New & Noteworthy

Paris Thousands of tiny crystals orbit the chandeliers, bathing the dining room at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in a Milky Way of lights. The initial sense of awe at this celestial display...
The Brunswick Billiards Isabella ( www?.brunswickbilliards.com ) is a table fit for—or at least named for—a queen. "We wanted the name of a strong, elegant woman from European history, and we liked...
From 1924 to 1928, moviegoers in Rochester, N.Y., enjoyed a rare and magnificent sight: seven or eight new hand-painted movie posters every week, created by local artist Batiste Madalena for Kodak...
Monaco Like no other restaurant in the world, Le Louis XV at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco exudes privilege. Here, fleshy cupids people-watch from their perches on fluffy trompe l’oeil clouds while...
Two exceptionally rare colored diamonds will be the highlights of Christie’s New York Jewelry Sale ( www.christies?.com ) on October 15 in Manhattan. The stones—a 7.02-carat intense blue diamond and...
Parisian Lydia Courteille’s career as a jewelry designer began with the purchase of a temperamental antique watch that would frequently stop, requiring her to return repeatedly to the dealer to have...
During the great depression, when downhill skiing was in its infancy in North America and the sport’s enthusiasts were mostly considered daft, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) sponsored a make-...
New York and Washington, D.C. Wine is the theme at Adour, where hand-blown, glass-sphere wall hangings appear to float upward like bubbles in a Champagne flute. At the bar of this recently opened...
It appears that the Hong Kong collector who paid some $564,000 at last year’s Only Watch auction in Monaco for an empty box—a stand-in for a mysterious and then-unfinished one-of-a-kind timepiece...
Italy’s Tardini family has a long-held passion for cold-blooded creatures—or, at least, for the hides of one in particular: Alligator mississippiensis. Yet Giuseppe Tardini’s pursuit of perfect skins...
Though the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport will not officially be available until March, the first convertible supercar in the series of 150 was sold at the Gooding & Company auction in Monterey...
Before spending tens of millions of dollars on a new expedition yacht, Alex Dreyfoos, an MIT-educated engineer from Westchester County, N.Y., went to exceptional lengths to test a particular hull...
Last year, wolfgang puck celebrated the 25th anniversary of his famed restaurant, Spago, which recently received two Michelin stars; he opened a new restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, in...
To hear Geoffrey Kent tell it, little has changed with the safari-outfitting company Abercrombie & Kent since he and his parents, John and Valerie Kent, founded it in 1962. "We’ve always been...
As I short-shift out of the Porsche Curves toward the start-finish straight at Le Mans, I uncork a lifelong fantasy: to drive under the Dunlop Tire bridge—the most famous photo prop in motorsports—...
Roger Allard, his wife, Joan, and their 10-year-old daughter, Kimberly, have spent the last two years cruising leisurely around the South Pacific aboard New Paige , a Nordhavn 55 expedition yacht. "...
Cigar-making has changed little in the past 150 years. It remains, for the most part, a conservative industry. But even the more staid brands seem as fast-moving as Silicon Valley startups when...
Burger Boat has struck solid gold with its latest launch, Ingot . The 153-foot trideck yacht, the largest in Burger’s century-plus history, also represents an aesthetic triumph for the United States...
The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ( www.chevrolet.com ) is the fastest, most powerful Corvette ever made for public consumption. The ZR1’s 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine, dubbed the LS9, produces...
Kiton’s reputation rests on its superbly constructed, handmade tailored clothing; but in recent years the Naples, Italy–based suitmaker has applied this craftsmanship and attention to detail to other...
Zero Gravity Corp. currently holds a monopoly on the market for weightless flight, but various companies have been preparing to offer suborbital flights, which will involve vehicles soaring 62 miles...
When asked about the origins of the gorgeous, ebony-shaded maduro wrapper on his company’s latest cigar, the marketing director hesitantly answers, "San Andrés." "Oh, it’s Mexican," the reporter...
Bimota has built motorcycles—one at a time, by hand—at its factory near Rimini, on Italy’s Adriatic coast, for much of the last 35 years. The one significant break in production occurred at the start...
Around 1880, Constant Girard—founder of Girard-Perregaux—unveiled a pocket watch that could measure fractions of a second. The function was named foudroyante, from the French word for "lightning."...
After designing five homes for one family over the course of a 25-year working relationship, Chicago-based interior designer Cheri Friedman of Cheri Lynn Designs has come to know her clients very...
In the worlds of cars, cigars, and wine, the word vintage is often bandied about. But it is rarely applied to Cognac, as this double-distilled brandy is usually a carefully constructed blend of many...
1967 Toyota 2000GT Conventional wisdom once held that all Japanese cars were cheap or stodgy. That opinion began to change at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show, when Toyota debuted the 2000GT. Conceived by...
At the top Marques Monaco auto show in April, Pagani—the Italian automaker whose elusive Zonda Roadster is banned on American streets—unveiled the prototype for a high-fidelity audio system that...
Nothing affects the flavor of a whisky more than the wood in which it is aged. To that end, the 2009 release of Glenmorangie Astar (Gaelic for "journey") has been aged in slow-growth, fine-grain...
Kirk Hawkins is no stranger to taking risks. He has flown F-16s in the U.S. Air Force, raced motocross, and logged almost 1,000 skydives. Now the 41-year-old resident of Los Angeles is taking what...

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