22nd Annual Best of the Best

2010 Luxury Portfolio: Aston Martin, Audemars Piguet, Bugatti, Chopard, Hawker Beechcraft, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Mercedes-Benz,  Patek  Philippe, Perini Navi, Ritz-Carlton and Rolls-Royce. Also, 100+ new autos, watches, hotels and more.

Peter V. Agur Jr. Managing Director and Founder, The VanAllen Group 770.507.5001 www.vanallen.com...
When Colt and Jackie Melby went looking for a seaside home, they decided to investigate Newport...
It is a telling commentary on the state of our culture that the only words by George Santayana,...
A car equipped with four turbochargers strapped to a massive 16-cylinder engine may sound, at first...
Those who imagined that the Aston Martin DBS was as good as it could ever be in anyone’s lifetime...
The new Maserati GranTurismo Convertible ( www.maserati.us ) —the first four-seat convertible in...
Although, at first glance, the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet ( www.porsche.com/usa ) exhibits no...
When asked to list the world’s most desirable sports cars, most auto enthusiasts will quickly...
Like most Italian-bred sports cars, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni ( www...
When the Lexus LS400 sedan arrived in the United States in 1989, it was faintly praised but...
Juxtaposed to the sports-car offerings of Lamborghini, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz, the Lotus Evora (...
This jewellike roadster is just the ticket for jaded, I’ve-driven-everything types who long for...
At first glance, the Becker JetVan is as unremarkable as your run-of-the-mill delivery truck, but...
Among the ranks of vintage and classic off-road vehicles, less than a handful of models deserve to...
The Range Rover is not only archetypically British but also unchallenged as the world’s first and...
The clean-diesel technology derived from the Audi R10 TDI Le Mans–series racecar is finally making...
Based on performance figures alone, the BMW X5 M ( www.bmwusa.com ) could easily be mistaken for a...
Priced at $34,155, the Cadillac SRX ( www.cadillac.com ) demonstrates General Motors’ ability to...
Its many silver parts and flawless showing in a nearly 15,000-mile time trial over crumbled roads...
The elegantly dressed and exceptionally sporty Aston Martin Rapide ( www.astonmartin.com ) , which...
A supercharged version of the well-accepted Jaguar XF was the candy-apple-red sweetheart of Robb...
Porsche purists scoffed at the Cayenne when initial production began in 2002, but the five-...
High horsepower, heavy hips, and huge performance are not characteristics typically associated with...
After years of being thought of as too cute or bubbly by serious sports-coupe enthusiasts, Audi’s...
The best-kept secret in the coupe/GT category has got to be the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic (...
The old Mercedes-Benz CLK coupe may be officially retired, but the German automaker had no...
These may be lean times for the motorcycle industry, but the unrestrained enthusiasm inherent in...
BMW S 1000 RR is perhaps the greatest motorcycle-branding success story of the last 10 years. From...
Because the Ducati brand is synonymous with track-ready superbikes, the concept of a multipurpose...
With its stunning black hull and silver superstructure, Christensen Shipyards’ 160-foot Odessa...
The owners of Trinity Yachts’ 161-foot Blind Date (228.?276.1000, www.trinityyachts.com; available...
Lürssen’s 248-foot exploration yacht Northern Star (+49.421.6604.166, www.lurssen.com ; available...
The prime example of Perini Navi’s 56-meter aluminum-hull series, the 184-foot Riela (401.683.5600...
The owner who commissioned Elandess (+49.421.6733.0, www.abeking.com ) from German builder Abeking...
Built at Feadship’s Royal Van Lent Shipyard in Holland, the 214-foot Trident (954.761.1830, www...
The King Air 350i is a contemporary interpretation of the classic King Air, which Beechcraft...
When introduced in 2007, the Piper Matrix (772.567.4361, www.newpiper.com ) seemed an unlikely...
Last year, Diamond Aircraft reintroduced its twin-engine Diamond Aircraft DA42 (519.457.4000, www...
For the last eight out of nine years since its introduction, the Cirrus SR22 (218.529.7292, www...
Since he founded the Magni Home Collection 14 years ago, James Magni has had ambitious designs for...
In 1998, the Italian bathroom manufacturer Agape introduced designer Giampaolo Benedini’s avant-...
When Randy Deem, owner of Brigham City, Utah–based Anvil Construction, was building spec houses in...
