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  1. Most people, Neil Lane suspects, will not recognize that the stones in his 596-carat Maharajah necklace, the $375,000 centerpiece of his new collection for De Beers, are diamonds—263 of them, all...
  2. In 1957, Piaget introduced its ultrathin Caliber 9P, a hand-wound mechanical movement measuring only 2 mm thick. To underscore its accomplishment, the Geneva watchmaker crafted a watch with the...
  3. Call them terroir-ists, the seven Languedoc winemakers who, in June, appeared on French national television and, while wearing black balaclavas to conceal their identities, declared that "blood will...
  4. How does one select the world’s top 100 wine producers? "Obviously, it’s always a matter of personal opinion," senior vice president and resident oenophile Brett Anderson says of the list that he...
  5. The smoke is suffocating inside Stefano Ricci’s office, where he puffs away on a cigarette while sitting behind an enormous glass-topped desk. Towering over him is one of his prized hunting trophies...
  6. Listening to Bach’s Cantata no. 131 and talking about cheese while tending to the machinery that tugs on the teats of his Jersey cows—is there a better way to spend a Sunday morning in Vermont? Not...
  7. June never spits,” says Tim Boda, hotel manager of the Anantara resort on the Thai island of Samui. Jirachai “June” Sethisakko, Anantara’s slight, 31-year-old sommelier, looks up from his glass of...
  8. In a sailboat race this September, a 76-foot sloop called White Wings crossed the finish line before Black Watch , a 68-foot yawl—but Black Watch won. White Wings lost the race because its skipper...
  9. On clear nights, say the inhabitants of Crinan, a village in southwestern Scotland, you can hear bagpipe music drifting across the bay from Duntrune Castle. The instrument, they contend, is played by...
  10. It may be a stretch to suggest that the course of World War II changed in spring 1944 when General Eisenhower, unhappy with the decor at Claridge’s, checked out of the hotel and took a 10-minute...

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