New & Noteworthy

In the hell-blasts and volcanic glare of Midwestern furnaces, the modern mass-produced automobile was born. Into gigantic structures in which whole city blocks could be spaciously laid out, the raw...
Two of Northern California’s top destinations— Meadowood Napa Valley and the Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley—have created a special Wintering in Wine Countries package that gives...
Since it debuted in September 2009 and wafted into U.S. showrooms midway through 2010, the Rolls-Royce Ghost has outsold the brand’s flagship Phantom (available in a standard sedan, long-wheelbase...
Zero George is a charming new boutique hotel that opened in Charleston, S.C., last month. The hotel’s 18 rooms and suites occupy four beautifully restored residences in the city’s historic...
During the 17th century, Peruvians became some of the first people to distill grapes in the Americas. As a result, the grape brandy pisco was born, its name derived from the Port of Pisco whence it...
In celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas is hosting a three-day culinary event (February 14 to 16) that showcases the cuisine and historic service from the Diaoyutai...
The well-known scotch brand Johnnie Walker has opened a four-story club in Beijing where its devoted patrons can taste and purchase rare whiskies, participate in blending sessions, host private...
During the second week of January, the technology world converged in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), now in its 45th year. The 2013 show set a record in terms of exhibition space,...
The only thing worse than going to a trade convention in Las Vegas is the indignity of flying a commercial airline to get there. The litany of horrors includes airport parking, TSA groping, an...
Serendipity played its part in the evolution of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. The first happy accident occurred in 1969, when founder Warren Winiarski met Nathan Fay, the first grower to plant Cabernet...
When the Swatch Group announced its acquisition of Harry Winston in mid-January, it came as a surprise to most industry insiders, and the move may have important consequences for collectors who have...
Although the tourbillon has been housed in many forms in recent years, Ralph Lauren is the first company to adapt the mechanical watch complication to a style that might be described as “American...
All the traditional decorative arts in watchmaking—engraving, guillochage, enameling, and jeweling—have been mixed together freely since the birth of the craft. In fact, it was during this early...
At 120 feet, the semicustom Canados 120 ( www.canados.com ) is the largest yacht from the 60-plus-year-old Italian shipyard. Canados delivered the first example last year to a Russian owner who...
As a response to the rise in wireless identity theft, the luggage maker Tumi has introduced the Ticon Collection ( www.tumi.com ), which features the company’s ID Lock technology. Identity thieves...
A main-street fixture for 123 years, Hotel Jerome has been a hub of Aspen’s social scene since the 19th-century mining days. This winter—after joining Auberge Resorts and closing for a four-and-a-...
"Bruno Moinard’s a magician," says Sabina Belli, a former general manager of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, "just look at this!" We are à table in the dining room of Hôtel du Marc, the Champagne house’s...
The designer Franco Eyramian’s buffalo-horn sunglasses (top, $3,500; middle and bottom, $5,500 each) lend polish to even the most casual beachwear. Featuring dramatic architectural lines that hark...
The traditional smoking slipper has evolved from loungewear to a stylish shoe for day or evening. Paired with jeans or evening attire, a new crop of signature slippers reflect every personality, with...
Ekorian’s Mugie Camp opened in Kenya’s Mugie Sanctuary, which is located near both Mugie Dam and Mount Kenya. Situated on 22,000 acres, the sanctuary is home to over 70 species of mammals and many...
For the first time in five years, Rhum Clément —the world’s leading producer of Martinique’s rhum agricole (rum, primarily from the French West Indies, that has been distilled from fresh sugarcane...
Romeo Sozzi, the designing patriarch of the Lake Como–based furniture family that owns Promemoria , has unveiled Giacomo, an elegant modern take on the iconic partner desk. Originally invented for...
Land Rover’s new SUV flagship, the 2013 Range Rover, is sure to become the poster vehicle for drivers who seek unbridled luxury along with maximum utility.
Even back in the days when he was producing La Gloria Cubana, Ernesto Perez-Carrillowas not known for creating mild cigars. Now that he has established his own company, Perez-Carrillo maintains that...
More than 180 international art galleries, art dealers, and jewelers will be presenting prized pieces at the annual Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, and Antique Show , held February 15 to 19 at the Palm...
Fairmont the Palm is the latest hotel to land on the Palm Jumierah, Dubai—the world’s largest artificial island, in the shape of a palm tree. The property features 381 rooms and suites, many with...
When Porsche first launched the Cayman model back in 2006, it was well received by performance purists around the world. Some critics even stated that the car was better balanced, thanks in large...
If you cannot decide what cuff links to wear, Brioni has created a clever concept that delivers six options in one design. The new white-gold cuff links ($3,900) come with six interchangeable mother-...
Perrelet ’s Diamond Flower diamond-encrusted stainless-steel watch on a red crocodile strap ($9,250) is an ideal way to savor time. Featured for Valentine’s Day, the feminine-styled watch features...
The London-based artist Alexandra Llewellyn ’s bespoke backgammon tables—which may be fashioned from rare materials including ebonized ash and ferns from the British countryside, and can be...

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