New & Noteworthy

Italian boatbuilder Revolver designed its inaugural model, the Revolver 42 ( www.revolverboats.com ), as something of a crossover between powerboats and weekend cruisers. Powerboat fans might...
Anyone who has ever been to a Brazilian churrascaria knows to bring an appetite. On a late-August evening, aircraft manufacturer Embraer hosted a dinner at one of these steakhouses near the company’s...
"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world,” observed George Bernard Shaw. “Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people...
The Azimut-Benetti Group introduced its Azimut Grande series—a collection of highly customizable planing vessels measuring 100 feet and longer—in January 2011. At the time, the line consisted of the...
LIGHTING IT UP Audi may have started the LED craze, but on this second generation of the car that launched the four-door-coupe category, Mercedes-Benz has made an art form of the headlights and tail...
Engineers at the Austrian audio company AKG spent several years developing the AKG K3003 ( www.akg.com ), a $1,300 pair of earbuds that offers the detail and imaging of circumaural headphones in a...
The latest collaboration between boutique watchmaker Greubel-Forsey and jeweler Harry Winston, the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 3 ( www.harrywinston.com ) packs almost every advanced...
Sequels rarely measure up to the originals (the Rocky movies, any works by Warhol), but Mercedes-Benz has a history of producing second-generation winners.
Specialty foods purveyor Petrossian ( www.petrossian.com ), which has nearly a century of experience in the caviar trade, introduced in November two versatile variations on its coveted roe. Made from...
Over the centuries, watchmakers have exploited nearly every conceivable technique for the design and decoration of timepieces; thus, when Philippe Delhotal, artistic and creative director of Hermès’...
SHORT-CIRCUITED BY THE NUMBERS Yes, the Volt is an honest and well-meaning effort to preserve our global resources and save the polar ice caps. Granted, this plug-in hybrid did not melt its batteries...
Opened in late November in New York’s Soho neighborhood, the Louis Vuitton Travel Room (212.274.9090) stocks an impressive selection of the brand’s travel trunks, luggage, accessories, and clothing...
A Swedish firearms maker that has produced limited-edition hunting rifles displaying design themes ranging from the Vikings to Ernest Hemingway, VO Vapen ( www.vovapen.com ) recently introduced its...
MUSCLE MEMORIES For its 6-speed stick shift alone, the Mustang Boss 302 deserves an award: In this year’s competition, it was the only car brandishing a genuine manual gearbox. Though as archaic as a...
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Private Bar by Porsche Design Studio ( www.johnniewalker.com ) brings Porsche-like speed and precision to the fine art of preparing a drink. Walk up to the bar and...
Jack Row Exclusive Writing Instruments debuted its inaugural design, Architect ( www.jackrow.com ), in October at Harrods of Knightsbridge London. Row, a 26-year-old goldsmith based in Birmingham,...
TOO SMOOTH With the 650i, BMW may be risking its reputation as the builder of the ultimate driving machines. It may well have constructed the best-looking convertible and definitely the most stylish...
Passing through the massive wrought-iron gates of Antico Setificio Fiorentino—the ancient silk mill located in the Oltrarno district of Florence, Italy—is like stepping back centuries.
Before Heritage Auctions acquired the estate of Garth Montgomery Williams, Ed Jaster—a senior vice president at the auction house—was not familiar with the artist. "I had never heard of him," he...
PICK OF THE LITTER With its dazzling French racing-blue paint job and enough flaps and fins to excite envy in a plecostomus , Jaguar’s hooligan took many judges by surprise. Its supercharged V-8 is a...
Sarah Besnainou believes that jewelry, like love, is eternal. The Parisian designer’s brand, Eternamé ( www.neapolitanonline.com ), which means "make me eternal" in Greek, comprises colorful, bold...
As an air force fighter pilot in the Vietnam War, Forrest Fenn flew 328 missions and was shot down twice. After the war, he and his wife, Peggy, settled in Santa Fe, N.M., and founded what would...
SPORT, UTILITY, AND VALUE The Grand Cherokee SRT8 seems poised to intimidate the proliferation of luxury SUVs from Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Range Rover. At half the price of its competitors,...
When an antiques dealer showed Nico Landrigan a cabochon-sapphire brooch from the late 19th century, it was with the hope that Landrigan would buy the ornament simply to harvest its 30-carat...
1999 Lamborghini Diablo GT After nearly a decade of production, Lamborghini’s awe-inspiring Diablo supercar reached its performance pinnacle as the super-rare Diablo GT, a so-called street version of...
TRADITIONAL VALUE In silhouette and when viewed from either end, the Virage Volante appears no different from Aston Martin’s DBS and DB9. Indeed, the cars’ shape has been around since Sean Connery...
Replicating success can be a tricky proposition—just look to the many disappointing Hollywood sequels as evidence. Indeed, hoteliers Philippe Capezzone and Stanley Fink faced a tall task when they...
Scheduled at press time for a February launch in the United States, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) is as solid as a pillbox but styled with typical AMG flair. The 2012 edition of...
NO APOLOGIES By any measure or comparison of weight and size, the Continental GTC is excessive. Without passengers it weighs almost three tons. It is longer than most primer sailboats. Manufacturing...
if you visited Baltimore during the 1970s, you may have been offered a bracelet for which you could purchase charms at local attractions. Though short-lived, this promotional gimmick earned the...

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