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  1. It’s like a waltz," says 25-year-old Eric Tucker, "like being on a dance floor, looking into your partner’s eyes, while the room spins around you." It is a sunny April morning in Northern California...
  2. On a March afternoon eight years ago, Swiss native Bertrand Piccard, then 41 years old, flew the Breitling Orbiter 3 over Mauritania, completing the first nonstop circumnavigation of the globe in a...
  3. As an instructor, Steve Saleen might be better suited for the Bob Bondurant racing school, for which he once worked, than for a driver’s ed class. Automotive editor Gregory Anderson reached this...
  4. When a British consortium acquired Aston Martin in March for about $930 million from the Ford Motor Co., the purchase marked another new beginning for the sometimes troubled 94-year-old company...
  5. Four years ago, 33-year-old Stefan Ihnen, a movement development engineer at IWC in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, faced the most daunting technical challenge of his career: creating the company’s first...
  6. Paolo Costagli was so taken with emeralds that in the late 1980s he left his native Italy to search for the finest examples of the gems in the mines of Colombia. For two months he labored underground...
  7. Italian tailors have been chipping away at Britain’s suitmaking legacy for decades. First they appropriated the classic English silhouette with its cinched waist and fitted shoulders, and then they...
  8. In September, at his Salt Lake City shop, Daniel Paillasseur will display the black diamond for which he named his jewelry brand, Korloff ( www.korloff.fr ). Paillasseur had viewed the then-110-carat...
  9. Not content with merely selling the wares of German watch manufacturers, the Hamburg-based retailer Wempe ( www.wempe.com ) has joined them. Wempe enlisted the German firm Nomos, located in the...
  10. Although poisonous, the sap from an Asian sumac nevertheless can be irresistible—when it has been heated, transformed into lacquer, and used to make intricate decorative items such as the incense box...

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