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The world's 6 most essential memberships.  Cobra reincarnated: 1964 meets 2004 in the superformance coupe.  A modern grand tour of 3 spectactular retreats in France, Germany and Switzerland.  Plus, the 2005 Aston Martin DB9; new looks and performance to shake, not stir, the competition.

Terroir , like so many other French words, does not lend itself to direct English translation...
Considering the ubiquity of iPods and the accessibility of high-bandwidth Internet content—music,...
Not long ago, the only way to gain entrée into the rarefied world of custom kitchen or bath design...
Expect your sense of vision to go into overdrive when you enter the new Parisian quarters of Maison...
Frank Gehry’s radical Weisman Art Museum and the pioneering Walker Art Center paved the way for Le...
In January 1915, less than a year before Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance descended to its grave...
An imported London taxi has dropped us off at an Italian restaurant with a French name, and we wash...
Nineteenth-century British designer Christopher Dresser worked against the grain of his more...

FrontRunners: Ancient Egypt's Afterlife

Although it may be impossible to solve all the mysteries of an ancient civilization, clues can be...
Gurkha Master Select Inspired by a departed Indian brand, the Gurkha cigar now emerges from rolling...
Elie Bleu ( elie.bleu@wanadoo.fr ) does not gamble when it comes to caring for cigars, but the...

FrontRunners: Art Sale

For the first time since 1921, a Vermeer painting is going to auction. Sotheby’s ( www.sothebys.com...
2001 Archery Summit Renegade Ridge Estate Oregon Pinot Noir Single-mindedness is not the sole...
One of the showcase apartments in New York’s new Time Warner Center includes a room dedicated to...
We tend to associate old and rare spirits with small, obscure producers quietly meting out their...
Hogtown, Toronto the good, or just plain T.O.—whichever nickname described this town in the past no...
Since its earliest incarnations on the links and shores of the British Isles, the country club has...
New York Yacht Club Today’s New York Yacht Club is, Commodore Lawrence Huntington says, “a far cry...
Valhalla Shooting Club & Training Center With a loaded pistol in his holster, the stockbroker,...
La Romana Country Club Pete Dye first arrived in la Romana, a remote village on the Dominican...
Napa Valley Reserve A banker. a real estate magnate. A shipyard owner. An actor and film director...
Yellowstone Club The morning after a huge storm has dumped 3 feet of feather-light powder across...
In the fastidious orbits of the Parisian bon ton, where being from anywhere other than Paris marks...
You do not walk, stroll, or saunter when entering Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, the chef’s fabled...
Clad in sleek, black suits that render them nearly invisible at this evening hour, the members of a...
Jerry Stark finds himself in a vexing predicament: His ball is jawsed—stuck between the jaws of the...
Michelle Ong’s artistic jewelry designs, formerly available only through a private appointment or...
Shanghai is a city in transition, poised for a major breakthrough as the metropolitan beacon of...
When a Park Avenue socialite grew disenchanted with her multimillion-dollar collection of jewelry,...
When Italian suitmaker Kiton expanded its collection to include handmade dress shirts, seven-fold...
From powder to fuchsia, pink is the color of the moment in fashion and accessories. But with fine...
When Nick Hart was creative director for British suitmaker Chester Barrie four years ago, he...
The culture of private clubs is at heart antisocial. Prestige aside, denizens of the Metropolitan...
The Chicago Pritzker family, a dynasty that traces its good fortune to a Russian boy who came to...
Ferrari’s inimitable Enzo, the Italian exotic of which only 399 versions exist, has been trumped—by...
In 1979, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars ( www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com ) celebrated its 75th anniversary by...
If judged solely on the modest block under its hood, the Lotus Elise that the British carmaker...
Henry Ford was wrong: history is not bunk. Refutations abound, especially in the auto industry,...
Visually and mechanically, Aston Martin’s new and striking DB9 seems to offer no compelling reason...
Forming a club is not nearly as challenging as sustaining it. In addition to maintaining the...
Radnor Hunt The first thing they are likely to tell you at the Radnor Hunt in Malvern, Pa., is that...
In January 2003, when entrepreneur Peter de Savary acquired the Manor House hotel in Devon, England...