New & Noteworthy

If Bénédictine monk Dom Bernardo Vincelli were given a birthday cake in honor of the herbal liqueur he created, there would be enough candles on it to illuminate his abbey, for 2010 marked the 500th...
This holiday season, Panerai was inspired by the spirit of watches past to come up with the special-edition PAM 029 Luminor GMT ($7,400). Like the original model from 1998, this reintroduction is...
Over the past 20 years partners David Dow and Jim Neeley have lent their considerable business acumen and creative talents to everything from building houses in third-world countries to crafting home...
On December 15, Crans-Montana in the western Swiss Alps welcomed back a classic. Originally opened in 1972, the 60-room Crans Ambassador reemerges after an expansive two-year, multimillion-dollar...
Mochi Craft’s new 74, launched at the Cannes show in September, marks a new chapter in the storied “Dolphin” line. The Mochi Craft flagship, designed by Brunello Acampora of Studio Victory Design, is...
With the launch of this year’s Sojourn , the second in a trio of sister ships, the Yachts of Seabourn continues to expand its concept of intimacy and indulgence at sea, in direct contrast to the...
The Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies officially reopened on December 15, after sustaining substantial damage from Hurricane Omar in 2008. The resort, located on the West Indies island known for...
In celebration of New Year’s, renowned pastry chef François Payard has created a limited-edition black truffle–chocolate tart featuring rare black truffles that are currently selling for $2.60 per...
There’s a certain sophistication inherent in pairing chocolate with vodka martinis. Some restaurants feature both on Valentine’s Day, paying homage to chocolate’s alleged aphrodisiac virtues. And...
Sin City’s newest mega resort, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas , which opened December 15, boasts two 50-story towers, which provide breathtaking vantage points of the Strip, and 2,995 rooms, each with...
As the oldest distillers in Holland, the Nolet family began making genever in 1691. But a few decades ago, 10th-generation Carlolus H.J. Nolet broke with tradition and produced a vodka. Named Ketel...
The Los Angeles Auto Show is always good for a few surprises. However, no one expected much from BMW this year, as the German automaker decided to forgo the standard press conference—despite having a...
Rimowa revolutionized the luggage industry back in 1937 when the Cologne, Germany-based case manufacturer introduced a series of train and steamer trunks made from lightweight aluminum. As air travel...
Flexjet 25 offers the perfect stocking stuffer: a limited-edition jet-card package with 25 hours of private jet travel plus an exclusive three-day getaway in Napa Valley. The gift card includes a...
Pacific Crest Guides in partnership with HeliTahoe is launching Pacific Crest Heli-Guides: Lake Tahoe, Nevada’s first helicopter-ski operation. Skiers and snowboarders will have access to more than...
Opened on December 9, in Park City, Utah, the Montage Deer Valley boasts 154 guest rooms and more than 66 suites and residences. Situated mid-mountain, the Montage offers ski-in/ski-out access to the...
The French purveyor of gourmet specialties from Provence, O&CO, has created a myriad of tempting gift packages for the epicurean. Employing ancient recipes and techniques, O&CO cultivates...
Michel Cluizel, the French chocolate house, has created the ultimate chocolate gift for the holidays. It features 400 pieces of handmade chocolate (weighing in at almost 10 pounds) in specially...
The Audi TT RS is much more than an average two-door coupe. It is incredibly fast, intoxicatingly fun, and immensely fashionable, but for the past two years it has been unattainable for U.S. buyers...
The Wider 42 is a new style of yacht for those who not only love to be on the water, but in it as well. The 42 is the first in a trio of Wider models that will create a fresh category of yachts,...
Built in the style of an Alpine village, the 121-room Four Seasons Resort Vail opens December 11 at the mouth of Vail Village. Paying tribute to Colorado’s rustic heritage, guest rooms and suites...
If nothing else, the individually numbered, thick French glass bottle with the etched “D” and its correspondingly heavy gold-filigreed Bill Wall–designed cap intertwined with symbolic Mexican skulls...
Shirtmakers tend to acquire their considerable skills, as well as their favorite shears, from fathers and grandfathers who have practiced the art of tailoring for decades before them. So Paul Trible...
In celebration of its 35th anniversary, Tumi re-created some if its original leather travel pieces this season. Best known for pioneering the use of high-quality ballistic nylon in travel and...
Nguyen Thanh Trung raises his finger in the air to test the wind. "It’s gusty," says Trung, sport coordinator at the Princess d’Annam Resort & Spa in Vietnam, "but we’ll be OK." Trung and I are...
Over the past two years, there has not been a more popular car style than the four-door coupe. The latest model offerings from Aston Martin, Porsche, and Audi all prove that this segment is much more...
Hawker Beechcraft has beefed up its single-pilot composite-fuselage Premier II jet with new winglets and the latest Williams International jet engines and rebranded it as the Hawker 200. The new $7.5...
Geneva’s Roger Dubuis is now employing the latest micro-mechanical technology, but not in the way you might think. The interior of the company’s newest Excalibur 45mm Chronograph ($51,900) is a...
When Nôtre Dame, Versailles, or Maisons-Laffitte need to restore or replace decorative hardware on windows and doors, there is one firm they call: Rémy Garnier, which has been headquartered in Paris’...
On December 16, Sotheby’s New York will offer nine unusual furniture pieces made in 1929 and 1930 by the legendary French art-deco atelier Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann. This sale marks the first time in...

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