New & Noteworthy

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...
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...
In securing its vaunted reputation for speed and agility, Lotus Cars has generally eschewed big horsepower figures, instead adhering to founder Colin Chapman’s mantra, “To add speed, add lightness.”...
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...
The steel Manero CentralChrono ($7,100) by Carl F. Bucherer breaks from traditional chronograph design by using centrally mounted hands to track the elapsing minutes and seconds of the stopwatch...
MGallery, a collection of 45 historic properties by Accor, is introducing its first U.K. property—St. Ermin’s Hotel, which inhabits the site of a 15th-century monastery in central London. To coincide...
As the bucolic Charente River flows silently past the majestic Château Courvoisier, one would hardly guess that the musty Paradis cellars of this historic Cognac house sequester some of the oldest...
Amsterdam’s former Sweelinck Conservatorium is now home to a 129-room hotel. Fittingly named the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam, the property opened earlier this month. The original structure, which...
Oxygen has been thought to be a benefit to good health ever since Jules Verne envisioned the concept in his 1870 book, Around the Moon, in which the science fiction writer described rooms full of...
Designer Ralph Lauren unveiled a capsule jewelry collection featuring nine stylish Art Deco–inspired pieces at his women’s flagship on Madison Avenue in New York this month. The Modern Art Deco Fine...
JBL has just released its newest iPad/iPod music dock. At $599, the OnBeat Xtreme joins the high-end world of music docks alongside such top contenders as the Bang & Olfusen BeoSound 8 and Bowers...
Every December, the international art scene convenes in Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach, and the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach , a restored 1953 Morris Lapidus–designed landmark with its own $10 million...
Actor-comedian-musician Dan Aykroyd, a student of the paranormal, created Crystal Head vodka ($50), which is a glacier-clear spirit that provides enlightenment of its own.
In an effort to rethink watchmaking for the 21st century, Jorg Hysek of HD3 created the groundbreaking Slyde watch concept, which is born of the smartphone age. Rather than a typical dial with hands...
The Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort and Spa opened in Thailand this month with 44 suites and villas, each with a private plunge pool. The property has a spa, swimming pool, restaurant,...
The first Rocco Forte property located outside of Europe and the first of three in the Middle East, the Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi opened November 7. The luxury British brand’s 13th hotel...
Give the gift of private travel this holiday season, with the newest offering from private air travel provider CitationAir, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cessna Aircraft. A first for the Greenwich,...

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