New & Noteworthy

Owned by Heineken International, Amster­dam’s De L’Europe was the favorite hotel of the Dutch beer brewer’s engaging CEO Alfred “Freddy” Heineken. So when the company embarked on a down-to-the-studs...
1960 Fiat 600 Jolly A version of the Fiat 600 custom-built by Italian coachbuilder Ghia, the Jolly attracted owners from Lyndon Johnson to Aristotle Onassis, the latter of whom kept one on his yacht...
The original residents of 701 Stone Canyon Road—one of Los Angeles’ most enviable addresses—did not have their names emblazoned on movie-theater marquees or spelled out in wrought-iron filigree above...
Our Bentley-hosted Croatian caper begins at the Hotel Monte Mulini, a 2-year-old structure of chrome, glass, and blond marble near the cobblestoned fishing village of Rovinj, on the Istrian Peninsula...
A lot has changed at Petit St. Vincent since the 115-acre Caribbean private-island resort closed for renovations last summer. But the local code at the resort, which reopened in November, remains the...
Three bottles of the recently released Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky 1907 are included in the Alfred Dunhill Antarctic Whisky Cabinet ( www.dunhill.com ). The Mackinlay has the flavor and...
There’s no denying that even straight off the showroom floor, the new-for-2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS—the automaker’s supremely stylish “four-door coupe”—is a prodigious performer. The 402 hp CLS550 will...
Be forewarned: this is not your typical Laphroaig , an Islay single malt usually known for its rock ’em–sock ’em, heavily iodined smoky characteristics. Your first hint is the bottle itself, which is...
Tierra Patagonia, the sister property to Tierra Atacama, opened on December 20 on the shores of Lake Sarmiento. The property features 37 rooms, three two-story suites, and five apartments that sleep...
Most travelers who view the animals in Africa and Antarctica capture the sights in photographs, but Hamish Mackie goes further. The British wildlife artist brings his camera into the field, but he...
Approximately $10 million worth of ancient Greek coins will be auctioned off by the Classical Numismatic Group on January 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, as a part of an international...
Esplanade, a new collection of bath furniture and fixtures from the renowned German firm Duravit, may have been named for the grand old boulevards of Paris, but the collection actually telegraphs a...
Patina restaurant in downtown Los Angeles is kicking off the New Year with three black truffle dinners on January 10, 11, and 12 for up to 240 guests per night. Patina will offer three-, five-, and...
The Bellagio resort and casinoinLas Vegas is opening a 12,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor nightlife venue, Hyde Lounge Bellagio , on New Year’s Eve. Modeled after an Italian villa, the massive space...
Inspired by the sartorial stars of London’s Savile Row, Absolut released its classic vodka in a brand-new suit. The Absolut Crystal Pinstripe bottle is hand-blown by fellow Swedish company Reijmyre,...
With the paint hardly dry on the luscious Karma plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, California-based upstart Fisker Automotive —helmed by the gifted and prolific designer Henrik Fisker (BMW Z8, Aston...
When it comes to single malt, most people think of the Scottish Highlands. However, Scotland’s three remaining Lowland distilleries typically produce much gentler whiskies. Most notable of these is...
As Aston Martin reconsiders its AMR-One LMP1 sports car racing project, Jaeger-LeCoultre ’s new AMVOX5 World Chronograph LMP1 ($20,900) continues waving the green flag. Engineered with an easy-to-...
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas opened last month on Saadiyat Island, a small landmass less than a mile off Abu Dhabi’s coast with white-sand beaches, natural mangrove forests, and a protected...
When it comes to easy operation, WideaLab’s handsome, one-piece Aurender S10 music storage and playback system is among the leaders in the field. This newcomer to the music server market supports...
Polish catamaran builder Sunreef Yachts has a pair of new semicustom models on the drawing board. The first, the 60 Sunreef Power, is currently under construction and scheduled to launch in May;...
In creating the 2008 Ovid Napa Valley ($185), head winemaker Austin Peterson implemented a new technology that allowed him to enhance the wine well before its debut this fall. Developed by Oakland,...
For the first time, all 11 Gagosian galleries around the world will host the same show at the same time when Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 opens on January 12. The ambitious...
The all-new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 represents the pinnacle of Italian design, dynamism, and passion from the raging bull brand of Sant’Agata. But for those who feel the car’s projected...
Acclaimed craft bourbon distillery Woodford Reserve continues its tradition of turning out innovative, limited-edition spirits with its sixth Master’s Collection release. Called the Rare Rye...
Centrally located near the Kremlin and Red Square, the InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya opened this month with 203 rooms (from $850 per night), including three penthouse suites (price upon request...
On December 15, Jumeirah Vittaveli will open in the Maldives. The resort has 91 villas and suites (from $1,143 to $10,000 per night), each with its own private pool, private massage room, direct...
When Amber Doyle and Jake Mueser opened their signature boutique, Doyle Mueser , earlier this year, the Fashion Institute of Technology grads were banking on the notion that young urban men (and...
Those who favor ice in their Scotch will no doubt find a kinship with this replicated bottle of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky, the spirit Irish explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton selected to...
Private air travel provider Flexjet leads the industry in terms of offering rare and unique travel experiences. Its Flexjet 25 Jet Card program, which is operated by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions,...

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