New & Noteworthy

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
When an antiques dealer showed Nico Landrigan a cabochon-sapphire brooch from the late 19th century, it was with the hope that Landrigan would buy the ornament simply to harvest its 30-carat...
1999 Lamborghini Diablo GT After nearly a decade of production, Lamborghini’s awe-inspiring Diablo supercar reached its performance pinnacle as the super-rare Diablo GT, a so-called street version of...
Anyone who has ever been to a Brazilian churrascaria knows to bring an appetite. On a late-August evening, aircraft manufacturer Embraer hosted a dinner at one of these steakhouses near the company’s...
Replicating success can be a tricky proposition—just look to the many disappointing Hollywood sequels as evidence. Indeed, hoteliers Philippe Capezzone and Stanley Fink faced a tall task when they...
Scheduled at press time for a February launch in the United States, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) is as solid as a pillbox but styled with typical AMG flair. The 2012 edition of...
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...
if you visited Baltimore during the 1970s, you may have been offered a bracelet for which you could purchase charms at local attractions. Though short-lived, this promotional gimmick earned the...
SHORT-CIRCUITED BY THE NUMBERS Yes, the Volt is an honest and well-meaning effort to preserve our global resources and save the polar ice caps. Granted, this plug-in hybrid did not melt its batteries...
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.
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...
MUSCLE MEMORIES For its 6-speed stick shift alone, the Mustang Boss 302 deserves an award: In this year’s competition, it was the only car brandishing a genuine manual gearbox. Though as archaic as a...
The easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles, Barbados—or "Little England," as it is known—has long lured vacationers with its white-sand beaches, a vibrant cultural scene, and the legendary Sandy...
TOO SMOOTH With the 650i, BMW may be risking its reputation as the builder of the ultimate driving machines. It may well have constructed the best-looking convertible and definitely the most stylish...

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