New & Noteworthy

At the top Marques Monaco auto show in April, Pagani—the Italian automaker whose elusive Zonda Roadster is banned on American streets—unveiled the prototype for a high-fidelity audio system that...
Nothing affects the flavor of a whisky more than the wood in which it is aged. To that end, the 2009 release of Glenmorangie Astar (Gaelic for "journey") has been aged in slow-growth, fine-grain...
Kirk Hawkins is no stranger to taking risks. He has flown F-16s in the U.S. Air Force, raced motocross, and logged almost 1,000 skydives. Now the 41-year-old resident of Los Angeles is taking what...
The winds of change will be blowing with gale force in March, when Bugatti launches the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport—a convertible supercar that speeds to 224 mph with its top down. This hair-raising, $2...
Fascinated by the chimera of Greek mythology, Louis Cartier—a scion of the French jewelry house—commissioned in 1922 a jeweled bangle carved from coral in the shape of a two-headed version of the...
Embraer’s beginnings were humble. In 1960, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer began designing its first model, the Bandeirante, a somewhat primitive turboprop that it planned to mass-produce in a...
The new Phyllis Morris Originals Old Hollywood furniture line ( www.phyllismorris.com ) reflects the appreciation that the company’s namesake and founder had for dramatic flare. Like all of the 55-...
When the plane, a Boeing 727-?200, reaches an altitude of 22,000 feet above the Nevada desert, the uniformed, perky flight attendants give the all-clear sign. The other 34 passengers and I unbuckle...
Superstrong and ultralight, carbon fiber has long been the preferred material for high-performance applications that demand sturdiness. Formula 1 racecars, America’s Cup yachts, and even aerospace...
Two years ago Corum updated its 48-year-old Admiral’s Cup collection, which is dedicated to sailing. This year, the brand further invigorated the series with the Admiral’s Cup Tourbillon 48 , an...
After founding his eponymous winery in 2002, Cliff Lede struggled with its numbers. These were not financial figures; rather, the digits in question were the designations used to identify vineyard...
When shopping for personal aircraft, potential buyers often consider such factors as size, range, payload, and speed, among others. Verne Murray of Diablo, Calif., had something else in mind: fuel...
When the first 787 VIP rolls off the assembly line in Everett, Wash., in a few years, Boeing will send the new aircraft to a completion center of the purchaser’s choice for custom-designed interior...
Perini Navi—known for its graceful but highly technical sailing megayachts, like the 289-foot Maltese Falcon —is launching a stunning new line of motor yachts being designed by French naval architect...
Kaleidescape, the Sunnyvale, Calif., company whose 1U Server was featured in Robb Report ’s 2005 Best of the Best issue, recently introduced two movie players that enhance the media server’s...
Throughout his life, Swiss engineer Jean-Léon Reutter was fascinated by the idea of a clock that could keep time for centuries without a winding mechanism or an external power source. In 1928, upon...
"I discovered antique maps on a ski trip to Taos, where I stumbled into a shop selling them and instantly fell in love," says Barry Lawrence Ruderman, whose eponymous gallery overlooks the Pacific...
For nearly a century, Ermenegildo Zegna has pioneered proprietary fabrics and technologies that have redefined modern menswear. In 2006, Zegna Sport debuted the iJacket, which boasts a built-in touch...
The Daniel Roth il Giocatore Veneziano ( www.danielroth.com ) invites you to roll the dice on a $452,100 timepiece equipped with two of watchmaking’s oldest mechanisms, the minute repeater and the...
"You know what i would like to do?" begins Alain Ducasse, the peripatetic French chef. "I would like to build a restaurant on Mars." His visitor, an American, nods appreciatively at this notion. If...
Serious practitioners of the art may cite endless rules for successful barbecuing, but Steven Raichlen grills by just three: "Keep it hot, keep it clean, and keep it lubricated." On a particularly...
This year marks the 21st anniversary of Charlie Trotter’s flagship restaurant in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. And if all goes as planned, by early next year the renowned chef will be...
With print, as with celluloid, the most interesting material occasionally finds its final resting place on the well-littered floor of the proverbial cutting room. Such was the fate this month of a...
Paris, New York, and Tokyo The original Benoit opened in 1912, close to the Tour Saint-Jacques. Acquired by Ducasse in 2005, the restaurant remains one of the last authentic bistros in Paris and is...
"I am a frustrated hotelier," declares John Jordan, CEO of Jordan Vineyard & Winery, as he pilots our boat toward a small oak-enshrouded island at the center of the lake. We are on his Alexander...
Located on just 16 acres of picturesque vineyards in Tuscany’s coastal region of Bolgheri, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is renowned for producing a number of the best Super Tuscan blends, most notably...
Keeping track of thousands of the world’s top hotels and resorts is part of the daily routine for Robb Report associate editor Jennifer Hall. In this issue’s Luxury Preview special section, Hall...
London The first thing one notices at Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, in London, is the shimmering screen of 4,500 fiber–optic lights that drops from the ceiling to surround a space in the dining...
Fashion powerhouse Chanel, in an attempt to elevate its standing among watch collectors, approached Swiss watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet in recent years to collaborate on a movement. In September...
Although Italian sportswear designer Brunello Cucinelli only recently announced plans to launch his first men’s tailored clothing collection for spring 2009, his distinctive style has subtly...

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