24th Annual Best of the Best

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...
Rossi Navi is not as well known as many of its yacht-building counterparts in Europe. But with the...
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...
Galileo G (+39.0187.28371, www.perininavi.it ) is the second launch from the Vitruvius line of...
The dutch shipyard Heesen completed seven yachts in 2011, of which Quinta Essentia ( www...
The sleek and speedy Aifos (+39.0584.38191, www.cbinavi.com ) is a stunning new showpiece for the...
At 120 feet, the 120SL is the grandest vessel in the Azimut Grande series, a line of 100-plus-foot...
Italian builder Tecnomar designed its new 120-foot planing yacht so that passengers could be as...
Pershing, a Ferretti Group subsidiary, may have moved away from the fast-and-furious powerboat...
With a striking design from Espen Øino International, the 125-foot Danish Yachts AeroCruiser 38 (+...
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-...
Tilli Antonelli, who founded the Pershing yacht company in 1981, made a splash last April with the...
With its flexible flybridge and countless other customizable features, the Azimut 45 (+39.011.93...
Launched last September, the Frauscher 1017 GT ( www.frauscherboats.com ) is an exceptional racer...
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...
Practicality, performance, and comfort are trademarks of the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350i and...
If King Airs define the turboprop category, then the Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti II (561.253.0104,...
The capabilities and cost savings associated with the Embraer Phenom 100 (954.359.3700, www...
The Cessna Citation CJ4 (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com ) entered service in late 2010 as an addition...
The category-crossover aircraft from Brazilian manufacturer Embraer are changing the way the...
At sea level, the Cessna Citation XLS+ (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com ) can take off from a runway...
The high-performance Gulfstream G150 (912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) burns 170 gallons of fuel...
Elbow room should not be an issue in the Hawker 900XP (316.676.0800, www.hawkerbeechcraft.com ) ,...
The Bombardier Challenger 300 (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) can take off in 4,900 feet of...
Capable of covering 4,600 miles when carrying four passengers, the Dassault Falcon 2000LX (201.440...
For globe-trotting passengers, a roomy and comfortable cabin is not just a luxury, it is a...
Capable of covering 4,600 miles when carrying four passengers, the Dassault Falcon 2000LX (201.440...
The Cessna Citation Sovereign (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com ) is a bit of an enigma. Its price ($17...
Formerly known as the Global Express XRS, the Bombardier Global 6000 (514.861.9481, www.bombardier...
Gulfstream’s Ultralong-Range GV series has long been the private-jet gold standard, and the...
A descendant of the Savannah, Ga.–based manufacturer’s best-selling GIV line—which has more than...
Since mobile mp 3 players took over the world—namely Apple’s iPod, whose first-generation device...
The new Vertu Constellation ( www.vertu.com ) is the English mobile-phone maker’s most advanced...
The Apple iPad ( www.apple.com ) is yet another testament to the vision of Steve Jobs, who...
In 2008, Australia-based financiers and audiophiles Murali Murugasu and David Payes brought...
Dave Wilson has a clear goal when designing his loudspeakers. "I try to make my speakers sound like...
A triumph of form and function, the KEF Blade (732.683.2356, www.kef.com ) is a standout...
Danish audio wizard Peter Lyngdorf—inventor of two audio systems previously named Robb Report ’s...
Not since the 2008 release of Pioneer’s fabled Kuro Elite plasma TV has a display panel hit the...
With the Kaleidescape M700 Disc Vault (650.625.6100, www.kaleidescape.com ) , the Sunnyvale, Calif...
When Marwan Rizek, president of Cameo Kitchens and Fine Cabinetry, decided to update the front...
Last year’s arrival of Bisazza Bagno, a new bath division from the Italian mosaics company Bisazza...
Since its founding in 1979, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco has featured virtually everyone in...
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...
Few art galleries can claim a continuous history under the same name for nearly two centuries. Yet...
