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Front Runners December 2015: Let It Snow

“The snowflake is a symbol of beauty, purity, and peacefulness,” says the New York–based jeweler Mish Tworkowski, whose leisure time in Colorado has inspired the limited-edition series of six jeweled snowflake designs from Mish New York ( “I feel that modern women love to wear something very luxurious in a bohemian way,” he says, “and this […]

Secrets of the Heart

It is believed that during his reign as the king of Italy from 1861 until his death in 1878, Victor Emmanuel II kept love letters from his longtime mistress, Rosa Vercellana, in a safe that he had commissioned specifically for that purpose. Three years ago, during the demolition of a house in southern Germany, the […]

Design Portfolio: Branching Out

A feeling for nature is at the root of this expansive design. A visit to an antiques shop outside Bangkok led Stephen Termviriyakul to a faded Japa­nese painting depicting a cherry blossom festival, and at the painting’s center was a tree with wide-reaching branches. That mesmerizing form planted the seed of inspiration for the Bonsai […]

Getting Sirius

A whiskey connoisseur’s brand bottles rare and novel spirits. In 2011, the whiskey collector Mahesh Patel (see “Cask Masters”) bottled a barrel of 1966 Glenfarclas and one of 1989 Glenfarclas from his personal cache to coincide with the launch of his Universal Whisky Experience, an annual multiday event in Las Vegas for fans of the […]

Making Your Cases

A distinctive set of well-made luggage is an ideal present for the consummate globe-trotter, so for this gift Bottega Veneta will fashion a made-to-order crocodile-leather ensemble that suits the recipient’s taste and travel needs. Each piece ($27,000 to $65,000) will be handcrafted to the recipient’s specifications, including the shapes, colors, hardware, and other details. Also […]

Front Runners December 2015: Evening Elegance

These three formal-wear giants understand it’s all in the details. Canali Purple lapels provide eye-catching contrast to this sleek wool-and-mohair tuxedo. Ralph Lauren This silk jacquard jacket’s shawl collar puts sophisticated style front and center.  Berluti A rich velvet jacket paired with a black T-shirt presents a modern edge.  

Space Explorer

The Gift:  ❄ The first example of the Hysek IO 45 mm Skeleton Tourbillon with Blue Sapphire. ❄ $119,000   “The idea behind the watch is to give maximum transparency to the tourbillon movement,” says Ralph Aljord, vice president of Hysek, the watch and accessory design firm. “For this piece, we’ve kept the empty space [of a skeleton watch] but have […]

As Luck May Have It

The personal preferences of Suerte’s owner make the new 228-foot Tankoa yacht ideal for chartering.   The owner of Suerte had two nonnegotiable requests for its design: The interior had to be modern, comfortable, and welcoming enough for him to feel as though he were coming home whenever he came aboard; and there had to […]

Front Runners December 2015: Remaking History

Tiffany & Co. has resurrected some of its iconic 1970s creations for the new Out of Retirement collection (available exclusively at Dover Street Market in New York, Tokyo, and London through January 2016, “These pieces feel just as contemporary today as they were when they were first made,” says Tiffany’s design director, Francesca Amfitheatrof, […]

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