New & Noteworthy

Nic Roldan checked on his female friend shortly after arriving in Argen­tina in mid-November. Actually, she is more than just a friend; she is a business partner and at times a confidant. She can be...
The prolific Chinese designer Robert Kuo has introduced a slew of new furniture and accessory pieces that continue his mission of marrying 21st-century design with craftsmanship that reflects...
Mandarin Oriental in Munich is offering the Car Package for automobile aficionados to preview, tour, and drive some of the great German brands. The four-day excursion begins with two nights at the...
San Francisco–based music-server expert Olive Media has just begun delivering its new flagship, the 06HD. While Olive has been a respected name in the industry since its founding in 2005, this...
Each year, the family-owned Buffalo Trace Distillery in Franklin County, Kentucky, releases a limited edition Antique Collection of bourbons and rye whiskies, of which the William Larue Weller uncut...
With its latest collections, Idaho-based Rocky Mountain Hardware proves sustainable design needn’t be “granola or earthy” in its approach. Using 90 percent recycled art-grade bronze, the firm’s...
Situated on privately owned Hayman Island, within Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the secluded Hayman Beach Villas offers luxury accommodations and some of the world’s best diving all...
Despite its ongoing predilection for big, beefy Royal Oaks, Audemars Piguet’s legacy in ultrathin watches dates back to 1967, when the brand introduced its automatic Calibre 2120, one of the world’s...
Premium cigar maker Rocky Patel has opened Burn, a cigar bar of unique and innovative style, in Naples, Florida. Located among the upscale boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife hot spots of the...
The Parisian art gallery Les Enluminures is unveiling an exhibit featuring stained-glass art throughout the ages, from February 8 to April 24, 2011. The exhibit “Splendor of Stained Glass from...
From January 26 to February 11, Swiss watchmaker Blancpain will host an exhibition that celebrates its iconic Fifty Fathoms watch, a timepiece commissioned by the French Navy Seals in 1953, and the...
On February 1, Anantara Kihavah Villas opens its secluded retreat in the Republic of the Maldives, a largely untouched, island nation a little more than 400 miles from Sri Lanka. The resort is tucked...
The impressive collection of art coming across the block at the Sotheby’s Important Old Master and 19th Century Paintings from the Collection of J.E. Safra is made all the more noteworthy when one...
Benoit , Alain Ducasse’s French bistro in midtown Manhattan known for its traditional French bistro fare, debuted a new chef and updated menu in December. Newly appointed executive chef Philippe...
Organizers of the sixth annual Oregon Truffle Festival have announced the menu for the Grand Truffle Dinner, to be served January 29th in Eugene, Oregon. Celebrating what eminent 18th century French...
Quark Expeditions , a leader in cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica (and celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011), has just chartered its first luxury vessel, Sea Spirit , for at least three...
Year after year, Cadillac demonstrates a startling, Benjamin Button–like tendency to age in reverse, transforming from a straitlaced old money marque into a brand that increasingly lights up the eyes...
The Washington State–based Westport Yachts added another winner to its flagship 164 series. Built in composite, the semi-displacement trideck motor yacht Boardwalk tastefully carries on the torch...
Matthew Norman’s L’Audacieuse table clock ($14,990) embodies the company’s evolution from a reproducer of traditional carriage and officers’ clocks to a manufacturer of resolutely modern timepieces...
Claude Lalanne, the female half of the famous artist-designer duo François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne, has just released the first works to come out of their famed studio in Ury, France, since the...
They say you can’t return to the past, but Dr. Bill Lumsden, head of distilling and whisky creation for Scotland’s popular single malt, Glenmorangie, has done just that with Finealta ($79.99), one of...
The annual Palm Beach Cavallino Classic , held January 18 to 23, will showcase 400 vintage and new Ferraris from around the world and will celebrate the opening of Ferrari’s Palm Beach dealership...
Not just any car merits a nickname like “Godzilla.” A longtime performance icon in its homeland, the Nissan GT-R took America by storm three years ago with radical looks, a twin-turbo V-6, and all-...
When identical twin brothers Anthony and Hubert Tsai speak of their new shaving and skin-care line, TwinLuxe, they frequently use the word “performance,” which they say defines their philosophy of...
Gulfstream is on track to deliver its biggest-ever business jet, the $64 million G650, in 2012, and already the company is showing off the state-of-the-art features that will fill the 53-foot-long...
Glenlivet, the number-two leading malt whisky in the world (Glenfiddich is currently number one), has set its global sights on toppling its contender for that coveted top spot. To achieve this goal,...
A repeat client might wonder what could possibly differentiate this 164-foot (50-meter) motor yacht from the six other Trinity yachts that this enthusiast has owned in the past 10 years. “Mia Elise...
Among mid-luxury four doors, in a segment that includes the deeply impressive Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-series sedans, Audi’s A6 has always been content to play the role of the suave, soft-...
Echoing the increasing influence of automotive design in fine timepieces, Buben & Zorweg’s Phantom Time Mover watch winder ($6,340) channels the spirit of a sporty roadster. The aluminum case is...
Unlike Cognac, which must be made in the Cognac region of France, brandy can be made anywhere. Still, it is pleasantly surprising to discover that one of the newest and most complex brandies comes...

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