Entering Kunstkammer Georg Laue is akin to walking into the 16th-century library of a learned...
Now in its third generation, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) comes with an all-new...
When the third-generation Lexus LX570 ( www.lexus.com ) debuted in 2007, it embodied the automaker’...
At last count the Range Rover Evoque had collected more than 100 motoring awards. They include a...
Once again a symbol of ascent, upscale SUVs have become the high-performance fashion statement on...
With a starting price of just over $40,000, the Infiniti JX35 ( www.infiniti.com ) is one of the...
The Aventador LP 700-4 is as ferocious as its namesake, a Spanish bull that performed in a...
By the numbers, no sports car has more loyalists than the Porsche 911. With nearly 50 years under...
The Nissan GT-R ( www.nissanusa.com ) is a car in search of a track—or possibly a runway. This $97,...
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...
The four-door, six-seat TLC Icon FJ44 made the Best of the Best list last year for its refreshing...
The first Shelby Mustang G.T.350 (model years 1965 and 1966) expressed a purity of purpose...
Once again, Becker Automotive Design has taken a winning formula and improved it. For the Becker...
Morgan motor company was founded in 1909 in England as a maker of three-wheeled vehicles that it...
For drivers old enough to have experienced the original M5, BMW holds special significance. That...
Mercedes-Benz’s CLS 500 arrived on the market seven years ago as a brilliant optical illusion with...
The latest and eighth addition to the carmaker’s four-door-coupe model line, the Porsche Panamera...
The big man on Audi’s campus is the long, luxurious 12-cylinder version of the new A8 sedan, the...
Chrysler’s dark and serious television commercials convey the message that the brand’s 300 sedan is...
The Granturismo MC dispels the notion that Maserati is a second-tier player among Italian sports-...
Equipped with a 6.2-liter V-8, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ( www.chevrolet.com ) is the most powerful...
In an age of paddle-shift automatics, button-controlled suspension modes, shift-mapping software,...
Most Jaguar disciples considered the standard Jaguar XK coupe and roadster—with their 5-liter...
The standard version of the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe is not in short supply of power, with 451...
Ferrari purists seldom are followers of soft-top fashion, preferring the marque’s rigid berlinettas...
Aston martin is a boutique builder of beauties—luxury sports cars that cling tightly to the past...
An advocate of excess, Oscar Wilde would have made a perfect pitchman for the Bentley Continental...
Replete with style, speed, and a set of wings that stretch skyward, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe...
If BMW’s slogan of "building the ultimate driving machine" refers to its vehicles’ muscle and punch...
Touring bikes are specialized machines designed to make the miles melt away, but their narrow...
Confederate Motors has been building ambitiously designed, hand-assembled motorcycles since 1991,...
As sportbikes continue to shed weight and gain power, such improvements might reach a point of...
Singular style and robust brawn typically distinguish the most compelling cruisers from lesser...
On Barbados’s Platinum Coast, One Sandy Lane reigns. Designed by Larry Warren, the local architect...
Since their introduction nearly 14 years ago, destination clubs have become popular with affluent...
Space is at a premium in London, relegating many establishments, spas included, to the dark and...
High above the chaos that is Bangkok’s central business district, the Elemis Spa at the St. Regis...
Spread across three basement-level floors of a new 15-story, 78-room hotel, Espa at the Istanbul...
Los Angeles’s iconic Hotel Bel-Air—a woodsy, storybook getaway complete with resident swans—has...
The International Commerce Center was designed to be Hong Kong’s highest building, piercing the sky...
Set on the Thames riverfront in a sprawling Victorian-era Belle Epoque building, the Corinthia...
After the British took control of India in 1858, King George V moved the capital city from Calcutta...
Location is not everything at Mandarin Oriental, Paris (+33.1.70.98.78.88, www.mandarinoriental.com...
Built in 1822 as the home of British baronet Sir Charles Coote, Ballyfin Demesne was once Ireland’s...
