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Car of the Year 2014
Car of the Year: 14 Marvels of Modern Engineering Chase the Title
FrontRunners: Open Calendar
The company’s signature mixture of technical and aesthetic watchmaking is on display in the Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Virtuoso III ( www.bovet.com ). The...
FrontRunners: Out of Africa
A two-month trip across the continent last year inspired the Colette Steckel Africa jewelry collection ( www.colettejewelry.com ). The Mexican...
FrontRunners: Renaissance Writer
The fourth pen in the company’s Great Characters collection, the Montblanc Great Characters Limited Edition Leonardo ( www.montblanc.com ) honors the...
FrontRunners: Jewel Box
The jewelry and watches in the new Louis Vuitton Emprise Collection ( www.louisvuitton.com ) feature streamlined rectangular shapes that recall the...
FrontRunners: Super Tuscan
The first full Brunello Cucinelli suit collection ( www.brunellocucinelli.com ) proves that the designer who made his name with fabulously plush...
FrontRunners: Cowboy to City Slicker
An El Paso, Texas, company that has been making exceptional cowboy boots for 130 years has slipped into shoes for city slickers and released the...
FrontRunners: High-Mileage Fashion
Among the many options for BMW’s new plug-in i8 coupe is a set of designer luggage that fits the car’s compact spaces as precisely as puzzle pieces...
FrontRunners: Trend Spotting April 2014
Retro styling gives sunglasses a fresh look for spring. 1950s Tom Ford updates the square, Eisenhower-era style with sleek metal accents. www.tomford...
FrontRunners: Pedal to the Carbon Fiber
A British company known for its lightweight sports car and its Formula 1 racers has launched a division for electric bicycles and motorcycles. The...
FrontRunners: Thrill Ride
The Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310LX ( www.kawaksaki.com ) has a revamped 1,498 cc inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 310 hp and enables the craft to...
FrontRunners: Off the Charts
Designed for traveling to far-flung destinations, Perini Navi’s Exuma ( www.perininavi.it ) is doing just that this year. The vessel, which is 164...
FrontRunners: Origin of Species
The original Ford Mustang served as the design inspiration for the new Equus Bass 770 ( www.equus-automotive.com ), a contemporary, no-compromise...
FrontRunners: Plenty of Pickup
Delivering modern-day high performance while displaying midcentury design, the Icon Thriftmaster ( www.icon4x4.com ) pickup truck is the newest...
FrontRunners: Distinguished by Design
Shortlisted for an International Yacht and Aviation Award, the Cheoy Lee Alpha 87 Express Sportbridge ( www.cheoylee.com ) has sweeping exterior...
FrontRunners: Belle of Gstaad
When Daniel and Davia Koetser purchased Gstaad’s oldest palace hotel on its centenary, the Swiss couple’s ambition was not a simple cosmetic makeover...
FrontRunners: Natural Beauty
In a country flush with artificial isles and towering skyscrapers, Sir Bani Yas is an anomaly. The island—a once-deserted landmass that was...
FrontRunners: Shutter Priority
Two new travel experiences with a focus on photography. Exclusive Exposure: The destination club Exclusive Resorts has partnered with the camera...
FrontRunners: Caribbean Royalty
Aruba’s tourism boom began more than 50 years ago, when Palm Beach’s first high-rise resort, the Aruba Caribbean Hotel, welcomed the Netherlands’...
FrontRunners: Suite Centennial
To commemorate Beverly Hills’ 100th anniversary this year, five hotels—the Peninsula Beverly Hills, Montage Beverly Hills, L’Ermitage Beverly Hills,...
FrontRunners: Game On
Smash Hit ❖The Shangri-La Hotel, Paris ( www.shangri-la.com ), is offering one of the French Open’s most exclusive spectator experiences with its one...
FrontRunners: Seventh Heaven
Japan’s southernmost island of Kyushu is a patchwork of rolling country hills and vibrant beach cities. For passengers aboard the new Seven Stars...
FrontRunners: Cellar Notes April 2014
Radical Expression Marco Caprai’s obsession with tradition made him at one point something of a radical in the eyes of Italy’s viticultural...
FrontRunners: Water Powered
Most Scotch-whisky experts agree that a few drops of water in a dram can release complex flavors and aromas hidden within the spirit. Now Uisge...
FrontRunners: Box Turtle
From the growing of the tobacco leaf to the last lingering puffs of smoke, nothing about a cigar can be rushed—and that is especially true of the...
FrontRunners: Make Way for Knobbly
The racecar model that dominated the British circuits during its debut season in 1957 is making a comeback of sorts. The new Lister Jaguar Knobbly (...
FrontRunners: Pot of Gold
Many luxurious upgrades for the kitchen crowd the market, but few can top Baldassare Agnelli’s 18-karat-gold cookware ( www.agnelliusa.com ). Last...
Car of the Year 2014: A Sweeping Success
Landslides are called more often in the premature pontifications of modern live election coverage than they ever have been by the officials actually...
