10 New luxuries for the coming year. Spirited special section: mastering the fine art of the cocktail. Plus, 25 innovative essentials for the connoisseur.
The hospital paging system calls a doctor to your bedside. The dentist’s office music system anesthetizes your brain with Muzak while you await a root canal.
Although U.S. residents have enjoyed high-definition television for years, TVs that can actually display the full 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution of HDTV have only just emerged.
Denmark’s dramatic Eben X-Streme speakers will surely turn heads when they debut in the United States next year.
While it may be impossible to re-create Per Se’s menu items at home, the 29-piece hollowware collection used throughout the restaurant will be available next year at Christofle stores.
When Kate Edelman Johnson was growing up, she did not need 3-D glasses to make movie stars spring to life.
Of all the private island resorts in the world, perhaps the highest name recognition belongs to Jumby Bay (268.462.6000, www.jumbybayresor
To illustrate its emphasis on service, Miami’s National Hotel (800.327.8370, www.nationalhotel.com) redesigned its lobby so that the con
When Jacqueline Kennedy visited Cambodia in 1967, international efforts to save the temples of Angkor promised to foster the country’s tourism industry.
Steve Wynn’s neighbors on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip—the Stardust, the Sahara, the Riviera—should be thankful for the 150-foot-tall, man-made mountain that will hide his new Wynn Las V
It will be a luxury enclave worthy of Sinbad the Sailor, a magical archipelago that will rise from the Arabian Sea off the coast of Dubai.
With countless hotels and resorts claiming to reflect their surroundings and incorporate the indigenous cultures, sense of place is a catchphrase on the verge of becoming a cliché.
Guests arriving at Design Hotels’ Setai resort in Miami’s South Beach may think they are entering just another Art Deco landmark on Collins Avenue.
Check in to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok after it opens in February 2005, and you may never leave the fifth floor.
Eagles Nest, a resort of four private villas perched above the town of Russell on New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, will bring a new level of luxury to the Land of the Long White Cloud when it opens
Platinum will come to paradise when Bulgari opens a new resort in Bali in mid-2005.
Opening in early 2005 to coincide with the completion of renovations to Madrid’s three major museums, the Hotel Puerta América will be its own work of art.
A soaking tub in one of the tree houses at the Shangri-La Maldives Resort & Spa on Villingilli Island will provide the perfect vantage point from which to contemplate the horizon beyond the
East of the Silverado Trail, high above the Napa Valley floor, guests at the Poetry Inn will gaze from their balconies at the vineyards from which they will produce their own wines.
A few miles off the coast of dubai, the launch from the mainland cuts its engines and bumps against the landing, allowing me to clamber onto the rocks and scan the surroundings.
Understated design is a practice employed by few real estate developers in Dubai. It seems as though the objective of every project is to create the tallest, largest, or most unusual of its kin
“Those aren’t our pilots, are they?” murmurs a passenger waiting for his flight in the private lounge at the Maldives’ Hulule airport.
The salt-encrusted sea bass arrives at our table with head and tail intact, sizzling amid a spectrum of tomato confit, French green beans, black risotto, and preserved lemon slices.
The terrace of Relais San Maurizio, where I am the guest of Michele Chiarlo and family, overlooks a mélange of straight lines, curves, solids, and vaporous outlines that rises and dips toward the
Vargellas Vinha Velha’s 80-year-old vines produce grapes so intense with tannins and flavors of black cherry, rich plum, licorice, and peppery black currant that their output is normally reserve
Lone Wolf Lobo Fuerte
Manhattan diners who fondly recall Cello, Laurent Tourondel’s seafood house that won raves when it opened in 1999 but later succumbed to post–9/11 economic pressures, will be pleased to learn th
Serious collectors once had only two options when they wanted to shop for art and antiques: attend auctions or visit galleries.
Jade Mountain Syrah Paras Vineyard Mount Veeder 2001
Working through the Grand Baby Beef at La Cabaña requires attitude and endurance.
