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Best of the Best

The 2002 luxury portfolio; the best autos, boats, motorcycles, golf, travel, dining, wine, spirits, cigars, fashion, jewelry, home & design, electronics, art & more. Plus a special bonus: the world's top 12 undiscovered luxuries.

From the time of Adam, human beings have accepted as axiomatic the notion that the price of...
Lines and Redlines If only for its dramatic lines and exquisite proportions, any coupe or...
I remember sliding Lee Morgan’s The Sidewinder into the 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500’s CD player and...
New and Improved Infiniti’s Q45 has certainly had its critics. Jay Leno declared that its logo...
Driving out of Boston’s Logan International Airport at 3:30 pm on a Friday afternoon is a fate to...
Comfortable Discretion Becker Automotive Design’s leather-lined Ford Excursions are equipped with...
A gentle push on the 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500’s accelerator gets the 5-liter, 302-hp engine...
Trinity Yachts Last November, the 177-foot tri-deck Seahawk put out from the Fort Lauderdale...
Speeders Beware With its stars-and-stripes motif, the Ducati 998S Bostrom has an undeniable...
Molto Mille For decades, the Rock Store, a restaurant and souvenir shop in the mountains above...
Public Servants’ Servant The Italian government owns two Airbus Corporate Jetliners, and Venezuelan...
In February 2001, the owner of the first-ever Boeing Business Jet 2 had just taken delivery of his...
Link to Scotland Compare the courses at Bandon Dunes with the checklist of what defines a Scottish/...
What is it about Pine Valley that makes it a nearly unanimous choice as the best golf course in...
Great Scot Once the summer home of Andrew Carnegie, Skibo Castle in Scotland’s Northern Highlands...
Pinehurst Resort There are things to do in Pinehurst, N.C., besides playing golf. You could test...
Pros’ Choice No matter how many PGA Tour players use a club that you’re thinking of buying—and in...
You may not be able to golf a lick. Your drives might curve like a Chiquita into the hinterlands,...
Gourmet to Go It may strike you as odd, but there are travelers who choose to fly Cathay Pacific...
As any frequent traveler knows, there’s not much glamour left in flying. But you can find both...
Table With A View Heaven seems a little closer when you wine and dine on the terrace of Restaurant...
The Restaurant Plaza Athénée at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris is more than just a study in...
Master of the Sea As a chef, Eric Ripert’s greatest attribute might be his ability to select the...
Now and then a hardworking visionary comes along and defines the goals and standards of an entire...
Primed for Pinot Acacia Winery 1998 Beckstoffer-Las Amigas Vineyard Pinot Noir (Napa, Calif.) Only...
Choosing one release as best out of thousands is, in many ways, an absurd task—one that can be...
Over the past 30 years, Graff has sold diamonds to royalty, businessmen, and socialites.
Advance Team While other suit makers remain content with superfine fabrics and quality workmanship...
Oxxford Clothes A quick look at the lapels is all it takes to gauge whether a suit has a superior...
David Mlinaric “All good interior design needs a frame of good, if not great, architecture. The...
Silver Lining S.J. Shrubsole, which deals mostly in 18th-century English silver, has proven to be...
Peter Tillou is depositing his assets in the 1904 landmark bank building in Torrington, Conn.,...
In 1999, the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita made its debut in Mexico, and it has since become the...
Ever since its opening in 1911, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée has been considered the epitome of...
It didn’t take long after the September 11 attacks for New York City to pull out all the stops and...
Traditionally known for maintaining a stiff upper lip, London is enjoying its Cool Britannia status...
The Maldives, a chain of low-lying, palm-fringed islands and atolls scattered across the equator in...
The thrill and wonder of exploring Antarctica is something even the most jaded traveler would have...
Tucked away in its own private wildlife reserve on the edge of Kruger National Park, about an hour’...
Many of the ultraluxurious resorts in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, including The Boulders and...
When life gets frantic, people often daydream about running off alone to a deserted island. The...
