New & Noteworthy

In 1985, the firm of Marchesi Antinori introduced to the marketplace what certainly ranks among viticulture’s oddest offerings: a nonvintage red wine known as Secentenario. Comprising the finest lots...
When he was young, John Hendricks was fascinated, as boys often are, with wildlife, dinosaurs, space, automobiles, and adventure. His favorite TV shows were Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and Walter...
During John Herzog’s first year with his father’s Manhattan brokerage firm, Herzog & Co., the most significant trade he made involved a defunct stake in a 19th-century railroad. It was 1959, and...
No other metropolis enjoys Paris’s particular reputation as a center of style and culture. Yet the City of Light, which serves as the backdrop for this month’s fashion feature (see " Man About Town...
The story line could have been lifted from a fable, or perhaps a Mel Brooks film: During the renovation of a venerable Moscow mansion in 1990, workers opened up a wall and discovered a cache of old...
It was a spectacle of otherworldly beauty, a celestial dance of shooting comets and blazing meteorites. If Chanel designed the universe—and for one night at the planetarium at Paris’s Musée du quai...
If golf architect Pete Dye ever decides to retire, Teeth of the Dog will lead his legacy. More than 40 years after it opened in 1971, the magnificent seaside layout (think Pebble Beach with palm...
In a quiet village outside Paris, a small group of craftsmen slices strips of wood by hand, while other workers meticulously hammer tiny brass nails one by one. Nearby, sewers are joining swaths of...
At 5.9 mm thick, the new Saxonia Thin ($25,100) is the slimmest watch A. Lange & Söhne has yet produced. This new Saxonia maintains all of Lange’s defining features, with highly decorated...
Hélène Rochas was considered the epitome of Parisian elegance. She lived in her 7th arrondissement apartment for more than 60 years and amassed an extraordinary collection of art and furnishings,...
Hotel Monteverdi opened in early August in the restored 11th-century Tuscan village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, joining three other Monteverdi villa properties that opened in the village over the...
For more than 40 years, Crestron Electronics has produced industry-leading home-automation systems. Today, those systems enable homeowners to control every electronic aspect of their dwelling—from...
It’s an unexpected location for a fine restaurant, but since California has its share of car lovers, it seems to make sense that Cohn Restaurant Group, which operates more than 15 restaurants in...
The Belgian-born, Miami-based designer Serge de Troyer , known for high-end furnishings with organic shapes that are made of luxurious materials like bone, leathers, and bronze, has introduced a line...
In early August, NetJets —the world leader in fractional aircraft ownership and private-flight services—opened a private airport terminal in Los Angeles, which has long been one of the company’s...
The erudite engineers of Carson City, Nev.-based Wisdom Audio have begun delivering the first on-wall speakers of its namesake Wisdom line: the LS4 and its slightly smaller sister, the LS3. In...
Small batch, boutique, artisanal, and subtle are not words one typically associates with tequila, but Casa Dragones ($250) is deserving of them all. Soft and luxurious, its flavor is reminiscent of a...
In August, the Mandarin Oriental in San Francisco, which celebrates its 25th year, unveiled an expansive new fitness center and two presidential suites, each with a large terrace. In September it...
Collaborating with Mercedes-Benz, the design team at the luxury furnishings company Formitalia has created a collection of seating, tables, and a bed that exhibit the legendary elegance of line that...
Harman International in Northridge, Calif., is one of the country’s largest research centers for developing cutting-edge loudspeaker technology. At this massive 44-acre site just north of Los Angeles...
The renovated PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Scotland has recently opened after a six-month massive restructuring that involved the relocation of more than 50,000 tons of earth and modified...
Playing to one of its proven strengths in design, Chopard has released a new automotive-themed chronograph dedicated to the vintage racing circuit. The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique ($11,140) pays...
Atlanta Motorsports Park , a new speedway and private membership club about an hour north of Atlanta, offers a serious track for drivers, and more. All tiers of membership, with initiation fees...
Jewelry for men isn’t an easy proposition. Most men don’t want sparkly jewels, but they’re seeking distinctive, masculine pieces, and designer Todd Reed has captured that wearable style in his new...
Guests relaxing within the wood-paneled, Lalique-accented ambience of Macallan ’s elegant £10 (Ten Pound) cocktail lounge at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel might expect to see Macallan 25 Year Old...
Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou opened this month in China’s third-largest city, and it occupies the top 30 floors of the 103-story Guangzhou IFC, a vase-shaped building that is among the world’s...
Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore has unveiled two one-bedroom suites that were designed to blend in with their natural surroundings—trees. Appropriately named the Tree Top Lofts, thetwointimate...
The flamboyant French fashion house Christian Lacroix has returned to Paris with the opening of its one-and-only boutique this summer on the city’s Left Bank. The business, which was closed in 2009,...
Gucci is now making board games more fashionable and portable. The Italian fashion house has created a sophisticated checker set made of its sleek, supple leather, available online and in select...
Manhattan-based designer and optician Nader Zadi, known for sourcing vintage eyewear frames from the early 1900s and reshaping them into innovative bespoke frames, has released a series of limited-...

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