Best of the Best

Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Feadship and more.  The 2003 Luxury Portfolio.  The best autos, boats, motorcycles, golf, travel, home and design, electronics, art and more.

Move over, professional range. The Internet refrigerator is taking control of the kitchen. The...
Suspend your judgment for a moment. U-vola, the bizarre-looking watermelon-shaped speaker from...
Since 1974, Gerard Widdershoven has guided New Yorkers in their pursuit of Art Deco delights. He...
“I signed a lease at the Pacific Design Center before I knew what I was going to sell,” jokes...
Few pieces of furniture are as voluptuous as the chaise longue—it is the prime perch for lounging...
As a boy growing up in England, James Dyson’s fascination with vacuum cleaners began with the high-...
For proof that the Italians are still on the cutting edge of kitchen design, look no further than...
An all-in-one home cinema in which everything is included save speakers and a monitor can almost...
Today, an audio system can emphasize aesthetics without compromising sonics because manufacturers...
However enveloping surround sound feels, the pinnacle for pure music playback resolutely remains...
To develop a home theater unconstrained by space and price, the DVD player of choice is the top-...
The true measuring stick of a home automation system is the controller—not the visible touchpanels...
Managing music made easy—that is the idea behind ReQuest Multimedia’s ARQ Tera Zone 750 ($20,000)...
A slew of companies offer lighting control, but none matches the versatility of Lutron’s HomeWorks...
During the Renaissance, in an age before the advent of the museum, Europe’s learned noblemen...
It is hard to imagine a time when collecting Fabergé eggs was considered foolish, but that was...
Although antiques are often functional, few were originally designed as professional-quality tools...
Sitting on a green Georgian sofa that was on display in his firm’s booth at the TEFAF Maastricht...
In the 1970s Ralph Pucci took his parents’ mannequin repair business and transformed it into a...
Over the past 25 years, Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden have stealthily revolutionized the...
“I think traditional style is the best,” says Nicky Haslam, who has decorated for the best, from...
Florist extraordinaire Michael George (212.883.0304, www.michaelgeorge flowers.com ) never packs a...
The term “room with a view” assumes new meaning at the Costa Careyes resort, where three majestic...
You will find the new Spa Palazzo at the Boca Raton Resort & Club on Florida’s Gold Coast. But...
Built in the early 19th century, the landmark Hotel de Russie—ideally situated on Rome’s chic Via...
Nashville, Tenn., long renowned for country music and the Grand Ole Opry, has never enjoyed a...
With only 21 expansive suites, no children, a new European spa, and an endless stretch of white...
Hotel Bel-Air is not for those seeking the hip Hollywood or California beach scenes. On the...
There is a saying that the farther north you travel in Florida, the farther south you get. Southern...
The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, which opened in October adjacent to Tokyo Station, is a...
Dawn was just breaking over the Paris skyline as my limousine moved down the Champs-Elysées and...
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, located on the secluded eastern tip of the island, is like no other...
Like an oasis in paradise, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows occupies 3,200 acres on the Kona...
Formerly a 1960s-era jet-setters’ resort, the Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas has...
Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa makes the most of its location, a site that author James Michener...
It is ironic that in Southern California, the region of the United States most closely associated...
From start to finish, Cathay Pacific provides a superior travel experience for the discriminating...
Take the interior of a Rolls-Royce, the hospitality of a five-star hotel, and the epicurean...
Alsace is a region known for cuisine that combines the soulfulness of rural French cooking with the...
Although Rudd Estate is a relative newcomer, the winery’s Rudd Estate 1999 Chardonnay Russian River...
While the Sauternes and Barsacs continue to reign supreme over the kingdom of dessert wines, U.S...
Great painters have their signature styles—a certain flair for lines, a subtlety of color, of...
When we think of white wine, Chardonnay generally leaps to mind. Even so, some of the very best...
Cultivated for centuries in the northern Rhône region of France, Viognier is a well-bodied and...
Some legends begin with a grand gesture that, like a wave, washes the subject into history; others...
When the London office of Sotheby’s hired Robert Bowman in 1978, it did more than rescue him from...
Padrón 1926 Astute readers may be experiencing déjà vu, recognizing that we honored the Padrón 1926...
Master blender Jean-Marc Olivier has captured 200 years of history in a bottle. Olivier dipped into...
Laphroaig is not a whisky for beginners. It is a malt to be pondered as much as sipped—a unique...
When the legendary Max Schubert first created the experimental Penfolds Grange Hermitage in the...