Opened in December, Amanruya (+90.252.311.12.12, www.amanresorts.com ) is the third Mediterranean...
Based strictly on accessibility, Minaret Station (+64.275.8898.65, www.minaretstation.com ) is...
The Rosewood San Miguel de Allende (+52.415.152.9700, www.rosewoodhotels.com ) has brought a new...
A fixture on Wailea Beach for more than two decades, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has...
The Bay Course at Costa Navarino ( www.costanavarinogolf.com ) is the second of what will...
Golf has a rich tradition of amateur architects, design neophytes who put their passion into a...
Unveiled last june in what designer Tom Weiskopf calls "one of most beautiful settings I have ever...
With its lush volcanic coastline, Kauai has long been the Hawaiian island of choice for hikers and...
A grand complication watch’s ability to fire the imagination is far more important to the wearer...
"Listen to it while it’s on your wrist," says Hublot chairman Jean-Claude Biver of the company’s...
At first glance, the unusual function of Le Temps Suspendu ($19,400 for the steel version shown),...
The involvement in any project of Anita Porchet, the current sovereign of Swiss-watch enamelists,...
Over the last few years, Giulio Papi has transformed the exclusive complicated versions of Audemars...
In the last few years, the contemporary dress watch has evolved far beyond the classic shapes of...
The multitude of world-time watches released over the last few months exhibit varying degrees of...
Parisian jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels has dramatically increased its influence in the watchmaking...
Like so many other great women’s timepieces, Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Lady Spin Time Joaillerie ($71...
While usually considered a traditional men’s brand, Girard-Perregaux repeatedly has proven adept at...
Unlike so many of Patek Philippe’s men’s watches, the brand’s latest series of women’s complicated...
In all likelihood, the wearer will never set or even try to read the time on her Cartier Tutti...
"The collection has an element of power," says Louis Vuitton menswear designer Kim Jones. "The...
With his fall 2012 collection, Tom Ford makes it clear that his stylish suits are not just for...
The tried-and-true leather brand Bally brings considerable expertise to its new made-to-order...
The Italian fashion brand Corneliani has introduced for fall an array of soft, supple shirts in...
One of the world’s most luxurious knitwear brands, Brunello Cucinelli has raised the bar even...
It is not easy to make a statement—at least, not a good one—with a man’s belt, but David Yurman...
The revered Parisian footwear brand Berluti, established in 1895, has transformed into a full-...
Leave it to the Neapolitan suitmaker Kiton to bring back la dolce vita with a remake of its own...
Ermenegildo Zegna has delivered the fall’s most tempting sportswear collection. It features a range...
Prada has captured the retro spirit of fall with an exceptional collection of bold, geometric twill...
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...
Old is new with Isaia’s richly textured topcoat. The company employs a 14th-century Tuscan method...
Gucci has reached beyond the brand’s shiny, hard edges, creating a rich vintage look for a fall...
With 11 sugarloaf-cut emeralds, 2,000 diamonds, and more than 18 months of work, Taiwanese designer...
When Beverly Hills designer Martin Katz meets with a gem dealer, he typically asks, "What do you...
Cartier’s famous panther first slinked onto the scene in 1914, in a drawing commissioned by Louis...
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,...
Viren Bhagat has been called the JAR of India: Like JAR, the legendary yet elusive jewelry designer...
Leave it to a fashion house to see fine jewelry through a different lens: Without the constraints...
Harry Winston looked no further than its robust archives for inspiration for Ultimate Adornments,...
When Greg Kwiat took over as CEO of the storied vintage jeweler Fred Leighton two and a half years...
Jack Row—a 26-year-old goldsmith in Birmingham, England—made his debut in the luxury pen market...
David Oscarson, the irreverent St. Louis pen maker, is known to produce designs based on themes...
Although Faber-Castell’s history spans more than 250 years, the German maker of pens and pencils...
The Asian decorative art of maki-e is an ancient one, involving intricate designs created from thin...
Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, partners in the wildly experimental Chicago restaurant Alinea,...
A year after chef Christopher Kostow won three Michelin stars at The Restaurant at Meadowood (707...
Chef Eric Ripert’s temple to all that is piscine, Le Bernardin (212.554.1515, www.le-bernardin.com...
With its long, brushed-steel bar and sleek tables, Copenhagen’s Geist (+45.33.13.37.13, www...
For a time, Restaurant 1833 (831.643.1833, www.restaurant1833.com ) seemed unlikely to become a...
At L’Abeille (33.1.53.67.19.90, www.shangri-la.com ) , his plush new restaurant in the Shangri-La...
If there is proof that big things come in small packages, it is the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short...
The pigtailed Nicaraguan puro Domus Magnus ( www.sagimports.com , $8.95 to $9.95) —whose name...
Last year, at the end of a black-tie dinner, Davidoff introduced the Davidoff 100 Years Geneva (...
This is not the first time Padrón cigars have been honored with a Best of the Best accolade, and we...
With its spicy Sumatran binder and Honduran and Panamanian filler, Alec Bradley Black Market ( www...
The understated red-and-black band of Tatuaje Fausto ( www.tatuajecigars.com , $8 to $8.75) gives...
The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2011 ( www.myfathercigars.com , $16) is produced...
Typically, single-malt Scotch is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and used sherry casks. But in 1994,...
To make a superb extra añejo —a tequila aged three years or longer—requires not only a superb añejo...
One might wonder whether Highland Park could match the quality of its 40-year-old Orcadian Limited...
Not since the 1977 launch of the Cent-Cinquantenaire that celebrated Grand Marnier’s 150th...
The Speyside Distillery owned by William Grant & Sons has released the second version of an...
The final creation of Courvoisier’s master blender Jean-Marc Olivier before he retired in 2009, L’...
Although we tend to think of bourbon as robust and Cognac as more refined, these two brown spirits...
Japan is the second-largest producer of single-malt whiskey in the world; however, its whiskeys...
Russians invented vodka centuries ago, but the U.S. government only recognized the clear spirit (...
Schramsberg was founded in 1862 by a tenacious German immigrant named Jacob Schram, who planted...
Since 1997, when Merry Edwards cofounded Merry Edwards Wines, she has focused her talents on...
Nothing about Darioush, one of Napa Valley’s most impressive wineries, is restrained. The building...
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...
Though white wines of epic grace and beauty come from such regions as Alsace, the Rhône, Austria,...
In an era when so many legendary wine labels belong to multinational corporations, Domaine Jean-...
The Haag family has been producing wines in the Middle Mosel region for 400 years, during which...
Both practical and visionary, Joseph Krug founded Champagne Krug in Reims, France, in 1843 to...
In the early 1970s, when Denis Horgan acquired Leeuwin Estate, now one of Australia’s most...
Although Calistoga is home to what is perhaps Napa Valley’s most fabled and historic vineyard, the...
Mark Aubert’s career has been a peripatetic one. After succeeding celebrated winemaker Helen Turley...
Master sommelier Greg Harrington is among those pioneering members of his profession who, in the...
One of the first wines of note to emerge from the now-bustling Paso Robles region on California’s...
Father-and-son winemaking team Alex and Paul Golitzin count among their ancestors Prince Lev...
Before embarking upon his own vinous enterprise, Robert Foley produced some 15 vintages for Pride...
In the minds of most enthusiasts, Médoc is the cradle of Bordeaux. After all, this important region...
Since 1859, the Gaja Winery in the Barbaresco region of Piedmont, Italy, has been committed to...
Perhaps one of the most significant events to occur at Maison Louis Jadot since its doors first...
There is little that can be said of Grange, Penfolds’ flagship wine, that has not already been...
In whichever hemisphere or country Paul Hobbs exercises his purple thumb, the vines prosper. A New...
After struggling for years as a fiction writer, Jonathan Kellerman struck gold with When the Bough...