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  1. Though unsure of my exact altitude, I am certain—based on my surroundings and shortness of breath—that I am nowhere near sea level. Of course, my gasping also might owe to the precipitous drop...
  2. Serious practitioners of the art may cite endless rules for successful barbecuing, but Steven Raichlen grills by just three: "Keep it hot, keep it clean, and keep it lubricated." On a particularly...
  3. "I am a frustrated hotelier," declares John Jordan, CEO of Jordan Vineyard & Winery, as he pilots our boat toward a small oak-enshrouded island at the center of the lake. We are on his Alexander...
  4. Fashion powerhouse Chanel, in an attempt to elevate its standing among watch collectors, approached Swiss watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet in recent years to collaborate on a movement. In September...
  5. As I short-shift out of the Porsche Curves toward the start-finish straight at Le Mans, I uncork a lifelong fantasy: to drive under the Dunlop Tire bridge—the most famous photo prop in motorsports—...
  6. The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ( www.chevrolet.com ) is the fastest, most powerful Corvette ever made for public consumption. The ZR1’s 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine, dubbed the LS9, produces...
  7. The private dining rooms at Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood ( www.gordonramsay?.com ), which opened in May in one of Los Angeles’ newest hotels, are places to be seen—or not. Four of the...
  8. The Brunswick Billiards Isabella ( www?.brunswickbilliards.com ) is a table fit for—or at least named for—a queen. "We wanted the name of a strong, elegant woman from European history, and we liked...
  9. Two exceptionally rare colored diamonds will be the highlights of Christie’s New York Jewelry Sale ( www.christies?.com ) on October 15 in Manhattan. The stones—a 7.02-carat intense blue diamond and...
  10. In 1927, on a Parisian boulevard, 45-year-old husband and father Pablo Picasso first laid eyes on 17-year-old Marie-Thérèse Walter. She was walking alone; he asked to paint her portrait; and one...

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