Taittinger vineyards, with approximately 600 acres of vines, are among the most extensive in...
Despite an influx of increasingly lovely Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blanc is still New Zealand’s...
Rather than controlling disparate vineyard plots, as most Burgundy domaines do, Bonneau du Martray...
Dry River is one of New Zealand’s most talked about, yet least accessible, wines. Quantities...
When members of the wine press first tasted the 2000 vintage Bordeaux barrel samples, they stumbled...
American wine importers John and Harry Mariani created Castello Banfi just a couple of decades ago...
Barossa Valley Estate originally started as a growers’ cooperative in 1985, when 80 third- and...
While collectors clamor for the 2000 Bordeaux vintage, and critics dull their pencil leads with...
A few years ago, Peter Galassi, head of the photography department at New York’s Museum of Modern...
James Roundell gained more than expertise in Impressionist and modern paintings during his 22 years...
Admirers of Pinot Noir find few similarities between the red wines of Burgundy and the Pinots of...
The origins of California’s most characteristic wine were unknown until recently, when researchers...
Paso Robles, which lies inland from San Simeon along California’s Central Coast, is without doubt...
The increasing fascination among U.S. winemakers with Bordeaux-style blends has yielded some...
The second most widely incorporated Bordeaux grape, Merlot, suffered unjustly in the 1980s at the...
Sixty feet below the grinding clatter of modern Paris’ streets—deep within the warrenlike recesses...
For the past 15 years, Zuni Café chef Judy Rodgers has been relying on ingredients such as raw...
At L’Arpège, chef Alain Passard’s three-star Michelin restaurant in Paris, vegetables are the...
Citarella, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, has been acclaimed as one of the premier seafood...
Easily bored, chef Thomas Keller continues to challenge himself and the world of gastronomy...
Das Fletschhorn, in the exclusive, car-free resort of Saas-Fee, Switzer-land, proves that it is...
As indicated by a résumé that includes a doctorate in biochemistry from Princeton and a cooking...
Despite the formal atmosphere of Taillevent, which features Louis XVI decor and a phalanx of...
From the moment you enter Alain Ducasse at the Essex House until you step out to the streets of...
The company reputed to have made the first croquet set continues to make the best sets. Jacques of...
Scharffen Berger chocolate maker (800.930.4528, www.scharffenberger.com ), the producers of the...
An eye for quality and an aptitude for taste are not the same thing. The person who can recognize...
Corsica, home island of Napoléon Bonaparte, often plays second fiddle to Italy’s neighboring...
At its base, Roaring Fork Club in Basalt, Colo., is an invitation-only private club designed to...
Homeowners at Greenbrier Sporting Club, a new gated community in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.,...
Developer Lyle Anderson’s newest community is Hokuli’a on the Big Island of Hawaii. It could be...
An “environmentally sensitive golf community” may sound like the mother of all oxymorons, but the...
You don’t need to travel thousands of miles to experience an internationally flavored golf resort,...
Golf in France? Mais oui! In fact, the game has been expanding rapidly throughout the république in...
New York financier Julian Robertson and his wife, Josie, traveled a long way from home to create a...
A golfer making a pilgrimage to Scotland will find no shortage of outstanding accommodations. There...
It has become almost a cliché to include the Lodge at Pebble Beach on any list of the country’s top...
Marketers love to use the term “links” when referring to a golf course, attempting to evoke that...
You learn to move slowly at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, a golf resort perched nearly 10,000...
Driving down the elegant Avenue of Oaks and pulling into the courtyard entrance of the Lodge at Sea...
In at least one respect, polo is not unlike basketball. In the sport of kings, a key to success is...
Watches with flamboyant dials suggesting a distinct flavor of yesteryear have become so popular...
When Vhernier introduced its jewelry at New York’s Bergdorf Goodman in March, even the store’s most...
There is a reason why Andean considers itself the Rolls-Royce of glove makers. Its gloves are made...
Sportswear: Ermenegildo Zegna Zegna owns one of the world’s finest textile mills, giving the...
Suits: Oxxford Clothes Oxxford Clothes’ latest suit silhouette was modified from a roped-shoulder,...
“I wouldn’t reveal my techniques, even if I were tortured,” says Italian jewelry designer Orlando...
It took nearly five years to accumulate the harmoniously matched South Sea pearls for Tiffany’s...
For the connoisseur with an appetite for the rarest and most unusual diamonds, colored diamonds are...
