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The 19th Annual Ultimate Gift Guide

The world's 21 most exclusive holiday wishes. Also, the new Mercedes Maybach, championship Formula 1 Ferrari, deluxe Boeing business jet, a million-dollar watch and more.

“When a man is tired of London,” said Dr. Samuel Johnson, “he is tired of life; for there is in...
When the British hi-fi company Chord debuted the first component in its distinctive Choral Series a...
The inner workings of speakers are finally being exposed, and unlike sausage processing or...
Mark Levinson’s 400 Series single-channel amplifiers are handsome, but at nearly 18 by 20 inches,...
Golf, sport, travel, and real estate come together in this unique package from the Carnegie Clubs,...
Holiday time at Colorado’s Keystone Resort ( www.keystone.snow.com ) brings more than those...
Red carpets, klieg lights, photographers and media crews jostling for space, French film stars...
The culinary elves at Eleni’s (212.255.7990, www.elenis.com ), a gourmet Manhattan bakery, will not...
In 1989, the discovery of $1.22 billion in sunken gold treasure off the Carolina coast put an 1857...
It is amusing when smokers, eager to display knowledge of their hobby, pontificate about Canary...
Laurence Graff has a reputation for acquiring the finest, most beautiful gemstones and the...
In the 1920s, Maharaja Sir Bhupindra Singh asked Louis Joseph Cartier to set some loose gems into a...
President Nixon made his historic trip to China, Carole King’s Tapestry swept the Grammys, M*A*S*H...
In the silk-upholstered lobby of the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel, actor/director Lou Diamond...
Boxing day, that merry olde British tradition of remembering the household staff on the day after...
Money does indeed change everything: Financial challenges mount exponentially as you add more...
For motorcyclists, the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile road that winds its way along the Appalachian...
Thirteen years ago, I went to The St. Regis in New York City to meet with a woman of great style,...
The double-M badge on the Maybach 62, which stands for Maybach Manufaktur, could also be an...
An undeniable revolution in sound reproduction has begun. A new all-digital sound projector (first...
It is a tricky business, building new links golf courses in Ireland. The standards for comparison,...
Several years ago, New York architect and interior designer Carlos Aparicio, accompanied by one of...
I am en route to dresden on the German autobahn when the rain gradually dissipates in the summer...
As exemplars of high-quality German mechanicals, Audis born of the legendary Auto Union have always...
To those who met him in the early 1990s, Alexander Blastos was a wealthy and successful...
At the fall 2002 couture fashion shows in Paris, the pièce de résistance on Valentino’s runway was...
The supply of Three Rivers Shiraz, a wine made from grapes grown in South Australia’s high-altitude...
The 16th century was not a good time to be a vintner in england. It was not just the competition...
Visit the office of an art museum director, and you will probably see works of art hanging on the...
Selecting the perfect gift is an art and a science—as well as hard work. You know the item,...
Travel in style with this unique collection of luggage from Louis Vuitton. The cigar trunk can hold...
Whether by land, sea, or air, Los Angeles–based travel company Private Jetaway delivers, and this...
New York–based Innovative Audio Video, considered to be one of the best dealers in the realms of...
Sir Humphry Wakefield is an expert on art and architecture, a noted interior designer, and the...
True romantics everywhere will swoon over Perrier-Jouët’s romp through France and Italy. Following...
Viking feeds your appetite for learning and cooking with this three-day, three-city, three-chef...
The Sonnerie Souveraine is one of François-Paul Journe’s most remarkable accomplishments in...
Chicago suitmaker Oxxford Clothes, which has earned an impeccable reputation among the world’s...
Few Grand Prix fans who have traced the title’s history since its inauguration in 1950 have failed...
What better way to celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 100th anniversary than with this exclusive tour...
Andrew Winch Designs’ first Boeing Business Jet 2 interior is a remarkable achievement, and the...
If you seek something more exotic than a superyacht, you might consider the Phoenix 1000 luxury...
Troy Bayliss, one of the most successful motorcycle racers ever to tear around a track, rode a...
When writing Casino Royale in the early 1950s, Ian Fleming needed a name for his soon-to-be-famous...
The Antique Wine Co. of Great Britain has assembled a weeklong food and wine fantasy cruise...
Build a man a gym, and he will exercise for a day; build a man a custom-tailored workout...
Treat your favorite foursome to an adventure that could go down in golf history. Wide World of Golf...
Remember the white tornado? That muscular but friendly force clad in tight, bright white, who swept...
Leave it to Alec Gores to turn everything he touches into gold. Since 1992, the chairman of the Los...
Most early adopters, people who installed home cinemas a decade or more before DVD and high-...
I went to Vienna to waltz. Specifically, I went to waltz at the Rudolfina-Redoute, one of the city’...
It is the most wonderful time of the year to look back on Ultimate Gift Guides past. The December...
While many perfumers have ventured into the realm of bespoke fragrances, London’s Creative...
After a pair of Michelle Ong’s briolette-cut diamond earrings shaped like grape clusters sold in a...
Anyone can sidle up to a winery tasting room bar in Napa Valley, lay down $5, and sample a few new...
In the 1995 film Big Night, two Italian brothers open a restaurant named Paradise in 1950s Keyport...
James K. Polk, the 11th president of the United States, is better remembered for winning the war...
It is 25 degrees on a snowy February morning, and I am skiing in shorts and a T-shirt. Instead of...
Wives (sorry, but it is always the woman) have been waging war against speakers for decades. They...
The Spirit de Soleil, Hustler Powerboats’ new 50-foot go-fast, awaits us at the dock on Peconic Bay...
The Porsche Boxster is Germany’s gift to sports car lovers, but many enthusiasts believe the car is...
In January 2000, Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn visited New Mexico Senator Pete...
Like Magellan, who had trouble enlisting a patron for his 16th-century quest to find a new route to...
The old-fashioned icebox was a simple concept—a place for cold storage. Do not expect the new...
Modern rugs are not new. Rugs woven by artists are not new, either—Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Roy...
Cristina Thévenaz is not your typical watch executive. At the annual watch and jewelry fair in...
Three may be sake’s lucky number. Americans who once considered sake just a warm sushi chaser are...
On New Year’s day, 1903, Isabella Stewart Gardner, the vivacious widow who was a favorite target of...
As we rush to complete our ritual holiday shopping, most 2002 harvests in the Northern Hemisphere...