New & Noteworthy

Since its founding in 1979, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco has featured virtually everyone in the photographic pantheon, from Eugène Atget to Diane Arbus to Walker Evans. Four consecutive exhibits...
With a 560 hp v-10 engine snitched from the Lamborghini Gallardo, a top speed of 199 mph, and a zero-to-60-mph time of just a sniff over 3.5 seconds, the Audi R8 GT ( www.audiusa.com ) is a race-...
If BMW’s slogan of "building the ultimate driving machine" refers to its vehicles’ muscle and punch, it does not apply to the BMW 650i convertible ( www.bmwusa.com ) . Though the $91,000 car receives...
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...
Last year’s arrival of Bisazza Bagno, a new bath division from the Italian mosaics company Bisazza, introduced unprecedented artistry to the room that needed it most. The company’s first two...
RLX Ralph Lauren has grown from a collection of stylish sports gear to a full-blown line of apparel and accessories designed to meet even professional athletes’ demands. For its high-performance gear...
For a time, Restaurant 1833 (831.643.1833, www.restaurant1833.com ) seemed unlikely to become a standard-bearer for today’s casual yet savvy approach to fine dining. Its debut was beset by long...
Few art galleries can claim a continuous history under the same name for nearly two centuries. Yet C.G. Boerner has been purveying prints and drawings by the Old Masters since 1826. Founded in...
The Bay Course at Costa Navarino ( www.costanavarinogolf.com ) is the second of what will eventually be at least four courses at the sprawling Costa Navarino resort in Messenia, a historically...
Capable of covering 4,600 miles when carrying four passengers, the Dassault Falcon 2000LX (201.440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) boasts the best range among super midsize jets. It can fly from New...
Not since the 1977 launch of the Cent-Cinquantenaire that celebrated Grand Marnier’s 150th anniversary has there been a liqueur from the Marnier Lapostolle family of such depth and thoroughly...
One of the first wines of note to emerge from the now-bustling Paso Robles region on California’s Central Coast was a wine called Isosceles, a Pauillac-style blend of Cabernet Sau­vignon, Merlot, and...
It was not D-Day, but it was a complicated maneuver covering three continents and six time zones. On January 12, Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 opened simultaneously in all 11...
The four-door, six-seat TLC Icon FJ44 made the Best of the Best list last year for its refreshing take on the Toyota Land Cruiser and for its purposeful design. Now company founder Jonathan Ward has...
Touring bikes are specialized machines designed to make the miles melt away, but their narrow purpose is their drawback. Most touring rigs endure months of downtime, while more versatile steeds see...
High above the chaos that is Bangkok’s central business district, the Elemis Spa at the St. Regis Bangkok (+66.2.207.7777, www.stregis.com ) seems to float, heavenlike, in midair. Visitors enter the...
Danish audio wizard Peter Lyngdorf—inventor of two audio systems previously named Robb Report ’s Best of the Best—has outdone himself with the Steinway Lyngdorf S-Series ( www.steinwaylyngdorf.com...
Old is new with Isaia’s richly textured topcoat. The company employs a 14th-century Tuscan method of processing wool to create the characteristic curls of its Casentino cloth. The process, which...
At L’Abeille (33.1.53.67.19.90, www.shangri-la.com ) , his plush new restaurant in the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, chef Philippe Labbé proves that formal French fine dining can still be deliciously...
Now in its third generation, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) comes with an all-new twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine (the same one that powers the CLS63 AMG), which produces 550 hp...
Golf has a rich tradition of amateur architects, design neophytes who put their passion into a project and, on occasion, create something special. Though an unlikely pair of shaping savants, the...
The Cessna Citation Sovereign (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com ) is a bit of an enigma. Its price ($17.9 million), low fuel consumption (247 gallons per flight hour), and runway performance (it can take...
The Speyside Distillery owned by William Grant & Sons has released the second version of an incredible single malt: The Balvenie 40 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Batch Two ( www.thebalvenie...
Father-and-son winemaking team Alex and Paul Golitzin count among their ancestors Prince Lev Sergeyevich Golitsyn—a member of one of Russia’s most distinguished noble houses and the founder of Crimea...
Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson is the J.D. Salinger of comic-strip artists—worshipped by his fans and pathologically media-shy. So when Heritage Auctions offered an original Watterson...
The first Shelby Mustang G.T.350 (model years 1965 and 1966) expressed a purity of purpose unmatched by later models. It was nearly race-ready off the showroom floor. Today, originals are coveted...
Confederate Motors has been building ambitiously designed, hand-assembled motorcycles since 1991, but for its latest creation, the Birmingham, Ala.–based manufacturer has introduced a new platform...
After a few fits and starts, the McLaren MP4-12C ( www.mclaren.com ) finally has made it to America. We were sorry that McLaren chose not to participate in this year’s Robb Report Car of the Year...
Not since the 2008 release of Pioneer’s fabled Kuro Elite plasma TV has a display panel hit the market with such a refined picture as that of the new Elite LCD TV. After Pioneer shut down its plasma...
Gucci has reached beyond the brand’s shiny, hard edges, creating a rich vintage look for a fall line of exceedingly functional travel bags. This duffel, made with distressed lambskin and a...

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