet. Read More “A Reflection of the Times”
Published in Private Edition 33
As a student, Walter Volpers could only dream about owning a luxury watch. Now he oversees their production.
Words DEBBIE HATHWAY
WALTER VOLPERS FELL IN LOVE with haute horlogerie while studying industrial engineering in Basel. The subject of his affection was a watch he spotted in a Swiss jewellery boutique – an IWC Schaffhausen Mark XII, which he swore to own one day.
Read More “Plotting the Course”