New & Noteworthy

José Andrés may be one of the most innovative chefs in America, but he came up through the profession in the conventional way. Born in Asturias, Spain, he entered the kitchen when he was just a...
Masa Takayama is renowned for his Japanese restaurant Masa, a serene, 26-seat space in New York City’s Time Warner Center where the chef presides over meals made from sublime ingredients and served...
Once upon a decadent time, around 1670, Pierre Pérignon, a young Benedictine monk and cellar master at the Abbaye d’Hautvillers, near the town of Épernay in northern France, applied his intuition and...
When a chicago-based real estate investor and design aficionado first visited the site for her winter residence at the Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif., her architectural vision was clear. “I...
Entrepreneur Michael Polenske has a gift for discovering the sublime. In 2007, he purchased a turn-of-the-century stone building in Yountville, Calif., that for more than 50 years had served as a...
Too many truffle oils, even the priciest, are the kitchen equivalent of cheap perfume: Their aromas are so overpowering that they offend rather than entice. Italy’s Fernando Pensato Olio di Oliva...
The bracelet, ring, and earring designs in Brazilian jeweler H. Stern’s new Ancient America Collection ( www.hstern.net ) subtly represent animals that were symbolic to pre-Columbian cultures. The...
Though certainly no match for its supercar namesake in a race, the approximately $39,000 Factor Bikes Aston Martin One-77 Cycle ( www.factorbikes.com ) does share at least one element with the...
For fall, Saks Fifth Avenue recently debuted Bark knitwear ( www.bark-italy.it ), the Italian fashion brand’s collection of men’s, women’s, and children’s plush sweaters that are thick and warm...
MBL toned things down for its MBL Corona Line ( www.mbl-northamerica.com ) of audio equipment. The components are designed to power or complement the German company’s more compact Radialstrahlers—...
The Italian pen maker Omas honors its country’s capital with the inaugural release from its La Citte collection, which celebrates significant cities throughout the world. The metal barrel of the Omas...
When Bulgari acquired the Swiss watch brand Daniel Roth two years ago, the fit seemed an odd one given the traditional style of the watchmaker’s timepieces and the bold designs made by the Italian...
Fiart Mare has launched 132 different models since producing its first vessel, in 1960. The Italian boatbuilder’s latest, the Fiart Mare Epica 58 ( www.fiartmare.it ), is its largest. The 58-foot...
Ending a five-year absence, the Aston Martin Vanquish ( www.astonmartin.com ) has returned to the marque’s lineup, replacing the DBS as the flagship model. Aston Martin is now taking orders for the...
Defying mechanical convention is a point of pride among Switzerland’s boutique watchmakers, and in this spirit, newcomer HYT is staking out the field of liquid mechanics as its métier. The company’s...
Gucci has long provided accessories for traveling in style. Indeed, the Italian fashion house, whose offerings now range from car interiors to iPad cases, was founded by Guccio Gucci, in 1921 in...
The current CEO of the Geneva-based watch brand Romain Jerome, Manuel Emch, describes his company in the years before he was hired as "some kind of design-and-marketing laboratory." Under its former...
Befitting its name, Nova Scotia is a verdant, windswept coastland that looks just like Scotland. With the opening of Cabot Links—a delightfully authentic links golf course on Nova Scotia’s Cape...
On October 9, 1992, thousands of people along the United States’ Eastern Seaboard watched a chunk of cosmic debris dart across the sky on its way to landing in Peekskill, N.Y., where it hit a parked...
When the Boxster concept car hit the show circuit in 1993, the fresh design foreshadowed Porsche’s return to a no-frills sports car reminiscent of the marque’s 1950s-era 550 Spyder. The Boxster was...
Antisocial audio purists and late-night listeners were until recently the primary users of headphones, but the popularity of iPods and other portable devices and the prevalence of streaming digital...
The Eurocopter AS350 Astar landed in our backyard at about 9 am. Within a few minutes we were flying high over Revelstoke, British Columbia, our small group of skiers looking down on the Columbia...
In 1939, King George VI became the first reigning British monarch to make a royal tour of Canada. To mark the momentous occasion, Canada’s first fam­ily of whiskey, the Bronfmans, created a blend of...
" YAAAAHoooooo !" A "coasteerer" clad in a wet suit, life preserver, helmet, and sneakers whoops at the top of his lungs as he cannonballs from a 12-foot-high cliff into the Irish Sea off of St...
Okinawa has been a favored tropical destination for generations of Japanese. With the recent opening of its first luxury-brand hotel, the 160-island chain is now primed to become popular the world...
From its setting atop a remote hill on the Datça Peninsula, D-Hotel Maris reigns over an undulating landscape at the meeting of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, one headland south of Bodrum on Tur­...
The Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort opened in June on central Vietnam’s lush Son Tra Peninsula, not far from the former R&R facility (nicknamed I&I, for Intoxication &...
On a sultry evening in June, a group of impeccably dressed ladies—members of the local gentry—gathered in the loggia of Castello di Casole to reminisce about the parties they attended there decades...
Though Darlings Danama is the 130th vessel to launch from CRN’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy, and the sixth yacht in the builder’s 197-foot series, this sleek new charter vessel is unquestionably one-of...
Generations have passed since cruise ships were high-society affairs that called for black ties and ball gowns. Rather, at some point in the mid-20th century, cruise liners cast aside galas and...

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