Every mature industry likes to evoke a golden age when its practitioners were at their best. Carmakers are shameless in their references to the 1950s.
Elmer Crowell knew his talent for making wooden waterfowl decoys was extraordinary.
Alastair Crawford holds a large silver platter in his hands and tilts it to show the subtle detail that marks the piece as a product of the Georg Jensen silversmith workshop.
Rosemary Hallgarten has taken many turns in her life, from making jewelry in her native England to building a successful advertising career in the United States to her current venture designing
A black hole. That, announced Joe Wender, is how Paul Roberts, sommelier at Napa’s the French Laundry, described Wender and his wife’s impending release, the Colgin 2002 IX Estate Syrah.
On June 7, 1976, a Time magazine story announced to the world the shocking results of the now-famous Paris Tasting: Two California wines had, according to a panel of France’s most glorified oenop
As the martini-pounding Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man series of the 1930s, William Powell and Myrna Loy glamorized gin as the sophisticate’s spirit—a perfect blend of urban savoir faire
The Cary Grant cocktail at New York’s “21” Club is the epitome of charm: four parts suave vodka, one part fino sherry, and a squeeze of lime.
Alone in her Manhattan lair, Greta Garbo would enjoy her solitude with a shot or two of bone-dry aquavit.
Ernest Hemingway, who seems to be immortalized everywhere he set foot, was well-acquainted with rum during his years in Cuba from 1940 to 1960.
More so than nature or nurture, tequila may be responsible for Bing Crosby’s voice.
Pablo Picasso captured his enormous appetite for life on canvas.
The indelible image of Humphrey Bogart is of him hunkered over a scotch, as he was in Casablanca and Key Largo.
“Never follow good whiskey with water, unless you’re out of good whiskey,” Will Rogers once quipped as he sauntered into the Polo Lounge
Born in Dublin, James Joyce naturally gravitated toward hometown whiskey brand Jameson and immortalized its creator, John Jameson, in Finnegans Wake.
Thanks to the creation of the wine cocktail, oenophiles are not ostracized from the world of mixology.
A stylishly designed and appointed home bar is an island unto itself, a comfortable yet luxurious corner of the house that does more than separate you from the madding crowd.
I have been served by the ideal bartender, and she is Denise Nam. She is young, lovely, and holds court at Felix, the sleek Philippe Starck–designed aerie atop Hong Kong’s Peninsula hotel.
Concern for the fate of the martini in the hands of the unsophisticated masses is understandable, but bear in mind that the gin-and-vermouth classic has proven nothing if not resilient.
The human predilection for prophecy appears to be irresistible.
The next offering from celebrated spa designer Angel Stewart—of Las Ventanas al Paraíso and Golden Door fame—will be the spa at the Palms, scheduled to open in January 2005 in the
A breeze is blowing off the water and against Bob Cupp’s back as he stands on the pile of dirt that will be Liberty National Golf Club’s 14th tee.
Three of golf’s biggest names—Palmer, Nicklaus, and Player—are collaborating on a project near one of the game’s most hallowed grounds.
Many tee boxes offer spectacular vistas, but the first hole at Temenos Golf Club, the Greg Norman course at Temenos Anguilla that is scheduled to open in the summer of 2005, may become the Carib
The movement of the new Lange Double Split from A.
Jeweler Coomi Bhasin’s training as a textile designer is evident in the soft, flowing appearance of the gold and gemstone pieces in her collection, called Coomi (866.867.7272).
Stephen Kempson (212.
A. Testoni (212.223.0909, www.testoniusa.com) has taken its search for unusual raw materials to new depths.
Offices, luxury sedans, yachts, and private jets may be filled with cutting-edge implements, but how many are equipped to save a person’s life following cardiac arrest?
Every year, high-end jewelers and designers anxiously await their chance to lay their hands on Nick Paspaley’s harvest of South Sea pearls, widely regarded as the world’s finest.
One of this year’s most anticipated new watches is not, strictly speaking, new.
