New & Noteworthy

Prada has captured the retro spirit of fall with an exceptional collection of bold, geometric twill neckties based on 1920s and ’30s designs ($215 each). With flashes of bright color and patterns,...
Chef Eric Ripert’s temple to all that is piscine, Le Bernardin (212.554.1515, www.le-bernardin.com ) has been at the top of Manhattan’s food chain since it opened in 1986. But while Ripert has...
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...
Tilli Antonelli, who founded the Pershing yacht company in 1981, made a splash last April with the debut of the inaugural model from his new brand, Wider. With the Wider 42, the industry veteran and...
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...
Typically, single-malt Scotch is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and used sherry casks. But in 1994, Glenmorangie—the best-selling single malt in Scotland—began releasing the results of experiments with...
Although Calistoga is home to what is perhaps Napa Valley’s most fabled and historic vineyard, the region was only very recently approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau as an...
In all likelihood, the wearer will never set or even try to read the time on her Cartier Tutti Frutti Secret Watch (price available upon request), part of the brand’s 16-piece Mille et Une Heures...
The Nissan GT-R ( www.nissanusa.com ) is a car in search of a track—or possibly a runway. This $97,000 machine is built to obliterate any competitors in a straight sprint. It is not pretty, polite,...
An advocate of excess, Oscar Wilde would have made a perfect pitchman for the Bentley Continental GTC ( www.bentleymotors.com ) , a heavy and heavily handcrafted vehicle that coddles driver and...
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, $...
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...
The bomber jacket, worn by aviators for decades, is the quintessential symbol of cool masculinity. It has made a return to the fashion runways this fall, and Stefano Ricci, staying true to the brand’...
With its long, brushed-steel bar and sleek tables, Copenhagen’s Geist (+45.33.13.37.13, www.restaurantgeist.dk ) does not look like the typically austere New Nordic restaurant. Nor, with its buzzy...
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...
With its flexible flybridge and countless other customizable features, the Azimut 45 (+39.011.93.161, www.azimutyachts.com ) is one of the most versatile yachts in its size range. The flybridge...
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...
To make a superb extra añejo —a tequila aged three years or longer—requires not only a superb añejo but also an equally superb blanco , for they all emanate from the same distillate. Last year,...
Mark Aubert’s career has been a peripatetic one. After succeeding celebrated winemaker Helen Turley at Peter Michael Winery, where for nine years he produced magnificent Chardonnays and ethereally...
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...
With a 560 hp v-10 engine snitched from the Lamborghini Gallardo, a top speed of 199 mph, and a zero-to-60-mph time of just a sniff over 3.5 seconds, the Audi R8 GT ( www.audiusa.com ) is a race-...
If BMW’s slogan of "building the ultimate driving machine" refers to its vehicles’ muscle and punch, it does not apply to the BMW 650i convertible ( www.bmwusa.com ) . Though the $91,000 car receives...
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...
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...
RLX Ralph Lauren has grown from a collection of stylish sports gear to a full-blown line of apparel and accessories designed to meet even professional athletes’ demands. For its high-performance gear...
For a time, Restaurant 1833 (831.643.1833, www.restaurant1833.com ) seemed unlikely to become a standard-bearer for today’s casual yet savvy approach to fine dining. Its debut was beset by long...
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...
Launched last September, the Frauscher 1017 GT ( www.frauscherboats.com ) is an exceptional racer that represents the pinnacle of performance and design from the 85-year-old Austrian shipyard. The 33...
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...
One might wonder whether Highland Park could match the quality of its 40-year-old Orcadian Limited Edition Series 1968 Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which won last year’s Best of the Best tribute, but...

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