Special Issue: Robb Report's 2012 Luxury Portfolio. 180+ award winners - Automobiles, Menswear, Watches, Resorts, Yachts, Private Jets, Jewelry & more.
On the afternoon of November 26, 1922, a small group descended a flight of 16 steps that led below ground to a plain stone-and-plaster wall bearing a seal.
Rossi Navi is not as well known as many of its yacht-building counterparts in Europe.
At 220 feet, sailing yacht Vertigo (www.alloyyachts.co.nz; available for charter through YCO, +37
Delivered last August to longtime Benetti yacht owners, the 213-foot Seanna (+39.0584.3821, www.benett
Galileo G (+39.0187.28371, www.perininavi.it) is the second launch from the Vitruvius line of ex
The dutch shipyard Heesen completed seven yachts in 2011, of which Quinta Essentia (www.heesenyachts.nl
The sleek and speedy Aifos (+39.0584.38191, www.cbinavi.com) is a stunning new showpiece for the Italian ya
At 120 feet, the 120SL is the grandest vessel in the Azimut Grande series, a line of 100-plus-foot planing yachts with which the Azimut-Benetti Group bridges the gap between custom and s
Italian builder Tecnomar designed its new 120-foot planing yacht so that passengers could be as close as possible to the water.
Pershing, a Ferretti Group subsidiary, may have moved away from the fast-and-furious powerboat market when it introduced the Pershing 108 (+39.0721.956211,
With a striking design from Espen Øino International, the 125-foot Danish Yachts AeroCruiser 38 (+45.9845.4200,
The Arcadia 115 (+39.0811.955.4898, www.arcadiayachts.it) sports distinct but purposeful styling.
Unlike its more classically shaped siblings, the Custom Line 100 (+39.0543.787511, www.customline-yacht.com
Tilli Antonelli, who founded the Pershing yacht company in 1981, made a splash last April with the debut of the inaugural model from his new brand, Wider.
With its flexible flybridge and countless other customizable features, the Azimut 45 (+39.011.93.161, www.azimu
Launched last September, the Frauscher 1017 GT (www.frauscherboats.com) is an exceptional racer that
With aggressive and easily identifiable designs, boats from Monaco-based Wally demand attention.
The Riva Iseo (www.riva-yacht.com) is one of the storied Italian brand’s most exciting launches in recen
Practicality, performance, and comfort are trademarks of the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350i and 250 (316.676.5034,
If King Airs define the turboprop category, then the Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti II (561.253.0104, www.piaggioaero
The capabilities and cost savings associated with the Embraer Phenom 100 (954.359.3700, www.embraerexec
The Cessna Citation CJ4 (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com) entered service in late 2010 as an addition to the Wi
The category-crossover aircraft from Brazilian manufacturer Embraer are changing the way the industry thinks about business-jet design.
At sea level, the Cessna Citation XLS+ (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com) can take off from a runway as short as
The high-performance Gulfstream G150 (912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com) burns 170 gallons of fuel per ho
Elbow room should not be an issue in the Hawker 900XP (316.676.0800, www.hawkerbeechcraft.com), be
The Bombardier Challenger 300 (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com) can take off in 4,900 feet of runway an
Capable of covering 4,600 miles when carrying four passengers, the Dassault Falcon 2000LX (201.440.6700, www.
For globe-trotting passengers, a roomy and comfortable cabin is not just a luxury, it is a necessity.
The Cessna Citation Sovereign (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com) is a bit of an enigma.
