New & Noteworthy

In this fast-paced world, cigars are an anomaly, as their tobaccos are aged naturally and consequently, cannot be rushed, their hand-rolled construction is methodical, and even the act of smoking...
Surrounded by the East China Sea, the Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa opened in Japan’s Okinawa prefecture, a long rope of islands that stretches from southern Japan to Taiwan. Situated within the Kise Country...
Ett Hem, a 12-room historic townhouse in Stockholm, Sweden, has opened as a private hotel (from about $550 per room per night). As an alternative to the standard hotel experience, Ett Hem provides...
For years, Charles Johnson has worked on other people’s sculpture, primarily doing restoration for Barbara Israel, the country’s preeminent dealer in antique garden statuary, and for decorator Bunny...
As summer hits its stride on the Maine coast, Inn by the Sea on Cape Elizabeth, just south of Portland, provides several reasons for guests to visit this alluring part of the Pine Tree State. Last...
In addition to affecting color, the type of barrel in which a whiskey is aged can account for as much as 80 percent of its taste. This is dramatically demonstrated with Woodford Reserve ’s Rare Rye...
The latest superyacht from Italian builder ISA is the 164-foot (50-meter) full-displacement motor yacht Belle Anna, a steel-and-aluminum tri-deck vessel. It marks the third hull in the yard’s new 50-...
For nearly a century, Perlick Corp. has been creating high-end stainless steel refrigerators for restaurants, stadiums, grocery stores, and hotels, and seven years ago, the family-owned company...
The Netherlands-based Heesen Yachts recently delivered two motor yachts, the 153-foot (46.7-meter) Lady Petra and the 147-foot (44.77-meter) Lady L , which likely will turn heads at sea. The shipyard...
With the warm summer months here, many people are entertaining outside or visiting friends, and Eric Goldstein, co-proprietor and marketing president at Park Avenue Liquor Shop in New York, offers...
Gaya Island Resort opened on July 1 on the shores of Pulau Gaya, the largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park conservation area off the coast of Borneo. It has 121 stand-alone villas (...
For the first time in its 250-year history in glassware, Riedel has created a mouth-blown crystal decanter made for magnum-sized wine bottles. Released in May, the limited-edition Cobra Verde...
Given the ongoing presence of vampires in the media, plus a fascination with the zombie apocalypse, few cigars are more timely yet surrealistic than those by Paul Stulac, with their gothic gold, gray...
O. Fournier in the Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina, is offering a unique package for wine lovers: it is selling a portion of its estate to 84 people who, as partners of the winery, can grow, label,...
The British speaker manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins upgraded two of its desktop music systems to incorporate both wireless streaming through Apple AirPlay and wired connection through a Lightning-...
The tried-and-true moccasin is back for summer in many stylish variations. It’s soft, lightweight, and comfortable, and it’s the perfect finishing touch for any outfit from business casual attire to...
Chef and restaurateur Michael Mina recently made his debut in Japanese cuisine with the opening of Pabu at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. For this new culinary venture, Mina teamed up with...
Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer has created a more rugged version of its smartphone, which debuts in stores this month. The 152-year-old brand, known for its partnership with Formula 1 and its race-...
It’s a testament to the mechanical excellence and enduring beauty of Jaguar ’sXF that five years after its debut it remains a supremely compelling choice among executive-class sedans, squaring off...
SLS Hotel South Beach opened in the former Ritz Plaza Hotel last month, featuring 130 guest rooms and 10 villas with views of the beach and the city skyline. For dining, the hotel features the Bazaar...
Some of the lighting designs of the Lombardy-based manufacturer Catellani & Smith have been available piecemeal in this country through various exclusive galleries for the past few years. But the...
Alexandre Gabriel, president of Cognac Ferrand which produces Citadelle Gin, explains why gin is a naturally refreshing spirit, and how to make the best gin and tonic. Q. Why is the gin and tonic...
They say good design transcends the subject matter. German safe maker Döettling seems intent on proving this point by drawing inspiration for its latest watch safe from a chair, of all things...
Most single-malt Scotch is aged in either ex-bourbon barrels or sherry casks, or a combination of both. Depending on the geographic origin of the oak, each imparts its own distinctive flavors to the...
Nomadic Expeditions —known for its adventure trips through Tibet, China, Bhutan, Mongolia, and Siberia—celebrates its 20th anniversary with a unique trip through its home country of Mongolia. The...
Eclipse Aerospace has officially begun production of new versions of its Eclipse 550 personal jet. It features new computer systems, auto-throttles, and integrated avionics that offer synthetic...
The kill happens suddenly with a pounce and a hare’s tail dangling from one of our dogs’ mouths. Our group sits on horseback in an open field, with the jagged peaks of the Andes rising all around us...
LODGING The recently renovated, five-star hotel The Connaught (+44.20.7499.7070, www.the-connaught.co.uk ) offers residential-style suites attended by private butlers, who can design shopping...
"I felt a strong need to come by here today," yogini and healer Diana Bourel announces as she enters the spa at the Hotel Guanahani on St. Barts. "Now I know why." Bourel and I met years ago on...
Photo #1. From top: Mikimoto 18-karat white-gold ring with a baroque black South Sea cultured pearl and diamonds, $48,000 (888.701.2323, www.mikimotoamerica.com ); Arunashi titanium ring with a South...

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