His tastes were sophisticated, his manners refined, his appearance elegant.
Few assignments are as enviable as the one that requires some of our staff members to join a select group of readers and spend a couple of days each autumn at and around Napa Valley’s Meadowood re
Nicolas Hayek did something that every serious watch collector only fantasizes about: He ordered the reproduction of Abraham-Louis Breguet’s most coveted creation, the so-called Marie-Antoinette p
With a boast from one of the soon-to-be partners, Joe Janciuras and Fred Balling began their foray into the replica reel business.
Tonight’s party in the atrium of New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has not yet begun, and the excitement already is reaching fever pitch.
Spring on the savannas of southern Africa arrives with an aromatic flourish, thanks to the bold tropical-floral scent of the fruit of the native marula tree.
Designing a metal pipe that does not burn a smoker’s hand may not be as challenging as making a 16-cylinder engine that generates 987 hp, but it is an engineering feat nonetheless.
We have no Circus Maximus today, no chariot races.
Although Marcel Bloch never learned to fly, he had a pilot’s passion for the emerging science of flight.
My relationship with Ducatis began in 1972, when the Austin, Texas, motorcycle dealership where I was a regular customer left me a cryptic message: “You had better get over here.” I arrived in tim
Traveling and making art have much in common: Both require faith that you will get from one point to another, although the real pleasure often comes from connecting the dots along the way.
Jonathan Oppenheimer, the scion of the De Beers diamond dynasty, is used to addressing negative perceptions about his family’s business.
“Try to come early for the heat experiences!” This line jumps out as I read the e-mail confirmation for my upcoming Gentleman’s Retreat at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental in New York City.
Four decades is a long tenure in any position, but in the hospitality industry, such a stint is a true anomaly.
Sitting at the Long Bar of the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1962, John and Valerie Kent and their son, Geoffrey, devised a radical concept.
For the first time in history, people with the means to do so can go anywhere on Earth—and even places beyond Earth.
I’ve always felt that boats represent the wishes, desires, and personalities of the people who build them and, even more so, the people who own them.
Design trends, we can argue, speak to their time. In particular, the shapes of our flying machines always have reflected the moods and desires of an age.
Bill Fischer, founder and president of Fischer Travel Enterprises in New York, advises some of the world’s most discerning travelers.
Parisians have a term—les palais, or the palaces—for their city’s finest hotels.
The great scottish poet Robert Burns once wrote that “Freedom an’ whisky gang thegither!” Certainly American history bears out this maxim.
The kitchen staff at Per Se in New York and the French Laundry in California both rely on a certain kind of tape, light green in color, to mark the food containers.
Thomas Keller slogged through the brutal, precarious world of the restaurant industry for 20 years and through four states, both as a chef and a chef-owner, and lost money every step of the way un
A pair of pistols, a fortuitous location, and a wee bit of luck all once conspired to transform an illicit pot still on an expansive glade overlooking Scotland’s River Livet into the producer of t
For more than a century, the gold standard of world wine was the 1855 classification of the First Growths of Bordeaux.
As early as the 1300s, attempts were made to classify the vineyards of France according to the quality of their wines, but not until the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris did wine brokers succe
The first cult wine, presumably, was poured for the first wine cult—that of Bacchus, in Ancient Rome—and the wine (of unknown cépage, but certainly not a Cabernet) was crafted to inspire lunacy am
For centuries, France has been the undisputed standard bearer in the world of fine wine.
When I think of cigars, one of the first things that comes to mind is relaxation.
Customers wanted Ducati motorcycles in 1995. The products were modern, attractive, fairly priced, and backed by a race-winning heritage.