New & Noteworthy

In a city bursting with both new luxury boutiques and architectural landmarks, Harry Winston still made a conspicuous statement with the recent opening of its Shanghai store—the jeweler’s largest...
Electric buggies transport guests from the gates of Ecuador’s Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve to the 3,200-acre park’s first hotel. Opened in April, Mashpi Lodge is designed to have minimal...
When Martin Greenfield sent President Eisenhower’s custom-made suits to the White House, he tucked little notes of political advice into the pockets. Whether the president considered his counsel or...
The clank of my spoon against the porcelain mug echoes loudly through Hotel Salto Chico’s empty dining room. It is December in the Southern Hemisphere, the high summer season when this popular...
A sober, utilitarian character informs most of the timepieces assembled in Glashütte, the German watchmaking town in the southeastern state of Saxony that now bustles with a spate of new...
‘‘Asturias is the real Spain," says Bárbara Callisto as she points to the region’s misty village of Covadonga. "The rest is just reconquered land." Looking out over the emerald landscape—which is...
Southern California native Mike Railey has been an avid surfer most of his life. But about a decade ago, the 49-year-old amateur inventor grew tired of spending his time in the water waiting for...
For nearly a decade, Azadeh Shladovsky has brought her scientific background to bear in her art, creating residential and commercial interiors that she describes as a balance of the seemingly...
Few cars have generated as much buzz as the Fisker Karma hybrid electric sports sedan. But lately, most of the news has been negative. Last year the U.S. Department of Energy suspended its $529...
One effect of the economic recovery has been a growing number of new choices for private-jet buyers. However slow the pace of that recovery, many aircraft makers are optimistic enough to bring brand-...
Over the years, the American kitchen has become a space for socializing as much as it is a place for cooking. Homes throughout the United States often feature large, open-plan kitchens with ample...
Sword swallowers, fire-eaters, giants, midgets, fat ladies, tattooed ladies, bearded ladies— Johnny Meah has painted them all in his 55 years as a sideshow-banner artist. When he is asked which of...
When a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster sold for $9.68 million through RM Auctions during last year’s Pebble Beach car week, it became the most expensive Mercedes-Benz ever sold at auction...
Through its upcoming Ramekins 4-Day Culinary Retreat ( www.ramekins.com ), Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn in Sonoma, Calif., is offering access to some of the region’s most influential...
The 40-piece Oscar Heyman 100th Anniversary Collection ( www.oscarheyman.com ) celebrates the jewelry house that for the last century has been creating showpiece designs for retailers including...
Successful marriages often produce cheerful children; but in the case of Henri-Guillaume Piper, his offspring were literally effervescent. In 1815, Piper joined the Champagne house of his cousin,...
Though it includes nautical instruments in one section, diving equipment in another, and a functioning flight simulator in another, the new IWC Schaffhausen Flagship Boutique ( www.iwc.com ) in...
Made from a rare type of cotton sourced from a small farm just east of the Nile Delta in Egypt, the 300-thread-count fabric used for the Ascot Chang Cullinan collection ( www.ascotchang.com ) might...
At the end of the 18th century, George Washington planted 13 chestnut trees—one for each colony—between his mother’s and sister’s houses in Fredericksburg, Va. The trees provided shade for the women...
Montblanc is offering Americans an exquisite means of exercising their freedom of expression. The $33,000 Montblanc Statue of Liberty Artisan Edition ( www.montblanc.com ), available only in the...
Chanel has become one of the few brands to develop a complicated movement expressly for a women’s watch. The company’s partnership with Audemars Piguet and its research arm, Renaud & Papi, has...
Exemplifying the shape of things to come from the automaker, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ ( www.lincoln.com ) displays a smooth, flowing design that yields aesthetic and aerodynamic benefits. The sedan’s...
Other than a name and an all-aluminum engine, the new Camaro ZL1 has little in common with the original ZL1, a high-performance, very limited-production variant of the 1969 model-year muscle car...
French designer Hervé Van der Straeten is known for his limited-edition creations, and of those his one-of-a-kind Piercing console table may be the rarest. "The concept was to create an intersection...
Carroll Shelby in his 1962 Shelby Cobra CSX 2000 Carroll Shelby (1923–2012) was a maverick whose brilliance and tenacity were matched by talent, guts, and good fortune. He strung together an...
Salvatore Ferragamo’s foray into luggage was inspired by the tailored lines of Italian automotive design, and accordingly, the fashion label’s sleek, elegant cases exude an aura of high performance...
High-profile architect Robert A.M. Stern has unveiled a collection of minimalist furniture pieces that exude the same spirit as his classic, elegant, and streamlined buildings. Called New York Home,...
The Arturo Fuente family members are perfectionists. In spite of the fact they are the largest privately owned cigar company in the world, they are constantly striving to improve upon their much-in-...
Although it was originally produced as a straight bourbon, during the 20th century Four Roses became known as a blended whiskey. But today, thankfully for connoisseurs, Four Roses has returned to its...
Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville has reopened after an extensive restoration to its interiors. The hotel has 151 rooms and suites that still feature the original 1920s architecture, three restaurants, a...

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