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Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, partners in the wildly experimental Chicago restaurant Alinea, devised an even more daring concept for Next, a shape-shifter whose menus are inspired by a specific...
The Rosewood San Miguel de Allende (+52.415.152.9700, www.rosewoodhotels.com ) has brought a new level of luxury to San Miguel de Allende while staying true to the traditions of this former Spanish...
Unlike its more classically shaped siblings, the Custom Line 100 (+39.0543.787511, www.customline-yacht.com ) , the first of which the Ferretti Group unveiled last July, features a sporty design with...
The high-performance Gulfstream G150 (912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) burns 170 gallons of fuel per hour, making it the most fuel-efficient jet in this category, and the one with the lowest...
The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2011 ( www.myfathercigars.com , $16) is produced solely by Garcia himself, president of My Father Cigars and son of famed Cuban expatriate master...
In the early 1970s, when Denis Horgan acquired Leeuwin Estate, now one of Australia’s most important viticultural properties, there was not a vine in sight: It was a cattle ranch. Working with...
While usually considered a traditional men’s brand, Girard-Perregaux repeatedly has proven adept at adding contemporary elements to its classical shapes to make them more appealing to women. Its...
The Aventador LP 700-4 is as ferocious as its namesake, a Spanish bull that performed in a notoriously violent fight in the early 1990s. It is big and imposing and no gentle giant. Powered by a new 6...
Most Jaguar disciples considered the standard Jaguar XK coupe and roadster—with their 5-liter engines and 385 hp—naughty enough. Then came the XK-R, which added a supercharger and 125 units of...
The story behind Renovo ’s ( www.renovobikes.com ) wooden-framed road and mountain bikes is one of careful calculation and good fortune. Twenty years ago, the company’s founder, Ken Wheeler,...
A triumph of form and function, the KEF Blade (732.683.2356, www.kef.com ) is a standout loudspeaker in its price class for its superb coherence and ability to reproduce complex audio at all...
Ermenegildo Zegna has delivered the fall’s most tempting sportswear collection. It features a range of stylish pieces in luxuriously relaxed materials, including (from far left) a suede coat with...
A year after chef Christopher Kostow won three Michelin stars at The Restaurant at Meadowood (707.967.1205, www.meadowood.com ) , he made a surprising move: He closed for three months and rethought...
Spread across three basement-level floors of a new 15-story, 78-room hotel, Espa at the Istanbul Edition (+90.212.317.7700, www.editionhotels.com ) opened in March 2011 in the bustling residential...
Tilli Antonelli, who founded the Pershing yacht company in 1981, made a splash last April with the debut of the inaugural model from his new brand, Wider. With the Wider 42, the industry veteran and...
Elbow room should not be an issue in the Hawker 900XP (316.676.0800, www.hawkerbeechcraft.com ) , because its cabin is 5 feet 9 inches tall and a full 6 feet wide, giving the jet a cross section that...
Typically, single-malt Scotch is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and used sherry casks. But in 1994, Glenmorangie—the best-selling single malt in Scotland—began releasing the results of experiments with...
Although Calistoga is home to what is perhaps Napa Valley’s most fabled and historic vineyard, the region was only very recently approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau as an...
Unlike so many of Patek Philippe’s men’s watches, the brand’s latest series of women’s complicated timepieces will spend more time on their owners’ wrists than in their safes—or at least they should...
By the numbers, no sports car has more loyalists than the Porsche 911. With nearly 50 years under its belt, the 911 series has undergone seven fundamental changes while remaining true to the original...
Aston martin is a boutique builder of beauties—luxury sports cars that cling tightly to the past yet never show their age. Silhouettes have remained similar for decades, and even today they continue...
Space is at a premium in London, relegating many establishments, spas included, to the dark and dank confines of the city’s basements. Not so at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, which...
In 2008, Australia-based financiers and audiophiles Murali Murugasu and David Payes brought together a dream team of designers and engineers to create a new standard for audio componentry. Last...
Prada has captured the retro spirit of fall with an exceptional collection of bold, geometric twill neckties based on 1920s and ’30s designs ($215 each). With flashes of bright color and patterns,...
Chef Eric Ripert’s temple to all that is piscine, Le Bernardin (212.554.1515, www.le-bernardin.com ) has been at the top of Manhattan’s food chain since it opened in 1986. But while Ripert has...
Since their introduction nearly 14 years ago, destination clubs have become popular with affluent travelers looking to vacation in, but not own, multimillion-dollar homes worldwide. But with the...
With its flexible flybridge and countless other customizable features, the Azimut 45 (+39.011.93.161, www.azimutyachts.com ) is one of the most versatile yachts in its size range. The flybridge...
The Bombardier Challenger 300 (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) can take off in 4,900 feet of runway and climb to a cruising altitude of 41,000 feet in less than 19 minutes. It has a maximum cruise...
To make a superb extra añejo —a tequila aged three years or longer—requires not only a superb añejo but also an equally superb blanco , for they all emanate from the same distillate. Last year,...
Mark Aubert’s career has been a peripatetic one. After succeeding celebrated winemaker Helen Turley at Peter Michael Winery, where for nine years he produced magnificent Chardonnays and ethereally...

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