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  1. Avo Uvezian’s birthday has become a cause for celebration among cigar smokers. Uvezian, who founded Avo Cigars, has marked each of his birthdays since 2001 by creating a limited-edition cigar. The...
  2. The Gulfstream G650 ( www.gulfstream.com ) soon will supplant the G550 as the company’s—if not the world’s—top-of-the-line business jet. The new aircraft, which is scheduled to make its maiden flight...
  3. Burgundy’s byzantine labeling conventions have their origins in Napoleonic law, which prohibited primogeniture, requiring instead that siblings inherit equally. Thus, single vineyards were divided...
  4. Tyrants and tycoons must also have their hideaways. Those who run the world, after all, must occasionally have their vacations from it. As this month’s cover story ("Ultimate Villa Vacations," page...
  5. Similar to other timepieces of its genre, the new Girard-Perregaux Bi-Axial Tourbillon ( www.girard-perregaux?.com ) offers balance and escapement rotation on more than one plane. The design...
  6. This summer, adventure cruise company Quark Expeditions ( www.quarkexpeditions.com ) is launching the Russian-built icebreaker 50 Years of Victory as a passenger ship that will carry as many as 128...
  7. Salon-goers in 18th-century France frequently played loto, which most Americans know as bingo. But instead of cardboard sheets checked with alphanumeric grids, loto enthusiasts used decorated wooden...
  8. Those who follow the watch world closely may have noticed the reemergence of several of the British masters, among them Dent and Arnold & Son. In "Excellence Revisited" (page 78), American...
  9. Nicaragua’s nutrient-rich soil produces tobaccos for some of the world’s most flavorful cigars. Following are five of the best Nicaraguan puros—cigars made entirely from that country’s tobacco. 601...
  10. With its resiliency, its ability to bend without breaking, the Ometepe tobacco leaf is analogous to Nicaragua’s cigar industry, which has withstood many challenges in recent years. ?The vast number...

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