New & Noteworthy

With the bang of a gavel at a 2002 Antiquorum sale in Geneva, a Patek Philippe platinum World Time watch sold for $4,026,524—the highest price paid for a vintage (pre-1990) wristwatch at auction. The...
More than 50 years ago, the Lladró brothers of Spain—Juan, José, and Vicente—debuted an innovative process for finishing porcelain that required only a single layer of firing. The technique enabled...
Although the popular image of the briefcase may be a bit staid and conventional, the briefcase itself remains as essential a part of any executive’s accoutrements as the latest model of BlackBerry or...
Richard Mille seldom makes compromises with his designs, so it is not surprising that the basic form of his new RM025 ( www.richardmilleusa.com )—the most technically complex diving watch ever from...
Loro Piana now offers the world’s first 100 percent cashmere carpeting. Called One Step to Heaven and priced at approximately $178 per square foot, it is part of the new Loro Piana Interiors...
To produce its $30,000 Damascene Straight Razor ( www.hommage.com ), Hommage, a Paris-based grooming-products company, adapted a steelmaking method that dates as far back as 300 B.C. The technique...
Somewhere in the Altai Mountains of Outer Mongolia, Pier Luigi Loro Piana and an army of rifle-toting security guards have reached their destination. Their caravan of jeeps has traveled for 15 hours...
The German kitchen-design company Poggenpohl further blurs the line between workplace and home—specifically the kitchen—with its new Dining Desk ( www.poggenpohlusa.com ). Press a button, and a...
In late 2002, the Swiss watch industry buzzed with rumors that ETA, a division of the Swatch Group and the supplier of movements to a host of companies, would soon restrict deliveries. Swatch...
A house inevitably expresses the personality of its owner—for better or worse. This year’s Ultimate Home (see "Taking Shapes," page 78), a dramatic yet welcoming space flooded with natural light,...
Open Architecture | From the beginning of the 32-month design-and-build process for this 32,000-square-foot home in Palm Desert, Calif., the primary goal of the homeowners—a couple in their 70s who...
Can Los Angeles—a youth-obsessed metropolis where erasing the signs of aging is a full-time job for many—love what is old? Judging from the past success of the Los Angeles Antiques Show, an annual...
When William Phelps’ rear-projection TV broke in the late 1970s, he figured he could fix it as well as anyone could, if not better. "The picture didn’t look as good as it did when the set was new,"...
It would be easy to mistake a Lazzara express yacht for a European import. Beyond the Italian name, these boats have the same sleek hull lines, curvilinear superstructures, and aggressive bows as the...
Sir Winston Churchill was often thought of as a bulldog and a lion?anything but mild. Yet the Winston Churchill cigar is among the tamest on today’s market. And like Sir Winston, it is also elegant...
Bibliophiles take note: The New York Antiquarian Book Fair will take place April 3-5 at the Park Avenue Armory. In its 49th year, the highly anticipated show presents more than 200 dealers of rare...
A new condominium-hotel residence venture in Park City, Utah, will be the first ski-in, ski-out resort added to the Waldorf-Astoria Collection, a group of unique hotels run by the Hilton Family of...
Scooters may get a bad rap as anemic grocery-getters, but Yamaha counters that image with its big-engined TMAX. This industrial-strength maxi scooter boasts a fuel-injected 499cc engine with enough...
Colorful and exotic, Indian jewelry has a distinctive style that is oftentimes too ornate for an American’s taste. Manju Jasty’s new eponymous collection, however, reconfigures traditional Indian...
Viking is a favorite American yacht brand among the diehard sportfisherman known to take off on hundred-mile trips seeking blue marlin or yellow tuna. But the company also sells its convertibles to...
On the heels of opening Murano restaurant in London’s Mayfair district last year, Angela Hartnett opened York & Albany, a delicatessen, restaurant, and boutique hotel, in the city’s north end...
Artist Ana Tzarev returned home to her studio in the South of France from a trip to Japan in 2001, one of the many trips the 73-year-old painter has taken in her almost 30-year love affair with the...
With Detroit’s 2009 North American International Auto Show as its stage, Audi unveiled the R8 5.2 FSI—a V-10-powered descendant of the R8 sports car, which up until now was only available with a V-8...
High-definition Blu-ray Discs have, to date, been under a sort of house arrest. A few high-powered laptops excepted, no portable device could play Blu-rays, so loading up a few discs to keep the kids...
London-based luxury house Alfred Dunhill has created a line of pens that pays homage to the company’s long-standing signature British bulldog. The bulldog fountain pen features a sterling silver-...
For the true racing enthusiast, securing a ticket to the F1 Grand Prix Monaco is an unparalleled experience. Securing accommodations at the popular race, however, can prove a nightmare. For this year...
When brothers Mike and Joe Chiusano introduced their Cusano 59 Rare Cameroon in 2008, it was notable for its east African Cameroon wrapper, rather than the spicier version from the west side of that...
Davide Blei, an Italian business executive who has collected more than 100 rare and important Rolex timepieces from the 1940-1980s, is putting his collection on the auction block March 22 at the...
The Ritz-Carlton’s latest real estate venture, The Ritz-Carlton Los Cabos, Quivira in Los Cabos, Mexico, is a 44-residence community on the shores where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. The...
While visiting Red Bull’s global training compound, we were politely asked to sign a waiver promising not to divulge its exact location. But it’s safe to say that the 1,000-acre outdoor facility is...

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