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Irish history is inextricably intertwined with the British, and the Merrion hotel’s pedigree is no exception. Mornington House, one of four renovated 18th-century townhomes on Dublin’s Upper Merrion...
Every afternoon, live chamber music and the scents of jasmine and Darjeeling drift through the grand lobby of the Peninsula Hong Kong . Here, surrounded by boutiques and dwarfed by neoclassic columns...
C.F. Martin & Co.’s 1 millionth guitar suitably marks the milestone. Beginning in 2002, inlay artist Larry Robinson spent two years laboring over what would become the most elaborately ornamented...
Bending and welding metal into a chair that is as compelling to look at as it is comfortable to sit on is a relatively straightforward process, in Paul Freundt’s opinion, if you understand human...
In a field of broken stalks stands General Cigar president and chief operating officer Daniel Núnez. Scattered bits of stems and leaves, still showing faint traces of green, indicate that this ground...
An American Dream, Norman Mailer describes Las Vegas of 1965 as “a jeweled city on the horizon, spires rising in the night, but the jewels were diadems of electric and the spires were the neon of...
Robert Goldstein, president of the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, lives for his watches. More precisely, Goldstein lives with his watches. Rather than store his collection of more than 50 timepieces...
Bentley’s Continental GT Convertible is much more than the third of the company’s triplets. The car represents the third ace in a full house, the third member of a trifecta, the completion of a hat...
Three-quarters of a century after Ford installed a V-8 engine in its 1932 Roadster, a car that the So-Cal Speed Shop has re-created, the quest to coax higher performance out of mass-produced vehicles...
"Out of control at or below 10,000 feet: Eject.” Of all the warnings and cautions contained in the fighter jet training packet, this was the one that alarmed me most; my civilian pilot training did...
PROVING THEIR METAL First we had the Bugatti Veyron watch from Parmigiani—coinciding with the introduction of the $1.2 million Bugatti 16.4 Veyron supercar—and now comes the Safe Bugatti...
When Tony Stone encounters a tea caddy—a decorative container that can fit in both hands and was designed to keep tea leaves fresh—he sees much more than a pretty little box. For Stone, a London...
Before saying yes to Suzanne Lovell last fall, Sam Kasten had turned down many offers from other designers seeking to create home goods collections from his hand-loomed textiles. Kasten, founder of...
In a covert gesture of affection in 1935, Wallis Simpson gave platinum cuff links bearing the initials W and E rendered in diamond baguettes to her paramour, Edward, the Prince of Wales, who was...
Near the end of a day full of speeches by scientists, entrepreneurs, and government officials during the 14th annual Space Access Society (SAS) conference in Phoenix, Reda Anderson approached the...
Chris Dickson, helmsman of the BMW Oracle America’s Cup team, keeps his hands steady on the carbon-fiber wheel of the just-launched USA 87, careful not to push the 79-foot yacht beyond its limits in...
A vessel the caliber of Charlatan is an anomaly in the South Pacific, which, unlike the Caribbean, suffers from a paucity of crewed luxury yachts. This is unfortunate when you consider that this...
We had a large group of friends who wanted to be together on a Caribbean cruise, but we also wanted the intimacy of a medium- to large-size yacht, not something as grand as Christina O. Our charter...
Those who charter Christina O join a roster of passengers who have included John F. Kennedy, the Aga Khan, Winston Churchill, Maria Callas, Rudolph Nureyev, J. Paul Getty, Greta Garbo, Frank Sinatra...
As the world’s largest sloop, the 247-foot-long Mirabella V tends to draw attention to herself. In fact, her mast, rising nearly 300 feet from the deck, is so tall that pilots complained it was a...
Contrary to the recent, rampant speculation circulating in Internet chat rooms, Leonardo da Vinci did not sketch the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. Credit for the shape instead goes to Frank Stephenson—...
In the year and a half since Steve Berkowitz became a member of Quintess, the 47-year-old Micro­soft executive has traveled with his family to an estate in Napa Valley, taken his college roommates to...
Atop a nameless mountain in western British Columbia, surrounded by a cloud and struggling to keep my balance in knee-deep snow, I inspect my transceiver while our heli-skiing guide demonstrates how...
On a cloudless March morning in Egypt, several hundred men and women mill about the dusty Giza Plateau, oohing and aahing and craning their necks to take in the vastness of the shape that looms over...
Keeping the Faith The first-draft itinerary for TCS Expe­ditions’ Great Faiths 2007 trip, which explores some of the world’s most sacred sites, spanned 40 days. While that duration was appealing...
As morning breaks, the blast from an avalanche-control charge serves as reveille. A few minutes pass, and then boom! The second explosion suggests that it has snowed all night. The view from the...
On March 29, representatives from several destination clubs gathered in Las Vegas to begin establishing regulatory guidelines for their industry. The conference came at a time when the budding...
Zino Davidoff no doubt would have enjoyed smoking the meaty and spicy cigars that his namesake company made to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth. The limited-edition Diademas Finas and the...
In jewelry, color is usually expressed in gems or enamel, which can be too heavy and fragile,” says New York designer Kara Ross, who spent more than a year experimenting with titanium for her latest...
On California’s Monterey coast, in a cavernous building constructed out of reclaimed barn wood, Myong Yang, a seamstress for Robert Talbott for the last 23 years, gently folds a kite-size length of...

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