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Car of the Year

The top 2009 models compete for the prize. Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Tesla & more. Plus, Spring fashion essentials. Refresh your style this season.

An article on the discovery of an ancient Thracian chariot near the village of Karanovo in Bulgaria...
Photograph by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
1960 Porsche Type 718 RS 60 Spyder In 1960, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile—motor...
Earth’s jewels from Astro Gallery of Gems Occasionally, gem expert Dennis Tanjeloff allows...
The original Audi R8 may be a great car—even fine enough to earn top honors at Robb Report ’s 2008...
The profile of Schöpfer Yachts’ first project, called the Oculus ( www.schopferyachts.com )—Latin...
With Benetti’s Exclusive Sea Technology ( www.benetti?yachts.it ), or BEST, the Italian boatbuilder...
Addled by absinthe and hashish, Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) destroyed many of his...
Photograph by L. Camino
The bracelet shown above exemplifies the unconventional jewelry designs of Luz Camino (available at...
If watchmaking maestro Vincent Calabrese were canonized, he would become the patron saint of...
Photograph by Cordero Studios/www.corderostudios.com
If, as Gianluca Isaia says, a man’s shoes reflect his personality, then the Italian fashion...
The Learjet 85 ( www.bombardier.com ), the latest model from Bombardier Business Aircraft, will be...
Photograph by Cordero Studios/www.corderostudios.com
Although Quinta do Vallado was founded by the Ferreira family in 1716 and served as the primary...
Photograph by Christoph Koester and Olaf Lummer
The views at Restaurant Terrazza Danieli—which, from the rooftop of the Hotel Danieli, overlooks...
Photograph by Michael Weber
The Opposite House opened in Beijing last August as the first property from the new Swire Hotels...
Photograph by Steven Rothfeld
For more than a century, Fort Baker guarded the northern peninsula at the entrance to San Francisco...
Photograph by Basil Childers
Portland, Ore., is a walker’s paradise, and the new Nines hotel serves as an ideal base for...
Photograph by Joel Riner
Every summer evening, just after the sun sets over Coeur d’Alene Lake in northern Idaho, the Wolf...
The Dornier Seastar looks like a prop created for a James Bond movie. It has the hull of a boat,...
Standing on the terrace of the Petit Trianon, on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles, Nicholas...
Photograph by Nick Welsh; Cartier Collection
At a Christie’s London auction in December, diamond mogul Laurence Graff stunned his competitors...
Having drifted on and off the Western cultural radar for decades, the Qatari art market is enjoying...
Photograph by Cordero Studios/www.corderostudios.com
Jayson Woodbridge inhabits a world quite apart from our own. One senses this upon entering the...
Photograph by Cordero Studios/www.corderostudios.com
While students of military history define a tercio as a 15th-century battle formation in which...
Photograph by Paul Thuysbaert
In person, on the course that he designed at the new Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita,...
David Copperfield once spent $1 million restoring an antique Orient Express train car, just so he...
Photograph by Stephen Goodenough
With a fire blazing in the hearth, we sit around Otahuna Lodge’s massive dining-room table...
Photograph by Cordero Studios/www.corderostudios.com
The sedentary life adopted by our species when we gave up the exhilarations of hunting and...
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 is the third in a series of award-winning automobiles produced by...
Photograph by Cordero Studios/www.corderostudios.com
Not Just Hot Air That the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG placed second in this group testifies to the...
Photograph by Cordero Studios/www.corderostudios.com
Perfection Pursued If Las Vegas bookmakers had set an official line, the new Porsche 911 Carrera S...
Photograph by Cordero Studios/www.corderostudios.com
Shifting Gearboxes The BMW M3 is the dark horse that almost took this year’s title. None of our...
Photograph by Cordero Studios (www.corderostudios.com)
Hard of Gearing I felt shaken, not stirred, after driving the Aston Martin DBS. The car’s V-12...
Photograph by Cordero Studios (www.corderostudios.com)
American Beauty Perhaps General Motors could have avoided its current financial predicament if all...
Photograph by Cordero Studios (www.corderostudios.com)
The Suit Fits The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé is what would happen if the BMW 7 Series were built on...
Photograph by Cordero Studios (www.corderostudios.com)
Saving Grace The XF represents Jaguar’s road back from perdition. It may even be the brand’s...
Photograph by Cordero Studios (www.corderostudios.com)
Super Effort If you stripped all badges from the GT-R, nothing about the car would suggest it was...
Photograph by Cordero Studios (www.corderostudios.com)
Stuck in the Lotus Position The Tesla Roadster has amped up everyone’s faith in the future of...
Photograph by Cordero Studios (www.corderostudios.com)
No Apologies The Bentley Brooklands is heavier than vehicles that deliver refrigerators, costs more...
Photograph by Cordero Studios (www.corderostudios.com)
Boxcar Willies The Mercedes-developed Smart is cute, can be parked sideways in Paris (but not in...
Photograph by Cordero Studios (www.corderostudios.com)
Broken Dreams In this era of cookie-cutter prefabrication, designer-dreamer Claudio Ballard...
Photograph by Cordero Studios (www.corderostudios.com)
The following Robb Report readers were among the guests who joined the magazine’s editors and...
Photograph by Harry Benson
Menswear designers are turning to the blues for comfort in these tumultuous times, presenting...
Photograph by Ted Morrison
Fashion leaders share their favorite apparel and accessories for spring, including a bright gingham...
Photograph by Jennifer Hall
It has not rained in the Valle de la Luna for two years, and the dusty red landscape looks...
David Copperfield, who has been performing magic tricks since childhood, plans to put on 500 shows...