23rd Annual Best of the Best

2011 Luxury Portfolio: 100+ award winners. Aston Martin, Audi, Brioni, Ferrari, Gulfstream, Ralph Lauren & more.

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History is a harsh taskmaster. With alarming regularity, it seems, we are confronted with the...
Joshua bell is often called the rock star of classical music. Indeed, the violin virtuoso tours the...
Aston Martin focuses as much on the mood of motoring as it does on the mechanicals of its cars. The...
The Audi TT RS ( www.audiusa.com ) , the high-performance variant of the cute TT model, embodies...
The Bentley Continental GT ( www.bentleymotors.com ) debuted in 2003, so it was high time for a...
Since its founders invented the motorcar 125 years ago, Mercedes-Benz has been tweaking and...
When our judging panel of nearly 50 readers selected the Ferrari 458 Italia as the 2011 Car of the...
The phrase "less is more" might not serve well as a sales pitch to the typical supercar shopper,...
If the Ferrari 458 Italia represents a revolutionary development on the part of its maker, then the...
The most remarkable thing about the Lexus LFA ( www.lexus.com ) is not that it is extremely quick (...
The limited-edition CTS-V Wagon is nearly as audacious as a Corvette hearse and faster than almost...
Nearly 40 years after its introduction, the Porsche Carrera RS remains an icon of air-cooled...
Based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Becker Automotive Design’s JetVan can coddle passengers in the...
Fifteen years ago, Jonathan Ward saw enough beauty in the beat-up bodies of vintage Toyota Land...
Like Hatfields taking shots at a McCoy solely because he is a McCoy, many Porsche 911 owners have...
When looking at the exterior of the new BMW X5 xDrive50i ( www.bmw.com ), it is difficult to find...
In the oversize-SUV category that includes the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, and Lincoln Navigator...
When you have been building a generally peerless, certainly palatial off-road icon for four decades...
The adage that good things come in small packages applies well to the silky-smooth in-line 6-...
When Porsche introduced the Cayenne nearly a decade ago, purists feared that this attempt to expand...
Six years passed between the debut of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, in 2004, and the super sport’s...
Its irascible motor and unusually low weight render the Ducati Des­mosedici RR too much motorcycle...
The new Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) appears only slightly different from the previous...
With the arrival of so many new or thoroughly updated models from top manufacturers, 2011 could be...
While motorcars become greener, lighter, smaller, and less expensive, Bentley clings to its...
The secret to the success of the Audi A8 ( www.audiusa.com ), which finished ahead of sedans by BMW...
The Audi R8 V10 Spyder’s performance specs could have earned it a spot in the sports-car category...
With 20 variations in the current model line, Porsche offers a full menu of 911 flavors. Purists...
Maserati GranTurismo Convertible ( www.maserati.com ) , which might be the most beautiful topless...
True convertibles are creatures of elegance and impeccable manners that tender four spacious seats...
When Parmigiani Fleurier was asked by Bugatti Automobiles to create a special-edition watch to...
The Bovet Fleurier Ottanta (786.787.0363, www.bovet.com ) , a timepiece commissioned by Pininfarina...
Led by movement developer Carole Forestier, Cartier has exceeded expectations for its initial...
The design of the Chopard L.U.C. Engine One (800.246.7273, www.chopard.com ) might be more...
With the Patek Philippe 5170 Chro­nograph (212.218.1240, www.patek.com ) ,the company has...
While focusing on the $555,000 price of Rafael Nadal’s Richard Mille RM 027 (310.205.5555, www...
While complicated pieces usually steal the spotlight, models such as those in the Vacheron...
Ralph Lauren had a busy year, to say the least, from opening stores in New York and Paris, to...
Tom Ford (212.359.0300, www.tomford.com ) has shaped wider lapels and a looser 1940s styling for...
Ermenegildo Zegna (888.880.3462, www.zegna.com )delved into its archives for rich tweeds and also...
Kiton ( www.kiton.it ) , a master of handmade suits, offers a more structured, 1960s-style shoulder...
Cesare Attolini (212.246.0085, www.cesareattolininewyork.com ) continues to create unconstructed...
In 1920, Coco Chanel journeyed to Venice, Italy, where the Oriental design elements in the Doge’s...
t last year’s Biennale des Anti­quaires in Paris, Cartier (800.?227.8437, www.cartier.com )...