Car of the Year 2014: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
No Contest Though we have been involving readers in our Car of the Year events for a decade, we continue to be surprised by the emotional reactions—...
Car of the Year 2014: Audi R8 V10 Plus
Familiar Finish The R8, in various variants, has competed in four of the last seven Car of the Year events and finished second each of the last three...
Car of the Year 2014: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster
More than Enough To borrow a phrase from the Seder, if Lamborghini had delivered only the Aventador, dayenu —it would have been enough for us. But...
Car of the Year 2014: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
Flying High The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante does not need an ejection seat, concealed machine guns, or tire-slashing wheel spinners. Even without...
Car of the Year 2014 No. 5: BMW M6 Gran Coupe
Dual Purpose The handsome, quick, and practical BMW M6 Gran Coupe placed first among the four-door vehicles at this year’s Car of the Year contest—...
Car of the Year 2014: Bentley Flying Spur
Continental Divide While some may carp about the size, price, and decadent details of Bentley cars, knowing souls concur that the company has always...
Car of the Year 2014: Porsche Cayman S
A Cut Above Porsche seems to have cast the Cayman as an automotive Cinderella, forcing it to assume a subservient role to its domineering 911...
Car of the Year 2014: Porsche Panamera Turbo
Daily Beast Porsche was the only brand with two horses in the 2014 Car of the Year competition, and the Panamera Turbo placed immediately behind the...
Car of the Year 2014: Jaguar F-Type V8 S
Back in the Game It had been a long time since Jaguar built a sports car—some four decades, in fact. This hiatus came after the company had produced...
Car of the Year 2014: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
Happy Return S tingray , a Chevrolet designation first given to a Corvette in 1963, has become a synonym for daring GM design, legendary Detroit...
Car of the Year 2014: Mercedes-Benz S550
Hidden Treasures The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which has been in production longer than any other current luxury sedan (officially since 1972),...
Car of the Year 2014: Maserati Quattroporte GTS
Siren Song No longer content with selling a few thousand cars per year in the United States, Maserati is expanding its model line to broaden its...
Car of the Year 2014: Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography
Signature Comfort The luckiest judges were the ones whose final drive was in the Range Rover Autobiography. After nine hours of exhilaration spikes...
Car of the Year 2014: SRT Viper GTS
Snake Bit The fifth-generation Viper, the flagship of Chrysler’s Street & Racing Technology (SRT) division, represents three years of...
Car of the Year 2014: Steering Committee
OUR SPONSORS Robb Report wishes to thank the following companies for their support of the 2014 Car of the Year event: Carl F. Bucherer , Chopard ,...
High Time for Sri Lanka
The GippsAero GA8 Airvan floats nimbly through the clouds, sweeping over the paddies and craggy mountains of the Sri Lankan countryside. Traveling...
A Voyager, Even Now
At the beginning of the 20th century, the maker of the most stylish and practical custom luggage in Paris was not Louis Vuitton or Goyard, but...
Jessica McCormack’s Victorian townhouse looks like a tasteful private residence in London’s posh Mayfair district, but this address happens to be...
Last July, when Jerome Lambert was named CEO of the German luxury-goods maker Montblanc, the first task he set for himself was to impose a cohesive...
Sea of Green
Most yacht owners like the idea of eco-friendly design, but in practice few are willing to sacrifice comfort or performance in the name of cutting...
Show and Sell
The organizers of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance have huge ambitions for their event, whose inaugural edition was held in January at the Arizona...
Building luxury hotels in Gilded Age New York became a habit for the Astors. The family’s first foray into the field was made by John Jacob Astor,...
As the founder and owner of Tropicsurf, Ross Phillips travels the planet in search of the surfing world’s most elusive species: a good break with no...
Known for its decadent chocolates and fine timepieces, Geneva recently added to its arsenal of indulgences with the debut of the world’s first Spa...
Dumplings and Fireworks
The soup dumplings at RedFarm, a new restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, could not be more authentic. The wrappers are supple and tender, the...
The simple but balanced sidecar, perhaps the best-known Cognac-based libation, is widely believed to have originated in early 20th-century Paris, at...
It seemed only a matter of time before the market for Masters memorabilia reflected the annual feeding frenzy for Masters tickets. A turning point...
From the Editors April 2014: Wheels and Fortunes
Aficionados of our annual Car of the Year competition understand that certain machines have souls—and hearts. These individuals hear in the rev of a...
The Son of a fundamentalist preacher, Kermit Lynch found his calling in the pursuit of pleasure—and inspired a cult following of his own. Starting...
Design Portfolio: Grand Touring
The 212 cemented Ferrari’s reputation as the sports-car maker for affluent driving enthusiasts and gentlemen racers. Ferrari produced the 212 from...
Design Portfolio: Truss Fun
About 15 years ago, David Jensen—a civil-engineering professor at Brigham Young University—invented IsoTruss, a sturdy, three-dimensional, open-...
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