Vermont Road Trip

Writer and the Executive Editor of Wilderness magazine, Jedidiah Jenkins, and set and event stylist, Ruthie Lindsey, spent the fall in Vermont with the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque to experience authentic New England. Along with photographer, Lulu Lovering, they journeyed across the Green Mountain state enjoying the beautiful sites and agrarian culture.

land-roverf-december-3Vermont’s roads are often winding and narrow, so the Range Rover Evoque was the perfect fit to keeping them safe on their journey.

They started their journey in Hartford, Vermont and made their first stop in Quechee. Quechee is the home of legendary glassmaker, Simon Pearce. Jenkins, Lindsey, and Lovering were able to meet Pearce and tour his studio, as well as try their own hand at glass blowing. Pearce uses a traditional Georgian glass blowing technique, so his craftsmanship is exceptional.

After Quechee, they journeyed to Rochester, Vermont where they explored the back roads of Vermont’s countryside in the Range Rover Evoque.

“The handling was superb,” Jenkins said. “The dirt roads of back-country Vermont would have been hard in a lot of cars. But the Evoque was made for them. The different driving modes helped us transition from paved highway to sandy beach to dirt road with ease. It is the perfect car for this type of adventure.”

Once they enjoyed Rochester, Jenkins, Lindsey, and Lovering continued through small towns and back roads until their journey ended in Stowe, Vermont where they visited the Stowe Mountain Resort. The resort is known for the road, Smuggler’s Notch, which was used by smugglers in the 19th century to sneak illegal products in from Canada. This land-roverf-december-3-2road, now one of the most beautiful roads in Vermont, is among thick forests with plenty of secluded caves along the route, perfect for the smugglers. 

“Vermont,” Jenkins said, “had such an effect on me. The dark stone cliffs and thick forests of Vermont created privacy in me, a kind darkness. The place creates personalities.”

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Zenith and Land Rover Team Up to Create History

Land Rover and watchmaker Zenith have teamed up to produce an unique watch commemorating both of their incredible brands.

Both Land Rover and Zenith were founded in 1969. Land Rover produced the iconic Range Rover that combined both comfort and off-roading capabilities, and Zenith produced the first working prototype of the self-winding chronograph, called the El Primero chronograph movement.

Over the years both the Range Rover and the El Primero continued to be recognized for their excellence in their respective areas.

“The match between our two brands is very strong,” says Aldo Magada, President and CEO of Zenith. “Zenith and Range Rover are both pioneers in our respective industries, and we both create unique, innovative products. Through timeless design, both brands express authentic luxury. The Zenith team is very excited to start this long-term partnership with Range Rover, another superb brand and kindred spirit.”

The special watch, the Zenith El Primero Range Rover, will have a 42mm case made of ceramist aluminum that combines durability and light weight like the Range Rover. The Range Rover also features minimalist aesthetic of its dashboard controls which has been mimicked in the Zenith El Primero Range Rover’s clean appearance.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, continues, “The Zenith El Primero is one of the most distinctive watch designs ever produced, in my view. Therefore it has been imperative to honor and respect this iconic design. It had to remain unmistakably an El Primero, but allude to Range Rover DNA.”

“We believe the Range Rover’s particular combination of luxury and performance to be unique, and the new Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic takes those qualities to the highest level yet,” McGovern says. “No mechanical chronograph has surpassed Zenith’s El Primero for accuracy or proved its quality over such a long period of time. To me, that makes these two great pieces of design a perfect fit.”

So, go ahead this holiday season! Head on over to an authorized Zenith dealer and purchase the Zenith El Primero Range Rover for that someone who truly appreciates luxury and performance.

Christmas Cabin With Discovery Sport’s Help

Land Rover received a special request from a very important old friend. They were asked to build a cabin in a secret location that could withstand freezing temperatures, and was cozy enough for a festive getaway.

Mads Lindstrom, the architect of the wilderness cabin, describes it as “somewhere to sleep and somewhere to rest” and “where you can put your luggage and kind of a base for your trip”.

When reviewing the plans and deciding how to transport the pieces of the cabin, Land Rover weighed all of their options. They finally decided on the Discovery Sport due it’s size and ability to conquer all terrains.

“When we first received the brief we knew it was going to be a challenge, but immediately we looked at the Discovery Sport because of the load space,” Land Rover Engineer, Muhammed Malik states. “I was confident that the wilderness cabin would fit in.”

Climber and adventurer Kenton Cool knows a thing or two about camping out in the freezing temperatures. He has climbed Mount Everest twelve times. He took a look over the cabin design to make sure it would stand up in the freezing wilderness.

“Our VIP guest is going to spend an awful lot of time probably getting very cold. Having looked around the cabin here today, you take it out in the wild it’s going to be totally fit for purpose. If I came across one of these I’d think it was Christmas come early.”

The cabin was built in pieces and then transported in the Discovery Sport and put together in the secret location.

With the seven seats we wanted sliding seats as well so you can have an extra 160 ml at your boot space for your family holiday,” Helen Ali, Land Rover Engineer, states, “or in this case to take a wilderness cabin on an adventure.”

With the Discovery Sport’s help, the cabin is built and ready to go for Land Rover’s old friend. Just in time for a festive getaway, and all for a good Claus!