New & Noteworthy

Petit St. Vincent, a 115-acre private island in the Caribbean’s Grenadines, reopened on November 1 with a new beach bar and restaurant, a hillside spa, and 22 refurbished cottages ($1,050 per night,...
Nearly 80 international designers and artists, including Damien Hirst and Maarten Baas, created their expressions and interpretations of the concept of time for a Panerai -sponsored exhibit, “O’Clock...
Bringing restaurant kitchen features into the home and promoting the concept of a “professional” cooking environment has long been the goal of Arclinea, the Italian firm working in collaboration with...
The St. Regis Tianjin opened October 30 as that city’s first hotel to offer butler service for all guests. Located in northern China, about a 30-minute bullet-train ride from Beijing, the 18-story...
For the first time, Italian designer Giorgio Armani is integrating precious metals and exotic leathers into sunglass and eyewear collections. The new line features hand-finished glasses in two...
As a part of the Four Seasons’ new collection of professionally led wellness and cultural events, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea is offering a new surf camp package (from $5,000 per person) that...
Private island retreat Azura is adding a second Mozambique retreat to its repertoire. After a six-month, $2.5 million renovation of the former Quilalea lodge, Azura at Quilalea Private Island opened...
With Johnnie Walker’s first release since launching its top-of-the-line Blue Label King George V edition in 2007, the blended-Scotch-whisky maker is taking new strides. The Johnnie Walker Double...
It just got a little more fun to dine at Scarpetta, the Italian restaurant at the Montage Beverly Hills , with the hotel’s new Be Our Guest package, which offers guests one complimentary night at the...
Hutton Wilkinson, the 30-year business partner of jewelry designer Tony Duquette, carries on his late colleague’s legacy of one-of-a-kind, artistic fine jewelry pieces through his own designs and,...
To comprehend the motivation for the Maserati Kubang , unveiled as a production-aimed “concept” at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, one need look no further than Stuttgart, Germany, where Porsche’s...
Sony introduced its first 4K digital film projector—4K refers to the number of horizontal pixels of screen resolution: approximately 4,000—at the recent Custom Electronic Design & Installation...
A few tickets are still left for the maiden world cruise of Seabourn Quest , the newest addition to the Seabourn Cruise Line fleet. This 225-suite cruise ship—which features four dining venues, six...
Known for its stylish jewelry and watches, Bulgari is using its gold and gemstones in a new collection of sunglasses and optical frames named Le Gemme that is being unveiled in stores this month. The...
Joseph Kurstin’s first netsuke was inexpensive and unattractive. But after five decades, the piece is still part of his collection, which now numbers some 800 examples of the Japanese art form. The...
Rich, extracted, full of fresh acidity, and rife with wild-honey, spice, and ginger notes, the Raats Family 2009 Chenin Blanc is powerful, elegant, and uniquely South African. Part of what makes...
It is an hour before midnight, and a large crescent moon has risen above San Miguel de Allende. The clangs of a church bell mark the hour, but silence soon returns to the Mexican city’s historic core...
A final set of admonishments prompted the expected groans of displeasure as we prepared to drive Lamborghini’s latest and maybe last versions of the Gallardo on the track at New York’s Monticello...
Oliver Cromwell may have famously instructed artists to depict him "warts and all," but he had nothing to worry about when Samuel Cooper painted his portrait. Cooper ranked among the greatest...
Kaleidescape, a leading producer of home movie servers and playback systems, has devised a component that eliminates inconveniences associated with Blu-ray Disc viewing while also addressing movie-...
Photography by David Roemer. Styling by Christopher Campbell. Formal attire once meant strictly black tailcoats—no exceptions—until one memorable evening in October 1886, when a few rebels attending...
The escort swipes his security card past the magnet, and the door opens. Then a second secured door, and a third. At last, we arrive in a small salon in the inner sanctum of Christie’s New York,...
A panicked school of fish inspired the mechanical display that Denis Giguet designed for the Harry Winston Opus Eleven ( www.harrywinston.com ). The 42-year-old Frenchman, who worked on Opus editions...
From Hublot Genève, the watch company and oft official timekeeper of downhill racing events, comes the $10,500 Hublot Sledge ( www.hublot.com ). Created in collaboration with Graf Sleds and the ECAL...
Standing 3 feet tall and weighing 30 pounds apiece, the Danish-made Dali Fazon F5 speakers ( www.dali-speakers.com ) sound even bigger. The pair packs punch and precision from 49 to 23,000 Hz, thanks...
Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s aphorism "Less is more" certainly applies to the Ferrari 458 Spider ( www.ferrari.com ), which is scheduled to arrive in North America early next year. The Spider...
A new collection of 40 one-of-a-kind designs, the Ultimate Adornments by Harry Winston ( www.harrywinston.com ) references key people in the brand’s 79-year history as well as cultural ideals of...
The Azimut 45 ( www.azimutyachts.com ) features the most adjustable configuration in the Italian builder’s flybridge collection. The 45-foot weekend cruiser boasts a nearly 130-square-foot upper deck...
A plucky Birmingham, Ala., upstart is on track to deliver the next great American sport touring motorcycle. Engineered with assistance from automotive speed shop Pratt & Miller, the Motus MST and...
The commander of the angels, the archangel Michael, appears on the barrel of the Tibaldi Sanctus Michael Archangelus ( www.tibaldi.it ) pen. The resin image depicts Michael bearing a sword, spear,...

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