Formerly known as the Global Express XRS, the Bombardier Global 6000 (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com)—
Gulfstream’s Ultralong-Range GV series has long been the private-jet gold standard, and the Gulfstream G550 (912.965.3000,
A descendant of the Savannah, Ga.–based manufacturer’s best-selling GIV line—which has more than 500 jets in operation—the Gulfstream G450 (912.965.3000,
Since mobile mp 3 players took over the world—namely Apple’s iPod, whose first-generation device launched in 2001—audiophiles have scoffed at the thought of a pocket player providing gen
The new Vertu Constellation (www.vertu.com) is the English mobile-phone maker’s most advanced handset to date
The Apple iPad (www.apple.com) is yet another testament to the vision of Steve Jobs, who introduced the first
In 2008, Australia-based financiers and audiophiles Murali Murugasu and David Payes brought together a dream team of designers and engineers to create a new standard for audio componentr
Dave Wilson has a clear goal when designing his loudspeakers.
A triumph of form and function, the KEF Blade (732.683.2356, www.kef.com) is a standout loudspeaker in its pric
Danish audio wizard Peter Lyngdorf—inventor of two audio systems previously named Robb Report’s Best of the Best—has outdone himself with the Steinway Lyngdorf S-Series
Not since the 2008 release of Pioneer’s fabled Kuro Elite plasma TV has a display panel hit the market with such a refined picture as that of the new Elite LCD TV.
With the Kaleidescape M700 Disc Vault (650.625.6100, www.kaleidescape.com), the Sunnyvale, Calif.–base
When Marwan Rizek, president of Cameo Kitchens and Fine Cabinetry, decided to update the front display at the company’s Toronto showroom, he resolved to fill it with the kitchen of tomor
Last year’s arrival of Bisazza Bagno, a new bath division from the Italian mosaics company Bisazza, introduced unprecedented artistry to the room that needed it most.
Since its founding in 1979, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco has featured virtually everyone in the photographic pantheon, from Eugène Atget to Diane Arbus to Walker Evans.
It was not D-Day, but it was a complicated maneuver covering three continents and six time zones.
Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson is the J.D. Salinger of comic-strip artists—worshipped by his fans and pathologically media-shy.
Few art galleries can claim a continuous history under the same name for nearly two centuries. Yet C.G. Boerner has been purveying prints and drawings by the Old Masters since 1826.
Entering Kunstkammer Georg Laue is akin to walking into the 16th-century library of a learned nobleman or eccentric scholar.
Now in its third generation, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG (www.mbusa.com) comes with an all-new twin-turbocharg
When the third-generation Lexus LX570 (www.lexus.com) debuted in 2007, it embodied the automaker’s "Pursuit o
At last count the Range Rover Evoque had collected more than 100 motoring awards.
Once again a symbol of ascent, upscale SUVs have become the high-performance fashion statement on roads from Malibu to Mongolia.
With a starting price of just over $40,000, the Infiniti JX35 (www.infiniti.com) is one of the more cost-e
The Aventador LP 700-4 is as ferocious as its namesake, a Spanish bull that performed in a notoriously violent fight in the early 1990s. It is big and imposing and no gentle giant.
By the numbers, no sports car has more loyalists than the Porsche 911.
The Nissan GT-R (www.nissanusa.com) is a car in search of a track—or possibly a runway.
After a few fits and starts, the McLaren MP4-12C (www.mclaren.com) finally has made it to America.
With a 560 hp v-10 engine snitched from the Lamborghini Gallardo, a top speed of 199 mph, and a zero-to-60-mph time of just a sniff over 3.5 seconds, the Audi R8 GT
The four-door, six-seat TLC Icon FJ44 made the Best of the Best list last year for its refreshing take on the Toyota Land Cruiser and for its purposeful design.
The first Shelby Mustang G.T.350 (model years 1965 and 1966) expressed a purity of purpose unmatched by later models. It was nearly race-ready off the showroom floor.
Once again, Becker Automotive Design has taken a winning formula and improved it.
Morgan motor company was founded in 1909 in England as a maker of three-wheeled vehicles that it called "cyclecars." Not until 1936 did the company produce its first four-wheeler, and ev
For drivers old enough to have experienced the original M5, BMW holds special significance.
Mercedes-Benz’s CLS 500 arrived on the market seven years ago as a brilliant optical illusion with an oxymoronic classification.
