New & Noteworthy

Just about the last thing you’d expect to hear piercing the silence of the snowy Dolomites surrounding the quaint Italian town of Cortina d’Ampezzo is the shriek of 10- and 12-cylinder Lamborghinis...
The newest speaker system from Bowers & Wilkins delivers a sizable punch for smaller home theater applications. The British manufacturer’s six-piece surround-sound system, the MT-60D, features...
Napa Valley Arts in April kicks off on April 1 with a month long series of events, exhibitions, installations, and classes at 30 wineries spanning from Calistoga to Los Carneros. Each winery will...
Le Cirque’s famous French cuisine isn’t limited to its New York and Las Vegas locations this spring. The renowned restaurant’s new head chef, Olivier Reginensi, will be traveling to key cities across...
Founded in Santiago de Cuba in 1862 by Don Facundo Bacardí Massó and with its distillery now relocated in Puerto Rico, Bacardi has become the largest privately held, family-owned spirits company in...
Italian menswear brand Ermenegildo Zegna is unveiling a specially commissioned art installation at the MAXXI, Italy’s National Museum of XXI Century Arts, in Rome on March 21, which coincides with...
Dutch liner Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has added a unique 17-day journey through Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk this summer, which cruises through the rarely traveled Kuril, Shantar, and Malminskie islands and...
After months of rumors and rendered speculation, Bentley (a protectorate of the Volkswagen Group) has pulled the wraps off a dramatic concept vehicle called the EXP 9 F. And though some purists may...
For its first exhibit of works from the estate of Robert De Niro, Sr., DC Moore Gallery in New York City went for the broad gesture. Robert De Niro Sr.: Paintings and Drawings 1960–1993, from now...
For the second year, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has been named the official hotel of the 2012 Hong Kong International Art Fair. To celebrate Asia’s premier art event, commonly called Art HK, the...
In his previous career as a fashion publicist and impassioned historian, Andy Stinson had many occasions to wax poetic about everything from silk ascots and Windsor-knotted neckwear to cutaway-...
Open yachts feature exactly what their name suggests: big, open spaces for relaxing and sunning. Atlantis takes the open yacht concept even further with its new Atlantis 58 flagship. Sure, the yacht...
Replacing Mercedes-Benz ’s well-loved R230 SL-Class roadster—a car that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show way back in 2001—was no small feat, but the company’s crack team of engineers, stylists,...
Two hundred and fifty wineries and 75 top chefs are collaborating to create unique food and wine events at the fifth annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine celebration, which runs from April 12 to 15 at...
Bell Helicopter unveiled a full-scale model of its newest helicopter, the 525 Relentless, with great fanfare at the Heli-Expo trade show in February. The 525 creates a new class of helicopter, the...
Lillian Bassman ’s 1950s-era black-and-white fashion pictures of confident, well-dressed women were bound to come back into style. Fortunately, she lived to see them embraced as fine art. After her...
A remodeled 120-year-old palazzo is now an intimate nine-room resort, the Palazzo Margherita, which opened March 1 in the Southern Italian town of Bernalda. The hotel is decorated with hand-painted...
The new fragrance from the House of Sillage is making a statement as much with the fragrance as with its glittering limited-edition bottle, which is covered in 491 fully faceted Swarovski crystals,...
Fortieth birthdays seem to be often accompanied by a blow-out celebration, a fact that is apparently true even when the celebrant is a watch. The many friends of Audemars Piguet ’s Royal Oak can wish...
Charlie Palmer’s annual Pigs & Pinot event may be sold out, but now through April guests of the Hotel Healdsburg in California’s Russian River Valley can have their own Pigs & Pinot weekend...
Madrid’s Villa Magna is offering VIP access to the city’s famed Prado Museum, along with expert art guides, and insight into Spain’s rich art history. Priced from $14,560 a night, the Prado package...
Fashioning a custom suit from qiviuk, the wool from the downy underbelly of a rare Canadian musk ox, is a complicated task even for the most competent tailor. The cashmere-like wool is composed of...
At the Detroit Auto Show, a month before Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, Audi unveiled a concept vehicle that had more than a few cold-weather-lovers daydreaming of six more weeks of winter...
About 400 miles northwest of Bangkok,Thailand, 137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai, opened March 10. Surrounded by Thai forests with lady palm and mimosa trees, the 123-year-old teak structure was once an...
In 1887 William Grant fulfilled a lifelong dream by filling his first cask of Glenfiddich whisky, which has since become one of the best-selling single malts in the world. To celebrate the 125th...
Waldorf Astoria’s Trianon Palace Versailles , which overlooks the gardens of the Château de Versailles in France, has developed a creative and luxurious way for guests to unwind. With the new Five...
One of the last initiatives of Luigi “Gino” Macaluso, the respected CEO of Girard-Perregaux who passed away last year, was to institute a program for the development of chiming watches. This most...
Be one of the lucky few to judge nine of the Bay Area’s best sommeliers as they compete at the 2012 Farmhouse Wine Dinner Series: Clash of the Sommeliers—an ultimate, four-night wine-pairing...
It would take a genuinely devoted Aston Martin aficionado to remember a dramatic concept car from 1979 called the Bulldog. With gullwing-style doors and a wildly futuristic wedge shape, the car...
The mere mention of mezcal—a distillate made from agaves roasted in rock-lined earthen pits—often conjures up images of smoky cantinas and even smokier liquids being poured into dusty glasses. Not so...

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