New & Noteworthy

Despite a plethora of innovations in aircraft and automobiles in the past decade, the flying car has yet to take off. But Samson Motorworks, based in California, is hoping to change that with its...
Back in the 1960s and early 1970s many fashionable Italians vacationed in the seaside town of Forte dei Marmi as much for the sea as for nightly dancing at the famed Capannina beach club. This season...
The Snell Acoustics Illusion reference tower loudspeaker represents the crowning achievement of Dr. Joseph D’Appolito, one of the world’s most famous and respected speaker designers. Evidence of D’...
Even the most exceptional whisky could be interpreted as a one-size-fits-all gift. Johnnie Walker has solved that problem by offering customized engraving on individual bottles of its coveted Blue...
Designer David Webb is known for his playful, bold, and colorful animal motif bangles and brooches that were worn by socialites and celebrities in the 1960s. Some of those iconic animal designs were...
Cartier has held a fascination with the Orient since the early 1920s, interpreting China’s messages in its Art Deco creations. The French luxury house’s newest desk set, the Exceptional Dragon Décor...
Nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills, the new Montage Hotel, which officially opens on November 17, is likely to attract locals as well as out-of-towners to its three dining venues. The intimate...
To celebrate the opening of its first California boutique in Beverly Hills, IWC Schaffhausen unveiled a new timepiece, available exclusively at the new store. Only 15 numbered models of the Big Pilot...
Apreamare’s new 82 Maestro combines the nautical heritage of the 150-year-old shipyard with a modern Italian interior. Unveiled at the Cannes boat show in September, the Italian shipyard maintained a...
Audi’s high-performance RS models have come a long way since the storied debut of the RS2 Avant in 1994, but its mission remains the same: Steal the thunder of BMW’s M cars. To that end, the company...
The last examples of a rare collection of cognac bottles designed by Art Deco artist Erté will be released this holiday season from Courvoisier. The spirits company is selling the final eight sets...
At the end of the Gilded Age, Peter Carl Fabergé, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and René Lalique were among the most coveted artisans of the era, imbuing their design influence into an array of luxury...
When Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana set out to distance themselves from other mass-marketed designer brands, they decided to offer an exclusive range of limited-edition and custom-made products...
Electric motors for airplanes are preferable to the standard petroleum-fueled piston engine for many reasons?they are quieter, vibration free, easier to maintain, emissions free, and cheaper to...
Chicago’s Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art Fair (SOFA) will celebrate its 15th anniversary by gathering pieces from more than100 galleries in 16 countries. SOFA will be held November 7 through 9...
Marsia Holzer spent two decades designing costumes for high-profile rock stars on tour, including the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and Elvis Presley, as well as for Broadway shows such as Hair, before...
Painted just months after The Scream, Edvard Munch’s Vampire (1894) will be a highlight of Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on November 3 in New York. Part of the artist’s...
In 1784, French watchmaker Jaquet Droz designed a pocket watch called the Grande Seconde. Almost three centuries later, Jaquet Droz will debut its first sport watches inspired by the iconic 18th-...
If you still haven’t decided how to spend New Year’s Eve 2009, consider an intimate dinner in Hong Kong, hosted by an expert in local cuisine, followed by a private cruise in Victoria Harbor,...
For a baseball fanatic, only a natural disaster could be less welcome than being pulled away from the TV when the home team is playing. With the Liveboard, baseball fans can keep track of the big...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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