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Touring with Force

A top-down turn in Aston Martin's V-12-powered Virage Volante. Plus, 7 top collectors: insights from leading experts of art, automobiles, watches & more. Also, new capitals of cuisine, delicious destinations worldwide.

Photo by Warren Wee
Michael Ault is the son of a Van Cleef and the stepson of Dean Witter. As such, the 48-year-old...
We begin to age from the moment we are born. This law of nature also governs the life cycle of...
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1965 Aston Martin Volante The archetypal spy car from the 1960s, Aston Martin’s DB5 continues to...
The House of Chanel (800.550.0005, www.chanel.com ) has long been inspired by the designer’s life...
The roads begin twisting and the architecture shrinks as my taxi snakes through the weathered...
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"We have to go see Mr. Duck," says Magnus Nilsson. I have just arrived in Jämtland, located about...
Photo by Alberto Cocchi
The recently launched Riva Iseo ( www.riva-yacht.com ) can be as quiet as its namesake—Lago Iseo, a...
BMW is introducing a 4-cylinder vehicle to the United States this fall for the first time in more...
In addition to telling time, the Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack ( www.manufactureclaret.com ) watch...
Photo by  Luca Pioltelli
Add to the long list of accessories designed for tablet devices the $19,000 LL2 Lounger ( www...
Photo by top: Ted Morrison
One of the most prominent brands in women’s shoes, Jimmy Choo now offers the Jimmy Choo Men’s...
The cross-grained olive wood used in the Graf von Faber-Castell Elemento Collection ( www.faber-...
Conceived by CEO Maximilian J. Riedel, whose family has operated its namesake Austrian glassware...
Photo by Sudhir Pithwa
The new 12-piece Les Fameux de Fabergé ( www.faberge.com ) collection features the Ribbon Egg, a...
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Due to the strict laws regulating their production, certified single-vintage Cognacs are somewhat...
British-built lotus road cars have long been known for their light weight and nimble handling. The...
At the turn of the 20th century, Joseph Marchak was known as the Cartier of Kiev, a talented...
Photo by Alberto Cocchi
The Pershing brand has been synonymous with high-performance sport yachts for more than 25 years...
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As my one-man outrigger canoe capsized in the Bora-Bora lagoon, I remembered the first rule of...
The Hilot therapy at the Aman Spa at Amanpulo, a 40-villa private-island resort in the Philippines...
Photo by Maurizio Marcato
Convention has never defined the work of Christian Lacroix. Before his famed fashion house fell...
Squeezed in among Hermès, Lanvin, and Yves Saint Laurent storefronts, the Mandarin Oriental, Paris...
Hayman—the original private-island resort in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef region—was already...
Based on traditional Berber designs, the modern-looking carpets at the Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech...
Photo by Felix Streuli
The most complicated and expensive timepiece to issue from the doors of IWC Schaffhausen has a...
Photo by John Horner
When the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opens in Bentonville, Ark., on November 11, it will...
Since the dawn of the Internet, the only thing that has distinguished the luxury online shopping...
ESPN analyst and former major-league ballplayer John Kruk once dubbed Dennis Gilbert’s house "...
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Los Angeles’ biggest patron of the arts is Eli Broad, the billionaire philanthropist and...
Photo by Florence McCall
Unusual among book collectors because he did not grow up in a book-laden household, Dr. Gerald...
Photo by Jane Serene
When speaking of his car collection, Roger Morrison refers to himself as the autos’ custodian, not...
Jewelry and gemstones have always led double lives: They are a kind of currency, particularly in...
Photo by Dr. Ming Woo
A doctor of psychology, educator, economist, management consultant specializing in consumer...
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Aston Martin believes in choices. The company already offered an embarrassment of riches ranging...
Photo by José Cáceres-Zetta Comunicadores/El Comercio
If you were to transport an Inca chief from the steps of a pre-Columbian pyramid to the bar of the...
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On July 27, 1798, a convoy of 29 carts entered Paris through the present-day Quai d’Austerlitz,...