New & Noteworthy

Master sommelier Greg Harrington is among those pioneering members of his profession who, in the past decade, have transitioned from buying and pouring fine wine to making it themselves. The wine...
Since its founding in 1979, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco has featured virtually everyone in the photographic pantheon, from Eugène Atget to Diane Arbus to Walker Evans. Four consecutive exhibits...
With a 560 hp v-10 engine snitched from the Lamborghini Gallardo, a top speed of 199 mph, and a zero-to-60-mph time of just a sniff over 3.5 seconds, the Audi R8 GT ( www.audiusa.com ) is a race-...
If BMW’s slogan of "building the ultimate driving machine" refers to its vehicles’ muscle and punch, it does not apply to the BMW 650i convertible ( www.bmwusa.com ) . Though the $91,000 car receives...
Spread across three basement-level floors of a new 15-story, 78-room hotel, Espa at the Istanbul Edition (+90.212.317.7700, www.editionhotels.com ) opened in March 2011 in the bustling residential...
Danish audio wizard Peter Lyngdorf—inventor of two audio systems previously named Robb Report ’s Best of the Best—has outdone himself with the Steinway Lyngdorf S-Series ( www.steinwaylyngdorf.com...
Old is new with Isaia’s richly textured topcoat. The company employs a 14th-century Tuscan method of processing wool to create the characteristic curls of its Casentino cloth. The process, which...
At L’Abeille (33.1.53.67.19.90, www.shangri-la.com ) , his plush new restaurant in the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, chef Philippe Labbé proves that formal French fine dining can still be deliciously...
Few art galleries can claim a continuous history under the same name for nearly two centuries. Yet C.G. Boerner has been purveying prints and drawings by the Old Masters since 1826. Founded in...
The Bay Course at Costa Navarino ( www.costanavarinogolf.com ) is the second of what will eventually be at least four courses at the sprawling Costa Navarino resort in Messenia, a historically...
Capable of covering 4,600 miles when carrying four passengers, the Dassault Falcon 2000LX (201.440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) boasts the best range among super midsize jets. It can fly from New...
Not since the 1977 launch of the Cent-Cinquantenaire that celebrated Grand Marnier’s 150th anniversary has there been a liqueur from the Marnier Lapostolle family of such depth and thoroughly...
One of the first wines of note to emerge from the now-bustling Paso Robles region on California’s Central Coast was a wine called Isosceles, a Pauillac-style blend of Cabernet Sau­vignon, Merlot, and...
It was not D-Day, but it was a complicated maneuver covering three continents and six time zones. On January 12, Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 opened simultaneously in all 11...
The four-door, six-seat TLC Icon FJ44 made the Best of the Best list last year for its refreshing take on the Toyota Land Cruiser and for its purposeful design. Now company founder Jonathan Ward has...
Touring bikes are specialized machines designed to make the miles melt away, but their narrow purpose is their drawback. Most touring rigs endure months of downtime, while more versatile steeds see...
High above the chaos that is Bangkok’s central business district, the Elemis Spa at the St. Regis Bangkok (+66.2.207.7777, www.stregis.com ) seems to float, heavenlike, in midair. Visitors enter the...
Noma—a leader in new Nordic cuisine and named the best restaurant in the world three years in a row by San Pellegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants awards listing—is opening an outpost for 10 days inside...
Most businessmen have at least a dozen dress shirts, and some even admit to having more than 100. But, when it comes to putting their shirts, ties, and suits together, some men are at a loss. Shirt...
Hotel Arts Barcelona is offering a unique opportunity to experience three of the region’s hottest two- and three-Michelin-starred restaurants—El Celler de Can Roca, Girona; Miramar, Llanca; and Les...
The Dana Point Concours d’Elegance , one of the most important West Coast collector car events on the calendar, is kicking off its 30th anniversary June 23 and 24 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach...
The Palace Hotel Tokyo reopened on May 17 after a three-year remodel. Located in Tokyo’s Marunouchi business district, less than 10 miles away from the Haneda international airport, the 51-year-old...
Ceramics and calligraphy—considered Japan’s most significant art mediums—traditionally have been male-dominated art forms, and only recently have women been allowed to pursue these areas of study and...
The largest buy-in poker tournament, with a $1 million entry fee, will take place July 1 to 3 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The tournament, Big One for One Drop , will be part...
Just in time for its 125th anniversary, Swiss chronograph specialist Eberhard & Co. has returned to the American market with a number of tempting pieces. Chief among these are special editions of...
Master winemakersMay-Britt and Denis Malbec, the husband-and-wife team previously with Château Latour in Bordeaux, have unveiled a series of reds from Captûre Wines in Sonoma County. “Our new red...
The Resort at Pelican Hill , which Robb Report listed as being among the top 100 resorts in the world (see the May 2012 issue, page 91), is offering aerial tours of the coastal area surrounding the...
Anthony Caro’s Pearl wasn’t plucked from an oyster. He sculpted it from brass and bronze in 2011, and it looks nothing like the marine gem. The unique $50,000 artwork should not linger long in the...
New Delhi dining destination Bukhara is expanding for the first time in its 34-year run with a two-week pop-up restaurant at London’s Sheraton Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel from May 17 to...
A new ivory-dialed version of Laurent Ferrier ’s Galet Classic ($160,000) tourbillon represents not just a new color scheme, but an additional opportunity to buy what has become a sought-after model...

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