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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. When brothers and professional aviators Nick and Giles English launched a collection of watches in memory of their RAF pilot father, Euan, in 2007, they insisted that their Bremont timepieces had to...
  7. While refurbishing stopwatches and dashboard rally timers in vintage sports cars, Manchester-trained watchmaker Ian Walsh, founder of IWI (Ian Walsh International) Watches, was impressed by their...
  8. An eminent London diamond merchant since 1789, Backes & Strauss approaches the wristwatch as a piece of fine jewelry. Produced in collaboration with Geneva’s Franck Muller Watchland, which...
  9. If a good vacation gets you away from it all, an ultimate vacation should deliver you to another realm. The luxuries of private travel—villa rentals, yacht charters, private jets—increase your odds...
  10. Domenico Vacca is a colorful individual: When he opened his signature store next door to Cipriani in Manhattan in May 2002, he aimed to offer American men the opportunity to own the same handmade,...

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