New & Noteworthy

The GIFT A one-of-a-kind circa-1900 gold-and-quartz Fabergé snakehead cane handle. $950,000 From 1885, when Tsar Alexander III appointed Peter Carl Fabergé the jeweler and goldsmith to the Russian...
For most of his career, Simon Spurr has been the name behind some very big names. In 1997 he began designing a clothing line for Yves Saint Laurent, under the close guidance of Hedi Slimane. Four...
The GIFT An all-inclusive five-day, four-night fishing trip for 30 guests to King Pacific Lodge in British Columbia, hosted by chef Michael Mina. Nightly tasting menus created by Mina and his...
Chrysler has brought its Jeep brand into the high-performance SUV ring with the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 ( www.drivesrt.com ). On a par with Germany’s best SUVs and priced from $55,300, the SRT8...
The GIFT A trio of exceptionally rare violet porcelain Sèvres vases. $1.5 million In the early 18th century—after hundreds of years of pleading, industrial espionage, and furious alchemy—Europeans...
"You always remember your first time eating baby eels," chef Fernando Canales tells me as we hurtle down twisting country roads to the Basque coastal village of Gorliz. It is five in the morning and...
Photographs hanging in Presidential Bungalow No. 24 show a T-shaped building abutting acres of Southern California farmland. The images were taken around the time the Beverly Hills Hotel and...
The GIFT A 6,000-square-foot garage designed by Guy Dreier that can accommodate as many as seven automobiles. A wine room, a humidor, a home theater, driving simulators, a bar, and a hydraulic...
A large number of the 6,000 or so comic-book fans who attended the 2011 Boston Comic Con in April suited up for the event. Superman, Batman, Robin, Catwoman, and Captain America all were well...
Most people in the market for a new television balk at the idea of 3-D technology. But while it might seem superfluous, 3-D technology is an essential part of today’s best televisions. The third...
Heli-skiers are a hardy breed. Often traveling without their significant others, they require little more than a single room, a comfortable bed, hot meals, and endless expanses of untracked powder—...
Part of the annual Arizona automobile auction week, the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auction ( www.goodingco.com ) will take place January 20 and 21. As of mid-October, highlights of the sale...
Of the six elements, or "pillars," that define the character of the Macallan’s single-malt whisky, the unusually small stills used in the distillation process are perhaps the most noteworthy...
The GIFT A custom whole-home Steinway Lyngdorf audio setup. The world’s first suspended Steinway Lyngdorf Model LS speakers. A bespoke Steinway & Sons Art Case Model D Concert Grand Piano...
Opened in June just a block from Cannes’ shorefront Promenade de la Croisette, Five Hotel & Spa is fast becoming a tastemaker on the French Riviera. The hotel’s popularity owes much to Jacques...
Famous for pioneering the small-wheel bicycle, England’s Moulton Bicycle Company has launched a new model that harks back to the firm’s start in the swinging Sixties. The $6,500 stainless-steel...
The GIFT A one-of-a-kind backyard aquatic complex featuring a 30-foot-by-60-foot freshwater swimming pool and adjoining 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium to house the recipient’s choice of marine life...
On the world circuit of celebrity haunts, Malibu is an anomaly. Where one goes to Aspen or St. Barts to see and be seen, one retreats to Malibu to blend in. Such is the concept behind the Southern...
1957 Jaguar XKSS Jaguar racecars of the 1950s remain among that era’s most stirring, valued today for their looks, performance, and rarity. The 1951 C-Type ushered in the decade and was followed by...
The GIFT A one-of-a-kind megayacht designed by famed naval architect Philippe Briand. Starting at about $45 million One cannot put a price on one’s dreams—which is why yacht designer Philippe Briand...
Staring down a snow-choked chute that has never been skied, I take a shallow breath and shift my eyes to the horizon. All around me, craggy Canadian Rocky peaks pierce the cloudless sky; in the...
If one of the rarest and most desirable supercars of the past were updated to offer modern levels of speed, handling, and comfort, the resulting vehicle ought to be fantastic. The Jaguar E-Type Low...
The GIFT An unprecedented opportunity to select cloth from the 165-year archives of the Lanificio Carlo Barbera mill outside Milan, Italy, as well as create a signature bolt of cloth with the master...
The GIFT A private golf tournament for as many as 70 guests at Laucala Island in Fiji, hosted by course designer David McLay Kidd. Exclusive rental of the island for five nights and six days, all-...
Seldom does the brand name Jaguar evoke a car suited for unbridled extroverts, a vehicle that is the shameless, attention-seeking life of the automotive party. Yet the designers of the XKR-S...
The GIFT A custom kitchen designed by Nathan Myhrvold, author of Modernist Cuisine, with cutting-edge equipment including combi steam ovens, sous-vide water baths, and a liquid-nitrogen ice-cream...
A visit to Ignacio Figueras’ horse farm in Argentina, where the renowned polo player and horse breeder will help the recipient select a polo pony from the farm’s stable...
One may be forgiven for assuming that Quilceda Creek is a new player among the world’s elite producers of Cabernet Sauvignon, given that Washington state has seen the establishment of more than 530...
About a year and a half after unveiling his first hotel venture in Dubai, Italian clothing designer Giorgio Armani opened his second hotel, in Milan, on November 10. The new property, Armani Hotel...
Did you ever wish for a racecar bed as a kid? Taj Suites and Residences’ 51 Buckingham Gate in London is indulging adult auto enthusiasts with a more mature, luxurious version of their childhood digs...

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