New & Noteworthy

It was only a matter of time before the sole Carroll Shelby-licensed builder of Cobra replicas joined forces with one of America’s premier builders of performance engines. The result of that...
Gordon Ramsay has ventured across the Channel to open Gordon Ramsay au Trianon, located in the 199-room Trianon Palace and Spa in Versailles, France. The kitchen is helmed by Simone Zanoni, who was...
Distilled from fresh cane juice, cachaça—the national spirit of Brazil—is naturally sweet and refreshing, making it an ideal base for cocktails. A straightforward, uncomplicated spirit, it is...
Two Italian luxury brands, known for age-old craftsmanship and up-to-the-minute design and technology, have partnered on a new pen. The Tibaldi for Riva limited-edition collection of writing...
If not for the cactus-strewn landscape of Arizona’s Paradise Valley (a residential enclave of Scottsdale) and the famed Camelback Mountain looming nearby, guests of the newly opened InterContinental...
Following in the footsteps of Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo, Rickard Shah has, over the past decade, slowly attracted an A-list Hollywood clientele for its sexy stilettos. Now the Italian footwear...
Electronics company MBL , based in Berlin, with offices in New York City, has created the 101X-Treme speaker, a new system using pulsating spheres that radiate equal amounts of energy at all...
When Piper introduced the Matrix, a big six-seat piston single-engine airplane, just over a year ago, it was greeted with plenty of skepticism?or at best, yawns, from the aviation press. Essentially...
The Whist restaurant at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., launched a creative food-and-wine pairing series that invites more social mingling than traditional seated dinners. Between courses...
Ferrari traditionally names its automobiles after members of the Ferrari family and Italian locales: the Dino, the Enzo, the Maranello, and the Modena, for example. The Italian sports car...
"Every guitar has its own personality," says luthier John Monteleone. "It’s my job to give it its own dynamic voice. Each one I make is an extension of my soul." At 61, Monteleone is a master of his...
With just 77 examples scheduled for production, the Aston Martin One-77 ( www.one-77.com ) might be the most elusive Aston ever. The car’s rarity—and estimated $2 million price—is a function of its...
Who knew that viewing Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story could be such a moving experience? The D-Box Motion Code system ( www.d-box.com ), priced from $4,400 to $12,700, enables you to feel a movie’s...
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB "The client is not always right," Enzo Ferrari once remarked. However, in 1957, when Hollywood, Calif., Ferrari dealer John von Neumann requested that Ferrari build...
Italian boatbuilder Azimut is venturing into deeper waters with a new series of Magellano expedition yachts (named, appropriately, after the world’s first circumnavigator, Ferdinand Magellan). The...
As Wolfgang Puck makes his customary evening rounds of the dining room at Spago in Beverly Hills, Calif., the members of our party glance up from the formidable palisade of crystal wine glasses...
Though the first winery in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District opened its doors in 1878, California’s best-known varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon, did not arrive in the appellation until the early 1960s,...
Nick Stellino, a Los Angeles–based television chef, author, and marketing consultant, speaks with obvious relish about the "structure and flow" of timepieces, and compares them to evolving forms of...
Haling any new product as a classic usually seems premature, but you might find it difficult to disagree with such an assessment after sampling a La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Miami . With its...
Perhaps our most daunting challenge as editors of a magazine about connoisseurship is that our audience is one of the most sophisticated and knowledgeable ever to turn the pages of a periodical...
The problem with monogrammed cuff links is that your initials are not unique. Your fingerprints, however, are. While experimenting with wax for his jewelry, James de Givenchy, of James de Givenchy...
At a London auction in December, Laurence Graff—the founder of Graff Diamonds International—paid about $25 million for the 300-year-old Wittelsbach diamond, a 35.56-carat grayish-blue stone once...
The new Runco CineWall CW-95HD ( www.runco.com ), a $50,000 self-contained in-wall projection system, has a diagonal measurement of 8 feet but requires a depth of just 33 inches for installation. The...
A dark, cavernous main floor; a stark white salon festooned with ostrich feathers; illuminated cracked-glass walls; and kaleidoscopic light shows emanating from the windows at night are not features...
Watchmaker Bernard Richards cannot be accused of procrastinating. He initially unveiled his BRM TR1 , TR2 , and TR3 timepieces ( www.brm-manufacture.com )—oversize tourbillons that feature rugged...
When the Canadian Arctic begins to thaw in the spring, dozens of Inuvialuit, one of the region’s indigenous peoples, scour the tundra for the downy underwool known as qiviuk (pronounced kiv-ee-uck )...
When Pelé published his autobiography in 1977, he dedicated it to "all the people who have made [soccer] the Beautiful Game." While GRO Design and TIM Modelmakers, a pair of Dutch companies, cannot...
Yves Saint Laurent turned fashion into art not only through his work as one of the 20th century’s greatest couturiers, but also by spending the earnings from his fashion empire to amass an...
Marie Antoinette’s custom desk. Neither the many accolades heaped upon nor the charges leveled at Marie Antoinette during and after her lifetime—Queen of Fashion and Style, Queen of Prodigal Spending...
The unusual shape of the culebra invites conversation—or at least questions—about the cigar and exactly how one smokes it. The culebra is actually three cigars in one, a trio of long, thin panatelas...

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