As serious golfers seek any advice or techniques that will help reduce their handicaps, spas are responding with specialized therapies and services aimed at improving not only physical performan
Christina Oxenberg knows how to hold an audience.
Montblanc’s flagship pen—the big, black Meisterstück 149 capped with the brand’s trademark white snowflake—bears an uncanny likeness to the sleek German cars that speed along the autobahn.
When Michael Sieger took the creative helm of Sieger Design in 2003, he inherited a business that his father, Dieter, had nurtured for nearly 40 years.
Extraordinary results were anticipated when Bulgari and the Leviev Group joined forces, and the partnership between the two international powerhouses is delivering on those expectations by produc
If baffled by the watch term “equation of time,” you are not alone. This watch complication is so esoteric and usually so poorly presented that it leaves most watch enthusiasts nonplussed.
If good things come to those who wait, collectors of complicated Roger Dubuis timepieces should count themselves thrice blessed.
The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony series of watches will pay homage to history while exploring new ways of telling time.
The adage that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure holds true even in the upper echelons of Swiss watchmaking.
It was time.
For the $52,000 purchase price of the longer and larger 2005 Audi A6 (www.audi.com), you can acquire a vehicle that is nearly indistinguishable from the haughty
the triumph rocket iii may be the most powerful production motorcycle available, and perhaps no sound is more raucous than the throaty roar that emanates from the bike’s exhaust as it barrels do
For the last five years, American auto enthusiasts have been able only to watch with envy as their European counterparts snapped up the Pagani Zonda C12 and the more current and more powerful Zond
When Mercedes-Benz executives huddled together four years ago to develop plans for a brand-new model, they wisely looked no further than their own stable for ideas.
The wind in your hair will become a gale when you drive the Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster.
During one surreal weekend on the Monterey Peninsula, it is not unusual to see a Blower Bentley idling beside a Lamborghini Diablo at a traffic light.
It seems befouling to describe the Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage as a down-market car, but the $100,000 two-seater is exactly that compared to the rest of the boutique manufacturer’s stable, which i
If it is built as expected, the BMW M6 will be one of the fastest coupes on the market, powered by a 500 hp, 5-liter V-10 engine that will give the two-door racer a much-needed boost over the ba
AMG, the in-house tuner for Mercedes-Benz, got its hands on the SL500 and created the twin-turbocharged Mercedes-Benz SL65, which offers twice the power of the base-model SL.
If there is one significant drawback to the 2004 Bentley Continental GT, it is the coupe’s supermodel-slim back seat.
The first 100 signature series Norton 952 Commando models are expected to rumble off Norton Motorsports’ production line in Gladstone, Ore., and into customers’ garages in time for prime riding
The only way the Ducatisti could enjoy a more track-ready motorcycle would be if the Italian manufacturer’s American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Superbike series machines appeared in showroom
If the 2005 Porsche 911 has indeed been in development since the fall of 1998, then it could appear—at first glance, at least—as though the German automaker’s designers took plenty of draft and kn
G5 executive had a problem. The Swiss charter firm, which flies clients aboard long-range business jets from one continent to another, needed a plane for shorter trips.
When Maltese Falcon is completed next year, the 289-foot Perini Navi vessel will become the largest personal sailboat in the world. The ship’s mass, however, will belie its nimbleness.
It is a shame that only one passenger at a time can enjoy the thrill of the two-seat LoPresti Fury.
The first Bombardier Global 5000 business jet will be delivered later this year, presenting owners with an aircraft that cruises at 562 mph and has a range of 5,520 miles—more than enough to cro
Ian Valentine completed the deal of a lifetime four years ago, when he sold his company, a firm that delivered interactive services to satellite television set-top boxes, to Sky, the British broa
Of all the personal aircraft available to private pilots, the $329,000 Cirrus SR22 might be the safest.
The interstate highway traditionally has been the playground for bikes bearing the BMW propeller.
Cartier recently invited Italian designer Ettore Sottsass to comb through the 1,200 watches, clocks, pens, bracelets, rings, and necklaces in its corporate collection and select items that appeale