New & Noteworthy

Designing a metal pipe that does not burn a smoker’s hand may not be as challenging as making a 16-cylinder engine that generates 987 hp, but it is an engineering feat nonetheless. When Integral...
We have no Circus Maximus today, no chariot races. But we do have the art auction, which—far from being the staid and reverent affair of popular imagination—furnishes us with one of the few winner-...
Although Marcel Bloch never learned to fly, he had a pilot’s passion for the emerging science of flight. Bloch’s first job after graduating from the École Supérieure d’Aéronautique in 1913 was to...
My relationship with Ducatis began in 1972, when the Austin, Texas, motorcycle dealership where I was a regular customer left me a cryptic message: “You had better get over here.” I arrived in time...
Traveling and making art have much in common: Both require faith that you will get from one point to another, although the real pleasure often comes from connecting the dots along the way. A love of...
Jonathan Oppenheimer, the scion of the De Beers diamond dynasty, is used to addressing negative perceptions about his family’s business. The first time he met his wife, he recalls, she said, “You’re...
“Try to come early for the heat experiences!” This line jumps out as I read the e-mail confirmation for my upcoming Gentleman’s Retreat at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental in New York City. Heat...
Four decades is a long tenure in any position, but in the hospitality industry, such a stint is a true anomaly. Still, Kurt Wachtveitl, general manager of the Oriental Bangkok since 1967, has no...
Sitting at the Long Bar of the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1962, John and Valerie Kent and their son, Geoffrey, devised a radical concept. “We decided to hunt animals with cameras instead...
For the first time in history, people with the means to do so can go anywhere on Earth—and even places beyond Earth. Any number of alpine guides can escort you to the “death zone” at the summit of Mt...
I’ve always felt that boats represent the wishes, desires, and personalities of the people who build them and, even more so, the people who own them. The effort that goes into designing and building...
Design trends, we can argue, speak to their time. In particular, the shapes of our flying machines always have reflected the moods and desires of an age. Thus the latest generation of commercial and...
Bill Fischer, founder and president of Fischer Travel Enterprises in New York, advises some of the world’s most discerning travelers. His approximately 500 clients pay a $10,000 annual retainer (and...
Parisians have a term—les palais, or the palaces—for their city’s finest hotels. Bestowed upon a select few properties in the first and eighth arrondissements, the designation reflects the residents...
The great scottish poet Robert Burns once wrote that “Freedom an’ whisky gang thegither!” Certainly American history bears out this maxim. George Washington was a distiller, as were many of his...
The kitchen staff at Per Se in New York and the French Laundry in California both rely on a certain kind of tape, light green in color, to mark the food containers. It stands out against the white...
Thomas Keller slogged through the brutal, precarious world of the restaurant industry for 20 years and through four states, both as a chef and a chef-owner, and lost money every step of the way until...
A pair of pistols, a fortuitous location, and a wee bit of luck all once conspired to transform an illicit pot still on an expansive glade overlooking Scotland’s River Livet into the producer of the...
For more than a century, the gold standard of world wine was the 1855 classification of the First Growths of Bordeaux. While many regions around the world made wine at that time, France was...
As early as the 1300s, attempts were made to classify the vineyards of France according to the quality of their wines, but not until the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris did wine brokers succeed...
The first cult wine, presumably, was poured for the first wine cult—that of Bacchus, in Ancient Rome—and the wine (of unknown cépage, but certainly not a Cabernet) was crafted to inspire lunacy among...
For centuries, France has been the undisputed standard bearer in the world of fine wine. But, in less than a generation, America’s so-called “cult” wines have more or less balanced the critical scale...
When I think of cigars, one of the first things that comes to mind is relaxation. In a life like mine—where you’re running from one meeting or one restaurant to the next, and you’re always on a...
Customers wanted Ducati motorcycles in 1995. The products were modern, attractive, fairly priced, and backed by a race-winning heritage. Company ledgers should have been dripping black ink, yet there...
Jean Schlumberger: Hailed as one of the 20th century’s great artisans, the late Jean Schlumberger is eternally linked to Tiffany & Co. While serving as vice president from 1956 until his death in...
Fine jewelry is fashioned from precious gold, diamonds, rubies, and emeralds—extremely limited natural resources whose origins often are shrouded in mystery and controversy. The mining of valuable...
Slipping into a custom-made suit is simply the sine qua non of dressing sensations—a thrill that could be compared with sliding behind the wheel of your very own Ferrari. If 100 of the world’s...
Brioni’s experimentation with jacket design dates to the 1950s, when it introduced the Ordine Dorico, or columnar look, which became the first of a generation of long, side-vented, narrow-waisted...
Umberto Angeloni went to a lot of trouble and great expense to express his views on how important the polo shirt will be to fashion this spring. Last summer, the chief executive of Brioni had 200 of...
The Milanese Maestro In 1977, Giorgio Armani paraded down a Milan fashion runway his version of a business suit: a soft crepe, deconstructed garment with no lining, no padding, and exaggerated...

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