The Munich-based jeweler Hemmerle (+49.89.24.22.600, www.hemmerle.com ) stands apart for its...
When Harry Winston (800.988.4110, www.harrywinston.com ) unveiled its Court of Jewels exhibit last...
Olga Berluti is the kind of talented footwear designer who can reinvent the classics simply by...
Silvano Lattanzi (212.734.2962, www.silvanolattanzi.com ) artistically combines fashion and...
John Lobb’s (212.888.9797, www.johnlobb.com ) new “by request” service offers more custom options...
George Cleverley (310.289.0008, www.gjcleverley.com ) creates new shapes and details for his...
Tardini (212.246.0085, www.tardini-accessories.it ) offers one of the best-made alligator dress...
"I always believe that when you have the opportunity to acquire something unique it’s your lucky...
just five years’ time, Leviev (212.763.5300, www.leviev.com ) has earned a reputation as one of the...
James de Givenchy, designer for Sotheby’s Diamonds (212.894.1400, www.sothebysdiamonds.com ) ,...
Every year, De Beers (800.929.0889, www.debeers.com ) unveils fresh design themes that incorporate...
Brunello Cucinelli (212.813.0900, www.brunellocucinelli.it ) continues to set the standard for...
Canali (212.767.0205, www.canali.it ) remains a must-have for its broad range of fabrics and colors...
Hermès (800.441.4488, www.hermes.com ) proves it is more than just an accessories house, with...
Stefano Ricci (212.371.3901, www.stefanoricci.com ) sportswear stands out for its inventive mix of...
Brioni is best known for the exceptionally tailored, classically cut suits it has been making since...
Parisian jeweler Lorenz Bäumer designed Louis Vuitton’s first fine jewelry collection two years ago...
Taiwanese designer Cindy Chao (886.2.2711.7718, www.cindychao.com ) is known to spend more than two...
Martin Katz (310.276.7200, www.martinkatz.com ) has never been one to follow trends, and his...
Anna Hu (212.826.1116, www.anna-hu.com ) combines a refined Asian aesthetic with old-world...
When Breguet sought to add a high-level complication to its successful Reine de Naples ladies’...
Collectors have only recently elevated Van Cleef & Arpels to the rank of serious watchmaker;...
Though it was one of DeWitt’s early designs, the case of Dame de Pressy is a shape that the company...
In the years since Corum reengineered its famous Golden Bridge from the 1980s, that specially...
Beechcraft’s King Air line has outsold all other twin-engine turbo-prop business planes combined...
When Cirrus Aircraft debuted the single-piston, parachute-equipped SR22 10 years ago, the Duluth,...
Other very light jets (VLJs) might promise more utility, value, and efficiency than the TE500 from...
With a 463 mph cruise speed, a range beyond 1,700 miles, and a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet, the...
Last year, Cessna began deliveries of its newest jet, the Cita­tion CJ4. However, because this new...
Though categorized as a light jet because its maximum takeoff weight exceeds 10,000 pounds—just...
Bombardier Learjet 45XR ( 514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) offers one of the most comfortable and...
Like the smaller Phenom 100, the Embraer Phenom 300 ( www.embraerexecutivejets.com ) is priced...
A normal cruise speed of 528 mph makes the Gulfstream G150 ( 912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) one...
Equipped with bigger, more powerful engines, the Hawker 900XP ( 316.676.0800, www.hawkerbeechcraft...
The Bombardier Challenger 300 ( 514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) can fly coast to coast—and...
The most remarkable feature of the Cessna Citation Sovereign ( 316.517.6056, www.cessna.com ) is...
The $31.7 million Dassault Falcon 2000LX ( 201.440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) is pricier than...
Robb Report Private Aviation Advi­sory Board member Kevin O’Leary recently employed 22 criteria to...
The Dassault Falcon 900LX ( 201.440.?6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) offers longer range and better...
The cabin of the Gulfstream G450 ( 912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) is the same height and width...
The Dassault Falcon 7X ( 201.440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) is perfect for travelers in need of...
t 8.3 feet wide and 48.4 feet long, the cabin of the Bombardier Global Express XRS ( 514.861.9481,...
The Gulfstream G550 ( 912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) is the quintessential globe-hopping...
Exuma marks the beginning of an era for the Perini Navi Group. The first motor yacht ever built by...
In february the hospitality brand Molori Private Retreats launched its first pied-à- mer . The 145-...
