New & Noteworthy

Produced by sustainably farmed Acipenser naccarii sturgeon raised in naturally cold ponds near Granada, Spain, PSN Almas Ara caviar ( www.artisanalfoods.com ) is as close to organic as caviar comes...
You might need a Christmas tree with braces instead of just branches to hang the 13.4-pound, $900 La Maison du Chocolat Mendiant Ornament and Work of Art ( www.lamaisonduchocolat.us ). The tasty...
Famous for pioneering the small-wheel bicycle, England’s Moulton Bicycle Company has launched a new model that harks back to the firm’s start in the swinging Sixties. The $6,500 stainless-steel...
Chrysler has brought its Jeep brand into the high-performance SUV ring with the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 ( www.drivesrt.com ). On a par with Germany’s best SUVs and priced from $55,300, the SRT8...
This fall—just six months after launching its first boat, a 42-foot weekend cruiser—Wider Yachts introduced plans for the much larger Wider 150. The yacht will draw power from a hybrid propulsion...
Tsavorites arranged in the form of creepers, blue sapphires shaped like leaves, and pink sapphires representing flowers adorn the 18-karat-white-gold case and band of the $215,000 Charles Oudin Paris...
No need to tread lightly on the Edward Barnsley Workshop Mark IV library ladder ( www.barnsley-furniture.co.uk ). It is made from 3,000-year-old bog oak that is strong enough to eliminate the need...
Part of the annual Arizona automobile auction week, the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auction ( www.goodingco.com ) will take place January 20 and 21. As of mid-October, highlights of the sale...
Evan Yurman did not hesitate after receiving a call from a gemstone trader in Thailand last year and learning that a cache of extraordinary blue tourmalines had been uncovered in Africa. Yurman, a...
Did you ever wish for a racecar bed as a kid? Taj Suites and Residences’ 51 Buckingham Gate in London is indulging adult auto enthusiasts with a more mature, luxurious version of their childhood digs...
About a year and a half after unveiling his first hotel venture in Dubai, Italian clothing designer Giorgio Armani opened his second hotel, in Milan, on November 10. The new property, Armani Hotel...
In securing its vaunted reputation for speed and agility, Lotus Cars has generally eschewed big horsepower figures, instead adhering to founder Colin Chapman’s mantra, “To add speed, add lightness.”...
MGallery, a collection of 45 historic properties by Accor, is introducing its first U.K. property—St. Ermin’s Hotel, which inhabits the site of a 15th-century monastery in central London. To coincide...
The steel Manero CentralChrono ($7,100) by Carl F. Bucherer breaks from traditional chronograph design by using centrally mounted hands to track the elapsing minutes and seconds of the stopwatch...
Amsterdam’s former Sweelinck Conservatorium is now home to a 129-room hotel. Fittingly named the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam, the property opened earlier this month. The original structure, which...
As the bucolic Charente River flows silently past the majestic Château Courvoisier, one would hardly guess that the musty Paradis cellars of this historic Cognac house sequester some of the oldest...
Every December, the international art scene convenes in Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach, and the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach , a restored 1953 Morris Lapidus–designed landmark with its own $10 million...
Actor-comedian-musician Dan Aykroyd, a student of the paranormal, created Crystal Head vodka ($50), which is a glacier-clear spirit that provides enlightenment of its own.
Oxygen has been thought to be a benefit to good health ever since Jules Verne envisioned the concept in his 1870 book, Around the Moon, in which the science fiction writer described rooms full of...
Designer Ralph Lauren unveiled a capsule jewelry collection featuring nine stylish Art Deco–inspired pieces at his women’s flagship on Madison Avenue in New York this month. The Modern Art Deco Fine...
JBL has just released its newest iPad/iPod music dock. At $599, the OnBeat Xtreme joins the high-end world of music docks alongside such top contenders as the Bang & Olfusen BeoSound 8 and Bowers...
In an effort to rethink watchmaking for the 21st century, Jorg Hysek of HD3 created the groundbreaking Slyde watch concept, which is born of the smartphone age. Rather than a typical dial with hands...
The Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort and Spa opened in Thailand this month with 44 suites and villas, each with a private plunge pool. The property has a spa, swimming pool, restaurant,...
The first Rocco Forte property located outside of Europe and the first of three in the Middle East, the Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi opened November 7. The luxury British brand’s 13th hotel...
Give the gift of private travel this holiday season, with the newest offering from private air travel provider CitationAir, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cessna Aircraft. A first for the Greenwich,...
A traveling interactive exhibition focusing on haute couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier made its American debut at the Dallas Museum of Art this month. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From...
Surrounded by waterfront shops, cafés, and theaters, the new 18-story Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, which opened on November 14, has 256 rooms and suites (starting at $219 per night), a spa and...
Twenty-odd years of fastidious engineering and unsurpassed quality have put Lexus in the pantheon of luxury automakers. But if there’s been one gripe leveled at Toyota’s luxury division over the...
Troy Adams is widely regarded as the creator of FusionDesign, an amalgam of American, European, and Asian design aesthetics and sensibilities. Now the Los Angeles–based interior designer has opened...
Since its founding in 1949, McIntosh Laboratory has been closely associated with tube amplifiers—and its MC275 tube amp, first introduced in 1961, has remained a favorite among tube-loving...

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