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Parisian jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels has dramatically increased its influence in the watchmaking world over the past several years by introducing a series of decorative-arts timepieces. Its...
The multitude of world-time watches released over the last few months exhibit varying degrees of beauty and functionality, but one watch in particular seems to have been amply blessed with both. As...
In the last few years, the contemporary dress watch has evolved far beyond the classic shapes of the mid-20th century, incorporating modern diameters and slim profiles. Because of its distinguished...
Over the last few years, Giulio Papi has transformed the exclusive complicated versions of Audemars Piguet’s Millenary models into showcases for his personal passion: movement finishing. The latest...
The involvement in any project of Anita Porchet, the current sovereign of Swiss-watch enamelists, virtually guarantees a timepiece of superlative aesthetic quality; the underlying concept of the...
At first glance, the unusual function of Le Temps Suspendu ($19,400 for the steel version shown), which is capable of stopping time on command, might seem less than practical. Such a concern, however...
"Listen to it while it’s on your wrist," says Hublot chairman Jean-Claude Biver of the company’s King Power Cathedral Minute Repeater Tourbillon. Though obviously meant to be worn, acoustic watches...
A grand complication watch’s ability to fire the imagination is far more important to the wearer than any of its individual functions, which is why so many enthusiasts find Dominique Loiseau’s 1f4...
With its lush volcanic coastline, Kauai has long been the Hawaiian island of choice for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. However, with a few exceptions—including the two Princeville courses near...
Unveiled last june in what designer Tom Weiskopf calls "one of most beautiful settings I have ever seen," the Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club (+39.0577.1913001, www.castigliondelbosco.com ) adds a...
Golf has a rich tradition of amateur architects, design neophytes who put their passion into a project and, on occasion, create something special. Though an unlikely pair of shaping savants, the...
The Bay Course at Costa Navarino ( www.costanavarinogolf.com ) is the second of what will eventually be at least four courses at the sprawling Costa Navarino resort in Messenia, a historically...
The Rosewood San Miguel de Allende (+52.415.152.9700, www.rosewoodhotels.com ) has brought a new level of luxury to San Miguel de Allende while staying true to the traditions of this former Spanish...
Based strictly on accessibility, Minaret Station (+64.275.8898.65, www.minaretstation.com ) is arguably the most exclusive resort in the world. Visitors fly in to this stunningly beautiful 65,000-...
Opened in December, Amanruya (+90.252.311.12.12, www.amanresorts.com ) is the third Mediterranean resort and 25th property worldwide from Singapore-based Amanresorts. The 36-villa retreat—located...
Built in 1822 as the home of British baronet Sir Charles Coote, Ballyfin Demesne was once Ireland’s most lavish Regency mansion, the centerpiece of a 614-acre estate of esplanades, parkland, woodland...
Location is not everything at Mandarin Oriental, Paris (+33.1.70.98.78.88, www.mandarinoriental.com ) , but the modern eight-story retreat is certainly well situated in the City of Light. The hotel’s...
After the British took control of India in 1858, King George V moved the capital city from Calcutta to Delhi. British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens was commissioned to plan a new district in the city,...
Set on the Thames riverfront in a sprawling Victorian-era Belle Epoque building, the Corinthia Hotel London (+44.20.7930.8181, www.corinthialondon.com ) has reshaped London’s luxury-hotel landscape...
The International Commerce Center was designed to be Hong Kong’s highest building, piercing the sky at 1,883 feet. Government regulations, however, forbid structures from standing taller than the...
Los Angeles’s iconic Hotel Bel-Air—a woodsy, storybook getaway complete with resident swans—has been the preferred city retreat of Hollywood royalty for 65 years. Now, after completing a two-year, $...
Spread across three basement-level floors of a new 15-story, 78-room hotel, Espa at the Istanbul Edition (+90.212.317.7700, www.editionhotels.com ) opened in March 2011 in the bustling residential...
High above the chaos that is Bangkok’s central business district, the Elemis Spa at the St. Regis Bangkok (+66.2.207.7777, www.stregis.com ) seems to float, heavenlike, in midair. Visitors enter the...
Space is at a premium in London, relegating many establishments, spas included, to the dark and dank confines of the city’s basements. Not so at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, which...
Since their introduction nearly 14 years ago, destination clubs have become popular with affluent travelers looking to vacation in, but not own, multimillion-dollar homes worldwide. But with the...
On Barbados’s Platinum Coast, One Sandy Lane reigns. Designed by Larry Warren, the local architect who also built the legendary Sandy Lane hotel nearby, One Sandy Lane is an ultraexclusive enclave...
Singular style and robust brawn typically distinguish the most compelling cruisers from lesser specimens, but those qualities often come at a premium. Bucking the high-price trend is the new Raider...
As sportbikes continue to shed weight and gain power, such improvements might reach a point of diminishing returns. The ruthless pursuit of acceleration and razor’s-edge handling could lead to such...
Confederate Motors has been building ambitiously designed, hand-assembled motorcycles since 1991, but for its latest creation, the Birmingham, Ala.–based manufacturer has introduced a new platform...
Touring bikes are specialized machines designed to make the miles melt away, but their narrow purpose is their drawback. Most touring rigs endure months of downtime, while more versatile steeds see...

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