New & Noteworthy

The newest hotel in London’s Knightsbridge neighborhood is no grande dame in traditional garb. Slick and seductive—and Italian to the core—Bulgari Hotel & Residences London opened in May with no...
In 1985, the firm of Marchesi Antinori introduced to the marketplace what certainly ranks among viticulture’s oddest offerings: a nonvintage red wine known as Secentenario. Comprising the finest lots...
When he was young, John Hendricks was fascinated, as boys often are, with wildlife, dinosaurs, space, automobiles, and adventure. His favorite TV shows were Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and Walter...
During John Herzog’s first year with his father’s Manhattan brokerage firm, Herzog & Co., the most significant trade he made involved a defunct stake in a 19th-century railroad. It was 1959, and...
No other metropolis enjoys Paris’s particular reputation as a center of style and culture. Yet the City of Light, which serves as the backdrop for this month’s fashion feature (see " Man About Town...
The story line could have been lifted from a fable, or perhaps a Mel Brooks film: During the renovation of a venerable Moscow mansion in 1990, workers opened up a wall and discovered a cache of old...
It was a spectacle of otherworldly beauty, a celestial dance of shooting comets and blazing meteorites. If Chanel designed the universe—and for one night at the planetarium at Paris’s Musée du quai...
If golf architect Pete Dye ever decides to retire, Teeth of the Dog will lead his legacy. More than 40 years after it opened in 1971, the magnificent seaside layout (think Pebble Beach with palm...
In a quiet village outside Paris, a small group of craftsmen slices strips of wood by hand, while other workers meticulously hammer tiny brass nails one by one. Nearby, sewers are joining swaths of...
Purebred Arabian horses graze among groves of palm trees at the new Selman Marrakech, a sprawling Moorish-style palace that opened in May at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. The resort’s owner, a...
Like most industries, private aviation is cyclical and susceptible to the vagaries of the economy and other worldwide forces. It plummeted during the recession and now, as the economy recovers, it...
The Barnes Foundation is not the only Philadelphia institution reveling in a glorious second life. Le Bec Fin, the city’s top French restaurant for more than 40 years, reopened this summer with a new...
Packing more horsepower than any previous Viper—or any other SRT production model—the 2013 SRT Viper ( www.drivesrt.com ) will arrive in showrooms later this year following the model’s two-year...
Though California’s Napa Valley has a reputation for producing some the world’s finest red wines, Robert Mondavi, the region’s most celebrated vintner, achieved his first success with a white grape,...
After more than a decade of distractions following its bizarre transformation into a BMW Group subsidiary in 1998, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is standing tall and breathing evenly. The company is feeling...
Photography by David Roemer; Styling by Christopher Campbell; Photographed at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris At the turn of the 20th century, Paris was the epicenter of a new modernism that shook up...
The iPhone’s limited audio capabilities inspired the V-Moda Vamp ( www.v-moda.com ), a $650 device that transforms Apple’s smartphones into high-fidelity music players without adding much bulk...
1916 Hispano-Suiza Type 32 Collapsible Brougham A now-defunct Spanish marque that was founded at the beginning of the 20th century, Hispano-Suiza gained renown as a manufacturer of exceptional...
When he is working on a new product, Wolfgang Dürheimer, the tailored, urbane 53-year-old chairman of the Bentley and Bugatti brands, likes to develop a story around it. In the case of Bentley’s SUV...
Centuries-old glassmakers Riedel and Baccarat continue to reshape our notion of glassware. In September, the Champagne house Krug, through a partnership with Riedel, will begin offering a curved...
Instead of adorning its timepieces with precious stones, Swiss watch brand Louis Moinet uses dials made of polished stone for its Treasures of the World Collection ( www.louismoinet.com ). Australian...
From its ancient canals dotted with gondolas to the Doge’s Palace and Piazza San Marco, Venice is an anachronism with unmatched allure. The many visitors to the Italian island-city can choose among...
British shoemaker John Lobb has collaborated with compatriot Aston Martin to create Winner Sport ( www.johnlobb.com ), a lightweight driving shoe that will be available in September. Made of calfskin...
To the contemporary eye, a pocket-watch case may seem an overly discreet form of housing for a mechanism as magnificent as a grand complication. Yet there is nothing modest about Cartier’s $625,000...
If the words Cadillac luxury sedan conjure visions of Fleetwoods and DeVilles, step out of your leisure suit and into model year 2013. The XTS is an all-new offering that rounds out the Cadillac...
In recent years, Ferrari has lent its brand to surfboards, bicycles, and even a theme park. The carmaker’s latest nonmotorized venture is the Ferrari Golf Collection ( www.ferrarigolfcollection.com...
Their clients want to feel at home even when they are 40,000 feet in the air, so private-jet interior designers create cabins that reflect the owners’ tastes and address their desires in terms of...
Tom Ford is the master of elegant evening wear, and this black-and-gold jacquard jacket ($4,590) in a textured silk blend is one of his most sophisticated pieces yet. The elongated shawl collar...
To create each of the earrings and rings in the Cora Tahitian Pearls collection ( www.corainternational.com ), jewelers at New York diamond house Cora carved out a niche in the delicate surface of a...
To remain competitive in the flight-services industry, companies have been updating and upgrading their fleets and expanding their offerings beyond fractional aircraft shares.

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