New & Noteworthy

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...
On a morning in July 1868, British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron’s breakfast was interrupted by the news that her neighbor, the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, had arrived with a gentleman and...
Easily identified by its five cupolas and rooftop lawn, the new Hotel Muse officially opened February 29. Rising 25 stories above Langsuan Road, an elite residential area in the business district of...
The newest phone from Vertu, the $12,000 Constellation Quest Ferrari, takes its design cues from the Italian carmaker’s 458 Italia supercar and offers a handful of new features geared toward the...
Fifty years ago, Ferrari introduced what was to become one of the world’s most valuable collectible cars, the Ferrari 250 GTO. The 3-liter V-12 engine suffered only two losses in its three-year...
With a substantial black ceramic case and a no-nonsense military webbing strap, the new IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Miramar edition ($18,200) is clearly intended to be the toughest-looking pilot’s...
When Ardie Ulukaya launched the 34 Heritage denim brand in the United States just over a year ago, the goal was to create a gentleman’s pant collection that combined the casual look and feel of jeans...
Photography by Blair Getz Mezibov; Styling by Christopher Campbell; Photographed at the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, New York Photo 1: Cesare Attolini wool jacket, $5,275, linen shirt, $525, and...
That the most outrageous Lamborghini ever made was chosen Car of the Year by a vote of nearly two to one is remarkable. Granted, the Aventador LP 700-4 is a stellar achievement—as a design exercise...
An Italian automobile-company executive said in the late 1990s that if you cannot afford a Ferrari, you could always buy a Maserati. He could justify his condescension, for at the time Maseratis were...
Sequels rarely measure up to the originals (the Rocky movies, any works by Warhol), but Mercedes-Benz has a history of producing second-generation winners.
FIVE-DOOR COUPE With little noise and even less posturing, Audi has caught up with its fellow Germans Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz in just about every car category. Now with the thoroughly...
NO APOLOGIES By any measure or comparison of weight and size, the Continental GTC is excessive. Without passengers it weighs almost three tons. It is longer than most primer sailboats. Manufacturing...
LIGHTING IT UP Audi may have started the LED craze, but on this second generation of the car that launched the four-door-coupe category, Mercedes-Benz has made an art form of the headlights and tail...
TRADITIONAL VALUE In silhouette and when viewed from either end, the Virage Volante appears no different from Aston Martin’s DBS and DB9. Indeed, the cars’ shape has been around since Sean Connery...
POLARIZED POSITIONS For those of us old enough to call it a Datsun, the Nissan GT-R is a revelation. It is not surprising that Godzilla, as the car is otherwise known, left a number of our judges in...
SPORT, UTILITY, AND VALUE The Grand Cherokee SRT8 seems poised to intimidate the proliferation of luxury SUVs from Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Range Rover. At half the price of its competitors,...
PICK OF THE LITTER With its dazzling French racing-blue paint job and enough flaps and fins to excite envy in a plecostomus , Jaguar’s hooligan took many judges by surprise. Its supercharged V-8 is a...

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