New & Noteworthy

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...
Not since the 2008 release of Pioneer’s fabled Kuro Elite plasma TV has a display panel hit the market with such a refined picture as that of the new Elite LCD TV. After Pioneer shut down its plasma...
Gucci has reached beyond the brand’s shiny, hard edges, creating a rich vintage look for a fall line of exceedingly functional travel bags. This duffel, made with distressed lambskin and a...
Space is at a premium in London, relegating many establishments, spas included, to the dark and dank confines of the city’s basements. Not so at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, which...
Now in its third generation, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) comes with an all-new twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine (the same one that powers the CLS63 AMG), which produces 550 hp...
Golf has a rich tradition of amateur architects, design neophytes who put their passion into a project and, on occasion, create something special. Though an unlikely pair of shaping savants, the...
The Cessna Citation Sovereign (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com ) is a bit of an enigma. Its price ($17.9 million), low fuel consumption (247 gallons per flight hour), and runway performance (it can take...
The Speyside Distillery owned by William Grant & Sons has released the second version of an incredible single malt: The Balvenie 40 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Batch Two ( www.thebalvenie...
Father-and-son winemaking team Alex and Paul Golitzin count among their ancestors Prince Lev Sergeyevich Golitsyn—a member of one of Russia’s most distinguished noble houses and the founder of Crimea...
Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson is the J.D. Salinger of comic-strip artists—worshipped by his fans and pathologically media-shy. So when Heritage Auctions offered an original Watterson...
The first Shelby Mustang G.T.350 (model years 1965 and 1966) expressed a purity of purpose unmatched by later models. It was nearly race-ready off the showroom floor. Today, originals are coveted...
Confederate Motors has been building ambitiously designed, hand-assembled motorcycles since 1991, but for its latest creation, the Birmingham, Ala.–based manufacturer has introduced a new platform...
After a few fits and starts, the McLaren MP4-12C ( www.mclaren.com ) finally has made it to America. We were sorry that McLaren chose not to participate in this year’s Robb Report Car of the Year...
With the Kaleidescape M700 Disc Vault (650.625.6100, www.kaleidescape.com ) , the Sunnyvale, Calif.–based producer of home-theater servers and playback systems has eliminated the inconveniences...
To say that this 11-carat fancy intense-blue diamond is one of a kind is almost an understatement. Less than 0.3 percent of all diamonds are blue, and because of this gem’s extraordinary size and...
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...
Rossi Navi is not as well known as many of its yacht-building counterparts in Europe. But with the delivery of Numptia last July, the 30-year-old Italian yard emerged as an industry leader. The 230-...
Unveiled last june in what designer Tom Weiskopf calls "one of most beautiful settings I have ever seen," the Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club (+39.0577.1913001, www.castigliondelbosco.com ) adds a...
Formerly known as the Global Express XRS, the Bombardier Global 6000 (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) —which the Canadian manufacturer rebranded last year to better reflect its place between the...
The final creation of Courvoisier’s master blender Jean-Marc Olivier before he retired in 2009, L’Essence de Courvoisier ( www.courvoisier.com , $3,000) was created in collaboration with Olivier’s...
Before embarking upon his own vinous enterprise, Robert Foley produced some 15 vintages for Pride Mountain Vineyards, one of the region’s most alluring labels. He has also lent his gifts to such...
Entering Kunstkammer Georg Laue is akin to walking into the 16th-century library of a learned nobleman or eccentric scholar. The gallery features a bewildering assortment of antique treasures, from...
Once again, Becker Automotive Design has taken a winning formula and improved it. For the Becker Cadillac Escalade ESV, the Oxnard, Calif., company transforms the capable and comfortable SUV into a...
As sportbikes continue to shed weight and gain power, such improvements might reach a point of diminishing returns. The ruthless pursuit of acceleration and razor’s-edge handling could lead to such...
Ferrari purists seldom are followers of soft-top fashion, preferring the marque’s rigid berlinettas and their beautiful flowing forms to the canvas-roofed spiders. However, Ferrari’s latest mid-...
When Marwan Rizek, president of Cameo Kitchens and Fine Cabinetry, decided to update the front display at the company’s Toronto showroom, he resolved to fill it with the kitchen of tomorrow. The...
With 11 sugarloaf-cut emeralds, 2,000 diamonds, and more than 18 months of work, Taiwanese designer Cindy Chao created this exquisite Equinox cuff (price upon request). It is one of just eight...
Los Angeles’s iconic Hotel Bel-Air—a woodsy, storybook getaway complete with resident swans—has been the preferred city retreat of Hollywood royalty for 65 years. Now, after completing a two-year, $...
At 220 feet, sailing yacht Vertigo ( www.alloyyachts.co.nz ; available for charter through YCO, +37.793.501.212, www.ycoyacht.com ) is the largest build to date from New Zealand’s Alloy Yachts and...

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