New & Noteworthy

It can hardly be said that the splendid Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing coupe and roadster—introduced in 2011 and 2012, respectively—have worn out their welcome. But the overachieving team at AMG hasn...
Known for its clubby mood lighting and for its flight attendants in fire engine–red skirts, Virgin Atlantic soars above the commercial-aviation competition in the style department. The airline’s...
Exemplifying the shape of things to come from the automaker, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ ( www.lincoln.com ) displays a smooth, flowing design that yields aesthetic and aerodynamic benefits. The sedan’s...
Salvatore Ferragamo’s foray into luggage was inspired by the tailored lines of Italian automotive design, and accordingly, the fashion label’s sleek, elegant cases exude an aura of high performance...
Daniel Humm and Will Guidara have a rare talent for creating elegant restaurants that sacrifice none of the electricity of today’s casual-dining scene. Their first, Eleven Madison Park, in New York,...
When a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster sold for $9.68 million through RM Auctions during last year’s Pebble Beach car week, it became the most expensive Mercedes-Benz ever sold at auction...
French designer Hervé Van der Straeten is known for his limited-edition creations, and of those his one-of-a-kind Piercing console table may be the rarest. "The concept was to create an intersection...
About 30 minutes into our drive from the Istanbul Edition—an Ian Schrager–conceived hotel that opened last year in the city’s modern neighborhood of Levent—we crossed the Golden Horn inlet off the...
Few cars have generated as much buzz as the Fisker Karma hybrid electric sports sedan. But lately, most of the news has been negative. Last year the U.S. Department of Energy suspended its $529...
Made from a rare type of cotton sourced from a small farm just east of the Nile Delta in Egypt, the 300-thread-count fabric used for the Ascot Chang Cullinan collection ( www.ascotchang.com ) might...
Click to see Seven Perfect Steaks A waiter rushes through the dining room carrying a steak, and heads instantly turn. Eyes follow. Fingers point. "Did you see that?" a guy at a nearby table says,...
In some contests involving high stakes and serious opponents, the luck of the draw or roll of the dice often confers on a player bountiful rewards that have little or nothing to do with creative...
The 40-piece Oscar Heyman 100th Anniversary Collection ( www.oscarheyman.com ) celebrates the jewelry house that for the last century has been creating showpiece designs for retailers including...
In Las Vegas, the world’s best city to eat steak, Robb Report dined at 16 top steak houses in search of nothing less than the perfect cut of beef. The steak had to be at least an inch thick, and...
Hoshinoya Okinawa has opened on Taketomi Island—a remote, 6-mile-perimeter island and national park located off the main island of Okinawa, Japan. Hoshinoya Okinawa is the island’s first full-service...
Through its upcoming Ramekins 4-Day Culinary Retreat ( www.ramekins.com ), Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn in Sonoma, Calif., is offering access to some of the region’s most influential...
At the end of the Second World War, Europe’s surviving aristocracy joined a nomadic yet moneyed assortment of South American industrialists, film stars, steel magnates, playboys, and oil heiresses to...
To celebrate its five-year anniversary, the Farm at Cape Kidnappers in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, is inviting 44 guests to enjoy an exclusive food and wine weekend with New Zealand native celebrity...
Successful marriages often produce cheerful children; but in the case of Henri-Guillaume Piper, his offspring were literally effervescent. In 1815, Piper joined the Champagne house of his cousin,...
Chanel has become one of the few brands to develop a complicated movement expressly for a women’s watch. The company’s partnership with Audemars Piguet and its research arm, Renaud & Papi, has...
Over the years, the American kitchen has become a space for socializing as much as it is a place for cooking. Homes throughout the United States often feature large, open-plan kitchens with ample...
Though it includes nautical instruments in one section, diving equipment in another, and a functioning flight simulator in another, the new IWC Schaffhausen Flagship Boutique ( www.iwc.com ) in...
One effect of the economic recovery has been a growing number of new choices for private-jet buyers. However slow the pace of that recovery, many aircraft makers are optimistic enough to bring brand-...
A sober, utilitarian character informs most of the timepieces assembled in Glashütte, the German watchmaking town in the southeastern state of Saxony that now bustles with a spate of new...
For nearly a decade, Azadeh Shladovsky has brought her scientific background to bear in her art, creating residential and commercial interiors that she describes as a balance of the seemingly...
At the end of the 18th century, George Washington planted 13 chestnut trees—one for each colony—between his mother’s and sister’s houses in Fredericksburg, Va. The trees provided shade for the women...
Southern California native Mike Railey has been an avid surfer most of his life. But about a decade ago, the 49-year-old amateur inventor grew tired of spending his time in the water waiting for...
Montblanc is offering Americans an exquisite means of exercising their freedom of expression. The $33,000 Montblanc Statue of Liberty Artisan Edition ( www.montblanc.com ), available only in the...
‘‘Asturias is the real Spain," says Bárbara Callisto as she points to the region’s misty village of Covadonga. "The rest is just reconquered land." Looking out over the emerald landscape—which is...
Sword swallowers, fire-eaters, giants, midgets, fat ladies, tattooed ladies, bearded ladies— Johnny Meah has painted them all in his 55 years as a sideshow-banner artist. When he is asked which of...

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