New & Noteworthy

THE GIFT A 5,760-square-foot pied-à-terre at the new Montage Beverly Hills. A custom-tailored interior-design scheme by Cheryl Rowley. A housewarming dinner for 12 guests, prepared by Wolfgang Puck...
One of San Francisco’s most imaginative new Northern Italian restaurants is not actually Italian at all—at least not according to its chef. "It would be a lie for me to say I’m doing Italian food,"...
Among automotive-themed watches, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX2 DBS Transponder ( www.jaeger-?lecoultre.com ) is a rarity in that it has a tangible connection to the car for which it is named: The...
Chris Wardle grew up in suburban Detroit and still spends considerable time there. But his true home, his "place of peace," is Bozeman, Mont., where he owns and operates Bozeman Watch ( www...
THE GIFT Round-trip private jet travel for two couples from New York to Champagne, France. Four-day stay as VIP guests at Dom Pérignon’s Château de Saran. Vertical tasting of Dom Pérignon’s rarest...
Like a baseball fan walking into Wrigley Field for the first time, I felt chills go up my spine when I took my first trip aboard the tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort—and not from the cold. The 40...
Peril and peace in porcelain Around 1900, ceramic artist Eduard Stellmacher created a haunting vase for Amphora, a manufactory in Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic). The piece,...
At the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, members of a Swiss delegation were shocked by a display of American watchmaking wizardry. At the time, Swiss craftsmen assembled timepieces one by...
THE GIFT A circa-1940 painting, Sans Titre (Tête de Jeune Femme) , by Pablo Picasso. A private tour of the artist’s former seaside studio in Antibes, France, now the Musée Picasso. Five nights’...
Frank Fleming’s statue The Storyteller —which depicts several figures, including a muscular man with the antlered head of a deer—symbolizes the tale of how Atlanta’s most exclusive neighborhood got...
1948 Delahaye 135MS Faget-Varnet Cabriolet Christian Dior knew not only how to sketch dresses, but also how to draw crowds. The French designer used to tempt passersby into his Parisian fashion house...
"Today’s billionaires want a 360-degree luxury-brand experience that is totally unique to them and to their lifestyle," says Candy & Candy owner Nick Candy. "They want the design of their...
THE GIFT One-of-a-kind MV Agusta F4RR 312 1078 motorcycle covered in 24-karat gold leaf. $150,000 Like most artists, MV Agusta president and CEO Claudio Castiglioni likes to sign his work. The ultra-...
For many, the words small private airplane immediately conjure images of a Piper Cub, the iconic two-seat, bright yellow, wood-and-fabric propeller plane from the 1930s. Today, Piper Aircraft of Vero...
In the spring of 1919, the British battleship HMS Marlborough departed the Crimean coast with a curious cargo of 85 passengers, representing the remnants of the 300-year-old Romanov dynasty. These...
Among the more memorable amenities that Edése Doret created recently in the interior of a private Boeing 747-400 was a cocktail bar that could disappear from view at a moment’s notice. "My client, a...
THE GIFT A two-week trip for the buyer and five friends to all nine of chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, Palm Beach, Vancouver, and Beijing. Behind-the-scenes tours of Boulud’s...
On the western edge of San Francisco Bay, on an increasingly developed stretch of Sausalito shoreline, is a small, unassuming boatyard called the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center. An old, three-legged...
The Chevrolet Corvette would not play in Paris. To paraphrase the old Chevy commercial jingle, the car is—like baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie—distinctly American. And it is overtly American. Since...
THE GIFT Create your own single-malt whisky at the Glenmorangie distillery in Tain, Scotland. Source trees for cask making in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains with Glenmorangie’s master distiller. Visit a...
Aldo Magada, ceo of the 2-year-old Geneva watchmaking firm Badollet, frets over what he sees as his industry’s lack of graciousness. "Unfortunately, the word service doesn’t seem to have been...
THE GIFT Become the sole benefactor of a 15-year program designed to return the northern white rhinoceros to its natural habitat, potentially saving the species from extinction. A one-week trip to...
THE GIFT Customized Vacheron Constantin men’s wristwatch. Five-night trip to Geneva, Switzerland, for two people. An exclusive tour of Vacheron Constantin’s watchmaking facilities, and hands-on...
The fresh mood of Maserati is punctuated by a sport button, high and to the left on the wooden, flowing center consoles of the marque’s two top-of-the-line models. Touch it while motoring in the 2009...
The Monaco-based Wally yacht company is best known for its futuristic, some would say quasi-militaristic, designs. The Wally 118, for instance, looks like a yacht out of a science fiction movie. Its...
THE GIFT Custom-made men’s wardrobe from Bergdorf Goodman consisting of one week’s worth of suits, a topcoat, a tuxedo, footwear, and accessories. Trip for two to Italy with Bergdorf Goodman’s...
THE GIFT An 18th-century blue-sapphire statuette—the Blue Venus—that once belonged to Russia’s Catherine the Great and, later, to Prince Felix Youssoupov. Price available upon request. When Prince...
With the growing popularity of wine collecting, copious wine clubs have cropped up to cater to every oenophilic taste. Whether you have a passion for Priorat or a love of the Loire, a wine club...
In 1923 Bentley Motors founder W.O. Bentley coined the “Speed” moniker in response to his customers’ emphatic requests for a more menacing version of the automaker’s 3 Litre model. The 3 Litre Speed...
THE GIFT A collection of eight wooden cabinets designed by David Linley as scale replicas of Bordeaux’s most celebrated wine châteaux. Eighteen bottles per cabinet of the corresponding château’s...

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