New & Noteworthy

The Monaco-based Wally yacht company is best known for its futuristic, some would say quasi-militaristic, designs. The Wally 118, for instance, looks like a yacht out of a science fiction movie. Its...
THE GIFT Custom-made men’s wardrobe from Bergdorf Goodman consisting of one week’s worth of suits, a topcoat, a tuxedo, footwear, and accessories. Trip for two to Italy with Bergdorf Goodman’s...
THE GIFT An 18th-century blue-sapphire statuette—the Blue Venus—that once belonged to Russia’s Catherine the Great and, later, to Prince Felix Youssoupov. Price available upon request. When Prince...
With the growing popularity of wine collecting, copious wine clubs have cropped up to cater to every oenophilic taste. Whether you have a passion for Priorat or a love of the Loire, a wine club...
In 1923 Bentley Motors founder W.O. Bentley coined the “Speed” moniker in response to his customers’ emphatic requests for a more menacing version of the automaker’s 3 Litre model. The 3 Litre Speed...
THE GIFT A collection of eight wooden cabinets designed by David Linley as scale replicas of Bordeaux’s most celebrated wine châteaux. Eighteen bottles per cabinet of the corresponding château’s...
THE GIFT The world’s first individually owned zeppelin. Personalized exterior design. Customized cabin interior. Zeppelin-pilot training and certification. Starting at $17 million, depending on...
The Dior Joaillerie Milly Carnivora collection (212.931.2950) comprises bejeweled rings, earrings, and pendants displaying eight different designs based on carnivorous flowers. The flowers are made...
In recent years, Greg Norman’s accomplishments as a businessman have nearly overshadowed the feats that made him famous in the first place. This trend reversed last summer, when the 53-year-old...
THE GIFT A custom-designed library inspired by the Vanderbilts’ 19th-century Biltmore estate. The services of library consultant Kinsey Marable, and 10,000 books to fill the library. $7.3 million...
THE GIFT One 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, a 638 hp American sports car. One 2010 Fisker Karma, a plug-in hybrid American sport sedan. Participation in the Quail Rally, a two-day driving event on...
Gourmandise Paris ( www.gourmandiseparis.com ), a family-run confiserie that opened its first shop 45 years ago on Paris’ rue du Renard, now has a U.S. boutique in Beverly Hills. The company...
On a visit with the family of the shah of Iran at the age of 16, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia requested an opportunity to view the famous Imperial Crown Jewels. The request did not arise from the...
THE GIFT Custom 33-carat diamond Tibaldi pen with Baccarat case. First-class travel to, and five-star accommodations in, Italy; helicopter transport between Florence, Bologna, and Naples— three...
Peter Lyngdorf, the Danish audio engineer responsible for some of the electronics industry’s most significant advances in digital technology, began his career at an early age. "It all started when I...
Cigar smokers consider age a blessing, so they may well deem the León Jimenes 300 Series a near-miracle. The cigar, created to celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary, is crafted from tobaccos...
Montblanc has become a watchmaker worthy of a collector’s attention, thanks to its own initiative and a strategic union with a well-regarded industry brand. The German company, which is best known...
THE GIFT One-of-a-kind haute couture parure from Chanel Fine Jewelry consisting of a 70-carat necklace with an 8-carat white-diamond center stone and 2,218 smaller diamonds, and a 6-carat ring with...
In the middle ages, kings hung richly detailed tapestries behind their thrones as symbols of authority. Today, the crafts are often limited to depictions of staid abstract patterns or dull landscapes...
In the 1980s, German aerobatic pilot Walter Extra designed the Extra 230, a high-performance monoplane in which he won several international aerobatic competitions. Extra’s latest design, the Extra...
Many years have passed since Bruce Canepa strapped himself into a state-of-the-art Porsche and drove to glory in a series of paved- and dirt-road races. But at 58, he still carries himself like a...
THE GIFT A model railroad with four iconic American trains from the golden age of railroading. A re-creation of landmarks, major cities, and stations on the trains’ routes from New York to Los...
"When evaluating a piece for prospective purchase, the first question I always ask myself is, ‘Was it modern in its time, or was it prudent, or conservative?’ " says Roberto Polo, the artistic...
With 149 baguette diamonds weighing a total of 15 carats, the Hermès Cape Cod 1928 Baguette ( www.hermes.com ) is the French fashion house’s most extravagant timepiece. The diamonds are set without...
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...

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