New & Noteworthy

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...
"It’s pretty damn quiet up there," says Robert Mudd, a 62-year-old member of the Albuquerque Soaring Club (ASC), a group of about 70 glider pilots based at central New Mexico’s Moriarty Airport. "...
NICKLAUS' LATEST PUNTA MITA COURSE ADDS TO THE RIVIERA NAYARIT'S ATTRACTIONS. Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit region stretches along the Pacific Ocean from Nuevo Vallarta, near Puerto Vallarta International...
When Prussian chemist Andreas Sigismund Marggraf discovered a way to extract sugar from beetroot, he effectively ended the Caribbean’s lock on the sugar market in 18th-century Europe. In the decades...
Italian publishing house Gruppo FMR’s new release, Michelangelo: La Dotta Mano ( www.fmr?online.com ), is intended more as a work of art than as a book—thus its $150,000 price tag. Michelangelo...
In a private lounge overlooking the start/finish line of the Circuit de la Sarthe—the racetrack in Le Mans, France—Richard Mille, president and CEO of his eponymous watch company, mingled with his...
CRUISING ABOARD CALLISTO TO GOLF CLUBS IN MOROCCO AND SPAIN. Perrygolf is best known for its upscale golfing excursions—by land, sea, and sky—throughout the British Isles. But when the weather fouls...
Like many private resort communities in the South, the recorded history of Hampton Island Preserve involves an indigenous tribe, plantation owners, and, eventually, developers. But unlike other...
After taking five years to perfect the revolutionary Type 370 transverse movement of its original Bugatti watch, Parmigiani Fleurier must have found delightfully simple the task of commemorating the...
When the owner of the 193-foot Austal Outback told Australian yacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni that he wanted the vessel’s interior to feel like a beach house, Sorgiovanni knew he would have to create...
GETTING INTO THE SWING AT THE BARTON CREEK RESORT & SPA The Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s recent renovation—which included the addition of an outdoor camp area with tepees and a s’mores fire...
An oversize hot tub positioned at the periphery of a steep ravine discreetly suggests that there is more to Castello di Vicarello than just the vineyards. Owners Aurora and Carlo Baccheschi Berti had...
The Stratos 714 ( www?.stratosaircraft.com ), a $2 million very light jet from Stratos Aircraft of Bend, Ore., will be capable of transporting four people and their luggage as far as 1,725 miles...
It is a violation of the Trading with the Enemy Act for Americans to purchase or consume Cuban products anywhere in the world, so it would be a crime to smoke the following cigars. Since it was...
KALOS GOLF SETS SAIL FOR NEW ZEALAND. New Zealand is best seen from the sea, whether cruising the crenulated coastline of Fiordland National Park or harboring in the Bay of Islands below the man-made...
When you know where to look, the intricate maze of reefs and atolls in the Maldives—a nation of 1,190 low-lying islands off the southwest coast of India—can reveal what every surfer is in search of:...
The Hyperion by Pininfarina ( www.pininfarina?.com ), a one-off ragtop commissioned by Rolls-Royce collector Roland Hall, began as a Phantom Drophead Coupé but now bears more of a resemblance to a...
Among purists, the most popular Cuban rum is the Havana Club Gran Reserva, a 15-year-old spirit that can be compared favorably to the finest Cognacs. But for centuries Cuba has been producing younger...
A NEW VILLA IS JUST A STONE'S THROW FROM THE BOULDERS' COURSES The new $8,000-per-night Villa Retreat at the Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa in Carefree, Ariz., comprises two modern adobe homes...
"Do you think they will like it?" asks Kenn Depew, general manager of the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, outside of Tucson, Ariz. "They" are the pros of the PGA Tour. "It" is the club’s still...

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