New & Noteworthy

In the game of love, a well-chosen gift never fails to score a few points. And the stakes run high on Valentine’s Day, when every paramour hopes to unwrap a perfectly tempting little something. So...
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...
This Valentine’s Day, La Maison du Chocolat is thinking outside the heart-shaped box with four new chocolate confections handcrafted with exotic fruits, spices, and cocoa beans from around the world...
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...
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...
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...
If you plan to hit the slopes this winter, Solaris Residences —a new, 79-home ski community in Vail, Colo.—is offering guests a pair of Folsom custom-made skis with one night’s stay. Each guest who...
It seems that the horsepower wars are far from over. On the same day that GM unveiled the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford pulled the wraps off its 650 hp 2013...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
In 2003, I was among the first guests to experience the Spa Montage Surrender at Southern California’s Montage Laguna Beach. So when I was recently offered a similar opportunity at the resort’s...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Brian Paul was walking off the 14th green at Kukui‘ula when he spotted the tail. Paul, the head golf pro at this new Tom Weiskopf–designed course on Kauai, is accustomed to seeing humpback whales in...
After purchasing an unremarkable mid-1990s house in a private enclave of Los Angeles in 2008, the new owners—an investor; his wife, a philanthropist; and their two children—were faced with the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...

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