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A shipment of $200 worth of Michel Cluizel chocolate, selected by you from the company’s range of offerings, every week for the rest of your life. A chocolate room for your home designed by Richard...
A 1931 Voisin C20 Simoun Demi-Berline, the only known remaining car of its kind. Price $5.5 million It seems fitting that Gabriel Voisin’s surname should be an anagram for vision, as the French...
Four seasons’ worth of clothes from four American wardrobe consultants. The nearly 600 clothing items will include a tuxedo made from pashmina, two suits of Guanashina cloth, a dozen shirts...
In the early 1950s, General Motors designer Harley Earl, fresh from watching world speed records being set at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, conceived the Pontiac Bonneville Special. His vision of jet...
A collection of Château d’Yquem that includes at least one bottle of every vintage produced from 1860 through 2003. A pair of walnut wine cabinets designed by David Linley to house the collection...
ExperiMental, the first racing motorcycle made by Canadian custom bike builder Roger Goldammer. Price $450,000 During his childhood in British Columbia, Canada, Roger Goldammer often helped his...
A custom skeleton Tecnica timepiece from Swiss watchmaker Michel Parmigiani. Three limited-edition Kalpa skeleton watches, two of which mark Parmigiani’s 30th anniversary as an independent watchmaker...
The Koenigsegg CCX, a made-to-order, 240-plus mph, 806 hp Swedish supercar, customized with the exterior and interior colors of your choice. A private tour of the Koenigsegg factory near Angelholm,...
John Winston, an artist who prefers to go by simply Winston, recently carved a 391-carat chunk of turquoise into the shape of an American bald eagle. The piece is an impressive example of his work,...
Finally—after years of design and R&D, missed deadlines, and revised timetables—very light jets (VLJs) soon will reach customers. More than a half-dozen companies are building these zippy...
A smoker’s definition of the perfect cigar will depend as much on the time of day as on his palate. Even stalwarts will find heavier cigars overwhelming at a morning affair, and those same veterans...
Among the millions of tales concerning the Emerald Isle is the one about the Aer Lingus captain, who, upon his airliner’s approach to Shannon Airport, advised the passengers, “We will shortly be...
Europeans of the 16th and 17th centuries prized amber as much for its oddity as for its beauty: Although it was found on the shores of the Baltic Sea, which remains the world’s main source of the...
The tiny Stephen Russell boutique on New York’s Upper East Side is a destination for those seeking extremely rare period jewelry, though its treasures are anything but antiquated. “This doesn’t look...
Like an art expert advising on the acquisition of a masterpiece, a jewelry consultant will educate you about the quality, rarity, and value of a particular gemstone, or help you find an antique piece...
Looking at the Richard Lange watch, the most prominent new timepiece from German maker A. Lange & Söhne, you would never imagine that its movement’s regulating organ is the product of 12 years of...
Even when abetted by the most advanced pearl-farming methods, an oyster’s chances of producing a high-quality South Sea pearl are no better than about 200 to 1. The Paspaley pearl farms, located...
Exploring the factories of the most prominent Swiss watchmakers requires an invitation, but even if they do open their doors, you may never see what really makes them tick. Though I had visited...
A newly formed racing organization flies in the face of the belief that sports are not rocket science. “We have the technology now to create a 21st-century racing league for a 21st-century audience...
The Hatteras 77 Convertible, which will debut in October at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, would be a poor choice to replace Quint’s boat, Orca , in a Jaws remake. With the Hatteras,...
Audemars Piguet initially delved into automotive-themed watches last year with the highly coveted, limited-edition Royal Oak Offshore Juan Pablo Montoya chronograph and the simpler but striking dual-...
The 30-mile stretch between the firths of Forth and Tay in eastern Scotland is hallowed ground for golfers. Muirfield, Kingsbarn, Carnoustie, and the legendary St. Andrews Links courses all play...
Even among the fortune-plagued Olympians, Bacchus was an unlucky god. His mother, a Theban princess, was struck by a thunderbolt from his father, Zeus. Zeus wife, Hera, drove his adoptive parents mad...
The walls of Gruhn Guitars, George Gruhn’s shop in Nashville, Tenn., are lined with vintage electric, acoustic, and steel guitars, as well as mandolins, ukuleles, and violins, but on this busy...
Amanresorts was among the first luxury brands to establish accommodations on Turks and Caicos, the British West Indies islands on the Bahamas’ southeast fringe. The firm’s Amanyara resort, an...
In the very beginning, in the 1880s, while working independently and in separate workshops near Stuttgart, Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler invented the first automobiles, which eventually led to the...
A diamond usually is coveted for its brilliant sparkle, the result of light reflecting off the dozens of precisely positioned facets that a diamond cutter has made. But not everyone believes that...
With the advent of the R10, the turbo-diesel-powered prototype that is dominating the international Le Mans circuits, Audi’s R8 racecar recently went the way of the dodo. But a sports car of the same...
During the last decade, the top two commercial aircraft manufacturers also have dominated the market for the largest corporate jets: Boeing, with its Boeing Business Jet (and BBJ2 and BBJ3...
The second Rolls-Royce model line to be built at the new Goodwood, England, factory will be a slightly modified version of the 100EX Centenary Experimental Car (pictured) that was first seen at the...

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