The latest and eighth addition to the carmaker’s four-door-coupe model line, the Porsche Panamera GTS (www.porsche.c
The big man on Audi’s campus is the long, luxurious 12-cylinder version of the new A8 sedan, the Audi A8 L W12 (www.
Chrysler’s dark and serious television commercials convey the message that the brand’s 300 sedan is imported from Detroit.
The Granturismo MC dispels the notion that Maserati is a second-tier player among Italian sports-car brands.
Equipped with a 6.2-liter V-8, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (www.chevrolet.com) is the most powerful Camaro e
In an age of paddle-shift automatics, button-controlled suspension modes, shift-mapping software, and driver-tuned exhausts, the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca (
Most Jaguar disciples considered the standard Jaguar XK coupe and roadster—with their 5-liter engines and 385 hp—naughty enough.
The standard version of the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe is not in short supply of power, with 451 hp pumping to the rear wheels.
Ferrari purists seldom are followers of soft-top fashion, preferring the marque’s rigid berlinettas and their beautiful flowing forms to the canvas-roofed spiders.
Aston martin is a boutique builder of beauties—luxury sports cars that cling tightly to the past yet never show their age.
An advocate of excess, Oscar Wilde would have made a perfect pitchman for the Bentley Continental GTC (www.ben
Replete with style, speed, and a set of wings that stretch skyward, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe (the modern-day Gullwing) became one of the most coveted sports cars when it arrived i
If BMW’s slogan of "building the ultimate driving machine" refers to its vehicles’ muscle and punch, it does not apply to the BMW 650i convertible (
Touring bikes are specialized machines designed to make the miles melt away, but their narrow purpose is their drawback.
Confederate motors has been building ambitiously designed, hand-assembled motorcycles since 1991, but for its latest creation, the Birmingham, Ala.–based manufacturer has introduced a ne
As sportbikes continue to shed weight and gain power, such improvements might reach a point of diminishing returns.
Singular style and robust brawn typically distinguish the most compelling cruisers from lesser specimens, but those qualities often come at a premium.
On Barbados’s Platinum Coast, One Sandy Lane reigns.
Since their introduction nearly 14 years ago, destination clubs have become popular with affluent travelers looking to vacation in, but not own, multimillion-dollar homes worldwide.
Space is at a premium in London, relegating many establishments, spas included, to the dark and dank confines of the city’s basements.
High above the chaos that is Bangkok’s central business district, the Elemis Spa at the St.
Spread across three basement-level floors of a new 15-story, 78-room hotel, Espa at the Istanbul Edition (+90.212.317.7700,
Los Angeles’s iconic Hotel Bel-Air—a woodsy, storybook getaway complete with resident swans—has been the preferred city retreat of Hollywood royalty for 65 years.
The International Commerce Center was designed to be Hong Kong’s highest building, piercing the sky at 1,883 feet.
Set on the Thames riverfront in a sprawling Victorian-era Belle Epoque building, the Corinthia Hotel London (+44.20.7930.8181,
After the British took control of India in 1858, King George V moved the capital city from Calcutta to Delhi.
Location is not everything at Mandarin Oriental, Paris (+184.108.40.206.78.88, www.mandarinoriental.com)
Built in 1822 as the home of British baronet Sir Charles Coote, Ballyfin Demesne was once Ireland’s most lavish Regency mansion, the centerpiece of a 614-acre estate of esplanades, parkl
Opened in December, Amanruya (+90.252.311.12.12, www.amanresorts.com) is the third Mediterranean resort
Based strictly on accessibility, Minaret Station (+64.275.8898.65, www.minaretstation.com) is arguab
The Rosewood San Miguel de Allende (+52.415.152.9700, www.rosewoodhotels.com) has brought a new leve
A fixture on Wailea Beach for more than two decades, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has long been the preferred hideaway of celebrities and VIPs on the Hawaiian island’s famed so
The Bay Course at Costa Navarino (www.costanavarinogolf.com) is the second of what will eventuall
Golf has a rich tradition of amateur architects, design neophytes who put their passion into a project and, on occasion, create something special.