“Jewelry can be colorful, large, and fun without appearing pretentious,” declares James Taffin de...
Louis Cartier was undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest arbiters of jewelry style. During his...
One of Italy’s oldest and most respected pen companies pays homage to Venice with the $850 limited...
The Montegrappa America’s Cup fountain pen celebrates its namesake competition with low-relief...
The moderately sized, Art Deco–inspired Loiminchay Opus represents a departure from the pen maker’s...
The latest limited edition fountain pen from Marlen, a 21-year-old Italian company renowned for the...
Jaeger-LeCoultre has created the most impressive jewelry watch of the year by breaking the rules of...
While Glashutte Original’s PanoReserve is definitely an eye-catcher, the real reason this model has...
Even a watch novice can recognize that there is something special about Vacheron Constantin’s 247...
ts are built as integrated units for extra displays ratherDress watch fans have something to...
Everyone wants a wristwatch that is part mechanical genius and part great design. This year, Michel...
Alan Flusser (212.888.4500) literally wrote the book on dressing the world’s most elegant men. The...
Contrary to popular opinion that has undoubtedly been perpetuated by Britain’s climate, the English...
Even with climate-controlled cedar closets to preserve fine fabrics and keep moths at bay, clothing...
Hats made from toquilla straw, which comes from the Carludovica palmata plant in South America,...
When you think of James Robinson (212.752.6166, www.jrobinson.com )—a 91-year-old New York antiques...
In today’s horsepower-crazed market, it is a rare occasion when an auto- maker dials down...
I have long argued that the Porsche 911 is the most sensible sports car on the planet. Just when it...
When the Dodge Viper was introduced in 1992, it immediately became a laughing matter. Its external...
When all personal preferences have been considered, and all Asian poseurs and American pretenders...
Becker Automotive Design clients usually make three requests. They want a vehicle that does not...
A drive in a Brabus K8 near the company’s headquarters in Bottrop, Germany, seemed destined for...
Take a narrow-body Porsche 911, insert heavily modified turbochargers, replace the exhaust and...
Canepa Design has transformed the oversize Tonka truck known as the Hummer H2 into the $100,000...
The openings in the Washington lawyer’s appointment book were becoming increasingly scarce...
For all of the braggadocio exhibited by its muscle-bound, boxlike exterior, the Hummer H2’s...
The audacious styling of the space-age Infiniti FX45 might prompt many to think that the production...
Being in the Volkswagen Touareg is like relaxing in your house: Everything is exactly how and where...
The civility of the $48,310 Lincoln Navigator is evident before you even set foot in the SUV. When...
If the Porsche Cayenne Turbo did not have a 450-hp engine, if it did not possess a 165-mph top...
If you were to blend an American heavyweight with an Italian superbike, the result would be the...
Although the Panoz name has been associated exclusively with Le Mans racing, the Panoz Esperante, a...
The long road of automotive history is littered with the carcasses of supercar wanna-bes. Although...
The Aprilia RSV Mille 1000 R has been fashioned with hard lines, shapely contours, and bold race-...
With readings that reach an astound-ing 17,000 rpm, the tachometer of the MV Agusta F4 Senna...
For the Ducatisti, the appeal of the Ducati 999, with its flared seat and pinched waist, has as...
Examine the odometer of a typical BMW R1200C, and you will likely find numbers reminiscent of those...
Even the creator of the Confederate Hellcat G2 acknowledges that the motorcycle is not tuned for...
The Victory Vegas needed a major overhaul. Riders criticized its sleepy styling, rattling...
A casual idea evolved into a project that formed the most unlikely union of motorcycle design...
The Maserati Coupe features Cambiocorsa, a Formula One–style paddle-shifting system that simulates...
No car reflects the culture of its country of origin more than the British-built Aston Martin DB7...
I approached the Cadillac XLR with high expectations, imagining that the engineers on GM’s most...
While all great cars have at least one party trick, the Mercedes-Benz SL55 has three. Trick number...
The V-12 is becoming a very expensive item, as evidenced by the $300,000-plus, 12-cylinder-powered...
In a world populated by car thieves, carjackers, kidnappers, and radar-armed highway patrolmen,...
We thought that it would be impossible to experience a better blend of elegance and performance...
During the overly harsh New England winter, we discovered that on those frigid but sunny days the...
At first glance, the restrained styling of the Audi RS6’s exterior—along with the interior’s gray...
When is a car not a car? When it is a Mercedes-Benz Maybach 62. The sumptuous interior of the 6.2-...