At 2,998 gross tons, Derecktor Shipyards’ Cakewalk (914.698.5020, www.derecktor.com ) is the...
Lürssen’s 197-foot Solemates (+49.421.6604.166, www.lurssen.com ; available for charter through...
Hailing from the McMullen & Wing shipyard in New Zealand, Big Fish (+64.9.573.1405, www...
With its multiple bars and lounging areas—and a crew of at least 16 to staff them—the Nobiskrug-...
Launched last July, Vitters Shipyard’s 180-foot sailing yacht Marie (+31.38.386.7145, www.vitters...
Despite its size, the 141-foot Leopard 43m remains sporty, thanks to a trio of 2,400 hp MTU diesel...
The Azimut Magellano 50 (+39. 011.93.161, www.azimutyachts.com ) ,the second model in the Italian...
The Ferretti Group’s trideck Custom Line 124 ' (+39.0543.787511, www.customline-yacht.com ) can...
Like the rest of the Italian builder’s Dolphin line, the Mochi Craft Dolphin 74 ' Cruiser (+39.0543...
The Mulder Favorite (+31.71.561.2325, www.jachtwerfmulder.nl ) is a series of five models—the 1300...
The NISI Yachts NISI 2400 (416.907.?0869, www.nisiyachts.com ) isthe first in a trio of high-...
The limited-edition Riva Aquariva by Gucci (+39.0543.787.511, www.riva-yacht.com ) is a sharply...
Sonus Faber’s flagship loudspeaker, known simply as the Sonus Faber, stands 5 feet, 7 inches tall...
In recent years, most TV manufacturers have seemed more focused on slimming down their display...
Snaidero USA has been serving up innovative kitchen designs for more than 60 years. From the...
Established in 1969, the Italian kitchen company GD Cucine has worked for years with real estate...
Since 1997, Craig Van Den Brulle has guided exquisite pieces by some of the 20th century’s best...
Cigar making is traditionally a family affair, with multiple generations working together in the...
At a major tobacco trade show recently, there was bustling excitement at the booths of Arturo...
"They told me I wouldn’t last 10 years in this business," says Rakesh "Rocky" Patel, the Hollywood...
First there were round-bodied parejos, then the taper-tipped figurados and box-pressed cigars. Now...
One shape, one size, one cigar—but a different blend each year: That is the philosophy behind the...
There is a rare sweetness in the smoke of My Father Cigars Limited Edition 2010 ( www...
One of the greatest and richest single-malt whiskies in existence was created against one of the...
Holland’s oldest distillers, the Nolet family, who established their business in 1691, have set a...
Founded in 1698, Berry Bros. & Rudd is not only Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant and...
Connoisseurs have long been familiar with Louis XIII, the Grande Champagne Cognac composed of 1,200...
Its luxuriously thick bottle from Saverglass in Feuquières, France, and massive, Mayan-inspired...
By law, cognac must be made in the Cognac region of France, but brandy can be produced anywhere—...
Turning 40 can be a momentous occasion, especially at Glenfiddich, one of the few remaining family-...
Generally, we are averse to selecting the same distillery for inclusion in our Best of the Best...
If we gave an award for the cigar we would most like to smoke on the golf course, this would be the...
Muhammad Ali has always understood the value of words. In an interview before the boxing legend’s...
Each year, the artisans of Graf von Faber-Castell produce a writing instrument using an unusual...
The inspiration was rather esoteric: The Visconti Golden Man HRH ( +39.055.45652.31, www.visconti...
Since 1992, Montblanc has honored tastemakers from Augustus to Andrew Carnegie in its Patron of Art...
Dinner begins with a puzzle: a square card printed with a grid of 16 words. Each is an ingredient,...
After almost four years as Thomas Keller’s chef de cuisine at the French Laundry, Corey Lee stepped...
In January, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (+44.20.7201.3833, www.dinnerbyheston.com ) , the highly...
Wolfgang Puck’s star is not fading anytime soon. The Spago founder is dominating downtown Los...
With 11 restaurants and tapas bars, not to mention television shows and cookbooks, chef José Andrés...
Chef André Chiang trained at France’s most famous gastronomic temples: Pierre Gagnaire, L’Atelier...
If Penfolds, founded in 1844, embodies Australia’s winemaking past, then Two Hands Wines represents...
One of the happiest moments in Italian viticulture occurred when Mar­chese Mario Incisa della...
