New & Noteworthy

In 2003, I was among the first guests to experience the Spa Montage Surrender at Southern California’s Montage Laguna Beach. So when I was recently offered a similar opportunity at the resort’s...
A French footwear designer known for his brand’s sky-high stilettos has opened his first men’s-only boutique, in Paris. Christian Louboutin ( www.christianlouboutin.com ), located across from the...
Now on view in Hong Kong is the future of five-star hotels. Opened in September, Hotel Icon is a 262-room tower operated by the hotel school of Hong Kong Poly­technic University. The school runs the...
More than a few eyebrows were raised among the collectors who gathered recently in Dubai at the world’s largest suspended aquarium for the unveiling of Blancpain’s latest timepiece: The revelation...
Thanks to the English mobile-phone maker’s first-ever touchscreen, the Vertu Constellation ( www.vertu.com ) offers easier access to Vertu’s concierge services. The 3.5-inch high-definition AMOLED...
Brian Paul was walking off the 14th green at Kukui‘ula when he spotted the tail. Paul, the head golf pro at this new Tom Weiskopf–designed course on Kauai, is accustomed to seeing humpback whales in...
After purchasing an unremarkable mid-1990s house in a private enclave of Los Angeles in 2008, the new owners—an investor; his wife, a philanthropist; and their two children—were faced with the...
NAD Electronics, a 40-year-old supplier of audiophile-grade components, has launched VISO, a sub-brand that focuses on wireless digital music systems. VISO’s first product, the $700 VISO 1, has the...
First came the original Redbreast 12 Year Old—mellow, floral, chill filtered, and bottled at 80 proof. Then we saw the reintroduction of the once-elusive non-chill filtered 92-proof Redbreast 15 Year...
As long as humans have been forming gold into precious objects, goldsmiths have struggled to offset the metal’s softness. Traditionally, this issue has been addressed by alloying gold with other...
When the owner of the 121-foot expedition yacht Jasmin wanted a new yacht, he envisioned the features that made her a hit on the charter circuit, with a few twists. E&E is the result, measuring...
Canada’s first Trump-branded hotel redefines the skyline of the country’s largest city. The 60-story Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, which opened on January 31, is easily identified by...
Christie’s Richard Lloyd got a stark demonstration of David Hockney’s popularity when he tried to convince collectors of the artist’s work to part with choice pieces for a Hockney-only auction that...
Be one of the lucky few to secure a seat at an exclusive, five-course pairing dinner at La Mer restaurant at Halekulani hotel in Waikiki on February 4. For the event, Halekulani is flying in wines...
Triumphs Inside the Watch Industry’s Eastward Lean SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie), the most luxury oriented of the annual Swiss watch shows, has always been a tantalizing...
The Tides Riviera Maya has reopened this month as the Viceroy Riviera Maya, now featuring 41 villas on a six-acre property. Of the 11 new villas added, two of them are beachfront, offering...
In the early 20th century, Leica revolutionized the photography industry with the handheld Ur-Leica 35 mm film camera. Now, almost 100 years later, the German company maintains its focus on compact...
One of today’s greatest challenges for automakers is developing innovative and viable alternatives to gasoline-powered engines. Several hybrid and electric options have hit the market over the past...
To ring in the New Year, the three winemaking branches of the Rothschild family are introducing Champagne to the U.S. market. The three varietals, aptly named the Barons de Rothschild Brut, Blanc de...
After planning the wedding, the next big decision is the honeymoon, and Absolute Travel , a company that specializes in custom excursions, has just made that process easier and more personal. It has...
The latest semicustom model from Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo bridges the gap between the Italian yard’s SL88 and SL104 models. The new yacht reflects Sanlorenzo’s efforts to employ some big-boat...
African-American fine art, a long underemphasized niche, receives its due twice a year at New York’s Swann Auction Galleries . Swann’s next African-American fine art auction, set for February 16,...
Now you can compare and share your ski stats through your smart phone with Zeal Optics’ Z3 Live—the company’s latest model of technologically advanced ski goggles to hit the market. Zeal Optics,...
In spite of the fact it has a distilling history as old as Cognac, as unfettered as single-malt Scotch, and as American as bourbon, no one takes moonshine seriously. But that is about to change,...
Expectations always run high at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas in January, where the industry unveils its latest and greatest products and innovations. The higher-end...
Attention, thrill-seekers and advanced skiers. The Little Nell ski resort in Aspen, Colo., is offering two new heli-skiing adventures through March 25. Starting at about $19,000, up to four guests...
It’s been almost two decades since a new model Alfa Romeo has rolled off a showroom floor here in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean that the Italian manufacturer does not want to offer its highly...
Bourbon and Cognac are two classic digestifs, so it would only make sense for Heaven Hill ’s fifth release of Parker’s Heritage Collection, limited bottlings that showcase sixth-generation master...
A $3.8 million sculpture will be the standout piece among more than 80 important medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque objects at the exhibition Collecting Treasures of the Past VII, on view at the...
Fabled audio designer Nelson Pass, who founded Pass Laboratories in 1991, has taken another step forward in his quest for the purest and most natural sound possible from solid-state gear. Already...

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