New & Noteworthy

Vivanta by Taj Bentota is a refreshed full-service beach resort in a destination your friends haven’t heard of. Why Go: This refurbishment of a 1990s beach resort in Sri Lanka is worth considering if...
Three years ago, at the Paris Motor Show, Audi showed the Quattro Concept, a two-door, all-wheel-drive supercar commemorating the 30th anniversary of the first Quattro all-wheel-drive coupe. Although...
The 45-mile drive from Washington, D.C., to the quiet equestrian haven of Middleburg, Va., overflows with the sagas of America’s past. Crossing the Potomac River (where General Robert E. Lee’s troops...
Zuccon Superyacht Design , the Italian yacht company, showed a 302-foot concept yacht at the Monaco Yacht Show last month with a steel hull and aluminum construction. It offers a change from the...
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, DeWitt has redesigned its most popular watch model, the Academia, for a younger customer. The Academia’s signature columned bezel and case—which was previously...
Audemars Piguet has packed three complications—a tourbillon, chronograph, and minute repeater—into a 47-millimeter case that was inspired by the brand’s early-20th-century pocket watches. The...
Verdura is showcasing the works of two of the most important jewelers of the 20th century, Fulco di Verdura and Suzanne Belperron, during a 2-month exhibition and sale. The presentation at Verdura’s...
The Geneva-based watchmaker Bedat & Co. has made a leap toward premium watchmaking with its new diamond-encrusted women’s model, the Extravaganza Ref. 327 ($272,500). The one-of-a-kind timepiece...
Hermès , the French luxury-goods brand that began as a saddlemaker, has elevated the simplicity of a leather strap into an art form. Each strap is selected from a candy store of exceptional materials...
The classic pin-striped suit, often considered a trademark of bankers and business tycoons, has been updated this season with a contemporary edge in trim silhouettes and a fresh array of fabrics...
Opened on the Florida Panhandle in late summer, the Pearl is the first luxury boutique hotel in the town of Rosemary Beach. Why to Go: Developed in 1995 to harken back to small-town America in the...
The boutique Hotel Ella opens in the oldest neighborhood in Austin, Texas, on October 5. Why to Go: The young and the young at heart will appreciate Hotel Ella’s location adjacent to West Campus, the...
The American whiskey boom of recent years has prompted a good deal of experimentation. Lincoln Henderson, who spent 40 years as Brown-Forman’s master distiller, placed himself at the forefront of...
A block from Santa Monica State Beach and just south of the city’s 104-year-old pier, a new $350 million residential complex, Ocean Avenue South, will offer units for sale beginning in November.
Eden Rock, St. Barts’ first resort, has been an elite tropical getaway since the 1950s, having lured Greta Garbo, Howard Hughes, the Rockefellers, and, on New Year’s Eve, yachting enthusiasts.
While Bugatti is cagey about a successor to the two-seat Veyron—rumors have the company thinking about another sports car instead of the Galibier sedan concept first shown in 2010—it continues to...
Nandana Villa has just made it easier to access the exclusive gated beach community on Grand Bahama where it is located with a new private air transfer for its guests. For $1,500 one way, a 10-...
Following its 2008 U.S. release of Tattoo Pouf—a round stool made to resemble a large marble ball—furniture manufacturer Cerruti Baleri introduced two new marble-like furniture pieces this year in...
After a roughly $16 million renovation, a 17th-century farmhouse in the Cotswolds reopened in August as the Dormy House hotel. The 40-room property is situated on the historic 400-acre Farncombe...
Cannes, France, home to the famous international film festival, is also the host city for the first major boat show of the European season. At this year’s Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes ( www...
It is well known that Kentucky’s master distillers are fiercely independent, each claiming that his bourbon is the best. But when hardship strikes one of their own, they band together like long-lost...
Driven to replicate the vibrant paint colors she remembered from her childhood home in Puerto Rico, artist Gretchen Schauffler founded Devine Color 15 years ago from her working studio in Portland...
The Danish manufacturer Vola , which introduced its modular towel warmer in 2009, now offers an electric version, which became available Stateside this summer. The new T39EL does not require plumbing...
The fall auction season is heating up, and Christie’s has announced that its Magnificent Jewels sale in New York will feature three exceptional colored diamonds: a rectangular-cut 8.77-carat intense-...
The German shipyard Lürssen —which will deliver the world’s largest privately owned yacht, the 591-foot Azzam , this fall—continues to impress with its newest build. Developed under the project name...
The famous Beverly Hills Hotel cabanas and poolside restaurant—which have appeared in numerous films over the decades featuring Hollywood’s A-list celebrities—have been given a facelift. Under the...
Sonus Faber , Italy’s prominent loudspeaker manufacturer, began delivering its new Olympica line of speakers this month. The line comprises two floor-standing models and a smaller, stand-mounted/...
The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond 1950-1990 opened this month at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, featuring 150 specially selected jewelry designs that reflect the brand’s defining...
For the opening of its new 6,000-square-foot penthouse suite, occupying the entire eighth floor, Rome’s Regina Hotel Baglioni is featuring an art installation titled Luxury Is Not a Waste . Vincenzo...
It’s difficult to say the words “single malt” without quickly following them up with “scotch.” But while Scotland is indeed the largest producer of single-malt whiskies, Japan is the second-largest...

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