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Jewelry designer Renee Lewis offers a simple explanation for why she appoints her elaborate designs with only antique diamonds, most of which were cut prior to the invention of the light bulb. “I...
Jaguar’s 2007 XK8, the latest in a decades-long line of ever-lithe athletes, has been under indictment since it was presented in its concept-car phase last spring. It had the same old oval grille...
“On the gas! On the gas! On the gas!” my guide repeated as I shot up the side of a sand dune in a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. I had left the highway only a few minutes earlier and was already sweating...
The Spyker C8 Laviolette is not a car for those who prefer to maintain a low profile: It leaves you no choice but to make a grand entrance, regardless of whether you are arriving at or departing from...
“What brings people to Mallorca this time of year?” I asked the concierge at Son Julia ( www.sonjulia.com ), a restored and resplendent 24-room mansion-cum-grand hotel that had opened barely two...
“Let’s say you’re on Wall Street and you have a helicopter,” says Eric Bergstol, pausing for a moment to let this notion sink in. “What are you going to do with it?” The question had not occurred to...
I had just settled onto a red leather couch in the Royal Canadian Pacific’s Mount Stephen lounge car when I had a change of heart. Although I was enjoying the vodka martini served to me not a minute...
The new Sands Macao may be the world’s most profitable casino, but the downtown operation is only an ante in the high-stakes Chinese gaming market for the Las Vegas Sands Corp. The company’s CEO,...
The craftspeople at Cote France know how to keep a secret. In the 120 years since it invented the technique, the company never has revealed how it achieves the finishes that characterize its...
The return flight from Miami to Los Angeles, populated by a predictably stereotypical and colorful cross section of travelers, seemed interminable. Having spent the previous day hammering the...
This 1920s-era Bel-Air mansion is the answer to a presidential trivia question, one involving John F. Kennedy and where and with whom he spent a night. The story goes that in 1953, then–Senator...
I am not a fisherman, but I do subscribe to the theory that if you find yourself in Yankee Stadium, you certainly will be a baseball fan for at least that afternoon or evening. Thus my visit to the...
When you extend an invitation in Palm Beach, you can only guess who’s coming to dinner. “Everyone’s houses are full of guests, so when you invite a few friends over for dinner, they may end up...
The Mercedes has bottomed out. More speed might have propelled the vehicle over the hill on this rolling Irish cart road, but the undercarriage now sits squarely on top of a grassy protuberance,...
When the owners of a Northern California winery purchased this 20,000-square-foot home in Southern California five years ago, it lacked what is for this particular couple an essential feature: a wine...
It is late afternoon in Marrakech, and the Djemaa el Fna, the Place of the Dead, is jumping. The former execution grounds, now a vast market square surrounded by a high mud wall, teems with humanity...
Designer Paul Vincent Wiseman recognized the potential pitfalls of creating a room that would house the mementos from the hunting expeditions of the husband and wife who own this formal estate near...
As you take in the view from the elevated tee box at the par-5 11th hole of the recently opened Ritz-Carlton Members Club golf course in Bradenton, Fla., it is difficult to imagine that rows of crops...
Not everyone seeks instant gratification. Consider the owners of this Long Island residence. Noel Jeffrey spent the last 20 years working on their 8,000-square-foot house before completing the...
The challenge presented to Steven Park was daunting: He had six weeks to transform a former studio apartment with a sleeping loft, which had been stripped to its brick walls and cement floors, into a...
It has been said that the larger the kitchen, the less frequently it is used. However, the owners of this contemporary home in Los Angeles do not subscribe to that theory. “They actually cook and are...
Most artists start small and move on to bigger things, but few have followed that career path as literally as Albert Paley has. He went from crafting delicate gold jewelry in the 1960s and early ’70s...
The hieroglyphs decorating the lamp shades at Thomas Keller’s Per Se restaurant in New York should seem familiar: Those same symbols are the ones that adorn the tags inside your clothes and describe...
New Zealand represents a fascinating collision of old and new. This assembly of Polynesian islands contrasts primordial glaciers and volcanoes with modern cities and farms, the ancient indigenous...
For all its expressive sound, a minute repeater still could be considered a blind purchase. These coveted, highly complicated musical timepieces are so exclusive that rarely would you have the...
Ten years ago, opal dealer Mark Tremonti heard that an exceedingly rare black opal had been unearthed in Lightning Ridge, the remote mining region in the Australian Outback. He quickly flew to the...
Entering this home, a 17,500-square-foot structure built partly over a man-made lake within a private four-acre site near Vancouver, British Columbia, is a religious experience of sorts. The house’s...
The term “American-made” holds little allure for those who have learned to regard Switzerland as the sole source of fine mechanical watches. Yet the quality and design of American timepieces once...
Building a house for a client, says Michael C.F. Chan, is like making a film in which he or she will play the starring role. “You are using a visual picture to tell the story of someone’s life,” he...
Richard hope’s rough and rugged hands suggest that the 63-year-old Scottish textile worker spends his 10-hour days wrestling with the heaviest machinery. But as he knits a delicate single-ply...

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