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  1. After a seven-course, five-wine feast, Tony May leans back in his seat outside I Tre Merli on the Genoa waterfront, examines the ash of his Cuban cigar, and smiles. “That,” he sighs, “was a meal.”...
  2. Powdered tobacco, or snuff, became a favorite indulgence when it arrived in China in 1644, but because Chinese men of that era typically kept their fingernails long, they never adopted the snuffbox,...
  3. From a helicopter, the sea surrounding the Exuma island chain resembles a giant jigsaw puzzle: all bright green swirls and crescents interlocking with pieces of grayish blue. The light patches reveal...
  4. Some people experience epiphanies when they marry or when they become parents. But Mark Levin’s life was changed by a wooden bench. To Levin’s chagrin, he lost track of that bench, but he vividly...
  5. The Hondajet offers everything you would want in a business jet—speed, fuel efficiency, and a comfortable cabin—but you can’t have the airplane. The designer says it will fly as fast as 480 mph,...
  6. Part megayacht, part missile, the Pershing 90 ( www.pershing-yacht.com ), a scaled-down version of the Ferretti-owned Italian builder’s flagship 115, blends spacious accommodations with performance—a...
  7. Nearly a decade ago, fourth-generation jeweler Walter McTeigue resigned his position as Harry Winston’s buyer for diamonds, gemstones, and estate jewelry, and purchased a dairy farm in the Berkshires...
  8. When David Chu sold his Nautica clothing brand in 2003 to VF Corp. for more than $585 million, the designer and businessman envisioned whiling away his days on the golf course. But after only nine...
  9. Italian jeweler Paolo Piovan’s diamond pavé snake bracelet sinuously wraps around the wearer’s wrist before culminating at a large ruby head tipped with a yellow diamond tongue. Such flamboyance is a...
  10. Selecting a fragrance is a personal exercise, and no scent could be more personal than one custom-made from scratch. Last fall, Jean Patou Paris (+33.1.42.92.07.22) introduced Parfum-Couture, a...

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