New & Noteworthy

One of the last remaining untouched islands off the South Atlantic Coast is the latest addition to Hampton Island Preserve private residence community, which comprises a series of small coastal...
The sleeker, more contemporary Custom Line 112 NEXT is a significant departure from the Italian shipyard’s previous-generation 112. Launched at the Monaco yacht show in September, the stylish new...
Mercedes-Benz is an old hand at diesel-powered cars—the oldest, in fact—with an unbroken lineage of oil-burners dating back to the 260D sedan of 1936. They were noisy, they were smelly, and they were...
Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the oldest continuous watch brand in the world, yet it continues to develop some of the most innovative timekeeping concepts. Its newest introduction is the...
Those of the opinion that dark chocolate may, in fact, be good for you will be pleased to learn that former Ritz-Carlton pastry chef turned chocolatier Norman Love is launching Black, a new line of...
Dino Modolo, the designer behind the Di MODOLO jewelry collection, has partnered with DD Manufacturing, an Antwerp diamond trader, to create Di MODOLO Haute Couture, a collection of one-of-a-kind...
When Robert Valdes-Rodriguez was working as a Wall Street banker he wore a lucky designer-made tie that he credits with helping him close deals with numerous corporate chief executives, hedge-fund...
The first DeBirs 100 Sports Yacht, launched at Cannes in early September, gained instant fanfare for the shipyard based in Alexandria, Egypt. The DeBirs name is actually a highly respected Dutch yard...
Of all the special editions of the inherently special Bugatti Veyron since its much-ballyhooed debut in 2005, including the unpainted Pur Sang and the hide-swaddled Fbg par Hermès edition, the new...
Most weekends, you’ll find contemporary American furniture collector Todd Merrill shuttling between country estates across America seeking great discoveries for his Bleecker Street gallery in New...
A chef with two Michelin stars and one of the world’s 100 certified Master Sommeliers will team up at Meadowood Napa Valley resort for two international dining and wine etiquette weekends to be held...
Sotheby’s fall photograph sale, being held October 14 and 15, will feature many seminal photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries from a variety of artists. Those represented include masters of...
Conway Stewart, the 100-year-old Devon, England-based writing- instrument company, has created a way to balance a pen’s center of gravity to suit the writer’s individual writing style to provide...
Passionate watch collectors can wait several months or even more than a year for the delivery of a highly desirable, complicated new timepiece from one of the world’s most prestigious brands. But...
The International Wine Academy of Rome is offering private wine courses set in the luxurious and historic Il Palazzetto, an estate built in the 1500s that overlooks the Spanish Steps in the heart of...
A new marina community on the island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean’s Netherlands Antilles is set to open summer 2009, offering one- to four-bedroom residences along a harborside village. Cupecoy...
In July, Danish camera manufacturer Phase One announced a new camera that will surely be one of the most highly sought after professional-grade digital cameras when it hits the market by the end of...
The Ecoflyer two-seat light sport aircraft also serves as a flying motor home. Need a place to stay at your destination? Bring a sleeping bag and stretch out on the cabin's built-in bed. Want to go...
Though the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport will not officially be available until March, the first convertible supercar in the series of 150 was sold at the Gooding & Company auction in Monterey...
As I short-shift out of the Porsche Curves toward the start-finish straight at Le Mans, I uncork a lifelong fantasy: to drive under the Dunlop Tire bridge—the most famous photo prop in motorsports—...
The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ( www.chevrolet.com ) is the fastest, most powerful Corvette ever made for public consumption. The ZR1’s 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine, dubbed the LS9, produces...
Bimota has built motorcycles—one at a time, by hand—at its factory near Rimini, on Italy’s Adriatic coast, for much of the last 35 years. The one significant break in production occurred at the start...
1967 Toyota 2000GT Conventional wisdom once held that all Japanese cars were cheap or stodgy. That opinion began to change at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show, when Toyota debuted the 2000GT. Conceived by...
The winds of change will be blowing with gale force in March, when Bugatti launches the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport—a convertible supercar that speeds to 224 mph with its top down. This hair-raising, $2...
During the great depression, when downhill skiing was in its infancy in North America and the sport’s enthusiasts were mostly considered daft, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) sponsored a make-...
When a 316.15-carat diamond was discovered in 2005 at De Beers’ Venetia mine, it was christened the Ponahalo (a Sotho word that means vision ) by Jonathan Oppenheimer, head of the chairman’s office...
Antiquorum will offer more than 400 rare and historically important timepieces at an auction held October 16 in New York?including a 1930 yellow gold Longines wristwatch owned by Albert Einstein (...
Herb and Norma Fink were a pioneering power couple back in 1969 when they were among the first to open a luxury retail store, Theodore, on the then-sleepy Rodeo Drive. Along with Jerry Magnin, from...
Alain Ducasse, the only chef in the world with three signature restaurants each honored with three Michelin stars, added another line to his résumé with Adour at the St. Regis, Washington, D.C., a...
Cathay Pacific Airways is taking duty-free shopping to new heights with its latest luxury offering. Alongside the standard duty-free premium chocolates, alcohol, and makeup is a vintage glamour...

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