One Pilatus PC-12 owner piles his guns and ammunition into the plane when he goes on hunting trips...
Reaching a destination quickly is not always enough. If you also want to turn some heads while...
If a Porsche 911 Turbo had wings, it would be the Socata TBM 700. The sporty four-seat turboprop,...
The single finest feature on the $289,400 Cirrus SR22 is one that Cirrus Design hopes its owners...
The speed, technology, and comfort of the Dassault Falcon 2000 made the jet one of the best-selling...
By next year, the new Gulfstream 500 and 550 will become the company’s standard-bearers for long-...
For pure performance in a midsize jet, the Cessna Citation X stands alone. The Citation X boasts an...
For owners seeking megayacht amenities in a manageable 100-foot yacht, the Azimut Leonardo 98...
The Ferretti 810 is only a foot longer than the Ferretti 80, its forerunner, but those extra 12...
Most sport yachts include salons that are nestled within their hulls. However, the main salon of...
Rainbow Warrior, Jeff Gordon’s nickname, is aptly depicted in his racecar’s garish, multicolored...
The Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats 37 GTX is the seagoing equivalent of a Shelby Cobra. With a...
From afar, the teak-decked Wally WallyTender resembles a classic, angular, 1930s-era wooden...
Available in a choice of seven different colors, the 44-foot Riva Rivarama is certain to turn heads...
Last year, Cigarette introduced the 46-foot Stealth, a one-off concept boat with futuristic...
For years, Fountain Powerboats has built machines that specialize in performance. The company...
Yapluka Yachts, which has been designing and building high-quality catamarans for European owners...
For several years, the Extra 300 has been the aircraft of choice for aerobatic pilots on the air...
It is not surprising that the Robinson R44 has become the best-selling helicopter in the world. Its...
An abundance of storage space and long-range capabilities make the Agusta A109E Power the perfect...
In 1996, a Bell 430 whizzed around the world in 17 days, 6 hours, 14 minutes, and 25 seconds,...
With the S-76C+, its most current version of the S-76, Sikorsky remains at the forefront of the...
When it comes to the aircraft they will be using, Bombardier Flexjet owners enjoy the pick of the...
While other fractional providers offer long-range business jets such as the Gulfstream V and Boeing...
For the heavy-duty executive traveler who requires more than 50 hours of fractional flight time per...
For passengers who seek access to the world’s largest fleet of fractional aircraft but do not plan...
When Flight Options merged with Raytheon’s TravelAir last year, it instantly became the second-...
The standard fractional ownership experience can include five-year commitments, costly management...
For his voyage around the world, the sailor who would come to own Abeking & Rasmussen’s Alithia...
In response to a request from a pair of its most loyal clients, Nautor’s Swan, a Finnish company...
For more than two decades, three sailboats named Borkumriff—each one slightly larger than the...
A 10-passenger sailboat built recently by Perini Navi was in danger of never making it into the...
No matter how charming the guests aboard your yacht can be, occasions arise when you seek privacy...
The invitation to board Campbell Bay, the 146-foot Hakvoort yacht, sounded more like a plea than a...
With its pale gray hull and minimalist interior, Skat, the 233-foot Lurssen megayacht, stands out...
In flight, privacy and space are precious commodities, and British Airways offers both with its...
Camper & Nicholsons (954.524.4250, www.cnconnect.com ) has been a yacht industry leader for...
Visit El Tamarindo Golf Resort, and you will feel as though you have been stranded on a desert...
With the release of the Big Pilot’s Watch, the International Watch Co. of Schaffhausen, Switzerland...
Audemars Piguet unveiled its Royal Oak Concept watch to some of its most important retailers by...
What began as a competition devolved into a laugher. Five times Alinghi faced Team New Zealand, the...
There is no escaping the work of Philippe Starck. The Frenchman has designed everything from...
The new Phantom is the most controversial and anticipated Rolls-Royce ever introduced, and it is...
When retooling the 2003 Jaguar XKR, Ford’s Premier Automotive Group knew enough to leave the Quick...
The Boeing Business Jet carries out its primary mission superbly. The $45 million aircraft cruises...
In compiling a best-of list, you could choose the scientific path and diligently identify all of...
Suits: Attolini Attolini knows the secret to superior bespoke suitmaking: Strike the right balance...
For years, Swiss watchmakers have adhered to the belief that women do not like to fuss with their...
Usually, the less said about bathrooms the better, but those of the St. Regis Mardavall Resort...