New & Noteworthy

Although it has been re-engineered and reshaped to accommodate its ingeniously designed retractable top, the Ferrari 458 Spider is essentially a convertible version of the 458 Italia coupe. But the...
Döttling’s Buonaparte contains hidden assets. While restoring an 18th-century Italian safe, craftsmen at the Döttling safe company ( www.doettling.com ) in Maichingen, Germany, intended to fit it...
The vast contemporary art collection at the Pompidou Center in Paris has been known to overwhelm visitors, yet Domoina de Brantes wends expertly through the galleries, guiding her charges to works of...
If Ferrari can be moved to design a station wagon and Porsche pressured into offering a sedan and a hybrid supercar, then it should startle no one to learn that Range Rover has built an SUV that is...
Cessna’s Citation business jets have long been lauded for their speed, reliability, and performance, but they also have been criticized for their cramped cabins. The company has addressed this...
In 1858, a french botanist named Henri Mouhot set off on a journey to Southeast Asia that began with a miserable four months at sea and continued with a trek beset by monsoons, floods, feverish heat...
The Mayans were producing alcoholic beverages from the agave plant more than 500 years ago, but the pinnacle of such drinks in modern times—at least as far as extra añejo is concerned—has been...
It is a tasty two-wheeled confection, a delicate retro-style moped inspired by board-track racers—those primitive motorcycles that in the early 20th century perilously rocketed around banked ovals...
Compared with the biggest names in the high-performance-headphone business (Sennheiser, Grado, Beyerdynamic, Stax), Audez’e is in its infancy. But the Southern California manufacturer, which...
Peter Thum’s signet ring is a striking object: a textured piece of steel and gold, hand-forged by jeweler Philip Crangi and concealing a secret inside the band—the serial number of the AK-47 from...
More than a few eyebrows were raised among the collectors who gathered recently in Dubai at the world’s largest suspended aquarium for the unveiling of Blancpain’s latest timepiece: The revelation...
For his second hotel venture, Giorgio Armani headed home to Italy. In a partnership with Emaar Properties of Dubai (the setting of Armani’s first hotel), the fashion mogul spent four years...
The famous grand hotel in Amsterdam reopened in June as part of Sofitel’s new Legend brand. This collection from the French hospitality company includes the Metropole Hanoi in Vietnam, Egypt’s Old...
Now on view in Hong Kong is the future of five-star hotels. Opened in September, Hotel Icon is a 262-room tower operated by the hotel school of Hong Kong Poly­technic University. The school runs the...
Rare wines and art sit at the top of Cliff Lede’s list of personal passions, but rock music follows closely. Though soft-spoken, the Canadian businessman and owner of Cliff Lede Vineyards has a wild...
Like the jewelry that company founder René Lalique created nearly a century ago, the pieces in the Lalique Fine Jewelry collection ( www.lalique.com ) feature crystal, diamonds, and gemstones...
Caps shaped liked a feminine neckline and engraved with the double-G royal monogram reference the inspiration for the Montblanc Princesse Grace de Monaco collection ( www.montblanc.com ). The series...
Thanks to the English mobile-phone maker’s first-ever touchscreen, the Vertu Constellation ( www.vertu.com ) offers easier access to Vertu’s concierge services. The 3.5-inch high-definition AMOLED...
Collectibles ranging from a 1912 Oldsmobile Limited Tourabout to antique mechanical musical instruments will be up for bid February 24 and 25 at RM Auctions’ Milhous Collection sale ( www.rmauctions...
Like its closed-top sibling, the Hedonist Open ( www.artofkinetik.com ) is 62 feet long and achieves a top speed of 48 mph, courtesy of three MAN r6 800hp engines paired with three Rolls-Royce water...
A French footwear designer known for his brand’s sky-high stilettos has opened his first men’s-only boutique, in Paris. Christian Louboutin ( www.christianlouboutin.com ), located across from the...
The manufacturer that has won more than 300 Superbike World Championships should remain a category leader with the Ducati 1199 Panigale ( www.ducati.com ). The lightest and fastest superbike ever...
At its unveiling last spring commemorating the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato’s debut, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato ( www.astonmartin.com ) represented a nod to history and a glimpse into the...
When viewed from the front of its case, the Piaget Altiplano Skeleton ( www.piaget.com ) appears similar to traditional skeleton designs. But the case is so svelte—less than a quarter of an inch...
Building a better sports sedan is seldom if ever a simple task. It involves striking a delicate and often elusive balance between real-world requirements (passenger comfort, cruising range, cargo...
1965 Ferrari 250 LM Pininfarina Stradale Speciale Powered by a 3.3-liter V-12 mounted longitudinally aft of the driver, the 250 LM was Ferrari’s first mid-engine GT. The company envisioned a...
Private clubs used to mean old: old money, old members, old bastions of formality and hierarchy. But over the past 10 years, something has changed on the private-club scene: A younger, hipper breed...
When word spread that hotelier Ian Schrager had taken control of Chicago’s aging Ambassador East Hotel and its ground-floor restaurant, the Pump Room, the city collectively gasped. In the minds of...
Although the private club remains alive and well (see "Nightlife Ascending," page 113), at no point in history did it play so significant a part in determining one’s social destiny as in 19th-century...
Perhaps the most celebrated of America’s celebrity chefs, Mario Batali presides over an epicurean empire that includes everything from television shows and restaurants (20 and counting) to brick...

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