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In these delicate times, the last thing anybody wants to do is stir up hard feelings between the French and the Germans, especially over something as evanescent as a matter of taste. But one has...
THE GIFT Cartier Le Ciel mystery clock. $2.5 million "The mystery clock was made in a time when great artists and craftsmen worked without restrictions," says Lee Siegelson, owner of the Manhattan...
The return of the long-lost sibling is a dramatic device thoroughly exhausted by novelists from Dickens to Dumas; yet this well-worn formula provides a plot twist in the ongoing story of Black...
A circa-1850 weathervane fashioned in the form of a fireman pointing with an outstretched arm, colloquially known as Old Jake, will be one of the highlights of the annual Sotheby’s Important...
When Liveras Yachts of Monaco decided, in 2007, to transform a small cruise ship into a luxury charter vessel, there was plenty of room for big design ideas. The biggest came to fruition in the form...
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...
Even some of the world’s finest hotel suites offer nothing more for the music lover than a mere clock radio. The Soundmatters Foxl portable audio system ensures that you enjoy high-quality sound...
The Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association has completed one of its longtime goals for its 12th Annual Appellation Collection: A bottle of 2004 cabernet sauvignon is included from all 15 of its...
For men who cannot wait the obligatory four to six months for Béatrice Amblard’s custom-made leather goods, there is good news. The Hermès-trained artisan has launched a ready-made line of men’s...
The Historical Design Gallery in New York, known for its exhibitions of sculpture and form, will exhibit photography for the first time in its current installation, “Argent: Photography and Objects...
Tiffany & Co. is offering a new level of personalization for its clients: customized hand-painted fine porcelain table settings made by its Parisian atelier. Clients are invited to meet with a...
Flexjet, the private aviation company, is providing its clients more than just transportation this holiday season. Anyone who purchases a Flexjet 25 Expert Guide Edition fractional ownership jet card...
The 140-year-old Italian watchmaker Panerai will open its first New York boutique in early December at 545 Madison Avenue. It’s the latest in a series of store openings worldwide that includes...
The latest restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is Market, which opened this month in the One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico. The venue is a collaboration between the...
When Horace E. Dodge sold Dodge Automobiles to Henry Ford in 1919, he promised to buy his wife Anna any “earthly thing she wanted” with his payment of $12.5 million. She wanted pearls, and he...
Imagine a charming yet modern villa with space for 20?but it’s at sea. The Altura 840 is the latest long-distance cruiser from Ferretti Yachts. She has a sleek hull with large windows in both the...

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