New & Noteworthy

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...
Before Giorgio Armani, the phrase men’s fashion was an oxymoron. Or rather, with all due respect for Regency dandies and fin de siècle fops, it had been one for about a hundred years. Before 1980,...
The Phantom does not represent the first time that a Rolls-Royce designer took a risk. Just over 30 years ago, the company introduced the Camargue as its premier owner-driven offering. Remarkably for...
Although he worked on a number of projects for BMW, Mini, MG, and Land Rover during his 15-year tenure with the BMW Group, Marek Djordjevic is best known for designing the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the...
On A Roll From The Beginning Growing up in the 1960s in Tuscany’s Lucca valley, a center of Italy’s paper industry since the 17th century, Fabio Perini did as previous generations of his family had...
Ettore Bugatti continues to be considered one of the world’s great engineering artists. His technical innovations are legendary, but above all, his automobiles were beautiful. Those that remain today...
Strokes Of Genius After moving west from his native New England in 1908, Samuel F.B. Morse, a distant cousin of the inventor of the telegraph, went to work for the Pacific Improvement Co. Among the...
The mere mention of the name Pebble Beach conjures up images and emotions in golfers and nongolfers alike. For some, the dramatic ocean view from the seventh tee comes to mind. Others may envision...
Passing Fancy The romance and mystique of the Cunard liners—one of the most enduring British institutions—captured me at a young age. As a child, my family enjoyed annual beach holidays on the Isle...
Cunard came to my notice in November 1969 when the Queen Elizabeth 2 arrived at Kingston, Jamaica, not long after it had made its maiden voyage in May of that year. My father, William Warwick, was...
No car before or since has cleaved the air as effectively as did the 1954 Mercedes 300SL, the Gullwing. Today, more than 50 years later, automakers still are striving to achieve its coefficient of...
Sir Stirling Moss buckles the strap on his trademark white open-face helmet, adjusts his goggles, and settles into the tartan cloth seat of his classic Silver Arrow Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racer. Head...
Leaving Their Mark Look closely and you will see a hunter, dressed in skins, working a ramrod down the muzzle of his flintlock. At his feet is a bird dog, and behind him are mountains and trees. This...
When you lift a really fine firearm, it seems to float in your hands; the equilibrium is so perfect that the gun mounts to your shoulder almost of its own accord. I have handled literally thousands...
Tank: Louis Cartier designed the Tank watch as a tribute to the American tank commanders who supported his native France during World War I. The first timepiece was presented to American Gen. John...
Challenging the absence of soul, detail, and uniqueness in mass-produced adornments that flooded the market after the industrial revolution, Cartier returned artistic spirit to its métier by...
Perhaps more than any other flower genus, orchids captivate with their countless forms and enticing color spectrum. The origins of orchids date back 120 million years, though humans first encountered...
Consider for a moment how difficult it is to acquire any object of undisputed quality, tradition, and style in a time when almost everything is a product of badge engineering. If what you seek is...
Because the company had won races from its earliest days in 1947, Ferrari became the chassis of choice throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. Designers and coachbuilders showcased their wares and...
To discover why Ferrari ranks among the top automobile brands in the world, we traveled to Italy and spent time with two men: the son of company founder Enzo Ferrari and the designer, Sergio...
1976 Volume I, Number 1 The Robb Report, a publication devoted to advertisements for new and vintage Rolls-Royces, is launched in Atlanta. Within a few years, articles on cars, airplanes, homes, and...
If you have ever wondered what it would feel like to see the horizon rushing toward you at 250 mph, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 will put an end to all speculation. Select “top speed” mode, and the Veyron...
On a moonlit winter’s eve in Villingen, one of those quaint villages that abound in Germany’s Black Forest, you decide to go for a stroll. The way leads along the 13th-century wall that surrounds the...
The Small “Antique Boats” sign on the open metal door is thus far the only indication that this small warehouse on the shore of the Farmington River in Canton, Conn., is the right place, but the...

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