New & Noteworthy

When the Canadian Arctic begins to thaw in the spring, dozens of Inuvialuit, one of the region’s indigenous peoples, scour the tundra for the downy underwool known as qiviuk (pronounced kiv-ee-uck )...
When Pelé published his autobiography in 1977, he dedicated it to "all the people who have made [soccer] the Beautiful Game." While GRO Design and TIM Modelmakers, a pair of Dutch companies, cannot...
Yves Saint Laurent turned fashion into art not only through his work as one of the 20th century’s greatest couturiers, but also by spending the earnings from his fashion empire to amass an...
Marie Antoinette’s custom desk. Neither the many accolades heaped upon nor the charges leveled at Marie Antoinette during and after her lifetime—Queen of Fashion and Style, Queen of Prodigal Spending...
The unusual shape of the culebra invites conversation—or at least questions—about the cigar and exactly how one smokes it. The culebra is actually three cigars in one, a trio of long, thin panatelas...
No figure yokes together with less violence (to revise Dr. Johnson’s phrase) the themes of this, our first Reader’s Choice issue, than William Randolph Hearst. The populist publisher had a canny...
Beer, wine, spirits—you name it, Michael Sherwood can brew, ferment, or distill it. (He also knows how to clear a forest, catch salmon, and write computer code.) Sherwood, a 55-year-old former logger...
To the restaurant’s other diners, everything at our table no doubt appears in order. The crystal sparkles, the damask tablecloth is immaculate, and the sommelier hovers nearby. We look like just...
On opening day at Core Performance Center, a new health club in Santa Monica, Calif., trainer Sarah Cahill apologized for the awkward pace she had asked me to maintain during an eight-minute...
When designing the 248-foot Anastasia , Sam Sorgiovanni started belowdecks and worked upward. "The owners are very active people, and they wanted to focus on water sports," says the designer, whose...
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...
Bob Siragusa hesitated for several days before contacting well-known jewelry designer Michael Beaudry, who at the time was preparing to launch a new watchmaking venture. Siragusa, a veteran of the...
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...
"Every guitar has its own personality," says luthier John Monteleone. "It’s my job to give it its own dynamic voice. Each one I make is an extension of my soul." At 61, Monteleone is a master of his...
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...
Who knew that viewing Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story could be such a moving experience? The D-Box Motion Code system ( www.d-box.com ), priced from $4,400 to $12,700, enables you to feel a movie’s...
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...
Italian boatbuilder Azimut is venturing into deeper waters with a new series of Magellano expedition yachts (named, appropriately, after the world’s first circumnavigator, Ferdinand Magellan). The...
As Wolfgang Puck makes his customary evening rounds of the dining room at Spago in Beverly Hills, Calif., the members of our party glance up from the formidable palisade of crystal wine glasses...
Though the first winery in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District opened its doors in 1878, California’s best-known varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon, did not arrive in the appellation until the early 1960s,...
Nick Stellino, a Los Angeles–based television chef, author, and marketing consultant, speaks with obvious relish about the "structure and flow" of timepieces, and compares them to evolving forms of...
Haling any new product as a classic usually seems premature, but you might find it difficult to disagree with such an assessment after sampling a La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Miami . With its...
Perhaps our most daunting challenge as editors of a magazine about connoisseurship is that our audience is one of the most sophisticated and knowledgeable ever to turn the pages of a periodical...
The problem with monogrammed cuff links is that your initials are not unique. Your fingerprints, however, are. While experimenting with wax for his jewelry, James de Givenchy, of James de Givenchy...
At a London auction in December, Laurence Graff—the founder of Graff Diamonds International—paid about $25 million for the 300-year-old Wittelsbach diamond, a 35.56-carat grayish-blue stone once...
The new Runco CineWall CW-95HD ( www.runco.com ), a $50,000 self-contained in-wall projection system, has a diagonal measurement of 8 feet but requires a depth of just 33 inches for installation. The...
A dark, cavernous main floor; a stark white salon festooned with ostrich feathers; illuminated cracked-glass walls; and kaleidoscopic light shows emanating from the windows at night are not features...
Watchmaker Bernard Richards cannot be accused of procrastinating. He initially unveiled his BRM TR1 , TR2 , and TR3 timepieces ( www.brm-manufacture.com )—oversize tourbillons that feature rugged...
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...
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...

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