Though Piedmont produces several red and white wines, Italy’s premier region has but one superstar...
Though Burgundy’s most fabled producer holds property in seven different grand cru vineyards, the...
The British-named port houses we know today have their origins in trade, not just of wine, but of...
Though the Chapoutier family traces its roots in France’s Rhône region back more than 200 years to...
Burgundy’s rulers were often as treacherous as the region’s erratic weather. In 1440, Louis XI,...
During the 19th and 20th centuries, France and Germany vied for control of Alsace, until the Treaty...
Over the course of the last decade and a half, critics’ preference for bigger, riper wines with...
Family-owned houses in Champagne sadly have become as rare as some of the region’s most exquisite...
Treatments at the Aman Spa at Amanfayun, in China’s lake district of Hang­zhou, begin at the Rec­...
Talk about remote: Getting to the Six Senses Spa at Soneva Kiri (+66.3961.9800, www.sixsenses.com...
On the shores of Lake Pichola, Espa at the Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur (+91.294.6701.234, www...
Soaring snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes, and quaint Alpine villages provide a remarkable...
More golf courses closed than opened in the United States last year, and the industry experienced a...
The Bahamas have long been a place for good but not great golf. Last July’s opening of the Baker’s...
The Australian island of Tasmania is now home to two of the world’s top courses. Barnbougle Dunes,...
Only one of this year’s Best of the Best courses is not on or near an ocean. In fact, at Huntsman...
The leader in the destination club industry and a veteran of Robb Report ’s Best of the Best award...
The line between destination clubs and fractional-ownership programs has become increasingly...
With a 2,200-acre private ski area and a Tom Weiskopf golf course, the Yellowstone Club has been a...
The brilliant white sand of Petite Anse beach separates Mahé island’s lush green jungle from the...
When his Highness Moham­med VI, king of Morocco, decided to build a new luxury hotel in Marrakech,...
The owners and management at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane ( +44.20.7499.0888, www...
Prince Roland Bonaparte, grandnephew of Napoléon I, built the Palais Iéna as his Parisian home in...
Tucked as it is behind a tall garden wall and gate, Miami’s The Villa by Barton G. ( 305.576.8003,...
Taj Falaknuma Palace ( +91.?40.6629.8585, www.tajhotels.com ) sits atop a hill 2,000 feet above...
From the air of permanence in its great room, and the ease with which guests settle into the space’...
Set against the fairy-tale backdrop of Lake Como, CastaDiva Resort (+39.031.32.511, www...
Great Britain does not suffer from a shortage of elegant country house hotels. Even so, Coworth...
Delaire Graff Estate (+27.21.8858160, www.delaire.co.za ) combines the sophistication of a five-...
The owner of Imanta Resort Punta de Mita (+52.329.298.4200, www.imantaresorts.com ) describes his...
Pioneer Camp 1926 Londolozi (+27. 11.280.6655, www.londolozi.co.za ) is the newest of five...
Tasmania has long attracted tourists who come to explore the island’s great outdoors. With the...
A long and storied history can imbue an estate with a certain appeal that the imagination of the...
In 1862, German immigrant Jacob Schram bought a good-sized property outside the town of Calistoga,...
Kenzo Tsujimoto, the chairman and CEO of video-gaming giant Capcom Inc., decided 20 years ago to...
Though few acknowledge the fact, California vintners’ reputations tend to rest on their reds, which...
In 1999, epicures Weezie and Launny Steffens succumbed to the disease that strikes so many visitors...
Success can sometimes be achieved by accident, but greatness requires deliberate effort. Certainly...
Cultivating quality has been a way of life for Jeff Gargiulo. The proprietor of Gargiulo Vineyards...
After acquiring 160 acres of land in the Adelaide hills west of Paso Robles, Calif., Deborah and...
A decade and a half ago, Santa Barbara County’s wine industry went through a period of adjustment,...
In 2005, Tim Perr and Scott Knight—insurance executives from Pacific Palisades, Calif., who share...
First came the iPod, which changed the face of digital music, then the iPhone, which rang in the...
Leica’s rangefinder cameras have long been the tools of choice for many of the world’s leading film...
While the many smartphones on the market all make an effort to combine form with function, none...
Last summer, german audio leader Burmester began selling its 088 preamplifier and 089 CD player in...
When meridian audio acquired music-server manufacturer Sooloos at the end of 2008, the British...