New & Noteworthy

The Aventador LP 700-4 is as ferocious as its namesake, a Spanish bull that performed in a notoriously violent fight in the early 1990s. It is big and imposing and no gentle giant. Powered by a new 6...
With a starting price of just over $40,000, the Infiniti JX35 ( www.infiniti.com ) is one of the more cost-effective vehicles ever featured in a Best of the Best issue. It might also be the only...
Once again a symbol of ascent, upscale SUVs have become the high-performance fashion statement on roads from Malibu to Mongolia. Now America can claim a competitive edge with the Jeep Grand Cherokee...
At last count the Range Rover Evoque had collected more than 100 motoring awards. They include a pair of automotive Oscars: North American Truck of the Year for 2012 (selected by a panel of 50...
When the third-generation Lexus LX570 ( www.lexus.com ) debuted in 2007, it embodied the automaker’s "Pursuit of Perfection" tagline. Not surprisingly, Lexus has made only negligible changes to the...
Now in its third generation, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) comes with an all-new twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine (the same one that powers the CLS63 AMG), which produces 550 hp...
Entering Kunstkammer Georg Laue is akin to walking into the 16th-century library of a learned nobleman or eccentric scholar. The gallery features a bewildering assortment of antique treasures, from...
Few art galleries can claim a continuous history under the same name for nearly two centuries. Yet C.G. Boerner has been purveying prints and drawings by the Old Masters since 1826. Founded in...
Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson is the J.D. Salinger of comic-strip artists—worshipped by his fans and pathologically media-shy. So when Heritage Auctions offered an original Watterson...
It was not D-Day, but it was a complicated maneuver covering three continents and six time zones. On January 12, Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 opened simultaneously in all 11...
Since its founding in 1979, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco has featured virtually everyone in the photographic pantheon, from Eugène Atget to Diane Arbus to Walker Evans. Four consecutive exhibits...
Last year’s arrival of Bisazza Bagno, a new bath division from the Italian mosaics company Bisazza, introduced unprecedented artistry to the room that needed it most. The company’s first two...
When Marwan Rizek, president of Cameo Kitchens and Fine Cabinetry, decided to update the front display at the company’s Toronto showroom, he resolved to fill it with the kitchen of tomorrow. The...
With the Kaleidescape M700 Disc Vault (650.625.6100, www.kaleidescape.com ) , the Sunnyvale, Calif.–based producer of home-theater servers and playback systems has eliminated the inconveniences...
Not since the 2008 release of Pioneer’s fabled Kuro Elite plasma TV has a display panel hit the market with such a refined picture as that of the new Elite LCD TV. After Pioneer shut down its plasma...
Danish audio wizard Peter Lyngdorf—inventor of two audio systems previously named Robb Report ’s Best of the Best—has outdone himself with the Steinway Lyngdorf S-Series ( www.steinwaylyngdorf.com...
A triumph of form and function, the KEF Blade (732.683.2356, www.kef.com ) is a standout loudspeaker in its price class for its superb coherence and ability to reproduce complex audio at all...
Dave Wilson has a clear goal when designing his loudspeakers. "I try to make my speakers sound like the real thing," says the founder and lead engineer of Provo, Utah–based Wilson Audio, which began...
In 2008, Australia-based financiers and audiophiles Murali Murugasu and David Payes brought together a dream team of designers and engineers to create a new standard for audio componentry. Last...
The Apple iPad ( www.apple.com ) is yet another testament to the vision of Steve Jobs, who introduced the first version in early 2010. The third generation of the tablet, which Apple debuted in March...
The new Vertu Constellation ( www.vertu.com ) is the English mobile-phone maker’s most advanced handset to date. It is also the Nokia subsidiary’s first phone to feature a touchscreen, making it easy...
Since mobile mp 3 players took over the world—namely Apple’s iPod, whose first-generation device launched in 2001—audiophiles have scoffed at the thought of a pocket player providing genuine high-...
A descendant of the Savannah, Ga.–based manufacturer’s best-selling GIV line—which has more than 500 jets in operation—the Gulfstream G450 (912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) has a 45-foot-long...
Gulfstream’s Ultralong-Range GV series has long been the private-jet gold standard, and the Gulfstream G550 (912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) adds to that status. The 43-foot-11-inch-long cabin of...
Formerly known as the Global Express XRS, the Bombardier Global 6000 (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) —which the Canadian manufacturer rebranded last year to better reflect its place between the...
The Cessna Citation Sovereign (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com ) is a bit of an enigma. Its price ($17.9 million), low fuel consumption (247 gallons per flight hour), and runway performance (it can take...
Capable of covering 4,600 miles when carrying four passengers, the Dassault Falcon 2000LX (201.440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) boasts the best range among super midsize jets. It can fly from New...
For globe-trotting passengers, a roomy and comfortable cabin is not just a luxury, it is a necessity. The cabin of the $49.1 million Bombardier Global 5000 (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) offers...
The Bombardier Challenger 300 (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) can take off in 4,900 feet of runway and climb to a cruising altitude of 41,000 feet in less than 19 minutes. It has a maximum cruise...
Elbow room should not be an issue in the Hawker 900XP (316.676.0800, www.hawkerbeechcraft.com ) , because its cabin is 5 feet 9 inches tall and a full 6 feet wide, giving the jet a cross section that...

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