New & Noteworthy

When Pouenat Ferronnier was awarded the Enterprise of Living Heritage designation by the French government in 2009, it was the culminating honor for the iron smithery that was established in 1880...
The Black Diamond Ranch private golf community in Lecanto, Fla., located about halfway between the Tampa and Orlando airports,is offering two getaways for golf lovers. The Pure Golf Getaway (from...
For those who wish to do more than just savor Italian food and wines, Milan’s Hotel Principe di Savoia has introduced cooking and wine-pairing classes, available through 2012. Students get a hands-on...
Lamborghini devotees have lamented that in the Italian automaker’s undeniably dazzling lineup of recent years, rear-wheel drive seemed to have gone the way of the carburetor. The company discovered...
Lana Marks, known for luxurious alligator handbags and accessories, is finally giving the green light to a new collection of men’s exotic-skin leather goods, which was introduced at the designer’s...
It took the Sozzi family nearly a century to open an American outpost for their exceptionally crafted Italian furniture, Promemoria, which is finally available Stateside through a New York showroom...
The family-owned Destilería Serrallés, now being run by fifth- and sixth-generation descendants of founder Don Juan Serrallés, has been producing Puerto Rican rums for more than 145 years. However,...
VTL (Vacuum Tube Logic), one of America’s most highly respected specialists in tube amplification, recently released its new flagship amplifier, the Siegfried Series II Reference monoblock...
The Metropolitan London’s new spa, the Como Shambhala Urban Escape , delivers a multitude of indulgent and therapeutic options—from traditional Eastern remedies to cutting-edge treatments. It has six...
Known best for futuristic watchcases resembling frogs, owls, and even jet engines, MB&F has released a new series of timepieces called Legacy Machines that displays far more traditional designs...
“One does not travel by plane,” Karen Blixen once wrote. “One is merely sent, like a parcel.” This observation resonates more poignantly today than it did in the mid-20th century, yet even in our...
A tiny, 12-megapixel camera and a microphone sit between the lenses of the $400 Liquid Image Summit Series HD 1080p goggles ( www.liquidimageco.com ), enabling you to shoot hi-res photos and 1080p...
Richard Kessler is a man of many interests—and many outlets for those interests. The former chairman of the Days Inn hotel chain, the 65-year-old hospitality pioneer has spent the past 26 years as...
Designed by the Apex Sports Group, a Colorado company known for its extraordinarily comfortable ski boots, the Apex Ski Boot CF3 ( www.apexsportsgroup.com ) is intended specifically for more athletic...
One of the most capacious boats in its class, the 45-foot Sessa Fly 45 ( www.sessamarine.com ) has an interior that seems even larger than it is. The boat’s flexible layout allows for two or three...
From the streets of downtown Frankfurt, the gleaming 25-story tower that houses the Jumeirah Frankfurt is immediately recognizable for its asymmetric form. But it is the reverse perspective—of the...
Despite stormy conditions and dire forecasts in the yachting industry, the world’s top shipyards launched a flotilla of magnificent megayachts in 2011. Several of these dramatically appointed vessels...
Spread over two jungle-covered islands in the Maldives’ southern Dhaalu Atoll, Per Aquum’s Niyama is the follow-up to Huvafen Fushi, a landmark Maldivian retreat that is home to the world’s first...
Consider the new Eclipse 550 ( www.eclipse.aero ) an upgrade of the popular EA-500, which has been on the market since 2006. Eclipse Aviation, one of the first manufacturers to sell a small personal...
As might be expected from a designer whose creative influences include comic John Cleese and fellow designer Philippe Starck, the mood set by Olga Polizzi at the Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi ranges...
A 6-foot-by-4.5-foot, 330-pound atlas from Australian publisher Millennium House, Earth Platinum ( www.millenniumhouse.com.au ) stands taller and weighs more than most of its readers. The $100,000,...
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...
After undergoing a complete redesign, Botswana’s San Camp reopened in July amid a thin stand of ilala palms on the fringe of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, one of the Earth’s largest salt flats. The...
It was a moment of triumph, and Sir Richard Branson was savoring it: His VSS Enterprise had just gracefully touched down at San Francisco International Airport to become the first spaceship to land...
Traveling by boat through Bangkok’s Dusit district, one cannot help but notice the traditional Thai houses that stand on stilts at the edge of the Chao Phraya River. The historic houses mark your...

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