New & Noteworthy

On October 18, Four Seasons Hotel Beijing opened with 313 rooms and suites surrounding an atrium (from about $315 per night) and 210 private apartments, which include access to hotel facilities plus...
Pepin Garcia and his family-owned My Father Cigars company in Estelí, Nicaragua, has garnered a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the finest cigars inside or outside of Cuba, the island...
To celebrate its 25-year anniversary, the innovative Barcelona-based rug company nanimarquina is releasing the Chillida Collection, a range of seven handmade rugs based on works of art by the famous...
Now through the end of November, Bacara Resort & Spa , located on Santa Barbara’s picturesque coastline, is giving guests the chance to participate in a hands-on winemaking experience alongside...
Now in its 22nd year, the Monaco Yacht Show serves as the world’s grandest stage for the industry’s most beautiful yachts to make their debuts and impress the yachting community’s elite. The 2012...
Burberry ’s many fans will probably enjoy the visual interest of the company’s new watch, the Britain, for its octagonal bezel, baton hands, and numeral typography. Serious watch collectors will...
New Parisian-based cashmere company Exemplaire, established by 26-year-old Jean-Victor Meyers—grandson of L’Oréal matriarch Liliane Bettencourt—and his friend Louis Leboiteux, also 26, creates men’s...
Winslow Homer, one of the most important American artists of the 19th century, painted many of his most recognizable works at his studio on Prouts Neck near Portland, Maine. Now owned by the Portland...
New York chef Tom Colicchio—whose restaurant portfolio includes Gramercy Tavern, Craft, and Colicchio & Sons—has opened his latest venture at Topping Rose House, a recently restored 19th-century...
Palacio Astoreca Hotel officially opened on October 1 in a renovated 1920s-era Victorian mansion in Valparaiso, Chile. Known as the Astoreca Palace—one of Chile’s most iconic national monuments—the...
Most people travel to Turks and Caicos to soak in the sun, but come November, the islands’ main draw will be their cuisine, when Grace Bay Club hosts the second annual Caribbean Food & Wine...
Any New Yorker with an appreciation for well-made footwear knows Leffot, a West Village shoe boutique that features a unique mix of some of the world’s best international footwear brands, including...
Lexus takes the LS sedan very seriously. For Japanese automotive workers, a position on the dedicated LS production line at Toyota’s Tahara factory is considered an extraordinary privilege. Splendid...
Icon Aircraft , the Los Angeles–based producer of the A5 amphibious light-sport aircraft, announced that the A5 will feature composite components from original-equipment manufacturer Cirrus Aircraft...
Uma by COMO opened in September in the Punakha Valley, Bhutan, joining the brand’s sister property in nearby Paro. It has eight rooms and two villas. Among the features are Bukharian indoor-outdoor...
In September, English audio component expert dCS began shipping its latest and most impressive digital-audio system to date. Priced at $110,000 for the four-component system, the dCS Vivaldi...
British bath fixture company Samuel Heath , established in 1820, has unveiled an array of ultra-swanky Art Deco–inspired faucets and showers called the Style Moderne collection. The pieces come in a...
In keeping with the sleek body refinements seen on the Vitesse, the latest convertible Veyron unveiled by Bugatti, watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurier has added new aesthetic treatments to its Bugatti...
Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris opened Viñales Club , a private cigar club named after the Cuban tobacco region. The club opened in late September, and membership is limited to just 50 guests, who...
UCLA researchers have for the first time measured the activity of a brain region known to be involved in learning, memory and Alzheimer's disease during sleep. They discovered that this region,...
Herman Miller has just reintroduced one of its most elegant pieces of furniture: the Thin Edge Buffet, designed by George Nelson in 1952 as part of his Rosewood cabinet series, which ceased...
Let’s cut to the chase: With a top speed of 205 mph, the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed is the fastest production car ever to wear the Flying B. The standard Continental GT, revised inside and out...
Men’s jewelry design is always a challenging proposition because while men desire a distinctive style, most won’t wear anything glittering or shiny. Designer Mads Kornerup of Copenhagen created a...
After two years of grueling testing, travel accessory company Tumi has unveiled the ultimate durable bag: a bulletproof attaché. For those executives seeking extra protection for their documents,...
New York City has its share of luxury hotel suites, but the new Bentley Suite at the St. Regis Hotel is a one-of-a-kind experience. Designed in partnership with the venerable British carmaker, the...
Many wealthy young men of the 18th century finished their educations with a grand tour—a voyage to the great cultural sites of Europe, from which they carried home art and antiques as souvenirs. The...
The SL models from Mercedes-Benz have consistently offered drivers technical innovation, blue-chip styling, and reliable performance since the carmaker introduced the series nearly six decades ago...
Ending a five-year absence, the Aston Martin Vanquish ( www.astonmartin.com ) has returned to the marque’s lineup, replacing the DBS as the flagship model. Aston Martin is now taking orders for the...
The current CEO of the Geneva-based watch brand Romain Jerome, Manuel Emch, describes his company in the years before he was hired as "some kind of design-and-marketing laboratory." Under its former...
Generations have passed since cruise ships were high-society affairs that called for black ties and ball gowns. Rather, at some point in the mid-20th century, cruise liners cast aside galas and...

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