New & Noteworthy

Lillian Bassman ’s 1950s-era black-and-white fashion pictures of confident, well-dressed women were bound to come back into style. Fortunately, she lived to see them embraced as fine art. After her...
The new fragrance from the House of Sillage is making a statement as much with the fragrance as with its glittering limited-edition bottle, which is covered in 491 fully faceted Swarovski crystals,...
A remodeled 120-year-old palazzo is now an intimate nine-room resort, the Palazzo Margherita, which opened March 1 in the Southern Italian town of Bernalda. The hotel is decorated with hand-painted...
Fortieth birthdays seem to be often accompanied by a blow-out celebration, a fact that is apparently true even when the celebrant is a watch. The many friends of Audemars Piguet ’s Royal Oak can wish...
Charlie Palmer’s annual Pigs & Pinot event may be sold out, but now through April guests of the Hotel Healdsburg in California’s Russian River Valley can have their own Pigs & Pinot weekend...
Fashioning a custom suit from qiviuk, the wool from the downy underbelly of a rare Canadian musk ox, is a complicated task even for the most competent tailor. The cashmere-like wool is composed of...
At the Detroit Auto Show, a month before Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, Audi unveiled a concept vehicle that had more than a few cold-weather-lovers daydreaming of six more weeks of winter...
Madrid’s Villa Magna is offering VIP access to the city’s famed Prado Museum, along with expert art guides, and insight into Spain’s rich art history. Priced from $14,560 a night, the Prado package...
In 1887 William Grant fulfilled a lifelong dream by filling his first cask of Glenfiddich whisky, which has since become one of the best-selling single malts in the world. To celebrate the 125th...
About 400 miles northwest of Bangkok,Thailand, 137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai, opened March 10. Surrounded by Thai forests with lady palm and mimosa trees, the 123-year-old teak structure was once an...
One of the last initiatives of Luigi “Gino” Macaluso, the respected CEO of Girard-Perregaux who passed away last year, was to institute a program for the development of chiming watches. This most...
Waldorf Astoria’s Trianon Palace Versailles , which overlooks the gardens of the Château de Versailles in France, has developed a creative and luxurious way for guests to unwind. With the new Five...
Be one of the lucky few to judge nine of the Bay Area’s best sommeliers as they compete at the 2012 Farmhouse Wine Dinner Series: Clash of the Sommeliers—an ultimate, four-night wine-pairing...
The mere mention of mezcal—a distillate made from agaves roasted in rock-lined earthen pits—often conjures up images of smoky cantinas and even smokier liquids being poured into dusty glasses. Not so...
It would take a genuinely devoted Aston Martin aficionado to remember a dramatic concept car from 1979 called the Bulldog. With gullwing-style doors and a wildly futuristic wedge shape, the car...
On a morning in July 1868, British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron’s breakfast was interrupted by the news that her neighbor, the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, had arrived with a gentleman and...
The newest phone from Vertu, the $12,000 Constellation Quest Ferrari, takes its design cues from the Italian carmaker’s 458 Italia supercar and offers a handful of new features geared toward the...
Easily identified by its five cupolas and rooftop lawn, the new Hotel Muse officially opened February 29. Rising 25 stories above Langsuan Road, an elite residential area in the business district of...
When Ardie Ulukaya launched the 34 Heritage denim brand in the United States just over a year ago, the goal was to create a gentleman’s pant collection that combined the casual look and feel of jeans...
With a substantial black ceramic case and a no-nonsense military webbing strap, the new IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Miramar edition ($18,200) is clearly intended to be the toughest-looking pilot’s...
Fifty years ago, Ferrari introduced what was to become one of the world’s most valuable collectible cars, the Ferrari 250 GTO. The 3-liter V-12 engine suffered only two losses in its three-year...
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Private Bar by Porsche Design Studio ( www.johnniewalker.com ) brings Porsche-like speed and precision to the fine art of preparing a drink. Walk up to the bar and...
Jack Row Exclusive Writing Instruments debuted its inaugural design, Architect ( www.jackrow.com ), in October at Harrods of Knightsbridge London. Row, a 26-year-old goldsmith based in Birmingham,...
It is an axiom that as much as 80 percent of a cigar’s flavor comes from its wrapper. But what if that wrapper were made of pure gold? That was the burning question at last year’s International...
Passing through the massive wrought-iron gates of Antico Setificio Fiorentino—the ancient silk mill located in the Oltrarno district of Florence, Italy—is like stepping back centuries.
Before Heritage Auctions acquired the estate of Garth Montgomery Williams, Ed Jaster—a senior vice president at the auction house—was not familiar with the artist. "I had never heard of him," he...
Only a handful of Napa Valley’s legendary wines have been around for more than a decade or two, most having been introduced in the 1980s and 1990s, when the success of a few Cabernet Sauvignon–based...
Sarah Besnainou believes that jewelry, like love, is eternal. The Parisian designer’s brand, Eternamé ( www.neapolitanonline.com ), which means "make me eternal" in Greek, comprises colorful, bold...
As an air force fighter pilot in the Vietnam War, Forrest Fenn flew 328 missions and was shot down twice. After the war, he and his wife, Peggy, settled in Santa Fe, N.M., and founded what would...
It is a blazingly clear winter night in Southern California, and on the private terrace at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, a long dining table shimmers with white orchids and floating candles. A...

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