New & Noteworthy

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...
A new collection of 40 one-of-a-kind designs, the Ultimate Adornments by Harry Winston ( www.harrywinston.com ) references key people in the brand’s 79-year history as well as cultural ideals of...
During construction at Song Saa Private Island, Melita Hunter sent fishing boats on daily excursions through the Gulf of Thailand to gather branches, warped tree trunks, and remains of painted...
An unadorned hog seems to scream for a few trinkets, and many Harley-Davidson customers respond by spending thousands of extra dollars to add meaner engine components, louder pipes, and chrome...
Renowned London-based shirt-maker Thomas Pink has added a collection of suits to its offerings this season. After nearly 30 years of specializing in shirts, the retailer decided it was time to offer...
St. Regis is celebrating the holiday season with hands-on baking classes led by renowned pastry chefs at two of its East Coast locations. Located only two blocks from the White House and dating back...
Now in its 25th year, the Pro Am Regatta at the British Virgin Islands’ Bitter End Yacht Club hits the waves October 30 through November 5. As the only major pro-am yacht regatta in the world, the...
After a three-year renovation, the historic Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan resort, located on the banks of Egypt’s Nile River, reopened on October 1. The more than 100-year-old property now has...
When the latest iteration of Audi ’s A8 debuted for 2011, it presented a stupefying blend of artful design, cutting-edge technology, and business-class luxury. The standard A8 4.2 and the quick-to-...

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