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Though just two miles off Mozambique’s northeastern coast, Vamizi Island seems a wild and secluded sanctuary. Even the civil war that devastated the rest of the country by the early 1990s never made...
For most amateur golfers, putter customization used to involve only the minute adjustments that some manufacturers make to the length and lie of their off-the-shelf models. However, London-based...
If the taste of a whisky literally reflected the topography of the place where it was made, then one would expect a dram of Laphroaig to be lean, even austere. The south coast of Islay, after all, is...
Sony introduced its first 4K digital film projector—4K refers to the number of horizontal pixels of screen resolution: approximately 4,000—at the recent Custom Electronic Design & Installation...
Even at its 50-guest capacity, Calivigny Island never lacks for living space. The 80-acre island just south of Grenada was purchased in 2000 by a French businessman and his wife, who subsequently...
The Azimut 45 ( www.azimutyachts.com ) features the most adjustable configuration in the Italian builder’s flybridge collection. The 45-foot weekend cruiser boasts a nearly 130-square-foot upper deck...
Rich, extracted, full of fresh acidity, and rife with wild-honey, spice, and ginger notes, the Raats Family 2009 Chenin Blanc is powerful, elegant, and uniquely South African. Part of what makes...
Known for its stylish jewelry and watches, Bulgari is using its gold and gemstones in a new collection of sunglasses and optical frames named Le Gemme that is being unveiled in stores this month. The...
A typical day at North Island might involve tracking a rare Seychelles white-eye bird through the jungle, following a sea turtle into deep ocean chasms, or simply lying on one of four sandy beaches...
When he founded the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Co. in 1902, Orville Gibson initially focused his efforts on the former instrument, often fashioning models with scroll-shaped bodies and other design...
"It is inconceivable that a man with my professional background and experience would not jump into it," says Hublot technical director Mathias Buttet. "He would be crazy not to fall in love with it...
Photography by Benjamin Benschneider The serene retreat of Silicon Valley entrepreneur Bill Nguyen and his family sits discreetly above Maui’s Honolua Bay, a spot renowned for epic surfing and the...
At nearly 3,000 acres, Laucala Island is by far the largest private island featured in these pages. The Fijian hideaway thus has ample space for an 18-hole golf course (designed by David McLay Kidd...
From Hublot Genève, the watch company and oft official timekeeper of downhill racing events, comes the $10,500 Hublot Sledge ( www.hublot.com ). Created in collaboration with Graf Sleds and the ECAL...
It has been said that you do not need a wristwatch in the modern age—unless you need to know what time it is somewhere else. Our present society’s need for continual intercontinental travel—one of...
Paris has waited a long time for Thierry Marx. For 10 years he ran the kitchen at Château Cordeillan-Bages in Gironde, where he made a name for himself as one of France’s most progressive chefs. Yet...
Hannah "Shotgun" Makepeace would not recognize her namesake today. After moving to Australia’s Noosa River region in 1924, the housekeeper-turned-proprietor of Makepeace Island became known for...
Tales of the search for those raw materials that make possible the objects of beauty included in this month’s jewelry features (see "Brilliant Mines," page 162, and "Forever Elizabeth," page 177) are...
A panicked school of fish inspired the mechanical display that Denis Giguet designed for the Harry Winston Opus Eleven ( www.harrywinston.com ). The 42-year-old Frenchman, who worked on Opus editions...
Photography by Lisa Charles Watson. Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner. The lore may twist back through centuries, but the allure of colored gemstones is simply immediate and irresistible. From...
Villa La Cassinella is technically not a private island. In fact, the 18th-century estate is not even on an island—it is perched on a secluded peninsula in Italy’s Lake Como. But this gloriously...
The commander of the angels, the archangel Michael, appears on the barrel of the Tibaldi Sanctus Michael Archangelus ( www.tibaldi.it ) pen. The resin image depicts Michael bearing a sword, spear,...
Sir Richard Branson’s original resort, the 27-year-old Necker Island, experienced a setback just a month after the Virgin mogul’s property in Australia opened to the public. Lightning struck the...
While summering in London in 1992, 19-year-old Francis Sultana paid a visit to David Gill’s furniture gallery in South Kensington. Sultana was familiar with Gill’s limited-edition contemporary...
At some point in the 16th century,piratesweary from pillaging and plundering took a break on Frégate Island, a 740-acre haven some 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa. The island’s remote...
Oliver Cromwell may have famously instructed artists to depict him "warts and all," but he had nothing to worry about when Samuel Cooper painted his portrait. Cooper ranked among the greatest...
Alex Wilcox is no stranger to innovation. He was the first JetBlue employee, in 1999, before moving to Mumbai to launch Kingfisher Airlines, which has become one of the largest operators in India...
Carnivorous plants, Disney cartoons, hallucinogenic drugs—the inspirations behind Victoire de Castellane’s jewelry designs are about as unconventional as it gets. But for more than a decade as the...
If private islands have a downside, it is that they are at times too private—cut off from the communities and cultures that make most destinations worth visiting. Not so at Dolphin Island, a 13-acre...
Joseph Kurstin’s first netsuke was inexpensive and unattractive. But after five decades, the piece is still part of his collection, which now numbers some 800 examples of the Japanese art form. The...

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