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Ferrari 458 Spider

Top-down remodel, Maranello’s agile new 562-hp convertible. Valentine’s Day Survival Guide, 45 his and her gifts from the heart. Plus, private clubs redefined, inside America’s most exclusive hot spots. Also, Grand Openings: new destinations in Hong Kong, Milan & Amsterdam.

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Perhaps the most celebrated of America’s celebrity chefs, Mario Batali presides over an epicurean...
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Although the private club remains alive and well (see "Nightlife Ascending," page 113), at no point...
Photo by Anthony Tahlier
When word spread that hotelier Ian Schrager had taken control of Chicago’s aging Ambassador East...
Photo by Chris Tubbs
Private clubs used to mean old: old money, old members, old bastions of formality and hierarchy...
Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com; Car courtesy Tillack & co.
1965 Ferrari 250 LM Pininfarina Stradale Speciale Powered by a 3.3-liter V-12 mounted...
Photo by Daniel Kraus
Building a better sports sedan is seldom if ever a simple task. It involves striking a delicate and...
When viewed from the front of its case, the Piaget Altiplano Skeleton ( www.piaget.com ) appears...
Photo by Nick Dimbleby
At its unveiling last spring commemorating the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato’s debut, the...
The manufacturer that has won more than 300 Superbike World Championships should remain a category...
A French footwear designer known for his brand’s sky-high stilettos has opened his first men’s-only...
Photo by Ivan Masic
Like its closed-top sibling, the Hedonist Open ( www.artofkinetik.com ) is 62 feet long and...
Collectibles ranging from a 1912 Oldsmobile Limited Tourabout to antique mechanical musical...
Photo by Richard Foster
Thanks to the English mobile-phone maker’s first-ever touchscreen, the Vertu Constellation ( www...
Caps shaped liked a feminine neckline and engraved with the double-G royal monogram reference the...
Like the jewelry that company founder René Lalique created nearly a century ago, the pieces in the...
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Rare wines and art sit at the top of Cliff Lede’s list of personal passions, but rock music follows...
Photo by Luke Hayes
Now on view in Hong Kong is the future of five-star hotels. Opened in September, Hotel Icon is a...
The famous grand hotel in Amsterdam reopened in June as part of Sofitel’s new Legend brand. This...
Photo by Gionata Xerra
For his second hotel venture, Giorgio Armani headed home to Italy. In a partnership with Emaar...
More than a few eyebrows were raised among the collectors who gathered recently in Dubai at the...
Photo by Michael Kraus
Peter Thum’s signet ring is a striking object: a textured piece of steel and gold, hand-forged by...
Photo by Alan Amato
Compared with the biggest names in the high-performance-headphone business (Sennheiser, Grado,...
It is a tasty two-wheeled confection, a delicate retro-style moped inspired by board-track racers—...
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The Mayans were producing alcoholic beverages from the agave plant more than 500 years ago, but the...
In 1858, a french botanist named Henri Mouhot set off on a journey to Southeast Asia that began...
Photo by Dan Moore
Cessna’s Citation business jets have long been lauded for their speed, reliability, and performance...
If Ferrari can be moved to design a station wagon and Porsche pressured into offering a sedan and a...
Photo by Guillaume de Laubier
The vast contemporary art collection at the Pompidou Center in Paris has been known to overwhelm...
Döttling’s Buonaparte contains hidden assets. While restoring an 18th-century Italian safe,...
Although it has been re-engineered and reshaped to accommodate its ingeniously designed retractable...
Photo by Erhard Pfeiffer
After purchasing an unremarkable mid-1990s house in a private enclave of Los Angeles in 2008, the...
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In 2003, I was among the first guests to experience the Spa Montage Surrender at Southern...
Brian Paul was walking off the 14th green at Kukui‘ula when he spotted the tail. Paul, the head...
Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Erin Swift
In the game of love, a well-chosen gift never fails to score a few points. And the stakes run high...