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What » A two-part trip to see the best of Mexico’s coast and colonial core. Who » Hoteliers Goffredo and Alix Marcaccini moved from Los Angeles to Mexico in 1992. "After the L.A. riots," says...
What » An exploration of contrasting cultures in Japan and southern China. Who » Randy Lynch has traveled regularly to Asia since 1979, when he began working as a sales representative for Korean Air...
Well before the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus opened, engaged socialites were vying to be the first couple to marry on the hotel’s waterside terrace. The inaugural ceremony, which took...
Vogard, a small-scale Swiss watch manufacturer, specializes in custom travel watches built for the demands of, say, Bostonians who recoil from dialing up a time-zone setting marked "New York." The $...
Home-theater enthusiasts sometimes struggle to keep up with the technological tide—especially in audio, where a new latest-and-greatest format seems to emerge almost yearly. The Parasound Halo P7 7.1...
Tired of packing and repacking your luggage, lugging eveningwear outfits to important occasions, or organizing an entire family’s wardrobe for a ski vacation? Garde Robe, the New York-based luxury...
Oenophiles seeking a new wine experience may do well to sample the seasonal offerings of the Meadowood Vintners Collection. Members receive four bottles of Napa Valley red wines in each of the four...
Loiminchay’s newest Jazz pen may at first glance seem a departure from the company’s signature Asian art themes. But a closer look reveals a Zen-like blend of design and materials with an...
The Paul Kohn Design boutique in New York is the culmination of 20 years of design collaboration between the store’s owners, Elaine Paul and Barbara Shaltuck Kohn. The two friends, who enjoyed...
Jewelry designer Sharon Khazzam spent a few years amassing the unusual fancy colored diamonds for her latest necklace featuring 111 diamonds, each in a different shape, color, and size. “This...
“Everything is permissible as long as it is fantastic,” designer Carlo Mollino (1905–1973) once said. His Arabesque table, made of laminated plywood and glass, will be a highlight of Christie’s...
Bell & Ross watch company specializes in timepieces with complicated movements and large, easy-to-read faces and has designed watches for French civil defense bomb squad, the Belgian Grand Prix,...
A new residence community has opened in Southern California's secluded Anza-Borrego Desert, the largest unspoiled and permanently protected state park in the United States. The Borrego Ranch...
With 18 Michelin stars and a dozen restaurants in seven different countries, it’s difficult to imagine that chef Joël Robuchon has more to accomplish. However, on December 2 the celebrated chef...
Those who fear their invitation to one of the inaugural balls will be lost in the mail are guaranteed to dance in Barack Obama’s presidency with the Red, White, Blue, and Green offering by the Ritz-...
On a visit with the family of the shah of Iran at the age of 16, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia requested an opportunity to view the famous Imperial Crown Jewels. The request did not arise from the...
THE GIFT Custom 33-carat diamond Tibaldi pen with Baccarat case. First-class travel to, and five-star accommodations in, Italy; helicopter transport between Florence, Bologna, and Naples— three...
Peter Lyngdorf, the Danish audio engineer responsible for some of the electronics industry’s most significant advances in digital technology, began his career at an early age. "It all started when I...
Cigar smokers consider age a blessing, so they may well deem the León Jimenes 300 Series a near-miracle. The cigar, created to celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary, is crafted from tobaccos...
Montblanc has become a watchmaker worthy of a collector’s attention, thanks to its own initiative and a strategic union with a well-regarded industry brand. The German company, which is best known...
THE GIFT One-of-a-kind haute couture parure from Chanel Fine Jewelry consisting of a 70-carat necklace with an 8-carat white-diamond center stone and 2,218 smaller diamonds, and a 6-carat ring with...
In the middle ages, kings hung richly detailed tapestries behind their thrones as symbols of authority. Today, the crafts are often limited to depictions of staid abstract patterns or dull landscapes...
In the 1980s, German aerobatic pilot Walter Extra designed the Extra 230, a high-performance monoplane in which he won several international aerobatic competitions. Extra’s latest design, the Extra...
Many years have passed since Bruce Canepa strapped himself into a state-of-the-art Porsche and drove to glory in a series of paved- and dirt-road races. But at 58, he still carries himself like a...
THE GIFT A model railroad with four iconic American trains from the golden age of railroading. A re-creation of landmarks, major cities, and stations on the trains’ routes from New York to Los...
"When evaluating a piece for prospective purchase, the first question I always ask myself is, ‘Was it modern in its time, or was it prudent, or conservative?’ " says Roberto Polo, the artistic...
With 149 baguette diamonds weighing a total of 15 carats, the Hermès Cape Cod 1928 Baguette ( www.hermes.com ) is the French fashion house’s most extravagant timepiece. The diamonds are set without...
Paul Courchene and Jim Luckie made it easy on their movers. For six years the couple lived in a traditional, 1920s Spanish Colonial–style residence that Courchene built near the ocean in historic...
THE GIFT A 328-foot yacht designed by Ken Freivokh. Two Freivokh-designed tenders. Starting at $300 million "Pretty much all of my commissions have come from an owner who had something specific in...
"A pattern combining elegance and solidity to a degree hitherto unknown," read the advertisement in the Illustrated London News for the Staunton chess set upon its introduction in 1849. In one of...

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