New & Noteworthy

It seems that the horsepower wars are far from over. On the same day that GM unveiled the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford pulled the wraps off its 650 hp 2013...
Although the private club remains alive and well (see "Nightlife Ascending," page 113), at no point in history did it play so significant a part in determining one’s social destiny as in 19th-century...
In 1858, a french botanist named Henri Mouhot set off on a journey to Southeast Asia that began with a miserable four months at sea and continued with a trek beset by monsoons, floods, feverish heat...
If Ferrari can be moved to design a station wagon and Porsche pressured into offering a sedan and a hybrid supercar, then it should startle no one to learn that Range Rover has built an SUV that is...
When word spread that hotelier Ian Schrager had taken control of Chicago’s aging Ambassador East Hotel and its ground-floor restaurant, the Pump Room, the city collectively gasped. In the minds of...
The famous grand hotel in Amsterdam reopened in June as part of Sofitel’s new Legend brand. This collection from the French hospitality company includes the Metropole Hanoi in Vietnam, Egypt’s Old...
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...
Caps shaped liked a feminine neckline and engraved with the double-G royal monogram reference the inspiration for the Montblanc Princesse Grace de Monaco collection ( www.montblanc.com ). The series...
Like its closed-top sibling, the Hedonist Open ( www.artofkinetik.com ) is 62 feet long and achieves a top speed of 48 mph, courtesy of three MAN r6 800hp engines paired with three Rolls-Royce water...
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...
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...
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...
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,...

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