Modernist Marvel In February, a dealer telephoned Landau Fine Art to inform the owners of the...
The most accurate wristwatch. The Fastest Sports Car. The Most Powerful Amp. An elusive quarry that...
The latest additions to the Crestron Isys system give homeowners a level of control and flexibility...
A Different Look The BMW R 1200 C is a cruiser with an eye-catching twist, one that distinguishes...
A stock exchange executive who was seeking to purchase the new Harley-Davidson VRSCAV-Rod called...
Safety Behind the Scenes Recently, a TAG Aviation charter flight was in line at an airport for...
Kevin Russell, senior vice president of Executive Jet, travels with two cell phones, a BlackBerry...
Scene to be Seen It comes as no surprise that Switzerland’s Riffelalp Resort 2222m , the highest...
Success in the wine business can often prove the precursor of failure. Note the sad fate of...
Purity and Polish Kistler Vineyards (Sebastopol, Calif.) In the realm of fine wines, pedigree often...
Austrian Overture Nigl 2000 Riesling Privat (Kremstal, Austria). Few regions have burst on the...
Unlike Bordeaux, where the châteaux are classified, in Burgundy, it’s the land itself that matters...
As part of a select group of wine merchants, we were about to taste the 1999 releases from Domaine...
A Bourbon King Bourbons are rarely aged beyond 9 years. Many distillers believe that the effects of...
Macallan’s 18-year-old offerings have long reigned as the monarchs of full-sherried malt whisky...
For the Ages First conceived in 1996, Davidoff’s Millennium Blend Series (Churchill, robusto,...
Whether you are speaking of the Cuban or the Dominican brand, the Cohiba name is revered among most...
Youth Movement Girard-Perregaux is a classic manufacture that is prized among the cognoscenti for...
When Patek Philippe unveiled its supercomplicated Sky Moon Tourbillon wristwatch at last year’s...
It’s easy to understand why Luciano Barbera has garnered a reputation as Italy’s reigning prince of...
Shirt Story You could say that Robert Talbott’s handmade cashmere and cashmere/ mink Estate...
Midas Touch Tom Ford’s creative vision and marketing acumen put Gucci back on the map and 4 million...
In 1995, American fashion’s Renaissance man Ralph Lauren decided to build on his clubby...
Finishing Touches Silvano Lattanzi wants it known that he uses genuine, top-grade cordovan leather...
George Glasgow and John Carnera never worked for George Cleverley, the late venerable British...
Signing Bonus Consolidation in the luxury field may worry purists, but it has benefited American...
With little interest in the mass market, Martin Dingman left the presidency and creative helm of...
Alexander Gorlin has tackled a variety of projects since establishing his own New York architecture...
Site for Sore Eyes “Your neighbor is the enemy—who knows what he’s going to build—so I always tell...
“I’m a modernist at heart, absolutely,” says Charles Gwathmey, who names Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn,...
Mistress of Discipline Naomi Leff refuses to be pigeonholed by one style. “People live so...
The Art of Marketing Architecture In the hands of David Mossler, Michael Deasy , and Crosby Doe ,...
As individual real estate companies get absorbed by national chains, we take comfort in knowing...
Roy Jacuzzi is still passionate about his hot tubs. Last year he launched the Private Collection...
Updated Tradition Audio Research, under the aegis of William Z. Johnson, has seen tube amplifiers...
The most significant new product of the past year is a component regarded by many as a mere add-on...
Future-Proof Component The preamp/processor, the heart of any home theater system, is a constantly...
Even with the myriad display technologies currently capturing our collective attention—DLP, LCOS,...
Italian Scallions Sistema ES isn’t just another great design from the Italian kitchen com-pany...
Radio Advantage Options for retrofitting a residence with a home automation system have been very...
Teutonic Treasure Langwerth von Simmern (Rheingau, Germany). Once upon a time, the wines of the...
Once a year for the eight years following his father’s 1963 death, art dealer Daniel Wil-denstein...