When marking a significant anniversary, a venerable luxury house often pays homage to its...
With few exceptions, most smokers are more familiar with the names of their cigars than they are...
In 1935, Montecristo, one of the world’s most iconic cigar brands, was born in Havana. But with the...
For some cigar manufacturers, packaging is everything. For others, it is the quality of the cigar...
In 1989, Nestor Miranda of Miami Cigar & Company launched Don Lino, which became one of the...
Camacho is known for making full-bodied Honduran cigars. But when Camacho’s president, Christian...
Just as the original Cuban La Escepción was an offshoot of Havana’s Hoyo de Monterrey cigar, this...
It is unusual for a new cigar brand to garner praise from virtually every individual who smokes it...
Prensado is Spanish for "pressed" and a fitting name for this well-constructed Honduran powerhouse...
Wheh the possible exception of a power-reserve indicator, the Jules Audemars Chronometer has no...
DeWitt’s latest high complication now offers the one thing that collectors desire as much in a...
One of the most impressive features of the Christophe Claret DualTow (954.610.2234, www.dualtow.ch...
For years, A. Lange & Söhne has sought to define a uniquely German style of building fine...
Watchmakers Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey probably did not intend for their latest Greubel...
Jaeger-LeCoultre has recently built what is unquestionably the most technically sophisticated...
Of all the aspects of watchmaking, astronomic complications—those that render the movements of the...
Since the introduction of its Opus 1 watch in 2001, Harry Winston has done what few jewelry houses...
Remarkable in itself, Dior’s decision to execute a million-dollar-plus jeweled tourbillon is made...
For years, chopard has been an oddly bifurcated company: Copresident Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele...
Some male watch collectors have long wondered how to introduce the women in their lives to the...
Three years ago, Vacheron Constantin’s jewelry-watch efforts came to a crossroads. Its Kalla family...
The fantasy that is Phulay Bay begins when you first set foot in the resort, where gigantic-scale...
The steep, winding pathways that connect the 67 tree-house villas at the Four Seasons Resort...
The second U.S. property from Singapore-based Amanresorts, Amangiri (435.675.3999, www.amanresorts...
Wollemi pine, one of the rarest and oldest tree species on Earth, grows naturally at the Wolgan...
One can reach The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort (435.940.5700, www.stregis.com ) , situated on 12...
Ski-in/ski-out has never been so simple as it is at the new Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe (530...
Beneath the ornate Edwardian lobby of London’s Connaught hotel lies a portal from England to the...
As far as Auld Country golf destinations go, the Scottish Highlands town of Inverness has always...
To hear International hotelier Sol Kerzner tell it, the new One&Only Cape Town is an island in...
Chicago’s boutique-size Elysian (312.646.1300, www.elysianhotels.com ) hotel and residential tower...
Following two years of meticulous restorations and an investment of nearly $60 million, Il...
The building at 1200 16th Street in Washington, D.C., that proudly bears the surname of the third...
On the first Saturday of each month at The Peninsula Shanghai (+86.21.2327.2888, www.peninsula.com...
The recently revived Paris institution Thoumieux (+33.1.47.05.49.75) is steeped in history, yet it...
It is no trifling matter that Pierre Gagnaire, arguably France’s greatest living culinary hero, has...
A year ago, manhattan’s luxury dining scene was in bad shape. Many of the stalwart establishments...
When, after six years, chef Michael Tusk and his wife, Lindsay, realized their successful San...
Even the late, legendary Jim Beam—founder of the international spirits conglomerate that bears his...
Compared with its more popular, double-distilled younger brother Cognac, Armagnac has always stood...
Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson is an alchemist when it comes to blending single malts...
On November 2, 1758, Don José Antonio de Cuervo obtained a plot of land to grow agaves in the...
Lagavulin 16 Year Old is one of the smokiest Islay single malts—a dram coveted by those who sip...
With its pungent, peppery-juniper-herbal bouquet and its smooth, elegant flavor, Oxley Classic...
A few years ago, master distiller Chris Morris decided to pay tribute to the master distillers who...
Good fortune has attended Château Haut-Brion since 1525, when Jean de Pontac became its owner upon...
It was not the père but the fils at the firm of Bouchard who spearheaded the family’s foray into...
“There is no greatness without risk,” says chef de cave Richard Geoffroy of the Dom Pérignon 1990...
Having cultivated its vineyards in the Rhône Valley for well over 500 years, the Chave family has...
