New & Noteworthy

Two Italian luxury brands, known for age-old craftsmanship and up-to-the-minute design and technology, have partnered on a new pen. The Tibaldi for Riva limited-edition collection of writing...
Following in the footsteps of Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo, Rickard Shah has, over the past decade, slowly attracted an A-list Hollywood clientele for its sexy stilettos. Now the Italian footwear...
Electronics company MBL, based in Berlin, with offices in New York City, has created the 101X-Treme speaker, a new system using pulsating spheres that radiate equal amounts of energy at all...
When Piper introduced the Matrix, a big six-seat piston single-engine airplane, just over a year ago, it was greeted with plenty of skepticism?or at best, yawns, from the aviation press. Essentially...
The Whist restaurant at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., launched a creative food-and-wine pairing series that invites more social mingling than traditional seated dinners. Between courses...
To play the Extreme 19th, a bonus hole at South Africa’s new Legend Golf & Safari Resort, you take a helicopter to the peak of a red-hued sandstone mountain. The tee box at the top affords a view...
Ferrari traditionally names its automobiles after members of the Ferrari family and Italian locales: the Dino, the Enzo, the Maranello, and the Modena, for example. The Italian sports car...
With just 77 examples scheduled for production, the Aston Martin One-77 ( www.one-77.com ) might be the most elusive Aston ever. The car’s rarity—and estimated $2 million price—is a function of its...
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB "The client is not always right," Enzo Ferrari once remarked. However, in 1957, when Hollywood, Calif., Ferrari dealer John von Neumann requested that Ferrari build...
Blancpain unveiled its annual limited-edition timepiece inspired by love: the ladies’ Saint Valentin 2009. The series of 99 flyback chronographs is the latest release from the legendary manufacture...
Ever ready to celebrate its racetrack successes with road-going special-edition models, Ferrari now trumpets its 16th Formula 1 manufacturer’s title with the fantastically frivolous F430 Scuderia...
French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels is giving some of its best clients the opportunity to collaborate with its Parisian designers on custom-made pieces at America’s International Fine Art Fair...
San Francisco-based furniture designer Jiun Ho unveiled a collection of 15 pieces inspired by the “primitive, raw landscapes” of his recent travels in Botswana. The Baobab table, which earns its name...
Named after the 1930s five-and-dime store that once occupied the space, the four-story Restaurant at the Kress features a disco in the basement, a third-floor lounge with live entertainment, and a...
Sanlorenzo is not a hugely familiar name among U.S. yacht owners, but its shipyard in Viareggio, Italy, has been building distinctive custom yachts for a half century. The recently launched SD122,...
Honda may have a reputation for coloring within the lines, but its custom-inspired Fury chopper pushes the edge of the brand’s comfort zone. The Fury wears a low-slung 26.7-inch saddle, a teardrop...
George Cleverley began making men’s footwear in Edwardian London and opened his signature company in London in 1958. When he died 33 years later he passed the use of his name and the wooden lasts...
Napa, California’s CADE Winery is the first solar powered, green- certified building with organically farmed wines in the Napa Valley area. CADE, whose name is derived from a Shakespearean term used...
The Four Seasons will open an intimate resort with only 16 full-ownership residences at the base of Vail Mountain in late 2009, just in time for next ski season. The first Four Seasons to open in...
A new tour of Australia offers travelers the best of all possible ways to experience the continent’s dramatic scenery: by small, private aircraft with the added bonus of being accompanied by a master...
World-renowned knife maker William Henry is using his unique crafting techniques and materials in a pen collection. The limited-edition handmade pens are crafted in mokume gane, custom multilayered...
Sound is typically heard, not felt. Tactile sound, however, is felt, especially by way of the Sonic Lounger from Tucson, Ariz.-based Taiz Design. Also known as “vibroacoustics,” tactile sound is a...
Apple, which opened in the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles last August, is the first restaurant venture by chef Bryan Ogden, son of the celebrity chef Bradley Ogden. Like his father, Ogden...
When Diamond in the Rough introduced its rough diamond jewelry three years ago, it gave the classic stone a new image by portraying it in its organic, natural form. Today, many jewelers are...
To commemorate Valentine’s Day, watchmaker Jaquet Droz has created a limited-edition timepiece designed to convey the spirit of love. Only eight models will be made of the new Grande Seconde Medium,...
The sight of a Bentley wafting down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or Ocean Drive in Miami Beach is hardly an uncommon one, but the venerable British marque is keen to remind buyers that its grand...
An audio enthusiast who wishes to connect an iPod to a high-end sound system may blanch when faced with one of the flimsy plastic iPod docks sold in most stores. The Art.Suono from David Wiener...
A 500-year-old recently restored farmhouse in Tuscany on 20 acres of panoramic countryside is the latest addition to the Resort Equities portfolio of properties. Partners of the San Francisco-based...
Suit makers have been touting the benefits of cashmere sport coats for decades, but now Scabal, the Belgian cloth maker, has made cashmere acceptable for suit making as well with the creation of...
Bertram Yachts has the answer to the age-old question of what to get the man who has everything. The Miami-based company is offering the opportunity to participate in the 2009 World Sailfish...

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