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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...
Replicating success can be a tricky proposition—just look to the many disappointing Hollywood sequels as evidence. Indeed, hoteliers Philippe Capezzone and Stanley Fink faced a tall task when they...
Scheduled at press time for a February launch in the United States, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) is as solid as a pillbox but styled with typical AMG flair. The 2012 edition of...
LIGHTING IT UP Audi may have started the LED craze, but on this second generation of the car that launched the four-door-coupe category, Mercedes-Benz has made an art form of the headlights and tail...
if you visited Baltimore during the 1970s, you may have been offered a bracelet for which you could purchase charms at local attractions. Though short-lived, this promotional gimmick earned the...
SHORT-CIRCUITED BY THE NUMBERS Yes, the Volt is an honest and well-meaning effort to preserve our global resources and save the polar ice caps. Granted, this plug-in hybrid did not melt its batteries...
Sequels rarely measure up to the originals (the Rocky movies, any works by Warhol), but Mercedes-Benz has a history of producing second-generation winners.
Photography by Blair Getz Mezibov; Styling by Christopher Campbell; Photographed at the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, New York Photo 1: Cesare Attolini wool jacket, $5,275, linen shirt, $525, and...
MUSCLE MEMORIES For its 6-speed stick shift alone, the Mustang Boss 302 deserves an award: In this year’s competition, it was the only car brandishing a genuine manual gearbox. Though as archaic as a...
The easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles, Barbados—or "Little England," as it is known—has long lured vacationers with its white-sand beaches, a vibrant cultural scene, and the legendary Sandy...
TOO SMOOTH With the 650i, BMW may be risking its reputation as the builder of the ultimate driving machines. It may well have constructed the best-looking convertible and definitely the most stylish...
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...
PICK OF THE LITTER With its dazzling French racing-blue paint job and enough flaps and fins to excite envy in a plecostomus , Jaguar’s hooligan took many judges by surprise. Its supercharged V-8 is a...
In the mid-1800s, Count Lemmo Rossi Scotti purchased a 13th-century fortress located halfway between Rome and Florence, in Perugia. A celebrated painter known for his exceptionally realistic military...
SPORT, UTILITY, AND VALUE The Grand Cherokee SRT8 seems poised to intimidate the proliferation of luxury SUVs from Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Range Rover. At half the price of its competitors,...
The following Robb Report readers were among the guests who joined the magazine’s editors and writers in driving, evaluating, and ranking the 2012 Car of the Year candidates. Arie Adler Jim Allen...
Before the Greek debt crisis, in the rosy glow that followed the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, a self-made shipping magnate named Vassilis Constantakopoulos began to realize a long-held dream. As far...
POLARIZED POSITIONS For those of us old enough to call it a Datsun, the Nissan GT-R is a revelation. It is not surprising that Godzilla, as the car is otherwise known, left a number of our judges in...
Speed can be habit forming, and motorists who overindulge in the ecstasies of acceleration are apt to meet the same peculiar fate: a career as a professional racecar driver. One such velocity addict...
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...

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