New & Noteworthy

After three decades away from the American market, Fiat is back in a big way with a really small car. The Fiat 500 Abarth made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, replete...
A vast collection of musical instruments and antique cars will be up for auction at RM Auctions and Sotheby’s sale of the Milhous Collection—a compilation of more than five decades’ worth of...
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort opened last month with 243 rooms and suites, each with an expansive terrace overlooking unobstructed ocean views. The hotel property spans nine acres alongside a...
Legendary jewelry brand Fabergé has returned to London with a new boutique for the first time in nearly a century. Located on the corner of Grafton and Bond Streets, the store references its...
For the 125th anniversary of the Geneva Seal ( Poinçon de Genève ), the famous watchmaking manufacturing standard, Swiss watchmaker Chopard has released a commemorative L.U.C XPS timepiece, limited...
When first unveiled in 2003, elit by Stolichnaya vodka justified its $60 premium price with promises of unparalleled purity and crispness delivered by a cold filtration process that makes it easier...
Located in the Rocks district of Sydney’s city center, the Park Hyatt Sydney reopened February 13 after a seven-month renovation. The hotel takes advantage of its sweeping views of the majestic...
Hop from the city to the beach with Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière and its new Fly Me to Deauville package. Guests staying at the Parisian hotel, located on Avenue des Champs-Elysées, will be driven to the...
Seattle-based sports equipment manufacturer K2 has produced top-of-the-line skis for the last four decades, and this year it has teamed up with BMW M, the German brand’s high-performance sector, to...
Among prewar automobiles, Lincoln stands out along with a handful of marques like Packard, Duesenberg, and Cadillac as having defined the early American luxury car scene. It was an era when...
Formula One driver and Audemars Piguet brand ambassador Sébastien Buemi was the inspiration for the Swiss watchmaker’s Royal Oak Offshore Sébastien Buemi limited edition. This most recent...
The original VW Phaeton was not quite ready for prime time when it arrived in the U.S. market back in 2004. It was a bold effort from the German manufacturer to take on the likes of the BMW 7 Series...
Jewelry designer Ivanka Trump has moved her Madison Avenue jewelry store from its swanky Upper East Side location to Mercer Street in SoHo. It’s not just a geographical change; the jewelry reflects a...
Cirrus personal airplanes are known for their roomy interior comfort, and now the 2012 edition provides an even more spacious backseat for up to three passengers. Tweaks to the interior side panels...
With “eco-friendly” a buzz word in everything from cars to hotels, it’s no surprise that a denim company has finally found a way to make recyclable denim. Nudie Post Recycle Dry jeans are fashioned...
Despite its smaller size, Sessa Marine ’s new Flybridge 40, the descendant of last year’s Fly 45, has plenty of legroom. The 40-foot vessel, which has a nearly 13-foot beam, can accommodate up to 12...
When word spread that hotelier Ian Schrager had taken control of Chicago’s aging Ambassador East Hotel and its ground-floor restaurant, the Pump Room, the city collectively gasped. In the minds of...
The famous grand hotel in Amsterdam reopened in June as part of Sofitel’s new Legend brand. This collection from the French hospitality company includes the Metropole Hanoi in Vietnam, Egypt’s Old...
In 2003, I was among the first guests to experience the Spa Montage Surrender at Southern California’s Montage Laguna Beach. So when I was recently offered a similar opportunity at the resort’s...
A French footwear designer known for his brand’s sky-high stilettos has opened his first men’s-only boutique, in Paris. Christian Louboutin ( www.christianlouboutin.com ), located across from the...
Now on view in Hong Kong is the future of five-star hotels. Opened in September, Hotel Icon is a 262-room tower operated by the hotel school of Hong Kong Poly­technic University. The school runs the...
More than a few eyebrows were raised among the collectors who gathered recently in Dubai at the world’s largest suspended aquarium for the unveiling of Blancpain’s latest timepiece: The revelation...
Thanks to the English mobile-phone maker’s first-ever touchscreen, the Vertu Constellation ( www.vertu.com ) offers easier access to Vertu’s concierge services. The 3.5-inch high-definition AMOLED...
Brian Paul was walking off the 14th green at Kukui‘ula when he spotted the tail. Paul, the head golf pro at this new Tom Weiskopf–designed course on Kauai, is accustomed to seeing humpback whales in...
After purchasing an unremarkable mid-1990s house in a private enclave of Los Angeles in 2008, the new owners—an investor; his wife, a philanthropist; and their two children—were faced with the...
Caps shaped liked a feminine neckline and engraved with the double-G royal monogram reference the inspiration for the Montblanc Princesse Grace de Monaco collection ( www.montblanc.com ). The series...
Like its closed-top sibling, the Hedonist Open ( www.artofkinetik.com ) is 62 feet long and achieves a top speed of 48 mph, courtesy of three MAN r6 800hp engines paired with three Rolls-Royce water...
Like the jewelry that company founder René Lalique created nearly a century ago, the pieces in the Lalique Fine Jewelry collection ( www.lalique.com ) feature crystal, diamonds, and gemstones...
Cessna’s Citation business jets have long been lauded for their speed, reliability, and performance, but they also have been criticized for their cramped cabins. The company has addressed this...
Rare wines and art sit at the top of Cliff Lede’s list of personal passions, but rock music follows closely. Though soft-spoken, the Canadian businessman and owner of Cliff Lede Vineyards has a wild...

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