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  1. The Item This device is the incarnation of Charles Babbage’s plans for the Difference Engine No. 2, a calculating machine designed in the mid-19th century that is considered an ancestor of the modern...
  2. Oman’s determination to cater to the discriminating traveler suggests that the sultanate will become home to some of the Middle East’s most luxurious hotels. Here are three that already are open for...
  3. A river would run through Wadi Darbat, if there were any rivers in Oman. Instead, the wadi is an arid basin, where Ali, my guide, brings his bright blue SUV to a halt and invites me to step out and...
  4. If it is true, as the golfing adage contends, that you "drive for show" (and "putt for dough"), then each of the clubs pictured here presents the ideal combination off the tee, promising to add not...
  5. There is a good reason why the business aircraft made by France’s Dassault Aviation resemble fighter planes: The company’s Falcon business jet evolved from its Mystère military craft, which first...
  6. Instead of simply encrusting its new $1 million laptop with diamonds, the British bespoke goods company Luvaglio has incorporated a gem into the computer’s functionality. The new Luvaglio M laptop (...
  7. Every year since 2001, Avo Cigars founder Avo Uvezian has celebrated his birthday by creating a limited-edition smoke. This year’s creation—in recognition of his 81st birthday—is the 55/8 x 48 Avo...
  8. The Cavalieri Hilton ( www­.cavalieri-hilton.com ), set in a 15-acre park on the Monte Mario, Rome’s highest hill, is known for its panoramic views of the city. But from September through May, guests...
  9. Ferrari has teamed with Meridian Audio to produce the Ferrari Meridian F80 Home Entertainment Center ( www­.thef80.com ), a rare example of a compact, all-in-one audio system that delivers top...
  10. It is an affectation of some gentlemen vintners to refer to themselves as simple farmers. In the case of Jeff Gargiulo, proprietor of Gargiulo Vineyards in Napa Valley’s Oakville appellation, the...

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