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  1. Exploring the factories of the most prominent Swiss watchmakers requires an invitation, but even if they do open their doors, you may never see what really makes them tick. Though I had visited...
  2. Jeff Shea has been lost in the highlands of New Guinea, and in Hawaii he saw a man die after falling into molten lava. He caught malaria in Africa, hepatitis A in India, and malaria again in the...
  3. With one 27-foot leap—from its previously largest 88-foot model to its latest 115-footer—Pershing (a division of the Ferretti Group) advanced from a prominent builder of open sport yachts to a player...
  4. When Blatt Billiards opened in New York in 1923, the city was in the throes of pool fever. Eight-ball had been played since the turn of the century, and straight pool, a game in which players called...
  5. Not long ago, Land Rover—with its Range Rover and Discovery—held a monopoly on the luxury SUV market. Then Lexus joined the fray in 1996, and before long the competition also included entries from...
  6. From the outset, I was impressed with the appearance of BMW’s new-Bangled 7 Series sedan. Its unconventional lines seem to reflect the spirit of designs produced by Italy’s carrozzerias in the 1950s...
  7. If the meaning of the Maserati Quattroporte’s descriptor is not obvious, it is Italian for “four doors,” but it does not refer to something stodgy, slow, sensible, and Omaha suburban. This is an...
  8. Many people see aftermarket tuning as a numbers game, in which the greater the figures for power and speed the better. The Ruf Rt 12 Turbo (starting at around $300,000 for the 650 hp version) arrives...
  9. The 21st century has arrived, and science has yet to deliver the personal jet packs that have for so long populated the hackneyed predictions of futurists. However, David Carambat and his Louisiana...
  10. Today, most manufacturers of sports and luxury automobiles offer a host of options aimed at buyers who want to extract even higher performance from their new cars (or simply be secure in the notion...

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