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  1. In the context of men’s apparel, Rome and Naples are famous for their tailors and their handmade suits. Milan, on the other hand, is most closely associated with Armani, Prada, and Versace. “When we...
  2. When Harry Winston ( www.harrywinston.com ) recently opened its first London store on New Bond Street, it also unveiled the limited-edition Westminster Tourbillon . With the passing of each quarter-...
  3. In 1477, Austrian archduke Maximilian I (not yet head of the Holy Roman Empire) presented Mary of Burgundy with the first recorded diamond engagement ring. Such rings remained uncommon until 1948,...
  4. The formidable line of custom fly-fishing reels from Hatch Outdoors ( www.hatchoutdoors.com ) has a new top end. The 9 Plus Pulse ($725), built for saltwater big game, joins three other reels,...
  5. Friendly Fire The Anasazi Restaurant, Santa Fe, New Mexico The Anasazi Restaurant. (Click image to enlarge) Martin Rios’ menus showcase the chilies of New Mexico in such dishes as cinnamon-chili-...
  6. The importance of a cigar’s wrapper is demonstrated by the H. Upmann Signature ( www.altadisusa.com ). It comes with one of two wrappers, a maduro one grown in Mexico’s San Andres Valley or a...
  7. Seduction, a Bordeaux-style blend from O’Brien Family Vineyard, derives its name from one of the English language’s more treacherous verbs, a word that combines a sense of peril with a powerful...
  8. If some readers disagree with the judgment we exercised in an instance or two when assembling “ America’s Finest Dining: 57 of Our Favorite Restaurants ” , senior editor Sheila Gibson Stoodley will...
  9. Why, the journalist in the dinner party asks as he finishes his green turtle soup au clair , while one waiter removes the oyster trays from the table and another opens a bottle of amontillado, would...
  10. Its Owner Bill Mastro is the chairman and CEO of Mastro Auctions, a Chicagoland consignment auction house that specializes in sports-related items. Its Significance A long-running but now defunct...

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