Unveiled last june in what designer Tom Weiskopf calls "one of most beautiful settings I have ever seen," the Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club (+39.0577.1913001,
With its lush volcanic coastline, Kauai has long been the Hawaiian island of choice for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
A grand complication watch’s ability to fire the imagination is far more important to the wearer than any of its individual functions, which is why so many enthusiasts find Dominique Loi
"Listen to it while it’s on your wrist," says Hublot chairman Jean-Claude Biver of the company’s King Power Cathedral Minute Repeater Tourbillon.
At first glance, the unusual function of Le Temps Suspendu ($19,400 for the steel version shown), which is capable of stopping time on command, might seem less than practical.
The involvement in any project of Anita Porchet, the current sovereign of Swiss-watch enamelists, virtually guarantees a timepiece of superlative aesthetic quality; the underlying concep
Over the last few years, Giulio Papi has transformed the exclusive complicated versions of Audemars Piguet’s Millenary models into showcases for his personal passion: movement finishing.
In the last few years, the contemporary dress watch has evolved far beyond the classic shapes of the mid-20th century, incorporating modern diameters and slim profiles.
The multitude of world-time watches released over the last few months exhibit varying degrees of beauty and functionality, but one watch in particular seems to have been amply blessed wi
Parisian jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels has dramatically increased its influence in the watchmaking world over the past several years by introducing a series of decorative-arts timepiece
Like so many other great women’s timepieces, Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Lady Spin Time Joaillerie ($71,500) features a complicated mechanical display that first appeared on the men’s versio
While usually considered a traditional men’s brand, Girard-Perregaux repeatedly has proven adept at adding contemporary elements to its classical shapes to make them more appealing to wo
Unlike so many of Patek Philippe’s men’s watches, the brand’s latest series of women’s complicated timepieces will spend more time on their owners’ wrists than in their safes—or at least
In all likelihood, the wearer will never set or even try to read the time on her Cartier Tutti Frutti Secret Watch (price available upon request), part of the brand’s 16-piece Mille et U
"The collection has an element of power," says Louis Vuitton menswear designer Kim Jones.
With his fall 2012 collection, Tom Ford makes it clear that his stylish suits are not just for fashion-conscious gentlemen and A-list celebrities: He can dress just about any man with on
The tried-and-true leather brand Bally brings considerable expertise to its new made-to-order collection Scribe.
The Italian fashion brand Corneliani has introduced for fall an array of soft, supple shirts in jersey blends that give any suit an updated image.
One of the world’s most luxurious knitwear brands, Brunello Cucinelli has raised the bar even higher with a new collection of down-lined cashmere sweaters.
It is not easy to make a statement—at least, not a good one—with a man’s belt, but David Yurman does just that with a series of inlaid buckles featuring gemstones such as agate and tiger
The revered Parisian footwear brand Berluti, established in 1895, has transformed into a full-fledged men’s luxury brand with its first show-stopping ready-to-wear collection.
Leave it to the Neapolitan suitmaker Kiton to bring back la dolce vita with a remake of its own 1960s velvet dinner jackets (about $5,500).
Ermenegildo Zegna has delivered the fall’s most tempting sportswear collection.
Prada has captured the retro spirit of fall with an exceptional collection of bold, geometric twill neckties based on 1920s and ’30s designs ($215 each).
The bomber jacket, worn by aviators for decades, is the quintessential symbol of cool masculinity.
RLX Ralph Lauren has grown from a collection of stylish sports gear to a full-blown line of apparel and accessories designed to meet even professional athletes’ demands.
Old is new with Isaia’s richly textured topcoat. The company employs a 14th-century Tuscan method of processing wool to create the characteristic curls of its Casentino cloth.
