The Ultimate Home 2009

Grand Openings: New hotels in Boston, Las Vegas, Arizona & Andalusia. Plus, Mercedes' AMG driving academy, taking on the world's most challenging track. Also, Cadillac's new CTS-V, the fastest production sedan on the street.

A house inevitably expresses the personality of its owner—for better or worse. This year’s Ultimate...
1937 BMW 328 Roadster The Nürburgring racetrack in the leafy woodlands of western Germany’s Eifel...

Robb Design Portfolio: Big Shot

A rifle with a hefty provenance. Winchester’s Model 1886, designed by firearms pioneer John...
The German kitchen-design company Poggenpohl further blurs the line between workplace and home—...
Following more than two years of rendered images from Porsche and speculation on the Internet, the...
To produce its $30,000 Damascene Straight Razor ( www.hommage.com ), Hommage, a Paris-based...
Richard Mille seldom makes compromises with his designs, so it is not surprising that the basic...
With its minimal body paneling, which leaves its inner workings exposed, the 2009 Ducati...
More than 50 years ago, the Lladró brothers of Spain—Juan, José, and Vicente—debuted an innovative...
Hawker Beechcraft’s update of its 400XP business jet, the $8 million Hawker 450XP ( www...
The secret is out—sort of. A previously unadvertised Founders’ Dinner is included among the 53...
Sports teams have their mascots, but few wines do. One exception is Howell at the Moon, a Napa...
Before Steve Wynn opened Encore in December, interior designer Roger Thomas described the resort as...
Intercontinental’s first resort in the United States brings a bit of Andalusia to the Arizona...
Like Arizona’s InterContinental Montelucia (see "Arrival by Camelback," page 46), the new Finca...
Thirteen years in the making—nine of them under construction—the Mandarin Oriental, Boston, finally...
"Jewelry should be like a melody," says classical-cellist-turned-designer Anna Hu. "It should move...
Standing at the edge of Tivoli Gardens—the 19th-century amusement park in Copenhagen that inspired...
Every visit to a Sense spa begins with tea. At Rosewood Mayakobá, on Mexico’s Riviera Maya coast,...
As she hurries through pecky cypress–encased hallways at the Brazilian Court hotel, Leslie...
Without the bam of a Big Bertha behind it, my drive on the 602-yard, par-5 seventh hole at the...
At an early age, Michael Mondavi learned from his grandfather Cesare to listen to vineyards. He...
It would be easy to mistake a Lazzara express yacht for a European import. Beyond the Italian name...
Know your enemy. The age-old warfare strategy defined the development of Cadillac’s all-new CTS- V...
When William Phelps’ rear-projection TV broke in the late 1970s, he figured he could fix it as well...

Art: Horse Sense

Born on the day of the 75th Kentucky Derby (the winning Thoroughbred was called Ponder), artist...
Can Los Angeles—a youth-obsessed metropolis where erasing the signs of aging is a full-time job for...
Open Architecture | From the beginning of the 32-month design-and-build process for this 32,000-...
Armco barriers, tarmac, candy cane–colored rumble strips, and towering oak trees rushed at me as I...
In late 2002, the Swiss watch industry buzzed with rumors that ETA, a division of the Swatch Group...
Somewhere in the Altai Mountains of Outer Mongolia, Pier Luigi Loro Piana and an army of rifle-...
Loro Piana now offers the world’s first 100 percent cashmere carpeting. Called One Step to Heaven...
Although the popular image of the briefcase may be a bit staid and conventional, the briefcase...
With the bang of a gavel at a 2002 Antiquorum sale in Geneva, a Patek Philippe platinum World Time...
The earliest known examples of cloisonné are six gold rings dating to the 13th century B.C. that...
If it is not the valedictorian of the latest class of smart phones, then Apple’s iPhone is at least...
One might assume that home-automation systems consume large amounts of energy. However, the systems...
In 1985, when Viscount David Linley founded the London-based furniture-design firm that bears his...