New & Noteworthy

Exploring the factories of the most prominent Swiss watchmakers requires an invitation, but even if they do open their doors, you may never see what really makes them tick. Though I had visited...
Even when abetted by the most advanced pearl-farming methods, an oyster’s chances of producing a high-quality South Sea pearl are no better than about 200 to 1. The Paspaley pearl farms, located...
Looking at the Richard Lange watch, the most prominent new timepiece from German maker A. Lange & Söhne, you would never imagine that its movement’s regulating organ is the product of 12 years of...
Like an art expert advising on the acquisition of a masterpiece, a jewelry consultant will educate you about the quality, rarity, and value of a particular gemstone, or help you find an antique piece...
The tiny Stephen Russell boutique on New York’s Upper East Side is a destination for those seeking extremely rare period jewelry, though its treasures are anything but antiquated. “This doesn’t look...
Europeans of the 16th and 17th centuries prized amber as much for its oddity as for its beauty: Although it was found on the shores of the Baltic Sea, which remains the world’s main source of the...
The Hatteras 77 Convertible, which will debut in October at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, would be a poor choice to replace Quint’s boat, Orca , in a Jaws remake. With the Hatteras,...
Air show pilot Michael Goulian has flown upside down thousands of times. This will be my first. I hear his voice, calm and quiet, in my headset: “Watch the nose as it goes above the horizon.” We have...
Gianni Versace Spa ( www.versace.com ) could make private aviation even more fashionable. The firm—which in recent years has expanded from haute couture into watches, jewelry, pens, fragrances, and...
In the very beginning, in the 1880s, while working independently and in separate workshops near Stuttgart, Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler invented the first automobiles, which eventually led to the...
Building on the legacy of a turn-of-the-19th-century watchmaker may seem limiting for a manufacturer during an era when modernism and technology dominate the industry. But when that watchmaker is...
Jérôme Lambert, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s 37-year-old CEO, understands that it will take more than his pet slogan “sky’s the limit” to change the culture and perception of a brand with a 173-year history...
The 30-mile stretch between the firths of Forth and Tay in eastern Scotland is hallowed ground for golfers. Muirfield, Kingsbarn, Carnoustie, and the legendary St. Andrews Links courses all play...
I first saw the Dalat Palace Golf Club in 1994, when my newlywed Vietnamese wife and I cycled past a long string of peasants in conical hats, planting grass by hand. “For what?” my wife asked the...
The Sturdy Stone Mansion that serves Manfred Prüm’s family as both their home and the headquarters for their J. J. Prüm winery stands on a southwesterly bank of the Mosel River in Wehlen, Germany, a...
The rumble of construction equipment shatters the serenity of the rolling Tuscan hills at Castiglion del Bosco, a private resort club on nearly 4,400 cypress-dotted acres 60 miles south of Florence...
With the advent of the R10, the turbo-diesel-powered prototype that is dominating the international Le Mans circuits, Audi’s R8 racecar recently went the way of the dodo. But a sports car of the same...
In 1949, a fellow named Molt Taylor, working in Longview, Wash., built a flying car. The vehicle, which he dubbed the Aerocar, never caught on: It proved difficult to operate in bad weather and,...
On October 14, 1947, when an Air Force captain named Chuck Yeager flew a rocket-propelled Bell XS-1 plane faster than Mach 1 (about 760 mph) over the town of Victorville, Calif., the accompanying...
Subtle is not the adjective that will jump to the tongue when Oceanco introduces its 702 superyacht next summer. At 269 feet long and almost 47 feet wide, this boat will turn heads when it pulls into...
During the last decade, the top two commercial aircraft manufacturers also have dominated the market for the largest corporate jets: Boeing, with its Boeing Business Jet (and BBJ2 and BBJ3...
The second Rolls-Royce model line to be built at the new Goodwood, England, factory will be a slightly modified version of the 100EX Centenary Experimental Car (pictured) that was first seen at the...
The sleepy village of Monticello in New York, where life moves decidedly more slowly than it does 100 miles to the south in Manhattan, will begin to pick up the pace next summer, when it will become...
A diamond usually is coveted for its brilliant sparkle, the result of light reflecting off the dozens of precisely positioned facets that a diamond cutter has made. But not everyone believes that...
Amanresorts was among the first luxury brands to establish accommodations on Turks and Caicos, the British West Indies islands on the Bahamas’ southeast fringe. The firm’s Amanyara resort, an...
Even among the fortune-plagued Olympians, Bacchus was an unlucky god. His mother, a Theban princess, was struck by a thunderbolt from his father, Zeus. Zeus wife, Hera, drove his adoptive parents mad...
Audemars Piguet initially delved into automotive-themed watches last year with the highly coveted, limited-edition Royal Oak Offshore Juan Pablo Montoya chronograph and the simpler but striking dual-...
Next July, Ducati will introduce its ultimate street-legal offering: a true replica of the Desmosedici GP6 that is competing in the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. Dubbed the Desmosedici RR, the new...
A newly formed racing organization flies in the face of the belief that sports are not rocket science. “We have the technology now to create a 21st-century racing league for a 21st-century audience...
This latest two-car clique, this high-powered upgrading of a recently refreshed coupe and a gently elegant roadster, may be recorded as England’s most regal union since Victoria and Albert. That is...

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