New & Noteworthy

Two years ago, Hästens, the Swedish bedding company known for blue-checkered mattresses filled with horsehair, successfully introduced Vividus, the world’s first $50,000 mattress. Since then, bed...
As he researched this month’s cover story on the Iconic GTR ("American Ideal," page 74), automotive writer Ezra Dyer encountered a few bumps in the road. The 800 hp concept car, which recalls classic...
Like most aviation consultants, James Wakeford tells lots of stories about things that have gone wrong. He recalls a certain yacht crew that never properly flushed the onboard helicopter’s engines of...
Within minutes of meeting at the Cannes International Boat Show in September 2006, executives from Swiss watch manufacturer Parmigiani Fleurier and Italian yacht builder Pershing felt an affinity...
There are many excellent helicopters that operate successfully from the decks of yachts. Yet there are a select few models that experts recommend over all others, in part because the companies that...
Writing instruments might be able to combat swords, but this one embraces the trident. The pen, created by Omas for Maserati and aptly named the Omas for Maserati ( www.omas.com ), is made of...
Each November, an extraordinary event takes place in the town of Beaune, France. This event—an auction—has deep roots in the region; it benefits the Hospices de Beaune, a charitable foundation...
"You never know what’s inside a geode until you crack it open," says jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald ( www.kimberlymcdonald.com ; available at Bergdorf Goodman, 212.?753.7300 ). "Each rock is so...
The Item. This ship chess set is both functional and decorative: The chess pieces, which are about an inch tall and resemble sailors, can be displayed on the deck, and the pieces and the board—all...
The new Hasselblad H3DII-39MS ( www.hasselbladusa.com ) is about as far as you can get from a point-and-shoot camera. The digital single-lens-reflex camera (about $44,000) features a 39-megapixel...
Long known as a summer retreat, the South of France has provided an ideal setting for some of Europe’s most prominent individuals to indulge their wildest fantasies. Ernesta Stern, for example, was a...
Zenith’s Zero-G Tourbillon ( www.zenith-watches.com ) is a fantastically complex mechanical construction, but whether it is an actual tourbillon is open to debate. Like a tourbillon, the Zero-G...
The name of BLT Market ( www.bltmarket.com ) is less a description of the Manhattan venue than a reference to its obsession with seasonal ingredients. But the restaurant, which opened in the summer...
During their search for a property in Bordeaux, California vintner Jess Jackson and his business partner, French vigneron Pierre Seillan, were particularly impressed with Saint-Émilion’s Château...
The word icon is often used but seldom is it meaningful. Few people transcend the particulars of their individual identities to embody something much greater than themselves. In the course of my...
Rocky Patel’s original Edge cigar series had an appealing simplicity. The cigars were sold in rough-hewn cedar boxes, they had no bands, and they contained earthy Central American tobaccos. The...
Manhattan jeweler Stephen Russell (212.570.6900, www.stephenrussell.com ), known for its exceptional period pieces, has moved a few doors down Madison Avenue into a boutique at the corner of 76th...
At the Crosby Yacht Yard on Cape Cod, Mass., berthed not far from John F. Kennedy’s wooden sloop, Victura , lies a Windsor Craft 36, an expertly crafted mahogany yacht with a classic Down East hull...
In the game of high-priced whiskies, as in that of high-stakes poker, four of a kind always beats three. Bowmore trumps an earlier winning hand with this summer’s introduction of the long-anticipated...
When d’Avenza relaunched its illustrious label this year after more than a decade’s absence from U.S. stores, the upscale Italian suitmaker did so with just three jacket styles: the British Warm, the...
Spiraling fuel prices be damned. The colossal Mercedes-Benz G-class utility vehicle rolls defiantly into its 30th year of production with a host of revisions. Largely hand-assembled in Graz, Austria...
Italian boating company Riva has teamed with Veuve Clicquot champagne to create champagne travel cases worthy of any excursion at sea. Veuve Clicquot’s prestige cuvée, called La Grande Dame, will...
To commemorate the summer Olympics in Beijing, Omas is introducing the Flight of the Phoenix collection of fountain and rollerball pens. The Chinese phoenix, or fenghuang, a symbol of unity, is...
With tomato season in delicious, full swing, Martini House chef Todd Humphries will pay homage to the fruit with his third annual Tomato Dinner. His inventive menu includes a chilled yellow tomato...
Cigar-loving golfers mark your calendars for the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Montecristo Cup Charity Pro-Am heldat Casa de Camposon the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. On December...
Wall-mounted flat-panel TVs look so sleek, it seems a shame to sully them with additional components. Kaleidescape seems to have had the flat-panel TV aesthetic in mind when it designed the...
Icon Interiors, a boutique furniture showroom in West Hollywood, Calif., is celebrating its fourth anniversary with several new collections from emerging and established designers. Owner Stacey...
Singapore-based Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts will unveil its first western-hemisphere residences in spring 2009 when Banyan Tree Mayakoba opens along the Riviera Maya in Mexico. Fifty U-shaped...
MODO eyewear company has partnered with NetJets private aviation carrier to design a collection of sunglasses specifically with pilots in mind. The lenses reflect and contrast colors at a...
Helicopters are functional machines for point-to-point travel, but now because of a partnership between Eurocopter and the French design house Hermès, a helicopter can be a fashion statement as well...

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