Gucci has reached beyond the brand’s shiny, hard edges, creating a rich vintage look for a fall line of exceedingly functional travel bags.
With 11 sugarloaf-cut emeralds, 2,000 diamonds, and more than 18 months of work, Taiwanese designer Cindy Chao created this exquisite Equinox cuff (price upon request).
When Beverly Hills designer Martin Katz meets with a gem dealer, he typically asks, "What do you have that is weird and different?" Rather than seeking traditional sapphires, diamonds, a
Cartier’s famous panther first slinked onto the scene in 1914, in a drawing commissioned by Louis Cartier to decorate an invitation.
To say that this 11-carat fancy intense-blue diamond is one of a kind is almost an understatement.
The German jewelry house Hemmerle seems to know no boundaries when it comes to raw materials, freely mixing aluminum, wood, and lava stones with exceptional gemstones and diamonds.
Viren Bhagat has been called the JAR of India: Like JAR, the legendary yet elusive jewelry designer Joel Rosenthal of Paris, Bhagat produces very few pieces for a select group of buyers.
Leave it to a fashion house to see fine jewelry through a different lens: Without the constraints of a jewelry heritage, Chanel Fine Jewelry created a series of daring new designs with i
Harry Winston looked no further than its robust archives for inspiration for Ultimate Adornments, its most ambitious collection in decades.
When Greg Kwiat took over as CEO of the storied vintage jeweler Fred Leighton two and a half years ago, he knew that keeping up the inventory of rare collectible jewelry would be a chall
Jack Row—a 26-year-old goldsmith in Birmingham, England—made his debut in the luxury pen market last year with Architect, a collection of fascinating intricacy and modernity.
David Oscarson, the irreverent St. Louis pen maker, is known to produce designs based on themes such as the Mayan apocalypse.
Although Faber-Castell’s history spans more than 250 years, the German maker of pens and pencils continues to innovate.
The Asian decorative art of maki-e is an ancient one, involving intricate designs created from thin layers of gold dust (or other metallic powder) coated in lacquer from an urushi tree.
Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, partners in the wildly experimental Chicago restaurant Alinea, devised an even more daring concept for Next, a shape-shifter whose menus are inspired
A year after chef Christopher Kostow won three Michelin stars at The Restaurant at Meadowood (707.967.1205, www.me
Chef Eric Ripert’s temple to all that is piscine, Le Bernardin (212.554.1515, www.le-bernardin.com) ha
With its long, brushed-steel bar and sleek tables, Copenhagen’s Geist (+220.127.116.11.13, www.restaurantgeist.d
For a time, Restaurant 1833 (831.643.1833, www.restaurant1833.com) seemed unlikely to become a stand
At L’Abeille (18.104.22.168.19.90, www.shangri-la.com), his plush new restaurant in the Shangri-La Hotel, P
If there is proof that big things come in small packages, it is the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Maduro ($6.75), a diminutive figurado measuring only 4 inches in length, with a ri
The pigtailed Nicaraguan puro Domus Magnus (www.sagimports.com, $8.95 to $9.95)—whose name deri
Last year, at the end of a black-tie dinner, Davidoff introduced the Davidoff 100 Years Geneva (www.davidoff.com
This is not the first time Padrón cigars have been honored with a Best of the Best accolade, and we suspect it will not be the last.
With its spicy Sumatran binder and Honduran and Panamanian filler, Alec Bradley Black Market (www.alecbradley.co
The understated red-and-black band of Tatuaje Fausto (www.tatuajecigars.com, $8 to $8.75) gives no hi
The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2011 (www.myfathercigars.com, $16) is produced sol
Typically, single-malt Scotch is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and used sherry casks.
