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Italian boatbuilder Revolver designed its inaugural model, the Revolver 42 ( www.revolverboats.com ), as something of a crossover between powerboats and weekend cruisers. Powerboat fans might...
TRADITIONAL VALUE In silhouette and when viewed from either end, the Virage Volante appears no different from Aston Martin’s DBS and DB9. Indeed, the cars’ shape has been around since Sean Connery...
"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world,” observed George Bernard Shaw. “Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people...
The Azimut-Benetti Group introduced its Azimut Grande series—a collection of highly customizable planing vessels measuring 100 feet and longer—in January 2011. At the time, the line consisted of the...
NO APOLOGIES By any measure or comparison of weight and size, the Continental GTC is excessive. Without passengers it weighs almost three tons. It is longer than most primer sailboats. Manufacturing...
Engineers at the Austrian audio company AKG spent several years developing the AKG K3003 ( www.akg.com ), a $1,300 pair of earbuds that offers the detail and imaging of circumaural headphones in a...
The latest collaboration between boutique watchmaker Greubel-Forsey and jeweler Harry Winston, the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 3 ( www.harrywinston.com ) packs almost every advanced...
FIVE-DOOR COUPE With little noise and even less posturing, Audi has caught up with its fellow Germans Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz in just about every car category. Now with the thoroughly...
Specialty foods purveyor Petrossian ( www.petrossian.com ), which has nearly a century of experience in the caviar trade, introduced in November two versatile variations on its coveted roe. Made from...
Over the centuries, watchmakers have exploited nearly every conceivable technique for the design and decoration of timepieces; thus, when Philippe Delhotal, artistic and creative director of Hermès’...
An Italian automobile-company executive said in the late 1990s that if you cannot afford a Ferrari, you could always buy a Maserati. He could justify his condescension, for at the time Maseratis were...
Opened in late November in New York’s Soho neighborhood, the Louis Vuitton Travel Room (212.274.9090) stocks an impressive selection of the brand’s travel trunks, luggage, accessories, and clothing...
A Swedish firearms maker that has produced limited-edition hunting rifles displaying design themes ranging from the Vikings to Ernest Hemingway, VO Vapen ( www.vovapen.com ) recently introduced its...
That the most outrageous Lamborghini ever made was chosen Car of the Year by a vote of nearly two to one is remarkable. Granted, the Aventador LP 700-4 is a stellar achievement—as a design exercise...
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...
When an antiques dealer showed Nico Landrigan a cabochon-sapphire brooch from the late 19th century, it was with the hope that Landrigan would buy the ornament simply to harvest its 30-carat...
1999 Lamborghini Diablo GT After nearly a decade of production, Lamborghini’s awe-inspiring Diablo supercar reached its performance pinnacle as the super-rare Diablo GT, a so-called street version of...
Anyone who has ever been to a Brazilian churrascaria knows to bring an appetite. On a late-August evening, aircraft manufacturer Embraer hosted a dinner at one of these steakhouses near the company’s...
Margo Petitti was working toward her degree in landscape architecture when a friend in the men’s tailored clothing business handed her some discontinued fabric swatches and challenged her to do...
Arriving on the heels of Constellation Audio’s $345,000 cost-is-no-object Reference system—which launched in stages last year and pushes the limits of high fidelity—comes the Southern California...
Typically, automobile manufacturers will ratchet up a car’s performance from year to year to keep enthusiasm at a boil: bigger engine, more power, more speed. Bentley is about to take a somewhat...
From the first BMW Art Car, created by American artist Alexander Calder and commissioned by French racing driver Hervé Poulain in 1975, to important drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt van...

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