2009 Reader's Choice

Perhaps our most daunting challenge as editors of a magazine about connoisseurship is that our audience is one of the most sophisticated and knowledgeable ever to turn the pages of a periodical. Oftentimes they know as much as (if not more than) our own experts. In fact, over the past 33 years, many of the ideas for our best stories have come to us from readers. This month, we celebrate that unique relationship in our first annual Reader’s Choice issue. In the following pages, we gather a band of top car collectors to debate the most collectible vehicles of all time (page 76), a panel of watch enthusiasts to discuss their favorite timepieces (page 88), and a cadre of rare-wine aficionados to select the best vintages of the past century (page 96). We also publish the results of a survey of 125 of our readers (page 100), in which we list some of their favorite products, places, and people.

F. Scott Fitzgerald inscribed the book with a handwritten note to Harold Goldman, the man who...
The limited-edition pen pays tribute to Alexander Fleming and to the entire medical community…
Photograph courtesy of Profiles in History
His thoughts on God, relativity, and the atomic bomb are among the letters’ contents…
And, yes, it has a laser-triggered alarm…
Courtesy of Haight Street Art Center
The Yountville winery celebrates the band’s 50th anniversary…
The Parisian silversmith partnered with the interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard for the...
Courtesy of Profiles in History
In honor of the Star Wars holiday on May 4, we present some of the top memorabilia from the...
Street photography is stepping into a thrilling new era...
Scott Foraker and Babe Ruth’s Bat
Collected Scott Foraker and Babe Ruth’s Bat...
Masterpieces from Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet are highlights of Christie’s upcoming auction…