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Genuine collectors thrive on an invigorating blend of passion and discipline. Their collections are purposefully designed, and exhibit a pronounced sense of order. True collectors do not merely...
Cooking is a way of life in Bilbao, so much so that the city contains several gastronomical societies (formed mostly of men and numbering anywhere from 20 to 100 members). These societies often take...
The proliferation of highly complicated and artistic watches has spawned a new breed of collectors drawn to the arena with a great appreciation for the watchmaking or the desire to own a rarified...
Destination Clubs Determining whether you will spend your vacation in a 900-square-foot, two-bedroom condo that's a five-minute walk to the slopes or in a fully staffed 10,000-square-foot home on a...
Motorcycle owners are incredibly passionate and consider their machine to be an expression and extension of their persona. Be it flamboyant or understated, built for performance, looks, or both, a...
When acquiring fine jewelry and gems, it's important to consider some precautionary measures before making a significant purchase. Diamonds, gemstones, and pearls appear in an exceptionally wide...
There is no perfect science to hiring someone who is going to become intimately involved in every aspect of your home and life. In most cases, you will work and collaborate with this person for at...
For the optimum fit and comfort, undoubtedly a custom-made suit is the first choice. But, if you're short on time or simply have a body type that doesn't require special-fit needs, a made-to-measure...
If there were any doubts about the IQ of today's smartphones, they were expunged by a recent experience: Having spent countless hours over two weeks trying to get a new Windows Vista PC and Outlook...
Most of today’s advanced home theater systems are designed and built by custom electronics installation firms. Such a firm can, if asked, provide a turnkey home theater with little involvement on the...
Choosing a charter yacht can be one of the most liberating experiences in travel. Unlike resorts or cruise ships, which come with prepackaged deals and itineraries, charter yachts come in countless...
Buying a yacht is a process that can take days, months, or even years. There are countless new and brokerage models available, some built on a production scale and others custom designed. You can pay...
Just imagine yourself in your new BMW or Porsche racing around the autobahn before jetting home to meet your automobile stateside. It’s an available option that even comes with an array of VIP perks...
John Carnera and George Glasgow of G.J. Cleverley made headlines in the early 1990s when the British bespoke shoemakers acquired a cache of Russian reindeer hides at auction that had been resting in...
The phrase "driving school" might conjure memories of long Saturdays spent in windowless classrooms as penance for speeding tickets. But there’s another type of driving school—the kind you actually...
Today’s furniture designers are more aware of their legacy than their antecedents were. Isamu Noguchi, known for his iconic kidney-shaped coffee table, and Eero Saarinen, who is identified by his...
Only a few years ago, a Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible—1 of 11 built in 1971—caused a furor when it sold for $2 million. Even in a heated automotive market driven by nostalgic baby boomers, no one...
Once you’ve written with a high-quality writing instrument, there is no going back to the average pen. The feel of a well-made pen in the hand and the smoothness of its stroke on the page is a...
A Toe in the Water For many enthusiasts, an automotive purchase isn't complete until an aftermarket shop — known by the catchall term tuner — has installed a set of custom wheels, added a body kit,...
If a couple or family had 15 days to travel anywhere in the world, where should they go and what should they do? Robb Report posed that question and many others to dozens of travel consultants and...
Buying Art In June 2007, London-based artist Damien Hirst sold For the Love of God for $100 million, creating the latest example of alpha in the already alpha-rich art market. Considering Hirst...
Abu Dhabi Mar Group www.abudhabimar.com Yachts have always been the ultimate dream machines, able to transport owners to quaint seaside towns in Italy or secluded island coves in the Bahamas. Every...
No man’s wardrobe is complete without essentials such as a navy blazer, khaki pants, a tailored suit, and the classic trench coat. Seasonally adaptable and appropriate for any number of occasions,...
Even in changing economic times, Christie’s master of wine, Charles Curtis, contends that fine and rare wines are solid investments. Here, he offers advice on finding good opportunities in the market...
Flexjet Fractional Jet Ownership Program – www.flexjet.com For frequent flyers who want to travel on their own schedule and avoid the crowded public terminals, private aviation can't be beat. But...
Flexjet 25 Jet Card Program – www.flexjet25.com Jet cards are a popular option for travelers who want access to private jets without the commitment of ownership. The cost per hour usually works out...
Stylish, classic motorcycles are desirable collectibles, but the urge to purchase a signature model can oftentimes distort even a sensible buyer’s vision. There are few critical points to consider...