New & Noteworthy

The involvement in any project of Anita Porchet, the current sovereign of Swiss-watch enamelists, virtually guarantees a timepiece of superlative aesthetic quality; the underlying concept of the...
After struggling for years as a fiction writer, Jonathan Kellerman struck gold with When the Bough Breaks, the first of his novels starring Los Angeles psychologist-turned-detective Alex Delaware...
The latest and eighth addition to the carmaker’s four-door-coupe model line, the Porsche Panamera GTS ( www.porsche.com ) should resonate with 911 owners—the Porsche purists. Equipped with a...
From the ages of ancient Sumeria and classical Greece to the present day, human beings have treated wine as everything from a religious totem to an art form. The mystic and romantic connotations we...
Nothing about Darioush, one of Napa Valley’s most impressive wineries, is restrained. The building is an epic structure of glass and Persian travertine that rises up from among rows of impeccably...
The tried-and-true leather brand Bally brings considerable expertise to its new made-to-order collection Scribe. The footwear line presents leather and exotic skins in a range of styles, but the...
The German jewelry house Hemmerle seems to know no boundaries when it comes to raw materials, freely mixing aluminum, wood, and lava stones with exceptional gemstones and diamonds. "We have lifted...
After the British took control of India in 1858, King George V moved the capital city from Calcutta to Delhi. British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens was commissioned to plan a new district in the city,...
At 120 feet, the 120SL is the grandest vessel in the Azimut Grande series, a line of 100-plus-foot planing yachts with which the Azimut-Benetti Group bridges the gap between custom and semicustom...
If King Airs define the turboprop category, then the Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti II (561.253.0104, www.piaggioaero.com ) redefines it. The curious-looking design elements serve specific purposes in...
The pigtailed Nicaraguan puro Domus Magnus ( www.sagimports.com , $8.95 to $9.95) —whose name derives from the Latin translation of Casa Magna, one of the Quesada family’s most popular brands—is...
Chateau Ste. Michelle is not only the oldest winery in Wash­ington State, but also the largest. While greater size does not usually connote greater quality, this estate consistently proves itself to...
Over the last few years, Giulio Papi has transformed the exclusive complicated versions of Audemars Piguet’s Millenary models into showcases for his personal passion: movement finishing. The latest...
On the afternoon of November 26, 1922, a small group descended a flight of 16 steps that led below ground to a plain stone-and-plaster wall bearing a seal. One of the men pried a stone loose and...
The big man on Audi’s campus is the long, luxurious 12-cylinder version of the new A8 sedan, the Audi A8 L W12 ( www.audiusa.com ) . No other automobile offers so much performance, luxury, and...
Perhaps one of the most significant events to occur at Maison Louis Jadot since its doors first opened in 1859 will occur at the end of this year, when, after more than four decades, winemaker...
A fixture on Wailea Beach for more than two decades, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has long been the preferred hideaway of celebrities and VIPs on the Hawaiian island’s famed southwest coast...
The Italian fashion brand Corneliani has introduced for fall an array of soft, supple shirts in jersey blends that give any suit an updated image. This must-have jersey shirt (left, $265) moves with...
Viren Bhagat has been called the JAR of India: Like JAR, the legendary yet elusive jewelry designer Joel Rosenthal of Paris, Bhagat produces very few pieces for a select group of buyers. And while he...
Location is not everything at Mandarin Oriental, Paris (+33.1.70.98.78.88, www.mandarinoriental.com ) , but the modern eight-story retreat is certainly well situated in the City of Light. The hotel’s...
Italian builder Tecnomar designed its new 120-foot planing yacht so that passengers could be as close as possible to the water. The Tecnomar Velvet 36 (+39.0585.50.62.1, www.tecnomar.com ) features a...
The capabilities and cost savings associated with the Embraer Phenom 100 (954.359.3700, www.embraerexecutivejets.com ) have made it the world’s most-delivered business jet in recent years (100 units...
Last year, at the end of a black-tie dinner, Davidoff introduced the Davidoff 100 Years Geneva ( www.davidoff.com , $22) to its top domestic retailers. The presentation was surprisingly low-key,...
Though white wines of epic grace and beauty come from such regions as Alsace, the Rhône, Austria, Germany, California, and Oregon, nowhere does the Chardonnay grape develop the combination of...
In the last few years, the contemporary dress watch has evolved far beyond the classic shapes of the mid-20th century, incorporating modern diameters and slim profiles. Because of its distinguished...
The Asian decorative art of maki-e is an ancient one, involving intricate designs created from thin layers of gold dust (or other metallic powder) coated in lacquer from an urushi tree. During the...
Chrysler’s dark and serious television commercials convey the message that the brand’s 300 sedan is imported from Detroit. Drive the Chrysler 300 SRT8 ( www.chrysler.com ) and you will understand...
Since 1859, the Gaja Winery in the Barbaresco region of Piedmont, Italy, has been committed to producing fine wines that express the highly individual characters of its vineyards’ varied soils. Yet...
The dutch shipyard Heesen completed seven yachts in 2011, of which Quinta Essentia ( www.heesenyachts.nl ; available for charter through Nakhimov, www.nakhimov.com ) was the standout. Delivered last...
One of the world’s most luxurious knitwear brands, Brunello Cucinelli has raised the bar even higher with a new collection of down-lined cashmere sweaters. Hand-knit at Cucinelli’s Solomeo...

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