Author Archives: Michael Karam

Steering through stormy times

Steering through stormy times

I was appointed Editor of Executive in the late summer of 2002. I’d been a freelancer with the magazine for just over six months, but had been out of journalism for nearly two years. My metaphorical footprints in the sand were in danger of being washed away and I needed to get back into a

New wine producing countries are making inroads

The Eastern Mediterranean is on the move. Greece may be on the ropes economically but its wines have never been more popular, with its indigenous Assyrtiko grape, grown mainly on the island of Santorini, the current darling among informed consumers. Turkey, for so long a country with a dubious reputation in terms of wine quality,

Fine wining

May 2013 was a decisive moment for the Lebanese wine industry. For the first time, the state put its hand in its pocket to support the burgeoning sector by hosting a Lebanese wine day at the George V Hotel in Paris. In 2014, the ministry stumped up again by hosting another bumper event, this time

Savoir Beds: Fit for a king

Alistair Hughes, owner of Savoir Beds, is explaining the role of the royal bed in late 17th century England, which was apparently more than just a construction to sleep in — it was a symbol of the monarchy.  “Charles II would travel around the country with a vast bed,” he says. “His friends would all

Top 10 women’s watches

A carefully chosen watch can be an investment and a pleasure. Here are Executive's top 10 men's watches for 2013:   10 Tag Heuer Monaco   Sports bling cannot find finer expression than in this pimped-up classic.         9 Baume et Mercier Hampton With the Hampton, B&M have shown you can own

Buying time

A high-end watch is today the unequaled symbol of your status. It really represents who you are and what you stand for. It defines you.” So says Paul Kupelian, chief operations officer of retail operations at Holdal, part of the Abou Adal Group, which represents such luxury watch names as Patek Philippe, A. Lange &

Top 10 men’s watches

A carefully chosen watch can be an investment and a pleasure. Here are Executive's top 10 men's watches for 2013:   10 Girard Perregaux 1966 Oozing “Mad Men” martini style! One of the most elegant dress watches on the market.               Related article: How to pick the perfect watch

Worthy prince to the king

Last month saw the launch of the Tudor “Ducati” Fastrider chronograph in Lebanon. Tudor has a standard Fastrider, but as the brand is Ducati’s global timing partner, a special edition watch was created. The event was a building block in the positioning of Tudor in the Lebanese market and an opportunity to acquaint consumers with

A watch for life

A watch has become a necessity but not necessarily for telling the time,” explains Mhir Atamian, whose family business is one of Lebanon’s leading watch importers. “For men, it is one of the few pieces that they can wear, but for both male and female consumers, it has become as important as what clothes they

Complications amass

The message from Baselworld 2012, the watch and jewelry industry’s annual conference in the Swiss town of Basel, was that business is back on track after a few wobbly years. In 2011, Switzerland exported a record $21 billion in watch sales (nearly 30 million units), a 19 percent increase over 2010  due to growth in