New & Noteworthy

Jan-Eric Österlund is a longtime fan of Britannia, a racing yacht commissioned in 1893 by the Prince of Wales, who stipulated that he wanted a fast vessel with enough accommodation to allow him to...
The Honda Gold Wing might be the most civilized means of traveling on two wheels. Its long list of optional features includes heated grips, heated seats and a heated passenger backrest, hot-air vents...
The Yamaha Star Roadliner’s designers say that they based the bike’s Art Deco styling—which includes such de­tails as beehive rear turn signals, a heart-shaped dual-element headlight, and a seamless...
In a market where up-to-the-second technology is essential to survival, MV Agusta’s Tamburini—named for its designer, Massimo Tamburini—incorporates enough engineering advances to distinguish it from...
It used to be that Mercedes-Benz built highly capable sedans wrapped in utterly conservative bodywork. Even when the German manufacturer ventured into the realm of high performance—say, the 300 SEL 6...
The 2007 Cadillac Escalade dem­onstrates that General Motors remains capable of producing a world-class vehicle. This completely redesigned full-size luxury sport utility has a number of impressive...
Choosing this year’s Best of the Best sedan was a prickly task. With great marques introducing so many fresh, fine models, the decision as to which four-door offered the most seductive combination of...
Its exhaust note turns heads even before the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder comes into view—quickly—as a razor-sharp, sculpted wedge in aluminum and composite that defines the modern sports car. Without...
As it celebrates the 100th anni­versary of its founding, Mont­blanc is offering a pen that surpasses 2005’s diamond-studded Bohème Royal, which captured last year’s Best of the Best accolade. The...
James de Givenchy enjoys presenting clients with designs that include stones they never before have seen, rarities such as fiery orange mandarin garnets or scintillating green tsavorite. “I simply...
Like many of her peers, jewelry designer Michelle Ong regards jewelry as an art form rather than as a fashion accessory. In her case, the art involves the irreverent use of precious gems in...
Somewhat decadent and remarkably relevant to contemporary styles, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Pierres de Caractère collection flaunts some of the world’s finest and rarest gems, including chunky, grape-...
When Harry Winston chairman Ronald Winston formed a separate watch division in Switzerland 15 years ago, he did so with the ambition of creating watches that are as rare as the company’s jewels. This...
On the surface, the Porsche Design Indicator does not appear to be a piece that would make a connoisseur’s wish list. It employs the Valjoux 7750, the most demotic chronograph movement, to offer what...
Even seasoned aficionados cannot keep their hands off Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph. When Jaeger’s North America president, Ronnie Wolfgang, produced the debut model...
Bernhard Guillaume-Gentil, chief architect of Vacheron Constantin’s Tour de l’Ile wristwatch, may have felt some additional pressure to complete his magnum opus before the company’s impending 250th...
The primary attraction of the DeWitt Academia Tourbillon Différentiel is its planetary gear system, which is visible through an aperture in the upper right portion of the dial. This novel mechanism...
Richard Mille, the maverick watch designer who, with his industrial-looking complicated timepieces, triggered the wave of modernism that recently swept the watch industry, is now expanding our notion...
Italian designer Stefano Ricci questioned his sanity more than once while transforming a run-down Chinese restaurant on New York’s Park Avenue into a multilevel Florentine fashion palazzo. “I thought...
Sport And Dress Shirts Luigi Borrelli Neapolitan shirtmaker Luigi Borrelli went into its century-old archives and emerged with the concept for this year’s Luxury Vintage label, a collection of dress...
While most brands tweak the same silhouette from one season to the next, Kiton tries to define the suit shape of the future. For fall, it has introduced the AD model, named for Kiton co-owner Antonio...
Tallying the votes for our Best of the Best selections was just a formality. Although we were unaware of its identity, we already knew which cigar was the favorite from among the eight recent...
When Queen Victoria died in 1901 at the age of 81, her bon vivant son, having finally ascended to the title of King Edward VII, descended into the royal cellars to take inventory. Among other...
Early on, the folks at Taylor Fladgate expected that the 2003 harvest would yield a spectacular port. Winemaker David Guimaraens said that the year presented “textbook ripening conditions,” and...
The Hennessy company history has no generation gaps. Maurice Hennessy represents the eighth generation of his family to run the company that Richard Hennessy founded in 1765, and master blender Yann...
One is hard-pressed to imagine a less likely professional precursor to the occupation of vintner than that of racecar driver. The very qualities that favor the success of a winemaker—a predisposition...
It is often assumed—and for good reason—that the classification of vineyards according to the quality of the wine they produce is a French invention. The French have a gift for analyzing the...
As one would expect of a property that has stood for more than 450 years, Château Haut-Brion, which was founded by the Pontacs, a wine merchant family, and was once owned by Talleyrand, Napoléon’s...
In 1893, members of the Kaesler family, who had immigrated to Australia from Silesia in the 1840s, cleared the tangled scrub from a 96-acre plot in the Barossa Valley and planted the entire property...
Cooking, like sports, is a young man’s game: A body can take only so many years of 12- to 14-hour days over an infernally hot stove. Chefs can begin feeling the strain in their 40s, and many depart...

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