Amazing Adventures

Testing the new BMW 630i Convertible on South Africa's rugged coast. Plus, extreme explorers, 5 ultimate expedition yachts for charter and new retreats in Ireland, Tasmania, Florence, and more. Also, Mercedes' ferociously efficient 2012 CLS63 AMG.

With its launch of Cakewalk last August, Derecktor Shipyards set the record for the largest U.S.-...
The sudden discovery of an extensive cache of decades-old watch movements reminded horologist...
When Eddia Mirharooni was an architect in his native Iran, he designed an innovative suspended roof...
While many vacation homes offer golf course views, few look out over the game’s seminal playground...
The ability to predict the weather with godlike accuracy began with a single invention: the...
Fashion designers tend to dabble in fine jewelry, creating a few pieces every now and then to...
When the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair—the leading British show of its kind—abruptly...
My lesson with Lars Magnusson seems to be paying off. The 36-year-old founder of Wyoming-based...
With my waders pulled up to my armpits I sloshed into Tasmania’s Great Oyster Bay and pushed my way...
Separated from Australia by the 150-mile-wide Bass Strait, Tasmania is a land apart—a place of wild...
South Africa, despite its sociopolitical, racial, criminal, and economic despairs, remains an...
On most megayacht charters, adventure means motoring from one idyllic Caribbean cove to another, or...
More than a dozen years after it debuted, &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge remains a lone oasis...
The Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur, India, is an 18th-century sculpture garden of massive...
Ballyfin Demesne, a 600-acre estate 90 minutes by car from Dublin, features a Regency-style main...
In the late 19th century, Baron Oppenheim of Florence regularly hosted princes, pashas, and artists...
1930 Cord L-29 Phaeton Sedan The Auburn-Cord-duesenberg triumvirate was Errett Lobban Cord’s...
Toscana has long been a favorite gathering place for power brokers, epicures, entertainment...
Mornings on Hangzhou’s West Lake begin with a subtle symphony. Docked wooden sampan boats creak and...
For music reproduction, few loudspeakers compare with the two-channel Utopia models made by French...
The signature wine of Joseph Drouhin, one of the most distinguished négociants in Burgundy, has a...
Boutique watchmaker De Bethune recently introduced the De Bethune DB 28 ( www.debethune.ch ), a...
Leviev used more than 100 fancy colored diamonds and hundreds of colorless diamonds and gemstones...
Rec­ognizing how well Cognac pairs with cigars, the makers of the original El Sublimado ( www...
The new Champagne bar at London’s May Fair Hotel does not pour bubbly by the glass, serve fizzy...
Online meat purveyor 35° ( www.35degreessteaks.com ) grants serious beef lovers access to the same...
Rigid inflatable boats are known best for their utility in rescue or military missions. But for...
An appearance by the "Bathing Suit Bike" will be among the highlights of the third-annual Quail...
The Devialet D-Premier ( www.devialet.com ), a 1.25-inch-thick, 240-watt-per-channel stereo...
Pagani, the Modena, italy, maker of supercars in league with high-profile exotics from Bugatti,...
As combat garb, suits of armor have been obsolete for centuries. But its sculptural qualities can...
Our introduction to the new Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG took place this winter in the mountains of...
The mill-shaped sign hanging out front of the shop and the massive scales inside are holdovers from...
When the Metropolitan Opera was in dire need of funding last year, arts patron Ann Ziff came to the...
If the formula for a great bar is one part ambience, one part comfort, and one part service...