New & Noteworthy

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...
Leave it to a fashion house to see fine jewelry through a different lens: Without the constraints of a jewelry heritage, Chanel Fine Jewelry created a series of daring new designs with its 2011...
Built in 1822 as the home of British baronet Sir Charles Coote, Ballyfin Demesne was once Ireland’s most lavish Regency mansion, the centerpiece of a 614-acre estate of esplanades, parkland, woodland...
Pershing, a Ferretti Group subsidiary, may have moved away from the fast-and-furious powerboat market when it introduced the Pershing 108 (+39.0721.956211, www.pershing-yacht.com ) in July 2011, but...
The Cessna Citation CJ4 (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com ) entered service in late 2010 as an addition to the Wichita, Kan., manufacturer’s Citation CJ line. At nearly $9 million, the CJ4 is about $1...
This is not the first time Padrón cigars have been honored with a Best of the Best accolade, and we suspect it will not be the last. With the well-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos grown on the family’s farms...
In an era when so many legendary wine labels belong to multinational corporations, Domaine Jean-Louis Chave stands apart, not only for the decadent beauty of its incomparable wines, but also for the...
The multitude of world-time watches released over the last few months exhibit varying degrees of beauty and functionality, but one watch in particular seems to have been amply blessed with both. As...
When the third-generation Lexus LX570 ( www.lexus.com ) debuted in 2007, it embodied the automaker’s "Pursuit of Perfection" tagline. Not surprisingly, Lexus has made only negligible changes to the...
The Granturismo MC dispels the notion that Maserati is a second-tier player among Italian sports-car brands. The beauty of the GranTurismo is indisputable, and its Ferrari-sourced 4.7-liter V-8...
In the minds of most enthusiasts, Médoc is the cradle of Bordeaux. After all, this important region on the Left Bank of the Gironde River is home to four of the great châteaux that received First...
Since mobile mp 3 players took over the world—namely Apple’s iPod, whose first-generation device launched in 2001—audiophiles have scoffed at the thought of a pocket player providing genuine high-...
It is not easy to make a statement—at least, not a good one—with a man’s belt, but David Yurman does just that with a series of inlaid buckles featuring gemstones such as agate and tigereye. "Belt...
Harry Winston looked no further than its robust archives for inspiration for Ultimate Adornments, its most ambitious collection in decades. Some of the 40 elaborate, one-of-a-kind pieces recall...
Opened in December, Amanruya (+90.252.311.12.12, www.amanresorts.com ) is the third Mediterranean resort and 25th property worldwide from Singapore-based Amanresorts. The 36-villa retreat—located...

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