New & Noteworthy

Oenophiles seeking a new wine experience may do well to sample the seasonal offerings of the Meadowood Vintners Collection. Members receive four bottles of Napa Valley red wines in each of the four...
Tired of packing and repacking your luggage, lugging eveningwear outfits to important occasions, or organizing an entire family’s wardrobe for a ski vacation? Garde Robe, the New York-based luxury...
Loiminchay’s newest Jazz pen may at first glance seem a departure from the company’s signature Asian art themes. But a closer look reveals a Zen-like blend of design and materials with an...
The Paul Kohn Design boutique in New York is the culmination of 20 years of design collaboration between the store’s owners, Elaine Paul and Barbara Shaltuck Kohn. The two friends, who enjoyed...
Jewelry designer Sharon Khazzam spent a few years amassing the unusual fancy colored diamonds for her latest necklace featuring 111 diamonds, each in a different shape, color, and size. “This...
“Everything is permissible as long as it is fantastic,” designer Carlo Mollino (1905–1973) once said. His Arabesque table, made of laminated plywood and glass, will be a highlight of Christie’s...
Bell & Ross watch company specializes in timepieces with complicated movements and large, easy-to-read faces and has designed watches for French civil defense bomb squad, the Belgian Grand Prix,...
A new residence community has opened in Southern California's secluded Anza-Borrego Desert, the largest unspoiled and permanently protected state park in the United States. The Borrego Ranch...
With 18 Michelin stars and a dozen restaurants in seven different countries, it’s difficult to imagine that chef Joël Robuchon has more to accomplish. However, on December 2 the celebrated chef...
Those who fear their invitation to one of the inaugural balls will be lost in the mail are guaranteed to dance in Barack Obama’s presidency with the Red, White, Blue, and Green offering by the Ritz-...
Paul Courchene and Jim Luckie made it easy on their movers. For six years the couple lived in a traditional, 1920s Spanish Colonial–style residence that Courchene built near the ocean in historic...
THE GIFT A 328-foot yacht designed by Ken Freivokh. Two Freivokh-designed tenders. Starting at $300 million "Pretty much all of my commissions have come from an owner who had something specific in...
"A pattern combining elegance and solidity to a degree hitherto unknown," read the advertisement in the Illustrated London News for the Staunton chess set upon its introduction in 1849. In one of...
British pen maker Conway Stewart recognizes that not everyone employs a laptop when recording thoughts, even when writing for long periods of time. For these traditionalists, the company offers the...
The emerging trend known as Neue Deutsche Küche—New German Cuisine—has seen German chefs begin to embrace indigenous ingredients and combine them with foreign cooking techniques, typically French or...
THE GIFT Prequalification for you and a guest to be one of the 375 official teams in the Mille Miglia Storica 2009, which takes place in Italy from May 13 to 17. The opportunity to drive or navigate...
Harking back to an earlier era when well-heeled men took refuge in the discreetly luxurious environments of gentlemen’s clubs, Alfred Dunhill has recently unveiled its own private retreat for men,...
The Lamborghini Estoque ( www.lamborghini.com ) is a curiously named car. An estoque (es-TOE-kay) is, after all, a rapier with which a matador delivers the final blow in a bullfight; it is something...
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,...

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