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  1. Fine spirits of every shade and flavor have come to represent, through the centuries, the embodiment of fellowship, comfort, and celebration: No gathering (or quiet winter evening, for that matter)...
  2. An understanding and appreciation of the art of entertaining is the hallmark of a civilized society, and for the most discriminating individuals, entertaining is as much a statement of personal...
  3. Only one. That is the essence of a masterpiece. A celebrated painting or sculpture can surely be copied, but those reproductions can never quite capture the precise aura of the original. Even the...
  4. You may not attract many stares wearing Blancpain’s subtle 1735 grand complication—except among fellow aficionados who realize, with more than a little bit of envy, that you have acquired one of the...
  5. It would seem a rare privilege: You enter one of the world’s most prestigious art museums, and a staff member ushers you to a private room, away from the crowds. There, the masterpieces you have...
  6. What do Michael Jordan’s home, Ritz-Carlton hotels, the new Reichstag in Berlin, and Milan’s Malpensa airport have in common? Door hardware. Not just any old door handles, but levers and cabinet...
  7. “Crystal is one of the truest materials in architectural decor because of its reflection of light, and light is a reflection of life,” says Rosemarie Le Gallais, the driving force behind the newly...
  8. Winter is a quiet time at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s eccentric estate near Charlottesville, Va. The summer and autumn crowds have come and gone, and the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge that...
  9. The legend of the SS Politician certainly had all the makings of a movie: In wartime England, a British ship laden with a cargo of hard cash and Scotch whisky braves the Atlantic and U-boats to...
  10. Just as compact discs began replacing audiocassette tapes some 20 years ago, Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD) or Digital Video Disc-Audio (DVD-A) or both of the relatively new formats should commence...

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