To make a superb extra añejo—a tequila aged three years or longer—requires not only a superb añejo but also an equally superb blanco, for they
One might wonder whether Highland Park could match the quality of its 40-year-old Orcadian Limited Edition Series 1968 Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which won last year’s Best of the Best t
Not since the 1977 launch of the Cent-Cinquantenaire that celebrated Grand Marnier’s 150th anniversary has there been a liqueur from the Marnier Lapostolle family of such depth and thoro
The Speyside Distillery owned by William Grant & Sons has released the second version of an incredible single malt: The Balvenie 40 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Batch T
The final creation of Courvoisier’s master blender Jean-Marc Olivier before he retired in 2009, L’Essence de Courvoisier (
Although we tend to think of bourbon as robust and Cognac as more refined, these two brown spirits share many traits.
Japan is the second-largest producer of single-malt whiskey in the world; however, its whiskeys have only recently become known in America, primarily in the form of Suntory distillery’s
Russians invented vodka centuries ago, but the U.S. government only recognized the clear spirit (which was deemed odorless and tasteless) as a separate spirit category in 1951.
Schramsberg was founded in 1862 by a tenacious German immigrant named Jacob Schram, who planted vineyards in the Napa Valley town of Calistoga.
Since 1997, when Merry Edwards cofounded Merry Edwards Wines, she has focused her talents on perfecting that most persnickety of varietals, Pinot Noir.
Nothing about darioush, one of Napa Valley’s most impressive wineries, is restrained.
Chateau Ste. Michelle is not only the oldest winery in Washington State, but also the largest.
From the ages of ancient Sumeria and classical Greece to the present day, human beings have treated wine as everything from a religious totem to an art form.
Though white wines of epic grace and beauty come from such regions as Alsace, the Rhône, Austria, Germany, California, and Oregon, nowhere does the Chardonnay grape develop the combinati
In an era when so many legendary wine labels belong to multinational corporations, Domaine Jean-Louis Chave stands apart, not only for the decadent beauty of its incomparable wines, but
The Haag family has been producing wines in the Middle Mosel region for 400 years, during which time the reputation of its wines and, for that matter, the prices have steadily grown.
Both practical and visionary, Joseph Krug founded Champagne Krug in Reims, France, in 1843 to pursue his dream of creating a perfect Champagne through meticulous blending of a range of o
In the early 1970s, when Denis Horgan acquired Leeuwin Estate, now one of Australia’s most important viticultural properties, there was not a vine in sight: It was a cattle ranch.
Although Calistoga is home to what is perhaps Napa Valley’s most fabled and historic vineyard, the region was only very recently approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
Mark Aubert’s career has been a peripatetic one.
Master sommelier Greg Harrington is among those pioneering members of his profession who, in the past decade, have transitioned from buying and pouring fine wine to making it themselves.
One of the first wines of note to emerge from the now-bustling Paso Robles region on California’s Central Coast was a wine called Isosceles, a Pauillac-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon
Father-and-son winemaking team Alex and Paul Golitzin count among their ancestors Prince Lev Sergeyevich Golitsyn—a member of one of Russia’s most distinguished noble houses and the foun
Before embarking upon his own vinous enterprise, Robert Foley produced some 15 vintages for Pride Mountain Vineyards, one of the region’s most alluring labels.
In the minds of most enthusiasts, Médoc is the cradle of Bordeaux.
Since 1859, the Gaja Winery in the Barbaresco region of Piedmont, Italy, has been committed to producing fine wines that express the highly individual characters of its vineyards’ varied
Perhaps one of the most significant events to occur at Maison Louis Jadot since its doors first opened in 1859 will occur at the end of this year, when, after more than four decades, win
There is little that can be said of Grange, Penfolds’ flagship wine, that has not already been repeated again and again in the commentaries of critics.
In whichever hemisphere or country Paul Hobbs exercises his purple thumb, the vines prosper.
After struggling for years as a fiction writer, Jonathan Kellerman struck gold with When the Bough Breaks, the first of his novels starring Los Angeles psychologist-turned-detective Alex Delaware.