Frequently cited by collectors as being among the world’s preeminent producers of white wines,...
If the histories of the two Flor­entine families associated with Tenuta dell’Ornellaia are long and...
Certainly one of the most prolific négociants in Burgundy—as the ubiquity of its village wines on...
Adherence to tradition does not necessarily yield quality. Despite the rich oenological heritage of...
Many examples of Shiraz from Australia are so dense and liquor-like that one might mistake them for...
Ann Colgin has a talent for making happy discoveries. “My first love was art,” Colgin recalls, “but...
When Dirk Hampson joined Far Niente Winery in 1982 as assistant winemaker, he and owner Gil Nickel...
Jeff Smith’s father, Ned, originally planted the humble Zinfandel vine on what turned out to be one...
Practice, as they say, makes perfect, and certainly Justin Smith, proprietor of Saxum Vineyards, is...
Only a truly significant passion could compel one to leave behind an illustrious family legacy to...
Santa barbara county winemakers Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton have contributed significantly to...
In an earlier career, Chalk Hill Estate—a staple in Sonoma’s wine country for decades—was one of...
For decades, Tor Kenward has prominently influenced the style of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon,...
“A jewelry designer must be more than innovative; he must be revolutionary,” says Macao-based...
That paul fisher recently revealed an exceptionally curated collection of jewelry for Bergdorf...
Italo Ferretti is considered one of Italy’s most fastidious tie makers, which is likely the reason...
When the Italian clothier Kiton expanded its factory and brought its shirt production in-house in...
Zilli is well known for its handmade outerwear fashioned from the skins of python, ostrich, deer,...
Fashion designer Stefano Ricci—famous for his colorful silk neckwear, fancifully detailed shirts,...
Once confined to clothing influenced by apparel found long ago on Savile Row, Ralph Lauren Purple...
Brunello Cucinelli (212.813.0900, www.brunellocucinelli.it ) once vowed never to introduce denim...
Considered one of the world’s most prestigious hand-tailored clothing brands, Brioni (888.778.8775...
Most Italian suitmakers regard Vincenzo Attolini as the originator of the soft-shouldered, high-...
ike most italian clothiers, Isaia (888.996.7555, www.isaia.it ) makes its suits with machines and...
When fashion designer Tom Ford (212.359.0300, www.tomford.com ) enlisted the Italian clothier...
D’Avenza ( www.davenza.it ; available in the United States through William White, 857.350.3851)...
Oregon-based video-product manufacturer Runco opened new doors in home entertainment with the March...
At nearly 7 feet tall and 573 pounds apiece, Focal’s $180,000 Grande Utopia EM loudspeakers would...
Celebrated for its audio-reproduction technologies, McIntosh Laboratory, of Bing­hamton, N.Y., has...
With its top-of-the-line television, Samsung makes a convincing case for LCD-panel technology...
In recent years, several shipyards have set out to produce boats that combine the performance and...
Magnum marine has nicknamed its newest model “Bestia,” the Italian word for beast. Launched last...
With its triangular hull and sharply angled windshield, the Wally 55 Wally­power (+377.93100093,...
As its name suggests, the Sanlorenzo SL100 NEW (+39.0187.6181, www.sanlorenzoyacht.com ) represents...
Nautor’s Swan sailboats combine high performance—the 44-year-old Finnish builder’s yachts...
According to john bingham, president and CEO of Piaggio America, serenity is one of the most...
Embraer was building jets for regional airlines long before it entered the light-jet category in...
In his Cessna Citation CJ3 (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com ) , owner-operator David MacNeil, CEO of...
Bombardier Learjet 45XR (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) offers substantial upgrades over its...
The Hawker 750 (316.676.0800, www.hawkerbeechcraft.com ) utilizes the same Honeywell engines and...
Travelers in need of a jet with a transcontinental range might not imagine that the Gulfstream G150...
The Cessna Citation Sovereign (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com ) "does a lot of things really well,"...
Because of certification delays, those who purchased a Hawker 4000 (316.676.0800, www...
In conceiving the design of the Bombardier Challenger 300 (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) , the...
Adding vertical fins to the end of each wing on the Dassault Falcon 2000LX (201.440.6700, www...
The Dassault Falcon 900EX EASy (201.440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) sports a third engine that...
The Gulfst ream G450 (912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ), a successor of the company’s best-selling...