New & Noteworthy

Lexus paved the way for premium hybrid sedans two years ago with its flagship LS600hL model, the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid followed suit last year, and now BMW is jumping on the fuel-sipping...
Steven Holtzman, founder of Maîtres du Temps , collaborated with master watchmakers Christophe Claret and Peter Speake-Marin on the latest addition to the Chapter One series creating a technological...
Scheduled to launch in May, the 170-foot motor yacht Belena comes from the drawing board of Italy-based design firm Giorgio Vafiadis & Associates. Vafiadis created the steel-and-aluminum yacht...
Hoping to revive interest in exotic-skin footwear, a look that originated in London more than 75 years ago, designer Domenico Vacca has introduced his first signature collection of men’s alligator...
Bangkok, Thailand-based Ango is a lighting company that made a big splash by combining raw natural materials, such as cocoons, with modern technology to create stunningly organic lighting. Each piece...
An exceptionally rare colored diamond will be a highlight of Sotheby’s New York spring Magnificent Jewels sale on April 20. The 7.67-carat type-IIa fancy intense pinkish-orange diamond ring is...
While McIntosh Labs is best known for the hi-fi products in its model lineup that contribute to the flawless reproduction of two-channel music, the Binghamton, NY, manufacturer has, in recent years,...
Watchmaker F.P. Journe has opened flagship stores in New York City and Beijing. It’s a bold move for the highly exclusive French watchmaker who produces less than 900 timepieces annually, but...
Following a $98.5 million renovation that began in November 2007, the Hôtel Majestic Barrière in Cannes finally reopened its doors last month. The hotel’s new wing features two penthouses, each with...
During a periodic tasting of aging Louis XIII cask barrels in 2004, cellar master Pierrette Trichet, the first and only female cellar master at a major cognac house, discovered a highly unusual trait...
Istanbul-born, Paris-based painter Mubin Orhon, whose untitled work from 1960 set a record price for the artist at a Christie’s auction in 2008 ($374,500), is a central figure in Sotheby’s upcoming...
Cartier’s modern, design-intensive interpretation of the skeleton watch has become a symbol for the brand’s rebirth as an original watchmaker. Last year’s Santos 100 XL Skeleton adroitly showed off...
For the consideration of those who believe the Maserati GranTurismo just can’t get any prettier, the famed Italian automaker submits the dazzling 2010 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible. Known in...
Known for its high-performance sunglasses and accessories, Oakley has forged a new concept in sunglasses made of pure carbon fiber, a material widely used in sports cars and in the aerospace industry...
It’s being touted as “the ultimate SUV at sea.” Plans for the 120 MY/X, a 407-foot exploration yacht from German builder Blohm + Voss, have been designed, and the vessel will achieve a 5,000-nautical...
Pierre Gagnaire, the Michelin three-star chef with an eponymous Parisian restaurant and head chef at Sketch in London, has opened Twist by Pierre Gagnaire in Las Vegas’ City Center—his first American...
To be won over by a small ball of rice might sound preposterous. And yet, all it takes is one blissful bite-size arancini and you will wish Bar Pleiades was your own neighborhood go-to for cocktails...
It has been nearly 50 years since watch companies pitted their technical resources against one another to produce the thinnest possible mechanical watches. But in the clean, contemporary watches now...
From the land of Vasco da Gama and Carmen Miranda come two spectacular limited-edition pieces (20 of each) that embody both the daring intrepidness of the Portuguese explorer and the sensuality of...
Ducati’s outgoing Multistrada never quite lived up to its name, which translates to many roads . But it certainly paved the way for a dramatically different alternative to its air-cooled antecedent...
When Land Rover’s handsome Range Rover Sport bowed for the 2006 model year, it raised eyebrows among aficionados of the venerable British marque. This new model certainly looked a lot like its...
Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo launched its first steel displacement motor yacht in February. Hailing it the new flagship of the fleet, Sanlorenzo’s 144-foot tri-deck 44 Steel yacht sports a steel hull...
Visitors who walk down Barcelona’s famed Las Ramblas, in the heart of the city’s shopping district, will be happy to note that Mandarin Oriental has opened its newest hotel just steps away. Located...
Fresh avionics can do a lot to revitalize an older but still airworthy airplane, and a new upgrade from Sierra Industries promises to get aging Cessna 210s back in the game. Thousands of the single-...
Carbon fiber is almost an object of fetish in the watch industry, which has molded and forged the material as well as used it for almost superfluous decoration. While Bell & Ross’ latest BR01 92...
The villas of Ho’olei at Grand Wailea in Maui enjoy all the amenities of the Grand Wailea next door, most notably its 770,000-gallon water wonderland, which consists of nine free-form pools on six...
Kyle Bunting has been carrying on a love affair with animal hide for nearly a decade. It is the sole material he works with to create his rugs and wall coverings. And how appropriate, considering he’...
Monster Cable’s line of metal-bodied Turbine and Turbine Pro in-ear headphones have become a favorite of musicians, record producers, and audio engineers, so it is only fitting that the company’s...
When we first laid eyes on the Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic’s hunched silhouette and satin Legnano-green finish, we knew we were in for a treat. And while this $8,990 single seater won’t set any speed...
PaQuí , which means “to be happy” in the native Aztec language, is a new tequila handcrafted in small batches in the town of Tequila, Mexico, where its master distiller uses an elaborate process...

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