New & Noteworthy

To celebrate the opening of its first California boutique in Beverly Hills, IWC Schaffhausen unveiled a new timepiece, available exclusively at the new store. Only 15 numbered models of the Big Pilot...
Audi’s high-performance RS models have come a long way since the storied debut of the RS2 Avant in 1994, but its mission remains the same: Steal the thunder of BMW’s M cars. To that end, the company...
Apreamare’s new 82 Maestro combines the nautical heritage of the 150-year-old shipyard with a modern Italian interior. Unveiled at the Cannes boat show in September, the Italian shipyard maintained a...
Whether the occasion is a spontaneous evening at home or a painstakingly planned bash for several thousand, every successful celebration has but two essentials beyond the company itself: good food...
THE ULTIMATE SOUTH AFRICAN GOLF SAFARI WITH THE ULTIMATE SOUTH AFRICAN GOLFER. Gary Player has designed more than 250 golf courses, some among the most exclusive in the world. But no Player course is...
Etched into the doorsill plates in the latest version of Bentley’s Continental Flying Spur are the letters S-P-E-E-D. This polished aluminum inscription recalls the Speed Six, Bentley’s winning Le...
If they are neither conspicuously present nor particularly admired the rest of the year, Wise Men always enjoy a brief but enlightening vogue during the holiday season—reminders of the spirit of...
Winter forces golfers to be creative. But instead of making do with inclement weather, many of us simply escape it. This partly explains the abundance of top-rated golf resorts in temperate locales,...
Spanish watch collector Franc Vila creates timepieces that he hopes will inspire in others the same sense of wonder he felt at age 6, as he examined his father’s automatic sport watch for the first...
For a New York businessman, his wife, and their four young children, an 1892 marble-and-limestone townhouse—the city’s first in the Parisian Beaux Arts style—is not only an architecturally...
Traditionally, makers of high-end dinnerware have found it difficult to maintain the integrity and consistency of a single design throughout all the pieces of single-theme collections because...
Accessories made with gold and diamonds need not sacrifice function for form. The finer examples of these items can perform such tasks as telling time, fastening the cuffs of your shirt, or—in the...
For much of the past decade, serious collectors paid little mind to slim, elegant dress watches. Exotic designs, high complications, and large dimensions held the spotlight, banishing most...
The crack of bullwhips splits the air as 12 cowboys steer hundreds of bellowing cows and calves to a dusty, sun-drenched pasture. Artist Duke Beardsley, manning his post on horseback, wheels around...
Jewelry designer David Yurman set his sights on sunglasses with the David Yurman Eyewear collection ( www.davidyurman.com ), which debuts in November. The line’s Signature Collection offers more than...
Every art, whether major or minor, has its capital: Music has Vienna; fashion, Milan; haute cuisine, Paris. Even the somewhat obscure art of cameo-carving has its acknowledged center: Torre del Greco...
Upon walking through the unassuming doors of the Collectors Book Store on Los Angeles’ Hollywood Walk of Fame, you may not know where to look first. "We have ?5 million pieces, easily," says co-owner...
Ward Setzer’s newest yachts, which range from 72 feet to 240 feet, reflect the designer’s vision—in name and design. "This time nobody is telling me how they want the boats to look," declares Setzer...
At 78, Jess Jackson has more energy than many people half his age. He travels the world with his wife, Barbara Banke, and oversees 24 wineries under the Jackson Family Wines umbrella (most notably...
The imagination and artistic vision of the world’s leading jewelry designers take root in nature’s familiar forms, turning them into an exotic array of bejeweled flora and fauna. In this garden of...
On a cord around his neck, Turkish jeweler Gurhan Orhan sports a well-worn Sumerian jasper pendant carved with cuneiform symbols, an early form of writing that dates to around 3500 BC. Although he...
With its redesigned, 90-degree V-twin engine, the new Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V ( www?.motoguzzi-us.com ) can now exploit the superior handling that the Griso line is known for. The $14,290 bike’s 1,...
The original smoking jackets of yesteryear were never intended for formal occasions. As their name implies, they were meant simply to protect a man’s formal shirt, tie, and waistcoat from collecting...
Building cars, completely or partly, is big business in South Africa. Companies here manufacture catalytic converters, assemble Hummer H3s, and produce right-hand-drive BMWs. A few South African...
Tom James is much more than a top tailor. The name applies not to an individual, but to a bespoke service that employs an army of some 600 intensely trained custom clothiers around the world. After...
From neither the new Penthouse suite nor the new Sea Haven suite at Bacara Resort & Spa ( www.bacara?resort.com ) in Santa Barbara, Calif., can you see the two miles of sandy beach fronting the 8...
In a brilliant morning at Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island, off the southern coast of Australia, hundreds of sea lions are doing what they have done for aeons: feeding and frolicking in the waves, nursing...
VIETNAM BLOSSOMS AS A GOLFING DESTINATION. During the vietnam war, members of the 70th Engineer Battalion often hit golf balls into C-ration cans that the soldiers scattered along the beaches near...
"It’s perfect," says the taxi driver as he turns to face me. "The best food in Germany." Although experience teaches the seasoned traveler to rely on the advice of cops and cab drivers for dining...
Texas cattle ranchers and aficionados of Dutch abstract art now have a common point of reference: the Four Seasons Collection ( www.kylebunting.com ) of cowhide rugs from the Kyle Bunting company of...

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