New & Noteworthy

Cartier takes the classic tourbillon on the road with its Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon Two Time Zone (price upon request). The travel timepiece incorporates two hour displays and a minute display in...
Vinyl records have long been the gold standard of high-fidelity audio reproduction. With the recent arrival of DCS’s Vivaldi system, the digital age finally has an answer to the accuracy of analog...
Jupiter is barking. Somewhere within the thick maze of arrowroot leaves that blanket the Republic of the Congo’s Odzala-Kokoua National Park, we hear—and feel—the silverback gorilla and his dozen or...
Marking the 120th anniversary of when company founder Kokichi Mikimoto began producing cultured pearls, the Mikimoto Regalia collection ( www.mikimoto.com ) incorporates the largest and most...
The Los Angeles–based Icon Aircraft plans to begin delivering its $139,000 A5—an amphibious 23-foot-long aircraft with foldable wings that allow it to be towed behind a truck or SUV—in the fall. The...
As he digs through a shoebox filled with spare parts, the genial and relaxed Gregory Bruttin—a movement developer at the Geneva watch manufacturer Roger Dubuis—bears little resemblance to the...
The latest Ritz-Carlton Reserve opened on December 12 on Dorado Beach, a private three-mile stretch of the Puerto Rican coastline. Built on the former Laurance Rockefeller estate, which abuts 1,400...
On April 17, 2009, Major League Baseball outfielder Gary Sheffield hit his 500thhome run. He then went on to score nine more homers before retiring from an illustrious career playing for eight...
The Alpina Gstaad opened on the first of December, making it the first luxury hotel to open its doors in the picturesque Swiss ski village of Gstaad in over a century. The 56-room hotel is a...
The Parisian hotel Le Meurice has unveiled three newly redesigned presidential suites, including the Dalí apartment, where the artist Salvador Dalí resided for at least one month each year from the...
Little has changed since William Grant & Sons, now one of Scotland’s few remaining family-owned distillers, built The Balvenie distillery in 1892. The Balvenie still performs every aspect of its...
Ever since the relaunch of its 1980s classic Golden Bridge model, Corum has turned exhibitionist movement architecture into a brand specialty. Its latest limited edition, the Golden Bridge...
After 50 years serving as one of the leading men’s clothing stores in San Francisco, Wilkes Bashford has completely renovated its historic seven-story flagship location, creating an inviting,...
The historic Café Royal reopened December 5 after a four-year renovation that infused a new contemporary spirit into the legendary landmark establishment. The hotel has 159 rooms, including six...
Typically in the yachting world, convertible refers to a boat intended for both fishing and cruising. This is not the case for the new Maiora 29 Convertible , which the Italian yard’s parent company...
The Wellesley, a 1920s townhouse turned hotel, opened on December 14 in London’s Knightsbridge section. The six-floor building features 36 rooms and suites priced from $630 per night (through March...
Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert has collaborated with the New York–based purveyor Paramount Caviar—which has been one of the procurers of the restaurant’s caviar selection for 20 years—to release a...
Although it looks like a bold piece of design for the traditional German company, A. Lange & Söhne ’s just-announced Grande Lange 1 Lumen is actually another step in its long obsession with...
When the Tata Group took Land Rover off Ford’s hands back in 2008, the future for the venerable British automaker seemed a little murky. Fuel prices were on the rise and sales of serious sport-...
Following an extensive renovation, Aspen’s historic Hotel Jerome reopened on December 14. Though some of its original features remain—including the antique front desk and atrium—the over 120-year-old...
The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto has opened a 55-story tower with 217 guest rooms and 42 suites starting at about $550 per night. This tower and an adjacent 26-story building houses 210 whole-owned...
Situated on a cliff overlooking the bay of Cape Panwa in Thailand, just a short walk from a stretch of private beach, the Regent Phuket Cape Panwa opens this month. The property has 105 contemporary-...
The menswear item of the moment is the sweater jacket, says Eric Jennings, a vice president and the fashion director for Saks Fifth Avenue. The new style, which quickly became a top seller at Saks...
To avoid the postholiday blues, the Bardessono Hotel and Spa in Yountville, Calif., is offering a food-and-wine getaway for 12 couples from January 24 to 27. Priced at $8,500 per couple, the four-day...
The Flexjet 25 Jet Card program, operated by the U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions, has released a new flight card for the holidays that provides travel benefits and perks with Executive Golfer,...
The Marti Istanbul Hotel has opened in Taksim, Istanbul, right in the center of the cultural and commercial section of this ancient Turkish city. The property has 270 rooms and suites, and two...
Dressing-up for a black-tie event is oftentimes fraught with anxiety for many men, who find the old-fashioned tuxedo a bit dated or confining. In response to this dilemma, the online men’s fashion...
The industrial designer David Weeks , known for his signature lighting fixtures, is venturing into new media. He has unveiled two rug designs in conjunction with the distributor Christopher Farr. The...
Harkening back to days when leading Swiss brands would often produce watches in conjunction with major retailers, Patek Philippe is celebrating its unusually long association with Tiffany & Co...
Banyan Tree Lang Cô and Angsana Lang Cô have opened on the central southern coast of Vietnam in Lang Cô Bay. These sister resorts are situated on pristine beaches with expansive views of the nearby...

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