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  1. The tourbillon mechanism was invented more than 200 years ago to diminish gravity’s effect on a watch’s precision. But instead of diffusing gravity’s force, Harry Winston’s Tourbillon Glissiere,...
  2. "Secluded location and spectacular views!" a reviewer might write about what would be the world’s most expensive hotel. "But no flushing toilets." Galactic Suite, a Barcelona company that was...
  3. Donald Demers’ first submission to a juried maritime art exhibit fared only slightly better than the painting’s subject. The Thomas W. Lawson was a huge, seven-masted, early-20th-century schooner...
  4. For centuries, determined pilgrims have endured grueling conditions to visit sites such as the lost city of Petra and Easter Island. For a cost of $77,750, participants in Abercrombie & Kent’s...
  5. To the citizens of the Roman Empire, lapis lazuli (in powder form) served as an aphrodisiac. Over the years, the blue stone also has been used for painter’s pigments, as dressings for boils, for...
  6. Physician and anatomist Andreas Vesalius’ 1543 work De humani corporis fabrica libri septem is among the most important medical books in history. But Dr. Dean Edell, who is known more for hosting a...
  7. Checkered flags fluttered, TV cameras rolled, onlookers waved, and ancient motors revved, as the procession of vehicles, the likes of which rarely are seen in China, majestically rolled away from the...
  8. While competing in its third Grand Prix motor racing season in 1987, Aprilia won its first title, at the Grand Prix of San Marino. Since then, the Italian producer of motorcycles and scooters has won...
  9. The GT-R is to sushi and soy sauce what the Corvette is to apple pie and vanilla ice cream. Originally sold in 1969 under the Datsun brand, the model has long been revered by Japan’s driving...
  10. "This is not just a show car," proclaims Alfred DiMora, founder and CEO of DiMora Motorcar, a boutique automaker in Palm Springs, Calif. "In essence, we are bringing Silicon Valley to Detroit by...

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