New & Noteworthy

Serpentine is a natural stone that ranges in hue from green to gray to black, and when expertly polished, as in the case of the Serpentine Stone pen from Grayson Tighe, its true and complex character...
Widely known in Geneva and London for its colorful, stylish jewelry designs, Avakian recently opened its first U.S. store in the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Among its signature designs...
In creating its first new men's fragrance in nearly a decade, Cartier was inspired by its most iconic men’s watch, the Roadster. The Roadster fragrance uses a mineral fougère: a classic fern-based...
Singular Style. To help their clients dress from head to toe in a comprehensive style, menswear designers are crafting ever-expanding ranges of unique and personalized accessories that complement...
Innovative though the Citation Mustang is, its development is grounded in a long-standing business formula from a solid company, one that has had only four chairmen since 1927. When the manufacturer...
Before Daniel Craig, before Pierce Brosnan, even before Sean Connery, there was Ian Fleming—the English novelist who gave life to secret agent James Bond in 1953 with his first book, Casino Royale ...
In 1911, Clyde Cessna charged people 50 cents apiece to watch him perform aerial stunts over Kansas in his state-of-the-art Silver Wings monoplane. That is considerably more expensive than today’s...
Largely overshadowed by his more famous 18th-century contemporary Thomas Chippendale, the English wood-carver Thomas Johnson was a man preoccupied with fantasy. Johnson drew inspiration primarily...
Pedestrian Perfection. In his quest to redefine men’s footwear, Italian accessories designer Cesare Paciotti created perhaps this season’s most intriguing hybrid—a cap-toe dress shoe with a high-top...
My golf ball sits deep in the gully, and as I consider my next shot, I hear only water trickling in the creek at my feet and the faint cries of kestrels, which soar in the sky above me as they look...
In the late 1950s, an expert at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)—the world’s leading nonprofit institute devoted to gemological research and education—graded an unusual green diamond. After...
Casa del Bianco does its best work in the bedroom. So when the Italian linens company opened a by-appointment-only studio in New York in April 2007, Fabrizio and Lupe Biasiolo—the two of the company’...
One would expect Sean Cahalane to look back fondly on the course where he spent much of his childhood. But the longtime member of the Ocean Edge Resort & Club in Brewster, Mass., has few positive...
It was only a matter of weeks before Dale Maloney discovered that his Midnight Express 37 Open Fish lived up to its hard-charging pedigree. Maloney, by his own admission a sportfishing fanatic, had...
Headphones offer certain advantages over conventional speakers. They provide a private environment where the listener can play music at any desired volume, without disturbing others. They are...
Steve Uhrik spends most Friday mornings at church. He and his business associate, Lawrence Trupiano, make the short trip from their shop in Brooklyn to Manhattan’s St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue—...
When the going gets tough, the tough invest in the future. Amid layoffs, restructurings, and rising jet-fuel costs, Flight Options, the Cleveland-based fractional aviation company, announced late...
"In the case of an emergency I guess you could run across the road and holler for the neighbors," joked Leoni, property host at Chalet Soleil in the Alpine ski town of Chamonix, France. Internet and...
You don’t have to pay dues to join the exclusive SLR.Club and enjoy its many perks, and you don’t have to pass muster with present members. The only requirement is ownership of a rare $500,000...
While browsing through an antiques shop five years ago with well-known complication specialist Christophe Claret, watch-industry veteran Steven Holtzman pointed out an old desk clock with rolling-bar...
One might be forgiven for reflexively recoiling from any brand of Hawaiian cigar. After all, the souvenir sticks found in the islands’ gift shops are made—somewhere other than Hawaii—from scrap...
Early 100 years ago, Charles Rolls, the cofounder and bankroller of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, became the first person to complete a nonstop, round-trip flight across the English Channel. Rolls took...
Breaking the seal on a bottle of rare, extra-aged, single-malt whisky often summons the ghost of years past. Indeed, much of our pleasure in owning such a spirit derives from the recollections it...
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, when Robert Drouhin—then head of Joseph Drouhin, one of Burgundy’s most prestigious domaines—became interested in expanding the family’s production to Chablis, the...
The Porsche 911’s soap-bar-shaped body seemingly has not changed since 1963, when the first models rolled out of Stuttgart. Although they, too, look like their predecessors, the 2009 Porsche 911...
As a publicity stunt, early-20th-century watchmaker Paul Wyler once demonstrated the durability of his timepieces by tossing one of them off the Eiffel Tower. In the rose-gold Wyler Genève Tourbillon...
Italian boatbuilder Riva selected this month’s Cannes International Boat Show as the setting for the launch of the Riva 92' Duchessa ( www?.riva-yacht?.com ). The Duchessa model sports a distinctive...
Phantom II Continental Streamline Saloon by Park Ward Though known for its conservatively styled automobiles, British coachbuilder Park Ward thought outside the boxy mold when creating the Rolls-...
Jewelry designer Nina Runsdorf (212.382.1243) scours the diamond market for nontraditional stones—thin slices or rough rocks—that give her pieces a modern look. "Organic-looking diamonds lend...
De Beers, the mastermind behind diamond marketing for the past century, intends to change the way we value this coveted stone. The company’s latest creation, inspired by ancient Egypt’s Queen...

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